Saturday, October 14, 2017

The Unarmoured Samurai

Blah blah blah it's been awhile blah blah blah.  Yeah yeah, we've all heard the story and we've been down this path many times before with this blog.  Lets skip the half-hearted apologies and get to what this blog is about.  Miniatures....

So nothing too big today.  This guy has been sitting on my desk since I picked up the starter set for Test of Honour during Adepticon 2017.  I looked around the net to see if anyone was showing painted examples of him.  Sadly, I could only find maybe 1 or 2 painted examples of him.  The Warlord's painted version of him was a bit "ehhhh".  The skin was too dark and it killed the entire Japanese look of the model.  I did however really like how they did the robes (kimono?  I dunno), so I basically stole they're color palette for it.  Here's what I got....

I really like how he turned out, and he was a lot of fun to paint.  I got to play with the golden skin triad from Reaper which gives you a pretty authentic Asian skin tone when applied properly.  Like I said earlier, I tried to follow the Warlord color palette (with a few artistic liberties sprinkled here and there), and I think I succeeded.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Proxy German Storm Troopers for Konflikt 47'

Browsing Northstar Miniatures one night I came across a game called "Achtung! Cthulhu".  I never really got into the whole Cthuloid mythos, but as an old school gamer I know a bit about it.  While the game Achtung! Cthulhu doesn't interest me, the miniatures do.  They had some pretty cool Weird War II stuff with tentacles monsters and whatnot.  As I was browsing the miniatures, I saw the coolest looking Wolfenstein looking shock troopers.  I instantly had to buy them.  Since Warlord Games haven't released an official shock trooper model to go with Konflikt 47', these guys made a perfect substitution.  Take a look....

I ended up buying the box of Black Sun Troopers and a blister pack.  You get 10 in the box, but you also get a machine gunner and 2 flame thrower guys, so I got the blister pack just to round out the force.  I think they turned out awesome, and when I brought them to Adepticon, everyone who checked out my army was asking about them.  I used the guy with the backpack as my NCO in game.  Anyways, thanks for looking!!

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Some Heavy Konflikt 47' Infantry

I have to say, as time goes on I'm liking Warlord Games more and more as a company.  I dig Bolt Action.  I think the rules system is top notch and the dice pulling mechanic was genius.  My only issue with the game is that the WWII setting only gives you so many options.  Granted, tons of innovation took place.  I guess what I'm trying to say is I miss the fantasy aspect.  I dig rail guns and crazy ass creatures and whatnot.  That's not to say I don't enjoy a good historical game or even Bolt Action for that thought.

Enter Konflikt 47'.....  a game where we speed up the time line to an alternate 1947', add crazy rift technology due to the Manhattan Project opening up some inter-dimension portal, and let the super powers duke it out.  The concept of this game is awesome, so awesome that I couldn't pass it up.  The game pretty much runs off of the Bolt Action V1.0 rules with some minor rules added for flavor.  The cool thing about this is they added new Konflikt 47' specific units, but basically you can augment your normal Bolt Action forces into the game.  Kind of like a hybrid game allowing you to play two different games with your normal Bolt Action forces.

So I signed up for Konflikt 47' tournament at Adepticon 2017, and got to work on the new units.  I want to start with some heavy infantry.  Check them out..

This unit of 8 comprises the box set you can get from Warlord Games.  They were very easy to paint as they're mainly tan with some edge highlighting.  The arms and guns were a little fiddly, but with enough superglue they become workable.  So there is my German Heavy Infantry.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Necromunda Ratskin Renegades

Necromunda is one of those games that's very special to me.  It was the first official Games Workshop games I owned back in the 90's when it ended up under my Christmas Tree right after it was released.  It was one of those games you could just get a handful of mini's and play on your coffee table.  For a young 13 year old with not a lot of money, this was perfect for me.  My friends and I each had gangs (I think I was rocking Van Saar, poorly painted) and I remember setting up the cardstock terrain and having massive 3-4 man battles and just laughing the afternoon and evenings away playing this silly game.  Needless to say, I have a lot of nostalgia for this game in particular.

Fast foward 20 years.  I had seen there was a yearly Necromunda Tournament at Adepticon.  I had told myself year after year that I would paint up a gang and give it a go for the wide eyed 13 year old Dave in me.  Well, as per usual other projects ended up popping up and Necromunda kind of got pushed to the back of the que.  I have been collecting the miniatures since I got back into the hobby, but I hadn't actually painted anything from Necromunda.  I own a good portion of the gangs now, and one that always stuck out for me were the Ratskin Renegades.  I love the aesthetics of the models, and I found it hilarious that in a world of plasma guns and rocket launchers, these guys bring muskets and hand crossbows to the party and can actually hold they're own.

So last October, after the first day of Operation Sting we usually go out to dinner as a group.  Well I ended up sitting at a table with the guy who runs the Necromunda tournament at Adepticon, Jeremy.  We got to talking and the topic of Necromunda came up.  I believe I convoyed my nostalgia for the game, and mentioned that I had purchased a box of ratskin at the previous Adepticon.  He mentioned that nobody ever brings Ratskins to his tournament.  The wheels start turning in my head, and suddenly an idea pops into my head.  I have been putting off painting any Necromunda gang for so long because I didn't have a reason to paint them.  "Challenge accepted" I say.  I now had my reason to paint these guys.

A few weeks go by, and the following is what I managed to crank out.....

