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Lord of the Rings: Balrog

Reading the topic for the last theme round on the Analogue hobbies Painting Challenge I had many ideas going through my mind. From flamethrower tanks, men sitting around a camp fire. In the end I decided to do a French Napoleonic field forge. But as they say… no plan survives contact with the enemy. In this case the enemy was life. I had to prepare a number of minis for a tournament in Hamburg the previous weekend and by spontaneous decision my better half decided we should visit her family the week before the deadline. So this left me a mere two days to paint my entry. Not enough time to paint more than 10 men, two horses and number of carts for this vignette. So something else had to be found. Looking Moria deep under my lead pile I found the first version of Games Workshops Balrog from the Lord of the Rings range and honestly… what can be hotter than a Balrog? (Yes I know… naked ladies! ;-)) So in the words of Tolkien himself:

“The Balrog reached the bridge. Gandalf stood in the middle of the span, leaning on the staff in his left hand, but in his other hand Glamdring gleamed, cold and white. His enemy halted again, facing him, and the shadow about it reached out like two vast wings. It raised the whip, and the thongs whined and cracked. Fire came from its nostrils. But Gandalf stood firm.

‘You cannot pass,’ he said. The orcs stood still, and a dead silence fell. ‘I am a servant of the Secret Fire, wielder of the flame of Anor. You cannot pass. The dark fire will not avail you, flame of Udûn. Go back to the Shadow! You cannot pass.’

Balrog

Balrog

The Balrog made no answer. The fire in it seemed to die, but the darkness grew. It stepped forward slowly onto the bridge, and suddenly it drew itself up to a great height, and its wings were spread from wall to wall; but still Gandalf could be seen, glimmering in the gloom; he seemed small, and altogether alone: grey and bent, like a wizened tree before the onset of a storm.

From out of the shadow a red sword leaped flaming.

Balrog

Balrog

Glamdring glittered white in answer.

There was a ringing clash and a stab of white fire. The Balrog fell back and its sword flew up in molten fragments. The wizard swayed on the bridge, stepped back a pace, and then again stood still.

‘You cannot pass!’ he said.

Balrog

Balrog

With a bound the Balrog leaped full upon the bridge. Its whip whirled and hissed.

‘He cannot stand alone!’ cried Aragorn suddenly and ran back along the bridge. ‘Elendil!’ he shouted. ‘I am with you, Gandalf!’

Balrog

Balrog

‘Gondor!’ cried Boromir and leaped after him.

At that moment Gandalf lifted his staff, and crying aloud he smote the bridge before him. The staff broke asunder and fell from his hand. A blinding sheet of white flame sprang up. The bridge cracked. Right at the Balrog’s feet it broke, and the stone upon which it stood crashed into the gulf, while the rest remained, poised, quivering like a tongue of rock thrust out into emptiness.

Balrog

Balrog

With a terrible cry the Balrog fell forward, and its shadow plunged down and vanished. But even as it fell it swung its whip, and the thongs lashed and curled about the wizard’s knees, dragging him to the brink. He staggered and fell, grasped vainly at the stone, and slid into the abyss. ‘Fly, you fools!’ he cried, and was gone.”

And it seems I was no fool and it was a wise decision to make, for it nailed me a shared second place in the theme round (second time this happened to me, the first being my Michel Ney entry. Not bad for two days work!

Anyway, it was one lovely mini to work on in the first place. I especially loved the wings, which are structured in a way, that you can actually give them an intense heat sheen through the black!

Unfortunately, the last two weeks have been so busy again, that i hardly found the time to work on the next theme round entry, which will have to start today. Why can I simply not follow my own timetable! :-(

 

First game of our Warzone League season

First game of our Warzone League season

This month sees the start of the next installment of our Warzone League. Now last season there was five us. Which meant it was gritty, hardly representative and over too fast. In other words, it was not much more than a few friendly matches. So I just featured some reports of the games I played in the league.

And while we are still not playing for anything but glory, there are now ten of us. So this will last much longer and be much more representative. So I felt, it would be a shame if I just left you with my reports again and talked the others into supplying some reports of their matches as well, to feature them on this blog. To do all this, I set up a sub page of this blog to host the Warzone League games (although you can also access it directly through the NavBar at the top. I will also post a short article here on the main page to give followers a short heads up, that there is something new when there is a new report.

