30 Oct 2012

Painting table, or dogs breakfast ?

Do you ever find yourself wondering if you have too many projects on the got at any one time?

Well, try and spot some of the bits and pieces clogging up my workbench at the moment...

28mm Old Glory arquebusiers, Warlord Games horses and harquebusiers... and a half-finished 20mm modern British Afghan truck and container for Force on Force lurking in the background. And some 15mm pirate cannons in the foreground. Of course.
6mm modern Heroics and Ros Americans (and Russians), 15mm Old Glory Three Musketeers, 15mm Forged in battle Tiger 1's, 15(ish)mm Museum Gendarmes, 18mm Vexillia TYW command figures and some modern aricraft and a Cobra helicopter. And a 28mm ECW general won as a trophy... and an odd 10mm German 'shreck man part way through being rebased.

15mm Streltsi, Polish and Russian foote from Old Glory, various Avar foot from Khurasan, Mikes Models Winged Hussars, plastic Caesar Miniatures women in short skirts with Uzi's, a 20mm modern Russian from Elheim, some 20mm Modern British from S&S, a bit of baggage from Donnington

28mm mixed manufacturers Landesknechts - and a 15mm Peter Pig pirate boat !

7 Oct 2012

More 1/300th Modern stuff

This time it's Taliban infantry and softskins (including some scarily good GHQ "Technical" models) and a Syrian army as well - all refurbished using some ArmyPainter tinted varnish from an original base colour of a spray coating of dark sand.

27 Sept 2012

A handful of 10mm BKC photo's

A change from 15mm competitions, here are some 10mm WW2 BKC photos on the Madaxeman.com Facebook page (login not required)

16 Sept 2012

4 Ancients Reports from Lisbon 2012

After a rather long break from the pre-gunpowder world, Madaxeman.com is pleased to bring you 4 new reports from the 2012 ITC in Lisbon, in which Hannibal himself takes command of a Carthaginian army and take on Alexander the Great, two lots of R*m*ns, and some Seleukids

The reports can be found here

They include all of the traditional rubbish, some new bits from Twitter and a short video analysis of the Alexandrian army strengths and weaknesses too.

As Hannibal was actually commanding the Carthaginian army, I have been forced to draft in some almost-as-tough-as-Hannibal hard men to give the post match analysis and attempt to critique the perfection which was Hannibal's battle plan. So get ready for insightful comments from Chuck Norris, Jack Bauer, Clint Eastwood and Jason Statham as well...

11 Sept 2012

East Riding Miniatures

Sitting here at the computer rather amazed - I ordered some figures from East Riding Miniatures on Sunday evening,and by Tuesday morning here they are !

What fantastic customer service - If only I could paint as fast too....

8 Sept 2012

Lisbon Artillery Museum

A load of fairly random photos are now posted on the Madaxeman.com Facebook page from a trip to this museum: You don't need Facebook access to see them !

1 Sept 2012

Britcon 2012 - 6 Match Reports

Yes, the epic widescreen version of Britcon 2012, with 6 separate reports as the Thirty Years War French (and Geermans, and Dootch) take on all comers, most of whom turn out to be Swedish. 

10,000 words, 250 photos, the same old crap jokes and irrelevant picture captions .... it's all still there in one of the most well thought out and easy to follow sets of battle reports ever published on this site! 

31 Aug 2012

ITC Lisbon

I'm at the ITC in Lisbon this weekend, and as a consequence my twitter account @madaxeman has been hijacked by Hannibal.

If you are on Twitter, look out for the hashtag #NASTYHANNIBAL to see Hannibal's thoughts on the progress of the competition over this weekend!

28 Aug 2012

6mm USMC Infantry - lying down !

Here's a load of photos of the rather clever Mainforce 6mm infantry from Magister Militum.

They are modern infantry which are a lot more bulky than most of the other manufacturers in this scale, but uniquely they have been cast mostly laying down - which makes them a lot more robust than any other infantry out there.

This lot are part of the repaint job I'm doing for someone with lots of 1990's USMC - including the helos

25 Aug 2012

Manufacturers Directories Updates

I've just updated a few manufacturer details in the Renaissance and Ancient figure listings:

  • Two Dragons Samurai and Vikings ranges are now manufactured by Caliver Books
  • Rebel Minis have a range of Pirates (including a mermaid...)

23 Aug 2012

Ottomans at Roll Call 2012

The Ottomans take on Roll Call 2012 and face Caroline Imperialists, Tatars and Irish in their pursuit of a level of competence that matches the colourfulness of their clothes.

All the usual critiques from Renaissance Hannibal, comments from Al Shearer the Turkish Sultan, videos explaining the army lists and inappropriate captions on the photos as well..

NB - the army lists are probably NOT in the wiki as yet, mainly because I appear to have lost them....

