Sunday, 12 January 2020

Dragon Rampant at the Club

On Thursday night at the club, some of my recent additions to my Orc army got there first run out as part of a 4 player game  each with 50 points. I was partnered with Mitch and we had a veritable horde of Orcs led by Nazgul. We also had a few trolls to add a bit of muscle. George and John had an alliance of Men, Elves and Dwarves to face us.

The game came down to Mitch getting his forces moving against George who couldn't roll above a 3 in every combat. This saw his Elves and Dwarves pummelled. On my flank, the Orcs seemed to spend all day sitting in the woods. The poor Troll attacked on its own and was made into a pin cushion. Late in the night I eventually attacked with some mixed results. But enough damage was done to claim victory for the Orcs.

Now back to painting more Orcs before I can start on some Men and Elves.

Sunday, 5 January 2020

Orcish left wing

After completing the central division of my Orc army of 7 units, I turned my attention to the left wing of the army. This will be made up of 5 regiments of Orc warriors. I will also add a couple of detachments of archers.

The figures are a mix of the GW Isengard Uruks (both plastic and metal) with a few of their orcs mixed in. There is one old Grenadier spearman added. One of the regiments is a figure short and have their commander added for now. (The one with the wings in the center)

After a rummage around in my spares box I came across a couple of half used sprues of Uruks. I'll now be able to make the second regiment all pike. I've also picked up a couple if EM4 half orcs which look a good match. These will be based up as Champions to lead the force.

I have sufficient orcs left in the lead pile for the right wing, probably 4 regiments. To which I can add 2 regiments if Warg riders, some wolves and 2 Troll regiments.  I also need to finish some more movement trays, 6 done and 9 to go before purchasing some more.

Thursday, 2 January 2020

Trolls and Uruks

First painting update of 2020 and it sees further progress on my LOTR collection. First up is 23 Uruk Hai. These are a mix of metal and plastic GW figures. Eventually the Pike will form part of 2 planned units. The metal Uruks are some of my favourites of this range. Not so keen on the plastics as too uniform. These figures have all had there armour re-done and some of the paintwork touched up. Some of the bases still need finishing off.

Next are 3 War trolls from Reaper Bones that I've decided to repaint. I was never happy with the bluish skin colour. So I decided to go as per the books which describe Trolls as having a blackish skin. I think they look much better.

With these done I've got another 26 Orcs that need basing with another 30 or so needing painted. I've also picked up a figure to use as a female Balrog to act as one of the army champions. A bit smaller than I expected so trying to raise the base. Then again the books tend to portray the Balrogs as around 7ft tall.

Wednesday, 1 January 2020

2019 in review

First off, Happy New Year to everyone. So how did 2019 go? On the painting front I have seen the downward trend on numbers has continue. Quite alarmingly so. Part of this I put down to moving my wargaming gear into a new shed and the loss of a permanent painting table.

10mm artillery - 3
10mm cavalry - 21
10mm infantry - 37
15mm infantry - 112
15mm cavalry - 156
28mm artillery - 1
28mm infantry - 235
28mm cavalry - 20
28mm monsters - 15
28mm vehicles - 9
Total = 609 figures.

So what did I paint. In 10mm I made a start adding a few figures to my Crimean war project, but this stalled with a lack of a suitable opponent.

The 15mm was the completion of my Ottoman Turk army. Very happy with how these turned out. There were also a few additions to the WSS French and GNW Danes.

In 28mm it was mainly centered around a few games that have been the mainstay at the club. In particular Dragon Rampant and Rangers of Shadow Deep.  This saw me dust down some old fantasy figures to complete the various scenarios. I also made a concerted effort to complete a Lord of the Rings army. This will be ongoing into 2020.

Another ruleset we've had great fun with is One Hour Skirmish, I painted up some modern Germans, insurgents and vehicles for this. There have been plenty of fun games with these rules.

I also picked up some Border Reivers for more skirmish gaming. I plan to expand this collection with some civilians and buildings.

On the gaming front I finally completed the big 4 battles of the WSS. Refighting Oudenarde and Malplaquet. With the amendments that Mick has made with the rules would love to do Blenhiem again.

Going forward I would like to pick up my Franco Prussian War project. I have a French Corps that needs a 2nd Division and I would like to add a Prussian Corps to the collection. But for now I need to complete my LOTR Orcs as I have a few ideas for big battles with some amendments to Dragon Rampant.

Sunday, 29 December 2019

Back to Middle Earth

Well after what seems an age, I'm finally back painting again. After moving my wargaming gear into the shed, I lost my permanent painting station. So after Christmas I bought myself a cheap folding table I can keep in the conservatory and get a little painting done.

So the first troops on the new painting table were Orcs. This was inspired by a number of great collections I've seen on Blogs and Facebook. These in the main plastic Isengard Uruks.  A few have had weapon swaps, mainly to replace broken pieces. They are deliberately quick and dirty with an eye on mixing them in with the existing Orcs in my collection.

The figures still need basing. I'll do this as a batch when I get the rest painted. The banners are just simple designs and look OK. The lighter one needs shaping a bit more so the trooper can see. Ive got approximately another 30 Orcs /Uruks to painted and another 20 that just need some touching up to add to the others below.

Now I'll have to wait for the release of the Oathmark wolfriders to add to my existing mounted troops.

Friday, 8 November 2019

Border Reivers - En Garde

Well the collection saw its second run out at the club using the En Garde rules. Both forces came out at 135 points.

The game saw 2 families, the Grahams and Fosters fighting over a small farm. Though most of the fighting took place on the wooded hill.

The game saw both chieftains killed in the melee. The Chief of the Fosters took out his rival in melee, before being wounded by a pistol shot and being overwhelmed by vengeful Grahams.

We also tried out a couple of war hounds. I can see their potential but need more than 2. As a maximum of 4 models can be involved in a single melee, 3 war hounds can trap a single model, where as with only 2,  I was able to add a second fighter and saw off the hounds.

Overall I can see the potential of these rules. I even begun adding to the collection with a mix of Reivers arriving from Vendal and Hoka Hey. I also picked up some civilians from Reiver castings. I've also picked up some of the muskets and pikemen from Warlords wars of religion range which will see service as Garrison troops.

Sunday, 27 October 2019

Quick Update

Even though the painting front has slowed slightly as I begin moving my wargames gear from the spare room into a shed. I did manage to complete the last 2 units of Jannisarries, too late for the game at Micks. The figures are from Legio Herioco, depicted in campaign dress. Very nice figures.

The only other work I've managed to finish is some 28mm walling for my Border Reiver project. Got 6 pieces finished so far with another 6 under construction.

These are quite simple to make. I just used some modelling sticks with a layer of polly-filla. I then added a few layers of aquarium stones. They look effective enough.