Showing posts with label miniatures. Show all posts
Showing posts with label miniatures. Show all posts

5 December 2015

SAGA rising

Saga and Kings of War: 

After the demise of the Warhammer world

My wargaming has changed irrevocably. I am no longer the prisoner of Games Workshop. 

I have spread my wings and left the Age of the Sigmarines to those who wish to partake. Flames of war trundles along, but I wait for inspiration on that front. My attention and fervour has turned to Saga


Started off with swapping some ratmen for 28mm Normans at the Kapiti Wargames Club's open day. Needed the push, did I (?) So off we go...few clicks of the mouse later and we are on Gripping Beast's website, and not long before the my Vikings arrive, and the rulebooks, and Cross and Crescent. Look-Shinitis strikes again. 

Quite happy the way my Viking command turned out

I am now the proud owner of enough Vikings to fill two 16 plus point warbands, same with the Normans and also a Spanish warband. The long unpainted LOTR figures have become quasi-Muslim warriors, or Spanish infantry. And we have enough for a war. 

Viking levy archers

Viking Warriors

First out of the blocks is a Vikings vs Normans 4 pointer against my son. I draw the Vikings, he gets the Normans on roll-off. Civilised that way, we are.
Complete novice agains couple-of games- (ahem) veteran. Great fun.

Luc kicks Dad's a$$ with the Normans. Dex Aie. 

Twice that has happened to my Viking warlords. Starting to hate that ability. Anyhow, loving Saga. Very satisfying models to paint too. Nice to run the History channel's Vikings series as background on the PC. Or Youtube search for Norse music. Lots out there. Stirring stuff.

Ulfhednar Beserkers- the 1st Unit

Ulfhednar 2nd Unit. Taking on the Norse Levy archers

Ulfhednar and Bondi with great axes taking on the Norse cavalry

While the Norse infantry follow behand their warriors, also equipped with the Dane axe.
(Not that it gives any extra benefit to either faction.)

16 April 2015

ANZAC Diorama: Funnies and Bloopers, and THAT DARN CAT !

ANZAC Diorama: Bloopers and that Darn Cat!

So the ANZAC diorama excitement slowly winds down. The exhibition is getting ready to open, and the final credits are about to roll. So how better to end than with a few bloopers and funnies ? A photo tells a 1000 stories. Or does it?

The road to Chunuk Bair is paved with unusual models:

The ANZAC Zombie Apocalypse

Scenes from an ice rink ?

You brought the Boombox ! Yeah!

I've got the night fever, night fever... yeah!

Ha-ha ha-ha Stayin' aliiiiive!

Stayin' alive

Stayin' alive

Stayin' aliiive


Forget all this miniature painting. We have discovered MILLINERY!

And then, when we started unpacking the last models...
Sniff! Sniff! What's that smell and this stuff on the miniatures? (and our hands?)

Ooh! I'll kill that cat!

"Dinner for One", (or The 90th Birthday)  a comedy sketch by Brit Lauri Wylie.
German television station Norddeutscher Rundfunk (NDR) recorded a performance in 1963, in the  original English with a short introduction in German. This comedy sketch went on to become the most frequently repeated TV programme ever. 

What do you mean the box was for the models? 

And then there was the models that went missing in action...

Reinhold, was transporting nine New Zealand figures he had just finished painting. Whilst putting his gear into the car, he placed the box of soldiers and a wooden stand on the roof and (gulp!) forgot about them as he drove off.

Two hours later at the Marklin Model Railway Club, where he was to show the soldiers that night, he realised the figures weren't in the boot. With horror, it dawned on him what had happened. Immediately he went back to find them, but it was already dark. All he could find was the wooden stand.

Next day he searched again, with no luck. He even went through the rubbish containers as someone might have thrown the box in the rubbish - nothing!

On Monday, he designed and printed 40 flyers, went along Ward Street and put flyers into letterboxes and onto power poles.

That evening, a young chap rang: "I found your soldiers. Good that you put that flyer in my letterbox." First thing Tuesday morning Reinhold picked up his soldiers undamaged, much to his relief. He gave the young chap who was living in a simple flat a cash reward. Tuesday evening he was able to deliver the nine Kiwis, plus another ten he had finished, to his team coordinator ~ from Roly's blog

and our youngest painter, Mortimer Campbell:

Does anyone have any other funny moments we could add? 

...and then there is the caption competition (clicky)

26 March 2015

The Colour of war: Chunuk Bair progress

Chunuk Bair: Colour of the  ANZACs, and Peter Jackson's Comments

Evening by evening the ANZACs develop on my Painting Table. When Sam dropped them off my wife said:" Now we won't see him for a while".

Probably a true observation based on observation of me over 3 decades.

 I have the bit between my teeth now, and progress is happening. Having researched the uniform's colour variations a bit I have gone with the shirt base colour from Reaper's MSP series: Rainy Grey.

