Tuesday, 20 June 2017

The Mighty Eighth: The Apostles of Contagion

Lord Necrosius and two Helbrutes

I made an Apostles of Contagion warband for my Siege of Vraks games.The Apostles are an anti-Typhus Death Guard-breakaway warband. Necrosius is a foul sorcerer famous for spreading the zombie plague.

I have resurected the Apostles for The Mighty Eighth and reformed them into a 100 power point warband.


Lord Necrosius' personal Honour Guard is a section of chosen chaos marines equipped with pistols and chain swords. They also serve as The Apostle's close combat specialists.

1st Company

Three sections of plague marines with a nominal strength of seven men per section, generously equipped with plasma weapons and melta guns.

2nd Company

Three sections of plague marines with a nominal strength of five men per section (only two shown). The second company is formed from plague marines that do not trace their heritage back to the Death Guard.

Ancient Plague Predator

Provides heavy anti-armour support as needed.

Plague Vindicator

Heavy support for cracking open fortifications.

Hopefully this lot will prove to be a balanced 100 power point army for 8th Edition games. If not, I always have my Nurgle daemon detachment and super-heavy cursed plague machines to turn to.

The Mighty 8th: First Game of the new 40K

My regular opponent, Shaun, and I used to play 40K campaign battles three or four times a month but all this ended with the advent of the turgid 6th edition.

The Mighty Eighth has reawoken our interest so we set up a simple test game of my Alpha Legion versus Primaris Marines in a straight forward shoot out at the Gothic Corral. Shaun's standard smurfs stood in for the Primaris.

First thoughts are:

It plays smoothly and is very Siegmarine, aka Age of Sigmar, but the running order of the turn phases is different and measurement is base to base.

The only core 'special rules' are one rule for each weapon type - i.e. pistol, heavy, assault etc.

You can't shoot into a melee or while within a melee, otherwise you can freely target almost anything within line of sight.

Base to base measuring and no melee ranges (other than two bases deep) makes the close combat system much smoother than AoS.

Heroes are back; a Smurf captain took out a whole unit of chaos cultists single handed.

The game ended after three turns and the result is shown above. A Primaris tactical team and two units of cultists had been taken out and the Helbrute was on its last legs. From our experience with AoS it seemed likely whoever won the initiative would win the game so we just rolled for it. The Smurfs won and so were awarded victory, probably fairly.

Overall: Good fun.

Friday, 16 June 2017

40: The Mighty 8th - New Smurfs

In honour of the launch this week of the mighty 8th, I decided to paint some Smurfs, my  first since the original Beaky-Box boys were first issued in plastic - 30 for £10!

As paint has moved on a bit, I airbrushed some Mr Hobby Metallic Blue using a nifty double-action model that I recently got from Rochester Models for the princely sum of twenty five smacker - which is a hell of a deal. This paint is not designed for airbrushes so I added some bespoke flow enhancer and a bit o' car windscreen wash to dilute the mix after undercoating in Army Painter White.

Five Smurf Cadet Snipers.

Some more Cadets all set to win their spurs.

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Sea Lion: Operation Gigant

So what, I hear you ask, have I been slaving over recently?

The answer is above, Operation Gigant, the German second front in the invasion of Britain.

With new units, new factions and scenario ideas, the Germans move north, yay, unto the hallowed fields of Nottingham...and thereabouts.

Yours for a princely sum of £12.99; on preorder now at Warlord Games.

PS I nearly titled this "Woops! I did it again."

Arcworlde Undead Pirates of the Black Coast

These great Arcworlde models were a Xmas present from my long term opponent Shaun and I got Andy Singleton of Volley Fire Painting Services to do a 'standard wargame' job of painting them for me in exchange for a Sea Lion Invasion Barge.

I must say, I am deeply impressed with the results.

The eyes really make the models.

Mind you, I painted the bases and looking at these photos the edges need another coat!

Some swamp thingies: note the way Andy has used eye colour to link the beasts to the pirates.

And a swarm of rats. Wherever there are undead pirates there must always be a swarm of undead rats. It's traditional, like mummies and scorpions.

Shaun bought the models from Rochester Games, Models and Railways who carry the full Arcworlde range.

Arcworlde are roughly 1:48 in scale.

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Mediocre Painter: Judoon

Warlord Games Judoon

These models come as one piece and have very little in the way of mould lines and no flash.

