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About the Project

This project is for The Silver Bayonet. A game that combines gothic horror with Napoleonics. I will chronicle this project as I paint though my miniature collection and display new models I find and buy.

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A Grotesque of Ghouls - pt 02 - The Toddler.

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Hi everyone,

A short post today.  I finished the ghoul toddler today.  The painting is the same as the previous ghouls, but I tried taking the pictures under a different light source and the colour version is a slightly different.  I am a terrible photographer.

A Grotesque of Ghouls - pt 02 - The Toddler.
A Grotesque of Ghouls - pt 02 - The Toddler.

I also finished converting my French Guard.  I made into a professional vampire hunter – with a hammer and stake, crossbow and neck-armour!

The stake came out a little too thick, but I did not notice until after I attached it. I also wanted a fancy crossbow for the hunter, so I took a Dark Elf crossbow and tried to make it look a little less elfy.

A Grotesque of Ghouls - pt 02 - The Toddler.
A Grotesque of Ghouls - pt 02 - The Toddler.

Next week I will be posting some extra profiles for the werwolves, so stay tuned for that.

As always stay safe and have fun.

NR

A Grotesque of Ghouls - pt 01 - A Test Run.

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I have finally started to paint up my monsters.  I started with the ghouls because I have play-tested them a lot and I have currently moved on to different monsters.  This way, I have all the time I need to focus on these handsome fellows.

Since I am a very lazy person at heart, I wanted to find the easiest way to get these done.  So I went with Reaper’s Master Paint Series.

These are the ghouls from Other world Miniatures.These are the ghouls from Other world Miniatures.
A true Lloyd shot.A true Lloyd shot.

Reaper Miniatures sell these paints in sets of three and are usually themed according to subject – in this case ghouls.  They cost around 10 sterling for a blister pack of three paints.  You can also buy them as single bottles.

The initial test result was appropriate but very dull!

Therefore I decided to shade with violets and purples  to shake things up a bit.

A Grotesque of Ghouls - pt 01 - A Test Run.
A Grotesque of Ghouls - pt 01 - A Test Run.

Below is a picture of the big Grendel model with the base colour of the ghouls to the left, and to the right a ghoul at the final stage.

You can see how the violets and purples change the body colour landscape dramatically.

A Grotesque of Ghouls - pt 01 - A Test Run.

That’s all for now.  I will continue to paint more ghouls for the time being, but I am working on other stuff that I will post up soon.

Until then, have fun and stay safe.

NR

Los Cachorros Oscuros

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Hi everyone,

Today I would like to present an expansion on the Dark Wolf profile. I only added an alpha to the pack and a dire wolf, but it is amazing to me how much of a difference it makes.  I find that the games I have played are more tense and desperate for it. A caveat, as always, is that I have only played solo games.  I have yet to try these (as well as the other profiles) in normal adversary games.

The first two pictures are of my unfinished wolves with primer and a first coat of paint.  The second shows the size increase of the species.

My Dark Wolf pack from Reaper, Monolith Games, and Gamezone Miniatures.My Dark Wolf pack from Reaper, Monolith Games, and Gamezone Miniatures.
Los Cachorros Oscuros

The first up are the alpha dark wolves.  These bad boys have an extra point of melee and  two points of health.  A small upgrade but significant enough to make them stand out. You can only ever have up to two alphas in a game (consider them alphas from different packs).

Los Cachorros Oscuros

Next up are the Dire Wolves.  I envision these wolves as semi-sentient and extremely evil creatures that hunger for human flesh.  They are also frequently confused for werewolves or shape-changers.

I gave them two points on melee and four points on health on the standard dark wolf profile, in order to make them truly fearsome opponents.  I increased their courage to +1 to reflect their semi-sentient and aggressive nature.  Since they are so huge, I gave them the ‘Large’ attribute to counteract their speed.

You can only ever have one or two dire wolves, preferably only one.  I have used two in a three part campaign, where the heroes do not know that there is a second dire wolf.  Consider the campaign story similiar to the man-eating lions of Tsavo!

Los Cachorros Oscuros

Last, but definitely not least, are the common dark wolves.  These remain exactly the same as the core rulebook.

Los Cachorros Oscuros

Once again, I hope you try these out in your games and I if you have any improvements – please let me know.

Until next time, stay safe and have fun.

NR

A Hall of Heroes - Part 5 - The Silver Bayonet Assemble!

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Hi everyone,

I just finished up painting the original crew of my French Bayonet Team.  I really enjoyed the experience, and spending time on one miniature instead of six at a time was a nice change of pace. I want to start painting up some hostiles in in order to mix thing up a bit.

