Saturday, February 27, 2010

STILL More Sci-Fi Skirmishin’ stuff

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Another couple options for Amanda’s replacement… The one on the left is from Reaper Miniatures Chronoscope line. The figure came with an open hand and the option of the BFG (shown here) or a Big Dang Wrench (one end would be held in the hand and the bulk of it resting on her shoulder). The figure on the right is from Artizan Designs Kiss Kiss Bang Bang line.

A couple Catachan Imperial Guardsmen (Guardspersons?) from Games Workshop (pictured here completely without their permission!) Actually the girlie with the big dang laser cannon is pre-catachan/cadian/valhallan/etc… She’s actually one of the Old Guard that I recently stripped for repainting. There’s one for sale on ebay at the moment… it’s currently £12 (+£4 shipping to Canada)?! The other chap with the Plasma Rifle is a more recent Catachan.

Speaking of Imperial Guard… and ebay… Three Catachan Sentinels arrived in the mail yesterday. I won a total of four of them all on one day last week on ebay. The grand total for all four (including shipping) was ~$35CAD… approximately the same as the suggested retail in CAD for ONE!? Why four, you might ask?! Well, honestly, I didn’t really expect to win ANY of them!?

…and a couple more Viridian Strike Commandos…

Coming soon on Tim’s Miniature Wargaming Blog:

The next week will be a mad scramble to get everything ready for the Hordes of the Things Campaign which will be taking place ONE WEEK FROM TODAY!!

After that I have some terrain and vehicles I want to make for some upcoming Spaces Skirmish/Adventures. Some of the vehicles will be the Sentinels and a Leman Russ tank I picked up about a year ago, but also I want to do a few scratch builds – the shuttle (or Dropship?) from the Muttonchop Express… part of me would like to model the interior of the Muttonchop Express for some onboard actions… but that might be going a bit too far for now… we shall see…

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

More Space-Gamin’ Stuff

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These lads are from Artizan Designs Kiss Kiss Bang Bang line. They could potentially see use in the not-to-distant future as starship crew in my space campaign on Savage Saturday.

Mr. Secret Agent Man, also from Artizan Design’s Kiss Kiss Bang Bang line, could be some sort of Imperial Operative… or someone working for one side or another in some shady clandestine operation of a local government or a stellar megacorporation…

Another character for the aforementioned Space Campaign. The figure is from Reaper Miniatures Chronoscope line which has a lot of bizarre odds and bits…? (Amanda needs a new character as Abby “Ace” Grace got her heab bitten off by zombies and then riddled with 10mm explosive-tipped caseless (Standard Light Armour-Piercing) rounds last adventure).

Another of the old Grenadier Stellardate: 2998 minis. I think this one was called the “stiletto”.

Coming soon on Tim’s Miniature Wargaming Blog:

More Sci-fi stuff…. (maybe some Elves…?)

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

MORE Strike Commandos

Five more Strike Commandos rolling off the line…

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These are I-Kore Void Viridian Strike Commandos. They are apparently still available from Scotia Grendel. I now have ten finished and have another dozen to go!

I’m going to be using them as a small independent mercenary commando unit in my space campaign on Savage Saturdays

Coming soon on Tim’s Miniature Wargaming Blog:

Should have a couple more done by the end of the week, and maybe some elves and other odd and assorted space-faring adventurer types…

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Elf Archers and Strike Commandos

I’ve been trying to finish up all the plastic GW Elves I have. Once they are done there’ll be enough of them to make a rather decent army all of their own (with options). I may even have just enough to make 36+ army points… and then I might sell them or trade them away… we’ll see… I still have antoher stand or two of knights, a Hero, a wizard, and some rangers (sneakers) to do…

At the same time I’ve been working on sci-fi stuff for some new campaign options at Savage Timmy’s Playhouse!

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These are old Games Workshop/Citadel plastic Elves.

While I knew these were Void miniatures from I-Kore, I had forgotten what faction they were as I had long since disposed of the blisters they came in. I thought perhaps they were Viridians but I had two other types of troops that I knew were Viridians (Commandos, who are much more lightly equipped, and Assault Marines, who are in power armour) but none of the equipment really matched… so I wasn’t sure…. Anyway I found out that Scotia Grendel is still making these “Void 1.1” figures and these are indeed Viridian STRIKE Commandos…. Not that I care to play Void, or know (or care to know) anything about Viridians… It’s just helpful to know what they are should I ever decide to add to the force!

