Saturday, 7 October 2017

Fantasy before fantasy was fantasy.....


This list of British fantastical creatures popped up on Twitter via James Holloway a little while back and started a little thought ticking away I'm my head. It originally comes from Denham Tracts (1892-5) and was reportedly where Mr Tolkein got some of his creatures names. I'm sure you'll recognise various names from the Fantasy games you know and love but it got me to thinking about building a fantasy setting where these kinds of things are a reality rather than just a tale to scare kids.

Monday, 25 September 2017

Piking and shooting


Just a quick post to show off what I've got done so far for my Dutch revolt project. I stupidly offered to run a game at the club I've been attending in Devon so I need to pull the finger out and get stuff done. Above is the full dutch regiment. They have all been shown on the blog before but it's the first time I've put them together as a unit.


Sunday, 24 September 2017

Pointless Anthropology - Ogres

Once upon a time someone gave Jes Goodwin the task of designing a range of Ogres. It wasn't the first set of Ogres the GW ever made. There were some left overs from the Runequest and Fiend Factory ranges and there was Golfag's ogre regiment as well but still, Jes was asked to do some. 16 classic models later (plus a another 5 in the redesigned Golfag's) and you have the most iconic image of the Warhammer Ogre ever created. Never mind the current fat plastics. The only thing that ever came close since were the Marauder Landsneckt Ogre's but the Jes ones probably still have the edge. So now, as we gasp at the stupid prices that BIN muppets ask for the classics on fleabay, we must ask ourselves a very important question.


What the fuck is an Ogre?


As with all creatures of a fantasy bent they come from somewhere. 

Thursday, 7 September 2017

Rogue Adventures in Comic Land

Whilst chatting on line with some of my Septic chums (as well as others around the globe with less amusing national nicknames) the topic of how awesome 2000AD was came up. Being a brit and having lived with the worlds greatest comic always lurking in the background (even if you abandoned it for a while like you did with all things Warhammer - Stupid teenagers......and 20 somethings.....etc), it's easy to assume that it's all powerful brilliance has pervaded ever corner of the world and that all personages of a particularly nerd bent should know all about it.

Turns out that's not that case.


Sure, Judge Dredd is pretty famous. After all he's had two films made about him but that is about all the general public know of 2000AD's output and the average non brit 40K player doesn't know much more (to be fair many outside a certain age don't know bugger all either).

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

Thugs for the memories


A long, long time ago in a bedroom far, far away I pored over every edition of White Dwarf I got my hands on like it was the latest holy revelations from a distant galaxy. In no 104 there was a load of Realm of Chaos goodies including this fantastic article about converting you Chaos figures to reflect the mutations that the gods have seen to fit to bestow on their followers.

Wednesday, 30 August 2017

Big RT game


This was our big sunday RT game. It had started off as me and Mr Papfakis having a small game but it quickly developed into nearly a dozen guys and their toys. I'm not going to go into depth as both Mr Papafakis and AirborneGrove have both done a good job of writing up the game so you can wander over to them to read the words. All i'm going to do is leave you with some pictures so that yo can see the actions from my side of the table. Have fun.



Not so Eternal Champions.



The mysterious powers of Law and Chaos stretched their tendrils through the planes of existence and summoned 8 of the many faces of the Eternal Champion to attend to a matter of the gravest importance. 


Along with them came 8 of the lives of the eternal companion, ready to aid the champions in their tasks.

The Boys at Boyl (but 1st WHW!)

My team enter the dark caverns
As you may already know if you tead Axiom's blog, rather than dive straight into BOYL, it has become almost traditional for the boys to meet up at Warhammer world on the Friday and indulging in some old school gaming under the very nose of the newly fluffy and not corporate at all, Gw.

Friday, 21 July 2017

Russian COC's


Antipixi and I finally managed to get a game of Chain of Command in before I make the big move further south. In fact we got two games in. 

Monday, 17 July 2017

I have been painting stuff. Honestly.

I've been giving the impression that I've painted fuck all recently as I'm busy posting stuff full of lots of words but, in reality, I had amassed a back log of finished stuff and before I move house (this very weekend, yes the one before BOYL!) I thought I dump a whole of painted stuff on you so that you can ogle the coloured stuff!


First up is a big load of Barbarians that are due to be used in the Eternal Champion Game at BOYL. They have only just been finished tonight so here they are in all their glory.

Thursday, 13 July 2017

When Battle Was Young

A long time ago the art of the Battle Report was new and unknown quantity. Nowadays, love them or hate them, they are a key part of content of the reborn White Dwarf and they have gone through many a change over the years, diagrams have come and gone, detailed images of the battle have become a key feature and the learing faces of the more photogenic gamers have even occasionally been seen.

