Saturday, 19 December 2015

Wargods Trojans

Half a unit of Trojan Peltasts for Wargods of Olympus or Of Gods and Mortals.



Really pleased with how the flesh has come out on these - it helps that the sculpts are amazing and the castings are really clean though!

Monday, 30 November 2015

Friday, 27 November 2015

Frostgrave Treasure Tokens

Three new frostgrave treasure tokens. 


These are from the lich lord supplement. I shall be using them with my necromancer no doubt.

Friday, 25 September 2015

Goblin Wartower

I bought this piece from Scotia Grendel age ago and it has been languishing half painted for far too long. The ELMS club annual modeling competition was approaching so I thought I'd use that as an excuse to get it finished so I could enter it.


I'm really pleased with how its come out. I went for an oval base as it framed the figure nicely. It'll probably end up being used a Basiladon or something similar in Age of Sigmar or possibly just a chariot or pump wagon. 


I'm a big fan of the sneaky goblins under the howadah poking out with spears and bows.


(I managed to get 1st place at the club competition, which I was really chuffed with!)

Monday, 31 August 2015

Celtic Swordsmen (and Swordswomen!)

Some celts today for my Of Gods and Mortals celtic force. The figures themselves are from Brigade Games' Celtos line (who bought the line from I-Kore or Urban Mammoth - I forget which). They are lovely clean miniatures and very nicely cast. 

I had a bit of trouble painting the tartan on them - so three of them just have plain kilts and the other two are fairly basic. The shield designs aren't anything special, by the time I sorted out the tartan I just wanted them off the painting desk. 

These might also see some outings in a Song of Blades and Heroes as there seems to be a bit of interest down the club in trying the rules out (which is great news - I love the game!)

Saturday, 22 August 2015

Frostgrave Golem and Casualties

My regular opponent Rob and I have just started playing the 3 game Frostgrave campaign which came free with the Nickstarter North Star Figures put out earlier this year.

For the first scenario you require some casualty figures to search so I knocked together these pretty quickly from some left over ancients casualties from Wargames Foundry. I tried to make them look as if they'd be out in the snow for a while, I'm not sure its worked perfectly but I only wanted them for the one game so I didn't want to spend a lot of time on them.


The second and third scenarios require a granite golem to be wandering around causing mayhem. A quick rummage through the lead mountain produced this chap. 


I can't for the life of me remember where I got him (although the company did make a treeman and some jungle goblins I seem to remember). I've got another one with a rock over his head which I might paint up if the mood takes me. Painting him was a straightforward drybrush job really - nothing special. 

Pics from the first game will no doubt be up on the ELMS club facebook later this week: ELMS Club

Frostgrave Elementalists

We've played a few games of Frostgrave now down at the ELMS club in Leeds and its going down really well with more and more players showing interest.

So far I've been using a necromancer but I've just switched to a new warband led by an elementalist. She didn't have a great first game but I'm sure she'll improve.


The figures themselves are from North Star Figures, the apprentice (on the right) is unchanged whereas the wizard (on the left) has had a head swap with a Wargames Foundry nymph and a bit of putty work to blend in the hair and give her a bit more of a chest. I'm really pleased with the conversion, its not something I do a lot of and I think its come out pretty well. 


Wednesday, 19 August 2015

Orruks

I've decided I want to paint up a small force for Age of Sigmar. I don't think all the criticism leveled at the game is at all justified and I expect mostly comes from people who rarely wargame let alone have tried the game.




Anyway, being a bit of a goblin myself I decided I'd start with some orcs, or Orruks, as they are now called. I'm a bit cautious to spend big on some of the current range as I expect it will be replaced sooner or later with something nicer so at the moment I'm going to go for some cheaper, generic options. These are from the 5th Edition starter set which I picked up from ebay for about 50p each. I have some more in various states of completion but I'm awaiting some 30mm bases to pop them on.


They were painted up relatively quickly, using a brown spray undercoat, a brown wash over the leathers, the metals were washed then given a quick drybrush, everything else just got a quick highlight. The only thing that was given any time and care was the skin (Foundry Moss triad, with a wash of Agrax Earthshade after the A layer) so they match my other orcs.

These will likely see action in Dragon Rampant when it arrives as well being called into action for of Gods and Mortals if I can find some opponents.

Wednesday, 22 July 2015

Skateboarders!

Spurred on by the fun game of Firewall 2136AD last week I thought I'd dig into the lead mountain and see what else I had in there that could be used. These guys jumped out at me:


They are Copplestone Castings miniatures and we're great fun to paint - as well as a good excuse to break out the bright paints! 

