Friday, December 31, 2010

My Army Is Done

What a great way to finish off the year, I completed my army.  I started this army back in August, just over four months and now I can say they are done.  I have been posting pictures along the way so today I wanted to take a group shot.  My new photo box came in handy however trying to take a picture of the army still created some challenges.  I must have taken 50 pictures and I have posted a few different shots for you to enjoy.

Now I can start work on the model that I want to enter in the painting competition and then create a display board. 

2010 was a great year for me regarding painting.  I finished my 400 point Combat Patrol Army and this army.  My excitement for painting has started to grow and I can only say stay tune for a more painted models to be shown in 2011.

Have a Happy and Safe New Year.

Saturday, December 25, 2010

A Present from Santa

Under the Christmas tree this year was a gift not only for me but for everyone that reads my blog.  I received a photo box so I can take better pictures.  It came from Think Geek and included the photo box, two lights with bulbs, tripod and carry case.  It is a really nice set up and was not too costly.  I will let you be the judge with some sample pictures I took.  What I like the most about this gift is the fact that when I am not using it I can pack it away in the carry case and store it away.   

Monday, December 20, 2010

Twas The Night of the Battle

Twas the night of the big battle, when all through the fort
All the Orks were stirring, even Mad Dok.
The Dakka was all loaded in the outpost with care,
In hopes that the Blood Angles soon would be there.

The Gretchin were nestled all snug in their spot,
While visions of Blood Angles pounded in their heads.
And Da Boss in his gear, and I in by his side,
Had just settled our brains for a the long night.

When out in the distance there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from the post to see what was the matter.
Away to the watch tower I flew like a flash,
Tore open the shutters and threw up the banner.

The moon on the breast of the war torn field,
Gave the lustre of mid-day from wars past scatter.
When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But drop pods falling, filling me with chear.

"Now, Terminators! Now, Scouts! Now, Assault Squad and Veterans!
On, Dreadnoughts! On, Rhinos! On, Razorbaks and Predators!
To the top of the hill! get over the wall!
Kill them! Kill them! Kill them all tonight!"

And then, as a bolter blast went pass my head, I felt the ground shaking.
The prancing and pawing the Killa Kans were a chatter.
As I settled my footing, and was turning around,
On the North wall I saw the Blood Angles coming in.

They were all Red, from top their head to their feet,
There steal armour all tarnished with ashes and soot.
 Bundles of weapons hung to their backs,
And they all looked like peddlers of death, just opening our heads.

Their eyes show no mercy! their faces no fear!
Their guns roared as we ducked under cover.
Da Bosses mind filled with anger like never seen,
As his eyes bulged from his head, filled me with dread.

The butt of his gun he held tight so his side,
And the smoke from it encircled his head like a wreath.
He just took down five Blood Angles, faster then I ever seen.
He laughed aloud, then shouted out “WAAAGH!”

Da Boss was all chubby and plump, feasting on his enemies blood.
And I laughed when I saw him, spit in the face of his foe,
A wink of his eye and a twist of his head,
Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread.

He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,
Covering the field with dead, then turned with a jerk.
And laying his middle finger towards the sky,
And giving a nod, he started yell!

He sprang to the middle of the battle, to his team gave a whistle,
And away they all flew just like a missile.
But I heard him exclaim, as they drove them out of sight,
“It was a great battle, we will all have a good night!”

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Getting Closer to Completion

I finished 8 of my archers, I only have 11 more models to finish and this army will be done.  This is a big deal for me.  I am not known for painting complete armies.  "I'm that guy", I will start painting and never really finish an army, just a few models.  I have boxes and blisters of models just sitting around collecting dust and not many with paint.  Completing this army has really got me excited to finish other armies in my collection. 

Just a little on these models.  I did some basic conversion work with some of the arms.  I simply cut the bow arm off and repositioned it.  Then I added a bow strings.  I am very happy with the way they turned out.  Now I come to a cross road with my army.  I am running the archers as Orc Trackers.  I have purchased the actual models however I don't like them.  They are metal models and don't leave much room for conversion.  There are only three poses and they just don't get me excited.  I also don't feel that they fit with the overall look of my army.  So I think I am going to purchase some more Mordor Orcs and finish out this army with them and take Orc Tracker models out.  I am more concerned with the overall look of the army since it is going to be a tournament army.                 

