Sunday, 28 August 2016

Crikey! Up to date!

Well, that was a productive month! Almost entirely up to date now with my Imperial Assault stuff. Its only a slow trickle of stuff arriving through the post that is left to paint. This is probably for the best as Dropfleet is still looming and most of the group seem to think we're going to be painting this until the end of time....

So, here's the Imperials:
I've got over my dislike of painting white. Well, not really but I've got a system that works! Good job really, I thought I'd painted all the Storrmtroopers I'd ever have to do, and then Fantasy Flight announced the next expansion which contains more of them.... The orange shoulder pads are my Elite troops, led by Kayn Somos.

Up next: 
Scum! Some more Tusken Raiders and Boba Fett. Boba turned out to be a weird paint job. Red, blue, green and yellow all on 1 model! I'd never noticed how bonkers his outfit is until I'd googled it!

Finally: 
Rebels! Chewbacca, Rebel Sabateurs, Rebel Smuggler,  Echo Base Troopers and 2 more heroes, Saska Teft and Biv Bodhrik. I've really enjoyed painting all these models. Still on the paint table are Han Solo and a Bantha Rider. I accidently went on eBay this morning and found the Bespin Gambit for a price I couldn't turn down, so thats on its way!

Wednesday, 27 July 2016

I Don't Like Painting White!

I always think a white paint job looks cool, but painting it has always seemed like such a chore! However, having bought Imperial Assault, and knowing I had 9 Stormtroopers to paint, I was going to have to tackle it at some point...

And so here they are, with the rest of my recent paint jobs:
As you can see, they don't look bad if you take a poor photo and squint your eyes a bit! I've seen alot of other paint jobs on Stormtroopers and a lot of people tend to do a dark wash on them. For me the films show them as very shiny white, and that is what I've gone for. The middle guy is General Sorin, who took about half an hour to paint. And the final 3 are Snowtroopers. I didn't really enjoy painting these either, but I think they look ok!

Next up: 
Wampas and Tusken Raiders. Lots of washes and drybrushing involved with these. Looking forward to stomping on the Heroes with the Wampas!
 
Loku Kanoloa and SC2-M Repulsor Tank! I'd been putting off painting Loku as he looked like a complicated model to paint, but, as it turns out, he isn't! The hardest part was trying to get the Mon Cala skin right. Started with brown, washed and then drybrushed up adding orange into the mix and I'm quite pleased with the result!

The tank didn't take much doing but I'm looking forward to giving it a run out. I'm sure it'll cause more panic than it will deal out in damage!

And finally:
American Cival War 6mm buildings! We paid our annual pilgrimage to Joy of 6, and this time came away with more than just the taste of a bacon sandwich in our mouths. These great little buildings are Leven Miniatures resin sculpts. Very nice for £2.50 each! I have another 2 to paint which I try will do before our next ACW game.

Thursday, 30 June 2016

Preparing For War!

Recently we bought Warlords Glory Hallelujah!, hoping it would give us some motivation to paint and play with the 6mm ACW models we all have in varying states of readiness.

A nice book, which will help me personally as I know very little about this period. As a group it will give us some pre-written scenarios for us to play. As a result we picked one of the smaller battles to give us a target to aim for to start with. As there are 2 of us per side, we've then split the 2 armies in half again so that none of us have too much to prepare!

So here are a few of my recently painted additions:
This may look odd, but all will become clear below! 
See! Makes a regular sized unit into a large unit! I may end up doing more of these if we progress further into bigger games as the Confederate forces appear to have a few large units.

Everything I've painted since returning from holiday adds up to this: 
A whole new Brigade! I've now got the painting of these down to about an hour per stand! The longest time is waiting for the PVA to dry once they are based...

Almost the complete force:
I have one more command stand to paint, and the comedy banner I made will be reduced in size to a normal command banner... And that's my part of the Confederate army for the Battle of Wilson Creek complete!

Now, I know Matt has been painting, I wonder if either of the other 2 have... 

Sunday, 29 May 2016

Who Ya Gonna Call?

Paranormal Exterminators!

Hang on, that doesn't sound right!

"If there's something strange,
In your neighbourhood,
Who ya gonna call?
Paranormal Exterminators!"

Obviously Ghostbusters, these were a Secret Santa present that I've just got round to painting:
Crooked Dice models that were fun to paint and nothing too complicated. 
I thought they might take ages to do but when I actually sat down and looked in detail at the Ghostbusters film backpacks and outfits, there isn't anything to them really! Still, this means it wasn't a chore to paint them and I think they look ok.

I'll be using them with the 7TV ruleset, which I'm yet to play with but from what I've heard its good fun. Which is the whole point!

Friday, 20 May 2016

Short update!

