Sunday, 16 October 2011

BA Librarian Update

OK, I haven't done much painting recently - not had the bug to do so, might see this week.  I did however finally get around to taking some pictures of the completed BA librarian. 

Thursday, 29 September 2011

Return to painting...

OK, so... I have not had internet for some while. And only recently did I get my table set up, only to paint two random minis. I also painted up another Ork, testing out a scheme remake. Anyway, onto these two minis.

Thursday, 18 August 2011

Dwarf army the collection

So, with "finishing" the army I thought it was time to collect up the posts into a single one, just to see what I have done.  Overall it has taken me the better part of a year to nearly complete my dwarf army, and I am pretty happy with the way they have turned out.  So, here is my dwarf army:

Monday, 15 August 2011

Moving time...

As I have previously mentioned in a few weeks I shall be vacating the county of Kent (it's a mutual agreement) and moving back to the cold north.  That being Leeds, Yorkshire.  This weekend all but two weeks worth of clothing has been removed and gone to the girl friends house, the flat looks decisively bare.  Unfortunately this of course implies that all my miniatures have also been whisked off. :sadpanda:

Wednesday, 3 August 2011

[40k] Space Marine Librarian

So, I have finally gotten around to starting my project for the Charity Sale I try to hold on LO.  The theme is a 40k HQ model, and wanting to step away from doing anything with beards for a short while I decided to go with a straight marine.

Monday, 1 August 2011

Return from the Meet

This weekend was spent at the awesomeness that is WHW in Nottingham.  The meet's turn out was not as good as it has been in previous years, being only fifteen members show up over the entire weekend but that did not stop us having a good time.  We had pretty much all the 40K stuff turn up with only three Fantasy armies making an appearance (including my dwarfs).  I would have liked/expected more Fantasy but never mind.

I managed to get two games in, one against an odd Beastmen list and one against my hated foe the Orcs and Goblins.

His list consisted of a sort of spam list with lots of small units of centigor, some chariots and dogs.  Needless to say I had deployed my entire army before his actual units had even touched the tabletop.  This led to his doing a refused flank and having his centigor roll up and sweep across.  It did not end well for the bearded warriors.  Some highlights were...

- Him using all his dice each turn to summon a gorgon on at my table edge.  It got off once and was promptly organ gunned off the table (10 hits), but his shaman survived the five toughness tests with a single wound left.

- The organ gun seeing off harpies, spawns, a gorgon and some dogs.  Not bad for 120pts.

- The doombull munching it's way through my units an me failing to even drop a few wounds on the beast.

- A cannon shot overshooting the doombull sat in the open on its own and only smushing a single centigor.

- The hammerers killing off two chariots and the BSB before failing their stubborn roll and being run down.

I learnt some stuff in this game.  Being as it was my first ever 8th edition game, I feel I did not do terribly.  I was guessing too close to models for the cannon shots and overshooting them, or in two separate cases hitting them but failing to do anything but a single wound to them!  Sucks.

Orcs and Goblins
This list was a lot of units.  Large blocks of goblins, some orcs and he was trying out some black orcs.  Overall I felt that through most the game I was not standing a chance.  Some fanatics battered up some hammerers my longbeards were munched on by black orcs and trolls in the flank.  My war machines exploded both turn three.  Overall it looked dire, having only a weakened hammerer block, some warriors and a few remaining dwarfs from my missile units.  Then his black orcs got a front charge on my warrior block.  Heroes of the game. 

- His black orc warboss had the Battleaxe of the last Waaagh, so was in every fight hitting me with between seven and eleven attacks that would be killing me on twos.  He'd kill make three dwarfs, if he was lucky. 

- My reply against some wounds from the black orcs was to kill eleven - the unit barring the BSB and lord - who then failed their break test and was run down by warriors.  This saved me the game and actually put me up to 382 points ahead.

- Three fanatics hot my lines, went through two units and killed a total of three dwarfs.

- The doom diver hot every time, killed a single dwarf every time.

- Goblin hordes got smashed in combat, then broke but outrun the dwarfs.  A theme of the game, my inability to roll higher than four for my pursuits. 

The rest of my weekend was taken up by watching the 40K games and wishing I had brought my Orks.  So I took a load of pictures instead (album at the end).  Our yearly raffle was a great success, raising £70 for the prizes, most of which wnt to the guy who brought £28 worth of tickets!  Overall, despite to low turn out it was a great weekend, and I look forward to next year.

The LO Meet 2011

Thursday, 28 July 2011

Moving on....

OK, it's not as serious as it sounds.  I haven't updated in quite a while, this is because I haven't done any painting for a bit.  After the Longbeards I realised I had a Dwarf king and an Organ Gun to paint, but had a very busy couple of weeks - spent most of last week in Leeds for my girl friend's graduation (yay her!), and last weekend I had a bunch of friends down.  Thus no time to paint.  Luckily I already had what I needed to paint from a previous army version. 

