Friday, 31 August 2012

More Taking of Stock: Wood Elves

Good morning once again and I have the results of another stock take for your perusal - nothing like mucking about with the lead pile when there's painting to be done ;)

I'm nearly there with the 10 4A Goblins on the painting desk - been trying to match them in with the original paint job did two years ago for the first LPL I entered. Might give that up as a bad job to be honest. I've continued various themes but it'll be nice to have a variety of skin tones.

Anyways on with the Wood Elves. I might have mentioned before that this was the first project I took on when I got back into collecting Citadel miniatures. Having had a blast painting up Daleks, Cybermen and various Doctors, I managed to unearth my trusty old Ruglud's Armoured Orcs and decided they needed some opponents. Then of course Orc's Drift came along and the Elves (apart from scenario specific ones) were swiftly dumped! There are a few painted minis in this collection as well as the Orc's Drift stuff and these were the lucky few who got a lick of paint before my attention was drawn elsewhere.

Right then I'll kick off with some characters - haven't got my Army general yet but I suppose this chap is the nearest thing to him - Elf champion mounted on a Giant Eagle. I had visions of recreating the amazing conversion using Glam and the LOTR giant eagle from Mike McVey's inspirational Wood Elf army from WD. However, when I got my hands on said eagle I thought him a little small to have an Elf perched on his back - McVey's version looks great though!

Instead I bought myself a newer and steroid addicted eagle and here's the result - can't wait to get some paint on him...

You have to have some wizards and this chap was always a favourite since I spied him in the 3rd ed. rulebook (talking of which have you seen this genius idea) - although I'm sure I've seen him in purple in a WD advert somewhere, which is where I think the previous owner took his inspiration from. Next to him is the diminutive, but nicely sized in my opininon, LOTR Giant Eagle.

A few familiar faces next - some of you will already know Treebeard and the Zoat. I'd love to get hold of the Zoat wizard waving his orb about. 

And I couldn't split up Erdolas' and Brommedir's brave bowmen, although I might be adding a few archers to Brommedir's bows to expand them to 20 as I accidentally painted 2 more than I needed for the scenario somehow! These chaps will be fielded as Guards in all their finery. Erdolas' bunch will probably just be archers, being garrison troopers and all. 

I have enough Skarloc archers left over from Erdols' lot to form that Regiment of Renown - also I wanted to copy the shield design from the box artwork so didn't want to reuse the Kachas Pass Elves. I seem to have ended up with a lot of the well 'ard looking helmeted archer, who I think fit in well with Skarloc's fearsome reputation.

More archers, looking like the cast of some dreadful Lloyd Webber musical thanks to the paint jobs they came in from ebay! These chaps will be painted up differently to Brommedir's Bows - not sure how yet - and fielded as archers. I've currently got the Oreon champion as their leader but would like to get hold of the later version of that Regiment of Renown at some point and find an alternative commander for this lot.

My favourite unit, again thanks to Mike McVey's beautiful army, is the Warrior Kinband armed with spears - another lot I'd love to get some paint on. 

And for some variety I also got hold of these later spearmen - quite like them despite the mahoosive spears they are lugging around! Complete apart from a few repair jobs on the back rank.

No Wood Elf army would be complete without Wardancers - if I  spot any bargains I may expand this lot to two units of ten. Some destined for the dettol bath of course...

You've got to have some animal handlers too and some of you may have seen some of these guys in action at Ortar Pass.

Hounds - bit suspicious of a few of these. I got a few of them in a nice cheap lot ages ago and they seem a bit shiny and light compared to some of the others. I could do with one more hound to round out the numbers and another handler. At the moment I'm using an old preslotta chap I got in a mixed lot - think he was described as a thief originally?

Wild cats - probably got enough of these guys - definitely the most dangerous of all the pack options, apart from the bear of course.

... talking of which - here he is along with the boar handler. Can't see the boars being that effective in these numbers but they do seem to be strangely expensive on ebay.

