Thursday, November 27, 2008
Sunday, October 19, 2008
Saturday, October 18, 2008
Thursday, October 16, 2008
My newest project, the High Elves. These are from the WHFB 4th edition box. I've had them since late June, 1996. 12 years later and I'm painting them. Oi vey! But I'm really enjoying it, I like the 4th edition High Elf range, exceedingly. Actually, GW haven't made a decent spearelf or archer figure since. It's been all poncey dancing fools with bad hair, and I just don't get the joke. But that's because I read the 4th edition High Elf Army Book I suppose.
These were primed black. Tin Bitz was then overbrushed on the armor, followed by a drybrush of boltgun metal. Then a coat of Tri Art Yellow Oxide on the cloth, and a coat of GW Foundation Mechrite Red on the spear and leather hauberk. Then PP Skorne Red over the Mechrite Red, and Reaper's Linen White on the cloth.
That's how far I've got to the present.
There are a couple of metal spearelfs in the ones I have worked on shown in the picture below. I painted them in 1997, and IIRC I used mithril silver on a white base coat. So I'm going to be trying a few washes on them.
Monday, October 13, 2008
Secondly, my next project...yes, it's back to painting GW Terminators. I kind of miss the little buggers, and I can't bear to look at them in their current form any longer. I painted up 10 of them a couple of years ago and then traded them away...pictures of those miniatures are to be found in an earlier entry.
And, to explain a bit about where I'm coming from, what got me thinking about these terminators was the free Black Reach terminator with a recent White Dwarf. Here it is, built, primed black with some gesso and then just roughly overbrushed with a coat of old Citadel Vermin fur or something.
Which brings me to my daydreaming...I left off the GW hobby, as they call it, at the end of 2006. However, since I've moved to the outharbours of my fair province, GW has got me back a bit, mainly because of the fact that the only thing I can buy here that has any connection with my hobby interests is White Dwarf. And you know, that magazine has improved enormously. I'm not going to wax on about it ad nauseum. The bottom line is that they have changed the balance of the White Dwarf from advertising rag to hobby magazine. And GW's prices are going down for Canadians at the same time as they have almost revolutionized the quality of their models, and apparently made some relatively positive improvements in their rules. Anyways, the long and short of it is that I am so inspired by the new Vampire Counts, Chaos demons and the Chaos Warriors armies that I am going to get my OOP High Elves out and try to do something fine with them. It means coming full circle in a sense as the High Elves were the first army I acquired when I got into wargaming again in 1996.
Sunday, October 5, 2008
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Maybe it's in the blood? ;-)
I had originally planned on selling off various Rackham metals I collected back in the day of second edition Confrontation and the original Rag'Narok. Rackham is trying to rebrand these metals now as "Legends" and to sell them at an even higher price point then it used to before it lost its way, but this will probably only work if it has a monopoly on the North Korean toy market. I saw virtually the full range of Rackham metals on sale at 50% off at GenCon, and you can find them on the internet at 75% off. What a sad disaster it has all been.
Now back to the idea of selling my painted armies. As so many others have done before me, I went a bit overboard with the Privateer Press miniatures, and even after ridding myself of almost $600 worth (MSRP) of NIB stuff over the past few days, I still have an awful lot of NIB and painted stuff on hand. The thing is that I actually have no one to play a game with where I reside these days, and even if I did, I have come to realize that I really don't need everything I have. I'm a short step, therefore, from realizing I don't want anything that I have.
I've purchased a lot of choices that I don't really want...is it our daydreaming that bankrupts us? I always thought that daydreams were harmless.
What I might do then, is just to sit down and figure out a few core army lists, and then sell the rest. That's a choice, isn't it?
Sunday, September 7, 2008
In other news I am painting away at the EIR. I am doing the mass painting thing, all 200 plus foot at the same time. At a certain point I will divide everything up into units and then finish them as such. There will come a time then that I shall be posting completed units fairly quickly, but that time is a ways away yet. What to do about the shields doth perplex me. I'd like to hand-paint them, but it's not realistic to do that, so I'll probably get Little Big Man transfers I expect.
Thursday, September 4, 2008
Monday, September 1, 2008
This is a game of Warmachine/Hordes using the Tour of Duty format. It's very similar to the old GW Carnage scenario, and in some ways is more fun than Carnage just due to the rich variety of rules associated with Warmachine and the smaller number of models, which gives space to move about and try a few things. I am playing Vlad, Joe W. ("Minidragon" on the PP forums) is playing Sorscha, Joe's friend is playing Mortenebra and my buddy Ken is playing a Trollblood army provided by Joe. Great fun, and a nice table provided by PP. Many thanks to the umpire, "Polar Bear" on the PP forums.
This is another view of Minidragon's army. I actually thought his Khador army was the nicest one I saw at GenCon.
This are three of Minidragon's infantry. The bareheaded Sergeant is an excellent conversion.
This is Minidragon's army on view before the HardCore tournament. I think the Manhunter's head is a superior conversion.
This is Minidragon's Kovnik Joe. Brilliant job. And note the converted Mechanik in the background. Small details like this make all the difference.
This Skorne Titan is excellent. The guy who owned him played with a Skorne sashimono faithfully attached to his back throughout his games.
The Skorne player also showed me his Carvivean for his forthcoming Legion army. Sweet.
Another view of the Carvivean.
And I did recently observe this person driving down the road near my house:
So I don't think war gaming is that bad at all.
Saturday, August 30, 2008
During my honeymoon in 2004 I ended up in the little storefront of Mirliton in the little town of Tavarnuzze, just outside of Firenze. These are some of the things I saw there.
Northern wars...beautiful vignette
Another view of the Rus
Caroccio at 15mm scale
Teutonics at 15mm - I purchased these. I could not help myself.
Caroccio at 25mm scale.- I picked this up too. I was helpless.
Another view of the Caroccio vignette
Another view of the Caroccio vignette. The box comes with only 4 of the oxen so you should pick up another pair from Mirliton.
Scotland Forever - The Scots Greys at Waterloo. Wow!