A surprisingly quick update

My son has been going to a strategy gaming club since starting secondary school. He wanted to play Eldar and fortunately I have a few thousand points! He has a school tournie coming up and has designed his own 750pt army. As a result he needed a Farseer on jetbike(which he got for Xmas. I’ll post the Farseer when he has finished it,  and I took on the jetbike for him as an opportunity to use my Anarchy Models dragon scales stencils. 

 Farseer in bike was new, wave serpent old and re-painted. Used combo airbrush, anarchy models stencils and some brushwork. Pretty pleased with how they came out and got to paInt with my 12yo son, good times, what better way to spend a Sunday 🙂 

Better late than never ;)

Been a long time between posts and for that I have no excuse really other than real life and not enough time.

I have realised trying to actually write stuff and also keep up to date with building, painting, hopefully playing (need to do more of this!) and actually being a Dad, Husband, Brother, Son etc is simply not something I can seriously devote time to (no surprise there if anyone actually does stumble across this and they look at the frequency of posts) so I expect the posts to still be pretty sporadic this year.

However I do intend to still post some pics and minor updates based on the the painting stuff I complete, for myself more than anyone else really so I can see how stuff hopefully progresses over time (and if it actually improves by some miracle!)

I am determined that this year I do put more time in on the painting side to try and genuinely improve my skills and actually practice far more. So far, with the exception of of couple of days I have managed to keep my promise to myself to try and paint at least 30mins a day. Lets see how long I can keep that up :$

Had a go at some NMM but it was horrible so going to focus more on my core skills first.

Whilst all that is going on I also want to try and getting some games in and have tried to instigate a regular night once a week. It doesn’t always work out due to work but am hoping it will be better knowing its pencilled in on a regular day.

Looks like the Dust Kickstarter debacle may actually sort itself out now  so hoping to eventually receive the rest of my outstanding stuff. Have played a couple of small Dust Tactics games with a friend (don’t have enough stuff for bigger due to afore mentioned KS) and they were fun and enjoyable so looking forward to being able to get some more games in once the rest of the stuff shows up.

Now I had intended for Infinity to be my primary game of choice with Dust as a nice alternative (as models mostly come sort of built/primed). However recently in addition some KS stuff that arrived (see below) I have also bought into the Frostgrave stuff (fantasy skirmish) and I really like the look of it. Have ordered a snow gaming mat and will add it to the big to do pile.  So together with the Dungeon Saga stuff from Mantic I may actually have a use for all that fantasy stuff I picked up from the original Reaper Bones KS ages ago.

Too many super looking games now and not enough time to build, paint play them all…. too easily distracted that’s my problem. Really does seem there is so much choice now and with board game style games like Dreadball, Dungeon Saga, Zombiecide and the like seems to be a really cool time to be a miniature games hobbyist. I know I’m unlikely to resist backing the new Walking Dead game from Mantic when that comes to KS as that is my favourite show on TV right now.

Talking of Kickstarters I have had the Mantic KoW stuff arrive, also the Dungeon Saga boardgame/roleplaying hybrid. Loads of cool stuff in that and have played through the intro scenarios with my wife, son and daughter. Definitely evokes memories of Gauntlet with the Wizard, Elf, Barbarian and Dwarf fighting it out with the  denizens of the deep. Sort of took me back to my old D&D days and I guess that was what I liked about it in the first place and an opportunity to potentially do some “lite” roleplaying with the kids.

I now have two friends and my son interested in playing Infinity and one of these has also invested in a number of cool KS  games such as Myth and Mercs and Dreadball Extreme. Really enjoyed Dreadball Extreme, so much my son got it for Xmas so also hopefully going to get a Dreadball Extreme league going this year.

So to finish off and show the output of my January painting spree here are some pics of the stuff that comes in the Dreadball Extreme box that my son got for Xmas and I have painted up.

