Thursday, 26 April 2018

Moving forward

Almost a year since my last post, time flies fast.
Much has happened since, I had to pack all my stuff into boxes and send them over to Australia, as this is where I live right now with my family.
Some sacrifices had to be made, such as leaving stuff behind and selling a whole lot else.
Unfortunately the hobbyscene here in Adelaide isn't exactly as I hoped it would be.
Most hobby-stores seem to have a focus on either boardgames or Games Workshop. Both aren't really something I was doing anything with, though I did buy AoS Skirmish and the new Malign Portents book, with the intention to start a Moonclan warband once I got the funds.
Work is something else I made some sacrifices in, as my youngest can't go to school yet over here and daycare is crazy expensive. So I'm currently on parental leave, not sure if we will go back to Belgium before the year ends and start working at the company I left again or if I will search for a new job over here.
The result however is that there is no drive, nothing to look forward to, when it comes to painting, so I played a lot of Skyrim when I had nothing on my hands.

Lately I did have a small skirmish game with my eldest which he liked (I did let him win on purpose :D) and I hope to do some more in the future.
Another thing which suddenly gave me something to work forward to is the fact that Mike of the World of Twilight is organising another painting competition after the succesful conclusion of his Kickstarter somewhere in 2017.
This has given me a focus I haven't had in quite some time and with a deadline also something to work towards.

Here's the first results of my work, I also did a lot of conversions but haven't painted these yet.
The 14th of May is when the competition ends, while I don't expect to win anything I hope to have at least two forces and some pampered critters painted by then.
Something I probably wouldn't have time for is a scene from the Lion King, with a 15mm Onsegar (sculpted by myself) on Pride Rock (made with cork).

And here's what I achieved so far. I must admit the quality of my painting isn't what it should be.
I'm a bit rusty and I'm painting in a bit of a rush as I had to wait for some supplies before I could get started, not to mention a long holiday to Tasmania.

One of the topics is a pampered Preepree (or other creature), which is in fact an excuse to get some of the may creatures Mike has sculpted painted. I decided to give my Preepree a cushion to sit on and converted a painted model so he looks like a servant who has to feed the spoiled creature.
A very easy conversion as I simply had to change his brush in a spoon and put some food in his bowl.
The cushion and base have been magnetized so I can take the Preepree of and put it on a cart for whenever it's owner wants to show it around (and get ambushed).

I'm also working on my Trebarnii and a Draxu, which I call a pampered pest, but both are still work in progress. With the ribbon I did a quick conversion on the Draxu, while the Trebarnii got some added pouches and such, just to make them look more individual. One of the brutes got his pose changed to make him look diferent, this wasn't so easily to do on the other Trebarnii though as they are all holding their spear with both hands. I have some things planned for the boss, but he's still in the greenstuff phase.

 Anyway, it's good to be back and have some fun with my hobby.
Thanks a lot for reading and until next time (which hopefully won't be to far in the future this time).


Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Solid support

Yesterday when I got home, my two oldest sons had a gift for me.
Jonathan, my eldest, had seen me using pebbles on my terrain pieces and he and his eldest brother had spend some of their free time at the day-care, where they stay during the school holiday, to search for some rocks.
They presented these to me proudly and asked if I could do 'something' with these.
It's probably unnecessary to say I was moved and a bit surprised. Even though I had talked to them about playing a game, this was the first time they decided to get themselves actually involved in one of my hobbies.
With a day off, I decided to see how far they were prepared to go and we sat around the table building terrain.
It was lovely to see their enthousiasm as they glued rocks together, added sand and flock and painting (under my guidance off course).
In the end I added some final touches and, ...
This is the result:

Not only are these great (and cheap) terrain pieces which models can use as cover or climb upon, they also come with a story and personal touch, which will hopefully help to keep them interested in the game for a long time to come. 

Thanks a lot for reading!