Very easy models to paint to a reasnable standard. I used a white undercoat, gloss black topcoat and deep red for equipment such as pistols. The gloss black was lightly drybrushed in chome to bring out the detail. The Rhino-head was painted cream and treated with GW's amber wash.

The bases were built up with Milliput and painted with Tamiya 'concrete' textured paint.

PS: sorry there is a lot of 'digital noise' on this photo because I shot it in unhelpful lighting conditions.

Friday, 2 June 2017

Warlord Games: Tenth Doctor & Companions

The Tenth Doctor plus Companions, possibly the best loved of the new series Doctors.

And some more UNIT troopers.

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Dr Who, Bolt Action, VBCW - A Mitford Gal

One of the Mitford Gals shown with her BMW Sports (in patriotic Red, White and Black), her dog spot, and her current squeeze, Hauptmann Von Klot.

This is an out of production Revell 1:48 kit that is still widely available, from their aircraft accessories range. The Hauptmann is from their Luftwaffe ground crew accessory range.

Suitable for Dr Who or, at a pinch, Bolt Action or VBCW - very tall, the Mitford Gals.

Saturday, 27 May 2017

Doctor Who: UNIT

The Tenth Doctor investigates a strange glassy dimensional intrusion into London accompanied by a nervous UNIT Section and Land Rover.

The British UNIT patrol is armed with SA80 rifles with underslung grenade launchers and Minimi LMGs. The Doctor has a sonic screwdriver.

UNIT send in a Supacat armoured Coyote patrol vehicle as back up. The Coyote is equipped with smoke launchers, an HMG in a 360 turret ring, and an LMG firing into the front arc.

Doctor by Warlord Games, UNIT by Airfix.

Monday, 22 May 2017

Kit-Bashed Genestealer Cult Vehicles

My Goliath Rockgrinder equipped with various bits from my junk-box alongside a cultist.

The Rockgrinding bit.

Showing the heavy stubber and burner.

A really series big Goliath truck.

Carrying cultists into combat.

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Warlord Games Dr Who Minis - Size and Scale Comparison

The photo shows Daleks from three manufacturers: In the middle is a Dalek from Warlord Games - Exterminate, on the left an old-series Heroclix Dalex, and on the right a new-series Dalek given away free in Doctor Who weekly.

They are pretty much the same size. In fact most of the Heroclix and Dr Who Weekly Dr Who minis do not look out of place against Warlord's.

So what scale are the Warlord minis?

This photo gives some idea of scale, as opposed to size.

Depicted are Cyberman, Tenth Doctor and Dalek Warlord figures alongside a 1:48 Airfix kit of Modern British Infantryfrom their Operation Herrick range.

Well, well, well......the Warlord Minis are 1:48!

There is a lot of 1:48 stuff out there.

British Army Models painted by Shaun Murphy.

Disclaimer: I wrote the as yet unpublished 'full-fat' Into The Time Vortex Doctor Who Wargame Rules for Warlord Games.

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Sea Lion Book Signing, Rochester Games and Models

Saturday, 20th May is Operation Sea Lion launch day. Warlord Games are running a special event in Nottingham: see their Web page for more details.

Meanwhile, for those of us who live 'south of the River' Rochester Games, Models and Railways are themselves holding a Sea Lion Book Signing, with me signing the books.

Tori has done a deal with Warlord Games so they will be offering a free Churchill model with each book sold.

I will be there from around 11.30 on Saturday morning. So do come to get your book signed or just to have a chat.

See you there, people.....

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Cheap 40K Industrial Plant/Scenary

I happened to be in Sainsburies this morning when I came across these two beauties on special offer for £3.75 each.

They are suitable for three year olds so great for wargamers.

If you look carefully at the top truck, you can just see a genestealer cultist standing on the bonnet.

I see these as either just scenary or treated up with a bit o'plasticard as improvised armoured fighting vehicles.

Shadow War - Genestealer Cultists on the Cheap

I picked up some half used sprues from the Kill Team Boxed game on eBay for a modest price, from which I extracted fifteen neophyte gangers.

I decided to use orange as the base colour partly because I haven't any orange troops and partly because these are supposed to be civilian miners and orange, to me, suggests heavy industrial plant. I used purple as the contrasting tie-together colour. The bases are Tamiya Pavement dark-grey textured paint. I also liberally applied dark brown wash to dirt everything up.

The models break down into a five man command team with autoguns, the leader equipped with a power mining pick and an autopistol, .....

and two fire teams with a mining laser, grenade launcher and autoguns.

