Friday, 29 January 2016

Items for sale

The items for sale page has been recently updated with a variety of 28mm ancients, dark age, WW2 and Sci-Fi figures for sale.

If there is anything of interest please let me know via a comment

Cheers for now

Wednesday, 6 January 2016

Back to the Brushes 105

Some working in progress pictures for this year's Analogue Painting Challenge

First up are the horses from the stand of prodromoi that are currently being painted for a Basic Impetus Army. The figures are from A & A Miniatures and have been good so far. A & A are not really a producer that I have dealt with a lot however, their sister company Aventine grow from strength to strength in these days of constant new releases in plastic.

Next the now two archers for a stand of skirmishers for the same Macedonian army. The third figure in full hoplite panoply just didn't sit right with these figures from Foundry's original Greeks. Slightly smaller that the World of Greeks range although still good in their own right.

Lastly, five stands of Augmented troops from Critical Mass's ARC range in 15mm. These have sat undercoated in tank grey since last year's challenge and have finally been dusted down and started as a part of this challenge. Another four stands are lurking just out picture to the left.

In the background of all of these pictures are some stands of Moors for the Impetus army that is in progress. Not a part of the challenge although they may grace these pages during the next few weeks.

More to follow soon, hopefully.

Cheers for now

Tuesday, 5 January 2016

Plans for 2016

Simply put would be to achieve more painted figures than 2015 and game more. The reality is with a 9 month old son, will be lucky to achieve targets already set for the year. These include:

  • Macedonian Basic Impetus army
  • Drop Ship Troopers for ARC forces in Critical Mass
  • Recon Troopers for ARC forces in Critical Mass
  • Moorish Archers for Impetus Army
  • Moorish Cavalry for Impetus Army

Recon on current form that completion of the first two targets would be good any more excellent. 

So now to gaming and from the above list it should be fairly easy to see that both forms of Impetus and Critical Mass are on the list as are the following:

  • X-Wing
  • SAGA
  • Swords and Spears
  • Impetus Baroque (if released)
  • Lion and Dragon Rampant

A good list to try and achieve a game per month for the rest of the year. Fingers crossed there is time to achieve this.

Now, as all is quiet at present, going to sneak a half hour at the painting table as time is marching on in the 6th Analogue Painting Challenge.

Cheers for now

Monday, 28 December 2015

Back to the Brushes 104

A quick couple of pictures of the first work started on the Basic Impetus Macedonians; shown here are bow armed skirmishers and prodromoi. Figures from Foundry and A & A Miniatures respectively.

The archers are from Foundry's original range of Greek and at present may end up as a two figure stand instead of three. Will see how they fit together when fully painted.

Early stages on both of these bases and already behind on the draft schedule created at the start of the challenge, also pictured below.

Sorry, no spreadsheet fu here, just plain old scribbles of a painter and gamers mind. Sort of a very rough plans within plans draft here.

That's all for now


Friday, 25 December 2015

Seasons Greetings to all

Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and hoping that everyone has a peaceful and prosperous New Year.

Saturday, 19 December 2015

A beginning is a very delicate time.

Know then that it is the day before the 6th Analogue Painting Challenge begins and the preparatory work is complete. The brushes are primed and the painters are in the starting blocks. In the picture below lies the target for the next 3 months - a 28mm Basic Impetus Macedonian army.

The army comprises of the following:

15 cavalry figures - 1 x CP 6 Companions, 1 x CM 5 Thessalian and 1 x CL 4 Prodromoi
42 infantry figures - 2 x FP 12 phalangites, 1 x FL 8 hypaspists, 1 x FL 6 peltasts and  2 x  S 2  skirmishers.

The horses for the Companions are not shown here as they are still drying having been re-undercoated last night.

Now, nearly everything is starting off in the traditional black undercoat except that is a some of the peltasts that have been undercoated in a flesh base colour. Not sure how this will work out so will keep you posted on the results of this little experiment and the reasons why throughout the challenge.

In terms of points this lot will total 360 points if completed which is higher than the entry level posted for the challenge. Time will see how this fares.

Thats all for now


Thursday, 26 November 2015

Roll the bones

The die has been cast and along with a host of other miniature painters hobby energy, time and focus turns towards the 6th Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge. The board is set and the pieces are moving towards the start date of December 20th. Follow the challenge, the side duels and general mayhem of this grand celebration of our hobby here.

There will be more to follow shortly.

Cheers for now