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: Kill Team terrain.

A quick post here to round off the month… I finished painting the last of my kill team terrain that I got from the Sector Sanctoris kill zone.

All were painted in acryllics then given an oil wash to bring out the details. A chaos cul;tist made his way intosome of the photos from a sense of scale. I may go back and add some zombie arms poking through one of the grates yet… undecided on that as it would involve basing it.

It will be good to game with fully painted terrain now.

Cheers,

Pete.

PS- here is a picture of me in my favourite Tshirt for IRO’s March challenge….

From the Shed: Servants of the Abyss for Kill Team.

GW briefly sold the sprue of the chaos models from the BlackStone Fortress game seperately. I picked a set up to use as a Kill Team as it has some interesting models in they should play different to what I already have. The mix of figures you can have really appeals to my in fluff/ lore terms as it seems to encapsulate the idea of a Chaos Warband really well in a way that hasn’t been done before.

I’ve just finished up the first half of that box.

The Rogue Psyker and Chaos Space Marine.

The Traitor guard (lovely figures these- wish more poses were available).

I’ll start work on the Beastmen and Negavolt Cultists as well as the bigger pack of cultist to go with them

Cheers,

Pete.

From the Shed: Alpha Legion Chaos Space Marines.

I was kindly given some of the old chaos Spaqce Marines by a friend so decided to paint them up as the infamous Alpha Legion. Notorious for the cunning and deceit, and the subject of many a meme, they look quite fancy in teal and silver. Also in the game lore they make extensive use Chaos cultists which is something that appeals. I also bought the commander from the Blackstone Fortress set seperately to go with them.

Within the squad I have a leader with power fist, a heavy bolter, a flamer, a standard and then a mix of bolters and chainswords with bolt pistols.

I thinking of getting a box of the fallen to convert and paint up in robes to play on their in universe nature.

Either way what I have now will make for a good Kill Team force.

Cheers,

Pete.

From the Shed: Copplestone Future War Partisans.

It should be no secret that one of my favourite sculptor is Mark Copplestone; his future War range for Grenadier in the early 90s made a big impression on me. Since then he has gone back to his SF figures and it has been nice to finally get some paint on some of them.

These 10 figures are billed as ‘Partisans’ and are available here.

The ten of them come with four different gun types, two variations of assault rifles, an LMG and a SMG. Given their Russian/ Soviet stylings I painted them in a mix of green, khaki and Russian camo. As such they’ll be making an appearance in my Zone Afla games quite often. They are probably a bit too military to be fitted into neon drenched cyberpunk streets but I’ve my eye on some other models to fulfil those needs.

Cheers,

Pete.