5 Aug 2012

6mm USMC

Photos on the Madaxeman.com Facebook page of some more 6mm stuff - this time US Marines using the rather cute Mainforce infantry. I don't think you need to login to view the pics.

1 Aug 2012

More Free Renaissance Flags

Just added a link to Wargames Designs free ECW and other Renaissance flags page to the 15mm Renaissance Suppliers Directory list of flag sites.

Wargames Designs appear to be a painting service who have decided to offer free downloadable flags as part of a plan to drive more traffic to their website. I think that's quite a cute idea - and they are really great flags as well, which always helps !

24 Jul 2012

First Ever CWC battle

The Polish army I trailed here a couple of months ago has finally had its first ever outing in a game at the club last night. Fortunately I managed to grab a table with sufficient light to take a few half-decent photos and the results are already online in a one-off match report of Modern Polish vs Modern Brits

I even managed to squeeze in a bit of post match analysis from the worlds coolest Pope !

3 Jul 2012

15mm Suppliers Updates

I've just added a listing for the (very nice) new Blue Moon 15/18mm Gauls and Romans to the 15mm Ancients Suppliers index, and updated the latest status (that I'm aware of) on both the Testudo and Venexia ranges to the 15mm Renaissance Suppliers page as well.

29 Jun 2012

Inking 1/300th scale models..

I'm in the middle of doing a highly complex trade in which I've agreed to tart up some 1/300th scale USMC for someone, in exchange for a whole set of 1/300th West German tanks (that of course I don't really need).

This gives me a chance to show some "before" and "after" photos which I reckon are quite interesting..

This is an AAV7 which has been based and sprayed in an overall sand colour. I've then "manually" painted the tracks - fairly roughly - in a dark grey.

I used the same dark grey which I picked for the wheels of the Humvee's in this force, on the basis that painting "black" tyres creates a visual effect that is a lot less forgiving should you be unable to paint perfect circles (like, erm, everyone), or where the models castings are a bit indistinct. By painting them in grey any wobbly-hand syndrome mistakes seem to disappear as if by magic at the next stage.... which is:

..the now traditional Army Painter Quickshade Dark Tone wash. Quite a difference eh? But still not really table-top ready. 

How about doing some detailing, then drybrushing with GW Bleached Bone and adding some sand for basing next ? 

OK, this is a slightly different model, but after a coat of Testors Dullcote varnish I think this is not at all shabby for a 4-stage process.

Here are some infantry (from Magister Militum) done the same way. 

And here they are together..

Right, time to get back to the painting table... ! 

20 Jun 2012

PBI on the South Coast

3 match reports featuring WW2 action as I take a trip down to the coast, close to Peter Pig HQ and renew acquaintance with the game "Poor Bloody Infantry".

See how the Germans and Americans fare against the Russians, French and Polish Partizans ins ome intense company-level action

19 Jun 2012

Modern Stuff in 1:1 scale

Just published, a set of photos of brand new, "box-fresh" modern equipment in 1:1 scale !

14 Jun 2012

Website outage

Apologies for the website outage over the last 24 hours - apparently I'd set something up wrongly which was breaking my ISPs servers! All fixed now and normal service is resumed...

31 May 2012

Prague Military Museum

I've added around 40 photos from a trip to the Prague Military Museum - which gives a useful and interesting overview of the origins and history of Czechoslovakia, and the Czech Republic. Pretty much everything there has captions in English, and whilst there are some gaps to piece together it is generally well presented with some interesting bits and pieces.

Not that much armour unfortunately, but it is free to enter !

21 May 2012

1/300th Scale Modern Warsaw Pact

A huge newly refurbished 1/300th scale army of Warsaw Pact tanks, IFV's and air support is now rolling across the tabletop under the influence of the Cold War Commander ruleset - The army can be seen here, including details of how I refurbed and based them up.

2 May 2012

FOUR voting and rating systems now online..

Madaxeman.com has gone Voting Crazy with FOUR separate online interactive rating systems now operating, for 15mm Renaissance Figures, 15mm Ancients Manufacturers, 20mm Moderns and now, 10mm ACW Manufacturers.

All these pages feature comprehensive manufacturer listings, links to their sites, an online rating system you can vote in, and details of what ranges they carry (apart from the ACW one, where of course they all have both Union and Confederates - and you don't need me to tell you that I suspect...).

22 Apr 2012

Rate Modern 20mm figures at Madaxeman.com

I've added a full manufacturers listing and voting buttons to my 20mm Modern Infantry "Force on Force" page, so you can now compare and rate all the manufacturers via this site.

21 Apr 2012

Salute 2012

Everyone likes a bit of gaming yummy-ness, so here are a handful of pictures from Salute 2012 today. My shopping list and thoughts are at the bottom - click here to see the full post if you are viewing this from Madaxeman.com. All of these images link to a full-sized version, so just click them to see more.

A one-page ruleset ACW game using Kallistra hex terrain

The game also featured some (new) 10mm ACW troops from Kallistra - I think I need to update the list of 10mm ACW manufacturers, as it suddenly seems to be all the rage !

28mm Romans hide behind a wall - one of the many games using the plethora of new Ancients rules to be published recently 

It's a big old shed at ExCeL - but full of gamers ...

Even with some of the widest aisles ever seen in a show, it looks busy (this was around 11am)

The FoW team were running demo's of the rules on their stand (booth in American). At least this time no-one was in WW2 uniform.... 

The GW stand was branded Forge World .... 

A Captain Scarlet (I think...?) road rage game

Someone had been scouring eBay for all of those vehicles methinks....

Monsters in the City

A stunning modern Baltic game, Russians against the locals...

20mm I think - very impressive

The traditional massive Napoleonic game ...

A futuristic take on a historic harbour

One for the kids - Lego Daleks & Cybermen !

Donnington's impressively painted Agincourt game in 15mm

Somewhere in a corner of Japan...

All of these images link to bigger versions - just click them for the full size picture. 

My shopping list extended to a load of 15mm Pirates, from Blue Moon and Peter Pig for a FoGR Buccaneer army (I also got tempted into buying a load of naval cannons, as they were so cute. I hope they have some in the army list!), 30 Old Glory 25mm Swiss Arquebusiers to help early-ize my existing 28mm Renaissance army, a 20mm Force on Force media crew from MJ Figures (another outfit also getting into 10mm ACW by the looks of their catalogue), a 20mm FoF truck from Britannia and some 15mm Woodland Indians, again from Blue Moon, to go alongside the Pirates. 

Blue Moon seem to be releasing stuff like crazy at the moment - their Napoleonics looked really good, even though I have no interest in the period, and the will apparently soon start releasing some Ancients too (Gauls, Romans, Germans and Parthians). 

Each year there seems to be slightly fewer 15mm Ancients manufacturers represented there - I'd been hoping to pick up some Lancashire Games Boxer Rebellion Chinese to use as "Chinese blokes with arquebuses" for any number of random FoGR armies, and maybe get some more Pirates and Indians from (I think) Museum, but neither were there - maybe the higher margins required to underwrite exhibiting are to be found in anything Flames of War related, and 28mm Historicals, SciFi and Fantasy as pretty much all the manufacturers I could think of in those ranges and scales were present. 

Still, a good day out all round, and some nice eye candy to boot. Now I just need some time to catch up on my painting so I can even start to think about undercoating this latest lot of figures ..

14 Apr 2012

Brazilian Artillery

Just added 44 pictures from Fort Copacabana in Rio, the Brazilian Army Museum. Some interesting artillery, and mannequins in period uniforms from Brazilian history, from the European colonization to WW2.

7 Apr 2012

Farnboro 2012 - 4 Match Reports

4 comprehensive reports from games using an Imperial Spanish army, compiled at a recent 500 AP, 4-games-in-a-day FoG:R competition held in Farnboro.
This was quite an unusual format of event, as we used 40mm movement distances,which certainly meant the action started pretty quickly ! I was initially a little concerned that 500AP might be too few, but again, most people seemed to be able to eke out 10+ unit armies, and the table didn't seem that sparsely populated, or certainly not to the extent that LH or mounted armies dominated in any way. 

All in all a good format, and fitting 4 games (or 1&3/4 hours each) into a single day was also a very good use of my time, so many thanks to Richard and the club at Farnboro' for organising it - looking forward to the next one already ! 

28 Mar 2012

FoW stuff ending soon...

So far, only 3 watchers for the Brits..? Really? Even with this cool signpost..?

It's a bargain waiting to happen by 9:10pm Wednesday evening UK time....

18 Mar 2012

Infantry Aces

15mm FoW goodness with some pictures of the Flames of War Infantry Aces set, and yet more of the inexhaustible supply of German Motorcycle combinations posted up on the site

15 Mar 2012

What on earth have I been up to...?

With a month or so since the last post, here's a random selection of the many painting projects that have been filling my time instead of adding content to this site.

As diverse as WW2 Japanese, TYW Germans, Italian Wars Swiss and Falklands-era British, there are a bunch of photos of figures to prove I've actually been doing some gaming related stuff recently...

(PS - the Links Page on this site has been updated and tidied up too) 

26 Feb 2012

Chinese on Chinese Action

Promoting pages which are not even on this blog, here's a report of a game in our current club competition featuring my army comprised of 650 points of Han Chinese against a somewhat different composition of the same army. My stuff is the least well painted !

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