Saturday, 13 February 2016

From TamsinP - 15mm Korean Commanders (42 points)

Time for my 15th entry in the main part of the Challenge. I wasn't sure if I'd manage to get one in before the deadline, but I seem to have squeaked it just!

This entry is another set of additions for my swelling Choson Korean army, another 5 command stands for the "regulars". The figures are from Old Glory 15s as before.

I haven't added flags yet as I'd forgotten to print out another set of command standards. I've now got more than enough command stands to field two armies in FoG (three if I field the Righteous Army separately). I just need to add some more infantry and cavalry to be able to play out the civil war which may well have broken out in the Japanese hadn't invaded in 1592. That could make for an interesting campaign as the Chinese, Japanese and the horse nomads to the North could also get involved. Oh dear, i think that means acquiring even more armies...

Points-wise, there are 9 mounted and 3 foot figures, which should be 42 points.

Lovely work Tamsin. I really like the wide range of colour you've used for their uniforms and horse furniture. Those poor flunkies with the standards must be in great shape running along side these guys.
'Hey, Kwan, did you win that last battle?' 
'Nah, but me and the boss managed the 20K retreat in well under 2 hours!'
Three separate armies, huh? You know, you could now probably field an entire army of officers! I'm sure the North Korean army of today could do this, that is if they could first avoid getting executed by their benign and beneficent leader. You just need to get the 16th century equivalent of an anti-aircraft gun to keep them motivated. :)
42 points for you Ms. P. Well done and have a great week!

From GregB - Viet-Cron "Targets" (10 Points)

Two Valkyrie crewman walk away from a rough landing kitchen...
A few weeks ago Sylvain dropped a points bomb into the Challenge in the form of his whacky "Viet Cron", Necrons from GW's 40k setting he had crafted and converted into pseudo-Viet-Cong-style insurgents.  It was a wonderful and bonkers tribute to GW's juvenile ethnic pandering among its factions.  In his posting, he named some Valkyries I had painted years ago and posted on our blog as part of the inspiration for his project. Well, I wanted to acknowledge and honour that little shout-out in Sylvain's hilarious and well-done submission with a little tribute of my own, and that is the inspiration behind this submission.

I thought perhaps the Viet-Cron could use some "targets", so I dug through my lead pile and found these two 28mm downed pilot figures.  I painted them with crew fatigues in a colour to match my Valkyrie models Sylvain had cited in his post.

These two figures are actually from the long-lost line of 28mm modern figures from Mongrel Miniatures.  They had a fantastic range covering the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, and these two are actually Soviet helicopter crewmen.  Change the colours, and I think they make fine Valkyrie pilots for the 40k setting!

Sore shoulder from a rough landing on my counter-top
It's too bad the Mongrel figures are gone, as they were wonderful, wonderful sculpts, and I'm glad to have a sizeable collection. That's part of the reason I always buy way too many figures when I see some I like, as you just never know when they will disappear...

Some Imperial Guard storm troopers escort the pilots....
The recovery of downed pilots always makes for a good game background, particularly one with a (warped) hint of Viet-Cong-style insurgent flavour. So I thought these two figures would make ideal objective markers for when Sylvain and I manage to connect some time for a battle with the "Viet-Cron".  In the actual Vietnam war US forces often went to great lengths to recover pilots, and the knowledge in general among troops that their brothers- and sisters-in-arms will go to almost any length to recover fallen and trapped comrades seems, to my lazy civilian can, to be a prime instrument of motivation and camaraderie among the troops. So I thought these two would work for a themed game with the "Viet-Cron".

Of course, this is 40k, so it would need a dystopian twist.  The Imperials wouldn't just be out to rescue the pilots.  They would want to rescue them to ensure they didn't know too much, and then execute them properly, not trusting the Viet-Cron to do it. The pilots are rescued (killing many more Imperial troops in the process), interrogated and then shot by the Inquisition..happy ending for The Emperor, and something pyrrhic for the grim darkness of the far future...

"This way guys - what could go wrong?"
These two 28mm figures toss a paltry 10 points toward my score.  Strictly speaking, they are not "sci-fi" sculpts, so I will leave it to the judges-that-be as to whether they can be counted toward the sci-fi side-duel. 

I look forward to seeing Sylvain's bonkers Viet-Cron trying to hunt these hapless fellows down on the gaming table sometime this year!

This is awesome Greg. I love this bit of 40K escalation you're having with Sylvain and his whacky Viet-Cron (though you may want to take into account that he may retaliate). I think these Mongrel pilots fit the bill very nicely as Imperial pilots (the green lens flare effect is brilliant). I hope I can be around when the two of you tangle with your respective collections. As a suggestion, you may want to consider building the equivalent of a brown-water riverboat for some 'Heart of Cronness' action.
'The horror. The horror...'