Wednesday, 25 July 2012

Inspiration for more Undead

Lots more to do after having a look at the Tomb Kings. Got the imagination going and made some filler models for the eventual plethora of archers that's going to be in the eventual finished product.

So from left to right we have, Where's Wally, Mehrten's double victory salute, Marino of the Dead and yet unfinished short-less Michida. Thanks Chris for the skelly models from the beginning of time.

Needed a Shotgun for a band of mercenaries I'm working on and found a very cool conversion on another blog here. Great use of all those bits out of the bits box.

You can see the Finished Shotgun on the left, accompanied with the rest of the squad that I will be designing a game for.

With all the work on the miniatures, I still managed to fit in some games into the week. So after round 4 where I got massacred by a bunch of Lead belching Ogres ( 5-15 loss) it looks like my high Elves are topping the table going into the play offs. Pizza and Wargaming this weekend scheduled for the club so should be a huge gathering of wargamers and lotsa fun, can't wait. 

Boardgames this week:

John always manages to bring some good bunch of games to the club and this week we had a go at the new release 'Dragon Rampage'. A poker dice based mechanic fitted into the classic dungeon creep board game. You each take on a tried and tested D&D persona and collect treasure, have a bash at the Dragon or high tail it outta the dungeon. With weighting on vps depending on how you've pl;aced your adventurer in the game at the end. I was the Dwarf and went for the middling role to see if it would work. A few swipes of the Ax at the Dragon, collected some treasure and relied on a turbo boost of the stumpy legs at the finish to end up mid way out of the dungeon at the end placing 2nd. An enjoyable game which gave plenty of time to have a chat and be sociable with your fellow group of players. I did feel that it lacked a slight bit of substance for the 2 hrs it took. 3stars outta 5.

We had a bit of time left at the end of the night and brought out 'Coloretto', for a roll. Simple dynamics and a fast pace game and I learnt it and played it in 10mins. Not long enough to be a solid filler but great for a bit of icing on the cake.

4 outta 5 Stars.

Saturday, 14 July 2012

Mid July Hobby Round up

So many projects and so little time it seems. The Tomb Kings are definitely taking up the work space the last couple of weeks and with most of the army fixed to a good standard it was time to fill out the list so first up Bone Giant (Necrolith Colossus).
 This bad boy had to have his elbow joint resculpted as it was damaged but good old greenstuff and a half dozen pins and he's looking the part. Went with the head with the head dress to match the armies detail.

The Army is still needing a mass of archers which I'll remedy soon from fellow gamers or Trademe. In the mean time the Skellie Bowmen are filled out by a TK heavy weapons platform. Having a rummage through the bits box is always fun and some times even useful.

 Heavy weapons platform gets any skellie excited and enough so that he loses his hand...

Some more fix it jobs which took less time than I originally thought. I managed to find a very reasonable terrain stockist and after sourcing some good sand flock I managed to get these two beasties fixed up. Good lesson is to buy the professional flocking material as I've done here as it's very easy to both work with and to glue. If you really need to I suppose you can just use normal beach sand but expect it to clump up and be the consistency of sand paper.

Show down, Flappy rotting bird or giant undead lobster.

I've managed to locate some of that blue polystyrene which is fantastic for terrain making. So to start with I've been inspired to make a less than ordinary forest for the gaming table. I thought I'd go for a Goblin giant mushroom forest. So in the next few weeks I've got some more terrain projects to put up but for now here's just a couple of WIP's. 

So with this many projects on the go Prince Tyrion gets no love. Oh did I mention that I managed to pick up one of the most iconic High Elf characters again and he'll be a painting project soon, yuss.

I used to own this figure and unwittingly sold him in a cupboard clean up. Great to be able to grab him back and in metal too.

Board Game of the Week: Merchants & Marauders.

If you into a bit of Rum and Pirating on the high seas then this game is for you. It comes with a impressive looking map and some fantastic Naval models which really captures the feel of trading and privateering amongst it in the Caribbean of old. Grab a couple or three mates and have a go either as a trader or a pirate and don't worry if you get a feeling that you'd rather be a pirate when you're trading it's easy enough to give the nearest merchant ship a broadside and hoist up the jolly roger. Just a word of warning it does take a while to play if you're just starting out.

 Good quality components and a really well designed board.

Really enjoyable game and very replayable with a large selection of available Captains you can play and assortment of missions and rumours to complete.
4 out of 5 stars.

GW rolls out 6th Edition  this month and here's a video to celebrate some 40K fun.

Thursday, 5 July 2012

Tomb King Army WIP

Had a splurg just recently and brought a new army for the collection. They are the TK desert dwellers of yee olde undead. Never have been too much into the fluff or the army for that matter but the paint job it came with and the exceptional kind price from a friend was enough for me to nod yes emphatically to the deal. It was in disrepair sure and was scattered into boxes without foam which meant a few hours of repair and a lot more needed in restorative painting but the pictures show for themselves that they were a exceptional piece once. So like the Tomb Kings themselves they will one day reclaim the glory that they once knew very very soon...

 Usbhati, and the old metal models. I've always wanted a set...

 Not sure if Skeletal fast cav exist in current meta but they sure look damn good.

 Rising from the dust but missing a banner so need to do something about that.

 The Carrion have taken a battering and will need extensive repair but they are pretty cool.

 Skeletal horde with diorama which is hella cool. Shame that the effectiveness of the unit is inversely proportional to their cool factor.

 Ninja-ring from the village well to skelli-stomp...yuss!

Arising from the never-dead, Harold the Tomb king howls his curse of revenge...

So friends who have various TK units that you may want to sell to me to contribute on this epic quest please get in contact. The army looks like its a 6th edition army with all the units that were good then but not so flash at the moment. If you have Sphinx's, caskets, skelli bowman and various bits it'll be mighty helpful and I'll be greatly appreciative. 

Have spent a few hours fixing it to the standard so far and really look forward to getting the project rushing forward. I need some dark flesh paint and also to do some research on washes vs inks and the results of devlan mud equivalents and chestnut ink. Keep tuned to your local antiquities restoration class in the next few issues.