Rather Unproductive Day

I stayed up late last night reviewing the big red book and revising my Warhammer Orks and Goblins army list.  Basically I decided I didn’t need an ork general, I’m not trying that hard to win anyway.  The only reason I wanted an Ork Great Shaman was for the improved leadership and access to the Big Waaagh spell list.  I wondered if I couldn’t accomplish the same thing in another manner.  I still could not afford a big unit of orks on foot, so I went with just the goblins, that’s right my entire 1500 point 8th edition army list has two orks in it.  One is a Level 2 Shaman for access to the Big Waaagh spells, as some of them are very good, at least for Ork magic, the other is a bully leading my rock lobber crew.

Here is the gory details, it is all painted but the warmachine crew, the Night Goblin Warboss, and of courses bases and shields…

  • SPECIAL: Rock Lobber with bully: 75pts
  • RARE: 2 Doom Divers: 160pts
  • CORE: 65 Goblins with spears and shields and full command: 345pts
  • HERO: Goblin Big Boss, Light Armor, BSB, Spider Banner: 110pts
  • HERO: Ork Shaman, Level 2 Wizard, Waaargh Paint: 110pts
  • LORD: Night Goblin Great Shaman, Staff of Sneaky Stealing, Mad Cap Mushrooms, Amulet of Protectyness: 245pts
  • LORD: Night Goblin Warboss, Sneaky Skewer, Potion of Strength, Talisman of Preservation: 130pts
  • CORE: 29 Night Goblins with bows, full command, and three fanatics: 183pts
  • CORE: 24 Night Goblins with bows, full command, and two fanatics: 142pts

This army is more 8th Edition and even more so, the current O&G army book, I think I liked the previous ork and goblin army book better.  Even though I’m not sure they are particularly combat effective I purchased all three of my warmachines and I will add to this arsenal as the army grows.  How else are goblins going to hurt big tough things?  The large block of spearmen was also non-negotiateable, if I ever get it finished, damn straight I’m fielding it, 345 points isn’t that much.  With the 110 point Battle Standard Bearer it has the potential to deal out a lot of damage with all those poised attacks.  I also discovered the Steadfast rule which will really help my goblins, especially at 2000 points when I get to add more Night Goblins and a big ork unit to the mix.

Picking this army list took a long time as I agonized over the magic items.  A lot of the more interesting items are Goblin or even Night Goblin only but there are a few good Ork only ones.  There are also a lot of new common magic items which are often better/cheaper than the army list specific ones.  At 2000 points I’ll have even more points for heros and magic items but I won’t be adding another lord choice I had to work hard to squeeze two Night Goblin Lords in at 1500 points.  I don’t have a painted model for the Warboss, but I might have one in a blister somewhere.  I have plenty of plastic goblins I can use for war machine crew.  So having to buy one more goblin isn’t a deal breaker, besides there are some nice new models.  I have at least 40 Orks laying about, as I always planned to do one big unit with choppas, but now I’m thinking of giving them shields for the parry.

Yet more shields I’ll have to paint. Warhammer Fantasy Battle can real tire out a painter like me who likes individualistic models and usually does minor conversions and puts extra detail into his models.

In yet more time wasting and avoiding doing the laundry I looked into Warhammer’s number one competitor, Warmachine.  I’ve seen people playing it in stores, even yesterday people were playing it despite the fact 8th Edition just came out which is getting a lot of push from the local gaming store owner.  Hordes and Warmachine basically have a new edition for 2010 too. Not sure if this is accidental or not.  It’s big appeal besides not being part of the evil empire as some people call GW, is it requires less models.  Of course most of the models are metal, but there are plastic starter sets now.

