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Scions, Guard & Harlequin updates

Posted on February 22nd, 2018 under Posted by

Finished first lot of Scions and a Command Squad for my Guard.  Also begun work on updating my Harlequins focusing on giving all of the individual models checkerboard patterns. 

Making Explosion Markers

Posted on February 21st, 2018 under . Posted by

I love a good spectacle, and nothing catches the eye like an over-the-top Michael Bay style fireball. I needed a few good explosions for the game I’m tinkering with, so took a shot at creating a few explosion markers of my own. The clump foliage method…

Sci-Fi Civilians from Astropolis and Colony 87 Kickstarters

Posted on February 17th, 2018 under . Posted by

I’ve had these civilian figures from the Astropolis and Colony 87 kickstarter primed and sitting on my painting shelf for years, another monument to a stalled project. I’ve been working diligently on some homebrew rules which require civilians as an in…

Guard Manticores completed

Posted on January 30th, 2018 under Posted by

Picked up two of these from a mate over the weekend.  Spent the last day or two painting them up.

Rigging a 28mm Sloop for Blood and Plunder

Posted on January 27th, 2018 under . Posted by

One of my reasons for backing the Blood and Plunder Kickstarter was the chance to build and rig a tall ship, complete with sails and rigging. I’ve built plenty of model planes, tanks and vehicles as stand alone kits or wargame models, but I’ve always b…

Completed – Wraith Knight, Guard Starter Set & more

Posted on January 25th, 2018 under , , , , , . Posted by

One advantage of taking time off over the school holidays is the amount of painting I’ve managed to get done while the kids kept themselves entertained.  Completed so far this month:Harlequin themed Wraith KnightImperial Guard SquadGuard Commissar…

WIP – Harlequin Wraith Knight: Legs & Torso complete

Posted on January 7th, 2018 under Posted by

Long break between painting sessions due to summer holidays but have finally finished the legs, base, torso and head of my Wraith Knight.

2017 Wrap Up

Posted on December 31st, 2017 under Posted by

Another year draws to a close, and as usual I like to reflect on what I’ve accomplished over the last 12 months and set a course for the future.I painted up quite a bit during the early months of the year, largely in part to my participation in the Ana…

WIP – Harlequin Wraith Knight

Posted on December 25th, 2017 under . Posted by

Picked up a 2nd hand Wraith Knight complete with all the bits just before Xmas.  Been wanting one for my Harlequins for a while and it was too good a deal to pass up.  Managed to make some progress on it before I took the family on holiday…

Another Death Guard Rhino

Posted on December 8th, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

Finished 2nd of these this morning.  Quite useful for running small squads equipped with Blight Launchers up the board quickly

Another Death Guard Rhino

Posted on December 8th, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

Finished 2nd of these this morning.  Quite useful for running small squads equipped with Blight Launchers up the board quickly

Fun with weathering and rust stuff

Posted on November 30th, 2017 under Posted by

Got some of the GW Technical paints just to muck around with and been having fun going over my entire Deathguard collection adding rust and bluey stains to all the metal bits.  Also grabbed some of the earth paint that cracks when you apply it thi…

Fun with weathering and rust stuff

Posted on November 30th, 2017 under Posted by

Got some of the GW Technical paints just to muck around with and been having fun going over my entire Deathguard collection adding rust and bluey stains to all the metal bits.  Also grabbed some of the earth paint that cracks when you apply it thi…

Deathguard Rhino & fun with green stuff

Posted on November 27th, 2017 under Posted by

Did the green stuff work on this guy months ago but only got around to finishing the painting last night.  Not my best work, bit shit to be honest, but as its Deathguard its supposed to be rough.  Started work on modifying a 2nd Rhino for the…

Deathguard Rhino & fun with green stuff

Posted on November 27th, 2017 under Posted by

Did the green stuff work on this guy months ago but only got around to finishing the painting last night.  Not my best work, bit shit to be honest, but as its Deathguard its supposed to be rough.  Started work on modifying a 2nd Rhino for the…

Dragon Rampant: The Battle of Four Armies

Posted on November 27th, 2017 under , . Posted by

As my post Thanksgiving turkey coma subsided, I was able to roll my mashed potato filled carcass to my friend Joe’s place for a four player Dragon Rampant bash. Join me after the jump for the details.I hadn’t played any flavor of Rampant for over a yea…

Dragon Rampant: The Battle of Four Armies

Posted on November 27th, 2017 under , . Posted by

As my post Thanksgiving turkey coma subsided, I was able to roll my mashed potato filled carcass to my friend Joe’s place for a four player Dragon Rampant bash. Join me after the jump for the details.I hadn’t played any flavor of Rampant for over a yea…

Death Guard – 4th Blight Drone complete

Posted on November 27th, 2017 under Posted by

Been slowly working through my backlog of unpainted models which included my 4th and last Foetid Blight Drone….

