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.


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, ) 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 😉