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16/09/2019 at 18:43 in reply to: The Irish Military Revolution of the late 16th Century #122465
This is the kind of “infodump” (I use the word in a positive sense) that makes military history more approachable to those of us nearer the periphery. I hadn’t been aware of any of that and am now more intrigued. Thanks for writing that up!
You mean like this? Moseley Which has the man addressing a rally in Manchester. I’m really struggling to keep apolitical on this one, but I have to say that I was…surprised?…at the comments on the video wishing he had been leader and how much better off Britain woud have been, if he had been. Playing a game with his lot as a ‘faction’ seems odd to me, but to ban a video about a game and allow this video and its comments to stand, is definitely a double standard.
I’m aware the audio remains available elsewhere on YouTube. The article stated as much. I’m asking for different reasons.
YouTube’s behaviour in this matter is certainly a double standard. Certainly indicative of the dysfunctional and ham-fisted self-policing of the online media and social media giants (which is the true concern of the people running the website that published the article, and a legitimate concern it is, though also a complex one).
If the video was removed for containing audio deemed by a YouTube employee to be hate speech, then, regardless of whether or not YouTube has inconsistently allowed other videos with the same audio, does the outrage really connect to the hobby in any meaningful way? Or is the hobby connection just a random, inconsequential coincidence? That is, a case of a video with hobby content being removed for difficult-to-handle reasons that weren’t to do with the hobby content?
Remember, this is a thread with a title that suggests, hyperbolically I’m afraid, that we model makers are being treated as criminals because we’re model makers. That’s the context I’m writing this reply in.
I’m not convinced that anyone is out to get us.
Impressive paintjob and a very neat application of lichen. Speaking more from a terrain-building perspective, I find that lichen is supremely useful once you start actually “working” the stuff and not only throwing down big clumps of it from bag to table as minimum-effort bushes and shrubs (I’m not knocking that application for it, but I’m saying there’s so much more that can be done with it). The modeller of this piece seems to have used select tiny cuttings of it with some finesse and an eye for detail. It makes for a quite different-looking miniature vegetation than when lichen is simply used in big, “intact” clumps.
Did the video contain the actual audio of the recorded Moseley speech?
I only read the first few posts, so my answer is, I visited a sofa upholstery shop, well I say shop it may be just for companies, but they had rolls & rolls of sofa material, and you can just paint on it with acrylic paints. You can get all colours green sand snow etc.. it all has a matt plyable surface , its better than rubber as is flops and bends well.
What kind of texture does it have?
Hopefully they’ll resurface again in time, or at least the figures will. There are a few companies out there (Badger Games comes to mind) that like to chase down OOP ranges like these and bring them back into production again.
Assuming the right kind of sci-fi universe, I reckon they could. What I’m thinking of more specifically, is a universe like that of the original Star Wars trilogy. You know, that “Jabba’s palace rubber aliens” kind of look.
I’m not sure what other type of sci-fi aesthetic they would fit, though.
Good luck with the Kickstarter!
No piccies I’m afraid, and to be honest I had mainly been looking at the dark elves. The demonworld elves proto japanese look does not mix well with the splintered light dark elves imo.
Ah, I see. You were referring more to the style of dress and grooming whereas I took it to be more about general sculpting style.
Comparing the two dark elf ranges (only just now), I must agree. They’re better off kept in separate projects, or at least defined as separate cultures within the same project.
Some of the other races I might be prepared to combine, by the same standard that I might be prepared to combine certain heroic 28mm Reaper sculpts from certain different sculptors. It would be one of my less aesthetically stringent projects, but I’d be prepared to brute-force it, knowing I can always fall back on the more stringent projects (like the the Siens-only one, and possibly a parallel Klocke-only one) if the blend of styles gets to be too much.
That’s actually one of the things that kept me back from investing in any of the previous ranges. they’re great figures but, to me, they don’t really mix well with all the Deamonworld stuff I already have.
Do you have (or know of any) comparison photos?
