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The Final Push – Lawnor approaches 100% painted

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The end is in sight. Out of the 2200ish models I own I only currently have 63 left to paint, so why not share the final push with everyone and watch me accidentally buy and print faster than I paint instead of doing this

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72 MTG: Kingdom Death Lion Based Expansions

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I’ve got nothing finished this week, but it’s been a week of ground work.  I’ve got 3 KDM expansions built, based and primed.  I’ve airbrushed on the flesh on the mostly flesh models, and I’ve finished the White Lion fur (Recipe) on all the models that have it.  The two lions were awkward.  They were best painted separately from their bases so I could airbrush both separately and get to the hard to reach places easier, but they were both too big and awkwardly shaped to readily take being pinned to a bottle top while I worked on them.  This meant I had to focus on their bases (Recipe) this weekend so I could get them glued on to them as soon as I could.  Their bases are mostly finished now.  They’ll get a few tufts added and be rubbed all over with pigment powders seconds before I varnish them, which should give them more depth and realism.

The White Gigalion and the Lion GodThe White Gigalion and the Lion God
All the humanoid models that came with them, including the Lion Knight.  Three of them are just base decorations.All the humanoid models that came with them, including the Lion Knight. Three of them are just base decorations.

I hope to got the two lions finished this weekend and then I can relax into the humanoids.  I have run in to a problem though.  I’ve somehow run down to less than 10ml of airbrush thinner without noticing!  I don’t understand how this has happened.  I’m usually on the ball and ordering a replacement long before I get to this stage.  I was afraid I would run out before laying down all these base tones and I’m not sure I’ve enough left to varnish everything.  I need to get an order in ASAP and hope delivery times don’t put a damper on my Christmas hobby time.

My copy of ATO claims to be in transit from Poland, through Belgium and arriving this week.

Instar Purple Shift paint from their Spectrum additive rangeInstar Purple Shift paint from their Spectrum additive range

I found this on my paint rack.  It came in an Asset Drop box.  It’s a special kind of colour shift paint.  Its not a paint itself, but you add it to another metallic paint to give it a purple shift.  I’ve never used it before and I’m not sure what Asset Drop box it came in.  Has anyone used any of these Spectrum additive paints and can comment on how well they work and if this purple would be the peak/top/highlight colour or the underside/shade colour?  or will it just give everything a slight but even purple sheen?

72 MTG: Stuffed Fables

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My Kingdom Death order arrived this week!  Expansions of Death is all the original round of 12 playable game expansions.  None of the hobby only sets.  I also picked up the White Gigalion which is also playable.  It’s a standalone mission, but once it’s done you can add the White Gigalion to any other game.

This is 13 expansions and cost me about £925.  That’s a stupid amount to spend on one box of board games, but it breaks down to £71 per expansion, which is expensive, but bearable.  I believe they contain 53 models, but I’m not 100% sure on that.  That makes it £17.45 per model on average, and some of those models are huge and if GW sold their version, you’d be looking at over £100 on the shelf.  This game is expensive, but if you do the maths, you do get value for money.

Black Friday happened and they opened up the backer kit for new players.  I was able to order the Gamblers Chest and Campaigns of Death.  I wanted to order all the Wave 4 content too, but I couldn’t do that without emptying my savings account, which didn’t seem wise, given the collapsing economy.

Expansions of Death Expansions of Death

Before I can start on my new toys I needed to clear my desk.  I buckled down and got Stuffed Fables finished by Saturday evening and then set to work building all the Lion related boxes.  I’ve three of the thirteen boxes built, and that’s 11 models, although the Lion Knight feels like three more as he’s got three ladies sat on his base.  I stayed up late on Sunday to get them all primed too.  Everything was taking forever to dry this weekend.  I assume the cold weather is to blame.

Here’s my finished Stuffed Fables minis.  They were always a rush job.  I didn’t wan to spend longer painting them than they’ll spend on the table.  I haven’t read the rules yet so I don’t know what anyone is called yet so I can’t label the pics.

72 MTG: Stuffed Fables
72 MTG: Stuffed Fables
72 MTG: Stuffed Fables
72 MTG: Stuffed Fables
72 MTG: Stuffed Fables
72 MTG: Stuffed Fables

Tonight I start working on KDM bases, or perhaps airbrush some colour on to the lions.  I’ve done some light googling on what KDM campaign to play next.  it appears that People of the Stars (Dragon) does not like it when you add any other expansions to it.  I’d be curious to hear opinions on this.  Does that include the Tree or the Gigalion?  The tree seems to integrate differently to other expansions, and the Gigalion seems to add to the White Lion rather than replace anything.

Does People of the Sun (Sunstalker) have any expansions to avoid including?  It sounds more inclusive and open.  I think I’ll go Stars/Dragon first as I only need to get one box of minis table ready before I can start.

There’s a handful of extra minis in these boxes, like the Lonely Lady and the Dragon King’s People of the Stars minis that I have no idea what they are for.  Do they have in game purposes, or are some of these decorative?  Can I give the Lonely Lady a weapon and call her an unarmoured survivor?  Are there any other models like this?

I got my address confirmation email Aeon Trespass Odyssey late last week.  They’re saying UK shipping is happening this week.  Wave 1 was originally supposed to be 27 models, but I’m really not sure where we ended up by the end of the KS.  My Pile of Shame is definitely on the rise.

42 MTG: Stuffed Fables Progress

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For the past few months I’ve been trying to get at least one model finished each week.  I have failed at that this week, but I’m giving myself a pass.  Stuffed Fables turned up a few hours short of a week ago and contains 23 models.  Most of it is a few minutes work away from being ready to varnish.  The rest should only take a few hours.  One more day free and the whole box will be varnished and table ready.

There are 7 missions in the box, and a free print and play one on the website.  The box says it takes 1-2 hours to play a mission.  That’s a max of 16 hours table time.  It didn’t seem sensible spending 2+ times that painting it up so I’ve been using quick methods and trying out new quick ideas that have had some successes and not got the best results in some cases.  The guys with holes in their chests and the green gorilla were primed and then glazed with 1-3 coats of washes and inks only.  The art has them in faded pastel colours.  I don’t have the right paints for that, at least without spending forever on them, so I though I’d try glazing only and let the zenithal undercoat fade the colours for me.  It looks fine enough for most of the little guys, but their purple heads and the gorilla can look blotchy.  It’s good enough for this project though, especially when you factor in that a 5 and 3 year old will hopefully get their hands on this and get them all sticky and chipped.

I was also able to get in another game of Gloomhaven: JotL. That’s 12 missions out of the 25 in the box. I hope to have it finished before the new year. I may abandon that plan when KDM or ATO arrive.

42 MTG: Stuffed Fables Progress

While typing that I’ve just had notice that my KDM expansions will be delivered tomorrow.  Yay!  I need to get these guys done this weekend so I can start work on the good stuff.

42 MTG: Xantaras the Eye Tyrant

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My only active project this week was this Beholder.  I was having all kinds of troubles with him.  For whatever reason, washes on his underbelly refused to behave the way I would expect.  Paint on his spittle took 5 times as long took dry as anywhere else on his body.  I really should have worked on him in sub assemblies.  Gluing him on the flight stand and base was right.  Gluing anything else on was very much the wrong decision.  There were major access issues on this guy.  Look at him.  He’s made of knots.  Learn from my mistakes if you get a copy.

You probably can’t see it at these angles, but I tried Gerry’s Fogou (Fogou!) walls technique on the base and I like it.  I swapped the AP tone for GW Nuln Oil and forgot to thin it and it did the job fine.  I skipped the toothbrush step as I didn’t want to ruin my paint job too.  I’ll be doing this on stone bases from now on.

Xantaras the Eye Tyrant by Artisan GuildXantaras the Eye Tyrant by Artisan Guild
Xantaras the Eye Tyrant by Artisan GuildXantaras the Eye Tyrant by Artisan Guild
Xantaras the Eye Tyrant by Artisan GuildXantaras the Eye Tyrant by Artisan Guild
Xantaras the Eye Tyrant by Artisan GuildXantaras the Eye Tyrant by Artisan Guild

I slipped up elsewhere too.  I keep an eye on ebay for getting a bargain on a few things.  I have a selection of searches I check most days.  I put in some offers on some stuff this week and actually got some good stuff at a good price.  I picked up 6 models for KDM (Leather Armour Sprue, Twilight Knight, and a White Speaker for £17.45 all in).  I also picked up a board game.

Every few months a group of friends and I get together and play Gloomhaven for a weekend. On the Sunday, one of us has to vanish for a few hours for a karate class and I get to spend quality time with my friends kids, aged 3 & 5, turning 4 and 6 very soon.  I’ve been curious about Stuffed Fables for a long while and I think the eldest is probably ready for it to become our Gloomhaven Junior on those weekends.  I was able to pick up a cheap, opened but as new, unpainted copy this week.

