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Tabletop World Windmill

Posted on December 5th, 2014 under . Posted by

I just finished painting up a windmill by the Croatian vendor Tabletop World. What a great little kit! I love Tabletop World’s work… details are deep and exaggerated, making painting fun and the final result full of character without getting too cart…

The Force Awakens: X-Wing Miniatures Battle

Posted on December 2nd, 2014 under . Posted by

My son and I were psyched to see the new Star Wars trailer for Episode VII, and after seeing the Millennium Falcon perform some aerial maneuvers in battle over Tatooine, we had to break out our X-Wing Miniatures and recreate the battle.Check out the c…

Black Friday and Holiday Wargame Deals

Posted on November 26th, 2014 under Posted by

Lot of great deals this year. Let’s get to it!Wargame and Miniature Holiday DealWarlord Games: Lots of great deals from Warlord but the best seems to be the FREE TANK with the order of the D-Day Firefight boxed set.  Want to go whole hog on your a…

Blogging and gaming hiatus

Posted on November 19th, 2014 under Posted by

As you could probably tell from the lack of posts in recent weeks/months I have taken a break from gaming although I have had a couple of games with my High Elves which I started to enjoy again. But I am taking a big break from gaming for a while. &nbs…

Wargame Terrain: Sherfy Barn

Posted on November 18th, 2014 under . Posted by

15mm Sherfy BarnI’m continuing to knock out a host of terrain projects that I’ve been putting off for far too long. At Historicon I caught the “All Quiet on the Martian Front” bug and loaded up on tripods and tanks to take home. I knew I’d need some te…

Architects of War scenic pieces: Donkey Mill, Well and Pig Poke

Posted on November 13th, 2014 under . Posted by

I try to spend October concentrating on terrain since I’m invariably distracted by modeling men, horses and vehicles during the rest of the year. This October was crazy and I had to put most of my wargaming and painting projects on the back burner.I’m …

Reaper Bones Commoners

Posted on November 5th, 2014 under . Posted by

I started these Reaper Bones Commoners near the beginning of October, hoping to use them as victims in a Halloween themed skirmish. Life got in the way and I only managed to finish them up nearly a month after I started them, and a bit too late to hit …

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 …