Incursion – One foot on a slippery slope

February 11, 2010

My copy of Grindhouse Games Incursion arrived earlier this week from Westwind games. From a quick glance it looks quite impressive.

Incursion box

Incursion

The package also contained a pack of Bomber Zombies for free. Nice, but bad news for my Pledge 2010 đŸ™‚

Incursion plus free Bomber Zombies

Incursion plus free Bomber Zombies

I like the board, very dark and evocative. I’m less impressed with the counters, which I feel could have had a larger image on them. Don’t get me wrong, they are more than adequate for game play, but I’m going to be buying the actual figures (more bad news for the pledge).

Incursion - showing APE game piece

Incursion - showing APE game piece

Pledge update:

Obtained: 3
Painted: 72
Sold: 10
Net: 79


Jagerhunds & Werewolves

December 16, 2009

It’s unlikely that I’ll get much more painting done this year, so my “Pledge” is doomed to failure. However, I press on regardless to see how much I can actually finish.

Today’s update is seven figures from Westwind Games Secrets of the third Reich range. Three Jagerhunds and four Werewolves.

First up we have my favourite: The Doberman Jagerhund.

Doberman

Doberman

Followed by a close second: The Rottweiler

Rottweiler Jagerhund

Rottweiler Jagerhund

Not to forget: The Alsatian

Alsatian Jagerhund

Alsatian Jagerhund

Unlike the Jagerhunds the Werewolves all have names.

Fenris

Fenris

Wolfgang

Wolfgang

Janus

Janus

Mondheulen

Mondheulen

And a couple if shots of the “Hunting packs”.

Hunting Pack (1)

Hunting Pack (1)

Hunting Pack (2)

Hunting Pack (2)

That’s seven more painted, plus another 4 I’ve sold, towards my score this year – making it:

Bought: 1574
Painted: 705
Sold: 22
Net: -847

All in all a pretty dire attempt.


Brainwurst! – Americans

November 25, 2009

Another update and another batch of figures for Secrets of the Third Reich from Westwind games. This time it’s the 12 American figures from the Brainwurst set.

Brainwurst - US Armoured Infantry (1)

Brainwurst - US Armoured Infantry (1)

Brainwurst - US Armoured Infantry (2)

Brainwurst - US Armoured Infantry (2)

Brainwurst - US Armoured Infantry (3)

Brainwurst - US Armoured Infantry (3)

Brainwurst - US Armoured Infantry (4)

Brainwurst - US Armoured Infantry (4)

Brainwurst - US Armoured Infantry (5)

Brainwurst - US Armoured Infantry (5)

Brainwurst - US Armoured Infantry Medic

Brainwurst - US Armoured Infantry Medic

How did I miss that mould line?

Warfare saw a few more figures added to my stockpile, although I was restrained and kept the number to 10, and one of those was the freebie that came with the new Doomsday source book for Secrets of the Third Reich. I’ve not had a chance to more than glance at the book, but my first impression is a good one, even if it will no doubt lead to more purchases in future.

Still the Brainwurst figures add another 12 painted, and with the 10 purchased, that makes my score for the year:

Bought: 1574
Painted: 698
Sold: 18
Net: -858


Even more Soviets

November 19, 2009

Here are some pictures of my final batch of Secrets of the Third Reich Soviets (for the time being – with Warfare coming up at the weekend there’s every chance I’ll buy some more).

First up is one of the special characters: Sickle. There’s a corresponding “Hammer”, but he’s having some bits and pieces pinned on at the moment.

Sickle

Sickle

Sickle (2)

Sickle (2)

Next we have sniper Vasily (the Hare) Zaytsev, pictured here with another Soviet Officer.

Vasily (the Hare) Zaystev

Vasily (the Hare) Zaystev

I’ve also finished a handful of other Soviet Officers and Snipers. All in all there’s a total of 8 of them including Vasily.

Soviet Officer

Soviet Officer

Officer & Vasily

Officer & Vasily

Soviet Officers

Soviet Officers

Soviet Snipers

Soviet Snipers

That’s another 8 figures, which makes my score for the year:

Bought: 1564
Painted: 686
Sold: 18
Net: -860


Girls with Guns

November 15, 2009

Not all defenders of the Motherland are shambling Zombies. Soviet women bear their share of the burden in Great Patriotic War against the Evil German Undead Warmachine. While most toil in industry, transport, agriculture and other civilian roles, working double shifts to free up enlisted men to fight and increase military production, a sizable number of women take up arms to deal with the hated invaders more directly.

A shining example is Nika the Widowmaker.

Nika

Nika the Widowmaker

But not all female defenders of the Motherland are snipers. Women of the Soviet Union can also be found wielding the famous PTRD Anti-tank rifle.

Soviet PTRD

Soviet PTRD (1)

Nika & PTRD Rifle team member

Nika & PTRD Rifle girl

Women of the Soviet Union

Armed Women of the Soviet Union

That’s another 3 figures, which makes my score for the year:

Bought: 1564
Painted: 678
Sold: 18
Net: -868


Comrade, are you ill?

November 12, 2009

Another painting update. This time it’s 24 Soviet Zombies for Westwind Games: Secrets of the Third Reich.

There’s 4 of the “Bomb” Zombies . . .

Soviet Bomb Zombie

Soviet Bomb Zombie

Soviet Bomb Zombie (2)

Soviet Bomb Zombie (2)

Soviet Bomb Zombies

Soviet Bomb Zombies

Soviet Bomb Zombies - rear view

Soviet Bomb Zombies - rear view

There are also 20 “Normal” Zombies. I love the model with its arm in a sling. You can almost imagine the medic at the field aid station saying “It’s only a flesh wound, Comrade. Just wear this sling and you’ll be fine”.

Soviet "Normal" Zombies

Soviet Zombies

Soviet "Normal" Zombies (2)

More Soviet Zombies (2)

That’s 24 more models towards my pledge.

Which makes my score for the year:

Bought: 1564
Painted: 675
Sold: 18
Net: -871


Still no camera, but here’s a Wyvern

October 15, 2009

Still no camera, but here’s a picture of a Wyvern I completed a few months ago. The Orc rider is currently waiting to be varnished, along with quite a lot of other stuff.

Wyvern

Wyvern

I’d hoped to have a varnishing session last weekend, but for various reasons that didn’t happen. I did make quite a bit of progress with the brush though, and have finished another 35 Secrets of the Third Reich figures. 24 Soviet Zombies, including 4 Bomb Zombies, plus 11 assorted ‘living’ Soviets. I wasn’t quite so impressed with the Soviet Zombies compared to the German ones, but the ‘living’ models were an absolute pleasure to do. Pictures will be forthcoming just as soon as the camera is available – promise.

The lack of a varnishing session has meant my “Pledge” total has continued to progress in the wrong direction. This time the culprit was a large batch of Khador figures for the superb Warmachine game from Privateer Press. My plan is to try out a new (to me at least) method of painting them. More to follow . . .

Bought: 1564
Painted: 537
Sold: 18
Net: -1009


Eastern Front Flames of War

October 8, 2009

Still no progress on the camera front, so this time I’ll have to settle for a couple of “action” shots of my East Front Germans (MidWar). Apologies for the quality, but they were taken “in game” and the lighting wasn’t the best.

First up we have a PzIVF1 – long barreled

PzIVF1

PzIVF1

Next we have the PzIVF2. Very useful for digging out infantry. You can just make out the PzIVF1 in the background.

PzIVF2

PzIVF2

I don’t really play Flames of War any more, which is a shame because I did really enjoy the game when I first started playing. The Late War stuff leaves me a little cold though, as it tends to be a little dull to play.

I’ve still quite a bit of unpainted Flames figures, so perhaps I should try and rekindle my interest, although more things to paint is the last thing I need at the moment.

Painting update:

The varnishing backlog continues to build up with 42 Haradrim Bowmen joining the queue. I’m going to try and get them all done at once, hopefully at the weekend.

Once they are all done it will be a huge plus towards my “Pledge” progress – not that I have any realistic expectation of succeeding this year after making more purchases at Derby.

Never one to turn down a bargain I picked up:

24 Wargods of Aegyptus Spartans (I must have enough for the army now)
A Circle Orboros starter box
6 Satyrix Raiders
2 Fell Bats

Which makes my score for the year:

Bought: 1480
Painted: 537
Sold: 18
Net: -925

Next up on the painting table will be my Secrets of the Third Reich Soviets.


Secrets of the Third Reich – German Zombies

June 28, 2009

The next box opened in my audit didn’t reveal any surprises as it contains 44 German Zombies from the Westwind Games superb Secrets of the third Reich range.

I painted these a little earlier this year. Some are from the Brainwurst! set, whilst others are from one of the German Zombie starter packs.

3 German Zombies - Secrets of the Third Reich

3 German Zombies - Secrets of the Third Reich

I was trying for a very gritty look, which I’m more or less happy with.

More German Zombies - Secrets of the Third Reich

More German Zomies - Secrets of the Third Reich

Below are a couple of “bomb” zombies, my favourite is the one in the middle. There’s just something a little cruel about strapping a bomb to a zomibe.

Bomb Zombies and Pinger - Secrets of the third Reich

Bomb Zombies and Pinger - Secrets of the third Reich