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?