czwartek, 17 sierpnia 2017

Tie Defender of the First Order

Lately most of my gaming was X-wing miniatures game. Great little game that I actually liked to play in tournaments (and I was keeping distance from such way of playing games for many years as I believe it does not suit well most of the miniature games - especially ones I used to play)
But X-Wing is different, demanding, close and more similar to card game in the way your brains operate than normal tabletop wargame. It wont be everyone cup of tea but its worth giving a try...
Especially those painting-challanged as the miniatures tor X-Wing are pre paints (and very good pre paints they are)

Anyway back to topic. Here is my first attempt into repainting X-wing miniatures as sombody used to painting will want to put a mark on any miniatures he use :P
I recently fly squadron of two new order Ties (They are in a scheme from the new movie so have reversed colours) and my favorite Imperial ship Tie Defender - which comes in either dark grey or red paint schemes. I wanted to unite squadron and differentiate Defenders (as I like to flow them in Three Deffender squadron which makes for two greys and one red ships)


This was not very easy as the ship is basically made of almost flat panels separated by deep but small beams that ought to be black.. White was easy as I spraypainted panels white and gave some highlights in more white. But the beams were pain in the ass (to be honest they should be retouched in few places but Its playable for now). I am ok with how it went although next time some cooler ship with easier details.


He fits very good with First Order Ties IMHO


poniedziałek, 14 sierpnia 2017

Blood Bowl!

My  late discovery (well not so late perhaps as I was given free steam code for BB computer game and love it from here but late tablewise) and love.

Blood Bowl the game.. 2016 edition (but its almost perfect port of previous Living rulebook rules - ie 3rd edition Blood Bowl game with refinements that brought it almost to perfection.
But what Blood Bowl lacked in was miniatures.. Lets be honest old BB models have some charm but are not too atractibve by modern standard of miniature gaming.. Ohh how fat with great models we had grown :)
But 2016 re edition set comes with two insanely good teams - Human (Human- most boring team with unimaginative models in existence is very cool now and usable in many conversions in Inquisimunda :O and perfect Orcs! And they are in glorious plastic.. Only minor gripe I have with them is bad position composition of the box team - to play them at optimal build you need two team sets. Team consist of 11-16 models so you have 8 models that you can only use in conversion if you buy 2 sets for each team with humans and Orcs (6 linemen and 2 throwers both). That can be somehow remedied by conversion but is quite annoying never the less.. but thats GW evilness I guess (they are totally different and almost fancentric company since latest Warhammer community team restart after Kirbys departure from the company but still evil greedy corporation from hell).
Dwarf team soon followed the initial release (meeeeeh) but then after some time here they came.. My favorite SKAVEN!! Both in plastic and wit annoying lacks again but heeeeey thats why I hoard such bitsy box :P Lats  month another plastic team arrived - Goblins - but it have more issues.. complete lack of positional players - they were released by very uninspiring Forge World models only and not all of the needed set..

I was always moving BB buy in time despite securing plastic Rat Ogre for my then future Skaven team (Rat ogre is made by Forge World only and is again quite uninspiring) but lately my friend bought Box as impulse buy and we gave it a try.. What a bloody fun. I havent been really excited by miniature games in 20 years.. Real emotions real stress.. welcome to Blood Bowl ;P
I will do blog note with my team when I will finish them. But here are some photos of the half painted ratties in action





I lost my first Threematch cup to those pesky Orcs - Yellows Pruszków..

But my poor Szczurkan Kosaczew played underpointed (I did silly mistake and was short of a rerroll.. yea that the fault of it!!)

And I am thirsty for revenge!!


niedziela, 13 sierpnia 2017

Necromunda 2017 looks to be a great year for GW


After 20 years GW decided to go full Necromunda..
Shadow War Armageddon was great game despite being splash sale product to fund terrain tooling :)
But Whole new Necromunda Edition with new miniatures ? Hell yess..

