Friday, October 29, 2010

Warlord Halloween Special



Little Steve of the Warlord sales team is an excitable little soul. Around this time year even more so than usual as he gets giddy at the thought of ghosts, ghouls and mugging little kids for the Trick or Treat candies. Fear not, for we’ve harnessed his delirium to bring you two fun releases just in time for Halloween. If you’re brave enough, step into our darkened room…
More on the Warlord blogg 

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Toby @ Inside a painters mind has done a realy nice job.

Check out the rest of his pictures et his blog: http://artmastertoby.blogspot.com/

Top ten sniper in history


A true sniper is an operative who gathers intelligence for the command structure (law enforcement or military) and occasionally takes the one, well-aimed shot that, if done properly, will save lives. However, if the shot missed or wasn't fatal, it is either resulting health insurance leads or increasing the threat from the respective party. 
Simo Häyhä
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Simo Häyhä (December 17, 1905 – April 1, 2002), nicknamed "White Death" by the Red Army, was a Finnish soldier. Using a standard iron-sighted, bolt action rifle in the Winter War, he has the highest recorded number of confirmed kills in any major war.
Häyhä was born in the municipality of Rautjärvi near the present-day border of Finland and Russia, and started his military service in 1925. Before entering combat, Häyhä was a farmer and a hunter. His farmhouse was reportedly full of trophies for marksmanship. It was during the Winter War (1939–1940), between Finland and the Soviet Union, that he began his duty as a sniper and fought for the Finnish Army against the Red Army. In temperatures between −20 and −40 degrees Celsius (−4 and −40 degrees Fahrenheit), dressed completely in white camouflage, Häyhä was credited with 505 confirmed kills of Soviet soldiers, and 542 if including the unconfirmed deaths. The unofficial Finnish frontline figure from the battlefield of Kollaa places the number of Häyhä's sniper kills over 800.
Ivan Sidorenko
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Ivan Mikhaylovich Sidorenko (born September 12, 1919) is a former Red Army officer, who served during World War II. He was one of the top Soviet snipers in the war, with over five hundred confirmed kills.
Ranked a Major, he was the most successful Soviet sniper of the Second World War, and used the Russian Mosin-Nagant rifle, equipped with a telescopic sight. Sidorenko's feat was not unique, however: several other Soviet snipers scored nearly as many kills, and Simo Häyhä of Finland is credited with having 505 confirmed kills.
Billy Sing
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William Edward Sing DCM (1886 - 19 May 1943) was an Australian soldier of World War I, and distinguished sniper during the Gallipoli Campaign.
On October 24, 1914, two months after the outbreak of war, Sing enlisted as a trooper in the Australian Fifth Light Horse Regiment of the Australian Imperial Force. Sing won international fame as a sniper during the Gallipoli campaign of 1915-1916. Serving as dismounted infantry in the Gallipoli campaign, Sing partnered with his spotter Ion Idriess (later author of "Desert Column", "Cattle King", "Lassetter's Last Ride"), and later Tom Sheehan. Regimental records list Sing as having taken 150 confirmed 'kills'. However, on October 23, 1915, General William Birdwood, commander of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps, issued an order complimenting Sing for his 201 unconfirmed 'kills'.

