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28mm Assyrian Generals for ADLG

Whilst an Assyrian ADLG army still sits in it's original shipping box almost a year after buying it in the Museum Miniatures January sale, I have been occasionally browsing eBay and other sites for some 28mm Assyrian Generals to use as commanders with the 15mm army.And now I've found some - and even better, they are Foundry figures!ASS005 - "Heavy Infantry Command 1" on their website, picked up off eBay for a snip and now all set to lead the Assyrians to victory (I hope...).My painting doesn't sadly match that of Foundry's professionals, but I did attempt to use the same sort of colour scheme, which will no doubt become a reference for the rest of the army once it's done.I also normally only put one figure on a base for these commanders, but with a blister pack with musicians and standard bearers who otherwise won't get used, and also realising that 15mm Chariots will never fit on a 40mm round base I just went for it and added all the figures to 3 Commander bases.This link will take you to a listing of 28mm A

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Project: Orion, King in the Woods! Figurkowy Karnawał Blogowy #50 - MONSTER!

For non polish visitors, I hasten to explain that Carnival of Blog's Minis is the initiative of polish miniatures bloggers. The idea is based on monthly challenges on various topics about miniatures etc. This month's theme is "MONSTER!".Trwa 50 edycja Figurkowego Karnawału Blogowego, ogłoszona na łamach bloga Fantasy w Miniaturze, zaś motywem przewodnim jest "MONSTER!". Today I will show you a real monster. Orion, King in the Woods, is the everlasting Lord of Athel Loren and co-ruler of the Wood Elves (in Age of Sigmar he is Avatar of the Hunt). His powerful appearance alone inspires respect and arouses terror. In combat, Orion is the real Avatar of the elven god of the hunt - Kurnous. When Orion leads his Wild Hunt to fight, he is always accompanied by a pack of savage Hounds.There are many reasons why Orion is a monster for me. First of all, I painted him for more than 3 years! I needed Orion for my display on Armies on Parade in 2015 (Orion's Ritual) and since then I

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40mm Cossacks versus Ottomans

This game caught my eye at Claymore.On inquiry, it was explained as a mid-17th century Ottoman incursion into the Ukraine.The figures are from Irregular Miniatures. I was taken by the striking nature of the set up and although very Old School in form, the subject matter and unusual visuals created an appealing show spectacle.Banners are interesting too!I thought Blog visitors would also be taken with the set up and it might stimulate some scenarios and painting.I am not sure who the 'captain' of the Durham ship was but I did see Matt and Dave J at the table.Thanks chaps, both captivating and novel.

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Zomtober Week 3: Zombicide base set 1/2

I cranked out half of the Zombicide base set this week. I broke the set into two groups in order to mix up the painting colours such that the final horde has more diversity than if I painted them all at once.There are 24 in this batch. We started with the fatties above and then switch to various runner poses. I tried to vary he colours as much as I could in this batch but you see some repeats and colour themes.Then a bunch of dudes and ladies out for a late-night snack.Mixed up, you get a nice horde effect,The match pretty well with 25mm Buffy and 28mm Batgirl.Up next: The other half of the box. Getting tired of Zeds... .

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War & Empire Sassanid cataphracts

As well as picking up some Numidians at Britcon from West Wind's war & Empire range I also added a set of 12 of their Sassanid cataphracts to my collection.OK, I do have lots of cataphracts already, but none which were overtly Sassanid - so a blister pack of a dozen seemed like a good chance to add 3 units to my mostly Legio Heroica ADLG army, and to get some size comparison photos of the W&E cavalry as well.Here are the full dozen from the blister pack. The pack has (well, mine did have) more riders than horses, with a few officers and standard bearers to include if you want - which of course I chose to do.Cataphracts are a decent host for a Sub General in ADLG, so the standard and sword-waving chaps in the middle may well be an embedded Sub General with some regularity.Here are 8 of the W&E guys, with a textbook Essex cataphract unit in the middle of the line.The proportions are a tad different, with the Essex ones looking bulkier and having stumpier horses but bigger bodies for the men, but the

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The start of an interesting journey...

Hello.Welcome.Let's get the show on the road...This week has been a week of all sorts of things...First of all, my son (and his girlfriend) was visiting and I got to see him a bit while he was in town. It is always good to see him when he visits because he's his own man now and we have a good understanding now. He is still enjoying life in the RAF and I am still immensely proud of him. It was particularly nice to have a family dinner with My son, his girlfriend, our daughter and us... I am now looking forward to the next visit.As I mentioned last week, I started a few shadow shifts, at the care home, this week but I ended up phoning them because I was waiting for the call... but it didn't come. I think that there were crossed wires and we were both expecting to be called. Anyway... I have now shadowed an early shift and a late shift and already know that I have made the right choice in my career direction... the care system needs all the help it can get.I have shadowed some lovely people and have been able to

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Armies on Parade Games Workshop Antwerpen

