Sunday, 21 August 2016

Swamp Thing.....You make my heart sing...

This weekend saw me run my first full, 50SS Malifaux tournament at LVL Up.  12 Players travelled from a number of local towns to play three rounds of Malifaux, and a good time was had by all.  I will post more about this, including the results, in another post.

Inspired by the Tournament, I have also finished painting the models that I needed for my Zoraida crew box.  This was slightly hampered by the fact that they are also from the "assembling everything really quickly and badly" phase, and I have lost the sprue with all of Zoraida's voodoo dolls on it.  However, I think that the crew, now finalised looks Ok.

These aren't paint-jobs that are going to set the world on fire, but they add another Master to my Neverborn.  I only have one Master left to paint for them, and that is Lucius.  Whether I paint him now, in metal, or wait until I get the plastic box set, we shall see.

In the meantime, the entire box together.

Thursday, 18 August 2016

Swamped with Painting

So, I have been working on the pile of models that I built during a spell when I decided that building loads of Malifaux models badly was a good idea.  I've learned my lesson on that one, and now build the models with (a little) more care.  I started with some Silurids.  They were put together really badly.  In reverse order, I have painted Bad Juju as the second of the projects this post.

  This was a quick and easy paint job, a simple Base/Drybrush/Wash with some details then added in, on one of my standard Swamp bases.  I don't think that it is going to see a lot of table time, but as a completist, I wanted to get it done.

    Before I started on Bad Juju, I painted the Silurids.  These were also shockingly badly assembled and took a bit of clean up to get them even to this point.  That said, they look reasonably good at a tabletop distance.  The only real point of note in their paint job is that the eyes were done with the new Spiritstone Red over silver.  I like the effect.

    Next, I shall work on Zoraida and the Voodoo Doll.  Unfortunately, in assembling Zoraida, I have mislaid the Voodoo Dolls that are supposed to be part of the model.  I am sure that they will turn up, but until then, I shall paint her without.

    In other news, I have the first Malifaux tournament I am running as a Henchman on Saturday.  We have filled 16 places with people who have said they are coming, and I am hoping it will be a good day, although I suspect I will learn a number of lessons.

    Oh, and Cat.  Or rather, Kitten.  I have one, with all of the fear that this brings regarding the safety of my models going forward!

Saturday, 13 August 2016

Go on, have a 'Stroke

Deathstroke that is.  Continuing on the theme of assassins that was started with Deadpool, I give you, Deathstroke.  Nothing much to say about this, painted as a commission for Marcus, who then moved away for a bit, leaving it languishing on the painting table.  He is back, and so I cracked on and finished this.

I suspect that the photo doesn't do the black justice.  In any event, I used a new method for painting the black, which I am happy with in person, and so I am going to share, if for no other reason than to record it for my later review.

Step 1 - Paint everything black.  Simple, but obvious
Step 2 - Coat everything with a pot of old Citadel Black Ink.  It gives a fine, deeeeep black to work from
Step 3 - Drybrush the black with Incubi Darkness
Step 4 - Drybrush with Hellion Green.  VERY lightly
Step 5 - Wash with Nuln Oil.

I think I like this considerably more than most of my other techniques for black.

Wednesday, 10 August 2016

Painting to Win

So, I have continued in my stores league, having played a single game of Age of Sigmar.  I played against an Ironjaws army, and the lesson learned is that Orc magic is really destructive.  I like the game.  I used to play a lot of Warhammer Fantasy, and while this is a different game, I wouldn't say it is worse.  Its likely to become my "quick and fun" game.

I've proceeded with the painting, and have now got to the point where I have a 1000pts painted, with a few extra, and am heading towards my 1500.  As well as the liberators and Retributors painted before, I have added the following.

Lord Relictor

Lord Celestant on Dracoth

Lord Celestant on Dracoth
Lord Celestant on Dracoth



I still have a Knight Azyros to paint (Built) and then I can add another Lord, and another unit of Justicators, and that will give me 2 Battalions.  I can then add some more paladins to make a 2000pt force and stop.

On Monday, I also played my first game of Warmachine in years, and certainly the first since Mk3.  This was only a battle box sized game, but it was enough fun for me to decide that I am probably going to start playing this more regularly.  I have a huge Cygnar force already, which can be expanded, and the startings of a Trollbloods force, so not too much work to stick with the only playing with painted models rule.

Sunday, 31 July 2016

Set me free...

So, I finally snapped and gave in and bought the Age of Sigmar starter box set.  Which, when combined with the Storm of Sigmar box, 2 of the Getting Started Magazines, and one of the Quick Assembly boxes of Retributors has given me a force of Stormcast Externals.  Following the self imposed rule, my plan is that I shouldn't play with them before they are painted.  As a change from my usual painting style, and because I hate painting units with a passion, I have decided to try and speed/batch paint the majority of the models to a basic tabletop standard, the idea being that if they look good on the table being played, then that is good enough.  Since Tuesday, I have turned out 14 Liberators, 5 Retributors, and am working on my Relictor.  All together, I have 920 points using the generals handbook, and I also have a Khorne force that my aim is to sell or donate to a needy wargamer.
 So, some images.
Retributor Warscroll

For my reference, below is the test model that was painted, along with the colours that I used.


Armour - Ironbreaker, washed Nuln Oil, Drybrushed Necron Compound
Gold - Retributor Armour Washed Agrax Earthshade
Blue - Macragge Blue highlighted Caledor Sky
Red - Khorne Red washed Carrienburg Crimson

Any comments of criticism is, as ever welcome.

I am of course participating in the GW summer campaign at my local force.  Amusingly, the painting that I have done puts me in third place having never played a game of Age of Sigmar at all........

Tuesday, 26 July 2016

Got the Time?

So, I have been a busy bee from a hobby perspective.  First of all, I have finished painting the limited edition Aionus Model.  A simple paint job, with the clock painted in the style that I have now adopted for the spirits in Malifaux.  The rest was simple blended layers.  Quick, but I think it looks Ok.

I also managed to get a game in with my McMourning crew.  They have the honour of being the first box set that I ever painted for myself, and having never been put on the table before.  
I shall post a fuller battle report (maybe), but I think that the important point is, like all Malifaux games, it was fun and had some of THOSE moments.  The Flesh Construct ate a Rooster Rider, Mah Tucket beat McMourning to death on Turn 1, and Francois on Hallucinogens from the Nurse standing in place and fighting invisible enemies.  All in all, a great, fun game against Kendall, where the result (a 10-8 win) almost didn't matter as much as the fun.

Monday, 25 July 2016

Who do you have in the Deadpool?

So, continuing the time off spent working through projects, I have now finished painting Deadpool.

Nothing too much to say.  The cast was considerably better than some of the Knight Models casts that I have seen.  The arms needed a minimal amount of filling.  So, without futher ado, the pictures.

 The paint job was fairly simple  Red over white undercoat, highlighted up in stages through Mephiston Red through Evil Suns Scarlet.  The black was applied, and then the straps were painted in Dryad Bark.

The biggest struggle with this model was working out what the uniform should look like.  Every image that I found had a different layout for the red and black areas on the body of the suit.  In the end, I found one picture that had multiple views, and went with that.  I don't know if it is "official" but it works and is clearly recognisable as the character it is meant to be from gaming distances.

I should also note that Deadpool, along with the Guardians of the Galaxy have the honour of being models that are allowed to live on the bookcase in the front room.  Thanks for that The Wife.

Comments and criticism are welcome, although I know that the pictures are not of the highest quality, being taken on my phone camera.