donderdag 21 mei 2015

Good old days: SAS Landies and friends conversions

A topic on the Guild - Landies made me dig up the pictures I took of my SAS landies for the Big Game back in....ehm....can't remember? Just to jog your memory:


Converting JB kits is fund and easy and cheap, and I still need to finish 2 more plus some troops to get a nice set of SAS to use for raids in enemy territory on my future skirmish table like the desert raiders. I've got the figures so why not? It gives me a chance to repaint the figures skin as well.


And it would be nice to have some opposition for all of the Spetnaz I got!

woensdag 13 mei 2015

Conquering the Lead Mountain

I can always use more incentive to stay on target, and Wouter pointed out to me that there was a initiative to help me with that. It's the:

Conquering The Lead Mountain FB page and historyspiderweb article

The rules are simple enough:
1. No purchasing of new miniatures, EXCEPT if you use a joker.  You get three jokers to use on a figure purchase.  Could be a blister pack, an ebay bundle, or a single figure...you can't splurge. The only exception to this rule is if you need bitz or A FIGURE (Singular) to complete a unit/warband etc.

1.1 - There is an opportunity to "earn" additional jokers.  If you complete an entire project (whole unit/army/warband etc.) with pictures of starting, WIP, and completion, you earn yourself a Joker. 

2.  Gifts do not count against you. Holidays, birthdays etc. Also, if you're given gift cards by your hobby illiterate family or friends, you can without penalty use them on anything you want miniatures wise.

3.  Paints, terrain (or materials), and other hobby supplies do not apply to the no purchasing rule.

4.  At least one hobby related blog post and/or Instagram update a week.  If you instagram, be sure to hashtag your pic with #6MMRPC

5.  Zombtober will be part of the 6 month challenge so, Zombie related stuff during October is ENCOURAGED. Other theme suggestions are welcomed.

6.  Anyone that wants to submit a before and after picture of a miniature that they are proud of completing during the course of the challenge to dmcffd@gmail.com will be entered into the running for a gift certificate to a online wargaming store of their choice.  Judging will be by an un-biased person.  Amount on the gift certificate will be dictated by winners nationality but should work out to about $30 U.S. I (Spiderweb of History) will not be eligible to win. 

It starts  June 1, 2015 thru November 30, 2015 so I'm just in time. Of course I will try to get in the plus by selling more figures as well, but I want to paint too, dammit.

Oh, and the chest I tried to cast last night? 95% ok, so more then passable for a tabletop piece.

I stay up too late, got nothing on my brain, hmm hmm


“I stay up too late, got nothing on my brain, hmm hmm”

A catchy tune from Taylor Swift, seems a bit like me, staying up late, but I do have loads on my brain. Next to the homely worries I’m really have to slow my brain down atm, as the Beast is hungry and needs to be fed. Or so it feels.

Ooh, 1/600 ACW Naval wars….nope, sold the lot, and who would I fight against?
Ooh, starship combat….same…..1/300….same…….ACW….same

No. What are my current theme words?
  • Low to 0-cost.
  • Skirmishability* on a 4x4 feet table or less.
  • Preferably 20-28mm.
  • Stuff I have in stock.
That kinds narrows it down, doesn’t it? Well, Mordheim, Inquisitor, Necromunda, Force on Force, 300 points Battlegroup. That is it really.

Modern Naval Warfare, WW2 to Modern Air Combat and Rapid Fire Moderns all need a bit more space then that, but are all in stock. I was clearing more space in the storage unit when I found the tray with 1/600 Vietnam aircraft. They sure brought back memories!

Still, room to actually paint is an issue, the desk is still a big mess of stuff. Stuff to be sold, stuff to be used, life-stuff….you know, stuff. Lots of it.   
So, I’ll turn off the PC for wednesday and start cleaning!


I’ll leave you with a inspirational pic I found on the web.
(I haven't got a clue where I found it though)

I’ve got a 1/600 B-17 that is already trimmed and chipped in places to represent damage, this paintjob would be the bomb if I can pull it off. Come to think of it, maybe it is time to dust off the old Bridge over the river Bug scenario again, a golden oldie if I do say so myself. But we won't, cause I will stay focused on Inquisitor, Team Nurgle for now. Even though I'm casting a big chest now so see if it can be done, would be a great addition to Mordheim and Inquisitor to have more then one of them. I'm just not sure if the mould is ok. But we will know tomorrow evening.

*Skirmishability is not a real word, but I like it so it is a keeper!

maandag 11 mei 2015

Casting call





Got to spend an hour or so this sundayevening, so just gathered all of my casts together and filled up the moulds with fresh greenstuff for tomorrow. I've got enough fans now to do another 5 drones, so that is sorted (but will do more for trading and scenery purposes), the mine mould seems to have worn out if I look at the last cast from it, it was deformed. That or I have pushed too hard. I've also started to cast lots of lenzes, sockets and bionic eyes for the drones and future creations. Still have 8 cm of the original 18 inches of greenstuff left, and the new 75cm roll is happily in the freezer right now, so I should be set for the next few months.