This saturday I decided to join Parade Day for Armies on Parade in the local Games Workshop, with my just painted for tabletop handling Emperor's Children.My expectations for the contest itself where low, but I wanted to meet the local players as I never joined in any of their events so far, being someone who games at the club normally.I made a selection of my models for this, grabbing mostly the old school metals and of course my Knight, while still being able to put it all in a single carry case for ease of public transport transportation, because I also had to haul my tile along. There where 9 other armies on parade, and here is an overlook of all that participated, in italics there is any certificates they might have won:Imperial Guard - Warhammer 40k *Best scenic base 40k*Khorne - Age of Sigmar Ultramarines - Warhammer 40kGoblins - Age of Sigmar *Best monster and machines AoS, Best Scenic base AoS*Adeptus Custodes - Warhammer 40k *Best Monster and machines 40k*Sons of Horus - Warhammer 40k *Best Painted

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Story of a show game 5 - Forces : The Ottomans

Janissaries in full dressPutting the Ottoman force together for Donnybrook required a little thought. Should it fall under the Army Faction or under the Tribal Faction? Categorization under the latter may seem to be bordering on racist bearing in mind the Ottomans were for centuries one of the most formidable cultures and imperial powers in the known world yet, their army falls into an area somewhere between state organization and feudalism. This caused a bit of head scratching.Janissaries in campaign dressWhat was going to make it a little easier for us was the fact that at the point of writing this piece, we only have the Janissaries commercially available and these troops were most definitely state organized and regular! When we come to dealing with Tufeckci, Sekban and irregulars the real flavour of the Ottoman Army will surface in gaming terms.Commanders painted by Toggy - lovely!I proved to myself that I can still do it despite very limited available time. Using the method I first perfected as far back

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Vehicle Schemes of the Third World War, Part 2 (The Soviet Union, Poland, and Czechoslovakia)

The Soviet Union and PolandThe Soviets had a multitude of camo patterns and paints during the war, but the most common base pattern was a color that compared very closely to FS (Federal Standard) 34077, a dark green known as Zashchitnuy Zelno that the Soviets had been painting their equipment in since 1956. Thousands of Soviet vehicles saw action wearing this color, and it was still the most common paint scheme in Soviet service, especially in Category III and Mobilization Only divisions, but this scheme was not limited to those units by any means.Soviet T-72B from unidentified division from 38th Army in Zashchitnuy Zelno scheme, Manchuria, 1996Soviet T-64 from postwar modeling magazine, taken from a photo from an actual example in Poland, ca. 1999 (Taken from Cybermodeler)Zashchitnuy Zelno SchemeThe Soviets had had field regulations regarding disruptive camouflage since the 1960s, but the colors were those used often for other purposes, such as primer coats for equipment or interior colors, and the applica

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Story of a show game 4 - Forces : The Imperialists

This was a hoot! 1693 and riding roughshod over the French but it's 20 years on.. can the Turk be vanquished too?I very much enjoyed the German Grand National 1693 game which we ran at Tactica and elsewhere in the first half of 2018. The competition between four German ally states against a common enemy was colourful and fun and even spawned an X rated version which I think was called the W hores? Race which a friend of this blog rand successfully over the summer.Saxon, Prussian and Dane - all fighting for the Empire against the TurkWith limited time to paint large forces we decided to do three things. Try and finish some BLB style Ottoman units ourselves. Sub contract some painting of Ottoman units to our highly productive painting partner Rob. Muster some Donnybrook forces which would do the fighting.It is unlikely that Kurassier will be used for the extraction - it's an infantryman's job!The BLB style multi based units will form the 'lines' of the opposing armies but not move on the day. The single based m

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Zomtober Week 2: Zombicide VIP box

Week 2 of Zomtober and we have a VIP box from the game Zombicide. I picked this up on Boxing Day and finally got around to painting the figures.Four Santa's seemed excessive to me but there you have it. The four punk rockers were a bit more amenable to paint-job conversion to make them look a but different.Same strategy with these construction workers. Note the PPE: safety first!I tried to paint up the four sailors as two short-order cooks and two sailors. Meh.The cops were easy to mix up with just different shirt and pant combinations. The painting really improves the figures over the grey plastic they would otherwise be.Up next: Probably some Zombies from the base set.

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Group painting, old chaos warrior and 200th model of the year !

So the other WE I was at the Octogone again in Lyon, a gaming convention. This year, I wasn't trying to promote Oldhammer (much) but took part in a painting get together with some pals !I have to say I rarely paint in a group and have always had a lonely way of modelling but I have to say it's quite fun to have friends around you can share painting tips, paint pots, glue or whatever in a joyful mess ! Read Moar Skullz »

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The wind has changed direction.

Hello and welcome to Inso's World again.This week has been fairly interesting so I'll get straight to it...My wife braved the shave... (the week before last... but I failed to mention it in my last blog post) and has so far raised nearly £400 for MacMillan Cancer Support, which is very cool. Her charity page is still up and now shows a 'before and after' so pop along and please donate if you can:Brave the Shave LINKOn the job front, I have now passed all the checks and should be starting work this coming week. I will be shadowing a Health Care Assistant for the week before going for my induction training the following week so things are really getting interesting now. I know that the first few months will be tough because it's all new to me, it's a particularly demanding job and I have been away from a job for nearly two years. I have a feeling that Inso is going to be a very tired chap! I am really looking forward to it and can't wait to get started.I have finally got my medals sorted out. I sent them off th

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