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Anyway… last Sunday saw the opening match of the league with a game of Andreas Dark Legion vs. Björns Bauhaus. so who won? Lets click here and find out! Enjoy!

 

 
 

Warzone Resurrection: Brotherhood Valkyries (3rd Entry / part 2, 5th AHPC)

Warzone Resurrection: Brotherhood Valkyries (3rd Entry / part 2, 5th AHPC)

Following up from yesterdays post, these are the other troops I needed for the tournament, some Brotherhood Valkyries. Now Imperial will only see its full release at Salute this year, so right now, the troops available are only a nucleus and they lack troops that can parachute anywhere. Luckily Imperial is allowed to take a few Brotherhood troops as support and amongst the choices are Valkyries, Brotherhoods parachute troops. Now one thing I noticed with many of the Brotherhood minis is, that they have more or less of a medieval look. So I wanted to give them a look like they are wearing medieval armour. This was only re-enforced, when I looked at the detail on the minis and found that the nay place (including joints) that does not seem to be covered by armour seems to be their buttocks. I guess the sculptor was male! ;-) They are described as very pure in their believes and I wanted to depict this with very shiny armour. I still had some Vallejo Airbrush Chrome paint that I had bought for a project I scrapped before I even started it so I gave that a try for the armour (including the buttocks). And I liked the final results a lot and did not want to ruin it with strong contrasts, so the joints and seams were only shaded a little bit. The effect did not last when I put on the matt varnish in the end, but now they have taken on a look of burned magnesium that I actually like a lot, too, so I have refrained from giving the armour a coat of gloss varnish. Otherwise they got dark weapons with chrome tips washed in blue, to show that they are electrified. The capes were done in red / white (red / gold for the squad leader) to keep with the medieval theme and blue translucent visors on their helmets and that was it.

Valkyries

Valkyries

Valkyries (back)

Valkyries (back)

So this is it for this week. Last week was taken up by painting the next theme round entry and a visit to my better halves family, but there will be more next week.

Oh and before anyone asks… these and the Imperial troops shown in recent weeks did well in Hamburg, earning me the 4th place overall.

 
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Posted by on February 11, 2015 in Brotherhood, Sci-Fi, Warzone Resurrection

 

Warzone Resurrection: Imperial Blood Berets (3rd Entry / part 1, 5th AHPC)

Warzone Resurrection: Imperial Blood Berets (3rd Entry / part 1, 5th AHPC)

First of all apologies for not posting these last Monday, when they have been finished for over a week now. I had to get these ten minis done for a tournament in Hamburg on the 31st (Saturday) and essentially I finished the bases on Friday morning. After driving well over 700 clicks that day and playing three matches, I needed Sunday to relax so they had to skip last weeks deadline.

Anyway… what do we have here? Up first are five Imperial Blood Berets. There are ten more of them (they are on my painting table right now), but with the deadline, I had to concentrate on the five I needed for the tournament. Blood Berets are part of Imperials large Special Forces contingent and are named for the color of their berets. And this is where I made the first change. Usually their berets should be blood-red, but I wanted them rather maroon to look more like British Paras (although they have no parachute skill). Also they are usually depicted fighting in the Venusian Jungle and therefore in green fatigues, green vests and armour painted in a camo of medium and dark green with light green dividers. Honestly, this was far too much green for my taste and I wanted more contrast. Plus my troops are not fighting on Venus (at least all the time), but are part of an expeditionary force that has to be at home on a number of planets and more importantly asteroids in the Outer Astroid Belt of the Solar System.

So I went with black fatigues and olive vests. I always loved this color combo since I first watched Space: Above and Beyond, so I decided to use it here. With the armour I went for a brown / green camo with tan dividers. I felt this provided more contrast and was more at home in a umber of settings!

Blood Berets

Blood Berets

Blood Berets (back)

Blood Berets (back)

Blood Berets

Blood Berets

So tomorrow, you will see the other troops I painted for Hamburg, but this is it for now!

 
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Posted by on February 10, 2015 in Imperial, Sci-Fi, Warzone Resurrection

 

Warzone Resurrection: Imperial Hurricane Walkers (2nd Entry, 5th AHPC)

Warzone Resurrection: Imperial Hurricane Walkers (2nd Entry, 5th AHPC)

So as promised last week, I am finally going to keep up with new entries for the AHPC competition.

