Sunday, 29 November 2015

German Stormtroopers...another instalment...

Hello everyone,

Just a very quick post...thought I'd showcase another distraction that I finished last weekend...a couple of more stormtroopers for my Great War Germans.  These are more North Star minis from their Great War Miniatures line...IIRC these are from the trench raiders blister.

I painted them up using my previous tutorial techniques...and to be quite honest, they really did not take that long at all this time to brush up.  Now, I'm using a different lighting set-up and background this time, so the figures are a little more 'brighter' than before, but I'm very happy with the results.

Take care folk.

Front profile, 2 German trench raiders..

Rear profile...very subtle differences in equipment colour captured very nicely.
Different profile angle...I like the 'badassness' of the gas mask figure...he is literally loaded for bear.


Crusader Warband...warriors up!!

Howdy folks,

I recently finished up the last touches on my Crusader Warband for SAGA...the final touch was the 1 point worth of warriors.  The figures are from Fireforge Miniatures...they are the first plastic minis that I've worked on, painting and assembly wise.

While I'm still not used to the lack of weight to the figures, the sculpts themselves look really good.  The ability to have multiple options and to really make each soldier unique depending on how you configure it is kinda neat...I like the idea that the models can be really personalized beyond just how you paint them up.

So, for my first foray into plastics...neat!

Hope you enjoy the always, comments and advice are always welcome.


The Warriors...eight crusading soldiers fighting for God...

Two random figures...lots of pop-able detail in each figure.

The entire Crusader Warband...6 points worth.

Sunday, 22 November 2015

SAGA Tournament...a crusading we will go...hi-ho

Happy Sunday folks,

Thought I'd post up some pictures from our SAGA tournament that Mike ran down at the club a couple of weekends ago.  This was my second go at the ruleset and my first unveiling of my Crusader warband.  As with my initial taster of SAGA, thanks to Mike, I thoroughly enjoyed this taste as well...3 games later I certainly felt a little more comfortable with the rules and I think I was finally starting to get the hang of the Crusader battle board.

If I could offer any advice for budding SAGA warlords...if you can, take some time beforehand to look through your board and see what the perks are.  By my 3rd game, I was mixing battleboard perks with special rules from my Warrior Priest that gave me mounds (figuratively) of dice to attack and defend with...ascalon and what not...very cool.

After the day's gaming my warband stood at 1 loss and 2 wins...pretty happy with that result, after all only my second foray into actually getting dice downrange.  My original intent leading up to the tournie was to get 'battrep' type pics...I ended up just trying to get good quality shots without the blurs and shakes that highlighted the little dudes in action. buddies Mike and Duncan beat me to the post, so if you're interested, here are their perspectives:

Mikes tournament summary
Duncans tournament report

Enjoy the pics.

Game 1...Crusader foot warband vs. Duncan's Mutatawwi'a warband 

Suicide charge of camels against hearthguard with Warlord just behind them.  Eventually my Warlord would move back down the ridge and later gloriously charge towards Duncan's Warlord in 1 on 1 combat...and take a big camel hoof to the forehead. 
Other flank...horses charging more hearthguard 
Warrior Priest in the background leading the footmen forward (they have since been 100% finished)...
Game Crusaders vs. Viking warband  
Warlord...keeping a relatively safer distance from the fight with his hearthguard armed with heavy this point they could push either left or right depending on the need. 
left flank where most of the action was. 
Hearthguard on hearthguard crossbowmen had reduced the Viking hearth by half and then I moved into melee contact 
the very quiet right flank... 
the remnants of the hearth on hearth Warrior Priest moved up to fight the Viking Warlord...didn't kill but pushed him back.  This game timed out, but I pulled out a win for the bodycount. 
Game 3...versus Teutonic badasses on horses...luckily I was on the defense in buildings due to scenario the end, 6 turns later, I had successfully defended the hamlet for the win. 
Crusaders...the good place to repel the titanic Teutonic t#&ts...thank you Blazing Saddles and Mel Brooks for that line... 
Repelling attackers one wave at a time...  
Great looking opponents...these Teutons were painted by Mike and were available as a loaner army.

Sunday, 15 November 2015

Unintentional hiatus...or...where's my gaming mojo?!?!

Howdy all,

In a blink of an eye and a flurry of activity and October and part of November are, that felt quick and horribly long all at the same time.  The past six odd weeks ended up being an unintentional hiatus from blog posting as life got very busy...and to be honest...

However, the over the past week, it looks like it's coming back...over the hiatus period I managed to paint through about 2/3's of a Great War infantry platoon, about 90% of a SAGA warrior unit, and a couple of other single random figures...the mojo looks to have come back as of last weekend.
I played in a SAGA tournament including my, <sheepish look> unfinished warriors, and got home and finished them up and then started base coating and flocking figures and stands of infantry...hooray!!

So, with that I think I can safely say...