Friday, December 3, 2010

My Heroes

I just finished the heroes for my army.  Let me give you the run down.

From left to right,

Mordor Uruk-hai Captain with sheild
Ringwraith (Bob the Budget Ringwraith)
Shagrat, Captain of Cirith Ungol (Shaggy)
Orc Drummer

You will also notice an Orc with a banner.  I was told I needed a separate model from my army to use in one of the scenarios.  So I decided to make a banner that celebrates the event that will be held next year.  The event is called "Gathering in the Desert", so I used decals and put "GD 2011" on it.  The banner I used was from one of my Black Orcs, WFB.  I chopped off the skulls and some other items and then reshaped some of the banner.  I will be able to display the banner when my army is scored for painting however I will only be using the model for the one scenario.

I am now almost done with painting the army, I only have my 19 archers to finish.  I am going to be adding bow strings and making some modifications to the models.  The archers they offer don't have my different poses and having so many of them I want to make them look different.  I will keep you posted.   

Sunday, November 21, 2010

My First Tournament

Today was my first tournament and I must say I had a lot of fun.  If you take a trip over to CursedTreasures to see some pictures and results. I had a Major Defeat, Minor Lose and a Draw. Not bad for my first tournament and I did walk away with the Best Sportsmen award. This was a practice event to get ready for the big event in February.  A few things I learned today are, first you need to remember the objectives and second keep track of the time restrictions.  So I am going to need some more practice and finish painting my army.  I should have my heroes finished by the end of this month then I have 19 archers to get painted.  With the holidays and will be busy.   

Thursday, November 18, 2010

LotR Practice Event

Sunday was a practice day for LotR and I got two games in.  The first game was a tie and the second was a major victory for my army.  I learned a lot from everyone that was there and had a really good time.  This Sunday there is going to be a tournament taking place at a local game shop.  I decided to share my list for this event.

Shagrat with shield 60 pts
Mordor Uruk-hai Captain with shield 55 pts
Orc Drummer 40 pts
Ringwraith 55 pts

Orc Warriors with spears X20 120 pts
Maroannon Orcs with shields X14 112 pts
Mordor Uruk-hia with shields X 7 63 pts
Orc Trackers X 19 95 pts

600 points

I am looking forward to this Sunday, it will be my first tournament.  I work on the weekends and tournaments take place on the weekends and that means I can't take part.  I really enjoy LotR so I am taking some days off and some sick days so I can play in these tournaments.  All this is leading up to the big Grand Tournament in February, 2011.     


Saturday, November 13, 2010

Whats all the fuss about

GW leaked this photo out for the Storm Raven and I have heard mixed reviews.  I don't know what all the fuss is about.  I think it is going to make a great new addition to my Ork army.  The cool thing is the model will not take much effort for me to convert.  I personally think this is going to be one of GW's best selling models and there will be a lot of happy Ork players.  I am going to mark this one as a WIN for all Ork players.  When it comes out I will get one and start planing all the things I can do to it.

The Dirty Seven

My army is getting closer to completion.  I just finished my seven Mordor Uruk-hai and I really like the way my army is shaping up.  If you have been following my progress you might have noticed I am keeping them with the same paint scheme.  I am making them an elite fighting force for the Black Gate.  I might steal the name "Black Company" from Glen Cook.  I am currently reading his book, Chronicles of the Black Company.

I must also admit that my painting has slowed down.  I am only painting a few nights a week.  With the holidays right around the corner I don't see me having more time to paint.  I decided to start working on my heroes for the rest of 2010.  After the heroes are done all I will have to paint are my 19 archers.  I will be pushing myself to get everything done by the February game date.  

This Sunday, tomorrow, we will be having a group of players getting together to test play our armies.  I am looking forward to spending the day playing and getting some feedback on my army list.  Well I have to go, have a good day everybody.


