Monday, December 11, 2023

The First models...

 So, last post you saw that I took the dive back into Epic...I mean Legions Imperious, well this past weekend I started working on a few models. Now I had seen folks in the hobby community complaining about how tiny these guys are, but to be honest, compared to the previous Epic models, these guys are huge! 

Size comparison from GW 

So I figured I would start off  with the Space Marines, I think I will be doing either Blood Angels or I may do Night Lords, I still have not decided yet. But I started with the predators.

Three Predators

Now, I will add to the drama, these models took about an hour to assemble which I thought I was assembling a much bigger model kit. These models are are just shrunken down versions of the large kits. The hardest part was making sure the parts didn't fly off the sprue when cutting them off. Once completed, these are beautiful models and look awesome!

2 sciaran tanks

Then I went on to build these two Sciaran tanks, these went a little faster to assemble and once again, beautiful models once put together. 

So now I need to decide on which faction I want, do I want Loyalist or Renegades? Really it comes down to paint either Red or Blue...


Monday, December 04, 2023

So, its starts....

 Well, I did a bad thing!

So, one of my first GW games was Epic Space Marine, my brother and I would play this game into the wee hours of the morning and loving every minute of it. The scale was just so...Epic on the table. In fact this was what started me down the path to historical gaming, wanting to see epic battle on the table. 

Love this game!

Now GW has gone ahead and released basically Epic SM but with the back story of the Horus heresy! Which really focuses on the epic civil war amongst the Imperium. 

Nice full had cover set of Rules.

So, I expect you will be seeing much more of this game here very soon, a few friends here have picked it up and I know I will be getting a few more units for the game. So Stay tuned


Saturday, November 25, 2023

Rats, dirty stikin Rats!



Finished up this classic Skaven Warband that my sone had run way back in the day. He never got around to painting them, so over the last week I got them painted up.

The Whole Warband, The Copperheads

The Leader, Copper Head himself.

A Skaven Warlock

A couple of Spear and Shield Skaven

A Flail and dual wielding sword rat

A few Slingers, rat with claws and throwing stars 

This was a fun project to bring to life, my son was over on Thanksgiving and knew as soon as he saw them and had a huge smile on his face, something in his eye told me he is itching to go back to the dammed city!

Happy Thanksgiving travelers.


Monday, November 13, 2023


Welcome back fellow explores, 

Got the chance to work on the next Non GW warband for Mordheim. Ever since I played the game, I wanted to give the Possessed Cultist a spin. So without models, I took a look at what I can use and an obvious one was to use the Cultist box set for Frostgrave. So a quick trip to good old Amazon and a few days later viola, a new box of cultist arrived.

So first up was to build the Magister, I built him up with Light armor, Sword and dagger for 100 points. I like how is hand is up as if calling on some dark power!

Magister 100 points and nothing fancy/

Next up I built a Mutant with one mutation, Scorpion tail, I had some extra tails in my bits box and I liked the mutation. I gave him a sword and a shield for a total of 80 points.

Mutant with his tail!

Then it was time for a Possessed model, this one came from Reaper and I gave him Great Claw, which I re named Great Maw. I have always thought this model was creepy as heck, cant wait to get paint on him!
The Great Maw!

Next up I built three Brethren, two at 40 points and one at 35 points.
The Brethren!

So there you have it, 455 points and six models, small but deadly for sure. I am really looking forward to painting these guys up!


Friday, November 10, 2023

Mordheim Project begins

So as I mentioned last post, I have been thinking about what new project to start as well as thinking what interests me in gaming. Over the last 6 months I have been on a bit of soul searching for my gaming mojo to return. Nothing like Moving your house of 23 years to make you really think about why we have so much stuff and why am I not playing with it more. 

In my soul searching, I was trying to identify what made me happy with my gaming. Now most of the games I played and collections I built I enjoyed very much and enjoyed the games I played with them. But the reality was I was not having as much fun with the one games like I once did. What I found was that I was craving more campaign style of games in which I really love. Most games I played were just one or two off games with no really reason to them except to play, once again was fun, but I felt like something was truly missing.

About this time of soul searching and packing for the move, I ran across my old AD&D stuff. I thumbed through it and started looking at the notes from when I ran games and was looking at the character sheets. I started to recall the games and even after all this time, I felt the thrill of excitement of running and playing in those games. 

Now I was not ready to ditch everything and go back to role playing, but then I ran across my notes from when I was writing Legends of the High Seas and my Mordheim book was there as well. I started going over those notes then picked up the Mordheim book and started going thru that. Then as I read thru the book, I started to recall the fun I had with the game, heck LotHS used lots from that book. And then it hit me, why am I not playing LotHS or Mordheim? They are both great games, lots of people played the games, and there seems to be a growing Mordheim resurgence happening. 

So I figured, why don't I start working on trying to build a small community here in Phoenix for it, my plan is to build up a few warbands, build a nice looking set of terrain for it and just get back to some cool campaign games with a few folks. I won't lie, I have seen some folks run a Mordheim themed weekend in Texas and would love to do something similar here, or go to an event.

So, with a new mindset and a new project, I went looking for miniatures in my collection, and remembered I had a few extra Mordheim Warbands I got from a friend as well as a Skaven band printed for me my another friend. One thing I was thinking of though would be how hard would it be for someone new to get into the game. The rules can be printed for free, but what to do about figures? Well there are lots of options, 3D print files, Reaper Minis, GW minis, other peoples Minis, but then I saw two boxes of Frostgrave troops I bought in my stack of shame. So I built a Reikland warband using nothing but Minis from the box set and a couple of the Metal Frostgrave models.
Reikland Warband using Frostgrave minis

My Captain with Heavy armor, shield and sword, dagger 125pts
Champion #1 metal Knight with bigger sword, Light armor, Double handed Sword, dagger, helmet 80pts
Champion #2 Light armor, Sword and dagger 65pts
Marksman #1 Long Bow and Dagger 40pts
Marksman #2 long bow, dagger 40
Marksman #3 Crossbow and dagger 50pts
Two young Bloods, one Sword, dagger and Buckler, while the other has Axe, dagger & buckler 55pts
Grizzled Warrior, sword and shield 40 pts

So total for the warband is 485 points which is a great place to start. I have a box of Cultist coming from Frostgrave and will be looking at doing a Chaos Cult warband, so stay tuned!


Saturday, November 04, 2023

25+ Year project complete!

So, Some followers may know, I have been working on completely painting up my original Warhammer Quest for years. I bought the original game back 1996, and started playing after I got it. It has been played many times throughout the years, with some painting happening every once in a while. My son's first tabletop minis game was Quest, in fact we told him once your able to read, you can play, he quickly learned how to read.

Well about 5 or 6 years ago, my brother came over to play (as he did years ago) and made the comment, Dude, you still have not finished painting this stuff???? He was right, with all the armies and projects, I had not finished this iconic game. That's all that it took to get me back to slowly painting it up again. Earlier this year I finished up the Skaven, all that I had left were the goblins. So this past week, I dove into getting the gobos painted up.

24 Goblin spears
Now the original game came with models in groups of 6, so there were 6 gobos with spear and 6 gobos with bow. Over the years I acquired another almost complete copy of the game and a few models along the way, hence there are more then usual  here. 

A few gobo bows
As I said above , I was able to track down a few older models, I had to get them to add them to the game, here are a few really old Gobos.

Some really old gobos

Now, that core is done, I have a few other models that I tracked down that will get painted up, but I can finally say Quest is painted! Now, the game will be getting more playtime as a buddy and I want to document a few games, sort of write an adventuring short story.

As for the next project, time to take a trip back to 1999 with a little Dammed city, Mordheim Project.


Tuesday, October 31, 2023

Halloween Time

 Okay, just in time for Halloween, I painted up a few Reaper models to be used with my Warhammer Quest games, or any sort of fantasy. Enjoy

Happy Halloween folks!


Friday, October 27, 2023

Incoming Big Stompy Robot stuff!


Got busy on some more CAV models the other day. I have a large collection, but these I recently purchased from Talon Games. Like a few folks I got excited about the pending launch of the new GW Epic game, but the delays sort of bummed me out. I then took a hard look at what do I have that could simulate the same sort of game, two ideas came to me, one, CAV and the other Wiley Games Battle suit Alpha.

So I busted out BA and started looking at it, and hence the reason for purchasing more CAV models. John has some very nice models and it was time to get a few more. 

First up are the new Tsuiski II aircraft which look very similar to a Warthog, which is one of my favorite aircraft and this futuristic take looks cool!

Tsuiseki II

Next up was a new new CAV model, the Kodiak, reminds me a little of the old Battletech Hunchback.


I also picked up these two Cobras, love the way the packs on the shoulders invoke that Cobra Hood in a weird sort of way.

Up next were some of the new Infantry models that I picked up, one nice thing about CAV model range, its all in scale with itself. Something that used to bug me in Battletech, the mechs were never in scale, say a spider was the same height of a Battle Master, one was a lite mech & the other was a Heavy mech, but were the same size. Well John at Talon makes all his models in scale which is roughly 10mm. Here you can see just how big a CAV model is to an infantry man.

Scale of models

And here is a close up of the infantry, went with a very simple scheme for them and they have just enough detail on them. 

Infantry models for CAV

So there you go, another batch of models kicked out, still have a bunch on the table to get to.


Thursday, October 19, 2023

Pirates, Desperados and Ghosts!


Been getting back into the swing of painting and finished up a few Pirates that I have had laying around for years, all but the Captain, are Foundry, I think the Not Capt Jack is from Black Cat Miniatures. It was nice to get the brushes back in action.

A bunch of Scallywags!

Now they are upstanding sailors!

Next up, a few Pulp Miniatures Banditos, I picked these guys up from Adepticon well over 5 years ago and wanted to get them painted.

We don't need any stinkin badges!

This is an Idol I picked up from Reaper a few months ago, was going to use it in my Viking games, but realized I can use it pretty much for any period really. It reminds me of the idol from 13th Warrior.

Mother goddess???

Take what you can & leave nothing behind!

Then while listening to Apache by the Shadows, I had a great idea for a Boot Hill scenario for FfoL and needed some ghostly gunfighters. I had a bunch of Foundry old west models around and they are shorter then my other ranges I have. So I decided they would be perfect for some Undead!

Ghostly Gunfighters

And here is the colors I used to paint these guys, no GW foundation paint here, just good old layer painting. Yes that is an old Citadel Colours Blue Wash, its about 30+ years old and still has half the bottle left!

Lots of colors!

Well there you go, the brushes are back to painting and getting that mojo back, now to find time to play some games, its been months since I rolled dice!