Monday, 28 September 2015

It's all Greek to me?

These Victrix Greeks have been finished for a couple of weeks now but I've wanted to put some static grass on the bases and I needed something more faded out.

Armoured Mercenary hoplites, I messed up one of the LBMS decals and didn't have a spare so I left one blank. They were to be honest a right pain in the arse to do, faced with doing a couple of hundred for my Gauls in 15mm, I decided against it.

Unarmoured hoplites.

Peltasts and javelin men.

Slingers and archers, these are going to be used for Open Combat and 7th Voyage.

I've founded and painted a few more Mantic undead, ghouls and zombies, shown here on my new 4ground ruin.

And there was another 4ground building to bring me up to 4.

I had a short holiday down in Devon this last week and visited Dartmouth castle, steeped in history from the Hundred Years' War to WW2, great stuff and bound to inspire some scenarios.

Tuesday, 8 September 2015

Farewell to Kelham Hall

This weekend saw us load up Ade's car for the trip to Partizan, a show I'd not been to for a few years, this was to be the last show at this venue, so we made the trip for old times sake.

Historically Partizan was always the place for Wargames eye candy, I'm not too sure that's a claim they can make any more, but there were some good, some bad and some awful. They were all let down by the main hall being extremely dark.

A particular fun highlight was the minions racing game as shown below.

I'd gone with a small list and was relatively successful.

A couple more 4ground buildings
War and Empire 15mm Gauls
A couple of 'Temporal Adventurers' from Crooked Dice
Fenris Games Harpies.

I was pleasantly surprised when I opened the first pack of Gallic infantry, all the figures in the pack are different, some have different shields or extra javelins etc, no two the same.

There is a few models that need their hands drilling out for the javelins, under the magnifying lamp, I can see clear indents to help with the drilling out. These are going to be great to paint but don't expect tartans and checks.

Saturday, 5 September 2015

Frostgrave metals and more

When Northstar ran their Nickstarter campaign for the release of Frostgrave, I backed the level which would get me the rule book, the plastic soldier box and a wizard pack. To this I added another couple of wizard sets and got the free treasure tokens and bonus models.

Lazily I have let myself be quite influenced by the paint schemes on the adverts for these. We have from left to right, the Elementalists, Summoners and Necromancers. These figures are excellently sculpted and well cast, very easy to paint.

This next group are a mixed selection, book ending the group are two Crusader Norman crossbowmen, then from the left a Harlequin Mage, Salute Richard the Lionheart, Frostgrave Knight freebie and Crusader 'Templar' freebie, finally an old Citadel Barbarian that had been in the lead mountain for years.

The Frostgrave package came with a selection of metal and resin items for use as treasure tokens, in the game each players needs three.

From ebayer trader 'thegamingcave', now running a kickstarter for more toads and stirges, we have a giant toad and some bone debris piles.

More models from eBay, from '2ndCityGames' a large mastiff in the centre, flanked my some brown bears and snow leopards, in the front hyenas. The bears are a little small but the others are sized just right.

Needing some zombies, I picked up a regiment pack of Mantic zombies, these are great models made all the more grizzly by the application of Citadel blood paint. For more variety it is possible to mixed these up with the ghouls.

Again more Mantic, the skeletons look small on their sprues but assembled are painted, they look the park. There isn't too much variety in how they can be assembled but they are easy to put together and they are in proportion with their weapons, I've another ten of these as well as more zombies and ghouls to come.

This giant snake is a plastic board game piece from one of the D&D board games.

These models have all appeared here before but here they are again, a mix of Reaper bones and D&D plastics.

Finally again to complete the set my three large D&D models, with my 4ground houses in the background. The cobblestone surface is a cloth mat printed by Deep Cut studios in Poland. We did a club order and got a selection of mats, they game quickly and we were all really pleased with them.