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PostSubject: Re: On the beach...   Wed 2 Nov 2011 - 7:01

Great use of the GW scenery with beautiful paintjobs. I've been buying more GW scenery lately and your showcasing of them really helps me decide which to buy. (All it Very Happy ) I like those Orclings a lot. Masterful paintjob! Are they Splintered Light minis?
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PostSubject: Re: On the beach...   Wed 2 Nov 2011 - 9:13

Hey guys, thanks a lot (once again!).

luckyjoe, the orclings are not really orclings but Barbarian Orcs. They are from Black Tree Design and can be found here: http://www.blacktreedesign.com/uk/home.php?cat=2329

The reason why I call them orclings in my game is because they're smaller than the rest of my orcs. Originally I had bought them to be savage orcs, thus adding more variation to the warband. I was quite surprised when they got here and were clearly much smaller than I thought.


For scale comparison: GW Orc warrior on the left; Black Tree Design Barbarian Orc in the middle; GW Savage Orc on the right.

Anyway, they were a good purchase as they have quite some character. Mind you, they took nearly half a year to send them to me, so bear that in mind... Sleep

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PostSubject: Re: On the beach...   Wed 2 Nov 2011 - 12:35

Thanks very much. That comparison pic is very helpful.
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PostSubject: Re: On the beach...   Sat 5 Nov 2011 - 12:58

OK, a few more updates - nothing on the painting side of things, though...

I got some toys from eBay this week (a ghost ship, a three-headed snake, a giant spider, a giant scorpio, octopus and a medusa), some of which will be used in the game as monsters for the random encounters. This beach is turning into a dangerous place, indeed.

Three-headed snake:


Giant spider:


Ghost ship (I will need to do a bit of conversion with this one and maybe even repaint it):



Now, I know these aren't wargaming models as such and are made mainly for kids. But so what? They have quite a good share of detail, they are super cheap, very resistant, and storage-wise (a big issue for me at the moment) they are perfect, as I don't need to have them stored in a big army case, unlike metal figures. Smile
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PostSubject: Re: On the beach...   Sat 5 Nov 2011 - 13:10

Oh! Who makes the ghost ship toy? Toy ships are a great resource, who would have thought that 3-5 yr olds were so interested in detailed models?
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PostSubject: Re: On the beach...   Sat 5 Nov 2011 - 18:06

Hey Von Kurst, after some research I've managed to track down the maker: Chap Mei Toys.
Apparently, that ship was called Mirage and was supposed to be a ghost ship.

Here are some pics:

http://www.chapmei-universe.proboards.com/index.cgi?board=all&action=display&thread=17

Mind you, this baby is HUGE and some changes need to be made to make it suit 28mm scale (like replacing the massive ship wheel by a more suitable sized one).

Also, there's a sail missing (I got this from eBay as an used item), but that should be easy to fix.

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PostSubject: Re: On the beach...   Sat 5 Nov 2011 - 19:20

COOL STUFF! There are quite a variety of very useful stuff on the toy market; you've got a nice selection of them. thumbsup
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PostSubject: Re: On the beach...   Sat 5 Nov 2011 - 19:46

Very nice and great finds. We use toys all the time. I especially like the ghost ship but that 3-headed snake would be excellent in a dungeoncrawl, too.
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PostSubject: Re: On the beach...   Sat 5 Nov 2011 - 20:07

Thanks, DeafNala! I've realised that I have an interesting combination of traditional wargaming models, aquarium plants and kid's toys.

I guess it makes me feel less guilty of buying expensive miniatures if I buy cheap toys and plastic plants every now and then! Wink

luckyjoe, some of the plastic toys look great (especially the ones from Schleich, Papo, McFarlane and, as I've recently found, Bullyland and AAA Figures).

The other advantage is that if you have young kids around, you can always let them handle some of the plastic toys so they feel included in the hobby. And this way you reduce the chances of getting terrified every time someone picks up that super expensive and delicate resin dragon that took you a few weeks to paint!. affraid Razz

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PostSubject: Re: On the beach...   Wed 9 Nov 2011 - 17:03

Some more additions to the beach project (still waiting for those damn pirates to arrive...)


A couple of statues (I bought them in the garden centre for £2 each). These can also suit an Asian-theme kind of scenario.


Another kids toys ship (it was half price in Argos, so couldn't say no). Like with the ghost ship, I will do some conversion work and overall painting, but nothing too daunting. I am going to use this one for my human pirates.


A GW miniature for scale comparison.

As for this pirate raft, from Papo Toys, it will be serving my orcs and goblins (and even the dwarfs).


Not scenery related, but linked to the beach saga, here is a shot of the inaugural game we will be playing there:


Goblins VS Dwarfs.




