Saturday, 23 September 2017

An Ode to 28mm

Hi!

Well I've been sorting through my miniatures post move and have come to the difficult decision that I may have to get rid of my 28mm stuff and concentrate on the smaller scale stuff as I just don't have the space for it all.

Orks from 2006 (the oldest pics I can find of my painted stuff!)

It's quite a sad day as I've been collecting miniatures in that scale for about 25 years on and off and in that time I've amassed and sold, given away or lost a fair sized chunk of stuff including a 10000 point Dwarf army and countless smaller projects that I've started and given up on.

Aged Undead (from when Reaper Miniatures were £2.25 each from Spirit Games!)

Looking through the stuff I have left, I just can't seem to summon the enthusiasm to do anything with it so it will be getting sold off over the coming months which will hopefully allow me to concentrate on the smaller scale stuff that I have found myself obsessed with over the last few years.

Skirmishing in 15mm

Whilst it's going to be the end of an era, I don't find myself too upset about the whole business as I have enjoyed 28mm scale shenanigans over the last two and a half decades but I have found my interests have changed and as my available gaming space has declined, I find myself actually playing games with these tiny figures that I never did in 28mm and painting far more that I would have otherwise.

6mm Skirmish force

What does it mean for Farpoint? I have got quite a few bits and bobs in 15mm scale that I want to paint and there are also several smaller scale projects that are slowly coming together too so I hope to be posting some more updates soon as I crack out the paints and get to work with fresh vigour!

Before I go too mental, I think I am going to rummage out a random 28mm fig and see if I can rekindle the love of the scale but the writing is on the wall...

In the meantime, All the best!

Friday, 15 September 2017

Farpoint Ponderings

Hi!

Well my holidays are almost over and I've not been idle! There's currently a ton of stuff awaiting pics for my Endless: Fantasy Tactics project (handily I've lost the charger for the camera so I can't take any more pics till I find the blasted thing!)

I've also been sorting through my 15mm scale gubbins for Farpoint which is proving to be rather a lot of fun as I keep finding more stuff that I want to paint up or convert into use with my assorted warbands.

The first thing I need to do though is to finish off my Governor General's security force. Looking at what I have lying around, I have enough figures to put together a second squad of infantry and I have a second Sentinel ready for painting.

Imperial Guard on Maneuver

Once they are out the way, I will need to see about adding some vehicles and enough figures to round out the platoon but that's for another day when I have some spare hobby money. At present, I've got lots of bits and bobs in need of painting which will be taking precedence over spending more pennies and should give me lots of small units to add variety to Farpoint.

I have also looked out all my Ghoulani Enslaver miniatures and actually have enough for a decent sized skirmish force. Again they are missing vehicles to add heft to the force but once again, I'll be exploring my bits box to see what else I have that can be drafted into the ever expanding force.  

 Ghoulani Enslaver Raiding Party

In a bit of a tangent, the Ghoulani force has actually given me a bit of an idea for a bit of a scenario driven mini campaign set in the American Midwest...

Why is it that as soon as I get unpacked, I find myself inundated with ideas that may or may not actually turn out? Speaking of which, I also located my old Stainless Steel Rat project sketchbook which has literally tons of interesting stuff that may well be getting integrated into Farpoint over the coming months!

Anyhoo, enough of my ramblings and all the best!

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

Aeronef Anyone?

Hi!

Well the unpacking is going well and thus far, my miniatures collection seems to have survived the move pretty much intact!

As part of my ongoing obsession with lesser used wargames, I've been perusing Aeronef. Produced by Wessex Games, Aeronef is a game of aerial combat between Victorian era flying battleships and a large selection of ships have been produced by Brigade Models.

Aeronef

Many, many moons ago, I picked up a starter pack and painted up the British fleet to a rather guff quality and then promptly threw them into a box in frustration. Skip forward several years, I stripped the paint off the figures and fully intended to paint them to a more acceptable standard but sadly never got past the one ship, a really tiny Abingdon class British gunboat:

Abingdon Gunboat on patrol

In my new urge to try out some of the many rulebooks that I have kicking around, I've been pondering trying out the game as the mechanics look pretty straightforward and could be rather fun. The only problem is that I have no budget for new figures but have been bitten by the sculpting bug (my Endless: Fantasy Tactics project has proved to be rather enjoyable thus far but more on that later!)

