Wednesday, 1 June 2016

Posting again...

Hello Ladies (hopefully some ladies read this blog...) and Gentlemen,

I am not dead (as the people who has seen me at game shows can attest), just a bit under pressure from my new, temporary job. But be re-assured, I will not complain about the tribulations of a temporary teaching fellow... instead I want to post some picture of my Imperial Japanese Navy Force for the 1904-1905 scuffle with the Russian Empire. I posted some of the test ship I did, but I have put a lot of effort in the past months (actually in the past summer... this show how slow in posting I am), to finish the Japanese at least. And now you can see the efforts...

Let's start with two group shots...



and then move to the various divisions...

Battle force first. From right to left... Asahi, Fuji,  Shikishima, Mikasa



Now it is time for the cruisers...




Adfter the cruiser group shot some detail of the armoured ones... for once I even tried Kanji writing...

Kasuga and Tokiwa are Tumbling Dice... but the Azuma is a 3d printed WTJ one.


As the Takachiko

and the Naniwa...

Masts in this case are brass rods...


FinallyProtected cruisers and a couple of  destroyers...

Actually you can see only one...

  in the picture... but here...



You see the three I have...

Now some more  random shots of specific vessels...

 

And with this the post is concluded!

Tuesday, 1 September 2015

"Holydays done"

Or started, depends on what you call holidays... anyway for more than two months I have been quite silent here... This did not meant that I stopped being a wargamer, just that I stopped finishing decent posts for the blog... anyway things have returned to almost normal, except the fact that I am submerged by lectures to write... yes... I am entering academia from the other side. I am now a Teaching Fellow at King's college, so new that I just received my draft contract...

anyway beside writing lectures on interesting subjects like Cold War strategic air reconnaissance (including also FICON... yes I said that... Fighter In CONvair!) or Operation Barrel Roll I have been able to get some new painting done.

First thing is a 15mm Obejctive Marker. Eons ago I painted a Panzer IV for a friend. He has a transport accident and the poor tank (a Battlefront resin/metal kit) was damaged. He dumped it on me... and after some thinkering I decided to convert it in an objective/scenic base.



Actually the damage was relatively minor, just part of the turret schurzen and the muzzle brake. But I re-positioned turret and main gun to give it the appearance of an abandoned tank and repainted it in my new technique for German armour. I then did a very simple base using a some sand, sponge, and a a bit of a dried natural bush. The raised road is cork covered in sand, the idea is that the vegetation is growing in the uncared ditch.

I think it turned out quite well.

Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Better Muromachi period bushi (Part 1)


Well my intrepid readers, I promised better close up when I finished the dismounted Bushi.  Bushi and pictures were indeed produced by Monday but then laziness took precedence... now it is Wednesday and I am finally doing what I promised. Here is a small force from the fictional Clan Ogawa. It has a high ranking Samurai mounted, a lower ranked Bushi on foot, and two retainers. It is a bit more than 100 points in ronin. 



 
 Lord Ogawa has just loosened an arrow!



The two retainers look toward the enemy...



I included also a photos of the back armor.

As usual comments are more than welcome.

Friday, 19 June 2015

P... L... A....


They are coming, I finally decided to start painting my Empress PLA. The command pack is the first effort. After consultations with PLA's staff I have gone for the new grayish-green  digital camo.








Now... while I was painting the PLA platoon commander (the figure equipped with handgun) I felt a certain resemblance (that i messed up with my painting) with a real PLA officer...






well I put Empress in touch with him so...


Of course I would have liked to have also the miniature of another real world PLA officer...


Thursday, 18 June 2015

In a far distand land....

... during the middle ages (and also a bit of renaissance...) there were fearsome warriors called Bushi.

In a not too distant land there is a crazy soldiers' painter (バカ兵隊の画家? not sure of the spelling) that is trying to paint some of them for Ronin. Because I gave all my 28mm Perry to mister Oshiro when I switched to 15mm for the Age of War I decided to not do the same period twice in two different scale and insteast opted for the earlier Muromachi period. Why?

Because I like the armor of the period, I like the history, I can use the Mongol Invasions as backdrop, and because... I discovered I had a bag of Curteys 28mm retainers... (ok there is a reason why I have them... I also know the reason but it is a moot point now...). I quickly ordered a bag of mounted and dismounted samurais from Curteys last month... and started painting. Now I have the retainer done, the mounted samurai done, and two of four dismounted bushi also done! That is a record, from internet to blog in weeks. I hope to have the picture of the dismounted Bushi taken Sunday or Monday at the latest, but for now...

 First you can see the retainers...

and then the mounted Bushi:






 I will show the detail picture in "precedence" order now so first Bushi:







I really like painting Curteys. I know people complain about their heads, but the detail of the armors is excellent and they are a joy to paint.

And then the close ups of the retainers:

 The spears are cast. I really like their blades.



Well for this small Japanese project the pictures have ended. I hope you like them.

Wednesday, 10 June 2015

For the Glory of Greece!

Long long time ago... in a city far away (London) I bought a box of Warlords (formerly Immortal) miniatures plastic Classical Hoplite, it was 2012 and started painting them quite quickly... then the project, after 26 done entered the dreaded backburner... but recently in my organized drive to clear backlogs and finish armies I started working on them again finishing the box....


They are intended to be the core of a Corinthian army to oppose my Athenians (mainly Victrix) using Armati (with my own adaptation of the "intro" basing scheme). They will soon be joined by their commanders, peltasts (half done) and psiloi (the same). They can also be used for a small army in Hoplomachia (with a single base corresponding to a Lochos) or in the Crusader rules (but the light troops will have to be reinforced in this case). It has been a challenge to paint them but I like the result.






I have tried to give them a lot of individuality. I also think that having painted them in two batches one in London one in Italy  (and with 3 years in the middle) has disjointed a bit the project but still the whole phalanx is quite impressive. I also like the figures a lot. Probably the Victrix ones are a tad nicer, but the Warlord ones are not bad either.

For the shields the first 26 used a mix between hand painted shields and the included decals, the last 16 have LBMS transfers. Well the LBMS are a blast, but require careful trimming and placing because you do not see what you are doing (you apply them reversing them) and the shield is circular. The edges are all handpainted. Ok some details:


These are LBMS shields. The battle scars are a quite nice touch.

  While here you can see the difference between the LBMS and the Warlords decals (second group of 8 hoplites from your left).

Again a mix. On your left a base with LBMS followed by the original decals to the end.

Well for today we are done, I hope you like them!