Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Cold stuff

Another quick update...

In an earlier post I wrote about the Frozen characters I was painting for my daughters. These are done now, and the girls are very happy with them. Here's some pics of the finished sets.

I also finished a single figure for Frostgrave, an apothecary. This is a metal Reaper figure, Olivia, Mercenaries Cleric, that I got from Annie @ Bad Squiddo Games early last year.

See you in Hell, Billy Yank...

Thomas and I decided to start a project for SP2, playing ACW. He'd started painting Confederates a while back, and I'd do Union. So I picked up some heavily discounted boxes of Perry plastics (these are from the new Union Infantry in Sack Coats box) and started painting. Here are my first Union units: 20 infantrymen (2,5 units in SP2), 2 leaders (an officer and a sergeant) and a drummer.

Up next, another dozen infantrymen (I paint by groups of 12, usually), and probably the dozen Union cavalry skirmishers I got in the Secret Santa scheme.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Female Soviet Snipers

I got some of these off Annie's Kickstarter a while back, and decided to paint some as a Christmas surprise present for a good friend.

Find the whole range of Bad Squiddo Games, 28mm female soviets.

First secret santa present completed

A quick update to thank the Secret Santa that sent me the Perry British 6pdr w crew for North Africa. I just had to paint it ;-)

Here's some pictures:

All assembled and ready for painting

All done and ready for action

Wednesday, December 28, 2016


My daughters (aged 5) have been looking at Daddy's figures for a while now, so I thought it was time they got some figures of their own. For display, mainly, maybe a bit too soon to get them playing, I guess. As they like/love the Disney movie Frozen, I looked around for some figures matching that. Annie, the ever lovely Dice Bag Lady @ Bad Squiddo Games has some North Star figures called Two young Fire Elementalists that would be a nice match for Anna and Elsa, if painted in the right colours. Olaf was a bit more difficult, but a bit of a search in Thingyverse and help from a colleague at work who is a 3D printer fanatic got me figures for them as well. Now I guess I'll have to go source some Kristoffers and reindeer as well ;)

Some progress pictures:
Annas and Elsas blockpainted and ready for wash, Olafs primed grey

Annas and Elsas closer up

First set as good as done, some details left on the girls and forgot Olafs eyes

Second set at the same stage, set in the background. 
All figures were primed light grey with Vallejo Surface Primer. The girls were then blockpainted with thinned down paint and washed. All the blues were washed with Drakenhof Nightshade, thinned down in various degrees for the light colours, almost straight for the dark blue on Anna. Faces, red cape, fur (on the cape) and hair were washed with (somewhat thinned down) Army Painter Strong Tone wash. After that, all the colours were highlighted to various degrees, the blues on Elsa with several shades, the other colours just with the basecolour again. Thinned down paint, so the application of one or more layers gives different hues and shades.
Olaf was just wetbrushed several times, then the nose, "hair" and arms painted and highlighted. Some white highlights on the body, and the eyes and buttons painted black. Now I just have to paint in the eyes and eyebrows.

Varnishing and basing left to do, pondering whether to have one large base for each set, or individual bases per figure...

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Secret Santas

I'm quite pleased with the stuff I got from my Secret Santas :)

This year I participated in 3 of these, one was Chris Stoesen's, where you paint something for your "target". The other is the original Secret Santa by Ian and Catherine Wiley where you send your target something wargames related worth around £15. Finally we had our own little Penguin Santa thingy between Jocke, Thomas, Laffe and me, with some meddling (errr... help) by Chris ;-)

I've received 2 presents to date, and have been told the 3rd is on it's way. I opened them on Christmas Day, together with my daughters (well, I let them open the presents, there good at it, having had loads of practice again this year ;-))

Out came these two nice presents:

2 packs of Perry dismounted Union cavalry

Perry British 6pdr for North Africa

Both of these were on my wishlist, and will come in very handy. The first as skirmishers for our SP2 ACW project, the other for our ongoing CoC North Africa project. I'm planning on getting both painted soon ;-)

Thanks very much to my Secret Santas ;-)

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Bad Squiddo Games kickstarter

Wednesday 16 November 20:00 CET, Annie at Bad Squiddo Games / The Dice Bag Lady is launching her first ever kickstarter, Ghosts of Gaia. 6 kick-ass post-apocalyptic ladies, hopefully stretching to 10 if all the stretch goals are met. And laser armed guinea pigs if we get even further! ;-)

Get in there and support her!

