Sunday, 18 April 2021
Friday, 9 April 2021
After a long pause, Somewhere on the Border rumbles back to life with a battle report!
Sir Roderick, Knight of the Eternal Light is on a quest to recover an ancient tome of knowledge from the Order of the Tower's library. Accompanying him is his young squire, Kes Westlake and following a long and arduous journey from the fortified city of Sunpeak, they have reached the Axeblade mountains.
Unfortunately the snows arrived early and they were forced to winter in the trading outpost of Arch as the passes through the mountains were blocked and Roderick hadn't managed to secure a pass to the Dwarven Realms. As the spring arrives and the passes begin to open, Roderick and Kes have departed, climbing ever upwards and along the Pinecliff road towards the eastern flank of the mountains. Finally after a week of travel the two adventurers approach a small hamlet and a much needed Inn to rest in but as they walk closer to the settlement, the place seems abandoned with no smoke rising from chimneys and nobody moving around.
Cautiously the two approach, easing their weapons from their scabbards and move to investigate. As they do so hunched and unlovely figures emerge from the shadows, their eyeless heads turning as if to listen before letting out guttural snarls and shambling forward towards Roderick and Kes.
The settlement lies at the centre of the board and is surrounded by rocky outcrops and sturdy trees. Sir Roderick and Kes enter from the bottom right corner whilst the Cavern Dwellers enter from the top left.
Each building can be investigated by performing a successful melee attack to break down the door. On a roll of a 1, the character is attacked by a giant rat, on a 2-4 they find nothing, on a 5 they discover D6 gold and on a 6 they discover a survivor.
Do they try to enter buildings quickly or deal with the monsters!
Kes has the highest Agility followed by Roderick and finally the Cavern Dwellers.
Further exploration of the settlement reveals that it has been abandoned and Roderick and Kes barricade themselves up in the inn for the night, lighting a fire in the hearth and preparing to move on towards Pinecliff in the morning.
In other news, I've been cracking on with sculpting more goodies for Somewhere on the Border and have finished a bevy of giant rats:
Sunday, 10 January 2021
I've finished the first of the reinforcements for my Boar Company!
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
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:
Next up, I'm working on some heavy hitters in the form of morning star armed troops:
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
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.
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
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,
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
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:
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:
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:
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.
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.
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:
Wednesday, 14 November 2018
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:
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!