Monday, December 30, 2013

Gaming Projects - current and future.

Looking forward now that 2014 is coming soon I want to set myself some goals for my miniatures gaming. This is a mixture of painting pledges and a list of the games that I want to play.

Painting targets:
I want to beat the total that I painted in 2013, which should not be too hard to do as I will try and ensure that I have a bit more time to do it and organise it more effectively. I'll try and aim at completing at least 300 figures overall, with a stretch goal of 400.  As I'm going to include a lot of 15mm and 10mm figures in my projects they will help me get there a lot quicker.

Priorities for me will be finishing up enough 20mm WWII US and German Infantry, support weapons and armour to play Chain of Command and NUTS! which will only require small numbers of vehicles and things like individual HMG, mortars and field guns to be painted. Given that I have quite a few US infantry being cleaned up and I just need to get them onto the bench for painting this should be easy to achieve. At the moment I've got a few German vehicles nearly ready so I'll concentrate on the US vehicles as the next group.

Flintloque figures that I will paint up will initially be finishing off the rest of my Witchlands inantry followed by the Catalucians, this will be a couple of personalities, Nino Cisco militia and some guerillas. After that will be the Othari household troops and the Halfling Mamaluks. With the Othari as they are a bit minimal in the range of poses that I have I can see a few simple filler conversions to their headgear, robes and baggage coming up as it will be an easy way to make them less uniform.

In 15mm I have plenty of ACW figures to paint up, particularly needing to concentrate on command, artillery and cavalry as I do have around 100 infantry for each side which will allow me to fight some smaller actions.

My 10mm figures for the Spanish Civil War or French and Indian War may get started, but I suspect that the colonial troops British and Zulus will be first though it may be possible that I buy in some Mahdists from Pendraken soon.

I also want to paint up the Erin figures that I have from Alternative Armies as I have decent numbers of both the Sidhe and the Formorians to fight the skirmish size actions that the rules are designed for. These figures will also be useful in other fantasy games that I play.

Games to play:
Flintloque - now I've got a number of troops painted up I want to get these into some games, with a choice of Ferach or Todoroni to oppose my Joccians. Hopefully soon I'll get my Witchland's Zombies ready too so I can really ring the changes. In the rest of the year I should be getting my Othari foot and Halfling Mamaluks done so I can campaign in Aegypt, Catalucia and the Witchlands with the figures available.

Erin - I've got decent numbers of figures for the Sidhe and Formorians and think that I'll be able to get paint jobs onto them quite quickly as they are less fiddly than the Napoleonic style uniforms of the Flintloque miniatures and will also be useful for my plans to use Warrior Heroes: Armies & Adventures. 

Chain of Command - these new rules from Too Fat Lardies do appeal quite a bit and I know I am close to having enough German and US troops to use them with.

NUTS! - the platoon level WWII rules from Two Hour Wargames, particularly as I have a couple of the scenario packs for them, The Big Hurt and Blood on the Risers. This will be using the same figures and vehicles as Chain of Command.

OGRE/GEV - the old Steve Jackson designed boardgames as I find them a quick easy game but with a decent level of complexity and challenge.

Friday, December 27, 2013

Last Painting update of 2013 - some more completed figures

My last miniatures that I'll have time to complete in 2013, bringing my total up to 196 figures completed this year, so just missing the 200. Still a nice increase on 2012's figure though.

Flintloque figures
Witchlands command figures including Grigori Dracsul and Stalinov

Undead infantry. 

SHQ 20mm WWII German Infantry NCO and Panzerfausts.

SHQ 20mm WWII German MG34 on tripod and crew in greatcoats. 

15mm HOF Cultist Flamer and Peter Pig Pirate Hero

28mm Zombie and Elf Duellists from Alternative Armies. 

Friday, November 29, 2013

Miniature Painting Update 29 November - more progress

Flintloque Ferach Elven Chasseurs of the Gardes, front and back views of most of these poses. I have now got a unit of 12 of these painted up and based.

