Monday, August 26, 2019

Skummburg: A Wretched Hive of You Know What

First big installment on Skummburg after Jezebel's Joint...three new buildings plus a windmill, some street lamps and some bits of furniture and fluff...
It was all quite a bit of work but I'm more or less happy with how things are turning out with it  Have some plans for expanding it considerably here in the not too distant future with some more shanties from Miniature Building Authority.
Space Scum salute their new home with some celebratory fire....
My first taste of Warhammer 40k was the big fat Rogue Trader book, so I've always been more of a fan of those earlier, pulpy visions of the 40k universe than of the 'Grim dark' look which came to dominate in subsequent editions.  Skummburg is very much influenced by the illustrations of Logan's World and Helsreach from that tome.  I can really do without the endless acres of Gothic Cathredrals covered with skulls.

K'Lurg Ratcha cruises happily through the streets of his new domain.  Two of his flunkies scout ahead.
Once again I had fun making posters of out little catalogs and advertisements...this fellow seems to appreciate them.
Dead Men Space Marines patrol the streets around the infamous Jezebel's Joint, expecting trouble at any moment.  I've always, always loved that illustration on the right, there.  I liked the idea that Space Marines might often find themselves engaged in mundane policing activities as well as epic last stands against the alien hordes.  Skummburg needs a good bit of policing...
The buildings are a mix of Miniature Building Authority shanties and Armorcast stucco buildings.  Can't get the Armorcast buildings anymore, so the rest of Skummburg is likely to be made up of the shanties which is just fine, I guess.
Interior with furnishings fit for scum.  Or college students...
I wanted a filthy look to the place that would make you feel like you could contract a horrible disease just from walking through the building.  Think I achieved that.
 Interior of the top level of the building pictured above and just below.
 Pieter Porque brandishes his meat axe at someone just for the sake of doing it.  The little shipping containers are Armorcast.  Can't remember when I bought them, they've just been rattling round in boxes for a long time.  They look good painted up. though.
Mad Meg and her crew head over to Jezzie's for a drink...
The street lamps have working LED bulbs in them.  Sweet!  

 Windmill by Daemonscape.  Damn nice model...
 Interior of the second building with more trashy posters and flea-ridden furnishings...
 Scum, indeed...
Skummburg begins!  Hopefully I'll have some more stuff done soon, but this makes a good start...

Saturday, August 10, 2019

Skaven of the Flea Fell: Sorcerers and Poison Wind Globadiers!

A trio of Skaven spell casters and their escort of globadiers consolidate their hold on a fallen human settlement.....
Recently played a rousing game of Oldhammer with some old friends.  My pal The Ratboy was so enthusiastic about playing with the painted Skaven that I did have (mostly Skaven slaves and Clan Moulder stuff) that I got motivated to paint up some more.  So here are some key players in the army of the Flea Fell...
A Warplock engineer designates a target for his globadiers...most likely he will be one of the army's junior spell slingers but his warplock pistol is likely to mean trouble for his enemies even if he runs out of spells...
The Army's chief wizard...I've always hated this 4th edition era model.   It suffers from 'Giant Weapon Syndrome'  that deadly curse that fell upon Citadel miniatures in the mid nineties.  But the fact is that the original Skaven miniatures line had so few Wizard models that I was forced to search further afield than 2nd/3rd edition to find what I needed.
He'll do, I suppose. 
I'm much more fond of this fellow, even though the sculpt is just a modified globadier, he's still got a delightfully sinister look about him.
The globadiers mass for the attack.  Hopefully they won't bump blindly into one another in their gas masks and drop a globe.
There were only two globadier poses in the original Skaven line, but that doesn't bother me too much as they are such characterful little fellows and you can only have a maximum of six in your army anyway.
The WW I style gas masks may seem out of place in a fantasy setting, but I've never found it to be distracting with these guys...
 It just makes me think of The Evil Genius in Time Bandits...Anything that makes me think of Time Bandits is good.
"Hee Hee!  Smash-smash!  Watch 'em choke & die!"

Evil little devils capering in triumph...need some Clan Rats now...

Sunday, July 7, 2019

Warhammer Ancients Chariot Wars: Egyptian Light Infantry

 Made a little progress on painting up some of the Ancients slope of my lead mountain....a regiment of Egyptian light infantry armed with javelins and shields.
 In Warhammer Ancients, troops classed as light infantry can form up and fight as regular line troops or break ranks and engage the enemy as skirmishers.  I'm interested to see how that works out on the table top.
 As usual the figures are all from Ral Partha's 1990s line.

 It was a fun regiment to paint, perhaps in part because the figures don't have a lot of paraphernalia to have to pick out with the brush.  Skin, some simple clothing, weapon and shield.  That's it.  So they go pretty fast.
 Some of the individual troopers.
The trooper figures are all the same casting but I don't mind that too much.
"Advance!!"   What's next?  I have no idea yet.  Archers, maybe?  Or a chariot regiment?  Meh.  I'll know when I get there.

