Monday, July 26, 2021

You Rebel Scum...

Here we have a generic Mon Calamari rebel officer and my first painted squad of rebel troopers all looking fit, and ready for battle.

Whereas here is the side the Imperial troops most often see, the backsides of their retreating

I have several gaming friends and acquaintances who insist that Star Wars Legion is the BEST GAME EVAR!!! As for me however, whilst I do enjoy painting the minis for it...I honestly have no real want to actually try and play the game. Oh I might try it...maybe, but meh, I'm not really looking to. 

I was tempted to paint their skin grey, as they look like the stereotypical 'greys', but the blue provided I nice contrast to the otherwise very drab uniforms and kit.

They do paint up quickly, and fairly easily lacking GW's skull and/or oath parchment on every surface design philosophy. Both Mon Calamari as well as the Duro standing straight up are 3D printed, whereas the rest are *official* models. One gripe with SWL is the lack of miniature variety. 

The core game gives you 2 IDENTICAL squads of rebels troopers. In a rebel alliance of a myriad of alien races, that's just kinda boring to me. Endless repetition amongst Clones, Storm Troopers and droids? Sure, no problem, but a mismatched collection of rebels? Not so much..

The eyes on these two were a bitch to paint, and honestly I still don't like 'em after several tries...

That's why in my small collection, about half of the minis are 3D printed, so that no 2 models are the same. A rare feat in this game it seems to me. Also I have a generic commander as much like Warmahordes, I'm tired of seeing the same dozen or so characters lead every battle (which is also why I almost never field special characters in 40k). Were I to actually play this game though, I'd need a named character as the generic ones look to be substantially weaker than their unique counterparts. 

 The trooper one on the left has an ion gun, whereas the guy on the right is the squad leader. Speaking of, the Ubese helm on his base came from a 3D printed sculpt of Leia in her Return of the Jedi bounty hunter disguise that I didn't like. That mini's legs were way, waaaay too long. 

After taking these pics I did go back and reflock the bases of all but the Mon Calamari. I think they look much better now. My second squad is now primed and after I finish painting them, I have a 1.4fd P-Tower team to finish out this little force (I'm saving that for last as an incentive to paint the other 5 grunts first). 

Friday, July 23, 2021


Hey! You! Yeah you! Stop humming the A-Team TV show theme!!

As mentioned in my prior post, Frankie has dubbed his YT-1300 the Red Kraken. Originally, its name was to be based on/named after the starter world Bracca from the video game Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order. Looking for variations thereof, I mentioned the mythical Kraken and shortly thereafter Frankie arrived at the name: The Braccin

Not sure if he really wanted a dirty ship, though he was quite impressed with the initial drybrushing layer. 

Frankie rather likes my Scarlet Harlot as well as the pics of both Ol' Ironsides and especially the Blue Waffle (no, he DOES NOT know what that actually is!). As such I was thinking he'd want me to convert his YT, most likely to the central cockpit variety of the Waffle. However with blade in hand he stopped me and requested only a repaint. 

My instructions were as follows:

I have a few more of these coloring sheets, and may color some myself...just for the hell of it.

Skip forward to our game last week, and quoting Liam Neeson from some movie I didn't like, I said: 'UNLEASH THE KRAKEN!' (whilst he proceeded to kill one of my TIE fighters). However he corrected me calling it the Red Kraken. Thus his ship was officially named. 

Oddly, the engine looks kinda like a toothy grin to me.

Like most of my rebel ship repaints (and my paint jobs in general), this ship looks weather beaten and worn. She's clearly been around the block galaxy a few times, but is nonetheless ready for combat! I did however explain to him new model syndrome and how it also applies to painted minis. Nonetheless he's looking forward to using again soon. 

Not sure when we'll have the opportunity to play X-Wing again, but regardless he'll (I'm sure happliy) take possession of the ship this evening. 

The rarely seen underside. 

Monday, July 19, 2021

Another round of X-Wing


Been quiet here of late, due to a bit of family vacationing in Chicago. It was HOT! Expensive...but a hellova lot of fun. We really needed it and enjoyed ourselves immensely. Following that was a week of catching back up to reality...and finally this past Saturday evening, a 2nd game of X-Wing with Frankie. He's asked me to play close to a half dozen times since our last game, and he wanted to play a 'real game' this time, not a super simplified starter game. 

