Thursday, October 20, 2016

Must there be only one?

As geeks, we all remember the classic bit from Highlander (I won't say the first, because I prefer to live in my own reality ("I reject your reality and substitute my own" - Adam Savage) where the god-awful sequels don't exist - "There must be only one".
Is this true however?  I don't think so.

Yes you can play other games.  And yes you can buy miniatures from other companies.


Heresy you say.  Blasphemy!!!  Burn his miniatures at the stake!

But even a die-hard Mantic pathfinder (pronounced fan-boy) like myself occasionally needs to get other minis.

This is especially true for armies that Mantic does not make themselves - which now includes all 33 lists in the Historical book.

I am still amazed at how popular historicals are (yes, I thought it was mainly old grognards who played them), and even more so how excited I got about them - because in the past I have hated painting humans.  But when I first went through the book I decided I needed to have two armies so I could demo the rules.  After a while I decided on Celts (or Babarians in the book) and Romans - in part because I was able to find plastic miniatures (from Warlord games) for the armies, and these two fit together (i.e. it made sense for them to be fighting, as opposed to Crusaders vs. Egyptians).

My three boys bought me a Celt army for my birthday ( which took less than a week to come in from the UK), and my wife bought a couple of units of Romans (one of which has still not arrived from a store in the US - go figure).  It occurred to me that I like to show the models for all the Mantic releases that I get - so why not for Historicals?

So first off is the celt warrior sprue.  Warlord is using Renedra  to cast their hard plastic sprues, so the quality is top notch.  Mantic used Renedra for their earlier products before they started having them made in China - and the first two sets that came from China (Goblin spitters and Basilean Men-at-arms) are some of the lowest quality plastic sprues I've ever seen).  Sharp detail - and I notice a 'style' on how the sprue is laid out.
Celt Warriors Front
I started then looking in detail at the sprue.  There is not much variation in weapons - all but two bodies are already holding swords or spears.  There is a great selection of heads however - 15 different heads for 10 models.  I was disappointed when I found that there are only shields for half the models.  I looked on the warlord site an they do sell packs of shields - but I shouldn't have to buy an additional pack of 20 shields for each box of 40 models.
Celt Warriors back
The command sprue is Identical to the warrior sprue except for the area where the heads are - which is replaced by two standards, a horn, and some severed heads (I guess for a unit champion to hold.  But no heads - so the great variety now gets cut down, as you get 45 heads for 40 models in the box (and again 20 shields).
Celt Warriors Command Front
There is only one horn - so my plan to make 2 regiments from  each of the three boxes will mean 3 of them don't have musicians (without pulling bits from other kits).
Celt Warriors Command Back
One thing I've notices browsing some of the sites for historical miniatures, is they seem to like to use decals for shield decorations.  A pretty cool idea - and there are 5 extra decals as compared to the number of shields in the box.  However for the 130 (6 regiments of warriors, 1 regiment of cavalry) I have a total of only 100 decals - so I'll have to get two more sheets of these to fill out the army as well.

So after the three boxes (40 warriors (4 sprues of 10)) warriors, there is a box of cavalry.  First off you get a sprue of warriors - which is ok, but I have to wonder if the cavalry ought to have different weapons than the infantry.  However since they are med cavalry they only get TC(1), so I guess the swords and shields (again, half shields) is ok.  There are five horse models, giving plenty of variation for your units.
2 of the horse sculpts
I don't care for having the legs sculpted onto the horses.  I can see why this was done financially (making plastic cavalry legs would have required a third warrior sprue), but it really makes conversions from these very difficult.
2 more of the horse sculpts
They did include 5 metal shields so all the cav can have one, and a full set of decals, which will be used on the additional infantry models (once I get more shields - which are metal and come in packs of 20 - I assume they are simple four sets of the ones here).
Last horse sculpt, plus 5 more shields and banner / horn for command
The army also comes with two blisters of eight archers - of which there are four sculpts.  I like these as they look like a unit that would actually be in battle.   I like the two sculpts that are kneeling, as they then would naturally be in the front row so the others could see over them.
Celt Archers
The deal also comes with an army standard bearer.  The face on this threw me off for a bit - at first glance it looks like is a vampire - with the accentuated brow leading into the hair that implies a pointed, and then a mouth full of fangs.  I then realized the jagged mouth was actually a mustache and beard - so perhaps he won't look quite so bad once properly painted.
scowling standard bearer

from behind
Finally a blister of three chieftans is included.  I see them as a heroic king, a berserker, and a more active hero (with separate arm and sheild).
Celt Chieftans

