maandag 29 februari 2016

It ain't easy being green

Really had to push myself to start these, and once I did the first one it just flowed without any issues.
3 smokers, 2 turretpoppers, 1 sleeper, 1 flipper and a gangbang. I've reversed the turrets from the poppers this time so I can add a nice white inside contrasting colour like I did with my flipped BMP-1 turret way back. Also did the T-55's barrels corectly this time, with a bit of barrel in front of the fume extractor. I did that wrong the last time.

In all likelyhood these will become Warsaw Pact (Poles or NVA - not that it matters much as in this scale they look alike) so I got that sorted and I think I have enough T-55 wrecks now....well, maybe I will make some Iranian ones but as far as I have seen their camouflage for the T-55....well, they used captured Iraqi ones, so....yes, maybe.

With an eta for bases at 2 weeks, and miniatures at 2-6 weeks I think I will be making moulds of the Shilka and the BRDM-2 I've got so I can turn those into wrecks....fortunately, for the type of games I want to play I'll more then likely field 1-2 BRDM-2's and 1 Shilka, so each of the 3 will get 3 more wrecks added to the collection. After that I'm out of models and I will have to wait till the new lot arrives. Never had that with a project before.

zaterdag 27 februari 2016

Always Nuka Cola.....Revamp

As the glass was seen as too shiney (I agree) I did some tries in weathering and in the end settled for matte varnish plus washes, plus extra weathering on the label. So now we have this:
Which is a big improvement I think over the old one:
But as always I'm interested in your opinion :)

donderdag 25 februari 2016

Iraqi T-55 3mm!!

 Don't ever tell me something can't be done, I like a challenge, in this case laid down a clown who was talking down on 3mm being counters. I said I would not only show him, but convert them too....which is almost impossible with the metal they use to cast these models.

But hey, here they are, my first set of 8.

Please look at the match to see what size these really are (and no, I did not put down a giant match). 25mm round base for each wreck marker, each one is a conversion in one way or another. 2 short evenings of work and more to follow.

maandag 22 februari 2016

Can't make my mind up: 1/600th period advice wanted

Over the last few years my interest in 1/600th has waxed and waned. Last year I gave up cause I can't paint the infantry figs (that is what I think anyway, if I can't paint 6mm then I surely can't paint 3mm infantry!) but lately I've been playing with tokens and markers for infantry and you know what, I'm ok with that. Knowing ones limitations and all that.

I'm doing this one purely for myself and solo play, and the joy of painting small scale. I just can't decide which period to go for, but I did narrow it down to 3 choices. They are:

  • Iran-Iraq War. the sheer diversity of vehicles and the desert to moderate terrain. I have a long standing interest in the period and a extensive air game collection for it. CWC or Rapid Fire Moderns.

  •  Copy my 20mm 1980's Dutch and make a opposing Russian Tank Division. Sell my 20mm Dutch. I want a Dutch army because I'm Dutch? CWC or Rapid Fire Moderns. 
  • Copy my 20mm 1943-45 Germans and make a opposing Russian Tank Division. I will NOT sell my Germans! Battlegroup and BKC.

All periods have their merits. All 3 have a strong (long standing) interest. But atm I can only invest in one.

What would you do?

(Answers in the geste of Do what you like, pick the one most likely of succeeding, which you find most easy to paint are not liked.....I have 3 options for the reason that I like them all!)

Concrete barriers samples (various sizes)

Gone over my wooden block collection and sorted out some samples of various shapes and sizes I can build and paint if you like. Added  a 20mm and 28mm fig for scale.

(another dreadful phone cam photo, I know, but this was a quickie for a interested party - I'll do better shots when I get round to it)

For now, I've settled at 1,50 Pounds excl shipping each for the 28mm sized stuff (the cilinder, the large rectangular block in the back and the 32mm cube) and 1.30 Pounds each for the smaller cube and barriers. I'm pretty sure I can get suitable cilinders for 20mm too if needed.

So a set of 28mm scaled blocks, 20 pieces, will set you back 35 pounds for most of Europe, and this includes a shipping discount, for ready painted and weathered put on the table and game with it scenery.

zondag 21 februari 2016

Necromunda Cawdor gang

I know my own limitations. When I get my head around it I can make some pretty nice stuff, but sometimes (well, mostly) I don't focus that well and I look around for other peoples work, which is 99% of the time out of my price league.

