Napoleonic French cavalry on parade

Following on from the inspection parade of my Napoleonic French infantry, it’s the cavalry’s turn to be reviewed. I painted most of these figures back in the early 2000s. You’ll see that some of them are painted in a simple block colours, because at that time I hadn’t yet learned how to use highlighting and shading! As usual in my postings, you can click on the images to enlarge them. 12e Régiment de Dragons We the undersigned, administrative council of the 12th Dragoons, grant this certificate of “Congé Absolu” to Pierre van Dooren, trumpeter of the 1st Company of the 2nd Battalion, born 13 February 1787 in Weert, Department of the Meuse Inferieur. Height 170cms, brown hair, blue eyes, round forehead, broad nose, large mouth, no beard, round face, passbook number 1447. Colonel-President Binach, Chef de Brigade Delacpeine, Captain Ribet Versailles 22.4.1814 When I found the above transcript of the discharge papers of my great-great-great-great-great-great-great-grandfat

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Baby Ape

The question most often asked when we release a new 15mm model is will you be releasing this in 6mm ?. This answer to that question is (almost) always yes, but some take a little longer than others. This week’s new release is one of the shorter time frames we’ve managed – following on from […]

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Killing Hitler's Reich: The Battle for Austria 1945

In the dying days of World War Two, when the fate of nations was being decided by the triumvirate of Winston Churchill, Franklin D. Roosevelt and Josef Stalin, Hitler’s Austrian homeland provided a scenic backdrop for the last stand of Army Group South.Killing Hitler’s Reich, The Battle For Austria 1945, is the history of the bloody Battle for Austria in 1945. Austria’s fate held major ramifications for postwar Europe and the entire free world, yet there is no complete account of the campaign written in English.Given the scale of the fighting and the scope of the consequences, this book fills a major gap in the literature of World War Two. On VE Day Army Group South listed 450,000 men still under arms in four armies. It was this massive force that made General Dwight Eisenhower change the entire focus of American ground operations to cut off Germans from retreating into the National Redoubt.Moreover, it was Austria not Berlin, that proved to be the graveyard of the Waffen SS. No less than 15 of Himmler’s divi

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Recenzja: Bad Moon Loonshrine od Games Workshop.Reviews: Bad Moon Loonshrine from Games Workshop.

Dziś na łamach bloga DansE MacabrE rozpakuję dla Was pudełko z modelem Bad Moon Loonshrine. To druga, obok Etheric Vortex: Gloomtide Shipwreck, makieta od Games Workshop do AoS, która znalazła się w mojej kolekcji.Wypraski z częściami pozwalającymi na złożenie modelu otrzymałem zapakowane w solidne, kartonowe pudełko.Ekipa z Games Workshop umieściła na każdej ze ścian pudła fotografie złożonego i pomalowanego elementu terenu więc przed zakupem można dokładnie obejrzeć model.Z tyłu pudełka dodatkowo umieszczone zostały zbliżenia na detale modelu oraz wymieniono farby, użyte przez malarzy Games Workshop do pomalowania Bad Moon Loonshrine.Wewnątrz oprócz dwóch solidnych wyprasek znajduje się także czarno-biała instrukcja, która dobrze prowadzi przez proces składania. Na ostatnich stronach znajdują się także zasady modelu, który dedykowany jest do AoS.Jeśli chodzi o projekt, jakość wykonania i spasowanie elementów to są one na najwyższym poziomie, a ilość det

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Star Wars First Order Stormtrooper [WIP - Assembly and Painting of the Head, Body & Waist]

Sometimes it's refreshing to work on a scale model kit that doesn't demand much from you. And the Bandai Star Wars 1/12 scale First Order Stormtrooper is just such a kit. So far it has been a real pleasure putting the head, body and waist together. The fit has been excellent and with minimal painting the figurine already looks pretty darn good. As such, this project is off to a great start. 

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Fyre: The Greatest Party That Never Was

A Netflix original documentary, it follows the inception, and fall, of the Fyre festival.What was supposed to be the biggest exclusive party ever, resolved into laws that put "influencers" on a tight leash in the States.The documentary follows the walk of Billy McFarland, a scammer and con artist who wanted to create the most exclusive beach party ever, and had put influencers, aka vloggers and bloggers, before his public relations machine to sell tickets.But the festival failed to materialize, and it was soon revealed it was all one big scam.  Now, the irony of the documentary is that I had sympathy for Billy up to a certain point.  It is presented as that he was just an overambitious entrepreneur who had taken on more then he could handle... but then in the last half hour this all melts as snow in the sun, as he creates new scams to pay the debts of his previous ones...An intresting documentary for sure, and worth checking out on Netflix.

