Thursday, 23 February 2017

From Ethan M - Sertorius and Swedes - (134 points)

Hello again everyone. This week brings about the last of the Sertorian Romans, as well as the conclusion of a totally different project. First, we have three mounted generals.

First up, we have a mounted Roman general.

Next, one of the local Spanish nobility in the Roman style but a much more colourful blue.

And finally, a surly-looking and balding Roman dignitary; in fact, this is none other than Marcus Perpenna Vento, the man who would ultimately betray Quintus Sertorius to his death.

Switching gears, last fall I participated in a project among some of the local Hoosier gamers for the Great Northern War. As such, I painted an army of 15mm Swedes for the campaign. To add to the points tally this week I decided to throw together a pair of cavalry brigades to add to the forces destined to repulse the Russian savages and treacherous Saxons from the Baltic.

A close up of a German dragoon brigade fighting beneath the banner of Charles XII.

As well as a shot of the South Scanian Cavalry Brigade. Classified as Horse, consider them unarmoured Cuirassiers.

Last, a shot of the standard bearer from the South Scanian brigade from behind. I do like their heraldry.

Currently, I'm working on the finishing touches of the Spanish Scutarri and preparing for some Celtiberians to join Sertorius' forces. There may be additional Swedes joining the roster in the future. These two brigades bring my GNW army to 6 brigades of foot, 2 of horse, and 3 of dragoons.

A total of 27 cavalry this week, 24 in 15mm and 3 in 25mm. Hopefully next week will be a bit more productive. Until next time!

The commanders of your Sertorius Legion look really fine in officer finery. I quite like your Spanish officer in blue.
The Northern war Germanic cavalry look very striking too. I'd imagine that your infantry will be able to advance comfortably against the Russians with these fellows guarding the flanks! I'd really like to see them arrayed with your infantry as well. The banners are very fine too! 

From BenitoM: More Dashing Hussars (40 points)

A long abscence but here I am again, with the four final models of my Napoleonic French Hussars unit. This time the command group (officer and trumpet) plus two troopers.

You may remember I opted for the 3rd Hussar's Regiment livery, wearing a faded grey-blue uniform with red pippings. The trumpet, as ususal in these units, wore reverse colours (red uniform and blue pipping) and mounted a white stallion.

Some close shots...

...and now the full unit, ready to charge any British or Spanish unit in the Peninsular soil. I hope they'll make a magnificent view on the war table!!

I still have to undertake the painful task of putting some LBM transfers in the sabretaches. I now add 40 points to my general score and also to my Sharp Practice duel score.

My next target is a second Hussars unit, this time in campaign dress. Most likely I will paint in the unifrom of the 1st Hussar Regiment, which also saw action in Spain. My painting schedule nonetheless is uncertain, as my wife is just about to begin a breast cancer treatment, following two successful surgery intervention over the past 3 weeks. Although you can never be too assertivewith this disease, the prognosis looks good at this stage.

There is no finer cavalry unit of the Napoleonic Era than Hussars IMHO. With the pelisse flashing behind them and all the bling, they do seem to strike as great in pagentry as they do on the charge...providing no highlanders are forming square in front of them! ;) This particular unit is very flashy in the subdued blue grey and red. very fine work, Benito!
I will pray that all turns out well for your family, and you will be able to enjoy a fine spring and summer with your little one once this passes.

From PeterD SYW Light Dragoons (40 points)

I am contining to grind away at the 15th Light Dragoons, with another 4 figures for this post.  There are 4 28mm cavalrymen for 40 points, a typical week for me recently or the output from a MilesR coffee break.  As with the previous Light Dragoons these are Perry Miniatures from the AWI range.

Front view
My challenge progress has been slow of late.  A busy work schedule and a bug of some sort.  However, it's break week at Uni so some staycation time is allowing me to catch up on marking, sleep and painting.

Back view

Once more from the front.
I hope you recover from your bug before your time off concludes,Peter! It is entirely unfair to be strickened with germs while having free time!
I quite like these dragoons and it's nice to see the 15th are getting further reinforcements. I also quite like these Perry sculpts. It's a shame they don't fit too well in my theatre of operations, as I'd like to steal those horses! :)   

Thirsty Thursday, not to be confused with Taco Tuesday

Finally it is Thursday! 
It was my long work week and I'm looking forward to hitting the brushes and relaxing just a touch. 
Peter has a couple of posts ready, as does Benito with some Lace Wars goodies. James has a convoy of trucks and Ethan has some more Romans and a drastic departure from dress wearing Italians. 
I'd autoprogram all of them, but that would be too lazy!
I will be up in a few hours to deliver the kids to school and will begin to parade all the Thursday eyecandy with a nice cup of coffee. I will be sure to spread em out a bit so be sure to check back often.
I'm going to pace myself as I am obligated to splatter the walls with paint and leave a few chipped coffee cups and scatter a few empty beer bottles with a fine detritus of pizza crusts. 
If I don't leave a slovenly mess, Tamsin won't be able to grouse! ;) 

Usually I prefer some relaxing chords from the Ramones or even soothing vocals from most any Heavy Metal band, but it's been a long rough week and some Supertramp would make a better reset. ; )

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

From TeemuL: Rest of Marauders (40 points)

A long day, no time or energy to write long tales. :)

So here are the remaining 8 Chaos Marauders for my Slaves to Darkness army. All are metal GW models from the late 1990s.
Whole bunch with the two models painted earlier
ByronM: More old school goodness from Teemu!  You are getting quite the warband going here Teemu good stuff.  I remember getting these figures when they were new, unfortunately I don't believe I ever got around to painting them.  These look good and I like the dark flesh tone you used for them as it suits the marauding hordes of Chaos.

From JohnM: Africans for Congo (50 Points)

It is always nice to have 2 posts for 1 week, these are hot off the press. Finished last night and photographed not 30 minutes ago!

This is the second batch of figures from the White Men Expeditions box from Foundry Miniatures for the game Congo. My first figures were the White Men, now we see their African Escorts. This includes the Kirangozi, pictured below in red shorts. He is one of the major characters in the game, literally the guide of the expedition. We also have the Trained Askaris in their red turbans. The yellow  was a bit of a challenge but I think looks OK. They have been well trained in the use of the rifles with which they are armed. They are for the protection of the explorers.
Next up we have our untrained Askaris, they have been supplied with muskets and seldom have uniforms, minimally trained they are the main element of any expedition. They are there to protect the African members of the expedition.
Well that just leaves the Ruga-Ruga and the Young Warriors and the box will be all done!

Fifty points, I believe.

ByronM: Very nice second post here John.  I like the bright colours contrasting the dark skin here, it really makes everything stand out. I really like the collection you have going so far, it is a very different setting than most of us have played, and sounds interesting.  Now your issue is going to be fitting terrain for jungle expeditions!

From IannickM : A few more Halflings... (25 Points)

Why not, hey? In what is quite possibly my last Halflings of the challenge, I bring to you another batch of 5 of the little fellows, and it includes some of my favourites, as today we have a berserker, a Wizard, a Honey Mage, a General and a Psion.

From left to right : Psion, Berserker, Wizard, General Bilbo Bonaparte, Honey Mage
Yes, we have ourselves our very first Napoleonic Halfling, people! And not any Napoleonic soldier, but the man himself, Emperor of the Halflings, general extraordinaire Bilbo Bonaparte. Funny thing is, and I don't remember who it was,  but someone in a comment asked if there was any Napoleonic Halflings. I smiled at the time, knowing this guy was coming. 

The Berserker is one of my favourite sculpt of the range, and I gave her the fiery orange hair of her fanatic Dwarven cousins, Slayers of Trolls. I'm also very pleased with the wizard, as I'm really happy with my painting on him, especially his flaming hands, which I think I nailed. And one cannot not talk about the Honey Mage! It make so much sense that Halflings would've come up with a school of magic that gives them unlimited honey! I love the bees all over her, and the honey dipper wizard staff is a seriously nice touch.

I had a LOT of fun painting all these Halflings; so often the subjects of our painting is serious, with monsters and wars and such, that this was just a very refreshing little project. However I believe these will my last of the challenge as I'm also working on a side duel due for early March (it's coming Sander, no worries. It's gonna be awesome) and I would like to add a few pts to that 30K duel. I did managed to paint 25 of 'em little fellows, and since my goal was between 20 and 25 I can say "mission accomplie". I have quite enough to create a LeafGrave warband, and I even have the choice between three Wizards! So I gather it is time for a family portrait of the bunch. 

So that's 25 more points. Now if you'll excuse me, second midnight snack is ready...

(I'm in no way affiliated with them, but if you liked this range, go have a look at StoneHaven Miniatures for Elves, Gnomes and more)

ByronM: More halfling goodness and you have saved some of the best for last!  As usual your painting and colour choice is perfect for them.  I absolutely love the Napoleon one, and I am sure our Overlord Curt will as well.  Well you may have met your personal goal for the halflings with this post, I am sure I am not alone in hopeing that we will see more yet.

From ScottM: French Vehicles and Fantasy Adventurers (115 points)

My contribution this week is a composed of two things: French World War 2 vehicles and a group of fantasy adventurers. First up is a set of five 28mm French early-war vehicles. I got them from a Kickstarter that Mad Bob Miniatures ran last year. First up is a Citroen Kegresse P19 Staff Car.

Next up is a Citroen Kegresse P104 armoured halftrack transport.

Next is a Panhard 165/175 armoured car. This one is my favourite of the lot, I'm kind of a sucker for the various Panhard armoured cars.

Next up is a Panhard 179 armoured scout/transport.

And finally is a Somua MCG artillery tractor/troop transport

The other part of my submission this week is a set of fantasy adventurers from a Kickstarter that Red Box Games ran last year.

ByronM: Good looking stuff Scott.  I love all the different looking vehicles here that you just do not see a lot.  You painting and camo on them looks great as well!  It's always interesting to see the lesser known items from war done up as many of them a lot of us will have never seen before.  I am also glad to see that I am not the only one with a Kickstarter illness!