Thursday, October 28, 2010

Morannon Orcs Are Done

They took longer to get done then I anticipated however they are done. I am going to start the Uruk-hai next. I only have 7 of them in my army so I might have them done in a few weeks. We are going to be having a local LotR tournament on November 21st and I want to have a majority of my army painted prior to this event. This tournament is important to me because I need to get as many games in as possible and prior to the Grand Tournament next year. Back to painting.


Sunday, October 17, 2010

Morannon Orcs

Still going strong on the Morannon Orcs.  I took some pictures today to show my progress.  I am having a lot of fun painting these models.  They have detail however it is not overwhelming and it makes them easy to paint.  I not painting fingernails and each tooth.  Don't get me wrong, I like the detail of the 40k and WFB models but the amount of detail can be daunting when painting an army.  Well back to painting.   

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Look What I Have Gandalf

While I have been working on getting my army painted I have also been working on my painting entry. I wanted to do something fun that included some conversion work. I really like the pose of this model however it needed some work. I cut the sword off and added a metal rod and and spear head. It is a spear head from my vampire army and filed it down to scale. Then I cut off the army holding the shield and replaced it with an arm from an Orc archer. I was happy with the results however it was still missing something. Looking through my bits box I found it, Gandalf. So I cut his head off (it felt so good however I knew it was so wrong to enjoy it) and removed his hat. Then it was added to the model and now it looked complete. Now that I have the conversion work done and will put it on the back burner for painting. I have to get my army painted before working on this project.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Just Finished My Mordor Orcs

I just finished my last Mordor Orc and wanted to get some pictures up to share.  I have a total of 19 Mordor Orcs with spears.  The pictures only show 18 of them, the last one is drying.  They all look dirty and grimy which I feel fits the army and how people see Orcs.  Lets face it, they are not clean and pretty.  My goal for October is to get 13 Morannon Orcs.  The over all goal is to have all of the army painted by the end of the year.  That gives me January to build my display board and work on any last minute things before "The Gathering in the Desert".  Well back to painting. 

Thursday, September 9, 2010

First Eight Are Done

I just finished my first eight Orcs for Lord of the Rings.  Now I have about sixty more to go.  I would like to thank everyone for their feedback on my last post.  Very helpful information and I decided to stay with the Testros Dull Coat and just use a very light coat.

This Friday I should be getting all my models to build the rest of my army.  I am looking forward to getting the army built so I can start playing them. 

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Should I Clear Coat My Models

I have been painting miniatures for many years and I always spray my models with a clear coat after painting them. For some time now I have been having issues with the clear coats on the market. The main issue I am having is the clear coat fogging once sprayed on the model. I started using Testors Dull Coat and it works great. The only issue with Testors is that the model still has a shine to it, just look at the model from my previous post. I also lose some of my highlights once I spay on the clear coat. Now I am at a cross road and need to make the decision if I should continue using the clear coat or just skip this step.

On the positive side clear coat adds an extra layer of protection on the paint to protect it from chipping. This is a major benefit and makes me want to continue using it. On the negative side, well I have already outlined the problems I have been having. I would like to hear from some others on this subject before I move forward on the models I just finished.

Do you use a clear coat on your models?

What brand are you using?

Friday, August 20, 2010

Mordor Orcs

I finished a Mordor Orc and wanted to share the results. When I first finished it my biggest critic, my wife, told me it did not look right. She said it was to bright and clean. My wife is a big fan of Lord of the Rings so I took her observation too heart. So I gave the model a black wash to tone down the colors. I am happy with the results and it was an easy model to paint. It took me a total of 3 hours from start to finish.  So let me know what you think about this paint job.  

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Lord of the Rings and Infinity

I was on vacation last week and had a blast. Durning my time off from work I had a opportunity to play a few new games, Lord of the Rings and Infinity. Both of these games are not new in the gaming community however I never took the time to learn how to play them. I was impressed by how both of these games played and will play them more in the future.

Now I wrote about Lord of the Rings previously and mentioned that I wanted to play in a local Grand Tournament. I have not played in any tournaments for any gaming system. Most of the tournaments are played on the weekend and I have to work on the weekends. I decided that I would commit to this tournament and face the challenge of building, painting and playing a new game.

