Saturday, 14 March 2020

Finished: 3mm Ultramar Auxilia tanks

Hi folks,

Another diversion from what I should be painting, but something I had wanted to do for a while. These are 3mm Vanguard Miniatures tanks, proxying as the Ultramar version of the Imperial Army for my Calth collection.

First, some fluff:

 “Ultramar, the realm of the Ultramarines Legion and part of the greater Imperium, consists of a sub sector of approximately five hundred habitable planets. Ruled over by Roboute Guilliman, the Primarch of the Ultramarines Legion, this realm is regarded as one of the most prosperous, efficient and advanced regions of space in the whole Imperium.

While the realm of Ultramar is exempt from the normal tithe of military units expected from worlds of the Imperium, the realm itself maintains many regiments ready for deployment outside of Ultramar. 

The CCIXth Ultramar Auxilia Regiment is one such formation.

The Regiment is a combined arms force consisting of detachments from many Ultramar planets, each adding mastery of their own speciality to the whole. Comprising many tens of thousands of highly trained Auxilia the CCIXth included sub units of infantry, armour, artillery and various support arms. It should be noted that the term 'regiment' is not associated with a particular size of formation, and is more the generic name for a particular body of troops.  

As part of Ultramar’s muster of force ordered by Warmaster Horus (supposedly for operation against an anticipated incursion of Orks in the Veridian system), the CCIXth was deployed to Calth alongside numerous other Imperial Army, Titan Legion, Skitarii and Knight units - as well as the Ultramarine Legion and the Word Bearers Legion. With barrack space being at a premium, the Regiment found itself billeted amongst several small settlements on the Northern Continent. In honour of the hospitality they had received, and prior to donning campaign appropriate camouflage schemes, the CCIXth’s vehicles were painted in colours representing the heraldry of the local principality.
On the day of the Betrayal, when the traitors of the Word Bearer Legion and their allies struck, this particular armoured detachment of the CCIXth found themselves without communications with either Regimental or Planetary Command. Initially assuming a planetary attack by an unknown foe, the armoured element took up positions to defend their billets. In time they linked up with units from the Ultramarines Legion, Adeptus Mechanicus Skitarii, Legio Praesagius Titans, other Auxilia Regiment and Knight detachments in order to take part in the fighting on the Plains of Dera against the betrayers – by then the previous well-maintained farmland had been turned to wasteland due to the host of powerful weapons unleashed.

Surviving elements of the CCIXth eventually made their way into the underground shelters following the Word Bearers poisoning of the Calth Systems sun and evacuation of the planets surface. There they continued to battle against surviving Word Bearer forces, protecting the remaining sheltering civilians. After years of fighting in the Underground War, the few survivors went on to form a new CCIXth Regiment.” 

With some Vanguard Stalkers for scale

Vanguard 'Centurion' MBTs. Proxying here for early 'Gantz' pattern Leman Russ tanks. 

A few of Vanguards 'Heavy' tanks to reinforce the company. 

Mixed in with the recent Ultramarine proxy detachment - also Vanguard 3mm models. 

The very small, and the very large...

We fight for Macragge!
This little lot help me complete the Challenge Island final location, for which Dave has made me a lovely burning Sherman, complete with flickering LED!

Thursday, 12 March 2020

Finished: 15mm Rebels and 10mm Skellies and guns (For Joshua)

Hi folks,

Apologies, again I have been pretty lax at keeping up with recently painted items for the AHPCX.

I've continued to focus on the 10mm stuff, the aim having been to get a lot done by Hammerhead on Saturday. This included me basing over 54 units of troops which I have received. Unfortunately, due to circumstances, work commitments and my own anxiety over exposing Amy unnecessarily to this virus, we are no longer going to Hammerhead on Saturday. Which I feel guilty about, but in all honesty I had to call an ambulance this morning because my wife was ill (not virus related) and it scared the hell out of me. Thankfully, she is fine - but those 'underlying health conditions' can be a bugger just on a normal day.

Apologies to anyone who was hoping to see the project or catch up with me at the show.

To make myself feel better, I've also already spent some of the money I would have spent at the show on some goodies. The new Late War British FoW book is out this month, which is an instant buy for me.

Onto the figures. Some 15mm GZG rebel colonists up first. Just a few ladies, which I needed to paint for challenge purposes. There are more on the shelf, but other priorities have parked them for a bit. Nice and easy figures to paint, however, when you have been painting regiments of 10mm.

Next up, a load of undead for the 'For Joshua' project:

The single Banner bearer of this unit - the rest were painted by Bob

And finally some Pendraken heavy artillery for my knight army (which is coming along very slowly - currently bogged down painting lots of archers).

That's it for now. I've a few other bits that are work in progress just now, and will hopefully get finished soon. I'm really wanting to get some 15mm WW2 stuff painted, but want to commit to getting all the 10mm stuff I wanted to paint done.

Tuesday, 25 February 2020

Finished: 15mm GZG Corporate Security Detachment

Hi folks,

Another delayed posting - this time a load of 15mm Ground Zero Games figures finished a while ago for the challenge.

This lot consisted a load of robotic soldiers, a couple of heavy grav drones and some spider drones.

Again, painted up in a military green colour with red and blue lenses and some yellow detailing to show that they were not military units.

Finished: 3mm Terminator Detachment

Hi folks,

Another quick post - looking back I can see I've fallen a bit behind on my posts recently, focusing more on getting stuff done for the AHPC entries.

This recent entry consisted of some lovely Vanguard 3mm Novan Elite Siege Breakers and Striker Heavy Assault Transports. These have been painted up as 40k Ultramarines for my Calth project.

Three stands of Terminators along with Spartan transports. I can switch out the Spartans for other options as well, hopefully.

A nice little addition to the collection which also ticked off a challenge island location for the competition.

Monday, 10 February 2020

York show and Joshua's Army Progress

Hi folks,

Apologies for the lack of updates of late - unfortunately last week I was attending my Nana's funeral in Scotland which had an impact on my ability to think about blogging. My Nana, Nancy, was 94 years old and the funeral was a rather large affair - mainly due to her having 10 grandchildren, 40+ Great Grandchildren and 4 Great Great Grandchildren with more on the way.

It's tough, I think, to measure the impact that Nana's and Papa's have on your life. I know my interest in WW2 and Normandy is driven a lot by my Papa's involvement, while my interest in Aircraft I think comes from my other Papa who did his national service in the RAF as an armourer. My Nana was a nurse during the war, although I believe she remained local to home - my abinding memory of her will always be of a lovely, kind woman who always had cake in her cupboard and gave wonderful hugs.

Personally, I've had a pretty tumultuous life - moving house something like 14 times, but my Nana remained in the same house from when it had been built in the immediate post war period. I hadn't realised just how firm an anchor that house had been for me till I realised I'll probably never visit it again and some other family will have their memories there. Such is life I suppose.

Aside from this, I've been relatively busy.

Continuing my efforts to support Flames of War, I had another article published last week on the website on playing narrative games and their use in helping teach the game. I have to say that the response to the article has been better than I expected it would be with a lot of positive comments. It was also nice to see pictures of some of our games published on the official gaming page! You can read for yourself here:

I also finished painting a few small things, specifically the 15mm crew from a popular Western Sci Fi programme, care of GZG:

I've a few more 15mm sci fi models just needing basing.

I also attended Vapnartack, although I was so rushed I failed to take any pictures of games. I did receive at this show models for the Joshua project from fellow Old Guard Wargames Club member Stuart (more on these once I have them based), as well as from a lovely Scottish chap called John who had seen my youtube video and decided to contribute an army:

His 'Highland Cow (Coo!)' inspired army is a sight to behold. A truly terrific idea and a very welcome addition to the project. You can see some of John's other work (and give his blog a well deserved follow please!) here:

As for show loot, I limited myself to a few books and a whole load of Really Useful Box trays:

The Tiger books were £6 each so a real bargain. I bought enough trays for (I think) 3 more 9 litre Really Useful Boxes (the plan being that one box would hold 10mm fantasy models - I underestimated). I also picked up some dice frames and small dice from Pendraken and the new Cruel Seas sourcebook from Warlord.

