Mordheim – Ongoing renovations of space & Gaudy Baubles

The second Mordheim ruin I was renovating is finished.

Originally seen here it was one I’d used polyfilla on to give texture.

But I wasn’t happy with merely touching the paint work up, I decided to go on a proper overhaul.

So Byakhee Rich provided some flaming braziers for the door, which itself was painted marble white, as was the second storey window, and the tiles were red rather than grey.

I then added some graffiti. I think most people know what AOS is.😉

Part of the second floor flooring had become damaged and hung at an angle, but I left it like that deliberately.

I also added some paving outside the front of the house.

By coincidence, I was watching a certain show when i realised this ruin had ended up looking similar to one of the locations.

Points awarded for guessing which comedy I was watching.

Jack Dee: Points will be awarded, and what do points mean ?
Audience: POINTS MEAN PRIZES !

Brucie bonus point for what show that comes from.

Whilst I was at it, I also finished off some more gaudy baubles.

Film: Star Wars – The Force Awakens

Having been to see Star Wars (later A New Hope) as a 7 year old, I was disappointed by the prequels, so was very tentative about the new sequels.

I was both pleased and disappointed when I got the DVD of The Force Awakens.

So, a new desert planet (hmm where have we seen that ?), and a new cute droid BB8.

On the upside, the main character is a woman so we move into the twentieth century at least.

Again on the upside, we have a black actor as a main character. Finn is introduced well and provides some interesting ideas about why Stormtroopers always have their helmets on.

So we have The First Order (son of The Empire), which is only sketchily described which may be partly for dramatic tension, but annoying for those who don’t go looking online as to what is going on. Three main protagonists are introduced – Snoke; Ren; and Hux. They’re fairly well fleshed out for what little time they have.

Their screen time is fairly short as with any new film setting up a franchise deliberately, a new swathe of characters have to get screen time to set up the framework the rest of the sequels will populate and develop. So as part of a franchise series no problem – annoying as a stand alone movie and therefore it compares badly to SW ANH when compared one to one. But given SW ANH was pretty much a shot in the dark and didn’t assume a trilogy was a given, its not a fair comparison. So, characterisation so far not bad, not astounding.

Leia and Solo then turn up to support Rey and Finn all of which mesh well together, along with the return of C3PO and eventually R2D2. Solo’s killing was really good, very unexpected to kill of such a popular character at such short notice in the first of the sequels.

The First order’s “Star Destroyer Base” is fairly lame and results in the overall plot of the film feeling like a re-tread of ANH, which detracts from the many upsides of the film.

So overall I think this is a good romp, much superior to the prequels and approaching the original series in enjoyability, and hopefully setting things up for the XII and XIII episodes.

But…

Captain Phasma.

Well she got ran appearance on the posters, got a name, got a unique outfit, and was obviously set up as a major character and then…

…@….@….@….@…

Yes, the gag with Solo allegedly dumping her into a garbage chute was a nice one, but really, she needed much more screen time to establish her character.

A missed opportunity, IMHO.

Looks like she will return, and I hope she gets a better amount of screen time//characterisation in the following sequels.

Overall, a good start to a new series of sequels, as a stand alone film so so.

Renovating buildings

When I started building Mordheim buildings from scratch, I hadn’t discovered textured masonry paint, and nor were there any suitable craft/model paints available.

So to provide texture and also to cover up joins between the foam core that i used for the walls, I mixed up some polyfilla (very watered down). And then painted that on to the foam core buildings I’d done.

But as you can see years later, the polyfilla gets knocked and damaged, exposing the white powdery material underneath.

And consequently don’t meet up the rural/ruined aesthetic…

So, I covered up the damaged and other vulnerable areas with a liberal dose of PVA white glue (it is meant to be a sealer).

So after the glue dried, I repainted the walls, and also took the opportunity to highlight the windows and timbers, plus brown/green washes to jazz the old ruin up.

the other ruin pictured needed a bit more work, so that’ll be up next, along with some more colourful scatter scenery pieces.

Also, I paint figures

Long time no post, have been busy with a few projects.

