Death Korps: The Tally

Posted in Miniatures with tags , , , , on April 7, 2018 by Sean

I’ve been keeping up with the Death Korps of Krieg army for 40K. These hardcore IG soldiers just keep getting churned out…

In a nice change of pace, I’ve painted up the Krieg Quartermaster Squad. This is a unique unit for the Krieg army. A Quartermaster and his retinue moves among the infantry squads, dispatching the cowardly, granting merciful death to the severely wounded, and boosting morale for his men. The squad acts as a combined Commissar/Medic/Standard squad or the Death Korps.

The Quartermaster himself is clad in the symbols of death, with a skull-faced gas mask and rib cage armor plate. In a contrast to the rest of the army, he wears black, with red showing on the inside lining of the long coat. He wears the standard uniform under his coats, shown by his trousers and boots (a visual tie to the infantry). In an army of faceless goons his skull mask gives him a sinister personality.

Next are the servitors that accompany him. They wear red robes, both to make them distinct from the infantry and to tie them into the Adeptus Mechanicus priesthood. The hunched servitor carries uniforms and helmets of fallen Guardsmen, possibly for recycling for the new recruits. The other servitor is a combat medic, sprouting bionic arms tipped with surgical tools. Like the other servitors he wears red robes, though in his case he also wears a white apron (the only large use of white in all the infantry).

The last servitor carries a huge board festooned with casualty lists and the Quartermaster’s duties. More parchment prints out from his chest piece to drag on the ground. A servo-cherub hovers over him, carrying more of the parchments.

In addition to the Quartermaster, I’ve finished a group of heavy weapon teams. These will either slot into existing Infantry Squads, Heavy Support Squads, or Command Squads, which is why they lack platoon or squad markings. There will be more painted up for the army in time.

The teams are a pair of Autocannons and a Lascannon. The larger bases allow more battlefield litter, debris, barbed wire, and loose rocks sticking out of the mud, tying into the rest of the army.

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Wars of the Roses: The House of Lancaster

Posted in Miniatures with tags , , , , , on April 1, 2018 by Sean

 

The Lancaster army for the Wars of the Roses is done. Except for the camp, all battlegroups are finished. On to the Yorkists!

This is the full 600 point army-

Commander-in-Chief: Duke of Somerset

Sub-commander: Duke of Exeter

Sub-commander: Earl of Northumberland

3 Longbow Archers groups (in Somerset, Northumberland, and Trollope liveries) w/ stakes

3 Dismounted Men-at-Arms and Footmen groups (in Somerset, Roos, and Clifford liveries)

Mounted Men-at-Arms group (no particular favored livery)

Mercenary Crossbow group (being mercs, they have no unified livery)

 

In designing the army, I picked colors based off the real commands of the Battle of Wakefield. Then I picked good color combinations based on what looked good together. I didn’t want too much unity for the army, as the Wars of the Roses favored units owing fealty to their own leaders rather than a the king himself (part of the whole problem that led to the war!).

Detailed pics of each battlegroup can be seen in previous posts.

The Yorkists army I have planned on the other hand will be more unified, as it will follow Edward IV, his brother Richard, Duke of Gloucester (the future Richard III) and Lord Hastings, who all have very similar livery colors of red/blue or murry/blue. A few lesser nobles will bring some color variation though, such as Neville’s blue/white and Buckingham’s red/black.

Field of Glory: Battle!

Posted in Miniatures with tags , , , , , on March 23, 2018 by Sean

A pal and I are getting back into Field of Glory! With the interest in the new Wars of The Roses armies I’ve been working on, another player returned to his Medieval French army.  These are pics from our latest battle.

 

The armies were the starter armies from Storm of Arrows lists, at ~600 points. We’ll get larger games later on.

The English had an inspired CiC, 2 Troop commanders, 2×8 Archers with stakes, 6×2 Archers with stakes, and 3×4 Dismounted Men-at-Arms.

The French were 3 Troop commanders, 3×4 Knights, 3×6 Crossbow, 6 Genoese Crossbow, 8 Peasant Mob, and 8 Voulgiers. They’re not done yet, but painting up fast. The pics don’t do the French justice- they’re amazing in the flesh.