But a few weeks back on the LAF someone offered a fully painted Necromunda Cawdor gang for about what I can affordl so I jumped on it and spent my last reserve gaming cash on it. They arrived a few days ago.
And they are actually really nice, hardly a paint chip (on most of them), old school green bases and a nice colour scheme, these will be put to use for Necromunda and Inquisitor, and I'm quite happy with them.

Now I can focus again on more scenery :)

zaterdag 20 februari 2016

Always Nuka Cola.....

My first commission in about forever, 20 roadblocks for a paying friend in Ireland.
32mm wooden cubes, concreted, aged and weathered. Will work for any 28mm game, be it WW2, Modern or Sci-Fi. (If you are interested in these, shoot me a message, my rates are low and I need the money)

And for myself, a Nuka Cola objective, made with a traded bottle and a laserprint replacement label
and bottlecap thx to Remco. Will look nice in front of a ruin on the tabletop.
60mm round base, real glass and with real liquid, collectors Coca Cola bottle with a new weathered and aged label. 12 cm tall so it stands out on the table.

donderdag 18 februari 2016

Cheap Cityfight cover WIP

So, lastnight I smeared wallfiller all over 6 of them and let that dry, and this afternoon I sanded them again, not smooth, but leaving a pattern. I used a sponge and added a a grey with a pinkish hue craft paint on all of them, and after that dried a stone grey craft paint, also with a sponge, pushing it into the ridges. Then, using another sponge and a piece of heavy card, I marked all of them with weatherd yellow lines on top. Drilled holes and inserted bent pieces of paperclip and added a wathered down wallfiller to the metal...this creates a beuatiful corroded effect when painted brown and washed. Then some more weathering with a off white sponge for highlights, and right now I'm adding pinwashes with very thinned mud Devlan Mud and Vallejo Dark Grey. This picture is from just before that.
I'll weather the bottom halves with some darker colours, and then add posters to a few of them I think, and call them done.

I will do a tutorial on these soon, as they are dirt cheap to make and a ultra fast way to get additional cover on the table.

Eureka moment - cheap cityfight cover

I originally picked up 6 wooden cubes from a kids playset at the goodwill store 2 weeks back. Just paint them stone, put the statues on top, done. As I completely managed to balls up painting the Space Marine statue yesterday I grabbed the blocks again and gave them some thought.

I'd previously looked at Jersey barriers from several manufacturers, but it adds up really quickly and you need a lot for a simple table, so that was out then and it is really out now.

So....why not just paint the blocks concrete, add a bent paperclip to the top for a rusted lifting ring and use these as barriers. They are big enough to hide a single (heroic) 28mm fig. Heck, I can even slap some posters on some of them to make them either 40K or general PA
So, some generous applying of wetted down filler on 5 sides later we have 6 roughed up wooden cubes. Now to pick up some paperclips from work tomorrow and pick up a bag of these cubes at the goodwill store on friday. Or maybe just take the entire box and give to the girls what I don't need, seeing as the box with over a 100 blocks was a fiver and they charged me 1 euro for the six blocks I picked up...simple math I think :) Don't think Kim will be too pleased when I do that, but I still have some coin in my pocket for just this occasion.

Really chuffed with my simple and cheap solution.

maandag 15 februari 2016

La Maisontaal - basic shell complete

This weekend, I built a new bell tower as I felt the one I had made was a bit too small for my liking to fit with the abbey. Also finished basing all of the (ruined) wall sections so it now a complete walled abbey....with enough holes on 3 sides to sneak in without having to open a door or climb a wall. I also gauzed over most of the windows that need it except the main building, I'll do that latyer this week. Last week I was really burned out on the model ( I always assume this is a problem for normal people as well, but for me even more so, I have tremendous difficulty to get things done as there is always something newer, shinier, fresher idea to work with....the downside to having a very creative brain me thinks) but thanks to the monsters popping out of the ruin in the last Frostgrave game on Friday plus the PM exchange I had with a chap who made a stunning La Maisontaal himself is really getting me fired up to work some more on it.

