Friday, 23 June 2017

Knights of the Crescent Moon

Howdy folks,

Never underestimate the ability for home reno's and work to get in the way of blogging momentum!! Now, it could always be worse, but as we approach the final stretch of the month, I am trying to push forward with momentum and some good posts...

Everytime I go through North Bay, I try to make an effort to drop by North Bay Hobbies and spend a little there to try to support the small business folks in our hobby.  This one time, a few years back, I dropped by and bought a flurry of Artizan miniatures. 

I have finally gotten around to putting paint to metal on this great looking pack of the "Knights of the Cresent Moon"...for me, visualizing these figures was heavily influenced by this character:

 Kevork Malikyan as Kazim, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.
 
The pack was fairly quick to paint up and includes 3 focused individuals fighting to protect the Holy Grail from adventurers and riff-raff alike.
 
Enjoy the pics.
 
Always looking stylish with colour and highly shined shoes...these gents are ready for anything...

 
I think every movie I've seen has at least one person wearing a tan suit in the desert...going with that, I thought this was a very appropriate colour to choose...I initially went with desert yellow with green ochre highlights with green ochre/Iraqi sand as the final highlight.
 
Initially I had thought of painting the Tommy gunner up exactly like Kazim...but...I did doubt my ability to nail the pin striping...so I went with a safe black suit for this guy.
 
Painting so far in 2017:
 
Painted:
28mm - 53
15mm - 5

Bought:
28mm - 53
vehicle - 1

15mm - 0
vehicle - 7
Overall PROGRESS: -3

Monday, 5 June 2017

Imperial Assault - STORMTROOPERS!!!

Howdy folks,

Keeping with my new found momentum, I thought I'd post my latest progress with my Imperial Assault painting project.  I most recently finished up Agent Blaise as part of my Rogue Stars mercenary crew...and so I thought I'd try my hand at more Stormtroopers.

I took a few from the core box and also one or two from the Stormtroopers Villains Pack and have a mixed pose section of troops.  I like the poses that are currently available...and I'm sure as any gamer/painter, it would really be great to see a few more, but hey, it could always be worse.

My intent is to have these figures painted up for Imperial Assault, and then to also organize them into some section/squad based organization...so along the way, I ended up deciding on a basing scheme and went back and repainted the base for Kayn Somos...the first batch of Stromies will follow this basing...and then in the future when I've completed more of the core set, I will buy the expansion box that has the Heavy Troopers and split them amongst 2 sections...and for easing my brain, I plan on having a different basing scheme for each squad...

Of course, in the future I could definitely see spinning these figures into a Tomorrows War or Rogue Stars setting.

So with that, here are the pics.

Cheers.
The first section...you can see leader Kayn Somos on the left, base painted up using Vallejo's Desert Yellow as the base undercoat and then using Citadel's Agrellan Earth on the top to get the mudflat look...in my head it gives me the impression of being on Tattooine...you know, pretty much the ass end of the universe.

Trying a different angle and a flash...random piece of terrain in the background that I'm working on... 

Attempt without a flash...getting used to my phone's camera... 

Overhead shot of the different poses...some blaster damage on the helmet... 

Overhead of the section in action... 

Close up shots... 

Painting so far in 2017:

Painted:
28mm - 50
15mm - 5

Bought:
28mm - 53
vehicle - 1

15mm - 0
vehicle - 7
Overall PROGRESS: -6

Friday, 2 June 2017

Northern City Terrain and Golem

Hello folks,

I've had pretty good momentum with my posts at the end of last month...largely thanks due to Cangames, but, local convention notwithstanding I hope to keep some of that momentum going into June.

Over the past couple of months, I've had a couple of small terrain pieces on my side table just to putter at from time to time...nothing focused, but a couple of bits thrown together and then take my time getting the paint on them...make sure I like the looks, etc.

If I recall correctly, sometime around February I found a couple of interesting cardboard packing bits down in the recycling...they look fairly solid, they had a nice shape to them...and given that I had binge watched Game of Thrones over the Christmas holiday, I thought that these packing pieces could make some nice ice walls for Frostgrave and the Northern City.

I added some styro where there was a gap...I didn't want to have to cut everything down further...and I thought on the table the styro would help it look like the walls literally sprung up from the rock...that was the thought at least, lol...

the smaller piece in the middle was a 'flappy' extension of the cardboard and I thought it could make a handy perch or spawn point for some particular piece of no good...I intentionally painted these smaller perches up without the 'ice' blue tones...

A different view of the perches and you can really see how the tone between the pieces compares.
 
Now the best test of any terrain piece...putting a figure against it to see how the effect goes.  I recently finished a Reaper 'Stone Golem' figure...I was initially at odds as to how to paint this one up...whether to go stone heavy or dirt/mud heavy...in the end I chose to follow how I envision the Northern City and I went with a much more stone like appearance.
I just changed up my phone over the past month and I've really been trying to get proficient at using the camera it came with...I tried a few pics with the flash...this one I wanted to get a good view of the figure over all with the ice wall behind him.  When I went with the stone look...I based in black and then Vallejo German Grey...then I thought I'd use more of a wet brush to make the colours pop more... 
I painted VJ stone grey over the figure and then hit it with a heavy dark wash and went from there...VJ black grey, and then several tones down with that cut with stone grey and some off white.  I chose to go camouflage green with the headpiece and 'skirt' to really show off some contrast on the figure... 
Looking at various stoneworks online and a few pieces around the house, I then emphasised specific areas of the figure...I finished the green first...those areas were the easiest to paint up for me and really took the paint well...the stone tones took me more time but I really like how they turned out.

