Friday, 23 September 2016

Stunties for November

I mentioned a couple of posts ago that I'm putting on a game over the weekend at the start of November. As I've got a load of figures to paint I dove straight in and got the First faction done. These are all dwarves from the 3rd edition era (or a bit earlier). Having had a quick nose round Stuff of Legends there are some Dwarf Adventurers from 87 and 88, some Imperial Dwarves from 86 and some Norse Dwarfs as well.

Thursday, 22 September 2016

Russ Nicholson built my Hammer

The Oldhammer crowd is a funny beast. Chatting about the books that made such an impression on you at a young age tends to throw up odd little inconsistencies. One of the main ones that I've become aware of is how people react to different artists. We all know the classic images from the rule books and we have them burned into our collective memories. The illustrators were the most important members of the GW team in a way. Without their work the books would have been endless streams of text with the occasional pics of miniatures. GW always employed a range of illustrators and their styles varied immensely and was as much a matter of taste as your favourite miniature sculptor.

Saturday, 10 September 2016

Remember, Remember.....

The flights are booked so now it's time to figure out what I'll actually be playing. Yep, I've had enough of not seeing my mates so I've demanded that we get together for a weekend and do some wargaming stuff. As Neillboy has just produced a sprig with his lovely Mrs we decided to go to his and play there. Neil has an equally lovely step son who he is slowly indoctrinating (in that he's already better than Neil at painting) and so we thought it'd be nice for him to take part in a game (until his bedtime). I had a think and decided that we should have a little warhammer game with war bands of 10 or so figures. Rochie reminded me of the little game the OGRE guys had last year and if I add a couple more plot devices and a monster or two then we've got ourselves a game. 

So, to the war bands. This is a brilliant excuse to get stuff painted and I was in need of a focus as I was in danger of getting drowned in too many project possibilities.

Sunday, 4 September 2016

Larceny in Lovely Lustria

It's always been a wonder to me that the powers that be spent so much time and effort focussing on one small area of the Warhammer world. the vast majority of the action seems to have been spent fleshing out the details and conflicts that effect the Old World. A shamefully eurocentric view of a fantasy world. don't get me wrong, there was plenty going on else where, Dark and High Elves and the sandy flavour of undead allowed a peek into another parts of the world but it wasn't explored in huge amounts of depth.

Things were different in the early days though.

Before the glory days of 3rd Edition it was de riguer to create scenarios for Warhammer games. These would dictate the armies, the maps, the victory conditions and be controlled by a GM. Obviously.

Some of the most famous of these scenarios came in their own boxed sets and are still discussed in hushed tones around the Oldhammerers pints of IPA at the Dog and Dice. The tragedy pf McDeath, Bloodbath at Orc's Drift, Terror of the Lichemaster.

There were other though. The citadel Compendiums and Journals (which were kind of dry runs for citadel only White Dwarf which at the time contained stuff from lots of different games) contained some classic and important scenarios. Amongst them Dolgan Raiders (2nd Journal - Autumn 85) and Vengeance of the Lichemaster (spring 86 Journal) but I want to blether on about 3 scenarios that painted a picture of another vast area of wargaming possibility. The three were set in the mysterious southern land of Lustria and give a great twist on the Warhammer world.

Sunday, 28 August 2016

Snicket Rampant 2 - the return of the Rat

Snicket came around the other night and we busted out my new mat and his Elven scenery for a game of Dragon Rampant. Snicket used is High Elves and I used my trusty Hobgoblins. We put together forces the added up to 31 points (an odd number I know but It worked out quite well) and we came up with the following lists.

Lord - Elite Riders
Elven Cavalry -Elite Riders
Archers - Light Archers with better shot upgrade
Spearmen - Light Infantry with a Wizard
Swordsmen - Elite Foot 

Lord - Elite Riders
Giant - Elite foot
Hobgobs - Bellicose foot x3
Orcs - Light Archers

We rolled for a scenario and we got escape route. The Elves had to get their units form one end of the board to the other and the Hobgoblins had to try to ambush them.

Snicket had trouble with the first couple of rounds, failing activations and handing initiative to me. This meant that I had a chance to get my troops into position while his barely moved from the start line.

