Friday, 5 October 2018

Space Hulk- Heavy Weapons

Giving that little extra offensive edge, the Heavy Flamer and Assault Cannon give the marines some iconic firepower.

I had a practice game while these were not fully painted- in desperation, a surrounded Brother Zael immolated himself to try and save the day- and survived! A classic Space Hulk moment.

Heavy Flamer

Everybody's favourite gun- the Assault Cannon. I tried to give a heat bloom effect with graduated pale brown, purple, and blue washes- I didn't want to overdo it and it is a little subtle, but I'll be doing this in the future on other similar weapons.
Assault Cannon

Assault Cannon- heat bloom

Zael 8
Leon 8

Friday, 28 September 2018

Space Hulk- the rebasing commences

I just can't help myself leaving well enough alone- inspired by Tim from Saskatoon's excellent work, I've started to rebase my Terminators. I got some 32mm GW Sector Mechanicus bases off eBay, and crudely carved the existing base off Brother Claudio. I'm pretty happy with how it turned out.

I also added a rare earth magnet underneath with cyanoacrylate superglue, as part of a bigger basing effort underway at the Barks Bunker. And I'm putting the genestealers on 32mm bases as well. The Space Hulk board squares are about 31mm, so they don't cause serious problems with overlapping.

Claudio Skullometer™: 9

Thursday, 20 September 2018

Space Hulk- more Terminators

Here are the remaining Terminators with Stormbolters. For faceless grimdark warriors, they've really been able to give each figure character.

Valencio has a Chainfist, which I didn't hesitate to paint in hazard stripes. I like the crisp whites on his bolter wing thing, which is also reproduced on his right pauldron.

I love Goriel- sometimes in Space Hulk hand-to-hand fighting, the dice come up your way and you win the fight against overwhelming odds. He's clearly had a brutal fight and suffered damage to his armour and lost an eye, but he's very happy with himself. "I beat one of you in hand-to-hand! How many more to go? Oh- bugger..."

Omnio is the squad geek. I'm not sure if he's checking his social media feed or taking a selfie.

Scipio is the lateral thinker, who has clearly decided that remodelling is better than shooting.

(I didn't come up with the names.)

  • Valencio 7
  • Goriel 12
  • Omnio 5
  • Scipio 4

Do you have a favourite marine?

Friday, 14 September 2018

Space Hulk- first Terminators

I've finished my first two 'proper' Terminators. I keep finding new cables, gems, skullz etc that I have to paint... but I think I've nailed the reds and am making strong progress with the rest of the squad. It is just the plethora of details now.

Brother Deino

Brother Noctis
I regret choosing to paint all the gems as gems...

Deino 9
Noctis 3

Friday, 7 September 2018

Conan: Hunting the Tigress; and many other boardgames

I had the opportunity to take some time off and play many boardgames last month. In particular, some longer and more complex multiplayer games with up to six players.

Conan was a fun success with two new players. We played 'Hunting the Tigress', where the pirate queen (and Conan's lover) Bêlit has been cornered by her pursuers. Either the enemy captain or Bêlit has to die by game's end!

Bêlit and Conan and friends start at opposite ends of their ship

Peppered by arrows, Conan and Bêlit clear their ship of attackers

Conan leapt onto the enemy ship ,but could not overcome the captain and his demon.

Filled with rage, Bêlit slays the enemy captain herself!
A great introduction to this game system. I was the sorcerer Hadrathus, and I used my spells to drain my life to support Bêlit- pleading with her to use my gift wisely! It really came down to the final rolls, with Bêlit and her foe clinging on and attacking each other.

Other games played included:

Falling Sky, about Caesar and the Gallic revolt
Mansions of Madness
Time of Crisis, about 3rd century Rome
Middle-Earth Quest
Scythe, about pastoral Europe with steam mechs
Twilight Imperium, a space opera
And finally, Here I stand, about reformation Europe. I was England, and very stressed about having a son before Mary Queen of Scots comes along. Heretics were burned, Ottoman raiders were at the gates of Vienna, the New World was plundered, it was suitably epic.

The intense boardgaming was a success, allowing us to get longer, more complex, and multiplayer games to the table. We intend to do it again. I got a bit happily gamed out and have only just picked up a brush again!

Friday, 24 August 2018

Space Hulk- Librarian

After getting started on Space Hulk, I still wasn’t confident with my reds. So the first figure I painted was the Librarian- I find blue a very forgiving colour.

Space Hulk: Blood Angel Terminator Librarian Calistarius

I painted his robe and stormbolter red to tie him in a bit more with his battle brothers, but don’t know if that was really necessary. I like painting psykers' eyes because I don't paint the pupils. I’m not happy with his force axe. I had to freehand the emblem on his right pauldron. I do like the writing on his book and scrolls.

Skullometer: 26, mostly from the base.

Friday, 17 August 2018

Space Hulk- It begins...

I've been circling, shark-like, my 2014 copy of Space Hulk since, well, 2014. Nipping at it and withdrawing every now and then. I've decided the time has come to get into it, and this post shows some of my preliminary moves.

I poked a brush at a couple of 'stealers for the Analogue Challenge in early 2016. I found a carapace and flesh technique I was pretty satisfied with.

