Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Todoroni Regiment - Finished

My On-Line Build for April, a group of eight Alternative Armies Todoroni is now finished.

I have both Gloss Varnished and Matt Varnished them as well as adding static grass and occasional static grass clumps to the bases.

I used my new Static Grass Applicator, (see this link for details) to add the static grass. I found that the distance between the metal biscuit tin lid and the miniature bases was too much for the simple battery operated applicator and I was continually frustrated by either not being able to apply enough static grass or the miniature 'grounding' against the metal lid. I tried applying the static grass by holding the miniatures horizontally rather than up-side-down and this helped. However in the end I applied the static grass in a different way.....

I painted some uPVA glue to the bases (two or three blobs per base) and then added a clump of static grass to the bases with tweezers. I then shook or blew off most of the static grass before placing the miniature onto the metal biscuit tin lid (my minis are based on 2p coins). I then used the crocodile clip that is connected to the bamboo skewer to tease up the static grass, by drawing it across the top of the static grass and attracting the strands. This tended to work better.

I have also added the odd static grass clump (glued in place with superglue) to some bases.

The final image shows the group of eight Todoroni defending my latest piece of 'scratch-built' terrain, The Horseshoe Forge, full details of which can be found on this Blog and here.

Another group of Flintloque Miniatures, another On-Line Build. I hope you have enjoyed it.


Sunday, 26 April 2015

Todoroni Regiment - part seven

With the end of the month in sight, I have persevered with this latest On-Line Build, a third regiment of Alternative Armies Todoroni. I have to say that I have not enjoyed the painting as much as the earlier two regiments and I put this down to one simple fact; I've never been convinced with the purple coloured cuffs and collars.

As you can plainly see, I have repainted these areas Dark Red or Crimson with Blood Red highlights and (in my opinion) the uniform now looks better.

Most of the painting in this update has been detail painting, more metallics and highlighting the skin colour with lighter Greens (mixed with Yellow and not White, which I find gives the Green a haunted look).

In addition I have painted this flag or standard. I have used a 'sticky-back' label for the base and copied a design from the Internet. The central motif was a decal, which broke-up on application, so I have over-painted it.

Not much to do now. Although I am looking forward to testing out my new Flock-Applicator (see earlier post) when I flock the bases.

More to follow, but not that much.....


Friday, 24 April 2015

Home-Made Static Grass Applicator

Earlier this week I read this post over on The Lead Adventure Forum. It got me thinking.....

I had picked up this battery operated fly swatter from a £1.00 store in Cheltenham some time ago with the intention of building myself a 'metal tea-strainer' style static grass applicator, one of those projects that I would eventually get around too! But this post had prompted me to build myself my own applicator.

Image One - The bare necessities. The Bug Zapper (£1.00), some spare Wire (free), a Metal Biscuit Tin Lid (actually my daughters, so again free) and a couple of Crocodile Clips (found in my tool box). The only other thing/things I used were two cable connectors (spares from my tool box) and a Bamboo Skewer which I added to the second crocodile clip to act as a handle.

Image Two - I dismantled the Zapper and found that there were three wires (two Black connected to one terminal and one Red). I joined the two Black wires together and then connected them to the spare black wire and the first crocodile clip.

The Red wire was connected to the spare blue wire and the second crocodile clip.

I have discarded the blue bat head and metal grills.

Dismantling and re-connecting the handle was a little tricky, but after three goes it all went back together and was now ready for testing.

I installed the two 1.5volt AA batteries, clipped one crocodile clip to the metal lid and added a sprinkling of static grass. The second crocodile clip was attached to a 1 Cent, Euro coin onto which I had painted some Unibond uPVA White Glue.


Image Three - To my amazement, it all worked, actually worked perfectly! With the individual strands of static grass being both lifted and aligned onto the uPVA Glue.

To operate, I held the metal coin over the static grass strands (glue side down) and pressed the button on the Zapper handle. I does take more than one pass to get a good covering of grass.

My Wife who was very sceptical and even now continued to make comments about wearing rubber soled shoes, was also surprised at how this worked and watched with interest as the tiny static grass strands jumped onto the coin.

I have no idea as to the science involved, but IT WORKS and I am now looking forward to applying static grass to my Todoroni - that is once I finish painting and varnishing them.

Be warned, there is quite a hefty static charge when the crocodile clip connects with the metal lid, lots of sparks and quite a noise, but this was expected after reading other static grass applicator posts. This was the main reason I added a bamboo skewer to the second crocodile clip.

I hope that this post has proven to be of interest.


Thursday, 23 April 2015

Latest Charity Shop Finds

Last week I picked up these two books from different Charity Shops in Worcester and Evesham. The first is a copy of Tradition - number 51. The magazine is in very good condition but missing the colour plates from the centre spread. I bought it for just 10p.

Tradition is not a magazine I am familiar with, so this has proven to be an interesting and informative read. I particularly liked the illustrations.

I was not able to find a published date - but the cover price was seventeen and sixpence!

Update; See this link. Thanks to Edwin King (see comments).

The second book is a 8 1/2 inch x 5 1/2 inch booklet that lists 18 battles fought on UK soil since The Battle of Heavenfield 635AD to The Siege of Newcastle 1644.

The battle reports are varied, some being a paragraph or two, while others run into pages. The illustrations are simplistic, but the maps are effective in conveying the atmosphere.

This booklet was bought for just 99p.

Famous Northern Battles by Frank Graham
Published by Butler Publishing in 1988 (reprinted in 1996)
ISBN 0 946928 21 5
Cover price £1.75


Tuesday, 21 April 2015

The Todoroni Regiment - part six

Painting is progressing, although it is a little slower than I would like. I put this down to two reasons, first, I am working on a couple of other projects at the moment and secondly, I am still not certain about the Purple. I can see me re-painting these bits!

The bases have been painted in my usual Snakebite Leather (I don't have that much left at the moment), highlighted with Snakebite and Skull White and odd stones picked out in a mix of Skull White and Chaos Black. I have also 'washed' the bases with Sepia wash from Citadel/Games Workshop.

The group of eight looks good. Just some detail painting to go and the standard.

I'll try to get some more images soon.


Monday, 20 April 2015

Foul Mouth Freddy Fools the ****ing Ferach

Illustration by Edward Jackson

Foul Mouth Freddy Fools the ****ing Ferach
by Tony Harwood
Foul Mouth Freddy returns in this cracking tale involving a small group of inexperienced Orcs going up against a full section of Ferach with only Freddy's bl**dy brilliant plan between them and a horrid death. May Sentinel help them all.
Throughout the land of Algarvey there are few landmarks as well know as the Tower of Badlan. A huge red structure that guards the two main roads into and out of the sea port town of Jaree. In days longs past the tower was reputed to have mystical powers, but in this more enlightened time of Black Powder and the reign of Kyng Gorge, ideas of magick and mysticism are treated with much disdain and contempt.
The tower itself is situated just off a fork in the road near Jaree. The main road comes out of Jaree from the West and continues East towards the main built up areas of Murian, crossing a large bridge that spans the river. A second and lesser trod road meanders North-East through small hamlets and steep valleys following the course of the river continuing towards lush farmland to the East and far off valleys full of vineyards to the North.
Originally built as a fortified toll house the tower is tall enough to see in all directions thus protecting both the main trade routes and the river crossing. In times gone by a toll of one groat was levied on all travellers who passed by and due to the diligence of the tollhouse keeper and a small armed force he retained using the monies generated, the roads around Jaree remained clear and safe.
The tower’s nick name, Black Jack’s Tower, came about a short time after the Mordredian wars began. The original tollhouse keeper and his unit did not stay in the tower after the Annulment of Wylde Magick for reasons history does not know but, soon after, a new keeper took up residence. An Ostarian by the name of Jaques. Jaques was a huge black Pyrenean mountain dog, an ex-soldier of the Ostarian Army. He was very good at his job and over time the people of Jaree grew to know Jaques who, despite him being a heavy drinker, was fondly thought of by all for his many acts of heroism. It was said that Jaques had saved the lives of over a dozen townsfolk who (either by design or accident) had fallen in to the river. Black Jack, as he became known, is sadly long gone, but is remembered to this day with a stone cairn next to the tower and a small plaque detailing his many rescues.
Now, as our story begins, the tower lies empty and the roads are a lot less safe for travellers to Jaree.
Foul Mouth Freddy (our titular anti hero), Mad Micky Hooligan (a Guinelean Bog Orc of very average stature) and Kenny (a banjo playing Orc of Albion with a mouth only just a hint sweeter than Freddy’s) found themselves travelling south along the river towards Jaree to take part in an inter-regimental game of Kricket. A popular Albion sport involving smacking a grenade with the stock of an old Flintloque and seeing whose white flannel trousers could get stained the most. Catches and being stumped also had a part to play in traditional Kricket – but as you were only ever stumped once (a very very painful procedure indeed) this rule lapsed somewhat. Similarly, the unofficial (but remarkably popular with players and spectators alike) practice of tossing live and lit grenades at the batsmen has also all but disappeared. It was seen as ’just not Kricket’.
In preparation for the big game the three stalwarts of the Grand Alliance were transporting a wagon full of old flintloques and a couple of boxes of old grenades. As a lot of Freddy, Micky and Kenny’s time on the journey had been taken up by drinking and singing luckily, for the Kricket supplies, they were also accompanied by a handful of very raw Orc recruits and a Dwarven wagon master, Viragio, who had himself seen a bit of action during the Dwarf Sauerkraut Wars.

As they neared the area of Black Jack’s tower, Freddy spied a group of Ferach Elves approaching from the other side of the bridge seemingly heading for the tower. Bugger, he thought, there was a ****ed sight more of them than there was of him and his lot. He quickly realised he had three possible choices; One, Stand, fight and most likely die against impossible odds. No. Anyone who knew Freddy, knew that this was simply not an option! Second, run away and try to explain things to the the Provosts. Very very tempting, thought Freddy, but sadly he had to discard this idea as he was already in trouble on bullying charges (which were completely untrue, those bl**dy stunties were drunk on Krolsberg and injured by chance, it had nothing to do with the way he rigged the gun or the resulting ****ing big explosion). Thirdly, he could try to outwit the Ferach using all of the means at his disposal. Now that sounds like an idea worthy of our ****ing Freddy.
The basis of a plan forming just behind his eyes Freddy immediately took charge of what his military mind had already laughingly labelled his section.
He waved at his Guinelean colleague, “Oi Mickey, ****ing unload those bl**dy flintloques and be ****ing quick about it !”
Turning to the banjo playing Orc he pointed in the direction of the tower, “Kenny, ****ing get up there and start ****ing lighting that ****ing beacon and get rid of that *****ing wagon whilst you’re at it.
Last but by no means least he turned to Viragio, a smile forming on his lips. “Oi stunty!” he bellowed loudly, Viragio’s hearing not being what it once was. “Get over ‘ere. Now then, ‘ere’s what I want you to do.”
As Freddy loudly laid out his plan, Viragio’s face grew paler, scant minutes later Freddy had finished the briefing.
“**** me”, replied the Dwarf. “That might just work.”
Scenario Forces
Freddy’s Boys
Foul Mouth Freddy (Section Leader)
Mad Micky Hooligan (Section Second)
Ten Raw Orc Regulars
The Ferach
The Ferach are ‘led’ by Miguel Heap-a-Ton. Commonly known by his own forces as “Screaming Miguel Heap-a-Ton, the infantile, Ferach coward”.
Miguel Heap-a-Ton (Section Leader)
For the Ferach you can create your own section for Heap-a-Ton to command using the standard rules or simply use the pre-generated sections in the rulebooks (Captain la Grande’s Section: Flintloque: WIC, p.55; Sergeant Fontrelle’s Section: Flintloque: DITS, p.53) swapping out the Section Leader for Heap-a-Ton and using two of every non command figure to make a double sized unit.
Map and Set Up
The table should be setup as described in the opening story with a road running East-West and a river running North-South. About a third in from the East edge the tower should be placed and another, slightly smaller, road should branch off from here and follow the course of the river to the North. There should be a stone bridge where the road crosses the river. The stone bridge's Western edge should be no more than 60cm from the tower allowing the Orcs to fire at anyone who moves onto it. The river cannot be forded due to the strong currents. To make the gaming area more playable some scrub, trees and natural earthworks should be randomly placed on the table.
The tower has three floors in total (ground, first and roof). For the tower interior 28mm floorplans can be placed just off table to show the positions of the Orcs (and the Elves when they get there).
Freddy's player can place Mickey and the Orc Redcoats anywhere on the ground or first floors. Kenny starts the game on the roof next to the beacon. Freddy himself starts the game anywhere in the tower.
The Ferach can be placed anywhere to the West of the bridge. The Ferach player should also place Viragio no more than 5cm from Heap-a-Ton.
Scenario Objectives & Game Length
Freddy and his ‘section’ must survive until the relief cavalry from the garrison at Jaree arrive.
The Elves have actually been sent to retrieve the relics of Black Jack, an old Ostarian helmet and uniform pinned to the wall inside the ground floor of the Tower. The Ferach commander, Miguel Heap-a-Ton, believes his troops are invincible and have weight of numbers on their side. Upon seeing the Orcs Miguel went (as he was wont to do) into a screaming rage, he must killed the damned Orcs and get the damned relics and prove to his superiors that he is more than just a screamer!
Special Rules
Stalling the Ferach - Viragio has been sent to intercept the Ferach under a white flag of truce. In fact this is complete ******ks, as Viragio is more than a tad deaf and doesn’t really speak Ferach at all. Freddy wants the grizzled Dwarf to delay the pointy eared ******ds as long as possible so he can get as many muskets as possible pre-loaded to blow the ******d Ferach straight to Haydes. Each turn make an opposed roll verses the Ferach player with a modifier of +5 for Viragio’s first roll, +4 for his second, +3 for his third etc. The Ferach cannot make any actions until they win the roll or if a blackpowder weapon is discharged anywhere on the table or if they see any figures approach from the tower.
The Musket Pile - Micky and the Redcoats have hidden the wagon and carried all the old muskets into the tower. Each turn each Redcoat can forsake making any move/attack actions and reload one rifle and add it to ‘the pile’. e.g. on Turn 1 the 10 Redcoats reload 10 muskets etc. They can continue this until the Ferach have activated, they choose to stop or (if Viragio does his job amazingly well) until all 98 functional rifles are reloaded. After these reloads are complete the Orc player places each of the Redcoats at one of the windows in the tower. During play each Redcoat can fire every turn without reloading as they are passed a loaded musket by Mickey. These muskets, due to their age, Misfire if doubles are rolled on the firing roll whether successful or not.The unfortunate Orc firing the musket receives a Hit token and a Shaken token.
The Grenades - Freddy has not been lazy whilst Mickey and the boys loaded the muskets and Kenny clambered up to the roof. He has been through the bl**dy grenades and found five which he 'thinks' will work as their bl**dy maker intended. They are treated as per the normal rules for Orc Grenadier Bombes. However, they too have a chance of malfunctioning. When throwing (the firing roll) on a doubles roll the grenade goes off in Freddy's hand... perhaps he should get a bl**dy Redcoat to throw the bl**dy things...
Lighting the Beacon - Kenny has been tasked with lighting the ****ing beacon. What Freddy did not ****ing mention is that the ****ing beacon has not been lit in Sentinel knows how many years and the ****ing wood stock pile he’s supposed to light is *****ing riddled with mould and damp. Each turn Kenny (or any other character) may attempt to light the beacon as a Special Action. To simulate the difficulty in lighting it roll 1D10 and add the number of the current turn, on a roll of 10 or more the beacon catches light. Once lit the Elves know that help is on the way and suffer a -1 Steady penalty in additional to any normal modifiers.
The Cavalry Arrives - After the beacon is lit roll 1D10, this is how many turns it will take the forces from Jaree to come to Freddy’s aid.
Expanding the Scenario
You could play out what happens when the reinforcements arrive, changing the goal of the Ferach to one of escape once the forces arrive on the table.
You could also run this scenario with a little tweaking as a Darkestorme scenario before the Annulment of Wylde Magick. Swap Dwarfs for Orcs and crossbows for muskets, change the Ferach into a Wood Elf raiding party with their hatred for the unnatural construction being their primary motive.
Author’s Note
As a very young boy my father would tell stories about the Tower, a red brick-built landmark on the outskirts of Swansea (now a restaurant and next to the Amazon Book Distribution Centre) and also next to the grounds where Uncle Freddy and Dad would play cricket for Mettoys (the Corgi cars factory which was based in Fforestfach, Swansea) - The stories would require that Freddy, Dad and the rest of the cricket team held of a whole motorised platoon of fully armed Germans (and tanks) with nothing more than a couple of cricket bats and a set of stumps – Oh those stories! Now that’s a childhood recollection to be proud of.
Black Jack is based on Swansea Jack, more details can be found on Wikipedia here.
Foul Mouth Freddy Fools the ****ing Ferach was originally written by me for Orcs in the Webbe in December 2011. It is the second FMF story in the very long series. for more you can go to this link.
It is my intention to include all of the Foul Mouth Freddy stories on my Blog over the next year.

Sunday, 19 April 2015

Building Number Three - part two

The title is a little cryptic, but see this earlier post for details. The thatched and timber hovel has had some additional work done to it, but the main changes since the earlier post have been the addition of 'clutter'. Loads of it.

It is my intention to use this building in my Pax Bochemannica games - a very special themed building.

You will find over on the Orcs in the Webbe site a number of Pax Bochemannica scenarios written by me, the first Parley Vous Boche introduces a group of hapless Boch led by one Del-Boy Trotter and his even dumber brother Rodders.

This is Del-Boy's hovel, a run-down shack that acts as his base of operation's and store house for all of his 'shifty' 'knock-off' gear. - hence all the clutter. It just needs a three-wheel cart (painted yellow of course) to complete the picture.

You can also see Del-Boy's family heirloom - The Del-Boy standard of a wild boar - The Trotters Totem stuck in the roof eaves and proclaiming to all that Del-Boy's is open for business.


With various commissions taking up most of my spare time, I'm not sure when this piece of terrain will be painted, but I'm enjoying the building and detailing.

In this image, I have given the whole model a very thin wash of dirty Black to highlight all that sculpted-on detail and I'm not sure that I have finished adding bits! You'll just have to check back and see if there are any other goodies for sale at Del-Boy Trotter's emporium.


Friday, 17 April 2015

The Todoroni Regiment - part five

Painting is progressing slowly. I have chosen a colour scheme of White uniform with Grey breeches and Purple cuffs. Purple is not a colour I use that often and I have found it a difficult colour to get right. In my eyes it looks a little drab.

The Bicornes have been painted Dark Grey with the officers piped in Gold.

I look forward to finishing this regiment.

I think these have taken a little longer than other regiments I have started and I really should 'pull my finger out' and get them completed.

Expect more and soon.


One and Two are OK but not number Three!

Over the last couple of months I have been working on a brand new commission, modelling a range of themed buildings for a new miniature game. Full details will have to wait until nearer the launch date but I have now completed three buildings.

The first two have just been delivered and are currently winging their way to the caster. The plan is to have them reproduced in resin. The third and the subject of this post has been rejected as not fitting in with the game theme.

Having a nearly completed model on my workbench caused me some head-scratching, but in the end I decided that I would continue with the model for my own collection. I have now finished the DAS modelling clay thatch, based the model on an oval of 3mm plastic card and built-up the groundwork with more DAS. I just have to finish the detailing and I can then paint the model. My thought is to add this rectangular hovel to my Pax Bochemannica terrain collection.

Construction has followed my usual sequence; a cardboard core, covered with more card and then clad with balsawood and DAS modelling clay. The stonework on the lower walls is carved from some firm modelling foam and textured with a small wire brush.

I have also added some wooden nails to the timber framing. These are made from thinned cocktail sticks pressed into holes made with a large darning needle and glued in place with superglue.

The model is 90mm wide x 85mm deep and 90mm tall. The base is 115mm x 100mm.

I will of course post further details of this project once I have the all-clear and look forward to painting this and the earlier two models once they return from the caster.


Thursday, 16 April 2015

Foul Mouth Freddy Spikes the ****ing Gun - a short story and gaming scenario

Illustration by Edward Jackson

Foul Mouth Freddy Spikes the ****ing Gun
A short story and Flintloque scenario by Tony Harwood

After years of training, all those dirty tricks and spending a fortune on bribes, where do I end up? Right here in the ass rump of Urop trying to make sense of these silly accents and acting as a military observer to the best troops that Krautia can offer. Up-Starts, more like bloody Down-Starts. The sausage eating, sauerkraut smelling, weak beer soaked stunties! Well that’s the official line. Truth is I should never have allowed my bloody mouth to start rolling, before I had even seen where the conversation was heading! It could, by some, also have been considered a mistake to have been caught with my pants down while educating the Governors youngest daughter in how to smoke pipeweed.
So, 'ere I am in this tiny bloody hamlet on the outskirts of the known world. Sitting in a stinking shell hole no less. Trying to re-kindle my bloody career as a full-time soldier of Is Most 'Onourable 'Ighness Georgie-bloody-Porgie.
All this would be worth it if we could somehow stop the constant bombardment from the heights to our North-West. It’s the fourth day that that bloody huge gun has pummelled us with shell fire. Someone aught to do something! Ah well, back to staring at the stunties...
Later that evening when the bombardment curiously stopped, "Foul-mouth" Freddy was intrigued enough to ask one of his height-disadvantaged colleagues why he could no longer hear the bombardment. Had the shooting actually stopped? “Vat is easy – mein 'ear, zis evening is a national Finklestein holiday and de gun crews vill be drinking Krolsberg for the next couple of 'ours”.
Before long a master-full plan took shape and Freddy, with his usual aplomb and hundreds of blasphemies, soon pulled a group of seven Dwarves together and set off in the direction of the now set sun. His plan was simple – it would have to be as communication between the blue-mouthed Orc and the naive Dwarves meant that speed and surprise would be of the utmost essence.
Freddys plan went something like this;
"We ******** Sneak up under ******* cover of ********* night to that ****-****, ******** excuse for a ****-infested cottage and when it gets ******** dark enough to hide a ******* ********** ********** goat we scarper across the ******* ground and ******* knobble that gun! Simple – In-it."
Simple – Not quite. The Finklestein lines are still patrolled and then there’s the small problem of Dwarves and Beer! What Dwarf could resist the lure of of ice cold Krolsberg. In fact, unbeknownst to Freddy, that's why the usually demure and peace loving Dwarves agreed to go along with the silly plan in the first place.
Scenario Forces
Foul-Mouth Freddy, an experienced Orc Sergeant, is trying to lead the group of seven Dwarves from the derelict cottage across dangerously open ground to the gun. The Dwarves consist of one young officer called Ubert von Trots and six battle-hardened (and very thirsty) Dwarf Rifles. Once at the gun Freddy is experienced enough to either ‘spike the gun’ or set off enough black powder to disable it.
Foul-Mouth Freddy / Experienced
Brawler / Nerves of Steel / Thick Red Line / Foul Temper
Bakur Rifle / Sword
The Dwarf Officer Ubert sees this whole scheme as a way of ‘making-up’ for his past mistakes – particularly that time when he... Oh never mind, it should stop the other Dwarves calling him names and dying their overall brown in recognition of that unfortunate time he was caught short! This will show them. They will remember Trots for something other than silly latrine jokes and tasteless scribbling on the walls of the wash-house! All the Dwarves are armed with Standard Rifles and carry Knives.
There are only ten unlucky Dwarves defending the gun emplacement, they were chosen by lot to miss this years celebrations. They are all armed with Standard Muskets, fixed with Bayonets.
Map and Setup
There is no map for this scenario. A 4ft x 4ft table should be setup with a seriously well built gun emplacement containing (somewhat obviously) a really big Gun on the North-West edge. Then place a simple half-ruined cottage eight inches in from the South-West edge. The rest of the ground should be covered with the odd shrub and rough ground, just enough to offer light cover, but not enough to act as a real barricade!
Freddy and the Dwarves start the game hiding in the cottage.
The defenders should be spread out randomly in and around the gun emplacement.
There should also be twelve barrels on the board representing the Krolsberg supplies the defending Dwarves have left lying around in thier rush to set things up for the holiday celebrations.
Scenario Objectives
The objective is for Freddy to disable the ******* gun and still get back to the cover of the ******* **** cottage. Freddy is not too worried about the ultimate fate of the ******* Stunties!
Ubert’s objective is to support Freddy in getting the gun disabled and ensuring that his brave lads are treated as heroes when they return home.
The six Dwarves will see the destruction of the gun as a minor victory, but a barrel of fine Krolsberg as a major victory.
The defenders would see the gun intact at the end of the game as a victory.
Special Rules
The only character controlled by you directly is Freddy. He is effectively his own section, Ubert's Dwarves should dice for initiative as normal.
Ubert and his Dwarves are, once things kick off, controlled using the Solo Rules on page 89 of Flintloque - War in Catalucia (5025) using the Neutral results on the Solo Aggression Table. However, until the defenders are aware of Ubert's Dwarves they will all make a Slow March move towards the gun emplacement each turn.
The defenders are not expecting an attack, attacking a defensive position like this would be unthinkable especially with the holiday celebrations going on. To represent this the following rules are used. Each defender does not move each turn (unless indicated in the table below) and has a visibility zone of 5cm. Any movement at Slow March (or slower) outside of these zones is not seen or noticed.
Every turn before moving Freddy or Ubert's Dwarves, roll 1D10 and consult the following table to see if they make a mistake in the dark:
Die Roll: Result
1-4: Nothing happens.
5: Someone trips over a rock and curses. Every defender becomes alert and extends their visibility zone to 15cm.
6: One of Ubert's Dwarves gets lost and wanders off in a random direction (select randomly and roll a D12 and use the clock method).
7: The closest defending Dwarf to the attacking party gets nervous and moves D6 toward them.
8: The defending Dwarves' commander starts his rounds, he moves clockwise around the outpost at Slow March. Each sentry, eager to appear alert extends his visibility zone by 5cm.
9: One of Ubert's Dwarves develops a sudden allergy to his uniform and sneezes uncontrollably. All defenders become alerted and extend their visibility zone to 20cm.
10: One of the attacking party suffers a negligent discharge, turn out the guard!
Once one of Ubert's Dwarves (or Freddy) moves into a visibility zone (or rolling a 10 on the above table) the defenders sound the alarm, they are from then on controlled using the Solo Rules using the Defensive results on the Solo Aggression Table.
Making things more difficult for Freddy is the Krolsberg scattered around the board. If one of Ubert's Dwarves is activated within 18cm of a barrel of Krolsberg then there is a 50% chance it will, as it's move make a Double March move. Once there they crack open the keg and are considered out of the game (although they can still be used as cover).
Author's Notes
Even though not in War in Catalucia full stats for the Dwarves can be found in the Flintloque Racial Tables which can be downloaded from the files Alternative Armies official Flintloque Yahoo Group, the Notable Members.
A good tactic for Freddy is to use Ubert's Dwarves as cover to get near the gun emplacement, don't forget he doesn't care about ****ing Stunties!
The rules for visibility zones were adapted from Marc Bacon's excellent Flintloque scenario, Behind Enemy Lines.
It has long been my intention to include the Foul Mouth Freddy stories on my Blog. They are currently housed on the Orcs in the Webbe site hosted by Craig Andrews for full details go to this link.
Foul Mouth Freddy Spikes the ****in Gun was the first short story published back in 2009. I hope you enjoy these re-runs.

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

The Adventures of Gerard by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

My latest charity shop find. The Adventures of Gerard by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The book was found in a charity shop in Evesham and bought for £1.00.

I have read most of the Brigadier Gerard short stories - having borrowed a book from the library some years ago, I now own a copy and although the condition is not great, all the pages are intact and easily readable.

For anyone not familiar with these adventures, the Brigadier is the bravest of French Napoleonic officers, the idol of the ladies and the imperturbable egoist. His adventure often comical are great fun and a superb inspiration for Flintloque adventures. See this Wiki link for more information.

Adventures of Gerard by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Published by PAN Books in 1949
list price 2/- (10p)


Tuesday, 14 April 2015

The Todoroni Regiment - part four

Another short post - the 'flesh' areas have been painted green. Starting with a dark Forest Green base colour and highlighting through Mid Green to a Leaf Green colour.

The Black areas have been tidied up with Vallejo Black, which for some reason appears very glossy!

Progress is a little slower than I would like as 'other' project have taken the bulk of my spare time.

Expect more soon.


Monday, 13 April 2015

Military Modelling - the latest Collectors Edition

Each year for my birthday, my Mother sends me a voucher for WH Smiths (the UK magazine and book retailer) which allows me to treat myself to modelling magazines for the remainder of the year. This year my first purchase using this voucher is the Military Modelling Collectors' Edition eighteen - Military Vehicle Special (April 2015).

For anyone not familiar with these 'specials', the magazines are collections of articles which seem more in-depth and detailed than the ones in the regular magazine and are usually 'themed' for example AFV's, Military Figures etc. This edition - Military Vehicles.

The 100 page, Gold Topped magazines are a real treat and appear about twice or three times a year, so look out for them (or search e-bay). I have at least half a dozen of the eighteen and prize every one of them. For details of the contents, please go to this link.

As with the earlier editions, this is a magazine to enjoy slowly and I like to savour each article from front-to back, one a day over a week or so. I particularly enjoyed the Schneider CA. 1 article by Steve Zaloga, although why anyone would spend so much time and effort detailing the under-carriage of this tank, when none of it can be seen is a mystery to me;)

Moving on the next article by Christopher McGrane - Hors de L'Action is one of those 'jaw-dropping' models and dioramas that are such a feature of these magazines. A truly breathtaking model of another French tank - a Char 2C which has been sabotaged by it's own crew!

Two more articles of note are the Chruchill Mk.III Tank model constructed by Steve Guthrie in 1/72nd scale, which goes to show just how much detailing you can include in a model in this scale and the Russian GAZ truck by Mario Eens, a master-craft in how to paint green vehicles.

As you can no doubt tell, I have enjoyed each and every article, even the adverts, which have highlighted some new-to-me products, products and books that I am so tempted to buy.

The magazine is currently on sale in WH Smiths for £4.99 and in my opinion worth every penny.

Thank you Mum XXX


Friday, 10 April 2015

The Todoroni Regiment - part three

Not much to see. The eight Alternative Armies Todaroni have been undercoated with spray paint Black and any missed areas touched in with Chaos Black from Games Workshop.

I like to get a good all-over undercoat prior to starting the painting proper.


Thursday, 9 April 2015

The Todoroni Regiment - part two

I have mounted each of the Todoroni miniatures onto 2p coins and built up the bases with Milliput Fine White epoxy putty. I like to 'mimic' the Alternative Armies/Flintloque bases by adding odd Milliput stones.

The bases are further textured by adding sieved stones and sand to the bases. This is added over dilute uPVA glue and to make sure it sticks; I usually paint the surface with even more dilute uPVA glue to which I have added a tiny drop of washing up liquid.

I realise that my preferred technique of basing prior to undercoating and painting is not the norm, but it works for me and before I even pick up a paintbrush I have invested time and effort into my figures.

These images also show the amount of Green Stuff modelling and conversions I have carried out on the figures.

More to follow.


Tuesday, 7 April 2015

Pax Bochemannica

Whisper it quietly and in hushed tones, because it looks like Pax Bochemannica from Maveryc Games is coming back.......

Regular readers will know that I championed this game back in 2013 and even built a couple of themed buildings for the release as well as writing some gaming scenarios which freature on Orcs in the Webbe. For more details see this link or click on the Pax Bochemannica label in the sidebar.

I look forward to reading about new releases and will follow developments with interest. Now where did I put that box of Halfling Boche?


Sunday, 5 April 2015

Happy Easter

Happy Easter to all my followers. This is the fantastic Easter Egg present I had from Sue. Thank you.

While these 12 Narrow Lines magazines were picked up in a charity shop for just £3.00. That's right £3.00 for all 12. A real bargain. For those of you not familiar with the magazine - Narrow Lines is the association newsletter of the 7mm Narrow Gauge Association.

Full details can be found here. There is even a free downloadable sample of issue 195 (which has a great article on using DAS modelling clay) - for details go to this link. 7mm Narrow Gauge Railways are another one of my modelling passions so these will be a great read for me.

I hope you also have a great Easter Sunday.


Saturday, 4 April 2015

Sherlock Holmes and the Liverpool Demon

I picked up this graphic novel from the local library the last time I was visiting. It is a typical Holmes adventure and beautifully illustrated. The story has Spring Heel Jack appearing in Liverpool with Holmes and Watson stopping over to see if they can solve another mystery.

I found it moved along quickly and had enough of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle influence to feel authentic. I look forward to reading more in the series.

A fuller review can be found here.

Sherlock Holmes and the Liverpool Demon by Leah Moore and John Reppion, illustrated by Matt Triano
Published by DYNAMITE
ISBN 13 978 1 60690 436 7
(This volume collects issues 1 - 5 of Sherlock Holmes; The Liverpool Demon)


Friday, 3 April 2015

New On-line Build for April 2015

This is my first On-line Build for some time. A section of eight Flintloque Toads. For details of this range of figures please go to this link.

There are some conversions (as you would expect) - the leader is a modified Vampire with a head swap and the crouching toad to the right has had his shako replaced with a birorne.

I have used Green Stuff to increase the size and vary the shape of the rosettes and to add buttons and detail.

These will be my third group of Flintloque Toads and I am looking forward to painting them in a slightly different colour scheme. More to follow (even though I should be working on some terrain commissions!)

Happy Easter.


Wednesday, 1 April 2015

Build Something 2015 The Finished Forge

The voting in the Lead Adventure Build Something Contest 2015 has now ended. I had intended to post more images of The Cider Press today, but thought these images were more appropriate. The Horseshoe Forge was my entry and details of the build from start to finish can be found on this Blog (February 2015) or here.

As usual, if you 'click' on the images you should see larger pictures.

In this image you can see the flickering battery operated tealight built into the forge.

The images were taken with a Minolta Dimage Z1 in natural daylight on my flocked gaming board. I will post more images on the LAF Build Something 2015 site later this week.