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Posting has been a real challenge lately, obviously not just for me either.  I had a good pace going and then screwed it up.  I am going to try fixing that and this is where I am starting.  What is on my work bench right now?  Well, I have been very slowly putting together my Freebooter’s Fate starter.  All I have left to attach is the leaders head and weapons.  These models are amazing.  I think they are my favourite female sculpts ever.  The two lowly deckhands are great.  None of the models are chesty, they don’t have 6 packs, or outrageously form-fitting pants.  They don’t completely abandon the fantasy female trope though as they are still wearing very little clothing!  What they are is lithe and a bit elfin looking.  I’m very happy with my choice of factions for this game.  You’d think I’d put a priority on getting them completed!  Not so.  Here is a pic:

The current state of my starter.

The newest addition to the workbench is a pile of Inquisitor stuff.  I picked up Lady Jena, Malicant, Barbaretta and her cybo-dog, and the rule book.  The models are really nice.  They were purchased already black primed and in really good condition so there isn’t really anything for me to do except start putting some paint on them.

My batch of Inquisitor models. With a Freebooter Amazon to show scale.

 

Apparently it doesn’t pay to be silent as the Silent One I bought and referenced in a title, but apparently didn’t write anything about, in the last workbench update is still sitting in parts.  I should get her put together.  It would be wise of me to paint her at the same time as Rasputina since they will no doubt use a similar set of colours.  I do have another Silent One and Snow Storm on the way, maybe I should wait for them?  Does this sound like procrastination?

We are going to be starting another Tale of Gamers soon.  We will be working on Alkemy and we have one participant for each faction.  I am slow and therefore get a huge head start!  =)  My Avalonians are assembled and mostly painted up to wave 2.  The regulars and crossbowmen have just been base coated but otherwise the models are well on their way.  All of them require some touch ups though.  Everything past wave 2 is still in parts.  The challenge here will be to match the paint style I used a long time ago.  These were done back when I had a little more patience and when I was using Privateer Press paints (which I have since handed off to Justin).  Anyhow, I mention them here because I need to pull them out and sort through them, find out exactly what needs to be done beyond what I mentioned above.

The Daemons of Chaos mentioned in the last workbench have been shelved indefinitely.  I have way too much stuff on the go and waiting in the wings to continue with them.  Plus, working on them takes away from work on my Lizardman army which should be my priority.  I had a small burst of energy and got a variety of models painted to varying degrees of completeness but have now stalled.  To regain a bit of momentum I need to set aside some of the distractions and try to focus.  The Daemons are one of those distractions.  I suspect they will appear out of the warp at some future point though.  😉

Mercs.  What to do about Mercs.  I bought two starters and was pretty excited to get them going but something happened and they are now sitting in their boxes on my shelf.  I highly doubt they will get any attention any time soon.  Honestly I would rather try to get in a few more games using Ilan’s models and see if I really want to proceed.

Finally, terrain.  While not officially on my workbench, I need to start thinking about a table.  The basement has been converted into my own personal stomping grounds and so it would be good to incorporate a bit of my hobby into that.  I had collected a pile of terrain of various types, war-torn worlds mostly, but never had an acceptable surface to put it all down on.  In the last lull in y tabletop gaming I decided to get rid of it all to make some space for other things.  With the recent (renewed) interest in minis gaming comes a renewed interest in getting terrain so I can host games at home.  Oh, did I mention that I really don’t like static grass.  That makes things a bit more complicated.  Step 1 is planning and budgeting.

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On The Workbench   4 comments

I am borrowing this post concept from the other guys here and giving a heads up about what I have on my work table right now.

Alternate Rasputina and a Silent One.

Rasputina is assembled and has been given a light prime.  I have very lightly glued her to her base as I think I will be moving her over to a Dragon Forge scenic base.  I like this Alt model a lot better than the original.  It is still flat and almost one-piece but this one seems to have a lot of “motion” sculpted in.  The old one looked a bit like someone just striking a pose.  Madonna’s Vogue comes to mind when I look at it.  As you can probably guess I will be fielding the Alt from now on.  What to do with the original…?

Slann Mage-Priest Palanquin

Wild Green Fiendy Liquid

This monstrosity has been sitting on my shelf in a semi-built state for a long long time!  I managed to get 90% of the way through the build but the gaps were starting to bother me so I took a stab at using Green Stuff.  That was a disaster.  Green Stuff is the devils work.  It sticks to your fingers but not metal.  So you need to use, get this, spit or Vaseline to get it to not stick to you which makes it even less likely to adhere to metal.  It cures fairly quickly so if you don’t know what you are doing it starts getting crumbly before you even have it applied to the model.  It is ridiculous.  I wept that day.  I blame Green Stuff for my tendency to drink while doing hobby related things!  Fast forward to mid-last week and a quick stop in at the Scarborough GW to grab some paints.  I notice a bottle on the shelf behind the cash labelled “Liquid Green Stuff”.  I talk to the guy about it.  Ask various questions that he doesn’t really have answers for.  Get him to pop one open and show me the viscosity (about the consistency of, uh, Mayonnaise?).  And end up buying a bottle just to give it a shot.  The verdict is still out but I did get the seams filled (mostly) on my palanquin.  I also used it to fill a ridiculous gap in the neck of one of my Salamaders (see below).

Salamander

Gap was behind the neck frill.

Buying the Liquid Green Stuff reminded me of my Salamanders, I remembered that at least one of them did not fit together well.  I pulled it out of the figure case the other day and got right to work.  The gap in the side of its neck looked like it had been made by a band saw, a large smooth rectangular cut.  I didn’t know specifically how to tackle it so I just started loading up a brush and pushing the filler into the crack, feathering the edges where possible.  Each attempt I let dry for a few hours before applying another coat.  After the last coat I let it dry for almost 24 hours before I took a look at it.  Pretty messy looking but between a file and my hobby knife I was able to clean-up it up to a point where I was confident priming it.  After priming it looked fine to me.

Fiend of Slaanesh

I took out this model last week to see if I could quickly put it together before my game with Justin.  What a laugh.  There are lots and lots of pieces to this model.  All I’ve managed to do is pull out one piece at a time and clean them up.  I have lots left to do and another full Fiend sitting in its blister waiting.  Ugh.

Freebooter’s Fate Amazon Starter

I threatened to Justin that I would grab out the models and get them all finished before him if he didn’t post something to this blog.  He didn’t believe me.  Rightly so.  They are still sitting, untouched, in their box.  I love the look of the models and am pretty interested in trying out the game but, despite all that, I can’t seem to bring myself to take them out and start working on them.  Too much going on I guess, hobby and otherwise.

Lastly, and related to Liquid Green Stuff again, I leave you with this photo:

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