I decided to play an Orc army from the Mordor supplement. I picked up a few models and have started working on my basing theme. I will have a sample model done in a week or two. Once I decide how I want to paint them I should be able to get moving on the army.

As for Infinity I did pick up the Combined Army force. What I like about this game is that it only required four models to make a 150 point army. The game has a lot of great mechanics that make it enjoyable to play. It was very fast paced and did not take very long to play a game. I do have some bad news to report about the game, the army that I picked up I will not be painting. I decided to let one of the guys at the shop paint my army. I want to focus my attention on my Lord of the Rings army.

I will keep you all posted on my progress and share more of my experiences along the way.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

A Shift in Gaming

Over the past few months I have noticed a shift taking place at my local game store. Many of the regular gamers have started playing more skirmish games and are drifting away from the GW games. Talking to the guys at the shop they all seem to have a different reason for making this shift. A few of the reoccurring reasons are as follows:

Cost: With yet another price increase from GW it is getting harder to get into the game or another army. I just purchased an army for Malifaux, the rules, playing cards and custom bases and spent less the $180. With all the models that I purchased I have what is considered a large army. You can’t beat that price tag when you think about how much your 40k army cost you.

Play Time: Many of the skirmish games take about an hour to play. This give a player the opportunity to get a few games in while at the shop and play more people. This is good for the gamer that goes to the shop after work and wants to play a game however does not have the time for 40k or WFB. A quick game of Infinity and then go home to the wife and kids.

Transportation: Lets face it, transporting armies has been a issue for many gamers. Packing up your army of 100 plus models can be a task. Yes there are all types of transportation option on the market however it can still be a task. Most skirmish games only require 10 models and can be transported in a cigar box. That is small enough to take with you ever time you go to the shop.

Painting: Only having 10 models in my army, I can get that painted in a week. You see a lot more painted armies on the table and we all enjoy the game more when the models are painted.

Change of Pace: I think this came up more then anything else. We put some much time and energy into our large armies and get board playing them. You can change your list and play different people however the rules are still the same. Games are a lot like a girl friends. Fun and first and then they start to loose their excitement. I feel that many of the regulars are just wanting something new and are just taking a break from the bigger games.

I am enjoying this shift taking place at the shop. I can walk into the shop and see different games being played and the shop owner is supporting these games with product on the walls. So if one of these games catches my eye I can pick up an army at an affordable price. I am not sure if this is just something happen at my local game store or is taking place at shops across the nation. I just found this to be an interesting shift taking place locally.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

I'm Back

Hello everybody, I'm back. I dropped off the blog-a-sphere for over a month. I just needed to take a break from painting, building and all things gaming. I also have been having some issues this year with the heat. I have lived in Arizona for over 35 years however this summer has been hard on me. I come home from work just exhausted and have no motivation to do anything. I think my age is catching up to me or I am just getting lazier in my old age.

A lot of things have been happening in the gaming world with the release of 8th edition WFB. I am excited about the new rules and picked up the collectors edition of the rules. Not a very practical purchase however I really liked the leather cover and the fancy paper. Now I will have to dust off my fantasy army and get a few games in.

I am going to start working on a new army and learning a new game. We are lucky in Arizona to have an Independent Grand Tournament for Lords of the Rings. In 2011 it is going to be hosted at my local game shop. This is exciting for me and I really want to play in the tournament. I have been talking to my EPIC buddy who plays the game and he has nothing but good things to say about it. I am looking at playing Mordor Orcs, big shock on my army selection. This is going to be a big challenge for me, I have just over 6 months to purchase and paint a new army and then learn how to play the game good enough to be competitive in a tournament.

Well that is enough rambling from me. I feel refreshed and ready to continue moving forward with my gaming adventures.

Friday, May 28, 2010

Aeronautica Imperialis

On Tuesday I turned 40. I am now that old guy at the game shop still playing with plastic toys. I still enjoy the games as much today and I did when I first started playing them. I have seen games come and go and the games that are still around have only gotten better. The quality of the models have improved and the resources seem to be endless. So I celebrated my birthday by buying some new toys. One of the guys at the game shop was putting together a Forgeworld order and I got my Ork AI army. Now my collection is one step closer to what I am calling my Master Army.

