Greetings Terrans, I hope this post finds you well. I have a bit of an assortment of odds and ends for you today – just a wrap-up of various items that I’ve completed in and around other work. First up, I painted a small group of Rogue Trader beasties prior to me running the Wolf Time campaign a few weeks back – I remembered regretting not having some way of balancing the game back when I ran it at BOYL, and was determined not to make the same mistake. I had a rummage in the lead pile and turned up a pair of ‘Crawling Insectoids’ (with slightly converted jaws) and a ‘Xenoursid Predator’ – all made by Knightmare Miniatures – they are clearly designed to match the Ambull and the Cthellean Cudbear in the Rogue Trader bestiary, (hence the purple coat for the Cudbear):
I’m glad I did do these guys – I didn’t need the Ambulls in the end, but the Cudbear came in handy when he attacked the Marines in the rear as they entered Kulo’s Castle. It killed 8 Space Wolves, and made for a much more balanced game in the end.
While I was in the ‘creatures’ section of my lead pile, I also grabbed this fella – not sure where I got him from, but he makes for a nice warp creature:
And here’s a quick pic of these beasties attacking my Olleyan Mercs – just to give you a sense of scale:
I also did some painting with the kids – here are three ‘Time Warped’ wizards from Wargames Foundry. My youngest painted the chap with the pink beard, (with a bit of help), My eldest painted the not-Gandalf, while I did the turbaned chap on the right:
We were going to play Frostgrave as a trio of Wizards, but my eldest got a bit teenagery about it all, so it has just been me & my youngest son playing co-op. We deliberately went for non-fighty wizards to start – he went Illusionist, and I went for Soothsayer. Neither has any combat spells in their starting deck, and we haven’t taken warbands either, so we’ve been a bit crap really!! 😊 That said, the illusionist can cast ‘Monstrous Form’ or ‘Beauty’, and my son and I agreed that it would be good to have minis to represent this. We roped in a mildly converted Knightmare Miniatures ‘Hook Horror’, and some random nudie elfin lady that I had in the pile. Both got a spooky glow-type paint job to show their illusory & magical nature on the table top:
We are now two games in, and we have enough money for a couple of Grimoires, so I anticipate some Elemental Bolt action next game 😊
Finally, my Frostgrave terrain has been left out & has been staring me in the face these last two weeks. It is lovely pre-painted stuff, and has been worth every penny spent on it, but the lack of detail was starting to annoy me. You can see in the pics above that it is just grey, grey and more grey. Usually this stuff gets packed away straight after a game, so I don’t get to dwell on it too much, but I took advantage of it being left out for so long & gave it some attention. Nothing hectic really – a bit of green wash, lichen spots, the odd blood splat and painting up the wood, but I think it makes for a big improvement overall. I also did the same to my Garden of Morr set to tie it all together:
And that’s it in terms of painting, but not in terms of hobby… I’ve just embarked on GMing an experimental rpg campaign/tabletop skirmish thing with a few like-minded hobby pals. It is set in the 40k universe, uses the core Frostgrave mechanics for combat, and is being conducted via zoom using hand drawn maps… Yeah, it’s a lot for me to get my head around – I’ve never GMed an RPG before, and I have only sat in on a handful of D&D games… My hat goes off to proper GMs everywhere, especially those that write their own scenarios, because it’s fucking hard core!!! It is taking up all my hobby time at the moment, (there is just so much work in developing and writing the story arc, sketching out maps, etc!), but I am absolutely loving it. Luckily, the party seem to be enjoying it too 😊
Anyway, that’s me for now dudes, I’ll catch up with you all the next time I have something painted to share – until then, stay safe and be excellent to each other 😊
Lovely as always Alex. Glad to see your kids are getting involved as well!
Looking forward to the next round of Zoom RPG on Saturday. You’re certainly a natural when it comes to GMing.
Cheers dude, and wow, that’s really nice of you to say! I think being a gob-shite with control issues helps :-)
Pete S/ SP said:
Nice painting. Some interesting stuff there- Knightmare might just be getting some of my cash….
