Year 2019


A Tale of Two Battles - Part the First

The Italian infantry brigade. The only unit to come out of this with their heads held high.This is the first of two battle reports featuring my French troops against the Russians of Paul C., the first of which I made some abysmal errors and paid the price.As always, the ridge-line in between the two forces attracted us both, but being closer to Paul meant that he reached it first while my brigade was caught mid-transit over a series of hedges with the resulting disorders weighing them down. I'd also sent my strong artillery contingent that way, planning to set them on top of the ridge, but they found themselves in an awkward position at the bottom of the ridge without a clear target and with friendly infantry about to block their field of fire anyway!Once Paul set up his dreaded 12 pounder battery, I gave up all hope of ejecting him form the ridge and decided the more open left flank was the place to try an attack, using the occupied village as the hinge between the two flanks of my division. While Bill partn

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Countdown to BOYL: 44 days

Hi All,Is it time to be terrified yet?I'm wrapping up the OWAC2 but also madly trying to prepare a bunch of figures for BOYL in August. My timeline is a few days shorter than until the actual event because I have so much travel time to get there. Something like an 11 hour flight, followed by a 2.5 hour drive. Ugh.Any way, here's some stuff. (Sorry for the bad pictures.)9 Humans. I realize now that they had the extra arms attribute. Whoops. I'll pretend they have baby T-Rex arms under their jackets. I also really need to dust.The grave guard, or whatever, that I'm using as Grim Reapers for OWAC2.The Renegade, Orks (Extra Joints), Beastmen (Irrational Fear [color]), Assassin (I like the way he came painted, just trying to fix him and texture his base.) Two candidates for the Terminator Game/ Strontium Dogs if I can weasel my way in. And some skellies mixed in. Also the Zombie plague cart that needs to be built. Not shown are the Ash Waste Racer, Great Gargant and Space Marine Terminators that have yet to be bui

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Wonder what Old Glory casting facility looked like?

Here are the picture the Russ Dunaway posted on face book.  Know I know where all my money went...lol..Here are three photos for you to look at where tons of Napoleonic toys in four scales are born. 1. One is the outside of the Old Glory factory where for the last 30 years we have sent out literally millions of little army men to all the good little wargaming boys and girls.2. A shot of just one of the casting rooms after the crew left for the day with stacks of sprues full of cool little army men.3. Faithful shipper Connie, being given a hand ( or in this case a paw) from midnight the shop cat and mouser-- that Teresa Gregory ( the resident Old Glory tech wizard) rescued about 9 years ago -- preparing just a part of of "Big Andy's" of Old Glory UK shipment of cool shiny toys for all the good people across the not so small pond.Hope you enjoy !!!Russ Dunaway

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The May Round up,

Well its a bit late but hey ho, its better late than never!So May.....It flew by and its was a month of mixed projects,So I painted some crooked dice Ants using a zenith highlighting then with some washes shot through my air brush,real quick and easy, and looks pretty good, Ironically I did these and GW announce the contrast paints which I'm looking to paint a whole lot of skaven with to speed up them!other bits and bobs that I did was a 3D printed 40K container,looks ok and will do for scatter terrain for the ZM board, only down side to this piece was the print time!and talking of the ZM board the doors have been sorted out so I can say that the 3x3 is finished!The only other thing that I've done is a test paint for the orbital assault list that is next for the world eaters.just another 5 to go!So its been a reasonable month with regards to painting....Bought - 89Painted - 48Difference -41however due to a superb deal from Dan, the bought pile flew through the roof!!However lets see what happens for the month

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WIP Ardenne Abbey Normandy

I have commenced a big project, the Ardenne Abbey and its surrounding buildings, after visiting during DDay week with our Canadian guests. The Abbey and grounds are quite huge, around 400m square, with two entrances, surrounded by a 12ft stone wall, extensive gardens surround the main church, and trench positions or the mortar sections still exist at the rear of the Abbey church. It was the defended by the 12SS who used it as a observation post and HQ almost to the end of June. The 12SS executed 20 Canadian POWs and buried them in the garden, most were not found until after the war.I plan to make the buildings removable, but leave the gardens etc so I can use the board for a chateau and outbuildings also.CheersMatt

