Saturday, 29 March 2014

Woookie!

Hoi,

While painting the West End Games Star Wars Aliens featured some time ago, I also managed to paint my miniature version of Chewbacca. I'm not too sure I like either the model and my paintjob but here he is:




 Chewie has a hobby in capturing two legged Imperial Walkers so I have included shots of my Imperial AT-PT in this post.


It's a simple miniature and had/ has a lot of flash which I cannot easily remove.


Cheers Sander

Listening to: "Ghostboy" by Gabriel Rios

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Stay on target!

Hoi,

The Imperial Navy strikes back with a full squadron of TIE bombers. These miniatures are from the excellent Studio Bergstrom (see link to the right of my blog), 1 inch fighters series. I have 6 squadrons in total of which half is Imperial and the other half is from the Rebels.

The bases have been lasered by Mark to depict FFG's X-wing bases only at 70% of their size, this way we can fight large games at a fraction of the cost.


Cheers Sander

Listening to: "October Rust" by Type O Negative

Friday, 21 March 2014

7YW: Napier's 12th Regiment of Foot

Hoi,

Part two of my Battle of Minden Seven Years War project is upon us today as we take a look at the 12th Regiment of Foot or Napier's regiment.

Raised in 1685 as the Duke of Norfolk's Regiment of Foot, the unit served with distinction in both the Spanish- and Austrian Wars of Succession and in 1751, with the re-organization of the British army, was re-numbered the 12th regiment.
The regiment belonged to the first 6000 man strong force that was dispatched to the continent during the Seven Years War. At the battle of Minden it served in the first line of the 3rd column and thus was heavily engaged with the French cavalry trying to break the Allied centre. More information can be found via the link above.

Funnily enough this is yet again a yellow faced regiment, I swear that the next regiment I will be painting for this project will have a different facing colour.
That said there are a few funny parts regarding this rendition of the regiment. First it is one of two regiments for this project, that are based on "old" GW style bases. This is due to the fact that way back, when I started painting 7YW figures, I did 4 test figures for the Brits featuring Revell Austrians on single GW bases. These I wanted to incorporate in a regular unit and thus I scraped all the left over GW bases together to outfit this regiment. Another strange feature is the fact that one soldier is MIA from the ranks; one of the Grenadiers got sucked up into the vacuum cleaner... This was a total first for me and rather a traumatic experience I can tell you. Of course I will rectify this as soon as I get going with some more 7YW soldiers in the future. Finally one last deviation should be mentioned. The sharp of sight amongst you will notice that the drummer wears reversed colours, now if you follow the link above to the Kronoskaf site (does anyone know what that word means BTW?) you'll notice the regiment did NOT have musicians in reversed coloured uniforms, but since I had already done a yellow faced regiment and will have to do at least 2 more, I wanted a way of keeping them apart and so allowed myself this artistic freedom.

And now for the pictures,




Cheers Sander

Listening to: "Ixnay on the hombre" by the Offspring 

Saturday, 15 March 2014

A fly in the ointment?

Hoi,

Here are some more Aliens out of the West End Games Star Wars series for your enjoyment today! Some are obscure, some more recognisable, most are from A New Hope's Moss Eisley Cantina scenes.

First up is a guy (or girl?)  called Muftak:



 Next up is American Werewolf eerm Sivrak...



 Here is a Gotal called Kerru (yeah I have no clue either!)



 More familiar might this one be: Elephant Mon


And the fly better known as Hem Dazon


I still have a lot of SW minis to do but these are well and done and have been added to the painted list and are now on show in my showcase .

Cheers Sander,

Listening to: "Live in Rio" by AC-DC



Thursday, 13 March 2014

AC-29 Jeffery Nash Quad Truck

Hoi,

In our ongoing Great War vehicle showcase I present the first of a series of miniature vehicles I obtained from Reviresco miniatures. It's an Allied transport truck, which I prepared to have several types of load in it's cargo hold. The model is all white metal and can be put together pretty easily but still I made a big mistake: there was a ready-made hole in the floorboards of the cab, I put the steering wheel in there, should have read the instructions better.
The other mistake I made, and only became aware of upon seeing the photo's is the fact I forgot to paint the driver's gas-mask bag.

