Monday, 31 October 2011

On the workbench

Hi Gents,

Sorry I have been slow with posting lately, uni is mostly to blame, however I also just purchased a new PC so I can play Battlefield 3 which will probably consume all my free time for the next few weeks :)

That said, I have made some progress which I can show. First off, my Gewalthut has grown somewhat with the addition of some armoured pikemen for the front ranks. The full unit will be 30 men, so I am now just shy of half way. I normally paint eyes on my figures (for my 40k armies) to add some character, but the sheer number of troops to churn through here means that I probably wont get around to it.

Also, my Swiss will be making use of some of the spoils of Grandson in the form of a captured Burgundian field piece. Those familiar with the Perry model will notice I have done a couple of head swaps for a more 'Swiss feel'. I secured all the figures to the base before basecoating, however the gun itself is still loose, so it doesnt get in the way of my brush.

Also some early WIP on the banner of Uri, which I think is going to be quite an enjoyable challenge. There is alot of fine line work I need to do. I actually used the pencil shown to draw the outline of the design before i started painting. The banner bearer is the breast-plated fellow in the image above who only has one arm.

Monday, 26 September 2011

Gewalthut - WIP

The Gewalthut is starting to take shape (slowly, due to uni), I am heading for a full strength of 30 models. These are Perry metals with the exception of the musician, with a bit of surgery done to add some Swiss heads to the mix (which resulted in many blunted scalpel blades). This unit will be showing the banners of Uri and Schwyz, as well as the Confederacy banner.

I am a bit concerned that there will be a lack of visual congruence between this unit and the Vorhut, due to the uniforms, headgear and thickness of the pikes. I will throw some armoured figures into the front two ranks to try to even things up a little, and I may swap out some of the models from my Vorhut for ones with metal Swiss heads. As for the pikes, there is not much I can do about that for now.

Also, for the amusment of those hobbyists who keep their work areas in good order, here is a shot of my own little work-station. Time for a clean up methinks...

Monday, 12 September 2011

Uri hornblower - WIP

Just a small update here; I must admit I am very pleased with how my conversion for a Uri musician is coming along. A few manufacturers make one in metal, but they are all older sculpts with very heavy features (chunky hands and faces) so I decided to make my own. Just need to get the spear head attached and he will be getting basecoated with the next batch of pikemen.

For those wondering why he has horns on his head, this is the regalia frequently depicted for the musicians of the forest canton Uri. The image I based the conversion on is circled below.

Also visible in the background are some of my first metal pikemen, again Perrys. I am now re-discovering how much I dislike painting metals in comparison to plastics!

Monday, 5 September 2011

Swiss Pikemen - Vorhut

After a busy time with exams I have finished off my first block of 30 pike that will make of the Vorhut (van) of my force. The second banner is from the Canton of Lucerne, which along with Berne is also an urban Canton. Also shown are a handful of handgunners that will go towards a unit of 12 skirmishers to screen the pikes.

On the way from Perry Miniatures are some pikemen in attacking poses so that I can start assembling my next block of 30 pike for the Gewalthut (centre), as well as some Swiss heads to add some variety to the plastic troops. I also order a field gun and crew, based on some battle accounts in the Osprey Swiss at War 1300-1500 which describes the Swiss deploying a number of field pieces in later battles of the Burgundian Wars (possibly captured from Charles the Bold at Grandson).

I also got my hands on a copy of the armies of Chivalry supplement, so I can put together a list. If any WAB players have advice or tips on fielding the Swiss I would appreciate it.

Monday, 8 August 2011

Swiss Pikemen

My first batch of Perry Mercenaries turned up and I got straight into them. Others have gone into detail about the outstanding qualities of this kit, so I will simply say that it is awesome (like all Perry plastics) and very reasonably priced into the bargain. I settled on Swiss as my army having read into the period a little, they won some spectacular upset victories against Burgundy and the Austrians by their use of disciplined blocks of pikemen. This choice will allow me to build the bulk of my army in plastic, though i will throw in some metals pikemen in more aggressive stances as the army progresses.

I used a 20x20mm basing system suitable for both Warhammer Ancients and Clash of Empires. I went for a mix of troops in the colours of their canton (Berne), and those who are wearing the plainer colours of their civilian lives.

