Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Seeing the end of it

15 years ago, when I moved to Germay, I bough a GW Undead Blood Bowl team to try to get to play some games. However, since GW had killed the game a couple of years before, I never managed to get any. In 2017, my hobbying goal was to paint the complete team in Undead and Necromantic version. Will not happen, but I only have 4 models to go to have a complete Undead team. These are the latest models, the Mummies, RAM and D.OS the 5th.

I still can't manage to get the eyes right but I'm pretty happy how they turned out.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

88th Texas Naval Squadron (Colored) "The Black Knights" test

The first 4 "test" minis.

I am not happy about my lack of talent at painting stripes, but if you disregard this, I'm pretty happy how they turned out.

These are repainted Clix minis.

Friday, November 10, 2017

Monopause figures and why they are great

In the 90s the plastic injection technology was not what it is today. You did not get a multi-part orc kit from GW, you got 10 identical orc boyz, basically 10 copies of the same miniature.

Do not get me wrong, I do not want to go back to these days. The plastic miniatures today are amazing! Great details, tons of it, multiple options at a decent cost. However, sometimes there are too much details. Taken the new Stromcast Eternal from GW, they are loaded with details. Now imagine painting an army of them...same for the new Primaris Marines...either you got to skip some details, dumming down the mini or it takes you forever to paint them.

As a test figure for my Frostgrave warband, I dug out an old Heroquest orc in my lead mountain. It was so much fun to paint, and I did it quickly. There is a kind of elegant simplicity to these old monopose miniatures, it is refreshing after spending ten minutes painting the studs on the belt of a BB zombie to see that the belt is a simple strip. So base coat, Agrax Earth and a basic edge highlight and you are done!

The monopose figure, the perfect "palette" cleaner, the perfect remedy to the details monsters of today, the perfect relaxation painting method.

Friday, November 3, 2017

The humble test figure

One of the thing that helps me in my hobby is a recent concept that I came up with, the test figure. I pledged the core set in the Bones 2 Kickstarter, so I go tons of miniatures that I may not be able to use in my gaming. So I usually grab something and use it to test colors, washes, etc... Then I work on it semi-seriously in order to refresh my mind between or during projects. This is a mummy on which I tested washes, glowing eyes and snow effects (this one obviously did not worked but gave me some ideas on how to make it better).

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Da Sista

Sometimes there are figures that just speak to you. I picked this one randomly out of my Bones 2 pack and put it on my table as a little side project and it just took over. It was a ton of fun to paint.

I named her, Sista Mo'nik, the vodoo buster. If I play a zombie apocalypse game, this is going to be my character.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Treasure tokens for Frostgrave

  I always asked myself if I would even use the barrels,bottles, bags and boxes from the Bones 2 Kickstarter.Then I started to build my Frostgrave game minis.

Again tabletop quality, but it was loads of fun to paint and conceive.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Crimson Skies - 1st Element of the 29th Maritime Province Air Force Squadron "The Sea Wolves"

Crimson Skies is probably my favorite miniature wargame. Although it has been out of production for almost 15 years, it aged well and when I introduce new players to the game, almost every one is charmed by the game. It has its problems, no 3D, the firing and damage phase that takes a lot of time, but hey, so does the Battletech damage phase (ever resolve the damage of an X LRM?).

My two favorite factions are Québec, or the République of Québec (my appelation) and the Maritime Provinces. Here are 6 planes that I painted in the color of one of the best known squadron of the MPAF.

Close up fo the lead wing (Boeing Sandhiil and Grumman Avenger)
Close up of Wing 1 (Grumman Sandhill and Avenger)
Close up of Wing 2 (Farichild Brigand and McDonnell Kestrel)
Side beatuy shot.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Here we go

This is going to be a simple blog about my projects past and present and a personal motivational tool in order to make me work thrugh my lead/plastic mountain.

I collect everything about Crimson Skies (the FASA board game) and I am a big Blood Bowl fan, even had the honour of beeing named one of the 50 most important member of the community during the LRB 6 / CRP war.

I addition I am trying to start on Frostgrave, Rogue Star and my go to game for modern/Sci-Fi is Five Core.

I hope to be able to post regularly, but a demading job and a young family is hard on a hobbyist life.

Let us hope that we are going to enjoy the ride.