Even having said that Ben Siens has a very distinctive style and that I’d like to do a highly self-contained project using only his sculpts, I also want to do a larger, more nebulous 15mm “D&D-esque” project from a combination of different manufacturers’ figures. Siens sculpts have a very stylish, larger-than-life look about them, but at the same time, so do Werner Klocke sculpts like the Demonworld range (which is mostly his work).
Incidentally, both Siens and Klocke are prominent sculptors for Reaper. I could quite easily see myself combining heroic 28mm Reaper figures from those two sculptors in one and the same project. But then I can’t recall having actually seen photos of Siens and Klocke sculpts next to each other. And for that matter, I’m not sure I’d want to combine any two Reaper sculpts in the same project – regardless of sculpting style – on the mere premise that they’re from the same manufacturer (for instance, I adore classic Sandra Garrity sculpts, but in my mind her romantic style doesn’t seem to mix well with the “crank it up to 11” style of either Siens or Klocke).
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The thread title corresponds with my observations. Model making has not been criminalised.10/09/2019 at 17:02 in reply to: Samurai rules: Ones I have, and ones you can think of? #121813
Forgot to say, I can’t really weigh in with an opinion on either KoW Historical or FoG. As for WAB, it is (was) what it is (was).10/09/2019 at 16:55 in reply to: Samurai rules: Ones I have, and ones you can think of? #121808
I assume Kings of War Historical must qualify, as it has a very pretty feudal Japanese scene on the cover. North Star currently has it on half price: LINK. Other vendors seem to have it listed as out of stock, so maybe it’s gone OOP or is about to be replaced with a new edition (seeing as the “main” Kings of War game is just transitioning into a swanky-looking third edition).
Also, Field of Glory with the Empires of the Dragon supplement. A quick search gives me the impression that all of Field of Glory has gone OOP by now, but I’ve not studied the matter more closely.
And as we’re talking OOP WAB-style rulesets at this point anyway, the original WAB of course had a rather rudimentary samurai army list.
I like that Splintered Light has already done Ben Siens dark elves, orcs & goblins, ratmen and a smattering of other mean beasties (giants, ogres, ghouls, trogs, etc.) and are now adding Ben Siens beastmen to the mix. I can see myself doing a 15mm skirmish project, using only Siens sculpts (as they have a rather distinctive style), set in a bleak, forbidding region similar to Naggaroth in the old Warhammer world where there are only evil races and cultures that are constantly at each other’s throats. Makes me think of the old Malus Darkblade comics in Warhammer Monthly, which I always liked.
These are precisely the kind of figures I like to collect. I have in mind doing a Valérian and Laureline-inspired bazaar/spaceport scene with dozens of alien civilians of numerous species just milling about, with robots and alien pets to boot.
But what colours to paint the archer?
I see him as a boisterous rogue with a big personality, who likes to dress showy and enjoy whatever luxury he can beg, borrow or steal. As such I’m in favour of painting the robe colourful and patterned. Have you seen some of the photos of painted 28mm Andalusians (and also some Saracens, Bedouins, Seljuq Turks, etc., but really mainly Andalusians) that have been floating around for years? Many nice patterns and colour combinations to be had there. I would also paint the sword and dagger sheaths colourful. At the same time, so he doesn’t look like some preening palace guard, I would choose colours that look like slightly faded dyes, and also paint the hat and boots in more earthy colours.
Maybe, if it’s not too much work just as you’re getting your mojo back, paint two of the same figure? One in showy clothes, the other in earthy travelling clothes.
“Just thinking about you. Have you forged that thing yet?” Says Olafsson. “If you mean cast it, then yes.” Says Ogun, his cold steely eyes and blank expression boring into Olafsson.
I see this topic having two facets: On the one hand, just plain “crazy” units such as Great Northern War Swedish elk cavalry, or Song dynasty Chinese rotary “Gatling-type” fire-lances. On the other hand, unit types that someone with a very naive, extremely beginner-level view of military history might expect to have actually existed because it fits their system of thinking (possibly because they’ve been conditioned to think that way by a background in fantasy gaming or video gaming). The idea of Highlander cavalry in the Napoleonic Wars belongs squarely in the latter category, I think.* Likewise Imperial Roman chariots. I was also thinking along these general lines when I suggested medieval “Merry Men”.
