Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Parading my Russian Army

 We had a hobby contest in our gaming club last weekend, with various categories such as best painted model, best painted vehicle, etc. I participated with my napoleonic russian army, competing for the 'best painted army' and they were voted the winners of that category, which had two other excelent competitors - a Warhammer 40k Tau force and a Lord of the Rings army.

Here are some pics of of the competitors in the event. 

My russian army:

And here is the table with all the runners for the title of best painted army:

Below, some pics of other categories in the competition. Such beautiful brushworks there, especially from some recent, very talented members of the club:

I also competed in the category of best painted large model with the vehicle below (the infantry squad was joining in to help set the scene), but no title for me there, competition was fierce, with some awesome vehicles in display! 

In all, it was a fun day and a nice occasion to get one of my napoleonic armies fully assembled for display - these large collections make for such a nice sight on the table, after all!

Friday, June 24, 2022

Prussian Foot Artillery


Here are 4 batteries of Prussian Foot Artillery I just finished. Those are Hat Industries models - one of their older kits, not particularly inspiring sculpts, but they look good with a proper paint job and a nice basing, I think.

The observant eyes will notice that I gave them distinct sholder strap colors, so to distinguish them by their Brigade (white for the 1st Artillery Brigade, scarlet for the 2nd, yellow for the 3rd), thus making them pre-1814 regulation. 

Now the challenge will be coming up with horse artillery for the prussians, as there are not options in 1/72 I know of. I might have to do some converting on aditional kits of those foot artillery models.

Monday, June 13, 2022

Prussian Dragoons

Here are my first napoleonic units painted in a (long!) while. These guys have been sitting half-painted on my shelves for about 2 years! 

They are from the Italeri Prussian Light Cavalry set - though dragoons were not light cavalry, so no idea why Italeri named them so. But the real issue with this set was the horrible horses, so I used the ones from the early prussian cuirassiers set, instead.

The first regiment of prussian dragoons I painted is the 1st West Prussians (2nd Reg. of Dragoons). For this unit I picked the standing to order models on the set, so to make the unit more uniform, as the other poses in the box were all very active, and I combined them in another regiment. 

In order to give these models some distinction, I cut and repositioned some of the heads, so that some are facing forward, while others are looking to either side. 

For my second unit of prussian dragoons, I went with red facings and white buttoms, which makes them the 4th Reg. of Dragoons: The 2nd West Prussians.

Thursday, April 14, 2022

Fleets of Pax Stellarum - League of Kalinorr

 Here's another fleet I've painted a while ago, during the isolation of the pandemic, and never got to show here. These are Ground Zero Games Scandinavian Federation, which I use as ships of the League of Kallinor - another fictional race I developed for the universe of my ruleset, Pax Stellarum.

Hezrad-class Corvettes:

Mardahr-class Frigates:

Akzor-class Heavy Cruisers:

Hamdarak-class Light Carrier:

Azarghadam-class Heavy Carrier:

Thursday, April 7, 2022

Fleets of Pax Stellarum - The Star Kingdom of Évonna

Boy, it's been a (long) while since I last posted anything on this blog! Doesn't mean I haven't painted anything since - though I'm not as prolific with the brush lately, I have been painting some stuff, nonetheless, mostly spaceships, and have quite a few fleets lining up to parade here.

The first one is a fleet of Diesho Confederation ships, from Ravenstar Studios. All-round awesome models - great designs, nicely cast, full of details to highlight! 

As some of the readers of this blog may already know, I wrote my own set of rules for my spaceship gaming needs: Pax Stellarum. I'm currently finishing some revisions on the rules, and should be posting up a new link for free download here on the blog in a few days, for those that might be interested in taking a look and giving it a try.

I've also created my own fictional universe of alien races and spacefaring superpowers to give purpose to each of the fleets in my collection. These guys here, as the title suggests, are the ships from the Star Kingdom of Évonna. I plan on doing some posts in the future with brief backgrounds for each of the fictional races I came up with.

Here I decided to go with a color palette that I'd never tried before with spaceships, with pink hulls and coal black details. As a final touch, I added some white Tau decals, to escape the dullness of single-color surfaces, and I liked the end result very much!

For the engines, I usually go with either orange or light blue, as I find those are the best colors to create the illusion of glowing engines, and with these ships, light blue seemed the best fit.

Sylar-Class Corvettes (Diesho Yen'Ming'Tao-Class)

Vessanis-Class Destroyers (Diesho Jin'Dong'Tao- Class)

Eandrir-Class Battlecruisers (Diesho Bao'Gung'Tao-Class)

Valerian-Class Battleship (Diesho Go’Jing’Tao-Class):

Feonas-Class Battleship (Diesho Yao’Jing’Tao-Class)

Saemlyris-Class Fleet Carrier (Diesho Dom'Oung'Tao-Class):

I also painted some fighters to go with the fleet, these ones from Studio Bergstrom:

Syvonna Attack Fighters (Studio Bergstrom Fed Falcon Starfighter):

Aulynn Bombers (Studio Bergstrom Medusa Missile Boat):

The bombers next to the fleet carrier:

As no fleet is complete without a space station to dock on, I decided to repurpose one of the Firestorm Armada stations I had laying around, as I felt its design was somewhat compatible with the feel of this fleet:

Veylinn-Class Space Station:

A Royal Evonnese Battlecruiser docked on the space station for battle repairs and resupply: