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Warhammer Fantasy Battle

So having now painted a fair number of fantasy figures there is a need to start to work out how they could be used. Mordheim initially springs to mind with a solid background and some nice terrain already build. My original plan was to use the figures as part of a D&D game but this still looks a long way off.

With my thoughts returning to old school gaming I have been toying with gladiatorial battles perhaps using the fantasy trip or one of the early old school games. This has now come around to possibly using 3rd (or 2nd) edition warhammer fantasy battle.  These early rule sets certainly cover most of the creatures that I was thinking of using and of course I already own the rules. For 3rd edition I have the rulebook, siege, army lists and slaves to darkness. So plenty to be getting on with. I also have the box and booklet for Terror of the Lichemaster but the cardboard figures and most of the buildings are long gone.
However I do really like the later editions of WHFB, with a lot o…

Otherworld Giant and Barbarian

Otherworld Stone Giant, mainly dry brushed.

Plus a Barbarian by Grenadier (I think).

Roleplaying Background

Mark, recently posted a piece on early Runequest so I thought I’d add some thoughts as how I got into the hobby. Back in 1977 I joined King John School, Essex which had a games club run by a Mr Eagle. The original early games that I remember being involved in were war games, most notably,  MTB, and early WRG WW2 rules using 1/300th micro tanks, Modern British vs Russian  1/300th armour (no idea where they went), and Skytrex WW1 and WW2 aerial (again just where did those aircraft go?).

 But my imagination really took off when we started playing Dungeons and Dragons (presumably white box but I cannot remember). The first adventure I remember playing I was a barbarian fighter type who got into lots of trouble in an Inn and failed quite heroically trying to kick his way through a wattle and mud wall. Mr Eagle soon killed me off when I recklessly removed a spear from a statue only to be crushed as the roof fell on my head. Anyway I was hooked.
In the early eighties I attended a f…

Mordheim and other figures

Just a quick update on some recently painted figures

Citadel Vampire for Mordheim.

Otherworld Otuygh

Some westwind insane asylum inmates

 And finally some old Rafm Hunting horrors.

Otherworld Bugbears

Painted a few months ago, hopefully a better picture to follow.

Avengers Assemble 1

About time I got around to these repaints of some heroclix figures I picked up some time ago. I have been a big fan of the Avengers since the early eighties and am only missing a few issues of the original series. Unfortunately the ones I am missing are the ones that cost the most.
I black wash the prepainted heroclix figure. Then base coat the colour I intend on using and highlight up. Still takes me around an hour.

They are based on a mix of pieces of slate (picked up off the road) and some filler. I was trying to get the impression hulk had just smashed into the ground from a jump.
I painted the base while the undercoat was drying (I was impatient), effectively blending the colours I dry brushed on together.
So first off the Incredible Hulk Then Iron Man in a latter armour, I would prefer an earlier armour but am prepared to wait until the price is right.

Finally an old John Constantine figure (from Black Cat) with the hulk giving him some needed muscle (for scale).

Junta – Game review – a blast from the past

We have not played Junta for > 15 years and it was perhaps unsurprising how well it held up, given  the good memories of old games. In the old days when we played this game it was always fun but seemed to take an age to get finished. Particularly  during a coup  which always took at least an hour to complete. After this game we realised that perhaps part of this was due to the people we used to play with and their slow, methodical approach to decision making during a board game.
The rules were easily remembered and  although I am certain we made a few mistakes came back quite quickly. What with assassinations, bribes, 2 coups attempts, both successful, but one turncoat rebel spoiling the impact of the first one, occurring within 2 hours the game was a resounding success. To  cap it all after the initial jibes about not having any cash in my Swiss bank account and being assassinated for at least the first four turns I ended up winning.  I will take this victory even i…

Grenadier Druid

Day off work and not much on so finished an old Grenadier Druid, recently bought from Marks collection.
Photgraphed indoors, macro with flash, still need to improve my photography.

Otherworld Leeches and an old wind elemental

Wind elemental has been on the painting pile for at least 20 years!

