Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Hero Quest Part III


Some scenery for you all to look at today. I have tried to get some paint on the HQ weaponrack from the box, I painted a gate from the Warhammer Quest box game that I got in my Starter box and the tomb which I remodelled to have a Renedra plastic side instead of paper.

Some more baddies are awaiting me now.

Cheers Sander

Saturday, 12 August 2017

Scatter scenery


Taking a break from Hero Quest, I have painted up some scatter scenery for different skirmish games. The first of these are TTCombat Back Alley junk stuff, in this case a washing machine and some mattresses, mostly for the modernish themed games of course.

These boxes and foodstuffs are from Ristuls Market and will feature in my Indian Mutiny and other games. 

So on to painting more Hero Quest miniatures.

Cheers Sander

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Hero Quest Part II


Now on to some more Hero Quest figures, I have finished some of the meanies. While not the very best figures detail-wise they have a charm entirely unto themselves. Let's start this one with some of the Undead. In the core set are included some Fimir, Orcs (I still have to paint them), goblins, zombies, mummies and skeletons as the footsoldiers of the Evil Overlord Morcar, represented by his minion Skulkar (the wizard in the box) and the Gargoyle looking quite a bit like a Bloodthirster or even a Balrog.

Oh well so here are my two mummies.

Followed by the box's two zombies.


Next will be the skeletons and some of the greenskins. The internet has quite a lot of downright brilliant websites, I must do a post on them soon!

Cheers Sander

Friday, 4 August 2017

Hero Quest Part I


OK, so after me moaning along for an hour or so last post, I think it's time to put the paint on the metal or plastic.

So first up are the booklets I managed to scrounge from the interwebs. I have a Hero Quest starter box and both the "Kellar's Keep" and "Return of the Witchlord" expansions, all in Dutch. They are mostly complete but no important parts are missing.

In the meantime I have also ordered a box of "Advanced Hero Quest" (without the miniatures), an Ebay lot containing most of the AHQ miniatures and a small lot of 4 old Warhammer figures to use as heroes.

Yeah I am in this bigtime...

From the get go I started painting up the mini's of the core game and here are the first of them in the form of the heroes.

The Barbarian had his sword broken with the blade missing. So I put on a new blade and coated him, but he's not yet finished.

For a time I have played with the idea of replacing the bases for the new Renedra Frostgrave stone bases but after some trials with a Skellie and Goblin I do think I will keep the original figures on their bases and put all new figures that I will use for HQ on the Renedra bases.

Now on to more painting of figures and scenery, cheerio!

Monday, 31 July 2017

Some Boring thoughts...


While I have a huge aversion to "state-of-the-hobby" articles in the various magazines, I want shiny pictures of battles and miniatures not some old fart rambling on about he wants more youngsters to join the hobby, I will use this blog to ramble on a bit myself.

So if you, like me, do not like nagging posts; "move along!"

So in last post's comments, Rod mentioned he had no problem with GW, fair enough! But I's not just the constant prise raising, nor the ever updating of core rules and codici (see I am still very much Old Skool) and not even the way they stop supporting older gamessystems, these are all bad in themselves but I think it goes even further than that.

When I started out in the hobby it was with 1:72 plastic soldiers, it still is btw, not as most of the Elders amongst us who started with Airfix ones, but with Revell, Esci and Italeri. I did own quite some WW2 Airfix figures but I found a lot of their poses spastic and the detail very shallow  compared with the other brands mentioned.

Our family's first stay in London brought us to Hamley's, a huge toy store on Regentsstreet I believe and next to the boxes of Revell and Britains soldiers, lay Prince August casting moulds. I bought about 4 of them and a starter casting-set. These were a blast and saw  me casting, painting and collecting a huge amount of Napoleonics I was able to wargame with, using no real ruleset but my imagination.

