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Spring Cleaning: Isolation Hobby Reboot

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About the Project

Lately I have been really bad about spending any time on the hobby. I am a crap painter, but I really like assembling the models. So with the world starting to work from home, I have an opportunity to get some stuff done and hopefully make it a habit. Since I'm on a computer all night, I just need a small area that I can assemble some models. I might get to painting some, but for now, I'm going to build and try to enjoy my time.

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Anti-air and Anti-tank platoonsAnti-air and Anti-tank platoons

This was another great kit from Battlefront. I wish I was better at waiting, but this kit literally could have been magnetized to be about 8 different models. From the regular M113 personnel carrier, to mortar carriers, and on through the models you see here, the M901 ITV Anti-Tank and M164 VADS Anti-Air vehicles.

For 15mm, they have really put in some fantastic details. The only thing I didn’t like about these kits, was the extra armor put onto the front of the model. It glues right onto the front glacis plate, but the plate isn’t flat. I’m not sure how it will look painted, but there is a slight gap around the extra armor where it doesn’t sit flush with the model. Looking into the actual vehicle, I believe this is how it actually exists, but it still seems awkward.

Overall, this is a great kit and was a nice relaxing build. As always I’m a fan of the kits from Battlefront.

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M1 Abrams MBTM1 Abrams MBT

A bit of a shift today to 15mm. While Battlefront has always put out amazing resin tanks from World War II, these plastic kits are fantastic. The amount of detail that they have, in addition to the ease of assembly really makes this kit a lot of fun to put together. The kit comes with instructions for two different versions of the M1, and parts to do three, the M1, the IPM1 (or M1 Improved), and the M1A1. They also include some extra bits for stowage and detailing, but I’ll admit, I’m a bit boring and haven’t used them because I always want to “do it right”, even if there isn’t a right/wrong way to do it.

Overall, I can’t really complain about this set. They give you five tanks, enough for a full platoon, and a lot of flexibility. If you’re into modern/historical, you really can’t go wrong with this kit.

Work From Home Day 11

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Genestealer CultsGenestealer Cults

Another Kill Team done. I liked these guys. They have a great feel of classic 40k models. I started 40k with the launch of 3rd edition, but there were still a lot of classic models floating around. These definitely feel like a throwback to that era, but will modern quality and details. I got these secondhand as well, but it was a lot easier to assemble when I found some instructions online. Overall they were easy to assemble and I really like the look.

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Skittering RangersSkittering Rangers

Today’s build was the Skittari Rangers from the original Kill Team starter set. I acquired these figures second hand, but still on spruce. Overall, I really liked these models for their look. The have an interesting mechanical/steampunk/historical look to them. We’re it not for all the cybernetics, I think the models would look almost out of World War I.

Work From Home Day 9

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Got a couple of Kill Team sets done tonight. Started with Krogskull’s Boyz which is a repack of the Ork Burna Boyz and Lootas set. Combined with the Galvanic Servohaulers, the set ends up being really cost effective for what you’re getting. I had assembled the Galvanic Servohaulers previously so I didn’t include them here. Overall, the Orks went together easily and look great. I like that there are a good amount of bitz, but overall, I kept them pretty simple. I also was able to make a nice variety of weapon choices and think they look great.

Next was the Drop Force Imperator set for the Astra Militarum (Imperial Guard). These were a bit more frustrating. While I should have built the special weapons first, the instructions were setup for the hotshot lasrifles first. This resulted in the specific arm pieces needed for the multi-melta being used by the time I got to them. I was able to modify and position some other arm pieces in order to make it work properly, and overall it looks fine. It was just frustrating when it made the last model more difficult to assemble. This kit comes with some Imperial armored crate terrain, and again, I think the combination in the kit makes it a great value. I do need a few more Guardsmen though to make it a full Kill Team.

Overall, great kits to work with. Having great fun with the Spring Cleaning Challenge.

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So today I got some smaller batches of models put together. I started with Dire Foes 8 and 9 from the Infinity line from Corvus Belli. I really like the look of the models from Infinity, but in all fairness to the Sisters from last week, no one holds a candle to Infinity in the “fiddly bits” department. I purchased these sets mostly for the HVTs, or High Value Targets. Some Infinity scenarios make use of HVTs as objectives. And while they all are on 25mm bases, you actually have some flexibility as to what the model is. I have seen some players take the metal versions of Aristeia! players and use them, while others use models that are included in the faction boxes, and still others convert their own model. Regardless, I wanted some more options, so that’s why I got these kits. Of course the characters included for the two factions were fun too.