 I have also used GWs white, dwarf flesh, rotting flesh, bleached bone and commando khaki (or whatever name they have now dreamed up for them - the name of the colours have changed 3 or 4 times in the time that I have used their colours) Vallejo for the rest. For some reason I have not touched my Tamiya paints on this project.

At one stage the ANZACs looked rather like WW2 LRDG soldiers with shorts, khaki/sand drab uniforms, and neck protectors fashioned on the back of their caps. (No Arab headgear though, but they resembled the guy on the right with the 1937 pattern webbing a little)

Note the lemon squeezer in this photo.

At peril to go and explore the NZers in the LRDG's history at this point, but I will resist... Well, sort of:  Apparently the NZ contingent in the LRDG gave their Chev trucks Maori names. There is a pic of "Paki" having been destroyed by the Germans. 

But I will stop myself here. Hard... Very hard to do so. 
I just love picking up a little historic trail, and then exploring it. 

Having blocked in the shirt colours they are finally starting to look like ANZACs. So next step will be weapons, then washes on shirts, trousers, etc. "Make 'em grubby", as Peter Jackson wants (see below)


Peter Jackson has sent us all the following message:
(from the Mustering the Troops website)

" I want to thank all the wargamers who have volunteered to help with this massive diorama project. You’ve answered your country’s call for sure!  Your work and skill is very much appreciated by all involved in the WW1 exhibition we’re putting together.

Chunuk Bair is a battle more and more New Zealanders are becoming aware of, but few really understand what it was, and fewer still can visualise it. In a museum, there are very few ways to depict the scale of the battle, with over 1000 New Zealand and British troops under attack by thousands of Turks, across a 400 yard long crest - but we thought a miniature was the perfect way.

The diorama itself will be huge - over 10m long - with the terrain accurately re-created from a digital scan of Chunuk Bair itself. High resolution scans of aerial photos taken in October 1915, reveal the remains of the New Zealand trenches, so those will be positioned exactly as they were in August. Thanks to your efforts, we’ll be able to create an accurate and lasting impression of the struggle Kiwi soldiers found themselves in, mid-morning on August 8th, 1915."

" I’ve been looking at your work as it’s been posted on this blog, and it’s terrific! My only suggestion would be to vary the colours of the New Zealand shirts a little more. There are no photographs of the Wellington Battalion on Chunuk Bair, but we know the attack orders from General Godley specified “shirt-sleeves only”.

"In Gallipoli by August, most sense of military correctness had been thrown out the window. Far from stepping off the parade ground, by August the Anzacs were known as “The Scarecrow Army”. Soldiers were receiving parcels from home, and new shirts from Mum were often included.  So despite the painting guide instructions, I would encourage future New Zealand figure painters to give yourselves permission to mix it up a bit. Grubby white shirts, olive green, dark blue, light grey - all would be fine, and it will give the diorama an accurate look.

Thanks for supporting this project!

Peter Jackson "

25 March 2015

Chunuk Bair: Progress with the ANZACs on my table

Painting Progress: WW100 and the ANZACs on my table

A quick progress report on the WW100 Projects and the ANZACs I'm Currently painting.
2 evenings of (interrupted) base painting done:

Blocked in base coats, 1st wash of Sepia, Silver Leafs (Not Kiwi's I'm told) 
now looking rather tanned from the Turkish sun.

Had to look for more reference material, and nicked a random collection of images of NZ and allied soldiers and uniforms. All rights belong to various owners. Happy to attribute or remove on request.

NZ ANZAC Uniform: The order was to attack in shirt-sleeves, so no tunic was worn during the attack and defense. Apparently the boots were black, not brown as illustrated. 
The painting above has correct colour for enlisted men

Typical gas mask and gear bag.

Full canvas webbing and kit (unfortunately a poor quality pic)

Turkish counter-attack and The Wellington Regiment's defense of the Summit. 
Difficult to see from painting, but some of these men appear to be (incorrectly) wearing tunics.

Propaganda leaflet from the time

Correct branch of forces puggary or hat band for NZ Infantry

More contemporary photographs of the time. A colourised Auckland Mounted Rifles Uniform at Right

Having taken a trench atop Chanuk Bair

Australian Uniforms of the time. Similar to that of NZ, but the Slouch Hat rather than Lemon Squeezer (Ps That term was only coined in WW2)

Wide use of peaked caps (with or without neck protection) for both enlisted and commissioned men. In WW2 only commissioned officers were allowed to wear peaked caps.

Indigenous (Maori) Pioneer Contingent arriving. Other "indigenous" contingents in Gallipoli included Indian and Gurka warriors.

French soldiers were also present at Gallipoli

Infantry Uniform


 Mounted Infantry/Cavalry Uniforms. Not the shoulder slung leather bandolier which was not issued to Infantry. These were not present on any of the models we painted.

Fast-forward look at my progress from basecoat

1st skin tone

Suntan wash applied

Canvas webbing added