I have to apologise in advance given my objectives mentioned at the start of this update though that I have to hold my hands up and say I have tried to speed-paint  these to get them done in order to play with them (rather than do a great job). All the models are one piece and have to say in the end given they are playing pieces and  I really didn’t clean them up all that well  and the paint jobs are a bit messy but functional from a distance and I am relatively pleased with them. Painted them using a combination of the airbrush for the main base-coat colours (for speed) and then touched up, washed and highlighted with a brush.

I also did enjoy weathering up all the scenery, crates and scoring posts and this was done with some Mig Chipping Set for Mechas (really bought for Dust models) and  Model Mates Rust effect  – both highly recommended and pleased with the results. I probably went a bit over the top but I think they came out looking cool considering it all supposed to be an underground/illegal gaming style game. Anyway here are the pics.



Also I had some problems with an Army Painter primer (left a textured effect on the minis) and some varnish issues that caused me to repaint the Kalyshi (blue ladies team). With regards to the textured finish of the primer (it was the Skeleton Bone one) I thought this ended up looking cool on the Convict team’s Sponsor’s blue suit as it ultimately gave it a velvet looking feel I thought but not so good on the other stuff. Also up close it doesn’t look great but I wasn’t going to strip and redo them.  As they are gaming pieces I just had to make the best of it I could.

I know I could do better but I want to get back to my Infinity stuff and doing as good a job as I can on those. I have now built ALL of my Aleph models and just now need to get them painted. Unfortunately still not even looked at the PanO and Nomads stuff that came with IceStorm and the additional models I picked up to take both armies up to 300+ points. First things first though my Aleph is calling…

That’s it for now, other than to say if you do stumble across this I hope you have a successful, happy and healthy 2016.

Is it a bird…no it’s a bit more painting :-)

Bit more work on the model kindly donated by John Keys this weekend. Decided to try and give him that sort of street “superhero” kickass movie  look.  Thought I’d nearly finished but then photos showed up all the bits I need to go back and tidy up! 

Still trying to put into practice John Keys Light to dark, dark to light advice from the WAMP workshop a few weeks back. Enjoying it so far and quite pleased with the progress but think the gloves could be better 🙂

Really pleased with the face though,  probably best one I’ve painted. Left profile needs a bit more work though and need to redo the left eye. Thanks to Scott Hockley for all the great flesh / skin painting advice at the recent WAMP workshop.

These Hasslefree minis are so characterful. Trying to get some practice in to improve and then back to the paint jobs on my Infinity backlog. Also wanted to get a bit more practice in before going back to that lovely Boudii from the workshop and trying to finish her off .

 Thanks for looking and happy painting 🙂    

WAMP Painting Workshop and more minis

If you don’t know, WAMP is an online forum focussed on mini painters . The quality of some of the stuff on there is fantastic. There is also an online store.  I recently backed a Kickstarter they ran to introduce a new brush line. They have partnered with Rosemary & Co (paint brush co here in the UK) to bring about a new set of brushes for mini painters. I backed for the brushes but also for a weekend workshop with Scott Hockley and John Keys. Google them to see there stuff on Cool mini and other sites or check out their blogs :

Scott’s is here: Black Hand Painting blog

And John’s here:
The Miniature Madness of Megazord Man
So a couple of weekends ago I was really fortunate to be at the WAMP workshop. It was really inspiring, with some great tips and training from John Keys and Scott Hockley as well as great company of the other attendees (whilst painting and out in the evening!) . Awesome to see others work up close and personal. Had a great time and below is some WiP  of the lovely model we worked on over the two days (Steampunk Boudee I think it’s called) and also a practice Hasslefree model generously donated by John just prior to the workshop that I am continuing to practice some of the techniques he showed us. 

I was really fortunate to meet up with John personally just before the WAMP workshop as well and continuing to practice the techniques he demonstrated. I have had mixed results so far (blending always an issue for me) but at least I know what to attempt to do now! I have been working on the technique of blending on the model and light to dark approach John showed me. Hoping to also try out and practice Scott Hockley’s skin technique once I can get the trousers right! Quite a way still to go but enjoying it 🙂 

 Bye for now and thanks to Brett Darklord on the WAMP site for organising it and everyone else for making it such a great and fun weekend. 

Here’s the concept art for the mini we worked on at the workshop.    
And here’s a pic of my effort during the workshop . Still a WIP obviously. 

Check out Scott’s blog for his finished version he brought along to the workshop – beautifully done. 

Also here’s some pics of me practicing some of John’s techniques he taught us as well on a mini he kindly donated . 

Practicing the blending on the model and the light to dark contrast on the shirt and trousers. Still lots more practice needed to make those transitions smoother!   

That’s it for now folks. Keep well and may your paint always be moist 🙂

The Painting Continues

Here’s some more pics of the scheme I’ve been practicing for a potential future Steel Phalanx force. Used some Original Reaper Bones kickstarted figures to practice on. Overall happy with the tabletop quality they have come out, have decided I really do want to get better  at painting and to that end trying  to get a more regular painting regime sorted. 

So here are some pics : 

I can now see how I could make improvements but will park them for now. Intending to proxy them as Mymidons for my games at home to see how I get on first and then maybe pick the box set up. I have the Steel Phalanx starter and a few of the hero models so will come up with a list and give them a spin.

Also really looking forward to a painting weekend workshop I’ve got coming up soon through the WAMP kickstarter I recently backed. Brushes are awesome but really looking forward to the workshop. 

Was also really fortunate to meet up with one of the guys who will be running one of the painting days classes as found out we live real close to each other. His name is John Keys, awesome painter and great guy who gave up his own time to come and just help me out and give me some tips. Cheers again John! You can check out some of his stuff here:


And here: 

Hoping to get some more regular updates & more WiP type shots  up now to encourage me to keep up my practice regime. However said that before and failed so let’s see if I can be more successful this time. :$

Also got in a couple more games of Infinity and really enjoying it. Haven’t moved on to ITS missions but using the YAMS cards from Wargaming Trader and definitely adds to the fun. Once we get a few more games under our belts may give the ITS ones, classified objectives  a go. 

Happy gaming & hobbying and hope to get another update up next week and maybe a post about the WAMP painting weekend the week after. 
All the best

Painting again! 

Been a while but been very very slowly getting some painting done. Have been playing a few games of Infinity N3 and so gradually working through my Aleph stuff. Nothing completely finished yet but here’s what I’m working on . Nothing finished but lots on the table! 
Also been working on getting my backlog of scenery but but I’ll save that for another post! 

Combined Army Painting updates…

Hi All,

Sorry long time no post! Have been really busy at work and just havent really had much time to paint or game for a while but have managed a little progress. So here’s a short update.

Have finished off the Morats and Witch soldier. There is some more I could do to them but going to move on for now and come back to them later. Just basing to do. Can’t believe the new ones are out now and look really great, but it serves me right for taking a year to paint 5 models!

Morat pics:



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Daturazi Witch Soldier

Daturazi Witch Soldier

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Attempt at some OSL from the dagger

Attempt at some OSL from the dagger











Shasvastii Noctifier with Spitfire:

Shasvatii Noctifier Spitfire

Shasvatii Noctifier Spitfire

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Used Anarchy Models Hex stencil to do inside of cloak

Used Anarchy Models Hex stencil to do inside of cloak

As mentioned above have used Anarchy Models hex stencil to achieve the hex effect pattern with the airbrush  on the inside of the cloak. This was a Kickstarter I backed a while ago and i recently attended a days airbrushing course with Brian, the guy behind the KS and Anarchy Models. It was a great day, I learned alot and got to play around with the stencils which gave me the confidence to attempt this. Going to try something similar on my Aleph rebots I think. I was surprised how well it turned out as I did not really expect it to work so well on standard 28mm smaller models. Really pleased with the Shasvastii. Just need to finish of his gun.

