X-Winging its way to me shortly

Posted: February 13, 2016 in Uncategorized

So took the plunge and purchased the new x wing box set after playing an introductory game with my buddy, and am awaiting delivery via royal snail.

My initial thoughts on X wing are it has a cheap entry level, and is playable straight out of the box. Set up time is quick and the game is fun.
After entry level it may be get a little expensive but no more expensive than any other game, it depends I guess how obsessive you want to be, therefore expensive haha “You gotta get em all”.

I am hoping to convert my Brother to at least one wargame in my life and this may be the one, he hates the idea of having to have to paint and assemble miniatures, for me thats the biggest part of the hobby, but when the box arrives we shall see ?

X wing does present the usual problems storage and transport of not only miniatures but cards, but is quite compact, I have thought of some solutions whilst waiting and maybe I will make a blog entry in my solution in the future, I am also looking at painting a space board.

“War wife in the background rolls eyes as if to say not another bit of 4 foot wood in the house”

Thats it for now more on X-wing soon.   

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The War Corner #6

Posted: February 8, 2016 in Malifaux, The War Corner

Hi Welcome to The War Corner #6

A Belated Happy New year and thanks for reading !

So without further ado this is the after christmas and new year entry.

What did Old St Nick bring and what did I achieve

Well Father Christmas via war wife bought some more malifaux models so I now have a little Neverborn crew as well as arcanist crew deveolping.

Having some extra time but not as much as I would like I assembled and painted up the Arcanist crew I started at the begining of December.
With Malifaux I really wanted to experiment with unique bases for each models individual setting.

The Fire bases for the Fire Gamins came out quite well and is simply, sculpted liquid nails adhesive allowed to dry and painted

Please see Photos of the Arcanists which I have enjoyed painting and although not my best work they look ok on the table

I also started on the Neverborn crew, First was Teddy, which my daughter calls scary bear
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Very simple to paint about 2 evenings work in with some other bits.

Next was the Poltergeist, I wanted the poltergeist to look really powerful rather than just throwing a few bits around a room which would be hard to do with a miniature anyway.
So I decided that my Neverborn crew would be mounted on floorboards and haunting a bedroom near you !

And that the Poltergeist would be throwing the floor boards from around him.
This was achived with a few scraps of balsa wood.
Again photos below.

As per Photos and Lastly for this TWC’s Mailfaux section.

Rasputina, the Hoarcat pride and Ice gamins complete,
Wendingo very near just finishing work.
The next job will be the assembly of the rest of the Neverborn, Including some Terror tots to be complete soon.

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Work also continued to the remaining Ogres and the Beastclaw Avalance. Good news is during a xmas tidy up I found the missing sprues to the Thundertusk in a really useful box. “Useful being the word” and proceeded to mount the rear rope and riders.

For the second Thundertusk rider as TWC#5, I elected for him to be eating a rat, with a bit of sculpting and a Skaven rat, the ogre is now having a battle snack.

The Thundertusk was an ebay find and in a poor state with lots of the minor bits missing, the idea always was to do the Shop purchased Stonehorn, and then use the bits left to finish the Thundertusk. (2 for less than price of 2!)

The Thundertusk has 2 riders and during mounting I noticed that the front rider who already had the bridal arm fitted was siting far to high for the bridal straps to fit to the Thundertusks head, I couldnt remember if the rider sitting high was by my design or part of the original ebay problem, so I busted out the greenstuff and extended the Bridal straps. At the end of the day I am very Happy how the thundertusk turned out as he cost me about £8 from ebay and with a bit of work and parts from the Stonehorn has turned out ok.

I also carried out base coating and wash work to the Mourfang Cavalry

All in all a decent amount of work produced over Christmas without sacrificing family time.
Cant wait to put the Malifaux crew in action, over at a new Club I shall be frequenting.

Malifaux First Play

Posted: January 18, 2016 in Uncategorized

So my Wargaming buddy joined a Tuesday night gaming club late last year and invited me along.

We decided to play Malifaux, hence my feverish xmas Malifaux model building and painting.

Unbeknowing to each other I started a Arcanist crew. My buddy already had one so we decided on a Arcanists civil war or leadership power struggle and went for 30 soulstones

I had never played Malifaux so my buddy was a very good sport in showing me how to play.

He won as usual but I got my first play out of it, learned alot and am intrigued by then mechanics of this game.

We attracted a fair bit of attention also.

The club made me feel very welcome and I knew a few guys from my local GW store.

With the Samction of Warwife Tuessday seems to be the new game time.

Photo of set up, I had moved 1 Ice Gamin forward when I took the pic.

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I took my december children less 2 ice gamins so I could test the Hoarcat and the Fire Gamin. I also took the Razorspine Rattler.

My Bud had a Metal Golem which killed me in the end and as usual he flipped cards like he roles dice, and so did I, no suprise I lost then.!!

The War Corner #5

Posted: December 18, 2015 in Uncategorized

With my Malifaux crew almost complete it was time to give the Ogres some attention again .

The thundertusk is almost complete but I have been playing with a few conversions also –
a simple one was that I wanted was to have the blood vulture for the thundertusk on the ogres shoulder and maybe the ogre feeding the Vulture
The vulture is done complete with new kneadtite feet

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I need to work out the food maybe a small skaven rat/mouse as I am trying to tie all my armies together slightly
You will notice on some miniatures the clothing and stolen bits are themed from Skaven, Wood Elves, Lizardmen (Seraphon) , High Elves and Kislev all victims of the Ogres Hunger

That brings me onto my second conversion, having procured all of the GW maneaters I wanted to add a few more and get them all on the table also.
I have always wanted a Skaven Rat Ogre maneater and toyed with just proxying one in, but it looks just that so I was having a rumage in the bits box and come across all the necessary parts and cobbled them together with a bit of cutting and kneadtite, a Maneater emerged with tales of how he survived the sick mutations of clan Moulder, however that Vermin had given him the advantage of having his weapon permanently installed and an extra hand to shovel in more meat to his new furry head.
He also gained a thicker tale and a warpstone spine.
He may develop a few more prior to painting.
I had to add muscle definition and extend thenfur from the arms to gide the joints.

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Well it was my Birthday recently and my lovely wife obviously took the hints about christmas and bought me that malifaux starter set, and gave it to me before xmas for my b’day, she was quite intrigued about the contents… (what had her money bought ?)

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Opening the box you can see the quick start rules and fate cards for the Guild and the Neverborn miniatures supplied

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Underneath you get 2 tape measures
Character cards and Miniatures

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On the Sprue you get miniatures

Everything you need to start a game

The War Corner #4

Posted: December 8, 2015 in The War Corner
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Welcome to the war corner

I am currently working on finishing the Ogre Kingdoms army and the Beastclaw Avalance, more on that later, below is a picture of my Razorspine Rattler for Malifaux, a bit quick and dirty but speaking to my usual wargame buddy he also has a malifaux crew so the pressure is on to field my crew.

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More from Malifaux latter as I am now building my December Children.

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Update. Finished Ice Golem

I am finding malifaux crews easy to paint up to a reasonable tabletop standard quickly, The Golem is about 4 hours including assembly.

Looks like Malifaux

Posted: November 28, 2015 in Malifaux
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So following on from the voices in my head Warwife has somewhat solved my dilema, it has been my birthday and my lovely wife has purchased me the malifaux starter set and the Arcanists December Children box set. Adding this to the few bits off of ebay we got recently a nice little crew is developing, more on malifaux as it progress’s, but without further ado I decided to assemble the razorspine rattler. After assembly and a rather large gap at the head, it was apparent that this is not a very assembly friendly model, after a quick google of the malifaux instructions and seeing that others have had issues, my modelling prowess was intact, time to bust out the kneadtite,

Photo below is a work in progress of the filling.

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The extra spine needs attention as do the joints, but I think it is safe to say that this model as simple as it is needs some degree of modelling skill, I am not a great kneadtite user but am trying to improve my skills.

The War Corner #3

Posted: November 15, 2015 in The War Corner

End of the week of 2nd week in November 2015 – I had a well spent week sorting and moving stuff about, and didnt realise how much stuff I have, I can see the corner there and there was actually a desk under that mountain !! I already feel re-inspired to recommence works next week, hopefully I get some time next week as most of the xmas shopping is done – I think !?!?! .. Warwife may have other ideas.

Bonfire night is over and so is Halloween… with these joyful family distractions occasions out of the way watch the war corner.

(Dont get me wrong balance is important between realife and Hobby life.)

So what will be coming out of the corner over the next week ?.

I have set up on the desk ready an amount of models to complete and have forsaken all other projects
These comprise of

41 Gnoblars… yawn…
A Thundertusk.. yay…
and 6 more mournfang making a total of 8….oooh.
Thus the Beastclaw Avalanche on way to a gaming table soon.

The War Corner #2

Posted: November 3, 2015 in The War Corner
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Update

Well as it goes we are in the first week of November 15 and I did bugger all in terms of actual production for the hobby last week.

Sure I procured minis, paint, magazines and books, browsed the net, dribbled over lizardmen, Tau, Necrons and Malifaux.

My excuses felt ill. Tooooo busy at work which made me feel like only resting. A visit to the Circus. Pumpkin picking and carving then Halloween, so its been busy and family fun but not in terms of the hobby.

This weeks vow, use the really useful plastic boxes and tidy the hobby area its a mess and puts me off bothering to do any hobby work as it gets frustrating and time consuming to find things
It has become cluttered with this weeks new aquisitions such as magazines, minis and paint and the usual unfinished projects and ill keep thats – it will come in useful.
The wife has no issue with the hobby apart from my polystyrene and pringles tube hoarding special ability, and lately I have begun to suffer from that illness again… so time to replace it with the other OCD tidy up…and get the hobby back….I Need rules if inly to break them.

My new mantras

1: “Keep your work area tidy” = More Efficient use of hobby time. And prevents hobby block

2: Finish the existing projects before moving onto the next (pfffttt I will never achieve that one) See Mantra #1

3: Hoard less the packaging and other I will keep thats – junk is always available ! And only collect for a project see Mantra #2

4: Get a more suitable shed/garage/room/outbuilding suitable for my needs – remember mantra #1, 2 and 3 or will lead to an even bigger space requirement.

5: Get it finished !!!

The Rise of the Lizardman

Posted: November 2, 2015 in Uncategorized

Welcome to my post about Warhammer fantasy lizardmen.
Gamesworkshop have kind of updated the Lizardmen for AoS one assumes all the others will follow. I have, well my Son has asked if he can have a lizardman army, to which I easily agreed.
Imagine his dismay when the Lizards were not available last week, they are now back with a fluff change and a war tomb book. The warsroll app has a few changes also from lizardmen to seraphon.

So therefore this post will be about the development of the lizard army and getting the boy involved in painting them up seeing as he has expressed an interest.

My daughter is all about the Wood Elves so we will see about getting her involved also.