Thursday, 9 March 2017

40k Musings


Well I'm busily working away at sculpting a host of bits and bobs but I've been keeping a weather eye on some of the stuff that GW has been doing over the last couple of months as well as reading some Horus Heresy goodies too.

I must admit that GW's GrimDark approach of the last decade or so has left me utterly indifferent to all things 40k, especially as the required number of figures seems to almost double with each edition but almost in spite of myself, I am finding the goings on in the Imperium interesting.

Dakka Dakka et Blastem!

Better yet, they are kind of inspiring me to re-explore my reimagined Imperium and flesh out the setting a bit and possibly even paint some plastic tat!

Shocking I know but I'm finding the siren call of Space Marines rather tempting. Now I doubt that I am going to invest in anything resembling a massive army but I am pondering persevering with the new style Orks I have kicking around as well as keeping an eye out for some Marines to mix it up with!

I think I will use a small scale 500 point warband as a target and see how things go as that's not too big a challenge to aim for and will try to continue posting articles about how my version of the Imperium develops!

In the meantime apologies for the rambling and all the best!

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

A Slight Spanner in the Works


Well I'm back from my holiday and have been trying to start up my Orky project but have hit a slight snag. I've rummaged out some of the new style GW plastic Orks to try out some painting tests but am not loving the miniatures at all.

Maybe I'm being ridiculous but I just can't warm to the style that GW have developed.

Blood Axe Kommando

A couple of years ago I painted up this Kommando which was great fun but the over muscled and mindlessly angry greenskin apes that are currently available just don't have that slightly comedic whimsy that the first and second edition sculpts had. 

Initially this seemed to be a major problem that would stump my hopes of an Orky force but I went back to the drawing board. Literally.

I decided to throw caution to the wind and sculpt my own gubbins! I've sculpted Orks in 15mm and SD scale before but wanted to go for something in between with a rather cartoony style but a bit chunkier than my previous efforts.

I'm quite pleased with the results and have just about finished my test sculpt which I am going to have a bash at casting in resin so I can actually put a decent sized force together.

 Goff Nobz, Painboy and Mekaniak 

I must admit that it's been really great fun to get back into drawing and sculpting and not to stress about work or indeed disliking someone else's sculpting style when it comes to painting the final figure and it's proving to be a very successful way of dealing with the stresses of the dreaded Real Life too!

 Ork Nobz and Mega Armour 

I'm hoping to have some progress to show on the sculpting front in the coming week but the temptation to start playing around with concepts has been rather strong so I suspect I may get slightly distracted by developing concepts for my own take on some of the other forces...

Marine Captain and Dreadnaught

With a bit of work, the Ork concept piece will be finished by the weekend and I'll try and get some pics taken then but in the meantime, All the best!

Thursday, 9 February 2017

WAARGH! The Orks!


Well I've settled on the Orks as my target for a bit of classic 2nd edition 40k goodness.

I'm planning on going for the classic 2nd edition Ork look, all bright colours and back banners and will by taking my inspiration from some of the images I've culled from various White Dwarf and Codexes:

 The Mighty Ghazghkull Mag Uruk Thraka and Makari, his faithful grot banner bearer

Sadly getting the bits and bobs for the classic range is getting a bit pricy so I will be using plastic proxies in the form of the newer GW plastic range. Yes it lacks some of the goofy charm of the older stuff but I plan on giving it a bash anyway!

I figure with a suitably bright paint job and little bit of conversion, not to mention the ubiquitous back banners, I should be onto a winner!

Sadly Ebay is proving to be pretty useless for getting hold of bargain basement priced plastic gubbins at the moment so I will be keeping my eye out and building a force a little at a time. The plan is to start with 100-150 points of Orks to form the core of my force and slowly build it up.

I plan on spending as little as possible to collect my force and if I can introduce one or two older sculpts, all the better but it will have to fit in with my meagre funds so we shall see what we can find!

I've settled on the Orks as they are one of the iconic forces from 40k and I have always liked their rather anarchic style and Ghazghkull is one of the most memorable characters from the game so I do want to represent a small warband and slowly build it up to a somewhat mighty WAARGH! 

It's been interesting to peruse some of these old pictures as the Grim Dark future of the 40th millennium looks surprisingly green and rather rich in vegetation so I figure I should probably go the whole hog and see if I can't replicate it somewhat in my own small way.

But where to start? I've already mentioned that I will try and build up the force 100-150 points at a time and I think I'll be starting with one of Ghazghull's underlings so I will be aiming to get a nob and a mob of Goff boyz to pillage, loot and generally shoot stuff up!

I'm actually away on my hols next week but whilst I'm out and about, I'll be heading into any gaming shops I can find to see if I can find some bargains to get my project up and running!

I must admit that I am quite excited to get a start on the project and hope to get some bits and bobs sorted out over the coming week or two and we shall see what I can put together...

In the meantime, All the best!

Friday, 3 February 2017

Oh The Perils of Real Life!


Well just when things seemed to be going so well, the intrusion of Real Life has reared its dreaded and most unwelcome head.

I've had some stuff going on over the last month that has really blown my hobby mojo and soured all attempts at doing anything hobby related which has been a real downer, not to mention kick in the teeth.

Instead of wailing, gnashing my teeth and beating my chest in dismay, I have decided to go a bit old school and go back to something that will remind me of everything that I used to love in wargaming in the first place. With that in mind, I've decided to shelf my mythological project and gun for something a bit more fun.

Warhammer 40,000 2nd Edition

Yes! 2nd edition 40k was my first real entry into the wonderful world of wargaming and I want to relive some of that fun.

I could be all traditional and just limit myself to 2nd edition figures but I will be working to a budget for the foreseeable future so am going to set myself the challenge of collecting a 500 point force using whatever figures I can get hold of super cheap. I am yet to decide on what force I want to go for but I find myself rather excited by the prospect of just collecting and painting some miniatures.

With that in mind, I'm off to peruse my old codexes and loose myself in some classic 90s goodies!

Hopefully I'll have some sort of update in the next week or so!

Monday, 2 January 2017

Hello 2017!


Well 2017 has arrived and I've set myself a bit of a challenge to get the year going.

I've always been fascinated by British mythology and as mentioned in my last post, I've been hankering after some 28mm gubbins for a while so figured I'd set the challenge around that, hence the change of blog title to Tales From Lost Albion!

Magic has returned to the British Isles with a vengeance. The Fae have reclaimed their ancestral lands and the once civilised country has reverted to a mysterious land of forests, mist and magic.

Humanity, once the undisputed rulers of the world have been thrust back into the dark ages, their great cities reduced to rubble and their population decimated. But all is not lost, as magic returned to the land, humans have adapted and now small communities thrive amongst the brooding wilderness.

So I've settled on another post apocalyptic setting. Yes, I know I tend to get a bit obsessed but I like the idea!

Next I need to settle on the rules I am giving myself for the project.

First I have allowed myself £15 a month budget for the project which should keep my painting queue manageable. I've also settled on using 28mm scale figures and a somewhat bodged version of Song of Blades for rules which is going to keep things relatively simple.

The plan is to build a warband in January and another in February as well as create some scenic terrain for them to fight over and spend March playing a campaign and possibly adding another warband or random characters.

I also plan on posting up some assorted background articles to give the project flavour as well as some ideas for later on in the year but don't want to get ahead of myself and get bored of the project before I get chance to finish it.

In other news, I have also managed to finish another model for my Aeroth project in the form of a Dwarven Boar Company Outrider:


Further info can be found HERE on my Aeroth project (which seems to be slowly coming together in my head and on paper but still needs lots more work before it's ready!)

In the meantime, I hope you all have a lovely start to 2017 and All the Best!

Tuesday, 20 December 2016

2016: A Year in Review


Well the end of the year is drawing closer and I'm run off my feet with work as the silly season hits so hobby time is effectively over for the year.

Looking back, I've had some amazing times as I got married and work has been getting better, if busier but I must admit that this year has been a bit of a frustrating one hobby wise as I have found myself totally stalled with every project I've started.

This seems to be a recurring problem, especially when I look back at my last few years posts and is something I really need to address in the new year.

On the plus side, I seem to be really enjoying sculpting my own rather stylised miniatures and have a sneaking suspicion that this will be taking a greater part, if not all of my hobby time next year.

I've flirted with 6mm, 10mm, 15mm and 28mm over the course of the year and still find myself unhappy with anything I do so I am going to be setting myself some challenges for 2017 which I hope to be able to stick to and to actually get some enjoyment out of playing around with toy soldiers...


I've slowly built up some small warbands of a decidedly 40k nature and suspect that the new year may see one or two additions to my small warbands.


I've painted a couple of 28mm scale gubbins over the course of the year and am sorely tempted to paint more but I would need to go on a bit of a buying spree to get some interesting stuff but I'm more than aware that I will buy stuff and not paint it...


I've painted up a few of Zombiesmith's True Atronians for Shieldbash (which is a brilliant little game by the by) and hope to finish the warband in the new year before starting on an opposing force to duke it out with:


I actually sold off most of my 15mm collection this year to make space for new projects but am slowly painting through the stuff I have left over. I had originally intended to flesh out the warbands into full scale forces to play out some skirmishes of a decidedly Rogue Trader sort of vibe but the more I paint, the more I realise that there is another scale I am more happy with.

My Own Scale

Lastly, there's my SD sculpts which I have slowly been amassing and painting over the course of the last 12-18 months and I really enjoy working on them and it is this sort of scale that I foresee much of 2017 being full of!

Hopefully 2017 will be a more satisfying year than 2016 hobbywise and thankyou to the brave readers who've put up with my rambling and hopefully I will be posting some more regular output too!

All the best!

Saturday, 26 November 2016

A Return to the Farpoint Sector


Well it's been quite some time since I've had chance to do much of anything hobby related, mostly because of real life tedium like work which has sadly intruded more than I'd like to admit over the last three months.

Still, I figured I'd best get back to work on some hobby related gubbins soon to try and get my mojo back and with that in mind, I thought I'd crack on and see if I can summon up a bit of enthusiasm for my alternative Imperium setting.

Looking at my previous ramblings, I possibly went a bit scattergun in my approach to Farpoint, trying to paint up stuff in 6mm, 15mm and 28mm scale and giving myself almost endless factions to try and flesh out and paint.

I've got the vague idea of putting together a rather cramped and jumbled frontier city teeming with lowlifes and ne'er do wells and random xenos races. Farpoint is a melting pot as dozens of races and cultures from both sides of the border coming to trade, strike dodgy deals and all manner of shady goings on.

Whilst Farpoint is the administrative centre of the sector, it's previous Governor was renowned for his corruption and it's up to his replacement to bring back law and order to the wild frontier!

With that in mind, I want to take the time to actually build a few small skirmish forces and starting with the Governor General's personal retinue. The man himself will need representing along with his security team and assorted hangers on. I've already got some bits and pieces put aside and will be doing a little bit of converting before getting bits and bobs painted up.

I also want to put together some suitably grotty buildings to represent some of the mean streets for my forces to battle over so I will be rummaging out some boxy shapes to work on. Hopefully my burst of creativity will keep me entertained into the new year so watch this space!

All the best!