 

The lines spread out pretty evenly, favoring the left French flank. We rolled most of the terrain to the edges where it wasn’t any help to the English, leaving the center wide open for all those Knights.

Early on the right French flank with Crossbows and Peasant Mobs met English Archers and Men-at-Arms, They came out of it poorly, breaking and running for the hills. The Men-at-Arms turned the flank, eventually breaking another unit of Crossbows. Unfortunately, that was the only real English success…

 

In the center and right English flank, the French Knights impacted with the English line. It went badly immediately. The English couldn’t roll out of a paper bag, while the French were rolling like rock stars, wearing down the English morale and killing stands.

 

The Knights barreled over the English line, killing Archers and Men-at-Arms left and right. The center with the English C-in-C broke, cascading into breaking nearby units, while the rest of the line was near breaking or just dying. I called a retreat, since most of my army was either broken or fragmented. Curse you Frenchy!

 

 

Wars of the Roses: Henry, Henry, Henry…

Posted in Miniatures with tags , , , , , , on March 18, 2018 by Sean

 

I’ve finished the commanders of the Lancastrian force for Field of Glory. It’s Henry’s, all the way down. The three leaders of the force (based on the Battle of Wakefield) are all named Henry, serving the crown of Henry VI.

The commander stands get the man himself, accompanied by a standard bearer. The banners were drawn in Illustrator and then colored with paint before attaching them to the lances of the knight. Each commander also gets a marking on the back to keep track of them in-game, a star for ‘leader’ and number to distinguish them.

The commander-in-chief is Henry Beaufort, Duke of Somerset. His blue/white livery is seen in an Archers and Men at Arms battlegroup, befitting the most important leader on the table. His mount has an elaborate covering, showing off Somerset’s wealth and importance. The standard is a tusked ram/antelope(?), with the gold portcullis also seen in his unit banners and uniforms. In addition to his standard bearer, he gets a herald. I like the late 15th century fashion of jacket or other clothing worn over the plate armor. Obviously this man is not expecting to get into the scrum.

The next is Henry Percy, Earl of Northumberland. His red/black livery is used by one of the Archers battlegroups. He has a drummer added to his base, potentially as a means to signal his orders to his subordinates. His standard features a lion, with half moons, horn, links of chain, key, and sheathed dagger.

Last is the Duke of Exeter, Henry Holland. I kept his base simple, with just Exeter and the standard. His standard is a signal brazier, alongside sheaves of wheat(?).

 

 

 

In addition to the commanders, I’ve finished the army’s Mounted Men at Arms, the knights. While not the terrors of the continent, such as French or German knights, they’re still pretty impressive on the table. The top of the pic is the battlegroup in formation to fight, since knights only fight in a single rank in-game. The stand on the far left carries the unit’s standard, a basic white flag with red St. George’s Cross, also seen on the standards of the commanders.

One problem of the models was that knights are 3 per stand on a 40mm wide base. They barely fit, and their arms and legs stick out, making lining up the stands a bit difficult. This sometimes means I have to repeat some models so they fit better.

Finally there is the last battlegroup of Men at Arms, wearing the livery of Thomas, Lord Roos. Their yellow/blue color contrasts with Roos’ standard, a red flag with white bougets, apparently a type of water skin. Some wear a red bull’s head on their chests. Despite his importance at the Battle of Wakefield, I didn’t actually depict him with a model. Presumably he’s among his men in this unit. Maybe if the army gets a fourth commander for larger games.

The army is nearly complete! All that’s left is a camp and the army’s field fortifications. Otherwise all done.

 

Gladiators: Round 3

Posted in Miniatures with tags , , on March 16, 2018 by Sean

 

The final group of the Gladiators project are done. Always good when a big group gets finished.

First up is a Dimachaerus, a heavier type of fighter with a air of swords. With him is a Velite, a light skirmishing gladiator. They would often carried javelins or sword. This one is dressed like a Gaul (or Briton?), including the wild bleached hair and Celtic-design shield. He might actually be a Gaul…

Next are the Eques gladiators, shown in a previous post. This time they’re mounted on the horses that give them their name. I matched the colors of the riders’ clothes and shields to the foot versions. Their right hands are empty for now; they will get javelins eventually.

