January 2009


As I said a few days ago, my “cleaning the bench at all costs project” included a few gladiators lying around. So, since I really want to start my RSBS campaign, I got around to paint them. And while I was taking pictures of them, I took new pics of all the other gladiators too, so in the next few days expect to see a renewed Gladiators gallery.

These are the guys that I painted.

On other news, I have some minis for sale. Check them out here.

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This is not posted under Play reports because I got so carried away by the game that I forgot to take more pics. So I give you several pics of the deployment of the game.

It´s actually a game of NUTS!, the WW2 game by Two Hour Wargames. I used the training scenario, Space Marines as Americans and Orks as Germans. Just to get some use out of the figures, and cause they look cool. Rules-wise the game was plain old NUTS! Enjoy.

This is oMAD´s first play report. Yay!

I played a small Red Sands, Blue Sky combat between some unnamed and forgotten gladiators in the fringes of the empire. It´s been a while since I played this excellent game and wanted to brush up on the rules before diving into a full campaign.

You can see the arena I built for these games. The other gladiators are just “scenery”. It makes the arena look crowded and adds to the visual spectacle (and wargaming should always look beautiful)

I came up with a murmillo and a thraex NPC opponent. Here you can see both gladiators entering the arena. The chips behind them are their dice pools (he, Rep4 20DP, she, Rep3 DP15)

As you probably know if you tried this rules, the game goes real quick. The dice pool expenditure is vital and the battle last about as much as a real match would last. At least when you only play 1 fighter.

They closed in fast and then it was just a matter of flanking the opponent and trying to get a punch in. As I was rereading the rules, I wasn´t so hot on the tactical aspect. I was more worried in remembering procedures.

My guy managed to flank and wound the thraex´s left arm. Then she wounded my guy on a leg, but the pools were getting low.

Finally, a failed attempt to flank my guy got her in the ground from a head hit. My guy had the chance to get in close and strike her while fallen, and she had to spend her last dice.

The match was over with only 2 dice in my murmillo´s pool. That´s real close for differing Rep fighters, and of course really fast since both have pretty low reps.

Had some fun playing with them toys, and I just need to reread the rules now away from the table to get ready for the campaing. I shall paint a few more gladiators while I´m at it. There are two retiarius waiting on the workbench and I guess they´re next.

The workbench cleaning is being very good with my space marine army.

I finally finished the land speeder. The one from the 3rd edition box. And yes, I bought the set when 3rd ed. was being played. Here´s a pic, check the rest of them in the Space Marines gallery.

These are some bits from the Macragge box set. Lot´s of scenery and bits from that set, and quite useful too. I should keep getting this out of the way and into the table.

And finally, a figure from the Macragge set. This is a marines doctor or captain or something. You are probably wondering why the “ultramarines” color scheme since I have my own chapter colors. Well, for that you´ll have to wait. The base is plain sand, and will be finished as I complete other figures with matching bases.

I finished painting those damned 5 orks. Only 5 more to go to complete the 20 guys unit. I´ll base them when I complete the last 5.

And here you can see my workbench. See why I need to clean this up?

This is my “side table”. Yes, more half painted or primed figures. This will take a while.

Tomorrow I´ll decide how to continue the cleaning process.

I´m back from the holiday break now with a few things.

I have added pics of my first attempt at painting German paratroopers. You can find them in the 20mm Germans gallery.

I have also created a gallery for my Tyranids. Not an army per se yet, but maybe in the future.

I´m also in a desperate need to clean up my painting table. I haven´t touched anything since 2008. Therefore I will put up a pick of something on the table, and will only paint that until I can put up a finished pic. Slowly but surely I´ll clean the table, finish some units, and get ready for the next thing in no time.

This time we have 5 orks from the Black Reach boxed set. Once those are painted and based, I´ll put them away and continue with this.

At the moment I do not  collect a proper Tyranid army, but have a few figures. The Macragge boxed set and a few other I collected. Thus I will put those in this separate gallery in case this becomes an army eventually.

These are the sporebombs (or whatever they are called in English). These are from the aforementioned boxed set, and are really easy to paint.

Termagants