Celt Chieftans from behind
The quality of everything is top notch.  I'd like to say that I'm looking forward to painting these, especially doing a little freehand work adding tattoos to all of them (I kind of enjoyed doing the tattoos when I painted up the Kalyshi Dreadball Team).  However I have said that my son could paint up this army as part of our escalation league (since he doesn't have any real interest in building a historical army).  Ultimately it is a demo army anyway, so I'm not vested in making it a great army (not to say he won't do a great job.  On the contrary, his skills are getting to the point that he may be a better painter than I am (though like me, his favorite part is converting models, not painting them).

The one thing I don't like (and wasn't anticipating) was that they would not have enough shields for all the warriors.  So for each box of 40, you need to buy another pack of 20 shields, as well as more decals (I'll need two sheets of decals).

Not being a history buff, I don't know if this was based on how the units actually fought (i.e. was it more of each warrior furnishing their own equipment instead of the army itself supplying them?  Is this simply an army that is struggling for resources, so can't equip everyone fully?  Were they not able to fit them on the sprue?  And if it is the last, then why not include the metal bits to finish them off in the box (even it it raises the price a bit?

Regardless of the answer, looks like I'll be making another small order to Warlord to finish these off.

Because it is all fun and games . . . 

Monday, October 17, 2016


I don't get to actually play in to many tournaments - however there are finally getting to be a fair number within a reasonable ( of course that does xepend on your definition of reasonable )  driving distance, so I'm getting more opportunities to play.

The second annual Dragonfall convention was this past weekend.  My oldest son and I headed up through some pretty nasty traffic to Chicago to play in it.

On Saturday we had 12 players.  For the first match, I had my first game against Shannon Shoemaker.  Shannon was one of the two people to show up at my tournament for Gencon 2013.  He is now one of the top players in the region ( and we'll just have to see how he does at the 1St Masters Kings of War Championship in February).  He brought a 'tame' orc list, with 3 Godspeakers, 2 hordes of ax, 3 hordes of orclings, a couple of war drums, a couple of regiments of morax and a mounted Krudger.  A fun, tough game but I came out slightly ahead for a 12 - 8 win.
Shannon Shoemaker carefully measuring
The second game was against Todd Warren,  the event organizer.  He brought an Abyssal list with gargoyles, a Fiend, succubbi, tortured souls and allied Ogre seige breakers.  His fliers were on me on turn two, blowing through everything they hit, and on turn three he hit again, smashing into my stronger units, and destroying them as well.  It surprised me a little that he wasn't able to finish me off before the end of the game - I was only not tabled because one rocket launcher was way off on a flank.  That was a 0 - 20 loss.

( sorry, but when I get playing I forget to take pictures ).

The final game on Saturday was against Briam Thomsen, one of the four other Abyssal Dwarf players ( yes, 5 of the twelve players brought evil stunties).  Brian had three hordes of golems, a greater golem, three big mortars, halfbreeds and gargoyles.  His big mortars hit WAY more than mine ever do, but I managed to pull out a win with both our forces nearly wiped out 15 - 5.

( again, I got busy actually PLAYING the game, and forgot to get a picture.  I swear, where are my priorities ).

