Friday, 31 December 2010
Thursday, 30 December 2010
Tuesday, 28 December 2010
I am now thinking of using a somewhat simplified variation to represent the lands of Aeroth. Each city would have to be represented as a few buildings but it could look rather eye catching!
Sunday, 26 December 2010
Heres a map of Aeroth I got from the rulebook! (I Just noticed its actually spelled Aerath! Oops, oh well I will continue calling it Aeroth as I'm used to it!)
The poll is coming to an end in a couple of days and its looking like folks want to see lots of Dwarves first!
I've been working on a little concept art for the Technomancer Guilders involving a new unit type in the form of Ironclad Infantry, Guilders who march into battle in steam powered armour which has been developed during the Technnomancers experiments into developing the Mk2 War Golems which form the majority of their armed forces. I will be attempting to sculpt a few of these heavily armoured types too and will of course be posting my progress here!
In the mean time I hope everyone has a good boxing day!
All the best!
Wednesday, 22 December 2010
Well its come as a bit of a surprise but I've reached the 5000 mark on the page views for the blog here!
Thanks to everyone whose taken a peek at my random ramblings over the last twelve months or so and hopefully I will have lots more to show in the new year!
Hope everyone has a great Christmas and Santa brings a load of swag to add to the lead mountain!
All the best!
Tuesday, 21 December 2010
Saturday, 18 December 2010
Wednesday, 15 December 2010
Folks may recognise some of the illustrations from earlier posts but the actual article itself is rather interesting and has some rather good ideas that may need expanding upon!
All the best!
Tuesday, 14 December 2010
Heres a pic of some Growler miniatures I painted for the sci-fi wargame VOR a few years back:
Sculpted by Kev Adams, the same fellow who produced many of the orc warbeasts for Leviathan I think they could make quite nice savage orc beasties!
Mike Nelson, creator of Vor is actually looking for sponsorship to get the new edition of the rules released. More information can be found HERE. Although its a sci-fi set, its really rather good and has some real possibilities!
All the best!
Monday, 13 December 2010
Alas theres no sign of the Scotia Grendel parcel as yet but hopefully it will arrive before the end of the week. To be honest its just as well it hasn't arrived as I have a dissertation to hand in for university on Thursday!
Friday, 10 December 2010
Thursday, 9 December 2010
I am on the look out for any Leviathan related articles out there, especially any from the old ANVIL magazine!
I also had a bit of a giveaway a while back where I sent out a load of miniatures to the sites followers in celebration of the blogs 100th post and was wondering if anyone fancies sending me a pic or two of the resulting paint jobs!
I hope to be able to update with some more pictures of painted stuff next week, along with a progress report on my old project challenge and an update on how the poll is going!
All the best!
Sunday, 5 December 2010
I've decided to enter the Tabletop Gaming Old Project Challenge!
Its been set up to get folks to take a look at a project thats been on their workbench for quite a while and I thought it would be ideal to spur me into action with my Leviathan stuff.
I've set myself the challenge of painting up 1000 points worth of Dwarves and Orcs by the end of February next year (handily they are also the front runners on the poll at present too!)
Further info can be found HERE!
1 Level 2 Hero with Thunderhammer battletank . 195
5 Dwarves with spears, medium armour, shields and standard 174
5 Dwarves with crossbows 185
2 Multi Barrelled Grenade Launchers 140
6 crew 90
2 War Golems 212
GRAND TOTAL: 996 Points
1 Level 2 Hero with a Necrosaur, medium armour, spear and shield 183
1 Level 1 Hero with Necrodon, light armour, 2 handed weapon and shield 57
Infantry and Cavalry
5 goblin carnadons, hand weapons, shields and shortbows 160
5 orc necrodons, light armour, shield and spear 200
2 orc carnosaurs, hand weapons, shields, standard 165.5
1 Necrosaur with harpoon 215
GRAND TOTAL: 1000.5 Points
That should give me plenty to work on while incorporating some of the stuff I already have painted!
Friday, 3 December 2010
Wednesday, 1 December 2010
I've been working on my model making and have a finished maquette. He's a bit of a concept piece to show what the four city states will be able to field:
Tuesday, 30 November 2010
While I've been pondering my Leviathan project I've been thinking of a way to represent the cataclysmic events of the surrounding lands of Aeroth.
This gives one a lot to work with scenery wise but getting decent rules for it may require a little extra work.
It also got me to thinking on other sorts of apocalypse that could feature in fantasy gaming ranging from meteor impact to ice age and all sorts of magical chaos. How does one represent them on the tabletop without bogging down the gameplay.
Saturday, 27 November 2010
Well my visit to Spirit Games went very well and I picked up quite a few bits and pieces that will be handy for several of the factions slated in for the projects start up in January!
Along with my purchases and continued bits box rummage I've managed to start up a new faction!
Thursday, 25 November 2010
Wednesday, 24 November 2010
Tuesday, 23 November 2010
I had been working on a new project about collecting an army on the cheap and using Ganesha Games Song of Blades rulesets to play small skirmishes between warbands but the more I got into the project, the more I came to realise I should have just been posting my progress here!
So without further ado heres the first miniature I've got completed for my Children of the Worm warband:
Now onto the rules!
Instead of using the core Leviathan rulebook I am using Song Of Blades and Heroes, I know I've been a bit dismissive of its simplicity before but I've come to think thats its strength! I will no longer need to spend ages trying to stat up new creatures as Song of Blades has loads to choose from and also has an online points calculator allowing you to stat up new models almost instantly.
The simplicity of the game, along with the small numbers involved will allow me to actually play some games, as for all the time Ive been working on this project I think Ive played Leviathan once! I will be working on some supplemental rules to allow large warbeasts to be included in games but thats for the future!
At present I want to get a core warband of the Worms followers sorted and then onto some of the other factions I've outlined earlier on the blog. I have started rummaging through my bits box to see what I have that will be usable and will update the blog ASAP with my findings!
Looking at how this project is developing has been a bit of an eye opener as I can now include warbands from Chronopia, Crucible or any other of the games I like!
At present I aim towards adding an update once a week here to try and spur me into action (and shame me if I don't get anything done!)
All the best!
Saturday, 30 October 2010
Monday, 25 October 2010
Sunday, 8 August 2010
Wednesday, 23 June 2010
Wednesday, 9 June 2010
Tuesday, 8 June 2010
Heres the second in my series of articles on other wargames that are sadly now out of production but still well worth collecting and gaming!
I still own the complete rulebooks but as with so many other games I never actually managed to play it! Alas its now gone with the end of Target Games and then Excelsior who managed to secure the license for a while. Some of the miniatures are still available from Prince August, the company who cast all the miniatures but I found them a bit on the pricey side these days. Not to be put off I intend on rummaging through my bits boxes and scouring ebay and local gaming stores with the intention of eventually collecting up some reasonable forces for each of the factions.
At the same time I may end up using different companies miniatures as some of the existing ranges are a bit on the bulky side! On a brighter note Four A Miniatures have started producing some rather nice dwarves which are perfect for the dwarven clans featured in the original game!
My next update will hopefully cover some assorted bits and bobs for an assortment of stuff and hopefully some painted miniatures will turn up at some point too!
All the best!
Thursday, 20 May 2010
Monday, 17 May 2010
I am looking for the contact email for Neil Dunlop, the original writer of the Leviathan ruleset!
I want to pick his brains about the ruleset to see if I can uncover a copy of the long lost Earthpower supplement as well as a points calculator and any other useful stuff I can get my hands on!
I believe hes posted a comment on my blog before but without contact details so if you are reading this Neil or anyone knows him could they please contact me!
All the best!
Friday, 14 May 2010
As my planned force hasnt got any ranged troops I picked up his fellow:
Hes a Mage Knight metal Night Stalker and I am planning on using him as a follower of Bethshakai, the Hidden One. Bethshakai is one of the Fallen and his followers are experts in assassination and espionage and are often seen as part of other forces. I still need to stat im up but he will eventually have poisoned weaponry and an infiltrate/camouflage ability.
I also found a wierd worm miniature from the call of the Cthulu range but I dont have any pictures as yet. Its not too bad a miniature but it needs some conversion to fit in with my concept of the Children of the Worm!
I will try and get some pictures taken in the morning!
All the best!
Thursday, 13 May 2010
Well I am pretty much set on the miniatures for my Children of the Worm warband and will be ordering them in the next day or so.