The new tower (bigger, wider and in 2 pieces):

The overall look with all of the walls included.
(my apolagies for using my phone for the is terrible)

What I should be doing in the next 1-2 weeks:
  • gauze the last window
  • add stone blocks with cardboard to all of the sides of the buildings (ton of work this one)
  • Top all of the walls with cardboard stone...not all of them are completely level but that adds charm I think (ok, my cutting isn't perfect, sue me)
What I should do in the 1-2 week period after that:
  • Build the skeleton frame of the roof with what I have....which, granted, is just sateh sticks and sticks from fireworks in all sizes, so that will be fun. I made the buildings in such a way that I will cut out slots for the beams when I have finished the roofs in 2 pieces and can just stick them in and glue them down....the openings are big enough to easily place models in the inside and frankly, removing a roof over and over again isn't going to make it last very long (not the kind of roof I have planned anyway.
  • Tile it....also a fun job.
After that, it is painting time, I want it as a display model ready for Frostgrave and the Figz event as I want to do a demo on foamboardbuilding and using cheap crap to embelish them. Which reminds me, I need to shoot them an email for it. 

And in other news.....

I paid money for figs. There, I said it. I paid a fiver for a box of old 1st Edition plastic Terminators, so I now have 8 of them (1 is a flamer) so I need 2 more to complete a set for Space Hulk. I had been looking at the newest model Terminator for quite a while now, but these cost a lot more and the balance was tipped in favour of the oldies thx to the beautiful paintjobs by Sgt Scream over at Small Scale Operations Blog and the LAF and the Guild of course. Old school Blood Angel paintjobs. Old, monopose, but full of flavour and with plenty of room for conversions. Also in the box are a bunch of nidsa and 4 plastic 1st Edition Librarians, I put those up for trade on the Oldhammer FB group, maybe someone wants to swap them for some normal 1st edition plastic Termies, I'm looking for 1 flamer, 1 normal one and possibly 2 extra normal ones for conversions.


These could possibly be the last figures I will be buying for a long time. As it turns out, the guys that do our taxes made a mistake over the last few years, and this has been found out, so now we owe the tax man quite a sum of money. This combined with me losing my job and our mutual income already taking a hit as the mortgage tax rules have been changed so people on benefits, but owning a house, now get substantially less returns, means my spending days are really over. We are even thinking on doing what a lot of couples that we know do, put our entire paychecks into a single bankaccount, and paying all of our bills with it, and taking off maybe 25 or more euros for both of us for our own needs (as in toys, evening out, or convention fees). In my case that would be for postage fees for trades, and the money I make with just selling stuff would go into my paypal or bankaccount and would be an extra for later. But things are dire, with the tax cut and my job loss we are losing at least 500 from our mutual incomes and this could possibly mean taking the kids out of daycare as we can no longer afford that even with our tax break on that. And me being a stay at home dad for 3 days a week and all the issues that brings.....I love my kids but have trouble feeling and connecting with them sometimes and I've been rather snappy lately....which breaks my heart the momet I do something stupid :(

So, lots of stress here in the house  which isn't making things more fun, that's for sure.

And to all of my friends telling me I need to make scenery or paint stuff for a living.....just stop. I paint mediocre at best, and my creativity is also my biggest bane cause it is nearly impossible for me to commit to anything as my mind wanders off on a daily basis. Getting they grey matter to be helpfull and repsonive is a daily chore and pretty often I give up on a project as I just can't get my head around it.

At least Kim said she likes to see me working so focussed on these 2 projects and to see them growing every week, closer and closer to being finished, and that I have planned them in such a way with gaming and storage in mind, which means a lot to me.

