Thursday, 15 November 2018

Why Don't Spesh Mureens have Platoons?

GW have been pumping out Primaris Lieutenants like they have only recently discovered that the rank exists. You have a dozen to choose from. All raring to get out there, leading their platoons of Spesh Mureens in the fight against the enemies of humanity.


I said Platoons.

What do you mean Spesh Mureens don't have platoons? They must have! Look at all the Lieutenants!

Monday, 12 November 2018

In praise of miniocrity

Why do I spend so much time obsessing over tiny toy soldiers? I spend time painting them, playing with them, organising them, reading about them, buying them , researching them, building them, packing them, unpacking them, hiding them, blogging about them, selling them, talking about them, arguing about them, obsessing about them, identifying them etc etc. The list of activities that can be assigned to miniscule fighting chappies is horrendously long when you start to think about it. What is it all about? This odd habit that we find ourselves neck deep in?
Well, it's a Hobby.

Thursday, 8 November 2018

Adventuring Elves

Paul Bonner dropped this picture on his Facebook page recently and it instantly fired up something in me. The picture appears to show a couple of Slann and a bunch of Norse fighting what I take to be some elves on a little rowboat on a beach somewhere in Lustria. The 'Norse' are difficult to identify with any certainty as they are a little skinny and not as hairy as i'd imagine they might be but they are definitely trying to kill the blonde fellas along with the Slann.

However it was them that grabbed my attention as much as the blonde fellas themselves. Although there are no obvious pointy ears I immediately assumed that these three are meant to be elves. 3 young elves off on an adventure who have been ambushed almost as soon as they landed on the shore (or maybe they are the ones doing the ambushing as the Norse and their Slann allies have met up on an isolated beach to make some nefarious deal).

Sunday, 14 October 2018

Battle on the Dike.

Slag op de Kauwensteinse dijk,1585 , Frans Hogenberg

While perusing the collections of the Rijkmuseum I came across the above the image. It's an image of a rather unusual battle that occurred during the siege of Antwerp, a part of the early stages  80 years war. Parma had been conquering the major towns in the Netherlands and Antwerp had been under siege for some time. The Spanish had build a bridge over the Scheldt which stopped Antwerp from being resupplied by the rebel forces. There had been several attempts at destroying the bridge using fire ships and ships laden with explosives (one explosion was supposedly heard in London) but none had succeeded in destroying the bridge.

Saturday, 6 October 2018

The Campaign for Real Orcs

Imagine I was a complete noob. Someone who had never played a fantasy game or watched a fantasy film of any sort. Someone who was perhaps new to the world of Fantasy and had been lured into it via friends.

We've all been there. We were young and nooby once. Our first Fighting Fantasy book probably changed all that. Or perhaps it was reading Tolkien or maybe some older sibling had really cool looking posters in his room. Whatever the mechanism, we fell into the Fantasy world with very little prior knowledge. When we were pups we had wonderful illustrations to demonstrate to us what the creatures that filled these Fantasy worlds as well as our imagination. This has cemented the image of creatures and races into our minds. The formative experience of our youth will always be our strongest image of what these things should be.

Paul Bonner

Sunday, 16 September 2018

What have you got against Elizabethans?

You may have noticed that I've got a bit of a thing about Wargaming the Dutch Revolt. It's a period the interests me and lets face it, thats the way it should be. If a certain period piques your interest it's only natural that you might want to war-game in that period. It makes sense. I'd imagine that it isn't that way for a lot of people though. The latest new miniatures could catch your eye and make you go searching for information about the period they come from. Or perhaps a bunch of your friends are starting to use a new rule set and you are pressured into buying and painting a force for it in order to play. These are all valid.

Tuesday, 11 September 2018

Clotted Lard

On Saturday 9th of April the Devon War-games group held their inaugural Lardy day, an invitational day of gaming where members and guests put on a hall full of games using rules written and published by TooFatLardies. 40 odd gamers packed the room to play a wide variety of games and you can see the overview of the day HERE. I was lucky enough to put on a game using my Dutch Revolt figures and terrain and I thought I'd show of some pics of the day.

Wednesday, 5 September 2018

Getting ready for Lardy Day

Just a quick post to show off a couple of units that i've finished off this week. After the run through of the game the other month the guys that played suggested that the Spanish could do with cavalry that was more aggressive rather than the Harquebusiers. So to solve this problem i've painted up a unit of Spanish Lancers. These are the new Warlord Games Gendarmes from their wars of religion range and they are perfect for the kind of armoured cavalry that the Spanish used extensively throughout the period.

Tuesday, 28 August 2018

All the nice Grognards luv a Zombie!

Being a bit of an old fart in training, my memory sometimes plays tricks on me. Things you swear you read in one place often turn up in completely different books saying something else than you remembered. I bought a book the other day and as I was sitting in my favourite reading spot (the toilet, it has a lock!) I realised that I'd already read it but had completely forgotten. So this little inconsistency took me down a fun little path the other day. Coming up with ideas for games to play next year at Boyl I suggested a Rogue Trader version of Legends of the High seas, which, if you're not familiar with it, is a Warhammer Historical pirate game. Based on the same engine as Lord of the Rings, LOTHS (and its sister game Legends of the Old West) gives a good game and were great little publications showing that it's such a shame Warhammer Historical was wrapped up several years ago.
This led on to a discussion about playing a straight Pirate game or a Fantasy pirate game or know how these conversations go online. This led to me thinking about making ships and the best way to do it and trying to remember where I'd seen stuff in old white dwarfs and this is where the fun began.

Sunday, 19 August 2018

The Teased and the Damned- The 'lost' list

Realm of Chaos - Slaves to Darkness had been promised to fans of Warhammer for almost as long as Warhammer existed. However, after years of development, it finally appeared in October '88 and almost instantly GW started teasing the follow up, Lost and the Damned.

Saturday, 18 August 2018

Renegade Ork Style

My latest mild obsession is Chaos Renegades of a variety of flavours. The main reason for this is the rediscovery of the Chaos Renegade army list that didn't make it into Lost and the Damned (more of which in the next post). So to scratch the itch I dug out my Rogue Trader Ork Renegade model and grabbed enough time when I wasn't being annoyed by rugrats or given Jobs to do by the wife and got him painted.

Tuesday, 7 August 2018

Getting your ass to BOYL!

I could do another review post but as BulldogLopez, AsslessmanAirborne Grove and Axiom have done excellent Jobs of covering our shenanigans at BOYL18 I figured i'd try and give some advice on how to do BOYL for yourself.

It's become obvious that there are a lot of people in the Oldhammer group who see the fun everybody haves at the annual get together in Newark and think to themselves "Fuck! I want to be doing that!" I thought this would be an ideal opportunity to lay down some ill informed and vague advice about how to make your BOYL wishes come true. Pin back yer lug holes and we shall begin.

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