Thursday, April 19, 2018

ONE. TANK. ONLY.


Seriously what the hell? 

I opted to try Neverness' approach and took these finished
photos outside in natural light.

Oh, I know I said. I'll put aquilas on 3 sides, and then paint the feathers in a rainbow of colors! Sure. Sounds great. Unlike the marine's pauldrons there's no edges to help hold the bristles in
line, instead all that's needed is a steady hand. I can do that
right? 

The blue circle with the number 3 on the turret marks this out as having originally been the 3rd predator assigned to the Rainbow Warriors' 9th Company. 

Well yes...apparently. 

Note the two service studs on the severed head. Clearly this was a marine, though from what chapter or renegade warband is unknown.

But it was a fucking nightmare to actually do! And of course after accomplishing that feat from hell, there comes the fact that this is the last surviving tank from a dying chapter. One whose last few marines have more important shit to do (like surviving) to not bother with cleaning the grime and filth off of the hull. As such, said filth obscures about half of the detail on those rainbow-painted-aquilas (which in hindsight might not be such a bad thing given my sloppiness).

So...once again, this tank is painted and ready to die do battle on the table top.

Anyways, the damned thing is done barring the clear coat (which I'm out of currently). I like it. Its filthy yes, but that's my usual preference for tanks anyways. So I guess for the Rainbow Warriors its onto either some more tactical marines, or else Primaris Lt. Budderbarz.

Monday, April 16, 2018

WIP: Rainbow Warriors Predator - Decals

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- Bourrasque -
To quote Stephen Colbert: 'Its French Bitch!' (and translates to Squall)
Fitting I think given that their iconography involves rainbows and lightning bolts.

Notta whole lot of progress since my last post. Mom and Dad were both in town, which is an exceptional rarity. That said neither got within a half mile of each other (though not much more than that...lol).


Anyways, with the 'fam' in town, hobby time was at a minimum. I managed at least to add the lightning to the front plate and doors, followed by GW's 'ard coat. Once dry, I added the decals. Normally the application of decals is a profanity laden affair, but in this case I managed to apply all 10 without any issue what-so-ever. A feat never to be repeated I'm sure!


Next up, I need to paint the aquila feathers in a rainbow of colors I guess. Yeah, that ought to be 'fun'.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

The umpteenth predator repaint....

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Previously its been painted who knows how many times (at least 4 or 5 I'm thinking, one atop the other with no stripping in between). Then I sunk it in the simple green for a year and a half, scraping the resulting muck off only to start and stop painting once again, mid-project. Then I shelved it for another 6 months or so. However, now my ancient predator (my first ever GW purchase) is getting repainted yet again! 

Yeah....no.

When we last saw this venerable old wreck, it was bearing a partial Alpha Legion scheme for 30k. But...I didn't much like how it was turning out (seems what works on infantry doesn't necessarily translate to vehicles) and then I sold that army rendering the paint moot. I pondered selling it, but instead opted to repaint it (per tradition), this time in the colors of my Rainbow Warriors.

Better...

Currently its kinda plain and I think I'll keep it that way, opting instead for the usual grime and filth to be added after decals. As for those, I'm thinking of lightning streaks behind white aquilas (will have to root thru the decal collection to see what I have), maybe with rainbow painted feathers. 

In the harsh glare of this is iphone pic, you can see that the edges have been cleaned up and its pretty much ready for iconography and dirtying up.

Will see, but its proceeding nicely so far...

Monday, April 9, 2018

Gettin' back on the wagon...

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Yes, yes, I know I'm late!!

(The above image is from here.)

Wow. Two weeks? Hell, I didn't even take that long off when I got married! As far as I recall (too lazy to bother looking it up), that's the longest break in posts that this blog has ever had. So. What have I been up to?

Well, to be honest...not hobbying. 

The first missed post was due to the scouring of teh interwebz in search of a reasonably priced getaway for my Beloved Wolfy and I's 2nd anniversary. For some odd reason, I assumed that posting the comparative Kayak.com results for virtually every destination in a 3-hour driving range wasn't blog worthy, go figure. 

Following that frantic last minute search, we made a decision and then enjoyed a few glorious days in the nearby Kentucky Mountains! 

We highly recommend the place and will likely go back!

It was such a clear day, that if you look closely, you can see the distant Smoky Mountains from this vantage point up at the Pinnacle overlook at the Cumberland Gap National Park.

Following that (and I mean immediately...as in just a few hours after we arrived home: NURGLE ATTACK!!!!

Yes I felt as badly as those poor Guardsmen are about to...

Luckily (I guess?), due to Nurlge's frequent predations, we were loaded to the hilt with medications, both over the counter and prescription and I counter attacked with a vengeance! In the end, the battle came at the cost of 1.5 days of 'vacation' time (we don't have sick days where I work) and about 72 hours or so of sheer misery. 

Now, when I only occasionally cough (merciful that that is...) my entire torso still literally aches (its closer to agony if I'm honest) from the recent memory of the coughing nightmare earlier in the week.

During that bit of hell, the only vague sort of hobbying I managed was to watch a 2.5ish hour long, 8th ed bat-rep on youtube at Neverness' recommendation. Watching two friends play a game, even one I don't like is easily entertaining. Ya know, playing peanut gallery and all, but watching to guys on youtube? Not so much. At least the Ork player was kinda Orky (Ork players know what I mean), whereas the Marine player spoke in the same monotone voice though out.

...yawn...

I'm still not impressed with 8th ed's rules/game play either, though I do really like the Primaris minis, well the basic ones anyways. The Intercessors (even though their name sucks), Hellblasters and the Lieutenants. As such I figure I'll give it a go for the only applicable force I have, the Rainbow Warriors. 

Lieutenant Budderbarz has already arrived, and I only need another five Primaris marines with no upgrades (starter box minis basically) to make a 500 point army which is enough to fuck around with 8th ed for awhile, so that's doable. I've already written up and am tweaking my fluff for the Primaris...uh...transition for the Rainbow Warriors. 

Now hopefully I'll get back to posting regularly once more.


Monday, March 26, 2018

When ya hit a wall, paint it!

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For whatever reason, my hobby mojo has been a bit lacking here of late and I haven't really been motivated to paint/build anything. So...I figured that maybe just picking up a random project from way out of left field, and painting on that instead might just be the jolt to the system that I need. Thus, I found myself working the walls that go with my long forgotten Stirland Watchtower. 

There's no initials more deserving of that tombstone than those of the game itself!

Ah yes, good ol' Warhammer Fantasy, may it rest in peace. I guess at this point I ought to go ahead and start working on the base for it, though that'll make storage a bit of a problem. Indeed, I think that that's why I never finished this project in the first place. 

I'm pretty sure this was the layout I had had for this.

When finished it certainly won't be as grandiose a structure as Neverness' Death Castle. Rather this is just a humble watch tower.

The overhead view.

The 'L' on the roof, visible only to overhead flying heroes mounted on dragons and other such creatures, mark this out as one of the watch towers which guard the approaches to the city of Liecheburg. This forlorn city is situated on Stirland's western frontier, bordering the haunted hills and beyond those, the accursed realm of Slyvania.

I love these old maps! You can still find them here.

Painting these was a fun little afternoon diversion. They're now done for the most part, only needing a few little bitz and bobs painted up prior to gluing onto the base. Once complete, maybe I can use the tower for games of Mordheim or something, as that's just about all the painted remnants of my Stirland army would be fit for these days.

Thursday, March 22, 2018

The inevitable, but predictable failure of Palladium's Robotech Tactics Kickstarter...

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FIVE years ago...

I had just met this girl, and she was into gaming, and anime, and I told her about this new Robotech Kickstarter I went in on, and she thought it sounded really cool and...

FIVE years later...

As my Beloved Wolfy (that amazing girl described above) and I quickly close in on our 2nd wedding anniversary, that same Robotech kickstarter is finally spiraling thru it's sad, pathetic demise.

If you're a gaming geek, than you've no doubt heard about this uber-clusterfuck of a Kickstarter. If not...well, you can read a good synopsis here, or for the TLDR crowd, just go to 1D4chan's 'Kickstarter and controversy' section here. Better yet, just go to the comments on the actual KS page. Yup, 102,000+ comments of outrage and vitriol...YEARS of it! Hell for truly disgruntled backers, there's a private FB group pooling their rage for legal action!

Anyways, skipping to the present, ol' Kevin Siembieda, the thief...uh,so-called man in charge of  Palladium, posted the inevitable *update* explaining how 'due to forces beyond his control' (i.e.: his arrogance and complete mismanagement of this whole debacle in which he assigns blame to everyone but himself), indeed all that was missing was the violins playing as a sullen backdrop. BUT there was an option to get something else (from wave 1 which is being liquidated as the game is officially D.E.A.D.) in exchange for the (now confirmed) mythical wave 2.

Worth the wait? No.

Yeah, the KS's Rick Hunter's custom VT was unattainable, but Max & Miriya Sterling's custom VTs were for those attending adepticon. 4chan described most backers as just wanting unseen Battletech minis (yes, I am part of that supposed 98%) and as such ordered a box of Spartan/Phalanx Destroids (aka: Longbows/Archers).  Of course they were $5 more than my pledge and I'd have to pay the additional shipping. Whilst, it felt like throwing more good money after bad, I wanted to get something after 5 years of frustration. Thus, I paid the extra $12 and got the above boxed set.

The 4chan link above says these are some awful models to build and when finished, have some dreadful gaps, but...as I haven't opened the box yet, I'll save that rant for a future post.

Monday, March 19, 2018

Microworld tanks for Battletech

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I've always been a fan of the stats for Battletech's Goblin medium tank. The Goblin's been in use for longer than anyone can recall (seriously, in the fluff there's no start date for production), and used to varying degrees by just about every non-Clan faction. For the succession wars, its easily the best el cheapo MBT available, the only problem is, they never made a model for the original goblin, rather the mini is for the later redesign.

Here they are on a 1" grid.

Luckily, in an image search online, I at some point came across Microworld Games, a small company in New Jersey that makes pseudo OGRE tanks among other things.

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ATTENTION Steve Jackson Fans: THESE ARE THE MINIS YOU'RE LOOKING FOR!!! Unless of course you like paying outrageous ebay prices (cardstock OGREs? Wut?) for ancient minis..

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Anyways, I ordered a 3-pack of their New Terra MBTs , which with shipping came to pretty much the same price as a blister-pack of (2) Bulldogs from Iron Wind Metals (before they add shipping). So, a good deal in my book!

Being 15 tons lighter than a Manticore, they look to be just about right in size.

The casts are excellent and the minis look really good! Their scale is a close approximation of what the Goblin ought to be sized I think (though to be fair, scale of miniatures is the battletech miniature range's most consistently inconsistent flaw). They have a smaller light tank that I think I'll order in the near future to use as proxy Scorpion light tanks (especially as I loathe the actual Scorpion mini).

The gate on the rear hull, it just the right size (after being scraped flat) to look like a ramp for the tank's troop compartment. 

I probably ought to have gotten those at the same time as my proxy Goblins to save on shipping, but I opted not too given I didn't know of anyone who's bought their minis (and as a user of photoshop, I can assure you that photos lie!!), not to mention hobby funds provided by selling my little bit of Warmahordes stuff on ebay were limited. But, as I'm happy with this purchase, there's no longer any worry about product quality.