It looks like there’s only 7 1-2 hour missions in the book so I don’t wan to spend weeks painting up the models.  I’m pretty sure I can knock out the trash fairly quickly, and to speedy basic jobs in the rest, but if anyone has any links to sped paint tutorials for these guys that’d be great.  I followed Jerry Hawthorn’s speed paint guide for Mice and Mystics and it helped me get through that box in a weekend, if not a day.

I’m hoping something turns up ASAP as my painting is on hold until it does.  No sign of a shipping confirmation on either KS yet so hopefully I can get Stuffed Fables done just as something new gets in the house at the least.  our next game day isn’t until January and I’d like it table ready by then, without getting in the way of ATO or KDM painting.

I could use some advice on a few other things.  I’ve some bugs to paint soon and I’d love to see a guide on using colour shift paint to achieve that beetle shell reflective pattern in a way that doesn’t make the bug look metallic.  I would also love any advice people have on printing game cards out in a way that guarantees they come out the correct size.  I’m pretty sure Gerry mentioned a program he was using when printing banners, but I can’t remember what it was or what video I should be looking for to find it again.  I’ve been producing extra cards for kingdom Death, and none of them match the game cards size, no matter what I do.

Once again, for the TLDR crowd:

Questions: 

  1. Got any guides for speed painting Stuffed Fables
  2. Got any guides or advice for using colour shifts to paint beetle shells?
  3. How do you print game cards at home guaranteeing they’re the same size as the ones in the box?
  4. Are there any cards or tokens I might want to make and print for the Expansions of Death that don’t come in the boxes or I might want more of?

Update: Stuffed Fables just arrived.  I guess priming begins tonight!

Update 2: I found the Gerry banner video (16 mins 14 secs in).  The software is irfanview.  Gonna watch the video again and then experiment. I’m still curious to see if anyone has any other suggestions.  Irfanview does seem to only print / rescale one image at a time and doing multiple cards per page would be better.

14 MTG: Mantic's Terrain Crate Walls via Gerry Can, & Starting a Beholder

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While working on the previous project I was also able to prime and base coat the main stone on these walls.  Across the last week I found time to paint the wood to completion, then base colour the ground and the slate pointy bits on the top so everything was thoroughly dry before Friday night.  The goal was to try out the method Gerry uses on his Fogou (Fogou!) buildings, as shown in this Gerry Can.  I don’t have all the same paints and pigments he does, so I improvised with that I had and what I could get cheaply and easily.  If it didn’t work out, I could always rebase, drybrush, and wash with Nuln Oil and all would be well.

Here’s what paints I used:

Main Basecoat – VMC London Grey
Slate Basecoat – VMC Bassalt Grey

Load large drybrush with following pigments one at a time and tap it when over stone to drop off lots of powder.  Can dab/rub it in patches to make it heavier.  Don’t do much this way.

Vallejo pigment Brown iron oxide
Wilder Gunpowder Line Old Grease
Tescos Go! Create green chalk scraped in to a powder

Mix up AP Strong Tone Wash with enough water to make it flow better.  Apply everywhere with large brush by dabbing.  “Blob it on”.

Mix up:
White Chalk + Isopropanol
Vallejo Green Earth + Isopropanol (Verde )
Yellow Chalk + Broken Toad Grimy Dirt + Isopropanol + white

and flick on with toothbrush while Strong Tone is still very wet, applied top down from above as moss favours the sun.

 

There are some definite changes from the video here, and not everything worked.  Firstly, I used a makeup brush to apply the Strong Tone, and it didn’t behave the same.  I often thought there wasn’t enough paint, or it wasn’t going where I needed it and applied more, but ended up with the piece flooded.  The Toothbrush stage didn’t seem to work for me.  My solutions seemed to have more colour to them than Gerry’s did (It’s hard to tell, given Gerry’s pots were coloured, but they looked largely clear), but I’m not noticing anything on my m models.  Perhaps my IPA isn’t right?  It is 2nd hand reclaimed lab IPA “Borrowed” to make car screen wash, so why knows if it is up to snuff?  I sprayed bits of each colour on the the side of the cardboard box i was using to contain the mess, and the white did leave marks, but none of the other colours did.  This means using chalk wasn’t the issue.

No matter how messy Gerry made out this stage is, it was worse.  By the time I thought about putting on a glove it was too late and I just carried on.  My fingers had brown marks on for days.  It also looked UGLY, and nothing like it should.  Strong Tone is very brown, unlike the Dark Tone’s blackness, and it really didn’t look right over the grey stone.  I went to bed convinced I was going to have to start again with primer.

The next morning, everything was dry enough to work with and actually looked a lot better.  The wash had pooled in a crevice along the bottom of each wall, and was still wet enough to stain my fingers, but I cold carry on painting with minimal care.  I did no drybrushing, picked out the green plants, and applied a pigment mix over the muddy parts.  By evening it was dry enough to varnish (Lets call it 22ish hours for the heavy handed but diluted Strong Tone to dry fully).

Mantic's Terrain Crate WallsMantic's Terrain Crate Walls

Considering how fugly these looked when the wash was wet, I’m really quite happy with how they turned out.  It’s not what I was heading for, but I wasn’t going to get that with these colours anyway.  I don’t know why the toothbrush stage didn’t work, even on the side of a box.  Next time, I’d use a paint brush to apply the wash so I can apply less in a more controlled and targeted manner.  perhaps that’ll help the spray to settle?  I might also experiment with the toothbrush mix in advance and see if I can get some splatter on to some card before committing to the model.

I’d definitely do this again.  Maybe Gerry wants to chip in with some advice or corrections to what I did?  I’m curious if anyone has tried this on MDF terrain.  I’m assuming it doesn’t work the same.

I have 3 of their horse and carts to paint up too.  They are really bent and deformed and I hear they don’t straighten up too well.  I’m hoping that pinning them to a base will help keep the wheels round.  I’d be curious to hear what materials people have found around the house to make such bases before.  I have the back panel from an old wardrobe saved, but I fear it’s not the best material.  The edges seem likely to wear down over time.

Mantic's Terrain Crate WallsMantic's Terrain Crate Walls

Hmm.  Those pics really are not showing the full range of colours on these walls.  I guess the angle isn’t the best?  I’ll have to take a new picture tonight and update this post later so you can see the rust tones etc.  Check back tomorrow, folks.

 

Updated pic from next day showing the details better.  Might be a little too much light now?Updated pic from next day showing the details better. Might be a little too much light now?

Still no sign of an email saying my Kickstarters are being dispatched to me, although I’m mostly sure at least one of them is in the country right now.  No more excuses to avoid starting a bigger, intimidating project: Artisan Guild’s Xantaras The Eye Tyrant.  He’s been primed and staring (hah!) at me from my desk for months.  Eye’ve been excited to get to him, but also a little scared.  Eye’ve definitely been putting him off.  Eye know eye want to go purple on this guy, but eye’ve never really been sure which purple.  Eye wanted to avoid going with my usual strong purples as that feels too cartoony.  Eye (that’s the last, I swear) pulled out all 25 purples I own and stared at them for a while, and eventually decided to use the Vallejo Nocturna Malefic Flesh box‘s Purple Flesh scheme as my starting point, but use their shadow colour as my mid tone.

I had the airbrush out already so I got to work.  I built up a good base colour, and then used the airbrush to shade down, spraying from below.  The next morning I built up some highlights with careful, gentle, targeted spraying from above.

Here’s the paint I’ve used so far.  This is not the extent of my shading and highlighting.  There will be brushwork to come later.

Base: VMC 74.011 Purple Shadow
Shade 1: Purple Shadow mixed with Reaper 09023 Imperial Purple 1:5
Shade 2: Almost pure Imperial Purple
High 1: Purple Shadow mixed 50/50 with VMC 74.012 Malefic Flesh
High 2: As High 1, but with more Malefic Flesh

I have since started reclaiming the underbelly with VMC Deck Tan.  This is a delicate and time consuming job.  I really should not have glued the eye stalks on.

I also got a couple of games of Gloomhaven JoTl in while waiting for things to dry over the weekend.  I’m now 10 games in, and have 2 level 4 character.  Maybe next weekend I can hit level 5 and unlock those new minis I just painted?

Artisan Guild's Xantaras The Eye TyrantArtisan Guild's Xantaras The Eye Tyrant
Artisan Guild's Xantaras The Eye TyrantArtisan Guild's Xantaras The Eye Tyrant

14 MTG: Crabman and JotL Extras

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I’ve not been buying new models, and yet I’ve gained 10 new models over the past week.  Sort of.  Turns out there are 8 models in the Jaws of the Lion box, not 4.  Monkey With Fire is having another Community Challenge and I’m taking part, so I’ve gained a Steamforged Crabman.  I also signed on for a Warmachine tournament a few months back, which got cancelled due to a medical emergency on the day.  A few weeks after the fact they contacted us to say Cerberus, the people who used to handle PPs missing parts in the UK, were willing to give us our ticket price in old stock.  Super generous and totally not needed.

