• samedi 10 février 2018

    Landsknecht Gnome Artillery

    Hello, artillery again this week but in smaller size :) These war machines are sculpted by Byron Harmon for the Alpine Gnomes Kickstarter, Old School Miniatures range of Jamie Loft.
    As the Gnome infantry, they are very easy to paint. I planned to use them in count as Bolth Thrower, you can never have enought war machines in a Dwarf Army !
    Size comparison with classic Dwarves from the Marauders Miniatures Range

    jeudi 8 février 2018

    Nippon army project (Part Four) : Artillery

     Hello, I play this Nippon army with The Empire Army list, so I'm feel better with these two brand new war machines to support my infantry.
    Historically, artillery pieces are supplied by the foreigners like Portuguese, Dutch, etc... These war machines generally come from the ships docked on the Japanese coasts.
    For memory, the Nippon army list from WHFB 2nd edition is well appointed in war machines : Cannon, Catapult, Rocket Laucher and Bolt Thrower.

    jeudi 18 janvier 2018

    Oldhammer Forum : Greatest Battle Report 2017

    Hi! At the end of the year 2017 I participated to the sympathetic Battle report contest imagined by the very motivating ZhuBajie on the Oldhammer Forum. After a struggle with the nine other BattleReports nominated, I finally won the pleasure to add the "Greatest Battle Report 2017" banner to my blog.
    I purposed my only Battle Report of 2017 “Pitch Invasion”, so I’m pretty proud because it’s one of my most valuable Battle Report. The original scenario come from an old "Herault Citadel" (French Citadel miniatures magazine from 80's)
    For me, all the most important ingredients are gathered here to have fun: Friends, scenario, Game Master, painted miniatures, immersive battlefield. It required lot of time to prepare this type of scenario but the result is a unique hobbyistic satisfaction.
    Thank you Zhu for your endless efforts to boost the Old school Scene and thank you to all the Battle Reporters who spend lot of time to write/share their works.  
    Pitch Invasion : Enjoy!

    mercredi 17 janvier 2018

    Landsknecht Gnomes

    Hello, here is a new dimension for my Landsknecht Dwarf army, a Gnome unit. They are considered as a « Rank and File » choice of the Dwarf army list (3rd ed). Citadel edited some gnomes in the mid 80’s, they’re pretty rare and I never found the courage to collect them.
    So, when I discovered the Alpine Gnomes Kick Starter of Jamie Loft last year, I naturally backed the project. Miniatures are funny, many postures, special characters, wounded Gnome. Size and style match with my Dwarves.

    For me, Alpine Gnome refer to the “Swiss mercenaries”, embarrassing thing when you build a Landsknecht army (bitter enemies during the Renaissance era). Therefore, to increase the “Landsknecht style” of my new Gnome unit, I added some feathers on their hats and I painted them with a festival colors as properly. The final touch is the traditional colored banners of the Holy Roman Empire.
    Size comparison

    dimanche 31 décembre 2017

    Nippon army project (part three) : Ronin and Ninja

    For the last post of the year, a new step for my Samurai army. The first add is a unit of Samurais Ronin, these Samurais masterless are generally recruited as Bodyguard, mercenaries. Sometimes they form criminal gangs. They are unarmoured and this is the great occasion to paint colorful Kimonos. Different type of “pants” are wear over a first Kimono pant, a small study can be necessary to understand how to paint them.

    Next part concerning the Ninjas, these guys was very popular during the 80's, lots of movies or video games showed them on the western screens. They are depicted as  ultimate fightning machines, hired as spy or assassin by rivals Daimyos. At the opposite in Japan culture, they have a dubious reputation of thieves or murderers.  Ninja's models are generaly painted in black but I opted for dark brown colors to generated a sorte of "contrast".

    Last part concerning the special caracters. Here I painted 2 warrior Buddhist monks, I planned to used them as priest or wizard in my Fantasy army. One of them is a large walking monk with a huge No Dashi (two hands sword) on the shoulder. The other monk come from the Kamakura period and wearing a full robes on his armour and the usual headcowl.

    Dixon models in White Dwarf magazine!

    lundi 11 décembre 2017

    Christmas vignette and unreleased models

    Hi, I succombed to the compulsory Christmas frenzy with this mini vignette from the Foundry Wargame range.

    To encrease the Christmas effect I enclosed the vignette in  glass dome...As a snow globe, cool stuff in the display cabinet!

    So, nice suprise when I opened my parcel, Foundry added some goodies to my order. Check the last part of this post, these models are "unreleased" for the moment and I suppose they planned to release them in the few months (or not!?).

    A Wizard from 1987 Citadel range (Aly Morrison) , a couple of Orclings chainsaw loonies (Kevin Adams) and to finish a Squigg/toad/demon (John Pickford). I convert this last model in fearsome Christmas Demon... Probably summoned by fanatics of a new growing Chaos Santa Claus cult...

