Saturday, 28 May 2011

Things and stuff

Well, May has almost departed us and hardly has my paintbrush touched paint in the last 6 weeks or so, such have been the demands of what I laughingly refer to as 'real life'.

Here is a little teaser for what will be coming up over the next few weeks (I hope) - actually it's an old WIP shot of my much-talked-about but rarely seen Colonel Hammond-Mustard, who also doubles as one of my Ruritanian officers.

He's one of the leaders in my GASLIGHT force that I'm slowly assembling; which brings me on to the new GASLIGHT Compendium - I'm hoping to get it as soon as the hard copy is out; the PDF is already available from many a reputable online retailer.

I have managed to find another unit I can add to my forces - either pro- or anti-British, I'm not sure yet. But I managed to pick up a game called "Impact" (in fact I got the expansion, "Impact - Battle for Wolf Ridge" as well) from a local charity shop. It's a funny game, there are various spring loaded weapons in the sets, and missile fire is resolved by actually firing little rubber-tipped bullets and knocking your opponents' models over; hand-to-hand is handled similarly to chess or draughts or something. But never mind, it's the figures I was after.

Within, as well as about 15 humans and some robots, armed with futuristic weaponry, there were also about 20 dino-lizardy types, mostly with weird rifles. The humans will no doubt see service for my sci-fi gaming, but the lizards might make a nice substitute for the ubiquitous Kroot Parrotmen of Cytheria that everyone seems to be doing.

There are about 15 Lizardmen similar to this, including a couple with smaller weapons. Also included in the Lizardman force were 4 larger more dino-like models with shoulder-mounted 'missile launcer' type heavy weapons, very odd affairs that seem to be made out of some kind of animal. Whether I use them as enemies or allies (perhaps Venusian Lizardmen Sepoys, for instance), or both, is yet to be decided. They may even be found on Atlantis, I suppose. I might even be able to do an entire Atlantean engagement, Lizardmen v. Morlocks, that would be fun.

Seen here with an Ironclad Brit for scale, they seem to be fine (size-wise at least). Maybe some repainting might be in order, but frankly as I'm rubbish at painting perhaps I shouldn't bother.


  1. Well, exactly. It's always there, bubbling in the back of my mind, even when I'm on Venus or Atlantis, or indeed in the far reaches of space.

    As far as I know, Ruritania has no bipedal Lizards with guns, though. What it does have is some infantry desperately in need of painting...

  2. Hmm perhaps you have not had an exploration of the vast caverns in the hills of Ruritania? Who knows what lost civilizations might decayed there???

  3. This is a very interesting point. Who knows what is to be found under the Ruritanian hills (the Ruritaenerberg)? Oh, to have umlauts, but then again where would Kolonel Kartoffeln-ohne-Umlaut be if I did?

    Thinking about other games I know and play, I seem to recall that there's a Cthulhu-cult connection to the hills near Plzen/Pilsen, just over the Ruritanian border with Bohemia. Maybe there's a connection there? Perhaps they commune with the ancient race of saurians in the deep caverns of the hills that make up the border?

    I think I have yet another project now, luckily I've started making some underground terrain for my fantasy gaming, perhaps I can presss some of it into service for Ruritanian explorations of the caverns too...