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!