Friday, 15 June 2018

New Oldhammer style miniatures by Kev Adams - Tenoch (Aztec frogs)


Another project I've been getting along with has come to fruition......

Enhanced Warriors (human types)

EW1 Warrior with sword / shield
EW2 Warrior with axe / shield
EW3 Warrior with spear


Beast Riders

TB1 Warrior w.Spear / shield
TB2 Warrior w.Sword / shield


Tenoch

T1 Warrior w.Spear / shield
T2 Warrior w.Sword / shield
T3 Youngling Blowpipe 1
T4 Youngling Blowpipe 2
T5 Warrior Champion / shield / shield


Speciality Sets

SP1 Overlord on Palanquin




The general background......

The Tenoch came from the stars it was told. How else could they have appeared without legend or warning? They swam through the corridors of space it was said in vessels of fine glass. The Tenoch ate only the first born of virgin daughters of the priesthood we were told. The priests forbade us to talk of them and so we did. Often would I ponder the malice of these creatures, these web footed caricatures of the beasts of the Culhuacan swamps. I see you, you of the other side. I hear you, your feet make impressions on the water. I smell you, oh befouler of air. We move with swiftness, with caution, with breath held hard and pray to the Ikree that we reach your eggs. I see you, oh old one. You tremble not as your sight is impaired by the passage of time. You shudder though, as if the cold is weapon of its own. Do you hear us? You make no impression on the void. Now we take back our young. Now you feel the kiss of my obsidian. Is that pain that registers across your face, your strange, alien visage? No man shall partake of your flesh, no child shall fall again beneath your scythe. Now we take our children back. You do not stop us; your breath has ceased. Your sight is no more. A dull glow, perhaps a sign. We leave. The yolk of your eggs stain the temple floor. The centre once great, now lost to us. The children whimper beneath their new skulls. Your skulls. Your eggs. No more children for your slain. To take our children. We feast upon our own, not the flesh of your offspring. The children will change, we know. We have experience now. We have fear still but now we have knowledge of your ways. You Tenoch shall not this world inhabit for the aeons that our sisters have. With the knowledge of the Ikree we have you. Slowly shall we rejoice in the taking back of the lands of the Culhuacan. We dream the dream of the old ones once more. The old ones know you. Praise to the Ikree, may her womb be fertile once more. We shall send her rivers of bloods. The old ways for the old ones.

These are all by that sculpting God, Kev Adams.....

Currently £3 for foot, £6 for mounted and £20 for the Palanquin (a 4 piece kit that is not recommend for the uninitiated). They don't come with bases and the chain under the palanquin is not supplied. That was a very fiddly addition once I found some chains!

Email me if interested!


Monday, 11 June 2018

Noggin the Nog Kickstarter - close to posting!


Well, it's been a longer journey than I thought it would be however I hope everyone will be as happy with the finished product as I am! A few pics below including a character box I am doing for Nick Case' boardgame 'Tales of the Northlands' along with some new sculpts from 'The Flying Machine' set....

Shrinkwrapped and almost ready to fly.....



The 18 miniatures .....


The character box for the boardgame....



Labels arrived and boxing commences....


Four pieces from 'The Flying Machine'

Emir Ahmed el Ahmed, ruler of the land of Silver Sand


Haroun ibn Daud and his genie


The crown thief on his flying carpet......

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Growing up is all relative......isn't it?


As most will have realised by now, within my 56 year old frame there lies the mind of a 14 year old. Possibly younger. I have been a fan of science fiction and fantasy ever since my brother, God bless him, forced me to start reading the Eternal Champion series by Michael Moorcock. It was either Elric or Corum, I can't remember which, however I was hooked. My brother always tried to point out that Elric did not become an all powerful sorcerer-warrior without hard work but that sort of, well, fell on deaf ears. The sad, lonely character, doomed to an eternity of unrelenting sorrow appealed to me......shades of the future 'Twilight' series I suppose. Some years later I discovered John Carter and gave up trying to escape into reality. There have been a number of miniature lines that I try to keep abreast of (earlier blog post here). The recent movie was, to my own eyes, a great attempt at mixing fiction and budget (barring Woola and the baby Tharks of course). It missed the merchandising that I had been hoping for but I did discover this 'action man' style doll by the now defunct 'Triad Toys'. It needed to be mine but the price was outside my justifiable budget. Until recently when I found a bargain!



The official pics are better of course!


There was also a Tars Tarkas however I've not seen him for sale....


Maybe one day I'll find him.....


A recent Kickstarter  for a role playing game got me hooked of course although I didn't back the whole miniature range......I had to see sense as I have hundreds of suitable miniatures from Bronze Age Miniatures that are perfect. The owner, David Soderquist, is another of my favourite sculptors.

I pledged for this level....


And had to ignore this one....


Their Kickstarter video is below to give you an idea....


A final random image of yet to be sourced John Carter types....if you have any information please let me know.



Sunday, 6 May 2018

Tales of the Northlands - Noggin boardgame at last!


Nick Case' boardgame is now live on Kickstarter - the deluxe version uses a certain set of (soon to released once the Kickstarter is fulfilled) miniatures so well worth promoting!



