Sunday, June 9, 2019

Recently Finished Minis

   I haven't done a lot of painting this past month, because of other projects (more on that later), but I did finish a few things a week or so back that I haven't shared, so... here they are, I suppose.

WIP Shot of a piece of jungle terrain. Also the Velociraptors

And the finished piece. I quite like the weathered detailing that was sculpted on it.
This piece is from Fenris Games, along with some of the other bits of stonework in this post.

Terrain for Frostgrave
 The statue is a Bones mini of Ezren, the Iconic Wizard from Pathfinder.
The plinth is from Fenris Games.
Just painted in my usual stone method and added some Valhallan Blizzard.
(That stuff is the bomb. I need more pots to save for when GW inevitably discontinues it).

Reaper Bones Velociraptor and Spike Shells; Fenris Games Runestone

Closeup of the Spike shells, really ought to take better photos.

Another runestone from Fenris, and the ancient Toad from Talisman. 
I've had this mini for probably 20 years, maybe longer. Finally just did it.

   I have some big pieces that I finished this week that I will take proper photos of and post later this week. Maybe. You'll know why I have been so distracted soon, I promise.

Saturday, June 8, 2019

Works in Progress

  A few shots of some of the things on the paint table right now. The giant mammoth man is from the Reaper Bones IV Kickstarter. The Van Saar gangers are from the boxed set by GW. The Pathfinder Goblin pyromaniacs are also Reaper Bones but not from the Kickstarter.

Barely started...

Still a good ways from finished.
Not really happy with the wash I chose so I am going to go back and redo that bit.
Plan to do the tusks last.

Closeup. Going for a black bodystocking with light gray armoured plates.
Energetic items are blue-green (eye lenses, power sources, high tech pony tails, etc.)
Some metals will be bronze, most weapons will be matte black.

Working on these not-really-all-that-little guys I realize how bad my eyes are getting.
A bit sad about that. Oh well, that's why I have a magnifier visor I guess.

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

End of Campaign: Dark Heresy

   We finished off our Dark Heresy campaign on Monday night. We had all sort of lost our interest in the game after almost a year of play. The last few months we have also had several challenges with getting together as a group to play, and that certainly didn't help things.

   So, how did it end? Well, we had just captured a dangerous psyker named Molokoff from Hive Tertiam on Fenk's World and barely managed to escape the planet before it was pulled entirely into the warp. Once aboard our vessel, the Cudgel of Drusus, we turned the prisoner over to the Inquisition. That's when things went to Hell.


   As our ship entered the warp to travel to our next destination, something went wrong. Horribly wrong. Demonic creatures began to pop up all over the ship. We fought like heroes, but watched our companions go down one by one.

   First to die was our 'tame' psyker, Volk. The power of the warp invading the ship began to overwhelm his mental defenses, and I was forced to put him down with a bolt pistol shell to the back of the head. Next was our favorite pilot, "Mad" Murdock (an NPC). On the hangar deck, as we were making our way to the main engineering area, he was dragged down by a horde of smaller demons.

   Third to fall was our chirurgeon, Sister Scythia. She burned down a few demons with her meltagun before a flamethrowing fiend doused her with a barrage of unholy napalm. Probably for the best, as she was not very careful with her shooting and a meltagun firing off in the engineering spaces would have been catastrophic.

   Fourth was our newest recruit, an Imperial Guardsman from the 24th Canopus Heavy Foot. Corporal Jones ran out of ammunition for his heavy stubber - which he toted about with his Bulging Biceps as if it were nothing more than an autogun. After spraying hundreds of rounds into the enemy, he heard that fatal 'click.' Before he could locate any more ammunition, he too was torn apart. Thankfully, he died before they began eating. I think.

   Adeptus Arbites Belisarion Graecus was the last to fall. Using his skills with a bolt pistol, he took out demon after demon with precision aim. The holy inscriptions on the sanctified weapon glowed brighter with every shot, and the Emperor's wrath flowed through the explosive shells, overcoming many a demon's unnatural toughness. But all things must end, and Graecus finally ran out of shells as well. He met his fate, praising the Emperor and pistol whipping a final demon into death as the hordes tore into his armour.

   The Cudgel of Drusus is marked as lost in the warp on Imperial records.

Monday, April 22, 2019

Weekend Gaming Update 4/22/2019

   Friday night watched a great episode of Dragons and Things on Twitch while I painted minis. I don't think I have mentioned Dragons and Things here, which is a shame. It's a live play stream of a bunch of crazy people playing Pathfinder. It's a lot of fun, and they interact a lot with the viewers, which is what drew me to it so much in the first place. Anyway, from 6:00-10:00 Pacific that's what I am usually doing (which is 8 to midnight for me).

   Played a game of Infinity with my buddy Zach and his son. Went to a local-ish game store to play, Montag's Games. I ought to do a Store Report on them, but I may have already. They've just moved into a new space, though, so it may be time for an update.

   I finished the following minis over the weekend:

Reaper Bones Mechanical Monkeys
These are destined to serve Otto Maton if he ever reappears...

 Reaper Bones village woman with her rugrats.

 Frostgrave Soldiers (Archer and Infantryman)
These are painted for the witch, specifically, but could be used for anyone really

More Frostgrave Soldiers (Tracker and Man-at-Arms)
More Frostgrave terrain

Closer up

So, knocking a few things out. Which is good, considering what's on the way soon...

Saturday, April 20, 2019

Pledge Update - I need a 12 Step Program...

   Well, it's about a third of the way through the year and I am not doing too badly on the Pledge for this year.

   What the heck is "The Pledge" you ask? It's a promise to do my best to paint more minis than I actually receive in a year. I usually don't do very well at it. This year has been pretty good so far, especially in the matter of terrain pieces.

   But that is about to take a MAJOR hit. You see, about 18 months ago I backed this little Kickstarter for Reaper Bones. And, um, well... I have a couple of hundred or so minis that are going to arrive any time now. Those pieces are not yet figured into the Pledge Count - I only count things that I actually receive in to my hands in a year.

This will be arriving:


  • Infantry: 113
  • Monsters: 15
  • Vehicles: 1
  • Terrain: 34


  • Infantry: 24
  • Monsters: 10
  • Vehicles: 0
  • Terrain: 2


  • Snake Cultists (Infantry): 6
  • Ape Attack (Infantry?): 3
  • Hill Giants (Monsters): 2
  • King of the Jungle (Monster): 1
  • Frost Giant Raiders (Monsters): 3

   That's a total haul of 146 "Infantry," 31 Monsters, 36 pieces of Terrain, and one Vehicle (a pig-drawn pumpkin cart). Some I will probably try to resell, as I am not interested in all of it. But even so, that's a LOT of minis. And they really don't work much for most of my wargaming needs. THey do help with a lot of RPG needs though.

   And I really wish I had bought more, honestly. The Fire Giant Huntsman, Hill Giant Hunter and Dire Lion, Blacktooth Terror, Mossbeard Treeman, and the Darkreach Expansion...

   I may have a problem. Is there a 12 Step Program for this?