Monday, 24 February 2014

It's cold and wet outside

It's been rather cold and wet lately which hasn't encouraged me spend much time at my painting table, this weekend the weather seems to have taken a turn for spring.

I helped run some games of Dead Man's Hand which went down well, we are looking forward to the campaign rules which I believe are coming out for Salute. Last week I also rolled up the characters for a Chain of Command campaign using the 'At the Sharp End' supplement and played a game of X-Wing, ending the Star Wars trilogy early by getting Darth Vader killed.

Onto the painting;

First up is the first of my miniatures for Empire of the Dead, these are Perry Miniatures ACW rioters and a Foundry Sebastian Moran.

Next, Reaper Bones Orcs for my future fantasy skirmish project.

For my Dux Saxon force, a pack of figures from Musketeer Miniatures, giving me a 'wizard', a bard and a early Christian priest. In th middle a Foundry barbarian and on the right hand side, a witch woman and followers along with their trophies.

Some Gripping Beast monks, these are good for a broad spread of history, these will crop up in dark ages, Napoleonic games and maybe even as a mysterious cult in 7TV

Some scenic bits to conclude, a pile of loot and a well.

I'm currently finishing up some more Saxons and Thursday might see the start of a new Chain of Command campaign. Sunday should take us to the Overlord show in Abingdon.

Monday, 10 February 2014


II've been looking for a suitable cyclops model for 7th Voyage, I had been struggling to find something suitable, many of the old models on eBay manage to be both expensive and too small.

Luckily I came across a photo from someone else's game, where they used a resin collectible model from a Japanese company called X-Plus, I managed to find one on eBay in a damaged box which I duly stalked and sniped at the end of the auction.

I was very pleased when it came, I have mounted it up on a 60mm MDF base, building up the back of the base with foam pizza tray off cuts cut to shape when set.

Visiting a local discount shop not the way home, I found some Hobbit figures, sold blind in a bag for 29p, the model inside the bag felt big so I took a chance.

This is what I found inside, a bronze draws. I glued the axes on the bag and most of the hammer in to the hand. Oddly the feet had pegs on them, the base had holes, but despite the base being right for the model, bore no relation to the pegs whatsoever. Cutting off one of the pegs soon sorted that.

I have given the model a slight extra bronze drybrush and am painting the base to more resemble stone. This will serve as a statue, not bad for the price, the rest of the range is odd - there are ten models all available in bronze, silver and gold. 

This weeks gaming has been limited to the worst game of zombiecide ever, we all died horrible, running out of walkers several times, and many games of carcassonne on my tablet. I shall pick up a boxed copy of this later in the year.

Tuesday, 4 February 2014

Something 'Crooked' this was comes .....

Here's the first installment of my Crooked Dice collection.

First up is the patrol robot from Blakes 7 and three 'weeping angels' first seen in the Dr Who episode, Blink.

Next up a quartet of reanimated scarecrows.

Next up should be a pack of Perry Miniatures Civil War rioters who will help form a mob in Empire of the Dead.

Sunday, 2 February 2014

January Round Up

First up is some more photos of painted Reaper Bones figures, these have been on my Twitter feed but not here;

An Inn keeper and his staff.

Kobolds, always up to no good, you can't count them, they are always jumping up and down at the back.

Giant Rats.

This months painting totals, everything finished in January, are;

28mm - 27
15mm - 24
12mm- 152

I have also managed to play one game of Infinity, one of Dead Mans Hand, played in two games of Chain of Command and umpired another two.

Hopefully February should see more 15mm and 28mm painted, as well as more games and the start of a Chain of Command campaign.