The Green Tide!

On Sunday, I finished off the final miniature for my Orcs & Goblins army, and I am so pleased to now be the proud owner of another fully painted and modelled Age of Sigmar army!

I started this project at the beginning of the year (2016), so what you see in the images above is the result of just over six months of assembling, modelling and painting.
I love the army, and do have plans (and extra miniatures) to add to the army but I am calling it complete for now.
The theme for the army was basically a ‘classic’ Games Workshop Greenskin army, with lots of infantry, some crazy war machines, a few monsters and some wacky characters.
It’s important to note that I am not a gamer, so I do not have the restriction (some people would say focus) of choosing an army based on the roles and strengths of each unit on the tabletop.
I simply paint the miniatures for the sheer enjoyment of it, and collecting armies appeals to my rather meticulous nature.
So I have no idea how this army would fare in a game, and frankly it doesn’t bother me at all.
Also, I know a lot of folks will look at the square bases and note that I’ve kept the army on squares as opposed to round bases (with the exception of the Fanatics).
The reason for this is simple, I quite enjoy looking at ranked units of troops, and as I said before, since I don’t game, and these models are really just for my enjoyment, I chose to base them how I pleased (I also didn’t want to pay more money for all the new round bases when every model in this army came with a perfectly usable square base).

When painting the army, I tried to push myself a bit further than I have gone when painting previous armies, to try new techniques and basically try to paint every model to the best of my ability.
I think I’ve stuck to that goal pretty well, even though it was hard at times to keep up the level of concentration when layering highlights over forty Night Goblin noses!

This army also represents me achieving something I have longed for ever since I began this hobby almost 17 years ago.
Right from my beginnings in the hobby in 1999-2000, I had always loved the Warhammer Orcs & Goblins, and bought some models piecemeal over the years, but I never managed to sit down and actually paint an army.
Now, that has changed, and I am genuinely so happy that my miniature collection includes this army, fully painted and based, and with a heap of effort and devotion from me to get it to the stage it is at today.

In short, I am super proud of this army, of setting myself a goal and achieving it, and of the way I have improved my hobby skills along the way.
The army is now sitting pride of place in my display cabinet above the Skaven army I completed last year, and I am super motivated to get stuck into my next project, keep an eye on my tumblr to see what it is!

Happy Hobbying!

Dwarf miners enter a goblin stronghold from below.  (Tony Ackland, Warhammer Siege, GW, 1988)  Sieges may seem static but you can make a good game scenario with mining, fighting through a breach, and sallies into the siege lines.  A mining scenario can become a dungeoncrawl, like some of the older games that were part of D&D’s early inspirations.



At long last, I’ve finally finished painting the first miniature since moving into my new house! It has taken some time to get settled, but now I’m hoping to get back into the swing of things and allow more time to the hobby that I know and love so much!
This guy will be a Plague Priest to help lead my Skaven army. He is from the Screaming Bell box, and I had him spare as I didn’t build a plague furnace. He looks very cool so I decided to give him a special larger base and make him into a character on his own.
Apologies for the horrible photos, I’m still trying to find the best place to photograph the miniatures.
I think that I will be sticking with the Skaven for the time being, although they are getting a bit tedious now so maybe a “scattershot” approach to picking which miniature to paint next would be better, just to give a bit of variety.
I have a tonne of grey plastic screaming at me so I’ll see what I fancy painting next!
Hope you are all well and I’m really glad to be back painting again!

Another amazing photo of my LARP kit photographed by Industria Creative! I realise how complicated it all looks together, so I have a video coming soon of what it’s comprised of/ how I put it all on. Grand Marshall Erin Westwood of Averland at Swordcraft Battle Game in Melbourne, Australia.


So I’m heading to GW Glasgow this morning for the launch of Warhammer Age of Sigmar.
The store is running a competition to paint the free Stormcast Eternal that came with last week’s White Dwarf, so I thought what the hell, and entered.
Never had the chance to enter a painting competition before and I’m looking forward to one of my models being on display in GW, after 16 years in he hobby!
I’m quite pleased with how he has turned out overall. I was gonna post WIP shots but I didn’t have much time to paint it this week so had to race through it last night.
Hope you guys like!

I don’t get it why Warhammer 40K universe is more popular then Fantasy battle when it has THIS

Ladys and gentlemen, i present you the scaven DOOMWHEEL (always written in caps). This is essentially a giant weaponised hamster wheel that shoots nuclear-magic-laser beams that are powered by solidified hell energy and instead of a hamster it houses a pack of giant mutant rats (who are likely on fire and cannibalizing each other while running). Can you imagine something more METAL?

This is the face of defeat. I mean that in the purest, most joyful way possible.

Grand Marshall Erin Westwood spent a week negotiating, fighting, and trying her best to do what was right for her country. The banner she was protecting, with only a scattered 10 left to defend it, flanked the field to try and find safety. She - well, I - looked around and realised that was it, we were done. We weren’t going to win the battle. We had lost a weeks worth of effort and planning due to failed communication, betrayal, and our faction leader trusting the wrong people.

I mean, out of character, it was a great moment. It dawned on me slowly, cruelly, that we had lost, and with a bout of hysterical laughter I realised that I really didn’t give a shit any more. I’d been up since 4:30 AM hiking to the top of the mountain to watch the sun rise with the person I like most in the world. I’d woken up my men with a drum, eaten breakfast with them, marched into battle and fought beside them. As our lines crumbled and we flocked with our terrified bannermen to a corner I paused, laughing, and turned to Mic, my friend and a photographer at Swordcraft, and bowed.

It’s all I could do, really. It was a bit of a meta moment I guess - Erin herself is a bit of a performer: she’s vaguely sociopathic and likes to put on a bit of a show for everyone, thus the public drinking, yelling, etc. At this moment the performance was over, she’d done it, we’d lost, and it was a damn good show. 

Sometimes, in the moment, I forget that LARP is a performance, we’re all actors, and even though some of us are portraying complete characters who feel like real people, they’re not. They’re just an aspect of ourselves we’re willing to play up in order to play out a scene. 

This is the most amazing, in-character photo anyone has ever taken of me/ Erin. Thank you @theprohobby so much for capturing such a memorable defeat.