The delay in getting to the Terminators is due, in no small part, to my difficulties with painting red. Army Painter Pure Red spray is a godsend. I did a practice figure first:

I refined my technique- a dark brown pinwash, then medium and light orange edge highlights. Emboldened, I painted the dead Terminator. I thought that if I stuff it up, then I can add weathering to hide the flaws. But I was pretty happy with the result, albeit exhausted at the time it took.

He looks like he got bored waiting. I like the helmet damage.

I've fired up the Skullometer: the dead terminator reads a respectable 27, mostly from his throne.

Next time: the Librarian

Friday, 10 August 2018

Imperator Titan

I got Titan Legions on the day it came out in 1994. I still think the Imperator is one of my best paint jobs from my early painting days. I sold her to someone in Perth about 10-15 years ago- I hope she is still fighting.

Friday, 3 August 2018

Blood Bowl Frog Referee

I'm still dabbling in different things- here's a Slann referee from JBone miniatures. I've done him as a test of skin colour. He came out a bit more subdued and not as cartoony as I wanted, but I'm still happy with him.

Friday, 27 July 2018

Slaanesh Marine- name suggestions needed!

I've  been dabbling in a few paint schemes. Intrigued by the imminent arrival of Kill Team, I painted a Chaos Marine who's been lying around. It's not a great sculpt (from 2008?), and is slightly undersized on the new 32mm bases, but I was happy with the final outcome. He's got real tabletop presence. I did multiple thin coats of hot pink, a purple pin wash, and some pale pink edge highlights. He only really came together with the black trim.
Slaanesh Space Marine

I've got a couple more for some point in the future, as well as a mob of cultists I have a soft spot for.
Inspiration: Realm of Chaos- Slaves to Darkness (© Games Workshop 1988)
What I need suggestions for is a chapter name and a corresponding cult name. I'm thinking Painbringers and Painseekers?

Keep it clean!

Friday, 13 July 2018

Genestealer Cult Acolyte Hybrids

With Eucalyptus Bowl out of the way, I returned to painting all the details on these first and second generation hybrids.

The rocksaw is ridiculously fun, but my favourite is the maniac with the demolition charges! I'm looking at dipping my toe into the upcoming 40K Kill Team skirmish game...

Friday, 6 July 2018

Eucalyptus Bowl 2018

Last weekend was the 14th Eucalyptus Bowl. I took my new Khorne team (Hardcore Khorne) for a run. I suffered my first casualty in transit, as one of my pitfighters lost an arm... I'm not a fan of fiddly multipart metal figures. I used some coloured bands to help denote different skill choices- I've disliked this previously but it was quite handy..

Overview: 6 games, 2 days, regen, ~125kgp including skills.
Hardcore Khorne

Day 1
Match 1- Aaron's Orcs, Bigteef's Bruisers

I felt I was the stronger player here, but could not roll dice to help myself. I sustained a meaty six casualties (causing none myself), allowing Aaron to come back and equalise 2-2. This game was played on a thematically illustrated chaos pitch.
Khorne ploughs into Orcs on the line

Match 2- Joekano's Chaos Dwarves, the Sky Bullocks

I was just able to scrape a 1-0 win here, with both of us on 2-2 casualties.
Locking horns! Minotaur vs Bloodthirster

Match 3- Dean's Wood Elves, the Maverick Renegades

I was looking forwards to playing a squishier team, but was wary of the Elve's ability to perform impossible plays. My Bloodthirster finally got revved up and rampaged about the pitch. Despite causing him 4 casualties, Dean came back to equalise 2-2 and almost pulled out a win!
Wardancer knocks over the ball carrier, but is now next to the Bloodthirster...

So, at the end of Day 1 I was doing better than I had anticipated with two draws and a win.

Day 2
Match 4- Glen's Chaos Dwarves- The Masters of Pain

Another Chaos Dwarf team! Joy! Glen played this team well (he came third overall) with a textbook grinding, attritional play to win 2-1. Again, I suffered six casualties... Very nicely painted side.
Chaos Dwarves blunt the Khorne offense

Match 5- Creature's Halflings- Viva la Carnage

I've know Creature for years as a strong player, and I certainly don't misunderestimate the 'Flings. I was 2-1 down and had a chance to equalise but couldn't.
Khorne tries to stop the Flings.

Match 6- Andrew's Ogres- The Dancing Clowns

I really struggled against this fat wall of meat, and again suffered 5-0 casualties. Andrew got his revenge for my cheeky win against him in January by throwing a Halfling in the last turn to win 2-1. Pure Blood Bowl!
Too many Ogres! Can't run through or around them...

Day 2 was nowhere near as enjoyable as Day 1, with three losses. But I didn't have high expectations and my opponents were great fun, so all in all it was another memorable tourney.
Winning team and also Best Painted- Slann

The Bloodthirster, when it gets going, is terrific fun. But if (as happened to me a lot) it is out of action or not performing, then the rest of the team have to lift their game and they don't really have it in them.
Blood Bowl for the Blood Bowl God!

Overall, there were 50 coaches and I came 37th- down from 6th last year! This now means I have played 24 of the official 26 teams- #NerdGoals