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General Veers, Snowtroopers and Luke Skywalker

General Veers, Snowtroopers and Luke Skywalker

Continuing my quest to get my forces for Star Wars: Legion together… here are some more.

Up first is General Maximilian Veers… or as like to call him General Gordon Ramsey. As good as they seem to be with the uniforms and so on, they seem horrible with faces. The face o this mini rather reminds me of Gordon Ramsey rather than Julian Glover. (BTW: Looking at the preview pictures of Han Solo, that mini rather reminds me of Nathan Fillion playing Cpt. Reynolds in Firefly than Harrison Ford.) Anyway, here he is:

General Maximilian Veers

General Maximilian Veers

Up next are the Snowtroopers. Since I decided to keep my bases in a forest / jungle theme, I did not want to do them in snow theme. The background story for the unit rather has them as hazardous environment troops rather than dedicated snow troops. So I went with tan coloured clothing and coats instead of white. For a while I contemplated moss-green coats, but decided against it, since I wanted them to still look as light coloured as possible. Which I think I pulled off. But it proved to be harder than I thought. For one I was unsure about the looks during the whole process. Which lead me to do something I rarely do, that is paint one mini as a sample. Only when I was happy with that finished product, did i go back and paint the rest of the squad. And it all took me longer than I had wanted. I had always planned to keep the Star Wars minis simple and only do fast paint jobs, but with these it did not work out. I think they all took a little over twice as long as seven Stormtroopers took me.

Snowtroopers (Unit leader and heavy weapons)

Snowtroopers (Unit leader and heavy weapons)

Snowtroopers

Snowtroopers

And last is Luke Skywalker. His uniform matches the one worn on Bespin in the Star Wars movies, so i painted him that way. Again, the face does not really look like Mark Hamill, but it can not be helped.

While painting him I was wondering one thing. Points and abilities wise he is no match for Darth Vader in the game. But since his looks match Luke Skywalker on Bespin, when he was not as skilled as he was later on,… will Fantasy Flight games later release a more powerful version of him, matching the Skywalker at the time of Endor?

Luke Skywalker

Luke Skywalker

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Posted by on June 22, 2018 in Empire, Rebels, Star Wars Legion

 

The Avengers, The Guardians of the Galaxy and💀💩L

The Avengers, The Guardians of the Galaxy and💀💩L

Well superheroes are liked by almost everyone and I am no exception. So I started being into Knight Models Marvel line. Now if your are more used to the prices of historical minis (like me) and not to Games Workshop, the minis were quite expensive, so I took my sweet time. Only to be surprised by the fact, that Knight models decided to let go of the license, discontinue the line and have retailers hand back their stock. I have to admit, that this decision really surprised me. Yes I know that Disney are asking a lot more for their licenses than DC does, but with all the hype around the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) this could have been a gold mine for them. But for some reason the line had always been handled like the black sheep of the herd, with too many holes in the line, especially the villains.

Be that as it may, I still managed to get a nice collection together, with only a few minis missing. Last year I painted the Avengers and the Guardians of the Galaxy as well as Deadpool (hope you all got the reference in the title). The X-Men, Brotherhood of Mutants, The Punisher, Dark Avengers, Dr Doom and Thanos will have to follow in coming months.

What gave me a bit of a headache with these was the basing. As you will see, some of them have their feet placed on rocks. Some of these are natural rocks, others pieces of rubble. From the very beginning I was sure, that I wanted a unified basing scheme on all minis and this made it harder. My first idea had been to do the bases in a rubble look, but in the end, I went against it. As superheroes the are very colourful and rubble would have been colourful as well. So I though rubble would have been too much and made the whole collection too hectic and went with simple soil and grass tufts in the end. Which I think worked out fine. Please excuse the dust visible on some of the darker minis, there is lots of pollen in the air right now and if was a superhuman task trying to keep them clean for the photo session.

Avengers

Avengers

I am a great fan of the movies released over the past decade and wanted my minis to look as much as the movies as possible. Which was not always easy, since most of the minis are rather based on the comics than the movies, but I think by taking some liberties, this still worked out. With the Avengers I wanted the darker more sinister look introduced with Avengers: Age of Ultron and Captain America: Civil War. Especially with Captain America this was a tough one, as his uniform / costume is rather earlier. But I think it worked out. With the two Iron Men I decided to try something new. They were painted in Chrome and Aluminium and then given an overspray with thinned Clear Red. It does not come out in the photos but in natural light, they look really good.

With the Guardians of the Galaxy this proved much easier, since their looks match those of the movies much closer.

Guardians of the Galaxy

Guardians of the Galaxy

I have to say though, that the females in both teams (Black Widow and Gamora) really left me struggling. These minis are so slim and tiny, that they really left me struggling not to break them while painting and to get some details on Gamora.

And last there is Deadpool. I know he rather fits the X-Men storyline (which for now is still separated from the MCU storyline), but I rather love his character and had to paint him before I started with the X-Men.

Deadpool

Deadpool

 
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Posted by on June 21, 2018 in Marvel

 

German Infantry for Poland to Barbarossa

German Infantry for Poland to Barbarossa

Now this is part of a big project I have been working on since last fall. A complete German army for use with the Battlegroup rules for the period from the invasion of Poland (Fall Weiß) up until the first months of the invasion of Russia (Operation Barbarossa). Given that this would also make them suitable for the invasions of Denmark and Norway, the Netherlands, Belgium and France and Greece, this will make them extremely versatile. That being said, this will also make them a huge project, since except for a couple of PzKW 38(t) and PzKw IV I have nothing suitable for it. This will mean, that I need command units, an Infantry platoon (there were extremely large for the invasion of Poland) with both truck and half-track transport options, a Kradschützenzug (motorcycle platoon), PzKw I, PzKw II (in two different versions), at-guns, artillery, specialist vehicles and aircraft. With such a daunting project you have to start somewhere. For me this was actually the Kradschützen, but since only the soldiers are finished but not the motorcycles, my second step will be the first shown to you… the infantry platoon (still without their transports). For these photos I have arranged them according to the TO&E that was in effect during the invasion of Poland. For later operations, some of these subunits would have been bigger or smaller, but there is enough models for all possible TO&Es. I would only have to rearrange some minis.

All these minis are by Warlord Games. Most of them plastics (some of them slightly converted) and a few metal ones mixed in.

Blitzkrieg to Barbarossa infantry command

Blitzkrieg to Barbarossa infantry command

Blitzkrieg to Barbarossa medic

Blitzkrieg to Barbarossa medic

Blitzkrieg to Barbarossa light mortar team

Blitzkrieg to Barbarossa light mortar team

Blitzkrieg to Barbarossa light mortar team

Blitzkrieg to Barbarossa light mortar team

Blitzkrieg to Barbarossa spotter team

Blitzkrieg to Barbarossa spotter team

Blitzkrieg to Barbarossa spotter team

Blitzkrieg to Barbarossa spotter team

Blitzkrieg to Barbarossa sniper team

Blitzkrieg to Barbarossa sniper team

Blitzkrieg to Barbarossa MG32 team

Blitzkrieg to Barbarossa MG32 team

Blitzkrieg to Barbarossa MG32 team

Blitzkrieg to Barbarossa MG32 team

Blitzkrieg to Barbarossa MG32 team

Blitzkrieg to Barbarossa MG32 team

The LMG team above is my personal favorite from this platoon. Most likely, since I converted it to look like this. I always loved the looks of the LMG being fired over the assistants shoulder from a kneeling position. Since there was no such model available, I had to build one myself. What I found very funny is, that the assistant is actually a running pose, but it turned out, this was the easiest to convert into a kneeling position.

