Monday, 17 February 2020

Review: Elven Earthbound

Hi!

I was recently fortunate enough to be donated a rather spiffy Earthbound Dragon!

This badboy is one of the iconic figures from the Leviathan range and I am really pleased to actually have one added to my collection. I've decided to celebrate the fact by posting a review of the beast!

 Catalogue Pic

In the fiction, Earthbound Dragons are mutated monstrosities who are corrupted offspring of the true dragons and are the preferred mount of Elven nobles. While not able to fly, they can breath fire and have ferocious jaws and talons which make them terrifying foes in combat. 

Rule wise, they are very fast and their riders can be equipped with Powerlances giving them ferocious long range firepower too. 


The miniature itself is a big beast and pretty close to the original artwork. The Earthbound itself comes in two pieces, the main body and head. The rider is separate with a cast on saddle/throne and has a lance cast in metal (alas mine was missing the lance but I have a GW plastic lance to replace it so no problem!)


The cast itself is pretty clean but there are a few air bubbles to be found on the extremities, especially the head which will need a bit of filler to smooth out but nothing that can't be repaired without much difficulty.


The body itself is in quite a dynamic pose for a single piece casting with the dragon having plenty of texture which bodes well for painting him! I do like the fact that there is a suitably Grimdark base to the howdah with skulls and scalps hanging off it!


The Earthbound's head is wonderfully gribbly with sweeping horns, a crocodile like jaw and oozes character. Sadly the tip of the nose is missing and as already mentioned, I'll need to do a wee bit of repair work to him to get him into fighting form but I'm rather looking forward to starting work on it!


I had considered replacing the rider with a plastic or metal replacement but I think I'm going to stick with him as he is rather characterful. He does remind me of Hugo Weaving with the long face and his armour is in the style of the older GW Dark Elves which is quite pleasing. The throne is covered in great wee details such as esoteric jewellery, skulls and carvings and really gives a feel of post apocalyptic style!

Mr Anderson!

The rider has a chunky resin shield cast on and is pretty large for 28mm but looks ace. Other than the replacement lance, I don't think I will be converting the beast and will keep him more or less stock.


I'm really pleased with the addition and many thanks to Jambo1 aka Donnie for sending me him! I plan on posting a bit of a painting log on the big guy so watch this space for updates as I go about repairing, constructing, painting and basing him!

In the meantime, All the best!

Wednesday, 12 February 2020

Painters Update

Hi!

I've been rather busy with work over the last couple of weeks but have managed to paint up some gubbins for my Leviathan project and take some slightly better pics of my existing stuff!

First up, here's an armoured Half Orc:

 Half Orc in plate

I had a few of the old Grenadier fantasy figures lying around so I painted this guy up as a Half Orc knight. Covered in sinister plate with a leering mask and big sword, he is just the thing to add a bit of a punch to my Half Orc warband.

Next up, a slightly less blurry Barbarian shot:

 Barbarian Leader and Skald

In my leadpile rummaging I also found a somewhat NSFW Blademaiden:

Skyclad Barbarian

I'm not sure how effective a layer of paint and unsuitable shoes are in combat but she works as one of the Earth Mothers chosen maidens.

Next up, a new addition to my Leviathan project, a pair of ghostly undead chaps:

 Tox Spirits

Fluff wise, these guys are the toxic spirits of those who died during The Death and can be found infesting the ruined megacities of Aeroth. Petty and spiteful, they are the bane of all living things.

Finally here's a sneak peek of my next to do:

Earthbound!

I am really excited to paint this guy and will enthuse about him during my next post which handily will be a review of the Elven Earthbound I've acquired but in the meantime, all the best!

Monday, 27 January 2020

Painter's Update

Hi!
As promised, I've got a few bits and bobs painted for my Leviathan project!

I've got a couple of Barbarians painted up who will form the basis for the first of my warbands.

 Barbarians vs Orc

Originally from Grenadier miniatures, I figured they are old school enough to act as good proxies for my barbarians as I must admit that I am not too keen on the original Leviathan figures.

 Barbarians

I've been working on my NMM style painting and while it takes quite a bit more effort to get the figures finished, I do like the effect.

Next up, here's a half Orc:

 Half Orc

He's another ex Grenadier miniature and I have a few of them lying around who will be leading a renegade scavenger warband that I've had floating around in my head for a while now.

Finally I've managed to get a decent pic of my Orc cavalry:

Orc Necrodon

I'm hoping to finish off a couple more bits and bobs over the next few weeks. as I'm rather enjoying myself with the project which almost surprises me following my burnout last time I tried it.

