Not my best entry for Zomtober, but sometimes you have to post what you have done. And today that is nine Zeds from the Zombicide Toxic Mall box painted up as athletes. The repetition of poses in the Zombicide boxes is a bit of a grind, so I tried to make the runners (necessary for the Zombicide rules) into something useful. Thus four male soccer players and five female basketball players--perhaps a team bus was caught in the apocalypse? Up next: I have a few buildings from the model railway show (three buildings for $17? score!) underway plus more zombies, including some toxic zombies with a different approach to the skin colour.
The past saturday, it was Parade Day again at the local Games Workshop, as Armies on Parade reached it's annual height.Unfortunatly, while I had planned and painted to enter with an MESBG force, it was not to be this year.We had a date with this lovely little fellow today...Never the less, I did drop by to get my White Dwarf, and while it was still rather early in the day and not all participants had probably arrived yet, there where already some lovely armies on display.I personally liked the Undead the most (as for that matter, so did Noshi), but I`m curious about who else entered and who won. I`ll be eyeing their facebook page for that matter this week...And next year, I`ll be present again for sure!
I'm starting to feel like the more productive I get with hobby projects, the worse I get at updating this blog. I've actually been pretty busy with painting and gaming over the last few months, both before and after my Japan trip.Firstly, I had enough Blood Angels and Death Guard painted up to try my first game of Warhammer 40,000 Eighth edition. It wasn't a very big game - power level of 75 per side - and I used the open war cards to generate a random scenario, but it was a good opportunity to try out the rules, despite making a few mistakes. Most notably, I kept rolling two dice for morale check instead of one, meaning those units that weren't unbreakable were far more likely to run away.In the end the Death Guard edged a victory after the Daemon Prince wiped out an entire Tactical Squad to claim their objective, while the Death Company remained locked in combat with the Death Guard squad guarding their objective.I found a very fast and fast moving game. If I had any complaints it was that, like Age of Sigm
Okay, time for speed painting...It seems the LOTR tournament I had been preparing a force for has been raised from 700 to 900 points this year, so I urgently need some minor character or two to command more rabble.To that end, I started work on the Mordor shaman that has been standing on the desk for a while now, as he should be enough in points to drag me in an operational mode.And I've been painting up some more Morannon's to go with it to boot...Ah, deadlines, ugh... but I have to see to get him ready by next update.
I'm still enjoying painting the living dead at the moment, so today I present the wight Einar Haugen of the Order of Dust.I've had this fellow since he was first released back in the 90s. He was one of eight spectacular wights sculpted by Gary Morley. Each of them looks like an undead warlord in it's own right. I needed a couple of wights for my undead warband, so that seemed like a good opportunity to finally paint them up.The Hateful Eight. Also, check out that vampire.This was also my first outing with the new Games Workshop contrast paints. My own take on contrast is to integrate it into my existing way of painting and see how it fits in. I wanted the wights to have black iron armour, and having seen a very helpful tutorial from Tyler Mengel on black armour, I set to work.I've found painting black armour a bit of a challenge in the past. Priming with Leadbelcher spray, I applied two coats of Black Templar paint mised 2:1 with contrast medium. Contrast medium is a must have when using the new paints. It op
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The International Rules of Zomtober require one Zed per week. I am a bit behind on painting this week but I did finish a 28mm Frankenstein kit from Pulp Figures.Here we have Igor and Doctor Frankenstein animating a corpse. Overall, happy with the figures but I see I was overly enthusiastic with the grey paint on the bases.Then we have the Monster (which I'm calling a Zed). Nice figure. I fiddled a long time to try to get the black to work properly (an increasingly desperate set of washes, dry brushings, and dips).Freddie sits in the cage I bought last year from Red Claw pretty nicely. Overall, a sweet little set. I chose to paint the doctor and Igor a bit more modern-looking than might be appropriate to fit in with my pulp and superhero figures.Up next: Maybe a report from the club!
After all my deliberations and anguish I am now fully committed to a Soviet WWII 'army'. I have just this morning completed three squads another is half painted ready for some brushwork this afternoon as it is a miserably wet and cold day. The fourth squad is there as back up or to provide the odd figure for support squads. Chain of Command being possibly the only WWII set which requires five man crews for MMG's and guns etc. instead of three, in fact if you add a Junior Leader you need six men for the crew.I also ordered up all my infantry support troops last week and they are now cleaned, primed and ready to go. I also got a bunch of Characters from Artizan and these are really lovely, eight in all and the only one which is naff is someone who looks like a despatch rider or something akin to one in a pose which is just useless, the others will be used for those extra men above or leaders. The actual weapons and crews are Warlord and again really nice figures which fit in fine with Artizan, I did have a devi
It has been a good week this time round, as I got quite some thingies done.Not only in preparation levels, but also in actual painting...I finished the first 5 Morannon orcs of the big batch, and they have been put aside now for flocking once the whole heap is done.But apart from those, I also finished some small scatter terrain pieces, whom will be making an appearance on this blog in the coming days.Apart from that, I assembled and undercoated two Rivendell spearmen, to finally get Noshi's battle company complete, so I hope to get those finished rather soonish as well, hopefully before the move.Now, the desk looks really empty, but that is because I already have been packing up the undercoated plastics that won't be getting finished for the move anyways. Good times indeed.