Also built the next 2 Plague Drone bodies and realised there is a lot of sculted details on the bodies, details I want to cast to add to a future monster or shrine devoted to Nurgle. I will make moulds of that first before I cut them open and fill them with plastic scrap later this week.I will neeed to make a bigger casting box though.

Also quite happy with my Graveyard topic on the Lead Adventure Forum. Almost 30 people have voted and some have shown examples of their, highly inspiring, work. As it stands now I think I will go for single basing again, with 2-3 stone bases added to that, just for the amount of adaptability it gives me. Sure, setting up takes more time, but I feel it is worth it. With the Gardens of Morr box and 3 bags of Ainsty's graveyard bits I have enough to last me a while. I'm eyeing the Renadra graveyard sprue, but....no buys for now. maybe it is better to get that (If I'm allowed to buy again) when I have finished the Garden and the gravestones markers. Or maybe as a birthday present for myself in October. A man can dream, eh?

2 more weeks till I have another club night. Can't wait to get out again.

donderdag 7 mei 2015

Blight Drones



From the Warhammer 40K Wiki:

"All things must wither and die. Let root rot and bower blight, to feed the pestilence of abandoned hope."
— Aghalor, the Bringer of Poxes
Blight Drones, also known as Bilecysts, are a Daemon Engine dedicated to the Chaos God of pestilence and disease, Nurgle. The Blight Drone is a seemingly weird conglomeration of insect larva, flying machine, and daemonic entity. The maddening, incessant droning buzz of their rotor disks echoing across the battlefield has become recognised as an omen of death by soldiers of the Imperium of Man. Stories from the maimed and rotting survivors of Blight Drone attacks are quick to spread through the ranks of Imperial Guard regiments that engage them in battle, each story having negative effects on morale and spreading fear and panic amongst the soldiers has become a great concern for Commissars. The threat to the morale and overall stability of a regiment has been deemed so serious that any Guardsmen caught retelling these tales faces immediate arrest and transportation to a penal unit.

History

The very first recorded contact between the armed forces of the Imperium and Blight Drones was during the Siege of Vraks, where the Blight Drones were encountered in large swarms fighting alongside the Vraksian Traitor Militia and their Chaos Space Marine allies. The first sightings of Blight Drones, often recorded from the tales of badly maimed survivors, led to their initial misidentification, with some of them being labelled a conventional aircraft of some kind or as massive Warp-mutated insects. Eventually, the savants of the Inquisition were able to piece together various pieces of evidence, and the truth that they were facing a new form of Daemon Engine became abundantly clear. The creatures themselves were usually encountered in large clusters or swarms, acting much in the manner of carrion flies and ambush predators. The drones seemed to appear on the battlefield where there were large concentrations of the dead as much as they appeared to be ordered into combat by some unseen force. Whereever the Daemon Engines passed the air grew thick with poisonous fumes and the soil itself blistered and rotted.
There exist unconfirmed reports of Blight Drones coming down to rest upon piles of corpses seemingly to feed, liquifying the carcasses of the dead and the dying, and sucking up the decaying sludge, perhaps to fuel themselves or maintain their presence in the physical universe. There exists no evidence of Blight Drones landing anywhere or needing any form of maintenance, nor did they ever return to any base of operations.
Although the Blight Drone's first confirmed encounter with the Imperium was during the Siege of Vraks, and their true origins remain unknown, it was far from the last. Since the Siege of Vraks, Blight Drones have been encountered in several other battles, notably fighting alongside Chaos Space Marine warbands such as the Purge and other Death Guard splinter factions. Additionally, unconfirmed reports have placed these obscene weapons as part of daemonic incursions in both the ongoing conflicts in the Charadis Rifts war zone and the Auralis war zone, and they were also sighted during the fall of Hive World Mitra, the invasion of Forge World Graia, and during the 13th Black Crusade.

Armament

The Blight Drone's macabre and deadly reputation was more than matched in dreadful fact by their effectiveness on the battlefield. The drone is armed with a Reaper Autocannon, and a Mawcannon. The Mawcannon is a smaller version of the weapon  found on the mighty Soul Grinder Daemon Engines, and fires out gouts of corrosive toxic bile that is powerful enough to eat through metal and liquify flesh in seconds as opposed to the Soul Grinder's preferred Warpfire. The bile from the drone's Mawcannon was extremely effective against the entrenched infantry and vehicles on Vraks, while troops out in the open had little cover from the drone's Reaper Autocannon. The creature's Mawcannon is also capable of spiting out large roiling masses of mutating phlegm at a distance, destroying entire enemy squads in one great blast. The Blight Drone's seemingly squat and bloated form is also unusually resilient against attacks, especially for a skimmer of their size. This quality is attributed to the living flesh and rusted armour plating of the drone, as well as the will of whatever dark intelligence is guiding them. If a Blight Drone is destroyed in combat it invariably detonates in a shower of bile and pus, and is capable of causing extreme damage to everything caught within the blast.

