Saturday, 31 December 2016

What I did (but didn't show you) and didn't do in 2016.

It's that time of year again. 2016 is having it's arse kicked out that back door and we are waiting with a lump of coal and a dram for 2017 to show it's face. It's traditionally the time for bloggers to look back at their year and review their work. I don't think I want to do that though. All you have to do is a click a couple of buttons and you can go through all the posts from the last 12 months. Don't be so lazy. What I will say is that I managed to paint around about 256 figures this year bit not all of them got time on the blog for various reasons. Some were initially painted for Scalecreep.

Orc Captain on his pride and joy.

Monday, 26 December 2016

Reverse Tsundoku with Dragons


"Tsundoku" (n.) is the condition of acquiring reading materials but letting them pile up in one's home without reading them.

So Reverse Tsundoku must be reading materials without acquiring them or letting the pile up in your home, something i managed successfully in my youth (not so much nowadays). 

I'm sure I've mentioned on here before that one of the formative experiences of my fantasy life was my habit of reading Dragon Magazine on the shelves of the Asda store in New Craighall, Edinburgh. While my Mum dragged my brother up and down the aisles I was allowed to hand about the magazine section and read the mags. One week a Magazine caught my eye, Dragon. From what I can tell from browsing the interwebs it must have been October '87 and it was issue 126. 

What I thought i'd do for you dear leader is leave a collection of the magazines I remembered reading in those heady days and leave copies of the eye catching fantasy covers for you to coo over in these slow days between Christmas and new year. Have fun!

Monday, 19 December 2016

Nope - A Rogue Stars review

So. Rogue Stars.

On paper this seems like a game right up my street. Sci-fi skirmish game. Small number of figures. Gorgeous illustrations. Copplestone figures. Decent price. Comic book styling. Sounds great.


I can't even remember when it was first mentioned but I've known of the impending arrival of these rules for at least a year. The author, Andrea Sfiligoi, has done 'Fistful of Kung-fu' and 'Of gods and Mortals' for Osprey as well as running Ganesha Games and writing 'Song of Blade and heroes', so he has pedigree.

Northstar have ran a Nickstarter campaign for this game and got a whole load of figures produced for it, some of them are classics. It's nice to see a new range of Sci-fi figures being produced with no fixed back ground.

Friday, 16 December 2016

Confrontation or Confrontation?

Whilst having a chat with the other Wipster's (as we do on an almost constant basis, seriously we are worse than 14 year old girls when it comes to mobile communication) the subject of Confrontation came up. Some of my illustrious brethren were discussing the impact that the original appearance of Confrontation in White Dwarf all those many moons ago. We were also discussing the game in general. Now, it is important as this point to note that there were a varied amount of opinions and they can be broken down into the following basic groups.


  1. Confrontation is a fantastic background but I wouldn't touch the game with a Captain Crooks's floppy barge pole.
  2. Confrontation is a unique creation and I'd love to play it as it was originally intended.
  3. Confrontation should be completed and published in a form as near to a finished item as possible.  
Let's examine these in a little more detail

Monday, 12 December 2016

Jonis Borson


A couple of weeks ago I got me self a box of Hybrids and apart from trying the arms on some confrontation figures I hadn't done much with them. I was having a chat with Antipixi about kit-bashing various figures for Inq28.

Monday, 28 November 2016

Albion


Albion

Land of mists and fogs, of bogs and marshes. 

A land of magic, lay lines, stone circles and druids. 

Probably.

Who knows?

Certainly GW were never able to make up their minds it seems. The mist and fogs weren't just literal but figurative as well, obscuring the true nature and even the true shape of this mysterious isle. Or is it groups of isles?



Saturday, 19 November 2016

Mordlust

Some times you get an idea in your head and you aren't satisfied till you get something down on paper, or in this case Blogger.