Sunday morning we had three players drop out (the event was billed that you could play just one day or both), but added one.  I had hoped to finally get to play Sue Foreman, but alas it was not to be.  Of course after driving over 300 miles for the tournament, I ended up playing my son.  Jon is a great player, currently ranked 2nd in the region for the Masters circuit.  He has been on the top table for the last round at Adepticon for the past two years.  However for some reason he can't seem to beat me at a tournament.  To add to that, he is still struggling with his latest nature army.  And my dice were not as bad as they usually were, and his were worse.  It ended up being a big 20 - 0 win for me.
Jon Carter sizing up the battle
After that game, I was looking at a couple of armies - and Kris Kapsner's herd looked like an extremely hard list - and I really didn't want to face it.  So of course I played him in the next round. He brought 2 hordes of guardian beasts, two stampedes, 4 troops of hounds, a horde of chariots and a couple of shamans. I tried to soften up a few of his units with shooting, but he easily healed back everything I did.  He used the Dragonfall hero to great advantage, taking out one of my war machines on the first turn.  He played a slow and deliberate game, and just took me apart like a surgeon.  I really felt he could have wiped me out at least a turn earlier had he wanted to.  At the end he got a bit little conservative, trying to keep his chariots alive (which should have been gone, but I rolled a 3 when I only needed a 4 to route them) and didn't charge my iron caster (and he would have destroyed it) when he could - so he actually lived.  It didn't matter in the end however, as I still took a 0 - 20 loss.  With this game however Kris now had enough points so that it was impossible for anyone else to catch up with him to win the tournament.  I'm glad I could help with that :-)

This type of army, just like Todd's abyssals in game 2, is one that I struggle a LOT with.  I talked to Kris afterward, and he did say that with this build he didn't see any way I could have won the game. To counter something like this I need a lot more chaff - maybe split my halfbreeds into troops, and adding lots of gargoyles - to give me the speed to hopefully disrupt the stampedes so that I might have a chance to deal with them.  So maybe it is time to mix up my list a bit.
Kris Kapsner planning out how he is going to utterly destroy me.
The final game was against Ryan Goleman, who brought Ogres.  2 hordes of warriors, horde of siegebreakers, horde of braves, regiment of boomers, two regiments of chariots, warlord and warlock. I baited his chariots on the right flank with a unit of decimators, which he easily took out but then they were destroyed by my golems.  On the left flank we played a cat and mouse game as he kept backing up his chariots just out of range of my halfbreeds, and then I would move up just out of his range.  Eventually he ran out of table to back up, at which time (I think it was turn 5) I finally charged them, and destroyed them (as I expected to - regiments of chariots just don't hold up to a full regiment of cav).  In the center I was able to split up his forces, getting off a flank on the siege breakers that wiped them out.  In the end he had very little left, and I had most of my bigger units for a 13 - 7 victory for me.
Ryan at the end of the game, with just about nothing left
Kris Kapsner won overall, Joe Flesch go the plaque for Best Appearance, and Ryan Goleman for Best Sportsman.  I shameless stole the award pictures off of Todd's facebook page because I was too lazy to take any myself.
Todd Warren and Kris Kapsner - with his enormous trophy

Todd and Joe Flesch appearing very happy

Todd and Ryan Goleman sporting a surprised look

At then end I believe I came in 5th out of 13 (I haven't seen the final scores yet, but that was the count as he named off people for prizes).  I was very happy with that, as it meant this scored as a Masters qualifier for me (along with Nashcon, where I was 18th out of 38).  I may be ranked dead last (I think I have 66 points), but at least I'm ranked (it is fairly hard to qualify when you run half the qualifying events.  I'm lucky to have even managed to play in two qualifing events. ).

The trophy
Congratulations go out to Kris Kapsner for winning by taking all the points.  He didn't want to post the picture of the trophy as he didn't want to be "that guy".  But he is that guy that kicked the crap out of 12 other people over six games in two days, and ended up driving even farther (from Duluth, MN) than I did from Dayton OH.  So he deserves to show it off a little bit.

So, the good, the bad and the ugly.

The good (for me) was finally getting to play several people that I've known for a while.  Finally getting games in against some of the top ranked players (Shannon, Todd and Kris - sorry I can't include Jon in that list because I can play him any time I want to (we last played just a week before the tournament)) was fun, and if I had to get smashed with two 0-20 losses, at least it was against the top two finishers in the tournament (Kris winning, and Todd in 2nd place (though as organizer he did not take any prizes).  Everyone who was there on Sunday took home a prize, and that is always good.

Dragonfall was a nice little convention.  This was only it's second year, and I would definitely go back again.  It amazed me that they actually had their own branded fat mats for every table - and not only that but sold them afterwards for less than half the retail price (so yes, I've finally started getting some mats to replace the felt sheets I've been using).

On the bad - I REALLY did not care for the scenarios.  All the scenarios were kill based, and then some additional victory points for certain objectives.  (I also don't care for the 20-0 scale either).  The problem with these (in my opinion) was you could easily ignore the bonus points and just play kill, and a lot of what balances the game is the other scenarios.  I have seen a lot of tournaments lately that are not playing with NO kill scenarios instead.

Kings of War is NOT Warhammer - and these games (with bonus points for table quarters, killing the Dragonfall hero) to me were direct WFB games, not KoW.

The Dragonfall hero was an interesting twist - though I was not able to use him well (others said he was their MVP of several games).

The ugly - well me of course - I've seen myself in the mirror and hate to have to force someone else to look at my ugly mug across the table for two hours!  The Pheasant Run resort was nice, but needed a LOT better signage, and I was frustrated that I tried several times to get a room there - but each time I was put on hold and eventually hung up after 10 minutes or more.  Of course the traffic ( made worse by all the construction along the way) was pretty horrendous on Friday (and only compounded by the fact that we hit Chicago just about 5 pm) - though the drive home wasn't bad.

Lastly I have a hard time when I see that people are still running tournaments all on paper, trying to manually do match ups.  Todd struggled a bit on Sunday for the final round.  I can strongly endorse Warscore (and not just because I know Bill) - but to be able to do matches with a couple of clicks, and then be able to publish the results afterward (which also allows the players to track who they played) is a great feature.

But Todd ran a great event (with Shannon's help), and I expect to return next year (I do wish I didn't have to travel 300 miles to play in a tournament though :-) ).

Because it is all fun and games . . .

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Render unto Ceasar

Now that Kings of War : Historical is out and in peoples hands, people are going to want to play with the rules.  Our local group (the Ohio War Kings) have not previously been into historical gaming - so the vast majority of us do not have armies applicable to these rules.  There are a couple of people with KoM armies that can be adapted (both Japanese apparently - interesting), but the majority of us are going to be making new armies.

I've got two reasons to start building some historical armies.  First is we decided to do a Historical escalation league - and while I'm running the league I also plan on participating.  The second is, that as a pathfinder, I want to be able to do demos of the historical rules - and to do that I need two 1000 pt armies.

I want armies that would logically be fighting - so it really wouldn't work to have Spartans and Aztecs as the demo forces, as these groups never met and clashed, being from completely different parts of the world and different ages.

I'm not a big history buff (even though my Dad was a professor of History and Political Science), so it took a bit of looking to see what forces would work.

One early idea was Crusaders vs Army of Islam - but unfortunately there was not Army of Islam in the book (I have heard that they are working on this as it is a glaring hole - and the nice thing about the format of the book is they can easily put out a 1-2 page PDF to solve this.

Another idea (still on the table for later) would be Conquistadors v Aztecs - a classic confrontation. However my initial search did not find any miniatures for this era.

Perry Brothers has some really nice stuff, but they seemed to me to be concentrating more on civil war and War of the Roses.  While the War of the Roses makes sense - the two sides of this are basically identical - and I wanted the forces to be different from each other.

I have been looking at the Fire Forge range (I do kind of like crusaders), which has some nice Teutonic and Templar knights - but their Islam range is just not there yet - they have archers and heavy infantry (but they are $2.00 a piece - making building an army of them would be pretty pricey).

The other name I had heard was Warlord Games - and they have their own historical game "Hail Ceasar".  Their starter set for that is Celts v Romans.  Looking at the lists, models and prices, I thought that could be a classic historical battle.  The Celts (Barbarians in KoW:H) would be hordes of fighters, while the Romans would be fewer, elite units.

I built a Celt list based on their Celt army (and easy army now has a Kings of War Historical version - check it out at - and it nicely came to 1000 pts.
  • 6 Regiments of Warriors
  • 1 Regiment of Light Cavalry w/ Woad (gain Fury)
  • 2 Troops of Archers
  • General

This still leaves 10 pts in the final list.

The Romans are fewer, elite units

  • Heavy Warriors Regiment w/Rotate ranks (Iron Resolve) - Legionaries
  • Heavy Warrior Regiment w/Testudo (Foulkon(2)) - Legionaries
  • Praetorian Guard[1] Regiment
  • Praetorian Cavalry Regiment
  • 2 Small Bolt Throwers - Scorpions
  • General on Horse
  • Eagle Bearer[1]
this comes in at exactly 1000 points.  No only that - but there are almost exactly half as many Romans as there are Celts - the Barbarians are 151 models, while the Romans are 74 models. The Romans are Me 3+ and De 5+, while the Celts are Me 4+ and De 4+.  But I am expecting the numbers to balance out the skill.

So far I have the Praetorian Guard, which my wife got me for my birthday (though it had been opened and the Marcus Aurelius figure is missing - so we'll see how that gets resolved through Amazon). My sons also ordered me the Celt army (and got a shipment notification today (and they even paid for express shipping!)).  Top that off with finishing my friends Basileans as Crusaders - and I've got a couple of busy months ahead.

One last thing - a couple of friends and I have been talking - and we were only aware of the sites I mentioned, plus Gripping Beast.  We knew there were others out there, because there were pictures in the book.  So I thought to look in the credits - and there were all the web sites for the pictures / models.  I thought I would list some companies URLs here to make it easier to source historical armies

Because it is all fun and games . . .

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

October SW Ohio Mantic Pathfinder News

It is October, and the weather is (in my opinion, but then that is all that counts in my newsletter, isn't it?) beautiful.  The summer humidity is gone, the days are pleasantly warm without being hot, the nights are cool, the pollen count is down so my alergies aren't bothering me (as much).  Unfortunately we all know what this leads to, so beware.  ELECTIONS are Coming!  (I can't express how glad I will be once they is over)

Kings of War : Historical is in people's hands, and we are celebrating it's release with a new Escalation League.  All the details are on my blog at (trying out the Google URL shortener).  October is our first build month - however IF we end up with several people unable to get their minis this month we can push back a month - let me know if you have an issue building 300 pts in October.  Also let me know if you are participating - there is no cost so some people don't think to say that they want in and what army they are using.  One note - I will not be able to be at the Hobby Shop on Friday the 14th or the 28th as I will be out of town.  However that DOES NOT mean you can't come and play anyway!

With the fall weather comes frightening things out on the sidewalks - and I don't mean politicians!  Ghouls, ghasts and zombies will soon be everywhere - so what better time to head down to Epic Loot in Centerville and learn to play Mantic's new Game - The Walking Dead : All Out War.  I'll be running demos of this from 12 to 6 pm on Saturday, October 22nd so come and give it a try.  You can check out the Facebook event at .  The boat with the kickstarter and retail versions is expected to make port on the 18th and the last time I checked was smack dab in the Strait of Sicily between Tunisia and Sicily (you can track it yourself here : ).

For those of you that seem to be shy about getting on facebook or the web - Mantic is currently running their latest Kickstarter for Star Saga.  It is almost at a quarter of a million dollars and scheduled to end on October 21st at 6:59 pm EDT.  They have alreaded added nameless into the base pledge, and have said they are going to be doing and expansion with Veer-myn next.  Check it out at  The base pledge ($100) now has 73 miniatures (and it keeps going up!), 10 doors and 20-25 pieces of terrain plus tiles, dice and rules, and expansions for character creation and adventure creation.

We have a name for the Ohio War Kings tournament now - the Gem City Massacre.  This will be held at Epic Loot on Saturday November 12th.  Tournament pack and registration are at .  I'd really like to see some pre-registrations for this so we can give the good folks at the store an idea of the expected turnout.  We filled up the Hobby Shop last year with 12 players, and I'd like to have more to encourage Epic Loot to start carrying Kings of War.

On the Warpath front - that kickstart should start shipping the first wave next month.  If you backed it, then you should have received a link to download the new Warpath novel for free from Mantic Digital.  If you didn't - well you will just have to wait until next year for any of the new goodies, won't you?

Dreadball is fairly quiet - you did fill out your pledge manager - didn't you?

