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

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Welcome to Atlantis

Hi all,

I've been reading Chariot, an RPG set in mythic Atlantis, and as is often the case, I find myself using miniature work to engage with a game I cannot immediately play.

I can't really explain the setting... just buy The Game and read for yourself.

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Ork Burna Boyz

So what little painting I've done lately has mostly been for Warhammer 40k, and has also been pretty basic. But today I assembled a bunch of burna boyz, each one at least a smidge converted, and I'm pretty pleased with the lot!

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Kickstarter recommendation!

Hey all! Sorry I've been out, life stuff and other hobbies have been diverting my attention.

Speaking of which, a really neat tabletop RPG is in the final 24 hours of its kickstarter. I'll let it speak for itself...

"A century ago, radio transmissions from Earth passed through a strange ripple in space, causing rock music to fall upon the mystified ears of an alien world. For five glorious years, the aliens grew to love the magical planet they believed to be on the other end of that beautiful signal. When the music cut off as mysteriously as it began, the aliens embarked on a generational pilgrimage to discover the source of that music.

Nearly a century later, the aliens have arrived, but Earth is not what they expected. Humanity has taken a dark turn, silencing music, the arts, literature...any kind of expression they believed could inspire "dangerous" thoughts. The Ministry of Music looms large over the entire world, stamping out rebellious culture with steel-sheathed jackboots.

With nowhere to go but forward, the Starchildren descended, joining the few Earthlings still carrying a spark of rock and roll. They catalyzed a new rock & roll revolution that will break the Ministry's chains on the soul of humanity.

This is the Velvet Generation."


Monday, April 30, 2018

Ottoman commanders

The two red-turban guys are sultans from Warlord (or technically, two versions of the same sultan), and the ulema (religious scholar/judge) is a TAG freebie.

Once again, no conversions. Hmmm, gotta fix that soon...

Friday, April 27, 2018

Ottoman Tufekci dragoons

These are tufekci, an Ottoman shot unit developed along Western lines. They could fight as dragoons or as line infantry, but I didn't have the right minis for the latter, so dragoons it is. TAG minis, no conversions.

Monday, April 23, 2018

first Ottoman cavalry (elite Sipahis)

As mentioned in my previous post, an Ottoman army without cavalry isn't worthy of the name. So here's my first unit of cavalry. All TAG minis, some horse armor added with greenstuff.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Ottoman Infantry Group Pic

So, this is pretty much as far as I'll be going with Ottoman Infantry, at least so long as Pikeman's Lament is my preferred system.

Clockwise from top left:

Azabs with Spears/Polearms - Raw Pike (3 pts) or Clansmen (3 pts)

Azabs with Bows - Raw Shot (3 pts)

Wallachian Voynuks - 2x Aggressive Forlorn Hope (6 pts each) or Veteran Pike (6 pts)

Azabs with Muskets - Shot (4 pts)

Janissaries - Elite Shot (6 pts)

Segban - Raw Shot (3 pts) or 2x Commanded Shot (2 pts each)

For a total of 28-36 available points, though realistically I am unlikely to field an Ottoman force without cavalry; that would feel wrong. So I will get started on those horse guys next...

Azabs Aplenty

Just finished converting a whole mess of Gripping Beast Arab Infantry into Azabs, the next step up from the sad-sack Segban. Some of these are conversions you've seen before, others are TAG Metals, and some are newer converted plastics.

Friday, April 6, 2018

Segban unit

Just painted up the guys I preview it the previous post. As they were apparently the lowest of the low, I painted them in drab colors, inspired by this blogger, to contrast with the azabs and janissaries. Quite pleased with the palette, really gets across that they are conscripted peasants or hardbitten Anatolian bandits (or both!). Still need a flag I guess.

Monday, April 2, 2018

Kitbashed segban infantry (wip), and plastic musket info

So I've been working on more Ottoman infantry, and wanted to share some in-progress Segban. They're mostly the same as the previous Azaps I did, Warlord arms on Gripping Beast bodies, but with matchlocks instead of firelocks and a greater variety of headgear (mostly greenstuffed Warlord hats).

