Monday, 27 January 2020

Painter's Update

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.


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


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


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:


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



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?


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.


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.


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.