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Bretonnian inspiration ahead?

Posted on September 23rd, 2014 under . Posted by

One of the blogs I follow regularly is James Wappel whose painting quite frankly is out of this world. Looking at his blog this morning I saw that he has purchased some of Fireforge’s Teutonic Knights and will be painting them up soon. Really looking f…

Fluffy Flying High Elves of Doom & Display Board

Posted on September 16th, 2014 under , , , , , , . Posted by

Submitted my list for what will be my final WHFB tournament of the year Cracks Call in Masterton at the end of the month.  There are still two more events scheduled to occur in Wellington Skitterleap and Vermintide but I’m skipping them as the cri…

Barrage 2014

Posted on September 14th, 2014 under . Posted by

I’ve been to the three HMGS conventions several times, but this weekend my son and I visited our first smaller local con. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect, but the large number of games, vendor tables and the relaxed atmosphere at Barrage made the tr…

Movement trays galore

Posted on September 5th, 2014 under , , . Posted by

As part of my efforts to tidy up my stuff I decided to finish off all of my Sarissa movement trays.  Grey ones are principally for my High Elves but there are a couple for my Dwarfs as well.  Taking me 3 nights and one morning overall.Night 1…

Avatars of War Update: More delays

Posted on September 5th, 2014 under Posted by

Another email from Avatars of War about yet another delay in the production and delivery of their new Dwarf Doomcrushers.  ——–Hello John,A quick note to tell you that Doomcrushers tooling is progressing without any unexpected technical proble…

New army project: Bretonnians

Posted on September 3rd, 2014 under , , , , . Posted by

I’ve pretty much talked myself into this as my next army project.  I’ve always liked the idea behind the Bretonnian army and thought it would be a great project to start.  But I resisted doing so for a long while mainly because I didn’t think…

WIP – High Elf Dragon & some finished Romans

Posted on August 30th, 2014 under , , , , , . Posted by

More work completed on my Dragon and first lot of Romans all done.  Few issues with decals which didn’t turn out well but both looking goodish.Found out that the Dragon is Asarnil the Dragon Lord an old 5th High Elf character

WIP – Painting a High Elf Dragon

Posted on August 28th, 2014 under , , , . Posted by

Picking this guy up for $5 at Call to Arms was a nice bonus for me from that and I’ve been looking forward a lot to painting him up.  Still have to figure out how to sit a rider on top but green stuffing and sculpting the missing bit shouldn’t be …

WHFB why do you play: For fun or for tournaments & points?

Posted on August 25th, 2014 under , , . Posted by

(Couple of minor tweaks to original post following a thoughtful reader comment just to clarify more what I was talking about – changes in red)One blog I like to read regularly is Herman van Kradenburg’s Trouble in the Border Provinces.  A fellow N…

Day 2 @ CtA – Ogres capture 10th Place

Posted on August 22nd, 2014 under , , , , , , . Posted by

Call to Arms Day 2 and time to get some decent results to push myself up the leader board.  After Day 1′s opening round loss to Joel I needed to win both games on the final day to snag a Top 10 finish. The fourth round draw was emailed out the nig…

When is a proxy for a Warhammer model "extracting the urine"????

Posted on August 21st, 2014 under , . Posted by

Very interesting thread up on the Warhammer Forum about the use of proxies at the ETC in Serbia this year.  To be honest I was surprised and somewhat shocked at the examples shown in that thread.  My assumption was that the ETC was THE top ev…

Ogres at Call to Arms – Day 1

Posted on August 20th, 2014 under , , , , , , . Posted by

Back from another enjoyable Call to Arms event in Wellington where my Ogres put on a reasonably good show finishing 10th continuing my good run of form in recent events.  My local club mates also had an exceedingly good weekend the best by our clu…

Zvezda Soviet Armor

Posted on August 19th, 2014 under , . Posted by

In preparation for painting my “All Quiet on the Martian Front” steam tanks, I pulled a stack of Zvezda 15mm soviet armor from my lead pile to practice on. Assembling  the tanks was a piece of cake (the trucks were a bit trickier) but it was the p…