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Krakon Games - Multi Part Fomorians (Fimir)

Recently Krakon Games were kind enough to send me some sample of their new multi-part fomorians from their successful kickstarter.Krakon has made fomorians before, warriors, spellcasters and so on, but this particular set has me pretty excited. Why? Well, as you can see, the fomorians bear a startling resemblance to my favourite cyclopenans bog-dwllers, the fimir. There are very few large (ogre sized) fimir available unless you go hunting the original range, or pick up the Forge World offering. Even then though, there aren't too many variants. These fellas change that.Krakon had quite a few nice stretchgoals in this kickstarter. Shields, trident hands, new tails, new bodies, new heads, command hands, tathlum hands (a concrete ball on a chain for throwing) severed head hands, whips hands sickles and loads more.So what this has done is given fimir fans and players options. Command models for starters. Ranged units. Heavy infantry, nobles, spears and so on. I had a little play with the parts I got. Bear in mind

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Weekly Chronicle #24 2019

What a week Week #24 was for painting/modeling, but not so much for gaming.  Last week I had completed 14 models for Batman Miniature Game and they were all for my League of Assassins Crew, and I was able to prep some models for this coming week.The weekend was really slow for me with a few chores and Sunday spending the day out for Father's Day.  On Saturday afternoon we missed out on playing some BMG and ended up taking an afternoon nap (that actually felt pretty good).  BMG games can take a long while to play (a lot of time is spent on the setup) so evenings are tough and weekends usually work out better (when they do not interfere with other weekend items).  This coming weekend may also be difficult to game, so we will have to see where we can squeeze something in.We'll just have to see how it goes.Models Completed: 14Games Played: 0

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Kickstarter 17 Jun 2019: Europe Divided, Untamed: Feral Factions, Afternova, Stockpile, Trouble in Templetown, Shaolia

Red sunca pa red kiše. Takav je i ovonedeljni Kickstarter presek. Malo strategija pa malo kartičnih igara. Nauvoo Games sprema ekspanziju i reprint za njihov popularni naslov Stockpile dok Phalanx sprema asimetričnu strategiju za dva igrača Europe Divided. Tu su još i Shaolia, Afternova, Untamed i Trouble in Templetown. […]

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GW Manchester Battle of the Brush - May - Large miniatures

The Battle of the Brush Challengewas judged the other week, I'd put in the Sanctum Imperialis and if I'm honest I was hopeful for one of the placings, despite the many entries and high quality. Therein lies a problem though as my priority is purely taking part and the competitive aspect and how that manifests in me is not something I'm comfortable with.  The completion of projects and sharing my hobby is the prize and feeling this fell somehow short of top recognition makes me feel like a brat. It took me a long time to put most of my ego behind me, but clearly it's lurking there to trip me up. Then again if Golden Demon Award winning painters can feel disappointment at the risk of their celebrated miniatures falling short I suppose it's just human natureAnyway, these were some of the other entries, Ridge Runner and some Tzeentchian nonsense.Scythed Hierodule/Zombie dragon.Magma-thingumy-bobAwesome Slaaneshi Greater Daemon and Deathwatch dreadnought.Adeptus Titanicus Titan, with an awesome mottled drybru

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Wargaming Week 17/06/2019

Let’s start this Wargaming Week, covering the 10th through to the 16th of June. BLOG STUFF New post this week (only just) looking at the Drone systems from Spectre Miniatures. I think none of these are required to play ultramodern wargames but having them lets you expand out what you can get up, giving you more options on the table top when building you scenarios. NEWS It was E3 so lots of gaming news. However, ultramodern wargaming wise, things are pretty quiet… For now. PURCHASES No purchases for wargaming this week – I’ve been upgrading my PC and then getting ready for my 1:1 scale wargaming event next weekend and so needed to get ready to operate. More details on all of that stuff next week! HOBBY Painting! First of all, I finished off the two drone operators this week. First of all the Tier 1 operator – I love these guys, especially because the painting is always so easy with the single block colours. In addition, I really like the details on

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