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Hobby update 26-6-17

Posted on June 26th, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

Morning all!

Wow, seems like an age since I last did one of these – let’s get right to it then and see what’s on my hobby desk at the moment.

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Odd and Sundry Bits

Posted on June 19th, 2017 under , , , , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

Below is a collection of an assortment of odd and sundry bits that have been haunting the periphery of my work area for some time, partially painted, that I’ve recently –  over the last month – finished off… but didn’t feel any one group necessitated a post all of their own… or maybe they all could have, but I was feeling lazy…?
(Remember: click on the pictures for a bigger version):

Two English Civil War cavalrymen. One, on the left, is from Old Glory the other, on the right, is from Perry Miniatures.

The two finish up a unit of heavy cavalry for The Pikeman’s Lament.

An English Civil War musketeer casualty from Perry Miniatures. You can’t see it, because it’s hidden by the grass, but he’s sitting on his musket.

A Teutonic Knight Casualty from Gripping Beast. The beginnings of a Teutonic Knight retinue for Lion Rampant. I have two units of Mounted Men-at-Arms and an assortment of pilgrims and clergymen and a bunch of cavalry to paint up for the force. Well… some of the clergy are already painted… I’m not sure what I was thinking when I decided to pick up the knights… seemed like a good idea at the time…? I’ll probably need to pick up some Mounted Sergeants and some more foot for the force at some point… maybe when I actually get some of the other units finished!!

First two of the Reaper Bones 3 Kickstarter, which arrived a couple weeks ago, that I’ve “painted”. There wasn’t much painted involved – other than the base.

The Wizard I actually have a not-so-translucent version of – so I can make him “invisible”.

I’m not sure why I ended up with the invisible/translucent dude with the hammer…?

Three Lead Adventure Miniaturespost-apocalyptic survivors.

Two more post-apocalyptic KGB from Lead Adventure Miniatures. I finished the others from this set back in February

One of the figures from the Psi-Paladins and Techno-Barbarians Kickstarter for Mutants and Death Ray Guns.

A Grenadier Guards Officer from Miniature Figurines Winter of ’79 range.

Three female police constables also from from Miniature Figurines Winter of ’79 range.

Dark Young of Shub-Niggurath from Reaper Bones 3 Kickstarter. I got all the big mythos creatures out of this set. Painted up this guy as an adventure I’m prepping to kick off a Cthulhu Invictus campaign involves a Dark Young…

With the wizard for scale – he’s pretty damned big! Shub0niggurath herself and Dagon are even HUGER?!

A terribly out of focus shot of three Grymm sniper specialists from Hasslefree Miniatures. Their camouflage was so good the camera could just not recognize what to focus on…

Are the Grymm supposed to be like Space Dwarves…? I think so. But given that hasslefree minis are on the slightish side, I though they might fit in with one of my units of Imperial Guard Ratling snipers.

Unit of Ratling snipers. They’re still on the slight side… maybe female Ratlings are smaller and have tinier heads than the males of their species…? I probably should have converted their boots into big feet to match up with the GW guys a bit better… ah well…
That’s it for me for now. Need to do some planning this week and figure out what I’m going to work on in the coming months…

Coming soon on Tim’s Miniature Wargaming Blog:


Game Plan 2017: What’s Next…?

Odd and Sundry Bits

Posted on June 19th, 2017 under , , , , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

Below is a collection of an assortment of odd and sundry bits that have been haunting the periphery of my work area for some time, partially painted, that I’ve recently –  over the last month – finished off… but didn’t feel any one group necessitated a post all of their own… or maybe they all could have, but I was feeling lazy…?
(Remember: click on the pictures for a bigger version):

Two English Civil War cavalrymen. One, on the left, is from Old Glory the other, on the right, is from Perry Miniatures.

The two finish up a unit of heavy cavalry for The Pikeman’s Lament.

An English Civil War musketeer casualty from Perry Miniatures. You can’t see it, because it’s hidden by the grass, but he’s sitting on his musket.

A Teutonic Knight Casualty from Gripping Beast. The beginnings of a Teutonic Knight retinue for Lion Rampant. I have two units of Mounted Men-at-Arms and an assortment of pilgrims and clergymen and a bunch of cavalry to paint up for the force. Well… some of the clergy are already painted… I’m not sure what I was thinking when I decided to pick up the knights… seemed like a good idea at the time…? I’ll probably need to pick up some Mounted Sergeants and some more foot for the force at some point… maybe when I actually get some of the other units finished!!

First two of the Reaper Bones 3 Kickstarter, which arrived a couple weeks ago, that I’ve “painted”. There wasn’t much painted involved – other than the base.

The Wizard I actually have a not-so-translucent version of – so I can make him “invisible”.

I’m not sure why I ended up with the invisible/translucent dude with the hammer…?

Three Lead Adventure Miniaturespost-apocalyptic survivors.

Two more post-apocalyptic KGB from Lead Adventure Miniatures. I finished the others from this set back in February

One of the figures from the Psi-Paladins and Techno-Barbarians Kickstarter for Mutants and Death Ray Guns.