So we played the standard 100 points, though I still left out rockets, missiles, torps, bombs, mines and ion. We also fielded what would be Neverness approved lists of all canon to the original trilogy ships, with the only named pilot being Chewbacca in the Millennium Falcon Red Kraken (once it is painted). There's a bit of an evolution in that name, but I'll explain that in a later post. 

As usual it was turn 2 or 3 when both sides finally met and the general scrum began in earnest.

Despite having a YT-1300 flown by Chewbacca, he was a bit intimidated by the 6-strong TIE swarm.

Or at least he was until he realized just how fragile they are...

Despite the deep space map, we were clearly close to a nearby star, and it blinded me for a good part of the game.

Two TIEs down for no losses, Frankie was feeling a bit confident with his prospects of victory...

The board has thinned out a bit, with me having him once again outnumbered in terms of ships, if not hit points remaining. 

Eventually if came down to my TIE shuttle veteran leader and the Kraken in a 1 v. 1 duel of attrition that I was slowly losing. In this pic, the YT is parked on an asteroid. Despite explaining asteroids thoroughly, Frankie missed few opportunities to crash into them.

My wounded pilot (reduced to PS:0 due to a crit.) has had enough of the circling and sniping and goes into a (fatal) suicide charge, ending the game. 

So I lost again. However this was still a learning game and thus I made him pick another maneuver when half way thru Chewbacca tried to K-Turn right off of the map. Indeed several turns later I let him shimmy the Kraken over a smidge after it technically flew slightly off of the opposite side of the map. So the loss is technically kindova moot point, but whatever.

Those two glitches aside, he's really catching on quickly and we had a whole lot of fun! Also this was the first time I ever had good success with the TIE shuttle. Using the veteran pilot, Push the limit and having a recon specialist crew upgrade really worked out well!

Monday, July 5, 2021

Adeptus Mechanicus Vanguard test model is complete


Many sacred unguents and oils will be needed after this dusty campaign...

No idea with what's up with that 'splash' of wash on the right bottom of his coat. No amount of scrubbing would remove it (unless I wanted to take the paint with it, and I didn't...).

I've decided that this icon is a Forgeworld marking. However as to which Forgeworld....? 

Looks decent enough, despite some weird pooling effects of the dust wash on the back of his coat. One complaint that I've had with my Coyotes is that their bases didn't match the dust wash. Thus I based this guy differently and I think it works nicely (meaning my lone painted squad of Coyotes will need to be rebased to match). 

I added some brown as well as greenish brown tufts to simulate the local grasses quickly dying due to being irradiated by this guy. Very much in keeping with the Vanguard's fluff I think. 

My generic flocking is an equal mix of sandbox sand, green flock and railroad train ballast or some such that I've used for years. As always, nothing fancy but it works I think. The bleached bone base shows thru just enough to blend in with the wash, making the light dusting much more plausible.

As my first Admech model completed, I'm tempted to do a Star Trek cross over and name him 1 of 9 as that's just how many admech minis I have, lol.  

Monday, June 28, 2021

It was a Star Wars Friday night with Frankie


My GF's son is (like me) a bit of a Star Wars nut. As such, the other evening when they were staying at my house for the night he asked What am I going do to entertain myself now? It was too brght outside for a proper light saber duel, his Switch was at home and my XBox has finally kicked the bucket. So I suggested: Let's play X-Wing. 

He had no idea what that entailed but with the name X-Wing he was all for it. I paired it down going super simple (having not played myself since 2019, I was a bit rusty, much less teaching it to someone new to mini gaming in it's entirety). We had 2-ships a piece (approx. 40pts.), Frankie fielded 2 Rookie piloted X-Wings with no upgrades, whereas I had 2 Gold Squadron Y-Wings with R2 Astromechs (to keep them from being too terrible). 

Initially calling it a literal training mission, I belatedly realized I was using Scum & Villainy dials, so instead I guess my Y-wing pilots went rogue and the X-Wings were sent to hunt down the defectors. No asteroids, or or obstacles, and in lieu of target locks, I opted for barrel rolls as well as the standard focuses. 

I didn't take too many pics, but here's kinda how the game went:

It was about two turns in of just maneuvering along with rules explanation before I thought to actually take a pic. This was the first turn of any real shooting and my Y's abysmal lack of evasion dice came sharply into focus.

It was only after losing all of my shields, and taking a few structural hits that my pilots to actually fight back with some decent die rolls, by taking this X-Wing's shields out in one volley.

