Saturday, 19 December 2015

CRY HAVOC, and Let Slip the Dogs of War!

We had our final meeting of Nunawading Wargames Association (NWA) for 2015 and did it in style with a big medieval game using Hail Caesar.

The game was a match up of my brave Hemmingseatic Leage against the forces of Noirebrulure and their nefarious allies. In preparation for the game we had played a few games in recent months to get to know the rules but, for reasons unknown, the majority of players who joined in had never played the rules and had to have everything explained to them as the game progressed. This caused some confusion and time wasting. As a result we didn't manage to finish the game.

However, it was big and it was colourful and that was one of the major points of the whole exercise.

Pics below are in no particular order.

Except that the first few pics that show the vile Noirebrulurean's 

Ah, now we see the heroes of the battle, the brave Hemmingseatic League!

The Hemmingseatic troops line the hill top.

The cavalry redeploy.
(Are those Dwarves on our left? What are they doing here?)

In the distance the Noirebrulurean Horse advance.
They were soon sent on their way.

Thursday, 10 December 2015

Tiny Little Greeks

Well I almost forgot to post something again but then, remarkably, I remembered.

So here are some 15mm ancient Greeks that I've been painting for the Peleponesian Wars. All the shields are hand painted and that is my favorite part of paining them (well not the Spartans because their shields are pretty boring).

I'm doing both sides of the conflict at the same time. I eventually get bored with them and move on to something else and I haven't been doing them for the past couple of months. But I only need several more units until I can start gaming with them. As it is, right now I could combine them for a game against another opponent.

I've based them pretty simply so that I can use them for several different sets of rules but I'm planning on using Hail Caesar for these like my other current projects. You may have noticed that I previously posted some 28mm Ancient Greeks. I sold those due to the cost of the figures (considering I could put thrice as many 15mm units together for a third of the price of 28's.

The whole phalanx.

 Spartans on the right as they should be with heavy horse on the flank.

Peltasts on the hill behind & Helots in the rear rank.

 Atheneans with Cretan archers to the rear.

Saturday, 5 December 2015

Why do I forget?

One thing I consistently forget is that I have this blog. I post something and then forget about it for a month or two. I really need to up my game and post more things more frequently.

Anyway, here are a few things that I've done recently but I'll only post one thing and, hopefully, I'll remember to post something else in the next day or two in order to establish some modicum of consistency.

Here are the commanders of my Imagi-nations medieval force - The Hemmingseatic League:

Here is the general Otto von Rickenbacker and his trusty squire Christopher

Bishop Eisenwurst

And, Friedrich Flintenstein - Landmeister of the Teutonic Order & Commander of Horse.

The shields behind him are "Disordered" markers for Hail Caesar (although I'm sure they could have other uses in other games).

Tuesday, 8 September 2015

Hemmingseatic League

Once again, I completely forgot about this blog.
I don't know why, but it just totally forgot about it. But I remembered it today and so, I'll post some stuff.

"What the hell is the Hemmingseatic League?", I hear you ask. Well it's my medieval imagi-nations project. It started with the Teutonic Knights as seen in my last post and grew from there. It's based on the city states of the Hensaetic League but it saves me the effort of doing historical heraldry besides it gives me the opportunity to use my imagination.

The units are generally based for Hail Caesar but several of the units are individually based for use with the Lion Rampant rules. It just means I have to use movement trays with these units for HC.

All the figures are from the Fireforge Teutonic and Templar ranges. I like these figures as they give a good variety of poses and they look very action packed.

A small group of Foot Knights. Good for Lion
Rampant but I need to do more of them for Hail Caesar.

Friday, 5 June 2015

I am Hopeless

By that I mean I'm hopeless at being a consistent blogger. However, since I had reason to look at my blog again I thought it would be a good time to do an update.

So, over the past couple of months I've been doing some painting. Nothing difficult but something I've wanted to do for a while now.

"What is it?" I hear you ask. Well, I've been doing some medieval German stuff very loosely based on the Hansaetic League (the Hemmingsaetic League). Really it's just a bunch of Germanic looking units based around a core of Teutonic Knights based generically for use with Hail Caesar. I also want to use the Teutons for SAGA Crescent and Cross.

Here is what I've done so far:

I also did some Athenian Hoplites that I ended up selling as I found it easier to do a big bunch of them in 15mm (should I post them on this blog or would that be a sacrilege against my 28mm blog theme?) They turned up wonderfully but they took a long time to paint. Anyway, here they are:

Tuesday, 27 January 2015

It All Sounds Greek to Me

Well, I haven't sculpt anything for the past couple of weeks as I wanted to get a bit of painting done. So here are a couple of pics of some stuff:

First up is a pic of my Earth Born men for my Jason & The Argonauts game for later in the year. They are from Eureka and they are a bugger to put together. But having said that I do like the result. this isn't the best photo but I did their equipment in a dark bronze with a liberal coating of verdigris medium and they look pretty nice in the flesh.

And here is a pic of my first ever Athenian Hoplite Phalanx (I decided to get into ancient wargaming this year). The pic doesn't do them justice as they are super colourful.

Monday, 12 January 2015

Hawkmoon ~ New sculpt

Well folks, Christmas was busy and I managed to sculpt a whole bunch of Runestaff figures. Unfortunately the breakdown of my pc and the loss of photoshop means that I didn't manage to get any pics of them. I made an Order of the Wolf foot knight, Baron Kalan - Master of Time, the final Vulture Legion troops and modified the Vulture cavalry (they now have wings like the medieval Polish Hussars).

However, today I finished Dorian Hawkmoon, Duke of Koln and got a couple of decent pics (using a different editing program). I think Hawkmoon is going to be a controversial figure as most folks are going to have a very specific idea of how he should look. Keep in mind that this is Hawkmoon arrayed for battle.

I tend to think of Hawkmoon as a pretty tough customer. Unlike many of Moorcock's heroes, for the most part he only has his wits, fortitude and his combat skills as a to rely on. It's not until later that he weilds the Sword of the Dawn. With this in mind I made him look like he was ready for a fight.

I decided to make his armour very different to anyone else in order to make him stand out & his helmet makes him appear quite tall (but he's still smaller than my thumb). He has a mix of armour from a pseudo 2-piece sculpted torso (ancient) to chainmail and bronze scalemail. The helmet is more reminiscent of the Renaissance (or maybe a Napoleonic dragoon). On the other hand his shield is more like that of an ancient Greek hoplite.

A strange mix, certainly. But he is a fantasy character and should look like one.

He is a two part sculpt: Body and shield arm.

(there is a blob of blutac holding his shield arm in place)