Monday, September 2, 2019

Bolt Action Soviets and Cadian conversions

I finished two squads of Bolt Action Soviets - Siberian veterans - these have been fun to do with quite a bit of character.

I also used some of the squatting figures to build Cadian crewmen for a mortar platoon. The Astra Militarum heavy weapons box includes only enough crew for 3 teams, but weapons to do 6. So I used Soviet bodies with Cadian arms to fill them out. Works from 3 feet away!

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Warlord Games Successor Starter Army complete

I managed to finish off my Successor army over the past couple of weeks. Here we have the lovely elephant, another horde of phalangists, Companion cavlary and some leftover Persian horse archers who will do for Dahae/Scythian types. I think the Persians are A&A? Got them in a mixed lot a few years back. The starter kit was very good value with nice models. I am planning this for Kings of War.

And also a few more bits for my Late War FOW army - a couple of kitty-cats and a troop of Wespe mobile artillery.

Sunday, July 28, 2019

More Necrons

My buddy Steve passed on a bunch of older Necrons models to reinforce my collection. They were already assembled and part painted, so I finished a bunch of them in my turquoise scheme to match my existing army. There is a Ghost Ark, a squadron of destroyers, some warriors that I converted to Deathmarks, a bunch of Scarabs, a couple of characters and three Immortals. There is also a Gauss Pylon at the back that I picked up from TTCombat (it's actually a laser cut wood model).

I still managed to lose my last game to Eliot's Dark Eldar, thanks to drawing miserably useless tactical objective cards.

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Soviets for Bolt Action

As part of a commission for a chum I painted a crapton of Soviet infantry - naval brigade and regulars - shown here. The figures are mostly from Warlord with a few Black Tree and Plastic Soldier mixed in.

Monday, June 17, 2019

Have you seen the Elefant?

Well, here he is, in 15mm scale by Zvezda:

With two platoons of PzIVH tanks - Battlefront in the foreground, PSC in the background. The Battlefront models are beefier, taller and have better raised detail.

Some half-tracks - two hanomags and two captured French ones:

A battery of 105s

And to keep it varied - some 28mm Thracians by Crusader that I will use as light infantry for my Macedonian army:

Sunday, June 9, 2019

More Macs

Here we have 3 more regiments of phalagists:

And more WW2 Germans to finish off my Bolt Action platoon - here are command, panzerschreck, MG and flamethrower teams:

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Macs and Paks

Macedonians and Pak 40s, that is.

Flames of War Pak40 ATG teams for the upcoming Fortress Europa release:

Some 28mm Macedonian phalangists from Warlord Games for a Kings of War Successor army I have started:

And some 28mm Bolt Action German grenadiers with some light support - a Sdkfz 251/7 and MG armed kubelwagen.

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

MayDay and 3D printed Bolt Action tanks

This weekend was our annual MayDay games event. On Sunday I co-hosted the Battle of Marston Moor using my sizable ECW collection and the For King and Parliament ruleset. Jonathan and I provided over 300 figures and two game mats for a grand scale event.

It went over very well - we determined that unless the Parliament side broke the Royalist by the end of turn 6, with the chance of extended daylight adding a turn or two, it would be a Royalist win. Well Parliament came 1 point short of breaking the Royalists and night fell!

On Sunday, I played in the Kings of War tournament and managed to finish second with a record of 3 wins and one loss. 

My fine trophy for finishing 2nd.

The loss was determined by a blindingly lucky attack roll by my ratkin opponent who inflicted 21 wounds from 25 attacks on my skeleton horde - causing it to rout and cough up the winning loot on the 7th turn. So - I was one roll away from going 4-0. But in fairness - if two other rolls went the wrong way in two other games - I could as easily have been 1-3 and awarded the Wooden Spoon. I'm not complaining!

I also just finished painting a couple of very sharp 3D printed 1/56 scale vehicles for my Bolt Action Germans. Here they are from start to finish, painted by airbrush with a bit of detail picking by hand at the end:

Lastly, I assembled (what a pain they were...poor instructions and ill-fitting) and painted some PSC Marders for my Flames of War desert Germans. They shoot better than they look ...