Saturday, April 22, 2017

Paint Table Saturday 181 - Pretty little maids

Hi All,

Still all over the place, but I'll show you the most recent thing.

Taken with the new phone on "pro" settings. I played with the aperture and ISO to get better exposure on the figures. In auto it was compensating for the pure white elements in the shot and darkening things down too much. You can see the white bottles in the back are blowing out.

***EDIT*** These figures are from the Eureka (100WFR905) Milkmaid Set. I can only ever find it by typing it in the search bar. ***/EDIT***

I used Reaper Rosy Skin and Rosy Shadow on these with a little drying retarder mixed in. The hope was to wet blend. My paint still dried pretty rapidly and I couldn't blend. I may have put the paint on too thin or not enough retarder.

I sanded the wooden knights and glued them to their bases.

We have another WFRP session tomorrow and I just found out I have another Rally Round the King battle to fight out for the Talomir Tales blog.

I also went ahead and preordered Shadow War:Armageddon. I didn't think it was fair to let Dai have to carry the load of knowing all the rules for our game.

Well, I had better get on it.


Friday, April 21, 2017

WFRP 2nd Ed - Shopping in Talagaad

Hi All,

Busy jumping around from topic to topic, what else is new? I've failed to finish my research into basing and have been messing around with world and language building software. More on that later, much later.

Two weeks ago we had a WFRP session scheduled, but Andrew and I couldn't make it so Jason and Bryan boldly ventured forth to get the lay of the land and try and convert some of their cash into useful items.

We'll start with a scene from Dreams of Araby, where the group figures out who can play which instrument.

Shopping in Talagaad

It was a warm early Autumn day, Vincent was half asleep on the roof of the coach as the rest of the party dozed in and out of slumber inside. The effects of the black lotus seem to be slowly fading away. The coach started to slow to a trot and a familiar knock came from the front. “We have arrived.” Alysia called from the front of the coach. Sally hopped out of the coach to get a look at the surroundings.

The sight was depressing. Not a half kilometer away sat the over populated slums of Talagaad. The breeze carried a foul stench of squalor. “I turn around here.” Alysia said again as she dismounted and started with unloading the baggage. “You should change your clothing. Looking as you do might not be a good thing, no. I have change of clothing for you all.”

Lukas and Leopold dismounted and began gathered there gear as Vincent handed down what was on the roof of the coach before climbing down himself. “So where are we meeting this contact.” Vincent said to no one in particular.

“He will find you.” Alysia replied. Everyone changed over to common empire clothing and the party made their way towards Talagaad. The impressive sight of the Talabheim wall and fortress atop the mighty crater was somewhat lessened by the mood of the town outside. Refugees from Kislev and what we would soon find out to be Hockland filled the streets. We made our way through the crowd nearing the center.

“I need to exchange some of these crowns for something a bit more useful.” Vincent said. “Perhaps we should ask for directions to a merchant.” Up until this time there was little in the way of markets that one would expect from a town this side. Just rows of hovels and shady buildings. The flow of people lead the party to a toll bridge. It seemed to be the only bridge that crossed the river that split Talagaad in two. The crowd was not particularly helpful when it came to asking for directions. Failing to get information the first time Vincent tried a different approach and confronted a man who did not have enough coin to cross the bridge. “Excuse me sir. Are you familiar with the other side of the river? We aren’t from around here and it seems we might be able to help each other out.”

The man’s name was Johan Stilts’ish (I’m not good at spelling or remembering names…) and he was indeed familiar with Talagaad and seemed a talkative and respectable man. Through some idle conversation and his willingness to share what he knew, the party mutually agreed to hire Johan as a guide. In return we will cover Johan’s tolls as well as a significant bonus after we concluded our day’s business.

The bridge was guarded by men tailored in red and white uniforms representing the colors of Talabheim. They were armored as one would expect a guardsman would be and they were decently armed with spear in hand and an axe at their hip. “Halt.” Cried the guard. “The toll for crossing the bridge will be 10 pence a person.” The party would soon find out that unique variables to ‘person’ that effected the price. In short… Halflings, being short as they are, only paid 5 pence. and “cripples” as the guard address Genaro must pay 15 pence to cross the bridge. This seems to have been the party’s first taste of Talabheim long list of laws.

Once crossed the river all eyes were on a large wall littered with papers and request for possible work. Every so often a crier would be calling out what was written on the papers. Work was scarce in Talagaad as so there was a large crowd surrounding the wall. One boisterous reader cried out that there was to be lucrative work coming tomorrow and that all interested members should meet at the Eel Tavern early tomorrow morning. Johan seemed interested in the job as well as Sally. Perhaps this would be that party’s way into Talabheim?

As Johan explained getting into Talabheim is an expensive and time consuming effort. Waiting lists and customs and yadda-yadda making it likely that the process could take a couple days before one begins there journey up the “Wizards Way”, the path that leads up the crater wall, if they are even allowed to.

The grouped made their way to the market district. Fortunately there was a large selections of shops. We were lucky according to Johan for apparently the market district opens its doors only a few days a week. Whether this is a the law of the land or just a circumstance to the impoverished state of Talagaad was never found out. The group went forth and made their trades. Vincent notably spent nearly all his coin on some maile completing his set as well as smaller items. The prices seemed rather fair for the most part.

The sun was setting and the shadows were getting long. “I must be getting back now,” Johan said after our time at the market. “Perhaps we see each other tomorrow at the Eel Tavern?” Sally gave Johan a generous wage for his time leading the party through Talagaad before making there to the 10 Tailed Cats Inn. The Inn was welcoming and had an interesting feature where if a storyteller was entertaining enough they would earn a free drink. There was a single patron that attempted this but the story of self pity did not seem to go over well enough for a free drink. After an evening the group turned in to get an early start so that they could be at the Eel Inn before the job is presented.

So it looks like we're in good shape for starting the adventure this weekend. The picture above blew me away. I'm really glad Jason is doing these.

Thanks for looking.

Of course I forgot to mention followers. Every time, geez!

Phil Otep reminded me of his blog Philotep's 1/72 Minis Kingdom. He also pointed me to Sprinks' blog Wronghammer, love the name and my original intention was to play Oldhammer in 1/72. I told myself I would never buy another 28mm figure. Whoops. Lastly welcome to Ryder Strickland of Belched from the Depths. Dude is an awesome painter and you should follow his blog!

Ok, now I'm done. For real.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

New Phone Camera - Same old models

Hi All,

What with track season coming to a head and allergy/ yard work season in full effect here, I've been limping along on projects.

The main news is I got a new(ish) cellphone with a much better camera than my last. I opted for the Samsung Galaxy S7 Active. I went to the store to compare the LG G6 and Galaxy S8 but decided that there were features on both that I didn't quite need or care for so I went with the older, and soon to be discontinued model. Since two years is an eternity in cellphone time this "older" new phone is a vast improvement on my last.

On to the pics. I have not edited these at all.

The table is a jumble of projects.

Sir Chicken. I didn't get the sides perfectly matched up and made the mistake of allowing the glue overage to fully harden. I got it mostly off by carving out with an X-acto knife. I'll hit it some sand paper to clean it up more. You can get these from Skull and Crown.

Here's the coat of arms I had forgotten that I made. I used Inkwell Ideas Coat of Arms Generator. (I should have cropped the exported file.)

Here is Sir Squires. Lazy internet searching says the Squires coat of arms is a squirrel.

The goat on the helm is a nod to my mom. She has goats.

I've been digging through my figures and located my Curt geld from last year. Not pictured are the gretchin I owe Dave B. One of these days I'll get these finished.

Since I had Friday off I went and collected Dormur from the game store. The guy, same one who was rude when I dropped him off, said they hadn't judged the figures yet. I said I was no longer interested in competing. So my foray into trying to be involved in a local game store has ended in failure. That's ok, I like playing with my Oldhammer bros better anyway.

Lastly, I pulled out my Bretonnians so I could do a deal with Blue for some retainers (pictured) and foot knights (not pictured). I need to find three more bowmen to make a unit of ten. I'm not sure if I'm going to buy some from Foundry or somewhere else.

I'm doing some research into bases as I've run out of 20mm slotted bases. I have an eBay supplier from Hong Kong. I'll share my findings with you in a future post.

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Paint Table Saturday 179 - Arrgh!