With this my Dwarf army is complete to about 2000pts.  I am overall quite happy with how they look, the scheme is quite easy to do and I have been discovering new methods of painting Dwarfs.  I have plans to expand them further soon to give me more options to play about with.  However in the meantime I will be getting my first Dwarf, and indeed first 8th edition games in this weekend.  Quite sad that I haven't been able to play it before. :( 

This weekend sees myself and fellow gamers from Librarium Online are going to Warhammer World for our yearly Meet.  A weekend of gaming.  This time around I am only taking Dwarfs, this being because they are the only complete and serviceable army I possess (the Orks got battered on my move down to Kent and I never fixed them. =/ ) and for ease of travel.  Looking forward to this, and have been for some time.  :)

I have had a good time recently with my Orks, been on a run of 9-0-2 (W-D-L).  I have been recording my gaming progress in an excel chart, it is quite nice to be able to see my progress.  And I am enjoying playing about with excel a little.

The final thing I have to say is this... I am moving again soon, myself and the girl friend are moving up to Leeds (she's doing a Masters there) and her parent's are kindly bringing some stuff up to Leeds from Kent for us.  Then we get to house sit their place for a month while we look for our own flat.  EXCITING.  This does mean that for a short period I might be out of contact with the internet, either due to their house having bad signal or when we move and have to set everything up.  I am hoping to get one mini done over the next few weeks before my stuff all gets packed up, not sure what yet but I will be tracking it.

Just thought you'd like to know...

Thursday, 14 July 2011

Tuesday, 5 July 2011

[Musing] Painting!

It's been a while since I posted on here, nearly a month in fact.  I have been quite busy, well... sort of.  Got some painting done, and not done. ...

Friday, 27 May 2011

[Fantasy] A Dwarfs Tale - Army Standard Bearer

So, back on the painting bandwagon and doing some more Dwarf stuff, I have managed to completely finish the army standard bearer (BSB)....

Saturday, 14 May 2011

[Fantasy] A Dwarfs Tale - Stone Thrower III

The Stone Thrower, come mortar has been completed.  I have been working away all week and last night  got the beast finished.

Tuesday, 10 May 2011

[Fantasy] A Dwarfs Tale - Stone Thrower II

So, two days work and the crew of the stone thrower are complete.  I am pretty damn happy with them, they've worked out quite well.

Friday, 6 May 2011

[FANTASY] A Dwarfs Tale - War Machines Part II

 I have done a mock up of the complete mortar.  I have found that it is quite busy looking - with four crew (including Engineer).  One thing that might be noticeable is the base is different.  There is one reason for this, I didn't have enough miliput to make the base and wall.  This got me considering something and I realised that using miliput is just not cost effective.  It is expensive and time consuming, the problem is I already have half my army based with miliput stamped bases.  I am going to try a new method on the mortar, that is I have cut in squares onto the actual base to represent flagstones.  If this looks good when it is painted then I am likely to keep with this method for the rest of the army.  It might look a little disjointed, with some raised others not but it is cheaper and quicker.  But as I say, that I have not decided upon just yet.


[FANTASY] A Dwarfs Tale - War Machines

Back on to the dwarfs now.  Been converting up two war machines, my mortar (aka a Grudge Thrower) and an organ gun.  

Saturday, 23 April 2011

[MORDHEIM] Possessed and Warband Completion

 On this Easter Weekend I have finished my possessed warband before I go back up north for family visits and such. 

Wednesday, 20 April 2011

[MORDHEIM] Possessed Colours.... help.

Right I need an opinion on something.  I am unsure what colours to paint the possessed model in.  My first thought was a purple, as that is the themed colour of the warband but as the model doesn't have any cloth he'll be one big lot of purple and I don't know how well that'll turn out.  Then I have considered doing him flesh toned, with a purple wash/shading.  I want him to look good without the colour choice being too much.  Below is my conversion, I went for a more daemonic look about him rather than a daemon mutated human.  I hope.

Saturday, 16 April 2011

[MORDHEIM] Magister

Been working on this guy for a couple of days, I am overall pretty happy with him.  The dagger is different to the axe due to it falling off and the little knife working better, he does however have a mace to protect himself if need be.  Unfortunately the highlights on the scroll and skulls have been washed out a little bit.

Thursday, 7 April 2011

[Mordheim] Possessed Warband

An update on the Possessed Warband from a long time ago.  Trying to finish off some projects, here we have two mutants and a beastman.

Monday, 4 April 2011

"Dice is Our Vice"

As you might have guessed from the title, I have been listening to a certain podcast recently.  Can you guess which...?

