Friday, 3 January 2014

4 Points of SAGA Vikings Painted and Based.

Hi All,

First off I hope you all had a good Christmas and your New Year so far is a success. Well I have finally finished my Vikings for the SAGA campaign I will take part in, well 4 points worth any way. I still have another 2 points to paint, and a special Warlord for the big games battles we will do.

The models are from Gripping Beasts, and even though there is not a lot of detail on them once painted they look really good, and to be honest they don't need a lot of detail. The only model I felt that needed more detail is the Warlord but that's just my opinion. The models that have the shield's molded onto them do have terrible flash that has to be cleaned away first, but apart from that they are very clean cast models.

I tried to keep the colors quite dull and plain but also give the models some individuality, which I feel I achieved quite well. All in all I think they look really good and I am very pleased with how they turned out. The shields have had transfers placed on them, which was not as fiddly as you think it would be. These transfers are also from Gripping Beast and uses a very interesting method of placement. First the area you are applying the transfer needs to be painted white and left to dry. Cut out the transfer and peel of a plastic protective cover which reveals a sticky side of the transfer. This is then placed on the shield sticky side down, the transfer paper is then moistened with water and a brush and transfer pushed into desired place. The paper is then removed revealing the transfer as you see in the pictures.

I like to see what you think, and I hope you enjoy the pics.

Sunday, 22 December 2013

Some More Pictures

Hi All,

I have had to use my phone because when I went to use the digital camera for the first time in months, I found it did not want to switch on. It would not take a charge or anything so I think its kaput, and the store we got it from with the extra protection went bust some time ago, so all policy's taken out with them became null and void.

The first lot of pictures are of the Swedish infantry again but a little closer so you can see them better, but also on movement trays. I got fed up trying to move the block as a whole and having the pikes stick in my fingers and hands, because I can tell you they are sharp and hurt lots. So I purchased a load of movement trays from who do all theirs in different sizes and in resin. also the sides are roughed up so you can paint them straight away and not using the Citadel Rough Paint. I added some static grass and grass clumps, and if I might say so myself i think they look pretty good and bring the whole unit together.

The next load of pictures is for a model I painted for a painted for a competition but entered something else instead. This mini comes from Empress Miniatures and is used in their Zulu range and is of Lt Chard from Rorke's Drift. This model can be used in a game from Warlord Games known as Black Powder which covers the Napoleonic Wars and early Victorian era. I really enjoyed painting the model and was surprised how quickly I painted it. I added a pith helmet which could be Chard's and an ammo crate behind him.

For now that's all but I will do another post showing the Vikings I have been painting for SAGA. Thanks for looking and let me know what you think.  

Saturday, 21 December 2013

Has it been that long?

Hi all,

I did not realise that it has been 8 months since my last post. So what have I been up to I hear you all ask. Well quite a bit really, I have been really busy with work which has gained me a promotion. Going to Canada for 6 weeks, course work, and various other things. I have also been busy with hobby work as well, but not my usual stuff. More on that in a minute.

First one of the reasons I kinda stopped blogging was I wanted to keep my Blog purely for 40k stuff and my Praetorians. But I have at the moment gone off GW but also my local Wargaming club does not really play 40k on a regular basis, so I started getting involved in different gaming systems such as Historical, and other Sci Fi games.

The main reason for going off GW is the sheer pace it is releasing new rules and miniatures, and the cost which I feel is spiralling out of control. Also the customer service which I feel has drastically declined this last year. Point in case the announcement that Warhammer World is no longer going to hold inter store competitions because it is not in the best interest of the company. But also how large stores that used to hold gaming nights and so on are now being closed for small one man stores, which is not big enough for gaming tables but is just there to sell. also how some large stores are now operating at reduced hours, and are more interested in selling rather entertaining and supporting the customer. I just feel that GW is going in a direction I do not like, but I will still carry on painting and building my Praetorian Army and at some point start playing again when I am ready and have a passion for it again. Rant over on that part.

So what have I been doing? I have been helping a member of my club who writes expansion rules sets for Warlord Games and a few of the other members in a Thirty Years War campaign which has been highly entertaining and all in all good fun. I have only had spend a few pounds on tokens and basing materials, as all the core rules and models have been supplied for free the only constraint being I have to build and paint the models, also make them available when we are ready to fight the next part of the campaign. I can't complain as I have got a full Army for no cost at all.

I have also started collecting and building two WW2 armies for a rule set called Battlegroup. They are in partnership with Plastic Soldier Company which do miniatures in 20mm or 28mm. I have gone for 20mm as I like the scale and there is a lot of companies that do good quality 20mm models. I have played a few games now and it is really a very good set of rules that makes you think about what your mission is and how you are going to achieve it. I have gone for WW2 as I enjoy that time in history and have always wanted to play games in this era.

I have also started collecting a Viking and Anglo Saxon army for SAGA which again is for a expansion set of rules, and again the core rules, tokens, dice, and models have been supplied for free, I just have to paint them. I have only played two games but have really enjoyed both games, and I'm really surprised at how simple the games is to play. I can also use the the same models for another game set in the same period.

Well that's all for now I will put some pictures up of what I have painted so that you can see what I have done. So this will be the theme for a little bit, more historical and steam punk rather than Praetorians. So I hope you will all still follow my Blog and still leave your comments.