As things stand I am ordering six of Heresy Miniatures Dark Brethren Tunnel Guards to act as mortal followers of the Worm:
Once the swag has arrived I will post some unpainted pictures and set to painting stuff! In the meantime I will have a rummage through my much diminished lead pile and see what other stuff I can find of use!
All the best!
Monday, 10 May 2010
Friday, 16 April 2010
While perusing the Lead Adventure Forum I spotted THIS TOPIC
DonVoss, the poster has been rummaging through his lead mountain to find some suitable gangs for Song Of Blades and Heroes and has collected some rather unique forces.
Spider Cult by DonVoss
Theres several more forces on the topic which is well worth a peruse but I really like the Spider Cult! I have looked at SOBH before but found the rules to be slightly too simple. With a skirmish game I want to have a bit more depth but thats just my opinion as SOBH has received really good reviews and many folks really enjoy it.
This is just the sort of sized force I am hoping to collect and game with in the skirmish version of Leviathan and will be on the lookout for some more suitable characters for my Children of the Worm warband! Alas almost all my miniature pile has been sent up to Edinburgh to reside with my folks so I will be perusing the various manufacturers!
All the best!
Wednesday, 14 April 2010
Ive had a quick chat with the chaps over at Scotia Grendel and they do have plans for some new stuff for the Classic Leviathan rules! It may take quite a while but there are plans for a Darkwing model as well as some new orcs!
In the meantime I am going to have a go at re-sculpting some of the monsters currently available as the elves beasts are currently a bit poor. This will involve me trying to design and sculpt a new dragonbane, new earthbound (including a new monster choice in the form of the earthbound support powerlance platform) and possibly a dragon too!
In other news I am still working on the skirmish rules and hope to have the Children of the worm miniatures bought and painted within the next month or so. For the basic followers I am planning on using some of the excellent Heresy Miniatures cultists and ghouls:
All the best!
Sunday, 11 April 2010
Heres the first of the promised articles on the new Levyathan game (Its not a typo but the old English spelling!)
I will go onto the background in more depth at a later date but I think a quick primer on the various races is worth a quick look at too. The four races of Theia, the world that Levyathan is set in are all bred from the same genetic stock. Centuries of selective breeding has resulted in four different races:
Men are the most versatile of the castes. They originally served as a worker class to the other races but the coming of Levyathan has meant that many have fled to Thule, a mountainous land to the far north. They worship the Earth Mother and their witches can use earthpower, or Vril, to shape the land to their needs.
The basic human infantry are the Clansmen. Armed with staff slings which use a nasty magical cocktail which explodes on contact they form the bulk of the infantry.
Red Branch are the elite infantry, capable of channeling the earthpower to transform themselves into huge twisted creatures. Armed with an assortment of hand weapons they are dedicated shock troops.
Hunters are young warriors given explosive tipped spears to take on enemy war machines and monsters. This is often a bit of a suicidal undertaking but gives the humans some nice cheap anti-tank weapons!
Humanity fields an assortment of vehicles and elementals when it goes to war and the Atlas Golem is the most common, using its mighty stone fists to crush infantry and war engines alike.
The Apollo Golem is more of a support choice with its ability to bombard enemy positions with huge boulders.
Wartowers are wheeled war engines with a mighty onager mounted on them, along with some nasty close combat weaponry for dealing with opposing infantry. They also have limited troop transportation abilities which allows them to carry two stands of infantry onboard.
The Raven is a specialised troop transport capable of carrying four stands of infantry into battle. Its only weapons are close combat and also fields a boarding ramp so the crew can assault opposing war engines.
The basic human artillery piece is the Onager, a wheeled construction capable of firing indirectly over long distances.
The Trebuchet is a fixed artillery piece with the ability to hit just about anywhere on the table but its lack of movement means its deployment must be carefully thought out.
There are several more interesting human war engines ranging from Oculus Golems to the fearsome Bellatrix but they will be covered at a later date!
I will be covering the orcish horde next so keep an eye out!
All the best
Saturday, 10 April 2010
Tuesday, 30 March 2010
Friday, 26 March 2010
Thursday, 18 March 2010
Ive still got a few bits and bobs to give away from my Leviathan overstock and as theres a few more followers joined of late I thought I would extend the offer!
As I am moving flats, the less I have to shift the better and I already have FAR more Leviathan miniatures than I can deal with!
If any blog follower want any free Leviathan gubbins lease feel free to contact me via my email address which can be found on my profile page!
