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On the use of primers

On the use of primers

The idea for this post actually came to me as an accident while airbrushing some MDF terrain (which will go online in the near future).

Something one reads a lot  from newcomers to the hobby is why to use primers and which colour to use.

The former question usually is simple to answer. The primer improves the adhesion of the paint to the model.

But which colour to use?

Well there are lots of colors these days. They come in virtually all colours. Usually these are the base colours of (historic and fictional) uniforms or vehicles. Their use is obvious… prime your model in this colour and you can skip the basic colour of the uniform or vehicles. So let us ignore all these new colours and concentrate on the classics… black and white (which also includes off-white / light grey).

Well for some the choice between the two depends on their style of painting. Some like to paint using a technique that is called “black-lining”. Essentially this technique means that each colour and / or piece of equipment is edged in black to improve the contrast between the elements of a model. Many people who paint this way love black primer. This way they just need to block in the colors and leave the edges alone. That way they do not need to paint the edges in black.

I personally do not like that painting technique and if you are the same (or prefer to paint those black lines by hand none the less) you will be free to choose. In my opinion your choice will be dictated by the colour your finished minis will have. A light coloured primer will lead to the colours that are applied on top to be more vibrant and bright. A dark primer will lead to the colours being more subdued and sinister. All in all I prefer my minis to look vibrant. Therefore I prime 90% of my minis in (off-)white. With some colours like yellow this is virtually essential to make sure they do not look dirty. In other cases it just makes the colours pop and look alive, even if they themselves are dark.

Prussian Landwehr casualties (front)

Prussian Landwehr casualties (front)

Prussian Landwehr casualties (back)

Prussian Landwehr casualties (back)

Black primer is something I only use for minis that will be predominantly black (or very dark blue or brown all over) anyway or those minis that I want to look sinister (minis where even the bright colours are meant to look bleak). In the first case it simply safes one a lot of work, in the second case, it makes the brain perceive the colours differently.

2te Preussische Leibhusaren

2te Preussische Leibhusaren

But does it really make such a difference? Is it just imagination?

Well the other day I was airbrushing some MDF terrain. amongst the pieces were two (actually more, but these were the ones I photographed) that will represent wood when done. Both had been primed*. One I had primed in off-white, since it will be part of buildings that are meant to re-present light coloured plaster. The other was primed black, since it will be part of a Bailey Bridge. (I do not want to paint the underside of the planks and neither do I want a light colour reflecting off the surface of my river. Out of pure laziness I primed both top and bottom the same.) I did spray two light coats of Vallejos Model Air “Burnt Umber” over them. Two light coats, since I wanted a shaded finish, that would make it easier to make it look like wood later on. Burnt Umber is a very dark brown, almost like chocolate with a high cocoa percentage. So what did they both look like?

Comparison between (off-)white and black primers

Comparison between (off-)white and black primers

As you see, two light coats over the off-white primer gave me a result, that is slightly lighter than the brown itself. Two similar coats over the black gave me a result, where you will hardly notice the brown, if at all.

By the way, this also shows how one can use these primers to ones advantage while painting. If you have a paint with a low opacity, you can use a number of coats to change your colours and create shading on your minis. If you apply a number of coats over a dark colour your colour will become lighter with every coat (more so the lighter or brighter your colour). If you apply your colour over a light colour, it will become darker with ever coat.

Hope this gives some of you some insight.

 

 

[* It is always advisable to prime MDF before pairing it. MDF is essentially sawdust pressed into shape with glue. As such it will always “suck up” lots of paint in its natural state. Priming them means that a) they suck up your cheap primer instead of your expensive paints and b) you need less coats making your work faster and easier.]

 
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Posted by on August 8, 2015 in General

 

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

 

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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Posted by on June 22, 2014 in General

 

2013 in review

Since it has now become a custom for me…  here is my look back at the last year. Lets start with the official part and see what WordPress.com was kind enough to create: 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 85,000 times in 2013. If it were an exhibit at the Louvre Museum, it would take about 4 days for that many people to see it.