Overall I like the models from Corvus Belli. The level of detail is fantastic, and while they can be fiddly, they have gotten better and try to minimize it where possible. They definitely have a distinct style and I really enjoy them when assembled… but they really do need some paint.

Finally, I finished off the second warband from Beastgrave. I built the first back when I got the set back in November, but I have sort of ignored it since then. I really like the easy-to-build sets from Games Workshop. GW has really improved the quality of these kits from the first easy to build marines that they made back when I started in the hobby in 1998. The level of detail, combined with the small number of pieces, really make me more frustrated about kits like the Battle Sisters. If I’m going to have limited poses, but with the simplicity of the Underworlds kits, I’d rather have the simplicity. I now have 8 warbands and I think they all look great.

Week 1 Review

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I figured each week I would do an update just looking back at the week. Welcome to Week 1 in Review!

Overall, I was really happy with this week. I managed to get a lot done and feel like I was making some progress. I know I’ve grabbed a lot of the easy kits first, but they are all assembled and ready for painting. I feel like I have spent so long not being productive, and in some ways afraid of the hobby, that getting this done feels like a weight off my shoulders.

So where do I go from here? Well, I have 7 sets of Kill Team models to get together. I have the models from both starter sets, even though I only have one starter set. I also have a set of Orks, Imperial Guard, and Thousand Son Terminators. I picked up the sets because I feel they were a great value for their cost. Just the terrain included with most of them sells for the cost of the faction set.

On the smaller scale I’ve got some Dropfleet/Dropzone Commander models that would be nice to get together. I’ve also got a good batch of Russians and Americans for Team Yankee.

Finally, I’m also going to start playing a lot more with my laser cutter and 3d printer. I have a large laser cutter that doesn’t get used much. A friend and I want to start working on accessories that people can use once they can get back to the table. Just some simple stuff to start out with, but we’ll see where that ends up.

All in all, I have a lot of stuff to get done, and this week will be a good mix of different games. But best of all, my painter is coming home for a short time. My oldest son was supposed to be in Mexico for two years on a mission for our church, but he is being sent home after 7 because of all the health issues around the world. As he’ll be in quarantine (not because he’s sick, just to be cautious), he’s already agreed to paint for me since he can’t go out and can’t really socialize either. I’m excited to see what he gets done.

Anyways, thanks for checking in! Stop by next week to see what I’ve gotten up to! 😀

Work From Home Day 7

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Adepta Sororitas Part 2Adepta Sororitas Part 2

I finished the box of Battle Sisters today. Overall, not much to report over yesterday, but more of the same. I think the second half of the box went together a bit easier than the first half, but overall, lots of fiddly bits coming together for some great models. The plastics are definitely worthy successors to the original metals.

One thing I did forget to mention, the sprues absolutely frustrated me. I love that Games Workshop has been numbering everything, but there seems to be no consistency in the numbering. Instead of each frame having a set of pieces, say 1-10, 11-20, 21-30, the parts are mixed around. Not completely, but with three frames, the numbering is more like 1-5 and 16-20, 11-15 and 26-30, and 6-10 and 21-25. But now do this for a couple hundred pieces, of which I think you’ll actually use 60% of them. I found myself having to look at each frame every time, hunting for one of the numbered parts to then figure out which frame was needed. I swear I spent more time hunting for parts than I did building models.

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Sisters Kill TeamSisters Kill Team

I realize that the new Sisters of Battle models aren’t that old to really be Spring Cleaning, but I’d like to get them assembled for my wife to try some Kill Team, or as proxies in Deadzone. Games Workshop obviously has some killer plastic models, and these are no exception, but I was a bit surprised at how fiddly they were to get together. I was also disappointed in that while you get ten unique models, there isn’t a lot of flexibility. I realize that there are options for some of the models so that they can have different weapons, but the body options are effectively static for the set. I wonder if they could have made the models with fewer pieces, but that is clearly not my area of expertise.

The bases are 3d printed on an Ender 3 FDM printer. The files were purchased from Legionnaire Games and can be obtained at Wargame Vault.

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(I’m not sure why the photos went sideways… I’ll update when I can.)

For this batch I decided I would finally finish my Primaris Repulsor. It’s a great model, but it’s been gathering dust for a couple years because of analysis paralysis. There are so many options for weapons on this thing that it literally stopped me from finishing it because I wasn’t sure what to do. Needless to say, for this project, I decided that I would just pick something and go. I opted for all the lasers I could fit. While I like the multiple barrel guns, I figured longer term it would be better to have some anti-armor for my Primaris Marines… if they ever get finished.

Next I opted to go back to Deadzone and put together another batch of Plague. I already have some painted, but I was able to get an extra 1st Edition starter set. These were the original ‘restic’ models that came in the starter set. I know many people don’t like the material, but I’m OK with it. I like that it’s softer than actual resin, and I find it a bit easier than regular plastic to assemble. In addition, the pieces are all keyed which I really like as it makes it easy to sort and assemble the pieces.

I’m really grateful for the extra time and opportunity to get some more work done with all these models I’ve been sitting on.

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Kill Team TerrainKill Team Terrain

Tonight I got out the terrain for the recent Kill Team starter set. Like most terrain kits, I wish there was more, but considering the source, I think this was a good batch of terrain. I liked that there were lots of really large pieces that will make great barrier terrain. I like how modular the terrain is, even if I do end up with analysis paralysis when trying to assemble it. I ended up just following the instructions for the most part, but with a few tweaks based on available parts.

The downside of this terrain is how easily identifiable the terrain is to Warhammer 40,000. Games Workshop has really nailed the gothic future and it really shines in this. From Mechanicus symbology, random skulls, and other symbols, you can tell this is out of the Warhammer universe. But while easily identifiable, it’s actually not distracting to the point that I can’t use it with other games.

I’m looking forward to mixing this with some of the Terrain Crate terrain for Deadzone. I think it will be a great table when all is done.

Work From Home Day 3

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So today I finished off the Enforcer Reserve Force. Today I assembled the 5 Enforcers. These were a mix of plastic and metal, which I used to make the Breach and Eradicate Enforcers. Four with Thermal Mines and one with a Thermal Rifle. I really like the look of the Enforcers, but these really stretched my patience. From the waist up, they are easy to assemble, and look great. The legs on the other hand… are frustration at it’s finest.

I didn’t see anything that made them easily identifiable as to where they went or which they should be paired with. Some look like they’re supposed to be running, the rest I couldn’t really match. Overall I was really frustrated, but I think they look fine. And at least they’re assembled.

In addition, I got out my set of Kill Team and started working on the terrain. I really like Mantic and the games they put out, but I have serious GADHD (Gamer ADHD) and have all sorts of stuff for all sorts of systems. Anyways, I do like the factorum pieces that come in the Kill Team set. While there’s plenty of GW style grimdark imagery, I think it actually works pretty neutrally and will be a good fit for any of the sci-fi games I “play”.

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Enforcer JetbikesEnforcer Jetbikes

So for tonight’s assembly, I was able to get all eight of the Enforcer Jetbikes assembled. Overall, the jetbike is a great kit and is very straightforward to work with.

I think the hardest part of this kit to work with is the rider. The body leans farther forward than the head and arms would allow. I have found the easiest way to assemble the rider is to place some superglue on the shoulder joints and with the rider in the saddle, position it so the arm sits in place on the handle and then put the arm on the shoulder and let the glue cure up.

I had one issue with a missing arm for one of the riders, but that was a relatively easy fix. I was able to take an arm with a pistol from the enforcer sprue and use it instead. It’s a bit bulkier than the regular arm, but I figure I can make it a sergeant or some other differentiating idea. I’m not quite sure yet.

Overall, I really like this kit. The pieces are all easily marked and easy to identify where they go just from the picture on the box. The one tip I would give is to make sure you place the engine mount on the rear of the jetbike before gluing the two halves of the body in place. it uses a T-joint to attach to the rear of the bike and if you glue it together first you’re going to be cursing as you either cut the T off or tear the bike apart in order to get it in.

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An Enforcer Interceptor and Strider with Grav-Ram SpearAn Enforcer Interceptor and Strider with Grav-Ram Spear

To start my project, I’m working on the Enforcer Reserve Force from the Warpath/Deadzone range from Mantic Games. I built the Interceptor model instead of the Bomber. I like the look of the guns on the wings and figure some troop transport capacity would be good down the road. I didn’t want to worry about magnets as I don’t have any at the moment and shipping is awkward at the moment. No worries, I can always get more.

Next was the Enforcer Strider with Grav-Ram Spear and Aggressor Shield. I already have a couple of Striders with other options, and the Aggressor Shield looks super cool to me, so this one was a no brainer.

With both, I wish Mantic had some better instructions as opposed to box pictures, or at least easier to find on the website, but they really weren’t too hard to do on their own. I just made sure to dry fit the pieces first and make sure I was happy with them before putting glue down.

I’m really happy with my start. I have a lot to do, and getting it done will hopefully reduce some hobby anxiety. Thanks for looking at my project.

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