Hmm, so .. Okay.. here's a wee challenge.These figures are some of the remnants of my very first ancients army, those Airfix Romans. They are pretty much painted up, have nice shields that need re-attachment, and include some Roman light cavalry that were converted from Airfix ACW cavalry, with Roman head swaps. There are even some ACW conversions that were meant to be Gothic cavalry.They need no longer do service in the historical/DBA scene, so what can I make of them in HotT?Initial thinking and discussion suggests maybe Roman gladiators/Blade, with wolf God, and circus animals as beasts .. Lions and all that.It seems such a waste to do nothing with them. Other suggestions are welcome.
Pushing past the Turkish forces had been easy. Evading rather than confronting the Turkish (and British) forces had been easier than he'd believed, and so here he was entering the land of the Egyptian, a land of great necromancers, a land purportedly raised up by mysterious visitors from the skies. Here was a chance to create legends, a chance to carve eternity into the legends of the peoples of the north.And so Dumnorix surveyed the scene as his forces arrayed against the armed might of the mystical Egyptians.Andy and I managed a Big Battle HotT army ... it must be summer holidays.Initial deployment, Semi historical Egyptian forces on the left face up to the intruders, the Barbarian hordes from the north.Egyptian blade backed up by their knight generalEgyptian archers, with their alien commander in mysterious flying saucer, supported by smaller flyersHuge feline behemoth supports the Egyptian bladeDumnorix' warband warriors supported by Mammoth behemoth, and riders from the eastThe stomp of giant
Today we have last day of 2018. For the year review I will write separate post soon, but now last wargaming events of passing year.Dziś mamy ostatni dzień roku 2018. POdsumowanie roku znajdzie się w osobnym poście, który opublikuje już wkrótce, a teraz ostatnie wargamingowe wydarzenia mijającego roku.1. Last Game: Galleys, Guns and Glory. Ostatnia gra: Galleys, Guns and Glory.SCENARIO/SCENARIUSZ: Jack GlanvilleUMPIRING/PROWADZENIE GRY: Jack GlanvilleSCENERY/SCENERIA: SESWCFIGURES & MODELS/FIGURKI I MODELE: Jack Glanville, Angus Konstam1.1. Forces. Siły.HOLY LEAGUE/ŚWIĘTA LIGA(Alasdair, Angus, Campbell)1 x Galeassa3 x Lanternas5 x Galleys6 x GalliotsOTTOMAN EMPIRE/IMPERIUM OSMANÓW(Jack, Peter, Bartek)3 x Lanternas7 x Galleys6 x Galliots1.2. The game. Gra.As usual the time between Christmas and Hogmanay is not very busy at our club, so the game planned for 8 players had them only 6. Anyway it was still quite amusing. Both fleets moved against each other (even Venetians). Jack reach
Two further games of HotT for the evening, this time Weird World War 1, and both 24 points,, Andy's host hasn't quite reached 48 points yet.For the first game I field an aerial hero general, and a magician, two riders, and a mix of shooters and blade. Andy fielded shooters, hordes, blade and a hero general (the captured Mk IV)Deployment, from behind the British linesGhostly German hordes, shooters and the hero generalThe British aerial hero buzzing around behind the British linesRiders take the British left wingAdvance ...The British magician (artillery observer/counter battery team) ensorcels the British hero on one of those 1vs6 die rollsThe British stronghold.. a mystical deathly chateauBut Andy manages a 6, and brings the ensorcelled hero back to attack the British strongholdBritish bayonets (blade) advance against the GermansAction....The hero is repulsed but goes in againAnd destroys the British stronghold... So, time for another game, for which we each change the composition of our forces, just be
Finally some post Christmas HotT, and what better to start with than 48 points of napoleonic Hordes of the Things.My French are currently a pretty ordinary bunch, some French columns as behemoths, a hero (one of those flashy hussar types) and a magician general to represent Napoleon himself.Andy's British were again pretty standard, but featuring the amazing riders that Andy has crafted.. very fantasy-like. We played across a 4'x3' playing area.Deployment view from behind the French line, the battlefield shortened with the inclusion of a river deployed by Andy as the defender.The British left - shooters backed up with more shooters, a hero, and those brilliant ridersThe British right anchored on the river - that's a hero general with the flag. Eddie Izzard's voice rang out with the cry 'Have you got a flag?'The French right, behemoths supported by shooters, Napoleon himself with a couple of bases of knights (Grenadier a cheval of the Guard)The man himself - napoleon, a man some saw as having magical powersThe
