onsdag 27 juni 2012

Tons of new projects and products - Oh so little time!

I have not been so active in documenting my hobby practice for a while now, mainly due to me getting a full time job and the limitations of time which comes along that fact. I have however been doing some painting and also ive bought a bunch of new products which I intend to show and write my personal impressions of. Therefore keep an eye out fo updates and I will try to be somewhat regular with my updates. One of the presents i got for myself is the Warlord Russian Starter Army. Being priced at 60£ I think this box is a steal giving you basically what you need to enjoy a game of black powder and also a great foundation from which one can expand the army by adding some horse or cannons.


 So what do you get in the box. Basically you get a load of sprues which allows you to build 4 soldiers per sprue. You get some metal heads for the Pavlovsk Grenadiers and a officer mounted on his steed. The sprues have the bodies cast as a single piece with separate heads and backpacks. There are also 4 different poses. There are options to make bog standard infantry with standard shakos or grenadiers with plumes on the shakos. This is a nice option in probably everyones eyes. My plan is to do 2 lines of regular infantry and 2 grenadier regiments, one using the mitrecaps of the Pavlovsk and one with the standard plumed shako.

Below are some pics of the figures without paint.


I think that the poses are nice but a army of the same 4 poses can give a bit of a clone feel. The separate heads helps to give the troops some variation. The detail is good, but not more. Some parts are a bit blur but once painted they look great. The quality is anyway inferior to that of the Perry twins. But not to dramatically. Below are some rather shitty pics of my painted grenadiers. I will do better pics once the regiment is fully finished. Also I will show some pics of the metal parts once they are cleaned and assembled (at least)


 Overall I like the models. Some flaws but nothing serious, bareley noticeable, especially once a army is at the table fully painted. A big plus for me is the fact that there is almost no assembly at all. Also the fact that the models are more or less clones can be somewhat of a turnoff but i reckon that is not a problem in horse and musket gaming.

I started with the victrix brittish at first but at the end of my 2nd regiment I was crying rivers of blood because of the fiddly parts and the brittle bayonets. These models are more sturdy and you can field them quickly. Also the Russians had some of the most handsome uniforms of the napoleonic era, which is why i chose them.

I give these models 7 shots of lead out of 10

Please comment if you have something to say, have you seen the models and if you have, what is your impression? Do you like or hate my men, whatever. Stick your comment below! :) Until next time. Peace

måndag 30 april 2012

Squad Finished!

I just finished my 101st airborne infantry squad and here are the results.
 C&C are very welcome!

 Team 1 provides covering fire while Team 2 advances to escort the medic IMG_1431 IMG_1428 IMG_1439

lördag 28 april 2012

More eagles!

I've been painting my airborne for a while now and I am totally sold on these. Actuallyt I am waiting for a delivery from the (outworldly) slow maelstrom with some adversaries for my screaming eagles. Anyway i painted up a bunch of them and are currently working on the bases. The mortar team are completley finished. It is the first time I try to do something fancy with the bases and I have to admit that I really like the result. Also I have built a bunch of fences and have more terrain in plan so stay tuned for more updates. IMG_1415 IMG_1417 IMG_1416 IMG_1419 Bazooka team and medic, still waiting for basing IMG_1424 IMG_1426 IMG_1427 The fences, waiting for flock, tufts and other vegetation :) IMG_1420

söndag 15 april 2012

Warlord Games, "Screaming Eagles" painted

During the weekend i have managed to slab some paint on a bunch of the new figures and they are a joy to paint. The quality of the pics suck unfortunatley and the little men look really good irl. Now that i've taken a closer look at the models I have to say that warlord really made nice figs. There was almost no cleaning at all to do prior to painting, and the few places that required attention were easily fixed with a sharp blade.

Withour further ado, here are some pics :)









I have chosen not to show all of the models backsides since they all look the same, but here is a picture of a single one!


fredag 13 april 2012

Review - Warlord Games, Metal 101st Airborne "Screaming Eagles"

Rescently ive gotten more interested in historical gaming than I usually am. I'm getting tired of the direction GW is taking and therefor are constantly looking atother alternatives. 28mm (my favourite scale) and WW2, (my fav era, along with napoleonics) is somethingthing ive always wanted to do and now finally I took the leap and got some models and a copy of the Operation Squad rules. I've noticed a serious lack of reviews of this specific box on the internet and here is my contribution.

The models that I bought are from Warlord and a part of their Bolt Action range. And come in a box of 21 models, including a 30cal MG team and 2 soldiers manning a Bazooka. The box art is awsome and I like the fact that you get a brief background on the back of the package (we will return to this later) Now moving on to a couple of models, and Warlord are not lying by calling these "finely detailed" because they are simply gorgeous.

Airborne 1

When I ordered the lot, I did not have high expectations since I am not that familiar with metals other than some PP and GW but my jaw was dropped once the contents of the box were unboxed. I will just show a couple of the soldiers but they are all of the same quality with no miscasts of imperfections whatsoever.

Airborne 5
Airborne 4

Small details like extra ammo, pouches and knives are clear and crisp all around the figures and I relly like the fact that they are metal which gives them the "heft" many people enjoy.

Airborne 3

Observe the well-made hands of the soldier reloading his M1

Airborne 2

The commandgroup is really nice and my favourite detail is on the radio operator (2nd from the left). The guy is pressing the horn of the radio between the shoulder and cheek, like you do when talking on the phone while carrying bags for example, giving the model an very dynamic, yet uncomfortable looking pose.

