Friday, July 7, 2017

Long Awaited Landsknechts

Warlord finally released their plastic landsknechts, over two and a half years after they were sculpted for Pro Gloria.  After Pro Gloria sold out to Warlord, the kit seemed to languish in development, until today!

Originally the Pro Gloria release was going to have 24 figures, with 20 regular pikemen/spearmen/halberds and four command, but it appears that when Warlord reworked the figures, they increased the total number to 30, while altering the options to allow you to build either entirely pike or a few Arquebusiers (and reducing the number of heads available as well)

These seem to be well suited for their intended purpose, and would also go nicely in an old school Warhammer Fantasy Battle Empire army, which is where any I bought would end up.  Unfortunately with the demise of WHFB, sort of a low priority for me (and I have half a dozen regiments to paint first anyway) but something I will certainly keep an eye on.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Rey of Sunshine

It has been rather hot here (40°+ every day), so not much hobby has been accomplished.

However, it was my beloved wife's birthday, and I did manage to convert and paint a Star Wars Rey figure for her.  I used a Hasslefree miniature as the base, which with the correct head selection and some work to the staff and robes makes for a passable Rey figure.

Pose is a bit hard to photograph

I nearly had a heart attack when my daughter started shaking the wrapped box to try and figure out what was inside. 

Bit of a hasty superglue frosting on the base here

Now contained in a golf ball box
Unfortunately I ran out of matte spray after completing the figure, so I did not get the Inquisitional team finished, but they are nearly there.

 I did also help to "run" a murder mystery dinner party for her birthday, and wrote an additional character for it, so I guess that counts for hobby as well, but there really is not anything to show for that.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Shadow War: Armageddon Play Aides

As you may recall, I actually played a game recently, so expect a lot of posts having to do with material from that glorious morning, in one fashion or another.  In this post are some play aides I made for the game, although only the cards made it in time. 

First then are character cards for each of my warband members. (Inquisitor shown).  I made cards in MS Publisher with the relevant information, and added a few of the rules details to help me keep track of them.  I then added a picture of the figure in question for a bit of recognition, and printed them out on off-white heavy weight paper.  These proved to be useful during play, although I only got a few of the pictures added before I printed them the morning of the game. 

The second item are these lovely status markers created by JB the Asslessman, and modified by me to fit a US penny [19mm, and roughly the same size as a UK, Euro, and Canadian penny].  I had a whole sheet of these printed out prior to the game, and asked my lovely assistant to cut them out for me.  "Isn't that why we have a Cameo?" she replied, and thus they did not make it to the game.  I did glue these six together, and I think they look lovely next to my figures, so I will make a few more sets of them... for a cost of just pennies.  Ha.

I did finish the painting and basing for the figures, so they are just awaiting a matte spray before I photograph them for the blog.

Monday, June 5, 2017

Shadow Wars: Armageddon

This weekend some chaps and I had a three-way... game of Shadow Wars: Armageddon (SW:A) that is.  As you are no doubt aware, SW:A is a Necromunda based rule set that allows one to take forces from any of the main 40k armies, and fight it out, with a gentle and quick campaign if you like that sort of thing.  Sean and Dai, of Sean's Wargames Corner and The Lost and the Damned and the Stunted respectively, had kindly invited me to join them at Dai's house for a game or two of SW:A, so I got in a game for once.

To start, here are some preview shots of my Ordo Xenos crew (and a couple of extra specialists unused as (spoilers) I did not make it to game two). I rather frantically painted these (and their cut paper bases) this past week, and did not quite make it to completion prior to the game.  Consequently they are still in the "gloss ink" stage, and need a few touch ups, base work, and then matte spray to be finished.

I did not take any notes of our game, and also took fewer pictures than I really should have, but here are a couple pictures and some words to go with them.

First off, we played a three way scenario with a reliquary in the middle.  Winner would be the team which took off three counters, or which remained in possession of the field after the other teams were eliminated/bottled. We played around 5 turns, and including setup that took about 3.5 hours... lots of hemming and hawing and looking things up in the rule books/mis-remembering from Necromunda, but it was great fun.  Dai had a chaos warband using the Inquisitor list, and Sean had Genestealer cultists.

Main table layout, with a bit more deployment area on the far left (which is where my force started).  Objective is the reliquary in the center, which will have six counters surrounding it

Deployed in three groups, with CC forces in the center, and shooters planning to move up to overwatch the objective. 

Mid game shot of a daemon "crusader" murdering poor sweet Lesya.  He was then pulped by a team up of the pilot Yuri and the tech priest.  Just off camera to the upper right is a dastardly chaos squat with a storm bolter shooting everyone up.

Inquisitor Kzimir doing what Inquisitors do best and murdering a downed Genestealer Hybrid

Acolytes Pasha and Sova, already heroes of the game for downing and killing a number of foul xenos/chaos, are seen here legging it off the battlefield with two counters.  I already had one, so if they made it out, I would win the game.