    Thank you Wargame Foundry and I wish you all a Merry Christmas! 

    mardi 21 novembre 2017

    Landsknecht Ogres Mercenaries: Warmonger miniatures

    Hello, new stuffs for my Landsknecht Dwarf army. I bought these Giant Orcs/Ogres at the superb Warmonger Miniatures stand at Crisis this year. These models are really monstrous, check the last picture for comparison with classic Marauders Dwarves.
    These big guys fight under the Frankfurt Landsknecht banner and you probably notice that the leader wear a cloth with rival colors from the Burgundian land.
    “The maw” as I name the Leader, have made this cloth with 4 flags of unfortunate Burgundian troopers they slaughtered during their last mercenary job… “The Maw” love this colors association! His appearance on the battlefield is more important than the poor human Heraldry concepts.
    Scale comparison with Classic Marauders Dwarves

    jeudi 9 novembre 2017

    Nippon army project (part two) : Samurai and Ashigaru

    Hello! Time for me to share my works of the last months.  As I written in my previous message, this Nippon army is mostly composed with Historical 25mm miniatures for the moment but in the next parts I will planned to paint some fantasy monsters from the Japan culture to add the “WHB Nippon flavor”.

    Clans, Banners and Sashimonos.

    The difficulty here was to find two clans with different colors and in the same time, two clans with complementary elements.  Uesugi and Mori clans have similar design characteristics. Especially concerning the banners ( nobori and umajirushi), both clans use the circle(s) as distinctive mark on their banners. Concerning the samurai sashimono, instead of paint all of them in the same way, I preferred to paint them in different colors of allied clans. This increase the colors diversity on the battlefield!
    Some links to avoid the nightmare of the Samurai heraldry. The Umajirushi 17thcentury compendium, this marvelous book is a gold mine and contain lot of useful comments. Here the same think but without English translation and comments. To finish, the unmissable website of John Stuart.


    Uesugy Clan

    It’s one of the most famous clan of the Sengoku period, their battle standard is marked by the red disc sun (sometimes yellow) on blue. Sashimono are white or blue with a circular crest. IThe clan was ruled Uesugi Kenshi who was one of the most powerful daimyōs of his period. While chiefly remembered for his prowess on the battlefield, Kenshin is also regarded as an extremely skillful administrator and a notorious alcoholic.
    His belief in the Buddhist god of war — Bishamonten. In fact, many of his followers and others believed him to be the Avatar of Bishamonten, and called Kenshin "God of War". On his battle standard is written the Chinese character “Bi” as first character of Bishamonten.

    Mori clan

    This clan mark their red battle standard with the three white Orion’s belt stars. Sashimino are black with a white disk. So, when you mention great names and families in Sengoku Japan, usually the first ones that come to mind are the Oda, Toyotomi and Tokugawa. Then, when asked to expound upon those families, the next tier of names usually include the likes of the Hojo, Takeda and Uesugi. Very rarely will you hear the Mori mentioned among these families. For the life of me, I have no idea why.


    “Ashigaru” units (light foot) are essentially composed by peasant in the early samurai period  (12th 14th century) but they became an essential part of any army from the Sengoku Jidai period when skirmish battles where transformed in large conflicts  (15th 16th century). They are lightly armored and wear the “jingasa” (conical hat). They trained to use the “Yari, Naginata, Yumi and the tepo” (lance, Halberd, bow and arquebuse).


    They are the iconic warriors of the Medieval Japan. In the early period, they are knew for their prowess of mounted bowmen and for their lust of dueling. At the opposite, in the late period, they loosed this individual role. They were drowned in very large army and were reduce to simple elite units. Their bows were swapped for arquebuses but their pair of katana followed them until the end of the samurai period.
    Samurai armor are esthetically marvelous but tricky to paint. I crossed the web to build my own pictures collection of samurai armours… Looking it again and again to understand how is build a samurai armour and find the way to paint it.

    You want to play? Here a bunch of armors pictures I used to paint my samurai (monted and dismonted), find the corresponding miniatures.

    The samurai horsmen

    Some of these miniatures are the great samurai lords from Sengoku jidai period. I bought these chaps for their nice armour style .Date Masamune with the asymetric moon cressent, called the "One-Eyed Dragon of Ōshu" after he missing an eye. He wearing a bullet proof armour wich he equipped all his retainers. Honda Tadakatsu, he wore a Buddist rosary slung is armour and laquired wooden antlers. And to finish, Uesugi Kenshin who wearin the usual buddist headcowl.
    Some of these horsemen wear the Horo, that was a type of cloak or garment attached to the back of the armour and generally used by the tsukai-ban (messenger). These "bubbles" was made of bamboo framework covored in silk. These strange ballon stop the arrows as you can see in this video.

    Test of Honour and Crisis Antwerp 2017

    It’s hard to find WHB opponent since the “End of Time “ tragedy, so, to play quickly my growing army, I rapidly succumbed to a new wargame that you probably knew: Test of Honour. Easy to learn and fast to play, cheaper in investment. It’s a nice first step for wargaming in the Medieval Japan period. Some pictures of the game we played with club partners at Crisis the last week end.

    Scenery and various things

    In this last part, I'll show you various miniatures a used to play the scenario for Test of Honour rules. Some miniatures to add life to my medival japan village (Perry's and Dixon miniatures. Buildings come from Hovel range, cheapper and easy to paint.

    Wargames magazines

    For a greenhorn like me, when you want to run an exotic project like a medieval japan army… You need documentation J You can find lot of information about this period, some “how to paint”, rules, advises concerning all the samurai ranges on the market in these magazines. They’re special medieval japan issues. Wargames Illustrated 278 & 355. Wargames Soldats and Strategy 01 & 67

    What's next?

    I started my new order on the Dixon Miniatures website, Ronins, Ninjas, War machines, Goblins, Giant Onis and Seated General vignettes. Until my order is delivery at home, I started some new units for my landsknecht Dwarf army.