Saturday, January 31, 2009
Here's a couple of cool figures I picked up at Historicon in 2007, the Wargames Foundry limited edition "Father Eamon McSweeney & His Cousin, Elizabeth Ann McSweeny[sic]." I wanted these for a while, and wanted to paint them for a while since I had them, and finally got around to it. I feel like I need to buy Occult Wars now...
Friday, January 30, 2009
Thursday, January 29, 2009
Here's my last bit of January terrain getting finished up. This is an old ceramic Christmas village fountain I found in a box as I was cleaning up some old terrain junk. I had used it for some 25mm WW2 skirmish gaming, but never done anything with it. The chipped areas were two red birds I knocked away. Snow patches were covered with spackle mixed with brown paint, which also served as a contour for the rubble I would glue on. The rubble was my usual mix of clay cat litter and bits from my rubble bag...I saw sprues, both metal and lead, a computer case fan, a piece of a blade and some side mounted machine guns from a destroyed 1/72 helicopter model kit, sculpture contour mesh, stripped wire insulation, dried paint scrapped from a bottle...
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Monday, January 26, 2009
Sunday, January 25, 2009
Got the crane finished tonight. It's 10.5x12", or 126 square inches. I have two other small pieces under development that will put me over 144 for January for my campaign points, just need to get one done. With the two 7.5" square pieces I did before the campaign started, I have around 472 square inches, or almost four square feet, of this white industrial terrain. It feels like a lot, yet it's only 1/3 of what I should end up with for the duration of the campaign.
Pictures of more "dirty water wash" across my crane. The dark wash is all dirty paint water, and I've also laid down some rust. I should note that I added some flow-aid to my paint water before using it as a wash. I'll go over the whole thing with a diluted Gryphonne Sepia wash next. The rubble is drybrushed a series of lighter greys. I then put put small areas of various washes on it. Next, I'll cover the whole thing in undiluted Badab Black and, after that dries, a light drybrushing of tan.
Saturday, January 24, 2009
"Heh heh, oh man, my brush water is getting dirty. That's awful. It's really time to change it. Why, there's so much pigment floating around in there, it's like cleaning my brush with another paint! Well, okay, not so much a paint, but definitely a...wash!!"
Friday, January 23, 2009
I had been considering painting some Space Marines, and was digging through some old figures and stumbled across this old Assault Marine. So, I started dabbling around with creating my own chapter. If I'm doing armored heroes running across open fields towards machine gun nests, they're going to be painted like clowns, so I went for a quartered paint scheme. This represents the first Space Marine I've painted in 18-19 years. And I enjoyed it! I actually sculpted some custom shoulder pads, but I haven't cast them yet, so I painted him how I thought a veteran's shoulder pad might look. Plus, I'd like to do some fancy bases for them, and I haven't done that yet, so the base in unfinished as well.
A little 40k Chaplain in a bike. I picked this up with the Squat a while back. It was actually a few Necron models I was buying and these were in the mix as well, and yet here they are being painted up first. I actually have been dithering between working on a Witch Hunter or a Space Marine army...I finally decided just to do both and painted this chaplain up for myself. It will be either full on Witch Hunter with Sisters of Battle, or a Space Marine army led by a chaplain and allied with the Witch Hunters.
Thursday, January 22, 2009
Nick's 5150 SciFi Skirmish is a nice page devoted to 5150. It has some really nice pictures of games in action, as well as a well-developed variant called Roach Wars. I absolutely love the look of the swarm of roaches coming across the table...I'm going to have to get some of my own!
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Monday, January 19, 2009
I painted my first 40k Squat! I picked this up cheap as part of a bundle of interesting stuff a while ago, and have been looking forward to painting it. Putting it up against modern 40k figures, you can really see the difference in quality. Its sculpting isn't anywhere as crisp. But it has a lot of something lacking in modern figures-- character. The GW suits may think of the Squats as a "joke" race, but that means they're taking seriously guys charging tanks with swords...
Sunday, January 18, 2009
Saturday, January 17, 2009
Friday, January 16, 2009
Thursday, January 15, 2009
I got the second game of our Trucidos campaign finished tonight. It was a 750 point rematch between Chris and me, and a much harder fought battle. However, I managed through tactics and forgotten rules to wrangle out, in the end, a draw...
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Monday, January 12, 2009
Sunday, January 11, 2009
My Necromunda gang scrabbles over the ruined crane. Who needs Vents when you've got a crane, baby! I had hoped to prime it today, since it had stopped raining and we had some nice weather, but I never got the rubble on until tonight. I'll let it (hopefully) dry over night, and prime it tomorrow. The forecast looks cold, but dry. With a little bit of luck, I'll have it done in time for our campaign game on Thursday.
It may not be 24' x 7', but I'm still pretty pleased with how large I can make my gaming table! For our Trucidos campaign, we were discussing how we could play simultaneous campaign games so that we would all be together for each game. Mik and I both have dedicated tables-- he has a custom built 8' x 4' tabletop, and I have two 8' x 2.5' banquet tables I cover with felt to get 8' x 5'. I initially thought we would have to play our games separately, but then realized I had two 6' x 2.5' tables up in the attic. I spent most of my Saturday moving crap around and hauling them downstairs and finally got them set up for a huge (for me) 14' x 5' table!!
Saturday, January 10, 2009
Friday, January 9, 2009
I kind of didn't want to post anything until I was finished, but I'm excited about this and thought I'd post some work in progress shots. I was at the store with my wife today, doing some shopping. I needed some more epoxy for what I was planning for my January Trucidos terrain. It was kind of an extension of my industrial style terrain I've done so far. One of the things I had been thinking about was a crane, but it seemed very intimidating and time consuming to scratch build myself. And as I was walking through the discount toys, I saw this...
Thursday, January 8, 2009
This Dome on Terraforming Planet gallery on TerraGenesis is chock full of fascinating scratch built detail. I alse loved the ideas in the Lighted Figure Bases gallery. I'd love to make something half as nice.
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
I haven't had time to do much retrospection on 2008. I think it was a pretty good hobby year. I certainly enjoyed my hobby last year, although I can't really think of any major achievement off hand. It was kind of a half year due to birth of my third child (who's doing great). I suppose the things I'm most pleased with were getting my kids to paint and making a moderate amount of decent terrain. So, what is in store for 2009?
I've been working on a vibrating table for the last couple of weeks (around holidays, family and campaign terrain), based on Ultrawerke's. I've wanted to do something like this for a while, and after seeing his, I realized I had pretty much all the parts he used. The only things I actually had to buy was the "shadowbox" frame I got on sale for $10 and a couple bucks worth of springs.
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
Monday, January 5, 2009
Okay, I've been on a dice kick lately, but I really like this dTotal die. One single die can roll d2, d3, d4, d5, d6, d7, d8, d10, d12, d20 and d24. A few types require a reroll, like the d10 and d20. Still, it's pretty clever, and would cut down on the number of dice you had to carry around with you. It's not going to be useful for "buckets of dice" games at 25 bucks a pop, though. Still, I'm sure it looks great in your world's largest collection of dice... Update: ...and d30, d40, d50, d60, d70, d80 and d100.
Sunday, January 4, 2009
DiceCollector.com hosts the world's largest collection of dice-- 25,769. I can see that as the sort of activity that starts out fun and exciting, but by the time you have so many that you are referring to databases to prevent duplicates, the real fun is pretty much sucked out of it. I would have to put them all in a tub at some point and jump in. Well, maybe without the d4s...
Saturday, January 3, 2009
Lou Zocchi of GameScience makes you hate your dice. Continues with part 2. He gets bonus points in my book for claming that "...a lot of gamemasters prematurely kill off characters who deserve to live..." by using bad dice. This man hates bad dice!