I’ve long wanted to move more into skirmish games as the Diseased Sons, even the Nefarious Fire aren’t that portable.  My Warhammer Fantasy Armies are worse as I haven’t played them in so long, I haven’t tried to transport them.  The best thing to do would be to buy a dedicated case for your armies which I’m going to do for the Servants of Decay.  I have several miniature cases, some home made, others made by Charon and GW.  I’m thinking of getting a Battlefoam one as they precut the foam for you, put spending money is an impossibility so to play Warhammer at Strategies I’ll need to figure out how best to transport stuff on monster bases.  When I got the Charon case I ordered one bigger, monster sized, foam layer, but I’d actually prefer if my whole army fit in one small compact case.  Hence the appeal of smaller, skirmish sized games.

Skirmish games are more portable, which as an apartment dweller who currently can’t host games, I need to consider more and more.  Warhammer used to be something you played in your parent’s basement, or if you’re lucky at a local club night, now it seems you need to travel to find opponents for the games you used to play with your friends.  I don’t have a car so portability is a bigger and bigger deal for me.  Something to work on in 2011, as I already have more than enough on my plate for 2010.

I’ve been doing a little painting and now that it is evening hope to make some real progress.  I still plan to finish the test models, hopefully in the next day or two.  Then it is on to the Nurgle lesser daemons so I have a legal, if not necessarily effective, 1500 point Warhammer army.  Then it is full speed ahead to finish my Astronomi-con Vancouver army.

Oh here are some links I’ve discovered recently that might be of interest to anyone who’s read down this far:

Well my computer seems to be having issues and it keeps getting later, tomorrow hopefully I’ll be more productive so I’ll have better photos to post online.  I’m using my Cool Grey AwesomePaintJob.com wash and it is real hit and miss, the pigment separates in this, the red one, just like in all the old GW flesh washes pots I ever had.

My current painting queue

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Modest Hobby Update

Today I went to Strategies, wrote out a token Ork and Goblin 1500 point army list, and invest money I don’t really have into Warhammer 8th Edition.  I didn’t buy any minis but the big red book isn’t cheap.  I also am more and more sure I didn’t get the job where they planned to make a decision Thursday or Friday.  You never know I’ll politely inquire Monday afternoon if I don’t hear anything.

After spending too much time hanging around the local gaming store, I spent more time hanging around one of the many cafes on Main Street, then when I got home I read and flipped through the big red book some.  Eventually after a modest meal I took a break and promptly fell asleep on my bed.  I’ve been trying to get out and exercise a bit more and I think it hit me this evening. Freshly prepared miniatures

I had planned to do a little more work on my many miniature painting projects.  I actually laid out two plaguebearers and another Foundry WW1 rifleman before my impromptu nap.  When I got back up it seemed hotter than when I went to sleep.  I started cleaning the models and must not have been fully awake as I managed to slip while rotating my exacto knife and cut myself on the inside of my index finger.  I got a fresh reminder of the true colour of blood and after patching myself up I returned to the modeling table with more focus on the task at hand.

These three newly cleaned and prepared for painting models, will get some beach sand and some black primer before I go to bed and after exciting domestic chores tomorrow I’ll probably resume painting the three models behind them.  They are a test chaos daemon which I plan to paint a very dark purple, a second test Khorne bezerker, and a test Servant of Decay.  Hopefully I can crank them out pretty quickly as my painting queue seems to be getting longer instead of shorter.

I want to finish off my 2010 Vancouver Astronomi-con army promptly, but now I need to paint some lesser daemons of Nurgle too by the end of the month so I might do them before the three rank and file models I need to do for my Astro army.  That still leaves me the big three models for this years Astronomi-con.

WW1 Foundry Rifleman closeupIn other hobby news Zac’s blog network is up and at it.  He came up with some membership criteria which may be even stricter than From the Warp or the Bell of Lost Souls network.  I’m not sure how much traffic these blog networks generate, but the answer is some.  One of the reasons I set up a dedicated hobby blog was to apply for membership in probably all three of these networks.  I may need to wait five more months before I can apply to the Table Top Gaming News one.  Some people in the networks are selling something, miniatures, painting services, hobby products, even ad space, but most are just hobbyists.  I just want some of my ramblings to get read.  Plus if I go to all the trouble of preparing a tutorial I hope it is eventually of use to somebody.