Death Guard – 4th Blight Drone complete

Posted on November 27th, 2017 under Posted by

Been slowly working through my backlog of unpainted models which included my 4th and last Foetid Blight Drone….

Holiday Game and Geek Sales – Black Friday 2018

Posted on November 24th, 2017 under Posted by

It’s the annual run up to the holidays, kicking off with the shopping frenzy just after Thanksgiving.  Black Friday. You know the drill: You’ve got gifts to buy for the lovable geeks in your life, maybe for a friend, spouse or child (or let’s be honest, maybe picking up a little something for yourself).

I’ve got some ideas for you below, and I’ve rounded up all of the wargaming Black Friday/Holiday special offers I could find as well. Settle in with your eggnog and let’s get started with a little digital window shopping.


Oathmark: The new Oathmark fantasy miniatures from North Star / Osprey have been rolling out, with dwarves available now and goblins shipping soon (preorders for the goblins are available until Dec. 6th, with a chance those in Europe and the UK getting the goblins by Christmas). Check out the “skirmish” special offer, one box of dwarves, one box of goblins and some limited edition metal figures for a low price. I really love the design of these goblins; departing from the GW-influenced gorilla on steroids greenskins. The dwarves also avoid the “beard with feet” silhouette that has become the default look of the stubby blokes from many vendors.

Blood and Plunder: Swashbuckling historic pirates duking it out over land and sea has been our latest passion at the game store. I’ve painted up my Spanish, am planning on tackling their frigate and sloop this winter, and have additional cavalry and artillery reinforcements on the way. Play is fast and intuitive, and uses and clever card based initiative to make each turn unpredictable. Even if you don’t pick up the rules or figures, you have to check out the beautiful ships, useful in 17th and 18th century or even medieval-ish fantasy games that need some brilliant sea vessels to fill the ports and docks of the trade town.

The Wizard’s Tower: Tabletop World doesn’t make game terrain, they make art. Their resin buildings are exceptionally detailed, elevate any game in which they appear, and put all other terrain vendors to shame. Of course, they have a price to match, but they’re worth every penny. This year’s latest release is the Wizard’s Tower, an imposing structure that could be the focus of an entire game night with the forces of evil assaulting the fortress tower of the noble sorcerer and his outnumbered allies. Tabletop World is running a special as well, with free buildings thrown in for orders of varying sizes.

Pandemic Legacy: This is THE game in my house, adored by all three members of my family. We recently wrapped up Season 1 after playing it for the last few years and are eagerly awaiting the newly released Season 2. Highly recommended!

$5 Off Any Book ($20 or more) at Amazon: Just use GIFTBOOK17 at checkout. Maybe Dracula’s America? How about the Frostrgrave supplement Maze of the Minotaur? There’s plenty of non-wargaming books I’m sure will make great surprises under the tree like Star Wars: the Blueprints (great as reference for building terrain for the new Star Wars: Legion), the recently released biography of Ulysses S. Grant, the Annotated H.P. Lovecraft, or go all out with the collected Star Wars Art of Ralph McQuarrie.

Game of Thrones Season 1-6: You must have that friend who can’t or won’t subscribe to HBO, or fell behind on Game of Thrones and never caught up, or absolutely needs to watch the entire series from the beginning. The Blu-Rays for seasons 1-6 are on sale for 70 bucks on Amazon, an all time low price. It’s a steal.

Battlefront II: There’s been a lot of controversy around the release of the latest installment of the Star Wars shooter franchise, with many critics labeling Battlefront a “pay to win” title. Personally, it doesn’t matter to me. I’m no where good enough to realize that my hapless stormtrooper avatar is being obliterated by a 14 year old with mom’s credit card, or a 14 year old with superior reflexes. I enjoyed my time running around Battlefront I and experiencing my favorite movies from the inside, I can’t imagine this larger and improved game won’t deliver a similar time.

Roomba: Wait, what? How is this a game or geek gift. Guys, it’s a robot. That actually does work. I mean, how much did the mouse droid actually accomplish on the Death Star? It delivered emails. Stupid. Roomba could kick the mouse droid’s rear. Amazon has the 690 knocked down to $275. I love my Roomba. Both of them. You should get one.

