Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Long time no see!

Hello all,
Its been a little while since I last posted. I must apologize for that. My youngest decided to take a month or so break from sleeping. The sleep deprivation definitely decreased my drive to type up posts. I still made some progress painting my list of mini's but not as much as before then.

I have also seemed to have jumped projects a little more than normal. I have made progressed on my Dystopian Wars Chinese Federation Aerial box. I completed the majority of a custom Firestorm Armada Pathogen fleet. I dug out my old unpainted League of Italian States models and painted them up.

My son has also convinced me to try Privateer Press's Warmachine. He had asked me a couple of times over the past year to give it a try so we looked into it further. I like how rules play out, some of the warjack combat options can get a little confusing but the game we played was a blast! After doing some research I decided to give the Retibution of Scyrah a try and then picked up some minis for Cygnar and the mercenaries as I couldn't quite decide which I wanted to try the most. My son decided Khador was his favorite and picked up their starter box. Our first game had my Retribution guys get stomped by the Khador heavy warjacks.  We had a blast however and my mind has already started working through what I can do differently next time. My brother-in-law has also bought into Warmachine/Hordes to play as well though we have not had an opportunity to play yet. He elected to pick up a Convergence of Cyriss forces as well as Everblight. I'm very curious to play a round against Everblight and see how different the risk management of Hordes differs from the resource management of Warmachine.

If you haven't seen the new Spartan release this month, the 10/15mm building ruins look fantastic. I took advantage of my Corinthian Club membership and picked up several of the ruins, The Corsican Incident and the Dawn of Souls objective marker. I am pretty excited to get all of these and paint them.
SS Dawn of Souls




Bonus Structure I got for purchasing on Easter weekend. This thing looks pretty sweet! I really like seeing the infantry bases within the building for scale.
I hope to get some pictures of my Pathogen models up this weekend as well as do some in progress pictures of my Warmachine forces. Hopefully my kids and lighting will cooperate so I can get another post or two made. Hope everyone is having a good week. Thanks for reading!

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Painting & Terrain Progress

Things have been pretty quiet around here. My brother-in-law has been unavailable much over the past few weeks so I haven't had much opportunity to play anyhting. I have managed to paint and build a second town for Dystopian Wars as well as the harbor set and half of the airfield set I purchased last year.

Trying to a get a layout put together for the second town.

Re-laid the town out after getting the board and roads painted.
First couple coats of paint on the buildings. Really like how the brick looks on the buildings.
Final picture of the town and research campus. Really happy with how this turned out!
First bit of the harbor districts painted. I was pretty excited when I got these painted up. I am looking forward to seeing this on the game board.
Just a picture with the new town and the two harbor sections together.
A final pictures showing the airfield I painted and the center harbor section. 

I hope you all enjoy the pictures. These have been a lot of fun to paint and build. I am really excited to get a couple of games in with my brother-in-law once his life calms down a little. I have already started a new project for some additions to my Armada collection. I hope to put some pictures or teasers up soon. Still have a couple of models left to finish before then, Thanks for reading!

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Building a Dystopian Wars Town

I have been working on a little town for Dystopian Wars recently as I noted in my previous post. I figured it would be helpful to put up a set of pictures and steps for how I have put the whole thing together.

I used a thin black artist canvas for the base and then added black foam board and green stuff, (Kneadatite), to create the landscape. The buildings will be from Brigade Armor's 2mm line of buildings purchased from Picoarmor.com as well as some of the Dystopian Wars buildings. The trees and crops are from Galeforce 9.

Black canvas, black foamboard and green stuff
I effectively painted a pva glue over the board and covered with a fine sand.
I glued the buildings on and spray painted the board black.
I layered some greens and browns on the board to begin the process of making the land look like land.
This picture was taken after I had done some of the rocks and stone buildings.
This was taken after I had done the terracotta roofing and sandstone buildings. I also went back and added shadowing to all of the building doors and windows.
I then went back and added some vehicles and a packed up Farm vehicle to make the town feel a little more lived in. In the background you can also see that I used some flocking to create a planted field.
A picture of the finished town. I went back and added around a dozen more buildings to the town to help it feel a little more substantial. Honestly I am thrilled with how it has turned out!
A second picture from a different angle of the finished town . I can't wait to use this for a game!
Thanks for reading! I am continuing my creation of dystopian terrain. I should have some harbor districts done followed by an airport and second town in the next week or two.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Updates - Dystopian Wars and Dropfleet Commander

Its been a quiet week. I finished up the Dystopian Wars town I was working on. I hope to have a post on that in the next week or so. I also finished painting all of the SAS and node tokens for my Blazing sun Fleet.