Hi All,

Not much going on with the hobby, I've been busy with family activities and Taxes. Finally got those done. I haven't done any in many years so I'm glad to see the back of them.

Here's the state of the Paint Desk:

A lot of projects. I started going through my lead pile to look for large creatures for Zerotwentythree's Big April. The most obvious example is the box of Golgfag's Mercenary Ogres, but I also have various giant and trolls, including Drew Williams bog trolls.

I also started looking for my Bretonnian's and found a few, along with some High Elves. The Goblins are some that I'm trying to trade with another Oldhammerer and then I had out my Boar Boyz, and the Chaos Centaurs are still out, one of the double archers may be involved in the same trade.

So there you have it. Thanks for looking.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

C-o-o-o-o-o-n! (pronounced Khan)

Hi All,

Just sharing my excitement! It's official, I've booked tickets for the boy and I to Kublacon 2017.

It will be the first honest to goodness convention for the both of us, we even got the wife and daughter to sign on, but they're going to meet up with family and do stuff in San Francisco.

My main purpose is to scope out what's going on out West and see about potential for future Oldhammer in the New World (Western States Chapter) events. Secondarily it is to introduce my son to more gaming and both of us to meet and play with Thomas Foss of Skull an Crown. I've been an admirer/lurker of his large wooden figure stuff for a long time. I like how kid friendly his stuff is and am especially looking forward to trying out his new jousting game.

We'll be on the lookout for other interesting games and will have last years Oldhammer T-shirt on for at least one of the days.

Now just to figure out what other stuff I need to bring for a pick up game with Dai and maybe Lasgunpacker when I get up by Sacramento.


Monday, March 27, 2017

Dormur finished

Hi All,

I finished the Reaper 25th Anniversary figure from February, 01601 sculpted by Julie Guthrie. The photos are more quick snaps with my cellphone. The lighting was not great. I need to tidy me hobby area so that I can set up for more studio quality shots. The list of figures that need a re-shoot is growing.

Here he is finished, except for adding the pupils.

I mostly don't do pupils, but when I do I use this XS Faber-Castell PITT artist pen. I believe the tip is 0.2mm. I bought mine at the JoAnn's craft store.

Trying to show you the eyes.

A grainy close up, but you can see the eyes. Argh, I see paint overage and missed spots I didn't catch.

This was my entry for the March painting competition at the LGS, I'm leaving out the F for friendly because I'm not really getting the feels from this competition. I was just trying to get more involved in the game store and using the comp as a means to do so. When I dropped off my figure I asked the guy if the next figure was available and what it was.  wanted to know because I'm trying to collect all the 25th Anniversary figures and I only have a week lefft to purchase the next one if I want it. The guy was gruff and said no it's not available and I wouldn't tell you what it was if I knew. I said I wasn't trying to gain an unfair advantage, but didn't elaborate on why I wanted to know.

Honestly I've tried to be happy go lucky about this competition and step up to painting outside my comfort zone, be it choice of subject or rules for how to paint the figure. But if you're going to treat me like I'm an asshole I can save myself the 40-50 minute round trip to your store and just buy everything I need online. Have a nice day.

The rules, which I found out on a spur of the moment trip to the store and by coming across a random comment in my facebook feed, were no basing and only 8 colors. Some people did a really interesting job with that. I probably should have taken a picture but I forgot to.

These were my 8 colors, the illegible one is Reaper Walnut Brown 09136. The purple was craft paint. I used one metallic (Tarnished Brass) and ended up using the intense brown because I just couldn't get a different brown I liked from the three I was already using.

Anyway, I'll tell you more about upcoming plans in my next post.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Paint Table Saturday 177 - Not finished, but close

Hi All,

Making progress on Dormur, I've gotten up to 7 colors, trying to decide how I can get the leather color I want without going to an 8th color to achieve that.

I can't tell if the strange texture in the cloak is my paint or the sculptors finger prints.

I've helped my son clean up and glue together two of his Chaos Space Marine Terminators. He's too nervous he's going to stab himself with an xacto knife.

We've got a band performance and then Dragon Boat racing later today so I'm hoping to push and finish Dormur tonight and tomorrow. I need to start moving forward.

Thanks for looking.


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