Tuesday, 2 January 2018

2018 is underway

Late 2017 saw my Kickstarted copy of DreadBall 2 arrive in the post. I opted just for the rulebook pledge this time as I still have plenty of unpainted miniatures from first time around. The new system converts a good chunk of the MVPs into team captains and makes both classes much more likely to hit the field. This spurred me on to paint up some of the characters who had been languishing in a box for years.

 I also got cracking on some of the alternate poses for the Judwan team. The chaps in red will be available as transfers for other teams.

I've also made a start on some of my other Dreadball miniatures. I have alternate poses left to do for the Veermyn, Marauders and Forge Fathers and entire expanded teams for Nameless, Zees, Tetratons and Astereans ... and a load of MVPs and giants too. I'm hopeful that the game will take off at the local club giving me more incentice to get painting.

The Scale of the Problem (2018 edition)

As is tradition, here is a glimpse of what still remains in the lead/plastic pile

28mm Scale Projects

System: KoW
Status: Lots of figures painted, many more in the lead pile
Comments: No painting progress during 2017 but I did at least organise some stuff for the painting queue. Some extra purchases.

System: KoW
Status: Lots of figures painted, the lead pile is now considerably diminished
Comments: 2017 saw a very minor expansion to my goblin army. The lead pile remains at about 60-80 miniatures strong
Kingdoms of Men/Basileans
System: KoW
Status: 18 knights started, about 100+ more models unpainted.
Comments: No painting progress during 2017. All set for whenever I feel up to taking this project on.

System: KoW
Status: 80% unpainted, about 150-250 models in total.
Comments: No progress during 2017.

High Elves
System: KoW
Status: Mostly painted
Comments: Three more units complete in 2017 only about 4 more to go.

System: KoW
Status: Mostly painted
Comments: Most of my 2017 progress was additions to my undead army. Those January 2017 purchases have set me back a bit on the road to completion though.

System: KoW
Status: 40% done
Comments: No progress or purchases during 2017.

Blood Angels
System: Warhammer 40K
Status: Mostly finished.
Comments: Over 2500 points + options available for use. Gathering dust.

DreadBall Teams
System: DreadBall
Status: 8 teams painted out of 12
Comments: Late 2017 saw renewed interest in the game and work re-commenced but too late to score any painted models for 2017.

Dead Zone
System: Dead Zone
Status: 1 faction starter done
Comments: No progress during 2017 but a handful of models bought to flesh out factions.

SWAT teams and Criminals
System: Officer Down!
Status: Completed (well almost).
Comments: 4 more miniatures painted but a dozen or so bought at salute.

The Walking Dead
System: All Out War
Status: New project for 2017 - about 50% painted.
Comments: A surprise addition to the list - with a bit of concentration I could get them all completed fairly quickly.
RPG miniatures
System: D&D etc
Status: Lots painted - lots still to do.
Comments: No progress during 2017.

10/15mm Scale Projects

High Elves, Undead, Dark Elves, Mongols, Later Muslim Indian, Later Achmeneid Persian
Systems: DBA, HOTT etc
Status: No progress during 2017.

2017 and all that

As another January rolls around it is time to take stock and look back over the previous year's painting progress.

So how was 2017 for me? Well for personal reasons it was a year I would not care to repeat. One day I will look back at 2017, laugh nervously and then change the subject.

This had an inevitable effect on my painting and my output was way down on where I had hoped it would be. I also completely shelved my planned human KoW army as I was in no state to undertake a project of that scale. In spite of all this I did still manage to complete 149 miniatures (using my patented 28mmEQ method) which wasn't bad but was way less than the number of miniatures I bought.

2017 was a FAIL - good riddance to 2017.

This year will be better ... if only because belt tightening will mean that I won't be spending much on miniatures this year.

