Thursday, 17 April 2014

Many happy returns Meandering Shade!

2 years old... I even made a cake... Don't say I never give you anything ;p

I slaved away for seconds on that :)

Hi everybody, hope you're all doing well.

So, I've had my blog for 2 years now. . . Well colour me surprised, I didn't realise it had been that long.
I didn't post when the first anniversary arrived for my blog, because at the time I wasn't that sure whether I was even going to keep it.

But I left it alone for a while just in case I wanted to come back. And as you can tell.. I did!

Blogging is to me another of my little hobbies, it's a small one admittedly, but tied to my many other hobbies of miniature painting, wargaming board gaming and roleplaying.

I haven't used my blog to it's fullest potential yet, but it's starting to see more use than it has ever before. you can see in the Archive to the right that I've made more posts in the last 4 months than I did in the entirety of last year. And I'm hoping to keep that up. I've got a lot of my creative energy back and I'm really enjoying what I've been getting up to recently.

I'd like to finish off many of the projects I started some time ago, I have miniature projects that I started and left on a back burner, there are some RPG articles I've wanted to post, various boardgames I'd like to blog about, reviews on many of things I've just mentioned above. There's a lot i'd like to do, with a bit of luck I'll be able to start making good on these plans.

I've still got a dozen or more draft articles that were started about a year ago that I never got around to editing and posting. So I'm going to edit and clean some of them up to finally get published.

I may do a little redecorating of the blog too... You know... Just for the hell of it.
A bit of spring cleaning, a new lease of life.

I'd just like to thank everybody who has been along for the ride, your support is much appreciated and I hope I keep posting things that you find of interest.

I'm open to suggestions and critiques, if there is anything you'd like to see around here don't hesitate to drop a comment below.

Once again thanks, take care of yourselves everybody,

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Strangely quick progress on Grom the Paunch

Hey folks... I'm back with a quick update... Twice in one day eh?
Not a habit I'd like to keep up to I'd go mental...

I just thought I'd post a progress image up following from earlier, because I got more done than I actually thought I would... Which is nice :)

I've already completed the wolves and made headway on the chariot and wheels. I hope I can keep this pace up and get it completed for the weekend. Then I'll be good to go on whatever challenge gets announced.

Well that's it, just a little buzzing at getting things done again. Gonna go to bed now, I'm off for a day out with the kids tomorrow.

Thanks if you read this far, take care everybody. I'll post up again soon.

Rolling down from Misty Mountain. . .

Hi everyone,
I found I had a bit of hobby energy to burn and fancied doing something with it.
I went and had a look around my mountain of minis for something fun to play around with. And so I've decided to tackle a miniature that has been sat gathering dust for many, many years in my collection:

That's right, Warlord Grom "the Paunch" of Misty Mountain. This is has been one of my favourite characters ever since I began in the hobby. What's not to love about an extremely grumpy, violent and flatulent goblin with a permanent case of Troll-meat induced indigestion. The image of him racing around on his grand chariot pulled by wild, snapping wolves and his faithful (for a Goblin) Banna Waver Niblet the Night Goblin hanging on the back for dear life...

Aaah... well... It's about time I finally got around to the little guy.

So I've made a start. The miniature is all primed up and ready to go. In fact I'm already laying down my first colours I'm just writing this while they dry. I'm not going for the bright primary colours like on the box art, I'm going to keep it a little "realistic" in colour tones.

I'll post again when I've made some significant progress.

Until then, take care everyone,

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

A little green tide...

Hello everyone, hope you're all keeping well.

As I mentioned back at the start of Ork Week, the first true army I collected and painted were Warhammer 40,000 2nd edition Space Orks and what happened to them. (actually I think I may have done my first Dark Angel Space Marines at the same time.... But I digress...)

The challenges I have taken part in over the last month have given me a bit of fpcus and I'm going to be bringing that army back to life. I may not work on it full time, but it is going to be one of my main side projects alongside any other hobby goodness I flit to like the aimless hobby butterfly that I am.

I promised you these recently, the images of my completed miniatures from Ork Week and Stuntie Week together:

First up we have the Mekboy and his assistants, my favourite of the bunch is the heavily overladen Gretchin at the back-right. I may still go back to the Shokk Attakk Gun itself and do something more with the globes, but I'm calling it done for the forseeable future.

Here we have the Painboy and his ""Orderliez" I like the two conversions I did for this group (syringe and tooth-puller), but I get a giggle out of the grot who administers the "Anasfetikk" read:hammer :)

And here is the Runtherder with his little mob of runts. The Gretchin with his eyes shut and finger in his ear and the little tough looking guy at the front wearing shades are without a doubt my stand out favourite sculpts from this range of miniatures. I wish there had been a lot more like them during the 2nd edition era, but alas it wasn't to be...

Last but not least we have the Ork Dreadnought, a clunky and ungainly looking device, but an awful lot of fun to play with. You can see it on the 60mm Lipped Base that I was awaiting in the post. This is the first time I've painted checks for going on, oh.... 15+ years... I'm not completely happy with them, but they're good enough for Orks I suppose. I think they turned out better on the Oddboyz than they did on the Dread' itself.

Here's a group shot of what is complete so far, I think it's a fun looking little group and I can't wait to expand it... After all.... It's not much of an Ork Waaargh with only 3/4 Orks in it. So some Boyz and Nobz will be next on the agenda.

