Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Star Wars - Imperial Assault, The Empire

Howdy everyone,

I thought I'd post my latest distraction...random figures from Star Wars Imperial Assault...I would definitely classify this as a serious distraction...afterall, as I said a few posts ago, the whole reason I started this 'thread' of painting was inspiration I got from Sorastro's Painting...I still do not own the game...

Although, over March break the lad and I did go down to our local gaming store (Kessel Run Games) partook in their open gaming area and ran through the tutorial mission from the core box.  We both had a good time, I was a little surprised how little actual table space the game, maybe I'll be buying the starter box in the future.

Anyway, I really liked the looks of the figures, and after getting my mitts on them on and off table I think I like them even more.  They are all plastic, molded bases, and have some great detail! I've painted just over a half dozen now, but thought I'd make my first post, the first and latest figures that I've painted over the past few weeks.

Painting up Stormtrooper Kayn Somos was pretty easy...I just had to rewatch the tutorial video from Sorastro's Youtube a couple of times and I was set.  General Sorin was a bit of a different story...I didn't have a video to act as my safety net, so for some of this I was on my google-fu brought me to a bunch of folks that had already tackled General Sorin, some great paintjobs out there!!

In the end, I tried to go with an inbetween General Veers from Empire and the box art for General Sorin...I really like this figure...his face is so expressive and imposing...I like how the layers turned out and I'm really pumped for my next round of figs...I still haven't decided how to base these figures yet, so I just hit them with VJ black and german grey.

thank you for the screen shot Oldenhammer in Toronto...
thank you Fantasy Flight Games...

I liked the idea of having some battle and blaster damage on Somos...his outer right calf took a stray blaster shot as well as his right tricep...thank the Emperor there's armour

I hope you enjoy the pics...Rebel scum up next! Take care!!

Monday, 20 March 2017

Rogue Stars - Merc recruiting

Hello folks,

In my last post I shared with you a bit of a painting education I received thanks to the awesome tutorials and work from Sorastro's Painting.  I have been very impressed with his approach to painting, his musical talents, and really just enjoying soaking up what I can from his videos.  Like I mentioned before, I'm not sure what it is this time that is making the steps and concepts sink in...but it is, so I'm pretty pumped.

So, with this in mind, I thought I'd share the first figure I painted up after watching his videos and adapting some of his process into mine.  I am still filling out my Rogue Stars Mercenary crew and looking through my wall of painting shame and doom, I thought I'd try a figure from a Cangames purchase from a few years back.

A few or more Cangames ago, I came upon some sci-fi 28mm figs that were nicely priced and I thought they would be fun to try in the future...they are an older figure...the packaging says 1991 and while the company is still around, it looks like they no longer stock the figure.  I selected a figure from Alternative Armies and their Levy troops...I think this one is from the Clearance Squad.

Anyway, I wanted a figure that could look the part of rough and tough Merc, work with the hodgepodge group I was assembling...and that I could also try my new process out on.  Keeping with the colour scheme I established for the Baron's Misfits, I went with a strong red well, I really liked the colour choice for sci-fi armour in large part to the gaming time I spent on Star Wars Galaxies and the Mandalorian Armour Bounty Hunter wore his in red...

As well, I really wanted to continue with the subtle blue tones to the jumpsuit of the figure, much in the same vein as I did with my sniperbot...I started the base colour for the jumpsuit as a VJ Green Grey and just lightened it up for a few layers and then added a drop or two of medium blue with some stone grey and just kept the layers coming...
I'm not really sure what function the backpack serves for this has a series of fans on it with a 'gas' tank looking container at the top with hosing attached to the shoulder pauldrons and front of the helmet...regardless, the figure was a lot of fun to paint
Normally I've relied a lot on a few layers of dry brushing with a final layer of VJ buff and a strong or dark tone wash to bring out the details...this time however, I didn't use any dry brushing...and I used a very light wash to finish...and then only in specific places... 
I enjoyed the new process very much...I really like how the colours popped on this figure...very happy indeed...and further keeping with my theme...I copied the paint scheme for Backpack Bob that I had on the shoulder of SniperBot. 