Cheers Pete – they are well worth a look mate, they have some great stuff with a real old school vibe
My thoughts exactly.
Wow. I was to say that the monsters were fantastic -Then I saw the wizards and I was to say that they looked terrific and that I loved them -But then I saw the scenery! Oh, come on!! :D
Haha, cheers mate – it’s all good fun 😊
Good stuff and the terrain in particular is vastly improved by a few subtle touches. Well done.
Cheers dude – it’s amazing how a little effort can go such a long way 😊
Mr Papafakis said:
That Cudbear looks ace Alex! A great mini with a gnarly purple colour scheme to match.
You look like you’ve been super busy with your hobby output of late too. It’s great to see.
Take care mate :)
Cheers dude, he had to be purple 😉
How you been man? You doing ok over there on the antipode?
Mark A. Morin said:
Your usual brilliant painting Alex, and very impressed that you are improving your scenario – that’s something more GM’s should do.
Cheers mate, just a minor tweak – testament to the guy that wrote it all those years ago!
Great stuff all round Alex but particularly great to see that you have managed to get the kids embraced in the hobby. They certainly have excellent painting skills which will only improve under your guidance so some real future talent there if they keep it going. 😊
Cheers mate – number one son is being too cool for school at the moment, but number 2 has potential I think. It is very much a quick-fix generation though, so ‘slower’ hobbies tend to fall by the wayside in favour of the bright lights and quick wins offered by the playstation… We’ll see how it goes 😊
So many great things in this post! The monsters are wonderful, your kids are pretty impressive painters and that terrain really pops with your new tweaks. Congrats (and good luck) on the GMing too!
Cheers on all points mate – I’m off to the man-cave today for some more writing 😎
So much goodness here! Love the wizards, the kids did really well.
Cheers dude – getting them to focus on anything for more than 5 minutes is a win! :-)
Haha I hear ya
nice, your kids are already better at painting than me! :D
To be fair, the contrast paints did most of the heavy lifting :-)
That scenery look ace dude!
Cheers mate, just a little refresh but it has worked wonders :-)
Excellent stuff! :-) Those insectoids are a bit scary!
Cheers mate, yeah, they are a handful in game too!
Really like what you’ve done with the not-Ambulls, reminds me a lot of how they were painted around the Rogue Trader era (or at least that’s how I remember them appearing, can’t seem to find the actual picture now). I keep wondering about painting the Blackstone Fortress version in that style but can’t decide if it would work or not. Really like the Cudbear as well, I wouldn’t have thought to paint it purple but it works really well – the result looks far more fearsome than a purple bear has any right to! Looks like the sort of thing an Escher ganger might keep as a pet (especially as Necromunda seems to be the home for various other survivors from Rogue Trader). Your sons have done a fine job on those wizards, love the pink beard!
Cheers mate, they are all painted according to the RT descriptions, so I can’t take any credit there :-)
The pink beard was funny – we were talking about how different colours work together, and we thought pink would look good but not very realistic… then he remembered that he was an illusionist, so he just went for it! I think it looks amazing :-)
If you hadn’t said about the Ambulls being not-Ambulls I would have assumed that they were Citadel sculpts from the late 80s.
Having a group paint and game session with your kids is awesome. I’ve done a bit of D&D with my family, including the long-suffering Mrs Argentbadger and it seems to have gone down quite well. I know what you mean about ‘going a bit teenager-y’ as I have the same issue… and mine aren’t even teenagers yet.
Cheers mate, kids will be kids I suppose 😂
Those Ambulls are really nice sculpts in hand – very close to the original, and a good way get some on the table top without the ebay scalper’s premium! 😊
Great stuff throughout Alex – love the Ambulls and monsters, good to see your kids being (mostly) involved as well. And yeah – the terrain looks a lot more vusually intertesting with a few touches of colour added. :)
Cheers mate, always good to have a few monsters to hand – as you well know!