While models themselves seam to be painted and photographed to a lover standard than GW used to do.. I love them

































Starter set will have Escher and Goliath gangs.. Escher are my first gang and all time favorite.. I hated Goliath - mostly because of silly over muscling and bad models in original starter set bot later learned to appreciate their campiness..  Those Eschers fits nice style vise with Jess Goodwin masterpieces but Goliath are much more brutish and serious than Glam bodybuilders wasteland nomads of the 80 ties - of the past. I like them very much and they will fund myriad of uses in Inquisimunda.

And promo flyer as extra bonus
Game itself will be based on 8 edition but with full stat line.
That means simplified close combat. Unnecessary IMHO.
One thing they mention that is interesting is Model based activation.
IGOUGO is worst element of Necromunda - unattractive in skirmish gaming. Vague info about activation roll and Leader making activating easier (either influencing the roll or allowing multiple activation Frostgrave style) is not enough to decide if it will make game better or worse.. But activation is one thing I am experimenting with houserules (lately with card activation).

Time will show.

Anyway.. If the game itself will be unfunny.. We will play my beloved Necromunda. Either Original first or Community. But the miniatures will make wonders for Necromunda renaissance!

sobota, 12 sierpnia 2017

Dark Templars from Primaris marines

Since my last post a big bomb struck WH 40k community. 8 edition. While the game itself is of no interest to me.. New starter set Dark Imperium was...
 Ive bought it on the day of premiere due to great models inside.. And started to play with Primaris marines and Poxwalkers :P What a beauties they are :O
Here are my 3 truescale / artscale Black Templars made from Primaris.

I struggled how to make them more Templar at first, apart from the paintjob. After carefully looking at BT miniatures and art I went with chains, emblems at the sides of the chests and to spice some extra grimdark candles and torch in iron ring on the sergeant

Those guys will be heavy contingent for Ordo Hereticus Inquisitor yet to be named. I am doing some kind of military arm to each of my planned Inqisitorial retinue and Templars somehow fit perfect with witch hunting and heresy purging :>



I will add some more photos when I will manage to photograph them better. Somehow those guys just dont like to be photographed :)
Interesting observation.. Sergeant photographed much better before painting.


And this guy just needs chains to be called ready for painting

wtorek, 13 czerwca 2017

LPL 2017 final round

This post concludes my LPL series (I will return to some of my entries in more detail but as own projects)

Here is my entry for round X: Slavers of the Purple Spire (From Patalonia projetc)

And final standing. I placed on very good 14th place after 10 rounds with 5-5 win to loose ratio. I could be a little better if I could make better photos. Well, maybe next year. First 10 is beyond my skills, masters of this League are The masters indeed.


Despite risk of humiliating defeat LPL is great way to finish those blocked projects that were on my desk for years at time.. I highly recommend Lead Adventures Forum and next years  LPL itself!



niedziela, 4 czerwca 2017

Lead Painters League entries 5, 8 and 9

Almost finishing this cycle, Here are my Sci-fi entries int the latter part of LPL (except of last 10th week photo - as that round is still active)

First  my Sump pirates. I will be posting more of them in following weeks. With mutant steam cutter. These guys are straight from Patalonian Sulphur wastes stalking black steamships of Fellburgh

Next mu Underhive caravan, This entrance was made from old miniatures because I didnt manage to finish new models for this entry (still only 3 finished porters in the caravan :(

In 9th round I finished my first Inquisimunda team. Unfortunately all stock models except the Dragoon Guardsman. I have dozens of =I=28 miniatures built but those are very first finished and painted except very old 3 Henchmen done in 2008 and Drill Abbot. I hope to do more of those and already started work on next team, again mostly of stock miniatures (but I love them too much in stock to convert)

Last round will feature my Slaaneshian beastmen slavers from the Purple Spire, so stay in touch :)

poniedziałek, 29 maja 2017

Lead Painters League entries 4, 6 and 7

Another weeks taken by readying entries for Lead Painters League.