I picked up a box of 5 Druid Mist Riders.  I already have a unit of 5.  under Mk3 you could have 2 units of 5.  under Mk4, who knows?  It’s probably units of 3, and it may still be capped at 2 units, but perhaps not?  There are not many options available for the Blackclad theme list, after all.  I was hoping for confirmation when the app went live at the weekend, but they’ve only given us one list per faction, and Circle got Tharn, not Blackclad so I’ve got to wait and see.  As such, these guys are going to remain untouched as I suspect I’ll end up selling on 1-4 of them.

On to the painting.  I got my new models on the Monday, cleaned them up, washed them, and left them overnight to dry.  I then base coated those walls from last week with London Grey.  I’m following Gerry’s Fogou old stone video guide, which I’ll link later when I focus on these walls.  It’s all prep work for now.  I have no free time for hobby on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, but Thursday evening I was able to prime the Gloomhaven models and Crabman.  The Crabman is my focus for the weekend.  The challenge has a deadline and I’m a week behind on my work.

 

14 MTG: Crabman and JotL Extras

Friday night I put down a base coat of VMC Deck Tan on the crab, and also pulled out my Beholder and put this in as his underbelly colour.  He’s a project for another day, but may as well save time and do this while I’m at it.  I’d just be waiting for paint to dry anyway.  With the airbrush already out I put down base colours on the Dust Devil and Power Armour from Gloomhaven.  Everyone then got overnight to thoroughly dry.  I sometimes find that airbrushed paints can activate with washes a lot longer after application than brushed on paints.  It’s not always the case, but I do like to give them as long a drying time as I can, when sensible.

I then went to bed with Season 3 of Harley Quinn.  I watched all 10 episodes this weekend.  I was a little concerned to begin with that it was focusing less on character growth and their emotions this year, but I was proved wrong, thankfully.  Harley Quinn remains far far better than it has any right to be.  At first glance its just sweary and violent and funny and all about shock value, and will probably wear thin quickly.  Watch a few episodes and you’re in it for the heart as much as the great humour.  While somehow being OTT and dumb, this is possibly the best DC I’ve ever seen and every character gets explored and gets to grow eventually, while also still being the butt of a joke.  Give it a fair shot, if you’ve not already.  I spent a lot of time laughing uncontrollably, and they still managed to put a knot in my stomach towards the end of the season.  Plus, any show that gives Alan Tudyk full permission to go over the top in multiple rules is always worth a watch.

(I don’t have sound right now so I’ve no idea how good that trailer is)

 

Saturday morning I got the airbrush out again and and put down the reds and oranges on the Crabman, who I was able to finish over the weekend.  He presented many periods of waiting for paint to dry for me to work on the Gloomhaven minis too and I was somehow able to get all 5 guys done, and play two solo games of Gloomhaven, and have time to spare before D&D on Sunday evening.

The Crabman was full of experiments so I’m going to document my colour schemes here, in case I want to revisit them later.

Undercoat: VMC Deck Tan

Carapace: 
Base: AP Mars Red
High 1: 50/50 Mars Red & AK Burt Orange
High 2: Burnt Orange
Pin wash: GW Carrouburg Crimson
Drybrush 1: Burnt Orange
Drybrush 2: Burnt Orange with a little VMC Ivory

Claws: 
Base: VMA Dark Grey
High 1: Dark Grey with some Black
High 2: Dark Grey with more Black

Flesh: 
Base: Deck Tan
Pin Wash: Thinned AK Sepia Ink (Not GW Seraphim Sepia.  This is darker)

Eyes: 
Base: P3 Sickly Skin
Iris: P3 Greatcoat Grey
Pupil: P3 Thamar Black

Ground: 
Sand & Barnacles: VMC Iraqi Sand
Rock: VMS Stone Grey
Drybrush Rock & Barnacles 1: P3 Bastion grey
Drybrush Rock & Barnacles 2:  P3 Sickly Skin gently!
Wash: water, GW Lahmium Medium, & Broken Toad Grimy Dirt pigment

Seaweed skirt:

Base: Mig Deep Green
Drybrush 1: P3 Orid Olive
Drybrush 2: Bog Moss
Wash: VMW 76.519 Olive Green
Selective Drybrush 3: Bog Moss

Starfish: 
Base: MP 17 Aquamarine
Drybrush P3 Arcane Blue
Wash: 50/50 P3 Meridious Blue and VMC Turquoise
Drybrush 2: Ammo Dio Drybrush Medium Blue 0614

Choral thing on head:
Base: P3 Hammerfal Khaki
Wash 1: GW Seraphim Sepia
Wash 2: Handcraft Tabletop Terrain Wash Dunkelschatten 267.01
Drybrush 1: Hammerfal Khaki
Drybrush 2L P3 Menoth White Base

The Karkinos Kingsguard from Steamforged games' Epic Encounters: Island of the Crab Archon with a nameplate provided by Versatile TerrainThe Karkinos Kingsguard from Steamforged games' Epic Encounters: Island of the Crab Archon with a nameplate provided by Versatile Terrain
Models / fancy tokens from Gloomhaven: Jaws of the LionModels / fancy tokens from Gloomhaven: Jaws of the Lion
The Demolisher starts out as little more than a halfling with oversized knuckledusters.  At level 5 he becomes this!The Demolisher starts out as little more than a halfling with oversized knuckledusters. At level 5 he becomes this!

I’m running low on models right now and I’m aware that 2 big Kickstarters are landing in the UK about now (One ship which might contain a box for me docked midday Sunday).  I don’t want to embrace any large projects as I want to be ready to embrace them when they arrive, hopefully any day now.  I think it’s time to get those Mantic walls off my painting desk next, and then maybe embrace that beholder?

I also want to finish playing Jaws of the Lion by 2023.  25 missions in the box, 4 of which will get locked of my choices, and 6 of them need unlocking by random events.  I’m 8 missions in, of the possible 21 I could get, leaving 13 to go.  Nine weeks left in the year, so 1-2 games a week and I’ll be done.  Two a week, if I also want to do the locked off missions once the story is complete.  That’s plenty of time, especially with a week off for Christmas.

 

Hobby Bingo came up on the Weekender, so I though there’s no harm in seeing how I’m doing.  I’ve not been working towards this.  I’d dismissed it when it was first mentioned as being something that didn’t line up at all with my Pile of Shame.  Looking at it now, I’ve certainly checked more boxes than I’d have expected, but it still definitely leans towards a GW army painter mentality.  I’ll have some terrain done soon so I can cross off one of those boxes, but I have no medium or large based units to do so I’ll never get them done, unless there’s some real surprises in a Kickstarter and it arrives real soon.

14 MTG: Crabman and JotL Extras
My progress for the year so far.My progress for the year so far.

9 MTG: 4 Orx / Ork Kitbashed models

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Models remaining:
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So where were we?

  • Finish off my Kingdom Death campaign.  I only had 9 fights to go
  • Start playing Gloomhaven: Jaws of the Lion
  • Paint the high parts of the walls on the stairs I couldn’t reach before, but now I have a roller on a stick
  • If there’s time, repaint the hand rail and skirtings too
  • Put the final touches on the The Walking Dead minis I almost had done
  • Start and finish any other mini painting project
  • If there’s time, paint up my Mantic walls
  • Visit my friends for a weekend of regular Gloomhaven
  • Make my first Vegan Pasta bake – Stuff didn’t arrive
  • Rearrange my room to install monitor shelf

Ah yes….

Friday 21st October

I spent at least an hour backing up my campaign and tidying up.  When the board was packed away there was a definite silhouette around it made out of rubber dust from all the changes to the character sheets.  I packed up and put Gloomhaven JotL in its place, but opted not to start today.  Back to working on the orks for the rest of the day.

At least that was the plan.  It turns out I hadn’t successfully smoothed out the sharp edges of those puddle bases with PVA glue and I couldn’t tell until I’d painted over it.  This needed to be fixed otherwise the crackle paint would crackle in the shape of that puddle and be obvious.  I applied a wash over whatever I’d just painted and then put some liquid putty on the bases, and then needed to leave it alone for a while to dry enough to be safe to handle.  i thought I’d give it 10 minutes by tidying my room enough to install the monitor shelf later.  However, once I got started I didn’t stop.

The shelf is great.  It has no legs holding it up.  It clips to the back of the desk with some vice grips, meaning there’s no legs stopping me sliding a tray of minis under it.  however, the desk already in place has an extra support beam in the way of the grips so I had to move around everything in my room to swap the place of 2 boxed in desks before I could fit the shelf.  It took a few hours and forced me to do some cleaning, tidying, and reorganising, but it’s done.  I then got back to work on the Orks.  I was sure to apply the crackle paint to them before bed.  It can have a very long drying time, sometimes days when put on thick and the pot is fresh.

