There is one thing worse than painting miniatures, and that is to have unpainted miniatures. Captain's Blog will provide an audience, or in other words motivation, to stimulate my war game miniature painting productivity. In Halifax, we had a great group of gamers and we were constantly in competition with each other. I do not have the same community support in Montreal. I hope that by blogging regularly that I will force myself to paint more. Are you up to the challenge? Pick up a brush.
Spartacus: A Game of Blood and Treacheryis a fast
paced board game set in Ancient Rome. The game includes backstabbing schemes,
fierce bidding and bloody gladiatorial combat. It is designed for 3-4 players.
Among the many playing pieces included in the game are four plastic Gladiator figures that look to be about 28mm scale. The expansion, The Serpents and the
Wolf, allows up to 6 players in the game and includes two additional Gladiator
I was introduced to the game at Stack Académie III,
a local weekend long board gaming event held last May. I thoroughly enjoyed playing the
game and picked up both it and the expansion for my bi-weekly Friday night
gaming group. We were going to play it last month but ended up with 5 players. I had just ordered the expansion, so we played
So if all goes according to plan tonight is the night
and the figures are painted.
I also had a wicked idea and present Spartacus: The
Bad Wolf Clan for the games….
Another quick post. I recently finished painting a group of 12 Norman Knights. This is about 1/3 of the figures I need for a DBA army. I have blogged before about the infantry that I painted.
These figures are by Black Tree Design. I found them to be a very clean and easy to work with. I like the fact that the spears are incorporated into the figure. Shields need to be attached. I still haven't decided what to do about the shields. Do I paint them myself or do I order a sheet of decals? For this reason they are not attached.
The standard bearer had the top half of the pole broken off. I removed the bottom half, drilled a hole through the figure's hand and added a replacement. The banner itself was downloaded from another gaming blog about 18 months ago. I cannot find the reference. Please let me know if it is your design and I will link to it. I found the horses to be bigger than expected. I had to cut down the bases of two of them to fit on a 40mm deep DBA element. They still had to mounted at angles to insure a proper fit. It also took some trial and error to make sure that the elements could line up together as the heads and tails of the horses extend quite a bit beyond the front and rear base edges. Regardless, I think these is a nice looking unit.
Second Rifle Squad with 2 four man Rifle Teams and 1 four man SMG team
Command and LMG Teams
This rule set has always been a favorite of mine. I've been playing with them practically since they were first published. Over the decades I have played with many other WW2 rule sets, and I even own a number of them. I keep coming back to this set for a quick and simple game.
As they are based, I’d have no problem using these figures for Blitzkrieg Commander, the most recent ruleset I've purchased for this scale of
In my opinion the front line soldiers of the Red
Army deserve the title “Heroes of the Soviet Union”. Regardless, if they were conscripted or volunteered:
they overcame frightful losses, often due
to the incompetent leadership during the early war period, and later war attitudes
which allowed Soviet generals to squander
thousands of lives knowing they had the
manpower and a belief at the top, that the ends justified the means.
Without a doubt to paraphrase the Right Honourable
Winston Churchill, “the Russian Armies tore the guts out of the German Army.”
His words may be read here, in their entirety, in
his report on the War Situation given to the House on August 2nd
My planned posting on “Martyrs of the Seawolves” was
beaten as a headliner today by the author of The Land of Lead. On that blog there is fantastic description
of a small “Viking Raid on a Monastery”, well-illustrated with photographs.
The Viking Age is considered to commence with the raid against the monastery of Lindisfarne on England's east coast
in the year 793 AD and is documented in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicles.
“In this year fierce, foreboding omens came over the
land of the Northumbrians, and the wretched people shook; there were excessive
whirlwinds, lightning, and fiery dragons were
seen flying in the sky. These signs were followed by great famine, and a little
after those, that same year on 6th ides of January, the ravaging of wretched
heathen people destroyed God's church at Lindisfarne.”
A slightly more detailed description is recorded in
“History of the Church of Durham” by the monk Simeon:
On the seventh of the ides of June, they reached the
church of Lindisfarne, and there they miserably ravaged and pillaged
everything; they trod the holy things under their polluted feet, they dug down
the altars, and plundered all the treasures of the church. Some of the brethren
they slew, some they carried off with them in chains, the greater number they
stripped naked, insulted, and cast out of doors, and some they drowned in the
I spent my evenings this week completing
the unit of 20 Old Glory Light Cavalry miniatures that were taking
up residence on my cribbage board. It was not a hardship since I owe three, and
the board will now be occupied by two dozen colonial lancers that I want to
work on. The flocking was completed early this morning.
The Hungarians were an impulse buy on eBay.
They were inexpensive and the horses were already painted and mounted on appropriate (WRG/DBX) 60 x 40 mm magnetic bases. I did a wash on the horses and reattached a couple of
them to their bases.
I’m not sure which army will use these troops but I imagine
they will see action either for or against the Saracens at some point.
Last month I moved my painting table to be located
in front of my window. It is a great place to watch the birds in the tree and
to take full advantage of the natural light, or not. Most of my painting is
done at night or in the early morning hours. I will work on minis during the
day, but only on weekends.
I can even go out on the balcony to paint.
As you can see my desk is quite cluttered. After all
a clean desk is a sign of a sick mind. This morning at 6:30 AM I added texture paint to the miniatures in the foreground.
Monday afternoon I arrived home late in
the day and took off my backpack and noticed a whiff of smoke arising from my
work table. It looked like it was enjoying a cigarette.
In this photo I recreated the situation to
illustrate the danger. The magnifying glass was sitting on the desk.
Due to the position of the lens and the sun angle, the sunlight converged as a focal point directly onto the tabletop. In the following photo the focal point is to the right of the
green paint. The table began to smoke, and the heat raised a blister in the paint. I
was lucky to have caught it when I did.
Can you spot the danger??
The lens is no longer on the table, nor is it in the path of any sunlight. I wrote this post to be a word of warning of possible
dangers lurking on your own work desks.