Sunday, 17 September 2017

Some more Aegyptus figures

It seems I'm on a painting spree lately. Four more figures finished from the Aegyptus range from Crocodile Games (see also this earlier blogpost).

Also, don't be alarmed by the high frequency of fantasy or scifi topic on this blog lately. We're still firmly entrenched in historicals as well!

Saturday, 16 September 2017

Large insects

Another victory over the unpainted lead pile. This time some giant insects.

First are some giant termites, originally 15mm Demonworld figures. They came with goblin riders, but I think they can serve my wargaming needs better without them.

Next a humanoid mantiss. This is a "Mantis Krieger" from Excalibur Miniatures. No idea how it got in my collection, but it was there, so I painted him. Could be the general for an insectoid army, or an alien, or a Chaos creature, or ... anything really.

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Some chaotic conversions

I made a few quick conversions today - some slithering Nurgle Chaos Champions - from old parts I had lying around.

The first photograph shows the various parts.  The bodies of the Chaos Knights are from Citadel, and were once sold as leg-body pairs (see their old catalogue pages here). The bodies are (from left to right): A Lord of Atlantis figure from Heartbreaker's Magic the Gathering range; a termicatus body from Demonworld; and a spider body from Marauder miniatures.

Given the insect-like or slimy nature of the body parts, Nurgle seems an appropriate team, so the main colour will be green.

Individual body parts
Holes drilled and wire (still to be clipped) glued in,
Bodies attached.
Green stuff (not very visible) to fill up holes in the body-body joint.   

Situational vs Inherent die roll modifiers

A new post on our sister-blog, Wargaming Mechanics, about die roll modifiers.

Sunday, 10 September 2017

Minifigs Forest Orcs

My first batch of Minigis Forest Orcs, for our upcoming CRISIS game, is finished. The idea is still to run the Ziggurat of Doom scenario from WFB1, using WFB1 rules and vintage fantasy miniatures.

I have painted them in an early 80s painting style, which really is an excuse for my below-par painting skills.

Friday, 8 September 2017

Eureka chaos creatures

I am currently painting some Minifigs Forest Orcs for our upcoming CRISIS game.

But as a quickie, I decided to paint some figures from the Eureka "Chaos Army" range I had lying around. These have a distinctive "Jeroen Bosch" feeling to them; weird little critters that can serve as familiars, little demons, chaos mutants, or depraved humans that will burn in Bosch' depiction of hell for eternity ;-)

Thursday, 31 August 2017

Aegyptus Heru warriors

Another quick paint jobs, this time a unit of Heru warriors, available from Crocodile Games in their Aegyptus range.

I bought these particular miniatures back in 2000 or 2001, when the Aegyptus range was first available. I have a few more character models, which are currently on the painting table. I had to finish these, because I need a clean painting desk to start painting for our CRISIS game.

Wednesday, 30 August 2017

How to cull the gaming collection

Every wargamer can tell stories about his mountain of lead ... heaps of unpainted miniatures acquired for projects that never materialized. But the same goes for other games: roleplaying and boardgames also have the tendency to pile up in large amounts that never get used, or perhaps only once. Now, if you're a wargamer that has a huge mansion at his disposal, this hoarding of stuff might not be a problem, but for most mortals, it is.

Over the years, I also amassed huge quantitites of games, gaming books, miniatures, cards, etc. But I somehow managed to keep it all under control. The secret? A few real-life moves, and training yourself into emotional detachment towards all the gaming materials.

My gaming purchases were rather limited when I was in high school and university. After all, when you have little money available, stuff doesn't pile up that rapidly. But when I started my career, things quickly started to get out of hand. Between 1989 and 1998, I acquired large heaps of gaming stuff, mostly roleplaying books, but also fantasy miniatures, magic the gathering cards, etc. I was single and earned a salary. A deadly combination for a young gaming geek.

My first big sell-off came in 1998, when I moved from Belgium to the US. I took a position as a post-doc at an American university, so I had to move continents. I started selling off a lot of things - mostly obscure gaming systems, but also all my AD&D material. My MTG cards were sold off a few years before, so I didn't needn't to worry about that. When I look upon it now, I don't regret selling most things, although I had a large collection of flyers and fanzines from various gaming conventions which I tossed out. I wish I had kept them, because they would have given a nice overview of gaming culture during the pre-internet days.

When I lived in the US, the dot-com boom was in full swing, and eBay was still a fun and innocent place. I used eBay to buy a lot of Avalon Hill games I drooled over when I was a youngster, as well as many more wargaming books. Moreover, the "euro boardgames" trend really started as well, so that caused another increase for the pile. After 3 years, it was time to move back, but not before selling off a lot of stuff to American gaming friends. I did ship a sizable amount of loot to Europe, and overall, I think my pile was somewhat bigger than before I left in 1998.

For a number of personal reasons, I did not acquire much during 2001-2005, but actually sold a lot of excess games. At some point I was convinced gaming was not my thing anymore, so that was the motivation to do this. However, the gaming bug bit again around 2005, and I started buying again, but now in much more moderate amounts. I stopped buying miniatures - at some point you realize you'll never have the time to paint them, and I thought hard when buying new games.

In 2008, I hauled a large load to CRISIS, and sold f many games at the Bring&Sell. Ever since, my bying habits are somewhat under control. Occasionally, I bring stuff to the FLGS (they have a 2nd hand section), and price my used stuff at very reasonable prices.

So what do I keep?
- Miniature I painted myself, these take up significant space;
- A few boardgames I am emotionally attached to - but not too many. I have my original copy of Tactics II, my very first wargame. I also have a copy of Starfall, becaue it was a game my dad bought for me when returning from a business trip. I have a few Avalon Hill classics. Whenever I get a serious bout of nostalgia, I simply go to Board Game Geek and look at some images. It makes no sense to keep all those games, if you're only going to open the box every other year just to take a peek.
- Classic wargaming books. Featherstone, Grant, the lot.
- Roleplaying adventures I once GM'd. The entire Enemy Within campaign for Warhammer is one example.
- Old Wargaming magazines
- Etc. Etc.  I guess I'll never learn ... :-) :-)

Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Game for Crisis 2017: Oldhammer WFB1 scenario, Ziggurat of Doom (2)

A little follow-up on the previous post about our upcoming Ziggurat of Doom convention game.

One of my wargaming buddies reported he did find an original Thorgrimm Branedimm figure in his collection. How cool is that?

Here's the picture - a pre-slotta original  Thorgrimm Branedimm. So, we will probably have an original Thogrimm Branedimm at Crisis.

I also noticed Stuff of Legends has some more images of this renowned dwarven figure.

Thursday, 17 August 2017

Oldhammer: Treeman (2)

When I was cleaning out some old archive boxes, I came upon photographs from a Warhammer 3rd edition game we played over 25 years ago, involving the infamous scratch-built treemen. I didn't remember we took pictures from that game, but here they are, quickly re-photographed.

See the full story here (blogpost August 2014).