Friday, 11 August 2017

Something old . . . . something new.

Despite it being the summer hols I have not been smashing through the lead mountain.

Usually I get the majority of my painting done during the six weeks hols but apart from building and painting 'Fozzriks Gatehouse' my painting mojo has been pretty low.

One thing I have got finished up is this brute of a Stonehorn which has absorbed far too much of my time with the brush.

Well at least that is two of my three generals finished for my Badlands armies.

For a change of palette, yesterday I decided to dig into the 'cupboard of doom' to find and finish the oldest piece of lead in there, in one sitting.

It turned out to be this lunp of lead below which is a 1990 Grenadier Miniatures, Barbarian.

Anyone else think he looks a bit too much like the Heroquest Barbarian?

So twenty seven years later it finally gets a coat of paint and finished!

I have destinct memories of buying it from the top floor of Hamleys in Regent Street when it used to have a modeling section!

So here he is my oldest (until recently) unpainted miniature next to my newest painted miniature.

Here is one final look at the Stonehorn and hopefully it will see some action before the end of the Badlands campaign.

Now the numbers

Miniatures painted / sold this year = 190

Miniatures bought 113
341 miniatures to go

Monday, 7 August 2017

Blood in the Badlands. Game 12. Geheimnisnacht. Autumn scenario, the battle for Fozzrik's Gatehouse.

Despite his bravado Captain Guthook could not help but be amazed by the ethereal tower that had materialised before them with the rising of the sun.

Even the snorting Cygor the Slaughtermaster had bound to their cause stared at the sky in wonder! It's single eye surveying colours his brutish mind could not even begin to comprehend.

Guthook stared down the line of the Ogres and his Orc allies which had mustered for this battle and smiled. Within the massed ranks titans of legend towered above their temporary masters, their minds subjugated to their cause through scrolls of binding.

Guthook winked at his half brother 'Big Eric' as horns blared up and down the line signalling the advance. Soon the Gatehouse would be theirs and therefore they would be one step closer to getting their hands on that bloody flying fastness!

Thursday, 3 August 2017

Fozzrik's Gate house. Blood in the Badlands.

By Sigmar!! It FLIES!!!!!!!

Still giggly and silly from the wonders of BOYL 2017 and knowing Geheimnisnacht is due this weekend in the Badlands I wanted to create something a bit special for the game.

Sunday, 30 July 2017

BOYL 2017. The Photo dump

So this Sunday I was up bright and early to begin the drive up to the 'lead belt' and visit the Foundry for 'Bring out your lead' 2017.

The weather was gorgeous and the roads clear so it was a lovely drive and a great beginning to the day.

As always I had that little tingle of anticipation as I walked towards the main marquee and thought about what wonders would be on display on the alpha tables.

My word I was not going to be disappointed as this year everyone had brought their 'A game'!

Saturday, 29 July 2017

Back from the land of the Dragon (Not Westeros but Wales).

Just returned from a caravanning holiday in Wales .

The weather was what we would call 'bracing'! so my son and I ended up inside playing a LOT of Ultramarine so it was not all bad.

At one point we even got the wife playing.

Little fella was adept with the event cards by the end of the week and would often hit me with 'triple whammys'!

Now back home and having a break in the weather I have some chips from the lead mountain to present.

First up my Ogre Kingdoms BSB.

It is a kit bash of various GW and Titan forge bits.

Second up is my completed 'Hunter' from the Icewind Assault box set.

I will be using him as a 'Lore of Beasts' Slaughter master in the Blood in the Badlands campaign.

I also finished up this Titan Forge cauldron as a bit of a speed paint.

Lano and I have been snapping these up cheap on eBay to use as Cauldrons of boiling oil for our siege games.

I will also use mine as unit fillers as they also fit the Ogre theme.

Finally some Gnobblars I sort of finished by accident while waiting for various ink washes and such to dry.

Off to have a mooch around BOYL tomorrow so expect a photo dump of mad cap photos in the upcoming days.

Now the numbers

Miniatures painted / sold this year = 188

Miniatures bought 104
334 miniatures to go!

Thursday, 20 July 2017

All sorts at the Creative Biscuit, South Woodford.

Had a real mixed bag going on at our monthly meeting at the Creative Biscuit this month.