Those numbers are a bits of a mixed bag here. In total this meant a fall of about 11K visitors in 2013 compared to 2012. Which was no big surprise actually. I posted less than I did the year before, which I think is quiet natural when you spend between 50 and 60 hours a week at work plus at least 10 hours commuting. But the numbers also had a positive note. The most visits on a single day was November 3rd and that virtually annihilated the previous best (4th of July 2012). Plus November narrowly missed being the best month for this blog.

Again the most important thing for me was thou the readers! The number of followers saw a constant rise once again and for me this is a sign, that some of you find something interesting in my ramblings. Same goes for the constant rise in comments. It always amazes me, how many take an interest (especially since I have had times when I did not have the time to browse other blogs and comment so much). Thank you all a lot for this… you can not imagine how much this means to me!!!

But there are also some numbers that WordPress cannot know about, that I would like to share with you and that is what I did this past year. In total I build 10 river boards (yet unpublished on this blog), 4 buildings, painted 4 guns and 355 minis. All in 25/28mm. So on average I painted a little less than one mini a day and only 22 less than 2012. Given how much time I did spend at work and on the roads, how I concentrated on Sami from November on and that a lot of these were Napoleonic minis (real time drains), I was quiet surprised it ended up this way.

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

Seven point Byzantine SAGA Warband

Seven point Byzantine SAGA Warband

Westpreussisches Grenadierbattalion (top view)

Westpreussisches Grenadierbattalion (top view)

French Colonel (Victrix)

French Colonel (Victrix)

Östereichische Jäger

Östereichische Jäger

Tau Firewarrior Shas'ui (Sergeants)

Tau Firewarrior Shas’ui (Sergeants)

Prussian mounted infantry officer

Prussian mounted infantry officer

Brandenburg Infanterie Regiment (Command base)

Brandenburg Infanterie Regiment (Command base)

Tau Stealth Suit Team

Tau Stealth Suit Team

Leibgrenadierbattalion (top view)

Leibgrenadierbattalion (top view)

Generic French regiment [three battalion shot]

Generic French regiment
[three battalion shot]

Oberst Katzeler

Oberst Katzeler

SS Eichenlaub (front)

SS Eichenlaub (front)

5th Hussars officers

5th Hussars officers

Major von Hiller

Major von Hiller

What else did 2013 bring? Well as the kind reader of this blog will know. Sami joined our lives in October. And although he has given me some headaches (like the day he decided to swallow a mini) he has on aggregate been a huge enrichment to our lives.

In other news, I have also been made redundant at the end of the year. I have not found anything new yet. I realize, that in my field (I work as a corporate counsel… I guess now the number of followers will go down ;-)) I will never do with short working hours, but right now I am looking for something closer to home to face less of a commute. The other option we are looking into is a complete change of scenery. So I am also contemplating a move to the UK. So if any of you know a company which is looking for someone who can speak German and English, has a degree in German law and experience in international law… let me know!

So back to brighter topics… what is planned for the rest of 2014? Well I am planning to finish some projects this year. For one I want to paint my WWII Brits, do at least two complete factions for Warzone, paint at least another army for SAGA (either Normans or Saxons), get those pesky Tau for Warhammer out of the painting queue, plus paint some Napoleonics (preferably Russians). But the most important thing will be terrain. I feel that over the past three years, I have done far too little terrain and I want to catch up there. So a lot of time this year and especially during the summer, will be dedicated to terrain building. Now that I see it written out… that will be one nut to crack! Lets see how I will do! I hope you will all follow the progress!

 
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Posted by on January 8, 2014 in General

 

Happy New Year

Well just one week on from Christmas and the time has come to say goodbye to 2013. After a two year hiatus we finally managed to get ourselves to London again to enjoy some proper fireworks. So while we are sitting on Westminster Bridge, watching the colours change on the London Eye, the time has come to wish you a Happy New Year 2014 (and I know some of you already are in 2014). May it be a healthy, prosperous and happy one for you all!!!

Looking forward to many shared experiences with you all!