A Hall of Heroes - Part 5 - The Silver Bayonet Assemble!

The last model of the team was my Mama Voodoo, the group’s occultist.  I also diverted slightly from the original painted job.  I wanted all the models to have some Prussian Blue to tie them together.

Nonetheless, I am going to add some Swiss, Italians and Polish to the team in the future – just to add more colour and diversification.

Mama Voodoo ready to take on the supernatural.Mama Voodoo ready to take on the supernatural.
A Hall of Heroes - Part 5 - The Silver Bayonet Assemble!

Foe next week I want to post some more profiles and I will start work on the Ghouls.

Until then stay safe and have fun.

NR

A Hall of Heroes - Part 4

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Hi everyone,

Today I have two more minis from my French Team.  These are the Vivandiere and the Supernatural Investigator.

I left the Supernatural Investigator with the same colours as the artwork, but with the Vivandiere, I decided to divert slightly and make her a bit more colourful.

A Hall of Heroes - Part 4
A Hall of Heroes - Part 4

All I have left now, from the original Northstar miniature French Team, is the Occultist.  Hopeful I will find time to finish her off this week as well.

Until then have fun and stay safe.

NR

Devoradores de Muertos

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Hi everyone,

Today I would like to present another ‘expansion’ the the bestiary profiles in the game.  This time I have expanded the ghoul’s profile and added a new monster as well.

 

Eaters of the DeadEaters of the Dead

The first up are the Ghoul King and the Ghoul Leader.  The nature of these creature’s entries are the same, they just have better profile states and the Ghoul King has Very Strong attribute instead of only Strong attribute. The Ghoul King model is the Grendel miniature from the Otherworld Miniature range.  It is currently on sale and selling at 50%. Grendel was an eater of men, so I thought he would fit the role nicely.

You can only ever have only one Ghoul King and Ghoul Leader anytime in a game.

Next up is the Ghoul Toddler.  This little brat of a ghoul is more of a nuisance than a menace, unless you put him in a nursery and he ends up eating the other children. To reflect this I took away the Strong attribute and gave it the Irritant attribute.  I also reduced the power level of the Ghoul profile.

Devoradores de Muertos

Last but not least, is a new character I named the Herald.  This is a rat-man like individual who goes into towns and villages searching for freshly buried individuals for his Ghoul King master with his enhanced sense of smell.

When cornered he calls upon swarms of rats to come and cover his escape by harassing his assailants. I have also added profiles for the Herald and his rat swarms in the attached PDFs.

Devoradores de Muertos

I hope you find this interesting and give them a try.  I found that they add a lot to the game.  The best way to use the Ghoul King, in my opinion, is in a 3 scenario campaign where he shows up in the last scenario.

In the next post I will have more painted miniatures. Until then play on and stay safe.

NR

A Hall of Heroes - Part 3

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Hi everyone,

I finished off two more members of my Silver Bayonet team, between work and games.

They are the Grenadier and the Sapper of the French team.  I painted them up in the same style as the others – i.e. using a stippling technique.  I think the gritty look it produces suits the mood of the background.

A Hall of Heroes - Part 3
A Hall of Heroes - Part 3

That’s all for today.  I will try to find the time to post up more diversifying profiles like the cultists of the previous post.

Until then,

NR

El Culto a los Gringos Satánicos

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Hi everyone,

I would like to present some extra profiles for scenarios in games of TSB.  After playing a lot of solo games during the Xmas shutdown, I wanted to increase the stakes and diversity of the monsters available.

Today I am presenting my cultists which I have used to good and interesting effect.  I have not finalized any scenario just yet, but anyone can use them as is in their own scenarios.  Below I have two PDF’s with the profiles and a new weapon.

The CultThe Cult

The first up are the leaders – the Magos and the Magos Acolyte.  You can only have one of each in a scenario at any time.  So if the Magos is in the game and dies, you cannot bring in another Magos.

The Magos and the Magos Acolyte both have access to spells, with a few modifications.  The Manipulate spell allows a cultist to reroll one die during its turn.

The Magos Cult Leader also has the attribute Skinshift.  This attribute allows the Magos to become a possessed figure.

Next up are Cult Bodyguard and Cult Assassin.  These are the fighting arm of the Cult. Like the leaders, you can only ever have one the them in the game.

The Cult Bodyguard has a +2 to its Melee stat and a modified attribute ‘Hard to Put Down‘.  Once per game (after the Bodyguard has been hit), when calculating the amount of damage the Bodyguard receives, you may force the enemy to reroll  the Power or Skill die causing the damage.