3D Printable Figures

An artist called Miguel Zavala has put up the templates for 300 D&D figures for 3D printing on Shipways. They are free to download and created from D&D manuals.

I've no idea of the cost /quality comparison with cast minis at present but I do know technology always gets cheaper from its initial launch.

Suspect this is a straw in the wind.

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

40K Space Marine Colours

I came across this in a Bell of Lost Souls article.  The graphic blows up to show much more detail, listing all the 'known' Space Marine chapters and their uniform colours.

I have a couple of squads to paint up and wanted to try something different..... I have a great Vj purple, so, I think I'll make Hawk Lords.

Sunday, 7 May 2017

Review Warlord Games Plastic Doctor Who Cyberman

I picked up a copy of Warlord Games's Exterminate Doctor Who game-in-a-box at Salute. I haven't had a chance to play the game so I can't comment on that aspect, except to say that superficially it looks like an uncomplicated card-driven 'family game' or club game. It reminded me a bit of Warlord's 'Test of Honour' Samurai game which I have played and is excellent.

The box is superb value for money  as you get 12 40mm Cyberman and 12 equivalently sized Daleks.  If you decide that you hate the game and throw it away, the models alone are easily worth £35.

This is the cyber-army 'in the box'. You get four with a large wrist gun and 8 without: one arm is posable, the rest of the model is fixed. There are also two clusters of cybermats and six 'solo' models.

I painted these by undercoating with Humbrol aluminium spray, washing in GW black 'Nuln Oil', and then drybrushing lightly with VJ airbrush chrome.

The models are 'push together' (I glued them) and in a silver -grey plastic, making them look very kiddies-toy game counters. But don't be disappointed. When painted and washed, an incredible wealth of detail is revealed. The finished models are really nice. Incidentally, the photos are higher res than they appear on the blog. You can blow them up to have a closer look.

The Tenth Doctor is unimpressed.

This shows the size of the plastic versus the metal 'collectable' models. These two are both almost exactly 40mm from the bottom of the base to the top of the head.

Cyberman alongside a Bolt Action metal infantry model to show size comparison.


Disclaimer: I wrote the as yet unpublished Doctor Who "Into The Time Vortex" wargame rules for Warlord Games.

Friday, 5 May 2017

Reaper Bones, Varghulf Courtier Substitute

I fancied adding a Varghulf Courtier to my Flesh Eater Courts Army. Now the GW model is very nice but too rich for me at £20 for a single model.

In this situation, I often turn to Reaper Bones and discovered this gargoyle model for £7, which I felt fitted the style of the army well - and fitted my wallet even better


I added some 'fur' on the back using Milliput and a modelling needle to bulk out the model and more closely mimic the style of the GW mini.

The RB fig is slightly smaller than a Crypt Flayer but not ridiculously so.

It's a nice mini and I'm pleased with it.

It came yesterday so I did a fast paint job last night so it would be ready to take on Dr Simon E's  bloody Lizards after lunch.

Sunday, 30 April 2017

Review Warlord Games 10th Doctor Who

10th Doctor Model Collection

The 10th Doctor comes as a high quality metal model in a box with four assistants, Rose Tyler, Martha Jones, Donna Noble, and Wilfred Mot.

The models are a larger scale than usual, the Doctor is 40mm from the bottom of the base to the top of his head. The models are 'to scale': most 28mm models are not true scale, having exaggerated 'cartoon-like' heads and hands and different vertical and horizontal scales.

The sculpting is excellent, being very life like. I have to say the moulding is perfect, and I mean perfect! You can take the models straight out of the box and paint them.

10th Doctor Miniature

The only one I have painted so far is the Doctor himself. The model was really easy to paint as everything is clearly defined. Now, I am not claiming in any way to be a professional painter; I am a pretty average wargamer when it comes to painting, with only mediocre skills whose main aim is to get something acceptable onto the table as fast as possible.

So the photo gives an idea what the average person can achieve.

Rear View

I used Tamiya 'Pavement Effect' paint on the base after building it up with Milliput.

Scale Comparison With 28 mm Mini

The photo show the 'to scale' 40mm high Doctor model with a 28 mm 'wargame style' Warlord Games Bolt Action metal mini.

Rose Tyler is next.

Disclaimer: I wrote the as yet unpublished Doctor Who "Into The Time Vortex" wargame rules for Warlord Games