Erwin Konig
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Erwin König, aka Heinz Thorvald (died c. 1942), was a highly skilled Wehrmacht sniper allegedly killed by the legendary Red Army sniper Vasily Zaytsev during the Battle of Stalingrad.  König is mentioned both in Zaytsev's memoirs Notes of a Sniper and William Craig's 1973 non-fiction book Enemy at the Gates: The Battle for Stalingrad. The 2001 movie Enemy at the Gates portrays a fictional account of the sniper duel between Zaytsev and König during the final days of the Battle of Stalingrad.
Vasily Zaytsev
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Vasily Grigorevich Zaytsev was a Soviet sniper during World War II, notable particularly for his activities between November 10 and December 17, 1942 during the Battle of Stalingrad. He killed 225 soldiers and officers of the Wehrmacht and other Axis armies, including 11 enemy snipers.
He is notable for having participated in the Battle of Stalingrad. There, the Soviets set up a snipers' training school in the Metiz factory; it was run by Zaytsev. The snipers Zaytsev trained were nicknamed zaichata, meaning "leverets" (baby hares). Antony Beevor wrote in Stalingrad that this was the start of the "sniper movement" in the 62nd Army. Conferences were arranged to spread the doctrine of "sniperism" and exchange ideas on technique and principles that were not limited to marksmanship skills. It is estimated that the snipers Zaytsev trained killed more than 3000 enemy soldiers.
Henry Norwest
A former ranch-hand and rodeo performer, he served for a short time with the Northwest Mounted Police until September 1915 when he joined the Canadian army. In his nearly three years of service with the 50th Canadian Infantry Battalion, the lance-corporal achieved a documented sniping record of 115 fatal shots. While Norwest was an outstanding marksman, the thing that set him apart from others was his superb stealth tactics and his expertise in the use of camouflage. As a result of his exceptional abilities his superiors frequently sent him on reconnaissance missions into "No Man's Land" or behind enemy lines.
Carlos Norman Hathcock II
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Carlos Norman Hathcock II (May 20, 1942 – February 23, 1999) was a United States Marine Corps Gunnery Sergeant sniper with a service record of 93 confirmed kills. Hathcock's record and the extraordinary details of the missions he undertook made him a legend in the Marine Corps. His fame as a sniper and his dedication to long distance shooting led him to become a major developer of the United States Marine Corps Sniper training program. He has, in recent years, also had the honor of having a rifle named after him: a variant of the M21 dubbed the Springfield Armory M25 White Feather.
Hathcock said in a book written about his career as a sniper: "I like shooting, and I love hunting. But I never did enjoy killing anybody. It's my job. If I don't get those bastards, then they're gonna kill a lot of these kids we got dressed up like Marines. That's just the way I see it."
Lyudmila Pavlichenko
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Lyudmila Mikhailivna Pavlichenko (Ukrainian: Людмила Михайлівна Павліченко; Russian: Людмила Михайловна Павличенко Lyudmila Mikhailovna Pavlichenko) (July 12, 1916 – October 10, 1974) was a Soviet sniper during World War II, credited with 309 kills, and is regarded as the most successful female sniper in history.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

ECW and TYW

Here are some nice work done by some friends of mine, I my self have had no or little time for the minies this last week and a half.

Dalauppror:
You can find more images of Dalaupprors ongoing TYW project at http://dalauppror.blogspot.com/

Inside a painter mind:
You can find more images of his ongoing ECW project at: http://artmastertoby.blogspot.com/

Just enjoy.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Captain Alatriste


Just saw the movie Captain Alatriste about the War between Spain and Flandern a realy good movie with Viggo Mortensen. The main Plot is the EYW och the TYW it depends on how you want to see it.

Check out this clip from the film, this the only real battle scene in the movie, showing how a Spanish Tercio it fighting, but otherwise there are rely nice duals and fighting scenes to seen in the movie.


The film is based on a collection of novels by Arturo Pérez-Reverte.
Read more about Captain Alatriste

To small...

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Logic...

TYW by Nils

Here are some WIP pictures from Nils TYW project, hes a bit behind schedule but hey who isn't.

More pictures at Nils forum blog

Operation Garbo by Nils Idemalm


My good friend Nils wrote a scenario for then game Worlds at War, the new expansion is called World at War: Operation Garbo and it was published as a p500 publication by Lock N Load.
The thing is that MY name is on the box as well, as a Playtester
So if you are in for the art of blip games then perhaps this is something for you or if you just have some sentimental memories of the books Operation Garbo then just check out the Lock N Load website for details on how to order.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Multi part, jiiiha...

Warlord realy nice minies  but I cant stand the multi part minies, liquid polly and arms hats and guns everywhere. Pikes nu problem and marching/advancing muskets so easy, but the shooting musketeers the are a bloody hell don't like them.

Warlord Architects Of War


Warlord have some relay nice terrain pieces, check them out on warlords website.  

In to the morning sun - Mr Walker

Mr Walker dose it again. ECW cavalry from Warlord.
Check out the rest of his pictures on his blog

Friday, October 15, 2010

Amazing Highlanders painted by Toby Thornton

Toby has painted these amazingly Highlanders from Perry Gordon, check out those Tartans they are just so well painted. You can find more images of these Highlanders on his blog: Inside a Painters Mind 
Click on the Image to go directly to article.

Hopes and dreams

Well now that the TYW project is more half way done its time to plan for the next.


