Friday, 21 July 2017

Back to the Beginning

I'm not normally a nostalgic person.  But, to make sense of this, a little history is in order.

25 or so years ago, I wanted to play warhammer 40k.  I'd heard of it from other people, and I was already playing a LOT of dungeons and dragons.  But I wanted to play 40k.  On holiday in Derbyshire, we had gone to Nottingham for the day, and I had finally got the Rogue Trader rulebook.  This was not long after the Compedium and Compilation had come out, but I knew nothing about them.  I just knew that I had now got the 40K rules.  I wanted to play Squats.  With Melta Guns.  Exclusively.  I was 13 or 14, these things happened.
When I got to school, I was soundly mocked for my goals.  There were army lists, and none of them had a force of just Squats with guns.  The rulebook sat on the shelf, and I was deflated.
Eventually, a birthday came around (or some other reason to have some cash), and my long suffering father took me on the underground to Tottenham Court Road, where I got to buy some of these toy soldiers.  Harlequins and Eldar Guardians as they were.  These were duly brought home, and painted (very very badly.  No survivng examples exist).  Finally, someone lent me the Yellow book, and I saw the original Eldar Craftworld army list.  I was hooked.  I wanted these.  These were what I was destined to play.... I never got that army.  I did get the red book, and the harlequin army list, and 3000 points of Harlequins (the contents of the box I had) regularly got cheesed (creamed, but goes on for longer to steal Pratchett's joke) by 3000pts of craftworld Eldar, playing lengthwise along the table.
I played these for several years, until, eventually, 2nd edition happened.  The eldar were shelved, and an Ork army was made from the contents of 2 starter boxes and A LOT of imagination.  These were awful too.  3rd edition saw me stop playing.  Forever, or so I thought.
Age has led to many other tabletop games, including lots of Fantasy Battle, and now some small amount of Age of Sigmar.  I moved away from GW games.  I had a few Eldar models that I had picked up, and even a couple of squads of Harlequins painted for old times sake.

Then I got a demo of 8th.  It wasn't bad.  In fact, it was fun, and seemed to have fixed a lot of the problems with 40K that had kept me away.  A bright idea goes off in the head, and I wonder if I could make a very small Harlequin army with what I had, but hadn't painted.....A quick trip to the big pile of boxes yielded, in addition to my 2 squads of Harlequins, a Void Weaver, A Shadow Seer, and 2 bikes (painted)
1 Box Dire Avengers
1 Box Fire Dragons
1 Box Shining Spears
1 Death Jester
1 Box Old Finecast Harlequins
1 Shadow Seer
1 Painted set of Striking Scorpions.....

Which feels like, with me wanting a new project, the start of a mixed Eldar/Harlequin Force.

I've started with the Dire Avengers.  Troop Choice - Check.  Small Model Count - Check.  Not enough models in the box to make a unit of 5 plus an Exarch - Oh, very very yes (Damn you GW).
So far, I've discovered how unforgiving Eldar Models can be, how bad the mold lines are on old GW model kits, and how sloppy I have got in my painting.  Still, mostly for my memory, here are the steps to painting Dire Avengers

Blue Armour - Caledor Blue - Teclis Blue - Hoeth Blue
Helmet - White.   Lots of Coats of White
Details - Black.  Any Black
Weapons and Other "hard" decoration - Bone washed Agrax Earthshade.

The final Avengers look like this.

Sunday, 25 June 2017

What's In Your Head...

So, in order to break up the painting of all of the Neverborn for Malifaux that I have been doing recently, I decided to paint up the Walking Dead, All Out War set that I have had sitting on the shelf for a while.
I played the game as part of my birthday celebrations with Dom of Nothing But 1s.  He is mainly a Batman player, but we both seem to think that this game was pretty good.
I started with the Walkers, as they were the easiest of the models, and I stole the Monochrome paint scheme that I saw in the Walking Dead group on facebook.  Despite this, I think that they have come out reasonably well for a quick job.