So, let's see what next week will bring. Rain or shine, I'm going for the win.

donderdag 11 februari 2016

Space is a valuable commodity, Part 2

Remember part 1? space is a valuable commodity

Today, I finished putting together all of the paint racks Patrick from Pat's Laser Cuttings had given me at Poldercon. Turns out Patrick made a slight error in the amount of stuff he had to cut for me so I'm 3 racks short of my full order, but i contacted him straight away, told him what was missing and he is right on, I should receive the missing parts this week or so.  So, with 9 narrow and 2 wide ones built (1 was prebuilt by Patrick to see if he got his calculations correct and was given to me as a freebie) and waiting for the remaining 3, I can show you what a full rack looks like.
9 narrow and 2 wide makes for a perfect fit in a space that doesn't have the bit attached to the door, else I would lose the space for 1 rack, and the 3 remaining ones are spares for later and can fit on another plank if I wanted to. After putting in some paints to test the dimensions, I can happily say that the 9 narrow racks hold 30 paints each (so 270 in total) and the wide racks hold 21 paints each (so 42 in total). With my current paint collection (ignoring all of my Games Workshop for a moment that I hardly ever use anyway) this means I have about 1,5 narrow racks spare and 1 full wide rack. As I plan to buy more Vallejo washes and MiG Ammo weathering painst in the future this gives me all the room I need for a while.
The racks handle easy enough, even when filled to the max, as there is some wiggle room for my finger to grab a rack from the side and then slide it out with no problem. All that is left for me to do is to paint the exposed side gloss white with a extra coat of varnish, and then fire up the labelprinter to print out the paint codes (VMC 1-10 for instance, I have almost the complete set of that series, or just VPA for the few Panzer Aces colours that I own)

Now I can hear you say, I can't see my paints, now I can't just grab the colour that I need right now. Well, good for you, but 9 out of 10 times I'm painting by the numbers dictated by my notebook. I just grab the codes that I need and paint away. If  I do need to experiment, which happens from time to time, I can just slide open a rack and look at the bottles to see what colour I want as that is clearly visible. Just takes a hint of effort, no biggie. And it frees up a ton of space as these 2 paintracks:

...dominated my table space left and right of my monitor. Not that my tablespace isn't dominated by a ton of junk on it, but hey, details. :) Now, I can store almost 300 paints where before I could only fit 100. I'm now another step closer to swapping rooms with the kids. Something, that, due to the termination of my contract, is a lot closer then we had previously planned,

(Gameplan - in 3 weeks time I'm out of a job. To fool my brain and act like I still have a job, I have given myself 2 weeks to clean out my storage space in the city, toss what I can't sell quickly, save the miniatures and rulebooks, and trash everything else including the furniture, or have some guy buy the lot. Not having a storage space to pay for saves me 60 euros a month better spent on other things like a full tank of gas (at current prices) - Also, when that is done I can focus 8 hours a day at cleaning the current hobby room, packing everything up in boxes and moving it upstairs, leaving just the empty cabinets and tables. Then I have to time it for when the girls stay at my parents place for 2 days to get the lot dissasembled, moved out of the way, and the kids stuff moved into this room, and then store the lot in the what will be my new hobby room, so I can start assembling it after the kids come back. Big plans, I know, and in the meantime I have to try and find work as well, but now, if ever, is the best time to get this move done cause I have the time I would not have had, had I still been working. Well, that's how I feel about it anyway. I really want to see this happen asap. Only took me over a year to get there :) The pic has now been printed out as a motivator on my door......

And that is it really. What do you think of it?

maandag 8 februari 2016

Poldercon 2016

Poldercon 2016 was a blast. As expected, I barely survived it, but I had tons of fun and learned to play (or dislike) some games. I'm not going to do a report, you can find plenty of them on FB, but just how my day was.

I arrived spot on 9 o'clock when the doors opened, and picked up my new Poldercon mug and the goodies bag. Goodies bag you say? Yup, it contained a flyer for Bristlebag (custom dicebags made by Jan Senten), a flyer for Armypainter products, a discount card for Subcultures (which turned out wasn't needed as they had a huge pile of GW boxes with 50% off and a big box full of blisters from other brands, also 50% off), 2 packs of glass agitator balls from Scenery Workshop (10 in total), a Mantic Ork sprue (will come in handy to convert to Raiders I think), a lasercut pallet kit from Pat's lasercuttings (more about him later). A nice haul!

I then went upstairs to have a look at all of the tables. Almost all had high quality scenery on the table and looked stunning. I had some trades to do and I overpacked my backpack, so I waited almost till the games started to talk to the people who were buying stuff from me. 2 old paintracks netted me 60 euro, a couple of old 20mm vehicles went for 20 euro and I traded some bits for 2 1993 GW boars (that I now don't need!) and then moved doubletime to my first game, Black Ops.

