Tuesday, August 15, 2017

The Workbench...

Hey all!

I know I've been bad about keeping everyone updated on the actual WORK I am doing, and only sharing final bits and pieces...

So here are some WIP shots!

At the top are three units of 6mm samurai that I finished up.  I've decided to do one unit of each type in the colors of my finished daimyo, to indicate the biggest and most powerful clan.

I've also redoing the basing for my son's Romans.  For a little kid, you want to be able to hold and play with each soldier individually.  So I went with some Litko bases; not cheap, but worthwhile.

Anyway... more on the way!

Sunday, August 13, 2017

The Baker and Bess on the wall...

All hung up!  I have to add a few holes to the Baker's sling...

But I think they look great!

Saturday, August 12, 2017

An updated panoramic photo of the House of War!

Hey all!

Well, I FINALLY got the Baker, so I figured I'd do a full panoramic shot of the House of War again, so I could get the newest stuff in there.

Very happy with the room.  Running out of space, which sucks, because I am NOT running out of things to buy.  Got the next thing already picked out... :)

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Anyone interested...?

Hi all!

Out of curiosity... is anyone out there interested in reading a writing exercise I am doing, a little "Write a Sharpe short story in the style of Bernard Cornwell" piece?  Sounds silly, I know, but I thought it might be fun to try to do!

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Some other photos of the guns I checked out...

Hi all!

Here are a few more of the guns I checked out today!  On the rack above are a bunch of beauties, including a really nice Charleville, and a Bren in need of repair.  

A pair of crazy Indian matchlocks.  The top gun was a wall gun, so was fired from a mount.

A rack of America!  A bunch of American guns, from the colonial times on up.  Particularly liked the Thompson and of course the Browning .30 cal on the right.

Is that an MG-34 in there?  Why yes, it is:)

Anyway... thought folks might enjoy the cool photos:)

Monday, August 7, 2017

A Baker Rifle for the House of War

Hey all!

Well, I FINALLY got a new piece for the House of War that I had been waiting for for almost a year...

... a Baker rifle!

Now, most of the folks reading this will likely know, but this is an English-made rifle that first really appeared in the Napoleonic Wars.  It is best known as the rifle of the fabled 95th and 60th Rifles, made famous by everyone's favorite Napoleonic Era hero, Dick Sharpe.  I had really wanted one for quite some time... it is SUCH an attractive gun... compact, great brasswork, fantastic sword bayonet... and so, now I have one!

I'll have photos of it on the wall when I get home and get it mounted.

What a treat!

Did some other fun stuff when I was picking it up... a few nice views, including this...

And sorry, I only filmed this one, so none of me just emptying the mag full auto!:)


Wednesday, July 26, 2017

6mm Samurai Daimyo painted...

Well, I did what I wanted to do... finish up two of each "type" of stand... teppo, cavalry, archers, and samurai.  So I celebrated with this...

My daimyo!

 I stole the tree from a unit I had finished... I thought it would look better on this stand.

I think they look cool... a little story, with the messenger riding in with his escorts to report to the daimyo.  Note the table of heads, visible in the first photo on the right of the stand!

Monday, July 24, 2017

More finished Romans...

Hey all!

Well, I did a unit of Romans for my son myself... and frankly, they don't look any better than his:)

I will say, they are just so simple to paint if you just do base coats and a dip, and that is plenty good for them.

Here they are with the already-finished unit... overall very happy with how they look!

Two more are glued together and ready for their undercoat.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

A pair of great websites

Hey all!

I've been meaning to post these two for a LONG time... just wanted to direct people to a pair of AMAZING websites.

First up is Wargaming Workshop.  Absolute ADORE this site... the guy has just beautiful, clear photos of a million of his armies... Epic 40k, Flames of War, Moreheim, Saga, Warmaster... the list is endless and interesting, and every single army is BEAUTIFULLY done.  I mean, perfect... spot on fluff, along with imagination and creativity... and each has a dedicated, cleanly created website.  It's pretty much a perfect website.

Next up...

The second website is Miniature Addiction... and holy cow.  The ENTIRE French army from Waterloo, in 6mm?  Uh, YES PLEASE!  And all beautifully based, perfectly researched... it does not get any better.  Throw in some beautiful 28mm ACW and Napoleonic and Colonials and Ancients and... well, awesome stuff:)

Anyway... I urge everyone to go check out these two websites... you can spend HOURS on them, and enjoy every second of it:)

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Another unit of Baccus 6mm Samurai done

Hi all!

Okay, another unit of samurai, done!

This is a bow-centered clan, in light blue.  I did another tree on this stand; this time, a dogwood.  It's the last tree I'll be doing for a while.  It is a little larger than the cherry blossom tree, but I think it still works?

Got another group with an undercoat drying, a cavalry clan, and then I'll move on to do the first daimyo stand!

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

My son's first unit done... Romans!

Hey all!

Well, my son and I finished up his first unit of wargames figures!

Now, he started playing Rome Total War a while back, and so decided that he wanted an army of Romans.  We picked up a couple of boxed sets of Warlord Games Romans, and went to town!

I decided we'd go SUPER simple with these; just a base coat and then dip.  Eventually I'll show him how to start highlighting after that, but he is only 5, so...

Overall I think they turned out great!  If you look closely you can see "mistakes" but overall he did a great job, and was SUPER willing to go back and correct stuff.

