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.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Flames of War Early/Late Version 4

I got an email from the Warstore a while back, asking me if I wanted a free copy of the Flames of War rules update.  Naturally I said yes!

I was expecting to get some sort of half sized rule book with update information, allowing you to use your old copy of the FoW rulebook with the new rules.

Instead of that I was shocked to get a full color A4 perfect bound rule book, which was accompanied by an extra booklet called "special rules and warriors" to move all army/national/character special rules into the V4 era.

While I have not had much chance to go through it yet, it seems very comprehensive in a flip through, and is very attractive looking.  Maybe I need to investigate where the local FoW players are... they seem to have left the FLGS.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Steel Legion Closeups

Have not had much time for hobby stuff lately, with a sick kid, spring yard work, and other activities soaking up my free time.  However, over a month ago, I took a few pictures with my wife's DSLR of the Steel Legion army.  I did not get out the tripod or fuss enough with the settings, so not the best pictures, but they certainly give you a closer view of the figures, and since these are from a DSLR, you can click on them to get REALLY close if you want.

UPDATE: new Photos. (well, same ones, new location)

Steel Legion Flame Thrower
Two flamers and a grenade thrower

Medic and Anti-Tank specialist (with a LAW)

Converted Stromtrooper Sergeant

Fixed position heavy bolter

Steel Legion Autocannon
Steel Legion Auto cannon, converted from a lascannon team, metal autocannon, and two magazines from 90s era Ork bolters

Monday, March 20, 2017

Animal-man characteristics

Created for Noism's post about the "Bloke in a Costume problem".
Animal originMotivationSocietySocietal QuirkInhumanityPrototypical Adventuring Class
Bower BirdAvarice/ShowmanshipSolitary ClustersPerpetual changeProsopagnosiaBard
ChickadeeGluttony/curiosityMassIndividual expendabilityConstant MotionThief
HippoStability/CaretakerFamilialViolent MatriarchyTriggered RageBarbarian
MoleComfort/WealthSolitary ClustersGracious MurderersFeeding frenzyAssassin
RatSecrecy/propagationFamilialVicious CowardnessDuck and CoverThief
SeagullGluttony/CowardiceMassDemocratic Tyrany Shrill ArgumentThief
RavenKnowledge/ControlPairsConstant contactSilenceMage
SnakeTorpor/buildingSingleSun worship/hateNarcissismAssassin

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Remembering Cadia

Some of the chaps about the blogging world are taking the opportunity to "Remember Cadia", which as you may be aware was recently destroyed by Chaos. (or will be in the far dark future that is Warhammer 40k)

I happened to have an unfinished Cadian infantry squad myself, which I had originally bought with the idea of making it an armored fist squad in my Imperial Guard army. (armored fist squads were mounted in Chimera AFVs, and purchased separately from the regular platoons in the codex of the era)

Unusually for the time period, I actually painted the figures about 90% of the way complete, needing only some ink, highlights, and of course basing.  I believe that I painted these about 14 years ago, and they have actually been used in a game (pulverized by an assault squad of Space Marines).

Starting status
As you can see most of the base colors have been completed, and while it may be hard to make out in this shot, the figures even have painted eyes, something I gave up about the same time as these were last worked on.

Fast forward through a couple of paint sessions, and here we are.

Now just awaiting some suitable weather for a matte coat, some grass tufts/flock, and good to go.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Steel Legion Army Thus Far

As I mentioned yesterday in the Tau post, I had a few minutes to myself, and some light, so I set out my "army" and took some pictures.  In this case "army" means a full platoon  of four squads, heavy weapons squad, and an attached regimental support unit in the shape of some storm troopers.
A, B, C, D Squads, Command Squad, Heavy weapons to the rear, and then the Storm Troopers

Command squad and Commissar 

Storm troopers all in environmental suits

Heavy bolter squad with a spare auto cannon team (replaces medic and anti tank specialist in the command squad as needed)

Still forthcoming, some sentinels, heavy mortar, heavy stubber, and sniper. Some time later I would like to build a second platoon, scout squad,  and a company command squad, but we will see.

Monday, February 27, 2017

Tau Army Thus Far

This weekend past I had a few bits of time, and a little bit of light, and took a picture of my Tau army. Well, not really so much an "army" as a reinforced platoon.
Stealth suits, command squad, and two pulse rifle squads

Pulse rifle squad A (with attached ion blaster)

Pulse rifle squad B (with attached burst cannon)

Command squad

Forthcoming, first battle-suit and sometime further along pathfinders, breachers, drones, and some specialists.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

3d Printing

A while back, I got on a Star Trek kick, and built a bunch of ships from Micromachines and home cast resin parts.  At the time, I was thinking about what the Cardassians would look like in the TOS era, and kicked around some ideas with the folks on the StarShipModeler forums.  My idea was that the Cardassians would be a cruiser heavy force, with their cruisers relatively scaled to the Enterprise of the era (small). As with the Enterprise to Enterprise D transition, the over all shape would be similar. Unfortunately, I did not have the time or skill to make anything of my ideas.

Fast forward 10+ years, and I started to play around with TinkerCAD (since that is what the local library's 3D printer lab recommends).  After quite a few building facades, I started to think about those TOS Era Cardassians again, and after mulling it over a bit, went ahead and sketched out a design, which gradually grew into a finished model.

I uploaded the model to Shapeways, and used their tools to figure out where the model needed additional support or filling.  I then ordered it in "white strong and flexible" material, which is very light and grainy (but very cheap).

A week or so later, a very light box turned up in the mail with this inside:
As provided from Shapeways

On a standard GW flight base
3D model for comparison
As compared to a Micromachine Connie

Quite pleased with how this turned out, both in terms of the reproduction of my design, and in terms
of meeting my design goals.

I think I could paint this pretty much as is, or finish it with putty etc and cast a few copies... although considering the ease and relatively low cost of this process, I am not sure how much sense casting would make as compared to ordering higher quality prints (or just more of these)

It is possible that I may have gone a bit overboard with making more designs.