Wednesday, 20 May 2020

Pact to the Future: Turn, Score, and Re-Roll markers / Spero Secundus

Greetings all, 

Just a quickie from me today, partly because I don't have much to show. I'm still working away on my Chaos Renegades/Pact team, and I've very nearly completed Phase One. In this case, I've just finished off some cool little markers for the team:

They're made from old school chaos familiars. I kept the integral bases visible and painted them gold, to make them look like heathen idols. Handily, this also ticks off a few more familiars from my "paint all the familiars" project. Unfortunately, I've had a minor issue with the varnish on these guys, but I'm hoping I can fix it. 

Because I always give everything two coats of matt varnish if it's for gameplay, the metal ended up very dull on these, and I wanted them to shine a bit. So I brushed on a little Citadel Ardcoat gloss varnish. Unfortunately, this is still slightly tacky several days later. I'm gonna hit them with a light coat of matt and then brush over some Vallejo gloss, to see if that solves the problem...

On an entirely different note: I'm currently taking part in a sort of Inq28/Frostgrave/RPG mash up, organised by my good mate Alex from Lead Balloony, and taking place on the world of Spero Secundus. One of the most important plot points is a mysterious alien key, so one of the other players, our mutual friend Mark from Heresy Of Us, 3D printed one for all the players as a cool surprise! I went to town on mine with rust effects just to see what I could achieve, and I'm rather pleased with how it turned out: 

I skinned the whole thing in green stuff and sanded it down, then just practised my heavy rust effects. Came out pretty well I think. I can't go without mentioning the excellent blog of our other player and friend, Steve over at Jedicorn.

Till next time!

Friday, 15 May 2020

Pact to the Future 2: Big Guys and Renegades

Greetings all,

It's been a little while again, I know, but I'm sure you're all used to that by now. In the fairly limited hobby time I have these days I've still been working away at my Chaos Renegades (Pact) Blood Bowl team. I fairly sensibly decided to get the boring human renegades out of the way first, so I've been able to work on the more interesting players that make up the team.

One of the key selling points for the Chaos Renegades team is the ability to have up to three (different) Big Guys. Unfortunately they're unskilled and unreliable, and fuck everything up all the time, but when they do actually do as they're told, it's great. Plus this is another excuse to use a bunch of cool models from 2nd edition Blood Bowl.

First up is the Minotaur, Beefcake the Mighty:

This is one of those weird Bob Olley sculpts I think, where you cant tell what anything is until you paint it, and then it looks cool.

Next up is the Ogre, Blöthar the Berserker (who btw is tiny compared to the modern Ogre!):

Last of the Big Guys is the Troll, Balsac the Jaws of Death. He's another wobbly Bob Olley sculpt that made no sense until it was finished, and then looked really cool:

With the big lads done, I moved on to the other flavour of the team, the Renegades. 

First up, the Dark Elf (and my only hope of scoring a touchdown), Sexecutioner:

The last of this bunch is the Goblin, Scroda Moon:

And here's the team so far:

On the whole I'm pleased with how they came out, and it's nice to be making some progress, albeit pretty slow. Progress is progress though, and I've been putting off starting this lot for ages now.

Till next time!

Tuesday, 14 April 2020

Pact to the Future: Blood Bowl Chaos Pact/Renegades

Greetings all,

Hope you're all keeping well in these unprecedented times. As I mentioned before, this lockdown hasn't given me any extra time to work on painting projects, but I'm still working away as and when I can. This week, I've managed to finish off some human renegades for my Chaos Pact/Renegades team.

I've had these sitting on the table for what feels like forever, so I'm glad to get them done. I went with an homage to the classic Chaos All Stars colour scheme, which I'm pretty pleased with. The whole team is made up of classic 2nd edition BB models, and all my players are named after members of the shock rock band GWAR, just to make them suitably disgusting and debauched.

Nippleus Erectus and Sawborg Destructo

Cornelius Carnage and Stephen Sphincter

Pustulus Maximus and Hans Orifice

All the human renegades together, ready to fumble the ball and fail dodge rolls

Normally I'd go with colour coded bases, and I deliberated on it for quite a while. With this particular team however, all the players are either Linemen or Big Guys, and the only distinction between the players is their race (Human, Dark Elf, Orc), so the colour coding wouldn't have worked. I'll be leaving all the base rims as a nice tidy black for this team, although I may still add a gold stripe to the Star Players' bases to mark them out, as with the rest of my Stars.

That's all for now, on to the Big Guys next!

Saturday, 4 April 2020

Myah! (And also some other Blood Bowl stuff)

Greetings all,

The slow progress of 2020 continues. It's definitely slow, but it's also definitely progress, and that's good enough for me. A lot of people have found themselves with plenty of time on their hands to clear their painting backlogs recently. Unfortunately working for the NHS means that I don't have that "good fortune", but I'm still working away on my leadpile as and when I can.

This week I finally managed to finish up this duo of sports wizards for Blood Bowl. I decided to do a good and evil wizard to serve my good and evil teams. One of them bears a striking resemblance to a certain incompetent evil overlord.

I know everyone does it, but I still couldn't resist

Keeping with the Blood Bowl theme (it's totally my jam these days), I painted up another Orc Thrower. I now have three throwers, despite the fact that they're a 0-2 choice, and they're objectively the worst player on the Orc team (my current team doesn't even have one). I didn't say it made sense, I just said I painted it ;)

That's all from me for now. Hopefully have something to show again fairly soon, as I'm still splashing a little paint on my Renegades. In the meantime, keep safe and keep well in these "interesting" times.

Tuesday, 10 March 2020

Quick and dirty terrain: Battlefield accessories

Greetings all,

Just a quick post this one, as it isn't terribly exciting! As a little palate cleanser/something to do whilst watching paint dry, I painted up some scatter terrain that has been sitting in my bits box for literally nearly 20 years. I don't host many games these days, but I would like to change that in the not too distant future, so terrain is a necessity.

These few little bits have been waiting nearly two decades, and the paint jobs took me about 10 minutes from start to finish. Nothing fancy (obviously), but they are finished, and that's all that matters!

Tuesday, 3 March 2020

Throne of Bones: Flesh Eater Courts for Warcry

Greetings all,

In my efforts to make this year a much better year than last year (an ongoing project I suspect), I've actually been doing some painting! It's pretty simple and dirty, but it is all progress.

Like many people, I've been bitten by the Warcry bug. It looks like an absolute blinder of a game, although I haven't actually had chance to play it yet, but I'll rectify that pretty soon. Part of the appeal for me was the low model count (always a win these days), particularly when I realised I would only have to paint three extra models to have a full Flesh Eater Courts list...

It just so happens that a few years ago I had painted a gaggle of ghouls to use in Frostgrave (and they've come out to play on many occasions since), and all I would need to add would be a few bigger gribblies to have a full warband for Warcry. So that's exactly what I did:

They weren't too stressful to paint, and they fit rather nicely with the rest of the warband, so I'm over the moon. I find that completing little projects like this spur me on to do more, particularly when time feels as limited as it does these days. Anyway, hope you like them. Till next time.

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.