Saturday, April 22, 2017

Mounted Medieval Figures for WAB Corner Collection

(The "inspiration" for my Lion Rampant retinue:  From Monty Python and the Holy Grail)  
Before my Easter Break, I wrote about my acquisition of medieval figures from my friend Dean, author of the popular WAB Corner.

Somewhere in cyberspace, (I can't seem to find where), Dean replied that all I needed to complete my Lion Rampant retinue were some mounted figures.

The other day, I realized:  I do have a handful of knights on horseback.  They're just not anywhere near as well-painted as my gaming friends can do.

When I was stationed in Germany--about two dozen years ago--I'd buy a handful of figures, made by a company once called Fantasy (Metal Magic), every pay day at a local hobby store.  At the time, they were about one German Mark each for single foot-bound figures, while the ones on horseback were about two Marks.

This was before Europe adapted the Euro, so if I remember correctly,  one Mark equaled 60-70 cents, depending on the exchange rate.  Despite the great prices, I still didn't buy every figure listed in Metal Magic's catalog.

Someday I'll take a complete inventory.

Today's short subject though, is about my handful of Mounted Paladins.

I painted these figures shortly after purchasing them, so the paint job is over 20 years old.  I never attempted painting heraldry on these or any of my medieval/fantasy figures. 

Fortunately, only a few figures show wear & tear.  One knight is sporting a lance with a broken tip.  Several years ago I added matboard bases to add more stability to the figures.  Then a few years ago, I went on a flocking spree, adding grass & grit to the bases of these--and most of the figures in my entire miniature collection.

Anyway, this is probably the shortest photo gallery I've posted, but it turned out to be one of the most frustrating.  Because of how my Plain Paladins are stored, the knights aren't glued to the saddles.  So during my photo shoot the knights would become "unhorsed."  Even if they managed to remain in the saddle some don't appear to be sitting straight.

Here's how the master craftsmen at Metal Magic envisioned their knights-in-shining armor:

(Image from a scanned copy of Metal Magic's catalog)

And here's a look at my Plain Paladins:

(Five knights, mounted on caparison-draped horses, prepare to charge)
(Knights patrolling the realm)
(A more ground-eye's view of the knights and their caparisoned horses)

(Three knights mounted on horsed encased in barding prepare to charge)
(Patrolling the realm in full plate armor)
(A more elevated view of the plate armored patrol)

Whether my paladins are wonderfully or woefully painted, at least I won't be committing the faux-pas of fielding bare metal figures.

Besides, they'll probably perform some variation of this well-known maneuver in any tabletop encounter...

(Image by:  Dyemelikeasunset)

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Friday, April 14, 2017

WAB Corner Collection #2--Medievals

(Image, The Battle of Worringen by Wraith DT)

This second installment of my WAB Corner Collection consists of various medieval factions.

Nearly all the figures are from Old Glory Miniatures various 25mm historical range with one exception, which I'll make note of later.

Overall, Dean's figures are based on the troops and heraldry from the Holy Roman Empire (HRE) of the 13th Century, and specifically centered around the Battle of Worringen (5 June 1288).

 A couple years ago, Dean set up a Worringen scenario, and then played-out the battle using the rules Lion Rampant by Osprey Publishing.

The results of Dean's tabletop battle was anything but historical, but he and his friend Kimo enjoyed themselves.

And now, at least two allied contingents of the Duchy of Brabant may (someday) march again!

Old Glory's Mongols in Europe range painted as serjeants from the Duchy of Juelich.
An elevated view of the Juelicher serjeants.

More Old Glory Mongols in Europe range, this time representing serjeants from the Duchy of Berg.
A ground level view of Berger serjeants.

On a medieval battlefield, there's no such thing as "too much firepower."  John I, Duke of Brabant has two cannons at his disposal.

A gun battery from Old Glory's Hussite range.
A second view of the cannons.
In addition to the big guns, the Brabantines are packin' more portable firepower.

These handgunners are also from Old Glory's Hussite range.
A second unit of handgunners...
...and a third unit of handgunners.
Despite the newfangled firearms, the Brabantines also rely on some tried-and-true missile weapons.
A "mixed" unit of crossbowmen.  That is, these figures came from Old Glory's Norman and Hussite ranges.