I'm about to mention hoarding figures in the next paragraph, this is said hoard ;)
It occurred to me, while I hoarded figures for potential games in the 2nd Edition version of Lustria, that if you were playing games in the jingly jungly world of the Slann, that you'd be hampered a bit by the need to have blocks of infantry. You'd be better off in skirmish formation or having figures treated individually (which is something I do a lot of when playing RT). Then it occurred to me that that would be a great way to play Warhammer generally.....and then!...of course....you can already do that! Mordhiem!

Monday, 14 November 2016

Battle in the badlands


Lord Frunbil had searched for years. The stories of the famous gem mine that had once belonged to his family were legendary. The thought of all that wealth hidden away somewhere in the badlands had kept him awake for many a night. At last though he had found the entrance to the abandoned works. Or at least that's what he hoped. By the time he and his band of hardy dwarf adventurers had reached their goal it was already late in the afternoon. They decided there was time to set up the demolition charges that would clear the entrance but that they would wait till the next day to set them off. They settled down to an excited but well earned sleep.

They woke the next day to here unfamiliar noises in the valley below their camp.

Scouting around in the fog they realised that they were far from alone


Thursday, 3 November 2016

Death comes to orc town

Pandrang wasn't happy. It was Orctober and his boys hadn't been invited to the greenskin gathering round the fat idols for years. He was fed up with his boys being sneered, or called scabbies, or being beaten to death with leftovers. This time he was going to face up to that big bully, Tugrug and turn up at the fat Idols no matter what. Just to be on the safe side he had bribed some Black orcs with some humie bones and promised them more when they bashed up Tugrugs boys.

Things didn't go well.

Thursday, 27 October 2016

The Last of the Brothers Dim



I finally got my paws on the last of the Nick Bibby C28 giants thanks to Mr Furious on the Oldhammer Forum (your Orcs are on the way!). 

Sunday, 23 October 2016

Pointless Anthropology or When is a Barbarian not a Barbarian?

Sometimes a question pops into your head that nags at you and demands that you answer it. It bugs you and niggles at you and drives you a bit potty, distract you all day long. Trouble is, I suspect that this question doesn't have an answer. I also suspect that it's not even a question!

Let me explain.....

After writing the post about Lustria a little while back I started to think about collecting a little force of adventurers that might find itself in the southern continent fighting it's way to riches and legend. I already had a couple of figures that would fit the theme and I collected some more from everyones favourite public selling website.

Surveying my new purchases I started to wonder if I done the right thing. The figures I'd bought were 'Barbarians' from ranges like these (thanks once again to Stuff of Legends, Oldhammer wouldn't be Oldhammer without it!) or look at them here


Monday, 17 October 2016

A Legendary Death in the Low countries


A small Spanish and Walloon force had become stranded in the G'Ertondaboot. They had been escorting some much needed cannons to the siege of Haag when they stopped over night. They awoke to find that Pedro and Jorge, that overgrown results of Giselle's experiments, had gotten hungry during the night and eaten the draft oxen. The resultant deal had meant that the entire expedition were trapped with the forces of Sir Thomas Cocksure closing in. 

Wednesday, 12 October 2016

Hybridising


I'm sure many of you will have seen the latest releases form GW. They have certainly upped their game recently and the gene stealer hybrids are very tasty indeed. However, being the kit fiddlers that we all are, the first thing I thought about was "will these arms fit my confrontation figures?" So as the good lady wife and gone out for the evening I decided to get the blu-tac and the clippers and and have a go at man lego with my new toys.

Sunday, 9 October 2016

Papa Nurgle's pest removal service


Unbeknownst to the villagers of Frideig, the ruined circle of columns on the other side of the river was of special significance to the Father of Plagues for it was here that the Chaos Champion, Tee'N'BesQit was raised to Daemonhood. 


So Papa Nurgle was particularly annoyed when a couple of piss head giants moved and started messing up the place.

