One of the scenery pieces I have been planning for some time is rocks. I need some additional not trees, not bushes cover for my games, so rocks it was. Hmm, then I thought I could do them for both AVBCW, BoB/RCW and Laserburn, so that required a lot of rocks, more than my gravel drive could provide.

So I headed off into the hills and got both some readily sized ones and some larger rocks that could be beaten into shape.

Three large chunks of rock, and the claw hammer.

…like Basil, taking a ham sandwich/hamster/hammer to your subject and hitting it hard over the head does require you to wear some goggles. The Queen In Yellow and I used to like quoting this at each other if we were about to engage in conflict, I’m still not sure who won this verbal argument…

And you have to smack it into useful sized pieces of about 2-3 inches.

Luckily I had some Malvern rock:

The Malvern Hills are formed of some of the most ancient rocks in England, mostly igneous and metamorphic rocks from the late pre-Cambrian, known as the Uriconian, which are around 680 million years old.

This has multiple cleavage planes (steady), so you get random sizes and shapes of rock. As some of these are going to be used for my AVBCW games, it was most appropriate to use a locally sourced rock for the scenery.

So after a smashing time I broke up the 3 large rocks I had acquired along with smaller ones, and made enough for some CD bases as usual.

The ground flock made them blend in too well, so I made sure the bushes and static grass surrounded them so the rocks would again stand out.

So 18 CD bases later I have some rocks…I won’t bore you with in depth photos of all of them. 😉


For the BoB I need more scenery so after some checking of contemporary photos of the RCW I chose to get some of the Renedra plastic wattle fences:

You get about 60 inches in one pack, complete with two gates.

They come with a single plastic foot per section, so as they are also light plastic, will fall over as soon as you look at them/knock the table, therefore I decided to base them on medium thickness card. Of course cutting card into strips only an inch wide oten makes it curl up a lot.

So I used my parents’ guillotine instead. the ends were tapered so you can them form corners.

Meanwhile I’m finishing off a Mark V Male tank for my White Russians to use – its going a bit slower than anticipated due to feline quality checks, I’m just waiting until he gets paint on his nose…

BoB: Building a new army

You don’t often get to purposely build a new army, well I don’t.

On my list of stuff to sell was a rather randomly bought pile of WW1 Germans from Brigade and Great War Miniatures. Nothing wrong with them, I just bought them on whim and found I had no need or them really. Well up untiul I decided to do the Big Game for BoB this June.

So I sorted through them and found I needed to round it out (yes really).

So I could have three core infantry units plus a command unit and HMG.

I decided to add to that another HMG and an artillery piece.

The Germans didn’t use any tanks on the Eastern front at all, and had only a small amount of A/Cs, so if I was to field them they would have to be balanced out with more HMGs, and maybe a fourth infantry unit – the infantry not being armed heavily with LMGs or SMGs, and not trained as stormtroopers either !

So that’s about 4-5 units of 10 troops and a couple of HMGs, plus the artillery.

There you go, the full force, now all I need to do is paint ti by June for the Big Game

Now to dispose of the 40+ troops I cdon’t need.

Made Glorious, the March Violets

As per my previous Snippet, the tracks on the album (Made Glorious) will have been remixed, so the EPs (good as they are) will have different versions to the album tracks.

There are slightly different mixes of most tracks, We Are All Gods III is very different. I really wanted to put them on, they are part of the original intent.
Teasing? There is one absolutely stonking Remix by Skin Job which will most certainly become a dance floor filler. Guess which track?

Guess us Pledgers will find out soon…

…because we are expecting an early listen to the entire album this month.

Good job I pledged.


WHFB House Rules Scenery

New page for some of the ruins Gav A and I fought over yesterday.

I’ll be cycling through all the scenery items I have over the coming months so everything is covered.

One for the Pop Pickers:

An update on The March Violets’ album indicates that they’ve been remixing/re-recording some of the tracks from the previous EPs:

…have just completed the reworked version of London’s Drowning for the album, more guitars and even some real wave sounds for that watery feel!

So don’t assume if you own the EPs, the tracks on the album will be the same.

WHFB: Dark Elves vs Orcs

Byakhee Gav A and I had a short notice WHFB game today – I used last w/e’s army list due to the short notice and also to test out whether I’d won by sheer blind luck or whether there was some merit in the army list. 3k of PV per side.

