The Astromancer’s lair

having started to play the Forgotten Pacts campaign, and then bought the Maze of Malcor, I promised JP I’d get some scenery pieces that were required for the scenarios. he’s done so many items I thought it was time I ponied up some more scenery.

The Nickstarter, the Maze of Malcor is much longer than other supplements.

However, in both supplements there is a need for telescopes !

Good job I had one, bought and painted whilst at uni some 25 years ago. Metal Magic.

Could I find the other five I needed to make the half dozen needed ?

Yes I could !

Once again Midlam Miniatures have re-released the item, I think re-mastered as they are slightly larger. So now I have the half dozen telescopes required.

With a few other pieces of scenery being painted up/finished, I think I have some suitable scenery for an Astromancer’s lair.

And the all important throne – this time by Ainsty, bought as part of a not so secret project.

Doors to the Maze of Malcor

Northstar/Ospreys latest bundle arrived today.

Having read through the book (not the novel) it looks an interesting expansion to say the least, with new deployment of treasure, XP and spells. There are twelve scenarios that will certainly test players, and it also introduces the potential for the wandering monsters to be controlled either by a player, or a third party – my preference is for a third party/GM.

Many of the scenarios call for doorways as entry points, and quite by co-incidence I have been busy painting some doorways up ! So that was serendipitous.

Old Metal Magic items now available vis Midlam Miniatures.

I had bought them for the Alone in the Crypt scenario from the Spellcaster magazine.

I’ve got my eye on you

Byakhee JP has been using Wizard’s Eye for his latest wizard, and so learning from this I decided to use it for my latest war band as well.

But of course this needs a bit of scenery, so I set to work to make it.

Large paper clip as the stand.Looks a bit wonky !

Not for much longer. My grandfather was an engineer so my father has his tools including this vice.

Better !

Painted black.

Downloaded several images of magical eyes from the interwebnet thingy.

Printed, and laminated with the back being painted black.

It works.

Could do better I think is the phrase.

Now that I have proved the concept I’ll work on a few more.

Of Plastic, Dinosaurs & Toads

Not the post I intended, but I am once against thwarted by low light levels which has hindered the highlighting of several figures.

So I diverted my efforts (mostly) to sorting out a shoe box size pile of slotta bases, some of which I’d promised to Too who turned up to collect them this afternoon.

I now have some on Freecycle to try and give them to a good new home, as having sorted them I don’t need so many, and as black plastic they cannot be recycled. Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you should have heard that plastic is a major pollutant in the environment, so we should be doing as much as possible to stop this stuff going to landfill and or being washed in to the seas. I’ve shifted loads of stuff on Freecycle, so i recommend it as a way of getting rid of stuff you no longer want, but has no monetary value.

(NB: Plastic sprue can be recycled providing they’re not black ! So make sure you check your local council’s recycling details and put them in iff they can be recycled PRETTY PLEASE)

Talking of plastic:

Found these on Evil-bay,, and bought them so I could hack them up into scenery pieces for Back of Beyond and Ghost Archipelago pieces.

At only £7 they’re good value, even if they are not 100% anatomically correct.

On the subject of anatomy:

I was hassled at frostFayre, for not having Ice Toads in my expansive collection, so the following w/e I ordered some from CP Models.

Jon then sent a smug message saying he already had two of them.

Good job I’d ordered three.

To distinguish them on the field of battle I painted their tongues, red, white and blue !

Now hopefully tomorrow, I should have finished off some more Captains, treasure items, and continued with the small challenge I set myself !

FrostFayre 2017 & Aquarium Mats

Recovering from running FrostFayre 2017, seven of us played all day 10am-6pm.

Frantic last minute preparations in the village hall, as tables were set up, figures chosen and last minute changes to rosters were made.

Table 1-only a single car’s worth (and not even full) worth of scenery enabled me to set this one up.

And Table 2.

I was Umpire for the first set of games, and so today am rather tired as I was also the caterer, feeding the 5,000 with bread and fishes, ok, 6 of us with pizzas !

Now wading through the 70+ photos Louis took.

On my return last night, my parents provided a belated Xmas present that had been held up:-

Yup, some mates of aquarium plants. They come on plastic grids and can be popped off, or cut up in to useful “organic” shapes.

This one as you can see is about 25-35mm high, ideal for jungle terrain for Ghost Archipelago.

My parents had got me three of these mats as a bundle off of Amazon after all of us had scoured pet shops and garden centres only to be told that staff knew what we wanted but could not order them, nor could they say when they would be next in stock as it was up to suppliers.

Once again, the local shops lose out. 😦

Watch out for this stuff being carved up and added to bases shortly.

GA: The Cow Incident

In late November my mother announced that unlike the previous 5 years, we would be exchanging presents with my Aunt and Uncle. So I had to revisit my Xmas list and dream up some more low value items the family could buy.

So I hit e-bay for some cheap scenery for Ghost Archipelago.

Of course, the photos are quite small, so I failed to spot the white blob on this item that I received yesterday.

Yes, a cow and calf, on an aquarium ornament. (AKA wargaming scenery piece)

For more information on small cows:

Onwards…

Obviously meant as a corner ornament, the back side (!) had no static grass.

So…

…the cow was sawn off with a small hacksaw I’d bought before Xmas, and replaced with a fern (GW Barbed bracken piece).

Some more static grass.

And some more static grass for the back side.

Renovations, again…more old Mordheim card stock scenery

Back in the good old days…

The original box set came with this card stock central pillar that could act as a focus point in a game.

As you can see it’s rather worse for wear after 18 years of use and abuse.

the base is only raised up by about 5mm, and the central pillar sits within it, but has inevitably sagged downwards.

So to make it more robust, I prepared a proper base, which would be flanked on all sides by about an inch with my regular paving slabs.

And then a pile of card offcuts to sit underneath and within the pillar’s base to support it so it doesn’t sag as much.

Ta – da !
I also added some skulls from the GW skeleton sprue to cover up some of the damage that had occurred over the years.

Now this can sit in the middle of a square for the FrostFayre 2017 game and I won’t have to worry about ti falling apart.