Saturday, 1 July 2017

Small animals and tall tales, or new beginnings part 2

Time goes fast when one's having fun and I'm currently having a ton of fun building terrain for a game I want to play with my two eldest sons.
I've also been painting as if in a frenzy on the miniatures. Not as a chore, but because I really enjoy painting them.
Another reason why I want it to be as perfect as I can manage is of course the fact I'm playing with children and for kids the visual aspect is a very important element in getting their attention.
The game is called 'Burrows and Badgers', published by Oathsworn games.
Why I find the mini's so interesting to paint is easily summed up in three parts:
1. The fact they are all one piece. However, this hasn't stopped the sculpter to put them in interesting poses.
2. I really liked to do some research before starting to paint, it;s a bit like wetting my appetite before a meal. Trying to get the fur of the anthropomorphic animals right was a huge part of the painting experience. Not one is alike as mother nature has provided them with such a wide range of patterns and colours. How dull we humans look, ...
3. For some reason these miniatures seem to suit my painting style almost perfectly.
They reminded me so much of the 'Redwall' and 'Wind in the Willows' books.
After 20 years I even started buying and rereading the Redwall books.
As I painted, I also started picturing them in various landscapes and before reason popped in, I bought a bunch of trees and plundered my rather large 'terrain project locker'.
This locker had been unopened for years and was still filled with a large number of items I once had plans/ideas for, time to finally put them to use.
It's all work in progress, but here's a start.
 Looks almost cosy, doesn't it :).

The Rogues, ...

 My Shrew/Wildcat (still to add) Wild Beast horde from the far North. These are the only faction I created a story for in my mind, so I hope none of my sons picks them
 One of the miniatures I like very much is this bat necromancer. The sculpter made her so she looks a bit like a female vampire (though she's obviously a western bat) with the gown and all. Even while being a bat she has a sense of sexiness.

The gaming mat I'm posing everything on is one I bought especially for the game.
In the past I was very pleased on the folding gaming table and mats I bought from, and their Forgotten Realm mat looked almost exactly what I wanted. That and the fact it looks a bit like a scene from Elder scrolls: Oblivion.
Thanks a lot for reading!

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

New beginnings ...

Hello everyone,

Once again I noticed how difficult it sometimes is to keep on blogging.
Especially if you're like me and only like to show finished projects.
But as half the projects I start are abandoned before they see completion, I rarely post.

Since my last post I went to Salute and, though I swore not to do so beforehand, I started a dozen new games.
My creative mind and buying habit are once again getting the upper hand after seeing all these amazing boards and miniatures at the show.
Also, there is something magical about getting into a new game (or faction), everything looks so fresh and full of opportunities.
Funny how our human minds tend to work.

Here's some of my latest work.

First off is the start of my Astral Claws for 40k. I did start with a marine squad but found these very boring to paint, so I switched to this fellow in the hope he would spark my interest enough to get back to my marines. It didn't work but I had a lot of fun painting him.

Second is the start of my Feral warband for World of Twilight, a game I have neglected for too long but which I still keep close at hearth.
This little guy is Jakiin, one of the smallest, and most likely fiercest, braves around.
I tried something new, which was using a leaf stamper to add fallen leaves to the base.
Seems like I need more practice though as it didn't turn out as I expected.
I really like this little warrior as he is both a bit cute, with his doll tucked in his belt, and threathening.

Last of the projects I like to show of at this moment is a rush job I did as part of the competion at the 'The Drowned Earth' Kickstarter.
The challenge was to convert/paint-up a proxy of one of the characters for the game. This one resembles Nix, the leader of the Artificer faction and one of the easiest ones to do in such a short time in my opinion.
This was the base figure:

Though Nix doesn't have a braid, I really like this hairdo on the figure and decided to keep it.
She was only declared as 'good enough' just before the deadline ended, if I had more time I would definitely have spend more time cleaning up the little green stuff addition and also change her bow.
As well as a more decent paintjob.

I did paint some more Brewers for my Guildball team too, these don't fit in with the title of this post though :). On top of that, I would like to show them of as a team, so I still need to finish Stave and Stoker.

Thanks a lot for reading!
Until next time!


Wednesday, 28 December 2016

Back to Basics

Hi everyone,

I haven't anything new to show off, but it still is a bit of a special post, as me and a friend played our first 40k game in more than a decade.
For us as a group we held up and kept buying the books until 4th edition.
While I have rather fond memories of 4th edition, with the best Chaos codex to this date, we decided not to make the jump to 5th edition.
Personally I like skirmish games and with the start of 3th edition, 40k was getting more and more detached from the games I actually wanted to play (the same happened with Privateer Press afterwards as well though, despite their famous statement about using metal miniatures in the mk1 rulebook and the fact it started out as a skirmish game).