Tuesday, 29 March 2011

Is Variety the Spice of Life, or do Too Many Cooks Spoil the Broth?

Used without Permission

In this article I look at having lots of variation in your gaming is good, or whether it is just too much.

Wednesday, 23 March 2011

A Dwarfs Tale: From King to Clansman - Great Weapon Warriors

Another complete unit for the marching Dwarfs.  And my third warrior one to boot.  Oh, and there are some current army pictures in there also...

Monday, 28 February 2011

A Dwarfs Tale: From King to Clansman - A painting guide

Another step in the growing of my dwarf army, I have decided to do a tutorial on how I paint my dwarfs.  Click below to continue....

Thursday, 24 February 2011


Just a quick update. 

I am still working on my warrior unit, the first five are complete (barring bases) and I have just undercoated the next five.  The missus has gone to Amsterdam with some friends for the weekend, so I figured to get some painting done (was playing Red Dead Redemption most of last weekend).  I am homing to have these five done by Sunday/Monday.

Along with painting, I have decided to do a step-by-step painting guide for my Dwarfs.  As well as a tutorial on beards/hair.  These will go on the Trading Post as well, as part of The Workshop series I am running on there.

Sunday, 6 February 2011

A Dwarfs Tale: From King to Clansman - Warriors with GWs

Tonight I have managed to convert most the minis.  Seven of them are unconverted, the BSB is just really got the book sans runes on top of it.  Here are the rest....

Friday, 4 February 2011

A Dwarfs Tale: From King to Clansman - Unit Filler

I have been working on my first ever unit filler, you'll see the pictures below.  First of all though, I wanted to explain the terrible greenstuff work.  If you have been following my progress at all, you'll see that I rarely use greenstuff (GS).

Monday, 31 January 2011

A Dwarfs Tale: From King to Clansman Part VI. - Thunderers Complete

I have finally finished off the unit.  Ten thunderers with a musician.  Overall I am quite happy with them, I am reworking my recipe with the dwarfs - I have recorded the paints used and all that.

Also, you might notice some new links at the top of the page.  These are links to my completed projects, tutorials and photo gallery.  The 'Hobby' page is a little off set, because I cannot code with HTML, but I think it vaguely looks decent enough.  I hope you enjoy!  Oh, and I added the 'You might also like' widget.  I like it.  Just an attempt to try and improve the blog somewhat.

Sunday, 30 January 2011

A Dwarfs Tale: From King to Clansman - Thunderers finished

Another update for the Dwarf Tale 'project'.  The Thunderers are almost complete.  I have just one final thing to do, the bases.

Sunday, 23 January 2011

A Dwarfs Tale: From King to Clansman - Thunderers

This is the first part of the newest unit.  Five thunderers, minus bases.

Overall I am happy with them, the cloaks I am less happy with but overall good.  I have been playing about with the recipes and recording them properly.  I am quite proud of some of the beards, I tried different ways and they turned out well.  I really like the tanned type of beard.

Monday, 17 January 2011

Mannfred Von Carstein - Complete

I finally got around to finishing this guy off.  I have enjoyed painting him, and got my first practice at verdigris on his staff.  The horse I went for a charcoal tone with dark metallic armour.  The base is basic but I think works quite well, the leaf litter works really well I felt.

Saturday, 15 January 2011

A Dwarfs Tale: From King to Clansman. Part V - The List

It has been a little while since I posted about my dwarfs, and I have made some decisions about the army.  I realised that I wanted an army that was playable and done for this year.

Thursday, 13 January 2011

Moving the hobby along

 So, as I discussed in a previous post I am trying to advance my hobby a bit more.  This year I want to complete my Dwarfs and at least get started on my Space Wolves.  To help with this, I copied a great idea from Warpstone Pile.  I have not copied his format exactly, being as I don't want to use the painting or modelling points but I have found that it is a great idea overall.

Saturday, 8 January 2011

Goals for 2011

I decided to follow the trend and post up some aims for 2011, however I decided to avoid the term 'resolutions' and instead go for 'aims' or 'goals'.  I think last year I had nothing to drive or guide me, my hobby was a little bit disjointed and I had little aim.

Friday, 7 January 2011

Mannfred Von Carstein; Pt III

So, it has been a rather long time since I have gotten the chance to update this thread, and get working on painting once more. Christmas and New Years (I hope you all had a good one!) was pretty good, now back at home in Kent along with my painting equipment. I have wasted no time and jumped back into Mannfred. I need to get him painting being as he is for the Secret Santa project and should have been sent a month ago. =/ Anyway, I think Mannfred himself has been finished leaving just his horse and base left to paint. I am unsure of what to do the armour plates on the horse though, black would blend with Mannfred's black cloak.

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