Tuesday 22 February 2011

A short post from a proud Father!

I finally won an original Monster Manual for a fair price in excellent condition on ebay recently. I got home from work yesterday to a lovely brown package to unwrap, my 2 year old son Arthur is very good at unwrapping gifts so he insisted on helping me opened it.

“OOO, exciting book!”,  he exclaimed as we revealed the beautifully naive and colourful cover of the seminal work. “You read it to me”, how could a proud father do anything less. A most happy session was then spent as Arthur pointed to every single illustration (OK I skipped a few scary pictures very quickly before he got to them) and said, “what’s that?” Except for the Dragons and real animals because he knew exactly what they were. The picture of the sealion (think merlion rather than the pinniped) fighting the shark was of particular interest, he held the book open at that page as he drank the illustration in. He has got cuddly dragons, now I need to get him some cuddly sealions!

Sunday 20 February 2011

Drilla's Killers

I love the WHFB 3rd edition scenario Forenrond's last stand. I've played it a few times, first with the card counters then with an assortment of minis from many different manufactures and decades. The plan is to re stage the fight using only 80's citadel and marauder minis. Not too hard I've got the necessary minis. Most are painted though a touch up will be required on most of them. Here however are the first new PJs on the Blog and the first for this project. Only after painting them did I realise that the snotling doing service as a gobbo musician wasn't needed, never mind!
Drilla's Killers

The rear rank.

80's shield design.

Wednesday 16 February 2011

Dwarf fest continues...

So a continued Dwarf-fest over at Frothers has prompted me to add a next instalment of my old dwarven army to the blog. This time the Clan contingents Oath sworn to Lord Bruhaha.

A unit of Clans dwarfs first. After the Paul Bonner illustration in Warhammer armies of Clans Dwarfs how could I use the classic plastic Fantasy Regiments Stunties for anything else? There are a few psycho-styrene dwarf heads used for variety (one day I’ll get an actual unit of these very early GW plastics finished). Their leader is the AHQ plastic dwarf and clearly the inspiration for the hammer shields as the rest of them are armed with axes. Excuse the painiting they are quite old PJs.

Olaf Smashedfingersen and his clan Dwarfs.

Next a unit of crossbow dwarves, the same plastic ones converted with the Dark Elf crossbow from the same set, they have lead Perry champion and standard and represent the clans ballistic capabilities.

The Clan Arrers, I really need to add some sort of device to the shields (that and some decent highlights & details &....)

Finally for this entry the clans raving, frothing slayers. Later sculpts but still old school no? I'm a bit happier with these PJs but still old and I am doing better these days.

Slayers, nuff said.

Saturday 5 February 2011

More of them Orcs.

Quick Saturday night post to put a few more pictures of the Boar Boys from my original post up.
Ashkan Pigbotherer and his Boys.
The Pigbotherers' rear...
Ashkan up close and personal.
Something genuinely newly painted soon I promise.

Tuesday 1 February 2011

Imperial Dwarves

OK, I still haven’t finished the first unit for the scenario I hope to revisit as the first major project for this blog. Therefore no new paints to put on here.

However In the interests of keeping the ball rolling I’m going to post the first in a set of posts detailing parts of my collection that I painted some time ago. These photos have probably all appeared on one forum or another over the years but hey I guess they’ll be new to some and I want them collected in one place too.

First up is Dwarves specifically Imperial Dwarves. Now don’t mistake them for dwarfs from the Empire of men. These are full on Worldsedge Mountains Empire of Dwarves, Dwarves. I’m reasonably certain that these high medieval guys are all Perry sculpts from the mid to late ‘80s. And we can start off with a unit of Hammerers, the great lord wears his hold colours of red and yellow which are also clearly displayed on his shield and the surcoats of his body guard of mighty hammer wielding hearthguard.
Mighty Lord Bruhaha.

The artisans and tradesmen of the hold also march to war, lead by the elder son of the holds lord. They carry a mix of weapons but are well armoured as you would expect from a unit of smiths, masons, engineers and armourers.

We are the knights that say, "come and have a go if you think your hard enough."

Next is a unit of crossbow Dwarves with much the same uniform.

What do you call a miffed knot?  A crossbow.....No? Please yourself.

Finally the hold brings it’s great crossbows to war.


More Dwarves another day.