Also I took along some stuff to practice with on the day and used this Eldar bike to have a go with some digital camo style stencils. The effect is amazingly easy to achieve using the stencils. I was really impressed. I stuffed up looking to lighten the nose cone bit at the front but you get the idea.

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Eldar bike using Digi Camo stencil

Eldar bike using Digi Camo stencil

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You can check out the stencils and what you can do with them yourself by taking a look at Anarchy Models Youtube channel. http://www.youtube.com/user/AnarchyModels/videos

Highly recommend them.

Thats it for now, looking forward to Salute on Saturday and will try to remember to get some pics of the great boards, scenery and other shenanigans. Also only the Shrouded with Sniper rifle left and Combined Army models I own will be done and will get back onto my Aleph (assuming of course I don’t pick up anything shiny at Salute!

One last nugget you may be interested in if you have a smarthphone/device. I was looking on the app store for mini painting related apps and came across two.

Mpainter (£6.99) & Paintmyminis (£1.99).  The apps basically let you record your various colour schemes, mixes, painting diary/progress so you don’t forget that particular painting combo if you want to repeat it further down the line. Both seem quite similar  but have there own features etc. Both also include a number of the main paint brands already built in such as Vallejo, Citadel, P3 etc as well as add your own manually so its simply a case of selecting your colours/quantities etc and noting what you painted. I haven’t used either myself but intended to give them a spin.

The reason for highlighting it here was that I contacted both developers to ask about the products and if they were adding Army Painters range of paints/inks/washes/primers and some other potential features. Both came back to me really quickly and advised updates etc will be ongoing and welcomed contact/feedback and ideas for improvements.

However the great thing is the Mpainter developer mentioned if I hadnt bought it yet to hold on as he is going to make it Free very soon as it was never really the intention to make it a  paid or app in the long term. It was putting something back into the painting community. How cool is that!! So if you are interested check it out at MPainter.com or the Apple App store,/Google Play,  just search for MPainter and it should be free to download soon. I’ll definitely pick it up then and will try and do a quick review once I have had a chance to put it use.

As always thanks for looking and if you going to Salute, have a great time!

All the best


Gaming Thoughts – The many ways to play Infinity

This is a great overview from another blog I follow from Leeman who does done great posts about gaming and painting. Really provides a good steer for new players and the different sort of missions and gaming styles. A worthy read so head on over to Leeman’s blog for the full Monty!


With the recent surge of interest in Infinity in my local area and in the #warmongers movement on Twitter lately, I figured I’d discuss some of the many ways that people can play Infinity.

Back in August last year, my regular opponent, friend and painter-extraordinaire Darren gave his thoughts about some of the different ways there are to play Infinity. Since it’s been about 6 months since he wrote that article, we’ve had a bit more experience, and I thought I’d expand a little on his thoughts.

First of all, let me just state that there is certainly no right or wrong way to go about playing Infinity, and different groups of players will have different viewpoints on this matter, but this is how myself, Darren and our other regular opponent Adam have all come to really enjoy playing the game and not get bored of it.

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What do a Dwarven Brewhouse, Morats and a Shasvastii Noctifier have in common – not much except my blog!

Hi All,

Long time no post again  but I have been finding a little bit of time to do some painting.

First things first though and in response to reading a great post by DaggerandBrush on his dwarfs and dungeon ale repository, (check it out here, http://wordpress.com/read/post/id/61345766/197/ ) I said I would put up some pics of a Dwarven Brewhouse I started but have not yet finished, so here it is and a short interlude of how it came about. 

