Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Work-in-Progress

Just wanted to post a few pictures of my work in progress for the Relthoza Leviathan. This model has been a lot of fun to paint so far and I am excited to finish it!

Relthoza Varisei Kei Leviathan with red primary coat. Base is all done except for the snow effects.
Side profile of the big guy.
Rear profile picture of the Leviathan
I should have this guy finished by the end of the week. After I get him finished I will probably paint the accompanying Namisc Drones. After that I am undecided on whether to do the barricade set I picked up a while back for something easy or perhaps I will look at doing some work on my unpainted ragtag band of Nomads for the Infinity game. We will have to see. Thanks for reading!

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Ba'Kash Aerial Helix - Painted

It has been a long time coming but I finally able to get some pictures taken of these guys. I am thrilled with how the color scheme turned out. I wanted something a little more rusty and run down looking. I think the effect worked out decently, they could be a little more muted color wise and potentially a little more rusty but aesthetically I love the how the colors came out. I debated between a green glow and a blue glow, obviously the blue won, I thought it would contrast better with armor colors.

I haven't had a chance to utilize these guys yet in game but statistically they look like they hit pretty hard. I am hoping that we can get a game or two soon with these guys.

Ba'Kash Aerial Helix. I really like how the blue lighting effects contrasts with the dirty yellow and red armor colors.

Novian Heavy Gunship - Overhead view
Novian Heavy Gunship side profile.
Novian Heavy Gunship rear profile.
Varuko Heavy Attack Flyer - Overhead view.
Varuko Heavy Attack Flyer - Rear view.

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Last Year in Review

Happy New Year!


The past year has been a crazy one. It started out  strong with a lot of painting and gaming but ended with much less completed nor any games played. I hope that this year I can be a little more consistent with my updates and gaming. One of the reasons for less updates recently is that with winter and the time change here in the US I have a much smaller window of opportunity to take pictures. This has hampered my ability to post blog updates as most of them have been painting related. I am going to try and get into the habit of taking some pictures each weekend while I have the light to do so and hopefully that will help me post a little more regularly.


I have a decent size backlog of miniatures, (Dystopian Wars, Firestorm Armada, Planetfall & Infinity), to paint this year, which I will list out below. For Christmas I received a Relthoza Firepower Leviathan which I am very excited to paint. It is a fantastic, and massive, model and will look excellent on the gaming table! Ok, on to the statistics and hopeful plans for the new year.


This past year I was able to paint 268 models and played 11 games. I was shocked at how many models I painted throughout the year. I would be thrilled this next year if I can paint a similar number of models. Hopefully, I will be able to work out the time to play a few more games this year compared to last year.


This year I have quite a few models in the queue to be painted. Some of which I have and quite a few I know I will be acquiring at some point in the next few months. Currently on my list I have a large number of dystopian wars models, a couple of planetfall models and several infinity models. I also have some terrain projects for dystopian wars and a couple of things to finish up for planetfall.


Dystopian Wars/Fleet Action
Blazing Sun
Taki-Ashi Heavy Walker x1
Komainu Garrison Tank x6
Ke-Ho Light Tanks x25
27x SAW tokens
3x Node tokens


Chinese Federation
Fei Long Skyfortress x1
Chi Long Assault Flyers x3
Zhulong Interceptors x5
54x SAW tokens


Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth
Perun Mobile Airfield x1
Rarog Landship x1
Palnik Medium Tank x3
Szpada Flame Tank x3
Burza Bombard x3
Poltava Light Tank x4
Rycerz Light Tank x5
16x SAW tokens


Republique of France
Frelon Small Bombers x3
Marceille Light Cruisers x3
Furieux Scoutships x2
Defense Tower x2
36x Saw tokens


Russian Coalition
Kostroma Fleet Carrier x1
6x SAW tokens


Merchant Vessels x4
Oil Rigs x2
City Districts x3
Harbour district x1
Airfield district x2

Armada
Dindrenzi
Bastion Battlestation x1
Pilum Platforms x3

Relthoza
Ichneumann Frigates x4

Ryushi
Onnisha Carrier x1
Hokita Crusiers x6
Akkarai Corvettes x6

Terquai
Alkonost Assault Carrier x1
Alkulkan Assault Cruisers x3


Planetfall
Relthoza
Varisei-Kei Leviathan x1
Namisc Light Walker x12


Directorate
Shade Heavy Gunship x2
Phantom Gunship x3
Artillery Marker x2


Terrain
Buildings x10
Barricade Walls x 10
Relthoza Structure x1
Defense Cannon Structure x1


Infinity
Nomads
Starter set x1(6 models)
Reverend Moira Healer x1

To add to this I have been curious about Dropfleet commander. This may lead me to pick up a few of their models to try out a game or two this coming year. We shall see, I honestly don't need anything more to play or paint at the moment. I also backed the Dystopian World expansion kickstarter which will net me something in the neighborhood of 145 new models! So this year looks to be a very busy year for painting which I am very much looking forward to.

