Friday, 31 October 2014

Margahrah's Bane - a Halloween Special

Orcs in the Webbe have once again published a Flintloque/Halloween short story and gaming scenario featuring Margahrah and is band of Elf brothers. The tradition of writing a tale for Halloween has been a feature of the OITW site for some years with Margahrah stories being included in the last couple. For details see this link. Craig has once again allowed one of my articles/stories to be the featured tale.

This years story features the retreating Ferach and a sinister She-Vampire called Ludmilla Scorce, for details go to this link.

Halloween Specails;
2013 Mortuary Structure
2012 Were Chickens of Beesdone
2011 Headless Zombies
2010 The Relics of St. Labyrinthus

Happy Halloween


Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Orctober Fest - The Flintloque Orcs - part six

A final image of the five painted Orc Redcoats alongside a Flintloque Cannon.

The cannon is a highly converted Witchlands Cannon from the Undead Artillery box set. The image was taken outdoors in natural light (but in the shade) on my simple gaming board. I was photographing some diorama or vignettes for Craig Andrews (he of Orcs in the Webbe) - The Advent Calendar 2014 is currently being prepared.


Monday, 27 October 2014

Orctober Fest - The Flintloque Orcs - part five

My group of five Flintloque Orcs is now complete; painted, varnished and flocked.

I have 'touched-up' some of the detail on these figures, tried to lighted the Blues and give the Reds a final layer as well as painting in all the metallics - I tend to paint my metallic colours as the last step before varnishing. I know others for example Kevin Dallimore like to paint their metallics first.

I painted the bases in my usual Snakebite Leather mix and highlighted with Snakebite and Skull White drybrushing, before picking out the odd stone with a Skull White and Chaos Black mix. The miniatures were then varnished with Gloss and then Matt varnish before the flock was added over spots of uPVA glue.

This group has been a bit of a distraction, a nice one. The Orctober Fest idea has certainly prompted me to paint up these Orcs which would otherwise have laid un-loved in my too-do box. Now what about a gun to go with them?


Saturday, 25 October 2014

Abaddon On-Line Build - part five

In an attempt to finish some long-term projects, I have finally finished painting Abaddon the Despoiler a Chaos Space marine from Games Workshop that has been patiently sitting on my too-do shelf for over four years!

To read earlier posts, you will have to trawl back through the Blog to August 2010 or click on this link.

I've not spent a great deal of time on this model - as I wanted to see it finished quickly. I'm sure it will never win any award, but at least it is now painted, varnished and based.

Like all my Games Workshop display pieces I have mounted the miniature onto a Pog plastic slammer disc (remember that game?) The groundwork includes some resin castings as well as sieved stones. This Pog is then mounted onto a wooden display plinth that at one time held a little resin owl.

I have kept most of the figure Gloss Varnished as I felt this was more in keeping with this particular model.

I am seriously thinking of painting up another GW Space Marine/Terminator so 'watch this space' for details.

The GW models were originally based and painted as desk ornaments for my son to display on his works desk. But are now locked away in a glass fronted display cabinet in my hallway.


Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Orctober Fest - The Flintloque Orcs - part four

Once again the painting has progressed quickly, I find that by challenging myself to paint a small group of figures each month (The Pledge) that the build or builds move along apace.

As you can see I have painted all of the detailing and it is only a matter of painting the groundwork and varnishing before the minis will be finished.

I have purposely painted this group in a miss-match of colours and uniforms to make best use of the available miniatures and show that the gun was undermanned.

Throughout this build I have noticed that my eyesight is not what it used to be and although I regularly wear spectacles - I do not wear them when painting minis (or for that matter reading). I'm sure this situation will change and because of this I am less happy with the painting of these figures than usual. In addition I feel the blue is a little too dark and the yellow a little too weak; a problem more to do with the available paints and using a black undercoat to paint over than anything else.

My view may change once the bases are finished.

However the Orctober Fest theme has prompted me into painting up another group, a group that would have otherwise remained in my 'too-do' box.


Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Wargames Illustrated - issue 324

I received a WH Smiths gift voucher for my birthday - a present from my Mother earlier this year. The voucher allows me to purchase magazines and/or books whenever I see a product that I would like to buy and as such gives me an excuse to regularly browse the shelves at WH Smith's stores.

I have already written, that I am not a regular buyer of any one gaming or model making magazine, but prefer to check-out the content month-to-month to see what is on offer and more importantly what appeals to me. October 2014, was, in my view a bumper month. I have already posted a review of Wargame Soldiers & Strategy (see my earlier post). This was my second gaming purchase this month.

Wargames Illustrated issue 324 - October 2014.

For me the highlight was an eight page spread by Nick Buxey entitled Four Churches and a Meeting House in which Nick details some of his scratch-built models. As a keen model maker (a terrain maker) this one article was enough to justify the cover price alone. A truly fantastic array of wargame terrain built by a true artist. I would recommend this tutorial to anyone looking to build centre piece gaming terrain for their gaming table. A great article which has some stunning pictures of both work-in-progress and finished models.

The article has inspired me to build a large church, centre piece model, usually I try to limit my tutorials to smaller models which have a nominal foot print of 6 inches x 6 inches but I really must try to make a larger model.

The magazine is another one that likes to produce themed issues. I have my doubts about the logic of doing this, as should the theme NOT be something you are interested in, then the magazine could be rejected as a purchase. However many publications are now doing this, so who am I to criticise. The theme this month was Modern Warfare.

The magazine has very high production values, a good stock of glossy paper and colour illustrations throughout, but I found content a little light. Apart from the terrain building article already detailed above my favourite was another model making article - Teaching an Old Dog New Tricks, by Phil Lewis in which the author details the steps necessary to convert a 15mm Flames of War Vietnam-Era M113 into the M113A3 or more modern derivative.

The remainder of the magazine contains loads of gaming 'eye-candy'. But WI and the earlier WS&S both featured La Haye Sainte. In fact WS&S featured two models of this iconic Napoleonic terrain piece - one from Warlord Games and the second from 4Ground. "You wait years and two come along together!"


Monday, 20 October 2014

Wargames Soldiers & Strategy - issue 74

I recently picked up this magazine and thought some quick comments were in order.  The magazine Wargames Soldiers & Strategy is not a regular purchase of mine, mainly because of it's themes issues. However this months diorama cover and the article on building the display was enough to tempt me into buying the magazine.

This months theme (if it is not already obvious) is Operation Market Garden - the World War Two attempts by the Allies to secure bridgeheads in their advance into Germany. In truth, not a period or genre style that is one of my main modelling or gaming interests. There were however a couple of articles that I felt were well worth the cover price.

The first is Defending Hell's Highway an article on building the diorama display featured on the front cover. The three page article was just the sort of feature that I enjoy, a step-by-step tutorial on how Ruben Torregrosa planned and built the display piece. The model is built to 15mm scale, but the superb painting and attention to detail, fools the viewer into thinking it is in a larger scale. As you can tell. I enjoyed the article,

Later in the magazine is a second article on terrain building - this time by Stephen Tunmore. Another three page tutorial on how to build better terrain. Once again I found the article to be very well planned, written and I gained a lot from the hints and tips.

The articles and gaming scenarios based on Market Garden were a great read, and although I have little interest in gaming this period, I found them interesting and very well illustrated. Apart from the two terrain articles my favourite was the four page article by Richard Lloyd 'A Song of Plastic and Poly Cement' or converting miniatures to A Game of Thrones.

Production values are very good and remind me of the format and layout of older publications, this is not a criticism, more of a comment on the style of the magazine - I happen to like it.

Overall, I am pleased with this purchase, but realise that with themed issues, the content can be a little hit-and-miss. Wargames Soldiers & Strategy remains one of those gaming magazines that is/will be picked up on an add-hock basis rather than a regular purchase.