Wednesday, 8 July 2015

Ok... they forgot about us again... re: chaos dwarves/dwarfs?

A new age... An Age Of Sigmar!
Yet again us poor people with a love for evil stunty types have been left without an army list/warscroll selection... luckily due to the simplicity of game shouldn'nt be too hard to bodge together bits of the dwarf and chaos stuff to come up with a workable list...
You'd just think, that having made a batch of them in recent times via forgeworld, they'd have thought to give them a list too... hey ho! off to homebrewing I go...
(+ I may actually have enjoyed the two games I've had so far of AoS, still going to keep playing 8th ed too, I like them both for the different things they are)

Tuesday, 23 June 2015

failed personal challenge... and no game... but roleplay was good

well, I failed my paint challenge due to a combo of illness, and discovering that the necron doomsday ark is a nightmare to put together ( I ended up leaving some bits off, partly as they covered some details that I liked, partly becasue I feel it would have made it look more like a sportscar inspired weapon of death than an alien machine inspired by egyptian boats and partly because I was getting fed up of having to undercoat/paint bits before gluing them together)
I ended up an hour late to my friends, where me and another had aimed to be playing, so had to put off game to possibly next weekend, maybe one after.. but hey, he got me to get on with the army I've been collecting for a few years, all sat paint stripped and/or, unbuilt. with some newer models gifted as part of someones clear out.
but hey! atleast the majority of them are now with paint on them! even if incomplete!
I'll post pics once completed, they are a funky mix of older metals and new plastics... I even discovered I own my first finecast miniature, though it was put together by previous owner and for some reason missing part of its gauntlet, I can have Imhotekh the stormlord leading the force.
still trying to get a good bid on a monolith, though that'll have to wait awhile as I owe money to people...
roleplay on the saturday, our motley crew of ne'er do wells blocked a pass as part of a campaign against some banite zhentarim under the command of one of the manshuns? manchoons? (spelling is probably wrong) this faerun our gm is running is a very different landscape to the one in the books =)

our boss, currently having the form of a balor (think balrog from middle earth) threatening the orc, goblin and bugbears guarding the pass to join us or die, followed by my gob-gnomes moving towards them shaking a fist and going "niaurgh!" in some sort of provocative act of aggression was followed by a mad explosion of charging, shouting, clashes of weapons, spells and flames... at some point I managed to stab a troll before it was killed by another...
was a crazy session. I'm just amused that pretty much all I managed was to shake a fist and get one hit in...

Of my groups roleplay on the mondays... I may start typing that up as its own thing, its been fun... had a close call this week with my cleric getting jumped on by goblins. one of them being a literal it jumped on me.

Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Some Tyranids nearly finished, and a Necron Challenge.

A few days ago I managed to get a number of my tyranids pretty much finished.
(I'm basing the army once they are all painted)
This Saturday I hope to be playing my friend Carl as he knew I had a necron army and wanted to try playing against one (i'm assuming with his grey knights). Thing is, I do have a necron army... but its all unpainted, predominantly oldschool, 90's Necrons.
I acquired some of the newer miniatures awhile back from someone getting rids of their stuff.
current discovery of pain, I'm finding some of the cretins a bit fiddly to put together, and having to bodge repair a characters missing fingers with a knife blade (it'll do)
Just waiting until the morning to get the lot spray undercoated, then begin the challenge...
Which is, work out what I can put into 1,500 points, and get it painted to a three colour tabletop standard by saturday. *fingers crossed*

until tomorrow/fridays post on the necrons, heres some pics of the nids.

Sunday, 19 April 2015

Bridges! From toy train track to Grimdark future war...

A good while ago I spied some bridges in a local Wilkinsons store. Made for those wooden train tracks I and many may have had in their youth, I saw the blue plastic supports and instantly thought "ooh! I NEED these".
Due to very tight budget of the time I decided against it (even though they are only £1.25 each, priorities still delayed my purchase)
But NOW I have them, and hope to get some buildings made to scale/level up with the bridge platforms.
From start to end photos and short description of procedures =)

First pic is of one bridge dis-assembled (though the screws aren't in shot)
one bridge intact, and the two remnants of old bed slats I had that were the same thickness as the original train track. I also use pva glue and some shorter screws (again, not pictured, I am a bit terrible at this photographing progress thing)

 I used a hacksaw to cut the wood to fit the length of the bridges and use a stanley knife to split a section away lengthwise leaving roughly 50mm width to accommodate 40mm based minis, that may be in odd poses + aid placing/moving miniatures.

