Monday, 31 December 2018

Days of high adventure

Between the time when the oceans drank Atlantis, and the rise of the sons of Aryas, there was an age undreamed of. And unto this, Conan, destined to wear the jeweled crown of Aquilonia upon a troubled brow. It is I, his chronicler, who alone can tell thee of his saga. Let me tell you of the days of high adventure.

If you read the above slowly and pitching your voice, then of course you came to the right blog and you can feel here like home. If you don't know what's this fuss about, then go back to your instagwhatever you children are into these days.

I got the 'Barbarian Couple' by Elladan. Sculpted by the artist of the moment, most talented Boris Woloszyn, they of course are the object of desire for a whole generation. Or two.

Well, not all of them are for me!

I painted two sets, one for myself and another one as a commission for a friend...

The other only explanation is that you are drunk and see double

I made two vignettes (these are calling for it!).

My pal wanted them on individual bases
But my own will have them integrated on a single base

Just like this
I also got some cardboard for the background
So, this is the final result:

Dum dum dumdum, dum dum, dum dum dum
Dum dum dumdum- Oh, come on, I know you are doing it

Well, this of course will be my last post for 2018. I hope you are enjoying these days and I wish you all the best for 2019. Here's to the new year! See you!

Monday, 24 December 2018

Don't feed the troll

You can find trolls all over the internet, that's a fact. Even here, on this blog! Don't you believe me? See by yourself, today I bring a commission. Just in the same fashion of the Blood Bowl Ogre turned into Necromunda, I was given this Blood Bowl Troll to turn it into... well, Necromunda.

I didn't get many specific instructions, just to make it grimdark and menacing. In the beginning I toyed with the idea of a huge, massive two handed weapon, somthing like this:

At what point does something become 'too much' even for Warhammer?
I discarded that as I found the Goblin King hand from the Hobbit starter box. This could work better...

Five fingers on the right hand, four clawed fingers on the left one... Necromunda muties, man
The front part of the mini was painfully clear, something needed to be added. I thought of a canister of some kind, instead of the original wooden sign he had hanging from his neck.

I think this is the first time I intubate anyone ever
Best way to WH40K-ize a mini
In the end I turned the weapon into a spear. That helped with the original pose of the mini, throwing a ball.

It had a more natural flowing pose this way
I had been asked questions about the green stuff tubes. Far from my intention to make a 'tutorial', I'll just share my ideas on a way that works for me, I hope someone finds it useful.

More than enough for most of the uses on a 28mm mini
 The roll maker is kind of easy to use, but it can be deceiving. Try not to abuse of yellow stuff in the mix, though the key here is about constant pressure (and speed) when using the tool. If you press harder  at some point (or stop the movement halfways) you will likely smash the roll and make it lose its shape. Worst case scenario is having greenstuff stuck on the plate itself, that's a pain in the ass. In case of need, keep the tool wet.

A tube, long enough. Pay atterntion to both ends
Now the issue is to give proper shape to this and to add it to the mini. My hint is to never use your bare hands, as you inevitably will leave your prints or smash the tube. You can work with the tube immediately, as long as you don't touch it directly. You can use different tools (mainly burins) to manipulate the tube. Let's keep it simple and cheap, today I'll be using a mere toothpick. Just take the excess on the end apart.

This way you'll have only proper tube on one end
Stick the toothpick on that 'new' end (on it's very edge, we don't want to make a mess with this useful part)

Now we can manipulate it
Stick it to the desired part of the mini. Roll the toothpick to free the greenstuff.

Don't worry if the joint is a little mess, we'll get back there later
Now you can take the other end of the tube wherever you please. In this case there was enough so I could use my hands, but you may want to use the burin/toothpick again. At this point you may want to make complex forms or whatever you fancy. Work now that the greenstuff is not cured.

Be careful and avoid harsh movements so the tube joint remains in place
Use the toothpick to fix the tube to the other end at will. You will inevitably have to smash it.

Damn, it's /%&%$ difficult to take pics like this one
 This way the tubes stay in place. Just let the greenstuff cure, we'll manage later with the ugly ends.