Blitzkrieg to Barbarossa MG32 team

Blitzkrieg to Barbarossa MG32 team

Blitzkrieg to Barbarossa MG32 team

Blitzkrieg to Barbarossa MG32 team

Blitzkrieg to Barbarossa MG32 team

Blitzkrieg to Barbarossa MG32 team

Blitzkrieg to Barbarossa rifle squad

Blitzkrieg to Barbarossa rifle squad

Blitzkrieg to Barbarossa rifle squad

Blitzkrieg to Barbarossa rifle squad

Blitzkrieg to Barbarossa rifle squad

Blitzkrieg to Barbarossa rifle squad

 

Workers housing

As some of you might know, I am living to the far west of Germany in the area that was on the western edge of the Ruhrkessel when the western Allies entered Germany in 1945. As such, I have always been interested in  playing games in that region. While much has changed in the last 73 years, there is one architectural aspect that has been there back then and can still be found today. Workers housing for those working in the coal mines or steel mills.

Workers housing

Workers housing

Workers housing

Workers housing

These usually are small row houses made from bricks with small gardens or backyards. I found some appropriate models with Timeline Models. These are actually meant for a Very British Civil War settings, but it seems workers housing in all parts of Europe were not that different. The only let down is, that htese are longer available. With all their bricks, they were too complicated and therefore too expensive to cut, so they have phased these out in favour of a plain version. Which I think is a shame. So I am still hoping that they will one day make them available again to those willing to pay a premium. Especially since I have three left hand versions and only one right hand version.

Workers housing

Workers housing

 

 
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Posted by on June 16, 2018 in Terrain building, WWII

 

Battle Kiwi Star Wars terrain

Battle Kiwi Star Wars terrain

When they announced the Star Wars Legion game late last year, I knew, that I had to play it. And I knew that I needed some terrain for it. When I saw the Battle Kiwi Kickstarter I knew that this would be great for the game and I bought into it. And I was not disappointed. All the buildings went together very easy and required very little effort to make them even better. Plus they are super versatile.

Up first is the bunker. It has a good level of detail, provides cover to the minis standing atop the roof. I like the fact, that it has opening doors and that you can take part of the rear wall out, to give you the ability to connect it to different buildings they are planning to release later on. The three consoles that come with the bunker offer some nice cover to the minis inside. I repainted these dark grey and picked out the buttons and screens.

The tech working area is a nice homage to the ending areas on Scarif in Rogue one. The containers suffer a bit from the problem you have with all MDF terrain… you see a lot of the edges on small pieces. So I repainted these. Which was easy enough. Since the Battle Kiwi terrain is pre-painted, I took the paint really well. With the control console I simply picked out the buttons and details while painting the the antenna in gunmetal.

Now on to the big models… the dish for the shield generator on Endor and a Turbo Laser turret. The are really great in that they provide great LOS-blockers for both infantry and vehicle sized models, while being really scenic. I made some minor improvements in that  I picked out some of the cables in dark grey and painted the turbo lasers themselves in gunmetal grey. Since you can interchange the tops of both models, it gives you even more versatility and makes them easy to store.

Now this landing pad is undoubtedly the absolute centerpiece of the whole range. As you can see it really towers over the minis. That being said, it is easy to store, since the pylons are separate from the landing pad, which is itself is two parts, with the railings and light pylons coming off as well. As you can see, you can also do a lower landing pad and add some stairs to it and place some power generators on the pylons, or use the generators by itself. I only made some minor alterations to the model, by painting on landing lights and doing the openings into the platform itself in gunmetal grey.

The biggest problem with the model is, that it looks a bit bare by itself. So it was screaming out for a shuttle to be landed upon it. Since there is no model of a Lambda Class shuttle in the right scale, I could count myself lucky, that Martin has a 3D-printer and printed one out for me. The model itself is a bit simple, but as a terrain piece it is doing fine.

 
 

Darth Vader and Imperial troops for Star Wars Legion

Darth Vader and Imperial troops for Star Wars Legion

Star Wars: Legion seems to be quite a hype these days and I myself could not resist it myself. Having been born in 1977, I virtually grew up with the movies. I can still remember watching tape recordings of the movies on Saturday and Sunday mornings before my parents woke up. So, when they turned them into a wargame, I could not resist. That being said, I have decided to start so much new stuff in recent years, that I wanted to make sure, this would not become a huge time drain. So all the minis were painted a little more simple. So far I have only painted Imperial minis, but since I still have the Rebels from two core sets, I will most likely paint them later on.

