Saturday, 23 July 2016

Panzerfäuste: Deathless Zombi

Having gone on a mini-spending spree at Devizes last weekend (more on that another day) I decided to try out the Zombiecide effects paints I bought on the as yet unreleased Panzerfäuste Deathless Zombi...

To be honest I only used the blood and gore paints from the set and they worked quite nicely, the rest are just Vallejo military paints for the Russian style uniforms.

To make them look a bit different than WW2 Russians I have decided my Panzerfäuste Dark Elves will be painted up as Drow with black skins and white hair, and consequently the Zombi had to be the same...

I think they've come up alright and might get some more soon.

Thursday, 19 May 2016

Panzerfäuste: Skøgtroll Kongens Garde

I have a terrible problem in wanting to change things. Not content with painting a set of Hysterical's Panzerfäuste Forest Trolls, I decided I had to convert some into the elite Kong's Garde (King's Guard).

The trolls are based on the Norwegians and in real life the King's Guard fought off a German attempt to capture the King and his cabinet, whilst still dressed in parade ground undress uniform (and some hastily grabbed helmets).

This necessitated a bit of work, the removal of the breast pockets, extending the trousers and changing the head gear. I attempted to make a "Swedish" helmet which went "okay" on one troll, but played it safe with a side cap for the second.

In the sixties the regiment adopted a penguin from Edinburgh zoo and so, as this is fantasy,
I decided I needed a model of Sir Nils Olav. Now sourcing a penguin was not easy. Copplestone make some but they looked a bit small. In the end I used a toy one I bought off Amazon (six for £1.99 including postage) added a plastic British helmet from Warlord and et voila, the King's penguin who needs rescuing from the Dwarves. He's bit big but the trolls like big pets!

On the subject of animals in Panzerfäuste I also painted up the Kickstarter exclusive freebie, Hansi, the Kaiser's cat...

Tuesday, 17 May 2016

Panzerfäuste: Panzerbär

Two posts in a week, what is the world coming to? :-)

When I popped into Hysterical HQ recently Rob gave me a test casting of the Panzerbär for Panzerfäuste. It is a lovely and very impressive model and I couldn't resist slapping some paint on it...

The model comes with two turret options (Pz I and II), open and closed hatch options and two bear heads...

I used standard tank painting techniques, washes, edging highlights etc, plus some weathering...

And added some 1/72nd panzer decals I had sitting around...

Overall, I am very pleased with the end result and it's a model I think will be very popular with gamers.

Sunday, 15 May 2016

Land Ironclads: Sprue Fortress III

You may remember a couple of years ago I started work on a small Sprue Fortress to go with my Sprue Village and Sprue Town for Land Ironclads and Aeronef games. Unfortunately I managed to lose the model (don't ask) but recently found it so decided to slap some paint on it before it went AWOL again...

Here it is with an aeronef and some Land Ironclads contraptions for scale...

Monday, 18 April 2016

Panzerfäuste: Forest Trolls

Although I didn't got to Salute this year, I had managed to get my hands on a set of the Hysterical Games Skøgtroll (Forest Trolls) for Panzerfäuste and have just finished painting them.

Sculpted by Alex Huntley of Warploque Miniatures fame, they are based on the Norwegian army of 1940 and I think they look pretty cool. 

I've found Alex's trolls to be probably the best on the market today, having a cool Scandinavian vibe, which suits the Norwegian theme perfectly.

They're impressively large models, standing on 40mm round bases...

I've got another three which I am thinking about converting into the Kings Guard...

Friday, 1 April 2016

Brexit Threat to French and German Toy Soldiers

I must confess to being quite socked at this morning's claim that a vote for the UK to leave the EU in June will have major ramifications on the UK gaming industry. Following on from ridiculous EU legislation that can punish you for taking a photo of a historic monument, it is being claimed that if the Brexit were to occur then EU states would refuse to give UK model and war-game companies copyright permission to manufacture model vehicles and toy soldiers based on their nation.

This would mean that UK companies like Warlord Games, Airfix  and Perry Miniatures would no longer be able to produce WW2 German infantry, Me109 fighters or French Napoleonic infantry.

Further it may be illegal for gamers  to use any existing figures they have in their collection in public (so at a club night or show) without obtaining a license (similar to a visa) from the respective nation's embassy.

Shocking though this is, at least it will see an increase in interest in British history and periods such as the English Civil War should receive a major boost.

Sunday, 21 February 2016

Panzerfäuste: Deathless Zombi Troll

In Panzerfäuste, the Deathless are an unusual faction in that they are not allied to either one side or the other, but have their own agenda. Originating out of a war between the Dark Elves and Mountain Trolls, the Deathless have plunged the Dark Elf kingdom into civil war and that conflict has spread south to impact the Great Dwarven War.

The Brute for the Deathless is a Zombi Troll, a resurrected victim of the Dark Elf/Troll Winter War. In the game the Brutes have handlers and this model will as well, in the form of two demonic Likho, which I haven't had the chance to paint yet.