  • Rearrange my room to install monitor shelf
My main desk before the shelfMy main desk before the shelf
With the shelf.  It's about a foot deep.  I feared it would be too deep, but its great.  I really feel like I have a lot more desk space open to me now.  I'm really happy with it.With the shelf. It's about a foot deep. I feared it would be too deep, but its great. I really feel like I have a lot more desk space open to me now. I'm really happy with it.

Saturday 22nd October

Time to start Gloomhaven: Jaws of the Wild.  First I applied a wash over the orks bases.  it’s juts bases and varnish at this stage.  The tutorial is 5 missions long, which grow in length and gain rules as they go.  I’ve been playing the main game for a few years now so I knew what to expect.  It says to play with 2 characters when playing solo, but where’s the fun in that?  I’m using all 4.  I got 4 games in before retiring to my painting for the evening, where I drybrushed the Orks, and then glues on some flock.  With that done, I cleaned up the mold lines on my Mantic walls, and glued on the corner pieces.

  • Start playing Gloomhaven: Jaws of the Lion
My first solo game all set up and ready to begin.My first solo game all set up and ready to begin.

Sunday 23rd October

I started the day by varnishing the orks, and then moved on to priming the walls.  I was using an airbrush, but it still had some long drying times.  Once I hit those, I went back to playing a few rounds of Gloomhaven, before applying another coat.  Across the day I got the Orks finished, and the walls primed and two more games of Gloomhaven done, taking me out of the tutorial section and in to the main game.  There are only 25 missions in the box and I don’t think you can do all of them.  I expect to have this finished before Christmas.

  • Start and finish any other mini painting project
Ork Warboss kitbash 1Ork Warboss kitbash 1
Ork Warboss kitbash 2Ork Warboss kitbash 2
Ork Pain Boy kitbash 1Ork Pain Boy kitbash 1
Ork Pain Boy kitbash 2Ork Pain Boy kitbash 2

As of Sunday evening what had I achieved of my goals?

  • Finish off my Kingdom Death campaign.  I only had 9 fights to go
  • Start playing Gloomhaven: Jaws of the Lion
  • Paint the high parts of the walls on the stairs I couldn’t reach before, but now I have a roller on a stick
  • Put the final touches on the The Walking Dead minis I almost had done
  • Start and finish any other mini painting project
  • Visit my friends for a weekend of regular Gloomhaven
  • Make my first Vegan Pasta bake – Stuff didn’t arrive
  • Rearrange my room to install monitor shelf
  • If there’s time, repaint the hand rail and skirtings too
  • If there’s time, paint up my Mantic walls

I failed on the pasta bake because of stock shortages.  I didn’t get to the skirtings because of bad weather and laziness.  I’ve started work on the Mantic walls.  I’ve had a good week off, which, as always, was too short.  I’ve achieved everything I seriously thought I might, except the pasta.  Most importantly of all, I’ve resisted buying new models and continue to whittle down my backlog.  The Kingdom Death expansions and my Aeon Trespass kickstarter are both apparently already in ships, both due for arrival early to mid November, so should both be in my hands very soon.  They’ll rule my paint queue for the next year so I should show some restraint and not buy more plastic I don’t need before they arrive.

13 MTG: The Walking Dead: All Out War

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I’ve had the last week off work.  I had adulting things to do, but I also had fun hobby things I wanted to achieve.  I had a list in my head of set goals and extras if there was time.  Here’s what I was thinking:

  • Finish off my Kingdom Death campaign.  I only had 9 fights to go
  • Start playing Gloomhaven: Jaws of the Lion
  • Paint the high parts of the walls on the stairs I couldn’t reach before, but now I have a roller on a stick
  • If there’s time, repaint the hand rail and skirtings too
  • Put the final touches on the The Walking Dead minis I almost had done
  • Start and finish any other mini painting project
  • If there’s time, paint up my Mantic walls
  • Visit my friends for a weekend of regular Gloomhaven
  • Make my first Vegan Pasta bake
  • Rearrange my room to install monitor shelf

I suspect this is going to be a double entry this week.  I think I’m going to work through this in the order I think it played out.

Weekend starting 14th October

I had this day off too.  I have to travel and arrive during the day to visit my friends for a weekend of Gloomhaven so I usually book the day off.  This means the morning is free.  Recently I have used this to play some Kingdom Death, but I was feeling lazy and used it to put the final touches on the TWD minis I’d been working on all week, and I was able to get them all but varnished before I had to do sensible stuff, like shower and pack my bags and head to the station.

We got in 5 games over the weekend, and played a little of Haba’s Mountains with the kids too.  We are right at the end now.  One of the three main plotlines appears to be blocked off to us.  Another just requires a choice to be made, but we can’t really tell what the “good” choice is supposed to be and we’re trying to be good guys.  The main plot line requires us to kill 3 bosses before we can face the final boss.  We killed our second sub boss, leaving just The Horseman for next session.  He’s a major pain in the ass.  We’ve tried him a couple of times before and he seems broken.  Googling for advice and tactics, everyone seems to forget he’s immune to every status effect.  No one talks about having beaten him following all the rules, short of perhaps a lucky all-in strike with the Lightning Bolt character who can pretty much one hit kill most bosses if he gives it his all.  Last time we faced him I had the 2 mini character, who was a major liability in a fight like that so hopefully now I have a new character we can do better.

I got home mid afternoon on Sunday and was able to varnish the TWD minis before our D&D session was due to start.

  • Put the final touches on the The Walking Dead minis I almost had done
  • Visit my friends for a weekend of regular Gloomhaven
Billy & Ben, The Walking Dead: All Out WarBilly & Ben, The Walking Dead: All Out War
Carlos, The Walking Dead: All Out WarCarlos, The Walking Dead: All Out War
Morgan, Distraught Father, The Walking Dead: All Out WarMorgan, Distraught Father, The Walking Dead: All Out War

Monday 17th October

This felt like my first day off and I wanted a day to myself.  Those walls were staring at me but I chose to ignore them for now.  I had Tescos delivering food today.  They arrived an hour early, which was nice.  He rang the doorbell mid pee though which was not as nice.  Do I finish off, or do I try and cut off the stream and rush to see who’s at the door?  or do I panic and try both at the same time?  Ahhrgh!  I managed not to wet myself and food arrived.  They did deliver everything I needed for my Pasta Bake, except the sauce.  Did you know most pasta bake sauce is not vegan?  I can’t just pop to the corner shop and buy what they have.  I finally have my first pack of vegan cheese though which should melt well enough.  We will see, once I pick up a jar of sauce.  I hope its not a huge inedible mess.  I miss pasta bake.

  • Make my first Vegan Pasta bake  – Failed
  • New goal – Don’t piss myself or the floor – Success!

I got to spend the rest of the morning working on my Orcs though.  They’d already had their flesh painted on.  I’d base coated them last time the airbrush came out, and the rest of the work was mostly washes so I’d been doing that across the last week or so as it’s a quick job with long drying times.  Ideal for setting up before doing something else, like sleeping or painting another project.

In the afternoon I played two games of Kingdom Death.  the watcher was dead so I was on the push towards the Gold Smoke Knight, doing whatever I could to power up my 4 ageless super survivors I’ve been working on buffing since I time looped to avoid the GSK last time.  Ever since then, any time I could give someone a stat buff, I’ve given it to them.  I’ve been chasing vermin for cooking every chance I can.  I figured with Toughness 27 as my target number, with a Dragon Slayer sword Strength 9 + 2d10 averaging at a result of 20, I needed strength 8 to hit with an average roll (Weapon strength + survivor Strength + dice roll must equal or beat toughness).  I had  beaten this with 4 survivors, but every extra point helped, and I also wanted their evasion to increase so they could avoid being hit where possible.  On my last pass through the timeline my highest strength was a 4.  Each of my survivors is born with a Strength of 1.  Gaining stat points is rare.

 

Tuesday 18th October

I got off my fat lazy ass and painted the walls on the stairs today.  I’d painted them on my last week off, but the ceilings are high and there are limited places I can safely stand a ladder so there were parts I couldn’t reach.  I’d now got a roller-on-a-stick and was able to finish the job.  I applied a coat, played a game of KDM while it dried, and applied another coat and went back to KDM.  I painted the orcs around this too, aiming to get a wash on before going off to do something time consuming.

 

Wednesday 19th October

I thought I’d get a day with the orks and with KDM, but early afternoon the sunlight hit the walls just right to reveal an area of paintwork to be quite patchy when it looked fine under all other conditions.  Damnit!  Time to get the roller out again.  More progress was made on the orcs and I did get two more games of KDM in.

