Wednesday 30 September 2015

Frostgrave: Thieves in the Temple

Two more Frostgrave Adventurers- these ones more shady than heroic. The fist thief is made form the Frostgrave Solders kit and the second one is a conversion based on a GW militiaman, with a few minor alterations and some Green Stuff. 

Monday 28 September 2015

Zomtober 2015

September draws to a close, and the nights get longer, which can mean only one thing...Zomtober is here again. The annual zombie-painting-fest is about to begin. Wargamers and painters all around the world will be painting their zombies and survivors, photographing them and posting them on their blogs. The rules are simple; paint at least one zombie or survivor a week throughout October Zomtober, then blog about it.Pulp Citizen and Brummie Simon will be keeping tabs on which bloggers are participating (there are 13 of us so far, but anybody is welcome to join in)

This year I will be painting zombies from the Zombiecide game for my mate Carl. He has given me a pile to get through, including a lot of very lovely minis from the VIP range. I am hoping to get all of them done by the end of Zomtober but there are an awful lot of Zeds. 

Saturday 26 September 2015

Frostgrave: The Sneaky and the Brave

Two more Frostgrave adventurers here. A sneaky back-stabbing thief. Thieves have always been my favourite characters in D&D. This one's head and body are from the Frostgrave Soldiers box set and the arms are from the GW milita box set. The sword has been cut down into a knife, perfect for stealthy kills or for slitting purses. 

A leather armour-clad man at arms made form a GW Empire Militiaman and a shield from a Conquest Miniatures Norman. 

Wednesday 23 September 2015

Frostgrave: Men at Arms

Two more Frostgrave soldiers clash while exploring the frozen ruins. The one on the left is from the Frostgrave Soldiers box. The other is a kit-bash from a Games Workshop Empire militia figure with shield and head from a Conquest Miniatures Norman knight. Other details were added with Green Stuff. 

Monday 21 September 2015

Frostgrave: Two Thugs and a Dog

Here is the start of my Adventurers for Frostgrave. The lowest in the pecking order- two thugs with their faithful dog. Apologies for the poor picture on the second thug but the light wasn't great. The thugs are from the plastic Frostgrave Soldiers kit and the dog is an old Mordhiem hound from Games Workshop. 

Saturday 19 September 2015

Frostgrave: Beasties

I am very aware that I haven't been posting much in September. I have been painting a lot but I never got round to photographing it until now, due to real world intrusions. To make up for it you can expect a blizzard of Frostgrave figures I have been producing recently, along with a load of snow-topped scenery. 

First up some old school 'Wandering Monsters' found near the very bottom of my Lead mountain, where they have been languishing for many many years, before the icy glow of Frostgrave revealed them once more. 

An "Armoured Skeleton". 

  Slight tougher and meaner than a regular skelly. This is a very old Games Workshop Model (I think)

A Frostgrave Werewolf

  Werewolves in Frostgrave are not men who turn into beasts but are instead a magically created being with the qualities of both man and beast. This miniature is by Copplestone Castings. 

Thursday 10 September 2015

Trip to Royal Armouries at Fort Nelson

During the Summer Holidays I dragged my family around the Royal Armouries at Fort Nelson, near Portsmouth. Having previously been to the Royal Armouries in Leads and at the Tower of London, this museum was the final one left to visit. Fort Nelson holds the Big Guns of the Royal Armoury, including Saddam Hussain's super gun, and a brace of German '88's'. One of the highlights of the trip for me was discovering a Smith Gun tucked away in a corner. The Smith Gun was one of teh more exotic weaposn developed in World War Two as an Light Anti-Tank Gun. The gun was mounted on two drum like wheels and flipped onto its side to be deployed. In theory it could lob an AT shell about 500 yards. It was developed in 1941, after most of the British Army's AT guns had been left in France after the evacuation at Dunkirk. It never really lived up to the hype and was rejected by the British Army, however it was issued to the Home Guard in small numbers. 
I would love to get one of these in 28mm scale for my Home Guard 1941 army. There was a company called Stronghold Miniatures who used to make this and a number of other HG weaponry but they are no longer in business and no one makes them any more. I think it is a great shame, although I understand it is something of a niche market. If I was better at scratch building I would be tempted to give it a go but I am afraid it is a bid out of my depth. If anybody has a spare one kicking around though I would love to get my hands on one. 

Other exotic cannon that caught my eye had an all together more artistic fantasy flavour. These are all genuine cannons, although they may have been made more for looking at that for warfare. This one is a mortar in the shape of a sitting tiger made for the tiger obsessed Tipu Sultan in India.

I can't remember where this cannon was from. I think it was somewhere in Germany. It looks like it was made by Games Workshop!

 This beautiful Dragon Cannon was made in China. I can't imagine it was vary easy to load in a hurry, but I guess its a case of style over substance.