Saturday 30 July 2011

Warmachine - Cryx Necrosurgeon

Cryx Necrosurgeon and stitch thralls finished. I think I spent most the painting process being unhappy about how these were turning out, until the end where I now quite like them. I suppose it's better than the other way round!

I've also started to paint in the front facing arc, as it makes things alot clearer during gameplay. This is the mark 3 version where I've attempted to copy the "glow" from the power sources in my 'jacks. Needs a bit more practice to keep it smoother, but I'll be running with this from now on (just have to apply it to the est of my models though...)

Wednesday 27 July 2011

Paint On, Paint Off

The Summer holidays continue to rumble on with their schedule wreaking effects trailing behind, so just a quick workbench WIP post to keep things ticking over.

Firstly, my latest Warmachine Cryx models are nearing completion - a defiler, nightwretch, necrosurgeon and stitch thralls (the left hand defiler is for reference). Just really a touch up here and there, the rust effects and basing to go and they'll be available for selection.

On the opposite end of the painting line there are my remaining old Ultramarine Terminators having a good soak in Dettol to remove the paint (and the wads of crazy glue the previous owner used) ready for a super smurfy makeover the Gok-wan would be proud of!

And finally is an Eldar Harlequin. This is quite exciting, as it's a figure painting swap with Tristan (of GWpertinent ). I won't say what I've sent him to spoil his surprise. I have no experience with Eldar nor Harlequins, however the rough brief is "goan yersel, big man" * so the pressure is really just on me finding a bright, individual colour scheme. As Tristan is such a football (aka soccer) fan (a self confessed Chelsea FC nut) I thought I'd give him a taste to my favoured team, just as a teaser for palette - should be bright enough. Paint hasn't hit brush yet, though, so it could all change!

* translation: "Please feel free to do as you please, my friend"

Friday 15 July 2011

The Dreaded Six Month Review

Gosh, hasn't it been quiet around here lately. "It's that time of year again" as the saying goes. Obviously its always that time of year for something. In my case it's Summer time (or at least what optimistically passes as Summer in Scotland) which means less hobby time, more garden tending time, more away days at the weekend (less hobby time), etc. So apologies for the lack of updates but here it is- the mid-term review.

We'll be quick here and move straight to the numbers:
  • Cash Out: £243.46
  • Cash In: 349.42
 That's an average monthly spend of £40.58 which, if I'm honest is a bit disappointing, as I was looking for less than that. Just over £100 pounds of that was on the main painting/gaming focus for the first half (Warmachine and Space Marines) I suppose i shouldn't feel too bad. Also the spends on these two games/areas are just about finished, so a line can be drawn under that. On the plus side all my costs have been covered in sales from the hobby shed, with a bit extra (at the moment). This obviously helps me justify the other purchases of the year that haven't had any attention lavished on them (yet).

Which makes me look at the bought/painted stats:

  • 28mm: Bought: 95 Painted: 53
  • 10mm: Bought: 37 Painted: 22

Converse to the cash spend I'm actually quite pleased at the number of figures I've finished so far. It helps that 40k ones are all pretty quick to paint, but that's fine. I am am suprised at the numer in the bought column as I wouldn't have thought it added up to that much - funnily enought it does though. Just goes to show how your perceptions and real facts often differ (especially in accrued lead).
2 days into the year I set out my stall with numerous plans (or dreams) for the coming year. Looking over this mighty document I can see that I've failed (or at least faltered in most of these). My Gladiator campaign lasted a few months until a new set of rules derailed me. My Songs Of Blades campaign still shows no sign of starting, I've not played with my 10mm dungeon (although I have been painting it), my 2 Sci-fi scenery projects haven't been touched, and I've painted zero modern era figures for my zombie gaming. And you can you add in the fact that the number of roleplaying sessions played can be counted on the fingers of Bugs Bunny's hand!

Bug's reads up on his gaming tactics
So the year's been a complete washout then? Well, no. If we look at the gallery page we can see a clue to something that has sneeked in - Space Marines (and Necrons) and using them toboot! Sci-fi gaming has hit the Hobby Shed with a vengence the last few months. It started with Arabiansquire's birthday present of some Space Marines of his own to paint, and he's been keen to play them ever since. Previous favourite fantasy gaming hasn't had a proper look in at all. To add to the Sci-fi feel of the year there have been quite a few Pod Racing Sessions over the last couple of months as well. Warmachine has also dominated the painting mat as I try to finish off my Cryx Army. Nearly there now though. I may actually get to play with them once it's done, as the local league play has somewhat stalled.

This seamlessly leads me into the next six months. I'm going to shelve (or box) my grand WWII plans. This fuse was ignited by Halo*Star, but he's not over so frequently just now and he still hasn't picked up any figures that I will leave it for later - I've a few other pots boiling at the moment anyway. I hope to replace it with something I go WOW! for - Doctor Who. This also has great playing potential, as the wee lad is Dr Who mad; in theory I need less figures (and I already own a few); being a time travelling adventurer I should be able to use many of my other figures; it's new and shiny (which lets be honest is why we all start!) But like all best laid plans we'll have to wait and see! I would also like to see a few more warbands (fantasy and Sci-fi) painted before the year's end, especially as I've bought a couple this year and it would be nice to see some more "bought and painted" figures rather than the usual "discovered and painted" variety!