Relatedly, here is a comparison shot of the two plastic musketeer kits from Warlord Games. The small sprue is from the Firelock Storming Party kit, the larger one is from the Pike & Shotte Infantry Regiment kit, and also used for variants like Covenanter infantry etc.

Note that the Storming Party has firelocks, and each pair of arms is one piece, while the Infantry Regiment kit has matchlocks, and each arm is a separate piece. This means that the firelocks are a little easier to assemble, but the matchlocks are a little more forgiving if you are kitbashing with torsos that are differently-sized than the Warlord kits (such as the GB Arab infantry).

Also, the Storming Party gives you 32 musket arm sets, or 16 "left over" if you assemble the box as intended. The Infantry Regiment has 24 musket arm sets, with none remaining if you assemble the box contents as intended. Given that the Storming Party is cheaper by about $15, I think it is probably preferable for most projects, even if you end up adding matchcord manually to each musket.

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Life Changes

When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child,
I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things.
-1st Corinthians, 13:11


I had a pretty good run of it, I guess. Played some fun games, did some clever converting and decent painting. Learned some history I might otherwise never have known. Met some cool people.

But the time is no longer right for me to indulge in such hobbies. We must move where life takes us, without clinging to the materialistic diversions that hold us back.

Monday, March 26, 2018

Who Invited the Bishops?

So, The Assault Group provides special freebie miniatures if your order exceeds a certain price threshold, and if you forget to specify which you would prefer, they just send one that seems appropriate given the other contents of your order. Since I mostly use TAG for Cossacks and Muscovites, it makes sense that I would mostly end up getting Orthodox priests. So here they are.

I decided to do some minor converting just to avoid having identical quadruplets. I just googled "russian orthodox priest" to get a sense of how the outfit might vary, I have no idea what the history or theology is behind the hat colors or whatever. The beard extensions and hat flaps are greenstuff. The staff is a plastic Persian spear bit with a blob of gs on the end, and the ikon is the end of a wooden coffee stirrer.

(the title of this post is a line from The Death of Stalin, which I recommend if you like Armando Ianucci's brand of grim satire).

Sunday, March 25, 2018


Got some TAG janissaries painted up, to use as Veteran Shot (or potentially Forlorn Hope) in Pikeman's Lament. Good models, no conversions. Probably ought to hit the faces with another wash to bring out the mustaches.

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Streltsy Command WiP

A couple weeks ago I got my Ottoman and Muscovite army deals from The Assault Group, and I've been getting them ready to paint. The vast majority of them only require basing and a bit of cleaning, but there were four Soldat Pike that I really had no use for, so I converted them to Streltsy.

The Standard Bearer and Sergeant were just given appropriate weapons (and a greenstuff tassel on the halberd). The Musician uses a drum and left arm from the Wargames Factory (now Warlord-produced) WSS sprue, and bits of wire for drumsticks. The Officer had his arm repositioned and a bunch of greenstuff fur added, and I think his sword is from a plastic Celt box (can't remember which company).

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

First game of Pikeman's Lament

Unfortunately, I was too busy making sure we got the rules more-or-less right to take pictures or put together a proper report. But my opponent managed to get a nice picture at the end of the first turn.

I played the Cossack/Tatar side, and lost pretty handily. Commanded Shot aren't much good out in the open...

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Early Medieval Magyar Heavy Cavalry - test fig

Because I don't have enough on my plate, I'm looking at putting together a Magyar army. This is a proof-of-concept using a Gripping Beast Heavy Arab Cavalry horse, legs and body, GB Viking arms, a Conquest Games Norman head, and plenty of greenstuff.

I think this worked out pretty well, the light cavalry and most of the infantry should also be convertible from GB Arabs.

Friday, January 5, 2018

grubby infantry

Just a handful of musketeers and pikemen. Wanted to see how they'd look entirely in neutrals, with a heavier wash than usual and less highlighting after. Also a few very minor conversions to really emphasize their hardbitten status.

Eventually I'll paint up an entire unit (1x16 pike, 2x12 shot) and field them as veterans. In skirmish games or RPGs, they might also see service as bandits, deserters, evil henchmen and so on.