All the best!
Saturday, 13 March 2010
Well thanks to everyone who voted on the poll and despite a strong showing for all the current factions the winner is the Children of the Worm!
Ive begun looking for some suitable proxies as well as having a scribble at creating some rough rules but it will have to wait until Ive moved house at the end of this month and I can spend a bit of time working on the force.
Apologies for everyone whos waiting on their Leviathan freebie but preparing for the move has taken up my time! I will get them packaged on Monday and hope to have them sent soon after!
All the best!
Wednesday, 3 March 2010
Sunday, 28 February 2010
Monday, 22 February 2010
Alas I seem to be having a bit of difficulty contacting the blog followers to get their addresses so I can send out some Leviathan swag so please post a reply if you want some free stuff!
In more cheery news the chaps at Scotia Grendel have generously offered a 20% discount on the Leviathan range to a lucky blog follower or contributer and I will be drawing a name out of a hat once Ive got folks contact details!
In the meantime Ive nabbed a picture of Mr Wigglesworths rather fantastic orc carnosaurs from over on the Scotia forum:
Also Ive been working on a bit of an interim warband to keep me occupied while the poll is running and heres the first of the painted miniatures for my half orc outcasts:
Some enterprising or stubborn halfbloods refuse to join the ranks of the fallen but band together and form raiding parties which prey on the ruined settlements of Aeroth. My force represents one such warband and thus far consists of a half orc leader with his warped scavenger, several half orc and goblin minions along with a rogue female great orc to act as muscle.
Having raided an orc burial mound the Outcasts shaman has raised a couple of orcish skeletons to act as terror troops (I'm almost finished painting the first of them!) along with some rather rusty armour and arcane weapons. The force will be rather rag tag and savage looking to tie in with their rather unsavory practices of grave robbery and looting the dead on abandoned battlefields.
All the best!
Sunday, 21 February 2010
Well its taken a year but Ive finally reached my 100th post. Its been a bit of a mixed year gaming wise but hopefully I will get chance to crack on with my Leviathan project now Ive revised what I was doing and got myself a bit better organised!
Ive decided to celebrate by having a bit of a giveaway of some of my excess Leviathan stuff. I will be emailing all the blogs followers over the next day or so and arranging to post out some goodies!
My cunning plan has several purposes, firstly I think folks deserve a bit of a thank you for following (and even reading) my ramblings, it will hopefully get a few more people interested in the setting and finally it will allow me to unload some of my lead and resin mountain!
My only proviso to the giveaway is that the recipients have a go at painting the stuff and sending me a few pictures of their attempts!
The blogger contacting system doesnt seem to be working so if you are interested in getting some Leviathan freebies just check my email address on my profile page and I will see what I can organise!
All the best!
Wednesday, 17 February 2010
Alas their infantry arent as good so I may just pick up a few force leaders and characters from the range.
Another option is the old Heartbreaker sculpts. Ive got about a dozen dragon kin and normal elves from them and they are really nice, and unusual looking. Unfortunately I havent got any pictures of them just now but will see if I can rummage some out.
Reaper also has loads, as does Ral Partha Europe but they tend to be a tad generic.
Ral Partha Regular Elf Sergeant.
As the elven slavers are going to be quite characterful I want to make their good kin look equally interesting. Its still all a bit vague at the moment so I may have to go back and ponder them some more!
In other news my next post will be my one hundredth!
Sunday, 14 February 2010
Well its a bit later than promised but heres some more ponderings on what miniatures I plan to use to represent various warbands!
The Elves in Leviathan are all degenerate drug addicts and as such I want my slavers to look the part. Alas the official Leviathan ones are a bit rubbish to be honest with rather large heads so I will have to look further afield for some suitable proxies.
My first port of call has been Ral Partha Europe who have a vast selection of stuff and the old Crucible range has some very nice possibilities such as these:
They also have some interesting demons that could make good support for the elves:
The first one is perfect for some sort of lesser beast but the big monsters, while looking fantastic are more suited to the Sea Devils I plan on working on at a later date!
Next up theres Reaper with their large selection too and after a little rummaging I found these which might be suitable:
They also have some rather nice hell hounds:
Much as I hate to admit it, Games Workshop also have some which might well see use too such as the witch elves and even the cold one knights: