We had thought Peter was also bringing his Cultists, but he had been working his socks off in secret and had enlisted the help of an enormous number of gamers and modellers around the world including Tammy ofTears of Envy, Jakob Nielsen, Kari and Mikko from Spiky Rat Pack, Migs, Hammer and Northern, Stefan from FPOA, Bruticus, KrautScientist of Eternal Hunt, and so many others - even Jon Flindall's fiancée - that I'm bound to have forgotten someone until Peter sends me a list through. They had all sent NPCs and inhabitants of the Arkke to take part in the game and harry our gangs. However, not only were these miniatures to be used on our game - they were also being donated as a gift to John himself as a thanks for the years of inspiration and vision that John's provided. It was incredible - not only as a gesture, but also in the fact that so many people had been beavering away all over the world in secret on such a cool project, and giving us the process of seeing so many radically different painting and modelling styles on one table simultaneously. It was pretty humbling, really, but felt like a thoroughly appropriate gesture of thanks to John's generosity, warmth and humour.
Anyway, moving on to some photos: to begin, I'll show some quick photos of everyone's gangs and some detail shots of some miniatures before moving on later to a couple of other posts outlining the events of the game and some other parts of the day (including everyone's donated miniatures):
Neil's Mouldii Wapps.
Hephestus, Mordekei and Lod beneath the boughs of the Yggdrassilum.
Jon's Cult of the True Journey.
(I'll have to confess, I didn't get many good shots of JB's gang yesterday, so John sent me these this afternoon; a shame not to have a group shot on the Arkke from this month, but plenty of action shots later).
And for some individual shots, here is some excellent Blanchitsu: the first is a Wyrd based on the ever popular Cairn Wraith miniature. I love this version, the ivory robes are a real beauty. The following two are members of John's gang. The skull detailing on the visor is amazing, and I love the addition of the reliquary on the drill-wielder's stomach.
The following are Jon Flindall's: again, another miniature based on the Cairn Wraith. I think this might be one of my favourites - and I think the first I've seen with legs! The chain-blade oar is a particularly lovely 40k touch. It's a stunning miniature this. The second I really like as it's so simple: I think it's a simple head-swap conversion, but the pose, the components, the painting - all so excellent that they really make this chap stand out. The Dark Vengeance cultists are a convertor's dream, really.
Also present, although not taking part in the game was this stunner - a great conversion by John Blanche. Regardless of the dystopian nature of 40k, too often gamers like their female miniatures to be both attractive and exceed in combat - John's instead decided to build some real old hags, of which this is a sneak peak. Her mouldy furs and checkerboard patterned bodysuit are real JB trademarks - but the wires down the side of her head are so skilfully executed. I love this model.
Right - tonnes more to follow later on. Hopefully this evening, but the sun's shining for the first time in six month's in London, so I need to head outside - pray I don't crumble to dust.