Monthly Archives: June 2017

Ghost Town?

Over the last few weeks, I’ve been putting together terrain pieces to make a Wild West board. Most of it is finished now. All I need to do is paint up the figures I have and await the arrival of the Tombstone Kickstarter.

I’ve also put together a few other terrain oddments, all seen randomly in the photo below as I brought them up to the games room to pack away.

There are; 3 snowy trees to use in Frostgrave, an old pub to use in Pirate or fantasy games, 3 different ponds – one for an oasis in a desert, one for a mix of fantasy gaming or Saga and another I’m still working on for an industrial wasteland. Just caught at the edge of the camera are really the only models I’ve done anything on, a T-34 Soviet tank and just out of shot, 2 German Tiger tanks (all in 15mm). The ponds all have 3 inserts with a variety of pieces I can put on such as rocks, trees, palm trees, foliage (and when I finish the industrial one; a pipe system). The ponds are painted and coated with “Still Water”. A kind of thick setting varnish – I had to use this, my wife banned me from using resin in the house.

Here’s a few pics of the Wild West board coming together.

And the 3′ by 3′ Gaming board for Wild West games from above…

I do love the 4Ground mdf models. The only problem is the time they take to put together. The 2 story buildings are at least half a day to build. Some are a real nightmare to glue together too. Yes, I’m talking to you Stagecoach. (Horses and figures still awaiting mould removal and painting). I also sanded and painted the bases on all the fence pieces as well.

Now, let’s see if I can get some actual figure painting done for next time…

Greys, Tyranids and Raptorz?

I know that I’ve started recovering from my lengthy illness as I’ve started to get some painting mojo back, although I’ve probably done more building of models than painting in the past few months.

Having discovered the simplicity of a post apocalyptic game called ‘Mutants and Death Ray Guns’ by Ganesha Games – finding that it’s a game my wife enjoys and we can play a game in under an hour – I’ve been putting some pieces together for it.

I know I’m late to the party with this, but Ganesha Games do quite a bunch of variants for different eras, so we’ve also taken to playing Flashing Steel (a piratey/swashbuckling variant) and Song of Blades and Heroes (a fantasy version which I think was the first set of these rules). Now I’m hoping they’ll hurry up and translate the Italian Wild West version as well.

With the Kickstarter for Tombstone , I’ve been inspired to also build a Wild West themed board – some of which you’ll be able to see in the background of the photo’s below.

I still have a backlog of models to take photos of, but as I had the case of figures open to put some MDRG away, I popped them on the table and took some photos. The light was bad and I used the flash a few times, so apologies for the quality. I need to stop buying plastic/metal/resin/mdf models and save for a decent camera and light box.

Here’s the first Western figure I tried painting next to the Sheriff’s Office.

Although for our first games of MDRG, we used Mutants (using Deadzone figures) and Humans (using GW Chaos Cultist figures), the first band I painted up were some ‘Greys’. The ship is just a piece of themed terrain for the game and isn’t used as such.

After that, I had the urge to paint some GW Tyranids. I never wanted to collect an army of these ever, but always fancied trying out that red/bone colour I see so many photos on the net. These are going to be used as Xeno-Parasites in MDRG.

Finally, a couple of pictures of my MDRG gang of Raptorz. It took an age to find some models to use for these, in the end, the ones I liked the best were from Ral Partha. 2 sets of 3 make a perfect sized pure band of 6 for MDRG. I saw some painted in a tiger-like scheme and that was it, my mind was made up. Base coated Bone, an airbrush of yellow towards the middle to top, then an airbrush of orange on the top. Washed with soft tone, then add stripes, claws and eyes and these things were painted rather rapidly. Good enough for my ageing eyes and shaking hands anyway.

I think we can see who’s going to win this fight…

Anyway, I’ve built 6 different 4Ground Wild West buildings and a fantasy inn for the Pirate games… It’s time to peel off my 2nd skin of PVA and get some painting done.