Sunday, October 27, 2019

Zomtober 2019 Week 4 More Mantic's TWD


Another year and another Zomtober completed.  Painting is a real chore for me nowadays so anything over 4 figures completed for the month and I consider it a win, and for this last week I finished up another 7 models - plus a scenery piece and an initiative marker.


First up is Michonne. This is a pretty neat pose I must say.


Next is Lacey.


I tried something different with this Walker in the jumpsuit since it looked like he worked in some kind of automotive business. I made up a Texaco motor oil logo for the back of his jumpsuit. I like the idea, I just don't think the execution was where I'd like it to be.


A couple of walkers from prison set.


And the final two walkers for 2019.


I also finished one of the crashed cars from the scenery set.


I like the rust effects, but I think I may have gone overboard on the weathering, and definitely don't care for how the windows turned out.


I also finished the badge from the starter set. I used a brush flicking technique to put the little specks of blood on the badge and think it actually looks pretty good. Too bad it's a piece that will probably never be used lol!


I have this really great app on my phone and tablet called Hoopla where you can register your library card with the app and it allows you check out movies, music, television shows, and comic books - well this has allowed me to read the first 35 issues of The Walking Dead comics this month, so I decided to have a bit of fun with this last photo and change it to a pencil drawing as a nod to the comics 😀

Until next time, thanks for looking!
Ivor

Sunday, October 20, 2019

Zomtober 2019 Week 3 With Mantic's TWD


Much better output this week than last week as the poison ivy debacle has almost completely cleared up. I went back to survivors this time around, all from Mantic's 'The Walking Dead All Out War' game and got 9 based up.


Have you ever bought so much stuff over the course of the year that you totally forget what you actually have stashed away in boxes? Yeah, that's me in a nutshell. A lot of these models I'd totally forgot I had - like Brian Blake here from the Woodbury set. And apologies for the photos, the lighting during the day is very difficult to try to get right up in the studio 😕


Sandra.


Andy.


Derek.


Negan, from the exclusive set.


Otis.


Allen.


Carlos.


Billy.


I also painted up this really neat objective marker from the exclusive set that Negan came in. I absolutely love little pieces like this 😀

Until next time, thanks for looking!
Ivor

Sunday, October 13, 2019

Zomtober 2019 Week 2 With Poison Ivy


No, not the Batman villain. I actually got poison ivy last week - and to make matters worse I actually got it around my left eye and it swelled up something fierce! Living on the farm getting poison ivy is nothing new for me, I'm good to get it several times a year and as annoying as it is I can usually power through it without seeking medical attention, but this time, not so much. It took me out of commission for quite a while and obviously made it difficult to get anything done this week for Zomtober, but I did manage to sneak a few completed models in at the last minute.


Anyone who has followed the blog for a while knows that I'm not a big fan of multipart plastic models - especially the WWII ones where trying to glue weapons into hands and arms is enough to make me bang my head against the nearest wall. But the Mantic zombie models for Kings of War are really nice and have some really incredible poses - much more aggressive than any of the undead you'll find in Mantic's The Walking Dead game so that's what I decided to give a go for this week.


The one thing I think I finally figured out is an undead skin tone. I have struggled with this from the very first time I tried to paint undead and have been trying all kinds of different recipes over the years with varying degrees of success, but I think I finally have a winner. The models are primed with the new Games Workshop Grey Seer, then I used Vallejo's Pale Grey Blue to paint all the skin.


I then washed the skin with Army Painters Green Tone Quickshade wash and that made all the difference in my eye (the one that was working at least lol!). I decided to not go all blood and gore on these models as I feel less is more with these types of undead figures.


I did a couple of other figures really quickly using some contrast paints since I only had a few models completed. First was this monk from Effin Cool Minis through their last Kickstarter.


I have 9 more completed but still need to get them based. The red contrast paint made them paint up really easily. I also have some really fun terrain pieces to go with the set that I hope to get completed in the near future.


When I first saw these monk figures it reminded me of what was my piece de resistance of my teenage Dungeons and Dragons years and the adventure 'Master of the Desert Nomads'. The last part of the adventure took place in this monastery high up in the mountains where this group of monks offer help, food, and shelter to the party but when night time comes they change into their true forms - sort of like vampire/undead creatures, making the adventuring party their targets. It made for an absolutely incredible gaming experience and was just the perfect ending to what was already an incredible adventure.


So that's what I was trying to accomplish with these models, and why the undead have red clothing - the monk models would represent the day time and the creepy undead models would represent the night time versions. So ideally I'd like to complete 7 more of the Mantic zombies, which will give me equal numbers for the day and night monks.


Something I would really love to try to do is to run that adventure again. I've subtlety been dropping hints to my son to see if there is any interest from him about playing, and now that I belong to an actual gaming club, who knows, maybe that could be a possibility. But ultimately I'd love to use my much improved terrain building skills and all the models I have to just build the monastery in 28mm. It is something that I've thought about for a long time now, and something that could be pretty impressive visually I think - and could even be used for other types of games, pulp or spy-fi for instance. We shall see :)


And finally just for fun, and since it's October, I painted up the Mummy from Crooked Dice's Pulp Kickstarter. This is a fantastic model and with the contrast paint took no time at all to complete.

Until next time, when hopefully both my eyes will be fully functioning, thanks for looking!
Ivor

Thursday, October 3, 2019

Zomtober 2019 Week 1 With Bad Squiddo's Van Helsing


I think this qualifies for Zomtober as it kind of falls into that undead/horror category - anyway that's my story and I'm sticking to it 😀 I have finally got my Van Helsing models from Bad Squiddo based and completed.


