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@Commander Cain: Gotta blast! Thanks very much. I could do a lot more via airbrush (and a few times people told me that they liked how "old school" my minis looked or were surprised how little airbrush I use in my painting), but I just dislike the sound and I enjoy blending a nice colour like red or turquoise too much to use just the old airbrush. Also: it gives this weird, artificial finish (see below ). The visible strokes as on the dress of the Apprentice wizard lady give it more life, I think, and more movement. And if I put more time into it also simulate the specific texture, and all of that good stuff. Anyway, NMM - yeah, it's a tricky thing, getting it to look just right in terms of contrast and where to "break" from dark to bright and all of that. But it's kinda fascinating too.

@Camkierhi: Cheers, much appreciated. Especially seeing as I do a lot of "niche" stuff, especially so in the Dakka context. So yeah, coming over and commented is twice as appreciated.


Heyhey, here's the Vatican test minis on which I cobbled together a colour scheme:





I'll see if the colour scheme is OK that way, and if so I'll go on from there.

   
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You are welcome, I love the whole hobby not some small niche like 40k only. Your work inspires me so much.

I am with you on the brushes. Got to say I think airbrushing is such a faff for what you get out of it.

Latest are looking great, I am a little unsure of the red, but it still is amazing work.




 
   
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 Camkierhi wrote:
You are welcome, I love the whole hobby not some small niche like 40k only. Your work inspires me so much.

I am with you on the brushes. Got to say I think airbrushing is such a faff for what you get out of it.

Latest are looking great, I am a little unsure of the red, but it still is amazing work.


That's the thing, isn't it. There's so much great stuff out there. I already got several new projects lined up which go in all kinds of directions (and, as history has shown, those usually go nowhere in the end. ).

Yeah, "faff" sums up airbrushing for me as well I have to say. I'm sure that if one is used to doing a lot of airbrushing and if they made it an integral part of their process it's cool and much less faff-y. I think the only point at which it gets uncomfortable is if people are overly reliant on either or outright tell others that their approach was "wrong". That's just silly.

The red's part of the actual Swiss Guard uniform. Honestly I didn't really know what else to put in the slits. I toned it down already (the white background and direct lighting of course doesn't do it any favours), but may have to tone it down a little further.

   
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Surrey, BC - Canada

Sigur,

Swiss Guards are nice, you do not see too many purple models outside of Tyranid Armies.

Cheers,

CB


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Captain Brown wrote:
Sigur,

Swiss Guards are nice, you do not see too many purple models outside of Tyranid Armies.

Cheers,

CB


Hey, what happened to good old Dark Elves? Oh, wait... now I remember what happened. And I still don't quite get it. Never mind.

   
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Good work as always.

Oh, and I finally finished my Princess Mononoke conversion of the SDE wolfrider, after seeing it here.
Spoiler:


It's all your fault.


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* -=]_,=-eague Spruemeister General. * A (sprue) Hut tutorial *
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I have to ask the question - who let the Doge out? Who, who, who, who, who...

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@Dr H: Thanks muchly, and I'll gladly take the blame for your Princess Mononoke conversion. It's really well done. You put a lot of effort into the grey/white on the wolf.

@Dysartes: I see what you did there. I wish I hadn't, but I did.


Boom!

It's me. Good evening. The Vatican soldier dudes are done; the Swiss Guard (left) and Papal Guard (right) respectively:







And now for the updated to do list:

Fauns:
.) 8 Warriors
.) 2 Musicians
.) 5 Centaurs

Venice:
.) 8 Stratiota
.) 5 Crossbowmen

.) The Doge
.) Condottiere

.) The Gypsy

Vatican:
.) 8 Swiss Guard
.) 5 Papal Guard

.) The Pope
.) Cardinal


Characters:

.) Knight
.) Scum

.) Apprentice
.) Novice

Monsters:
.) Dragon
.) Manticore



Right, next on the list I've got the pope and the cardinal, and after that naturally it's time for a trip to monster city. Hope you like the figures, talk to you soon!

   
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Good afternoon!

The pope and the cardinal are done now.





Hope you like them!



And now for the updated to do list:

Fauns:
.) 8 Warriors
.) 2 Musicians
.) 5 Centaurs

Venice:
.) 8 Stratiota
.) 5 Crossbowmen

.) The Doge
.) Condottiere

.) The Gypsy

Vatican:
.) 8 Swiss Guard
.) 5 Papal Guard

.) The Pope
.) Cardinal


Characters:

.) Knight
.) Scum

.) Apprentice
.) Novice

Monsters:
.) Dragon
.) Manticore

   
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 Sigur wrote:
@Dr H: Thanks muchly, and I'll gladly take the blame for your Princess Mononoke conversion. It's really well done. You put a lot of effort into the grey/white on the wolf.
Thanks Sig'. Yeah, I really had to keep reminding myself I was gong for an Anime (smooth but high-contrast) look, rather than the more "realistic" look I usually do on my models. Was good for a change and a challenge.

Good work on all the people.
Look forward to the beasties.


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Dsteingass - Dr. H..You are a role model for Internet Morality! // inmygravenimage - Dr H is a model to us all
Theophony - Sprue for the spruemeister, plastic for his plastic throne! // Shasolenzabi - Toilets, more complex than folks take time to think about!  
   
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Sigur, your thread has to be one of my favorites. Not only is the work amazing and the models super cool. I am actually getting a history lesson that I did not know I needed. Thanks for taking so much time on these awesome posts!

   
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@Dr H: Yeah, if anything the SDE figures are great to rip one out of one's comfy zone.

@IceAngel: Thanks for the kind words!



Right, last night it was time for our third Longstreet Campaign Game!



After a month off we met again for our third game; battle #2 in 1862. The scenario's The Crossroads from the Longstreet rulebook. It's rather simple: there's an important crossroads to take for the attacker, the objective is sitting right off the middle.



I played the Confederates (Herbert P.Soup's brigade) and virago took on the role of Brig.Gen.O'Goedel once more on the Union side.

Despite the shabby state of my cavalry I won the Scouting roll to determine who'd choose to be attacker or defender. Luckily I had drawn the Code Breaker card last campaign phase, so I had a bonus on that roll. I chose to be attacker this time.

The mission objective was to secure a few very important people whose cart had broken down and they were stranded.



Deployment



My right flank and centre:


Opposite to them the Union had deployed the two Irish New York regiments (69th and 63rd) as well as a large new regiment, the 114th Illinois.

At my left my opponent had deployed his Zouaves, the Garibaldi Guard, a small battery of artillery from Rhode Island and, at the forefront, but cosily in the cover right in front of a small forest, the 55th New York infantry regiment with their red trousers and kepis.



My own forces on my left consisted of the veteran Mechanics Guard Volunteers and the remains of the 8th Louisiana infantry.



I start the game by having my right flank advance...


...towards the enemy regiments behind the woods/corn fields:


My rebel guns (Moody's Lt. Artillery) are brought into position on the hill and open fire to cover the advance.


At my left my regiments sit while at the other side of the road there's a lot of enemy activity. Enemy cavalry mount up and gallop to the left, followed by the Garibaldi Guard and the Zouaves in column. The 55th NY leave their position and cross the road, while the artillery battery is ordered back to the centre.



Seems like Union troops' approach to defending the crossroads takes a very proactive turn.


Arriving at the far left, the Union infantry columns deploy in line. 55th NY advances even further into firing range of my units. Thus they cover the cavalry who now take a sharp turn on the road and move to the centre/right of the battlefield.




In the mean time the Rhodes Island Artillery moves to the centre:



The 55th NY infantry on the one side and the Mechanics Guard and 8th Louisiana infantry on the other start exchanging fire, as the Union cavalry advances even further, exploiting a gap between my troops...


...and approaching my artillery fast. This is not good. My artillery is ordered to limber up and get out of there before the enemy charges. Meanwhile the 3rd Louisiana infantry regiment is sent to fend of the horsemen.




A little overview of the movement so far:


...and from the other side:

The long, winding arrow of course being the Union cavalry.

The Louisiana Tiger Zouaves, with the help of a company sharpshooters, combat the Irish regiments through the woods, albeit with terribly little success. In the mean time the "Polish Brigade" (14th Louisiana) dash on to hit enemy lines. The new-ish recruits of the 22nd Louisiana, who already had suffered badly from enemy artillery, had a similar plan, but once they're in the tall cornfields they get startled, fire a volley, and get completely confused by limited visibility, shellshock and heat.

When they finally get out of this huge maze of maize they find themselves not only in front of the Union artillery who had battered them before (to their luck the artillery at this point has limbered up), but also with the huge regiment from Illinois to their flank. Yikes.



Ironically they're really close to the mission objective at this point. The situation's all but nice though. In the following minutes the 22nd Louisiana is broken and the remnants flee the scene.


The Polish Brigade, lonely spearhead of my brigade, manage a minor breakthrough in the mean time, despite being pestered by enemy artillery.