Unless I rolled above a ten on the bottle test...
With the failed bottle test, and Sean's genestealers having fled directly before I rolled this, the game was over and Dai was the winner.  I think we collectively rolled about a dozen bottle tests, and Sean and I failed in the same turn...  Anyway, I had a great time, and will certainly add a copy of SW:A to my buy list (and maybe a few acolytes with stormbolters too).

Friday, June 2, 2017

Cut Paper Bases

In preparation for the SW:A game tomorrow, I designed a set of base toppers using our Silhouette Cameo.  Inspired by the sort of contemporary future bases you see on Infinity or other models, I knocked out these designs pretty quickly, and then wasted some time fiddling around with other things that did not turn out as well (a truss, hex grating, tiny letters etc.). The version you see here is cut from heavy weight paper, and is about .1mm smaller than the top of the 30mm bases I am using. Super glued to the base and then painted, they will be quite durable.

After this picture was taken I dressed up the bases quite a bit more, but you will have to wait to see how they turn out when I post my Inquisitorial Kill team next week sometime.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

3d Printing II

In the midst of my extremely busy week last week, I managed to get a bit of time to head down to the downtown branch of the local library and try out their new maker lab.

The lab just opened less than a month ago, and aside from open hours, they also will set up appointments to meet with people anytime during the day.  They have two Makerbot Replicator +, machines which are fairly large, and faster than the older models at the other 3d lab in the library system.  Both of the labs allow you to print without cost, although they do recommend that users donate filament if they are using the labs frequently.

After a bit of an adventure finding parking, I met with the assistant librarian in charge of the lab, and loaded up a model I created in TinkerCAD.  This model is a building facade, designed to fit three buildings wide on a 8 inch frontage.  In actual terrain building, I would probably cast these in plaster, and attach them to a carcass for strength. As the model is not very large, it printed in approximately three hours, most of which time I was absent reading a book.
First layers of the raft being laid out

About an hour later

Final product, still with raft

Detached from raft, and compared to my usual test figure
Some numbers:
   Time to print ~3 hours (and about 10 minutes to set up)
   Material used (with raft) 43g
   Material used (without raft) 26g
   Cost of a 1kg spool of PLA ~$22
   Cost to print this model (if I paid for material) $0.95
   Actual cost: $20 for parking
  Comparative Shapeways cost: $21.89

Now I want to finish this model with some sanding and filling, and ultimately see how well it casts.  As I have another dozen or so models already finished in TinkerCAD, I am already trying to figure out when to go down to the library again...

Monday, May 22, 2017

Weekend progress

Tiny bit of hobby progress this weekend after the timely arrival of a bitz order from Ebay.

Not much to look at here, but I have a few more warband members for my upcoming SW:A game.  Now I just need to paint the lot of them, and survive this upcoming very busy week.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Star Wars: The Visual Encylopedia

As long time readers of this blog probably already know, I tend to get every Star Wars book that the local library gets.

The latest I have read is Star Wars: the Visual Encyclopedia (2017) This is a newer version of what is now a series of books (mostly labeled visual Dictionary).  It appears to be complete as of its publication date, and as such has material from the third season of Rebels and from Rogue One.  Content (other than the pictures) is rather slight, and many of the pictures are very small as there are so many per page.  For instance, I have wanted to see the frieze from Chancellor Palpatine's office in detail for a while, but in this book it was only about 1 inch by 4 inches high!  Even with high resolution printing, that did not help much.

An interesting part of the book for me is how much material comes from the two cartoons, and further how very good it looks in the book.  It makes me suspect that the Clone Wars tv show in particular is actually much higher visual quality than it appears on TV, making me wonder about DVD or other ways of watching it where the sharpness of the images come through.

A few useful pictures (which are probably worth viewing full size)
Star Wars Alphabet
Various alphabets from the SW universe

Blasters (pistols)

Blasters (long gun)

Monday, May 8, 2017

Inq28 - Additional Figures

Somewhat foolishly, many of the figures I add to my Inquisitor 28 project are fairly random, that is they do not have a defined purpose, or fill a slot in a warband.  This is not necessarily a bad thing, but it does prevent me from completing the project...  Anyway here are some of the more recently completed figures.

The Gunslinger
A man of taste, and also quick with his hands, the gunslinger is fond of challenging people who make fun of his ratty wig, and of course he always wins.

The Rooftop man
A minor conversion of a Reaper figure, this (unfortunately hard to photograph) figure is amply armed with this unusual power weapon.

A doleful figure, the swordsman eschews ranged weapons, perhaps to his detriment. A veteran sergeant of some unknown regiment, he longs for an honorable death.

The Skinner
A figure I had long wanted to make, based on Damon Prytanis, at least in the sense that he is armed with two pistols and a black fur vest. The skinning knife was an accidental find in my bits, and I believe originally comes from a kroot rifle.

"Steel Wolf"
A flamboyant mercenary (or pirate?) "Steel Wolf" is a bit overly proud of himself, as one might guess from his brightly colored chain sword and topknot. He really does not like it when people call him short.

