Sunday, 31 July 2016

Social Media

I've been using Instagram and Twitter more recently and I find it a lot easier to upload to and keep up to date so if you are interested in what I'm up to follow me at:

KevMoonster on Instagram

@Verbal_Gerbil on Twitter

you can also see pictures from my Thursday night games at the ELMS club in Leeds on our facebook page:


Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Ogre Queen

I painted up a bunch of these Wargames Foundry Great Orcs (or Ogres - whatever they want to call them) a while back for Gods of Battle, but they've never seen the table, which is a shame as I'm really proud of them.

She'll end up leading a group of mercenary ogres for my God of Battles mercenary army, though I expect she might see some action in Strange Grogge games or Age of Sigmar if I feel the need.

Monday, 2 May 2016

Halfling Hotpot Catapult

I've had this piece painted for a while, but its yet to see the tabletop. It was painted for use as a light war engine for God of Battles in a mercenary army.

I've got a nice little collection of halflings building up which I intend to share some of soon.

I'm a huge fan of some of the wackier creations Games Workshop put out in the past. The pump wagon previously posted is another great example.

I'm glad others seem keen on this opinion as well, I was sorely tempted to get in on The Assault Group's "chickstarter" to get some halflings on giant roosters but decided not to in the end, I'm sure I'll end up getting some when they are released.

Wednesday, 20 April 2016

Goblin Sharpstick Thrower

After getting a pasting at Gods of Battles at the club last Thursday I decided to order a Goblin Bolt Thrower to bolster my Orc Warlord ranks.

Its a Goblin Sharpstick thrower from Mantic Games. Its got two more crew which I haven't finished yet. I replaced the shield on the front of the machine with a Orc standard top from my bits box and added a Crooked Claw mushroom to the base.

I picked it up from eBay for £15 inc. postage, which I think is reasonable, its a really nice kit (though it took a bit of cleaning up), I'm tempted to get another - I suppose it'll come down to how well it gets on at its next outing at the club!

Friday, 15 April 2016

God of Battles at the ELMS club

I managed to get another game of God of Battles in at the ELMS club in Leeds last night.

The opening moves

Orcling outriders and chariot on a flanking move 
We played a 36point game with my Orc Warlords against Rob's Dwarves in a scenario which lead to my orcs trying to poison a patch of ancient woodland while the dwarves tried to protect it, with the possibility of a treeman type coming to their aid.

Just before the drake ate all my orcs!
Rob''s lovely dwarves
My orcs got soundly beaten, though did manage to poison one patch of woodland meaning it wasn't a total whitewash (so I keep telling myself). We had a cracking time though and got finished in plenty of time (Rob's drake helping with that!).

Wolf Riders
I can't recommend God of Battles enough, every game we've played has been fun and there's plenty of depth to it despite it running along a good pace. I've another game scheduled for next week, I haven't decided if I'll run the orcs yet or maybe the mercenaries, we'll see...

Ironskins getting eaten by a drake

Thats how to use chariots! If only I could roll dice!

The treeman appears!

Saturday, 9 April 2016


I had a handful of ogres left over from a previous army so I thought I might stick one together as a test piece for the barbarians.

I'm pretty pleased with how he's turned out - I'll probably end up painting another two or three so its more a game-able unit.

Friday, 8 April 2016

Goblin Archers

I picked up a bag of the old 4th edition warhammer goblins cheaply on ebay to paint up as some cannon fodder for fantasy games.

I think they've come out quite nicely for a quick job - the only thing that got any time was the skin.

Wednesday, 6 April 2016

More Barbarians

I've painted up a couple more figures for the barbarians.
First up is a Slaine figure from Wargames Foundry. He's a wonderful sculpt - I decided not to paint him as Slaine is depiected and went for a colour scheme to match the rest of my figures. In retrospect I should have done a headswap to depart him from 2000AD a bit more - oh well!

I'm fairly pleased with how his fur cloak has come out. Though the metallics aren't as good as the last lot. 

Next up we have the marauder champion. He was released at the same time as the marauders from the last post. He's a decent sculpt but the pose is a bit awkward (I wouldn't wanted to have had to rank him up!)

Here he is leading his merry band of plunderers and pillagers. 

Saturday, 2 April 2016

More Barbarians!

