I decided to clear out my Warhamster stuff and have been listing items on eBay along with the Kallistra 12mm fantasy and the Courier magazine. These items are up until Monday next (Oz time, Sunday night US time, goodness knows when Hawaii time).
There are also some Warrior 15mm ACW figures and some CinC 1/285 Japanese tanks.
Whilst chatting in the comments to the Burmese with Arsenus Lupenus it occurred to me that the big Burmese elephant with a crew reminiscent in numbers to a large McDonald’s outlet looked as much a piece of fantasy fiction as it did an historical miniature. I then started to think of what I could use it for in a Hordes of the Things army.
What conjured the images of elephants?
Tarzan movies certainly. I recall whenever one of the natives was about to be crushed by an elephant a look of absolute fear would come into his eyes and he would scream out the word “tondo!” which I took meant, when translated from Swahili to English, “bugger, I am about the be crushed by an elephant”!
The other word I remember from the Tarzan movies was “oong-gow-ah!” normally spoken firmly by Tarzan himself as he jumped in front of a herd of charging elephants whilst pointing to the right which I took meant, “‘ere, you lot, bugger off that way!”
Amusing certainly but not really HotTish around elephants. I mean, I could do a jungle themed HotT but I would need to add hunters, Tarzan, natives and so on. I wanted something elephantish.
The 1954 movie Elephant Walk then came to mind. It starred Elizabeth Taylor, Peter Finch and some other blokes and was set in Sri Lanka before Sri Lanka was Sri Lanka and whilst it was still British Ceylon. The tagline was “one man claimed the land. Two men claimed the woman who lived there.” So, the typical love story – he loves her, she loves the other bloke and the other bloke is bowling from both ends! It wasn’t the love story or the heat, passion and jungle that was interesting for me but rather that, as I remembered, the elephants seemed to have it in for Elizabeth.
Hmm, today it is Angry Birds, in 1954 it’s Angry Elephants. Now we are starting to get more HotTish.
Of course, if you are thinking about a movie called Elephant Walk, your mind is going to remember that piece of music called Baby Elephant Walk from Henry Mancini in 1962 movie Hatari ((or you mind turns to that if you are older than 45 I guess)). Click the link and listen to it.
Like a blinding flash of light the HotT Elephant Walk army came to mind. It is a 15mm army ((although if wealthy and built like an Olympic weightlifter you could do it in 28mm and if you do it in 6mm then use 2mm for the dwarf elephants))and looks something like:
1 x Behemoth (the Irregular Burmese elephant illustrated – also look at Chariot Miniatures or Outpost)
1 x Hero or Paladin (any Asia elephant with a bloke sitting under an umbrella – elephant should be a white elephant ((sorry, devil made me say it that way but I really mean a white elephant))
1 x Artillery (the elephant with the artillery on its back – Irregular makes one of these)
1 x Lurker (6mm elephants on a base – sigh – “dwarf elephants” living in the jungle)
2 x Knights (elephants with a howdah and a bloke with a pike, amongst others – like a Greek Successor type) – elephants with a bit of punch)
2 x Riders (elephants with archers on board – elephants with a bit of sting)
2 x Beasts (riderless elephants that simply run amok)
A good mobile army, a bit restricted by bad terrain but the appearance of it on the other side of the table will likely cause a good degree of consternation in your opponent, leastwise once they get over the oh’s and ah’s as everyone loves a Nellie on the table.
It has been a few years since I have built or painted any HotT armies but I am tempted to do this one just for the fun of it. If anyone does build it, let me know and send me picture please.
I was walking around one of the local shopping malls yesterday. It is not a big mall but it does have a few figure shops in it. The figure shops tend to concentrate on Anime and Manga type figurines in various scales up to about 1/12th. In the window were these brilliant little ships.
I immediately started thinking about possible uses for them and different wargame rules currently available. I thought I would go in and ask the ever-helpful shop assistant for some assistance with little beauties. The conversation went something like:
Ever-helpful shop assistant: Can I help you sir?
Thomo the Lost: Yes, I’m interested in those ships in the front window.
Ever-helpful shop assistant: Oh, they’re not for sale sir.
Thomo the Lost: OK, no problem, can you order some in and how much do they cost?
Ever-helpful shop assistant: Oh, they’re not for sale sir!
Thomo the Lost: OK, I understand that. Can you order them in though?
Ever-helpful shop assistant: No, they are only for display sir.
Thomo the Lost: Can you tell me who makes them then.
Ever-helpful shop assistant: No sir, they are just of display.
Thomo the Lost: OK, thanks very much for your help.
I walked out after that.
Can anyone read Japanese or can tell me some more about these little beauties?
So whilst I wandered around looking for some technology I stopped into the Battle Bunker in Funan Mall in Singapore.
It just so happened that they had a copy of Games Workshop’s Dreadfleet. I was very fond of the old Man o’ War game many years ago and Wal and I had a few good games of that in the deep dark days of the early 1990s. I’ve really missed that game for a few years now and whilst I have not really read any reviews of Dreadfleet I thought I’d lash out the $199.00 Singapore that was being asked for it. The models certainly looked very nice and let’s face it, Games Workshop are not known for producing complicated rules.
Next step will be reading the rules, assembling the models and painting them. I’m actually looking forward to that task and will report progress.
Spartan Games have released a game called Uncharted Seas. Their website (linked above) provides details of the rules and the models. It is fantasy naval wargaming almost of a galley nature. As in all things fantasy, the actual industrialisation of everything is kind of a mix.
I loved Games Workshop’s Man ‘o’ War – great rules and really fun little vessels and I kind of regret not keeping my copy of all that stuff before I went off overseas. However, looking at the Uncharted Seas from Spartan Games, I may have found something that almost lets me consider fantasy naval wargames again (as compared to say, Victorian Science Fiction naval games which is a whole different genre).
Uncharted Seas is played at a nominal scale of 1/600th (about 2mm size).
There is a gallery showing some nice pictures of this sort of stuff in between pictures of other wargame figures on the Spartan Games Gallery Page.
Now, if I can just find someone who has played them and can give me a good unbiased overview of them, I may be tempted to part with some “readies” next pay day.