Obscure Novelty Shirts: I nearly forgot to hawk my own swag. I’ve been experimenting with t-shirt design lately, creating shirts for my own amusement. Maybe you’re also an ironic fan of old school anti-D&D screeds? or you really dig space helmeted undead astronauts? I admit, they’re not for everyone, but maybe there’s a special weirdo in your life who would like one?


Wargame Deals

Wargame vendors have also been publishing special offers. To keep everything straight, I’ve collated them into the list below (in no particular order).

Firelock Games

Starts: Now
Ends: Monday, November 27

  • 20% Off: with promo code jolly17

Foundry

Starts: Now
Ends: January 5th, 2018

  • Buy 8, get 2 free: Buy any 8 standard £12 packs and get an additional 2 free.
  • Buy 16, get 6 free: Buy any 8 standard £12 packs and get an additional 2 free.
     List the codes of the free packs in the comments box when you place your order.

The War Store

Starts: Late Wednesday Night (Thursday the 23rd at 12:01 am)
Ends: Monday the 27th 11:59 PM

  • Discount code BF17: 5% off your order
  • Code PIPSHIP: Free shipping on Privateer Press orders of $100 or more
  • Code BATTLESHIP: Free shipping on Battlefront orders of $100 or more
  • Code GWSHIP: Free shipping on Games Workshop orders of $250 or more
  • Free Stuff: Sprues, paints, mini rulebooks and more

Gripping Beast

Starts: Now
Ends: ?

  • Festive Fun Blister: Themed blister containg limited edition fig, assorted foot. £20 worth of goodies
  • Saga: Version 1 rules are 1/2 price in preparation for Version II

Warlord Games

Starts: Now
Ends: ?

  • Tank Platoons: Selected tanks are 1/3 off.
  • Resin Vehicles: Buy 2, get one free
  • Figures: Buy 4, get 1 free
  • Gates of Antares: Buy 2 boxes, get 1 free
  • Dr. Who: Buy 2 boxes, get 1 free
  • Free Shipping: For orders over £50 / $30

Tabletop World

Starts: Now
Ends: December 31
Ships from Croatia

  • Free buildings: The bigger the order, the better the freebie
  • Free shipping: on orders greater than 250 Eur

Mantic

Starts: Now
Ends: 9 AM Monday the 27th
  • Free Shipping: on orders over £25, €35 or $40
  • Hourly Deals on Friday: Check the site and social media. Highlights include 200 goblins for £69.99, 80 Enforcers for £39.99, etc. 
  • Mega Deals: Including Warpath Mega Force of your choice plus the rulebook collection for just £74.99, 100 Marauders for £39.99, Mars Attacks Stompy Robots finally make their return for £14.99, more

Alternative Armies

Starts: Now
Ends: Monday, November 27
  • Free Shipping: on orders over £15
  • New Releases: new releases all weekend.
  • Digital Rulebooks: Monday the 27th digital download deal
  • Combine orders with Ion Age too!

Ion Age

Starts: Now
Ends: Monday, November 27
  • Free Shipping: on orders over £15
  • New Releases: new releases all weekend.
  • Digital Rulebooks: Monday the 27th digital download deal
  • Combine orders with Alternative Armies too!

Legio Heroica

Starts: Now
Ends: December 20
Ships from Italy
  • 20% Off: Orders over €50.00
  • 25% Off: Orders over €130.00

Brigade Models

Starts: Now
Ends: December 17
  • 15% Off: Lots of small scale sci-fi

Imaginative Miniatures

Starts: Now
Ends: ?
Ships from Netherlands

  • Discount code: black im for 25% off Team Yankee, Tanks, Bolt Action, Achtung Cthulhu, Konflict ’47
Starts: Now
Ends: Friday, Dec. 1st
  • 20% off all items

Battle Valor

Starts: Now
Ends: November 27
15mm fantasy figures
  • 25% all orders
  • Free Shipping: on orders over  $75
  • Free werewolf miniature with every order
I’ll try to keep the list of wargame special offers up to date all weekend, so if you come across a great deal let me know and I’ll update this post.

Holiday Game and Geek Sales – Black Friday 2018

Posted on November 24th, 2017 under Posted by

It’s the annual run up to the holidays, kicking off with the shopping frenzy just after Thanksgiving.  Black Friday. You know the drill: You’ve got gifts to buy for the lovable geeks in your life, maybe for a friend, spouse or child (or let’s be honest, maybe picking up a little something for yourself).

