I guess my Great Aunt Sally was to blame. It was at her house I saw her son’s Airfix Roman Legionaries standing on parade on the mantlepiece. I was transfixed. I must have been around seven at the time and already had an interest in Romans and Crusaders so to see these toy soldiers was truly wondrous. I managed to persuade my parents to take me to Woolworths the very next day to buy a box. Fifteen shiny new pence later my hobby was started.
Over the next three or four years I bought a hundreds more toy soldiers in a wildly eclectic mix of ranges scales and historical periods till the day of the great fire! I was happily building a trench and fortification system in the garden when the bonfire got out of control. I was sent back to the house and by the time the fire was out the bulk of my army had been reduced to a few pools of melted plastic. Admittedly easier to store and transport but this was a bad day.
That Christmas I received a book that changed everything. The War Game by Charles Grant. Within the pages of this glorious tome were rules for actually playing a game with toy soldiers along with page after page of colour photos of ‘Willie” Seven Years War miniatures. From this point on I started collecting Airfix Napoleonics and started my first attempts at painting. At the time i thought the results were fantastic although looking back now they must have been fairly appalling! A smudge of blue or red for the coats, white pasted on for trousers and a blob of bright pink for the faces and hands. Around this time however three things happened that changed the direction of my hobby; Star Wars, Dungeons and Dragons, and the animated version of Lord of the Rings. From here on A couple of friends and I went on weekly expeditions on the bus to ‘Orc’s Nest’ in Kingston to buy orcs, gelatinous cubes, hobgoblins and of course mighty heroes. At this time the biggest manufacturers were Minifigs, Ral Partha and the ‘new kids on the block’, Citadel. We battled through dungeons, defeated dragons, fought across the deck of Imperial Star Destroyers, saved the Galaxy and brought home vast treasures in Gold and experience points.
A couple of years later we attended ‘Dragonmeet’ at Hammersmith town hall where a fledgling company were demonstrating their new game. A huge war-band of orcs was battling it out against a mighty undead army on a huge table covered with hills, woods, castles and rivers. Warhammer had arrived. Soon vast Armies of Humans, elves and orcs were marching forth from my workbench, now located in the garden shed due to a couple of major accidents with my Humbrol Enamel paints and open bottles of white spirits!
From then till now, with only a few little gaps of no more than six to eight months, it has continued. I have played most of the big games to hit the market in the last 20 years or so. Currently I’m playing a lot of Saga, Infinity, Star Wars X-wing, a bit of Bolt Action with my Japanese, the Highly Imperial Kawasaki Company and an occasional game of WFB or 40k.
I’m now starting to look more and more at Malifaux, I bought the original rules manual and some figures but couldn’t find anyone else at my games club willing to buy into it so they are still gathering dust on the upper shelves of the man cave. But now I’ve decided now that M2e is with us I’ll try again. And if they don’t want to play at the club then I’ll learn on my own and get onto the tournament scene to meet like minded people and get the hang of the game.
So the intention with this blog is to be my journey through the breach. I have done a little research, downloaded and listened to some podcasts and chatted to the very helpful Joel Henry from Malifools. I have ordered the rules manual, fate cards, Ten Thunders Misaki box set, and pre-ordered the Hired Swords box along with the full rule book as and when it comes out. I love the artwork, imagery and background to this game. Wild west, walking dead, magic, and steampunk, what’s not to like? I would have to say though, and this may just be down to the timing of my decision to enter the game but, it does seem that Wyrd are making it rather difficult for me as a new player to get into the game and decide/learn what I need to start etc. I’ll give them the benefit of the doubt though as I guess it is a period of utter chaos at Wyrd Towers at the moment with the transition to Second Edition and secondly I suspect there’s no more than about 15 or so people working there.
So that’s it for this post. Next up will be results of my research into Malifaux; how i decided on the gang to use. Probably some first work in progress shots of at least the bases and some ideas on colour scheme ideas.
I leave you with a few shots of some of the forces/gangs/armies/teams currently in the cabinets in the man cave!
See you next time
repainted Millennium Falcon and X-Wings
Slann Mage Priest and Skink Priest
Black Orc Down my glorious BB team
Aquan fleet from Firestorm Armada
A chaos cultist
Prussian Dystopian wars fleet
Prussian Dystopian Legions troop carrier
Flyers from Dystopian wars
My old Ogre Army
Prussian Tank Dystopian Legions
Some Dutch War of Spanish Succession Troops
Aeronautia Imperialis Eldar fleet
Empire of the Blazing Sun Tank from Dystopian Legions
Nurgle Chaos space marines army
Khador bits from War Machine
Half of the blood bowl pitch ..Not finished
Bit of freehand banner work on a chaos knight
slaan mage from my lizardman army