Road to Glazers Creek: Praetorians, Full Steam Ahead!

“A prayer’s as good as bayonet on a day like this.”

“Still, a chap ought to look smart in front of the men, don’t you think?”

Hello! It has been a while since I focused on my Praetorians, and a long time ago, I alluded to doing a Glazers Creek refight. Unfortunately, plans fell through at the time. I have made new plans for Glazers Creek, however, and for that I’ll need 25 Power Level of Imperial Guardsmen. And, what better regiment then the Praetorian XXIV!

Glazers Creek, if you don’t already know, is a fantastic scenario for Warhammer 40k featuring an Imperial Guard last stand against the vile Ork menace. Players must survive waves of Greenskins, and if even one Guard model remains at the end, the Imperial player wins! It was originally fought in 2nd Edition Warhammer 40k, but saw a new scenario update in 2018, and is a tremendous amount of narrative fun. Of course, this last stand is inspired by the epic 1964 Film Zulu, and the original scenario wore this inspiration on its sleeve.

Zulu (1964) - (Drama, History, War) [Stanley Baker, Jack Hawkins, Ulla  Jacobsson] [Feature] - video Dailymotion
“Men of Harlech, stop your dreaming, can’t you see their spearpoints gleaming…”

To tease you a little, allow me to elaborate on the refight. It will either be the classic Orks, or altered to feature the Tyranid menace. Unlike GW’s rendition of the fight, I will be splitting the command with another Guard player. This is to represent a Bromhead and Chard scenario, just like Zulu! Both Imperial players will have side objectives, and while surviving is the key, they will have differing goals, and that may cause tension, especially as you can’t tell the other player what that goal is!

Now to do this battle the justice it deserves, I need to get my Praetorian Guard painted. I have made another post detailing the history behind that regiment, and I won’t go for length here, but suffice to say they wear spiffy redcoats and gleaming pith helmets! They are, really, just head-swapped Mordian Iron Guard, but they have gained a life of their own on the internet. I have acquired, slowly and expensively, over the last few years almost a company’s worth of them.

I did a few test models, but this is the real deal now. I was inspired by the blog https://thelostandthedamned.wordpress.com and Subedai’s amazing Praetorian paint scheme. While I could not hope to match the crispness and amazing brush work, I did steal wholesale the paint scheme. Lets have a look at my first completed unit, a Command Squad led by Major Cushing!

This Praetorian is meant to be used on a weapons team, but I like to imagine he has some sort of fancy mini-vox. I love how vibrant I managed to get the red!
The white pouches add some real contrast to the paint scheme. I’m particularly chuffed about it.
Meltaguns. Never leave home without at least one! This model is a one-off, as I can’t see myself spending another $50 Canadian dollars on another one!
I did a bit of muzzle burn on the barrel. It’s a simple effect but I think it works.
Who needs vox-casters when you have good ole Bugles?
The crispness of the yellow lace was fun to paint, and simple too! All it took was a base of Averland Sunset followed by a wash.

Now the other two models are particularly interesting. The banner is an old school, printed banner glued on with white glue, bearing the insignia of the Praetorian XXVI. This was included in the old Praetorian army box, but mine is simply printed out on paper and glued on.

Holding aloft the banner of the Regiment, this lad is ready to fight off those who would bring it low.
I put some kinks into the banner, to give it the effect of wind blowing on it.

Now the officer, this was an interesting case. I never liked, as controversial as this is, the official Praetorian officer model. It seemed too wild, lacking in trim and regimental flavour. On the other hand, I had an old Cadian officer model that didn’t fit that regiment, what with his ‘sneering imperialist’ expression. I simple plonked a pith helmet from Victoria Miniatures onto his head, and presto, a fine Praetorian officer was born! I removed the Cadian Gate from his one pauldron, and painted his flak armour a crisp white.

It is amazing what a simple Pith Helmet can add to a model!
Again, I made sure to keep the red nice and crisp. While he lacks epaulettes I made sure to include yellow details on his scarf.
No Cadian gate here!
With a face like this, he was born to be a Praetorian. That imperial disdain is perfect.

