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My new magnetic sheets

My new magnetic sheets

So even before yesterday’s less than triumphant return to the Warhammer Fantasy battlefield, I was already dreaming up a bigger multi-model base to allow my converted musician and my army battle standard bearer to rank up better.  I stopped in at the Urban Source on my walk back from Strategies and bought some magnetic sheets, combined with my stockpile of super strong magnets, balsa wood, and sheet styrene I was well equiped to built my multi-base or regiment base and yet more new movement trays for the units I need to field in week 2 of the Mighty Empires campaign.

My horde of plastic sheet styrene

My horde of plastic sheet styrene

I took a lot of pictures and worked on this one base through the wee hours after I couldn’t sleep.  The glue couldn’t dry fast enough and my basic design didn’t change but made it more elaborate and now it will be a lot more work to paint, I have six days, hopefully I can do it in two.

First thing I did was layout some of the stuff I would need, including all the sheet styrene I’ve acquired over the last couple years in anticipation of finishing my Ork & Goblin army and building my trench table.  I went with sheet styrene for this base as I had it in a lot of different thicknesses and it is actually easier to work with than wood.  You just score it with an exacto knife then bend it the other way and it snaps pretty much perfectly clean.

The basic base materials

The basic base materials

The magnetic sheet you can cut with scissors and I trimmed it with an exacto knife too.  I glued it to the sheet styrene.  I affixed the super magnet to the bottom of the base with super glue then I put tiny sheet styrene guides to keep the models in the right spot rather than just allowing them to attach willy-nilly to the base.

With that all done it was time to add sand.  I also planned to embellish the base and went looking for a Nurgling in my bits box, I didn’t have any, I did find a really old squig.  I also cleaned two more of my 28mm Black Cat Bases metal skulls.  They are still awkward to clean but once done they glue and paint up nice on bases.

Installing the strong magnet

Installing the strong magnet

After the sand had dried I sealed it with more white glue.  That sand was a bit sparse but I had to let glue dry so I went to bed.  I actually got about two hours sleep.  Then I woke up and checked on the model and some other stuff.

I’d already jotted down next week’s army list and I even was looking ahead to week three, noting I needed a Herald of Tzeentch so I went looking for one among all the old models I bought back in the day or traded for.  I never found a single Horror, but I found a Chaos Sorceror who might do.  I also waded through a whole bunch of bits to find all the pieces to a circa 1995 Marauder Fiend of Slaneesh and two Steeds of Slaneesh one with an old metal Daemonette rider.

Test fitting the miniatures

Test fitting the miniatures

I also needed to figure out the bases that should go with the models now.  I had to rebase my Beasts of Nurgle earlier and I put them on homemade 40mm square bases.  The base I was working on right now is about 50mm square.  I actually found two resin 50mm square bases and many cavalry bases that came with the Steeds, Fiends, and Fleshhounds.  I went on the internet and it appears the new plastic Steeds and Daemonettes are on cavalry bases.  I plan to assemble the one I have maybe use it as a Herald some day.  I have another Steed which I’ll mount a Chaos Space Marine on someday…

The Fiend appears to be on a 40mm square base which I have none of.  I could make one out of sheet styrene but I might look into getting a resin one at Strategies.  The model is so old and puny a bigger base would help it stand out.

My WIP custom base

My WIP custom base

After rumaging through my grandfather’s old shell case which I use to store blisterpacks and bags of minis.  I finally got to see how the new base ranks up with the other plaguebearers and the movement tray I’d previously made.  It worked just fine thank you, another tribute to precision engineering.

It was about then or perhaps after lying in bed unable to sleep for a couple more hours I realized I could have put two more Plaguebearers on the base.  I would have been better off perhaps gluing them straight to the magnetic sheet, but I already had some sand down.  Despite how late at night it was, I got out a variety of tools and clipped, cut, and sanded the tab off two plaguebearers.  I test fit them first, but basically I had to glue them to mixture of UHU glue, white glue, and sand.

Fitting one base into another

Fitting one base into another

One of them went on alright, the second one not as well, partly due to cat liter in my sand mix.  I gobbed on more UHU glue and went back to bed.  Several hours later I was still awake so I got up and removed the extra sand I’d added.  The UHU glue must not have been fully hard, or it interfeared with the previous glue, or it was just a bad fit as eventually while fiddling one plaguebearer leaned over and collapsed.

I had to clean off some glue and sand then more forcefully I jammed his feet into the still slightly wet mixture of sand and glue.  This time I didn’t use super glue to try and attach him, I tried an epic-ly old tube of Citadel plastic cement that came in some game box set and has lasted me a decade or more, then if that wasn’t enough I got out my super glue and drenched the sand around the plaguebearers feet.  That hardened things up and I think it should hold.  If it makes it through painting it should get a game tryout next Sunday.  If not the next thing to try is epoxy resin.

Custom Magnetic Regimental Base

Custom Magnetic Regimental Base

After again not being able to sleep I finally got up at around six am.  My kitchen is pretty empty, I need to do the laundry, go to the doctor and pharmacist, and I plan to visit Darren and double check a few things before I go to crazy with painting and converting for next weeks campaign game.  What can you do at 6 in the morning? Well you can get the paper, go to one of the 24 hour cafes on Main Street and read.

I also checked my email and I’m waiting for my doctor’s office to open at 9am.  So I decided to use some of this time to type out another rambling blog post, complete with the most pictures ever.  A lot of steps and stages went into making one little movement tray.  After I confirm my army list for next week I’ll make two maybe three more movement trays, probably out of sheet styrene as it is quicker, but I might make one out of wood, it all depends on the size and shape.  I also may be forced to finally finish the bases on some of my goblin hordes, my proposal for 375 points of Night Goblin mercenaries results in 54 bases I need to do…

There were more in-progress shots, plus a bunch of various old minis I’ve horded and sorted through late last night.  Here are a couple more snaps I took with the iPhone:

One of my stashes of unpainted minis

One of my stashes of unpainted minis

Box of Old Random Minis

Box of Old Random Minis

Bag of OOP Chaos Renegades

Bag of OOP Chaos Renegades

8 old Daemonettes

8 old Daemonettes

Bag of 40K Khorne stuff

Bag of 40K Khorne stuff

Bag of old OOP Daemons

Bag of old OOP Daemons

Old Chaos Sorceror Model

Old Chaos Sorceror Model

Old Fiend of Slaneesh bits

Old Fiend of Slaneesh bits

Metal Steed of Slaneesh bits

Metal Steed of Slaneesh bits

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Flesh painted Knarloc Green

Flesh painted Knarloc Green

So after taking some water out of my P3 Wet Palette I went to get some Knarloc Green paint.  It is a relatively new colour to me, but it was pretty thick and gooey on one side of the pot, so I jabbed my brush in and attempted to mix it.  This appears to have damaged one of the brushes I’ve been using the most lately and the end result was more Knarloc Green paint than I needed on the palette so I decided to paint a Nurgling and alter my plan slightly.

Although most people out there seem to have moved to a drown your model in wash or even straight up dipping their models in miracle goop, you can actually paint lowlights with wash or even just with paint.  So after base-coating the flesh with Knarloc Green I got out the Badab Black Wash and painted it into the recesses.  You don’t have to be super neat as the next step is to paint Knarloc Green highlights back onto the model.

Flesh shaded with Badab Black Wash

Flesh shaded with Badab Black Wash

Then after it was highlighted and the paint was dry, I got out the Devlan Mud Wash and painted it into the shadows too.  It was about then that I noticed I hadn’t painted the pointing hand of the Plaguebearer so I backtracked and caught that hand up to the rest of the model.

After the second wash had dried I painted yet more Knarloc Green on as a highlight.  Hopefully you can start to see the results.  Those two dark washes really help shade the model, but it isn’t a harsh but a more gradual transition.  You also get a kinda muddy look which is good for Nurgle.  After the fourth coat of Knarloc Green was dry I planned to paint the new Green Wash into the shadows some.

It had gotten quite hot and my hands were sweating I noticed my carefully applied rust was being re-wetted.  This is one of the risks of using pigments and why you should leave them till last.  I did them when I did so I could write something of a tutorial on how I currently use them in my rust technique.

Added highlights with Knarloc Green

Added highlights with Knarloc Green

I’ve since put the Ork Flesh Wash on, it isn’t my favourite green wash, but I decided to give it a go.  It sometimes, especially if you put a lot of it on, tints your green.  I can see one or two spots where this occurred on these models.  This is not what I’m looking for, but is easily fixed with yet more Knarloc Green.

After all this Knarloc Green I finally plan to switch to another green or two and start doing a little blending to try and get some edge highlights going on the model.  I was going to paint him a brighter green, but instead he’ll be my first Knarloc Green plaguebearer and with the medallion and pointing hand should stand out fine as the champion.

Now with this post complete it is dinner time.

Flesh shaded with Devlan Mud Wash

Flesh shaded with Devlan Mud Wash

Another highlight of Knarloc Green

Another highlight of Knarloc Green

Today hasn’t been a very productive day, I stayed up too late last night working on the plaguebearers flesh and slept in way too much this morning.  You can do this when you’re still unemployed, but  tomorrow I’m setting an alarm.

