Tuesday, 14 February 2017


As dusk falls on Trompenburg, and candles gleam through leaded panes, mothers hurry their children into bed with the words "If you don't get into bed now, Timothy Buboe will come and get you."

Timothy Buboe , the terror of naughty children, lives in the well or pond nearest to the village. He is slithy and green, covered in suppurating pustules and has iron teeth which he grinds bones to dust before using them as snuff (after having consumed the remaining disjecta membra once the victim has been torn in pieces).

What the good people of Trompenburg don't realise is that the Timothies are plural. Each village may have one lurking in a stagnant mere or murky tarn, and at times, they hunt in packs!

More figures for my Dever Wars project, these are great old Ral Partha True Trolls from 1977. If I remember they came in a bag of 2, one of each weapon. I painted them up with a green base coat and simple green wash, then painted the boils using bone and a red wash. I was pleased with the result, the shading being quite subtle. Then I gloss varnished them, and they look pretty mediocre now. Hey ho. I still prefer a gloss finish, although sometimes it can alter the paint job drastically. There seem to be a lot of these on ebay at the moment at a good price. I think they may be back in production from Iron Wind.

Wednesday, 8 February 2017


I finished these a while ago, but have been waiting for some free daylight time in which to photograph them. Middle son, whom we home educate, was feeling ropy today, so we scrapped lessons, and while he chilled out with Return of the Jedi, I snuck up to the attic to take some pics. These Minifigs Hobgoblins were surprisingly quick to paint, but as usual, I prevaricated about the bases for weeks. First they were painted green, to fit in with other Prehammer figures in the army, then brown, then I decided I might want to use them for old school Dungeon games (when this might happen I have no idea) so changed them to grey, which I'm not entirely happy with. I suspect they might change again. I'm not fussed about bases matching in an army, so long as they suit the figures.

To re-cap, these guys are for a reconstruction of part of an early 80's Joe Dever battle you can see here . Airfix dinosaurs, Airfix Sherwood castle parts, Minifigs and Tin Soldier crew. All available in the early 80's (pre '83 is generally my goal). 

Citadel Fantasy Tribe skeletons.

The Banner of The Crimson King, a recurring character in the odd world from inside my head.The Jade Bat Clan are in his service.  The piled heads are from the top of an old Broo standard I think. 

The Horned Skull is an Asgard ogre skull with added horns. Dave Wood  helped me out with this piece.

The badge (or mon) of the Jade Bat Clan

The Daimyo of the Jade Bat Clan, Ichiboti Tadanoi 
He carries a shield coated in dragon hide.

These are Tin Soldier samurai. The left hand standard bearer has had a head swap, but the others look quite Hobgoblinish. I think they are wearing masked helmets, but I've painted them up as faces.

The cavalry contingent. Garrison figures.

The lizards were going to be yellow, but somehow ended up orange.

Their shields sport the Jade Bat too.

Another Tin Soldier dude, mounted on a Ral Partha land dragon. This is Saiko Madasakoi

The rank and file...good old Minifigs Hobgoblins from the late 1970's. 

I painted them following the description in the Monster Manual, but also following the lead of Spooktalker, over at Belched from the Depths . I don't think I've seen figures better painted than his. Mine are pale shadows of his amazing work, but I appreciate the inspiration he gives me.

The mace warrior on the right is my favourite pose.

The entire clan in array. 

Tuesday, 7 February 2017


During the game of Frostgrave we had the other night we used my old Mordheim warbandas cultists. Originally they were witchfinders, but seem to have gone over to the dark side.

They were Agrippa and Crow, Witchsmellers Pursuivant.

The witch hunter's transport. Note the Asgard rat creeping underneath. Citadel pony and Essex cart.

The hands are from a suspected witch they forgot to unchain. Old Citadel iron maiden in the back, and Minifigs books.

Agrippa and Crow

A flagellant.

More fanatics.

Theses guys are very odd.... I'm not sure what I was thinking about when I made them.

I painted these when Mordheim first came out, but only had a couple of games. Great idea for a game, which Frostgrave has carried on from.

Monday, 6 February 2017


Well it's been a while for various reasons, none terribly exciting fortunately. My oldest son Robin (14) inveigled me into a game of Frostgrave last night which was good fun. I'm not a great fan of skirmish games in general (they all seem the same to me) but it has to be said he had done a great job making all the terrain and preparing the figures. Here are a few shots of the table and his figures

Some scratchbuilt buildings

The Liche Lord

Gothicky pillars. The dragon is from a box of cheap toys found in The Works budget shop. 

A demon floortrap (pilfered from my bits box)

Skellies, cobbled together from leftover sprues.

Robin was short of skulls, so he ingeniously used some of these extra bits.... freaky eh?

Mix of skellies. The standard bearer is a rather nice figure from Warrior miniatures.

Robin's warband. The bishop is the wizard.

More warriors.

All in all a great set up. Frostgrave has certainly captured his imagination. I'll post my old Mordheim warband next which we used as cultists in the game.

Wednesday, 30 November 2016


I've not had much time to do anything over the past couple on months, let alone work our what blogger have done with my dashboard, but I've just heard the very sad news that Joe Dever has died. Mr. Dever's fantasy battles inspired me to get into fantasy wargaming more than any thing else, and I still very much hope to get my copies of his games finished in the near future. I had a feeling that he might be ill as his periodic appearance in Wargames Illustrated showed that he had lost a lot of weight and was not looking too good.

I am really quite gutted by his death, and offer my sympathies and prayers to his family and friends.

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Thanks for the inspiration Joe.

Sunday, 28 August 2016


 I just stumbled across these pictures on the History of the South London Warlords website which are rather fun. The first shows a Middle Earth siege underway at Salute 1980. The castle is made up of several Airfix Sherwood Castles, I have yet to ID any of the figures.

The next pic.is about 1985, and shows the SLW plugging their Middle Earth Army lists for WRG Ancient rules. I may have a copy of these somewhere, but if not must get them for my Grimoires of Yore collection. Figures are a bit far away to ID, but the scenery is rather nice.