Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Vikings and Gaels and Harpies, a Dwarf Wizard, Normans and a woman with a child

So I've been painting miniatures on and off and finally I got around to photographing them. As you can tell from the title, it's a bit of a random assortment.

They all seem to be brawling over control of a small Dark Age style hovel.

These are Foundry vikings. Personally I'm not convinced by the historicity of the breastplate. The beards and hair are a little too wild and unkempt too, if you ask me.


The fellow with the horn is Citadel IIRC, while the other two are Foundry.

Suddenly three fierce Harpies (Foundry) appear, intent on capturing the hovel.

Using their superior mobility, the Harpies displace the Vikings...

... but the Vikings rally.

Here a Dwarf wizard with a crow familiar (Oathmark) and three Celtos Gaels have taken possession of the hovel. Not sure where the Vikings and Harpies are up to, but if the opportunity is there it'd be foolish not to take it.

The Gaels have not accounted for the small handful of Citadel Normans. Off to the side we can see woman with a child. She's Citadel as well and, I think, somewhat later than the Norman era.

Things are getting confusing now. The Normans have the hovel, but one Gael swordswoman are still among their lines.


Confusion reigns. Who is fighting whom? Maybe it's all just for show...

In the end, the Harpies reappear and claim the hovel. Most likely they're feasting on the bones of the slain.

I still have to varnish the minis, but otherwise they are done. 

Monday, July 20, 2020

Setting Out in Search of Adventure: Chapter 1 Fiction


Yesterday I posted the characters for the OSR-as-minis-skirmish-game I'm about to run for my wife and son.

Today I'm posting the fiction. Basically what I'll do is read it out loud, much like I'm reading a few chapters from a book, and then transitioning into the game.

Keep in mind that in terms of sophistication, this is aimed at a six year old.

Here's: Bravery & Epiphany's Very First Adventure

Here are the two main characters and their five loyal friends, ready to brave the deep dark woods.

Sunday, July 19, 2020

Setting Out of in Search of Adventure

A little while ago I told my son (6 years old) and my wife to each select a miniature. The idea is that I'd stat them up and then run some OSR derived skirmish battles for them, while hopefully linking the games with a narrative of sorts.

It took me longer than I liked to stat the characters up, in part because I kept trying to get everything "just so" for my large OSR-as-a-minis-game project and developing set of homebrew rules for a potential RPG campaign. Then I stopped trying and got the stats done, which is better.

Now all we need to do is play the first game, which we'll do real soon. Like, we were going to do it today but then my wife's cousin and her family came over and I had to grill them some burgers. I also ended up having another commitment in the afternoon. So that didn't work out. Luckily, I hadn't promised anything except to myself, so I'm the only one who was disappointed.

Anyhow... my son picked an old citadel wood elf (Skarloc) with a big sword ("he must do a lot of damage") and bow ("and he can shoot"), and named him Bravery.


My beloved wife picked a Reaper mini, I think primarily because in her opinion the dress makes it the prettiest female mini I've painted. She was given the name Epiphany.


In part the abilities and so on are homebrew adaptations of a beta version of Kevin Crawford's upcoming Worlds Without Numbers. It's reasonably old school, but not quite B/X. I've also tried to put everything on the character sheet, both because it's easier for my player base to engage with and because it's less work than trying to write out the whole homebrew ruleset before we play.

My son also commented something like "imagine we had FIVE friends with us, and they got STRONGER when they work together" which I thought showed excellent early development of leadership skills. It also adds a bit more moving pieces for what is supposed to be an on-ramp to skirmish gaming, and provides an excuse for trying out some of the concepts I'm looking to develop.

I picked five viking minis (no armour) and named them Alfhild, Baggi, Eilif, Finnulf, and Klefi.


One of the concepts I'm looking at - and will be testing out in this game - is the idea that "regular troops" carry out instructions fine when near a leader. However, if left to their own devices you need a morale check to avoid them potentially showing undesirable independent initiative. It's intended to be a general rule, but in this case I've rolled it into the traits of the unit.

Next up, the narrative....



Friday, July 17, 2020

The Five Dwarves, the Mule, and the Beastman

If you go through the Beastwoods, you should expect to meet with those who dwell within. And if you do not have their permission, you could get into trouble. For example, these five Dwarves have just lost their pack mule.

Five on one should result in a Dwarf victory, even if the Beastman is much bigger. The question is, of course, how many mates does the Beastman have lurking in nearby bogs and thickets?

I've painted a few more minis. The Dwarves are new Oathmark plastics. Personally, I enjoy their pseudo-historical Dark Ages styling. The Beastman is an old Citadel mini, and the mule is an even older Citadel mini.

