Saturday, June 14, 2014

Mass Effect Aliens


Sort of a funny story about these guys.  They were given to me by the guy running the Mass Effect RPG for my gaming group.  So I don't know who made them or really what they are supposed to be (I think Salarians) and I don't know why some had textured bases and others didn't, although I tried to match them up as best I could.

Anyways, they appeared in last night's game, all ready to shoot the heck out of our group.

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Paint Table Saturday


So, I'm trying to get back into painting again.  In order to inspire me, I'm doing the "Paint Table Saturday" from Sofie's Paint Blog.  And, here you go....


I put the base texture on a bunch of Eldar I have lying around, because, well, because.  And I painted up a Reaper Bones female ranger for my daughter's D&D game she wants me to do, and attached a few other Reaper Bones to their bases so I can get to them later this week.  Here's a close-up of the ranger:


The light was a little close, making her glossy-looking.  She isn't that bad.


Saturday, May 10, 2014

A Casting Day



I spent the morning at Bill's house casting up miniatures for my "Not Quite Seven Years War" army. Not a bad lot, but I still need a color scheme. 

Monday, April 21, 2014

Reaper Bones Goblins


So, I'm kind of definitely in painting mode now, having completed these four goblins that are part of the Pathfinder miniatures that are now being done in the Reaper Bones line.  No painting awards for these fellows, but they were another "I started them and didn't finish" project, although to be fair I hadn't even primed them when I started them today.  They did get a nice Army Painter khaki primer, then were base-coated and hit with the Games Workshop brown ink.

One good thing?  These guys might actually be used, should I ever start up another intro-level D&D campaign.

Termagaunts

Tyranid termagaunts by Games Workshop
After my last post I realized that I needed to update my painting total for the year, and that the total is 11.  For the year.  That's...pretty low for me.  Probably the lowest in a long time.  So low that even casual viewers of this blog have mentioned it to me offline.

Ironically, I'm coming off the busiest week of the year work-wise, and it is work and lots of side things (some work related, some not) that have kept me from painting the last four months.  But maybe it is because I am no longer responsible for running the home roleplaying game that I can get in a little time to paint.  I'm sure having one of my friends comment on the number of half-finished painting projects cluttering up the house didn't hurt either.

So today I had the day off and the kids are in school and so I decided to tackle another one of those unfinished projects: four termagaunts I had started for my son's Warhammer 40K Tyranid army.  It's a pretty simple paint scheme and I had gotten the black and gray highlights painted on them months ago.  It was a simple matter to finish them up and base them today.  I don't mind getting things painted solely for the purpose of being able to put them away--it just makes space for new projects (and boosts the painting total).

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Belgian VSF infantry


So all this started a few weeks ago when a friend was in my house and commented about how many unpainted miniatures were lying about. Nicely, though. 

So, that got me off my butt and back to painting. These fellows were part of a Belgian GASLIGHT force I was putting together a while back (there are Askaris somewhere on this blog). They ware from Wargames Factory and honestly aren't that great since it looks like the could possibly be circus contortionists and are lacking detail. 

But they are painted and turned out better than I thought they would mid-way. Now for a few more odds and ends that are running around the paint table. 

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Well, I got Bolt Action

...not to mention a couple of other things.

A few weeks ago I had some friends over to play Settler of Catan, and they brought with them the "Cities and Knights" expansion which I felt added so much gameplay to Catan that I went out and bought it for myself.  There's $45 of my monthly game money right there.

Then, while at the FLGS on International Board Game Day (or whatever it was) I spotted in the discount bin a defective starter box set of Bolt Action.  It had the rulebook, the order dice, 20 Germans infantrymen, and some terrain.  It was missing the 20 American infantrymen the box usually held, but rather than try to return it to the distributor the store had just knocked down the price to $60, which was less than what you'd pay for the rulebook and dice alone.  So I blew through $105 in a month, and pretty much wiped out the budget through the end of April.

The last time I was at Bill's house, a guy there named Robert (no relation) said he liked gaming any historical period up to World War II.  This keeps Bolt Action off the table, but between his comments and me facing the prospect of painting up twenty Nazis really got me thinking about where my own comfort level was in terms of wargaming and real war.  I had two grandfathers in WWII, one of whom had an admittedly easy time of it flying transport planes around the Middle East, but the other was at Normandy and suffered a head wound that left him paralyzed on the right side of his body the rest of his life.  I enjoy getting enthusiastic about my wargaming and hoping I'll win (or at least make a good show of it), but it takes a bit of emotional detachment to root for Nazi Germany.  It's probably one of the reasons why I like gaming periods like the Seven Years War or ahistorical "imaginations."  There's no strong moral compass at work in those situations, or at least enough time past to not be so personally affected.  I bought Bolt Action because I had heard lots of good things about it, and it was a steal at the price offered, but I'm already wondering if it would ever see the light of day, or if I might "re-skin" the rules for something different.

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