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Still here (kind of)... (26th Dec 2019)

G'day All,A number of people have reached out to check on me knowing we have awful bushfires here at the moment. The scale defies explanation and what the media reports is just the tip of the iceberg. I've been out fighting them with the RFS almos ... Read More

Merry Christmas from C&G! (26th Dec 2019)

Well folks, it's that time of year again, time for carol singers, chestnuts roasting on an open fire, maddening heat, etc.All the gang here at C&G would like to wish all our friends and followers a happy and safe Christmas and a Happy New Year (pa ... Read More

Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge X (30th Nov 2019)

Tomorrow is December 1st and that means just one thing... the Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge is just around the corner once again. OK actually two things, that AND fruit mince pies are also back on the menu! This is edition TEN if you can believ ... Read More

Portable Wargame Fantasy rules (21st Oct 2019)

I mentioned in my last blog post that I've been formulating plans for a solo fantasy campaign using Bob Cordery's Portable Wargame rules to fight the tabletop battles. There is no current "official" fantasy version of the rules but a few peop ... Read More

Have You Tried Turning it Off and Back On Again? (27th Sep 2019)

And..... I'm back! I could give you all sorts of quite lengthy, detailed and for the most part genuine excuses for where I have been for the last few months but that just seems like a lot of effort.Instead I'm going to pretend the blog was misbeha ... Read More

Ev's Challenge - The One That Got Away (6th Apr 2019)

Greetings, paint fans! Here's what I was working on when time ran out and the 9th Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge came to an end. Reaper Bones again (keeping my hobby expenditure within reasonable bounds); it's a Blue Dragon, a stalwart o ... Read More

Ev's Challenge - The Final Chapter (22nd Mar 2019)

So the Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge has come to an end for another year. And what a ride it's been! I've minioned for the first time (big shout-out to the Wednesday Warriors!), and I've produced a varied assembly of fantasy figures ... Read More

Ev's Challenge - The Saga Continues (7th Feb 2019)

Day 49 of the Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge, and we're past the halfway point.I'm just past the halfway mark on my own 500 point target as well, so all going according to plan, I might just squeak through...So what have I done since the last ... Read More

Ev's Challenge - The Story So Far (14th Jan 2019)

It's Day 24 of the Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge IX (well, day 24 or thereabouts, depending where you are in relation to the International Date Line), and I thought it's about time for an update on my own output so far.First up was a Viking ... Read More

AHPC Bonus Round Entry - Nasty Hobbitses! (10th Jan 2019)

The first Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge IX Bonus Round is up and contains some amazing stuff. My entry is the iconic Warhammer Fantasy Dogs of War unit Lumpin Croop's Halfling Cocks.Make sure you check out all the fabulous work and vote for your ... Read More

Holiday Project: Dice Rolling Tray (5th Jan 2019)

While I was in Queensland last week I took the opportunity to spend some time in the shed with my father-in-law. To give us something to do while we yacked away we knocked up a dice rolling tray for my games table from off-cuts of timber from his past pro ... Read More

Goodbye 2018, Hello 2019 (3rd Jan 2019)

G'day All,I'm a little late with my annual looking back / looking forward post this year because I've been on hols. It's something I enjoy though as I always find it motivating and it helps kick me into gear for the year ahead. Here we go. ... Read More

Merry Christmas! (24th Dec 2018)

Merry Christmas fellow blogonians!From myself, Ev and all the other lads here at Canister & Grape we wish you lots of love, joy, safe travels and a wonderful 2019. Oh, and hopefully some shiny new toys under the tree...Cheers,Millsy ... Read More

Hard Core Challenge Prep (16th Dec 2018)

Entering my 7th Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge I like to think of myself as something of a hardened veteran. I've reached the point where my planning and point totals spreadsheets are a thing of statistical and mathemagical beauty. Refined to the ... Read More

Kill Team Chaos Cultists and Harlequins (19th Nov 2018)

On Friday my mate Nug and I played a game of Kill Team. I think from memory it was my third.A few of the rules still seem a bit, um... off... to me especially the charge something you can't see idea but it is fun.I took a few pics of Nug's Harlequ ... Read More

AHPC Prep - Saga Milites Christi (18th Nov 2018)

G'day Peeps!Yep, it's that time again! As the days lengthen and the weather warms up my mind always turns to the upcoming Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge. This will be my seventh go around and my enthusiasm and excitement is every bit as much ... Read More

US Forces Get Some Bods (21st Oct 2018)

Time for a quick post to catch up on some recently completed for my Konflikt '47 US Army. It's too late on a Sunday night to go into these in depth so I'll let the pics do the talking...50 cal HMG and crewMudskipper Medium Jump Walker with Baz ... Read More

