As usual, I'm behind on blogging, but at least I've been getting some painting done. One of my projects this weekend was this unit of Minifg Byzantine archers, who will do double duty as part of my "fantasy Byzantine" forces. These were part of a group I picked up at the flea market at Huzzah in 2015. These IR range figures (IR142, to be precise) and their companions, the DA range figures, are a little more detailed than the old Mythical Earth figures I started with, but not so much so that they become difficult to paint.
As I attempt to add masses for big battles, looking decent quickly is a real plus.
Having found a system for updating that seems to work, I thought that I might as well take this opportunity to catch up with a few pictures from games that have taken place since March.
My brother Norman, shown below in the light blue shirt, has gotten back into gaming within the last two years, after a hiatus of a couple of decades. He has been wanting to run a 1975 game called Ringbearer for a long time, so we arranged to try to put it on at Cold Wars this year. Ringbearer compresses the Lord of the Rings onto a single table, as seen below. Mount Doom is at the near corner and the road to the Shire is diagonally opposite it, by the younger gamer. We will be staging this again at Gencon this year, but we are regrettably going to have to abandon the idea of using the original rules as is. We discovered the hard way that what looked fine on paper didn't actually work when we put it on the table. I regret the lack of playtesting, but we did warn the potential players and give them a chance to back out.
We staged a couple of Chaos Wars demonstrations as part of our Iron Wind Metals Chaos Wars demo team activities.
In mid-April, both of my sons were up for a weekend visit, so we took the opportunity to finish off a mini-campaign Norman (son) had set up, which ended, rather to my surprise, with my army victorious. We were using Hordes of the Things, and our 1/72 scale fantasy armies.
I have been experiencing technological difficulties in updating this blog lately. I will leave this up if it works, but, basically, I'm tring links to photobucket to allow me to email an update with more than one picture.
The Reaper Forums, as I mentioned in the last post, sponsored a Memorial Day binge painting event. Some of the other participants were also painting some vintage figures, so when I cleared my desk of what I had done, I finished scaling off the old paint on a couple of Garrison Sword and Sorcery figures, plus a Minifigs ME elf archer.
I didn't check the Lost Minis Wiki for the identity of this fellow until after he received the blue and white paint job, so he's probably not really going to be used as a "Follower of Set" when he goes on the table.
(So, that didn't work, but I did manage to edit the links in...)
Back around 1990, I had the opportunity to pick up about 8 packs (48 figures) of Ral Partha elves from their 1976 Wizards, Warriors and Warlocks range. These figures were some of the first that Tom Meier sculpted for Ral Partha, and I've always felt that they had a certain rustic charm, as well as matching the general style of a lot of the other early figures in my collection better than the beautiful highly polished Collector Series elves that he sculpted just a few years later. I've always wanted more of them, and I recently successfully petitioned Iron Wind Metals to remold these. My brother and I are starting some planning to do a Battle of the Five Armies scenario next year, to cap our fatnasy revival project, and I now have the army of the elf king.
I finished up a couple of fantasy figures at lunch today. The cyclops is from current Iron Wind production (ex-Ral Partha Imports). The lady will be the lead singer in the group of bards recently finished...
I am, unfortunately, continuing to have technical problems in posting to the blog. I'm not much of a computer adept, and when it comes down to a choice of using scarce leisure time for tracking down computer problems or for painting miniatures, the latter is always more appealing.
That said, even the painting has been a little slow lately due to general busyness in the real world. I have, however, started working toward getting some of the units painted from last year's Iron Wind Metals and the first of these finally got a varnish coat yesterday. I will be running a Chaos Wars demo at Harcon, a game day run at the local community college, in a couple of weeks, and I thought that it would be nice to have a few units on the table representing things that interested gamers could actually buy. A lot of my units are composed of out-of-production vintage figures.
I post a little about my ongoing projects, recent games, how I got to where I am, and where I'm going, as time away from the workbench, and a somewhat busy life, permits. I'll try to keep cooking and ballroom dance down to a minimum, but they do seem to take up a lot of time.
This is my really short, no explanation included, list of projects: 54mm Medieval Mayhem (skirmish), 54mm Buck Rogers, 40mm French and Indian War, 40mm NQSYW, 40mm French Revolution/Scarlet Pimpernel, 40mm Renaissance, 25mm Dark Ages (Saxons and Vikings), 25mm Darkest Africa, 25mm Fantasy, 1/72 scale Bronze Age, 1/72 scale 2nd Punic War, 1/72 scale fantasy (travel skirmish), 6mm Ancients (travel DBA), 6mm Fantasy (travel HotT), 6mm Spanish Civil War.