Thursday, September 24, 2020

28mm Destroyed Cottage Terrain Pieces

These are six pieces of resin terrain that I've had for about 20 years. I'm not entirely sure of the manufacturer. They'll make a good set of 'ruins' terrain for Saga, but they can also be used for any period from the dark ages through WWII. 

I've given these some age with some green algae growth on the bottom of the walls. I was going for a 'burned down years ago' look. Some of the walls can be put together into larger corner pieces in multiple different configurations.

My favorite piece in this set is the fireplace piece. I think of it as the 'scene of the crime'. 

This will count as 6 'terrain/misc' created in the annual totals.

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

28mm Macedonian Generals

The past few of my streams I have been working on these 28mm Macedonian general figures. They're from the Warlord Games SPQR range and are the Macedonian Heroes pack.

The personalities include Alexander himself on his horse with the leopard skin horse blanket he's always pictured with. This was my first attempt at leopard skin. I like the effect, but future attempts will include more spots.  I'm counting these as six figures in my painting totals due to the horses (as I usually do for cavalry)

I also worked on a test piece for what will eventually be six 'ruined cottage' terrain pieces. These are some very old, manufacturer unknown resin pieces I bought most likely about 20 years ago. They'll be useful for Saga as 'ruins' or any period medieval to WWII as ruined buildings. I will be finishing the other 5 pieces of the set on a future stream.

Monday, September 7, 2020

Cruel Seas Weekend

This weekend was all about Warlord Games Cruel Seas rule set. On Saturday I hosted friends Michael and Mike in my garage for an 'outdoor' gaming venue. Mike and Michael played two games of Cruel Seas while I watched, learned the rules and kibitzed. They swapped sides and each won one game. I had a great time hosting. The weather was nice and breezy and cool, the open door and windows in the garage made for excellent airflow, allowing us to feel safe without masks as long as we kept a reasonable distance for 'personal space'. 



On Sunday, my friend Mark D from Mark D's Gaming Site blog invited me up to his place for some airbrushing and a game of Cruel Seas between the two of us. Mark wanted some tips on cleaning and using his airbrush which I was happy to help him with. In return I got a few figures zenethil primed by Mark as he practiced cleaning the brush between colors.

After the airbrushing Mark and I played a game of Cruel Seas that he had set up. The scenario pit a German force escorting a freighter against an intercepting force of British ships with a rogue American Elco PT boat added in for educational purposes.


This game was pretty crazy. Mark's gunnery was good all game with a particularly devastating strike on one of my bigger boats exploding a torpedo on deck and sending my ship to the bottom. I returned the favor a couple of turns later with a ridiculous string of gunnery dice myself. This helped as early on all of my torpedoes either missed or were duds.

Later in the game I got a torpedo to hit and finally finished off his largest ship with gunnery. Mark sunk my largest ship with gunnery, and I got one of his S-boats with a torpedo. The cargo ship was finished off with a torpedo and gunnery. During the final turn four ships went to the bottom. At the end, Mark's fleet was hanging on by a thread, but mine was gutted. Victory for this one goes to the ocean, claiming nearly all the ships.

This game was good old fashioned fist-o-dice fun. Thanks for hosting Mark!

Sunday, August 30, 2020

28mm Macedonian Thureophoroi Ready to Base

I have been slowly working back into 'the groove' painting. I've also re-engated with my stream painting on my old schedule of Tuesday and Thursday evenings and Sundays late morning to early afternoon. I'm still without a full studio and my laser cutter/engraver is still offline awaiting proper infrastructure in the form of power and exhaust system.  My preferred method is to complete a unit, base it then photograph it for this blog. For the near future, that process will be not adhered to. Completed figures are going to pile up for a bit until I can set up my full studio. 

These figures will eventually make up four units of Macedonian Thureophoroi for Hannibal at the Gates. They will be used along side my previously finished Thorakatai, based similarly in a HATG soldier wing. The photo above in the box probably gives the best color representation. Below are some additional photos. In addition to my basing materials being hidden away among various moving boxes, so is my photography set up.

I've also made some additional progress on repairing and touching up over 130 Macedonian pike that I purchased from Ebay. I still have to put decals on the silver shield figures, then they'll be ready to re-base.

