Thursday, 16 November 2017

Return to Pen and Paper

Feels so long since I had a chance to work with pen and ink. Nothing too extravagant, but still an enjoyable little project for SHED GAMES. I've decided to use the moody feel of the portraits as an excuse to muck about with strong lighting contrasts. I still need to tidy them up a bit though. They still have a few pencil lines that need removing.


Also, I finished a few more Ork Kommandos. I'll be breaking these out in the near future with the rest of the squad, so stay tuned for for that.


And finally a look forward to my next project: GASLANDS! The game is released at the end of the month and I've already pre-ordered the starter bundle. For fans of Mad Max or the GW Dark Future game, I can't recommend this enough. I was lucky enough to try it out last year in the demo stages of development and have been following the progress since. Once I get the book in hand I'll be sure to put up some pictures and a bit of a review. Until then have a good 'un.


Thursday, 9 November 2017

Slow Week

So earlier this year I picked up a junk lot at a market of Space Marines and random bits. The original post is HERE for those that haven't read that far back. The results of this bodgit experiment was a fully converted Night Lords' Kill Team that is still receiving additions from time to time. Once again diving into a box of second hand junk, spare parts and abandoned minis I've managed to dig out a bunch of long neglected Chaos Terminators


Seriously, look at this guy. There's as much super glue as there is paint on this one.



So into the dip they go! the plan is to go to town on these models as I did with the original Kill Team. Another long term project that'll keep me busy.

At the moment though, I've been filling my time with my favorite painting project, Orks! I finally caved in and bought some new toys for the new addition. I can Killa Kan!


Magnetized weapons and ready for a few layers of rust and chrome before properly taking the field! I've also found the time to build some classic Kommandos and get to painting the Ork Kill Team I started a while back.



Blimey! I thought this post would be a short piece about how little I've been doing. Turns out I've been quite industrious, who knew?

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Day-After Halloween Special

It's been a super busy old time the last few weeks. I've changed jobs again and been spending some time fixing up the ol' homestead, but now it's back to the brushes! In between mental work shifts and a never ending "To-Do" I managed to sneak in a few hours painting.

First up, the final member of my Night Lords Kill Team, The Shreaker. A Raptor convertion to round off the squad nicely I think. I still think Shadow War is a fantastic alternative to regular Necromunda, but with all the shiny new stuff being shown off for actual Necromunda I will no doubt find myself painting up a House Gang at some point.




I've final jumped back in to 40K. It took a while and a little inspiration, but I've started painting up some new addition for my Ork army to bring them up to speed with the new rules. Joining the painted masses is a Painboy, a Waaagh! Banner bearer and a new Mek Boy. I've since found out that Dreds are SUPER stompy under the new rules so I'll be getting a bunch of them


So that's been my efforts for the last week. Not a great deal, but progress nonetheless. I also managed to find time to crank out a pumpkin this year...



...and get a costume together.




Happy Halloween!!!

Saturday, 21 October 2017

After the Hobbit (part4)

It's been a long road, but we've reached the end of our campaign. Following in the footsteps of Balin, Rob and I have taken to Moria and pretty much retold history as it happened in the books. For a recap of the campaign, check previous PART1, PART2 & PART3. But it isn't over yet... Going into the Final chapter, can Rob salvage the last shreds of Dwarvish honour or will the Goblins horde slaughter them in anonymity?

They Are Coming...

In the depths of Moria, Balin has been entombed in the kingdom he sought to reclaim and the few survivors have rallied themselves for their last stand. They are few in number, hungry and far from home, but not without hope. The Dwarfs know that they cannot escape, but will sell their lives if but one of their number can make it back to Erebor with news of the expedition. In the darkness, something far more sinister than mere goblins moves to intervene.



As the fires of the Balrog are seen filling the gloom, the Dwarfs waste no time and begin their escape. Goblins pour into the hall from the great gates and is through one of these that the Dwarf survivors dash towards.



The Goblin Shaman calls on the blood lust of his minions to hold the Dwarfs from escaping, but it is not time yet. Knowing the Dwarfs have the best chance if they can break their attacker's will to pursue, the Warriors of Moria go to work on the Goblins with their axes.




Meanwhile, holding the tomb entrance as best they can, a few brave Dwarfs make heroic efforts against the mounting Goblins. Soon their bravery will be tested...




With a roar, The Balrog enters the fray. The cavern shakes with it's monstrous footfalls and the Goblins swarm the tomb chamber. The few Dwarf warriors within hold their axes ready.


With their demonic overlord at their backs, the Goblins push forwards. The few Dwarfs still in the Tomb are swept aside, lost in the sea of rusted metal and gleaming eyes. Despite the swarm of foes, the stoic Dwarfs fight on still.



At the gate, The Goblin Shaman is slain and his entourage put to the axe. Though more Goblins arrive to fill the gap, The Dwarf warriors have made their stand. The gate to the tunnels almost theirs.