For now I have enough Strike Commandos to field a Troop of two sections – each section breaking down to two teams of 5, plus two section Commanders and a Troop Leader. No heavy/support weapons at the moment, although I’m not entirely sure there ARE any Strike Commando Support weapon figures…

The regular old (not-so-striking) Viridian Commandos – due to their similar light order of equipment, including scantly clad chests - will probably get lumped in with the few GW Catachan Imperial Guardsmen that I have.

Coming soon on Tim’s Miniature Wargaming Blog:

More Elves, Strike Commandos and Space Ships… I have another team of five strike commandos more than half done. The few Elvish knights, hero and magician could all be done as a batch-lot. And I spent a bit of time assembling and prepping a few Aerotech craft the other night and they’re ready to go along with the rest of the Stellardate: 2998 ships I have…

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

More Space Stuff

Carrying on with the sci-fi stuff….

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Thanks to El Grego I an now able to identify some of these space ships if found in some “junk” boxes. This one is actually just PART of a Behemoth Class Battleship from Grenadier’s Stellardate: 2998 range of crafts. As I'm not sure I ever even HAD the fore section I'm just going to use this as-is...

I have a few more I’ll be painting up over the next little bit, as well as a few Aerotech2 ships I just picked up off ebay… and maybe some Silent Death minis I’ve set my sights on…

Meanwhile, down “Dirtside”, on the skirmish side of things…

These are two Future Troopers of some sort from I-Kore’s VOID game. I picked up a PILE of these out of a bargain bin for $1 per pack… I just don’t get it… People just can’t see past minis that are tied to systems being useable for anything other than THAT SYSTEM…

As alluded to in the previous post I have a few Games Workshop Imperial Guardsmen I’m painting up as well to be the above troopers nemesis – a rival mercenary outfit that always happens to turn up on the opposing side, no matter where they go…

A Blast from the (Future) Past

Below are some old (OLD!) Imperial Guardsmen. Actually some weren't Imperial Guardsmen, they were space pirates but gen-u-ine Imperial Guardsmen were tricky to come by 20+ years ago in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada when I purchased and painted these...

I've been having a hankering to play some Sci-fi skirmish gaming and have started painting up some more "modern" Imperial Guardsmen (more on that in a moment) and I've been thinking it's about time I updated these... so their off to the Pinesol bath shortly and I kind of wanted to have some record of what they originally looked like.

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Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Unidentified Flying Object

I’ve been a little distracted lately…

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I have no idea of the manufacturer of this ship. I’ve had it for at least 20 years and for most of that it’s been sitting in a box of junk, half-painted. The base I made for it might seem a bit huge, but I made it pretty big for a number of reasons. For one I have a very big game table - space ships really shouldn't get all that close anyway. Bigger = more stable- lee likely these big ships will tip over on the table or in the storage drawer. Also It will keep them from being knocked about into each other when in the storage drawer.

I guess I'm going to need some new storage drawers... hmmmm....

Lately I’ve been having a hankering to play some starship combat so I dug this, and a couple others, out of said box o’junk to paint up and fly around the galaxy (oh, and I picked up a few more off ebay, which should be arriving shortly…).

I’m not entirely sure what system I’ll use. It will likely be Savage Worlds as we’re all familiar with it… with a few tweaks we were able to have some pretty darn awesome sailing ship battles….

Though I’ve always been interested in Full Thrust. I played Dirtside and Stargrunt – by the same publisher - long, long ago (in a galaxy far, far away…?) and always wanted to give Full Thrust a try…

Coming soon on Tim’s Miniature Wargaming Blog:

Maybe some elves… maybe some more space ships… maybe some sci-fi skirmish stuff… maybe another Seven years War battle report… never can tell these days…

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Ruined City Terrain

I stayed up altogether WAAAAAY too late last night (and then an hour or so this morning when I finally got up….) trying to finish off a PILE of ruined city terrain I started last year but never seemed to get around to finishing up. I was motivated by how much fun we had last week on Savage Saturday.

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These are all scratch built out of MDF (with lost of carpenters glue, pebbles, and acrylic paint….).

I was kind of torn as to whether to go with a sand colour so it could all go with the mudbrick buildings I already have or do them in grey (as I have done) to give them more of a “European” look. I expect these will be used for many things from Mordhiem-ish fantasy to the ruins of Stalingrad to post-apocalyptic sci-fi…

I have a feeling they may be used tonight (it’s Savage Saturday!)

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

French Attack Fort Harilon!

After Last Week’s Battle I got pretty pumped about playing more Seven Years War battles with the DBA 1500-1900 Extension. This week Gary and Rick showed up as well as John. Gary and Rick decided to play a game with similar forces as John and I had played with last week.


1x Light Horse General (Brigadier Lowell)
1x Jäger (Rangers)
1x Cannon
9x Musket

1x Light Horse General (Chevalier de Chappell)
1x Auxilia (Indians)
1x Cannon
9x Musket


Gary played the French and Rick played the British. They diced for who would attack and once again it was the French so this week they said they were attacking Fort Harilon (part of a two pronged assault on the British Colonies in the Americas!)

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Brigadier Lowell arrays his forces outside Fort Harilon. Two regiments were send north of the River while the Brigadier stayed on the south side with the artillery, rangers and the third battalion…

Chevalier de Chappell, on the other hand marched on the fort on the south side of the river with two battalions of infantry and a small contingent of Indian allies…

…while the remaining battalion of infantry and the artillery remained on the north side of the river with the army’s camp.

Not liking the looks of marching sraight into the the cannon the British Battalions north of the river formed a great big column and started marching off.

The British forces in front of the fort advanced cautiously to meet the advancing French.

At the extreme left of the line, where the rangers were skirmishing in the edge of the woods, the French allied Indians attacked!!

The swiftness of action and ferocity of the rangers drove them off, and they retreated deeper into the wood.

The French artillerists maneuvered their guns to fire on the column marching past – their opening shots caused severe casualties among the first companies of the Highland Regiment! (Gary’s six to Rick’s one will do that…). This also briefly disrupted the column. But the ever cool and collected under fire Brigadier Lowell quickly had them on the march again (I swear I have never seen so many sixes rolled for PIPs! Rick actually asked if he could take my die home…).

So gallant and dashing was Brigadier Lowell, that he ordered his staff to follow him in a headlong charge into the woods to aid the Rangers pursuit of the Indians!

Of course when cornered the Indians fought back viciously and both the Rangers and Command Staff were obliged to retire.

The Indians quickly followed up the Rangers retirement…

But the rangers had set an ambush for them and very nearly wiped them out. The scattered survivors faded into the woods naught to be seen again in this battle.

The British column north of the river then wheeled to cross the river – apparently to turn the flank of the French advancing on the fort.

This forced the French onto the defensive and compelled to redeploy to meet this new threat.

The column crossing the river, the French Redeploying, and The British advancing to fire on the French

A bird’s eye view of the general situation.

The first exchanged volley of musketry forced a back the French (one stand being forced right off the table…).

The French redeploy into to lines.

“Gor! Oo’s them poncy lace-wearin types on them ‘orses out there, give ‘em a shot will yeh!”


Thus ended the career of Chevalier de Chappell in a cloud of shredded lace…

Sniping rangers from the woods took a heavy toll on the already shaken French and when news arrived of their commander bing mortally wounded the French retired from the field.

If the French forces in the new world continue to perform in this lack-luster fashion they will not long remain in possession of New France!

Coming soon on Tim’s Miniature Wargaming Blog:

I have Elves on the Workbench at the moment… but I could see British being next in line so I can finish up enough to have TWO commands of both British and French so we could play a Horse and Musket BIG BATTLE!!! I'll have to get some more cavalry from John to add some HORSE to our "Horse and Musket" battles!!

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Skirmishing Jocks

What was I thinking… Jacobites…

These figures are from Old Glory. Though there aren’t any listed in the DBA Extension for 1500 – 1900AD army list for Scots Jacobites, I thought I’d start with a stand of Jägers. Mostly because I’d only have to paint three of them…

In the lists it looks like it’s mostly Shot and Blade/Warband, and a Light Horse and a Dragoon? No muskets or Jägers… There is an option for Psiloi… Psiloi with Muskets…?!

Coming soon on Tim’s Miniature Wargaming Blog:

I have some more of these hovering near the workbench but I think I might take stock and see if there’s any more fantasy item I need ready for the HOTT Campaign weekend (less than four weeks away now!!!)

Saturday, February 6, 2010


These are some ECW-ish era Scottish Moss Troops. Ready to ravage the lowlands... Norhtern England... the highways and byways of Luteland!

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The figures are from Old Glory.

I have six more and I’m not sure if I should make them into three more Light Horse stands like these above… or into two Cavalry stands (3 per base).

Coming soon on Tim’s Miniature Wargaming Blog:

Jacobites still on the workbench taking waaaaaaay too long to paint… curse them and their head to toe plaid…

Friday, February 5, 2010

French Cavalry of the Line

A year or two ago (maybe three!?) my friend John gave me these French Cavalrymen for my birthday… (I know what you’re thinking; “give them to me Deagol, my love, it’s my birthday… precious…” – it wasn’t quite like that…)

I think he said the figures were from RSM figures…? I can’t remember… Anyway I have a few more to do, but these were assembled and primed so I painted them up last night.

