Blog discription

What will you find here? Ramblings from an aging gamer-miniature painter. When I first started out in this hobby computers were in their infancy and finding other gamers could only be done by going to conventions or as in my case bumping into somebody who happened to see me reading "Panzer Leader" on the school bus. Look how far we have come! The internet has allowed our small community to be able to connect on a level I never dreamed of when I was but a small lad. What I do hope you will find here is something interesting from one wargamer/miniature painter to another. I paint miniatures somewhat decently, so I will be posting some pictures of my work, and perhaps a review or two of games and/or miniatures. Most of all this is just about having fun and anything I post here is meant to be for that reason.

Tuesday, July 23, 2024

Huron warrior and an Atlas from the Battletech world to on the completed shelf.

Overwhelmed and a little burned out from painting other peeps minis, I am all over the place on what I really want to focus on for me. I think I am going to finish my Huron's as I only have five figures to go. Then I will finish three more Kell Hound Mechs to flush out my Assault lance. Then I have to work my way back to painting some more figures for "other" peoples collections. 

Below we have a Huron warrior with a warclub, and below that an Atlas Assault Mech for my Kell Hound lance. The 2nd wave of Kickstarter stuff is on it's way to me and this is probably why I am getting excited to paint some more Battletechs.








As always thanks for looking.

Cheers
Kevin



 

Tuesday, July 16, 2024

Macedonian Warlord

 Finished the Warlord for the Macedonian Saga Army. Going to set the rest of these aside for a few as I am a bit burned out on them, but at least there is enough to game with for now.




As always thanks for looking.

Cheers
Kevin


Sunday, July 14, 2024

More Flint and Feather

 So being that these are pre contact woodland Indians I had to really think about colors. The hardest part being the warpaint and tattoos. I want colors for this to be different for each Indian, but I also want them tied together for a theme. For me it will be easier to pick out who's who on the table top since it's Indian on Indian. 

Here are my first four. I want 14 painted for each side, then after a few battles I can add more if I need to. I also have the Canoe set, and the woodland animals, and I definitely want that on the table. 




As always thanks for looking.

Cheers
Kevin




Friday, July 12, 2024

Flint and Feather

 I've been overwhelmed by different projects, but I got a little me time and painted up my first test Indian miniature from Crucible Crush. Their ruleset is called Flint and Feather. Haven't tried it out yet but if I turn out not to be a fan I'll use them for the ruleset Tribal. 

These miniatures are pre contact and are nicely detailed. I thought how hard is it to paint half naked dudes. Turns out pretty hard! These guys got a lot of busy details and they take a bit of patients to paint up.


As always thanks for looking.

Cheers
Kevin


Sunday, July 7, 2024

The Quar War terrain boards… I have taken possession!


Anton the Master Blaster beyond Thunder Dome terrain building extraordinaire has done it again!

I took possession of the terrain boards today and have to say my Quar are pleased! Hell I am ecstatic!

Thank you Mr. Anton, you continue to amaze me.

Without further ado here are some snap shots and hopefully my little video can be seen. On the bottom right corner of vid there is a four corner box you can tap or click on to make video bigger.











As always thanks for looking.

Cheers
Kevin
 

Thursday, June 27, 2024

Macedonian Companions

 I've finished some Companion for my commission. Still have a bit more to go before I complete the whole thing, but I am coming along.

The consensus on the research I have done on the Companions has them equipped as follows:

"Companion cavalry would ride the best horses, and receive the best weaponry available. In Alexander's day, each carried a xyston (long thrusting spear), and wore a bronze muscle cuirass or linothorax, shoulder guards and Boeotian helmets, but bore no shield. A kopis (curved slashing sword) or xiphos (cut and thrust sword) was also carried for close combat, should the xyston be lost or broken."

Having done my research on dress and equipment I based the Companions I have done off of Alexander's Persia Campaign. It wasn't until he conquered Persia that he bestowed lavish gifts and equipment to the Companions. 

The paint job I used was based off of this painting.


Of course minus Alexander himself as in the Rule set Saga he is on a Warlord base and isn't leading the charge of his Companions like he would in history.

