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Photobucket… #sigh

Well, I was storing all my photos in neat folders on Photobucket.

Photobucket allowed me to use <img> tags to point this blog at them. I do pay for Photobuckets use, just as I pay for this blog. I don’t believe in freeloading and would often rather pay a small sum to be ad-free on most of the sites I use.

However, Photobucket changed their policy. There is no linking or embedding photos stored on photobucket unless you pay for their top package – which is $399.99 per year.

As a a part time blogger, mainly just wanting to put some more photo’s out there for the world, this is way too much. I only use 0.2Gb of my 10Gb space and my bandwidth use is maybe a dozen pics seen a day.

Pretty soon the pictures will vanish as web caches empty. Putting the photos elsewhere wouldn’t be a problem, but re-coding every page to point at the location of the newly placed images would be much more time consuming.

I guess it’s goodbye blog – unless Photobucket see the error of their ways. Businesses can probably afford $400 a year. But, like Adobe’s high annual fee software packages, small time non commercial folks can’t.

If I don’t post again, take care folks.

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.

A ‘giant’ update

Pun intended.

I’ve been looking on and off for a good giant model for my Orc and Goblin army for quite a few years now. I was never impressed with the Games Workshop giant,  it looked far to gormless, flabby and non-menacing. The Forge World model was larger, but still didn’t impress me, and obviously nor did it’s 3 figure price tag.

I’d looked into other manufacturers, but most of these were older metal models and the giants weren’t usually much bigger than trolls.

Anyway, after searching for that Fire Elemental (The D&D collector’s series Fire Myrmidon in my last update) I realised they did a few limited edition giants. The Storm Giant looked a little too ‘ancient greek’ and the Fire Giant had molten armour on (although it’s a fantastic model). I opted for this Frost Giant. I won’t be painting it with blue skin like a D&D frost giant. It will get human coloured flesh with an assortment of leather patched armours. It was only a 7 piece resin model and didn’t need much cleaning up either.

The photo shows the size compared to an orc and a troll. Perfectly huge, but it fits on a 50mm square base. A excellent addition to the Orc and Goblin armies I’m (still) painting for Kings of War.

It’s been a while…

My Blog hasn’t been forgotten. It’s been close to half a year since I updated it, but I’ve had a really lengthy illness which I’m still not over. My doctor has advised me to get back to things that I enjoy, but it’s been a difficult thing to do.

Over the last few weeks I’ve treated myself to a few new figures and although I’ve been managing to build them, the urge to paint hasn’t quite been there. I can sit at my paint table for hours looking at stuff and not managing to pick up a brush.

So far, I’ve started putting some green stuff onto bases for the next additions to my KoW Salamander (Lizardman) army, and after much searching, I found a great model to be the Greater Fire Elemental for the army – a D&D Collector’s series Fire Myrmidon. It’s a resin model, and although the lower half was horrendously warped, a quick dip in a boiling water bath, a reshape and a cold tap fixed it up beautifully.

Green Stuff bases:

Greater Fire Elemental model:

I’m going to base spray the elemental in white and mainly use yellow, orange and red washes/inks/glazes to paint it. My problem is this: Do I use darker reds/oranges in the recesses and work outwards to lighter yellow. Or the reverse – have the lighter yellow in the recesses and work outwards to the darker reds? Googling flame pictures doesn’t really help as you can see below…

Flames: Bright centre and dark tips OR Dark centre and bright tips?

If you have a prefered way in which you do your flames, let me know in the comments.

Work to blame?

I’ve been behind with my painting schedule recently. Work has been tough recently. 75 hours a week of work leaves little time for painting and spending time with the family. With a week off, I was expecting to get loads painted, however, my wife decided we did need to paint – 2 of the rooms in the house. Although she did all the fantastic hard work – I still had loads of ‘junk’ to sort out and clear. Then matters got worse because we bought a PS4 for me and the lad to play on… and then the week off had gone. 😦

I did manage to paint up 4 Viking Hearthguard for Saga, a couple of M10/Jackson tank destroyers for Tanks, 2 stage 3Z zombies and a Veer-myn crawler for Deadzone. I’ll get these and few other things from the last month photo’d better soon. At the moment, the space I’d use to take photos is taken up with junk from 2 other rooms.

I did manage to take a couple of pics of some of the vehicles I’d started on for Devil’s Run. I missed the first Kickstarter for this game due to lack of funds, but managed to join the second one. I also bought the original game I’d first missed. What a great game it is as well. Several weekends running have seen my wife’s Law Haulage take on (and defeat) my Haul’s Angels. A game I’d certainly recommend.

Haul’s Angels so far:

Law Haulage so far:

And a work in progress shot:

The top two left cars are conversions from a box of old cars I found when I cleared my Mum’s house out. They’ll do as Speedsters for the Haul’s Angels and I’ll get the Pursuer for the Law Haulage to give them another speed car.

