Sunday, May 1, 2016

I’m Back


These last few weeks have I’ve been in a bit of a existential crisis… It’s a long, boring story… The short version of the bits relevant to this blog and my hobby time in general is this: I have decided to recommit to The Vimy Project. I started the project over NINE YEARS AGO… and got a lot of stuff done… but then lost steam and let it slide… Two Years Ago I did some planning, thinking I’d try and get going on it again… but again got distracted by other things. As the one-year-to-go to the 100th anniversary of the battle came and went a few weeks back I got thinking about it (and other things going on in my life) and after a bit of back and forth decided to try and go ahead with it.

What this means for me at this point is basically I will have to DROP EVERYTHING and remain laser-focused on the project for the next 333 days – as I have a LOT to do! So I will not be buying any new games, reading any new rules, planning campaigns or building terrain or painting miniatures for anything other than the Great War. All the miniatures on the workbench I was working on for Lion Rampant and Dragon Rampant and A Song of Blades and Heroes and Frostgrave and En Garde! and 40K have been squirreled away in boxes for next year!

That’s not to say I won’t be PLAYING any other games at all… I’ll probably get in a few games of these other games over the year – in fact I really HOPE I do (and maybe even get to posting some game reports! But I won’t be planning campaigns or painting new stuff for them – If someone else organizes it, I’ll play with the toys I already have (which is quite a few, really..)

(oh, and I have pre-ordered a few new games – mostly Osprey ones - Men Who Would Be Kings, Pikeman’s Lament, Broken Legions, Horizon Wars, and others – but as they arrive, they’ll likely just be put on the shelf and I will try my very best to ignore them until next year…)

In the meantime I did finish up a few last items on the workbench over the last week or so, before I put everything away…

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Jules Winnfield and Vincent Vega. Jules is from  Copplestone Castings, and Vincent is from a Wargames Foundry.


A couple of lads from Pulp Figures


Two middle eastern types from Reaper Miniatures.


The rest are from Games Workshop. They are © and ™ Games Workshop and painted by myself and posted here entirely without their permission. This is the very last of the Imperial Guard Jungle Fighters that I have… I may actually post some pictures of the whole group some time this week…


Heavy Bolters


“Doc”


Heavy Flamers


Sergeant and a couple of Grunts.


Signallers (the aerials broke off one, so I replaced them with a bit of wire and Green Stuff…)


Coming soon on Tim’s Miniature Wargaming Blog:

Great War Canadians! (or perhaps some pics of my completed Imperial Guard force…) and more on the plans for the coming year!

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Wait, Out.

We are currently experiencing a temporary existential  crisis.

Please stand by.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

One Halfling (Finishing Up a Unit!)

I finished one Halfling last night… but that finished off a unit… so…

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One Halfling from Casting Room Miniatures. He looks like he’s on watch duty, but he will also serve as part of the Halfling Hollow Defence Committee Militia unit of spear.


Well I also added some shields to these guys I painted just over a year ago (to make them look just a tad more formidable… or something approaching formidable… or at least less like s squishy speed bump…).


The entire Halfling Hollow Defence Committee Militia Spear Unit. In  Dragon Rampant they will be classed as Light Foot (3 points). I was thinking I could give them the Short Range Missiles upgrade (to give them the ability to pick up stones and chuck them at an approaching enemy!)… we shall see…

The rest of the Halfling Hollow Defence Committee Militia will be a mix of Light Missile (which may or may not have the Sharpshooter upgrade… though I’m thinking I might leave that one to Elves… I don’t want the Halflings to be TOO effective!) and a few Scouts and/or Hordes.

I have a bunch of Halflings armed with short swords and I’d originally thought I’d use in mixed units of Light Foot… but then thought those might be a little too good. Looking at the overall effect off the units, they should be pretty weak… I was thinking I’d add Fearful… but that would make them so cheap I’d need even MORE of them! And I figured they’d mostly be fighting to defend their realm from outside invaders and raiders and would likely be pretty spirited in that defence…


Coming soon on Tim’s Miniature Wargaming Blog:

Probably more fantasy stuff.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Elves of Malvernill


North of the lands of the “Bunny Baron” - Phillipe du Lapin - across the swift-flowing Rosban River lies the dark woods of Malvernill. The woods are inhabited by a reclusive tribe of Elves. It is rare that the Elves are seen beyond their woods – but they fiercely defend their lands against any foolish enough to encroach upon them.

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Here is a typical warband of the Melvernill that would be sent out to turn back any force entering their realm that was too large for the rangers that patrol their borders to handle. The Elves of Malvernil travel light and always by foot. They favour ambushing tactics – striking fast and furious from where their enemy would least expect it.

