Filler, or something has been weighing on my mind…

Finally, the weather changed yesterday and today and I could spray varnish the figures I’d done before Xmas, and undercoat some more.

In return for a hand written and signed Xmas card, Byakhee Rich had assembled a Copplestone Castings Schupo Sonderwagen (or rather two), and delivered them during Xmashammer. The two MG turrets held in place by magnets as usual.

The newly varnished Dark Elves needed to be packed into the box, and also weighted. I’d done some ad hoc weighting of bases during Xmashammer for Anthony’s Dwarves, but had neglected to do my own. So I set about weighting them.

Why weight them ?

Plastic figures are very light, and can often be top heavy. When moving/placing them on the battlefield,especially on slopes, they can fall over. For WHFB games this is especially annoying as you can see an entire forest of spearmen fall over virtually every time you move them or the table gets knocked.

Therefore, I weight the bases with polyfilla, and or metal weights – off cuts from sprues and such like.

Sorting through my Dark Elf Infantry box, I found I’ll be doing a lot more weighting than I thought ! But at least I have now finished off that box entirely:

  • 3 x 10 RXB units
  • 1 x 20 RXB unit
  • 1 x 50 Spearmen (with options for two units instead)
  • 1 x 35 Ladies of Spears
  • 1 x 35 Silver Talons


One A/C in progress and the highlights on Greatwing are being done. The brass etched foliage is being added as well now its been painted and highlighted.

No rest for the wicked…

RIP: Clawed

Sadly, I had to take Clawed to the vets today as his condition was deteriorating.

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He had ceased eating much just before Xmas and lost 1.5Kg weight. Last week the vet after checking him over gave him various injections to re-hydrate him, stimulate his appetite, and general antibiotics. By yesterday he was clearly distressed and crying having lost more weight.

The vet found a lump in his guts, suspecting a fast developing cancer as it had not been there the week previously. She assessed that he would be unlikely to survive surgery to remove it due to his age and current health. He was clearly weak, not focused on what was going on, unable to hold his head up, and so there was really only one way to cease his pain.

I said this blog would not be about everyday events in my personal life, and it won’t be, but the three cats I have have in their own way enlivened some of the games we have and provided comedic pictures/interludes.

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Not least when talking to your neighbour in her house and BlackJack nonchalantly turns up and enters the neighbours’ house…


Anyway, hopefully Clawed has found a celestial sunbeam for himself.

Denial Tango

What’s the fourth monkey doing….?

Q: What’s the difference between a climate change denier and a computer ?

A: You only have to punch the data into a computer once.

The end of the year, and the year to come

The last year.

No, I missed my target of 900 painted figures, I got to 855 painted figures in total.

I didn’t finish the new Dark Riders and Worlocks. The new models proved much more complex and awkward to paint than I’d expected. Great Wing is still WIP, rather than rush it and bodge it I decided to hold back and do it properly.

So I’ve missed the target, why ?

  • A combination of highly detailed figures demanding more to achieve paint jobs that show the figures off properly
  • The few days with good natural light, were Xmas and Boxing day…when I was with my family and not able to paint..I figured it would be a social faux pas to sit at the dinner table painting whilst eating.
  • Clawed is unwell and had to be taken to the vets twice, requiring me acquire the cat, stuff him in cat carry case and get to the vets (its not looking good)
  • The Builders, tilers, and suppliers are squabbling about who is to blame for the floor in the kitchen/utility/WC breaking up after a few weeks – they need a lot of supervision.

The excitement and tension is palpable to the felines….

On the upside:

  • JP & I hosted two AVBCW Big Games
  • I hosted a Back of Beyond Big Game, and even managed to get in my third BoB game !
  • Rich & I hosted a WHFB tournament event
  • I started flogging off all the figures I’m never going to use
  • …and started painting the BoB figures I am going to use

For this year coming

    • I got my new Alien Sex Fiend t-shirt to wear
    • JP & I are hosting another AVBCW game on March 8th
    • I’ll assemble the gates and stiles I got for Xmas for this and probably acquire yet more hedges
    • The floor in the kitchen/utility/WC WILL get fixed !
    • I’ve been invited by my local GW store manager to pop round for a photo session of the entire Dark Elf army (international fame and fortune beckon)
    • I’ll run another BoB Big Game
    • The Dark Elf army will get finished off at long last this year
    • Which will give me more time for AVBCW and Laserburn
    • Uncle Rich assembled some Shonderwagen for my BoB Germans, which means I’ll have to paint German infantry to go with them.

In the meantime I’ll get rid of this head cold I woke up with, the second within 4 weeks.

WHFB: Xmashammer 2013 – 3 – Day Two

Byakhee Roo, couldn’t make the second day so I stepped in the hustle his remaining beastmen toward the stunties.

The beastmen were jumbled up and constrained in a narrow space. This proved rather important as rather than hitting the enemy with all the units all at the same time, they were fed in piecemeal.

In the middle of the field, the two main Orc regiments were engaged in combat with the stunties.

But their flank was crumbling.

Yup, nearly 40 Rangererers in your face !

The dwarves saw off the orc General, and killed all but the Ogre champion who was locked in a challenge…for the next two turns…holding up the entire unit !

Having defeated Harboth’s, the Dwarf general and his Hammererersers surged forward.

We opted to give the Orcs an additional 500 points of troops (Fyrd, Night Goblins and a stone thrower), and 1000 points to the Dwarves as a stand alone Slayer army from the Storm of Chaos book.

The Black Orcs held out though.

Chaos Trolls waded into the Long Drong Pirate Slayers.

The Dwarf Miners having defeated and run down the Gor Ambushers, then got attached by the Centigors who had finally destroyed the Gyrocopter.

The Chaos Hounds attacked the organ gun, whose crew fought them off !

The Giant pinned the pirate slayers with a flank attack, allowing the Minotaurs to steam in once the Chaos Trolls had been defeated.

The Night Goblins released their fanatics into the Dwarf Longbeards with predictable results, before the Ogre champion finally succumbed.

But the Night Goblins were wiped out by the Hammerers.

At the end of the game (c6pm Sunday) the Dwarves had won. The Beastmen had been constrained due to the scenery and couldn’t get in fast enough, but when they did were very effective. This left the Orcs to take the brunt of the attack. The Gyrocopters caused havoc on the flanks and weren’t picked off quickly enough.

Another enjoyable game !

As oveerseen by the feline controller….