A Grenadier Guards Officer from Miniature Figurines Winter of ’79 range.

Three female police constables also from from Miniature Figurines Winter of ’79 range.

Dark Young of Shub-Niggurath from Reaper Bones 3 Kickstarter. I got all the big mythos creatures out of this set. Painted up this guy as an adventure I’m prepping to kick off a Cthulhu Invictus campaign involves a Dark Young…

With the wizard for scale – he’s pretty damned big! Shub0niggurath herself and Dagon are even HUGER?!

A terribly out of focus shot of three Grymm sniper specialists from Hasslefree Miniatures. Their camouflage was so good the camera could just not recognize what to focus on…

Are the Grymm supposed to be like Space Dwarves…? I think so. But given that hasslefree minis are on the slightish side, I though they might fit in with one of my units of Imperial Guard Ratling snipers.

Unit of Ratling snipers. They’re still on the slight side… maybe female Ratlings are smaller and have tinier heads than the males of their species…? I probably should have converted their boots into big feet to match up with the GW guys a bit better… ah well…
That’s it for me for now. Need to do some planning this week and figure out what I’m going to work on in the coming months…

Coming soon on Tim’s Miniature Wargaming Blog:


Game Plan 2017: What’s Next…?

Orcs

Posted on June 12th, 2017 under , , , . Posted by


This was my final entry for Lead Adventure Forum’s Lead Painter’s League. It was a Theme Round again: “Big Brother, Little Brothers”. I was back and forth on this one a lot and eventually settled on the biggest Orc I could find with a handful of smaller ones… Apparently it wasn’t big enough, though, as I didn’t get the bonus points for this round… ah well… 

(Remember: click on the pictures for a bigger version):

An assortment of Orcs – mostly old Games Workshop/Citadel figures that I’ve had for ever… stripped of paint in recent years and now finally repainted. The Big ‘un…? I’m not sure where he came from. I think I got him in a trade…?

All the Orcs I have for my Orcish Dragon Rampant warband. That’s two units of Bellicose Foot and a unit of Light Missiles. The giant is not a really HUGE giant, perhaps I could call him a single figure unit of Bellicose foot…? I have two more 12 figure units of Bellicose Foot and another Light Missile. I also have a five more trolls (to make up a 6-figure – reducded figure – unit of… something…? More Bellicose Foot, perhaps?) and a few more big orcs to make a 6-figure unit of… something…? STILL MORE Bellicose foot!? I don’t know… Just trying to organize things into 6s and 12s. haven’t given a whole lot of thought as to how to field them.

I’ve been back and forth on what to do over the summer – miniature-hobby-wise – I am defninitely going to be working on all those jet bikes… but I’m a little torn as to what else to work on. I have units for all the Dan Mersey rules I’d like to finish up (one unit of Mounted Men-at-Arms for the Green/Yellow Retinue, A few units of Fierce Foot for the Medieval Irish retinue, an entire retinue of Black & Blue generic medieval types, and the Saracen and Teutonic Knight retinues for Lion Rampant, Orcs and Dwarves and Elves and Halflings for Dragon Rampant, British, Zulus, Martians, Boers and an assortment or European colonilal types for The Men Who Would Be Kings, and a bunch more Scots, Irish And Englsih for The Pikeman’s Lament). Plus a few other things possibly for A Song of Blades and Heroes or Fear and Faith or Song of Shadows and Dust or Mutants and Death Ray Guns or similar games or for Role-playing games I hope to run later in the year.

I backed the Astropolis II Kickstarter but that won’t be arriving until August. Hopefully LATER in August so it won’t prove too much of a distraction while I’m trying to finish up jet bikes!!

Coming soon on Tim’s Miniature Wargaming Blog:           

I’m not really sure at this point. There probably won’t be much for the next week or so as this week is pretty busy – last violin lesson, and rehearsals and final performances for Irish Dance and then on Tuesday next week we have our portfolio review with the Home Education Coordinator – so we have a lot of finishing up of stuff to do this week… Shortly after that I have some serious cleaning and organizing to do in the basement to prepare for the demolition and eventual renovation of the kitchen later this summer…

I also hope to get in a lot my RIDING!

Orcs

Posted on June 12th, 2017 under , , , . Posted by


This was my final entry for Lead Adventure Forum’s Lead Painter’s League. It was a Theme Round again: “Big Brother, Little Brothers”. I was back and forth on this one a lot and eventually settled on the biggest Orc I could find with a handful of smaller ones… Apparently it wasn’t big enough, though, as I didn’t get the bonus points for this round… ah well… 

(Remember: click on the pictures for a bigger version):

An assortment of Orcs – mostly old Games Workshop/Citadel figures that I’ve had for ever… stripped of paint in recent years and now finally repainted. The Big ‘un…? I’m not sure where he came from. I think I got him in a trade…?

