Wednesday, 22 January 2020

A load of waffle and some WIP bits

Greetings all,

2020 is off to a relatively slow start for me in terms of hobby output, but I'm kind of ok with that seeing as I actually am doing some things. The last year (or so...) has been generally quite crap, and that has led to my hobby mojo really suffering. It's also meant that I haven't really been blogging much, as I haven't exactly had much to show.

Things are hardly going to change overnight of course, and 2020 looks set to bring its own challenges, but things do seem to be on a (very, very gradual) upward trajectory, and I'm fine with that for now.

It got me thinking about why I (occasionally) update this blog. If it was just to show off my painted and converted models, and maybe get the odd comment, then I might as well just post it on Facebook, or one of the many other popular social media platforms. It occurred to me that this isn't really the reason I do it. This blog is to document my hobby journey, and that's hard to replicate anywhere else. I don't have millions of followers, or even get that many comments these days, but that's not really why this blog is here anyway. Frankly I get enough enjoyment out of re-reading my own blog posts to make it worth doing. It's easy to get swept up in life and forget about all the things you've achieved (or indeed, not achieved), and this is a great method of taking a look back over what you've done over the years, and the sort of person you were then, and are now.

I guess maybe for some people it's not quite as deep as all that, and maybe it is just about looking at pretty pictures of painted models, without tumbling down an existential rabbit hole. Personally though, I love seeing the journey, as well as reflecting on my own journey. Whenever I follow a new blog, I like to go back to their very first post(s) and see where they've come from and what made them start it.

Anyway, I'm not exactly sure of the point I'm making, mostly because I'm not really making a point. I'm going to continue blogging as and when I can, hopefully with more to show than I have had in a while, and hopefully a few people will continue to find it interesting. Mostly though, I'm doing it for myself, so that I can look back in a few years time at the road I've taken to make me, me.

With that brain dump out of the way, check out this big pile of old Blood Bowl crap that I'm working on, as and when the urge takes me:

I've done a few small conversions here and there that I should probably take a picture of, because that's interesting too right?

That's it for now though, till next time.

Monday, 6 January 2020

2019 hobby retrospective

Greetings all,

Well once again it’s been a while since I posted, but such is life. This blog doesn't seem to get a lot of interest these days, but of course that might change if I actually, y’know, posted stuff.

Anyway this is sort of a “what I've painted recently/year in review/what I'm working on” kind of post. So a little bit of everything really, but it’s better than not posting anything at all.

Well first up, I have actually painted some models recently. Only four of them mind you, but they’re painted and that’s something. You may remember that I have a 2nd edition Orc team for Blood Bowl. I've been using them quite a bit this year (pretty much all I've been playing). While they look awesome, the old Blocker models are a bit too small to represent S4 Black Orcs, and it gets a bit confusing for my opponent sometimes. With that in mind, I painted up four of the much larger 3rd edition models to make things a bit clearer. I also took the opportunity to give them darker skin, as befits a Black Orc. I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with 3rd edition models, but the Orcs are definitely among the better ones.

As for a year in review, this bit shouldn’t take very long… it’s been a pretty shitty year this year, both in terms of hobby output, and also life in general. I won’t go into the details, but let’s just say I'm glad to see the back of 2019.

In terms of what else I actually painted, see below:

Including the two extra balls I painted for Blood Bowl (not pictured: my balls), that totals a pretty pitiful 21 models. Oh well, it is what it is. That said, I have been attending a new club semi-regularly, and I've still been occasionally gaming with my good buddy Alex, so it’s not been a total fail. I had really wanted to go to BOYL too, but life very much got in the way of that.

Comparing my achievements to my goals at the start of the year… well there isn’t much comparison really, but that’s to be expected.
  • Familiars project! If I make a plan and stick to it, I could get this done very quickly. 
Nope. I didn’t even get a single one of these painted, although I did re-appropriate some of them as markers for my Chaos Renegades Blood Bowl team, so they should see paint in 2020.
  • More Nurgle. I'd like to have a playable force for both AoS and 40k painted by about July. 
Not really. I painted 10 Plaguebearers to use for summoning, but never got any further than that. Could be one for 2020.
  • Necromunda. I'm not entirely sure what I want to do for this, but I definitely want to do something. Probably a Chaos Cult, but I would like a house gang too. 
I assembled a few bits for this, but it never really took off because the rules release was such a mess and I was kinda put off altogether.
  • Dragon Rampant. I'm not sure about this yet. I've just picked up the rules, and it looks like good fun. I can throw something together with what I already have painted, but if I really like it then I might paint a few bits specifically for it. 
Nothing on this at all.
  • Other Osprey stuff. Ok so this is a bit of a wishy washy resolution, but basically I want to paint stuff for and play a few other skirmish games like Ghost Archipelago and Rangers of the Shadow Deep (ok, that one isn't actually Osprey). 
I played a bit of Frostgrave, and picked up a few books that I wanted, but no real progress made.
  • Play more games! I haven't played enough games this year, so the intention is to play many more next year. Definitely with a bit of a focus on Blood Bowl and Necromunda, because those are the two that got me hooked on all this nonsense in the first place. 
This one actually was kind of a success. I didn’t play nearly as much as I would have liked, but I did play a decent amount of games, considering everything else that went on. I'm back to Blood Bowl straight away in 2020 too, so I'm happy about that.

