27 October 2014

Tintin Imagi-Nations Wargaming - Late 50s Khemed

"Khemed is afictional country in The Adventures of Tintin, the comics series by Belgian cartoonist Hergé. It is an Arab emirate located on the shores of the Red Sea and has been compared toJordan, with its Emir resembling the Hashemite kings and the character Mull Pasha corresponding to the British General Glubb Pasha. Khemed is depicted in Land of Black Gold and The Red Sea Sharks. The name means "got it!" in Marols, the Brussels Flemish dialect. The names of many people and places in the country are based on Marols phrases." - Wikipedia

ADHD strikes again: after tackling Borduria, I started researching the Syldavian military... And ended up writing this post after pretty much unrelated (other than being a Tintin fictional country, that is) Khemed!

Unlike Borduria and Syldavia, quite a lot is seen about the Khemed military... Because of all this canon material, there is also quite a lot of great Khemed-based models to be found on the web.

The Khemed military is shown wearing British style battledress with Keffiyeh (either orangish in Land of Black Gold or red and white checkered in The Red Sea Sharks. Given my scale of choice, a single colour is probably wiser. 

Picture from the Land of Black Gold comic.

23 October 2014

Tintin Imagi-Nations Wargaming - Early-WW2 Borduria

"Borduria is a fictional country in The Adventures of Tintin, the comics series by Belgian cartoonist Hergé. It is located in the Balkans and has a rivalry with the fictional neighbouring country of Syldavia. Borduria is depicted in King Ottokar's Sceptre and The Calculus Affair, and is referred to in Tintin and the Picaros." - Wikipedia

I want my Bordurian stone to kill several specific birds:
  • Be usable as not-Germans for any WW2 rule set I'd like to give a try
  • Be the bad guys to my Syldavian in any interbellum/early-WW2/pulp scenario I'd want to play
  • Use readily available miniatures without requiring any conversion but a non-standard paint job
  • Yet, have a clear "those aren't your mom-and-pop WW2 Germans" feel to them 
Flames of War miniatures, picture from the manufacturer website.
Beyond its fascist regime and use of Messerschmitt Bf 109 (and apparently of some Heinkel made bomber in the earlier 1939 version of the comic), little is know about the Bordurian military...

So here is a first and obviously personal take on it...

22 October 2014

Tintin Imagi-Nations Wargaming

With my work life on the verge of a revolution, I've put a big hold on my gaming spending. And I could sure use this break in the influx of new miniatures to actually paint something and make a dent in my mountain of unpainted lead. But of course I just keep coming up with new cool (and entirely unrelated to any already existing project) ideas instead...

As most of my ideas this one involved several existing "meh" concepts (an entirely subjective concept of course) suddenly clicking together into something exciting! Like that whole "Quar infantry + All Quiet on the Martian Front vehicules + Memoir 44 rules = Awesome" business...