Historical


The Heroic Coward Dux Britanniarum battle report

Okay, that might be a title drenched in vinegar, but that is because I really wasn`t in a mood to play this game.I love campaign politics and betrayals as much as the next guy, and I don`t mind if your ally betrays you after as soon as a month an alliance was forged, but it was his explanation that ticked my boxes.I always liked Glenn, and he was the guy I lost to in the very first game, before going on the winning streak.  So he comes around again now and raid me (fair game) because he wanted to see how I did it, winning all the games on tactics.  Again, fair game.  He explained the breaking because he wanted to see in a straight fight he was the better lord on the battlefield, again, totally fair to me, it's a game after all and it is there to be played.But then he goes on and brings along one of the blocks of Saxons that can be hired in the campaign (two of them are available, and you can only get them if you are at a certain time behind the pc to give your raid and hire them), because yeah,

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Azincourt - Bernard Cornwell

Another one of Mr Cornwell's historical set novels, Azincourt takes us back to the famous battle between english longbowmen and french knights.And as such, I allowed myself to be indulged in the settings of a period I don`t actually ever gamed in... would it bring me to temptation to paint yet another period?PlotAgincourt is one of the epic battles of history.  Fought by two badly matched armies in atrocious conditions, it resulted in an extraordinary victory, a triumph of the common man over the aristocrat, which has been celebrated ever since.Bernard Cornwell's Azincourt, the first novel to have been written about this battle for a hundred years, makes you feel that you are one of those longbowmen in the army of Henry V.  His archer is Nicholas Hook.  A man frequently in trouble back home, he finds his true place in the company of archers.This is what it must have been like, standing in the mud on the field of Agincourt, facing an overwhelming enemy, waiting for the inevitable destruction.Wha

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Trojan War, part 1

Let's take a closer look at some of the new Trojan War Greeks from Eureka: This first pic is a comparison between some of the 28mm Greek figures out there.  Hoplites, not in period of course, at book-ending the Trojan War fellows.  The Redoubt spearman is a bit more slim and short compared to the Black Tree Trojan, while the Eureka Greek is a bit more stocky.  The Redoubt figure does have the

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Dead Man’s Hand: Banditos – Part 1

Even though one of McMillers gang members still haven't been introduced, it's time to turn the attention to the antagonists. Finn will take over at this point and introduce his Banditos by himself and continue our common storyline in Dead Man' Hand. After I had a long hobby break, Dino spured my interest again. I […]

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Wise Woman

Well, my temple is ready in the Dux campaign at the club, so a druid joins my ranks to invoke the leaving daylights out of the enemy.But that also meant I needed a model to represent him on the tabletop.Rummaging through my bits and pieces boxes, I found this viking wise woman from Wargames Foundry.  Excellent!I as such painted her up to run around nearby my warlord's unit, even though she doesn`t really plays an actual "battlefield role" in combat and the likes.So now this nice old lady can begin putting down spirit walls to bottleneck enemies... hopefully.

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Sorting through

Many things have conspired to limit my painting progress over the last few months: Work  -  The company I work for was hanging by a slim financial thread throughout spring and summer.  That seems to be past now thankfully, but not quite out of the woods yet. Life  -  When my lovely wife passed away eighteen months ago, my step-children and I had the vast majority of her cremated remains spread

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Light Cavalry for Dux Britanniarum

It has been a while since I painted anything for my Dark Ages, but strolling through the Dux book I realised I had one possible unit not covered: light cavalry.To that end I assembled some of the remains of my box of Dark Age Cavalry, and left out the shields to easily identify them on the battlefield.The units in the game number 4 models, so with 6 remaining from earlier units, I still have two on sprue to be used one day for I don`t know what expansions.I went for the basic quick paint on these plastic models, doing the base colour layer and then washing them with strongtone, adding some touch ups left and right.All that remained then was to base and varnish them, and I am covered for all eventualities of the campaign table as a result.Now to get a wise man ready and I`m back up-to-date with my forces and possible units I might roll on the campaign table...

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Modern Combat Tamiya 1:48 Humvee

After watching Sicario 2 - Day of the Soldado and enjoying that amazing Behind the Border scene with the HUMVEEs and mexican police, modern combat came strongly back to my head. All pictures shown above were taken from promotional material and are copyright 2018 of Sony Pictures / Lionsgate / StudioCanal. I like the modern […]

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Dead Man’s Hand: Outlaws – Part 6

Another Wild West Wednesday casts its shadow and with the redskin shown here, only one member remains in Killer McMiller's gang of outlaws. I've painted a Northern Union uniform for the first timewith this model, and the overall look of the model already urged to use this color combination. The pants were an experiment in […]

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Gangs of Rome Civilian Mobs Secundus and Tertius

With the Blood on the Aventine starter just introduced on here, and my ancient SAGA with roman participants, I laid my eyes upon the extended range of Gangs of Rome. These cover beside the fighters several sets of civilians. I wanted to buy all three of the Mobs, unfortunately the mob primus wasn't in stock […]

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Wings of War - a battle report

My very first game ever of this airplane combat game, and I took some pictures to go with it as usual...It was at last weekend's TSA Openday that I sat down with Albert, and indulged myself in this fast play game.I took command of the Sopwith Camel of Belgian aviator Olieslagers (his statue btw is outside Antwerp Airport) and faced of against an infamous German threedecker.I started with some swivveling manoeuvres to errrrm, confuse my opponent.Both fighters closed as firing range came closer and closer...And then my navigator bid the dust (and I learned I needed to put them face down).We both circled wide after the intitial pass, ready to go nose to nose again...And my guns strafed a critical point, as the German plane exploded in a ball of fire.  My plane got one additional damage in the pass for the record.This is a fun little game to be honest, and maybe one I might get a few planes for if I find them at a bargain stall or something...

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Heer46 Carro Armato P43 Bis

Following the Krupp-Steyr Waffenträger from Tuesday, today we unpack and build the Armato P43 Bis by Heer46. This is another tank from the resin series produced in cooperation with Rubicon Models. The Armato P43 was an Italian heavy tank that was developed by FIAT and Ansaldo, but never left the draft stage. The sources why […]

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Dead Man’s Hand: Outlaws – Part 5

It's Wednesday, and this means it's time to introduce another member of my Outlaws for Dead Man's Hand. The McMiller brothers should all have a color-coordinated look to bring out their family bond. For the henchmen, on the other hand, I wanted them to look like a very different bunch, made up of very dissimilar […]

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Heer46 Krupp-Steyr Waffenträger

There is a new range of 1:56 scale resin kits produced by Heer46 in cooperation with Rubicon Models, as an addition to Rubicon extensive plastic range. One of the vehicles offered as part of this assortment is the Krupp-Steyr Waffenträger. Among the several Waffenträger (and their blueprint / papertank / prototypes) the Krupp Steyr Waffenträger […]

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