Tuesday, October 30, 2018

First Component of Commonwealth Platoon

Easy simple update to share.  I got my first British and Commonwealth 8th Army section completed.  I will be adding probably two more groupings of these guys to complete my Infantry Platoon.  As I have previously shown, there are two Bren Carriers, an Engineering Section, a 5-man Rifleman section, another 10-man section, Mortar and 6-pdr Artillery piece.  I think the Bren Carriers and Engineering Section and 5-man section will make a good next component (after a brief detour to work on the second Kharadon Overlords Gunhauler).

Infantry Section, Matilda Infantry Support Tank, & MMG Team
I have also started the process of writing down map-campaign rules for the group of us.  I have identified a good map and pulled out the old Warhammer General's Compendium to reference as I write things down.   Relooking at the campaign aspect has helped, I think.  I have aspirations of adding an Armor Platoon of M3 'Honeys' possibly supported by the Grant, but that is in the long run.

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Basic Colors

Slow Progress on 8th Army 
I got a little more paint on the 8th Army minis.  These are the initial units being painted.  A little daunting.

Just need to spend time on them.  The motivation is not entirely there.  Part of it is a lack of continued excitement among others, possibly my own fault.

Lots of projects to work over the coming months.  It is enjoyable to see the progress, but the quantity is a bit overwhelming somehow.

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Slow Progress - Distracted

Sorry, no pictures after two weeks.  I have been lazy/distracted by things other than miniatures the past two weeks.  A lack of excitement on the parts of others and video games has sapped motivation from me.  Hopefully some progress to report next week.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

8th: Built and Primed

1,000 pt Commonwealth Reinforced Platoon
This past week, I spent my hobby time assembling my British 8th Army Commonwealth Reinforced Platoon.  I primed it all Saturday night.  It is a fairly straightforward force built out of the 8th army Starter Army with the addition of a Matilda Infantry Support Tank.

It has two full Infantry Sections, a 1Lt with an aid, a 5-man Infantry Section with a Universal Carrier, a medium mortar team, a medium machine gun team, a 5-man unit of Royal Engineers with a Universal Carrier, a 25 pdr light artillery piece, and the Matilda.

This should be a decent way to get going in campaign (and Bolt Action in general).  Beyond this, I am looking at an Armored Platoon, like Stuarts.

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Busy Week

Not even the whole Warlord
I have been busy this week.  I knew that the British 8th Army sets for the Western Desert Campaign was arriving at the store.  I dove into finishing my current Italian Infantry Section and assembling my Warlord titan for Adeptus Titanicus.  The Warlord was put on pause for magnets, which arrived Sunday - after work began on the 8th Army unit.

My 8th Army will either be British or Australian; I have not yet settled on which exactly.  Any armor I build out will be from a Royal Armour Regiment.  The long term plan is to have two platoons, one Reinforced Infantry Platoon and one Armor Platoon, both hitting 1,000 points, with the potential to expand to 1,500 points.

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Konflikt '47: Infantry In Progress

Simple update for this week; weekend was a busy one filled with lots of stuff other than painting or gaming.  I have an infantry squad and my Lieutenant with attendant in work.

Progress shot

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Returning to Cygnar

My FLGS is starting up a Warmachine league at the end of the month.  I have most of a Cygnar army purchased and built.  In addition to K47 Co-Belligerent Italians, I will be working on getting my Cygnar painted.  My 0-point army is the caster Captain Jeremiah Kraye, a Minuteman Warjack, Firefly Warjack, and Lancer Warjack.

Light Warjacks painted up
The Lancer Warjack (viewer's right) was painted probably two years ago at this point.  I am going for a less bright blue Cygnar force.  Painting Warmachine definitely provides opportunities to think about small things in each model as for most warbands, you can minimize the repetitiveness of having super similar models.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Konflikt '47: Bersaglieri Complete

I finished up the heavy armored Bersaglieri this weekend.  As I was getting to the layering stage, I realized that I am not looking for these to be as high-quality paint jobs as my Horus Heresy Ultramarines.  This is an project to have an army to fight Weird World War II battle!

Bersaglieri Armoured Infantry
I skipped on details like eyes or other parts to really focus on getting them looking like a unit.  I think they will look good on the table.  I did decide after looking at the models to add the bright grass. I need to figure out what is next in my ECI efforts, I have a list written out, just no models to jump into.

In addition, a group of us are considering playing Bolt Action, North Africa campaign.  I have been given the wife's blessing to play Rommel's Afrika Korps.

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Konflikt '47: Co-Belligerent Italy

My FLGS is in the midst of a Konflikt '47 league.  The store owner, my friend encouraged me to get into it, to include trading in other products for Gates of Antares that I had yet to start working on and was not getting played as much.

After talking over the various factions with my immediate family, I was told 1) no Axis and 2) that I should do the southern Italians.  The core theme for them is supposed to be infantry heavy, so I intend to theme them more as a mountains force, supported by some lighter armor.  We will just have to wait and see.

I have been slowly working through the Bersglieri Armored Infantry. One will be a spare as I also picked up the Captain Maximo model.  Since there are no rules for him, he gets to be the bad-ass NCO leading the Bersglieri.  The Bersglieri unit can run as low as 4 models or up to 8, giving me a nice range of options in deploying them.

ECI: Bersaglieri Armored Infantry Squad

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

TY: Polish Carnations

Slowly working on burning down small projects to round out collections I have.  These Polish Carnations have probably been sitting in their box since before December.  I broke out the airbrush again and painted these up.  Hopefully other people at my FLGS will be getting into Team Yankee more soon.  I am hoping to get a decent size group and setup a series of linked games.  We will see.

Polish Carnations

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Necromunda: Ma T and Grendlsen

Ma T, champion of Buck's Outriders
This past week I started to tackle various projects I have in my hobby queue.  Until today, many of the items I had planned to tackle were rounding out projects mostly done or single miniatures.  But projects finished - Orlock Champion #2, Ma T and the Squat Bounty Hunter, Grendl Grendlsen.

Ma T is a kit-bash of an Escher head and Orlock body.  It is not the cleanest conversion, but it works functionally.  The model was easy to paint the color palette was already clearly set by the other seven models.  She is sporting fancy hair, but is still mostly blonde with a spot of blue.  The blue is a nod to each Project Blue November, when my spouse dying her hair as part of Diabetes awareness.  Ma T is the avatar of my wife in Buck's Outriders.

I picked up Grendl Grendlsen at Warhammer World.  I have a disused fantasy Dwarf army and my Kharadron Overlords.  I could not pass up Grendl as I knew he would be good fun to paint and hopefully field at some point.

Friday, July 20, 2018

Warhammer World: Neat Things!

I am not going to completely share my whole album of Warhammer World pictures here, but some of the dioramas and scenes I liked most.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Battle at the Bridge

Nothing fancy in terms of battle report or anything.  We decided for the 3-way fight, the Adeptus Astrates would attempt to hold the bridge against the two competing xenos of Tyranids and Necrons. I remembered to take photos at the beginning and very end.  We got to play on an awesome table, that I would love to plan for a large game of Horus Heresy.

Most of the Novamarines setup to hold the Bridge