Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Vikings #1


I've been in the process of re-basing and touching up my large Viking collection for use in Impetus and SAGA. I've been a long time Viking player and so was delighted when SAGA hit the scene. The Vikings were my primary army for WAB and are without question the most played army I've ever owned for ancients/mediaevals. I've always liked their beards and axes aspect and their ferocious aggression in using them. Heck, even Cornwell had to make his Saxon hero an ex- Viking!:-) Oh btw, if you ever wanted to know where Axebreaker came from look at the Viking in the front holding a broken two handed axe in front of him. I imagined him hitting so hard he broke axes hence the nick name "Axebreaker" and he was the general of my Viking army.
 
My Viking collection is all based on single square 20mm bases which is ideal for WAB, but not good for me in regards to SAGA or Impetus the rules I now currently play. Of course I could use them on the square bases for SAGA, but I simply do not like square bases for skirmish gaming as it just looks clumsy. So, I've decided to put them on round 25mm bases for SAGA and use warbases multi- slot bases for Impetus.

There were also some other issues as I wanted to lighten up the bases, add tufts, flowers and rocks etc. I also needed to touch up the figures here and there by re-applying some highlights and repainting  a few things to suit my current tastes. Also, I used to have metal shield rims that I no longer like and re-painted them with leather rims which was more common and looks better I think. I also added some pigments to the shields and bottom of the cloaks. The figures themselves are Wargames Foundry and still after all these years rank IMHO as the best Vikings out there with the exception of Bill from Musketeer whose Jomsvikings are brillent. The flag in this case is hand painted by myself as I wanted a huge raven banner with just a single raven on it as nothing quite says Vikings as a good old raven banner. Plenty more re-worked Vikings will be coming along so please stay tuned if you like them.

I hope blogger fixes the reader problem soon!

Thanks for viewing!:-)
Miniature Company-Wargames Foundry

 Group 1


Group 2 


Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Liebster Award


Hello it seems the very fine gentlemen in the form of Mark from http://over-open-sights.blogspot.de/(Superb painting!), Burkhard from http://dhcwargamesblog.wordpress.com/ (Excellent content reports) and  Neil http://scottyswargaming.blogspot.de/ (nice 17/18th material) have very kindly awarded me the Liebster award. Normally this is supposed to go to those with less then 200 followers which would  normally disqualify me, but I'm happy about the oversight as it's always nice to get a nod, but more importantly it gives me a chance to point out some blogs that should get some attention that haven't been getting enough in my humble opinion. Forgive me if I'll skip the questionnaire found on other blogs except to say I do like Stars Wars over Star Trek as Jedi's are just to cool!!:-) I'll be using Michaels  http://28mmvictorianwarfare.blogspot.de/ version of the Liebster award


1. Copy and paste the Award on your blog, remembering to link back to the blogger who has given it to you.
2. Pass on the Award to your top 5 blogs with less than 200 followers by leaving a comment on one of their posts to notify them that they have won the Award and listing them on your own blog.
3. Sit back and bask in the warm fuzzy feeling that comes with knowing you have made someone's day!
4. There is, of course, no obligation to pass this onto anyone else, but it´s nice if you take the time to do so.

Bear in mind I'm trying to mention ones that I think have not been mentioned yet and are very worthy of a visit. If I missed you remember your on my blog roll so I like what you do!
So here they are:
http://moitereisbuntewelt.blogspot.de/ (Excellent painting all around)
http://antre-de-jehan.blogspot.de/ (Superb SCW & Italian Wars)



Monday, May 26, 2014

Late Roman Heavy Infantry


Well finally got started on a long planned project with Nick http://moitereisbuntewelt.blogspot.de/  in the form of Western Late Romans primarily for Impetus, but also to be used for Dux Bellorum. We both are doing Late Romans and Germanic tribes together and plan on Romans vs Germanics and/or civil wars.

The Late Roman army I'm creating for this project is a mobile Roman field army(Comitatenses). I see them as very well equipped and supplied so my army will present itself somewhat uniformly in that each unit will have matching shields and colour bands and all units will have a cream tunic. However, they won't be perfectly equipped as that wasn't seen to often in this period so trousers colours and helmet shapes will have variety. I'll be building my heavy infantry units in sets of four consisting of 2 spear bases and 2 attached supporting archer units.

I want to try and finish this army in a reasonable time so I opted for AP with highlights and some lovely LBM transfers and dusted up the shields a bit with some MIG pigments. The figures are from Wargames Foundry and paint up nice and easy which is a bonus. They are of course on Impetus bases which I happen to really like btw! There are quite a few pics on this posts as I squeezed two posts into one but I wanted to show the units in their "blocks" so thanks for hanging in there.

In addition to more Romans I have some ACW on my desk as that's another project I'm doing with other group members of which two have blogs so stop by and check them out please with Sasha at http://saschas-wargaming-notes.blogspot.de/ and Mike at http://dreispitz.blogspot.de/.

