Saturday, 26 August 2017

Plague Ready for Warpath:Firefight

One of the great things about Deadzone, as well as it being a great game in itself, is that Mantic have made their new system, Warpath (and Firefight it's skirmish ruleset) completely compatible with the same models.

This has meant that it's been a doddle to extend my existing Deadzone Plague collection to make a usable force for Firefight.

I've just completed the few models I needed to make myself a 1000pt (actually 999) force ready for a my first game next Monday. The force might be completely rubbish. I have no idea. It's just what I managed to make up using as many of the painted models I already had.

The force consists of:
  • 3rd Gens
    • 3x 3rd Gen
    • 2x Dog/Swarm
    • 2x 3rd Gen Flamethrower
  • 3rd Gens
    • 3x 3rd Gen
    • 2x Dog/Swarm
    • 1x 3rd Gen Grenade Launcher
    • 1x 3rd Gen HMG
  • 3rd Gens Mortar Battery
    • 4x 3rd Gen
    • 1x 3rd Gen Mortar Team
  • 3x 2nd Gen "Leapers"
  • 20x Plague Zombies
  • 1x Aberration
  • 1x Strider
  • 1x Teraton
  • 1x 1st Gen Mutant

Thursday, 6 July 2017

Some new Hirst Arts bits

A while back I posted some work-in-progress shots of my latest Hirst Arts creations. Well I actually finished them a month or so back, but have only just got around to photoing them.

First is the octagonal tower. This is an exact copy of the one on the Hirst Arts site, following the guide on there. I did it in order to get used to using the octagonal tower mould before using it for other projects. I added in an internal staircase as suggested on the Hirst Arts site.

As well as this I also made some more dungeon pieces. These should now mean I can make a 3ft x 3ft dungeon without having to use any of the Master Maze bits.

I'll be using these new pieces with the rest of the stuff when we're running our Frostgrave games at the Barrage Wargames Show this coming Sunday in Stafford.

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Kings of War Update

A few new models for Kings of War...

Bael for my Abyssals. I'll use him as the Lord of Lies.

Also some extra Efreets and an Abyssal Champion.

I did also paint an additional Lower Abyssal Horde, but that's much the same as the other one so I've not bothered to include it.

Also there's this chap. An Ogre Robin Hood from the ROBIN show in Nottingham this year. An excellent limited edition free resin model. I think I'll use him as a Boomer Sergeant. I think he fits in fine with the Mantic Ogres.

Deadzone/Warpath Plague Update

... two months passes... no posts...



I have been doing things, just not as much as I was. You see I have another hobby, re-enacting and that has been taking my time up. Mostly in this case working on vintage bicycles... But that's not what this blog is about and so I'll not say more.

Anyway, I have not completely rested on my laurels. I have done some painting and gaming as always... I just haven't been posting about it. So now it's time to catch up.

First up is my Plague... nope... I'm not ill! My Plague army for Deadzone has been growing into what I hope will be a usable force for Warpath & Firefight. I've still got loads to do, but the photos below show a few of the new models. New 3rd gen troopers, zombies, aberration and a strider have been added...

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Hirst Arts in Progress

I've been busy creating with the Hirst Arts moulds again.

Some more dungeon sections and an octagonal tower are in progress...

Thursday, 27 April 2017

Frostgrave at Salute - Debrief

Last weekend at Salute we put on our Frostgrave participation games. Jeff, Steve and Andy worked like troopers all day helping me demo games and talking to members of the public. We were waxing lyrical about Frostgrave, Hirst Arts blocks, MDF terrain, various miniatures both old and new, and even Kings of War for a while.

It was a great success with some very kind comments, especially appreciated was the thanks from the author of Frostgrave himself, Joseph A. McCullough for making his game look so good. I of course thanked him in turn for writing it in the first place!

I also had chance to play with the little blue-tooth camera I acquired recently, a Podo, and many of the photos below were taken with this tiny device that could fit inside the boards. Unfortunately it's focus is not ideal for photos like this.

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

COGS Frostgrave at Salute 2017

This year on 22nd April COGS will be attending the biggest wargames show of the year, Salute, with our Frostgrave games.