The Beastman takes up a tactical position with his back to a rock and some thickets. It'll be harder for the Dwarves to surround him now.

As you can see, I'm going with a mostly blue and yellow scheme for the Dwarves, but not too rigidly. I think early medieval (and early medieval type fantasy) people tended not to be too uniform in their gear. It turns out I also enjoy painting individual minis more than I enjoy painting "units", so theory and practice go together in happy unity in this case.

The Beastman agrees to trade the mule back for three bottles of strong ale and two books of poetry. In the end, no one was seriously hurt and new friendships were formed. Awh!

Monday, July 6, 2020

Fantasy Miscellanea

I also painted some fantasy minis.

First up, a Reaper Bones (first KS wave) undead thingie, an old Citadel (or Marauder) Chaos Warrior, and a Citadel Beastman.

This brings my Chaos Horde up to 5 Chaos Warriors and 3 Beastmen. It's a pretty small horde, which explains the need for undead to back them up on occasion.

The highlight here is clearly the Chaos Warrior's exposed left buttock. Chaos can be pretty wild sometimes.

Next up a Reaper earth elemental and two Celtos Gaels. The Celtos range has some women warrior in bikinis that I really like, but they are - as we say these days - a bit problematic. My current approach is to field a roughly equal number of more-or-less equally undressed male and female minis for a given faction and say that the nudity/ near nudity is a cultural thing independent of gender... but I'm having a harder time finding sexy dude warriors for some reason.

I love the face expression and dynamism of the woman warrior's pose. Her massive shield is pretty cool too. I suppose it makes sense to have a big shield if you're not wearing any armour.

Here they are facing the other way.

Finally, a fountain from the Reaper Bones first Kickstarter. I tried using clear acrylic medium and painting to suggest water with depth and I was really happy with it. Then I varnished it (matte varnish) and the water effect went all translucent grey. Maybe I'll try to fix it....

The woman is a Hasslefree mini and the trunk is from the D&D Nolzur line.

This woman's attire is a bit more historical, I think. Warmer too.

Now that I think about it, that's a pretty big chest. Like, steamer trunk sized. I wonder what's inside it?

Sunday, July 5, 2020

A Small Wave of Normans


I painted some Normans. Maybe they'll fight some of the vikings or even show up in a fantasy game some time.

Five knights charging gloriously.

I'm (obviously) going for a red and white theme for these knights. The minis are the familiar (to collectors of 28mm Norman miniatures) Conquest plastics.

Five knights gloriously repositioning.

But as we all know, sometimes the Normans fought on foot. Attempting to reflect historical reality I managed to paint a small handful of Norman infantry as well.

I think the fellow in the middle is supposed to be William the Bastard, but I'm not sure. Anyhow, here he is with a few stout lads.

Still going with the red and white scheme, as you can see. If I recall correctly, they're all old Citadel historicals from the pre-slotta days. Pretty sure they're lead and everything.

Notice the distinctive shaved-back-of-the-head hairstyle which apparently was very fashionable at the time.

Sunday, May 3, 2020

Old School Citadel Fantasy Minis

I've slowly been finishing some of the fantasy miniatures I've had under way. These ones are all old school Citadel miniatures (which is what Games Workshop used to call their miniature business). Some of these figures are older than several of my colleagues for sure, but I just finished painting them this week.

First off we have a rag-tag bunch in the goblinoid spectrum, arranged from smallest to largest.

A bunch of rabid redcap goblins coming straight at ya'! There's gonna be blood spilt tonight!

... or maybe they'll run away as soon as things go against them.
These orcs are from Citadel's very first foray into plastic minis. Ten each of goblins, skaven, orcs, elves, dark elves, and dwarfs. I painted these three with rpg-use in mind, intending to refer to them as "the red one", "they yellow one", and "the green one."



... and from the back. Maybe they're off looking for the goblins?

Truth be told the fellow with the sword was painted quite a while ago, though I added some more stuff to his base. The new, very pale, ogre is legit from right now. This is my first time using one of those "verdigris bronze effect" paints. Worked out okay, I think.

Party in the bush, I guess. No innuendo intended.

I've also painted a few chaos minis as well. I tend towards the bright and colourful and Slaaneshi for chaos.

Two monopose beastmen from the same box as the orcs earlier in this post.
Look at those succulent beastman buttocks.

Two members of the Company of the Black Flower. In spite of the poetic name, they're pretty nasty. That is what those of us in the writing business call juxtaposition.
The purplish armour is contrast paint over regular silver paint. It turned out pretty good to my eye, so I might use the effect again.



... and that's all folks.