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Warzone Resurrection: Imperial Greyhound tankettes

Warzone Resurrection: Imperial Greyhound tankettes

So after that small excursion to Mishima I returned to Imperial, namely two Greyhound tankettes. These are ridiculously small one man tanks, used either to fire poisonous gas in a flame thrower type attack (the version depicted here) or as a short-range vehicular mortar. Personally I am not sure if I would have bought them, since a) I find the models a bit ugly and b) for slightly more points I can get a Hurricane Walker, which can do far more!

Imperial Greyhounds

Imperial Greyhounds

Imperial Greyhounds

Imperial Greyhounds

Otherwise, I went for the same camo I used on my Hurricanes, although it looks far less effective on these small models, and the same beat up and muddy look as the rest of the army. I also added WWI or WWII desert style red-white-red tank markings to the sides, but these are mostly covered up by the dirty and wear by now.

Imperial Greyhounds

Imperial Greyhounds

Imperial Greyhounds

Imperial Greyhounds

Since the unit I play is loosely based on the Black Watch, they both got Scottish town names on the turrets. One is Peairt (Perth) to other Port Rìgh (Portree).

Imperial Greyhounds

Imperial Greyhounds

Imperial Greyhounds

Imperial Greyhounds

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Warzone Resurrection: Mishima Kunshu Dragon Riders (5th Entry, part 2, 5th AHPC)

Warzone Resurrection: Mishima Kunshu Dragon Riders (5th Entry, part 2, 5th AHPC)

Now I have painted a lot of Imperial for Warzone during this Challenge and before I tackled the last units, I needed a break from Imperial. Keeping with Warzone (partly because a mate of mine jumped in on our league but has no units painted yet) I chose a unit for Mishima, the Kunshu Dragon Riders. Looks wise they are one of the coolest units in the Mishima selection, but a bit too overpriced to play for my taste. (Or rather not as underpriced as the rest of Mishima.)

Kunshu Dragon Riders

Kunshu Dragon Riders

Now what they are some Dragon like creatures found in the caves of Mercury. Domesticated (to a certain degree) they are ridden into combat, usually by the heirs to noble houses of Mishima. AThey are a very fast monster choice in the game, which can do lots of damage either at close range (combination of the riders SMG and the Dragons spewing flames) or close combat (combination of the riders Katana and the Dragons teeth and claws).

Kunshu Dragon Rider (Squad Leader)

Kunshu Dragon Rider (Squad Leader)

Two things that slightly bleeped me off about these models. For one, I had always had a vision of how I would paint them. Mostly like those flying creatures in Avatar. But once I took out my airbrush, I had to find, that the body and wing anatomy is too different for this to work, so I had to go for something less intricate.

Kunshu Dragon Rider (Trooper #1)

Kunshu Dragon Rider (Trooper #1)

The other thing is in the background. The riders wear so-called “Retainer” type armour, which is always a crimson red, whence the colour of the riders. Now this type of armour is also worn by the Crimson Devils, the most dishonored unit Mishima has in its inventory. I doubt that a noble in a culture based on feudal Japan, would want to wear the same armour as a dishonored regular soldier. So I would have preferred, if they had gotten a different type of armour, where one could have gone wild with the colours. As a small personalization I gave the troopers white face masks and the squad leader a gold one.

Kunshu Dragon Rider (Trooper #2)

Kunshu Dragon Rider (Trooper #2)

Kunshu Dragon Rider (Trooper #3)

Kunshu Dragon Rider (Trooper #3)

Kunshu Dragon Riders

Kunshu Dragon Riders

 

 

Modern Russian T-55 (5th Entry, part 1, 5th AHPC)

Modern Russian T-55 (5th Entry, part 1, 5th AHPC)

With the Challenge drawing to an end and me being about 100 points short of my target, I knew I needed something and I needed something fast. My output for this year has been abysmal so far, but with the weather getting better here in Germany I was hoping to catch up. So over the next couple of days, you are going to see what made up my 5th entry.

Now this first one was quite simple one. The model is a 1:48 die-cast (although it has a lot of plastic for that) from the James Bond collection (the one Pierce Brosnan drives through St. Petersburg). I have had that for ages, but never got around to work on it. Those who have been following this blog for a while now will remember, that I actually purchased this model about three years ago (almost to the day)… those who have not been along this long… this is how it looked back then. Since I like my 2nd and 3rd Tier Russian tanks for Ultra Modern to look quite unspectacular, I decided to keep it in its original single colour green looks. But I cleaned away the mould lines, painting imperfections and so on. The green was faded, skirts and mantlet painted in a different colour and minor details (like oil stains on the barrels) added. Last but not least it got a liberal coat of dirt and dust with an airbrush (which unfortunately blended too well with the fading 😦 ).

T-55

T-55

T-55

T-55

T-55

T-55

 

 

Tyrion Lannister

Tyrion Lannister

As I said before, at first I had huge problems deciding on an anti-hero for the last AHPC theme round at first, but in the end I could not pick between Discworlds Death and this one. So what do we have here. It is Tyrion Lannister from George R. R. Martins “The Songs of of Ice and Fire” (or Game of Thrones for those who rather watch TV ;-)). I know at first he seems like an unlikely Anti-Hero. At first glance he seems to be almost more mischievous than everyone else in the series, which is hard to be honest. He does his best to gain personal power, advance his family at the expense of others and to lure those into traps that he can not manipulate. Not the nicest person, right? Well , but if you look closer he has many good aspects about him. He tries his best to reign in the sadistic and at times (well most times) sociopathic character of his nephew Joffrey and when married to poor Sansa Stark for political reasons refuses to consummate the marriage, not to cause her extra pain. When you look closely, most of the time his actions that seem to be in favor of his family, actually are in favor of the people of the realm and usually he does not get the the appreciation he would deserve, but rather a kick in the behind. Being born a little person and having his mother die in labour he was despised by his father and elder sister from day one and still he always tried his best to win his families appreciation. Not that he got it. What he got instead was them scheming against him and trying to kill him. So he ends up with a huge scar on his face (from an attempt on his life, while saying the capital) and having to flee to a foreign land to escape a death sentence for a murder he did not commit. For me, he is a perfect Anto-hero and actually on of my favorite characters in the books (and I am entirely glad George R. R. Martin has not killed him off (yet) in half a sentence like he did with so many other characters).

Tyrion Lannister

Tyrion Lannister

Tyrion Lannister

Tyrion Lannister

Tyrion Lannister

Tyrion Lannister

Tyrion Lannister

Tyrion Lannister

The miniature by Dark Sword is actually based on the character in the novel and not modeled on Peter Dinklage from the TV series. At first I was a bit sad about this, since I really like Dinklage´s acting and portrait of the role, but when painting him, it is actually a good thing, since I gave me as a painter much more room for artistic license. The mini itself is really great. Nice clear line and a characterful sculpt. The only thing I did not like was the Lannister heraldry. For one I felt that the Lion had a strange shape. And it is only weak… hard to make out while painting (constantly had their website open while painting it), but to strong to ignore and just make it up. Really looking forward to painting some more minis from the series, which I got off their Kickstarter last year!

All in all the mini was received quite well, ending me up with a 4th place. So the summary of all seven theme rounds is that I got to second places and was on the top five twice. Given all the competition out there, I think I can really be happy with the results!

 

Some Waffen SS (5th Entry, 5th AHPC)

Ok, the end is neigh (regarding the 5th installment of the AHPC) so I felt it was time to get some points added to my tally and fast. So looking through my massive lead pile I found some SS troops that I will need for a demo at a show later this year. That is one thing I like about WWII (compared to Napoleonics or as I had to find out even SciFi minis)… they paint up fast even if wearing camo and even if they have lots of insignia on their uniforms.

SS troopers

SS troopers

Up first are some additions to my infantry. These are not the first SS I have painted, but I had a certain lack (and still do to be honest) with some types of minis. One are normal riflemen without the face late war G43´s or StG-44´s. While most of them are geared towards late war, those weapons still were an exception and not the norm, so here are two soldiers with K-98 carbines (one of them also carrying a magnetic mine). There is also an NCO beefing up the numbers of squad leaders. and last there is one machine gun assistant loaded up with lots of ammo to feed into a a Hitlers buzzsaw (already had that one painted but minus the loader).

SS troopers

SS troopers

I wanted a distinct late war look. So they are wearing Erbsenmuster camo clothing. Now to enhance the rag tag looks many German units had to take on in 1944 and 1945 they are wearing a mix of both mint and faded clothing as well as a mix of camo clothing and field grey clothing.

Another area where I have a distinct lack of minis are gun crews, so I painted up a gun team for a PaK or other light field piece.

SS PaK Crew

SS PaK Crew

 

Again they are wearing a mix of camo clothing in various states of fading and field grey uniforms. This team will eventually see more men in Eichenlaub smocks added to the team (not sure if that will happen during the challenge though). This will add yet more variety to their looks and enable me to field them as a large team. Even though we are using 28mm we play the Battlegroup set of rules which work out really fine at larger scales as well. In Battlegroup a large crew for a gun gives you a chance for an extra shot per round, so that is a nice option to have.

SS PaK Crew

SS PaK Crew

All the minis in this post are from Victory Force and scaled at 28mm.

 

Ankh-Morpork City Watch

Now the Comedic round on the Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge was an instant decision for me. Back when I was in the German equivalent of high school, one of my majors was English. We had to read a lot of English literature (of course). There was some stuff that was absolutely awful in my humble opinion (like Aldous Huxley) and there was good stuff (like Shakespeare). But the best one was when we read Terry Pratchett. We read “Weird Sisters” right back to back with “Mac Beth” and I loved it! Not only was his style of writing great, but his sense of humour was right in line with mine. Seeing how much his work was actually inspired by classical literature made him an instant win with me. I was grateful for being exposed to his work this way, since I would probably have missed him without it. And for those who are wondering why minis based on his work are suitable for a Comedic Theme Round… well, read one of his books, for you clearly have not, otherwise you would not be asking! 😉

Ankh-Morpork City Watch

Ankh-Morpork City Watch

Now on to the minis. My better half gave these to me as a birthday gift a couple of years ago. I started painting them back then, but was really unhappy with the results. I wanted to keep close to Pratchetts description of the characters uniforms. But this meant lots of browns and too little contrast. So I never finished them, to the understandable distress of my better half. Now seeing the topics for this years Challenge, I decided to give them another try. So they spend a couple of weeks in Acetone. And aided by the much larger collection of brown paints I have these days, I am really happy with the results. So here we go, I present you CPT. Carrot Ironfoundersson, SGT. Fred Colon, SGT. Samuel Vines and Nobby Nobs of the Ankh-Morpork City Watch.

CPT. Carrot Ironfoundersson

CPT. Carrot Ironfoundersson

SGT. Samuel Vines

SGT. Samuel Vines

SGT. Fred Colon

SGT. Fred Colon

Nobby Nobs

Nobby Nobs

For those of you who liked this… there will be more Discworld´lyness in the coming days!   No prices for these this time, but they ended up being a runner-up at fifth place and I am truly happy with that!

[Small Edit: Just realized, that this is the 300th post on this blog… WooHoo!]

 

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More Blood Berets for Warzone Resurrection (4th Entry, 5th AHPC)

Well, at the beginning of the month, I posted five Blood Berets for Warzone Resurrection. I had originally planned to paint all 15 of them in one go, but had to reduce the initial batch to finish just those I needed for the tournament in Hamburg. Which was a wise decision, since I would not have made it. But little did I know how long it would actually take me to finish them. So many things in the real world demanded my attention that it took me over two weeks to do these (the initial batch had taken about three days). Anyway, these minis will now bring the close combat squad to eight troopers and the ranged combat one to seven. Although this is all a bit fluid, since the rules do not demand the whole squad to be armed the same!

Blood Berets (ranged combat squad)

Blood Berets (ranged combat squad)

Blood Berets (additions to my close combat squad)

Blood Berets (additions to my close combat squad)

To add to the minis I also scratch build nine AT-Mine markers. Each squad (or Blood Beret character) can deploy up to 3 of them and i know myself… if I do not have markers for them, I will forget them! :-/

Blood Berets (both squads and AT-mines)

Blood Berets (both squads and AT-mines)

 

Disc world´s Death

I am not sure if Curt even remembers, but when he announced the theme for this year Challenge, I was cursing like mad. I had no idea what to do actually. Even worse not only was this the theme for this year (which meant the mini I would send to Curt would have to follow this theme), but also the theme for the last theme round. So I decided, that I would only do one mini for both and simply send Curt my theme round entry. Well that was about three months ago and in all the weeks that followed I contemplated what to do, I actually had a couple of ideas. And I felt that two were actually so good, that I could not decided which one to do and which one to pass by. So in the end I chose them both and here is my entry fee, which will be on its way to the plains of Canada soonish.

Discworld Death

Discworld´s Death



So what will Curt get? It is Death from Terry Pratchett’s Discworld novels. I think he actually makes for a perfect Anti-Hero. Obviously when you think about Death the “Anti” part of “Anti-Hero” is obvious. Death is the inevitable end to everyone’s life, coming for you without remorse regardless of your wish to remain or not. But why is he a Hero? Well Discworld´s Death is a bit different. He is not unknown to show compassion for his customers, even trying to cheer them up at times. But in addition to that he is a loving and caring father and like any hero not without his faults. As such he looses his job at one time (only to get it back with vengeance). In addition to all that he is there to give a helping hand (although this can at times lead to people’s… err Death) or step in for someone else if needed. Like the time he takes over for the Hogfather (Discworld´s version of Father Christmas) to make sure the job gets done. 

Discworld Death

Discworld´s Death

Discworld Death

Discworld´s Death

Discworld Death

Discworld´s Death

Discworld Death

Discworld´s Death

One thing that I love about this mini is the little details, like the Death of Rats that are part of the actual mini.

Discworld Death of Rats

Discworld´s Death of Rats

In the past years, I have always send my entries with completed base to Curt. This year I have left the base plain. The reason is simple. In the novels Death lives in a house on a plain of existence that is completely in grayscale. Now I thought, that it would be great to either have some furniture or plants painted in grayscale on the base to show this. Now I completely suck at painting grayscale, while Curt is one of the undisputed masters at it, so I thought “why ruin something, when you have someone who is great at it”. I hope Curt will forgive me this!

 

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! 😦

 

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! 😛

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!