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Posted by on December 31, 2013 in General

 

A very Merry Christmas

As usual at this time of year, I just want to take a minute and wish you all and your loved ones a very Merry Christmas. May it be a peaceful and healthy one for all of you!

Keep calm and merry on

After giving you a taste of my favourite Christmas song last year, I was looking for something special again this year. Now after looking at tons of the usual choices of Santa cartoons and soldiers firing LMG in costumes I got desperate. Fortunately none other than Chuck Norris came to my rescue. Enjoy:

 
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Posted by on December 24, 2013 in General

 

A planning dilemma and a Challenge

Ok, lets start with the Challenge. This weekend Curt from Analogue Hobbies officially announced the fourth instalment of the Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge. As already indicated, I am in. Now the great thing about this years instalment is that we will be allowed SciFi and Fantasy minis as well. I guess I will have no need for the later, but the former will allow me to paint some of my Warzone minis and spread the Tau for Warhammer out a little more. I feel this might be needed. After painting the Pathfinders last week (pictures before the weekend) I realised that the topic of Warhammer does not interest me enough to paint them all in one go.

The other great thing is that there will be some milestones along the way. Essentially if you complete a certain theme by a deadline you will be able to score some extra points. They all seem very sensible, but the first one is giving me some headaches. It is non-combatants and shall be completed by December 22nd. Given that the Challenge starts on December 15th and that I will be off to my better halfs relatives by December 20th this will be tough. Well I could do a single mini, but I am thinking a battery area base for my Napoleonics, which will be a huge undertaking. All in all I am really looking forward to this one. This should allow me to hit the ground (= start the new year) running.

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But now on to the dilemma. For me Crisis in Antwerp is the convention of the year where I always try to do a participation game. As I have indicated time and time again, I always try to do something that matches a historical anniversary. Like this years Möckern / Leipzig game for this years show. Now what surprised me, is that I seemed to be the only one doing so at this years show and it got me wondering, if I am overdoing it?
The other thing is, 2015 will mean the bicentennial of The Hundred Days, but right now I am more in a mood to paint Napoleonic Russians than more Prussians, British, Dutch-Belgians, Nassauers, Hannoveranians and so on. So I am really contemplating if a less grand anniversary, like the 70th anniversary of the Battle for Berlin would be a more sensible goal.

Mercer´s Battery (Series 3, Waterloo Collection) © http://www.waterloo-collection.com/

Mercer´s Battery
(Series 3, Waterloo Collection)
© http://www.waterloo-collection.com/

This is even more so due to the time restrictions. I mean painting Napoleonic armies takes a lot of time (at least for me). I saw that with this years game. Even though I reserved more than two years for the preparations, time still ran away in the end. If it had not, I think I could have spend more time on the terrain and could thus have created a visually more pleasing game. So I am wondering, if it would not be better, to build up some sensible sized Napoleonic forces over the next decade, before tackling something like The Hundred Days? And if it would not be better to concentrate on an era for which I already have enough troops, like the Second World War?

Tiger 100 at Potsdamer Bahnhof

Tiger 100 at Potsdamer Bahnhof

So what is your take on these things? Do you care if a game falls on a big, a minor or no anniversary at all?
Do you think I should ignore The Hundred Days and rather go for Berlin?

Any comments are welcome!

 
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Posted by on November 18, 2013 in General

 

Off to Crisis and my timetable for the next few months

Now the time has come to hit the road and head off to Antwerp, to actually play the game I have been preparing for ages. Hope to see many of you tomorrow, so to those of you who are going to be there, please drop by and say hello! (I will be at table 4a15.)

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But there is a football (soccer to the American readers) saying here in Germany “nach dem Spiel ist vor dem Spiel” which can literally translated (taking into account the gaming jargon) “once you are done with a game, you need to prepare for the next one”. So what are my plans for the upcoming weeks, months and year?

Well I shall have a lot of free time coming up in November (I will have compensatory time off for the next five weeks), and shall not touch a single Napoleonic mini for the rest of the year, since I feel I need a change of theme. So up next I shall move to something different.

