Sunday, 25 April 2021

ANZAC Day 2021: Two Up

Two Up is a peculiarly Australian gambling game which is not illegal on ANZAC Day. The ‘spinner’ tosses two pre-decimal pennies off a wooden ‘kip’ and bets are placed as to how they will land. The ‘Ringie’ runs the show and calls the results.




Pennies on a kip

These WW1 figures are from Eureka Miniatures, sculpted by Alan Marsh. The spinner holds the kip as the Ringie oversees, and a digger regrets his luck. The vignette is accompanied by an officer- this is the Colonel, turning a blind eye.

Lest we forget.


  • Australian War Museum
  • AAP
  • Roland Scheicher, CC BY-SA 4.0
[This is my post for Ann's April challenge]

Friday, 23 April 2021

Descent Lieutenants

Here are the Lieutenants (villains) our heroes must overcome in the first wave of Descent second edition releases. My understanding is that these are plastic recasts of first edition metal figures, and are closer to 25mm. There is certainly some scale creep going on in later Lieutenant sculpts! Contrast Flesh Tearers Red has a good showing here.

Descent Lieutenants

Belthir, mercenary dragon hybrid

Sir Alric Farrow

Lord Merick Farrow

Lady Eliza Farrow

Baron Zachareth

Splig, self-declared King of All Goblins

Friday, 9 April 2021

Descent monsters

Following on from the Heroes, here are the monsters from the core Descent boardgame. I've been dabbling with Citadel Contrast, and the range of browns is very handy. The Shadow Dragons and Merriods were a bit challenging to shade and highlight.

Shadow Dragons






Goblin Archers

Cave Spiders

Flesh Moulders

Friday, 2 April 2021

40K Genestealer Cult gunslinger

The idea behind this figure is ridiculous, and I love it. The Kelermorph is a three-armed preternaturally fast genestealer hybrid. I kitbashed mine with an eyeless head- he is X'toichi, the blind gunslinger.

X'toichi the Kelermorph

I got him years ago and stalled on painting him because I couldn't decide how to do his cloak- brown, blue, purple? I'd like to add some patterns like Blondie's poncho. But Ann's Immaterium gave me the impetus required to get it finished, with her 'Neglected but not forgotten' challenge.

Skull-o-meter™: 1

Friday, 26 March 2021

War comes to Rohan

25th March is Tolkien Reading Day, to commemorate the fall of Barad-dûr and the destruction of the One Ring. In my quest for the perfect Lord of the Rings ruleset, I tried Dragon Rampant for the first time. I threw together two forces, we agreed on a rough scenario, and had at it!


30 points; Defending the crossroads on foot with mounted forces to the rescue.

  • Royal Guard (Elite Mounted with leader)
  • Erkenbrand (Elite Mounted hero)
  • Heavy Mounted
  • Heavy Mounted
  • Light Foot
  • Light Foot
  • Archers


29 points; Attacking the crossroads

  • Wargs (Heavy Mounted) with Leader
  • Trolls (Bellicose Foot)
  • Uruk-Hai (Bellicose Foot)
  • Orcs (Heavy Foot)
  • Orcs (Heavy Foot)
  • Archers

We started with the Rohan foot around the crossroads, and all other units would move on from the short edges.

View from the orcs' deployment edge

The orcs approach

Distant hoofbeats

Orcs advance as his cavalry sweep to my left

Orc spears repulse the first charge

Cavalry take down the arrow-weakened troll

Orc situation is dire

Cavalry mop up the remnants

It was a pretty convincing victory to Rohan. My orcs bounced off his shieldwall and got peppered by bowshot and then mopped up by cavalry. The heroes and freshly painted Royal Guard never got involved, they just hung back failing their activation rolls!

I liked the variable bounds activation and the courage rules weren't too complex either. Leaders never came into it, and I didn't bother with Boasts. Shieldwalls are tough, and I'd probably tweak some of the units- orcs would be light foot, for example, and the trolls should have better armour. It was about the right level of complexity for the game I wanted to play. I thought the recommended 24 points would be too small, but it probably isn't. I'm keen to expand my experience with Dragon Rampant.

Friday, 19 March 2021

Descent heroes

I unexpectedly came into possession of a lot of Descent 2nd edition boardgame bits. I plan to paint them up an expansion at a time, so first off the rank will be all the core set stuff. Here are the heroes:

Descent heroes

Avric Albright, cleric

Grisban the Thirsty, dwarf

Leoric of The Book, mage

Syndrael, elf exile

Ashrian, elf herbalist

Widow Tarha, orc witch

Tomble Burrowell, murder hobo gnome

Jain Fairwood, outcast ranger

I rebased them on 25mm rounds from Renedra. They come on 20mm bases which don't quite look right. I'm going for speed with most of these, and they are a colourful excuse to experiment with Citadel Contrast.

Friday, 12 March 2021

40K Genestealer Cult vehicle: Goliath Rockgrinder

The second vehicle I inflicted on myself was a Goliath I picked up at CanCon 2019. Again, I spent a lot of time prepping this so I could use all the options. This mining vehicle has two main choices- the Goliath Truck, or the Goliath Rockgrinder.

Goliath Truck

The Goliath Truck is a troopcarrier. I shaved a few bits away to allow three 25mm-based figures to fit inside.

Twin-linked Autocannon

Troop compartment

Commander with Heavy Stubber

Goliath Rockgrinder

The Rockgrinder is a utility mining vehicle, and the back is covered. The mining arm has a dedicated operator, and the main attraction is the Drilldozer Blade. All of these are magnetized. I used some Tamiya 5mm tape for masking the hazard stripes on the blade, and freehanded the rest.

Drilldozer Blade

Heavy Mining Laser

Clearance Incinerator

Heavy Seismic Cannon

Operator's console

I'm relieved to have these vehicles done, but I didn't love the process. The effects I was keen to achieve seem to be done with airbrushes and specialty enamel products. There are so many little details that I was quite fatigued by the end.