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!

Wednesday, 27 June 2018

Thrice Cursed Elf!

Hi!

Well I've managed to get another figure painted in the form of an Elven Powerlancer!

Elven Powerlancer 

The Elves were once the rulers of a glorious star spanning empire with Aeroth their capitol but a great and terrible war amongst the stars against a foe too terrible to name saw their empire crushed and Aeroth changed forever.

In combat, the Elves use their mastery of Magitech to channel bolts of Earthpower through Powerlances. These dread weapons have impressive range and devastating power and are capable of bringing down even the mightiest of Golems or warbeasts with a single volley.

I went for a somewhat sinister dark blue armour with grey cloth and a mirrored purple visor to give the Elves a suitably villainous look. I may end up giving the visor a gloss varnish to give it a proper reflective sheen as the photo makes it look a bit dark and matt but we shall see how we go!

I hope to add a few more to the mix including a battlemage and possibly some Amp Armour too at some point so I can field a proper warband but in the meantime I've got a sneak peek of some Gorathian Orcs and a Demi Cyclops to show!

Orcish Horde Troopers and a Demi Cyclops

The Gorathian Orcs on Aeroth are going to be a bit more blackpowder than of old as I quite like the thought of gun wielding Orcs with a more refined military system than just being a bunch of savages. They'll be using alchemical devices too to match the technological prowess of the Dwarves or the magitech of the Elves.

I've got quite a few ideas for the Orcs and hopefully once I've got these test pieces painted up, I will have a chance to get some more sculpted as they are rather enjoyable to work on!

Last but not least, here's a quick pic of the collection thus far with a mixture of painted, primed and unpainted gubbins amongst it all:

The Collection thus far!

While I am aiming at putting together small warbands, I am also keen to put together some more individuals and creatures so hopefully I will get chance to work on some more random bits and bobs over the next few months, not to mention actually playing some games!

In the meantime, All the best!

Friday, 22 June 2018

Unnerving Undergrowth

Hi!

I managed to finish a couple more terrain bases this morning in the form of a pair of tangled jungle themed affairs:

Cavern Dwellers forage for grubs in a thicket

This stuff is probably more suitable to a more jungle theme than my previous stand of trees but I had the gubbins (which I had picked up from The Range about five years ago!) so thought I'd put together a couple of stands to see how they look.

I'm hoping to get some more stands of assorted undergrowth put together over the coming weeks but I still have a literal ton of the aquarium plants that I used for this project to put to good use so expect that I'll end up featuring it in an expedition into the lost jungles of Koth.


I've also been humming and hahing about what sort of denizens are going to inhabit the woods and forests of Aeroth so expect another update soon!

Thursday, 21 June 2018

Fire Grub Swarm

Hi!

I've finally managed to finish off the Fire Grub Warrior to add to my existing swarm!

Sir Roderick's Party Encounter a Fire Grub Burrow

Fire Grubs are large, unpleasant larvae that can be found throughout the more arid regions of Aeroth. Slow moving but ravenous, they can spit balls of flammable bile considerable distances. 

These very properties make them sought after by the Alchemist Guilds as their rather combustible nature can provide all manner of useful Magitech ingredients for everything from potions to fuel for Dwarven constructs. As they are rather aggressive beasts, collecting these ingredients can prove rather deadly.

While most Fire Grubs are relatively small and slow moving, the larger Warrior is a terrifying foe. It scuttles forward on six sturdy limbs, batting aside blows with it's armoured forelegs and biting with it's crushing jaws or spewing fiery magma.

 Fire Grub Warrior

Like my Fire Grubs, the Warrior is made from Super Sculpey and a little bit of Greenstuff for the details and was constructed over the course of an hour or so.


 Glowing Carapace!

I plan on putting together a couple more Warriors and basic grubs as well as a Queen to rule the Burrow and they will be making a rather handy random encounter for the other inhabitants of the Border to deal with.

Howdy! 

I'm also thinking of adding some eggs and a few burrow entrances for them to appear from at random to bamboozle passing adventurers as I rather enjoyed putting together the little chaps.


I'm quite keen to keep exploring the assorted Flora and Fauna of the Border region and as already mentioned, I plan on adding some forest denizens to my grove of trees in the next few days too. I must admit that concentrating on such stylised sculpts have been a real pleasure as a nice alternative to the more complex and detailed figures I've been painting over the last few weeks.

The Swarm Thus Far

I've got several sculpts either finished and ready to paint or just requiring a bit of detailing so suspect they will be making an appearance on the Border soon so watch this space!