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The thin red… err brown line

The thin red… err brown line

As some might remember, I decided to build my WWII British forces this year. Essentially this meant starting from nothing and ending the year with at least the Infantry platoon, two Sherman and a Churchill troop, Bren carriers, AT guns and some Recce elements. If everything went fine also some Funnies and Cromwells, but I do not want to push things too far.

With the armour progressing well (only the Churchills and Recce tanks missing) it was time to finish off the infantry. Having finished all the support, command, NCO and squad based heavy weapons already, it was time for the riflemen now. And that was not the most entertaining work, so doing 40 poor bloody infantry in one go proved a stupid idea. Even though I decided them into two batches, I still felt my interest drifting to other topics all the time. So essentially while these were started in April before our holiday, I only finished them this week. But I am happy I am done with them, since the only things missing now are the bicycle messenger, some extra AT crews and a three men having a brew diorama.

But now on to the minis. They are a wild mix of Victory Force Miniatures, vintage (=pre-Warlord) Bolt Action Miniatures and Artizan Miniatures. Again all painted to represent the South Lancs. Here are the infantry sections. The SGTs and Bren teams were painted earlier on, but I felt it would be stupid to show them without. Please note that the squad composition is not definitive, I just assembled them at random yesterday.

British Infantry (1st Section)

British Infantry (1st Section)

British Infantry (2nd Section)

British Infantry (2nd Section)

British Infantry (3rd Section)

British Infantry (3rd Section)

British Infantry (4th Section)

British Infantry (4th Section)

British Infantry (5th Section)

British Infantry (5th Section)

There are also more riflemen and the 2″ mortar (one was still on the TO&E late war and usually attached to platoon HQ). I have to say, that I am not sure what I painted all these extra riflemen for, since they sure cannot all be part of the HQ element. A couple of years ago I spend an afternoon in the Imperial War Museums library researching this and I am sure these are needed to bring the platoon to strength, but the information is safely written down in a notebook that my better half safely put away over the winter… but cannot remember where. :-/ So until I find that notebook or can remember what I painted these for, these are just the extras.

British Infantry (the extras)

British Infantry (the extras)

And then there are also a few Sappers to round things off. These minis are all from Warlord Games and I have to say, I am happy they do without those stupid cartoon faces they use for the German with the metal Brits!

British Sappers

British Sappers

And last here is a group shot of all the infantry (minus the Mortar and AT teams).

British Infantry group shot

British Infantry group shot

So this is it for today. I started work on the prize minis yesterday and hope to have them done by the end of this weekend or early next week when I will post pictures of them before they go in the mail. After that it is going to be those Murawski Poles and after that… well no idea yet! :-D

 

Sale at Murawski Miniatures

OK, I guess everyone can see that I have taken a liking to them, with two post in just over a week about them. Well I do not mind it. I know that there is another reason for this sale and that is to create the funds to allow for a faster expansion of the line. And on the list for said expansion are goodies such as Polish hussars, chasseurs and cuirassiers. The later are especial interesting in my book, since they will finally allow us to re-create the Cavalrybrigade Thielmann at Borodino (together with those fine Saxon Cuirassiers from Eureka)! But I will pass the microphone on to Roger from Murawski Miniatures:

Hello everyone

I reach the big 50 this August and to help celebrate the occasion I have decided to hold my first ever sale!
To this end please see attached:
In addition I will be able to offer deals on shipping based on order size etc.
If you’d like further information please email me at:
roger.murrow@mmc2100.co.uk
Look forward to hearing from you.
Roger
PS Vistula Legion battalion packs are available – same as GDW
 
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Posted by on July 17, 2014 in Nap.: Poles, Napoleonic

 

Warzone Ressurection, Bauhaus vs. Bauhaus

Warzone Ressurection, Bauhaus vs. Bauhaus

Yesterday saw my second game of Warzone Resurrection and this time it was for effect already. To make sure that I can get some games in, I joined a mini league hosted by six other local gamers. Nothing too competitive, just a game per month. All games are played using the advanced game rules, at 1000 points using the standard OOB.