Spartan recently posted the contents of the Dystopian Wars Expansion Boxes. The majority of them look awesome in my opinion. As a backer of the kickstarter I will be getting the French expansion set as well as russians from the Ice Maiden set. My brother-in-law will be getting the Britannian and Covenant expansion sets. My son will be getting the Prussians from the Ice Maiden set. Very excited for these!

Kingdom of Britannia - Dynasty Repair Ship
Covenant of Antarctica - Menedaius Support Ship
Federated States of America - Providence Bombard Vessel
Republique of France - Marans Bombardment Submarine
Empire of the Blazing Sun - Toyokawa Repair Vessel

I also will be getting the Republic of Egypt fleet box. Spartan also recently released a set of images for the Sehkmet Armored Cruiser. Not quite what I imagined but the more I look at the model the more I like it.



I have also been looking more and more at Dropfleet Commander. I think this is one I will definitely be picking up over the next month or two. The novel ideas of objective based play and and the signature spike weapon ranges really appeal to me. I will post some more about it once I pick up the rules and models. I saw this set of new tokens to be released this year at some point.

Dropfleet Commander Advanced Sectors


Saturday, January 28, 2017

Recent Progress

I have been working on a couple of little projects over the past few weeks. My brother-in-law has had some interest in Infinity so I have acquired some Nomads to counteract his PanOceania guys. I have painted a trio of Alguaciles. I have also been working small town for Dystopian Wars using some Brigade Models buildings I purchased from PicoArmor.com.

I have also branched out in my hobbies and will be increasing the diversity of the models and games written about on this blog. I will likely always be a Spartan Games fan primarily but I would be lying if I didn't say that Dropfleet and Dropzone Commander looked really interesting. I have strong like of the PHR and Resistance models. Obviously, Infinity has piqued my interest and Dystopian Legions looks rather interesting to me as well depending on the releases made this year. The Russian Coalition has honestly looked really cool despite not being released and the Republique of France once they are fleshed out a little more. Not that I need any more models to paint at the moment :)

Nomad Alguaciles - I went for a red and white scheme with the grey pants.
Mediterainean town - I still need to add some supplies, vehicles and most importantly trees!
I'm hoping to finish up my town tonight or tomorrow. I am not sure what I am going to do for my next project. I have the materials to making a little mining town for dystopian wars. I also still have about 10 Nomads that need to be painted. I started my Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth ground forces a while back and I am feeling the call to finish them about now. I have found that I really enjoy the ground combat of Dystopian Wars and Fleet Action so I have collected some pretty solid ground forces and just need to get some photos put together and added to the blog.

I will be putting up a final picture of the town once it is all complete. Hope everyone has a great weekend!

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Relthoza Ground Command Helix - Painted

This helix was a little different to paint up. I debated for a long while on what colors to do the spire in as well as how to do the Salamis bodyguards. In the end I ended up doing the Salamis in a very similar scheme to what I had done in the core so I could use it with my core sometimes.

The first piece of the helix I painted was the Spire, of course! This thing is awesome in my opinion and much taller than I expected it to be.
Javi Command Spire - I am really happy with how this has turned out! I thought the blue glow effect I tried to create contrasted nicely with the red and sand scheme.

Second picture of the command spire.
The Narissa Gunnary nodes.
Salamis Honor Guard - I like the sand/brown color I used on this pair as opposed to the scheme I used on the original pair.
Second picture of the back of Salamis Honor Guard.
The Relthoza Command Helix.
Sorry it has taken so long to get these pictures put up. I haven't had the opportunity to play a game utilizing this helix yet but I am very excited to. I can certainly see a lot of possibilities for this helix to improve my current forces. Aesthetically and play style these guys continue to hold the top spot for me. I will try to post a report next time I get to bring them out.

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!