Monday, June 12, 2017

Armageddon finally comes

Hey again,

It took a while to assemble something and update the bloggy with, but I guess it's still better than nothing. I didn't expect whole the study project started this year would become such a time consuming black hole.
Hobby time that is.

But the Rubicon has been crossed and money spent so all I can do now it trying to benefit as much as possible on the whole thing, and get it finished the best way possible.

So as for the hobby matters:
a while back Shadow War: Armageddon was released.
I must admit I didn't give a f%ck about it initially, as much as I don't really care about "modern" EE releases. In my book GW released most of their interesting models in ~90's, and later it was just getting worse.
But my trusty old foe is less radical and he purchased copy of rulebook. It turned out new edition made oldie Necromunda rules smoother and more game-friendly (at least that's what he says), so we decided to give it a try. Besides it would be nice to take a deep breath of fresh, toxic air from ash wastes after recent months of Bolt Action gaming.

After browsing gangs available the only acceptable choice for me was Chaos (what a surprise...). Not only because evil armies are usually more cool that goodie-goodie ones, but also because I could base the war party on models which has been waiting for some action for a long time: mostly on Nurgle combat patrol, painted for the contest some time ago.
For cultists I chose 2 scavvies  models and mad cultist from old RAFM line. They fit the group really nicely and are perfect candidates for full member servants ov Khaos.

I am quite surprised until now there was no occasion to test those rotten guys in action, hope Papa Nurgle will be satisfied about their service.
And number of souls they will provide for everlasting Chaos glory (Ia! Ia! Ia!)...

So, ladies and gentlemen: Armageddon finally comes!

And we're back on the ground, in Europe invaded by evil Germans.
Some time ago I added a jeep to my small force - haven't used it yet, but the idea is to arm it with medium machine gun and give it a role of pain-in-the-ass-intantry-hunter.
On the battlefield I often see small enemy units or single characters staggering quite safely - such tinies are easy to hide and often - not worthy of attention of whole units or tanks.
That ends now hopefully.

But at this stage I am trying to get it assembled. While attaching wheels, driver and shooter was not a big problem, installing machine gun definitely is: it's quite small element standing on thin stick and I am quite sure unless I make something up there might be a problem with transporting the piece on the battlefield. Obvious thing would be using pin to connect the gun with shooter's hand, but it might be risky - even using 0,6mm drill.
I am also considering replacnig metal gun with spare placcy from M3A1 halftrack (I have no idea what happened with photobucket - pics are not displayed on blog anymore but they work if you click the miniature.)

Any ideas are more than welcome.

And the last thing - I managed to paint something!
Very small something but it still counts for annual statistic...
Last week buddy of mine opened own office, so I thought I can support him with big bottle of something tasty and self-painted lucky charm. It is said frog sitting on coins brings luck in business.
We'll see.

Thant's it for now, hopefully see ya next month!

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Back to the 90's - again

Hello again,

After painting Chronopia beast I somehow cannot kick myself back into hobby routine. Apparently I am tired or overstretched my painting abilities at the beginning of the year...
No matter what was the cause miniatures won't paint themselves and hobby altar demands contant sacrifices. 

For a while I wanted to paint Mercurian Maculator from oldie Warzone range (bah, of course OLDIE range!) - it's that ugly thing in the back of first pic.
During back days, when original Warzone was actually alive (and quite prosperous I think) I've never had any opportunity to see the model on the battlefield. It had brilliant artwork - by Paul Bonner himself, nice profile, useful skills and decent gun. But at the same time it was so fuc*ing big it's chance for survilal were just minimal. Nothing but a stupid bullet magnet.

So after Mr Maculator got pinned, assembled, based and undercoated the decision was made to switch to something smaller and, let's be frank about it - looking nice ^^

I've always liked Mordheim - sadly we've never played it. No reason why actually. 
No matter how cool the game really was it also had (and still has) huge hobby potential: 
tons of miniatures to choose to create really unique gangs, lots of cool ideas about painting and modelling to fit the depraved and wretched City of the Damned.

My "natural" choice for battleforce is Undead but also always loved 90's beastmen models (probably since read Tale of 4 Gamers is WD). Collecting 100% metal Warhammer Fantasy Battle army was just way beyond my reach, but not skirmish raiding party. Slaanesh party...

After some excavation works in the Pile ov Shame some models emerged to start with. I have no idea about battle usefulness of minis chosen, simply picked oned I liked:
there will be like 3 gors, 3 ungors, some boss, minotaur and fiend of Slaanesh (probably proxying chaos hound). First idea was to use orginal beastmen lord / champion from the mid 90's, but I've found oldie chaos warrior model which can be even better candidate:
- it's dedicated worshipper of Slaanesh;
- it has beastman (probably) head;
- it's suited with heavy armour: painting it really dark would be just really cool especially if model is placed in the middle of bright models;
- worst part of the sculpt is that stupid looking blade, sadly it's connected with armour and head so I cannot replace it with anything looking decent.

