Community Spotlight: Border Reivers, Victorian Dredd & Covenanter

May 22, 2024 by brennon

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Come and join us for another delve into the Projects to find the best of the best from the last week or so. We're going to be getting stuck into lots of great-looking miniature wargaming painting and hobbying this week...


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Border Reivers by liammck1745

We start off this week with a look at what liammck1745 has been up to. Border Reivers is one of those games that has managed to worm its way into a whole bunch of hobbyist's minds and it's great to see that the miniatures from Flags Of War and some nice terrain is coming together for their collection.

Border Reivers #3 by Liammck1745

One of the main portions of this project is the painting of the Border Reivers themselves. They have come together using a bunch of speed paints and more, giving them a quick coat of paint and making them pop on the tabletop. I think liammck1745 has done a great job on the paint schemes here, even at this work-in-progress stage. The touch of blue helps to draw the eye and give them some character. Blackadder even makes an appearance in the project.

liammck1745 has also done a great job on some terrain which is going to be used to set the scene for these Border Reivers clashes. This has been designed to match a farm which seems the perfect place for a bit of poaching on the borders of Britain.

Border Reivers #1 by Liammck1745

Make sure to check out more of the terrain pictures over on the project as there are some nice shots of the terrain in action alongside some The Silver Bayonet miniatures. You can get inside some of the bigger buildings which is neat.

Border Reivers #2 by Liammck1745

As well as working on the members of the Border Reivers family for use in some family clashes, the idea is that the farm will also be expanded. There are plans for for more houses and also some enclosures for the farm animals. That will be coming during TerrainFest so there is some planning ahead involved!


Victorian Dredd by denzien

Next up, we have a bit of a twist on the classic hobby project. denzien has been a big fan of the board game, Judge Dredd but also likes themselves a bit of history too. With that in mind, moving from the Georgian period denzien is now taking on the Victorian era. The classic board game by Ian Livingstone is getting a Jack The Ripper twist.

Victorian Dredd #1 by denzien

It also seems apt that the game takes place in the town of Nottingham which seems like quite the den of scum and villainy (I jest)! The last game (seen above) went down well with their colleagues who work in the museum industry and this game is going to be going down the same route. The idea is that you'll get to engage with a bit of history whilst also having a bit of fun at the same time.  The last game is going to be getting a bit of an update!

Victorian Dredd #2 by denzien

The list of criminals and their criminal activity are taken from the actual crimes of the time. It will also be based on the actual city once again with a map of Nottingham being used as research for the board. I do like some of the crimes that have popped up on the cards so far. A bit of drunk and disorderly is on the cards!

Victorian Dredd #3 by denzien

There are some brilliant bits of history included as part of the project as well as some ideas of how the game might unfold. It would be fun to have the cards and such available to download separately so if we wanted to give this a go, we could dive in and give it a shot! I thought this was particularly enlightening from denzien...

"However, I've added Wife Wounding to this. For example, one man was sent to Australia for seven years for stealing eight pence and another man slit his wife's neck open with a razor and got just three months (she got better) indicating that money is more important than people (obviously)."

Learning and gaming at the same time? Sounds like a good mix to me!


Scots Covenanters by elessar2590

Last but not least, we're looking back to the time of the English Civil War and some Pike & Shotte battles using the Epic rules from Warlord Games. The focus here by elessar2590 is on some of the Scots Covenanters that were released by Warlord Games last year.

Scots Scots Covenanters #2 by elessar2590

This was a Christmas project that trailed off (as the best projects do) and it is going to be finished before the middle of the year so that the army can be used on the tabletop. The Scots Covenanters are front and centre with some wonderful little flags as you can see. The idea is that the armies that are finished will be perfect for those particular battles, especially with the Montrose box in the mix as well.

Scots Scots Covenanters #3 by elessar2590

What's quite nice about the project is that this is a bit of a learning experience much like the project above. elessar2590 didn't know that much about the period but with some reading and the help of a friend, they are working through these kits and doing some top-notch work on painting these miniatures up. As elessar2590 says, "It's a great example of historical wargaming driving historical knowledge".

The army as a whole is looking superb at this point and I think it looks very, very impressive when you get all of those pikes up in the air. There is a real sense of grandeur about armies like these in this scale when they are all arrayed together.

Scots Scots Covenanters #1 by elessar2590

What's nice is that elessar2590 has been working on more and more including an attempt at tartan! This is a fantastic set of miniatures and it just goes to show what you can achieve if you crack out some of those older projects and get them back onto the tabletop.

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Every week we’re absolutely blown away by the incredible topics that are put into the Projects, it’s getting more difficult to choose Community Spotlights! We love your work and we hope to see a lot more of it in the future!

If you fancy getting your hobby fingers out and showing off your newest paint job, terrain piece or even greatest gaming achievement, we want to know about it! We don’t mind if you’re a newcomer to painting or a veteran of the brush, everything you do inspires us to create more and more content together!

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