Friday, 8 March 2019

Looking Back


I've been rather busy with Ye Reale Life shenanigans over the last couple of weeks but I've also spent a bit of time looking back over my blog.

It's hard to believe that it's been running for ten years in various guises and in that time I seem to have meandered along from my old Stainless Steel Rat project to Leviathan to 15mm Rogue Trader to Epic skirmish and SD scale fantasy. Now 2mm fantasy and Flintloque has joined the mix leaving me with a rather eclectic selection of posts.

28mm Gubbins

Over the last few years it's become increasingly evident that I simply cannot paint 28mm scale figures anymore. I thrash around and give it a try every few months and give up again soon after as time and time again I cannot get the figure to look anything like what it should (and indeed what I used to be able to make it look like!).

Epic scale Ultramarines

15mm scale Cultists

On the other hand, I seem to really enjoy working in smaller scales, especially 6mm and 15mm which don't seem to pose any challenge for me to paint to a standard I am happy with. Similarly, I've had great enjoyment from painting my own SD stylised sculpts. Maybe it's because I have a strong idea of how they should look painted or maybe I'm just awkward but I can't help feel that this is a bit of a sign that I've identified the scales I enjoy and should possibly stick to them!

SD Boar Company!

Gaming wise, I seem to have flitted around in a similar fashion with Rogue Trader, No Limits, Star Mogul, Leviathan, Epic 40k and Song of Blades and Heroes being tried out down the years. Interestingly I seem to have stumbled over my own ruleset along the way. Song of Blasters is a bit simple and somewhat rough and ready but it does allow me to play quick skirmishes with whatever I have to hand and continues to mildly obsess me as I thrash out new options, special rules and new ways to incorporate some of the more crunchy elements.

Song of Blasters in action

It's also allowing me to actually get some games played! I seem to have played more in the last 18 months than I had in the previous eight years which is proving to be really heartening and despite a few fits and starts, I hope to be able to stick with it and get a goodly number of games in in the coming weeks and months!

Speaking of which, I do have some slightly nebulus plans for some SD scale sci-fi gubbins in the coming months too. While Song of Blasters is proving to be an entertaining development, I have a hankering to try one or two old rulesets too! I'm particularly fond of Star Mogul which was a great little game released about ten or so years back and had some fascinating concepts and some rather original races to boot.

I'm also hoping to build some more impressive forces for my somewhat neglected 15mm sci-fi stuff too as I finished the Ork Nobz in December and haven't got round to painting them...

Gosh! I seem to have begun rambling a bit so I may call it a night but hopefully I'll still be blathering away in another ten years with more eclectic gubbins and thankyou all for putting up with my goldfish like attention span and rambling nonsense!

All the best!



  1. Sometimes it's good to reflect and look back at the path you already traversed. I, speaking for myself, am still struggling to find the ruleset that's right for me. But while I dabble in other scales, I keep on going back to 15mm.
    The miniatures are kind of cute in a sense and most of them almost paint themselves, there's also just enough detail to make them challenging for both painting and conversions.

    Your meanderings on this blog have been very inspirational for me and I hope it will continue to do so in the years to come.
    Keep up the good work :)!

  2. I drool every time I see your Epic stuff...

  3. I can only second Wouter. There's so many great stuff to discover here. Keep the eye candy coming, please!

  4. Great work here. I'm particularly fond of the cultists and their creatures. Your 28mm work is really good too, though.