Spammed away

Hi all,

this time no pictures and no story – just a quick information that I’m moving. I really love this blog and with near 70.000 visitors until now I’m under the impression that you like it, too. Alas, now I’m litterally spammed away. Every day dozens of strange comments arrive, while I’m told by my friends that they find it hard to comment at all due to some bug in the software.

So I’m doing what I had considered a while ago, which is moving to e-blogger. You’ll find my new blog at http://tobispaintpot.blogspot.de/. As you will see there are already some posts. What has held me back was that I like my old blog so much. But with all this spam going around I’ll do what those silly consultants at work always tell me to do: I’ll “embrace change” (oh yeah, …)

I hope I’ll see you at my new blog. Thank you for your visits, take care,
Tobi

AttritiCon 2012

Our club, the Ulmer Strategen, has an annual gaming event: The AttritiCon. This was held last weekend, and it really was a great success. With some 80+ gamers playing DBMM and FOG tournaments as well as many participation games, it really was a joyfull event with a great selection of what our hobby has to offer.

There are many more pictures to be found here, alas I have to appologize that the text that goes with them is written in German.

I took part in the DBMM tournament, but I also used the time between games to both learn Impetus and play a round of SAGA – the last on a very beautiful table presented by our friends from Heidelberg.

I did rather well at the DBMM-tournament and ranked fifth out of ten players – considering the lack of gaming practice and the complexity of the rules this position was more than I could have hoped for. Also, two of the four games were really good fun. As for the other two games my fun was a little bit tarnished – not by the fact of winning or loosing, but by the rather strained and ambitious attitude of my opponents. I don’t blame them, it WAS a tournament after all, but it became one again clear to me why I’m not very attracted to tournament games any more. After all, I have more than enough competition in my job. I enjoy it much more when the tension of a game stems from the unfolding narrative, casting its spell over the players, rather then from the strained nerves and mikro-optimizations of tournament-competitors. So I guess I’ll certainly continue to play DBMM, but I think I’ll keep away from tournaments for a while.

Still it has been a great weekend, and there were so many nice people and so much hobby-talk that it more than compensated for the minor annoyances. And the oppertunity to play Impetus may have marked the start into this new gaming system – at least it sounds and feels very promising.

Have a nice weekend, very best regards,
Tobi

The quiet before the storm

 

Yes, it was quiet around here. Too quiet indeed. But not in my painting cellar I can assure you, because there was feverish activity. Only a few days left and a big battle will take place, one which will see many figures of mine and which I’m very much looking forward to. Firstly it surely will be a great event all by itself. But it also is a big premiere for a lot of the figures involved. AND the figures involved are not your everday figures – at least not for me.

About 20 years ago I only painted 1/72 plastics and even if painting was among my favorite activities then I actually didn’t do it very often. You know – smelly humbrol colours that required braincell-killing chemicals to clean your brushes and provided great oppertunities to cover yourself in funny colors every time one of the paintpot-lids stuck to the pot and when confronted with a screwdriver would at first not move at all and than all at once… Well, you get the idea. Then two things happened: I was introduced to painting with acrylics by a long out of press booklet from a long out of business company (Hobby Products – whose miniature-range is now owned by Black Hat I  believe) AND I’ve discovered Wargames Foundry and it’s 28mm Romans in an also sadly long gone miniature shop in Augsburg, Germany. Of course the Romans were sculpted by the Perries, and of course I stuck with them.

The strange thing is that although since then I had bought many more Romans (first only from Foundry, but later also from Warlord Games) both painted and unpainted (I actually painted quite a lot of them myself), I really did not game with them. I now have many much newer armies which I’ve already campaigned with comparablyoften, but apart from the odd appearance as a DBA army and two DBMM240 battles with only a small part of the army involved my imperial Roman force only grew and grew and has not yet left its tents.

Many units were only partially finished, many of the figures were not based or varnished – things I had worked on for the last weeks and that is why it was so quiet around here. It simply is not fun to write twice a week “I have varnished and painted 5 figures”. In my one year blogging history I have discovered that I’m the “finished unit” or even “finished project” type.  There are two or three units that are not finished yet and hopefully will be finished one of theses days, but I don’t want to wait any longer to show them. So here they are.

 

My Imperial Roman Army

 

The big man in command:

The right wing…

…and the left wing.


The general waiting to give the signal.

And finally, last but defnitly not least, the first Perry figure I’ve ever painted, now signed by both hobby-giants.

I’ll keep you informed about the battle, you may expect a big battle-report. Have a good time until then, thanks for dropping by,

Tobi

The Black Brunswickers

 

Well well well, this took longer than I had expected. BUT now the Brunswickers as first addiditional brigade for my Lasalle British army are finally completed.

They consist of two line battlalions (which were missing until today), an elite batallion or Leib-Batallion, artillery, cavalry (originally Hussars, but I liked the Uhlans better), artillery, two extra skirmisher bases and of course the command.

 

The Brunswickers (Perry Miniatures)

The Brunswickers (Perry Miniatures)

 

The two new batallions are the first line batallion under Major von Metzler…

Brunswick first line batallion (Perry Miniatures)

 

…and the second line batallion under Major von Strombeck.

