Saturday, 15 November 2014


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

Saturday, 18 October 2014

Oxford and back again...


The last week I was away from my keyboard due to a school trip to the Oxford region. Our schedule included a visit to Canterbury on the way to Oxford itself. The cathedral there houses a load of memorial stones dedicated to soldiers lost in wars from the ECW up to WW1. I made some pics but have to figure out how to get them off the cell phone.

We then stayed near Oxford for two days, including a visit to the Warner Brothers Harry Potter studios, now even though I'm not a fan, these were mightily impressive!

A visit to Bath and Stonehenge were next and on the day before we left the UK we visited London. I will try to post a more full report soon with some pics as well.

For now here's the Booty books wise!

Cheers Sander

Listening to:  "the absence of 60 teenagers" by nobody!

Saturday, 11 October 2014

Something different...


Today's post brings you two entirely different kind of mini's. First up are some Infinity Ariadna Highlanders. I have painted these up to resemble Northwind Highlanders for my Battletroops games, or rather skirmishes set in the Battletech background. But I also am going to use them as groundpounders for the British Star Empire from the Toby Frost books featuring Space Captain Smith. I am at the moment looking into a suitable Smith model to supplement them.

So here are the Highlanders:

These truly are very nice figures and when at the Crisis I might be tempted to buy some others just to paint.

Second is a rather more unusual set of figures. These are firemen included with a model fire truck my son got for his B-day. They were factory painted in red and silver. My lad picked them out the package and said: well real firemen aren't red Dad, the fire is red... and since he's Fireman Sam fan to the core, Dad went and took his brushes.



Cheers Sander

Listening to: "To Megatherion" by Therion.

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Mystery Inc. Part II


While these figures already partook in the battle at the Ducosim and are thus shown in the batrep of said battle, I will show the Mystery Machine and the ladies here in more detail. Partly because Anne specially asked for the pictures ;-)

First a group-shot:

Here are Daphne and my all-time favourite Velma.

Some separate shots of the van. The model is from Armour Cast and most of the bits used to upgrade it are GW and Ainsty vehicle parts.

Somewhere on the unpainted pile are the regular, unarmed, Mystery Inc team, but I will be painting other stuff before I start on them.

Cheers Sander

Listening to: "Royal Blood" by Royal Blood

Saturday, 27 September 2014

P.E.W.-P.E.W. Game 2


As promised, here's part 2 of our Pew-Pew game at the Ducosim games convention. While we played the first game with only 2 players (Jan-Willem and me), the second game had a 3rd and later 4th player. This gave J-W the chance to play the roll of games-master. I had the chance of playing my Mystery Inc gang. That said the other player (Mark, a great and sporting chap) and I, were having quite a lot of fun running round each other trying to snatch the much-vaunted container, which by the way, Mark and his Cannibals had. J-W. played Plisskens Commando's and his para-drop put one of them right in front of Scooby-Doo, who had an extra move and an attack-modifier... I charged Scooby right in, to be shot down for his effort in turn one!

After this I had to put 3 of the team members together to kill off the lone commando. As the Mystery Inc gang only entailed 5 members I had to find a 6th. As my Post-Apoc miniature collection is 5 figures large, I included a Freebooter Lara Croft mini as final member and she made short work of the commando in the end.

The chief of the Cannibals, carrying the case, foolishly came too close to my gang and with all might I tried to take the container from him but this only resulted in Freddy getting killed.

From this point on the 4th player, a woman with great enthusiasm, joined in the game. And strangely all the actions she wanted to make were approved by the GM and succeeded even if  they would have been impossible had Mark or I tried the same. Her mini's jumped across entire streets, she drove a camper down a street ramming down no less than 3 of Mark's mini's and more of tis kind of silliness.

Due to bad luck in shooting I conjured up some zombies which took a lot of my fire-power to put down and the T-Rex conveniently conjured up by another 1 on to hit rolls from the lady, made it even harder to gain the objective.

In the end the lady did kill the Cannibal leader and got away with the booty... well done that missus! Afterwards J-W made this "brilliant" picture of me, I couldn't keep it from you.

Cheers Sander

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