Ninefingers and One-eye were horribly concerned that the impending hangover may just be fatal 

Saturday, 8 October 2016

More Metal-clad Mean Man-things


I've added another half dozen armoured maniacs to my growing crew. I'm not quite sure if they are a war band, a regiment or an army but they are certainly proving fun to paint. 

Saturday, 1 October 2016

Nasty men for Nasty Jobs


Although the name "Chaos Marauder" still exists within the armies Warhammerdom, the actual rank doesn't exist anymore. Way back when the world and his dog weren't 'connected', Marauders were the middle ground between Thugs and Warriors. Better armed and armoured than the lowly mix and match thug but not quite as hard and expensive as bib, burly warrior. A unit of these guys would be perfect for holding a flank, anchoring your line or just menacing some villagers.

Friday, 23 September 2016

Stunties for November



I mentioned a couple of posts ago that I'm putting on a game over the weekend at the start of November. As I've got a load of figures to paint I dove straight in and got the First faction done. These are all dwarves from the 3rd edition era (or a bit earlier). Having had a quick nose round Stuff of Legends there are some Dwarf Adventurers from 87 and 88, some Imperial Dwarves from 86 and some Norse Dwarfs as well.

Thursday, 22 September 2016

Russ Nicholson built my Hammer


The Oldhammer crowd is a funny beast. Chatting about the books that made such an impression on you at a young age tends to throw up odd little inconsistencies. One of the main ones that I've become aware of is how people react to different artists. We all know the classic images from the rule books and we have them burned into our collective memories. The illustrators were the most important members of the GW team in a way. Without their work the books would have been endless streams of text with the occasional pics of miniatures. GW always employed a range of illustrators and their styles varied immensely and was as much a matter of taste as your favourite miniature sculptor.

Saturday, 10 September 2016

Remember, Remember.....

The flights are booked so now it's time to figure out what I'll actually be playing. Yep, I've had enough of not seeing my mates so I've demanded that we get together for a weekend and do some wargaming stuff. As Neillboy has just produced a sprig with his lovely Mrs we decided to go to his and play there. Neil has an equally lovely step son who he is slowly indoctrinating (in that he's already better than Neil at painting) and so we thought it'd be nice for him to take part in a game (until his bedtime). I had a think and decided that we should have a little warhammer game with war bands of 10 or so figures. Rochie reminded me of the little game the OGRE guys had last year and if I add a couple more plot devices and a monster or two then we've got ourselves a game. 

So, to the war bands. This is a brilliant excuse to get stuff painted and I was in need of a focus as I was in danger of getting drowned in too many project possibilities.

Sunday, 4 September 2016

Larceny in Lovely Lustria



It's always been a wonder to me that the powers that be spent so much time and effort focussing on one small area of the Warhammer world. the vast majority of the action seems to have been spent fleshing out the details and conflicts that effect the Old World. A shamefully eurocentric view of a fantasy world. don't get me wrong, there was plenty going on else where, Dark and High Elves and the sandy flavour of undead allowed a peek into another parts of the world but it wasn't explored in huge amounts of depth.

Things were different in the early days though.

Before the glory days of 3rd Edition it was de riguer to create scenarios for Warhammer games. These would dictate the armies, the maps, the victory conditions and be controlled by a GM. Obviously.

Some of the most famous of these scenarios came in their own boxed sets and are still discussed in hushed tones around the Oldhammerers pints of IPA at the Dog and Dice. The tragedy pf McDeath, Bloodbath at Orc's Drift, Terror of the Lichemaster.

There were other though. The citadel Compendiums and Journals (which were kind of dry runs for citadel only White Dwarf which at the time contained stuff from lots of different games) contained some classic and important scenarios. Amongst them Dolgan Raiders (2nd Journal - Autumn 85) and Vengeance of the Lichemaster (spring 86 Journal) but I want to blether on about 3 scenarios that painted a picture of another vast area of wargaming possibility. The three were set in the mysterious southern land of Lustria and give a great twist on the Warhammer world.