So here's the current stage of the group. They will get classic "Road to Mordheim" base - simple and effective:

And below you can see the first model from the band (color test).
Since it's Slaanesh group the warriors must look rather "fresh" and alive - and this little fucker is rather ok. At first I wanted to achieve albino effect but then I thought maybe it's better idea to keep such complexion the the boss - no matter what model it will be in the end.

And last but definitely not least since it's about divine matters: 
last week I've finally got the sleeve inked. Whole project started few years back but because tattoo studio I chose is 60 km away from where I live, I've always had something better to do than playing with ink and needles. But it was high time to please Great Cthulhu, armageddon might come any day after all (let's hope for it).

It's still fresh and it will take at least few days to heal but I will take some shots when it's done. I kinda know posting tattoo pic is rather silly but hey, it's still better that posting pics of food on Instagram! Or wherever!
Besides that tattoo artist did piece of great job, no doubts about it.

So, Cthulhu, you may now raise from the eternal slumber, I am ready! Iä! Iä! Cthulhu fhtagn!


Sunday, April 16, 2017

Chronopia Myrmadon / Necromunda mule

Hey all,

It's been a while since I contributed anything to the hobby but I guess sometimes life issues just cannot get easily overcome. I think I got used to painting Bolt Action stuff which somehow brings nice results in quite short time so decision was made to work on something else - to take some rest from painting olive green on each and every model...

On the very bottom of my pile ov shame there was old Blackblood Goblin Myrmadon model:
I've never played Chronopia, this piece was part or stuff won in local painting contest long time ago, when I was still in high school. I've never liked it, personally I think the game was just some sort or mistake and whole the effort put into miniatures range could've been used for spawning more Warzone models. 

I thought the miniature could become cool piece for Necromunda game: there's always need for objective markers. Besides it could be decent pack animal - just like brahmins in Fallout.
So old paint was washed off and some stuff attached onto the back: oildrum, some wooden barrels, guns and ammo bags - basically spare sh!t from the hobby box.

Painting is nothing striking - models is supposed to fit gaming board and my gangs. We play in post-apo desert after all, so this determined choise of colors. Metal plates and the load provide nice contrast so yeah: me happy.
So without further introduction - the beast:

And because a month without related to Bolt Action is lost month: 
last night we played quite challenging match - 1200 pts strong bad nazis vs 600 pts US boys and their 600 pts strong alies: German democratic opposition.
The scenarion chosen was Double envelope, all in all it was draw but I must say I got seriously pissed several times. Like when allied Hetzer was knocked out in the very first turn, even before moving. My bro definitely underestimated skills of Panzer IV...

On the other hand my bazooka team turned out to be huge pain in the panzer-ass of my opponent so I think I next time I might field another one, maybe instead of sniper team.

The game was the first occasion for me to see results of dipping technique in the flesh. My brother had nothing in common with the hobby for like 15 years? And just for gaming purposes he gave dipping a try to paint German heer. I didn't expect much but results appeared more than satisfying:
1. for gaming purposes only (painting is fast, easy and paint is totally damage-proof),
2. for someone with almost no painting experiene at all.
I'll try to take some pics as soon as he get's more of the swarm finished.

Till the next time!

Saturday, March 11, 2017

US platoon PAINTED!

It finally happened.
Screwed weather combined with some paperwork I had to finish made me stay home. 
When the job was done I started painting remaining US sarge and since once fuc#ing again Bolt Action match got cancelled - model  was finished yet the same evening.

And it turned out my basic (over) 1000pts strong US force has just been totally painted!
Quite an achievement considering my free time limits and the fact painting more less the same uniform on each and every model is just  rather boring (this makes me wonder why it was taking me so much time to get Necromunda gangers done).

But since group of painted models always look nice I think it was worthy effort.

What next?
I hope to expand the group by adding more regular infantry (from Black Tree Designs and West Wind): I defintely need more BARs, I definitely want to see larger teams, medium mortar would also be nice touch just to mess with enemy MMG teams.

I also want to play.
Dammit! Right now it's 3rd weekend without cellar gunfight... ><

Hope you like the team:

Thanx for readin'!

Saturday, February 25, 2017

M18 Hellcat

So I was supposed to paint infantry... I was (I still am actually) only 7 models away from having fully painted 1000 points Bolt Action US battle force.
But the urge was too strong...

When I got the model I still had some infantrymen on the desk, and opened the Hellcat box "just" to check if there're no parts missing of has is arrived undamaged...
Yeah, rrright...

Model was assembled in like two evenings so the painting could start with no delay.
I wanted to make it fit rest of my machines but also wanted to see it slightly brighter.
And actually everything was going nice until I got bit carried away by weathering. Let's face it -  getting tanks dirty is the very best thing in this whole painting business!

