Sunday, 26 June 2016

Rock & Roll!


Continuing our series of America's Highly Trained Daring Special Missions Force I present you someone who's ready to Rock & Roll!

Rock & Roll never was one of my most favourite figures in his first appearance, but the later version depicted here and made in white metal as seen on the photo's did rock my boat so to speak. It had a more unique but at the same time military look, luckily the white metal figure lacks the ridiculous gatling guns included with the 1989 action figure.

Anyway on to the figure itself, here he is!

More American personnel and some of their terrorist Enemies are in the works.


Thursday, 23 June 2016

Jo Yoe!


As talked about earlier I have been away from my keyboard for some time. This is mainly due to quite a lot of regular work and renovating parts of the house. This does not mean I have been totally idle on the hobby-front. Some spare time was found and used to paint some stuff here and there amongst which is a new project which has me pretty much excited.

Both my brother and yours truly are children from the late eighties/ early nineties and as such have witnessed a lot of strange changes in our recent history like the ascendancy of the Television and the WWW. We went from 2 black and white Dutch governmental channels to 3 Dutch, 2 Belgian, 3 German and the British Armed Forces Channel through to the plethora of Channels we have now. Eventually a lot of American television programs and series came on screen. During the days that the first commercial networks appeared, the ones we could actually receive over here were two German commercial networks. Now I understand German pretty well (I can make myself moderately understood, but my written German is flawed to say the least) but in Germany most American series were provided with a German language voice-over. So series like the A-team, Knightrider, Airwolf and the Dukes of Hazzard were watched with German texts, it doesn't really do it for me to be honest! "BA gebe mir dein GUNN und dann BOOST ich ihn weg!" Anyway eventually Dutch television caught on and American cartoon series appeared on our channels, I loved Dinoriders, Transformers, MASK, D&D and most specially the Sunbow GI JOE Series. With the series the action figures blew over, years after they had appeared in stores in the US and they were labelled as in the US not converted to Action Force or something else. As kids we saved up to buy these kind of toys: I bought plastic soldiers, my brother collected the original 3, 3/4 Joe action figures.

This is still pretty much the case: I collect wargames, figures brother-dear still collects Joes. For some time I have been looking to combine those interests in order to find some suitable figures to transform into America's Daring and Highly trained Special Missions Force and their Enemy. It seems that for the moment at least my search has ended. I have been lucky enough to find some left over mini's from someone's private commission which are not available commercially. It is not an exhaustive collection in that all characters and troop builders are done but rather the ones the initiator liked the best. That suits me fine since he appears to be liking the same figures as I did from the series and comics.

The first figure I have painted up has just Stalked up the screen of your PC and here he is!

More will follow in this project over time but for now enjoy!

Cheers Sander


Saturday, 4 June 2016



In between the marking of the exams, I have had chance to paint all of 4 miniatures. Some Gripping Beast Norse archers.

I need them as a skirmisher unit for the DB Norse army I am building, but these miniatures are lovely in themselves.

The following weeks will be quiet on the painting front as well since a lot is going on here.

Cheers Sander

Monday, 16 May 2016

Some Dark Ages Scenery


From tomorrow on I will be taking a "Hobby-Leave" for some time. Why is that? Well tomorrow 77 of my graduate pupils will be taking their final test in History and I will have to correct all their work. It will take me quite a while to get finished so that's why I have taken all spare time I had recently to paint some stuff.

On show today are some NPC Dark Ages miniatures.

First up some cattle from the GB farmyard animals set

Next some GB children from their Dark Ages civilians set

To top it off for today is one of the two Norse dwellings I obtained from Timeline Miniatures. I swapped the teddy-bear fur roof for plasticcard shingles and am pretty happy with the result.

The roof is lift-off and there's an elevated sleeping place inside the building, stupidly I forgot to take pictures. Perhaps in a week or two I'll rectify that.

Cheers Sander

Saturday, 14 May 2016

Some Early Napoleonic French


As promised, here are some HaT testshots. For those of you who do not know what this means: testshots are sprues of pre-production figures they are made by the factory to show the manufacturers  if the moulds turned out as they wanted or not. There are several of these sprues made available to a select few people and I am lucky to get some from time to time.

The sprues currently pre-released are of pre 1812 French Infantry marching and command sets as well as a post 1812 marching set. I have obtained two sprues worth of each and so have nearly enough figures to create two wargames units between them. At this moment I have painted the pre 1812 marching figures and part of one command sprue.

Here are the pre 1812 marching figures:

Some of the command figures (excluding the mounted officer):

I have added 4 white metal pre 1812 figures sent to me by Hagen miniatures to the unit to round them out.

