Yep, I’ve pledged for level 7 in Otherworld’s
Indigogo campaign. After much thinking, especially how much I would regret
not supporting this, it was rather clear.
How could I not do this. I’ll get a lot of new metal
figures, that can never be wrong!
A very cool looking adventurers' cart
Another stretch goal has been reached, and my package
will now also include a pack
of Magic Users’ Familiars (special) – quasit, pseudo-dragon, brownie, imp,
Just a $1000 short of another goal, meaning I will
probably get dwarf mercenary warrior as an extra.
If you want to join, now is the time. Just 35 hours
Welcome new follower Niels Peter Lindemann. ------------------------------------------------ A small update. The Indiegogo campaign is over, and three more strech goals were reached. Meaning I will get more fun stuff - the dwarf mercenary, 4 slain adventurers (the fighter, magic-user, cleric and thief from the first pack) and said (living) magic-user in a sitting pose to be used with the adventurers' cart. I'm more than happy about the outcome of this.
guess you’ve seen all those fantastic crowd sourcing miniatures thingies on the
interwebs. Kickstarter and Indiegogo seems to be filled with them, and I have
been oh so tempted by a lot of them.
I have persevered! I have been proud of myself. I didn’t really need those figures, most were another period/style etc. I
could say to myself that it wasn’t for me.
browsed Kickstarter and Indiegogo for miniatures, just to see what was out
there that I hadn’t seen on other sites or heard of.
a lot of interesting stuff. But suddenly I saw a very familiar logotype.
Otherworld - my
number one favourite producer of fantasy minis. The recipient of much hard
earned cash already. I bought my first Otherworld minis in 2008, amongst them
the hill giant seen in my profile-shot.
are making a massive release of old-school Dungeons & Dragons adventurers.
Massive as in 4 sets of 12 figures each, plus extras.
can pledge as little as $10 giving you one miniature, up to $280 giving you all
four sets and a lot of extra nice stuff.
miniatures will depict archetypal fantasy adventurers, human and demi-human,
male and female, wearing practical clothing and armour and carrying realistic
weapons and equipment. They will be posed for exploration, not combat. And
these characters won’t be muscle-bound superheroes waving Vorpal Swords in the
air - they’ll be grim-faced dungeoneers, a little bit down on their luck, and
ready for action on your table-top!”
just the sort of minis I am looking for.
Notice that these guys wear backpack, just as they should in real fanatsy-life
– Dungeon Adventurers I – Human Male Characters (planned release –
Fighter in Plate
Mail, with Bastard Sword & Torch
Chainmail, with Mace & Cross
Magic User in
Robes, with Staff & Lantern
Thief in Leather
Armour, with Shortsword & Sack
Druid in Leather
Armour, with Scimitar
Leather Armour, with Bow
Monk in Robes,
Studded Leather, with Spear & Shield
Robes, with Scroll
Studded Leather, with Blade Venom
Paladin in Plate
Armour, with Longsword & Shield
Chainmail, with Longsword & Lute”
– Dungeon Adventurers II – Demi-human Male Characters (planned release –
Dwarf Fighter in
Plate Mail, with Battleaxe
Dwarf Cleric in
Chainmail, with Warhammer & Shield
Dwarf Thief in
Leather Armour, with Shortsword
Illusionist/Thief in Leather Armour, with Shortsword & Sack
Gnome Fighter in
Plate Mail, with Polearm
Fighter/Cleric in Banded Mail, Warhammer & Shield
Assassin in Studded Leather, with Heavy Crossbow
Fighter/Thief in Leather Armour, with Shortbow
in Plate Armour, with Axe & Shield
in Leather Armour, with Shortsword & Sling
Fighter/Magic User in Chainmail, with Longsword & Wand
Elf Thief in
Leather Armour, with Shortsword & Rope”
– Dungeon Adventurers III – Female Characters (planned release –
Human Fighter in
Plate Mail, with Longsword & Shield
Human Cleric in
Chainmail, with Flail & Holy Symbol
Human Thief in
Leather Armour, with Rope & Grappling Hook
Human Magic User
in Robes, with Dagger & Torch
Dwarf Fighter in
Plate Mail, with Warhammer
Gnome Fighter in
Chainmail, with Light Crossbow
in Leather Armour, with Shortsword & Dagger
Human Druid in
Leather Armour, with Spear & Torch
Elf Magic User
in Robes, with Dagger & Scroll
Assassin in Studded Leather, with Longsword & Hand-axe
Paladin in Plate
Armour, with Longsword & Shield
Monk in Robes,
with Quarterstaff & Lantern”
– Dungeon Adventurers IV – Hirelings & Henchmen (planned release –
Pack Bearer I
Pack Bearer II
top of that a lot of extra goodies as stretch goals are reached.
