Monday, 1 February 2021

2020 retrospective

Greetings all.

It's been a while since my last blog post, partly due to real life stuff, and partly because my heart hasn't really been in it, particularly with everything else going on in the world. It's a little hard to stay motivated when you can't see much of your friends and loved ones, and certainly can't play any games... Enough melancholy though, unfortunately it's just the state of play at the moment, but I suppose it wont last forever.

Despite a bit of a dip in motivation, I have actually managed to be at least somewhat productive. I'll post the few things I've finished recently, and then give a little wrap up of the rest of the year.

Most recently I've smashed out a quick paint job on my Warcry battlefield (Ravaged Land, for those of you who play the game). These little sets are self contained and frankly brilliant, and I'm thinking of picking up another one to expand it. Despite this being a very simple paint job, because I don't paint a lot of terrain it proved to be a bit of a learning experience for me. There were a few ups and downs (including a moment where I was sure I'd ruined part of it), but in the end I'm rather pleased with it!

Before that, I painted up a couple of star players and a new thrower for my Chaos Renegades, The thrower was particularly cool because I did a bit of sculpting work on him to repair him and bring his style more in line with the rest of the team. Nothing groundbreaking but I'm pleased with how he turned out.

Before those chaps, I quickly painted up some generic ghosts for games like Frostgrave and Rangers of Shadow Deep. These spooky bois came courtesy of issue one of Mortal Realms, so they were an absolute steal. It was around this time that I rebased all of my Frostgrave stuff to make it more compatible with other games. A bit of a ball ache to do, but well worth it I think (no pics of this, but I basically removed all the snow and replaced it with dead grass, like the bases for these ghosts).

The last things that I haven't yet posted on this blog are two journeymen for my Chaos Renegades. I used some really old school chaos players for these guys and they turned out pretty cool.

That's all the "recent" stuff out of the way, so I'll just do a big photo dump of everything else I've painted in the last year:

Phew. My 2020 wasn't quite as productive as some people's (I've seen people paint multiple armies during lockdowns), but given that work and family life continued unabated for me (for which I'm grateful tbh), I'm actually quite pleased with my output. Not including the Warcry terrain at the start of this post (which was completed in 2021), I've painted a total of 83 individual minis and bits. Not my best year ever, but not bloody bad.

I'll probably do a "2021 goals" post at some point soon, but I've talked enough for now! I do intend to post a bit more often as I find it helpful to document progress and reflections, even if it is mostly just for my benefit.

Till next time, stay safe and roll well.

Thursday, 12 November 2020

Pact to the Future: Mutants!

Greetings all.

I hope my limited fanbase are all keeping well in these strange times.

I've been occasionally cracking on with a little painting, working on my Chaos Renegades again. Just a few more bits to do for them now, so I thought I'd just concentrate on getting them finished (which they still aren't, obviously).

Part of the attraction for this team is that most of the players can take mutations on a normal skill roll/primary skill. As a result, I needed a few mutated versions of my standard players. I had to rein it in a bit with these in fact, because there are SO many possibilities. However, players take so damn long to skill up on this team, chances are that I'm actually only going to have a handful of mutations at any time. I suppose I can always go back and add more, but chances are that I won't (ok I might, got some alternative Skaven mutations in mind).

Anyway, here are my current mutants (Claw x2, Two Heads, Horns):

In the new rules (BB2020), Chaos Renegades have the option of taking a (frankly rubbish) Thrower now. Obviously this meant I needed a new mini. I don't usually like minis holding a ball, but I wanted one that very clearly said "Thrower", as I didn't want to colour-code the bases for this team. I went with a 3rd edition Thrower, with a bit of conversion work to make him fit in with the 2nd edition minis I'm using for the rest of the team. This poor chap actually had no hands when I got him, so I transplanted some replacements from a Skaven Thrower and a Human Catcher. I also did a little sculpting to get that 2nd edition vibe. He'll be getting a bit of paint soon.

All that's left to do for this team is a couple Journeymen and a few Star Players (who may or may not make it into BB2020; that remains to be seen).

Comments welcome as ever!

Thursday, 8 October 2020

Accidental Warcry warbands

 Greetings all.

I haven't posted in a while, mostly because I haven't done much in the way of painting. I've been assembling a few bits and bobs, but that's not very exciting to look at. I did paint one thing, which I'll show you below.

What I have done is cobble together two Warcry warbands from models that I already had painted. I haven't actually played much Warcry, but everyone seems to love it, and if the world ever returns to normal I'll give it a bash.

Anyway here's my Nurgle warband:

And my Khorne warband:

I've also got a cool Gorehound model that I'm gonna add to these at a later date for an alternative leader.

Whilst I was messing around with my Bloodletters, I finally decided to convert an icon bearer for them, to bring the unit up to 10. I had a few odd broken bits from the original lot of Bloodletters, so I pinned them together and added a modern Khorne icon:

Till next time.

Friday, 21 August 2020

Necromunda: Underhive boxed set terrain finished!

 Greetings all, 

Another fairly short post from me today, but you should be used to those by now. I do have a decent amount of stuff to show off mind you. 

I was getting a bit burnt out with painting (and hobby in general), so I decided to paint my way through the terrain from the Necromunda Underhive boxed set. The idea was that it would be fairly straightforward and low stress, and I would be able to practice a few new techniques. Turns out I was exactly right. I didn't blast through it as quickly as I'd hoped, but I was only working on it as and when I had the motivation, so not too bad. Most of it is more or less the same colour (that colour being "rusty"), but that was kind of the point.

The last thing to finish up were these cool reversible loot crates:

With those done, it means I have the complete set finished:

On the whole I'm pleased with how it all turned out, and I learnt a few things along the way as well. I'm taking a short break from the hobby at the moment, although new 40k and new Blood Bowl are starting to get me all fired up again, so I'm sure I'll be back to it before long.

Till next time.

Friday, 7 August 2020

Saturated Rat: Blood Bowl Skaven team, and more Necromunda bits

 Greetings all.

Just showing you a little something that I'm off and on working on at the moment, and that's a 2nd edition Skaven team (the cool Jes Goodwin versions). No paint on these guys yet I'm afraid, but they're all assembled with a few little conversions. I'm possibly going to hold off doing any more BB stuff until I know more about how the new edition changes things. I like what I've seen of it so far, so I'm cautiously optimistic...

Anyway, some cool models from the past:

The whole team.
Rat Ogre and Star Players.
Coach, Apothecary, and counters.
Mutant versions of the Blitzers.

Mutant conversions.

I probably won't bother getting any paint on these guys until the new version of BB, but I've already seen the Skaven roster and it's pretty much the same. Might want another Thrower, but that's it.

Apart from these guys, I've also been slowly getting through the rest of the Necromunda starter box:

I went with my now standard rust effect. I toned it down slightly on the terminals, just to make it look like they were actually still functional! Just a few crates and a couple more grenade piles, and then I'm done with all the scenery and bits.

Till next time.