Monday, October 29, 2012


Welcome to my humble blog about miniature painting and wargaming (mostly). Hopefully the first of many posts to come in this new blog. For those that don't know me, I've been running the website Clash of Empires for the last 5 years. The website is mostly about my 1809 Napoleonic project and the Austrian army of the era, a favourite of mine. If you like Napoleonics, it's well worth a look.
Now, shameless self-promotion aside, this is a new blog, my first with Blogger. Why?

Well for one thing to separate my other wargaming projects from my Napoleonic project. This blog will feature various projects and painting from fantasy to the French-Indian wars. Somehow, featuring Chaos warriors in my Napoleonic blog just seems out of place!

Also because I've been wanting to try something different and to see what this Blogger thingie is all about. Freewebs has not aged well in many regards; it seems like ages ago but when I started my site Blogger was still in it's infancy and websites were still cool. I'm curious to see its advantages and the differences between the two platforms.

For more than 6 years now, I've almost exclusively devoted my time to Napoleonics, but for a year in which I painted an Imperialist TYW army. For all those years I've successfully resisted the urge to paint and start other projects. 

But just recently, I've opened the proverbial floodgate and decided to tackle other projects I've been dreaming about. The first reason is because the painter in me is revolting! After painting my TYW project I realized how much there is to gain by painting other eras than what you're used to, as you develop or master techniques you did not need before. And as a painter of course variety is just good, clean fun.

Of course, there is also the joys of starting a new era. Researching and planning a new project is one of the great pleasures of this hobby. I will admit I can be borderline obsessive about all the little details like base size, armies to paint, etc. and I find starting a new era is exhilarating (man if there were ever any doubt I'm a geek...). What can I say; I like this hobby.  I really, really like it. But for me the researching, the planning and the painting are my favourite part. Gaming is just a really fun bonus!

So, yeah, quite a few projects are on my wish list. At the moment, I can mention an old school Warhammer Chaos army and a French & Indian War skirmish project. I'll probably also add some more TYW Imperialists eventually. I'll go from one to the other indiscriminately, and don't be surprised if other projects or just impulse painting pop out. It's all good.

Montreal, Qc


  1. This is awesome, Iannick! I'm not sure if I prescribe to the 'separate blogs for separate eras' idea but I can certainly see the utility of it in your case. Blogger is far from perfect, but the thing that I really enjoy about it is the community it services.

    I have a keen interest in the TYW, so it'll be great to see your work relating to the period along with your wider interests as well!

    Vive le Roi!

  2. I game mostly with 1/72 plastics but have some 18th century metal figures back home, in Nova Scotia