Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Fireforge Medieval Foot

This post originally appeared on the Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge.

Medievals have turned out to be the trickiest period I've tried. With World War II there are reams of uniform information to reference for painting. Dark Ages are pretty much "muted earth tones to taste" and information for Ancients is so spotty you can get away with painting them however you'd like, but Medievals... there's just enough heraldry to be confusing and intimidating enough to put me off getting started.

Luckily the Analogue Painting Challenge was just the kick in the rear I needed to throw caution to the wind and paint up these Fireforge Foot with a "good enough for now" paint scheme.

Researching potential paint schemes, I became interested in Edward I. The bad guy from Braveheart was involved in battles from his youth until his death, fighting across the British Isles in the Baron's War and against the Scots, even taking part in the Crusades. His livery was a striking yellow and red, also used by his son Edward II at Bannockburn, and variations on that color scheme appear amongst much of the nobility that fought with or against him. Standardized uniforms were not used during the medieval period, but it's not beyond reason that soldiers would use some sort of identifying color (either a piece of clothing, strip of cloth, or shield color) to identify themselves as belonging to the retinue of a lord.

I painted these Fireforge figures up in various earth tones, with a number of red or mustard yellow tunics, surcoats, and leggings. I gave the shields a variety or yellow and red color schemes. I thought there might be some shields provided by a lord, but most would be provided by the men themselves. Without a factory stamping these shields out I tried to vary the color tones and patterns to represent the variety of sources these shields would come from. The Fireforge set also comes with a variety of shields; longer kite shields, and shorter heater shields. From what I gathered, the kite shield is an older design, but lingered on in Eastern Europe, while the heater was far more common from the mid 13th century on. I bought a pack of heater shields from Gripping Beast as I intend to use these figures for the Baron's War and wars against the Scots.

Hopefully the colors will tie the figures together but avoid looking like a uniformed Napoleonic regiment. I'm planning on using these as Edward's household troops, but with such a common color combination I can also use these as the retinue for any knights or nobility with red or yellow heraldry.

I sabot based these for mass battles (such as Hail Caesar), but based them individually so I can try them out with Lion Rampant.

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

The Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge: "Oldhammer" Space Orks

This post originally appeared on the Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge.

I was all lined up to crank out some medieval foot when I noticed that the first theme for the Painting Challenge was "nostalgia". I'm a late arrival to historical miniatures, and got my start with Rogue Trader era figures from Games Workshop. I picked up a few of the classic 40K figures to replace those I either lost or never acquired 25 years ago, but until now they've been nestled away in storage drawers. These old sculpts flip all of my nostalgia switches, so I broke out the "Snotling Green" paint and painted them up.

I was initially a bit put off by the sculpts. Most of the rank and file are all hunched up, but after getting some color on them I really dug how full of character these guys are.

I loved all of the little packs, bags, ammo and webbing and the retro, 2000A.D. style sci fi armor their sporting (especially those pineapple shoulder pads). I was really happy to finally give these miniatures some love, attention I'm sure they would have lacked had it not been for the "nostalgia" theme of the Painting Challenge.

Saturday, January 2, 2016

Dungeon Crawl 2015

Each New Year's Eve my friends and I get together to do some 'crawlin', but we've given up on the pubs and switched to dungeons. Check out our subterranean adventures after the jump as the heroes race to defeat the deadly Vampire Lord before the ball drops at midnight!

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge: Pregame

The stars aligned this year and I'm finally able to participate in the Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge. The challenge runs from December 20 to March 20, and participants score points for painting up figures during that timeframe. There are prizes for those who manage to hit various point thresholds, duels between various challengers and thematic bonus rounds, but it's primarily a fun diversion for the miniature painting community to help motivate each other in getting our figures painted up.  I've been an observer for the last 4 or 5 challenges, but a variety of work and life situations always prevented me from signing up. This year I finally get to take a shot at it.

Here's what I'm hoping to finish during the challenge:

  • Fireforge Medieval Foot x48 (240 points)
  • Gripping Beast Arab Foot x40 (200 points)
  • Fireforge Cavalry x12 (120 points)
  • Rogue Trader era GW figures x20 (100 points)
  • Ancient Spanish Foot x16 (80 points)
  • Ancient Numidian Elephants x2 (30 points?? They're pretty beefy)
That's a total of about 770 points, and represents half of my lead pile. Since this is my first year I'm aiming for only 400 points, but I hope to exceed that and polish off all of these figures. I'm looking forward to the contest, but I'd love to hear any tips from "old hands" who've racked up points in previous years.

Monday, December 7, 2015

Star Wars Armada

The new Mon Calamari MC-80, a luxury liner converted for war.
It makes up for a weak hull with powerful shields

Looking over my blog I see I haven't been posting very much, which is odd because I've been playing a ton of miniature games over the last few months. Most of my games have been of Star Wars Armada. Check out a report on my most recent game after the jump.

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Making Terrain Boards Part 6: Grass and Vegetation

I was tempted to leave my terrain boards in their barren, desert-like state, but eventually forged on and added grass, shrubs and vegetation. Check out my technique after the jump.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Holiday Miniature and Game Sales! Black Friday 2015

It's time for the annual round up of holiday sales starting on Black Friday. Tons of board games, war games, miniatures, and hobby tools for the discerning die-roller in your house. Plus, there's a new Star Wars movie coming out in a month, which means there's a bulk freighter's worth of associated game and hobby gifts that will likely bleed over into the wish list of your tabletop gaming geek. Let's get started after the jump!

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