Best have some cavalry too I suppose. I've been buying these chaps up as and when I can get a bargain and have finally amassed enough for a unit - not quite on this scale mind!. The Elf with the horn detail on his helmet will be the champion and I'd love to expand the unit to 10 with a few lancers...

And finally a couple of units I do need to finish off - I'm hoping to round these horse archers off with another 2 models and the sword detachment to 10.

Oh and nearly forgot this lovely Marauder Treeman - he doesn't really fit in with old Treebeard but I love the mini. Just hope I can reproduce the silver birch effect that looks so good on the versions I've seen painted.

Last thing on my shopping list is, as I mentioned earlier, a general on horseback -  General with lance would fit the bill :)

Thursday, 30 August 2012

Stock take: Old World Alliance

Good morning all and the stock take continues - this time its one of my newer collections, the Old World Alliance. Having had a blast assembling the Linden Way Militia for Orc's Drift and for a long time regarded these ranges with envious eyes, I finally succumbed and have amassed a small force of assorted Empire, Bretonnian and Tilean troops. I thought about including my Norse contingent here but figured they'd probably want a bit of the limelight to themselves.

Still got a long way to go with this army before I achieve this!

First off we have a unit of Chevaliers Rampants, including the army general. Not sure whether these chaps are citadel or not but I love 'em, even more so as they were a bit of an ebay bargain, coming in at about £1.30 a mini! The General type fellow with helm in hand has a passing resemblance to Dave Andrews' Grand Marshall, pictured above. Any ideas from you lot?

While we're on knights, here's some from the Empire this time. Not as much of a bargain as the Chevaliers Rampants, these are another bunch of minis I haven't yet identified. They have wolf pelt capes and look very similar in design to the Knights Panther coming up shortly. They were billed as being 80's citadel on ebay but I'm not sure - happy with them either way though. They'll be fielded as Hohensknechtes and I'll probably push the wolf theme by procuring a 90's White Wolf knight as their champion to round the unit out at 5 minis. I'll also be looking out for some of the 90's plastic barded warhorses for them. It was nice to get the old plastic horses with this lot and I know horses vary a lot in size in real life, but they do tower over the all metal Chevaliers Rampants. Strangely bucking the usual case of GW scale creep, the later barded warhorses are a much better match size-wise.

My thanks to Blue in VT for these Knights Panthers - I do have a soft spot for a lot of the 90's Empire stuff, even if it did beat the pants off my Orcs on a regular basis back in the day!

 This lot will also be needing barded warhorses and a leader - I would love to try and recreate the famous John Blanche painting for their champion.

Foot knights now - and I think I'll be fielding this lot as Hohensknechtes again, minus the horses of course. Reiksgard don't really seem to fit into the idea of a small, mixed and possibly Mercenary force. This unit is complete apart from a little conversion work to make a standard bearer.

Men at Arms next, and a 20 strong unit of mixed Helblitzen, Ribalds and Brigands. These will form the core of the professional soldiery for this force. Again just need to either find a standard bearer or convert one. I'd love a musician too but may have to look in the 90's Empire range as there seems to be a strange dearth of standard bearer and musicians sculpted for the Dogs of War/Fighters ranges.

A bit lower down the pecking order is the militia - bit of a way to go with these guys as I'd like a large unit of 30 and possibly a second unit as cannon fodder!

I am well provisioned with missile units with 15 Bretonnian Arblastier

11 Tilean Crossbowmen - would like to expand this unit a bit to possibly 20 of these all metal/single piece sculpts and get some pavises for them.

20 Forstjaeger (Forresters) formed up into a unit in the pic, and 10 Bergjaeger (Scouts) in skirmish formation in the foreground. Nice mix of old Citadel historicals/Foundry bowmen and later sculpts. Got quite a few of the Rangers and wouldn't mind a full set at some point...

And not forgetting L'ordonnance! One four man Bombard and an allied Dwarf Organ gun (until I get hold of a few more cannon!)

Best take along some wizards - Gandalf doing a little bit of moonlighting and a lovely old preslotta who will be a lower level adept, still learning the ropes by the look of his pose!

