Sonntag, 12. Februar 2017

Balbus the disfigured - Early Republican Roman command stand

Finally I've made it! My first scheduled friday-submission!
Well, live is rather busy around here with me being away on in-company training for much of the time as well as taking over new responsibilities in my job. Normally I would have planned to have more time for painting this challenge, but alas it was not to be. I'm rather sure most of you know such real live issues only to well so I stop blathering and will come straight to business.

 I've always been fascinated by anything Roman. As a kid I loved to dress up as Roman centurion for carnival and birthday parties. Most of my friends preferred the more traditional cowboy or Native-American costumes though. This love continues to the present day and albeit not dressing up as Roman anymore I still read and watch anything vaguely related. So it's certainly of little surprise that I jump at any chance to paint up a few nice miniatures for this period.

 The miniatures for this little command stand come from the excellent Aventine range of Early Republican Romans as well as Etruscans. The casualty though is from Armorum & Aquila miniatures and while a little rough in detail, still a very nice and atmospheric sculpt. The decals used are from the more than commendable Little Big Men Studios. What's a little odd about the commanders sculpt though is he's sporting six fingers on his left hand. It took me a while to figure out why I felt there was something odd with this miniature.

 I had these cuties sitting in my lead pile for what felt like ages. Initially I had planned to paint them up for use with Impetus, but I prefer using 15's for games with largish formations. To this end I'll probably use these with SAGA or any other skirmish game. I think I'll call the commander Balbus (latin for Stammering One).No idea when I'll come around to paint up some retinue for him though.

I want them to represent Romans from the early Republic, so round about the time when they freed themselves from Etruscan rule and started to subjugate their immediate neighbours. While in Greece at that time large battles were fought with the well known Phalanxes fighting it out, battles in Italy still were fought at a somewhat smaller scale. Often these battles were nothing more than small skirmishes or kettle raids.

Dienstag, 7. Februar 2017

If walls could talk...

It was a sad day for Frank Sperber, Obergefreiter of the Wehrmacht, when he returned home for the first time in over a year. The last time he saw the house he had called his home was when he departed for his first assignment after basic training, sitting on the floor of a horse cart, holding a lock of blonde hair in his left hand. He was to join a newly raised Panzergrenadierdivision in France and he could still vividly remember his parents, standing at the garden gate, waving him goodbye with tears in their eyes as if they'd knew what was to come. And there was Anne... 

Freitag, 13. Januar 2017

'Liberated' R35 in German service

As certainly some of my regular followers will be aware of, I'm currently taking part in the frenzy that is the Annual Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge. Thus service on this blog might be even more erratic than usual. 
Panzerkampfwagen 35R 731(f) - France June 1940

Sonntag, 25. Dezember 2016

Red Devils on the prowl

I actually wanted to start this post ranting about the latest update to the Blogger Dashboard...
but it being Christmas Day and all I decided to save my breath. But I'm in all honesty considering to stop using Blogger. It became a pain in the butt to work with on the tablet and thus I'm considering different possibilities for the future. Also I want to apologize for a lack of comments on your collective blogs. I'll try to make good for that in the next few days. But that's enough of my whining for now, so on to the miniatures I'd say!

Sonntag, 20. November 2016

A bridge too far?

I hope you don't mind my rather pathetic title for this post but honestly no matter how hard I tried nothing wittier sprang to mind.

Fallschirmjäger crossing a river near Monte Cassino - May 1944

Sonntag, 30. Oktober 2016

Final Fallschirmjäger installment... for now

I would never have guessed it when I (re-) started work on my Fallschirmjäger force for Bolt Action, but I actually managed to paint up all the figures I had sitting in the lead pile for this particular project. Well, the white metal ones that is. I've not yet decided if I'll go down the plastic way for future reinforcements or if I'll bite the bullet and stay with heavy metal.
At the moment that doesn't matter that much though, as the force is at about 1600 points now and as such more than fully playable.

As mentioned in previous posts I'll be using the Fallschirmjäger Theatre Selector from 'Duel in the sun' for this force and as such there were several choices I still needed to round out my force.

Freitag, 21. Oktober 2016

The Landsknecht experience

As I only recently finally finished the Panzer IV I owed my good friend Chris, it was about high time to finish the figures I had agreed to paint for Curt as well.
We do have a small trans-atlantic miniatures exchange program running where he paints one or two miniatures per year for me and in exchange he get's roughly the same number from me.
We don't have a set topic for the miniatures we paint for each other. It's more a combination of what we do want to paint and what the recipient would like to get painted.

During last years Challenge Curt started work on a wonderful "Italian Wars" project and also painted up a spiffing and quite extraordinary piece of equipment called "The Death Bell of Breugel Bosch". If you haven't seen it already I strongly urge you to have a look at this rather inspired and twisted take on renaissance artillery. Well, be it as it may, when I first saw it I knew what I wanted to paint up for Curt. If only had I known what I was in for...

I've fancied trying my hand on Landsknechte for some time already and here it was, the perfect excuse... errr.... chance to get my feet wet without delving in head first. So I ordered these two fellas from the Bruegelburg range of pseudo-Landsknecht / renaissancish figures by Lead Adventure Miniatures. I really like the distinct style all the Lead Adventure miniatures have to them, but honestly these two were not that easy to paint...

... and this had nothing to do with the quality of the sculpts or the casting. It was simply me seriously underestimating the amount of work you need to put into the paint job to make it look suitably "Landsknecht". All the little detail, the puffy Landsknecht clothing, the feathers and what not...
I really tip my hat to all of you out there actually painting a 28mm (or bigger for that matter) Landsknecht army. After this experience I'm cured and definitely won't paint a Landsknecht force any time soon... in 28mm at least.

So these two together with "Han Solo" whom I painted up as entry fee for the challenge will be on their way to Regina CA asap. With this my debts are settled and I can lean back and look forward to the looming 7th incarnation of the Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge.
I hope Curt likes what he'll get and my apologies for being late with my entry fee, but I'm a little cheap with posting you know ;-)

Sonntag, 9. Oktober 2016

Panzer IV Ausführung H

With the the next incarnation of the AHPC (a well known acronym for Annual Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge) already looming on the horizon I thought it about high time to start paying my debts from  last years challenge.

Fallschirmjäger advancing under cover of a Panzer IV - Italy June 1944

Sonntag, 2. Oktober 2016

15mm Battle of the Bulge 76mm Sherman tanks

I've recently bought into 'Tanks', the newish game by Battlefront Miniatures, and thought it to be the perfect opportunity to continue work on my 15mm 'Battle of the Bulge' project.
In order to make up a full platoon of 76mm armed Shermans I bought another plastic sprue of this rather superb kit. Unfortunately my digicam seems to be about to quit service slowly but surely, so the colour balance in todays pics is heavily on the yellowish side. Also it looks like all the fine weathering with streaking, rust and so on didn't come through on the pics...