Toy Soldiers and Dining Room Battles

Toy Soldiers and Dining Room Battles

Saturday, February 22, 2020

Classic Warhammer: The Empire, Part 2

 The Grand Duke!


I was going to do another Empire contingent using GW figures until the prices got prohibitively expensive for me and the change to Age of Sigmar. I may still go back and do one as eBay seems to be a really good source.

This figure was going to be my new general and was I believe from the old boxed General set which allowed you to create 2 figures; one mounted and one on foot.

 I think this was the foot figure from the box. My only complaint is that the pistol is too large.




 I love the eye patch by the way.

 I honestly can't remember what set this figure came from or if I scratched built him from several kits. As you can probably guess, I was going with a blue color scheme for the new forces.

 He was going to be one of the leaders or a hero in a unit.

 Now this is a great figure and I believe is OOP - The Griffin Banner.

The Grandmaster of the Knights Panthers.


 The standard bearers were from a regular box of infantry - I was going for a Germanic - Bavarian look.




Thursday, February 20, 2020

Classic Warhammer: The Empire, Part 1


Standing between the hordes of bad guys and unspeakable horrors was the Empire in the Warhammer Universe. A combined arms army, it took skill and guts to be successful on the battlefield. Our Empire Army was commanded by Honorable Son #4 (The greatest 18th Century General who ever lived). These are pictures are from before the time we had gaming mats and was definitely a Dining Room Battle!

 The might of the Empire.
The Army standard bearer next to his general.

 Pistoliers, excellent light cavalry.

 Halflings, crossbowmen and handgunners provide fire power.

 The Knights Panther; a hard hitting order of heavy cavalry.

 Grandmaster of the Knights Panther


 The toughest infantry in the Empire; the dreaded two-handed great swords!

 Empire Spearmen.
 Empire Swordsmen: The Black Eagles.

 Wizards and Battle Clerics.

 Canons are cool.

 Another view of the Army standard.

 Another view of the "Black Eagles" sword regiment.


 I had fun painting the flags. I love flags.

 The Captain of the Pistoliers.

 My skirmishers, drawn from the ranks of foresters and huntsmen. Love the powder monkey.

 "Hold until relieved!"

Great musician with horn, one of my all time favorites.

Monday, February 17, 2020

The Slayer of Men (or how I learned to like Resin D&D figures and save some money)

"Ummm . . . this is not what I was quite expecting," thought Captain John Watson, MD, Royal Medical Corps.

I was at the local gaming shop and noticed the D&D figures from WIZKIDS. Hmmm, I can use some of those for the gaming I'm doing. Most importantly I noticed the price: $5.99 US for the small packs and about $12 US for the large pacts. This figure is a small pack and is called Marilith.

The resin figure comes pre-primed and with a flat base.


All paints are Vallejo unless specifically mentioned. I started with a base of Dark Prussian Blue for the skin. Not the mold mark in the front. Before I started painted I tried removing mold lines with small, fine files and just ended up making them look worse. Either I need practice with resin or . . .

 Another view.

And then the knucklehead (me) accidentally spilled some red paint on the figure and had to prime it again with white. Unfortunately the prime obscured some of the nice details of the figure; especially the face.

 I decided to go with another color scheme and used Sky Blue and then GW Blue Wash over it. The wash was able to bring out some of the details but I still had too much paint on the face. Oh well.

 Another view.


 I like to use flat black for areas that will have metal.


 What the back of the figure looks like.

Details are being added and I noticed the resin "dot" on the front. Note the lack of detail on the face; again my fault for spilling the paint and priming the figure.

More detail and dang that dot!

The figure is complete and the basing is almost done, The figure itself really does look better than how I painted it but it will still be a great addition to games like In Her Majesty's Name and other Pulp type games.

Decided to add some tall grass as I did not like that open area on the base.


 So how does it look on the gaming table:

 Dr. Watson is drinking his tea while he keeps up a stiff upper lip.

Looking for prey.

Some of the adventurers of Miskatonic Univeristy.



Not too bad and the scale looks great with my current collection of 28 mm figures, Currently I am calling it the "Slayer of Men" until I come up with a suitable inter-dimensional evil alien being name for it.