Wednesday, 1 July 2020

All for One and One for All

These are the very first 40mm miniatures I have painted in all my time of wargaming, and I must say I really enjoyed it. I was concerned that my basic painting skills would look a bit lacklustre on larger models – but not to be too modest, I think they turned out rather well.

Porthos, Aramis, Athos, D'Artagnan

Rochefort and the Cardinal's Guards
The models are Eureka Miniatures 40mm All for One line and modelled on characters and clothingstyles of Richard Lesters Three Musketeers and Four Musketeers movie’s from the 1970’s.
The miniatures obviously include the 4 Musketeers – Athos, Aramis, Porthos, D’Artangnan and his servant Planchet as well as the Cardinals Guards and his pitbull: Count Rochefort. Other characters include Constance Bonacieux and her husband (who could also be just a plain bartender type) as well as two serving wenches and some very angry geese!

The range has a fantastic set of scenery with a very ornamental well as well as tables, chairs, plates, candlesticks etc and even the obligatory baguette.
One miniature I am missing is the Hired Blade who is a mercenary type character and I will be getting him shortly as well as a couple of extra Cardinal Guard miniatures which will be painted up blue for Kings Musketeers – just to vary up scenarios.

2 Pints and a Bageutter please

Water from the well

Plancet scares the Geese
Eureka have their own set of quick skirmish rules for these miniatures and you can find these here.

Sunday, 7 June 2020

Skyrim on the Tabletop - Elder Scrolls Call to Arms

My new project just arrived and I am absolutely stoked! The models are fantastic and the game really offers the feel and style of Skyrim.

The Elder Scrolls: Call to Arms, is a new tabletop wargame by Modiphius (who also do Fallout Warfare) based obviously on the most popular version of the Elder Scrolls video game series - Skyrim.

The game offers two different game modes, making it a more interesting type of game and sets it slightly apart from most of its conventional peers.

You have the traditional Battle Mode, where players pit opposing factions against each other after equipping them with spells, gear and abilities based on a points-buy system.

This straightforward mode still has extras including levelling up heroes, gaining treasure and NPE (Non Player Enemies) that can spawn and attack both sides.

The other mode is Delve. This is a Solo (or Co-Op) mode where waves of NPE spawn and try and stop your merry band of adventures from completing the Delve (dungeon crawling and treasure hunting) 

The NPE work on a AI type system, where they have a sort of flowchart of actions they carry out in relation to what the Delvers are accomplishing.

I cant wait to get some Tamriel terrain sorted and get these and my Dragon Born on to the table. 

Saturday, 23 May 2020

Completed Project - 15mm Gruntz NAC Force

Well I say a completed project. I have finished my 15mm New Anglian Confederation force for Gruntz but I also have an opposing force of Federal Stats Europa sitting in a box waiting to be started.

These actually might not get touched for some time as my friend Nic is using FSE when we finally get to meet up and play some games again after these unusual times.

So here are the completed units for the:

 NAC 47th (Lancs) Mechanised Infantry Regiment, A Company

Platoon - Phalanx/C APC
Platoon - Phalanx APC

2nd Platoon Capt
Infantry Section
SAW Gunner
Platoon Medic
Platoon Engineer
Platoon Scout Section 
Platoon Scout Section Heavy Gunner

1st Platoon Power Armour Section
Support Coy - Heavy Weapon Attachments

 Bobcat Armoured Cars - 18th NAC Reconnaissance Regiment - Manitoba Dragoons

Paladin II Tanks - 22nd NAC Tank Regiment - Cheshire Lancers

 HAVOCK Class Mech - 9th NAC Hussars - Mech Regiment

The Whole Force

Friday, 8 May 2020

VE Day 75th Anniversay 2020

In these weird unprecedented times of a Worldwide Pandemic, people have tried their best and risen to the occasion to celebrate the 75th Anniversary of Victory in Europe.

Today marks 75 years since VE day and as the United Kingdom and its Allies remember the end of the war it is usually celebrated with street parties, community gatherings and acknowledgement from the Armed Forces.

The outbreak of Covid-19 Corona Virus across the world has meant that there wont be street parties as we know them, no parades and no concerts. However there will be plenty going on.

On Facebook and other social media platforms - communities have posted how they will celebrate - with houses decked out in Patriotic livery, flags and bunting, cream teas held in back gardens in what has recently been fantastic weather and other imaginative ways and means.

A 2 minutes silence will/has took place at 11am and the Red Arrows will/Have been flying across parts of the UK in a special flypast.

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II will be addressing the nation at 9pm and then a singalong will take place of Vera Lynn's We'll meet again, which has once again become an anthem of hope and as ingrained into the British physche as the regular Thursday night clap for the NHS/Keyworkers during this Pandemic.

Stay Safe, Stay Home, And we will meet again friends. 

Tuesday, 28 April 2020

Gruntz 15mm - NAC Vehicles

Gruntz 15mm by Robin Fitton has been a favourite rule-set of mine for many years. Unfortunately I have never managed to persuade any of my gaming friends to invest in the game, so most of my stuff (like so much of our gaming projects) has sat languishing in a box in the deepest recesses of my garage.

However the current World Wide Plague has given rather than taken away in that a couple of my closest gaming mates now want to take up Gruntz and have bought a load of miniatures.

So time to root out those long forgotten boxes in the garage and use the current lock-down opportunities to paint, paint, paint.

Now 15mm stuff is not something I have painted much of. Its hard enough usually for me to gain enthusiasm to paint at all, let alone tiny little lead soldiers. However I think I have done alright with these.

My army is based on the New Anglian Confederation models from Ground Zero Games and I ordered a few extra packs of infantry and vehicles to beef up the army. I must say the service from Jon at GZG was fantastic and very fast delivery too.

These are all the vehicles I have completed so far (until some more I have just ordered arrive) then I will make a start on the 60+ tiny infantry.

NAC Phalanx APC's and Converted Command Phalanx/C 
Bobcat Assault Armoured Cars
Paladin Tank with Mass Driver Cannon
Scout Trikes/Half Trak and Battle Buggy
NAC Vehicle Support

Wednesday, 15 April 2020

Aeronautica Imperialis Ork Bad Moons

Bad Moons are ostentatious show-offs, whose predilection for toting around the biggest, loudest and shiniest shootas is facilitated by the fact that their teef grow with such remarkable speed. With all manner of targeting feeds, extra ammunition feeds and massive bomb loads to call their own, Bad Moons can typically lay down a storm of dakka that eclipses that of any other clan - this is even more so the case with the flashiest of Ork Flyboyz that make up the Bad Moons Skwadrons.

Fighta Bommerz

Dakka Jetz

Moon Raker - Dakka Jet ACE

Eavy Bommerz

Bad Moons - Sky Shokk Skwadron