All the Orcs I have for my Orcish Dragon Rampant warband. That’s two units of Bellicose Foot and a unit of Light Missiles. The giant is not a really HUGE giant, perhaps I could call him a single figure unit of Bellicose foot…? I have two more 12 figure units of Bellicose Foot and another Light Missile. I also have a five more trolls (to make up a 6-figure – reducded figure – unit of… something…? More Bellicose Foot, perhaps?) and a few more big orcs to make a 6-figure unit of… something…? STILL MORE Bellicose foot!? I don’t know… Just trying to organize things into 6s and 12s. haven’t given a whole lot of thought as to how to field them.

I’ve been back and forth on what to do over the summer – miniature-hobby-wise – I am defninitely going to be working on all those jet bikes… but I’m a little torn as to what else to work on. I have units for all the Dan Mersey rules I’d like to finish up (one unit of Mounted Men-at-Arms for the Green/Yellow Retinue, A few units of Fierce Foot for the Medieval Irish retinue, an entire retinue of Black & Blue generic medieval types, and the Saracen and Teutonic Knight retinues for Lion Rampant, Orcs and Dwarves and Elves and Halflings for Dragon Rampant, British, Zulus, Martians, Boers and an assortment or European colonilal types for The Men Who Would Be Kings, and a bunch more Scots, Irish And Englsih for The Pikeman’s Lament). Plus a few other things possibly for A Song of Blades and Heroes or Fear and Faith or Song of Shadows and Dust or Mutants and Death Ray Guns or similar games or for Role-playing games I hope to run later in the year.

I backed the Astropolis II Kickstarter but that won’t be arriving until August. Hopefully LATER in August so it won’t prove too much of a distraction while I’m trying to finish up jet bikes!!

Coming soon on Tim’s Miniature Wargaming Blog:           

I’m not really sure at this point. There probably won’t be much for the next week or so as this week is pretty busy – last violin lesson, and rehearsals and final performances for Irish Dance and then on Tuesday next week we have our portfolio review with the Home Education Coordinator – so we have a lot of finishing up of stuff to do this week… Shortly after that I have some serious cleaning and organizing to do in the basement to prepare for the demolition and eventual renovation of the kitchen later this summer…

I also hope to get in a lot my RIDING!

More Dwarven Highlanders (and Reaper Bones III Arrives!)

Posted on June 3rd, 2017 under , , , , , , . Posted by

My penultimate entry for the Lead Adventure Forum’s Lead Painter’s League. Tomorrow the entries for the final round should go up.

(Remember: click on the pictures for a bigger version):

A batch of Dwarven Highlanders from Black Hat Miniatures.

All of the Highland Dwarves so far… 

These are all being painted and organized into a warband for Dragon Rampant. The new figures from Black Hat will not form a unit on their own – well, some of them will – the Chieftain and a couple attendants will form a unit. The rest of them will be distributed between all the other units of Dwarf Highlanders.

The Clan Chieftain and his guard. I’m not sure if they should be a reduced model unit of Bellicose Foot or count them as Elite Foot…? 

The ordinary units of Highlanders I figured would be Bellicose Foot. I’d considered giving them the “Terrifically Shiny Armour” upgrade, just to make them a bit tougher… But now that I have SIX units of them, it makes sense just to call them plain Bellicose Foot @ 4 points each.

Here are all the Dwarven Highlanders I have painted up so far organized into units for Dragon Rampant: three units of Bellicose Foot plus the Clan Chieftain – whatever he ends up being. I have another three to finish up (which will actually be 30+points when I’m done – more than the “standard” 24 points… but that’s how I roll…).

I suppose this could currently be fielded as a 24 point unit if I called all four units Bellicose Foot with the “Terrifically Shiny Armour” upgrade (the Chieftain being a reduced model unit…).

In addition to this Highland Dwarf Warband, I have a completely separate Mountain Dwarf Warband I’m working on for Dragon Rampant… and they are not always friends… The recently posted Dwarven Rangers are part of the Mountain Dwarf Warband.

In other news…

Our Reaper Bones Kickstarter rewards arrived….

It took some time to origanize all the stuff and make sure whe’d gotten all of the stuff we’d ordered.

Then we needed to split it all up so everyone more or less got what they wanted…

I got most of the Cthulhu stuff – including the Dark Young of Shub-Niggurath, Shub-Niggurath (the Black Goat of the Woods herself), Dagon and some Deep Ones, and something called Frogemoth (which seemed pretty otherworldly/Elder Godly to me…)
I had hoped with the LPL out of the way I would buckle down and got some stuff done for other people that have been sitting on my workbench a little too long… but I think there’s probably going to be a fair bit of assembling, basing and priming this week… of the Reaper stuff as well as a few other things that I’ve been wanting to finish up assembling and priming so they can all go back into their storage boxes and not take up so much space! (unassembled minis take up way more space than assembled ones – and I running out of space!!!)

Coming soon on Tim’s Miniature Wargaming Blog:

Orcs (my last entry to the LPL)?  







More Dwarven Highlanders (and Reaper Bones III Arrives!)

