Wednesday, March 31, 2010

March Wrap-Up

By my count, I've painted 29 miniatures in the month of March, including Numidians, Beastmen, Chaos Marauders and sci-fi troopers.  That's the same number as January, but I also managed to construct a terrain piece as well, so I think I'm actually more productive this month than I was then.
It was also a good month for finishing off some loose odds and ends, which has had the effect of leaving me drifting a bit and just working on a small project for my son.
I managed to get only one wargame in (a lucky win at best) but have done quite a bit of roleplaying this month instead.  Right now I'm running both Pathfinder and 4E, both of which are going very well.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

It's not supposed to be this difficult

Well, I've started my diet without actually having finalized what my rewards will be.  Unlike the Colonel, I don't have one army that I am building (see sidebar) so it is not so easy to pick out what I might want to use.  It's clear what he picked: high end supplemental items that go with his army, like Forge World vehicles or army books.  No core miniatures, no fundamental rulebooks, nothing that he needs, just stuff that he might be able to talk himself out of buying all things being equal.
But I'm a (pretty terrible) army hopper, switching from one game and army to another.  It's not really my experience to work on just a single project, despite my admiration for people who can.  But if I just say something like "I'll spend $15 after two weeks of dieting," what is to stop me from doing it anyways?  I buy stuff all the time (the joy of having a job that pays a pretty good income).
No, I think the best thing to do is the following:

  1. Pick one army to build up over the next year, buy the core troops normally and save the "special" stuff for the dieting awards
  2. When I start running out of steam, switch to a couple of alternative projects like my son's HOTT lizardmen army or the 28 Numidians still in their package
  3. Don't buy anything that isn't in the project
That means I will probably be setting aside ideas like doing A Very British Civil War or the Siege of Malta this year.  Now to just figure out what the project will be.
On a related note, today people brought in a dozen Krispy Kreme doughnuts and a chocolate cream pie, but I'm holding strong.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

First look at the HOTT lizardmen

I've started building a Hordes of the Things army for my son, Mac, using some old skinks I had lying about.  There's some learning at work here for me, including how to paint miniatures that don't have either a) a cast-on base or b) a based glued onto it.  I also decided to spray paint the minis the main color, since I had a green that Mac liked, although I think it is too dark for my taste.  In any case, here's the first set of six skinks being painted while still on the sprue.
I have obviously removed most of the sprue and attached the spear/javelin arms before painting.  I'm painting the shields separately and will glue them on before I dip them in the wood varnish.

Friday, March 26, 2010

An Uncomfortable Topic

A couple of days ago I was cruising the blogosphere and ran across some post about Games Workshop making or not making t-shirts in "gamer sizes."  I couldnt' tell you the details--I don't go to GW conventions and don't buy pricey t-shirts that will just go under sweatshirts or to the gym.  But the "gamer size" hits pretty close to home for me.  I'm not a huge guy, but I'm a big guy: 6' 0" and 195 lbs. and I can't say "it's all muscle."
Sedentary job, sedentary hobby, and poor eating habits--that's me all over.
But I want that to change.  Heck, I probably need that to change.  My grandfather had a heart attack in his fifties and a recent trip to the grocery store's blood pressure measuring device indicated "pre-hypertension."  So, more exercise, healthier meals, and eliminate the snacking.  This won't be easy: I have one of those work environments where people bring in pastries several times a week and I tend to eat when I'm bored or stressed (both of which happen at the office and at home a little too often).
My goal?  To drop about fifteen pounds.  I've got that to spare in gut.  I've weighed 195 for years, so this'll be moving my body out of its "comfort zone."  Aside from the whole "it'll be good for you and you'll look better," incentive, I've got another in the form of a reunion over the summer.
I've also decided to create an incentive to help battle the in-office kitchen raiding.  I know Col. Corbane has his own incentive project going for his own personal goals in the form of miniatures-as-rewards, and I'm considering doing the same thing.  I'll need to work out a budget and whatnot, but for it'll probably be something like "every week I don't hit the donuts/pie/cakes I'll pick up something on my weekly trip to the FLGS."
In other news, I found a regiment of GW lizardmen skinks on a back shelf in my basement, another remnant of the big miniature-buyout from last year.  I'm working to paint those to be used in a Hordes of the Things army for Mac, my son.  Pics soon.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Khorne Berzerker

Chaos Space Marine Khorne Berzerker by Games Workshop.  
I'm getting back on that ol' painting routine, slowly but surely.  I've got a load of these guys lying around, acquired from God alone knows where.  He was pretty easy to paint up, and sometimes you need an easy win to get you back in the game.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

One Thousand Visits

I've had 1,000 visits since starting this blog last month, which makes me pretty happy.  Unfortunately, I've stalled out a little this week with my painting.  I have several reasons: wife working out of town, my feeling a little under the weather, and a little pick-up in work load.
But I'm also sort of floating about trying to figure out what to start next.  I looked at painting some beastmen ungors that I started a while back and didn't finish, but I can not locate the shields for them.  I fear I may have thrown away the sprues by accident.  I just finished a load of Numidians and could crack out another package, but it just isn't floating my boat right now.
Until I figure it out, I'm reading a copy of Victory without Quarter, a 12-page ECW wargaming ruleset, and Empires of the Sea, which is a history of the Christian and Muslim conflicts of the late Middle Ages.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Chaos Marauder Unit Finished