Another idea in this general category: A “full range” of World War 1 tanks and other tank-like vehicles, of all the same diverse roles as existed in World War 2, for all nations. Light tanks, medium tanks and heavy tanks. Assault guns, tank destroyers, combat engineering tanks, flamethrower tanks, rocket artillery tanks, etc.
* By the way, I’m one of those people that come from a fantasy and video gaming background, and I’m sure there would have been a time when I would have nodded along in perfect ignorance at the mention of Napoleonic Highlander cavalry. I might then well have gone on to assume Highlander artillery, Highlander rifles, etc. – basically thinking of Highlanders after the same system that I think of 40K Imperial Guard regiment types like Tallarns, Mordians and Catachans. If that kind of thinking sounds utterly alien to anyone here, then that just goes to show what a broad church the miniatures wargaming scene is, and how varied the ways we “came up” through the hobby have been.
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Those are brilliant! Good use of several different thicknesses of material.
In medieval pitched battles, bands of “Merry Men” or similar forest-folk of a wily bent who launch surprise flank attacks out of wooded areas. Ideally using bows and clad mainly in greens. Possibly, in the manner of the old WHFB Bretonnians, they would all be squires, putting to use their presumed experience as hunters and beaters.
Very pretty indeed. The colours hit the sweet spot somehow.
I have zero interest in ‘metal’ music of any kind, but if I see this kit anywhere I’m buying one.
Certainly it might be doing a disservice to all involved parties to categorically define Motörhead as “metal”. But even the Airfix product description insists on doing it.
The Ipcress File (the film). What can I say? I like the spy-fi stuff.
If we’re talking about fiction that’s commentary (in some form or other) on the Cold War without being directly themed around it, then part of me wants to pick the original Godzilla film for my favourite.
I turned away from metal quite early in life, largely as a reaction to growing up in a somewhat insular cultural milieu (Finns in Sweden) that was perpetually overdosing on the bloody stuff. That said, the aesthetic tradition of “classic” metal album artwork is an aspect of nerd culture that I can easily get behind. So, even I’m feeling a slight pull toward that Airfix kit. But given that it’s a limited edition, I’m probably not “worthy”
Thank you (to the blog writers and yourself) for sharing that. Especially, there are quite a few nice terrain and scenery pieces there that help me feel inspired over the hobby.
Very nicely painted.
Gods, you’re both making me feel acutely guilty I’ve been away from manga for a long time
I’m aware of most of the titles Thomaston listed, but only by hearsay. I really must begin partaking again.
Thanks for the tips, I hadn’t heard of most of those. I did read another manga by Yasuhiko a long while back: “Joan”, set in the late Hundred Years’ War (but after Joan of Arc’s death). IIRC it was decent. Drier than most manga but with a nice visual style (it was in colour, even, which of course is very uncommon for manga).
I like them a lot. Understated colour palette (in a good way, of course), but they’re still visibly fantasy. I can really see them as the backbone of a well-crafted fantasy world, holding somber war councils around iron-band braziers, manning border walls when the orcs are on the warpath, shouting “who goes there?” at rangers returning from the Wildlands… all that good stuff
Very cool. Though being familiar with airships I must ask… where does such a craft with so much interior space store its hydrogen? OK, OK, I’ll go rain on someone else’s parade! Still, very cool.
