Saturday, October 22, 2016

Conan Monolith Kickstarter Arived!!!

Hi everyone,

I have interrupted my Viking project posts to show off many newly arrived Conan Kickstarter.

I have been waiting for this for around a year and a half I think.  Overall I think it was worth the wait. I bought into the Barbarian Pledge, which at 90 dollars is super bargain with all the unlock stretch goals.

The firsts pictures shows just how big the parcel is. The box was slightly damaged, but the contents were OK.  I have included a Space Marine for scale purposes.

As you can see below, along with the game box, I got another box full of stretch goals, besides all the add-ons I bought.

The contents of the game box for the standard game (Barbarian Pledge) is packed with stuff.  The quality is high and the miniatures are great, but not all the miniatures are as defined as their sculpts and renders.  This is especially obvious with the dainty female models.

The other box contains mostly miniatures with the same quality and slight definition problems. It also has extra boards, cards and scenarios from the unlocked stretch goals.  Personally, I wished all the stretch goals were just miniatures!

My favourite figure though is the big sea monster!  This piece is a true gem and is screaming out DIORAMA!
I am dying to start painting some of this stuff, but I have to refrain and soldier on with the Vikings and my Merkava diorama.

So overall I am super happy with it all, but I am slightly disappointed with the lack of definition with some of the models.  I will have to compensate with the painting I guess.

That is all for today.  See you in 7, until then farewell and good health.


Saturday, October 15, 2016

Vikings Phase One - 1st Warrior Unit pt2

Hi everyone,

I have finally finished my first unit of Viking warriors for Saga!  Painting them is fun, but they take up way more time than say a Space Marine or Algoryn.
This is because they are wearing a variety of clothes, and variation is key in order to make them interesting.

Nonetheless, I kept the painting as simple yet neat as possible; with only two to three levels of shading. 

The same principle was applied to the shields.  The warrior shields are all basic colour patterns taken from historic sources.  Some simple highlights and a brown wash around the edges was all they needed to create interest.

Finally, I got to paint the leader of the band.  This was the miniature I operated on in order to make him taller.  You can see the post HERE. I gave him a red top of hair so he would stand out more.  The blue and white pantaloons also lend a hand.  I have had this model for over 20 years sitting in my cupboard.  Finally I can see him painted up and put to good use.

Next week I will start on my first unit of hearth-guard. So before I hit the painting desk, farewell and good health to one and all.


Sunday, October 9, 2016

Vikings Phase One - 1st Warrior Unit pt1

Hi everyone,

I have started work on my first unit of viking warriors for Saga.  A standard unit of warriors consists of eight models which you can distribute into units of 4 to 12 models.
Personally I will leave them at eight.  I find this number to be more flexible and tactically adaptable to situations that present themselves on the gaming table.

Regarding the colour schemes, I wanted the palette to consist  mostly of earth colours, with some blues and reds here and there.

As for the shields, I have gone through some historical sites and chosen the plainest designs possible. 

Now that the first half of the unit is ready, I will start with the second four models including the leader which I did some conversion work to several posts ago.

So before I hit the painting desk, farewell and good health to one and all.


Sunday, October 2, 2016

Vikings Phase One - The Warlord

Hi everyone,

After completing the first phase of my Sylvan Army, I decided to do the same with my Viking Warband for Saga.  I am tired of playing with unpainted miniatures and I have decided that the situation has to change!

Phase One of this project will consist of building up a standard  4 point army for Saga. This will consist of one warlord, two warrior units, one hearthguard and one berserker unit.

In Phase Two I will add another warrior unit and hearthguard unit, besides another variant warlord.

Today, though I present my warlord.  I have yet to find an appropriate spine- chilling name that floods fear into the heart of any monotheistic, knee-bending, fear-stricken religious layman christian nutter - nonetheless I think he strikes an awesome figure without a name.

The painting is neat with a enough highlights and lowlights to create interest without overburdening me with extra work.  I will keep to this formula and standard for the rest of the force.

I also think using two or three figures for the warlord base gives the aesthetics of the game more depth and interest. I got the idea from browsing through the rulebook and at other wargaming hobbyist's blogs - a great source of inspiration.

Well, if you like what you see please stick around as more will be coming this month.

Next week I will start working on my first unit of warriors.  Until then farewell and good health.


Saturday, September 24, 2016

Good Bye Antares, Hello Hordes!