If you see him, you are already dead... but you will never see him. (This one is sort of a cheat as the figure comes from waaaaaay back in the year 2000 or so, and was merely touched up and based recently)

Friday, May 5, 2017

Inq28 - Castellans

These figures are Inquisitorial Castellans, soldiers who are assigned to protect the local Inquisitorial Chapter house. Ranging in number from ten to thousands, they are heavily armed, very loyal, but not necessarily well trained.  Very occasionally they are loaned out by the Lord Inquisitor to assist other inquisitors with tasks, typically involving the censure of other Inquisitors.

Built from the current Empire handgun/crossbow troops, I thought that the pose suited pavises, and armed them with a bolter arquebus, which I imagine to hit as hard as a bolter pistol, but at longer range.

The corporal  of the group has an actual bolter pistol of an archaic pattern.

More Inq28 to come in the next post.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Fantasy Figures

As seen in my last post (was it really two weeks ago?), some miniatures I have painted recently.

Usual excuses about photography with a cell phone, and lighting.  I may eventually get around to taking better pictures, but given my track record on that regard, I would not hold your breath.

The two enigmatic large bases need a bit more work before I show them off with their proper occupants.  I have enough figures to show off that I will break them up into a few posts.

First off fantasy.

Leading the charge is this Night goblin on a wolf, which I converted back in August after being inspired by Sebastian's work over at Eastern Empire. (Inspired should here read "nearly directly ripped off")

Night goblin wolf rider

Night goblin wolf rider

Next up are these Reaper peasants, although really only the one could be a peasant, while the others are clearly city dwellers.
These may need another application of matte spray

And finally we have a chaos standing stone made from the one grasped by the plastic giant. I carved away the excess material (a giant hand) and ended up with this stone.  Seems like it needs something else though... spent candles, and some blood maybe?

Tomorrow I have some various Inq28 figures to put up, and then we will have another wait until I actually get something painted. (I did assemble and prime a troupe of Harlequins, so there is material forthcoming eventually!)

Friday, April 21, 2017

Friday painting progress

Managed to have a couple of days of painting at lunch time this week, and did some final touch ups and base edges for these figures.  Eclectic mix of figures for various games, including the peasants in the foreground, which I am painting in the picture in my masthead holding #1 child who is nearly 7...

Next they are off to dullsville... dullcote that is.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Harlequin Skyweavers WIP

This past Friday, my wife was out with a friend for the evening to watch the new cinematic masterpiece The Fate of the Furious, and after putting the kids to bed and doing all the usual chores that seem to accumulate during the week, I had a few minutes to finish off the construction of this pair of Harlequin Skyweavers.  I had previously partially built the bikes, and filled in the "mask" area of the bike with putty, and in this session I built the four riders.  

Converted Harlequin Skyweaver
Female riders with a Dark Eldar spear

Male riders with kit supplied spear
The bike portion of the kit is really quite excellent, with very little clean up, and a fit so tight you could nearly forgo glue. The riders are a bit harder to assemble though, not helped by the fact that each Harlequin is comprised of at least nine pieces... or the fact that I converted the female rider to have a totally different pose and weapon.  Anyway, the riders are currently just placed on the bikes, which will make them easier to paint... once I settle on a color scheme.

Still to come, the twelve troupers of the troupe and the Death Jester.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Harlequin Characters

I have been fairly busy lately with work, taxes, and selling some now unwanted figures on eBay.  That last bit brought in a fair chunk of change (albeit less after fees), and with money comes the chance to buy some new items for future sale.

Or in this case, new figures that actually get built up (eventually to be painted).

I got a great deal on some Eldar Harlequin figures a while back (thanks no doubt to their being included in the Death Masque boxed set), and had a couple of troupes and a Death Jester.

What the little army needed though was characters, and those cost rather more than the other figures. (indeed even at a discount one of them would cost more than the whole army had prior)

Fortunately what I like to do most of all in the hobby is conversions, and also fortunately the Warhammer Quest; Silver Tower box came with some great character figures, which are easily available singly on eBay.

First up is the psyker of the Harlequins, the Shadowseer.  This figure was converted from the Mistweaver Saih character, some sort of new Elf (Aelf) magic user.  Here is what it looks like originally.
harlequin shadowseer

A little hard to make out in this picture taken in the dawn's early light, but I removed all of the "magic mist" effect, cut off the spikes, and changed the arms to represent the correct weapons.  Still needs some finish work, and then off to paint.  Unfortunately this figure also used my last 30mm base, and every one of my usual sources for such things appears to be out, so a whole lot of figures are going to be on temporary bases for a while (or even longer than I normally would take to get around to basing them)

The second figure is the psycho of the Harlequins, a Solitaire.  Converted from an other Elf character from the Silver Tower boxed set, this one called a "Tenebrael Shard", the original form of which you can see here.
harlequin Solitaire
Again, I cut off most of the spikes and such, and added the correct weapons, in this case a Caress and Kiss.  Not the sort you would like to get mind you, but the sort that turns you into a gibbed pile of goo.  The pile of "bricks" seemed like a better thing for him to be leaping off of than a tentacle, and I will be using Imperial basing rather than ruined Eldar basing for the other Harlequins too.

Still to come, jet bikes (two Starweavers), the Death Jester, and the actual Troupers.