Posted on June 3rd, 2017 under , , , , , , . Posted by

My penultimate entry for the Lead Adventure Forum’s Lead Painter’s League. Tomorrow the entries for the final round should go up.

(Remember: click on the pictures for a bigger version):

A batch of Dwarven Highlanders from Black Hat Miniatures.

All of the Highland Dwarves so far… 

These are all being painted and organized into a warband for Dragon Rampant. The new figures from Black Hat will not form a unit on their own – well, some of them will – the Chieftain and a couple attendants will form a unit. The rest of them will be distributed between all the other units of Dwarf Highlanders.

The Clan Chieftain and his guard. I’m not sure if they should be a reduced model unit of Bellicose Foot or count them as Elite Foot…? 

The ordinary units of Highlanders I figured would be Bellicose Foot. I’d considered giving them the “Terrifically Shiny Armour” upgrade, just to make them a bit tougher… But now that I have SIX units of them, it makes sense just to call them plain Bellicose Foot @ 4 points each.

Here are all the Dwarven Highlanders I have painted up so far organized into units for Dragon Rampant: three units of Bellicose Foot plus the Clan Chieftain – whatever he ends up being. I have another three to finish up (which will actually be 30+points when I’m done – more than the “standard” 24 points… but that’s how I roll…).

I suppose this could currently be fielded as a 24 point unit if I called all four units Bellicose Foot with the “Terrifically Shiny Armour” upgrade (the Chieftain being a reduced model unit…).

In addition to this Highland Dwarf Warband, I have a completely separate Mountain Dwarf Warband I’m working on for Dragon Rampant… and they are not always friends… The recently posted Dwarven Rangers are part of the Mountain Dwarf Warband.

In other news…

Our Reaper Bones Kickstarter rewards arrived….

It took some time to origanize all the stuff and make sure whe’d gotten all of the stuff we’d ordered.

Then we needed to split it all up so everyone more or less got what they wanted…

I got most of the Cthulhu stuff – including the Dark Young of Shub-Niggurath, Shub-Niggurath (the Black Goat of the Woods herself), Dagon and some Deep Ones, and something called Frogemoth (which seemed pretty otherworldly/Elder Godly to me…)
I had hoped with the LPL out of the way I would buckle down and got some stuff done for other people that have been sitting on my workbench a little too long… but I think there’s probably going to be a fair bit of assembling, basing and priming this week… of the Reaper stuff as well as a few other things that I’ve been wanting to finish up assembling and priming so they can all go back into their storage boxes and not take up so much space! (unassembled minis take up way more space than assembled ones – and I running out of space!!!)

Coming soon on Tim’s Miniature Wargaming Blog:

Orcs (my last entry to the LPL)?  







Hobby update 30/5/17 – slaves, slaves everywhere, but still nothing actually finished!

Posted on May 30th, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

Greetings all, as always I’m a little off-schedule thanks to the Bank Holiday, but in other news, at least that meant I got loads of painting done this week!

Seriously, first I have to give thanks to my wife for taking our kids up to see her family and leaving me behind, and then also thanks to my pal Martin for coming over and keeping me company while we painted. For many hours.

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Hobby update 30/5/17 – slaves, slaves everywhere, but still nothing actually finished!

Posted on May 30th, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

Greetings all, as always I’m a little off-schedule thanks to the Bank Holiday, but in other news, at least that meant I got loads of painting done this week!

Seriously, first I have to give thanks to my wife for taking our kids up to see her family and leaving me behind, and then also thanks to my pal Martin for coming over and keeping me company while we painted. For many hours.

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Dwarven Rangers (And Super Dungeon Explore Billmen!)

Posted on May 27th, 2017 under , , , , . Posted by

I painted up some Lead Adventure MiniaturesDwarves  – from the Dwarven Gold Fever Kickstarter which had just arrived – for my  entry for round eight of the Lead Adventure Forum’s Lead Painter’s League (could I cram anymore links into that sentence!?).

(Remember: click on the pictures for a bigger version):

Five Dwarven womenfolk from Lead Adventure Miniatures. Originally I’d thought I’d submit the unit below, but then decided to just include these five Lead Adventure Miniatures under the title “Madgel’s Crew”. The four with crossbows are going to be part of a unit of Dwarven Rangers for

Dwarven Rangers for Dragon Rampant(Scouts – 2 points).

Four are the Lead Adventure Miniaturesfigures above. To round out the unit are figures from Reaper Miniatures and West Wind Productions.

I tried to paint them with soiled and stained dresses and cloaks – like they’ve really been out in the bush crawling about in the muck.

Scouts in Dragon Rampant aren’t going to win you any battles by destroying enemies – they are useless in hand-to-hand and can’t always be guaranteed to shoot (Shoot 7+) and don’t shoot as far as other missile units… but they do get around (Move 5+) and they’re hard to target with missiles – so I imagine they’d be good for scenarios which AREN’T just about killing the other guys – and would excel at denying the enemy control of areas of the table, running about gathering up gems, etc.

This is Madgel. I’m not sure what I’ll be using her for – some sort of wizard or shameness.