It works for now
 Let's repeat the process quickly:


Enough for my purposes
 And again:


So you get the idea. I don't want to give the impression that I'm speaking the truth or giving a lesson. It's just the way that works for me. But OK, we have a problem, all those dirty, messy joints. What can we do? Once the greenstuff is cured, we will have to add a small 'ring' around the tube, just on the joint, to hide our previous mess. Look on the spear:

Do the same on each one

 It works the same way for fine wiring. Glue the thread and once everything is safe add the small ring to hide the thing, giving the impression of the proper plug:

This will be pretty much the mini
It also works on bases or wherever
Painting wise, the main direction I was given was making it dark and menacing, and specifically wearing kind of gothic makeup, the kind of The Crow one. So...

Grrrrrr
There she snorts!
The shoulder pad comes from the Blood Bowl Ogre!
This is how we hunt in our tribe
Told ya, Jim, this pest control job in the underhive sucks

 This is it!
At this point I can only wish you a merry Christmas! Enjoy the holidays with your beloved ones; I'll try to bring a last post before the year ends. In the meantime, best wishes to you all!!

Monday, 17 December 2018

The man who painted his Catan

There are two kind of people. Those who paint their minis and those who are able to play with soulless, inert, inanimate, dull, unpainted plastic. I hope you don't think I'm biased, of course, it was just but a perfectly neutral sentence (monocle on).

I guess that today's title gave me away. Yes, I did it. I had thought of that for some time, but never started. Hey, don't look me like that! What's up, didn't you paint your Space Hulk? Didn't you paint your Sadespire? Your Blackstone Fortress? This is just the same! Red & blue coloured plastic pieces! :D
Blah blah, I can't hear your reasons above my painted Catan :P

Of course it's the most basic paintjob imaginable, but here it is:



A couple of close-ups:

And the Robbers:


But that's not all! There was a time, back in the day, in which my regular gaming group was so large that we even needed the expansion set for a couple of additional players! Those days are sadly gone, but well, that's life, so there's no point in mourning. The thing is that I also had these other colours, so I had to paint them too:


Well, the least I can say is that now I have quite a variety of colours to play with! Here you have an example of the whole display:

Just a pic of the display. Sadly not an actual game of Catan
Yes, I'm aware that there are 3D boards and, of course, that's the natural evolution of this madness. But for now storage is still an issue; if we at least played it regularly I could think of it. Hmmm, maybe some day...
Some day...

Tuesday, 11 December 2018

I also play games!

Who would have told? I not only paint, but I finally also got to play some games! Hooray! At last! [Insert generic mumbling about current life, etc., blah blah]

In recent weeks I've been able to host a game of Shadespire. I really wanted to test the boards for real. I guess there's no point in making a full review of such a well known game these days, so I'm just leaving you with a few pics.

Oh, I did want to see the boards assembled
To battle!!
I played my undead Sigmarites, while my pal used his Skaven. I played aggressively, but I was heavily outnumbered. Wow, those rats are hard to beat!

I totally lost, but well, the pics were worth of it
I learned some important stuff, not game related. My pal thought that my scenery was misleading, given the number of ruined buildings. Though I clearly stated that 'only these three tiles all over the board are blocked and the rest are clear' I can understand that it's not as visually intuitive as I should have built it. Well, lesson identified, lesson learned.

I don't care, the pics are enough for me

But that's not all! Last week I learned to play Twilight Struggle:

There are no minis! What's this?
I would have loved to write a full review of the game, as it totally deserves it, but I played the Americans and was totally wiped out at the beginning of the Mid War by my more experienced Soviet rival. The game ended sooner than desired, but I promise we will play again and I plan to take pics and make a proper review.

Ouch, I lost all my influence in South Korea, not sure that the actual events turned out this way...
The game drives you through the Cold War and it's incredibly amazing. I mean, anything I could say is just such an understatement. Go discover the game by yourself.

We were too close to DEFCON 1 too many times, glups
I didn't pay attention to this area and was defeated when the Soviets staged a coup d'etat in Mexico! Seriously?
I mean it, it's one of the most elaborated boardgames I've seen in ages, if not the most one. Everything is weighted carefully and the dynamics are incredibly developed. I guess that two experienced gamers can enjoy a single game for endless hours.

Anyway, this was just but a brief reminder that I still play games (a reminder mostly for me! Ahem). I hope this turns into a more regular routine!