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More Imperial Assault figures

Finished today are some of the baddies from the Heart of the Empire expansion to Imperial Assault.First up are four figures (two sentry droids and two storm troopers in riot gear) on the simple "indoor" bases that we'd agreed to.The droids are menacing look ( a touch Terminator...). I'm sad the highlighting I did was so muted by the wash. Oh well.The idea of storm troopers in riot gear is an odd one. Nice figures but I'm wondering about the Empire's interest in non-lethal crowd control? Maybe these guys washed out of the Stormtrooper  marksmanship class?There are four of these guys: two on indoor bases and two on rubble bases (bah-dum-bump).I have a few more of the baddies from this expansion to finish up (including a walker, some more droids, and some shapeshifters) before moving onto the next one.

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Quickly, take him down!

The Sports bonus round was something I initially planned to skip, as it wouldn't fit in my Lord of the Rings theme.But then I remembred that hilarious // cringeworthy moment from the Two Towers movie.When the Uruk Hai prepare to blow up the Deeping Wall, the lines open and under loud cheering a berserker with torch runs up.  In a style like the Olympic Torchbearer (is there a bigger symbolism of sport?) he runs into the powder and explodes the wall.So to that end, I indeed painted up the figures for just this moment: the berserker and some Uruk Hai cheering him on his way as he breaks ranks...So for this bonus round entry, I finished as such 15 infantry models, good for 75 points to the total...

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William Tell's Apple Shot

Early in the 14th century, Swiss legend has it that William Tell was made sport of when Albrecht Gessler, the Austian vogt (officer) of the Swiss principality of Uri, demanded that he shoot the apple resting on Tell's son's head.Mosaic at the Swiss National MuseumThis challenge originated from a situation in which Tell pointedly decided not to salute the authority of the Austrian crown as he entered the town of Altdorf (this being Gessler's hat sitting atop a pole placed alongside the road to town). Seeing this act of defiance, Tell and his son, Walter, were arrested by the town constables and presented to Gessler for judgement. The Tells were cruelly sentenced to death for William's temerity of not recognising the power of Switzerland's Austrian overlords. Nonetheless, Gessler, knowing Tell was a renown crossbowman, wanted to make nasty sport from his prisoner's expense, and so decreed that he would commute their execution if Tell could shoot the apple off the head of his son.From Se

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Build me an army worthy of Mordor

The newest entry for this years challenge, in which I'm trying to paint up enough forces to corrupt both the girlfriend and the Nemesis to take the field in games of Middle Earth Strategy Battle Game gaming.Which is more my goal and focus this year.To that end, I will be needing painted forces for both sides, and this is a good excuse to paint a bit of everything along the range from Games Workshop.For this entry, I went for the forces of Mordor, and their basic troops as such as a result.  The lowly orc is a poor combatant, but he comes with a lot of his friends to the field.The entry consists of 15 basic Mordor orcs, armed with a variety of bows, spears and hand weapons.Supporting them is an old metal Mordor Troll, a fearsome foe in the game, as well as a big, heavy dreadnought sized model,bound to give the heroes of good a rough day as it sweeps through the lines.All overseen, or driven forth if you might say, by two of the Nine...So that makes this entry 16 infantry models of 28mm infantry strong, th

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Walmington on Bromley End, Bloodford - Homes for the Home Guard

As I slowly move through my lead pile of things Home Guard related, the realization set in that I would need terrain and a fair bit of it if I wanted to replicate Dad's Army, Went the Day Well or The Eagle Has Landed. I toyed with making up buildings out of foam core and other materials but practically, that wasn't a realistic option. With some Christmas money in hand, I went shopping. There are many good manufacturers out there with some very nice products in 28mm / 1/56. Some of the resin offerings were beautiful but expensive, and for many companies, their UK styled offerings were focused on terraced housing.I decided to go with Sarissa primarily because of their very generous shipping terms and because they ship Royal Mail. (As mentioned in a previous post, courier companies like to gouge Canadians for customs fees). The order was placed and a few weeks later, my order arrived in my mailbox. It came in two separate packages, both properly marked as to contents and value and with no import fees payabl

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Dressing For The Apocalypse - 28mm: more Soviets

Empress miniatures (as mentioned in a previous post) has a small range of figures for the Chechnya conflict. You do have to be careful, as the figures are a bit variable in size.These three figures are from CWR007 "Russians Fighting".Other figures by Empress, such as the Insurgents are useful. This is the PK GPMG figure from the INS03 set that is useable.This figure is based on the illustration of a South Ossetian Irregular in the Osprey publication "Elite 197: Russian Security and Paramilitary Forces since 1991".

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Dressing For The Apocalypse - 28mm: British Army

Currently Under Fire Miniatures have a range of Cold War figures comprising Soviets, East Germans, West Germans (police and army) and US. Unfortunately there are (currently) no plans for adding British figures to their range (but there is a possibility of a compatible range from another manufacturer).In the meantime, I want a set of figures representing British infantry that are a nice match with the Under Fire and Empress figures that I currently own.Luckily, I have a number of figures from Crooked Dice that will fit the bill.Crooked Dice publish the 7TV skirmish rule set designed for games based on the film and television output of a fictional British production company (and their American subsidiary). They have a matching set of figures for a number of their productions.There are two main ranges that will be the source for my British infantry.The first is their Army figures.This is one of their Army Privates with Rifles.The figures are supplied with tabs and (25mm diameter) slot bases. In this case I cut o

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Dressing For The Apocalypse - 28mm: Bundeswehr

As mentioned earlier, Under Fire Miniatures do a range of Cold War period 28mm figures.I bought a set each of Soviets, East German (NVA) and West German (Bundeswehr).Having assembled (converted) and painted the Soviets, I started on the West German infantry.This is Bundeswehr pack 1, comprising four infantry armed with G3 battle rifles.For my use I used Renedra 25mm round bases. I drill a 1mm hole in the figure base and a matching hole in the round base and use a piece of 1mm Evergreen rod to pin the two together and then glue it with superglue. Milliput is then used to smooth the two together.There was then the decision as to what colour to paint them.For my reference, I had a look at a contemporary Osprey book "Nato Armies Today".I also  had the Tankograd book on "Bold Sparrow '87".I decided to go for the simple grey green colour scheme (I have Flecktarn to look forward to on the Empress modern Bundeswehr).The figures were undercoated black with Citadel Chaos Black followed by PSC German Field Grey.The

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[EN/PL] Averland: Von Kragsburg Guards #1 / Straż Von Kragsburga #1

Hello to you!It's weekend, so there is a new entry on Dwarfcrypt! I invite you today for a short entry related to my new project. I decided to sacrifice some of the Lancknechts I own to a new band of Empire soldiers to Mordheim game.Initially, I wanted them to have the colors of the Striland region, green and yellow, but ultimately I decided to do them in the Averland fashion, i.e. yellow and black.If Averland...The Von Kragsburg Guard are an Averland regiment of freelance Imperial soldiers funded and equipped by House Von Kragsburg, in the interest of protecting and ensuring the overall safety of trade along the Old Dwarf Road in exchange for a exorbitant fee.        The patriarch of the noble family, Duke Bertold von Kragsburg, also known as the "Dirty Duke", like his father before him, was forever seeking the glitter of gold in all its forms and value, seeking any avenue to ensure his wealth would grow ten-fold upon the climax of his endevour.       As such

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Kradschutzen Squad

More items from the dead lead pile all finished up.  This time we have a German Kradschutzen squad for Bolt Action.  I bought these figures at least 12 years ago and they were in the same box as the cavalry figures I finished the other day.  Don't ask me why it took so long to finish these, I really have no idea.  The figures are from Black Tree Designs, which I guess has been renamed again.  They are pretty good game models.  I am really looking forward to trying these on the table.

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Minas Tirith vs Mordor: MESBG Battle Companies report

So after my defeat at the hands of the White City in yesterday's report, we switched sides and now Noshi would lead the forces of the Eye, while I would try and fend off darkness.The scenario we rolled was Plunder the Camp, so we moved the terrain around a bit to have the clearing in the center.Now, this is quite a special scenario, as the defender (in this case the Orcs) could all flee off the board when broken, yet still win the scenario as the attacker hadn't lighted enough fires.  Because the end of the game is random, and you will hope for those extra turns and trying to put the stashes on fire.The orcs deployed in their camp with the 5 objective counters, as the Minas Tirith men set up at least 6" away from their camp edge.  Shooting was heavily reduced in range due to it being played at night, yet if you hit, you would hit harder.The Gondorians slowly advanced, while the orcs rearranged their battle lines to try and keep the good guys out of their camp.  A pot shot took down an orc arche

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WWII German Cavalry

Many years ago, probably about 11 years ago, I ordered a bunch of stuff for various projects. This was actually a bout of retail therapy. During that time my family and I were going through some tough times and I was not thinking too clearly for a while.  As a result I ended up with a whole bunch of stuff that I never got to or just plain for got.Enter my Crusader Miniatures German Cavalry collection. These are actually from the now defunct Crusader USA.  I did manage to assemble these back in the day but for about 10 years they have been in a box in my garage.  They did not do too well in the box.The Crusader USA figures were manufactured my Old Glory and for some reason they used a much softer alloy then their other figure lines.  As a result these soft figures bent very easily especially the thin horse legs as you can see.  II was able to straighten them out but several figures required green stuff reinforcements on the ankles.After a few days of work I now have a nice cavalry squa

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