Saturday, 14 September 2019

Mordheim Undead Gang

This Gang was quickly thrown together using mainly painted figures that have been painted for years. The Zombies were painted as I wanted to try out a few schemes for Zombie flesh before I tackled painting my Modern Zombie figures. It was also a group I'd always wanted to paint/convert anyway. They just needed a few touch ups and a few different washes. The Ghouls were done to flesh out my Modern Zombie horde quickly with a basic flesh tone, they only needed a wash for this Gang. The Dregs were painted as Zombies and only needed a head swap and a touch up. The Dire Wolf was part of my Frostgrave project and just needed the snow on the base Covering up. The Vampire was brand new in box which I had bought new in the shop decades ago. The only piece which I had to buy was the Necromancer which fitted in well with the other figures.

The theme for this was a little off the Wall. Unless you know much about New Zealand Politics it will go over your head. I had played around with a few ideas but coming up with suitable names to write down on the roster sheet was not happening until I came up with this theme. This is meant as a satirical take on our Government and not an attack.

First up the leader of the Gang Vampinda named after our PM. 
I really struggled to photograph the depth of the red on her dress.

Next up her Deputy, Winston. I really tried to come up with a clever name for him, but Winston just fits so well. He is the Darling of the retired sector of our Nation.

The pair together.

The Dregs (of Society) rent a Mob.
Hugh Givsa, Lilly the Pink, and Yorrick.
I followed a Woman down the road the other day who had Slagatha written on her top so I may rename Lilly that in future.

The Zombie Horde is a Coalition of the Undead, 
Basically the Coalition of the ruling parties. Greens, Labour and NZ First.

The Dire Wolf is called Grey Power after the retired communities power base.

The Ghouls are called "The Union of the Ghouls" no doubt after the Flesh of the fat ruling classes.

I am thinking of doing the opposition as a Midheimer Gang as they are the rich powerful ones?
Not sure I want to go spending money on them so see what I have in my pile first.

Saturday, 7 September 2019

Wizards Tower II

I have finished my Wizards Tower. It needed a base so I dug out a cardboard Cake base which is sealed on one side and cut it to size. (this had been sitting in my Games room for years awaiting such an occasion). However it had a slight warp in it which only got worse and as the cut edges spread out I decided to use it as a template to cut out a 3mm MDF base. This I had bought in A3 size from the Art shop for a few dollars. When cutting it down I remembered someone on a Forum saying they make their terrain to fit into A4 Paper boxes for storage. I then made sure that this new base was smaller than A4 and grabbed a spare box from work. I also finished the Chimney and painted two Candles and a Torch. I really wanted to add more details inside which I have from Reaper but that would reduce the playing area too much.

Just smaller than a A4 sheet.
Still a few annoying white bits showing through.
Small space to fit a Statue on.

One of the things that had been holding me up on the Berlin board was making debris piles. I grabbed some cut off Foam-core and made a couple of piles which were then covered in filler and spare bits. These came up quite good but I think I will add some Sculptaclay recommended by Lukes APS. I will still use the Foam-core to save some weight though. I think I still need to work on my method of adding grass etc as it looks a bit neat like some gardener had laid it out.

I had some fun this afternoon seeing what other settings the building could be used for.

The terrain that I have for Mordheim at the moment. I have three more of the 4Ground buildings to make up and I need to remove or cover the snow from the GW ruins. I also have a bridge hidden away in a box somewhere for the river crossing.

Saturday, 24 August 2019

Wizards Tower

I think that it was the Angry Piper who suggested a Terrain theme this month for Bloggers on TMP, so as I felt like a change from my Zulu project and dug this building out for another go.

When we planned to start a Frostgrave Campaign I realised that I had no suitable terrain so started to build a damaged Wizards Tower. Now when we lost interest in this the Tower laid in the spare bedroom forgotten for several years. Recently another friend mentioned that he and his son had started to play Mordheim again and wanted to start a league. No action yet on that front but I have several gangs underway and got the Tower out to finish. This time I am not going to use any snow or other winter themed effects other than it looking a bit bleak.

The construction is Foamcore with a thin layer of Foam sheet glued over the outer face. I picked up a tip from watching Black Magic Craft. If you mix Black paint with Craft PVA glue and coat the Foamcore and card everything it is very hard once it dries out and is base coated in one step. Be careful to coat both sides to minimise warpage though. (The seperate Tower section warped a couple of mm so I had to trim the other wall to fit.) The Windows are from GW. The roof is a card base with wooden structure laid out and then covered with Charlie Foxtrot roofing tiles left over from my Berlin Buildings. (Not forgotten about as I am still trying solve some issues with)

The condition that I recovered the Tower in with a couple of minor additions before I realised that I should document this. The Crenelations are left over from my Robin Hood project and is a Zvezda product.

I have added some details with thin foam and built steps from Green foam.
I cut the floor detail and a Hexagon into the foam hoping that it would show when I painted it up.

I used wooden craft sticks for the outer structure.

I have done just about all the painting but have some parts that need constructing, which I have put aside until later like a front step; the chimney stack, torches and possibly an alter step. Of course it will probably need a base but am undecided about what shape etc.

Not made by Sarissa Precision, I just found the pack an extremely handy way of keeping everything flat and square.

I have been searching for some images about summoning circles but have not found any images which I can add to the Pentagon. I'm also worried about invoking some evil if I do successfully do so.

Saturday, 10 August 2019

Call to Arms Demo game part two.

My buddy Tyrone took some low level photos of the game last weekend which is something I neglected to do. I hope these are all the correct ones as when I uploaded them to my photo package it mixed them all in with my own photos in time order.

Monday, 5 August 2019

Call To Arms Isandlwana Demo Game

Well I finally managed to put a Game on with all the models painted for Isandlwana so far. As things went it did not take long for things to go the Zulus way after a long build up. I wrote a timetable which was based on the Osprey title of British Red Coat verses Zulu which has a map and quite a good description of the battle.

Here is the Initial setup. The British started in line but with two Companies off table to the Left which were initially involved with the Zulu right Horn. My opponent Tyrone won the Dice off to choose sides and chose the British. (It would be fair to give him the British for the next game in the series at Rorkes Drift). I actually like commanding the Zulus so no problem there. The Zulus started off the table and arrived in dribs and drabs until the whole Army came on and assaulted the British. A few of the Regiments were brought to a standstill by casualties and shock which enabled the fresh units to come in and take over.

Some of the issues of using Zulus is I got the Head and Body mixed up and got confused over who was commanding what. I need to mark out the Commanders and have some activation markers as some turns just blended into each other. I suppose Black Powder might handle this better than Sharp Practice.

I took a photo of the finish of the first day with the Zulus lined up in front of the British. We called it a day there as things looked like they were about to get nasty.

The photos below are at the end of the battle. The Artillery managed to get off the table as did Captain G Wardells Company. There was one Company left to fight it out on the left flank Commanded by Captain Mostyn and Pulliene but everything else was wiped out.

The Zulus lost one Regiment and half sized unit, also a half sized Unit was running away. About half of the remaining Regiments were at about half strength and several were just about at breaking point and just managing to keep going. My notes say that only one regiment was intact. If I had some more troops on the British side with some Lancers and Gatling Guns the game could have turned the other way, especially if they were to form a large square. I will have to try this out another day.

I hope my opponent enjoyed the weekend as I did. I also had quite a few compliments on the painting  and a number of conversations. At one point we had a laugh about drinking a nip each time someone made a quote from the Movie. My one regret is that I did not print out a copy of the Movie Poster of Zulu Dawn and put it in the plastic holder I have to explain the game a bit better.