And continuing with my Imperial forces for Warzone Resurrection, here are two of their light walkers known as Hurricane Walkers. Now the Walkers themselves (minus the Gun Nests) were done the previous weekend, but the bases and Gun Nests (and the Minotaurus from yesterdays theme round) took another week. The main time drain was the water on the one base which took ages to cast, followed by the gun nests. The later essentially contain three full models, but cast as one, which makes the details somewhat hard and time-consuming to paint. But here are the models.

Now I bought myself two models of these. That is… I did so even though I knew that in all likelihood I would only ever get to play one at any time. Under the OOB my group seems to prefer I am allowed only one light vehicle slot and these walkers always operate in units of one. But I wanted to see where I could actually take these models so I bought two. Usually those models come with a huge biohazard symbol on they right shoulder, but I felt this was over the top (even though they are fitted with poison gas cannons) and scratched that off. At first I had wanted to paint some freehand there, but I had to find that my skills with freehand have not gotten any better, so they will probably receive some custom decals in the future. But right now I still wanted to paint those areas and with something that could serve as a background for the decals later so I went with Tartan patterns. Since my unit is modeled on a SciFi version of the Black Watch, I picked wo patterns that can be associated with the unit. One got a Government pattern (the official unit pattern) and the other got a Stuart pattern (like is was worn by the pipers during for example the Napoleonic Wars).

Hurricane Walker "Stuart" with Radioactive Dome

Hurricane Walker “Stuart” with Radioactive Dome

So up first is “Stuart” which is being depicted at a full charge towards the enemy lines, dragging some barbed wire defenses through the mud. As one might see, the standard armament is a huge rotary HMG in one arm and a gas cannon in the other. On the back here you see the Radioactive Dome.

Hurricane Walker "Stuart" with Radioactive Dome

Hurricane Walker “Stuart” with Radioactive Dome

Personally I find the Radioactive quite redundant in game terms. It has a huge range (large enough to effect virtually the whole table in most games) and it does not distinguish between friend or foe. To make matters worse, the Hurricane Walker is not allowed to do anything else the turn it uses the dome, wasting all those other nice weapons. But the model comes with the Dome as the standard load out, so I had them and wanted to paint them. I decided not to do them in a camo pattern to match the rest of the walker, but rather in metal tones instead. I envisioned them to be large primitive reactors and therefore painted them up like you often see reactors in emerging cultures on TV shows like Star Trek or Stargate (yes I am a big nerd ;-) ).

Hurricane Walker "Stuart" with Radioactive Dome

Hurricane Walker “Stuart” with Radioactive Dome

Is there another option? Yes, there is! The Gun Nest. Essentially it is a place for the infantry to ride on the Walkers back, adding their own firepower to its arsenal. And while the range is not as good as that of the main gun, they add a hefty amount of firepower. But seeing it on the model in full charge… I would not want to be up there!

Hurricane Walker "Stuart" with Gun Nest

Hurricane Walker “Stuart” with Gun Nest

Hurricane Walker "Stuart" with Gun Nest

Hurricane Walker “Stuart” with Gun Nest

I magnetized both the Domes and Nests, so they can be switched around. The parts are actually a good fit, sone I could have done without, but I did not want anything to go flying, if I ever forgot. So better safe than sorry!

Hurricane Walker "Stuart" with Gun Nest

Hurricane Walker “Stuart” with Gun Nest

And before we move on… here is a detail shot of it dragging the barbed wire along.

Hurricane Walker "Stuart" (base detail)

Hurricane Walker “Stuart” (base detail)

Up next is “Government”. I wanted him to stand in a huge shell crater with one foot, which was supposed to be somewhat submerged in muddy waters. This gave me some problems, since this was the largest body of water I ever did with Vallejos Still Water. I wanted to lowest layers to look a bit milky, but overdid it a bit, so one can not see through them anymore (which also hides a Bauhaus helmet in the water). The other problems were, that the water somehow drew the masking tape I used as a boundary in, creating a somewhat wavy boundary. And last but not least, the lower layers had crept up the masking tape preventing the viewer from looking into the water from the side. So I eventually painted the edge over in black. So not quite the effect I wanted, but it can not be helped now.