So all in all, I am very happy with these, and just returned from the shop with a fresh brush to get these done properly. I will show them off once they got some paint on them.
My only ciritisism is that the models come without bases, which the plastic kits from the same range don't. It is not that hard to throw in simple 2.5cm bases. Secondly, it would be nice if Warlord would learn from the Perry brothers and maybe include a litttle leaflet with some info on the unit and other military sweets, like rankings, different companies of the airborne divisions etc.

This kit gets a 8/10

måndag 19 mars 2012

New Stuff by Havok

Some things i've been working on!






Biker och Standardbearer, flag not finished




Ravenwing and Steamtank

Some things i've been working on!






Biker och Standardbearer, flag not finished




söndag 19 februari 2012

FoW Battlereport - Waffen SS vs Brittish Rifles


I just had my first game of FoW yesterday and it is now my favourite game. Most of my gamingbuddies know that I love narrative battlereports and enjoy doing them so here is one from the FoWgame. First however I have a small disclaimer.

The report is totaly fictional. I am compormising historical accuracy for the benefit of the entertainmentvalue. Also, I am sorry if anyone is offended by anything out might find in the report, it is not in any way my intention. I am in no way being political or whatsoever.

Hope you enjoy it!

1944 - June 29, Normandy France

My dear beloved ones. It has been months since I heard from you and I know you must be very worried by now, with the invasion of the Fatherland going on. I am happy to say that I am fine and miss you very much. We have not seen that much action yet, despite being so close to the fighting, that is until three days ago.

The village

We moved up to seize a village, some 25 kilometers from Cherbourg. At first our scouts reported the village to look almost totally deserted but they proved wrong. As we moved up in formation for the capture we could hear sounds of motors, moving at high speed. In just a matter of minutes, the Brittish were upon us.

Our line was well deployed, with the infantry, securing the flanks, I my self was on the right of them while tanks and a platoon of pak 40's held the center. The panzers were in close range to lend support to the infantry if needed. We also had two Tigers which I have not until then seen the full capabilities of.

Germans moving in to capture the village (right: left flank, pak40's and infantry (not seen in the pic, left:The right flank with infantry and Tigers (not seen in the pic)

The British main force was three platoons of tanks, mostly Shermans, of which were
those dreaded fireflies that our men fear so much, and the armoured behemoths (named
after the enemy across the channel), Churchills

The enemy took the initiative and rushed forward with their infantry on the left flank, one platoon of Shermans on the center and the second Sherman platoon on the right along with the Churchills. The rest of their infantry secured their side of the village and took up defensive positions. Their Shermans and one firefly opened up the battle by shooting at our panzers, blowing one of them up and sadly killing the driver in the blast. He did not die in vain however, we retaliated. Our Paks and Panzers returned fire, causing utmost damage by destroying three of their tanks. At the same time our Tigers moved up to meet the other tanks on the other flank while my platoon provided support.

The Pak 40's and panzers unleash hell on the Shermans while the Tigers meet the rest of the British tanks supported by Infantry.

Suddenly there were a roar an as i turned my head around the enemy aircraft was already made its pass over the panzers, rending two more useless, killing a number of their crew. But we made them pay.

British aviation counter the panzer IV's

Our Tigers moved in to the wheatfield shooting on the move and destroying two of the enemy Churchills. To our right we could se the third platoon, more Shermans and one more firefly moving up through the woods to engage us. Meanwhile, on the left flank our infantry was engaging British riflemen and fighting them of without taking losses, or so was I told by my good friend Heinz who is part of that platoon, but I think he is bragging.

Tigers intercept the Churchills

Infantry engaing infantry in the left flank. The German forces are well prepared with support from a platoon of heavy machineguns and as soon as the British riflemen pour out of the woods, the Germans pour fire into their ranks and after a few momens, the ground was littered with dead and wounded Brits.

The fighting on my flank was growing more intense by the minute. Our remaining two panzers fought a long range duel with the firefly but without neither side being able to knock the otherone out. The Tigers manouvered around trying to reach the flank of the last Churchill which during the entire battle keept soaking up fire with its front.

As the Shermans came close to my platoon we prepared to move in and assault it but luckily a well aimed shot from the ferocious gun of one of the Tigers destroyed the Sherman closest to us. Meanwhile we were constantly harraased by the enemy planes and my platoon even took some casualities from it and thus forcing us to stick to the cover.

Tigers, Grenadiers fighting the Churchills and Shermans at close range.

Finally our Tigers managed to get around the flank of the Churchills and destroyed the last one in a great cavalcade of fire. My platoon kept fireing out panzerfausts at the tanks in the woods, and we acutally managed to stun some of them, giving the Tigers time to reload and finish of one more enemy Sherman.

Grenadiers and Tigers work to give support to each other.

The enemy airsupport was a big problem to us during the entire battle and based on what I have been told it seems that most of our casualities were caused by the planes. During the final moments of the action the plane even destroyed one of the Tigers and in the same rocketrun killed a number of solders from my platoon. We needed to move, and assaulted towards the last tanks in the woods and with the help from the remaining Tiger and our panzerfausts we blew the last firefly up.

The Brits had run out of armour and we still had panzers, fieldguns, a Tiger and generally intact infantry. The Brits blew the retreat and we captured the Village.

The final minutes of the battle.

This was a fine victory for us my dear family and I am confident that we will repel the invasion of Europe. I hope you are proud of me and I look forward to your reply.

Your dear son
Got mit uns!