 

Thursday 20th October

I should have got on the bike and gone to buy some gloss for the skirting, but I told myself I should wait for the light to be right to see if I’d fixed the patchiness, so I talked myself out of all adulting today and got 2 more KDM fight done, leaving just the Gold Smoke Knight.  I figured I would probably need a few attempts to learn that fight so I created a save state of the game (Pics of everything so I can undo things if it goes horrible and try again.  I don’t mind losing, but I don’t want to lose because I don’t yet understand the rules or mechanics.  I want a fair fight, and I want a chance to learn those mechanics for next time).  I’d come back tomorrow and spend the day dealing with him.  The rest of Thursday was spent painting the Orks.  The sunlight revealed that my walls looked better, at least.

  • Paint the high parts of the walls on the stairs I couldn’t reach before, but now I have a roller on a stick

Friday 21st October

Where has the week gone?  I should go buy that Gloss now, but its raining bad and I really want to finish off KDM.  I ordered it almost 2 years ago.  It arrived last December and I spent 3 months painting all the core minis and most of the year since working on the modular survivors.  I started playing at the start of June.  I’m 3.5 months and 69 games in.  I’m damn well going to finish it today!

I spent so me time staring at everything, making sure I had the best team with the best setup I could.  My evasion was high, but not perfect and the GSK has attacks that avoid evasion.  Some of my guys would only not would on a roll of 3 or less on 2d10.  I had an archer who couldn’t beat his toughness, but had an 8+ modifer to his luck rolls, meaning he crit on a 2+ on a d10, doing auto critical wounds to any hit locations with crits on them, which was about 55% of the cards.  He could also swap out one of those cards if he didn’t like them.  3 of my team could do that.  Turns out it’s a huge help in this fight.

I drew the Dead Monster terrain card, which normally lets the Survivors go first, but the GSK go first no matter what.  It did let me start anywhere on the board wanted, though which was interesting.  He does a guaranteed huge AoE at the end of every attack, and sometimes also during his attack.  I was able to spread out to control who it could hit and be in a position to react straight after.

His toughness 27 had terrified me.  It’s a huge step up from everything else.  However, I had prepared for it, perhaps a little too well.  I was able to kill him in 3-4 rounds on my first attempt, and I don’t think he’d successfully done a serious injury on any of my survivors.  If I’d faced him on my first time through the time loop I’d definitely have lost everything.

I have backed up everything from this campaign and I’m saving it.  There’s more content coming I believe I’ll be able to bolt on to the end of this later.  I’m really looking forward to trying this again, even without the expansion, which I’ve ordered.

I spent £273 on this new, thanks to Poots not being clear on the VAT situation and soaking up his mistake.  Very generous.  I have played 70 games, which is about 175 hours of play I’d guess.  That’s £1.56 per hour, or £3.90 per game and that’s ignoring all the time spent painting, and spent planning and thinking between games.  That makes this a very cheap game.  Especially as I plan on going back in.  Even at £400, that’s £2.29 per hour, or £5.71 per game.  KDM does cost a lot, but if you enjoy it you’ll definitely get your money’s worth.  Throw in that it keeps it’s value on the second hand market and I’d say its definitely worth buying if you’re curious.  BTW the core campaign is supposed to be 31 fights at minimum, if you don’t time loop or unlock any extras which doesn’t happen often.

  • Finish off my Kingdom Death campaign.  I only had 9 fights to go
Here it is.  The Gold Smoke Knight, surrounded and about to die at the hands of my tank, who is just behind him, dual wielding shields and swinging a Dragon Slayer twice an attack, thanks to their Legendary Lungs.Here it is. The Gold Smoke Knight, surrounded and about to die at the hands of my tank, who is just behind him, dual wielding shields and swinging a Dragon Slayer twice an attack, thanks to their Legendary Lungs.
Here's the cards and the dice for the final role.  I needed to do 3 wounds, and I hit for 4.  The final hit was even a natural crit.  That guys going down!Here's the cards and the dice for the final role. I needed to do 3 wounds, and I hit for 4. The final hit was even a natural crit. That guys going down!
For those curious on the games footprint, here's the table for the final swing...For those curious on the games footprint, here's the table for the final swing...
.... and here's the side table with the extra stuff I keep to hand while playing..... and here's the side table with the extra stuff I keep to hand while playing.
I'm sure this is how you're all feeling so I'll let my glorious tale of victory end hereI'm sure this is how you're all feeling so I'll let my glorious tale of victory end here

I’ve ran out of space here so I guess I’ll have to start a new entry.  See you over there in a minute.

16 MTG: Masons Guild - The Punishing March Set

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By trying for one colour an evening when I was free, and buckling down at the weekend I was able to get my Masons finished off this week.  That leaves 4 Orks and 3 Walking Dead minis and it’s only interesting or luxury pieces left in the house.  Nothing I should want to fall in to batch a painting mind set for.

I’m not sure what’s happened with the pics, but the white looks more smooth in person.  The cameras reveal every flaw, apparently.

ChiselChisel
GraniteGranite
HammerHammer
TowerTower
Veteran HarmonyVeteran Harmony
WreckerWrecker
A BallA Ball

I kept one eye on the studio schemes for these Walking Dead minis, and if I was painting a matching colour on the Masons I also painted it on these guys.  I don’t feel like I’ve started on them yet, but they’re already half done.  It’s Orktober and I have Orks to paint, but it feels stupid not to finish these guys off next.

I’ve been giving away some of my bits box models and a terrain kit over the discord so those numbers have dropped.

I was also able to play 3 more games of Kingdom Death.  It’s the Butcher 3 next and the Gold Smoke Knight is in sight.

Does anyone know where I could possibly buy some KDM compatible hit location dice?  Dice sets from KDM cost $18+ dollars, which after tax and postage probably works out at £25 for 4 location dice and 5 standard issue d10s.  I have way more D10 than I’ll ever need.  I just would like a few more of the location dice and £6.25 per dice (£2.77 each if I value the d10s) is extortionate.  I know I can get blank dice, but surely someone makes something, or will print anything on the dice they sell?

I know this is technically piracy, but its dice.  It doesn’t feel it counts.  It’s not exactly IP.  Its a dice with hands, feet waste, head, and chest x2 on it.  Pretty sure you can’t trademark body parts.

Morgan, Distraught Father, Billy & Ben, and CarlosMorgan, Distraught Father, Billy & Ben, and Carlos

23 MTG: Elementalist

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Time for my weekly update.

Across the week I applied the washes needed to the ork flesh, once a night.  5 minutes work followed by long drying times so this is the best way.  Once the wash was applied I got to work painting the whites on my Masons and my Elementalist.  The Elementalist is the only mini likely to see the table this year, so he was my focus.  I finished him off on Saturday.  My plan after that was to go play Kingdom Death, but I was just so comfy painting and watching the weekender after getting my chores done so I didn’t get back up out of my chair.

Gloomhaven ElementalistGloomhaven Elementalist

With the elementalist done, I decided to batch paint the flesh on everyone else, including drybrushing the highlights on the already wash-shaded orks.  I’d never painted an armadillo before, so I went looking for pics and I think my guessed colours have come out ok.  Drybrushing texture for the win here.

Orks: Flesh and eyes are doneOrks: Flesh and eyes are done
Walking Dead minisWalking Dead minis
Guild Ball masons: My current focusGuild Ball masons: My current focus

I finished this all off and did the eyes while watching the XLBS on Sunday and then went to work on battling The Watcher (second time in my first ever campaign, thanks to time travel) in Kingdom Death.

I knew I was going to want a lot of Endeavours so I could farm under the lantern hoard and upgrade my gear immediately so I used the watcher to deliberately kill off a load of my population, turning each of them in to 2 endeavours.  When the game begins, you get 1 per fight for every survivor that returns, so 4.  I’d upgraded everything so on a good year I could bring back 9 from a fight.  I came back from the watcher with 38 endeavours, and I could have farmed more.  Turns out I was able to farm everything I needed after spending only 4 because the dice went in my favour, but I wasn’t to know.

I ran in to a narrative glitch after this fight.  After you beat the watcher all the lights go out for a moment and then the settlement gets a special light that you can’t leave town without anymore as it’s too dark.  However, despite the watcher fight happening in town, my survivors got lost in Clinging Mists before returning to the settlement and had to go out on a new hunt, even though technically they couldn’t as they didn’t have the light.

How do you not find your way back to town when you’re already in town?  How do you hunt when the rules say you can’t, but also say you must?  We don’t ask such questions!  I jobbed an Antelope, went back to town, and did what farming and upgrading I wanted to, and then spent over an hour spending the other endeavours.  I’m still not done.  I ran out of time.  I did spot a way to upgrade my stats though, which I really should have seen a long time ago, so I’ve ben able to bump up my super survivors a tiny bit, in preparation for the Gold Smoke Knight who has ridiculous stats.  I’m pretty sure my guys can now wound him 50% of the time, which is waaay better than I ever could have done on my first pass through the timeline.

