Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Assorted 40k Minis

Taking a break from the Imperial Knight, I finished up a few odd and assorted 40K minis today. Some of these are to use with Blessings Unheralded - the Wrath & Glory Free RPG Day quick-start rules and adventure I'll be running on Friday. Others have just been on the workbench forever and I finally finished them up...

A solitary space marines of the Adeptus Astartes White Scars chapter. (Miniature from Games Workshop - of course!)

This will be Battle-Brother Trojon Kull - one of the pre-generated characters for Blessings Unheralded.

A female veteran Tallarn Sniper. The miniature is converted from an old I-Kore Void figure.

Navigator and Droid - from Lead Adventure Miniatures Astropolis II Kickstarter

Their backsides - so many bits and bobs and wee little details...

A pair of Astra Militarum Tankers from Games Workshop.  I painted them in standard Cadian green and Khaki, which is a colour scheme I don't mind. I started them ages ago and really just finished them up this week. After having taken these pictures, however, it has occurred to me that I won't actually HAVE any Cadian tanks... all my tanks (currently and planned for) are either Tallarn or Valhallan...


Detail of the one tanker and his t-shirt - taking a little inspiration from Jesse Custer's Zippo lighter from the Preacher comics...

(it said "FUCK COMMUNISM" - it had been presented to his dad by John Wayne himself while he was serving in Vietnam... I figured this t-shirt above might be the 40K version of such sentiment)

Valhallan Mortar team (from Games Workshop). The only new thing here is the mortar actually. The two crew I'd originally painted up on individual bases to use as regular infantrymen. I had the mortar, but as I only had ten Valhallan infantry at the time, I figured infantrymen would be more useful... now that I have a pile more inbound - including FIVE more mortar teams, I decided to paint up the mortar and rebase them as a team so I'd eventually have six mortar teams - which makes two Heavy Weapon Squads.

Some old school, Rogue Trader era Imperial Guard (from Citadel Minatures/Games Workshop). Four of these are minis I've had for 30 years and decided to strip and repaint a few years back. I though I might be able to pass the one on the right off as Sergeant Gael Harden - another of the pre-generated characters for Blessings Unheralded.

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I have one or two more minis to finish up for the Wrath & Glory game on Friday, so expect those in the next day or two... Then I suppose it's back to work on the Imperial Knight...

I was hoping I might get in a few games of 40K with the family (or friends) now that all the kids regularly scheduled activities have wrapped up for the summer - so there may be a battle report or two in the not-too-distant future.

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Painting the Knight Update

I've been working on assembling and painting an Imperial Knight over the last week since I picked up Imperial Knights: Renegade just over a week ago. I also picked up the Imperial Knights Codex. Going through it I spotted an illustration of a Freeblade Knight Armiger with it's carapace painted in a pattern similar to the camouflage use on some German aircraft in the Great War.

 Which got me thinking I might do one of mine in a similar pattern. So I spent a day or two, while still assembling, messing around with some different pattern ideas.

I finally settled on one and started painting away... I have to admit at first I was thinking I'd made a horrible mistake.

As I got closer to finishing the area I was painting with the pattern - and especially as I did some the gilding on the edges - I started warming up to it.

Part of me feels like maybe it's too many different colours and/or I should have made the hexagons bigger... but at this point I'm leaving it and just going to have to live with it.

Still not sure how to paint the forward facing armour plates. Some sort of heraldic colours? Continue the "camouflage" pattern? At first I was thinking definitely heraldic patterns and not the camouflage, but now I'm considering it as an option...

I still haven't settled on what weapons to kit this one out with. It's not even entirely goes together at this point. The main body is just sitting on the legs and the carapace and shoulder guards are just sitting on the body at this point.

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I'll hopefully finish this beast up within the week. I have a few other random 40K minis I'm trying to finish up - mostly stuff I'm going to be using with Blessings Unheralded, the Wrath & Glory quick-start rules and introductory adventure given out at Free RPG Day.

Monday, June 11, 2018

News from the Factorum

Last in, first out... Seems to be my motto these days.

You had to know I was just going to shove everything else to the side and just start assembling these...