Now to dream up a scenario to use them in! I'm thinking a drive-by (or skate-by) assassination attempt or heist? Any ideas?

Thursday, 16 July 2015

Escape from Ash End - Firewall 2136AD

Tonight at the ELMS Wargames Club we had a game of Firewall 2136AD using my figures. I played as GM while Reg and Rob played as the Mercenaries and Bodyguards respectively. We used the Escape from Ash End scenario, modified slightly by removing the vehicles and editing the weapon loadouts.

The game started with a badly injured Lord Mayor stranded in the centre of the table with her two bodyguards (Derek and Nigel).



The first mob of yardies then moved onto the table. A string of bad GUTZ checks combined with the Yardie leader rushing off meant the first wave struggled to make much of an impact

Shortly after the second wave arrived and did a good job of heading off the escaping lord mayor. The bodyguard were in a bad way by now and could do little other than hold on.



















Luckily for the Lord Mayor "Mongoose" Malone arrived and proceed to take out several of the newly arrived yardies out without breaking a sweat.

Doc Friday, the leader and sole survivor of the rein
forcements had other ideas though and proceeded to use his advanced cyber legs to give Malone a good kicking and with the aid of a fellow ganger force Mongoose to retreat as his cybernetics gave up on him!



The other mercenaries began to lend their fire to the skirmish and killed a few more yardies as Nigel slowly dragged the Lord Mayor to safety. At this point the yardies called it quits and headed back home.


A really enjoyable game thats got me thinking up a few other scenarios to try out. Highly recommended.

Tuesday, 7 July 2015

First games of Age of Sigmar

Managed to get a couple of games of Age of Sigmar in this evening after work.

Game 1

I took a Great Gitmob:

1 Goblin Warboss
1 Goblin Shaman
20 Goblins with bows
2 units of 10 Goblins with Jabbin' Sticks
1 Goblin Wolf Chariot
3 Nasty Skulkers (which I forgot about)

Ross took

1 Chaos Lord on mount
5 Chaos Knights
10 Chaos Warriors


The chaos knights and hero proceed to duff up all the goblins. Though we'd not read a lot of the goblin special rules because we were using our phones with the rules downloaded on. A quick print out later and we were ready for round 2 

Game 2

I took the Great Gitmob again just with bigger units (3 20's and 3 chariots)

Ross took 

A Slaan Mage Priest
A Saurus Old Blood on Cold One
6 Saurus Cavalry
15 Temple Guard
2 units of 5 Chameleon Skinks





This game saw the use of the Gitmob special rules and the outnumbering coming into play a bit more. It really made me feel like the goblins could achieve something both in shooting and in combat. The shaman's sneaky stabbin spell was good but I couldn't roll 7+ on 2D6 to save my life, though Ross' Slaan also struggled at times (although he does get 3 spells a turn). 

The chariots didn't have the impact I thought they might have done against the temple guard sadly - I think they might take a bit of practice to get to see how they work. 

Not sure how balanced our lists were either?

I was fairly surprised at how much the rules felt like Kings of War. They are very streamlined. I really like the morale system (its pretty similar to God of Battles, which I think is a great system). I would have liked to see flanks and rears play a bit of a part, although I can see why they don't. 

Playing a number heavy army like the goblins put Ross onto the sudden death situations straight away (which he ignored bless him) - I wonder how this might work out in other games. 

I'm keen to see how the battlescrolls develop and how it affects the game. 

Overall though, for a free game its very good and I'm sure we'll be playing some more. 


Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Monday, 29 June 2015

Saturday, 20 June 2015

Da Revolution

Painted a few rebel grots after watching Mad Max: Road Fury. On the look out for some vehicles now!


Saturday, 25 April 2015

Redemptionists

Games Workshop's Necromunda range has some of my favourite sculpts they have ever done.
These Redemptionists are on their second re-paint. I'm really pleased with them now. They are currently participating in the club Necromunda campaign.


Dwarf Pirates

Finally finished painting the last of these. I painted the majority of them a few years ago and they've seen a bit of action playing Strange Grogge at the Oxford club before I moved.

All from Black Scorpion Miniatures


Celtos Gael Chariot

Had this on the painting table for a few weeks. Its a lovely kit.

Friday, 27 March 2015

OGaM battle

Some pics from a couple of OGaM games at the East Leeds club using my Greeks and Vikings.

Highlights included Thor using his Lightning power to remove all the Greek legends, drunken Satyrs struggling to do anything with a Quality of 5 and Artemis being summoned back several times to then shoot Thor off the board for the win!