Goth Saga Warband

No not a loads of dudes dressed in black feeling sad, these guys:

This lot all got passed over to Mr Farr from Footsore.

I am now scratching my pitiful attempt at a beard and pondering what to paint next. Oh the decisions.


Shadespire Gang

Just as Shadespire starts to disappear from gaming consciousness I get my first gang finished (apart from varnish and static but that is the weathers fault).

After a couple of goes at it I have the Armour the purple I want and the axes have come out ok.

I will paint the others and am working towards having an excellent painting and gaming year!!!

Late Saxon Saga Warband

I have been painting again for the Footsore lads. This is the first of two Warbands I am doing for them.

Champion and Standard, two groups of Huscarls and two groups of Thegns.

Hope you like them

Empire vs Dwarfs 8th Battle

For the final day of the year it was time for a mighty battle. Tom couldn’t find the Ogres so the battle would be Dwarfs with Kislev allies vs my Empire and Wood Elf allies.

I threw in some flashy do dads, Luminark, War Altar and Steam Tank, plus a horde of Spearmen. Tom dropped his Scouts behind my line to keep me on my toes!


Mighty winged lancers with slightly wonky lances


Tom’s line, horse archers moving up.


Behind my line Bugman’s finest are being very menacing.


But with spells, arrows and the will I reduced the threat!


But more threat was on it’s way. The Hammerers are the real danger so I concentrated fire on them.


Not terrified of the of the Kislev cavalry though!


My line is bent out of shape by the pesky rangers. I should have thought of that in set up!


The blasting began and the Kislev cavalry were removed


The arrival of the Glade Riders won me the left flank!


The Hammerers also got a roasting


Before they ploughed into a hedge hog of death.


Longbeards even fighting over a wall were more than a match for my halberdiers with a witch hunter. Shouldn’t have moved the War Altar!!!


Halberdiers and Hammerers gone. Outriders down to one man, a brutal round of shooting.


But the longbeards were now in a killing field!


I also had a unit of warriors deep in my deployment zone


This is my dead pile, it also contains the lone surviving Ranger champion.


Wood Elf Glade Guard, over 30 years old defend their wood


I prepare a nasty environment for the Longbeards


After spiking a cannon the pike block moves on


I slam the War Altar into the Longbeards, this doesn’t work anywhere near as well as I hoped


I break and run


But the battle is mine!!!

Tom and I need to work out how to link a series of games for next year that encourages painting!!

Happy new Year!

Warhammer Old Style

So Tom and I convened on a wet and slightly snowy Wednesday night with the firm intention to play Warhammer 8th ed. He brought with him Orcs and Goblins where as I had pulled together Undead Vampires!

Tom wanted his giant to do bad things to me. He was herding herds of goblins and Squigs

The rest of Tom’s team

This was my undead line

A shot from the other end of the table

Same of mine

I start out slow shuffling forward. This turned out to be a terrible plan as I got eaten piece meal

Despite not moving for three turns these 80 not playing any part in the game Tom still soundly won. Here his Shaman attempts to cast the Bad Moon Rising! But fluffs it

Tom’s Boar Boyz has the game of their lives killing: 10 Dire Wolves, Morris Engine and 5 Black Knights

Tom’s giant smashes smelliest. I held back with the Zombies, bad move

Tom had a resounding victory and crushed me. But I remembered how much I loved Warhammer, which was the real winner!

General Ramblings

No relation to General Ballroom (though the old chap is never far from my thoughts – and he brilliantly picked me up Shadespire Dice last week) I have all sorts of things going on.

I am working away on a Goth and Saxon Warband for the lads at Footsore.

GB and I are playing a couple of games of Shadespire on Wednesdays. Tom seems to have left the group due to swimming school but we are hoping to get some games in over the Christmas and start a Dark Ages Campaign next year! The painting of my own Saxons is pretty slow and so I will be using the Irish!

Here are my Shadespire gang. I am still nowhere near as good at this game as I would like to be. Also GB questioned the Orange weapons, but there is a plan there – honest!


Good mate Andy got me a T-Shirt from the Sega! This was for the Total War: Warhammer developers so I am very lucky indeed!


And finally this is what I look like ready to face the harsh winter. With times being hard I can’t have the heating on so wrapping up is what is required!