As a Chaos player I hated GW for their jump to 3th edition, leaving me without a usable army and having to tear off the arms of many of my figures.
These were different times, money was scarce and every investment made had to count.
Which was the reason I made some stupid purchases (like Abaddon or a Bloodthirster), just because they costed a lot of points.
Only to see them put out of use by a graviton gun or shot back to the warp on the turn he was summoned.
As much as I like the ruleset of the 2nd edition, the imbalance between the different lists was a big issue. Especially as my regular opponents were Space Marines, who were GW's sweet spot at the time.
The Chaos codex, while pretty, was also a mismatch of different kinds of units. More suited for a Black crusade than a themed legion army.
It's like they thought a mix of the Warhammer Chaos Warriors army book and the space marines codex was the way to go. 
True, there are some strong individual characters, but they cost a lot of points and are far too easily dispatched.
My biggest issue is that they don't feel like Chaos marines should, they don't fit in with the stories and look more comical than the biggest threat the Imperium is facing.
It wasn't until 4th edition until they got this right, with usable daemon princes you could create yourself, raptors, veteran skills, daemon weapons, the first daemon engine, ... It was also the codex which showed how the Chaos Marines were masters of their domains and enslaved the lesser daemons within.
In 2nd edition there isn't even a good way to get into Hand to Hand, something they should excel  at, without clinging to cover, picking a Nurgle or Khorne force or loosing half of your army.
And why do Imperial Guard veterans get all these skills, but not the far older and far more experienced veterans of both Space and Chaos Space Marines?
Anyway, I'm rambling. The point is that I actually prefer the 2nd edition ruleset, but like the later edition codexes that much better.

Earlier this year we discussed the idea to get back into 2nd edition.
When Modhail jumped on the wagon he expressed the fact he likes the Badab War very much and as I think this is an interesting part of the 40k history as well we are currently working on a campaign.

Yesterday, me and Bram wanted to test out the rules again and the game went exactly as I remember them from games all those years ago.
It's was a small game with only 500pts a side on a 2' x 2' surface, Wordbearers vs Carcharodons.

Turn 1, naturally I lost the roll for deployment (Strategy rating 3 vs 5).
Carcharodons took first turn, moved their units and shot at my rhino with my whole force on board.
The multimelta ripped through the hull, destroying all except my champion, a Chaos space marine and the crew. But as it is a template weapon, two more hits on the tracks needed to be worked out, throwing the rhino from left to right on the battlefield, leaving only a single crew-member standing.
The first shot of the game, ...
True, I could have put my rhino into cover (or not have taken a rhino at all), but I needed to get into combat as my force was mostly equiped with assault weapons. Also, in 2nd edition you need to pick up pace with your vehicles and turning with them also isn't that easy. I could have picked a force with more firepower, but most of the time this doesn't work well with Chaos Marines as they don't have that many options and with a large template I doubt they would have lasted much longer against the multimelta. The survivors could have gone on overwatch though, ... if they didn't break.

 After this blow I decided to make the best of it. At first my sole survivor fled into cover, but rallied over there. Meanwhile the Cacharadons marched across the field.
My first idea was to make it into the buidling at the left, but I had already run out of time.
In the end I decided to snapshot the techmarine, but got charged in return and butchered with the rest of the small Carchardons force watching.
I'll try to get my Astral Claws ready for the next battle.
This was actually my first game on my recently bought foldable 6' x 4' table from (
While I'm not one to promote things on my blog I'm very satisfied by it, as it is quite easy to use and can withstand quite some force. We used it for RPG's in the past and it has been pushed, leaned on and loaded with books without problem.  The table is a great solution to safe space compared to my three battleboards.

 Thanks for reading!
Until next time, hopefully with some painted marines.

Enjoy New Years eve everyone and a HAPPY NEW YEAR!


Sunday, 25 December 2016

Back from the dead

Well, not really. But I've been neglecting this blog for about a year.
So I might as well have been.