Unlike the infantry regiments I’ve done to date, I haven’t fashioned them after any particular regiment. I was just looking through an Osprey book on Louis XV’s cavalry and Red coats with blue facings seemed pretty popular so I figured I couldn’t go far wrong with this colour scheme…

Coming soon on Tim’s Miniature Wargaming Blog:

I have two stands of Mossers ready to be based, pics of those tomorrow… then a small number of Jacobites have snuck their way onto the workbench enough for a stand of Warband and a couple stands of Jägers… There are rumors that “Bonnie” Prince Timmy is on the water again and planning to raise his standard on the Isle of Laynd, he will come again to reassert his claim to the throne of Luteland! (If only the cowardly Lutlanders can be brought to battle on standardized base with a 60mm frontage!!)

Thursday, February 4, 2010

78th Regiment of Foot (Fraser’s Highlanders)

In an effort to get one more “British” unit done for this (last) evenings game I cranked out a battalion of Highlanders. These are the 78th Regiment of Foot (Fraser’s Highlanders) one of three regiments of highlanders raised to fight against the French in North America during the Seven Years War.

There is some debate as to whether they wore plaids of the government sett or the Fraser sett. I’ve gone with the Government sett (mostly because it’s easier…).

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These figures are all from RAFM.

I actually have another stand worth of these to paint up. I think this was because in a few Orders of Battle for the siege of Quebec and the battle on the Plains of Abraham, the 78th Highlanders were listed as having considerably more troops on the roster… I’ll finish up the additional jocks later this week, perhaps, just to get them out of the way.

I located my Seven Years War masters. There’s New France Militiaman ready to be moulded and cast and the British Fusilier was finished but I didn’t like the placement of the sword – so I’ve torn that off an will have to redo part of him before he’s ready to be moulded…

Coming soon on Tim’s Miniature Wargaming Blog:

I think I’ll work on some French Cavalry this evening… Or maybe finish up that last stand of Jocks…

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

French Attack Fort Ofwego!

After John’s game two weeks ago I got thinking about playing around with the DBA 1500-1900 Extension again and revisit the Seven Years War

I changed the game night to Wednesdays, because that, apparently, was supposed to work better for more people… and stayed up until 2:30 this morning trying to finish up the Highlanders… and then only John showed up – which was fine (quality is always better than quantity!).


1x Light Horse General
1x Jäger (Rangers)
1x Cannon
9x Musket

1x Light Horse General
1x Auxilia (Indians)
1x Cannon
9x Musket


For this first crack at it we took more or less equal forces and didn’t bother with the troop quality/limited recoils we’ve used in gunpowder era DBA games.

John wanted to played the French so I played the British. We diced for who was attacking and it was the French. So I set up Fort Ofwego and deployed my forces!

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The British prepare to defend Fort Ofwego.

The forces advance.

More pretty pictures of advancing units…

The first volleys are exchanged between the French and the Highalnd battalion – looks like the Jocks took the worst of i!

After a brief nasty skirmish in the woods the French allied Indians overran some apparently inexperienced British rangers!

More exchanges of musketry and cannon.

Another loss on the British side – conveniently the one British dead marker I have was a highlander! Things looking bad for the defenders of Fort Ofwego

Then the tides started to turn as the French battalion on the right flank took some serious losses.

The French CHARGED into contact with the Highlanders (I’ll never hear the end of it!)

The melee between the French and the Highlanders in the center intensified!

Some cannoning brought down anther stand of French men evening up the odds.

Should have deployed the cannon in a more central location…

In one turn things started to spiral towards their conclusion – but who would come out on top was still far from certain – first the British lost another stand of their gallant Highland lads…

…then the French battalion on the flank lost another. If either side lost one more it would all be over!

Things looked grim when the Indian allies finally came out of the woods and attacked the British guns!!!

Somehow those brilliant gunners of the Royal Artillery survived the assault and then beat of the savages…

...and then turned their guns on them and blew them apart with canister! At that point the French gave up their attack on Fort Ofwego!

It was good fun. I might like to try it again with the troop quality/limited recoils. I think for a campaign game it would be necessary – just to keep things going at a quick pace. I should also very much like to try some scenario games with not so even sides, and also some much larger battles with multiple commands on each side. Of course the latter will require a bunch more painting…

I could easily see getting excited enough about this that an 18th Century DBA campaign could be next up after the Dark Ages one in June...

Coming soon on Tim’s Miniature Wargaming Blog:
Some better pics of the new Jocks… then probably a few more Horse and Musket era troops – some cavalry… a few more highlanders… then back to some fantasy things for the campaign, which is coming up in just FOUR WEEKS (I guess I better get on with those rules revisions)!