Dark Ages Goths

While I was out of work I was painting for the lads at Footsore Miniatures (Hi Mark, Andy and Daz). These will be when finished the SAGA warband for the Goth Faction. These have been a delight to paint and I am considering getting some of my own – I would use the rules for Franks.


These are the generals body guard and I figure they fight in fours. Really nice castings allowing the model to get a really nice paint job.


The guys sent me some Little Big Man transfers and I am trying to paint the bosses before removing the backing. This way is hopefully neater!


Brendan’s Emperor’s Champion

Apologies for the break in coverage. Life seems to have plans to keep me busier than I like.

Anyway in the background I have been painting away. I have three projects on the go right now.

This is the first:

This is a model I am painting for Brendan. He is a better friend than I deserve and this is a way I can show him that.

To be honest all of my friends have been amazing. Guess I need to do a fair bit of thank you painting!

WAB Tournament in Peterborough

So the day finally arrived when Tom and I were to head over to the land of “God’s waiting room” (there may be a disproportionate number of elderly in Peterborough). He picked me up at some ungodly hour and we headed over to grab James.

James, who I had never really spoken to before, is the jolly nice man who wrote Age of Arthur. I had high hopes for for him in the tournament with his intimate knowledge and the fact he probably had more than three games under his belt!

I am massively late writing this up, so Tom already has three posts covering his battles. In order to maximise content he has done three reports, one for each battle:

Game 1

Game 2

Game 3

My report is nowhere near as thorough but here we go.

All my games were against British / Welsh armies of the native peoples of the mainland of England. All three had a large block of heavy cavalry, supported by decent infantry and a good chunk of missile troops.

It turns out I had little that could deal with these monster blocks of cavalry.

Here my battle line moves forward to engage the enemy.

The first game was against Andy the tournament organiser. His army was beautiful with hand painted banners.


I was sold the lie that my characters would “do for” enemy characters so I was throwing challenges out left, right and centre. Except my dice where pants and they all ground on. If you are Irish you need to kill quick and then get to the business of adding to the body count!


My right flank turned into a right mess as my dogs chased off some skirmishers (who chose to run rather than fight – the dogs haven’t been that good in any game, but there rep is amazing at this event so they win fights without fighting!!). I lost a block of troops and was slowly bringing the British allies round.

The centre was pretty solid but the left flank had been smashed to bits by the golden hammer of heavy cavalry!


Here are the beautiful heavy cavalry being awesome


By the end my centre and skirmishers had done enough to get me a minor lose.


Before Game 2 it was lunch and time to smash down two pints and stuff a burger into my face. This would make me better (it didn’t) but I felt good!

Francis was applying the the same formula 4 blocks of Brits, one unit of super cav plus a sprinkling of skirmishers.

I lined up. I had one more fighty unit and more skirmishers. We would see how it would go.


The British take the hill. Choosing from the British list your infantry are “heavy” so negating the advantage I had there. They also have shields do they have a (very slightly) better save,


Fairly confident the Brits advanced


With the flower of Arthur’s cavalry


The game objective was to take the hill and the hut. Francis had the hill!


I forgot to take photos for the really exciting bit. Basically I got a charge from my general into the heavy cav, broke them, chased them. Francis’s army held, then counter charged, my general broke and he rallied his general!


On the left my troops come through the woods!


My general runs off the board and my entire army panics, 😦

Leaving me with some cavalry and skirmishers


My last gambit is to charge the heavy cav with my not so good cav, I throw out a challenge and I hit his general. The game comes down to a single save which if Francis fails his general dies. He saves and I suffer a major lose.

My final game I forgot to photograph and was with a great bloke call Dave. He was massive.

I won that one so a mixed bag for the day.

It was a lot of fun and I would definitely do it again. Tom and I are looking at organising one ourselves!

Birthday Huts

So this is what Mrs Soldiers got me for my Birthday. A fantastic selection of gifts, including a goodly selection from Warbases.


So I built them, cut up a flannel and soaked the strips in water and PVA and stuck them on the rooves. I then stupidly left them outside to dry, catching the only shower of the day!


Two days later after they finally dried I got to spray them. I used as many different colours on the rooves as I could. I also added sand to some PVA to add texture to the walls.


The finished article!!


I now need to sort the rest of my roman road!