Sunday, 28 August 2016

Snicket Rampant 2 - the return of the Rat

Snicket came around the other night and we busted out my new mat and his Elven scenery for a game of Dragon Rampant. Snicket used is High Elves and I used my trusty Hobgoblins. We put together forces the added up to 31 points (an odd number I know but It worked out quite well) and we came up with the following lists.

Snicket
Lord - Elite Riders
Elven Cavalry -Elite Riders
Archers - Light Archers with better shot upgrade
Spearmen - Light Infantry with a Wizard
Swordsmen - Elite Foot 

Whiskey
Lord - Elite Riders
Giant - Elite foot
Hobgobs - Bellicose foot x3
Orcs - Light Archers

We rolled for a scenario and we got escape route. The Elves had to get their units form one end of the board to the other and the Hobgoblins had to try to ambush them.

Snicket had trouble with the first couple of rounds, failing activations and handing initiative to me. This meant that I had a chance to get my troops into position while his barely moved from the start line.

The giant managed to hold up the Elven Cavalry for nearly the whole game (although we weren't using combat correctly and we should have parted after each round but we corrected it in subsequent rounds)

The wizards were only really useful for casting befuddle on each others units and I think I dispelled it at one point as well.

The Elven host deploy on the field of battle

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Big Fat Smelly Bastards


After the very soggy family camping trip I finally got down to finishing off these big fat bad boys. They are actually a whole load of fun to paint, so much so that I'm considering a second set as the chaos war bands version of AOS has Blightkings as the main choice in the gurgle war bands. I'm going to be doing some chaos warriors using some old school figures and i've already got some mounted thugs so I've got a good start. Once thats done we'll see what else we can scrape together.

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Zenithal = Piece of piss


If you're anything like me, you'll spend your time perusing various blogs, forums, groups etc, looking with jealousy at other folks painting skills and wondering how they manage it. The Scale Creep guys are good for sharing tips and giving constructive criticism to each other but some times I want to try something completely different just to see how it works out. No doubt, like me, you've heard whispers of 'Zenithal' shading and wondered what the hell people are talking about. Is it done secret set of paints? Some kind of airbrush? Black magic? I decided to give it a shot and see what all the fuss is about. But what to paint? 

Friday, 12 August 2016

Future Shockinitsi


Sometimes a bunch of figures sit in the Leadpile and wait patiently for you to remember that they exist. They hope in vain that the right project will come along and they'll be lifted from under their brethren and given the attention they have always craved. Sometimes, though, you just fancy painting something cos you want to. And thats what happened with these guys. They are from Lead Adventure miniatures and came to me via Oz, bizarrely enough. After doing my ww2 ruski's I remembered I had these guys sitting in a drawer and decided to dig them out and give them a thorough going over. Just another day long project where I push my luck with my wife's patience. The 10 figures are from two different packs, 'The Red Vultures' and 'Igor and the Red Gang'. They are essentially post apocalyptic communists and are full of cliches covering all the soviet bases. They have the distinctive padded clothing, the fur hats, the AK47's, red stars, CCCP on their armbands and ice picks (you know, Trotsky. Leon Trotsky. Killed with an ice pick. In Mexico. No? Read some history. A lot of them do have lovely round glasses like comrade Leon as well!)

Tuesday, 2 August 2016

Rockabully Witherwattle



Back to fantasy stuff again then. As I had so much fun painting my first c28 giant I got myself another one. This guy came without a weapon unfortunately but that was easily rectified by having a quick rake around the garden. This guy is made up of the Witherwattle body and the Rockabully head. 

Sunday, 31 July 2016

Tankodesantniki


I thought that with the thousands of Russians visiting the Leadpile over the last couple of weeks I thought I'd do something especially for them. Nah, not really but it is a silly coincidence. Those of you who have read most of my blethering may remember that I occasionally express a desire to play Chain of Command from TooFatLardies (although these will also be usable for Warlords 
Bolt Action). In effort to kick start my painting regime after the house move I decided to put together a force that I could use to play. Of the lists in the rulebook that could fight my Germans (who I've yet to paint) I was particularly fascinated by the idea of the Soviet Tank Rider platoon.

