Sunday, 16 March 2014

Norman spearmen

Currently New Zealand is being buffeted by a cyclone, but to be honest outside here it is just a bit rainy and windy. Nevertheless it has given me a bit of time inside to do some painting. I've finally finished off 6 points of Normans by painting the last 16 figures of Crusader miniatures Norman Spearmen.
Unit One of grim faced Norman warriors
Unit Two of just as grimly faced Norman Warriors - did they not smile because of losing too many teeth?
Now when I purchased the figures for the Normans I just bought figures that I thought looked cool. Upon reading the battleboard I discovered that it would be a good idea to have a unit of Norman Levy archers among my 6 points. So Unit One above is now up for sale.  I need £17.50 ($35 NZD) to purchase the Levy, so that is what I'll ask for these guys plus any postage. If anyone is interested just let me know, otherwise they'll go on trademe.


Tuesday, 4 March 2014

Thanks Google!

Just a quick note to say that I complained to Google regarding the copyright of my Blog posts and the actions of Creepy Corridor. While they haven't blocked all of the reblogged posts, they have blocked most - especially the ones that showcase my IHMN and SAGA painting, which are real 'eye-candy' posts and the ones most precious to me. I probably didn't provide all of the URLs, as it is quite a long process and involved going through each of the pages of Creepy's blog and matching them to my own.
The point has been made though, and I feel happy with the outcome. If anyone reading this is ever affected by mass uncredited reblogging like this, it is worth taking the time to complain.
Now, back to those Normans...


Saturday, 1 March 2014

Three Nil Germany over Russia

Finally played my third game of In Her Majesty's Name last night against Michael. I once more ran the society of Thule against the Imperial Cossacks, this time to try and claim some objectives. What would the outcome be this time? Would Razin roll low and be dispatched ignominiously again? Would Solokhna manage to cast a spell without knocking herself over? Would Grigori live up to his reputation as a bare (bear)-knuckle brawler? Would Yuri ever get hold of a pic-a-nic basket? Read on true believer!
Olga and Colonel Razin line up on one side of the old house while...
...Grigori and Yuri are on the other side.
Across the battlefield the Society of Thule deploys in the open. They are planning a swift snatch and grab!
Dr Kobalt stays in range to resurrect any jager who falls.
Yuri bounds forward to recover an objective. It looks uncannily like a smackeral of honey...
Long range gun fight and the jagers take first blood! Down goes Olga...
Only for Colonel Razin to deliver the same fate to Feldwebel Krieg! poor Krieg never seems to have much luck.
On the far side of the battlefield the Cossack Riflemen appear and open fire. You can just make out Solokhna skulking.
Ooops. That's what happens when you expose yourself! (Ooo-er)
On their way to capture an objective Von Stroheim and his trusty jager sidekick stumble across and over one of the crazy Cossacks!
Two lowly jagers take on a hand to hand specialist and a heroic leader. This won't end well.
Whaddaya know - Razin rolls a one. Who would have guessed?
A jager snaffles an objective. 'Say, zis tastes like honey...'
The hand to hand specialist at least manages to outlast his leader.
For some reason this is where I stopped taking photos. Yuri charged into Von Stroheim after returning form getting his objective away, and the Cossacks charged in to create one big melee. Yuri eventually fell to a bayonet in his nether-regions, and the Cossacks conceded the field. The end result was not as one sided as it might seem. The difference was that I gained more victory points for taking out Colonel Razin.
In answer to the questions above - Yes, yes, no and yes. Watching Solokhna fall over trying to raise one of the Cossack Riflemen for the second game in a row was quite amusing, I must admit.
Michael enjoyed the game, and it probably would have finished a lot faster if we hadn't been so busy talking and eating the food that John's wife Rose provided for us!