Sunday, 10 January 2021

Boar Company Re-Inforcements

 Hi!

I've finished the first of the reinforcements for my Boar Company!


The banner bearer has a Spell Eater stone set into it which will protect the Boar Company troopers from arcane energies and offer some sort of defence from the Fallen. The second trooper is armed with a morning star and gives me some heavy hitters to take on even the heaviest of armoured foes.

I've got another three of the little guys finished and will try to get them painted over the course of the coming week:

I've also got Gunnar, the final character of The Boar Company sculpted and will showcase him next week. Once I have these sculpts done, I have only got to get another huntsman to get finished and I'll have all my Boar Company troops finished and will move onto another faction to bulk up or indeed make a new one.

It's been really fun to get the sculpting done and I look forward to seeing how the new recruits perform on the battlefield!

In the meantime, All the best!

Sunday, 3 January 2021

Boar Company Reinforcements Incoming

Hi!

As promised, I've got some gubbins sorted out for my weekly update in the form of some new Boar Company troops!

First up, there's my Boar Company standard bearer:


I've had this little guy half built for about 3-4 years and just never got round to finishing him until this latest lockdown. He will be giving me a much needed focus for my troops and his banner is armed with a spelleater stone to help defend the Boar Company from arcane assaults.

Next up, I'm working on some heavy hitters in the form of morning star armed troops:


They're still a bit work in progress but I should have them completed tomorrow and I've really enjoyed working on them. The final figure is going to be a character armed with a broad sword and boar spear. 

Once I have these guys done, I need to make another huntsman armed with a crossbow and that should complete the line up for the time being at least. My next sculpting focus will be to add some Pinecliff militia men-at-arms for my adventuring party which will give them some more options. 

I also really need to build more Fire Grubs to give me a decent level of encounter monsters so will have to do some more sculpting days before next week!

I also hope to get some games played in the coming weeks but I'll need to see how I get on so watch this space!

 

Saturday, 26 December 2020

Stirrings on the Border

 Hi!

It's been nearly two years since I have posted anything here and feel that it is high time that the Boar Company gets a fresh lease of life!


I've really enjoyed working on the assorted denizens of Aeroth over the last few years and feel the need to start getting back into the swing of things and sculpt some more stuff for my collection.

At present I have the Boar Company looking pretty much complete as they only really need a couple more characters to complete them.

The Boar Company

I want to add a banner bearer, and another crossbowman or two to my collection as well as some more heavy infantry armed with picks, flails and whatnot to give me a good selection of figures for any occasion and will be looking to getting this done first as my beloved Dwarves deserve no less!

I also have Marik Goldhlem, the rogue sorcerer and nemesis of The Boar Company. He's got a decent sized retinue but could do with a few more figures to round out his little force

Marik Goldhelm

His force is a bit patchy but with the addition of a couple more goons, archers and skeletal minions as well as a monstrous construct, I think I should be able to get them done too!

Finally, I have the adventuring company of Sir Roderick, 

Sir Roderick's Adventurers

At present, they are just a small adventuring team but I want to add some men at arms to the force to give them enough numbers to give the other forces I have a run for their money too!

Other than that, I hope to add some more scenery, assorted denizens and possibly, just possibly, a Fallen Elf force to spice things up a bit.

Hopefully 2021 will see me achieve at least some successes on the sculpting and painting front but I am also really keen to actually get the figures off their shelf and play some games and possibly see the Boar Company and Marik's years long grudge settled for once and all!

I hope to post an update a week with something related to the goings on on the border so watch this space!

Saturday, 9 March 2019

A Return to the Border

Hi!

I can't believe it's been so long since I updated this blog! I've been busy with real life gubbins and other projects but have returned to Aeroth for a bit of a bash with The Boar Company having a go at cornering the ever illusive Marik Goldhelm!

Better yet, I have also painted a figure I sculpted years ago and primed and embarrassingly forgot about so without further ado, here's Minion number 4:

Minion number 4

I went for a largely bronzed armour for the fourth member of my minion unit and quite like how he's turned out, especially as I have had him sat waiting a coat of paint for literally 3-4 years!

It's also interesting how my sculpting style is slowly changing as I work my way through these little chaps as you can see in the picture below:

 Minion unit with Wight commander

Compared to my more recent sculpts, these guys are a bit squat and crude but I've really enjoyed painting up the newest member of the party and am raring to go for making some more!

