Saturday, July 4, 2015

Painting Table Update

Hi All,

Hope you're having a great Independence Day or weekend if you don't celebrate that. We've been enjoying the holiday weekend with a lot of movies and I'm grilling a few Ribeye's while I type this.

We saw Terminator Genysis last night and I enjoyed it. It's kind of like the Star Trek movies in that they use and build on elements that you know while extending the story line in a new direction. And it has all the robots, shooting and explosions you'd expect.

I think I'm way behind schedule, and I've been forgetting to write down my progress, but I have been plugging away at the gobbos. Here'sa few pictures before I rattle on too much:

Here's the Orc Army Standard bearer I've been working on. This is from the new plastic kit and I've had a bit of trouble gluing him together right. A lot of gaps to fill with green stuff and I screwed up the face plate so that it doesn't line up with his eyes. you'll never see it, bit I know I messed it up. I decided to put some cork on his base to make him stand out even more. Gilding the lily?

The gobbo regiment. It doesn't look like much progress, but I got the dark leather on half of them and the lighter leather on all of them. Half of them have also had their skin base touched up.

A fair amount of work, that you can't see, has been done on this guy. His hood is actually half "white" and half yellow. The lower part of the robe is blue gray. I want to do a purple lozenge pattern over the yellow. We'll see how that goes.

I think were going to sit down to a Terminator movie retrospective while we eat tonight.

Have a good one.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Goblin Wizard and Fanatic done, Gobbos started

So finished these two today.

I thought about doing some flame detail around the wizards hood, but decided it would be too busy. His jacket is actually purple but looks almost black in this shot. I tried something different with his face pustules and hit them with some reaper rosy flesh, then burnt umber wash to tone it down. The fanatic was very straight forward. The grunge wash came through again and really brought out the detail. Just a little highlighting with the base color, bang, done.

While I waited for varnish, white glue to dry I worked on basing some of the gobbos.

You can see the other fanatic in the background. He's got a jesters hat, so I want to do a more complex pattern on him. I'm breaking this unit into groups of 5 to make it easier on myself. I need to prep about 13 shields for these guys.

Thanks for looking.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

To the Strongest, Dragon Rampant - News you can use

Hi All,

Just wanted to share a few things that came across my "desk" that you may find useful.

Simon sent out another To the Strongest newsletter. There are some new free army lists available here, as well as more aids for playing TtS. What also interested me was a listing of battle reports. I'm going to paste it here for my reference and for others who may be interested.

Sightings of To the Strongest! on the Web

A good many games of TtS! have been played since the last newsletter- here are some links that I have found (apologies in advance if I have missed your game!).
If you are organising a game, please take photos and post on your blog of choice, or mail to me and I'll post them on the BigRedBatCave, so that we can spread the word...

(Simon let me know if you don't approve of this)

I need to get off my duff and play these rules.

I also wanted to let you know that Dragon Rampant is finally available for pre-order on Amazon in the US. If you didn't know, this is the adaptation of Lion Rampant to a fantasy setting.

And lastly, I posted over on A Tale of Several Gamers about the Arrer Boyz, go check the blog out and give the people there some mojo for working on their stuff.

And I still need to dig out my hobby space for stuff for the giveaway.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

4th Bloggiversary for Sean's Wargames Corner

Just thought I'd take time to note that I started this blog four years ago today, and what a ride it's been.

I'd like to thank you all for taking the time to read and comment on my ramblings and help a grouchy old hobbyist feel like he has mates all over the world. It's not that I don't have "real" friends, I just have put my hobby self in storage along with my games and figures. I'm sure most of you who drifted away from the hobby know what I am try, very poorly, to say.

I think this last year has seen me paint the most figures ever and return to feeling a little more comfortable with my painting "style". I hope to be pushing my technique more and am already doing some planning for what I want to do in next years Analogue Hobbies painting challenge.

The blog now has 184 followers and more views than miles on my truck, finally. 179,853 as I write this, and not all bots.

Looking into Google Analytics, things look a little bleaker. In the past year I've had 8,648 sessions, from 5,992 users and 11,772 page views. People spend an average of 56 seconds on my blog and the bounce rate is 81.45%, meaning that percent view one page and leave. About 31.3% of viewers are returning. These stats reduce the warm fuzzies somewhat, but I think there are ways to dissuade bots from crawling or whatever the term is for those websites that spoof links to your blog. I've done some research on blacklists and I my try to implement one.

I will be doing a giveaway, I just need to dig out my hobby space and determine what I have to give you. So watch this space.

I'll finish with some pictures of the units I finished today.

I really finished these red and black boyz a couple of weeks ago, but I got the shields on them today.

Yellow and black boyz finished today. I don't like how these pictures came out, so I'm going to spend more time on the lighting.

Just showing the shields. 1, 2 and 4 are the ones molded out of sculpey. for the sculpted shield I wracked my brain for how to use the stitches on the surface. I took it to mean that the shield had been repaired and thus the markings were partial. I was worried that I couldn't pull off the black sun motif, but I think it worked. I may start paining shields on paper to practice.

Thanks for stopping by.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

More Oldhammer progress

I really am making progress, I've just already fallen off the charting my progress wagon. I think I may need to print it out and pencil things in. Apparently updating the spread sheet as I work on things is not happening.

I hope all you fathers out there had a great Father's Day. Mine was pretty good. Although I did a fair amount of yard clean up to get ready for the house painters, I got to workout at the gym and finish the day with a burger and beer at BJ's. They even gave me a free pint glass. No comment on how many I already own.

The family also bought me X-Com from Fantasy Flight games. I picked it in the hopes that it would be a better family game. My daughter doesn't seem to want to play and my wife had trouble handling the role of Commander and Central Officer in this game. The use of the app to randomize the alien attack is interesting and the timed phases and limited resources do add tension, not great when we're trying to learn though. My son and I played the tutorial and lost after five rounds. We started this game and got one round in before my wife wanted to stop. I've had the ap running with the sound off ever since, as there doesn't seem to be a way to save where you are in the game. We are relying heavily on the pause feature for the timed stuff. What I'm hoping is that, with a cooperative game, my son will focus less on winning and losing and more on enjoyment of playing.

Now for the progress shots.

The yellow and black boyz are nearing completion. Just belts and buckles to touch up and then some washes. I like how the raw sienna worked to shade the yellow.

I'm going to use the shields molded from sculpey. I whittled and fled down the thickness of the one on the left. The first two are from the Instamold, the one on the right is from the sculpey mold.

As a brain relaxer I've been noodling around with the fanatics and wizard. The wizard looks like he fell in a paint sample bin right now.  I need to make some decisions about him. Just belts and pouches on the fanatics.

The standard bearers all put back together and green stuffed. I need to work on their banners, be prepared for another stream of conciousness post on that topic. The one on the right has some chipped paint and some paper from the old banner that I couldn't get off. I'll figure out how to cover that up.

I also went out and bought some of this product after researching my press mold stuff. I already have the alumilite casting kit, but have held off as it seems to messy for me to handle at the moment.

Cheers for now. Watch out for my up coming bloggiversary and underwhelming giveaway coming up this week.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

More Shield Press molds

While I am still working on the units for Oldhammer USA weekend, I've taken a slight detour trying to figure out how to reproduce the old plastic shields.

So here's what happened.

I showed you the molds I had made last time. Here they are stuffed with green stuff. I used a roller to squash the balls of green stuff into the molds. It stuck pretty horribly to the roller, I used water to try and stop that. Next time I might use vaseline. It was particularly difficulty to get the green stuff to stay in the instamold.

Monday, June 15, 2015

Press molding shields

I finished the other five figures of the red & black arrer unit, but I still haven't done the shields. One thing that is holding me back is that I wanted to see if I could make press molds of them.

An assortment of the old plastic shields. In the middle is the Super Sculpey mold,  flanked by the same shields done in Instamold. I wanted to try both as I wasn't sure if prying the shields out of the sculpey had deformed the shapes. I'm going to try and do some green stuffing today, so I should have the results soon. I think I may have over baked the sculpey, hence the dark brown color. The original is pink.

The hazards of working with 25 year old plastic. This one shattered when I tried to clip it off the sprue. I may try to use it as a scenery item.

Just a WIP of the standard bearer. the extension is sprue. I've since glued the spearhead on top, after clipping the pin wire to size. I find it easier to make a long wire straight and then clip in place when the glue had dried. I'm going to need to green stuff the gaps and get to work on the banners.

I'd also like to welcome The Responsible One to the blog. His blog, The Responsible One's Wargaming Blog has some nice oldhammer stuff and some new that is evocative of the era.


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