Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Wargame Hobby Bingo 2018

Regular readers will have noted that I like to give myself challenges to aid with keeping the motivation going in terms of finishing projects and making myself sit down and paint.

I saw this bingo board, on Rob Hawkins' Blog and thought it was a good idea. 

Since this version of the bingo card purposefully moves away from painting alone to a more completist hobby focus, some of the challenges may be a bit OTT, in that I am not going to do much in the way of making a table. I just don't have the space. So maybe I'll fill in a couple of other options on those squares.

I am also going to make it that one mini cannot fill in more than one space. That would shorten the challenge somewhat, and that's not the point.

Here's to renewed hobby focus in the coming months.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Snow Leopard

After the long hiatus that was last year, I have been re-energised by the winter break into getting the paints out.

This was helped along by at least 2 games of Frostgrave over the holidays with my eldest. She

In an attempt to equip ourselves for more varied gameplay at home as opposed to at a store, I picked up a couple of prepainted D&D minis, a panther and a bear, as well as a few odds of scatter scenery (more on that in a future post). Turns out, after googling for some pics of the original to post here, it was actually a limited edition Guenhwyvar miniature. I am not a big D&D fan, so really this means very little to me, other than it works as a big cat!
Photo not mine
The bear doesn't really need any work, but the panther was bought to be used as a Snow Leopard, so needed a little modification and a new coat of paint. I didn't take any WIP shots of the greenstuff job on this mini, but basically, I bulked up its shoulders and added some fur to its head, neck and tail.

So, with that, we have the Snow leopard:

I realise this is far from my best work, but the goal was to finish something, and this was painted in a very short time, is table ready, and the Big'un is pleased with it, so goal achieved. It'll take more than this mini for me to get back up to the standard where I was happy with my work last year, but baby-steps.

The Big'un has a wizard with the Animal Companion spell, and has been trying out the various options in her games, with the Snow Leopard being a favourite, and Ice Toad a close second, so I guess I'll be repainting the toad mini I have next.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

2017, a review

This won't take long, I ran through last years post, to pick a few of my favourite minis painted over the year. Here's my top ten.

Ummm, ok. I guess that's it. *looks again* Yup. Those are the grand total of miniatures I finished painting last year. I still haven't even finished the base on the Brainwaster.

2017 was not a year for miniature painting. For one, the closure of my local gaming haunt meant I got out of the habit of getting regular games. I also have been getting my gaming fix by running through the Horror on the Orient Express for Call of Cthulhu.

So is that it for the year in review? Well, I did get a few games of Rogue Stars in over the summer. And I have been playing Widower's Wood and Frostgrave with the Big 'un. Including 2 games over the Christmas break.

For 2018, I'm not entirely sure I have my painting mojo back. Work has also been a factor, and I can't see that changing soon. I would like to try to get my hand back in. I'm close, as I have bought a few WhizKids prepainted minis, to use as beasts and wandering monsters for Frostgrave with the Big 'Un, so I'm hoping that will help.

That and getting back into blogging, as that was one of the reasons for starting this blog in the first place.

Here's to you all. May 2018 bring you all that you wish of it. May you reach all your painting goals, and may your dice roll well!

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Necromunda Reboot

Ok, I'm going to let you all into a little secret. I have never played Necromunda.

I, along with my gaming buddies back in the day, all bought starter sets, but I don't think any of us ever bought the rules or played the game, we bought them as minis for SLA, and other related shenannigans.

I also have not played any GW games for a very, very long time.

However, I am tempted by this:

I have a whole host of Escher minis to use, and the new ones look kinda cool too!

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Minis looking for a good home

Do you like minis? Do you want more minis?

Do you like these minis?

I posted a few years back that I was given a full army of historical minis. The are beautiful, and they are painted, but I never use them, and I am in dreadful need of space. So, it is with a heavy heart that I am looking to offload these miniatures to whoever wants them.

The only catch is that you either come get them (which if you are in the Montreal area shouldn't be an issue) or you pay postage.

I will pack them up as best I can and post them anywhere on the planet. I will also give a quote before sending them, so you know exactly what you are going to pay.

This post in particular gives the background as to what they are and where they came from.

Please help me find a home for these minis, and give them a second life. They are just gathering dust, and I need to make space. I'll likely be posting similar posts with links to other minis and books I am having to sell for the same reason.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Sneak Preview

Change of pace, change of scale.

More to come, as they paint so much quicker than their 32mm version.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

VASA Archangel

Inspired by the rekindling of the Void community online, and this post I wrote for the Viridian Wars blog, I finally got round to painting one of my favourite models from the Void range (I have a few). The Kev White Archangels are sush simple yet elegant sculpts. The minis were so successful that they were used in Urban War for a while too, before being replaced by (to my mind) inferior scuplts. For a great many years I did not paint them, as I didn't have the skill I to paint the wings in the way I knew I wanted to.

I finally bit the bullet, and painted one. My inspirational bird of reference was the Kingfisher.

I doubt I'll paint a whole unit in this sceme, but it was fun to do one.