The Ratskin Renegades, all 11 of them

The Gang Leader

The Shaman, my favorite model out of the bunch

3 Gangers, 2 with Lasguns, 1 with Shotgun

2 Gangers, 1 with Autogun, 1 with Musket

3 Ratskin Braves, various weapons

Ratskin Totem Warrior, one of the late Fanatic casts

I went a little picture heavy on this one because I really wanted to show them off.  One of the biggest problems I had painting these guys was finding decent reference material, especially for the Totem Warrior.  Sure, people have posted pictures of these guys before.  To be quite frank though, most examples I found were awful or you really couldn't see the models good enough.  It was a rare sight indeed when I found ratskins painted to a high standard that you could actually see.  I figure this way, my pictures will end up out there and hopefully someone down the line won't have the same problem I had.  I tried to go for more of a traditional GW look with these guys, adding my own flavor in here and there.  I used Micro Art's junk bases as I felt it adds for a more interesting look.  I originally planned on doing the traditional Necromunda hazard stripes around the base, but it doesn't look good on the round lip bases.  The top part is smaller than the bottom, so it ends up like a weird 60's swirl.  I really like how these models turned out.

 If you read my recent post on Adepticon, you'll know these guys did quite well at Adepticon winning me a 2nd place "Best General" coin.  They took me a lot longer to paint then I initially anticipated.  I only have 11 here, but my collection of Ratskin models is nearly complete.  My plan is to paint the rest of them up this year, including "The Caller" and "Brakar".  With that being said, I intend on playing in the Necromunda tournament next year as well.  To challenge myself, I want to bring a new gang next year.  Hopefully this is the challenge I need to paint a new gang every year going forth until I've painted every gang.

Sorry for the long text walls here.  I'm just very nostalgic about Necromunda and I had to set this post up correctly.  I hope you guys enjoyed the pictures.  Feel free to ask any questions if you have any about painting these guys, even if it's years from now.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

My Adepticon 2017 Overview

So I had this huge blog post written up describing my experience and thoughts about Adepticon 2017 in detail.  After re-reading it this morning, I decided to delete it and do a short condensed version.  I'm sure most people who visit here could care less about me bitching about Adepticon classes, or my thoughts about the "painting elitist club" outside the classrooms that's turning into a staple at show.  Yeah, I hate cliques so nothing new there.  In all honesty, I'm not sure how I even feel about half of it.

It was a "Frostgrave heavy" show for me, with smatterings of Konflikt 47' and Necromunda mixed in.  I snagged 3 awards, 2 for best painted, 1 for best general.  I haven't played Necromunda since the 90's, so it was a shock to me that I took 2nd place overall.  I also helped my buddy Brent run 10-man Frostgrave battle Saturday night which was a lot of fun.  On Sunday I played a Frostgrave wizard death match with Ash the host of Guerrilla Miniatures (a youtube channel I regularly frequent).  I got to show that the Sigilist can be just as lethal as any other wizard with the correct spell load out and walked away with a box of cultists for my trouble.  I think Osprey made a wise decision in bringing Ash into the mix at Adepticon.  He was a lot of fun to be around.

Myself hanging with the famous Duncan Rhodes

Our 10-man Saturday Night Frostgrave Game

My awards for Adepticon 2017.  I took best painted in Frostgrave and Konflikt 47', and 2nd place overall in Necromunda

I took 2 classes.  One with Duncan Rhodes from Games Workshop's Warhammer TV which was awesome, one with Francesco Farabi (a 2017 Crystal Brush winner) which was awful.  The terrible lighting situation in the classrooms at Adepticon has reached a point where I refuse to sign up for any more classes until it is fixed.  Mr. Farabi is a fantastic painter, but his teaching style just doesn't work for me at all.

I got to hang out with Joseph McCullough (the author of Frostgrave and reader of my blog) for a few hours.  It was awesome getting to know him and ask him questions about his game.  It was refreshing how honest and down to earth he was.  Thanks for spending time with us at Adepticon, and thanks for letting me invade your "build and paint" event and swipe like 20 models.  It was a great time.

All in all, Adepticon 2017 was a blast.  Sure, the classroom lighting situation needs to be rectified, but I think from now on I will be playing in these smaller half day tournaments at Adepticon.  I look forward to Adepticon 2018.  If you are even remotely into miniatures, this is the place you need to be.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Filthy Dungeon Rats

As the title would suggest, I got some Reaper Bones rats for dirt cheap.  We needed some rats for Frostgrave and since they were so cheap, I ended up picking up 3 packs of 4.  My thinking is you can always use rats for any sword and sorcery game so the more the merrier.

I mixed up the fur colors a little bit to give the horde more a random appearance.  They were pretty simple to paint and I think the lot of them took me like one night.  Anyways, that's it for this post.  It's off to Adepticon for this guy.  I'll post a review sometime next week.

Friday, March 17, 2017

The most ridiculous creature in Frostgrave

Imagine, your exploring a ruined city in the frozen north.  A frozen city that is beginning to thaw out and all manner of evil is awakening along with all manner of treasure now being accessible.  You and your buddies turn a corner and you are faced with a terrifying beast charging right at you.  And that beast my friends..... is a giant albino ape.

Yep, a gigantic ferocious albino ape. I dunno.  It's an interesting choice for an NPC in Frostgrave.  I can't really knock it.  I've played hundreds of RPG's, rocked more hours than I care to admit rolling dice fighting fantastical creatures whether it be via D&D or miniatures, but I can't ever recall fighting an albino ape.  I think the only other reference to them I've ever seen was in the movie Congo back in the late 90's.  Either way, it put a grin on my face.  Here's the model I painted up.

I tried to follow examples from Northstar that I saw.  I think he turned out good.  Sure, I could've gave him a bare butt, but that would've been too funny.  I mean, it's already hilarious to think of a gigantic albino ape running on the board and dry humping one of your guys.  Either way, it made me laugh and was a fun model to paint.