 Fun little critters, right?

To get it straight, I will not be making 1:1 copies of Blight Drones. I'll be making baby Blight Drones with standard armament and converted Plague Drones in the spirit of a Blight Drone with Blight Drone armament. They will look related :) As I'm no longer allowed to spend money, I should be able to spend all my time, energy and effort into these critters for some time to come.

While surfing the web, I found several fan made ones very inspirational, like these ones:

and





The last one is highly inspirational for the colourscheme, dirty white and rust.

I've also made the decision not to add surface detailing to the Baby Drones. It would take a ton of effort and I can do the same, in a lot less time, painting wise. The bigger Drones however will get the surface detailing.

Since I can't spend any money, my mate Mo has been happy to provide me with additional Rippers to base them on. For the Baby Drones, my inspiration comes from this artwork:




I will try to make each variant shown there, just because it will be fun, gives me more Baby Blight Drones and will look good on the table. And it will take time, time spent doing things that prevent me from spending money :) I already have it printed out next to me so I can leave off the PC and just get on with it!

I can do this !

And on a side note, I found a perfectly nice sketch for a possible Tau construction drone, jay me!

Last of the many and a tough choice

Today I received all of the bits needed for the Nurgle Drones (not the baby Drones) plus a large lot from a Belgian collector full of RT era stuff and other bits, many that will be sold off to pay for that and make a profit to go straight into the bank account.

I have 2 more payments to do for a total of 35 euros that had been accepted auctions from 2 weeks ago that I can't back out of.

Which leaves me a deal worth 55 Pounds for a AK-47 army that I agreed to buy as soon as I had the money for it, and for which I have bought quite the collection of aircraft. I've never backed out of a deal before, my word is worth gold to me, but in this case I have to be tough with myself and say no. I've always had nagging doubts about doing AK-47 in 15mm when everything I do, have and love is 20mm, and buying models in 20mm is just as expensive and even cheaper then 15mm. But 2 of my mates liked the idea so much I was drawn into it anyway, happy to have found likeminded individuals that don't live halfway across the globe. I really don't like to disappointing people, but in this case I have to be tough and choose me, myself and I.

And it sucks :( I've been looking forward to it so much. Picked up stuff and traded items for it. And now it has been all for naught. I'm going to return the bits I traded with my friends, sell of the rest and call it quits. The idea will remain in my head though, waiting for better times in the future.

Right, next up, make a blogpost about something nice.


dinsdag 5 mei 2015

I ain't no Scrooge McDuck

On a more serious note.

After my wifes incident (for lack of a better word) a lot of help has arrived for her and for us. One of them dropped in today to look at our financial planning (to prevent somebody asking for welfare, they send these guys over to make families financially healthy and steer them in the right direction....if possible, before they request welfare). My wife passed the test with flying colours, our mutual account just passed it but I failed it miserably. :(

As of today, my hobby budget is 0. Anything I sell will go into the bank account. I will not spend any money on the hobby for the next 2 months for starters, I'm not even allowed to trade bits (cause that would cost postage). I've already started a online cash registry to see what comes in and what comes out, and I've been shocked to see what I have been spending on the hobby for the last 6 months alone. The gentleman told me I have all of the characteristics of an addict as I refuse any help with clearing out my storage unit and downplay my expenses. On the other side he did praise me for being open about it and wanting change and told my wife to stop pushing me so much to sell, sell, sell as this clearly is a major issue between us.

In short:
  • Don't buy anything like miniatures, snacks or other crap (would make me healthier too)
  • Don't swap, only sell, ask full postage, no more discounts
  • Clean out the storage unit. Visit it weekly, sell what you can, throw out low value stuff and stop paying rent for it as soon as possible.
  • Clean out the attic. Visit it weekly, sell what you can, throw out low value stuff and sell all of those fancy high end storage containers you have that are surplus (around 40 of em eventually)
I've asked my mates to check on me, to see that I don't spend any money, and to keep enquiring about running projects so I keep at it. I got two thumbs up on that one, so I want to keep making drones for the next 2 months :)

I'm also told to have fun. Don't be selling all week, do that 2 nights a week and continue the hobby for the other 3. Go out to the club, after you drop by the storage unit. They are not teling me to quit the hobby, but to be more financially responsible with it.

And I agree completely.

Being in debt and buying models has caused stress and grief with my wife that we both can do without. If I keep at it till the end of the year and keep selling stuff I should be able to be debt free to the bank, but I know it will cost me considerable effort to keep my focus (again, that's where my mates come in) but if the end result is a happier wife, I'm all for it.

On a funnier note, the man handling the finances knew exactly what my hobby was about as he has had more clients with the same hobby, and the same problem! I feel I am in good hands, and he's coming over in the evening next week to further discuss steps that need to be taken, so I don't have to use holiday time to leave work earlier to get help. Cause right now, every single euro is needed.

And I'm sure I'll manage just fine.