Saturday, 15 June 2019

Guardsmen and not Guardsmen


Third squad complete:

Now I just need to finish the support squad and my platoon of Guardsmen will be complete. I'm starting to wonder if I need a fourth squad of dudes for the company and, given that they clock in at a shade under 100 points, it's not like it'll be hard to fit in. The question is whether or not I want to paint another squad.

Not Cadians! 

I've started working on the Cawdor too:

The studio scheme is black and blue and it was a bit dark for my liking. The Cawdor are supposed to be trash pickers and scavengers and black / dark brown seemed to be a colour that would hide the dirt  so I went with a dirty linen colour to go with the dark blue instead.

I think I might also have to look at a lightbox. If I'm not taking the photos first thing in the morning, when there's loads of sun, I'm finding it hard to get a well lit picture.

Next time
The rest of the Cawdor and some photos of our first game of the new Necromunda as Tank and I give it a crack. We're also testing out a larger scale game of TY on an 8x6 table. Should be interesting.

Saturday, 8 June 2019

Workbench update

So the cold and the jetlag has really put a dent in my productuvity this week and I think after the insane amount of stuff I did before I went away, it's going to take a while to get back in the swing of having things done for Sunday blog posts. But I have done some work this week.

I got the base coats on the last infantry squad and while I was hoping to get them done today, the ability to concentrate for long periods hasn't really been there (thanks jetlag. Ugh.)

But rapid fire squad is coming along nicely. In the meantime, I also got the support squad assembled and based ready for priming. 

I rather like the idea that I'm deploying a platoon with sensible platoon level support. Not 9 mortars. One of these lascannons probably should be something else, but they just look so cool!

Fellow blogger Scotty is planning a narrative campaign (at 1000 points!) so I'd super keen to drop my Guard into that, led by one of my fearless Inquisitors. Who, you ask? The current plan is Greyfax because the model is awesome and I haven't put her on the table yet. And Karamazov seems like that would be stupid. 

Not Cadians
Because Cadians seem to have been a bit of a staple for me for a while (but so close to being done with the infantry!) I thought I'd get the Cawdor gangers built. The models are delightful, albeit not as poseable as I'd hoped, but definitely provide a better mix of options than the old metal range. I have close combat weapons!

Pooch, of course, reminded me that Forge World have also made some alternative weapon loadouts. And they look amazing. And I'll probably have to get them too. *Have To*. You understand. 

Next time
The finished Cadians, obviously, and probably a couple of test Cawdor models. Although, looking at the pile. maybe even my tidied up Khemrian skeletons for playing Kings of War Vanguard might make the cut. If I can remember how I painted them to add in the last couple of models!

Saturday, 1 June 2019

Had you noticed?

That all of my last four posts looked alarmingly familiar?

I went on holiday and craftily pre-published my weekly blog posts to make sure I kept up my self imposed requirement to blog weekly. :) So I painted a bunch of stuff over the month before I went away in amongst all my other projects!

So I went to Japan (amaze, BTW) and had high hopes for things I might be able to pick up based on a previous trip a few years ago. I wanted to get some scale model aircraft, in particular, to support some Team Yankee plans. I didn't have a lot of joy with the scale models unfortunately - since Gundams, while awesome and to scale, don't really slot into TY armies.

I did find a few little gems about the place though.

1. Some 1/100ish modern machinery from Tomica that will get repainted for my TY board.

2. Tank made me sad when he posted that he had no one to play Necromunda with, so I bought the Cawdor gang box. It looks like it'll be fun to put together and play. (Great excuse right?!)

3. And then there was the 'well, if I can't have some planes, then Imma buy a flying battleship': 

I saw the Space Battleship Yamato film at a film festival here a few years ago and it was awesome. So this popped into my head as a backup possible souvenir. I can't wait to put this together....

Friday, 31 May 2019

Pooch's May update

Wasn't it just April? And now May has come and gone?

Well, at least I painted some stuff....

1. Paint a new 40k Army
Another month, another batch of Krieg. This time, we have 18 more infantry, including some more plasma guns and sergeants. In case you are counting, that leaves 10 to go, plus 5 weapon teams to make 5 full squads (which will be my full allotment).

We are slowly heading towards a legal (but awful) army of Imperial Guard!

I don't actually know which 18 were new this month, so this is all of the standard Krieg infantry I have painted so far...

But not only that, I also managed to finish up a Sentinel:

Stomp stomp PLASMA....

Spot the dead Kriegsman!

And a Hydra!

Four barrels of fun!

Krieg gunner. Because of course it needs a Krieg gunner.

2. Create a table of terrain to support a new game
Did this one back in March!

3. Make a modular terrain piece
No progress. No plans. Probably should think about it....

4. Paint a Naval Fleet
Did this one in March too!

5. Finish something for an army I haven't used in a year and take it to a tournament
This one is going to be July.....

6. Buy a starter box and paint all of it
Did this one back in February, although I have been thinking about other starter boxes.....

7. Paint every miniature for a game I own
Did this one too, back in February.

8. Paint a Space Marine Hero each month
On track! Another bolter-boy done, which brings us up to five. That's all of the bolter marines done, although I have had thoughts about doing some conversions on a couple to make it so that I have a full tactical squad.... 

