Tuesday, 25 April 2017

So I think I have finally gone bonkers!!

So last week I found myself painting a real rock to make it look MORE like a rock!!!


Even as I was painting it I was having a monolouge with myself about how mental it was so I can't be completely gone.

BUT is it just me or does it just look better?


Unfortunately there is no way I can add this to my painting total for the year. . . .can I?

By the way this is not my post Salute Ta - DAAAAAA!

Sunday, 23 April 2017

Salute 2017



So I finally crumbled due to having a bit of a shopping list and decided to go to Salute this year.

I had the lad in tow and the poor little fella was absolutely hanging by the end as he had already had his Thai Boxing class that morning and had been promoted to the 9 year old class. (he's only 7). If that was not enough for him he also took his first proper punch in the face!

So what does any sympathetic Dad do . . . . . . Drag him off to Salute straight afterwards of course!!!!!

Having him shoot me daggers when I said "Just one more stall" did curb the time I spent there and therefore the amount I spent and a lot of the traders did not have the bits there I wanted so it was not the usual bonanza.

I did buy some bits from Osprey. . . .


. . . . . and had a good chat with Craig if 'IHMN' fame but on the whole Salute did not feel as 'big' this year.

The above items are not my only purchases but I want to do a big 'Ta - DAHHHHHH!!!!' as I am already smashing through the bits I bought yesterday.

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

More Ogres!!!!!


Over the Bank holiday I managed to finish off another two Ogres.

Once again these were miniatures I had been block colouring and ink washing through the winter months so as soon as I get a decent stint of good painting light I can attempt to finish them off.

First up is my standard bearer for my Ironguts.


Went with a red banner as it contrasts nicely with the green banner for the Ogre Bulls unit and also with the very pale skin of the standard bearer.

In an attempt to associate them with my Empire army I also painted the imperial shields adorning the miniature to match the paint job of my Imperial Army Knights "The second sons".



I am practising my pale skin tones in preperation for some 'AoS 28' stuff I have planned over the summer months.

I was surprised how good he looked in the close up considering this is my first attempt with the colour scheme.



Second up is a Leadbelcher.


Good news about this figure is it also made me finally finish up a Gnobblar!

I also tried some OSL effects from the torch on the side of the Ogre face but not sure how successful it was.


Looks fine for a table top standard figure.



I am thinking of having one of my Armies for 'Blood in the Badlands' based on a beast tamer tribe with lots of the more fauna based elements of the Ogres lists, with hunters and some of the bigger beasties from the rare section of the army lists in abundance!

Now the numbers
 
Miniatures painted / sold this year = 100

Miniatures bought 16 due to new Mordheim campaign, Riotville live! and Paths to Glory.
 
370 miniatures to go!
Really glad to have broken the 100 miniatures painted or sold so soon into the year but I am off to Salute next week so expect the unpainted total to rise sharply again!

Sunday, 16 April 2017

The lord of Mordheim. The end of a 15 month campaign!!


Lord Crashart peered into the surrounding gloom and sighed heavily. This would be the last push to displace the Dwarves from the east of the river. He had emptied his coffers to recruit as many men as possible and had even called in a favour to have his old mucker Arnold Legbreaker join them for some added muscle. How Crashart was going to feed the big oaf was anyone's guess. Maybe Crash could shove him in front of a crossbow bolt during the battle?

How had it turned to shit so quick? This was supposed to be a simple 'smash and grab' into Mordheim while on the way to his retirement to that little brothel in Tilea.

15 months later and here he still was! Bearly scratching a living from the daily raids into Mordheim. His retirement funds pissed up the wall and hardly a bean to his name. His only choice now was to claim this God's forsaken pile of dirt as his own and fight off all comers to reap it's supposed riches.

Crash stared along the line of the remnants of his warband. How many had fallen in the twisting alleys and deserted courtyards of the cursed city over the last 15 months? How many of his starting warband were standing here today? Did he really care?

No, not really! Better anyone else then him!

Did 'Crazy Joe' and the others really think he did not know of their plan to knife him in the back on one of their many missions into Mordheim and leave him here to rot? Did they really think he did not know of their disdain for him?

'Well here I stand you bastards!' he thought, and come the day when he no longer needed them there would be a reckoning!

But for now there was only the battle ahead. Crashart checked his powder one last time, kissed his lucky charm and ordered his men forward. . . . . 

There could be no escape from  Mordheim!


Friday, 14 April 2017

Blood in the Badlands purchases and a REALLY slow computer!!


Originally this was only going to be a short post about the upcoming 'Blood in the Badlands' campaign my gaming group are going to play for our summer offensive.

LOOK AT THE SHINEY SHINEY!!!!!!


So thats Triumph and Treachery which I have only played twice but absolutely LOVED!, Storm of Magic (which I have yet to play) and the Blood in the Badlands campaign book which I have already read through twice while away on holiday and cannot wait to get my teeth into!

So that was going to be the post but then I decided to run a chk dsk and defrag when I started up the computer and it was so slow I also managed to finish up this fella while my computer was sorting itself out!!!


An Ogre Bull, standard bearer.

Once again a quick and easy colour scheme for speed.


 Not completely happy with how the banner has turned out but he is one and done.

I still have several Ogres to finish and it now looks like they will need reinforcements for the upcoming campaign (as well as a couple of monsters for the Storm of Magic battles) so I need to get busy again with the brushes.


Now the numbers
Miniatures painted / sold this year = 92

Miniatures bought 16 due to new Mordheim campaign, Riotville live! and Paths to Glory.
388 miniatures to go!

Due to this campaign it looks like I am off to Salute next week so expect the unpainted total to rise sharply soon.

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Out of the blue, finally some painting time!! Titan forge Ogres and Dire Wolves


Had an amazing surprise this morning when the wife informed me she was heading into work during the Easter break, THEN told me that the kids had a 2 hour cycling course starting at ten o' clock just down the road. . . . . . I would have the place to myself for nearly two hours!!

Only one thing for it. . . . Out come the paints. . . . . .

Sunday, 9 April 2017

Could we be back in action?

This might be a false dawn but I think I am back in action.


Back on the 25th of March I managed to get in a game of WHF (8th) against Lano's High Elves. . . .

Battle report (finally) after the break!

Monday, 27 March 2017

Technical difficulties. . . . . . please stand by.


Sorry folks but should hopefully have this sorted by mid April.


This post took over 45minutes to post so I need to get this sorted before I completely lose the plot!
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