Thursday, 24 January 2013

BFG Battle Report: Cruiser Clash

Those torpedoes are going to hurt, aren't they?
Welcome back to a very special joint post on Do You Have A Flag?, as today we not only have a new Battle Report but today marks the start of a new game covered here on the blog!

Scipio put the superb text together (although we alternated with our own comments), which I humbly present below - take it away sir!

Wednesday, 9 January 2013

40k Imperial Navy Tattoo Designs

As I mentioned in my Imperial Navy post the other day, the Ratings I'm converting wouldn't be the same without a few tattoos.

As I'm sure the naval types amongst you will know, tattoos have been popular with sailors since the days of Captain Cook. Ever the superstitious lot, historic tattoos had plenty of meanings and symbolism - they brought luck, whether ensuring a sailor would find his way home or wouldn't drown or ensured good chances in a fight. They also marked certain milestones and achievements of sorts.

Tuesday, 8 January 2013

Mawdryn Space Marine Druid Base Ideas

Of late I've been playing about with the basing of the Spears of Mawdryn Druid (Librarian).
This is a bit of a cheat post as it was originally an addendum to the BFG Chaos Cruiser post, but I think it was getting lost there, so thought it was worth reposting as a separate "bitesize post" (but with a little extra content).

As I said previously in the post above, I wanted the horned skull on there somewhere to reflect the standard Librarian imagery, and to also look like a primitive talisman or charm. Similarly the owl is a familiar as a symbol of knowledge (a raven would be nice but has been done quite a bit). Plus, the owl was traditionally associated with Herne the Hunter, another source of inspiration for the conversion.

Monday, 7 January 2013

Ships Spotted, Sir - BFG Chaos Cruisers

To continue the distinctly nautical theme of recent posts, I thought I'd share a few Battlefleet Gothic ships.

I ordered these just before Christmas for an upcoming Cruiser Clash with Scipio, and set myself the task last night of painting all four of them. I finished at about 11pm, which is unusual for me as I really prefer painting in the morning or early afternoon. As this was meant to be a bit of a speed paint to my "table top standard," I did cut some corners and there's some tidying to be done now (that I missed in my dazed state last night).

Saturday, 5 January 2013

A Brief Update: 40k Imperial Navy Lt., Mawdryn Druid and BFG Ships...

In my last post I uploaded the WIP Lieutenant (Mr Lefebvre) for my Imperial Navy Boarding Party. As I said from the off, I wasn't quite happy with the bicorne. I couldn't quite get the more "cresent moon" style because of the position of Kal Jerico's hair (damned large and off-centre). I did consider giving him a trim and even resculpting the hair, but as it was sculpted into the shoulder of the model it was more trouble than it was worth. So I went for the eaerlier, or more continental European style bicorne on this one (worn in the later "fore-and-aft" style). I would like to try a "crescent style" as shown on the chap in the centre (to the right of the somewhat obscure Admiral) and the Midshipman to his right, where the rear part sits close to the back of the head (closer than illustrated here, in fact).

Courtesy of The Dear Surprise
 However, the bicorne was still rather on the large side so I gave it a further trim. I could have trimmed it further perhaps, but it was starting to get a little structurally unsound. I lowered the peak at the back a little more and repositioned the bicorne. Results are below:-

Thursday, 3 January 2013

In the Navy... 40k Imperial Navy Boarding Party

 20/06/13 Update - the Lieutenant has had his bicorne resculpted to look more realistic and much less ridiculous... full post here

Update ends.

After a mere year of planning, the Imperial Navy Boarding Party are on the horizon at last. As almost half of my top ten searches are for Imperial Navy related topics, and my most read post of all time is my Imperial Navy Boarding Party planning post, it's definitely time for some proper content. The Navy chaps are intended for Zone Mortalis / Kill Team / Necromunda (rules) games.

Victoria Lamb prompted me into action. After seeing the heads and torsos of the "Tannenburg Fusiliers," I immediately thought the tunics were damn close to the GW concept art and the headgear was essentially a mid 19th-century to modern sailor's peaked cap.Why I didn't think of using Mordians before I don't know, perhaps seeing the separate modular components made something click in my slow, old brain.

Wednesday, 2 January 2013

DYHAF is one year old today!

Well, it's the first proper day of 2013 (I think so anyway) and also the first birthday / anniversary of Do You Have A Flag?.Please be warned, there's going to a lot of cliched soppiness - but it's all certainly sincerely meant.

I've said it before, but I want to thank everyone who reads and comments on a regular basis (or as regularly as I post), without your good selves this blog wouldn't be nearly enjoyable (and it would just be me muttering to myself in an empty room, and I do that enough already). You all definitely make the blog what it is (see how I shifted responsibility there...)

I'd like to echo Scipio's excellent post today, where he said the best progress of the year was on the friend-making front. I have to agree completely. At the start of the year when I mostly frequented forums (recently the target of my "Meldrewing" in this post here), I had no idea that I'd finish the year knowing a superb bunch of people whose feedback and suggestions are always respected and appreciated (soppy overload warning...). I've been able to get involved with some great projects, AND recently had the likes of Chris from SOPW interested in my waffle enough to make a beautiful mini from my own fluff witterings.

Tuesday, 1 January 2013

Sippin' on Paint Water goes to Mawdryn

Happy New Year to you all!

I hadn't intended to post until tomorrow, DYHAF's first birthday / anniversary or whatever the blog equivalent is. But I had to at least do a quick post to share this pure awesomeness. After seeing my last post on the Druids of my home brew Space Marine Chapter, the Spears of Mawdryn, Chris over at the superlative (and superbly named) Sippin' on Paint Water decided to make one.

Where I did a Druid of the Stave (Librarian), Chris went for a Druid of the Scythe (Chaplain-Apothecary) - and my word what a job he did, even though its still work in progress. I am very, very impressed (understatement). Chris absolutely got it spot on - and I love the sculpted Chapter badge. I urge you all to check it out immediately (and the rest of the blog if you've somehow managed to miss it already).

For a little fluff snippet on the Druids, please check out my last post.

I'll be back tomorrow with a few hobby updates of my own hopefully.

Chris' utterly incredible interpretation of one of my Druids 
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