Mansions of madness - Game Review

We played mountains of madness the other day the new call of Cthulhu based board game. Mark had played before and offered to act as keeper having set up a rather elaborate board before we arrived. The game was intuitive and lasted just under two hours. At one point it looked like the investigators had no chance as a Chthonian was summoned, and there were five Cultists lurking around, but due to a few shriving spells (and the fact that 2 cultists were sacrificed to summon the Chthonian) we soon destroyed it and won the day. Without the spell our choice of characters would have had no chance as we had no missile weapons and were physically weak. Playing again we would give careful consideration in respect of the mix of characters and skills.
During the game Paul was pointed out that he should act as if the shoggoth had not been summoned as his playing piece was not in the room concerned. Obviously tongue in cheek, but we did remind him that we would never win a board game if he played li…

Otherworld Treeman, mimics - and a focus to the blog

Diverted from the Kobolds, and having been away at the Latitude Music Festival I worked on an Otherworld Minatures tree man.

Painted with mainly GW paints, Base coated, Khemri Brown, with progressively lighter dry brushes of Kommando Karki and Dheneb stone I used a liberal was of Devlin Mud wash.

The beard was Dark angels green, with Catachan and goblin green highlights.

Foliage is woodland scenic’s clump foliage and some fine foliage together with some ivy from warlord games running up his leg. The background is a piece of scrachbuilt bocage.

Followed by two mimics which were a joy to paint, very old school.

Given my friends obsession with setting up blogs I have decided that this blog will concentrate on any fantasy figure painting from now on with my other forays being posted on the other blogs relevant to the subject matter. The intention is to post at least once a month.

Next plan is some otherworld Z's and a GW vampire to round out my mordheim undead warband.

Otherworld Ghouls

Painted on the back of a colour suggestions from a GW employee, but underocated white for a change. Bases are resin castings bought of the web.

Otherworld Kobolds and other

A photo update of the kobolds completed over the last two weeks, depite being away working in Paris for 3 days and two trips to London.

 Plus a previously painted, Minataur, Owlbear and Demon

Been Busy

Over the last two weeks I have been very busy so the hobby side has hit the back burner.
I have been working on some bases for my studio miniatures zombies. I am currently filing the bases supplied with model clay which hardens in 24hrs and either marking some groves to represent paving slabs or topping with sand to represent ash felt. The Z is then removed from his slotta tab and pinned to the base before undercoating.

Additionally I have been painting up some otherworld Kobolds which I built and based some time ago. The figures were stuck to the usual slotta base and then the base was covered with non branded wall filler. I then cut some random groves in the base to represent stone work before undercoating.
The figures are quite nice but come with separate hands/arms and can be quite fiddly to stick together.
Mark (wardy-la) mentioned he liked this figure so here’s a painted version done some time ago
. I have also taken delivery of a bag of Cthulhu and plan on painting a few of these up …

Painting Update

Managed to finish most of the uncompleted stuff on my desk this week plus a few extras.

Firstly Darkest Africa explorers painted some time ago.

The balance of the Darkest Africa women explorers
An old school Citadel Elf Mage Citadel Hook Horror which I have had since it was released in the 80's
A couple of citadel snakes off of ebay a few months ago, followed by two Vampire Wars wolfs, quite possibly to be used for mordhiem as part of the undead warband.

And finally my last batch of metal saxons, with Gripping Beast shield transfers, blended in with a bit of paint (you can just see the line where the transfer ends on the blue shield).

Now I just need to decide on one project

Painting Bench Update

The proof of my inability to focus is on the painting table. The following 75% finished figures, 3 Saxons, 2 modern zombies, 3 Darkest africa, 1 Elf mage (who has been there at least 4 months).

Also one modern character in a wheelchair (a very welcome gift), one sudan mounted dervish, 1 acw figure (think he is there as I found him on the floor), 2 snakes, 2 wolfs a vampire and a dreg (for mordheim).

That ignores anything within reaching distance.....

Anyway a picture of a recent darkest Africa female explorer,

AWI Game pictures

Just some eye candy from Saturdays ACW game in East Bergholt. None painted by me, but most are certainly by someone just a bit more talented.