My Master Army will consist of BFG, AI, EPIC and 40K. My goal is to learn how to play all the games and convince others to do the same. Then we can play a series of games starting with BFG, then AI, then EPIC, then Combat Patrol and finish with 40K. I feel this would be a great way to spend a weekend playing games and what a great way to showcase my love for the Orks.

I did not get any painting done this week. I was busy with birthday stuff. I am going to spend June finishing off some projects that have been sitting on my bench.

Friday, May 21, 2010

More EPIC Stuff

Nothing to say today, just showing off some more tanks I just finished today.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

More EPIC Orks

I finished some more models for my EPIC army. I am running into some issues priming my models right now. I live in Arizona and the temperature is starting to rise.  If your not familiar with what happens when priming your models in the heat let me be the first to tell you it is not good.  What happens is the primer drys before hitting the model and makes it fuzzy.  I had to strip the Deff Dreads because the primer was that bad.  So now I have a few options on what I am going to do until summer is over.  Firstly, I could just stop painting and just build models for the next few months.  Secondly, I could start using a brush on primer.  Lastly, I could build a small spray booth and prime inside my house.  I thinking I might do a combination of the first two.  The last option is out of the question.  My wife would kill me if she knew I was priming models in the house.  All I can say for sure is that my painting will be slowing down for the next few months.       

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

EPIC Necrons

What's this? Necrons on my blog page! That's right I painted a Necron model and it was a good change a pace.  If you have been following my blog page, you might have noticed I have been playing a lot of EPIC lately.  One of the challenges playing a game that has a faint pulse in the gaming community is that you need to put more effort getting other players excited about the game.  One of the guys at the shop has shown a interest in playing EPIC and wants to play Necrons.  I told him that I ordered some models from Dark Realm that can be used as Necrons.  I also told him how to make Heavy Destroyers.  He was not sure if he could do the conversion so I told him I would do it for him.  It was simple. I took a Scarab and cut the front of it off.  Then I took one of the models, cut it off at the waist and glued it in place.  I then based it and was done.  I can also use the Scarabs to make Tomb Spyders and regular Destroyers.  I am hoping this model will get him excited about the game and maybe we can add another player in our EPIC community.  Tell me what you think.        

Saturday, May 8, 2010

EPIC Friday

Yesterday I got to play EPIC, two games. My friend Anthony wanted to test play his Sons of Sek army list. If your not familiar with this army they are an IG army that has crossed over to Chaos.  They are sometimes referred to as Traitor Guard.  We talked about doing a battle report so I took my camera to the shop and snapped a few pictures.  Unfortunately the pictures don't help tell the story of the battle because I only took them from one side of the table.  I should have moved the camera around and could have gotten better pictures.  So for today I am only going to share the pictures and no battle report.  Our next game I will get better pictures and take some notes as we play.  I will report one thing, Orks 1 Son of Seks 1.  We tied with our victories.        

Ork Set up with all the Stompies.  I run all my Orks in vehicles with Oddboy upgrades.
Son of Sek set up on the other side and I get depressed because his army is almost all painted.  I will get mine done soon.
A close up shot to show off some of Anthony's toys.
Turn one Anthony rushes across the table.  His army is better in close combat so we get right to fighting.
Hay this is the same picture as above, what is going on here.
Anthony puts his troops in buildings.  They don't have a good save so he takes advantage of the cover save from the building.
More fighting an lots of blast markers.  We continue to fight.
My war boss is taking a beating and things are not going so well for the Orks.
The table turns and the Orks start putting a beating on the Sons of Sek.
A close up picture of some walker things, not sure what they are called I just need to get rid of them fast.  Plans work good for this so they fly over and start dropping bombs, sorry no pictures.
My Stompies are all alone because the Sons of Sek ran away.  I guess they don't like to be shot at.
Just another picture of my Stompies.  Anthony just does not like these guys.

In the end of this game the Orks win however the story was not the same in game two.  The Sons of Sek list was good and very balanced.