Wednesday, 13 February 2019

Middle Earth SBG (Moria Goblins - part 1)

I'm back in Middle Earth for only the second time ever.

I've decided that I'm going to put together a small number of bits & bobs for ME:SBG this year. The setting is a new venture for me but I'm totally sold on it at the moment. On my current list of "things I'd like to do" are:

  • Moria army (and this is the first post towards that force. Planning to stay purist here and concentrate on just Goblins and a Balrog),
  • Isengard army (I painted Saruman the other week),
  • The Fellowship (I have a mate who is planning to be "The Good Guys" but you can't go to ME without painting The Fellowship),
  • Moria Scenery (just 'cos it looks fun).

So, I've always fancied a Horde army and Moria Goblins are nothing if not a Horde. I'm taking this as an opportunity to try - for the first time ever - the dipping technique.

And this is my result - a unit of 13 (13?!? That's not much of a Horde! Stay tuned...) Goblin Spearmen.

More Middle Earth stuff:

Monday, 4 February 2019

Bolt Action: Germans (Stug III G/StuH42)

Another step out of my Fantasy/Sci-Fi comfort zone brings me to World War II and the "Bolt Action" game by Warlord Games.

I decided last year in (another) fit of madness that my cupboard of shame wasn't already overflowing enough and I picked up the starter set and a German Grenadier expansion set.

I have made a tentative plan that this year I will try to concentrate primarily on the following projects:

  1. Bolt Action Germans,
  2. Middle Earth,
  3. Heresy Death Guard,
  4. Warhound Titan (a not-yet-completed resolution from last year).

There will no doubt be other distractions along the way as the whim takes me, but I'm going to try to focus on those. That gives me one Sci-Fi, one Fantasy and one Historical project (plus the Titan).

That should be enough, right?

Anyway, here's my first offering towards the Bolt Action Germans:

And here we go with the statement:

  • I know the camo pattern isn't authentic. I don't care, I like it.
  • I know the decals are probably wrong. I don't care.
  • I'm only doing this for fun. I'm not a historian. I'm not trying to be accurate. If I was trying to be accurate, it'd be made of steel, as big as my house and weigh several tons. And if you were moaning at me about the camo, it's guns would be pointed at you...

More Bolt Action stuff:

Wednesday, 23 January 2019

Malign Sorcery (Part 2 of 4)

I've completed work on a few more of the Endless Spells models from the Malign Sorcery set.

I have to say I do like these. At whatever point I finally get to play a game of Age of Sigmar (I've never managed it yet!) I'm sure they'll look great as they roll over my foes.

Umbral Spellportal

Aethervoid Pendulum

Quicksilver Swords
More Age of Sigmar stuff:

Thursday, 17 January 2019

Middle Earth SBG (Saruman)

Argh! I've done it again! Why do I keep doing this to myself? I've started collecting models for another game!

A chance conversation with a mate, followed by an accidental watching of half of one of "The Hobbit" movies ended up with us deciding to have a go at the Middle Earth setting.

Then, as usual, I stumbled across a bargain on eBay and now I'm building models for bad-guy Middle Earth.

I'm probably going to aim for Moria and Isengard, but along the way I'll doubtless pick up a few models I can use to flesh out a Mordor force too.

Anyway - here's my first offering: Saruman with Palantir:

Thursday, 10 January 2019

Malign Sorcery (Part 1 of 4)

For "Fathers' Day" last year my son bought me a fabulous gift - the Malign Sorcery set.

At the time the new AoS Soul Wars set was just being released and I was working on a bunch of Stormcast models so the timing was perfect.

Then I screwed the timing up by getting distracted and working on a bunch of other things. What can I say - I'm fickle.

I've recently made a start on this set and I have to say I'm having a blast with it - I didn't really appreciate just how much fun working on this stuff would be. These models are great fun to paint.

I've not finished them all yet so I'll present them in bits and bobs as I work my way through them, starting with these:
Prismatic Palisade

Malevolent Maelstrom

Soulsnare Shackles

Monday, 31 December 2018

RandomArmyChallenge - xmas 2018 (Part 2 - finished!)

It took some doing, but I've completed the Deathshroud unit I decided to build and paint for the "Random Army Challenge" over on MeWe.

If you recall from my previous post, I  had an old unit of plastic terminators and some Forgeworld Manreaper scythes that I was going to hack together. Some greenstuff would be added to scabby them up a bit.

So I did, and this is what I ended up with:
The Unit
Individually, they look like this:




And finally, this:

These guys are a bodyguard unit for the Death Guard Primarch, Mortarion. So here they are with the boss-man (it's a "counts-as" model rather than the Forgeworld original):

More Heresy Death Guard stuff:

Thursday, 20 December 2018

RandomArmyChallenge - xmas 2018 (Part 1 - preparation)

This one took me by surprise.

Historically, like a lot of other people, I tended to share a lot of my blog posts over on Google+. With the impending demise of the G+ platform, many of us have migrated over to MeWe.

So, I'm happily burbling along, painting stuff, posting stuff and sharing stuff and I receive a message inviting me to participate in an event on MeWe called the "Random Army Challenge".

The basic idea is you pick something 40K-shaped that you haven't worked on before and are challenged to complete a model, squad, kill team or army before 2018 winds itself up on New Years' Eve.

I got this message a couple of days ago.

No rush, no pressure.

The closest thing to hand was a handful of minis I bought off eBay ages ago when I was getting excited about Horus Heresy and collected a bunch of ancient models to build a Death Guard army out of; I grabbed a load of RTB-01 Space Marines and 1st Edition Rhinos, Predators etc. I figured it'd make a good force and decided to - as far as possible - stick with vintage minis. Death Guard needed a Mortarion. Mortarion needed a Death Shroud unit. So, I bought a bunch of old plastic Terminators and some Forgeworld Death Shroud scythes.

I did a test paintjob on this guy over a year ago, and painted a dreadnought for Dreadtober in 2017. And there the project lay with no further progress. Until now. The terminators are what came to hand when I was invited to join the challenge, so, at the moment they look like this:

As soon as I get a moment, I'll get some texture on the bases and get the spraycan out and then the real work can begin.

More Heresy Death Guard stuff: