Thursday, December 28, 2017

2017 In Review

This has been a great year for me with games played and hobby progress.  It was a year filled with distractions and GW taking a lot of my money.  40K 8th Edition really got me excited about gaming again and I am exciting going into the New Year. 

So lets take a look back at 2017 and what I did. 

- Using my Airbrush:  At the start of 2017 I purchased an airbrush booth and primer.  I started just using my airbrush to apply primer and getting use to how everything worked.  As the year went on I got more aggressive using it to add color and shading.  I am now using my airbrush a lot more and plan to continue to use it more in 2018. 


- Adepticon:  This was the only event I attended last year and it was a blast.  I met a lot of great people and purchased a lot of new models.  It was an expensive trip and I can't afford to go again in 2018.  There are a lot of events that take place throughout the year and I might attend some closer to home. 

- Improving My Painting:  I really focused on improving my painting this year.  I listen to a lot of other painters talk about how they paint and developed my own skills.  The best thing I started doing this year was using a wet pallet.  This really helped me thin my paints and mix my colors better. 

- Con Games:  When I was at Adepticon I played at great game called Aerodrome.  It is a WW2 plane game and I started painting up some 1/72 models.  I really felt this would make a great game to play a few times a year and is easy enough for anyone to learn.  I finished 3 models and made all the bases but I stopped working on it when I heard that Warlord was releasing Blood Red Skies.  I want to see if this game will be viable to using larger models and if it is fun to play.  My reason for waiting is I want to try and support games that can be purchased for the local shops and I hope Blood Red Skies will work. 

- Help Build the Community:  There was a time our community had a forum that people would use to schedule a game and talk about the hobby.  With changes to Facebook over the past few years the local community has pretty much stopped using the forum.   This is not unique to just our community, I have heard other people talking about the same problem in their community.  The problem with the use of FB is everyone is scattered all over the place and we not longer have a central place for our community.  My friend Jeff suggested we start a podcast and after doing some research we decided to start a Facebook Live Stream.  Our goal for the show is to showcase new products for sale in the local market and talk about miniature gaming in our community.  We are still developing the show and the goal is to be a resource for the community.  Developing and building this show will be a big focus of mine in 2018 as we add new segments to the show. 

Moving forward into 2018 I know that I will continue to be distracted by all the cool games that will be released.   Most of my gaming in 2018 will be centered around GW games and one might say I am a fan boy again. 

-40K:  This will be my game kicking off 2018 and I will be waiting for the Ork Codex to be released.  I will finish my 2000 point army and will most likely start another Ork list once the Codex is released.  

-Shadespire:  This is a game that really captured my attention.  It is a great combination of deck construction and miniatures.  I am currently working on my Orc force and picking up all the other forces when they are released.  It is similar to other games that force you to purchase new models just for the cards and I am a sucker for a good card game.

-Blood Bowl:  I will continue to get this on the table just not sure if I will be painting up another team this year.  It is a fun game but I already have two teams painted and feel I need to focus on other models first.

-Necromunda:  This was just recently released and I have not decided how far I will be jumping in on this game.  I did pick it up the box set and even played an introduction game.  The models are amazing and I will only have to paint a small collection of models for my gang.

-AOS: My buddy Joe is going to be starting a slow grow campaign and has asked me to join.  I will be taking part in this and will be using my Shadespire models to build my AOS army.

-What's New with Mike and Jeff:  We will be making a lot of changes to our show and our focus will be more on miniatures.

-My Blog Page:  I was very active on my blog page in 2017.  I will continue to use my blog page to document my hobby progress and my hobby information hub.  

I will most likely play some other games in 2018 but it seems GW will dominate my gaming time again.  It is also rumored that GW will be releasing an EPIC scaled game in 2018, Adeptus Titanicus, and if this is true that will become a major distraction for me.     

Saturday, December 23, 2017

What's New with Mike and Jeff December 23, 2017

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

Saturday, December 16, 2017

What's New with Mike and Jeff December 16, 2017

We added an new segment to our show called "How Its Done".  