Guy himself was demoing the Black Ops table, with some really nice, I think it was 4 Ground? scenery. We had a choice of a Seal team, Russian Special Forces team, a PMC team and a neighbouring Afghan tribes militia. Our mission was to free 2 hostages, Scooby and Wilma from a Bin Laden type character. Playing cards on top of the houses determined if the hostages were there or not. As I already owned the game and has read the rules a few times I was really looking forward to playing this and getting more knowledge. When handing out teams I took the militia, naturally, and I deployed on the long board edges, with the PMC on my left and the Russians on my right, both on the narrow edges. The village had seen recent conflict and there where 2 tanks. They might be operable, they might not be, who knows.

The game itself turned out to be as simple to learn as I had thought. You pick a playing card type (Spades, Diamonds, Hearts or Clubs) and your types of troops are activated by that type. Also, a Leader activates on a King or Ace, the heavy activates on the Queen and the regular guys activate on a Jack. Dead simple and really easy to pick up.

Black Ops has 2 phases. A stealth phase and a normal phase. Untill the alarm is sounded, all turns are Stealth turns, and you have to avoid making too much sound lest the guards will hear you. So, here I am running the not-so-well trained Militia.....

After a few cards I had moved up most of my troops (the leader had not moved yet as his card had not been pulled yet) and the troops on my far left had already been yelled at by the guard on the left building, and then shot at, attracting the attention of the guards in the middle building and stacking noise counters. At first, when it was the enemy leader turn, the noise markers were halved due to distance and halved again due to him being in a building, and he didn't hear squat. But the other players wherr moving up and making noise as well, so my RPG team decided to aim at the guard in the middle this point Guy reminded me this is the Stealth phase, and RPG's make a lot of noise! Well, this is a untrained militia, and my leader was still off the table, so Mohammed pulled the trigger and let loose. With a brilliant shot, and a loud explosion that sent debris and the guard flying high up in the air. And I got about 10 noise counters I think! Seconds later, the other guard in the building came running down the stairs with a rocket launcher, and ran right into a spectacular hail of fire from my 3 men next to the wall, and they managed to miss with all of their shots! Then the 2 man team on the left managed to roll sixes and killed the rocket guy with a single shot. How cinematic :)

By then there weher so many noise counters the enemy leader woke up and the stealth phase was over. My leader finally moved and hid himself in the bushes. The RPG team took aim at the next building and again launched a guard in a cloub of debris and fire. The other guard turned around and legged it. Accurate sniper fire then managed to hit my leader and my RPG team as they moved back to the other building, but my leader was saved by his body armour and Mohammed lucked out with a 6 for his save. No virgins for him yet.

The RPG team then saw the guard from the building legging it toward the tank. Uh oh. Off went another RPG shot....going wild this time. Mohammed by then was screaming at the loader for RPG to be loaded. (meanwhile the Russians where sneaking up from the right, but not really getting into the fight, and the PMCs where assaulting the compound, using a Minimi and throwing grenades, but taking casualties. My main force had stormed the building, but found no hostages, and decided to loot the building instead). Mohammd then fired off his last RPG and it too went wild....uh oh. By then the remaining guard had climbed into the tank, only to realise it would not start and was badly damaged. It did however have a functional turret and a shell in the breach.

In the central building the Osama look-a-like prepared to move out as the PMC team fragged the guards in another building, wounding and stunning 2 with the third coming out and gunning down a PMC. The Russians where still moving up.

Mohammed and his loader went to heaven as the HEAT round landed at their feet, showring the leader with parts of both men. Oh well, he had plenty of cousins where they came from. Fearing the tanks, my leader decided to call it a day and my group withdrew, with plenty of loot.

Meanwhile, in the central building things went from bad to terrible as the PMC Minimi opened up on the fleeing leader with the hostages, and managed to hit only the hostages, twice, with killshots.

