Friday, 4 April 2014

Pirates of a 28mm persuasion!

So, I'm back with more pirates. This time however, I'm going for fantasy pirates in 28mm. The models I have so far are all by Black Scorpion. Excellent minis with lots of character. I'm looking to use these in my own skirmish rules which the guys and myself are currently play testing. Anyway, here we go...

An Elf!

Alexis - A limited edition model from Salute a while back

A burly orc

Another elf...this one is incredibly grumpy


Friday, 14 March 2014

Pirate scenery!

So, as part of the pirate project, I have been making some terrain pieces.

2 islands with the fort (more on this later)

Some rocks, sailors beware!

Some deathly sirens ready to lure ships onto the rocks.

And the next pieces is a labour of love. I'm pretty pleased with how it turned out. The fort was mostly inspired by my recent gaming habits (namely assassins creed: black flag). After lots of looking and thinking, I scaled back my initial ambitions to a more realistic project for my skills. I started with some pretty raw materials: some plastic rods, a plasticard base, some shot glasses from a recent stag do and some good old monopoly houses amongst other things.

 Next came the most time consuming part - I slathered the lot in polyfilla to get a more coherent and textured look. I cut out and stuck on a door frame - it took me a while to realise there was no entrance! At this point I also stuck cannon ports onto the turrets.

Next step was to stick down the sand and monopoly houses (I textured the roofs with liquid green stuff). 

After a white spray, it was time to lay down a basecoat.

Some drybrusing later and... almost done.

Finally, the static grass and clumps of bushes were added to complete it!

Hope you enjoyed!

Thursday, 13 March 2014

Black Sails Ahoy!

So, a while back, some friends and I attended Salute (UK) and one of our purchases happened to be some pieces of eight ships from Peter Pig. I finally got round to painting mine as well as some terrain and various monsters. I'm currently putting the polish on a set of rules I'm working on, but without further ado, here are some of the ships I've been working on! I have tried to go for a more 'legendary pirates' feel more than historical accuracy. There models have been great fun to paint, a good balance between detail and simplicity!
A brigantine


Large Merchantman - The Black Caesar 


Converted Leviathan! 

And a few of them in action on my sea boards!

Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Seasons of War: Core List

A new release for Seasons of War fans!

At many of the shows we have attended, people have responded positively to demo games of Seasons of War: Days of the Conqueror and have seen the potential of using armies in their collections to play games beyond those described in the book. The purpose of this 'Core Army List' is to allow players to represent most if not any pre-powder historical faction and even a fantasy army in a game of Seasons of War, by providing generic troop choices that can be tailored to suit a specific unit's arms and armaments.

To allow customisation, many unit types have 'Special Equipment Options'. This simply lists any additional Special Equipment the unit can take. Most of the rules for the Special Equipment options can be found in the main rulebook: Seasons of War: Days of the Conqueror. We have however added additional items and relevant rules in this supplement such as heavy armour, pikes and ranged warmachines.

We hope this Core Army List will provide an immediate means to allow all you gamers to play Seasons with any your armies, whilst we beaver away at providing more tailored and specific army lists such as Republican Romans or Germanic Tribes. Think of it as our very own Ravening Hordes. 

This supplement is available to download, for free, from the Seasons of War Resources page.

The main rulebook is available to buy as a PDF at Wargame Vault ($10 about £6.50) or as a hard copy from our website (£10 + p&p).

Saturday, 27 July 2013

More Orcs!

I've given 4 of my RPE Savage Orcs a lick of paint! I wanted these guys to look a bit more of an elite feel so gave them a few lashings of gold and differentiated the shields by adding stripes. Not sure how I feel about how they turned out but on balance I'm pleased.

Sunday, 21 July 2013

Going Green!

I've always loved orcs of all kinds: fantasy, space, big, small - anything goes so long as they are green! I recently downloaded an old album I used to listen to as a kid (Status Quo - courtesy of my dad!). This is besides the point, however, it conjured up lots of memories of when I painted the old GW orcs and used to pour over back issues of White Dwarf. Orcs had so much character in those days!

Anyway, partly inspired by this, and just generally on the lookout for a new project, I picked up some 15mm Demonworld orcs from Ral Partha Europe. These for me really capture that nostalgic essence of my old school orcs, so I have set to work!

 Orc warriors with swords and shields

 Wolf riders with spears
 Spearmen (or should that be spearorcs?)

Standard bearer

And next some bits on the workbench awaiting the attention of my brush...
 Scorpion with Goblin rider

 So called 'Savage orcs' - but in my eyes, they are just 'arder and better armoured orcs
A Shaman not green, but still love the model - an ogre!

And my wife's efforts! - Have a cookie everyone!

Cheers, stay green!

A size comparison.

Thursday, 13 June 2013

Seasons of War: Days of the Conqueror released

Seasons of War: Days of the Conqueror is now available to buy via Wargame Vault!

'Seasons of War: Days of the Conqueror is a unit based miniatures game that allows players to represent battles fought in and around the time of Duke William II - the man who would eventually take the English crown in 1066 and be immortalised as 'The Conqueror'.

The rules are designed to be streamlined and easy to learn but also allow players to replicate battle strategies used throughout the period. As you lead your 11th Century army, you will need to outsmart and outfight your rivals whilst maintaining discipline in your own ranks. The season of war is upon you; will you be the conqueror or the conquered?'

Follow the link below to check it out!