I had hoped to post this a little earlier in the week to coincide with the 30th Anniversary of the phenomena that is Fighting Fantasy! I've said before on various forums (fora?) that Heroquest was my entry drug - I take that back as I was adventuring and killing Orcs and other monsters in the pages of these game books way before that huge box of Dungeony goodness appeared under the Christmas tree. Having said that, I am rather enjoying playing a Heroquest Game book, The Tyrant's Tomb, at the moment. Might have to revisit The Fellowship of Four next...
On the 27th August, 1982, Messrs Livingstone and Jackson released the first Fighting Fantasy book, The Warlock Of Firetop Mountain. Some six or seven years later, a somewhat younger version of myself gazed up in wonder at the startling cover of Island of the Lizard King, in a lovely little bookshop in Grasmere, whilst on holiday.Having persuaded my parents to buy it for me (Cheers Mum and Dad) I was hooked and a new holiday ritual of buying a Fighting Fantasy book from that little shop was born - much like my Dr Who Target novel habit that was satisfied by a little shop in Cornall when we holidayed there!
Not only that but I was overjoyed to find that our local library had a large collection of those distinctive green-spined adventures. I have very clear memories of reading Battleblade Warrior in class when I was in Junior 3 (Year 5) and thinking that this was far too much fun for school!
They had loads of them and kept me going for ages - another memory that's popped up is trying to read Khare, Cityport of Traps with eyes streaming with tears because our local swimming pool had over chlorinated the water. Little did I know that I had been introduced to the artwork of the twisted and brilliant mind of Mr. J Blanche...
The whole thing seems to have been a wonderful success and I gather that the first print run has sold out, not to mention the mobile apps and other strange technological versions of the book on offer. Here's to a few more new books coming out, Steve Jackson getting back on board and another trip back to Allansia!
Right, down to the nitty gritty now. Orc's Drift is behind me for now and the Magnificent Sven beckons. The Summer holidays are drawing to a close and I've spent far too much on Ebay. All in all a good time to take stock of my various armies and projects as time and money are about to get a little tighter...
I've gone through my collection, photographed it in its unpainted/pre-stripped glory and made lists as to what I really need to finish off various units. This is a bit of an addendum to the Army lists I posted a while back as a fair few little, and not so little, packages have been tumbling through my letterbox.
I haven't included the Orcs I painted up for Orc's Drift, unless they figure into some other WIP unit.
In no particular order we have:
Goblin chariots - 1 Marauder MM33 Goblin chariot, 1 Marauder MB6 Orc chariot with archer, 1 Citadel Goblin chariot with shaman, 1 Goblin Battle chariot (Machineries of Destruction, 1 Goblin King's chariot, Parts from another Goblin King's chariot to build another chariot for Grom and Niblitz. Pretty much done with these but would love to get the other Battle chariot from the Machineries of Destruction box set.
10 90's Marauder Goblin Wolf Riders - don't like, and never have, the plastic wolves these chaps came with so I'm after some nicer metal ones. The Citadel ones are a bit small - any suggestions?
15 80's Citadel/Marauder Wolf riders - just need one more rider...
8 Marauder Boarboys (think a Citadel rider has sneaked in here!) armed with bows. Might round this unit of to 10 if I see any bargains. These will be fielded as Grunta's.
10 Citadel Boarboys - complete and will be fielded as Snorta's
Grom's Goblin Guard - later edition. Could do with a few more troopers here...
30 Goblin archers - a mix of the plastic ones from the Regiments box set and a few lead ones for variety. Also got 3 very old school and lovely fanatics. Done!
40 Goblin warriors with spears and hand weapons, and three of my favourite fanatics - complete.
They will all be based on the large scenic bases shown here. For some reason I went with 50mm bases originally - a bit big, but I quite like the look.
Squig herder and 3 squigs - and a little Tyranid squig hiding there too! From the new wave of Night Goblins but these guys have been in my collection for ages and I couldn't get rid of them.
Eeza Ugezod's Black Orc Mothercrushers - a must have as a buffer between other units of squabbling Orcs suffering from animosity! Could do with a few more troopers yet for them to form up in one of their famour "Juggernaut Columns".
The Mighty Ugezod's Death Commando - long lost half cousin? Need a few more personalities to finish these guys off.
Trolls! Would be nice to round this set off with the Hill and Marsh Trolls but we'll have to see...
Also pictured is a Marauder shaman on Gigantic Spider and a Citadel Orc shaman - this chap was apparently mounted but I don't remember getting a boar with him? I'm sure I picked him up at Games Day 92 or whichever year it was I went to.
Two later 90's Stone Throwers - the one on the left is from my original collection (with original paint job!), while the one on the right was a bargain for a few quid on ebay. A few random crew members and a suitably posed Orc villager later and we have another operational war machine.
Marauder Orc Regiment command group - had these guys for a long time from a swap with a mate - can't remember why I never got the troopers. The standard bearer used to be my Army standard so I owe it to them to muster some more troopers and resurrect this unit.
Golgfag's Ogre Mercenaries - almost done with these but I should really get on and paint the champion and remaining trooper. Mind you I could do with one more trooper to round the numbers off to a nice neat 8...
Scabbies! sorry about the pic by the way - still struggling with an old crappy camera. Got a mixture of preslotta and slotta here. I'd love to have a small unit of Bushwacker skirmishers and a larger unit of warriors. I do like the mounted guy who makes a nice little Contingent commander. Mudat's Half Orc Mercenaries would also be a nice addition...
Throgg's Despoiling Hobgoblins - nearly there with this lot. three more troopers would be good...
Hobgoblin archers - would like 10 eventually but shame there weren't many different sculpts produced. The TSR Hobgoblin archer might make a nice champion.
Ally Morrison's Hobgoblins - used this set as a basis for the unit but still need a few to complete the set. The ranks have been bolstered by various other C series Hobgobs. Lurking behind are two Rocket crews :)
4 Hobhound handlers and 13 hounds - would like another 3 hounds eventually...
Oriental Ogre and Ogre Mercenary - another set I would like more of, bargain dependent!
The Marauder Giant - another from my old collection. He'll probably do me for giants although I do love the older and smaller ranges.
And that folks is it for now - apart from the various other Orc and Savage Orc units I'll be creating from the various tribes from Orc's Drift.
Its been a useful exercise and I'll be posting up a new and more focused Wants list at some point - hope there's been something of interest in it for you lot too!
Next up - Old World Alliance...