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

Kimmy Pearl

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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Cheers

Martin

 

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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Conrad Moon and his gang

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This Sunday I’m playing a game of Pulp Alley with Phreedh again – our second game and I’m looking forward to seeing what the planet of McKemmler IV has in store for us this time. I just finished this little gang of bad guys for the game. The gang leader – dressed in green – is the ever-charming scoundrel and opportunist Conrad Green. His closets ally or sidekick is the brute Demp (on the far right) and with along with them you see the three Ork henchmen Fenk, Gumbah and Larma – all muscle and no brains of course. Finally we also have Zyph – a docile being originating from the planet Schekyl, whose tentacles and flippers have proven quite useful when trying to force doors and the like open.

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The Conrad Green model is of the Jerry Cornelius miniature from Citadel’s magnificent Eternal Champion box released in 1986, and the Cornelius miniature is one of my favorites from the set. A true little gem of vintage, high-cheekboned Jes Goodwin goodness. I could not help myself painting him up in the same colours as the image which inspired the miniature, as there can be little doubt that the mini is heavily inspired by the paperback cover of Avon’s Jerry Cornelius omnibus released in ’77. A great collection, absolutely worthwhile tracking down.  The top-notch cover was illustrated by cool cat Stanislaw Fernandes and I would surely like to paint a pink car to go the Cornelius miniature the complete the picture.

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Paperback, Avon Books 1977, with the cover painting by Stanislaw Fernandes

Paperback, Avon Books 1977, with the cover painting by Stanislaw Fernandes

Demp and his gang are all Citadel Space Orks and all except Demp are troopers from the Space Ork Raiders boxset released in ’88 (I think); a great set which I managed to acquire for a quite reasonable price some months ago.

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Finally we have Zyph and I must confess to be complete oblivious to the origin of the miniature. I suspect it is a Grenadier model, but I’m not sure, and I have no idea what is it supposed to be. In fact I don’t even remember from where I got the model. It has been resting in my pile of chaos stuff for quite some years now as I planned to use it as some sort of minor demon, but now he found use as a space alien which probably is a bit more true to the original intention of the miniature. Can any one of you identify it for me?

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That’s it for now. Any thoughts?

Cheers

Martin

 

 

 

Meet the Fimbuls

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As promised in the last post I here bring you Borinn and Snorinn Fimbul. The father and son who lead the small band of gold fever-crazed dwarves from the second scenario in Games Workshop’s Orc’s Drift campaign from ’85. Borinn and Snorinn along with 11 other members of their race have thus settled on the plateau of Ashak Rise where they are now completely absorbed in washing gold nuggets out of the silt from the River Canis as the Severed Hand tribe come marching into the scene on their way to meet up with the rest of the orc tribes at Orc’s Drift. Combat of course ensues but the dwarves have a delightfully non-heroic objective.

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I really like this pair of miniatures. They have everything I hold dear when it comes to vintage Citadel dwarves. They are very distinct personalities and practically ooze adventure and fantasy. The pair was also very well chosen for the scenario – Borinn, the father, has a stately feel to him as he calmly smokes his pipe, while Snorinn, the son, is smaller, more slender and caught in a dynamic pose. Borinn is originally part of the Dwarf Adventurer range and his son Snorinn belongs to the range of Norse Dwarves.

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Along with the Fimbuls you see the three pack mules also part of the scenario.

All good stuff.

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Cheers

Martin