One of which was tidying up the rest of the Mordheim and human figures I have, and a very gaudy project needed finishing off.

Yes, Lady Kate, who I created for a game of Frostgrave, but wanted to integrate with my Mordheim Marienburgers, who are stylishly decked ou in Orange (marienburg/the Wasteland being based on the Dutch Republic).

So the dress colour of Orange and black was sorted, then I hit the wall. What hair colour ?

So I was stuck, I didn’t want to do blonde hair, nor red. Black would be boring, as would brunette.

Then of course I realised a week or so ago whilst watching BSG, the answer was on the screen…bottle blonde. Tricia Helfer’s hair colour for Number Six would really stand out.

And the reason for such a selection of gaudy dress and hair…

…was because a mentioned previously, the Mordheim/Frostgrave terrain is very very dull, full of greys and tans.

So by choosing these colours the figures really stand out, are photogenic, and are totally different to the black based themes of Dark Elves, and the endless khaki of AVBCW and BoB.

Skullz

The first edition of Warhammer was announced under the tagline of “Let’s smash skulls !”, well as we all know, Skullz have somewhat taken over all the Warhammer armies and derivatives.

Digging out some scenery, I found some Skullz related scenery.

Three small piles of skulls, again on the Render bases.

Two larger charnel piles of skulls and bones.

And the final piece, which is made up of a pillar of skulls, with a gargoyle perched atop. The picture does not do the paint job of the gargoyle justice – its a metallic purple that I painted in order to make it stand out in amongst all the dull greys and browns of most of the rest of the Mordheim and Frostgrave terrain.

I had to give the purple metallic pot a good shake, it was one of the original Citadel mettalics I bought back in c1991, but the more colour the better in some of these scatter scenery pieces.

Obviously I have also have ideas for rules and scenarios as to how these items are used.

Hersey Miniatures 25% Sale

Yes, one of the best small independent sculptors and manufacturers is having a sale. If you want odd thing like Halfling Witch Hunters then this is the place and time to go:

OUR BIGGEST EVER SALE IS NOW ON! This is because Andy is on his own these days and needs to finish sculpting the last few Kickstarter figures. The only way to get that done is to stop shipping the regular orders for the next couple of weeks, so to compensate for that, we are offering our biggest Sale ever – up to 25% off metal figures and even up to 10% off some of the resin ones, too! Offers will end midnight 29th July UK Time, and orders will begin to ship in the week of the 1st of August.

Heresy Miniatures

I have my eye on the not Bappuss, “Pussbag” as a familiar for my wizards.😉

For those not aware of Bagpuss, its a 1970’s children’s programme, and its my favourite.

Bagpuss is a magical cat. When he wakes up, all his friends come to life. He can also make his thoughts visible in bubbles above his head.
Despite this, he doesn’t play a major part in most of the stories, instead being content to lie on his rug and listen to the songs the others sing as they identify and repair the thing.

All in all, he’s just an old, saggy cloth cat.
Baggy, and a bit loose at the seams.
But Emily loved him.

Here be Treasure !

Both Mordheim and Frostgrave centre round getting treasure in its various forms. So in both in digging out Wizards, and downsizing the Lead Mountain range, I found a lot of old Citadel treasure chests, and then some more, and then some more…

So here they are including a Foundry one (open lid). I went for gaudy colour schemes, because SHINEY STUFF lies within.

These are suitable for Frostgarve, and many other skirmish games. Most are long OOP.

The bases are by Renedra.

They arrived in double quick time, and even better I received a refund, as I’d placed a second order for slightly large ones minutes later in one of those idiot moments.

Then with a gleam in my eye (or was it just wind ?), my brain cell had another idea !

My Mordheim Wyrdstone tokens, the old precept card ones from the original box set (now a venerable 16 years old) were looking a bit scruffy and tired.

Yeah, the highly onerous task of spraying some gravel pieces picked from the driveway, sticking them to some bases and painting. A bright green highlighting the edges, and then giving the entire pebble a green wash.

The only downside is that we won’t so easily be able to do the random placement we occasionally did by chucking the card piece onto the board.

And then I did some more of both on a different coloured base, just in case.😎