I now have 10 Lantern Years / Hunt cycles left until the Gold Smoke Knight turns up.  I think that’s 12 more games, unless anything unexpected happens again.  I’ve got 3 survivors with Strength 10, and one archer who can have a luck stat of 8 (Crit wounding on anything but a natural 1, and half his cards have crit locations on them).  I can summon The Hand one more time and get at least +1 str on everyone, hopefully more evasion too.  I’m hoping to farm more bugs for cooking up stat increases.  I already have all the gear I could want (Except the Perfect Slayer, and I need a 1% chance to happen, followed by a 1% chance in order to get that.  I get around 6 shots per LY.  I’m 50 LY in and the first part has not happened yet.  It’s not expected, but it would be nice)

I’ve a week off coming up soon.  I’ve walls to paint, and minis to make progress on, but I expect to have this campaign finished this month, one way or another.  Then it gets packed up so I can solo play through Gloomhaven: Jaws of the Lion once.  Then maybe try Stargrave.  By that time I hope to have some KDM expansions ready to play and I can start a new campaign.

24 MTG: Masons, Orx, Orks, Walking Dead, and an Elementalist

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As I said, I got some building done before finishing off the varnishing.  I promoted a few pieces from the bits box, and some stuff arrived.  A while back a friend went to SteamCon and they had a sale on.  He picked me up a box of Masons to round out my team.  The plan was for him to hand it to me next time we saw each other.  We’ve met up a couple of times since then, but it was either straight from work, or he forgot to bring them.  Somehow 4 years has passed since SteamCon and I’ve just got my models!  They have been built, primed, and I’ve done the first three layers of the white with my airbrush.

24 MTG: Masons, Orx, Orks, Walking Dead, and an Elementalist

I had two copies of the old Mantic Orx Marauders Command sprue.  I have a few old 40k Orks already.  Maybe a starter force, but perhaps something to add to a Start Collecting box one day?  One of the models clearly makes for a good painboy proxy, but the other I couldn’t find a direct analogue.  I do have a bunch of spare parts from 90s Orks, and from Deadzone Orx, so I got to work and I think I’ve made a couple of suitable Ork Warbosses.  Here’s a naked and a base coated pics so you can see the different materials to see what’s from what kit.

The Chainsaw is an alt weapon from Kulkva’s Hell Crusader II.  The forked sword is a part of the kit.  The other weapons are from Mantic.  The banners are old 40k parts.

That’s 4 models out of the bits box.

Kitbashed Orx turning in to OrksKitbashed Orx turning in to Orks
Base coated and ready for a washBase coated and ready for a wash

I also promoted 3 Walking Dead minis out of the bits box.  I don’t have the rules or cards for them and I’m not quite sure who they are, but I’ll work that out later.  I do have the core set and I do plan on trying it solo at some point.  It’s in my queue.  As less painting needs doing I do play more solo games.

We also unlocked another Gloomhaven character last weekend and he needs painting before next session.  This leaves just two unseen minis in the box.

Walking Dead minis and Gloomhaven Triforce mini, The Elementalist.  I'm painting his white along with the Masons.Walking Dead minis and Gloomhaven Triforce mini, The Elementalist. I'm painting his white along with the Masons.

I sold some of my bits box models on ebay recently.  The Goblin Wolf Chariot sold for more than expected, despite being missing the sword goblin (£27), and the Dreadball Convicts sold at the last moment for the minimum value (£1.50 plus postage).  I wasn’t convinced they’d sell at all, to be honest.  That’s 13 more models I can remove from my totals, which might be getting a bit squiffy right now.  I’m not 100% sure when I counted a ball as a model when adding everything up.

I also managed to get 7 games of Kingdom Death in this weekend.  I just unlocked The Watcher, and I plan on facing him this weekend. I have an unexpected twist though: Due to a sexy Stranger In The Dark all the men in town are too lovesick to go out and fight so I can only send women on the next hunt. Thankfully, my Twilight Knight is a woman, as are two of my four uber survivors.  I’ve had a bit of a population explosion recently and I’m thinking I can deliberately get a lot of them killed during the Watcher fight as each of them will become two endeavours.  Then once the fight is over I can send my Legendary Lungs survivor down that mine 50 times and instantly oxidise and upgrade all my gear before I leave town.

Mean?  Yes.  Practical and efficient?  Definitely.  Am I a psychopath in real life?  You be the judge.

I’ve got 11 Lantern years to go and, after abusing the time loop once,  I think I finally have a party that can take down the Gold Smoke Knight, although I imagine the RNG factor will have something to say about that.

9 MTG: Leather Armour Sprues & Stargrave Troopers

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I didn’t get an update in last week.  I had a 4 day weekend, but spent 3 days of it away with friends.  I did sort of finish 24 models, but the varnish dried too glossy and I didn’t have time for another matt coat so I couldn’t call them done and post them.

Anyway, I spent my weekday evenings building stuff so I could prime it all when I got the airbrush out to varnish.  I have now painted the last of the Kingdom Death models in my house, and the Stargrave Troopers 20 man box.  Here’s what got finished:

Kingdom Death Leather Armour with Counterweighted AxeKingdom Death Leather Armour with Counterweighted Axe
Kingdom Death Leather Armour with Skullcap HammersKingdom Death Leather Armour with Skullcap Hammers
Kingdom Death Leather Armour with Bone Spear and Scrap ShieldKingdom Death Leather Armour with Bone Spear and Scrap Shield
Kingdom Death Leather Armour with Sword and Leather ShieldKingdom Death Leather Armour with Sword and Leather Shield
Stargrave Troopers: Chiseler and Casecracker.  The pouches contain thieves tools, obviously.Stargrave Troopers: Chiseler and Casecracker. The pouches contain thieves tools, obviously.
Stargrave Troopers: Commando and PathfinderStargrave Troopers: Commando and Pathfinder
Stargrave Troopers: Hacker and Codebreaker.  I borrowed some Stargrave Troopers: Hacker and Codebreaker. I borrowed some "iPads" from my 40k bits for their hacking equipment
Stargrave Troopers: RecruitsStargrave Troopers: Recruits
Stargrave Troopers: SentriesStargrave Troopers: Sentries
Stargrave Troopers: Sniper, Grenadier, and Gunner.  The sniper gun was extended by cutting off its end, turning it upside down and reattaching it on the end of a length of paperclip, made fatter by glue residue from cleaning glue nozzles.  I should have gone a little longer, I think.Stargrave Troopers: Sniper, Grenadier, and Gunner. The sniper gun was extended by cutting off its end, turning it upside down and reattaching it on the end of a length of paperclip, made fatter by glue residue from cleaning glue nozzles. I should have gone a little longer, I think.
Stargrave Troopers: TroopersStargrave Troopers: Troopers

33 MTG: Lantern Armour Kits

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I also got some painting done last week.  I’d have posted this yesterday with the rest, but I forgot to take some of these pics.  I finished my Lantern Armour models early in the week and then got to work on the leather kits.

Lantern Armour with Club for Kingdom Death: MonsterLantern Armour with Club for Kingdom Death: Monster
Lantern Armour with Glaive and Shield for Kingdom Death: MonsterLantern Armour with Glaive and Shield for Kingdom Death: Monster
Female Lantern Armour with Grand Weapon for Kingdom Death: MonsterFemale Lantern Armour with Grand Weapon for Kingdom Death: Monster
Male Lantern Armour with Grand Weapon for Kingdom Death: MonsterMale Lantern Armour with Grand Weapon for Kingdom Death: Monster

I finished the leather armoured guys on Saturday, but they’re not done yet as they need varnishing.  I’ve noticed my matt varnish has gone frosty on the black rims of my recent models.  It’s an old pot so that means it’s time for a fresh bottle.  Let’s hope a top up coat on the frosties helps them out.  I’ll postpone putting the pigment on the base until I’m ready to seal it in with the varnish too.

Leather armour kits awaiting pigments and varnishLeather armour kits awaiting pigments and varnish

My plan for the rest of the weekend was to play Kingdom Death, but 2 games in, I ran in to an ambiguous rule I wanted to use and it took me until Monday evening to get clarification on it, so I threw myself in to painting up my Stargrave Troopers.  I’m doing quick and dirty techniques as they’re all basically identical grunts.  They’re coming together nicely and I hope to have them finished soon.

Stargrave Troops WIPStargrave Troops WIP

Terrain Catalogue

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I’ve been ignoring terrain, as it’s something I usually only build and paint when it’s needed on a table, and I’ve not had an immediate use for any of this stuff yet.  it is all potentially useful though.

