It’s the Fourth Edition of something, but that doesn’t make it bad

During July I went on vacation, left my home for the better part of a month taking with me only the possessions my family and I could fit into a nineteen-foot recreational vehicle.  We had one compartment for books, and I packed into it Castles & Crusades and StrikeForce, thinking I’d get some work done on each of them.  I didn’t.  I rarely do, in fact, get much work hobby stuff done while relaxing at the beach and spending time with my family.  But it did get my thinking: if I had to choose, what RPG’s and/or wargames would I take with me for a long trip if I could only take a couple?  Say, one each?

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Yeah, red bows, so what?

When I was younger, I picked up a copy of The ‘Eavy Metal Guide to Painting MIniatures at a gaming store in Akron, Ohio.  It was my introduction to painting miniatures, something I wanted to do because I wanted to use them in my D&D campaign.  Shortly thereafter the RPG group went dry, and I got into a new skirmish game that the same people who made the painting guide had created: Mordheim.  Anyways, this was the early ’90’s and GW was still painting goblin bows red.  Why?  Who knows, although they did the same with spear shafts and boltguns, making me think it was a “let’s make it easy to tell what weapons they have on the table” kind of thing.

Anyways, here’s the latest unit for my Orc Warband.  It tooka long time to paint these guys for several reasons.  One, I took a three week vacation away from home and didn’t bring my miniatures.  Second, I was hitting this point that I get into with some projects where it just becomes drudgery.  I sort of need to break through that by just pushing along and getting them done.  Now that I’ve finished them I’m a little more fired up to move onto the end of the project: the warband leader and the Big ‘Uns.  But for fun, I went “old school” and gave the Arrer Boyz red bows.

Orc Arrer Boyz

Orc Arrer Boyz

I also completed an Orc Boar Chariot.  Or rather, I took a Boar Chariot I painted many years ago badly and touched it up.  It doesn’t match the others, but I want a chariot in the warband and don’t want to buy a whole new one.  I won’t bother with pics, since it really isn’t very good at all.

In campaign news, the warband saw some action, going 1-1 against Ogres.  A 300 point warband of ogres only have five in it, by the way, and they hit hard.  In fact even the time I won I was on the ropes.