However, there's nobody to support them, and their state quickly changes from "breakthrough" to "sitting in the open in an enemy crossfire", as the Illinois regiment turns around.


On the left flank the firefight between the Mechanics Guard and 8th Louisiana and the 55th New York goes on. Unfortunately the Garibaldi Guard and Union Zouaves got close enough to help their comrades now, and the Mechanics Guard are starting to feel the damage.

At this point the rebels start two desperate charges, which either end with little success...



...or disaster.



Another Victory for the Union.

Time to clean up.




We quickly proceeded to the Campaign Phase, the administrative part.

My opponent's birgadier general was promoted thank to him being so well connected, my brigadier general got no promotion (surprisingly ).

Then each of us drew their campaign cards. Virago drew this:



All nice things, actually. Especially See The Elephant and Transfer. That'll get the Union Veteran regiments they sorely missed so far. Brig.Gen. (or what ever he is now after the promotion) also gets another Biography Card, which is basically useful character traits for small bonuses. In addition to him being a political powerhouse, an outspoken abolitionist and a capable cavalry commander, he also got Artillery Commander on top of that. That'll be useful for him.


My campaign cards:


Also nice things, and I'm rather sure most of them will be discarded in favour of replenishing my units.

The usual unit shrinkage due to sickness and desertion hit us both roughly equally this time.

So yeah, that's that. So much for our third campaign game. So far the war didn't go all too well for me, but who cares about two ruddy years? It's 1863 now, and things will turn around for sure!


Hope you liked the battle report! See you soon!

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Well, here's an update:



Again, I like those designs.

The Manticore's more or less done at this point. Working on it gave me flashbacks to when I painted one of the best monster figures out there, the Chimera by Mierce Miniatures. Painted that one in early 2011 and to this day it's one of the models I have the best memories of. Lovely sculpt. If you want to do yourself a favour, buy this figure. And then give it to me to paint it for you.


Automatically Appended Next Post:
Done and done.








Size comparisons:








Sorry for the bad photo quality;I'll see that I get better ones made tomorrow or Tuesday.

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Right, I got a little cold. Good thing it's right after I'm done with these figures.









I'll see that I get some more photos done later today, along with some photos with terrain. Thanks for following this. All I need to do now is get the whole collection varnished.


Oh, and for the sake of completeness:

And now for the updated to do list:

Fauns:
.) 8 Warriors
.) 2 Musicians
.) 5 Centaurs

Venice:
.) 8 Stratiota
.) 5 Crossbowmen

.) The Doge
.) Condottiere

.) The Gypsy

Vatican:
.) 8 Swiss Guard
.) 5 Papal Guard

.) The Pope
.) Cardinal


Characters:

.) Knight
.) Scum

.) Apprentice
.) Novice

Monsters:
.) Dragon
.) Manticore



DONE

   
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Madison, WI

Very nice work Sigur.

   
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Aye, I bet the owner of the game is going to be very happy with those, Siggy.

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@Gitsplitta: Thanks very much!

@Dysartes: Hope so! I'll meet him tomorrow morning.

Right, final pictures before I send them back home. At last minute I had the idea of "why not add some static grass?", because it seems like I can't do with a stressful ending to the whole project. So I did that and varnishing and took a whole lot of photos.






















...and so we're off to the tavern!


   
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Madison, WI

Sigur, I think those (as a group) are some of the most visually impressive models I've seen you do. In that amazing town-center setting... just wow.

   
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Stunning work as usual.




 
   
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@Gitsplitta: Thank you very much. Love my little town centre.

@Camkierhi: Many thanks for commenting!


Right, that's done now. I really enjoyed setting up the shots with the scenery, so I painted two more buildings for my late-medieval-to-20th-century/fantasy town collection:



A small half-timbered house and a heavily fortified house, all from the Thomarillion-designed/NOCH-made range of hard foam buildings. I really have a soft spot for this stuff. Possibly because I was basically raised on these:



Especially the town houses were great. So basically I'm redoing my collection from *coughcoughcough* years ago. :p

   
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Good work on all the figures. Look great together with the terrain.


The army- ~2295 points (built).

* -=]_,=-eague Spruemeister General. * A (sprue) Hut tutorial *
Dsteingass - Dr. H..You are a role model for Internet Morality! // inmygravenimage - Dr H is a model to us all
Theophony - Sprue for the spruemeister, plastic for his plastic throne! // Shasolenzabi - Toilets, more complex than folks take time to think about!  
   
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@Dr H: Thanks very much!


Right, I'm back from Fantasy things and slipped my 6mm 18th century hat back on.

