Posts Tagged ‘Fantasy’

Picking a Warmachine or Hordes faction

Posted on April 27th, 2016 under , , , . Posted by

So there is a new version of Warmachine/Hordes coming out and it has intrigued me enough to consider playing again. There are some interesting rule changes being made and it seems as if some work has been done to streamline the game. I won’t say ‘simplify’ as I don’t think that is the intent but […]

Review: Frostgrave Cultists, by Northstar Miniatures

Posted on April 27th, 2016 under , , , , , , , , . Posted by

In which the author reviews his newly assembled (but not quite painted) plastic warband from Northstar Miniatures– his first. Continue reading

Frostgrave at Comics and Gaming, Fairfax, 4/23

Posted on April 26th, 2016 under , , , , , , , . Posted by

My friend Subir has been working hard on setting up a small but somewhat regular group to play miniature games somewhere near the loci of Fairfax City. We decided on Comics and Gaming in Fairfax City. This is a nice … Continue reading

Tabletop World – stunning stuff

Posted on April 24th, 2016 under , , . Posted by

For a couple of years, I have been eyeing up the model buildings from Tabletop World (clicky linky thing) and trying to decide whether I should buy some or not. If you haven’t seen their work before, then I strongly suggest you take a look – it’s simply gorgeous. A little while ago I coughed […]

Showcase: Warhammer Monsters by Banzai1000 #2

Posted on April 24th, 2016 under , , , . Posted by

Banzai1000 back again, welcome to part two of my Warhammer Fantasy monster and diorama showcase. Check out a gruesome Merwyrm after the jump.More after the jump

Lizard riders

Posted on April 23rd, 2016 under , , , , . Posted by

I finished up a few more 15mm lizard riders from my Battlelore pile. I am excited to be almost near the end of the goblins.Up next: I have a bunch more foot and some dog or wolf riders and the goblins are done. Then onto the remaining dwarves.

More fantasy naval vessels painted

Posted on April 21st, 2016 under , , , , , , . Posted by

I had some time to paint today so I was able to finish off a few more Uncharted Seas miniatures. I did some quick repainting on the Bone Griffons Flagship as well as the three Cruisers. They were painted when I picked them up in a trade but they didn’t match the way I painted […]

April 18 club night

Posted on April 21st, 2016 under , , , , , , , . Posted by

We had a dozen guys out a the club on Tuesday and four games ran. Chen, Scott and Terry joined me in a Roman Civil War scenario (Thapsus) from CCA. Game 1 saw Team Caesar (in red) ahead for much of the game.Then, suddenly, Team Pompeii crushed some hea…

Experiment: Paint a miniature just by washing…

Posted on April 21st, 2016 under , , , , , , . Posted by

…and one drybrush for highlights.So jep that is exactly what I wanted to do today. “Painting” a miniature with only washes and one drybrush step. Why? Because I did read quite a lot of fast painting tutorials who exactly did that for armies like Skav…

Salute 2016 Swag

Posted on April 21st, 2016 under , , , , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

As I mentioned in my previous blog, I had saved some spending money for salute. Without further delay, here is my swag from the day.
Couple of Osprey books, hopefully going to provide some guidance and inspriation for my current early war focus:

 Bit of a spontaneous purchase, some of the new Late Romans from Gripping Beast. Looks like Late Romans will be my second Hail Ceaser army, not that I have started the first yet:

Halftrack mortar carrier for my Bolt Action Germans. I’ll be honest, I bougth this more for the model than anything else. 

Footsore Miniatures Late Romans. I bought these just to paint as they look like lovely models, but I guess they’ll go with the Gripping Beast stuff:

I’ve been eyeing up Baccus stuff for years and finally took the plunge. 6mm has a special place in my heart, and here we have 288 British Napoleonic Infantry and around 150 WW2 Germans. All very small and hopefully very quick to paint. 

A 20mm trench system from Ironclad Minatures. Another spontaneous purchse, but lovely terrain and all three feet of very detailed trenchline in solid resin for less than £30. Bargain.

 An armoured car for my 20mm Poles from First to Fight:

Another cheap, random purchase, some 15mm goblins. Bought because I though they looked cool and no other reason. 

A purchse from the excellent Empress Miniatures. Some more Taliban and Insurgents for modern gaming. 

Trees! A little purchase from S&A Scenics to jazz up the gaming table. Hopefully the start of some terrain for the table. 


A far haul over all and will keep me busy for a while. My unpainted mini count has taken a massive hammering, with this pushing me up to +588 unpainted mini’s. I best get busy!