With that the game was over, the PMC had 2 wounded they had not attended too so they would probaly be dead, I had 2 dead, and the Russians where unharmed. With the hostages dead the Russians had won. Putin had a field day promoting the team to Heroes of Mother Russia and promoting the commander for managing to beat the Westeners with only a few shots fired.

My tribe now has new carpets. Also nice.

Loved the game to bits, I really need to finish my Afghanistan town and my Taliban and play more games using Special Forces. It is too much fun not to.

Energy level was now at 50% and going down fast, learning new stuff drains me really quick. Next up was a Chain of Command: Afghanistan game. I had wanted to try out Chain of Command for a while as the whole system intruiged me but I just could not get my head around it. I chose Afghans again, opposing me where Dutch, the system was explained to us and I sorta got how it should go.

I had mixed feelings about the table when I saw it. Very open, big wide spaces, harfly any cover. The gamesmaster then told me the Dutch weapons outranged mine, and they could go on special overwatch, meaning they always fired first, and the first 2 casualties would be ignored as they all had bodyarmour. Ok....why would the Taliban even be here? Just for a show of force, or so we were told. I rolled high enough most of the time, we put some good dice down, but our suicide bomber turned out to be a bit of a dud, the Dutch saved everything. The Dutch quickly occupied all the rooftops and I had a sea of Overwatch markers opposing me. We deployed a MG team from a roof, fired a few shots, lost some men and withdrew them again. With the Dutch covering almost every angle I could not really see any place to deploy in force and get close enough to assault them. Then a sandstorm hit and all ranges were ct down to 12 inch. We deployed several teams and made our way in cover to the rightt side fields and hid there. The Dutch then moved all of their forces in that direction, the sandstorm dissapated. We pulled an ambush, scored 3 casualties, but no, the first 2 were ignored so only 1 Dutch guy was wounded. Return fire almost wiped out my ambuish team and the rest legged it. I shot an RPG but it didn't do much. Then they proceeded to gun down all of the guys in the fields, and I could not shoot back as I was outranged, and we could not use a dice to withdraw as the Dutch had the upper hand. And that was it really. I had to say, rolling dice to see what team could do something and what not, is not the system for me. Also rolling dice that get saved in a special die, and a 6 being ignored but multiple sixes are special, it doesn't work for me. I loved the fact it was in 20mm, and I saw mostly Elhiem, but it just did not click. I don't care that I lost, you are highly unlikely to win a game with Taliban anyway, but the open spaces meant I had no real way to deploy tactically and even get a small local advantage. We where told to combine arms but with the Dutch having the upper hand all I could do was react. Oh well, it happens. But it is not the game for me.

Energy level 20%, and it was lunch time. A ver good buffet with a selection of bread, fruit, meats and other snacks, plus soup and even buttermilk ( I love the stuff ) and nice chat with Sander from the Modus Reg Magni Momenti Blog about the con (it was his first time). We then strolled by the tables, commenting on the various games before hitting the few shops that were there. Subcultures had a big box of Maxmini blisters at 50% off so I grabbed a blister each of their M-16, AK-47, Dragonuv and Laser Rifle sets, as well as a pack of Fallen Legionairs (aka Bloodpact) and a Kromlech blister of Iron Reich CHem trooper heads (futuristic German gasmask helmets). All of this will come in handy for Inquisitor and Post Apoc alike. At half price, these were a steal. Also in the box was a box of Zombies from Wargames Factory. Not the best of models, but I actually don't own any 28mm zombies, so 10 euros for a pack of 30 is a steal. They are just bulk stuff anyway. With the last of my paycheck I bought a box of Northstar cultists for Frostgrave....they are actually for Frostgrave as well for other conversions.