Finished the Saxons (the last 5 regiments of cavalry, 4 bases of artillery and August the Strong himself).



Next on the to do list: base everything, find out what the personal flags of August, Peter and Charles looked like and then put flags on everything!

   
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 Sigur wrote:
Right, I'm back from Fantasy things and slipped my 6mm 18th century hat back on.


That's a very small hat, Siggy - though the Saxons are looking good.

Quick question - you mentioned varnishing those board game models earlier on this page. Any recommendations on the varnish front?

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@Dysartes: Well, there's gotta be hats for us pinheads as wel! I usually use a gloss varnish followed by a thin layer of matte varnish. This time I used spray-on gloss varnish from a car supplies store and then the usual Vallejo matte varnish, airbrushed on.


Right boys and girls. Hope you had an excellent Halloween night!





I've had a little basing party with my 665 (phew!) closest friends.

Russian reinforcements (Peter the Great, Streltzi and Guard infantry units):





Swedish reinforcements (Charles XII., infantry and cavalry units):



Generic supply train:




One of the smaller carts was converted by me, because I just didn't want to have them all look exactly the same. So I cut up some plasticard, knead up some green stuff and made one of them uncovered.


...and of course the Saxon army (August the Strong, infantry, cavalry, polish winged hussars, artillery, officers):








Here's a closer look at the bigwigs. From left to right: August the Strong, Peter the Great and Charles XII.





Researching the flags of each of the units took a LONG time, but I'm kinda proud to report that I think I got the correct one on each unit. Here and there I had to change the ones I had with some freehand painting (on infantry units. On the cavalry all the flags are free-handed of course), on one of the Swedish cavalry units I couldn't find out what flag they're supposed to carry, so I guessed from the designs of their colleagues. The polish winged Hussars of course took extra work on the flags as usual, but , also as usual, look all the more impressive.

The flags on the bases of the head honchos I also had to guess on a little: After quite a lot of searching on the old interweb I found a good flag for August the Strong, featuring the coat of arms of the personal union between Saxony and Poland. I had to change it around a bit, did some resizing and so on, but in the end I got it on the flagpole. The flag that's being carried alongside Peter the Great is completely freehanded and features the colours Peter introduced himself, along with the emblem of the Russian Tsar. The poor guy who has to keep up with Charles XII. on horseback carries the flag of his foot guards regiment. Hope these flags are fitting; I'll ask the gentleman I paint these for, but I'm rather positive I got them right.

And that's it. Now I have to recharge my camera's batteries, get the 6mm terrain out and do some nice army shots next. Hope you like the photos so far!

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Couple of broken images there, Siggy - Sweden, and the first wagon train image (I think).

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Canada,Prince Edward Island

Wow that's a huge army! Everything looks fantastic, particularly the flags.

I don't know why I have not started a historic army myself yet, it would be the perfect way to satisfy my love of wargaming and history at the same time. I often find myself browsing Roman armies in particular but then my pile of unpainted models and half finished projects glares back at me...

   
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@Dysartes: Yikes, thanks for the heads up. Fixed them now.

@Commander Cain: Thanks very much! The flags make the whole thing. I love historical wargaming. Changed the whole way I view miniaturre gaming and made me enjoy it again.


Right, what's ALMOST as good as being at CRISIS or actually playing wargames, just quieter, less fun and a bit sad? Getting out all the things you'd usually use for it and make some army shots!

Saxons, led by the king:












Polish and Swedish cavalry are storming towards each other, Saxon cavalry in the back is bewildered and caracoles on.





Swedish reinforcements, led by the king:


Russian reinforcements, led by the Tsar:


Right, that's that for this project (until further notice). Hope you like the figures and scenery! If you would like to have a similar looking army - you know where to find me.

   
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Right-o, peeps. I had all the 6mm terrain set up for a photoshoot already, so I thought it's a nice occasion to put the 6mm Napoleonics I have so far painted on the table. For the first time ever - all my Nappy stuff!






Unshoop'd:


Hope you like them!

   
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Surrey, BC - Canada

Very nice Sigur.

As the first to comment I only ask for the Marshall's baton from my knapsack.

Cheers,

CB


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Smashing shots there, Sig'.
Good work.


The army- ~2295 points (built).

* -=]_,=-eague Spruemeister General. * A (sprue) Hut tutorial *
Dsteingass - Dr. H..You are a role model for Internet Morality! // inmygravenimage - Dr H is a model to us all
Theophony - Sprue for the spruemeister, plastic for his plastic throne! // Shasolenzabi - Toilets, more complex than folks take time to think about!  
   
 
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