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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

40K 8th Edition

Social Media and the Internet are buzzing with all the news about 40K 8th edition coming out.  It seems GW is just killing it right now and really becoming the gaming company they once were.  To add to the new rules coming I guess GW is opening a store closer to my home so they must be anticipating increased sales in my local area.  I don't know what woke this sleeping dragon but it has turned my hobby life upside down and spun it around.

I was bitten by the GW bug again and will be jumping on the 8th edition band wagon.  We still have some time till the new rules come out so I decided to start working on my Custodian army.  This army caught my interest when they were released but I just let it pass.  Then I had a friend offer to trade his small force with me and I couldn't resist.   Below is a picture of what I received in the trade.

 
So while at Adepticon I picked up a few more things for my new army.  This is the first time I really purchased any Forge World models and they are amazing.








What I like about the Custodian army is it can be used for 30K or 40K and will really push me to learn how to paint metallic colors.  Early this week I decided to paint up one of the models.  My buddy had already primed them using the GW gold, which cost about the same as real gold.  I just gave the model a wash with Reikland Fleshshade, highlighted with some P3 Radiant Platinum and pulled out some details.  It only took me a few hours to finish the model and it turned out pretty good.






Then for the base I used the GW Agrellan Badland Texture, one it dried gave is a wash and some dry brushing.  Added some static grass and called if done. 




I am happy with my results so I will be finishing the rest of the models the same way.  Now lets just hope the new rules don't suck and maybe I will pull out my Orc collection and get that finished. 

Aerodrome 2.0 update

I finished my second plane for Aerodrome 2.0.  I has some issues with the decals on this Zero.  A few of the decals broke apart while finishing the model.  It was frustrating and I was able to fix most of the damage.  I had to paint over the yellow in the tail and it went on a bit thick.  I am not trying to create display models so it will work as a gaming piece for now. 




 I also started cutting up some MDF to be used as bases.  This is 3/4 inch MDF so it will be heavy enough to support the planes while at high elevation.  Next I need to buy some square tubing to put in the round holes.  I made 10 bases for now I might cut some more this weekend just to have extras on hand. 


I am also working on a trade with a local gamer.  He has a collection of 1/72 planes so we are going to work out a trade for my Xwing stuff I don't play anymore.  With this trade I will be able to get my American Pacific force done and a good start on some German planes.  I will be hunting down some more Zero's to finish a Pacific collection and get this game on the table.  I still have a lot of work to do but it is exciting working on a project like this. 

Friday, April 21, 2017

Shadow War: Armageddon

Another big release from GW has caused more distractions in my hobby progress.  Shadow War: Armageddon is a re-branding of Necrmunda.  The first release is a starter box with the rules, two forces and tons of terrain.  I picked up two copies of the starter box so I could have more terrain that I don't have a place to store.  What is good about this terrain is it is modular and it can be taken apart and stored in a small container so I should be able to find a place to store it.  Another thing to point out is all the pieces go together great because GW has added indicators notches so we are not just gluing two flat spots together.  I must say this is some of the best terrain GW has put out. 













I also did some chopping on this crab looking thing and freed it from its chains.  Now it can be a moving piece of terrain.


This release has gotten me excited to start building more terrain.  I purchased a resin casting kit form Micro-Mark and will cast up some of the floor pieces to expand my collection.  My though is to put a few of these floor pieces together to create a base for the rest of terrain to be set on.  I don't know exactly what I will be doing but I will keep you posted. 

 






Aerodrome 2.0

I have made some progress on Aerodrome 2.0 and started building some planes.  I decided it would be best to use 1/72 scale planes because of the availability of these models.  This scale also offers a lot of decal options and someone could create a historical squadron if they wanted to.  I built the Corsair and it was a rather simple kit.  It is an Academy kit and has a fair amount of detail.  I had to remove some of the smaller detail pieces because this is a gaming model and these small details will get broken off.  I also fogged the clear plastic because I didn't want to paint the cockpit. 








