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 🙂 

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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 .

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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:

http://mzmmm.blogspot.co.uk/?m=1

And here: 

http://www.puttyandpaint.com/megazord_man
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
Pete

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! 
Thanks
Pete

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!

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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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Aleph Wedding style link and Combined Army update…

Been a while since my last update as have just had no time to paint. Combination of busy work schedule and some family committments. Its one of those family commitments that provides me a somewhat tenuous link to my Aleph starter army painting.

Unfortunately I have not progressed any additional models for the Aleph but in the fluff a lot of the background is linked to ancient Indian culture. One of the reasons last couple of weekends and some evenings have been really busy is my cousin Zach was getting married to the lovely Kinali. On my Mum’s side of the family I have a load of Indian relatives. How can a british born English lad raised in London  have Indian roots? Its complicated but Mum was originally born in India in the 1940s and through her side of the family we have a history and a load of relatives. I love the food, culture and was spoilt by my Nan as a kid with a particular desert, gulab jamun. If you have never tried them given them a go they are delicious, especially with a little vanilla ice-cream. It was a fantastic wedding spread over a number of days to account for all the traditional stuff they had to do. It was a great time, so colourful, fun and full of joy and interesting traditions the whole family loved it. Congrats Zach and Kinali and I wish you many years of happiness together!

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Tenuous wargaming link complete. Onto the painting 😉

Have been slowly progressing the Malignos with Combi rifle from the starter box. As with the Charontid I have attempted to copy the box art/scheme.

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Airbrushed grey then white to get some pre-shading done and had already used a yellow glaze on the bottom half as you saw in the last photos. Continued this for the arms and went for a bluey grey for the leg and body armour. Not overly happy with the smoothness of this or the shading/highlights but its OK I think. Much happier withsome of the other bits. For the sword tried an experiment using a combo of really old style GW inks (blue and green) and I think this worked quite well, I am pretty pleased with it. for the shoulder pads, head and other greeny type elements (feet, hands) I used a combination of Secret weapon washes, baby poop (yes it is called that!) and stone with a little of GW green glaze. For the gun highighted up for a the preshaded grey and then did the blue gem like stones. I also experimented with the dayglo powders to get the blue glow effect from the gemstones and red around the sight. Was quite pleased with the result and really easy to do, but very effective. Also used a little of the green powder on the mask eye sockets.

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Will get some better pics once I have gloss varnished the gem stones.

Probably going to stop there with this guy for now and revisit at later to date in order to move on to the next model. Not sure if I’ll go with trying to get my tacbots done, try to copy Cappuccino Gaming’s Deva or Asura (check her blog for pics they are great http://cappuccinogaming.wordpress.com/2013/10/10/slow-to-update-slow-to-paint/ ) or stick with the Combined Army. Have four Morat Vanguard infantry (got an extra one for free from a demo game at Salute earlier this year) so may have a go at trying to batch/speed paint these and see how I get on as paint scheme on the box is all pretty much the same.

Have also done a little airbrushing of some Infinity style bases I intend to use for these guys but not finished yet.

Think thats it for now, until next time and remember, Aleph is watching….

 

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Some updates follow a go at NMM on the sword with the airbrush. Also highlighted hair with dark blue (light dry brush) and painted base.

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