Finally one of my favourite features of 3rd ed, armies - the baggage train! I knew those wagons, pack mules and villagers from Orc's Drift would come in handy one day. I've also added in some bard types, old beggars, strumpets, drunkards and other sundry hangers-on with a mix of citadel and other manufacturers - again any ID's would be great on the non citadel stuff.

I'm itching to do something with this lot so I'll have to be quite disciplined if I'm going to get anywhere with my Lustrian project. Might give myself a little treat now and again though ;)

Next up - Wood Elves...

Wednesday, 29 August 2012

Time for Anniversary Celebrations and a Stock Take...

Greetings all and welcome to my 200th post!

I had hoped to post this a little earlier in the week to coincide with the 30th Anniversary of the phenomena that is Fighting Fantasy! I've said before on various forums (fora?) that Heroquest was my entry drug - I take that back as I was adventuring and killing Orcs and other monsters in the pages of these game books way before that huge box of Dungeony goodness appeared under the Christmas tree. Having said that, I am rather enjoying playing a Heroquest Game book, The Tyrant's Tomb, at the moment. Might have to revisit The Fellowship of Four next...

On the 27th August, 1982, Messrs Livingstone and Jackson released the first Fighting    Fantasy book, The Warlock Of Firetop Mountain. Some six or seven years later, a somewhat younger version of myself gazed up in wonder at the startling cover of Island of the Lizard King, in a lovely little bookshop in Grasmere, whilst on holiday.Having persuaded my parents to buy it for me (Cheers Mum and Dad) I was hooked and a new holiday ritual of buying a Fighting Fantasy book from that little shop was born - much like my Dr Who Target novel habit that was satisfied by a little shop in Cornall when we holidayed there!

Not only that but I was overjoyed to find that our local library had a large collection of those distinctive green-spined adventures. I have very clear memories of reading Battleblade Warrior in class when I was in Junior 3 (Year 5) and thinking that this was far too much fun for school!

They had loads of them and kept me going for ages - another memory that's popped up is trying to read Khare, Cityport of Traps with eyes streaming with tears because our local swimming pool had over chlorinated the water. Little did I know that I had been introduced to the artwork of the twisted and brilliant mind of Mr. J Blanche...

So having been in the Lake District for my hols and finding myself at a loose end while dogsitting my parent's elderly retriever, I ordered a copy of something very special - the first brand new Fighting Fantasy book to be released in a long time, Blood of the Zombies. A few things have changed (not the green spine!) and I may post more on this subject at a later date, but it was still a fantastically fun read. The artwork captured the old style beautifully and although it was set in the modern day Real world and not old Allansia, I loved every minute of it. The combat system has changed to represent you fighting off hordes of zombies and works rather well - instilling a sense of dread when your Stamina runs low and you bump into a horde of 23 zombies! I think I got quite far before being pulled down and torn to pieces by the zombies...

The whole thing seems to have been a wonderful success and I gather that the first print run has sold out, not to mention the mobile apps and other strange technological versions of the book on offer. Here's to a few more new books coming out, Steve Jackson getting back on board and another trip back to Allansia!

Right, down to the nitty gritty now. Orc's Drift is behind me for now and the Magnificent Sven beckons. The Summer holidays are drawing to a close and I've spent far too much on Ebay. All in all a good time to take stock of my various armies and projects as time and money are about to get a little tighter...

I've gone through my collection, photographed it in its unpainted/pre-stripped glory and made lists as to what I really need to finish off various units. This is a bit of an addendum to the Army lists I posted a while back as a fair few little, and not so little, packages have been tumbling through my letterbox.

I haven't included the Orcs I painted up for Orc's Drift, unless they figure into some other WIP unit.

In no particular order we have:

Goblin chariots - 1 Marauder MM33 Goblin chariot, 1 Marauder MB6 Orc chariot with archer, 1 Citadel Goblin chariot with shaman, 1 Goblin Battle chariot (Machineries of Destruction, 1 Goblin King's chariot, Parts from another Goblin King's chariot to build another chariot for Grom and Niblitz. Pretty much done with these but would love to get the other Battle chariot from the Machineries of Destruction box set.

