Saturday, August 20, 2016

Paint Table Saturday 146 - Boar Boyz and Inks.

Hi All,

Slowly coming out of the lack of mojo. I got this dude finished the other day.


And Back

These guys have taken me embarrassingly long to work on.

This guy got the mid tone Orc flesh and his shield primed gray. I hope to finish him today. That'll be 4 out of the 10 done.

I bought these inks last weekend and intend to use them on the Tzeentch force I'm painting up.

We brings me to the project list. :(

Finish up Boar Boyz for Don.

Paint 250pts of Chaos for August. I'm already behind on the last two months. In fact I made a chart.

June July August September October November Total
Projected 250 250 250 250 250 250 1500
Actual 187 200

Variance -63 -50 -250 -250 -250 -250 -1113

Lord of Change 700pts

Herald on Flaming Chariot 296pts

Centaurs 125pts

Beastmen 150pts

Chaos Warriors 187pts

Beastman Chariot 86pts

As you can see I took a mulligan for July. A lot of wok to do on this. I'm probably going to do the Greater Demon to catch up on points. We'll see.

Paint those Gretchin I owe Dave B. from the Sci Fi side duel.

Paint the Milkmaids for Curt's entry fee for last years challenge.

Paint any other random figures for Oldhammer Day (Weekend). So round out the Orcs, Blood Bowl team, Man O'War fleet, etc.

I better get cracking.

Friday, August 12, 2016

Oldhammer Comics Compendium

Hi All,

I'm having a lot of trouble getting into the swing of things. Gaming and Painting projects have fallen even farther behind.

I think I have a guest post coming up on Broken Paintbrush tomorrow and I'll try to have the Man O'War battle report comic done soon.

Anyway, here are some links to prior Oldhammer Comic reports to have them all in one place.

Oldhammer USA Weekend - Overview
Oldhammer USA Weekend - Frog Hunt
Oldhammer USA Weekend - Battle of Rusty's Farm
Oldhammer USA Weekend - Battle at the Tower of Ytsur
Oldhammmer USA Weekend - Remember the New Alamo

Brian's Birthday Bash
The Sword of Light and Good
Santa Orka 3

Gotta run!

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Santa Orka 3 - The return of the son of the son of Santa Orka

Hi All,

I've been busy trying to get myself back into the swing of things. I was going to do a Paint Table Saturday post, but decided you didn't really need another picture of a messy desk with the same models on it an a bunch of excuses.

So instead I decided to finish up this battle report that I was trying to put out yesterday.

This game was played at Brian's Birthday Bash, after our fantasy battle and lasted until about 2am. We started out with about 6 players and had only two standing at the end. My dice rolling was epically bad. I didn't capture it in the photos, unfortunately, but a Psyker exploding in the very first psychic phase and a hop splat gun bouncing down the line on a squad who had made it on top of the wall were some of the highlights not mentioned.

So pop open a beverage of choice and enjoy (you can right click and open in new tab/window to see them in full bigness).

And on page nine I added some muzzle flashes and an explosion. Let me know what you think. I need to figure out a way to add more effects, but I just wanted to get this one out.

I used a template from Comic Life Three this time. I thought the three panel layout would still work along the lines of the House of Hengist style.

Hopefully more painting progress to report soon.

Monday, August 1, 2016

Unboxing Day - Or what happens when you bid on stuff while on vacation

Hi All,

  Not trying to rub it in, but I've been successful in a lot of my bids lately. I only had one thing that went for a low BIN price that I regret not getting. I got greedy I guess.

Nurglings. I think I didn't pay enough attention to the shipping on these. Always make sure their not charging some weird shipping rate. But I'm happy enough to have them. I may bring some of the doubles to trade.

I already have Man O'War and Plague fleet, but I got all three of these for less than people are listing Sea of Blood by itself. Sure it's used and a little dog eared, but it came with a few extras and some interesting organizers for the cards. I may show that off in another post.

Sorry this one is sideways, and sorry for the crap cell phone pictures in general. I tend to waver between DSLR and cell phone, right now I'm just interested in sharing without too much fuss, so cell phone it is. As you may recall Blood Bowl was one of my top regrets in not purchasing back in the day.

Basic Blood Bowl orc team. I won these before I knew about the auction for the boxed game. So I now have two plastic orc teams. Santa Orka 69ers and the Orkland Raiderz.