Next up is a pic of the pieces put together and compared with the unmodified original.
I had to cut some white plastic tubing to act as a spacer to aid in rescrewing the top and bottom of the bridge together, I also glued the wooden slat platform to the plastic girder sections and used some short screw to replace the longer original screws, as I wasn't drilling the holes into the wood and only needed minimal depth into the wood to aid the solidity of the structure as well as for details sake to fill the hole where the original screw was.

After a touch of Paint =)

And some random shots with minis.

And one to show width and fit for miniatures.

Hoping perhaps to get a game at home soon?

Til then... slowly catching up with the painting of things and need to organise some more games with friends in games group.
Be well, bye for now. =)

Thursday, 9 April 2015

First game of 3rd ed 40k in ages Plague Marines vs Orks

Had a small 500 point 3rd edition game of Warhammer 40,000 on tuesday.

My Nurgle Marines versus a friends Orks. Due to some hideous dice rolling, My blessed of nurgle were rather quickly decorating the battle field as putrid rotty smears...

Played the recon mission, meaning extra points if having your units in enemy deployment.
deployment zones are 18" across each side of board and players place a unit at a time, each time making sure it is 24" atleast, away from any of the previously placed opponent units.

the orks had;
a boss in mega armour,
2 units of boys (one slugga boys, 1 shootas)
1 unit of lootas with 4 needle sniper rifles and 1 missile launcher (he decided on marine scout weapons, I used have a unit of lootas armed devastator style)
and 1 unit of 3 bikes
(I forget the unit sizes for the boys and lootas...)

I had;
a Nurgle sorcerer
2 units of 9 plague marines each having a marine carrying a meltagun and a champion.

I had one unit sort of hiding behind a hill (brave I know!) with the other and the sorcerer ready to walk down the flank to enter his deployment.

his units occupying the centre and far right (to me) of the board.

what followed was 3 turns of failed saves and rolls to hit on my part I took out a biker and 2 boys... one of his took themself out effectively, as a looter misfired his sniper rifle... probably pointing the barrel the wrong way...

the 4th (and early) last turn his boss and mob of slugga boys charged into my then only remain plague marines, them having walked up onto the hill in a previous turn to try and shoot 'something' (probably at the floor...) I took out two boys in the combat, but was floored by the ferocity of a bucnch of hooligan 'ere we go' chanters.

redoing my 500 point list and hoping to have another go this weekend =)

pictured below... the plague marines last stand...

Friday, 27 March 2015

Further scribblings on the Fuzzies rpg setting.

The sacred order of the rubber chicken!
The god of the rubber chicken is a formless entity of humour in all its guises, from the simplest whoopie cushion to slapstick and dark twisted laughings at others violent mishaps.
A common warcry of its priesthood is "wack 'em! wack 'em! wack 'em!"
It's followers mostly try and see the positive side of things, however grim they may be, and try to get a giggle out of the occasion.
They also commonly arm themselves with a fair sized, weighted rubber chicken.

Monday, 23 March 2015

Fuzzies rpg idea - concept sketches

So I had an Idea for an old school gonzo dungeon crawl one off roleplaying game for my gaming group, set in a twisted town sized themepark...
Due to one of members associating 'gonzo' as a famous puppets name, as opposed to the dictionary term.

I ended up redoing the small setting for the game focusing on another world/an alternate earth, one occupied by a race that to us would appear to be sentient puppets called Fuzzies.

These creatures of human-like, through to anthropomorphic and monstrous visages, live in The Big City. Hardly anything bad happens there, and some of the populace grow restless with desires for more adventurous thrills.

Luckily there is a vast, cursed theme park on the city outskirts for such individuals to go risk their lives for fame and glory within the underground community that has grown around the escapades done within the twisted wreck of Fairy Cartoon Theme Park Land.

Friday, 20 March 2015

The Dancer (finished)

So, painted up and ready for pirouettes of doom and slaughter... somewhere...?
not sure if it'll end up in a random warband, or just be used as visual material to describe a horrifying gonzo destruction monster in some roleplaying game or other...
I present.
The Dancer.

Going to be interesting eventually coming up for a back story for this creature... (wherever its from, theres probably more of them...)

