Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Middle Earth Visions

The Hollywood version of an image can become so immensely pervasive that, at times, it can be almost impossible to picture anything else in your mind. The Lord of the Rings/Hobbit franchise is one such example. Trying to imagine middle earth with different geography, heroes with different faces, villains with different armour, can strain at your imagination. That is why it's important that at times you need to take part in a little visual palette cleansing. Inspired by a twitter post that's exactly what i've done here. I've gone on little visual journey through different illustrators interpretations of hoe Tolkiens worlds look. I'm not going to blether about them much. I just hope you find stuff that you've not seen before and that you like.  

Sara Kipin

Tuesday, 8 May 2018

Age of Sigmar in the Old World

One of the peculiarities of the Warhammer games is that the rule sets are inextricably tied to the background. Ever since 3rd edition of Warhammer Fantasy Battle, anybody playing the game will almost exclusively base their armies and their games in the Warhammer world. People don't tend to use the rules sets for other backgrounds. This suits GW as they have happily been selling figures to people for years on the basis of this contract.

There is plenty of evidence to show that the Rules (whatever variant) can work in other backgrounds though. 40K, especially Rogue Trader, is just the basic Warhammer rules with bits bolted on, the Warband campaign that can be played through Realms of Chaos can be argued to be a different setting and approach to the game. Warhammer Ancients uses the rules to great effect to reproduce a wide range of historically based warfare, from ancient to late medieval and the Warhammer English Civil War brings the renaissance and the early modern periods to the party. So despite the system being a bit clunky in places, it can be made to work in a variety of situations. For the most part it's not though.

Monday, 7 May 2018

Fantasy Warriors

When a thread about Fantasy Warlord popped up on the Oldhammer FB group, it reminded me that I after I wrote my post about it I had intended to do a similar one about Grenadier Miniatures effort in the market - Fantasy Warriors. So Here it is!

Sunday, 29 April 2018

WAAAGH-WIERDO'S!!!! - Chaos Freebooterz

I love the Ork books.
Waaagh Orks is the last RT book that I covet. It shall be mine one day. But I've got the other two and I hug them at night till I fall asleep. The previews that were published in White Dwarf all those years ago, lit a green flame in my heart that, although it spent a time hidden and guttering, has never been extinguished. And now that I am repainting some of those very figures that I painted back then I have begun to pore over the minutiae all over again (time in the drops is very useful for such a project).

The Orks books are, in their own way, as monumental a collection as the two Chaos books. No other single race in the 40K universe got three hardback books covering their entire existence and many a orc player owes their love for the green skins to delights hidden with their pages.

As you may (or may not) know. WAAAGH ORKS! is the book of fluff, full of all the fun details of Orky life and has never really been surpassed for Orky lore. Almost all of what we know about Orks today is passed down to us from this might tome. ERE WE GO, the 2nd book contains the Rules. Oddboyz, Madboyz, Vehicles and Orky event cards are all covered in detail (one day I will have a Madboy mob on the table and 3 and a half days later I be able to tell you how the game ended!) Also included are the Army Lists for Goffs, Blood Axes and Snakebites.

FREEBOOTERS (for it is the book I wish to enthuse about) has the rules for various hilarious Orky heavy weapons (Lifta Droppa, Traktor Kannon, Bubble Chukka and Pulsa Rokkit) and the army lists for Evil Sunz, Bad Moonz and Deff Skulls. But what it also has is one of the sexiest list of mercenary units available in the whole of the 40K universe.

The Freebooterz.

Wednesday, 25 April 2018

Der Panzerpuss! - Wot an Orky Tanker!

So I had an idea.

You may or may not know that Too Fat Lardies have released a jolly old knockabout tank game called 'What a Tanker!' Ostensibly it's a World War 2 tank combat game with the twin emphasis of having to make difficult tactical decisions while locked up in a tin can with a big engine, a big gun and 4 smelly blokes and having a bollocks load of fun. Obviously this appeals to me. I then pondered how I could lure my chums into playing such a marvellous game. Why of course we could use silly sci-fi tanks and play at BOYL18 while drinking till we're sick.

Wednesday, 11 April 2018

Solo - A Rogue Trader Story

The other day the new Trailer for the Han Solo film dropped and I have to say that I watched it 3 or 4 times in a row. It looks cool. The same way that the Rogue One trailer looked cool. It hooked me in. It made me (and my wife) decide that we wanted to go see it. We even started to discuss how to convince the in-laws to agree to baby sitting.

But, as always with these sorts of things, it got my to pondering.

Sunday, 8 April 2018

Circus of Corruption

If you are really quick you can jump on board the Oldschool Miniatures Circus of Corruption Kickstarter.
The figures were sculpted by Jason of Wasteman fame. The gnarly wierdo's are full of character and are great fun to paint and as both OS miniatures and Jason are near enough neighbours of mine I managed to wangle some early copies of the figures in order to slap some pigments on.

Wander over to the Kickstarter for some more detail of whats coming up with all the add ons and Stretch Goals.

Keep an eye open for a upcoming post on Scale Creep where more of the creepers get their hands on characters form the set.

Circus of Corruption Kickstarter

Friday, 23 March 2018

Watch out! Mojo is back baby!

For reasons best known to itself, my painting mojo has been in hibernation for some time and as the rest of the Wipsters build healthy totals of painted figures (using many spurious counting techniques!) I have lagged behind, wondering whether i'll ever finish another figure.

But Lo! A dead line has loomed! 

Tuesday, 20 March 2018


I know it's Shit Curis. It was deliberate....Kind of.

Being an fart of the old variety (oh me back!) I have a hard time remembering basic stuff, like the list of shopping the wife has asked me to get at the shops. Once she's spouted off 5 or more things I tend to stick my hand in the air and shout " Whoa! Whoa! Write me a list. " Now, part of that is laziness, I admit, but it is also a product of 10+ years of sleep deprivation cause by little people and generally just getting older and fuzzier.

This means that actually trying to remember all the rules in a game (which i've never been very good at to be fair) is a right pain in the arse. And it seems this is a problem for a lot gamers who find them selves endlessly flicking through rulebooks trying to figure out where that rule about burrowing creatures attacks is. I'm sure it's here somewhere.

Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Oldhammer is dead. Long live Oldhammer.

Punk died when the clash signed to CBS.
Modermism died when the Pruit Igoe housing development was demolished.
Madchester died when the Hacienda was closed.
Grunge died when Dinosaur Jr. featured on the Clothes Show.

Is Oldhammer dead? And if so when did it happen?
When Warhammer Fantasy died? When it became about facebook? When it gained a contract?

Who knows?

Who cares?

Sunday, 4 March 2018

The Ferrous Dukes - Done

Well, i did it. I finished some figures. It took me till March but Fuck it, They are done.

I now have an Oarlock gang that I can play some Necromunda with. I've got games booked in and I'm looking forward to them.

Now that my painting funk is over I can get on with painting other stuff. Hooray!

Monday, 19 February 2018

First Figure of the year - Necromunda

It's been a slow start to the year painting wise, I've got loads of stuff started but just never felt the enthusiasm to sit down and get them completed. I've got a squad of Squats on the go, a gang of Techs, a couple of Dunlendings and a Vampire all sitting on a shelf giving the evil eye, wanting finishing. But instead of completing any of these I went out and bought some new figures on Saturday morning and by Sunday morning I had finished the first one. 
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