Sunday, November 10, 2019

Black Grom Studio pillboxes

Hey again,

Apparantly I've finally managed to get back on painting tracks and started dealing with the unpainted stuff despite whole that recent real life mess.

It was rather quick job - last afternoon I had to bring and unpack some of my remaining stuff from the old flat and assemble display case, so since I wan't going anywhere - started slapping some paint in the meantime. 
Late evening it turned out all was ready for the next Bolt Action game.

Those pillboxes ("einmanbunker") arrived together with the iron bridge. Once again I must say I definitelly love Black Grom Studio's lasercut stuff: 
definitely brought our battlefield on the new level.
Assembly was piece of cake and the material it's made of is just so easy to work on.
I tried to give it cocnrete look so I airbrushed it with several layers of greys, glazed with oils and then hit with some dry pigments. Imo result is at least decent for gaming purposes.

As for that weirdo in the middle it's prepainted priest from EM4 models (Dunwitch Detectives set). Now looking on the result I might repaint remaining "detectives", maybe one day they could be used in RPG...

Actually it  WAS prepainted, because yesterday I washed it and repainted. That crazy ginger is going to be my US army's chaplain, inspiring the soliders, boosting morale and granting heavens' gates open before Americans. Who die accidentally...
Hope it will do better job than that fucking medic... ><

So hope you like it and take care!

Wednesday, November 6, 2019


Now that's what I call advanced necromancy!

That clanky thing below has been waiting for some paintjob more than 10 years, that's for sure. It's been staggering around and there were few times it's almost been dismantled because of it's precious, oldie parts and bits...

It's old shit, and each and every piece of oldie crap I possess has some story to tell.
As you can see there are some bits from Gorkamorka stuff. Story is back, back days I tried to start orky warband and even got some second hand models - all painted. 
In fact they were like drowning in paint... 

It was not a problem to wash metal models but there was also placcy trukk.
Those days I had no idea breaks fluid does miracle on painted models and I was using really strong pipes cleaner instead... Usually it was ok but this time I prepared WAY too strong mixture and the plastic mostly melted...

No more Gorkamorka for poor Demi =(

But some time later I gathered the remains, added some more vehicle parts and attached it onto cardboard box I've made. Some pins and glue (lots of glue actually) and voila! 
DAKKA-BOT was ready.

No idea why it took me so long to get it done, probably because I don't play anything from GW nowdays, and never had much in common with orks.
But it's finished so one more model crossed off the neverending list ov shame.

Always liked "realistic" painting style more than what GW shows in White Dwarfs so tried to keep limited palete on this one. The model was also perfect candidate to test chipping medium on large surfaces.  

So hope you like it and seeya next time!

Monday, October 7, 2019

Bye-bye Mr Game Table


About 2 weeks ago I moved to the new place. Time in between was spent to adjust the place, get some furniture (like upgrading miniature display cabinet...), get the paperwork done etc.
Lots of things I really hate yet necessary to begin anew.

While I was unpacking first part of miniatures last Saturday I got some pics of my modular game table. I've almost forgotten about that thing!
In June (or so) I realised I was lacking space in the gaming spot - the space was consumed by 10 post-apo modules, 24"x24" each, which were laying unused for way too long.

I still have lots of memories related to this thing: mostly about building it but lots and lots of gaming took place on it: mostly Necromunda and (old) Warzone.
The table has been useless for like 3 years now, mostly because of Bolt Action, but also we found separate terrain pieces more comfortable to store and use than pre-made modules.

I had no heart to simply throw it away but a while back it turned out some local guys play sci-fi stuff on regular schedule, so decision was made they will adopt my monster-baby. I asked them to take some pics after installing table in the club and that's what I got on Saturday. 

Fare well Mr Game table, you will be missed!

Pic I took while packing the thing to the car. 
I told the guy he's gonna take 2 rides to deliver all parts ^^

The table is fully operational in new place. 

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Dug-in Firefly


Recent month was like a nightmare for me. Sadly for non-hobby related reasons.
But life goes on and no matter what shitstorm rages outside the window there's no reason to stop painting stuff. Actually sometimes I think the hobby is one of very few things which keeps me anchored to the reality.
I should probably start getting worried...

So what's today?
Most of my stuff (both related and non-related to hobby) has already been packed and prepared for moving so I don't even want to start a serious project. Instead I've managed to paint some random bits still staggering on the hobby desk.

First one is "recycling" job - it's actually terrain piece for Bolt Action game: dug-in Sherman IC Firefly. This one is or course based on dug-in Panther from Road to Berlin expansion. While packing bits box I've found spare Sherman hull and turret, which were just enough to assemble half on the tank.

The piece was made to practice using oils (lesson learnt: BIGGER CONTRAST!!!) and will be used as terrain piece, mission objective or maybe part of some independent force in the game, targeting anything at sight. Some pics were taken during works - maybe useful for anyone:

Off to moving out...

Sunday, August 11, 2019

The last model on (this) Earth

In this home actually.

All of a sudden it turned out shit hit the fan. And that was the biggest pile of shit I've ever seen. The fan also kinda industrial and rotating hellish fast. You get the point.

Long story short, also excluding unpleasant details, it turned out we have to sell the flat, split with my partner and move out as fast possible.
I was thinking about it while finishing recent heavy anti-tank gun: about whole fucked up situation, last six years spent here and life and death in general.

I've also recalled the very first model painted in this place, back in Autumn 2013.
It was Nemo - Cyrnar warcaster from Warmachine game. That piece was special because it was gift for my one, true hobby foe, I've been struggling against since like 1997.

So I thought it would be kinda symbolic (?) to make the last model painted here also gift.
You know: closing the circle shit. But this time the victim will be my friend from legal training.

And the piece rewarded with exhumation from the pile ov oblivion and despair is undead legionnaire from Warzone game: true, metal model, no finecast or printed fancy shit, big deal!
I have so much heart for these models!
Not only they have lots of character which modern, "hi-tech" models lack for but also bring back lots of memories. Which makes it perfect gift candidate.

Finishing it took 2 evenings and brought me lots of fun. I tried using oils on the armour and helmet but such paints work way better on larger surfaces in my opinion. Still - did the job.

Hope you like it, also hope the recipient likes it too.
Whatever comes next from under my brush most probably will come from new location.

And one more thing since it's about the memories.
While packing my stuff (hobby stuff that is...) I've found 5 White Dwarf issiues from the 90's.
I actually got them few months back but haven't browsed them carefully yet. Nowdays you can find old WD quite cheap (if you are into collecting). Must say back days I've never been big fan of this zine but now it's great way to bring back some more memories from the beginning of hobby activity:
all those vibrant colors, the red period in chaos army, most models metal...

It's just great to have something to escape to where everything around falls apart.