• samedi 8 avril 2017

    WHFB Scenario: Pitch invasion (part one)

    Hi, today a special WHFB scenario largely inspired by an article published in 1988 in “Le Hérault Citadel N°5”, a French magazine edited by Agmat France who translated many texts from Games Workshop publications (more information about Agmat here) 

    The original scenario is written like a dialog with two sport speakers who describe the situation in a Blood Bowl stadium, it really funny but It’s too long for me to translate it (sorry). In summary I purpose you my own version.
     We are in the Groenwald Blood Bowl arena and the match oppose the Orcland Raiders to The Fearsome Ratskins. Stadium stand are full of furious supporters and players are waiting in their half. In the center of the pitch, one player of both team and the referee flip a coin to decide which team chooses to kick-off or receive the ball. At this moment, a wad of cash falls on the ground directly from the pocket of the referee… After a brief moment of silence in the stadium, a fight breaks out between the two players, accusing each other of referee corruption!! Pressure go’s up in the stands and the supporters of each team get out of control! The fence chainlink around the pitch it violently destroys by the supporters!! Ho my god … PITCH INVASION!!

    This scenario is played only in the stadium, it’s a medium surface 75x100cm. So, both factions are smaller than classic armies. Around 60 miniatures by faction, 10 or 12 soldiers by unit. A GM is highly recommended to manage the hided troops in armies, special events and other non-players troops. Lockers can hides some troops of courses and the fence chain-links have some wounds and toughness skill. Ranked units can be formed only on the pitch and when you move on the stadium stand you automatically loose the base to base contact but all units gain the special troop type:  Scout.

    The stadium is the central part of the scenario it’s an unusual gaming table and the best advantage is you have only one scenery to build… But I didn’t want the spend lot of time on. I used my Astrogranite pitch and I managed to create the stand with the less paint job as possible. The principal technic I used is based on glued paper sheets on polystyrene. I created Wood and stone printed sheets with Townscape (pdf) samples I duplicated (here and here). I find some fake Blood Bowl sponsors on web (here and here), I glued them like wood sheets on 2mm cardboard.  Last element is the fence chain-link, I bought this mdf kit here.

    That's all for the first part, next parts, I will develop and show you the two factions of supporters!

    dimanche 12 mars 2017

    Blood Bowl : Troll

    Hi, last update for my Orc Team... Need a Troll to be complet. The original Citadel Blood Bowl Troll is great but I decided to convert his left arm, I added some part of armor, added some percing on his face and body. And to finish, some spots on his skin. I applied classic bicolors skin tons and chair color ton for lips and ear.

    mardi 28 février 2017

    Blood Bowl : Skaven Team

    Hi BloodBowl fans! Today, I show you my brand new Skaven BloodBowl team, the Fearsome Ratskins. Between two projects, to break the routine…  I try to keep in my leadpile a Bloodbowl teams to paint. Sixteen miniatures, three weeks to paint them!
    I used classic warm colors scheme based on the popular Washington Redskins uniform of the 70’s (yellow helmet and red jersey). With different neutral brown colors for fur and leather. To make some contrast, I applied a cold grey/blue NMM for the steel part of the armor. Concerning the decals, I used the human transfer sheet from the last Bloodbowl game box (really good material)

    These miniatures are sculpted for the Bloodbowl 2nd ed and the Rat Ogre is missing on the Skaven roster in the late 80’s… So, lots of coaches use the WHB3rd Rat Ogre to fill this lack and (of course) while keeping the early Chaos Ratmen style. This Rat Ogre is pretty naked and it’s a great challenge to create/convert his own sport version. I admit… four armed players are very fashion in the Skaven teams and It’s probably redundant with the starplayer Rasta Tailspike but it’s so fun to made.

