Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Swiss Line Infantry

Here is a Regiment of Swiss Line Infantry. Just as the Italians, those models are from the Italeri French Line Infantry kit. One of the advantages of painting french allies is that several of them had uniform designs mirrowing the french, only changing the colors, so I have quite some options to paint the models from that kit, which is reason enough to get a bunch of them (!).

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The swiss regiments differentiated basically in the colors of facings/collars/cuffs, and browsing around the web, this black facing was the one I liked most. In fact, this is one of my favorite napoleonic uniforms already. Very elegant and distinct, I'd say!

I should, for the sake of completeness, do the white piping around the facings and colars, but at 20mm scale, lining is a task too annoying and time cosuming. Maybe someday I go back to them and get to it.

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And this is our last post of the year. It's a particular landmark for this blog, for with it we complete the year with the most number of posts so far: 59!

2015 will certainly see this blog at frantic activity, as I have so many projects in my mind! I'm starting Napoleonic Austrians, Imperial Romans and Crusaders, the later two to play on Hail Caesar, as well as their respective enemies, some gauls, germans and Sarracens. Of course, there is also going to be a lot of Scifi, particularly as I continue to develop my ruleset, Para Bellum, and my army of Space Nazis to play with it.

I wish all of you, readers, a happy new year, full of new toys and gaming!


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Saturday, December 27, 2014

Italian Line Infantry

Here is a unit of Italian Line Infantry to reinforce my french. These models are Italeri French Line Infantry, and because their uniforms are pretty identical to the french, it was the perfect choice to proxy some italians.

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Tuesday, December 23, 2014

More power-armored Space nazis

... Because there is no such thing as too many power-armored Space Nazis, right?! Specially when they come with twin-linked machine guns on a large shield, and a powered dagger, to close the deal at close quarters, if needed be.

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Even though I quite like those Dust models, they have the downside of being made of plastic resin, which means they suffer from some bending here and there. Nothing that can't be fixed with the hot water-cold water technique, though. This guy on the left of the pic below, for instance, has a bended weapon, which I already fixed with hot water but was too lazy to photograph again (!).


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By the way, these guys in bright black armor will be from the SS. On my fluff for the 4Âș Reich, the SS employs specially engineered super soldiers, that some suspect to be clones, and that are unbreakable on their resolve to serve the Reich. These are the elite of my Space Nazi, and to further emphasize the mistery that involves their true nature (and perhaps, to hide the fact that they are all clones), they are always masked. Only superior officers of the SS ever show up unmasked.

The bright paint doesn't come out very well on pics, lots of details don't pop up, but in flesh, those models do look good in bright black armor. I used some Eisenkern spare heads to come up with these models, in place of the stahlhelm used by the the guys featuring on the pics far above.

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Friday, December 19, 2014

Eisenkern Support Weapons


Two kits of Eisenkern Support Weapons have left the paint desk, and are now ready to add their firepower to the rest of my army of Space Nazis. Each kit comes with 3 heavy weapon teams: one mortar, one anti-tank and one anti-infantry. 



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Each team has got 3 gunners, but I chose to use only 2 on the bases, as 3 seemed too clustered, and also because on most rules systems, 2 gunners is the standard to operate a heavy weapon. In case I need 3 gunners, I'll just add a guy on a small base next to the team and problem solved.


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As usual for those new kits from Dreamforge, this is an excellent kit. Awesome sculpts, beautifully engineered, lots of bits to customize each base and, just as I like it, realistic proportioned guns. If there is a downside to this kit, it's perhaps the excessive number of parts each weapon breaks down to, requiring extensive assembly to have them done. Still, no big deal, and I suppose it'd be hard to engineer them any other way, given their design, anyway.

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