Bagnol’s Caravan -More Dolgan Raiders

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So here’s another instalment in my little Dolgan Raiders-series. This time we are to have a closer look at the hobgoblin Bagnol’s caravan of soldiers, loot and slaves. It is around this caravan that the scenario revolves as it comes under attack at dawn on its return trip from the Mountains of Mourn. The attackers, the Dolgans, we saw last week.

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First up is the mighty Bagnol himself. He’s a mean hobgoblin and in my version of the scenario I used the old Asgard half troll to represent him. I haven’t been able to get my hands on the original pre-slotta hobgoblin by Nick Lund which was representing the caravan leader in the scenario pack. Nevertheless I love the Asgard mini and would most likely have been using it as Bagnol anyway.

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Then we have Blackeye – a hobgoblin shaman accompanying the caravan. The miniature is one of the same first generation pre-slotta hobgoblins to which the Bagnol mini also belongs. For some reason I ended up painting Blackeye’s skin green. I’m not sure why –he should have been painted with the same colour as my other hobgoblins. It probably happened because I for some reason based him on a smaller base than the rest of the hobgoblins which made me think of him as a goblin – not a hobgoblin. Well, stuff happens.

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Then we have Gutrot, the grim goblin warrior on a wolf in the company of nine other wolf riders. Gutrot is the one on the wolf draped in red, holding up his axe over his head. All the wolf riders are late 80’s and early 90’s Marauder goblins. Although I’m no big Marauder fan I’m rather fond of the wolves.

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Then we have the hobgoblins. Bagnol has 20 of them in his retinue and these are the ones I specifically finished for the scenario and all of them are top-notch miniatures. I’m turning out to be quite the hobgoblin-fan. First we have three pre-slotta hobgoblins and then troopers and character models from the boxset Throgg’s Despoiling Hobgoblins of the Dark Lands, released as part of the Regiments of Renown-series in ‘85.

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Bagnol also has ten hobgoblins armed with bows in his company but as I don’t have any hobgoblin archers I used orc archers instead. Those as well as Bagnol’s 20 goblins were all finished before I started preparing for this scenario and thus not shown in this post. Later, when I give you some snapshot from the game, these minis will show up as well.

However, Bagnol has ten lesser goblins who tend to the lobotomized (sic!) ogres who pull the caravan wagons. These small fellas you can see here. Great if a bit rough minis with a ton of character.

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Finally we have the ogres pulling the wagons. I’m only showing one of the three wagons as they are more or less the same. The wagon or wagons come from 4ground miniatures.

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That’s all for now. Next up a few pictures and a little battle report from us actually playing The Dolgan Raiders scenario.

Any thoughts?

Cheers

Martin

 

 

 

 

 

 

Introducing the Dolgans

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I wrote in my last post that I have been preparing some minis for the old Dolgan Riaders-scenario from Citadel Journal for this year’s Hoisont Con. The con is now passed but before I show you how it all went down I want to do a few posts about the minis and the scenario first.

As you probably know the scenario describes the attack on a hobgoblin caravan by the tribe of Dolgans. And what you see here is basically the Dolgan tribe constituted more or less by fierce nomad warriors as well as the centaur Maramseth.

The Dolgans are led by Ivan. The scenario model is rather fun – a barbarian with the hair somewhere between Joey Ramone and Buzz Osborne clad in a short breastplate stopping just above his navel and G-string underwear.  Note also the quite elaborate scabbard.

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The second in command among the Dolgans is Terek. I used my Pan Tang Tiger Handler as Terek which seems fitting as Terek leads five war hounds into battle. For the Horisont game I used my Hobhounds as the dogs to add a little flavor and exoticism to the game.  I have the old scenario model but did not have the time to pant him in time as I had to finish the two units of bloody tribesmen you can see below.

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Two champions also accompany the Dolgans on their raid. Firstly there is Stephan. A spectacular miniature with patriarchal looks. The mini is quite large and I really grew fond of it while painting the ol’ chap. He’s clearly one of my favorites from this whole scenario. The thing about Stephan is that he is a Were Bison or Were Bull, as I interpreted it for the sake of convenience. In order to represent his bull-form I used an old Prince August Minotaur. The mini is small compared to what you normally see when it comes to a Minotaur and it has been left unpainted in my lead mountain for quite some years now. But I think he fits the bill perfectly as the beast form of Stephan. In order to tie the two models together I gave the Minotaur a sword.

