Hey, it’s only been a year…

..but I’ve still been working on hobby projects. I’ve spent most of my hobby/game time painting and playing Malifaux as well as running tournaments. It’s still my game of choice and here are the Malifaux models I’ve painted over the past year.

One of the new games I’ve been acquiring more models for is Warlord Game’s Beyond the Gates of Antares. This a large-scale 28mm sci-fi game created by industry veteran Rick Priestley, one of the original people involved in Warhammer 40k. The game has some great fluff and very solid mechanics. I’ve only played it a handful of times due to not being able to play with the local group who meet on weekends. Here are some of the models I’ve painted for the two armies I’ve collected.

A friend of mine Kickstarted Ninja All Stars by Ninja Division and got a large amount of chibi miniatures to paint. I helped him paint one of the four clans shown below.

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Lastly, I’ve worked on a LOT of terrain over the past year. The majority was aimed at Malifaux to use for tournaments but can obviously be used in any 28mm game. I also created a table to match one of my Beyond the Gates of Antares armies. Here are just some of the tables and terrain I’ve made/purchased over the past year.

That’s it for now. I’ll hopefully be more diligent about updating this blog in the future.

If you have any questions of comments, please don’t hesitate.

Lots of Malifaux and… a new game!

Sorry for the long break everyone! I haven’t stopped working on projects, I’ve just failed at updating this blog. Facebook and Twitter make it too easy to sit on the couch and share pictures so keeping this updated becomes more of a chore. Yeah, i know, pretty sad excuse. 🙂 Anyway, here are some things I’ve done since my last blog post.

I finally got around to buying a pale rider for my Guild crew. The rider models are all pretty sweet, but I personally like the Guild horse more than the others. I painted the model similar to the box are and stayed with a white, undead horse, of course… I painted the rider with leather and dark clothing. I’ve been using my airbrush more every day and have become accustomed to adding OSL effects at the end of the project. I also use the airbrush for clear coating which is very nice.

For my next project I decided to make some proxies. There are a lot of great models in the latest Malifaux book, Shifting Loyalties, but sadly there are no models yet. Awhile back I bought the Male and Female Multi-Part kits for Through the Breach, Wyrd’s role playing game based on the Malifaux universe. I used these to create some Guild Austringer and Witchling Handler models a few updates back and used it this time to create some Guild Sanctioned Spellcaster models. In game terms these models wear a collar that can be used to force the model to make casting attacks and can also be used to explode the model, injuring enemy models around them (think Seanchan Damane from The Wheel of Time series). I’ve yet to play a game with them but I have some models ready regardless. I did a little OSL work on these to try and show their hands glowing but don’t feel it was very successful.

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Next up I painted some new Guild Hounds to replace the proxy version I’ve had for awhile. These dogs are very small. I want to go back and give them more of a doberman pincer look once I have some time, but they are usable for the time being.

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I bought a LOT of new models during the Wyrd black Friday sale. Most of these were Resurrectionist models that are new releases. One of the crews I got during that time was the Nightmare Herald of Obliteration crew. Wyrd’s “Nightmare” models are typically larger versions of existing models but usable in the game. The Herald of Obliteration crew features a much larger Nothing Beast model. This is a great looking model and I was really excited to work on it.

My next project was some more terrain. I bought an MDF train set from Angry Mojo Games. I painted this train in 1 day using the airbrush for 90% of it. The only thing I used a brush for was adding rust to the tracks and wheels and adding weathering pigments to dirty up the trains. I was very happy with the results for the time invested.

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Next up was Hannah from the Outcast faction. This a very sweet model that really shows off the steam punk aspect of this game. I added some addition pipes to the area directly behind her head, which is normally just and empty gap and looks lacking. You’ll also notice that i got some new backdrops from my light booth. I got them from Hangar 18 Miniatures and I am very pleased with the updated look. The next thing I need to buy is a proper camera..

My last project for this update is from a different game! I had been on the fence about buying into Beyond the Gates of Antares from Warlord Games. This is a very far future science fiction game and the models finally won me over. I haven’t played a game yet but I’ve heard/read/seen very good things about it. These units are the Ghar, which are diminutive creatures that pilot these large, robust robots. I don’t know how they play in the game but these models are so cool. I added some damage effects to these models which is a new skill for me and i am happy how it turned out. I finished these in 2 days and am very pleased with the results.

That is all for this update.I am always appreciative of feedback and questions so let me know if you have any! Until next time, take care.

More Malifaux and Gaming Tables

Awhile back I purchased this hot wire cutter and have used it a bit creating scenery for our weekly Malifaux group at the local game store and I wanted to make a ruined village board and a desert board for my basement gaming. I had purchased some scenery for other games and also traded some nice buildings to a friend in exchange for painting some of his models. The only additional thing I bought were some desert plants from Amazon. Here are a few pictures of each of the boards. (click to enlarge)

Other than working on terrain, I have been painting more Malifaux. It’s safe to say this is the game I play most often. We started a Shifting Loyalties campaign at our store and that has been a lot of fun. Their campaign system is very deep and adds some nice changes to how you approach and play each game.

The first thing on my list of finished projects are the Malifaux Starter Box models. The starter box is a new item from Wyrd Miniatures that includes everything two players need to learn Malifaux. It includes 4 models for each player and all of the models have the Mercenary characteristic so that you can use them no matter what faction you decide to play. The nice thing for me is that I primarily play Guild and the starter box comes with 4 Guild and 4 Neverborn models. These models are easier to assemble than a lot of their other models but still have the great look that is associated with the 2nd edition plastic models.

Awhile back I used the Male Multi-Part Kit to create some Guild Austringers. Since then, they have released new plastic models for them. They look really good so I had to get those and paint them.

One of the models yet to be released in plastic is the Guild Exorcist. I like the look of the 1st edition metal miniatures for this guy so I bought a few online since they out of print and harder to get.

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The last model I have is an an older model as well. I bought this from one of the gamers in our weekly group and it was painted pink with sparkles. While he is not nearly as nice as the plastic version, he still has a very dark look which is synonymous with Neverborn and Malifaux overall. This is a 1st edition Teddy.

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Next up on my painting table is some more Resurrectionist models to finish off all of the crew boxes from their line. I also am starting to work on a swamp board for my basement gaming as well.

As always, any questions or comments are appreciate and thanks for stopping by!

Deadzone – Enforcers

As I mentioned in my previous post, I bought the starter box for Mantic’s Deadzone game. I have already painted the Plague models, which I got from a friend who introduced me to the game, so it was time to do the Enforcers. I stuck with a similar color scheme as shown in their rule book/box art/etc. I primed them black and then did a dry brush of Warpaints Unifrom Grey and then Warpaints Ash Grey. I painted the metallics, Warpaints Gun Metal and Valejo Brassy Brass, and then washed the models with GW Nuln Oil. For the cloaks on the Peacekeeper Captain and Sniper, I went with Valejo Dark Grey. After the wash, I highlighted the armor with Ash Grey and then highlighted those areas with some plain white. I sealed the models with brush on matte varnish and based the models. The final step was the dirty them up with Valejo Natural Umber pigment. I really like the look of these guys, especially the Peacekeeper Captain. He reminds me of a GW terminator, which I have always been a big fan of.

Next on my list will be to paint some scheme/corpse/scrap markers for Malifaux. I also have some more Plague models to add to my collection. As always, any tips/questions/C&C is welcome. Thanks for taking the time to visit and read.

More pictures can be found at http://imgur.com/a/O0eBY

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Deadzone Terrain

I was planning on just buying a gaming mat and some Deadzone terrain recently. After adding it up, I decided I may as well just buy the starter box and get more models/rule book/etc. One of the cool and unique aspects of Deadzone is the terrain. Instead of the board being divided into sections, it is instead divided into three dimensional cubes, each being 3″ x 3″ x 3″. The scenery is thus built this way. It is described as the Lego of terrain building and I think that is pretty spot on. If you have the scenery available, you could build really tall structures or massive multi-story compounds. The game rules are built around this concept in regards to movement, LOS, and range.

The construction of the terrain is designed to be broken down and built up in different ways. Since I plan on building more pieces and to keep from wearing out connectors and joints, I glued the terrain together to make it very durable. TIP: Cut the doors in half with a jewelers saw and use the extra support pieces to create even more barricades (see my pictures in the link below for some up-close shots). For painting, I used this tutorial (click here) as my base to save time. I used black primer, grey primer, and white primer, all from my local DIY store. Doing this cost me $8 is spray paint versus $30 in “hobby” spray paint. Since I don’t have a fancy vacuum hood and I sprayed the pieces in my garage on a drop cloth, I then washed the terrain in water just to get the dust off. After that, I hit all of the pieces with a very quick dry brush using white paint to help define the edges. I then picked out certain areas to paint with GW Averland Sunset, Warpaints Deep Blue, and Warpaints Greenskin. I then added some blood splaters/stains using GW Mechrite Red mixed with Warpaints Oak Brown. I tried to do some OSL with the lights, but I think i need to go back and brighten the source up a bit to make it look better. I washed some of the grating with GW Nuln Oil and created the blod spots with GW Agrax Earthshade. My painting was completed at this point but I wanted to make the pieces look very used and dirty so I went over all of them with Valejo Natural Umber pigment in certain areas. I sprayed the pieces with rubbing alcohol to set the pigment and then sealed the pieces with a clear matte spray. Finally, I went back over some of the blood stains with brush on Valejo Gloss Varnish to make the areas looks wet and sticky. This entire project took me approximately 12 hours. It is not show quality terrain, but for the time investment I am happy with the results.

I have several more pictures HERE in addition to the ones below. Questions? Comments? Please let me know, and thanks for stopping by. Next up? The Deadzone Enforcers I got with the game!

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Dropzone Commander – UCM

Here is the 2nd army you receive in the starter box of Dropzone Commander, which is the United Colonies of Man or UCM. I decided to go with a grey theme with these guys because I think it looks good next to the blue them of my Scourge (see previous post). I really like the look of this army, partly because their tanks remind me of the tanks from TRON. The main color I used was Valejo Dark Grey.

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Dropzone Commander – Scourge

I’ve been hearing a lot of good reviews regarding Dropzone Commander from Hawk Wargames, especially since the starter box came out in October of last year. Dropzone Commander is a 10mm miniature game utilizing dropships as a central theme for delivery and rapid redeployment of your units. I’ve heard the game referred to as the chess of wargaming due to it’s emphasis on tactics over complex rules. For roughly $100 US, the box comes with two starter armies with enough points for a 60 minute demo/skirmish, a full size rule book and card stock buildings among a lot of other items (markers/dice/tape measure). From what I understand (I have yet to play a game) these starting armies are not throw away armies that will never be used outside of a demo, but are solid units that will be used as you scale up your army(s). The models themselves are very good looking and they pack a lot of detail into their 10mm size. The first of the skirmish armies that I painted up are the Scourge, which are the universal “bad guys” in the game. They have an HR Giger look to them and all of their vehicles use grav technology to float around. I went with a bright scheme using Warpaints Crystal Blue as the main color with Gun Metal/Weapon Bronze/Lava Orange as accent colors.

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