First Blood: first wargames after a long lockdown

And Yes! We reopened! Amsterdam is always the first, the best and the only, so, as always, Ajax beated FC Utrecht (BOD) and FC Den Haag (Murphy’s).

Why? Not only because God is an Amsterdammer, and Amsterdam is a paradise, but also because we’re housed in a community center. To our benefit, leisure activities in community centers have a looser regime than leisure activities in commercial or semi-commercial bar/ restaurant,

Four tables: Mark/Rob, Fred & Rogier with Blood & Plunder, Maarten & Sebastiaan with Warhammer Fantasy (house rules) and Eltjo and me with William III (Beneath The Lily Banners rules)

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Club Unlocked Again!

Dankzij God, Sigmar, the Emperor en andere leden van het kabinet zijn buurthuizen weer open. Dat betekent dat wargame-bijeenkomsten weer zijn toegestaan.

De bar mag voorlopig nog niet open en mensen moeten zich van te voren aanmelden. Mondkapjes zijn vooralsnog verplicht tenzij een medische uitzondering op je van toepassing is. Publiek kan nog niet langskomen, geregistreerde leden wel. Maximum van 30 mensen. Hopelijk normaliseert de situatie in Nederland snel.

IN eNGLISH:

Our government has decided to allow community centers to reopen. So we can meet again for wargames. We scheduled new club meetings for the upcoming weeks. Check the calendar.

Bar is closed until further relaxation. Face masks are mandatory in all public buildings unless you have a medical exception. You must make a reservation in advance. Only registered members are allowed, for the moment. 30 players max.

We hope the whole situation will finally return to the 2019 normal asap, just like everybody in the whole wide world.

I Committed A 40K Wargame Crime – I Speedpainted A Space Marine!

I was busy reordering, discarding and deleting pictures from my wargame project table. I found the silent witnesses of a crime. Pictures I took when speedpainting a Space Marine. The whole figure was painted in less than ten minutes. Blasphemy, some painters/gamers/collectors might think. A capital crime. These miniatures are so special that only delicate painting might to justice to these works of art.

But I’m not an artist. I’m a workhorse working on big historical battle armies in 15mm and 6mm. I tried this small experiment to see if non-GW-Army Painter techniques give a ‘good enough’- result on 28mm Space Marines. I share it with my fellow club gamers who might not want a ‘best painted miniatures’-award but like to have a tabletop quality on their table. Here’s the how to.

Ready for the crime

I learned my Space Marine how to swim. He’s a Marine, after all. He almost drowned. I took him out before he suffocated.

24 hours drying and an extra matt varnish. Here’s the result.

Probably not as good as the Contrast Paint-ed Space Marines below. But I don’t ask you: is it good? My question is: would the miniature above be good enough?

here be geeks blog, Space Marine with several CP-paints.

Finnished! Our Umpteenth German(s) Added To The Club Pile

First the sad news, although old. Two years ago one of our members quit the historical wargames hobby. Quitting is hard. It’s harder than quittting smoking. But he did!

He’s now a member of Infinitics Anonymous – he quit Bolt Action, but he moved to the Dutch clan of Infinity players. We wished him luck. Friendly guy. Bolt Action was just not his game. Infinity is a very smart designed miniatures game, btw. A classic. Addictive.

Now the good news. When he left, he donated his 14 unpainted leftover Finnish WW2 figures to our club. Finland and the USSR were at war in 1939, and the Finnish troops fought in German uniforms against the Russians (Democratic Finland never was a formal ally in the Nazi pact, but the Finns were supported by the Germans). Until 1944, when they changed sides.

So the Finnish miniatures are ‘Germans in light grey uniforms, longcoats and white winter parkas’. These 14 metal miniatures hid themselves in my painting room. No urgency. We have a German club army already, painted 3 years ago.

But now the even better news – I rediscovered these lost figures this weekend and finally, finally, finally gave them a quick –  German – paint job. Not a true bleak grey/ white ‘Finnish’ uniform because a 14-figure Finnish battlegroup is too small as independent unit on the table. Nobody will notice. Ready!

I painted them carelessly, hastily, as fast as possible and covered all mistakes with quickshade Army Painter dip. Umpteenth German. Game models, not museum miniatures. I fully admit: they’re neither the most detailed nor the best painted miniatures that I ever – finnished – forgive me the bad pun.

At least the Nazi Schweinhunde have extra cannon fodder. Sturdy metal, some interesting poses, engineers, sharpshooter, good for the club pile.

The pile

I also found a lost US army mortar team that I will add to the club reserves.

I. Will. Beat. That. Lead. Mountain!