Wednesday, 18 December 2013

phinished phoenix !

well finally got my phoenix finished off, sat down tonight to assemble my new Eiryss, only to find shes missing her right arm ! gutted !!!!

Sunday, 24 November 2013

a little bit of purple

well finally got around to finishing Kaelyssa off, took a while because i just had no motivation at all, its a nice enough figure but the detail is a litle soft, so a lot of it was lost in the painting process :(

im quite happy with these(yes she has pink hair!), so much so i held true and didnt start anything else until they were done, so heres a wip of whats to come - the phoenix

ive also managed to get around to gluing up my mage hunter strike force and actually using them.....OH MY GOD !

now i knew everyone says "you must use them etc etc" but id never realised how effective they could be with their UA, they go from good to bloody amazing ! was definitely satisfying going up against a more experienced player and shooting the shit out of his hiding casters and solos !!! (obligatory pass me the book/card moment too !!). im definitely joining the must use these crew from now on !!!

im slowly building up my retribution now, along with the above battle group i have

Mage Hunter Strike Force + UA (obviously !!!)
3x Mage Hunter Assassins
2x Ghost Snipers
2x Heavy Rifle Teams (Ebay deal ahoy !!!)
1x Arcanist
unit of Stormfall Archers
another Griffon (love those halberd bullet charges !)
1x Soulless Weapon Attachment
Sylyss Wyshnylyrr (again another recommendation i was amazed at !)
and on the way is Eiryss 3 !

after reading about the nice new Houseguard Thane who'll be out soon i plan on picking up a unit of Riflemen and just based on how nasty they can be with Eiryss some Mage Hunter Infiltrators

pretty good i think youll agree ?

Saturday, 2 November 2013

Reflections on Warmachine

so ive been playing a LOT of warmachine recently, most of my mates including myself, have either never played or played that long ago it was when there were only 4 factions and none of this hordes stuff !

ive chose Retribution for myself - deciding on a nice bright purple scheme, after months of doing drab colours its nice to get some colour back !!!

one of the first things we all found a bit difficult was getting our heads round completing everything at once with a jack/model - after years and years of 40k weve got it ingrained to move everything, shoot everything etc ! once wed got our heads round that we were ok !

cryx and khador have proven popular in my group weve got 3 cryx and 3 khador players, 1 skorne, 1 cygnar, 1 retribution(me!) and 2 circle (one of these being my second force !)

im enjoying the change in play styles and its been too long since we played anything with miniatures, personally i was becoming a little jaded with 40k, and this has definitely given us a boost to get back into things - even ended up getting a second different faction - circle !

ive mainly been using kaelyssa with the starter box, throwing in the odd solo and unit here and there, recently after reading up ive swapped out and added a phoenix - who has consistently in every game ended up either wrecked or doing bugger all ! the real performers for me have been the 2 lights from the box especially the speedy little griffon ! i did however have my first defeat last week up against a skorne force, i found their armour quite difficult to get through, especially with the buffs to up their armour the warlock was putting on them ! i ended up going for the phantom seeker shooting through buildings route with kaelyssa and had his warlock down to 3 health (love the shoot and steal fury/focus her gun does !), sadly it wasnt enough and she got ganged up on and harpooned to death !

im looking forward to getting my circle all ready to go then i can try something different, plus who doesnt love huge axe wielding werewolve !!!

Tuesday, 1 October 2013

neglect ?, me ?, never !!! plus a journey into purple.....!

well its been another long time between posts on here, i think i should try and do at least once a month updates otherwise my poor blog will get lost in the annals of the internet !!

finally after getting all those bushido figures finished off i could start on my own stuff, despite a little hobby adhd with Tau (which are now sat on the shelf looking at me hopelessly !), our group finally decided to start playing warmachine, i had a bit of a dalliance with warmachine about 10 years ago when i had some cygnar, tried to get everyone involved back then but noone bit, so off they went to ebay ! now weve started again and in my magpie like eyes i saw the retribution and wanted some !

