Thursday, 31 December 2015

The Tally of 2015

So that was 2015, and this is the update to "Project: Micawber"...

I'm looking for an image of Old Father Time...
But as a Terminator...
Holding some kind of melon!

"Annual leadpile twenty orcs, annual painting nineteen orcs nineteen goblins and a snotling, result: stagnation.
Annual leadpile twenty orcs, annual painting twenty orcs nought and a snotling, result: progress."

Wednesday, 30 December 2015

First Step into a Larger World

Not that step, maybe.

After a brief exchange in a previous post, and an Amazon voucher for £25 sitting on my desk: I found myself ordering the XWing core set... which thanks to Prime, arrived that day and I could read the rules last night (then I found the rules are posted on FFG's site for anyone to read!).

New Year's Honours List

End of the year. Time to do my Lead Taxes.

I don't know if 'inspired' is the right word, but General Stylus's Project Micawber post last year certainly stayed with me. 'Haunted', that's the word I'm looking for.

In brief, the idea was to make sure you painted more than you acquired over the year. Let's look at the figures.

(by which I mean the numbers, not the actual models, even though that would be more interesting)

Tuesday, 29 December 2015

The True Meaning of WoffBoot

"What is a WoffBoot?" - the question asked on the very first post on this blog (I'm sure you were all reading it back then). In brief, it's the phonetic pronunciation of WFBT - an acronym for 'Warhammer Fantasy Battle Tournament'.

The technical word for this is a vocologue - that is, a word shortened to an acronym, then lengthened to a word (such as 'okay', 'emcee' and 'deejay'). If you're interested in such things, there's lots more on the Haggard Hawks etymology blog.

Stay awake, there may be a test later.

And that's the way we've been for the last four years. Until I recently got thinking: not anymore we're not.

Monday, 28 December 2015

Mural's Avengers II

A new addition to the Family Stylus means only thing: more superheroes on the nursery walls!

Skottie Young's Iron Man
Ted Hughes ain't no thing.

Last time, I managed four characters. This time, only one. This is not due to any deficiency in affection for the prospective newcomer, but painting walls in June (16 hours of natural light) is a lot easier than painting them in December (16 minutes of natural light).

If junior stays in there long enough, I might be able to squeeze out another before the big day - although I am now running out of wall space.

Sunday, 27 December 2015

All Fyrd Up

It's been a whistlestop December, but we have one last stop before the annual review: The Anglo Saxons!

Freeman's Catalogue, 872AD

PROPER Anglo-Saxons, that is. Not the BBC's cack-handed adaptation of an historical tour-de-force. (I mean come on - ITV did a cracking job on Sharpe. Where was the electric guitar intro?)

Saturday, 26 December 2015

Christmas Leftovers

Christmas is over, so let's pick at this carcass for a few days more.

The state of my turkey by Day 3
Time for the leftovers!

Friday, 25 December 2015

Festive Cheers!

Don't worry, this is an automated post. At the time of publishing, I am scrabbling to find some AA batteries for a Thomas the Tank Engine, at a speed that will not satisfy a Christmas-infused toddler.


But it seemed a good time to rebase a mythic jolly figure with a long white beard and a generous spirit!

Thursday, 24 December 2015

Proxy Baby Jesus

We did it! Well done everyone, for allowing all this time to pass. 

Wednesday, 23 December 2015

In Dulce Jubilo, You've Failed Your Saving Thow

See, this is why I don't let Admiral Ackbar decorate my kitchen.

Tuesday, 22 December 2015

Lufgt Huron Carol

Tenuous title, this. I'm not sure how many people have heard the classic French Canadian Huron Carol, which starts

'Twas in the moon of winter-time
When all the birds had fled,
That mighty Gitchi Manitou
Sent angel choirs instead;

Monday, 21 December 2015

I Saw Three Hulks Come Warping In

And what was in their cargo holds?

Genestealers. It's always genestealers. 

Sunday, 20 December 2015

Hark the Heretic Angels Sing

If you've been both naughty and nice during the year, does Santa bring you half a present?

Saturday, 19 December 2015

The True Story of Christmas

O Chestmas Tree, O Chestmas Tree
How lovely are thy claspses

Friday, 18 December 2015

Baby, It's Cold Inside

Day 18 - and we continue with our evening of Dwarf King's Quest

For his birthday, Gavin's getting Type II Diabetes

This continues from the same session as Mission 2 - we had time for a re-rack and heading on the next stage. Mission 3: 'Restless Guardian' (which was about a banshee, not a broadsheet newspaper).

Thursday, 17 December 2015

A-Waywatcher In A Manger

As we creak open another chest, please be assured that my takeover of this Advent will be short-lived, and Kraken's getting back the reins soon.

Pro tip: when you search for 'big chest' on Google, keep the Family Filter on.

But for now... Waywatchers!

Wednesday, 16 December 2015

Shepherds Watched Their Flocks (With Silver Bullets)

Day 16 and our advent brings us ... werewolves?

A clockwork orange at the bottom of your stocking.

Were there wolves in the Nativity? I'm guessing they were implied. After all, the shepherds weren't just watching their flocks because they had a thing about gazing at sheep in the moonlight (this, after all, was Judea, not the Rhondda).

Tuesday, 15 December 2015

Gory, Gory Hallelujah!

Only nine more bludgeoning days until Christmas!

You know, that tattoo should really be on a dead man's chest...

Behind Chest #15, we return those stalwarts of the Nativity: the livestock!

The mutated, bloodthirsty, Chaos-worshipping livestock, for sure. Doesn't everyone's school play go that way?

Monday, 14 December 2015

Jingle Bells, Dead Troll Smells

Day 14 - and I race downstairs to eat the advent calender choccie before anyone else can get there.

Never fear - we're still doing the chest thing.

I, Stylus, am getting in on Kraken's advent blogging - so ding dong merrily, let's have some more Dungeon Saga!

Sunday, 13 December 2015

O Plastic Town of Bethlehem

Yes! The Advent Madness is still upon me! Pray that these bonds hold me to the chair, and flee while you can!

Saturday, 12 December 2015

Deep and Crisp and Even

Chest number... what day is it today? The twelfth? Okay, number twelve!

Friday, 11 December 2015

Walking in a Dungeon Wonderland

Advent Chest time! Something a little more meaty tonight...

A Meat Locker!

Thursday, 10 December 2015

All I Want for Christmas is my Lower Jaw

There was a plum pudding in our Advent Calendar today. I nearly just copied that, but it wasn't quite grimdark enough.

Wednesday, 9 December 2015

Bowels of Trolly

Done all your Christmas shopping yet? 

Tuesday, 8 December 2015

As with Badness Men of Old

Onwards to the inevitable!

Monday, 7 December 2015

Return of the King

The relentless march of Advent continues!

Pa rumpa pum pum

Sunday, 6 December 2015

What the Hell-y and the Ivy

What's in today's box?

It should have been doors, really, shouldn't it? Dungeon doors. Ah well, too late now.

Saturday, 5 December 2015

We Wish You a Bunch of Dead Guys

Fifth Box!

Thanks to our unwitting sponsor in Advent Fun, Atlantic Collectibles Ebay Store!

Friday, 4 December 2015

We Three Dwarves

Box number four! What's inside?

Thursday, 3 December 2015

Three French Haunts

Advent continues!

Wednesday, 2 December 2015

Tuesday, 1 December 2015

Spirit of Christmas

Festive Season! Let's have a Woffvent Calendar. I shall post something every day - after all, if GW can do it, I can. Now excuse me while I step out for a moment to grow fat on a diet of the tears of addicted nerds.

What's in box number one?