Monday, 26 September 2016

The Cast Gathers

Here are the figures I've painted so far.

Top left, we've got Unity Troops from GZG's Tomorrow War Brazilians. I like the way they seem to have a single eyepiece.
Next left, we have cultists from Khurasan. I can't find them on their website any longer.
Next left are security bots by from GZG. I think that they're meant to be 6mm mechs but they remind me a little of the security droid in Robocop.
Bottom left are 'civilian' droids from GZG.
Top right, we have Stalkers using Oddzial Osmy's Vampires. They are quite slight compared to GZG but I love the energy in the poses - just how I would picture people who can teleport.
Next right are a number of adventurers from a variety of manufacturers.
Next right are military types from GZG (can't remember the range) and Oddzial Osmy.
And bottom right are police types from Khurasan.

Sorry, I've just done a job-lot picture. You'll get close-ups when I have my first game which will hopefully happen by the middle of October.
I've got plenty still waiting for a lick of paint, including a number of aliens, but they will have to wait until after my first game.

Saturday, 24 September 2016

Cadan Madak the Bounty Hunter

Having got rid of all my 15mm sci fi figures and scenery a couple of years ago, I've been tempted back into the fold by Nordic Weasel Games' Five Core and Five Parsecs from Home rules (both available from Wargame Vault). There are a number of excellent reviews of the rules elsewhere on the web so I won't bore you with my thoughts, other than the fact that I really like them.

So here is my first character - Cadan Madak the Bounty Hunter.

You can roll dice to create each character. However, I cheated a little. This guy looks like a bounty hunter to me so I decided that that would be his class. The rest of the results have been created by dice rolls:
Origin - Research outpost
Motivation - Revenge
Character Class - Bounty Hunter
Special Circumstances - Infiltration Unit
Talent - Infiltrator

So here's my take on him.

Orphaned at an early age (circumstances unknown), Cadan was transferred by Unity Administration to be a guineapig at an isolated research post where scientists were developing the black ops infiltration 'super soldiers'. However, mistakes were made in the enhancing and conditioning of some of their subjects, including Cadan.
In adolescence, he discovered more than he should have done about his origin and broke free. Now he seeks revenge on those who assigned him to the Unit but to survive he uses his skills in infiltration to operate as a bounty hunter.

Now I need to roll some more dice to recruit his travelling companions.
 

Friday, 1 January 2016

My First Game of the Year!

Looking back at this blog, the last actual game I played was 2nd January 2015 - that is terrible. Last year was way too busy or I spent far too muh time prevaricating. It certainly doesn't help that my main opponent (Son Number 2) now lives in Knutsford - 160 mile away.

Well we finally had another game of Mayhem - Mintaurs versus Fish People.
Sorry about the poor quality photos - new phone rather than my camera. I resort to the latter from now on.

The Fish People Army
Here we have the fish people. The general is the octopus at the rear - rather slow but with a pretty high command dice because he can dirrect eight units at a time.
On the right flank, are the People Spearmen supported by a Fish Giant and on the left flank are Fish People Swordsmen, one unit of which is elite. In the centre is a Fish Hero.

Minotaur Left Flank

 The Minotaurs were pretty basic - just eight units of Minotaurs, one of which was elite. 
The left flank had a hero supporting its rear. 
The right flank had a unit of wolves in front and the general at the rear.





Minotaur Right Flank
Having not played for a year, we were both a bit rusty so I dare say we got things wrong but we had fun so everything was good.

Basically, my Minotaurs advanced on the Fish People and slaughtered them.The Giant Fish did manage to knobble my elite minotaurs but that was it and I'm afraid that I was too good at throwing straight 1's.





One spear unit and two swordsmen already wiped out and due to some really poor dice throwing the Fish Giant is rather left out in the cold.





 
Finally the Giant Fish tries to get close enough to lob a rock or two but to no avail. The swordsmen are wiped out and the Fish People Army breaks.








Let's hope I manage another gam before 2017!
And in the meantime, I hope you all have a wonderful 2016.