Step 1 - Paint the white undercoated models with Khorne Red

Step 2 - Drybrush the model with Tyrant Skull Dry paint

Step 3 - Wash the model with Agrax Earthshade

Step 4 - Paint the base Black

They aren't the prettiest paint jobs, and they might get touched up or fiddled with at some point in the future, but for now, in groups, they look pretty effective.

Friday, 16 June 2017

Crocodile Rock

So, it has been a couple of months since my last post, but I can assure you that I have not been idle.  I've got nearly all of the Neverborn faction finished now.  Most particularly I have been working on finishing the "Type" models from the faction.  So far, I have completed Woe, Nightmare, Nephilim, Mimic, Puppet, Illuminated and am working on the last few of the Swampfiends.

Particularly, I am currently painting the Gators.  3 Bayou Gators, and McTavish.

Painting Recipe (With some photos)

Step 1 - Undercoat white
Step 2 - Paint all of the under scales Ogryn Camo
Step 3 - Wash Underside Athonian Camoshade
Step 4 - Paint upper scales Castellan Green
Step 5 - Wash whole thing Agrax Earthshade

Step 6 - Drybrush Top scales Sylvaneth Bark

Step 7 - Drybrush underside Tyrant Skull

Step 8 - Inside of Mouth Pink Horror
Step 9 - Wash Mouch Carroburg Crimson
Step 10 - Paint Gremlins......
Step 11 - Teeth in an appropriate bone colour
Step 12 - At this point, paint the rest of the details, and any other figures on the model (Such as McTavish)
Step 13 - Base in your choice of style.

So, some the finished McTavish and Bayou Gators..

Sunday, 2 April 2017

Dream a little Dream of Me!

So, I have now painted almost all of the Nightmares to replace my Dreamer crew, and begun the process of rebasing them.  The only models that are left to assemble and paint are the Twins and Insidious Madness.  The Madness I shall do as part of the Woes, and the Twins will be part of the next project, the Nephilim.  So far, I have Puppets, and now Nightmares completed.  The plan going forward is to move on next to Nephilim, and then Swampfiends, followed by Woes, and then Darkened (Who are mostly already painted)

So, pictures of the finished models.

All of these have been painted in a quick and dirty manner in order to get them back on the table, and then photographed using a phone camera.  More to come once I have them varnished and rebased.

Sunday, 5 March 2017

Keeping the Peace

So I have finished painting the last of my Constructs for my Hoffman crew.  To that end, I present to you, the Peacekeeper.
Simple paint job, with a very limited pallete, but I think it looks good.

Looking forward to trying him out with my new Guild Crew

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Sign on for the Guild

So, i have done it, and I have started playing a new faction (As opposed to hoarding said faction for when I get round to it).  I already had Sonnia, Lady J, and Perdita painted along with their crew boxes, but I was determined to diversify, since that plus the Governor's Proxy does not a good guild selection make.
So, with some trepidation, I dug out the C.Hoffman box, along with the box of Wardens I got with him, and started building and painting.

The man himself.  Simple paint job, but I think it looks OK.  I messed up the attaching of his legs to the frame rather badly, but it hides fairly well from tabletop distances, and I'm not going to tear him apart to start again.  I do have the old metal model that may get recruited as an alternative if it really bugs me.

His totem, the mechanical assistant.  VERY simple paint scheme here of Silver/wash/drybrush/done.  Looks ok on the table, and gets me a force painted very quickly (The main goal)

Guardian.  Simple job again

Hunters.  Harpoons were broken before they even got off the sprue.  Reattached about 4 times now.  I don't hold out hope of them lasting. Also, random tubes hanging underneath were left off on the grounds of WTF why?

Watcher.  Without silly difficult to attach and unlikely to survive aerial.

And finally the Wardens.  So thats all of the mechanical Guild folks I have, painted up and ready for me to start trying to learn to actually use them.

I'm back.

Sunday, 19 February 2017

Not the post I planned

So, this post was supposed to be about my adventures at Neverbourne 2, the Malifaux Tournament at Beachhead in Bournemouth.  Long story short, I had an amazing time, met some very nice blokes, and came out with a 1-2-0 record, winning nothing.  I was going to talk about that.