The Cult Assassin has a +1 to its Melee and Accuracy as well as the attributes ‘Master of Cover‘, and ‘Nimble‘.  They also have a new weapon – a throwing knife (see the PDF).

The last entry is the Cult Priest.  They are basically higher level Cultists normally from the upper classes of society or with higher education.  Their profiles are the same, but they gain the attribute ‘Medic’. They can be distinguished by more elaborate robes. You can only ever have up to two Cult Priests in a game.

The last are the cultists as presented in the main rulebook.  These are the riff-raff, brainwashed fools who think they are the righteous warriors of the apocalypse.

I have only played solo games until now; but I find that introducing the Bodyguard, the Assassin and the Priests into the game via the clue markers makes for better play.

The Magos and the Magos Acolyte I like to place directly onto the table near their sacrificial altar or summoning circle.

I hope you find this quick article interesting and helpful.  I will be posting more of these profiles for Werewolves, Ghouls and Vampires.  I just need to play a few more games before posting the profiles.

Have fun!

NR

A Hall of Heroes - Part 2 - Capitan Louis D'Arlock.

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Hi everyone,

I had some free time this week and I have been working on several projects, one was TSB – currently my favourite game.  I have played the solo scenarios numerous times and I have come to the conclusion that I prefer TSB with solo or co-op formats.

So the next figure I painted up was my brave and determined leader – Capitan D’Arlock. He is named after the lead in an animated series I used to watch when I was a kid. I actually have two more leaders, but today it’s D’Arlocks time in the spotlight.

A Hall of Heroes - Part 2 - Capitan Louis D'Arlock.
A Hall of Heroes - Part 2 - Capitan Louis D'Arlock.
A Hall of Heroes - Part 2 - Capitan Louis D'Arlock.

I also did some work on some conversions  for my Silver Bayonet team.  These include another Grenadier and a mounted Hussar.  I could not find a suitable dismounted hussar version, but with the help of some knowledgeable community members I think I have found a solution – you know who you are ! (OK, OK Sribbs and Avernos!)

With all my conversions for TSB – I wanted to add some character and make them slightly ahistoric. So with the Hussar I added a simple crucifix as well as on on the horse.  The grenadier took some more work. He looked slightly smaller compared to the Northstar minis, so I ’embiggered’ him and gave him a holy symbol/weapon. Over-the-top yes, but cool certainly.

A Hall of Heroes - Part 2 - Capitan Louis D'Arlock.
A Hall of Heroes - Part 2 - Capitan Louis D'Arlock.

My next post will be slightly different.  After playing so many games in such a short time, I have started to add stuff to the game to make it more difficult and challenging for my brave and desperate heroes.

Until then, keep rolling those dice.

NR

A Hall of Heroes - Part 1

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Hi everyone,

So I started to paint up and convert my French team first, simply because I like the models a bit more than the rest.

I started out first with my favorite – the veteran hunter straight out of the movie Brotherhood of the Wolf. The next model was the cuirassier.

I decided to do extra work on these figures, because I like the game theme so much and also because after painting a whole army, it was nice to take my time with these models. I also decided to go with the colour schemes presented on the sight.  This did away with research and allowed me to simply enjoy the painting process.

A Hall of Heroes - Part 1
A Hall of Heroes - Part 1

I also did some light conversion work on another cavalry model.  These are French Dragoons, for anyone who does not know, and they happen to be one of my all time favorite troop types in the Napoleonic era.

French Dragoons were a bit of a jack of all trades and could operate as heavy cavalry, light cavalry, skirmishers as well as infantry.  In this instance I wanted this dragoon to be another heavy cavalryman, but the problem was that they did not were a breast plate.

To get around this, I went the ahistorical route and decided to give him an armoured arm from a Perry miniatures knight and a shield from a very old GW sprue.

The figure is presented here in its mounted and unmounted forms.

A Hall of Heroes - Part 1
A Hall of Heroes - Part 1

Next up are the officer and Grenadier, but that will be maybe sometime next week.

Happy holidays and stay safe.

NR

My Reaper Miniatures.

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Like the title says.  The Reaper minis have finally arrived and I have opened them up and I am going to catalogue this here as part of my journey into TSB.  I have also finally received the book along with the three teams – and I am slowly putting things together and going through the rules.

So I bought a selection of vampires, werewolves, an ogre and coffins and I took several pictures of them in their blister packs with their info, just in case someone is interested in buying them as well.

I got the ogre as a gift from my seller on Ebay.fr, since I am a regular.  I think it would look good as a troll. The coffins I will use for terrain.

Group shot.Group shot.

