Sunday, August 21, 2016

Andy's Egyptian God completed

Photos just in of Andy's Cat God for his semi historical Egyptian HotT army. Just had to share ....

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Andy's HotT Egyptian inspiration

Andy's latest work in progress: his God base for his Semi Historical Egyptians. What else for Egyptians than .. a cat!! The base is unpainted as these are a work in progress. However i thought this as so cool, I had to share.

Thanks Andy. Shame we get so few games.

Monday, August 15, 2016

We are still renovating.. a new army from the dusty depths

Um, there I was pondering what to do next and.. well.. the war band just screamed out to me. I acquired these 25mm war band figures second hand over 25+ years ago (can't recall the manufacturer), all block painted, and now with quite a few broken weapons after surviving over 14000 earthquakes. So, we have enough war band for a Big Battle DBA army, or a Big Battle HotT Barbarian army, or a significant chunk of the infantry component of a Kings of War Kingdoms of Men army, or an Armati Early German/Barbarian army.

Here's the deal ... glue back some of the missing spears which are sitting in the box,  touch up the chipped paintwork, give them a black wash, a bit of a highlight, redo the bases with black edging and static grass, and they should see service in whichever genre I choose.

Here are the first five bases (these were test bases), with another 29 to go.

They can even work in with the Huns in several of those rules genres. Hey .. a real win-win.

Saturday, August 13, 2016

The completed nomadic barbarian horde

This is the completed renovation job, with mammoth enhancements (ahem).

From a HotT perspective, far moire than the 72 points we would need for a Big Battle HotT army. There are more than enough troops there too for Big Battle DBA, and Armati. I think I can do an interesting Kings of War army too.

So.. still pondering what next.

A major renovation milestone

This is one of those major milestones: the basic Hun army renovation completed. These are the Goths I created as another of those classic 70's conversions: Airfix American Civil war cavalry hacked about with a craft knife to remove ACW looking detail, with the addition of a drawing pin shield and a dressmaking pin javelin.

They are not too pretty up close, but you can almost see the nostalgia dripping off them. I touched up the paint work (well worn after nearly 40 years), re-textured the bases with sand, paint and static grass (and a black edging, as is my preference these days) and then applied a black wash to the figures.

They would never win a painting or 'Best Army' award, but they saw good service in the 70s and 80s, and ... well.. I love 'em. For HotT they are nomadic barbarian knights, for DBA they are Gothic cavalry to support the Huns, and for Armati they are Gothic Heavy Cavalry in support of the Huns.
I have worked out that I can create a very interesting Kings of War Kingdoms of Men army in 20mm too.

Not sure what next. It might be the renovation of those 25mm Romans, or the barbarian/early Germans to create opponents for the Huns in HotT/DBA/Armati/KoW, or .... um... hmmmmmmm.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Mystery parcel opened (partly)

Wondering what was in the mystery parcel? Probably not, but I'm telling readers (both of you) anyway: two mammoths to be used as Behemoths in the HotT nomadic (read .. Hun) army.

The models are actually 15mm mammoths from the Irregular range.

There was more in that parcel, but more on that later.

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Hunnic Horde - ready for action

The great renovations is complete. Fifty two bases of Hunnic types have been touched up (purely in  a platonic painting sense, you understand), washed (in a 'making dirtier' sense), and given nice 'scenic'ed'  (is that even a word?) bases replete with sand, highlights and static grass.

Why? Well, because they were there, and because they would give me another army that looks reasonable on the table (more on that later). This gives me the option of Big Battle HotT (with a few additions) at 72 points, or Big Battle DBA (which I am warming to once more), or Armati (which I still love too).

So here is the Hunnic Horde - 52 bases worth.

The entire Horde.

Attila on the right, and a Goth type general on the left. 

Hunnic nobles, knights.

Hunnic light horse up close

The Airfix Hussar conversions, as you can see they are not too pretty up close. However as they say 'quantity has a quality of its own'. I pondered attribution of the comment. It seems there is debate about who said it. I have seen it attributed to Napoleon, and to Stalin. I even found this:
The general principle that quantity begets quality is a key tenet of the Marxist theory of dialectical materialism, as formulated by Marx and Engels, phrased as the law of the passage of quantitative changes into qualitative changes.

Regardless of who said it, it certainly seems to fit the bill as an observation on my particular Hun army.

The slightly tricky aspect of all this is that I seem to have accumulated more Huns that I am likely to use at one time in any of the game systems I like. These numbers were originally accumulated for WRG 3rd Edition, and then DBM, neither of which I play today.

Oh well, at the risk of seeming to be far too philosophical for a hobby blog, can you ever have too many Huns?

And this arrived the other day..

How could a small parcel like this be connected with the Huns?