Speaking of my one true tutorial so far on this blog, I sealed the WW1 Canadian Corps rifleman, it made his helmet shiny.  I used Purity Seal but I think a little too much may have landed on his lid.  Anyway it is just a test model, I also took some effort and used the bright haloegen lamp on my painting test to try and show that I did indeed paint the eyes of this 25mm figure.

Well that is all for tonight, look for more ramblings, and work in progress photos this weekend as I have no shortage of miniatures to paint.  I just hope it isn’t too hot in Vancouver.  I still have some terrain work to do on the trench table and will probably do some sort of rust painting tutorial in conjunction with it.

Terrain pieces on the side of my painting table

More Tools of the Trade

Today I went and got my blood tested, I put this off for a long time.  It involves fasting and biking a fair ways, technically I could have taken the bus.  I need to lose weight…   Now I’m at Bean Around the World again, about to continue work on my never ending job search, but before coming here I went to Memphis Blues for lunch and stopped at DeSerres Art Supply Store on Broadway too.

I usually go to the one on Main Street but DeSerres is becoming my go to place for supplies besides model paint and models.  I picked up more Popsicle sticks obviously.  I also bought some sponges on sticks, these can be used to highlight terrain or achieve neat weathering effects.  I’m going to do some sort of rust tutorial in the near future.  I also bought some plaster of paris and some DeSerres brand light modeling putty to make craters out of.  My final purchase was basically mineral oil which you can mix with pigments to achieve, wait for it, rust and weathering effects.

Recently I got my first incoming link from Peabody Here! Another Vancouver gamer, one I’ve probably never met but probably learned of my blog from one of Zac’s forums.  I’ve never even met Zac but I’ve sent him emails a few times.  Vancouver has lots of gamers, we have the world’s largest concentration of video game studios for Christ sakes, but we have no big gaming con.  Maybe I’ll have to organize one, but first I need a job.

While going through my miniature gaming directory on the ferry yesterday I found two tutorials on the use of pigments, one is from Forgeworld and the other Fantization Miniatures you should visit their sites before you download the tutorials below:

I’ve since ridden home after applying for six or seven jobs.  I’d really just prefer if one of the jobs I already applied for, say the one I interviewed for last, would just hire me…  Anyway I took a photo of the stuff I bought along with some other tools of the trade such as a P3 Wet Palette, a re-useable palette that I previously bought at DeSerres, and the best purchase of the last couple years, an eye dropper.  I really recommend to anyone serious about using washes especially making your own custom washes to go get an eye dropper at a local pharmacy.  I still add my washes and ink by brush but I add clean water to paints and inks and washes via the dropper, it is pretty much superior that any other way.

Tools of the miniature painting trade

Wet Palettes came up today on the Lead Adventure forum, I’m not a total convert, but I’m using it for most models.  The big exceptions are terrain, washes & inks, and metallics.

Closeups and Touchups

I’m back from Vancouver Island.  I ended up missing the ferry I was trying to catch, it was a hot slow day and we arrived minutes too late on my bus.  Coming back from Vancouver Island was no great relaxing trip either, I re-read some Too Fat Lardies scenarios for the Through the Mud and the Blood that are in the supplement Stout Hearts and Iron Men. Closeup of Rusty Sword

Otherside of Rusty SwordI basically had a nap when I got back to Vancouver but now that it is evening I did some touch-ups on the Nurgle demons.  I then tried to take some closeups of the rusty swords.  This didn’t go that well with my iPhone.  Eventually I got some OK pics of the light grey Plaguebearers sword, the other demon didn’t seem to want to photograph well, which is ironic as his sword had more rust detailing.  I think I may have done one rust wash too many…

The other thing I read on the ferry was Sidney Roundwood’s latest post on making terrain.  He made the World War One trench table seen in the Through the Mud and the Blood rulebook, he eventually added a ruined village scratch building the buildings.  I will probably add a ruined village to my trenches someday, I’ve looked into some of the resin buildings for sale but maybe I’ll have to have a go at making some.

