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.

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. 

http://blackhandpainting.blogspot.co.uk/2015/08/teachers-pet.html?m=1
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 🙂

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:

Morats

Morats

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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

Pete.

Sadly no painting time :( but a Xmas idea if you have kids (or brothers/sisters/nephews/nieces etc)

Have really struggled to make any progress on the painting front for the last couple of weeks. Work is really busy and in between that and family stuff have just not had any time.

What little hobby time I have had has been spent cleaning up and putting together some Mantic Dreadball stuff. Reason for this distraction from my Infinity stuff is explained below.

I have a mountain of plastic from the Kickstarter earlier this year with a number of teams to put together and get painted. I love Mantic and their games but a little disappointed with the cleanup required now I have looked at in detail. However with December only round the corner I had an idea. We have a Santa shaped ones with 24 little drawers for our son and daughter. I have decided to put the robot team together for my 10year old son and use them as gifts for the advent calendar. Overall I have about 12 -15 models including the prone model so I came up with the idea of sticking the built and primed models in the drawers interspersed with some chocolates. By Xmas he’ll have a Dreadball team of his own full and I can drop a few paints and brushes into his stocking for the big day so we can get painting and a few games in over Xmas.

It’s a bit of distraction from my Infinity painting which I was really hoping to have done well before Xmas to get some games of that in as well but I’ve obviously got a deadline of the 1st Dec for the Dreadball team to get it in the advent calendar so will be back on the Morats soon (it’s a personal thing but really don’t like playing with unpainted stuff if I can help it). Also have a ton of the mdf scenery to build that I got for my birthday (a mix of http://www.Warmill.co.uk and Microarts stuff).

Will get some pics of the robots up once done before they find there way into the little drawers just so we have a record of before and after my son has a a go at painting them.

Also expect to receive my copy of Allesio Cavatore’s Loka soon from that Kickstarter and looking forward to having a go with the airbrush to do some simple colour schemes on each of the elemental factions. Was planning on having a go at a basic xenethal highlighting technique and maybe a wash in base green red yellow and blue colours for each faction

Have a load of other KS stuff that should be coming so hope to have a good Xmas! Not that I really need any more hobby stuff to build or paint- at least that’s what my wife says 😉

Only other thing painting wise to talk about is I treated myself to a days NMM painting class with Golem Painting Studio on 30th Nov. if you haven’t heard of them Golem are the studio that painted a lot of the studio Mantic stuff amongst others games systems/companies. I had done one to one tuition with Tommie Soule, their main man back in January that I wrote about not long after starting my blog and I had a great time and learned loads (the pistol wraith you can see in earlier blog from Jan was the result of that session) so really looking forward to this and learning some new skills. Hope to be able to put them into practice finishing off the Morats!
If you want to check out some of the Golem teams stuff for yourself take a look here: Golem website
Will hopefully have a write up of my day and some pics up not long after 30th.

Sorry no other news or pics just now but hope Dec will prove to be a better month painting wise. :$

Pete out!