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The second Dolgan champion is Yuri – another splendid miniature that frankly reeks of the old comic book version of Conan.

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Then we arrive at The Storyteller – the shaman and spell caster of the tribe. I have been trying to get hold of the scenario model for some time now without any luck. He’ll probably show up some day but until then this cleric, quaintly called Mao Living-Mo in the Citadel universe of named models, is my Storyteller. A fun little fella which grew on me while painting it; as he lacks a name in the scenario I have called him Kepek.

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To this we then can add Maramseth the Centuar – the close friend of the Dolgans. I’m not sure what miniature came with the scenario pack. At least I don’t remember seeing any centaur looking like the cut-out token which comes along with the scenario in Citadel Journal. Perhaps some of the Citadel scholars could elucidate on this? I used the Talisman Centaur as Maramseth. A classic sculpt. It was important to me that he should not look like a chaos centaur.

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Finally we have the two units of Dolgan troops. One unit armed with hand weapons – in this case spears – and the other unit armed with short bows. The Dolgan tribe and indeed the whole concept of nomadic tribes roaming the Northern Wastes clearly takes a lot of inspiration from the Mongols which we already see in the drawing accompanying the text about these tribes in the Bestiary from Warhammer Fantasy Battle 2ed.

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To represent the Dolgans I chose to use Mongol warriors from Old Glory Miniatures. They are crude, came with huge amounts of flash and mold lines and are a bit on the small side when compared to their Citadel kinsmen. However, I like their look and once painted it all came together nicely.

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And speaking of painting – these two units were speed painted at frantic pace during the last week before the con. I absolutely hate to speed paint miniatures and I hate to paint more the five models of the same kind in a row. It was in other words a rather tiresome and frustrating experience to finish these 40 Dolgans, but once done I could sort of look at them with a sense of achievement.

Almost all together

Almost all together

I my next post I’ll introduce the hobgoblins and their caravan.

Cheers

Martin   

 

         

      

 

The Dolgans soon to raid again

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In two weeks the annual Horisont convention is held in Odense, which undoubtedly is the best and most interesting Danish war games convention. Like the two previous years I will be hosting a game of Oldhammer with my ol’ buddy Claus and this year we decided to run the famous “Dolgan Raiders” scenario from the Second Citadel Journal published in 1985. We will be using the 2ed WFB rules and more or less stick to the scenario as presented with a few small tweaks. More about both the miniatures and the scenario later when I’m done basing the minis we will be using.

The Second Citadel Journal published in 1985

The Second Citadel Journal published in 1985

In this post you can see the table on which we will be playing the scenario. We just finished the whole thing this weekend. Basically the action of the scenario takes place on flat grasslands which of course makes the terrain fairly simple if not even boring, so we decided to spice things up a bit by letting the confrontation take place on a slightly slopping hill and included some small features which breaks the monotony – a burial mound, an ancient stature and the remains of some gigantic thing which once wandered these plains. For those of you who know the scenario, which undoubtedly is most, you will remember the three wagons pulled by lobotomized ogres (sic!) which of course also are going to be a very dominant feature on the battlefield.

 

The styrofoam boards put in place and ready to be attacked

The styrofoam boards put in place and ready to be attacked

Cutting the slopping hillside

Cutting the slopping hillside

First stage done.

First stage done. A lone dark elf mini is used to test if the slope is not too steep

Statue and burial mound added

Statue and burial mound added

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We initially were toying with the idea of having a road crossing the battlefield but this idea we soon discarded

We initially were toying with the idea of having a road crossing the battlefield but this idea we soon discarded

Them the whole thing was covered with white glue mixed with brown paint and sand

Them the whole thing was covered with white glue mixed with brown paint and sand

And a gaint skeleton as well as some smaller bones was put into the wet sand and glue mix

And a giant skeleton as well as some smaller bones was put into the wet sand and glue mix

The statue is a some cheap religious kitsch with just the right flavour

The statue is a some cheap religious kitsch with just the right flavour

The giant skeleton is the last remains of a rabbit a found a while ago which I had soaking in bleach for a while

The giant skeleton is the last remains of a rabbit a found a while ago which I had soaking in bleach for a while

More rabbit bones strewn across the battlefield

More rabbit bones strewn across the battlefield

Once dry we gave the whole thing a new layer of dark brown

Once dry we gave the whole thing a new layer of dark brown

Once the brown layer was dry we took the whole thing outside and highlighted the boards with brownish yellow and khaki spray paints

Once the brown layer was dry we took the whole thing outside and highlighted the boards with brownish yellow and khaki spray paints

Back inside the last details - such as the statue was painted and patches of reeds and large bushes was added.