Hi everyone,

I think the title is very clear!  I have finally given up on The Gates of Antares. The game is just not taking root down here.  After playing several demo games no one seems interested in investing in a force.
It is a true pity, because I really liked the game mechanics, even though the quality of the metal figure castings was not very high.  The reasons offered from my friends are that the figures are all in metal and not in plastic, or that they look too comical for hard core sci-fi game. Although everyone likes the Concord and the Senatex.

Some have complained that the rules are too complicated, and a lot of gamers do not like the D10 system.  Personally, I do not think they are more or less complicated than most rules and I think the D10 system is OK - but there you have it.

Personally, I was a bit disappointed with the quality of the metal Algoryn castings, and I would have preferred plastic, but it was not something I was not prepared to overlook in order to get a dedicated gaming group together.  Unfortunately it did not take root.

On the other hand, everyone down here is excited for Warmahordes. Mark 3 is the current rage and everyone seems to be playing it.  So as the saying goes, if you can't beat them, join them!

Therefore I have sold off all my Algoryn force - in fact I have already found a buyer overseas.  I will keep the plastic Concord for now just in case the game miraculously takes root.

Since I sold a red army, it is only right and proper that I replace it with another red Warmahordes army.  So I have decided to go with the Skorne.  The other (more pertinent) reasons are that they seem to be the underdog in this new edition. So they pose a challenge - that should keep things challenging and interesting.

The other reason is that the Skorne character is diametrically opposite to mine.  I am not cruel to animals; do not believe in pain or self-infliction; have no desire to conquer for the sake of conquering; and I do not like torture of any kind.

I have always taken armies that I feel a resonance or kinship towards, it is refreshing to buy and collect an army that is so different.

I have already made some purchases.  I bought the 2 old Skorne Battlegroups at a 30% discount and the new one at a 20% discount from Wayland Games.  I also had the metal Bronzeback I had bought for a diorama that never panned out. 

Therefore I will start from here.  I will build and paint these purchases up, then I will expand from there after doing some research into what works and what sucks.

That is all for this week.  See you in 7!  Farewell and good health.


Sunday, September 18, 2016

Sylvan Heros - Part 2 - The Forest Warden

Hi everyone,

This week I tackle the Forest Warden.  This is my old Durthu model from the defunct Citadel Wood Elf range.  With this model done the phase one of this project has come to completion.

I always liked this model, and the character even more.  I was going to use him in the tree shambler unit initially, but he did not quite fit in.  Maybe it is the over-proportioned arm?

Therefore I decided to use him as a Forest Warden.  I think his old status and the look of the miniature lends itself very well to this role.  To compound on this he is also quite short when compared to the new plastic treeman kits - so I think it is the only right fit.

The model was 80% ready.  All that was left as the detailing and painting up most of the grey areas and accentuating some of the coloured areas.  So I sat down and got to it.

I have to say that I am very satisfied with how he turned out.  It only took me about eight hours of work in three sessions. So I nww have a small Sylvan army ready to do battle in a Kings of War game.  Let the best general win!

I think readers of my blog will find next week's article interesting. See you in seven.  Until then farewell and good health.


Saturday, September 10, 2016

Sylvan Heros - Part 1

Hi everyone,

With the completion of the Elf Spear Horde unit, PHASE ONE of the army I had to convert is now done.  I just have to add new units to it.  I do, though, have two characters which I need to add to the army.

The first is my Unicorn Mage Rider.  The mage is from the old Citadel range and the unicorn is from the old Grenadier range (if memory serves).  The miniature was painted 20 years ago and was ready, but due to an incident at my gaming club the unicorn's horn snapped and got lost.  So that has to be fixed.  Also the white hide of the unicorn has yellowed with time.  This is definitely the effect of the varnish.
So the first step was to fix the horn.  If you want a new horn that is strong, you have to add support, therefore I found a steel pin and inserted it into a hole I carefully drilled into the horn.
The next step was to add putty.  The strongest putty that I know of that cures rock hard is Milliput.  I have yet to find an epoxy putty that cures harder.  Granted, it is not as workable as its more waxier cousins, but you have to use the right tool for the job.  In this case it is definitely Milliput.

After adding the putty and letting in cure for several hours, it was time to sand it down and paint it up.  This was quite straight forward.

I also decided to retouch the model over all.  I was not going to repaint it, but just add some highlights and lowlights around the mage's skin and clothes and remove the yellow tint on the unicorn's hide.  While I was at it, I also decided to re-base it so it would be in line with the other units.

Next week it is the turn of the next hero character - the Forest Warden or ex-Durthu model.  Until then farewell and good health.



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