AEwulf on the road to plunder (well more his newly finished friends.) scored me a win

So did opposing frame There always rock on the road (To AEwulfs plunder :)

But poor guys stopping on Tokaido were rushed (not best photo unfortunately - and originally planed scene was impossible to shot :( and lost. Its not bad scene and I like miniatures a lot but photo is not very sharp


I skipped round 5 but it will thematically better fit with next batch of sci fi entries

wtorek, 23 maja 2017

Another 40k Starter set and another cultists on the horizon

This time its called Dark Imperium and sets Nurgle plague marines against new and super smurfy Space Marines.
Again they look monopose and snap fit, this time Nurgle flavored, but apart from guts on the loose one they will be spot on for any chaos god after appropriate paintjob. All are mutants though so their cultist use is reserved for Openly heretical or Undercity cults. Most of them will work in fantasy too.
My favorite is coated one with tentacle. I just need to find him suitable head.








 DV cultist looked much more sinister (those guys are very happy about being cultist) and could be used for much more. The were very easily de-cultised and work as Cawdor or plain normal Imperial civilians. So I doubt those new guys will see so many uses as their versatility is lower. I painted only 10 as cultist proper, but used more than that as basis for different conversion work like those porters.


In the other news.. Truescale Marines fodder is upon us in the same starter, they will help my conversion work very much.

And last but not least Plaguemarines themselves.. I have to admit they (in similar way to DV Chaos marines) are cherry on the cake - best models in the set - I might break and have do some Nurgle after all.. :(


niedziela, 23 kwietnia 2017

Lead Painters League entries 1-3

I had a little downtime with painting, among many reasons why is I signed for participation in Lead Adventures Forum painting league.

I was closely following this epic 10 week painting challenge (with elements of competition) and decided that it will help me work under pressure of time and finish some projects I wouldn't for years.
I don't aim for any high place - as participants are top class painters and photographers - my aim it to be in top half of the list of 38 participants. How will it ends remains to be seen but so far so good :)
I won two duels with randomly generated in Swiss format pair of participants and I lost one.

Rules are to present a group of 5 newly painted miniatures in some appropriate environment/scene - and then participants are paired in duels and LA forum members had to vote for one of each pair of participants. Its really most interesting challenge/contest I ever saw with some absolutely epic works of miniature painting art and presenting the unique scenes. While painting is most important both storytelling and photography skills matters in such contest.

As I know my painting limits I went for interesting scenes in most of my entries.
Here are my entries for first three rounds and I will successfully post my entries in incoming weeks. Wish me luck (luck is to not be randomly paired with one of the insanely skilled leaders of the competition :P

1 week: Late Delivery

2 week : Do we need this ? - photo is to unfocused to show miniatures really - deserved loss here
 Ancient Forest - should be a little more focused but I think those are my best painted miniatures entered :)

My miniature photography suxx but I am learning a lot making those photos.

środa, 1 marca 2017

Knights of Patalonia

Somewhere in the Sulphur Wastes..
                As an opposition for my wild mutants of the Sulphur wastes here come techniknights of Patalonia. best of the best of the Felburgh elite. With their ancient archaic power armors Sir Lodovico the Fist and Sir Rolf the Wofl. Both knights have their patron saints and their symbols were taken as a personal heraldry and the Icon for their Ordonance Lances as no knight could quest alone, especially without people to support and service their power armors..


Sir Lodovico the Fist is leader of Questing knights of Fellburgh, He travels into the Wastes to fights mutants and witches and other enemies of the Fellburgh. Real hero of the land..

Accompany him Sir Rolf the Wolf, aggressive and reckless youngest of the questing knights.




Here are all Fellburghians I've made so far, some of the WIPS.
next: more mutants and Ordonance Lances  of the both knights..



wtorek, 31 stycznia 2017

Patalonia the Forgotten World

As I mentioned in the earlier posting I was very Inspired by Outgard project that was/is running bu few very talented individuals mostly from Scandinavian countries and decided to gather my Outgard Inspired stuff into my personal mini project.  I wanted something similar that could combine many different groups of my miniatures into one middle ages after fall of the civilization post apocalyptic setting. And that how without much thought put into it world of Patalonia was born.

