Wednesday, 19 July 2017

4Ground Forums

Last night 4Ground opened up their new forums to support their growing range of terrain as well as their successfully funded game, Legends of Fabled Realms.

The forum can be found on

If you missed the Fabled Realms kickstarter, it is a small scale skirmish game with some interesting mechanics including a more detailed campaign system than we get in Frostgrave, allowing any of the heroes to improve and gain skills. Not only that, but your supporting squads gain xp and get stronger over time as well, so it does feel like your war band is growing in power as well as size. Go have a look at the kickstarter page for some better descriptions than I can give. The nice thing is that the world is from their D&D campaign and has been growing for over 10 years, so they have lots of background to go with it all and far too many ideas on what they could do.

Saturday, 15 July 2017

Tale of 4 warlords

With the release of 8th edition 40k, I decided that it was time to revisit the world. I'd pretty  much given up by the end of 6th as it was getting a bit ridiculous with all the rulebooks coming out. 7th just made it even worse. The hope with 8th is that it will be a bit more streamlined with the datasheets being nice and self contained as this is one of the things I like about Age of Sigmar.

Rather than revisiting my Guard just yet, I thought I'd have a go at finally building some of those Adeptus Mechanicus kits that I'd been coveting for years. Taking the Tale of 4 Warlords challenge from White Dwarf, I decided to see if I could stick to this as my painting seems to benefit from having a deadline to focus on.

The first month is to paint up one of the Start Collecting boxes and the 5 months after that you add something extra to expand the army further. By the end of 6 months you'll have a complete, painted army. I'm now 24 days into the first month and it is going fairly well so far.

Last night I finished the Dominus, who leads the excursions
Earlier in the month I managed to complete some infantry of various types. I'm sure I'm supposed to create complete units, but I had some spare special weapons kicking around from a conversion and decided to create some extras instead. Next month I'll try and flesh out the partial units into full ones.

Wednesday, 12 July 2017


Clearly I'm a failure at keeping up to date with blogs these days... lets see if I can do better this month. The office is slowly coming together. The woodwork is all done and most things are now in, but I'm still slowly sorting through all the rubbish that was in the old office and working out what the heck to do with it all. I suspect there will be a sale post sometime soon in case anyone is interested here.

In an attempt to focus, I've started to work through the backlog of things in the painting pile, commencing with what should have been a fairly straight forward task of painting up the whopping 4 minis in Gorechosen. Rather than the usual reads for Khorne, I decided to follow the example of someone on the main Age of Sigmar forum, ( and go for a yellow and black scheme instead. The pale skin tells of bloodletting rituals as devotion

Sadly I only managed to get through two before I got distracted again...

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Silence falls

It has been a while since the last update here; mostly because everything was going onto the Analogue Hobbies blog (that reminds me... must send the curtgeld on Saturday!!).

Painting time has been fairly limited as we've been painting the house, but I have done a few bits; which I'll post tomorrow. Today is fuelled with some serious levels of excitement!

As with most gamers, it has been a lifelong ambition to have a dedicated gaming room, so when we reorganised the house, I ended up with a much larger room for an office... the only problem was the large built in wardrobe taking up one wall. A few hours later I uncovered an old fireplace and some alcoves hidden behind some plasterboard. Excitement gave way to dismay when it became clear that the alcoves were only 8cm deep; far too shallow for books...

I'm an idiot...

Today the carpenter finished work on lots of built in bookshelves

a big desk

a fold-out gaming table (4x4 up to 6x4) with a metric tonne of drawers underneath for storage

and.... two alcoves worth of shelving for miniatures!!

 Now I just need to paint all the shelving white. Preferably after I've filled in some annoying gaps where the walls are most certainly not flat. This house...

Thursday, 19 January 2017

W/WW2 German reinforcements

One of my personal goals for this year's painting challenge was to try and build up my WW2/Weird War collection a bit and bulk out the Commandos and Heer that I've done over the last 2 years.

