Friday, 16 February 2018

New Wood...

My Treeman! Ok, not the greatest model ever, but for my first go at sculpting I'm very happy with how it turned out.  Not quite a traditional treeman- I never liked the long legged look, Much prefer to think of them moving around on a writhing mass of tentacle-like roots, and permanently miffed about being woken from a nap...

I've been reading/watching macbeth/macdeath a bit recently and thinking I ought to make more....

Thursday, 15 February 2018

Old lead

Some more stuff has been rolling off the painting table this week:

First up, the Crew of the Cutting Snark have been reinforced- There must be representatives here from at least 5 of  Citadels various Barbarian/Tribesmen/Viking ranges. Combined they make a motley crew but thats how I like my Pirates!

Demogorgon.  Nuff. Said.

Copplestone Barbarian, she'll be joining my Chaos army.

A Knight for my Bretonnian army, pretty sure he's citadel, probably an early Bretonnian.

And another project Ive been working on this week- Sculpting! never tried to make a figure before but I'd always wanted a treeman, and never been happy with the ones made commercially, so decided to make my own,. He consists mostly of electrical cable, electrical tape, wirewool and milliput. Still some work to be done...

Sunday, 4 February 2018

Spring Clean...

I was going through my camera deleting stuff and came across a whole file of pics of stuff I'd painted and games played that I realised I hadnt posted, so in no particular order:

First up - last year I started renovating my old 40k tanks- I had a bunch of Scratchbuilt and converted tanks, but they weren't very good and I decided to scrap the worst of them and do some work on the rest, but first I took a picture to record my various tanks, flying chimeras, Shermans Russ's and Mortar Carriers and the like.  As they are rebuilt I'll post them here...

A Rogue Trader from Knightmare miniatures.  I rather like this chap.
 A bunch of scifi civies from the old Metal Magic range, currently made by Moonraker Miniatures.  Got the rest painted around here somewhere and they populate my 40k and Necromunda tables.
 Picked this beastie up from Northstar during one of those nickstarters.  No idea what to do with him but I liked him.
 Legolas on a horse from the old Citadel LOTR range
 Some 1/43 scale armoured cars for my Cadian Imperial Guard. These are the collectable diecast models you see on the front of magazines occasionally and can be found cheap on ebay- I upgunned them to fit in with my 40k stuff.

 One of the first of the rebuilds mentioned above- This Vanquisher was originally scratch built by me about 13 years ago, and has finally had all the gaps in its armour filled up , and more detail.  I'm very happy with the result, especially as it was my first go with humbrol weathering powders.
 This tank is a new one, a gift to myself when I was feeling very ill!  Its a lasercut card kit, of a scifi'd WW1 mk4 tank. It was fun to build and looks great. If my ww1 British ever stray onto the battlefields of the 41st millennium this will be providing vital support!

 Had a growing pile of duff computer mice in the shed, finally decided to do something about it- Grav-Cars!  2 civie models and 1 police car, with lasguns and a missile launcher for laying down the law...theres some cops around here too...

As Frostgrave Ghost Archipelago has proved rather popular around here I felt some scenery was in order- Found this toy pirate ship and shark for about £7 and set to work turning them into something a bit more suitable for the tabletop!

 Rather pleased with how they both turned out- the shark was cut in half and the base decorated with silicone sealant to give that churning water effect!
 The ship was heavily modified with a new mast and bowsprit, companion way, and new decks fore and aft.
 Just in time for my first game!

 It didnt go well, with a lot of my guys struggling in the water, though my Heritor did his best to defeat all comers and escape with the treasure!

 Heres a bunch of critters for F:GA

 Erik Erikson and the crew of the Cutting Snark-  a motley collection of old Citadel tribesmen, vikings and barbarians. Theres 6 more on the painting table as I type.

 We've been playing a necromunda campaign recently- the Laserburn Boys gained a holestead early on and are here defending it against an incursion of corrupt police officers - the fuzz came off the worse in this fight!

 Another F:GA game against David, with the crew of the Cutting Snark using small boats to good effect to make off with a pile of treasure!

 We had another Frostgrave gaming day in January but I only managed to get two pics, both of Daves game V Chris, trying to find their way through the magical portals to the treasure room!

 This lot where actually finished quite a while ago but I hadn't taken a picture at the time- this is all my Dark Elf infantry- Just gotta get the cold one knights finished I suppose!

Another set that were done ages ago, My Rogue Trader Guard, though theyve had reinforcements since this pic was taken! May have to get the whole lot out again...

I took part in the F:GA nickstarter last year and here are some of the freebies and the treasure tokens that came with it. Also included are a very old beastman, and er, some sort of squidheaded chap who I picked up free from a box of unwanted figures but which I rather liked.

And some more renovated tanks!  My Cruisers were showing their age, but I still felt they had potential, so I smoothed off the rough edges, rebuilt the front glacis, hull gun position and main gun mantlet, and the side plating. Since this was taken all my tanks have had various icons and numbers added.

Sunday, 3 December 2017

Lichlord- Slightly Thawed...

Realising we just couldn't get enough games of anything in if we just stuck to playing on Thursday nights at the club we are making a conscious effort to get more weekend gaming in- last month we had a Pikemans Lament Campaign day, a week or two later we did a big Napoleonics game. I may write more about them soon, but today we decided we were going to to play Frostgrave, and more specifically to try and play some of scenarios in the Thaw of the Lich Lord supplement.  And this was sufficient incentive for me to start building more scenery!

I decided I was going to provide at least a tablesworth of terrain- ruined buildings etc. Unfortunately I got rather distracted by a few other projects and it was only a week before that I started construction!  I plied knife and glue gun till the wee hours for a week, beating my chosen materials of foam core and coffee stirrers into surly submission relentlessly until at last the ruins of Frostgrave emerged from my workbench! And it looked a little like this:

I managed to put together 20 ruined buildings , a small pile of scatter terrain, rubble and walls etc. 3 rowing boats and a ship.  Not bad for a weeks work eh?  And of course the ship and boats will be handy for exploring the Ghost Archipelago! 

Im particularly pleased with the ship- its a bit rough around the edges but given I didn't even intend to build it until about 36 hours before the 1st game I think it turned out ok! Like the rest of the terrain, its simply foam core covered in coffee stirrers and matchsticks. The mast is removable and held in place with a large washer and a couple of magnets. And yes, the little rowing boats are Lego...lined with yet more coffee stirrers.

We played three games, the first three from the Thaw of the Lichlord.   My first game against David went very well with my Invulnerable knight cornering his wizard and beating him to death, whilst everyone else tore his warband to bits. I got a bit pile a treasure, and a magic sword for my Knight, and David got a large amount of rolls on the injuries table and the funeral bill for his apprentice.
 Game 2 against Geoff was fought across the icy river with the ship at the centre went less well. I ended up with a decent amount of treasure but with little experience and almost my entire band down and out by the end. Only one fatality thankfully, who was replaced with a bagpipe player! 
And we finished off with a 3 way ambush of a cartful of treasure, guarded by four suspicious looking buggers in cowls. Despite 9 treasure tokens on the board I managed to avoid taking home any at all! My gang took a bit of a beating- despite laying down a fair bit of firepower my wizards just couldn't do enough damage- they managed to bag an apprentice but dozens of other targets were hit but escaped unscathed- and they were generally to many or to tough for my motley collection of musicians and thugs to go toe to toe with. As a result Chris and Daffyd took home 4 and 5 respectively, and I was down 20gc thanks to niggling injuries! 

Oh well..

Trying out Ghost Archipelago on Thursday, but heres some more pics from today: