Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Warhammer 40K 8th Edition

It's here.  It's great.  And I'm back in it.  Not quite Age of Sigmar as I'd liked it to have been, but it's still a vast improvement over everything I've seen since 4th edition.  Probably won't get many of my mates into it, but I'll start haunting the "local" game stores once I get enough minis done.

Speaking of....










Not too bad for someone in need of prescription reading glasses now.  Sigh.

Friday, December 16, 2016

Geigor Fell-Hand, Space Wolf Champion


Another Horus Heresy plastic model finished!  Not as easy to paint as my Ultramarines Captain, but still very good and very satisfying in the end.  Still eluding perfection, but, meh, it is a good mini regardless.

I should get better pics when the weather improves.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Horus Heresy models, yay!

Model done of the Ultramarines Captain from the Betrayal at Calth boxed set.  Equipped with Cataphractii pattern Terminator armor, wielding a combi-melta and a chainfist, ready to bring down the righteousness of the Emperor about the heads and necks of his traitorous brethren.

What can I say?  Oh yeah, this is a top-quality plastic kit, very easy to paint (though in the future, I'll think twice about assembling before painting).  Games Workshop, in my opinion, has fully redeemed itself in my eyes and is once again the greatest miniature gaming company in the land.  I'm still not sold on the 40k rules system, but Age of Sigmar is a jewel and if GW decided to do their 40k setting with AoS rules, well, I don't have enough money.

But, as for the lore, the Horus Heresy has always been fascinating for me, and I'm sure I echo the views of thousands of 40k fans (or, erm, 30k).  While I cannot afford to buy all of their Heresy sets, nor do I have any hope of ever painting all those minis, I am all for picking up the odd model here and there and painting it up just for my own pleasure.  And a pleasure it was!  Well, if I ignore my own failings when it comes to painting, that is.  This was a test bed for some new(ish) painting techniques, and while I didn't nail it, I think I will get the hang of it eventually if I can stay focused and not lose patience.

This isn't the best pain job, and it is far from perfect (the camera revealed some mistakes my eyeball missed).  I don't have the Ultramarines transfers for this model, but I might scrape up some older ones and see if I can make them work.  But, it's done, I like it (especially the choice of colors--Caledor Sky for the armor, Mephiston Red for the cloak, and Sycorax Bronze for the trim).

Still plugging away at undead, will have another unit ready by Christmas for this blog.  I also had plans to assemble and paint up the Greigor Fell Hand model from the Burning of Prospero set (another HH product from GW), but I didn't have the correct paints so I doubt it gets done by Christmas, but he's coming and I hope he ends up looking as good as this model, hopefully much better!  There is also the issue of my Achilles tank for GF9 Tanks! (see the Firefly entry earlier), but I mis-assembled part of the kit, and wasn't able to get a new one in time to get it done for Christmas.  But, I'm confident that I'll get that one done as well....and maybe even some new All Quiet on the Martian front models (US tanks and heavy infantry).

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

The Return of the Ethereal Legion (Mantic Kings of War)

My newest attempt at a ghostly host.  The previous one was a more vibrant green color, and I liked it, but it is hard to replicate for large number of minis.  So, I went with an easier, more bluish color.  White base washed with a couple coat of Nihilakh Oxide, followed by a light drybrush of white again.

Hopefully I can keep it up and get the army finished.  It only took me two months to get this bit done....sigh.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Tanks! And some other stuff...

GF9's Tanks! Game
Sherman Firefly, British Guards Armored Division





My first tank model that I am satisfied with (third one for this game, though).  Liked the crisp colors on it, probably was too conservative with the weathering though.  But, it's done.

Now on to more tanks. And ghostly undead.  And Scots Covenanters.  And Stormcast Eternals.  Ugh.

Speaking of Stormcast Eternals...


Yeah.

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

And Right After I Cry "Retirement"....

http://www.manticgames.com/

Kings of War is a wargames from Mantic Games, which is a miniatures and now wargaming company that is considered a great alternative to Games Workshop.  I have backed a couple of their kickstarters, if only moderately so, and have found that they do good kickstarters.  In fact, they're the only kickstarters that keep their word and deliver what is promised.  Consistently so.

Their recent Kings of War kickstarter is a good example.  I pledges and got a 20-person unit of their Succubi from the Forces of the Abyss faction.  Hands down, they are the best minis I have seen from Mantic so far, and better than most other companies (including GW and PP).  This fixes one of the few complaints I've had with them, miniature quality.  All that's left is a cheap US distributor, and opponents to play their games--oh wait, that's fixed too (see below).

But that's the thing, I can't paint large armies of miniatures anymore--yet I want an Abyssal army, and I want it now.  I also have a couple of opponents to play against, though not very often.  I just got 96 viking berserkers to use in the KoW Varangur faction, yet now I'm regretting it because of these damned Abyssals.

BTW, I don't have personal pics of this stuff yet...go to the Mantic site and have a look around!

Warpath is a sci-fi table top wargame created by Mantic.  Their first version, a couple of years back was a bit of a disappointment.  Now they have their newer version, and it looks good.  Even the rules are starting to tickle my fancy.  I have pledged in this kickstarter now, but am hesitant to purchase anything because, you know my drama-queen announcement of my retirement from mass-painting.  However, there aren't any opponents to play this game with at this time.  That could change, but for now, I'd just be stuck with a bunch of minis (when they arrive next year) to assemble and paint.  Maybe Andrew will actually split some of it with me--that will give me a force on the cheap(er), and an actual opponent to play against.