sooooo sold on this.
the level that tempts me the most, the highest level at $280, you’ll get all 4 12-figure
boxed sets DAB1 - Human Male Characters, DAB2 - Demi-human Male
Characters, DAB3 - Female Characters, DAB4 - Hirelings and
Henchmen. 3 bonus figures, only available as part of this Indiegogo
campaign, a Henchman Pack-bearer, a Lantern-bearer, a Mule-handler + with
achieved stretch goals: 'Weapons
& Equipment Pack',
'Treasure Items Pack', 'Adventurers' Campsite' featuring
bed-rolls, a campfire & cooking pots, and other paraphernalia, 'Adventurers'
Cart Set', pulled by an expedition mule and piled with adventuring gear,
looted treasure, and a fallen comrade, a pair of War/Guard Dogs – 1
sitting, 1 standing, wearing studded leather collars & harness, 'Adventurers’
Stores' – crates, boxes, chests, sacks, barrels, pack
of Magic Users’ Familiars (standard) – cat, crow, hawk, owl, toad,
weasel and possibly more
if a couple of more stretch goals are achieved.
you say no?
question is, should I invest in this? It’s a lot of money, but minis I really
would like to have/paint/use.
This campaign continues until October 24, so if I or
you want to get in, now is the time.
in WWII-mode at the moment, and grabbed a box from the plastics mountain. This
one is British mortars from Hät, and it consists of 4 sprues, with eight men
and a 3” mortar on each sprue. Rather soft plastic, detailing is a bit crude,
especially the faces, and with very little gear on the figures. But they do the
guys will be used in our IABSM (I ain’t been shot mum from Too Fat Lardies – great company!) games,
and will be based to work with that.
is need in the game are two-man teams for the 2” mortar and five-man teams for
two-man 2” mortar team
mortar with three men out of the five needed.
will probably base my further 3” mortars on bases with two crew members and
three crew on individual bases. I’ll have to scrounge extra crew from other
IABSM the leaders (big men) are rated level one to four, depending on how good
they are. My friend Laffe at Figurfanatikern
(he writes in English, very god reading!) had the excellent idea of showing the
respective level of leaders with the number of figures on the base. A puny
level 1 corporal would be represented by one figure, but a heroic platoon
leader of level 4 would have four figures on the base, representing himself and
runners, radiomen and whatever.
to do something about that idea with the final men from the sprue..
level 3 British Big Man with his trusty biographer and radioman.
– 921 English Uniform
– 821 German Camouflage Beige
and hardware – 894 Russian Uniform WWII
and pouches – 819 Iraqui Sand
Bottle – 875 Beige Brown
washed with Citadel Devlan Mud
new follower Encourage One Another with the blog of the same name.
Here is a
comparison of the guns from my previous posts, from Italeri,
I let the
photos speak for themselves.
Zvezda, ICM and Italeri
bonus, the ICM gun next to Revell’s (from the old Matchbox 1/76 Krupp Protze
kit, noticeably smaller) and a metal monstrosity from Brittania. I will not even paint the metal
one as it is simply too bad. What a horrible thing!
Brittania, ICM and Revell/Matchbox
actually be one more Pak 36 post. I bought two Zvezda kits, and I’m finishing
one on the base with crew members. Sooner or later.
of my Pak 36’s comes from Zvezda, and their Art of Tactic series. The gun is made
up of 7 pieces and in the box are two crew members and a small base. Also,
you have two variants of the gun carriage, either emplaced or in limbered
It is made
of soft plastic and is supposed to snap together, but I’m not happy with that,
as it gave some very weak joints that didn’t hold together. The plastic didn’t take
ordinary polystyrene glue, and my liquid superglue didn’t do much good at all.
I tried with superglue gel, and that held, but it isn’t a strong joint.
As can be
seen, this is a rather simplified model, but with decent detailing and it
looks OK. The Art of Tactic series is made for gaming, and that is of course
This is a
kit that does what it is supposed to do. Recommended for wargaming.