We shall see how I get on so watch this space!

Sunday, 26 January 2020

Leviathan in Action

Hi!

I recently got sent some pics of Leviathan actually being played back in 1998 at a demo run at Gen Con!


It was during the brief appearance of Leviathan 2nd edition which saw a new rulebook with spiral binding and metal tokens. I have fuzzy memories of there being a box set released for it with some resin and metal figures.

Sadly one of the boxes went up for sale in the late 90's but I didn't buy it and I've never seen it since but if anyone has a copy of the spiral bound 2nd edition, I'd love to get my hands on it!


A mighty thank you to David Drage for sending the pics of the epic looking game! The project was originally organised by Mike McLean of Asylum Books and Games in Aberdeen and I'd love to speak to anyone else who remembers it.

Hopefully my next update will include some pics of my painting progress too so watch this space!

In the meantime, All the best!

Thursday, 16 January 2020

Leviathan Weekly Update 1

Hi!

As promised, I'm posting the first update on my 2020 Leviathan project!

Barbarian King

I've had a rummage through my much depleted leadpile and have discovered a smattering of Barbarians from the old Grenadier range sculpted by Mark Copplestone and handily still available from EM-4 Miniatures.

I painted up this chap several years ago with vague ideas of fleshing out a warband:

Barbarian Berzerker

I have got a few more in the works at the moment and hope to get a picture of the fledgeling warband on my next update. I'm reworking this chap a little bit as I am going for a NMM finish which fits the Orcs and Dwarves I previously finished:

Dwarves

Speaking of Dwarves, I have quite a few of the stunties sat waiting to get painted and I suspect that they will be the quickest of my warbands to reach complete status.

Orc Carnosaur

Of the other forces, my Orcs have quite a few odds and ends, especially resin cavalry but are currently lacking infantry and at present I am utterly bereft of suitable Elves and am hoping to source some suitable proxies soon!

Hopefully my next update will have new pics to show, at the least of my work in progress. In the meantime, All the best!

Saturday, 11 January 2020

Earthpower

Hi!

Just a quick update this evening with a picture of all that remains of Earthpower, the supplement for Leviathan that never was!


I've spoken to everyone I could who was originally involved with Leviathan and Earthpower and other than vague memories of the magic system involving use of Ley Lines, the entirety of the rules were lost when an old PC crashed, taking the only copy with it.

Handily though, all is not lost as I managed to get this rather good header from Neil Dunlop, one of the original creative team behind Leviathan. It's a bit glitchy but has an awesome 80's computer game vibe to it.

I'm not sure if I have enough crumbs to put together the magic system as it was but I am keen to get some sort of workable completion to the game that will allow me to play out games as they were originally intended.


With that in mind, I will be taking a peek at Chronopia, the spiritual successor to Leviathan as many of the same team worked on it and I hope some of the original elements of Earthpower could have sneaked into the better known game.

Vortex Spelleater 

We shall have to see what I can put together but I'd love to be able to put the Vortex Spell Eating Machine into use!

Friday, 10 January 2020

Leviathan Lurches to Life?

Hi!

I've been thrashing about with Leviathan over the last decade or so but never really getting anywhere with it and after repeated failures, I had left the blog pretty much mothballed as I moved onto other random projects.

Titanosaur

The problem is that I still obsess over the game. I don't know why but I got to thinking that maybe I should have one last bash at making a go of it so here I am in January 2020 with only the vaguest idea as to what I am going to do but my plan is as follows:

Elven Earthbound 

Collect and paint a small force of Dwarves, Elves, Barbarians and Orcs over the course of the year and blog my progress. I plan on using vintage resin and lead for the most part with the odd plastic or sculpted conversion to represent stuff that isn't currently available or the original model is just not up to spec.

Wargolem

My budget for said project is pretty puny but I do feel that I need to do it as I will never get it out of my system otherwise and who knows, I may end up with an army or two...

Now I don't really want to go spending ages trying to build armylists or anything so organised. Rather I want to paint stuff that I find interesting and that really showcases just how amazing the game could have been.

Stone Elemental

The first aim will be to paint a warbeast, a unit and a character for each of the four races so watch this space for updates and I will hopefully be giving the assorted forces a bit of gaming time too as I progress as I am keen to see how well the game plays in smaller scale with only a handful of miniatures a side and up to a smallish force of 1-1500 points. This will give me the opportunity to see if I can make a success of playing the game with the figures and hopefully putting to rest the madness of the project that I just couldn't complete!

I will aim to post an update once a week with progress, or lack thereof and we shall see what we can do.