Sunday, 25 February 2018

From ByronM: Thebian Greeks and 30k Mechanicum (107 points)

This week I once again worked on more ancient Greek figures.  This time they are from Victrix and are the Thebian phalanx models.  I honestly can't tell much difference from the Athenians other than the helmets, but that's ok I still like the models.

I did these in another very simplified paint scheme with mainly white armour with green trim and undershirt.  I then applied some Little Big Men shield decals and called them done.  Super simple and basic, but once again, once ranked up they look at least 2-3x better than individually.  I always tried painting ranked guys to a higher standard before, but Curt explained years ago "It's all about the ranked look, no one looks at a single mode", so I have been cheating on ranked guys ever since.

I based them on 40mm x 60mm bases and used a bunch of tufts from Tajima as with all the other Greeks that I have done.  Almost time to order more!  I've gone through several boxes already this challenge.

Next up is a small addition to my 30k Mechanicum force, a Magos Auxilia and a squad of Servo-Automata.  This gentlemen is mainly machine as his body has slowly been replaced with parts more worthy of someone who worships the machine god.  He is an elite choice that helps upkeep the machines in battle by repairing wounds on them each turn.

His Servo-Automata help by adding extra wounds back if they are close enough.  These should help keep some of the big stompy robots in the list active for a bit longer.  After all being able to return d3+1 wounds a turn to a 12 wound toughness 8 robot is not insignificant!

Most of the rest of the week was spent working on my next theme week entry as it is rather large and I needed some serious time to work on it!  See you next week with more cool toys.


My apologies Byron, I nearly missed these!  The Greeks are looking really impressive with their shield decals, but I am mesmerised with the 30K stuff again.  The colouring is just superb and I imagine that these are incredibly fiddly to put together.  I am adding a couple of bonus points for the complexity of the models and therefore the intricacy of painting required, making this another 107 points to the tally.

The Votes are in for the 'Childhood' Bonus Theme Round

Hello Everybody!

Our fourth bonus theme round is complete! We had 31 participants submitting entries providing their various interpretations of the 'Childhood' theme. Below are the results of the voting. 


The Runners Up Are:

SidneyR's 'Ada The Goose Girl of Laarden'

EvanH's 'Mouslings for my Munchkins'

AnthonyO's 'The Magician's Apprentice'


The podium finishers are:

Third Place: MichaelA's 'Would You Like A Jelly Baby?'


Michael will receive another 25 points in recognition for his brilliant Dr. Who submission this round (and his uncanny skill in creating a horrifically realistic rendition of 1970s carpet). Wonderful work Michael and congratulations!

Second Place: ByronM's 'Alice in Wonderland'


Byron will receive another 50 points to add to his total. This vignette will be a wonderful addition to your wife's steampunk collection! Stunning work.


And in First Place: 

SanderS' 'I love it when a plan comes together!'


Absolutely superb entry Sander! You hit it out of the park in capturing the spirit of the 'Childhood' theme. For claiming top spot on the podium Mr. van Staeten will receive another 75 points and a gift voucher from our pal Steve over at Arcane Scenery . Congratulations Sander!


Again, a BIG round of applause to all the participants of the round for their excellent efforts illustrating the theme. Terrific work folks! 

Finally, please remember that next Saturday at midnight (March 3rd) is the submission deadline for our last Bonus Round Theme: 'Monstrous', so delve into the nightmare places of your imagination and show us what you've got!

Saturday, 24 February 2018

Side Duels Roster and Points Updated

Hi All,

Sunday once again mateys and the ninth points update for the Side Duels and Challenges has now been posted.

As always, please check the points and make sure they're correct.

Millsy The Duels Wallah

From TeemuL: Only the faithful (72 points)

If you know about the lore/fluff/history/nameit of Stormcast Eternals and the exiled people of Numenor, you understand the title.

First three Vanguard-Raptors with Hurricane crossbows. That's six shots per weapon per round.

Most of the Stormcasts around are gold or metallic, I'm looking for a rock or stone on my Stormcast. They are known as Eternal Quarry. There's a hint of light blue in the highlights, but it is not very visible in the nature or in the photos. I'm not 100% happy with the theme I have chosen, but I'll keep to that at least for the first 1000 points or so.

I already have three of these and to make these different, I used red as spot color on belt buckles and plumes. I'll have three more to paint and with three squads of Aetherwings (one squad painted for Flying and one still to paint) I'll have a battallion, which will make them even more shooty.

Then some Numenor fighters for Lord of the Rings. I actually only needed some banner bearers for my army, but since I got a pack of them from a gaming friend, I decided to paint more of them.

The flags are made of street brush and wine bottles (the metal things on the neck). I made a quick free hand on the flags, the same White Tree which is on the shields. Not very pretty up close and personal, but from a distance does its job.