He really seemed to enjoy the hidden and thus unpredictable movement mechanic.

First blood, one of my Y-Wings disintegrates under the onslaught of beginner's luck.

I did manage to take out one Xing, but only moments later my other Y went boom much to Frankie's delight!

All in all he really enjoyed the game and whilst we didn't have any time for another game this weekend, he's asked several times since when we'll get to play again! He also rummaged thru my collection, as well as my showing him pics of ships that I've converted and painted for others. He really liked this YT conversion, so I've bid on a Millennium Falcon on eBay and in the event I win it (and if I don't I'll just bid on another one), I'll convert it just the same and then paint it up to his liking. 


My young Padawan warming up in the back yard.

After the game it was dark, and time for a proper light saber duel...I might need a GoPro for a proper video of that sort of fun. To my surprise, he was much more aggressive than I thought he'd be! Much fun was had, and we couldn't help but laugh as cars slowed considerably as they drove by, and indeed we even heard one kid yell: 'THAT'S SO COOL!' out of one passing car, lol.

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

A Cogboy and a Corsair


I'm quite certain that those runes are insulting in one language or another...

T'was a busy week, but I did manage a little bit of hobby time. Finally managing to get some flat black Panzer grey primer (the latter was close enough, since the former is sold out everywhere locally). As such I primed my small contingent of AdMech minis. They'll serve as an allied contingent to my Incandescent Coyotes, though theoretically they'll likely work well with any of my space marine armies. 

I can easily imagine that incense brazier getting caught on something and yanking this guy off of his feet as a (comical) result. 

This mini is my first WIP model which it was later pointed out to me on FB resembles the paint scheme of the Deimos Forge World. That just happens to be purely coincidental, not that I figured I'd have any sort of original color scheme by this point. Indeed, I'm sure that every possible variation of any possible color scheme has been tried by somebody somewhere. 

Not sure if that'll be just a unit marking, or that of his parent Forge World.

I'm liking it thus far. As per the norm, I thought I was ready to start inking, but instead noticed a slew of needed touch ups in the photos. After fixing those issues, I'll head on to the weathering. Given that these guys are intended to back up my Coyotes, they'll eventually be slathered in the dust wash which will later be blended in once dry for a truly dust caked appearance. No worries though, I'm sure that all of that grit has no ill-effect on Skitarii performance, nor requires any added maintenance needs...

This one's pose with the blade is a little awkward, but it works.

Also, I cranked out another Eldar Corsair. These guys really are simple speed paints which is a nice change from the somewhat tedious norm. This particular model wasn't present for his squad's battlefield debut, however he looks forward to slaughtering some Ratlings just like his brethren did!

SKULLS FOR THE SKULL THR-oh wait! Wrong army...

Monday, June 7, 2021

Two Eldar Corsairs and a Viet Cajun walk into a bar...

You aren't really expecting a punchline are you?

One of these is not like the others...

This week, not having any particular project in mind I just picked minis from within the horde scattered around my hobby area and painted whatever struck my fancy. First up, the Viet Cajun:

Love this sculpt!

Viet Cajun is actually a food genre I recently discovered whilst watching the Netflix series Ugly Delicious. As soon as I head those two words mentioned in conjunction, this mini came to mind!

Originally I had intended to use this mini as an adeptus mechanicus...something, but he/she's way too ragged to fit in with that little contingent. Thus Stargrave will become his/her home I think. 

I recently ordered up the rules PDF and have a multitude of 'off brand' minis (as that GW elitist Neverness would say) to populate my crews. I'm thinking this VC will serve as a locally hired guide or the like.

Speaking of GW, I also painted an Eldar Corsair armed with a shard carbine, as well as a Corsair Fire Dragon (the first ever Fire Dragon that I've painted I might add). I have another 5 of each yet to paint, plus a unit of my spar-glaive equipped Corsairs.  These both went relatively quickly and am sure I can knock the rest out fairly quickly (though whether or not I actually will remains to be seen). 

Similar yet different. Consistency isn't really a thing amongst my Corsair units. 

The yellow flowers are new, though most will end up adorning Fem'Fau Tau bases

Whilst the Silver Drakes as a whole are fighting the Nids, small contingents are sent to fight in other warzones to keep the chapter from becoming too specialized. One can only hope that this one merely lost his helmet...