Up first I will paint the Tau for Warhammer 40K. Now this is somewhat bittersweet. As some of the long time readers will know I decided to get into 40K sometime in 2012 and after long deliberations decided to go with Tau. But by now, I have really lost interest in the topic (not Tau per se, but 40K in general). So I actually doubt, I shall ever play with them. So why am I going to paint them anyway? Well looking at the prices one can expect for an unpainted 40K army, I would be loosing a lot of money, so that way I hope to at least break even. Plus I can really use the money in the near future!

Tau XV 25 Shas´vre with fusion blaster

Tau XV 25 Shas´vre with fusion blaster

I really hope to finish them soon, for there is one SciFi project I am really eager to start and that is Warzone Resurrection. Now I played both the first and second editions of the game and loved it. So I was eager to hop on board when Prodos Games launched their Kickstarter this year and pledged big time. So big my pledge will most likely be one of the last to ship (I am on a pledge level where everything will be shipped in one go and there are a few items that are still in production). So I just hope I will finish the Tau before my huge parcel arrives, since I would instantly drop the Tau to get the first faction or two painted!

But with the end of the year approaching, it will also be time for the next installment of the Analogue Hobbies Challange. Now part of the rules, all the entries have to be historical, so I shall shift my painting back to the real world in late December. This should fit in nicely with what I have in mind for Crisis 2014. 2014 being the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings, I want to tackle just that. It will either be the landings themselves, or the battles by the British vs. the SS (Caen area, Carpiquet…). Now my minis for the former consist of about as dozen infantry and the later are rather a nucleous force at best and partially themed for the Ardennes anyway. So that should give me a chance to build those forces. If there is still time left during the Challange (which I doubt) I will also tackle some early war German tanks and 1939 Poles… let’s see!

British WWII Snipers

British WWII Snipers

And afterwards? All of you who have been following this blog for some time now will know that short term plans only are not my thing! Same for next year. Obviously Crisis 2015 looms on the horizon (what are two years right) as well and with it the inevitable bicentennial of Waterloo. Now I shall rather go for something small this time (whatever small means in Napoleonic terms). I will be able to do with less painting this time on account of the minis painted so far, but will still be a lot to do. So I hold no illusions, that I will have to start painting for it sometime in 2014 and for those of you who follow this blog for my Napoleonic minis… well you can expect new ones throughout the year.
And then there is terrain. Except for the river and Napoleonic era buildings for the village of Möckern I did this year (pictures coming in November as well), I really neglected that field. So and I have a nice number of 4Ground buildings, the inner city ruins from the Commision Figurines Kickstarter and Bolt Actions Pegasus bridge lying around, plus I will need to do some hedges / low Bocage (like that found in the Caen area).
In addition I will have to finish those Tau (if I do not do so next month), put some more work into Warzone.
And if there still is some time left I would like to make a dent in the lead pile for my modern minis.

So do I have my work cut out for the next fourteen months? Not really, right! 😛

 

Introducing Sami

I know it has been quiet lately, but the reason is, that I had to prioritize. As indicated in the comments to my last post, my better half and I were thinking about adding a new member to our household and on the 3rd of October Sami became a part of it.

Sami

Sami

Sami is a roughly five months old mixed breed. Now he has had a very dramatic start into his life. Both he and his brother, still being small pups, had been found in a trashbin in Greece. Their good luck was they were found by the husband of an animal welfarerist who took care of them until they were big enough to come to Germany. Good thing is that he seems to have absolutely no memory of this and is as sweet and lovely as anyone could hope for.

Over the past one and a half weeks he has quickly managed to become housebroken, learn his first tricks and sleep through the night. But most important he has managed to secure a sound place in our hearts! So in the future you can expect to see some more of him!

Obviously he is taking up time as well and in order to get everything ready for Crisis in Antwerp next month I had to make a choice. So while I am still slaving away painting minis (and making good progress on it), I have decided to post pictures of them in Novemember after Crisis, when I will have more time to get the posts out. So expect a lull for the rest of the month, with a real spade in November!

 
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Posted by on October 14, 2013 in General

 

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