Deadzone is shipping the revised Nexus Psi exansion, updated for the new rules.  Mantic listened to the cries people wailing and gnashing their teeth because the expansion book (with solo rules for playing against zombies and new elite army list for plague and enforcers) was only available with the full expansion (including terrain, zombies and a new sculpt for Dr. Simmonds), and is now making the book available on it's own.

Keep checking my blog - it is full of pictures and more mantic musings, as well as hobby tips and even the occasional gaming information that isn't Mantic related (*shock*).

Because it is all fun and games . . .

Mike Carter
Your friendly local Mantic pathfinder:

Monday, October 10, 2016

Wayback Machine: United Greenskin Postal Service

"So do you work for the post office or what?" This is probably the most common question I get when I bring out the UGPS.  Well the answer is no, I don't.

I started playing Warhammer right after 6th edition came out (my first miniature war game - yes I started much later than most people) in late 2000.  I did not realize when I picked up the starter set that it had just come out.  I had a friend who played, and while I liked Orcs & Goblins, he played them already - so I went with Vampire Counts as that book was just about to come out.  After playing a while, I realized that it didn't matter if someone else played the same army - each one was still different.  So in 2003, after getting my butt kicked with a non-vampire Vampire Counts army for several years, I decided to do a new army.

At the time I just figured I wasn't very good at the game, so my goal was to take as many decisions out of the game as possible by maximizing the randomness in my army.  With everything going on in an Orc & Goblin army this was fairly easy, and even better when I went with all goblins (no orcs to attempt to actually maintain order or anything).  Lots of magic, fanatics, squigs and war machines.

If you want to see how I converted this army into a Kings of War army check out my Moving Armies pt4 : Goblins w/Orc Allies post.  It has more recent pictures of many of the units that would be reusable in Kings of War.

I had two ideas to make a mostly random army - a circus theme, or use the idea of going postal and do a post office theme.  I went with the later, and am glad I did as I eventually saw a beautiful circus goblin army (and I like being unique).  Thus the United Goblin Postal Service was born.

Original United Goblin Postal Service
The display board was made to be a post office taken over by the goblins - but the sides of the board were painted up to look like a mailbox.

The core of the army was four units of night goblins, each with three fanatics.  Each of these units used a specific model for fanatics.  I covered the ball on the fanatics with greenstuff to make a box, wrapped them with string so they were hurling around packages.

I always felt like this was one of the best names - giving them blue robes and a FedEx banner - to make them Overnight Goblins.
Over-night Goblins
Over-night Goblins command
The next unit is the opposite of the first - from being fast they were the traditional Snail Mail.  I used sea shells for shields and spar tips, and even found a snail delivering a letter for the banner.
Snail mail
Snail mail command
In order to actually be able to send a letter - you need stamps.  So I made a unit of stamp collectors - each of their shields is a picture of an actual stamp.  I've always felt that their name sounded a little dirty, but philatelists works for them.
The final unit was inspired by the companies logo.  UPS basically uses a shield as their logo, so I thought it would be fun to have a unit all with the UPS logo as their shields.  Thus were the UPS Boyz born.
UPS Boyz
UPS Boyz command
Next up were some wolf riders - these were based on the Pony Express - so each one had saddle bags with letters falling out, and I replaced the head the champion was holding with a package.
Gobbo Express
Gobbo Express command - no standard as they purpose was to bait and flee.
I also made up some snotlings, but never finished the conversion (they need to each have little envelopes or packages) - they were to be the mail sorters.
Mail sorters - they need to get to work
For special units - the first was the dog pound.  This was a squig herd with riders in it.  The theme worked, but never figured out how to convert them - maybe put snout 'masks' on them?

Dog pound - squig herd
squig hoppers
squig herders - some of the most characterful GW night goblin models - I loved these and used them for command and anywhere else I could.
I have always been a fan of war machines, and goblins have plenty.  Plus at the time they were all had no armor save ( I liked to think of them as can openers ).

I created a battery of 4 spear chukkas.  I found several grots from the 40K range and carefully posed them on the bases to make little dioramas.  Each one had someone specifically firing it, most had a loader, and some had a spotter.  I added letters tied around the bolts and named them special delivery. At they time they never misfired and I liked that they would not explode on me.

