Warlord Featured My Freeborn! Hurrah!

Just a quick post but I was delighted to see my Freeborn for Beyond the Gates of Antares appear on the Warlord Games website. Wanted to post the article up here for reference in the future. Chuffed with that and the other amazing units painted up by the community.


Freeborn Domari Squad featured on Warlord Games website

Black Powder Napoleonics Huge Table at Battlefield Hobbies

I've never really been a historical wargamer. I like mythology and ancient warfare but never really dabbled with anything 0AD to 1900's. So when the Warwickshire Gamers invited me to join in with their Napoleonic's game I wasn't my usual kid in a toy shop self. After hearing about the battle we intended to play, reading up on the Black Powder rules system by Warlord Games I started to get interested.

Muskets cry out, cannon roar and men hit the meat grinder!

I then went and watched all six episodes of War and Peace, a lovely period drama done by the BBC condensing Leo Tolstoy's famous novel into a screen worthy appearance. It really gives a feel for the setting, the way warfare was ran and the reliance on heavy cannon, line infantry and horse.

The defended outskirts of the town held by the French

Fast forward a bit and I found myself at the lovely Battlefield Hobbies in Daventry. The guys had given us space to set up a 15 foot by 6 foot table complete with rolling hills, farm houses and rolling countryside along with a river to ford and a town which was being defended by the French.

The scenario involved a Russian/Prussian attack on a French held town who had set up a defensive force across the river outside of town in the hills. They were being reinforced by two small bridges which really hindered the movement of the French foot. Meanwhile a small French force was holding the last bridge over the river protecting the left flank whilst some outlying skirmishers were holed up in the farmhouses surrounding the area.

The left flank facing off across the river holding the flank which would open the main forces up to an assault from the rear!

Turn one ensued and the Russian/Prussian forces marched headlong into cannon fire! Andy's force of German's marched straight into the heart of the enemy in a bold charge. His men held and were swiftly reinforced with fresh units making the French react and cut off supplies to the flanks to support the centre.

The left flank squares up after cavalry assault as the Prussian's are about to drive home the advantage in numbers!

Meanwhile the French right flank was playing cat and mouse between Hussars and skirmishers with no one grabbing a foothold either way. On the left French flank things were holding too. Across the outlying river the detachment of French were doing their very best to hold up forces moving to flank the main force. Unfortunately many more artillery pieces were brought to bear against them and they began to fall back and break.

Forces enter the field!

Then myself in dashing cavalry splendour led a charge into the French left flank forcing a line of infantry to assume the square. Disordered and shaken I had done my job and retired for a swift Brandy whilst the men of the Prussian brigade marched straight into and through the broken French left flank.

Sadly just as this pivotal event was unfolding nightfall fell upon the battlefield. The French retreating across the river to defend the small bridges which were the only entry into the town. I really enjoyed the Black Powder experience. An astonishing amount of effort from the Warwickshire Gamers for painting everything in 28mm. Here is a video of the entire 8 hour day in just 1 minute!


Painting Table January 2017

New Year, New Me! Well not quite, still painting and building stuff. Here is what I have been up to!

Beyond the Gates of Antares


This has been sat at the side of the road for a while but I finally have picked it up and am having a lot of fun building and painting these guys, the metals are great detail. I picked Freeborn as I just followed the Rule of Cool.

Freeborn NuHu Leader, big pointy staff of doom!
C3M4 Combat Drone Salvaged by the Freeborn
C3M4 Combat Drone Booty!
C3M4 Combat Drone head on with weapon scarring
Freeborn Skyraider Bikes, How Cool!
Freeborn Force So Far!


Kingdom Death Monster Gorm


With the completion of the 1.5 Kickstarter and the continuation of our campaign I got the Gorm painted up along with a survivor, need to finish the remaining three but I am getting the hang of the dynamic poses with KD:M plastics now.

Kingdom Death Monster Gorm Painted

Kingdom Death Monster Gorm Side on with lantern light
Kingdom Death Monster first Gorm Survivor


Star Wars Imperial Assault


Got the Bantha finished! What a big handsome guy!

Star Wars Imperial Assault Bantha


Age of Sigmar


The rest is all Age of Sigmar related as I am painting both mine and my wifes armies, lots of fun with the Death stuff.

Age of Sigmar Black Coach leaping over the fence, we can fly!
Wight King Age of Sigmar
Getting through the hordes of skeletons!
40 down another 40 skeletons to go!
My poor mans wyldwood, not too shabby.
Treelord Age of Sigmar
Treelord and his gang Age of Sigmar
Dryads! Age of Sigmar

Age of Sigmar - Into Shyish Fan Made Battle Plan

As part of our Waystone of Rhya campaign for Age of Sigmar I put together a a Battle Plan for the opening scenario. I thought I would post it up here as a fan made Battle Plan for others to use if they dare! Click on the image below for the PDF.

Hunting for an ancient artefact, several war parties have entered the realm of Shyish looking for information. Unprepared souls must test their courage to breaking point lest fear take them to the grave and the endless armies of the dead.

