Sunday, 23 October 2016

Pointless Anthropology or When is a Barbarian not a Barbarian?

Sometimes a question pops into your head that nags at you and demands that you answer it. It bugs you and niggles at you and drives you a bit potty, distract you all day long. Trouble is, I suspect that this question doesn't have an answer. I also suspect that it's not even a question!

Let me explain.....

After writing the post about Lustria a little while back I started to think about collecting a little force of adventurers that might find itself in the southern continent fighting it's way to riches and legend. I already had a couple of figures that would fit the theme and I collected some more from everyones favourite public selling website.

Surveying my new purchases I started to wonder if I done the right thing. The figures I'd bought were 'Barbarians' from ranges like these (thanks once again to Stuff of Legends, Oldhammer wouldn't be Oldhammer without it!) or look at them here

Monday, 17 October 2016

A Legendary Death in the Low countries

A small Spanish and Walloon force had become stranded in the G'Ertondaboot. They had been escorting some much needed cannons to the siege of Haag when they stopped over night. They awoke to find that Pedro and Jorge, that overgrown results of Giselle's experiments, had gotten hungry during the night and eaten the draft oxen. The resultant deal had meant that the entire expedition were trapped with the forces of Sir Thomas Cocksure closing in. 

Wednesday, 12 October 2016


I'm sure many of you will have seen the latest releases form GW. They have certainly upped their game recently and the gene stealer hybrids are very tasty indeed. However, being the kit fiddlers that we all are, the first thing I thought about was "will these arms fit my confrontation figures?" So as the good lady wife and gone out for the evening I decided to get the blu-tac and the clippers and and have a go at man lego with my new toys.

Sunday, 9 October 2016

Papa Nurgle's pest removal service

Unbeknownst to the villagers of Frideig, the ruined circle of columns on the other side of the river was of special significance to the Father of Plagues for it was here that the Chaos Champion, Tee'N'BesQit was raised to Daemonhood. 

So Papa Nurgle was particularly annoyed when a couple of piss head giants moved and started messing up the place.

Ninefingers and One-eye were horribly concerned that the impending hangover may just be fatal 

Saturday, 8 October 2016

More Metal-clad Mean Man-things

I've added another half dozen armoured maniacs to my growing crew. I'm not quite sure if they are a war band, a regiment or an army but they are certainly proving fun to paint. 

Saturday, 1 October 2016

Nasty men for Nasty Jobs

Although the name "Chaos Marauder" still exists within the armies Warhammerdom, the actual rank doesn't exist anymore. Way back when the world and his dog weren't 'connected', Marauders were the middle ground between Thugs and Warriors. Better armed and armoured than the lowly mix and match thug but not quite as hard and expensive as bib, burly warrior. A unit of these guys would be perfect for holding a flank, anchoring your line or just menacing some villagers.

Friday, 23 September 2016

Stunties for November

I mentioned a couple of posts ago that I'm putting on a game over the weekend at the start of November. As I've got a load of figures to paint I dove straight in and got the First faction done. These are all dwarves from the 3rd edition era (or a bit earlier). Having had a quick nose round Stuff of Legends there are some Dwarf Adventurers from 87 and 88, some Imperial Dwarves from 86 and some Norse Dwarfs as well.

Thursday, 22 September 2016

Russ Nicholson built my Hammer

The Oldhammer crowd is a funny beast. Chatting about the books that made such an impression on you at a young age tends to throw up odd little inconsistencies. One of the main ones that I've become aware of is how people react to different artists. We all know the classic images from the rule books and we have them burned into our collective memories. The illustrators were the most important members of the GW team in a way. Without their work the books would have been endless streams of text with the occasional pics of miniatures. GW always employed a range of illustrators and their styles varied immensely and was as much a matter of taste as your favourite miniature sculptor.

Saturday, 10 September 2016

Remember, Remember.....

The flights are booked so now it's time to figure out what I'll actually be playing. Yep, I've had enough of not seeing my mates so I've demanded that we get together for a weekend and do some wargaming stuff. As Neillboy has just produced a sprig with his lovely Mrs we decided to go to his and play there. Neil has an equally lovely step son who he is slowly indoctrinating (in that he's already better than Neil at painting) and so we thought it'd be nice for him to take part in a game (until his bedtime). I had a think and decided that we should have a little warhammer game with war bands of 10 or so figures. Rochie reminded me of the little game the OGRE guys had last year and if I add a couple more plot devices and a monster or two then we've got ourselves a game. 

So, to the war bands. This is a brilliant excuse to get stuff painted and I was in need of a focus as I was in danger of getting drowned in too many project possibilities.

Sunday, 4 September 2016

Larceny in Lovely Lustria

It's always been a wonder to me that the powers that be spent so much time and effort focussing on one small area of the Warhammer world. the vast majority of the action seems to have been spent fleshing out the details and conflicts that effect the Old World. A shamefully eurocentric view of a fantasy world. don't get me wrong, there was plenty going on else where, Dark and High Elves and the sandy flavour of undead allowed a peek into another parts of the world but it wasn't explored in huge amounts of depth.

Things were different in the early days though.

Before the glory days of 3rd Edition it was de riguer to create scenarios for Warhammer games. These would dictate the armies, the maps, the victory conditions and be controlled by a GM. Obviously.

Some of the most famous of these scenarios came in their own boxed sets and are still discussed in hushed tones around the Oldhammerers pints of IPA at the Dog and Dice. The tragedy pf McDeath, Bloodbath at Orc's Drift, Terror of the Lichemaster.

There were other though. The citadel Compendiums and Journals (which were kind of dry runs for citadel only White Dwarf which at the time contained stuff from lots of different games) contained some classic and important scenarios. Amongst them Dolgan Raiders (2nd Journal - Autumn 85) and Vengeance of the Lichemaster (spring 86 Journal) but I want to blether on about 3 scenarios that painted a picture of another vast area of wargaming possibility. The three were set in the mysterious southern land of Lustria and give a great twist on the Warhammer world.

Sunday, 28 August 2016

Snicket Rampant 2 - the return of the Rat

Snicket came around the other night and we busted out my new mat and his Elven scenery for a game of Dragon Rampant. Snicket used is High Elves and I used my trusty Hobgoblins. We put together forces the added up to 31 points (an odd number I know but It worked out quite well) and we came up with the following lists.

Lord - Elite Riders
Elven Cavalry -Elite Riders
Archers - Light Archers with better shot upgrade
Spearmen - Light Infantry with a Wizard
Swordsmen - Elite Foot 

Lord - Elite Riders
Giant - Elite foot
Hobgobs - Bellicose foot x3
Orcs - Light Archers

We rolled for a scenario and we got escape route. The Elves had to get their units form one end of the board to the other and the Hobgoblins had to try to ambush them.

Snicket had trouble with the first couple of rounds, failing activations and handing initiative to me. This meant that I had a chance to get my troops into position while his barely moved from the start line.

The giant managed to hold up the Elven Cavalry for nearly the whole game (although we weren't using combat correctly and we should have parted after each round but we corrected it in subsequent rounds)

The wizards were only really useful for casting befuddle on each others units and I think I dispelled it at one point as well.

The Elven host deploy on the field of battle