Tuesday, 30 December 2014

A Skinflint's guide to McDeath (Act2)

In Act one of this extended stream of consciousness/ extended attempt to avoid spending money/ imaginary shopping trip I blethered on (at some length) about some of the alternative figures you could use to populate the armies in the McDeath Scenario pack from 1986.
We got as far as covering the fist three forces, The McArnos, The Greevants and The McEwmans. This is enough to cover the first battle in the campaign, Winwood Harbour, now we move on to battle number two, Loch Lorm.

Monday, 29 December 2014

A Skinflint's guide to McDeath (act1)

Or, how the realistic Oldhammerer might play the Scottish scenario without selling one of his Children!


This christmas I was lucky enough the be given a copy of the legendary WFB scenario pack 'The Tragedy of McDeath'. Written by Richard Halliwell and released in 1986 this is box containing all you need to play 4 linked scenarios loosely based around a fantasy version of Macbeth. Well everything apart from the minatures and that's where actually playing this set of games gets almost impossible. At the time of release GW put together a set of figures to represent the characters in the scenarios. Some were specially designed figures and others were pressed into service from other ranges.

Sunday, 28 December 2014

Christmas is saved! - A Rogue Trader Battle report

Just managing to get into 2014 with a squeak, Antipixi popped round in the post Chrimbo lull to get a game in. I had that gaming itch that needed scratching so we set to it with a seasonally themed game.

Saturday, 27 December 2014

Sculpted scavvy

When I left you last time we had a classic Jes Goodwin Confrontation Scavvy with 1930's Mickey Mouse arms.

Wednesday, 24 December 2014

Scavvy progress

Rather than a Christmas post I thought I'd catch up with what's been going on in scavvy land. 

First up is the two rides that I'm building. I bought two 1/48 armoured cars that I'm going to kitbash into desert raiding buggies. 

Friday, 19 December 2014

One ticket to Jodoverse please!

Whenever I've gone to the continent on holiday I always end up wandering into book shops. I suppose it's out of habit. I know that there is nothing in there I'll be able to read (being a very poor linguist) but I always end up wandering around a FNAC store looking at stuff and inevitably I'm drawn to the graphic novels / comic books as I can at least look at the pretty pictures. I always wondered what was going on in these fantastical tales and wished there were some english translations I could buy. I never bothered looking when I got home though, forgotten until the next visit.
One of these tomes that I reckon I must have seen is 'The Incal' and it's something I intend to explore. I've asked the lovely wife to get me the english version for christmas. The reasons it fascinates so much without even having read it intrigue me as much as the book does. So lets delve into my psyche a little and see what has 'hooked' me.

Saturday, 13 December 2014

The first of the tribe

If I keep this pace up I'll have the buggers painted in no time. First of the scavvy tribe. 

If you go down to the underhive today......

Here he is, my scavvy boss. I reckon he's cool enough to be a Scavvy King! 
He's got a makeshift rebreather made from some poor unfortunates helmet and some gas tanks that may have contained something more hazardous than oxygen previously. 
I've thrown together a background for taking pics, I might decorate with grafitti and posters later. 

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Meet da Boss

Remember when I said I wouldn't have enough time to convert many figures?
Well here is my Scavy Boss. Maybe a Scavvy Prince?

Hopefully I'll have time to get some paint on him and the other two finished figs so far over the weekend. Four more scavvy models arrived in the post and I'm thinking about whether I need to hack them apart, we'll see how I feel.

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Quick, before the inspector sees!

Oh joy. In the run up to christmas, her majesties inspectorate of schools have decided to bless us with a visit tomorrow and the next day. Yay. So in a quick effort to avoid utter panic I thought I'd spend 10 minutes hacking up some figures and photographing the start of the scavvies/desert deperadoes.
Two scavvy muties, a little Digga and a Digga boss. Apart from the boss I'm pretty much going to leave these figures alone. As I've got limited time on this project I can't be converting all the figs especially as they are perfectly acceptable. The little Digga is cute with his big gun! The boss, on the other hand, is a figure that I quite like apart from his big silly gun. I'll have a think about what I can give him instead.
This guy, from the Judge Dredd range, will be a bad ass crew member. I'm tempted to designate him as a driver for one of the buggies. It's the helmet, you see.
First conversion. I picked up this old chaos thug that had seen better days and figured he'd be a nice addition to the mob. He's got an autopistol from the cultists set and and tentacle. He is carrying a bow so I'm interested to see how he'd manage to use it with the tentacle.
And this guy is a conversion of the scavvy autogunner. I've got another version of him on it's way so this guy was fair game. He's had a head swap and a top knot added and I've replaced his peg leg (as the other guy will obviously have one) with a brand new one. No more hobbling for this guy! See you all when the nasty inspectors have finished their work.