Friday, May 8, 2020

Saga Thorsday - Eastern Princes Faction Review

It was my great pleasure to be invited by Rodge to co-host the Saga Thorsday Eastern Princes 2nd Edition faction review. Rodge was a pleasure to work with and his faction reviews are some of my favorite videos. Check it out above, or over at YouTube using this link:

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Sunday, April 19, 2020

28mm Finnish Ski Patrol

These are the Finnish ski patrol scouts from the Warlord Games Finnish infantry boxed set. I've chosen to mount them on 25mm wide oval bases to protect the skis. After mounting them up the bases looked too white so the viewer that requested these on my stream suggested edging the bases in grey and adding some non-white components. I added my pre-made rocks and some bushes and foliage clumps. All three were topped with fake snow made from PVA glue and micro-balloons. After drying the micro-balloon and PVA mixture was dry-brushed white.

I am particularly happy with the shading of the white jumpsuits on these figures. They were base-coated including all shading with my airbrush. Painting the remaining details with a brush was a relatively quick job. I'm looking forward to increasing my skill with the airbrush in hopes of finding more shortcuts like this in the future.

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

28mm Macedonian Hypaspists

These are three stands of Macedonian Hypaspists. The figures are mostly Crusader Miniatures figures, with a smattering of others thrown in to flesh out the units. At least one of the officers is from Old Glory.

Games Workshop's contrast paints have been all the rage for a few months. Originally I dismissed them as not appropriate for historical miniatures. When I started the Macedonians, with their blues, pinks and purples, I took a second look at them. This is my first unit painted with them and there is definitely a learning curve that needs working through. I am however, finding them quite fun to use. These figures were painted completely in about 40 minutes per figure, and that time includes three hours making the custom homemade shield transfers and applying them to the domed shields.

As far as a full review of GW's Contrast paints, I'm not quite ready to do that yet. I will say that there is a definite difference color-to-color in the range. Some are quite good and at least one that I tried is totally unusable.  More on this once I have more experience with the paint range.

These stands will make up the infantry portion of my Macedonian army's guard division, which is a required element for my friend Bob's ancients campaign. Unfortunately the campaign is on COVID pause, but we're hopeful to resume games soon after the quarantine is lifted. Until then I continue to play catch-up painting units for my army. This command adds fifteen more figures to my annual painting totals.

Monday, April 13, 2020

Start of the Finnish - Lahti Anti-Tank Rifle Teams

I have a feature on my stream, where after watching for a certain amount of time, viewers can request that I paint a particular project from a list I provide as my next stream project. My Finnish friend, Ugli81 is one of my most active and longest viewers. He recently requested that I paint my Finnish Lahti anti-tank rifle teams. To be honest, I was THRILLED he chose these models for me to paint. The Lahti is my favorite man-packed weapon of WWII.

My 28mm Finnish force will be used for the Continuation War and the Lapland War. Possibly later on I may also work my way backwards to the Winter War. Although I've based these in spring terrain, I'm possibly going to add some additional 'melting snow' effects once I find appropriate basing materials to do so. These figures are the first in my Finnish skirmish army for Iron Cross or Bolt Action. There are many more to come....some sooner than later, but that's a topic for a future blog update.

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

28mm Thracian Peltasts and Psoli

These four stands represent a Thracian division in Hannibal at the gates. The front two stands are skirmishers or psoli and the rear two are soldiers or peltasts. The shield transfers are from Little Big Man Studios. The figures are from Old Glory.

I anguished a bit about doing freehand patterns on the cloaks of these figures to match the historic pottery showing very complex geometric patterns. In the end I opted for simplicity allowing the shields to convey that theme. I wasn't confident I could execute the complex freehand in a way that wouldn't make the figures look worse than omitting it. Even without the patterns, I think the rhomphaia swords, sica knives and patterned shields give them a suitably Thracian look.

This adds sixteen figures to my annual totals bringing my year-to-date total to 138. This matches last year's production and it's only early April. Following a painting schedule because of my streams has really ramped up my painting output. Even if you don't stream, making some regular time to paint really helps you get things done. During the current global COVID-19 epidemic it's a great time to set aside some scheduled hobby time.

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

28mm Macedonian Cataphracts (2)

Last month I finished up three stands of Macedonian cataphracts. I had purchased one box of Warlord figures and one box of Command. This left me one stand (3 figures) short of a full division (the smallest unit size) for Hannibal at the Gates. When I was last at my local hobby store I picked up another pack of figures to finish the unit. This stand is the result.

I'm counting this as six figures in the annual painting totals.

Here is the completed cataphract division of four stands. Ready for action!