Thursday, 29 November 2012

Pikachu Grots... the tale of the DRegs Begins... =P

Oh dear... yes I am pleased how it has worked out so far...

I have the idea (so far...) that they are a genetically designed 'pet'/'toy' that was designed for rich noble children uphive, but went a bit awol or maybe their malicious 'pranks' weren't appreciated by the noble families or their aides. So all units were dumped into the underhive or maybe their creator escaped with a few of the originals to the underhive so he could keep creating more of his children.

I envision them as some kind of cybernetic creation made by some mechanical components used as organs and a modified brain/control centre within a fleshy body made from a mix of genetic material originally sourced from various specimens the imperium had encountered then mixed and grown in vats.

Rules wise I am going to be using them in Necromunda as Scavvies. The rule about being able to eat a gang member to avoid starvation representing the fact that they are currently being manufactured using cheaper/less quality underhive components that break often, so if the creds can't be spent to get repairs for each unit, a unit can be sacrificed to share it's parts... also cost to recruit is more cost to build etc.

still not sure if I'm going to be converting the slaver into a scaly type or the troll slugdrool from skull pass? also really need to get some squigs to use as plague zombies/chompers...

Anyway... two down, lots to go!

Sunday, 25 November 2012

Finished Trolls! + need better camera/set-up =(

Finally got them done... had trouble figuring out what to do for the bases... decided on testing out the citadel texture - astrogranite... you need to use two coats (at least on a 40mm base) to build up texture. gave it a light drybrush of skullwhite mixed with model color neutral grey.
It looked a bit bland, grey troll + grey base, so added some flock. My first grey and flocked bases... not too bad looking.

I haven't named them each individually, but collectively they are the brothers grim.

 It's been fun... now to either get on with gretchin/scavvy pikachu inspired necromunda gang, escher miniatures, classic metal necrons or start to undercoat my goblins? may get on with something later?

Thursday, 22 November 2012

Yay! chaos cultists!

Just gotten my first miniatures from the new chaos marine range =)
thanks to a bearded young gentleman and some good timing, as he was about to buy all three they had in stock. but he let me have a box as he was also looking at some other items. I thanked him muchly and now am looking forward to putting them together at some point soon... hoping to finish off the trolls I finally started painting last night.

also after random chatting and link sharing over skype with Jonah @MeanderingShade, I've been inspired by a pic of an Ork stompa made up and painted to look like a Pikachu...

click image to enlarge

and may soon be making a scavvy gang composed primarily of grots (painted alike to the above stompa, rosy cheeks and everything) with the slaver that comes in box used as a scaly and squigs as plague zombies. =)

Oh happy times they cometh!

Sunday, 18 November 2012

Rushing through the trolls...

Have gotten the last two of my pretty reaper bones trolls converted... One ridiculously simpler than the rest admittedly.

Starting point for these two after ones arm removal

Original plan was to arm one with two ogre kingdoms clubs and the other to be holding a lump of rock in each hand.

I shaved down the hands attached to two ogre kingdom clubs...

Then after pinning and positioning the arm in place, I carved out some of the palm of the right hand and a bit of the inside of the left fingers to grip the weapons better whilst gluing them in.

Followed by greenstuff re-sculpting of the right upper arm and adding the weapons.

Deciding I didn't like the look of the clubs cut down the weapon headsand replaced them with a couple of lengths of chain...
Also I cut off the other trolls right hand positioning it in a more forward aiming manner, pinned and glued it into place then added a glob of green stuff into both hands to carve up a bit later as two rocks to be thrown at the enemy, or bashed about their heads.

and the four as they are lined up...

Due to the fact I've only changed arm positions they still look abit samey... (think I'll call them the brothers grim, due to shared facial expression) but still an improvement from how they all looked previously...

So with a bit of effort, a relatively varied looking unit for a little under £10 + already owned materials (spare ogre kingdom bits, chain and greenstuff)
Not bad, but waiting to see more of what reaper get out once the release more of their bones line... think I'm going to get either the ogre or werewolf next...

happy gaming, yours, Jess =)

Saturday, 17 November 2012

Troll Conversion numero 2!