And I'll end with a random shot for scale against a trollslayer, as it was the only reasonable mini I had to hand. (yep this thing is on a 40mm base)

Thursday, 19 March 2015

The Dancer

As yet unpainted.
Meddling with a random skeletal ballerina toy I found in a poundshop.

Feel a bit like the kid from the Toy Story Movie.

Gun Servitor perhaps? (it's on a 40mm base)

Monday, 16 March 2015

Alien Bounty Hunter - aka random colour test

A random conversion of Genestealer + termagant arms with a pistol holster, grenade and random pouches... I just went with the idea whilst putting it together.
It was made predominantly to test what certain colours would look like after gloss varnishing.
(I only recently started to varnish my models as I found a poundshop/dollarstore that has a good quantity of it to slowly stock up on from)
Short post, but its been awhile =)
Now... back to finishing of the tyranid army painting, hopefully be done in a day or two, again, just a 'to tabletop' level of painting going on.

Tuesday, 3 March 2015

Tales of Sayari - Pilgrimage to Finis (game two)

Pilgrimage to Finis

Reaver arrives for the crystal skull quest

Reaver, a warrior priest of 'The Librarian' has been on a pilgrimage from Moenia and in a small village in the mountains hears tale of a wizard named Garagan who is seeking to employ a group of strong and skilled individuals to acquire a crystal skull for him in a likely dangerous quest into the old sunken temple of Kuwhaza recently rediscovered by miners working near Finis.

On route Reaver encounters many small bands of bandits. He defends himself from these threats well and keeps whatever gains he finds on their unconcious or dead forms to later donate to the churh of The Librarian in Finis.

During his final encounter outside Finis city limits, a group of four attack the holy warrior. He dodges a club blow by pure luck, throws a handfull of his throwing crosses at the three approaching from the opposite side of the road taking the one in the middle out and knocks out the club wielding attacker with the pommel of his sword, plunging the blade into the guts of one of his would be attackers, the surviving bandit turns tail, only to be shot down by Reavers crossbow.

Reaver sets the bodies to the side of the road, taking of their possessions that which he can pass on to his church as tribute.

On entering the crowded streets of Finis, full of merchants selling their wares, children pkaying strange games in the streets and the general hustle and bustle of the populace he decides to locate this cities church for his patron.

Finding the building with its many towers and minarets, Reaver enters, greeting with some enthusiasm and respect the Head of this churches order, mentioning the donation he has collected. The gaunt, robed individual looks at Reaver with a level of contempt, he turns to a group of similarly robed individuals in a distant corner, speaking to them, "we've another of 'those' types" then calling on a young adept of the order, he assigns one called Escartame to look after the guest they have, before he himself heads off elsewhere within the church.
shaven headed and looking through large circular framed, thick lensed glasses, the enthusiastic boy answers the requests of Reaver as to where Garagan can be found, pointing  towards the location of the large tower at the centre of the city.

After this moment of questioning, Reaver further enquires about a place to stay for the night and is lead towards the chambers on the 2nd floor.

Within the stone chamber is contained a basic pallet bed, a desk and stool, with a sink and commode. The Priest looks at the simple and practical furnishings with some homely content. This is all he needs.

Monday, 2 March 2015

Tales of Sayari - Of Drunken Ninjas (game one)

Of Drunken Ninjas and Odd Jobs for Freedom

Beginnings? pt I

After waking from a drunken stupor, chained to a wall in a prison cell. A Ninja discovers she seems to have had a hell of a night of partying... and can't quite remember much of where they are, how they got there or who they are...

Whilst in the cell one of the other people in the cell starts having a bit of banter with her, and through them and a short conversation with a large guard through the cell door, she discovers that whilst at a bar in the town someone had knocked her drink over, or out of her hand... which somehow exploded into a brawl that led to her knocking out or otherwise injuring half the towns guard before being overwhelmed and dragged into the jail.

After a short while the guard comes back and asks her to follow him as the head of the guard would like to talk to her.

Upon entering a room filled with weird curios, scrolls and books, she is invited to sit down. The head of the guard asks that the Ninja recovers an artifact for him from the caravan coming through the town later in the day, due to her performance the past night he feels this could be an easy task for her. He describes the artifact in question as being a strange blade, looking like it has a ribcage and with a small shrunken skull for its pommel. It is thought a witch in the caravan is carrying it. if she accepts to do this task, she'll be let free and without charge for her injuries to the town guard.

