Arcane Ruins

All that Agrax Earthshade is going somewhere, and its mostly scenery. One of the items I brought with me was a pile of assembled and undercoated Arcane Ruins by GW.

The kit is actually quite versatile and you get ruined versions of the uprights.

There’s three telethons, a single pylons and the base.

I painted them all in Foundry Slate Grey, with various brasses by GW for the details.

I’ve got another set on order so I’ll photo that at the w/e, with all the pieces.

I’ve kept the pieces separate to allow access to the inside.

One was unimpressed, viewing it from one’s latest throne !

WHFB: The Last Hurrah ! (Part One)

So, with my move date now firming up, I organised a Last Hurrah battle of WHFB, as I planned for my WHFB boards and figures to go into store as I would not have room for them in my new abode.

Byakhees Gav and Rich were eager to play, the rest of the herd were busy elsewhere with inconsequential rubbish like rehearsing for plays etc.

Nav came round and broke his army out of their comfy boxes the evening before to save time on the day – it took nearly and hour and a half as his is a horde army of Orcs & Goblins.

We had originally hoped to have a two day session, but schedules were tight and I needed time for packing.

Gav didn’t get all his figures out so I didn’t know the full extent of what was going on, and he turned up with his laptop with the full army list, so BlackJack tried to get a sneak peak of it – he is after all a NINJA PUMA.

The armies set up. Rich and I were in fragile Alliance of Dark Elves and Tzeentch.

BlackJack remained by the laptop just in case !

Lots of green skins !

And it wouldn’t be a Last Hurrah without Mengil’s would it ? They took up position in the chaos temple.

First turn initiative was won by Nav, Animosity – and what have we here: The Impetuous Spider Riders. WE decided that that would be the name of a good Punk band and spent the rest of the day imagining novel song titles.

Catimosity ! Richard fails his check, and rolls a 6, and has to stroke BlackJack.

We also had a “Portal of Kittens” at the other end of the table, a running gag for the group, as the magical portal 9/10 does something fairly benign, and then on the 10th time blasts an entire unit into ashes or gives them super powers. The gobbos got a minor buff spell.

Having wiped out the Impetuous Spider Riders, Mengil’s set ready to take on the Savage Orcs.

Crunch, I’d wiped out nearly but not quite half of the Savage Orcs, only to find that Nav ha plonked a Big Boss and Shaman in amongst them !

Which resulted in Mengil’s being destroyed and the Savage Orcs over-running towards my defensive line !! We resolved from hereon to ignore Jim’s pathetic whines about Mengil’s being unbeatable, because if a bunch of semi-naked Orcs could beat them, anyone could. 😛

Meanwhile Nav advanced his whole army towards our very fragile looking line of RXBs and Flamers of Tzeentch.

Luckily the winds of magic were not with Gav !

(To be cont’d)

New Home, new challenges, new litter trays

Moved in last week, on the Wednesday, got asked if I had a specific piece of scenery JP had seen, so within 24 hours I did the first modelling.

Yes, a cart full of bones and skulls that I’d got from a mate some 20 years ago, and who had in turn bought it some10+ years earlier, so no idea of provenance.

One of the sides had come off, and as we were planning on a games session on the Friday (yes I was intent on returning to gaming sanity that quickly), I repaired post haste after finding it.

It was for the Thaw of the Liche Lord scenario “Loot the Cart”, the third scenario.

WE knew we only had time for one scenario, and we were close to the bone (haha) for that for a number of reasons. Here’s JP’s write up of the event, mine will follow shortly.

More important than that…

The two delinquents have to be settled in. So I took the “throne” that only Black Jack used, and put it in a good vantage point on a chair in the dining room that I have annexed in my parents’ house.

Only for Spades to resolutely use it.

And tonight I cleaned out and refreshed the litter tray. Following the move I damaged my leg and I am now on antibiotics so they needed cleaning.

Of course within less than 5 minutes BlackJack was on the case…or litter tray.

Ok…

And then Spades moved in.

In this more confined space, I’ll be having to clean the trays a bit more often. Joy of Joys.

To follow, the first of three Frostgrave games.

