Posts Tagged ‘28mm’

End Of The Week, Dark Age Leaders & The Coming Zombie Apocalypse

Posted on September 24th, 2017 under , , , , , , , , . Posted by

This has been a week where my energy levels have been at an extremely low level. The expression post-viral keeps springing to mind. It’s odd that this has been my most productive week in ages. Being ill last Sunday lead me to this of a more modest goal…

Peking – British Legation Complete!

Posted on September 24th, 2017 under , , , , . Posted by

I’m happy to report that bar a few minor items (e.g. a flag) the British Legation is complete. Overall pretty happy with how things have turned out. The photos don’t show the contrast as well as they might so you’ll have to imagine that the window fram…

EWG: Tricorne

Posted on September 23rd, 2017 under , , , , . Posted by

Tuesday night was club night. We had two games running and ten guys, including newcomer Deryk, old-timer Guy (plus son Alex) and sorta newcomer Taylor. We could have used another game but such is how it goes!After a quick re-read of the rules after wor…

Peking – British Legation Build Complete!

Posted on September 23rd, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

Right then. That’s the construction for the British Legation knocked off I’m very pleased to say. Not 100% happy with how it turned out but certainly it’s good enough that I’m not inclined to redo any part of it at this point. I’m sure once it is paint…

Vortigern`s Punitive Campaign – Dux Britanniarum AAR

Posted on September 22nd, 2017 under , , , , . Posted by

My first Raid tonight in the Dux Britanniarum campaign, and as there was some player reshuffling earlier this week, I ended up facing my previous liege.Clustfeinad, Legatus of Glouvia, had enough of the catholic faith that had been forced upon him.&nbs…

Moving Swiftly Along

Posted on September 22nd, 2017 under , , , , , , . Posted by

Despite having a week where I seem to have slept more than being awake, the figure painting is moving ahead briskly. The initial plan was to finish the horses I started at the beginning of the week and make a start on the the riders and their dismounte…

Dark Age Spearmen with Shield

Posted on September 22nd, 2017 under , , , , . Posted by

I haven`t gotten much paintwork in the past week, as I chose to spend some very good quality time with the girlfriend, but in between I did manage to paint a small unit.And it was with a deadline, as I varnished them this morning, and they have to be o…

Frostgrave: Ghost Archipelago Nickstarter – The Crews

Posted on September 22nd, 2017 under , , , , , . Posted by

One of the first questions that many people seem to have about Frostgrave: Ghost Archipelago is whether the game is compatible with the original Frostgrave. The short answer is yes, but the power level between Ghost Archipelago Crews and the Original F…

Peking – British Legation Gatehouse

Posted on September 22nd, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

Just a quick post tonight (as much because I’ve just knocked myself half sense-less on a cupboard door as anything!).I’ve finished the build on the gatehouse for the British Legation. This posed me some conundrums as I struggled to get the right balanc…

Road To Woodbury

Posted on September 21st, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

The Road To Woodbury arrived this morning. I am really starting to look forward to painting all of this stuff. What I am doing right now is nice, but the prospect of painting these and maybe even running an RPG game with them (despite having over a hun…

Heroes for Zomicide Black Plague

Posted on September 21st, 2017 under , . Posted by

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Birthday Money All Spent

Posted on September 20th, 2017 under , , , , , . Posted by

Although I have managed to do a bit of painting I had to stop early. Recovery from a bug isn’t easy and I have been extremely fatigued which has lead to me having the shakes. Too much blood in my caffeine stream I guess.Whilst I haven’t been too succes…

Blood Angels Typhoon

Posted on September 20th, 2017 under , , , , . Posted by

Saturday’s stream was all about getting my Blood Angels some Fast Attack spun up and ready to fight. Previously I showed the Assault Squad I put together for the Fate of Kronor gaming day and of course there are the Inceptors from the Dark Imperium box, but Blood Angels wouldn’t …

Showcase: Unicorn by WizKids (Pathfinder Battles)

Posted on September 20th, 2017 under , , , , , , . Posted by

This week, I painted up a Unicorn.A Unicorn by WizKids from their Pathfinder Battles Deep Cuts series. I painted it up to give away as a gift.This Unicorn is by WizKids from their Pathfidner Battles Deep Cuts line. In a previous article, I reviewed the…