Almost painted plaguebearer flesh

Almost painted plaguebearer flesh

I couldn’t resist fiddling with the models, especially after the turn towards orange that the flesh of one plaguebearer took.  I used some more Foundry Flesh 5C and some GW Ogryn Flesh wash to rescue it, but I’m still not happy doubly so due to all the effort involved.  The other model came out much better, but I tested some of those techniques on a Nurgling previously.  It was a base of GW Graveyard Earth, no less than three thin coats.  Then some Foundry Drab 12B then eventually 12C.  I used GW Devlan Mud and Gryphonne Sepia wash on it.

Now I’m going to do the metallics on all three plaguebearers.  The unit champion has some chainmail and a pendant.  So I’m going to give them the rusted metal treatment before doing the flesh of the third model.  I’ve learned my lesson I’ll be using a Foundation paint or painting straight from the pot to get the basecoat done on the champion.  He’ll be a flashy sickly green in order to standout.  After that it is bones and blood and the plaguebearers are basically done.  They are rather fun to paint, which is probably why I’ve acquired 40 painted ones when I get these three finished.

Painted plaguebearer flesh tones

Painted plaguebearer flesh tones

In 2nd Edition Warhammer 40,000 they used to be better than a Genestealer in hand to hand combat.  That was a long time ago, now Plaguebearers can’t even be fielded in the same army as Plaguemarines.  Hopefully GW fixes that again someday.  In the mean time I’ll rank them up and try a horde of them in Warhammer Fantasy Battle 8th Edition and continue to work on non-Diseased Sons models for 40K.

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

So loyal readers of this blog, both of them will know I’m working on my Astronomi-con army, my army for next year’s Astronomi-con, my terrain for next year’s Astronomi-con, and some WW1 guys to take full advantage of the modular trench table I’m building.  So what’s this post about Warhammer Fantasy Battle doing on this blog?

Well I honestly haven’t played Warhammer Fantasy Battle in over ten years, but I’ve been encouraged over the last decade to get my Orks and Goblins on the table, I have many of them painted, well over one hundred goblins.  They aren’t the prettiest but they are usable with three exceptions.  One they are not based or more correctly they are just on black plastic bases, two they spearmen really should have shields, so I have to paint 63 goblin shields, and three the rules have changed so many times over the last decade the army needs movement trays and a few goblin crewmen for the warmachines.  In short it would take a lot of painting and work to get 1500 points of goblins on the battlefield.  1000 points was what I was shooting for before, but 1500 seems to be the magic number at Strategies. My Goblin Horde

I went down to Strategies today, but no Darren.  I did bring the army book to my other fantasy army.  What other Warhammer Fantasy Army? I  mean I haven’t played in over a decade…  Well as Owen figured out over ten years ago I have enough Nurgle Daemons in the Diseased Sons to field a small fantasy army.  However through the magic of over the top characters and 100 point magic items, my demons especially considering I’ve painted more over the last decade can easily make 1500 points.  In fact 1500 points isn’t a very good number for using daemons in in WFB.  You’re allowed to spend a maximum of 375 points on a Lord and the cheapest Lord is probably 300 points naked.

I could have went all Heralds but I ended up with the following army list.  I had one Daemon Prince (with wings), one Great Unclean One, 37 Plaguebearers (two standards, one musician), 9 stands of Nurglings, and 3 Beasts of Nurgle painted to work with.  Now I’d vowed never to run daemons again, at least not all Nurgle because they are slow, have no ranged attacks, and not the best magic.  I actually have some more unpainted stuff I could have included, but for fun tried to make an army of what I had painted.  Here is the list we came up with:

  • LORD: Daemon Prince of Nurgle with Wings 355 points
  • HERO: Herald of Nurgle, Battle Standard Bearer, Banner of Unholy Victory, Level One Wizard, Soul Hunger, and Slime Trail 275 points
  • CORE: 39 Plaguebearers, Full Command, Icon of Eternal Virulence 523 points
  • SPECIAL: 4 Nurgling Stands 140 Points
  • RARE: 2 Beasts of Nurgle 200 points

My Nurgle Daemons

My Lord is basically naked and making him a follower of Nurgle seems to get him nothing, Darren’s lackey looked but couldn’t find any bit where he’d get an extra wound or mark of toughness, it didn’t even make him a Level One Wizard.  I decided to do it anyway but I suppose I should start writing out the 2000 point list…

Initially they tried to talk me out of it, but I’m all four one big unit of Plaguebearers.  I bought a new box of command as initially I thought I needed to have at least two CORE choices, but apparently I need three units of anything instead.  Beasts of Nurgle may actually be good as they have a movement of six, but I couldn’t afford to take all three, because I also wanted Nurglings.

