Saturday, 21 January 2017
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
Then an armed unit of the Met Police Special Branch infiltrate the village and open fire on everybody.
We raised more than £150 for the Royal British Legion.
Wednesday, 14 December 2016
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 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.
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.
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!
All these models are from Ian's collection. Ian is a stalwart of the Rochester shop.
A rulebook is available for £20 as a stand alone item or as part of starter sets.
As is commonplace these days, the rulebook is scrumptiously illustrated.
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
Ready for the club Xmas game.
Tuesday, 29 November 2016
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.
Monday, 14 November 2016
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 title......so 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
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.