Geddit! Dwarves!

Anyway... just an update on how the rebasing is going with the stunty guys!

First up:
Iron Breakers! Or Ironguard as they are known in the Kings of War world. Will always be Iron Breakers to me though. Tough unit which I enjoy using. I have another 7 left and am undecided whether to eBay them or keep them in case I fancy making another unit. I feel they may be eBayed as I already have a unit of Hammerers that are also Ironguard, and there are a number of companies out there these days that make some lovely Dwarf models. So if I ever fancy another unit, this may be the way I go.

And:
What Dwarf army is complete without an excess of large guns?! A second cannon, an organ gun and a flame cannon. I also discovered in my cupboard another organ gun I'd forgotten I'd bought at some point! Everyone was really pleased when I told them about that...

Next up will be sorting out a regiment of Thunderers. I've bought another 2 classic thunderer models off eBay which means I can make them into a regiment, rather than just a troop.

I've also completed painting everything I had left to do from my Dropzone UCM, but as it was mostly stuff I've already painted from the second starter set, I couldn't be bothered to take pictures! I've slogged away to get these up to date as it means I can buy new stuff and not worry about a paint queue, and also Dropfleet is somewhere on the horizon...

Monday, 25 April 2016

A Long Time Ago...

...on a painting table not so far away!

Here are my Imperial Assault miniatures currently painted. I painted most of these in about a week long painting frenzy. Not sure what happened, I just got my paint on! I think some of it was down to the fact that there isn't much repetitive painting.

First up:
The Heroes! Really enjoyed painting these, as i said with them all being individuals. I'm trying to get all the Heroes done before we begin the next campaign.

And next:
Forces of the Rebellion! The Wookies were easy to paint with just a wash and a drybrush involved. The troopers were a little complex with the white helmets. My dislike of painting white is the main reason you won't see any Storm Troopers yet!

Evil stuff:
Probe droids, Hunter Killers and IG-88. All of these were a doddle to paint being mostly just a dryrushfest. With these and the other models I've tried to signify Elite models by a more complex paint job. So as you can see the elite Droid and Hunter Killers have some golden panels. Not much but will hopefully make them stand out a bit.

Next, Scum:
Again I've tried to show elite Trandoshans by giving them different skin (scales?!) tones and clothing. The other models are Dengar and some Hired Guns!

Roar:
Nexu! I haven't painted one of these as an Elite yet so may go back and add something to one of them, but haven't decided what yet.

The Imperials:
Vader, Royal Guard with Champion and Imperial Officers. The only way I could think to signify Elite Royal Guard was to paint their pointy sticks gold... Each Officer has a different colour uniform which involved alot of googling to ensure they are correct! Vader was a bit dull to paint for the importance of the character but theres not a lot you can do with black on black, shaded black and highlighted black...

Lots still to paint, mostly those bleedin Storm Troopers. I'll tackle those when I'm in the right frame of mind... 

Friday, 8 April 2016

Err...Happy New Year!

Hello there! Its been a while!

I have been busy though, honest! Since my last post we've moved house again and I finally have my own dedicated gaming room. The bridging part of my new table works well, just some fine tuning needed but we now have an 8' x 4' table.

So, here's an update on some of my painting progress since the turn of the year. There's no specific posts as I can't remember whats newly painted or not!

First up, my dropzone force to date:
 
There's a couple of new things in there. 2 Archangels, another 2 Raven dropships, another 2 Condor dropships, another 3 Sabre tanks and another 3 Rapier tanks. Most of this comes from the second starter set I got cheap off ebay and fills out my force nicely giving me lots of options depending on who I'm going to be playing.

I now how just over 2000 points worth, with a few more bits from the starter set to finish. I want to get as close to zero unpainted models as I can before I buy any more so I don't fall behind with it all! What with Dropfleet arrivng in a couple of months that could easily happen!

Next up are these fellows:
Yay! Dwarves! Not so much painting involved, mostly rebasing to fit in with the Kings of War way of doing things. I had been motoring rebasing these but then I started to get sand blindness or PVA poisoning or something and had to move on to another project for a bit...

We've played a few games now and I'm starting to get the hang of how to use my Dwarves in KoW. Not too different from Warhammer but a couple of new additions have added some nice new options to the usual Dwarf gaming style. The berzerker on a brock is currently a personal favourite. Who wouldn't love a loony on a giant badger!
There's also a Lord of an even bigger badger which I've yet to unleash. The rebasing job has also enabled me to expand my existing force quite nicely. A couple of ebay purchases will help me get full use of all the models I have so there will only be a couple spare hopefully. 
So there we are for now. I'm going to try not to be as long before my next post. Mostly because I bought Imperial Assault and went on a massive paint-a-thon to show!