Something of an update.

Apologies for neglecting the blog of late. On top of my studying I’ve been a bit ill but started some new meds that should fix it. Basically I’ve got a vitamin D deficiency that has left me really tired all the time.

I’ve still be chipping away at my painting and have mostly been sticking to the plan I laid out some time ago. I’ll try to get one or two posts out a week to try and catch up and show you what I’ve done. It has mostly been 40k stuff as that is what I’ve been playing the most so it makes sense to keep doing that.

Cheers,

Pete.

Yay me: I won the Storm of Steel giveaway.

The Storm of Steel giveaway draw was this weekend and my name came up winning me a free set of rules from Too Fat Lardies. Congrats too for Al;ex getting to 5000 subscribers, it is great seeing historical gaming grow on You Tube.

I chose the new O group rules from Too Fat Lardies. I’ve enjoyed the battle reports that Alex has uploaded on to his Storm of Steel website and fancy giving it a go myself. I reckon it would look great in 6mm, especially as I’ve a load of terrain in that scale now.

Even better the rules and tokens arrived today- amazingly fast delivery – many thanks to the Too Fat Lardies team for getting it out so quickly.

Look out for my first game on the blog….

Cheers,

Pete.

Storm of Steel You Tube give away.

Alex- a great producer of historical wargames content on You Tube- and his Storm of Steel channel are doing a give away for when they hit 5000 subscribers. See the video here: https://youtu.be/1xTKB_qT4do

Check out the channel as there is some grerat content- the Chain of Command pint sized campaigns that he has run through are well worth watching in particular, also the new ‘O’ Group rules that have featured on there have made it on to my to be played list as a result of the videos.

Go there and if you haven’t already subscribed do so.

Cheers,

Pete.

The End of the Road for the Cellar Dwellers..?

To say that the events of the last 18 months have been transformational is a gross understatement. As we in the UK seem to be coming out of lockdown, hopefully for one last time, what we are coming out to remains to be seen. The high street for one thing won’t be the same, walking through my, now desolate, home town and seeing all of the shutdown shops is rather sobering. What will become of the hostelry trade I hate to think…

… on the gaming front the building in which Cellar Dwellers reside, the club in which I’ve played the epic Necromunda campaigns over the years, has been sold and the club won’t be able to meet there any more. It is a big shame as it was possible to leave tables set up there. There have been some discussions online on what wll happen to the club now. There is a big games shop in town where some people will go but the terrain can’t be left up. A gaming centre in the next town has offered to host the terrain and let it be set up so that is where Mark, who own most of it, is putting it. I guess that the time spent travelling will be the equivalent to what would be spent at the town centre venue setting it up and breaking it down but either way it is sub optimal. I know that some of the players who had quite a travel to get to the club are less keen to drive further* but what players we lose for potential campaign players we should hopefully pick up in the new place.

I thought I’d share some pictures of the Necromunda finale that I hadn’t posted here before. It was a race up to the top of the tower to switch off the chaos gate- represented by the plasma ball- with a restricted gang roster. There was much backstabbing, grasppling hooks and long falls with high damage in the game. Most of all however, it was a great evening with a great bunch of lads, all of us enjoying the game. It was the kind of gaming I’d missed, and was looking forward to getting back to after restrictions were lifted but that won’t be, or at least not in the old format. Still when gaming returns I’ll be able to try out all the new rules and models that have been relased throughout lockdown.

With the club having to move some of the clubs property has been sold off. I picked up these very nice mouse mat style neoprene mats – each one three foot square- from Urban Matz for 20 quid each. They should come in really useful for loads of skirmish games.

Cheers,

Pete.

  • The move is only 6 miles, nothing to the American and antipodean gamers amongst you but it would add a good half hour given the traffic at the time of day.

From the Shed: Servants of the Abyss. TAKE TWO

As it appears yesterday’d blog post was a faliure I’ll have another go at it….

I’ve just finished painting up the Servant/ Cultists of the Abyss from GW. They originally came in the Blackstone Fortress boxed game but were available seperately for a short while. Extra Chaos Cultists are always welcome round these parts and the Negavolt Cultist are rather nice, being as they are the first offical dark mechanicus figures that Gee Dub have produced, despite them being referenced in the lore/ fluff for years. Great to see more beastmen too, I remember the good old days when you could take them in Imperial Guard armies, it does seem that GeeDub are putting these little hints to the past in the box games recently, fan service for the long service gamers I guess, In recent months we’ve seen Zoats return as well as Squats and Beastmen as hired guns in Necromunda.

I’ve given these figures a quick run out with Kill Team, they weren’t particularly good but fun to play. Given I mostly go for narrative games rather than meta- chasing ultra competitative stuff.

Cheers,

Pete.

From the Shed: More additions to my Death Guard Forces….

Been a busy month this month so I’ve not got as much donews as I wanted still. I’ve finished the penultimate back of my death guard forces.

There is the new Lord of Virulance, a selection of Plague Marines and finally a Rhino that I resuced from scrap and detailed with parts from the bits box, I think it looks the part. Furthermore it should get my slow moving troops across the table a bit quicker too.

Cheers,

Pete.

From the Shed: A Couple of quick tank barriers.

I’ve just finished this book on the war in the Ukraine. An interesting little read for the ‘other side’ as it were.

These tank traps come from that conflict and were printed by me. The snow is a mixture of white tectured paint and 1mm white static grass. The figure amongst them is a 20mm US infantryman from Elhiem. Some tufts were added to which the static grass was glued.

Cheers,

Pete

EDITED TO ADD LINK TO THE ACTUAL BOOK

An interesting and useful link for my 20mm Winter War project.

I’m sharing this link here so I can find it again and also because it it gives details of a small, dedicated Finnish tank killer force…

It comes from the always readable and very worthwehile Tank Archives blog. Worth subscribing to if you haven’t already. The forces listed should be easy enough to assemble in 20mm and it will be interesting to see how the different skirmish rules I plan to use can replicate (or not) the tactics described. Talking of all things Winter War I’ve got some more figures on order for it, just got the bases to do to on the first batch of Soviets too.

Apologies for the lack of posts recently. i’ve hada lot of writing to do for uni which has been taking a fair chunk of my time.

Cheers,

Pete.