Mega Birthday Update: Northumbrians and Parachutes

Finally some time to update the blog! I’ve been hard at work painting, but the weather has been absolutely terrible so taking pictures was impossible until today. Some nice weather for my 28th birthday, nice eh? Besides this totally unintended gift from Mother Nature, here’s the rest: my girlfriend was kind enough to knit a scarf for me, give me a copy of her grandfather’s memoirs to read, continue work on an adventure book with mementos of all our journeys, order up an authentic print of the scene of Maréchal Ney’s death dated 1816, and last but not least: a trip to London. Words cannot describe how awesome my girlfriend is.

But that’s probably not why you’re reading my blog, so on to the miniatures! First off we have some rather standard pictures to get out of the way, namely:

 

Northumbrian thegns

Plastic models by Gripping Beast.

Plastic models by Gripping Beast.

As my Viking army is growing to a nice size, I want to provide some variety to the different divisions so that they don’t just become Viking Division A, B, C and so on. Hence my choice for incorporating some Northumbrians. As I understand it, this most northern part of England was colonised by the Danes first among the different English kingdoms, and so a sizable part of Northumbrians, once subdued by their new Scandinavian overlords, were pressed into service by the latter against other Englishmen. Hence my choice for a separate division of Northumbrians.

Freehand galore once more on these shields.

Freehand galore once more on these shields.

For this reason I used the plastic Anglo-Saxons from Gripping Beast – I conveniently had a second-hand box of them lying around – but used a couple of bodies and heads from the Viking kit as well, just to provide variety.

 

Some shields turned out better than others.

Some shields turned out better than others.

Painting them was nothing special, although the general lack of beards was a bit off-putting 😉

The command models of this unit. Still need to add a flag!

The command models of this unit. Still need to add a flag!

This is one of the first units in which I’ve opted for a command group. I’ll be doing this more on future batches of Vikings, too: there are several standard bearers and unit ‘champions’ missing in my existing units.

 

British Paras

I thought I’d leave my little force of Red Devils be, but then my Heer-playing friend Jeroen decided to get himself a Nebelwerfer, a Panzer III and all that jazz, so I had to order up a small batch of reinforcements just before the new year hit. Not to worry, it’s all been painted already, so the project can safely be called ‘finished’ once more. That is, until someone gifts me a Tetrarch… Oh well.

A flamethrower and sniper team, both by Warlord Games.

A flamethrower and sniper team, both by Warlord Games.

I had a great time with the painting scheme on these guys, so I think I will be missing it. These are definitely not the last paras I’ll ever paint, but it’s safe to say that these will have to do until 2015!

 

An all-purpose light howitzer, perfect for any match-up.

An all-purpose light howitzer, perfect for any match-up.

Fun fact: I smashed the howitzer all over the floor while undercoating it. Normally I would’ve thrown a tantrum and chucked the thing into a corner to rot until the end of time, but my Red Devils just needed their AT support badly!

Fallschirmjägers

Surprisingly, what was supposed to be a sideshow to my Brits has turned out to be the bigger force, at least as they currently stand. Nevertheless, I’m happy to say I’ve also finished work on these malevolent Germans. Painting them was slightly less enjoyable than with their British counterparts, but in the end I just persevered. Let’s take a look.

A sniper and flamethrower team, by Warlord Games.

A sniper and flamethrower team, by Warlord Games.

First up we have these four guys, completely analogous to the British force. I tried out some games of Bolt Action with small, completely equal forces last night, and it caught on really well with non-wargaming people. It got me thinking to do some bigger games with them using more specialists, so with flamers and snipers on both sides I think I’ve got the necessary assets.

Two regular guys to attend my officer and medic, and a Panzerschreck team.

Two regular guys to attend my officer and medic, and a Panzerschreck team.

This Panzerschreck will probably not be seeing action soon, as I have no vehicles in my British army at the moment. Then again, I’m looking for Bolt Action players in the area, so existing players with a bigger army might make me take along these guys.

 

An improvised MMG team.

An improvised MMG team.

These three are leftovers from my starter set of Fallschirmjägers. I wasn’t really interested in fielding an additional five-man section with LMG, so I’ve decided to use three of these models as an ‘on the move’ MMG team. I’m working on a modular 60mm round base to put these on; I’m thinking of buying some extra Artizan models with StG44s and FG42s to be able to field a third full section into which I would incorporate the above models, so that’s why I’ve based them separately.

A resin Puma from Warlord Games.

A resin Puma from Warlord Games.

Of course I just had to get a Puma as well – these little cats are simply great looking and pack a punch on the battlefield as well. I’ve put to practice some of the lessons learned on my Hanomag, particularly on the subject of the mud effects.

 

The tank commander with his arms crossed is simply hilarious.

The tank commander with his arms crossed is simply hilarious.

Unfortunately I seem to have misplaced the decal sheet that came with the Hanomag, so I’ve freehanded the Balkenkreuz and numbers on instead. You can easily see this in the pictures, but it looks okay in real life.

That’s all I have to show you today, folks, but I hope you’ve enjoyed this big update. I’m currently working on a couple of units: some Vikings with dane axes and the first ACW zouaves. But first I’m going to celebrate my birthday some more. Thanks for visiting the blog, and until next time!

 

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4 comments

  1. daggerandbrush

    The flame effect is indeed very convincing. I also enjoy your free hands on the shields. They turned out beautiful. I am also glad to read that your birthday was such a special day and your girlfriend appreciates your interests.

    • laurensvannijvel

      Thank you for your comments, guys. My girlfriend doesn’t exactly share my interests but she does support me in pursuing them. That trip to London she gave me, for example, was prompted by an exhibition on Vikings soon to appear in the British Museum.

      Regarding the flame effect, it’s really cheap. It’s a wash of casandora yellow over the white undercoat, followed by fuegan orange, carroburg crimson and agrax earthshade applied increasingly further from the base of the flame. I’m not perfectly satisfied with it, but it does the job.

  2. sho3box

    Great work. Your output is as impressively large as ever.

    My wife has always been supportive of my interests, but I am always surprised to see so many gamers whose partners barely tolerate their hobby. Im glad to hear that you have one of the enlightened variety of partners.

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