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Custom Scenic Bases   1 comment

Recently I assembled Lashers and Scion for my Brood warband.  The Lashers are sculpted climbing up bits of rubbled buildings.  This made the models look unusual when just glued down to a plain base.  I decided I would try my hand at filling out the base with some “junk”.  I used the following things:

– A chunk cut out of a Tim Horton’s gift card (remaining balance unknown).
– A plastic plug from an Ikea furniture set, intended to fill a drill hole where a bolt would be.
– A grey drywall screw plug.
– Some tiny metal rings from a clothing rivet repair kit.
– Several pieces of sprue from a GW plastic kit.
– The pour holes from the plastic Menoth starter i purchased recently.

I visualized the various parts as being scrap from recent battles (specifically against the CORE) and leavings from the operation that long ago left the planet.  The chunk of card was cut into an odd shape and drilled with a few holes to look like an armour plate that had bullet holes in it.  The plug had thin flanges on it that looked like a CPU heat sink so I cut it down into a square and damaged some of the flanges so it would look like a generator/engine block/processor or whatever.  The grey drywall plug I bisected and the cap became something that looked like a tire rim and the shaft became a fairly interesting looking robotic spine.  The tiny rings were cut in half and glued down side by side to look like a giant spring buried in the sand or possibly a metal ribcage.  The chunks of sprue were cut down into rocks and a long “metal” or “stone” beam.  And finally, the pour holes from the Menoth kits were trimmed and became barrels.

Once I got all the junk glues down onto the bases it was very hard to look at what I had done and be able to say; “once primed that is going to look like what I intended and not just a pile of crap I glued to the base.”  I decided that to help assist with the look of realism I would add grit to the bases.  Something I NEVER do.  I paid Justin a visit at his home to get in a game and hopefully do up the bases.  Unfortunately we both forgot.  In a stroke of luck Rob came by last night and I asked him to bring along his basing kit.  He gave me a quick run down of how to go about applying sand and gravel flock to a base and then I went ahead and did the three Dark Age models and my Menoth starter.

This morning after the glue had dried completely and the bases were already looking great I applied a pretty thick coat of Vallejo Black Surface Primer, the brush on variety.  I am very happy with the end result…and here it is:

Lasher Bases

Unfortunately I didn’t take a good picture of the bases at each stage of the process.  I am going to do something similar for the rest of my Brood so I will document that process more closely with pictures of the source parts, how I cut them down, the raw base, flocking, and priming.


On the Workbench   3 comments

Lost starter

Freshly back from vacation and un-rested, 2 kids means vacation time is really just childcare, I thought I would put up a post about what I am working on.  I didn’t do even a single hobby related thing while I was on vacation so I am going to have to redouble my efforts now.  First off is an update on the Alkemy Tale of Gamers…yet again it sort of fizzled out.  Maybe we should stop hobbying in the ToG format, it seems to kill the momentum for a particular game.

That being said, my Avalonians are still sitting right here on my desk so I should really do something with them.

Next is Hell Dorado.

I have been waiting and waiting for a Dark Age starter to come in.  Justin has picked up a few starters and another friend just picked up the Forsaken so it looks like interest in this game may take off.  Waiting 5 weeks for a little box of models to come in is a bummer though.  How does this have anything to do with hell Dorado, you ask?  Well, I picked up the Lost starter for Hell Dorado last night to make myself feel better that my Brood starter still wasn’t in.  Yes, that is how I work.  Anyhow, all I have done so far is open it up and dry fit the models.  Not 100% happy.  The fit is not great but it is workable.  I love it when you put a join together and the parts slide together and have a “feel” like they have fit perfectly.  Being able to see that there is minimal line or gap when dry-fitting is also nice.  Neither of these two things occurred with any of the parts in this starter.  😦   It took some serious fiddling to get a dry fit that I was happy with.  Nice models though.  I like Lizardmen (obviously) and I like the theme of the starter which is: “Demons that have abandoned their demon heritage.”  Interesting.  A quick peek at the rules let me know that there is a few things about this game that I am looking forward to.  The first is that the attack stats equate to a particular number of dice rolled looking for successes.  There aren’t very many games that do things that way AFAIK.  On top of that perks and leader abilities grant stat increases so you can get more dice.  Dice are cool.  The complexity of the game looks roughly equivalent to Dark Age.  I am unsure of what size a standard game would be but given that the starter contains a leader, 2 troopers and a support model it is probably a pretty low model count game.  I know that both Rob and Justin are interested in this one so we’ll see where it goes.

