Monday, 21 January 2019

From MartyH: My First Submission SDKFZ233

Hi all.

My first ever submission to the AHPC, and on the last day before the cutoff! Cutting it fine as always :)

Anyway this is a kit I have had in the cupboard for while, an all metal 1/56 SDKFZ233 (8RAD) open topped with a short 75mm. This vehicle will go great in support of my existing Panzer Grenadier Platoon with numerous halftracks. The kit did not come with crew, and I would like to rectify that in the future.

This thing quite literally weighs a tonne compared to the normal resin/plastic kits and was great fun painting!
Thanks Marty


Welcome aboard, Marty, a great first entry! I've always like the 8-rads ever since I had a Matchbox Puma. Is that airbrushed? The camo, shading, etc. is excellent. I'd love to see some crew to bring it to life.


From DaveX: Cruel Seas Japanese Sampans (46 points)

Continuing the theme of Japanuary I present my most Honabru Sampans for Warlord Games' Cruel Seas.

These were a joy to paint however I must admit the teeny weeny crew were tricky at times to paint but really bring the models to life.

These things are quite large and much more of a surface area to paint compared to a MTB.

These Sampans are decked out with a MMG on the Bow and a 20mm AA amidships!

Bumboats (some will get this reference) off the Starboard Bow Sir!

There are 4 of these Models in Total Painted.  2 x White Sail, 2 x Red Sail. Each Sampan has 7 Crew. Chalk up 4 more boats for the Side Duel please Sir!

I have semaphored the Duels Wallah to recognise your sail-powered entry! I'll score these unusual vessels at 8 points each; plus the crew comes to exactly 46 points! I'd be interested in seeing the history or photographs of the Real Thing as I hadn't appreciated sail was in conventional military use in the mid-20th century.


From JohnM: A Panoply of Terrain (150 points)

This has been a very slow start for me and I am fearful that it will be difficult to hit my 500 point goal for this year's Challenge. I do have some figures in the queue but have not been drawn to them yet. What I always need is terrain, so my second submission has focussed on clearing off the terrain pile. This is for my WWII and ACW gaming.

Linear Obstacles

Stone Walls
75"x1" of 1/72 scale Italeri
Snake Rail Fence
60"x1/2" of 1/100 scale Battle Terrain Concepts
Every little stick was individually glued!
24"x1/2" of 1/100 scale Novus Design Studio


Dirt Roads
110"x2.5"  Novus Design Studio
Three layers of paint were on each of the 3 elements
Stone Bridge
12"x2.5"x3.5" 1/100 scale from Novus Design Studio
Using two different colours for the stones may look odd but I like the effect
Buildings etc.

Stone Fountain
4" diameter, 2" high 1/100 scale Novus Design
I may eventually use 2 part epoxy in the fountain but here I used polyurethane with green  ink
Stalingrad Nail Factory
12"8"x3" 1/100 scale Novus Design

Copper galvanised panels are wrong but wanted to try verdigris

Stalingrad Railroad Station
13"x10"x4" 1/100 scale Novus Design
Top roof is removable

So I am hoping that is it for my Stalingrad, just have to do up the mat
Well it is a relief to get all that off the terrain queue. I still have 47 tree bases, 2 more houses and another 5' of snake railing to do but this was a good start.

Some new found land from Terre Neuve! I almost gave myself an aneurysm trying to calculate the points, but I think I can settle on 150 points including a bonus for the lovely railway engine and truck. Generic terrain like your walls and roads are so useful, but I think every table needs a bit of scenery to anchor it to a time and place. My philosophy is that ideally, someone should be able to look at a table without any troops on it and be able to recognise when and where it is.


CanCon Aussie Catch-Up 2019

All who can make it are welcome to attend the 2019 Aussie Challengers and Bloggers CanCon Catch-up this coming weekend. If you run a wargaming blog or are a past or present Challenger, then come along and say g'day, meet old friends and new, tell us what you've bought and lament your dice rolls. Tell the Canadians how hot it is here!

Sunday 27th January 2019
Coorong Pavilion (Top Hall) by the Bolt Action tournament

I'll be there in a shirt with 'Barks' on it; it is always great to meet blogosphere acquaintances in the flesh.

Spread the word!


Fresh meat Monday!

I have a special treat for you today- two new Challengers!

Please give a frosty winter welcome to MartyH, from Australia, and ShaunM, from Canada!
New recruits to the ranks of the Challengers!

This is their first time in the Challenge. For Shaun, this is his first time painting!

We also have a lot of WW2 themes today- the western desert, Eastern and Western Europe, and the Pacific!


