Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Inquisitor 54mm

While the Inquisitor game is slightly beyond the period I think of when ruminating on Rogue Trader, it's probably the closest GW came to replicating the feeling of the original for me. Players were encouraged to run the game with a GM as the default and build a narrative around their characters. Point costs were non-existent. You just made an Inquisitor, added a handful of misfits for his posse, and set out to kick in the teeth of those who would stand in the way of your goals.

While it was certainly possible to simply play the game in 28mm (and I have lots of stuff painted for that), I think I own almost everything GW produced in 54mm. I actually painted somewhere around 25 to 30 of them - four Inquisitors and their warbands, a Tech-Priest and pair of servitors, a five-man squad of PDF troopers, and half a dozen mutants. I probably have another ten or fifteen models unpainted including the Eldar Scout and hulking Space Marine.

Here were the two main protagonists in my campaign setting...

Tobin Grimm, a dangerous radical...

Johan Macharius, a self-righteous puritan...

At some point I'll see if I can't photograph the whole collection. I don't think I've ever posted them on the web before...

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Happy New Year

So here is the first Rogue Trader model of 2018...

NEVER been a fan of these style britches and I almost took clippers and file to them, but decided against it. I think I'm going to go back in and repaint the coat into a dark bomber jacket with a cream colored collar because sitting here looking at the pic I don't like it at all. I only need to paint seven more adventurers to finally finish this collection...

Squat Engineer
Squat Miner
Test-bed Slave
Astropath Korm
Eldar Trader

I could paint these in a few days if I get myself motivated.

2017 was a dismal year for me as far as Oldhammer and Rogue Trader were concerned. I only painted around thirty models in these collections and over half of those were part of the Old World Army Challenge in November and December. I have around fifty models to go for that project so I should easily eclipse that total this year and I AM going to finish the adventurers range. Hopefully 2018 will be a better year of old school goodness...

Happy New Year!

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Slann Spawn Band Regiment

This was my first month's effort for The Old World World Army Challenge...

Head over to the blog to see more pics of these models, plus three dozen more Oldhammer armies underway!

Saturday, November 11, 2017


 Yep. I pre-ordered the box set today and the additional Gang War rulebook. I'm slightly sketched that the second book is not part of the main set because I doubt I'll play a single game on the cardboard tiles, but the box is the best way to get the models if you intend to get both gangs.

The basic set is meant to be played as a board game and only contains the core rules. The Gang Wars book has the campaign rules.

Something I'm even more sketched about is both only include rules for TWO gangs - the Goliaths and Esher. I get that this is the same treatment sets like Bloodbowl got. The fact that this game is receiving support will cause me to overlook this. My option is to NOT buy it...

Yeah, right.

I'm willing to bet Necromunda is hands down my favorite game of all time. I bought EVERYTHING they made for the first edition of the game. Yes, I could happily play Necromunda with all of my old stuff until doomsday, but there is something about being able to walk into my FLGS and pick up new stuff for my favorite game.

Anyway, I am really looking forward to this. All I can say is "Hurry up and take my money, GW! What took you so long?" You can check out pics of a small sample of my old collection here...

Thursday, October 19, 2017

The Old World Army Challenge Blog

Just what it says! The blog for the Old World Army Challenge is now live and sporting a spiffy header made by yours truly!

Looking forward to getting started, however, I won't be blogging about it here. I'll post some pics of Slann army I'm working on eventually, but we want folks to check in over at the other blog to follow our progress.

So what are you waiting for?

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Oldhammer Army Challenge

Iannick (Of Marauders and Citadels) and Chris (Blue's Marauding Miniatures) have issued a challenge in the Oldhammer in the New World Facebook Group to build 1000-point armies in six months. The goal is basically to paint at least 200-points per month with one mulligan if you fall short. All of the rules are yet to be set out, but it seems a leisurely pace to me and while I've never participated in one of these painting challenges, even with my busy schedule I should be able to manage 200-points. It is set to kick off in November and it looks like we have at least one of every choice from the Warhammer Armies book!

So what to paint? I have unpainted armies of Dwarves and Slann. In the end the choice was really easy...

Clarence Harrison I'm in... Slann or Dwarves... I'll decide by November. I have unpainted armies for both.

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Darrin Stephens You would paint some killer Slann

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Iannick Martin Has to be Slann! We don't have them yet!

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Tom White Please paint slaan!

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Iannick Martin Clarence, the board of directors discussed your situation, and a decision has been reached : it's Slann or you're out.

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Clarence Harrison LOL... Slann it is!

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Iannick Martin Fantastic. I believe we will have at least one of (each of) the Old School armies

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So, yeah, that settles that! I have quite a collection of Slann with many in their original blisters. At the moment my pile of lead includes...

Hero (the only Alligator Warrior I managed to get so he is unique in the army and works perfectly)
Wizard (on a litter)

Bull Slann Riders x8
Eagle Warriors x18
Jaguar Warriors x8
Venom Tribe Warriors x11
Spawn Band Warriros x30
Slann Animal Handler w/6 War Hounds

I also have ten Human Slave Warriors, though not the oldschool sculpts. These are Wargames Foundry models from one of the ancient ranges (I forget which) that really look the part and will make a better looking unit than ten monopose minis.

So far I've managed to paint exactly ONE since I've started buying them a year ago...

Now I'll need to hold off until the challenge starts, but it will give me time to sit down and figure out some point values and make a plan. Up until now, collecting the army has been purely purchases of opportunity. I've never bothered to price out the minis points-wise or figure out magic items, etc. but I think I'm around 1300 points without standards, instruments, any 5th level unit champions (I would include these in elite units), or magic items of any kind. The range never had many models so I'll have to convert all of my standard bearers and any other characters I decide to field. Again the pace of the challenge will make this easy. Six Bull Slann Riders with Shields and a standard is 231 points (and light armor which is probably a must for such pricy troops adds another 24 points). Boom! One month done. While I'm at it, I'd paint the other two which is close to 300 points. The hero and wizard are easily another 200 points, even with modest 10th-level characters.

Off to plan the subjugation of the dry skins!