Showcase: Raven Guard Phobos Strike Team Veteran (incl. painting guide)

Today I present you the first model from my Raven Guard Phobos Strike Team from Kill Team: Moroch, shot in front of the beautiful Space Hulk Gallowdark terrain from Kill Team: Into the Dark. I’ve also included a complete painting guide with a list of all the paints and techniques I used, so check out this post.

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Iran-Iraq in 15mm. I’ve been gathering supplies so to speak.


(Yes, I know, it’s a shitty pic)

When the dinosuars roamed the earth I made a 20mm Iraqi army to fight Piers Iranians. I fought him once, the army was never used again and eventually sold. 

But it still attracts. I have a few books about it, seen more wavy VHS recordings of the war than what is good for me. I’m still hunting for info and every while I keep finding photo’s etc I’ve never seen before.

But why 15mm?

Basically the main reason…..I’m not happy buying in the UK anymore. It takes forever to arrive, customs charges are rather painful.

I’ve looked at 6mm, but metal comes from the UK and printing wise I don’t have a lot of faith in gunbarrels in resin. Infantry….I really suck at infantry in 6mm.
10mm same problem really. 12mm is way too expensive for what you get. 20mm, as much as I love Elheim, well, UK.

So…15mm. The big push was being able to buy up almost 600 euros of shop stock at half price, giving me all the infantry I need for both sides and then some. Plus a nice start in vehicles as I still prefer plastic. I find resin to be ok for stuff you can’t easily get or is too damn niche. Wasn’t too much fun when I realised Battlefront isn’t doing a lot of metal anymore and they stopped producing all the fun bits in favor of flavourless bland crap, but I guess they focus on competition, not on historical accuracy. So I scrounged all around Europe and found various mortar teams, 37mm AA guns, M48 tanks and what not.

Rules wise it will be Northag. So basing in Fireteams and preferably round bases.

When will I start? God knows. I’ve been here for 6 months now, trying hard to find a proper home for me and the girls and the hobby has taken a backseat. Well, not really, I have to sell loads of stuff as I have plenty I’m no longer interested in or need.

I did cram everything in Excel so I can actually plan what I do instead of diving in headlong like a Viking Lemming (which is what I do usually, in case you hadn’t noticed!)

Not much of an update this, but it’s a start 🙂


Granaderos a Caballo de Fernando VII

Or in English, they are the Horse Grenadiers of Fernando the 7th; much akin in name to Grenadiers a Cheval.  Despite the name, this was a Light Cavalry outfit. 

It was a volunteer unit raised September 8, 1808, by Count Fernan Nunez, with three squadrons and 540 men total.

These fine fellows are Perry figures. The unit initially wore bearskin colpacks, but is depicted in shakos by 1810.

It was converted into Hussars on May 1, 1811 (one of 4 Hussar units remaining at that time). They are then shown wearing a similar uniform, but with yellow breaches, and a green pelisse with black fur, laced white.

  The unit continued past the end of the Napoleonics Wars as the  Husares de Fernando VII, but was eventually disbanded in 1825.
Some sources show the borders of the shabraque in yellow instead of white, and some show the plate on the colpack to be brass as opposed to silver. In either case the plaque bore a F-VII monogram.  I have gone with the more standard interpretation. 
The trumpeter’s uniform is somewhat speculative, but follows the usual pattern for Spanish Cavalry – red coats with facings as per the regiment. Yellow faced green would be the main other option for the trumpeter’s uniform. 

The standard is unknown; I have used one for the Lusitania Dragoons, modified to replace the badge with a gold F VII monogram on a green field, almost certainly incorrect, but it works! I painted over the black cravat of the “Dragoons of Death” for the actual unit. 

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Review: Leagues of Votann Army Set

In today’s review, we take a look at the contents of the brand new Leagues of Votann army set, especially the miniatures and all the build and weapon options. Long announced and often teased, the Kin are the spiritual successors to the Squats, and represent a never seen before Warhammer 40,000 faction. Therefore, we are very excited to see what we find in this box.

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Painting haystacks for Crossfire fields

I wanted some 15mm haystacks to enhance my carpet fields. So I purchased and painted some. I’m not Monet, but they’ll do for a game of Crossfire. Adam’s Haystacks I like the terrain Adam provided for the ‘O’ Group games we played recently. He has a very similar terrain style to me, in fact he … Read more

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