Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Catching up

Wouldn't it have been great If I'd sprayed up some more minis this weekend during the sun? Well, yes but also no. I decided to spend my time working through my backlog of un-assembled Malifaux kits, with the view that I will also get the bases made this week, models pinned to either bases or corks, ready to be sprayed next sunny weekend (next year probably :P). There's only a couple of lawyers left to assemble, after pushing through the Ortegas (including Abuela - worse that the Austringers!!) and some Neverborn which I can then spray up altogether (plus some of my wife's recent miniatures) one afternoon. This will give me a lot of choice of what to paint when I sit down to do so and maybe help with burnout etc.

I'm drawing a line in the sand now, and making an effort to complete any models which are either half done or just primed before I buy anything else.

I also made a few more pieces of scatter terrain, after reading some interesting threads on the forums, and now I think once I've finally got round to finishing my scenery kits (review incoming once I have), we have a solid two tables worth of terrain of the right mix, blocking, sever etc.

Also this week, I got my light studio in the post, and hope to be able to test it out in Sunday, as we have (non gaming) friends staying with us Friday night/Saturday.

That's all for now, will hopefully have some bases made to show soon
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Friday, 24 March 2017

Losing Ground

Had our friends over for a game this week, which would have been the ideal time to take more photos of our mats & scenery setup but of course I forgot...

We have been playing exclusively with the original 2nd edition Schemes & Strategies since we all learned the game. Last night we played what was to be my second exposure to the new strats & schemes. I played my first game with Hoffman with the new objectives so didn't pay a massive amount of attention as I was learning the master. I played Justice this time around though, and to be honest I was struggling to keep all the necessary information in my head whilst playing :) It was fun though, just a bit overfacing I think.
I've printed off some copies of the new objectives someone did on the forums, so that we can read up and get used to the new ones for next time.

I don't have any more painting progress to show this week, but the Nephilim are almost done so I will get a completed photo of them as soon as they are. I also finally ordered a lightbox as the final part of my photo improvement scheme, and I will try this out as soon as I have something worth photographing :)

I've managed to be quite restrained with purchases since I received my bonus through work, I picked up some black blood shamans (I'm splitting the box with a friend), and a widow weaver when we stopped off at a model shop on the way past Sheffield after a family(in-law) get together in Leicester. I also picked up Master Queeg and the Lelu and Lilitu box from Element Games because I needed to get some greenstuff, and it made sense to buy more things before paying postage :p

Lastly, I did a bit of organising in my Hobby drawers and have all the frames and bases out of boxes into drawer, ready to dip into and assemble whenever I fancy, rather than having them all sitting piled in boxes 'out of the way' meaning i'll never get around to it.

Still busy, but nothing to show for it this week :)
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Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Dragon Knights - The Saga So Far

Whilst I was writing up the project Page for my Eldar Exodites, I thought I would take some quick snaps of what I have built and/or painted so far :)


Avatar of Khaine

Farseer (Who I think may be some of my best work)


Shuriken cannon 'Jetbikes'


Striking Scorpions

Exarchs (with dragon cloaks)

Dire Avengers (Sorry I only checked this photo once I had packed everything away again :/)

Fire Dragon Exarch (with cloak and banner)

Wraithlord (Magnetised weapons not shown)

Wraithguard (Proof of concept)

The good stuff...

WraithKnight (minus weapons/tubing/cabling)

Scenic base (a Farseer watching over a clutch of dragon eggs plus WK)

Waveserpent (Dark Elf Dragon with loads left to add)

Waveserpents (High Elf dragons, both have weapons magnetised but need extras adding)

Hopefully more to follow as I start to pick up the project when I get chance :)

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Sunday, 19 March 2017

Mother of Monsters - On Wings of Darkness

Managed to get some work put in on Friday as I had the day off. I've got my limited Barbaros model to the same stage as my other Neverborn models, wich is waiting for wing membranes and purple cloth highlights, which I guess wont take long. I think I mentioned previoulsy that I had tested the colours for wings on the Mature Nephilim and Nekima, but never took pictures so I have those today, along with Barbaros and his blue tinted steel sword.

I just got news that we are getting a bonus this year from work, so I will be picking up the rest of the bits and bobs I want for a decent home photography set up in the coming weeks, so I can stop taking such terrible photos of mediocre paint jobs :p

Something I've noticed myself doing recently is highlighting up through from only a basecoat, despite knowing full well that the first coat im painting is intended to be a darker shade layer. For example, I went back and painted more of Hoffmans shirt when I realised that it wasn't overalls, but a waistcoat with a shirt. I use a shadow grey kind of colour path for white, so I started out with shadow grey and then just highlighted up from that which leaves him with almost a blue shirt... What I had envisioned was a shadow grey base, 70/30 shadow grey/wolf grey basecoat and then highlight up to white.

I find myself doing this far too often, so It's something I need to bear in mind for future as it can be easily remedied and will have a real impact on the finished model :)

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Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Midweek Muddle

It's been a busy few days, and I haven't had much time to hobby after finishing Hoffman. I have managed to get a pair of games with him though and have enjoyed them thoroughly. The Peacekeeper is phenomenal with Machine Puppet and heals off scrap counters.
I'll admit to having a lot to learn though, and having fun wrecking face with robots has as subtle side that I'm sure I'll find soon enough :)

I've also completed the Malifaux parts of my plan to plan things. It seems as thought the time i have for blogging is being taken up by writing this up so apologies if the post count has slowed down a little this month.
Next, I hope to be able to sort through my Eldar boxes as I have a day off coming up this week, so i'll hopefully be able to do some painting as well :)

I'm afraid that's all for now but I'll keep on keeping on and have some more to share with you all soon :)

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Sunday, 12 March 2017

Dragon Knights - New Blood

Whilst I was pondering how to keep track of what I'm working on, in order to have a choice of things to dip into in a short space of hobby time, I was also wanting to think of some kind of showcase model to paint. I think I was painting the Warden's cloak at the time, and enjoying it a fair bit. I've always felt like I can paint cloaks pretty well and definitely enjoyed that part of miniatures (I thought I had a picture of my DND miniature to link but I can't find one sorry).