I must admit, after seeing this thread I started wondering if I’d had the wrong idea about how zeppelins work
I’m in a weird place right now in regard to painting. I want my painting style to be consistent and done after a clear-cut system. I’ve altered this system a few times over the years (or decades) and each time this has entailed “decommissioning” everything I’ve painted until then because it’s no longer consistent with the new style (don’t pity me – I don’t regret the choices I’ve made to reach this point in the hobby). Now I’m determined to figure out my “ultimate” system, so that I will never have to alter it again. This will include some rules and standards in regard to chroma, saturation, and other parameters. To that end, I need to do some experimenting. Among other things, I need to experiment on painting fire and other light sources (so as to establish the extreme at which colours are at their brightest*) and on different skin tones (human skin being a good “baseline” against which to match the parameters of other colours, particularly saturation – and by the way, a lot of the skin tone colours made by companies like Vallejo look absolutely ridiculous to me). These experiments are hampered by my not always having suitable figures and models for test subjects, so I’m trying to source those. I don’t want to paint anything for my proper projects before I’ve nailed my system down. I’m further hampered by being away from home for extended periods. Not only can I not often paint (even just to experiment) but it’s difficult for me to plan my online purchases based on when I will and won’t be home to receive the parcels.
Bottom line: I’ve not painted anything “proper” in a long time and reaching a point where I can start doing so again is slow going. I can’t wait have my production process “up and running” again.
*And/or lightest? I’m still not done getting a hang of all the parameters of colour.
I’ll leave it to Mike to verify or deny this, but I believe they’re inspired by the city-dwelling folk in Conan the Destroyer. They don’t appear particularly upper-class in the film – they’re just sweaty-looking commoners in eccentric hats – but I can definitely see how the figures can come across as well-heeled if one doesn’t remember the film in detail.
The hats are also vaguely reminiscent of the ones Guinan wears in Star Trek TNG. I’m already thinking of converting a few of them to be more in line with the Guinan style.
Those subcategories all seem to be empty. Looks like something Brigade Games carried at an earlier time and hasn’t gotten around to removing from the website?
Shame, as I’ve been feeling some angst over the excellent Renegade Orcs that I never got around to buying.
3mm Skinners are probably what I’m looking forward to the most. They’re what I need for the Vanguard 3mm range to reach “critical mass”. That said, more spaceships will be very welcome as well, and 6mm desert troops are another bit of goodness I can’t say no to.
The question of what specific cultural type of humans to go for is an interesting one. Personally I think that what I’d most like is a culture similar to Cyrodiil / the Empire from Elder Scrolls, i.e. middle ages western Europeans but with a fair deal of ancient Rome mixed into their aesthetic, and all of it seen through a strong fantasy lens. They would make for good Aquilonian-type opponents to the Copplestone Barbarians, while at the same time they wouldn’t look out of place alongside elves and orcs in a pseudo-Tolkienesque / Gygaxesque fantasy setting (at least not once one has gotten used to the sight of them in the Elder Scrolls world, where they’re a very central, flavour-giving element).
A culture similar to the WHFB Empire would also be nice, mainly because the Khadrin’s Miniatures dwarfs are already rocking the (pre-AoS) WHFB look.
That being said, I certainly wouldn’t say no to “generic” middle ages western European type humans, as long as they have something distinctly fantasy about them to set them apart from the historical ranges.
Regarding the SLM Men of the East, I’ve bought a bunch of them and am not happy with the sculpting. Weirdly short legs and long torsos. Many other SLM ranges look fine or even excellent to me, but this specific range I regrettably can’t recommend. I intend to salvage some of them by using only the upper halves and sourcing new legs from other figures, sculpting new sashes to hide the joins.
That’s a visual treat, that is. Most of all, I like how the vegetation has been modelled. I’m poring over those photos now, gleaning new insights about modelling Caribbean-type landscapes.
I should clarify that Xoth is only a rules-agnostic campaign setting, not a full RPG of its own.
Maybe Xoth, if you’re not aware of it already. Another part of the Xoth website is well known to Conan fans as a Hyborian Age gazetteer of sorts, but fewer people seem to be aware that the guy who runs the site also has his own RPG setting (the eponymous Xoth) which feels very, very heavily inspired by REH’s Hyborian and Atlantean Ages. Some of the content is available for free, the rest has to be bought, although he seems to shun DriveThruRPG for some reason.
I shudder to think of the beast that’s left those claw marks.