HOF Cultist servant with a radio pack on his back, Cultist Minigun and SFA SMG trooper from

Two out of production Alternative Armies Orcs

Two Alternative Armies Skeleton warriors and in the centre an executioner figure that I believe may be another out of production Alternative Armies figure

Sunday, November 17, 2013

WIP - November - at last some more minis completed

At last I have got some of the many miniatures that I have been working on finished - these are a mixture of fantasy 25mm mainly from Alternative Armies, but also a lot of 15mm SF from the Hordes of the Future (HoF) range from

two dwarves of uncertain make, Alternative Armies elf duellist, Heritage dwarf archer

Alternative Armies Orc heavy infantry - these are currently out of production but I picked them up on ebay.

HOF - Security Force Alpha Comms trooper, Colonel and Sergeant

HOF Security Force Alpha - Heavy Laser trooper, Shotgun trooper, Trigun trooper, Missile trooper and Sniper

HOF Security Force Alpha - SMG troopers with front and rear views of each pose

HOF Medics - front view -they have a red cross on the back of their tunics.

HOF Cultists - Official, Overseer and Propagandatron

HOF Cultists - SMG and a Missile armed trooper

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Work in Progress - late October

A lot of different bits and pieces showing that I have been painting steadily, but sadly starting too much rather than getting things finished. However I plan to finish at least some this month.
 Alternative Armies Ferach Elves including the cavalryman from the Catalucia Shilling Service pack.

Alternative Armies Witchlands Vampire, Liche and Zombies

Plastic Soldier Company Panzer IVH and SHQ German Infantry

Alternative Armies Fantasy undead and orcs. HoF Medics

HoF cultists

Italeri French Napoleonic Infantry - to be turned into Conscrit-Grenadiers of the Jeuene Guard by adding plumes to the shakoes. 

Thursday, July 25, 2013

July Work in Progress number 1

Alternative Armies Orcs

Plastic Soldier Company Panzer IV H

PSC Sdkfz251/1 

And the latest addition to my collection

Sunday, June 30, 2013

Painting Update 30 June - some more WWII stuff finished

Another dozen figures finished for my Winter '44 project for WWII in 20mm
All Revell US infantry figures

NCO with Thompson, prone rifleman, Browning 50 cal HMG, Officer and NCO with M1 carbine.

A set of rear views of the above

Some more riflemen to help fill up the squads. Front and rear views of a couple of the poses. 

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Painting update15 June

Lots more work in progress. 
Revell US Infantry including a 50 calibre MG team.

Some Plastic Soldier Company armour for the WWII project follows:

Sdkfz251/1 Ausf. D - I painted the hull sides and bottom of the mudguards before attaching the tracks.
And a top view showing the seats.

Panzer IV showing filler required on a sink mark on the mantlet.

And some reinforcements for my various 25mm metal figures.

Sunday, June 09, 2013

Painting update 9 June - some progress

Another 6 20mm WWII figures finished today - all SHQ late war Germans.
The pictures came out a little darker than I hoped but I'll get some more later

GR69 - Officer, Sniper and Rifle Grenadier

GR61 - MG42 team moving

Tuesday, June 04, 2013

Painting update 28 May

A belated publication of an update.
MG34 on tripod - now taking shape but some more painting to do with the back rests on the tripod's front rest.
German infantry - all SHQ miniatures taking shape.
AFV crew and tracks
Some part painted SDKFZ251 parts on the sprue - Tamiya Acrylic 60 Dark Yellow for Dunkelgelb. 
I think that the white enamel undercoat on the lower half makes it look better but it looks to need a second coat. 

Monday, May 06, 2013

Painting Update and WiP May

Lots of stuff now getting started for May. Apologies for the photo quality but as the paintjobs haven't started I'll get better ones using the tripod as things are progressing. 

SHQ GR69 Officer, Riflegrenadier and Sniper

SHQ - GR61 MG42 team moving. 

Plastic Soldier Company Sdkfz251 crew

Plastic Soldier Company Panzer IV

SHQ GW6 MMG team in Greatcoats. - parts for the tripod. Unfortunately I lost part of the tripod in cleaning up so I've had to use wire to replace the missing part. 

Tripod assembled 

Tripod with the MG34 barrel used. There is an MG42 included too but to give this the widest range of use I used the MG34. 

The crew figures. Commander, gunner and loader.