Sunday, December 30, 2012

2012 Recap

Wow, this is it?!  Not much I can say except I started on way too many projects but didn't finish a whole lot.  I really thought I could get a lot of my Infinity minis done but I ended up buying more than I could paint- a common hobby mistake that I really should have caught early on.  Stupidity on my part.  I'm so close to finishing Duroc (as well as several other Infinity minis) but haven't been able to find the time.  Frustrating, really.  On the skaven side of things, I had planned on finishing another group of rat ogres but never got around to them.  I did complete my warlitter, at least, which I am happy with.

I did start playing more video games toward the end of the year so that took much of my free time.  Played way too much Modern Warfare (catching up with 1 and 2) and XCOM: Enemy Unknown, I admit.  Really great games.  I had a really long phase of just preferring to hop on the PS3 than to sit and paint after a long day at work.

Board games came up a couple times this year.  First, was picking up Zombicide via Kickstarter.  I had completely forgotten that I even picked it up.  It's still in it's shipping box and I have no idea when I'll ever get around to opening it.  Second board game is Noblemen.  My friend's first published board game.  He even stopped by my work to drop off my very own copy.  Quite awesome.  I hope to do an unboxing of the game soon, I just don't know when.

2013 is looking like the year I need to get my act together and finish the minis I started in 2012. Cross your fingers and have a wonderful new year!

Friday, October 26, 2012

Infinity Update

Now onto a significant Infinity update. Remember this pic from way back in July?  A whole lot of unpainted,unprimed Ariadna minis.  Here's the same group as of now...

Ooh shiny!
Ooh paint!
I've nearly completed Duroc (the giant dog wielding a giant machete) as well as the Loup Garous (the four dudes with blue cloaks and visors in the front center).  I'm about half way done with Margot (the lady in the center front with the red bandana) and need to get her done so my Mirage Team (Duroc and Margot) will be complete!

Aside from this group I finally... finally got around to finishing the Veteran Kazak.  About time, right?  I gotta start finishing my minis...  

Oh one last thing, I just got an email from Warstore that my shipment of the new Infinity Campaign book, Paradiso + the Merovingian Rapid Response Force box set are on the way!  Woohoo!

Let's see what else.  In other news a coworker of mine lent me God of War 3 months ago and recently I've been playing it on the weekends.  Overall I like it very much.  The boss levels are fun and creative and mini puzzles are generally entertaining... minus one guitar hero/music themed puzzle.  Also the violence in the game is a bit over the top.  It's probably my old age talking.  Anyway I hope to maybe get close to finishing it this weekend.

Until next time!

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

A Friendly Shout Out

I have to mention an article a friend of mine recently posted over on Boardgamegeek. It's about his boardgame, Noblemen and discusses it's beginnings and evolution and finally getting it published by Tasty Minstrel Games(TMG). I also get a quick mention in the article as well :) . It looks absolutely awesome and I can't wait to pick up a copy!  Kudos Dwight!  Hope this is just the start of many more!

Check it out HERE and don't forget to click Recommend!

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Quick WiP Update

Just a small post here.  I wanted to show you what I've been up to.


It's Duroc from the Ariadna faction for the Infinity game.  Great mini.  The sculpt is really nice and the pose is very dynamic.  I left him off the base (and his left hand) so I can reach the tough areas- that's what you get for dynamic poses I guess.  I couldn't think of an original color scheme for him so I just copied the one on the box.  I like their color scheme so whatever.

In the game, Sgt. Duroc has a partner Lt. Margot Berthier.  I used the team in a game once and really liked them.  I think I like them enough that I may try to squeeze them in my Merovingian list.  As soon as I finish painting Duroc I hope I get motivated to hop onto Margot next... but you never know.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012


It's my 100the post!  To commemorate this insignificant achievement I will in turn post something of equal measure.

Skaven Warlitter- Underempire's painting competition for July-August just ended so I can finally show you my entry.  The theme was Warlord on mount and I chose to make a warlitter for this.  I came in 3rd... out of 6.  A little disappointed but whatevs, it got me motivated.  So here it is!

Warlord Ratbone's Crimson Vermin Warlitter
Now I've had this idea for a long, long time- might have been shortly after I got the new codex.  There were a few key points about my overall direction:

1) I wanted the Warlord to have a big weapon- really big.  I mean how else is he going to fight from up there?
2) I wanted the stormvermin to carry the palanquin on their shoulders.  I've seen a lot of warlitter conversions where they use the spear arms to hold it up but it doesn't look right imo.  I think if you rest the platform on their shoulders and hide their hands underneath it's more natural.
3) And finally I wanted some sort of trophy rack and fit as much bits as I can afford/find... well that was the original plan anyway.

WIP pics
What took the longest was figuring out how to build the palanquin.  I was going back and forth on how to make it.  I ended up using a combination of popsicle sticks and sprues.  Finding all the bits that I needed to make this happen took just as long.  But as I quickly accumulated bits that I thought that would be cool for the project I found out that a lot of it would be overkill.  One such example is the trophy rack.  I originally wanted trophies like shields, heads, and weapons from other races and the little gnoblar lookout on top of it but the whole thing got way too big and cumbersome.

One mistake I did make was gluing the stormvermin one at a time and basing around their feet one at a time. It really made sense at the time.  I was worried about the their shoulders not being level with each other making the palanquin uneven.  Having them flat on the base minimized the margin of levelness. But then of course that would mean basing and painting around their feet.  That was a bitch and a half.

It wasn't until the end of the project I found a subtle and effective way to keep the palanquin level- funny how that always happens.  It's the same idea behind sanding a leg of table to get it level.  I sanded down the part of the palaquin that rests on the stormvermins' shoulders.  Brilliant!  (face palm)  Had I known this earlier I would have based first and then painted before gluing the stormvermin down.  I might have even done something nice to the base maybe.

All these hurdles did affect the quality of my work losing a lot of painting time.  I had to ditch a couple ideas so I can finish on time.  I originally wanted shields on the side of the palanquin but didn't think I would finish in time.  Despite all that I still rushed the paint job and I think it shows.  Eh, anyway all 3 points I wanted done were completed so I think it came out pretty good.

If you want to see the other entries from the competition head over HERE.  If you want to see more pics of the warlitter head over HERE.

Infinity- Back to Infinity again and still anxiously waiting for my campaign book and a box of French people.  Next post, I plan to have some min wips or complete ones depending how long I wait to post. Until next time!

Friday, August 3, 2012


I'm genuinely giddy.  I didn't expect this much content would come with the expansion.  I was really surprised with the new faction announcement.  Can't wait to pick it up!  If you are at all into sci-fi just watch the video.  It might be me but I think it's really fun to watch.

Awww crap, I guess I should focus on finishing my Skaven conversion project... danggit.  Focus!

Monday, July 30, 2012

3 Things...

1) I was at Toys R Us last week and picked up Nerf's Retaliator, one of the new Elite models recently released.  All their Nerf stuff were 25% off so it was an easy impulse buy.

The Nerf arms race has begun.
2) Done basing this batch of Infinity minis.  Time to prime.

Yay, prime time!
3) I miss working on my Skaven so last weekend I started working on a converion.  It'll be for this month's Underempire painting competition.  I don't think I'll finish in time but I'm gonna try.

Squeek!  Can you guess what I'm making?