Saturday, 20 December 2014

The Painting Challenge Progress so far.


Just a short update on my progress so far. I know I've said I'd put posts up in this blog as well, but to keep the interest in the Challenge at a maximum I think it would be more fair to put up links to my contributions here and divert you to this marvellous place of wonder and see, not just mine but all participants entries.

Here's my first entry, which is also my entrance fee. For this I chose a Freebooters vignette of two Snotlings beating...well...the snot out of each other. They were my first attempt at Non Metal Metals and it's a pain I can tell you.


The second entry, is my contribution to the first Bonus Round, themed "Cold". These are West Winds Star Wars miniatures called "Encounter at Hoth".


At the moment I have finished 4 John Carter of Mars figures, I believe by Bronze Age Miniatures. I have also half finished my first 1:72 plastics entry for the challenge duel I have going on with Ben from Mr Rosbif's blog. I hope to make pictures of these soon.

Cheers Sander

Listening to: "The Empire Strikes Back" Soundtrack by John Williams

Thursday, 18 December 2014

Boardwalk Empire, of sorts


In order to supply at least some form of terrain for my new Victoriana project, I have obtained some boardwalk tiles. These are for sale at the local Gardening Store as a part of those Christmas villages one sees popping up all around in this time of the year.

The first picture shows the unpainted and painted versions. I had to chip the stones in order to give them a more weathered look. I am not sure I really like the end result but it will have to suffice for now.

The second picture shows the inclusion of a column for posters which I obtained at the same store and duly repainted.

More to follow in due time.

Cheers Sander

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

In with the new..


If you've read my Crisis report, you'll have noticed that my newest obsession is the Victorian Era. Using several different rule-sets, I will try to reproduce scenes from both the TV series Ripperstreet and the Space Captain Smith books written by Toby Frost.

In order to do this I've invested in several sets of North Star Miniatures and Foundry Figures. Ever since buying them,  I have been looking for decent ways to base them. I wanted suitably civic yet not modern scenic bases and while I could perhaps have them lasered or even make them myself, I have found a very nice range of resin scenic bases from the 36 Chambers. They have brilliant service, are not expensive and very detailed indeed.

Here you can see some of my mini's prepped for the Analogue Painting Challenge

 When painted these figures will be presented to you of course so watch this spot!

Cheers Sander

Listening to: "Steal This Album!" by System of a Down.

Saturday, 6 December 2014

And we're off!


Yesterday, on December 5th, the 5th Analogue Painting Challenge has started. Since this date coincides with a Dutch holiday called Saint Nick's Eve (our equivalent of Boxing Day) I've had near to no time to do any kind of update.

Today I can finally post some progress on the matter of the challenge and it's preparations. In an earlier post I have stated some of the figures I intend to paint for the challenge, but have yet to base and add many others to the list. As of this year posts of the painted submissions are to be shown on the special Challenge blog and only then on the owner's blog. For a link to this blog see the banner on the left of my page. Regarding this I will post pictures of the unpainted mini/ units along with pictures of the painted miniatures whenever I can. Seeing that I still owe you guys some of those pictures, here are the first shots of my preparations.

This Freebooter miniature I am going to paint up for Curt as my entrance fee, if this doesn't depict a pair of anti-heroes I'm a wossname for sure!

Next up the stuff I have provided with bases and in many cases also base-coated already.

Some "closer-ups" show the 1:72 plastics I am going to paint for the challenge offered to me by mister Rosbiff to see who's the first one to paint 200pts worth of Plastics. The second picture also includes some metal West Wind Star Wars minis and some Rall Partha Classic Battletech miniatures. Some 28mm white metals are prepared and ready as well and will probably be my starting point.

Here you can see my preparations for one of my bonus-round entries.

There you have it: my kick-off! Since we're going to be busy this weekend with all kinds of "real-life" stuff painting will be limited. You know I really have no idea how this will work out but just the preparations are great fun!

Cheers Sander

Listening to: "the best of John Foggerty"

Saturday, 15 November 2014

Preparing for the Big One!


Jump for joy! I have finally managed to enter the Fifth Annual Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge. Finally I say, because I have watched it being announced several times these past years and never had the courage to apply myself. I guess I was always afraid of committing myself to painting a certain amount of figures up to a value of points, and failing miserably IN PUBLIC! Now the die is cast and I'll have to live up to it. The Challenge is being run by Curt at his blog and a great happening it will promise to be.

So what are my plans? To start off I have committed to painting the minimum amount of points possible which is 500. This may sound chicken, and I'm sure it is, but never having participated this far and mainly painting 20mm figures (which don't really give you large amounts of points anyway) I thought I'd take the safer side of things. Besides up-scaling is possible during the event, or so I have understood.