Saturday, 13 June 2015

Very Impressed!


A variety of stuff
I ordered some figures from Peter Pig at 9.14am yesterday and before 10.00am today they were delivered. Well done, Peter Pig and Royal Mail!
And in case you're wondering, I'm off on another tangent - hoping to convert them into post-apocalyptic figures for After the Horseman by Two Hour Wargames.
Now it will probably take months (years?) to convert and paint them!


Saturday, 21 February 2015

Froudian Goblin Army Started

Well, here's the start of the Froudian Goblins - a base of Blades, Spears and Flier.


All the figures are Pendraken 10mm. The figures on each flank are Gnomes and are as they come. The figure with knife raised is actually a ratman. I've added a little chin under the snout to make it a little more humanoid. The taller figure at the back is actually a beggar with a head made of ProCreate.





These are all Pendraken Gnomes but the figure second from the right has had his sword replaced with a spear.







A Pendraken owl flies over a seriously converted Gnome. The figure started as the shieldless Gnome with spear (second from the left above). I've chopped off his left arm, head and spear. Then I've replaced his head with one copied from the Gnome with sword using Oyumaru and ProCreate and added left arm, a shield and axe.

I'm reasonably pleased with it.

The bases are a little different from my norm - I have used 1mm static grass from WarWorld rather than the usual Javis longer stuff and a few 2mm Silflor tufts which I hadn't used before. They are really nice and simple to use so I can see future bases having a few of them. Obviously the toadstools are home-made.


I think that this army is going to take some time to complete because I want to try to create  figures of very different heights like Froud's Goblins and I also want some Froud-like trolls so there is going to be quite a bit of converting.


But it's a start. I've entered all three bases in the Pendraken Painting Competition but I will be amazed if I get anywhere - there are some really brilliant entries this year.


Thursday, 15 January 2015

Arrival of the Recruits

Pendraken Miniatures
Well, this morning the goodies arrived from Pendraken Miniatures. I only ordered them late last Thursday so well done, Dave, Leon and the other PM minions, for a speedy service yet again.

So here's what I've got to start the Froudian army off:-

FGN1 Gnomes with Swords
FGN2 Gnomes with Spears
FGN3 Gnomes with Lances (ruddy long spears)
AC38 Giant Owls

The Gnomes with Swords and Spears come in two varieties (one with shield and one without) while there there is just one version of the Gnome with Lance (see below).

 Like the Minotaurs I bought from Pendraken (see here) I plan to convert the Gnomes so that there is more variety. Obviously the poses of these small figures are far more compact than the Minotaurs so this is likely to be a bigger challenge but let's see how I get on. The head of the Gnome with Sword and no shield is nicely clear of clothing, weapons, etc so should give me the chance to copy its head with a bit of Oyumaru so that I can convert a few other figures into Gnomes

I was thinking of mounting a Gnome on each of the owls but I am not sure that the owls are big enough to convincingly take the weight of them. I might have a rethink on that one.

I have my day off tomorrow so hopefully I'll have an hour or two to have a play.


Thursday, 8 January 2015

Recruiting a New Army - Decisions, Decisions

Last  year I sold off my Animal Farm and Pirate Armies (see here) as they didn't really fit in with my others. Not surprisingly I have been thinking about creating another army for a while but what to do? So many figures, so little time!

I quite fancy doing one based on Black Hat's "not-Ewoks" Tolero at some stage, especially now that they do them mounted too. But not at the moment.

I could do with another human army but am still contemplating what type to go for - barbarian, peasant revolt, aztec, caveman (with various creatures).

In the end my mind has been made up by the Pendraken painting competition 2015. I've always liked the art of Brian Froud and have recently been very inspired by DeafNala's "Last Hurrah Project" on the Lead Adventurers Forum. So I am going to give it a go to create a "Froudian" army using Pendraken's 10mm Gnomes as a basis. The competition is only open for a month so I am going to start small with a couple of units and if they work out I will go for it big time.

Watch this space.