Here's a bit of a pic of Marik and his renegades:

Marik and Co.

I have to say that bar one or two new figures, the warband is pretty much complete now so I'll need to give some thought to what I am wanting to sculpt next...

Meanwhile, somewhere on the border, Grimli and the Boar Company have tracked down Marik and engaged his unit in a bit of brutal combat in a small settlement. The resulting skirmish saw both Grimli and Flint his second in command injured and several Boar Company troops killed or incapacitated but Marik's minions were almost wiped out.

Overview

Once again, Marik escaped his fate but not before hurling a magic bolt at Flint giving him a nasty scar to remember the encounter.

It was great fun to play a small skirmish once again and I am remembering what fun I've had over the years playing similar games in the ongoing feud between the Dwarves and the rogue sorcerer Marik. In numerous run ins, Marik always manages to make a getaway whilst his minions get a pummelling in true villain style.

Marik at bay

I really need to flesh out my Fire Grubs, Mawlings and Cavern Dwellers as well as some other random bits and bobs I been thinking about for the last couple of years but I have recently unearthed a box load of my sculpts in various stages of completion so suspect that in the short term, I will be finishing them up and getting them painted.

Speaking of which, here's some Rusty Robots that I just need to add arms to, base and paint:

Rusty Robots!

Needless to say I'll probably get distracted by something else but I forsee more action Somewhere on the Border soon!

In the meantime, all the best!

Wednesday, 14 November 2018

Image Dump

Hi!

Apologies for the lack of updates with my Somewhere on the Border project but I've been rather busy with other gubbins.

Here's a selection of sketches for what I have planned for the new year though:

Freelancer 


Barbarians

Desert Dwellers and Wood Elemental

Grey Elf Chewk Rider

Horned Folk

Mantis Warrior 

Cactus Folk and Evil Knights

Hopefully I'll have chance to get some more sculpting and painting done in the next few months as I really love the setting that's developing and some of the gubbins I had planned.

In the meantime, All the best!

Saturday, 22 September 2018

An Update!

Hi!

Apologies for the long delay in updating the blog here but I've been rather busy with work and other projects so Somewhere on the Border has languished a bit.

In better news, I just finished a trio of Squigs for my 15mm Ork force over on Tales From Farpoint and they make excellent additions to my SD project too!

Mawlings

Mawlings are a strange reptilian biped which will ferociously attack anything that it sees, no matter the size of it's foe. Using it's stubby legs to bound rapidly forward it will then proceed to take a bite out of whatever it sees. Singly, Mawlings are a nuisance but in large groups, they are deadly and their ability to digest pretty much anything results in areas rapidly being hunted out and the pack becoming increasingly belligerent as they seek new prey.

Flint and a Boar Company trooper encounter a Mawling pack

I've got plans to sculpt another dozen of the little guys to make for a suitably annoying foe or random encounter so watch this space!

Thursday, 19 July 2018

A Village in the Woods

Hi!

Well I've been hard at work making scenery for my warbands to fight over and have recently finished a small village!

A Village in the Woods

Made from a selection of little boxes I picked up at Hobbycraft several years ago, these simple little buildings have been rather a lot of fun to paint up and their blocky, stylised finish is ideal for my Somewhere on the Border project and can easily be used to represent any of the small settlements that dot the frontier regions.

Buildings

I still need to build a blacksmiths workshop and a tavern as well as a couple more general habitations as well as a temple but Quite like how they've turned out. Interestingly, they are very different in style to what I have planned for Pinecliff, the largest human settlement in the Axeblades but that's a topic for another day!

In other news, I took a couple of warbands along to our games night yesterday and four players had a bash at a slightly modified version of Song of Blades and Heroes with the Boar Company once again mixing it up with the forces of their nemesis, Marik Goldhelm!

Get ready to rumble!

The game was really good fun but we did notice that despite my attempts to make combat more bloody, there was still an awful lot of pushing about rather than a straight up fight so it's back to the drawing board and I'll be re-tweaking the rules to make it play more quickly.

The highlight of the game was seeing Flint, the last survivor of the Boar Company kill the Fire Grub warrior only for it to explode spectacularly leaving Flint absolutely fine and much of Marik's underlings blown up. 

As only one of the players had ever wargamed before and all four having enjoyed the game was a big plus and it was great to actually get a game played too and they've asked if I can bring it along next time with some more warbands so I will need to crack on!

All the best!