Monday, 26 January 2015

Aepycamelus cast!

Here are my Aepycamelus, now cast, and standing a lofty 60mm or so tall..  When I have time, I need to make reins and harness, and sculpt some riders.  This will not be an easy task; I am to sculpting as Morokanth are to hitch-hiking.  

Friday, 23 January 2015

Chits of War

I've just added what I call "Chits of War" to the BigRedBatShop.  These are intended as an alternative to using playing cards in a game of To the Strongest!, and are likely to appeal to those who don't like the look of cards on a table or who are gaming on smaller grids, perhaps with 15mm minis.  I used them in a game last night and I am very taken with them- I'll certainly use them myself in games that will be photographed for this blog.

These chits have been cut from 2mm MDF. The activation chits are designed to be drawn from a cup or small pot and used in exactly the same manner as playing cards are in a game of To the Strongest! The ammunition markers have a dinky little arrow on them, and the playing card-shaped chits are perfect for stratagems.  The set includes a total of 143 chits:

  • 80 TtS! activation chits numbered from 1-10
  • 13 TtS! playing card court card chits for use as stratagem cards
  • 50 TtS! ammunition markers

The full set can be purchased for £9.99 plus shipping from here.

Thursday, 22 January 2015

Cap'n hook

This little chappy is a 28mm oarsman I've been sculpting for a future project. The head is a temporary one borrowed from an Aventine mini. The plan is to make a simple oarsman in a tunic who can take a range of different heads, and who can crew barges, rowing boats and galleys. 

He is the first 28mm human I've sculpted from scratch, and I am coming to appreciate that I'm going to need more magnification to see what I'm doing; my specs just aren't cutting it! I am very happy with the pose, though.

Monday, 19 January 2015


I'm back onto ancients, and am busily basing up minis for a game on Thursday.  In the front of the tray are celts, around half of whom are freshly painted by Nick Speller, and the remainder veterans undergoing rebasing.  Behind them are some stunning Polybian Roman cavalry from Shaun (Redzed), and at the back some of his Late Romans that I didn't get around to tufting, before Christmas.  Busy, busy, busy!

In other news, I have just added a Viking list to the Medieval booklet in the "To the Strongest!" catalog, and revised the English Kingdom list. 

Thursday, 15 January 2015

Slow sculpting

Last night I finished some aepycamelus greens, for a long-delayed fantasy project.

The aepycamelus is an extinct llama-like creature.  These are a lofty 65mm tall.

Below are the greens; I started these almost 10 years ago, and last worked on them back in 2009!

Wednesday, 14 January 2015

World's Strongest

Plans for the first ever "To the Strongest Tournament!"proceed apace, and I'm just starting to think about the loan armies I'll be bringing along for anyone who needs to borrow one.  I am minded to paint and base the last couple of units I need to base to be able to field this army:

We still have 2 places left for the tournament - if you are free on Saturday 7th Feb and can get to the Oxford area, please drop me a line at the address on the left and I'll book you in!  

Monday, 12 January 2015

Sable Clan

These are mate Ian Notter's Sable Clan.  The Sables ride and herd Sable antelopes across the plains of Prax, and are pro-Lunar, so we often use them as allies for a Lunar army. There is a lot of work in this army; Ian needed to drill and mount each horn onto each antelope, which I gather was neither a quick nor an easy job.  

Above are the bulk of the tribesmen. We treat the closer-formation cavalry as lancers, and the others as bow and javelin-armed skirmishers.  Below is a close-up of the Khan.

The Shaman, above, is summoning spirits, and the giant blue sable below represents the tribe's founder, who may return in time of extreme need, along with spirits.

Above is a view of their camp and a herd. There's a lot of detail in these- have a look at the sable children play-fighting, below, and the woman with papoose on the left.

I do hope you have enjoyed these.  In a few days I will post some photos of some of the small independent Praxian tribes.