February 27, 2010

Getting back on track

After the horrible results of washing this spawn I was prepared to dump him entirely. Instead I struggled on and experimented a little, especially with the horns. He came out okay in the end except for the strange white residu in the cracks. I have also now found a nice enough way to paint horns at least large ones. I have my painting desk finally together and with the daylight bulbs it is finally possible to paint in the evenings after work. To celebrate I took out my marauders on foot and got them almost base coated. They are pretty boring to do and probably not the best choice to keep me enthusiastic but a good start was made at least. With all the rumours of eight edition around it would seem that infantry are being given a boost. At least this way I am tempted to construct another warrior regiment and a chosen regiment. I should concentrate on painting what I have built already though...

I am off back to Ireland next weekend for the Battlecry tournament. I am looking forward to it but I don't think I will manage to succesfully defend my title. I won the tournament the last time it was held with a fairly nasty zombie heavy list. Wwhile my memory can't recall all the details it was a tough day of gaming. Hopefully this is going to be good. As I still have not managed to paint this chaos warrior army I will be borrowing one, hopefully Beastmen. I will at least get to try out the new book and have some fun. I am assuming the only way to go is with a lot of Chariots. The composition restrictions are pretty tough so the armies should be nice and somewhat fluffy. It will be a good introduction to the new lists (Skaven and Beasts) out since I last played on the scene.

I picked up AT-43 during the week due to its popularity in work. A few people there have played a little. The factions look interesting too. The Red Blok have taken my fancy, there is something about Russian style factions that I like. Any way I have only played the introductionary scenario and it wasn't anything special. It would seem that the system plays much like any other sci-fi system out there except with a funky activation order. I will play a few more of the scenarios before I invest. The army box does seem cheap however at €60 for a fully painted 2000pt force, which I assume is the standard game size. It also comes fully painted, to a poor standard, meaning it can just be left in work and played at lunchtimes there... The benefits of working for a games company I suppose.

February 14, 2010

Getting back on track

Kobold KingI picked up this miniature during the week while browsing a local games store. I wanted to get something to paint that wasn't going to invlove too much work and concentration. The house move didn't quite go to plan due to the weather here. That means we are pretty much without any furniture and as such I don't really have space to paint at the moment. The apartment is just filled with boxes. The Kobold King is a Reaper model, I am assuming generally used for roleplay. The details are fine but it differs from GW and Privateer Press models quite a lot. The sophistication of the textures is pretty simple which actually makes the painting more difficult. For just under two hours work he came out quite well. I am actually tempted to get a few more Kobolds and making a regiment of them. As to what I would use it for I have no idea but maybe it would be good for a scenario or something.

Kobold King I do seem to have found a decent roleplaying group finally. At the moment we are doing a few one off games testing different systems. I hope that after a while we will be able to get into a campaign. The last system we tried was Red Line, a Mad Max setting using DnD 3rd edition. It was good and hopefully next weekend we can finish off the scenario we have started. I have been reading a lot since I can't paint much at the moment. I have picked up quite a few of the latest Dungeons and Dragons books. Some of them have proven pretty good but I think the generic setting hampers them from giving good details. The Underdark is a really iconic setting but in the attempt to make the game more fun they neglect what makes it so good. Essentially the game is presented in this setting as the same as others with a few flavour changes. A bit of a pity I think.

I am still continuing with the Chaos army though progress has been slow. The next tournament coming up is at the beginning of March. Sadly I won't have the army done to my satisfaction. I mihgt then take my Dwarves along instead and it also provides with a decent army to bring back to Germany. I am hoping that with the coming of the newest edition Dwarves may somehow get a boost. They are one of my favorite armies of all time but they are a little boring to play over an extended period. I am generally able to play a tournament with them but afterward I get bored. It would be nice to have a second army here though.
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