A world fallen but not quite forgotten. World that is visited each time in the decade by Black ship Crimson Angelus - great event that prompts all Patalonians to organize witch hunts for quota of psykers needed to be sacrificed to ever hungry spirit in the sky. Due to collapse of the industrial civilization on the planet tithe is nominal and gathered very rarely, but chartist captains are visiting the world regularly around every other year bringing industrial produce of closest Hive World Anubis removed by 3 months void travell.
Those two great events in the world of the planet are happening in the Old Starport - mostly ruined last stand of civilization of  Man on the planet.

Here travel riverrine convoys of Black Steamships and Free Oarsmen Brotherhoods from the Fellburgh in the west by means of Great Green River and from the east by Great Eastern Railway last heavily armored trains from Stahlburg.


Fellburgh is the formal capital, and seat of planetary Lord - Count Theodore von Stern. His domain is a former shadow of itself and compromise of 9 Houshold baronies. It is surrounded from all sides by fallen housholds - strongholds of deviants and renegades, witches, warlocks and mutants - enemies of the Man. Further to the east and surrounding Old Starport lies Sulphur wastes - a jungle-swamp desecrated by old industrialization - full  foulest mutants and beasts.
Even more to the east lies Purple Spire.. Long lost hive city which real name is long forgotten. The hellish place is ruled by Count vonStern dark counterpart -dreaded Goat of Darkness... ever plotting the fall of the Man.. Looking hungrily towards Fellburg

poniedziałek, 30 stycznia 2017

January - Mutant Awareness Month!

January was a mutant month for me.  I acquired cheap Hobbit Goblins at last. I was planing using them as mutants for ages. They never looked to Goblin to me, but scream Mutants!

Seriously mutated bunch..I guess most mutated miniatures GW ever did..
(BTW:I would kill for them in proper 28mm. They are needed second only to Slanagors in plastic)
Mine were second hand and badly painted. But they were already stripped and I didn't care about perfect detail in the places that paint stuck as they are unwashed mutants after all.. and they costed 1/4 of their original price, all 18 of them sans 2 bases. Good price if you ask me.
I wanted them for a filler in games (scavenging in some holes as background) and as lesser enemy for practically anyone. They could work as coerced or bribed  labor or warriors for some unscrupolous master.. no difference for them if they are needed as King Redwart followers,  as diggers looking for PKBtron or as blunt force needed to bring Fallburgh to its knees...

After few days of work I painted test one and The Indifferent Mutants were born.
(Indifferent as opposed to Mutants dedicated to any higher powers like Slaanesh that my main Mutant mob is dedicated. Those guys are non-aligned and murderous for survival and mutant low minded cunning and cruelty)

Here test Indifferent Mutant is posing with Slaaneshian cutthroat mutant (coming soon).

Satisfied with the result I painted few of his friends as produced and started to work on converting some others
 

 

Then I realized that they are to degenerate and has to weak posture to pose danger to armed bands. So I did what I was planing for a long time. I disenchant some Plagueberers and turned them into bigger mutants.
Starting with Violetta - Mutant mother
 

 

Violetta is mother of large brood of filthy degenerate mutants, she is accompanied by some of her youngest offspring wherever she goes. She drags with her one of the happy fathers of her flock.
I need to do few small basses of her offspring to follow. And Mutant king of the Sulphur Forest.
For now I started to work on few more smallish mutants (with light river theme) and some bigger guys and gal -  another female carrying her  mutant offspring in the kangaroo style hole in her belly :)


Finally I finished work on a yet nameless Heroine for My Slaaneshian Slavers Mutant Mob

I will post update with guest star Slaanaeshian Mutant and few more soon.

I am creating new tag - Patalonia - Patalonia is a forsaken Feudal World I decided to work as a idee fixe of my techno-fantasy styled models (Akin to great project of Outgard - go and google it if you don't know it yet) Not surprisingly Sulphur Forest is located on Patalonia west from the Great Green River and close to the city of Fallburgh.


Finally - Violetta little family photo


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