Wednesday, September 28, 2011

and since we are talking Fantasy Napoleonics a bit...

A nice little project on the Lead Adventure Forum really got my juices going. These beastmen are incredible. All done by Funky Brush. I made a quick wallpaper for my pc at work so I would remind myself to think about how I would do them. I have named them 'The Braying 29th'.

I have also been digging for bits on ebay and the internets to see what it would cost to play with this idea. I have tons of unpainted 28mm napoleonics, just not plastics. So maybe a little harder to pull off as Funky Brush's work was done with plastics, but still doable I think.

Right now I'm thinking:

French - Elves - Maybe Dark Elves
British - Beastmen
Spanish - Skaven/Ratmen or Goblins
Austrians - Undead(white uniforms, eastern european, etc.)
Russians - Orcs and Goblins?
Prussians - Dwarves - well this is the Baron's request so we'll go with it.

I have found a bunch of suitable heads and legs and arms in plastics. It will be fun  to try to marry them.

I also found that the 40k Kroot heads are incredibly easy to use as well, so maybe I have to find a spot for them.

This leaves out the lizardmen, which would be fun. Maybe they can be the Portugese or Italians.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Napoleonic Russian Officers - Hollywood Edition

So my favorite pop culture blog group, Uproxx, had a story about somebody who took the wonderful portraits of the Tsars Russain Generals during Napoleon's invasion in 1812, and reainted them with current Hollywood actors. Now this is a War & Peace I can get behind. The story is here:

I have included my favorites below. While most are not filthy enough, sweaty enough, riddled with consumption or gonareah enough, or nose covered with exploded capillaries from drinking Vodka all day, there are some that just fit. Enjoy.

Well of course his looks great.

And his too. The only one that would look like crap is Timothy Dalton.

What a face.

I'd follow this guy to hell.

How much of an aristocrat does Ben Kingsley look like. Maybe the best one.

But this one is my favorite. I don't know why. Probably because he looks like a spoiled aristocrat that has gotten caught up in a war and all he wanted was the uniform to get chicks.

For pure giddy glee, nothing beats this one:

And finally, I will never again look at a Warhammer 40k Imperial Commissar and not think of this Picture. All he needs is a power glove.


Monday, September 19, 2011

Workshop of Doom

Well, since the finish of RECRUITS, I have been itching to work on something new in the workshop. But as usually happens, the Workshop of Doom was an absolute wreck. I am pretty messy when it comes to terrain projects, and building 28mm scale shelled out buildings and rubble makes for an even bigger mess. So it was time for a clean out. I have also been sick for the last week, so it took a little longer than anticipated, but I now have a shiny clean workshop, with all painted and unpainted figs, neatly tucked away in their plastic shoe boxes, and all of them LABELLED!!!(revelation). The labelling is really what took so much time. Sorting and such. I have 1 6' bookcase of finished, painted minis. And 3+ bookcases of unpainted stuff. When painted, they would probably take up another 5 bookcases of stuff. So, you never really finish I guess.

Anyway, I am contemplating what's next.

I have my list of course. And it would be nice to finish of the basing on my 15mm Fantasy stuff and rebase my 15mm Napoleonics. And Epic has been weighing heavy on my mind. and other things 15mm...

We shall see.

Saw the release of the Dread Fleet boxed game by GW. Yawn. I was hoping for a Man o War game, but I guess Spartan beat them at their own game. Better to make money on a llimited release boxed game like Space Hulk. Oh well. I am indifferent.

And what will winter hold. Will I finally get to those Late Romans/Arthurians, or does the Raven Banner sally forth? Hmmmmm...

Monday, September 12, 2011

Get the Loot - Fallmouth Hills

The FoL:WW game was a lot of fun. We had 6 players, and a small board, so I could get them to engagement quicker. Well they got engaged, but not as much with each other as with the environment. Remember, in the wastes, the environment is just as deadly.

The scenaior was simple: Sticky Earl, the prospector, got drunk in town and let it slip he had been looting some good stuff up in Fallmouth Hills. He expected a continued treasure trove of goodness to come out of there. Well, when the rest of the saloon heard what he said, they all decided to get there crews together to get what they could before Ol Sticky Earl could back up there.

So, a simple search and loot scenario, with loot having a value, and so does getting rid of the other gangs, or dealing with the environment. Everytime you came to a terrain feature or item, you could search. We developed the Loot/Event Deck to turn over to see what happens. It worked well. and one player had so much to search and so meany encounters, he never got out of a 12" by 12" area, and almost won the game.

Here's pics of the game.

Nice to get this phase of the post apoc stuff done for now. Habve some more buildings to paint, but gonna put those on the back burner for now.

I didn't get much this year at the convention, toy wise. I was very focused on what I was looking for, and seeing none I didn't really get anything except a couple of great things.

first, I got a beautifully painted 15mm ECW army by the Baron for a couple of blisters form Recreational Conflict. I now have a little interest in adding some to them to do a pocket version(almost) of Black Powder.

second, I got a couple of MicroPanzers Mechs, to go with my 15mm Aquan Army.

Since the Workshop of Doom is in a total mess, I decided to do a reorganization and a thorough cleaning before I started anything else. But once complete, I've kinda had Epic Space Marine on the brain this last month, afetr trading a bunch of my Battlefront stuff for some nicely painted Marines and Squats. Also, I would like to add about 20 archers to my Viking Horde. And I would like to start rebasing in earnest, the 15mm Napoleonics. and Blasphemy, I feel an odd itch in my brain to paint and acquire some new 28mm space Marines for In the Emperors Name, or FAD. Let's just see what happens.

Recruits Con was this past weekend

Well RECRUITS was ths past weekend, and much fun was had by me, the boys and some of the Generals.

As always, the con was first class. We get kinda spoiled and never say enough thanks, and can I helps to Duane and Laura Fleck, who created and have ran all 18 shows. Wish I could help more. thanks for your continued efforts.

So, on Friday night, cruised the vendors with the boys, said hi to old friends, then sat down for a fun, Force on Force game of Rhodesian African war. Terrain was gorgeous, but of course, I forgot to snap picks. A whole bunch of chits and markers were used to run the game, and while it simplifies things, it certainly detracts from the overall effect. Since I have only really played ambush Alley, I don't know if  you need all the counters or not. i will take another read of Force on Force and see what I think.

There was great suppport for Tomorrow's War. The worldwide unveiling of the Osprey edition happened at Recruits this year. and sales looked brisk. Its great to see a great game supported at a local con.

On Saturday I was very excited to play in an old friends stunning and clever 54mm French and Indian War game. He was using John Jenkins collectors edition figures. gorgeous and such a classic toy soldier feel to them. It was a real pleasure using such awesome figs.

His terrain and woods and everything about the game was first class. He used This Very Ground, which is a pretty fun set. I told everyone if they had had someone selling Conquest F&I stuff, I w ould have been right there. And I still might be. Put an order together on sunday for them, but waited to see if the glow will receed. But, I am pretty pumped about the idea.

Then in the afternoon, I ran Fistful of Lead: Warriors of the Wasteland. The Baron's cowboy skirmish rules, with our mods for Post Apocalypse. It was really fun. Mostly Basement Generals played, but it was great to have a complete game, ready to go and enjoy. The Baron helped a bunch, as no one knows his rules better than him. Thanks Baron. Pics and background on the next post.