Monday, December 31, 2012

Pirate Ships and Mighty Empires

As the year draws quickly to a close & I prepare for my yearly tradition of watching all 3 extended Lord of the Rings Trilogy over the next evening & day, I am looking forward to next years immediate goals for my painting projects.

First up with Mayday planning in the works, I am working at getting my 28mm pirate ships painted for the game I will be running at this years event.

Now to be fair, I bought these 2 ships on ebay, already painted by a talented fellow. He had added a balsawood deck between the fore & aft deck, and had 4 of the cannons permanently fixed. Of course this would not do for Pirates as things tend to go BOOM! so I had  to remove the add-on & modify the mid-deck by removing the plastic nubs & tabs which the original ships came with. Then had to repaint the mid-deck, trying to maintain his style, which I must say I liked.

Both ships had the skull & pirate hat decalling on the sails, but I scraped it off of the second ship which had white sails....removing it from the brown sails would have created its own difficulties.

I have 2 more of this style of ship on the painting table & this will give me a fleet of 4, which will be used as my Merchant Carracks. I will be getting their crews sorted out in January to start getting them painted up.

With the new year also comes the next campaign for our Edmonton DBA group. We continue with discussions as to what we want to do next, so I am starting work on a HOTT Campaign which will be mixed with some campaign flavour from Mighty Empires.

Seems I have my work cut out for me with these villages...there are a lot to paint & though they are small, they seem to take me a bit to get done. I do like the models however & they have a lot of detail.

Next up is one of the city tokens. Lots of detail for so small a token.

 Lastly I have 4 of the players Stronghold (Capitol) tokens. I have played around using multiple colours to define them. Of course they will need marker flags as well & as the ones that come with the game are limited to perhaps 3 or 4, I will need to paint some different styles.

So with this post & the promise to my wife that I will not buy any more miniatures this year, I sign off wishing everyone a Happy New Year & look forward to reading the posts of others I follow in the new year.

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Goblin Chariot, Descent

Finally got the crew finished for the first Goblin Chariot for my HOTT/Impetus Army. They kind of got shunted aside as other projects started to override them.

I got this chariot at the swap meet back in September? It only had one side piece so I removed it & replaced it with stir stick ends on both sides. All the models are GW plastics, while the chariot is metal.

I've also completed 2 more of the Descent miniatures I'm doing for a friend.

Zyla appears to be a fairy of some sort. She is quite small compared to the other Descent figures.

Last we have Karnon, who appears to be something of a Yeti or Bigfoot. Either way he looks to pack a mean Whallop with that metal studded club.

I know, your wondering...Where are the Zombie?

Never fear, I have a great many more lining up to be painted & will be getting a whole other set of them on Christmas Morning.

As well as we start getting games ready for the Mayday Games Venue, I will be started to load my painting table with Pirates.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

War Rockets at EWG Club Night

As the year draws to a close, we held our last EWG meeting of 2012. Scott brought out his War Rockets for us to play.

Of course no day would be complete without more Zombies. Another 3 have rolled of the production line.

As we prepare to play War Rockets..Bob is shocked that the year is ending, wondering where the time has gone.

The other players were Bruce, Chen, Scott & myself.

The Imperial Fleet played by Bruce.

Bob and Scott played the Civilian Convoy with escorts.

The game is quite fast playing, with easy 1 sheet reference rules & a separate sheet depicting the ship profiles. Ships go POOF very quickly.

Chen & I shared the Xenethian fleet. Needless to say there were many jokes about the Platters, being 1 dimensional & our ships lack of defence due to their being made in Taiwan.
The painting by Scott was impressive however.

We played 2 games (seeing it went so quickly), the second time around the Convoy fleet was beefed up. The second game drew to a 3 way conclusion as every larger ship than tier 2 was destroyed & the civilian transports decimated.

Another fun night of gaming with friends. Now I need to wait until next year to see what it brings to the tables!

Monday, December 17, 2012

Zombies, Confrontation and Descent

Now that the weekend of seeing the HOBBIT and other family things is done, I managed to finish off a couple more miniatures, as well as apply the Army Painter dip to some previously painted models.

Up first we have a couple more of the Walker Zombies from Zombicide.

Next are some of Confrontation's Alahan Spearmen who have received their dip and matte spray

Some Paladins of Alahan. I did these 3 in the colours of the Red Lioness, with the intent of using them as her bodyguard.

Lastly I have started on some more figures from Descent, which are part of my second consignment. Up first we have Shiver, who from the name & appearance, seems to be some sort of ice-mage.

I have 3 more Zombies drying from the dip as well as a Goblin Bowman who is part of the chariot crew.

Also tommorrow night is the last EWG club night of 2012. Scott is bringing out his War Rocket's Game which I am looking forward to playing.

Sunday, December 9, 2012

More Zombicide Zombies and Another Warhound

I've completed 3 more Zombies and the last of the Warhounds for my Witch Hunter Warband.

I think I have finally gotten my lighting sorted out for the lightbox images taken on those cloudy dull days.

It seems I was in error. There are actually 5 variants of the Walker Zombies for the Zombicide Game.

Below is the last Warhound I needed for my Mordheim Witch Hunters. This is another of the hounds that came from a Gladatorial animal blister which I believe are Old Glory.

Friday, December 7, 2012

Zombicide and Mordheim Warhound

I've finished up a couple more miniatures.

First up we have Dave the Geek from Zombicide.

As I look for things to use as Logo's on shirts. I was rooting through my old military model decal box and found some unit insignia for German WW2 units that I thought would make a good logo for a Geek. I started looking online for Model Car decal sheets figuring Formula 1 racing decals would be a good startpoint.

Next we have my first (of a great many) Zombies done. This is a Walker & there are 4 variants of Walkers that come with the game. These will also be perfect for an All Things Zombie game.

 Last as I continue to try to finish up Mordheim Warband options, here is a Warhound for my Witch Hunter band. This figure comes from I believe an Old Glory blister of animals for a Gladatorial game.

I have a second Zombie and another Warhound drying from the dip atm. They should be ready to post sometime during the weekend.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

EWG Club Night 4 Dec 12

We had 8 fella's out to the club last night & had 3 games run.

Dave hosted Scott, Chen, Guy & Dennis in a game of - A Fistul of TOW's 3, pitting Canadians against the 12th SS at the battle of Buron in Normandy.

Not sure how it ended, so will leave that for Dave to comment on.

Dan brought out & hosted  Zombiecide. Bruce, Dan & myself ran the gauntlet of Zombies & did manage to win the game, though it was starting to look pretty glum.

We found ourselves at a crossroads. Below El Cholo is looking a bit overwhelmed with Walkers.

The 3 of us then played Bruce's variant of Chaos in Carpathia. Dan & I played factions trying to rest the treasures from the palace, while Bruce played the palace guard forces.

We had several prolonged melees with the forces whittling one another down. Eventually I won with have found & retained the most treasures by game end.

In anticipation of finally being able to give Zombiecide a try I managed to get 2 miniatures painted of the characters I played in the game. Nick & El Cholo.

 The models from this game are fantastic, with very little mold line issues or flash. They are made of a semi-hard plastic and painted up very well.

Seems I still need to try painting his tattoos... to finish El Cholo off.

I also need to paint Nick's watch to complete him.

 Of course looking at the models & all the zombies that will need painting, I started thinking about T-shirt logos. Is there a company out there who does Logo decals for 28mm miniatures? I figure there are likely Copyright issues with doing any logo's for companies, but at the same time, with the many many modern miniature games to surface, this seems like a lucrative opportunity. If anyone knows of a company who does make these type of decals, please leave a comment with the name.