This one was my favorite
My goal was to make each one different - so I had 12 different crew models and played around with the front of the bolt thrower
Another 40k grot, I really like the guy with the spyglass
It is hard to see from the pictures, but the goblin with the topnot is actually scratching (or picking) his butt
I also had a fragile package handler - which was a rock lobber.
I turned all the rocks into packages, and made a mailbox for the weight
I think the guy with the flag on top was a snotling from the pump wagon, though by now I'm not sure.
Then for rare units - well of course more artillery.  The doom diver also took on the Fedex Theme
The envelopes helped their wings.
I also had a pump wagon as the mail truck - this one did get the letters all over it.
a fun model covered with snotlings
The final rare choice were giants.  I took the two Albion giants and added metal river troll heads to them and painted them with green skin - because why would pink colored giants be working with greenskins?  To one I found some pictures of white dwarf for him to hold (and a snotling to hand off the tree branch), the other I made a GW mail order box.  I took an actual box and used a copier to reduce it down four times (after taking off my address).  I think it came out well.
Giant w/ club
giant with package
Lastly were the characters.  My general was a lord level night goblin shaman, and I had three more night goblin shamans with him (because they got magic mushrooms to help their spells).  I searched the web to find mail man names for each of them as well.
Potter - after John E. Potter - Postmaster General from 2001 to 2010 (i.e when this army was made).  He was painted with a grey cloak to go in the Snail Mail unit.
Clavin - after Cliff Clavin from Cheers.  He was in black to go with the philatelists
Beasley - after Mr. Beasley the mailman from the Blondie that keeps getting run over. His cloak is brown so he fits in with the UPS Boyz
Nicholson - after Jack Nicholson in "The Postman Always Rings Twice".  Blue means he goes with the Overnight Goblins
At the time, if you had an Orc & Goblin army and only took goblin heroes, you could take an extra Goblin Big Boss per 1000 points of your army.  At 2000 pts, I took two.  To make them more useful, I mounted them in maxed out chariots (extra crew, extra wolf).  I magnetized them as the chariots could be destroyed and they could survive unmounted.
Franklin - after Benjamin Franklin, the first Postmaster General of the United States
in his converted chariot with an extra wolf and extra crew (and great weapon to give him extra strength as well).  This chariot was full of letters
Costner - from Kevin Costner in "The Postman"
Decked out just like Franklin.  This was actually the chariot from Grom the Paunch.  His chariot was filled with packages
The chariot without the removable character.
I enjoyed this army, though I did end up having the two WORST games ever at the Columbus GT with them in November of 2003.  After that I changed it up a bit (removed some magic mainly)to be a bit less "cheesy" (people complained about 4 wizards (1 of which was a lord who could cast the same spell twice with a magic item (yes, I loved getting Gork's Warpath off twice on the first turn, squishing units all over the place))).

The main change was to replace the great shaman with a goblin lord, and add a goblin BSB with Rowdy Grots Red Raggedy Banner.  This ended up giving me LD 9 for my general if he was in the same unit, which he was.  Of course he had to be named Potter now (he was the general after all). After this however I think I quit trying to name everyone (or if I did, I don't remember the names).

To make the goblin big bosses a bit bigger, I used some metal 40K orc torsos I had in my bits box, so they did stand a little taller than the shamans.
The new Genrl Potter
The Battle Standard Bearer
A new goblin shaman - painted with black robes so he could go with any unit.
Ok everybody - group shot.  All nine goblin characters.
One thing I needed in this new version of the army however was a unit of 'normal' goblins (i.e. not night goblins) for the general and bsb to go into.  I had a hard time coming up with an idea - so eventually I just went with email - all the goblins had an 'e' on their shields.  I made this bigger so it took much longer to lose the rank bonus.
email unit
email command.  Of course the bane of any email user is spam - and they hated it.
One of the things you have to deal with in an Orc & Goblin army is animosity.  This is where your units may decide to do something other than what you want - generally squabble and fight among themselves.  For fun, I used regiment bases and showed some of the goblins fighting.

Of course when I played with this unit - it was a magnet for failing animosity tests.  I guess it makes sense however.
punching and threatening
more punching, and the one on the far right is actually NOT glued to the base, but glued to the spear that is hitting him so hard in the 'gnards' that he is lifted off of his feet.
When the seventh edition Orc & Goblin book came out they made a lot of changes - most of which (to me) seemed to weaken the idea of an only goblin army.  Extra heroes - gone.  Goblin shamans now only had access to little waaugh spells (no more gorks warpath) - the big waaugh was for Orcs.  They did add forest goblin spider riders however.

So I bit the bullet and added orcs.  This did mean several other units had to go.
The units that didn't make the cut:
Goblin warlord
Goblin BSB
Night Goblin Shaman
Night Goblin Shaman
Extra Goblin Big Boss on chariot
Extra Goblin Big Boss on chariot
Goblin Rock Lobber
Overnight Goblins w/fanatics
UPS Boyz (goblins) w/fanatics
Goblin email unit
Squid herd
Goblin Doom Diver
Half the wolf riders
One of the giants.

Looking at it now, that was a LOT of stuff

I changed the name from United Goblin Postal Service to United Greenskin Postal Service.
Display board after army shakeup for 7th - showing the sides
Closer version of the army
So the core was now two units of 30 night goblins with fanatics.  These were the Snail Mail and the philatelists units
Snail mail - rebased with 10 more models
The philatelists were rebased and also got 10 more models
Over time some of the fanatics had broken, so I replaced them.
The goblin UPS Boyz were replaced with Orc UPS Boyz Big Uns.  One thing I made sure of is that all of them are wearing shorts - because it seems that the UPS delivery men always wear shorts.  These had 2 hand weapons each, so the shields were gone and now just on the new banner.
These were quit a pain to get to rank up
Fron the front
and a shot of the command for the unit
I rebased the wolf riders, and cut the unit in half
The new, leaner, gobbo express
a shot from the back shows the saddle bags and mail sticking out of them
 With the email gone, it was only natural to add some spider riders as a web mail unit.
web mail
and from the back
For special units, I added a unit of black orcs for some punch.  Since they are covered in armor, I painted them all up to be mailboxes.  Both of these orc units were a real pain to get to rank up - when I did the next Orc & Goblin army (Da Beech Boyz) I actually numbered each model and the movement tray so that they would always go back in the exact same spot.
Mailboxes from the front
and from above.  Again quite a pain to rank up.
and the command
The dog pound was changed from a squig herd to just a unit of squig hoppers.  Some were actually hopper models, others were ordinary squigs that I added riders to (these were all done with wire rope, and are actually not glued directly to the squig.  I also added letters that they were chewing up.
New and improved dog pound - squig hoppers
my favorite is in the moddle - with his butt handing out
I kept the four spear chukkas (because they still didn't misfire - that wasn't until eight edition)

The crew came from 2 different 40K Ork war machines
I just love the one yelling at the other, while he is covering his ears.
This has two crew firing it
I love the spyglass - he makes sure it hits where it is supposed to.
I don't have a closeup of that (you're welcome :-) )
The only rare choice I kept in the army was a giant (I love giants).  GW had just come out with their new plastic giant kit and I had to get one.  It was a great idea.  I used the final metal river troll head on him and painted him green as well.
Disgruntle, the giant
From the back
He has "Return to sender" on his belly
I added a mailbox to his club, with a snotling holding a letter hanging on for dear life
For characters, the army was now led by an Orc Warlord and an Orc BSB.  He was bigger so he got a new mailbox, and the shaman got his old one back (even with the demotion).  I liked having all the characters standing on something to make them stand out.
His nasty shield and tusks
BSB - with a new banner of course
former goblin great shaman, now demoted to normal shaman, but back on his original mailbox
the black shaman was rebased and made the cut.
Well I must have done something right with this army - because I actually won a few awards with them.
Origins 2007 Best Appearance
Ohh - got a little plaque as well
Hoping for maybe best appearance again - instead I went and won the whole shebang at Gencon 2007
Then I got one of the big ones - at the Marauder's Mayhem I won general's choice.
Since then, the army has been retired except for some new pictures in my post last year about converting warhammer armies to kings of war (link way at the top).

I like that the army is still remembered by people and enjoyed putting it together.

Because it is all fun and games . . .