vrijdag 21 juli 2017

Hochland Handgunners

Coming from the box I traded at the club last friday, I added some firepower to my small Order force.

I touched up the models to fit my Hochland main part of the force, and went for a small unit without command group, as I don`t expect them to be around long when faced with a few thousand points of opposition.

Adding a bit of variety compared to the swordsmen, these guys all have one sleeve in red, while the rest remains green for their uniforms.

The force now is beginning to reach completion, as it`ll be receiving a single 10 man unit still in the form of Militia, and then a Hag to "lead" the Dark Elf contignent of the force.  That will then give me a small but varied force, perhaps not the biggest in quality but with a good quantity of models to hopefully make a minor dent.

And now, time to paint on the next unit ;-)

donderdag 20 juli 2017

Coffeemill Exposition Mortsel

In Mortsel, near Antwerp, a rather unique collection is on display until coming saturday, the 22nd of july.

Located in an empty store, the private collection of Rene Vanhove, together with a few pieces of fellow collectors, is displayed for all those loving the black gold.

The Dutch introduction, sourced from UitInVlaanderen, reads as follows:

Oude koffiemolens krijgen bij René Vanhove uit Hove een tweede leven. Hij herstelt ze allemaal eigenhandig en in hun oorspronkelijke staat.
Zes jaar geleden kreeg hij zijn eerste koffiemolen, die van de bomma. Nu heeft hij er een 130-tal staan. Handmatige molens, geen elektrische. Zijn grote trots zijn de twee Brusselse toonbankkoffiemolens van J. Van Cauteren uit 1850. Ook geliefd zijn de ‘boerenvlaamse’ molens en de koffiemolens van Peugeot uit Frankrijk of hangkoffiemolens uit België -Nederland en Duitsland.
“Ik vind het prettig om in alle rust iets te kunnen opbouwen, om vergane glorie te herstellen. Je kan geen brute kracht gebruiken voor koffiemolens, je moet heel geduldig zijn, opbouwend werken en vooral er de tijd voor nemen.”
Ondertussen is hij ook lid van de internationale club van koffiemolenverzamelaars ( AICMC) waarbij slechts een paar Belgen toegelaten zijn.
René stelt zijn opmerkelijke collectie tentoon in Mortsel. De tentoonstelling wordt aangevuld met enkele zeldzame exemplaren van bevriende verzamelaars.

Now, the exposition isn`t a huge museum or something, but it is a nice stroll through the past of the venerable coffee mill, from the old hand models to the first efforts at electrifying the machines.

Personally, I adored this collection of wall hanging mills, a lot of them gorgeously decorated.

It also has some serious oddities, like this italian one where someone did their own "handyman job" on powering it.

If you are in the neighbourhood, make sure to drop by this lovely little exposition for a trip through the history of grinding your coffeebeans!

It`s open between 14 and 18 hrs, and the entrance is totally free.

Emperor's Children 6mm Land Speeder

The first small unit I have finished to go with my 6mm Chaos army after the initial 1000 points has been finished yesterday evening, a modest Land Speeder.

This vehicle hopefully gives me some fast moving firepower for the tabletop.

Now, while I went for the Emperor's Children post heresy colourscheme, in the future I`ll also be adding some units painted in other Legion colours.  The reason for this is mainly to add some variety to painting, but I`m planning a more dedicated blogpost on this subject somewhere next week.  So if you're intrested in some of that rambling, check back soon.

The model itself is one of the old plastic speeders from the Epic range from Games Workshop, the one with the huge plasma cannon on top.  Painted with Squid Pink as it`s base colour (from the Game Color range), this then got a purple wash from Army Painter's range on top.  The golden tone, Brass from Coat D'Arms, also got the purple wash, which is suitable for the 6mm models, but for their 40k equivalents I`ll be using a chestnut wash indeed to give it an even "older" look (like I did on my Elector Count a few weeks ago).

And now to paint some more Empire chaps in order to get that all finished ;-)

woensdag 19 juli 2017

Code Geass: Akito The Exiled

A spin-off series of the highly rated and popular Code Geass series, Akito the Exiled is a 5-part OVA set during the "hole" between the two seasons of the original.

Making use of the same animation and drawing style, I did make one mistake... I got the dubbed version instead of the subbed one.

And boy is the dub horrible.  The series focusses on the events that take place in Europe, with the Eurasian union and Britanno-euro union (our day France and United Kingdom) facing off in the German / eastern countries regions.  This results as such in a lot of "frenglish" and "ruslish" overaccented speech, see my point.

A special unit, the Wyvern squadron, is commanded by Commander Maclaw and has the star pilot Akito, "the ghost of Hannibal", in it's ranks.  While he doesn`t possess the Geass, he does have a power that can mentally link others to him when he becomes very angry, maling several Nightmares connect with his movements.

On the opposing side is his brother, who is doing all he can to first take over the Order of Michael, then instigate a war between the two nations with the sole purpose of destroying humanity at all costs...