A servant returns her items to her and she leaves to pass some time before the caravan arrives. Ending up drinking a sweet juice at another bar for a few moments to relax... still not quite sure who she is though...

When the chimes and bells that signify the caravan is coming into town draw near, our amnesia suffering Ninja heads off to the caravan, seeing a man at the front with a sign hiring for caravan security, she goes and talks with him.
He calls for the head caravan handler, who introduces himself as Joresh.
After a brief confusion over her choice of profession (Joresh initially thought she wanted hiring as 'entertainment') but then hearing about her fracas with the town guard, Joresh hires the Ninja for security, and ushers her toward the Owner of the Caravans caravan, to meet him, telling her to say Joresh had sent her.

Climbing into the large caravan, she sees this caravan has very expensive looking carpets, and throws on its frame, with some parted in the roof letting some light in.\
A large man is sat cross legged in the centre of the floor, with three young pretty women on the opposite end lounging on cushions.

The ninja and caravan owner converse, the owner introduces himself as Harad, he then gesticulates towards a dark corner, where an ornate looking glass and brass kettle is steaming away as an old lady he calls Mathilda, makes tea.

After Harad mentions Mathilda is so old, she was old back when his father owned the caravan it seems obvious to the ninja that she, (the old lady) is likely the one rumoured to have the knife. When Mathilda and Harad leave, the ninja quickly looks around the caravan, searching for the skeletal blade. whilst the ladies protest there is nothing to find, (a number of important looking documents that the ninja casually drops around her saying otherwise) as she searches.
The blade not to be found on this caravan, the ninja gets out and is greeted by a relatively well built man with a red triangular badge on the right of his jacket. Introducing himself as Davras, they chit chat a bit and he hands her a jug of rather potent wine leaving her to start her first shift of security.

Going to the back of the caravan, the ninja finds Mathilda arranging various potions and items on a stall and setting up a small tent.
She asks the elderly lady vaguely if she perhaps has an interesting looking knife, Mathilda raises an eyebrow and rambles a little about the nature of her potions. before getting back to her work, leaving the ninja to get back to her duties.

Whilst wandering around she notices Harad and a bunch of his men heading into the city, a couple of new recruits into the security like her, one being a muscular tanned male with a mohican, the other a woman covered up in a cloak.
She notices that the security for the caravan all have the same red triangle Davras has, exempting her and the new recruits...
At some point the wine Davras gave her appears to be too much and she is rudely awakened by the large city guard from the jail, who has come to check on her to see if she is doing the assigned task his master gave and is disappointed to catch her sleeping on the job… he gives a warning that they are keeping their eyes on her and leaves.

After thinking about her situation, and feeling a little scared of the consequences of stealing from an ancient seeming witch, the ninja decides to talk to Mathilda about her original reason for getting hired and show she wants to stay with the caravan a good while.
Going towards the tent where the old lady appears to be reading cards or otherwise telling fortunes, there is a queue.
Deciding to come bak later our friendly alcoholic takes a few more swigs of the potent wine Davras gave her and wanders around until the queue has gone. As she turns to go see Mathilda, the ninja spots Harad return looking a bit displeased and head straight to his caravan.
Crossing through the people buying and looking at the goods the caravan is selling, The ninja arrives at Mathilda's tent, opening a flap to get inside, she walks into the lamplit, incensed space. two small chairs are empty near the table at the other side Mathilda sits, the glow of the lamps reflecting in her greyed hair.
"well, what do you want?" she asks.
The Ninja explains how she was sent by the head of the city guard to acquire the blade so she would be let off for her crimes, but that she had gotten to like the caravan and wanted to stay with the caravan. Mathilda having an eyebrow raised much of this discussion, tells of the dark magics someone must be practicing to have want of the knife… she reaches behind her to a small box on a small bookcase and gives the ninja a red triangle badge, like the ones the other security had. "be with us awhile" she smiles. The ninja retires to a caravan she is told to go rest in and the caravan moves on.

slowly getting players into my Sayari setting

So I found a rules-lite dungeon crawl system with the rather 'classy' name of 'MurderHobos'
Its a tongue in cheek thing aimed predominantly at raiding dungeons, killing things and getting gold.
To get a general gist of the core system and what its about just read the description on DriveThruRPG it sort of says it all!

