Thursday, 8 October 2015

Thursday, 1 October 2015

Kings of War Ogres

I have finished off a small troop of Ogres from a bargain set I bought some time ago as a colour test.

Quite pleased by the result. I decided to give them red hair to suggest a touch of the highland clansman in their DNA and rusted up their equipment. Seemed appropriate.

They are on 40mm bases.

This photo includes an EM4 plastic dwarf on a 25 mil base to give an idea of scale.

Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Rental map of the Underground

This is absolutely fascinating.

It's the average modern rental cost per month of a one bedroom flat (I.e. Two-room)  at each stop on the London tube map.

I came up from rural Cornwall to go to university in Uxbridge, top left.  When I was single I moved to Boston Manor (bottom left) to work in South Kensington, then my first married home was a one bedroom flat in Richmond (bottom left) .

We moved out to Kent to buy and because they had grammar schools.  I couldn't afford to send my children to public school and didn't want to ruin their prospects by dumping them in an inner city comprehensive.

The map is high res of you tap on it.

Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Kit-bashed Fantasy General

I have no idea what this model started out as. I bought it as a kit-bashed semi-painted second hand miniature and then gave it a further bashing and finished off the paintwork.

Sunday, 27 September 2015

Warlord Games Army Painter Varnish

Warlord Games Dark Tone varnishes are a superb way of churning out acceptable painted models quickly.

The above photo shows six models painted identically in fast, bland colours - no shading, highlights or layering. But two of them have been treated with Dark Tone: can you tell which, children?

When you are churning out forty ranked axe-dwarfs for a regiment this is a Godsend.

I don't dip the models but paint the varnish on, thinning with white spirit as necessary. However careful you are the lid will clog up and so expect to throw away about half. The pigment sinks to the bottom of the varnish but can be lifted up by the brush. I use cheap children's paint brushes.

Tuesday, 22 September 2015

Fenris Peel Tower

 "...In the centre West of the well-travelled edge of the Rubble City Hindal Brightspear claimed and refurbished a tumbledown tower from where to base his excursions into the ruins. Basic, spartan, but solidly built and repaired with reclaimed blocks from its immediate surroundings, the tower has become a landmark for those trying to find their way back to the safely patrolled outskirts of the Rubble...."

Peel (or Pele) towers were tower houses or small fortified keeps along the Northern Marches in Britain on the border between Scotland and England. This area was the Wild North, the land of the Border Reivers (who gave us the modern English word 'blackmail' - Reiv means to take by force) where neither London nor Edinburgh's writ ran very far. The zone was subject to constant raiding and was controlled by the Lowland Clans and Border Families who built fortified homes for themselves.

This is a fair representation of just the sort of Peel Tower that would be found on the edge of a Kingdom, around the Frozen City, or any lawless region.

The model above is new and from Fenris Games here in Medway. It can be had for the very reasonable price of twenty of our English Pounds.

The tower "120mm tall, 80mm diameter, hollow-cast resin and detailed with random stone blocks, timber floor supports, and single reinforced door and rooftop hatch .... an ideal objective or defensive point for any number of fantasy or historical gaming."

Looks particularly useful for Frostgrave or, indeed, any fantasy skirmish game.

Sculpted by Andy Hemming.

Monday, 21 September 2015