Tuesday, 1 May 2018

Jim FitzPatrick Official Collectible Miniature... Lucid Eye Publications......


Well, I couldn't resist......one of those miniatures by one of my favourite sculptors, Steve Saleh, that I immediately needed.....all pics borrowed off Steve's site.


The Jim FitzPatrick Official Collectible Miniature. For Gamers & Collectors. Exclusive Numbered Run. Earliest orders will receive a signed copy...............

Available for Pre Order Now - Shipping May 2018


Check out Jim FitzPatrick's own site....a lot of pics I'd never realised were his....

https://www.jimfitzpatrick.com/

There's also The Red Book of The Elf King which I've unfortunately had to postpone due to spending everything on the forthcoming Noggin sculpts! Rules written by a certain Rick Priestley....



And of course there's always Gifty the wizard if you spend more than £50.....



Well worth a punt. Be careful though, it's very easy to get dragged into buying more..........I have loads of his Savage Core series........please tell Steve I sent you!


Sunday, 15 April 2018

Salute 2018 - there and back again......


Well, the annual exodus is over once more. Had a great time meeting up with friends both old and new. Lots of temptation that I resisted and lots that I didn't. Good food and beer played an important part of course....hence the ever spreading stomach to accompany the thinning hair......

My usual pic as I come out of Tower Hill Station.....lots of work going on still so you can't go onto the viewing platform. The majesty of the Tower of London still impresses me every year.


The IBIS hotel's new rooms were....a little disappointing. Certainly a lot smaller than the ones I've had over the previous few years.....little space for lead....


Only one window and it was a pretty grey day......


Friday afternoon......planning the spending spree.....


The morning arrived....Excel in all its beauty...


The crowds were growing....



Pics are in no particular order as I decided to do a 'once around' and then dive in later after lunch...

Joek Minis are having a Kickstarter later in the year to launch this wonderful multi piece mini....sculpted by Stavros Zouliatis, a joint venture between Joek and The World of Twilight





Victrix had their plastic war elephants on show. If not for the size of the box I would have grabbed a set.


Swiss Family Robinson game.....


Perry Miniatures 3-up greens for upcoming plastics....





Alan looking slightly shocked....



Northumbrian Tin Soldier.....wonderful. Some of the nicest minis out there sculpted by the wonderful Martin Buck.








Fireforge Games have some lovely looking generic infantry coming later in the year....



What show wouldn't be complete without a Dalek?



South London Warlords putting on a great game...


I don't think this beastie needs an introduction.....




Mantic Games have the licence for Hellboy....looking forward to this.



More plastic coming soon from Oathmark / Northstar. I have a pre-order of lizardmen coming soon I think..


Escorting the rebel scum away whilst we had lunch.....



TGM Creation are a (new to me) French company. The sculpts are simply lovely although too large to fit in with my existing piratical bunch of desperados....



















A couple of Mark's pics of the ship...







My good pal Jon (Levied Troop) ran his game The Biscotti War. He said it went down well with lots of people enquiring about mechanics and such like. 



Couple of pics from Mark Stevenson;



Meant to take more of this great harbour game...


I had a chat with Trevor at Dixon Miniatures. I'd picked up some old US Heritage Dixon Miniatures blisters a couple of years back and meant to pass them on. He said there had been an agreement but he never saw any proceeds from it and wasn't aware they'd ever gone ahead with production....


The speed painting contest was busy all day. 


Back to the World of Twilight. So many miniatures, so little time.....


Warlord Games stand gets bigger every year....lots of 3-ups for forthcoming plastics....








Paul Sulley (co-founder of Asgard Miniatures from back in the day) now runs Tumbling Dice. Top fellow who's wife ensures he keeps on track. Lovely chat with the both of them. If you like old school like Asgard come over to Mark Stevenson's Facebook group here. Paul turned down the chance to run Games Workshop's miniatures' department way back in the early days as he didn't like the area it needed to be set up in (development area/grants etc).....they then asked Bryan Ansell who had split off from his time at Asgard......


The Warlords run a stand where all the pennies go to charity. I always make sure I stock up on bits and pieces as it's a worthy cause.

From last year; 'The South London Warlords are pleased to announce that we raised over £3,500 at Salute for the London Air Ambulance. We will be rounding this figure up and donating £4,000 to the charity in memory of all of the victims of the terrorist incident in London on 22/03'


Superb game set up......



The Warmonger stand was a must visit (along with Wargames Foundry). Great time talking with Steve Casey, Kev Adams, Maria and Marcus Ansell. Meant to take pics of course. At least I bought the new Kev Adams' dragon. Apparently missing a head which will get sent on! The John Pickford demon is about to be released which is great news especially for my friend Clam!




I did have a nice chat with Alex over at Warploque but didn't take any pics so I've borrowed some off his Facebook page along with one of Mark's.....pop over and say hi.






I also meant to pop over to see Chris Nicholls at Macrocosm Miniatures but he was swamped every time I went passed.....amongst others, hos Russian Dwarves are wonderful!


The evening after the beers after the event......



A fond farewell till next year......





As usual the show was extremely well organised and South London Warlords are a credit to the hobby. Until next year it is!

My loot? Quite refrained this year I think......



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