Kill Team - Heretic Astartes - Half-Dozen Second Cousins of Chaos (14th Oct 2018)

I've played a few games of the new Warhammer 40K Kill Team game of late, enough to convince me that it's worth me painting up a team or three.My mate Pete kindly gave me a bunch of old plastic Chaos Marines he had scored off fleaBay a while back. ... Read More

I ATEN'T DEAD (7th Oct 2018)

HEAR, O MY PEOPLE, FOR I AM RETURNED...!*crickets*...where's everybody gone...?Life has a habit of steamrollering you, and with assorted family health and work issues, it's been hard to find time to scratch myself, let alone paint, game, or blog. ... Read More

Atteint! Fast-play Jousting Rules (6th Oct 2018)

Recently Kapatin Kobold a.k.a Alan Saunders posted a free set of fast-play jousting rules entitled Atteint! on his blog. Alan encouraged others gamers to give them a go and provide some feedback so that exactly what we did last night!Four of us got togeth ... Read More

A Mudskipper and Walk (1st Oct 2018)

Some more goodness arrived in the post this week for my US Konflikt '47 force. Having already completed the starter set plus extras I'm now adding some flexibility and shininess to build things out to 1500 pts. Today I finished the painting on my ... Read More

Konflikt '47 US Starter Set Part II (16th Sep 2018)

This week I have been plugging away at the twenty plastic infantry infantry that come in the US starter set plus a blister of metal command figures. Happy to say they are all done which means I have completely finished my first 1000pts!Here are some quick ... Read More

Paint Table Saturday (8th Sep 2018)

Just a quick post tonight to prove I'm making progress with the US infantry...Fiddly as all buggery to assemble but very nice minis once that's done. Painting is a breeze and with the block painting + tinted varnish method I'm planning to use ... Read More

Konflikt '47 US Starter Set Part I (2nd Sep 2018)

Following on from my last post about starting a new Konflikt '47 project I have been beavering away at the contents of the US Starter Set (plus upgrades). I'm pleased to say I've made really significant progress and have finished about 60% of ... Read More

New Project: Konflikt '47 Weird War II (26th Aug 2018)

OK, so mistakes were made. The "no new projects until I've finished some existing projects" resolution kind of got lost in the shiny madness of new toys and interesting fluff. I'm blaming my mate Pete. Yeah, that's it. It's HIS fault.I' ... Read More

Fantasy Skirmish Warband (18th Jul 2018)

I know right? Rumours of my demise and all that but hey, I've actually gone and posted something!Despite the near deafening silence hereabouts things have been happening. Admittedly mostly spending money and going places but some work has been going o ... Read More

15mm Napoleonic 3rd Hussars (6th May 2018)

For a little while now I've been pottering away finishing half painted units that have been lurking about the workbench. Quite why I am interested in this all of a sudden over doing some more focused project work I don't know. I'm not overly c ... Read More

Empire Altdorf Halberdiers (27th Apr 2018)

As promised last post, here's the latest addition to my Warhammer Fantasy Empire army - a unit of 24 halberdiers in the service of Altdorf. This brings me to a total of 60, in two units of 24 and a detachment of 12, more than enough to form a solid co ... Read More

Epic Imperial Guard Steel Legion additions (27th Apr 2018)

I recently painted a large Imperial Guard army as part of the 8th edition of the Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge.Now as both you and I well know, an army is never really *finished* despite whatever spurious claims we might make at certain points along ... Read More

ANZAC Day 2018 (25th Apr 2018)

Today is ANZAC Day in Australia and New Zealand, on which we particularly honour the men and women who have served and continue to serve in our armed forces, giving selflessly of themselves on behalf of their country and community. Thank you one and all f ... Read More

7th Bloggiversary (23rd Apr 2018)

Today marks the 7th year of operations here at Canister and Grape. When I started the blog I had no clear plan, little idea of what I was getting myself into and a cavalier attitude. Things haven't changed in the slightest I'm proud to say.Thanks ... Read More

Sunday Workbench (22nd Apr 2018)

I've been pretty quiet of late, struck down by a near-terminal case of man-flu, combined with rebuilding my PC and lots of actual real life work. Occasionally though I've managed to find time to twirl the brushes, plugging away at a bunch of ... Read More

AHPC VIII - Ev's Challenge; The Final Roundup (30th Mar 2018)

The Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge is over for another year, and what a roller coaster it's been!Here are the final figures, the rest of my output for this (northern) winter's event.First up, the Bonus Theme Round, "Childhood"; some Reaper Bo ... Read More

For King and Parliament is on sale! (24th Mar 2018)

It's done! My latest Cobalt Peak Game Design commission job is finished and Simon has the rules on sale now in his BigRedBatShop. In Simon's own words...TtS! “For King and Parliament” is a simple set of wargames rules for the Civil Wars in England ... Read More