Hurricane Walker "Government" with Radioactive Dome

Hurricane Walker “Government” with Radioactive Dome

Hurricane Walker "Government" with Radioactive Dome

Hurricane Walker “Government” with Radioactive Dome

Otherwise he features the same load out as “Stuart” with both optional Radioactive Dome and Guns Nest.

Hurricane Walker "Government" with Gun Nest

Hurricane Walker “Government” with Gun Nest

Hurricane Walker "Government" with Gun Nest

Hurricane Walker “Government” with Gun Nest

Hurricane Walker "Government" with Gun Nest

A word on the paint job here. I wanted these to have a WWI feel and look slightly worn. My first idea was to paint them in a dark brown or dark green, but that would have prevented me from doing chipped paint. So I looked further or rather to WWII. There is a Grant tank at Bovington which features a sand base with green camo edged in white. That is what I went for in the end. Although I went for a lighter green, to make the camo sublime. After the chipping, they both got two coats of filters to bend it all together. All in all I am very happy with the final looks.

Hurricane Walker "Government" (base detail)

Hurricane Walker “Government” (base detail)

So now I am going to leave you with two group shots in either load out.

Hurricane Walkers (group shot with Radioactive Domes)

Hurricane Walkers (group shot with Radioactive Domes)

Hurricane Walkers (group shot with Gun Nests)

Hurricane Walkers (group shot with Gun Nests)

 
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Posted by on January 27, 2015 in Imperial, Warzone Resurrection

 

Wargods of Olympus: Minotaurus

When it comes to the them rounds on the Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge, it seems like those I was looking forward to and those I do not alternate. Fortunately this is one of those I was really looking forward to. I have for a long time been a great fan of Crocodile Games Wards of Ægyptus and Wards of Olympus ranges. So I had an abundance of yet unpainted mythological miniatures from both Egypt and Greece to choose from. And an easy choice it was. One of the mythological figures that always captured my imagination (and this was only enhanced by a trip to Crete as a child) was the Minotaurus and since I had one in my lead pile I chose it for this round. Now Crocodile Games actually have two Minotaurs, but I always liked this one better. You can still see the chains that were used to chain it to the labyrinth. But if you look closely at the flail he has, you can see that it is actually one of the stone blocks that he was chained to. He ripped it from the wall and now what used to keep him, is his weapon of choice.

Minotaurus

Minotaurus

Minotaurus

Minotaurus

Minotaurus

Minotaurus

Minotaurus

Minotaurus

But now on to something more somber. When Crocodile Games started off over a decade ago, there were many people who helped get things started. Deane P. Goodwin was one of them and over the years I found him to be a very kind person, who was always forthcoming with great advice and good-natured comments. Although I never met him in person, he was one of those people whom I really enjoyed seeing on the internet. So I was greatly saddened to hear that he had passed away about a week ago, just a week shy of his 62nd birthday. So I would like to dedicate this theme round entry to him. Rest in Peace Deane, you will be sorely missed!!!

 
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Posted by on January 26, 2015 in Wargods of Olympus

 

Warzone Resurrection: Imperial Trenchers (1st Entry, 5th AHPC)

Warzone Resurrection: Imperial Trenchers (1st Entry, 5th AHPC)

It is quite embarrassing… we are over a month into the Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge and this is my first entry (apart from the theme rounds). Part of it is to blame on the fact that we were gone over the holidays, but still I am a bit behind on my schedule. So to catch up… here are the minis I painted since our return about two weeks ago.

These are some Imperial Trenchers for Warzone Resurrection. Some of you may remember some of my entries for last year, which included some Bauhaus for Warzone. Now I played Warzone back in the 1990´s and one thing that drew me to the game was the strong historical inspiration on some of the minis, most of all Bauhaus and Imperial. Lots of the units with these two factions took their inspiration from World War One Germans and British respectively. And this always made the two my favorites, so I played them in every Edition so far, First, Second and now Resurrection.

