Thursday, February 27, 2014

Schnöselburg jager

The next RGFSS recruit is a jager. I forgot to take a photo of him before painting, but if you compare him to his musketier comrades, you'll see the conversion work my husband did to give him a field cap instead of a shako.

Introducing Jager Meister! And here he is in his brand-spanking new uniform!



He'll shortly have a scruffy friend joining him. I want to see if I can have a few different types of dogmen in the jager unit ... they seem a ragtag bunch already!

New lead ladies!

Very excited to have finally nabbed a copy of the Ariel, Mage Queen of Loren figure! She's a hard one to come across at a decent price, especially still in the box!

I also got a couple of new maiden guard figures for my ever-expanding units(s)(?) in my parcel today, and an OOP wood elf sorceress that I believe is the rough equivalent of today's "Spellsinger" or "Spellweaver".

This is a pretty interesting conversion using the wood elf sorceress that I came across today:
Spellsinger on Unicorn ... I quite like it, so I'm wondering if perhaps I shouldn't have two of these!? Hmm, there's food for thought ...

I think I will be giving my Ariel a bit of a nose job, though, as she appears to me to be wearing too unpleasant an expression for a faerie. I feel she should be serene-looking ... I know she's not considered the nicest of sculpts from GW, but there's something about her that appealed to me and I wanted one.

I did see one version of this mini (this one on CoolMiniOrNot) that seems to have had some nose-work done - or, perhaps it's just the way she's painted - and she looks quite nice. In any case, I don't think it can hurt to give her a bit of a makeover! We'll see how she turns out ...

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

February painting goal - progress

When I made my February painting goal, I didn't really realise how much of February was actually left, let alone remember that February is a short month! So it's not looking likely that I'll finish all my rank and file minis, but I will definitely try to finish at least the remaining musketiers (and one pikeman!?).

Here are some crappy progress pics - most base colours on the musketiers. Will take some nicer ones when they're finished:

The black undercoated figures are another officer and a new addition to the jager unit. I have actually finished my first jager, and pics of him will be coming soon!

After this, I still have a few grenadiers to go. They'll likely join my March painting goals list, which will also include some civilian and character figures.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Pegasus! Unicorn! OOP! OOP!

In addition to the hoard of stuff I won in that eBay lot from my previous post and another one from this morning (yep, that's right!), I had ordered this figure about two weeks ago for a conversion I am going to make, and it just arrived:

It's the same Marauder Pegasus as the one in the lot I won yesterday, which I'm happy about, since it has no barding so that makes it easier to convert without having to "re-brand" it from its original army. This one will become a Pegasus-cross-unicorn - simply because the idea appeals to me - and have a maiden guard rider.

Maybe I will start working on this on the weekend. After all, I'm supposed to be working on my Dogmen for Flintloque, too! Will see how I go :-)

I also received this OOP Sorceress on Unicorn in the mail the other day, mainly for the unicorn, though the sorceress is pretty nice as well:

(picture taken from eBay listing)

This unicorn will be for a Wood Elves conversion ... stay tuned to find out what it is! ... and the rider will probably end up on a horse or something. I won't post any hint as to what the conversion will be, as it's not likely to be happening any time soon :-P

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

OOP High Elf extravaganza! Chariots galore!

VERY excited to have just won an eBay listing for some OOP High Elf stuff! Among other things, the lot contained some maiden guard figures (awesome for rounding out my growing MG collection ... hmm, might have to split them into two units!), a metal Dragon Princes standard bearer and a HE Pegasus (as seen below)!!

I was excited that it seemed to include the rider, though was missing the throne/chair, but it was a Prince Tyrion model. Not to worry, though, as I'm sure I can pick the throne up somewhere eventually and am pretty certain I can almost exactly convert the Prince Tyrion (since I think I've already got him!) into this Pegasus knight (and by "I", I mean my husband haha!):

Last night I also picked up this old Tiranoc Chariot from 1997 on eBay as well:

Lots of excitement in the High Elf camp! So far, I have acquired 5 chariots - all (technically) different! So, my army will include:
  • Metal High Elf Tiranoc Chariot 1997 (pictured above)
  • Metal High Elf Tiranoc Chariot 1993 (?) (pictured below)
  • Plastic HE Tiranoc Chariot (current) from games Workshop
  • Plastic Lion Chariot of Chrace (current) from Games Workshop 
  • SPECIAL Everqueen Chariot (which will be a conversion from the current plastic GW kit and will feature the OOP Alarielle the Everqueen figure along with 1 or 2 of her maiden guard as charioteers!)

Very excited, as I never thought I would enjoy High Elves this much. To be honest, seeing the mass of rank and file troops on game tables in Games Workshop never really inspired me when it came to High Elves, even going so far as to say they were boring. But with the discovery of older, more charismatic figures, it is fast becoming one of my favourite races for Warhammer!

Monday, February 17, 2014

First game of Flintloque!

We’ve been busy the past couple of weeks putting some things together for a game of Flintloque, but on Sunday we decided to have a little test game. The board wasn’t even A4 size, but it was great for a three-on-three scenario. Here, the Dogmen of the Royal Guard of the Free State of Schnöselburg have come upon the elves of the Swizzic Republic, who are going over some secret plans:

(Board, house [left], hedge and table [both right] built from scratch by Christian.)

It is the Royal Guard’s objective to steal these secret plans, but the elves will protect them with their lives. You can see my grenadier has already been bested by the elves’ sure fire! Next, the cowardly Rittmeister Heißhund takes cover behind a barrel and fires his pistol at the elves:

Soon, the dogman musketier fires at the elven musketier from behind a tree trunk and the elf is hit and removed from the board. The dogman then engages the other elven musketier in melee and dispatches him brutally. Then the elven section leader takes revenge and removes the golden dogman from play. This leaves the two section leaders to battle it out in close combat. It is a tight struggle, but the dogman has the upper hand with his bonus from his sword of exquisite quality, and the elf is soon defeated:

The cowardly officer takes his prize gleefully:

Since we were just trying out the rules, we decided not to do away with any of our characters who had the misfortune to actually die. But we did roll for their fates anyway, and it was pretty simple to figure out what happened to each character. The rules are fun and creative, especially the special skills and traits (though we chose not to use them in our test game). There were a couple of spots that had us a bit confused, but after some more careful reading, we were able to figure them out. All in all, it was pretty easy to get a game going and certainly lots of fun!

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Painting goals - February 2014

So, I was considering trying my hand at the Lead Painters League competition on LAF, but I just don't see myself being able to keep up with it. However, I do want to keep myself motivated to do more painting, so I've decided to set myself monthly goals instead.

Here goes:

Finish painting all my non-character Dogmen for Flintloque! 
So, that's about 10-12 (I think!) miniatures, including one dwarf that has sought sanctuary among the open-minded citizens of the Free State of Schnöselburg.