Wednesday, September 21, 2016

3D printed storage tanks

A second lot of wargaming terrain made by my brother-in-law on a 3D printer and painted by me.  My juvenile brain makes jokes about this pair.  Comments welcome!

Sunday, September 18, 2016

September Ork Boyz

These fellows are from the Battle for Vedros, the starter game for Warhammer 40K  I picked up a while back. As it turns out, this is just the tip of a green iceberg, because an old friend of mine from college gave to my son a huge box of unpainted orks, including a lot of vehicles, so and I have a huge project ahead of us.

Friday, August 12, 2016

3D Printed Terrain

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My brother-in-law is a science and electronics whiz and always up on the latest technology.  So it's no surprise that he's already into the 3D printing thing.  Last week he gave me a bunch of wargaming terrain, and this is the first of the lot: some barricades and a container.  Not too hard to paint up, and I avoided putting labels or designs on them so they won't preclude themselves from being used in lots of genres.

I have no idea how hard it was to make these--I will have to ask, but it is pretty cool that he could cobble these together using free designs off the internet and give them to me.

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Battle for Vedros Space Marines finished

I managed to get the last two figures from the Battle for Vedros set of Space Marines painted up in the colors of the Brazen Claws.  The first is the real oddball of the group, the terminator sergeant. (Click on the pics to enlarge)

Seriously, outside of this warband, what am I supposed to do with this guy, given I already have a sergeant for my termies already?  Maybe he could be a HQ in terminator armor in a pinch.  Speaking of HQ's, here's the captain looking very spiffy.

I'm really pleased with how he turned out. I had to come up with something to do with his banner, so I decided I'd incorporate the red claw symbol of the Brazen Claws into a big red bird on the banner.

And here is the whole group.  I was comparing them some of my older figures and I like how my painting has improved.  Plus with the three points for the last two figures (large infantry count as two), I'm at 80, which beats my 2014 total.  As I mentioned early, the total from 2013 is a long way off (check the sidebar), but I have a few more months to go.  Even so, I'm pretty pleased to have gotten more into the grove with painting figures again.

Thanks for following me on this project.  It's nice to get something completed, even a small group like this, and I appreciate your readership.  Comments welcome!

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Impulse buying, wargaming edition

As I mentioned on my RPG blog, recently I went on a bit of a spending bender and picked up quite a few things (often used).  On a single trip to Half Price Books last week I managed to snag the following:

Field of Glory got a lot of good reviews when it came out, and I haven't had a chance to do much historical wargaming outside of the odd game of Saga in the last few years.  I'll have to compare it to Hail Caesar to see which one seems more approachable.

I liked Osprey's Ronin, and had a chance to look over a friend's copy of In Her Majesty's Name previously.  It's not my favorite of the lot, but could be a fun "club" game to do with friends.

A friend of mine tried to organize a game of All Quiet on the Martian Front before he moved away and I even painted up some Martian tripods so I could participate.

Well the game never happened but I still have the miniatures (which were fun to assemble and paint, by the way).  So snagging the not-so-easy-to-find hardcover rulebook made sense, especially since it sounds like the company may be belly up.

It really feels like right now I'm spoiled for choices on what projects to work on, and what games to play.  I'm almost done with the Space Marines for Battle for Vedros, and would like to get a few more quick games of that in with my son and his friends.  I could play Kings of War at any time using my old Warhammer Fantasy dwarf army.  I haven't really looked, but I could cobble together a Frostgrave warband with little trouble.

Of the three, I suspect I'm mostly likely to play Field of Glory.  The struggle to get appropriate miniatures knocks AQotMF out of the top spot, and I've got several other skirmish games I could and wish to play before In Her Majesty's Name.  I'll give myself until I finish the last pieces of the Space Marine band before I decide what I might do next, though.

Comments welcome.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Brother Chamberlain, Brazen Claws Dread

In the Battle for Vedros box set there's a multi-melta dreadnought who doesn't have a multi-melta in the rules.  For shooting, there's only a storm bolter, which is on the other power fist.  But in any case, I was ready to paint this guy up.  I already have two, Brothers Naismith and Phogallen, but I wanted this one to look differently than Phogallen, who is also a multi-melta dread.  So Brother Chamberlain has a lot more battle damage, dirt, and rust on him, including a claw mark likely from some run-in with tyranids.

And with this miniature completed, I'm getting closer to my painting total for 2014.  Once I make that, it is a lot harder to catch up to the 2013.  In 2013 I was painting up tons of Vikings and ACW figures which made for an impressive haul.  I'm not sure if I can match it with 40K figures, although in 2011 and 2012 I painted quite a few Brazen Claws to two of my highest years ever.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Some Ork Boyz get finished

I told my son he could paint his own Ork warband for the Battle for Vedros, but I've got plenty of orks lying around that I can paint myself.  I'll leave most for my son, but I did find these four guys in the basement who were half painted.  So I got them finished up and ready to go whenever the boy needs some extra boyz.


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