Friday, July 29, 2016

Kings of War: Universal Army

So I have made some additional progress with my Kingdom of Men army for KoW.  This is all part of my Universal Army that will be used for other games and not just KoW.  I finished up some more Knights Templar's for my Crescent and the Cross.  These are Fire Forge models and they are fun to paint.  I am happy with how the White is coming out and can't wait to get these model on the table.

I also started playing Lord of the Rings again since GW is planning to start pushing this game again.  I was challenged by one of the players, TK, to paint up 10 models in one week for an army aligned with good.  So I am not one to walk away from a challenge and I painted up 12 Warriors of Minas Tirith.  It was fun to push myself to really focus on painting and getting stuff accomplished.  I only had one box of these models and I would have to buy more to make a full army.  I lucked out at a local Gamers Garage Sale last weekend and picked up more models dirt cheap to finish out this army to  600 point list for LotR and some units for KoW.  These models scale up perfect with the Fire Forge models.  I also went with a splash of Red to help them match my other models.   

Saga: Viking Army

Over the past few months I have been showing pictures of a Viking army I was repainting for Sage.  I never took the time to take photos of the army all together so today I decided to do this.  This is a 6 point army with 2 units of Warriors, 3 units of Hearthguard and one unit of Berserker's.  This was a fun project to work on and I am happy with the results.  Plus these models will be part of my Universal Army for KoW.  They will will be a Militia Mob for my Kingdom of Men force.  

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Bolt Action Germans

Earlier this year I painted up a German Army for Gathering in the Desert.  I used the Perry Miniatures for the army and it turned out great.  After playing in the event I decided to add some more units to the list and another tank as an option.  I finished these models awhile ago but never got around to posting pictures of them.  So here are some pictures of the new units I added and I have some more I need to finish.

Sunday, July 3, 2016

I need a Universal Army

Back in the day we didn't have many games or game companies to choose from.  We all played games from GW at some point and many of us were loyal to their brand.  Over the years GW has shafted the consumers with price increases and rules changes causing many loyal customers to look for other game and miniature companies. 

Now days we have a large selection of games to choose from and so many more miniature companies to purchase models from.  We can now find a rule system and miniatures for just about every time period that we have an interest in.  I feel this is a result of Kickstarter, 3D sculpting and printing.  So now days I find myself not being loyal to one company and not willing to paint up a large army due to past experiences. 

I was listening to an interview with Gav Thorp and he used a word to describe what I have become, "Butterfly Gamer".  He explained that today's gamer does not want to commit to painting the large armies and will only play a game for a few months then move on to another game.  It was eye opening to hear him say this and I could relate that I have been a "Butterfly Gamer" and I was not getting anything done. 

This self discovery has caused me to work on a universal army that can be used for multiple rule systems and build up to a large scale force.  Over the past year I started collecting miniatures from Fire Forge, GW and other companies for games that I want to play.  I will start building an army that can be used for multiple games and each model painted will grow my army towards a large army for those big games we use to play back in the day. 

So what an I working on, well the goal is to build a large Kingdom of Men army for Kings of War.  I am going to use a mixture of miniatures from different companies and these models can be used for other games.  I will start by building and painting a army for Crescent and the Cross (Saga) Templar army.  I will paint up 6 points of Templar on foot and 4 points on cavalry.  These models will make up the majority of my army for Kings of War.  I will also be painting up some Bretonnia Knights to be used in Age of Sigmar.  I know that these models don't scale up correctly but they will not be in the same unit so it should work out just fine.  I will also be painting up the models that I got for Frostgrave to be used for Kings of War also.  I guess the goal at the end of the day is to paint up miniatures for all the small skirmish games that I have miniatures for to build an army for a larger game.  This will be a long term project that might take a few years to complete but it will be very rewarding.  Having one army to be used for multiple games will keep me motivated to completing this task. 

Kingdom of Men Army:
Kings of War
Age of Sigmar
Hail Caesar
Open Combat

Something New

When I renovated my Hobby Room I purchased a new workbench.  I wanted to add some paint racks but was not sure what style rack I wanted.  I don't want all my paints kept out on my bench and just keep the paints out for the project I am working on.  After painting on my new workbench I felt comfortable buying a paint rack.  I went with a simple one from Vallejo that should work for me. The paints I am not using are kept in the storage boxes and shelves to the side of my bench.  I am impressed with these paint racks and happy with my purchase.