We had Warmachine . . . . . .

Gore Chosen . . . . . .

And Macca and I once again had a shoot out with 'Legends of the Old West' . . . . .

Next meeting is the 17th of August for more fun and games and hand grenades!

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Blood in the Badlands. Game 11. Snatching defeat from the jaws of victory!

With Lano MIA last Sunday, Phil, Lee and I met up at Ilford Wargaming Group to play 2000 points of Triumph and treachery!

Ilford Wargaming tend to focus on 'proper' table top war games but welcomed us with open arms and I fully recommend the club for some Sunday games of little soldiers.

Phil, Lee and I set up our 2000 points (plus extras) for battle.

Monday, 17 July 2017

Legends of the Old West. The ballard of the righteous Wyart Earp. The finale

With the start of the summer holidays for yours truly, my brother and I met up Saturday to finish off our 'Legends of the Old West campaign'.

It was decided for a final shoot-out we would play the classic 'High Noon' scenario with the 'Duel' element thrown in to give us a suitably cinematic final foray for this campaign.

Monday, 10 July 2017

Blood in the Badlands. Game 10. "There are some things you can only learn in a storm" Joel Osteen.

The Hunter stared up in awe at the gigantic fastness he could see hovering in the distance. The sky was alive with colours beyond his brash ability to describe. It was beautiful! The fact that he thought this was the case must be hidden from the others or it would weaken his position within the caravan but the truth was he found this land charming!

Beneath the Fastness he could see the Lizardmen mustering. As much as he abhorred the killing to come his pack needed to eat.

Friday, 7 July 2017

Selling on eBay . . . . .Sort of!!

So the plan was a simple one. . . . . . . Sell some more miniatures on eBay . . . . . . and then I made the mistake of doing an advanced search for some prices . . . . . opps!

Once I realise how cheap some (8th edition) stuff was going at the moment I decided to see if there were any Ghorgons for sale because I have a 'storm of magic' battle coming up soon and there was . . . . . . .

Monday, 3 July 2017

Blood in the Badlands. Game 9. It's so strange that Autumn is so beautiful yet everything is dying.

A stiff wind blowing from the north roused Grendeff the Slaughter Master from his reverie and he glanced up towards the sky.

The stifling Summer had passed and Autumn approached.

Soon 'Geheimnisnacht', 'Twilights Tide' would occur and all knew when Morrslieb hangs full in the sky it can only bring ill will and more blood to the war-torn Badlands.

Their Orc 'ally' had called for aid and now Grendeff found himself trudging across the Badlands to his aid.

Maybe he could succeed against the Fey Folk where Captain Guthook had failed? Could this be his moment of ascension?

Sunday, 2 July 2017

More chips and the state of the (Ogre) nation!

Just a quick post of some finished bits from the Ogre army. The figure above is my Hunter, leader of the third army. The finished Ogre will be mounted on a Stonehorn so this fella is just to work out the colour scheme.

Below is a Hunter from the Box set who I will use as a level 4 Slaughter master using the 'lore of Beasts'.

He's not finished but I like his 'John the Baptist' vibe and therefore I will use him as a 'Beastmaster' for my third army.

Last up is a 'Scrap launcher' I picked up on eBay last week for less then £6 including postage. Result!!

It even come with a scenic, resin base.

More then happy with how it has turned out as it was mostly just dry brushing with very little touching up.

Job done!

With that done I decided to lay out the whole army and see where we were.

I did a quick points check and it currently runs at just shy of 4700 points. Thats without magic items including banners etc so I could currently easily field a 5500 point army!

First up the Leaders

and the rest of my characters. . . . .

Here's where I currently am with my Mournfangs (I have another two at Lano's waiting for paint)

Next up my Ironguts, only a new musician to finish. . . .

My Ogre Bulls

My unit of Maneaters which I have some shernanigans planned for. . . . .

My rare units (which have sucked up FAR too much time) . . . .

My leadbelchers (I have enough parts to make another two at least) . . .

Six Sabre tusks finished along with the Yhetees and Ironblaster. . . .

and my Giant (to be completed)  . . . .

Hopefully posting these photos will help me see the light at the end of the tunnel and help keep my mojo high. Stuff is getting done but the big bits are absorbing so much time I just need to keep the momentum up.