Sure Van Helsing isn't a great movie, but I have no problem admitting that I do like it a lot 🙂  I really like the filtered and muted colors that it is filmed in and there are several really neat sequences, like the opening fight with Mr. Hyde and the carriage chase just to name a few.


The three brides from the film are definitely a highlight - that sequence when they attack the town is really good and could make for a really fun scenario on the tabletop I think.


These vampire hunters I think are modeled after one of the old Hammer horror films, I could be wrong though.


Someone gets these guys a couple of garlic t-shirts and holy water stat!


This chap has a sword of D&D proportions! I like it 😀


I didn't realize that the two females were also vampires and mistakenly painted their skin like they spend their days at a tanning salon. Oh well, fixing that has now gone to the top of the to do list.


A close up of Dracula with Anna in the background.


And a close up of a couple of those lovely brides, well probably more deadly than lovely 😀


Here is the list so far - hopefully we'll add more to the list - of other blogs participating in this year's Zomtober

Kieron at Cheaphammer!!!
Simon at Fantorical
Terry at Miniature Mayhem
Azazel at Azazel's Bitz Box

Until next week, thanks for looking!
Ivor

Monday, September 30, 2019

A Game... At An Actual Game Club?!


Yes, you actually read that correctly. We have a local game club, Shieldwall Game Club, that just opened up a few weeks ago - and it's only about 15 minutes or so from the farm. For years I've had no one to really roll dice with and within the last several months I've met new gaming friends and now a club opens up, madness I tell you!


The club was doing a big order of mouse pad mats at a discount so Beau and I jumped on that and ordered a couple of mats for ourselves. When the mats came in I thought why not bring Bolt Action up there to play since we're going there anyway - BA is definitely one of the more popular games being played right now.  It was definitely a bit of a last minute thing so we weren't able to create a table up to the usual high standards that we like (I literally threw some terrain into a box before I jumped in the car), but I guarantee you next time it will be! And never mind the fact that we hadn't played BA in years as shown by the fact that I still had version 1 quick reference sheets that we were using for the first couple of order dice lol!


Anyway, it was still fun just to roll some dice and to meet the new owner of the club Jeff - who just seems like a really great guy and I wish him all the best in being able to keep the club going and more importantly growing.


I used my US 82nd Airborne and Beau brought along his German Herr. Knowing how I both roll and play I made sure to have plenty of my casualty figures available!


We were just going to play a simple shoot 'em up but I have this really cool downed pilot model so we used that as the objective instead to give the game a little more narrative - the idea being that this allied pilot had been shot down and was hiding out in the destroyed church. Each of us had to try to reach him first and then get him off the table. Basically it was the "Top Secret" mission.


Like I'd mentioned above it had been forever since either of us had played Bolt Action so there was plenty of questions like "how does that work again?" "how many shots does that get?" "they can move how far?" "that hits on what again?" etc. Thankfully Jeff  was there painting up some models, so he was answering questions as we stumbled along.


I managed to get my MMG team in a great position to stop Beau from snatching the pilot easily, but as per usual my dice rolling was pretty horrific and they absolutely did nothing to stop him from rolling right up to the church.


I didn't get a close up photos of Beau's models but trust me when I say that they looked absolutely fantastic!


As you might have guessed he managed to get to the pilot first and successfully escorted him off the table for the victory. He took out a whole lot more of my airborne as well so overall it would have been a landslide victory for him, but at least I didn't get tabled lol!


But here has been the best part of having new people to game with and now a club where we'll meet even more new people - it's totally motivating me to complete things I have started in the past and to start things that have sat in boxes for way too long. This 4Ground Pegasus Bridge model is a perfect example of that.


As I mentioned Bolt Action is a pretty popular game at the club right now so seeing all the talk and photos of games going on got me thinking about finally finishing up this beast that I let go to the wayside for years now. Operation Deadstick is definitely something I think the club will see in the future with my bridge as the centerpiece.


The rabbit hole that I'm now headed down though is painting all the exposed wood sides.


The difference when painted really makes the model look 100 times better, but it's taking 100 times longer to complete lol!


Another fun little model that has sat in its box for way too long is this submarine from Empress Miniatures. I bought this, I think, two years ago and did absolutely nothing with it despite it being a super cool center piece to any table.


While talking about different games and ideas Jeff mentioned how he really wanted to do some kind of commando raid with a submarine. When I got home that night I found the box and made some plans to start prepping it for getting built.


It originally came in six pieces but I glued it into three pieces, though I may just go ahead and glue it all together so I won't have the extra exposed gaps. They were pretty bad honestly, but I think the filler will make it look like they were never there after I get some paint on it.


The conning tower will take some serious work to fill gaps so we'll see how that pans out, but overall I'm super pleased with how the sub is looking so far and when I showed Jeff the WIP photos he was excited at the possibilities.


In farm news, the addition is finally completed!


This is where we were six months ago.


And four months ago.


Seven new stall added on to the existing barn, which gives us a total of thirteen now.


But here's the kicker, this is the space above the new stalls... look at all that elbow room. This just crushes my current game/studio! 35'x70' with high ceilings, yes please lol! It would be the perfect space for gaming and hobbying but unfortunately it'll never happen - maybe I can throw a table or two up there if I get a few people to come over though, that way no one will be banging their head on the ceiling of my game room at the cottage.


And finally a shout out to my brother from another mother Jay White over at Jay's Wargaming Madness - he sent me this brilliant shirt a few weeks ago. Jay and I have been following each other's blogs for years now but more importantly have developed a friendship while never actually meeting each other (yet anyway!). I had sent him a parody Die Hard shirt last Christmas and now have tried to one up him as I sent him a Lord of the Rings parody shirt last week for his epic LotR game he ran at Kublacon. This is what I absolutely love about this hobby, the community and friendships it builds.

As always, thanks for looking!
Ivor