They are pretty simple paint jobs, mostly black and some metal. Below is my whole force, more than I will ever need I think, unless I start the Last Alliance against Sauron...

3 Stormcasts are most likely 7 points each, so 21.
10 Numenorians are 5 points each, so 50.

That's 71 unless something is awarded from the simple flags.

While this again gives me lots of points, I'm still defeated by AdamC in our side challenge. I'll post the prize text sooner or later in my blog. :)


Smashing work Teemu and although not very knowledgeable about such things, I can't help but appreciate just how splendid the Vanguard-Raptor sculpts are.  Scoring is a bit problematic as I couldn't find out just how tall the Raptors are, but I did discover that they were on 40mm bases and if you had armed them with Long-Strike Crossbows we would probably be talking crewed weapon status so happy to admit them as 40mm infantry at 7 points a pop.  Definitely a bonus point for the flags, so that is 72 points for your tally.

From KeithS: Another hodge-podge (160 points)

Well, time for the latest pile of miscellaneous stuff I want to finish off!

First up is a Treant from Otherworld.  This is a big guy at around 95mm tall - almost a decimeter for you metrical people!  It's a great figure, though perhaps too big for use with most of my 25mm chaps.  But, it's a gorgeous sculpt, as is usually the case with Otherworld.

He's got a very serious face.  No happy-go-lucky Treebeard type guy, this one.
I like the details Otherworld included, such as the mushrooms growing on him and what not.  They give him a lot of character.
He does seem a bit grabby.

Next up are a pair of newer Displacer Beasts from Wizkids (their Nolzur's Marvelous Unpainted Minis line).  They're also somewhat larger than I prefer -- I bought them to compare scales and see if I could use some of their stuff to supplement my old school collection.  They'll get used, as the sculpts are quite nice.
This is an oldie, a Carrion Crawler from Grenadier (I think).  I've had this one since around 1981.  I recently stripped it as the old paint was sorely battered.  Nothing special, but lots of nostalgia for me.

Here's trio of random guys.  The left is a Reaper Bones; the middle is old school Ral Partha the right guy is...not sure what he is, but an oldie to be sure.
Flip side.  The Bones are too big for my usual tastes but, with monsters, having an off-scale isn't the end of the world.

Up next, a pair of pack horses from Reaper Bones (I think).  Nothing special, but they will get use as part of a pack train in a game of Chainmail.

Going firmly back to my beloved Old School now, we have three Goblin Warg Riders from Heritage.  They're all the same sculpt, though that's OK as I have a larger force of Heritage and other Warg riders that they'll blend into.
 Another angle.  The Wargs are a bit lighter color than most of my other ones, but I kind of like the variation.
Continuing with a theme of non-human cavalry (to go with the above and my dwarf-bear cavalry of last week) is a force of six goblins mounted on spiders.  These are from Ral Partha's recent Kickstarter.  Definitely a force of low-riders.
There were three sculpts for each rider, two spear, two sword, and two with darts.  They were a pain to glue on as they don't easily sit atop those spiders.
Goblins with scimitars.  It's their thing.
Last up is another Heritage model from days gone by, this one a Troll.  I've had it for a little while and finally got to him.  It, too, is from their Lord of the Rings line of figures.  I gave him a goblin/orc style green-brown skin tone
From the back.  Perhaps not the most elaborate sculpt of all time, but then again not bad for the late 70s.  He'll see some use one of these days, I hope!

That's it for the week.  Alas, I have work travel coming up, plus a much-anticipated trip to Garycon in Lake Geneva WI to follow it, so my painting will drop off precipitously.  Hopefully I'll get some free time right at the end to push out a final point bomb!

Pointwise, a confusing group.  I'll throw this out and let the wise judges make the final call:

Treant (95mm) - 15 points?
Displacer Beasts x2 (40mm) - 14 points
Carrion Crawler (60mm) - 5 points (10 makes no sense for that simple guy!)
Serpent Guy (45mm) - 7 points
Cockatrice+Ogre - 10 points
Horses x2 (25mm) - 10 points
Warg Cavalry x3 (25mm) - 30 points
Spider Cavalry x6 (technically all 25mm but the Goblins are pretty small so 5 for mounts and 4 for riders?) - 54 points
Troll (40mm) - 7 points

That would be a total of 152 points and will easily put me over my goal for the Challenge!


What an amazing post Keith, chocked full of monsters and fantasy goodness - absolutely tremendous.  You seem to have a knack for unearthing wonderfully nostalgic miniatures that are then lovingly painted, splendid work Sir.  As for the points, I am going to concur with your guidelines apart from the cavalry units, they can be a full 10 points for each.  I am going to count the Treant as two 40mm beasts and add in a few bonus points to round the entry off to 160 in total.  Bravo Sir and a jolly well done for reaching, and surpassing, your target score.