It came about as it was one of the GW Terrain building days they hold up at Warhammer World. Was a couple of years ago now. I had done the Realm of Battle board one and that was really good. As with most things GW it was a bit pricey but everything you needed was provided – Its scratch built using a number of their scenery and model kits such as towers, dwarf cannons and even parts of the Anvil of Doom, so although pricey for a single day, overall it was reasonable in terms of the kits you got to chop up and the hobby advice from guys who do this for a job for 7 hours, Oh and it included lunch in Bugmans ImageImage

It did involve some non GW bits such as the poly half spheres, cardboard, sticks for scratch barrels, wire and brass rod, paper and non GW super-glue!  I was quite impressed with the setup. They put us in one of the big well lit meeting rooms, there were about 10 tables with a couple of us on each table with out box of bits. It was hosted and done by a couple of the guys who buiild all the terrain at Warhammer World. There was a projector at the front and a massive screen so we could all clearly see the various steps of the build as they walked us through it.
Overall it was a fun day out, got to chat with other hobbyists which is always great and picked up a few tips from the GW guys too. Anyway enough of the waffle, what does it look like. As I say I still haven’t actually finished it but here it is.



So thanks DaggerandBrush, you inspired me to dig it back out and hopefully get it finished and painted up.


Onto the Infinity stuff, which to be honest is what I really want to get done first. I have made some progress on the Morats and the Daturazi Witch Soldier. I also have also made a start on the Shasvastii Noctifier with Spitfire. As regular readers will know I fined it difficult to stay focussed! I have been trying to replicate more or less the studio scheme on the boxart. I say more or less as clearly it was never going to be that good, but did give me a reference to work from.

They are not yet finished, can’t decide what colour to go with on their back armour. I have found a few pics from searching the net but think i will end up sticking with some sort of blue-grey to tone in with the blue armour on their arms.

This brings me onto another challenge I have had. I have been experimenting, trying to get/replicate that cool NMM sort of relfective style they have on the blue armour on their arms, etc and failed miserably. I had recently attended the Golem NMM class so have the theory and the class was great but applying it has been a major challenge, which if I’m honest seems beyond me right now. Trying to get a smooth blend has just been a nightmare and I really just gave up. I think I need to practice on something I just don’t really care about to try and get the technique down a little better asI was not happy with the results and have ended up just doing redoing it with a gradual blue highlight with some “white” extreme highlights. It looks OK but OK was not really what i was after, nevermind.

Overall they are coming along OK, if slowly, but do need more work. I do still need to do the gems, guns, holsters, hair and some final highligths and touch ups to correct errors. Not much then….

Anyhow, here’s what they look like currently….



Lastly I have the Shasvastii Noctifier with Spitfire. Previous readers will know I find it hard to stay focussed on one thing!

I decided to have a go with the airbrush to see if I could get some really nice well blended greens and some shadows and highlights. Seemed like the perfect model to try it on as I have tried to copy the card blister theme and this is pretty much light/dark greens on the skin and cloak. The cloak dominates so much I thought it would be worth a try. Not entirely happy with it but its OK for a first pass and good basecoat if nothing else.


I had glued him to the stone stairs base he came with but have decided to remove him as that does not fit with my scenery so have decided to mount him on a base that looks like he has just climbed out of a manhole cover instead. Seems to fit well with his “perching” stance.

That’s it for now folks, hopefully the next post will see those Morats done, at least for now. If I can get the Noctifier (above) done that leaves me just the Shrouded with Multi-Sniper rifle to get done and that will be all the Combined Army stuff and can get back to the Aleph!!

Thanks all and any/all feedback advice greatfully received. I have personally found the really nice people here (you know who you are) a real motivation to keep painting and posting so thanks everyone!

PS Wurmood/Leeman – any ideas for getting that plastic/kevlar armour plates right 😉



Build it and they will come!

Hello everyone and Happy New Year to you all!

Hope Santa brought you all you wished for.

That’s enough of that as I realise I’m a bit late given its 7th January so apologies for a distinct lack of updates.

On to this update and reason for the title of this post. I had said I was hoping to get some games, painting and building done over the holidays so how did I do?

Well on the gaming front I’d score myself a 3/5.
Building 4/5 (largely due to coercing my wife to help out 🙂
Painting 1/5 😦

I played a few games just not a whole lot of wargaming ones.

