Onward and Upward!

So…. 2017 is here at last. Having desperately awaited the end to the truly abysmal year that was 2016, the hours shortly preceding midnight on New Years Eve were greeted with a mixture of trepidation, hope, beer and Thai Green Curry.

Let it suffice to say that only 4 days in and 2017 had somehow managed to outcrap 2016. A disappointing end to our New Year’s shindig (my wife is now banned from both associating with alcoholic divorcees and inviting people to our house; the more astute amongst you may correctly have inferred that the two are linked), an imploding, 3 week old washing machine and some pillock damaging my car, did not a happy cm284 make. Then there was the discovery that a combination of shoddy workmanship, dodgy plumbing and budget grout mean that we need our whole bathroom gutted and redone before the thing collapses…

Whichever fool claimed bad things come in threes needs a slap.

There is some good news however; my occasional partner in crime and co author, Hojit, is moving from Surrey down to the South west. His new house is less than 300m from mine so you can certainly expect more regular updates to the blog. His ‘wife’ has even conceded the garage, allowing us to use it as a man cave/hobby space – on the proviso that all of our geekery remains out of the house proper. Sounds like a fair trade to me? I am only a little jealous…

On another note, I have finally taken ‘the plunge’. Despite repeated oaths that I would never again suckle at the swollen teat of Games Workshop, my self control failed me once again; Hojitt mentioned that he had dug up his old Eldar army and 14 cans of Budweiser and a Golden Hobgoblin later, I was the proud owner of a small 30K white scars army, including a rather spiffing Storm Eagle transport. Oh dear.  As such, I have added a new GW oriented page to the top bar which will be populated with content – at some point. All of this needs to be assembled and painted, so it should keep me busy for a while!

Having been inspired by Kraggi over at the Varcan Cluster and his new year post, I have decided that I will detail a list of things that I plan to do in 2017. I have categorised a small amount of it below, broken down into segments that loosely match my blog headings.


The Blog in General

Since starting the blog, I/we have been very lax. The plan was to post something weekly, or worst case monthly but this has just not happened. Partly this is down to the distance between myself and my usual opponents. It is also partly down to me being lazy. This needs to change. I cannot promise regular updates, but I can at least try to start posting more consistently. I have plenty to go up!


Chain of Command

Our map based Chain of Command campaign has been started and the first phase is complete and in need of a write up. I also have multiple platoons either painted or on the painting desk, ready to go. I should be able to get some good battle and campaign reports with plenty of photos up if time allows.


Firestorm Armada and Planefall

I have plenty of FSA models ready to paint, most of which are base coated. My PF Dindrenzi and Directorate are finished, only the Terrans to go. With Hojjit finally living locally, we should be able to get in a few games and finally kick off our narrative campaign.


Strange Aeons

Where to begin… Oh wait, just to begin! I have dozens of models that have not come out of the packaging, let alone seen a game! Hopefully I will be able to get some of these painted!


The Ninth Age

Ideally I would like to compete in a tournament – for this, I require a fully painted force. I have unfinished armies for Highborn Elves, Warriors of the Dark Gods, Vermin Swarm, The Empire and the Vampire Covenant…


Kingdoms of Ushan

Many of the miniatures I ordered for Kingdoms of Ushan have arrived and are still in their packaging. The background and factions need to be jotted down and the campaign begun. So much to do, so little time…


The Horus Hersey and 40K

I need to get my White Scars built and painted. I also need to resist the urge to buy anything else until I have my Storm Eagle finished!



I have lots of terrain. I need to write a review of the Pedion Modular Terrain Tiles that I have, post some pictures of the Planetfall scenery and paint my lovely WW2 Resin Buildings from Tiger Terrain. I also have a 3D printer – didn’t I mention that? I am bursting with ideas, its just a case of getting round to acting on them. The wife had banned its use in the house, as rumor suggests that the fumes may be harmful, however Hojjit has kindly allowed me to relocate it to his garage/man cave…



A worryingly large proportion of what I own needs painting, enough said really. One thing I really need to do is sort though my paint…


I have a lot of it (the above is perhaps half, and NONE of the airbrush stuff) and some of it is getting on for 20 years old – a good old clear-out is needed. Hojjit and I have agreed weekly paining meetups so there should be plenty of movement in this section (and it is not as if I am short on variety)!


Well there you have it – my/our plans for 2017! Is there anything that you would like to see? If so, let me know!

The Quelseon Incident

Excerpt from the  Foreword of “The Mysteries of Quelseon; Unlocking the Secrets of the Overseers”, University of Luna Press, by Dr Howard Van-Ranbart (2956).

“Despite its location far south of the hotly contested Storm Zone, the Quelseon System never the less fell victim to the ravages of the Kurak – Zenian conflict. A casual observer could have been forgiven for dismissing the system as a strategically unimportant military training area, something the Terran Intelligence Services had been keen to encourage; the reality was somewhat different.



Figures 1 & 2: Directorate infantry advance through the dense forests of Proteus Prime.

Despite efforts from the Aquan hierarchy, details swiftly passed across the desks of the Terran Admiralty regarding the catastrophic events that took place on and around ‘Planet N56W6P91D’, known to the other sentient races as ‘Proteus Prime‘. Previously redacted, recently de-classified documents reveal that agents of the TSC were able to acquire fragments of debris, remnants of the titanic space battle that signalled the close of the conflict via a combination of extortion, bribery and blackmail. After extensive analysis, Terran scientists were able to determine that a small quantity of the material recovered was of unknown origin; of particular interest was a crystalline structure containing a previously undiscovered artificial element, swiftly named ‘Proteum’*. This new element had been skillfully combined with more mundane materials to create an energy source of unparalleled vehemence.

Across Terran controlled space, geological survey ships were re-tasked, state funded archaeologists reassigned and scientific research vessels redirected, all with a single overriding new directive; to locate other incidences of the mysterious ‘Proteum’. Months passed without word, until eventually, trace quantities of this much sought after substance were discovered within an archaeological site on the remote planet of ‘Quelseon Prime’. It was agreed unanimously by both the Terran Admiralty and civilian government, that the Quelseon System represented a viable place to establish a network of low key research and development facilities. These would be targeted at both synthesising and discovering more about ‘Proteum’ and its mysterious creators, especially given the presence of archaeological sites, possibly linked to these unknown beings. The planet’s status as a military training area would conceal the movement of troops and resources, whilst providing a constant, yet ignorant source of security.


Figure 3: Satalite image of Quelseon Prime

With military scientists believing this new element may have untold martial applications and with the war within the Storm Zone rapidly stagnating Terran High command, desperate for any kind of breakthrough, took the unprecedented step of of inviting scientists from other major Kurak Alliance powers to assist them in unlocking Proteum’s secrets.

Together, they hoped to unlock the secrets of ‘Proteum’, and with its power bring an end to the stalemate that the Storm Zone conflict had rapidly become.”

*For a more detailed account regarding the discovery of ‘Proteum’ and its compositional oddities, please see ‘Proteum, A Gift From the Gods‘ by By Dr Zachary Charlesworth (Luna University Press, 2945).


The Start Of A Good Thing?

All hope abandon, ye who enter here”, wrote Dante Alighieri as part of his epic  14th Century ‘Divine Comedy’. In a desperate effort to prevent you all from doing the same, I will endeavor to keep this brief.

I am cm284, a resin crack addict in my late 20’s. Due to my location and work commitments, I do not have many outlets for any hobby related creativity that may strike me, and as such, this blog aims to provide a suitable venting space.

In conjunction with my co-author and occasional partner in crime hojjit, the plan is to create a platform for the following;

  1. A number of narrative campaigns that we have in the offing, including battle reports.
  2. Hobby related posts (tactics, painting, terrain making, miniature and scenery reviews etc).
  3. A showcase of our respective miniature collections (mostly mine, as I have rapidly come to the conclusion that hojjit is allergic to paint).
  4. A place to discus and review rule sets, as well as to bandy about ideas etc.
  5. A place to give my perspective on areas and issues that are affecting the wargaming hobby, be it company attitudes or business practice, through to negative experiences with player-bases etc.

The chief games systems that we plan to cover are;

  1. Firestorm Armada and Planetfall by Spartan Games (see my showcase here). Part one of our narrative campaign can be found in my next post.
  2. Chain of Command by Too Fat Lardies (WWII, 15mm).
  3. Inquisitor (click here to download a PDF copy of the narrative campaign introduction that I wrote to set the scene).
  4. The Kingdoms of Ushan (a hex based, map driven 15mm campaign system and house ruleset that is a bastardized cross between Mighty Empires, Oldhammer and goodness knows what – all lovingly spliced together by my good self). Currently this is very much a work in progress…

Any suggestions for content from my readers would be welcome and feedback is appreciated – I cannot post what you want to read if you do not tell me!

Anyhow, hopefully something in the above has piqued your interest, and that the glazed look in your eyes is unrelated (if so, you should probably get that checked).

To wrap up my first post, I will leave you with a quote by Winston Churchill. “This is not the end, it’s not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.”

Signing off,