Friday, December 2, 2016

Blood Bowl

So last week Blood Bowl hit the shelves at local game stores around the world making for a true Black Friday for game store owners.  I know for my local shop their was a line of us waiting to purchase all the new Blood Bowl goodness.  I picked up everything that was released and plan to continue collecting all the new products for this game.

So I purchased the box game that still have the Orc and Human teams plus everything I need to play the game.  I also picked up the Skaven team and dice, the dice are real nice and have sold out and now people are trying to sell them for $30 on eBay.  The Death Zone Season One book has more teams that have not been released yet and league play rules. I think GW is taking a page from Guild Ball and releasing Season Books to update rules and teams.  It is a good way to keep the game moving forward and some rule changes can be made from season to season without redoing the rule book.  

Now with this new version of Blood Bowl out and people playing the game again I decided to finish by pitch that I started years ago.  I was concern with the new models not fitting on my pitch because they are on larger bases.  Well it turns out they will fit just fine and I will not need to make a new pitch. 

I moved forward and finished my pitch and it will be getting its first game play tomorrow.  Now I just have to wait till GW releases EPIC again......... Maybe one day

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Band of Painters: December 2016

So back in September a small group of us joined together to create what we called "Band of Painters".  The goal for this was simple, paint 250 points worth of models each month for a Konflikt '47 army.  For the most part I have been staying on track getting my models painted on schedule.  I feel that I am one of the only painters still doing only 250 points a month.  The challenge I have been faced with is the lack of Konflikt '47 models for the Russian army.  Most of what I have been painting is just a Bolt Action army and I had a proxy model I used as a Light Walker.  Well Warlord is finally getting some Russians model out and in December we should see more releases.  The first release for the Russians and British were their Heavy Infantry.  I picked up a few blisters of Russians and got them painted up.  I actually got them on the table a few weeks back and had a blast marching them around.  They are great antitank infantry and are brutal in close combat. 

I also finished a Medic and a Flamethrower team.  I put these in my army just to give me some extra dice and I had the models sitting around.  So I finished these early so I can focus on all the cool releases coming out in December.  I also now have 1000 points of Russians painted and that was the goal of "Band of Painters".  We want people to see painted armies on the table and get other excited about the game. 

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Hobby Room Update: Paint Rack

Earlier this year I renovated my Hobby Room which was overdue.  I needed to renovate my room so I could store more models as my collections grows and hide more stuff from my wife.  It is also a well known fact that I am a model hoarder and rarely sell anything off.  So I recently ran into a problem with my new desk and I didn't have a place to keep all the different products that I use for painting.  I am not married to one brand of paint and the paint rack I purchased was not working.  Many of the products I use didn't fit in the holes and I ended up keeping paints on my desk.  It just made my desk cluttered as you can see in the picture below.   

So I was looking online and just really couldn't find a paint rack that was going to work for me so I made my own.  I wanted a rack that would hold all types of paints and products that I use on a regular basis and maximized my space.  So I can up with this design.

This rack was made using scraps of wood left over from a another project.  It is not perfect because the wood was bowed but it provided me with all the measurements I needed.  Each row inside dimensions are 13.5 by 1.5 inches.  It is three rows so I can arrange my paints in triads: base, layer and highlight.  The rows are wide enough to hold all the brands of paint that I use from the cheap craft paint to the new large GW wash pots.  It really made a difference once I had it set up.

Because I made this rack to work in my space it fits perfectly on my storage box and is much smaller.  I can now keep my spray cans in back of the rack and have a space in front of the rack to keep the paint that I am using at the moment.  Until I build another rack with better lumber I set up my work space using both paint racks. 

My desk does look a lot better and more organized.  I will build two more of these racks with better lumber to fit each box.  I will stain them and should finish my desk off unit I run into other problems.    

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Band of Painters November 2016

Well completed my next installment for Band of Painters.  I went a bit crazy and finished more then 250 points.    I actually went over 250 but it is all good because this gives me more models to change my army around.   

 This is my command staff.  I have a Second Lieutenant (Vet 65 pts)
Commissar with the Flag (Inexperienced 22 pts)

Assault Engineer Squad of 8 with Body Armour, Flame Thrower, SMG and LMG (Vets 205 pts)

Heavy Machine Gun Team ( Vets 91 pts) 

So next up will be my first unit of stuff that is specific to K47.  Warlord is starting to release models for the Russians and British and I picked up the Heavy Infantry. 

Monday, October 24, 2016

Making Terrain

So I have been slowing getting into making terrain over the past few years.  It all started with me building 4ground buildings for Saga and some terrain for the local game store.  A few weeks back I starting watching YouTube videos by The Terrain Tutor.  He provides instructional videos on making old school gaming terrain built from stuff found at the hardware store.  I was really inspired by his videos and decided to venture into making some terrain from scratch.

My first terrain project were hedges that will be used as LOS blockers and add some color to the table.  I cut out some MDF into 6 X 1.5 sections.  I glued some Blue Foam (High Density Foam) that was cut out to 6 x 1.5 X .75.  Once the glue was dry I rounded all the corners with a sanding block and painted the foam.  I painted the foam bark brown and the base tan.  Then I just started gluing the clump flock on with PVA glue.  This was a slow process, I would glue flock on one side and let it dry for a few hours, then the other side.  After both sides had dried then I would finish the top and both ends.  PVA glue is messy to work with and if you don't let it dry the clump flock falls off.  The last step was to cover all the clump flock with watered down PVC glue.  I actually did this a few different time just make sure the clump flock was secure and sturdy to hold up to gaming.  Very important note, when you get the PVA glue wet is will soften and can cause the clump flock to come off.  It is import to just be careful when applying the watered down PVC glue.

I am very happy with the results and they will be hitting the table this weekend.  My next project will be barbwire hazards.   

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Universal Wound, Morale and Fatigue Counters

I play a lot of games that require players to track Wounds, Morale and Fatigue.  I have collected many different tokens and markers to track these things during games.  So I decided to create a universal counter that can be used for these games.  I took a washer and a nail and glued them together.

I then did some base work, primer and paint.

I now can use these to track different things things during games I play.  I am using skulls to track the wounds, morale or fatigue and each stand can hold five skulls.  If I need more then I will use a Red bead and then stack more skulls.

Band of Painters October 2016

So kicking off this month with another 250 points towards my Russian army.  I added another unit of infantry with 11 men and one with a LMG.  I also found a model from another company that I can use as a light walker.  Warlord will not have any of the weird war stuff out until next month so this gives me something to play with until then.  So I am currently at 500 points of my 1000 point goal.