lunedì 2 aprile 2018

Bolt Action day 31, March 2018

Last Saturday some of my club mates decided to play a quick tournament using Bolt Action rules.

It was a Luca's idea to celebrate the Easter in this way and Luca did not organize only the games but, thanks to Flavio's buildings and Ezio's help, prepared the tables too. The players were: Giancarlo, Riccardo, Maurizio, Nevio, Bartolomeo and Valter. Maurizio won the tournament  but I'm writing this blog to show some pictures of the great miniatures my friends are able to paint. All miniatures are in 28mm.

Miniatures are important but without the right background they couldn't correctly valorized and for this job we have the correct person: Flavio

A look to a Carentan square and his ruined buildings



A trench details somewhere near Moscow


A Jungle ready to be the theatre for a struggle between Japanese and British troops


But, before to start the games ... two photos of some VIPs. Hitler and his entourage masterfully painted by Maurizio and ...


... two Nazi snipers ready for some propaganda magazines


Now some Germans painted by Bartolomeo



Commonwealth troops painted by Giancarlo



Riccardo Japanese forces



Two Valter's American observers



Nevio's British men



To end some pictures of Maurizio waffen SS and their tank support







martedì 6 marzo 2018

Milano Wargame 2018 – Feb 25, 2018


Also this year my club (La Piccola Armata) took part to Milano wargame.
This time we prepared two tables: one historical inspired to Italian Independence wars and another one to a fantasy-horror scenario.

The first table recreates the Volturno battle (Oct, 1 1860) between Garibaldini and South Reign troops (Borbonici).
The scenario was prepared by Paolo Montinaro with the help of other club members (Valter, Massimo, Franco B., Franco) using his rule system: Garibaldini all’attacco!




The second-one table was inspired to Warlord Project Z. All miniatures and buildings are prepared/painted by Maurizio with the support of our kingmaker Ezio




During the exhibition was organized a Saga tournament in which another member of “La Piccola” was involved (Riccardo)


… and with a great result as it is possible to see below


But Riccardo is not only a good player but a talent painter too with his Umbrella team



During the Milano wargames there were other club with their tables and some miniatures manufactures. Below some photos of the other exhibitors

A sample of Mirliton miniatures (20mm)


Wargame Club Lecco with their Thirty Years’ War (rule system Tercio, 15 mm)



Massimo Torriani with his Centuria II (28 mm)



Some Late Roman and Vikings warriors (28 mm)



To conclude some pictures of Napolenic miniatures



venerdì 2 marzo 2018

SAGA Carolingian vs Anglo-Danish – Feb 17, 2018


With a tremendous delay, today I’m posting some pictures of struggle between Ivano’s Carolingian and Giancarlo’s Anglo-Danish.

It was the first match using the new Studio Tomahawk rules and so the fight was a simple battle on a table with few scenic elements as request by the rules.

To write a real battle report it is a bit hard because it was a great cavalry charge (Carolingians) against a group of Anglo-Danish on foot.

This time a real photographer (Marco Diana) took some pictures of our miniatures. The effect is very great

Carolingian (28 mm painted by Ivano)





Anglo-Danish (28mm painted by Giancarlo)



Below some other pictures of the miniatures/battle took by me.
Some Ivano’s Carolingians on foot



Giancarlo’s warlord defied by some brave Carolingians


Some moments of the cavalry charge







giovedì 8 febbraio 2018

Ww2 German winter soldiers

In January, I finished to paint other German miniatures of the Ww2. It was the first time I painted winter uniforms and, generally, I don’t like to use light colors (the white in particular) because I think that it is hard to give the correct shade. 

As usual I sought original photos to use to reproduce the correct effect, so below I posted some of these photos inserting them between my miniatures.

All miniatures arrive from various Italeri boxes but there are aso some Zvezda miniatures. The scale is 20mm for all.

Below, in the first and third photo, there are some Waffen SS troops (may be 3 SS Panzer Division Totenkopf) during the Operation Konrad near Hungarian borders (Jan 20, 1945). The other two pictures show my miniatures in action between wrecked houses and near a church





I painted also some soldiers in white uniform used during the cold periods (Ardenne, Russia) and, for the uniforms shading, I used as example the photo of this exhausted German volksgrenadier at Stalingrad (Dec 1942)





Using Zvezda miniatures I prepared an MMG and the command group



A part of my miniatures (as well as the command group) wore camouflage uniforms. The camouflage pattern is the "Oak leaf" (1943) as the as the one used by these men of 3 SS Panzer division Totenkopf during operation Barbarossa in July 1941. I want point out that tanks in the photos are not painted by me but by one of my club mates (Alberto F.).