30K: The Unbroken Chain

Posted on September 19th, 2017 under , , , , . Posted by

+++5.715.005.M31
+++Subsector Christus Ecclessia 
+++Ark Filius
+++Bellum omnium contra omnes
I am Alpharius. The unbroken chain has arrived to reinforce the Warmaster’s investigation of the Ark Filius. The World Eaters and Emperors Children have spent themselves bathing the corridors in Ork blood. The Xenos largely cleared,  our remaining solid legions were to commence the sweep for a way to access the secrets locked in the bridge. Circumstances required otherwise. Almost to the second of our arrival, the grating voice of Abbadon urgently rang over the Vox, demanding my immediate presence repel the Emperor’s lackeys. It appears the arrival of several Iron Hands and allied cruisers has just been picked up by his auguries. I took my time to calmly go meet the barking upstart. After all, this new development was no surprise to the Twentieth Legion…

Just as we have done since the dawn of the Crusade, our Legionaries have been conducting shadow operations amongst the Astartes on both sides. This time, we were there at the war council where the Iron Hands commander delegated nominal control of the boarding action to a non Astartes and to us charged the task of beheading the Traitor defence. Our transports docked, we struck swiftly, having long ago determined the precise location of the most crucial prize of all.
It was a happy accident that Abbadon had the wit to both recognise our duplicity and to then divine we would strike toward a target of high value. This then gave us the cover of fulfilling our orders while we pursued our own ends. The corridor to corridor fighting in the hull of the great Ark was brutal. Truly a Zone Mortalis. Our secret weapon, a handful of Cataphractii with psychic potential, quickly made for the room containing the Archaeotec crypt. Somehow, a Sons of Horus Dreadnought almost beat us to the prize. In the ensuing firefight, we eliminated the Dreadnought, along with a another squad of Horus’ Legionaries including Abbadon himself. In light of operational gains, the loss of support squad Kato was deemed… acceptable.
We reported success in the assigned decapitation strike to the Iron Hands commander, and secretly pocketed our true objective. 

Meanwhile, the Emperors Children battlefleet began to close and the Iron Hands fleet likewise made ready for combat operations. We were assigned to a half-overgrown Hab sector on the inside of the Agri-Cylinder. Legion scouts reported a Mechanicum servitor had been gathering data from whatever nodes to the machine spirits it could access. Data pointing to ways of accessing Ark Filius’ fortified bridge…Data Montarion’s mournful sons had also arrived to collect. Amidst the ruined buildings and thick vegetation, we made ready to battle in the closed quarters like Centurions. 

Again careful Legion preparation bore fruit. Standard programming led to the Servitor randomly wandering so as to confuse its would-be captors. However, loyal Techpriests had installed a failsafe command in its governing cortex. This saw it head almost directly to our waiting recon team.


No matter our scheming, what transpired next was quite unforeseen. The enormous ships of both sides were pounding each other with incandescent Lance strikes and volleys of weapons batteries. Inevitably stray hits were registered up and down the length of the Ark as an Iron Hands cruiser wheeled about firing broadsides…


As our Terminators and Dreadnought waded over rubble, heavy losses were sustained due to a full squad of Deathguard missile launchers. Until a stray Lance strike reduced their vantage point to slag, taking most of them with it. The Servitor in hand, we eliminated many of the Fourteenth Legion but were unable to dispatch more then one unit completely. That one unit contained our marked target, allowing us to retire victorious. Hydra Dominatus. 

Outside the Ark, the battle in space neared its climax. We received a report from an embedded informant that the Warmaster’s himself was about to join combat. While his intentions were initially unclear, he was heard to make a short utterance in High Gothic: “Amo, sed proditorem odio litteræ, insidiatoris.” Horus Lupercal had come personally to square the ledger. 


I took position in some ruins, brothers of the Legion arrayed around, and supporting armour in place. We left some landing zone open and waited for the inevitable. Horus did not disappoint. Reports came in of a small force of Terminators attempting to flank us while Astartes in Rhinos made to approach from the other direction. That was not Horus. Horus was not even the enormous Kharybdis Assault craft crashing through the very hull of the Ark, causing catastrophic damage across the battle field. Horus was the teleport Assault by the Primarch himself, right into the very centre of our deployment. We immediately ordered a phosphex strike by our Auxiliaries from Cruxis Majoris Ultima. As the two Lightnings screamed overhead, our psyker-Terminators unleashed a Devastating psionic storm, the Vindicator unleashed its Demolisher Cannon and the Scorpius zeroed in multiple rocket barrages. In answer a clone of Abbadon led a wave of Astartes from the Kharybdis to overwhelm our centre. At the end, we lacked enough Terminators to credibly oppose them in melee. If only the next shipment had not been delayed from the manufactories of the Eastern Fringe!

