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War on the Horizon…

First off, Happy New Year All! It’s been good reading through the many reviews of 2016 and seeing what people have planned for 2017. I’d really hoped to do similar posts myself but the holidays proved more family oriented than expected and I just didn’t get chance to sit at the laptop and wax lyrical. Hopefully will do so in the next few days. Equally, I’d hoped to get in a game over the holidays but as I’m back at work tomorrow it’s looking a little unlikely…

However, I did manage to get a few sessions in the attic….yes, you guessed it! Rebasing!! Well, just basing to be honest…

Some history…in the future…

Couple of years ago I decide to do a future version of my Savage Swans as the military arm of Von Don Corp.

These just used a load of old SF I’d bought on a bring and buy. I did various other factions to go with them but them never really got going with actual games (don’t look so surprised!). Around the same time I bought a load of painted Dark Realm models from a chap on the FWC forums. I’ve trawled my emails but can’t find any to give the guy a credit! However, I never got round to basing these as I felt they needed infantry to go with them and I just never got round to it… 

Roll forward to this years Battleground show in November when I was chatting to Graham Cummings of Crann Tara Miniatures and he was selling a few unwanted items of various periods on his stall. He had a large pile of Dark Realm models. Four APCs and a pile of infantry – nicely painted – which I bought there and then and a large pile of unpainted that I acquired the following week. I’ve been reading a lot of good things about Horizon Wars so quite fancied giving these a run out. I have a load of 6mm SF already painted but the infantry are single based.So I decided to re-base Graham’s stuff and also the Dark Realm that had been sat waiting. And this is what I now have!

Four mobile infantry teams.

Mobile artillery support with Command and Control unit.

As Graham’s four APCs had a different colour scheme I decide to use these as Special Forces/Recon teams and used some of the more interesting types of the figures. 

There are a couple of decent air assets.

And the armoured assault teams. I’ll likely do a dropship/transport to bring the grunts to the field.

More MLRS support.

Hover scouts provide intel.

There were three other models with the DRM stuff that didn’t really fit in so these become the mobile Command and Control vehicles.

The Special Forces chaps advancing along the gully.

All in all, I’m quite pleased with these. I’m still undecided on rebasing my single stuff onto 40x20s. We shall see. There is still a LOT of unpainted stuff (Graham gave me a VERY good deal on this- thanks Graham!) so I may paint up the walkers for a pseudo alien force. And I need to spend some time stat’ing the models for use in Horizon Wars.

2016 Review and 2017 Plans to come over the next few days.

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6mm DPM Tester

I’ve been wanting to paint some infantry to go with the pile of British armour I’m gradually painting/basing but have put it off and off as I couldn’t decide how to paint them. Various people have suggested just painting them green as they would likely be in NBC suits. Others have said that at the scale and distance they would just look green anyway! Various suggestions of a green base coat and dry brushing sand and brown. However I wanted to see how a bit more effort came out. I had a strip of figures painted a plain green and tried stippling sand, brown and black with an old brush but I wasn’t happy with the result.  So, taking a page out of Dave Hall’s book (seek out his excellent 6mm Franco-Prussian armies on his Medetian Wars blog) I took a toothpick and used that to apply the colours. First the figures were primed white, then painted Vallejo Flat Green. Then dabbed Dark Sand on arms legs and helmet, followed by Flat Earth and then a few spots of black at the junction of the sand and brown. Dark grey for gun and olive green for equipment. And Flat Flesh. The Flat Green over the white is quite bright so I applied a Vallejo Umber wash over the lot to tone it down.

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Hard to really see with the pictures (poor light and phone camera) but I think they look OK. I rush the dabbing a little but will take more care on the rest to avoid large dabs!

EDIT: And as I forgot to mention and some have asked, they are Heroics and Ros Modern British, New Helmet as my Cold War stuff is aimed at mid-late eighties.

 

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6mm SF Dropship

I have lots of figures I need to get painted for my 28mm games in May so it seemed sensible to concentrate on a dropship for my 6mm SF forces! I’ve had the models for these for a few months and cannot take credit for the idea. I think I saw them on a blog (sorry, can’t remember which one) linked to from either The Wargames Website or Angel Barracks forums and managed to pick a couple up cheap on eBay.

2015-02-11 12.09.39They have been suggested on other forums as suitable for 6mm/15mm games but the Disney Tron diecast models (from the recent film) are very useful and I reckoned the Clu’s Command Ship model was ideal for a dropship. The model is pretty basic:

2015-02-11 14.26.11So I wanted to add a few bits on. The infantry I am using for this ‘faction’ in my SF force are Foundationists from Microworld Games. Steven from Microworld was kind enough to send a few samples of some of the MBTs so I fixed a few turrets and a chassis to give the model a bit more definition. And painted it in the grey/blue scheme for my NAC Corp – North American Commonwealth Corporation. I’ve still to decide how I’m going to ‘base’ it so it’s still on it’s ‘stick’ for painting!

2015-02-11 11.17.44 2015-02-11 11.17.36 2015-02-11 11.15.06 2015-02-11 11.14.41And here it is with some of the troops for scale:

2015-02-11 12.16.53 2015-02-11 12.17.14 2015-02-11 12.17.36I think a small strong magnet on the base and a stand will allow it to hover over the table in support. I’ve got another one to do which will be slightly different as I have different turrets etc.