Inspired by the tiger riding chap in the last post I dug out these old Chaos Marauders from Games Workshop from the lead mountain. I'd picked them up cheap from ebay last year, not sure with what in mind (probably Frostgrave). 
I've always liked Dave Andrews' sculpts (his medieval swiss that foundry make are fantastic), they aren't always the best proportioned (big hands!) but they always paint up well and are full of character

I'm on the lookout for some more of these now - or the Bearmen of Urslo from the Dogs of War range, which match up nicely. Drop me a comment below if you've got some. 

Here's a group shot of the barabarians so far. Evil Big Boris from Heresy Miniatures has photobombed the picture - he was painted a while ago and has been based up to match. 

Monday, 21 March 2016

Barbarian on Sabertooth Snow Tiger

Last week Kevin Dallimore posted up a picture of this figure he'd painted on the Steve Dean Painting forum and I knew I had to have a go at the same, so I promptly put in an order to Folorn Hope Games and with a couple of days he was primed and ready to go.

I decided to go with tiger stripes rather than leopard spots as I did a snow leopard for Frostgrave last year. I'm pleased with the result, I can't stress enough how useful having some pictures of snow tigers on my phone in front of me was while I did it.
In the end I probably rushed him a little, but I'm pleased with the result. I had a rummage in the lead mountain as well and dug out some old Chaos Marauders (the Dave Andrews sculpts) and intend to paint up a small unit of them to go with him, the makings of a Dragon Rampant or God of Battles force I think! 

Saturday, 19 March 2016

Savage Orcs

My friend Tom came to visit on Thursday so instead of a trip to the lovely ELMs club we had a game in my loft. I decided I'd like to use my Orcs (or Orruks if you like) and thought it'd be a good opportunity to finish up a unit of Savage Orcs I've had half done for ages. 

Here they are:

The figures are a mixture of Shieldwolf Miniatures Orcs and some resin heads I found on ebay (maximini or kromlech, I forget which). The shieldwolf plastics are of good quality and I like the dynamism of the poses, The heads are nice but I found them a bit fiddly to paint, which sapped my enthusiasm a bit. If I decide to do a few more (I have enough for 10 more bodies) I'll try and source some Games Workshop Savage Orc heads and use those. 

As for the game itself, we went for Age of Sigmar and played a 50point game using the SCGT comp pack. We played The Cursed City battleplan from the Quest for Ghal Maraz book, which saw spirits attack larger units as casualties mounted up. I really enjoyed the mechanism and managed to squeeze a win. The savage orcs didn't do anything spectacular - I think they lack the power they had in 8th edition - I expect they need a character near them to perform to their true potential. 

Thursday, 17 March 2016

Monday, 14 March 2016

Thaw of the Lich Lord Part 1

We kicked off our Lich Lord campaign at the ELMs Club last Thusday. I took a Necromancer with an apprentice, 2 archers, a tracker, a thief, a warhound and a man at arms. I managed to summon a snow leopard before the game as an animal companion as well.

The first scenario involves an eclipse with LOS shortening until turn 5 when there is a magical burst and then LOS increases again.

We played about 7 turns, I managed to escape with 3 treasures, Steve got 5 (!) and John only 1. Highlights included my snow leopard stalking around the table and eating a magically buffed treasure hunter and John leaping various summoned creatures at Steve.

After the game I suffered no injuries, picked up a book of bones and 2 Planes walk grimoires, meaning I can learn one, flog the other and purchase myself something expensive, tempted by a barbarian or an apothecary.

Looking forward to the next one anyway!

Monday, 29 February 2016

Ghoul King

I picked up this chap up from Cavalier Books last week with the aim of using him in both Age of Sigmar and Frostgrave. I picked up a box of mantic ghouls at the same time that I intend to paint to match.

I've based him to match the undead knights from the last post, using a Renedra gravestone clipped down to look a bit more rustic.

Wednesday, 24 February 2016

Beginnings of an Undead army

Last year I picked up a few undead bits of ebay very cheaply and they've been languishing in the lead mountain for a while and I decided to pull them out and slap some paint on.

 The figures were released in the 1990s with the circle of blood campaign pack (which I have ideas about trying to play in Age of Sigmar). I really like them - this chap has a real Judge Death feel about him which I'm sure is deliberate.
I'm hoping they will see service in games of AoS as black knights well as skeleton knights in games of God of Battles.

I've still got the command group to paint and I'm scouting on eBay for the mounted wraith that got released at the same time.

Monday, 22 February 2016