Wednesday 31 October 2018

Orktober Loota

Didn't get the Stompa done for Orktober, but did get a Loota done.

Tuesday 30 October 2018

Orktober 'eavy shooter

A boy with a Big Shoota, just to add some more Dakka!

Push together model from the Black Reach set.

Wednesday 24 October 2018

Nap Chaps

But of a cheat these. Painted ages ago, but unbased.

Now properly turned out.
Plastic Perry British Napoleonics.

Tuesday 23 October 2018

Scots Greys (2)

Someone check General Ballroom's pulse, I've finished two more.

Add the chap from the other day and we have the beginnings of a charge.

Monday 22 October 2018

Nob with Waaagh banner

Well I had to get something actually painted for Orktober.

This guy has been undercoated for ages, but being made of metal he kept falling on his face until I cracked and bought some of the newish 32mm bases.
Now he stands up proper and his paint job won't get chipped.
I have, however run out of brown ink, hence the unfinished base.

Saturday 20 October 2018

Nap Officer

This chap's been about half finished for a year or two.
But no longer!

Perry Plastic British Napoleonic bloke.

Friday 19 October 2018

Scots Grey

At last a finished Scots Grey!
I've been carefull about doing these as when I bought them General Ballroom had a stroke. One shouldn't assume cause and effect, but best to err on the side of caution. Maybe painting them is what's caused his current bout of Lazyitis?
Anyway this one's done now.

There's two more nearing completion.

Wednesday 17 October 2018


James is doing some Celtic Of Gods and Mortals shenanigans.
So I'm joining in.
These are a mix of Warlord (cartoony, but dynamic and fun and good). And Wargames Factory (ooh my poor eyes).

Really I'm waiting for Northstar Nick to get round to releasing the Slaine inspired Celts hes been showing off on the Facebook page.
But I can block coat and dip these to be going on with.

Tuesday 16 October 2018

OctOgre (3)

That's all four 'fangs assembled.

Might need a little green stuff around the saddles. Which is annoying.

Friday 12 October 2018

WAB Raiding Season: Bassa's Ford

As the seasons turn and the leave take on the golden and amber hues of Autumn so have the minds of the Sherwood Hucknall and Ilkeston Team moved on to the Dark Ages.
This time last year Steve and I were frantically preparing for the Peterborough WAB Age of Arthur gaming day so clearly something about this time of year puts a man in mind of blokes in drab clothes stabbing other blokes in drab clothes with pointy sticks.

As General Ballroom has been struck down with Lazyitis (get up!) Steve and I have agreed on a campaign. Specifically the excellent Raiding Season campaign from the Age of Arthur book. He's painting up a Saxon army, I'm going to use my Late Romans.

Game One sees the attackers attempting to force their way across a strategic river crossing to invade enemy territory. Saxons v Romans - clearly the hairy Germanics will be the attackers.

In heroic Dark Age style the game begins with a duel of champions in the ford.
The Romans, not wanting to get their togas in a twist have hired a hairy barbarian of their own to do the dirty work.

The duel raged for several turns but eventually the sell-sword was chopped down and the Saxon returned triumphant to the attacking force.

The fight had given time for the Saxons to catch up and most of the invaders were on the starting line.

 Gedrith. Yikes.

Whats Latin for "You shall not pass!"?

The Saxons formed The Bus of War and headed for the ford.

But stout Romans marched to meet them.

Sell-sword Saxons crashed home too.
A few failed warband tests also meant the ford got a bit congested at this point.

Unfortunately the Saxon allies, being only youths, were no match for their big brothers on the opposition and eventually fled. Causing the first Panic Bomb of the game as milites and slingers also broke.

Luckily the Roman spear rallied and turned to face the hairy barbarian horde.

Back at the ford the Roman Magnate had got his lads blocking the passage.

The unit they'd defeated duly rallied mid-stream. Blocking the ford again. How we (I) laughed.

Then Steve remembered they were light infantry and they scuttled aside.

Leaving the Gedrith free at last to charge home.

The remaining Duguth also took advantage of this lightness and spread out along the river bank and began peppering Roman's with javelins.

At this point the cavalry arrived!
Charging home into the archers.

Easily defeating the Sagittarians they turned to pepper the rear of the spear.

This was all rather too much for the stout spearmen who headed off home at pace.

The Gedrith then did what Gedrith do best and murdered the Magnate in the face to claim the field for the pagan hordes!

A great fun game. This scenario is a challenge for the attacker but the Saxons stuck at the task and are now on the loose in Roman territory!

In the campaign wrap-up the Saxons accrued a fair bit of glory, and the Gedrith are now veterans (!).
All my characters survived, though the Roman pair are now carrying injuries.

Looking forward to the next game now.

Saturday 6 October 2018

OctOgre (2)

Mour progress!

Built a seond 'fang and then added saddles.
Two down, two to go.

Friday 5 October 2018

Orktober (1)

The answer to the question, Orktober or OctOgre was, of course, obvious.
Do both!

This is a rum old kit. Probably because it's about ten years old. Very tough and ready, great thick lumps of plastic. And no numbers on the (poor) photo diagrams. Compare with the Gorkanaut, which goes together like clockwork and has clear, easy to use instructions.

Thursday 4 October 2018

OctOgre (1)

I made a start on a Mournfang.

Gone together very smoothly, shouldn't need any filling.
Going to do the four mounts before tackling the riders.

Monday 1 October 2018

Octogre or Orktober?

Recently I was Very Old Indeed.
My wargaming chums responded very generously.
General Ballroom dropped off an enormous box, which turned out to contain...

...A Stompa!
An excellent present. One made all the more special by the look on the face of the Gaming Heir when I opened it.

He got his revenge by pointing out that the Gorkanaut I was given for my birthday last year remains not quite actually finished.

Steven then came up with not one, but two boxes of...

...Mournfangs! I've wanted some of these for my Ogres for ages. They're even proper actual Warhammer ones with bases with corners and everything.

Thanks chaps, very generous indeed of you both.

So now I have a dilemma. Which do I assemble first?
Do I make it Orktober and do the Stompa, or call it OctOgre and do the Mournfangs?

Tune in soon to find out which l choose.
Or, more likely that I've gotten all hot under the collar about 2mm Hittites or something else completely unrelated.