Monday, 25 December 2017

Christmas cheer

A big thank you to my Secret Santa and Santa Clause people! This morning I opened up some great additions to the Frostgrave project. Two wonderfully painted heroes and some of the new metal goblins, one of which will be the musician entry for the AHPC music round

Happy Christmas!

Saturday, 16 December 2017

Challenge prep.... 4 days and counting

This morning I've been doing some spreadsheet magic to work out what I have lined up for the challenge and when some of them should be done by... probably not as detailed as some of yours, but hey. At least it is better than every other year, which is just a box of undercoated figures and last minute panics when I forget to do one of the bonus round entries. If I can get all of this done, then I'll have made great strides in knocking a number of projects off the list... most of which started in previous challenges.

At present a number of my items rely upon the weather getting a little warmer so I can spend some time outside undercoating and cutting things up. These things are not allowed in the house and I've not yet set up a small airbrush booth for undercoating in my office... so cold spray cans it is :/

With the inclusion of terrain this year, I'm interested to see what starts appearing in some of the entries. I know there are one or two little bits in my list to work on.

Monday, 4 December 2017

Painting challenge 8

The countdown to the 2017/18 Painting Challenge is on, but I have no real clue what to do about the themes yet. I have a pile of things left over from last year that need looking at... as well as things from the previous two and new projects that were added this year. Oh dear. I need to sort that list and shorten it considerably!

The special challenges this year are interesting, and fairly easy to achieve with the painting queue
  • Flight
  • Big Freakin' Gun 
  • Music/Musician
  • Childhood
  • Monstrous
With the added bonus of Monstrous also being the Curtgeld. Believe it or not, I think I have entries for all of those without buying anything else. That can't be right, surely?

The addition of terrain to this year's available entries is also an interesting addition. I wonder how much of my planned gaming table I can fit into the challenge? Sadly this actually requires there to be some decent weather so I can sit outside with the foam cutter for a few hours... we shall see.

I think this year I may try the spreadsheet plan that others have as I'm likely to wander off topic very quickly if I don't. 

I also think I am taking part in a Bloodbowl side challenge, but I've lost the thread on Facebook to confirm if this is still happening. 

Saturday, 4 November 2017

You're a little tall for a dwarf...

This week some of the new Oathbreaker dwarves arrived to have a play with. Really liking these new figures, especially the plastic kit. Starting left to right, we have the freebie dwarf that comes with the early boxes of plastics. Next we have the dwarf king, the mage/crow master and finally one of the plastic figures.

Out of this lot, the mage is my favourite and will be able to do double duty as a sage or a crow master for Frostgrave

I was planning on using these alongside my Saga Vikings as a force for Forgotten Realms, but was just a little surprised to see how tiny the Gripping Beast plastics are compared to these dwarves...

The dwarf does have the integrated base still attached, which gives him a little boost in height, but the Saga plastics look like they may have to be used as dwarf younglings who have yet to grow a beard... they certainly can't be used as humans. Thankfully the dwarf scales really nicely next to the Frostgrave plastics and will allow for a lot of conversions

Thursday, 2 November 2017

And now for something completely different

In a change to the current schedule, for the first time in what feels like ages... I had a coupe of days off work this week and took the opportunity to make a start on some new terrain. Now I have a table, I needed some buildings to go on it! This is the second 4Ground building that I've put together. This one is much much better than the bombed ww2 building. The detailing and fits seem much better.

The forge and chimney consists of about 35 pieces alone! The building is going to be set into some hex shaped bases so that it will slot nicely into my table when it starts going together. While the kit is very pretty, it feels too clean and needs some of the roof tidying up, so I've started hacking this thing up already. The sharp corners to the brickwork on the forge are being roughed up  a bit to make it look less neat. I need to find some time at the weekend to practice with the foam cutter to make the tiles. Once I have the base, the painting can start on the forge...

Some of the Oathsworn dwarves turned up today as well. These are quite a nice kit with plenty of options to make up various troop types from Frostgrave as well. Not quite as many little optional bits as the others, but this is intended to be ranks of infantry rather than skirmish based. The parts will scale well though, so making them more personalised will be easy enough with leftover bits. I grabbed a coupe of the metal figures too, which are excellent as a Heritor, Mage or Crow master. Looking forward to fiddling with these kits.

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Stormy night

Another one painted last week is a well known ninja who, until reading the recent comics, I'd assumed was always a bad guy. The toys were always Cobra affiliated, as were his cartoon and film equivalents... so it came as a bit of a surprise to find that in about 70% of the comics he is an ally of the Joes; the rest of the time he is midwiped.

I've painted him up without any Cobra symbols so he can be used as either affiliation.

Tuesday, 31 October 2017


So I finished some infantry for the Joe project last week, but never got around to posting them up.

The Vipers always looked a lot better as villainous infantry than the original Cobra Troopers and slowly became the staple grunt as the comics went on.