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15mm Victus

I’ve gone back to an old project and completed a few more pieces for it, 15mm Victus.Originally I did my Gladiator games in 54mm as the miniatures are stunning and it’s a grand scale.  Wanting something a little more portable as a side game to be easily brought on excursions, I created a 15mm version of the game.Using a materials from a local reusit shop, I was able to cheaply produce a case and table from a cigar box.I lined the top of the case with magnetic sheeting and then glued a hex map on top of it.The 15mm gladiators are from various manufacturers and are mounted on magnetic hex bases.Secutor and Retiarii square off on the sands.Myrmillo vs ThracianEven though it is 15mm scale you can still see the sica.Inside the box are separators for Dice, pencils and latch magnets glued in to hold the miniatures.Secure with room to add.I’ll be adding more Gladiators, working on historical pairings first before going into some of the odder types.More to come,Doc

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Dick Churchill

As a kid I watched the film of The Great Escape pretty much every year. It was a Christmas staple. The message I took from it was that in times of turmoil take solace in your purpose and quietly raise a couple of fingers at those who would do you down. There was a print out of the poster for the film on my wall for many years. I guess it is a nice piece of fiction. Whistling "Colonel Bogey" became a habit of mine when dealing with crap at work (my whistling is so bad nobody ever knew).But a fiction it was in the most part. One of the truths in it was that many of the escapees were murdered by the Nazis. The first time I saw the film my jaw dropped. Unlike some of the other details in the film this bit was true.Not many got to safety and of those that didn't not many survived. Dick Churchill was a damned lucky man by his own account. Of the seventy six men that escaped seventy three were recaptured. Churchill considered himself lucky that he was not one of fifty that were executed. Sharing a surname with the t

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Battle Honors - Update (Week 5)

Warhammer 40,000 - Our first season of Battle Honors moved into week 5 and I faced off against a Goff Mob led by Ghazkill Thraka. Moving through the eternal war mission from Chapter Approved 2018, we played “In the Wind” this week, which makes units with the “fly” keyword faux-obsec, being as my force consists of multiple Land Speeders and jump pack infantry I had a slight advantage. This week we played 2,000 points per side and neither force had units sidelined because of injuries last week.

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Gangers and Adepts and Daemons - Oh My!

It's been a busy week preparing for my annual gaming weekend. This year, rather than a wargaming weekend, I'm running a marathon role-playing adventure weekend using Warth & Glory! So I've been reading and re-reading the adventures and rules and painting like a mad bastard to try and finish up some minis I plan to use for assorted allies and adversaries - and even a couple of player characters!A lot of these are old metal Necromunda figures I've been collecting up over the last little while - i thought they'd make great NPCs for Wrath & Glory - armed humans humans of the Dark Millennium that AREN'T Marines or Guard or Ministorum Priests or Battle Sisters! Some I thought might also double as Inquisitorial Acolytes (especially the Delaque gangers). And, heck, if ever I decided to play some Necromunda - I'd have a gang to use for that too!!! (I have to admit, I've been tempted to pick up the hardcover rulebook...)Not a Necromunda Ganger... This is an old metal Fiend of Slaanesh. My FLGS had a couple stil

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The New, New Cruelty

About two years ago I came up with an idea to motivate myself. It is easy for me to focus on somethings and not on others and in the round I know I need to give a little time to all. For me this became difficult  soI set myself a list of things to do each week with the intention of keeping to most of them, most of the time. Nothing too slavish but enough to give me a steer on what I should be doing. I called this The New Cruelty. The name comes from a Nazi themed restaurant In Steve Martin's fim, L.A. Story which is one of my all time fave films. It features Patrick Stewart (yes the guy that played Picard) as the maitre'd barking at guests and telling them what they could and could not have off the menu.So as I am turning things around with the blog it made me think about the idea and that maybe it was time to revamp it. Things have changed in my life so things have probably changed with my approach to the New Cruelty.1) Paint five 28mm figures (minimum) in a week or the equivalent thereof in o

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