The force is organized for Dragon Rampant.


The Warleader (chosen by the council that governs the tribe) and his warriors.

They, as are the other units of warriors below, are classed Bellicose Foot reduced figure unit with “Terrifically Shiny Armour” (the “Terrifically Shiny Armour” upgrade it more a reflection of their martial skill than actual armour worn). 6 points


A second unit of Warriors


A third unit of Warriors


A unit of rangers

The Rangers would be classified as a Light Missile reduced figure unit with the “Sharpshooter” upgrade.

If I had more points I might make them “invisible”, but as it is they are 6 points and with the other three units that makes 24 points…

All the figures (except for one) are from Games Workshop (the one exception being from Hasslefree Miniatures). Thought the hasslefree mini fits in well enough, I would like to pick up ONE MORE wardancer to complete the unit. I also wouldn’t mind picking up three more of those older leafy-cloaked GW Wood Elf Way Watchers for my ranger unit….

The Boy and I have been talking about Dragon Rampant a bit lately and discussing warbands we might field. The Boy is mostly focused on an Orc Warband he is painting up at the moment. I wasn’t sure how he’d take this new force when I presented it to him as a potential opponent – thinking he might be suspicious and/or put off by the numerically tiny force compared to the hordes he is having to paint up – but as it turned out he was rather pleased to see that it wasn’t ALL archers that would pin-cushion all his forces before they even made contact. I think he is rather looking forward to clashing with these guys! 

Now back to work on the Halfling Horde! (then maybe finishing off the second and third Western-European-ish medieval retinues… and the Seljuk Retinue… and the Dwarf warband… and… and…)


Coming soon on Tim’s Miniature Wargaming Blog:

Three weeks nothing… then three posts in two days… I have no idea what will be next or when… I have just a few Halflings to finish… but I also have this Lost in Space Robot model  that I promised I’d build for a friend begging me to finish it… so… 

Goblins and Imp


I decided to pick some “low-hanging fruit” last night and dug out a few half painted figures to quickly finish up and complete a unit…

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These are some old I-Kore Keltos goblins I’ve had kicking around for some time. A while back (over a year ago… maybe two!?) I started them, painting the flesh… and then got busy with other things and during a desk purge they got tucked away into the goblin drawer to be finished at some later date. I guess last night was that date.

I’ve been thinking about Lion Rampant and Dragon Rampant a lot lately and planning and working towards building assorted warbands and retinues. While I’ve mostly been concentrating on the Halfling Horde these last few weeks, I’ve also been looking at others and trying to figure out what I would need to finish various forces. I do have a lot of Hordes of the Things elements I could easily use in the game (like we did for our  first game)… but I do like having dedicated forces for particular games and while I like multi-figure bases for DBA/HOTT… I like having the individual bases for Lion Rampant and Dragon Rampant….

I’ll have another post up in a few minutes with some Elves I’ve put together into a warband.


The Goblins above could be a (second) Scout unit of their own, or I could combine then with some similar figures I painted a few years back (which I was already using as a scout unit) to make a complete Light Missile units.

Some strange creature I found in the lead pile that I thought I’d use as an Imp in Frostgrave.


Coming soon on Tim’s Miniature Wargaming Blog:

A Wood Elf warband for Dragon Rampant

Monday, April 11, 2016

More Fantasy Stuff and an SAS Jeep


Wow… it’s been three weeks since my last post… It’s been a busy month around our house and I haven’t been doing nearly as much painting. I can’t even remember when I last played a miniature game… (Oh wait, yes I can – it was the Frostgrave Campaign weekend! Over a month ago…). We have gotten a few board games in over the last month.

Here are a few things I have been working on…

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First are a few female adventurers from Casting Room Miniatures that I picked up for a Frostgrave warband (to go with the Blue Wizards I painted last September.


Here’s what they look like with the rest of the Warband so far…I'm not sure what sort of wizards they might be... Illusionists, maybe...?


These guys from Black Tree Design are the first miniatures destined for a THIRD medieval retinue for Lion Rampant (or a Warband for Dragon Rampant…?)… because… you know… who can live with JUST TWO!? As the other two retinues were using Red/White and Green/Yellow, I decided the most sensible colours for this new retinue would be Black and Blue…

I also picked up a PILE Of Halflings from Casting Room Miniatures - like ALL of them – the entire line
 (of 5 packs…). They are ostensibly for Dragon Rampant or A Song of Blades and Heroes (but could be for any fantasy skirmish/role-playing games…). Here’s what I’ve finished up so far…


The halflings from Casting Room Miniatures that I've painted so far...