I’ve got some ideas for you below, and I’ve rounded up all of the wargaming Black Friday/Holiday special offers I could find as well. Settle in with your eggnog and let’s get started with a little digital window shopping.


Oathmark: The new Oathmark fantasy miniatures from North Star / Osprey have been rolling out, with dwarves available now and goblins shipping soon (preorders for the goblins are available until Dec. 6th, with a chance those in Europe and the UK getting the goblins by Christmas). Check out the “skirmish” special offer, one box of dwarves, one box of goblins and some limited edition metal figures for a low price. I really love the design of these goblins; departing from the GW-influenced gorilla on steroids greenskins. The dwarves also avoid the “beard with feet” silhouette that has become the default look of the stubby blokes from many vendors.

Blood and Plunder: Swashbuckling historic pirates duking it out over land and sea has been our latest passion at the game store. I’ve painted up my Spanish, am planning on tackling their frigate and sloop this winter, and have additional cavalry and artillery reinforcements on the way. Play is fast and intuitive, and uses and clever card based initiative to make each turn unpredictable. Even if you don’t pick up the rules or figures, you have to check out the beautiful ships, useful in 17th and 18th century or even medieval-ish fantasy games that need some brilliant sea vessels to fill the ports and docks of the trade town.

The Wizard’s Tower: Tabletop World doesn’t make game terrain, they make art. Their resin buildings are exceptionally detailed, elevate any game in which they appear, and put all other terrain vendors to shame. Of course, they have a price to match, but they’re worth every penny. This year’s latest release is the Wizard’s Tower, an imposing structure that could be the focus of an entire game night with the forces of evil assaulting the fortress tower of the noble sorcerer and his outnumbered allies. Tabletop World is running a special as well, with free buildings thrown in for orders of varying sizes.

Pandemic Legacy: This is THE game in my house, adored by all three members of my family. We recently wrapped up Season 1 after playing it for the last few years and are eagerly awaiting the newly released Season 2. Highly recommended!

$5 Off Any Book ($20 or more) at Amazon: Just use GIFTBOOK17 at checkout. Maybe Dracula’s America? How about the Frostrgrave supplement Maze of the Minotaur? There’s plenty of non-wargaming books I’m sure will make great surprises under the tree like Star Wars: the Blueprints (great as reference for building terrain for the new Star Wars: Legion), the recently released biography of Ulysses S. Grant, the Annotated H.P. Lovecraft, or go all out with the collected Star Wars Art of Ralph McQuarrie.

Game of Thrones Season 1-6: You must have that friend who can’t or won’t subscribe to HBO, or fell behind on Game of Thrones and never caught up, or absolutely needs to watch the entire series from the beginning. The Blu-Rays for seasons 1-6 are on sale for 70 bucks on Amazon, an all time low price. It’s a steal.

Battlefront II: There’s been a lot of controversy around the release of the latest installment of the Star Wars shooter franchise, with many critics labeling Battlefront a “pay to win” title. Personally, it doesn’t matter to me. I’m no where good enough to realize that my hapless stormtrooper avatar is being obliterated by a 14 year old with mom’s credit card, or a 14 year old with superior reflexes. I enjoyed my time running around Battlefront I and experiencing my favorite movies from the inside, I can’t imagine this larger and improved game won’t deliver a similar time.

Roomba: Wait, what? How is this a game or geek gift. Guys, it’s a robot. That actually does work. I mean, how much did the mouse droid actually accomplish on the Death Star? It delivered emails. Stupid. Roomba could kick the mouse droid’s rear. Amazon has the 690 knocked down to $275. I love my Roomba. Both of them. You should get one.

Obscure Novelty Shirts: I nearly forgot to hawk my own swag. I’ve been experimenting with t-shirt design lately, creating shirts for my own amusement. Maybe you’re also an ironic fan of old school anti-D&D screeds? or you really dig space helmeted undead astronauts? I admit, they’re not for everyone, but maybe there’s a special weirdo in your life who would like one?


Wargame Deals

Wargame vendors have also been publishing special offers. To keep everything straight, I’ve collated them into the list below (in no particular order).

Firelock Games

Starts: Now
Ends: Monday, November 27

  • 20% Off: with promo code jolly17

Foundry

Starts: Now
Ends: January 5th, 2018

  • Buy 8, get 2 free: Buy any 8 standard £12 packs and get an additional 2 free.
  • Buy 16, get 6 free: Buy any 8 standard £12 packs and get an additional 2 free.
     List the codes of the free packs in the comments box when you place your order.