I hope everyone reading this has had an excellent first week of the new year. I hope to get some pictures up of my Relthoza Command Helix and Ba'Kash Aerial helix. They have been painted for months now, I just haven't had time to get pictures taken and posted.

I am optimistic to see some of planetfall Allied Core Helices this spring. Particularly the Terquai, Veydreth and Ba'Kash ones. Hopefully Spartan will be able to get these released amidst their busy Dystopian Wars Schedule.

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Dystopian Wars World Expansion Kickstarter Update

I posted this on my dystopian tales blog and wanted to share here as well that the kickstarter has done very well so far at 155% funded. The campaign is only 2,200 GBP short of unlocking a new faction for the game. I believe I noted this in one of my previous posts but I am exceedingly excited for this stretchgoal! The possible factions that backers will be able to choose from are: Teutonic Order, Spanish Confederacy, Republic of Egypt, Hellenic Kingdoms and Garibaldi's Legion. Out of these I think the Teutonic Order and Garibaldi's Legion are my least favorite options but any would be cool. Tomorrow, I believe, there is supposed to be an overview of the possible factions released so that we can vote on which will be added to the game as part of this Expansion.

Other than my excitement of helping pick a new faction I wanted to share images of many of the terrain bolt-ons. A large part of this kickstarter campaign is the addition of terrain specific to Dystopian Wars. Of all of the images shown so far these look awesome and will a ton of character to any battlefield they are added to.

Sturginium Rig - This thing measures about 5"by 6" and looks fantastic!

Overhead pic of the sturginium rig. Lots of excellent little details all over this model.
Island and Hazard Set - Love the little buildings set into the side of the rocky outcroppings.
New Resin iceberg set. The largest of these look to be about the size of a battleship. I plan to pick up a set of these as I think they will be awesome painted up on a game board.
Second shot of the iceberg with the new Prussian Empire monitor and destroyers..`
New fortified harbor set with a Prussian Empire monitor for scale purposes. There are supposed to be some additional buildings which have not been completely rendered as of yet which will be part of this set as well. This is another set I really want to pick up!
This is a close up of the harbor gates. It has been indicated that there will later be nation specific gates to further customize this set. Very excited to see the buildings which have yet to be rendered.
Several renders have been revealed for the Core Nation Expansion Sets. So far they have revealed the medium ships for the Blazing Sun, Republique of France, Kingdom of Britannia and Federated States of America.

Chita class robot submarines - Love these models!
Royan class gunship - I really like the look of this model. It has the appearance of a pocket battleship.
Felshaw class light carrier - Cool looking little model. My brother-in-law is expecting to pick up a few models.
Calico class light carrier - Very cool little ship. The rocket battery in the back is replaceable giving three different configurations.
Russian Coalition Mezan gun corvette - I very much like the triple barreled guns on the front of this ship. These will be a lot of fun to paint.
I am very excited to see this kickstarter finish out and in particular getting to vote on adding a new faction. I will post again once some more renders are released or the new faction is determined. Thanks for reading!

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Dystopian Wars Kickstarter Expansion

Again I posted this in my Dystopian Wars blog but wanted to share here as well. Thanks for reading!

I'm a few days late posting the beginning of Spartan Games Dystopian Wars game expansion through Kickstarter. As of writing this the campaign is 81% funded with 27 days to go which is very exciting. They have numerous pledge options be you a gamer or retailer.

Dystopian World Expansion Kickstarter

It does not appear that there will be any issues hitting the funding goal. I am very hopeful that the campaign will reach the stretch goal for creating a new Naval Battle Group from either the Spanish Confederacy, Teutonic Order, Free Hellenic Kingdom, Republic of Egypt or Garibaldi's Legion. The faction will be determined by backer vote. My vote would be for the Spanish Confederacy, I've been waiting for Spanish or Portuguese models since I started playing Dystopian Wars.

I have backed this project at the Fleet Admiral level and am very much looking forward to getting the models of the Ice Maiden Iceberg Carrier and Murmansk Fleet Operations Vessel. The Murmansk was a surprise to me but its appearance as a massive floating factory really appeals to me. In fact it has convinced me to build a Russian Coalition fleet around it.

Murmansk Fleet Operation Vessel. I love this model. Supposedly the back of the model can be glued or magnetized open to allow a cruiser sized vessel or smaller inside this behemoth. It is going to be a blast to paint!

The Fleet Admiral Pledge will allow me to select 4 Expansion boxes to go along with the two player set and resin super vessels. So far Spartan has only post the contents of the Russian Coalition and Prussian Empire expansion boxes which are the same new models contained in the two player set.

Magadan Large Submarine. I really like this model. Actually I like it better than the original Deathbringer submarine and am very curious to see how its armament works.
The Onega Light Cruiser. This model looks good in my opinion and is a good evolution of the current Russian Coalition aesthetic.
The Mezan gun corvette sounds really cool, unfortunately the enlarged picture uploaded is of the Rustov destroyer also a cool model but not the new corvette.