This months game was against Björn, the other Bauhaus player. I thought this was great. For one I could get a feel for the Bauhaus faction on an equal footing. And second I could also see how those Bauhaus units I did not have on my roster worked out, since I could not really get a feel for Bauhaus with last weeks game. So background wise, I would guess that the Bauhaus High-command got a bit anxious after one of my patrols was mopped up by the Dark Legion last week and decided to hold an excercise to see if they still had their edge. ;-) We rolled for an alpha level mission, “Search and destroy” in this case.

Bauhaus Battleline

So what did we field?

Mine, the 23rd Gebirgsturmbrigade the “Fenriswölfe”, were led by Max Steiner as Warlord. He had two six-men squads of Hussars with one LMG each and Scout training, two five-men squads of Venusian Rangers (both Squad Leaders had Medic Training) with three rocket launchers between them and a three-men squad of Vorreiter at his disposal

Table seen from the 23rd Gebirgssturm Brigades side

Table seen from the 23rd Gebirgssturm Brigades side

Björns troops were led by Angelica Drachen as the Warlord, commanding two five-men squads of Hussars (each with one rocket launcher) and two Vulkans in ranged combat configuration. There were also a three-men squad of Armoured Hussars “Juggernauts” and a five-women squad of Etoiles Mortants with a Gehenna Puker flamethrower. Both of these would not deploy at the beginning of the game, but Rapid Deploy (= airdrop) onto the table later. In case yo need to tell our units apart, Björns troops featured black uniforms and white armour, while mine (with the exception of the Rangers) had blue-grey uniforms and light grey armour.

Table seen from the "other" Bauhaus side

Table seen from the “other” Bauhaus side

The game began with a combat drop by the Juggernauts into the rear of my right hand Hussars and therefore into the right flank of the Vorreiter. Now this combat drop went wrong from the beginning in that they missed their target point and scattered into the board edge. To top things off this also ended their activation, without them being able to do a thing. This is where I got carried away a bit, in that I instantly charged engaged them with my Vorreiter (dumb thing since the Juggernauts would not have been able to do a thing this round anyway). Pushing their attack with both a Strategy and a Tactical Card, they were able to take out two Juggernauts and leave the remaining one with just one wound after close combat. Unfortunately it would take them another three rounds to finish the remaining one off in close combat.

Vorreiter charging into close combat

Vorreiter charging into close combat

Now the Etoiles Mortant combat dropped, and they hit their target area. The first one used her flame-thrower on the Venusian Rangers hiding in the woods. One ranger managed to survive due to the Squad Leaders Medic ability, but both squad leaders and two more Rangers perished in the flames. The other Etoiles engaged the Hussars in close combat, killing two of them, the LMG trooper being steadfast in close combat.

Venusian Ranger deployment zone

Venusian Ranger deployment zone

The rest of the round went pretty unspectacular. Björns Hussars advanced, same as mine on the right flank. My Hussars on the left flank hit back at the Etoiles Mortant. Two of the ladies died when shot at, while the Squad Leader survived the fire. The LMG trooper remained locked in close combat. Angelica Drachen moved forward while trying to remain out of sight from her adversaries and deployed a distortion device in front of the Rangers (which had no effect on the game whatsoever). The Vulkans moved forward, but kept out of firing range to prevent return fire from the Venusian Rangers Rocket Launcher. But the Vulkan Squad received some damage from Max Steiners HMG, before he had to move out of the forest to escape some arachnids that were crawling around him and the Rangers. The Rangers had to leave the forest for the same reason, but one of the squads at least managed to kill the Etoiles Mortants Squad Leader and the trooper with the flamethrower (the later with a shot from a rocket launcher). And thus ended the first round.

Sneaking up

Sneaking up

Next came a relative lull in the game. As I said before, the Juggernauts and Vorreiter traded punches, without doing much damage to one another. Björns Hussars by the forest traded shots with the Rangers, slowly reducing each others numbers, with the Rangers receiving more than the dealt out (due to them having to move back into the woods). The Etoiles Mortants and Fenriswolf Hussars remained engaged with one another, but again the LMG trooper and the remaining Etoile failed to harm one another. The 23rd´s Hussars on the right called in an aerial barrage on the Vulkans, which while quite true on target, failed to do more than a single hit on the Vulkan Squad Leader. In return they themselves were the target of an aerial barrage, called in from their counterparts which cost them one trooper. All the while these two Hussar units advanced on one another. The most interesting part the Vulkans firing on Max Steiner, costing him one wound, while Steiner took out the Vulkan Squad Leader.

Vulkan in action

Vulkan in action

The next round saw more of that. One of the Venusian Rangers rocket launchers damaged the remaining Vulkan, while Steiner added to the damage (unfortunately I had forgotten to aim, so the damage was spread out instead of hitting the already damaged engine, which would cost me dearly), before hiding in the undergrowth. When the Vulkan opened up on Steiner, it scored three wounds taking my Warlord to of the game. On the right flank my Hussars had to advance first and moved behind the Warehouse, with their counterparts still behind the corner.  When their counterparts moved around the corner as well, they were able to get a few shots of, but only manage to kill the LMG operator. To finish the round of Björns Hussars near the forest traded further shots with my Venusian rangers, loosing one of their own while killing the last two Rangers from the first squad. Now everything would depend on how the engagement behind the warehouse would end and how fast my Vorreiter would end their close combat.

Venusian Ranger vs. Hussars

Venusian Ranger vs. Hussars

At the beginning of the next round the remaining Venusian Ranger fired his rocket launcher at the Vulkan doing further damage, only to be killed by the Vulkan later that turn. At the same time the Fenriswölfe Hussars behind the warehouse actived and fired their grenade launchers at the enemy Hussars killing them all except for the trooper with the rocket launcher.

Hussars clashing

Hussars clashing

Björns Hussars by the forest were attacking the remaining Ranger (still alive at this time), while mine were getting into position to attack either the Vulkan or Angelica Drachen, who had finally started to advance again. But now a Vorreiter killed the last Armoured Hussar, freeing the other two join the battle for good. One attacked the Vulkan adding further damage to the walker. The other one attacked Angelica Drachen casing her one wound.

Vorreiter attacking

Vorreiter attacking

The next turn saw Angelica Drachen act first (I managed to lose initiative every single round by the way) and charged Vorreiter causing him minimal damage. Up next the Vorreiter themselves activated. The one locked in close combat disengaged freeing one of his mates to fire at Drachen, causing her one more wound. At the same time the last Vorreiter loosened of his HMGs at the Vulkan destroying it for good. Since my Hussars by the Warehouse had killed the last enemy Hussar on that flank and since my Hussars on the other flank were firing at Angelica Drachen as well, Björn and I decided to call it a win for the Fenriswölfe and end the game.

Angelica Drachen and a Vorreiter locked in close combat

Angelica Drachen and a Vorreiter locked in close combat

All in all it was a great game. I sure made a couple of mistakes, but these should not happen again, so there was a lot to be learned from this game. Plus it was great fun, with a top opponent.

 

 
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Posted by on July 13, 2014 in Bauhaus, Sci-Fi, Warzone Resurrection

 

Birthday / Milestone giveaway… the draw

Hello everyone,

I am very pleased to announce that this morning I made the draw on the Birthday / Milestone giveaway and these are the winner (in order of their draw with their allocated prices based on their wishes if mentioned):

Fran aka. The Angry Lurker was drawn first and will have Napoleon painted as per his wish.

Monty aka. the Twin Cities Gamer was second out of the hat and will have Lord Uxbridge painted.

And the last name to be drawn was Ubique Matt and he will receive Edward I / Longsshanks.

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All the winners have been contacted via eMail. Once I know if anyone of them wants to swap his mini from the draw for one of their own choice or not painting will commence on the minis!

I want to thank you all for taking part and congratulate the winners! Like the Prince of Monaco always says after the F1 Grand Prix (and just as non-discriminating as he does)… I am glad it is you!

