Monday, 1 April 2019

Black Flag

The preparations for my Ucranian Black Army goes very well. I ordered many toys and they're being delivered as we speak and I have started to do some research on Makhnovist flags. 
I remember that 10 or 15 years ago, before facebook anyway, information on the Maknovist movement was really scarse. There was an Anarchist History yahoo-group and some sites, all with the same three or four photographs. Most of the information was confirmed on the Back of Beyond yahoo-group, the Miniatures Page and Lead Adventure. The  "Death to all those who stand in the way of the working people" banner is world famous by now and over the last ten years I've noticed a boom of t-shirts and other merchandise with various renditions of that banner.

Two days ago I googled 'Makhno Flag' for the umpteenth time, I guess because there is something about the skull & bones flag that doesn't convince me. Mostly because the skull and bones image was usually used by Whites, as it was used by the freikorps in Germany and Latvia around the same time.
So I stumbled on this Reddit post and I read a reply stating that the famous banner isn't Makhnovist at all!
Here is the famous parade banner:
And here is a picture of the backside of the banner. I've never seen this photo before. The same two soldiers apparently aren't Black Guard at all but Red Army soldiers with a banner captured from Ucrainian Free Cossacks, another faction in the Kiev area.
Supposedly it says: "Kish [battalion] of Upper Dnipro", a (socialist leaning?) volunteer Cossack unit of the Ukrainian People's Republic.

There you go, 15+ years of discussion on wargames forums destroyed. Just like that.

[Edit:]Here another picture of the same soldiers with another captured UPR flag:

To compensate here are some confirmed, authentic flags from the Revolutionary Insurrectionary Army of Ukraine:

 2nd regiment

 3rd regiment

Sunday, 10 March 2019

The Makhnovshchina

As if I didn't have enough projects going on, I decided I should paint my old Back of Beyond/Makhnovist project from a bunch of Russian Civil War figs I have.
The central figure here is Ukrainian Anarchist Black Guard commander Nestor Makhno with on his left the notoriously extravagant Fjodor Schuss. On his right may be Maria 'Marusya' Nikiforova, a fellow independent Black Guard commander.

I bought these Brigade Games figs already some years ago. At the time the Dollar was low and postage relatively cheap compared to today. I should've bought more as there's some really nice stuff in the Great War and the 'Storm in the East' ranges. Here's a resin Whippet tank. I painted no markings so it can be used by anybody.

This Lancia armoured car was made by Force of Arms' Spanish Civil War range. I believe it's now sold by Warlord Games for Bolt Action.
Coming next should be the anarchist cavalry. I ordered russian cossacks from Copplestone but also seven year war cossacks and some other useful miniatures from Foundry.

Saturday, 2 February 2019


A year and a half ago I got Netflix only because I had heard good things about Stranger Things. As probably many of us I was baffled and amazed by the appearance of an original Grenadier monster used by the kids playing D&D.
The miniature was sculpted in the 1980's by John Dennett for Grenadier Models Inc. It's called a demon for the Fantasy Lords series but it clearly is a two headed, tentacled Demogorgon.
The whole appearance of this miniature in the TV show is actually an anachronism: the first episode of the series is set in November 1983, while the miniature has the year 1984 inscribed on it's base.
Mirliton in Italy has all the old Grenadier figs so I ordered three of them immediately. Two got seized by my daughters though.
Of course this is a vintage Gary Gygax D&D monstrousity, but if Rick Priestly can retrofit an Umberhulk in Rogue Trader and call it an Ambull, I can upside-down a Demogorgon and call it a Warp entity.

Saturday, 26 January 2019

Hard SF Tau Auxiliaries

I got a box of plastic Tau the other day, as some the the designs have been really growing on me. While some it is a bit too much of a mish mash of manga styles, some other things have a great hard, military SF look. As a result I've been quite obsessed with the genre: anti-grav tanks, powered armour, but with a gritty realism. The box included some Stealth suits that remind a bit of Maschinen Krieger and Stargrunt II. 
I decided to get some of the new Albedo cat heads from Sally4th to make alternative Tau. I ordered bare heads and helmets. The helmet pack also includes heads with baret. Unfortunately I got more barets than the helmets I wanted, but still enough to make a good kill team.
In action with grav tank.
I remembered my old Grenadier Future Warriors that could work perfect as high tech humans allied to the alien Tau. I painted most of these Copplestone sculpts ages ago, around the turn of the century.
Standard troopers.
 Urban Camo 
Colonial Marines
Powered Armour, these are almost the same size as the Tau Stealth suits.
But also these Vor powered armour (or Power Armor in the USA) by Kevin Adams.
Powered armour troopers advancing Stargrunt style. It is said Stargrunt is a terrific game system and very realistic acording to veterans.