 
As always, I hope you enjoy the pics...take care and we will blog you later.
 
Painting so far in 2017:
 
Painted:
28mm - 45
15mm - 5

Bought:
28mm - 53
vehicle - 1

15mm - 0
vehicle - 6
Overall PROGRESS: -10

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Cangames 2017 - Homegrown ZOMBIES!!!!

Howdy all,

So with this post, my Cangames reporting will come to an end...until next May that is! I do very much enjoy trying out the various games and different rulesets.  Plus, I really like to see the creativity, ingenuity, and imagination of the various modellers and GameMasters...it really can be a treat.

For my final post on the Cangames that 2017 was...I have for you, ZOMBIES...not much of a surprise, it is in the title afterall...this however, was a homegrown (yes, I realize it is in the title as well) set of rules specifically designed to get a large group together over a very good looking table...it is very tongue in cheek...it sure looks like Rex has put a buttload of effort into this game and his gamemastering along with his assistant Tom (...I think that was the gent's name...God I hope I didn't f@#k that up!) was very well done, very good control, very engaging...

Again, I will let the pics do the talking...enjoy, "Flight from the Apocalypse"...

The game starts with everyone deciding one what kind of character...or group of characters they would like to be...you can be solo or group in this...so for my game, me and a few gents went with the Egyptian Archeological team
Inspired by classic archeological movies like The Mummy and Indiana Jones, a Professor, a Foreman, and two labourers made the trek to America to conduct a dig to discover and learn more about the ancient culture of...the Americans...the Professor and Foreman had some special abilities...can't remember what those are...but the labourers (under my control) had the special abilities of Scream and Panic...very useful in an apocalyptic environment...
 
We found ourselves in a small orchard of trees by a river...hearing something about ends of world, etc...we had to make our way to the helicopter pad to try to get out of the city...or make the march across table to the other side. 
 
A view of the long table...our dig team is just off frame to the bottom left of the pic... 
 
Within the first couple of turns, our team make their way across a stream and into a warehouse area with a loading dock and forklift...the Foreman had the ability to make things start, but we were really trying to limit the amount of noise we made...so we let it be...at various spots on the table there were red (random zombie, supplies, or survivors...roll on a table), blue (supplies...timbits...not exactly American, but we'll go with North American), and yellow (NOISE!!) chips... 
blue chip to the upper right...ended up being 3 x timbits...looks like the labourers will have to share
 
Our closest fellow survivor was Lara Kraft, ex-Olympian athlete...she was within 6 inches of 2 x red chips, they became a half-zombie (aka ankle biter), and 3 x runners (very fast)...she quickly generated a bunch of noise with her double 9mm's...
 
Luckily that pulled a BUNCH of red chips over to our right...the red chip movements were either random direction and 2D6, or closest noise incident 2D6...we were happy to get to our timbits... 
 
On our way to the supply drop, we noticed an interesting building...there were many in this section of America...they were revered like churches, and plentiful for all to pray to...yup, we found Andy's Gunshop...perfect time to start an archeological dig...
unfortunately, while the labourers were searching the building to find the best place to dig they scared up an ankle biter...it went after Screamer...who ended up...well, screaming (hello noise marker)... 
...and luckily dispatched the little bugger with his pick...the other labourer immediately starts digging...our special objective allotted us points per turn for digging with max of 3 turns... 
 
It's always good to get direction from smarter folks... 
Even Screamy comes over to see Diggy's progress... 
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Dig over...next, our archeological heroes make their way across the street to a much more divine establishment...Tim Hortons...yup, it was already ransacked... 
 
By this time, on the other side of the table, there were a trio of politico's trying to make their way to the chopper...as you can see the chopper gets a little interesting with all those random red chips... 
So along comes the Trump...assault rifle in hand...unfortunately he was too busy tweeting his apocalyptic experiences and was bitten by a zombie...he turned and became the zombie King! 
At the same time...his fierce rival, Hilary made her way on the opposite street, found a snowplow and started driving around rescuing soccer moms and Liberal cultists...it made a lot of noise, but with a big plow on the front and a full foot on the gas, she coped well with the zombies... 
 
Meanwhile, a close, silent friend of some politico's...Mr. Putin, looking buff without his shirt, silently made his way from the far table edge to the orchard our archeologists started from...he was very quiet throughout the game...must've been all his KGB training... 
 
Unfortunately our Foreman chose the wrong time to go see an icecream truck...Screamy started making noise when he saw his long lost sister was a zombie... 
 
But then they found an alley to hide in...and Hilary was making all that noise with her snowplow...the archeologists make their escape... 
 
Hilary made it to the chopper, the z-King made it to the top of the building...and the snowplow made it through the chainlink fence around the helicopter pad...with many zombies following the noise... 
 
The archeologists keep on strolling... 
 
Oh the carnage...the Liberal cultists sacrifice themselves for the soccer mom, 2 kids, and Hilary... 
...allowing all of them to escape...with Lara Kraft hanging onto the boom rotor...all in all a very enjoyable game...
 
Another excellent Cangames...I did also take the time to make a few purchases...so that skews my totals to:
 
Painting so far in 2017:
Painted:
28mm - 44
15mm - 5

Bought:
28mm - 53
vehicle - 1

15mm - 0
vehicle - 6
Overall PROGRESS: -11