Here are some fun facts about how many and who the Companions were:

The Companion cavalry was composed of the Hetairoi of the king, mainly upper class citizens who were able to acquire and maintain armour and horses. In the age of Philip II and Alexander they were organized into 8 territorial squadrons, termed ilai. Each ile numbered between 200 and 300 horsemen. They were originally commanded by a single leader, Philotas under Alexander the Great, but following his execution would see the leadership split between two men, Cleitus the Black and Hephaestion. Arrian claims this would be because, Alexander "did not want anyone, not even his intimate friend, to be the centre of attention". After receiving reinforcements in Susa, Alexander established two companies in each squadron. They were referred to by the name of the territory they were mustered in or by the name of its captain. The Royal Ile was commanded by Alexander himself and contained twice the number of soldiers the other units contained, c. 400. These cavalry squadrons would sometimes be combined in groups of two, three or four to form a hipparchy, which was commanded by a hipparch, though the whole Companion force was generally commanded by Alexander.

In Alexander's Balkan campaigns, we find mention of Companions from upper Macedonia, the central Macedonian plain and Amphipolis. During the advance on Granicus, a squadron commanded by Socrates of Macedon (not to be confused with the philosopher) hailed from Apollonia on Lake Bolbe. During the Battle of Issus, Arrian names the ile of Anthemus (modern Galatista),; another, from the unidentified land of Leuge (likely Pieria), is also mentioned.

Theopompus describes the Companions, probably of around the mid 4th century BC, as being made of "no more than 800 at this time" and mustered "some from Macedonia, some from Thessaly and still others from the rest of Greece". By 338 BC, Alexander is reported to have had around 2600 in his Companion Cavalry As Alexander's force campaigned towards India, barbarians played an increasing role in the Companion Cavalry and the Macedonian mutiny at Opis may have been partially caused by this. At one point, there were four hipparchies made up of entirely oriental forces and one that was a mix of Macedonians and orientals.

In battle, Alexander the Great personally led the charge at the head of the royal squadron of the Companion cavalry, usually in a wedge formation. In a pitched battle, the Companions usually fought on the right wing of the Macedonian army, next to the shield-bearing guards, the hypaspists, who would guard the right flank of the phalanx. Other cavalry troops would protect the flanks of the Macedonian line during battle. Under Alexander's command, the Companions' role was decisive in most of his battles in Asia

...and now some pretty pictures of my interpretation of the Companions.









As always thanks for looking.

Cheers
Kevin





Monday, June 3, 2024

Quar War

 Zombiesmith has been around for awhile making a line of Science fiction/fantasy range of figures called the Quar. They are basically anteaters and it is a grimscical kind of game that uses WWI technology. He has made them in 28mm, 15mm, and 6mm. With the larger scale being more skirmish style in play. He has whacky animals and strange WWI looking vehicles that just make you want to play the game if just to touch and move around these interesting pieces on the table. 

Zombiesmith has recently teamed up with Wargames Atlantic and released some plastic kits which has breathed new life into these guys little world. Here is a copy and paste of what they are all about:


It seems the Quar have always been at war. When the first wandering clans of insect gatherers built their low, mud-walled buildings, it was as much to keep out other Quar as the wild animals. As they first learned to make tools to get food, they quickly learned to make tools to defend themselves. The mud walls quickly became fortified citadels, and then city-states. In five thousand years of civilization, the only constants of their culture have been the changing of the seasons and the threat of war.

Quar are just like you and me - perfectly normal creatures, bereft of magic or supernatural powers or other-worldly technologies. They do eat bugs, though, and lots of them. Most quar, when they’re not fighting each other over slights real or imagined, are farmers, or traders, or merchants. Mostly they live simple, happy lives full of hard work, ale and the occasional overeating of mothcakes.

But there are other quar - ambitious, striving quar - for which a mere warm bed and full belly are not enough. These are the ones that scheme, that connive, and their machinations bring whole nations and kingdoms into conflict. Constant conflict, brutal conflict, for the history of Alwyd is written in blood.

The Long War is entering a new phase. Gather your weapons, choose your side, and prepare to begin your chapter in the history of this grand conflict.


Here are the first 12 I have painted for the Crusader side. I''ll be painting up some Royalists next.










As always thanks for looking.

Cheers
Kevin