Saturday, January 3, 2015

Aufklaerungsaurus los!

For the 'Mount and Rider' bonus round of Curt's Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge I submitted this figure from Eureka of a recce dino rider, somewhere in Russia in 1943. And blow me down if it isn't currently tying in second place in the voting, with less than 24 hours to go! I put this success down entirely to my decision to add a number plate to the dinosaur.

I'm chuffed that people like the figure, particularly in the company of some truly stunning entries. Check them out here!

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Enchanted Dice

My Christmas present from the Duchess was this beautiful little wooden chest of dice. Since there are five of them, and Warlords in SAGA roll five attack dice, I plan to intimidate my opponents by only using the dice for that purpose. When the warlord enters the fray, the dice chest is produced. Mwahahhaha!

Happy Yule and Christmas to you all, and thank you for visiting my humble blog.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

The Painting Challenge So Far...

Curt's wonderful Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge is off to a roaring start this year, and I've been having a ball getting my entries in and trying to keep pace with Tamsin as we race to 1500 points.

I'm away with the in-laws now until after Christmas and suffering painting withdrawal. I'll take this opportunity for a quick recap of what I've painted for the challenge so far.

I got some runs on the board early with a platoon of 15mm Volkssturm figures for Battle Group Fall of the Reich.

I'm really pleased with how they turned out, especially now that I've given them a second spray of matt varnish. Next up was my entry for the first bonus round, on the theme of 'Cold'. I painted Northstar's figure of Thor confronting Fenrir which was part of the Mini-Duchesses' 8th birthday present.

Speaking of the mini-Duchess, I cheekily entered the birthday cake I made her for the challenge, and Curt was kind enough to give me a few points. You might notice a theme here - my daughter has been getting into Norse mythology in a big way recently, and I couldn't be happier.

Sticking with the Early medieval period, I painted a unit of Breton warriors for SAGA...

...before doing up some Saracen archers, warriors and nobles for SAGA: Crescent and Cross.

That's nearly everything so far, and I'm currently sitting on 292 points while we wait on the scoring from the first bonus round. I've finished a couple of other things as well, but I can't reveal them yet. One is for a future bonus round, and the other is waiting on some decals to arrive from the UK until I can submit the entry to Curt.

As always, it is a real pleasure taking part in the challenge, and seeing the talent of the other painters out there as well as the great spirit that characterises the challenge.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

At My Signal, Unleash Paint!

School is done and dusted for the year, and the 5th Annual Painting Competition begins in just over seven hours. I've set myself the insane target of 1500 points, and have side duels going with Curt and Tamsin. This is going to be fun!

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Pro Gloria Plastic Landsknechts! You Know You Want To....

Pro Gloria's Indiegogo campaign to fund a box of plastic Landsknechts is ticking along pretty well, with over 12.000 Euros of the 30.000 target raised and 24 more days to go. If you haven't seen these already, check them out - the greens look stunning.

Imagine, if you will, a mass of these guys tramping across your tabletop in their wonderful gaudy costumes. And think of how with the money you save buying them in plastic you can support them with lovely metal figures from the likes of Artizan. Personally, the moment they get funded I will be buying a bunch of gendarmes and archers from Eureka.

I'm pretty keen for this to get funding, so hopefully I've caught some of you in a weak moment. Here are four steps to a wonderful weekend.

1. Play some loud 'Landsknechty' music. In Extremo will put you in the mood, but basically anything that implausibly blends metal and medieval with some growly German vocals will do fine.

2. Drink some German bier.

3. Find your credit card.

4. Look at all the shiny things! You want them!

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Battle Group Barbarossa: Soviet Armour

Having finished morphing my Battle Group Kursk Soviets into a late war force, I've now pretty much done the same for Barbarossa. Adding to the 20 T-26 tanks I finished painting last week, I've just finished 7 BT-5s and a monster T-35.

All the models are 15mm Zvezda kits from their Art of Tactic game. These are great little kits. Very easy to put together and with lovely crisp moulding. The biggest down side is the lack of open hatches and crew figures, and all the tanks look very clean and Spartan, with no stowage items. Of course, I could have just added tarps etc made from Greenstuff, but decided not to on these as Soviet vehicles from 1941 generally do look pretty lacking in clutter from most photos I've seen.

Nice stuff, Zvezda. And what a beast the T-35 is!

Monday, November 3, 2014

Plastic Soldier Company IS-2s

Just in time for the end of Tanktober I finished this platoon of IS-2s for Battle Group Fall of the Reich. With the replacement 85mm turrets I did for my T34s and a few SU 85s and 100s completed, that pretty much finishes off what I needed to do to adapt my Kursk Soviets for 1944-5, although I will add some more infantry.

As always, these PSC IS-2s are ajoy to whack together, and should scare the fascist vipers quite a bit.