That is all I got done today, but my full list for the refight includes three Infantry Squads. I can knock out ten men a day, like I did my Vostroyans for the Miniwargaming trip. But why stop there? I have 70+ of the lads to do, and that is just seven painting sessions! Having a blog will keep me on track here, as I will want to post them. It is quite good motivation!

Well, I hope you enjoyed your first real taste of Praetorian goodness, because I plan on getting these guys done really quickly! I will be back with more later this week. Until then, Happy War-gaming wherever you may be, and remember to fix bayonets!

Deploy the Garrison: Director Krennic for Star Wars Legion!

The legend himself hits my painting desk!

“WE STAND HERE AMIDST MY ACHIEVEMENT, NOT YOURS!-Director Krennic, Rogue One.

Ever since I saw Rogue One, I wanted a miniature of its primary antagonist, Director Orson Krennic. The role was fantastically played by Ben Mendelsohn, and honestly was my favourite character in the film. Mendelsohn added his native Australian accent to the character, adding a bit of variety instead of the normal British RP accent so popular for Imperial characters. Krennic is so deliciously evil, so driven by ambition, that it is hard to dislike the character, even as you cheer on the Rebellion.

In Star Wars Legion, Krennic adds a lot of flavour to your lists, allowing you to take a detachment of Death Troopers as his entourage unit, not using up your special forces cap, His command cards, used to win initiative and add flavour to each turn, are full of theme. The model as well looks great, with great facial detail and wearing his distinctive white uniform and cape.

Therein lied the issue, his white uniform. White is a notoriously difficult colour to paint, and I had previously had issues with it with my Black Templar Terminator I had painted a while ago. Lets see how I got on!

I used a combination of Contrast Paints from Citadel, and traditional brush work. I used Grey Seer, then applied Apothecary white across the entirety of the white uniform. I then drybrushed over with Vallejo Off White.
I then picked out the details such as the Rank Plate, belt and cape buckles, and blaster. I used two ‘black’ paints, Abaddon Black and Eshin Grey to do his belt and pants. This was to add some visual variety.
To go with my mud basing scheme, I dabbed on some mud onto his cape. White uniforms don’t stay clean!
His face is well sculpted but I’m not up to doing eyes yet. Working off a white base made the Cadian Fleshtone work really well to brighten up his skin tone, and a wash of Reikland Fleshshade finished it off. His hair was done in Dawnstone, as Krennic is getting on in years as of Rogue One.

All in all, I’m particularly happy at how he came out. This white recipe might work also for Stormtroopers, and I’ll need at least three squads so it was a good idea to try it out first. Director Krennic will lead my list more times then not, so I’m glad he stands out so well. My hands cooperated and it seems I am picking up ways to paint that make my shaky hands less obvious.

Next up, I might do some more 40k models. Practice appears to make perfect, so I’ll keep at this painting streak I’m on and see if I get any better. Ten guardsmen at a time could easily be done, so hopefully some Praetorians will be featured in my next article. But until then, Happy Wargaming wherever you are, and stay safe everyone!

Back in Black: Imperial Death Troopers for SW Legion!

“Send my guard squadron into battle. Two men, with me, now.”-Director Krennic

Lethal bodyguards, in sleek black armour.

I’ve been on a good painting kick, and to keep it up, I decided to let these Imperial Death Troopers jump the queue! I got these a long time ago, along with Director Krennic himself, when I first got into Legion. They just look so darn cool!

Honestly, we don’t have a great deal of lore on these scary looking troopers. We know they have some sort of body augmentation, and that they are the elite troopers of the Imperial Intelligence division. They do go on missions, and are trained in everything from guerilla warfare to unarmed combat…but are most often seen in current lore as bodyguards to Director Krennic, Grand Admiral Thrawn, and even Vader and Grand Moff Tarkin at times.

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Death Troopers hit the beach on Scarif in this still from Rogue One!

More tellingly in the films, Death Troopers hit like a freight train, and actually hit in the first place. They cut through unnamed rebels like a hot knife through butter, and even give the named characters a bit of pause.