The battle plan involves "Death Posts" magical markers built in Shyish to channel the horrors of Death. Brave warriors can stare into the face of Death itself looking for information, but those without a strong resolve will fall. It kicks our campaign off with a bang as we are all searching for information regarding the waystone. Hope you enjoy it to.
Into Shyish Fan Made Battle Plan for Age of Sigmar

Age of Sigmar - Waystone of Rhya Part 1

We are kicking off our Age of Sigmar narrative campaign this week with an adapted Path to Glory campaign. See the Waystone of Rhya for the rules and backstory. Adding just this little bit of narrative to begin with has sparked some great stories from the guys and gals taking part. Here are two of the forces stories currently battling for the stone. Click on each image for the PDF story.

Sylvaneth - Last of the Elder Grove

Stormcast - Edric Blightseeker
We have a few more Death armies and some Seraphon who will also be joining the hunt! More to come soon.

Age of Sigmar - The Waystone of Rhya

So after the disappointment that was the Path to Glory campaign for our local gaming group I set about building something lightweight, that was a bit more balanced and supported all the old Warhammer Fantasy Battle factions. I bring to you the Waystone of Rhya.


IN THE REALM OF SHYISH THERE ARE WHISPERS OF AN ARTEFACT OF ULTIMATE POWER. FORGED IN THE REMNANTS OF WHAT CAME TO BE THE REALM OF CHAMON, BY THE GREAT FOREBEARS OF THE FYRESLAYERS OF A BYGONE AGE, IT PASSED INTO THE REALM OF DEATH DURING THE BREAKING. IT HAS LAY DORMANT FOR CENTURIES BUT IT HAS BEGUN TO BE PERVERTED BY THE POWERS OF DEATH THAT TOUCH EVERYTHING WITH ITS COLD EMBRACE IN THE REALM. CRAZED MEN SPEAK OF THE DEAD RISING IN RELENTLESS SEARCH OF THE ARTEFACT, FOR HE WHO COMMANDS ITS POWER CAN TRAVERSE BETWEEN REALMS WITHOUT THE USE OF A GATE, TRAVELLING ALONG THE HIDDEN PATHS BETWEEN REALMS. WILL YOU JOIN THE ARMIES OF THE DEAD IN SEARCH OF IT? WOULD YOU DESTROY IT? WOULD YOU USE IT? WOULD YOU SELL IT FOR IMMORTALITY? IT MATTERS NOT, IT ONLY MATTERS THAT NO-ONE (OR THING) FINDS IT BEFORE YOU DO.
So we have a compelling reason to start a warband and find the Waystone. Campaign wise book keeping is lightweight so should be suitable for those who don't want a lot of hassle or those who want to expand on it.

The main difference between this and the Path to Glory is that it supports all factions, want to use those Bretonnians? Go ahead! It also should balance more naturally. The Death faction in Path to Glory is a joke if you look at the limitations applied to it, having the random warscroll post game though still means that you are limited in what you can hire and allows you to forge some cool narrative for your warband. Hope you enjoy it anyway, feedback and comments are always welcome to improve it. See below for link to file.

Available as a pdf on Google Drive.

Painting Table October 2016

Long time no painting table post. Well I have had quite a bit on the go with moving house and demolishing rooms then rebuilding them. Now I am back on the hard stuff! Recently got through more of my background projects as well as picking up some starter Age of Sigmar boxes, they are real great value and me and the wife can play some small games. Lovely.

Age of Sigmar

Recently got into the pure narrative driven gaming side to this, I even wrote a back story for my lady necromancer. Overall these were ace to paint up and I'm looking for more skellies to tackle along with the big guy Arkhan the Black and some Avatars of War vampires to add to it. I also started the paint scheme for the Sylvaneth box, they look lovely.

Female necromancer for the Death army, Age of Sigmar

Deathrattle army, Age of Sigmar

Black Knight, Age of Sigmar

Black Knight with Lance, Age of Sigmar

Skeleton Warriors leader, Age of Sigmar

Love some of the poses you can make with the skeletons, Age of Sigmar

Leftover bits n bobs for the bases, Skeletons Age of Sigmar

Bring out your dead! Age of Sigmar

Sylvaneth Dryad test paint scheme, Age of Sigmar

Took under 30 mins so feeling better about having to paint 30 dryads.

Skeleton with swagger, Age of Sigmar

Imperial Assault

I also managed to finish off this guy for our new campaign. Boba Fett ready to bag n tag.

Boba Fett, Imperial Assault

Dropzone Commander

I managed to get quite a lot of dropzone commander finished including Praetorians, several tanks and a lot of terrain as well as all my scourge. Result!

Make Do Praetorians, Dropzone Commander

Using the new tarmac'd roads for dropzone commander

We can't cross sir. Demolished roads, Dropzone Commander

Thought some local road signs were suitable, Dropzone Commander

Bears reporting in, Dropzone Commander.
Magnetised the Scourge, look they're flying! Dropzone Commander.

More flying Scourge

Lime Green Paint Scheme for my UCM, Dropzone Commander

Sabres, Dropzone Commander

Rapiers, Dropzone Commander

Crab of Doom, Scourge, Dropzone Commander

Scourge Nasties, Dropzone Commander

Scourge, Dropzone Commander

Scourge destroyers, Dropzone Commander

Scythe

So my Scythe pledge landed too, hurrah! Painted the leaders up, am really loving this fine game.

Anna with Wojtek, Scythe

Gunter Von Duisburg with Nacht and Tag, Scythe

Olga Romanova and Changa, Scythe

Zehra and Kar, Scythe

Bjorn and Mox, Scythe