Saturday, 21 January 2017

Mighty Maus

Warlord Games have just released the Pz VIII Maus in 1:56 scale.

The Maus was one of those lunatic German obsessions with gargantuism that bedevilled their war effort.

Only two hulls for this 188 tonnes superheavy tank were built before the factory was overrun by the T34s of the Red Army. It had a 128mm main gun and a 75mm as secondary armament.

The Maus made no sense at all either as a battle tank for real or on the wargaming table but, you know, I am going to buy one anyway.

Just gotta be done.

Friday, 20 January 2017

Medway Club's VBCW Xmas Charity Game

Spode's Blackshort Legion (aka your humble scribe) have kidnapped father Xmas from Maidstone's John Lewis aqnd have him hostage at Little Wimpington as part of their demands of a British Bicycle for every British Worker and the railway gauge to be widened so sheep can stand sideways in the waggons.

Spode's WWI artillery piece, liberated from the Royal Engineers Museum, threatens a suspicious looking milk float who identifies himself as 'Ernie, the fastest milkman in the south'.

Unfortunately, the umpire ruled that Spode's air support has frozen up and is unserviceable - boo, hiss.

The Maidstone BUF block the road to Little Wimpington in support of The Blackshorts.

The Post Office Socialist Militia are tasked to storm Little Wimpington and rescue Father Xmas but they first have to hold a meeting to discuss terms and conditions.

Nazi Paratroops unexpectedly drop in to Little Wimpington to take Father Xmas into protective custody, sparking a firefight with Spode's chaps.

Then an armed unit of the Met Police Special Branch infiltrate the village and open fire on everybody.

Then it turns out that Father Xmas has magical allies from the North Pole who ride a self track laying train. This umpire is barmy!

Then up pop killer penguins and snowmen: this is getting tricky.

An armed squad of Kent Police arrive in Little Wimpington and start a jurisdiction dispute with the Met.

Apparently there's been an escape from the local Zoo.

A flying Anglian Mechanised Column.

The Nazi Stormtroopers capture Father Xmas and march him out of the village, protected by air support: Goering's breeding programme has obviously gone well.

Many thanks to Graham, fourth from left, and Mik, fifth from left, for such a memorable evening.

We raised more than £150 for the Royal British Legion.

Wednesday, 14 December 2016

Arcworlde Come To Rochester Models

Alex of Warploque Miniatures

Warploque Miniatures is a newish company that has exploited the advantages offered by Kickstarter to, well, get kickstarted. The photo shows Alex sculpting new miniatures for Arcworlde in Rochester Games Models & Railways.

The Arcworld Range at Rochester Models

The full range of miniatures up to now have only been offered by Warploques website but now the range is on exclusive offer in shop at Rochester Models. This is a large model shop covering diecast models, plastic kits, wargame models, boardgames, GW, etc. etc. - and has a number of play tables available to hire inexpensively.

 Arcworlde Fire Dragon

The Arcworld models are in the new 'heroic scale' - about 32mm - like Warlord's Doctor Who: Into The Vortex. They are premium models and priced accordingly The Fire Dragon above is huge and costs £65.

Albionnican Empire

The Albionnican Empire is one of the Arcworlde factions. The starter pack of nine models, an officer and eight troopers is available for £25 and I am definitely buying it!

An Arcworld Wizard

All these models are from Ian's collection. Ian is a stalwart of the Rochester shop.

Arcworlde Rulebook

A rulebook is available for £20 as a stand alone item or as part of starter sets.

Inside The Book

As is commonplace these days, the rulebook is scrumptiously illustrated.

An Arcworlde Demo

Rochester Models has all sorts of promo-days for different games systems. As part of this day, they were running Arcworlde demo games. It's a very friendly place and well worth a visit.

Ian, incidentally, is the fifth from the right (wearing glasses) in this photo.

Great models, Ian!

Wednesday, 7 December 2016

It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Xmas

The Klaus Mob are about to launch their Xmas job: the highlight of the year.

The Boss with his henchmen: note the holstered Mauser.

The Snow Boys soak up bullets like, well, like a snowdrift: they can fly as well.

Santa's Elves with attitude: note the glitter guns.

Ready for the club Xmas game.

Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Silver Tower Minotaur

Every so often, when I have time, I paint up another of my Silver Tower models.

This one is some sort of magical giant minotaur with Celtic tattoos and a sorcerer's club. All very Tzeentch. The face is great but unfortunately hidden under the horns.

Great model.

Monday, 14 November 2016

Dr Who: Into The Time Vortex

Now that production is well under way, those delightful people at Warlord Games have sent me examples of the first models.

To remind people, I wrote the rulebook that will eventually be released to back these models. Working with a major IP property like Dr Who is an extremely complicated affair with many people having to approve of all steps, so this takes time.

When it came to naming the game, we thought long and hard. There have been a number of Dr Who tabletop games before so we couldn't just use a 'does what it says on the label' name like Doctor Who Tabletop Game.

I suggested "Into the Vortex": it may not be entirely coincidental that I had just finished writing a novel plotted by David Drake and called "Into the Maelstrom".....see my sidebar, top right..

Paul Sawyer of Warlord Games smiled upon the idea but felt that any Doctor Who game must include 'Time' in the we settled on "Into the Time Vortex".

Paul was editor of White Dwarf in its glory days and thinks much more graphically than I do and I have to say I very much like the way the title is displayed....I suspect the game will just be known as 'Time Vortex'.

The way the models are painted by the professionals at Warlord is subject to BBC approval, like everything else about the game but we amateurs can paint our minis any way we like.

I therefore intend to paint these amazing models and put them up on this blog, so it can be seen what a truly mediocre painter can do.

Saturday, 12 November 2016

Horus Heresy: Ahzek Ahriman

Ahzek Ahriman, Chief Librarian of The Thousand Sons, the XV Legion,

The model is from the Horus Heresy, Burning of Prospero boardgame.

The model is painted in Tamiya Metallic Red spray paint. This is the best attempt at a metallic red available in acrylic to my knowledge.

Superb model, like all in the Horus Heresy range.