It's been one year with a lot of ups and downs.
In February my youngest son got seriously ill without a known cause and had very high fevers.
Luckily he got stronger over the year and he's gotten very resilient.
July was another month with a large impact on  my hobby time as I got a promotion at work.
While I'm still happy with it and give it my all, it leaves me with less hobby time than before.
However, the main reason I stopped blogging is the fact I got seriously disappointed in my own painting skills.
This left my hobby in a state total chaos during March and April, where I started a multitude of project and failed to finish even one of them.
My painting is getting slow and sloppy and I'm not making any progress at all skillwise, which I find highly frustrating. The result is I'm not painting much right now and there are often long periods of inactivity between short bursts of painting frenzy.

My first burst was in June, when I discovered the Battle Fleet Gothic computer game.
Almost at the same time one of the Bloggers (Modhail) I'm following showed off his painted Eldar fleet. Before I even realized it I had challenged him to a game.
 Also, turns out he lives not that far away over the border.
I frantically started searching for the rules and miniatures I hadn't touched in more than a decade and was very pleased to notice I had even more miniatures than I remembered.
Some were unfinished though and most of them needed some touching up.
With a deadline (the game) to work towards I repainted some parts I didn't like and finished some of the ships. At the time I last played there was no Armada, so I modelled my rather large unfinished kroozers in battleships.
At the moment there are still a lot of unpainted ships on my desk. But I hope to finish these whenever I feel like painting.
The rest isn't that well painted, but as I was in a rush I didn't strip the paint on them but simply repainted some parts of them to make them more Deathskull.

 This is my Hammer class Battlekroozer, which was an unfinished Kill Kroozer conversion.

 And the Deathdeala, made from a terror kroozer conversion I once started.

We played a few games and I must admit it was a bit of a learning experience as Orks aren't the easiest race to play with. But I won a few games and I will remember the battle where my Deathdeala rammed and boarded an Imperial Emperor class battleship (with a result of 5 to 35), breaking the thing almost in two and annihilating the crew, fondly for a long time.
It was also a very pleasant meeting and we decided to play some more games together.

Another game me and my regular opponent Bram picked up again was Briskars.
I've had a hard time with the started set before and I did again in the game I played; so it was time for some expansions. They have yet to see the field of batlle though.
During our games I really felt I needed some more long distance weapons as the starter set is focussed on three melee fighters. Hence I painted up some sturdy artillery members of the Outcatst faction, which will hopefully give me an edge next time we play the game.

This birgus royal (which is the name of the crab-people) is actually an artillery piece also, as he can hurl melee fighters into combat or enemy figures away from him).

And this birgus was the last unpainted member of the starter set. I don't think this is the best of sculpts, but he's a useful member with his long range melee weapon.
Normally he stands on four legs, but as this leaves a huge gap between his front and hind legs I gave him an extra set. Another reason is the fact the birgus royal does have six legs and they are the same species, as well as the fact he is pictured with six legs on the cover of the rulebook.

Last but not least I painted some Wasteman miniatures as I mean to play the game with my oldest son. He's only six, but interested and the game itself is rather simple.
The Wasteman miniatures were a bit rough, but after a bit of cleaning up I think they look okay, though I should have given them a matt varnish.
My first idea was to get theme in, which was to be 'flags of around the world'. This didn't work well on the nurse though, so I dropped the idea.

 This guy also has a Ghoul T-shirt in the official scheme which I liked a lot.
Remembering the fact there are also ghouls in Fall Out, I gave him a ghoulish appearance.
Funny enough he is one of the few members of the group without the cannibal skill.
 The nurse with the bronzed skin. Don't trust her though, she's a cannibal as well.

This guy I struggled the hardest with as I had no idea how to paint him. There are so many different kind of materials and surfaces it makes it hard for everything to match up. In the end I decided to go for a bit of a Yin-Yan effect with a 'Hello Kitty' apron and a 'Devil's best man' T-shirt.

With the possibility of me and my family moving to Australia en 2017 I started cleaning up my collection and I've already sold a lot of stuff I don't plan on using anymore or haven't used at all.
Among these is my Blood Bowl teams and game. The game and a few teams have already been sold, but my converted lizardmen team and some other mini's needed some finishing touches first, which is why I painted these fellows:

That's it for this post.
Happy holidays everyone, starting with a merry Christmas!