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

Saturday, 1 April 2017

Impact here we come!


Tomorrow both me and the Lad will be visiting the IMPACT! convention in Eindhoven. It is a great event with lots to see and do. We do hope to see you there!

Cheers Sander

Sunday, 26 March 2017

AHPC: The Aftermath...


Pfew! Hanging on with my fingernails and shear perseverance, I managed to finish the Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge and gain my points target of 1500 points. It was my 3rd Challenge and even though I now can say I know the drill it is still exciting to the last. If you have never participated in an event like this you cannot understand the chemistry that exists between the Challengers, their Minions and the Snowlord out of the High North beyond the Wall. The effect of 3 months of painting comradeship within the points-system used to calculate your targets, is quite profound in that I am still counting up Challenge points when  looking at figures on my desk.

In the end, I managed to reach the 16th place, quite good if you look at the veterans firmly and immovably entrenched in the top 10. Anyway, even after Challenge's end when the list is fixed, I look at it half expecting to see my name move down the list and I can't stand the timer showing all zero's to indicate the event is over. Yeah I have a big Challenge-lag, but, and this is VERY important: no painters-block. Last Challenge left me completely empty, not so this year, I want to paint but am tired from other stuff so am now up to very little actual painting, if I wasn't tired I'd be painting believe you me!

On to the Highlights. Basically there are 3 and in no particular order, these are the Side Duel I held with Iannick, 

my participation in the Curtgeld with Stefan and Lord Awdry 

and me ending up in 3rd place in the West Theme Round.

As far as personal goals go, I did not do so bad either. I have managed to gain the 1500 points I had set myself at the start. Now I have been moaning about this high and low, but at one stage, I really was convinced I was going to end below the 1000 points and that I did not want to do. The second most important goal of the Challenge is to get paint on your miniatures, I was not going to fail in this regard. With superhuman effort, a lot of goading from Phil my pet Minion (or is it the other way round?) and support from the other Challengers I got busy and it paid off. 
So I finished in the top 20, also a personal target I want to keep aspiring to each Challenge, I ended up 3rd in the East Theme round and runner up about two times in other Theme rounds. Yeah I am pretty happy all round. 

Without doubt the biggest model I have painted this far must be my TTCombat coaster, a ship model that I really like and looks amazing in the showcase. I stupidly forgot to include it in the picture above, how dumb is that!?

The majority of the figures I have painted in this Challenge are either Dark Age figures or part of my 80's Pulp Project with some sundry others thrown in for good measure. This has left me with a small pile of unpainted figures. These are 20 odd Vikings, 4 Crooked Dice female martial artists, 6 Battlemechs, 4 80's Pulp vehicles and the 15mm Crimean War Brits. The latter did not get painted because they are not based yet and I did not want to loose time on basing them rather then painting more stuff already based. 

Basically all these figures were already part of my lead pile, the only figures I bought during the Challenge are some 28mm Dutch troops for WW2. What's this? I hear you cry, you have always said you'd not start gaming WW2! Yes that is very true and at the moment I am still not doing that! That said... my interest in WW2 has always been either professional (as a teacher) or concerning regional happenings. Personal stories of people I know, mostly my family are what interest me most about the war. Don't get me wrong I love reading books on several different theatres of the War and watching movies about them, but do not feel like playing them out on the board. However, I am within spitting distance of some of the heroic last stands of the Dutch forces during May 1940... Anyway, whether I am going to actually use them in wargames or just for educational purposes in my classroom I am not sure yet, we will see in time. 

So that's pretty much my Challenge for 2017, if Curt's still running it next year, I will most definitely be joining in and probably with a little unexpected twist at that.
This leaves me with saying a great big thank you to all of the Challengers, Minions and of course the Snowlord and Lady Sarah for making this Feast of Figures possible for yet another year!

Saturday, 18 March 2017

The End is nigh...


With the final day(s) of the Challenge in sight and me still a few points short of my target I am in a painting frenzy, so no time for a long post here on the blog. There are however, two new posts up at the Challenge site.

Cheers Sander

Friday, 10 March 2017

Past the 1000 mark!


Today not one but two post went live on the Challenge page taking me past the 1000 points mark. Initially I have listed for 1500 points, but halfway through I was seriously doubting I would ever reach even the 1000 points, but thanks to 56 little Prussians I now finally did. You know I do think I might try to get those 1500 as well, all or nothing!

Here are links to the posts, and if you haven't voted in the Side Duel then do so now or be a rectangular thing!

Cheers Sander