Friday, 17 February 2017

Yet more Oldhammer goodies...

 My next box contains some particularly nice Oldhammer goodness.

Another box of Oldhammer-ness

I won't linger on the shields, slottabases or the collection of Brettonian Knights' heads (bottom right).

Chaos Dwarves

Chaos Dwarfs!  Back when they were properly Chaotic, not the weird Middle-Eastern styled ones that came later.  These were from my late lamented local games shop and specialist stockist, Truro Micro.  They regularly had lots of second hand boxes you could rummage through, these cost about 25p each.  Mind you, that was about 20-25 years ago.


A few of the more interesting shields, a mix of GW, Marauder plus anonymous metal ones.

Assorted weapons.

A collection of weapons.  Chaos warriors box set, Space Marine combat knives, skeleton horde spears, part of a giant scorpion claw... a bizarre mix really.  Many will come in useful as pieces of set dressing for my dungeon.


The expedition pack mule from the Adventurer's Starter Pack, the first ever set of GW figures I had.  He was badly painted to start with, I really do need to clean him up and paint him properly!

Adventurers vs monsters!

You can see him lurking back left in this copy of the box art that also appears in the WFB 3rd ed rule book.

More shields.

A few more Marauder shields, partly painted.  These were later issued with the Advanced Heroquest game as shields for the retainers.

Epic scale diorama minus the epic scale figure.

This slottabase was intended to be the scenic base for an Epic scale Squat biker in exo-armour.  He was going to be doing a wheelie, hence the hole drilled ready to securely fix him in place.  I wonder where he went?

Chaos warrior

This Chaos Warrior may look vaguely familiar.  Why?  Because he graces the front of the WFB 3rd Edition rulebook!

Chaos warrior on WFB cover.

See,there he is!

Yet more shields.

Chaotic shields.

Enough shields now!

Horses' heads and some more shields.

Kev Adams' zombies

A trio of the fantastic old GW zombies by Kev Adams, I had these cast up specially at GW in Nottingham when I visited in 1998 because they were no longer available in blister packs by then.  All packed full of character, these deserve closer examination.


There's a scary face!


I like the dangling eyeball, exposed rib cage and escaping intestines!

Dingly-dangly zombie?

I think this chap is actually supposed to be separated from his slottabase tab and suspended from a gallows.

Mmmm... brains!

Makes a change to see something else eating a zombie's brains!

Nice hooves!

Gargoyle, not sure exactly which GW range he originally came from, I thought he might be a Night Horror but I can't find him in my 1989catalogue.  Somewhere I have a pair of wings for him.


Citadel pre-slotta ghoul.


I love this figure!  It stars in the WFB 3rd ed rule book.

WFB pp180-181.

 Our zombie-like ghoul appears 3 times in this magnificent diorama in the magic section of the WFB 3rd ed rules.

Here he is, on the far left of the diorama.

And again, by the bridge.

One more appearance as he emerges from the river.

This reminds me, somewhere I have a Jabberwock that needs painting.

Some of the detail from the bridge.  You just don't seem to get this sort of work from GW in their rule books these days, now they just plonk a load of figures down on a grass mat amongst their generic skull-laced terrain and don't even bother to try and hide their bases.

More Chaos Dwarfs.

Some more of my proper Chaos Dwarfs.  With these old figures, it's always fun to see which mutations they've worked into the figures.

More Oldhammer goodness next time!

Saturday, 11 February 2017

More Oldhammer goodies

 The next box of Oldhammer stuff I'll delve into is this one.

What's in the box?

You can see there are a couple of Advanced Heroquest Skaven, 3 old style Bloodletters of Khorne, a partially converted plastic Beastman, half a Marauder Beastman ready to be glued to a Chaos Thug's legs.  Let's look at the rest of the contents in more detail...


A marvellous Slaaneshi Chaos Warrior.  Nice claw!  Why are the new Chaos warriors all so boringly generic?

Hobgoblins - a rare sight these days.

A couple of Hobgoblins from the steppes, ready to kill the odd Kislevite.


The Hobgoblin archer has a particularly satisfying expression.  He'll be fun to paint!


A dead Squat. Rather sums up GW's attitude to the Space Dwarves, don't you think?

Imp with scrolls, "Jaw", Grimoire on legs.

3 Chaos Familiars.  These are actually a fairly recent purchase, about £2-3 each from e-bay, rather than bought new from GW for £7 each (!).

Lots of other familiars, I can't remember whether these were a Ral Partha set or Reaper.  They'll be handy companions to my wizards.

Tuesday, 7 February 2017

Frostgrave, here I come!

Lack of opportunity to visit a regular gaming group means that it's taken me a while to get around to looking at Frostgrave.  On the plus side, it does mean that there are already several add-ons available, so a quick visit to Wordery (faster but not quite as cheap) and Books Etc (cheaper but slower) provided me with the core rules plus a couple of sourcebooks.  Into the Breeding Pits will be especially useful, long time readers of this blog will know that my Hirst Arts dungeon is regularly dug out of the loft for a bout of Heroquest.