To do this I have set myself the goal of painting up all the regiments I have either already based and/ or basecoated which now reside in my showcases unpainted. Those include:
-  a regiment of Bengal Lancers
- a 7YW Prussian and an Austrian Infantry Regiment
- a 7YW Scottish Regiment of Foot
- a 7YW British Regiment of Dragoons
- a Napoleonic French Regiment of Infantry
- a Napoleonic Bavarian Regiment of Infantry

Besides these there are the themed Bonus Rounds which I hope to participate in. The following ideas are playing in my mind:

1st Bonus Round: Cold (14th December): I am thinking of doing some 28mm figures for these, won't tell you what make or period though!

2nd Bonus Round: Mounts and Riders (28th December): I have a Wargames Illustrated figure of Lady Godiva still lying around which I think of painting up for this round.

3rd Bonus Round: Victorian (11th January):  As you might have read in my Crisis post, I have obtained rather a large amount of Victorian figures so won't have any trouble filling this post with some nice 28mm figures.

4th Bonus Round: Myth (25th January): Now if you look around the blogosphere you'll see quite a lot of posts of people entering this round with "true" Mythological subjects but I will be taking up the word "myth" a bit less literal... again I will not reveal too much but preparations for this bonus entry are already on their way!

6th Bonus Round: Comedic (22nd February): For these I really have no clue what to do so I'll have to keep you informed along the way. The only "humorous" figures I have currently in stock are Hasslefree's Mystery Inc gang regular style.

7th Bonus Round: Anti-Hero (8th March): The final bonus round has me desperately searching for a decent Anti-hero, I have a Discworld Rincewind mini and some Flashman mini's lying around here but can't decide which to paint up for this since they're all brilliant!

The biggest challenge I set myself is the strangest; last Analogue Challenge had some sidebar challenges by competitors going on and in a good natured way I threw down the gauntlet at the delectable feet of one of those Grand Dames of our community in order to both paint a Femme Fatale to our best abilities and let the audience decide who wins. The winner receiving the losers miniature. I will not disclose more at this time but will tell you all that I settled on a Freebooter miniature for my entry.

For now that's all and I wish all the competitors in this Great Challenge all the best for attaining their goals!

My the brushes be ever in your favour!

Cheers Sander

Listening to: "Sing Loud, Sing Proud" by the Dropkick Murphy's

Saturday, 8 November 2014

Crisis 2014


Even though I am a bit late, I'd like to say something regarding my visit to this year's Crisis Convention in Antwerp last Saturday. That said, this post will be devoid of photo's, since I forgot to bring the camera along and the pictures I took with my phone are too awful to use.

Luckily I didn't have to go there all alone, I was accompanied by my brother and old gaming buddy A-M, we didn't arrive any later than 10.30h yet still there was a pretty large cue at the entrance! We're not used to that at Crisis, but I do guess it's a good sign!

Unlike most years I had a rather themed wishlist and even some pre-orders in. So up and at them I went. The TSA guys and girls did a stiling job of clearing the cue asap and the goodie-bag we got was filled quite well indeed as has been stated on many other blogs around the bloggosphere where picture-reports abound as well for the more visually inclined of us.

Lately I am all taken in by two more or less fictional Victorian flavoured series, one being the "Space Captain Smith" novels by the ever esteemed Toby Frost and the "Ripperstreet" TV series.Therefore my search was up for some decent Victorian Sci-Fi mini's. In the end I bought more than enough of those to get me started, these include:
- two "In her Majesty's Name" startersets from North Star Miniatures (Scotland Yard and the Commune sets) and two of the "Tea-Time" series of figures from North Star.
- a blister of Wargames Foundry Western twon folk which inlcuded some bare-knuckle fighters and ladies of easy virtue to complement the street scenes in Victorian London.
- 4 sets of Ironclad Victorians (my first pre-order by the way).
- two Mini-art buildings: The goods shed and the Railway Station for my 20mm WW1 games.
- A small case of KR multicases X-Wing foam trays to store my X-wing dials and stuff and the Rebel Transport, I was kindly helped by boss Darryl himself with whom I went on a trip down memory lane since we both attended Crisis 5 years back for the first time and many things have changed since then.Their service cannot be beat!
I also bought the new Osprey "Steampunk Soldiers" book, which is well worth the hefty price.

All in all a very decent list I'd say, as every time I visit the Crisis I meet up with friends and also fail to meet up with others! Uwe where were you?!

Anyway it was a great day and I can't wait to attend next year!

Cheers Sander

Listening to: "El Camino" by the Black Keys

Monday, 20 October 2014

The Red Lancers


After reading a period diary, written by a Dutch Red Lancer Captain, I thought it time to include this illustrious regiment for the Garde Imperiale.

The figures, of course are Zvezda's Polish lancers of the Guard, but they can double as the Dutch Red Lancers anyway. This is the 3rd regiment I'm depicting using these figures and they are a delight to paint.

Cheers Sander

Listening to: "Roots" by Sepultura