Ow, and we get to see Lelouch as well...

A very enjoyable series if you loved the original (heck, who didn`t?) with the right amount of comic relief versus action.

Just get the subbed version...

dinsdag 18 juli 2017

White Dwarf July 2017

This months White Dwarf centres around two new releases mostly, the first being of course the new edition of Warhammer 40k that came out last month.

The second is a bit of material mostly about the new Age of Sigmar: Skirmish rules, which is a bit of Mordheim styled play.

Of course, you get the focus on all sorts of new releases (Primaris Marines mostly), but let`s have a look at some of the bigger features of the magazine.

The Hall of Fame centers around the very impressive Magnus the Red kit, I can only hope Fulgrim will be released as such a set one day as well.

Next up, we have a very intresting interview panel, all about the kit designers this time.  Including Aly Morrison, a bloke from "my days"... so yeah, I`m getting old.

In Tale of Four Warlords, the saga of building forces for 40k continues, and the Iron Warriors are becoming the largest Power Level force by far at the moment.

Golden Demon this month is about the Horus Heresy, and includes some fantastic dreadnoughts and titans.

The Art of Waagh is doing a great job looking at the evolution of Orkish artwork in the Warhammer / Age of Sigmar setting.

Then we come to one of the top articles this month, as Tactica returns and takes a look at the differences in the new edition of 40k compared to the older one.  Of course, they lead neatly to this months battle reports where Tau and Orks clash.

It`s Skirmish time then, with a battle report, but also some example bands and some material what these rules are all about.  I am definitly getting that Start Collecting Slaanesh box that is suited to this ruleset.

Army of the month features a huge Stormcast Eternal force this time round, while the rest of Painting and Collecting looks at forces for 40k made from the Start Collecting boxed sets.

Other paint guides include the Primaris Psyker, but also an article on the battle boards and how you can customise them.  This rolls nicely into Blacheitsu, while the hobby section is rounded out with some gorgeous examples and tips on painting armoured vehicles.

A good issue this month, but not the best I picked up yet since I restarted buying them, it does have some very handy paint tips for myself.

maandag 17 juli 2017

Hochland Swordsman state troops

Continuing in my labours to get around 1000 points on the table for the mega battle, and with the clock ticking ever closer as I have about a month to go, another small regiment got finished.

This time, following the theme of my Elector Count, I went for the Hochland colours for the Swordsman troopers.

Armed with swords and shields, allowing a better save and to re-roll 1s, these guys are a nifty little regiment for 80 points, pushing my total now to 760 points in total.

The next regiment for the force will be some more Hochlanders, but of the handgunner variety then, while after that I`m going to have to see what to paint next to get as close as possible to the aimed for points value.

For Sigmar!

zondag 16 juli 2017

Future War Commander: Emperor's Children 1000 points

A small paint marathon and varnish morning this weekend, and I already have my initial plan for this week completed.

I managed to get a battle ready force of Emperor's Children finished, totalling 1000 points if I use the Marine Corps army list.

While it will be expanded (a lot) with more units, this was already a small, probably not so great, force put together so that I can get a game in after almost 6 years.  Rusty won`t even start to cover my gaming skills in the system...

The HQ (for now) is this Space Marine stand from Epic.  I`m planning on mix and matching various colourschemes, for the III Legion that`ll be the pink / black post heresy scheme with the gorgeous purple and gold original scheme.  He will be, when I expand my force, demoted to a CO, as a demon prince will take the place of HQ, and ideally over time Fulgrim himself.

The Regular Marines are 5 stands strong, and are Onslaught miniatures Hellborn.  Their, errrm, "open front end armour plates" was a sure seller when I saw the figures.  I also have more of them in the jetpack variant for stands of assault marines later on.

These bikes have been painted in the original colours, and the stand will serve as a Recce bike, something I`m planning on all the "normal" bikes because...

... for the infantry on bike units I`m going to be using the old Steeds of Slaanesh models from Epic, and the force begins with 4 of them.

Next up, I have 4 of the really old plastic dreadnoughts, divided over two stands, to make two units of support walkers for the force.

The only real tank so far in my force is this Land Raider, also painted in the original Legion colours.  She will begin her career as the IFV version of the Raider to fit the list's points.

I went for the white marble bases, something I`m fond off ever since I saw that in a White Dwarf mid 90s, as this give a sort of "demon worldly" look to the bases, and which will even look better when iItransfer that scheme to my 40k models I hope.  And of course, the gloss varnish was deliberate to give them an all shiny look (okay, the lighting strenghtens it incredibly on the pictures).

I`ll be doing at times, for fun, perhaps some small detachments of 3 other Legions to go "in" the force, which is something I`m planning to do for my 40k army as well, perfectly possible in that system with all the seperate detachments making a list, and I want to copy this on my 6mm.

But first, I`ll be preparing some more units to expand my choices in this force :-)