Friday, 31 May 2013

Crew a Week...Sort of... - Gremlins.

Other than a few Piglets which I'm waiting bases for...this is a complete selection of anything evenly vaguely worthy of the name Gremlin...

The Masters.
Ophelia LaCroix and Som'er Teeth Jones.

The Right Hand Men.
Pere Ravage, Bert Jebsen, Rami LaCroix, Francois LaCroix, Raphael LaCroix, Lenny and Wong.

The Hired Help.

The Rank and File.
Bayou Gremlins.

The Specialists.
Gremlin Taxidermist, Hog Whisperer, Gremlin Warpig.

The Help.
Slop Haulers.

The Upstarts.
The Young LaCroix.

The Pets.
Giant Mosquito and Piglet.

Heavy Artillery.
The Pigapult.

As usual I've noticed a few things that need touching up now I've looked at the pictures and I may do a bit more work on those snakes on the Bayou bases but other than that we'll call these done.

Thoughts and comments are (as usual) most welcome.

Thursday, 30 May 2013

Deadzone Newsletter - 3 Days Left...

Not long left...if you haven't pledged yet or were planning on upgrading an existing pledge after it's complete then I'd strongly urge you to make a pledge or up your pledge ASAP as the higher the total...the more free stuff we all get ;-)

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We’re into the final days on the Deadzone Kickstarter and we’re celebrating by launching our famous buy one get one free deal on some fantastic value Faction Booster Bundles – special upgrade packs that contain new specialists and amazingly detailed figures for your army!!

We start with the Enforcers which feature a new Sergeant, Medic, 2 different Enforcer Defenders with Blast Shields, and Enforcer with Incinerator/Burst Laser options.

Whether you’re fleshing out your Deadzone squad or looking at building a Sci-fi Army for Warpath or other systems, these models introduce extra variety and choice to your force and are just the first of many - check out the Buy One Get One Free here!

New to Deadzone?
Getting started with the Deadzone is super easy with our Optimum Payload package. 

This page highlights all of Strike Team, our main pledge level that currently contains 73 miniatures including 5 free hard plastic Plague Zombies and unique characters such as Nastanza and the Survivor, 9 sprues of scenery and barricades, a deluxe gaming mat and plenty of Kickstarter exclusives. It also lists some of our recommended add-ons.

If you can’t quite stretch to Strike Team or only want the base game, then Recon is your pledge. At $100 you get two complete Faction Starters and enough scenery for a 2”x2” game.

If you’re more of a board gamer, then the Scientist level includes two preassembled squads in coloured plastic and a mini rulebook - perfect for getting gaming quickly!

Finally, if you’re only interested in the scenery then we have the scenery-only One Click Urban Battlefield level – 16 Building Sprues of approximately 96 wall tiles PLUS half tiles and barricades, connector sprues and accessory sprues. Best thing is you can pick which 4 Battlezones you get from a choice of Core Worlds, Landing Pad, Fortifications or Ruins - get them before the last discounted Early Birds have gone!

There are just 4 days of Deadzone left - please pledge your support!

Wednesday, 29 May 2013

A Bit More Gremlin Progress.....

It doesn't look like it to the casual observer but I should have these completed by tomorrow night...

Thoughts and comments are (as usual) most welcome.

Kings of War - Some Undead

I ordered a Mantic 'Kings of War' Gravestalker Horde and a box of Ghouls via my FLGS Titan Games. They were collected from the Mantic stall at the UK Games Expo and I gather from the Horde Box that either Mantic are saving some money on box art or that they put together a box for me from stock, lol.

These were originally bought for a 40K project that I abandoned almost immediately after thinking about it. I've instead decided to use them for their correct purpose. Between the two boxes I have enough bits and pieces for 74 Ghouls, 36 Zombies and 110 bases. There are also three sprues of Gravestones which I presume are used to make unit fillers or for scenery. Either way they'll come in useful...

In order to turn these into an actual army I've ordered the 'Court of the Vampire Countess' army deal to go with them which comes with a particularly nice Avatars of War Vampire Countess Kit...

This will give me the following from which to construct my army of the undead...

1 x Avatars of War Vampire Countess

Undead Skeleton Horde
40 Plastic Skeletons with hand weapon and shields
Options for spears
Full Command Option
Dead dog, skeleton bursting from the ground

Undead Revenant Regiment
20 x Plastic Skeletal Revenants with hand weapon and shields
Options for spears
Full Command Option
Dead dog, skeleton bursting from the ground

Revenant Knight Regiment
10 x Plastic Resin Revenant Knights with Lances and shields
Full Command Options

66 x Plastic Zombies

94 x Plastic Ghouls
Variety of heads and knives.

All I need now is somebody to teach me how to play, lol.

Thoughts and comments are (as usual) most welcome.

Saturday, 25 May 2013

New Deadzone Kickstarter Newsletter

Latest Deadzone Kickstarter Newsletter...hopefully it'll get enough supporters in the last week to achieve all those wonderful new stretch goals....

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The Deadzone Kickstarter has entered its final week – and things are heating up!

We’re kicking the weekend off by breaking through some stretch goals that flesh out the Asterians and Forge Father Faction Starters, before we get onto Nastanza, the Twilight Huntress!

But that’s not all – new for the weekend, we’ve got a very special stretch goal: Hard Plastic Sci-fi Zombies!

Following the same fit and function as our Kings of War Plastic Zombies, these Sci-fi Variants are cut at the waist and have a ball joint for extra posability. There will also be a range of heads and weapons for you to model your Plague Zombies with.

Note that even if you’re not interested in Deadzone or the scenery you can still pick up a set of the Plague Zombies on the Kickstarter. All you have to do is pledge $20 (includes $5 for shipping) and we’ll send you a set of 20.

Get them whilst they’re hot and help us through our stretch goals this weekend!

The Ultimate Guide to Deadzone

Featuring the complete Nexus Psi scenario-based campaign, painting guides, assembly guides, faction strategy guide, gallery plus any future rules expansions we do during the campaign (we’re hoping for solo play, Zombie campaign and large skirmish battles on multiple boards), the Deadzone Compendium is the Ultimate Gamer’s Guide.

Whilst we can’t quite squeeze a printed version into Strike Team, we wanted to do something special with it... so, we came up with the Deadzone Veteran!

If your total pledge is $300 or more, including add-ons and shipping, then you become a Deadzone Veteran, and we will add a free printed copy of this mega book into your pledge. Not only that but we will do a limited print run with a unique front cover, exclusive to all Deadzone Veterans. It’ll also be signed by Ronnie himself with a personal message of thanks!

Please get on over to the Deadzone Kickstarter and pledge your support this weekend- don't miss out!

Forge World Newsletter #345

By 'Heavily modified' I think they mean 'Almost exactly the same'...

Forge World Newsletter #345

Hi there,
In today’s newsletter, the ancient war-constructs of the Necrons are reinforced, with the Canoptek Tomb Sentinel now available to pre-order.
Necron Canoptek Tomb Sentinel
In the ages-old Necron panoplies of war, the Canoptek Tomb Sentinel is all but unique. One of the last war machines designed by the Cryptek master-artificer Toholk the Blinded, at the Silent King’s command it was given over to the Praetorians for wider dissemination across the Necron dynasties before the Great Sleep.
Both guardian and aggressor, the Canoptek Tomb Sentinel is a heavily modified variant of the insectile Tomb Stalker, which forgoes that device’s hellish close combat ability and instead mounts an Exile cannon, a powerful weapon which blasts objects out of existence, casting them into other dimensional realms beyond the material universe. Phasing through the paltry defences of lesser races like a phantom, the Canoptek Tomb Sentinel can deploy this terrible device into the close confines of an enemy stronghold with devastating effects.
The Canoptek Tomb Sentinel is a detailed multi-part resin kit designed by Will Hayes, which offers a wealth of dynamic modelling opportunities, much like the Tomb Stalker. This model is available to pre-order now for despatch from Friday 31st May.
Forge World

Friday, 24 May 2013

Some M2E Teasers

I really like these but just because it looks a certain way on the artwork doesn't necessarily mean that the model will be exactly the also doesn't make it a certainty that the upcoming new crew boxes will contain exactly these models...a teaser is just that I suppose...

Thoughts and comments are (as usual) most welcome.

Some M2E Artwork

Student of Conflict?

I'm guessing so...but I've been wrong before...

Thoughts and comments are (as usual) most welcome.

Hoffman Avatar - Assembled and on Sprue

I can't wait to get my hands on this...It's apparently going to have been worth the wait...

Thoughts and comments are (as usual) most welcome.

Von Schill Crew - Painting Guide Request.

I don't generally do painting guides for two very good reasons. Firstly I don't consider myself a good enough painter to have any skills that the average painter doesn't already possess and generally asks me too, lol.

I was however asked how I did's an embarrassingly simple paint scheme...

After the usual mould line and flash removal I fixed them to the bases and used PVA to cover the bases in some sand. I use a few different grades of sand mixed together so when I base stuff I get a variety of textures which in turn gives a more realistic look.

I then under-coated the models with Army Painter Matte Black and once that had dried I gave them a second coat but this time with white. The second coat was done more thinly and this effectively starts the highlighting process as well as making points of detail more obvious.

Games Workshops Chaos Black and Skull White work just as well.

I first painted the areas of material (trousers, cloaks, etc.) with P3's 'Greatcoat Grey' before giving the whole model a wash of Army Painter's 'Dark Tone' Ink.

I highly recommend all of these Ink Washes these as they coat very nicely. The Dark Tone is an excellent replacement for the no longer available GW 'Badab Black' Wash (Their new replacement isn't even close in colour imo) and Strong Tone is to all intents and purposes identical to Devlan Mud (also no longer available) once it dries. After that I highlighted (fairly extremely) with the original colour (Greatcoat Grey). If you like your models brighter then by all means highlight with a lighter colour.

I then painted the eyes a nice bright red for which I used Games Workshop 'Blood Red' and then darkened down with a tiny dab of Dark Tone. It's hard to see on the pictures but after that I lightly dry-brushed Games Workshop Chainmail (no idea what the current equivalent is) on any metal surfaces...

...then any bits of the model not painted grey got a slightly watered down second layer of Dark Tone.

That's basically it for the models. The base was painted brown, dry-brushed with a lighter brown and then had some grass tufts added to it and then rim was painted Adeptus Battlegrey.

The only model with skin showing (Von Schill) had the skin painted in Vallejo Dark Sand which was then washed with Soft Tone.

If you wanted to add more depth you can just keep adding layers of wash followed by highlights, followed by more wash for as many layers as you deem necessary. As I've been doing these as weekly projects I tend to stop at what you'd call 'table-top' standard but if you have more time then lucky you, lol.

Thoughts and comments are (as usual) most welcome.
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