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(Lead) Mountain Musings - "Warlord Games” August 2023


"I never before got into a fight like this. I thought everything was going on well."

With my interest in 10mm World War Two wargaming finally coming to an end, at least until I play another instalment of my "Battle Of The Bulge" campaign, I thought I'd focus on a slightly larger scale for the coming month by completing my initial Confederate Army for Epic Battles Black Powder. I've rather frustratingly been trying to finish these 15mm plastic Johnny Reb soldiers by "Warlord Games" since they first appeared on the cover of "Wargames Illustrated" over eighteen months ago, But frankly, the time they take me to paint all their tiny, super-fiddly details soon becomes soul-destroying if I'm not too careful.


Happily though, my enthusiasm for the American Civil War range has been buoyed by the project's finishing line being very much being in plain sight. I only have twenty of a Florida-based company left to complete, and many of the troopers have already received a lick of paint here and there. In addition, the force's sole cannon crew isn't that far behind being ready for some varnish either, having been started approximately a year ago. Admittedly, because I've split my ten-stand sprue up into two different regiments I do fancy adding a second (straw-hatted) lieutenant colonel to my force, as well as an extra artillery battery. However, I'll only see to these once my core army is done and dusted.

"This plastic has got unique properties, Mister McDermott. Allow me to demonstrate."

With so many eye-wateringly small figures in my sights, I thought I'd compliment this plan by pigmenting some significantly easier 28mm sculpts, and resultantly have already 'nailed' three more metal models by “Black Tree Design", Available from the manufacturer's "Doctor Who" range as DW1013 - Autons boxed set, these classic monsters were undercoated in "Vallejo" Heavy Blue and shaded with plenty of "Citadel" Drakehnof Nightshade.


I then dry-brushed the trio with (more) "Vallejo" Heavy Blue, before 'picking out' their belt-buckles and hand-gun barrels using a combination of "Vallejo" Gunmetal and "Citadel" Nuln Oil. The extra-terrestrials' hands and featureless faces were treated to a couple of coats of "Vallejo" Heavy Skintone, and subsequently washed with some watered-down "Citadel" Reikland Fleshshade. Lastly, their fingers, ears, nose, mouth and eye ridges were 'highlighted' with some additional thin lines of "Vallejo" Heavy Skintone.

July 2023 - "Warlord Games" returns to the Top Five table after a few months away

Encouragingly, my hobby productivity is definitely back on the rise, courtesy of a number of British and German tanks by "Pendraken Miniatures", as well as a sudden obsession with the Nestene Consciousness from Jon Pertwee's tenure as the travelling Time Lord. Ordinarily, I would find such a mix of genres and sizes distinctly distracting. Yet for some reason, the combination has surprisingly helped motivate me to my second best July since I started recording my output a decade ago.


As to the future, I've already mentioned that I fully expect to at least finish enough "Warlord Games" ACW Epic Battles figures to finally get a low-point game of Black Powder in, and depending on when within the next four weeks those models are completed, I could actually be tempted into doing even more units. I also haven't quite shaken my "Doctor Who" itch, so I expect to crowbar a few more "Black Tree Design" monsters into my painting queue as well...

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wsd50
Aug 06, 2023

Well those 13mm ACW Reb's looks wonderful ranked up mate, and your Auton's are also a pretty awe inspiring sight., I can just see them bursting out of a shop window!


Cheers Roger.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Aug 06, 2023
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Cheers Roger. I've got another stand of Straw Hats two-thirds finished, and that'll be it for the Reb infantry for the time being, as I give my two regiments a cannon & commander each. Then I want to do an overall general for the force.


The BTD Autons are a lot of fun to paint. Simple sculpts but ones which capture the terror of the living plastic shop window dummies.

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Dai Dead
Dai Dead
Aug 02, 2023

Stirring sight those CSA fellows! Really like that first pic.


The Dr Who baddies are freaky and they were equally freaky in the Eccleston iterations. Good stuff.


Glad your hobby is back on track for the year!

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Aug 02, 2023
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Thanks Dai. Very much appreciated. More ACW to come as I've got the bug for the little 15mm Rebs currently. LOL!!!


Hopefully, I'll be able to get the BTD Dr Who stuff back on the table soon, with some "Xenos Rampant" BatReps.

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undercoat2670
Aug 02, 2023

Well, the opening picture is awesome! Those minis look absolutely splendid! I really really like that image. Your decision to paint a rag tag force with variations in their kit has paid off. Brilliant!!


The Autons look great too all grouped together, another fantastic image. I am not surprised you are keeping with the Dr Who theme as I suspect you have quite a few models in your collection.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Aug 02, 2023
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Cheers Undercoat. I find such photographs really can help bump up my mojo for a hobby project. I've been cracking on with the Straw Hats already, so hope to get their second stand finished soon.


Lots of BTD Dr Who figures to come. I've got the bug somewhat bad for them currently. But as I've said before, they are proving a nice contrast to the tiny ACW figs.

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wargamesterrainworkshop
wargamesterrainworkshop
Aug 02, 2023

Hope the plan for the ACW models works out for you, and you can get this small army finished off. The Autons look great all massed together, have you got any other old Who odels that you are looking at finishing as well ?

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Aug 02, 2023
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Thanks Dave. I've still got quite a bit of enthusiasm left for the Epic Confederates currently, so they should finally get finished. Plus I think a cannon or two will be a very different painting proposition to the infantry strips.


I've tons of BTD Dr Who figures, and loads of Warlord Games' recently abandoned range too. So there's plenty more to come - I'm finding the somewhat simple BTD sculpts a great contrast to the fiddly 15mm ACW too.

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