Here they are on the workbench.

So!  One unit down, four more (and a scorpion) to go!

Saturday, July 8, 2017

More 6mm Samurai done... with a cherry blossom tree!

Hi all!

Well, work continues as I am consumed with doing 6mm samurai... here is the latest group, that I painted yesterday and based this morning... a green clan, with a focus on guns.  This clan also has samurai instead of ashigaru on the back left (facing the stand) corner of the tray, although at this scale it is almost not noticeable.

Again I wanted to add a new element to the basing, so I went with a cherry blossom tree.  I think it turned out GREAT... I am anxious any time I add a normally-static piece of scenery to a base, but I think it worked out fine.

Here are the two gun stands... the red and green clans.

I have another group whose undercoat is just drying... an archer group that will be light blue.  I might do a second tree, a dogwood this time.  I am going to do VERY few trees, but as long as I am doing them now...

After that?  The first daimyo!  Good times!

Thursday, July 6, 2017

All the finished 6mm samurai, so far...

Hey all!

Well, a few photos to finish off the first big push.

Above, the new shelf layout.  Dropped the 15mm Dwarves down a shelf to the ACW/LOTR shelf (which actually looks sharp) and put the samurai on the top right shelf.  Quite an eclectic lot... Star Wars, Warhammer, Warhammer 40k, Zombie Survivors, Samurai, and Al Swearengen.

The "Seven Samurai" stand, and then the yellow cavalry clan and the red teppo clan.

The black archer clan, and the blue samurai clan.

"The Seven Samurai" in 6mm samurai!

Hey all!

Well, last night I was lying in bed thinking about samurai, because that's what I do now, and I realized that I REALLY wanted to do a stand to represent "The Seven Samurai."

Well... done!  I trimmed the sashimonos off of the ashigaru and tried to paint them like peasants, and then trimmed them off the samurai too.  I also gave each samurai a different color.

In terms of gameplay, the stand will just be a "samurai" stand.  Sure, it's missing some of the fanciness of the big clan stands, but I think it works out well:)

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

A fourth 6mm Baccus Samurai clan done!

Hey all!

Well, another samurai clan stand, done.

This one is a cavalry-heavy clan, so would get some movement and certain close combat bonuses in whatever rule set I eventually invent.  I am not thrilled with the large banners; they are likely going to get redone.  They need to be cleaner.  I added something new to the ground scatter... some larger rocks.  I'll do them on maybe every 3rd or 4th stand.  

Anyway... more on the way, although maybe not tomorrow.  We'll see:)

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Three clans of 6mm samurai done!

Hey all!

Well, three stands of the Baccus 6mm samurai done... well, ALMOST done, just realized I forgot to black out the edges of one!

So, I am doing each stand a bit different, but there is some commonality... all stands begin with a base of ashigaru... then what is in the FRONT determines the stand's "specialization."  There can be charging samurai, bows, guns, or cavalry.

First one, my "blue" clan.  They are a "samurai" clan.

Their leader is looking down to a lower officer and demanding a report.

The "black" clan; an archer clan.

Here is their lord, with his two mounted guards.  He has a red bow in his obscured hand (seen in the whole unit photo) to show his clan connection.

The "red" clan.  This one is a "gun" stand.

The lord rides, with a trusted lieutenant beside and behind him.

 The three stands together... I'll get another one done in a day or two, a "yellow" stand!

Anyway... I am SO happy with how they are turning out!  I've mixed up the ground cover too, to include some longer "wheat" colored grass and some bushes, and I think it works.

More coming!

Sunday, July 2, 2017

First 6mm Samurai clan done... what a revelation!

Well, the 6mm Baccus Samurai arrived yesterday, so I got a group together...

... and I have to say, what a damn revelation!

SO so simple to paint up... I think I did this entire group in maybe 30 minutes?  Then the basing, and voila!

I did use the Minibits dice holders to add two to this stand, with the idea that at some point I'll do a set of samurai rules.  I am going to do a different clan/color per stand.  Each stand will be roughly the same in the rear (ranks of spearmen) but the differences will be at the FRONT... stands will either feature guns, bows, cavalry, or samurai.  That will be the difference in terms of gameplay... clan stands will specialize in one of those, with the ashigaru just assumed to be in there and giving them the basic ability to fight.

So that's it!  I am SUPER super excited for this... they came together SO so quickly, it was a bit ridiculous.

I'll get another base going ASAP!

Oh, and I used a Flockbox to flock them... I think it worked nicely:)  I'll post more details later.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

My 1,001th post... my son paints his first soldier!

Hey all!

Well, for post #1,001, here is something new... my son painted his first toy soldier!

Now, I think he did a great job... for being only five and a half, and a Napoleonic soldier?  Yikes!

BTW, the sign he did a good job?  Bet you weren't sure, at first, which one he painted:)  It's the one on the right.

Next up?  A bunch of Romans on the way that we'll paint together!

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

A new (Dark Ages) decoration for the House of War!

Hey all!

Well, a birthday just passed, and thanks to a generous mother who asked "Is there anything you want?"... well, we have a new decoration in the House of War!

This time it is a Viking helm... a fancy one, too, fit for a thane!  I wanted to get a little something from a darker time for the room of war, as nearly everything I have is black powder and forward, and I think this does nicely!