Friday, 15 January 2021

Lockdown 2.0 Project Log Day 21: Retro Terrain Part 1


Here's the first of the terrain items that I've made after taking inspiration from the old How to Make Wargames Terrain!

It's a really simple piece consisting of an old instant chai can, some foamboard, cardboard and cocktail sticks. The vegetation is a mixture of cheap aquarium plants and paper.

I'm really pleased with how it turned out as it's got a lot of oldschool charm and after a bit of hesitation I went for a largely green base which actually turned out a lot nicer than I was expecting, giving a strong contrast between the grey, oranges and brown of the tower.

The model is based on a piece of pre-cut MDF that I picked up from Warbases a couple of years ago. I'm really enjoying making vegetation from pieces of paper too as it's rather therapeutic to paint, cut and shape the stuff. I plan on experimenting more to see what other types of terrain I can make from such simple materials.

Hopefully I can get my third Imperial trooper finished today and work on some more Flintloque stuff tomorrow and am keen to keep going with the retro terrain too!

I've also discovered a tub of oldschool figures sat under our sink that have been soaking in Dettol for some time and will see if I can get them properly stripped and see what I've got in the assorted bits and bobs. 

In the meantime, All the best!

Thursday, 14 January 2021

Lockdown 2.0 Project Log Day 20: Terrain Making


I'm busily rummaging out some suitably old school bits and bobs to put together some cheap and cheerful scenery for my sci-fi projects.

As a handy reference, I'm using How to Build Wargames Terrain, the old GW book that came out during the height of the Red Period of Citadel and it's full of simple projects using easily obtainable materials and is a fantastic source of inspiration.

I'm a huge fan of the old 2nd edition scenery for 40k and whilst the projects featured in the book are towards the simple end of the spectrum, they look like great fun for a lockdown side project that only requires household supplies, packaging materials and some green flock.

If, by the end of the lockdown I have a decent selection of cheaply made scenery, all the better!

I've got the first piece almost finished and will get photos of it tomorrow once I have the base finished and will post my progress with the rest here but one of the things I like about the book is it encourages you to make stuff yourself rather than just buying plastic scenery and shows to some extent how much GW has changed over the years.

Another thing I like is that it's got some very modest suggestions for a good battlefield set up to get folks going, namely A Gently Sloping Hill, A Wood, A section of River, Stream, Crevasse or Ravine, An Area of Difficult Ground, Buildings and Ruins, An Area of Very Difficult Ground.

I hope to make all these odds and ends and the obligatory spiky cactus too and I'm also using lots of old pictures of GW's rather fantastic setups as inspiration as well!

Its going to be an interesting process as I've never had a green battlefield before but I am thinking of setting the campaign in an overgrown frontier world which has traces of lost civilisation as well as abandoned settlements and the odd carnivorous plant too.

I think I do need to purchase some pre-cut mdf for bases but otherwise, I'm fairly sure I have nearly everything I need in my flat at the moment so watch this space!

All the best!

Wednesday, 13 January 2021

Lockdown 2.0 Day 19: Rogue Trader Mash Up


I've decided to delve back into my alternative 40k in a small way with a bit of a mash up of Rogue Trader, 40k 2nd Edition and Shadow War Armageddon along with a bit of bodging.

I've settled on using Shadow War Armageddon as it gives a streamlined version of 2nd edition 40k's rules along with squad sized warbands which simplifies things greatly but I don't plan on being too fussy about carefully following the armylists, instead using the spirit of Rogue Trader and using whatever I fancy!

I've got some odds and ends that I've been working on to keep with the style of the older era of GW where bright was right and green was the way to go with terrain too. I'll slowly add to the assorted stuff I have lying around and want to try to keep to the spirit of Oldhammer style but not sticking too closely to only using old school figures as they are getting a bit expensive to get hold of.

Instead I'm using whatever I have to hand, so for example, I have some of the plastic EM4 Miniatures troopers kicking around which will be making an appearance as Imperial troops:

Imperial Troopers

Whilst not the most detailed figures, they do paint up rather nicely and they're sculpted by Bob Naismith too so they do have some Citadel credentials. They do remind me of the old plastic Imperial Guard troops and they're cheap as chips too which is a real plus for those of us on a tight budget!

Having looked back at my blog over the last ten or so years, this sort of random project is what I've had most successes with and it certainly seems to be the sort of thing that folks are interested in reading and it will give me the chance to work on a wide variety of figures.

I also plan on using elements from several other game systems, rules and backgrounds. Primarily this will be Void 1.1, Kryomek and Vor: The Maelstrom but I have loads of other rules lurking in my collection that I hope to have a bit of a read through.

I really want to make some scenics of an old school nature as this really sets the scene and feel of things so I'm aiming to make some suitably 2nd edition gaming set ups. Its interesting to see how many MDF, resin or plastic kits which are available but I'm a firm believer of doing it myself and want to try making my own gubbins.