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Now before I start, showing the minis in detail, I want to go into some info on why I painted them up this way. As most people will recognize, in this edition, these minis still retain their WWI British looks, so I wanted to follow that with my colour choices. British Uniform Brown for the uniforms, lots of tans for the gas masks and puttees and leather webbing. With their Trenchcoats I went for a darker green than would find on historical Brits, simply to enhance the contrast. Same goes for their shoulder pads (yes those are the Trademark in every edition of Warzone ;-)). At first I had gone for the same green as with the helmets and kneepads, but that simply provided too little contrast. So after a try with brown (same result) I went for ochre and that turned out really fine. Especially once the varnish was on these minis, when the colors really popped! The bases were given a trench theme on some of the minis and a mud theme on the rest to give them a trench warfare feel.
What I really underestimated with these minis was the effort, that went into painting all the little details, like the skull shapes on the gas masks, the national insignia or the wrist computer, but I did not want to skip them, so they had to be painted on.As some with a keen eyes might spot there are small numeral number 42´s on their right shoulder pads. Those are homemade decals. I simply could not resist painting the Black Watch (42nd Highland Infantry) in yet another period (the other two being Napoleonics and Moderns).

But now on to the minis. Up first if Brigadier Sir Paul David Rist. In Warzone, your troops need to be led into the fight by a Warlord and he is one of the possible choices. And I really like him. Above par wounds, the ability to guide in Paras and call artillery, an awesome SMG (it keeps generating new shots as long as you do not miss) and the option to have him accompanied by the coolest bodyguards in the game.

Trencher Brigadier Sir Paul David Rist

Trencher Brigadier Sir Paul David Rist

Trencher Brigadier Sir Paul David Rist

Trencher Brigadier Sir Paul David Rist

Trencher Brigadier Sir Paul David Rist

Trencher Brigadier Sir Paul David Rist

Able to fill the same function as Warlords are two Trencher Officers. Now I personally do not like them, since they are too week and lack in offensive power, but my two Starter Boxes contained one each of them, so they had to be painted. ;-)

Trencher Officers

Trencher Officers

And to round the group of leaders off. SGT. Benjamin Taylor. He is a bit of a trackhead and gives a force enhancements for their vehicles and the option to repair them. Unfortunately he is a not on the expensive side (pints wise, he cost nearly as much as a cheap Warlord), so right now I do not see myself fielding him, but maybe his price tag will come done with the final Imperial book. A small change with his base here. I added some cogwheels and a road wheel from a blown-up tank buried in the mud on his base to signify his abilities with repairing mechanical objects.
Oh and as a funny side note… the guys at Prodos Games nicknamed the mini Lenin… wonder if anyone can figure out why! :-P

Trencher NCO Benjamin Taylor

Trencher NCO Benjamin Taylor

Trencher NCO Benjamin Taylor

Trencher NCO Benjamin Taylor

Up next are the rank and file, four five-men squads of Trenchers. Not much to say about these. Only that each squad consists of four riflemen (including the Corporal) and a Heavy Machine Gun. I apologize if they look a bit boring… it is the same five minis four times, but one needs a certain amount of basic troops in the game, and here they are:

Trenchers (yellow squad)

Trenchers (yellow squad)

Trenchers (red squad)

Trenchers (red squad)

Trenchers (blue squad)

Trenchers (blue squad)

Trenchers (white squad)

Trenchers (white squad)

So this is it. 24 minis in total, all 32mm from Prodos Games Warzone Resurrection range.

Trenchers (group shot)

Trenchers (group shot)

Trenchers (group shot)

Trenchers (group shot)

And I am proud to announce, the next entry is almost finished, so I am positive, I will be back next week (and of course with my entry for Sundays theme round) with more! Thanks for looking!

 

Lt. Bromhead, Rorke´s Drift

Lt. Bromhead, Rorke´s Drift

When I read the topic for this theme round, my first impression was ”Oh BLEEP!”. Victorian age certainly is nothing that I ever dabbed my toe into. Being more at home with Napoleonics my first idea was to paint Marechal Soult (for he had been present as a representative of France for Victorias coronation, but I felt this would be stressing things a bit too far. But then I remembered that more than half a decade ago I had bought a Lieutenant Bromhead (limited edition) Miniature at Salute which I had never touched. It seemed like a perfect idea. For one Rorke´s Drift took place in 1879 so well within Victorias reign and Bromhead was one of eleven VC recipients for the battle, so this seemed more than fitting!

Lt Bromhead

Lt Bromhead

Lt Bromhead

Lt Bromhead

Lt Bromhead

Lt Bromhead

Lt Bromhead

Lt Bromhead

While the miniature does not look too much like Micheal Caine in the movie (only enough I do not feel it looks too much like the historical pictures of Bromhead either), I based the colour choices on him in the movie. I started painting this before we left for our holidays in Wales and since I had never seen the movie UI had to work solely on pictures from the internet. Funny enough… I got to see the movie while we were away, somehow bringing all this full circle.