 As for the model quality: absolutely no complains. Once again I can definitely recommend anything released by Italeri. All parts fit nicely, all details are sharp. My only regret is there's only one more model from that manufacturer for my army, whch I don't really need.

I wanted to paint both crew members but only loader could be positioned nicely on the seat behind cannon, so the legless veteran commander has to wait for some other task.
The loader also has no legs by the way. It's definitely most hardcore and totally BADASS crew in my army!

Painting is very similar to my earlier machines (M4 Sherman, M8 Greyhound, M3A1 halftrack) so there's not much more to be added. On this one I tested applying wet mud on the hull (like it's riding through puddles or something) but result is not spectacular. The dirt is just barely seen. I think I was expecting something more "chunky".
So in when all was done I hit my new ride with yellowish pigments (especially in the rear) and that's what I was really looking for - strong contrast. Looks like dried mud.

So - no more babbling, hope you like my work! :)

Below - drastic details of turret interior.
See? The guy has no legs!

And my whole armored fist at current stage.

Party time is over, time to take care of some intentry models.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Damn those pesky kids...

"Heinrich! Heeeeinriiich!
Those goddamn teenagers macht est again! Mein neu Garten wall ist vandalized!
Ich will not leave it like this again!
Check if we have any spare Panzer, dear - someone's gonna pay for it..."

See? See? That's what might happen if you piss that weirdo naighbour of yours off. You never know who he truely is, where does he work or weather he leads nazi party or not...
Lesson learnt: stay away from freaks and local idiots.

Anyway - hey again.

Once again whole post it dedicated totally to Bolt Action. I must admit this game is just super addictive! Combine it with cool models (which in case of my army turned out to be really easy to paint) and voila! - recipe for commercial success!

Since the last entry 4 models were moved into the colored side of existence, which is quite a result for my: single piece painted in about 2,5 evening...

So for starters - little support for my regular infantry: one more private and first liutenant (finally I have painted commander). Both painted using tested color choice. I was asked about paints I use so further below - all necessary colors to get US infantry painted:

Another piece is something to mess with hiding enemy troops: medium mortar from Black Tree Design range. It's the first model I painted ever from this manufacturer but I am quite sure I'll get some more toys from that source:
- models are well scaled for Bolt Action game,
- there's huge minis selection available,
- there are ofter promotions and shipping cost is quite low,
- customer service - brilliant.

I chose my standard US infantry palette so it fist the rest of the gang. I also decided to base every crew member on separate bases (there are 3 soliders operating mortar + optional spotter) so it's easier and more practical to remove casaulties instead of marking them with dice or something.
My only regret about BTD is they have not much heavy equipment and special weapons.

And now - that mysterious neighbour... That weirdo living next door...
I purchased the piece together with infantry order and painted as gift for my bro - he runs zee Germans army but sadly doesn't paint stuff at all.
I thought he might use one more NCO (the mysterious neighbour had rank about corporal). Painting itself was fast and easy - after all the model is simple uniform + 3 spots of flesh.
And that fucking stupid looking moustache...
I tried to keep paintjob clean so the model looks striking on our battlefield. Hope you like it.

And to close the post: one more terrain piece.
The last time I presented test piece of wrecked brick wall, and wanted to get another one, just slightly larger. This one was made to provide safe shooting positions for 2 soliders. Also wanted to test other way of painting - resuls is similar but painting took less time.
I want to give similar paintjob to Italeri's wrecked building and then I think I'll mold some wall sections so I can build larger constructions.
To make life of tank crews more paint in the ass like...


Wednesday, February 8, 2017

US storm


I've been cooking this post for a while so it's high time for painter's katharsis - no more hiding pics on hard drive! Pics of painted models that is...
The top picture is group shot of my paratroopers - whole team has finally been painted!
Those were my entry for local contest so couldn've posted them earlier yet it's still better now than never. The guys didn't perform as nice as I was hoping for but screw this:
the deadline was effective motivator to get them done by the end of January.

In the meantime I've managed to bring them to the field and they are very solid and reliable unit. Last week they survived 2 rounds of direct fire from treachous Churchill tank. The fact is - placing them on top of the hill might not have been my smartest strategic move, but it only proves how badass paratroopers are. And some more shots - painted units always look nice:

We've also been testing some terrain features and I decided to build a test brick wall.
Test, because what we have doesn't provide enough cover for infantry units. I wanted to see wall tall enough to hide whole standing model behind.

Below you can see the first attempt - piece of wall made of clay casted bricks. All in all it's quick and easy, hard to f*ck job. The biggest problem is waiting for clay to dry - bricks run out quite fast.
What do you think?
I am considering molding some larger sections so building more massive and complex constructions is easier and simply - faster.

