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.


She says the jungle… it just came alive and took him…

Bit of a cheat as painted this a couple of years ago as a gift for a friend but thought I would post it on my blog as at the time I was pretty pleased with it. Interesting to see if anyone thinks the more recent stuff is any better or about the same standard?
At the time we were playing some very house rules based 40k and my friend had created his own army by converting marines into a predator style race for the game. So I bought this and painted it up and put it on a hybrid display/gaming base for his birthday (the middle just lifts out so you can game with it)
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Also decided to make a start on the Morats next:
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Till next time, “Get to the chopper!”

Couldn’t help myself it’s one of my favourite films;)

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.

Here’s some pics.




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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 ) 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….


Combined Army Starter box continued…

Just a heads up this post is quite picture heavy.

So, after much messing about have finally got this looking to where I am reasonably happy with it. The photos make it look a little untidy in places but from a distance I am really pleased with it. Especially pleased with the gems and glow effect as have never painted these before. Thanks to Wurmwood for the advice on the yellow highlights I think it definitely helped the inner armour pop 😉
I know I could definitely spend more time on it but frankly I really want to move into something else. I still have to base him/her properly but looking to airbrush a whole load of bases in one go so will update the pics and show the finished model once I have done this.

I have really enjoyed this model and trying out techniques to try and improve my painting. However I have decided I spent way to long on this one if I want to get both Aleph and Combined Army starters done ready to play with. I think I just procrastinated too much and then kept trying little things which went wrong and I had to keep correcting to get him back to as good before. Also those £&@#^ vanes on his back kept breaking off despite using green stuff grrrr!

I also have a load of MDF scenery to build and paint as well. So whilst the painting side is a large part of the hobby for me and I am really concentrating on trying to improve I am changing my approach whilst still trying to improve. I will try to paint a little faster and get the basics done well on them all and then revisit each model in turn again to improve upon them.

This way hopefully I can get a pair of reasonable looking forces on the table to play with and then look to add more highlights, better blends etc but also get broader practice across different models and colour schemes etc.
I have the Penthesilea model which I really want to try and do my best job on as it is just such a great model. To be fair though I really love the sculpts and look of the Infinity aesthetic.
Here’s some finished (for now) pics of the Charontid.









Moving on to the Malignos with combo rifle next.


Thanks for looking. Please feel free to leave any advice, guidance or critique in the comments , be gentle I am a sensitive soul 😉

Combined army starter box

As I may have mentioned previously I find it hard to stay focused on one project and my hobby area is awash with multiple mini’s and other stuff I’ve started. However my current goal is to get my Aleph and Combined Army starter boxes finished so I can have a game of Infinity with my son to get used to the rules. Hopefully it also gives me a chance, given there’s only a handful of figures per side, to actually get something finished!!

Anyhow I digress here is a Combined army Charontid with Plasma Rifle. Made a start on the base coats. Purple still needs some work. It’s coming out a bit chalky so I am thinking of repainting the purple dark to light grey and trying a purple wash instead. Also on the box art the little elder like hemes and eyes are glowing with a bit of object source lighting.

My order of day glow pigments from Forged Monkey have turned up so I may give these a go to see how it comes out. Take a look at these forum post on Dakka Dakka and Beasts of War websites to see what I’m talking about.

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BoW post

Massive voodoo pigment tutorial

Link to forged monkey site. They took a little while to come but not too long considering they came from out of the country.
Forged Monkey Dayglow pigments

Here’s some pics of progress so far.



Some bigger pics as requested Ellie, never sure what size to use with WordPress as don’t want to clog up people’s bandwidth.




Added some new pics. Have lined in the armour plates to get done separation, covered over the “chalky” purple read to redo the purple again. Also tried to blend the grey a little better (not sure it has made much difference). Still got the purple, green gems and highlighting to do.





Oh and also had to re-glue one of the spiky bits on his back and repaint around it grrrrr! Have also just put a Matt varnish on (after these pics) as I keep scraping paint off as I handled the model.

Painting weekend at Golem Paint Studios

Just wanted to say a few words about a recent weekend trip to Manchester to have some one on one painting tuition with Golem Painting Studio’s Tommie Soule.
I had a fantastic weekend with the Golem guys, and Tommie was a great host. Tommie has a really relaxed teaching style and went to great lengths to tailor the weekend to me personally. I was asked to send some pics ahead of time and to bring some stuff I had painted so Tommie could see the level I was at. I also took along some specific models to work on. First of all Tommie just asked me to start painting to see how I would go about things and watched closely to make specific recommendations. Every time there were a few things to mention he stopped me, explained clearly how to change things and why and made sure I understood the concepts and could then go back and execute them. I use the word concepts and they are but Tommie’s style and philosophy is all about keeping things simple.
I wont go into everything here but from holding the brush, holding the model, applying the paint, holding moisture in the brush well (a real painters term! 😉 using the palette, testing the stokes before applying them and tons more.
In addition to the actual painting it was great to have the opportunity to talk to some of the other Golem guys and would like to put a shout out to Gary, Mark (who I had previously met at the Mantic open day) and Luke for making me feel welcome and some general gaming chit chat throughout my time in the studio. They even went out of their way to take me to the Friendly local gaming store on the Saturday night to try and get some games in but unfortunately it was closed.
I learned loads and realise that everyone will have different goals and be at different levels but I wouldn’t hesitate in recommending some time with Tommie and Golem as his style of teaching and skill will have something to offer the novice or the expert and I will definitely be back for more. Thanks for a great weekend guys and looking forward to applying what I have learned.
Ended up spending a fair bit of time on this Cryx pistol wraith to practice the techniques Tommie was passing on. Was really pleased with the result, but better still now know how I can look to improve it! Thanks Tommie!




Link to Golem’s website below. If you are thinking of having some tuition, or want to get something painted would definitely give them a shout.