Harrison, my 10yo son put his Dreadball robot team to good use and beat me twice- lol (see previous post for an interesting idea for advent calendars if you have younger ones in your household or family/friends circle and they like models. You can also see Harrison’s paint job I think he did great!)

Also enjoyed some games of Loka which arrived from the Kickstarter in time to be Xmas Pressie. The models are fantastic and I’m going to have to put some paint on them but only after I finish my Infinity stuff. But I digress…
Loka was really fun and got my wife and Harrison’s older sister playing with minis too! I think it is a good introduction game for wargaming concepts for friends and family who are perhaps curious about our somewhat “special” hobby and most people get the concept of chess even if they don’t know how all the pieces move. It was great as you could add on the more wargaming type rules like dice, scenery and special rules as you want so you can make it as close or different to chess as you become more confident with the rules.

Also enjoyed a few other boardgames we picked up such as Zombies, Pandemic, Settlers of Catan, Carcasonne and of course Munchkin! As an old school D&D player from the eighties I just love that game.
Had a game of something called cards against humanity on New Years Eve with some friends. It was a great laugh but if your easily offended don’t look it up as some of the stuff is pretty raw. You can actually download a .pdf and print the cards for free yourself if you want to. I was genuinely spitting beer at some of the stuff that cane out it was so funny but some of the other things did get sharp in takes of breath from some of the more sensitive, or less lubricated souls round the table. But as I say it horses for courses. Definitely not one to play with Mum and Dad, not mine anyway 😉

All of which were really great but I will do a post about them another time if anyone is interested.

On the wargaming side, not counting Loka 😉 I did also get two very small basic starter rules Infinity games in with my son and a friend with just 5 models a side, see table pics showing off some of my new scenery later for what we played across (will be awesome when it’s all painted!)

We all really loved it so have downloaded all the missions, created an account on the forum and determined to get my scenery and models painted. My friend is actually considering picking up another faction so that will be great.

On the building front as I said think I have to give myself a 4/5. I didn’t quite get everything built but most of it is done.

Some of it like the Microarts advertising hoardings I am going to have to paint before gluing together and the same for the Bandua walls. However all the Spartan Games stuff, my Microarts 3 story building, Warmill stronghold and pod with walkways and my new Bandua industrial ramps and walkways all done. I have one Microarts L shaped large building to do and said advertising boards. All of it just needs painting now so I should get some airbrush practice in! Have to say out of all of it the Warmill pod and walls was the hardest to put together and had to unstick a few bits as I realised I had built it incorrectly. Just be aware the walls and pod are separate but you can get them in the same pack ax I did so don’t stick the stairs on the from of the pod! It does does look great finished though. I must say my favourite of the stuff I have in terms of look, materials and how it goes together was the Spartan Towers set. I love the way the walls slide out and don’t need to be glued but are firm when in place the the modular nature of it. You can create loads of cool layouts and looking forward to getting it all painted. I would definitely recommend their stuff if you haven’t come across it before.

Which brings me to painting which unfortunately is the bit I am really interested in improving in but have spent least time on so only giving myself 1/5

I have basecoated the some of the Bandua buildings and the Microarts resin walls. The only actual things I finished painting were the Microarts resin boxes/barriers. Had a go with the airbrush and you can see them in some of the pics below. Not brilliant but I’m happy with them as it was quite quick to do and the pre-shading with just grey undercoat, then white highlights and transparent paint is quite effective. Let me know what you think?

On the model front I got Achilles for my Aleph for Xmas but not the Steel Phalanx starter to go with him. I have promised it to myself but will only pick it up once I have finished painting the Infinity models I already have.

Think that’s enough rambling from me for now so thanks for looking/reading if you do and I hope you all have a prosperous and healthy 2014 filled with lots of games and painting and anything else that brings you and those important to you happiness and fulfilment in the coming year!

All the best

The Crispy One 🙂