I've also decided that I don't just want to stick them on an empty glass shelf in my cabinet, so I'm going to make a display board for them that fits one of the shelves. I sketched a handful of ideas to figure out what I would like to do.

the sketch ideas were:

  • wasteland/desert
  • outside an Ork settlement
  • ruined Imperial city
  • inside an Ork fort

I think a generic wasteland/desert look would go well with the bases that I have painted and will leave enough empty space for the figures to actually be displayed.

This isn't something I'm going to rush to do, I'll do it when I feel the urge and want to potter about with something other than miniatures.

Well, hope you enjoyed my little update. I'm going to relax alittle and see if I fancy getting on with some more hobby goodness later.

Take care evryone,

Monday, 14 April 2014

Stuntie Week - Part 03

Hey folks, this is where my Runts stood as of last night the final day of Stuntie Week!
I was just too knackered to post anything at the time.

They're not 100% finished, but they're not far off. I just have some of the small details (shrooms, squigs, lenses, teeth etc), some final highlights, the base edges and then they'll be done.
But I'm happy with getting them to this stage during the challenge week :)

Runtherdz' Assistants:

Mekboyz' Assistants:

Painboyz' Assistants:

I'm going to finish them off either today or tomorrow and then I'll post up a picture of them with the completed miniatures from Ork Week.

Thanks for looking and all the comments, I hope you enjoyed it.

Take care everyone,

Sunday, 13 April 2014

Chaos in the Old World - Board Game

Hi everybody,
I didn't get anything done today (Sat) for my Stuntie Week challenge because I had a delivery of something I've been after for some time and my gaming group decided that is what they wanted to play for the day.

Chaos in the old world is a board game based upon Warhammer Fantasy and  puts you in the role of one of the Gods of chaos. You use your daemonic minions to challenge the other gods' followers for domination of different locations on the map from Norsca, to the Badlands.

There are event cards that affect what is going on in the world as you clash, you summon and pit your minions in battle upon the territories on the map and play cards that have varying effects on the game. You can earn the chance to turn your threat counter that has other effects on the game including the chance to upgrade your followers, the more power you garner, the more powerful your daemonic legions become.

There are actually several different ways for the game to end and for each God to attain victory from simply garnering victory points in different ways, or some other event tied to that particular god on their threat wheel etc. The game kind of resembles Risk on a basic level, but with the addition of the events and modifying cards it really has it's own wonderful flavour.

We were also using the Horned Rat expansion which adds him as a 5th God and therefore a 5th player can join the game (I was playing the Horned Rat and I won this game :D).

I recommend this game whole heartedly. We can't wait to play it again soon. The game is fun and as with most Fantasy Flight products it looks amazing.

Anyway, that's enough rambling from me. I'm gonna try to sneak in a bit of painting before I go to bed.

Take care everybody,


Friday, 11 April 2014

Stuntie week - Part 02

Hi folks, here's my next little update on my Stuntie Week work.
I chose and prepared and based the figures that I would be using as my Runt assistants.
I did a little minor conversion/sculpting work here and there to make them fit with the Oddboy they were to be attending.

Prep Work:

These are the Runts that will be attending the Painboy, I converted one from a Mek assistant to look like he is collecting "down-payments" for from the Painboy's patients. Another I converted the shell he was carrying to look like an overlarge syringe.

These next ones will be attending th Runtherder, one is actuallyintended to be a squig oiler, but I think he works perfectly well as the treat-caddy. One of the Gretchin was converted to have his own grabba-stikk to keep the smaller runts in line.

The next were picked to attend the Mekboy, two look like they know the business end of the tools they're carrying, the other two are the overladen dog's-bodies.

Beginning The Paint:

I went back to the books when it came to the colour scheme for the Gretchin. I remembered a little tid-bit and reread it to refresh my memory. In Waaargh the Orks! in the clan description for the Goffs it states that the Runt slaves of the Goff clan are not permitted to wear black because it is only for proper 'ard Orks and so they tend to wear natural/neutral colours. They are however allowed to paint their faces black to show the clan ownership.

So with that in mind I first undercoated the miniatures with black primer and then gave them a light spray of a dark brown spray paint I had to hand. I used several brown shades and a little bone to paint different parts of the clothing. I also started the weathering of the metal areas at this point too.

This is where they are as of this evening:

So tomorrow it'll be highlights and painting the skin. If I get a good few hours in I may even get the bases done.

Well that's it for the moment, see you in Part 03.

Take care everybody :)

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Stuntie Week - Part 01

Hey folks, hope you're all doing well :)
So... Stuntie week is the next challenge following up from Ork Week. ChicoDaSatanic left this one a little more open to let more people take part.

So this challenge is about working on Dwarfs/Squats/Halflings/Goblins/Gretchin, plus probably anything else that fits into Stuntie as a category (ie, smaller than man-size).

I've decided that I'm going to work on some Runt assistants for the Oddboyz I did in Ork Week. So I'm preping these up at the minute.

I'm still considering working on some of the Dwarfs I have kicking around too. The right-most of three tubs up in the back of the picture has a unit of Warhammer Fantasy Dwarf Trollslayers that have been waiting for a lick of paint for a long time.

The left-most has a large selection of Dwarfs and Gnomes that I bought from Stonehaven Miniatures from their Kickstarter campaigns.

I'm leaning more toward the Stonehaven miniatures, just to paint up some unique and characterful figures.
I'll take some better pictures of them if/when I start work on them.

Well I'm actually feeling dog-tired right now, so I'm gonna keep prepping until I can't keep my eyes open.

I'll update as soon as I've made some significant progress.

Take care everyone,

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