Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Workbench Wednesday

I thought I'd try to establish more of a routine to my posting, so I'm hoping to be able to show what's on the workbench each Wednesday.

This is my next round of Wargames Factory Shock Troops, ready to join their brothers and I try to pull together an entire army of these guys.

I haven't done any terrain in a while, so I thought I'd start small with a ruined corner of a building.  All the Hirst Arts blocks haven't made it onto this guy yet.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

100 round bases

I spent $13 buying 100 25mm round bases from Litko at my FLGS.  This is more of a note for me to help me keep track, because the devil of frugality in the details.

On the upside, I have enough bases to last me for a while.

Friday, June 22, 2012

Shock Troops 3

I'm continuing to build up my fire teams of Wargames Factory Shock Troops for a possible game of Tomorrow's War.  These nearly ended in disaster, however.

I ended up with the dreaded "frosting" effect from the matte varnish, and quickly applied another coat which dissolved most of the first, but there is still a little speckling here and there.  I'm not sure what caused it, since the temperature was high and the humidity was moderate.  I'm glad it wasn't a complete loss, however.

The photo turned out a little funny too, but you can at least see what I did there.  Here's a better pic of all the Troopers done to date.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Some Frugal Monsters

Reaper Miniatures has recently started their "Bones" line, which like their "P65" line is an attempt to offer less expensive options for miniatures.  While P65 used lower-grade metal, "Bones" uses plastic.  This isn't GW gray plastic, but a while, semi-flexible plastic similar to game pieces in some of the board games I've seen that have featured miniatures.  There's a little bend when you work them that might cause flaking, but I have painted other pieces of the same material and as long as you're not mishandling them.

Partially because I could use some big guys for my D&D game, and partially because I just like the idea of a $2.50 miniature, I recently purchased two of them from an FLGS in Ohio who actually had a discount going that knocked them down to about $2.00 a piece.

From the Reaper website
The first is the Cave Troll, who is pretty standard looking as trolls go, which makes him very serviceable.

From the Reaper website
The second is an Ogre Chieftan, which I just love because for he has some good detail and a lot of character.  His club has a face on it, reminding me of Broom from the old She-Ra series.  I could see the club talking to the ogre telling him to hit things.

So, $4.00 on the frugality pledge, and two minis to paint up in short order.

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Shock Troops 2

This is my second lot of Shock Troops from Wargames Factory.  These were done with the more traditional gas masks.  The simple color scheme makes them super-easy to paint, and hopefully I will bang through a bunch of these fairly quickly.  What do you think of the bases?

And six more in the painting total for June.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Tanks for the Memories

Okay, let me say first, I like the people who come together on Tuesday at my FLGS to play 40K. On the rare time I make it out there, everyone is friendly and welcomes me and even tries to get me into a game when I can.

That having been said, I haven't played in a while, and here's why:

Okay, so what you're looking at here is a Black Templars army with two land raiders, two land speeders, two dreadnoughts, and a small scout squad.  His opponent appears to be Nurgle Space Marines with six rhinos and a predator tank.  All packed together like it is a drive-in.  At another table I saw a Dark Eldar player with four of whatever their troop transports packed around two Vypers (I think, I don't know DE).

This is what 40K is now.  At least at high-competition groups.  Tanks, transports, and of course now flyers.  And since they are selling all those flyers now, I can't imagine that the new edition is going to contribute something substantial to ending this trend.

And honestly, I have a lot of these transports and whatnot, it just isn't the kind of game I want to play.  If I want to play Tank Commander I'll drop it down to 15mm, find a better system, and save me a ton of money.  I mean seriously, there's a single infantry unit visible on the table!

I've got a bit of a long rant percolating right now that I'll probably type out sometime soon, but in the meantime here's what today at the FLGS looked like.


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