Monthly Archives: June 2016

A real mix of photos

I had an hour peace and quiet this afternoon, so I decided to set up the kitchen table with some of the terrain I’d been putting together the last few weeks – mainly to see if it seemed to fit together in cohesion or look a state.

I don’t have room to store loads of bespoke terrain boards, so I rely on things such as the old GW cloth grass up to some of the newer pvc and mousemat style mats. Terrain has to be able to fit in storage boxes and be hidden away behind a curtain in my man cave.

Anyway, here’s a few photo’s – a shame the sun went in and the bulb in the kitchen isn’t bright enough, but they’re fairly clear.


As you know, I decided to go all in on Saga and bought myself a Viking warband and my lad an Anglo Saxon one. Although we’re yet to have a game – I still can’t find a rulebook for sale anywhere – I have enough terrain to make up a few tables of different themes.

And a close up of the 4ground cart I resprayed last night – full of Mantic dungeon saga barrels.


Warlord and Hearthguard:

Viking Beserkers:

Warriors (2 units):

I decided to make warriors carry spears and hearthguard swords/axes so they can be differentiated on the table well enough.

And a pic of the whole 4 points together:

Maelstrom’s Edge

I know I haven’t put paintbrush to model yet for this, but I have been putting together a table for it. The photos only have the mat open at 4’x3′ but it’s 4’x4′ when opened fully – and soft and mousematty ๐Ÿ™‚

The Landing pad and the containers on it are only base painted – enough for a game I suppose, but I need to add the rust effects, chips, sand etc.

The photo above had the palm trees – this one has a mix of some rather alien looking plants and different cargo containers.

Deadzone – Plague

It’s about 2 years since I painted my first Deadzone plague models. With the kickstarter goodies for Deadzone 2 arriving recently, I have a Plague abomination to paint up. I wanted it to match up with the others – and I think I managed it. Even if it did only take 10 minutes to paint up.

That’s about it for now. Still sitting on my paint table are a couple of Wells for Saga – one ruined, one working. There’s the Landing pad and containers to finish off and a Strider for Deadzone with a different weapon loadout.
So much to paint, so annoying that I have a couple of really tough weeks at work where I’ll be putting in 70+ hours – so painting’s a right off for a while ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

A little progress

I’ve not done a single bit of work this weekend. It’s been about lazing in the hot tub, watching football and getting some painting done. ๐Ÿ™‚

I’ve now got 3 points complete of Vikings for Saga. 2 units of warriors and 1 unit of hearthguard, as well as a Warlord. For ease of storage and carting them about, I’ve magnetised the bases and magnetised the movement tray they’re in (yeah, I know Saga doesn’t use movement trays, but they’re easier to store in them).

I also put together and painted a pig pen, and the piggies for some extra Saga terrain. Now if only 4ground would get off it’s ass and send me the 2 Saxon houses I ordered 3 weeks ago, I’d be about sorted.

Photo’s are from the paint table and using a mobile phone so they’re still lousy. Sorry.



I just started this morning on finally putting some paint onto some mdf terrain I made for my Maelstrom’s Edge board (or any other Sci-fi game I play). Only the base colours are done at the moment and I’ve got to start weathering them. Sponge work, then some weathering powders.

The cargo containers are mdf ones from Dark Ops and the Landing pad is from ttcombat. I’m really starting to love mdf terrain for it’s price and how solid it is. It just takes me forever to get round to painting it.

Now, if only everywhere I looked, I wasn’t seeing this…

So annoying to be keen to start playing a new game, painting up the figures, but not having a rulebook. #sagaruleslikerockinghorsepoo


Saga – the beginnings

As I put in my last post (a whole day ago), I’d bought myself some models to start Saga with. Well, like an excited kid, I built a few models up and painted them yesterday evening. I need to take better photos than the ones from the paint table with the mobile phone – and get the decent light source on them, but here goes…

Viking Warlord

Viking Hearthguard (first 1 point unit painted)

And yes… I decided to use Army Painter’s Strong Tone dip. Although I painted it on. I have so many models to paint, and just not enough hobby time. In comparison, at the same time I started cutting bits off the sprues to finishing those 5 models, my wife had painted 1 of her Frostgrave wizards. Yeah, her’s is way better, but then again, my eyesight’s getting worse and the models look fine on a tabletop – even if I did bottle out of painting the Warlord’s eyes ๐Ÿ˜‰


Work in progress on 8 warriors. They still need layers of highlights and I haven’t dared varnish them with a spray as the humidity is up to the kind of level that causes the awful frosting effect.

Project overload!

It seems I’ve got one game too many on the go. Although I’ve had a week off work, I’ve not felt like I’ve accomplished much. I was planning on taking some decent photos and updating this blog, but this is all it’s going to get for a while…

First up, some terrain for Sci-fi and Modern games. I made up some MDF cargo containers from Dark Ops. I didn’t want to spend too long on them, so a spray of black paint, followed by an Army painter colour spray. and finally a splash of brown around the bottom from the airbrush. After this was really just mucking the things up with a sponge dipped in dark brown, then metal.

Pretty decent pieces of terrain cover for the price and effort.

To go along with the mdf theme is a work in progress. I bought a landing pad from TTCombat. I couldn’t building the Mantic Battlezones one and the GW one is way too pricey. This one I bought was less than 10 pounds and was very simple to go together.
So far it’s only been based Black, followed by Dark green. It will get a lighter green spray from the airbrush then mucked up like the cargo containers. The mdf joints visible on the pad itself will become landing lights in red/yellow I think.
This will go nicely with the terrain I’m putting together for Maelstrom’s Edge – about the only Sci-Fi large scale game I play at the moment.

As the title states, one game too many…
The last thing I really painted was the WC51 Dodge Truck for my US Bolt Action army. Here’s a few photos from the painting table via the mobile phone.

The postlady brought me the parts I’d ordered from Ironclad Miniatures whilst I was at Partizan wargames show a weekend or so ago. A couple more of their trench pieces to add to my collection.

And back to that title again… My projects have been interrupted by SAGA.
I “may” have purchased myself a few boxes of sprues to make up a Viking Warband for myself and an Anglo Saxon one for my lad. ๐Ÿ™‚

For the Vikings to start with I’m hoping to put together;

1 Warlord (put on a raised 32mm base)
4 Hearthguard (Armoured with axes and swords)
4 Hearthguard (Armoured with axes and swords)
4 Beserkers (I’m going to make these dual wielding so they’re different to Hearthguard)
8 Warriors (Unarmoured with spears and shields)
8 Warriors (Unarmoured with spears and shields)

Which should give me 5 points so I can play 4 point games with a slightly different mix of units. I’ll do the Anglo Saxons with a similar build initially. There should be plenty of models left in the boxes after this to make more units too.

Now, all I have to do is await Gripping Beast (and the rest of the internet shopping world) restocking the Saga Rulebook and the Northern Fury supplement. (These are like trying to find rocking horse shit at the moment) Hopefully I’m not making a mess of the unit builds I’m doing as I take info from the internet and not the rulebook. Sucks that I have the models, the special dice, but no rules.

And none of this compares to the amount of Deadzone models I’ve built from the latest Kickstarter which just landed. I think building all those is where my time’s gone.