So after much deliberating and banding ideas about with my friend, I landed on a solution to my 'problem'

These models are fantastic. It doesn't even matter that (IF we ever play) we wouldn't be using the right rules edition for me to field any of them in my Exodite force. I'm going to be building these with no real rush and trying to use an airbrush as much as possible to make these worthy of displaying in our new cabinets in the living room.

I've managed to sit down this morning and get some of the swirly stuff built from the Avatar model, which I'll be keeping as separate as possible from the main body in order to paint properly.
This will be a slow update project as with the rest of the Eldar/Space Wolves as it will likely not see table time so it doesn't make as much sense to prioritise unless I'm in the swing of it. I suppose I need to get my Eldar project list done soonish :)

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Wednesday, 8 March 2017

On the Payroll - Watch me W(H)IP

Clever title is clever (not yet, you'll see...)

After adding the finishing touches to Hoffman, I wanted to arrange the models in my new case and ended up having all the larger than 30mm bases on the lid of the box. This reminded me of the two horsemen I have yet to complete. Both of whom have been sitting at around 80% complete for months (since my birthday sort of time last year im ashamed to say). I also spotted that the swords on my Witchling Handlers desperately needed redoing/fixing, but that's not really photo worthy...

I've also started working through the project lists page I created to track everything and so far I've got my Space Wolves all written up. Next I think will be Malifaux.

Anyhow, I made some great progress on the Pale Rider, I just got some paints out and seemed to make a whole heap of progress quite quickly so i just went with it and I quite like the results so far :)

The steed is almost complete, and I want to leave the rider relatively plain so as to keep focus on the undead horse. I'm unsure as to whether or not the undead flesh needs fresh blood or whether it looks ok as it is. Enjoying painting this though:)

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Sunday, 5 March 2017

On the Payroll - ROBATS

It's funny you see, as the watcher is a bat type thing and also a robot ^_^ It's also fun to say out loud, try it. Thank me later

I did spend a fair bit of time the other day setting up 'Pages' on the blog, ready for when I audit all my outstanding odds and sods. I realise now that this is totally invisible, pages don't pop up like posts do, so you lot wouldn't even know I'd written a post other than this one this week. Oh well :) I hope to start fleshing out various projects and hyperlinking them on that main Project page as and when I get chance to rummage through everything.

I'm finally at a stage where I am calling Hoffman and his construct friends done. I bit the bullet and painted in all the rivets on the Peacekeeper, Wardens and the few on the Hunters, as well as painting the few 'human' elements on Hoffman & Ryle. I added slime to their bases using the paint I wanted to try out. I have mixed feelings for it, but I think it looks OK, I might add a weak brown wash with some gloss over the whole of the 'sludge' part of the base through yet. I'm happy overall :)

There are a couple of tiny finishing touches to do to these, like the wash on the base I mentioned, some stitching on the watcher's wings and probably a dab of wash on each rivet, but it's less than a half hour of work total :)

Excuse what is hopefully the last in a long line of crappy photos, I did order some parts to hold my phone ion a tripod, and need to fond some lamps.
I also only just discovered the crop function,m but of course only realised that I was saving over the top of the originals by the time I realised I could dictate the size of the crop and have all the images the same...
Learning curve ;)

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Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Up and coming - March

I think this idea worked well enough to keep it running for this month at least.

I did mention some setbacks this month, which I think are valid rather than being excuses to miss planned targets.

So carrying forward:
Hoffman - Very nearly done pics of completed models this week or next.
Infinity - Still not too sure what's happening about a game, so perhaps best to hang fire another month unfortunately.
Scenery - This will run on for a few months as I have more scatter I want to make :)
Product Reviews - A new permanent feature of the blog, so this will continue until I've reviewed everything that I have outstanding :)

New Items!
Consolidation - I'm going to have a bit of as spring clean, and try and get a list together of everything i'm working on at the moment, what I have for that project and what is done for that project.
Off the top of my head, current projects are below. Subject to change of course, and in no order
Eldar Exodites
Space Wolves
Warhammer Fantasy (8th ed) Orcs & Goblins
Warhammer Fantasy (8th ed) Chaos mortals (complete but need to be stored/sold)
Hordes Skorne

I've found recently that time is short sometimes in the evenings and I only have an hour or so after commuting home, cooking, cleaning and prepping lunch for the next day that I can fit in some hobby time.
I hate feeling that this 'isn't long enough to bother starting anything' so if I have a list (which I'll pin to the wall by my desk) I can easily see what I can dip into/out of based on the time I have available. I hope this will also stop me from doing things like 'I'm working on Hoffman this week and need to get x done by Sunday' which only leads to burnout, and stops me from 'going with the flow' if i'm in the mood to keep converting a 40k army and end up painting Malifaux for example.

This weekend looks to be relatively free to do some cataloguing so hopefully I'll have some project breakdowns either in multiple separate posts or one larger post soon enough.

This is all part of a concerted effort to get the most out of the hobby I enjoy, and get the most of time outside of work, and any other social plans we have.

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