Fast forward a few years and both the self-made collection as well as the 1:72 collections had grown, I was still pretty much on my own and clueless about the wargames hobby. During a vacation in Kent, Maidstone I believe, we visited a bookstore and in the magazine section I found both an issue of Miniature Wargames  and the White Dwarf of that month. I believe both are still in my possession and will look them up for a future post. This White Dwarf set me on a different course altogether, it had a page with a storefinder on it and this made me aware there of two stores quite near my hometown. There I played my first games of WH40K and WFB. I also started to collect my first army: Dark Angels.

After this long prelude we have now arrived at the nucleus of my ramblings, if you are still with me I am sorry for the lack of pictures and cohesion in the story here, but I am guessing it is really about therapeutic relief for myself that I am writing it.

During my student years and the early days of adulthood, working as a teacher, my financial situation improved immensely  and when we moved to our present residence, I owned the following GW armies:
For 40K:
- Dark Angels
- Imperial Guard
- Sisters of Battle

- Dwarfs
- Empire
- Goblins

I also owned Mordheim with 3 warbands and several figures just because I liked them. I have quite a lot of novels, mostly Gaunt's Ghosts and Gotrek and Felix, as well as a lot if sourcebooks. The immersion was very reall and satisfactory, yet cracks were already showing. As I played games regularly, having a steady circle of gaming friends at hand, I saw the use of updating the core-rules now and then, what bothered me more was that with each newly released modelline or race, the new figures were stronger/ better then the existing ones and thus the latter needed uptooling. Often this was done by throwing in new stuff that was not canon or from the fluff, this I resented. Being the eternal GoodGuy and always playing with a themed army, made me vulnerable  to power players and I usually lost my games. I can handle loosing games quite well, when I loose in entertaining  games from sporting opponents, but loosing 9/10 games got tiresome.

At the same time I was introduced to other games like Battletech and Warmachine. With little starting capital and just a few miniatures you could play immensely  enjoyable  games with just as deep a background, if not a better one...

Couple that with my close link with the HaT company who produced pretty much all the 1:72 plastics I needed and rules like WAB and The Great War to play with them and you can hopefully see why I was slowely being pushed away from the GW imperium.

Now GW changed management and went to the Stock market and it all went from bad to worse from there. The miniatures got more expensive, rules changed with the firing rate of a terminator assault canon and they introduced finecast. At the same time they introduced a horrible set of rules for Independent  Retailers to be able to sell their produce. I know/ have known quite a few of said retailers and they really were GW's best ambassadors. Ever so enthusiastic and helpfull they did not want you to buy more and more stuff for their own profit but really helped you enjoy the stuff you had bought and so ensured you would come back. A lot of them had to stop selling GW stuff or even close shop...

Back in my present place of residence I found some new friends to play with but due to lack of time we had only a few big WHFB games, most of our other games are quick and brutal skirmish games like LotHS, Fistfull of Kung Fu, X-wing and the like. But we still liked the GW games, be it we played with older versions of the rules not wanting to buy a new rulebook for just 3 battles a year. We had some great games where we waited to see whose army ran away first my Gobbo's or my opponent's Skaven.

Enter Age of Sigmar...What were they thinking? After Paul "Fat Bloke" Sawyer stopped being editor of WD I un-subscribed on the magazine but occasionally  bought a single issue to keep in touch and was appalled to see the beloved Old World being finished off seemingly without a second thought. Now perhaps my mind is getting less flexible  with the passing of the years or maybe I am more conservative in my hobby-tastes then I knew I was, but I could not think of a good, well funded reason for this. Oh yes I could see the economical reasoning behind it: try to fit in with other brands who had far simpeler rulesets and more lythe and modern looking figures. I also get you need simpeler rules to appeal to a younger audience and I even get it when designers want to add to the hobby with a legacy of their own, what I do not get is why they can't  exist next to each other.

While not all change is bad, I totally lost interest in GW games and sold off most of my armies, only my Dwarfs and Dark Angels remain since I could not bear to part with them. Now this has all come to the fore due to my rekindled interest in Hero Quest togegher wigh reading the WD's concerning the new 40K version recently released. Reading the last two WD's made me realise why it all bothered me so much, with Age of Sigmar all was done rather abruptly  and imho also messy. For me there seemed no good way to end it all for all the gamers involved.  I have participated  in several of GW's world-wide events, where you entered the results of your battles online and gained medals and the like. That was great fun and even if my side would have lost, I had great fun, they could have used such an event to end the Old World or not...

