Friday, 22 February 2019

Athenians complete

These guys are all done in anticipation of the Mortal Gods release. Now onto the Spartans!


Thursday, 21 February 2019

The Official Handbook of the NDC Universe

I've hardly got time to maintain one blog, so of course, I've created another one. I've been posting a lot of superhero related material this year, and the universe has become something of an obsession. At the same time I'm aware that a lot of people that follow this blog come here for more historical wargames content. So I figured the super-stuff should probably live in its own world.
The first entry in the handbook
The Handbook isn't just meant to be where I post games and conversions though. The idea is to document the universe that myself and my friend Dan have created, looking at the different characters, teams, worlds and cities we have designed. It is a long term project that will get updated when inspiration strikes. For a start it requires art work, which will deviate time away from painting. But it scratches another creative itch I have, and allows me to indulge another hobby.
Battle reports will still show up here as well though.


Sunday, 17 February 2019

More Athenians

This week another group of hoplites - unarmoured this time.

And also 2 heroes to lead them all.

Now I have some light infantry to paint and the last hero and the Athenians are finished. Onto the Spartans after that.


Tuesday, 12 February 2019

Athenian unit for Mortal Gods completed

I have to admit that not a lot of painting has happened lately. A mysterious virus attacked and by the time I recovered it was my daughter's birthday, which managed to last all weekend. However, I di manage to finish off my first unit for the upcoming release of Mortal Gods - some heavy Athenian hoplites.

 I also finished this guy. I had no idea what to call him. The original plan of Dr Mercury was scuttled when it dawned on me that this was the name of one of the blogs that I follow (and an excellent blog it is too - loving the GI Joe 28mm project at the moment) - no wonder it felt so familiar! Dan has suggested Tanabah. What does it mean? I dunno. Sounds cool though, so that will be his name from now on.

My greys are finished too. backstory all sorted. From the alien race of the G'ysk, these little guys visit Earth regularly, abducting humans and performing degrading and humiliating experiments on them. They don't actually do this for any scientific reason, they're just amusing themselves. This is because these guys are Baserlites - the G'ysk name for their teenage hoods. Mostly the G'ysk don't really care about the Earth, but their teenagers just love screwing with humans.

 Barry (b'Ree) is an adult G'ysk. He came to Earth to help prepare the fight against an invasion from another alien planet. He'd previously come to Earth as a Baserlite and grew quite an affection for it's people. Once here he decided to stay as a member of the Alliance of Awesomeness.

Barry tells off some naughty Baserlites.

Finally I bought my 7 year old daughter this for her birthday. We've started an adventure, but boy is there a lot of reading in it. She was getting into it, but we were playing with her 9 year old sister, and they disagreed on EVERY decision. Co-operative games may not be their forte...


Saturday, 2 February 2019

Anglo-Danes and Martians to begin February

I managed to finish off some painting this week, despite being back at school and the mountain of work that is already beginning to pile up. Just enough time to post the results though.
Anglo-Danish Warlord. He's hefting that double handed axe single-handedly. What a monster!

Axe-wielding loonies... errr I mean huscarles.

Right, some nice sensible spears for these guys.

And a further unit of hearthguard.

Ack Ack Ack!
 I bought Mars Attacks a few years ago. I finally got around to painting some Martians so that I can use them for Clobberin' Time. I have a few Alien races lines up for my superverse.

Homemade SAGA Dice
I bought some blank dice and printed some labels. Unfortunately the Saxon dice were just a bit too dark. They are visible, but not as clear as the Viking version. Luckily Dan accidentally bought two sets of Anglo-Saxon dice, so one of them is winging its way to me now.

I have another point of Anglo-Danes to paint this week, and 6 Hoplites to finish off my first unit for Mortal Gods. Then I have some Rebel Commandos to paint for Craig. Hopefully I can make some decent inroads into this pile over the next week.


Monday, 21 January 2019

Getting windy

I finally bought the PDF of Paul Darnell's Touching History Volume 1: Spain. This is available through the Karwansary webstore, the same people who publish Wargames, Soldiers and Strategy. I'm really glad I got it, as it has given me plenty of ideas for further Spanish terrain for the WSS in Spain project. Having just consumed a tube of Pringles, I decided the time was right to build a Spanish Windmill.
The brick work didn't come out as well as I'd hoped.

The barrels are from the War of Spanish Succession artillery set.

I ended up using fly-screen mesh for the sails.

Really happy with how the tiled roof came out.

The Old Purples march past

During construction.
Battlefield set-up

Forgive the unpainted troops. It looks right at home on the table. The other Spanish buildings look a bit too white though...
I'm back to work today, but I have plans this year to put together a Spanish Church, a few pantiled walls, some destroyed Italian buildings for Cassino, and a Roman era farm complex for the Civil Wars using the same basic  construction techniques.


Saturday, 19 January 2019

Saturday update

Not much painting since Warmonger this week, too many distractions. I did manage to finish a couple of other models though:
A Khador Warjack becomes the first of Baron Death's Deathbots.

Two police officers from Wargames Factory's zombie survivors.

And Dr Hawke, the man who made Kangor, and gave himself giant wings.
Last week I also completed a couple of Dark Ages houses.

Need to paint some SAGA figures to go with them now. Speaking of which, Craig showed up with a 4 point Byzantine army that I bought off his son, and it is all ready to go.
Mounted figures


The army
Now I just need to buy another couple of units to bulk it out to 6 points. Speaking of which, the Normans are now all cleaned, pinned, and undercoated, ready for their paint this year.

There's a bit more stuff that I haven't put on the blog yet. I'm super-keen for Mortal Gods when it comes out, and received my bases from Sarissa Precision last weekend. I immediately painted a hoplite and prepared a test base.
Three of these triangle bases make up a unit

The decals are those supplied with the Warlord Games Ancient Hoplites and work really well

These Athenians will face the Spartans. I hope to have a couple of sides complete by the time the starter set arrives in March/April.
Along with the Chef, I prepared another villain for Captain Kiwi. This is the Ripper, possessed by the satanic spirit of the original.
Holding his bloody blade
On the painting tray are a dozen Anglo-Danish Hearthguard, 10 Mars Attacks Martians, and this guy:
Suggested colour schemes welcome
This is Doc Mercury. He's my good guy sorcerer, like Dr Strange, or Dr Fate complete with impractical cape. I would love it if people gave me some suggestions for what colours to paint him. The third eye has to be red - it's a long-term plot device - aside from that, everything is open.