The Scottish Project (3rd Mar 2018)

Ah, the heady delights of a new project! This week the last bits and pieces arrived so I can now begin work on [drumroll...] The Scottish Project! That's right, a new year and a new project. Not to say that the 55 Days at Peking project or the Warhamm ... Read More

First Boxer Rebellion Games! Pic heavy! (18th Feb 2018)

At last! Today my good mate Cory from our regular gaming group came over after lunch we managed to get a couple of 55 Days at Peking games played out.We had an absolute ball with both games, the first being a comfortable-ish relief for the legation defend ... Read More

Empire Reiksgard Foot Knights (17th Feb 2018)

Just a quick post about my latest AHPCVIII entry...This time its a unit of 24 Reiksgard Knights on foot. Happy to have these off the workbench as they've been hanging about, taunting me relentlessly with their half-finished state for some time now.Mor ... Read More

AHPC VIII - Ev's Challenge, Day 57 (14th Feb 2018)

Greetings friends and followers!It's been a while since I've delivered a progress report on what has been a moderately productive Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge (at least by my admittedly leisurely standards), so here goes.I had a bit of ... Read More

CANCON 2018... The Good, the Odd and the Wanker (28th Jan 2018)

So I'm back from CANCON, having survived another annual pilgrimage to our nation's capital. As usual there's plenty to report and discuss, so here we go with the obligatory wrap-up post...We managed a reduced Aussie Bloggers Meet-up this year ... Read More

AHPC VIII - Ev's Challenge, Day 22 (10th Jan 2018)

The story so far;I've gone into this year's Challenge with a target of 500 points, and have proceeded at my usual sedate (some might say 'sedated') pace.First up was this chap, a strapping Orc Chieftain from Scibor's Monstrous Miniatur ... Read More

AHPC VIII Bonus Round One Voting Open! (9th Jan 2018)

Voting is open for the first Bonus Round in this year's AHPC with a theme of 'Flight'.Both Evan and I have entries and there is a veritable motherlode of other wonderful entries to delight your senses too. Pop on over and check things out and ... Read More

Boxer Rebellion Japanese Infantry (7th Jan 2018)

The next instalment of troops for my 55 Days at Peking project are more Imperials, this time the Japanese legation forces.The miniatures are from Oshiro Model Terrain and quite honestly some of the best miniatures I have ever bought. Not only are the incr ... Read More

The Return of the Empire Strips Back (6th Jan 2018)

Having spent a good 5 hours yesterday slaving over a hot ultrasonic cleaner I've now got a lovely pile of paint-free Empire lead.In the end I decided to just strip everything I have in the pile that required it, so I've got additional stuff to be ... Read More

The Empire Strips Back (5th Jan 2018)

With three submissions posted for AHPCVIII and awaiting Curt's tender ministrations I've taken stock and looked at what might be tackled next.I've almost worked my way through all the lead I prepped prior to the Challenge starting. That b ... Read More

CANCON 2018 Aussie Wargame Bloggers Meet-up (4th Jan 2018)

That's right, its ON again! Currently Barks, Kaptain Kobold and myself will be in attendance I believe. Care to join us?Here's the plan for Saturday 27th January 2018:12:30pm - Initial meet-up in the Board Games section in the Northern Hall at CAN ... Read More

Goodbye 2017, Hello 2018 (31st Dec 2017)

The turning of the year can only mean one thing... time to dredge back through all my "look at what I painted now!!" posts and collect them into one place. If you can stay the course and make it to the bottom then you'll win a signed copy of my enduri ... Read More

Boxer Rebellion German and Russian Imperial Forces (27th Dec 2017)

Just a quick (re)post of my first entry into AHPCVIII - German Seebatallion and Russian Marines for my Boxer Rebellion project. See the full set of photos and write up here.Cheers,Millsy ... Read More

Merry Christmas one and all! (23rd Dec 2017)

G'day Mates!Time once again it seems to post the obligatory Yuletide image!From Evan, myself and all the rest of the Canister & Grape gang, we wish you and yours a safe, peaceful and fun Christmas! Thanks for popping by in 2017 and takin ... Read More

Reikland Halberdiers (21st Dec 2017)

For some reason I decided to start painting these just three days prior to AHPCVIII kicking off. Not the smartest decision I've made but certainly the pressure of having them completed before the Challenge provided ample encouragement to staying on th ... Read More

More Boxer Rebellion Scatter Terrain (21st Dec 2017)

I've been working hard to clear a backlog of half-finished projects from the workbench over the last week to make room for AHPCVIII work to commence (which it has, more later in that regard).One of these projects was more scatter terrain for my 55 Day ... Read More