This key form of article can be traced back to a series of three reports that covered games that were part of a competition that took place at Gamed Day 89. The first report featured Skaven vs High Elves. The second (which has been discussed on the Oldhammer Facebook recently, as well as on various Blogs, and was what sent me scurrying for the internet) featured Wood Elves vs Orcs. The third is a bad guy smack down which is presented to you below thanks to SCRIBD (thanks to MButoe for uploading it).

The great thing about this articles is the Gary Chalk illustrations. Can you imagine having Gary illustrate your battle reports? What a legend! And well done to Peter Morrison for writing a cracking little report that covers all the fun of a legendary 3rd Edition game. I'll now stop blethering and let you read it. Enjoy.














 
 

Thursday, 6 July 2017

Kick the Galaxy in the shins.....

We've established by now that Shadow Wars Armageddon is essentially just Necromunda dressed up in a new suit, given a fashionable new haircut and a shave and sent off to play in the big brash world of skirmish wargaming. And as I mentioned in a previous post, it's almost exactly what a whole bunch of us have been doing with Necromunda all along. Necromunda is the 2nd choice ruleset for old school, make it up as you go along, gaming. Part of the reason for this is that the rules are flexible enough to allow you to mess around with them easily enough and get the kind of game you want. The other reason for it is that GW gave us all the help we needed in order to squeeze everything we wanted into the games by giving us an awesome expansion and equally awesome 'sister' game and then added an even awesomer expansion to that. I'm talking.....



Monday, 3 July 2017

Darran Marvil and the case of annoying Assassins


One of the great things about the Warhammer Siege book is that it has a load of scenarios buried in there. Little stories about why there would be a siege happening in the 40K universe and they mix up various different fantasy and sci-fi tropes in order to come up with some convincing tales. As an addendum to the scenarios in the Rogue Trader rule book they are a welcome bit of fun.

The above is my favourite but I think it's got more scope than just a siege game.

Lets break this up a little.

Monday, 19 June 2017

The Revenge of Joris Von Borson...A Warhammer Scenario


I posted these up on the Oldhammer Facebook group earlier so I thought I might as well share them here. This is the result of having to cover someone else's lesson and a need to entertain myself. The pages are fairly self explanatory. I'll apologise in advance for spelling, grammar and poor handwriting but I just pumped it out in an hour and I have very little desire to redraft in this heat!

Have fun and let me know if you decide to play it (obviously you change any of the forces to nay figures you wish, goes with out saying).


There are no stats so you can use what ever version of WH you fancy (or any other fantasy battle game for that matter) I'm sure you'll be able to figure out how to categorise the different levels of heroes. You're clever people.

Monday, 5 June 2017

You can make a new friend but you can't make and old one....: AoS and WFB3 in the same weekend

50 Renown - Lord of Plagues, 4 Blight Kings and a Chaos Hound

Once in a blue moon the planets align and lady luck smiles upon you and you manage to squeeze two games sessions into the same weekend. Such was the circumstances that I found myself in this very weekend. And on sunday I fell asleep on the soff and snored like a loon despite my two year old trying to use my ear as a pencil pot. But thats the price we must pay!

Thursday, 25 May 2017

Games Workshop 'Not Daft' Shock!


So you know that thing when you were a kid.

That feeling of being sucked into a strange land.

The feeling of needing to delve and discover what it's all about.







It might have been triggered by a glimpse at an older cousins collection of miniatures, a flick through a strange magazine, stumbling into a shop full of weird books and little packs of toy soldiers or simply the older boys playing RPG's at school and wondering how Advanced the AD&D actually got.

Sunday, 14 May 2017

Necroquisimeddon


Sometimes adult life throws you a sweet, overhand, sitter of a catch. My Mrs went off with the boys to visit a mate in Brum which left me with the girls who went to bed sensibly after Dr Who. Antipixi was left hanging by a couple of his friends and his mother-in-law came round to entertain his wife. Hey-presto, we have a game night! Antipixi jumped in his jeep and hotfooted round to the Whiskey Lounge and we threw down some min's and dice and had a go at Shadow Wars Armageddon!!!

Friday, 5 May 2017

Boss Level Villain


I've been in the painting doldrums recently, probably a combination of work stress and restless evening toddlers but I'm starting to force myself to pick up the brushes and try and get stuff done. This guy is the result of several fitful sessions.

