19 August 2019

Witch Blaster (early warning)

I painted a few peasants. Quick and crude painting.

I'm also rummaging through old figures for a suitable witch hunter. I came up with these two, though neither fits my original mental image. But I'll see if I can work with them. I think the guy on the left seems more like a witch hunter to me, maybe the guy on the right is a herald of some sort...?

12 August 2019

Spinning Old Figures into the Web

Some old figures painted years ago, but they were out and working their way into the "Althammer" stories evolving in my head.

Long ago the orcs were driven from the Old World. The Old Gods as well. But among the Great Orcs of the Grey Mountains, a few refused to flee or end the fight. For over a hundred years, one of these stubborn beasts -- the Khorc -- has fought on. The legends vary. It is unknown whether the Khorc is a single orc who forged a pact with the Dark Powers and has gained an extended lifespan. Some legends say that he lives as long as he fights. Blood and skulls fuel his body and soul. According to other stories, there have been several Khorcs, each defeating the previous wielder of the great daemonic axe and chaos armour, claiming the artifacts as trophies and extending the battle...

Merchants and adventurers sail the globe to make their fortunes in Marienburg. Some do so under more favorable winds....

06 August 2019

Of the Grill, Elemental Evil, and even more Oathmark

Home alone this past Saturday night. A rare occurrence. The first part of the day was spent being responsible. But I decided to indulge once dinner hit. Grilled some steak and ate outside on a pleasant afternoon. (Saved one for the next morning's breakfast, but my asshole dog ruined that plan.) A few glasses of La Fin du Monde accompanied me through my evening's adventures...

I built (10) more Oathmark humans (a couple of GW heads used for variety again. I've now got (20) built and I'm debating whether to use the remaining for (10) archers or (5) archers and (5) more melee troops.

Then I finally broke the seal on the Temple of Elemental Evil board game I've had sitting around for about 2.5 years. I've been planning to try solo gaming of some sort to scratch the itch, I finally had an evening to indulge...

After reading a little on BGG, I opted to run the solo game with (3) heroes: ranger, cleric, rogue. They struggled to make it through the first scenario, and the unexpected deadly killer of the group is the rogue. In fact, game would have been over already if he hadn't saved it at least twice now. At the end I realized that not only didn't I separate the "advanced" cards out (fought a lot of tough opponents!) but I also forgot to collect treasure until the end of the scenario!

The second mission went much easier.

I'm debating whether I should paint the minis or not.

It was a fun game, and solo is better than no gaming, even if it took this long to get to it. It would have been more enjoyable with friends, though. Still, I hope I can run through the rest of the campaign.

The previous weekend was my daughter's 8th birthday. For the first time, she wanted to have her party at home. We're lucky that her birthday is in Summer, so we have outdoor options available. We borrowed a bounce-house from some friends. The party theme was loosely "monsters" and dressing up/cosplay was encouraged. (My daughter was a zombie.) As I was chaperoning the bounce house, one of the kids dropped this awesome mask over my head and told me I was "a unicorn dad now."

28 July 2019

Oathmark Assembly pt. 1

I experimentally put together some more Oathmark humans. Ten total so far. I mixed in some Citadel bits on half of them (mostly heads). I tried out the advice in the replies from the last entry. I ended up cutting the bases completely off because it was fairly clean & easy. I went with the Citadel beveled bases because they then fit pretty cleanly on those, and also I'm out of my home-made bases and don't have the patience to wait to cut them. ;) But the Citadel bases also help give a little extra height to the minis.

At any rate, the bits mostly mixed well (just a little neck trimming) and they rank up better than I had thought they would! I'm thinking if I pick up a second box, I can field two regiments of 25 melee troops, plus 10 archers. A good core for a small bandit/rebel/militia/whatever force.

21 July 2019

Oathmark vs. GW Comparison

I assembled one of the Oathmark humans to see how it scaled up next to the GW/Citadel Empire soldiers & militia kits. They won't be mixed in regiments, so close enough for me!

Still not sure they will fit on 20mm bases. I can trim the integral base down (or completely off) to make individual figures fit, but I'm not certain they'll rank up in a regiment. Especially once their shields are glued on.

Anyone have any basing experience with these guys? 

Hobbit Scouts

Stole away some bits of time the past few weeks to paint nine hobbity scouts. Just finished the bases tonight. The leader (who has a wonderful Brotherhood of the Wolf look to him) and the Reaper hobbit on the far right were painted previously. Also painted a tiny hawk from Reaper as well.

I need a new photo setup...

20 July 2019

What's New? (July)

July's been a slow hobby month. Work continues to be busy, and we had a death in the family that's hit me pretty hard. Plus trying to fit in some summertime fun/events.

I'm currently blocking out colors on three command figures to supplement the recent OWAC Sea Elves as well as some hobbit scouts. Also starting on two hobbit characters -- one will represent a somewhat upper class mage, the other a wild nature based mage/shaman. 

As a reward to myself for finishing the OWAC, I added back to the "unpainted" side of the equation and bought a box of Oathmark humans. I've been wanting some more rough/irregular types to use as bandits or rural Wasteland militia or rebels, or even just  medium mercenary troops. They look good. The figures appear a little shorter than the older Citadel Empire plastics (a few shown for comparison). But they are still pretty bulky and it looks like the Citadel Soldiers of the Empire and Militia heads will look good on the bodies (and vise-versa). The Perry WotR plastics (not in pic) look thinner all around and I think the heads may, unfortunately, not be as good a mix.

One potential problem, I'm not sure these will fit well on 20mm square bases. So I'm considering two options -- either multi-basing, as I did with the plastic Skeletons, or just switching to 25mm square bases for these. The latter works in the context of one of the conventions among WAB (and other games) players, in which lighter troops are considered as fighter in less dense formations, thus wider bases. Depending on the rules system this could impact their fighting capabilities due to the "footprint" of the figures. Other games it may not make a difference.

I'm thinking some of the Perry Agincourt mounted knights, with some minor conversion work, may make good heavy cavalry counterparts for these infantry. Maybe a bit more like restless "younger sons" from Bretonnia, or mercenaries.

I'm also making a (very small) start on organizing my Althammer setting/campaign ideas. More on that later....