With that in mind, I am thinking about trying to sculpt up a couple of small flotillas to mix it up over Imperial holdings on Mars...

We shall have to see what I can put together but I've got some ideas that need to be tried out!

I'll be posting an update on my Endless: Fantasy Tactics project over on my Somewhere On The Border blog tomorrow so do check back!

All the best!

Friday, 1 September 2017

Endless: Fantasy Tactics Challenge

Hi!

Well it looks like the trend of small to mid sized gaming companies closing down continues as On The Lamb Games, producers of Endless: Fantasy Tactics have announced they are going to cease trading at the end of this year too.

I have a bit of a soft spot for the game as it was the first that I backed as part of a successful Kickstarter, back before larger companies started using the platform and it's a really rather good looking game, very much inspired by the 90's isometric 3d RPG's that were so beloved of SNES gamers back in the day.

Sample Game (image taken from On The Lambs website!) 

I love the idea of it but found the miniatures not quite to my likings and other than buying the supplement, The Miasma War, haven't actually played it.

Following on from my ponderings on games that go out of production, I think I want to try and explore some of the old games in my collection (I've got over a hundred to choose from) and try to give them a bash.

Sample Game 2 (image taken from On The Lamb's Website)

I'm thinking of actually making a start with Endless as it only needs a small board which I'm sure I can bodge together and a handful of miniatures which I plan on sculpting for a bit of a self challenge!

It's the first of September and I am giving myself a month to build the board which will be about 24''x24'' and put together a couple of adventuring types as well as some gribbly villains to fight them.

Whilst not really helping On The Lamb in the sales department (apologies guys but my budget is so non existent at the moment), I do want to work my way through several different games in my collection, put together warbands and actually play games!

I plan on posting one update a week to show progress and hope to have the project ready by the 1st of October. In order to keep things in some sort of order, I'll be posting progress on SOMEWHERE ON THE BORDER, my fantasy blog.

Going forward, I hope to run my next project using 15mm sci-fi and will probably give Vor: The Maelstrom a bash as I really want to try my hand at making Growlers in 15mm but that's for another day!

All the best!

Tuesday, 29 August 2017

A Return and Several Departures...

Hi!

Well after a month of silence, we've finished moving and actually have interwebs again!

We've still got tons of stuff to shift around, be it unboxing, tidying, painting and so on but we're in our new place and thats the main thing!

It's been interesting to peruse the internet again to discover that several fairly large, or at least well known miniatures companies have ceased trading. First Spartan Games (I must admit that I wasn't too surprised given their penchant for not being able to support any game they produced for more than about six months!), and then Tor Gaming, the company behind the utterly wonderful looking Relics game.


Relics was a game and range that I'd always intended to delve into and pick up some small forces for but sadly never quite got round to it, which I suppose is part of the reason that Tor has shut its doors. How many others felt the same way and indeed how many other wonderful ranges will vanish because the market is just so diverse?

For myself, I still sadly remember Vor, Warzone, Chronopia, Star Mogul and lots of others who blazed brightly before vanishing into obscurity. Even games and ranges that have never properly gone out of production such as Leviathan, Void 1.1 and Kryomek to name but a few seem to simply shuffle on, zombie like without support, interest or releases to breath life back into them.

Looking at the miniature gaming market, it's looking increasingly like there are two types of company. The big boys like GW and Privateer Press and the small, cottage industry types which seem to stand the test of time. 

Is there anything we, the collectors and gamers can do? Well unless we're willing to explore new games and ranges, it's likely that more companies will rise and fall but it's always a genuine pity when good ranges and rules don't get the notice they deserve until too late.

Sadly I don't think my own buying habits are going to change too much. I don't have the spare income to really sink my teeth into a game and my gnat-like attention span will, I suspect, mean that my limited means will constantly wander into new projects that will start and stop almost constantly.

What I can do is try out some of the rules I do have and hopefully encourage a few folks to try them themselves and once I have my gaming board back together, I plan on really trying to review, game and explore some of the gems of games that have been released down the years!

In the meantime, enough of my ramblings!

All the best!

Friday, 21 July 2017

Sinister Science!

Hi!

We're still slowly moving all our stuff over from one flat to another but I have managed to paint up a few more Ghoulani Enslaver miniatures for my collection, this time some scientist types:

Cogitation Helmet, Beaker and Probulator 

I've converted the Cogitation helmet a bit by bulking it up to ridiculous sizes for a more bulging brained alien effect. Game wise, he's going to be a battle esper whilst the others will be added to my existing warband!


