Saturday, 31 July 2021

Ral Partha Legacy.1 Armoured Stone Trolls

 As long as I have been collecting miniatures and wargaming there has been Ral Partha.

I can still remember my first trips to the Hobby store when I was in my early teens and been overwhelmed by the ranges of figures arrayed on the shelves to pick from and being given some fantasy figures from an Uncle who had kept them from his Dungeons and Dragons days.

Last year Ral Partha Legacy was founded by Iron Winds to enable a focus on some of the classic Ral Partha range including Chaos Wars


As part of that an invitation went out for gamers to paint up some of the range that would be used for promotional use and I was amongst those accepted. A fantastic opportunity to work with some fantastic sculpts as well as showcase some of my painting. 

The first of the figures I have painted for them are Armoured Stone Trolls. Highly detailed sculpts in high quality metal, they have a huge amount of detail and convey a real sense of weight and menace to them, the sword bearers also have scaled which I always love to see.

I have painted the set in quite subdued and realistic colours as I wanted to let the detail be the focus.

Next on the table is some Artillery!

Sunday, 25 July 2021

Dark Age. Terrain 1

Clearing some space on my WIP shelf I have managed to complete the Dark Age Village I started in 2015,

I say 'finished' but what I mean is i have completed the first set of buildings. The buildings will also work well with Erin, Warhammer Fantasy and other medieval settings and 

My original inspiration was a set put together by Battle brush Studios

I ended up contacting Warbases who made the MDF buildings and sending them the link and asking if they could make me up  the same set, right down to the bases!

Warbases were extremely helpful and were able to make up the order and would recommend them for both quality of products and good value range  

MDF building with Coffee stirrers. The wood has been scored to add texture and take the paint better

Pigsty WIP

Bark Chippings wil form the basis of the small hill for the watch tower

Wattle fencing made for woven wire

The Competed set of buildings with flannel roofing for Thatching

First test building. I went with quite weathered and desaturated look to match up with the troops and also the green boards I have already made up

Small well I made a long time ago but will probably make a larger one to act as the village centre piece

Figures and terrain on green board



House with covered area with wattle fence

Watchtower on low hill

Between coats of paint I also made up three crop areas, sections of door mat cut and mounted on foamcard. Mud added to the edges and then grassed. 

Test set up with my green boards and trees. Using the lake I also made up a small dock out of coffee stirrers 

Small raiding party attack the settlement who can only muster a few defenders

Next on the build list for terrain will be a Barn, raised grain store, a stone bridge and a blacksmiths as well as some more green boards

Monday, 5 April 2021

Prehistoric. Tusk Review


As part of my Prehistoric Project I have collected quite a few rulesets ( 8 so far) and have decided to post up reviews for each of them. This will also give me some material to put on the Youtube channel as well which is looking a little spartan since I set it up...mental note to dig out my Erin Project!

First off is Tusk Mammoth Hunt!

Tusk written for 15mm wargaming and supported by a range of figures and animals by Irregular Miniatures. The rule book is a slim volume, totalling only 12 pages, and provides rules for cave men hunting Mammoths with expansion for more Pulp games featuring Dinosaurs and victorians.
One or more players control a hunting party and the Mammoths are controlled via an AI reaction table.

The rules are clearly laid out and easy to pick up with the basic scenario provided which is a solo game playing in about 15min.

Board set up 

Raiding party of Homo Erectus

Homo Erectus. Three Spears and one Firemaker


Game play is turn based with actions being limited each round by D6 Actions Points which are spent on movement and Fire starting as well as deciding order of play between players. Ranged and Close combat is followed by the Mammoths turn and an AI Reaction table. Death is quick for both hunters and prey. The AI table, wind direction, fire and variable action points add some random elements and add layers to basic rules and stop it being repetitive 
Below I have added some Pro's and Cons, some of which apply to both depending on what you are looking for and bear in mind they are not necessarily flaws, just how the game was designed and targeted. 

Solo Mode
Quick to learn
Multiplayer Mode
Quick set up 
Short game play
Adaptable for a range of beasts
Expansion into Pulp Era/dinosaurs

Short game play
Simple ruleset
No Campaign mode

Youtube Play though

Hopefully this has given you some idea about Tusk, the rules and Miniatures can be found following the links below. 

Wargames Vault

Irregular Miniatures

Next planned review will be for Neolithic by Ken Hafer

Saturday, 13 March 2021

Epic. Forgeworld Metalica 5


As part of the switch over to Legio Metalica I have also repainted my Epic knights.
These were from the original Titan Legions box.
I have a soft spot for Knights and remember having a group of the first edition knights and playing them with my brother at the local GW store against much older players fielding titans. They were initially quite dismissive but once we had taken down a couple with group attacks they earned their respect. The look on their faces still gives me a smile!
As much as i like the new Knight designs I do wish they would redo/resize some of the originals

To support Legio Metalica I have gone for their  main support, House Raven.
This also takes the decision making out of what to paint my 40k Knight as well.
(I bought a 40k Knight when they came out and it still lies in bits and I was torn between using it to make an Imperator to support a planned Ad Mech force!)

The knights were painted part of House Col'Khak

Original Livery and new House Raven.

The small shields are all hand made from plasticard and help to 'modernise' the figures as well as adding another surface to decorate. The House Raven logos are freehand like the chevrons. I have ordered some  Tamiya masking tape ready for the Warhounds and Warlords 
I also plan on adding some Kill Banners as well at some point)

Missile pods are from Vanguard Miniatures, part of their Skitter Tanks sets 

Two more Knights to repaint and a Warhound Titan to complete, my table with then be free to start on my AT box and a Warlord Titan!