A tabletop gaming blog, with a vague bias towards Central/Eastern Europe and the Early Modern period.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Send your armies, but they'll never be enough

His shell's too tough!

Polish Light Cavalry

Months ago, I kitbashed some Polish cavalry together, using Gripping Beast's Arab light cavalry as a base, but only got around to painting them last week. With headswaps and the occasional carbine added, I think they quite look the part of a lightly-armed noble levy, or "cossack-style" horse, or a pack of Lisowczycy, or perhaps even Wallachian mercenary cavalry. I suspect the horse furniture isn't entirely accurate, but the overall effect certainly meets my satisfaction nonetheless. Though some belated gap-filling might not go amiss...

(Maybe someday I'll invest in a proper lightbox.)

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Museum Visit (early modern stuff)

Last month, the Art Institute of Chicago reopened its European "medieval" arms and armor exhibit (actually extending into the mid-1800's), and I finally got around to visiting yesterday. It was fantastic! I took a bunch of pics, and although my cell phone camera doesn't really handle museum lighting well, there are still some neat pieces that I want to share. Maybe later I'll post the random other cool stuff I saw that wasn't quite so relevant to my wargaming.

The pic is too blurry, but this helmet has pointy teeth!

I should paint a nobleman with an ivory pistol stock like this

ceremonial giant sword hilt

Emperor Ferdinand's breastplate. Wonder if I could pull this off on a 28mm mini?

This musket has two actions! Better safe than sorry...

obligatory hussar gear

Papal guard, so shiny!

Fancy yet functional armor for a wasp-waisted Englishman

plain hilt of giant sword

This one's from about 1800, but I had to include it. It's a powder tester! Like a pistol, but instead of shooting a bullet it forces an arm along the scale. Super neat!

A spider helm, essentially having "noseguards" all around, with each one hinged in case gets in the way

triple-barreled fowling piece, with striking buttstock design

triple-barreled pistol, looks like a nightmare to handle, but still probably preferable to handling three separate pistols

Saturday, April 8, 2017

A Gaul, a German, and a Dacian walk into a bar...

Just some quick test models, to get a feel for what I've gotten myself into.

Since all the infantry for this project is based on the same plastic kit, I think I'm going to be imposing somewhat artificial color schemes to differentiate the armies beyond what the (admittedly pretty neat) metal components do. I'm thinking warm pastels for the Celts, "organic" colors (greens / browns / yellows) for the Germans, and primary colors for the Dacians. I also have an ulterior motive for these colors, but that's gonna have to be a secret for now.

Anyway, this should be a fun bit of variety, that will keep me sane as I also try to slog through my early modern cavalry backlog...

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Same region, different era

There was a sale at Warlord, I had some extra cash, so I bought myself a new project (or three, depending on how you count).

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Mohawk in action

Hey all, I was gonna post something about my Adepticon battle, but the organizer posted a better report than I ever could. Go check it out!

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Mohawk done

Ready for action Friday evening.

I suppose I should read the Sharp Practice rules...

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Pikeman's Lament

The snazzy new skirmish ruleset, from Osprey and one of my favorite bloggers, just arrived yesterday. It's a super quick read, and should be a lot of fun to play. Michael Leck has published dozens of sample companies on his blog, but I decided to throw a few together based on my own mid-17th-century collection and needs. I don't actually have the models to field all these, except the first two, but it'll be easier to attain these goals than full P&S armies...

Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth
1 Aggressive Elite Gallopers @ 6 points each (Hussars)
2 Gallopers @ 4 points each (Pancerni or Cossack-Style Cavalry)
1 Trotters @ 4 points (German Mercenary Rajtar)
1 Dragoons @ 4 points (German Mercenary Dragoons or Tatars)
1 Commanded Shot @ 2 points (Haiduks)

1 Aggressive Forlorn Hope @ 6 points (Swashbuckling Cossacks)
1 Veteran Shot @ 6 points (Registered Cossacks)
2 Shot @ 4 points each (Moloitsy) (may trade one out for Dragoons)
2 Clubmen @ 1 point each (Peasant Rebels)
2 Priests @ 1 point each (attached to clubmen)

1 Forlorn Hope @ 6 points (Streltsy)
1 Elite Trotters @ 6 points (Dvor or New Order Reiters)
2 Trotters @ 4 points each (Boyar's Sons)
2 Commanded Shot @ 2 points (Border Guards) OR 1 Shot @ 4 points (New Order Musketeers)

3 Veteran Dragoons @ 6 points each (Tatar Warriors)
2 Raw Gallopers @ 3 points each (Kazindji)

1 Veteran Shot @ 6 points (Janissaries)
2 Raw Shot @ 3 points each (Azabs)
2 Trotters @ 4 points each (Sipahis)
1 Dragoons @ 4 points (Tatars, Besli or Akinci)

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Mohawk Iroquois WiP

A small side project before returning to Eastern Europe. They still need touch-ups, clothing embellishments, static grass and a unit leader.

They are plastic Wargames Factory (now Warlord Games, I believe) Woodland Indians, unconverted except for the headdresses made from cardstock and towel fluff.

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Organizing for Plastic Kit Dilettantes

Part of why I haven't been getting as much hobby stuff done as I would like, is that my hobby area is kind of a mess. So yesterday, I bought some pegboard and hooks, and this morning I finished organizing my sprues.

I've started managing my bits this way, rather than with a bitz box, because it's easier to find specific bitz. Instead of rooting around through all my stockpiled right arms until I find the right arm with a cartridge in its hand, I can just go to the Zulu War-era British sprues and grab one straightaway. Anyway, between this setup and some new shelving, I should be back on track real soon.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Literary Villains (and other personalities)

To start, here's Cardinal Richelieu and Vlad III "Dracula".

Dumas' villain is from Warlord Games, and Stoker's from The Assault Group.

The Dracula figure also comes with a boyar (armed with a neat triple-headed flail) and a noblewoman (not yet painted, not shown). Last night I also painted a set of heroes to oppose these villains: Stickler Mitchell and Young Megan from Warlord Games, and Bertha Bestraufrung(sp?) from Games Workshop's old Sisters of Sigmar range.

I think Drac and his buddy look pretty neat next to Warlord's voynuks...

Sunday, January 15, 2017

more colorful than peasants

Here are some voynuks. Heavy Balkan infantry, in service of the Ottoman Empire by my era. I don't actually have an Ottoman army yet, but maybe someday. In the meantime, they'll be handy as hirelings for Mordheim.

Sunday, January 1, 2017

New Year's Resolutions

I don't really do year-in-review type posts, because I never bother to track things I've done. I usually don't do resolutions either, but I have some in mind for 2017 so why not. In no particular order:

  • Revise my P&S Eastern Europe supplement.
  • Play at least 4 games of P&S.
  • Write an original rule-set and put a pdf up for sale. I have a few ideas in mind, if I don't get inspired to pick one over the others I might set up a poll here soon.
  • Attend at least 2 local professional wrestling events.
  • Finish painting every historical miniature that I had primed by the end of 2016.
  • Start training for professional wrestling.
  • Start running a pencil-and-paper rpg campaign.
  • Write a work of fiction, completing first draft at least.
  • Build some hills and river sections, a church, and some sort of permanent fortification terrain.
  • Re-paint enough of my Orks to play a game of Warhammer 40k.
  • Finish painting my Khador miniatures and play a game of Warmachine with them.
Thanks to everyone who visited my blog in 2016! I hope you continue to enjoy my work, and everything else that 2017 throws your way.