I painted some panzers

Posted on August 14th, 2014 under , , . Posted by

In preparation for tackling the steam tanks from the All Quiet on the Martian Front starter set I picked up at Historicon, I decided to get some practice on half a dozen Zvezda tanks from my lead pile. Only problem? I’ve only painted one or two tanks e…

Ogre Kingdoms display board & tournament army all ready

Posted on August 11th, 2014 under , , , , , . Posted by

My Ogre Kingdoms army is now all set for Call to Arms this coming weekend.  To finish them off I’ve sanded, flocked and grass tufted my armies movement trays.  I’ve always struggled when it comes to flocking my movement trays but I really wan…

Ogre Kingdoms Display Board extras

Posted on August 9th, 2014 under , , , , , , . Posted by

With Call to Arms coming up next weekend I’ve been spending a lot of time finishing of my Ogres ready for the event.  This has included painting 20 Gnoblars, 2 Mournfang and tidying up my Ogre movement trays.  Also decided to make a couple of…

1st Roman Praetorian complete(ish)

Posted on August 7th, 2014 under , , , . Posted by

Took a little break from painting Ogres to have a go at completing one of my 1:72 Warlord Games Praetorian guard figures.  Assembling them was easy and enjoyable, the figures look great with nice clean mould lines and strong detailing, only the Pi…

Forgeworld new release Gal Vorbak

Posted on August 6th, 2014 under , , , , , . Posted by

If your a fan of the Horus Heresy series and in particular the fantastic work of Aaron-Dembski Bowden by far the best author in the series then you will, like me, be a huge fan of the Word Bearers the only Astartes to hold to the true faith. [Skip the …

Knobby Gnoblars & WIP Mournfang

Posted on August 3rd, 2014 under , , , , , . Posted by

Submitted my Ogre Kingdoms list to Mike for Call to Arms next fortnight.  Going with the fluffy list I took against Jeff’s Flying Boobies Dark Elf list last week but with a couple of minor variations.To get the army ready I needed to finish painti…

SAGA Rematch!

Posted on August 2nd, 2014 under . Posted by

I couldn’t let the shame of Earl Pusskin’s defeat stand, so once more my Normans took the field reclaim their honor against my wife’s Viking warband. All the bloody details and pics after the jump.We let our son set up the the terrain for the game as a…

Fluffy Boobies: Ogres vs. Dark Elves

Posted on July 31st, 2014 under , , , . Posted by

Nice fluffy friendly game vs. Jeff’s Dark Elf Booby list on Tuesday with my fluffy Ogre list for Call to Arms next fortnight.  Despite all my painting efforts with Dwarfs I have submitted my Ogre list for this event so whats on the table in the pi…

Marching On Richmond: Winter 1864-65

Posted on July 30th, 2014 under , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

After the action at Virginia Farm both sides moved into winter quarters, setting up cantonments in Virginia. As Spring 1865 approached and we prepared for the new campaigning season my Division received new reinforcements, and smattering of new recruit…

WIP – AoW Dwarf Slayers: nearly there

Posted on July 28th, 2014 under , , , , . Posted by

Making progress on my Slayer horde.  Slowed up by my lack of Ogyrn Flesh wash but rectified that yesterday so back on track again.   The 7 with the brown edgedbases are 90% done just need some highlights and grass tufts. Think I have my list …

SAGA! Our first game

Posted on July 28th, 2014 under . Posted by

I finally got SAGA onto the table this weekend, after having only played a few games at HGMS conventions over the years. Our Vikings and Normans mix it up after the jump.My wife an I played a brief game to get a handle on the rules, and then played a f…

Veni Vidi Vici – The Romans are coming

Posted on July 23rd, 2014 under Posted by

I’ve always been a history buff. Two periods in particular fascinate me the Punic Wars and Caesars campaigns in Gaul.  Consequently I’ve always wanted to paint up some Roman minis.  Evan from my local club kindly gave me a box of 1:72 scale R…