Monday, December 11, 2017

Using Oil Piants

I have been following an artist on Facebook named James Wappel.  He is an amazing artist and has been posting videos on using oil paints on miniatures.  I decided to give it a shot on my Big Mek model and happy with the results.  I only did the blue on the Shokk Attack Gun as a test and the rest of the model was done in acrylic paint.

The benefit of using oil allows you more working time with the paint and allows more time for blending.  It also can be removed if you make a mistake and just start over again.  The down side is the drying time.  Oil paints take days to dry even with small amounts being used.  You also can't use acrylic paints over oil.  You have to put a clear coat over the oil paint first before you can go over the oil paint with acrylic.

It was fun trying something new and will continue to learn how to use oil paints in the future.  I have a few random models laying around to practice with over time.  

I am also working on my next project, Grot Tanks.  I am just going to share a teaser photo.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

What's New with Mike and Jeff December 9, 2017

This week we talk Flames of War and Team Yankee

Saturday, December 2, 2017

What's New with Mike and Jeff Dec 2, 2017

Some exciting new stuff game out this week check out the video. 

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Finished up some more Ork models

Well it has been a busy month helping my wife with her holiday wreath business.  We have one more show this weekend and we will be done for the season.  I did find some time to get some painting done and I finished two Big Meks in Power Armour that will have Kustom Force Fields.  I am looking forward to Chapter Approve coming out this weekend to see what changes were made to the Ork army.  For the month of December I will finish up my last Big Mek and build 4 Grot Tanks. 

Saturday, November 25, 2017

What's New with Mike and Jeff November 25, 2017

Playing Necromunda and talking about Small Business Saturday. 

Thursday, November 23, 2017

What's New with Mike and Jeff November 23, 2017

This is a special Black Friday episode of What's New with Mike and Jeff.  Lots of talk about Necromunda and changes at Imperial Outpost Games.  Have a safe and Merry Thanks Giving.

Monday, November 20, 2017

What's New with Mike and Jeff November 18, 2017

We are now uploading our weekly stream to YouTube because not everyone uses Facebook.  We will also be branching out with more product reviews and hobby tips. 

Have a great week

Monday, November 13, 2017

Killa Kans

I have been busy this month helping my wife with her side business and still trying to get some painting done.  I finished my three Killa Kans for my army and I am real happy with the way they turned out.  With these out of the way I should be able to finish my Big Meks for my army. 

I decided to take a family photo of all my Killa Kans for fun.  The first photo is of the 5 Killa Kans that I will be running in my army.

The second shot is of the 7 Killa Kans that I have painted.  One is an old metal Killa Kan painted in black and the other one is chipped up and I was not happy with the way it turned out but if I need another Killa Kan these will still work out.

Saturday, November 4, 2017

What's New with Mike and Jeff November 4, 2017

Friday, November 3, 2017

Painting Yellow

I put together some more models to get painted this month.  I will be painting up 3 more Killakanz and 3 Big Meks that will all be have Kustom Force Fields. 

I broke out the airbrush an got busy getting the models primed and base coated.  I went with a black primer and Vallejo Middlestone and US Interior Yellow. 

Once I finished the base coat the KillaKanz were washed with Vallejo Mecha Dark Rust.

I then dry brushed the models with Vallejo US Interior Yellow and highlighted with Vallejo Flat Yellow.  Now I will pull out the details and get the bases done.  Below are different models from base coat to high light. 

Saturday, October 28, 2017

What's New with Mike, Jeff and Adam

Friday, October 27, 2017

Dreadtober Completion

I finished my Morkanaut for Dreadtober.  I have over 20 hours working on this model and spent most of the month on it.  I wanted to finish some Killakanz however I got sick and lost a week of painting.  I am going to call him Punishment a good friend of the Punisher. 

It was a great model to paint using my airbrush to do the bast coats and I pulled out all the details with a brush.  I had to make some tough decisions not to get carried away with all the details.  Now that this model is done I need to get busy with my Killakanz. 