Then I woke up this morning, and some fucking whoreson had broken into my car overnight, and stolen the bag that had all of my stuff from the tournament in it.  All of the models for my dreamer crew, all of the cards for them, plus the cards for Collodi and his crew, that being the next crew that I was working on.  3 fate decks.  All of my home made counters and scheme markers (By home made, I mean custom designed, printed out, and then fixed to mdf discs).  That they have stolen my Tablet is almost incidental to that.

So, I have decided that I am going to do something else.  I am going to write the scumbag a letter.  I am posting it here, not because I have any thought that the scumbag who stole my stuff is one of my readers, but because I think that it says something about what our model collections mean to us.

Dear Thief,

When you idly smashed the windows of my car (and I hope that hurts, by the way, and by hurts, I mean has somehow cut you so much you bleed to death or at least have permanent disfigurement), you probably had no idea what you were taking.  In fact, you almost certainly still don't.  You were probably just taking a punt that the contents of the bad that I carelessly dared to leave locked inside, outside my house, were going to make you a few pennies.  Well, the tablet is old, and not worth very much.  The models, worth less to you.  Yet to me, they represented something.  They were valuable.  And you have sought to take that from me.
Those models represented some of the first purchases I made when I had freed myself from a bad situation.  I was able to buy them guilt free.  They were amongst the first models I painted when I got back into Wargaming in a real manner.  They represent a lot of years of collecting, and painting, and work and dedication.  You don't know that.  You just saw them as "there", and you took them.
They represent a decision that I made earlier in the year, to put some much needed effort into playing Malifaux, rather than just hoarding the models.  I've played for years, but these were the first crew where I sat down with the intention of actually getting to play them well.  I concentrated on playing nothing but them.  I concentrated on learning how to win with them.  I devoted time and energy into these models, and, when it came to the Tournament yesterday, I didn't win, or even do well, but that was the culmination of the efforts that I had put in.  I repainted stuff that needed it.  I painted a few extra models.  I tidied up paint jobs.  I worked on them.
There were also the cards for my Collodi crew in there.  He was next, given that he shared a lot of the Dreamer's hiring pool.  He was going to be the next master I learned, and for the last 2 weeks I have been painting models and planning for working on him next.  I don't know what tournament it would have been yet, but he was going to be the master I took, along with the Dreamer.  Now all of his cards, and a lot of his models are gone.  Stolen because you don't understand the seperation of Yours and Not Yours.
It may seem silly, but I was ready to just give the whole lot up.  Sell all of the models, burn the books, get out of the game completely this morning.  Hell, I'd have probably put all the other models and systems in the same boat.  Get shot of the whole lot.  I was that demoralised.  Yet, there has been some light, and some help.
Firstly, there are people.  People empathising with the loss.  People who I know and people I don't, who play this game and who understand the loss that this actually is.  The people who have wished well, and the people who have offered more practical assistance.  The people who have read this far into this post.   Every single one of you is a fucking hero, and a reason why I am going to keep going.
Then, there is my Wife.  She is always wonderful, but today she has gone above and beyond.   She wouldn't let me get rid of the models, she has insisted that I will be replacing them, and she has even offered to go walking round the streets in case they have been dumped locally.  This woman, who doesn't play, and never has, has totally grasped the emotional enormity of this, while going through her own stuff.  I love her, and I always will.  Basically, everyone else has gotten stuffed, because I really do have the best wife ever.

So, I have decided.  For the moment, Neverborn as a faction are on hold.  There is no point in even trying when so many of the core models that I would want to use are missing.  So, in a bid to diversify my local meta a little, I shall now be scouring the big pile of Malifaux models for Ms Criid and friends.  I may have to miss my #Playitpainted target for a few weeks, but I will get there, and Criid will replace Collodi as my next master.

So, in summary, you have stolen my models, and you have stolen, briefly, my plans for the game.  But, you are not stealing my hobby from me.  So, you lose.  And I hope that Lord Chompy Bits somehow magically becomes real and you find out about 6" Teeth and 10" claws.

So, if you have gotten this far, anyone know how to use Sonnia?