Hopefully tomorrow it isn’t too hot and I’ll resume painting, but I have a lot of real world things to do too…

Still plugging away

So after finishing my second modular trench tile yesterday I took a break, but I couldn’t sleep so I got up and work on terrain some more.  I still plan to assemble and get painting some more miniatures for my 2010 Astronomi-con Vancouver army, but I also worked on another entrenchment.  This one entirely scratch built to fill a gap, as Snapdragon only makes so many sizes and shapes.  I’m wedded to the 12″ tile for at least the majority of this project. Test fit of tiles D2 and D3

I also cleaned a lot of resin this morning during the second half of the World Cup game.  All these bits are from Ramshackle, they were bought for my ork army to scratch build and customize some vehicles, but a few of them will do nicely as battlefield debris.

Hand made and cast entrenchmentsI also dug out the photo I took of the drawing of how the battlefield will look.  This is the second drawing and it has been fixed to the wall above my painting table for months.  I’ve been scheming and planning and preparing for this project for well over a year.  So far things have gone according to plan, but if I don’t get a job soon, I may have to put stuff in storage…

Finally I plan to assemble several models.  I actually have a written down paint queue which I regularly adjust, but don’t regularly post to the Internet.  It is one of the tabs on my army Excel file which lists all the models I have painted for the Diseased Sons and the Nefarious Fire.  It also shows real and hypothetical ways to field them.  I’ll have to make a similar spreadsheet for the Orks eventually.  I’ve held off even making an army list for them, I want to make all or as many of my old ork figures and squads legal before I worry about tactics and optimizing.

I also uploaded the document that details the plans for individual tiles, some have detailed descriptions, others are more vague.  I jotted these down one night and have been updating it and the drawing when I feel the need.  I’ve even worked on a No Musk’s Land 2.0 tile layout.  It requires six more tiles, so that might be for 2012.

Consulting my own Excel file, as sometimes I forget to build things or paint them the correct color.  Often I write which squad a model is for on the bottom of it’s base when I prime them, as sometimes models sit on my painting desk for years…

  • 2nd Test Bezerker
  • Test Servant of Decay
  • Test WW1 Canadian Corps Rifleman
  • CSM with Heavy Bolter
  • Plaguemarine with Melta Gun
  • Plaguebearer
  • Secret model

OOP Plastic BezerkerFor the test bezerker I’m using the old, original, OOP, plastic model, I have five of them still on sprues.  That tells you how long I’ve been going to do some Khorne guys for…  For the test Servant of Decay I think I’ll use one of the plastic Necromunda figures.  He’ll be pretty much as is, but I’ll paint him in my proposed scheme of brown uniform, black boots, shoulder pads, and helmet, with purple accents.  The rabble can have a variety of earth colours for their clothes possibly including some greens and reds.  The big risk is the skin tone, I’m going pale blue as they are supposed to be Nurgle followers.  The Plague Zombies will be more traditional greenish tinged flesh. Ramshackle Games Resin Bits

I’ve painted a number of Heavy Weapons for the Nefarious Fire but no Heavy Bolter, which as the cheapest will be pressed into duty for my Chosen.  I don’t know when the plastic CSM with Heavy Bolter came out, but I’ve never painted one, so that is the fig I plan to use.  The plaguemarine is just for looks, I have unused metal Plaguemarine havoc bits, so I figure I’ll paint one up.  The plaguebearer is just for fun, I like to have one on my paint table to use up colors or to test techniques, Nurglings are great for this too.  I’ve already got a couple on the go, which along with touching up some old models I hope to finish off quickly.

WIP Demons

2 Down, 22 to Go

Paint PaletteI finally finished the second modular trench terrain tile.  This is tile D2.  The last few days I haven’t been productive.  I’ve slept in a couple times instead of getting up early to read the paper, paint, watch the world cup, and of course look for a job.  I’ve now been unemployed for three months.  I had an interview recently, but it wasn’t a slam dunk, so I have to wait and see and keep looking and applying to other jobs.