Madgel again.

I have more dwarves coming up for Round Nine – but NOT Lead Adventure Dwarves – and they aren’t even for the same army as these!

I never did post a pic of my My entry from Round seven. These are a few more miniatures I painted from The Girl’s Super Dungeon Explore: Forgotten King game.

Billmen from Soda Pop Miniatures. I think these are totally fun to paint – though time consuming! I tried to paint them like they were illustrated on their cards – and without metallic paints to capture the cartoony style of the illustrations.

Coming soon on Tim’s Miniature Wargaming Blog:

Probably a round-up of the boardgames I’ve played over the last month, then maybe the Dwarves from Round Nine of the LPL. After that…? I’m not sure. This week I’m going to be painting up something for Round Ten and once that’s done I am determined to finish Rick’s Robot!? Only after that will I allow myself to start assembling more jet bikes! 

Dwarven Rangers (And Super Dungeon Explore Billmen!)

Posted on May 27th, 2017 under , , , , . Posted by

I painted up some Lead Adventure MiniaturesDwarves  – from the Dwarven Gold Fever Kickstarter which had just arrived – for my  entry for round eight of the Lead Adventure Forum’s Lead Painter’s League (could I cram anymore links into that sentence!?).

(Remember: click on the pictures for a bigger version):

Five Dwarven womenfolk from Lead Adventure Miniatures. Originally I’d thought I’d submit the unit below, but then decided to just include these five Lead Adventure Miniatures under the title “Madgel’s Crew”. The four with crossbows are going to be part of a unit of Dwarven Rangers for

Dwarven Rangers for Dragon Rampant(Scouts – 2 points).

Four are the Lead Adventure Miniaturesfigures above. To round out the unit are figures from Reaper Miniatures and West Wind Productions.

I tried to paint them with soiled and stained dresses and cloaks – like they’ve really been out in the bush crawling about in the muck.

Scouts in Dragon Rampant aren’t going to win you any battles by destroying enemies – they are useless in hand-to-hand and can’t always be guaranteed to shoot (Shoot 7+) and don’t shoot as far as other missile units… but they do get around (Move 5+) and they’re hard to target with missiles – so I imagine they’d be good for scenarios which AREN’T just about killing the other guys – and would excel at denying the enemy control of areas of the table, running about gathering up gems, etc.

This is Madgel. I’m not sure what I’ll be using her for – some sort of wizard or shameness.

Madgel again.

I have more dwarves coming up for Round Nine – but NOT Lead Adventure Dwarves – and they aren’t even for the same army as these!

I never did post a pic of my My entry from Round seven. These are a few more miniatures I painted from The Girl’s Super Dungeon Explore: Forgotten King game.

Billmen from Soda Pop Miniatures. I think these are totally fun to paint – though time consuming! I tried to paint them like they were illustrated on their cards – and without metallic paints to capture the cartoony style of the illustrations.

Coming soon on Tim’s Miniature Wargaming Blog:

Probably a round-up of the boardgames I’ve played over the last month, then maybe the Dwarves from Round Nine of the LPL. After that…? I’m not sure. This week I’m going to be painting up something for Round Ten and once that’s done I am determined to finish Rick’s Robot!? Only after that will I allow myself to start assembling more jet bikes! 

Hobby update – 22/5/17 – laying the foundations for finished stuff

Posted on May 22nd, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

Greetings all – let’s do a hobby post today shall we? Where am I getting to with the slaves to darkness I’ve been painting?

Before I get stuck into it – might I just point out that I’m taking on commission work again as my current list is almost complete.

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Hobby update – 22/5/17 – laying the foundations for finished stuff

Posted on May 22nd, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

Greetings all – let’s do a hobby post today shall we? Where am I getting to with the slaves to darkness I’ve been painting?

Before I get stuck into it – might I just point out that I’m taking on commission work again as my current list is almost complete.

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Sneaky Sam: Halfling Assassin (and LOOT!)

Posted on May 19th, 2017 under , , , . Posted by


Just a quick update – I happened to finish up this little guy along with my Lead Adventure Forum’s Lead Painter’s League entry for Round Eight, so I thought I’d share him – because I CAN!

Sneaky Sam: Halfling Assassin – figure from Hasslefree Miniatures.

A pair of Treasure Tokens from Lead Adventure Miniatures– which I got as part of my Dwarven Gold Fever Kickstarter Rewards.

Coming soon on Tim’s Miniature Wargaming Blog:

Tomorrow, as Round Seven of the Lead Painter’s League finishes up,  I should be posting the second batch of Super Dungeon Explore: Forgotten King miniatures. After that… Probably Round Eight’s entry – some DWARVES from the Dwarven Gold Fever Kickstarter – and the unit of Dwarven Rangers they’ll be a part of in my Dwarf Dragon Rampant warband! 

Sneaky Sam: Halfling Assassin (and LOOT!)

Posted on May 19th, 2017 under , , , . Posted by


Just a quick update – I happened to finish up this little guy along with my Lead Adventure Forum’s Lead Painter’s League entry for Round Eight, so I thought I’d share him – because I CAN!