And lastly a dread that I bid on before buying the exact same one off Dustin at Brian's birthday thing. Oh well, you can never have too many dreads.

I'd also like to welcome Steve to the blog. Your friend connect profile doesn't list a blog. So if you have one or a hobby related site, just let me know. I like to link/follow back when I can.

I better get my chores done so I can paint. Not too much longer until Oldhammer USA Day.

Friday, July 29, 2016

The Sword of Light and Good - An Oldhammer Battle Report

Hi All,

I finally have some good WiFi and a little time, so I finished putting this battle report together. This was a learning game with lots of house rules and flavor added by the GM. I hope it inspires you to dust of your minis and use them in anger.

(As always, right click on the image and open in a new tab/window to see it in its full bigness.)

Thanks for looking.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Magnetizing Jewelry Trays for transport.

Hi All,

Well I'm back in the land of Wi-Fi, albeit super slow, so I thought I'd share my experiences with making a new set up for travelling with miniatures.

So I think I talked about this in a previous post after getting back from Oldhammer Weekend USA 2015. Some of the guys had these hard sided jewelry cases and trays, some had plastic containers with sheet metal epoxied in. I decided to marry the two ideas and have sheet metal glued into jewelry trays. Perhaps not original, but an idea none the less.

Kober recommended Nile, and Blue recommended Gems on Display. I went with the latter as it was the same stuff, only sightly cheaper. I had wanted to do a hard sided case, but I also wanted to do carry on and the dimensions on the hard sided cases were about 1" too large in at least one dimension.

Melania'd from the American Airlines website:

Shouldn’t exceed 22 x 14 x 9 inches / 23 x 36 x 56 centimeters (including handles and wheels)
Must fit in the sizer at the airport

So I went with this soft sided case here. Now you'll notice that it says you can fit 12, 1" trays in there. I got excited about fitting 12 trays in and stupidly ordered them. Anyone paying attention will immediately realize that a 28mm figure is never going to fit in a 1" tray and be able to stack stuff on top of it. So much for enthusiasm. Gems on display would have taken them back and given me money back, but the shipping would have been more than they were worth. So I now have 12, 1" trays. I'll use them for dice rolling and organizing the paint queue, etc.

What I ended up with for travel was 2, 3" trays and 3, 2" trays. They don't appear to make larger than 2" in the stackable plastic. A shame, but it worked out ok. I may in the future figure out how to fix something on the bottom of the three inchers to keep them from shifting.

Next I ordered some custom sheet metal plates from Robert over at Shogun Miniatures. We played a minimal amount of email tag and he got the metal out to me quickly, ie well before I was going on my trip to Baltimore.

Let's see how I put them in the trays, shall we?

Test fit and double check of magnetic properties. (Also a shot of my feet)

Setting up an area outside to epoxy.

I used 120 grit to rough up the sheet metal, I probably should have used a coarser grit but I had 120 handy.

I realized a little late that I didn't need to put a full stripe of glue across.

I used Gorilla brand two part epoxy. They recommend mixing it in the plastic blister but I just applied it directly and mixed it on the sheet metal itself.

The pictures don't show it, but I did 3 strips of epoxy on each plate. I was  able to glue 5 plates in with one tube of epoxy, but just barely.

Fortunately I have a bunch of old bricks and pavers lying around my back yard so I used those to hold down the plates while the epoxy cured.

So now I can fit almost my entire O & G army in one plus tray. I had a little difficulty fitting my clothes and Oldhammer t-shirts in the remaining space, but I made it to Baltimore and back with only one figure broken.

The figures did shift a little in transit, tipping the bag over to fit in the overhead compartment, so I may need to figure out some more ways to restrain the figures once inside. The idea is to have them as tightly packed as possible.

I'd also like to welcome two new followers, Warcolours Paints and Idrissa-Flo Woodstone. I don't know if they have blogs, send me links if you do. I believe I know Idrissa under a slightly different name on facebook. A damn fine painter.

I hope this post is helpful and that I'll get some more reports written soon. I don't know why the followers widget is so small right now. I'll have to check the settings.

Have a good one.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Brian's Birthday Bash - an Oldhammer Weekend

Hi All,

Just wanted to share a brief synopsis of last weekends shenanigans.

I would like at some point to do a semi-regular zine of what's going on around North America so we can enable each other to buy more toy soldiers.

Thanks for looking.


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