Saturday, January 12, 2019


Christmas brought me a bunch of tanks - German ones and Russian ones - plus also the game of Tanks! for something different. Here are some new tanks in 15mm - the Germans kitties are from Battlefront and the Russkies are from Zvezda.

Saturday, January 5, 2019

The New Year begins

Happy New Year everyone, I am a bit late in getting to this year in review / preview post, but better late than never!

2018 saw a pretty average year for painting output - 1,172 items finished, similar to output from the past eight years I have been tracking things. This will be year 9 for my blog, and posted 36 times which is similar to the past few years. A lot of my activity this year was devoted to Flames of War, Team Yankee, Lord of the Rings, 40k and Underworlds, reflecting what I have been mostly playing. I expect similar stuff next year - Battlefront and GW seem to be getting a lot of my hobby dollars! I more or less stopped playing DBA early in 2018 after too much frustration with unlucky dice. Still love the geometry, pace and feel of the game, but the way a game can flip on one or two unlucky rolls is really unsatisfying whether it works in your favor or not. It feels like half the time, the outcome is determined by chance, and that just doesn't work for me. So buckets of dice is the way for me - 40k, FOW, Underworld and Kings of War are my current faves.

I recently finished my Genestealer Cult Kill team with the addition of some Acolyte and Hybrid melee specialists - I love the guy with the rock saw (he's a Zealot Specialist too!)

And I stripped and re-painted a Grenadier company of late war German infantry that I obtained from my chum Scott. I like the chunkiness of these older 15mm metal BF minis. These guys will be the core of my late war Heer force that will be facing the Brits in Italy and Normandy later this year when FOW drops their late war Western Front reboot for 4th edition.

That's all for now - let's hope 2019 is a kinder year for the world than 2018 was.

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Rohan and WW2 stuff

In my typically eclectic (ADD?) fashion I have been working on different genres and scales for the past little while - here we have warriors of Rohan and a Mordor troll from the Pelennor Fields box set:

As well as some US tanks and Stug upper hulls for Tanks! and Flames of War

I originally did the Stugs with the earlier upper hull and painted them in panzer grey for Stalingrad era gaming, but I didn't glue the upper hull on so that I could swap it out with a later model upper hull done in dunkelgelb. Presto - convertable Stugs! Well the undercarriage will be grey but it's not that noticeable under the shurtzen.

Monday, December 10, 2018

Genestealer Cult Kill Team

I finally got around to painting my first Kill Team - the Genestealer Cultists from the box game. These are fantastic models with great character and lots of weapon options. I opted for a mix of shotguns and autoguns with the heavies loaded out with a grenade launcher, flamer, stubber and laser drill. I like these guys a lot - unfortunately they are not a full team (only 60 odd points) and are not terribly formidable for shooting or melee - so they will need to be reinforced by either a few pure strain Genestealers or maybe some Acolyte hybrids. Maybe for Christmas?

Monday, November 26, 2018

Army of the Dead

Working my way through the Pelennor Fields box - next we have the Army of the Dead:

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Morannon Orcs and Afrika Korps reinforcements

I finished the Morannon Orcs that came in the Pelennor Fields box set, plus added some additional anti-aircraft and recon to my Flames of War Afrika Korps army.

Monday, November 12, 2018


I succumbed to GW's competitive deck-building skirmish game Nightvault (aka Shadespire) which fun and challenging to play. That, and the models are superb! I picked up the starter and two add-on warbands which have worked their way across my paint table over the past couple of weeks.


The Briar Queen and her chainrasps (ghosty undead types)

Magore's Fiends - Chaos Khorne warriors:

And Stormcast Eternals: