Wednesday, 30 May 2012


Been rather busy this month. My wife's birthday, my youngest's first birthday, my mom's birthday, then a business trip to Leipzig all limited my painting time.

The aim was to complete some scenery for Legends of the Old West. Here is how I got on:

So thats a dry goods store, town gate and a water tower. The later were hand made from bits of wood, card and coffee stirrers.

I also said I would try and complete a mounted Sheriff. I just have a few highlights and the base left to do but otherwise he is complete. I got a little side tracked with my bonus for the month, a poker table and gambler:

Pretty pleased with the tiny cards and cash on the table. And the shading on the bottle.

I tried out some weathered wood effects for the gate and store. Seemed to work well. There is a longhorn steer skull on the gate. Also the town sign (hand painted) is interchangable so my posse doesn't have to come from Deadwood.
A few more views:

So thats it. Not many Elves done this month. I'll be heading back to Ulthuan next month as the Maelstrom of Dread campaign gets going. I have my first battle against Skaven this Sunday! Wish me luck. I'll need it.

Monday, 21 May 2012

Iire lle auta?

In about 3 hours. Yep I'm off on my travels again. Updating my blog from the waiting lounge.

Preparing for this work trip to leipzig is my excuse for not updating this much this month. Well that and running a warhammer campaign for wargames fc. It can be hard work being a GM. The maelstrom of dread blog is now live:

Sat here waiting for the gate to open has finally given me the chance to try out the blogger app for my painting blog. Let's hope it works.

So my aim for the month was some old west scenery...

There was the store I got for my birthday. That's now built and painted and just needs some weathering effects.

I have also been raiding McDonald's for wooden planks, aka coffee stirrers. These have been used to create a drum...

No I'm not changing hobbies and getting into music. This is going to be a water tower.

It'll be held up by some other wooden legs. The spare cuts on that pine strip will be used to make the town gate.

If I get around to it... And given the time I will have left when I return on Friday I doubt I will... I will finish this mounted Wyatt Earp from Dixon miniatures.

Tuesday, 1 May 2012

Kwentra lye i'narn

Here starts the tale of the Maelstrom of Dread:

I went for a GW'esque cliched title...The light was blinding; a beacon in the long forgotten dead lands of the world, a catalyst of doom. Although the increased magic flux at the vortex was warning enough, reports from the city of spires made word in Ulthuan some 4 days later. The council met and dispatched a fleet immediately to make haste for the Dragon isles while messengers left with speed to communicate this old world peril with the Empire.

Fear rode upon the old battle hardened Elven hearts. Only the return of the Slann Mage priests could generate such vast changes in the winds, and it seemed beyond the power of the mightiest archmages of Ulthuan to stop this re-balance of power. Eleven, Dwarf and Human Scouts alike traversed the main land desperate to find the path to the isles. For miles around all one could hear were primal roars. The isles were awakening. What had been uncovered on those fog veiled isles?

As the eleven fleet approached the Sea of Dread a storm to rule them all eclipsed the mapped world. The waters twisted and toiled as if a maelstrom the size of the Empire was upon it. Darkness fell upon the fearful fleet. It was forced to skirt the main land and find shelter from the storm. The rest of the journey would have to be made on foot.

Could it be possible? The raw magical power required to generate a maelstrom of this magnitude had never been known in this life. It would open a gate to the Chaos relam not seen since the time of Aenarion.

Unbeknown to the High elves the other mighty races of the world also marched forward to the Dragon isles; some to stop this madness, some to harness it.

This is the start of my Warhammer campaign. I have completed the map and am just waiting for players to declare their start locations. As to not clog up this blog I'm going to create a 2nd covering this campaign. I'll put a link here once I have set this up.

So with a lot of my time swallowed up getting the campaign running smoothly this month I going to set my painting targets relatively low. I'm going to work on some scenery for Legends of the Old West. I have a Perry Miniature store (a kind Birthday present from the club) to build and paint. I'm also going in for a bit of DIY and making a water tower and gate post. I'll put some pictures up of my raw materials soon.