Each warband has to gather a total of 7 tokens and make a run for the ship by the shore. The dwarfs must get 7 brown tokens and the goblins 7 green tokens. There is a total of 14 tokens on the beach (7 brown and 7 green).
There is one hidden token under each set of palm trees, but they have no idea which colour they are. In order to actually get a token, they need to reach the palm trees, roll a D20, check the Random Encounters table which monster(s) they will need to fight (giant spider, a troll, etc.) and only after defeating the monster, they will be able to see which colour the token is.
If the colour is the one they're looking for, great. If not, they can still keep it and the other team will need to steal it from them.
Adding to this, there will be a trapped dwarf and goblin in opposite edges of the board. In case they are rescued, they can be added to the respective warband and join the game.

Anyway, before I get more carried away with this, here are some more tokens I got from eBay. They are originally beads and charms (maps, pirates, weapons, ship wheels, anchors), but are perfect for quest games and treasure hunts.


Last, but not least, yet another character to be wandering around in the jungle. I will be painting the rest of his friends when I get more time...




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PostSubject: Re: On the beach...   Wed 9 Nov 2011 - 17:47

Another cool ship toy! Arrg! Fortunately we just left the Karibbean so I don't NEED any ships...

Looks like you are set for some wonderful games. Please keep posting photos.
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PostSubject: Re: On the beach...   Wed 9 Nov 2011 - 20:09

More great stuff! I especially like the Dwarf warband. Beautiful paintjobs and very characterful minis. The tigerman is very cool looking, also. Excellent thread. I'm enjoying the updates immensely.
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PostSubject: Re: On the beach...   Thu 10 Nov 2011 - 5:21

VERY COOL STUFF! You've got yourself quite a variety of additional gaming thingies. I love the grass skirted Dwarf...going native is not one of those things I normally would associate with the short grumps. The Tiger Guy looks GREAT & fits his surroundings well. VERY WELL DONE! Keep 'em coming. thumbsup
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PostSubject: Re: On the beach...   Thu 10 Nov 2011 - 7:26

That's a cool ship! I want one of them pirat
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PostSubject: Re: On the beach...   Sun 13 Nov 2011 - 13:19

Thanks a lot for the feedback, as always!

I have been a bit on the quiet side with the project (meaning, I have loads of things in preparation phase, but still not ready to show) so no pics this time.

After checking WarbossKurgan's thread on his MusketOrcs (http://boringmordheimforum.forumieren.com/t5893-the-more-than-three-musketorcs) I got myself some 40K orks (and some Ogre bulls) to convert (although I'm not that versatile with green stuff yet) to add to my pirates theme.
I also got some more crocodile-like miniatures so, with time I will have the reptile warband expanded.

One addendum on the Chad Valley pirate ship (the one with black and red sails): a couple of friends came to visit us with their baby. The kid was all over the place, half-destroying the house (as babies usually do!) and when he got to the ship, he played with it for quite a long time, and guess what? It's still intact! I knew the ship was designed for little kids, but I never thought it would make it this time. Well. it did. And the little pirate had the time of his life! Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: On the beach...   Sun 13 Nov 2011 - 13:34

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One addendum on the Chad Valley pirate ship (the one with black and red sails): a couple of friends came to visit us with their baby. The kid was all over the place, half-destroying the house (as babies usually do!) and when he got to the ship, he played with it for quite a long time, and guess what? It's still intact! I knew the ship was designed for little kids, but I never thought it would make it this time. Well. it did. And the little pirate had the time of his life! Very Happy

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That is proof positive of the Ships durability; i.e., if it can stand the attention of a small child, it has a decent chance of standing up to a group of cloddy "adult" gamers...perhaps. Suspect
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PostSubject: Re: On the beach...   Mon 14 Nov 2011 - 15:37

Hey fantastic progress on the beach! Your "what's under that Tree?" game seems like real fun to play I will be adapting something similar soon definitely.

The toy ships really work well, that one from Argos will be finding it's way into my 7 year old sons Christmas Stocking (then mysteriously dis-a peering again a few weeks later when he's not looking)

I must say that Tiger man is Gr-Gr-Gr-Gr-Gr-Gr-GREAT.

I have really enjoyed reading through this plog Surprised
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PostSubject: Re: On the beach...   Tue 15 Nov 2011 - 4:02

JoaoS wrote:
After checking WarbossKurgan's thread on his MusketOrcs (http://boringmordheimforum.forumieren.com/t5893-the-more-than-three-musketorcs) I got myself some 40K orks (and some Ogre bulls) to convert (although I'm not that versatile with green stuff yet) to add to my pirates theme.
Cool! - can't wait to see what you get up to with them. pirat
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PostSubject: Re: On the beach...   Wed 30 Nov 2011 - 13:51

Hey guys, thanks a lot, once more! Yak, I hope your little one enjoys the ship! Smile

As for updates, I have literally nothing... seriously, I've been too busy with other non-little men related matters, so hardly any time to dedicate to my favourite hobby.

That said, I managed to get hold of some Rackham goblin pirates:

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/260724581298?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1438.l2649

Cost me £25 with postage included, so I was quite happy with the purchase. If the scale isn't too big, I might join them with my other GW goblins and a couple more I've ordered off Freebooter.

The collection seems to be expanding, but where the heck is the time to paint all of these?!

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