Devil’s Run had a miss this weekend and we had a 3 way 100 point X-Wing game – trying to use some of the newest wave 9 ships. Great fun. Although the finishing order went Imperials, Scum & Villainy and the poor old Rebels last.

Till the junk is cleared and I get some photo’s done…

Maelstrom’s Edge and a freebie

Since my last update, I’ve finally decided on my colour schemes for a few more of my Maelstrom’s Edge models. The Karist Angels and Angel Minnows along with the Epirian forces.

Both schemes had to be pretty simple, taking a short while to do per model as well as be repeatable.

The Epirians were done with Halfords camo green spray as a base coat, then airbrushed with Vallejo German camo green. The beige colours are Vallejo German Beige with brown wash. The bot handler has had a female head in place of the standard head, mainly because… erm, I had some on the worktable and I just fancied painting something with hair 🙂 I think one of the characters near the end of the Maelstrom’s Edge novel Sacrifice was as well.

The Karist Angels were an odd thing. I didn’t plan on painting them, I was just undercoating them ready. I base coated them in black, then gave them a once over with the airbrush using purple, pink and a touch of white. I planned on leaving them for another day. However, the Games Workshop so called ‘Air paint’, even thinned down 50/50 with airbrush thinner caused the models to have a horrible powdery white look – I decided to Wash them in purple ink. Well, that more or less finished the look. A drybrush in pink and silver for the talons with black glossed skulls. Pretty easy to do and they’ll look fine on the game table.

Karist Angel

Karist Angel Minnows

Epirian Bot Handler and Spider Drones

With the “re-boot” of White Dwarf, Games Workshop gave away another free figure. I’ll be damned but this single sprue with half a dozen pieces is meant to be £18. Laughable considering it has mold lines all the way up the middle of it’s spiked legs making them difficult to remove without damaging the spikes. This company claims to make the best plastic models there are but a decent design would have the mold lines in an easier to remove place surely. Anyway it felt cheap as a freebie on a magazine. I’d be gutted if I’d paid for it. Anyway, it’s now a piece of Frostgrave Scenery. My only annoyance was that the vitamin pill tub I attached it to, is slightly larger than the one for the last White Dwarf freebie statue I made (When Games Workshop added Space Marines to fantasy – #sigh)

Summer 2016

Between work, and a couple of fantastic weeks in Tenerife with my wife and lad, I’ve managed to build and paint a few things this summer. It’s back to work next week and I know it’s going to be a really busy year so hopefully I’ll get some updates done between now and Christmas.

Here’s a real mix of models that have been finished and awaiting their chance to make an appearance on here.

Maelstrom’s Edge

Although I’ve only painted up one model so far, I’ve built enough for a few games and finished off all the terrain for the board.

Karist trooper trial paint scheme and objective markers:

Large Bunker (from Dark Ops):

Not Maelstrom’s edge models, but some forcefield walls (from Warlord Games) and some tired looking GW models:

Landing pad:

Suppression markers made:

Two more containers:

Saga

I’d painted up a 4 point Anglo-Saxon force for my wife/son to play against my Vikings. In the end we still can’t get the Anglo-Saxon board (still out of stock) so we now use the Anglo-Dane board. That meant replacing the cavalry with some Dane-axe wielding hearthguard and a change of weapon for the leader.

4 Points of Anglo-Saxons:

Now 4 Points of Anglo-Danes:

Dane-axes:

Archers (and yeah, I tried painting eyes)

The 2 different leaders and a unit of warriors:

Tanks

As my lad loves playing X-Wing, we tried out the new Galeforce9 game; Tanks. It’s 15mm – which is a tad annoying as my terrain is all 28mm. However, we’ve got a few 15mm buildings and trees now and painted up the Tanks. The game’s very similar to X-wing and my lad has enjoyed the games we’ve played so far. He even bought some Zvezda 15mm tanks and painted a couple of them himself to ‘be like dad’.

United States:

German:

Zvezda extras by my lad:

Bolt Action

To replace the hand painted German Puma I’d done, I made another and used the airbrush. I’ve not really weathered it yet, but it fits the rest of the army far better now with this paint scheme.

Also, here’s a couple of slightly better pics of the US WC51:

The Walking Dead

With The Walking Dead game coming out from Mantic Games this Autumn/Winter, I thought it was about time I sorted out some terrain for it. I built and painted up an mdf construction office, a couple of skips, some fencing and some shipping containers.

Deadzone

The only extras I’ve managed for Deadzone are an alternate loadout Strider for the Enforcers and 4 Forgefather Steel warriors – all matched to fit the existing armies.

Striders:

Steel Warriors:

Frostgrave:

Although my wife’s painted a couple of wizard figures, all I’ve managed to get done is a few pieces of basic terrain. I have 2 more large pieces to finish off then I’ll hopefully put the whole painted up board together.

Portals:

Ruined corner piece:

And I think that’s it for this months photo overload. 🙂

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.

Saga

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.

Vikings

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 🙂

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 😦

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. 🙂

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