Bolter AND bolt pistol

Old School bolter no less

The whole team!

9. Paint a standalone force
And another one done here too. This time, it is the Gellerpox Kill Team from the Rogue Trader box. You will have seen over the past few weeks that McZ has been painting up a storm getting Elucida and friends ready. Well, it only seemed right that I made sure ol' Vulgrar was ready too!

In terms of colours, I deliberately went with blues and purples, which keeps them in a similar colour space to my Death Guard army, but also makes them distinct, which I like. All in all, I am really happy with how they have turned out, and will be extra pleased to get them onto the table to play through the official scenarios!

The whole horde
The big boys!

Little scuttlers

The back of the little scuttlers

And the medium sized ones too!

10. Update and improve a table of terrain
No progress here, should have it done for a tournament in July....

11. Paint something Napoleonic
Still need to do that Perry order. Maybe next month?

12. Finish what I should have finished last year
As I said last time, there is only one of these things left. And I haven't even thought about getting it done. I really should tho....

So, in terms of goals, there are only three that I haven't made any sort of start on, two which are ongoing and the rest are completed. That is not a bad haul for only 5 months into the year!

I'm also going to introduce another section to this blog. One of the other Regimenters passed this to me on Wednesday. And in an effort to force me to do my best painting on it/to not get frustrated with it/to make sure I actually get it done/etc I am going to add it to this blog. So, from this blog forward we have MORTY-WATCH!

Next month.... Will he get better at photography? Will he paint more Krieg? Is he competent enough to actually paint something in sub-assemblies? For these questions and more, tune in next month....


Saturday, 25 May 2019

Elucidian Star Striders

Here they are, the Elucidian Star Striders! <Band Name>

Their fearless leader, Elucia Vhayne:

Her medic, Sanistasia (ewww) Minst:

The Death Cult Assassin, Knosso Prond:

The intrepid Mechanicus, Larsen van der Grauss, on drums:

And the whole crew together, ready to battle the evil Gellerpox!

Woo! Super glad to have these done. Pooch and I will bring you an exciting report as we play through the KT missions when we find the time to play it. I'm also super keen to drop these on the table as a detachment in a game or two of 40K. We've been having some talks about a narrative campaign at some point soon, with some smaller armies, and I suspect these would be a great addition to that!

Next Time: 
I have literally no idea. It'll probably be something interesting from the paint queue. I'm currently rebasing an Impetus army for Kings of War and there's a bunch of random models in the to-do pile that I have there for no real reason.

Friday, 17 May 2019

16 More Guardsmen to Paint

So not that exciting a post this week - just the second half of my second Guard squad.

Although, it is worth mentioning that this squad does have the BEST looking Sergeant.

Windsor Davies for the Emprah!

The squad in full. The photo's not great - late Autumn light does not lend itself to being well available where I can take photos. But there they are. I've technically got enough stuff I could put a legal Guard army on the table and that's quite exciting.

Next Time: 
The rest of the Elucidian Star Striders. I'll post all the character models and a couple of pics of the whole crew together.

Monday, 13 May 2019

Pooch's April update

Apparently there was an April? And I did some things? Well, more I was away for two of it, and didn't really achieve too much. But I did at least finish some things, including:

1. Paint a new 40k Army- Ongoing!
You know how my army was pretty much entirely elites choices? Well.... It still is.

But, I did make a start into the troops choices, finishing up a batch of 12 regular infantry. Nice and simple, 10 lasgunners and a couple with plasma guns.

Why 12? Well, that is exactly how many I needed to make up a Kill Team of Krieg!

Frontline Infantry!

Now with Flashlights

And guns that can misfire and kill their owner!

2. Create a table of terrain to support a new game- Done, did that in March

3. Make a modular terrain piece- Still no progress. And no plans. Probably should do something about that....

4. Paint a naval fleet- Done, did that in March

5. Finish something for an army I haven't used in a year and take it to a tournament- Plan is in place, look out for July!

6. Buy a starter box and paint all of it- Done in February

7. Paint every miniature for a game I own- Did this one in February too!

8. Paint a Space Marine Hero each month- On track!
And so my silly little mission to paint up a squad of Storm Lords continues. This time, we have MOAR BOLTER.

Great reloading pose

I painted the back of him too
And this is how the group stacks up so far- four Marines with Bolters. Truly a sight to behold. Well, not in 40k. But in the novels and RPG game I'd back these guys....

9. Paint a stand alone force- Did this one in March!

10. Update and improve a table of terrain- Nothing done.... July I think!

11. Paint something Napoleonic- Started!
Hey, I did do some of these too! I have never actually painted a Napoleonic Prussian, and have always had it in the back of my mind to paint some at some point. I have also too been meaning to play the Chosen Men or Sharpes Practice ruleset, I like the idea of a sortof skirmish/small unit level Napoleonic games.

Cue, one box of the Perry plastic Prussians, and viola, a unit of 16 Musketeers and a single Volunteer Jager. They are the start of the force, which I am hoping to add a few more figures to. Like Fusiliers. And Uhlans. And a cannon.....

12. Finish what I should have finished last year- did this one in January and February. I only have one more thing to complete for this, but can't seem to bring myself to get them done....

Next month? More Krieg Infantry. Maybe some tanks? And would be good to get another stand alone force done.