These archers were converted from Wargames Factory Numidians.
Another look at the former-Numidian archers in skirmish order (without the movement tray).

And then there's the serf's who toil on the Duke's lands--until there's a call-to-arms.

Armed serfs from various Old Glory ranges.

Meanwhile, in the Kingdom of Id...

(Image: Cover to The Wizard of Id #3)
"The King is a Fink!"

For more on The Wizard of Id, check out John Hart Studios.

Monday, April 10, 2017

WAB Corner Collection #1--Ancients

(Dean's set up of the Siege of Haengju)
For the past several months, I've been buying 25mm painted miniatures from my friend Dean, an exceptional artist and author of the popular WAB Corner blog.

During a long lull in my work schedule, I managed to take pictures of some of my recent purchases.

I'll be posting my "WAB Corner Collection" in chronological order.

So in this initial post I'll be showing off displaying my new acquisition of ancient-era figures:
Hypaspists command group by 1st Corps Miniatures
Command group close-up
Oscan-Samnite heroes or leaders.  Update and Correction, 15 April 17:  Dean originally used these as singles for casualty removal)
Oscan, or Samnite cavalry by Crusader Miniatures.  (Update and Correction, 15 April 17: According to Dean, these figures are Tarentine cavalry, which are from Redoubt Enterprises)
Oscan-Samnite cavalry preparing to charge.
Oscan-Samnite cavalry pass in review.
"Imitation" (allied) Legionnaires by 1st Corps Miniatures.
A close up of the faux-legionnaires.
Thyreophoroi by Crusader Miniatures
A close-up of the Thyreophoroi.
Thracian tribesmen by Crusader Miniatures.
Thracian tribesman--too close for comfort.
Cretan Archers from Old Glory Miniatures
Cretan archers, up-close and personal.

Next up:  Medieval figures.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

A Quick Visit to a Local GW Store and WH40K Game

(Image from:  Games Workshop Website)
I've often whined about commented on how my rotating work schedule derails most of my free time I'd love to spend gaming.

This past Saturday, my "virtual Sunday," was no exception.  

I heard the Games Workshop (GW) store at the Sunrise Village was hosting a Warhammer 40K Apocalypse game.  

Since I had too much prep work to do before going on-duty, I only had time to swing by with my trusty Panasonic Luminx Camera to pester chat with the store's staff and gamers. 

The Sunrise Village GW store is small, but well stocked.  If there's a GW item you want that's not on their shelves, the staff will order it for you.

The newest version of Warhammer Fantasy, Warhammer Age of Sigmar has a prominent display.

If you're having problems assembling, or painting your GW miniatures, the friendly staff is willing to help you at this workbench...

...or this one.

But the far end of the long workbench was occupied by an aircraft assembly-line preparing models for some Death from the Skies dogfights.

The Sunrise Village GW store has two game tables.  One leaning more towards Warhammer Fantasy...

...while the other is geared for the grimdark "...of the far future..."

Saturday's game was a free for all featuring the NecronsOrksTyranidsTau, and Adeptus Astartes (Space Marines)...

...fighting in a ruined city.

Here's additional photos of last Saturday's apocalyptic battle I snapped during my short stay:

Icy conditions in the inner city.
Several Munitorum Armoured Containers were dropped on to the battlefield.
 Now this picture of the hero standing on top of a Rhino APC...

...reminds me of this popular meme/demotivational poster:

At least the Rhino-riding hero had a gun.
Orks move through a street to swipe supplies while a statue (of the Emperor?) looks down with disapproval.
Space Marines ambushing a Necron squad.
Players took a break to touch-up some figures and discuss the current game.
Tyranids sniffing-out an armored container.
Orks closing-in on the Tau.
A band of Orks braving the broken ice to seize the promethium relay pipes.
Now tabletop gamers can be a finicky lot.  We all have our preferred historical eras or fictional settings, along with our favorite styles of playing--boardgames, miniatures, or role-playing games (RPGs).

However, as the gamer on the left in this photo demonstrates...

...the tie that binds all gamers together is: 

The amount of time we spend pouring over the plethora of rules.

So if you venture to the Sunrise Village GW Store for your favorite Warhammer-flavored game; bring your figures, your sense of humor--and your rulebook.