I also started work on a Zero which is a Tamiya kit and it has a lot of detail.  I am not adding a lot of the detail pieces again and I don't think anyone will notice.  Once I get this model done I will be able to start playing the game.  You will notice that the plane is resting a some square tubing, that will be the way the altitude is adjusted.  We will just add another section of tubing to adjust the altitude and this will keep the planes for spinning when being moved.


 

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Hobby Update

After coming back from Adepticon I was all pumped up to get some hobby projects done.  The first thing I did was picked up all my new models from my local store for Test of Honour.   I am a fan of Warlord games and this game has me excited to paint up some Samurai. 


I went on a building rampage to get a small force put together so we could so we could start pushing it around on the table.  My first game was fun and the rules remind me a lot of AoS, simple and straight forward encouraging players to create house rules.  The demos I played at Adepticon and the videos don't really showcase this game.  The ability and injury cards add so much more to the game.  The cards create a campaign element because they stay with your samurai.  Once we get a few more players and some models painted we will start a map campaign like Risk taking over territories throughout Japan. 


While I was at Adepticon I picked up a 4ground building just for this game.  I really like the 4ground product and this was a simple kit to assemble.  Just like most 4ground kits the instructions are not always that clear and some mistakes happened.  I was able to fix most of my mistakes and the few that I didn't will not be noticed once on the table.  I will be picking up a few more so I can put together a nice table to play the game. 



I also finished a my unit of Ursus Infantry for K47.  I am still working on this army just not getting it on the table as much these days.  Warlord has slowed down with new releases for this game and I hope once Test for Honour has been out for a few months they will get some more releases out for K47.   


My rules for Aerodrome 2.0 showed up last week and I am excited to get this game on the table.  I decided to use 1/72 scale aircraft so that the game will stand out on the table.  I already started assembling a Corsair I had from another project and will be using my airbrush to get it painted.  This will be a long term project painting up all the planes that I need.       

Also this weekend GW is releasing Shadow War: Armageddon which will be another distraction for me.  The good thing about this release is I don't need to paint anything to play it.  I already have enough Ork models painted so it will just be learning the rules.  I do know that I will be building and painting the terrain for the local store because it is just great looking terrain.

Lots going on and more planned for the rest of the year, stay tuned.   

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Adepticon 2017: Final Thoughts

I feel I have covered my experience to Adepticon 2017 well over the past few posts.  I am still going to talk more about my last painting class however I need to set aside a few hours to write that post.  It is the wet blending class with Aaron Lovejoy and he covered a lot of information is a small period of time.  I will attempt to get it done this week just not sure when.

For this post I am just going to share my thoughts about the event and my experiences.  If you can't already tell I had a great time at the Adpeticon and will be attending again in the future.  This was the 15th  year and the organizer really have it down.  I am sure behind closed doors they had some issue but for a first timer it appeared well run and organized.  There were enough activities to keep people entertained playing games or taking classes all day long.  I am glad that I did not sign up for any of the tournaments and just enjoyed the atmosphere.  Like I said going into this, I just wanted to hang out, geek out and get my drink on and that is what I did.  My wife was with me during the event and she really enjoyed what the hotel had to offer.  She was able to work out and just have a relaxing time by herself and than we got together in the evenings for dinner.  The trip was just a great time for both of us to get away from our daily lives.  

The vendor hall was very impressive and the vendors went all out with their set ups.  They had nice demo tables and displays to lure people like me right in.  I played a lot of demo games to see what is out on the market.  It was just a lot of fun to play different games, look at the amazing models and demo boards.  I purchased a lot of stuff and most of my money was spent with Forge World for my next project.   All of the vendors just did an amazing job promoting their products and the hobby.

What really made the event were all of the other attendees.  Being around so many other like minded people added to the atmosphere.  It was easy to start a conversation with people and just talk about gaming.  I didn't have any negative experiences with anyone and made new friends.  The best part was finally meeting the people I talk to on Twitter.  I got to hang out with a few and say Hi to a lot more.  Now we can say we know each other and not just followers on Twitter. 

