Monday, 8 September 2014

Origins and Beginnings 2

This month, thirty years ago,  a discovery was made that not known at the time would be a part of a hobby that I still have involvement in. That discovery came in a red box and started a saga that is still on going.


Eventually, when the players within the group had "levelled" up several times and the resulting party suffered a total party kill at the hands of a GM who introduced NPC's that could match the party's fire power. The fight at the Falling Bridge is still a grand memory of those early gaming days. There was a fair deal of upset caused and a new group sprang forth from the ashes of the last, similar to the phoenix in mythology.

This group were looking for a little more detail and ventured into new realms, well in gaming terms, that is. The resulting games followed the literary exploits of two very different authors: Tolkien and Moorcroft



The games were also very different as were the resulting campaigns for both, however, one system eventually won over the over the other and a new era began. It was the time of Rolemaster


Tables and charts became the norm, as did crunching numbers and looking for more "realism" in character development and combat. Companion followed companion, characters gained new heights, only to loose them shortly after. For years the game continue as a gaming world was developed and expanded. However, things change and people do to. For some the system became everything and the quest for realism, eventually undid it all, as the essence of the game became lost in the rules behind it. The essence of the game being fun and banter around a table.

As Dungeons and Dragons moves into its 5th edition and gaming is changing. No longer do people have to be in the same room around the same table. No longer is realism the centre of the game. Now table is virtual and a new era has started, the game is different, as are the rules, but the essences are still have returned to those found in that red box: fun and banter.

Cheers for now


Saturday, 6 September 2014

And Now for Something Completely Different 20

A Laser Defence company for the ARC forces in Critical Mass. The battery is shown in a disarray rather than all guns blazing so to speak.


The figures are again from  Ground Zero Games and were a sod to assemble but worth the effort in the end.



Next from this range will be a Missile and SAW support company for the infantry already painted.

Cheers for now

Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Back to the Brushes 93

Every now and then something new is started. These figures are a part of this and are three stands of fifty odd to be painted.

The figures are from Old Glory and are being painted on their stands of three. The process of painting these miniatures starts with a grey undercoat, basic blocking and then washing with Agrax Earth shade. Overall the process is working well and gives a suitable result for the table. 15mm is not a scale that gives the same enjoyment painting that 28mm does; however painted they will be.


The figures will be used in games of Battlecry - the American Civil War variant of Command and Colours - and Fire and Fury.


More Moors work in progress to follow shortly.

Cheers for now

Monday, 1 September 2014

Reconquista 2

Pictured below is a stand of skirmishers for the Moors army that is currently being painted at present.



The figures are from Gripping Beast's Desert Frontier range and fit in well with the Berber spearmen that are currently being painted.



There will be some more work in progress pictures to follow shortly plus something just a little bit different.

Cheers for now

Friday, 29 August 2014

Back to the Brushes 92

The return of the Black Shields with another three pre-slotta orcs being worked on at present. These like the Moorish Spearmen have been languishing around the corner of the painting table since the beginning of this year.



Time to move them on to the ranks of the finished miniatures!

Cheers for now.

Fury of the North 11

Over the last few nights the following Hirdmen have been completed for SAGA. The figures are all from Gripping Beast and this is the fifth point in a six point warband. Hope that you like the pictures.



Three of the shields have Little Big Men transfers on and one is hand painted. The matching helm is a give away for the hand painted shield.



The last figure shown below will also be a banner man for the warband as well as a group figure in the bondi group currently being painted.


The figure is again from Gripping Beast and the banner and shield images are both from Little Big Men.


All of the figures shown will be sabot based for use in Impetus as well.


You may have noticed that each picture now has the name of this blog in the top left corner. This is something that has been pondered over for sometime and has finally been done due to sharing of pictures on The Miniatures Page. At least now the name will be shared too.

Will be back soon with some more work in progress pictures.

Cheers for now

Thursday, 28 August 2014

Back to the Brushes 91

Some figures just seem to be on the painting table for ages with nothing happening to them. The following ten Moorish Spearmen are in this bill.


Very little has changed with these over this month, however, this is about to change. The robes are now completed and only the head-dresses, sashes, footware and weapons still are still to be painted. A good painting session this evening should see these all well on their way to completion; making way for another batch of ten Moorish spearmen.

There will be some more pictures to follow shortly with a bit more variety to boot.

Cheers for now.