During the Kickstarter the sculptor came with the gruesome idea of having the model posed ripping a Dwarf in half. Normally I don't like models that tie themselves to specific opponents but the designer was so keen it do do it, that it became a Kickstarter exclusive variant figure...

Monday, 8 February 2016

Panzerfäuste: Orc Fomori Brute

One of the more interesting new items for Panzerfäuste is the introduction of some larger beasts (generically referred to as Brutes) who help reinforce the fantasy aspect of the game, as well as provide some heavy close combat capability (especially useful for the Gnomes).

For the Orcs, their Brutes, are a large beastial race of one eyed beings from the marshlands of the Orc homeland, called Fomori (the Orcs have a slight Celtic vibe in the game's background).

I managed to get my hands on one of the pre-release models being cast up at Hysterical Games for the Kickstarter backers and subsequent retail release and have painted him up here. I went for a red-brown skin to provide contrast to the "green" Orcs, and added some rust and steel to the tank cannon "club" and the Schürzen "shield".

The Brutes handlers, modelled in WW2 tank overalls with WW1 touches like the chainmail masks and helmet, were painted in British army Khaki.

I have a nice full box of pre-release goodies read I snuck out of Hysterical last week that I'll be painting up over the next few weeks... :-)

Sunday, 7 February 2016

Panzerfäuste: Mushroom Forest

Having had a long hard think about why I was in a hobby funk I decided to blame it on my replacement brushes which were not as good as the old ones I used to get from Waylands Forge and the basing sand I was using, which was too fine compared to what I used for the previous few years.

This might sound silly but having now sourced some decent sable brushes very similar to what I previously used and a bag of recycled glass paving sand from B&Q (thanks to Ian for the suggestion) I now have some mojo back - so there!

First to see the benefits of the return of the mojo are a converted Panzerfäuste Dwarf and some rebased mushrooms I've had knocking around for over a decade having bought them off Oriental Art Studio (?) at a show in the Midlands. They were starting to look a bit fragile so I coated them in PVA to seal them and based them on two old CD's using the paving sand to tie the bases in with all my other stuff. Terrain like this is great for fantasy games...

The Dwarf is an old Wessex figure who had his tunic extended with some spare Green Stuff to make a greatcoat. This was a simple enough conversion and I might do a few more soon...

Friday, 25 December 2015

Merry Christmas!

Hoping you, your family and friends have a peaceful festive period and that Santa brought you lots of shiny new wargaming presents and not too many socks!

Unfortunately I haven't had any spare time to paint my traditional Christmas miniature so I thought I'd re-post all the ones since 2009...

Sunday, 20 December 2015

The Legend of Fyrebeard's Gold

Life has been a bit hectic of later with little time for anything gaming orientated (other than far too many Kickstarter boxes that need to hidden from SWMBO!). However I did manage to write a Strange Grogge mini-campaign for the 2015 Orcs in the Webbe Advent Calendar which features an interesting use of a Snakes and Ladders board to run the campaign...

Thursday, 5 November 2015

Larry Brom RIP

I have just read that Larry Brom, author of The Sword and the Flame, has passed away. I never met Larry but he was kind enough to send me a signed copy of TSATF 20th Anniversary edition after Wargames Illustrated published my article on French colonial operations in Dahomey a few years back.  RIP Larry.

Wednesday, 4 November 2015

Panzerfäuste: Troglodyte Black Brigade

Most of my time has been taken up with the Panzerfäuste Kickstarter this month (just four days to go, pledge now!) but I have managed to convert and paint half a section of Troglodyte's as Black Brigade troops.

I used a mix of Warlord plastic Germans, some GW Gnoblar heads and a bit of Green Stuff. They are a bit rough and ready but I am quite pleased with the end result.

Monday, 12 October 2015

Emus 1 Australian Army 0

You got to love history, no matter how much you think you know there is always something new for you to discover. Today that was the Great Emu War of 1932!

This amazing episode in Australian military history is wonderfully illustrated here on Veritable Hokum and described on Wikipedia.

Sunday, 11 October 2015

Panzerfäuste - Funded and Growing!

Well the last 48 hours have been extremely exciting! The Panzerfäuste Kickstarter was funded in two hours! It's now pushing through the stretch goals and already over 175 miniatures have been funded, as well as two rulebooks, two magick card decks and some nifty dice.

These are the miniatures that have been funded so far, looking forward to seeing how far it goes... :-)

Thursday, 8 October 2015

Panzerfäuste Kickstarter Starts Tomorrow...

Got to say I am one very excited bunny at the moment...

Some lucky people got to see these in Essen today...

Tuesday, 6 October 2015

What is Panzerfäuste?

Tia Serag aka Dready has produced this wonderful little video overview of Panzerfäuste if you want to know more about it...

Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Underground Terrain III

I have managed to repaint another aquarium decoration for my underground terrain project.

I picked this one up on eBay for just £3.53 (which included shipping from China).