Monday, 8 December 2014

The Scavvy Plan

When I was but a wee nip my grandparents used to refer to the Rubbish Lorry (Garbage truck/Dustcart/Refuse collection vehicle) as the 'Scaffie Cart' and the people that worked on it and did similar jobs keeping the world clean (street sweepers, rubbish dump workers) as 'Scaffies'. Obviously being kids, this word was used as an insult at school, anybody that was a bit scruffy or dirty got called a 'Scaf' or 'Scaffie (insert swear word of your choice). It always amused me therefore that 'Scavvies' (ostensibly a derivative of Scavengers) should appear in the warhammer world and refer to scruffy, smelly, bottom dwellers.

Scavvies first appeared in the background to that long forgotten game 'Confrontation'. Below you can see John Blanche's sketches for these undercity lowlifes.

Sunday, 30 November 2014

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Space Oddity

This is all Axioms fault. He posted up photos of his latest addition to his old school inquisitor warband and especially the diminutive 'Scrat' and I was instantly inspired to dive into the bits box and convert up something, anything.

What I ended up with was based on an imperial ratling with the spare helmet from the White Dwarf subscription model from a couple of years a go (I didn't subscribe, but I was able to get a hold of the model, wink, wink, nudge, nudge)

The shotgun is from the chaos cultist leader model and I green stuffed some weird mutant two toed feet and a nice big freak badge.

I poured the paint on him after I got in from work. Quick and nasty like. I've no idea who he is but I like him!

Monday, 24 November 2014


The Compilation, better known as 'the yellow one', is the second of the two books that gather articles from White Dwarf and sells them to the greedy public in a handy, bound, format. Unlike the Compendium this particular collection is actually split into thematic sections. So I figured I might as well review it in the same format.

Saturday, 22 November 2014

Cocksure's Gambit

Finally the day has arrived! I headed out last night and ventured across deepest darkest Englandshire to Snickets house where he and his brother, Erny, were about to take part in the filming of an episode of the classic historical/fantasy TV series, 'Elizabethan Gothique'. In this episode, Sir Thomas Cocksure and his companions, Sir Jack Falstaff, Nathan Jarrow and some fine stout englishers, take time out from fighting on behalf of the rebellious dutch in order to gain some 'personal wealth' at the expense of some madam that locals refer to as 'a witch'. Such uneducated yokels!

The whole force move in from the table edge. They know the 'gold' chest is stored in one of the houses in this hamlet so they decide to split into two groups to search them more quickly.

On the other side of the hamlet a group of Spaniards, who have come to take delivery of the chest from their ally, Lady Giselle, move into the village using the buildings for cover.

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

More Spaniards

Just a quick post to show off the completed Spanish company. 16 arquebusiers, an Ensign and an officer. A Tercio, which was the overall administrative unit in the Spanish army at the time, would have been made up of a number of Companies, each of which would have had there on set of officers and colours.
 Tercio was used on the battlefield but was only really useful in big, set piece battles on flat ground. In the small actions that took place on the broken and waterlogged battlefields of the Low countries, companies were a more useful and flexible sized unit. Spanish companies were usually pike or shot (although the pike companies usually contained some shot) and the shot companies were usually the ones used for the kinds of small scale battles I'm hoping to be playing.

Eventually I hope to have more Spanish companies painted up. The long tern goal will be to paint enough to recreate a Tercio. One company of shot for each corner and another to cover the front plus at least 4 companies of pike to make up the block in the centre (I know, ambitious). But more than likely I'll eventually manage 4 companies of shot and some cavalry back up.

What is more likely is that I add a small unit (8 figures plus an officer) of sword and buckler armed troops like the citadel Estalians that I recently got a hold of above. Although they weren't a recognised infantry type by this point, the sword and buckler armed troops were still used to assault strong points. Often these temporary units were made up of the 'Gentlemen of the Tercio', these were noble born volunteers who would fight in the ranks of the Tercio while waiting to be appointed to a command of their own company or a position as an officer in someone elses. Many Spanish commanders had served with the ranks which gave the force a very unique esprit de corps. These gentleman adventurers would volunteer for dangerous assaults in an attempt to get there valour noticed and be promoted by their superiors.

Saturday, 15 November 2014


Vulture Warriors From Dimension X Meet Plenty Of Cheerful Orks With Plasma Cannon

Back in the dim and distant past, when White Dwarf carried all the latest excitement from GW towers to spotty teenagers across the globe, the magazine used to be packed with one off scenarios. Judge Dredd, Runequest, D&D, Call of Cthulu, WHFRP, WFB and more had speacially written and illustrated scenarios published monthly. A story line, PC's, NPC's, GM notes, illustrations, plot points, maps. Everything you'll need to run a game (or series of games) if you were too lazy, inept or dopey to write your own. These were incredibly popular, and even if you never got round to playing them, if you read WD at the time, you'll still remember some of them, even if it's just from the pictures!

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

The House that Whiskey built

I know I should be scratch building all my scenery but ever since I first saw the new 4ground fantasy houses I had promised myself a load. When this daft witch craft project reared it's head I decided they'd be perfect! Secretly the real reason I wanted some was to see how they are built! I'm a bit of a tech nerd, as I'm sure you already know, and I'm fascinated by the design of these wee dwellings. 