I decided to give them all the classic looks and base them for a plant like Endor. But I have to admit, that my favorite movie in the series so far is Rogue One. So I decided to do them more dirty. So the legs of the Storm- and Scouttroopers are splattered with mud and Darth Vaders armour resembles that worn in the movie.

 

 
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Posted by on June 14, 2018 in Empire, Star Wars Legion

 

A handful of StuGs and a StuH

A handful of StuGs and a StuH

One of me favorite German vehicles of World War II has been the Sturmgeschütz. Lots of punch, good armor, low profile and usually cheap to get. So a battery of StuGs was a must. I already had a G model with Saukopfblende from Tamiya, so when I decided to do a full battery I only ordered two more. But when I started painting them, I decided, that I would rather like all models in the battery to be the same. So I already have a third that I have not painted yet.

The models are by Blitzkrieg Models. I weathered them like the Jagdpanther and PaK shown the previous days. I added some converted plastic Warlord Miniatures German infantry as crew.

StuH 42

StuH 42

And while I was on it, I also painted a Sturmhaubitze. This one is also from Blitzkrieg, with a Warlord commander and weathered the same way. But I chose a slightly different camo pattern for this one.

 
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Posted by on June 13, 2018 in Battlegroup, Rules, WWII, WWII: Germans

 

Some Vikings and a Norman Warlord for SAGA

Some Vikings and a Norman Warlord for SAGA

With the second Edition of SAGA, I had to make some changes to my Vikings. I have always played them with Jomsviking mercenaries (Jarl Sigvaldi and is Jomsvikings) and heavy on Hearthguards.

With the former now costing one point instead of two under the first edition, this means, that I will now have one more point available. So this meant I had to paint another point.

Shield Maidens

Shield Maidens

So I painted 4 Shield Maidens to use as Hearthguards. These models are by Stronghold Terrain here in Germany. And they are really nice. I decided to paint them with varied coloured clothing, as I did with all my previous Vikings. But, while I do know that it is far from historically correct, I decided to nod my head at the TV show Vikings and gave them the same shield design as Lagarthas Shield Maidens from the show. The minis themselves are really nice, but I really struggled with their faces.

Rollo

Rollo

Rollo

Rollo

Now with SAGA 2.0 playing any faction so heavy on the Hearthguards like I did might not be a wise idea. So I am thinking of amalgamating two points of my plastic Gripping Beast Hearthguards into one point of Warriors. For this I will need another 4 minis. Having a few Berserkers lying around, I decided that this would be a point for Berserkers. This Rollo, also from Stronghold, was originally bought to be part of a Warlord base with his brother Ragnar, Lagartha and Floki. But while those three come in poses that rather look like they are surveying the battlefield, he looks more combative. With Stronghold also having released a minis of Björn, I decided to base him individually as par of a unit instead. I like this mini for its face. It looks a lot like the actor who plays Rollo in the TV show. Unfortunately, the pose is a little awkward.

Norman Warlord

Norman Warlord

Norman Warlord

Norman Warlord

And last is a Warlord for my Normans. The mini is also from Stronghold and a really nice one at that (if you disregard the depression in the shield toward the head of the mini). The big letdown though is the way it is meant to be mounted onto the base. The two hooves touching the ground have round taps coming out of them. This would be great for the old Games Workshop cavalry bases, but is a nightmare with the thin bases commonly used with SAGA. So I had to build up Green Stuff around these taps and later blend them in with the rest of the base.

I wanted him to look like a leader from the time of the Norman invasion of England. So I chose a shield design that is a nod towards their origins in Normandy and painted a Fleur de lis onto the shield.