The events changing the 40K universe: the umptieth Black Crusade and the rift in the immaterium, as well as it's effects were better thought out but led to the creation of new uber-characters. and troops as well as the coming to life of the sodding Ultramarines Primarch. (BTW what's so great about the Vanilla Marines anyway?)  Anyway what bothered me about Age of Sigmar and the new 40K is the killing off of the fluff I liked! It was what kept me into the GW universe, with that background gone it's just no fun anymore. All the other issues I have mentioned are reall, but most disturbing to me is the loss of the atmosphere that was the Old World to me, perhaps that's why I responded so well to the wacky, corny and over the top "high fantasy" of Hero Quest. Inspired by a recent WD, the present format really is a pleasant read, I started painting 5 of the Dark Angels that are still in the unpainted pile, halfway through I lost interest, at the time I had no clue why I lost interest but now I think it's because I have no more use for them, the fun and fluff have gone. Some of my loose fantasy figures will probably  get a rescue from the lead pile now to serve in Hero Quest which is great since it means that they no longer are loose ends but integral game miniatures, actually  being used!

So a long and boring story I had to get off my chest, hope I didn't scare you away!

Cheers Sander

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Holiday blues and some news


It's raining miserably over here, typical Dutch weather, but with a lot of work in the garden waiting for me this is not funny anymore. So we went into town, Arnhem in this case, and got me something new.

Now I know I have said earlier yhat I wouldn' t support GW anymore and well basically I don't, butt... I did buy the June and July issue of White Dwarf and the WHF Empire Battle Wizard from in independent  retailer.

Why did I do this? Well you're not going to like the answer! The answer is that I have started yet another project. For quite some time I have longed to get a box of Hero Quest, some weeks ago I managed just this, I got a secondhand box. From then till now I have played more than 10 games with my son Arthur, with kids at school and with friends, boy is this a great game!

The battle wizards are meant for Arthur to get an unique player character and in this we succeeded because he's all for the bright or fire wizard wanting to hurl fireballs everywhere!

Anyway, when the rains stop, I will make some pictures of the HQ figures I have already painted.

That's all fornow folks

Saturday, 22 July 2017

Salamanca Day


Update at the other BLOG..,

Cheers Sander

Monday, 17 July 2017

Survivors of Lucknow


Part of the Mutiny Miniatures "Survivors of Lucknow" blister, these figures are done up to give some more flavour to future IM games.

The figures turned out a little too dark due to the wash I forgot to dilute. Still I  like them quite a lot!

Cheers Sander

Thursday, 13 July 2017

Some more IM Civilians


If one is to recreate India in 1857-1859, I guess one is to have some civilians to people all the cities and villages of said country. These Eureka miniatures civilians are awesome if a bit more of slight build than the Foundry and Mutineer figures, but that is more realistic I suppose, with the Europeans being heavier in build anyway.

The first of these are a snake charmer and rope-act, more civilians are in the books but other projects take precedence.

More is surely coming, watch this space ;-)

Monday, 10 July 2017

Some Indian Mutiny Characters


The Indian Mutiny Project (henceforth called IM) continues. Here are some Foundry character models.

I like experimenting with the colours and patterns India has to offer. besides that these are great figures as well in their own right.

Cheers Sander

Friday, 30 June 2017

Did I ever tell you...

...that I really hate Christopher Columbus? Ever since starting this Indian Mutiny project just about every search on "Indian" stuff, has resulted in North American Native subjects. Very frustrating! That said I have tried to get some more stuff finished, amongst this is a command figure for General Havelock, both mounted and on foot. The other red coated officer is from Foundry.

