Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Thursday, October 18, 2012
Next is a Balrog to Bloodthrister conversion I'm working on for a friend of mine. He bought a few of the plastic Balrog models to use as 'thristers when Codex: Daemons released since they were quite a bit cheaper than the metal Bloodthirsters... not to mention far and away a better model.
For my personal projects, I have some terrain pieces planned, as well as some that it is far past time that they be finished. The fences and trench sections are first on the list to be completed.
All in all, this should be more than enough to keep me busy for the time being. Of course, I'll be taking on new commissions as they come, since my projects can wait in the case that my workload for clients gets to be too much.
Monday, October 15, 2012
Tuesday, October 2, 2012
Next up on the agenda for the Undead Project is 30 more Zombies. After that, we'll see what the client has in store. On my personal agenda is a 3.5 D&D campaign, and I'm still working on my Adeptus Mechanicus Marine force.
These guys are running an awesome conpetition where you can throw your hat into a mini conversion/panting contest with the bonus of being able to donate the model to a group squad that will then go up for charity.
Stay tuned for updates.
Thursday, September 20, 2012
I have a small bitch about this, and that is that all, and I mean ALL of the new paint ought to have come in the new pots with the stupid security features/ I don't even know what to call the stupid tab in the back that I had to cut half off of the Caledor Sky pot...
The pots are a mix of the '06 pots for the regular paints which suck; and the '12 pots, which suck worse. I nearly tore my nail off when my thumb slipped while trying to open the damn thing. The problem isn't the stupid tabs or the security things, its the lack of consistency. If every new pot I opened had the things to contend with, then I may not have forgotten so soon. But since the relaunched paints have come around, the Caledor Sky and the Liquid Green Stuff have been the only ones with these new features. I'd like to cast my vote for a return of the '03 pots, the black flip lids/twist offs. These were so bloody amazing...
Okay, now that the ranting is done, how do I feel about the new paints themselves? Well, as stated in a previous blog post, the recommended replacement for Shadow Grey is The Fang, and its not even close. But that is to be expected in a new formulation of paints. As for the important parts, these paints cover well. The Base and Layer paints both seem to go on smoother than the old Foundation paints and layer colours. The texture may be worth it for some people. That really depends on your basing style. The only issue I have with them is that there doesn't seem to be much mileage in the small pots of texture paint, especially since the paint wants to dry around the texture in the mouth of the pot. The Drybrush Medium, Washes, and Glazes I haven't tried yet. Maybe for Crimbo, I'll get one of these...
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Ten Inch Template, with an awesome Vraksian Bloodthirster.
James Wappel Miniature Painting with some amazing Inquisitorial Stormtroopers, old and new.
Legion 9 Studios with some Space Wolves Terminators WIP.
And finally, The Beard Bunker, which is an excellent all around hobby blog, in my opinion.
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
here. It really is amazing.
Monday, September 3, 2012
There are terrain updates coming soon.
Thursday, August 30, 2012
Kings of War Undead figures from Mantic Games. For anyone who hasn't gotten a first hand look at these yet... they're just great. Clean tooling on the molds, crisp detail on the figs. The assembly is just slightly more difficult than the AoBR starter; but only because the GW figs have pegs to hold them together. The sprues come packed with gubbins to boot.
In other news, this gem was acquired gratis, courtesy of the neighbors putting it out on the curb...
In the pipeline are some KoW Skeletons, more progress on my Stormtroopers, and the beginnings of a Space Marine allied contingent, 'counts as' Adeptus Mechanicus.
Monday, August 13, 2012
Monday, August 6, 2012
So I went in on my first starter, the 3rd ed box with the Dark Eldar and Space Marines. Does anyone remember those terrible 'trees' that came with the starter? There were a few battleforces that came with them, as well. The others came with the gothic ruins sprue... much more useful. Now that I think about it, I do believe those ruins came with the starter, too. There was also included the battlefield accessories sprue, which included barrels, ammo crates, and tank traps. I remember having so many barrels at one point...
I got a SM battle force, and then a mega force just to round out my section. Keep in mind, this is when a battle force was $75, the mega force was $150, and totally worth it. I got my army together and played with lots of troops at first, then a mix of vehicles and troops... basically I had everything I needed for all the options the codex threw out at the time. I got comfortable with the Marines.
So for about a year I played at the LGS, learning the rules and having a hell of a time creating all sorts of things with the VDR in Chapter Approved. After that I dabbled in the soon to be defunct RTT scene here in Utah. We had some absolutely fantastic Outriders before that program went away. The first one I ever met gave me lots of advice on what units complimented what best, as well as tons of painting and modelling tips. He pointed out White Dwarf to me, as well.
After a year of Space Marines, I was ready to branch out a bit, and I did... Into everything. I started Necromunda, and Battlefleet Gothic. I picked up minis for Epic. There wasn't anything I wasn't interested in learning. The great thing about the LGS back then was that all the older gamers were willing to teach the games to us. Hell, we even played in campaigns that had events over multiple Specialist Games. After the SG range lost its *new and shiny* luster, I started a Chaos Space Marines force, and then an Imperial Guard force using Steel Legion figures.
After all that, there was only one GW hobby front left...
Sunday, July 29, 2012
Horus Heresy Announcement
I'm excited. This coupled with the new rules set and the pending release of Codex: CSM...
Anyone else excited? I mean, if the word on the street is correct and the FW lists gain legitimacy, then there could be all kinds of amazing allies combinations on the horizon.
Sunday, July 22, 2012
A buddy of mine had some small assortment of D&D figs, as well as some randomly chosen 40k minis... one of which was a Space Marine with Heavy Bolter. The figure caught my eye and my brain flashed back to 1998 and one of my friends in high school showing me an impressive collection of Second Edition Space Marines. I had only a passing interest at the time, playing Decipher's Star Wars CCG and MTG, as well as the MB classics; ie Axis & Allies.
My interest, which had imprinted unknowingly, was to be fully sparked now.
I inquired as to where my friend had gotten his few scifi minis, and he told me of the first FLGS I was to attend. Over the course of the next couple months, I bought anything Space Marines that caught my eye. I had quite the collection of special characters, including this Black Templar Marshall (the one on the left), and this Games Day 1999 Limited ed. fig. I painted with a scheme that was somewhat original. No one around here was using it, and the internet was a little guy back then. The seeds of the community were there. Terragenesis, one of the first terrain sites I found, is still around.
So one day the guy who was using his 40k figs for D&D came around and discovered my collection of figures. He asked, when did I start playing? I replied, Just collecting. He informed me that I had the makings of a decent army in sheer number of figs. It was at this point that I first considered a rulebook and codex...
"I got a large armoured reinforcement for my Imperial Guard over this most recent weekend. One of my gaming acquaintance who is leaving the 40k hobby sold them to me. I got six Leman Russ tanks with a variety of turrets, five Chimeras, four Sentinels, two Hell Hounds, a Thunderer Siege tank, a Laser Destroyer, a Medusa Siege gun, a Salamander scout, and an Earthshaker platform. Well now I'm not gloating (not too much), but this month's Standard Bearer in White Dwarf magazine was about the collection aspect of the hobby. With this new armoured influx, my collection of Imperial Guard now numbers over 40 vehicles, including a mighty Bane Blade. What do I do with them? Play Apocalypse games? Not really, actually. Right now I look for an out of the way place to stash them so they aren't underfoot or in reach of my toddler daughter. I am ever so slowly working through the process of painting and repairing them all, since most of them I have gotten in trade. This last batch I bought outright, but at a serious discount. Where was I? Collecting, that's right. Most of my friends in the hobby collect exactly what they need for their army and thats it. If they find a unit that works better, they replace something and shelf it from their army until it can be traded away or sold. My Imperial Guard collection has been growing since the release of the codex in 2003. I have Steel Legion, Cadians, Stormtroopers, and Death Korps of Krieg, and Adeptus Mechanicus models. There are lots of conversions in my army since I can't seem to leave well enough alone, and I expect it will be true of my Orks as well. I'm all about my collection. It's what does it for me about the hobby. I've played one whole game since the launch of 5th edition. I hope to play more with my Orks and I have high hopes for the new Guard codex release in May. More for me to add to my collection. I guess my point is, don't be afraid to collect the figures that you like from what ever you play. Even if you never use them, as long as they make you happy, go with it."
Since then around 99% of my hobby stuff was lost to me. I'm slowly working on my forces, but instead of collecting a pile of work that needs to be done, now I'm finishing the bits I have before collecting more. Getting into this habit has helped me follow the mantra some hobbyists try to achieve: one unit at a time.
Now everywhere you look on the web, people are offering different power lists made of the myriad of combos available on the new allies matrix. These are great for the competitive gamer, but I'm looking for something a little more fluffy. So besides thinking what I could add, I am also considering how I can cast it in the allies role. For example, Adeptus Mechanicus-counts-as-Space Marines.
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
I'm in Barnes & Noble at The Gateway SLC, perusing the latest scifi offerings, and to my surprise there are 10 Black Library books.
Here is a list of em:
The Emperor's Gift - Aaron Dembski-Bowden
The Macharian Crusade Angel of Fire - William King
Dead Winter - C.L. Werner
Path of the Seer - Gav Thorpe
Void Stalker - Aaron Dembski-Bowden
Phalanx - Ben Counter
Ultramarines The Second Omnibus - Graham McNeill
Gotrek and Felix The Anthology
The Best of Hammer and Bolter vol I
- both edited by Christian Dunn
Now there has been BL novels available for quite some time at B&N, but this is the first time I've ever seen so many at once on the new rack, regardless of how many had been released... And it makes me happy.