Again the so – called horde army deployed completely before I did. I suspect it is because they are using huge blocks of infantry 30-40 strong whereas I have several smaller units. However, and for the first time Gav was using a Giant which I had not anticipated due to his long standing (30 years) antipathy to them, and was not using a single warmachine…again something in common with Jim’s army of the previous Saturday thus potentially rendering my 20 harpies a waste of 220 points…

I deployed my secret weapon – Cat !
Clawed was very nervous and edgy around humans when I rescued him (a stray) so I think it is good he is now confident enough to sit on most of my large, insanitary and noisy byakhees without fear.

The Harpies and the Dark Riders charged into the Orc Wolf Riders, and a terrible grinding combat ensued.

Use it or Lose it ! The first War Hydra surged forward, the Sorceresses did their work and hexed Eeza Ugezod’s Black Orcs (40 strong horde of Black Orcs), reducing their WS and BS to 1, and reducing the S & T by 1. For good measure I took a few out with Blade Wind and some RXB shots. Then I used the War Hydra’s breath weapon (Use it or Lose it). They charged into combat against the Hydra and it got very messy…for them…

Meanwhile, twinkletoes the giant and COK danced around each other to no effect.

Gav managed to roll some lousy Animosity tests that left harboth’s 40 Boyz standing around at the back allowing the second War Hydra and the Silver Talons to march up close.

No, they were still locked in combat, after three rounds ! Orc Wolf Riders, DE Dark Riders and Harpies ground each other down.

The War Hydra defeated the Black orcs and over-ran them. The Spearmen charged the Orc General on Wyvern saw him off, only to ind he returned for more and beat them !

Meanwhile the Dark Riders finally broke the Wolf Riders and rode them down freeing up my flank.

However, Harboth’s having charged the second War Hydra and received a sever mauling got the Silver Talons in the face as well, and were soundly defeated, the Harpies killed the Orc Shaman, leaving the Giant out of the action and just an Orc General surrounded on three sides by a pretty much unharmed Dark Elf army.

I counted about: 4 Harpies dead; 5 Dark Riders; 3 Silver Talons (Spearmen); 12 Spearmen; 2 RXBs; and one War Hydra at half wounds. In return I’d killed: 40 Black Orcs; 40 Big ‘Uns; 20 Savage Orcs; 10 Wolf Riders; a Lvl 4 Shaman; and an Orc General missing half his wounds.

So the same army did another decisive victory. Luck ?

Not with those dice !
True Gav’s Animosity rolls had hampered him, but his plans and deployment were sound.
I think I might have a half decent army list here.
Well until next time. 😉

Louis, fired off a load more pictures available here.

My mate Mort also turned up to collect his Cossacks, and drool at the train, he was impressed by the scene of carnage !

Goblin Green Scenery ?

Way back when…when I was 16…Goblin Green was the base colour of choice, yes really. Looking at the photos or some o the AVBCW games recently the Goblin Green base coat for my barn jarred somewhat.

Ok it was a card and paper build I did when I was 16, and jazzed up a bit when I was 18 or so. But still, it was time to renovate it and bring it up to date.

So some of the base biscuit paint for the base paint, and then the usual mix of dark scatter material, followed by medium green static grass.

Then I followed it up by adding some of the block paving paper that I bought – ISTR cursing not painting the interior of the building even back when I was 16 and now cursed trying to get the paper to fit into the interior of the barn. It worked in the end.

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Along with a tiny bit for the side door.

And added some leaves to represent ivy as well to replace the VERY faded flock I’d used all those years ago.

Whilst waiting or that lot to dry I did some more Cd scatter bases for BoB and AVBCW.

Now for some more Warhammer…

BoB: Encounter at Tryitoutskigrog

Our second game of the day, Gav and I played using the test rules using some of my BoB troops.

I was worried I didn’t have enough Bolsheviks for him, but it turned out I have painted 40-50 of them years ago and forgotten all about them !

Again Gav set up in a straight at ’em linear fashion which, as it happens the scenery favoured. This is something that will be changed in futurer, and I am at work on some Renadra fencing to go around some of these cottages.

His forst shot onto my artillery resulted in a complete wipe out my artillery crew. A brutal, but effective set of rules there !

His troops took up positions in two burnt out cottages, and so I had to try and move ky troops round them.

In the meantime, his Bolsheviks, sacked the church,my Shock troopers hurled grenades to no eect, and I generally lost !

Still first test of the rules and they had some merit – long way to go.

The scenery is coming along. The game mat looks more brown/blecahed than it really is. I have another three to enable me to dress a table 16×8 (actually 16×6 on the boards) for the BoB game in late June.

Louis caught a few more pictures here.

AVBCW: A little Game at Little Marcle

On Friday Byakhee Gav H and I had a little game to try out some rules we’d been tinkering with loosely based on the newly released “Went the Day Well” rules Ook has produced and that we are bashing into shape for my Back of Beyond game.

