Monday, 13 January 2020

How Mortal Realms helped with my Grey Hair.....

Some of you will look at the picture of the latest bunch of figures from a GW mag and immediatly click away, but wait.....this is important....

You may been made aware of a part work magazine doing the rounds from Games Workshop. It's called Mortal Realms and is cheap as chips and comes with a heap of miniatures, dice, rules and bases. You might have tripped over piles of them down your local newsagent as you were picking up a back of Monster Munch. You might have seen the doom laden advert on the telly and been momentarily distracted while doing the ironing. You may even have seen people on the interwebs mentioning that mistakes were made and they bought a copy. To be fair I can't blame folk for picking up a copy of two. I bought one and I might buy a couple more. It's £2.99 and it comes with 13 figures, it's almost rude not to.

This Chaos Champion is a bit Legless!

Just a quick one today. I painted this classic nurgle Chaos Champion as a bit of a palette cleasnser while finishing off the Germans you saw in the last post.

Monday, 6 January 2020

No Resolution, Just words!

Being a Teacher you get to sit and watch other people delivering Assemblies to bleary eyed and disinterested teenagers on a weekly basis. One this morning was all about how new years resolutions generally fail and that they end up making the person feel worse about themselves as the feeling of failure compounds all their worst fears about themselves.

Monday, 18 November 2019

Old World, Newhammer

Well, the gossip shit has hit the fan of internet guesswork. GW have announced that they will be returning to the Old World in a move that has surprised many. The theories raging across social media are legion and the excitement amongst some is palpable, mostly in the form of the small of stale wee.

So what I  thought I'd do is take a moment to write down how I reckon this surprising move may play out, just so that, in three years time, I can look back and congratulate myself, or alternatively, berate myself for being so naive.

Sunday, 17 November 2019

20 miles, 7 Battlefields

Barry over at League of Augsburg did an interesting post about all the battlefields he past on the way to a wedding in the Highlands and it spurred me on to do a similar post about all the battlefields that I passed on the way from my Mum and Dad's house to Edinburgh while I was up there at half term. Apologies for nicking your idea Barry but I was thinking about doing it anyway. Honestly!

Battle of Dunbar (1296)

Saturday, 2 November 2019

Stormbringer in the Mags

Stormbringer was Chaosiums RPG set in the world of Elric and the Young Kingdoms. Originally released in 1981, it was basically Runequest set in the World created bu Michael Moorcock and was pretty much written by Ken St.Andre, the same bloke that is responsible for Tunnels and Trolls. The game was pretty popular but may have been edged out of peoples view by the much more successful Call of Cthulhu released the same year. The game didn't get any supplements that I'm aware of in it's first edition but did get several in the 2nd (1985) which was essentially the same game but cleaned up a bit. At least 6 were released, the first of which was then included in the GW published 3rd edition in 1987 which is the version that I own. Now, you'd think that having a shiny new RPG in a lovely hardback with miniatures to support it, GW would have spent more time trying to flog this game to the public but White Dwarf only ever featured the game once with a 3 part adventure called 'The Madcap Laughs' in issues 95-97. Considering the game had been around 6 years and the White Dwarf regularly featured material for Runequest and Call of Cthulhu, this was a rather poor show from the folks at WD. I was so incensed when I realised this recently that I wondered if anybody else had bothered writing material for the game. I dug around the internet for digital copies of other ancient RPG magazines and, lo-and-behold, I found some stuff. So in order these scenarios from lingering a sad and mouldy death, I present them to you so that they may take on another life in the 21st century.

Friday, 11 October 2019

No plan survives contact with the enemy

The North West Frontier project went down really well and I have to say, that, despite it being a bloody stress to get it done, I really enjoyed the process of working through it and the sense of satisfaction at getting it completed. With that in mind I want to start planning new projects so that I can get as organised as possible. In this post I want to get them written down so that I can stop thinking about them all the time.

Monday, 7 October 2019

10 years of Havering plus Angry Irishmen

I've been hankering after some Irish for ages. They Elizabethan experience in Ireland was a difficult and complicated one and the various rebellions that fought to rid the Island of English influence were bitter affairs. The thing was that I had 'some' Irish but not enough to build a full force. The figures that I had were originally produced by Vendel miniatures a long, long time ago. They were the sold off to another British company who dissolved for...erm...political reasons. They figures were then sold on to Sgt Major miniatures in the states and were recently sold on again to Thistle and Rose miniatures, also in the states.

Monday, 23 September 2019

Keep Khan and Carry on - The adventure in the North West Frontier for Clotted Lard II

Usually when a Blogger hasn't posted for a while, there are excuses about not feeling the muse or getting out of the habit or not having anything to talk about but in my case - I've been fucking busy!
Busy busting my gut trying to get stuff built and painted! And all you have to do is look at the pretty pictures in this post and you'll see that I managed to get it all done!
Hooray for me!

Friday, 12 July 2019

For the love of Duck!

A couple of comments from the Runequest post the other day had me thinking about Duck's. If you aren't aware, one of the creatures in Runequest, and one you can take as a PC should you so desire are a race of intelligent, sentient, anthropomorphic Ducks.

These guys speak, fight, wear armour, adventure, fall in love etc etc, just like any other race in any fantasy setting but for some reason, some people find them really disconcerting. Some people admitted to finding the idea of Ducks off putting,  the very thought that a game could have a such a race included in it and still be taken seriously was anathema to them. I pondered on this for a while.

Wednesday, 10 July 2019

The Natives are Restless - Tribesmen for Clotted Lard II

I've been chugging away with the paint brush trying to get through a horde of Tribesman for my Chain of Command game at Clotted Lard II in September. I've already completed some Seaforth Highlanders and some Sikhs. 
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