Sunday, 20 January 2019

The 'Sport' Theme Round is Up! ...and Curt's 'Wilhelm Tell's Apple Shot'

Hi All!

Our second Bonus Theme Round is now up for viewing, so please head over to the gallery and enjoy all the entries.

This round the theme is 'Sport' and we have all manner of interpretation of the topic from tennis courts, and archery butts to Bloodbowl teams and Iroquois playing lacrosse. 

After you've enjoyed in the gallery please take a little time to vote for your favourite entries.

Again, one thing to note: Blogger has a glitch dealing with large uploads occurring over a short period of time, where when you advance to view the next submission it may skip one or two ahead. Yes, very aggravating and it's been an issue for years. Anyway, the way to ensure you're seeing all the entries is to use the submission list on the right sidebar to advance through the list of submissions. 


I interpreted the theme as 'to make sport of', meaning to try to ridicule or make mockery of something.

Early in the 14th century, Swiss legend has it that William Tell was made sport of when Albrecht Gessler, the Austian vogt (officer) of the Swiss principality of Uri, demanded that he shoot the apple resting on Tell's son's head.

Mosaic at the Swiss National Museum

This challenge originated from a situation in which Tell pointedly decided not to salute the authority of the Austrian crown as he entered the town of Altdorf (this being Gessler's hat sitting atop a pole placed alongside the road to town). 

Seeing this act of defiance, Tell and his son, Walter, were arrested by the town constables and presented to Gessler for judgement. The Tells were cruelly sentenced to death for William's temerity of not recognising the power of Switzerland's Austrian overlords. Nonetheless, Gessler, knowing Tell was a renown crossbowman, wanted to make nasty sport from his prisoner's expense, and so decreed that he would commute their execution if Tell could shoot the apple off the head of his son.

From Sebastian Munster's 'Cosmographia' (1554 edition)

The young Walter was tied against a tree, with an apple duly resting on his head.  William silently drew two crossbow bolts from his quiver, socketed one, took aim and deftly struck the apple from atop his son's head. Gessler was very impressed, but wondered why Tell had drawn two crossbow bolts when only one was needed.  Tell cooly looked at Gessler and said the second bolt was meant for him if he missed his first shot. 

William Tell's act of defiance has become part of Swiss legend and lore, being recognized as the first spark of the Swiss rebellion which led to the foundation of the later Swiss Confederacy.

The figure shown here, depicting 'Wilhelm von Tell' in victory, is from Lead Adventure Miniatures.  He was sculpted by Igor Karpov who has a very distinctive, characterful style, with lots of heavy detail to loose your brush in. While the William Tell story is from the medieval period, he's shown here in high Renaissance garb, with slashed sleeves and  wearing a tasseted, flutted breastplate. A great figure to paint.

Okay, the next fortnight theme is 'Mercenary' so start thinking of suitable creations for that most cunning and machiavellian bonus round.

Have a great week everybody!


Saturday, 19 January 2019

From MilesR: More 15mm Napoleonics Naval Crew and British Generals (240 points)

What a surprise - more 15 mm Napoleonics!  First up are 45, 2 figure naval crew stands to man the recently completed ships.  All of the figures are from the excellent Sea Eagles line from Thoroughbred Miniatures and are wonderful figures to paint up.  Theses are "true" 15mm scale so can look a little small to 18mm AB's and Old Glory but it's not that bad and they'll look fine on the table together.
18 additional French crew stands in the form of 6 command stands and 12 general crew.  These join the 10 stands I painted a few weeks earlier.

For the British there are 27 crew stands, with 6 command stands and 21 crew stands.  You'll notice blue and red coloring on the base sides - that was done to allow players to see which stand is theirs during boarding and shore actions.  Outside of marines there wasn't a standard naval uniform so sailors kind of all look alike.
A shot with the earlier 10 stands abroad one of their ships.
Next up - 15 mounted generals - 14 British and 1 Spanish (upper right corner).  All of these figures are from AB and are superb.  To be honest, my painting skills are just not up to the level these figures deserve.  I'm afraid if the manufacture sees this post I will be banned from purchasing any more for "Brand Identity" reasons.

The size of each base denotes command level - the larger the base the higher the command.  The actual rank depends on rule set - thus this group could be 3 Brigade and 1 Division commander or 3 Division and 1 Corps.
The British High Command stand along with a lone Spanish general in the back.  The spaniard may transformed into a Portuguese general for certain scenarios.
And finally, the last command group.  All kidding aside these figures look fine using the 18 inch rule but the detail on the castings is amazing and they could be so much nicer in the hands of one any other Challenger.  Still. I'm happy with them and they'll do very nicely.

I have a handful of mounted British and French figures which I'll likely paint up as ADC's and put them on small rectangular bases.

