Sunday, February 2, 2014

15mm Imperial Roman Racing Chariots & 40K Recognition Priest (53 points)


Here is a small morsel to hopefully distract the Challengers a bit longer while I scramble to get the 'Heroes' theme round completed today:

I often have the pleasure to host our local gaming group's weekly get-togethers which is always a lot of fun. This past year we've been creating various campaign environments for the periods that we like to play. For example, we keep track of the fates our various teams of occult investigators in Strange Aeons, we're also in the midst of running a Formula One racing season for Formula De and we log our flight missions for Wings of War. All of these are pretty simple games which makes it pretty easy for us to dig out our rosters and pick up where we had last left off. This is great as it gives our games a bit of wider context and it's always fun to get reacquainted with old characters and see how they fair on their next adventure.

This week we started a new one, a chariot racing campaign using Charioteer by Two Hour Wargames. The game is a complete blast, allowing players to keep track of their teams as they progress from the fringe of the Empire to the 'Big Show': the Circus Maximus itself. On top of enhancing the skills for the charioteers and horse teams there is also bidding, gambling, auctions and assorted dirty tricks you can undertake to help give your team the edge. The games are very fast playing and typically quite nasty. In short it's a boat load of fun.


Ed Teixeira, the owner of Two Hour Wargames and the creator of Charioteer, also sells these great little chariot models in retina-searing bright plastic to use as markers in the game. I'd say their scale is between 15-20mm. They're one piece castings which makes them almost indestructible - a good thing for our booze-fuelled gaming nights. While the detail is a bit dodgy in a few spots they nonetheless provide a great sense of movement which I think is pretty darn cool.


While the models are perfectly fine to use on their own, I thought it would be fun to base them up and paint them to pimp out our game a bit more. So here are the first four chariots done up in the primary team colours. I have another four that I will do up as duplicates in case the guys want to bring in more than one team or we have more folks in for a game.




Scoring these is a bit challenging. While they are a vehicle with a team of horses and a driver they are still a single blob of plastic. So I'm going to be a bit conservative and place them at 12 points each. With this being the case these four teams will give me 48 points. 

On a final note, I noticed yesterday that the blog had achieved 40,000 hits during the month of January. I know that's not much in relation to the leviathans of the blogging world (Fran? Ray?), but it's an all-time high for my little corner of the nerdiverse.  It also tells me how much the Challenge is beginning to reach out to other hobbyists - which is fabulous. So to mark both the number and the quasi-achievement I thought I'd quickly do up this 40K figure: a hard-as-nails warrior priest, a prophet of the God-Emperor of the Imperium of Man (aka: A self-righteous psychotic loon with a chainsaw).  



Back when I used to play 40K, I had a Redemptionist squad that rolled out as part of my Inquisitorial retinue. I sold almost all of those models years ago but I kept back a few unpainted castings of my favourite sculpts (and have added some more since then from various extortionist eBay auctions). 




Anyway, I had a couple of these in the Lead Reserve, so while I was working on this guy I was thinking that I'd do the other one without the book, skulls and chainsword, perhaps replacing them with a simple walking staff and pistol. I think he would make a great post-apocalyptic survivor for my 'Metro' collection. Hmm, something for another day perhaps...

22 comments:

  1. Really like the chariots - excellent pimping of lurid plastic.

    The Imperium priests were some of my favourite GW sculpts. You're right that they would make great post-apoc loons with just a little conversion.

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  2. Great chariots mate - I love a good racing game. I'll check Charioteer out.

    PS You aren't the only ones who log all your games :-)

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  3. Curt - great work on these chariots and the warrior priest.

    As for the huge increase in page views, well, I suspect if you take a close look that there is a peak in the hours leading up to the bonus round being posted as everyone hits the F5 button every few minutes.

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  4. Excellent painting on the chariots but your Redemptionist is simply fabulous.

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  5. Such a transformation on those bright pieces of Plastic. Totally excellent.

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  6. Charioteer sounds like the perfect beer & skittles wargame! You've done wonders with the fluoro counters, too.

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  7. Those chariots are excellent. Enjoy the circus.
    Cheers

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  8. Curt
    Wow - when we played with these on Friday night I wouldn't have guessed what they started out as! Great stuff - although I'm a little disappointed that you didn't have playmobil chariots.

    And I hope you got to bed - my brewer says you posted this at 3:48 am!

    Cheers
    PD

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  9. Love those chariots... Great idea to pimp the game.

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  10. The chariots look great. So much more fun to play with characterful pieces. I'm surprised you'd want anything to do with a circus at present though. Surely dealing with us lot for three months is enough of a circus for anyone?!?

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    1. Oh dear, how remiss of me. Congrats on the 40K too sir. Every single one well deserved.

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  11. Great painting all around Curt! And congratulations n the 40K… although I would say this blog deserves at least ten times as many!

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  12. Love this entry - amazing stuff all around!

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  13. All amazing stuff. That GW piece is a work of art. Every priest should have a chainsaw.

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    1. Thanks Mike, I think you'd look pretty spiffing sporting a chainsword. It would be quite slimming...

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  14. I've never played charioteer, but am a big fan of THW. Machinas, the wasteland car racing game is based on Charioteer. That 40K priest is great, I love the detail on the book.

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    1. Ah, I'm a part of the indegogo campaign for Machinas. It looks very cool and if it uses many of the same mechanics as Charioteer then the play will be fast and furious.

      Thanks for your comment!

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  15. Excellent work Curt, the 40K is a good acheivement

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