Sunday, 13 January 2019


I got some discounted and rare Reaper miniatures this week. Reaper's distribution was pretty crap in Europe untill recently and I have had some difficulty finding older figures.

Here's a rhino-centaur thing I painted up as a Zoat. The axe is made of an Eldar bone-blade of some sort. Basically because I didn't want to convert it. I suppose it must be a single rebel Zoat that got seperated from the Tyranid fleet.

Sunday, 18 November 2018

The Great Bubblegut

A little bit of Rogue Trader renegades and human reinforcements.
Here's the Great Unclean One known as the Great Bubblegut. The real power behind the renegade champion, Bubblegut's aim is to take over Tishtrya IV and destroy everything through corruption, decay and disease.

It's a classic daemon but after leaving it unpainted and trying different horns for years I decided it actually looks good and kind of disturbing with this plastic dark eldar helmet crest/mane. 

 Some generic cultists. This is a mix of humans muties and aliens.
Harlequin/Black Tree ghouls, North Star martians, Citadel halforcs (one K.O.-ed) and a Copplestone lady. The half naked african lady I had for ages but I had no use for it. In the end I decided the only plausible explanation for anyone going around naked like that would be adhering to a chaos cult. The daemon is Ral Partha, I think by Tom Meier.

This here is a techpriest. Orignially a space marine armour variant, or artifier armour. It's a Copplestone sculpt and the same height as the Imperial Guard.
I did some vehicles over the year that I didn't show.

Converted mouse, Penal Battalion APC:

Mantic Dropship with crew: 
work in progress Tau devilfish used as a human transport.
I really like the hard sci-fi design. I imagine this crewed by pirates, poachers and smugglers.

Sunday, 2 September 2018

Chaos Renegades

My last Rogue Trader post has been November last year!
I started with collecting Copplestone's imperial guard but I have to finish them. I've been sidetracked by many things. Lord of the Rings stuff mostly, a little bit of 15mm. Team Yankee (cold war apocalypse in 1980's Netherlands). And a bit of Neu-hammer. I find this whole thing about Kill Team very inspiring and now with the upcoming Rogue Trader supplement it's just brand new rules for all my old toys.

Because that's how I always collected. I only ever had small teams of miniatures I liked. Some space orks, a couple of eldar, some space pirates, imperial guard and a bunch of Nurgle renegades.
I never had an entire army. Or so I thought, because a couple of weeks ago this happened: a fellow oldhammerer blogged about the Chaos Renegades armylist.
Without me ever knowing, I always had an entire army of Chaos Renegades, but the army list was only ever published in White Dwarf 107, november 1988. Two years before the Lost and the Damned, published only in 1990. Before I bought my first White Dwarf anyway.
This list allows a Chaos warband leading an army of other warbands, renegade marines, space orks and human outcasts. All of them together! 
I have the Lost and the Damned. That book was how I learned English (apart from hip hop)and made me dream about a massive Nurgle army. I wrote down lots of armies, with doodles of miniatures and conversions I would make. But in the end I only had my small collection of different miniatures.

So what else could I do than dig up the entire army:

My warlord with heavy bolter. A very old conversion even though the heavy bolter was added much later and the guy with the autogun used to have a zombie head. The Epic daemon was added later. 

Chaos cultist, now human degenerates apparently. the scavvies are missing their topknots because they used to have pointy hats made of DAS clay, inspired by Lost and the Damned illustrations.

Nurgle renegades with two Space Crusade marines.

Nurgle Pigmies. Blatantly racist miniatures as most of us would agree these days, but at the time I thought they were fun as alternative halflings. I think nobody realised. There were also beautiful Paul Bonner drawings of these Lustrian pigmies.
I have more but I couldn't find them immediately. One double has DAS clay breasts and hair done with sand. The cool thing were the shields that were an early attempt at freehand painting.
a Great Unclean One with more Human Generates behind him.
The Daemon is a much later addition: Games Workshop opened a store in Amsterdam and you could mailorder bits through the store. So I ordered the Epic daemon above but instead they send me this one, and a buch of loose arms, heads and bellies. They send the replacement and let me keep this one.

Renegade psyker with familiar. Ork henchmen in the back.

More ork henchmen. The Renegade in power armour I got this year. the demon is Heartbreaker while the 2nd plastic orks are a Khorne stormboyz project I already was working on this year.