Sunday 20 March 2016

Beyond the Gates of Antares Ghar Outcasts

Shock news!

I've finally finished painting my Ghar Outcasts! I've been using my Ghar quite a bit recently in various games and demo games of Antares, so whilst the battle suits are great, they are a massive points sink, and having something cheaper and a little more flexible has been a very welcome addition to my Ghar force, and in the process I decided to paint the very limited commander Fartok Figure to my force too.

These models are all extremely cleanly moulded, and required next to no clean up either.

The support walker looked intimidating with the combination of a heavy torso and spindly legs, however in practice assembly was in practice very easy, and surprisingly strong too.

Painting wise I decided to go for an Albino skin tone, with dark bronze armour as used on my battle suits, with a blue light effect as an accent colour.

In all these are very fun figures, and were a pleasure to work with. Thanks to Warlord Games for providing them for review. As ever you can see more of my work at Volley Fire Painting Service

A (Cam)bridge too far tournament

I was fortunate enough to attend my first tournament last weekend for the Bolt Action system, and for my sins chose the largest Bolt Action tournament in the world as my first, the cunningly named A "Cam"Bridge too far', held, unsurprisingly, in Cambridge.

I'll be putting a more detailed article together with how I constructed and created a force, but for those who are interested here's a link to my army list.

For a historically themed force I was pretty pleased to come mid table, and I was incredibly happy to win the best painted award too. 

For those on the fence about going to an event, I thoroughly urge you to give it a go. I had expected a very hard core, competitive minded event, but my experience was far removed from that, with three good games over some nice terrain, and getting to make new friends totally worth the price of admission in my book.


 You can see the photos from the event at this link, and see the official page for A "Cam"Bridge too far here

As ever you can see more of my work at Volley Fire Painting Service

Operation Sand Dune

After a little hiatus I'm back, and to kick things of I shall be introducing Operation Sand Dune. This is a collaboration between myself, and my friends Carl Titterington and Sam Phillips, please click their names to take a look at their respective projects. 

With the release of Duel in the Sun, the recent Mediterranean theatre supplement for Bolt Action, the three of us were inspired to produce forces themed to the great desert battles of WW2. Sam has picked the SAS, Carl has chosen the Commonwealth, whilst I am going for the Afrika Korps.

I already have a 1000 point DAK army based around the 104th Schutzen regiment of the 21st panzer division, which I used to get a fairly middling place at the (Cam)Bridge too far Tournament last weekend, and I have been inspired to expand on this by adding a tank force. I'm not really going for any set amount of points at the moment, or even replicating any full platoons (Yet...) Mainly picking stuff I like the look of and then using these to game with whilst the force expands.

Currently I have a Tiger, 2 Panzer IV, 3 Panzer III, and a pair of Sdkfz 222 armoured cars earmarked for the project, but there will no doubt be a great deal more added... 

Long term, I've already picked up some British and Americans, so my stay in the desert is likely to be a long one. To record our progress and motivate one another, the 3 of us will be producing a monthly webcast to track our progress, and I'm very pleased to say the first episode is up and ready for you to view right now!  Stay tuned for more.

I'd also like to extend my thanks and gratitude to Warlord Games for their kind and generous support in producing this series.  As ever you can follow more of my work at Volley Fire Painting Service

Here is the link to our first video