Sunday, June 30, 2019

Classic Grenadier Giants and Dragons For Sale

Hi All!  A friend and I recently purchased a store's stock of classic miniatures, mostly Grenadier Boxed sets from the mid 80s. We have lots to sell.   I am putting up fourteen boxes from The Giant's Club and Dragon of the Month.  All of these are still in the original shrink wrap.  I'm trying to sell them fast so I'm not tempted to keep too many of the lovely old things.  Starting bids are $25.00  Stop by my ebay front if you're interested.

My friend is selling more over at his own ebay store:

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

The War Band of Kobel Yar, Sorcerer of The Tower of Yugg...A Warband for Dragon Rampant

It appeared on a naked hilltop on the edge of the grasslands one day; a tall tower of dirty yellow brick wreathed in a mist of the same hue: The Tower of Kobel Yar.  Some of the simple folk of the hills left their cliff dwellings and ventured down to the tower, and Kobel Yar came down among them.  Some fled from Kobel Yar and his troop of stone devils, but others were over-awed by his power.  Foolishly, they chose to enter into his service, and they passed within the doors of The Yellow Tower.  Years later they would re-emerge as his mutant servants, twisted and degenerate, utterly loyal to the fiend who had enslaved them.
Here Kobel Yar rides into battle astride the shoulders of one of the gargoyle servants who invariably accompany him on his evil errands.
The figure is the classic Ral Partha 'Wizard on Flying Demon' by Tom Meier, an old favorite from my childhood.
"Taste the wrath of Kobel Yar!!"

The people of the cliff-dwellings were not the only ones to be seduced into the service of Kobel Yar.  The creature known as The Mutant Giant was once the Mountain Giant Furmm.  During the years after he entered into the service of The Yellow Tower, Furmm became twisted and distorted beyond recognition by the potions and torments of the Master of the Tower.  Shunned by his own kind and nearly mindless, the thing which once was Furmm the giant now roams the jungles and deserts, seizing and devouring luckless travelers, and spearheading the attacks of the host of Warband in battle.
Old Grenadier Gug.  A gift from my best chum, J.  Have wanted him for many years.

The ultimate reward of service to The Yellow Tower is written on the bodies of Kobel Yar's mutant servants, some of whom are shown here.  All were once ordinary men.
The misshapen thing now known as 'Mother Mutant'. Once she was the matriarch of an important clan of cliff-dwellers.  Now an obscene flesh sculpture, she leads her clan into battle for The Master of the Yellow Tower.  An old pre-slotta Citadel Beast Man. 
The clans-mutants are almost all ancient Ral Partha demons and hunchbacks, with a couple of RAFM Sand Dwellers stirred in...
Some of the mutants doing what they do best...gesticulating menacingly and threatening mindless violence.
More mutants...both hunchbacks from the old 'Children of the Night' line...
From the battlements of The Yellow Tower the Gargoyles, Kobel Yar's oldest and most trusted servants, leer down at the plains below.
Sadistic and depraved beyond the ken of ordinary men, these creatures terrorize the countryside for miles around, flying out day and night to spy out the land and to seize captives to carry back to unimaginable torments in the belly of The Tower...
Most of these are figures Tom Meier did for Ral Partha but this fellow is a Metal Magic Sculpt.
I'm not very pleased with how the Gargoyles came out but I guess they will have to do.  I also had a pack of giant bugs I was going to use as lesser war beasts.  All nice old Grenadier sculpts but I screwed them up and they are going into the dip for another go round on another day.  That's ok because I'd like to add another Mutant pack and some other creepy crawlies to the horde soon so I'll be visiting The Yellow Tower again anyway.
This came about in large part because of Daniel Mersey's Dragon Rampant game.  For years I'd been looking for a simple, flexible alternative to Warhammer which I could use to create armies of the classic Ral Partha, RAFM and Grenadier minis I love so much and pit them against each other in blood curdling skirmishes.  Dragon Rampant is nice for this because everybody uses the same army list and what figures you use to represent the generic troop types are largely a matter of taste.  My tastes often run toward the weird as you can see.  DR allows me to give full rein to my twisted imagination when I create my war bands and I appreciate that.  The game is very simple, maybe too simple to be able to hold my interest forever but I've played a few games with old friends and so far everyone has enjoyed it.  There will be a lot more of these weird little armies appearing here in the future so if you liked this one watch this space.
The War Band of Kobel Yar:

Kobel Yar and Gargoyle Mount:  Leader, Light Missile unit, Flier, Spellcaster.............10 pts
Gargoyle Troop:  Bellicose Foot, Fliers............................................................................6 pts
Mutant Pack: Light Foot....................................................................................................3 pts
The Mutant Giant:  Greater Warbeast................................................................................6 pts
Total...................................................................................................................................25 pts