While I have several projects 'snapping at my heels', so to speak, I am trying to make progress on the 72 point HotT Weird World War 1 army. The army needed some riders, but I didn't want to go for traditional horsed cavalry, even though my original creative vision had been for horses wearing gas masks, in the same way that many of the non re-animated infantry are.The concept of 'riders' seemed to speak to me of interesting. weird, oddball vehicle creations, not all human crewed. I spent a lot of time rifling through the traditional spares box (the modeller's 'pandora's box) looking for bits, but more importantly looking for inspiration. I had a mental picture of what I wanted, but individually none of the eventual creations look much like that at all. However collectively I like the look of the 'unit'. In the best gestalt psychology tradition, the whole is more than the sum of the parts.I had some spare 'Airfix Tiger 1' road wheels, and kept coming back to these, along with a series of crew from the Ai
I seem to keep writing a lot for the blog these days, and the painting contest is currently being judged. I encourage all of my readers to sign in and make their vote known. I'd like to see more responses as we had five entries, and all of them look like the contestants did their very best.Also, I found out a couple of months late, but Wargames Illustrated did an article about using Twilight: 2000 as a miniature wargames background! Yep, that's right. In WI 373. there's a lavishly illustrated article that includes rules reviews, figure reviews (including a few I was kinda "meh" on, but YMMV), and a good summary of the Vistula Trilogy.Cover of WI 373, image taken from WI website.In short, if you don't have a copy, go out and get one. It's a good read for those just getting into this as a milleu.Come the new year, I plan on getting some forward momentum on my own Twilight: 2000 miniatures and to figure out how I am going to work things out vis a vis doing Iran during the Twilight War in 20mm. I have a fan proje
Well, everyone! Our call for submissions has ended, and we have five submissions for people to judge and vote on. Please come on down to the Facebook page, and vote. You have until midnight on December 30th to cast your vote.Just to give you all an idea of what we got for submissions this year, I have decided to post one picture from each entry.So come on down and vote, our submitting artists would appreciate it after the hard work they have put in.
Hey all, I got prizes in from Ehliem Figures and Michael Moore (Thank You very much, guys!), as well as a couple packs of the old Grenadier Twilight: 2000 line up for grabs for this thing. And, they're the Post Apoc "Gaslands" inspired line for Ehliem, which I reviewed in an earlier blogpost, Well, having seen some of the stuff in person? I am impressed. I am still trying to lock down the Game Craft Miniatures gift certificate, but if any other manufacturers see this and want to contribute to the prize pool, it's not too late!Remember These Beauties?So, get your entries in, you only have until this coming Sunday, and then, voting begins on the Facebook page, so don't forget to like the page, so you can vote for your faves! (I will be also posting pics here, and Grimace of the Good Luck, You're on Your Own newsletter will also be posting your entries.)So I forgot to mention what needs to be included with your entries:1. Good pictures. Sadly, we cannot judge your stuff in person, so good pics are going to
Another few models for my collection of Germans in 1939 in 20mm. Kolejne kilka modeli do mojej kolekcji Niemców na 1939 rok w skali 20mm.PzKpfw 35(t), Panzerbefehlswagen 35(t) - FtF:SdKfz 251/4 Ausf. A., SdKfz 251/6 Ausf. A, SdKfz 251/1 Ausf. A - FtF:PzKpfw 38(t) - PSC:PzKpfw I Ausf. A, PzKpfw I Ausf. B - S-Model:7,5cm le.IG 18, SdKfz 223, SdKfz 247 - FtF:Mercedes L3000, Opel Blitz - PCS:SdKfz 11 - FtF:SdKfz 221 - FtF:SdKfz 222 - FtF:SdKfz 231 8-Rad - PSC:Krupp Protze Kfz. 69, Krupp Protze Kfz. 70 - FtF:Gunners - FtF, Esci, Hasegawa:Tankers - FtF, Esci:Next in pale should be the Poles for 1939, however I also got some Napoleonic Poles to paint. I cannot decide, what to do next...Następni w kolejce powinni być Polacy na 1939, jednak mam również trochę napoleonki, też Polaków i nie mogę się zdecydować co pomalować...