In Annie's own words:

"TOMORROW! I am launching TOMORROW! Ghosts of Gaia, 28mm post apocalyptic badass ladies. There are 6 in the opening pledge, but with another 4 to be unlocked - and if we get that far, a nice deal for em all. 

If we get that far.....then.............. guinea pigs with fricken laserbeams?

Full line up shots and more to come before launch,

Start spreading the news (if you haven't been already), I've been a bit rubbish at my usual "tell the whole internets!" of late because of just having so much to do, so any help is appreciated so much!


Bad Squiddo Games"

Check her Facebook page for more info

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Look ahead at 2017

Long time no update and I'll have to sort that out soon, I have done quite some painting this summer.

Now however, I want to take a quick look ahead to next year and my projects. But first a little reflection on what I had planned for this year...

1. Desert 28mm (mostly Perry miniatures)...
Nope, nothing of this happened. Maybe next year ;-)
2. Our Dux Gondorum project, Dux Brittaniorun in a Middle Earth setting...
YES! I got some LotR stuff in one of my Secret Santas, which enabled me to sell off my Normans to Thomas. I painted up quite a lot of the second hand stuff I grabbed last year, mainly Uruk Hai, more than enough to play Dux G, and actually managed to get a couple of games in against Thomas and Jocke. They even saw action in Open Combat (less succesfully...). I seem to have all I need for this project, though, so nothing extra planned - just more painting and playing.
3. Extending my AB miniatures British paras...
Bought some extras from Battlefield miniatures and got more than a platoon's worth of AB and SHQ figures for free from Thomas and Laffe. I painted 2 platoons with supports and a recce jeep squadron of these, and hopefully can get the rest done this winter. Nothing more is planned for these, as with the stuff I still have to paint, I can field a well supported company! We need to get our Normandy or Arnhem campaigns started for these!!!
4. Frostgrave
Managed to get a warband or two together, and played one or two games. Hope to paint some of the extras and monsters I have, and get some more games in, but will not get anything extra for this.

5. Perhaps start NorwegiansDutch or Belgians for CoC for WWII in 20mm

Didn't happen either, although I am supporting May 40 Figures's new 28mm Dutch figures startup. So this may mean this happens in 28mm next year instead...

6. Our French in Indochina project...
We had a series of very successful demos at GothCon using/testing an as-yet unpublished supplement to CoC, and I have about 2 sections worth of infantry and some support (including a Bison tank) to paint.

So, then, onto next year's projects... And yes, this is a nice wish list for the various Secret Santas I'm in ;-)

1. Sharp Practice. Thomas and I are keen to get into ACW with SP2. I'll probably get one or two of the cheap-ish plastic Perry boxes (probably the new Union infantry box and the Confederates box, to have some for both sides, or even some Cavalry). I could also do with some dismounted cavalry or other skirmishers (e.g. these or these). Should be a relatively quick and cheap project, although we may also want some terrain (houses or fences or more fences).

2. Dux Gondorum. I'll continue painting most of the second hand figures I grabbed last year, but nothing additional is needed, perhaps a "Son of Eorl" to use as a mounted leader for my Rohirrim. Hopefully we can get some extra games in, as this was fun and my Uruk Hai seem to be on a roll.

3. WWII Desert 28mm. As I haven't done anything with it this year, the situation is unchanged: "most of the stuff is done for this, but I may need a British 6-pdr, as we saw in our last games, when the German armour comes on, that the Boys rifles and 2 pdrs can't cut it. I also want to extend my German FJ för the Ramcke Brigade (that can also extend to Sicily, Italy and at a pinch even Normandy) with some extra troops, e.g. more riflemensupport, even MG42s, and the cool LG40 75mm RCL, or the sPzB AT gun"

4. Frostgrave. I have some loose figures and some monsters left to paint, and I hope we can play a bit more, but I won't get any extras for this. 

5. WWII 28mm. I've supported a friend's startup, which should get me some 28mm Dutch for 1940. I might get some early Germans or FJ to go against these. Foundry has some nice ones, and obviously Warlord has the Blitzkrieg plastic box. I've also got some of Annie Norman's (The Dice Bag Lady) Russian Women of the Red Army that I'll paint up this year and maybe add some other Russians to. Laffe has plenty of Germans he says ;-)

6. Indochina - I feel I have all I need for this project for the French side (and about 20 figures still to paint)

A summarised wishlist can be found here