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.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Rogue One

As I mentioned in my holiday report, like most of you I saw Rogue One over the holidays (which now seem long gone).  When I was back at a computer the following week, I perused the local library's collection of Rogue One books, and ordered up the lot of them.  The novels have not turned up yet, but I have read both the Star Wars: Rogue One: Ultimate Visual Guide [Subtitle: the search for more colons] and the Art of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.  Both are lovely as you would expect in the Lucasarts/Disney tradition, and are very well made books (as they ought to be for the cover price!)  However, I was a little disappointed that neither book had much in the way of set design/photographs which is what I really wanted to see, nor much detailed costuming. I suppose that there may be a future book that will cover the costuming and locations, but it seems like content that could have been included here, and neither book had much of anything anything about Cassian at the Rings of Kaferne, which I suppose is because that scene was added very late in production.

Here are some inspiring sample pictures from them. (click to enlarge)

Imperial Tank officer

Jedha Street Patrol

Jedha Bounty Hunter

Jedha pilgrims
Chirrut costume variation

LA apparently made over 500 pieces of space ship art to settle on the U-Wing

Jedha characters

Stormtrooper confrontation

Friday, February 3, 2017

Loyalist Primarch... in 40k

For some people, one of the most interesting parts of the Warhammer 40k universe is the Primarchs, the giant genetic forefathers of the Space Marines.  There has long be interest in using them in Warhammer 40k games, particularly after their introduction as playable figures in the Horus Heresy (30k) game.  Most point to how they would be completely over powered, and take the "special character" problem to 11.  Which I guess for some people is the whole allure!

Something that has been rumored for a while is the return of a Loyalist Primarch to the 40k game.  This rumor was coupled with the introduction of a plastic Daemon Primarch (which happened with Magnus the Red)

Looks like the rumors were true:
Cypher,  Roboute Gulliman, and some random Grey Knight
This figure is not my cup of tea in the slightest (and I even like ol'Rowboat the character), and I am not a fan of how it changes the game setting, but I do like that Cypher... might have to get him just to paint.  Hooded marines always look cool (even if it is a bit daft).

Anyway, what do you think?


Monday, January 30, 2017

Imperial Guard

I had the opportunity this weekend to go through some of the [many] boxes of figures and projects I have in my garage storage area.  I like to do this from time to time to keep the various figures I have in my mind, and to decide which amongst my various projects will I bring in to the house to ignore and fail to finish next.

Example: Cheetor's post on an Olly Ogryn reminded me that I have some too, and I looked through one of my Imperial Guard boxes to check them out again.
One of these things is not like the other. 
 In one of my project bags I found the expected figures and bitz for a planned conversion... and this guy.
Hmm, a complete Steel Legion Commissar (arms not shown).  Now if only I had not just recently converted and painted one.  This guy is headed for my growing "Ebay" pile.

Friday, January 27, 2017

Friday - Painting in Progress

Pictured is the sum of my painting for this week, which includes the base coats on three tank crewmen and base coats on three Inquisitorial Castellany troopers.  Not too much, but they should finish up quickly when I have the time to take another crack at them. Particularly pleased with the heraldry on the pavises.

Friday, January 20, 2017

Friday - Painting in Progress

Pictured is a figure I planned to make about ten years ago, and what lead me down the whole "Tau" path in the first place.  I have been painting it this week with a succession of thin brown-violet layers.  (and gluing that damn gun back in place every day)

That I am so close to finishing it seems sort of unbelievable at this point... just some washes, sealer, and affixing it to its base to go.  I will endeavor to get a whole army picture when I can.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Banana Heads II (Redux)

Third try to get a good picture of this figure.  I used my wife's DSLR camera for this, so you can click to get the picture to be really huge if you like.
alaitoc eldar, paint test, yellow heads
The yellow is not so dirty in real life, or at least I like to think it is not. 

alaitoc eldar, paint test, yellow heads
Side View

I think the lesson here is that I am just not a very good photographer.  Anyway, I only have about 50 of these to paint (and another ~20 of aspects, plus vehicles...), and it was relatively quick.

Monday, January 16, 2017

INQ28- Chaos Sorcerer

Like many, I got a "free" Age of Sigmar Stormcast Eternal as a cover mount on the old weekly White Dwarf magazine. As the idea of the "Sigmarines" interested me not at all, I decided that the figure would be converted to a true scale space marine, and given the nature of the armor, quickly settled on a Chaos one.   I added some leftover bitz from a Chaos Terminator Lord, and sculpted a few addtions as well. Then like most conversions, I put it in a drawer for a while and it did not get paint.  This summer, I realized that the figure had been completed for a year, and determined that I would paint it, and after some fits and starts, it got completed before Christmas.

Here is the result.

The primary armor color is a Word Bearer maroon that I created by painting blue ink over scab red.  Has a very deep color when it worked out correctly, but the blue ink wash pooled a bit much in a couple of areas making it more blotchy purple there.

Anyway, I am pretty pleased with it, what do you think?

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Tau XV25 Stealth Suits

A small expansion to my Tau forces, in the form of a Stealth Suit team.

 However since I plan to use these predominately in other rulesets (mainly Stargrunt II), I gave the unit leader some alternative wargear, and magnetized the weapons to allow for this to work out.
Burst cannon, flamer, and meltagun for the arm, and a sensor/plasma mast
In the 40k rules, stealth suits can cloak themselves, and many (better) painters show this by painting the figure to match the background and then having them "decloak" into the standard army paint scheme, but I just went with the easiest paint job so as to get it done.

However, being a bit nuts, I went a bit overboard with basing this guy, and built a picket fence for him to be tromping over.

I got this box as a gift from my sister a couple of years ago, so it pleases me to "put them to bed" so to speak, and finish off the project.