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Sink the Dreadnought, June 1667

Captain Bogaert's 4th Rate Delft with 40 guns sails south into the MedwayInspired by discussions with fellow enthusiast Peter A of this parish, my general love of the period and of naval warfare, I took the plunge at Partizan buying two starter fleets in 1/2400 from Tumbling Dice. So far have completed 24 vessels large and small for my Dutch/English/French fleets 1660 - 1700.Thanks to wonderful help from Neil Fox and inspired by Simon McDowall's Sole Bay re fight of a couple of years back, here is my first venture into gaming and modelling the ships of our period... look out for Swedish and Danish vessels in the future too.I thought it best to introduce the project with a played out scenario set during the very successful Dutch Raid on the Medway in 1667. The rules are Neil's with some scenario specific tweaking by me. The game took less than an hour and was very enjoyable.SINK THE DREADNOUGHT!It is 1667 and the Restoration monarchy is hard up. Plague and the great fire of the previous year has denuded the Ki

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On the Painting Desk 96

The ultimate one before we get the keys now tuesday!And as such I tried to get some odds and ends still finished...One thing that has gotten completed, where some Dead of Dunharrow and their movement trays, only needing some flocking now and they are all done.I also worked on some 6mm models to give my FWC Marine Corps much needed armoured support, and hope to finish those soonish in order to get them into scenario 2 of our mini-campaign.But outside those?  I frankly have no idea how my evenings will be looking the coming months, where and when I find a painting "hole" to do some stuff and the likes.  So your guess will be as good as mine... So that was it for now, I can't promise a lot of things will be shifting in the coming weeks as a result though...

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Building, building and painting

I haven’t managed to get in a lot of painting in the last few days but I did find some time, and the appropriate mindset, to get some colours on a few more models. In this case it is another unit of Dwarves. These are the same eastern themed figures but this time with axes and shields. Axedwarves I am using the same colours as the last set of models but this time introducing a larger brass element, the shields, to the figures. I wanted to use one of the other primary colours on the shields but there are no cases where the shields wouldn’t then be touching an area of the model with the same colour. P3 Brass Balls to the rescue. The models currently have a wash applied and once that is dry I will be doing some highlights and finishing off the bases. After my last disaster with the GW texture paints I applied the sand to these prior to painting so everything would be nice and clean and there wouldn’t be any issues. These will be the last dwarves that I paint for a while. I have a lot of Goblin

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Showcase+Tactics: Blood Angels Deredeo Dreadnought

Just wanted to share one of my current FAVORITE UNITS. My Blood Angels Deredeo Dreadnought.Now you may be thinking "You play Blood Angels, why is this your favourite unit?" Well...1- Even an assault army needs some ranged weapons. And this guy is super reliable at that.2- I love dreadnoughts as much as I love assaultSome quick tactics talk with this guyDREADNOUGHT FORTSO I run mine equipped with the Atomantic Pavaise (I used a Magna Grapple I converted for my Contemptor back when they could still take one. This is because FW still has not released that upgrade). This gives a bubble of a 5+ invuln to units within 6".  So what do I do? I surround him with  TWIN AUTOCANNON MORTIS DREADNOUGHTS! This creates a rock solid fire base of High T and a good save (2+/5+ on the Deredeo, 3+/5+ on the Mortis) and a lot of wound (4 dreads castles up is 44 wounds).  And at a very reasonable points cost IMO.Now I could keep Characters near them to boost them, but if this is not possible, I just use my Wisdom of

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What I painted in May 2019

So this is it, the final month of full time painting possibilities before preparing everything to start working in the new appartment.And the goal was to push one army of Lord of the Rings to around "tournament sized" level to that end, so I can sleep easily should I see the chance to participate somewhere.  I'm just in doubt wether to push for a Mordor horde, or an infantry based Minas Tirith force...This doesn't mean however I won't be working on other stuff in between, as these entries for the month show.The first thing of course that I completed are my GOUF based Crisis suits for my SEED Destiny Tau force, joined by the needed drones.A small in betweener, these two softplastic 6mm trees have been painted up.Talking scenery, these 6 pillars have been painted up as well for scatter terrain on the tabletop.For Burrows and Badges, another one of the "civilian" passersby, whom I started last year, has been finished.But as I said, Lord of the Rings rocks my hobby world, and a bunch of Morannon Orcs also jo

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Army on Parade - 009

Special Weapons - Cadian Each Cadian squad is normally equipped with at least one special weapon. One favourite of the regiment at the moment is the flamer. The current planet they are operating on as a wealth of fauna and flora ... it has some large leaved growth and trees that limit line of sight and general vision. The flamer is ideal for clearing spaces and is also quite handy in emptying pockets of resistance, clearing out defended hard points and bunkers and generally really really putting the enemy off from approaching you.

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Building the Lancastrians in 25mm for ADLG

Following on from the battle reports of the surprisingly effective Lancastrian ADLG army, I thought it might be interesting to share how the army was put together in terms of figures and basing, and the thought behind the list design as well.Most - but not all - of them are Perry plastics, making this a very cost-effective army to build. There is now a summary of the figures I used,  how the army was designed and was supposed to work (in theory and then in practice) and also some ideas as to how I painted them up on the main website now. If you wish you can buy yourself a set of the whole lot for under £100!Full details of the figures are on madaxeman.com

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Genestealer Cult - The Saviour