Saturday, 23 July 2016

Sticky Fingers

It's nearly the summer holidays. All over the land Teachers are using the last remnants of their patience and strength to get themselves through the last two weeks. Fighting off the desire to just let the kids watch Frozen or, more likely, bully each other on their mobile phones (which are inevitably newer and more expensive than the teachers own, but also usually smashed on at least one surface) and instead try and ram one last piece of information into their young charges heads or plead with the year 10's to get that piece of work finished before the holidays.

But there is one more heinous hurdle to leap before we are free to bathe in alcohol for the summer. In my school at least, the last day is a purgatory where form tutors are imprisoned in their rooms with 25 bored and unruly teens (at least 5 are either truanting or will have been taken on some lovely sounding exotic holiday) for 3 and a half hours. A length of time only broken by a brief 20 minute break and an interminably dull end of term house assembly.

What do you do? The usual ploy is sweets and movies but as you can imagine the chance of 25, 12 year old's agreeing on a film to watch on an aging white board that you can barely see on a computer that is likely to reject any DVD you have chosen is fairly remote. Add sugar to the mix and you are in a world of hurt. To make life more of a misery, my form has a collection of boys (the girls are lovely) who appear to have just stepped out of an episode of the Bash Street Kids.


Friday, 1 July 2016

Young, Gifted and Blackshield

Excuses first.


  1. Been painting a unit of Orc's and still not finished them!
  2. We took the side off the cot of the youngest and instantly regretted the loss of our entire evenings to chasing him back into bed.
  3. We're moving house this weekend!
  4.  Work has been busy
  5. The country fell apart
Now I've explained why I've been a bit quiet I can get back to a bit of chit chat.

Those of you that have been paying attention to such things will have noticed that the wonder folks at Forgeworld have been pumping out Horus Heresy stuff at fantastic rate of knots. Book 6 of the series - Retribution, introduces a new faction into the mix. Blackshields. This is a catch all term for marines who have become orphaned, cut off or simply turned their backs on their Legions and have started to fight their own war for their own reasons. They ostensibly fight in armour devoid of legion insignia but just as often fight in whatever colour they like. Who's going to tell them other wise? The concept reminds of the the Black army of anarchists that  fought during the Russian civil war.

They were fighting their own war against the Reds and the Whites and for their own reasons with an Anarchist view of government at their heart (Anarchism was actually a popular movement in the first third of the 20th century and their were in fact Anarchist trade unions fighting on the republican side of the Spanish civil war in the late 30's).

So why am I bringing this up (the Blackshields, not the Anarchists)? Well, there is something incredibly neat about the whole idea of non-chaos renegade marine forces for those of Rogue Trader bent. One of the first clues that the FW design team are having fun with the concept is the name of one of the most notable groups of Blackshields - The Dark Brotherhood. 

Now where have we heard that name before?


Sunday, 19 June 2016

Buckling your swash in the Emperors name


Even a casual reading of Warhammer or 40K will demonstrate that the writers have a fairly robust knowledge of history and when it comes to playing games it's often handy to have an inkling of historical battles and characters to make your scenarios realistic and interesting. Too often gamers seem to be divided into either historical or fantasy camps with no meeting in between. I find myself being somewhere in the middle. I've done a fair amount of Historical gaming and a lot of the blogs I follow deal almost exclusively in it. Some of them, however, have started to dabble in both which is great. A lot of historical gamers seem to have a bit of Warhammer in their past and and the Oldhammer thing has helped rekindle the love for the old figures and games that brought them into the hobby in the first place. My dabbling in the Dutch revolt has led me to look at other arena's where I can use my figures as I like to have as much flexibility built into my gaming as possible. So where else in the world could a bunch of Spaniards be found fighting against Northern Europeans?