I could still ship all of those minis off as well to have a 3rd party paint them for me.  Or just nut it up and paint, and have a piss-poor looking army, but an army nonetheless.

This is truly an addiction, one that I'm valiantly fighting against, and one that I just can't seem to beat.  I want to walk away from it, but the shiny new toys are so damned cool....

Friday, January 1, 2016

The Death of All Quiet, my retirment from full-scale painting, and the new year...

All Quiet on the Martin Front is dead.  Their site vanished in a puff of logic, and no one from their team has spoken a word of what happened to anyone else.  Probably for the best, but they seemed to be a good bunch of people that were honestly interested in what they did.  Their products were hit and miss, ranging from excellent to disastrously poor, but the same could be said for other, larger and more successful companies like GW and PP.  Well, I wish them the best in their future endeavors.

And now on to me.  I'm done.  I can't paint at the quality I used to and I can't concentrate enough to stay with a large product.  I blame it almost entirely on my Meniere's Disease.  Others may disagree, and that's their option to do so, but regardless, no more mass painting of armies of miniature for me.  It's over.  I will continue to do small projects, and perhaps eke out small armies of the miniatures I do have, but no new armies of miniatures.  Stuff is going to get sold (Warmachine, Age of Sigmar).  I am going to look into hiring someone to paint for me on a couple of projects (like my Varangur army for Kings of War), but from now on, I'll stick to single miniatures and model kits.  So now I have to teach myself how to use an airbrush effectively, and practically begin all over again.

A New Year.  I'm not sure what's going to happen, but some things seem certain.  The liberal war on freedom and honesty and moral values will continue.  I'm going to get older.  Hopefully, I'll be able to start my new projects and see them to completion (for once).  I will always be working on my DnD rules.  I really want to start on my novel.  There's a F4U Corsair kit that I want to work on, I still have my USS Arizona, a Stuka, my '71 Mustang Mach 1...some Epic: Armageddon stuff, my gaming board.  Well, I'm giving myself a year to see some progress, let's hope it'll work out.  I still have my slowly-growing gun collection as well.  We need a new truck for the family.  Looks like another busy year.

I hope everyone will have a great new year.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Age of Sigmar

Well, I recall posting earlier about liking what I was seeing about the newest edition of WHFB coming out.  It's been out for a couple of weeks now, have played it a bit, gone over the rules, such as they are, and I'm fully convinced that this is a fun game to play.  So, I'm in.  Luckily, with the rules being FREE, and me having a large bitz box of old miniatures, I am able to get an army together that costs me nothing at this time.  So, fun...cheap...that's a win for me.

I have been working on Dark Elves, which are now part of the Order Faction, and called aelfs.  But, earlier this week I decided to take a small break from them and paint up a chaos lord:


Borak the Despoiler, Lord of Chaos.  And yes, it's that Borak, for those that get it.

Can't say it's my best miniature I've done, and my green-stuff skills are very lacking, but I like the pose and the look.  Very threatening.  And, since he's based off of the Archaon on foot miniature (rare mini indeed), he's as big as an ogre...or, I mean, ogor.  Very chaos-like, as his size and power make him the chaos lord he deserves to be.  Now to just get an army around him.  After Dark Elves and some Lizardmen (called seraphon, also in the Order faction).  Gencon this year is going to be expensive.  I'll post pics of the aelfs and seraphon after I'm done with their armies.

Looking forward to more material from this game.  Very enjoyable.  Rules are light but easy and fast--more tactical depth than I thought there would be.  There are haters, of course, but that doesn't stop the rest of us from enjoying this nice product.  Meh, whatever.  If a game is fun, it's a good game.  And that's what Age of Sigmar is.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Weak Willed, but Itching to Paint Something.....

I don't think I'm going to get back into Warmachine and Hordes, but one never knows.  And with the excitement about Warhammer: Age of Sigmar (which, admittedly, is starting to look good--but we'll see if it delivers), I've had a bit of an itch to paint up some bigger models.  So here's the first of Butcher's new battlegroup, Bruticus:






Army Painter spray primers are a gift from the gods!  Worth every penny.  Also broke out some of my old P3 paints to supplement my excellent line of Reaper Pro series.  Or is it Master's series?  Which ever one they don't make anymore... I also am going to print up some Khador specific decals and apply them at a later date.  So while this is finished, it actually isn't.  Huh?

Anyway, this is a good model.  The plastic/resin isn't the best on the market, and doesn't clean up very well (mold lines and miscasts and such) but it painted just fine.  Took me a while, no surprise there, but the end result is very satisfying.  I have another Juggernaut to paint up, and then a Marauder.  After that, I'll probably strip and repaint Butcher.  All in time for Gencon--that's the plan at least.  And that will be all for Khador, as if I start playing again, I will only play small battles (preferably Tooth and Claw and Mangled Metal only).

I am also looking into doing a battlegroup for Scavernous (a Cryx warcaster).  That'll probably take shape after Gencon, if it does at all.

Thursday, March 19, 2015