A cut down platoon of two units plus command unit faced off against each other – MHC vs BUF.

Gav’s unsophisticated walk straight at them tactic should have spelt disaster.

But a combination of good cards for initiative…

…and good dice…

Saw him win.

A quick and simple game that tested out a few of the new rules we’d dreamt up (mostly his).

Which left time for a quick game afterwards of my BoB rules…

Stay tuned pop pickers…

WHFB: Dark Elves vs Skaven 2013 03 09

On Saturday Byakhee Jim and I played a 3k WHFB game. Ater clearing up from Friday when Byakhee Gavin and I gamed AVBCW and BoB, I was sitting totally unenthused trying to sort out an army list. Maybe its because I’ve p[played DE too much, maybe it was because I was tired (the Alarm Cat went off at 4am that morning) but with 15 minutes to go, the army spreadsheet was empty. A phone call from Jim, he’s clearing up parental mess, and all of a sudden I get enthused with some ideas on my army.

Having had a run of failures I’d already cogitated on what I was doing wrong, so with 40 minutes on the clock I set to work redesigning my army around my available units. As I also knew I was facing Jim’s Skaven, I knew some of his tactics so for once I actually prepared for them.

The army list 95% complete on his arrival was very experimental, and whilst he got his 200+ troops I finished it of.

After agreeing the rules for the Arcane Ruins we would be fighting over we got the game going. Jim was using Skaven slaves as “meat shields”, however, as it panned out this was not entirely in his favour. What also did not pan out in his favour was blowing up his L4 Grey Seer and taking half the large unit of Skaven he was in with him into the realms of chaos…

Use it or lose it. Despite my Crystal of Midnight not stealing a spell from his Skaven magic users, the Hydras lunged forth and used their breath weapons on the hapless Skaven. I caught his main unit of Skaven, his Skaven slaves, and his Plague Monks. I then managed to use the Guiding Eye successfully with what little RXBs I had to whittle down more of his troops. My Cold Ones did a sharp left turn and repositioned themselves to take on the left flank.

Combat started early, with a bunch of Giant Rats charging my DE RXB unit on my right, and failing to see it off. Jim’s plan had been to charge his unit of PLague Monks in as well, but it seemed they were only offering moral support only….this is where Jim’s quite good plan started to unravel big time. His Skaven Slaves couldn’t get out of the way of the main Plague Monk unit’s way, so he ended backing them (the plague monks) off.

In the middle he charged the Hydra with his main unit, only to ind the dice were against him and the Hydra inflicted yet more wounds on this unit that had now lost nearly half his its number

On the other flank, he charged his slaves ninto the COK, and then charged the Rat Ogres through the woods into the flank of the COK – only to find on close reading of the rules he lost a lot o benefits. The COK, healthily bolstered by the Hydra Banner saw of both of these units and started the domino effect that Jim himself regularly uses.

The RXB unit on my right held out and saw of the Giant Rats, the second RXB unit charged in against the Skaven fighting the Hydra in the middle and the Harpies pounced on the Warp Lightning Cannon as had been planned wiping it out. At the same time, the Hydra and RXB unit in the centre finished off his main unit, causing panic tests to continue disrupting his line.

The Harpies and Hydra on the right flank moved out of harms way, and the Plague Monks went in for the Silver Talons, wiping nearly half of them out, only to end up losing the combat.

Sadly the RXB unit was charged by the smaller Plague Monk unit, and didn’t do as well as it had done against the Giant Rats. Running away.

The COK, Dark Riders, and RXB unit did make a good charge in against the (9) Rat Ogres crushing them completely – that unit ahd been my main worry.

Jim’s dice did let him down on several occasions…he needed 4s….Jim continued on to the bitter end.

Victory to the Dark Elves, the Skaven are now preparing to welcome their new overlords:

By the end of the game, I’d seen off his entire right flank, trashed his centre, killed or run of his few war machines, and destroyed his main Plague Monk unit with Warp Fire thrower leaving one unit of ~20 Plague Monks relatively unscathed. I’d lost one RXB unit plus L2 Sorceress, lost half the Silver Talons and half of my block of ordinary Spearmen, but still 20 had harpies, 10 Dark Riders, 5 COKs, 8 RXBs and 2 Hydras on the loose.

For once I’d stuck some combat heroes into units, and this worked well, along with following nthe dictum: “Know your enemy”. At a number of points I got lucky, but that would not have been enough to win this battle.

There’s a few other things I did, but they’re little secrets. I also took loads of photos with Louis the camera, and they can be found here.