Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Minihammer: Night Goblin Squig Herd

 Here we go, the penultimate unit of my 2000 pts Orc and Goblin army for Minihammer. This one took a bit longer because I had to sculpt the Squigs. I did manage to find a few proxies on line but none that really looked like Warhammer Squigs, so I thought I would have a go at sculpting them myself. I am pretty happy with the outcome- bearing in mind that they are quite tiny- blown up here on the screen they look a bit rough around the edges but bear in mind they are only about 1-1.5cm tall and you will see that they look fine. 
The eagle-eyed will notice that their is only nine squigs in the herd- there were supposed to be three squig hoppers (goblins riding squigs) in the unit but I cocked up a bit when sculpting them as I forgot that in Warhammer Squigs go on 20mm bases, unlike Orcs who go in 25mm bases. This mistake basically meant I mad them too big, so I compromised. The three squig hopper minis will be attached to the unit and hop off to cause trouble when the bad guys get close enough. 
Incidentally the rides for the squig hoppers are the same models I used for the fanatics in the last post. 

Monday, 15 August 2016

Minihammer: Da Red Eye Night Goblin Mob

 Last week I went away and managed to smuggle my paints in with the luggage and completed my Night Goblin mob. This band of wicked little critters was from Ral Partha Europe. I had to add a few red caps using Green Stuff to make them look more like Night Goblins. I didn't convert them all, as it would take too long but converted just enough to make it clear they are Night Goblins. 

I also made a unit filler that can take them up from 36 (six stands) to 60 (ten stands) for bigger games. This takes to form of a humongous spider the Night Goblins have found in a deep dark cave somewhere and have herded into battle by prodding it with big spikes. The spider is a Reaper Bones giant spider. 

The front rank of the Night Goblins have nets. This strikes me as something of a must have. They chuck their nets before the first round of combat and anyone struck looses an attack. This is vital in keeping the goblins alive long enough for their weight of numbers to make a difference. 

The other thing Night Goblins have that are really something of a must have is fanatics. These whirling loons can, on a good day, reap a terrible price on the enemy. Even if they don't kill anyone they are sure to disrupt they enemies plans. Or at least give us something to laugh about. These fanatics were converted from RPE's mosquito riders, with the addition of a dressmakers pin as a ball and chain. 

 Here is the horde of Greenskins so far. I want to add a Squig Herd and a giant next. That will take me to 2000pts. I have to say that I am loving painting these figures so much that I think I might just press on and go for 3000 points before I start painting another army- either Chaos of Vampire Counts. 

Tuesday, 2 August 2016

Minihammer: Guzzard da Smasha, Black Orc Warboss

Many have heard of him by reputation and legend, but few have stood in his presence (and survived to tell the tale). Here is Guzzard da Smasha, Scourge of the Badlands and Slayer of Princes. He is the Black OrcWarboss for my 15mm Warhammer Orc and Goblin Army. This awesome figures is from Ral Partha Europe's Demonworld range and is very 'warhammery' if you ask me. Who else better to lead my minihammer green skins. 

And here is a picture of the growing tide of greenskins Guzzard is preparing to lead out of the Badlands to ravage the Old World. It's not finished yet but it is getting there. 

And here is a sneak peak at something I am working on for my goblins...

Sunday, 31 July 2016

Minihammer: Finished Prototype Farm House

 I was quite pleased with the outcome of my 15mm Warhammer style farm house - you may remember it as a Work In Progress model last week. I finished it with a paint job and a teddy-bear fur roof top, which I thought would be easier and quicker than doing a tiled roof (it was). As a prototype I am happy enough with this house. I think that it is a bit too big and a bit top heavy, but that will be easy enough to correct in later buildings. I would also love to make a few ruined houses too. 

At this stage comments and suggestions would be welcome. 

Thursday, 28 July 2016

Minihammer: Finished Orc Idol

This is my finished Orc idol I showed in the Work In Progress blog last week. As you can see it has been painted and has some orcs pushing it. It has six Orcs on a base that would normally hold twelve, but I think when you see it embedded into the ranks of my Bloody Bonez Boyz then I hope you will agree it fits nicely. I think it adds a lot of character and interest to the ranks too. 

Sunday, 24 July 2016

Minihammer: Empire House (Work in Progress)

This is still very much a work in progress but I have been having a bit of a stab at making an Empire style house in 15mm scale. this is it so far. It needs windows, more beams and some tiles for the roof but it is getting there. I think it is tow big to be a normal house but it might serve as a small manor house or perhaps an inn. 

Saturday, 23 July 2016

Minihammer: Unit Filler for Orcs (Work in Progress)

I have never made a unit filler before (such things were not at all common when I was collecting Games Workshop Warhammer. Now the seem all the rage, particular in big units. I am making this mobile idol of Mork (or perhaps Gork) for the Bloody Bones Tribe to push about in battle. I will have some more orcs pushing it and milling about the wheels. It will add two ranks to the unit  making i a unit of 36, although there will be only about six figures on the base. I will probably only use it in large 3000 point games. 

Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Minihammer: Orcs of the Bloody Bones Tribe Join the Waargh!

I have added another unit of 24 Orc Boyz to my Waargh!. I am about half way there now. These Orcs have been drawn from the Bloody Bones tribe and join the Bad Moons and The Black Orcs.  Still to do are a Large unit of Goblins, some Squigs, my Warboss and a very small Giant. 

Thursday, 7 July 2016

Minihammer: 15mm Orc and Goblin Warhammer Army

First a preamble...I am not sure where this idea came from. One minute I was perusing Copplestone Castings range of 15mm barbarians and thinking 'there quite nice' and the next thing I am digging out my old warhammer rules and army books and planning a whole series of new warhammer armies, only in 15mm scale. It might be rash and a bit left-field, but it is certainly different and should reassure Pulp Citizen that I haven't completely succumb to the dark side of Historical Wargaming. 

So Why Warhammer?
Pulp citizen and I grew up playing warhammer (well mostly 40K) and like many wargamers this was our introduction into the hobby (and look where that has got us- Pulp Citizen is a games developer with two successful Kick-starters under his belt, while I have an ever growing mountain of unpainted lead). I love the world inhabited by the denizens warhammer, as it is very evocative and has great stories and myths built into it. Naturally, when I thought about getting back into fantasy wargaming, Warhammer jumped out at me. I looked at Dragon Rampant and Songs of Blades and Heroes, and they are both good, but my history with Warhammer swayed it for me. 

So Why 6th Edition?
Bluntly...because I already had the books. I had a big box of rules and army books in the loft for back in the day. I know that GW has brought of Age of Sigmar, to mixed reviews, and I know that it is free to download, but somehow Age of Sigmar didn't do it for me. I like it Old School. 

So Why 15mm?
Well this is the big question...why on earth would I not just paint up a GW army? After all I already have three 28mm GW armies in the loft? In short I wanted to do something different, and painting 15mm is just that. Its also a lot cheaper that current GW ranges,and with the growing popularity of Old Hammer even the cost of second hand old lead has spiralled out of my price range, where as the 15mm market is much cheaper (particular the historical figures I could use for Bretonian and Empire).

So there you go. I began by searching the web for good 15mm figures that suited the GW/Citadel ascetic as I didn't want anything that was radially different- I wanted it to look like a warhammer army or what's the point. Some armies are easier to do than others as they have most of the entries in the army book covered by good proxies form other 15mm manufactures. I found that Orcs and Goblins were one of the best, as the old Ral Partha Daemonworld range (available from Ral Partha Europe).

After trying out a lot of different ideas for basing I decided that basing them on multi-bases of six was the way to go. This way they are in regiments with six figures in a rank, and the removal of a single stand in the equivalent of loosing a rank. In addition I have halved all the ranges, which mean the playing surface is reduced to 3x2- small enough for my kitchen table!

So here are my first few figures for my Orc and Goblin Army...

The Bad Moon Boyz

The Dwarf Eater Tribe- Black Orcs from the heart of the Badlands   

Ruglug Brain Eata- Savage Orc Shaman

Grog The Flatulent, Shaman to the Bad Moon Tribe

Aggro The Beard-Cutter, Black Orc Battle Standard Bearer

I also had a quick go at making some scenery to fill up the battlefield- here is my first one...a ruined boarder fort probably destroyed by giants decades ago.  It is only a quick stop-gap until I get round to making something cooler. 

Thursday, 23 June 2016

Another Peninsular War game

While Vlad and I were fighting it out on our board (see previous post) A few of the other guys from the Earlswood Wargamers were scrapping it out on another board. I have included a few photos as it looked amazing (although it was felt afterwards that the board was too big and both sides spent too long manoeuvring and not enough time shooting at each other to make a satisfactory game). Still, it looked nice! The boards were Big Al's again. The buildings are from Grande Manor.