Saturday, August 12, 2017

Zee Germanz!!! (+ zee zombie dragon)


Once again I've managed to slap some paint on toy soliders, this time it German tank destroyer: Jagdpanzer 38(t) a.k.a. Hetzer.
It's special piece because this sneaky bastard it birthday gift for my brother - painting that is, the model itself arrived a while back.
Anyway I wanted to paint it so the color fits brother's Heer infantry. Most of official patterns I found in the webspace is fancy camo but I went into something similar to german uniform / feldgrau (based on mix of olive and greys).
Everything was more-less fine until I started adding chipping and mud. All in all now it looks almost like my US vehicles. Next time I think I'll give a try to pure grey as base tone, maybe with nazi flag laying on armour for contrast. Plenty of time for planning 'till the next birthday.

Hope you like it:


Because my short "holiday" is over so I decided to get remaining 4 models painted, to get basic US army detachment fully painted. 
Sure, there's still plenty work ahead, but it's just basic ~1000-1200 pts.

Remaining models are 3 Black Tree Design riflemen and West Wind Productions BAR operator. They are all cool: models are more-less same size as my fav Artizan pieces so they all look great as crowd / squad. Besides my infantry constantly remains 100% metal =]
Painting is nothing spectacular: the same color palette as before to keep whole infantry coherent. Backpacks and ammo belts of the shooters were painted with VGC camouflage green, which nicely fits olive uniforms. 
If I find more models with backpacks I hope to build 8-men strong engineer squad: 2x BAR and flamethrower in a single unit sounds just sweet! (and smells gasoline + burnt flesh...).

Field "hospital" in the back (or rather camouflaged ammo storage as my opponent claims...) is adopted spare piece from Rubikon Models US truck I got recently. I was hoping to get more striking colors using chalks, but all in all it didn't turn out as planned. 
Red Cross is another experiment - more successful this time. I wanted it look like soliders painted it in the field, so I prepared simple stencil and used sponge for applying thick layer paint. Some unpainted areas were left on purpose so whole thing looks more realistic (hopefully...). I also hope to paint some camo on next tank (Sherman 76mm or Chaffee) using sponge. Results might be interesting.

And last thing 'bout BA this time: since the last post we've also managed to play some Bolt Action games - improving the matches a bit. 
First improvement is aerial recon. General idea is:
battlefield is set up at least few days before the game and players can find in mail boxes (mail, not e-mail!) photo of the field so the best forces can be chosen. Usually some partisans gets killed to provide such materials for the commanding officers:

Nice, eh?  And below - the actual battlefield.
All in all it's not much effort but lots of fun getting true letter these (modern) days.

Another upgrade is grass: 
until now we played of simple board painted green but last week proper gaming mat was found and suddenly everything looks WAY better. Kinda brings back memories of Warhammer Fantasy Battle 5th ed. reports. Almost pro.
All I have to do now is somehow force the opponents to paint their minis. Or at least spray undercoat, so the battle photos don't look like US army faces bunch of T-1000...

And last but not least: Photobucket recovery series.
This time I'm bringing oldie Zombie Dragon painted on February 2014
The model is quite old and for me it's still one of fav miniatures from Warhammer Undead army. I think I should give it new pictures next time I get it cleaned. 
And maybe finally assemble Dieter Helsnicht...

Since we're around Oldhammer - recently I found oldie chaos champion model in the back of glass case. Sadly I have no use for it so decision was made to find new home for the piece.
If you think it might feel better in your place - let me know (here or via FB), for gaming purposes I can remove the plinth and replace it with standard base.
Some more pics in the proper Facebook Oldhammer Trading Post thread.

Till the next time!

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Licking wounds after Photobucket accident

Since Photobucket changed the policy some (bloody lots actually) of my pictures disappeared from the blog.

Lucky for me I still have some of them on hard drive so decision was made to upload them again - on google server this time. You can expect more pics being posted between normal posts. The ones I can find that is...


Sunday, July 16, 2017

Mini exchanged Gorkamorka dude (+ some Bolt Action)

Hey again,

Once again there's not much I can share but at least it's something rather unusual: Gorkamorka ork. But let's start from the beginning.

Short while back our old Chest of Colors painting group has been gathered again. I was rotting in the office when I spotted mysterious link sent from CofC admin: invitation to slack messenger. I clicked it aaand...


Most of CofC veteran painters were there already. It was great surprise for me - kinda like high school class reunion. But better, 'cause from what I know class reunions suck like fucking hell (never been at any speaking of which - there's no need to risk wasting evening).

It was really cool thing to chat again with those guys. Long story short - after exchanging pleasantries mini exchange was mentioned. When I was still in the CofC group there were 6 exchanges - always successful. So the decision was made to have some fun once again.
After secret drawing it turned out I was painting a model for rejven - fresh blood in the group (definitely fresher then mine that is...)

