mercredi 22 juillet 2015

State of affairs - where am i now?

This is funny. For saying i once came onto this site every day to check out other peoples blogs and spend at least an hour reading them and occasionally commenting, i nearly forgot i even made this blog!

I'm posting this because i came to Blogger again after a long time with the idea to start a new blog. Over time my tastes have changed and while i still like figures and appreciate looking at other peoples' work, i haven't done any modelling or painting since i last posted here back in November, and even then it was not much. Since then I've been drawing, reading and writing, still creating worlds like Normedra and Runissia but now just doing the story telling part.

I was surprised when i saw the stats for this blog: 38 181 all time views! Now i don't know if these are 'real' views or not, as it seems HUGE for saying i've put nothing on here, but if they are then since lasting posting the views have tripled. I was impressed to say the least.

So i guess this post is just a mise-au-point to anyone who follows me or stumbles across this blog in the future to tell you what I've been up to. As i said earlier, I draw a ton now, much better than the sketches you can find in some of these posts that's for sure! I've also created a fallout-like setting for a story that i even thought of making figures for, but it would take a lot of work so i've stuck to my drawings. I'm still at Bordeaux too, still in a tiny room with the cupboard packed with half used boxes of figures!

It's funny too how, when i was a bit younger, i thought i would be a wargamer for ever but in the end i'm like my dad; once a full on wargamer, now just a chap with tons of painted figures stored away! Maybe one day i'll break them open and play again, perhaps if i find a good club or meet some people who don't just play video games.

Maybe i will post something again in the future, but regardless; play on chaps!

samedi 29 novembre 2014

Charging back into the action

The last time we saw these guys was in a post, long ago, the 'last post from here' which turned out to be the last time that a painted medieval-esque figure graced this blog for a long time. Since then, the Runissians, Kaliads and Kindrarrians have quietly sat in a box, moved flat twice and never used in action.

Oh it feels good to paint 28mm figures again!

Instead of blabbering about how long it's been since i posted, here is a picture of a Runissian noble i made a while ago and never painted until today.

I was afraid after over a year of not painted 28mm figures i would be a bit rusty, but he turned out OK. Took a while, but that's 28mm for you! I sure do like the modelling and detail on the bigger figures.

Here's an OK-ish  picture of him with some infantry i did at the same time.

Yeah; the chap on the left has a black feather on his helmet, can't decide what colour to do it yet!

So hello again bloggers! I've had a lot of false starts recently, and i hope this won't be another one. I've been out of motivation to do anything with my figures, but i had a tiring week so i had a quiet evening painting and i rediscovered the pleasure in sitting down with the paints and plastic.

jeudi 26 juin 2014


Far, far too long.
Damn, it's been an age since i have wanted to do anything wargames or blog related! My last post was in march, and since then i have done practically nothing with my figures. They just sat in a corner, gathering dust. Between playing other games and trying to pass my first year at uni, i haven't been able to summon up the motivation to do anything.

Alain approves

Until today at least! Uni's over, holidays have begun, so i cracked out the figures and paints and got to work.

I've done more in a couple of hours than i have in the last few months!
These are for Normedra, my 'Fallout on ice' setting. It felt good to push some miliput around.

Just a little post today, but hopefully the first of many! Stay tuned.

vendredi 7 mars 2014

Some WIP chaps in gas masks

I made these with the idea to use them as Adepts for my Normedra setting. The Adepts are highly advanced but mysterious group who practically worship technology. They have the best gear and are powerful friends, and deadly enemies.
To give them a menacing and mysterious look i gave some figures gas masks. The original idea was to make this group a small band that spend their time looking for old technology decimated ruins, but a rethink of how i wanted them to work might change that. Instead i might use modern or near future figures to represent them (so they have body armour) and instead spread these figures into other groups, perhaps some outlaws or bandits to give them a ragtag look when mixed with figures not wearing gas masks.
For the moment they're just chaps in masks!

The one in the middle below is some sort of leader. Wearing a hood and greatcoat, he holds a map, ideal for a scavenger. 

mercredi 5 mars 2014

Normedra - Tundra paramilitary

Following from the City State troops in the last post are some of their enemies (or allies in some cases); paramilitary/mercenary troops. These men either raid or defend the smaller settlements not under control of the larger City States, and lead attacks onto City State held lands. They are more numerous than the City States troops, but have less support.

This is the first squad i have painted up, with another half done and the third still in construction. For the first squad i decided not to convert any of the figures so all are as they came in the box. They are German Volksgrenadier from Battlefront.

The greatcoats are a bit of a mix as i was experimenting with them.

The unit symbol is a large black eagle painted on the front of the helmet (or arm for men with caps, but none like that in this squad).

LMG team. I tried doing some winter 'pea dot' camouflage on some of the figures. I will eventually do a small platoon of merchant guards entirely in this camo, so evidently these men have had some success against them!

Another view of the camouflage greatcoat.

Need to add some grass to these too.

And a WIP on an up-gunned Sherman i've been working on. I'm happy with the turret, but not sure about the side skirts. They're too big, but i might take them off completly and add stowage instead.

mardi 4 mars 2014

Reboot - City state soldiers

Time to restart some blogging! Now i have a camera, i hope to get some more posts written then the miserable 2 since the beginning of the year.
So let's begin, first off with with the City State soldiers.

"Onward to Victory!"

These men represent troops of the City States, the settlements that managed to survive the Reclaiming of Normedra and are beginning to rebuild themselves. They are well armed and uniformed, but their units are generally smaller than their enemies. Their tactics are focused around their squad machine guns and long range rifle fire.

I didn't want a monotonous force in all white, so decided to go for a variety of camouflage styles. There are 3 squads of 8 men each, plus a HQ section of 2 officers and an anti-tank team.

1st squad

Most of the figures are Battlefront Americans from the Vietnam range, with a few WWII Americans and Soviets, some with head-swaps or some milliput here and there.

2nd squad

I changed every grenade launcher armed figure in the platoon, as there are only 2 in the Vietnam range. This one below uses legs from a firing rifleman.

I might go back and add some grass or rubble to the bases, but they'll do for now.

3rd squad

Firing from the hip, i thought of Rambo when i made this. The loader on the left has an ammunition belt around his neck.

Officers and lone scout. The platoon sergeant on the right is a Soviet with an American head. The scout also has a new hat.

Rocket launcher team. The firer uses a grenade launcher legs.

In my Normedra background, the City soldiers defend their own cities as well as smaller settlements such as farms or oil rigs from various enemies. They are well armed with light machine guns and assault rifles, making them tough at long and close range. They also have lots of support options thanks to the City industries. Their main weakness is their lack of numbers, as a few casualties can hurt them.

I've also done a tank for them. I wanted a battered look, as post-apocalyptic environments aren't kind on vehicles! So i added plenty of scratches and some rolls and oil tanks on the deck, ideal for long drives through the Normedran tundra.

I did a sort of swan symbol on the side of the hull and turret in black as a unit symbol.

The stowage is all milliput, and the turret is from a Panzer IV.

dimanche 23 février 2014


Soon i shall have a camera! So finally i can take some pictures of what i've been painting up recently!

After the little hiatus, it's time to get back into the saddle of blogging i think, this time with images. Starting from next week, expect more posts around here, it's been all too quiet lately (except for the spam comments, at least 15 recently! Ridiculous).