Otherworld Warlock

Posted on April 20th, 2016 under , , , . Posted by

Hi All,Finally finished another figure.I decided to try my hand at blending my layers more so it was 3-4 colors blended between each other to bridge the gap. I think I blew it on the robe by being to hasty with the final highlight.Similarly the flesh d…

LEGENDS DO BRASIL – Não compre com eles. NUNCA!

Posted on April 19th, 2016 under , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

  Hello Reader.   Today’s article is an alert to other hobbyists in Brazil, warning them to stay away from a shady company called “Legends do Brasil” that has been conning people out of their money here, selling RPG supplies, board games and wargaming models.   This might not be of interest to those of […]

Host of the Silver Bear – I

Posted on April 19th, 2016 under , , , . Posted by

AimsIt has long been a desire of mine to do two things with my Dwarf and Orc armiesHave suitable figures to fight both huge epic battles and small, personal skirmish encounters using the same forces. Imagine a host o stout dwarven warriors arrayed agai…

Showcase: Warhammer Monsters by Banzai1000 #1

Posted on April 18th, 2016 under , , , , . Posted by

Hi all, Banzai1000 back with some monsters and dioramas for Warhammer Fantasy, which I thought would be worthwile to share with you. More after a “monster”click…..

More after the jump

Were-bear? There bear!

Posted on April 17th, 2016 under , , , , , . Posted by

The good weather has kept me away from the painting bench these past few weeks, but I have a few pieces that I finally finished.As I was painting up the 15mm Battlelore figures, I also picked up Dragon Rampant and started looking around for a few monst…

War of The Rings – Rohan vs Isenguard

Posted on April 17th, 2016 under , . Posted by

Troops massing prior to deploymentThis week’s club game was a bit of a turn up and see what was happening kind of game with a few bods looking for a game and so an impromptu game of War of the Rings game was put together by Kev, with myself and Ian tak…

Pesky Orcses

Posted on April 16th, 2016 under , , . Posted by

It’s been a while since my last post so I thought I’d better put something up in the hope that it’ll spur me on to paint something other than sci  fi for a change.Here are a couple of GW Orcs from their Lord of the Rings range. Lovely characterful…

Beowulf: Return to the Shieldlands

Posted on April 16th, 2016 under , . Posted by

At the beginning of the year, we got a new fantasy series on the television, so of course I jumped in to watch it.Unfortunatly, after an episode or 2 my intrest started waning and it was something I kept watching, but not with great anticipationPlotBas…

Roleplaying adventure hooks

Posted on April 15th, 2016 under , , , , , . Posted by

  Looking for inspiration for your next roleplaying adventure? Then look no further! We’ve put together these three adventure hooks to give you some ideas for your next gaming session. Enjoy!     The hideous farm   A hidden farm … Continue reading

One Halfling (Finishing Up a Unit!)

Posted on April 14th, 2016 under , , , , . Posted by

I finished one Halfling last night… but that finished off a unit… so…

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One Halfling from Casting Room Miniatures. He looks like he’s on watch duty, but he will also serve as part of the Halfling Hollow Defence Committee Militia unit of spear.

Well I also added some shields to these guys I painted just over a year ago (to make them look just a tad more formidable… or something approaching formidable… or at least less like s squishy speed bump…).

The entire Halfling Hollow Defence Committee Militia Spear Unit. In  Dragon Rampant they will be classed as Light Foot (3 points). I was thinking I could give them the Short Range Missiles upgrade (to give them the ability to pick up stones and chuck them at an approaching enemy!)… we shall see…

The rest of the Halfling Hollow Defence Committee Militia will be a mix of Light Missile (which may or may not have the Sharpshooter upgrade… though I’m thinking I might leave that one to Elves… I don’t want the Halflings to be TOO effective!) and a few Scouts and/or Hordes.

I have a bunch of Halflings armed with short swords and I’d originally thought I’d use in mixed units of Light Foot… but then thought those might be a little too good. Looking at the overall effect off the units, they should be pretty weak… I was thinking I’d add Fearful… but that would make them so cheap I’d need even MORE of them! And I figured they’d mostly be fighting to defend their realm from outside invaders and raiders and would likely be pretty spirited in that defence…

Coming soon on Tim’s Miniature Wargaming Blog:

Probably more fantasy stuff.