Returning to the Essex coastline to bring you the news from the fleets... whether you align with the Dutch, English or French... here it comes.The most dramatic moment of the battle seen from the north.Turn 5 Many vessels, feeling they had the advantage of opponents in gunnery duels, attempted to back sail and hold position to secure victory. The Ruby, surrounded and taking heavy fire, was shot to pieces and the smouldering hulk was abandoned. Baillie was never found. Vrede claimed the victory.The first English ship to be lost - Ruby was shot to pieces at close range and quickly sunk.De Ruyter and Philips were locked in mortal combat which caused the rearmost Dutch ships - Edam and Haas to collide as the head of their squadron held battle position. In her moment of victory, Vrede fell under the guns of the powerful Royal Katherine the broadside of which ripped along the Dutchman's waterline tearing a large hole and causing her to list heavily to starboard. Gouden Appel bumped the small English fire
The war between the English and Dutch intensifies with King Charles' fleet desperate to expunge the shame of 1667 which haunts the navy, torments national pride and the authority of the Crown.Dutch admirals are brazen and bold and have little fear of probes and forays into the very heart of home waters. One such 'cruise' is moving down the English coast off Essex and appears to be heading into the mouth of the Thames Estuary. God forbid that the republican Dutch could repeat their triumph on the Medway although the fleet is now in a much healthier condition and itself spoiling for a fight.Admiral Spragge has been sent from the Medway anchorages to rendezvous with French men o'war allied to England. The hope is of repulsing this latest Dutch piracy. Will the French fight or, is it all for political show? With the Dutch under the legendary Admiral De Ruyter to windward and sailing south east, the squadrons converge off Foulness Island.Note: De Ruyter has a +1 initiative advantage over Spragge. I introduced a re
It's that time of year again, and so my thoughts turn back again to my first love, the undead. I'm adding to my undead at the moment for Warcry, and the bug has got me to paint more. This guy is from the Triumph of Death kickstarter, from Skull & Crown. At the time of writing they are running their second kickstarter, Triumph of Death 2. For an undead fan, it's kind of an unmissable kickstarter.Death and the Abbot From Holbein's Dance of Death. Yes, you can get an undead bishop as a miniature.The inspiration for the range comes from the work of the likes of Dürer, Holbein and Bruegel. I am a huge fan of their work, so I was very excited to see it realized as a range of miniatures. There are some real greats in there, such as skeleton with giant fish. Mordheim anyone?Wollf carries a rusty but still deadly Zweihänder.As for Sergeant Wollf here, he will serve as a skeleton champion in my undead warband. I get the impression he was quite the dapper gent in life, as most Landsknecht were. I bet his
I'm grinding my way through the Zombicide Toxic Mall box this Zomtober. A challenge with these boxes is limited poses. I thought I would do a small number up as medical staff from a hospital or clinic that had turned.Overall, they are a touch drabber than I had hoped. But they fit the bill.They are a little smaller than some Heroclix figures that I have along the same lines.Up next: Some Astronaut gaming, some Zed-soccer teams, and maybe some more pulp.
To balance things out having shared pictures of the Russian forces massing for Crisis 2019 I thought it only right to get the Boys in Blue in front of the camera too. Vastmanland RegimentSkaraborg RegimentTremanning RegimentNarke Varmland RegimentLiv Dragoon Regiment
No chance to game this week due to work commitments,but I did do some painting. First up are some 28mm heroclix cops. Just a quick highlight, wash, dull coat and rebasing.In a addition to the five street officers, there was a detective in the bunch.I also added a few new supers, including Cyborg and Raven, from the old Teen Titans comics. Cyborg's feet are stupidly large.I was over at Bruces last week play testing a Napoleonic game and he hauled out some 1/72 astronauts he was working on to miniaturize an old Steve Jackson game about combat on the moon during the cold war.Very nice Airfix stuff that was re-released for the 50th anniversary. This was supplemented by some paper Space 1999 rovers (printed at 4% of the file size!) and some Airfix rovers and landers.This looks like it will be a visually spectacular game!