Now, back on to the urgent stuff!

A

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An update at last! A bit of everything…

Since the Ayton game in May I’ve been right off painting. Distinct lack of mojo. I think the regular annual stress of getting everything painted for the weekend was a little too much. Always worth it for the game but it can be hard to get back into the painting routine afterwards. And it has taken a while. But as ever, a deadline has provided the spur!

This coming weekend sees a gathering of some of the Ayton gamers and members of the Loose Association of Wargamers forum gather in Framlingham, Suffolk for a weekend of gaming, beer and good company. There are a number of games planned (which I’ll report on next week) but for once I didn’t need to paint anything. Which of course, meant I had to do SOMETHING! And as my plan for the Saturday was to take part in a 20mm WSS game being run by Iain Burt (Essex Boy) this seemed the obvious chance to do the Savage Swans in another scale and period! I had hoped to do a small brigade but, as you’ll see below, I was working on other stuff as well so in the end just did the main unit and an officer.

The figures are Les Higgins 20mm customised by Iain Burt and are done in the traditional buff and green of the Swans.

swans20mm01 swans20mm02 swans20mm03 swans20mm04 swans20mm05I have to admit I found the 20mm quite hard to paint. The techniques I use on my 15mm and smaller didn’t quite work, and the 28mm style seemed overkill. But they got there in the end.

Long terms plan is to do the dragoon contingent and a couple of units of Altefritzenburgers

So, having done those, what else?

Well, following the pummeling my troops took from the massed enemy guns at Ayton I decide the Swans needed their own artillery battery so to start that I present Die Große Eingelegte!

swansgun02 swansgun03 swansgun01The gun is a Fife and Drum 12lb Vallieres generously given to me by Jim Purky in my last order. It is a lovely big model! I have a two horse F&D limber to do at some point but for now the limber is an Irregular Miniature model. The figures are RSM. For my other guns I had done the marching figures fixed to the gun ‘base’ but have decided single figure basing is better. The curved base done especially for me by Martin at Warbases.

I have two ways of deploying the gun. Using a large textured base (idea stolen from World2Dave!) I can slot the figures in and have spare slots for markers, barrels, cannon balls etc.

swansgun08 swansgun07 swansgun06 swansgun05 swansgun04The alternative is to just use a loose gun and single based figures:

swansgun09 swansgun10 swansgun11The gun crew are Fife and Drum Continental gunners. I have all my gunners and engineer types with read waistcoats and trousers. The others have black leggings which tempers this a bit but these chaps are going for the whole red leg look! And it is great news that Fife and Drum and an increasing number of the Minden range are now available in the UK from Crann Tara Miniatures

I will add a second gun (smaller) and eventually use this limber for that and the big limber for the 12lb’er

And that is not all!

I’ve recently just finished reading two novels and two novellas by Marko Kloos which fired up my 6mm SF interest. And while searching for 6mm figures I came across Microworld Games and after contacting owner Steven Salotti ordered some sample packs of their Foundationist infantry. Steven kindly threw in some vehicle samples as well. They are lovely little figures. A little smaller than my existing ex-Adler Dark(est) Star but the right style I wanted.

I’ve only painted a couple of squads and some support but will be doing others and I have plans for a couple of dropships to go with them. Painting was simple. Mid-grey undercoat, black wash, lighter grey dry brush and weapons. I’ve painted each squad with a different colour shoulder pad to help ID on the table.

naccorp01 naccorp02 naccorp03 naccorp04 naccorp05My 6mm SF is based around powerful corporations and these represent the NACCorp – North American Commonwealth Corporation.

So I’m quite pleased with that lot and looking forward to this weekend where I hope I will take lots of pictures!

Cheers

Andy

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Something finished, finally!

It’s been a while since I’ve fully completed anything. Mojo has been on walkabout for a while but the New Year has seen a new plan (which I still need to detail!) which has at least got things moving.

So, first up, 6mm ImagiNation. Last year I got Ian Willey of the Blog With No Name fame to paint some Baccus 6mm as opponents for the 6mm versions of my ImagiNation forces. He did one unit for me back in September and I was rather pleased with the results so in trade for some 6mm buildings I got him to do another three units. Now these were finished and delivered months ago! It has taken me until now to paint the Adler mounted officers, the flags and then base them all. But, finally they are done! Here are all four units. The units are all French themed with grey coats and then turnbacks and leggings in a facing colour. The four so far are red, green, blue and orange. The first unit had reversed colours for the drummers. The other three have them in blue. I shall sort out a logic for that later!

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I’ve stuck with the original plan of a unit command stand but have added a couple of extra figures to the new units. This does at least give me a starting force.

And although not part of my 666 Plan I also painted up a unit of T34-85s for my Syrians:

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The models are all GHQ from a recent purchase from the States that had been stripped. I did a white undercoat, Russian Green base. Lightened Russian Green heavy dry brush, Pale Sand pattern, Sepia wash, Pale Sand highlight, then detail with a white gel pen. Tracks were just painted dark grey. Bases were painted Canadian Maple, then PVA and bird cage sand with a watered PVA to seal.

I almost have enough for another unit but three tanks have broken barrels so I may need to just buy a pack at York or try and beg round the forums for spare barrels/models.

Anyway, nice to be productive again!

 

 

 

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