Saturday, December 26, 2015

Some More Vikings

2015 started out with me painting Vikings for Saga and I will finish 2015 still painting Vikings for Saga.  I played a lot of Sage in 2015 and really enjoy the game.  My first army was made up of WarGame Factory models and didn't like the way they looked on the table.  I have slowly been repainting some miniatures I picked up from my friend Tom.  The army will be made up of different manufactures but will look great when it is done.  I still have 8 more models that need to be repainted but for now these 6 are finished.

I am sure we will continue to play Saga in 2016 and I have the 4Ground Great Hall to build.  What was I thinking when I ordered that..........

Monday, December 14, 2015

AWI and Thunder Alley

Earlier this year I started to paint some AWI in 18mm for Black Powder.  I painted up some units but never based them.  I took some time last night to bases these up.

I also received my bases so I could base my cars for Thunder Alley.  I am looking forward to getting this game on the table.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Beyond the Gates of Antares

So I finished painting the Ghar from the stater set of Beyond the Gates of Antares.  This is a new game from Warlord Games.  This was one of the games that I have been watching since 2014 and it is finally a reality.  My buddy Tim and I both purchased starter sets and exchanged the Concord and Gar forces so we could build up our armies.  While at the shop the owner gave us his store copy of the game so we could play test it at his shop, so we ended up with three copies of the game.  The models I painted are going to be used for the game demos at the game store.  I will say these models were fun to plaint and I am sure this game will see some table time in 2016.

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Wrapping Up 2015

Every year around this time I look at my work bench and see all the projects I started and didn't finish.  This year is no different however not that many projects on my bench.

I have a few more models for my Saga Army to finish.  Saga really grabbed my attention this year and I look forward to playing more of it in 2016.

My Bolt Action Army is a recent project but still needs a few models to complete it.  This army is for an event taking place in 2016.

I started an army for American War of Independance.  This is an 18mm army andnI only painted up a few units but never based them.  So these will need to be based and added to my collection.  This is a long term project with now rush to finish, just get a few units done now and a gin and one day the army will be done.

This week I am trying to finish my Ghar for Beyond the Gates of Antares.  This is a new game from Warlord Games and I was not interested in at first but after watching some videos and reading some reviews Indecided to give it a try.  I am playing the Ghar and they run around in battle suits.  I will be posting more about this game in 2016 after I find some time to play the game.  

Those are the only projects not finished on my bench, for me that is not bad.  I do have some big plans for 2016 with a few new games and some of my old favorites.  

Saturday, November 28, 2015

30 Germans in 30 Days

When this month started I knew I had a lot that needed to get done.  My wife had two craft fairs I helped out with, the in laws spent a weekend with us and we had Thanks Giving.  I decided to push myself and attempt to paint up the infantry units for my DAK army.  This army is going to be used for an event next year called Operation Torch.  I had already painted a Panzer 4 and a Half Track.  Now the heart of my army is done, three units of 10 including a Light Machine Gun in each unit.  Now I just need to paint up the Commander and a few other special weapons and I will be done. 

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Con. Games: Thunder Alley Board

Like many of my ideas, they seem to come and go like the seasons.  This one has stuck with me and I continue to make progress on transforming Thunder Alley.  My last post about this showed the board on a some poster board.  I was able to take that and transfer it to a MDF board.

I started out with some recycled shipping containers that Tim had at his work.  I had to cut them down in size and drew the main lines I needed to create the track.

I than drew the track out on the board and filled in all the screw holes.  This was to make sure I had all my measurements correct and liked the way it looked.

After I was satisfied with everything I used a wide tipped Sharpie to trace over the lines.  I wanted the lines larger so I

With the board all done it was time to get some paint on it.  I took some 1/8 tape and did my best to mask off the lines.  Then I hit with with some primer/paint.

Once the paint was dried I pulled off that tape and was amazed with the result.

Happy with the result I did the second side and now have a completed race track for Thunder Alley.

Now I need to have the bases made for the cars and figure out some of the game mechanics to make this all work.  You can  also tell that my track is a bit longer then the one supplied with the game.  I added those two extra spaces in the straightaway to make the board longer.

