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Monday, December 31, 2012

Say Goodbye to 2012

As the seconds pass by we get closer to the end of the year.  I want to thank everyone that has followed my blog during the year and has taken the time to drop me a comment now and again.  I am not going to recap what I did in 2012, it was a year of lost gaming for me.  I spent a lot of time looking for a new game to replace Lord of the Rings.  Since GW made changes in the army books and the rules many of my fellow gamers and I lost interest in the game.  This was our main game and we all enjoyed playing it.  So with that said, I am not going to reflect on 2012 because there is not much to reflect on.  I decided I will talk about what is in store for 2013. 

BOLT ACTION

2013 is going to start off with a painting challenge.  My gaming buddies and I have really taken a liking to Bolt Action.  If you want to read more about the painting challenge check out this link.  In shot, it is a four month painting challenge painting 250 points a month. I will be painting up some American Infantry. 

WARMACHINE/HORDES

This game has resurfaced at the local game shop.  Many of the 40K gamers that play on Fridays have switch over to this game.  This was good for me because I already have a Circle Orboros force.  So this game will see some table time this year.  I will not get any paint on the models until after the painting challenge.  

GRUNTZ

This is a game that sparked my interest towards the end of 2012.  I still want to focus on this game and continue painting my force that I picked up.  I also want to give this game a run in a larger scale.  I really like the army building in this game, you build your own army from the ground up.  They just recently released a final copy of these rules and it looks great.  I was only able to get one game in during 2012 with the old rules, can't wait to play this game with the new rules. 

MY BLOG PAGE

I will be the first to admit, I have gotten lazy when it comes to my blog page.  I have gotten into the habit of just posting up pictures of finished models.  I am going to start adding more content to my posts to make them more interesting to read.  I am also going to talk more about products and write about my painting style. 

MY COLLECTIONS

I will be taking a serious look at my collection of miniatures.  Over the years I have accumulated a lot of models and some of these miniatures are just sitting in boxes.  I just need to take a closer look at the games I play and the models I have collected.  I am not sure if I am going to sell off my collections or just look at them, I just know I need to do something with everything I have collected. 

So this is my road map to 2013.  As always it is just a plan and does not mean I will not go a different direction.  That is why we like gaming some much.  No one knows what new games will come out and other games that will change so much that you will might stop playing them.  The one thing I know for sure, I look forward to seeing what everyone else will be doing on their blog pages.

Da Boss 

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Re-Purposing Product Packaging

So Christmas is over and we are now gearing up for a New Year.  As I sat around my house after all the presents were opened I noticed that one of my gifts was packaged in a wonderful box.  I was more interested in the box then the contents of the box.  So later in the day I took the box into my hobby room and started to remove the plastic trays and started putting models in it.  It turned out to be a great transportation box for my new army.





This box originally help a headset from Beats Audio and now it houses my Circle Orboros army.  When I was taking these photos I notice that I re-purpose a lot of packaging from products that I purchase. 






An ipad box being used to house my Blood Bowl army.  I feel that Apple makes some of the best boxes  for packaging.  I'm sure that is why we pay so much for their stuff.


I save packaging from some companies to reuse them for holding bitz and pieces.


I also save the plastic packaging from other companies and use them for paint trays.  Once I'm done with one I can just toss it in the trash.

 

This packaging came from Privateer Press and I use it as a sorting tray.  It comes in handy when I am working on big projects and need to sort out the pieces once they have been cut off the spur.


Fossil Watch Boxes are the greatest.  They are metal and just look nice.  I keep one on my work bench to hold scrap pieces.  Someday I will use the scrap pieces for making debris on terrain.
  

I also use them for priming models with magnetic bases. 





I even use food containers in my hobby room.  I use them to spin off excess dip from models.  I like almonds so I have a lot of these containers.  I have some being used to store different things like bases and bitz.

Over the years I have seen gamers use all kinds of things for terrain and other gaming purposes.  It really goes to show how resourceful we can be for our hobby.  A box is not just a box, its an army transport.  A plastic container has many different purposes to a gamer.  Above are just a few examples of the things I have saved from going into the trash and re-purposed to my hobby.    

Monday, December 24, 2012

69th or the South Lincolnshire Regiment

Merry Christmas

What a great way to celebrate the holidays then posting up my Napoleonic British.  These guys just scream Christmas time to me.  They also remind me of nutcrackers that you see in the stores this time of the year. 

So let me introduce everyone to 69th Regiment better known as the South Lincolnshire.  These first four models make up my first stand towards my Black Powder army.  The game recommends that the models be based on a 40X40 but I decided to just base mine on 20X20 Gale Force Nice magnetic bases.  This allows me to pick and chose which models go on which bases.  I will just buy some 40X40 metal bases and life will be good.

Looking at the models from left to right is the order in which I painted them (first, second, third and fourth).  Now I stated in a previous post that I was painting this army for the Waterloo book that will be released in the future from Warlord.  The South Lincolnshire Regiment fought throughout the entire Napoleonic conflict.  So to represent that some of the models are veterans of the Peninsular Battles I gave the third model different wings on his jacket.  I also went with a darker green on the jacket collar and cuffs on all the models.  I tried a brighter green and it just didn't look right so I just went with the darker green.

I am satisfied with the painting techniques that I am using on these models.  I will cover this in a later post.  For tonight just enjoy the pictures.




        

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Napoleonic British

If you have followed my blog since I started you might remember back in 2008 I posted up some pictures of my Napoleonic British.  This was one of those projects that I started and I never finished.  The reality was, at the time, I didn't like any of the rules that were out on the market.  A buddy and I even started writing our own set of rules.  Nothing really panned out and everything was packed up and placed in the closet. 

I never stopped my search for a set of rules that I liked.  When Warhammer Historical released Waterloo I got excited.  I thought that this might be the rule system that I was waiting for.  I picked up the rules right before GW announced the closing of their Historical line.  So those rules now just sit on the shelve along with all the other GW rules systems they don't support any longer.  I know I can play the Waterloo rules but what's the point if others can't buy the rules.  To be perfectly honest with you, I just don't want to support GW any longer.

Well I have found a rule system that I like and they are going to be supporting Napoleonic gaming.  I am talking about Black Powder by Warlord Games.  I saw these rules being used for an ACW game and liked the game mechanics.  On top of that, they are releasing a Napoleonic supplement later this month.  In addition to that, Perry Brothers and Victrix are both producing some great plastic miniatures and Warlord Games carries both lines.  I have found what I have been looking for.

So I picked up the Black Powder rules and dusted off my collection of miniatures.  My original collection included a lot of Old Glory miniatures.  I decided to leave those in the closet and pick up some Perry Brothers and Victrix.  I decided to test paint one of the Perry Brothers miniatures and it was such a easy model to paint.  All the detail is raised and since they are multi part models you can paint each part separately.  I like the way my model turned out.






Now Warlords Games first supplement will be for Peninsular battles.  I have decided to model my figures for Waterloo.  Warlord Games stated that they are releasing a second supplement for Waterloo.  I know that it is going to take me a long time to paint up my units and by the time I finish they should have the Waterloo supplement out.  So I will be undertaking the long journey and task of painting my collection of miniatures.       



Thursday, December 6, 2012

Malifaux

At the start of this year one of my first projects was a Malifaux force.  This is one of those games that we started playing at our local game store and drifted to the way side.  While we were playing I was actively painting my models.  However, like so many other games I have collected over the years, we stopped playing and I stopped panting.  One model just sat on my work bench with no paint on it.  So I decided to finish  this model and complete this force.  If you are not familiar with this game the model I just finish is called the Judge and it is part of The Guild clan.  I am glad that I finished this force because my buddy Jerry has an interest in playing this game.  So these models might see some table time next year.

*Warning* The pictures came out a little fuzzy