I still haven't entirely made up my mind about which variants to build or how to paint them... but there is a lot that can be assembled before you have to make those sorts of final-ish decisions, so I thought I'd get started - in case inspiration strikes.

I noted in the comments of a previous post that there is an illustration of a freeblade in the new Imperial Knights Codex book the actually has it's carapace painted with a pattern similar to Great War German biplane camouflage - which I think looks pretty fab! I'm leaning towards doing something similar for at least one of them!

Coming Soon to Tim's Miniature Wargaming Blog:

Oh... probably this knight... Not like I'm going to shove it aside and say "Damn, I really want to paint those Napoleonic British Rifles that I have no other miniatures painted for them to join... or opponents for them to face... or even the rules I plan to paint with them..." (not that those reasons have ever stopped me from painting something before... when I was in the mood to paint the thing... but I'm in the mood to paint something else now, so...)

In other news... I kind of just bought enough Valhallans off eBay to fill out an entire force of them... well... a "Brigade" detachment... because, y'know... TWO Imperial Guard forces is just not enough!

Hey- maybe I'll do one of my Knights in whites and greys and blues to support the Valhallans and the other in yellows and browns to support the Tallarn...

Or maybe I'll just do them in CrAzY colours like the Warhound and field a Disco Dance Party of DEATH!

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Warhammer Underworlds: Shadespire - Sepulchral Guard

I picked up Orphan Black Season Five from the library on Friday and, as everyone's been kind of sick and not really feeling up to doing anything, Amanda and I watched the entire series Friday night and Saturday... It was pretty okay...

WHILE watching it, I finished off this set of Sepulchral Guard for my friend John.

The Sepulchral Guard miniatures are from Games Workshop and are for the game Warhammer Underworlds: Shadespire. I haven't actually played it, and thus know nothing about the game really, other than it's a fantasy skimrish-y game and there are cards involved...

The minis are really nice - multipart and very dynamic.

The weapons and armour and other equipment on these looked pretty beat up - so I tried to accentuate the look by making all the arms and armour very rusty looking and the cloth grey - as whatever dyes that might have been in the had long since faded - and soiled and stained.

I have also been working on another war band for John -  the orcs. (Ironskull's Boyz). They're about half done. Hopefully I'll get to finish them up before I get too distracted by the Knights I just picked up...

Coming Soon to Tim's Miniature Wargaming Blog:

Hard to say... could be the Ironskull's Boyz warband for Shadespire...

Could be some Imperial Knights (eh... probably not... I'm very conflicted as to how I'm going to build and paint them... they could take a while... or maybe I'll have a flash of inspiration and they'll be done by Wednesday...)

Could be another unit for Rebels and Patriots... I have some British Napoleonic Rifles that have made their way onto the painting table and I worked on them over the last couple episodes of Orphan Black..

Saturday, June 9, 2018

Imperial Knights: Renegade

So... I kind of did this thing...

There is a LOT of stuff in that big box... should keep me busy for a while...

So much to consider...

Do I do them as Freeblade(s)?

Do I start a Knightly House?

Do I go with the Pink Leopard pattern of my Warhound Titan?

Probably not. Warhounds would be part of an Adeptus Titanicus Legios... Knights are part of the Questor Imperialis... I guess there are Mechanicus Knights... and the Titan Legions have some affiliation with the Adeptus Mechanicus...?

Another thought was to carry Baron Philipe Lapin forward into the 41st millennium and form a knightly house around his Bunny Rampant Banner...

Finnegan keeps asking if I'm going to be building BOTH knights. I think he'd like one... mind you, he hasn't finished the Gorkanaut he picked up on Boxing Day, so.... Honestly, if he wants a giant robot monster, he should probably pick up a Stompa for his Orks (or the T'au that he's planning on doing next). The Stompa, in terms of power level, is about the same as the TWO knights together!? I saw a really great Gargant scratch-build a while back. I was thinking we could build one of those... then I could take my knights AND my Warhound Titan AND my Shadowsword up against that!

