Thursday, November 24, 2016

Thanksgiving Desert: a Hellhound!


Not a wargaming piece, per se, but I did manage to get this Hellhound painted up over the Thanksgiving Day holiday as well.  Thank you for reading!

Happy Thorksgiving


It is finally getting cold here in the Sunflower State, which means more time inside, and more time to paint.  That got me working once more on my son's Warhammer 40K Ork army, with this four fine fellows.

Also inspiring me to get painting is the Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge.  I like to track my own painting throughout a given year, but the idea of setting a goal and seeing if I can hit it is pretty interesting.  400 points would be eighty 28mm figures in four months.  That's two figures every three days, or roughly five figures a week.  Pretty brisk!  A smart guy would take advantage of any warm days in late November/early December and start preparing miniatures and priming them (which is allowed).

Okay, I've got some time to think about this...

Finally, happy Thanksgiving to all my readers in the United States.  I hope you have a great day with loved ones (and perhaps a bit of fun).

Friday, September 30, 2016

Ghar Battle Squad


I bought the box set of Warlord Games' sci-fi wargame Beyond the Gates of Antares a while back, where it sat for along time untouched.  But this week I've having a bit of a "stay-cation" so I thought I would get some painting done.  Rather than buy new miniatures, I figured I would give BtGoA a try.

These figures were fairly easy to assemble, except the legs.  It's worth letting each part try before attaching the next, and the small, pincer-like legs don't have enough surface area to glue easily to the flimsy plastic bases and popped off even after gentle handling.  I had to really glom the glue on the bases to get the figures to stick.

After that though, they were pretty easy and fun to paint, with a nice bit of detail but not too much, if you know what I mean.  They work well with a black ink wash when you're done.

So, first unit of Ghar done, and as large infantry count as two points apiece.

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!


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