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Blood in the Badlands. Game 8 (pt2). Massacre in Morgheim

Captain Guthook had barely licked the Orc blood from his blade before he was called over by the Slaughter Master.

The Slaughter Master appeared to be in a trance, staring into the disembowled guts of the slaughtered, giant Arachnid with a thousand yard stare. "The Great Maw speaks to me" he said in a disembodied voice. "Even as we tally here the Fey folk are entering Morgheim, their blades have been bathed in Skaven blood. . . . LOTS of Skaven blood!"

"The Maw is jealous" he continued "He demands his tribute"!

Captain Guthook turned from the Slaughtermaster and kicked the nearest dead Orc. 'Damn!' he thought staring around at the green cadavers surrounding him 'this is the first proper feed we would have had in days'!

He set about rousing the ragged remains of his forces, "Onwards lads" he bellowed!! "There is fey flesh to feast on ahead". 

Truth be told, he was glad, he never had been keen on eating his greens!!

Monday, 26 June 2017

Blood in the Badlands. Game 8 (pt1). Decent into the (marshes of) madness.

Captain Guthook waded through the waist deep waters towards the arranged muster point with the Orcs. He had to smile at the thought of several Gnobblars drowning in the putrid waters before they managed to scramble up the flanks of the massive Stonehorn and clung to it's dripping fur.

So far that had been the only thing to smile about during the days of endless toil while traversing the Marshes of Madness.

In the distance he could see the dilapidated top of the fabled 'Black Tower', their agreed meeting point with his Orc allies, soon they would be on firmer ground and he could finally wring out his sodden britches.

To be honest he also hoped he could climb clear of the vapours of the marsh. Truth be told the incessant voices in his head that had started whispering to him since entering the marshes was starting to really wind him up. Surely the 'Ogre eating, brussel sprouts, of Morgheim' the voices kept going on about were just a rumour!

As Guthook laboured through the final, cloying, scrub of the marshes he could not believe his eyes. There they were arrayed before him!

The Ogre eating, Brussel sprouts of Morgheim!!

Captain Guthook bellowed at his vanguarding forces to form a battle line.

The exhausted Ironguts and Gnobblars looked around them bewildered. Even when confused by their leader ranting on about 'Ogre eating, brussel sprouts' they knew better then to question their boss when he was in this kind of mood.

Obediently they formed up and faced their Orc allies milling about on the other side of the Black Tower. . . . . Maybe there had been a change of plan?

Saturday, 24 June 2017

And the chips just keep on coming!!

Been slowly chipping away at the pile of grey shame.

There are a lot of 'big' elements to add to the ogre army which have been absorbing a lot of my hobby time recently but decided I needed to see something finished in order to keep the painting mojo high so made a concerted effort to get somethings completed this last week.

First up is Reaper bones ogre which I originally bought at the Miniature Empire. This gives some indication how long it has been sitting in the cupboard of doom.

Not the greatest miniature ever created but considering it cost less the 3 quid (new!) I am more then happy with it.

It will end up hidden within a bigger unit of Ogres somewhere.

Finishing the above miniature from start to finish in less then an hour really helped me get the bit between my teeth and I immediately reached for another lump of semi finished plastic crack.

The miniature below is an addition to my Ogre Tyrant army thanks to claiming the 'Banner of Mount Bloodhorn' after the siege of Ekrund.

I decided to give it the symbol from Lee's Orc army.

The reason being in the Badlands lore the banner was originally an Orc banner which gives the unit the 'Devastating charge' special rule.

The banner was also given an Orc skull I had sitting in the bits box to honour Lee's General's last stand during 'Riotville LIVE!'.

It was also originally intended to show the unity between Lee's army and mine!!!!!!

Of course after his treachery during game six this 'unity' is now very debatable!

Below is my effort to homage Lee's original banner.

Lee's original banner is below.

My army symbol adorns the other side.

The final entry to the painting tally today is the last of my Ironguts I had sitting around.

Absolute minimum effort on this fella due to his 'third ranker' status.

I only really got this fella done in order to scratch the Ironguts completely off my to-do list.

Now the numbers

Miniatures painted / sold this year = 174

Miniatures bought 97
341 miniatures to go!
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