These excellent Mutineer miniatures will be joined soon by others as well as the Sepoy leadership. As a trial project I ordered some palm trees from China and based some up as terrain for anything desert themed.

The Sepoy officer is there for scale purposes, the small palm tree in the first photo is my son's he got it in a box of plastic animals at a zoo. He wanted to paint it up as well so we painted the both of them together.

Cheers Sander

Friday, 23 June 2017

Indian Mutiny


Let's get the Indian Mutiny ball rolling today! Now that the heat-wave over here is more or less over I have been able to finish some of the units I have been painting for this project. First are the Rebellious Sepoys I have painted up yet. There are some Foundry characters both Sepoy and Hill Tribesmen. The Sepoy unit in the background are Mutineer Miniatures Sepoys in distressed dress. 

Next up is a unit of British regular infantry, at this moment I have not yet given it a regimental title and will use it as a vanilla unit, that said I might designate it later on.

While the troops are Mutineer Miniatures, the officer is from the Foundry pack. The Foundry and Mutineer figures mix very well, I have now also gotten some Iron Duke Miniatures figures and they don't mix in with the other brands. I'll just get on painting more stuff right?

Cheers Sander


Monday, 12 June 2017

Flashman in the Game!


In my most recent posts I have been going on about the influence the Flashman books have had on my take of gaming and painting miniatures. In a combination of showing newly painted miniatures and rambling on about the hobby, I present you with this day's post.

A few years back I first heard about the Flashman Papers, not living in the English-speaking world tends to get you behind on these kind of things. The 12 books comprising the Flashman Papers were partly bought online and partly when visiting the UK with school, Waterstones Oxford: thanks heaps!
Anyway, when I do not have any new books on my nightstand, I tend to re-read ones I have in the bookcase. So a few weeks ago I reread the Flashman books and since I now have a bit more knowledge about the events Flashman experiences, I could now put them in perspective a bit more. When first reading the books, the conflicts Flashman gets himself into, were not all that interesting to me in that I was intrigued but not enough to get into gaming them. Lately the Crimean War is something I have been painting (in 15mm no less) and have done some figures for in 28mm as well.

Reading the books and most specially "Flashman in the Great Game" reached out to me somehow and I got drawn into the Indian Mutiny... That is not something I had ever expected to happen. The brutality of the conflict is not my regular cup of tea, nor is it anything for me to have mr T. Atkinson rambling around in anything but his trusted red coat, that said I really connected with the conflict and the great miniatures available for it by Mutineer Miniatures, Foundry and Iron Duke.

Yes, that's right I started a new project and am now in deep in the Indian Mutiny... At the moment I have a small amount of Foundry miniatures and a slightly larger amount of Mutineer Figures. I am currently aiming at collecting two Sharpe Practice forces for the Allahabad Moveable Force  and  it's adversaries.
While I have a Flashman in India figure (just like the one in the bookcover above) it is from the same line as the figure in lancer outfit shown in a previous post. Studio Miniatures have a nice regular 28mm figure of the same pose and uniform. Apart from that I have obtained one of the Wargames Illustrated Giants of History line Flashmans and an Eureka figure is on it's way.

With help from friends and the excellent information on the Iron Duke site, it really is brilliant, I have now quite enough reference material to get the uniforms historically correct, that said; I want the figures to look right but I also want them to look good. Therefore I am quite ok with stretching the limits and mixing in the odd figure in regular uniform and yes with a red coat.

Apart from the larger games using Sharpe Practice I would like to game smaller skrimishes using Flashy and perhaps replaying scenes from the books. I am now counting on those being solo games, but who knows perhaps in the future...

If this whole project has learned me anything it is that from now on, I am only going to collect and pain, what I like. No more painting and collecting figures in order to be able to play a game. No more painting stuff because it "needs" to be finished, it can wait till the fancy takes me for it again.

In a way this is really liberating and painting all these greatly exotic and thus very colourfull subjects really is grand!

Well I am not sure whether my ramblings here are making any sense but there you go! Keep watching this space for more progress on the Indian Mutiny front.