Moving House

Been busy, prepping to move house, but I have a very big WHFB write up and as of today two new Frostgrave games to write up.

As regulars attending my games sessions, the Cats treat visitors with disdain if not out right hostility.

So now Im am preparing to integrate them into a household with two strange humans, a dog, and a big fat lazy cat.

Updates to follow next week, maybe this w/e if I have time as JP and I have started playing the Thaw of the Liche Lord campaign for Frostgrave.

Scenery – more walls

For Xmashammer, I ahd to dig out some plastic walls I had for the third scenario.

But Quelle Horror – they were unpainted.

So I decided to very quickly paint them and add to the scenery pile I could legitimately use.

They were from the GW Empire Farm set (now OOP, as ever). Rather than grey coping stones I went with reddish ones for a bit of variety.

The gate sections.

Useful for WHFB, Frostgrave and Mordheim.

Whilst I was at it, I found an offset of foam board, and made a 5th Wall for Frostgrave.

Now all I need to do is model some walls with Cats on top of them.

As my neighbours’ cat knows, walls are only there to help them get higher up into the trees, and their next snack.

Flu, Cats and clear outs

I thought I’d only been away from the site a week, but I see its nearly 10 days !

As ever time flies when you’re having fun. Or rather, not, as most of the last 4 days have been.

I cracked open a box of Samurai of mostly Citadel vintage and decided to flog them on e-bay which was a lucrative experience, but rather odd. Some of them went for very high prices, and others didn’t shift at all. The market for figures these days is very hit and miss. What I have noticed is that the very popular ranges sell for little, and the less popular sell for more. Presumably due to the availability of the popular models and the more obscure being rare. That trend is bucked by iconic figures being much sought after.

Anyway, by selective pruning I emptied two more boxes of figures, and flogged one of the boxes to JP. It is always sad to sell off figures, but as I reflected, I had used maybe half a dozen Samurai once in a battle 30 or more years ago. Sometimes they just need to be got rid of, especially as I when;’t even painted them. Wargamers joke about the lead mountain they accumulate, mine is an entire mountain range. So far in the last 2 years I’ve downsized by 10+ boxes (the old GW cases) and need to go for another 5+ in the next month as I am likely to move house.

Now its been cold here in the UK, so late one evening last week I was concerned that BlackJack had not made his satanic presence felt, so early in the evening I lit the fire, and noticed a bulge under the sofa skirts again:

Hmm, a cat sized bulge, for a cat known to play underneath the sofa skirts ?

Even with my flu befuddling my brain cell, I thought this more than co-incidence.

Yes, he’d been asleep under there all afternoon and into the evening. Forget the cushion/throne, forget the blankets provided…sleeping on the floor under the sofa was the latest “thing”

The flu BTW was picked up at a conference I attended last Saturday with my Councillor hat on. Though its obviously doing the rounds, as my parents came down with it a few days later.

Pringles – a valid feline dietary option, and source of scenery

Reminded by Byakhee JP that Pringles tubes are useful for scenery, I indulged, and reminded myself of earlier efforts at scenery I’d done.

Necromunda scenery from c1999. Might be useful for Rogue Stars ?

Additional pieces including scatter terrain made from the old GW scenery stuff, brass plumbing fittings, and the plastic top of a deodorant bottle.

Another unfinished piece of scenery that has languished in the playroom cupboard for 14+ years.

I’d added some WHFB bits to the tower, along with the inevitable masonry paint. This also makes the cardboard tubes much stronger and robust.

I’d also used some very old “Arcane Architecture” pieces back when Citadel/GW were of any use, and designed it as a wizard’s tower, so when better to use it than in a game of Frostgrave ?

I’ve been searching the Intercatwebnet for different dolls house tile paper and will be getting some for the ground floor to make it a different and “special” piece of scenery later this week.

So I stuffed my face with more Pringles over the last week, ably helped by…

…Spades, he preferred the Cheese & Onion flavour but partook of all flavours. And today decided Mayonnaise was also on the menu.

These new tubes will be chopped up to make useful huts and mini towers for the Frostgrave scenarios that I’ll be playing with the BYakhees – need the scenery if JP is not around !