Monday, 16 January 2017

Trumpeter on Friday the 13th

On Friday the 13th I made it to the Trumpeter Society's January game night.  I put on another Men Who Would Be Kings game (I'll post an after action report for that soon) but I also had a chance to wander the hall and look at a couple of the other games.  There was some great looking action!

The table next to us had a game of Dragon Rampant played with Lego minifigs.  Looked great.

This is one of the reasons I don't play WWII naval games.

Another table had some Age of Sail gaming.

Aerial warfare on two different tables:  Cover Your 6 for WWII and Canvas Eagles for WWI

Cam had some beautiful 15mm Cross and Crescent saga action

ECW at another table.  I've been tempted to get into ECW but have so far managed to resist!

And of course there were big stompy robot wars as well!

Pulp Figures Not Zorro

I don't have a name for this fellow.  He's a Pulp Figures Zorro clone who arrived in the same envelope as Pasha Moustacha (see here). 

He has a white shirt because painting him all in black would have been too boring, and besides black and white are my least favourite colours to paint, so I might as well get them both on the same figure.  His rapier is a drawing pin nicked from my wife's sewing kit and is dangerously sharp.

Friday, 13 January 2017

ISAF Canadians

Back to Kandahar!

When I started this project, my original intention was to only have indigenous forces (ANA/ANP/ANBP and Taliban/insurgents), as I wanted to emphasize that the conflict predated Western intervention and was going to continue after the Westerners left, also to reflect that in overall numbers more fighting (and particularly more dying) is done by ANA and ANP.  In presenting this conflict I wanted to focus on the people who are most heavily impacted by it - the people of Afghanistan.

However, I heard last summer (2016) of a new company, Full Battle Rattle Miniatures, who were planning to produce miniatures of modern Canadian infantry.  For whatever reasons, distinctly Canadian military miniatures are in very short supply.  So as a patriotic Canucklehead, I just had to jump in feet first and order a set, which arrived promptly in late September.

So here is a small Canadian foot patrol, working alongside an ANP member and interacting with local Afghans.  They've been joined by an attached British soldier (a freebie from Eureka from an upcoming range). 

I've tried not to go overboard in my representation of CADPAT.  The uniforms have a basecoat of Vallejo Iraqi Sand, followed by a fairly heavy brown wash and then another drybrush with Iraqi Sand.  I've tried to simulate the greenish Canadian flag patch on the soldiers' right arms and the black and white ISAF IFF patch on the left arms, although these details are a bit hit and miss.         

Sunday, 11 December 2016

Pasha Moustacha Ali

I've just received my bonus for supporting Bob Murch in his Movember campaign, this wonderful figure of Pasha Moustacha Ali.  The figure arrived on Thursday (along with another figure).  So of course I dropped everything else and painted him up straight away:

Thursday, 1 December 2016

More Afghan regulars

Following on my recent post, I have completed the next 10 Afghan soldiers, just in time for tomorrow's second attempt at TMWWBK at the Trumpeter Bonsor Game Night.  These have similar uniforms but with black facings rather than yellow.  I have no evidence that there was any Afghan regiment with black facings, but other than a reference to yellow facings on the Maiwand Day blog, I don't know anything of how Afghan regulars were organised, so I am happy to have the black-trimmed regiment join the yellow-trimmed one!

As before, I've tried to show these troops with a mix of colours for trousers, a few shades of red for the coats and a mix of headgear.

Saturday, 26 November 2016

Pulp Figures Highlanders

After having these Pulp Figures Highlanders on my painting desk for many, many months, I have finally slapped a bit of paint on them.  They're ready for an inter-war or early WWII conflict.  They don't represent any particular regiment, which is ok since I'd only use them for a pulp-fiction type adventure if I use them at all!