Some old pictures of my father as a military man.

Recently I discovered some old pictures of my father as military man, and have decided to scanner and post them in my blog. My father (1914-2002) who retired with the rank of colonel of Infantería de Marina (Marine Corps?), fought in the Spanish Civil War as well as in Africa. He told me some stories about him during the Civil War that seem to be taken from a movie.

The following pictures were probably taken during the Ifni-Sahara campaign, as I remember him showing me his medal for that campaign. Regretfully, after my father's death one of my elder brothers gave all his medals to an acquaintance of him without asking me first if I was interested in them. Now I am trying to get them back as well as his sabre, who owns it another person.

As usual all the pictures are clickable.

My father is the first on the right, in white shorts.

Driving a jeep. Here you can see the major's eight points star on his chest.

And here with some officers. He is the first on the right and holding a cheetah.

Inspecting the Moorish troops

I do not know where he was or what he was doing but it smells like adventure.

The picture below was taken in the old part of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria city, where my father met my mother and married her, and where I was born and still live. He is leading the parade.

The same parade from another perspective


My first 6mm Early Imperial Roman legionaries

Here is my first batch of Baccus Early Imperial Romans. Two blisters of legionaries enough for four units for Warmaster Ancients although I will be using them for DBABB, DBMM and HC as well. Now off to paint four Auxilia units :)
Pictures clickable.

Four units for Warmaster Ancients

This would be a unit for Hail Caesar


AE Bounty second game.

Following our first game on a planet surface we wanted to try a new one inside a star ship, so we set a random Space Hulk map and after designing our crews we rolled at random for mission, second objective which we both forgot during the game, and to see who was going attacker or defender.

Having in mind that we were going to fight inside a star ship I designed my crew with few and good members, picking two Old Guard units plus a veteran Sergeant Hero Marksman (oh yeah!). The five men wearing heavy armour and LRF Particle guns as in the ship there are not cover nor long distances, so I chose the maximum protection and rate of powerful fire at short distances.

Pics clickable.

My buddy chose his same pirate crew from our previous game and gave them the same weapons as me but no armour at all.

We rolled the mission get to the escape pods and me as attacker and having to reach those escape pods. Though luck as all my men were slow due to their heavy armours and I had only eight turns to do it.

I started in one extreme opposed to the escape pods, and the defender in a chamber in the middle of the board. As soon as I activated, I started to rush forward with the enemy melee specialists with mono blades waiting for me.

Fortunately I gained initiative again and managed to blast away two of three devils from that unit. The survivor charged my forward man who lost the melee but was saved by his armour. My sergeant aimed and shot down this last pirate during the melee.

Here my buddy complained and moaned that I had designed a very cheesy crew and that it was impossible to him to kill me, but he did not have to kill me, just delay me to stop me reaching the escape pods in eight turns.

My buddy a bit demoralised, fell back with the rest of his crew and waited for me to come. The environmental conditions of the ship together with my inability to sprint due to the heavy armour plus a couple of suppressions I suffered, made me lost six turns to get near the escape pods.

Almost at the exit the pirate crew revolved and attacked me throwing some frag grenades that killed one full Old Guard unit and wounded my sergeant.
The other unit was too far away to change the course of the action and we quit the game on turn seven as it was pretty obvious that I was not going to reach my objective on time.

Definitely fun game and totally different to our first one. We liked it and now we are seriously thinking about starting a campaign, but there are so many different game to play.


Foundry Vikings for SAGA

As many people are doing lately, here I present my Viking warband for SAGA. I have a lot of Foundry Vikings that I painted years ago for WAB, but as never got to paint berserkers and as I need some for SAGA, I painted the berserker personalities blister that I had in a dark and forgotten back corner of my wardrobe.

Pics clickable.

Now I have enough variety and quantity of Vikings to play SAGA.

Regretfully, although I pre ordered the ruleset to Maelstrom Games on August, I cannot play the game yet as they sent me the rules without the four colour laminated battle sheets necessary to play it.

After four emails I finally received answer saying they were sorry and would send them ASAP, without further explanations.
I am still waiting for them and I am afraid I will have to wait quite more as I suppose that ASAP means as soon they are printed again and they restock.
I will think it twice before ordering to Maelstrom again.