New game: Team Yankee

I was tempted and I failed. Like always.
During a model and wargaming fair last month I say a selle with the new Flames of War Team Yankee game.
I have to say I loved it. Every army is amazing, the models are well done and the army books are marvellous.
In the past, I resisted as much as I could to the 15mm scale. I already have a huge IIWW collection in 1:72, and I did not want to restart it in 1:100.
BUT... that's modern warfare... it is different...
I also took this decision because the modern plastic soldiers and models in 1:72  are not cheaper than the BattleFront ones in 1:100.

I could not decide which army to pick. I loved them all: The USA, the Soviets and the West Germans.
I finally decided for something different! I would have done the Italians!
Why not, after all Italy is a country at the border of the Iron Curtain (Comunist Yugoslavia was not the best ally of USSR, but for sure in a war it would have sided the reds).

It doesn't matter to me if the Italian Army is included in the Team Yankee book. Italy is a NATO nation and it is placed on the frontline.

My first plan was to identify which Team Yankee models from other armies I could collect for the "Esercito Italiano".
Luckily in the Italian army many US vehicles were employed, while others were developped together with the German industries.

My very first Team Yankee models are therefore the Leopard 1 (of  which 800 were used by either bought or directly produced the Italians).
The rules are in the Leopard 1 are in the West Germans expansions called exactly "Leopard"

All I had to do was to paint it with the Esercito Italiano olive green...

...and the magic was done!
I love them! They are so cute!

I used the Battlefront NATO Green spray, I then added some dark brown  wash plus a light green drybrush. Then some weathering and few scratches. Painting the license plates was quite hard by the way.
I will need many of those tanks, as they cost only 3 points each.

Now my plan includes to find adn buy the other already available models:

The M113 transport:

The M109 self-propelled howitzer:

M106 Mortar carrier

Tornado combat aircraft:


Bretonnian Catapults

I completed an old project of mine: introducing field artillery to my armies.
I know, it is not very Bretonnian and it is against the rules of chivalry.
But you can be sure that these catapults will be used only against other warmachines, shooting units and lowborn massed infantry formations. All the enemy heroes, cavalrt and monsters will be faced ony by my Knights

I converted two Mantic Undead catapults to use them in my Bret army. They have been "restored" and the screaming skulls removed, as well as several spikes.
I've chosen catapults instead of trebuchets, as the latter are fixed siege artillery and do not fit IMO in a field battle.

Each catapuly, by tradition, belongs to one of the twin fortress of the De Rochefort's main keep: Domanne and Berme. The heraldry of the two castles are depicted on the shields hung on them.
Nowadays both catapults are manned by Berme's crew, only an old and experienced yeoman craftman from Domanne has the honour to oversee the operations, even though his sight is not good anymore as it was in the past.

The dog companion from the Bretonnian plastic sprue has been painted as a fox terrier. I love it.


Bretonnian Herrimaults

The six Herrimaults are ready!
I plan to increase the unit up to a 10 strong men in order to play it with Kings of War and 9th Age.

By now they are ready to be used as Bidowers in Lion Rampant.

I used natural colours and I wanted to give them a kind of coherent look.
I also avoided to use bright green shades as often used in 80's Robin Hood's "marrimen" clothing.


Bretonnian Herrimaults / Forest Hunters

My next project is a small unit of Herrimaults.

The "command group" is composed by Bertrand le Brigand, Hugo le Petit and Gui le Gros.

The rest of the unit will be a mix of other "rapscallion-looking" models. I have some Revolting peasants from Foundry. Plus I converted an old Bret archer and gave it a more "outlaw-looking" head.

Then I needed a 10th model.
I wanted to use a Bretonnian model. So I went back to my 5th ed bits box and saved another old Bertrand's archer.
The pose was the typical 5th ed plastic one, so I went with the cutter and I removed the head and both arms.
I used a 6th ed plastic archer head, as I did on the archer in the photo above, plus a pair of Mordheim/Empire Militia archer arms.
I am very satisfied how I could save this old model and I gave it a new life.
Those 5th ed plastic archers are very cheap to find on ebay, I am thinking of converting more of them.

The unit will be played
in Kings of War as the Brotherhood Swain's Villein Rangers,
in Lion (and Dragon) Rampant as Bidowers scouts.
in 9th Age as Brigands with a Castellan Hero.


Bretonnian Brigands Part 2

Here it is my unit of Brigands!
The Perry models were easy to paint, they are neat and clean, the details on the miniature perfect. The brush goes by itself on the crisp parts, without much risk of mistakes.
I also love the good human proportion of the models.

To paint them as seen in the old 4th edition Rule Book made the whole session like a "historical research" inside the Warhammer miniatures history.
I never did something like this. Usually I invent my own painting scheme, themed ether with De Rochefort's blasons or Quenelles' Army. But this time I had a precious old book to copy from. It was a mix between historical wargaming and religious reverence


Bretonnian Brigands

Here it is my next project:
Bretonnian Brigands, aka L'Hommes du Renault.

I bought the new (and amazing) Perry's French infantry from their Agincourt range.
The fit perfectly with the 5th ed Bretonnian models (being sculpted by the same 3 hands  )

Looking at the weapon options I got the idea of reproducing a unit I always loved, but could never have the original models.

This one:

I've always liked the idea of Bretonnian men-at-arms armed with two hands weapons.

Now, with the Perry's kit, I can make them. 

With a litte research, I found the original name and painting scheme for this unit:

I have even found their 3rd edition Bretonnian Army entry:

Now, so well motivated by the new models and the "newly found" Oldhammer rules and pictures, I converted the 10 models for my new unit.
Here you are!

Rulewise, they will be a good counter-charge 10-men Troop. 


Salute 2016

I had the opportunity to travel to London this year to attend the show Salute. 
It was an impressive miniatures fair. Like I never saw before. 
I would only complain that it lasted only one day and I could not see everything I wanted. 
It should defenitely last two days, Saturday AND Sunday.

I could see first hand all the beautiful kits I only knew from internet. 

I enjoyed the new Renedra plastic castle. It costs a bit, but it is worth its money.


I met my idols, the creators of the most beautiful Warhammer and historical miniatures:
The Perry twins.
Sadly they refused my proposal of marriage...

My Iron hands T-shirt was not enough...
Nevertheless, we bought enough boxes to make our own Hundred Years War.
(Those models are from the creator of the Bretonnian miniatures range!)

As a player of both Secrets of the Third Reich and Dust, I was very curious about the new Konflikt '47 game. It will use the easy and fast Bolt Action rules and it will be released this summer.

The show was full of beautiful gaming tables, like this one about Agincourt:

As I said it was great to see in person the companies' product, as many things cannot be shown on internet, like this Zinge Industries conversion kit for the GW Taurux:

In the evening we had the chance to met, in the hotel pub, some people who attended the fair during the day.
Here we are with Angel Giraldez, the first painter of the Infinity games.

And then we met the moderator of Beasts of War.

It was a great day!
I can't wait to paint my new models!

 Warmonger Miniatures

Catapult Crew from Wargames Factory 

Goblin from North Umbrian Tin Soldiers

and many more...