I have always been interested in the Samurai Armies of the Shogun with Ashigaru Arquebusiers and pikes, hordes of samurai and Ashigaru warriors clashing together in  a sea of steel, blood and dismembered bodies, great champions being beheaded and lesser champions being mutilated.
  
I have been looking at the Perry miniatures ranged and are looking for other manufacturers of 28 mm samurai ranges. Museum Miniatures have some nice ranges as well but there site sucks and the have movies of the minies instead of images, this making the site hard to navigate, and I thing their models are a bit early and more suitable for an early army more fitting the FOG:A rules and the book Emipire of the Dragon 
Perry miniatures
Perry miniatures
Perry miniatures

video
Museum Miniatures



Thursday, October 14, 2010

Speed painting 1 on 1

Hi!

I have been getting some questions about how I paint my TYW minies, therefore I decide make a tutorial on how I do just that.

For this particular model a metal Battle standard bearer (BSB) from Renegade(I think) I used the following colors.

Skin, Valejo Model color, Dark Flesh, #70927
Hair, Valejo Model color, Yellow Tan, #70912
Jacket, GW Foundation, Macharius Solar Orange
Pants, Valejo Game color, Cold Grey
Mics, Valejo Model color, Black #70950, Gunmetal # 70863, Ivory # 70918, Buff #70976 and Azure #70902

Washing: GW Foundation, Devlan Mud

This mini being a BSB and there for being a bit more in the center then a usual rank and file model, I  neede to add a bit of extra effort. there for the high numbers of colors.

Step 1.
The models was cleaned and washed, if it was a plastic model I wouldn't have bothered with the washing of the models, but now being a metal minies I had to. I then sorted them so that I have basicly the same pose on the models before mounting the on sticks and priming them.

In this case I used the Army Painter Brown Leather spray to prime the models, this to save time painting the model, allso the Army Painter Brown Leather is a perfekt match to the Valejo Model color, English Uniform #70921, this might come in handy if you are a bit sloppy.

Step 2.
Painting Skin, trying to leave the eye and mouth with no paint, and just bloging the hands and any outer skin showing.

Step 3
Painting the Jacket, well how hard can it be, just being sure not to get paint on the belts and stuff, you can also do a bit of outlining here if you please that, I do not, I just cant get it to look good.

Step 4 
Painting the pants, again leaving any belts, buckles and things like that, just keep it clean, if you do get sloppy just correct it. As you can I have painted some details on the model, but that's only because its a BSB and not a regular rank and file model.

Step 4 
Some metal.

Step 5
And now for the magic...
Devlan Mud, I'm planing to fix up my own blend but for now I use GW's smelly stuff, yes it relay smells bad.
Still not dry

Step 6
Some highlighting if desired, I usual highlight the faces, this using the same color as before on the face, on the front rank models but the other ranks I do not bother. Just paint "STZ--", S on the left chin, T on the nose and forhead, Z on the right chin and - - on upper lip and cheek, fast and easy.

Face and hands highlighted 


The big time savers.
I didn't highlight any areas except for the face and hands.
I didn't put any time/effort into painting belts, straps or pouches, this is a big time saver, this works because of the primer being leather brown.

Well the army looks great from a distance of 1 - 1½ meters, with some nice bases and some cool banners the army will be an eye catcher and if you don allow your opponent to get to close you might just get away with it.

Time spent on painting the model without drying time is approx 2½  minutes. And if you do like I do painting the in batches of 6 then you can get don to lets say 2 minutes per model, that's 30 an hour.

Tools of trade.


Good luck with your painting. 

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Check out Clash of Empires

Checkout this great blog about TYW, a relay good  blog with some real interesting articles and a bunch of realy nice pictures.
Adress:http://www.clashofempires.ca/apps/blog/

Click the picture to get to the blog.

First Calvary unit done.

First Cav unit done 
Infantry unit 5  
Close up of cavalry unit
Close up of cavalry unit
All the 6 infantry units, in total 36 bases and 144 minies


Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Unit 4 
Part of unit 5 with no Pikes
Part of unit 6 with no pikes.

Painted so far:
Infantry: 128 minies, in 32 bases.
Horses: 72 horse

Kinetic Sculptures

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

FoG:R rules put to the test.

The FoG:R rules are finally put to the test.
Read more about it on Dalaupprors blog.
The Polish cavalry, winged lancers.

Monday, October 4, 2010

TYW Second Unit done

The blue man group DONE, no banners in this one.
Close up
This will be the last pics for to day