My tale of joy was discovering this thanks to the madness of one Tim Harper on the youtube rpg brigade page on facebook. I took a bit of a glimpse at the 6 pages and realised I had found the perfect rules light system for my own setting of a predominantly fantasy nature, that I had been wanting to run games in, on days the planned games of my group, couldn't go ahead due to occasional inability to get everyone together to run the larger games (illness, work commitments, lack of travel funds etc)
so far have 3 player characters done, 3 more exist as concepts that players have but havent yet gotten down to writing down/playing and have only run two solo sessions.

The World of Sayari is a gm directed/dictated (mwuh ha ha haa I have godlike powers!), co-operatively created setting, with the players asked what sort of thing they'd like to play, limited at moment to the 4 classes in the original rules set and the two I've so far added, and with a focus on the already existing races I've created, but with some leeway for new suggestions.
For example, I had no oriental alike cultures, it was predominantly celtic/aboriginal/medieval sort of thing, but as soon as I got players involved, the first two to create characters wanted oriental leanings in appearance, or to be a ninja... thus was born two new cultures... aside from these another player wanted a ninja/throwing stars, the latest player has throwing 'crosses', so pretty much throwing stars, and another has wanted to play a ninja, but to move a little away from the pure oriental theme, wants it to be a ninja-pirate... the despair/giggles this caused have been amusing.

If you have an account on Obsidian Portal the wiki for the 'Tales of Sayari' can be found with this link -, It is very much a work in progress and due to slow going of getting games going, may be awhile before much is done to complete all the information pages on races/cultures etc. so far have had two games.
One in May 2014. The most recent yesterday, 2nd of March 2015... only 8 months apart =P

I'll post the adventures so far as two seperate blog posts following this one so as not to fill screen with too much text in one go. And once I've finished meddling with rules, thanks to the original being a creative commons affair, I'll likely get it all typed up and put out there for download.

Thursday, 12 February 2015

Aliens! Tyranids! Infestation and Invasion of an Outpost Colony

So, like many for years I have wanted to play a game or series of games based around the 'Aliens' movie.
Colonial Marines battling to survive against a tide of vicious nasties is awesome (as well as the cool idol of Ellen Ripley)
With my trying to push my games group back to the sinful simplicities of 3rd edition 40k, I have been slowly acquiring the codices/codex's from the thrice cursed ebay... taunter of my small budget and greedy desires for more miniatures...
going through my 3rd/4th edition Tyranids and random Guard collection I appear to have about 1,800 points of tyranids (with a few more points I could add on via biomorphs) and about 650 points of Imperial Guard... currently trying to acquire some more cheap as possible cadians and a few more tyranid warriors to control the swarm.
I have a basilisk for the guard... not quite fitting for the campaign I'm planning, but I am thinking of making some A.P.C. alike counts as chimera tanks

For the scenario, I want to set it before the Macragge assault, before the tyranids were as well known as they now are.
On a distant outpost planet some scientists go to explore a crashed hulk, and get infected by genestealers. when they get back to the outpost they quarantine themselves, eventually quarantining the whole sci-block.
After communications break down, and the response "we're still collating" starts to cause panic, rumours and suspicion. A team is sent to investigate, arriving to discover the whole sci-block dead and come under attack of the genestealers the scientist/hybrids had started to sneak into base on their missions to learn more about the infection.
(The genestealers having killed the hybrids/cult as they had come under the power of the hive mind of a small incoming splinter fleet)
As the guard report the incursion on the ground, the astropath detects disturbances in the warp and hopefully sends out an s.o.s. in time before the planet is entirely cut off.
then a battle for survival will ensue, the guard discovering the outposts shuttles have been sabbotaged and hoping they can survive until reinforcements appear or until they can repair a shuttle and try to escape.
Am hoping this fuels me enough to try and get on with some more scifi scenery and perhaps once campaign is written up invite over some of my games group to play it out at mine with pizza, curries and alcohol interspersing the "game over man! GAME OVER!" and other such quotation.

If it  works out I'm going to use the Terminator future war (get on with painting necrons) and predator movies (probably homebrew some random gribbly or use 2nd ed rules + a lictor?) as further inspiration to get on with painting and making things.
Back to looking at maps of Hadley's Hope and pics of the Colonial marine props for colour scheme stealing =)

Sunday, 11 January 2015

slow progress on the Greater Daemon =)

He may eventually get a name...
I also may eventually finish him.
Just a couple of progress pics on the painting.