3x Terrain Crate boxes, barrels, etc.  More stuff from the bottomless Chillcon goody bag that keeps on giving3x Terrain Crate boxes, barrels, etc. More stuff from the bottomless Chillcon goody bag that keeps on giving
3x Terrain Crate horse and carts, all looking rather wobbly and deformed.  Some hot water, persistence, and some bases to pin these to will hopefully straighten them out.  Came in the Chillcon goody bag.3x Terrain Crate horse and carts, all looking rather wobbly and deformed. Some hot water, persistence, and some bases to pin these to will hopefully straighten them out. Came in the Chillcon goody bag.
Mantic Battlezones sprues.  Are they from a particular kit?  I've a bunch of this stuff built, and some leftover parts.  I wonder if I can assemble anything using this?  One more small building/ruin I imagine, at best.  Came in the Chillcon goody bag.  Update these are Urban Sprue D & E & ??Mantic Battlezones sprues. Are they from a particular kit? I've a bunch of this stuff built, and some leftover parts. I wonder if I can assemble anything using this? One more small building/ruin I imagine, at best. Came in the Chillcon goody bag. Update these are Urban Sprue D & E & ??
2x Terrain Crate wall sets. Came in the Chillcon goody bag.2x Terrain Crate wall sets. Came in the Chillcon goody bag.
I won the Rubicon fence set from BoW a while back, along with a tank.  The two MDF kits came in Asset Drop Monster boxes.  All I really wanted was the models, not the terrain.  If anyone has any helpful guides for how to make these look good, please share me some links.I won the Rubicon fence set from BoW a while back, along with a tank. The two MDF kits came in Asset Drop Monster boxes. All I really wanted was the models, not the terrain. If anyone has any helpful guides for how to make these look good, please share me some links.

And that’s everything I hadn’t already accounted for.  Well, almost.  I do still have a stash of random parts, some base decorations, and a selection of Asset Drop Tutorial Tiles, but none of that is really a model or a thing to paint by itself.

Bits Box Catalogue

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With the end so close in sight, I went through my bits boxes over the weekend to catalogue what’s there that’s worth thinking of a model, what I want to keep, and what I want to sell or give away.  There’s not much here.  Some of it I might try to sell on eBay, but the rest I’ll probably end up giving away, probably through the discord swap channel.  If there’s anything here you’re super keen on, maybe it fills a hole in a force you’ve been trying to finish for years, speak up.

Goblin Wolf Chariot: The gobber with the sword is missing, otherwise it's all here.  No idea what it could be used for these days, beyond 9th age.  Is there a direct parallel in KoW?  I think this is heading to eBay.  I'm following one now to see what it sells for.Goblin Wolf Chariot: The gobber with the sword is missing, otherwise it's all here. No idea what it could be used for these days, beyond 9th age. Is there a direct parallel in KoW? I think this is heading to eBay. I'm following one now to see what it sells for.
A couple of Z'zor guards for Dreadball.  I already have a full allotment of these so they're spare.  I'm considering sticking them on round bases and painting them green and using them for monsters for Stargare, D&D and such like, but I can always use my painted team for that.  I might just give these away.A couple of Z'zor guards for Dreadball. I already have a full allotment of these so they're spare. I'm considering sticking them on round bases and painting them green and using them for monsters for Stargare, D&D and such like, but I can always use my painted team for that. I might just give these away.
10 Players and 2 balls for Dreadball Convicts team.  I already have the maximum allowed for each roll on a team so this is spare.  I might try them on ebay, but I think they may end up being given away in the end.10 Players and 2 balls for Dreadball Convicts team. I already have the maximum allowed for each roll on a team so this is spare. I might try them on ebay, but I think they may end up being given away in the end.
Spare random minis.  See belowSpare random minis. See below

Spare random minis, top left to bottom right: Genestealer, Cryx Satyxis Blood Witch, Skink with flute??, Skaven, Resin Abbadon the Despoiler 2019 body, Elf

 

I do have a tyranid force, but no Genestealer.  A single model is of no use so he sits in my bits box until more turn up.  I don’t like playing 40k, so that may never happen.

The Satyxis was a spare from a unit I built.  She needs a horn, and 9 friends.  Free to whoever wants her, or she lives in my bits box forever.

Is this skink anything, or a grunt from a large unit?  Is that a flute, or a weapon with its head broken off?  No use to me.  I can’t even think of an obvious D&D parallel he could be painted up as.

Random Skaven, or not?  Useless to me.

I’ve had this Abbadon body for ages and he feels like a huge waste.  I know it’s only 1 part of 6ish, but it feels like most of the model and I’d like to see him rebuilt.  If you have the other parts and want the body you can have him.  Likewise if you have the parts and don’t care, I’d be grateful for the donation.  I’ve no use for him.  It just feels like a waste.

The (high?) elf is a grunt with a broken sword.  He came with a supply of mostly 40k spare bits, but the blade may be amongst them, or perhaps a replacement?  Not sure.  He’s junk right now.  I might fix him up and put him on a round base, and he’ll be ok for D&D or Frostgrave or something.  I’ve considered mounting him on a bottle top and painting him up as a ruined bronze statue.

Update 14/9/22: He’s a High Elf of Lothern Sea Guard Champion.  The Skink is just a grunt and thats a blowdart pipe, not a flute.  The skaven is a Skaven Clanrat Drummer Command

Mantic Marauders Orx Command Sprue x2 & 3 Walking Dead minisMantic Marauders Orx Command Sprue x2 & 3 Walking Dead minis

I figure I can get a Painboy proxy or two out of these, and do something with the other guy?  I’m open to ideas for him.  I do have the TWD starter set, but not the rules that came with these minis.  I might paint them up and add them to the box for the day I give it a go solo, but if anyone needs them I’m open to posting them out.

37 MTG: Phoenix Armour Kits

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Kingdom Death finally announced the preorders for the reprints of all the playable expansions.  The price had gone up more than I had hoped, but I’m hooked and FOMO took full effect and I went all in.  I don’t need to eat until next year, right?  It’s hard to say exactly, but I think that’s another 53 models on preorder, due to arrive November-ish, Poots time.  So that’s possibly any time 2023, maybe 2024 perhaps?  I’ve also got Aeon Trespass due to arrive December-ish.  That’s a lot of high quality models demanding my attention, so my new goal is to finish off all the non-luxury models in my house before either arrives.  That should be more than doable, while still giving me time to play more KDM. It would be good to have this campaign done by then.  I’ve Gloomhaven: Jaws of the Lion awaiting a playthrough before I start adding new KDM content.

I’ve just finished Lantern year 12 of my second time around the time loop of my first 30 year campaign.  That’s 42 years in, so that’s 42 play throughs, plus some special showdowns, and a handful of resets while learning new fights.  My records tell me that’s about 49 playthroughs, averaging 2.5 hours.  At £5.00 an hour, I’ve got £612.50 worth of entertainment out of KDM and have currently spent £1,200 on it and most of the content hasn’t even arrived yet.  It’s stupidly expensive, but it is definitely earning its keep.  That’s ignoring painting time, and time spent thinking about it, doing research, and making plans, too.

A slightly more short term plan is to have the 8 KDM survivors and 20 Stargrave models on my desk finished before my next week off, in October.  Then that week is mine to focus on painting the house, playing KDM, and starting work on 2 3D printed monsters.  Unless ebay gets generous and friendly, or OTT gives me a prize…

Anyway, this is a hobby log and you want to see some minis.  This week I focused on the Phoenix armour kits.

Female Phoenix Armour with GlaiveFemale Phoenix Armour with Glaive
Female Phoenix Armour with Grand Weapon Female Phoenix Armour with Grand Weapon
Male Phoenix Armour with Grand WeaponMale Phoenix Armour with Grand Weapon
Male Phoenix Armour with Sword and ShieldMale Phoenix Armour with Sword and Shield

My next focus is the Lantern Armour kits and I’m most of the way through them.  My hope is to get them ready to varnish tonight after work.  I’m I’m very quick, I might even get the varnishing done.  Then I want to clear the Leather Armour kits off my desk and then KDM is done, until more turns up in November.  Perhaps?

WIP on my Lantern Armour guysWIP on my Lantern Armour guys

I had the airbrush out already and I’ve decided on a scheme for the Stargrave guys so I base coated them.  The first few stages are all washes that’ll likely take a short time to apply and a long time to dry, so I’m getting those done while I work on my KDM guys.  I’m two out of the three starting washes in so far.  After that, its a drybrush and then green is done and that should feel like the bulk of the model done.

Stargrave Troopers box ready to paintStargrave Troopers box ready to paint

I’ve no idea why, but Chrome has taken to showing all these pics are really small when I load them up separately, but they load big in other browsers, and match the master file when I download them again.  Odd.

41 MTG: Screaming Armour Kits

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I’ve had the last week off.  I planned on getting lots of painting done.  Mostly my walls, but I was determined to get some hobby done and some KDM played and I succeeded on both fronts.  I have removed the KDM masks display base from the count as it’s pointless.  It’s too small to hang on a wall and doesn’t work when flat.  It’s dumb and I’m calling the masks spare parts now, as they really are intended as modular parts, and not a display mini.

