Friday, 15 March 2019

Star Wars Rebels

I've painted more Imperial Assault figures, for which FFG have used the Rebels cartoon series. The cartoon itself isn't bad, and uses some original 1970s Star Wars concept design work from Ralph McQuarrie.

Star Wars Rebels

Ezra Bridger, Jedi apprentice

Kanan Jarrus, Jedi
Sabine Wren, Mandalorian artist

Zeb Orrelios, muscle

Chewbacca concepts, 1975
Here's Spectre Cell with Hera and Chopper:
Spectre Cell
And here are some Loth-cats, felines found on the main Rebels planet Lothal. Their ears resemble the McQuarrie-inspired rock formations on the planet.
McQuarrie ~1980

Friday, 8 March 2019

Blackstone Fortress- Goodies

I enjoyed painting the nine adventurers from BSF. They're characterful, well-sculpted figures that explore some less common areas of the grimdark galaxy.

Janus Draik, Rogue Trader

He's got some great aristocratic swagger. I was inspired by Russian Napoleonic officers for his colours.
Janus Draik

Amallyn Shadowguide, Biel Tan ranger

I've always liked the Biel Tan colours, and was glad for an opportunity to paint an Eldar. I almost didn't paint the thorny vines on her cameleoline cloak, but am happy I did. I also think the gems and crystal came out well.
Amallyn Shadowguide

UR-025, definitely a robot and not an AI, no way

UR-025 is a 10 000 year old AI masquerading as a dumb robot because AIs are anathema to the Imperium. He wants to learn from or team up with the AI running the Blackstone Fortress. I went for an industrial yellow which I'm happy with.

Rein & Raus, ratling deserters

I painted these guys like the 95th Rifles. Unfortunately, I didn't get a good shot of the back details which include a mini fridge.
Rein and Raus

Espern Locarno, Navigator

Navigators are sanctioned psykers from dynastic houses grown powerful from their ability to steer through warpspace using their third eye. Their icon is a diamond eye.
Espern Locarno

Taddeus the Purifier, Priest

Spreading the good word with his gun-skull at his side.
Taddeus the Purifier

Pious Vorne, zealot

Vorne has a combined flamethrower-chainsword, of course. She can dish it out, but cannot take much damage herself.
Pious Vorne

Dayakh Grekh, Kroot tracker

Lastly, Grekh is a Kroot. I like the earthy tones and poncho which give him an Old West feel.
Dayakh Grekh

I've had a few games of BSF now. It really is a dungeon crawl in space, with the characters slotting in neatly to tropes of wizard, rogue, elf archer, cleric, etc., before heading back to the village to recover and buy equipment. Not bad, and there are expansions coming...
Blackstone Fortress adventurers
The hard part is choosing which four to take on an adventure.

Skull-o-meter™: 12

Friday, 1 March 2019

Blackstone Fortress- baddies

I wound up getting Blackstone Fortress, and have painted the figures in a Slaanesh scheme. This was to match my other Chaos Marines- the new sculpts are much nicer, and also bigger.

Chaos Lord Obsidius Mallex

Chaos Space Marines

Scale creep? Old and new power armour

Rogue Psykers

Traitor Guard Squad 1

Traitor Guard Squad 2


Negavolt Cultists
Pink is frustrating to paint- it takes several coats to get good coverage. A purple pinwash and pale edge highlighting is all you then need. The sculpts are very good and help sell this somewhat unconventional palette.
Pinkstone Fortress
 There are other forces at work in the BSF:
Spindle Drones

It is very satisfying to get this project done.

Friday, 22 February 2019

Gaslands Death Race report!

I had my first Gaslands race last weekend! My opponent, Gorillamo, provided the cars and 4'x4' Deep-Cut Studio mat.

Gorillamo: Rudolph the Dead Nose Reindeer (Monster Truck) and two Buggies.

Barks: The Green Machine- Two cars and a Pickup.

"Reluctantly crouched at the starting line..."
They're off! Jostling for position approaching the first gate.
The buggy is first through, but looks to be going too fast...
Rudolph crushes a Green Machine car
The buggy wipes out while the other car tries to cut Rudolph off...
... but is shunted sideways through the next gate...
...exposing him to a devastating ram from the second buggy,
 exploding and destroying his two opponents!
As the sole survivor, the grey pickup was the winner!

I really enjoyed myself in this very inspiring and evocative setting. The focus is on fun and cinematic driving. It is somewhat procedural, but this allows complex physics to be portrayed. I'm very keen to get a few teams of my own going.

I provided the gates (from Knights of Dice) and the scatter terrain. The digital effects are from the LensFX iOS app, and the physical dust clouds are from Battlefront.
Knights of Dice gate

Monday, 28 January 2019

CanCon 2019

I made the trip to CanCon this year. Due to circumstances over which I have no self-control, I missed out on a seat at the Blood Bowl tournament so instead spent time perusing the trade stands and catching up with friends. It was stinking hot...

We had the 2019 Bloggers and Challengers' Catch-up, and it was great to see old mates and put faces to cyber-acquaintances.

I only took a few photos- the highlight for me was some gorgeous jungle terrain being used for some Two Fat Lardies games. I haven't seen anything so realistic.

Hong Kong, December 1941

Epic 40K

English Civil War using 'Twilight of the Divine Right' in 6mm

Part of one of the halls

Here's my loot- I got some cheap stuff at the bring & buy (brand new 40K 8th edition, it was only $40, they made me buy it) and a bit of MDF, and some hobby supplies.