It has been a while since I've paid any attention to the Weird World War 1 British army. However, finally another leap forward, with the MkIV behemoth completed. The kit was an Emhar Mk IV female tank. The pose is necessary to try to keep the model within the parameters of the behemoth base size.Here are some of the stands completed so far: the behemoth flanked by a pair of shooters, the magician, and hero to the front, the God to the left, and a re-animated 1914 horde unit to the right, with the Sopwith Camel aerial hero to the right rear.So the army now stands at 50 points completed.. this is going to be a 72 point army ready for Big Battle HotT. There is a BE2c airboat to be built, and then, well we'll see.
From our friends at Podcast at Ground Zero!Well, a chill is in the air, and Cyber Monday is upon us. Why, even the rad count is down to "acceptable levels", and the chem sniffer has taken a break from sounding an alarm. And all our happy members are wishing for gaming goodies, full stills, and of course, more ammo. But hey, on a more page related note, I challenge my readers to post here or at the FB page some of their milleu related winter stuff..in fact, let's make this a contest!1st Annual "500 Miles Holiday Painting Contest"Rules: Paint a miniature or group of miniatures (this includes terrain) in either 15, 20 or 28mm scale (sorry 6mm folks, perhaps next time) in a winter setting suitable for Twilight: 2000. Entries can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org and will be judged by the members of the 500 Miles Facebook Page. They can be infantry, vehicles, or even a diorama!It must be an original work, and not have submitted for anywhere else, online or offline.Prize: I will put forward two
It has been a long time - over two years - since infantry from my Spanish Civil War project graced the pages of this blog: This is an infantry section for the Republican army, circa 1937, as outlined in the marvelous España supplement for Chain of Command, along with a figure that will be used to represent a Medical Orderly (above and right of the center of the pic). 15 soldiers - 3 squads
Hi Guys, Another short post this time around. I wanted to ask everyone out there a small favor. I have the BG Cold War American list for Twilight: 2000., and I wanted comments on it. It's not ready for play just yet IMO, heck, I don't even have some Soviets to pit against it! But, it's 90-95% done IMO, and I need some supplemental rules to go with it. That said, I'd also like comments on that, as I do believe one will need chits for Twilight: 2000, to get the special milleu down. Heck, I think "Endkampf" from Fall of the Reich would work very well here.Just so we're all on the same page! So, I wanted to ask the following questions?Does this fit the milleu?Is this doable in Battleground?What other changes to Battleground do you think need to be made?I look forward to hearing from you all. Here is the link to the draft list. Please make all comments care of the website email at: email@example.com. Thanks in advance.
Well, I wanted to put this short news piece out there to get the word out that the blog has a Facebook page! Yep, that's right. We're going to social media. I wanted the page to get the word out and have a one stop shopping place on FB to release future news about when there's a blog release, like...now.I have not done much Twilight: 2000 miniatures related, but I am gearing up to finish a boatload of Soviet armor, including some items from Butler's Printed Models that I really have been meaning to finish painting. They're almost done, so I am pretty confident, gimme a day or two to paint em, and I will be displaying them here for all to see, along with a review.As for other matters, I gave some Lifecolor MERDC colors a try painting some Battletech 'Mechs, and I liked the results, very much. I can definitely recommend Lifecolor, but it doesn't wear as well as oh, say, Vallejo or AK/MiG, but I was very happy with the end results, and they responded to the Magic Mudd Wash very well indeed. (I cannot say en