Monday, December 15, 2014

Painting Challenge V Week One

Well, my first week chained to the challenge painting table is behind me and I'm pleased to report very solid progress indeed. In fact, I'm currently sitting top-o-the-heap with 430 points to my name and well on my way to reaching my 2,000 point target.

This past week I've completed a total of three entries as follows:

28mm English Civil War Dismounted Dragoons x 24

28mm Warhammer Fantasy Lizardmen Skinks x 20

15mm Flames of War Naval Infantry x 102

My first bonus round entry has been submitted and I've already got another entry 90% complete to be posted on my rostered day this Thursday coming. Stay tuned for more...


Sunday, December 7, 2014

Savage Sunday

First up, a big welcome to Bill, Dwarfy Mcgee, SteveH, thefrenchjester, bierhausser, w.vdberghe, Doc and bluebearjeff who have all joined us since our last welcome. Glad to have you aboard folks!

So the last 48 hours have been something of a painting blur as I power through my first batch of Challenge entries. In fact, I have just dashed back inside from photographing them as yet another storm in our seemingly endless run rolled in. Talk about cutting in fine. I wonder if Curt offers bonus points for dangerous photography?

At the same time I finally managed to photograph the two most recent additions to my Savage Orc army for Warhammer Fantasy, painted pre-Challenge. And here they are...

Da Pink Panfas... Dakka-dakka-dakka!

And another four Stone Trolls, this time official GW miniatures instead of (exceptionally good) knock-offs I bought thinking they were genuine.

Here they are lined up as a honking great big unit of eight. Enough to strike fear into any opposing force I'm hoping. Of course they might just die laughing instead...

That's your lot for today. I've go challenge entries to paint!


Saturday, November 29, 2014

To the Strongest has been released!

They're here at last! Simon Miller a.k.a. BigRedBat has just released his long awaited "To the Strongest!" rule set to the wider gaming community for purchase.

I've been reading loads of battle reports and ogling the images from Simon's games for some time, both in general interest and also whilst doing the layout work for Wargame Bloggers Quarterly. If they are even a fraction as good as they look you'll not be disappointed.

In Simon's own words...
I have developed the rules for gaming both for use here in the BigRedBatCave, and for running huge wargames at shows. They are designed to be simple enough for novices to the ancient and medieval periods to easily pick up, whilst, at the same time, providing seasoned gamers with a challenging battle that can be comfortably concluded in an evening (with a glass of beer or wine to hand).
What's not to like?!? Hop on over to and grab yourself a copy ASAP.


Thursday, November 27, 2014

The Silence of the Interwebs

I must apologise for the lack of promised blog activity, alluded to in my last post. Not 24 hours had elapsed since that statement whereupon my internet was terminated by one rather powerful and well aimed lightning strike upon my local telephone exchange.

Site of my former local telephone exchange *

As of this morning normal service has finally been resumed so hopefully things can begin ticking over again in the immediate future...

* Artists rendition. May not be the actual telephone exchange or even remotely to scale. So sue me.


Sunday, November 23, 2014

Sons of Death WIP, or With A Little Kelp From My Friends

Although it's getting to be a busy time as we approach the festive season, I have found a little time to paint up some more of the Sons of Death for SAGA.

The kelp seashore basing I started last week has turned out quite nicely; I began with a base coat in a dull earthen brown, inked in dark brown. When that dried, I highlighted the raised surfaces and edges in a light tan, and gave the fronds a glaze of green ink to finish. The rocks were finished in a light tone to duplicate the weathered surfaces found on the storm-wracked shores of the grey northern seas...

Don't try and get poetic, Ev, stick to painting.

I'm quite happy with that, so I'll carry the basing scheme over to the remaining seven figs in the unit. I'm working my way towards completion, slowly but surely! Here are the three figures which are closest to their finished state.

YEAARRGGGHHH!! Stubbed my bloody toe!!!

(Grumpy SoD...)

"Et cetera, et cetera, et cetera..."

A few finishing touches yet to be done, but I think that they'll turn out OK (fingers crossed!).

Don't forget that the Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge kicks off on 5 December; the blogosphere's finest brushmeisters, figlimners, modeltintists and pigmentophorists will be competing for the approbation of their fellows by painting up a storm over the following three months.

C&G's own Millsy has thrown his hat into the ring, and we are in no doubt that he will acquit himself honourably, so stay tuned!

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