The giant managed to hold up the Elven Cavalry for nearly the whole game (although we weren't using combat correctly and we should have parted after each round but we corrected it in subsequent rounds)

The wizards were only really useful for casting befuddle on each others units and I think I dispelled it at one point as well.

The Elven host deploy on the field of battle

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Big Fat Smelly Bastards

After the very soggy family camping trip I finally got down to finishing off these big fat bad boys. They are actually a whole load of fun to paint, so much so that I'm considering a second set as the chaos war bands version of AOS has Blightkings as the main choice in the gurgle war bands. I'm going to be doing some chaos warriors using some old school figures and i've already got some mounted thugs so I've got a good start. Once thats done we'll see what else we can scrape together.

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Zenithal = Piece of piss

If you're anything like me, you'll spend your time perusing various blogs, forums, groups etc, looking with jealousy at other folks painting skills and wondering how they manage it. The Scale Creep guys are good for sharing tips and giving constructive criticism to each other but some times I want to try something completely different just to see how it works out. No doubt, like me, you've heard whispers of 'Zenithal' shading and wondered what the hell people are talking about. Is it done secret set of paints? Some kind of airbrush? Black magic? I decided to give it a shot and see what all the fuss is about. But what to paint? 

Friday, 12 August 2016

Future Shockinitsi

Sometimes a bunch of figures sit in the Leadpile and wait patiently for you to remember that they exist. They hope in vain that the right project will come along and they'll be lifted from under their brethren and given the attention they have always craved. Sometimes, though, you just fancy painting something cos you want to. And thats what happened with these guys. They are from Lead Adventure miniatures and came to me via Oz, bizarrely enough. After doing my ww2 ruski's I remembered I had these guys sitting in a drawer and decided to dig them out and give them a thorough going over. Just another day long project where I push my luck with my wife's patience. The 10 figures are from two different packs, 'The Red Vultures' and 'Igor and the Red Gang'. They are essentially post apocalyptic communists and are full of cliches covering all the soviet bases. They have the distinctive padded clothing, the fur hats, the AK47's, red stars, CCCP on their armbands and ice picks (you know, Trotsky. Leon Trotsky. Killed with an ice pick. In Mexico. No? Read some history. A lot of them do have lovely round glasses like comrade Leon as well!)

Tuesday, 2 August 2016

Rockabully Witherwattle

Back to fantasy stuff again then. As I had so much fun painting my first c28 giant I got myself another one. This guy came without a weapon unfortunately but that was easily rectified by having a quick rake around the garden. This guy is made up of the Witherwattle body and the Rockabully head. 

Sunday, 31 July 2016


I thought that with the thousands of Russians visiting the Leadpile over the last couple of weeks I thought I'd do something especially for them. Nah, not really but it is a silly coincidence. Those of you who have read most of my blethering may remember that I occasionally express a desire to play Chain of Command from TooFatLardies (although these will also be usable for Warlords 
Bolt Action). In effort to kick start my painting regime after the house move I decided to put together a force that I could use to play. Of the lists in the rulebook that could fight my Germans (who I've yet to paint) I was particularly fascinated by the idea of the Soviet Tank Rider platoon.

Saturday, 23 July 2016

Sticky Fingers

It's nearly the summer holidays. All over the land Teachers are using the last remnants of their patience and strength to get themselves through the last two weeks. Fighting off the desire to just let the kids watch Frozen or, more likely, bully each other on their mobile phones (which are inevitably newer and more expensive than the teachers own, but also usually smashed on at least one surface) and instead try and ram one last piece of information into their young charges heads or plead with the year 10's to get that piece of work finished before the holidays.

But there is one more heinous hurdle to leap before we are free to bathe in alcohol for the summer. In my school at least, the last day is a purgatory where form tutors are imprisoned in their rooms with 25 bored and unruly teens (at least 5 are either truanting or will have been taken on some lovely sounding exotic holiday) for 3 and a half hours. A length of time only broken by a brief 20 minute break and an interminably dull end of term house assembly.

What do you do? The usual ploy is sweets and movies but as you can imagine the chance of 25, 12 year old's agreeing on a film to watch on an aging white board that you can barely see on a computer that is likely to reject any DVD you have chosen is fairly remote. Add sugar to the mix and you are in a world of hurt. To make life more of a misery, my form has a collection of boys (the girls are lovely) who appear to have just stepped out of an episode of the Bash Street Kids.