Saturday, 20 May 2017

40k Fascination

Hi!

Well we're getting closer to the big reveal of the new edition of 40k and I must admit I have found myself surprised by just how interested I'm finding myself with the whole thing.


Not since the halcyon days of 2nd edition and my teens have I really been finding myself invested in anything GW has done but there's something about the new edition that's really caught my fancy and I am seriously thinking of getting the rules and having a bash when the game is finally released in June!


I may cheat and use 15mm figures as I don't have the space or time for the chunky 28mm stuff anymore but I must admit that the temptation is there to pick up some new kits as they become available and see what I can do.

Interestingly this has also been giving me a hankering for some of the other specialist games including Epic and Battlefleet Gothic. Again the models are long out of production and in many cases stupidly expensive but there's lots of stuff getting made that would make ideal proxies.

I'm going to have to get my thinking hat on to write up some more background for my alternative Imperium too as the whole 40k setting just got interesting again!

Out of interest, I'd love to hear what others think of the direction 40k seems to be going and if it is also renewing their interest or killing it...

Anyhoo, enough of my ramblings!

All the best!

Friday, 19 May 2017

Governor General's Retinue and More!

Hi!

I've been churning my way through some more bits and bobs that I've had on my desk for quite a while and have got some of the Governor General of Farpoint's retinue finished!

The Governor General, Master of Arms and personal defence squad as well as mandatory spoiled and willful daughter!

I'm really liking how the little guys are turning out and I've now got vague ideas of expanding them into a full platoon...

Next up, there's the Governor Generals ride, a Silverthorn class lander:

 Swish Ride

It's originally a Syntha grav tank for 28mm but I figure it looks pretty decent for a 15mm shuttle of some sort. The only conversion I did was to add the small dome on the roof and it's done (looking at it I am oddly reminded of a Reaver Titans head...)

No ship would be complete without crew though so I've got a couple of hardy types to fly the thing:

Dashing Crew

I'm rather taken with the colour scheme of the Governor General's retinue so look forward to adding some more vehicles to the mix and am already planning some flag draped buildings to give the more salubrious parts of Farpoint some class. 

 The Governor on tour.

I'm still not sure what I am going to use rules wise for the force with Rogue Trader, 2nd edition 40k, new 40k, Necromunda/Shadow War and Gruntz all a possibility but I think I am going to just keep painting and see how we go!

Next up, the grunts of the Governor's guard:

 Lowly Footsloggers

They are Ground Zero Games colonial militia but I like the caps which kind of remind me of the Atreides from the Dune Movie and have a bit more panache than the more heavily armoured types.

Finally, it's not all been 15mm! I have finally finished the Bloodbound unit champion who can lead his savage brethren:

 Khorne!

He's a cracking figure and deserved the extra time I spent on finishing him but I am glad to be mixing things up a bit so I don't get bored.

Khorne Champion

Hopefully I'll get a few Stormcasts painted this weekend as well as more denizens of Farpoint so watch this space!

All the best!

Sunday, 7 May 2017

Khorne Bloodbound Progress

Hi!

Well I've finally finished another member of the Khorne Bloodbound miniatures I picked up a while back!

And then there were four!

I'm rather enjoying the slow pace of painting these angry fellows and hope to have their leader painted in the coming week but do feel the need to split up the project as I suspect I will get very tired of painting up nothing but furious maniacs all the time...


Needless to say, I am keen on getting enough of the figures painted to try out some games of Age of Sigmar but still have four Khorne and the whole Stormcast force to do so will try painting the Elementals next!


In other news, I am becoming rather more interested in the new 40k so expect to see some space age gubbins to appear in the not too distant future!

I am also hoping to play a bit of a mini campaign using the figures for Song of Blades too as I do like the idea of playing out some small warband skirmishes and adding the odd figure to the forces I have too.

All the best!

Saturday, 29 April 2017

Painted Gubbins

Hi!

Over the last couple of days I've been trying to clear my painting desk and have finished a few more bits and bobs!

First up, I've now got three finished Khorne thugs:

 Angry People

I'm slowly painting through my little box of Age of Sigmar and hope to have my unit of Bloodbound finished before too much longer.

Next up a classic Dwarf Ironbreaker:

 Dwarven Steel!

I really enjoyed painting up the little fellow as the classic Dwarf sculpts by GW really are fantastic. I have a few more to do which I've had kicking around for a few years now since I picked up a pile of Dwarves for a tenner at Claymore in Edinburgh!