The figures added are all HäT figures


And now with the different loads. First up are resin cans and barrels.


With some personnel:


And the final picture shows all the components put together

Cheers Sander

Listening to: "Dookie" by Green Day


Monday, 10 March 2014

Han shot first indeed!

Hoi,

Yesterday buddy Mark and his son Enzo, came over to play a game of X-wing the miniatures game. Enzo being a big fan ofHan Solo and the Falcon we decided to play the catch the container scenario out of the Falcon's rule-booklet.
I wanted to use my TIE interceptors and my Shuttle again to implement the lessons I learned at the last game I played at the DUCOSIM game convention but in hindsight could have picked a better force for the mission indeed.

That said I chose this list:
- Colonel Jendon with sensor jamming and ion canon
- Tur Pennir with marksmanship
- Howlrunner
- Avenger Squadron Pilot (99pts)

Mark chose the Rebel Scum, but I'm not sure what upgrades he chose for them. I think he picked the Falcon with Han and all the usual upgrades it comes with...
- Falcon with Han etc
- Y-wing with ion turret and crappy pilot
- A-wing (least expensive pilot) 100 pts in all.

The pictures below were taken on the fly (hur hur hur pun intended) and so not very sharp and I forgot what was going on but they are in chronological order at least.

Deployment:



 The scrap gets going!


 From the start my shuttle drew a lot of fire.


As we entered turn 3 or possibly 4, I forgot to focus on the mission and wanted to do nothing less but to take that pesky Solo down, so the Interceptor and the shuttle (whom I foolishly gave the escort token) closed in upon the Falcon.


Due to the ridiculous movement dial for the shuttle entering this kind of fracas  meant that we were pretty much immobile for the ensuing 3 rounds or so...


Finally we managed to get untangled and started focussing on the mission again, but only because Mark realised that while the Falcon and shuttle were duking it out, the containers had escaped a good deal towards the table edge...


 The shuttle went into pursuit, well he managed to show some effort at the least...and look at the amount of targetlocks he had gained!


In the last couple of rounds the Falcon overtook the containers and after two turns he managed to bag the second container and thus winning the game.


The first container was bagged by the A-wing who had sneaked out of the fray and gotten it beneath my nose!


In the final turn Howlrunner and Tur Pennir tried to corner the Rebels and regain the containers, but since my dice rolling had been pretty awful all game anyway; it was to no avail...


 And so I present you with the big winner ( the little man in the YT 1300 hat and red Ferrari coat) and the BIG looser, the guy grimacing in the grey shirt in the back...

All in all a great fun game with some good learning points, thanks Mark and Enzo!

Cheers Sander

Listening to: "Tron Legacy the Soundtrack" by Daft Punk






Friday, 28 February 2014

Han shot first!

Hoi,

Yes you've got that right: another episode in our ongoing West End Games Star Wars saga. Today I bring you the most famous sci-fi-shoot-out victim of all times: poor old Greedo.

The figure is quite nice but suffers from the same symptoms almost all these West End Games mini's do: bad  detailing. Correct that what I mean to say is that quite a lot of detail is added to the miniatures but since there's loads of flash and casting-seams coupled with the lack of crispness of casting, the mini's are a pain to get right sometimes.

On the subject of getting it right: the colours used for Greedo's outfit are rather freely interpreted, good and decent colour pictures of this famous character are hard to come by so I had to make a sort of a judgement call; I hope you'll agree.






As far as the controversy, hinted at in the title of today's post, is concerned: Han did shoot first and it makes him a proper rogue and an even more proper scoundrel.

Fly Casual! Sander

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