The blessed ones are revered by the Wyrm-Forged, as it should be. They are purity of form made manifest, unburdened by the weaknesses of mankind. They are, in the whole, aloof, and unconcerned by the travails of their lesser brethren. However, some do appear to favour their kin more than others, none more so than the one known as the saviour.The Yogoth kin are well known among the Kabeiri. Many of their number bearing the unmistakable mark of the coiled hunter. (This variant of genestealer is known as the Ymgarl strain to the adepts of the Ordo Xenos.) This particularly strong trait is even known to appear in the 3rd generation. The Saviour is broodfather to the current cycle of the Yogoth, and through some quirk of the gene-cycle is uncharacteristically protective of its hybrid offspring. So much so that it famously interposed itself between its great-grandson, Eldir, and the plasma pistol of Inquisitor Krasek. Leaping in front of the gush of plasma, one of the saviour's arms was incinerated in the blas

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Terrain is everything - Sanctum Imperialis - Home stretch

By the time you read this the Sanctum Imperialis will be complete. All the finials have been painted,as well as the buttons and lanterns.Buttons and screens have been done internally too.With just some select Tamiya Clear to be added after varnishing. I tried to keep the button colour limited to warm colours, just didn't want yet another set of colours, it's already garish.And, having bust a gut to meet the weekend deadline for the store painting challenge it turned out it is next weekend afterall! Still, having that deadline pushed me to finish so I don't mind.Now what...?

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Army on Parade - 008

Ogryn Squad "Righto Sir! Bash that big pointy thing and knock down that wall and shoot those noisy squishy things!" "One bad guy mash coming up sir! Load em up lads! We is going to be helping out the Sargeant here and taking out that there position" Ogryns are not known for their subtlety. If you want strong assault troops who are able to broadly follow a few simple orders than they can deliver a few key positions for you on the battlefield. Alternatively, if the enemy has crack troops making their way towards you then you can point and fire the Ogryn Squad in their general direction and watch chaos unfold as they launch into each other. More often than not the Ogryn Squad will steamroller over them and carry on looking for more things to shoot and bash.

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Things...

Hello and welcome.This week has been one of all sorts of things so let's get to it.Cats.On Tuesday, little Alfie went to get his first jabs and have a check up. He's in perfect condition and is settling in beautifully. He has adjusted to all the cats and they have adjusted to him... so we have a four cat family now.Click the Vid!Sam, on the otherhand, hasn't had such a good week. He got himself injured and his tail stopped working. After a few days of him disappearing and me eventually coaxing him in, I managed to get him X-rayed at the vets and he isn't too damaged after all... just bruising, swelling and a temperature... so he had an infection as well. Pain-killers, anti-inflamatories and antibiotics are working to resolve the issue and he has started to regain the use of his tail again.Click the Pic!He's got to go back to the vets on Tuesday for a check up and has to be kept in... but he has resigned himself to his incarceration and it has given him a chance to enjoy the company of the kitten... and he has

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On the Painting Desk 95

Another week has gone by, and I managed to get some things finished this time round again.May is turning out to be a very productive month after all...For my Lord of the Rings, the Men of Numenor where completed, as well as a group of 13 Morannon Orcs.  And I finished a cat, which will be part of our demo game in september for MESBG.This final week of the month, I`m going to be trying and do some odds and ends on the desk, but I don`t really daresay anything will get finished completely, maybe the Dead of Dunharrow...

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Dave Taylor Miniatures – Armies & Legions & Hordes Review

Having read a lot of material on Wargaming over the years, I was excited to see Dave Taylor Miniatures producing Armies & Legions & Hordes as it is right up my alley. Before I get into this review, not only have I followed his blog for a long time, I backed the Kickstarter Campaign for this book. You could say I’m a bit of a fan! What’s in this book? This book is broken up into two major sections, the first is about managing projects and the second is about miniatures projects that Dave Taylor has worked on over the years. This book is full of loads of images from the various projects that he’s taken on, such as The 33rd Genswick Rifles, a Warhammer 40k Astra Militarum army modeled after a regiment in a Black Library Title Straight Silver. He combined that with a World War 1 aesthetic to great success. But what did I find so great about this? He completed the project. This certainly is his livelihood so that is part of his motivation, but honestly, I can’t tell y

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Terrain is everything - Sanctum Imperialis - Slow but grimy

This is becoming somewhat of a saga now. I've got all the stains to do and the shading but staining all these rivets is incredibly tedious and despite it solving my issues with the verdigris my motivation is through the floor - I think I need to do a separate 'where's my head @' post to get that all off my chest/mindBut I persevered and used my Vallejo Sepia wash and as you can see on the left, where I thinned it the wash split exactly like Seraphim Sepia. However, I was washing it again with black so I was not disheartened, in fact the result is great.I did a fair few panels before I stopped thinning it with water, it's a bit harder to work it into the crevices without but I eventually learned my lesson.There are a lot of rivets and areas that needed shading.But the sepia followed by Army Painter Dark Tone managed to bring it all back down to an acceptable level.The big ruin was a daunting prospect though and it took a fair bit of motivation to tackle all those rivets.Question: do I paint the scrolls either

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Kitten Chaos...

Hello and welcome to Inso's World again.This week has been a tiring but rewarding one.First of all, the fence in the garden is in the process of being replaced. I am finally going to have a fence that is a nice, natural colour and is sound; not rotten. It is going well and will be finished relatively soon... it is a big tick off my list of jobs that need doing.Work has been the usual level of awesome but tiring... and I am at a point where I have more or less finished my care certificate and should get it signed off this coming week... so I'll be off probation. In fact, I am going to be training to become an assessor so my managers seem to be pretty happy with me.The other big news is this... meet Alfie:Click the Pix!As you can see, Alfie has settled in nicely and is a rather sociable little chap. He's off to the vets on Tuesday, to get his first jabs, a check-up and sign up for kitten-club... ... on the not so happy side, our oldest cat, Fred has also been to the vets and sadly, he's not well and is on

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