Having had a good rummage through my leadpile, I have a decent number of Orks and Eldar and an assortment of other odds and ends and will paint what I can and if something catches my eye, I may pick up the occasional bits and bobs and we shall see if I can't get a game or two going!

I'm going to keep going with the other assorted projects I have set myself too as the lockdown doesn't look like it's going anywhere for the foreseeable future so I may as well make the most of it. 

In the meantime, All the best! 

Tuesday, 12 January 2021

Lockdown 2.0 Project Log Day 18


Here's the next of my Elven Voltigeurs for my Flintloque project!

As usual, the varnish has given him a bit of a shine in the photo's but it's not noticeable in the flesh so to speak. I'm rather enjoying painting one of them every so often while interspersing them with other bits and bobs.

I also rediscovered my old Grendel box pile that I've had for ages and given it a fresh lick of paint:

It's such a handy piece of terrain that is useful in so may different settings and was really easy to paint with lots of drybrushing! 

I'm also working on a fair few other odds and ends and will update the blog when I get chance. It's been really satisfying to just pick up all manner of random odds and ends and just paint them as it seems to be relieving the stress the thought of actually painting a single project at once would give me and I'm surprising myself with my progress too!

Hopefully I'll get my latest batch of stuff finished today and will be able to post some more stuff tomorrow.

In the meantime, All the best!

Monday, 11 January 2021

Lockdown 2.0 Project Log Day 17: Sci-Fi!


I've been getting lots of fantastic advice following yesterday's post about the temptation of Oldhammer and I've decided to act on it in a somewhat tangential way.

I've got a load of random sci-fi stuff lying in my lead and plastic pile so I've had a bit of a sort through and have rummaged out a handful of figures to get going with and hope to paint them in a somewhat Oldhammer sort of style. 

I plan on doing what I've been doing with my fantasy and Rusty Robots stuff, namely paint whatever I fancy and if I manage to paint a complete army, warband, unit or regiment, all the better! At this point, I think its important to keep ensuring that painting is enjoyable and helping me cope with being furloughed and not able to go anywhere during the lockdown rather than trying to force myself to to do a set force.

I've currently got a trio of plastic figures that I've started with and will see how I get on with them before moving onto some other random gubbins and will keep painting and sculpting and see what I can get done in the time I've found myself with.

I've also uncovered an old resin piece that I've had in my collection for at least twenty years now and have rebased and painted it (more on that tomorrow once the base is finished!) Following said advice, I also hope to build some suitably retro scenery and see if I can't get a game or two played too!

I'm also putting together a Rulebook Review for Vor: The Maelstrom, the old FASA game that came out at around the same time as Void 1.1 and will post that up too over the coming days. I also hope to waffle a bit about how to combine settings, forces and interesting elements from other settings into my own, reimagined hybrid.

In the meantime, thanks for all the advice folks and All the best!

Sunday, 10 January 2021

Lockdown 2.0 Project Log Day 16: The Lure of Oldhammer


Today I find myself in a bit of a quandary. I'm really enjoying my current projects with progress being scattergun in style but for all that successful as I'm painting, sculpting and generally staying hobby productive and sane during this lockdown. 

But despite all this, I am finding myself perusing all manner of Oldhammer gubbins. Maybe it's just the siren song of seeing all the awesome blogs out there or wanting to relive the heady excitement of my teens but even though I've posted about wanting to move on from GW gubbins, I keep finding myself drawn back.

I'm loath to succumb to the temptation of going back to either 40k or Fantasy Battle but there's something compelling about all those brightly coloured miniatures, lush scenery and classic sculpts. Sadly the cost of such a project seems to be getting beyond my budget these days and the sheer amount of time and effort it would take for such an undertaking is also I suspect beyond me.

This isn't deterring me though as I find myself still sorely tempted! I wonder if other folks find themselves tempted by projects they know are beyond them but still have a bash at them. Is there a way of channelling this enthusiasm or do I need to just resist temptation and just keep cracking on with my own stuff?

The only way I can see to get around my quandary is to pick up a couple of odds and ends and try to paint them and see how I get on. Maybe I can shoehorn such a scheme into an existing project, be it turn a 40k themed warband into something for Stargrave or Star Mogul or try out some small fantasy side project for some retro fanboying...

At present I have enough to keep me entertained for a while but I shall see how things go and if I do cave in to the temptation, hopefully it will be of interest to folks!

Saturday, 9 January 2021

Lockdown 2.0 Project Log Day 15


Here's my next lockdown project addition, a Black Tribe Gunbot!

I actually made this guy during the last lockdown but didn't get around to painting him so it's really good to get him done and dusted.

I've got two more Black Tribe to paint up but once they're done, I'll need to get the Blue Tribe painted and try to get the remaining Green, Yellow and White Tribes done too. 

In other news, I'm currently working on painting up another Elven Voltigeur for Flintloque and have made a 6mm scale board for small scale fantasy gaming to give my tiny Goblin Wolfriders something to fight over!

I'll have to see what I can get finished for tomorrow but if all else fails, I have several other Rulebook Reviews in the works so can post up one of them instead.

In the meantime, All the best!