Alas, Fire and Death had come at last. Hurling a burning Dwarf across the cavern, the Balrog burst from the Tomb Chamber, his Goblin underlings spreading before him. The flaming dwarf crashed into two of his comrades, alerting the Dwarfs holding gate to their peril.




As the mighty Balrog advanced, a challenge in the tongue of the Dwarfs was called out from the Tomb. Surrounded by foes and bleeding from dozens of small injuries, the last Khazad Guard charged the Balrog.


The few Dwarfs still standing at the turned into the tunnels and made their escape. The Sacrifice of their fellows would not be in vain. Only one of their number needed to get through the Goblin patrols....


....Only one made it home to Erebor.


"One Dwarf Still Draws Breath!"
It was a tense final game. Rob had no heroes to rely on and had to work from tactics and dice alone. He couldn't have made a better go of it and it was a satisfactory end to our Campaign. In the end  the Goblins gave total annihilation to the Dwarfs in the Tomb,  but a single Dwarf made it back to Erebor. With Dwarfs fulfilling half their objectives (the other being to kill 20 Goblins) the outcome was a Draw.
Well done to Rob for his efforts to really save face in the final mission and thanks also to Ross (Go check out his YOUTUBE stuff) for supplying some additional scenery to the board. It was a great experience to play a story campaign like this and for those interested I heartily recommend it as something different. It was a great excuse to get my Balrog painted so that alone should be an endorsement.

I hope you enjoyed this series of posts. I'm looking forward to doing more in the future.

Thursday, 19 October 2017

100th POST MOTHER TRUCKERS!!!!!!!

It's been a long road to get to this point, but it's been fun. I've finished off so much just because this blog has forced me into finishing what I start (most of the time) So, what's on the go at the moment? Well quite a bit actually...

Gaslands is due for release at the end of November. That game has been on my radar for a while now and I so glad to hear it's nearly out. I've been gathering scraps and cheap toy cars specially for the job and I've made a small start.




Ghost Archipelago from Osprey is in the near future too. I was so happy to get a runner-up place in their competition and the prize (a copy of the new rulebook) arrived a few days ago. I've read it, loved it and I'm now scrounging my bits box for parts to build my crew. As a base, I've decided to use my LOTR Umbar army and just add a few extra models for flavour. My next step is to try and get a few dinosaur models (toys) that fit the scale.




More sculpting has been completed and there is plenty more to follow. Right now I've just finished off a set of adventures. My next project will be a small addition to the Gnome range I did for CPmodels and maybe some Dark Warrior types.






Part 4 of Balin's Quest to reclaim Moria has been scheduled and as soon as we play it out I'll be straight to the Keyboard to type it up. For now, know that Terror is ready to go...



More commissions and comics are on the way. Age of Savagery has become the main focus of my efforts over the last few months and I've got plans for more comics and stories in the New Year as well as plenty of art work before then, just go check the TWITTER for more regular up dates.

So it's been a busy couple of months and it shows no sign of slowing down. New job, new games and new projects all start proper next week. In the mean time, thank you to everyone that reads this blog of nonsense and rambling. It keeps me sane.....ish.

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Back From Over Seas

So the last week I've been away for my annual cruise holiday. A nice chance to get away and see the world and meet some new people... and abuse the cruise's drinks package.

This year we had planned to stop off at some comics shops in Amsterdam that I found last year, but the weather was having none of that and we had go else where. So we ended up in Brugge instead and it was a nice change of pace. If you've never been, it is a lovely little town to visit. Plenty of history and old buildings and as luck would have it a brilliant comic shop called De Striep. It was a joy to find this place by chance and some of the art on show was amazing, Vikings, Dark Fantasy and Steampunk galore! I cannot give any credit to the writers as I don't understand the language in question, but I picked up a few titles that looked cool. I will say that if you like your comics and you're trying to get your kids into them, watch out when abroad. Them mainland Europeans are not shy when it comes to showing a bit of flesh in comics. This is not a criticism and I've found from past titles I've read, it isn't smut for the sake of it, we Brits are just massive prudes XD.

So if you get the chance to visit Brugge, pop in to their local comic shop and have a look.

Now back to our regular programming! As well as an enjoyable holiday, it was a great surprise to return home to some fun news! Last few months, Osprey Games have been running their triple sprue challenge on Twitter (Go check it out if you haven't seen it). Where entrants build a Frostrgrave Wizard, Apprentice and Captain using only the parts from their Human Warrior, Cultist and Barbarian sprues. I was pleased to find out that I'd got a runners-up place for my efforts. Go check out the other winners HERE for some awesome conversions.

As for me, (left to right) The Apprentice, Wizard and Captain that I entered. Guess I'm going to have to paint them now.





Monday, 2 October 2017

Leggit Good 'n' Proper

Well, it's October and I am long over due an actual holiday. So I will once again be zipping off to parts unknown to get some well deserved relaxation.... and a few pints.



But it won't be all fun and games in my absence. So for all of this month, I'm challenging myself to put a sketch a day up on the Twitter. This is more of an endurance test on my part to see if I can do it. For those on Twitter my page is HERE and I've already put the first couple of sketches up.

See you in a week!