Saturday, 17 September 2016

March of the Spider Clan


Emboldened by the acquisition of a whole new hatch of giant spiders and the capture of a mega-spid, His Imperial Arachnidiss King Mighty the First, the goblin formerly known as Soddit the Sneaky, decided to bring civilisation to the stunty lands.


His victorious march down the Great Grey Road, lberating stunty mills and breweries as he went, was somewhat delayed - mainly by the liberation of the breweries - so that the Stunties had time to form a battle line on the plain below their mountain fastness.

Embolded by Stunty ale, Soddit ordered an immediate charge by the crack cavalry formations on the right and centre of his army.

Unfortunately, his wolf rider skirmish line held up the stunty badger riders for about the time it takes a gobbo to scream 'run away' and his crack orange-legs regiment, upon seeing this, somehow confused an order of 'charge ladz' for  'do nowt'.

[I rolled a bleedin' 1 on my first die roll: unfortunately a foretaste of things to come.]

Amazingly the forest gobbo allies on the left flank held their ground against a charge by a giant rock-elemental thingy and a stunty tank. Rumour has it they were too frozen in fear to run away.

Corse it couldn't last.

Soddit discovered that the problem wiv giving gobbos rides so they can get stuck in quicka also means that they can run away fasta.

A couple of rounds of combat and he found himself defending the right flank all on his ownsome.


After careful deliberation, our hero decided to make a tactical withdrawal back to the mega-spid to straighten his line.



Now, no one expects to win wiv a gobbo army but come on! This was embarrassing.



Wednesday, 14 September 2016

First Review of Tabletop Wargames


The first review of Tabletop Wargames is out on YouTube here, by Ringo Simpkins.

Thank you Mr Simpkins for your prompt comments. You are a Jolly Good Chap fully fitting to join the above line up.


Friday, 9 September 2016

Author Copies Arrived - Tabletop Wargames, A Designers' And Writers' Handbook

Yay the author copies have arrived!

The book goes on sale at the end of the month for the princely sum of £11.99p.




I must say Pen & Sword have done us proud with colour-coded chapters and full colour throughout.

We owe a number of people thanks for the photos. They are credited in the book. This particular one is by Andy Singleton, the professional painter who works under the brand name of Volley Fire.


Review Quotes
"I say, this is a jolly good read. Who wrote it?" Rick Priestley
"Is it time for my medication again, nurse?" John Lambshead

Thursday, 1 September 2016

Bolt Action Fight them On The Beaches - Sea Lion


Operation Sea Lion, as 'any phule kno', was the German code name for the invasion of Britain, September 1940.

This will be my next book for Warlord Games/Osprey and it is being pre-advertised on Amazon.

The book is finished except for the scenarios, and new models are in the pipeline.

There will be new scenarios, new army lists of various types, and lots of new units and vehicles, which may be of interest to those who play Very British Civil War using Bolt Action Rules as there are rules for improvised equipment.

This has been great fun to do.




Monday, 22 August 2016

Bolt Action, SS Ahnenerbe Vril Fighter

As well as being tricky to manufacture, the Haunnebu Vril Saucers required pilots who were both skilled flyers and Geweckt. It was rare to find an individual who encompassed such unlikely talents. One solution was the Nachtzehrer Vril Fighter. This all-weather multi-role plane could fulfil a variety of roles from heavy fighter to precision medium bomber.

The Nachtzehrer was powered by Vril energy run through a turbofan jet. The pilot sat in a reclining posture in the front cockpit and flew the plane much like any other jet. Behind him sat a Hexeningenieur who kept the systems working through rune magic and an expression of Will.

The Nachtzehrer  was armed with two 30mm cannon in the wing roots operated by the pilot as in a normal fighter.

Another 30mm cannon was positioned in the tail controlled by the Hexeningenieur using dowsing rods.

This photo of a Nachtzehrer lifting off shows the weapon bay doors open. A Todesbruderschaft bomb, also guided by the Hexeningenieur using the dowsing rods in the tail can be clearly seen in the internal Bay,

Vril energy confers VTOL capability, much like in the Haunnebu. The Nachtzehrer is shown in the process of converting to level flight. It is equipped with normal landing gear so that the pilot can glide it down to a landing even if the Hexeningenieur is insensible - a not uncommon side effect of application of Will.

The model is scratchbuilt from various odd bits I had lying around and has a 12" wingspan.




Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Bolt Action - SS Ahnenerbe Detachment Daemon

Painting up a 'Daemon Aircraft' for my Bolt Action SS Ahnenerbe Detachment.

This is the base undercoat.


You first undercoat black, and then spray Humbrol multi-effect over the top in thin layers. I used amethyst.

It's a bit dificult to see on static pictures, but the colour changes with the angle of the sunlight, like with modern car paint.

Probably will need another coat or two but getting there.




The colour shimmer.


Sunday, 14 August 2016

Warbirds Over Kent

It is the Headcorn Air Show this weekend and the highlight is a flypast from the Battle of Britain flight on their way to the show at Eastbourne. I took this with a handheld Nikon using a 200 telephoto.

Red Fighter

Mitchell Medium Bomber





Catalina Seaplane

Army Observation Plane

Trainer

Chocs away, Biggles.

Another chance to see.

And on the way home, the Red Arrows overflew the car on their way back from Eastbourne. Great finish to a great day out.