I know the next few weeks I will not get a chance to work on this project with the holidays approaching.  I will sneak away when I can however I don't see me doing much more until next year.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving

Friday, October 30, 2015

Firestorm Armada

So I have been working on painting my fleet for Firestorm Armada.  I finished my Directorate models that came in the two player starter set.  White and Red was a hard color combination and limited my color pallet.  Green made them look to much like Christmas and Blue to patriotic. So I ended up using Yellow and Black for details.  I am happy with the way the models turned out.  I will be taking a break on finishing this fleet until next year the rest of the year is dedicated to other projects. 

My buddy Tim over at Saguaro Painting Services painted up my Aquan Prime.  I gave him creative control over the colors and this is what he did with them.  I really like the different shades of browns and copper.  So this finishes my two player starter set so it can be played properly. 

Friday, October 23, 2015

Victory At Sea

Today I was out shopping with my wife at the local hobby store.  I was looking at the models and I ran across some kits that caught my attention.  I have been a fan of Victory At Sea by Mongoose Publishing since it was released.  I have played the game using the card stock tokens but never went any further.  I have always wanted to play the game using models and have all my buddies around the table commanding their own ship.  It is unfortunate that the selection of models in this scale (1/1200) is limited.  I could use the GHQ models that are 1/2400 but if I am going to get involved in something like this I want to play in a larger scale. 

I was able to track down all the rules for both WW1 and WW2 on Drive Through Games and decided to purchase the bundle.  Now it is a matter of deciding what scale to play this game in..........    

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Con. Games: Thunder Alley

Living in Arizona we are home of Phoenix International Raceway and they host Nascar races every year.  I decided to postpone working on Formula D and started work on Thunder Alley, it is just a better fit in my community.  Also, creating an oval track will be easy and I can get this on the table faster then Formula D.  I started working on the track using poster board to get my measurements and make sure this will work.

I made the track a bit longer than the original by adding two more spaces in the straight section and it will 48 X 24.  I also already purchased all the cars for this game, I found older cars from the 90's in 1:64 scale.

I really like the advertisement on the older cars because they are products I grew up with.  Next I need to finish the wood boards that I will use to create the track on.  I should be able to have this game up and running in the next few months.  I will take what I learn making this track to create the Formula D track.   

Monday, October 12, 2015

Rincon 2015

Well I went to my first convention at the start of the month and had a blast.  My buddy Tim and I started this year talking about going to Chicago for AdeptiCon but due to cash flow issues we decided not to attend.  We discovered a convention in our own backyard, Rincon.  This is a small convention held in Tuscon Az. and is mostly board and card games.  They had a few miniature games scheduled but very few.  Tim mentioned we should demo Pulp Alley and contacted the event organizer.  So we drove down to Tuscon and spent the weekend teaching other people how to play Pulp Alley.  We had two different boards set up, the desert board was for "Over Due Book Hunt" and the other was for "Things Go Bump In The Night".  We didn't know what to expect and the response was good and we had players for all of our games.  It was a great weekend and we had fun just being around other people playing games. 

I really didn't take a lot of pictures but Tim did and I was able to steal his photos from Twitter, have I mentioned how much I like Twitter.  I really like Twitter. 

While at the event someone set up an upscale version of Settlers of Catan and people were having a blast playing it.  It was so big players had to walk on the board to place their game pieces.  Tim and I started talking and to us that is what a convention is all about.  It is getting together with other people to play games a bit differently.

Tim and I continued to talked about how we could get more involved with Rincon and host games that would be more appealing to the people attending and still have a bit of miniatures feel to them.  It didn't take us long to decide on a game after we played Formula D.  This is a fun game that many people are familiar with and easy to teach new players.  So over the next few months we will be designing and an upscale version of Formula D.  I have already purchased the cars, they are 1:64 scale Matchbox cars now we just need to build the board. 

Friday, September 18, 2015

Random Models

I recently finished some models that have been sitting on my bench.  I am still working on my rehab Viking army and finished a few more models.

Next up is my Orc Boss for AOS.  This is a great model however it is all metal and might not see much table time.  I pinned all the parts and pieces together but if it falls over I'm not confident that it won't fall apart.  Might have to go out and pit up the plastic version in the future. 

I also painted up a magic caster.  I have always liked this model and it was so much fun to paint.

I also started work on a German force for Flames of War.  I will be taking part in a Kursk campaign and I will be running just tanks.  I went with Plastic Soldier Company models and they went together nicely.  This will be the start of my Panzer 4 company.  I decided to go with just a tan color and no camo for this fist batch of tanks.  The next batch will have some camo just to make things look different as I paint the army.