 
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Posted by on January 18, 2015 in Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge

 

Happy New Year and 2014 in Review

Happy New Year and 2014 in Review

So, I guess everyone is in 2015 by now. In this sense, I hope all of you made the change to the New Year in stride. But most of all, I wish all of you and the people you love a healthy and prosperous 2015.

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As has now become a custom for me… here is my look back at the last year. Every year WordPress.com creates a little report about the statistics of this blog itself. For those of you interested click here to see the complete report.

Here’s an excerpt:

The Louvre Museum has 8.5 million visitors per year. This blog was viewed about 95,000 times in 2014. If it were an exhibit at the Louvre Museum, it would take about 4 days for that many people to see it.

The good thing about those numbers is that they are back up to 2012 levels, now that I had more time to concentrate on my hobbies again. So close actually, that there were only 98 more views in 2014 than in 2012!

But again, most amazing for me was you, the readers. Over the past few years I have accumulated a strong Napoleonic follower base. Since most of my painting this year concentrated on my Warzone minis, I am sure there were some times when there was hardly anything interesting. So I am really happy, that you all kept the faith. At the same time, I am really happy for the constant rise of new followers and your participation in the blog.

And I really want to say thank you for all your comments on the blog (both positive and critical)… those really, really mean a lot to me, so please keep it up!

But now on to the numbers, that WordPress cannot know. All in all I painted / build:

  • 267 Miniatures (down 88 from 2013)
  • 51 Vehicles and guns (up 47 from 2013)
  • 8 Buildings and a large bridge (up 5 from 2013)
  • About 5 meters of roads and 2 of hedges (nothing to compare it to)

That is still almost one item per day. The slight drop does not bother me too much, given that the number of vehicles (which take a lot more time) rose quite substantially.

And just like previous years, I would like to share some of my favourites with you once more:

 

British PIAT team [BA]

British PIAT team [BA]

95th Rifles (front view)

95th Rifles (front view)

Prussian Landwehr casualties (front)

Prussian Landwehr casualties (front)

Universal Carrier

Universal Carrier

British 6pdr. [WG]

British 6pdr. [WG]
“Those skirts are not going to help you here!”

Shermans lined up in bocage field

Shermans lined up in bocage field

Napoleonic French crossing the large bridge

Napoleonic French crossing the large bridge

Corner ruin 2 (inside)

Corner ruin 2 (inside)

Mishima Meka Suit "Cherry-blossom"

Mishima Meka Suit “Cherry-blossom”

Hedges

Hedges

British Infantry group shot

British Infantry group shot

Duchy of Warsaw 3rd Line Infantry, 1st Battalion (Voltigeurs)

Duchy of Warsaw 3rd Line Infantry, 1st Battalion

Grizzly

Grizzly

SS forward observers

SS forward observers

Bauhaus close combat Vulkan suit

Bauhaus close combat Vulkan suit

Bauhaus group shot

Bauhaus group shot

Trencher Imperial Banner

Trencher Imperial Banner

Valpurgius

Valpurgius

Guardiani Oblati

Guardiani Oblati

Panzerwerfer battery firing

Panzerwerfer battery firing

(new) Venusian Ranger models (front)

Venusian Marschall

Venusian Marschall

Stuart Honey troop (front)

Stuart Honey troop (front)

Golden Lions (2nd squad)

Golden Lions (2nd squad)

Michel Ney and ADCs

Michel Ney and ADCs

Looking back, what were my goals for last year?

  • Painting my WWII Brits… done that… there are only a few odds and ends to do as well as the Churchills, Cromwells and Funnies, but I never planned to get those done in 2014 so I am fine with that!
  • Painting at least two complete factions for Warzone… Painted one and some odds and ends for the others. Not perfect, but OK.
  • Paint at least another army for SAGA (either Normans or Saxons)… completely failed that.
  • Get those pesky Tau for Warhammer out of the painting queue… completely failed that. And I doubt I will even try in the future and rather sell them off.
  • Paint some Napoleonics (preferably Russians)… While it ended up being more Frenchmen, Brits and some Poles… yeah done that.
  • Terrain… Did some, but not as much as I wanted. But a lot has been prepared, so that should make things easier this year.

