Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Intermezzo!

Hoi,

Today's post brings you a small update at what's going on in miniature-land here at the moment. The race for the best Femme Fatale is still going on and you can still vote HERE.

Below are some pictures of miniatures I have entered in the Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge and I am pleased to say I am in the top 20 of say 60 odd contestants; this I could never have imagined.

Also I upped my target from 500 points, a benchmark which I have already passed, to 1000 points. Some very enticing miniatures are still awaiting me on the painting desk and I am seriously chafing at the bit to get going; if only time permitted.

I have something special planned for the "Myth" Bonus round of the Challenge which is coming up soon.  You just wait and see!

So without further ado here's some eye candy.

Here's my Momma Cebada, which I entered as my Femme Fatale



Here's a collection of 28mm Victoriana I've entered.


This wagon is a West Wind Productions Black Mariah prison wagon.



Cheers Sander


Listening to: "Kerplunk" by Green Day

Saturday, 17 January 2015

Femme Fatale

Dear Ladies and Gents,

As of today the poll for the side duel between Anne and myself regarding our take on the idea of the Femme Fatale is open! You can go and have a look HERE.

Perhaps you could even place a vote in the poll in the right side bar, please do vote for the model you like best even if it isn't mine ;-)

Cheers Sander

Thursday, 15 January 2015

I am still alive!

Hoi,

It has been some time since I last posted here. A lot of time has gone in the Analogue Hobbies Annual Painting Challenge. Plenty of figures have been finished and put up for show at that site.

A lot has been going on in the world of miniature soldiers over here. First I have actually  won the side-duel I had with Ben from Mister Rosbiff and Johnny Frog due to painting 200 points worth of 1:72 plastics first.



Next up, today was exciting because a large part of my figure collection is on display at the school where I work. We regularly have expositions showing arty stuff made by employees of the school and from today my stuff will be on show for a month or 2. I've had very nice reactions, both from co-workers and pupils alike.

Yesterday I came home and found an envelope from the UK awaiting me. It contained a whopping 45 Wargames Foundry Victorians which I ordered some time ago. They came in one of their marvellous old school black miniature boxes, besides that the nice people at Foundry put in 2 free bonus figures as well.

Tomorrow will be mighty exhilarating  too! It will be the kick-off of the side duel Anne and myself have going: the Femme Fatal Duel. It will be posted op at the Challenge blog and will include a poll with which people can vote for the winner and boy, am I going to need some support!  Keep your eyes peeled!

That's all for now folks!

Cheers Sander

Listening to: "California Breed" by Glenn Hughes.


Wednesday, 31 December 2014

Trooping the Colours: a 2014 Review

Hoi,

Since it's December 31st over here I guess it's time to review 2014. In order to keep the rambling at a minimum, I'll limit myself to analysing the amount of figures I have painted this year and the projects started/ finished.

Let's started with the painted miniatures, so here's the count as it stands at this moment.

Napoleonics (1:72)                       141
SYW (1:72)                                   43
AWI (1:72)                                    13
Colonial (1:72)                               14
WW1 (1:72)                                  19
West End Games Star Wars           33 (+ 1 vehicle)
X-wing Miniatures                           6
Fantasy                                          10
Ancients (1:72)                               71
WW2 (1:72)                                   23
Vehicles (1:72)                                  6
CBT                                               22
Sci-Fi                                               6
Dystopian Wars (terrain)                 30
Scenery/ Terrain                              11
28mm Historics                               11

Which makes for a grand total of 460 miniatures I've painted this year. Not too shabby I'd say, yet by far not enough ;-)

So let's take a look at the projects I have going and their progress so far.

- The Salamanca 1812 project: ok let's agree that the less said here is the better choice. This project has not progressed any further than the basecoating of the tiles of the landscape and a few miniatures. The problem is I really would like at least one day in which I could work non stop on them but this has been hard to accomplish. Maybe 2015 will bring some change in this regard.

- Finished projects: well there's really only one project actually finished this year and that's my 1:72plastic Sumerian army. I painted it up and have sent it over to a friend who actually does Ancients. The amount of figures you see in the list above stated as Ancients are these Sumerians, so I have painted up some 71 of them.
Now there's one project only a hair away from being finished and that is my SYW Austrian army(1:72) I still have one regiment of foot and a Cuirassier regiment left to paint up and that's that for the Austrians. Thank God because I do not know how much white uniforms I can take.

- Half finished projects: I've got quite a lot of those. I am almost halfway through my Star Wars miniatures. I have painted up pretty much of the Tatooine based figures, which leaves the "space-based" mini's.
Another half finished project is my Bronze Age Miniatures John Carter project. Some 12 miniatures currently reside on my to-paint desk, awaiting to be finished  for the Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge. With those painted I will call this project finished for the moment.

- New projects: Only one project deserves mentioning here. I have recently started a big "Victorian-(sci-fi) fancy" and have quite a lot of figures lying around for this or in transit over here. This project entails two separate sub-projects for me: first is the (biggest) Ripperstreet sub-theme. I am a big fan of this TV series and have decided I want to game some scenes from the series in miniature which means getting loads of mini's and even more terrain.
The second sub-theme is centred around the magnificent Space Captain Smith books written by Toby Frost, more on these later.

So there you have it. This is where I stand at this moment, with Old Year's Day usually being one of my most productive days I will probably get some more mini's painted before the day is over. Rest assured I wil keep you posted.

Cheers Sander

Watching: "The Knights of Bad Assdom"


Sunday, 28 December 2014

Painting Challenge update

Hoi,

Today's update will bring you my latest entries in the Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge. First I have posted some pictures on Bronze Age Miniatures John Carter Martians

LINK.


The second contribution is of some HäT Bengal Lancers (29th Deccan Regiment) which are my first entry for the Duel I'm fighting out with Mr Rosbif himself.

LINK

That's it for now cheers and have a good Old Year's Eve!

Sander

Listening t: "Fratres" by Arvo Part

Saturday, 20 December 2014

The Painting Challenge Progress so far.

Hoi,

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.

Link

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

Link

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

Hoi,

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