Thursday, December 18, 2014

Thirteen Riders of Rohan


Due to Analogue Hobbies' Curt practically ordering us to paint Tolkien miniatures, I have a Riders of Rohan warband for the Hobbit/LotR Strategy Battle game completed.  These guys are the second warband that I've painted this year.  Rohan are super easy to paint and I look forward to painting a few more warbands.

Here's eleven of the thirteen.

Here's a random side shot.

If you play Rohan, the good news in the most current errata is very good news.  Riders of Rohan do not count against your force's 33% bow limit.  You can now have a probably unplayable but fun all mounted force with bows.

Here's the twelfth guy out front.  I didn't notice he was missing in the group shots.  I posed him quickly with the other spear men.  It was getting dark and my battery was dying and I feared I didn't have the time or juice for another group shot.

I've tried something different than a few random rocks on a base, by making mud puddles.  It's quite simple to do.  You simply leave blank spots on the base when you build up your ground cover.  Paint the "hole" the darkest color of your base and then gloss or lacquer over the top.  I'm experimenting with homemade miniature horse biscuits for future base decor.
the front base is out of focus

Here's the thirteenth, Eomir.  I didn't include him in the Painting challenge, because I had started him prior to Dec 5th.

Next time I hope I hope to have a couple more LotR minis (to please the All Seeing Curt), together with some medieval archers.  There should be some random other minis, that I also started before December 5th.


Sunday, November 30, 2014

Lost and Found Rohan Rider, a Couple Nappies, and Some Space Marines

Hello Exceptional Gifted Viewer,

A fairly mundane post without many minis, but I've been prepping models for the 5th Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge.

Last time I posted Rohan minis, one was mysteriously missing.  I found the missing warrior stolen by my cat Cthulhu.  It was not an easy find.  First I had to team up with a ghoul, go on a confusing boat ride through Kaddath, and eventually I found my mini in the paws of said cat.  I was going to kill the feline using the Viking eagle wings torture technique, but I was in Ulthar, where no man may kill a cat.  Instead I fed him tuna.

Here's a couple Frenchmen, I repainted over.  I don't mind repainting damaged used minis, as it's brain free coloring.

I painted a Space Shark terminator.  He's standing in front a tiny homemade mini-mine field.  The engineer must have been an idiot.  No one is going to miss those obvious tilt rods and if they're anti-vehicle, why aren't they surrounded by anti-personnel mine?  They're made of sprue pieces and bits of wire.

The dud dumb bomb is fairly small, maybe a 250 pounder.  I forgot to add lugs.

Now we have five red Space Marines, done in my quest to have one model from all 1,000 chapters.

In order, left to right:  Angels Encarmine, Red Hunters, Exorcists, Red Talons, and I don't know.  The Rogue Trader marine I picked didn't have a free shoulder pad to paint; I'm going to claim he's a Blood Angel.  I forgive myself for the quick somewhat sloppy shoulder art, I have to finish a thousand before I die.

With 16 different marines, I am 1.6% done with this project.

Here's about half the crap I have decided to paint next.  There'll be Rohan, Prussians, Frenchmen, Cthulhu monsters, Doom game monsters, Tuetonic Sergeants, centaurs, and Perry mercenaries.

till next time, love

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Prussian & French Howitzers, Raid on Bennington!

Hello Dearest Internet Viewer of Brilliant Perception,

I have been preparing for the 5th Analogue Painting Challenge and have been assembling hordes of plastic minis.  Despite having accidentally cut off several fingers and super-gluing the remainder completely together, I've managed to complete a few models for your viewing pleasure.

This is a Perry Prussian 7" Howitzer.  The models were designed to be posed with the piece, so my separate basing technique was not the best choice.

Here's another Prussian 7" Howitzer.  The Perry Brothers produce two different Prussian Howitzer crews, so I had to have both.
 Here's all the guys lined up.

Here's a French Howitzer, I think it's a 5.5" model, but I honestly can't remember what I bought.
 Here's all my French artillery models.
 I actually have more, but they're ancient models.  You can see they don't look quite right next to the modern Perry sculpt.

I lined up what I think is all my Prussian guns.  Eight should be enough for small scale skirmish gaming.  Though I need a Prussian twelve pounder for the group.

Whoops, completed one last model.  I keep spare troops on the table to soak up spilled paint.  This guy who used up a Vallejo volcano of Gunmetal, is an late medieval Old Glory Black Army Armored Infantry (DIF-16) model.

Now on to the action!   The Raid of Bennington!  The rules are the both fun and free ""Sons of Liberty".   The master of ceremonies was the terrific gamer Dave, the man who owns more trees than the rest of us put together.

The British forces lacked actual British and consisted of filthy loyalists, greasy Canadians, dimwitted Brunswickers, and a small group of godless Mohawk warriors.
The valiant Americans consisted of mostly brave militia, a few stalwart Continentals, and a small group of heroic native Americans.

The table was mostly forest (heavy and light), rough hills, a river, some hardened cabins, a mill, and a large redoubt filled to the brim with cowardly Brunswickers.

Here's a close up of the foul nest of evil Brunswickers.