A unit of 15 Chaos Marauders by Games Workshop.
This unit took almost five months to complete.  I started it last October (while I was still on my former blog), having got the unit as part of a large lot sold to me by a friend.  They were primed white, block painted, and then dipped in wood varnish.  I decided to try using gray instead of metallics just as a experiment, one that I think worked by turned out to be much more difficult than I anticipated.  Both the gray and the dark brown did not go on evenly and required multiple coats, which sort of spoils the point of my quick-and-easy painting style.
So, after getting frustrated and turning to other projects, I decided to put my nose to the grindstone and get these done.  Yesterday the kids were out of town visiting a friend and Mrs. Q was busy training, so I used the day to round out the last five and finish them.  I'm pretty pleased with them, and more pleased with myself for getting yet another unit fully painted rather than having three or four half-finished units on the painting table.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

The Gilder Street Bank

I haven't built any terrain in a while, but I got several molds from A&K Studios and decided to try them out.  I figured I'd start with something simple, because while I'm pretty familiar with using Hirst Arts molds, these bricks are a lot thinner and more fragile.  A&K use a laser cutter to machine the masters, so the detail is very, very fine.  In any case, I built a simple box out of foamcore with a little lip around the top and then covered the surface with the pieces from the mold.  I kept the building pretty generic--the Gilder Street Bank could be from any time from the late 1800's to a post-apocalyptic future.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Chaos Marauders

Last October I started painting a unit of Chaos Marauders by Games Workshop that I got in a bulk miniatures purchase.  I painted five of them back in October, and have finally gotten around to painting five more.  I have a small Beasts of Chaos army that these might supplement if I have the points (and Special options) to fill.

Looking ahead to April

It's a slow day and I'm twiddling my thumbs, so I thought I'd share some of my thoughts about what to work on next.
I'm a adherent to the notion that it is okay to hop from project to project if that is what it takes to keep you painting and not falling into a TV-watching rut or whatnot, but I do like it when I hit a benchmark like finishing 28 Numidians or a sizable unit. So let's see where I am in terms of the worktable.
I should be posting today (or tomorrow at the latest) five Chaos Marauders that I painted and dipped over the weekend. My plan is to paint another five by the end of the week, and that unit will be done. That really finishes up most of the halfway-painted units that I have, which means I can have a fresh start on something. The candidates:
  1. Another 28-figure pack of Numidians
  2. A set of plastic Mordor Orcs from the Return of the King boxed set
  3. A very large pile of unpainted Chaos Space Marines
I'm very tempted to sell #2 rather than paint them. They are still on the sprue and I don't ever see myself playing a game of LotR. The only reason why I held onto them was the possibility of using them in a Hordes of the Things or Hostile Realms army, but buying more LotR-scale minis to flesh out the army would deeply offend my frugal sensibilities.
What I've considered doing is hopping back and forth between #1 and #3, painting one batch and then the other. I've told myself at the beginning of the year that I wouldn't invest in any additional minis until the Numidians are completed (aside from the odd junk-bin purchase, of course) so that's my incentive to knock those guys out.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Numidian Shields

Some people have asked for a detail shot of the free-hand painted shields. Here you go.

First set of Numidians finished

First, an apology to anyone visiting the blog over the past day or so. My previous template crashed, probably because it contained images hotlinked to a third party which were removed. So I spent a day fooling around with the layout, and finally decided on this one. It's bright and colorful and doesn't look like every other Blogger blog.

In other news, I finished eight more Numidians from Wargames Factory (seen above).

This includes a champion, standard bearer, and musician. With these eight, I've finished the first package of Numidian Light Infantry. Here's the set together.

Nice to finally get these guys done. I'll probably try to polish off one other unit that is only partially painted before moving on to something new.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Beastmen Command

These are the OOP beastmen gor command. Nice figures, easy to paint, especially using my "basecoat and dip" method. I painted the musician earlier (maybe even last year, I'd have to check) and finished the champion and standard bearer in an afternoon yesterday. The banner was just printed off the internet--nothing fancy there.

Saturday, March 6, 2010

The first sixteen of the Dirty Two Dozen

I thought I would post a group photo just to show how the project is coming along. Today, on a Saturday afternoon with little to do, I'm tackling cleaning up my hobby area. I've got a terrible tendency to start projects and not finish them. For example, I've got four different units of miniatures that are only partway painted, so there are little remnants all over the hobby table.
Ergo, I'm going to step away from the Dirty Two Dozen and polish off some of the units that have fewer minis left (e.g. one unit has only two left). This way hopefully I'll be able to tackle these guys in a little more order and less chaos.

The Ghost Faces

Four more on the Dirty Two Dozen, all apparently from the same faction, but looking great. With the capes, I imagine these guys as snipers of some kind.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Nine through Twelve of the Dirty Dozen

I realized after I took the photo that I had forgotten to flock the bases, so I took care of that, but it didn't seem to warrant a new photograph. Just imagine little green clumps at the bottom.


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