So what are the plans for this year:

  • Painting some early war World War II (Poles, Germans, maybe some Russians, too)
  • Painting at least two complete factions for Warzone (and keeping Bauhaus up to date)
  • Painting some late war World War II Germans
  • Paint some Napoleonics
  • Terrain

Lets see how it goes this time!

But I want to leave you with a few game shots from last year:

French Artillery firing at the Prussian lines

French Artillery firing at the Prussian lines

Opposing lines crash

Opposing lines crash

The plains of Russia

The plains of Russia

JS-2 in the fields

JS-2 in the fields

Panzergrenadiere debussing

Panzergrenadiere debussing

Panther lying in ambush

Panther lying in ambush

US Infantry in the open pinned by mortar fire

US Infantry in the open pinned by mortar fire

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Venusian Ranger deployment zone

Venusian Ranger deployment zone

PaK 40

PaK 40

Brotherhood forces emerging from the forrest

Brotherhood forces emerging from the forrest

Praetorian Stalkers attacking the Vorreiter

Praetorian Stalkers attacking the Vorreiter

Crisis 2014 - A bridge too far for this Sherman

Crisis 2014 – A bridge too far for this Sherman

Crisis 2014 - Panzer in defensive positions

Crisis 2014 – Panzer in defensive positions

Etoiles Mortants attacking Necromutants

Etoiles Mortants attacking Necromutants

 
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Posted by on January 1, 2015 in General

 

Marechal Michel Ney and ADCs

Marechal Michel Ney and ADCs

Reading through all the theme round topics offered for this year Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge, I think the second round was the easiest for me to make a pick. When I started painting napoleonics a couple of years ago, it be pace apparent to me that the one thing that would never be missing there was a wide range of spectacular cavalry and officers. One of my favourite sets from the moment I saw it was Perry Miniatures rendition of Marechal Michel Ney based on the Waterloo panorama at Waterloo.

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What I really love about this set is all the dynamic and drive in the miniatures. Most napoleonic higher command miniatures are quite regal, watching the action from afar, but these look like they are in the heat of it (like Ney and his ADCs were that day)! And the last thing that always appealed to me is, that they are French officers, so there are is lots of gold and silver fabric in their uniforms and saddlecloths and therefore lots of opportunities for NMM gold and silver, which I have really started to like since I started with Napoleonics!

Michel Ney and ADCs

Michel Ney and ADCs

Michel Ney and ADCs

Michel Ney and ADCs

On a general note: in the past I have often had mixed feelings when it came to the Perry Miniatures casting quality. In this case I was really happy. Except for a bad mould line running over chef d’escadron Levavaseurs face, these minis were really perfect!

Michel Ney and ADCs

Michel Ney and ADCs

But I felt there was something missing in the set. If you look at the painting itself, one can see, that there is not just Ney, Colonel Heymes and Levavasseur riding close together, but another officer, too (plus a Cuirassier being shot from his saddle, but there was not enough room on the base for him). It is hard to tell from the painting but his uniform looks lighter in colour, so I assumed it was not one of the other two Colonels acting as Neys ADCs that day, but possible someone of lower rank. So I chose a miniature from one of the Perry’s ADC sets and painted him up as an imperial orderly.

Michel Ney and ADCs

Michel Ney and ADCs

Michel Ney and ADCs

Michel Ney and ADCs

Michel Ney and ADCs

Michel Ney and ADCs

I decided to keep very close to the painting itself while painting the minis. There are only two exceptions. Heymes horse is depicted as a white with dark grey socks. I personally wanted it to rather be a dappled horse and painted it up that way. The other exception is that I painted the leatherwork on Neys horse a dark brown instead of the red leather on the painting. At first I had gone for red, but it did not really look good with the mini and looked far too dandy for Ney. looking at Rousellot (Christmas present from my parents last year) he has him with brown leather work as well, so that seemed fine with me.

Michel Ney and ADCs

Michel Ney and ADCs

Michel Ney and ADCs

Michel Ney and ADCs

Michel Ney and ADCs

Michel Ney and ADCs

Well, this is it. Hope you like the results of my work! This will be the last miniatures post for this year, but fear not, this is not the last you will hear from me this year!

 

 

 
 
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