at first i tried the studio white scheme but just didnt like it, but then i remembered the purple Tau i had started on and decided to go a bit crazy and bright (after months of painting ww2 figures and dark drab colours it was only so much time until i cracked...!), although in my defence my first ever Transformer was Skywarp and i blame him really...

so here we go with the first of my purple retribution..

obligatory wip shots both with flash (top) and without, the actual colour is kind of inbetween !

after deciding on a very easy way to get the purple colour i liked (tentacle pink base, vallejo violet ink and tehn picking out most of the armour leaving the tinted pink around the edges with xereus purple) i then needed something for the swishy effects on the armour - all technical now ! being torn between several colours i finally went for green....really its not as bad as you think, honest....

again obligatory without flash (top) and with, personally i like the purple and green its effective enough to stand out without being too much !

so spurned on by this i primed and am ready for painting some more now, then rather stupidly i decided not to make the phoenix boring looking and try to pose him...

as you can imagine those big bulky arms and awkward shoulders can be a bit...testing...but with steady patience, glue and liberal use of a word that sounds like duck i had my next myrmidon ready..

overall im very pleased with how it turned out just needs his shoulder pads going on but ive learnt from teh above ones and am leaving those off, now as you can probably see from the above pictures my caster isnt done, now heres where im going to put a restriction on myself and wont paint any others until ive done her for the battlegroup, shes half done anyway so how long can it take,,,,

now before i polished these off i managed to also get a complete relic hunters crew done for malifaux, plus finish off my gentlemen for empire of the dead along with 3 professor erasmus', 1 for me and 2 for friends

im very pleased with how these turned out, a little annoyed at the guy leaning on a hammer who seems to of conjured a big mould line on his face from nowhere !!

Monday, 27 May 2013

Time for Tau !

Well I've been busy building Tau recently, but then the new Eldar get released soon....aghhhh !!

I did buy my first EVER fine cast mini - Tau Darkstrider, and was pleasantly impressed a perfect model in my view, so its looking positive for those fine cast Eldar characters !!

So here's some pictures of him, all different angles so you can see how he looks....

To be fair to games workshop the detail is very good, even down to the grooves in his hooves, there were none of the bubbles and see through parts you hear so many horror stories about online ! 
I'm quite impresses with how easy the fine cast stuff cleans up - took next to no time removing the mould lines (I did cut the top off the antenna on his gun by mistake !), and it glues up very easily, probably the only little niggly problem was getting his hair to line up (the hair is part of the gun and needs to be glued touching his braid)

So to sum up I'm glad I finally got something in fine cast and I can see the benefits, just a shame its took so long to get it right !

I also picked up a crisis suit box and a piranha, and had a go at making the battlesuits as bit more  dynamic.....

Still undecided on colours though I am leaning towards purple as a main colour....

Monday, 6 May 2013

bank holiday bonanza !!!

Unusually this bank holiday I had the day to myself so decided to get a start on some of my stuff for a change !!

First up (quite appropriately) the first EVER Tau I've assembled !!!

Then I decided to do some more....

Then it was onto a new crew I bought for Malifaux, couldn't resist these when I saw them, and the Arab is huuuuge !!

Also got an Enforcer Captain from Mantic glued up and stuck on a base I salvaged off something I'm painting for a friend, still not too sure what colours yet, was thinking maybe something like a Dark Trooper from Star Wars

And lastly some reinforcements for my Gentleman's Club in Empire of the Dead, thinking of maybe doing these as Lycan hunters from some Lords Estate, some very characterful minis from Gripping Beast, loved these since I saw them on Lead Adventure Forum

All primed up ready to paint now, was thinking purple armour and grey undersuits for the Tau

Sunday, 5 May 2013

Bushido and some more "Not Dune" !

Must of had my "painting head on" as got quite a bit done, finished off those 2 Oni (wasnt hard really just needed eyes 'n' teeth doing !) and polished off the second batch of "Not Dune" figures !