I also picked up my custom paintrack order from Pats Lasercuttings I told you about a while back (remember > space-is-valuable-commodity ?). He had my entire order (a lot of wood) cut in 2mm MDF and even brought a finished piece with him, for free, which he had built to test if it all fit together properly.
You can just make out the hole on the right lower half....this is to pull the rack from my cabinet. The paint fits in there perfectly, 10 bottles for each level with wiggle room. Now I need to get a pot of white gloss so I can blend them in with my cabinet and make sure the labels will stick, fortunately I only have to paint the exposed bit on the right for that. I am thrilled that my designe looks as good as I thought it would, and in the end it cost me 5 euros (well, 65, but I sold my old racks for 60 so the balance is 5). Pat makes lots of stuff, all aimed at wargamers. Now to build the other 13 racks :D

Finally, just before the next games would start, I met up with Peter Schulein. A while back he had seen my Post Apoc stuff and my request and search for cars, and my comment on te high costs for Marx cars, and he offered me 8 of them for 10 euros. Which I would have gladly accepted, was it not that Kim vetoed the deal and I was not allowed to spend money on them. When Peter heard that, he offered them to me for free, on the condition that I paint them. Well, I can't say no to that! here they are, in their original wrappings even.....

Then the bell rang for the third game and I made my way to the Collision table from Code Orange Games. I had actually planned a free slot but a late night chat on Facebook convinced me I needed to try out this game. As fun would have it, Patrick from Pat's Lasercutting was my opponent. When we sat down the game got explained to us, it is not finalised yet so things can change, and while listening I looked at all of the sheets and datacards and chips they had on the table and that got me a bit worried. That vaporised in the first 5 minutes as they game is dead easy to play. Each round, you bid action points to see who goes first (I bid 3, Pat bid 2, so I won). You then have 5 character, each with their own data card, to place on the board. On the board are loot counters and pieces of a special Crystal that you want to collect. After placing your guys on the table you take 3 deck cards into your hand, these can be used later, and then the game is one. Activating one character costs 1 Action Point and he can do 2 actions, so walk-walk, walk-shoot, walk-pick up, or shoot shoot. Shooting is easy and deadly. Depending on the weapon you fire 1 or more shots, and you take a card for each shot. Cards have a value from 1 to 8 and FAIL or SUCCES. You have a sheet to place them on, one card per shot, and you have -1 to -3 mods and +1 to +3 mods on it, and you put the card on it in such a way the mod shows, but with the value hidden. Both players then reval the card, if your value is higher the shot has hit and has caused a wound. 2 wounds and you are dead. Simple.
When your character is finished the tunr goes to your opponent, and he does the same with 1 character. Then it is back to me, and I either pick a new charcter for 1 action point, or pick up the used character again for 2 action points. As you have limited action points, you have to balance it carefully. Picking up loot counters is a must as it gives you an extra hand card, and those help with shooting as they can replace a card that is too low. It is fast too, in the first round I took out 3 of Pats guys for one of mine. Using cover is vital, as is spending your AP wisely.

After this turn, Pat had to go again so I spent some time talking to the designers about what I liked and what I did not like. I strongly reccomended making a blank character card available to future players so they can add in pictures of their own models to keep up the visuals. They also intend to relase a miniatures line to go with the game. There will also be a Kickstarter I think.

Then I excused myself and just sat down and rested quite a bit, with lots of water as I was really beat.

Then came Bushido. Odd, that doesn't look like a Osprey rulebook to me. Uh oh. I did something wrong. I had mistakenly thought it was the Fantasy variant of Ronin, but that game is actually called Daisho. Oh well, let's give it a try anyway. A 5 minute talk about the various rules, 3 players on each side, his samurai vs my monks, a nice small board. Mission was to align the 3 idols so they faced my side. Also character cards per figure, with a lot of options (too much for my liking). 1 move and you are tired, 2 moves and you are exhausted and fight at a penalty. using Ki to use special skills. Well, can't remember too much, but I managed to kill all of his guys, but as I did not have the statues aligned in round 2 or 4 it was a tie. Ok, not my logic, but sure. Not my game, at least it was over quickly.

So, this year no freebies for playing games like I had last time. No biggie, but a reminder would have been nice. I think I will collect some Nuka Cola bottlecaps for my players when I do a TNT demo next year. (if, maybe)

5:30 was a nice time to leave, so I loaded up Sander in the car and we had a long drive back to Eindhoven to talk about wargames, taxes, wives, driving licences and of course our own reviews on Poldercon. After dropping him off at the station I was back home at 7, just in time to put the kids to bed. I showed Kim what I had bought and she wasn't all that pleased but I had bought them with her consent and I have promised to paint it all up as soon as possible and not spend anything again untill the next convention (April).

