Sunday, 28 May 2017

Bank Holiday painting and possibly biting off more then I can chew


Being the Bank holiday weekend of the half term and the Wife and kids going to church I managed to finish off several miniatures from the 'pile of grey shame' today.

First up is a Dark Elf Hydra. . . . 


This is actually Ed's miniature but I needed something big to practise my speed painting on and Ed kindly volunteered this miniature.

I think he also really wanted this painted and hoped I would do a half decent job ;0)


Technique here has very simular to my 'Legends of the Old west' miniatures.

Undercoated black and then I zenith spayed this one with 'Alien purple' from the Army painter primer range.


With this one I did mask off the stomach with tape.

Then it was just a case of tidying up the edges, picking out the bone and frills, ink washes and dry brush.


In this case the edge highlight was GW 'Blue horror'.

The face did get a bit of extra attention becasue . . . . well it's the face!


Hopefully Ed will be happy with it when he sees it?

Next up are some Sabre Tusks for my (rapidly) expanding Ogre army for 8th edition WHF.


Nothing flash here.

Undercoated black, zenith sprayed Army painter 'leather brown' then a very light spray of white.

The mane was ink washed and the edge highlights on the torso were done with watered down GW 'Zamesi desert'


Really surprised how natural they have turned out considering the crudeness of the technique!

Next up is another of the 'towns folk' for Lago.


Another example of the zenith spray and ink wash technique I am using more and more.


Again the quality of the Reaper sculpt really helps me pull off this technique.

Final entry is 'Bug eyed Bill' who has gone and bought himself a Shotgun with his dollars!


It's now a sawn off shotgun because I dropped it while painting and it broke ;0(

Still works for me.


And here is a group shot.

I really am spoilt rotten at the moment with all the cool stuff going on in my gaming circles and the diversity of miniatures this offers me to paint!


Now the numbers


Miniatures painted / sold this year = 164

Miniatures bought 95
349 miniatures to go!
Because I have got myself all giggly and silly over 'Blood in the Bablands' I have made a beast heavy army list and gone and bought myself  this. . . . . 
Now I have to try and get this lot constructed and painted by the end of the half term holiday!!!


Yer. . . . . . . right?

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Blood in the Badlands. Game three. "Frogs legs are back on the menu boys!".



This Sunday last saw Anthony and I play an 1500 point game of WHF to contest another tile of the Badlands.

I had completely forgotten he was not fielding Beastmen and had a lovely surprise when he plonked down 1500 points of nearly finished but beautifully painted Lizardmen.

Monday, 22 May 2017

Path to Glory. Tzeentch Vs Papa Nurgle



Just a quick battle report of a Path to Glory skirmish Anthony and I managed to squeeze in after our 'Blood in the Badlands' game last Sunday (that battle report to follow!).


As you can see above I still need to Finish off 'Grundog the Shunned' and my new Chosen of Chaos but on the whole the warband are coming together nicely.


Nurgle are happy to stand back in the opening turns and have me advance into the diseased jaws of death.



Then in a quick counter strike smash into my Chaos hounds!


The battle is fast and furious and despite pulling down two Beastmen my hounds bolt for the back table edge and will not take any further part in the battle.



Nurgle are about to learn fear of the 'Blue fires of Tzeentch' when both his Minotaur and a unit of Beastmen disappear in flashes of incandescent warp fire!



In order to stop any more direct damage spells, Nurgle charge into my forces!




My Ogre is also mob stomped when the Nurgle Chosen flank charges him after over running my Chaos hounds.



In one of the strangest combats Anthony and I have ever witnessed both our units of Chaos Warriors fail to cause any wounds on each other and then my warriors decide to flee despite not suffering a single casualty (on leadership eight!!), just because they were charged!


 
In order to save face before the eyes of the Chaos Gods Scarblade the Immortal stands ready with his bodyguard to face the Nurgle charge. . . . . .



. . . . but Scarblade is deserted by his gods and my entire Warband is wiped out!!




The battle was fast and furious and Anthony earned twelve favour points thanks to the massacre of my warband!


I only earned 6 favour points in return so will not be expanding my warband any time soon!

Sunday, 21 May 2017

75,000 hits and apparently I'm big in Russia!!


I woke up this morning to find this silly little corner of the internet had managed 75,000 hits.

I know a lot of hits are from bots but they can't all be (can they?).

And a mile stone is a mile stone so  . . . . . Yay me!

Friday, 19 May 2017

Gun smoke at the Creative Biscuit, South Woodford


Busy night at the Creative Biscuit last Thursday

There was our first outing of Guildball . . . . .



Once again we had folks trying to survive 'The Dead of Winter' . . . . . .


And Macca had his first taste of 'Legends of the Old West' . . . . . .



Also here is a close up on one of the recently finished TT scenic buildings which I ordered at Salute.

My painting skills can not match the paint jobs I have seen online and my efforts always look a bit too 'toyey' (is that even a word?), as shown by the Saloon and carriage above.

For this reason I pulled out some scenery stuff from the 'cupboard of shame ' and got busy with the super glue.

After a happy half hour (probably due to the fumes) and 30 odd minutes with the brush I ended up with this. . . . . .


Much happier with the result and the rest of the buildings will probably get the same treatment.

All in all a top night at the Biscuit and looking forward to the 15th of June!

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Blood in the Badlands. Game two.



Captain Guthook surveyed the battle field and snorted at the pitiful sight of the Skaven horde before him. How had this walking buffet bested his Slaughtermaster?

Surrounded by his personal body guard he felt invincible. Soon the Badlands would be added to his growing empire. All the world would tremble at the approach of the Guthook tribe. First he just had to get his remaining hand on that bloody flying tower thingy!

Sunday, 14 May 2017

Legends of the Old West. Good guys wear black.


Finished up the last of my Lawmen for my brother yesterday.

Here are 'The long arms'.


Once again they are Black Scorpion efforts and are a collection of their 'Earps', 'Tombstone' and 'Sheriff' ranges.

And once again I think they look the business considering they are only ink washed and line edged.

Speaks volumes about the quality of the sculpts!


Kris' deputation stands at six miniatures but I have painted up seven just in case.



Also have a 'lynching' planned for the game Thursday at the Creative Biscuit so I need up to a dozen towns folk to get in the way during the shootout.

For that reason the two below got an hour with the brushes.


Both are Foundry efforts. They are old skool 28mm which means they are much smaller then the heroic scale miniatures but their smaller statue fits with their 'diminutive' stature so it all works out.


Now the numbers

Miniatures painted / sold this year = 142

Miniatures bought 95
371 miniatures to go!

Thursday, 11 May 2017

Blood in the badlands campaign. Game one. Immovable object Vs Irrestable force


Last Sunday saw the 'blood in the Badlands' campaign kick off with Lano, Lee, Anthony and myself in attendance.

Game one would see Lee's Orc's and My Ogre's lock horns for no other reason then we had brought 2000 point armies!

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