I found these pictures of some stuff I have already painted for the Thirty Years Wars campaign. The first three pictures is of the main character for the Swedish Army known as Gustavus. The model is form Warlord Games and was painted for a friend of mine as he said my painting is better than his. The guy on the floor and fence is an addition by myself to give the model a bit more character. Fun model to paint and I'm really happy with how the horse turned out as I'm not very good at painting them.

The next two pictures is of one of the Swedish infantry blocks. The first picture is the pike block, and the second picture is one of the sleeves of musket men. I have not got round to painting the second sleeve yet, but when I do I will show you all a the work in progress pictures. These are known as the yellow regiment which will be followed by a second regiment, I will also have a Blue, Green, and Grey regiment. Again I'm really happy with how they turned out as I have never done block infantry before. I'm sorry that the pictures are not very good I will take some better ones once I have got the camera up and running again.


Friday, 12 April 2013

I'm Sorry Its Been So Long.


First off I must say sorry for not doing any post's for so long, I had not realised its been over 3 months. I have been really busy with course work, and other hobby adventures which I will explain below.

First off my new Hobby adventures. I have made a gradual move into the more historical side of gaming, this has mainly been down to the fact that my local gaming club have not been playing any 40k. So I have tried my hand at other games, mainly WW2, Vietnam, Napoleonic, and some Roman stuff. I spent a few weeks playing and testing new rules for a campaign for Hail Cesar which is by Warlord games, and really enjoyed it. So much that I have volunteered myself to take part in a 30 Years Wars campaign and to paint up some miniatures, which I get for free.

I have also started to collect 20mm German and Russian WW2 miniatures for a set of rules called Battlegroup Kursk, and at Salute next week will be picking up the Battlegroup Normandy rules so that I can start a British/American force. I did also help out a friend by painting a 28mm Anti Tank gun and crew for his  participation game, for the clubs annual wargaming show. Also I have joined the club's committee so that has taken up quite a bit of time as well.

Well all this change dose not mean I will be stopping my Praetorian Army or selling it, as I have not got the heart to get rid off it, plus I still have loads to paint for it. I just want a little break as I have been painting this army non stop for the last 6 to 7 years. But what I would like to know from you guy's is would you be interested in seeing what I am painting on this blog, or start a new one? I will still be painting models for my Praetorian Army but not at the rate I used to.

I have also found that I have in some way fallen out of love with GW, I just feel that they are not going in the right direction for me. What do I mean by this? Well they started off well with the release of 6th edition and some of the much needed change in the rules, and the adding of new rules to make the game more interesting. They then bring out the first of the new codex's which are hardback which I approve off and loads of new miniatures for the army's. Oh and the re-worked White Dwarf which I approve of as it was needed a long time ago. Then this is were I feel GW have gone wrong for me. They bring out the new Dark Angels with poses for some models going back to what they were producing in the late 80's early 90's, the star shaped pose as I call it. The flyer's really annoyed me, they took the little gunship and added wings, and some extra bits for a shrine which just make it look stupid. Then they go and do the same to the Land Speeder so that they can fit a shrine to it. I have not looked at the prices but it would not surprise me if GW are charging a little extra as well.

I feel so sorry for the Tau players who have waited so long for a new Codex. They bring out the new hardback book, great. But next to know new miniatures, a flyer and a new Battlesuit and some drones from what I can see. With all the advancements GW has made in plastic mouldings and Finecast I just feel that GW could have done a lot more.

Well that's all for now, please let me know what you think as I don't just want to let my blog die and loose contact with all the great people I have met along the way.

Sunday, 6 January 2013

New Year, New Me

First off I'm sorry I have not done any post's since the beginning of December but that is down to two thing's. First off I had to sort out the picture space and sort out the posts that had the pictures deleted, which is now done hopefully. The second is I have been really ill all over Christmas, to the point I have not got much painting done at all. Which has really annoyed me as I have had 5 weeks of work, and out of that I have only managed a week of painting.

Well in November I went up to Warhammer World and took part in their campaign weekend along with Col Winterbourne. I really enjoyed the weekend despite only winning one game, but at least I now know were my shortfall's are plus I need to sort out my poor dice throws. The Thunderbolt did great to the point it was the model that was keeping me in games by doing some damage. I would liked it to go up against another flyer to see how it does but overall it is a great model to have in any game. The other great thing that happened was myself and the good Col teamed up for the doubles but we also displayed our armies together  to see what they looked like. I must admit it brought a tear to my eye as the interest by other gamers and staff was awesome but the fact that there was around 6000 points of praetorian stiff upper lip goodness.

I painted and took a physker to the weekend, which did all right. I was surprised when people told me it was a really nicely painted model, when I feel it is not my best paint job.

Lastly I have been working on 3 Hellhounds at once, which I have quite enjoyed painting. Especially the new type as there is loads of scope for weathering, and it has helped with the new Forge World Painting Guide 2 I got for Christmas. It's not as good as the first I feel but there are some really cool new techniques I want to try. The Hellhounds have been painted the same as the rest of my vehicles and weathered in the same way as normal. So far they look really good and I can't wait to get them finished so I can move pack onto my other projects I started earlier.

Well that's it for now I will keep you updated on progress as normal. I will warn you now that painting might be a bit sparse this year as I start a new course in Logistics which will take up a bit of my time. As always your comments are appreciated.