We'll have games running all day for both experienced and new players. Bring your own warbands and challenge ours or use one of the many sample warbands we'll have with us.

Play in one of the dungeons or in one of the cities. There are quick starter games for new players or larger games for veteran Frostgrave players.

It's up to you how you want to play and we'll have freebies from Osprey to give away to all those who take part.

We will be found on stand GK12.

Monday, 6 March 2017

"Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die."

The Princess Bride has been one of my favourite films right from when I first saw it. I know I didn't see it at the cinema when it was released in 1987 as we didn't go there quite as much as we do now, so it was probably a few years after it was made that I saw it on TV.

But I saw parts of it before then without realising what it was...

You see The Princess Bride was filmed mostly around Derbyshire where I live and the main castle and village that appear in the film were filmed at Haddon Hall not far from where I live. By chance I had a family trip to the hall just a few days before they started filming.

I remember vividly the drain pipes covered  with fake vines, the medieval village built in the grounds and the stone bridge over the river that was far too narrow for Princess Buttercup to ride a horse across. This was widened with a hidden wooden section at the side so she could. But mostly I remember when one of the set builders offered to sell my Dad the plaster wall he was building for my dad to use at the bottom of our garden. I doubt it would last long.

The title of the film we'd been told was "The Princess Bride" and with such a sappy title we thought nothing of it. But the film isn't sappy... it's glorious. Full of great actors, a fantastically funny script and plenty of action.

So when I spotted Antediluvian Miniature's Pirate set I knew I had to have them, They would fit in great as models for my Frostgrave games or maybe for use with Osprey's En Garde ruleset.

I just finished painting them and I'd have to say they are some of the best miniatures I have ever painted. Wonderfully characterful with masses of fine detail.

Link to the Antedivulian Miniatures shop.

Kings of War Big Game Hammerhead 2017

Hammerhead brought another Kings of War big game for us this last weekend. The biggest one yet. This time around 28,500points per side on an even bigger table.

However a number of issues meant we didn't get our usual 6 turns done and instead ended with a slightly unsatisfactory 4. This meant that the game, in my opinion, felt unfinished. We'd still got more to do before we could say a definite conclusion had been reached. Good won, almost, though only really tenuously.

The reasons for not completing were several, the biggest being that 4 players a side was just not enough for the size of game we attempted. The shooting and melee phases dragged on without enough players to handle them.

However also I'd decided to try an odd shape table to see what happened and reaching into the centre proved a little more difficult than normal.

Live and learn! Back to a rectangular table next time and also reduce the size of the armies if we can't get enough players...

Despite this everyone enjoyed the day and were asking straight away when the next will be. However I don't actually have one planned yet! With re-enacting season starting soon my mind is elsewhere. Also I'd like to try the game at a different show, so if anyone can suggest somewhere that will host such a large table please let me know!

Also we're always after new players, so if you think you can help with that please, please, please, let me know!

The table was planned out in advance using the miniature set of tiles that I have, one each for the larger real tiles means that the layouts are always possible. Each board is in reality 2 foot square.

Thursday, 16 February 2017

Edward IV's Army

A few more units for Lord Fauconberg has added a bit of strength and structure to my Yorkist force.

I've decided to change the polearms units to be troops rather than full regiments, which has freed up their standards for use in the dismounted knight regiments.

It's really starting to come together. There's quite a bit to do yet though!

Next up will be some Mounted Knights...

Friday, 10 February 2017

The Plague infection spreads...

I've been playing a few games of Deadzone recently at the club against Andy. And I decided it was time to finally get some of the Plague models I've not touched since the first Kickstarter painted.

I also recently received the Warpath and Firefight rules from the Kick starter for that. I didn't get any of the models just the rules. Now I have them I have plans to make a Plague army for the Firefight. These are very similar to the Warpath rules but don't require as many models. Effectively they are the next step up from Deadzone. As such I don't actually need to get that many more Plague models.

But first I need to get what I've already got painted. In this case, mortar team, grenade launcher, teraton and swarm.