zondag 9 februari 2020

A wargames show in Belgium.

There are not a lot of yearly wargames shows in Belgium, only three I think. Yesterday, 8 february was the day for Warcon at Merelbeke, near Ghent. It is a lovely show organised by a few clubs who are based in or around Ghent. I visited this show for more then ten years in a row, and it seems to grow slowly but steady! it does not attract the storm of people you see at Crisis, which still is the largest show on continental Europe. Warcon is more the friendly "game a bit & meet old and new friends" type of show. Which does not mean there are no traders. This year there were several German and Dutch traders, next to the popular oversea (British) traders: Wargames Foundry, Dave Thomas and Warlord Games.

Me friends and myself put up a small game of To the Strongest with my old 15mm miniatures, representing our own club: HQ Gaming Club. And surprise, we actually finished the game before the end of the show, despite a few long pauzes as we talked to other gamers and scrambled the B&B! I had a few talks to other gamers who already knew the game. TtS seems to become more popular in Belgium too.
I made a small scenario, where the invading Galatians attack a small village, after they raided a supply post from the Seleucids. So the Galatians have that ancinet weapon of terror: scythed chariots! Now lets see if they know how to use it properly!




HQ Club banner

As the guys were starting their game, I took the time to walk around the show and take a few pictures. 
A fantasy block style game called Multiverse War, soon on Kickstarter

Schild en Vriend wargames club, with a 42mm toy soldier game.

Some of Phil's (Schild en Vriend) toy soldiers in action

More of Phil's figures

a quiet different view on wargaming: a spectacular Black Powder game

More of the Black Powder game

Lots of 28mm figures in this Black Powder game

A WW2 game, set up in the Belgian Ardennes I think, set up by Les Compagnies d'Ordonnance.

Lots of excellent detail in this game!

More of the same game

The other side of the venue. Lots of more games.

There was a lot more to see. For example the game set up by The Alde Garde from Venlo, the Netherlands. Unfortunately, I got into a talk with the club members, and forgot to take a few pictures afterwards. They had a 18th C game in 15mm where a battle took place in front of a well fortified town (Maastricht?) It looked very good, with over 1400 figs on the table! They used Honours of War (Osprey Games) as rules, and told it worked well with this amount of figures.
Many more games were played, I also noticed Warhammer Ancient Battles was again used. Maybe I should try to get this going again at our club also. We'll see if I can find some Chinese volunteers!

I had a great day out anyway. Grabbed a few things at the B&B (about the same amount as I sold off), and visited my favorite traders for some paint and a few extra figures. Most liked the talking to other gamers though. It gave me the mojo again to start painting again. Now, off to the painting desk!

donderdag 6 februari 2020

Just one!

January past really quick! I had several other things to do, and the result is I only painted one miniature, a Troll. But is is a big one.

I have it for so long I don't remember from what company it comes. I bought it new, I remember, got it out of the package and glued it together. Then I painted it in a black basecoat and left it as is for a few years. So I finaly removed the dust and painted it.
There is one more picture. To show the size of it, I made a picture with a normal sized 28mm figure (Footsore Miniatures) next to it.

I hope february will have a few more painted models ready. My Lead Mountain is now so huge, I don't know where to start. After the second part of my Saga warband, that is, which is only 16 miniatures. I need to start working again on one of my larger projects. Either ancient Greeks/Macedonians or Napoleonics, not decided yet.

Next weekend I hope to finaly play a proper wargame also. That still did not happen in 2020!
Saturday I will put on a small demo game of To the Strongest with my old 15mm figures at Warcon, a local wargames show. Who knows I will make a few pictures to show here next time.

dinsdag 31 december 2019

The last one this year.

Pics of my latest painting!

My new Saga warband: Norse-Gaels. I wouldn't call a few figures an army, so it's a warband! All from the excellent Footsore Dark ages range, except the warlord, which is (I think) Gripping Beast.

Happy New Year to you all!

vrijdag 1 november 2019

Halloween - Bring out your ... lead?

Well, slightly overdue, but here is yet another update of me painting!
The title of this blogpost is obviously linked to the well known movie, Monty Python and the Holy Grail. I must soon see that one again on DVD.

As it is that time of the year, why not have a bit of a scary subject? Somewere, deep beneath the dreaded Lead Mountain, I knew I still had some very old skeleton miniatures. I'm trying to kickstart my painting habit again, and simple, quick to paint miniatures are the best way to get going. To me anyway. So here are some +40 years old skeletons from Minifigs' Valley of the Four Winds range.

I had to put the foot skeletons on higher bases, as they are "true" 25mm figures. By doing this, I could put them next to the few skeletons I had painted some years ago.

Everyone knows that undead don't rize out of the earth by themselves, so I needed some kind of magic-user too. Yet another old model was used for this. This time form Minifigs Aureola Rococco range, which is also nearly 40 years old! His guardian on horseback is, I think an old Citadel Chaos warrior. I dod not have the apropriate horse, but had a spare late medieval Essex horse. Fits nicely methinks!

The skeletons raising from the earth are form Warmonger / Wargames Foundry.
That's my undead troops, ready for a small skirmish. One Page Rules skirmish will be tested later today with some of my friends. See you soon!

PS The plastic Napoleonic French are on the hold for now. I have some problems with my printer, and can't print the flags for now. Pictures will follow as soon as they are ready.

dinsdag 24 september 2019

A very long time ago.

It's been over a year now since I posted something new on my blog. It is not that I didn't do anything, but to be fair, my wargaming hobby was on a much lower level then it used to be.
I will try to post more regular from now on, but don't expect a weekly message! Once a month will do (I hope).
My figure painting for this year is at the lowest since 2012. Well, time to do something about that!
But, first I'll post a few pictures of recently painted figs.

Here are a few late medieval plastic Perry Mins from the AO range, I painted for a young family member. He (age 9) was very interested when he noticed my painting desk, so what better to do then paint a few for him as a birthday present!

The pictures are not that great, but I was in a hurry before "delivery", later that same day. In the distance you can see what I'm currently working on for my own. Yes, it's more plastic Perry's but from another range...

vrijdag 14 september 2018

Just a short notice and some pictures.

As the title says, some pictures below of what I've recently painted.
Two units of French infantry, 24 figs each.
They are Perry Mins plastics and the start of what should become a division for Quatre Bras. This could take a while though.

And what I think will be the last unit of Spartans. At least for now. I have three more of these units, for a total of 144 Spartan hoplites.
36 figs of mixed armour, from no armour to heavy bronze armour, Foundry Miniatures.

I'm currently working on a 15mm project, but It might take longer then I thought before this is ready.
More to come when I find the time, and have something to show!

dinsdag 6 februari 2018

My army is ready (to stop the French).

At last, pictures of my Napoleonic army!
The complete 2nd Netherlands Infantry Division, plus supporting cavalry.

As said in the former message, I've been working on this army on and of for a way too long time. But it did got finished at the end!

General overview of the troops.

Van Merlen's light cavalry brigade.

A Dutch horse artillery battery.

Another picture of the light cavalry brigade. Nassau infantry at the back.

Frontal view of the Nassau brigade, with the Volunteer J├Ągers in front.

The Belgian foot artillery battery.

Overview of the Dutch-Belgian brigade, Militia in front.

Another picture of the Nassauers.

Commanding the lot is Lt.-Gen. Baron de Perponcher-Sedlnitzky.

That's a total of 321 foot, 31 mounted (incl commanders) plus 4 guns and 16 gunners. All miniatures are metal Perry Miniatures, while the bases come from Warbases.

Now, where are the French?