Galley & Galleons: Dwarves v. Elves

Posted on April 12th, 2016 under , , , . Posted by

Dan came over today and we got in another test game of the fantasy expansion for the Galleys & Galleons rules. Due to a rather nasty hardware failure Dan wasn’t able to put together a new list so he used an older list for his Elven ships. I used the list I posted previously and […]

Elves of Malvernill

Posted on April 12th, 2016 under , , . Posted by

North of the lands of the “Bunny Baron” – Phillipe du Lapin – across the swift-flowing Rosban River lies the dark woods of Malvernill. The woods are inhabited by a reclusive tribe of Elves. It is rare that the Elves are seen beyond their woods – but they fiercely defend their lands against any foolish enough to encroach upon them.
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Here is a typical warband of the Melvernill that would be sent out to turn back any force entering their realm that was too large for the rangers that patrol their borders to handle. The Elves of Malvernil travel light and always by foot. They favour ambushing tactics – striking fast and furious from where their enemy would least expect it.

The force is organized for Dragon Rampant.

The Warleader (chosen by the council that governs the tribe) and his warriors.

They, as are the other units of warriors below, are classed Bellicose Foot reduced figure unit with “Terrifically Shiny Armour” (the “Terrifically Shiny Armour” upgrade it more a reflection of their martial skill than actual armour worn). 6 points

A second unit of Warriors

A third unit of Warriors

A unit of rangers

The Rangers would be classified as a Light Missile reduced figure unit with the “Sharpshooter” upgrade.

If I had more points I might make them “invisible”, but as it is they are 6 points and with the other three units that makes 24 points…

All the figures (except for one) are from Games Workshop (the one exception being from Hasslefree Miniatures). Thought the hasslefree mini fits in well enough, I would like to pick up ONE MORE wardancer to complete the unit. I also wouldn’t mind picking up three more of those older leafy-cloaked GW Wood Elf Way Watchers for my ranger unit….

The Boy and I have been talking about Dragon Rampant a bit lately and discussing warbands we might field. The Boy is mostly focused on an Orc Warband he is painting up at the moment. I wasn’t sure how he’d take this new force when I presented it to him as a potential opponent – thinking he might be suspicious and/or put off by the numerically tiny force compared to the hordes he is having to paint up – but as it turned out he was rather pleased to see that it wasn’t ALL archers that would pin-cushion all his forces before they even made contact. I think he is rather looking forward to clashing with these guys! 

Now back to work on the Halfling Horde! (then maybe finishing off the second and third Western-European-ish medieval retinues… and the Seljuk Retinue… and the Dwarf warband… and… and…)

Coming soon on Tim’s Miniature Wargaming Blog:

Three weeks nothing… then three posts in two days… I have no idea what will be next or when… I have just a few Halflings to finish… but I also have this Lost in Space Robot model  that I promised I’d build for a friend begging me to finish it… so… 

Goblins and Imp

Posted on April 12th, 2016 under , , . Posted by

I decided to pick some “low-hanging fruit” last night and dug out a few half painted figures to quickly finish up and complete a unit…
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These are some old I-Kore Keltos goblins I’ve had kicking around for some time. A while back (over a year ago… maybe two!?) I started them, painting the flesh… and then got busy with other things and during a desk purge they got tucked away into the goblin drawer to be finished at some later date. I guess last night was that date.

I’ve been thinking about Lion Rampant and Dragon Rampant a lot lately and planning and working towards building assorted warbands and retinues. While I’ve mostly been concentrating on the Halfling Horde these last few weeks, I’ve also been looking at others and trying to figure out what I would need to finish various forces. I do have a lot of Hordes of the Things elements I could easily use in the game (like we did for our  first game)… but I do like having dedicated forces for particular games and while I like multi-figure bases for DBA/HOTT… I like having the individual bases for Lion Rampant and Dragon Rampant….

I’ll have another post up in a few minutes with some Elves I’ve put together into a warband.

The Goblins above could be a (second) Scout unit of their own, or I could combine then with some similar figures I painted a few years back (which I was already using as a scout unit) to make a complete Light Missile units.

Some strange creature I found in the lead pile that I thought I’d use as an Imp in Frostgrave.

Coming soon on Tim’s Miniature Wargaming Blog:

A Wood Elf warband for 

Dragon Rampant

The Emporium, Bazaar and Burneye Sandork.

Posted on April 12th, 2016 under , , , , , , . Posted by

Hi All,Been busy with Track, Taxes and home improvement projects. I also fried my router and made the mistake of ordering a new one through Linksys. I think I could have gone down to Best Buy and got one for a comparable price and I’d have it already. …

More Fantasy Stuff and an SAS Jeep

Posted on April 11th, 2016 under , , , , , , , , , . Posted by


Wow… it’s been three weeks since my last post… It’s been a busy month around our house and I haven’t been doing nearly as much painting. I can’t even remember when I last played a miniature game… (Oh wait, yes I can – it was the Frostgrave Campaign weekend! Over a month ago…). We have gotten a few board games in over the last month.