Worse, somehow Horus lived on and he had delayed us from our mission. Elsewhere, four Loyalist commanders closed on Sevetar of the Nightlords at the bridge of the Ark Filius. We had tarried too long warding off the furious Primarch. When the Voxcast relayed the immediate evacuation order, Legionaries made an orderly withdrawal while Ancient Attalus held Horus, temporarily, at bay. The delay was crucial, from the screens of the evacuating Stormbirds the Primarch was clearly visible running and failing to make it to his ship before Ark immolated. The days’s litany of reactor leaks, Lance strikes, punctures from boarding craft culminated with a last volley of cyclonic torpedoes from the Iron Hands flagship. 


We gleaned the following fragmentary account of the duel on the bridge some time after the battle: Observers reported that Servetar of the Nighlords duelled the three Loyalist commanders for the vital location of the super-weapon. In a cruel twist of fate the last defence mechanism was potent hallucinogens, which rendered the combatants unable to tell friend from foe. In this context, being one against three turned to be the Nightlords advantage and we believe he was the last standing in that charnel house. Further, it is likely the prize has fallen into Traitor hands. 
Worse still, we have received reports that Horus was somehow rescued by those dark gods he worships and even now lovingly cultivates yet another clone of Abbadon. 
+++Transmission lost
+++searching…
+++…
Thanks firstly to Jason for organising a great narrative event. A Millenia lost Ark being picked over by rival Astartes, while under assault from duelling fleets, was a suitably epic backdrop for our tabletop struggles.
Thanks also to my opponents for some hard fought games and particularly Harry(aka “even littler Horus”, the overall traitor commander) for deciding he needed to play me twice just to remind the Alpha Legion of the folly of bringing a gun to a Primarch fight. Both of us getting waylaid and almost caught up in the final explosion was a fitting reward for the perfidy of the Alpha Legion. 
And to cap it all off, what should arrive on the very next postal day AFTER the event? Yep, my other five Terminators. 
Can’t wait for the next round. 

The Opposing Forces

Posted on September 18th, 2017 under , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

Conflict is the driving force behind most games. This is why games are called Dungeons & Dragons, Tunnels & Trolls, Villains & Vigilantes and Mercenaries, Spies & Private Eyes and not Accountants & Academics. Right now the only real…

The Assault Group ECW Artillery

Posted on September 18th, 2017 under , , , , , , , , . Posted by

The Assault Group (TAG) has a huge range of Thirty Year’s War/English Civil War/general Renaissance figures that I’d heard good things about, including that they were fairly compatible in size and style to the Warlord figures that make up the entirety of my TYW/ECW collection so far. The only major piece missing from my 17th … Continue reading The Assault Group ECW Artillery

Peking – The British Legation

Posted on September 18th, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

Back on the tools this weekend and tonight, building the first of the buildings for the Legation Quarter proper, in this case the British Legation. I might have gone a bit OTT with the height of this but then again maybe not. It just looks BIG on it’s …

Peking – The British Legation

Posted on September 18th, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

Back on the tools this weekend and tonight, building the first of the buildings for the Legation Quarter proper, in this case the British Legation. I might have gone a bit OTT with the height of this but then again maybe not. It just looks BIG on it’s …

End Of The Week + Blurrgh

Posted on September 17th, 2017 under , , , , . Posted by

I. feel terrible. The cold finally hit me hard today and despite the best of intentions, I didn’t get much done. The plan had been to finish the five figures I have been working on this week and then do some work on the sabot bases for the wargame I ha…

Autumn Skirmish

Posted on September 17th, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

September has come around again and for me that means a quick trip across the river to Sidcup and the Skirmish Toy Soldier Show. The show was a bit subdued this time around partly due to the loss Harfields Military Figures (the previous sponsors) which…

Autumn Skirmish

Posted on September 17th, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

September has come around again and for me that means a quick trip across the river to Sidcup and the Skirmish Toy Soldier Show. The show was a bit subdued this time around partly due to the loss Harfields Military Figures (the previous sponsors) which…

Bases, Washes And A Need to Clean Up The Workbench

Posted on September 16th, 2017 under , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

This is going to be a quick post. I am coming down with a bug the kids have given me.Yeah.The FabLab went okay. I was bounced out a little early so I didn’t get all that I was hoping to do.Hopefully the staff will finish off my stuff for me and I will …

Rogue Stars: Let the ideas start to flow!

Posted on September 16th, 2017 under , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

So, with Osprey’s Rogue Stars ( Rogue Stars: Skirmish Wargaming in a Science Fiction Underworld (Osprey Wargames) ) winging its way to me through the post (yes, I succumbed to it in the end, the temptation was far too great!) I really look forward to getting it so I can have a really good read to […]

Gaming with Paper Terrain

Posted on September 16th, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

Before obtaining higher end terrain, Must Contain Minis used paper terrain for gaming. There is no shame in that! Paper terrain can look really good and is extremely affordable. Take a look at this model’s eye view of a wargame table full of paper buil…