Finally gotten around to converting another of the four! (on a lesser note... woo! 10th post!)
Set out much like the first reaper troll conversion... pics and ramblings on what went on.
(again, apologies for not so fantastic photography, but it's best I can manage)

Pre-Amputation Shot

After giving the original a stone ball on chain I was thinking of giving this one a large club or axe to wield two-handed (though as seen later on, the ball and chain approach appears to have become the unifying weapon of the unit)
To get the left arm into the right position, I needed to move it forward a bit...


After meddling about to get the pose right and then pinning and gluing in place, I find a suitable piece to turn into the weapon haft (an unused ogre kingdoms banner pole, after removing the original ogre hand and cutting it down a bit)
Realise while doing this that the hands need turning at the wrists to better grip the weapon... so to picture three.

"Look Ma! No Hands!..."

Pin and glue hands in place, help to support them gluing in the right position by gluing the haft in the desired position at same time... I then had to cut down the gap between the first and second fingers of each hand to separate them and glue them in a more grip-like fashion to the haft.

After the bond has dried I proceed to add a ball of greenstuff (to later carve into a more rough stone shape) and a length of chain to the weapon haft as I couldn't find a decent axe head to use and felt after briefly pondering over it, that maybe arming the whole unit with the same sort off armament would help unify them visually and thematically.
(edit: also filled in the gaps in the joins where i'd cut and repositioned parts)

I'm liking where these guys are going =)

Pose Before and After Comparison

I'm hoping to get on with the other two soon.
Definitely a worthwhile purchase for me and it's been fun... I may actually do more than a simple re-positioning of the arms and arming them with one of the others... currently nurturing the idea of having one with it's mouth open in a growl?...
I'll see what happens as I don't hugely put much planning into these conversions...
Until next time, take care, Jessica.

Wednesday, 14 November 2012

Digging out the old gang...

My old Van Saar Gang =)
Yes those are Escher models and two Mordian Iron Guard, I hope you aren't the type to be fussed with someone running alternate models to the norm. I wanted a motley crew of wild mostly 'femme fatale' gun slingers and technology bodgers/hackers...

I loved the 80's scifi/punky/2000AD style of the Escher miniatures, and the Butch uniform, attitude of the Mordians, so replaced the Escher leader (now converted into a Barbarian/fighter for use in roleplay "Link to Pic") with an Iron Guard sergeant with added flamer and added one with a lasgun in as a ganger.

Decided to get them out and touch up/neaten the old paintjobs and maybe get a few games played at some point...

Gang Leader, Heavy and a few Gangers

Juves And Gangers

In the last game I played with them one of the Juves earned the prefix "Pretty" to her name (according to that opponent it was Bianca...) as she was heavily mauled, losing a few fingers getting a leg damaged and becoming so hideously scarred she caused fear... I really want to find the old character sheet to re-hire her...

Friday, 2 November 2012

Fanticide - product review 01 - everything but the rules

Finally had a flick through the book and other bits!

Really like the feel of this game setting wise. First off, the quality of the book is wonderful, gorgeous illustrations on good quality paper. I haven't read much of the mechanics yet as I'm slowly letting it sink in as I try and figure out a chaos dwarf warband using the warband creation rules in the back of the book... I think the only problem I have is that the four factions fully detailed in the book (fae, centaurs, creeps and flying monkeys) are rather unique and thus for playtest purposes I have only two of each race miniatures wise which isnt enough. I may use some stand-in models to try and use the main races as a test then fully sort out the chaos dwarfs.
My main interest in this game is my love of small skirmishes and the eccentric, eclectic setting, with it's potential using the warband creator to put ones own mark on the world. Myself and my friend Jonah had recently had a couple of games using 'Song of Blades and Heroes' which were fun but a bit time consuming with all the activation roles, and frequency of failing to activate units, dragging the games on a bit. but we loved the ability to design your own warbands in it, allowing the fielding of eclectic groups of miniatures from various companies that would otherwise either sit collecting dust or be used once or twice in roleplay.
so once I've figured out some decent stand in miniatures or worked out a reasonable looking force, out of my small collection of chaos dwarfs. I hope to come back with more on the mechanics front...