The Hagen figures:

The entire unit:

The set contains separate head options for early Napoleonic light infantry tarleton helmets, shako's and bicornes. I chose to depict the soldiers as they come in the box.

Cheers Sander

Thursday, 12 May 2016

More Saxons!


To continue my Dark Ages project, today's post brings you 4 more Saxons. Included in this bunch are two warriors with red accented shields made from Gripping Beast plastics. The hornblower and standard bearer are Foundry Saxons which I have picked up at the Crisis last year.

The basing of these miniatures includes more tufts than I usually use but I found this fitting in with the theme.

Next in the painting cue are some HäT testshots so keep an eye on this spot!

Cheers Sander

Thursday, 7 April 2016

The big Dark Ages project kickoff!


In many of my recent blogposts I have referred to my new "Dark Ages Project" and it is now well time to tell you more about it. The Medieval Period is not my forte, I think it is mighty interesting but hobby-wise (just like WW2) it is too vast a period with too many armies/ factions for me to get stuck in. So I won't. Not really if you do not count me dabbling in the El Cid period anyway.

That said, I have always had a big crush in Dark Age British History. The tales of King Arthur but also the Viking incursions have long held me in their grip. After reading Guy Halsall's excellent book on Arthur, Worlds of Arthur, I am now pretty sure Arthur as a historical person didn't exist, but the tales are just too good not to be an inspiration for gaming. I just never actually knew how to do this. My main vehicle of hobby is still pretty much the plastic 1:72 figure and the Dark Ages cannot be decently gamed in this medium, at least not in the way I would like to do it.
After seeing the popular Vikings TV series I was hooked on that as well and upon seeing Stronghold Terrain's character figures I decided to get stuck in. After renewing my WI subscription I was given a Warlord games voucher and bought a box of 28mm Viking hirdmen and that's when the proverbial poo hit the fan. My obsession with doing something Viking/ Dark Age related kicked in overdrive.

My initial aim was to create some Viking Series factions to game low level skirmishes with the (and now you'll laugh) Fistfull of Kung-fu rules. I would make up teams of powerful characters Ragnar and Friends, Jarl Borg and crew and King Horic and troops to duke it out. But after participating in the Dux Britanniarum demo at Poldercon I was hooked on that ruleset too and thus I needed bigger forces. The above mentioned factions can be joined together to create a Norse army and then I needed to get cracking on some Saxon adversaries as well so in came some more Gripping Beast figures and a few Foundry Saxon characters. Accidentally I ordered the Raiders supplement to Dux instead of the main rules from Gripping Beast so I than ordered the main rules and cards from TooFatLardies  direct.

In my order from Gripping Beast I included livestock and civilians as well and some brilliant lasered MDF houses were ordered from Timeline Miniatures.
Now very recently I was pointed out by a very kind and enthusiastic gentleman that the Norse had extensively raided  the parts I live in as well. The larger part of the northern  Netherlands were called Frisia back then, but the part where I currently live belonged to Frankish Austrasia and not far from here the same Norse conquered a Frankish Palts (Royal Residence) and fortified it for use as a base of operations. For about two years they raided the surrounding lands including Maastricht and some French and German towns, before the Franks (or Carolingians) brought in a huge army to get to grips with them. A 3 day battle ensued and ended in a deadlock. The story then ends with the Frankish emperor granting the Norse leader a noble title (an earldom but I'm not entirely sure) after which he was baptised and swore fealty, but as soon as the emperor had skedaddled he resumed raiding. Some local nobles then put an end to him.
Anyway now I needed some Carolingians as well, so a Saga starter army of Carolingians was duly ordered from Gripping Beast. There are not enough models in there to create a decent sized Dux force but that's no biggie since I ordered a Carolingian shield pack and some characters from Artizan Design and will convert some from the plastics I already have lying around. Funnily enough over at the Dux FB page someone has kindly shared a set of rules for Vikings and Franks (WIP) and I will be creating my forces on that basis.

Yup, it has all escalated really quick.  So how will this go onward from now? Well let me show you part of the huge pile of mini's collected for the project:

One can obviously see the rulebooks, the blue box in the left-hand upper-corner is filled with plastic sprues: 2 boxes of GB Hirdmen, there's 1 box of GB Dark Age Warriors and a Wargames Factory Saxon Thegns box, there's a box of GB Civilians and one of lifestock, the figures in the foreground are some characters from said boxes and Foundry and Artizan figures.
The Carolingians are not in the picture since they had just been coated and were drying at the moment.

And here is the first house I have finished for the gaming table:

Enough to do apart from work and real life I should say...

Cheers Sander