Next, another Hoplomachus, armed with spear and shield and Grecian-style helmet and armor. The other fighter is a Scissor, a heavy armored gladiator with an enclosing helmet and odd armored blade harness over one hand. He must have been quite interesting to watch in action.

The next pic is a Retiarius, with the typical net and trident. A variant type, the Laquearius, instead wields a spear ans whip, but otherwise wears the same armor.

Finally, there are some of the officials of the sand- Referees! You never see those in the gladiator movies. Their job was to watch the fighters, using their staff to enforce the rules, separate fighters, and end the fight when either combatant called mercy or was taken out of action. The last official is known as Charon. Named after the ferryman of the dead, his job was to use his hammer on fallen gladiators to give them merciful deaths. The god mask is a nice touch, giving some theatricality to essentially the mop-up man.

All done!

 

Field of Glory: Men-at-Arms

Posted in Miniatures with tags , , , , , , on March 6, 2018 by Sean

 

More Lancastrians arrive to fight for Henry IV! For King and Crown (until we change sides, maybe)!

I had to pause on the Lancastrian army for Field of Glory for a bit as I waited for the Litko bases to arrive. Now that they’re here, the army continues. These are some of the Dismounted Men-at-Arms and Retinue Billmen, as well as one stand of the Mounted Knights.

Following the color scheme convention of the Archer battlegroups, the Billmen have a single color scheme associated with each group. Armies in this era tended to wear the livery of their lords or cities/villages, rather than individualized heraldry of their own. I based the commander models and battlegroup colors off the forces at the Battle of Wakefield. I opted for as much variety as I could, using as many different lords as I could.

With that said, the first MAA group wears the livery of Henry Beaufort, Duke of Somerset. This is the same as one of the Archer battlegroups. I decided that since Somerset was the commander-in-chief of the whole force, he would have multiple groups in his colors. His blue/white scheme was offset by a variety of colors to break up the repeated poses. I painted Somerset’s banner with the portcullis and chains. A simplified version of the portcullis shows up on a few billmen’s clothes.

The other Billmen group is in the colors of Lord Clifford, another important baron on the Lancastrian side. His white and red colors certainly contrast with Somerset’s group. His banner was also hand-painted. The little marks on the chests of some of the billmen is a simplified red dragon, one of Clifford’s symbols.

Finally, here is a single stand of the Knights. They wear mostly undecorated armor, without any personal livery. Their mounts also wear heavy armor. An interesting detail of the decoration of the time was the bright colors the forces used, including coloring the hafts of their halberds, billhooks, and lances.

More to come. The force is nearly done.

Dust: Lil’ Stompy Mecha

Posted in Miniatures with tags , , , , on February 24, 2018 by Sean

So, I’ll been lured into starting a small force for Dust 1947, the alternate history WWII game…

After watching several games, I was enamored with the Sino-Soviet Union’s Steel Guard. These are one-man mecha/powered armor troops with weedy arms and honking big guns, piloted by quadruple amputee veterans. Heroes of the Union stomp forth to blast the foe! I love these little guys’ design. As it stands, you can field a whole army of them, so I was sold.

I picked up the Steel Guard Fire Support Squad, a three-man shooty unit. I experimented with color schemes, from realistic Russian armor green, various camouflage, even winter whitewash. In the end I went with a scheme inspired by the artist Ashley Wood, he of the Zombies vs Robots vs Amazons series of comics. His robots typically have rusted metal and chipped/peeled paint, as well as a general industrial feel.

The base color for the armor is GW Baneblade Brown. I experimented with a new painting technique using sponges to layer colors over each other. This gives a nice effect of chipped and scraped paint, reflecting battle damage and wear and tear. The chipping was done with Rhinox Hide, Rakarth Flesh, and black. The left arm plate was done with a red-orange to add some color and designate the squad on the table.

These two are the squad leader, armed with a pair of machine guns, and one member with an autogun. While they have squad numbers, they are otherwise fairly anonymous. Some of the models allow the face lid to be lifted to show the pilot, but I liked the smooth faceless quality of the armor. The leader does have a few personal touches though- a small satchel on his back, and a trophy German helmet (with nice bullet hole), both from the Bolt Action German plastic sprues.

This color scheme will be used for the rest of the force. I do plan on using some camouflage designs for the planned Sniper unit. More to come.