Being the realist that I am, if I went to Adepticon every year all the excitement would ware off seeing all the cool stuff.  When we go back again I will sign up for a one day event or schedule some time to play with other friends.  For my first time attending, just taking a few classes each day gave me more than enough time to enjoy everything that was going on.  I didn't miss anything that I wanted to see or do and really just had a great time. 

I was able to check off another box from the bingo card, "Paint a model not in your usual spot".  I think painting at Adepticon counts for this.   


Friday, March 31, 2017

Adepticon 2017: Painting Better and Faster

This class was not what I thought it was going to be.  I was looking for help learning how to paint faster and this was more about short cuts to blending and glazing.  It was still a fun class and I did learn about glazing.

Painters talk about GLAZING their models however I never understood what they meant by it.  Well let me give you a brief understanding.  Glazing is really controlled washing and pushing the pigments towards the end result.  The key to glazing is watering down your paints to a wash consistency.


This is a picture of the instructors wet pallet and he is working with the paints in the corner of the pallet.  It looks like water droplets and he also mixed the blue on the pallet by dragging the white across the pallet.  This created all the tones he needed for the model in one action.

The concept is to start in the middle of the two colors you are working with and then push the colors away from each other.  The paint is so thin that you are pushing the pigment away from the starting point and depositing where you stop.


This is what I did during class and it turned out good.  I drew my paint out like the instructor did and had my three shades.  My paint was not as thinned down as the instructors but it was thinned down more then I normally use.  Everything started in the middle of the ridges on the coat.  The base was pushed down into the recesses.  The middle tone I started closer to the recesses and pushed up and the highlight started just below the ridges of the coat and finish the glazing.  The end result was a nice smooth transition between the three colors and it did not take that long.  It is a short cut to glazing and is something I might use on some models.  I feel this is something to be used on larger models with more flat surfaces but on an infantry models.  I prefer wet blending on smaller models and will be talking more about that in my last post.  The last picture shows the model in better light and you can see the glazing a bit better.  









Thursday, March 30, 2017

Adepticon 2017: Badger Ghost Tint Class

This was a great class about Ghost Tints from Badger.  I am not sure if this a product of Badger or being distributed by Badger.  The name on the bottle is Minitaire and they have a range of acrylic paints.  



The Ghost Tint line has 12 different shades of tints.  Tints are different than paint, they are translucent so the base color show through.  The other thing about these tints is they re-hydrate, if you layer the tints they will mix or blend due to the re-hydration.  The re-hydration can also be caused by sweat so touching the model can be an issue.  So it is really important after you paint the model it is clear coated, it is best to use a dull coat because the product goes on glossy.

The class was taught using an airbrush and the tints go on best this way.  The sample model was primed black and we did zenith highlighting on the edges in white.  I started with a dark red as my base color over the black.  I went back through and applied the zenith highlights to the wings and face.  I used the Plasma Fluid on the highlights and then applied a the Yellow.  It all turned Green.  I did the same thing on the chest but with Yellow and Reds creating Orange.

The first two photos are from the class room and the lighting was not that good.  The second two photos are from my home and the lighting was better.  





  
The magic of this product is the re-hydration and the layering of the colors to create different shades or colors.  It is also good just as a single color over a good base coat with highlights but blending the colors is fun.  You can even use other types of base coats like metallic and grays to create different shades.

The best way to describe this paint is the candy apple paint they use on custom cars.  The laying down of a metal flake paint and going over it with a tint paint.  It just creates a very bright color while using the base to enhance the tint.  

We were given all the colors to take home with us plus an airbrush cleaning kit, well worth the $20 cost of the class.  I went in the class knowing very little about the paint and now you know as much as I do.  What I will need to do next is just spend some time playing with the paints and mixing the colors to figure out what works best together.  With the limited color line you can't mix too many colors but with good base coats who knows what we can create.  The down side to this paint is the re-hydration.  If you make a mistake you can't just go back over it.  You either stripe the model back down or put a clear coat over the paint and start all over again.  It is not a paint for beginners and will require practice before working on my Forge World models.  It is just another tool in the tool box to help us with our hobby.

I will repeat, the paint does re-hydrate so it needs to be shot with a clear coat even before adding paint with a brush.