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.


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 🙂













Festive update…. Not too much to report… Yet :-)

Hi all,
Sadly not finding the time to paint much lately due to some demanding work stuff. However did get up to Manchester for Golem Painting Studios NMM master class. The class was great and it’s always fun and interesting painting with Tommie. To be honest I struggled a little but it did re- enforce some of the techniques I had picked up in my one to one lesson with Tommie in Jan this year. I was going to do a write up of the NMM day but there is a great update on the Beasts of War website so will put a link to it below if you are interested in reading a bit more.

Golem Painting Studio NMM class review

The day wasn’t really about finishing a model and more about trying the techniques. The model supplied was a space marine and there is a pic of my attempt on one of the back panels at the end of the post.

Fortunately I have some time off over Christmas and new year so hoping to get some painting and games in. My son loved getting the Dreadball Robot team in his advent calendar. The MVP Firewall is in the 24th. He now has a full team and had started painting them up himself. Here are some pics of his 10 year old handiwork. Pics are not the best as grabbed on the phone but I think they look great and looking forward to getting some games in against my Sling-Ton Gunners Corporation team over the festive period.

Hoping to get some more Infinity stuff finished as well as get some scenery built and at least base coated with the airbrush. Got the Spartan Games building and towers kit. Looks really cool but a little complicated to put together, there’s loads of pieces! Will update you on how easy or not it was once I’ve had a go 🙂
Harrison’s robot Dreadball team ready for action:








Xmas Day update: took so long to post this actually have my pressies now. Amongst many other lovely stuff hobby wise I got Aleph Achilles model and some Rebots. Also some Bandua Games scenery. Enjoy the rest of the holidays everyone!

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 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!

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….