• vendredi 23 mars 2018

    Nippon army project (part six) : Monks

    Hello, another batch of warrior-monks to complete the ranks. Sculpted by Trevis Dixon and Mark Copplestone.  I added a palanquin (kago) to my collection, that model will be the centerpiece of my probable next WHFB scenario.
    The next steps in the project concerning the reinforcement of the Ashigarus units,  around 20 miniatures to paint. And to finish the Headquarter camp of the General.


    dimanche 4 mars 2018

    Nippon army project (Part Five) : Legend of Nippon

    Many weird & mysterious characters evolved in the legends of ancient Japan, a country rich in folk tales & myth. Some of these characters were dashing heroes or intelligent animals. Others were evil, semi-supernatural beings like the malicious Oni, or the malignant Goblins! Whether derived from powerful religion like Shinto or Buddhism, or from simple folktales, each of these creatures bares a unique contribution to the Legends of Nippon.

    Bakemono Goblins
    Though mainly physical creatures, the Bakemono Goblin sometimes possessed spiritual and supernatural power. Smaller Bakemono were often uncouth and unintelligent preferring to fight in large groups (this was before football!). Large, or Dai-Bakemono were usually far more intelligent and equivalent to the Samurai, even having some magical powers.

    Dai Oni
    Oni are ferocious spirits who use their awesome strength and magical abilities to dominate and terrorize the regions they inhabit. The common oni stands 7 to 8 feet tall, resembling a thickly-muscled humanoid whose arms and legs are covered with coarse hair.
    Their skin is normally red, but other colors have been noted, including green, black, orange, purple and Blue.

    They are figures in Japanese folklore, analogous to Western legends of ghosts. The name consists of two kanji,  (yū), meaning "faint" and  (rei), meaning "soul". Alternative names include (Bōrei), meaning ruined or departed spirit or (Shiryō) meaning dead spirit.Like their Chinese and Western counterparts, they are thought to be spirits kept from a peaceful afterlife. While all Japanese ghosts are called yūrei, within that category there are several specific types of phantom, classified mainly by the manner they died or their reason for returning to Earth.

    They are considered a type of Shinto god (kami) . Although they take their name from a dog-like Chinese demon (Tiangou), the tengu were originally thought to take the forms of birds of prey, and they are traditionally depicted with both human and avian characteristics.
    Buddhism long held that the tengu were disruptive demons and harbingers of war. Their image gradually softened, however, into one of protective, if still dangerous, spirits of the mountains and forests. Tengu are associated with the ascetic practice of Shugendō, and they are usually depicted in the garb of its followers, the yamabushi.

    Dragons have many animal-like forms such as turtles and fish, but are most commonly depicted as snake-like with four legs. Dragons traditionally symbolize potent and auspicious powers, particularly control over water, rainfall, typhoons, and floods. The dragon is also a symbol of power, strength, and good luck for people who are worthy of it.

    Last words
    So, many models in this Legend of Nippon part come from the Dixon Miniatures range and to be honest it's pretty rare to find some pictures of them on the web. I bought them without relly knowing how they look but finally the result is good. For peoples who don't know, they are sculpter by Mark Copplestone.
    You probably recognize the old C14 Oriental Dragon (Citadel and Ral Partha) very fine sculpt from Tom Meier. And to finish a C18 Undead Samurai  Sculpted by Aly Morrison.


    mercredi 21 février 2018

    Blast from the past!

    If for any reasons you are out of the social media sphere (Face Book first), the probabilities of missing news or pictures about the hobby is important. Other bad thing, pictures on FB are inaccessible by google search. I  try to fix things for you 

    Yesterday during my quotidian FB surf, a blast from the past stroked me and many followers of the Great Horned Rat. The popular Andy Chambers shared some new pictures of his glorious Skaven army highlighted in the old White Dwarf 137 (May 1991). After 26 years and 10 month, we can appreciate his work again but from a different angle.

    Some words of the owner :
    So then. The Skaven army. Collected and painted back in 1990-91, this is undoubtedly the most (in)famous army I’ve ever painted. It appeared in WD137 in 1991 and a surprising number of people still ask me about it almost thirty years later. I basically spent the 90-91 winter months painting a Skaven army and learning not to do blocks of forty at a time. I wrote an article about it and the choices I’d made for the army. The studio cheated a bit by getting the ‘Eavy metal tea...m to put nicer banners on some of the models before photographing them and the beast was published, and to my enduring pleasure has encouraged many others to collect Skaven armies, hail to you my rat-brothers.
    Exposed here for the first time under the cold light of digital photography, years of wear and tear including three intercontinental moves and three decades of developing theory and practice in painting and modelling. Please don’t judge it too harshly.



    samedi 10 février 2018

    Landsknecht Gnome Artillery

    Hello, artillery again this week but in smaller size :) These war machines are sculpted by Byron Harmon for the Alpine Gnomes Kickstarter, Old School Miniatures range of Jamie Loft.
    As the Gnome infantry, they are very easy to paint. I planned to use them in count as Bolth Thrower, you can never have enought war machines in a Dwarf Army !
    Size comparison with classic Dwarves from the Marauders Miniatures Range

    jeudi 8 février 2018

    Nippon army project (Part Four) : Artillery

     Hello, I play this Nippon army with The Empire Army list, so I'm feel better with these two brand new war machines to support my infantry.
    Historically, artillery pieces are supplied by the foreigners like Portuguese, Dutch, etc... These war machines generally come from the ships docked on the Japanese coasts.
    For memory, the Nippon army list from WHFB 2nd edition is well appointed in war machines : Cannon, Catapult, Rocket Laucher and Bolt Thrower.

    jeudi 18 janvier 2018

    Oldhammer Forum : Greatest Battle Report 2017

    Hi! At the end of the year 2017 I participated to the sympathetic Battle report contest imagined by the very motivating ZhuBajie on the Oldhammer Forum. After a struggle with the nine other BattleReports nominated, I finally won the pleasure to add the "Greatest Battle Report 2017" banner to my blog.
    I purposed my only Battle Report of 2017 “Pitch Invasion”, so I’m pretty proud because it’s one of my most valuable Battle Report. The original scenario come from an old "Herault Citadel" (French Citadel miniatures magazine from 80's)
    For me, all the most important ingredients are gathered here to have fun: Friends, scenario, Game Master, painted miniatures, immersive battlefield. It required lot of time to prepare this type of scenario but the result is a unique hobbyistic satisfaction.
    Thank you Zhu for your endless efforts to boost the Old school Scene and thank you to all the Battle Reporters who spend lot of time to write/share their works.  
    Pitch Invasion : Enjoy!

    mercredi 17 janvier 2018

    Landsknecht Gnomes

    Hello, here is a new dimension for my Landsknecht Dwarf army, a Gnome unit. They are considered as a « Rank and File » choice of the Dwarf army list (3rd ed). Citadel edited some gnomes in the mid 80’s, they’re pretty rare and I never found the courage to collect them.
    So, when I discovered the Alpine Gnomes Kick Starter of Jamie Loft last year, I naturally backed the project. Miniatures are funny, many postures, special characters, wounded Gnome. Size and style match with my Dwarves.

    For me, Alpine Gnome refer to the “Swiss mercenaries”, embarrassing thing when you build a Landsknecht army (bitter enemies during the Renaissance era). Therefore, to increase the “Landsknecht style” of my new Gnome unit, I added some feathers on their hats and I painted them with a festival colors as properly. The final touch is the traditional colored banners of the Holy Roman Empire.
    Size comparison