Monday, 17 February 2020

Reaper Miniatures Swamp Troll

Where has the year gone? Its mid-February and it just seems like time is flying!

I've been trying to paint here and there when I have a spare moment. This beasty is a Reaper Bones Swamp Troll that I desperately needed to get painted for an upcoming adventure for my RPG group.

Most of the painting was achieved by using a grey spray base coat and then inking it in a Citadel green ink. From there, some highlights and picking out the details pretty much achieved the look I was after.

The base still needs a little work but it is pretty much finished. Its a very flexible miniature, so I used Army Painter Soft Tone on it to lock in the paint. The Army Painter dip also leaves the miniature with a wet sheen that you normally have to use their mat spray on afterwards. However I haven't done that on this miniature in order to have the look and feel that this thing has just climbed out of the mud and slime of a stinking bog.

Can't wait to see the faces of the role playing group when I slap this bad boy on the table. Should be priceless :)

Thursday, 23 January 2020


And ugly big ones at that!

My role playing group is currently experiencing a rat infestation. Recently the wizards tower they are staying in was overrun with the blighters. Fortunately for them we ran out of time for me to send in the really big guns (seen here) so they dodged a proverbial bullet.

One of the PC's did get their leg severed however and only just managed to receive enough TLC to keep them from dying. Close call.

Reaper Miniatures metal ratmen

Zombicide Rat-thing that I'm calling a Rat Troll

Anyway, this mob will be making a future appearance when the PC's least want them too. Life is short in my role playing games...

Sunday, 12 January 2020

Nolzur's Marvelous D&D Goblins for role-playing

Nolzur's Marvelous unpainted D&D Miniatures

I recently switch our role playing group over to using a Grim Dark D20 rule system after having been inspired by Professor Dungeon Master on his excellent DungeonCraft YouTube channel. The players are enjoying the result and the game is moving in a far more fluid fashion. Instead of playing our entire monthly gaming session fighting a single combat we are now able to move the story forward and the game is pacing very well now. Battles are swift and deadly.

This brings me to Goblins!

Every fantasy role playing game needs at least two types of baddies. Skeletons and goblins.

I have a stack of different types of goblins. But one sub-species that I had not purchased to date were the "Pathfinder" style of goblin. I originally hated this design of critter. However over the years they have grown on me. So recently, being on leave over the Christmas / New Year break, I decided to purchase a bunch and paint them up. These are the Nolzur's Marvelous D&D Goblins. They are cheap and come base coated but otherwise unpainted.

Inspired by Professor Dungeon Master I am going to borrow his idea that this underground species doesn't have ready access to smelting and metalwork. As such their weapons and jewelry are all made from bone. This is why their wicked weapons look the colour that they do.

Given that our game is using a bespoke D20 mechanic, I have adjusted the D&D stats for these goblins to fit in with our Grim Dark setting. Again, Professor Dungeon Master has been very helpful guide here is thinking about how to adjust baddies to fit such a setting. You can see these stats below at the end of this post..


+1 to INT and WIS rolls.

Defence: 12
Armour: 1 point (light leather)
Hit Points: 3

Weapons              Bonus to hit        Damage (average)
Large Dagger               -                  1d6 (3-4)
Small Bow                   -                  1d6 (3-4)

Special traits

  • Has Advantage when sneaking, stalking or attempting to hide in darkness.
  • Has Disadvantage on all actions when in bright light such as sunlight.
  • Two-weapon fighting, Goblins carrying a weapon in both hands can attack twice per combat round. This second attack is in their off-hand and is at a -2 to hit.

Sunday, 5 January 2020

Randalph the Red Nosed Reindeer

Randalph, first of the red-nosed reindeer

Meet Randalph (not Randolph) the villain behind the growing spate of Christmas present thefts across the frozen Northern Frontier and the subject of the near future adventure for my role playing group.

This miniature is a 28mm Frostgrave model

Randalph is the older cousin to Rudolph and was the first of the Santa Clauses reindeer to display the glowing red nose gene. His bullying by the other reindeer drove him to resent Santa Clause, whom he blames for not having passed legislation across Santa's Christmas realm to pull the other reindeer into line by imprisoning anyone who was mean to him.

When Santa Clause refused to pass such drastic legislation, Randalph accused Santa Clause of being RedNosedReindeeraphobic and fled into the Wastes surrounding the Christmas realm (also known as the Chaos Wastes). There he swore vengeance upon Santa Clause, his reindeer and all things Christmas. There within the frozen Chaos Waste, Randalph's hatred mutated him into the parody of a reindeer he is today.

Now Randalph is back. He simply cannot stand to see others enjoy Christmas and so has hatched a plan to destroy Christmas. Together with the "Christmas Holiday Gremlins" he has gathered around him, he has been systematically stealing presents on Christmas Eve in the attempt to ruin Santa Clauses reputation across the Northern Frontier.

But rumor has it that Santa Clause has recently hired an adventuring company to keep watch this Christmas Eve in order to ensure his deliveries remain delivered.

Wednesday, 1 January 2020

Reaper Christmas Gremlins


Reaper Miniatures Gremlins

These little blighters are Gremlins from Reaper Miniatures. I've painted them up in Christmas colours as they will be part of a Christmas themed scenario for my role playing group. Late, I know, but as we meet once a month to play they had to finish the scenario they were currently going through before this one can be played out.

The big dude with the antlers I'll discuss in a future post.

We are playing a grim dark D20 style game so these critters have stats that match that setting. I can share them here as my role playing group doesn't read my blog, fortunately.


Defense - 14                                Long Dagger - +0 to hit, 1D6 damage (aver. 4, 5), type = Puncturing
Armour - 1 point soft leather      Claws (x2) - +0 to hit, 1D3 damage (av. 3, 4), type = Slashing
Hit Points - 2

Physical - +0 (STR, CON, DEX)
Mental - +1 (INT, WIS, CHA)

Magic (+4 to cast)
Magic Missile

* Gremlins attack in groups, half will go invisible while the other half will use their Magic Missile in the first round of combat.
* Invisible Gremlins will sneak up on their opponents and attempt to back stab them while the other Gremlins, after casting Magic Missile, will go Invisible in the second round of combat.
* Gremlins engaged in melee combat will then be supported by other Gremlins who will use their Frostbite to attack and slow down their opponents.

Sunday, 29 December 2019

Reaper miniatures Orcs

These lads are all from Reaper Miniatures. The one on the right I have shown off in a previous post. However after leaving them half painted for nearly a year now I finally decided to finish off the rest. So here they are.

Being from the Reaper Bones line, I varied the standard sword orc model by carefully cutting the hands off the mini's, then positioning them so that the weapons were at different angles. I varied the battleaxe models by positioning the ax heads. This provided enough variety to the models to make them distinct enough from each other on the table.

I still need to do some tidying up with them, painting the eyes and applying blood stains to the weapons. But, after a year, they can finally hit the table. These guys will predominantly be used for role playing, but will also make a nice berserker unit for Dragon Rampant or Kings of War.

Tuesday, 24 December 2019

May you have a blessed, safe and very Merry Christmas

Isaiah 7:14 New International Version
14 Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.

Luke 2:1-20 New International Version

The Birth of Jesus

In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. (This was the first census that took place while[a] Quirinius was governor of Syria.) And everyone went to their own town to register.
So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.
And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Saviour has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. 12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”
13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
14 “Glory to God in the highest heaven,
    and on earth peace to those on whom his favour rests.”
15 When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”
16 So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. 17 When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, 18 and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. 19 But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. 20 The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.

I wish you a very Merry Christmas. God bless!