Monday, 15 July 2019

Charge of (a different) the Light Brigade

 Many of us volunteered to fight for the Union. Some came mainly because we were bored at home and this looked like it might be fun. Some came because we were ashamed not to. Many came because it was the right thing to do
Colonel Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain (Gettysburg film)

   Over the last few weeks I've had a couple of evenings and whole weekend days where the wife has been out and I've had the house to myself. This has been brilliant for my hobby productivity but it has also meant I have watched an inordinate amount of films, some completely inane but some that have inspired me to do more bits for my hobby. This post is the first of one of those.
   One of the films I watched was Gettysburg, having never seen it before and not knowing what to expect, I sat down one evening with a handful of batches of primed Greek models, a beer and put on the film. Four hours later I was trawling online to get some American Civil War Cavalry without a real plan as to which side it would be for, which is why the Perry Miniatures plastic box was such a good deal. Being useful for both sides, it gave me another couple of days, while it was in the post, for me to really work out which side needed them and because the only other person I know who is currently painting an ACW army is doing Confederates, it made sense for me to add them to my Union army.

   We played a 36 (ish) point, 4 player game of Rebels and Patriots last weekend and, although I only had a single unit of my cavalry ready, it was good to see what they could do (I completely forgot to take any photos) and it turns out they can be brutal, however, little 6 man units of light cavalry are not shock troops and really shouldn't be used as such.

   The last model is from my first Perry order. I bought him with the mind of putting him at the back of the board as a bit of battlefield clutter as he is probably holding the two highest ranking Union officers in my force.

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Sunday, 14 July 2019

Summon the Gods and call down their wrath

   To tie off my ancient Greek project are the pack of Gods and the Gorgons I bought from Foundry Miniatures. Now that everything I bought is painted and I have 2 full box files of figures, I am happy to call this project finished, for the time being.*
**Again, are projects ever really finished?

   From left to right we have: Ares, Poseidon, Hephaestus, Zeus and Hades. I'd have loved to have Athena in the mix, but if I was only buying one pack, this was the post useful one to pick up to give Of Gods and Mortals a try**.
**Now where is my kraken?

   I'm not 100% sure on the Gorgons colours. I copied pictures I found online as I wasn't sure how to make the transition from the human half to the snake half but in hindsight, plain green doesn't look particularly snake like. I'm half tempted to go back at a later date and repaint them in a more python like skin.

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Friday, 12 July 2019

War is Father of All

   I've had a decent hobby streak recently with a few posts coming this week in fairly quick succession. The last two units of Greek mortals for my Athenian project are an (oversized) unit of archers and an unit of unarmoured hoplites. It looks a lot like I'll be getting the ancient Greek version of Lion Rampant or maybe Men of Bronze to the table before Of Gods and Mortals, but we shall have to see what my regular opponents fancy trying first.

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Monday, 8 July 2019

Owls to Athens

   This is the final unit of armoured Athenian hoplites for the Greek project, leaving me with a single batch of mortals and a few legendary models left to go. I've added in a heavy lochagos from the Mortal Gods partly because I need some heroes for Of Gods and Mortals and partly because I wanted to see what the model was like, although I replaced the spear with a sword to make him stand out on the table.

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Saturday, 6 July 2019

Summoned from Hades

  The last few batches of mortal Greeks are on the verge of being finished but due to how quick and easy undead are to paint, the last two batches of skeletons from Wargames Atlantic have jumped the queue. I built the last figures I needed for my planned Of Gods and Mortals list then built the last few figures as a mix of either spearman or archers to round out units for a potential Lion Rampant army as I am very tempted by another box or two of these.

   The spearmen have been built using the last of the round shields and a handful of the more Boeotian looking shields, with a fair few left without shields at all. If I was to buy another box or two of these, I would definitely buy a pack of spare shields from Victrix.

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Thursday, 4 July 2019

Getting into Gaslands

   I listen to a lot of wargaming podcasts and follow a lot of blogs and Gaslands was one of those games that was impossible to miss when it was first released and as a result I had the book on preorder as soon as I heard about it and a pair of toy cars sitting on my desk to go with it, but that was about as far as I got. Then recently my gaming club (SEEMs) decided to do a big order for the templates, something I had been meaning to pick up for ages, so I went in on it too and once these had arrived the project escalated quickly, with a game planned for the following week.

   As I have been focussing on my Greek project, I left the toy cars until a couple of days before and in a blind panic I raided my *Pile of Potential for anything that looked remotely useful and the following two cars are the result.
*aptly named

In hindsight, I feel like this model could do with numbers on the doors.

   Of the two cars, the one with Jerry the mouse on the front was the one I designed for myself, with the Frozen themed car being designed for my mate Steve B**.  The brass spikes on the car are because he hates wire spears too. I’ve not added a huge amount of bits to either car, but what has been added is either plain sheets of plasti-card cut to fit or bits from various GW kits.

**Whose young daughter is going through a Frozen phase . . .

   The last photo is the result of a wipe out that ended with a crash into a concrete bollard which ricocheted off into a crash barrier, with my driver going through the pearly gates upside-down and on fire - beware of those pesky hazard markers. I'd like to say this was near the end of the race, but the bollards I hit were actually the first gates . . .
   I've also since bought another car and have plans to round out both teams. . .

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Saturday, 29 June 2019

Deepening the files

   Feeling like I have had a big enough detour for a bit I have been tidying up the next few half finished Greek units and it snowballed a bit quicker than I had planned, with 3 units at the same time. Not a huge amount to add about these guys other than its another unit of slingers, unarmoured hoplites and armoured hoplites from Victrix and I am going through a bit of a light blue phase.

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