Back inside the last details – such as the statue was painted and patches of reeds and large bushes was added.

And done

And done. Ready for the Dolgans and their hated Hobgoblin enemies

 

 

See these eyes so green…

In the waning light of the sun she prowled back to the village

In the waning light of the sun she prowled back to the village

It’s time to start showing some of the minis I have been working on these past months, which is mostly Rogue Trader Stuff, but also some fantasy, which is what I’ll show you in this post.

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This is the tiny, tiny Werefox from Citadel’s diverse and great Night Horrors-series. The pictures did not really turn out that good, which is a shame, as I’m actually quite pleased with how she turned out. There is not much to say about the mini which, as said, is very small, and with limited details. Never the less it is a splendid piece with a strong presence and an absolute pleasure to paint.

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I’ve mostly seen her painted in foxy red colours so I decided to go for a pale, sort of snow fox look, which I think makes her slightly more menacing than the regular fox-skin tones, but I guess that’s really a matter of taste.

Well, that’s all for now

Cheers

Martin  

 

A damn deal done…

It’s been a while but hopefully I will be having a bit more time to post about the stuff that I have been and will be doing in the near future. In this little battle report we are going to the rough planet of Kenwah which is the setting for the Rogue Trader scenarios we play.

The backstory for this game was as follows; in a previous battle the happy-go-lucky scoundrel Conrad Moon and his gang were taken prisoners by Izwahrians – the race of reptilians that originally were the dominant species on Kenwah. Instead of killing Moon and his bandits the Izwahrian commander Erzah had uses for his prisoners. He was in need of some sort of middleman to exchange an old izwahrian religious artifact, stolen a long time ago, for money. The stolen figurine had somehow come into the possession of the exiled Izwahrian Warzi – a sought criminal who so far had escaped the law.

It was now the job of Conrad Moon and one of his gang members to carry the money to the rendezvous with Warzi, get the figurine and stall the exchange in order for the Izwahrians to ambush Warzi and his armed escort to capture both the figurine and Warzi. However, things went wrong and unsurprisingly a fierce battle ensued. Moon grabbed the figurine and started running for his life, while the Izwahrians charged out from their hiding place and Warzi’s hired hands started to shoot at everything moving. During the game Conrad Moon and his short-lived fellow ganger Kenman High were NPC’s

Here’s how it went down.

 

The battle took place in the outskirts of Hunger City, the main town on Kenwah, in an abandoned industrial complex.

The battle took place in the outskirts of Hunger City, the main town on Kenwah, in an abandoned industrial complex.

Izwahrians and their "sniffer lizard" ready themselves to charge Warzi and his goons

Izwahrians and their “sniffer lizard” ready themselves to charge Warzi and his goons

More Izwahrians hide in the bushed with member from Conrad Moon's gang bound and gagged on the ground

More Izwahrians hide in the bushed with member from Conrad Moon’s gang bound and gagged on the ground

Conrad Moon and Kenman High starting to run away just after having received the figurine.

Conrad Moon and Kenman High starting to run away just after having received the figurine.

The izwarhrians charge out of their hiding place to capture Conrad Moon fleeing with the figurine as well as killing Warzi.

The izwarhrians charge out of their hiding place to capture Conrad Moon fleeing with the figurine as well as killing Warzi.

Catherine Wheel and Julee Jinx - members of a brat gang hired by Warzi - watch the izwahrians approach.

Catherine Wheel and Julee Jinx – members of a brat gang hired by Warzi – watch the izwahrians approach.