Thursday, 23 November 2017

I'm alright noooow

I am making some slow efforts to clear some items which have been hanging around partly done for a while. I sometimes find this quite a drag as items often end up partly finished because I have either lost enthusiasm for them or I no longer have any clear plans to use them. I've just completed the second batch of Tehnolog Werewolves which I started back in the summer. These ended up partly finished as I couldn't get them completed in time for the KoW campaign day and the largely werewolf based army I took to that even had its posterior kicked repeatedly resulting in me putting the army back into storage. I now have 4 hordes of werewolves painted up which is some serious overkill. If I'm honest I only bought this second pack as they were dirt cheap and with postage being the main cost adding a second made the deal look better.

I'm now trying to work on the Tehnolog 54mmm undead knights which I got at the same time to use as wights in my KoW army. Again this is more of a case of grinding through them as I have lost my enthusiasm for the miniatures as bit. I'm sure they will look great once they are done.

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

The green and the mean

And as usual October brings the Clash of Kings, and as per usual I decided to add something new to my army at the last minute. This time I decided I wanted to take the full complement of 3 war trombones with me and also the goblin living legend, Grogger Split-Tooth, from the Edge of the Abyss book. There is no official miniature for Grogger so I chose to paint up a Kevin Adams goblin warlord that I had to hand.

Both new additions did pretty well in the tournament, shame about the general!

Of course simply painting up two new items wasn't enough so I also went round and improved the basing on my entire goblin army because it seemed like a good idea at the time. My orcs and goblins suffer from being the first armies that I collected and the basing style could be described as dated (if you were being kind). To improve things I added clumps of a contrasting  dark green flock to the bases and washed all the flock with diluted PVA to blend in the colours. Once everything was dry I then added grass tufts and bushes to break up the plainer areas. Then end result makes them look a lot better then they did. The basing is still not fantastic but it never will be unless I completely re-base everything and that is not going to happen.

Friday, 13 October 2017

Dead Fast part 6

End of Day 9 (1 day remaining)
And here they are in all their glory (gory?). Yesterday was a busy day but I am now ready for tomorrow's event. Overall I am pretty pleased with how these have turned out. There are inevitable compromises when speed painting but time was limited and if I had spent any more time on them then I would not have been ready for the event.

 As well as basing all this lot I also got in my first game of TWD last night. I lost to Daniel but I now have a bit of a better grasp of how the game plays. Saturday is going to be tough playing against people with a lot more experience than me but it should be a laugh. By Sunday's survival day I should be in the swing of things.

That's it for now but I still have some more wave 2 miniatures to paint up and I think I've got the bug so I might pick up some more at the weekend. I'm not sure when I'll get round to painting them though as the Clash of Kings is in two weeks time and I will probably want to add something to my goblin army for that.

And of course that's another 26 to add to my painted pile for the year.

Thursday, 12 October 2017

Dead Fast part 5

End of Day 9 (2 days remaining)
The ongoing progress of time is merciless. It was always going to be a tough ask to get everything I wanted painted up for the events so I have had to switch focus on to getting what need painted up instead. In practical terms this means I won't get the last 5 survivors done so I have to hope I can put together a decent enough gang from the ones I have done.

The good news is that I finished painting the batch of 7 survivors that I had started work on.

 And the walkers too.

So this just leaves me with the task of learning the game and getting the miniatures based. As you can see from the shots above I have made a start on the basing. I am planning on doing something a little different from my usual grey gravel urban basing. I am hoping to key the bases in with my urban boards and match the colours and styles on there. Below are the first two tests of my new scheme. In the photo the look a bit rubbish but in real life with less magnification and without the start lighting they look okay to me. Before I set off on Friday I need to find time to roll this out to the remaining 23 miniatures

And that might have been easy ... but I still need to learn the game, play the game and pick my forces for Saturday and Sunday. Eeep, I'm not out of the woods yet.

And before I go I would like to do a little shout out to the Talking All Out War folks.  Your podcasts kept me going last night when I began to flag, nice work chaps.