York has turned into much more of a shopping trip for me. I did appreciate the changes to the Bring and Buy area, which was a substantial improvement over previous years. However, as usual a lack of 15mm WW2 stuff available.

That same weekend I also had an engagement party to attend, where I messed about with my new phone camera:

Stockton-on-Tees by night, looking over towards the uni where the Battleground show is held. 
While this weekend we had our first run out of the Joshua Project models and our attempt at a fantasy version of To the Strongest:

All the armies I've received so far. Barbarians from DaveD, Lizardment from MartinC, Goblins from Ian, Undead from Chris, Dark Elves from Stuart and Heeland Coo's from John - as well as my own compliment of Undead and Human knights. Also present are donated Dark Elves and Ogres from John at Vanguard Miniatures. And today I received more undead and a useful Human unit from the USA care of Adam and Bob. 

And finally, back to WW2 stuff. I've found someone who can make decals for me, and the first draft arrived. Unfortunately, there's a little work to do getting the size right for 15mm, but the art work is superb.

When done, these will be decals for my 5.5" battery, De-Frocked Priests, 144 RAC and 7RTR.

So currently I have a fair bit on the go, and I'm trying to balance painting new stuff with basing received stuff!

Thanks to everyone who has contributed so far! I know there are still people working on stuff and it will all be included - the more there is hopefully the more that can be raised for charity in Joshua's memory.

Lastly, I put up a Facebook page to help track the Joshua's army project and help keep people in the look about events it will be attending. You can find it here:

Monday, 27 January 2020

Finished: 10mm Pegusi Knights and other 10mm painted fantasy miniatures.

Hi folks,

After more than a week at picking away at 12 x 10mm figures, I finally got them done and based. The netted me a nifty few points for the AHPC X challenge.

These are models from Polar Fox Studios, which were meant for Warmaster proxies I believe. I picked them up at the same time I bought my General on his Hippogryph.

As seen below:

These knights are the 'Kings Guard' and are elite warriors mounted on flying steeds that they must find and train themselves (with the aid of the blessings of the Lady of the Lake, of course).

Below are some shots of the whole human force I've painted so far:

We appear to be heading towards using a version of 'To the Strongest' for our planned participation game at Hammerhead in March. Hopefully I will have bulked out this force by then and got a few more of the models others have sent me based.

I'm not sure I showed off my completed wizard bases for this army, also figures from Polar Fox Studios:

I also finished another few undead bases:

Currently on the paint pile is a base of Cannon for my knights along with a load of archers and some light yeomanry cavalry.

I'm off to the York show this weekend, so hopefully will pick up a few bits and bobs I need as well as collecting two painted armies that are being donated. Looking forward to seeing those, and need to start thinking about storage and transportation options!

Saturday, 18 January 2020

Finished: GZG 15mm Sci Fi Drones (AHPCX)

Hi folks,

Some slight progress to report on the painting front, if unusual for me. A couple of Ground Zero Games 15mm Sci Fi 'grav' 'Wasp' drones.

I picked these up a while ago at a show, as GZG were present. They've been in the lead mountain for a while and I thought since I have been focusing on painting 10mm fantasy, I would give myself some 15mm military stuff to do as well.

I've painted these up in a 'corporate security' type scheme. I've an idea for my 15mm sci fi stuff that it will be based around the banning of research into 'true AI', which is being undertaken irregardless by corporate entities on far off backwater colony worlds. Forces I am painting include military/police strike teams, civilian rebels and security drones/forces/Mad AI controlled forces. These should let me do some low level skirmish games, rules to be decided.

I've a few other things in the works, just need to finish bits off and get them posted to the AHPC competition before I can post here.