Brunswick second line batallion (Perry Miniatures)

 

The figures are a wellcome change from the omnipresent march-attack – pose. All other figures are known to you from my other posts (just select “Brunswick” as category selection), so I’m only showing the command and artillery …

Brunswick artillery and command (Perry Miniatures)

 

… and the the Uhlan-command (beautiful figures – I may say so, because I did not paint the Uhlans myself).

 Brunswick Uhlan command (Perry Miniatures)

 

There will be two additional selections for the British army – as well light cavalry as heavy cavalry. I really have to have Scottish Greys… But I doubt I will field them right away. First I will finish the French, and then I will fight a few battles. How I’m looking forward to this…

Have a nice day and thanks for your visit,

Tobi

 

 

A Happy New Year!

 

I wish you all a happy New Year – may it bring health, happy events and many good things to you all. For us it was a rather quiet New Years Eve, and since it was raining heavily even some of the firework got soaked before it had a chance to go off – thus adding to to a very quiet evening indeed.

Today I had the chance to paint a little bit, finishing a French command vignette with a general of heavy cavalry for my Lasalle heavy cavalry option – consisting of one unit each of Curassiers, Carabiners and horse artillery.As you can see, I’ve used some of the extras added to the plastic cavalry box sets and a Victrix-Canon Wheel to create a little scene with battlefield-debris. After all this basing activities of the last weeks it was hugely delightful to be able to paint again. So it seems I made the right choice after all with my New Years resulution.

Also finished but not yet based is the Duke of Brunswick, whom I will show you soon.

Best regards and have a nice evening!

 

Perry Napoleonic French Cavalry General

Perry Napoleonic French Cavalry General

 

 

SAGA Anglo-Danish Warband

 

Hi everyone, it has been quiet for some time. At least on the blog, but not at home – my wonderful little doughter not only transforms the night into day, but also keeps me from painting and posting. But there is the strange thing – as soon as she smiles at me, everything seems more than worthwhile. It seems nature knows what she’s doing afterall…

Well, anyhow I have now finished a 6 point Anglo-Danish warband for SAGA. This wasn’t much of a challange, since I already had most figures, but they were based for DBx (or not based at all) and so they had to be rebeased and polished up a little bit. The same goes for a warband of Normans, Vikings and Welsh which probably will be seen here in the not so distant future.

 

Anglo-Danish Warband for SAGA

First unit of warriors (GB figures)

 

Anglo-Danish Warband for SAGA

second unit of warriors (GB figures)

 

Anglo-Danish Warband for SAGA

unit of bow-armed levy (slings added for variety - Wargames Foundry figures)

 

Anglo-Danish Warband for SAGA

unit of hearthguards, armed with Dane-axes (GB figures)

 

Anglo-Danish Warband for SAGA

second unit of hearthguard (GB figures)

 

Anglo-Danish Warband for SAGA

third unit of hearthguard, and the warlord himself (GB figures)

 

As the year is rapidly approaching its collision with 2012, it is a good time to contemplate the ups and downs of the hobby this year. It seems it was a rather good year – apart from the obvious progress I have made in many projects, I have sold tons of unused lead, using the revenue to finance several professional painting services in order to complete even more projects. I have finished my long planed custom made gaming table and also have made quite a few gaming mats for it. So yes, it was a very good year. Alas I certainly have not gamed as often as I would have liked, with many business-trips coming in the way even of our regular club-evenings in Ulm.

As for the projects, the year 2011 saw me entering the Napoleonic period with a vengance. Lightning struck at Salute 2011, where I saw the Perry Napoleonic Russians and I knew I was hooked and my long pledged vow to stay in the Ancient and Medieval era was forfeit.

 

It is all their fault! Perry Napoleonic Russians (photo property of Perry Miniatures)

 

Since it was some time to the Russians release date (and still is), I wanted to start with a French army as an antagonist – and then one of the big things happened that always seems to happen when I plan to think small. A very, very kind person decided to part with his huge Napoleonic collection and sold his French and British troops. after akquiring some of his figures via Ebay, I plunged in and gave him an offer for his complete collection – which he accepted. And then I was swamped with beautiful painted troops which I have akuired for a very fair price. They were all based for another system and organized into much bigger units, so it took some time to convert them into the Lasalle system. I also needed to paint additional command figures and additional soldiers in order to reorganize everything, but now – as you have seen in my last post – the British core army is completed and the French will be theses days (given a few hours of painting time, which I cannot guarantee these days).

I have to say I surprised myself. Normally I’m a well-established wargames-butterfly, hovering from one project to the next – but this time I stayed firm from May until now. Admittedly, I fitted in some Ancients for my DBA tournament in October and I also rebased some figures for SAGA, but apart from that I have stayed focused. It seems this little blog has helped as well. Come to that it is also one of the good things of this hobby-year. It seems my blog has been well accepted with well over 1000 “real” visitors (in delimitation of automatic web-traffic) and even if the commenting function is not used very often I got quite nice feedback from people all over the world, and I’m grateful for that. The blog works for me, it is a nice form of “show and tell” and also a good instrument to stay in contact, so thanks to you all for your visits, interest and kind remarks.

Finally, what do I plan for 2012? Since it possibly is the last year at all (should the Maya calendar be in better shape than my own one) first it seems quite important to take all the disposable holiday early. I mean it would be quite sad if the world would end and ones last thought was “and I have given my employer x days of precious holidays!”. On a more sincere note for me it would be prudent not to plan to much for next year. For several real-life reasons this will not the year of big hobby projects. But I plan to finish some of the longer going projects, adding some selections to my new Lasalle-armies and possibly doing some painting for Skirmish games like SAGA, which I like a lot. There was a lot of basing and rebasing of acquired figures this year, next year I want to re-shift the focus to painting my own figures again.

OK, that’s it then for today. I wish you all a good time and I will tune in again around Christmas.

 

 

 

 

DBA in 28mm

 

The last two weeks have been very busy, as well in “real life” as at the painting table. I had to make last preparations for our annual DBA-event in 28mm, and this is what today’s blog will be about.

For several years now our Wargame Club in southern Germany, the “Ulmer Strategen“, is organizing three annual DBA events. The first is a spring tournament that is held in 15mm scale, the second is the DBA 28mm open in October and finally the third is the Advent-DBA in December. You can see pictures of all those events at our website http://www.ulmer-strategen.de/DBA-Events.htm – the text is in German, but I think most of the pictures speak for themselves.

 

 

While DBA is a great mixture of simplicity and game-depth as well as a good opportunity to field all those armies you are interested in, in Germany it also is sort of an island that helds the wargamer-community together: DBA, that has existed bevore the Barker-Scott war and the breakup of the DBM-community into FOG and DBMM, is now a welcome platform where old friends can meet regardless of their main ruleset preference.

 

 

Apart from that the fact that DBA is a masterpiece of reduction to the essential and works very well with only 12 bases or units, for the very same reason it allows for the use of 28mm figures that usually take longer to paint and therefore slower to field than 15mm armies. I like this eye-candy scale very much, and regardless of the fact that wargaming in Germany (apart from the single-based WAB-culture) is strictly in 15mm scale, about five years ago I’ve started to build DBA armies in 28mm. I needed many of them because only few other players had armies in this scale, and for the first tournaments I’ve organized I  provided nearly all armies present.

But the time when the players arrived with only their personal dice cup is long over – given the opportunity of regular events in 28mm, now many players have fielded their own beautiful armies, and with every tournament the number of armies I have to provide goes down steadily.

 

Successor armies clash

Marius' Seleucid army was the winner of the "best painted" award last year

 

Last Saturday 17 gamers met again to field their 28mm armies, and it was a beautiful day. In 48 games the struggle for dominance on the field was fought out with dice and lead, and finally we had a winner – but most of all many happy gamers. Pictures of the event as well as a table with the final scores can be seen here:

http://www.ulmer-strategen.de/DBA28mm_2011.htm

I want to use the opportunity to thank our sponsor Warlord Games, who has kindly provided us with prices of their beautiful figures. So it is only fitting the the prize for the best painted army this year went to Norbert with his Warlord Games Imperial Romans:

 

These two DBA armies of Warlord Games Early Imperial Romans belong to Norbert and his son Noah, winning jointly the "best painted" award this year

 

This year six of the 17 armies present were from my own collection, and as many players that used them already have started their own projects I’m quite sure next year there will be even fewer lending-armies present.

On a personal note, this was my best tournament ever. For organisational reasons I was only able to play four games, but I’ve won them all with my Hunns. This has never happened before – I think because of all the tasks that go along with the organisation of such an event I simply didn’t have enough time to finetune my usual mistakes, causing me to win all those battles. There’s probably a lesson hidden in this, but maybe it’s just the army with all its horses and greater mobility in contrast to all those pachydermes and heavy pikes that dominated the battlefields.

 

 

And now – to something completly different. There are a few casualities of war on my table right now. It can’t be avoided – spears and shields get loose and there even was a unhappy accident of a general falling literally from the edge of the world (meaning the gaming table). As soon as these are repaired, I’ll get back to my Napoleonics. The British are ready and eager to fight the French, and all I have to do is give them shiny new bases…

 

 

New Gaming Mat

 

The new camera has not yet arrived, but I’ve managed to take some pictures anyway with an older  machine. Yet the focus of this article is not the British artillery or the high command, not even the last missing regiment – all of them are completed but I want to show them off with (hopefully) better quality photos as soon as the new camera has arrived.

What I want to show instead is the new gaming mat for my 1,5m * 2,4m table. As I have built gaming mats bevore it wasn’t actually a new experience, but to built a mat in this size was still very challing. I have also written a tutorial how I did it, but I wrote it in German: http://www.ulmer-strategen.de/Spieltisch-Matte.htm

If there is sufficient interest I’m going to translate it – so if you are interested in an English tutorial please let me know.

In order to bring the new gaming table to life I have placed on it everything that is completed of my British army. It seems the table should not be much smaller…

Have a nice weekend!