 

 
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Posted by on July 13, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

Warzone Resurrection: Bauhaus Venusian Rangers

Well last weekends game showed me, that I really need some troops to match my Warlord. Now there would have been two options… paint up another Warlord or paint up the troops to match Max Steiner. I went for the later. So here are two squads of Venusian Rangers. Good thing the minis were already prepared and only needed to be painted.

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Always loved these guys. They are about the toughest special forces Bauhaus has to offer. They are used to operate long periods on their own. So much so that they operate for weeks on end in the long night of the Venusian Jungles and are forces to take vitamins for lack of sun exposure (I think this was in the fluff for the 2nd Edition). And to top off their bad-ass background, they all wear skulls masks. For me they have always been a must have so this edition was no different.

Venusian Ranger (group shot)

Venusian Ranger (group shot)

The minis themselves are a bit of a wild mix. One squad is all standard legs, torsos and with the exception of the trooper carrying the rocket launcher and spare ammo also standard arms. The other squad has the torsos from the Hussars. Why? Well when I assembled them a few weeks ago, I had to find that one of my packs from the Kickstarter was missing its arms. No big deal, I altered the guys at Prodos to this and they send me a replacement. But in the meantime I had managed to lose the torsos already cleaned up. I guess if I had contacted Prodos about this, they would have sent me new ones, but it was my mistake and it would have become really embarrassing at this point, so I just improvised. But I guess this is not enough of a wild mix, is it! So the heads are from the Kickstarer exclusive weapons pack. Those heads are a little wider and more accentuated than the ones that normally come with the minis and I really like them better. The camo capes are from the weapons set as well, but I sculpted the hoods that are pulled over the heads myself from Greenstuff. These hoods have always been a trademark in their artwork, so I simply could not do with them in a pulled down position!

Venusian Ranger Red Squad

Venusian Ranger Red Squad

Venusian Ranger Red Squad Leader

Venusian Ranger Red Squad Leader

Venusian Ranger Rocket Launcher

Venusian Ranger Rocket Launcher

Venusian Ranger Rocket Launcher (rear)

Venusian Ranger Rocket Launcher (rear)

When it comes to painting, I had first planned to paint their body armour white (as per the fluff). I wanted to do their capes in a winter splinter pattern (as they are right now) and their uniforms in the same winter camo I did Max Steiner in. But I was a bit afraid, that they would look too bleak that way and would lack contrasts. Since my better half had the same opinion I did a test mini first. The result was great if you wanted something to really hide in the snow. The test mini did not stand out before a light background, the camo did brake up its outline, but it looked bleak and lacked contrast big time. So back to the drawing board and I replaced the camo uniforms with dark blue ones. Which did the trick. The squads leaders got a red and blue backdrop to their Bauhaus markings (the cog on the shoulder armour) to set them apart from the rest of the troops.

Venusian Ranger Blue Squad

Venusian Ranger Blue Squad

Venusian Ranger Blue Squad Leader

Venusian Ranger Blue Squad Leader

Venusian Ranger Marksman

Venusian Ranger Marksman

Venusian Ranger

Venusian Ranger

Weapons wise, while two in every five men can take a racket launcher I only give three of the minis one. I think four rocket launchers for 10 men is too much, especially if you end up running into an opponent with hardly any vehicles or none at all! Plus, I really hope Prodos will give them back the option to take HMGs they had in previous incarnation of the game. If that happens, the higher ration of rifles in the squads will make the switch to HMGs easier.

Hope you like them! Now it is back to historical minis for me… my WWII Brits, the Napoleonic Poles and the price minis for the birthday giveaway (everyone remember the draw is tomorrow). See you!

 
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Posted by on July 12, 2014 in Bauhaus, Sci-Fi, Warzone Resurrection

 

New from Murawski Miniatures

Right now I am feeling the call of Napoleonics again. So once I done with those WWII Brits on my table right now, I shall tackle some Poles from Murawski Miniatures. I am currently cleaning those up (and am waiting for a few more in the mail to complete the numbers for this regiment) and they have given me quiet some joy just cleaning them up due to their level of detail and crisp animation. So in this mood of happiness I stumbled over their July newsletter and thought I should share it with you.Those firing line look ace, especially the command and I think they will make a great addition to my collection in the future!

