Tuesday, 27 December 2011

Gaming hopes for 2012

Gaming hopes for 2012

Projects to finish:

Warhammer fantasy battle:
 Skaven 2000pts (two units to finish)

Warhammer 40'000 :
 Orks 1000pts (10 miniatures to paint)

Dreadfleet (painting)

Urban War:
Koralon: Make up to 300pts

Make each of these forces to 35SS (Scrap level)
Liliths Neverborn (19/35)
Viktorias Outcasts (24/35
Rasputinas Arcanists (9/35)

Warmaster ancients :
Norman force 1000pts (build and paint)

Menoth- Make up to 25pts

feel free to comment and add your own lists

Tuesday, 20 December 2011

Malifaux - Outcasts

Malifaux - Outcasts

This week i have been painting up my other Malifaux crew, yet again placing my 40K Orks on hold.
As it was only five miniatures i didn't feel too bad.

The colours schemes  i used where just the ones in the artwork and on the back of the box, so i didn't break new ground in that aspect.

now i should make a note to you, that these pictures where taken on a blackberry, as my camera is having issues. As a result the picture quality isn't as good as i would of liked. 

in order of completion :

Bishop (Pit fighter)

Steam fitter Johan

Taelor ( Relic hammer enthusiast)



The Outcasts, and a better picture too

Sunday, 11 December 2011

Koralon Warp Portals - Urban war

Koralon Warp Portals

With my Koralon force containing a Phazon and Warp portals essential. I am going to take you through how i made my own simple and easy to make warp portals.

Template: i used the Template from the download section of the urban war website here
The warp portal are the green circles at the top

Once i had cut them out i put them on a 30mm lip base, as you can see it fits perfect in the centre.

so now we know its the correct size, time for the modelling of the portal

To begin i covered the centre part of the base in a layer of GW green stuff its best to make this not too thin as it needs to be sculpted slightly.

Green stuff on base

The next stage is to create swirling pattern (it doesn't have to be swirls, but i like the idea of this effect)
I used a sculpting tool and made cut circles on the GS (Green Stuff), its better if some of the lines overlap.
when i made mine i pushed some of the edges up where i cut into the GS, so it has some raised areas

Swirling effect in GS

Painting the Warp portals

I started off with a black basecoat.

Chaos black

First coat of Dark Angels green

The next stage i layered on snot green and adding skull white for subsequent highlights to a pure white edges.

highlighted to white

  I then added a glaze of yellow ink

Yellow glazed

Then the edges highlighted back up to skull white

Final Warp Portals

So that's how to make simple but effective Warp Portals

Saturday, 3 December 2011

Bushido -The Prefecture of Ryu

Bushido -The Prefecture of Ryu

"Bushido is a game of savage battles, of cunning stratagems and last-ditch defences, and where debts of honour are paid in blood. In Bushido, the fate of the world hangs not on armies but on individual heroes, men and women of extraordinary capacity, attuned to the all-permeating life force known as Ki. This force is the very fabric of the universe, and those with the appropriate training or natural talent can tap into this energy source and gain seemingly superhuman powers. In the world of Bushido, the delicate tapestry of Ki – and thus the universe itself –is threatened by the forces of imbalance, and it is up to you to protect it – or help rip it apart. In a game of Bushido, nothing less than the universe itself is at stake. Are you ready for the challenge of the Way of the Warrior?"

Bushido is an oriental fantasy tabletop miniature battle game for two players. Each player commands a force of no more than a handful of individuals, represented by 32mm metal miniatures. These forces meet on the battlefield and the commanders (the players, that is) try to outwit, outfight and outlive the opposing force and fulfil their battle objectives while denying the enemy theirs. If you have played tabletop miniature games before, Bushido falls into the ‘skirmish game’ category: all miniatures represent individuals and your force consists of a small group of unique characters rather than a big faceless army. A game of Bushido is fast-moving, flexible and filled with strategizing, counter-strategizing and counter-counter-strategizing. Your tactical acumen is important, but as dice add an element of randomness, so too is your ability to think on your feet.

you can download a free copy of the quick start rules here

"The Dragon Clan won the rights to colonize the Westward Isles in a series of duels with their rivals, the Shiho Clan. However, when the Emperors vessel expired, and his young heir too young and inexperienced to concern himself with the pretty disputes at the fringes of his lands, the promise of sole settlement rights died with him. The newly formed Prefecture of Ryu found themselves yet again in conflict with their old enemies, the Shiho Clan. Now, the Prefecture’s grasp of power is weakened, due to the recent Tsunami. Their forces are in disarray, they are fighting on all fronts in the aftermath of the disaster. But still the men and women of the Dragon are ready to take their place at Destiny’s table, uniting the human world by defending it against all threats."

Starter set i got was The Prefecture of Ryu and it contains:
  • Five finely sculpted pewter miniatures:
    • Hiro Takashi, The Dragons claw
    • Hanso, Ashigaru Sergeant
    • Yoshio, Ashigaru
    • Jin, Ashigaru
    • Minuro, Ashigaru arquebuser
  • Five 30mm round bases
  • Five full colour profile cards
  • Thirteen D6 dice (six white, six black and one red)
  • Free quick start rules for the game Bushido

    There was even a weapon and head option for Hiro Takashi, The Dragons claw. Flaming sword and head without helmet.

