Friday, 13 December 2019

Bad Squiddo Bofors unboxing

Ok, unbagging, maybe?

This arrived the other day, and I wanted to test the use of my DSLR as a rostrum/video camera, so it seemed like a good idea!

Thursday, 12 December 2019

Hohum - tidying time.

Anne's off at the dog track tomorrow night, so I have an evening in with stuff to do which requires, apart from anything else, a clear workbench.

Which this isn't.

Time to fix that. Exciting way to extend the hobby streak or what? I promise the result of tomorrow will be more interesting.

Wednesday night at the Mill

Another scenery build night. Andy's on duty on his day (erm, and night) job, so there was just me, Rob and Andrew, making another inroad into the TTS Venice buildings. Almost done now, I think - mostly down to a lot of door and window frames, shutters and fine detail.

Speaking of which:
I picked up a pack of Staedtler fine line pens, which work really well for prettying up engraved details. Not least because the laser does leave a very slight dip where it draws the line, and it's enough to catch the tip of the pen if you accidentally try and stray outside.
I can do colouring in, me :D

Tuesday, 10 December 2019

My Night's Watch

Being reminded by a comment on a previous post that my Night's Watch got very little love on this blog, I shall rectify that, having dug out the box and tidied them up, with a couple of photos, since I'm blogging on a related subject for the Sage DM.

The foot. These are a real mix. Essentially, take a box of Frostgrave Soldiers, a box of Frostgrave Barbarians, some Fireforge foot Sergeants and archers, and some Gripping Beast Dark Ages Warrior heads, and throw them all up in the air along with a handful of resin cloaks from somewhere back in the days of early Warhammer. It's made a little complex by the Fireforge heads being different to the Frostgrave and GB ones in terms of how they fit, but otherwise it was a bit of a riot of mix-and-match.  
By comparison, these were relatively sane. Essentially they're Fireforge mounted Sergeants bodies and horses,  Fireforge mediaeval Archer arms, and GB Dark Ages Warrior heads. 
Painting was largely spray AP Matt Black, with very dark colour drybrushes - green on the cloaks, grey or blue on armour. Horses were my standard black undercoat, various shades of brown, white socks, AP Barbarian Flesh noses, AP Red Leather harness, and of course mostly bay.

Sarissa Dark Ages Granary WIP

Managed to find half an hour over lunch to knock this together yesterday. Nice simple kit - everything fits very nicely.

I shall find some spare flannel to thatch it, and am debating whether to add some split coffee-stirrer timbering as well.

Sunday, 8 December 2019

For sale, post shelf tidy

I've had a bit of a sort out, to try and avoid my large format books shelf becoming two large format books shelves! If you're interested in any of the following, please either DM me on Twitter (@tatm_blog) or drop me an email (fleetfootmike at Gmail). Offers considered, I may be slightly biased towards folks who I can deliver to by hand :D With that in mind, prices do not include postage to your part of the world:
  • Warhammer Gladiator (hardback): £25 (OOP, going for relatively silly money on eBay)
  • God Of Battles (by Jake Thornton, very good fantasy rule set - ask Rob!): £15
  • Lord of the Rings Strategy Battle Game (hardback): £14
  • Napoleon at War 1st Ed (hardback): £10
  • Napoleon at War 100 Days supplement (softback): £7

Northstar cultists

Needed to throw a few evil cultists together for last night's D&D session, so I grabbed a box of Northstar's Frostgrave cultists (handy Amazon next day, turning up about an hour before my players did!): here's a very quick review.

They're pretty much like their Barbarians and Soldiers, both of which (along with some Fireforge Sergeants and a few GB Dark Ages heads) I cannibalised together for my Night's Watch army (which I probably still owe folks some pictures of!)

Easy to put together - the plastic reacts well with Humbrol's 'yellow' Precision Poly Cement, which makes ensuring things stay stuck much less painful. Essentially there are four identical sprues with five torsos, a gazillion heads with variations on hooded, skeletal and otherwise, and enough arms for both all-skelly and all-normal sets of figures. There's also two sprues with 10 x 25mm round bases on each. Nice clean sculpts, nothing too fragile on the sprue, although I didn't use any of the skeleton arms. Of course, being Frostgrave, you can hack away happily and swap heads and limbs with soldiers, barbarians etc, as well as GB figures which use the same head joint style (and I think Fireforge do too).

Fortunately (as I was in a hurry), all I had to do from there for my purposes was spray the end results black, pick out blades in Warlord's Dark Gunmetal (I love love love this colour for metalwork), woodwork in AP Werewolf Fur, and drybrush a hint of skull masks/faces and the crossbow string in AP Skeleton Bone. Now I have a little more time, I may dry brush some deep blue highlights on their clothing, and maybe do something with the bases.

Simples! One set of death cultists done. The Frostgrave minis are a fabulous resource for D&D minis!
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