Getting right to it, first up are the vampires.  Since I am going for a Hammer Horror feel in a Spanish environment, I bought these classical looking vampires. I think they suit the feel well.  I bought the vampire holding the girl from Ebay.fr, and it came without the blister.

Next up are the werewolves.  I have to admit they are all good looking wolves, and they all would make excellent alpha-werewolves, but I am a bit concerned about the scale.

I am gravitating towards the metal one.  It has that Lycan look from the movie Underworld. It also has more or less the right proportions. The only problem is that you don’t find werewolves with that kind of head.  I hate to say it, but this is a one of a kind model.

The gray one is nice but rather large – the ogre-sized type of werewolf one finds in fantasy undead armies.

I want more than one werewolf, and the others need to be slightly smaller so I can represent one alpha and his pack. I will have to look around a bit more and see what else is on the market.

The white plastic werewolf is also very nice. The only problem it has in my opinion, is that its head is a bit narrow.  Other than that it is fine.

The image gallery below shows a scale comparison to one of the veteran hunters.  Which one do you think fits the best?

Last but not least is the vampire hunter.  The model is very finely sculpted and not as bulky as the Northstar miniature figures, but I still think he fits in well enough.  The detail of the face is very hard to pick out.  Hopefully it will look better after priming and painting.

That is it for now.  I have ordered two miniatures from Lucid Eye Miniatures for TSB as well.  They have a 25% Black Friday discount at the moment, so I thought it was a good time to grab a deal.

I wont be posting the miniature teams from Northstar, as I am sure everyone who is interested in TSB already has seen them or owns them.

So until my next post, take care and play on.

NR

 

My First Miniatures

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When I saw this new game from Joseph A. McCullough, I knew before even reading through any article that I was jumping into it head first and for a very deep dive.

I have never played Frostgrave or Rangers of Shadow Deep, and I did buy Stargrave, but the background story did not create any interest – it was not my cup of tea (I actually prefer Rogue Stars from Osprey).

The theme of The Silver Bayonet (from now on to be referred to as TSB) was something I was already invested in.  I love Napoleonics and gothic horror is one of my preferred genres. The movies Captian Kronos, Brotherhood of the Wolf and the Brothers Grimm are all fan favourites of mine. The project picture is from the movie Necromancer (2020) and is also gothic horror set in the Napoleonic era.  It is a slow burn but worth the watch in my opinion.

As the astute reader can tell from the title of the project, the setting will be within the Peninsular campaign for the time being.  Later on I will expand it into the French and Hungarian arenas.

I have recently received the first miniatures I have ordered for TSB.  I bought the early bird offer from Northstar miniatures, that is the book and the three teams – as well as figures from several online sellers but they have not arrived yet.

I also have some miniatures from my own collection which I will post as I start to paint them up. I hope this blog will help get more hobbyists into the game.

The miniatures that have arrived are from Heresy Miniatures.  They are truly lovely miniatures, they have that old school feel that I love so much. If I were to venture a criticism, I would say there is a slight problem with the fit of the joints. Other than that, they are worth every penny I spent on them.

All the minis I bought from Heresy Miniatures.All the minis I bought from Heresy Miniatures.

The ghouls are definitely my favourite.  I have rarely seen ghouls that were so well sculpted – especially the Ghoul King.  I also find the ghoul children very disturbing, thus perfect for gothic horror.

Next up are the maggot men.  I wanted these firstly because they are spectacular and secondly it gives me the opportunity to design my own monsters.  I was thinking of designing them off the ghouls. Maybe slower but with poisonous bites? We’ll see. They did have a bit of flash and do need some serious clean-up.

You can’t have Napoleonic gothic horror without vampires, so I got two.  The first is the vamp standing proudly and defiantly.  He comes with 3 head choices.  I went with the most monstrous head because I wanted to show him in the process of changing into the second vampire I bought.  This vampire has fully changed into a man-bat creature.  I envision this transformation as a combat form.

Witches, cultists a demon are next.  I know there are cultists, but I am not sure if there are any witches? My book has not arrived yet! Whatever the case, I will make her fit in.  You can get the witch with or without the caldron.

If you have ever seen Ghostbusters, then you know were the doggie comes from. You should also understand why I could not resist getting it.  I will be using this as my demon.  The cast does suffer from fitting issues and the cast had several airbubbles, but nothing serious.

The last mini is a priest holding up a cross and holding a mace.  This is a quaint little figure and since the French team from Northstar does not have a religious figure, I think he will fit in well.

And that is all.  The next post I will show some of my Reaper Miniatures for TSB.  I also have a little preview. Until then – adieu.

NR

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