Turnip 28 and The Kings own 23rd Boggy Marsh Rutabagas – Part 1  

What a weird bloody title huh? Haha. I hope it grabbed your attention. 

Weird title for a weird concept. 

Turnip28 is a tabletop wargame in the subculture world of gaming developed by artist and hobbyist Max Fitzgerald. I saw it pop up on Instagram over a year ago now and was intrigued and confused all at once. I sort of put it in the back of my mind and planned on exploring it more at a later date. A few weeks ago I did more of a deep dive on the whole thing and what a weird but wonderful thing it is haha. 

Long story short…

Years ago Games Workshop came up with a game called Inquisitor which had 54mm scale miniatures. It didn’t kick off as well as they hoped but what spawned from it was inquisitor 28(mm) or inq28 and this has become hugely successful all over the world. Basically smaller warbands battle each other in the grim dark world of 40k. There’s also AOS28 (Age of Sigmar 28mm) which is the same but instead of guns they have swords and crossbows. 

Confused? Haha. 

There have been lots of other little offshoots too which have all been very cool to follow and watch. 

What stands out for me with Turnip28 is just how bloody weird (I think I’ve said that a few times now) the whole thing is haha. 

The setting is Post Apocalyptic approximately 1000 years after the Napoleonic wars. Technology has stagnated and a weird bloody root thing has sort of taken over, covered everything and dragged it into the mud. How unique and brilliant is that? Heres Max explaining the whole thing in his own words courtesy of Goonhammer –

“It’s about turnips, that’s the line. That’s the answer to every single question. That’s the glib response I give everyone… but really it’s a post-apocalyptic Napoleonic root-vegetable themed wargame slash universe slash community weird project thing.” 


Needless to say I wanted to build my own little Turnip army. I’ve built a few troops (fodder) and a handful of leaders (Toffs) but, just tonight, I put this wee las together and I am quite taken by her.

The Lady Rutabaga.

I’ll be doing snow for the bases and also using some real vegetation like you can see here with the tree (twig) 😉



34 thoughts on “Turnip 28 and The Kings own 23rd Boggy Marsh Rutabagas – Part 1  ”

  1. I just saw this in a Wargames Illustrated I picked up at a con! Weird coincidence or grim foretelling of the world to come?

    Weirdly creepy. And is this painted in grayscale or did you shoot the pics in B&W? Or do I need to see my eye doc? Lol

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  2. I’ve read the Max quote three times now and the only thing I’m convinced about is he should probably be locked up! Unsurprisingly I can see why this would appeal to you so I will be interested to see what “crop” of figures you come up with. 🙂

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  3. Ah, so this was the Turnip project you’ve mentioned. I’d imagine at some point you decided build a dreadnought-like machine with a massive turnip at the seat. I need to research this hobby corner, like everyone else I had no idea this existed. 🙂

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  4. Wow, this is something I wasn’t aware of and here I was thinking I was going to get some great gardening tips since you lot have excellent weather at the moment! The concept/setting sounds pretty cool to me and I wish GW embraced ideas like this in some way as it could be a cool for them to support. I don’t like that vampire model you converted as it is but you did an awesome job making it look much cooler. I hope to see her painted up someday soon!

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    1. Hehe weather here is a little nuts at times but the last few days have been sublime. I think GW should do more in the way of supporting offshoot games like this one. Glad you like her. I’m looking forward to painting her so hopefully soon-ish.

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  5. I think I first saw Turnip28 about a year ago and thought it looked fun but it would never go beyond one or two mates who share the same insanity and love of root vegetables. I  mean seriously; Napoleonic + post apocalyptic + turnips? What the hell are these boys smoking?! Needless to say the fact that it’s taken off and turned into it’s own crazy subculture pleases me no end, the world can never have too many eccentric creatives. 🙂 

    I really like what you’ve done here (as you’re a gardener your affinity for this setting shouldn’t surprise anyone!). What was the vampire model like to assemble? I’m trying to use the male vampire that was released alongside her (the Rat Prince) for a conversion at the moment and I genuinely don’t think I’ve ever seen a more fiddly and poorly fitting model. I’ve been tempted by the female vampire but if she’s going to be that difficult to work with I think I might do something else. 

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  6. Ha! I agree, it’s a fantastic concept! 😛
    I really like the use of real vegetation you’re doing with these. Very cool. The sleek silhouette this lady cuts with that skirt and everything is really nice too. 😀

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