Thursday, January 31, 2008

My Second Post!!! Modern African figures

Wow! This is my second posting!!! I really am going through with this. Anyway, I plan to make several blogs for this week and keep a theme going on the postings. This one will be my 15mm Modern Africans. I will be do a 10mm WW2 probably tomorrow and an Antarctica one also tomorrow or Sat. But I am thinking of doing a totally separate blog for Antarctica...we will see.

"Suddenly there was roar overhead as Major Kong's P-51D started to line up on another train somewhere in the war torn Congo..."
This is a gift from my friend CombatColours. It is a 1/144th scale P-51D from Arii, if I recall correctly. It is an absolute beauty! There is two jokes behind it...1) "Major Kong" is Slim Pickens' character from "Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb", which is one of my favorite movies; and 2) The train kills is in reference to another one of my other favorite movies, "Dark of the Sun" or "The Mercenaries" depending on which side of The Pond you are from. In the movie, the mercenaries use a train to run an UN block and they are attacked by a UN P-51.

I am Kadi Touray! The great leader of the rebel movement! Hmm...I am still getting this photography thing of very small objects kind of slowly! Sorry, about the blurriness in the leader's face. I will give it another go later...but the car came out nicely! The leader and his bodyguard are from Peter Pig's 15mm AK-47 line. The car is a HO model of a Borgward Isabella from EKO. All were painted by me.
Is that Idi Amin or the hotel bellhop???
Again...sorry with the blurriness! I think the camera was focusing on the Alfa Romeo Guilietta Spirit in the background. And I can't blame it! The general and his bodyguard are from Peter Pig and the Alfa Romeo is also from EKO. All were painted by me.
BRIGHT LIGHT!!! BRIGHT LIGHT!!!
Sigh...one of my two lamps burned out and I didn't feel like going a buying another bulb. So I used my flash and the lamp. Very bright light. All of the figures are from Peter Pig, including the AML-60 armored car. The troops are painted up for the 32nd Light Infantry BN, Republic of South Africa, based off of some pictures of their camouflage swatches.

Sunday, January 27, 2008

IN THE BEGINNING, THERE WAS...

Hello, to my reader(s)...hopefully there are more than one of you!


Well, this is the first official posting on my Blog! It will be a while for me to get caught up to want I want /expect for my log. I plan to get some photos up in the near future of some my painted figures (...probably in a few days as I have to take the pictures first!)


What I will first provided to you is some old, classic pictures from many years ago. They were taken at the St. Louis' Big Muddy Historical Gaming Assoc.'s gaming convention, CommandCon when it use to be at the Jefferson Barrack's Historical Park. The game was runned by my friend, Steve H.; Codename - CombatColours. He was assisted by another friend Tim S.; Codename - Timmy! (I know...original!) I was not in town for that weekend, so I missed that convention. The three of us provided the painted miniatures for the Modern African game, which I believe was a modified version of "Storm of Steel" by Michael Peters, and is available for free at http://www.freewargamesrules.co.uk/. I will comment on the manufacturer and the painter of the miniatures for each picture. (Which CombatColours did have the lion's share of work!)


Enjoy!

The Government Forces' Base Camp.


The Saladin Armored Car is a Roco and painted by CombatColours. The rocks & barbed wire were hand made by CombatColours. The tents are also from Roco. The UH-60 Blackhawks were 1/100th plastic kits from a company I can't recall right now. They were assembled and painted by Timmy!
The Government Forces head off looking for trouble...or is that to make trouble?
Here we get a better view of the lovely Saladin Armored Car and the barbed wire by CombatColours. The Government troops are from Peter Pig's beutiful line, AK-47 Republic. They were painted by me.
Hmm...why would the UN inspector be meeting with the local rebels?
The UN van is a HO scale model and painted by CombatColours. The building (manufacturer unknown to me) was painted by Timmy! The woods in the background were handmade also by Timmy! The African rebels are also Peter Pigs and painted by me.

Here is some pictures of the game in progress. CombatColours is doing his impersonation of some bizarre tribal chant!