Tuesday, 15 August 2017

BOYL 2017 - The Trolltooth Wars

The Trolltooth Wars slowly rumble on! In fact it's been two years since myself and Paul played the first scenario - the Hill Goblin ambush on Marr's Cunnelwort caravan that started the war in the first place.

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

BOYL 2017 - A Tale of Two Gamers!

The first game I played at BOYL this year (other than the excellent Jetbike race on the Helsreach table) was the culmination of the Tale of Four Gamers: Nerves of Lead painting challenge myself and three other friends embarked on soon after last year's BOYL.

For various reasons two of our compadres had to drop out so that left me and Ashley to duke it out on the table top. To spice things up a bit we decided to introduce a simple scenario with a limited number of turns rather than just a line 'em up and knock 'em down style battle.

To this effect Ashley's Liche had taken possession of a cache of magical spices...

... valuable booty that Calen Rauko and his vicious Dark Elf raiders would very much like to get his hands on!

The two disgraced sisters, Calemirnith and Calemirthel, along with their Witch Elf minders advance on the main block of Skeleton Warriors.

Whilst Calen Rauko leads his Cold One Reavers and the Shadows out on to the right flank.

A well placed shot from the Screaming Skull Catapult tears two of the Reavers from their mounts.

And the Witch Elves are harried by a fearsome flock of Carrion.

Kassandras Elvira, the Dark Elf sorceress raises a small unit of her own Undead to distract the three Wraiths bearing down on her. The Witch Elves are overwhelmed by the Skeletons and the two sisters decide to make good their escape. Captain Malig marches his warriors in to replace the gap in the line.

With a crash Rauko's Reavers charge in to the skeletons flank and the Dark Elves make short work of them. The Shadows attempt to cover the Cold One's exposed flank with their repeating crossbows but only bring down a few of the Ghouls massing for their own charge.

Elvira beats a hasty retreat as her skeletons are cut down by the Wraiths.

The Ghouls shrug off the patter of crossbow bolts and charge the Dark Elf cavalry in the flank, forcing them to flee. The sight of their general beating an ignominious retreat panics the Shadows in to their own rout.

Ready to avenge the slight to their General's prestige, Captain Malig charges the Ghouls. Several of the gibbering horrors are cut down and the survivors flee in terror.

As the Ghouls are cut down, Elvira gives voice to the incantations of an ancient spell to destroy the foul minions of the Undead. The three Wraiths are consumed by the magic and swept away to final oblivion.

Having lost her sister to the repeated attacks of the Carrion, Calemirthel stands her ground. She sends one of the foul creatures plummeting to the ground and just manages to fend off the attacks of the two survivors.

And with that the two armies break off from the attack. Calen Rauko's horn sounds the retreat as time and tide are against them whilst the Liche, Laomann the Abominable gloats over his magical acquisition - now much needed to fill the ragged gaps in his Undead horde...

So -  a great little game and a very satisfying end to our painting challenge, despite it fizzling out somewhat in the last few months before BOYL! I haven't played a game of Warhammer 3rd ed this small in some time and it was most enjoyable. We ended up playing 5 turns over three hours or so and even with the tiny force of Dark Elves that 1500 points gets you I didn't feel short of tactical options. Much as I love huge games of 3rd ed these smaller skirmishes shouldn't be forgotten!

Congratulations to Ashley for a well played game, for hanging on to his objective and for a beautifully painted Undead army!

Monday, 31 July 2017

Friday, 17 March 2017

Siege Mentality...

Back to the Dwarven realms and the army of Bakraz Drakkenklad today. This time it's the heavy support that Dwarves do so well!

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Shady Characters

Thought I'd make a change this month and get my quota for the Tale of Four Gamers challenge out of the way early - I only just got last month's entry posted on Facebook for adjudication at what must have been close to two minutes to midnight on the 28th Feb!

This month I've gone for a unit of 10 Shadows - Dark Elf scouts equipped with shields, hand weapons and repeating crossbows, weighing in at 180 points.

Friday, 3 March 2017

Saddle Saurian

Almost missed the deadline for this month's Tale of Four Gamers - a few too many Dwarves and Dr Who minis methinks! This month I tackled the remaining members of the Doomdrake unit

Sunday, 19 February 2017

That's Snowman...

... It's a Yeti!

Another classic Who monster for the big game next month. Despite only appearing twice in their own stories (The Abominable Snowmen and The Web of Fear) with the 2nd Doctor they do seem to be a favourite of many fans, my 8 year old son included! They are of course referenced by various characters in a number of other episodes and make an appearance in the Five Doctors too.

Nice Cold Ice Cold...


Another bunch of Dr Who minis that never got photographed when I painted them last year. I've always had a soft spot for the Ice Warriors - they seemed a bit more complex than your average Dalek or Cyberman. From the first encounters with the 2nd Doctor when they were desperate invaders trying to escape their own dying world to the peace-keeping troops of the Galactic Federation during the 3rd Doctor's tenure, these Martian reptilians have kept the Doctor in his toes!

Resistance is futile. You Shall Be Like Us...

As my preparations for the big Dr Who game we have planned down at the Foundry in March continue I realised I hadn't photographed some of the stuff I painted last year. Last year I managed to expand my Invasion era Cyber-Army by acquiring a small force of Moonbase/Tomb era Cybermen. I've always liked this iteration of the cybermen - especially their creepy robo-voices and mouths that just slide open while they're talking!

Monday, 13 February 2017

Slay a little Troll for me...

Everyone always said that Bakraz Drakkenklad had a bit of slayer in him - hence the moniker Bakraz (Dwarven for nutter!). So it was certainly no surprise when his estranged brother turned up on the eve of battle with his merry band of lunatics and pariahs. 

Here be Dragons

Preparations for the big Dr Who game down at Foundry continue apace with just over five weeks to go! 

Monday, 6 February 2017

Hi Ho - It's off to War we go!

The ranks of Bakraz Drakkenklad's host swell as more Dwarves heed their Lord's call to arms! 

Tuesday, 31 January 2017

Cracking a Cold One

Or at least I will now these Cold One Riders are done!

Thursday, 19 January 2017

Guardians of the Galaxy

Something a little different I have on the boil this evening. It's been a while since I posted up any Dr Who stuff on the blog but thanks to a combination of several Black Tree Design Sales that I couldn't resist and an excellent trade on one of the Dr Who Facebook groups I have a large amount of unpainted Who once more.

Oh and a big game at the end of March down at the Wargames Foundry near Newark at which I'm hoping to get most of my collection on the table!

Short but not so Sweet

Happy New Year one and all and it's good to be back in the swing of things after the yearly 2 week assault on kidneys, liver and circulatory system that is the festive period. Normal function has been resumed in most of my more important internal organs and I've even managed to paint some stuff up!