Here is the banner of the canton of Berne, where this first block of troops hails from. The Swiss usually divided their forces into three large columns of pike, each one made up of troops from two or more cantons. This is great from a modelling perspective as it allows me to use a good mix of colours in each block.

Friday, 22 July 2011


My current interest is really historical miniatures at the moment. The Perry twins have been releasing some incredible 28mm plastic kits for the Napoleonic and War of the Roses eras: Perry Miniatures. Not only are the sculpts great, but you get around 40 multi-part miniatures in a box, which can be had for around $25 Australian.

I originally started with some Napoleonics as you can see below, but recently I visited B.I.G gaming group in South Brisbane, and I found that there is a growing group of guys playing the War of the Roses (late 15th Century). Given that I have always had an interest in the pike&shot era of warfare I will be picking up some of their Mercenery troops to put together a modest army for the period. Lots of gunpowder will be the order of the day, but I am not sure yet which State I want to model. Burgundy seems to be the default choice, simply becuase there is so much information available for them. But; there are already several excellent Burgundy armies to be found online (and at the club), so I will try to look elsewhere. The Swiss have a fearsome reputation, but did not make extensive use of gunpowder at that stage, nor is it easy to come by colours schemes for them online.

The group at B.I.G have used both Clash of Empires and Warhammer Anceint Battles rulesets, but fortunatly these are relatvily interchangable (ie. the basing is the same), so I can use my army for either.

Here are some of the Napolenic British I painted when the box set was first released:

Grey Knights

Here is my first Grey Knights Strike Squad. As much as I hate GW right now, I must admit I am really impressed by the new plastic sets, the Termies in particular. Grey Knights were my first 40k army years ago (which I sold) so its nice to be able to redo them with shiny new models and rules. Ill be working on and off with the Knights alongside a 28mm historical project that I am starting.

As I said previously, I managed to get alot of my GK stuff shipped over from the UK before the embargo. If I can continue to order overseas through friends the army will be finished, but I wont be paying Aussie retail for GW stuff until they bring their prices in line with current exchanges rates (ie. when hell freezes over).

These are more or less straight from the box, however I did convert one thing that really bugged me. The Justicar's hammer was rediculously, even comically, oversized from the box so I trimmed it down a little. This was done by removing a section of the haft to shorter in, and cutting down the head to make it look more balanced. I included a clear image of the more modest hammer below (my Justicar is not trying to compensate for anything).

I should mention the bases are from Dragon-Forge, I am quite happy with them. I did apply some MIG pigments to go for a rust effect but I think I went a bit light on them, they have not shown up well in the photos. I decided to go with an industrial type base becuase I figure the GKs are unlikely to be deployed in a green meadow somewhere, the metal can represent alot of deployment scenarios (ie. space-hulks, refineries, starports and military facilities).

For anyone interested, this is my guide for doing the GK force weapons.

40K Armies

Here is a collection of some of my favourite 40K work I have done over the years. 40k was what got my into the wargaming hobby, and while I believe it is now far too expensive to play, I still love the minis and the fluff. One of my current projects is a small force of Grey Knights, which I managed to pick up from Wayland and Maelstrom before the evil GW embargo came into place. I will try to get some images of my first GKSS up in a few days.

These Eldar are from a commission army I did for a friend.

The following images are from my breif foray into Chaos with some Traitor Guardsmen. I sold most of these (with the exception of the Daemon Prince) to a Sydney collector through Tin Soldier, which I hear has gone into liquidation sadly enough.

And last but not least, some of my Ultramarines, another project that I slowly (ever so slowly) chip away at. I would guess I have around 1200pts fully painted, including Calgar and his Honour Guard.

Warhammer Empire

So where to begin? I decided to get a blog going for a number of reasons, one as a way to draw together all the images I have posted over the years in one location, two becuase I dislike the way Warseer (my usual haunt) have rearranged their project logs section and most importantly; becuase its a great way to stay motivated for projects.

For those of you who have read my project logs, the next few posts will seem a bit familiar, but I want to have something colourful as a placeholder until I can get some new content up.

I have a tendancy to start projects that I never finish becuase I get distracted by something else new and shiny, many of the images on this page are from such half finished projects. With this in mind, I wont promise that projects I start will alwasy be finished, but I hopefully the replacement will be just as interesting!

Following below are images of a recent half finished project, my Empire army for GW fantasy.