The War Store

Starts: Late Wednesday Night (Thursday the 23rd at 12:01 am)
Ends: Monday the 27th 11:59 PM

  • Discount code BF17: 5% off your order
  • Code PIPSHIP: Free shipping on Privateer Press orders of $100 or more
  • Code BATTLESHIP: Free shipping on Battlefront orders of $100 or more
  • Code GWSHIP: Free shipping on Games Workshop orders of $250 or more
  • Free Stuff: Sprues, paints, mini rulebooks and more

Gripping Beast

Starts: Now
Ends: ?

  • Festive Fun Blister: Themed blister containg limited edition fig, assorted foot. £20 worth of goodies
  • Saga: Version 1 rules are 1/2 price in preparation for Version II

Warlord Games

Starts: Now
Ends: ?

  • Tank Platoons: Selected tanks are 1/3 off.
  • Resin Vehicles: Buy 2, get one free
  • Figures: Buy 4, get 1 free
  • Gates of Antares: Buy 2 boxes, get 1 free
  • Dr. Who: Buy 2 boxes, get 1 free
  • Free Shipping: For orders over £50 / $30

Tabletop World

Starts: Now
Ends: December 31
Ships from Croatia

  • Free buildings: The bigger the order, the better the freebie
  • Free shipping: on orders greater than 250 Eur

Mantic

Starts: Now
Ends: 9 AM Monday the 27th
  • Free Shipping: on orders over £25, €35 or $40
  • Hourly Deals on Friday: Check the site and social media. Highlights include 200 goblins for £69.99, 80 Enforcers for £39.99, etc. 
  • Mega Deals: Including Warpath Mega Force of your choice plus the rulebook collection for just £74.99, 100 Marauders for £39.99, Mars Attacks Stompy Robots finally make their return for £14.99, more

Alternative Armies

Starts: Now
Ends: Monday, November 27
  • Free Shipping: on orders over £15
  • New Releases: new releases all weekend.
  • Digital Rulebooks: Monday the 27th digital download deal
  • Combine orders with Ion Age too!

Ion Age

Starts: Now
Ends: Monday, November 27
  • Free Shipping: on orders over £15
  • New Releases: new releases all weekend.
  • Digital Rulebooks: Monday the 27th digital download deal
  • Combine orders with Alternative Armies too!

Legio Heroica

Starts: Now
Ends: December 20
Ships from Italy
  • 20% Off: Orders over €50.00
  • 25% Off: Orders over €130.00

Brigade Models

Starts: Now
Ends: December 17
  • 15% Off: Lots of small scale sci-fi

Imaginative Miniatures

Starts: Now
Ends: ?
Ships from Netherlands

  • Discount code: black im for 25% off Team Yankee, Tanks, Bolt Action, Achtung Cthulhu, Konflict ’47
Starts: Now
Ends: Friday, Dec. 1st
  • 20% off all items

Battle Valor

Starts: Now
Ends: November 27
15mm fantasy figures
  • 25% all orders
  • Free Shipping: on orders over  $75
  • Free werewolf miniature with every order
I’ll try to keep the list of wargame special offers up to date all weekend, so if you come across a great deal let me know and I’ll update this post.

"No, not Black Leaf! No, no!"

Posted on November 21st, 2017 under Posted by

I’ve been gaming for a long time. While I stick primarily to wargaming these days, I cut my teeth in the early eighties with Dungeons & Dragons, the grandaddy of fantasy gaming. Today fantasy RPGs are going through a bit of a renaissance, and while…

"No, not Black Leaf! No, no!"

Posted on November 21st, 2017 under Posted by

I’ve been gaming for a long time. While I stick primarily to wargaming these days, I cut my teeth in the early eighties with Dungeons & Dragons, the grandaddy of fantasy gaming. Today fantasy RPGs are going through a bit of a renaissance, and while…

Elder Thing by RAFM

Posted on November 19th, 2017 under Posted by

Over the last few months I’ve spent my scant free time working (and reworking) a set of rules I’ve been writing up. I was jonesin’ to put paint to lead though and figured a one-off figure would be a nice break from staring at a word processor.I plucked…

Elder Thing by RAFM

Posted on November 19th, 2017 under Posted by

Over the last few months I’ve spent my scant free time working (and reworking) a set of rules I’ve been writing up. I was jonesin’ to put paint to lead though and figured a one-off figure would be a nice break from staring at a word processor.I plucked…