These pictures here just show some of my favorites, but I think their July newsletter is well worth checking out!

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Warzone Resurrection, Bauhaus vs. Dark Legion

Warzone Resurrection, Bauhaus vs. Dark Legion

So today I played my first game of Warzone Resurrection against Andreas´ Dark Legion.  It was a fairly small game with 750 points for each side and just the standard OOB. My Bauhaus troops were led by Max Steiner and consisted of two squads of Hussars (one 5-men with rocket launcher and one 6-men with LMG), three Armoured hussars and a Vulkan. Andreas´ forces were led by a custom warlord and consisted of two squads of Undead Legionaries lead by a Necromutant each, two squads of Necromutants, two Razides and a Necrobeast rider. We played the fighting withdrawal scenario, which essentially meant, that we both had to try to get our forces off the opponents table edge. So far so good. And how did it go?

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Well not so good for me! Max Steiner had deployed in a foxhole slightly in front of the troops, leading from the front. I quickly had to find that even hard cover, camouflage and LOS drawn through yet more terrain is no guarantee for survival. So while he was waiting to spring the trap on the advancing enemy, he received a wound from a Razide (who can ignore terrain when firing), topped of by two Undead Legionaries who rolled natural ones (which means no saves and no heal rolls). So he was dead before he even fired a shot. Otherwise there was not much action there since virtually everyone else was out of range and just advancing. Except for the second Razide, who gave my Vulkan two critical hits to the engine. :-/

Razide about to take a shot at Max Steiner

Razide about to take a shot at Max Steiner

The second round saw initiative go to the Dark Legion. The first unit to activate was the Razide and not wanting to lose my Vulkan I played a card that reduced its rate of fire to zero. So Andreas bumped that up to at least one shot by spending a resource card and lo and behold… two more critical hits on the engine and kaboom went the Vulkan. Which meant points wise, I was just 60 points short of having lost half my force. It about went on like that. I activated my Armoured Hussars only for Andreas to lay a card that did not allow them to fire any weapons that turn. So I put them on defensive mode (bumping their armour to maximum) and advanced them into a better position for next round. Only to have two of them killed by Necromutant assault rifles. The next round the remaining Armoured Hussar charged the custom Warlord through the walls of a large ruin (there is a reason these are called Juggernauts) only to be overcome by his fear of the undead on the other side and doing no harm, but being shredded apart be the Necromutants. Now I was down to less than a third of my points and had not caused a single casualty. But at least now my Hussars were moving into firing positions.

Hussars moving into firing postion

Hussars moving into firing position

But this did them no good. while the ones on my left flank at least managed to pick off one Legionnaire, they were slowly mauled by the crossfire coming at them from three directions. Not that their mates on the other flank were better off. They received some flank fire, but took it in stride only to be charged by the Necrobeast rider. It was a real monster in close combat and it moved through the rank and file like a hot knife through butter. In the end only the trooper with the rocket launcher remained and managed to get off two shots (over tow rounds) at paint blank range at the beast, but one of those got caught up in its armour. After that, he two was killed.

Hussars being charged by the Necrobeast Rider

Hussars being charged by the Necrobeast Rider

Shortly after we called it a day, with me only having one Hussar on the table (the only mini who constantly seemed to roll good). On the other hand I had only managed to cause some minimal damage to the Necrobeast and killed one Legionnaire. I guess this was a resounding victory for the forces of evil who now marched on….

The forces of evil advancing

The forces of evil advancing

All in all I can say, I have had more pleasant first games, but those are the whims of the dice! But Andreas was great to play with and I learned a few things (in addition to “do not roll below average, when your opponent rolls above average”). Amongst them is that no amount of cover of camouflage can save you from natural ones, so never deploy your Warlord in an advanced position on his own, even if it is a great position. Oh and expensive units can just as easily be gone before they even did a thing!

Anyway, I am going to leave you with the panorama shots of the table. Lets see how next weekends league game is going to go!