My first job was to build and prime all the modular kits which were the last 16 KDM armour sets, and a 20 man box of Stargrave Troopers, which I spent some time working out what I might want access to, and how to build it.  The sprues didn’t really have the parts to build hackers, medics, etc but I used my bits box to do what I can and now I have 20 varied but uniformed troops built, based, and primed ready for painting.  I forgot to take a pic though, so that’ll have to wait.

Then I finished off painting the Loka Fire set Orcs.  The got airbrushed  varnished, and I primed all the new builds while I was already set up.

Loka Fire set OrcsLoka Fire set Orcs

Next up, I focused on the KDM Screaming Armour sprue as I currently have 2 sets in the game so they’re needed on the table.

KDM Screaming Armour with Glaive (Counts as axe and spear)KDM Screaming Armour with Glaive (Counts as axe and spear)
KDM Screaming Armour with ClubKDM Screaming Armour with Club
KDM Screaming Armour with Grand WeaponKDM Screaming Armour with Grand Weapon
KDM Screaming Armour with Sword and ShieldKDM Screaming Armour with Sword and Shield

My next mission is the Phoenix armour sets.  I’ve almost got my first set in the game so I’ll need them soon.  Then it’ll be the lantern armour.  I want to finish off all the KDM models soon.  Two days ago they said preorders for something will go live at the end of the month and its the end of the month.  The first wave of expansions are also due to arrive in distribution hubs ready for direct order very soon.  I’d love to have all I own done before more turns up.  That’s be a first for me, I suspect.

My current WIP tray.  There's another nearby with 20 primed Stargrave minis on it.My current WIP tray. There's another nearby with 20 primed Stargrave minis on it.

50 MTG: Jaws of the Lion, & KDM Hide & Lion Armour Kits

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My focus for this week was to finish off the 8 KDM minis I’d started last week.  Turns out I’d done the bulk of the work, and what was left was straightforward and just flowed.  I had them finished just after lunch on Saturday, and then sat down with the airbrush to varnish them, and then prime and base coat the next project.

I manged to pick up a copy of Gloomhaven: Jaws of the Lion on ebay for a good price, with the MDF organisers in it recently.  I painted up those 4 minis next.  I thought it might take a while but I had all 4 done in a little over a day somehow.  I’ve painted a lot of the core box minis and I’d have to say the JotL guys are a definite step up in quality.  They were much better to work with.  The one exception was the Demolisher.  He feels like a guy who was designed at a much larger size and lost a lot of detail in the downsizing.  He’s a lot of stuff in his belt in the art, but all I could se on the mini was lumps.  Still, this isn’t a game about plastic.  He’s keeping the costs down and focusing on the game and I appreciate that.

My copy is used.  Does anyone know what needs to be rest?  Just the characters or are there event decks and shops etc that I need to sort through?  Google isn’t helping answer this and I’m not yet ready to sit down and read through the rules.  I want to finish my KDM campaign before I start this.

DemolisherDemolisher
Hatchet.  I really like this mini.Hatchet. I really like this mini.
Red GuardRed Guard
Voidwarden.  I wasn't brave enough to black/void up parts of this lady.  I considered just spraying black from one side or dabbing black pigments on here, but decided whatever I did she'd just look a mess and I'd regret it.  I like her as she is now.Voidwarden. I wasn't brave enough to black/void up parts of this lady. I considered just spraying black from one side or dabbing black pigments on here, but decided whatever I did she'd just look a mess and I'd regret it. I like her as she is now.

With them done, I got back to the last models on my desk who have been there for quite a while now: The orcs from my Loka Fire set.  I don’t care about these guys.  They may one day see use in D&D or something.  They’re a basic design and I don’t care about them so they’re coming together really quickly, which is nice.  I expect to have them ready for varnishing by the weekend.  Then it’s time to build the rest of the KDM armour kits.  I also have next week off so I might end up losing myself in KDM and getting very little hobby done.  Any advice for facing the Gold Smoke Knight?

Orcs from the Loka Fire set.Orcs from the Loka Fire set.

58 MTG: Ronnie, Nightshround, & Diviner

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I managed to resist playing KDM this weekend for the first time since I started playing.  My painting mojo was in full force and I made good progress.  My goal was to get the Gloomhaven minis done, and ideally Ronnie too.  I kept getting distracted by the KDM minis though.  Painting the lion fur is best done as airbrushing and a few washes.  It’s good after work painting.  It fits the time slot well, and the washes can take all night to dry.  As such I focused on them across the week, and didn’t really start on my target minis until Saturday.  Even then, I decided to paint their flesh next as I was going to have that paint out for the Diviner anyway.  Then I thought I may as well do the bone as that involves a couple of slow drying washes and I needed to go cook some chilli.  Once I’d finished my target minis I went back to them and started painting the cloth, hide, and leathers.  There’s a lot more work to be done.

KDM Rawhide Armour sprue minisKDM Rawhide Armour sprue minis
KDM Lion Armour sprue minisKDM Lion Armour sprue minis

Next up was Gloomhaven’s Aesther Nightshroud.  In the artwork he is ethereal; half in darkness, half made of purple and mint green glow.  I don’t know how to do that.  I started at the artwork for a while and came up with a plan.  I knew there was a good chance of it looking rubbish, but these minis are pretty basic and I don’t really care about them or have high expectations for them.  They’re fine for what they are, but they are not a painters dream.  It turned out that some of the detail my plan was based around wasn’t included on the model.

My thinking was lightly zenithal prime, 2-3 tone drybrush, wash, drybrush, repeat as needed.  It didn’t exactly work, but I’ve seen worse and it sort of matches the art if you squint hard.  He’s holding fire in his hand apparently.  I couldn’t find enough detail there to really work with, but I did what I could.  its done and table ready now, and that’s all that matters.

We’re not far of starting the expansion soon so I offered to get the expansion min The Diviner painted before we got there.  She was much more fun to work with.  She looks good, and a higher detail resin print of her at a slightly larger size (She feels more 25mm, than 28-32mm) could be a joy to work with and yield some really pretty results in the right hands.  She has what looks like a crab hanging off her bum, but I can’t work out why.  I’ve assumed its knots or a bow made of her dress so I’ve left it that colour.

Diviner from Gloomhaven: Forgotten CirclesDiviner from Gloomhaven: Forgotten Circles

Ronnie came in a goody bag a few years ago and I’ve been ignoring him ever since.  He took about a day.  He’s fine, if slightly softer in some detail than I’d like.  Still, that gave me an excuse to cut corners and rush him.  Painting him was an odd experience.  Despite him being washed and primed, some areas of him seemed to repel paint, and some colours more than others.  I’ve no idea why.  Persistence won out easily enough though.

Ronnie the Bard, from Kings of War and Dungeon SiegeRonnie the Bard, from Kings of War and Dungeon Siege

59+2 MTG: Loka Fire Set Started

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(Plus 2 more that aren’t mine)

I took a week off of painted due to actually playing games.  I’m half way through my KDM Campaign, having finished my first playthrough.  I was able to sling 6 fully armed characters back through time to the beginning of the game, rather than have them die to the Gold Smoke Knight, who they were not equipped for.  I’m a few games in and without having to make gear I’ve already got most of the innovations and I’m getting ready to start work on end game gear.

I also went to my friends house for a weekend of Gloomhaven.  I retired my character.  I had the 2 box guy who was interesting, but his unique mechanics meant some scenarios were basically impossible.  I now have the Eclipse and we’re staring down the barrel of the last few missions.  This means I’ve unlocked a new mini to paint, and I have the expansion mini to get ready for when we start that.

Gloomhaven minis, primed and ready for paintGloomhaven minis, primed and ready for paint

The following week I got some actual painting done.  I’ve a Loka Fire set I got free a while back, and they’ve been sat primed on my desk, ready to be painted in case they’re ever useful for D&D or something.  I’ve got the 5 unique minis painted now, and left the repetitive orc pawns for later.

Loka Fire King...thing?  Pretty sure he's not sculpted on a throne, but I really cannot work out what's supposed to be going on here.Loka Fire King...thing? Pretty sure he's not sculpted on a throne, but I really cannot work out what's supposed to be going on here.
Fire Elemental from Loka Fire setFire Elemental from Loka Fire set
A fire horse  from Loka Fire set, painted up as a winged Nightmare for D&DA fire horse from Loka Fire set, painted up as a winged Nightmare for D&D
Maralith from Loka Fire setMaralith from Loka Fire set
Wizard from Loka Fire setWizard from Loka Fire set

With them done, I had half a day spare so I built up the Hide and Lion armour kits for KDM, and got all the new naked minis primed and ready for later.

I’ve been using Gorilla Glue for a while now and liking it.  I am getting fed up with how it clogs after it’s had it’s seal cracked for a while.  Constantly jamming paper clips down it to clear it between models gets frustrating.  Can anyone make any suggestions of how to prevent or deal with this better?  Or perhaps a superglue that has less issues that I can readily get in the UK?  I don’t want plastic cement.  I work with a variety of materials and want one glue to rule them all, and in my studio, bind them.

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