Next up an armoured Familiar:

Tiny Tin

It's a wonderful little sculpt that I've mounted on a 20mm round base and now need to find a wizarding type as a master for him!

Lastly, there's a small retinue of 15mm Rogue Trader gubbins:

The Governor General and Retinue

I've had the idea of painting up a force or two for Rogue Trader in 15mm for a while and finally got started on the project with the Governor General of Farpoint and some henchmen and trusty droid as well as a ship's crew woman. I need to get the Governor's security force up to ten or so as well as some vehicles and assorted hangers on but quite like how the little unit look!

Hopefully I'll get chance to finish off a few more gubbins over the coming weeks!


All the best!

Friday, 28 April 2017

8th Edition 40k Musings

Hi!

Well after much waffling about taking a break from my usual hobby activities and I find myself perusing some of the news coming out about the new 40k that is coming out in June.

That was like, Ultra!

There seems to be quite a lot of outraged mutterings from the neckbeard community of power gamers who don't like change but for myself (fully bearded!) I quite like the sound of how things are changing. It looks almost like a return to 2nd edition but more streamlined and playable without needing a doorstop tome of a rulebook and it's also looking quite scalable so small forces are also an option rather than just Epic in 28mm.

Coupled with the fact that the narrative for 40k is actually moving forward a bit with new and interesting things happening, I may be tempted to pick up a copy and give it a bash!

Terra

It also looks like there's new larger scale Space Marines which I personally think will look great (especially when you look at all the Truescale conversions out there which make marines look properly heroic rather than rather Orangutans in armour.

I have been following the development of Age of Sigmar with rather a lot of interest and am slowly painting my way through the bits and bobs I have picked up and if GW can bring my jaded interest back to the fold, more power to them!

We shall see how things develop over the coming months and who knows, I may end up with some sci-fi gubbins to paint in the not too distant future!

All the best!

Thursday, 20 April 2017

Running Quiet

Hi!

I'm afraid it may be some time before I get chance to post much on my blog as I have a major project that I have been pondering for some time on my hands.


I am going to be developing my Rusty Robots setting if for no other reason than I still love the little guys with their simplicity and charm. I have no plans on releasing any casts for them any time soon but I have the setting stuck in my head and a million ideas for it pouring out!

I've spent much of the last 7-8 years with it buzzing around the back of my mind and I've spent much of the last six months writing solidly for it so I have loads of drawing and sculpting to do which is rather exciting too!

Hopefully I will come back to my blog at some point but have a suspicion that Rusty Robots is going to be a fairly long term undertaking!

In the meantime, All the best!

Richard

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Latest Daubings

Hi!

Well it's been a busy few weeks with work once again taking up nearly all my free time and the joys of Real Life using much of what I had left!

Still I have managed to paint a few bits and bobs!

First up, there's a test piece for my 2nd edition 40k warband that I've been swithering about:

 Snakebite Ork

He's had quite a bit of conversion work done to him but the addition of a top lip, hair squig and tongue gives him a decently 2nd edition vibe to him.

I'm still somewhat unsure about adding more to the mix but I am warming to the project somewhat!

Next up, here's a couple of Bloodbound thuggish types for Age of Sigmar:

Angry men with axes 

I've worked on them over the course of a couple of days and will be adding one or two more over the course of the week. I quite like them once painted and the 32mm bases are actually quite handy too. I've also been playing around with a darker basing technique with them and plan on adding some static grass tufts once I get the chance too.

Next up, there's a Grenadier Berzerker:

 Angry MacSmashface

I really like this guy as he's just so furious and has tons of character. I gave him quite a few scratches and cuts to represent him having actually been in a bit of a scrap.

I spent ages working on his skin tones to try out a more realistic style of painting and quite like how he's looking too. I may add a few chums to make a barbarian warband as I rather enjoyed painting him!

Next up, there's the Bat from Batman:

Attack VTOL

I really enjoyed painting a rather worn and battered vehicle and I will be adding it to my Lao force for Battletech and speaking of Battletech, I went back to the first of the Mechs I painted for said force and added a few more bits and bobs to give him more character:

Lao Raider

I seem to slowly be getting my painting mojo back again for the first time in absolutely ages and I hope to be able to add lots more gubbins in the coming month so watch this space!

In the meantime, Pirate Captain Easter Chick demands you have a fantastic Easter!

(thanks to my wife for painting chicks on me!)