Sunday, August 14, 2016

Bad of Painters

Starting: September 1, 2016

Project: Konflict '47/Bolt Action

Army: Russians

Goal: 1000 points (250 per month)

To celebrate the current release of Konflict '47 and the upcoming release of Bolt Action 2 a group of us are going to be painting up new armies.  We are going to paint up 250 points a month for the next 4 months for 1000 point armies.  During this time we will be playing the games and hosting demos at the local game store.  Since Warlord has not released all models for Konflict '47 I will be starting with a Russian Army for Bolt Action.  It can still be played in Konflict '47 just not cool new toys.  If new models are released during the 4 month painting project I will add them to my army.  We are planning a building party on September 3 at the shop so we can kick things off and get a bunch of stuff built.  This will be a great way to end the year and have another army to play games with. 

Marvel Miniature Game

So I painted up some miniatures for the new Marvel game that was released earlier this year.  Here is a picture of the starter box I painted up. 

Well the Hulk was recently release and I had to paint him up.  I grew up watching the television series and have always liked him as a superhero.  I will admit this model was a beast to build and paint.  It is all metal and the pieces did not line up right.  I used a lot of green stuff to fill in the gaps and feel I did a good job.  Now I can put him on the shelf with his buddies and they will fight crime once Knight Models put out some bad guys to fight. 

Monday, August 8, 2016

Warlord Games: Konflikt 47

It was many months ago when Warlord announced a new rule system called Konflikt '47.  I didn't really follow the progress of another game that I would not get on the table.  The game is still a WW2 game with some new units making it more of a pulp or weird WW2 type game.  It feels more like Dust Tactics which is a game that I have always had an interest in playing.

On Saturday the local shop received their first order of Konflikt '47 and I was impressed with the new models.  I decided to pick up the rules to see what this new game is all about.  The selling point for this game is that the rules are still the same as Bolt Action and I was hoping to see some of the new rules that will be in Bolt Action 2.  Just to give everyone a heads up, same rules as the current version of Bolt Action.  They did add some new reactions for units but all the information we are hearing about Bolt Action 2 are not in this new game.  That tells me that these rules were written and sent off to the printers prior to updating the rules for Bolt Action.  Not really a big deal they will either put out an errata after Bolt Action 2 comes out or I will just use the Bolt Action 2 rules. 

Another good selling point for this game is I don't need to paint up another army.  I can just add the new units to my current armies and I am ready to play a new game.  These new models can also be used for Pulp Alley so I will be able to use my armies for three different games.  Even thou I don't have to paint a new army I will be painting up a new army as part of an event I can't talk about yet.

The rule book only has 4 army lists, USA/German/Russians and British.  Each nation has it own identity with how they used this new technology to great weapons or creatures.  The armies are all built using the same reinforced platoon list and no theater selector at this time.  Now all these new units come with a lot of special rules making them different.  You can also just build an army not using the new models and still play the game.  That could make for some interesting gaming that I might have to try a few times for fun.

I will be promoting and pushing this game in the local gaming community along with my buddy Tim.  I hope this game brings some new players to the table for this game and Bolt Action.  I will keep my blog page updated with more news as it becomes available.             

Friday, July 29, 2016

Kings of War: Universal Army

So I have made some additional progress with my Kingdom of Men army for KoW.  This is all part of my Universal Army that will be used for other games and not just KoW.  I finished up some more Knights Templar's for my Crescent and the Cross.  These are Fire Forge models and they are fun to paint.  I am happy with how the White is coming out and can't wait to get these model on the table.

I also started playing Lord of the Rings again since GW is planning to start pushing this game again.  I was challenged by one of the players, TK, to paint up 10 models in one week for an army aligned with good.  So I am not one to walk away from a challenge and I painted up 12 Warriors of Minas Tirith.  It was fun to push myself to really focus on painting and getting stuff accomplished.  I only had one box of these models and I would have to buy more to make a full army.  I lucked out at a local Gamers Garage Sale last weekend and picked up more models dirt cheap to finish out this army to  600 point list for LotR and some units for KoW.  These models scale up perfect with the Fire Forge models.  I also went with a splash of Red to help them match my other models.   

Saga: Viking Army

Over the past few months I have been showing pictures of a Viking army I was repainting for Sage.  I never took the time to take photos of the army all together so today I decided to do this.  This is a 6 point army with 2 units of Warriors, 3 units of Hearthguard and one unit of Berserker's.  This was a fun project to work on and I am happy with the results.  Plus these models will be part of my Universal Army for KoW.  They will will be a Militia Mob for my Kingdom of Men force.  

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Bolt Action Germans

Earlier this year I painted up a German Army for Gathering in the Desert.  I used the Perry Miniatures for the army and it turned out great.  After playing in the event I decided to add some more units to the list and another tank as an option.  I finished these models awhile ago but never got around to posting pictures of them.  So here are some pictures of the new units I added and I have some more I need to finish.

Sunday, July 3, 2016

I need a Universal Army

Back in the day we didn't have many games or game companies to choose from.  We all played games from GW at some point and many of us were loyal to their brand.  Over the years GW has shafted the consumers with price increases and rules changes causing many loyal customers to look for other game and miniature companies. 

Now days we have a large selection of games to choose from and so many more miniature companies to purchase models from.  We can now find a rule system and miniatures for just about every time period that we have an interest in.  I feel this is a result of Kickstarter, 3D sculpting and printing.  So now days I find myself not being loyal to one company and not willing to paint up a large army due to past experiences. 

I was listening to an interview with Gav Thorp and he used a word to describe what I have become, "Butterfly Gamer".  He explained that today's gamer does not want to commit to painting the large armies and will only play a game for a few months then move on to another game.  It was eye opening to hear him say this and I could relate that I have been a "Butterfly Gamer" and I was not getting anything done. 

This self discovery has caused me to work on a universal army that can be used for multiple rule systems and build up to a large scale force.  Over the past year I started collecting miniatures from Fire Forge, GW and other companies for games that I want to play.  I will start building an army that can be used for multiple games and each model painted will grow my army towards a large army for those big games we use to play back in the day. 

So what an I working on, well the goal is to build a large Kingdom of Men army for Kings of War.  I am going to use a mixture of miniatures from different companies and these models can be used for other games.  I will start by building and painting a army for Crescent and the Cross (Saga) Templar army.  I will paint up 6 points of Templar on foot and 4 points on cavalry.  These models will make up the majority of my army for Kings of War.  I will also be painting up some Bretonnia Knights to be used in Age of Sigmar.  I know that these models don't scale up correctly but they will not be in the same unit so it should work out just fine.  I will also be painting up the models that I got for Frostgrave to be used for Kings of War also.  I guess the goal at the end of the day is to paint up miniatures for all the small skirmish games that I have miniatures for to build an army for a larger game.  This will be a long term project that might take a few years to complete but it will be very rewarding.  Having one army to be used for multiple games will keep me motivated to completing this task. 

Kingdom of Men Army:
Kings of War
Age of Sigmar
Hail Caesar
Open Combat