Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Holiday blues and some news


It's raining miserably over here, typical Dutch weather, but with a lot of work in the garden waiting for me this is not funny anymore. So we went into town, Arnhem in this case, and got me something new.

Now I know I have said earlier yhat I wouldn' t support GW anymore and well basically I don't, butt... I did buy the June and July issue of White Dwarf and the WHF Empire Battle Wizard from in independent  retailer.

Why did I do this? Well you're not going to like the answer! The answer is that I have started yet another project. For quite some time I have longed to get a box of Hero Quest, some weeks ago I managed just this, I got a secondhand box. From then till now I have played more than 10 games with my son Arthur, with kids at school and with friends, boy is this a great game!

The battle wizards are meant for Arthur to get an unique player character and in this we succeeded because he's all for the bright or fire wizard wanting to hurl fireballs everywhere!

Anyway, when the rains stop, I will make some pictures of the HQ figures I have already painted.

That's all fornow folks

Saturday, 22 July 2017

Salamanca Day


Update at the other BLOG..,

Cheers Sander

Monday, 17 July 2017

Survivors of Lucknow


Part of the Mutiny Miniatures "Survivors of Lucknow" blister, these figures are done up to give some more flavour to future IM games.

The figures turned out a little too dark due to the wash I forgot to dilute. Still I  like them quite a lot!

Cheers Sander

Thursday, 13 July 2017

Some more IM Civilians


If one is to recreate India in 1857-1859, I guess one is to have some civilians to people all the cities and villages of said country. These Eureka miniatures civilians are awesome if a bit more of slight build than the Foundry and Mutineer figures, but that is more realistic I suppose, with the Europeans being heavier in build anyway.

The first of these are a snake charmer and rope-act, more civilians are in the books but other projects take precedence.

More is surely coming, watch this space ;-)

Monday, 10 July 2017

Some Indian Mutiny Characters


The Indian Mutiny Project (henceforth called IM) continues. Here are some Foundry character models.

I like experimenting with the colours and patterns India has to offer. besides that these are great figures as well in their own right.

Cheers Sander

Friday, 30 June 2017

Did I ever tell you...

...that I really hate Christopher Columbus? Ever since starting this Indian Mutiny project just about every search on "Indian" stuff, has resulted in North American Native subjects. Very frustrating! That said I have tried to get some more stuff finished, amongst this is a command figure for General Havelock, both mounted and on foot. The other red coated officer is from Foundry.

These excellent Mutineer miniatures will be joined soon by others as well as the Sepoy leadership. As a trial project I ordered some palm trees from China and based some up as terrain for anything desert themed.

The Sepoy officer is there for scale purposes, the small palm tree in the first photo is my son's he got it in a box of plastic animals at a zoo. He wanted to paint it up as well so we painted the both of them together.

Cheers Sander

Friday, 23 June 2017

Indian Mutiny


Let's get the Indian Mutiny ball rolling today! Now that the heat-wave over here is more or less over I have been able to finish some of the units I have been painting for this project. First are the Rebellious Sepoys I have painted up yet. There are some Foundry characters both Sepoy and Hill Tribesmen. The Sepoy unit in the background are Mutineer Miniatures Sepoys in distressed dress. 

Next up is a unit of British regular infantry, at this moment I have not yet given it a regimental title and will use it as a vanilla unit, that said I might designate it later on.

While the troops are Mutineer Miniatures, the officer is from the Foundry pack. The Foundry and Mutineer figures mix very well, I have now also gotten some Iron Duke Miniatures figures and they don't mix in with the other brands. I'll just get on painting more stuff right?

Cheers Sander


Monday, 12 June 2017

Flashman in the Game!


In my most recent posts I have been going on about the influence the Flashman books have had on my take of gaming and painting miniatures. In a combination of showing newly painted miniatures and rambling on about the hobby, I present you with this day's post.

A few years back I first heard about the Flashman Papers, not living in the English-speaking world tends to get you behind on these kind of things. The 12 books comprising the Flashman Papers were partly bought online and partly when visiting the UK with school, Waterstones Oxford: thanks heaps!
Anyway, when I do not have any new books on my nightstand, I tend to re-read ones I have in the bookcase. So a few weeks ago I reread the Flashman books and since I now have a bit more knowledge about the events Flashman experiences, I could now put them in perspective a bit more. When first reading the books, the conflicts Flashman gets himself into, were not all that interesting to me in that I was intrigued but not enough to get into gaming them. Lately the Crimean War is something I have been painting (in 15mm no less) and have done some figures for in 28mm as well.

Reading the books and most specially "Flashman in the Great Game" reached out to me somehow and I got drawn into the Indian Mutiny... That is not something I had ever expected to happen. The brutality of the conflict is not my regular cup of tea, nor is it anything for me to have mr T. Atkinson rambling around in anything but his trusted red coat, that said I really connected with the conflict and the great miniatures available for it by Mutineer Miniatures, Foundry and Iron Duke.