Hmmm?

The Caribbean!!



Monday, 13 June 2016

Schwarzrieters



I said that I wanted to get some cavalry done for both sides of my Dutch Revolt armies (they aren't armies yet really, Forces? Units? Companies? Factions? whats the correct nomenclature?) and here are the first lot. A unit a German protestant Reiters.

'Wait a minute!' I here you say, 'You're having us on! Those are nothing but citadel Empire Pistoliers as sculpted by the Perry twins! What are you trying to pull?'

Well, just hang on a minute there. You are right. These aren't historical miniatures at all but they are pretty much spot on for the figures I wish to emulate.

Monday, 6 June 2016

The Bridge at Bergring-er-ding - A Donnybrook battle


Leaving my wife with a pair of screaming children I skipped off into the night to play games with Antipixi and Malc. It's nice to go round your friends house and do a bit gaming. The plan was to try and squeeze some new games in and maybe roll up stats for an RPG character or two.

First things first. Let's moan about work.......
The three of us being teachers this took quite some time......

Right. That's the education system sorted out, lets get on to something serious. 

Chaos Marauders!





Sunday, 29 May 2016

Shake yer Mutie


I've had this guy finished and needing basing for about a week but this morning I finally got round to it. He is, as i'm sure you know, a keeper form that GorkaMorka Mutie raiders mob. I was going to rush through the five figures that I've got (i'm missing one of the Unk's, the one with the Glaive, anybody?) but once I started painting this guy I got sucked in and really enjoyed getting him done.

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Arquebus


[Edit] - Sorry for randomly posting a photo without explanation, I was trying to upload the pic to photobucket but was having no luck and decided to throw a post up with it on so that I could link it into the LAF Pikes, Muskets and Flouncy shirts painting club. Check it out, some great stuff on it already. This guy is one of the citadel Estalians that I converted previously and represents a Spanish Arquebusier in the army of the Duke of Alva in the Netherlands during the dutch revolt in around 1567.

Monday, 23 May 2016

The Root of all Evil

Have you got Lost and the Damned? Well? Have you?


It's like an expensive badge. One of the most expensive, book shaped, badges of the whole Oldhammer 'movement'. It's one of these ebay items that makes you sweat through your eyeballs at the thought of pressing 'buy now'. The chaos that ensues when one comes up for auction is worse than the most sharp elbowed, old woman at the church jumble sale.

Don't get me wrong, it's a great book. As an example of the levels of madness that Brian's ego reached then it is a fantastic resource but as a book to play games with? You can manage without it.

A lot of the warband stuff is repeated from the first book and cleaned up a little. The Tzeentch and Nurgle lists are in different formats to lists in the first book. The Beastman and Minotaur stuff is interesting but not hugely ground breaking and there is some neat stuff about creating your own chaos gods and daemons. The painting pages are nice but not as nicely presented as in StoD.

So what is so good about it then? Well it has a really good quick reference sheet for 3rd ed but that's not worth a hundred quid. It does have the first description of the Emperor's early life and his creation of the Primarch's and then Horus Heresy leading to his battle with Horus and his entombment in the golden throne.

Thursday, 19 May 2016

Paranoia Blues


You have to love Paranoia.

I've never actually played it and I only know about it cos of the Vulture warriors scenario but I still love it.

There is something about the insane future dystopia that has as much validity as Judge Dredd on my vision of a sci-fi city scape. Fuck all that grimdark nonsense, lets add some bright colours and mayhem while trying to avoid getting terminated by the computer. Or the security troopers. Or Intsec. Or your weaponry. Or the other trouble shooters. Or a T-Rex.


