Lucky me, I had an Amazon voucher. I have been wanting to get my hands on a copy of Horizon Wars for some time so added it to my basket. I was then seduced by the possibility of adding the (relatively) new Scrappers book to my order – I had pre-ordered it but cancelled for some unremembered reason.
My order duly arrived and I quickly thumbed through the Horizon Wars book – looks nice, and I may even be able to concentrate long enough to understand the rules! Not a bad start.
Then I turned to the impulse buy “Scrappers”. I’ve only given it the most cursory of readings but it did get rather excited by it, which in turn made me think of other rulesets which I have enjoyed conceptually (basically: on my own without anyone to tell me I’ve completely misread the rules and am ignoring rules I consider boring) such as This is Not a Test and Rogue Planet. There are some quite cool elements in Scrappers such as the Random Events Table (Flying Spiders! Wandering Warbot! Yay!) and a bunch of tables which give me a warm retro feeling. The variety of traits, weapons and so forth seem well considered and (more importantly) manageable so I’m looking forward to playing around building a few gangs, cults, etc.
Rather nicely, this has made me want to break out my 15mm stockpile since the unpainted drawer is now overflowing and opposed to reducing in size. I wasn’t however in the mood for painting since I’ve got a few figures already done who might be suitable for at least a quick game. Instead I wanted to make some terrain:
After an evening of cutting cork tile, using some nespresso pods, pausing for conversation and then trawling through some unassembled Ground Zero Games accessories I managed to get started on a few pieces to populate a tiny gaming space.
Next step is to finish these off and then make a board from 4 cork tiles.
For the first time in quite a while I’ve been excited and a bit inspired by a set of rules, additionally I think I can merge bits I like with my other favourites. One thing which I particularly like about the whole sci-fi meets post-apocalypse thing is the very powerful sense of the absurd and how it can be included just pretty much……… well……. because. In fact, because of this book I’ve dug out my battered copies of the Dark Future novels which are without a shadow of a doubt tremendously entertaining (not the peak of quality literature, but entertaining all the same).
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So, Summer is now truly upon us and the intolerable heat has me thinking of my long neglected 10mm scale/Warmaster project. As it turns out I had finished the Spearmen unit so I have to focus fully on getting the Half-Ogres finished in order to make it worthwhile getting them cast up.
Over the last couple of evenings I’ve spent a bit of time on the two armatures which I had started three or four months ago and have loved getting back into it. Here they are at time of writing:
As you can see, some sculpting has been happening. Yeah, I know, you all thought my grand scheme was dead in the water, never going to progress any further…….. well, shame on you naysayers! The project lives on and I’m pretty determined to get a load of work done over the summer with the immediate plan of finishing maybe two or three more ogres to finish the mercenary unit. Next step will be to get the Arabian Spearmen and the Ogres cast up and make some available for sale.
I’ve also been getting some additions to the epic Mechanicus force organised. I’m trying to stay away from 28mm figures since I seem to enjoy what other people do in that scale much more than my own efforts……. Also they take me ages to do when I should really be spending that time sculpting.
Finally managed to get a bit of painting done, the first batch of my Epic Heresy Era Mechanicus Skitarii.
I know there are only six units, but that was because I didn’t really take any kind of unit building structure into account and thought that this sounded like a sensible number. How wrong was I?
It turns out that six units simply isn’t enough, there need to be ten units of regular infantry and on top of that there need to be two units of fighty Tech-priests, then add a Magos to make it better. Then they need some snazzy treads to ride around inside, so I’m using those steampunk tanks. It turns out I’m still a couple of infantry stands short so I think I might use some Servitors (from the Defeat in Detail Cybershadows Specialists pack) to make the unit look a bit more interesting. Don’t get me started on the support options! That’ll be more tanks, I’ve got some beefy multi barrel big gun tanks which I want to use as Minotaurs. Oh, and robots. Lots and lots of robots. I’m very excited about the robots.
It’s strange, I’ve always loved Epic ever since I got the Space Marine boxed game but I’ve never actually played a game or even read the rules. I do however want to play some solo games set in the Heresy era which will give a reason to paint up some assorted astartes units; particularly Night Lords, World Eaters and Alpha Legion (I’m planning to use the ‘sudden overwhelming force’ element of Alpha Legion tactics as an excuse to paint loads of huge assault tanks, stealth tanks, troop carriers and a rather swish looking mobile command centre – complete with spy/attack drones).
More on the way soon!
Yay! Managed to finally get a bit of detail on my diddy Vulkan. So, as you can see he now has a shouting little head, a more substantial left arm and hand, some fire blazing from the top of his armour (I know it looks big, but it’s a little model and I think it looks quite fun).
I’ve also added his cloak but I still need to get some lizard skin texture on it, so no pics for now.
His proportions ain’t quite right, but I’m just charging on regardless since this has turned out to be quite fun. I think the next primarch will be a bit more proper, with an armature and so on.
I’ve also started painting the fledgling mechanicum force, so hopefully some of that up soon.
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