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Wij Amsterdam6shooters zijn een vriendelijke club van volwassen wargamers die twee keer per maand wargames (en soms boardgames) met miniaturen organiseren in Amsterdam-Oost. Met passie, met lol, met plezier en met stijl. En heel breed: Alexander de Grote, Napoleon, WOII, 40K, Age of Sigmar, X-Wing: het komt allemaal op tafel. Met ons meedoen kan door gratis te registreren en daarna via de agenda op de site een tafel te boeken. Een eigen leger hebben is niet eens nodig: we hebben alles. Dus wat let je? Angst voor miniatuurtjes?

More Paras….

Well, I do have four platoons of 3 sections to do by OML8, so I figure if I can get half a dozen done every couple of days, that’ll stand me in good stead.

So, yesterday, I did another half dozen 😀 these are actually from the now-deleted Flames of War Easy Company pack, so they’re mostly not in full drop kit, but they’re very characterful sculpts (and I still haven’t sorted my macro lens, or the lighting on my workbench).

Currently trying to figure out what the big bag of FoW metals I bought off ‘American Dale’ at our club a few years ago – I think they’re FoW metal US Paras, but I’m not sure and I can’t find a record. 

Trouble T’Mill

The Lodestone Modular Buildings #2 – Two Storey House

Here’s the assembled and paint enhanced 2 storey house from the Lodestone Kisckstarter.
I think I will save these boxes to store the disassembled houses. 

2 Medium basic Boxes and skins.

All of the components laid out.

Assembly is super fast!

Ready for the roof pieces. 

Done!

Add the chimney – all one piece.

 This building I painted the shutters Delta CC “Wedgewwod Blue” and the doors Delta CC “Terracotta”. It still needs a sign added (painted on or glued on) to the broad beam above the doors. 

 I applied a black wash over the  hinges, doors and shutters, and also over the lattice work of the windows. 

Blunders On The Danube

Musing on Types of Horse in Tilly’s Very Bad Day

I quite like Brzezinski’s (1993) analysis of cavalry in the Thirty Years War. He believes there were three types of horse (Arquebusier, Horsemen, Cuirassier) and I think unit quality can simulate these types in Tilly’s Very Bad Day. All three types could shoot or charge but typically a unit did one or the other; I leave this choice to the player.

Caracole

The caracole or caracol (from the Spanish caracol – “snail”) is an rather infamous military tactic. According to Wikipedia: Caracole the Caracole:

was later adapted by European militaries in the mid-16th century in an attempt

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Steve Balagan

Crimson Fists – Digging out some old toys!

Hello!

So there is a new Space Marine codex now, and everyone is all excited about Marines again. This reminded me that, somewhere in our stack of mini cases, we had a small group of Crimson Fists that the wife had painted up way back, so I thought I’d get them out for a look. I think they were initially there as allies for her Sisters of Battle/Inquisition back in the Codex Witch Hunters days. So here they are…

Two full tactical squads, both with smashy sergeants, plasma guns and a heavy weapon. I think people like Tactical squads now, but obviously just 20 of them isn’t very usable. With the Crimson Fist Chapter Tactics they would be more useful as 5 model units to benefit from being outnumbered.

So here they are organised into a simple battalion. The two sergeants have been given a promotion to Captain and Lieutenant, leading three squads of five. A few marines miss out, but it makes a legal detachment. Not exactly optimised, but might be a fun little addition to another Imperial list. I might have to sneak a bit of red to pick out the new squad leaders though – a second red fist to denote veteran status should do I think.

And a side on look at some of them – all free hand chapter symbols! I do have some thoughts of reinforcing them with a few units (I’ve got some terminators and old metal scouts hanging around, and I hear there are these new things called Primaris Marines?), but I might cheat on this bit!

The ‘Captain’ with a lovely freehand banner and a thunder hammer pinched from Captain Lysander. No jump pack or storm shield, but he should still be a decent threat to anything getting too close.

The ‘Lieutenant’, sporting, appropriately, a power fist. This guy looks like he’s seen some things.

And finally, a classic conversion. Always overcharge your plasma guns!
Anyway, there they are. I might have to grab the Codex and give them a bit of a run alongside the AdMech or the Sisters. And who knows, maybe they will get some new friends as well?

Redtoof’s 40K

On the Workbench: ECW Cavalry

Another unit has been completed for the Battle of Glastonbury. This is the Royalist, Earl of Caernarvon’s Horse:
The regiment was split into 2 squadrons for the battle. Rather than one large regiment I painted the second squadron as the Earl of Northampton’s Greencoats. They are virtually indistinguishable from Caernarvon’s Horse but gives me another unit for future battles.
Another development involves a decision to increase my knowledge of photography! So far I have been only using basic settings on my camera and hoping they turn out ok. It will never be a hobby in its own right for me, I am just simply not enthused about cameras! However, I am conscious that some photos have not turned out as I would have liked. Daylight bulbs have been installed in my room which has greatly helped but I am finding certain colours create glare (especially desert bases) and others become garish (light blue on my Matildas and Hopton’s bluecoats). So, fingers crossed, you should see more consistent photos in the future.
For camera buffs, mine is a Nikon D3100 SLR with no add-ons. Apart from that is a newly purchased Remote Shutter Release to speed up the process. Even though the camera is mounted on a tripod, pressing the shutter button can still create a slight wobble resulting in out of focus shots. I resort to using the shutter timer release, which although only a 10 seconds delay, can be time consuming if a number of photos need to be taken.
For the time being, now that I am on a roll, my ECW project will continue (with of course the 2mm Napoleonics and tree upgrades on the side). 

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