Saturday, August 30, 2008
During my honeymoon in 2004 I ended up in the little storefront of Mirliton in the little town of Tavarnuzze, just outside of Firenze. These are some of the things I saw there.
Northern wars...beautiful vignette
Another view of the Rus
Caroccio at 15mm scale
Teutonics at 15mm - I purchased these. I could not help myself.
Caroccio at 25mm scale.- I picked this up too. I was helpless.
Another view of the Caroccio vignette
Another view of the Caroccio vignette. The box comes with only 4 of the oxen so you should pick up another pair from Mirliton.
Scotland Forever - The Scots Greys at Waterloo. Wow!
Friday, August 29, 2008
Was it all worth it? Yes. Damned right. Yes.
Here are some pictures from the mass battle we fought. I think the armies were fairly evenly matched...Stu had like three units of 12-16 clibinarii on the table but I had warmachines. The bolt throwers were amazing. It was a great day. I should note that I have a unit of 36 or so Foundry LR foot and a unit of 12 Foundry Cataphractii, but the army is still overwhelmingly GB.
The second major WAB endeavour of 2003 was Britcon. Mi bella signora traveled with me to Roma and then Loughborough. She may have enjoyed Roma more, but she stood it well.
The first day I got there I met a wonderful chap named James Brewerton, and we played a pick-up game between his First Corps Ancient Indian army and my Late Roman Limitanae force. His chariots were awesome.
I think it was that evening that the WAB tournament began. My first game was against a Shieldwall Saxon army played by Karl. As you can see, he had a lovely army and he proceeded to dispatch mine with surgical precision. I actually really enjoyed the game, he was a great sport, and I had a lot of fun. That said, a FotW Late Roman Limitanae force is hard-pressed to deal with this kind of Saxon goodness.
The next day, I played a good few games. I don't think I will ever forget the one I played against the Shieldwall Welsh army of this fellow. It was one of those strange games where I felt like I had an army of lemmings on the table.
Later that day, I was impaled by the Assyrians.
My last game at Britcon 2003 was against a MiniFigs or Lamming Sassanian army played by a fellow named Duncan M. Now this turned out to be probably the least enjoyable wargame that I have ever played. First off, I was shattered after the Pub-Night, which was an absolute blinder but which, well, blinded me from imbibation of ale. Second, my foe appeared to be equally affected throughout the game, because I can think of no other reason to explain his chronic inability to measure properly, a problem so critical that my girlfriend was heard to utter at one point "That's the longest 8 inches I ever saw", which was fairly distracting in itself as you can well imagine. Then, I experienced the most shite moment of WAB that I ever had the pleasure to enjoy, when I chased a unit of Sassanid Horse archers off the table with my Late Roman light cavalry only to have to return them to face a unit of Cataphracts and a unit of levy foot that my foe had had the leisure to reposition to do them to death in his turn. The whole game I had been rushing through my turns as Rob B. was waiting to drive Duncan home and in the end I just conceded the game so that my foe could catch his ride back to Notts/Newark, whatever. Then, a couple of days later, I realized that Duncan had totally devastated my elite unit of drilled heavy foot with an elephant charge which, of course, is as impossible to do with an elephant as climbing a sheer cliff.
Actually, I haven't played a game of WAB since then. But I still love the game. From afar.
With acknowledgments and thanks to Tim M. for the images from the 2003 St. John's Hobbyshow.
Thursday, August 28, 2008
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Anyways, as Chris E. would singsong to us all, "To War! To War!"
I was very busy with my job at the time, the work was reasonable tabletop quality at a minimum (Neil is an artist and he didn't put too much paint on the miniatures), the price point was good, and I was painting other miniatures anyways so it was a win situation from that perspective. What I didn't then realize was the identity issues I would have with miniatures I didn't paint. Coupled with a disenchantment with 40K due to a combination of misgivings over the rules and disgust over GW pricing in 2004-6, it was inevitable that I rid myself of these I suppose. In the event, I sold my entire Eldar collection to a fellow in California in 2007.
So thanks for the memories to Games Workshop but, again, I am without regrets. The moral of this story is that while you can covet any miniature of beauty, to truly love it you have to paint it yourself.
I will be posting more Eldar over the next few days.
With acknowledgments and thanks to Stu G. for the pictures of the Wraithlord and the Wave Serpent.
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
The Master of Carnage is one of the finest miniatures that I have ever seen, and my friend Markus did a paint job on it that puts the Rackham studio's in its place. The two Huntsmen, the shaman Nemetis, and the two Marauders of Vile Tis are all superbly done as well. Thanks again, Markus.
Monday, August 25, 2008
Jump-Pack Chaplain, Terminator Command Squad, 3 Tactical Squads, Assault Squad, Devastator Squad, Scout Squad, Bike Squad, 2 Landspeeder Tornados, Dreadnought, Whirlwind, Predator, Razorback, Rhino
Librarian, Commander with Command Squad, 2 Tactical Squads, 2 Scout Squads, Devastator Squad, Jump-Pack Captain with Assault Squad, Terminator Assault Squad, 2 Attack Bikes, Landspeeder Tornado, Vindicator, Predator Annihilator, 2 Rhinos, Dreadnought
Librarian and Terminator Assault Squad