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

A Little Inspiration...New Technique...and A New Distraction

Hello everyone,

I hope you are all doing is a very rainy...a little cold...bordering on a freezing day here in the Great White North.  With March upon me, I thought I'd try to get back to posting on a much more regular...not so hibernate-y basis.

Over the summer I had posted a link on TMP to my blog post of pics of a few Hasslefree figures that I had completed, Random Hasslefree Figs, and at one point I had mentioned how I did not like painting figures in white.  I had the Bubba figure, a great looking Elvis inspired figure that I elected to paint in red because of my inability to paint white.

Thanks to the TMP community and the Angry Piper, I was given a link to check out of a YouTuber who had a tutorial that covered how to paint white.  For the most part, YouTube for me is about listening to music...I know...that might sound odd...but to be honest, I don't have a lot of time to stay glued to a monitor watching videos...instead, I look up the music I like and have it play in the background...

However, after almost 4 months, I thought I'd give the Angry Piper's suggestion a try...I'm not sure why, how, or what was different this time...but, something could be the high production values, it could be the great background music, it is definitely the great painting...but it made sense to me.

So...if you're in the mood to watch someone paint some excellent miniatures, you need to check out Sorastro's Painting...his videos are all self made, he composes the background music, he does his own editing...if you check him out you'll see he has a few painting themes.  The one that has really hooked me can be traced back to the Piper's suggestion video...Stormtroopers from the Imperial Assault boardgame...

 and so since about a month ago, I've watched easily a dozen or so a weak moment, I went and purchased some figures...I don't even own the core boardgame, first purchases were the Rebel Alliance Rangers (ala Endor, Return of the Jedi) and Stormtrooper Kayn Somos.  I have also starting adapting my technique to include what I've seen in the videos.

I promise to post some pics on my next post.

Take care.

Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Rogue Stars - Mercenaries

Howdy everyone,

Happy end of February...hard to believe that March is literally hours away...or I guess already upon you depending on your zone.  I have maintained my e-silence over the past month but have still plugged away at painting.

I have to admit, over the past month I made a slight deke from Vikings over to the science fiction realm...I received the Rogue Stars book and some figs for Christmas and I thought I'd give them a go on the painting bench.

While I haven't had the chance to read through the rule book in great detail, I do enjoy the artwork and concepts of the ruleset...there are a multitude of options available to game in numerous settings with many possible random events effecting table setup and effect on your squad/section of sci-fi troops.

Taking a look at the possible 'factions' for my squad, I elected to theme my group as mercenaries to start...I like the looks of the Assassin, Sniper Bot, and the Baron...and thought they'd go great together as a futuristic Mad Mike or Badlands like crew.

Hope you enjoy the pics.

The Crew...the Baron's collection of futuristic misfits. I really like how these guys turned out.  The figures have a good weight to them, had a bit of flash on them but didn't take to much to prep.  Given the futuristic setting, I thought I'd try a different gritty sci-fi theme to the many sci-fi movies I've seen there are always long corridors of grated flooring to walk on...

The Assassin...I started with this fig first...I wanted to have a common look amongst the figures rather than just their base I thought I'd start with a red jumpsuit with dark blue highlights... 

 I guess I think of the Bot as Bender with a big f'ing gun...a lot of attitude, a healthy hate for humans and flesh bags, with a little bit of larceny and loose morals thrown in for good measure...

Keeping with the theme of the crew, I painted this Bot up in Vallejo gunmetal and in the final steps, I added a couple of drops of dark blue with the gunmetal to give the Bot a subtle blue hue...I like how it turned out...I also painted a couple of pieces of armour a different colour to show wear and tear in the line of duty...

Finally, the Baron...maligned, bitter, with a healthy anti-authority streak, the Baron was drummed from the Corps...instead of hiding in the cosmos, or hiding within the Far Foreign Legion...he instead recruited his band of misfits, and spends great effort in making sure his former superiors do not forget him... 

Sunday, 12 February 2017


Evening everyone,

Hard to believe that February is nearly at the half-way! Over the past couple of weeks, I have been at work prepping, basing, and painting a mixed array of Crusader Miniatures, Gripping Beast, and Artizan Vikings for: 1) personal shits and giggles, I wanted another warband for SAGA, and 2) for our clubs SAGA Age of the Wolf campaign.

So far, I am up to 4 points...and if I remember correctly, I think we're going up to 6 points for the campaign.  I chose the Vikings because there is a plethora of figures to choose from, I was able to find a couple of packs at North Bay Hobbies on clearance (Artizan figs, thank you Terry), I could have Berserkers, there was some great reference material (if I ever didn't want to read, I could just turn to the History Channel and watch Vikings...thank you Katheryn Winnick ), and hey, they're Vikings!!

For Christmas, I did get an awesome reference book which has come in very handy, The Vikings by Rene Chartrand has a great mix of overview and artwork that works for me right now.

Ok, so here's the Warband so far...4 points along with Ragnar leading the crew.

the Ragnar figure is from Crusader Miniatures adventurers 1 pack.
The warband...I am trying a new lighting setup...for the longest time I never wanted to use my flash, but in my latest attempt it sure makes a difference for me.
I have to admit, the Berserkers were a HUGE draw for me...I couldn't wait to paint them up...they were the first ones of the Warband that saw the brush...these are from Gripping Beast.
I chose to paint these fellows up in mid-combat pose with various wear and splatter that comes with close quarter axe combat...
The flash did a great job of showing the skins...
and a great job of showing the splatter and painting...I'm very happy with how they turned out.
These Hearthguard figues are from Artizan...I really enjoyed the chance to paint up some great colours...I elected to go with 2 hearthguards...the difference between them is that one has capes/cloaks...and their base work has different coloured rocks.
I really like the variety in armour that these Hirdman are sculpted with...

I also took the opportunity to show some wear on the cloaks of the white rock Hirdman...I like the weathering effect and am pretty happy with the results.
Finally, rounding out my 4 pointer, I went with a group of Bondi...these guys have a great mix of armour, heads, and poses...the shields I attempted to freehand and keep them individual yet trying to have some common element amongst them...
My latest flash attempts are certainly growing on me...
Enjoy folks...more Viking goodness to come in the future.



Edging into the New Year

Howdy everyone,

I have to admit, I have been approaching the internets and my blog writing with a mixture of trepidation, malaise, and overall arghhh-not right now...between the over coverage of certain "current events" and the American and Russian internet bots keeping my view count up...I just haven't been that much into the internet lately.

However, I certainly have been keeping up with my well, I thought I'd try a new tact with keeping my painting up...I am having a lot of difficulty keeping focus on projects, and yet the prep and painting of minis does help keep me sane...

So, I thought I'd post a pic of my wall of shame...and make it my goal to finish through as many of the blisters hanging off it as I could.  So, here goes:

This wall, built itself...certain pieces collected over the years...and some nostalgic items thrown in for when I'm down at my bench.

So, here goes with a different type of progress tracker over the years end I hope to have a similar picture up...with a lot less blisters on the wall...coincidentally, if you look close, you'll see that each hanging package has another behind it.
Game on!

Thursday, 5 January 2017

Hellooooooooooooo 2017!!

Happy New Year folks,
I hope the successes of 2016 are more memorable of the failures...and that 2017 thus far has seen you all healthy, happy, and wise...For me, 2016 certainly mirrored those three themes with their own success and failure rate...but, I am looking forward to the new year and pushing the miniature tin forward.

I do enjoy reading and skimming the various reflective posts that this milestone brings each of us bloggers: I am happy for your successes, I truly enjoy seeing the year in review pics, and I can certainly appreciate some of the pain and angst that some have experienced.

My gaming and online year 2016 was certainly a mix of success and failure trying to balance health, happy, and trying to be wiser, lol.  Looking back at my reflection of 2015, I feel compelled to revisit my list of objectives and take stock of what I hoped and what I achieved:

  1. Continue to have more fun!! Always an excellent goal.     For the most part, accomplished...some gaming aspects certainly annoyed me...but I'll chalk those up to having bad days...I still love the hobby very much
  2. At the club, we have some Team Yankee coming down the pipe...I managed to pick up the Soviet box at the end of the year, so that will be the immediate goal (accomplished).  My side objective to this is to limit all of my purchases to only Team Yankee related items.  (accomplished ----mostly...somewhat, lol)
  3. Continue with my Vietnam Main Force VC...when I need a break from the main projects, the VC will fit in nicely.    Not accomplished...I can't remember getting any Vietnam painting in...instead, any painting voids were filled with stripping away at lead mountain...
  4. Get moving on my WW1: Finish off my CEF...I have some artillery and HMGs to go...and get my Germans on the painting schedule.    Not accomplished...BUT I have some success with my CEF 15mm troops...this project unfortunately saw a lot of hurdles to accomplishing and I had a tough time pushing any progress forward.  My hopes for a Vimy Ridge project was successful in terms of research, but not so much in translating the research into scale
  5. For Christmas, my wife bought into the Lich King Nickstarter for I would like to tackle some Frostgrave in the new year...paint the cultists...some more of the extras...maybe some terrain     This was a HUGE accomplishment for me...I finished some terrain, yeah, some...a fricking library!! I was very happy with my frostgrave endeavours last year, I painted more figs for warbands/companies...finished a major terrain piece and a boatload of scatter terrain...very very happy
  6. Keep working through lead mountain...I have some awesome figs that need to see the world...amongst them my DAK, FJs, and Mr. Harolds awesome Kickstarter...must get these worked on... accomplishment in progress...I worked through my FJ's...fielded some of them, made some progress with my DAK, progress on my Hasselfree figs, finished through the last of my TAG figures...pretty happy with this...did not get to my kickstarter purchases...sorry Mr. Harold...
In terms of raw numbers, you can certainly see the back and forth I had for the year: 
  • 135 x 15mm figs painted and based
  • 9 square feet of gaming terrain
  • 47 x 15mm vehicles and guns painted and finished
  • 44 x 28mm figures
All told, this is a decrease from 2015, but still an increase from I will take that as a partial success.  My personal goal to make my purchasing more focused was very successful...I have switched LGS and now get by email, a receipt of all my purchases which allows better I think this is good...and true to my wishes, the majority of my purchases were either for Frostgrave or Team Yankee.
So what is on tap for next year?
  • I hope to get more terrain work done...I am at odds for theme, 15mm Afghanistan, 15mm Vimy Ridge, 15 or 28mm sci-fi (thank you Rogue Stars), 28mm modern?
  • I want to increase my painting output...I have a wall of mountain that I would like to reduce...I'll share that at a later date, but I'd like to reduce it.
  • 4 CMBG for Team Yankee...more Russians as well, there are some new great looking models coming...these would work for some First Clash scenarios
  • Viking warband for SAGA...first immediate goal of the year for our clubs SAGA campaign
  • I think that covers it...keep the objectives limited...and in that vein, my last objective is to keep a closer tally of how my painting progresses (give the Russian internet bots something more to falsely ring my view count up with...thanks Vlad...)
As always, thanks for the views...all the best in the new year.  Take care.
A few parting pics...
Last vehicles of the year...some DAK support
A lot of Russians were painted...10 x T72's; 10 x BMP's; a couple of Hinds and some grunts...
First figures of the year...I finished 15 infantry for the step is basing...Not sure of the theme yet, any thoughts?
My favourite project so far...taking my time on this because I want to definitely get it right...
And my biggest success of the year, 9 square feet of gaming goodness...
Take care folks.

Saturday, 31 December 2016

Customer service SHOUT-OUT...Thank you

Hey everyone,

I just wanted to post a quick shout-out to some customer service that I recently received that really surpassed my expectation.  In November I posted a review for Battlefronts Leopard 1 was pretty happy with the idea of getting my Canuck C1's on the road.

I was kind of bummed when the box had some issues...the treads were warped and one of the hulls had bubbles in the, I emailed the folks at Battlefront and gave them a run down of the issues.  I was really hoping for a replacement tank or 2...but instead, this showed up in the mail:

Wow! And when I opened up the box and checked...the tracks were straight as hell...outstanding!

Look Ma! No bubbles!!

So, to say the least I was very surprised, pleasantly, with the steps that the folks at Battlefront took to address the issues I had with the models.  I admit, I was hoping for a tank or two, but certainly was not expecting a fresh box.

Thank you you can see by my current figures on the painting pallet, here's to more Team Yankee in the New Year.