    In the same way, I convert the Skaven BB 1st ed and transform it in another Starplayer of the current edition. This early edition is too much spicky for me, I opted to the flat disks of steel on the shoulders (like the Rat Ogre) and I swapped his hand by a claw.
    You know this angry man? If you enjoy the Chaos Ratmen, you must Know Andy Chambers! He’s one of the most prolific contributor of the early Skaven race in WHFB  3rd and 4th ed.  Here I share a team painted by him and published in a GW magazine (Citadel Journal may be…). I never saw it on the web…

    Orcland Raiders Blitz!!

    dimanche 29 janvier 2017

    SAGA : Dark Age farmstead

    Hello, today it’s the last part of my SAGA painting circa. I needed to complete my collection with a few dark age sceneries, so, this farm was gently bought by my wife for my last birthday on the 1st Corps website.

    Lot of buildings:  House,  Hut,  Store,  Grain Store,  Pig Sty,  Bee Hives, haystacks, dung heap and farmers.  I completed this pack with animals from Magister Militum range. Mostly painted with the drybrush technic, the buildings are really cool to paint.


    From WAB Shieldwall book.

    mercredi 21 décembre 2016

    SAGA : Norman knights, commander and counters

    Long time since the last post but I have some difficulties to find the time to write on y blog. Final post for my Norman project, the most interesting part due to the profusion of colors on the helmets, shields, pennants and banners. I count 4 months to build and paint this army of 100 miniatures. 10/12 points for Saga and  2000pts of Early Bretonnians for WHFB with reinforcement of Vikings Mercenaries.

    Knights :

    The Norman Duchy was ruled by a Duke, the first being Rollo. There were assisted by Comes (Counts) and Barones (Barons) and below them a large assortment of different feudal titles that encompassed all land owners. The Comes and Barones were the military commanders of the Normans armies. The Lords had at their disposal fighters who could also be senior land owners of their own, or household soldiers. They called Knights, and they usually fought on horseback, armed with lance or spear.  Between the 10th and 11th century, two changes occurred in cavalry equipment among the Normans that greatly increased their effectiveness.
    The first had to do with the saddle, and the stirrup attached to it. During this period, the front and back of the saddle grew higher; providing the knight with more support upon impact when charging with his lance, and a more secure seat when being struck. The second innovation, this one a weapon's technique that would revolutionize cavalry warfare. The lance began to be couched under the arm, pressed firmly between arm and side. It’s tempting to suppose a correlation between the invention of this technique and appearance of the Norman knight.

    Most of the Knights in picture here are bought on the Foundry Wargaming web site (Ex Citadel range) sculpted by the Perry Brothers in 1985. Only two knights poses and horses, so I converted Three dismounted knights to add diversity in the unit. I bought nine knights on the Perry miniatures web site (Crusaders range) to increase the diversity. Perry’s Norman knights from the past and the present!

    Heraldry or not? In fact, this is the beginning of the Heraldry. During the 11th century, Norman knights are named “Fervestis” translated by “Those who are dressed with iron” because they’re integrally covered by different pieces of chainmail.  Add the helmet with it large nasal and the Norman Knight is totally unrecognizable on the battle field.
    So we could easily imagine the necessity to create code to recognize who’s who. But this is the beginning of the heraldry and we are far from the sophistication of the late feudal periods.

    To translate this early heraldry on my knights, I created a color harmony between their helmet, shield and pennant (when it’s appropriate).  Generally, Two colors on the helmet and two colors on the shield with one common color on them. The pennant have the three colors painted on the helmet and the shield (and sometimes I added a 4th colors). Here a picture of different pennants you can find on the Bayeux tapestry.
    Many webstores purpose decals for shields but I prefer to paint my own.the Norman symbolic is quite simple : Cross, stripes,... The result is effective when you apply some battle damages on the shields to avoid the "brand new Knight effect"! Here a bunch of the shields I painted, 20 minutes for one pieces.

    Army commander :

    The lord base is generally bigger than the classic fighter of the warband, this the moment to create a vignette. So maybe some Dark Age wargaming fans have recognized him? I’ve been inspired by an old picture from the WAB supplement Shieldwall. The character is a footmen fighter, I patiently scratched the metal between his legs to tranform him in horsemen.

    Counters and various stuff :

    I painted some stuff to clean up my Norman leadpile. Two crossbowmen torso on Dismounted Knights legs. I hided the connection by with belt full of bags. The queen Mathilde goodies from Crisis 2016. And to finish two Fatigues counters from Perry Miniatures.