Back to review type rambling. After the quality of the book, the activation deck of cards is a bit weak. Though pretty reasonable, they are quite thin and repetitive use may wear them rather quickly... I guess at this point only time will tell. they have a colour print on the back of the fanticide logo and on the facing side have a black and white print detailing what unit type can activate or what event takes place. Which takes me to one of my favourite things from the kickstarter, The Unicorn =)
One of the activation card events summons a bloodthirsty (yes kids! bloodthirsty!) unicorn to the table. stampeding in a frenzy through whatever it comes across. The unicorn model given with the kickstarter is a rather cool little beast, good quality pewter, pretty and vicious looking.
Not shown in the not so great photo at top of article are the four spell templates. Three are wall effects with a peg that lets them stand up, the fourth is an area affect swirly cloud template. All are made out of a decent thick plastic, coloured to represent it's effect. One Icy blue wall, one orange fiery wall, another wall grey/black with skulls on it and finally the misty grey cloud shaped template.

Onto the miniatures.

 Liberi Centaurs, Satyrs, Flying Monkeys + Fae Hagstone in background

The two Creeps + The Unicorn

I got two of the liberi centaurs, two creeps, two satyrs from the fae and two flying monkeys! (one of which has a rifle, I am glad of this as I really wanted one of the rifle armed ones. To quote radiohead "just because")
the miniatures are well cast, some flash and moldline to remove but nothing excessive. They are sculpted in an old school style. No details beyond what is necessary and, other than monkeys, are all single piece miniatures. Muscle definition is subtle, proportions (exempting creepers) are rather realistic. Minimal dress detail, feathers, waistcoats, etc is given. I like the simplicity and look forward to eventually painting them. My only real downer on these is that the Liberi centaurs legs being as thin as they are means they bend relatively easy. This is good one way as they will likely need to be bent straight once removed from packaging, not so good if it happens by dropping them or if stored positioned badly in a foam tray in a case.
All models come with the horrid (in my opinion) flat bases I associate with historical gaming more than fantasy, each to their own... I'm currently a fan of the rounded lipped edge bases, though likely be using standard fantasy sloped edge rectangular bases a la warhammer.
The Hagstone is a resin two piece miniature/piece of terrain. Again, simple details for the most part, a couple of fingerprints scattered about make this the least professional of the miniatures but the body strapped down to the stone slab is rather well done.
Looking forward to playing this soonish, in the meantime hoping to get a game or two of warhammer played against some of the others tomorrow. I'll be using my chaos dwarfs =).
Sweet dreams of bloodthirsty unicorns, yours, Jessica.

My friends daughter getting into the hobby

One of my friend Jonah's daughters (Dagan) recently expressed interest again in getting into the hobby. She previously had a set of the orks from the black reach boxset and a couple of others donated by her mum, Micki gave her a truck or two and some boys and I think Jonah added a bit to this too (bikers?).

After losing interest, these went back to Micki and Jonah until her resurrected interest. This time around Jonah decided to give her some advice and show her how to paint better, as last time she was left to her own devices and things were a bit messy.

After some tuition the results have been pretty amazing...

 (pic by Jonah)

(links to Jonah's blog articles of her progress so far)
Part One
Part Two
Part Three

At the moment although she occasionally is involved in our roleplay games, specifically in the 'beyond the wardwall' setting Jonah runs using the pathfinder rules, her attention span wanes during her few games in WH40k... none of our group has yet really played the latest version of the game but during conversation we think 3rd ed is probably best for her due to it being quite fast and easy rules wise, especially if using the army list from the book. Also her sister Ellaouise appears to be getting interested in getting back into it too since her younger sibling is doing it again... could be fun if she does too.