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.
Thursday, 10 November 2016
I am not a great fan of orcs, one of Tolkien's less happy inventions, but I do like goblins. In GW, goblins have been degraded to caricatures so when I saw an Atlantis Minis kickstarter with some neat models I ventured £30 and eventually got these.
I have a chief, brute, standard bearer, a drummer and six boys with assorted weapons.
The sculpting is excellent; each model is full of character.
I am well pleased with them and might buy a few more off their website shop.
The resin is fragile and somewhat super-glue resistant but it takes paint well.
Atlantis is based in the UK so you won't get hammered by our new sooper-dooper Brexit Pound in your pocket.
Tuesday, 8 November 2016
This photo shows the standard bearer - but you guessed that.
Tuesday, 1 November 2016
Monday, 24 October 2016
"In his house at R'lyeh, dead Cthulhu waits dreaming." Only he ain't dreaming now.
I think the Nautilus may have bitten off more than it can masticate on this occasion, when it investigates a new island that has just arisen out of the Pacific.
This is a big reaper Bones mini in 28 mm, retailing for the very reasonable price of £30. The casting is excellent and everything went together smoothly with just a little milliput to fill in the joints.
I decided on Humbrol spray slime green as an appropriate base paint and added dark green wash and lemon yellow highlights.
Friday, 21 October 2016
Thursday, 20 October 2016
It has giant mutated armoured nipples.
I mean how can an evil genius have giant mutated armoured nipples? Did Attila the Hun terrorise Rome wearing a massive steel bra? Did Hitler strike fear into Europe while boasting about the size of his nipples? Did Stalin sign endless death warrants sideways to avoid getting ink on his nipple shields?
Someone at GW has seriously lost the plot of this is true.
Friday, 14 October 2016
An SS-Ahnenerbe Enhanced Gorilla guards a Bachem Ba 349 Natter rocket point defence interceptor. Note that the weapon in the nose of the plane is an experimental Vril-Ray that attacks the minds of a bomber crew rather than the plane itself.
The model gorilla is a Reaper Bones miniature; the Natter was constructed from a 1:48 plastic model kit.
Thursday, 13 October 2016
Reaper Bones are 28mm Reaper miniatures manufactured in China from a soft resin. The resin is not at all like polyethylene 'soft' plastic in that it is not oily. After a wash to remove any remaining 'release' layer, it paints up really well and the paint stays on.
Best of all, they cost about £2-4 and are sold from UK suppliers.
The range is enormous and growing in both fantasy and SF.
Reaper stuff has always been imaginative and well sculpted but it became impossibly expensive to import metal models through the international mail.
Tuesday, 11 October 2016
There were more displays and trade stands up on the mezzanine floor, but my overall subjective impression was that there were fewer stands and customers this year. Admittedly, two of the clubs had to cry off at the last moment due to illness and a van expiring on the magic roundabout but even so...
If you look carefully, you can just see Mosley's Blackshirts charging across the town square to liberate the Town Hall on this superb battleboard.
John was running a very nice large scale 'Tomb of the Cybermen' participation game.
Morpheus were showing their Thunderbirds game. I managed to blag a Captain Kirk model from their upcoming project!
This is a new company - to me - with wonderful steam punk/ Cthulhu models. The thing on six red legs is a Zero-Point Power Generator so beloved of Nazi conspiracy theorists.
I couldn't resist buying the steampunk UXB.
Fantasy Flight Star Wars games continue to be popular.
A great display of British Commandos attacking a German controlled port.
A battleboard is improved considerably by a nice central piece like this V2. Isn't that so much better as an objective than a coin?
And finally, the Warlord Games site were advertising their upcoming Dr Who game. The first miniatures were on sale and had sold out by lunchtime. This will be big chaps.
[Blatant advert warning: I wrote the rules.]
And that wraps up the stuff that caught my eye - well everything but my spoils.
This year I was strictly disciplined and left after my cash ran out. The rumour that my wife confiscated my credit cards is quite untrue: I gave them up voluntarily.
See y'all at Salute.
Saturday, 1 October 2016
Thanks to everyone who has put their hand in their pocket.
An ambiguity has cropped up which needs elucidating:
Where on the ship data summary a vessel has a save of '0' it does not mean 0+, it means 'no save'.
It's pretty obvious from the context but ....
Entirely my fault, not Osprey's. I had one of those senior moments.
Saturday, 17 September 2016
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.
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.]
A couple of rounds of combat and he found himself defending the right flank all on his ownsome.
Now, no one expects to win wiv a gobbo army but come on! This was embarrassing.