A command element - the leader of the Halfling Hollow Defence Committee Militia along with his standard bearer and a few musicians. 


A few more members of the militia. 


Father and son skirmishers. 


One of the main reasons I picked up all of these - there are female halflings! 


A fellow taking a nap. I thought I might use him as a casualty/battered unit marker - halflings never DIE they just tire of the business and wander off to have a good nap! 



Here is the whole Halfling Horde so far... 

I’ve been back and forth on how to organize them for Dragon Rampant. At one point I was thinking I’d organize them into the following units:

1x Militia Command (Light Foot) @3 points
3x Militia Foot (Light Foot, Mixed Weapons) @5 points each
1x Milita Archers (Light Missiles, Sharpshooters) @ 6 points

I could have them organized into more separate units of Light Foot and Light Missile – but light foot get the “wall of spears” special rule… and I only have a half dozen Halflings with spears… so I thought mixed units of hand weapons and bows might work (as the mixed units drop the “wall of spears” rule).

Or possibly…

1x Militia Command (Light Foot) @3 points
3x Militia Archers (Light Missiles, Sharpshooters) @ 6 points
1x Militia Skirmishers (Scouts) @2
1x Mob (Hordes) @1

Or maybe I’ll downgrade one or two of the Militia Archers (removing the “Sharpshooter” special rule) and field another couple units of Hordes…

I have a few more of these Casting Room Miniatures to finish up – along with a handful of old Ral Partha Halflings (which look like Halfling children next to most of my other Halflings… and that’s probably what I’ll use them for! Younger members of the Halfling Hollow Defence Committee’s Militia). Stay tuned for those in the coming weeks.


This is the first of a trio of SAS jeeps from Perry Miniatures.


I don’t know if any of the SAS jeeps used in WW2 were painted pink… I do know that some British units, at different times, used pink to camouflage desert vehicles – including some of the LRDG trucks. And I’m pretty sure the SAS and LRDG had a fair bit of latitude when it game to customizing their own equipment… So I figured why not paint one of them pink for giggles. The rest will probably be done in some sort of tan.



Each of the three jeeps in the set came with three crew. I wasn’t sure if they were meant to have three in a jeep or if they just came as “options”. On their website they’re pictured with three in each jeep, but I’m pretty sure they just operated with two in each jeep… So I’ve only used two from each…

I also have a pair of SAS jeeps from Company B (with the Rat Patrol crew… again, for giggles…) to paint up and another from Warlord Games on the way (along with two LRDG trucks!). I’m not entirely sure why I picked them up at this point… It seemed like a good idea at the time…? Of course NOW I’m going to have to find a bunch of trucks to make up a convoy for them to attack – or some airplanes to line up on a runway for them to destroy…  and do I get 1/72 or 1/48….? Just a few 1/48 aiplane models could end up taking up a bunch of space on the tabletop – but 1/72 might look a little small… There’s a raid scenario in the new Bolt Action campaign book Duel in the Sun. I wonder what scale of models they imagined people would use in that…?


Coming soon on Tim’s Miniature Wargaming Blog:

Last of the Halflings…? maybe some Elves…? SAS Jeeps…? a Lost in Space robot…!? who knows!? Lots of stuff on the workbench at the moment… 

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Horse Archers and Crossbowmen

A few more things rolling off the workbench this week…

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Turcoman Horse Archers from Gripping Beast.


These will be a unit of “Mounted Yeomen”/Light Riders for my medieval Muslim Lion Rampant/Dragon Rampant Retinue/Warband.


Here they are with other members of the Retinue/Warband so far…  (The foot are actually part of Frostgrave Warbands – but I figure I could press these ones into service as a unit of Fierce/Belicose Foot and Bidowers/Scouts…).


Some Armoured Crossbowmen from Perry Miniatures. I was picking up some other stuff from Perry Miniatures so I thought I’d grab these to use as Marksmen in Frostgrave - as they have Mail, Crossbow, and Sword – the equipment of marksmen… unfortunately these are earlier crusaders and the helmets on the rest of my soldiers are later medieval… ah well…

If you look close, two have been painted with yellowish tunics for the Gold Wizards warband and two have green for the Jade Wizards. The other two in could be for anyone. I haven’t ever taken any Marksmen – I’m not a fan of the slow-loading crossbows – I’d rather have a Ranger that can get twice as many shots down range… but I thought I should get some Marksmen to try out at some point…

Coming soon on Tim’s Miniature Wargaming Blog:

I’m pretty excited about the Medieval Muslims at the moment, I may try to push to finish up the remaining two or three units of cavalry so I could have a fieldable force – and then work on the additional infantry options when I get to them. Of course there are a lot other things on my workbench, so who knows…?!