My next task will be to sort out a range of suitable models for the game.  A delve into my long-neglected boxes of models has unearthed a number of suitable candidates...

I have all sorts of goodies squirrelled away, let's start with the small "Chaos Warriors" cardboard box.

Thankfully this doesn't contain the hideous Chaos Warriors depicted upon the box lid.  Instead, it's crammed with all sorts of other GW plastics.

The Beastmen are a bit naff but I modified a few with alternative weapon heads - one of these has a Space Ork chainsword as his halberd head.

Heroquest and Advanced Heroquest provide a couple of wizards suitable for Frostgrave.  I'm sure the others might come in useful too (even if Elves and Dwarves don't get a mention in the rules!).

I didn't paint the Mummy, it came in a bag of other plastic tat which I only bought because it had a couple of metal Chaos Warriors in.  Might be possible to salvage it with a new paint job.

Freebie Elf who came with White Dwarf as a special Mordheim character.  Not sure about Frostgrave but he'll certainly be useful for Heroquest.

Advanced Heroquest men at arms.  They'll do as Frostgrave henchmen.  Oooh, and there's a zombie!

Heroquest zombie.  Other than the fact I didn't get around to painting the haft of the weapon, I'm still pleased with the paint job even though it's probably 15 years old.

 Assorted weapons will come in useful for set dressing in my Hirst Arts dungeon.

 A couple of Marauder Miniatures Wood Elf archers and an old GW Goblin.

 Epic scale beastman.

Lots of Advanced Heroquest... men at arms, Skaven.

Next time I'll delve into another box to see what goodies lurk within!

Saturday, 31 December 2016

Upgrading an Outrider - GZG mini-turrets and weapon mounts

I've recently been working on a second batch of Old Crow Outrider grav scouts to add to my reconnaissance force.  The original 4 are all armed with the standard Old Crow missile pod / machine gun turrets, as seen below.

Outriders with original Old Crow weapon mounts.

For the new Outriders, I wanted to try something slightly different but I couldn't decide on which turret style would be the best armament for them.  As luck would have it, I recently rediscovered my stock of 2x2 and 3x3mm Neodymium magnets, originally bought for attaching Full Thrust starships to their bases.  Sadly their original use didn't work very well, anything larger than a light cruiser being too heavy for the magnet to hold firmly, so I have a large supply which didn't get used.  Fortunately these will come in useful for my new project, I've already uses most of the 3x3mm cylindrical magnets to attach the turrets of my Glaive tanks, Claymore and Lancer heavy APCs.  The 2x2mm cylindrical magnets are ideal for these smaller turrets, just cut off the mounting peg on the turret, drill a suitable depth hole, dab in some superglue gel and drop in the magnet.

Outrider with 2x2mm magnet installed on top.

I have a good number of Old Crow mini-turrets.  Jez didn't have the metal gun barrels available when I placed my order so he threw in the mini turrets free with the idea that I can use some brass wire or something similar to make the guns.

Old Crow mini-turret.

Next we have a tribarrel mount from a GZG MAWP(W) (V15-24A).  The MAWP will also be magnetised, allowing it to share the range of armament options.  I've included a Peter Pig US Marine for scale, PP figures tend to be ever so slightly smaller than many Sci-Fi manufacturers such as GZG or Brigade/Armies Army etc.

Outrider with MAWP tribarret mount.

You can see some of the extra stowage I'm using, Brigade Models' jerry cans (from set SF15-906) and Ainsty Castings' etched brass stowage baskets (from set HS1014).  The little grab handle is just a piece of wire glued into a couple of small holes.

Outrider with MAWP tribarret mount.

 Next up is one of GZG's new mini-turrets, this one with a pair of quad missile mounts, V15-ACC29.

Outrider with twin missile mount.

Outrider with twin missile mount.

I rather like the look of the plasma cannon (V15-ACC27) too, so let's try one of those...

Outrider with Plasma Cannon mount.

Outrider with Plasma Cannon mount.

The twin machine gun mount (V15-ACC28) looks like it will make a good point defence weapon.

Outrider with twin machine gun mount.

Outrider with twin machine gun mount.

Finally I decided to give my old groundmount medium missile battery (V15-25D) a new lease of life.  Long-time readers of this blog may recall seeing this on a previous occasion, way back in 2010!  This should be useful if there is something too large for the point defence guns to handle.

Outrider with medium missile mount.

Outrider with medium missile mount.

I haven't seen any comparison photographs of these different turret/weapon mount styles yet.  Although there are photographs on the GZG web site with a scale next to them, I never find it very easy to visualise how big they actually are without a person for scale. That said, here is a comparison photograph of all the turrets I'm using, along with my crouching infantryman for reference.  Hmmm... thinking about it now, a standing figure would have been more useful!  I'll take another comparison photograph soon, I have a couple of other mini-turrets to work on as well.

Weapon mount size comparison.