Monday, 10 November 2014

Geuzen Company

While this little roll last I painted an officer and a ensign for my first unit of 'Beggars'. A company of arquebusiers to go up against the spanish.

Friday, 7 November 2014

Sir Jack Falstaff and the Mad Monk

Title says it all really. Two more co-stars for the casts for my witch craft fuelled adventures in the low countries.

This means that the villains look like this before the extras come on.

And our dashing heroes look like this (although the casting department are having their doubts about the guy in the hat, he may need replacing before we start filming!)

Toodle pip!

Thursday, 6 November 2014

Beauty and the Beast

Giselle and Hurtz are finished. It was only after I started painting them that I realised that the pair are a bit 'disney' but that doesn't bother me too much. It just adds a new level of silliness to this whole game idea. 

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Casting couch

Forcing myself to stay awake till a semi-respectable hour while the rest of the household flakes out has allowed my to finish off my Renaissance Zombies form White Knight. As you'll know by now these kicked my imagination into high gear and I've been building the idea for game based on these and the rest of my late 16th century figures.  I explained all this a couple of posts ago so I won't bother repeating myself but things have started to move on. I got the 7th voyage rules from crooked dice today and have had a good squint through it and decided roughly on my casts. The above zombies will obviously be part of my the villainous cast. But we need some Villains to be doing the villainy.

Sunday, 2 November 2014

My first zombie.....

Managed a few moments (between feeding the family, stopping fights and giving cuddles) to paint up the first pair of White Knights Renaissance zombie's. They are brilliant models, full of character, shambling around in knackered armour. I've got 10 of them altogether so I'll need to get stuck in. 

Yarrgh! I wisheth to done on your innards!

They stinketh as much as the gusset of Smelly Beth, the smelliest whore in smellyshire! 

Saturday, 1 November 2014

A tale of several gamers

Just thought I'd let you all know that Spacecowsmith form the tales from farpoint blog has laid down a challenge to some fellow gamers. The idea is to take part in painting challenge with the aim of getting us all to get a useable army on the table to. The first couple of posts are up already and expect more to join as people join in. If you want to take part get in touch with Mr Smith and get going.
The rest of you can get following!


Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Elizabethan Gothique

As regular readers may have gleaned, a long term project of mine is an elizabethan project. Obviously 'Elizabethan' is an a very Anglo-centric name for a period of history and the particular conflict that always interested me was the Dutch revolt against Spain. I bought loads of figures and have started to paint them all but something that has always stymied the project  is rules and the scale I wanted to play. By scale I don't mean the size of the figures (28mm is gods scale why try anything else) but the size of the battles. Although there were some set piece battles during the revolt (also known as the 80 years war) a lot of the interesting combat were actually of a much smaller size. A lot of the war in the Low countries revolved around sieges of the fortified towns so actual combat tended to be smaller 'actions', ambushes, skirmishes, pursuits all involving a couple of companies of troops. When I started to read about the 'Donnybrook' rules I decided they fitted exactly what I wanted. They even fitted the size of the 'companies' I was organising and painting. But, as you all know, painting figures takes time and I wasn't going to have anything to play with for some time as the was essentially a second rank project, for me and done when I had time.
Then I saw a couple of things and it made me think.....
What if I pitted some adventuring Dutch/English types....

Inquisitor and friends

In an idle moment before the arrival if mini whiskey no.4, I decided to use the random inquisitor rules to roll up a Warband for a figure I bought at the hitchin table top sale. 

Obviously WIP

I figured if the OGRE group started playing RT games then it'd be a good excuse to paint up a new Warband as well as more classic figures. 

I rolled up 
1 human hero

I had quite a few possible candidates but went for the above figure with his natty space helmet and built in targetter

1 assassin
Very WIP

The Jes Goodwin classic Rogue Trader assassin is a must!

4 marines
One nearly done, 3 to go

I figured this was the perfect opportunity to do some mercenary marine types and started looking for some figures and managed to get a hold of 3 of the 'armour variant' figures and a particularly mean looking 'Christmas marine'. They all look the part, power armoured psychos willing to do an inquisitors bidding for the right price.

More to follow as I get them painted. 

Citi-def based

Just a quick pic to show the citi-def all based up. I went for hex bases in a nod  back to oldschool. Still to have a game with these guys but I've got enough figures sitting around to do a couple of street gangs (bikers and street punks)  and cursed earth savages using copplestone scavengers, necromunda scavvies and GorkaMorka diggas. Once I get a first game in then I'll see who's next! 

Sunday, 26 October 2014

My latest miniature

I've been a bit quiet lately and long term followers will know that my wife and I have been waiting for a special delivery, and not from ebay this time. 

Well the wee man arrived this morning, 5 days late. Once he'd decided he was coming though there was no stopping him.

Hamish arrived only a couple of hours after getting into the maternity ward and Mum and Baby are already home being looked after by my parents who made the journey down from the homeland to help out.

My dad, being a traditionalist, has brought a bottle to wet the babies head.

I'm off to have a wee nip or two.

Slainte Vath!

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