Monday, 1 May 2017

Starchild (not the P-Funk kind)

Set THIS going and settle in.....

Buried inside Realm of Chaos : Lost and the Damned is one of the mores interesting and obscure bits 40K lore. The relationship between the Emperor, The Starchild, the Illuminati and the Sensei. Now, I've talked about some of this before HERE so I'm not going to repeat myself but I document I've never see before popped up on the Book of Faces this morning that cleared up some of the inconsistencies and vagueness that are in LotD section.

Thursday, 27 April 2017

Something green and smelly in Kislev

I played this game a couple of weeks ago but have only just gotten round to blogging about it (coursework season, I'm sure you understand). 

I hotfooted it up to Nottingham just before the end of the Easter Holiday and introduced Linz to Dragon Rampant.

Monday, 10 April 2017

Eternal Stats!



As you might have seen if you read the Scale creep blog, this years Summer Wipster and Friends game at BOYL17 is going to be based on the Eternal Champion series by Michael Moorcock. I'm not going to repeat myself so if yo haven't read the idea over you go and read that first. The rest of us will still be here when you get back.

Saturday, 18 March 2017

Recent Daubings


As the daylight returns to the world so does the enthusiasm to pick up the brushes and the paints and get stuff painted. 

Sunday, 5 March 2017

Saturday night Special 

A particularly Dangerous part of the Drakwald Forest
What else are you going to do on a dark and rainy night in March but go Round to Snickets house with Erny and Robotforaday and play a game Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay as a tabletop game? 
Well that's exactly what we did, and much fun was had by all.......

Monday, 20 February 2017

The O-Team


"In M40.972, a crack commando unit was sent to a death world for a crime they almost certainly did commit. These Ogryn promptly ate all the deadly animals and plants on the planet and were taken under the wing of a friendly Commissar. Today, still used by the Imperium, they survive as soldiers that cost a fortune (in food bills and damages).
If you have a problem, if no one else can help, and if you can find them, maybe you should send in.....The O Team."


Saturday, 11 February 2017

Wifferrp

I must be getting old. The flu (or just a nasty cold) has had me in it's grip for well over a fortnight now and it's refusing to let go. Bastard. As a result I haven't felt like doing much painting recently so I haven't got any cool new toys to show. Fear not, however as there are some in the pipeline. I just need to restart my painting mojo.

"So if you've got nothing to show us why are you posting?"

Good question dear reader. I occasionally like to blether on in posts about the things that do or have inspired me about Warhammer and it's derivatives and  I've had the third of the holy triumvirate wandering around in the back of my head for some time so I thought I'd take this opportunity to have a verbal wander about.

As a young lad my first contact with all this fantasy game malarkey was with good old Dungeons and Dragons, I've talked before about the influence dragon magazine had on me but it was actually playing D&D with friends in the maths room at lunch times when we were probably 11 or 12 which started us down this long and dark path. We soon graduated to Runequest (3rd edition as published by GW) which was our mainstay for sometime before we moved on to one of the holy Trinity. WFRP.


Saturday, 21 January 2017

Even More Metal Clad Maniacs


The last of my old school Chaos Marauders had their turn to get finished this week. This 10 takes me up to 25 which is a little more than I planned and with the two standard bearers that are needing pushing over the finishing line, that'll give me 27. Terrible planning on my part.

Sunday, 15 January 2017

Monster Squad


Chaos needs to have foot sloggers too. The idea that all Chaos forces are made up of Deamons, Traitor marines and Spawn is a bit sad. The real cloud and fun in a renegade war band is the mutant and beastmen. These are the lackey's that do all the dirty work, ensuring the plans of the champion come to fruition by blasting who ever is in the way. That great tome of Chaos, Slaves to Darkness has an entry in the 40K war bands followers table that I've been mulling over for years.

Monday, 9 January 2017

There's somebody at the door!


With the realisation that the Christmas holidays were almost over I decided I had time to try and squeeze in one last game before going back to the drudgery of work. So of I popped to see my good friend Linz and we busted out the city scenery. No fancy scenario just a bunch of piratical ne-erdowells having their nice hideout raided by a big noisy areshole of an Inquistior. This links into some previous games that i'll do my best to find links to.

The interesting thing here is that we decided to play on a 2x2 board to see if we could get a fun game out of such a small area and it seems that if you crush enough terrain onto the board then it all works swimmingly. On to the fun. 

The boss wasn't happy. He had been giving his hench man loads of silly jobs to do all day, Godbert was convinced it was his hemorrhoids playing up again but he wasn't about to argue while he was waving that plasma pistol around.