Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Salute 2013

Just one (used without permission from a forum) picture of the show as others already posted hundreds of quality pictures. 

As I'm staring in disbelief at last Saturday's purchases I'm trying to decide what to unpack first and worse, what to start painting next.
We (Rob, Jacco and me) had a great weekend again. A fine show and far busier than other years. Demo games were good overall with some fantastic displays but also a few tables rather poor in quality and presentation.  My feeling is though (can't prove it with stats or anything) that fantasy is taking over very slowly. Each year fantasy traders and games seem to occupy a bit more floor space. Now I can live with a bit of steampunk or an ocassional sci-fi game but all this, warmachine, warhammer, warmahordes, warwhatever is not the thing I'm travelling to London for. Hope I'ts just me or I was walking circles at the wrong area of the venue.
Is fantasy very slowly taking over? Look at that Dreadball, Kings of War
Traders were off course well represented and it was nice speaking to them and seeing some of their miniatures in the flesh. One of the downsides of the internet really is that there are no surprises anymore at a wargame show. We can now follow the complete miniature birth from sketch to metal, examine 3-ups or bid on one of the 100's of kickstarters and what not. Can be fun at home but it takes away a part of the excitement of visiting the traders.
But that brings me to my first buy of the day. A not yet released (will be very soon) unit of French Dragoons by Offensive Minatures, lovely minis and a great addition to my French collection.
While at the Offensive booth I was so pleased with this surprise that I also bought their US Airborne figures. Not that I already painted a platoon years ago, but they looked awesome and I wanted to be over-prepared for the release of Chain of Command this summer.

my US Airborne calling for reinforcements

Other cool purchases included the Dead Man's Hand old west rules with their miniatures. The old west is one of my top favorite periods and I've been collecting and painting this for years. I've bought one of the pre-painted old west buildings as well to see if it would fit my collection that's a mix of my own painted buildings and Paul Darnell's work. Judge for yourself.

Paul's Hardware store
Building 1 DMH
My own Saloon
I must say I like the DMH building and if you would use only their buildings they should be very effective in their own style. Think I need to repaint some of it to blend them into my town.  Boardwalks are very nicely done and the picture doesn't do them justice really. They are not that far off my own boardwalks in terms of colour. I've assembled the building in about two hours and I was delighted that all parts just fitted 100%. Never did a laser cut building before but it was easy. Great Escape Games have big plans for this range with 24 buildings, interiors and even wallpapers if you really want to go nuts on these.

Staying in the Old West theme I also bought the train from Redoubt. As I wanted the train to actually get paint on it I've asked Ray and Postie from Battleaxe Painting Service to paint it for me. So you can expect some pictures from the train in the future at Ray's place.

Don't hurry Ray, the guys in the station house have enough entertainment for now

Another highlight of Salute was the blogger meetup at the Big Red Dot. Always good to see digital friends in person. I feel I could easily spend the day just chatting with all of you and order the goodies online later.
We've also had a fantastic time at the pre-Salute drinks @TheFox. While last year we had the privilege to spent the evening with Curt and Dallas from Canada now we had a great time with the guys from 'Club Landwehr'  from Malaga, Spain. There were quite a few of them and we certainly enjoyed the chats, laughter and beers.
Carlos, Francisco: "To your painting award!"

Rob, Carlos, Jacco and Francisco

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Eureka Miniatures Early French Voltigeurs

OK, I'm one tiny step closer towards the goal of building that Early French army I've always wanted to have . First goal is to build an all Eureka Brigade of four battalions, an artillery battery and some skirmishers. So, I'm about  halfway now. We'll see how to proceed from there but I definitely need a cavalry plan as well, and it not easy finding the right models.

Figures are Eureka's grenediers. I only had to cut off the grenades from the cartridge pouch for them to be used as Voltigeurs.

I've added them to the slowly growing French gallery for those who want more pictures.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Eureka Miniatures Early French Battalion 2

When it comes to the hobby there is not a lot that beats the excitement of finishing a 36 man Napoleonic unit. So when I finished this unit last week I just stared at them for an hour enjoying the moment. Now they have marched into a customized IKEA box waiting for battle for a long time probably.
As I've said in a previous post these are part of a long term project that, with little modifications such as a flag swap, covers the 1800-1808 period. 

Again, these Eureka figures are excellent and include some nice dynamic poses. The bayonets proved a challenge in basing as I wanted them to be able to represent different formations.So all bases (30x40) are marked underneath now with instructions where to put them in which formation. I've never been so organized I must admit. Flag is from GMB Designs.

Next week Salute! Hope to see some of you there at the Blogger meet up. Details can be found on Ray's bog here.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

AWI Skirmishers

Ouch, It's been way too long since I've been here. I won't bore you with the reasons but I was pretty much disconnected to the blogosphere over the last weeks. Fortunately I did manage to get some painting done in my absence on the net and manage to achieve my personal points target place in Curt's famous painting challenge.I

So over the next two weeks I will post my entries from the competition here and get some newly painted stuff uploaded as well as some game reports.

Since we have our first game of Muskets & Tomahawks tomorrow I'll start with some skirmishers I painted in the beginning of this year. Next week I will do the AAR and while I'm sure we have good fun tomorrow I hope the rules will live up to our expectations. Not that it will make a huge difference but I better go now and reread the rules