Sneaky Sam: Halfling Assassin – figure from Hasslefree Miniatures.

A pair of Treasure Tokens from Lead Adventure Miniatures– which I got as part of my Dwarven Gold Fever Kickstarter Rewards.

Coming soon on Tim’s Miniature Wargaming Blog:

Tomorrow, as Round Seven of the Lead Painter’s League finishes up,  I should be posting the second batch of Super Dungeon Explore: Forgotten King miniatures. After that… Probably Round Eight’s entry – some DWARVES from the Dwarven Gold Fever Kickstarter – and the unit of Dwarven Rangers they’ll be a part of in my Dwarf Dragon Rampant warband! 

Age of Sigmar – Chaos Knight

Posted on May 18th, 2017 under , , . Posted by

Hi all,bonus special photo post today, I finished my first Chaos Knight last night and I’m so chuffed with the results I couldn’t wait to show him off till monday.I think this is quite possibly the best painted miniature I’ve ever done. There are still…

Age of Sigmar – Chaos Knight

Posted on May 18th, 2017 under , , . Posted by

Hi all,bonus special photo post today, I finished my first Chaos Knight last night and I’m so chuffed with the results I couldn’t wait to show him off till monday.I think this is quite possibly the best painted miniature I’ve ever done. There are still…

Hobby update – the challenge of painting white.

Posted on May 15th, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

Greetings all, here’s a quick look into the rubble-strewn landscape that is my painting table this week. Today, given the models that I’ve been working on this week, I’m going to take a quick look into a question that has vexed many a gamer over the years. How do I paint white?

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Hobby update – the challenge of painting white.

Posted on May 15th, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

Greetings all, here’s a quick look into the rubble-strewn landscape that is my painting table this week. Today, given the models that I’ve been working on this week, I’m going to take a quick look into a question that has vexed many a gamer over the years. How do I paint white?

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Super Dungeon Explorers! (and Ready Player One)

Posted on May 14th, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

Over the last two weeks I painted up a bunch of miniatures for The Girl’s Super Dungeon Explore game. She was planning to play it at her birthday party (which was this past Friday) and I thought I’d help her out with getting a few more miniatures painted for it. I also submitted them as my entires for the last two rounds of the Lead Adventure Forum’s Lead Painter’s League (so I can only show you half of them right now – the ones that were posted last week – the rest are currently posted for this week’s LPL.
Actually the game she was playing with her friends was Super Dungeon Explore: The Forgotten King – but most of these characters I painted this week are from the original set. The Girl allowed me to paint these ones as she already had copies of them that she’d painted (metal ones she’d picked up a few years back before she had either of the SDE games)

(Remember: click on the pictures for a bigger version):

The whole group.

Unfortunately In the LPL I was matched up with Curt, so, I totally lost…

A wider shot I’d originally considered submitting that showed some of the cards they are based one – but then decided to focus just on the figures.

Backsides.

Royal Paladin

Ember Mage

Deeproot Druid and his Angry Bear Form

Glimerdusk Ranger

One of the Spawning points from The Forgotten King (I think they’re called Bramble Knights…?)

The other spawning points from The Forgotten King. I forget what they’re called.

The game at her birthday party. They played the classic version where The Girl played all the baddies (there’s an “Arcade Version” which is totally co-op and the baddies are controlled by and AI). With both versions you’re supposed to have a one board – each with a spawning point  – for each Hero being played. I convinced her to, despite what it says in the rules, to use only three as it would take a REALLY LOOOOOONG TIME to play through FIVE boards and I figured the kids would have more fun if they were actually able to FINISH the game. They did finish – but one had to leave partway through and two other parents had so sit and wait for some time for them to finish…

In other news I finished Ready Player One this past week – for most of it I listened to the audiobook (Read by Wil Wheaton!) while painting all these SDE minis over the last couple weeks. A number of people recommended I read it – starting with William Bailie, who actually GAVE me a copy of the book. Others have since offered me copies or simply told me I should really get to reading the one I had.

I was quite reluctant to do so because the very title suggests it’s all about video games. I was never much of a video/computer game player. The last time I seriously played a computer game is was, I think Ultima IV – on my dad’s green screen Appolo (an “apple clone”). I did try to sit down and start the book and, as I suspected, the book is really is essentially about a computer game! I lost interest.

Then I heard Wil Wheaton had done the audiobook and I though, well that might be fun to listen to while painting – so I requested it from the library and waited… and waited… and waited… and eventually it showed up and I started listening to it over the last couple weeks.

Wheaton totally did it for me – he WAS Wade Watts. I would never have gotten through the book just reading it on my own. When Wade (the narrator) was explaining something that he was totally excited about you could hear it in Wheaton’s voice – the excitement was totally genuine – because, of course, it was probably something Mr. Wheaton himself is totally excited about.

Overall I thought the book was… Okay… by the end though I was getting into it enough that when I had to stop painting and take The Girl out to dance class, I took the paperback and finished off the last two chapters that way… 

I would definitely recommend the book to anyone really interested in 1980’s popular culture – TV, movies, music, RPGs and especially video games. I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with the 80’s they were, the saying goes, both the best of times and the WORST of times – and often that worst bit kind of overshadows the rest.

I did laugh out loud at a few of the things – the “time to make the donuts” comment when he was describing his daily routine and having to work at a tech support representative. Now, I don’t remember the commercial it’s from myself, but my partner Amanda, for as long as I’ve known her has said that in the morning whenever she was super tired and had to go off to work. And the names he gave a couple of accounts when he hacked… well, I won’t mention where (SPOILERS!)… Sam Lowrey and Harry Tuttle. Yeah. It was a 16 hour/372 page 80s nostalgia trip – which at sometimes felt like the author was trying to cram a mention of every movie, tv show, song/band, and game produced from the late 70s to the end of the 80s. A lot of it is explained – so if you aren’t familiar with the referred to material it won’t matter – but then there are the offhand, unexplained references (like the couple mentioned above) that only those who spent WAY TOO MUCH TIME watching tv and movies, playing games and listening to music in the 80s will appreciate (guilty as charged!).

Coming soon on Tim’s Miniature Wargaming Blog:

The other batch of Super Dungeon Explore figures I did were some of the Forgotten Kings Billmen – anthropomorphic platypuses with halberds. I’ll be posting those in a week. 

I think I’m going to try and get back to some Irish for Montrose’s forces, or perhaps some Highlanders, for the next couple of rounds of the LPL.

After that I really will focus on finishing Ricks robot, then its onto some more JET BIKES!

Of course the Psi-Paladins and Lead Adventure Dwarves kickstarter rewards have shipped and should be here soon-ish… so that might provide some serious distractions… Reaper Bones III might also be shipping soon – but the kids are getting most of those…

Super Dungeon Explorers! (and Ready Player One)

Posted on May 14th, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

Over the last two weeks I painted up a bunch of miniatures for The Girl’s Super Dungeon Explore game. She was planning to play it at her birthday party (which was this past Friday) and I thought I’d help her out with getting a few more miniatures painted for it. I also submitted them as my entires for the last two rounds of the Lead Adventure Forum’s Lead Painter’s League (so I can only show you half of them right now – the ones that were posted last week – the rest are currently posted for this week’s LPL.
Actually the game she was playing with her friends was Super Dungeon Explore: The Forgotten King – but most of these characters I painted this week are from the original set. The Girl allowed me to paint these ones as she already had copies of them that she’d painted (metal ones she’d picked up a few years back before she had either of the SDE games)

(Remember: click on the pictures for a bigger version):

The whole group.

Unfortunately In the LPL I was matched up with Curt, so, I totally lost…

A wider shot I’d originally considered submitting that showed some of the cards they are based one – but then decided to focus just on the figures.

Backsides.

Royal Paladin

Ember Mage

Deeproot Druid and his Angry Bear Form

Glimerdusk Ranger

One of the Spawning points from The Forgotten King (I think they’re called Bramble Knights…?)

The other spawning points from The Forgotten King. I forget what they’re called.

The game at her birthday party. They played the classic version where The Girl played all the baddies (there’s an “Arcade Version” which is totally co-op and the baddies are controlled by and AI). With both versions you’re supposed to have a one board – each with a spawning point  – for each Hero being played. I convinced her to, despite what it says in the rules, to use only three as it would take a REALLY LOOOOOONG TIME to play through FIVE boards and I figured the kids would have more fun if they were actually able to FINISH the game. They did finish – but one had to leave partway through and two other parents had so sit and wait for some time for them to finish…

In other news I finished Ready Player One this past week – for most of it I listened to the audiobook (Read by Wil Wheaton!) while painting all these SDE minis over the last couple weeks. A number of people recommended I read it – starting with William Bailie, who actually GAVE me a copy of the book. Others have since offered me copies or simply told me I should really get to reading the one I had.

I was quite reluctant to do so because the very title suggests it’s all about video games. I was never much of a video/computer game player. The last time I seriously played a computer game is was, I think Ultima IV – on my dad’s green screen Appolo (an “apple clone”). I did try to sit down and start the book and, as I suspected, the book is really is essentially about a computer game! I lost interest.

Then I heard Wil Wheaton had done the audiobook and I though, well that might be fun to listen to while painting – so I requested it from the library and waited… and waited… and waited… and eventually it showed up and I started listening to it over the last couple weeks.

Wheaton totally did it for me – he WAS Wade Watts. I would never have gotten through the book just reading it on my own. When Wade (the narrator) was explaining something that he was totally excited about you could hear it in Wheaton’s voice – the excitement was totally genuine – because, of course, it was probably something Mr. Wheaton himself is totally excited about.

Overall I thought the book was… Okay… by the end though I was getting into it enough that when I had to stop painting and take The Girl out to dance class, I took the paperback and finished off the last two chapters that way… 

I would definitely recommend the book to anyone really interested in 1980’s popular culture – TV, movies, music, RPGs and especially video games. I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with the 80’s they were, the saying goes, both the best of times and the WORST of times – and often that worst bit kind of overshadows the rest.