With such hype, one might expect that I’d have painted them a lot sooner, but a bad prime job left them overly shiny and tacky. I left them for a few months, and they eventually dulled down and lost their stickiness. And I felt optimistic that I could get them done during this marathon of painting progress.

Lets have a look at them!

I purposely went with a subtler drybrush then on my Imperial Special Forces, as these guys in every reference photo I’ve seen look very dark.

They posed a bit of a challenge, as they are predominantly black overall. In reference photos, very few details are not either a matte black or gloss black armour. I decided to go for a subtler drybrush then on my Imperial Special Forces units, to maintain that dark tone. While this leaves them hard to photograph, I hope that shows up a little.

Here you can see the lack of colour variation. I tried to at least get some contrast in, but it was minor. I wanted to retain that dark, menacing palette.
Here, the drybrush shows up more readily.

I did their helmet filters in green as some of the action figures have, to add some contrast. I also tried out a different wash; instead of Nuln Oil, I used Biel-Tan Green to add some creep factor into the armour. This doesn’t show up on camera very well at all given my current lighting set-up.

I did the weapons in Eshin Grey and the muzzles in Leadbelcher. This adds some visual interest, along with the green helmet filters.
Another trooper aiming down sights at some Rebel foe.
The DLT-19x adds some heavy firepower to the squad. It might be a trick of the light, but I hope you can see the greenish hue I tried to impart.

They were all based as per my Imperial armies theme, the campaign on Mimban. Death Troopers canonically exist by 13BBY(Before Battle of Yavin, a common date nomenclature used by Star Wars) and therefore could see some action there in their intended role as commandos, not just as glorified bodyguards.

That being said, they will be used in-game as a bodyguard entourage by Director Krennic…so I guess that is still a bit contradictory. Legion is a much more ‘gamey’ ruleset then I’m used to, and lore and crunch must exist apart, not necessarily in tandem as I would in 40k. This is not such a bad thing, as the game does seem like a lot of fun from the couple games I have managed to play.

I don’t think I will need another squad of these death-dealing spooky troopers, so this was a fun little unit to get done without any worries about being consistent with a later unit.

Anyways, that is all I have for you today! I hope you all are staying safe, and Happy Wargaming wherever you are!

A Tale of Two Empires: A Little Something for Legion and 40k!

For the Emperor(s)!

“Today, the Rebellion Dies”

I really, really wanted to have some Valentine tanks painted for today. But as I didn’t have tan primer, some 40k and Legion models will have to suffice! I’ve gotten back into the painting game a bit, despite my shaky hands. I really want to put even a little dent into my ever-growing backlog.

I started with something special. A while back, I made a post about painting a Praetorian Guard Warhammer 40k army. While I let that project slip from my schedule, I decided to paint another test mini. My problem with the first was time; it simply took far too long per Guardsman to be viable. for me at least!

Swish, but you took 2 hours to paint!

This is my older test mini, done when I had hands that weren’t fighting me constantly. Its rather good, and the grey is unique among Praetorian Guard armies I have seen. But it simply takes too long to do, and might even be impossible given my tremors situation.

His replacement! In classic colours, I must admit I like it a teensy bit better.
I even managed to do the helmet strap!
The two models side by side.
And from the back. The yellow lace is so classic that it’ll stay no matter which paint scheme I stick with!
Not a bad bit of painting.

The new Guardsmen is painted in Classic Praetorian Guard colours, navy paints and simple tunics. He was much faster to paint, and importantly, still doable! I might end up going with a compromise. Grey facings and turnbacks but yellow lace and simple tunics. Let me know your thoughts!

Next up was a Terminator with a Banner. This was a daunting model to paint, and I must admit I messed up royally in parts, which is even worse given the rarity of the model! I don’t think its beyond salvageable however, and it still looks a decent tabletop standard mini.