I picked up one of those pick and mix German army deals from Warlord a while back with some discount vouchers, grabbing some grenadiers and pioneers to mix and match parts for a more ragtag looking late war feel where uniforms wold have been all over the shop.

The pioneer set is a pretty good deal, with lots of plastics as well as a few metal figures and conversion bits. Some of the metal components really don't seem to fit the plastics though, so I'm not entirely sure how they are supposed to work. One of my favourite models in the set is the Goliath. At least the German's remote controlled bomb was better than the Russian bomb-dogs, even if it was significantly slower. There is also an engineer laying down showing off his nice new hedge clippers

The box set also has an anti-tank rifle team for some of those heavy infantry squads that will no doubt appear if I ever get a game in.

We have an MG42 team that can either be put into one of the infantry squads, or take one of the riflemen and turn it into an MMG team for some more static support.

Supporting this is one 10 man squad of basic, rifle toting infantry, with one Panzerfaust for a bit of anti-armour if required. these are a combination of bits from the Grenadier and Pioneer kits. I know this gives a bit of a mish-mash of uniform styles that may cause some people to have sleepless nights, but I'm aiming for weird war here, rather than historical accuracy... so it doesn't really bother me much.

And a super assault-y elite infantry squad with an officer, 1 smg/panzerfaust and 6 assault rifles. By Konflikt rules, this is fine and dandy. I can even add the MG42 team to this to make it even more obscene. For normal BA games, these could be split across multiple squads or used as a very well (if not historically accurate) Volksgrenadier squad. In Achtung! Cthulhu these would either count as Black Sun Elite and remain as-is, or be split into pairs and spread across the Wehrmacht squads for a bit of additional kick.

Last night I got to play my first ever game of Bolt Action against another new player. We'd borrowed two forces from some of the regular players, so Matt ended up with a German force and I ended up with 1000 points of US troops to play with. I lost (as always), but there were some spectacular activations on both sides. My highlights were a tank hunter assault against a Panzer taking it out in very easily and an understrength infantry unit armed with rifles assaulting a building containing a maximum strength Volksgrenadier unit, armed to the teeth with as many assault rifles as is legally allowed in the squad.

This has given me a lot of inspiration to try and flesh out two full BA forces to play with. Unfortunately, it has also made me want to go back and improve them all as I can see a lot of problems with this lot and all the past squads. I also want to rebase everything that was on clear bases to match the ones above, otherwise mixing units is going to look off.

Thursday, 12 January 2017

New Year Resolution 1 - Tick!

Coming into this year I had a few resolutions in terms of gaming.

1) Try and complete some of the batches of figures already in the house. The Challenge is helping with this one and yesterday's batch of German infantry and finishing these two taks that have been in the backlog for years has helped kick start this and provide some inspiration to keep on going.

2) Actually try to get some games in this year. Preferably learning some of the systems that I've picked up over the last few years. For years I've been meaning to go and join the Wargames Association of Reading as they meet about 5 minute drive form where I live. These are the guys that put on Warfare each year, so it seems rude not to go and say hello and start having somewhere to go and try new things. So last night I went along to have a chat and ended up sitting with two guys called Steve as they muddled their way through some experiments with the beta of Flames of War v4.

It looks interesting, but some of the new rules are apparently slowing things down. A game that should have taken them an hour or so ended up being over 3 due to wound allocations and an equivalent to 40k's Look Out Sir. From the people that have tried the beta so far, most of them seem to be wanting a half-way house between 3 and 4 that just simplifies some rules without overcomplicating others. Not having tried either before I'm not entirely sure I can comment... but they have offered to loan me an army for some demo games soon.

Next week I have a demo game set up for Bolt Action against another club newb. Neither of us have tried BA before and neither of us are using our own armies either

Tuesday, 27 December 2016

Oh you are kidding me

Couldn't the grim reaper take Christmas off? This year has been ridiculous for important cultural figures being taken too early. Early in the year we had Bowie, Alan Rickman, Victoria Wood and Prince (amongst far far too many others). To round out Christmas we've now lost Carrie Fisher... I just hope we're done for the next year or so. RIP Princess Leia