Finally, I secured a ridiculous amount of Warriors of Chaos for a very reasonable amount.  Not sure what the  timeline is for me getting them on the table but it will probably be quite some time.  I will need to go through it and do an inventory.  Then I will decide on a 600 or 800 point list and just start building.  Fun times!  Here is a sneak peek:

Big box O’ Chaos

On the Workbench   Leave a comment

Things have been pretty slow here.  I’ve managed a couple of games but never end up taking detailed enough notes to write a batrep.  I have been slowly working on painting up my Lizardman army, which is going fairly well.  I will write about that in my next painting focused post.  I’m going to talk about the stuff I am assembling/working on here.  Starting with:

Snow Storm

Snow Storm assembly

And there he…it…is.  When it arrived I thought it was a metal model and the weight of the box led me to believe that it was quite small.  Turns out this one is mostly resin and is HUGE.  As you can see I have completely assembled the beast portion of the model, Storm it is called, or so I have read.  The arms either were cast a bit off or I couldn’t figure out how they were supposed to attach properly because I ended up with large unsightly gaps in the muscles.  Again, I used liquid green stuff to fix this.  I really like the ease with which it can be applied.  It probably gives me an inferior surface compared to using normal green stuff but I am ok with that.  I have temporarily mounted it on a base using some sprue, I intend to put it on a scenic base.  I tipped it back at an angle because, if mounted flat, it is kind of slouchy and hunkered down.  I wanted him to be looking out across the table.  Hopefully the scenic base I got (which is sitting at Justin’s house) will make it easy to base Storm in this position.

Justin has suggested that I magnetize the Silent One model that comes with Storm (Snow, I guess) so that I can use her as an alternate.  Well, he suggested it so that I could use her as a second Silent One for my crew but I had already purchased a second Silent One, and being Rare 2, that doesn’t do me much good.  Nice to have an alternate sculpt though when I decide not to use Snow Storm so I think I will try that.

Cold One Cavalry

I recently got in a game of WHFB with Justin (expect a batrep soon) and I revisited the Cold One Riders and was very happy with how they performed!  Yes, I have read all the ranting and bitching about how they are too costly and blah blah blah.  They are cool, fun to play, and very effective.  If I paid 5 or so points too much each to put them on the table that is ok.  In response to using them and liking them I decided to buy a second box (one big unit or possibly two smaller units) and am now assembling them.  A long time ago, when I bought the battalion box, I assembled the mounts and just used them as a sort of proxy for the finished unit.  Now I am putting together the riders too.  They are a bit finicky to get together so it is going slow.

Cold One Riders

Mounted, in progress

Mobile Frame Zero: Rapid Attack

Here is a new one for this blog…not really the same type of hobby but still hobby related nonetheless!  I kick-started a rule set for engaging in furious LEGO robot combat and decided that I should dig out the Lego that was languishing at my parents house.  I have now sorted roughly 6 KGs of LEGO out by colour.  Not sure what to do next.  I have all (or most) of the instruction sheets for the kits I had so I may try to compile full sets or I may sort it out further by part type or maybe I will just leave it as is.  Here is a link to the Kickstarter page: link.

And here is a link to a review on BGG that talks about some of the interesting features of the game: link.  This is a positive review thinly disguised as a negative review.  Check it out and thanks for reading.

Bins of basic LEGO colours


Workbench – M&SU Assest (or, Fear the Burning Angel)   Leave a comment

This is jumping back a little bit as I have already posted about my attempt to paint the first of my Fire Gamin but I put it up for the sake of completeness.

My workspace (after finishing the gamin)

The night after purchasing my Kaeris starter I dove right in and started building.  I was pretty confident that it was going to be an easy process since all of the models were single piece except Kaeris herself.  I got my workspace set up and started on the Gamin.  All of the models were pretty clean and I only do a limited amount of mold line removal so things indeed went fairly quickly.  The only complication were the base slots, the metal attached to the feet of the mini always seem to need trimming and filing to get it into the slot on the base and not have it poke out below the underside.  Over the course of an evening, while chatting with Justin on google talk, I managed to get my whole crew put together and primed.

I decided to use brush on primer as I don’t have anywhere inside that I can use spray primer.  I had used it before with some Alkemy figures and it worked really well.  I do like the smooth, opaque base that spray primer lays down but the complications with using spray primer outweigh that benefit IMO.  Historically I have had terrible luck with primer; having it separate, it going on “fuzzy”, not having a place I can spray indoors, living in an area that is winter 9 months of the year and too hot the other 3 months, etc…  From now on I think I’ll just use brush on primer.  A light prime with white gesso and then a nice black base coat will cover me for those models I would normally prime black (hopefully!).  Can anyone give me any reason why this would be a bad idea?  Are there things that spray prime does for you that you just can’t do with a brush on solution?

Anyhow, the brush on primer went on great (as you can see in the pictures below).  I now needed to start planning my colour scheme.  I am not a very confident painter so I often just try to emulate the studio paint job’s colours and will do so again with these models.  I am going to tackle the Gamin first (you can find a post about that fiasco here).  After that I have decided that I am just going to block in colours on all my models and give them a light wash.  That should get them to at least a respectable “Wow those look crappy but I guess they are painted” level.  If such a level exists.  And on that note I leave you with a shot of my whole crew waiting expectantly for their base coats!

The current state of my starter