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I'd like to say "KNIGHTS, Obviously!" but I actually have two Shadespire gangs on the workbench and one is very nearly done and the other is half done and I'd kind of like to get those out of the way before working on these new beasties!

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Warhound Titan

Too much? I can never tell…

This is a classic Warhound Titan that was produced under license by Armourcast. I picked it up off ebay back in January [link]. Since then I’ve been pondering painting schemes. I’ve agonized about it for ages. It’s not like a $5 rank and file guy that if you totally eff it up… well…it’s a $5 mini… just grab the next one and paint it instead… 

I waivered back and forth between some fancy heraldic colours or doing something like camouflage. Or some kind of combination of the two? The warhound is supposed to be a “scout” titan…

A couple days ago I had a moment of inspiration and started painting.

And… well… this is what I came up with… 

A bit of a departure from my other Imperial 40K stuff. The kids wondered if it was supposed to be a Chaos Titan – some sort of worshiper of Slannesh they thought.

It is a pretty big model – definitely the largest miniature I own. It is smaller than the current Forge World Warhound Titan and would be dwarfed by any of the other full-sized titans…

Not sure what the backstory for this is just yet… I guess it would belong to a Titan Legio. What would they look like? Should ALL of them be in a pink/purple leopard spot paint scheme? Or different coloured leopard spot paint schemes?

I thought I should come up with a name for the titan and I’m kind of thinking of Pardus Purpura. It is supposed to be Latin for Purple Leopard. I thought it sounded better than Pardus Rosea, which would be Pink Leopard… Perhaps I’ll paint it on the side at some point in gothis calligraphy-like letters. 

I wish I'd thought of a similar way to jazz up my Arvis Lighter...

I do still have an epic scale Warhound titan to paint – it’s actually partly done, and in the same paint scheme, I just didn’t have it quite finished in time to take pictures and I was just so very excited to post this…

Coming soon on Tim’s Miniature Wargaming Blog:

Well… now that that is done… I’m not really sure. Part of me feels like I’m on a bit of a roll here having finished up this and the Arvis Lighter in the last week, and the Shadowsword and a couple other tanks within the last month… I feel a little like finishing up the last couple tanks I have to assemble and paint… Maybe even tackle a few of the other larger models I have (Non-GW models I got to convert)…? Or maybe it’s time to take a break and do some serious reorganizing in the basement…?

Part of me is tempted to pick up the new Imperial Knights: Renegade boxed sets coming out in a week or two… Not sure how I’d paint them up. 

Friday, June 1, 2018

May Games

Another month gone by... a few more games played...

Amanda was off at a conference in Quebec City for the first week of the month. I thought we'd get more games in... I guess we did get in a few more games than we did for the rest of the month...

Wednesday, 2 May 2018

Started off the month's gaming with Century: Golem Edition. Freaking kids just wouldn't let me pick up scoring cards - three times in a row I was one move away from getting one... and they'd go and scoop it... the third time it was Finnegan ending the game with his fifth card... fiends. Finnegan absolutely crushed it scoring 80, while The Girl and I were back in the 40s...

Friday, 4 May 2018

On Friday we played a few games starting off with Railways of Mexico

My rail baron wasSebastian Lerdo de Tejada, Finnegan was Patrick Henry Cooney, and The Girl was Pancho Villa!? Wait... Pancho Villa?! A RAIL BARON!? Actually according to his wikipedia page, as governor of Chihuahua he did rebuild the railroad south of Chihuahua City - which is what his bonus was for - building from Chihuahua to Brownsville!?

The Girl was off to a commanding lead early in the game but then ran out of things to deliver and both Finnegan and I caught up. I only stayed ahead because I managed to not take as many bonds. Finnegan ended the game with 22 bonds (he ended the game with 70 points - well ahead of both me and The Girl - but then dropped to 38 because of all the bonds)!! The Girl had 7 and I had only 6. Once again of the two Rail barons I had to choose from at the beginning of the game I had the one that gave six points for having the lease bonds at the end of the game and I've always thought "that should be easy to do", but it's NEVER worked for me, so I discarded it and took the guy that gave me 2 points per line I owned going into Mexico City. Finnegan didn't get any bonus points (his was six for having the most track laid - he didn't The Girl ended up with the most). The Girl did get her bonus points, but it was only three for a stretch of line from Chihuahua to Brownsville.

