Tuesday, December 27, 2016

The 2016 recap

I managed over the Christmas vacation among the various movie marathons I had with my kids, to get this little fellow painted up.

A plague rat from my giant pile of Reaper Bones.  He's delightfully gross in appearance, and brings my grand and likely final total for the year to 97.  This is a substantial increase from the previous year's 68, which was the worst year on record, but a far cry from my heyday from many years ago.  I strongly suspect I'll never be that productive ever again.

There are a couple of things that contributed to the uptick in painting.  First is having a friend who organized a bunch of wargaming Saturdays and got me painting up miniatures for that.  Second was the release of the Battle for Vedros box set, which I painted in its entirety so that my son and I could play.  Third was another friend of mine getting me into Kings of War, which got me painting up figures for both his army and mine.  And then there are all those Reaper Bones...

I played a surprising number of games in 2016, at least for me.  Even half a dozen is a lot with my normal schedule.  That's why it is hard to imagine was 2017 will be like, since the organizer of most of those wargaming afternoons moved away this past Autumn.  My son's interest in wargaming was fleeting as the allure of peers and video games drew him away.

That leaves most of the initiative on me.  I feel like the Vedros set was a pretty good sweet spot for me: twenty of so figures that were similar enough to do some assembly-line work but different enough to keep me from getting bogged down.  The other thing I need to discover is that mental place where I can focus and get back into painting again.  It's too easy to just binge-watch TV instead of painting miniatures, but one is actually good for me.  Less TV, more mental quiet.  That's a good goal for 2017, even if I don't get 100 miniatures painted.

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.


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