My 2020 resolutions are gonna be pretty simple really: paint two Blood Bowl teams, and paint the rest of my Nurgle stuff. It’s all stuff I've had sitting around for two long and I just want to get it done now. Plus I'm playing a lot more Blood Bowl, and I don’t want to do that with unpainted models! I'm also interested in playing a little bit of Kill Team this year, so something will have to happen there. Ok so:
  • Paint my Chaos Renegades team 
  • Paint my Skaven team 
  • Paint the rest of my Nurgle army 
  • Build/paint a Kill Team. 
Seems fairly simple and achievable, but we shall see… anyway, in terms of what I'm working on atm, check out this cool Skaven team I'm putting together:

There will be about 14 normal players, plus a couple stars, coaching staff, and mutations. They're the classic Jes Goodwin Skaven so they should look pretty cool.

Right that’s it from me, till next time.

Tuesday, 29 October 2019

Back in the saddle

Greetings all,

Been a while again hasn't it? I've just had zero motivation and not much time to do any painting for a long while now. Well I decided to rectify that recently, sort of. In an effort to force myself to do a bit of painting and remember that I actually enjoy it, I picked up something very simple to ease myself back into it.

I've had these Plaguebearers sitting around for a long time now. They're actually my "leftovers" from doing my two big units of 30, and they were in various states of disrepair. Some were missing arms or weapons (or toes in one case...), but with a bit of ingenuity I managed to cobble together two serviceable units of five. At some point these will be useful for summoning in AoS, but for now they just serve as a handy way to get me back to painting.

They're nothing glamorous but they did turn out ok. I mixed in a few more modern bits that I found in my bits box too.

I have to say though, this year hasn't been a total wash in terms of hobby time, as I have played a fair few games of my new favourite game ever: Blood Bowl! I ran my Orcs in a local league, losing most of my games, but winning best painted and generally having a great time. I was intending to paint a new team for next season, but that didn't quite work out. They're still on the table though and I'll get them done for the one after...maybe.

Anyway, that's it from me for now. Hopefully I won't leave it quite as long next time!

Wednesday, 5 June 2019

Workbench Wednesday

Greetings all.

Been a while hasn't it? I seem to go for ages between posts these days, but I'm still at least intending to improve that... Anyway, I've got a fairly meagre offering today, but it's all I can muster at the moment. As I haven't done any painting of any sort for a while, I thought it might be an idea to show some WIP projects, since it might spur me on to give them a lick of paint.

First up are my Chaos Pact/Renegades for Blood Bowl. I'm kind of all about Blood Bowl at the moment, despite it being one of the most frustrating (and awesome) games around. I've got my Orcs in a completed state now, so it's time to turn to another team. I wasn't actually planning a Chaos team of any sort, but through a flurry of recent trades (mostly from Edward Gladdis, the enabler) I've managed to end up with one, without having to spend any cash money...

Because I'm an old school sort of fellow, these are all 2nd edition metals. I've got duplicates of the humans, but as they're prone to mutate after a skill roll or two, I'm not too worried since I'll have secondary versions of them for when they do. The familiars will be the Turn/Score/Re-Roll counters for the team. I've got a couple of models laying around that might make a good coach and apothecary too, but I haven't settled on those yet.

Next up is what will become my Necromunda gang. I painted up a load of cultists a couple of years ago, and Necromunda is the perfect reason to add to them. I was going to use the Cawdor heavy stubber in this gang, but he doesn't really fit, so I'm gonna have to come up with something else.

That's it for now. Hopefully I'll have something a bit more colourful to post next time!

Monday, 15 April 2019

A moment for the fallen heroes

Greetings all,

As I haven't been painting a great deal recently, I thought it would be a good opportunity to show off some of the models that I've painted in the past, and have been lost to the mists of time (by which I mean sold or repainted).

First up is my Death Guard army from way back in 2008-2011. This was my first fully painted army, and saw a good few battles throughout the excellent 5th edition of 40k. It was mostly made up of old school renegades and I was pretty proud of it at the time, although the paint job was quite simple. Ultimately this army was stripped with the intention to repaint, but ended up getting sold off.

 The next few photos are what the army looked like after stripping and reassembling. I've still got a couple of these models, but most of them were sold.

Secondly I've got something that I've actually shown before, and that is my Undead/Necromantic team for Blood Bowl. I wasn't overly happy with these guys, but I do wish I'd repainted them, rather than selling them. I painted them around 2010 and added a few star players later, but ultimately they went on eBay. I *might* redo these guys someday, but I've got several other BB teams that I want to tackle first!

Next up is the army that immediately followed (and overlapped with) my Death Guard. This time I went for World Eaters. My biggest regret is selling off these guys, and I'd love to redo this army someday. They weren't all that good on the tabletop at the time, but they were lots of fun to paint, and there were some very cool models in there.

Lastly, a little abandoned project from the past: my Inquisitor (54mm) warband. I was interested in this when it first came out, looked at it again a few years later, but ultimately abandoned it as my gaming group went our separate ways over the years. I'm faintly interested in the Inq28 scene, but I don't think it's something I'll pick up again.

And that's it from me. Some big regrets there, with the moral of the story being to never sell painted models, no matter how much you need the money at the time! Some of this lot are on my mental list to replace at some future date, but time is my enemy at the moment, along with its evil sidekick, money...