In the end I won with 56, The Girl wasn't far behind with 47 and Finnegan trailed a little further behind with 38.

Later we played a few more games of Century: Golem Edition. Finnegan just kept rocking this game.. . Beating The Girl and I both times.

The Girl was so close to winning one of them, but then Finnegan scooped an 18 point card the turn before she was able to get it, then I ended the game picking up a fifth card before she could change things around and claim one of the others... she'd worked so hard to get all those gems to get that card... would have been an entirely different game.

I got all excited counting up these cards and discovering I'd scored 69 points... only to have Finnegan count up his four cards and proclaim he had 71!? GAH!? CO CLOSE!!! The Girl has 61.

Saturday, 5 May 2018

More Century: Golem Edition

The Girl ended this game and scored 60 points.

Finnegan had only four - but he also had four of the bronze (or copper?) coins (why are they worth more than silver?) and just crushed us both. He is just rocking this game.

Once again, I trailed behind at 58...

Sunday, 6 May 2018

I went over to Emily and Aaron's to play play in Bob's Numenera game (along with Bruce and Adelle). My character, Rocking Rick - a Craven Jack who is Trying to Get the Band Back Together, did very little.... I think I gave a few autographs and then got confused about some commands given to me by a mind-controller and while I was told to go find someone names Roxwulf, Rocking Rick has decided he was told to Rock the Wolves - and had headed off back to the woods to find some wolves to rock... The next scheduled game was to be on the long weekend and it ended up being cancelled as no one was really available. The next game is supposed to be this Sunday... but Amanda and I are currently down with really nasty colds and I'm not sure if either of us will be able to make it...

Monday, 7 May 2018

AGAIN with the Century: Golem Edition!? I FINALLY got a smaller deck going that worked nicely together BEFORE someone else picked up five victory cards - and did it EVER work well!

I scored 89 points! The kids had 59 and 47!

(I kind of almost feel like the kids are getting sick of this and LET me win, though...?)

Wednesday, 9 May 2018

We decided to switch things up and play some Race for the Galaxy - which we haven't played for some time!

I had a pretty solid Alien Theme going. Finnegan started off going for mining stuff, but ended up just with production and consumption and prestige... He ended with 71 points, I had 64, The Girl had 32..?

Friday, 11 May 2018

Amanda was back from her conference and took the Friday off.

She played Just Desserts with the kids while I made them all pancakes for brunch. Then pancakes probably seemed rather boring after all the discussion of all the tasty desserts... I guess with enough maple syrup pancakes an sort of be like dessert...

later in the evening Bob and Bruce came by to play in our 40K/Rogue Trader game. No tabletop action this evening (like our previous game). This was all pretty much straight role-playing. Everyone recovered from their wounds and, having saved the Imperial Commander, gained access to her extensive archives. The crew negotiated a deal to find a planet for some pilgrims from a hive world in the core of the Imperium. The navigator found some references to a few promising worlds in the archives. The loaded the Pilrgims up in the hold and took off. During the voyage there was considerable tension between the crew and the pilgrims - which got worse and worse as they journeyed through the warp. Eventually they came out the other end and discovered a planet in the system that was suitable for human survival... but it turned out to already be inhabited by at least two advanced cultures...

We were supposed to play again past weekend, but I was coming down with this cold I have now, so we'll have to wait until later this month to find out how it all turns out...

Saturday, 12 May 2018

The Girl had a few friends over on Saturday for a birthday party. (her birthday wasn't actually ON Saturday, it's just when her friends were available...)

She set up and ran a game of Mysterium for them. I think they actually won in the end!

Later they broke out Exploding Kittens and added in the Imploding Kittens expansion she got for her birthday and played that. As the Birthday Girl, she got to wear the Cone of Shame! The boys obviously play a lot of Exploding Kittens and have actually developed some strategy to this game and just crushed the kids...

Sunday, 20 May 2018

We didn't play anymore games until the long weekend. Originally I'd thought we'd end up playing a LOT of games over the long weekend... but in the end we only played a few on the Suday afternoon. The rest of the weekend ended up being devoted to binge-watching TV shows on DVDs borrowed from the library...

On Sunday we did get in four games of 40K with The Boyz... a full report of that afternoon of excessive violence in the grim, dark future can be found here:

The Battle for Brind's World Rages On

Friday, 25 May 2018

Later in the week my friend Brent came over to have another crack and Nautilus.

It'd been a while since we played and so there was some refreshing of the rules and it took me a while to sort out any kind of strategy. You really have to balance your efforts between getting little researchers into various capsules and finding goodies out in the deep as the two scores are MULTIPLIED by each other at the end of the game!

I only ever got one sub out there and concentrated on building modules and collecting money from the other players who wanted in on them... I only had one sub out in the end (while I think everyone else had at least two, and a couple of them, I think, had three!). My problems were exacerbated when I finally did get out with my own sub I kept finding treasure chests - which is great early in the game as it gives you straight money and you need money to keep your subs going and building models and all sort of stuff. At the end of the game it is worth come points, but it's straight points added to your total AFTER you've multiplied the other tow totals... Brent ran out of money, but he picked up a LOT more underwater discoveries and ended up tying the game with The Girl at 77! I had 58 - but 31 of that was just from the cash I had left at the end of the game. Finnegan trailed behind at 47!

Later in the evening we were supposed to play our 40K/Rogue Trader game, but I ended up cancelling as it was pretty clear I was coming down with a really nasty cold. The family somehow talked me into propping myself up at the table to play another game of Harry Potter: Hogwart's Battle.

We were taking our first crack at Book Seven and everyone was in pretty high spirits when we started off... Our characters had all gotten significantly better for this last scenario... but then there was the Horcruxs...

And there was lots of cool new cards... but the were all pretty pricey and mixed in with the rest of the deck we kept getting markets like this from the get-go - where everything was so expensive, we went for turns with no one being able to buy ANYTHING!? This is my biggest complaint about the game - there is no way to refresh the market when you get stuck like this...

Despite the horcruxs and the too expensive marketplace we did take out eight of the villains... before we lost...

I was really hoping for a bit of luck so we could be DONE with this game and move on to one of the other campaign games we were hoping to play this year (Mice & Mystics,  Hero Realms/The Ruin of Thandar Campaign, Shadowrun: Crossfire, etc...)

Saturday,  26 May 2018

The following evening we had another crack at Harry Potter: Hogwart's Battle.

The starting market.... how is anyone supposed to buy any of this on the first turn!? Unless you get ALL of your Alohamora cards in your first hand!?

Despite not being able to buy cards for turns on end, we dragged this one out a little longer...

Midway through the game, some of those same cards still sitting there... I think two or three of them were still there at the end of the game...

This time we were able to take out TEN of the villains and ALL of the Horcruxs before losing the game...

Ugh.... now we have to play it AGAIN...

Tuesday, 29 May 2018

My other friend Bob was in town for the evening, so I set up a little game of The Pikeman's Lament.

It was great fun - a full report of that action (with loads more pictures) can be found here:

Beating Up Quarters

Thursday, 31 May 2018

Finally, yesterday, on the last day of the month, the kids decided it would be fun to play Monarch.

It's a fun little game and doesn't take too long to play. The Girl started off pretty strong, picking up the Might card that allows you to buy all might cards at a discount AND another might card and seized the might banner - all on her FIRST TURN!

I brought the game to and end with 7 cards in my court, but Finnegan crushed it with loads of points multipliers and piles of Bounty cards in the realm... He ended with 47, I had 41, and The Girl had 33. Maybe should have covered up some of his improvements!

As always, I wished we could have got a few more games in... but the games were played were pretty fun. Although the last couple games of Century: Golem Edition people were starting to get pretty cranky about others snapping up the cards they were woking so long on to try and get the correct gems... I think it's good we've taken a bit of a break from that...

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As I indicated in the post earlier today, I've finally started work on the Warhound Titan(s). Hopefully I'll get some time to work on them over the weekend and finish them up early next week.