Table seen from the Dark Legion side

Table seen from the Dark Legion side

Table seen from the Bauhaus side

Table seen from the Bauhaus side

 

 

 

 
 

Hedges and roads

Hedges and roads

I know it has been unusually quiet these past few days. There have been lots of personal things to take care of and I am still having problems getting into the spirit to continue (and thus finish) my WWII British Infantry. So last week I worked some more on my terrain. Up first were more dirt road pieces. Not sure if I have mentioned it, but I have been growing ever more unhappy with them. Mainly because (i) I have a lack of dedicated junction pieces, (ii) many of the pieces are rather short which makes for uneven long straits on the table and (iii) some of the older pieces have rather rough edges.

So I took out the fiberboard, cut it all to shape with a saber saw, textured paint, regular paint, highlight and some static grass in the middle and I was done. I actually wanted to apply static grass to the edges of all pieces (old and new), but found that my stocks of the colour I use for terrain (and WWII minis) is almost depleted (used a lot on those river boards), so that will have to wait until I have filled up my stocks. Not too many pictures of those here, since i feel they are ultimately boring, but you can see them on the photos of the hedges.

Hedges

Hedges

A while ago I mentioned that I wanted to do a low version of Bocage and while I said “soon” almost two years ago, I finally got around to doing so. But I am not really calling them Bocage. I rather want to be able to use them as an unkept hedge as well, so they are not completely Bocagy. Here the approach was quite simple as well. I had cut some smaller fiberboard strip when doing the roads. Onto these I glued cut-off pieces of pink foam (left from the river board project) to give the hedges a base. Structured paint all over it so I could go wild with spray primers and glues (which proved important later on), a coat of black spray primer and some brown wash. I applied static grass to the edges to make them blend in on the table and then came the clump foliage. For the first piece I painted it with white glue and just dipped it into the foliage. I found this to be a bad idea. It looked great, but the foliage had so much tension, that it kept loosening and had to be pushed back all the time while things dried. I had heard that super glue was great for clump foliage, but I did not want to got though bottles of that, so I tried hot glue, which worked like a charm. At this point the structured paint paid off, since it protected the pink foam from the heat rather nicely! So anyway 1 ½ days and roughly a dozen hot glue cartridges later this is what I got:

Hedges

Hedges

Hedges

Hedges

I also added to gate pieces. The gates were scratchbuilld from matches, coffee stirrers, miniature scantling, the working hinges are from wire and plasticard. I am very much aware that I will need more pieces including some that are shorter, contain a tree or have rounded corners. But for now this was more of a test piece and I was not too sure how far my three bags of foliage would last. Plus I have almost run out of hot glue now. But since I only used up ⅓ of the foliage, there will be much more to go for in coming months.

Hedges

Hedges

Hedges

Hedges

 
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Posted by on July 3, 2014 in Terrain building

 

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Birthday / Milestone giveaway

Birthday / Milestone giveaway

So it is time for another giveaway on this blog.

So what are we celebrating? Well, a number things actually. For one this blog turned three in April. “Uh… what… April, you say! Why only now?” Because I wanted to wait for a number of other things to happen. One is that this blog reached 125 followers (actually this figure was actually breached in April, too). Some may remember, that we were higher already, but this is before I severed the connection via Facebook, which contained a number of people, who are not interested in Wargaming and therefore just muddied things up. So being back to that level was a huge milestone for me! Third we breached 250.000 hits, Oddly enough, it seems that Fran aka. the Angry Lurker was the visitor that pushed us over a milestone once more (this has happened twice in the past). Fourth, we breached 2000 comments earlier this month. Fifth… this is actually the 250th post! Oh and we have our first follower via Twitter… Fran again ;-)! All in all I feel this warrants another giveaway!

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So what is up for grabs?