And here's some recent paintjob to support regular infantry:
from left to right badass NCO for the second squad of regular infantry, medic and another annonymous rifle-carrier. All models were painted using the very same color palette to keep my force as coherent and unified as I can provide. I've just thought there're like 6 models left and I my US army is ~1000pts painted!
Well maybe not exactly all units is what I want to see but it's still solid start.

And sniper team: mostly useless but there's nothing worse than loosing light machine gun or commander just by leaving these two operating freely...

The wall:
clay can be painted with no problem, hitting it with dry pigments and spray sealer also works. On the next one I'll try to apply stronger drybrush so whole piece is more striking and contrasting.

And last but not least - heavy support.
Abour Monday mailmand delivered freshly casted set or infantry from Black Tree Designs.
I chose them because they provide metal range of minis, the selection is pretty wide and I don't want to see any doubles in my army and there was really sweet promotion for WW2 stuff recently.

Models require some cleaning but it's really nothing I cannot deal with. And thank to this investment US army got 16 fresh recruits and medium mortar - just to keep enemy infantry slightly more insecure on the battlefield...

So that's it for now,
thanks for reading!

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Even more Bolt Action + some summary

Hey again,

I should've published this post like 2 days ago but I was kinda distracted by playing Civilisation IV...
Beware if you ever decide to give this game a try - it's just f#%king addictive!

But since I managed to turn off that time waster it's high time for some hobby report from my painting station. This time: more Bolt Action (yup - again!) and annual summary.

Let's start with the boring part - miniatures are dessert.
2016 has just passed so I checked the hobby chart and looks like I've been about as much productive as in a year before: I managed to paint 49 models and play 24 games while in 2015 these were 53 and 20.
Sure it's not enough but all in all it's still decent result for fully employed family guy. Bravo!
What's most optimistic is the fact the result is slowly getting  better and better since 2011 (when ye blazing comet was spotted in the sky and shortly after my kid was born).
I regret so much I haven't started such a statistics earlier - I've been wondering many times how many models left my painting station since the day I got sucked into the hobby abyss.

As for overall conclusion - it was busy year, VERY busy, mostly by real life. I am glad I managed to finish most of started project and that I haven't put hobby bar too high: big painting plans usually mean big disappointment.
I am very glad one more 100% oldschool gang was finished (EM4 Scavengers aka Necromunda Orlock proxies) and that we gave a try to Bolt Action game - it's such a breath of fresh, battlefield air!
Even my brother dediced to join the gaming ring as der deutch Heerfuhrer.
Which reminds me I have to order some more US infantry to repel those nazi pests...

And some solid numbers: summary on the bottom relates to the period since 2011.

And the promised candy.
Since the last time I managed to practice Bolt Action game rules a bit, add some terrain and of course - slap paint on some models.

We're still building the battlefield so in order to make games more demanding (and our soliders' fate even more f&*ked up) I built 4 more hedges sections. These are just tall enough to provide cover for sneaking  infantry but I am also considering building some really tall hedges, tall enough to hide tank or scout car behind. It's a bocage setting after all!

Building such obstacles is very easy and quick (except for waiting for pva and base color to dry) and you can probably find most of needed materials at yout place:
pcv sheets left-overs, sand, white glue, some sponge, steel wool or seat filling, hobby paints, hairspray.

And miniatures:
since the last time my US force has been reinforced by 2 BAR assault rifle operators, forward air observer and some paratroopers veterans.
Painting Artizan Designs' stuff is just great - models are well scaled and simple. They remind me EM4 models a bit. With no usless gear hanging on models painting single trooper takes like 2 evenings and that is while still keeping decent painting quality. 
Decent for gaming purposes to be clear.

For BAR guys (for whole regular infantry actually) I chose convincing color scheme but to make gaming more clear, I decided to paint the helmets black. It turns out sometimes in the very heat of the battle player may forget weather there is or not BAR operating in the squad.

Forward Air Observer is the first painted officer in my army.
It's quite expensive but since it can call 2 air strikes instead of one (US special rule) I try not to leave the base without it: at this point I found whole pinning effect it might cause slightly overestimated, but on the other hand the final attack is able to rip tank apart. Just like during last game - my brother, I mean: der Bruder, didn't know that painted models fight better (MWAH-HA-HA-HA-HAAA...!!!)

And the guy who cause the mess above himself:

And for the final - paratroopers.
These guys were my first Bolt Action investment and I am really satisfied about them: both sculptures and combat performance.
Thank to special gear and slightly different paintjob this team is pretty eyecatching amont other US units. I have to consider mounting them on half-track or some truck to bring light machine gun fast closer the action.
Anyway since the last time I managed to paint 2 more paratroopers, 4 models more and I can concentrate on cannon fodder. Regular infantry that is...

Thats it for starters.
Thanks for reading and seeya in 2017!