• mercredi 9 août 2017

    Nippon army project (Part one)

    Hello! Time for me to build a new project, this year I planned to realize a “Hobby phantasm” of mine, collect and paint a Nippon Army for WHB. For once no Citadel miniatures in my project, I fell for another venerable old school miniatures range from the 70’s… Dixon Miniatures. 
    
    Dixon Samurai blister back
    This miniatures studio was established in 1976 by Trevor  Dixon when he left Hinchcliffe Models. Trevor was the principal sculptor but some young artists joined him for a time. Mark Copplestone and Mike Owen started their careers at Dixon. White Dwarf published in their advertising pages numerous Dixon advertisement of Dixon, until the issue N°95.

    Trevor Dixon 2012 and a Dixon advertisement published in White Dwarf in 1986


    So, Dixon Miniatures range occasionally suffers of critics about his ‘Pumpkins head’ and their proportions can sometimes shock the new school collectors but… I don’t know why… I love them J They’re really nice to paint and they have enough details to make a good work. Proper Old school but always on the run and recurrently  published in the wargame press. The icing on the cake, you can buy their miniatures one by one on their website catalog.

    Wargame Soldiers & Strategy N°1 Oct 2003

    Wargame Soldiers & Strategy N°1 Oct 2003

    Wargame Illustrated N° 355 May 2017

    Wargame Illustrated N° 355 May 2017

    Wargame Illustrated N° 270 Dec 2010

    I started to paint this project since one month but I admit the progression is very slow compared to my precedents projects. The reason is the arriving of a new member in my family, welcome to Raphael J Perhaps a new painter for the Nico’s painting studio J 

    Pictures  of the Nippon army coming soon.





    

    mercredi 5 juillet 2017

    EuroBowl 2017 : Wood Elf team France

    Today an uncommon work for me, I was commissioned for paint a Blood Bowl team for the EuroBowl 2017. So ... Commissioned works are not really my cup of tea but in my local club we currently host a nice guy named Clement0 who's the Blood Bowl French champion 2016 (NAF).



    He participate to the EuroBowl 2017 at Porto and he looking for a painter to work on his Wood Elf team, he enjoy my work and after some beers (I'm weak) I accept to work for him :) His best argument was to purpose me to work on a 2nd ed Elf team, probably one of the best sculpted during this era. Keep an eye on the blog Treeman comming soon.

    I hope this team bring him all the luck he need to win !! TEAM FRANCE GO GO GO !!

    

    Test match against the Fearsome Ratskins

    lundi 3 juillet 2017

    Adrian Smith : Chronicles of Hate

    Hello, today I share with you some pictures of « Chronicles of Hate » from Adrian Smith, this comic was translated in French this year and Adrian was in Paris in early June to meet his fans and dedicated his books. A great friend of mine gently bought one book for me, thank you Julien . Adrian S. nicely drew a card and dedicated my book.

    It’s a graphic story where dialogues are useless, you jump from strip to strip, to discover the quest of a three legged mutated man in very dark heroic fantasy world. A Black and white comic really pleasant to read.


     
     

    Some illustrations of Adrian from Slaves to Darkness, these illustrations was my first step to understanding the Chaos concept. In early 90’s I was too young to translate the English texts, so,  I built my own definition of Chaos with the Adrian illustrations. So much good memories.

     
     
     
     
     



    jeudi 8 juin 2017

    Dwarves at war !

    I built this vignette with miniatures from the Bood Wargames range, I met the producer "Bood" at the last Oldhammer Day France. He nicely proposed me to pick up some models in his shop case. An elegant way to combine the pleasure to practicaly.

    His range of medieval Dwarves start to be expended : Men at Arms with différents arms position and weapons, Ponies, Crossbowmen (coming soon on his web site) Lot of good things but I get inspiration with his marvellous Drunk Dwarves.

    These vignette represent the Dwarf spirit at war but did you notice that vignette work for Dwarves  spirit befor, during and after the battle!! Dwarfs never die of thirst.

    Thank you Bood :)

    Dwarves at war!!

    mardi 30 mai 2017

    WHFB Scenario : Pitch invasion (Last part)


    To begin this final part I want to thank all the partners who join me during the several games I organized. I played most of the time as Game Master (GM) and I took a lot of pleasure to play with you! Thank you All!