 

8,8cm PaK 43 auf Kreuzlafette

Playing late war games in a World War II setting, especially on the eastern front large-caliber Panzerabwehrkanonen (PaK / anti-tank gun) are a must to give you some edge over the heavily armoured tanks like the JS-2. The long-barreled PaK 43, both on a Spreiz- and Kreuzlafette are perfect for this.

8,8cm PaK 43 (Kreuzlafette)

8,8cm PaK 43 (Kreuzlafette)

Playing in 1:48th scale, the later is not too easy to get. But some years ago, I had the good luck to get my hands on the, now long OOP, Verlinden model. It is a very nice model, but even by modeling standards it is not an easy model to build. So I had to make some modifications to the connections between the gun and the shield to make it work out and stand the rigors of game play. But even that way, it will better be picked up by its base and not the model itself. Fortunately I have decided to base all my future AT-guns and indeed put all my old ones on bases for Battlegroup, so that will not be much of a problem.

8,8cm PaK 43 (Kreuzlafette)

8,8cm PaK 43 (Kreuzlafette)

Like the Jagdpanther, this was a testbed for the new weathering methods and I have to say… I feel it turned out exceptionally well on this model.

The crew itself is the 8,8cm FlaK crew by Warlord. It is a bit small even for their own 1:56th scale models, but I feel it still looks OK. While the gun was painted this winter, the crew was done about 15 years ago. I only redid the skin on the minis. I think that is where my technique changed the most during that time and I wanted them to blend in with my current models.

8,8cm PaK 43 (Kreuzlafette)

8,8cm PaK 43 (Kreuzlafette)

 

Some scatter terrain

Some scatter terrain

Some two plus years ago I started on some container terminal type scatter terrain. But as is always the case, it is never enough. So I have been adding to it. I added more ISO containers (not pictured) from Mad Mecca Guy. I simply love ISO containers, for any setting. They always create good full cover for soldiers close to them and you can either create a virtual maze with them that encourages close combat or you can create deadly firing lanes.

What always annoyed me, was the fact that while I had said containers, I never had a realistic way of moving them around. This forklifts I had were simply too small for that. So after some searching on eBay I found some appropriate candidates.

Heavy Duty Forklift

Heavy Duty Forklift

Up first was this die-cast model from Siku. It is older and unfortunately a bit rare, but every few weeks you can find one in decent condition for under 20 Euro. I added a little chipping to make it look less like a toy, but looking at this photo, I think I will definitely need to give it a coat of satin or matt varnish.

Reach stacker

Reach stacker

Now this has been my white whale, my Moby Dick for some time. A reach stacker is the means of moving containers around in a container yard. Unfortunately the models are expensive to begin with and usually very rare, which has a very negative effect on their price. So it took me nearly two years to find one at a decent price. This one had a broken off hydraulic cylinder at a spot where you do not notice it and a missing headlight, which made it useless as a collectors model. Again, I added chipping to the model to make it look worn. The container had a large advert for the manufacturer on the side, which looked somewhat inappropriate so I painted that over to make it look like it had been phased out by the shipping company. All in all, I like this as a terrain piece. It provides a huge LOS-blocker at ground level. But what is best, you can create both a LOS -blocker at a higher level or a bridge between containers with the silver container. As such it really adds another dimension to the table. For those complaining, that it looks a bit large… these things are massive in real life as well. The company I worked for a couple of years ago operated a few of these and they are an impressive sight to behold.

But containers are not everything, so I needed some smaller stuff.

All of these are from Antenocities Workshop and were part of their Forward Base Kickstarter (at least at my pledge level). They were fun to paint. They were pretty fast to paint and gave the option for some brighter colours. Obviously, their style means that they can not be used for anything but SciFi, but I think they will be very useful for Star Wars as well, so they will have a use beyond Infinity.

Infinity containers by Antenocities Workshop

Infinity containers by Antenocities Workshop

And to finish this post off… some more of the Infinity containers by Antenocities Workshop. As you can see at this linked post, I had already done some in the past, but I liked their design a lot, so I did more. But I felt they looked too clean, so I added some rust marks to them, both old and new.

 

 
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Posted by on June 10, 2018 in Terrain building