A number of my crew at the Hamilton Road Gaming Group and my family have taken a serious look at a game called "Kings of War", a fantasy large unit table-top game. My son, Rob, scoured his house and came up with a dwarf army. Daughter Katie put together an Elven army and has already developed a "grudge match" with our friend Tyler and his Salamanders. My wife is putting together an army for the Basileans based on Arthurian mythology. Since I had a Warhammer Fantasy Battle Empire army gathering dust in the garage, it was a simple matter of changing their identity to an army for the Kings of Men with pikes, firearms, cannon, and heavy "gendarme" cavalry. I have an idea for another army... but I'm keeping that to myself for now.
So painting is underway. My wife (and my daughter both) purchased a two-pack of ballistae from WizKids at a local shop. Cast resin models, they're affordable, available, and pre-primed. My wife permitted me to paint her two... and I'm rather pleased.
|Beth's bolt throwers crewed by some scrounged Ral Partha classics.|
|The models lend themselves to an easy paint. The "lump" above the bold is a skull which I covered |
with Elmer's glue to turn it into a fixture or something like it.
I never did understand the Warhammer fixation on skulls.
|The crews are vaguely Viking or Saxon, but they work out well.|
|A little minor surgery on the kneeling figure removed the bow and permitted him to better turn the windlass.|
On other fronts, as it were...
|A plastic dinosaur from the dollar store takes in the view from the front window.|
Oddly enough, my daughter's cat, Pangur Ban has adopted this toy or acquired it by right of eminent domain
and she wrestles with it.
|The kitten had never seen snow either. Of course, she won't step in it.|
|The kitty has also absconded with a green army man.|
We haven't figured out where she found that thing yet.
|A while back, we played Kings of War at the Games Group and I set up Bear with a barbarian/Chaos style Kings of Men|
army including this beast that has a ballista in the howdah. I liked the model so I filled the tower with loose figures.
|Really old Minifig castings of WWI German light machine guns. I think they'll end up in my Finnish WWII army.|
|Andy and I have been playing a good bit of Battlefront WWII (Flames of War's older brother).|
Here are two German ATG's that lie in wait for the advancing Soviet armour.
Since they were had to spot, I held my fire until the T-34's were "in my eyes."
|Soviet Russian ATG emplaced and waiting for the advance of the Germans. These guns didn't wait quite as long.|
This gun and the one in the photo above are part of Andy's collection.
|A Soviet Maxim gun from Plastic Soldier Company in 15mm.|
Nice figures at a decent price although they are a bit "fiddly" to assemble.