Monday, 29 April 2013

Slann in Spaaaace!

A long time ago, in a galaxy far far away...

No not that one - and there's no RT Space Slann either I'm afraid! 

A long time ago I started painting a Blood Bowl team as part of the LPL season 6. I'd read an article in either White Dwarf or one of the books - Star Players or Blood Bowl Companion - on Pub teams, and was rather taken with the idea (although not the players' stats compared to the Big League).

And so the Slann In Spacer's were born - named after their local of course, pictured here behind the beginnings of the team.

I seem to remember at the time someone telling the story behind the Pub name - apparently it was what the workers at the Eastwood factory called the nearby Man in Space pub. Nice touch to include it as a Tavern sign in the Citadel Townscape set! 

Anyway, here is my Round 2 entry in this year's LPL -

The team must have made the big league as they have a few new additions!

Scrrog th'Phrog - Big Guy

Human Linemen

Human Blitzers

Toad Intole - Team Mascot!

And the team so far - minus the Dwarfs and Elves competing in the LPL this week.

Sunday, 28 April 2013

Meet the Stoutbacks

While we're on matters of a Nordic nature - Fresh from the field of battle that is the Lead Painter's League over on the LAF are the Stoutbacks. Unfortunately these noble Norse warriors didn't win against the rather fine Norman knights (well done Rob should you be reading this!) they were pitted against but no matter - I have the full set and they are painted!

The team I entered for the LPL include a couple of none Kremlo scenario models -

Standard Bearer - don't know the manufacturer as I picked him up second hand but he's a preslotta

As the the scenario invloves a Norse tribe who has, by a curious trick of fate, ended up with a Slann as their Chieftain I went with a frog design for the banner and many of the shields. My colour choice was largely inspired by Kremlo's Bluespinespick heritage.

The other none scenario model is this musician from the later slotta range of Norsemen from Citadel - the first round of the LPL was a bonus round with extra points for going with the command group theme, so I thought it best to include a srtandard and horn blower in case it wasn't clear who they were to any heathens unfamiliar with old Games Workshop scenarios!

More blue frogs!

So on to the Stoutbacks.

First up are the two younger sons of Harold Stoutback - the former Chieftain of the tribe, who's death on a hunting trip and curious affection for the orphaned Kremlo plunges the brothers into the strange and not entirely welcome position of losing their inheritance to a frog!

Ben - the older of the two.

And Sven

There's not much info on the rest of the gang who set sail to take their revenge on Zapotec. Nice little set of minis though!

This is the mini that held me up on this little project - I wanted to paint them all up together but he proved rather elusive on ebay for a good year or so!

This chap is an odd looking fellow - not sure I've painted him right with his short trousers!

Anyhow, now that I've scratched that little itch and got the set completed I couldn't resist recreating the original catalogue pics.

As for fitting them into the Magnificent Sven project - here's a link to the scenario I came up with which should see them bolstering Sven's ranks or becoming lobotomised slaves for the Slann!

What do you think sirs?

The Kindness of Strangers

Hello one and all, and apologies firstly for my long absence - as you might have guessed, I made the cut for the Lead Painters League over on the LAF and between that and the vagaries of real life haven't had much time for blogging.

Anyhow I've been moved to hit the keyboard again by an act of huge generosity and kindness from a fellow lead head which I had to share here.

Now bear with me, but I've held the good folk of Sweden in some high esteem for some time now - and no, not for the reasons you're thinking...

In particular I have fond memories of a great long weekend in a snowy Gothenberg, celebrating my wife's birthday (BC - before kids - and dogs for that matter!). Kids and dogs permitting, I'd love to go back and see more of the country.

Getting slowly to the point - in hobby terms, trading relationships have always been good - thanks in particular to Phreedh (who many of you will know from his excellent blog) for the many and various trades of minis, good natured ribbing and other communications over the years.

However, this month has been a good one, especially as finances are tight, in terms of trades and acquisitions and peculiar in that it has all come from this fair Nordic land!

Firstly thanks to Jimi Johanson for this brace of Carrion in return for a part exchange of a Kremlo Norseman I had spare and good old paypal.

However, hats off to Mattias who contacted me out of the blue with the incredibly kind offer of a Snotling Pump Wagon he had spare. Not only that but he insisted on paying postage and threw in "some other Citadel oldies" as well.

Imagine my surprise when this little lot landed on my doorstep!

 Such acts of generosity should not go unacknowledged so along with my heartfelt thanks I'll have to put these minis to good use. Obviously I'll have to get dungeoneering in earnest, now I have such a fine set of adventurers and I'm sure some of those LOTR Orcs will come in handy! Watch this space too as I hope to include the Pump Wagon in one of my LPL entries by way of thanks...

While I'm on the topic of the kindness of strangers - and this hobby seems to abound with examples - I thought I'd best mention the continuing GoblinAid campaign to help out Kev Adams after the awful attack he suffered a while back.

Check out the Facebook page as I believe they are waiting for the last few Goblin minis to arrive from across the globe before sending the lot off to be cast up. There are certainly many tasty little Gobbo's in there which would be desirable even without the knowledge that all proceeds are going to aid the Goblinmaster's recovery.

Kudos to Foundry too, who have entered the fray with an old Kev Adams self portrait and 5 random Snorklings for a tenner with all proceeds going to Kev. Mine's in the post!

Saturday, 27 April 2013

Turn the Table...

... stack the table, in fact configure the table anyway you like!

You may remember the rather lovely gaming table that Dreamfish set up for the remote game we played a while back, Bridge over the River Chai.

You may also have seen the extraordinary amount of work DF put into developing it over on his blog, Realms of Miniatures.

Well now you have the chance to own one of your very own as Dreamfish has started up an Indiegogo campaign to enable him to deliver the table as cheaply as possible.

Check out his Indiegogo campaign here for all the details if you're interested in contributing - I've already put my order in for one so fingers crossed the necessary funds come in over the next 30 days for the remaining 9 tables Alex needs to sell.

Personally I'm hoping to create a set of game boards something along these lines for my Lustrian project -

along with a more regular set of game boards for Old World games...