Here's the cabins and a small rat pack of nicely painted loyalist scum.  Why did the villains leave them out "alone" as sacrificial lambs?

Recon over, we march to do God's work and clear the country side of evil.
 We advance all over the place.  Those dirty loyalists are starting to shake in their foul boots as we bravely march forward.

 Oh goody, look how well we advance.  They villains should surrender now, the day shall surely be ours.

We continue in proud columns towards the cabin, where we will swing around and surround the viper pit of a redoubt.  Just look at the puny loyalist panic and get stuck on their silly bridge, due to terrible movement.

Our march is like a victory parade.

Everything turns to poop.  The cabins reek of bacon, Canadian Bacon!  They're full of Canadians!  We charge all the hardened cabins and fail to take them, take heavy casualties, and a fourth of our valiant army falls back.

Well, half the force decides well take the redoubt by ourselves, while the other half is mired by the cabins.

It doesn't go well, militia is terrible at taking redoubts.  Then some Mohawk Indians show up and frighten off one of my units, completely off the table.  At least my proud Indian warriors convince some gunners to evade their cannon.  (PS, the only rule I dislike in Sons of Liberty is how easily gunners can shoot and evade.  You can't catch and kill the bastards without cavalry).  We should have waited on the redoubt to our fellows wipe out the Canadians and advance together.

Oh terrific, the gates of hell have opened and spit out more satan spawned Brunswickers.  See the beasts crossing the stream.  On top there's artillery showing up on the road.

Well almost everyone on the table is focused on the redoubt now.  Our regulars are trapped between the redoubt and reinforcements.

See the good hearted green jackets charge into the bees nest and wreak Godly inspired confusion.

Everyone charges in a last ditch effort.  We forgot how bad we are at charging redoubts.

The charge fails and we decide it's time to call it a day.  Perhaps we'll redeem ourselves at Freeman's Farm.

Till next time, I'll have some space marines and a couple French Nappies.


Saturday, November 15, 2014

Riders of Rohan, Perry Plastic Archers, a Mechwarrior Repaint, and Used Terrain

Hello Fine Internet Connoisseur,

Today I've finished painting some GW LoTR plastic Riders of Rohan.  I actually started painting a dozen, but somehow one escaped during the painting process.  

They're posing near a piece of extruded foam terrain that I picked up used and am curious who made it.
 Here they are running away.
 A close up, I dropped the standard bearer guy and bent his spear tip.  I tried bending it back into shape and broke it off; so now its held on with far too much superglue.

I painted five Perry plastic archers from English box set.  I really don't like painting the studded armor.  It's incredibly difficult to paint thirty little studs without slapping metal paint all over the cloth beneath.

I also repainted a Mech Warrior model to be used not as a behemoth, but as a robot for 28mm games.   He's painted quickly 
bows are of no use against my mighty warbot of many guns.

He was also a victim of a fall; my primary suspect is a black cat, who haunts my hobby table and drinks my paint water.  See the little blue Fosters beer can shaped blue thing at the top of his left gun arm; when I found him on the floor the white one on his right arm was missing.  I wasted approximately 27 hours searching for the missing piece.

Till next time, most beloved viewer, when I hope to have some French and Prussian Napoleonic mortar teams completed.  There may also be some red space marines for my stupid plan to paint one model from every space marine chapter.


Saturday, November 8, 2014

A Few Painted Minis and Some Battle in the Bosque Pictures


First up are the last of the Space Marine Scout models I have been painting.  There's more that need paint, but I am quite tired of painting these guys.  There are far more enjoyable Rohan and Napoleonic models currently being painted.

How many troops do you need armed with only pistols and swords?

Here's five more with shotguns.
 I finished a few more random sci-fi models.  An old Warzone mini to go with my retarded futuristic COBRA force.  The other two are Reaper "bone" plastic/resin models.  The are called IMEF troops, specifically named "Torch" McHugh and Nick Stone.

They're painted the same colors as my earlier mentioned Scouts, so they fight with them without looking to out of place.  I don't think the "bones" have the quality of Reaper's metal minis.

Lastly is a mini given to me by the owner of a much better blog,   The GW LOTR model is the Gondorian character named Beregond.

And now for some random Battle in the Bosque game convention pics.  There's not alot of pictures, as I only able to attend for part of one of the three days.

Here are some beautiful minis painted for Songs of Drums and Shakos, by Albuquerque's best mini baser.  Don is also and incredible painter.

This was a fun underwater game of Astounding Tales, called SHARKS!  The organizer really came up with an incredibly fun scenario.  Russian and American divers need to recover a nuclear bomb off the crashed bomber, whilst fighting off a ridiculous number of sharks.  The sharks came on the table randomly and we had to deal with a Megladon and a Great White.

Almost everyone was eaten.

Warhammer and 40K pics.

Here is an terrific ECW game, using the Regiment of Foote rules.  The organizers John and Steve were great and brought hundreds of beautiful toys for us to push around.  I like Steve better, because he buys me beer.

Here's an incredibly well painted flying chaos demon shogoth kroot dice carrying imperial steam tank cannon chariot thing.  I really like that poor tied up bastard along for the ride.