In my next post I will compare the guns next to
each other. Italeri,
Zvezda and a bonus 1/76 Revell and a metal monstrosity from Brittania.
building the Italeri
Pak 36 I stumbled on this model from ICM. A very detailed kit, and as such
it is certainly not a model for wargamers primarily.
got 34 pieces to fit together. It is a small gun, and with that many pieces it
is inevitable that some of them are tiny. If you know what you are getting
yourself into that is not a problem in itself, but it demands very clear
instructions on how to put the pieces together, and that was sadly missing. The
drawing is small and not at all clear on where to put the different tiny
pieces. I had to go back to my own photos of a Pak 36 to see where everything
should be glued, and got it mostly right I think.
is a gun that is the most life-like of the ones I have made. It is fragile
though, so I guess it won’t hit the gaming table at one of our convention
games. I might base it to give it some protection, but I haven’t decided yet.
looking model, but maybe not the best for wargaming. It contains no
you noticed part of the subtitle? 3.7 cm Pak 37….. Pak 37?
real name of the 37mm German anti-tank gun is Pak 36 (or 35/36). So, Italeri
didn’t get the facts right on the box. Embarrassing I should say. By the way, the kit is originally from ESCI.
should have had me somewhat sceptical, but I really needed a Pak 36.
the box and checking the stuff I became more and more sceptical.
There is a Flakvierling AA-gun. On the cover it deployed, but the kit is on its
trailer in towed mode. That is quite a difference in my book, and makes it less
The 75mm Pak 40 is in full recoil…. Really, it is moulded in full recoil. How
useful is that? That makes its use quite more limiting than it should have been.
The Pak 36 – well, that gun is what this review is all about.
As you can
see from the photos this is a crude model. Made of 15 pieces, it is chunky,
lacks details and is really not a very good representation of the original at
The box also contains four crewmembers for all three guns, and a
further four men pointing, looking in binoculars or firing a LMG. The figures
are OK but I would have liked some more interacting with the guns.
happy with this gun, and considering the other two models in the box, this was a real
It will be
used on the gaming board though, as it will withstand rough handling rather
well, and from a meter away it will pass as a small door-knocker.
other manufacturers of this mainstay of early war, so next one to be reviewed
is from ICM and then Zvezda. Stay tuned.
Echo is one of these models I’ve had my eyes on for a long time. She is sculpted
by Adam Clarke (I think) and from his company, Black Scorpion Miniatures.
bought her a while ago, and was intimidated. I simply had no idea how to paint
her. Anyway I started this summer, and she got a bit of paint now and then. I had to re-paint some things that didn't turn out the way I wanted it.
used (Vallejo unless otherwise noted)
white with a black wash.
– 003 Pale Flesh
– 835 Salmon Pink drybrushed with Pale Flesh
and arms washed with Citadel Leviathan Purple and drybrushed with Pale Flesh (not altogether happy with how her hands/claws turned out)
washed with Army Painter Soft Tone Ink
again with Pale Flesh
– Citadel Blood Red overpainted with 944
– Coat d’arms 223 Horse Tone Chestnut with a wash of Army Painter Strong Tone Ink
– White with a wash of Citadel Bhaal Red wash
– 922 USA Uniform high-lighted with Citadel Scorpion Green.
– 850 Medium Olive drybrushed with 885 Pastel Green
Arm- and necklaces – 56 Glorious Gold
Echo can be used in my D&D campaign as well as an possessed priestess in a pulp game.
of War – German Guns of the Third Reich –Rare photographs from wartime
archives, Ian Baxter, Pen & Sword Books, 2004, 128 pages.
book I really miss in my WWII library is one on German WWII artillery. I would
like something with technical and operational details and detailed descriptions
on the guns, preferably with a lot of photos and a blue-print or two.
book looked promising.
So, what’s in it?
Structure and training
Super heavy guns
Mounted self-propelled guns
this looks promising, and leafing through the book I was hopeful. But what I found
out was that the text wasn’t that good really. Very basic about the different
gun families, and a bit about some of the guns. But no hard facts.
the photos? The book title does mention photos. No worry, they are here, there
are a lot of really good ones, and it’s hard to find them.
Who decided that this
book didn’t need an index?
was a really bad decision! At the moment I build a couple of Pak 36. It would
be nice to easily find some detailed photos of them.
will not happen, unfortunately. If I check through the book, I find pictures of
this 37mm gun on pages 25, 83, 84, 85, 90 and 109. And none of them give me a clear
look on how it looks on the backside of the shield, the info I was looking for…
I have a photo of that of my own, from Museo
Militar in Seville
all in all, I’m a bit disappointed. On the one hand good photos, on the other
hand… they are hard to find and don’t necessarily give the detailing I wanted,
and the text wasn’t that informative really. But, the title really says it all, it's about photos. So, not the book I was looking for, but not a bad book. Not necessarily a great one either.