Wednesday, 1 July 2020

More quick and dirty terrain: Necromunda barricades and doors

Greetings all,

Whenever I hit a hobby slump these days (which seems to be a lot of the time at the moment, but these are strange times after all), I try and lift myself out of it by painting some "quick rusty shit". Being in such a slump at the moment, that's exactly what I've done. It gives me a kind of false sense of progress, because I can smash out a decent amount of stuff with minimal time and effort investment.

I've had the "new" (now not so new) Necromunda box sitting around begging for attention for quite a while now, so I decided to tackle some of the terrain for the 2D version of that:

Nothing fancy here, just lots of washing and stippling, but overall I think they turned out quite well. I'm actually quite keen to paint up some more Necromunda stuff, and I'm on the lookout for some decent walls that won't break the bank. Necromunda from the late 90s has a very special place in my heart (along with Blood Bowl from the same time), and it's nice to see a revival of both of them. I've got a Chaos Cult gang that I've been meaning to paint up for literally years now, so perhaps I'll get to that soonish... I've got a few odd accessories left to paint up, and then that'll be the whole box contents done (minus the gangs, which I no longer own).

Till next time.

Monday, 15 June 2020

Pact to the Future: Phase one complete!

Greetings all,

I've reached a bit of a milestone this week, albeit a fairly small one. I've managed to complete "phase one" of my Chaos Renegades team! Essentially this means I've painted a whole team, counters, and now coaching staff too. Given that I started putting these guys together about a year ago, I'm pretty happy with that. Now the reason it's only phase one, is that I have a handful of mutants, star players, and journeymen still to do, but none of those are required immediately to play the team, so they'll follow in phase two.

I'm pretty pleased with the achievement, even though it is a fairly modest one. I've been in something of a hobby slump for a while now (and still am tbh), so having something "complete" is pretty satisfying. At times it has been a bit of a grind to paint them, but overall I'm happy with how it all turned out.

Without further ado, some pictures!

The newest additions, the coaching staff:

And now some pics of the team as a whole, starting with the Renegades:

The humans:

The Big Guys:

Finally the markers, and all the team together:

I'm delighted to have these guys finished (not that they'll be seeing the table for a while, seeing as the world has ended and all that). I'm thinking of taking a little hobby break soon, but nothing too major. Just a couple weeks or so to come back feeling refreshed and revitalised, rather than seeing all this as a job that needs doing. I've got a few bits here and there that I want to finish off first though, so I wont be going anywhere just yet.

Anyway, in the meantime let me know what you think!

Wednesday, 3 June 2020

Pact to the Future: the last of the Renegades

Greetings all.

Another quick post from me, as per usual. I've managed to spend some of my limited hobby time finishing off the last of the Renegades for my team. With these guys done, I now have a full squad of "normal" players. I still need to finish off the coaching staff, and then move on to phase two (mutants and star players), but I'm getting there!

First up, Jizmak Da Gusha, the Orc Renegade:

And my Skaven Renegade, Oderus Urungus.

Once I'm done with the coaching staff, I'll get some decent pics of the whole team together too.

Feels good to have these guys done, as it means I now have a second fully painted Blood Bowl team to play with. Till next time!

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: 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.

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.