10 90's Marauder Goblin Wolf Riders - don't like, and never have, the plastic wolves these chaps came with so I'm after some nicer metal ones. The Citadel ones are a bit small - any suggestions?

15 80's Citadel/Marauder Wolf riders - just need one more rider...

8 Marauder Boarboys (think a Citadel rider has sneaked in here!) armed with bows. Might round this unit of to 10 if I see any bargains. These will be fielded as Grunta's.

10 Citadel Boarboys - complete and will be fielded as Snorta's

Grom's Goblin Guard - later edition. Could do with a few more troopers here...

30 Goblin archers - a mix of the plastic ones from the Regiments box set and a few lead ones for variety. Also got 3 very old school and lovely fanatics. Done!

Machinerinies of Destruction! My pride and joy - a complete Leadbelcher in original box, and it was a bit of a bargain :) Also got Skull Crusher and Man Mangler. Just need the crewman with his arms by his side to complete the Monstrous Orc War Machine...

40 Goblin warriors with spears and hand weapons, and three of my favourite fanatics - complete.

 6 bases of Snotlings - just need a Pump Wagon to finish off my Snottie contingent.

They will all be based on the large scenic bases shown here. For some reason I went with 50mm bases originally - a bit big, but I quite like the look.

Squig herder and 3 squigs - and a little Tyranid squig hiding there too! From the new wave of Night Goblins but these guys have been in my collection for ages and I couldn't get rid of them.

Eeza Ugezod's Black Orc Mothercrushers - a must have as a buffer between other units of squabbling Orcs suffering from animosity! Could do with a few more troopers yet for them to form up in one of their famour "Juggernaut Columns".

The Mighty Ugezod's Death Commando - long lost half cousin? Need a few more personalities to finish these guys off.

Trolls! Would be nice to round this set off with the Hill and Marsh Trolls but we'll have to see...
Also pictured is a Marauder shaman on Gigantic Spider and a Citadel Orc shaman - this chap was apparently mounted but I don't remember getting a boar with him? I'm sure I picked him up at Games Day 92 or whichever year it was I went to.

Two later 90's Stone Throwers - the one on the left is from my original collection (with original paint job!), while the one on the right was a bargain for a few quid on ebay. A few random crew members and a suitably posed Orc villager later and we have another operational war machine.

Marauder Orc Regiment command group - had these guys for a long time from a swap with a mate - can't remember why I never got the troopers. The standard bearer used to be my Army standard so I owe it to them to muster some more troopers and resurrect this unit.

Golgfag's Ogre Mercenaries - almost done with these but I should really get on and paint the champion and remaining trooper. Mind you I could do with one more trooper to round the numbers off to a nice neat 8...

Scabbies! sorry about the pic by the way - still struggling with an old crappy camera. Got a mixture of preslotta and slotta here. I'd love to have a small unit of Bushwacker skirmishers and a larger unit of warriors. I do like the mounted guy who makes a nice little Contingent commander. Mudat's Half Orc Mercenaries would also be a nice addition...

Throgg's Despoiling Hobgoblins - nearly there with this lot. three more troopers would be good...

Hobgoblin archers - would like 10 eventually but shame there weren't many different sculpts produced. The TSR Hobgoblin archer might make a nice champion.

Ally Morrison's Hobgoblins - used this set as a basis for the unit but still need a few to complete the set. The ranks have been bolstered by various other C series Hobgobs. Lurking behind are two Rocket crews :)

4 Hobhound handlers and 13 hounds - would like another 3 hounds eventually...

Oriental Ogre and Ogre Mercenary - another set I would like more of, bargain dependent!

The Marauder Giant - another from my old collection. He'll probably do me for giants although I do love the older and smaller ranges.

And that folks is it for now - apart from the various other Orc and Savage Orc units I'll be creating from the various tribes from Orc's Drift.

Its been a useful exercise and I'll be posting up a new and more focused Wants list at some point - hope there's been something of interest in it for you lot too!

Next up - Old World Alliance...