    I played the last game during the French Oldhammer Day (Metz) last week, JB Asslessman and Patatovitch work hard to prepare pictures report of the week end (Links coming soon) 


    Stadium ambiance:

    Painted gaming table, miniatures and a worked scenario managed by a GM are the base for a good game. But, to increase the sport/stadium/supporters ambiance, I bought some accessories to transform my classic players into crazy Blood Bowl supporters. These colored hats are cheap, 4 hats 10€ on ebay, free shipping. Simple, funny and very effective to create an ambiance around the gaming table. 


    I improved this accessories art during this last game I played, by dressing me into a "real" BloodBowl referee, enjoy the facial injuries. Thanks to the local US football club “Les Artilleurs de Metz” for lent me the referee cloth.


    Specials rules:

    1° All troops are skirmisher on the stadium stands, they automatically reform in rank and files units when they penetrate on the pitch.

    2° The pitch is separated from the Stadium Stand by a fence chain link. The supporters must charge and destroy the fence to penetrate on the pitch. All attacks Hit automatically, fence have T5 and W4, 6 or 8 function of the size of the fence section.

    3° Skaven and Goblin races have low “Cool” value. So, Panic test can rapidly transform your fearsome horde of crazy supporters in a routed crowd. To avoid this kind of tragic incident, I created the “Supporters song”. Every times a player fail a psychology test, he can roar a “supporter song” to automatically pass the test. Both teams can sing no more than 3 “supporters song” during the game.

    4° The Ogre Star Player can catch every goblin supporters and throw it. Range : 9” , 1D6 Hit, S4 and armor save permitted.

    Battle report :

    We are in the Groenwald Blood Bowl arena and the match oppose the Orcland Raiders to The Fearsome Ratskins. Stadium stand are full of furious supporters and both teams are waiting in their half

    The Orcland Raiders
    The Fearsome Ratskins
    In the center of the pitch,  the Dwarf referee flip a coin to decide which team chooses to kick-off or receive the ball. At this moment, a wad of cash falls on the ground directly from the pocket of the referee... Corruption !!!


    Supporters are out of Contrôl, they destroy the fence chain link, It's a pitch INVASION
    Ratskins supporters penetrate first on the pitch, a fire thrower join them but not for a long time. The light weapon team fail a fear test when the Ogre charge them!!
    Gutter Runners can climb the fence chain link, they're now in position to charge the Goblin archers


    On the other side the Skaven Slaves charge the second unit of goblin archer. Bad news for them, this unit host a Ball and chain loony!! The Goblin Overlord and his unit enter on the pitch!
    Skaven Slaves routed, some Globadier get out of the locker room. The Orcland Star player charge the Rat Ogre with his chainsaw and cut the beast in 2 pieces!
    A ferocious combat between the Skaven Lord and his retinue against the Ogre. The Skaven unit is crossed by another Fanatic but only one Chaos Rat was slaughtered. The Ratskin team charge the Orcland raiders.
    The locker room doors of the Raiders explode, the bavre Snotlings finally find the way to build their pump wagon !! At the same moment, Galak Starscrapper enter in the Stadium. He's ready to avenge his referee partners
    The Orcland Raiders members team slain the last Ratskins, the pump wagon stay far from the Giant referee. The skaven Warlord advance to take position in the Raiders Stand.
    Last combined charge of the Raiders! The pump Wagon croos all the ranks of the Skaven unit. Their warlord is too far... They rout !! Orcland Raiders Victory!!
     

    Conclusion :

    As you can imagine, after 4 months of hard work to create and paint all the stuffs needed for this scenario. I was very excited to play it J I keep in my mind many good memories. No winners or losers here, only funny and unforgettable memories for all the partners who joint the games!!
     
    French Oldhammerers : Mandrin, Patatovicth, me, JB and Nikko

    Wargames Club friends : Gwen, G, Mino, me, Oun and Alf
    My brother and me!

    Last words :

    Here the supporters songs I created. Some of them are inspired by real French soccer supporters song. After several beers… A real pleasure to roar these songs J
     
    Raiders songs :
    -Ratskins, Ratskins on t’encule  (x2)!!! Inspired by the famous rivality OM vs PSG
    -Won ‘est les meilleurs, won’est les meilleurs¸ , won’est (x3) les meilleurs !!! Own creation.
     
    Ratskins songs :
    -Qui ne saute pas n’est pas Ratskins, hé !!! OM supporters song
    -Si t’es fiert d’etre un Ratskins tape un Gobelin, Si t’es fiert d’etre un Ratskins tape sur un Nain, Si t’es fiert d’etre un Ratskins (x3)tape sur quelqu’un !!! Own creation, on the rhythm of « elle descend de la montage »