I’ve put a lot of effort into these trench tiles but I have to switch to my 2010 Astronomi-con Vancouver army.  It will once again be Chaos Space Marines.

The second tile looks big because it is four inches wide, too wide.  I did things in a slightly different order, I also used some new materials.  I tried out cork rubble and pre-made plastic sandbags.  They came out looking too smooth, I don’t like it.  Next time I use them I’ll probably put a dusting of sand on top to give them some texture and variety.  Either that or run a board along the top, both are realistic. Affixing Trench Sign

I put a little more ‘stuff’ scattered around this tile, but I think I need even more inside the trench.  I might try painting it first then gluing it down, though to get that half buried look, you need to glue it down before most of the grit.  I also think next time I’ll have less grit inside the trenches and I’ll leave bigger spaces between the planks.  I experimented a bit with rust techniques using different pigments, but still also using Rust Brown Ink and Foundation Orange both diluted with water.

I tried to get a yellower canvas color on the sleeping bag or rain cover that is sitting on one of the rocks.  I used Iyanden Dark Sung and Gryphonne Sepia for the most part to achieve the color.  I’ll test it on an Imperial Guardsmen soon. Finished Tile Number 2

Not all washes are an improvement, one of mine had too much ‘rusty red’ in it or I should have started from scratch rather than trying to lighten the previous wash…  Anyway I’ll just have to start from scratch with the lightest orange rust pigment I have.  I need even more little cups on my palette.  I’m just waiting for the last few washes and coats of paint to dry then I’ll have up some photos.

So far no comments on this entire blog, but I’m not getting any search engine traffic or basically none, which is odd because the Greening the Inner-city blog gets some and it had mostly linking to it early on, but it must have more variety of incoming links.  I’ve posted links to the odd forum and on the Lead Adventure Forum and the Miniatures Page there is a little discussion about this project, but it is mostly me talking to myself as usual. Looking down the trench

I had to put on my “Music to play 40K to” mix as my downstairs neighbour has lately taken to playing loud crappy hip hop.  I have by far the louder stereo so I now have Rage Against the Machine of all things…

Slightly Higher Res shot showing details

Not quite finished tile two

Today was a little more productive and as it was Canada Day, perhaps my recent readings and research into the Canadian Corps was well timed.  Tonight I tried to finish the second modular trench tile.  Alas I did not make it.  I got most things painted but I need to finish off some fine details and paint the two big rocks. Drybrushed Dirt

I did finish the scatter terrain, even painted some sort of growth on one of the embankments.  I was originally not going to paint it green, just leave it brown but I looked at some of the other trench tables out there and they had greenery, though historically in the really heavily fought over sectors everything was just blown away into dirt and rubble.  There are some pretty hardy plants so I figured some sort of moss or fungus or algae could survive on the side of a trench so I painted it up to look like that.

I shouldn’t have started on the bed roll or rain sheet, whatever it is, I should have painted it after the rock, but I wanted to try and get a better canvas color, one that more closely matched the 08 Webbing used by the Canadian Corps and the BEF after about 1915.  My World War One army is going to be modeled as if it was early 1916 so they will have 08 webbing and Lee Enfield rifles, not that it is really a big deal at 28 mm, but it is the thought that counts. Test fitting scatter terrain

I also watched another of the supposedly best World War One movies, this one is called “The Grand Illusion” and it is another black and white film it is also another French language film.  It seems the French made more movies about WW1 than they did about the second world war.  It isn’t a bad film, shows the transition from wars fought by professional soldiers to wars fought with enlisted or even drafted men, men who weren’t career soldiers.  It does not have a single trench battle or any battles at all.  It takes place almost entirely indoors and the French soldiers spend the majority of the movie trying to escape.  It is like the Great Escape or Hogan’s Heroes in that regards.

I might order another book or here’s a thought try to get some from the library…  I also still need to find a job so maybe I should focus my reading to that end.

Mostly painted trench tile