Saturday, September 14, 2013

15mm WSS vs 28mm

Although I like these Black Hat 15mm WSS figures I have decided to go with Front Rank 28mm, which I found much easier to paint.

 28mm Front Rank Dutch musketeer

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Test figures and odds and ends

I had the urge to try and finish a few odds and ends that have been on my painting desk for a while. None of these have been based yet.  This first fellow is a test figure for some new Rank and File WSS Dutch I recently ordered. I want to paint some French eventually to fight them so I tried to pick a non white /grey uniformed regiment. Here is a musketeer of regiment Nassau Friesland. These figures wonderful and are not too chunky. The detail is marvelously crisp. The musketeer photo was taken outside on a sunny day and really shows the true colors very well.

 I also finished a few Perry plastic WOTR figures. Here are a test bowman, billman and standard bearer for Henry Beaufort, Duke of Somerset. If I can, I like to paint standard bearers as my test figures these days as they usually look extra cool and help inspire further painting more than usual!

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Its funny how luck works. Habet Hoc Habet AAR

 Over the past few weeks we have been playing a Habet Hoc Habet campaign at our local game store. Tonight I fought two 1v1 gladiatorial combats. I fought against the same guy that slaughtered me in my very first match 2 weeks ago.

In the first one luck was CLEARLY not on my side. It went like this. I am a Murmillo. My lightly armed and armored opponent gets the first attack. He throws his spear and hits. I attempt to block with my large shield and miss. He rolls for location: Neck. Luckily I have my massive heavy helmet which offers amazing 2+ protection to my neck. I proceed to roll a 1 and FAIL my save on a d10!. He maxs his damage roll. I am dead....

See exhibit A:

That's me in the pool of blood.

Since the first fight went so quickly I and my opponent fought again. This time I brought my Retiarius, and my opponent was Murmillo.  He tried to close the distance between us but on my first attempt I ensnared him in my net! I closed and spent a few attacks stabbing him with my trident while he rolled really poorly trying desperately to cut himself free of the net. When he finally managed to get free he only had one action left before he died from loss of blood. Now the fates were truly on my side. With his last action he tried to attack me but his legs were so badly wounded that he couldn't move close enough to attack with his gladius before he succumbed to his wounds! Victory was finally mine!

Sadly I was so psyched by my netting victory that I failed to take a photo of that match. It figures...

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Full Thrust AAR 8/18/2013

My good pals Dave,Rich and I got together yesterday to play some Full Thrust. In a strange alliance, Rich's Phalons and and my NAC faced off against the might of Dave's NSL.  Despite a SAVAGE thrashing by Dave we had a good time and hope to play again soon. Sadly the pics I took with my phone aren't the best.

Dave's NSL fleet

A portion of Rich's Phalon fleet


My NAC fleet

Just before the NSL started really kicking the snot out of us

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

a few 6mm Baccus close up photos

Here are some close ups of the 6mm Brits and Hadendowah.

Baccus 6mm Sudan

Here are a few photos to show progress on a small project. The Sword and the Flame in the Sudan with 6mm but still using 20 man units based on stands of 5 figures each. There will be four 1 ft square tiles that will give a 2x2 foot board and can be shuffled to allow variation.   I haven't worked out all the details yet but I think of it more like a kids playset at this point.  I need to paint a bunch more natives but I'm happy with the look so far. It must be the heat that's got me thinking Sudan again.


Saturday, June 8, 2013

Aeronef: better late than never

I knew it had been a long time since I bought my Aeronef. I didn't quite know how long until I found a post I wrote on TMP in October 2005!  I did actually paint some back then but just a few  and went on to buy a French fleet and German fleet as well.  The recent start of a facebook page for Aeronef, Les Guerres Extraordinaires, got me thinking about how much I still love the minis. After a short trip to the attic I had my fleets in hand and picked up where I left off 8 years ago.
Here are a few pics of the progress so far. They aren't the best photos as they were taken with my phone. More to come soon!

French squadron (my favorite ships)
Italian squadron (a close second)

Austro Hungarian squadron (the bad guys!)

German squadron  (more bad guys!)


Thursday, May 9, 2013

War Times Journal 1/3000 Russo Japanese War Ships

I've wanted to paint some of these ships by War Times Journal for years. I finally bought just a few Japanese and Russian ships to paint up. These are really beautiful models. I did the insane thing and added masts which really finishes them off nicely but it took alot of time. The masts are really fragile and would probably not hold up well under gaming, but sadly I rarely actually game these days so they should be fine! Very highly recommended! Check them out at

In line from left to right, BBs Mikasa, Shikishima, Fuji and Armored Cruiser Yakumo.

 BB Mikasa with quarter for scale.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Pendraken 10mm Masai

I painted these 10mm Masai warriors for the 2013 Pendraken Painting Contest.