Last 15 posts from The Man Cave

British FIW Command stand

Posted on April 23rd, 2017 under . Posted by

Over the weekend I completed this project, which I’ve been working on for a few weeks.

The is a British Senior officer is a Front Rank figure from the SYW range, as is the staff Officer (he is from their artillery crew collection). The hound is from…

Weekend reading!

Posted on April 21st, 2017 under , . Posted by

Nice to get home after a busy week at work to have not one but two pre-orders waiting for some attention.  So which one to digest first…

More Redcoats!

Posted on April 20th, 2017 under . Posted by

Just before Easter I received reinforcements from Front Rank miniatures for my British FIW Army.  I also got my new sabot bases from Warbases to help rank them up and speed game play up (moving all those figures was taking quite a toll on game …

Indian Longhouse

Posted on April 13th, 2017 under , . Posted by

Presenting my Indian longhouse which was waiting in the wings for attention during the recent painting challenge (where terrain doesn’t score for points) so its nice to get it completed.  Hoping to get it on the table in the coming weeks for a F…

FIW Scatter Terrain

Posted on April 9th, 2017 under , . Posted by

A few pieces of scatter terrain I recently made for our FIW games. Its been fun to do some terrain after all the figs during the painting challenge :-)

Firstly, some rocky outcrops, made from bark.  I spray painted them black and then drushbrushe…

AHPC VII Reflections

Posted on April 2nd, 2017 under . Posted by

I thoroughly enjoyed AHPC VII and am still lamenting its conclusion. It has easily been the best sustained hobby productivity I have had in at least a decade.  Modesty aside, I also think its some of the best quality 28mm painting I have ever prod…

AHPC VII Reflections – Part 1: Facts and Figures

Posted on March 26th, 2017 under . Posted by

While not a mathemagician anywhere of the calibre as the redoubtable Mr Miles, I have found myself tainted by his interest in some of the stats around AHPC.

So here are some completely self indulgent figures and graphics that will mean little to an…

Painting Challenge VII – final submission

Posted on March 20th, 2017 under , . Posted by

Times up – brushes down! AHPC VII has come to its inevitable conclusion

Major Brinkworth leads from the front with his Impressive Weapon!

To complete my AHPC VII submissions and add to last week’s submission of Major Brinkworth and his redcoats…

Painting Challenge Week 12 submissions

Posted on March 12th, 2017 under , . Posted by

Present – Fire!

The FIW Campaign “Frontier Aflame” that Dux and I are prosecuting against one another is intensifying, and so is my need for reinforcements!  Here is the first detachment to arrive on the scene: a unit of British Regular Infantr…

AHPC VII ‘Character/Scene’ Bonus Round: ‘Helped by a cup of tea’

Posted on March 7th, 2017 under , . Posted by

I had planned and even completed a different character earlier in the challenge with this bonus round in mind.  Then I finally got hold of this figure so that I could  pay homage to one of my favourite ever movie scenes, from the classic 19…

Painting Challenge Week 11 submissions

Posted on March 5th, 2017 under , , . Posted by

First up is a six man unit of British Light Infantry (who were blooded on the table this week and naturally suffered heavy losses at the hands of Dux’s Canadiene Milita):

These ‘light bobs’ are rather handy in the wilderness; good shots and able to screen the regular troops in more traditional formations, they became critical to the war effort (yet somehow those lessons were lost during the subsequent rebellion of the American colonies…)

I’ve painted these chaps as members of the 24th Regiment, a Regiment that would later become famous in the Zulu War for both unlikely victory at Rorke’s Drift and disastrous losses at Isandlwana.  I’ve modelled the Regiment for that war in 15mm previously and thought it would be neat to game with the same regiment in another time period and scale.  I’ve used a dark, dirty wash to reflect their irregular nature and lack of spit and polish compared to line infantry.

And a second native american canoe, the crew of which look suspiciously like the chaps I posted last week portaging a canoe through the forest.  They look far more rested in this pose! I also did up two piles of trade goods, which will be good loot to capture on the table.

And what was to be my Bonus round Character but who got replaced at the last minute. Presenting
evil mastermind and super-villain Johan Schmidt, aka Red Skull, nemesis of Captain America and founder of Hydra.