And when I looked at my mail, this chap had arrived, a nice trade on GW Hobby:
Just need to fill in the seams where they can be seen, some general sanding and then he is ready for primer and bronzing with patina, nothing special. After that I will make him a new, taller base to stand on and to cover in posters, and that will be another part of the city for November done.

Now, sleep :)

Size matters!

Last week I made a post on the GW Hobby (Dutch) forum that I was looking for a boar as I had rolled one up as a creature for Frostgrave. I got some replies, and a nice Dutch Expat in Sweden sent me the Northstar boar from Frostgrave, and I traded 2 old 1993 GW Boars at Poldercon to complete the lot. But then Mo!, who was giving a conversion workshop, gave me one of the new(er) GW boars.

 25mm base on the left, 40mm base on the right.
It's the size of a horse! I love it, it looks really agressive, it just needs some greenstuff to fill up the bare patches and gaps where the parts are glued. The Northstar one looks like a baby now....I thought about painting it as such but when I told Kim she made a sad face....babykilling and all that. So let's not shall we.

Since I'm spending so much time on the ruins I've only been able to cobble together a bag of skeleton parts for 1 undead, plus I found my Zombie from Crisis again. I know my giant rats are here somewhere, but they feel a bit weedy so I might swap them for some Necromunda rats. Don't think I will get it all done before friday though....well, I know so.

I want another one of those big boars though. I like!

donderdag 4 februari 2016

Wasteland Ruin - 3 Doors Down

Sorted the weathering and the labelling of the 3 doors. Also washed all of the rebar with Devlan Mud and afer that had dried, with Vallejo Light Rust Wash for that crusted rusted iron effect.

Next up: painting and weathering the tiles, and after that doing the paperwork. Can't wait, though that last step is going to take a few evenings I guess.

Wasteland ruin progress - grey sorted

Finished sponging grey on the model all over, even inside where it is bloody hard to reach. Did the tops with a almost pure white highlight, only picking up the top and some of the other straight edges, but it hardly shows. Finished painting the rebar in the base brown tone, will do a brown wash to pick up all the crusts and then do a orange drybrush tomorrow evening. Also just finished painting (well, using a sponge) 2 weathered green doors and a wooden door with glass. Just need to clean the edges a bit. I'm thinking of doing the tiles in a Khaki colour, that seems to match the ones I saw in the bunkers and KPN building I frequented over the years.
I'm expecting a envelope with a dozen or more sheets of posters and newspapers to cut up, bathe in coffee and spread all over the floors. After that it is time for washes and final weathering, before reprimering the plasticcard edge that has worn a bit and painting it black with 2 good coats of gloss and a matte varnish to end it. I don't see a point in varnishing the model atm, It is built pretty solid and not likely to be tossed around by me anyway...

In other news, I traded a big plastic Space Marine statue on the sprue that should be here by the weekend too. I'm planning on giving it a raised base and adding 40K posters to it, so it will be easy to change the theme of the ruins to 40K/Inquisitor by just placing that in a central square or in front of a ruin.

I'm having a hard time keeping my chin up. The physical pain is getting less with each passing day, though I still have plenty of problems with my back and knee, but I and Kim have detected my mood has gotten a lot darker over the week since I got the news of my job loss. I'm having trouble enjoying my kids and even getting a bit of a temper now and then. These are the first signs of a (coming) depression for me and I need to nip this one in the butt.

dinsdag 2 februari 2016

Crackle medium: lesson learned

I learned a good lesson.

A while back I was very impressed with the GW paint that creates cracked earth (Agrellan Earth). As usual, I was not so impressed with the costs of GW paint, so I looked for alternatives. I picked up this:
Bigger pot for the same price.

Since I'm working on a comission I thought it would be a nice time to create dried desert earth with it. So I whip up a tester base, mix it with brown paint and apply it very thickly.


Took over a day to dry and didn't crackle at all. Kim then told me that they used the stuff in art class and I had to apply a thin coat, and paint over that. So I did that, and got something like this:
...which is not at all what I want. A thicker layer of paint was no better. I knew there was a reason why I did not see anyone using this stuff as a replacement.

So, on my shopping list: Agrellan Earth