Here are a few things I have been working on…

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First are a few female adventurers from Casting Room Miniatures that I picked up for a Frostgravewarband (to go with the Blue Wizards I painted last September.

Here’s what they look like with the rest of the Warband so far…I’m not sure what sort of wizards they might be… Illusionists, maybe…?

These guys from Black Tree Design are the first miniatures destined for a THIRD medieval retinue for Lion Rampant (or a Warband for Dragon Rampant…?)… because… you know… who can live with JUST TWO!? As the other two retinues were using Red/White and Green/Yellow, I decided the most sensible colours for this new retinue would be Black and Blue…

I also picked up a PILE Of Halflings from Casting Room Miniatures – like ALL of them – the entire line

 (of 5 packs…). They are ostensibly for Dragon Rampantor A Song of Blades and Heroes (but could be for any fantasy skirmish/role-playing games…). Here’s what I’ve finished up so far…

The halflings from Casting Room Miniatures that I’ve painted so far…
A command element – the leader of the Halfling Hollow Defence Committee Militia along with his standard bearer and a few musicians. 
A few more members of the militia. 
Father and son skirmishers. 
One of the main reasons I picked up all of these – there are female halflings! 
A fellow taking a nap. I thought I might use him as a casualty/battered unit marker – halflings never DIE they just tire of the business and wander off to have a good nap! 

Here is the whole Halfling Horde so far… 

I’ve been back and forth on how to organize them for Dragon Rampant. At one point I was thinking I’d organize them into the following units:

1x Militia Command (Light Foot) @3 points

3x Militia Foot (Light Foot, Mixed Weapons) @5 points each

1x Milita Archers (Light Missiles, Sharpshooters) @ 6 points

I could have them organized into more separate units of Light Foot and Light Missile – but light foot get the “wall of spears” special rule… and I only have a half dozen Halflings with spears… so I thought mixed units of hand weapons and bows might work (as the mixed units drop the “wall of spears” rule).

Or possibly…

1x Militia Command (Light Foot) @3 points

3x Militia Archers (Light Missiles, Sharpshooters) @ 6 points

1x Militia Skirmishers (Scouts) @2

1x Mob (Hordes) @1

Or maybe I’ll downgrade one or two of the Militia Archers (removing the “Sharpshooter” special rule) and field another couple units of Hordes…

I have a few more of these Casting Room Miniatures to finish up – along with a handful of old Ral Partha Halflings (which look like Halfling children next to most of my other Halflings… and that’s probably what I’ll use them for! Younger members of the Halfling Hollow Defence Committee’s Militia). Stay tuned for those in the coming weeks.

This is the first of a trio of SAS jeeps from Perry Miniatures.

I don’t know if any of the SAS jeeps used in WW2 were painted pink… I do know that some British units, at different times, used pink to camouflage desert vehicles – including some of the LRDG trucks. And I’m pretty sure the SAS and LRDG had a fair bit of latitude when it game to customizing their own equipment… So I figured why not paint one of them pink for giggles. The rest will probably be done in some sort of tan.

Each of the three jeeps in the set came with three crew. I wasn’t sure if they were meant to have three in a jeep or if they just came as “options”. On their website they’re pictured with three in each jeep, but I’m pretty sure they just operated with two in each jeep… So I’ve only used two from each…

I also have a pair of SAS jeeps from Company B (with the Rat Patrol crew… again, for giggles…) to paint up and another from Warlord Games on the way (along with two LRDG trucks!). I’m not entirely sure why I picked them up at this point… It seemed like a good idea at the time…? Of course NOW I’m going to have to find a bunch of trucks to make up a convoy for them to attack – or some airplanes to line up on a runway for them to destroy…  and do I get 1/72 or 1/48….? Just a few 1/48 aiplane models could end up taking up a bunch of space on the tabletop – but 1/72 might look a little small… There’s a raid scenario in the new Bolt Action campaign book Duel in the Sun. I wonder what scale of models they imagined people would use in that…?

Coming soon on Tim’s Miniature Wargaming Blog:

Last of the Halflings…? maybe some Elves…? SAS Jeeps…? a Lost in Space robot…!? who knows!? Lots of stuff on the workbench at the moment…