Thanks for viewing!:-)
Miniature Company- Wargames Foundry


Wednesday, May 21, 2014

M8 Greyhounds and some Jeeps


I haven't posted anything in a few weeks, but I have been busy painting and have accumulated a backlog of units to post which I'll be catching up on. These here are 15mm FOW and consist of M8 Greyhounds and some Jeep's that constitute my recon elements for my American Tank Company.

I painted them up in a grimy, dirty and slightly damaged look to show them in full campaign mode which is how I prefer my vehicles to look. Painting Americans is pretty relaxing and fun compared to Germans which are demanding to do.

I have a friend who is pretty crazy about FOW while my feelings are it's a fun game as long as you don't try and view it as a simulation game and instead just view it as a game with a WWII background.

Painting 15mm isn't my favourite scale as I vastly prefer 28mm and even more so as my eyes get older, but it does have it's advantages like quicker to do and easier portability plus occupying less space. So, I'll continue to have 15mm projects mixed in with my 28mm ones.

Thanks for viewing!:-)
Miniature Company- Battlefront FOW


Friday, May 2, 2014

Mounted British Officers



It's a bit hard to have an army without some proper leaders so I dug into my lead pile and painted up some Perry AWI British Officers to lead the king's forces. The poses of the figures are very nice and give a real feel to the period. The gentlemen with the sword raised will act as the army general until I have some time to paint up a proper high command and the others will be brigade commanders. I painted them in the traditional British uniform of red, blue and white. A note on the red in that I'm not entirely sure how I feel about it. I do like it.... but then again I'm rarely if ever completely satisfied with any reds I do as it's either too dark or too light or too pinkish or too much orange or something frigg'in too much of. I'll try a different tone with something else and see which one I prefer more and change this if I have too.

I now happily have enough figures to play small games with and even have more plans for AWI soon. but I'm going to take a small break from it and paint some other things I've been meaning to do, so until then keep your brushes going.

Thanks for viewing!:-)
Miniature Company- Perry miniatures


Sunday, April 27, 2014

In case you were wondering


Since all my non-battle posts have only featured Americans so far I thought some might be wondering if I have British troops for my AWI collection the answer is indeed I do.:-) As a matter of fact I have more British then I do Americans and this is the reason for the concentration on painting Americans, and I also like painting Hunting shirts and militia. :-).

The British featured here are not painted by myself, but rather figures I bought already finished. They were painted nice and cleanly and I got them for a great price so I was very pleased.  However, I did have to do some touch ups on the paint jobs and paint out all the eyes as they had a Marty Feldman "bug eyed" look. I personally stopped painting eyes on my own figures years ago as it's totally unnecessary IMHO at 28mm, and realistically you would not see them, plus you have to paint them perfect on each one or it will actually detract instead of improve a good paint job. They were also based singly so I had to pop them off and re-base them onto my standard multi-base stands for my collection.

The figures are mostly Front Rank and not very good in terms of sculpting , but in defence of Front Rank which I happen to really like btw these are some of their older sculpts. Currently in other ranges they are producing some of the best figures on the market so I really hope they go back and redo their 28mm AWI range as I'd be buyer! One unit I have no idea the manufacturer(Hinchcliffe?), but these too are not to my taste. Anyhow, like I said they were all cleanly painted and a great price so I'm not complaining as they look just fine on the battlefield!:-)

This pretty much covers my regular and light British regiments for now, but I need to add some Grenadiers, Artillery, Commanders, Loyalist units, and some German allies yet. So plenty for me to personally paint up for the crowns forces.

Thanks for viewing!:-)
Miniature Company- Front Rank, Unknown?

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Dry Climate/Arid Battle Cloth and thoughts on gaming


I've been meaning to do a a more arid battle cloth for quite some time as my current battle cloth has limited me to Europe and North America in full summer bloom with rich greens and plenty of healthy vegetation and grass. So, yesterday I set to work in toxic fumes to see what I could do. This new battle cloth opens up the Mediterranean, parts of Africa, Asian coastal or near water source areas, North America and Europe in late summer or hotter drier periods. Overall I'm pleased, but it still needs more work I'm sure, but I'll need to have some games on it with troops and terrain to better see where I'm coming up short.

On the gaming front I and others from the group have been thinking of ways to consolidate our rules so as to spend more time gaming and less time reading. We game once or twice a month and so it can be quite sometime in between games and so we often forget the rules and have to re-read things.

Black Powder I think is a great choice as a default rule set as it's easy to learn and collect for and is pretty fun. Sure, you will probably find period specific rule sets that are better, but that comes with a cost of having to re-learn them over and over again unless you virtually only play one period. Since we like a variety of periods using black powder weapons it seems wise to use a more all purpose rule set where you need not worry about reading the rules before and during games.

Ancients is bit more difficult as we have Armatti and Impetus camps(I love Impetus, but others are put off by all the errata). We have yet to try Hail Caesar so I'm hopeful everyone will like it so we can move to a consensus on something.

Skirmish is difficult to have one default rule set, but we are looking at trying to focus one to each period which will help.

Perhaps it's our age? where we are looking less for the newest and coolest rules, but the easiest way we can get our toys on the table and play.

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