Friday, October 16, 2020

SWAT Vehicle Build

Another car down for the local shop and I'm really happy with how it turned out.  This is a SWAT vehicle from Matchbox and was a blast to build.  I have a harpoon with a front ram to smash other cars.  I also added a small detail to the back and those are Molotov cocktails.  If you want to know more about the build check out my video. 

Saturday, October 10, 2020


 One of the popular cars for Gaslands is the Erikenstein.  It is a great car and I have picked up a few of them for other projects.  I was asked by the local game store to build up a few cars so they can be on display and used for store demonstration.  This is the first car I built for the shop and I learned a new skill building it.  I wanted to add custom decals with the store logo.  I had some decal sheets and printed out a few different size logos and put them on the doors.  I really like how they look on the car and will be making more custom decals for other projects in the future.  To make custom decals you need to make sure you have a inkjet printer and I do however it is not a color printer.  I will need to pick one up so I can make cooler decals.  

 On Monday nights my buddy and I live stream on YouTube and Facebook and I put together a video showing the steps I took building the car.  If you are interested in joining us on our live steam you can follow Jackal Garage on YouTube or Facebook.  We stream on Monday nights at 7:00 P.M. Arizona time.



Friday, October 2, 2020

Warlords of Erehwon

 In 2018 Warlord Games released Warlords of Erehwon.  At the time of its released I was frustrated with Age of Sigmar and the countless book releases.  I liked the rules because they were similar to Bolt Action and Beyond the Gates of Antares.  The problem with this game was at the time no one was interested until my buddy Neil picked up the rules.  He was very excited about the game because it allowed him to use his miniatures he had collected from other games.  We both really enjoyed the game however it never made it back to the table.  We got caught up in playing Kill Team and had push this game to the back burner.  

I had most of my army painted with only one unit left to finish.  Well since we were not playing that unit had sat unfinished for some time.  One of my goals for 2020 was to finish old projects and I pulled my last unit off the shelf and spent a month working on it.  As I started finishing this unit Warlords of Erehwon has gotten some attention from some of my other friends.  So now we might be able to get a small group of players to start playing this game.   

What I like about the rules is the sandbox approach.  Yes there is some background and fluff however it is not tied to any single miniature company.  You can play what you like and create your own story about your army.  The magic system is not over the top and everyone take their spells from the same place.  Monsters can be added to a list but players must agree on it because they are hard to beat.  Plus you have to pay extra points to make them bound to your army so they listen to you.  I feel it is just a great way to include such strong units.  The rules were written by Rick Priestley so you have all the old classic Warhammer Fantasy units.  This is great for me so I can use all those old Orc and Goblin models that are no longer part of AoS.  The best part is the rule book is complete with all the army lists and you don't need to buy any additional books, one book to play your game.  It is also just a nice book with all the art and painted miniatures from different manufactures.  

So let me show you the last unit I needed to finish for my Orc army.  It is a unit of 6 Orc Boar Riders that are from Games Workshop.  The 6 models will allow me to run two units of 3 or one unit of 5.  I am excited to have them finished and hope to get them on the table soon when society gets back to normal.



Sunday, September 6, 2020

Some Recent Finished Models

 I recently finished some projects and tried something new.  

A few weeks ago I spent the weekend painting up a Necron army for Hobbicon.  It was a great weekend of painting and I got a lot of models finished.  I still had two HQ models that didn't get done during the weekend and I recently finished them.  I really like how these turned out and how I was able to blend the green on the weapons. 

Another project that I finished helps me reach my hobby goals for 2020.  When this year started I wanted to finish old projects that have been taking up space on my hobby desk.  I had a small unit of Custodes that were collecting dust and they are not finished.  I still have a few more projects that I will finish up this year and I feel moving forward it will be one project at a time, well that is what I say now until I find more cool models to paint.

The last thing I finished was a test model.  I have been wanting to work with oil washes for a long time.  I have been wanting to try it because you have more control over the wash and it has an extended drying time.  The other advantage is all the colors available in oil and mixing custom colors.  So I picked up a Space Marine and went to town just using a simple black oil wash.  It really turned out great and I am happy with the results.  I still have a lot to learn using oil washes but I feel the they provide a better result. 

Monday, August 17, 2020

Hobbicon Weekend

Over the weekend my buddy Jeff and I hosted a hobby weekend that we called Hobbicon.  It was a weekend dedicated to painting the miniatures that came in the new 40K Imdomitus box set.  During this 96 hour hobby weekend we streamed 14 hours with friends and made some new friends.  Lets take a look at the photos I took.

We kicked off the event on Wednesday night at 7:00 P.M.  I had a pile of gray plastic and started building up the Necron Warriors. 

Thursday morning I got busy working on getting the Necron Warriors base coated and just getting busy on the project.  It was a long day but I got a lot done.  I finished one of the Necron Warriors so I could have an example for the rest of the models that needed to be finished. 

On Friday I was back at the hobby desk and was moving forward with the Necron Warriors and getting some of the other units moving forward.


Saturday morning and I was starting to feel tired but was excited as models starting taking shape.

Sunday came and I was really exhausted but still moving forward.  I was not sure what I would get done but I finished everything I had on my desk.  

It was a long weekend but I finished 35 models which will make a small army.  I still have the two HQ models that need to be finished and I will work on them this weekend.  For me that was a personal challenge because I am a slow painter and this showed me I can get stuff painted if I focus on it.  We will be hosting more of these events in the future due to it being such a success.  

Saturday, August 8, 2020

Phoenix Diecast Raceway

I have been slowly creating Phoenix Diecast Raceway.  This is going to be my track layout in the garage so during the summer time it wont see much use.  At this time I have finished the foundation of the track and next I will be working on getting the track set up.  

The first step of this project was to clean up the garage and get rid of a bunch of junk I no longer needed.  So I loaded up the truck and drop everything off at Goodwill.  I decided to go with a corner design that is 5 feet on the two back sides and coming out 3 feet on one end and 2 feet on the other end.  The pictures really show the dimensions.  I have a plan in my head for the track design and I should have over 21 feet of track.  

The next step is to layout the track and it will take some time.  I will not get started on that till the weather gets better.  It has been a really bad summer and not much rain during our monsoon.  Once I'm up and racing I will start getting some video posted and hosting tournaments. 

Sunday, August 2, 2020

Chaos Dwarfs

For the past few years our local gaming community has been blessed to have a great Blood Bowl event called The Grumble Bowl.  This is a one day tournament for all the local Blood Bowl players held at our local game store, Imperial Outpost Games.  One of my personal goals is to paint up a new army each year for the event.  The event is not going to happen this year due to COVID 19 and to be honest I don't see any in store gaming taking place for the rest of 2020.  Even thou the event will not happen I decided to paint up a new team anyways.  This year I pulled out my Chaos Dwarfs that I picked up in a trade a few years ago.  This team is made up of some original Blood Bowl miniatures and some conversions from the old Chaos Dwarf army from WFB.  I like how the team turned out and can't wait to get them on the table.   

The photos don't show all the models I have duplicates of the Hobgoblins and some of the the blockers.  I just wanted to show off the models the best I could using my phone camera.