Wednesday, May 20, 2015

The Six Month Mountain Reduction and Painting Challenge

Okay, I'm in.

What convinced me?  First, I miss painting. I lost my mojo a while back and I want it back. Second, it just makes sense from a financial standpoint, especially with some changes for the worse on the horizon. Third, there's not a lot out there I've wanted to buy, so why tempt myself. 

So I thought I'd do this in stages, wiping out sections of the mountain rather than chipping away randomly. For my first section, I decided to knock out my collection of D&D Chainmail minis. 

These guys could be put to use in my D&D game, or a nice skirmish game like Song of Blades and Heroes. So what is all in the pile?

Three Thalos starter warbands (12 minis total)
One Naresh starter warband (4)
Ravilla Faction box set (6)
Drazen's Horde box set (6)
Mordengard faction box set (6)
Mordengard combo box (4)
Ogre mercenary
Dwarf fighter
Stone spike
Drow warrior
Grey Elf Fighters (2)
Total: 34 miniatures

That should keep me busy for a while. Once completed, I'll claim another Joker, allowing me to make a purchase. 

Wish me luck!  I could use the encouragement!

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Thinking about the 6MMRPC

Thanks to a handy post by Admiral Drax, I'm now aware of the 6 Month Mountain Reduction and Painting Challenge, hosted by The Spider Web of History.  It's pretty straightforward--you basically don't buy anything in terms of miniatures for six months except for painting supplies, and you paint your own minis for six months, posting pics every week.

I've been lousy about my painting lately, for loads of reasons, and getting a goal and some inspiration might be just the thing for me.  It begins June 1 through November 30, which is a good chunk of time.

There's lots of things I could paint up: ICE Space Rangers, Warmachine box sets, some Nazis...  I'll give it a day or two to think about, and then make my decision.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Cheap forms for terrain building

"Building Blocks"

I haven't written for a while about terrain building, mostly because I have not built much aside from the odd piece for my modular dungeon.  But, I have been considering getting back into making some things, and in a very timely manner happened to spot these fellows in the "Spot" section of Target.

You don't see too many just generic Legos anymore--instead it is all building kits and the like.  Legos, or complete knock-offs like these, are great for creating 90-degree angle forms for assembling Hirst Arts blocks or other things.

Let's be clear--they are NOT Legos.  They are flimsy and soft.  But they are also only a dollar a bag, and for what I will be using them are perfect.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Martian Scout Tripods

I finished my first trio of Martian Scout Tripods for the game All Quiet on the Martian Front.  These guys were such a joy to paint and ended up looking pretty good.  They are going to join some friends' Martian units in a big group game.  Once that's over, I'll see about adding more if the game is a hit.

Anyways, it's nice to be painting again.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

All Quiet on the Martian Front

How long has it been since I posted something to this blog? Too long. 

I have had neither the time nor the inclination to do much in the way of miniature wargaming, until of course a friend decided to try to get a bunch of us to put together elements of a British and Martian army for All Quiet on the Martian Front.  I chose to go for the Martian side.

Three Scout Tripods, all ready to bust out of their box.

First one assembled and the next on its way.

All three ready to invade Earth!

More WIP shots to come!

Saturday, January 3, 2015

2014 in Review

What can I say about 2014, when it comes to wargaming?  Not a whole lot.  While I consistently did roleplaying games throughout the year, my wargaming was pretty hit-and-miss.  I played an ACW game and a WW2 game, and did a bunch of casting of miniatures.  I painted 71 figures, which is pretty good for some people, but probably the lowest number for me in five years at least.  I'm not beating myself up too badly about it--that number is more an observation than anything.

But an observation of what?  Well for one thing the kids are growing up a bit and have more going on after school, but can't drive themselves.  That takes up time.

In addition, I really haven't had a project or a goal to work on.  If you don't have a direction, the tendency is to just meander about, which is pretty much what I did all year long.  I got the ACW figures finished and then plateaued pretty quickly.  It's reflected in my frugality pledge, which despite having a lower monthly budget than 2014 I ended up spending even less than last year when it came to coming in under budget.  In theory I could spend $155 today and still come in right at the wire.

But, there is some good news on the horizon, for those who actually like content on this blog.  For one thing, I met up with a wargaming group that has members here in my own town, rather than in the big city.  That means I can get together for some games more often.  Moreover we have decided on a project for the beginning of the new year: All Quiet on the Martian Front.  I need to paint up 500 points of Martians by then, but that shouldn't be too hard.  Having a goal will get me going, I hope.

Thanks for following me into the new  year, and enjoy your hobbies!

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Chain of Command

Who says its hard to find people with which to do hobby stuff?  I got invited by a member of my church to play Chain of Command, a WW2 game from Too Fat Lardies. We played in 15mm with my friend refereeing four players, two to a side. I got the Nazi infantry. Here's some pics.

As you can see it was a great layout. My dice rolling was terrible and the other side had a ridiculous amount of good luck. The rules were pretty simple to grasp, although it helps I suspect if you have someone navigating the charts for you. 

There's been some discussion of doing a campaign using these rules.  I'm not that familiar with the time period, but 15mm plastics is right in my budget right now, and I haven't painted up an army (or much of anything) in ages.


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