15 March 2013

The Diary ends today...

...because I am on my way to conquer the  
Mountains of Lead !

My fellow Bloggers of Conquering the Lead Mountain and The Doc´s Diary and I decided to put our efforts together in the never ending struggle to explore the tops as well as the deep and hidden valleys of the Lead Mountains.
To all of you who followed my Diary and supported my hobby enthusiasm: Thanks a lot! Please follow me to the Mountains of Lead, I think you will not be dissapointed!

All the best

Jan

11 February 2013

Sharpe´s Gun

 It´s been a while, but I of course I´ve painted more 40mm French. First the magnificent Perry Cannon, Resin miniatures and absolutly fantastic to paint, but a bit fiddly to assemble. It´s finished, sorry for the crappy pics. The gun will be the objective in our TACTICA participation game.
 A Sappeur to guard the cannon. He will get a melee bonus, cause he´s tall and strong and has this nasty huge axe. My favourite miniature of the range so far.


1 January 2013

A happy New Year (2013 preview - 2012 review)





I hope all of you had a nice party yesterday and a good start into 2013. Again Christopher inspiered me to write this post.
The review of my plans for 2012 is quickly done. The only project I´ve finished was the Trojan Project with Tilman, which I really enjoyed. But I didn´t paint any Future Wars or Fantasy stuff as I planned one year ago. Instead I did some various miniatures for the Lead Painters League, but I didn´t perform well.
BUT then I was hit by the Musketeer Miniatures gorgeous Germans, and started painting Germans for the Migration period. I painted a lot of them, a 4 pt. SAGA army and almost a Dux Britanniarum Starter force, plus some terrain. I really stayed focused (OK but bought a lot of other stuff for my Lead Mountain) on this, to my own suprise. Plus the 40mm Perry stuff I frequently painted.

Do I have plans for 2013? 

Hell yeah!
40mm Nappies: I will finish my french and spanish guerilla , the deadline is end of February. I really enjoy painting this scale at the momment, and would like to paint up some 8 or so British Light Infantry And/or 95th Rifles as opponents for the french. But it´s possible that I get tired when the TACTICA is over.

Incursio Barbarica:On Top of the list. Paint the remaining Germans and a Late Roman force, really lookig forward to this! Plus a gaming matt and more scenery, more civilians. Play Dux Brit. with Tilman then.

That´s what I will do for sure.

Other ideas (at the momment):
Russo-Japanese War with Tsuba´s excellent miniatures.
Something in 15mm with Tilman, most possibly FoW.
40k Eldar (no GW bashing please ;-) )

Let´s see how long this ideas will last...

Cheers

Jan

  

31 December 2012

More 40mm stuff for Tactica 2013



TACTICA gets closer so I painted only 40mm stuff over X-Mas.  I will run a participation game (I already told you didn´t I?) with my mate Björn, and there are 11 Minis left on my Workbench, and two month to go. But I´ve always performed well under pressure so I don´t worry. First a french Arti NCO, one of the latest addition for Perry-Miniatures Peninsular range, made of finecast (has to be finecast cause the prize rose from 3,50 to 4,50 GBP). But it´s a damn fine sculpt. He commands the 4 man crew of the gun you see below, I will mount them on a large multibase with the gun. The cannon will be our objective in the game.

And another guerrillero, a conversion of a french Voltigeur this time because the Perrys only have 3 different ones in their range.
 

 Last but not least a quick shot of the NCO (can anyone please explain to me in which way a Non-Commissioned-Officer differs from an Officer?) with a House I built 4 years ago for my 28mm SCW collection. Suits well I think.

I wish all of you a nice party tonight, "Guten Rutsch", and a happy new year.
Jan

15 December 2012

Incursio Barbarica 24: Roman General


His face is a bit out of focus, but here he is in all his glory: Titus Sempronius, Commander of my (not painted yet) Late Roman force. Together with Verax, his gallic bodyguard and banner bearer, he will not let the hairy germans cross the Rhine...well that´s the plan so far.
I used, as always, the Musketeer Miniatures Characterpack "Vortigern", labelled under their Saxon range. I replaced the banner with a larger one, freehand Jesus on metal foil.

5 December 2012

Liebster Blog Award

Liebster Time again! I´m really happy that my blog is nominated by Curt C and my mate Doc Phobos.  I did not follow Curts blog regularly to be honest, but I´ll change that in the future! He has some wonderfully painted minitatures, and even shares my love for SCW requetes! His "greyscale" WW1 project will take your breath away. Thanks for the nomination, very appreciated.
What can I say about Phobos blog? I met him personally, as the waraming scene in Germany is quite small. And I liked him from the start. Apart from that, he´s one of the best painters I know, and that´s no flattery. Check his blog, and you´ll see what I mean immedeatly. Thank you mate, I´m looking forward to see you again in January.
I like the idea of the Liebster Award. It´s always good to discover inspiering blogs and build a network amongst us nerdy wargamers :-)
Here are the rules:
 The rules of the award are:
- "Copy and paste" the award on your blog, and talk about it a bit.
- post a link back to the blogger who gave you the award
- Select for the award your five favourite blogs with less than 200 followers, leaving a comment on one of their post to notify them that they have won the award. You need also to list them in your own blog.
- Enjoy the moment, knowing that you have just made someone's day.
- Of course, there is no obligation to pass the award, but it is a good deed really.

So here we go:

Moiterei´s bunte Welt

A relatively new blog. He shares my current interest in the migration period and has a lot of fantastic Musketeer Late Romans on his site. You´ll also find reviews and FoW stuff. Nice.

Tank Girl

For me, Helen is the Grand Dame of wargaming. I know her from the start of my wargaming career on the Lead Adventure Forum. I doubt that there is a nicer person outside than her. And she really knows how to splash paint on minis!! Here WW2 Pacific stuff is gorgeous, she even wrote an article about painting Imperial Japanese for the WSS Magazine...and it´s on her blog, too!

Kampfgruppe Engel

Engel is a very productive painter and gamer, I visit his site almost every day to see the new goodies. His Treemoss-Scandinavian-mythology project is so cool, so if you like trolls and beards have a look.

Harness and Array

This blog is about the HYW, and you get wonderfully painted miniatures en masse!! Painterman has another blog, this time Swiss and Burgudian Wars. Also high quality stuff, this guy is busy. I love the colourfull painting,

Greywolf´s Last Valley

A master of atmospheric photography, he has a lot of cool stuff on his blog, from Huns to Weird World War 2...he makes it. He defeated me once in the Lead Painters League, I hope for a rematch in the future.

There are much more great blogs outside, I know it´s some work to run a blog but it´s very satisfying to get feedback and see inspirational stuff from others. I´m out,
Cheers
Jan

11 November 2012

Manchuria, 1905


Hi all!
After painting so much armour and colourfull clothing and shields my eyes needed a break. After Björn wrote some Russo-Japanese-War army lists for Triumph&Tragedy I decided to paint some khaki wearing Russians. For a link to the army list pdf have a look at the Tsuba Miniatures site. There you can buy this fantastic miniatures sculpted by Paul Hicks, the Russians also can be used to represent the "colourfull" regiments of the South Russian Army during the Russian Civil War.
I experimented a bit with different khakis and washes on the shirts of the Russians. Their official summer dress where white shirts and white cloth cover for their heads. But they soon realised that the Japanese where good shooters and order was given to dye the white cloth or stop washing them. The dying was done by local chinese labourers and the result where a wide variety of khaki shades.
Enough said, I´m happy with how they turned out,
Cheers
Jan