I’m going to need to re-base the Beasts of Nurgle, make one big movement tray, and paint two more plaguebearers by the 25th when Strategies new Warhammer Mighty Empires campaign starts.  I totally expect to lose, but maybe 2000 points will be kinder too me.  I plan to put the Plaguebearers in the middle, the Beasts on the right flank, the Nurglings on the left flank, with the Daemon Prince initially screened by the Beasts which might ‘hide’ him.  I really don’t know all the rules, but as I said, “I have a PAINTED ARMY.”  Most people play, I paint, surf the net, and now blog.

Expanding to 2000 points may be in my best interest, 1500 points is the official level of the campaign, bigger games are optional, I could make my Daemon Prince a Wizard too, give him a magic sword, possibly buy a second Herald, but mainly I’d field my third Beast of Nurgle and probably run two squads of 5 Nurgling stands.  I’m even tempted to buy another Beast of Nurgle as I think they might be the best unit I have, they are after all the Rare choice…

I’ll take some new pictures when I get home and I guess clean and prime another Plaguebearer, probably the new champ model or the new musician…

I was hoping to have a new job today, but it is after 5pm and I haven’t heard either way which probably isn’t a good sign, maybe they are still debating, but I’d really prefer to be employed…

Oh and for the record Darren is old school, if you want to play in his store, your models have to be painted and based!

I just did the math to grow to 2000 points I’d need to paint one Nurgling stand, as I’d allotted six more for two units of five, the third Beast of Nurgle and then made my Daemon Lord more expansive giving him the abilities of a Level 2 Wizard and the Trappings of Nurgle which will make him even harder to kill with a 4+ armour save and regeneration.  I’m no WFB expert but all my attacks except for Daemon Prince are Poisonous, I’d get D3 extra combat resolution from my big unit and count all wounds as double combat resolution, and at 2000 points everything but the Nurglings has regeneration.

Warhammer Fantasy Battle is a bit too crazy for me, I’d rather play Warhammer Historicals or Epic…

So despite today being a big sports day and despite it possibly being the best UFC card ever, I walked home and immediately started working on finishing up the models I started assembling today.  These are the models I mentioned in my previous post.  From right to left they are an all metal GW plaguebearer, a Foundry 25mm British/Canadian WW1 Rifleman,  an old OOP plastic Khorne Bezerker, an almost as old plastic Necromunda Orlock, a hodgepodge of a Plaguemarine armed with a melta gun, and finally, another kit bash of a Chaos Space Marine armed with a heavy bolter.

Some of my old OOP GW figures

These models will be part of my Diseased Sons, Nefarious Fire, or Servants of Decay armies/warbands.  The plaguebearer is mainly for fun and the WW1 model is to test a paint scheme for the Canadian Corps.  The rifleman is noticeably smaller than more recent models, even the Orlock looks small but that is actually correctly scaled next to a Chaos Space Marine.  The Necromunda fig is so old, it hasn’t seen the light of day since I lived in Yellowknife.  That was during the second edition of Warhammer 40,000.  I’m surprised I even remembered it was an Orlock.  The Goliath gangers may look more chaotic, but I think the Orlock will allow me to test my brown, black, and purple paint scheme better. Models before UFC PPV

Some of the knifes got broken off the Goliaths but I repaired them.  There are basically two poses per gang with a variety of guns.  There were spare guns and lord knows I have bits, the problem is most of my bits are for space marines.  My vaunted bit box is running out of Chaos Space Marine legs, even torsos.  I was also out of backpacks of the non-Khorne variety.  The only plastic chaos backpacks I could turn up were from second or first edition.  I’ve converted so many loyalists to the dark side I’ve used up most of my backpacks and torsos.  I gotta stop buying loyalists… Of course I’m trying not to buy any models, I have plenty of one piece metal chaos space marines, including a pile of Bezerkers.

Models after UFC PPV and more workI also am running out of suitably Nurgly heads.  One of the most recent, in fact the most recent chaos kits I’ve bought is the possessed so those bits are getting pressed into service.  One thing I have plenty of is shoulder pads, if you like your shoulder pads fancy.  I have piles of metal Deathguard ones, so I keep using about one a mini when I do a Nurgle guy.  I used one of the new Space Wolf shoulder pads on the Heavy Bolter guy.  His legs and torso are pretty plane Jane, but I made sure to get his gun assembled well, though it too two tries.  His head is a loyalist head, from the Black Templars upgrade sprue I think, I like heads with targeters for my heavy weapons guys.

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