A keep of sorts

For some time, I have been working on a tower-like building, some sort of keep, which is going to be used in an upcoming fantasy scenario. What initially started out as a fairly simple project in the end proved to be a rather time-consuming process.

As you can see from the pics below the keep was constructed out of foam board which then was covered in model clay mixed with PVA-glue to make it stick to the foam board and add strength to the surface. From there things became easy but it sure did it take a lot of time to put on all the clay as I only could work on small patches at the time which needed to dry before I could continue.

Well, now the thing is finished and I am looking forward to getting it on to the table in a little while.

 

 

 

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

 

 

Constant war for constant soldiers

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Here’s a little WIP pictures of what is currently on my workbench; six wonderful beaky space marines. I simply love these miniatures. I still need to finish the backpacks and the bases but the rest is more or less done. I call them the Angst Brothers and for the time being I plan to paint all my marines as belong to this little group of mercenary soldiers. The name and colours I nicked from this Rogue Trader commercial.

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It’s very dark here in Copenhagen at the moment and the quality of the pictures suffers accordingly but hopefully you can get some sense of how the marines look.

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Rogue Trader has not made an appearance of this blog previously but this is going to change as I’m planning to actually get some of my RT lead painted this spring. I’m also working on some miniatures for the Orc’s Drift campaign, but once those are done I’ll dedicate painting time to miniatures from the grim, far future.

 

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Cheers

Martin

A hill for the Ghoul King

As I’ve mentioned a few times now we are going to play an Oldhammer scenario entitled In the Hall of the Ghoul King on September 18. Here the vampire Walther von Löwe is leading an attack on the elusive Ghoul King’s valley. Part of the combat is going to take place above ground; part of it takes place underground. The entrance to the Ghoul King’s hall is in the hill I have spent some time building over the last two weeks, working on it every now and then. I wanted something that looked a bit different from the usual stepped hills we use and thus went for a thing that looked a bit more centerpiece-like. Basically what I had in mind was a hill that looked like the hills with a tunnel through them that one sees for model railroads. A bit like the one below:

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What I did was to soak a piece of cloth in watered down white glue and place the cloth on a core of stuff to give it shape. I then sprinkled the soaked thing with sand and dirt and left it to dry in the sun. Once dry and hard I removed the core, undercoated my hill black and started to paint it in grey, brown and green earth tones. Finally I added some flock and a bit of moss and the thing was done. On the last Pictures I stuck some skavens in there to give you a sense of scale.

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I’m almost satisfied with the result. The edges of the hill is gaping a bit too much, which is due to the glue I added afterwards to make the flock and moss stick. This is of course annoying, but I guess it is just me being a bit too obsessed with getting every detail just right. I bet you know what I’m talking about! In the end I know this is going to look great on the battle field and I’m really looking forward to setting up the game now.

I’ll be back soon with some of the undeads I’ve been working on lately.

Cheers

Marttin

Can you help me ID this?

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A while ago I bought this nice piece rather cheaply along with a lot of other odds and ends. And since we’re soon going to play a scenario with an undead theme (In the Hall of the Ghoul King) in September I thought it would be nice to use the model and give it a role in the game.

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Well, I actually thought the piece was complete but once I had it stripped of its rather thick layers of paint, I discovered that something appears to be missing. There’s a hole in the left side of the base clearly intended for something – a torch or lamp perhaps – and a part might also have been snapped off on the right side of the throne.

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Curious as to what is missing I attempted to find the miniature on Google but with no result. My initial feeling was that this must be a Grenadier model, but so far I’ve not been able to get this confirmed.

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My question is thus if you can identify this mini and perhaps direct me to a picture of the whole thing in a complete state?

Cheers

Martin

 

A new battleground

For a while now I’ve been rather bored with the green golf course on which a lot of our battles take place. Having some weeks off on parental leave has given me time to do something about this. Thus taking the cue from Sir Tobi and many other fine bloggers and gamers I decided finally to make a battlemat of my own.

I would have loved to show you some pictures of the process but given that my hands were more or less covered in brown goo for the most part I could not get around to actually using my camera. The method was fairly well-known though. I mixed acrylic paste and sand in three buckets and added different tones of brown as well as water to each container. These different mixes of paint and paste I then smeared on the cloth. While still wet I sprinkled the thing generously with some different types of flock and then left it to dry in the basement.

The point of departure - some rough hessian cloth to be cut into size

The point of departure – some rough hessian cloth to be cut into size

The final result left to dry in the basement. The edges stil needed to be trimmed at this stage

The final result left to dry in the basement. The edges stil needed to be trimmed at this stage

Today I trimmed the edges of the cloth and voila, the whole thing is done, rolled up and ready to be used.

Rolled up and ready for use!

Rolled up and ready for use!

The process was rather fun and messy. Now I’m eager to see some action on my new battleground. This will at the latest be by mid-September where we’ll be playing a scenario entitled “In the halls of the Ghoul King”, but more about that in a later post.

Cheers

Martin

The last monks (honestly!)

This weekend we finally played Marktag Bloody Marktag and as the amateur I am, I of course forgot to bring my camera. I took some photos with my phone but they ended very random and of poor quality. Alas, what turned out to be a quite fun endeavor was left undocumented. Oh well. I’ll try to do something with the pics I did take and probably make some sort of proper presentation of the scenario at a later stage. Right now I need to digest the whole thing for a while.

But let me tell you this, the monks of St Gotthard never saw what hit them. The undead force attacking the monastery came crawling through the dusk and took the poor monks and their guests by complete surprise. They never managed to organize their defenses and the skeletons and ghouls attacking thus ploughed through their opponents, setting fire to buildings and spreading fear. It was quite cool actually, although Rasmus playing the monks gradually lost any hope of repelling the attack.

After last weekend I haven’t touched a brush but my appetite for new projects is already slowly returning.   However, here you see the five last monks I finished before leaving. If you have been following these posts you’ll probably know the drill. The colours are the same and the manufacturers are also more or less so. From left to right you see a monk from Black Tree Design, an old Metal Magic monk, One of Foundry’s “jolly monks”, and the next one is another fella from Black Tree. Finally we have a cleric from Citadel. Frankly I’m not sure if this is a man or woman. I always assumed it was a woman and in our scenario we used her as the nun Ulrike Herberiner. Nevertheless while painting the mini I started to wonder if this indeed is a woman. It could easily be a slightly feminine chap. Well, she/he is a nice mini although the use of crosses in fantasy settings always seems slightly odd.

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Any thoughts on the monks (and nun/cleric?)?

Up next on my workbench is this lot of fierce, delightful goblins. A nice mix of old, very old and very recent minis. This is going to be a nice change of pace after having painted monks and adventurers these last two months.

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Cheers and good times

Martin