Conrad Moon running for his life with the stolen figurine

Conrad Moon running for his life with the stolen figurine

The Pearl sisters who made the exchange on the bridge with Conrad Moon

The Pearl sisters who made the exchange on the bridge with Conrad Moon

As soon as Conrad Moon and Kenman High started running the Pearl sisters fired their laspistols and immediately downed Kenman while Moon luckily escaped the shots

As soon as Conrad Moon and Kenman High started running the Pearl sisters fired their laspistols and immediately downed Kenman while Moon luckily escaped the shots

The pointing commander Erzah ordered his troops to fan out

The pointing commander Erzah ordered his troops to fan out

Warzi the man in hiding

Warzi the man in hiding

Max Murder - yet another brat ganger - hiding from the izwahrians

Max Murder – yet another brat ganger – hiding from the izwahrians

Jeff Paler stormed forward to meet the approaching izwahrians with the Pearl sisters above him running after Conrad Moon

Jeff Paler stormed forward to meet the approaching izwahrians with the Pearl sisters above him running after Conrad Moon

Conrad Moon still running

Conrad Moon still running

Carefully Catherine Wheel attempted to hit one of the izwahrians

Carefully Catherine Wheel attempted to hit one of the izwahrians

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Mik Manekro and Quell again

Mik Manekro and Quell again

Izwahrians looking for revenge

Izwahrians looking for revenge

Mik Manekro firing at the sniffer lizard or Dragon Newt

Mik Manekro firing at the sniffer lizard or Dragon Newt with the fleeing Warzi in the background

Jeff Paler firing a a space lizard

Jeff Paler firing at a space lizard

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Warzi fleeing for his life now

Warzi fleeing for his life now

Commander Erzah eyeing Conrad Moon

Commander Erzah eyeing Conrad Moon

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Catherine Wheel still lurking near the izwahrians

Brave Catherine Wheel still lurking near the izwahrians

Conrad Moon creeping up close to the corpse of Julee Jinx

Conrad Moon creeping up close to the corpse of Julee Jinx to arm himself with her laspistol

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A standoff between Catherine Wheel and Liwarh – second-in-command in the izwahrian group. Sadly Catherine caught a bullet between the eyes.

A standoff between Catherine Wheel and Liwarh – second-in-command in the izwahrian group. Sadly Catherine caught a bullet between the eyes.

Warzi attempting to dodge the sniffer lizard

Warzi attempting to dodge the sniffer lizard

Jeff Paler aiming

Jeff Paler aiming

Kimmy seeking to revenge the death of her sister

Kimmy seeking to revenge the death of her sister

Conrad hiding in the bushes

Conrad hiding in the bushes

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On the run again

On the run again – now without the figurine

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Kimmy Pearl

Death and destruction all around

Death and destruction all around

Still running and dodging

Warzi still running and dodging

Cool cat Mik Manekro - goth-brat ganger

Cool cat Mik Manekro – goth-brat ganger

Conrad Moon just before he was shot down and killed from behind

Conrad Moon just before he was shot down and killed from behind

Warzi on the run

Warzi on the run

Cathing up the the last of Warzi's gang

Cathing up the the last of Warzi’s gang

Game over

Game over

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Roadblock Bloodshed

It is time to show some signs of life again on this blog. Things have been a bit busy here in Copenhagen lately but I recently had a chance to play a game of Rogue Trader with my goods friends Claus and Anders. The back-story was the following. Dr. Leo Powder (a genestealer hybrid magus) and his cult were discovered by the authorities of Hunger City and a military unit was sent in to clear out the cult-scum and all their off-spring. However they failed to capture Dr. Powder and his closest hybrid allies who by the help of their brood succeeded in fleeing from Hunger City. Cult members jumped into cars and six of the sacred pure strain genestealers were packed into the back of a truck and off they went. The army was in hot pursuit of the cultists who decided to take a detour into the desert in order to improve their chances of escape. This they should never have done because Dr. Powder and his brood headed straight into the territory of the ork ganger Jerzman da Nazdy who not only was unwilling to let the vehicles pass, he was also very interested in capturing the cars and particularly the truck – although he did not know what it was carrying.

In the battle we played, Dr. Powder and his cult had just arrived in front of the ork territory. They objective of the cult was to get passed the orks with as many vehicles, hybrids and genestealers alive as possible. Jezman and the orks on the other hand had to prevent this.

The game was a blast. Cars and bikes raced around on the table, boltguns cracked and genestealers crawled through the bushes ambushing orks. In the end the orks succeeded in stopping the cult but it was a close call and almost all of the orks had been killed when the last of the brood was finished.

Well, here you see some random snapshots from the game taken by Claus (the victorious ork player). I will try to upload som epictures of the minis and cars from the game soon.

Cheers

Martin

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By the way  - the cotton is ectoplasmic mist created with great effect by Dr. Leo Powder

By the way – the cotton is ectoplasmic mist created with great effect by Dr. Leo Powder

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