Tuesday, 20 August 2019

The Aeldari

Now then,


I collected an Eldar army way back in the early 90s when I was but a youth. Since restarting my 40k addiction last year I have tarted them up somewhat. There were lots of broken models, all chucked in a box, and left for years. Ive always liked the models so it seemed a shame.


The mainstay of the army are of course the guardian squads. Mine are made up of very old metal miniatures from the late 80's and early 90's.


Supported by war walkers and a wraith lord.



Leading them in battle are the farseer and warlock conclave.



Of course no Eldar or Aeldari as they are called these days, would be complete without Aspect Warriors. 


The most common type are of course the Dire Avengers, led by their Exarch.


Next up we have the Fire Dragons. Led by their Exarch with his fire pike.


Now we come to one of my favourite units, the Warp Spiders. 


Swooping Hawks, useful troops, but fragile.


Striking Scorpions. My largest Aspect squad, useful as bodyguards for my characters or to be left lurking in the shadows, waiting to strike.


The Howling Banshees are another really iconic and cool unit.


My old Dark reapers. Led by their Exarch with his web of skulls!


Meghan Ra, the Phoenix lord of the Dark Reapers. A beast at range and no slouch in combat either.


My Rangers provide a bit of fire support with their Ranger long rifles. 

And to finish off this little showcase of some of my oldest miniatures...


The Avatar of Khaine,  the bloody handed God. 

I hoped you enjoyed this litte stroll down memory lane, thanks for stopping by and taking a look,

Stig

Wednesday, 14 August 2019

Valentine MK II Infantry Tank.

Now then,

I have recently finished off my Valentine tank for the western desert.



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I have continued with the Caunter scheme as I really like how it looks.

For markings I have taken a bit of artistic license once again, but after spending a few hours online and looking through my books, it seems almost haphazard how tanks were marked up in the desert.

So I went with what looked cool.

This is a resin model from blitzkrieg miniatures,  but purchased from the Perry miniatures website.

A solid chunk of resin, and minimal clean up meant that this tank was completed in a single evening.

Highly recommended!

Cheers for now,
Stig.

Sunday, 11 August 2019

Marmon Herrington Armoured Car MK III.

Now then,


Continuing with my ongoing western desert force, I've now painted up my Marmon Herrington armoured car.

I've always liked this vehicle, very old  fashioned looking, but looks quite sturdy at the same time.

Apparently it was very well liked by the crews, as it was reliable and easy to maintain.



This is an excellent model from Perry miniatures.

Again I have painted it up in the earlier caunter scheme, and taken a bit of artistic license with the markings.







So there we go, another step closer to finishing my 8th army project for bolt action.

Thanks for stopping by,

Stig.

Wednesday, 31 July 2019

Test game Bolt action in the western desert 1942.

Now then,


We recently played our first game of Bolt Action V2 at the Old Guard wargames club. We played a test game at around 600 points per side.

Set in North Africa in 1942, the British forces of the 8th army took on Rommels Afrika korps. I wont go into too much detail here as I have forgotten what happened when etc, but.....


The not great....

The only problem we really encountered was the difficulty in taking on vehicles. It seemed that you really had to be very lucky to damage one, and we beside trying to take one out in close combat. I managed to destroy the SDKFZ251c in the end but it was a lucky shot and only after trying for turn after turn. My Bren carrier was a terror on the battlefield zipping about and machine gunning anyone foolish enough to be caught in its line of sight..... very frustrating for my opponent....

The good stuff.

Overall we really enjoyed the game, the dice activation meant that both players are constantly active and engaged in the game. The rules are simple enough to pick up fairly quickly but have enough depth to make for an interesting game, while not massively historical, still great fun.

Bolt action is certainly a game we will be playing more of in the future, hopefully the club will get on board and it will become a club joint effort, who knows we may put on a display game at some of the northern games shows.....







Thanks for taking a look,
Cheers,
Stig.

The Luna Crusaders take on the slippery Alpha Legion.

Now then,



My primaris chapter,  the Luna Crusaders are in desperate battle once again. This time they take on the Treacherous Alpha Legion.


Check out redtoofs blog for a battle report! Luna Crusaders vs Alpha Legion

Cheers,
Stig.

Monday, 22 July 2019

Bolt Action V2. THE WESTERN DESERT.

Now then,

Unfortunately I accidentally deleted my earlier post on my bolt action project, the hazards of touch screen tablets.... or just being a numpty.

Anyway...

At the Old Guard wargames club, we have mostly decided to do bolt action in the western desert, zooming in and looking at the battle of Gazala.  With 8 club members getting involved already it may well be a demo/display game in the future.

My contribution will be a reinforced platoon of the 4th East Yorkshire Regiment, part of 150 brigade.

Heres what I've got done so far.

Heres the basic platoon.

Platoon commander and radio op.
Boyes anti tank rifle team.
2 inch mortar team.
3 sections of 8 men, including LMG.

I also have an artillery observer team and a senior officer.

 Bren carrier.

I've painted this in the earlier caunter camouflage scheme.

Its marked up as belonging to th anti tank regiment (artillery).

It will be used to tow my 6 pounder Anti tank gun.

 I have taken a bit of artistic licence with the markings on the 6 pounder.

I'm not sure if the guns were marked up in this way in the desert, but rule of cool won.


Another look at the bren carrier. I'm experimenting with weathering and chipping effects,  just using very basic techniques.... basically a sponge!

That it for now, thanks for having a look.

Stig.
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