Soon it will be time for Austrians, lots and lots of Austrians.  I hope I have enough white primer.

Let's see, this submission consists of 90 crewman and 15 mounted figures and nets to 240 points.

PeterD once again at the minion chair.  First of all Miles, can you not speak in terms in actual figures instead of elements!  It's nearly 8pm on a Saturday night and last thing I want to do is more math- yet your counting bases not bodies.

Secondly, these are great and no need to hide them from Mr Barton.  Your crews looks great en masses and I thoroughly approve of the colour coding.  I've done the same with my War of 1812 units to keep the various Regular and Militia units straight.  Kudos on the terraforming, I've really been enjoying the shots of your units in the field.

I concur on your math and will get these recorded once I figure out how to "improve" your spreadsheet.

From Paul O'G: Irish Slingers (60 points)

Back to work this week so hobby productivity has taken a bit of a dive.  However, I did get to finish a long standing project with this unit of slingers for my Irish SAGA warband, which was most satisfying.
My new Irish slingers defend their village (terrain not part of this submission)
Great figures by Footsore miniatures with nice variations to make every figure different, though I found the plain jerkins with an appropriate lack of adornment hard to paint effectively.  I have based as per the rest of the force I put together earlier this year.  This is them as a whole with their new missile unit, because everyone loves Army pics!  In SAGA terms this is 2 units of Hearth Guard, a unit of spear armed Warriors, a Warhound pack, a Sling armed missile levy, and a Warlord with both foot or mounted options, with accompanying Curaidh champions
Yes Dux, the shields are indeed all hand painted...
This submission totals 12 x 28mm figs for 60 points.

You're stuck with PeterD pinching hitting as Minion again Paul, but your Irish slingers are looking might fine to me.  I not hands-on  familiar with Footsore but there's a lot of movement in these poses, which is nice for a skirmisher group.  I particularly like the lad with the flaming red hair in the front rank.  Your war band looks great in full array - and I love seeing hand painted shields.

Tally man that's 60 points for Paul.

From Iain Great Italian wars Hinchcliffe wagon and Organ Gun (84 points)

Back in the distant day of the 1970s,pre Thatcher, before mobile phones or home computers no internet just cefax and books there were already various ranges of gendarmes and landsknechts about, minifigs,Ral Partha both 25mm and the slightly larger hinchcliffe range.
Last challenge,no the challenge before (how time flies!) I painted some hinchcliffe gendarmes and Curt was kind enough to paint one for me following our Rennaisance duel.
What we have here is a great fun little model of a wagon for the Great Italian wars,a German peasants wagon based on a contemporary woodcut from the triumph of Maximilian.
The model actually comes with the shoemaker,a chap with a wheelbarrow,three donkeys and a peddler.
It's a pretty big lump of lead and arrived without the characterful waggoner,Ian Hinds (who now manufacturers hinchcliffe figures) was excellent in sending out a replacement as he was featured in the photo on the site but did not arrive, excellent customer service. The load,children and lady in green are also part of the kit,I was reminded of the folk song"little sir Hugh" after painting her so I don't give the kids much chance if they end up anywhere that nobody can hear them scream! I do think that the design of the wagon is a little large,especially if you compare it to the Perry wagon I have previously painted, it's also a little odd that the superstructure appears to be made of branches and not joinery,having said that it seems a little churlish as there is something like 40 years between the two designs,it's also a really characterful piece.

  The organ gun is another hinchcliffe piece as is three of the crew, the fourth ,the portly chap slaking his thirst was part of an eBay purchase so I'm not that sure,maybe redoubt?

That's both the bases I've done this week, the gun and a gun I did for a previous challenge actually came with a two horse,four wheeled wagon,so I have those yet to do! Hinchcliffe,or Ian Hinds are going to have a sale in February,worth checking out,certainly for wagons and guns!
I think this adds up to 4x28mm horses,6x28mm figures and 2x 15mm for the children? The gun is a crew served weapon and the wagon is I guess a 28mm vehicle? 84 points? Some period appropriate terrain next, oh and I guess these should count towards the Rennaisance duel too.
All the best Iain

Guest Minion PeterD here stepping in as Tamsin seems to be unable to join us today.

You are taking me down memory lane here Iain - I can vaguely recall pre-Thatcher Britain having visited my Dad in Hampshire during the Winter of Discontent.  I certainly recall Ral Partha and Hinchcliffe models.  Lots of OS character in these pieces and lovely paintwork too.  It's great to see some more Italian Wars figures and nothing says early Renaissance warfare like an organ gun.

You had me working with pen and paper and poring over the scoresheet, but I agree with your tally.