Here are some more Normans for my SAGA warband. I painted them for Lead Painters League. These ones are from Black Tree Designs and are very characterful sculpts. In my Saga army they will be counted as Warriors. Norman warriors can be armed with either hand weapons or crossbows.
Monday, 17 June 2013
Sunday, 16 June 2013
Here is some exciting news for those of us interested in Modern era wargaming. Empress Miniatures already makes some of the best modern military figures around, and they have just launched a Kickstarter project called Devil Dogs and Dragons to expand their range by doing and entirely new 'what if...' theatre. The idea is a cold war gone hot scenario in the pacific theatre. The range will include US marines, Chinese PLA and (if all things go well) some Aussie army and Special Forces. The Kickstarter has already reached its first goal, after just five days, and if it can raise enough it will include various stretch goals, including frog-men and Chinese special forces. Personally I would love to see Indian or Pakistani army too.
Now the PacWar scenario might not appeal to everyone, especially if you don't do modern era wargaming, but these figures will be useful for other settings too. Take a look at these US marines, and tell me that you aren't tempted to do 'Battle for Los Angeles'...
Saturday, 15 June 2013
Bree stands in the ruins of Cardolan, the former kingdom of men. Since the collapse of Cardolan Bree has owed its fidelity to no king, and in effect the major of the town has acted as an autonomous ruler.
The mayor of Bree is not a brave man, nor especially valiant. The blood of Numenor runs very thin in his veins, and his only connection to the Dunedain is through an ancient ancestor. He is, however, good at the day to day business of keeping his town running. If Bree was threatened by a substantial force, the mayor would be expected to lead his people into battle, but the mayor is wise enough to lead commanding the troops to the captain of the watch, or to the wandering ranger known locally as Strider.
I am not really sure who makes this figure. It's an old one with an integral base, and I have a feeling it might be Ral Partha. I picked it up on eBay, reasoning that as it was an old figure it might scale well with the Perry Twins Lord of the Rings, which it does very well indeed.
Tuesday, 4 June 2013
This was my latest Lead Painters League entry. They are some survivors from a post-apocalypses zombie filled winter. Initially they will be used for fighting zeds, but eventually I can see they might be useful in my Force on Force games set in Finland. I might need some armed civilians for something?
Other, more off the wall ideas I have had include a 'The Thing' type scenario, or as a explorers in a Cthulhu-modern game. Perhaps they could even be armed civvies for AE Bounty? Lots of possibilities.
Mojo Miniatures is a new small company with a nice range of winter survivors Fenris mostly do resin bases and so on, but they have a small number of investigators for a Cthulhu-modern setting, and Hasslfree are...well Hasslfree is just the place to go for zombie-apocalypse survivors.
Monday, 27 May 2013
This is my entry for last weeks Lead Painters league. One of the great things about LPL is that it makes you paint stuff you have had hanging around for ages. These support weapons will be very useful for my Chindit army. They are a 3 inch mortar and a Vicker's HMG. Not easy to lug around the jungle, but very useful in battle.
These miniatures are form The Assault Group.
Monday, 20 May 2013
I haven't painted much for VBCW this year, but I took the opportunity to paint a few figures for the Lead Painters League competition .
First up is a landing party form eh Royal Navy. The Navy, by and large, have chosen to side with the Left Wing forces in the Very British Civil War, and in Liverpool and the Wirral a good number of the armed men who defend the Liverpool Free State are volunteers drawn from the Royal Navy and Merchant Navy. I plan to add to the Navy in my LFS force, to build them up to a full company. These five are a mixture of 1st Corp and Pulp Figures.
Next up is the men from the Duke of Farnham's Household Militia, part of the Dukes private army drawn up to defend his holdings from the forces of the communists and fascists. The Duke is the head of the Chester City Local Defense Force, and is a Royalist.
The Household Militia (known as the 'Homeboys') are formed into two companies. The first company, The House Company, is comprised of the male servants and staff of the Dukes house. The second company, The Dukes Own Groundmen, is made up of the Groundsmen, Game Keepers and tenet farmers off the estate. The Duke will only commit the House Company when he is desperate or assured of victory as it damn difficult to replace a good valet in a time of war.
Links to the Dukes Own Groundsmen are here and here
These figures are by Gripping Beast, Iron Clad and Musketeer Miniatures.
Monday, 6 May 2013
These Rangers are from Strider's little band of Dunedian Rangers who watch over the lands of Bree and the Shire, protecting it from nameless horrors, orcs, wargs and so on. As Strider puts it to Butterbur at the Prancing Pony "...foes that would freeze his heart, or lay his little town in ruin, if it were not guarded ceaselessly."
Friday, 3 May 2013
Two quick additions to the blog: I apologize for the crummy photos by the camera/light wasn't quiet right.
Althric the Wanderer is a citizen of Bree, east of the Shire. He is an herbalist, who wanders across Breeland, and even as far as the Eastfarthing Wood. Most folk in Bree consider him a bit odd, if harmless. The shire-folk treat him with the same cautious politeness the reserve for any traveler who ventures into the shire.
Althric is a Perry Miniatures Crusade Pilgrim. Sandy is a Games Workshop Hobbit.
Wednesday, 1 May 2013
Today marks the launch of something of a divergence for Four Colour Super Minis as I have decide to start another blog dedicated to my Zugando Force on Force campaign. Hotel Zugando will contain all my African stuff along with lots of fluff and background for the campaign, links to useful websites and similar blogs, while Four Colour Super Minis will continue to offer Super Heroes and Villains mixed with a good dose of anything else that catches my eye, like zombies, spies and VBCW.
There’s a long-winded explanation of the blog over on Hotel Zugando, so I wont go into it too much here. Basically it is a chance for me to collate everything I have done for my Zugando campaign in once place. I hope it will appeal to you, and possibly attract new followers too. Fear not though, Four Colour Super Minis will continued to be updated just as frequently.
Check it out, hopefully it will float your boat.
Sunday, 28 April 2013
The second round of Lead Painters League saw me finish off five more Chindits for my 1943 Burma campaign. Again I have tried to up the ante a bit on the painting, and am quite pleased with the blending and highlighting on the cloth. By all accounts the Chindit's Jungle Green (JG) fatigues faded very quickly when they got into the humid jungle, and so I wanted to simulate that effect.
By the way- this round of Lead Painters League was a draw. so that is won one, drawn one so far. Looking good!