Saturday, 7 May 2016

The Wipsters+ @Knavecon 7


 Despite Ryanair trying to kill me through excessive waiting and psychotically small leg room, Antipixi and I arrived in that there Ireland to take part in Knavecon7. Essentially Knavecon is a board game convention held in a nice hotel in Limerick but this year a bakers dozen of small man enthusiasts arrived to drink the beer and be very poilte to the women!

Friday, 29 April 2016

Knavecon here we come!

It's been coursework season at work and if anybody has ever worked in education, you'll know that trying to get teenagers to hand work in by a deadline is fruitless and frustrating task. Still to cheer me up I'm off on a plane tonight to meet up with a bunch of strange men I met on the internet. That's right, i'm deliberately discarding the internet safety rules we teach our kids and going to a foreign country on the promise of some games of toy soldiers. It's the Wipster weekend. Knavecon here we come! All the contributors to the Scale Creep blog (bar the poor old Ozzy Captain Crooks who will be making virtual appearances like Holly froom Red Dwarf) plus various other O'Hammerers are heading to deepest darkest Ireland in order to play some games, drink some alcohol and talk a lot of shit.

The afternoons gaming will be made up of multiple games of Frostgrave for which we've all been slaving away on warbands for donkey's. You'll have seen mine before and you'll be able to see other folks ones on Scale Creep.


Thursday, 21 April 2016

Tradgardmastare! Come on down!



A couple of posts a go I celebrated the momentous arrival of my 200th follower (welcome to the 201st, 202nd, 203rd and 204th by the way, a cheery wave in your direction).

To mark the occasion I am giving away two figures that I've converted and painted. One was to go to the Responsible One who won a similar give away for the arrival of 150 followers (and who I failed to reward). Because of this I gave him first choice and he chose the Inquisitor model.

This means that the Rogue navigator model was to be handed out to one of you who commented and expressed a desire for him (I included those that didn't show a reference as well) and the winner is Tradgardmastare!
 Well done son!
All we have to do now is figure out how to get in touch and give me your address.

I know you're out there somewhere.....

Tuesday, 19 April 2016

I was Oldhammer before it was a thing!



As is my wont during a lovely long Easter holiday, I took my knackered old car and drove off, in a Northerly direction, to visit my oldest and dearest friends. After a stop off in Nottingham where I spent the night ruminating on many things Warhammery, planning a heroic escalation campaign between two Empire armies, raking through boxes of figures and hinting heavily about how I didn't have them, volunteering to paint his Tilean gang and forcing him to watch the 2000ad documentary (he enjoyed it immensely and as he is a big fan or Vertigo comics was surprised by the discussion of it's existence being a direct result of the US pinching 2000ad talent) I jumped back in my car and headed up to Edina. The main purpose was to go out on the Lash with another dear friend who also had the pleasure of turning 40 (which we duly did on Saturday) but I also had the chance to chat to his lovely wife and quiz her on her pregnancy (me being an expert and everything). What I also got to do was rake through his collection of old publications and borrow a couple. These were all books that he inherited from his aunt way back when we were but ickle gamers in the 80's. Probably around '88 I reckon. These magazines were, however, even older than that.

Tuesday, 12 April 2016

Happy Birthday- Emporium of Rogue Dreams


As I'm sure you know, there are many ways to get to know other loons on the inter webs who enjoying spending the family budget on little toy soldiers. Through blogging and the Oldhammer Forum i've met loads of like minded old farts but one of the most commonly used mediums is good old Facebook and in particular the groups. I'm a member of fair few but on that deserves a mention is the Emporium of Rogue Dreams which celebrates it's first birthday today.

The Emporium is a place where sci-fi oriented toy soldier fiends form around the planet get together and share their latest creations and lunatic ideas. No Fantasy, no trading. Just old school flavoured space war fun.


The emporium occasionally runs loose projects and what could be termed 'competitions' (my recent Abdul Goldberg being an example of challenge that finishes in May). If this sounds like your thing then have a quick perusal through the images below and if you are in anyway intrigued follow the link above and ask to join and see what you can contribute.