Tuesday, 25 May 2021

Contrast experiments, and a big update

 Greetings all.

Been a while hasn't it? I've been back and forth on the blogging thing, but I'm gonna stick with it. At some point I need to refresh the blog a bit, probably change the name, and kind of refocus it on what I'm up to these days (which is all sorts of things actually). It's been a while since I've painted Chaos Daemons, Classic or otherwise, although I do still have plenty in my to do pile. I'll have a think on it and change things up a little, because I'm not sure I want to let the blog lapse entirely. It's a nice little diary of what I've been up to over the years, although it doesn't get a lot of traffic these days.

In any case, I might not have been blogging, but I actually have been painting a fair bit! This is due in no small part to the fact that I've finally caved to peer pressure and picked up some Contrast paints. Turns out they're awesome, and have completely revitalised my painting enthusiasm. There's definitely something to be said for just sitting down and smashing out some minis quickly. I tend to feel that painting is a bit of a slog, so this was a new experience for me.

Anyway, check out what I've got finished recently, mostly thanks to Contrast:

A bunch of sci-fi Beastmen to use as generic enemies in Stargrave

Saturated Rat, my new (old) Skaven Blood Bowl team. This is actually less than half the team mind you. I've managed to finish all the linerats, three journeymen, and some custom markers. I still need to do all the positionals, coaching staff, a few mutants, and a couple Star Players. Glad to be underway though.

Even more Renegade human linemen for my Chaos Renegades team

Random Troll for Frostgrave/Rangers of Shadow Deep

Familiars and bits, including my buddy Alex's Golden Fleece that he sculpted and had cast!

More Familiars. I've actually painted the entire range now so I'll get a group photo at some point

Heresy Ghoul King, again for Frostgrave or Rangers of Shadow Deep

Not bad at all. It's about 10 times my usual output, so I'm well pleased. I'm mostly focused on getting the Skaven BB team painted up at the moment, and then on to something else (possibly another BB team, although there are a lot of other things that are crying out for my attention!).

Till next time.

Wednesday, 24 March 2021

Warcry terrain finished!

 Greetings all.

Hope my handful of readers are keeping as well as possible. Two posts in quick succession is a rarity for me these days, as is completing a project of a decent size, but here we are! I'm delighted to say I've finished off my Shattered Stormvault terrain for Warcry, making that two "Ravaged Lands" and a bunch of scatter that I've completed so far this year. Not bad by my standards. The two sets fit together nicely, and fill most of a mid-sized AoS board too. Not that I've played AoS in years, but it's good to have options!

Shattered Stormvault finished:

All of the Warcry Terrain together:

It's pretty simple, and there's lots more I could add, but it's finished and that's good enough for me these days! Should be a good backdrop for some fun games when the world calms down a bit. At some point I'd like to add a few trees and hills to make for a full sized AoS battlefield, as well as any number of other games (RoSD, Frostgrave, etc), but this'll do nicely for now.

Till next time.

Thursday, 18 March 2021

Even more quick terrain for Warcry & AoS

 Greetings all.

As usual, it's been a while since I posted. Motivation is still fairly low (as I'm sure it is for most people at the moment), and I don't seem to get much traffic here these days in any case. I'm still continuing with the blog for the meantime anyway, as it's helpful for me to look back on it and see what I've done and how I felt about it at the time. I seem to start every post with a moan these days, but such is life at the moment!

Having said all that, I have at least been moderately productive recently. I said I was thinking of getting another Ravaged Land set to expand on the one of just finished, and that's exactly what I did. Thought it was best to ride the terrain train for a while longer whilst I was still inspired to do it!

I actually picked up a couple more terrain sets in the end. The first one was a little box of Timeworn Ruins to fill out what I already had from the Defiled Ruins set, but I enjoyed them so much that I also picked up a Shattered Stormvault to go along with it.

I smashed out the Timeworn Ruins in no time at all, in the same very basic colour scheme as before:

The Shattered Stormvault is taking a bit longer to do, but essentially following the same pattern as before as well. I kept the pillars and plinths separate, and kept the whole lot as modular as possible so that it would a) be easier to store and transport, and b) be able to match the Warcry cards. I actually magnetised the pillars and plinths so that they wouldn't instantly topple over if they were bumped into even gently.

Here are a few random WIP pics of the Stormvault set:

That's all for now really. I'll take a few pics of everything together when it's complete. I might need to get some trees or something to make a more interesting battlefield for AoS, but this will be plenty good enough for now. The plan is to go back over all of my terrain and do some more weathering at some stage, but there are far too many actual minis to paint in the meantime!

Till next time.

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.