zaterdag 7 december 2019

On the Painting Desk 121

More preparations for the AHPC this week, though I did manage to finish a couple of 6mm models as you could see earlier this week.

But at the moment, my biggest friends, while awaiting a paint desk, are glue and clippers to start the serious painting work in 3 weeks.

So that gives me heaps of time still to assemble and undercoat a trainload of models still...

vrijdag 6 december 2019

Ipsqueek's Adventures: the first Saint Nicolas visit...

Greetings all!

Though I refuse to yet reveal my true face and name, you can all adress me as Ipsqueek, the little miracle.

And let me tell you a short adventure I had today.  While comfortably lounging in my mommy's belly this morning I had this great visit.  Apparently, the holy Saint Nicolas has broken into my house (no, not her belly, the bigger house) and brought me gifts.

Delicious, yummy, gifts.  Now I must force mommy to eat them all though, so that I can taste all that yumness inside here, while I keep practicing my Flying Kick Kung-Fu!

But first, time for another nappy...

donderdag 5 december 2019

This ain't Farmville

But it is the farmer and his lifestock!

Produced by Perfect Six Miniatures, I finished a lot of small livestock and the farmer scatter terrain.

Granted, the farmer model is a renaissance style figure, but at this scale, and with rather generic clothing none the less as a paint job, he fits in just as well in some rural areas.

While his faithfull border collie accompanies him, the sheep and cows graze around the fields of his lands.

And yes, that's the Milka cow :-p

woensdag 4 december 2019

Solo wargaming in 2020

As part of the renewed and refreshed YouTube channel in 2020, one of the plans I'm forming in the dusty recesses of my mind is uploading solo wargaming reports.

This is a bit due to a two fold reason, namely it's a good way to learn and improve editing YouTube videos, as well getting some games done I like, but can't find opponents regularly for.

This will be a selection of small scale games, either in points or in actual scale (hello 6mm) and it will be a way for me to learn the rules (or master them better) as well that way, plus a good way to spend some time when I'm alone on babysitter duty for example.  Now, real life calendar obliged, this will be the project for the second half of the year though, as with Ipsqueek on the way the first part of the year will be totally devoted to him.

Looking at my collection, but also at figures I "well, I just might" get, these will be on the one hand 6mm games of Future War Commander and Blitzkrieg Commander, but also some other systems and periods.  Hordes of the Things comes to mind, as do the Polemos rules by Baccus 6mm once I get round painting up some obscure forces or periods.  My beloved ACW will definitly be in there, as will the Risorgimento, a period that always caught my eye but is so limited here in Belgium on an intrest level...

In larger scale figures, I'm looking at games like Shadespire, MESBG Battle Companies, Burrows and Badgers, Kill Team... those kinds of small scale Skirmish games that I can field on the tabletop of a living room table.  But it allows me to play the games more regularly and prevent me from when I do play them, having to look up rules all the time once I got them under the knee.  It also adds the benefit of "focussed painting" that way.

Another benefit is that it will be countering my withdrawal symptons from clublife and gaming.  Ever since buying the appartement and Noshi getting pregnant, club life is going slow and I'm managing to barely get a game a month in.  Which isn' to good for my "work mood" as I don't have my blow of steam vent opened as much, and believe me, my job (which I love) does bring stress with it as well. But this way, I can get games in on the weekends I can't get there, and document them, which is one part of the hobby I love doing: brabbling.

The way I'll be running the games themselves is something I'm actually studying right now, by looking at certain YouTube channels and see how they play their solo games, like TheSoloWargamingShow for one, and I guess I'll be going down the road of writing up "plans" for both sides as well as target priorities, and see how it goes from there once the fickle finger of fate starts throwing them in the garbage can.

So to that end, I'm just as curious as you guys and gals how it will all turn out, because I have no idea myself at the moment on how to make those lovely documentaries for YouTube ;-)

Dia de Muertos

The most recent movie I watched together with Noshi is this recently released 2019 Mexican animation movie, made in 2019.

In the same style of story as Disney`s Coco, it visits the mexican Day of the Dead festival, or Dia de Muertos, for a story filled with magic and some humour.

In the Mexican town of Santa Clara, lives Salma, a 16 year-old orphan who never got to meet her biological parents. The only story she's been told her whole life is that they abandoned her. Salma has spent most of her life dedicated to searching out clues for her parents' identity and their whereabouts with little to no luck, until she discovers a special book that is filled with stories of Santa Clara and the history of their people. With this new special book, Salma sets off onto an adventure with her two brave and heart-warming foster brothers, Jorge and Pedro, to find the missing links to her family's heritage in hopes to finally get to meet her long lost parents.

It's not to bad a movie, even if it is not the greatest around.  The animation levels are okay and it has the usual "oh that's cute" inhabitants, but it also draws perhaps a bit to much from other movies and builds that into the atmosphere of the movie (for example, you can spot references to Beauty and the Beast, Lord of the Rings, ...).

A good saturday night television movie to wacth with kids, but nothing extraordinary.

dinsdag 3 december 2019

Flames of War... again

Okay, the flesh is weak.  Or the mind.  Or maybe one can blame lack of resistance...

But yeah, years after I sold my Flames of War italians... I bought Flames of War italians, as you could see passing by in the haul reports from the previous weeks.

I don't actually know how it came to be.  Either when looking at the tournament calender on T3, or if it was due to painting them up in 6mm recently, but for some reason I decided for myself I had to go back and play the now 4th edition of the game.

So I hopped over to my favorite online dealer, Wayland Games, and bought the Avanti Savoia book (and "some" models), in order to get started with the Mid War period again.  Granted, it seems most tournaments these days are Late War, but there where no italians in the war anymore by then.  Nevertheless, I don't doubt mid war events will be popping up left and right as well, so it gives me ample time to paint and prepare my Compagnia Carri.

Because what is more heroic after all then going to battle with a collection of L6/40s and M14/41s "tanks".  It's like playing Halflings in Blood Bowl, defeats are normal and victories become epic stories.

Add to that that Battlefront changed from the resin and metal of the time I played to more and more plastic kits, and on the contrary to "that big industry giant" has caused to actually decrease the price of the models, and it is rather cheap to get back going in the game with a limited budget to spend on it.

So while not a goal, expect to see that force growing slowly over the coming months as I'll be painting them up as in betweeners from the more regular projects.

Avanti Savoia!

maandag 2 december 2019

The AHPC10 Map is unveiled

Curt revealed all the locations and the requirements for the map of the AHPC10 today, and it looks like this:

So that`s a nice and varied set of options, and now I`ll have to ponder which route to take.

While I do have some ideas already, I am going to be using the Balloon quite a lot I think, to hop around the place and try to tangle with some varied themes.

But I`ll also be needing to paint up a "prize" figure to join this challenge, and that is something I am going to do as soon as the contest starts, to become my first entry.

At first look, I think I am going to go the "Path of the New Shiney" in all probability, though "The Path of History" is also a strong contender...

Time to do some research (and mail orders!) for the challenge, and get those brushes fired up, though the map won`t be distracting me to much (I hope) from the projects I want to do this challenge.

Time to go on an adventure!