Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Jimmy "High Flying" Jameson(Chaos in Cairo Character)

Jimmy "High Flying" Jameson
Status-Party Sponsor
Date of Birth-1904
Current Date-1926

Jimmy is the son of George Jameson a very wealthy business man from an old aristocratic southern family from the state of South Carolina. Jimmy was expected to follow in the family business of running a very large peach plantation ,but of course Jimmy had other ideas.

Jimmy's passion in life has always been aviation since he was a kid right on up through his adolescent years and young adulthood. He hungrily devoured stories of the Wright Brothers ,WWI aces Manfred Albrecht Freiherr von Richthofen(Red Baron) , William "Billy" Avery Bishop, and Edward "Eddie" Vernon Rickenbacker while all the while dreaming of one day flying himself.

Through his fathers pressure Jimmy headed of to Yale University at the age of 18 to receive his education. While there Jimmy tried to give it a proper go and even joined the men's rowing team where he excelled and to his surprise also discovered he liked to write a bit. He started writing short stories(about flying of course) and keeping a journal. He tried to pay attention to his studies, but he just couldn't stop thinking about flying and so left Yale at 20 to seek a flying school of some sort and began his dream of being an aviation pilot like his heroes of the air.
In no time he found a local "Barn storming" group (stunt pilots) where he proved to be an amazingly apt pupil and learned how fly in very short order. In fact he was so talented his teacher was heard to remark "I wish we had him in the war as life would have been a heck of a lot easier in our troop". Soon, Jimmy was an active member travelling with the group and putting on stunt shows, selling air plane rides and even doing some crop dusting to help out local farmers. Life was grand ...... until his father showed up and forced him to quit by insisting he return to Yale and finish his studies.

Jimmy returned to Yale feeling depressed ,but not seeing much choice. When he was 21 this all changed one Friday when reading a National Geographic in the Library on Egypt and it's new postal service. It seems they had an air postal service running and were looking for qualified flyers. This was just the break he needed!
Jimmy headed straight to the bank and withdrew a small fortune in savings that he was entitled too from birthright. This was all easily accomplished without problems due to him being of proper age .... ohh and a little thing about also having a note he forged of his fathers signature approving the withdrawal that is!

Jimmy was off to a life of adventure and Flying! He also read about tombs and artefacts being found and studied in Egypt which might prove interesting to do on his non flying days. Now aged 22 he promptly boarded the closest available liner and headed to Cairo.

Later, Jimmy did become a famous pilot, but that is another story, because for now his adventures in Egypt is our topic at hand.

A side note in that Jimmy will be the narrator in the adventures of the group when I begin them and will be done in Journal format from Jimmy's perspective as inspired by Jason on Geektactica.

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Monday, January 17, 2011

Caballeros Hidalgos(Spanish Noble Knights)

As I mentioned earlier I would be starting a Christian mercenary army for the El Cid/Reconquista period for WAB.See my notes under El Cid labels for more information on this army.This is my first unit of Caballeros Hidalgos(Noble Knights) who were the cream of the Christian armies consisting primarily,but not exclusively of the wealthy noble born.
Like I mentioned they have a very Moorish flair to them to represent their cultural make up and their various employers they fought for both Christian and Moors.
The General is naturally the grizzled veteran on the white charger.I decided to grey his hair and even add some white to represent the hardship of years of hard campaigning.The army standard is carrying the large Lion banner which represents the commanders personal heraldry.The other knights are his personal bodyguards and most loyal supporters.
The army is done using army painter,but with added highlights which costs significant  painting time,but is still faster then black lining and doing the eyes.However,I will add that the white charger,white bits on the horses,shields and banners were all painted normally.All shields and banners are hand painted and painted in a uniformed colour scheme as I wanted the army to look as if they are all part of the same force,but varied the designs to still retain their individuality.With the bases,shields and banners in uniformed colour I was able to paint the clothes in different colours without losing an army identity and still stay somewhat within period background.
I did some minor conversion work in helmet adjustments and adding more length to their garments to try and give more of Spanish knight feel to them.
Another choice common to Spanish for this period is a heavy red and yellow,but I preferred to go with a deep red and off white as I like the more mellow tone as I hope some of you do as well.
Also,I mixed up several companies for this army as I wanted the variety for this one.
Thank you for reading and viewing. :-)
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Sunday, January 9, 2011

Miss Kitty Zombie Survivor

 As I mentioned at the club we have caught the zombie fever and are itching to sink our teeth(pun intended) into the genre.A combination of films,games and Hasselfree miniatures hooked me.Everyone in the group will collect a few survivors and some zombies to start.After we have a few painted up we will move on to doing terrain.We will start off with some free rules and maybe pick up some commercial ones.
This is the first of my Zombie Survivors Miss Kitty who looks pretty harmless....that is except for the twin  9mm's in each hand!My impression of Hasselfree miniatures up close is.........fantastic!!!!They are true 25mm and therefore on the small side.When holding them one sees they are very finely sculpted and delicate miniatures with superb detail and very clean.
I'm not that experienced in painting female figures as I'm a newcomer to pulp/horror genre with most of my experience in historical or warrior/monster fantasy, and so I really hope I did this figure some justice.I really enjoyed painting her and will do some more females in the future for sure hopefully improving as I go along as I really need more practice.By this I mean painting male skin and female skin is very different as the transition in tones on females needs to be more smooth or she will look too harsh and buffed out which wasn't what I wanted for her and probably most other female miniatures.
More post apocalyptic zombie stuff to follow  along with some soon to see El Cid,AWI and Chaos in Cairo.
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