Thursday, 21 July 2016

Now (partly) Finished

Well, after a long time I've at last finished the basing on the latest batch of Anglo-Normans, plus made progress on the 'Mechs. I leave work for two months tomorrow, so hopefully updates will become more frequent (some hope).

Archers in a variety of postures, featuring the last of the Wargames Factory torsos.

Monday, 13 June 2016

Not Finished Yet

Again I've had a less productive week, so I have to present only half-finished models this update. Hope you enjoy!

Phoenix Hawk (left) and Stinger (right), both of which seem more or less finished.

The biggest progress has been on the BattleMechs, which I cracked on with over the last couple of days. I've done the Stinger in some very passable urban camouflage, and the Phoenix Hawk in House Marik purple. I'm especially pleased with this choice as the word 'Phoenix' (and, interestingly, 'Phoenician') comes from the ancient Greek word for purple.

Less finished. The Wasp (left) will be done in the brown and yellow of the Eridani Light Horse, the Warhammer (right) will be in a desert scheme. 
The other 'Mechs aren't so far a long, just basecoats and an inkwash on one. It hasn't helped that the Warhammer is rather fragile on some of the joins, and one pair of arms and the spotlight have been lost on my carpet from repeated falls from the chest of drawers. On the positive side, I think the arms now in place look better than the previous ones. 

Nearly finished archers, just need to do the arrows in the quivers.
Other than that, the next lot of Anglo-Normans are slowly approaching completion. I'm rather proud of the highlighting I've done, which seems to improve with practice. I'm also proud that these photos were taken on the Cliff Richard plate that beautifies our living room. 

Less finished horse and spear-carriers, need shields, tack, hair etc.

Saturday, 4 June 2016

Big Stompy Battle Reports

My housemate Merlin recently rekindled my interest in BattleTech: big stompy battle robots from the 31st Century. After a few practice games (I won two out of three!) I suggested a full-blown fight between two Lances (4-strong 'Mech units) worth 4,000 points (called 'Battle Value') each. I'm afraid this report might be a bit heavy on the Jargon, for which I apologise in advance.

Team George: (L to R) Hermes-II, Phoenix Hawk, Warhammer (with hastily repaired right arm) and Cicada standing in for a Jenner.

Sunday, 1 May 2016

Merry War (Christmas is over)

In a herculean feat of modelling endurance, I have managed to paint the 27 models I received for Christmas in only 4 months!. To celebrate this enormous achievement, I present to you a group shot for your viewing pleasure. 

Models more or less grouped by manufacturer, Perry knights, spearmen and command, Gripping Beast crossbowmen, and crusader spearmen make up the centre.

Tuesday, 19 April 2016

I Ate'nt Dead

Seeing as I haven't updated in a while (work, socialising, all that stuff) I thought it might be worth showing you a size comparison pic of the Bear Mystic from DGS games via Dice Bag Lady. She's a bit big, 32mm rather than 28mm, but one assumes that a shamanistic bear-hugger would be pretty well built. That's my excuse anyway...

Left to right: Crusader, DGS, Perry, and Conquest. Sorry about the lighting. 

Tuesday, 5 April 2016

Lax State of Affairs part II: Map and Rules

It's been a while since I posted about Lax State of affairs, but I've finally fleshed out some rules and present them for your viewing pleasure. I've not play tested these at all, so if you have a spin with them, please let me know how it went and how I could improve.

England, circa 1135

Saturday, 2 April 2016

Mission Creep

I know that I do *technically* have enough models, painted and unpainted, for a reasonably sized Anglo-Norman army. Unfortunately the lure of Reasonable Female Miniatures (buy some!) plus the Dice Bag Lady's new selection of heads, with more medieval-friendly hairdos, has led me to spend worrying sums on new stuff. What makes things worse is that at some point I'm going to want a camp element, which will no doubt involve expenditure on tents, camp followers (ooh Matron!) etc.
So, the following post, as well as containing the latest finished efforts, will showcase some of my most adventurous conversions yet, using actual modelling putty.

All but the one on the left are finished, she needs a sling in her hand.