Ghoulani Troops

I've really enjoyed painting up these little guys as it's been a good way to rid myself of stress, especially with the house move shenanigans!

Ghoulani Skimmer

I'm going to need to finish the rest of the little guys but I suspect we'll be in the new place before I get chance to paint any more. I'm also looking to scratch build an assortment of skimmers, mechs and other assorted bits and bobs but almost all my stuff is packed away and I doubt I'll have much chance to do more but we shall see what I can put together background wise!

Ghoulani Commander with Scientist Minions

I'm also thinking about putting together some hicks and livestock for my Ghoulani to menace but we shall have to see what I can rummage out from my bits box!

Ghoulani Warband

Hopefully my next post will be from our new place but in the meantime, All the best!

Sunday, 9 July 2017

For Move We Must!

Evening folks!

We're busily moving house so there's not going to be any updates for the next week or two!


On the plus side, I'll have access to all my rulebooks, art materials and figures and I have plans to start playing out some games too which should be fun!

Farpoint is Buzzing!

Once things are sorted, moved and unboxed, I will be giving Tales From Farpoint a bit of a shot in the arm with lots more articles about the Imperium, Farpoint and it's denizens as well as pics of stuff I've been slowly painting my way through!

In the meantime, All the best!


Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Small Scale Sci-Fi Blog

Hi!

Following my previous two posts, I've decided to start a blog dedicated to all things 15mm Sci-fi.


SMALL SCALE SCI-FI GAMING is going to contain weekly updates of new 15mm sci-fi  releases as well as lots of pics showcasing all manner of 15mm goodness as well as terrain making, converting and battle reports and lots more.

To get the ball rolling, I've posted a showcase of the Ghoulani Enslavers which used to be available from 15mm.co.uk.

Ghoulani!

Back to Farpoint news, the Ghoulani are going to be some of the local troublemakers of the region. Everyone needs some dodgy aliens who have a hobby of kidnapping random hicks and probing them while mutilating their Grox herd.

Villainous Experimentation!

I've still got a fair few left to paint and will be adding some drones, ghoulish experiments and vehicles to the force to give me a decent little skirmish force to pester the inhabitants of Farpoint.

I've also got a new NPC for Farpoint:

Thorian Swordsmaster

Thorians hale from beyond the border of the Imperium and are a gregarious lot who sell their services as hired muscle. They are ferocious and skilled assault troops who glory in battle and celebrate by quaffing vast quantities of alcohol. Armed with a massive Power Sword, Ulf the Bold is currently in search of gainful employment and has already butted heads with both law enforcement and the local gangs of Freeport City.

Despite being a bit of a barbarian, he still has a firm sense of right and wrong and following an unfortunate incident when a local gang leader tried to extort Ulf's favourite tavern, resulting in the place being trashed and the gang leader and several goons finding themselves suddenly missing heads.

I'm hoping to add some more NPCs in the coming weeks, not to mention some more urban scenery to give me some dingy streets for folks to fight over!

Saturday, 1 July 2017

Further 15mm Ponderings

Hi!

Well there's been some really fascinating comments posted in my previous blog entry about 15mm sci-fi and it got me wondering about a few things.


Would folks be interested in having a blog that covers all things 15mm sci-fi, be it releases, group projects, inspiring paintjobs, monthly challenges and links to blogs/companies/forums that may be of interest to gamers, painters or collectors?

For many years Dropship Horizon was the go to place for folks looking to get into 15mm scale sci-fi but it seems to have stalled somewhat in the last few years. I remember checking it daily for all sorts of handy reference but I think over the last year, I may have perused it's pages a couple of times at most.


To give it enough content, it could be expanded to 10mm and 6mm as well as fantasy as that's another of my interests and I can't help but feel that so many of the gaming news sites give tons of cover to 28mm and the smaller scales can find themselves swamped.

If you are interested in seeing a similar blog, give me a shout and I'll see what I can do!

All the best!

The State of 15mm

Hi!

I've been ruminating on 15mm sci-fi for a little while now as I get my hobby mojo back and am able to spend some time painting my way through the gubbins I collected over the years.

Back in the day (2008 to be precise) I bought my first 15mm sci-fi figure, a Laserburn classic and promptly fell in love with the scale. I was at uni at the time and didn't have the time to spend hours on painting figures or the space to game 28mm or indeed the budget.

Slippery Jim diGriz, aka The Stainless Steel Rat

Here I found myself painting through the entire pack which had 15 figures and two vehicles which I had picked up for under a tenner including postage. I played some small skirmishes and found myself enjoying my hobby as I could put together a small force and paint it in a relatively short time.

Over the following years, forces have been collected, painted, gamed and then sold off but I haven't lost my love for the little guys.


Skirmish Forces in 15mm. Average cost, £5.00

Now for the most part, I played Rogue Trader but I do have a ridiculously large collection of rulebooks for various systems and I have a hankering to try out as many as I can and am slowly painting my way through a couple of different forces that will be beating each other up while I try out the assorted gaming systems too.


Tiny adventuring parties!

This has been one of the big pluses for me as I can bodge together a fairly large force for peanuts compared to trying to do the same in 28mm scale and still have enough space on a small gaming table to actually play a game or two. Compare this to the likes of 40k where a squad will set you back a minimum of £20. There's enough stuff available in 15mm to proxy most forces and it's affordable enough to put together a ten man squad for about £3.

 Insatiable alien eating machines!

Villainous Noble and henchmen

It's not all easy sailing though as I have noticed that 15mm sci-fi seems to trend more towards what is classed as Hard Sci-Fi (think Hammers Slammers rather than Elves in space) so some of the 40k forces are a bit tricky to do (I'm looking at you Eldar!). Slowly but surely, more out there ranges are becoming available, such as the assorted Ork figures that have been released in the last couple of years and some of the Space Dwarves I've seen but the new releases seem to still be more hard sci-fi than anything else.
 Crazed Cultists!

Lucius Goldburg and Underlings

Another issue I've found is that a lot of the 15mm scifi blogs have gone quiet in the last few years. Back in 2008-11 there was an abundance of people trying out the scale, blogging about it and creating some brilliant conversions and off the back of it, lots of new companies and ranges sprang up.

Skip forward to today and while there are still new releases cropping up, the excitement of 15mm scifi seems to have almost vanished in the blogsphere. Yes, there's a thriving facebook community which has some really inspiring stuff on it but where are the blogs that follow a project (or in my case a scatter gun approach to any project!) or has someones slowly expanding painted collection on it.

Stompy Robots! 

 Savage Alien Frogs!

There's tons for 28mm but for some reason 15mm blogging doesn't seem to happen much anymore which is a real shame. I must admit that I'm as guilty as anyone with my long hiatus on 15mm and then my blog cull but I'm slowly regaining momentum and hope to get some serious blogging done over the coming summer.

 Farpoint Salvage

But what can I do to re-enthuse folks with 15mm scifi goodness? Well I think I am going to have to make a start by getting my finger out and painting, converting, scratch building and sculpting enough to give me some forces to play around with and then play lots of games and actually blog about them!

 Mollusc Freedom Alliance!

I currently have a fair number of my Governor General's force painted and a few more bits and bobs in the works as well as assorted villains and a slowly expanding Xenos herd but I hope to speed up things a bit and finish out some starting forces over the next few weeks before throwing them into battle!

 Squat Armoured Cruiser

I'm also thinking of sculpting a few bits and bobs that have been lacking in 15mm scale and running a small kickstarter to get them into production. It's early days with them at the mo but I will be sharing more in the coming weeks once we've finished moving house and settled in our new digs.

 Shadow Wars Armageddon anyone?

In the meantime, I hope my long and rambling waffling inspires at least one person to have a bash at 15mm scale sci-fi. Who knows, you may enjoy it!

The Governor General and Retinue.

I suspect that blogging time is going to be sparse as we move and until we get our new place sorted out but I will try to keep things moving along in any spare moment I have. 

In the meantime, All the best!


Wednesday, 28 June 2017

The Re-Imagined Imperium Revised!

Hi!

Well we're back from an amazing week in Rome and countless hours of investigating aged ruins and beautiful art and I've found myself re-exploring my re-imagined Imperium.

Whereas my previous attempts did away with the Grimdark and moved tech forward a bit, having visited the glories of Rome, I feel I need to take things a few steps further and really get my teeth into the setting and rework it some more to suit how my ideas are slowly developing!


To begin with, I am thinking of doing away with the Gothic feel of the Imperium and replacing it with something altogether more classical with more than a hint of the British Empire, Dune and quite a few other sci-fi novels added to the mix!



With that in mind, I've been poring through my art book collections and the thousands of photos we took whilst on holiday for suitable inspiration and hope to begin fleshing things out over the course of the coming week.


I'm thinking of the Imperium at large being more like the Roman Empire at it's height with lots of marble columns, grand sculpture and a more classical look to them. Also in the past the Imperium was much larger but due to The Horus Heresy and assorted wars and pandemics, the Imperium shrank back within it's borders for over a millennium but now fresh armies and explorers are setting out to reclaim lost worlds.


Imagine Imperial Conquistadores leading small expeditions in search of lost cities of gold, Rogue Traders plying the frontier and trading with civilisations of aliens and humans outwith the Imperial remit and the Imperial forces themselves getting a bit of a rethink too with Legions of power armoured troops, Imperial Auxiliaries and at the heart of the Imperium, Empress Lionstone playing off the noble houses against one another to further her plans.



I am hoping to crack on with using a mixture of figures from a wide assortment of manufacturers from sci-fi to fantasy and historical to start fleshing out the inhabitants of the Imperium and will also be sculpting my own bits and bobs when needed as I've got some cracking ideas I want to try out!

I also need to re-explore my scenery collection and really go to town with building some suitable locales for the inhabitants of the Imperium to live in, fight over, loot and explore!

This will give me the opportunity to play around with lots of monolithic ruins as well as a lot of new buildings and scenery to work with and I am also taking lots of inspiration from the Orientalist painters with their rather fabulous illustration of twisting alleys and lush, exotic decorations on buildings for Farpoint itself.


Imagine something like this but with alien traders, weird beasts and ramshackle vehicles, not to mention bulky tech liberally strewn around the place with Imperial Legionaries patrolling the streets!


All in all, I need to spend quite a bit of time going through my original notes for my Re-Imagined Imperium but I am rather looking forward to the opportunity!

In other news, I have been slowly painting through some Xenos scum for my Imperials to mix it up with and hope to show some pics later on this weekend once everything's painted and based. I am also going to be showing a few NPC's for Farpoint as well as exploring the setting in a bit more depth so do check back!

All the best!


Sunday, 11 June 2017

Imperial Presence Increases on Farpoint

Hi!

My Governor General's Imperial Guard unit has received some reinforcements in the form of a rounded out command squad and complete first squad as well as a Sentinel scout walker!

Imperial Guard Squad plus Sentinel Support on Maneuver, Freeport City 

The standard Imperial Guard squad operating on Farpoint is armed with Imperial Industries Combat Las-Guns and flak armour while the heavy weapons element is a Imperial Industries MK3 Grenade Launcher and a Regis XV heavy bolter.

The above photo was taken outside Professor Abullah's house in Freeport City, the capitol of Farpoint and a den of gamblers, thieves and smugglers as well as other ne'er do wells. As tensions have mounted, Governor General von Dorn has authorised armoured support in the form of Sentinel Armoured Scout Walkers.

Dorn Class Sentinel

Produced on the Imperial Fist homeworld of Inwit, the Dorn Class Sentinel is a highly mobile and well armed scout vehicle. Sporting advanced sensors and a powerful assault cannon, they have been a mainstay of Imperial regiments throughout the region for decades.

The Sentinel is scratch built by myself out of plastic, sculpey and assorted bits and bobs and I must admit that I am quite fond of the little guy, so much so that I am making a second one at the moment!

House troops of the Governor General

I'm slowly putting together a platoon of Imperial troops to mix it up with the assorted villains that inhabit the sector and despite the tedium of batch painting, am quite pleased with my progress thus far. Sadly I seem to have run out of miniatures to paint so may skip onto some baddies next or possibly paint a few more Ultramarines!

 The force thus far!

Game wise, I have the bare bones basics of an Imperial Guard force and need lots more troops and armour to really make it a workable force in 2nd edition or 8th edition but I hope to add to their numbers over the coming months.

Last but not least, Governor General Laars van Dorn has posed for a posed for his first official portrait since arriving on Farpoint:

  The Governor General of Farpoint, Laars van Dorn!

Hopefully I'll get some more bits and bobs done soonish but we're about to start packing to move house so expect rather intermittent posts in the short term!

All the best!