Well last year, I gave away some books on historical topics. I was thinking about doing the same once more, but honestly, all books went overseas last year and the shipping on them nearly killed me! Given my financial situation I decided  to go back to basics this year and offer you some painted miniatures and these are (in order of them being drawn):

  1. Lord Uxbridge from Perry Miniatures
  2. Edward I, King of England from eBob Miniatures
  3. Napoleon (on foot) by Perry Miniatures
Giveaway miniatures

Giveaway miniatures

All of these come from my own stocks and were not donated. The minis will be painted over the next few weeks, but it might take until after the draw that they are actually finished. Depending on request I will either change the basing on these minis or send them un-based. To give you and idea of what the finial minis will look like… here is a photo of the Uxbridge mini I painted for myself two years ago:

Lord Uxbridge and ADC´s

Lord Uxbridge and ADC´s

Should you feel that you are not interested in any of these minis… well you can always have something else painted by me. Essentially send me a substitute (one 28mm mini or four 20mm or six 15mm minis or even a single 20mm or 15mm vehicle are fine, but talk to me… depending on the topic this can be expanded), tell me how you would like it painted and it will be done!

Now what do you have to do to get into the draw?

  1. Comment on this post and if you prefer one of the above miniatures, mention it. If it is still available at the time your name gets drawn, it is yours.
  2. Be a subscriber to this blog. There are essentially four ways to do this. (i) If you have a WordPress account you can follow this blogs, via WordPress. (ii) You can subscribe via eMail (third option from the top on the right). (iii) Or you can follow via Twitter (second option from the top on the right). (iv) The fourth option is to have this blog on your blogroll on your own blog (I know there are people who follow blogs that way). While you can follow this blog via RSS feed, there is unfortunately no way for me to know, so that is excluded. You need to be a subscriber at the time of the draw obviously, but I would be happy if you remained one after it, too!
  3. You do not need to post about this give-away on your blog. But if you do with a link back to this post, you get a second ticket in the draw (please mention it in the comments here, as that makes it easier to check).

And this is it. The draw will be held on the 13th of this July 0800h CET, so make sure you toss your hat in the ring by that time! Good luck!

 

Tweetings from the future and camera news

So first things first. As you may or may not know, there are currently two ways to follow this blog. If you are a WordPress user, you can just follow via WordPress. If not, there currently is only the option to follow via eMail or RSS (or some outside program). I decided to give you another option. If you have a Twitter account you can now also follow this blog on Twitter at: @DHCWargamesBlog . Hope this proves a nice option for some of you!

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In other news. Some of you will have heads me complaining about the picture quality lately. For some time now I have been using a Canon Eos 40D to take photos. On the first day of our recent holiday to the UK it suddenly started acting up. I got an error message, that the contacts between the lens and camera were dirty and had to be cleaned up. Cleaning did not help, which was quite annoying, since the camera refused to take a photo. A quick search on the internet showed, that this could either be a damaged shutter in the lens or a ghost in the machine in the camera (believe it or not, this can happen with the 40D after a number of years). Since it only happened with the wide angle lens and not the tele, we put it down to a problem with the lens. Since the lens would still work unless at maximum wide angle, we chose to just sit it out. Until the range where it worked got ever smaller and it eventually stopped working completely.
My parents were kind enough to send us an older lens to Scotland via courier. To this day, I can still not believe the driver actually found us there! (Imagine a village 1 1/2 hours from the next supermarket, add a 20 minute drive via a single track road and at the end of said road a five minute walk through woods to an unmarked blockhouse.) So for roughly a week we had a working lens again. Until the photos started to become unfocused or over- and underexposed. Which all indicated that it was not the lens, but the camera after all. After all… How big are the chances for two lenses breaking at about the same time? At this time, I would have loved to shoot the whole bleeping camera!

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Well it seems this can actually happen (the two lenses breaking, not the shooting that is!). My better half has had her eye on a Canon Eos 70D for a long time and when one of the German department stores had a great online offer earlier this month she ordered one. Last week it finally arrived in store and she picked it up. We put the first lens on the camera, only to find that it gave the same error. At this point I wanted to try out the second lens and when I removed it from the 40D a plastic ring dropped before my feet. This usually prevents light from going places in the lens where it should not. So essentially both lenses seem to be broken after all.

Either way, I now have access to a working camera (two actually) again and pictures should be much better again in the future! Actually the photos and video of the two Meka suits earlier this week were taken with the 70D already and I hope the difference shows!

 
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