I must say I love this model. The Gustav Bombard Monitor equipped with the PAK-800 KYC Siege Artillery Piece. The fact that the gun has a the steam engine still on the ship just makes it that much more awesome in my opinion. Also equipped with broadside tesla torpedoes!
Second picture of the Gustav showcasing the train and siege artillery.
The Brandtaucher Assault submarine. From the description this unit sounds like a lot of fun armed with its luftlancers and forward firing cannons. It definitely takes inspiration from the Prussian Sturmbringer Submarine.
Lahn Anti-Air Destroyer armed with a speerschluder. Looks and sounds like a nifty little vessel.
The League of Crimson Poinard ambush corvette and Blade armored cruiser. These two models are beautifully detailed befitting their wealthy masters. The Poinard Corvettes gets to deploy after all other models and is armed with broadside weapons. The Blade Cruisers are armed with a Tesla lance, fixed channel electrical weapon and energy broadsides. 
Lots to be excited about, I will make sure to post more once the other Expansion boxes are revealed. Hope everyone has a happy Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Impending Spartan Games Kickstarter

I have posted this on my Dystopian Wars Blog but wanted to share here as well just in case anyone is interested.

Spartan Games has recently unveiled plans for a massive expansion to Dystopian Wars using Kickstarter. I for one am extremely excited by this and can not wait to see the new French models. I may even look at picking up a new fleet like the Russian Coalition. I have long appreciated their aesthetic but just have never gotten around to picking them up.

Spartan has posted two blog articles dropping some tidbits regarding the impending Kickstarter.
Dystopian World Expansion Kickstarter

Return of the Battleships

- There will be an expansion set for each of the main 7 nations, (Federated States of America, Kingdom of Britannia, Russian Coalition, Covenant of Antarctica, Republique of France, Prussian Empire & Empire of the Blazing Sun). The expansion sets will include a new large, medium and small squadron from naval or aerial theater.

- There is supposed to be Nation Guide Books for each of the above nations.

- A new two player box set, (Operation: Ice Maiden), featuring Prussian and Russian models and including the new Ice Maiden Super Carrier which will measure over 10" long.

The Ice Maiden has been indicated to measure more than 10" in length. This model will be a blast to paint!

- There is also supposed to be two campaign books. One for Operation Ice Maiden related to the above 2 player set and one for Operation: Bronze Typhoon which will be set in the pacific around the city of Singapore.

- The League of Crimson will also be debuting in the Kickstarter. They are supposed to be made up of extremely wealthy big game hunters capitalizing off of the world war. Slated to have some very unique models I have very curious to see these guys finally, Hopefully the League of Honorable Gentleman will not be too far behind them!

The New Mark 1 battleships for the first four nations. (Left to Right, Mississipi, Yokai, Magnate & Eider). I really like the evolution of the design aesthetic for each nation so far. Extremely excited to see the new French battleship!
The mark 2 version of each of the above battleships.The new battleships have been designed to be easily magnetized so that they can be re\vised to best fit each battle they are used in. Their is also mention that new marks may be released in the future which will allow further customization.
On the forums it has been reported that the Kickstarter is slated to start sometime next week and their will be several blog posts with additional model renders and more information over the next few days. Alliance nations have also been address and will be further expanded in the the phase 2 of the World Expansion. Whether this will be part of the Kickstarter, a separate Kickstarter or something else entirely is uncertain.

The future of dystopian wars looks very positive. I am very excited for the impending Kickstarter and will be definitely backing it in some capacity. I will try to post further once more information is available.

Friday, October 14, 2016

Dindrenzi Ground Command Helix - Painted

Hi all, sorry for the inconsistent posts over the past few months. Between work and the newest addition to our family I have been a little more preoccupied than normal.

I've actually had these pictures since August and just have not had a chance to post them. Better late than never though!

Nyx Grand Company. Very much looking forward to overrunning someone with these guys!
Damocles Flambard turrets. 
Damocles Estock Flack Launchers,
I magnetized the bases so that it would be easy to swap between the flambard and estock drop ons.
The  base for the Charon Command Pod. I tried to create a little bit of a lighting effect coming from above each ladder.
The underside of the command pod. I used the green for the rocket/stabilizers for the pod and then continued the blue for the light sources within the pod.
A picture of both the base and the command pod. I was trying to show off some of the details on the front of the command pod.
An overhead view of the command pod and base. I've been extremely pleased with how this model turned out. My wife made me a stencil for the phi symbol to add it.
The entire Ground Command Helix. The size of the Command pod still surprises me when compared to the other models I have. It is simply huge and stats wise it is a beast calling in artillery strikes, deploying a grand company and still providing fire support. The Command pod seems designed to break a battle line or to consolidate a position. 
I love this helix. Unfortunately, I have not played a game with it yet but I am certainly looking forward to trying it out! Thanks for reading/viewing!