    I will be basing my force with temple bases, following this tutorial here
    (I attempted this tutorial, but i didn't have the right thickness of balsa wood to hand  or the gauze, The balsa wood i used was a lot thicker, as you can see in the pictures. so nothing wrong with the tutorial, just me)

    Jin -Ashigaru

    Yoshio - Ashigaru

    Minuro - Ashigaru with flintlock Arquebus

    Hanso -Ashigaru Gunso

    Hiro Takashi -The Dragons Claw

    My painted Prefecture of Ryu starter set

Thursday, 1 December 2011

Operation Darkfrost - Deathwatch RPG mission

Operation Darkfrost - Deathwatch RPG mission

Overview: This is a mission that could be run as a single session or the start of a campaign.

Location: Minophix sector within the ultima segmentum, upon the ice world of Silvoon III, its major city Gardia city.
Mission briefing: Captain Horsten is in command of the defence of Swanton bridge, the last of only three that cross the Jakobyte river that runs through the city.The defences of imperial guard, the Gardia 48th are holding against swarm after swarm of guants. The bridge must hold to mount a proper counter attack and re-take the city by the space marines of the Raptor chapter. however time is running out, the re-enforcements haven't arrived and larger creatures have been spotted upon the over side of the bridge. The Deathwatch commander has dispatched your squad to secure the bridge, it cannot be overrun or destroyed.

Requisition points per marine for mission : 20 points each

Primary: Secure the eastern side of the bridge
Secondary: Eliminate all synapse creatures
Tertiary: Clear bridge for imperial guard advance

The Tyranid hordes
Hormaguants (30) first wave
Gargoyles (20)
Hormaguants (30) second wave
(With three tyranid warriors (2 basic 1 prime))

Experience points
Primary objective achieved - 500xp
Secondary objective achieved: 200xp
Tertiary objective achieved: 100xp
Leader bonus if successful in primary objective: 100xp
"Marine of the mission" : 100xp

" I ran this mission for the first time just last week. i gave the kill team of six marine kill team thirty requisition points each (180 for the total team). which may have been too much. They managed to buy enough special ammunition for the mission (I did give them ammo for the mission instead of the one clip it was supposed to be) and the devastator in the kill-team also managed to get a Missile launcher with Frag and krak missiles. I should also note that i hadn't used the updated errata so bolters were able to go full auto to devastating effect. so if anybody has used this mission with the errata in mind,any feedback on how the mission worked would be appreciated"


Thursday, 24 November 2011

From the Vault

From the Vault

Here are just a few selected miniatures from my collection, that have been in cases for a while.

Imperial Beastman Herdmaster

Squat Tech Priest

A light mage (apprentice wizard) i made for Warhammer fantasy roleplay

Chaos Death Guard Space Marines

Chaos Death Guard Space Marines

Chaos Death Guard Space Marine
Lord Gutrot the fallen

Menoth Heirophant

Syntha Pointman

Tom Bombadil
Pointy hat -With feather, bobbing around!!

Tuesday, 22 November 2011

My week in Malifaux

My week in.......

This week i have decided to delve into the character driven world of Malifaux
 having looked through the rulebook at the factions, i have chosen to begin with Neverborn and Lilith

Day 1: Arrival

Day 2 : Prep, building and basing.

Lilith, Mother of Monsters

Terror tot nephilim

Lilith's brood

Day two was spent building up the miniatures, the terror tots where a bit fiddly with their small arms.
once all was built i had to build up the bases. Now i didn't just want a sand and gravel bases, and i really liked the Victorian bases from the Malifaux range, so i set forth to make my own. As you can see i made pavings and cobblestones. I also added some flowers to the bases also. The mature nephilim i added a circular drain to its base.
Liliths base was a pre-made base resin (i think) base, that i picked up at the Kirriemuir gaming event Targe. The resin base its all paved stone and i also added a plant to her base, which you can just see in the bottom picture. That's all the progress i could do today as i needed to let the green stuff dry.

Day 3 - Basecoating and painting

Day three began with basecoating, but alas it wasn't to be that easy, a gust of wind blew my spray board out of my hand , breaking most of my miniatures, and I lost a terror tot arm. So once i had repaired the miniatures,then finally managed to basecoat them with chaos black spray paint.

Basecoated miniatures, still needing a watered down coat of black paint.

So what could i do with a missing terror tot arm?
Lucky enough i had a few unpainted Games workshop warhammer wood elf dryads which looked similar to the one i had lost.

so i attached the new arm using the miracle that is Liquid green stuff

I think is is a suitable replacement

The back view with green stuff

With everything fixed and basecoated i began painting. i decided to start off with the three Terror tot nephilim. For painting miniatures i use Games workshop paints.

so i started off with the skin base coat of shadow grey, and their "hair" scab red.
i then highlighted the shadow grey by adding elf flesh to the mix,and adding white for the last few highlights. the hair was highlighted with blood red, and a further lighter highlight of 3/4 blood red 1/4 skull white. Its a subtle highlight, too far and it starts to look pink.

Finished Terror Tot Nephilim

Terror tot nephilim

Day 4 - Painting the Mature Nephilim and Lilith

i started off the day painting the mature nephilim, i started the skin similar to the terror tots except i started a little darker, shadow grey with a little black.
To keep with the theme i kept his goatee beard red.
Mature Nephilim

This took less time that i thought it would take, so i took the plunge and also started to paint Lilith
The colour scheme i went for, was a recreation of the artwork from the cover. Lilith was a joy to paint. I kept her skin tone quite pale and the hair red to match the colouring on the artwork (even the purple and yellow striped tights).

Here is the finished result:

So i now had a completed warband for Malifaux

And now for the gaming .......