I did laugh out loud at a few of the things – the “time to make the donuts” comment when he was describing his daily routine and having to work at a tech support representative. Now, I don’t remember the commercial it’s from myself, but my partner Amanda, for as long as I’ve known her has said that in the morning whenever she was super tired and had to go off to work. And the names he gave a couple of accounts when he hacked… well, I won’t mention where (SPOILERS!)… Sam Lowrey and Harry Tuttle. Yeah. It was a 16 hour/372 page 80s nostalgia trip – which at sometimes felt like the author was trying to cram a mention of every movie, tv show, song/band, and game produced from the late 70s to the end of the 80s. A lot of it is explained – so if you aren’t familiar with the referred to material it won’t matter – but then there are the offhand, unexplained references (like the couple mentioned above) that only those who spent WAY TOO MUCH TIME watching tv and movies, playing games and listening to music in the 80s will appreciate (guilty as charged!).

Coming soon on Tim’s Miniature Wargaming Blog:

The other batch of Super Dungeon Explore figures I did were some of the Forgotten Kings Billmen – anthropomorphic platypuses with halberds. I’ll be posting those in a week. 

I think I’m going to try and get back to some Irish for Montrose’s forces, or perhaps some Highlanders, for the next couple of rounds of the LPL.

After that I really will focus on finishing Ricks robot, then its onto some more JET BIKES!

Of course the Psi-Paladins and Lead Adventure Dwarves kickstarter rewards have shipped and should be here soon-ish… so that might provide some serious distractions… Reaper Bones III might also be shipping soon – but the kids are getting most of those…

Hobby update – 8/5/17 – thundering hooves.

Posted on May 9th, 2017 under , , , , , . Posted by

Greetings all, welcome once more to the lair of my mad science, a glimpse into what projects I’m working on, be it construction or painting. This week I have a mixed bag for you, as my burgeoning Slaves to Darkness force muscles in on the tabletop action.

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Hobby update – 8/5/17 – thundering hooves.

Posted on May 9th, 2017 under , , , , , . Posted by

Greetings all, welcome once more to the lair of my mad science, a glimpse into what projects I’m working on, be it construction or painting. This week I have a mixed bag for you, as my burgeoning Slaves to Darkness force muscles in on the tabletop action.

Read more »

Pirates

Posted on May 7th, 2017 under , . Posted by


It was a Theme Round last week on the Lead Adventure Forum’s Lead Painter’s League. The theme was “Ship’s Crew”. I’d originally thought I’d do some Hasslefree Miniatures as spaceship crew… but then I ended up king of running out of time and just cranked out a few random pirates I had left over. I’m not even sure where they came from…

(Remember: click on the pictures for a bigger version):

Yarrrrr! Pirates!

I lost last weeks (with the above pirates), which put me way down tin the ranks… So I worked my ASS off on this week’s entry… only to be matched up with Curt(CUUUUUUURRRRRRRRT!) . Actually I don’t at all mind losing to a guy like Curt – because he is just such a superb painter… It was a bit dispiriting though, having worked so hard and really been hoping for a win this week… gah!

I have to admit I guess I just don’t get how the match-ups work – I thought with a Swiss Draw the first two in the standings are paired off, then the next two, etc… perhaps they have a system built in so that people don’t get paired up with the same participants…? I don’t know… 

Coming soon on Tim’s Miniature Wargaming Blog:

Um….? Maybe this week’s entry… sometime next week… Not really working on much else at this point. Perhaps I’ll get a game in…? I don’t know. Everything seems to have gone CrAzY around here and I can’t seen to get anything done. 

Pirates

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It was a Theme Round last week on the Lead Adventure Forum’s Lead Painter’s League. The theme was “Ship’s Crew”. I’d originally thought I’d do some Hasslefree Miniatures as spaceship crew… but then I ended up king of running out of time and just cranked out a few random pirates I had left over. I’m not even sure where they came from…

(Remember: click on the pictures for a bigger version):

Yarrrrr! Pirates!

I lost last weeks (with the above pirates), which put me way down tin the ranks… So I worked my ASS off on this week’s entry… only to be matched up with Curt(CUUUUUUURRRRRRRRT!) . Actually I don’t at all mind losing to a guy like Curt – because he is just such a superb painter… It was a bit dispiriting though, having worked so hard and really been hoping for a win this week… gah!

I have to admit I guess I just don’t get how the match-ups work – I thought with a Swiss Draw the first two in the standings are paired off, then the next two, etc… perhaps they have a system built in so that people don’t get paired up with the same participants…? I don’t know… 

Coming soon on Tim’s Miniature Wargaming Blog:

Um….? Maybe this week’s entry… sometime next week… Not really working on much else at this point. Perhaps I’ll get a game in…? I don’t know. Everything seems to have gone CrAzY around here and I can’t seen to get anything done.