“His Skull maybe Red but his heart is Black
I bought this mini some years ago – it is the “Herr Totenkopf” figure by WhatThe! Miniatures.  I love that this sculpt mirrors a classic cartoon image, complete with the Mauser C96 pistol (because anyone can have a Luger, right?).  As a result, I have been faithful to the colour scheme of this pic. 

All that black was a bit of a sod to get right but I’m really happy with the end result.

The skull isn’t so washed out IRL, but I got the blue eyeballs done!
Interestingly, Red Skull first appeared in Captain America Comics #1 (dated 1941) and is, apparently, rated No 21 in the Top 100 Greatest Villains Ever list by the people who consider such things far more deeply than I – or so Wikipedia tells me anyway.

This AHPC entry can be found at: From PaulOG: FIW British Light Infantry, a Canoe and Red Skull! (60 points)

Together these three submissions total 60 points, leaving me a bare 3 points shy of my increased 1000 point objective.  2 weeks and one bonus round to go…

Almost there…
Close but no cigar!

Painting Challenge Week 10 Submissions

Posted on February 28th, 2017 under , . Posted by

A couple of entries this week, and first up is a native Canoe being portaged – I will be using this as a movable deployment marker in Sharp Practice 2, but have left the canoe separate so I can instead add a ladder or other ancillary equipment instead …

AHPC VII ‘West’ Bonus Round: Centurion Alanus

Posted on February 22nd, 2017 under , , . Posted by

Presenting Centurion Alanus, Defender of Western Civilisation, Britannia, 1st Century AD.

This is a special edition Warlord model which was came with the pre-order of Hail Caesar, back in July 2011.  I traded the rulebook long ago, …

Painting Challenge Week 9 Submissions

Posted on February 20th, 2017 under , , . Posted by

This week saw me complete another dozen Woodland Indians for our FIW campaign.  Alan routinely fields two dozen of these bloodthirsty braves in our Sharp Practice games and seeing them bear down on my loyal Colonials gives them the heebie jeebies – hopefully my having a reciprocal amount will give his French equal pause!
These are really lovely sculpts by Bob Murch from the Flint and Feather range, aimed at early contact/pre-contact period, thus the myriad of traditional weapons.  Again I spent a bit of time on authentic warpaint as I think it really makes them look savage!
To command my 2 units of Native Allies I have added a Sachem leader and I really like his commanding pose.  This is another figure from the Flint and Feather range. 
Next up, this beast is the M8 Grizzly Assault Walker from Warlord’s Konflikt 47 range.  As this Allied walker is fielded by both US and British forces, I have pained it in the colours and insignia of a British Armoured Division and added a British tank crewman; so now it can support my British paratroopers when I want to weird them up a bit!  I really like this sculpt and had a lot of fun painting it, but putting it together was rather a pain and it required a lot of cleaning up and some parts needed work to bend them back into shape.  Regardless, I’m happy with the overall outcome.
The Grizzly is quite a sizeable beast and dominates the tabletop. Accordingly, I wanted something imposing for the base and agonised over that for awhile.  I’ve tried to convey it smashing through a small forest and crushing everything in its path, both natural and manmade obstacles with the barbed wire.
A panzergrenadier’s view – rather imposing!
Added to my Russian Spider Mechs from the Armour Bonus Round, this makes three Weird War walkers I’ve completed during this challenge – time to order some more!

This entry is at the AHPC blog here:

These submissions netted me 85 points, pushing me almost to the 800 point mark with a pleasingly consistent productivity line:

And just because Miles hasn’t done this spreadsheet analysis yet (actually he probably has but just hasn’t advertised it), here is what my average points per week look like over AHPC.  Soon to dip as some work travel takes a bite out of my time:

And so I have now officially upped my AHPC VII target to 1000 points – this will be a personal best for me and I will an attempt to avoid “abject failure in all aspects of life” as infamously decreed by the Dux last year before the challenge started…

Click here if you missed it…

Bolt Action vs Chain of Command

Posted on February 18th, 2017 under , . Posted by

My posts last year about moving on from 1st edition Bolt Action (BA) brought forth some interesting commentary about different rules sets.  I thought I’d indulge myself with a post to answer them.

Disclaimer: Everyone has their own opinion, …