The actual terminator went fairly well, it was the banner that caused me the worst issues. White paint that refused to cooperate no matter how much I thinned it, and shaky hands to make the detail nearly impossible!
As a Terminator of the Black Templars, he is a member of the Sword Brethren. This meant a red cross, and theoretically, a white helmet. I kept the red cross but omitted on purpose the helmet, given that white had been such an issue on the banner that turned out for the best!
An all over drybrush of Eshin Grey and Dawnstone was the basis of the armour, thoroughly soaked in Nuln Oil afterwards to darken it back up. The Fist I particularly like, and this Templar may have fought with the Crimson Fists in the past. Sons of Dorn stick together!
Ugh….the Banner. It would be alright if it wasn’t so chunky. Still, it looks OKAY enough for gaming. I just wish my white paint and shaky hands had not gotten in the way. Decals saved me from any major free-hand work. What is the V mean for this banner? Its a roman numeral for sure but I’m not sure for what yet!

Next up, something totally different. Watching a few Star Wars Legion Battle Reports really got my creative juices flowing, and with an unbuilt Iden Versio lying on my ‘to finish’ pile, I got right to work. Just like my previous Imperial Special Forces, I use the same recipe from my Black Templars and drybrush the highlights then dull down with washes.

Major difference here was red piping on the uniform and helmet. I need decals to properly make the helmet ‘pop’ but at least Iden clearly reads as something different then my blue striped ISF. I picked the helmet on purpose, as I want my Imperial Special Forces and Empire army in general to have helmets wherever possible. Its uniform regulations, what are we, rebel scum?

I went with the E11 Blaster. She can take a sniper rifle or repeating blaster, but I’ll let cards do the work here. Additionally, this leaves her hand free to do commander things!
Honestly, I find ISF and Inferno Squad easy to make look good. This was simply dry brushing and red striping to get done quickly. I have another box on its way to me, and I’ll be able to fill up my Special Forces slots with them, a nasty, and easy to paint, army!
The detail is crisp, and somebody more inclined then me can probably make them pop really well. That being said, the dry brush was effective.
Iden’s little droid was simple and easy, but has good effects on the table and I’m keen to put ‘Dio’ to work.

Finally, a 3D printed model. I really want my Empire army to evoke the ‘Battle of Mimban’ as depicted in Solo: A Star Wars Story, and I got from Skullforge Studios (I’ll include a link down below) their ‘Grunge Trooper’ set. These are Imperial Army troopers in wet weather gear, and are known by many names, ‘Mudtroopers’ and ‘Swamp Troopers’.

They actually aren’t Stormtroopers (Stormtroopers make an appearance during the Mimban battle and trench scenes, and are notable for being considered elite during when Solo is set.) Being part of the Imperial Army, they were eventually fully integrated into the Stormtrooper Corp much later, closer to the Original Trilogy timeline. But for now, they form the bulk of the Empire’s forces on Mimban, and are sent to die in massive human wave tactics. In old Legends canon they never got amalgamated, and continued in service until the end of the ‘Palpatine’ Empire. Imperial Army troopers do not currently have rules. My idea is to run them either as custom, hand-made units similar in strength to Rebel Troopers but with worse morale, or as simply Stormtroopers without Precise.

A simple uniform, and I was able to further make use of my random can of German Field Grey to get the basic colours on. I went extremely overboard with the mud details; I love filthy models! This model I believe is supposed to represent Han Solo as he was in the Imperial Army.
Corporal Han Solo is having a bad day. His cloak is completely covered in crud.
These miniatures should prove easy to paint, and Cpl.Han Solo here took no time whatsoever to get done.
The only flying he gets to do on Mimban is from explosions.

All in all, a good busy few days. I’m expecting to go back to work soon as Lockdown nears its end in Ontario. I’m looking forward to being back out there but I’ll miss the sheer amount of hobby time I got to do!

My plans right now are to get my Legion army finished, as it really isn’t that many models left, then get my 40k Praetorians ready for a ‘Glazers Creek’ refight I have planned in the summer. On top of my Flames of War and Team Yankee. Oh, and my Very British Civil War and Bolt Action/Konflikt stuff. Oh boy, I have a lot of stuff to get done!

I hope you all are staying safe out there, and Happy Wargaming wherever you may be in the world. Have a great Valentines Day, and cheap Chocolate Day afterwards!

*If you’d like your own Grunge Troopers, here is where I got them from! https://gumroad.com/skullforgestudios

Royal Reinforcements: More Toys for the VBCW Royalists!

And some Video Gaming too!

Some heavy firepower and someone to command them!

My VBCW army is a project I particularly enjoy working on. With such an interesting setting, it is easy to get motivated into getting them done before Lockdown ends and finally use them in a game.

I got a Vickers MMG, a Peerless Armoured Car, and a Major and Warrant Officer done. My hands fought me the whole time, as they were shaking quite badly today. Still, they have a simple paint scheme so they came along quite nicely. Lets show them off!

I do love me a Vickers! With such an iconic look, I had to have one in my army.
Of course, you need the armbands in these times of Civil War. A white armband may be all that saves you from ‘friendly’ fire.
A simple grassy base, with a tuft of yellow flowers for taste.
All in all, a fun little team to work on!

Next up is the Peerless. This was a 3D print I did a few months back, one of my early successes. It is from Deweycat on Wargaming 3D, and I heartily recommend it.

With two MMGs, it can be a nasty mobile pill-box, giving me firepower where I need it most!

A really simple paint job, nothing fancy.
I’m torn on how the identification stripe looks, but at least it will be an obviously Royalist vehicle.
The wash came out quite nicely!
And with sturdy armour, it will take some Molotov’s or Boy’s Anti-Tank firepower to kill it.

Finally, and the units I worked the hardest on was the command team, a Major and his Warrant Officer. They provide my High Command, and since I’m using Bolt Action rules, the ability to activate four other units is going to come in very handy!

I like to imagine that the officer is an old hand, veteran of the Empire. Serving in the Great War was just his last posting. The Warrant Officer puts steel into the Territorial Army troops I field. Together they form a unit.
The Warrant Officer was a lovely sculpt to paint, and didn’t fight me at all to get done.
The small insignia is all that gives away his rank. I love that it actually resembles a crown!
Not as old as the ‘ole Major’, he is nonetheless a veteran of the Great War, and knows how to fight!
The ‘Ole Major’ is getting up there in years, and doesn’t even bother carrying a sidearm. He has people for that! His fighting days may be done, but his oath to King and Country means he serves as best he can.
Lovely detail on his face! I have since cleaned up that armband, and it looks much sharper in other pictures.
The pose has such a commanding presence. Leading his boys from the front, he knows the risks but no longer cares. He’s had a good run.

All in all, a good two days of work! I had a lot of fun painting these guys up. Next up is another squad of BUF infantry and perhaps another squad of Territorials. Four squads will give me plenty of board control!

In non-tabletop news, I am super stoked to see that the Very British Civil War mod for Hearts of Iron 4 has come a long way in the past few months. I’m not affiliated with the project in any way, to be absolutely clear. I’m just super interested in it!

For those of you who are not into computer gaming, Hearts of Iron 4 is a grand strategy game where you control a country during WW2, from industry to fighting with divisions on the front line. The Very British Civil War mod is a hyper focused modification of the game that lets you command one of the factions in the Civil War, and decide the fate of the British Isles!

A good menu! Custom art sets it apart. It’s no Kaiserreich, but its getting there!
Even the menu screens are full of character!
The major players! Everyone important is in attendance, and you can even select smaller factions by hitting ‘select country’
This map is amazing. Focusing only on the UK allows you to focus on the important parts of the VBCW period. This is also a helpful map for the tabletop!
A lovely menu upon start will give you the whole story behind the VBCW, great for newcomers!
This whole ‘tree’ allows you to decide the path and decisions of your faction. This one is for the Royalists!
Clever tech trees allow for some building of WW2 units, should you spend the time researching them.
The one for tanks is particularly interesting!
Cities are multi-stages, as opposed to regular Hearts of Iron. You actually fight for the suburbs first!
London is going to be a hard nut to crack…

Being able to immerse myself both on the Tabletop and now online with friends, really means I can keep the creative juices going on making my tabletop army! I’m also using the mod as a gateway drug to get some other people into the tabletop side of things. I hope that the mod continues its steady progress, and if the guys working on it see this, great job!

But that is all I have for now. Happy Wargaming wherever in the world you might be, and stay safe everyone!

Tank of the Century: Centurion Tank for Bolt Action/Konflikt 47!

A great tank, a little late…for WW2 and on my Table!

Quick and dirty, but its on the table and ready to be played!

Almost two years ago, I made a post about heading to Miniwargaming. In that, I dropped a side note saying I had started playing Konflikt 47. The game came into the Clubhouse like a whirlwind, and left as quick as it came. While I still have a few opponents, the lack of activity locally killed my interest short-term as well.

It is funny though. The game was popular for being so utterly different then the usual 40k grind, yet 40k was what did it in again. I never sold my stuff, instead stuffing it into a bin and forgetting they existed.

My friend in the city profited this, acquiring a Japanese army in one fell swoop. This has successively revived my interest, and I started to unbox my old models, to give them a quick paint-job and put them on the table.

My buddy got this all for an absolute steal…all those suits will be a problem!

I wanted to do a Walker for this, as Konflikt allows for some weird and wonderful Mechs to take the field alongside normal troops….but my Bruin walker suffered from a bad resin mix from the factory that wasn’t apparent when I put it away, causing it to be sticky and shiny. Warlord is replacing the model, despite the age of the purchase, and I hope to feature the replacement when it arrives.

Pictured: Resin seepage! Warlord was on the ball and was willing to replace it, so no harm no foul.

But, I did get a nice surprise. Pre-Pandemic (literally by days!) I had made a trip to the city and grabbed some firepower for my Konflikt British Paratroopers. It was a choice between the A34 Comet or a Centurion Mk3, and I went with the bigger tank in the end. I had completely forgotten about it when I dug the Red Devils out to paint.

Well, Hello Beautiful!

This was a very pleasant surprise, and even more nice was that it was only -3 degrees outside….so it quickly got a coat of Vallejo Russian Uniform, a colour that works really well for British armour.

Now, I’m not the best painter in the world, and this is a big, hefty chunk of resin. So I didn’t get too fancy. I wanted something dirty, generic enough to be used in NW Europe and (Spoilers!) pushing into Burma/Thailand…and maybe even Korea.

And today, an hour ago, it was done! Lets get to showing it off!

Watch out Tigers, here I come!
I went heavy on the dirt around the tracks, to hide my rather slapdash painting of the roadwheels.
It’s not much but its honest work.
The Allied Star on the side is a bit of a departure from WW2 norms, but was used on Korean War era Centurions, giving this even more usage!

I have left off the divisional markings, although once I get decals I will apply some other markings. The reason for lack of divisional logos gives me some lee-way in using this for three different theatres, Korea for Bolt Action, and NW Europe and Burma for Konflikt. Your thoughts may vary, and I’d love to hear if my idea is daffy or not!

I had a lot of fun painting this, despite my shaky hands. It looks good enough for tabletop!

As for Konflikt 47, I have some plans. My Paras will need some painting, but such troops and their camouflage will take some practice and skill I don’t quite have yet. I do have US Marines, but with their Walker currently out of commission, I lack heavy support. What I do like about this tank is I can quite easily swap out the supporting infantry for different theatres.

My plan is to grab either the Korean War British Infantry Section box…

These guys look sharp, if just a little too uniform and clean for my tastes…(picture from Warlord)

Or I could grab a box of Chindits….

Chindit Section – Warlord Games Ltd
Much dirtier! Much more up my alley! (Picture also from Warlord…please don’t sue!)

While the war in Konflikt has dragged on for quite a while longer, I personally feel the Chindits fit the ‘look’ I’m going for much better. Conversely though, the Korean War Section allows me an ‘in’ to the Korean theatre for Bolt Action proper….that may be a bad thing!

If you have any thoughts let me know, but I think I probably will end up with the Chindits, as they are just so characterful!

Well, that is all I have for now! Happy Wargaming wherever you are, and stay safe everyone!