Monday, September 12, 2016

Time Out!

Getting a bit burned out and need to recharge my batteries.  As a homeschooling family, the fall resumption of class takes a larger than normal toll on my free time.  But don't worry, this old soldier won't be fading away any tome soon, nor will he be leaving any troops behind on the lead pile.

Instead, I'm going to make a push to get enough lead painted to run Castle Meatgrinder live and in the flesh.  Gimme a month or two to catch up, and then regular posting will resume.  In the meantime, I'll still poke around the online-scene and make my regular nuisance of myself.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Chicken Joe!

Ain't this little alien civilian nice?  He's yet another figure.  He was cheap and fun, so he got tossed into the basket of my last fantasy purchase.  He made for a nice palette cleanser after all of this year's fantasy.

Monday, August 29, 2016

It's Wizard Time

Nothing like a pair of bright and colorful wizards to add a little flair to the collection. 

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

A Kind of Dog and Pony Show

What kind of dog and pony show?  The kind without dogs.  These two packhorses are from  They come one each in their adventurer's packs.  As you can tell, I've got two adventurer's packs to paint.  The thief is from that same pack.

Here is a comparison shot of the same figure with two 10mm pack horses from Pendraken. 

And here is a group shot of all of them together.  My plan is to use all four to varying extents.  The 10mm figures look like ponies or maybe even donkeys or mules.  The larger ones are obviously full grown horses.  With this lot I've got a nice little caravan perfect for those longer expeditions to the lost city of Cynidicea.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Hero Time!

In addition to the previously shown mercenaries, players wanting a run through Castle Meatgrinder will have plenty of elves, dwarves, and human heroes of both sexes to choose from.  The painting of these will take a little longer, as I've been painting in groups of two to four at a time, and so we'll take a look at each set as they are completed.
All of these heroes are from's adventurers pack.  You get a dozen figures, plus a pack horse, which you'll see on Wednesday.  The first batch includes four thieves.  From right to left we see a female ranger style scout, a black cloaked bog standard thief, a video-game themed assassin, and a Conan pastiche.  Hey - Conan was the King of Thieves, he counts as one today!

And the back shot, just for completion.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Quick Hit - Last Familiar

The Reaper Bones familiar pack comes with this fun little quetzlcoatl.  He should make a nice little prankster-elf style NPC for the players to interact with.  Probably a wandering monster in the halls.

Monday, August 15, 2016

A Little Something From The Closet

The undead inhabitants of Castle Meatgrinder consist mainly of skeletons from  These are really sharp figures that their website just doesn't do justice.  You'll want to check out the big versions of these pictures, these smaller icons lose a lot of their character.
Just zombies and skeletons makes the tomb level of Castle Meatgrinder pretty weak sauce, but the leveling rate of Moldvay Basic is pretty slow, so there will be plenty of time to add in mummies, wraiths, and other fun ghastly things later.

The death cult pack of figures from Rap Partha Europe also includes these three zombie looking fellows.  Since the cult in Castle Meatgrinder is dedicated to the dungeongod and not necessarily to any sort of necromancy, it made more sense to me to throw these into the tomb with the above.