Thursday, October 26, 2017

What's In The Box: Warhammer Underworlds: Shadespire

I made this video for our live Stream but decided to make a separate video just for Shadespire.  I have played the game a few times and I like it, very fast and fun.  I just hope GW can get more armies out and keep the card combos to a minimum.   The cards at the end of this video are the promotional cards that were given out on release day and are not included in the game.    

Saturday, October 21, 2017

News From The Outpost Oct 21, 2017

Saturday, October 14, 2017

News From The Outpost 10-14-17

Monday, October 9, 2017

Dreadtober Update 1

I spent some time this week getting the base coat airbrushed on my model.  I started with a Green Brown and then hit it with yellow (Vallejo Model Air US Interior Yellow 71.107). 

The next step is to wash the model with Vallejo Mecha Dark Rust, dry brush with the US Interior Yellow and a Flat Yellow.  I did the head and it turned out good.

I am happy with the way my Yellow turns out and can wait to get this model finished. 

News From The Outpost October 7, 2017

Monday, October 2, 2017


I am taking part in Dreadtober 2017 and paint up my Morkanaut.  If you have not heard of this event please check out their blog page,  I am off to a great start tonight getting my model primed.

I did have a slight accident, I dropped my model while priming it breaking off a piece.  Now I have to pin it back in place after the primer is good an dry. 

If I can get this model finished in the next few weeks I will get some additional Killa Kans painted up also.  This is a big part of my 2000 point army that I want to have finished by the end of the year. 

Saturday, September 30, 2017

New From The Outpost 9-30-17

Saturday, September 23, 2017

News From The Outpost 9-23-17

Friday, September 22, 2017

Hobby Desk Revamp

Back in May 2016 if finished my Hobby Room renovation.  I posted a video showing the work that I had competed and my hobby room layout.  One of my goals was to use the space for a period of time before finalizing my hobby desk.  I spent the last few days breaking down my hobby desk and putting it back together again.  One of the challenges I was having was not enough work space.  I had too much stuff on the desktop and I could only work on one project at a time.  I was also using my space as a catch all for my hobby stuff and it was getting cluttered. 

One of the reasons I decided to go with this Ikea set up was the low cost to replace the desk top if it got damaged over time.  The wooden boxes on the top desk top caused it to sag in the middle due to the amount of weight was had become an issue.

Once I took the desktop and shelf down I had to flip around the brackets that held the shelf in place.  They were in the way and just bugged me. 

Once the brackets were flipped around I put my space back together again.  I started with a new desktop that I purchased for $30.  I took the original top shelf and cut it down to 15 inches to become a middle shelf and used the original desktop as the top shelf.  I also purchased some more storage boxes to hold all my paints.  These boxes cost $20 and each box holds 30 Vallejo paints, so that is 180 paints in total.  I have organized my paints by color and have a mixture of different brands and these boxes hold all my paints.  

Adding my light to the middle shelf is so much better on me and my old eyes.  I will add some extra lighting under the top shelf but it will be a soft light not a painting light.  Now I can set up my airbrush booth on my desk and still have room to work on other projects, all my paints are organized by color and put away.  I just really like how just adding this one shelf has changed my hobby desk and created my work space. 

Saturday, September 16, 2017

News From The Outpost Sept 16, 2017

Friday, September 15, 2017

Ork Weird Boy

So I spent this week working on my Weird Boy for my Ork army.  This model came out of the this box set.  It really fits in with the rest of my army and is just a great looking model. 

Not much to talk about with my painting style on this model.  I used a verity of different painting techniques from wet blending to good old fashion dry brushing.  I did use the rust wash that I talked about in my last post on the metal armor and the brass on the weapon.  I really like how this wash works on metallic colors and it will become part of my regular painting style.   

Now I have 1000 points painted up and ready to roll and I want to get another 1000 points done before the end of the year.  The challenge I have is not having the Ork Codex.  I am building my list based on the Index and feel that this list will change once the codex comes out.  Oh well just more models to paint, darn.