All I knew was rejven was into Warhammer 40k.
Looking for something rather unique in the pile ov lead some excavations were organized and the result was oldie blister containing 3 Gorkamorka ork shootas.

I remember I got them long time ago, maybe 10 years ago, when I was still hoping for:
- assembling Gorkamorka warband, based on original models,
- finding Gorkamorka player.
All I achieved was getting these shootazzz and ork boss...

Mid 90's was the best period in the hobby in my opinion. EE models from that time were just sweet, especially greenskins. They sure were kinda cartoony (just check Orcs and Goblins WFB 5th ed army book) but it was that candy look what dragged me into the hobby.
Gorkamorka models seem to be slightly smaller than 40k greenskins - probably to place more of them on trucks and buggies. They even had special rugby-ball bases!

So the patient has been chosen.
I decided to give him rather natural look, imo much more natural than you could see in the old army books. Painting this lil' bastard was nothing but fun. Since it's special model instead of ordinary base it got resin plinth - it's harder to loose it now. Hope you like it.
But hope much more recipient likes it...


Speaking of Gorkamorka - I still have one more painted model from this range:
slightly converted badass ork boss. Picture has been taken long time ago but here's more-less what the dude looks like:

I actually have no use for this little bugger and I am quite sure he'd also prefer to crush some digga-skullz instead of just looking nice behing the glass.
If you'd like to adopt it - let me know, I'm going to put it on market anyway, when I get decent photo. It's provided with display base but I can replace it with gaming base if anyone needs.

What else?
Ah yes! Last week I passed the first exam on my studies so I finally got some spare time to finish anti-tank gun for my US force.
It's another piece of Black Tree Designs toy in my collection and I must say I really like it. Assembling was bit tricky but imho the final effect was worthy all the cursing...

Model comes with 3 crewmen: I decided to attatch only one to the base, remaining guys (those two unpainted bits in the back) got own bases so it's easier to remove casaulties.
Color choice was easy choice - it's basicaly the same set of tones I used on M3A1 halftrack and M18 Hellcat.
There are no pics of Hellcat anymore though, because of new and improved photobucket's policy. 
Fot the love of fuck! I do not mind using paid sites to keep photos safe but claiming cash for pics uploaded for years it's just goddamn blackmail. 
I don't even want to know how much material has been lost because of their fucked up idea. Hope that PB goes bankrupt shortly...

So believe or now - I used similar colors on Hellcat.
Remaining infantrymen will be painted soon.

And that's not all!
Last night we finally managed to meet and roll some dices. Once again brave american buys were facing evil, backstabbers from UK (out "so-called" ally...)
This time roads made by my bro were used for the first time and also we played on pre-set table: a day before battle I sent aerial photo of it so my opponent can choose something proper.
The table was something like this:

I was totally surprised with this piece: my opponent usually fields only light and fast units but last night there was heavy tank and I left my bazookas at home!



But reinforcements arrived on time: with some luck Sherman managed to stun Churchill's, jam the turret which was enogh to keep it off action for the rest of the match.


Brits also had reinforcements:
suddently Bren rolled in carrying 5 badass SAS operators. I had LOTS of luck because they didn't manage to wipe out my infantry squad scattering around ruins.
Moment later unit of my paratroopers jumped on SAS guys: halftrack took out Bren, US paras executed SAS spies. No mercy for the traitors!


And the aftermatch.
We had lots of fun with the game, playing on pre-set battlefield was also interesting. I think we'll test it again during next battle. I regret I didn't field the new cannon - it would have great shooting position thank to road corridor.


Thats's it for now, take care!

Monday, June 12, 2017

Armageddon finally comes

Hey again,

It took a while to assemble something and update the bloggy with, but I guess it's still better than nothing. I didn't expect whole the study project started this year would become such a time consuming black hole.
Hobby time that is.

But the Rubicon has been crossed and money spent so all I can do now it trying to benefit as much as possible on the whole thing, and get it finished the best way possible.

So as for the hobby matters:
a while back Shadow War: Armageddon was released.
I must admit I didn't give a f%ck about it initially, as much as I don't really care about "modern" EE releases. In my book GW released most of their interesting models in ~90's, and later it was just getting worse.
But my trusty old foe is less radical and he purchased copy of rulebook. It turned out new edition made oldie Necromunda rules smoother and more game-friendly (at least that's what he says), so we decided to give it a try. Besides it would be nice to take a deep breath of fresh, toxic air from ash wastes after recent months of Bolt Action gaming.

After browsing gangs available the only acceptable choice for me was Chaos (what a surprise...). Not only because evil armies are usually more cool that goodie-goodie ones, but also because I could base the war party on models which has been waiting for some action for a long time: mostly on Nurgle combat patrol, painted for the contest some time ago.
For cultists I chose 2 scavvies  models and mad cultist from old RAFM line. They fit the group really nicely and are perfect candidates for full member servants ov Khaos.

I am quite surprised until now there was no occasion to test those rotten guys in action, hope Papa Nurgle will be satisfied about their service.
And number of souls they will provide for everlasting Chaos glory (Ia! Ia! Ia!)...

So, ladies and gentlemen: Armageddon finally comes!

And we're back on the ground, in Europe invaded by evil Germans.
Some time ago I added a jeep to my small force - haven't used it yet, but the idea is to arm it with medium machine gun and give it a role of pain-in-the-ass-intantry-hunter.
On the battlefield I often see small enemy units or single characters staggering quite safely - such tinies are easy to hide and often - not worthy of attention of whole units or tanks.
That ends now hopefully.

But at this stage I am trying to get it assembled. While attaching wheels, driver and shooter was not a big problem, installing machine gun definitely is: it's quite small element standing on thin stick and I am quite sure unless I make something up there might be a problem with transporting the piece on the battlefield. Obvious thing would be using pin to connect the gun with shooter's hand, but it might be risky - even using 0,6mm drill.
I am also considering replacnig metal gun with spare placcy from M3A1 halftrack (I have no idea what happened with photobucket - pics are not displayed on blog anymore but they work if you click the miniature.)

Any ideas are more than welcome.

And the last thing - I managed to paint something!
Very small something but it still counts for annual statistic...
Last week buddy of mine opened own office, so I thought I can support him with big bottle of something tasty and self-painted lucky charm. It is said frog sitting on coins brings luck in business.
We'll see.

Thant's it for now, hopefully see ya next month!

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Back to the 90's - again

Hello again,

After painting Chronopia beast I somehow cannot kick myself back into hobby routine. Apparently I am tired or overstretched my painting abilities at the beginning of the year...
No matter what was the cause miniatures won't paint themselves and hobby altar demands contant sacrifices. 

For a while I wanted to paint Mercurian Maculator from oldie Warzone range (bah, of course OLDIE range!) - it's that ugly thing in the back of first pic.
During back days, when original Warzone was actually alive (and quite prosperous I think) I've never had any opportunity to see the model on the battlefield. It had brilliant artwork - by Paul Bonner himself, nice profile, useful skills and decent gun. But at the same time it was so fuc*ing big it's chance for survilal were just minimal. Nothing but a stupid bullet magnet.

So after Mr Maculator got pinned, assembled, based and undercoated the decision was made to switch to something smaller and, let's be frank about it - looking nice ^^

I've always liked Mordheim - sadly we've never played it. No reason why actually. 
No matter how cool the game really was it also had (and still has) huge hobby potential: 
tons of miniatures to choose to create really unique gangs, lots of cool ideas about painting and modelling to fit the depraved and wretched City of the Damned.

My "natural" choice for battleforce is Undead but also always loved 90's beastmen models (probably since read Tale of 4 Gamers is WD). Collecting 100% metal Warhammer Fantasy Battle army was just way beyond my reach, but not skirmish raiding party. Slaanesh party...

After some excavation works in the Pile ov Shame some models emerged to start with. I have no idea about battle usefulness of minis chosen, simply picked oned I liked:
there will be like 3 gors, 3 ungors, some boss, minotaur and fiend of Slaanesh (probably proxying chaos hound). First idea was to use orginal beastmen lord / champion from the mid 90's, but I've found oldie chaos warrior model which can be even better candidate:
- it's dedicated worshipper of Slaanesh;
- it has beastman (probably) head;
- it's suited with heavy armour: painting it really dark would be just really cool especially if model is placed in the middle of bright models;
- worst part of the sculpt is that stupid looking blade, sadly it's connected with armour and head so I cannot replace it with anything looking decent.

So here's the current stage of the group. They will get classic "Road to Mordheim" base - simple and effective:

And below you can see the first model from the band (color test).
Since it's Slaanesh group the warriors must look rather "fresh" and alive - and this little fucker is rather ok. At first I wanted to achieve albino effect but then I thought maybe it's better idea to keep such complexion the the boss - no matter what model it will be in the end.

And last but definitely not least since it's about divine matters: 
last week I've finally got the sleeve inked. Whole project started few years back but because tattoo studio I chose is 60 km away from where I live, I've always had something better to do than playing with ink and needles. But it was high time to please Great Cthulhu, armageddon might come any day after all (let's hope for it).

It's still fresh and it will take at least few days to heal but I will take some shots when it's done. I kinda know posting tattoo pic is rather silly but hey, it's still better that posting pics of food on Instagram! Or wherever!
Besides that tattoo artist did piece of great job, no doubts about it.

So, Cthulhu, you may now raise from the eternal slumber, I am ready! Iä! Iä! Cthulhu fhtagn!