Yes, that's right I started a new project and am now in deep in the Indian Mutiny... At the moment I have a small amount of Foundry miniatures and a slightly larger amount of Mutineer Figures. I am currently aiming at collecting two Sharpe Practice forces for the Allahabad Moveable Force  and  it's adversaries.
While I have a Flashman in India figure (just like the one in the bookcover above) it is from the same line as the figure in lancer outfit shown in a previous post. Studio Miniatures have a nice regular 28mm figure of the same pose and uniform. Apart from that I have obtained one of the Wargames Illustrated Giants of History line Flashmans and an Eureka figure is on it's way.

With help from friends and the excellent information on the Iron Duke site, it really is brilliant, I have now quite enough reference material to get the uniforms historically correct, that said; I want the figures to look right but I also want them to look good. Therefore I am quite ok with stretching the limits and mixing in the odd figure in regular uniform and yes with a red coat.

Apart from the larger games using Sharpe Practice I would like to game smaller skrimishes using Flashy and perhaps replaying scenes from the books. I am now counting on those being solo games, but who knows perhaps in the future...

If this whole project has learned me anything it is that from now on, I am only going to collect and pain, what I like. No more painting and collecting figures in order to be able to play a game. No more painting stuff because it "needs" to be finished, it can wait till the fancy takes me for it again.

In a way this is really liberating and painting all these greatly exotic and thus very colourfull subjects really is grand!

Well I am not sure whether my ramblings here are making any sense but there you go! Keep watching this space for more progress on the Indian Mutiny front.

Friday, 9 June 2017

'ere come the Peelers!


Just a really small post to prove I am still at it. Together with the Chinese figures from last post, I painted up some London policemen on bicycles, also from Foundry.

There's two more civilian bicycle riding figures in the cue, but other stuff has taken precedence at the moment. More on this later!

Cheers Sander

Monday, 5 June 2017

Into the Far East...


With the exams-correction winding down to the last bits, I have some odd time off for a little painting. Today a small group of Foundry figures for games of Fist Full of Kung Fu and Victorian daring-do. At least Flashy has some adversaries from China to flee from, Flashman and the Dragon anyone?

Cheers Sander

Monday, 29 May 2017

Back with a tribute!


Okay so I did not expect to be AWFK for such a long time. The flu came back with a vengeance and afterwards the public exams had to be corrected, which is mostly done now. When the correction work was done I managed to paint up some colonial figures in 28mm, just because I wanted to. I also ended up doing some Victorians and both these will feature in a later blogpost.

For today we will have to suffice with just one figure, Sir H. Paget-Flashman, Hector of Afghanistan and Hero of Balaclava and so on and so on. He is from this series LINK and I have pretty much all those figures of him and his ladies. But... they are far too large for the present 28mm standard and ugly in detail too, so I have already obtained the Flashman figure from WI and will invest in the Studio Miniatures version anytime soonish too!

So why did I get paint on this one? Well I have been re-reading the Flashman Papers recently and that got the juices flowing. It also got me going on yet another new project for Sharpe Practice, more about this in a later blog post as well!

Some of you might have noticed that I have named this post "A tribute" and yes I would like to dedicate this figure as a tribute to someone who has been and still is, a big influence on my current hobby-stuff, i.e. Lord M. Awdry himself! Michael has been the very spitting image of the British gentleman and provided me with advise, help and guidance where needed and shares my sarcastic and whimsical sense of humour. So I had a tremendous heap of fun painting this figure and it got me into a new and thrilling adventure. Therefore it will sit in my showcase to inspire me as a silent tribute to the inspirational Lord Awdry!

Cheers Sander

Monday, 1 May 2017

Still alive, barely...


It has been quiet here for some time, not because of lack of interest but because of a bad case of the flu which is still pretty much wearing me down. Anyway I did do some little things hobby-wise.Firstly, before the flu became too bad, I managed to paint up some more Vikings for DB.

The shield design is that of Jarl Borg, one of Ragnar's most devoted adversaries to be used as an opponent to Ragnar when playing little skirmishes or as part of the DB army when they go raiding together.

Somewhere last week, the Death in the Dark Continent Nick-starter package fell on the doormat. It's a great, hard-cover, book with loads of brilliant pictures and fluff as well as very good army-lists. I am not persé for gaming Darkest Africa but I am all for gaming Colonial games and the rules do look simple enough even for me. One little niggle however is the basing method on specifically 60mm x 50mm sized bases with about 2 to 3 mini's on them. I do not like this way of basing since I like my games to be representations of battles not representations of battles via the vehicle of a boardgame. That said, I had enough plastics lying around to have a little try-out and will paint them up when feeling better.

Inspired by the March release of White Dwarf I also painted up 5 Dark Angel Space Marines, the inspiration dried up almost immediately after painting though and I cannot even be bothered to put up pictures of them here. 
Don't get me wrong, I still like the mini's, but seriously another version of WH40.000?!

Well on that bombshell...

Saturday, 15 April 2017

Some Dutchies and a prize...


Even though I have been marking tests for the past 1,5 week I managed to paint up most of the remaining WW2 Dutch troops I have bought a while ago from May40 miniatures. Still in the pile are 3 blisters with a HMG, stretcher bearers and officers. Anyway here they are together with the real time Dutch period helmet. I bought it right in the village where I live from a local collector and  it seems to be a 1940 version (last batch made before the German invasion) and from the colour inside it was initially made for the KNIL (Royal Dutch East Indian Army) but re-painted and issued to the draftees of 1940.

Last week the Challenge awards were announced and much to my surprise I won the 1500points threshold, which is a Warbases coupon for 20 pounds.Since I have acces to the laser-cutter at work, I pretty much can get what I need custome-made, that said I had my eyes on a brushrack for some time. Now I have also long been looking at their brilliant animal range and decided to get a badger, foxes and some wolves (Snake-eyes needs a Timber after all) and the Omnibus passengers set. I also got some two-coloured tufts and a brush rack.

They turned up here with amazing speed: so thanks heaps Warbases for your excellent service, communication and products! I put up a banner to them somewhere here on the page.

Well that's it for now cheers.

Monday, 3 April 2017

IMPACT review


Yesterday Arthur and myself visited the IMPACT convention in Eindhoven; we had a blast! It's only a short train-ride to Eindhoven and we like using the train since it gives you time to see a lot and play games during travel. Anyway we arrived a little early but the doors were open and we went in immediately. I met a lot of familiar faces and had to catch up with them and talking with grown-ups about boring stuff is not something that allures to a 5  year-old, so I gave Arthur my camera and off he went to make pictures. These did not all work out for the best but I'll include some here for good measure.

IMPACT is not the largest event one could visit but one of the most enjoyable and laid-back ones I know. There was a fair amount of dealers, who supplied a great deal of different games and stuff but also a lot of bargains at that. The demo games are all of very good quality and quite a lot of those were also on show at Poldercon. After circling the room about 3 times and buying all the items on my (rather short) list, we went to Jan-Willem for a chat and a drink and on we went again. After checking out the tournament hall and the Bring and Buy we met up with Johan and enjoyed a good beer (no Arthur just had an Ice-tea) and looked at each others loot and chatted for a bit. Inspired by Johan's buys I went back for a quick check of two stalls while Johan watched Arthur and apparently gossiped about me...  oh well.

After that the two of us went into town and got the boy a toy-truck and some presents for his mum and brother. We had some great fun together and some real quality-time, the experience will keep me going for quite some time yet. 

On to some pictures!

A WW2 battle, probably FOW.

Arthur loves trains, even armoured ones...

A look into the hall, as we arrived early some people were still setting up.

The shady figure in this picture is  Jan-Willem, who's trying to wave.

Pirates are always great and Arthur was quite intrigued.

He liked this house and was rather disappointed I did not want our house to painted this red...

I have no idea what game was in progress here but the brightly coloured units attracted the lad enormously.

Arthur likes the landscaping aspect of the tables more than the actual miniatures and so he made this picture.

This Golden Hall of Meduseld was actually taken over by Russian Civil War troops duking it out!

A rather splendid Alexandrian Successors battle in progress.

This table, by Alde Garde, was great to but Arthur did not get the pictures too sharp and I forgot to take better ones.


I met up and had a chat with Sander van der Ster from May 40 miniatures. His line of 1940's 28mm figures is really good. To be honest there is some flash and mouldlines to take care of, but when you do you have some really amazing figures which are absolutely historically accurate!

Mister Ludwig's Arnhem diorama never stops to amaze with all the buildings immaculately researched, 3d designed and printed before painting and placing in the proper spot.  

Our drink at Jan-Willem's table, the soda was rather peculiar but it tasted fine.

 A post-apoc skirmish battle was taking place here, I think it was at Poldercon too, but I forgot what ruleset. The terrain however is superb and the flickering lights attract youngsters by the droves ;-)

Mister Bazelmans wins the table of the day-award as far as Arthur is concerned since "he had those pretty trees all lined up and stuff."

His representation of the German invasion of Zeeland in 1940 and the French trying to help us Dutchies out, is really nice and accurate down to the traffic signs of the day itself.

Now what I turned up with regarding loot? Well this bunch:

Some paint, a brush (Kolinsky Rotmarder), scenics from TTCombat, some flock, bases from Renedra, May40 miniatures (officers and stretcher bearers) and a German Armoured Car to support them in May 1940 invading the region I live in... hmmm sounds ominous. The other stuff is part of the goodie-bag we got upon entering. While Johan got a sprue of Warlord US Marines I got some more Early Roman legionaries, great I now have 6, because I got two in the Poldercon bag.  
Thanks to Jan-Willem I also got a nice jungle. Okay to be fair it still needs some work to be a jungle, but the start is there!

Cheers Sander