Thursday, 31 December 2015

2015 Final painting update

Here's the last of my finished 2015 painting including some I'd thought that I had already shared;

First up the missing models from lady month, some armed peasants from Wargames Foundry and another ten skeletons from Mantic Games.

And now my recent work;

Purple Worm, Ankheg and Cthon from Reaper.

Ettin, Roper and Marsh Trolll again from Reaper.

Official Frostgrave miniatures from Northstar. A Wraith, two Snow Trolls and the treasure tokens from the Return of the Lich campaign.

Saturday, 19 December 2015

Warlord 28mm Napoleonic Late French Infantry - a mini review

 Last year at the Derby show, we had a sprue of French Infantry in our carrier bag. It's taken all this time for me to think about painting them, a recent couple of games of Sharp Practice 2 may have helped.

I believe these figures represent infantry in post 1812 uniforms albeit in greatcoats, which does make for easier painting. With no tunics showing, the changes will be reflected in the changes to the shakos. Let's face it when you are in a game you are not going to notice the subtle changes.

This box comes with five of the six figure sprues plus a selection of metals for the command. I'm only going to comment on the plastics as they are the ones I have.

The sprues comprise six marching figures, two have flank company epulettes, six backpacks of which two have sabres again for the flank companies. There are ten heads, either in shako or covered shako with a single example of a  bare head and a forage cap.

I believe Warlord might have their own tool makers rather than use Renedra like the Perrys and I think the figures suffer for it. The bodies have sprue connections at the base, arm and on the neck join, the latter connection is awkward to clean up. The heads also have two connections to the side and base of the neck. Warlord use a flat join rather than ball joint, which has less poseability, with both pieces needing cleanup you will have to take care to get a good fit.

I have mounted my figures onto some large nails with my glue gun, I attempted to do much of the base coating with my airbrush. First up the shakos and packs were primed black and the rest of the model white, in reality the pressure needed for the Vallejo primer meant the black got a lot of overspray.

Followed up with more black, off white for the trousers then grey or brown for the greatcoats. 

The models are completed by hand with the normal mix of Vallejo, Foundry etc.

Overall, once painted I'm very happy with them, the minimal assembly was a major bonus. Take care with the neck joints.

More ruins, bones and Dragon Rampant

I managed to grab some more Dreamholme Scenics ruins on eBay, more pieces with steps and some archways. I've popped a piece from the Garden of Morr in the centre along with some painted Reaper Bones, the Dire Boar is from Paizo Wizkids D&D range sold prepainted.

On a recent trip to Birmingham, I popped in to Ian Allen bookshop, a mecca for modellers and military history buffs. In the gaming section was a single copy of Dragon Rampant, I snapped this up as I painted some of the miniatures shown inside.

A busy weekend, London and all day gaming

I recently took advantage of some very cheap train tickets for a day out in London, a visit to the Dragonmeet show and a general explore. Arriving relatively early at Marylebone, I couldn't help but walk up the road to Baker Street to see 221b with it's blue plaque and museum next door.

Outside the entrance to the tube station was even a Holmes statue. All very apt as I was reading Moriarty by Anthony Horowitz on the train down and finishing it on the return journey.

I love The Clash so had to take this!

Getting to Dragonmeet just before the doors opened, there was a queue so I walked in and explored a little before turning back and headed in. The show was quite small, for the amount of people inside it was also quite hot. The scheduled RPG sessions were also together and i imagine that room would have been quite noisy when it ol got going. Much of what was there I had seen at Games Expo in the summer, also despite a stand selling Frostgrave, with the author a present there were no demos.

I was hoping for a D&D session but the few scheduled were for the afternoon and evening which clashed with my train, a bit frustrating but once I'd seen everything and spoke to a few folks I left and made my way back to the tube.

Wandering London, I found Orcs Nest, a well stocked games shop near Seven Dials, lots of stock and worth a visit. 

The next day was the clubs Xmas all day meeting, we had Rich and Nick from TooFatLardies popping down once again and we played a couple of games of the forthcoming revision of Sharp Practice. Doing away with the bonus deck, the game uses the 'Grasp the Nettle' cards for additional game effects. I'm really looking forward to these, Rich has promised a play test copy soon.

All the terrain and models were painted by Jim.

The scenario involved the French trying to sneak a cart of loot off table whilst holding off the British. We played the game twice, swapping sides and the British won both games, the French being frustrated by the antics of their officers.

Following the game I seem to have bought more Perry plastics, how did that happen?

Monday, 30 November 2015

More Bones!

Alas no finished painting this week as I've had a busy weekend. I had a wet day in Cardiff but found the time to pop to the not so new Firestorm Games store, just a stones throw from the original. Here's a shot of the retail area, lots of great stock and a good selection of paints.

The gaming centre is run separately and has an alcohol licence too. Lots of tables in a clean and bright environment.

I picked up some more paints and the Mantic Dungeon Saga furniture pack as well as picking up a package of Reaper Bones left for me by Annie, the Dice Bag Lady.

I think the furniture pack is great, hard plastic with no visible casting lines. The chests all have separate lids, I'd definately by another pack even if I don't need multiples of the throne and well. Recommended.

The Reaper Bones range is a great source for monsters for D&D and games like Frostgrave or Otherworld skirmish. I've added a couple of Mantic zombie trolls I picked up recently whilst Northstar had them on offer.

In the above photo you will also find a Purple Worm, Brass Bull. Chthon, Imp, Dire Wolves, Marsh Troll, Roper, Gelatinous Cube, Ankheg, Clay, Flesh and Stone Golems. These are already undercoated and will be fun to paint.

Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Fantasy scenics

Here's a few finished scenic bits and pieces I've picked up recently. First up here they are in a little scene on the painting table with some miniatures.

The treasure is the Cursed Treasure from Ristuls Market available in the UK from The Dice Bag Lady while the ruins, statue and barricade are from Dreamholme Scenics.

Tuesday, 17 November 2015

Frostgrave Adventurers

Just as I finish my Frostgrave adventurers, the postman drops off a parcel from Northstar containing my Nickstarter for the 'Thaw of the Lichelord', before I show the contents, here's the finished adventurers.

I have tried to give myself a good selection of models in all the standard types. I've included some female heads from statuesque miniatures, available from The Dice Bag Lady.

First up there's the new book. This is a campaign with some new henchmen, magic and monsters to fight. 

Here's one of the new sprues. Included are some bits and pieces to make zombies from both these and original adventurers set as well as a selection of weapons and many heads.

Resin treasure tokens and The Dark Cauldron. The cauldron walls are quite thin, I'm going to add a couple of coats of Mr Surfacer paint-on filler to try and thicken the sides.

Lich Wizard and Apprentice, again great sculpts.

Bard and Mule

Frost Wraith and Templar (free with the Nickstarter)

I've added these to my order, I needed a couple of Snow Trolls. I'll try and bend one of the arms so they aren't identical. There are only a couple of bits I need to complete the original bestiary now, I have some Reaper Bones to pick up in a few weekends.

Monday, 16 November 2015

I sat in a Vulcan ....

The Jet Age museum has opened recently in nearby Staverton, the museum particularly focuses on Gloster aircraft. Here's a few shots from my phone, I'm going back soon with a proper camera.

Gloster Javelin

Gloster Meteor

Gloster E28

Gloster Gamecock

More Meteors

Later variant with a radar

Harrier two seat trainer cockpit

Here's the Vulcan. It was recovered from an aircraft broken for spares, the nose was painted silver and painted silver as a rocket and placed as a rocket pointing upwards. When Jet Age got it, they stripped the paint and discovered a well preserved interior.

Climb up the crew hatch and there's a tight squeeze and then you are in the pilot and co-pilot positions.

Tiny Windows

Behind you is the seating for the Navigator and Flight Engineer.

Please forgive the quality of the photos as they are taken from my phone in poor lighting.

Monday, 12 October 2015

Derby, Kickstarters and painting.

I'm rolling up three posts in to one as I've not managed to get the earlier posts written.

A couple of weekends ago, Ade and I popped in his car  and took the trip up to Donnington Park. The venue is a great improvement on both of the university and the Hexagon. A good queue met us as we parked up which got moving and soon we were inside.

We made a great effort to go up and down the Isles to see all the traders, I particularly wanted to check out 15mm ancients, looking for size matches with the Forged in Battle Gauls. Alas the Blue Moon figures at Old Glory were too big, they are very nice, Donnington proved to be a good match and I'll send them an order before the end of the year. Alas we didn't find the Open Combat table.

My haul at the end of the day included another 4ground building, a few more reaper bones, Foundry peasants and more foam trays. Most of my cash went to Annie, the Dice Bag Lady, she had some Frostgrave bits and then I succumbed to the temptation and bought the Otherworld fantasy skirmish game along with the cards and counters.

Wargames Emporium had painted three up versions of the new cultists, these come out next month. I've got a box coming on the Nickstarter along with some freebies.

This was probably my favourite game of the show, even if it is Bolt Action, good looking terrain and not too much kit on the table.

Coming home, the postman had tried to deliver a parcel, my 'Return of the Monsters' Kickstarter had turned up from Heresy Miniatures. Much of this is multi part so I won't have any decent photos till I have at least assembled them. To come we have giant maggots, waspquitos, a Minotaur, a vampire and a cyclops. Watch this space.

I have been busy assembling my Frostgrave soldiers, a few now have female heads too. Here's a couple of new beasts.

Northstar Large Constuct

Reaper Bones Werewolf - a big model, very imposing.

Hopefully I will have more skeletons finished this week as well as treasure piles from Ristuls Market.