Thursday, July 9, 2015

Bushido: "The Messenger" Batrep Pics

"Prepare for flight, little Bushi..."
Not sure why I never posted these before but here they are, pics from one of our last games of Bushido. This was on my buddy Pete's fine village board and it was a straight box set fight to the death, set to the tone of The Messenger scenario from the Tournament Pack, his Silvermoon Syndicate vs my Clan Ito.

My blurry Ito
Pete's better-lit and beautiful Silvermoon Syndicate
Game start

Forces spread out and advance in

Chiyo starts sprinting to the Torii gate to intercept an incoming Syndicate thug, while the rest of the Ito try to deny flank.
Syndicate set their attack as the Sumo stomps towards the market where the Ito stand ready.

Sakura curses the Sumo with venom enough during the game that it probably had more to do with his death than katanas did.

The Temple Bushi attacks the Sumo who seems to only wince at the swordstrike and then proceeds to body slam the Bushi across the square into a fishmongers hut, as Itsunagi saunters forward rolling his shoulders...

... and then totally dissects the Sumo, but not without getting hurt himself. Itsunagi has so many abilities that it takes time to process what works best and so, requires use to get familiarity.
 Flankers which had gone out from both forces as secret and real messengers bluffing their way up the board got intercepted and absorbed into the middle meat of the fight.A Silvermoon crossbowman comes in and displaces the Ito as they swarm around a rallying but wounded Bushi, who had been thrown by the Sumo.
Ito intercept a suspected messenger making for the board edge while Itsunagi warily watches the other Syndicate walking towards him.

Throwing his rice bowl into the air, he eviscerated Itsunagi before the shirtless wonder could say "Blood or Orichi". Catching the bowl when the Ito champion collapsed to the cobblestones, he chuckled and walked towards the faltering Ito line.
In the end Pete's true messenger made a run for the endzone. Sakura tries to poison lithe woman as she breaks through...
... but was caught and slain by Akimoto, who had enough energy left to catch and kill her then promptly go into a forest-burning drum solo of the gods! Ito wins! Great game!

Monday, July 6, 2015

Warmachine: Koldun Lord

This guy has been sitting nearly finished for longer than I care to admit. I'm trying to get a 35pt painted Warmachine list finally finished so I knocked out various parts I never completed and based him. The Greylord Ternion are almost done too and I am hoping they'll be done tonight. I'll post up a group shot together when they are all done.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Star Wars X Wing: Ghost (Cake Topper) Part 2

I've had this on the paint bench for far too long. I got this cake topper for my son then got discouraged by the wrong base color. And it sat. Well, the boy asked for the Ghost again so with no delay I re-based in OOP GW Space Wolf Grey and made with the painting. This thing was like US$8 bucks, so not expecting much but the lack of detail is daunting. The canopy is a real test but so far it's passable.

Now I am at an impasse. I mixed the colors based on source pictured and generally nailed it but the question is now one of finishing. There is some yellow stripe and detail painting that needs doing but really it comes down to hard lining: do I use technical pen or something brush-based like Nuln oil which won't be as harsh? Hard to tell really, looking at the source material you would to try to keep contrasts lower than how FFG would finish the model. But this will roll alongside other FFG models so I guess get with the idea that contrast will join it. Stay tuned for the finishing.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Star Wars Rebels: Season 2

I won't be making Rebels part of the fabric of the blog often but I am compelled to say that episode 1 of Rebels season 2, The Siege of Lothal,  was the most exciting Star Wars-anything I have seen in a long time. They took serious notes from movie Episodes 4-6 in terms of visual styles and aesthetics and I appreciated the hell out of it.

Being a McQuarrie fan since childhood, I see so much of his handiwork embodied in Rebels, from Lothal itself to the profile of Vader's mask and while I have enjoyed how Disney deployed his conceptualization from the beginning, something really congealed in this episode, really pulled together his signature influence and the classic Star Wars look from A New Hope onwards. Visually, it was more Star Wars than I though a cartoon could get, in due part to the "classic" look of everything on screen (no offense Clone Wars) but also the spotlight on Vader and how the universe "felt right." GOOD lightsaber fights, A-Wings, CR90's lumbering around, Imperial scapegoats... and Vader. Such Vader. Wow.

Season one was a bit childish and weak (even my 11 year old says so) but it is desirably dark now and feels so Star Warsy it has me scrambling to play Imperial Assault and X Wing (well played Disney).

If you haven't watched the series until now then you could simply jump into this episode and maybe feel thrills you forgot you once had, even without all of the back story there. Those with the Lucas-trope gene will know how to fill gaps in motives but if you had a choice I would say watch Season 1 first.

You may be surprised at how into it you get. Either way, enjoy!

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Star Wars Imperial Assault: Probe Droids

Imperial Assault is a blast and despite my efforts to resist, I started painting the minis for the game. It's a catch 22. Some of these figures are made for painting and some are not. And this is a big social game for me. Plenty of people will be handling the figs, it won't just be me, so wear and tear is huge on my mind. But once you paint the figs that call out to you, well, it becomes really obvious that some are painted and some are not. Sigh. So much for building and painting Robotech in June. 

I ordered some clear bases and rod from Litko for rebasing. I have been wanting to try my hand at clear bases since I saw someone do it for Mansions of Madness. I really wanted to do it for Robotech but I see a few issues with that and since the terrain on the tiles in Imperial Assault vary (and will continue to do so in the future) this seems like a good time for bases that blend. So I removed the droids from their bases (which was alarmingly easy), tapped a hole in the droid, taped a hole in a base and cut 3 rods at varying height. I used Litko's non-fogging clear cement for the flying bases and while tricky to use, it worked well, even had some surprising gap-filling qualities. The paint was straightforward and simple. I messed with OSL on lenses but there is some rough, non convex surfaces on some sensors/lenses so in the end I elected to paint them black and top coated with Tamiya Smoke for a great gloss effect.

I would be really surprised if I painted the whole box set but I have to admit that painting up classic heroes and villains is probably something I've been subconsciously waiting to do my whole life... 

Friday, May 1, 2015

Star Wars X Wing Miniatures: WIP HWK 290 Mod Part 2

So, this HWK is totally repainted though you'd probably never know, since I essentially modified it and then primed it brown, added some sponge weathering, a few washes to shade and add some color, picked out metals and re-did the canopy... only for it to look very close to the original. Hmmm. Was sorta surprised it ended up so close. I will be adding a flash of color somewhere but I am not sure yet where. So, probably another hour of so and that's it. More when finished.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Star Wars X Wing Miniatures: WIP HWK 290 Mod

My FLGS Redcap's Corner is running what equates to an RPG X Wing campaign, with pilots leveling up and acquiring more ships, skills and traits. I'm thinking of joining. The HWK seems a natural place to start. After all, if I was in Star Wars, I'd probably flying something like this ship, a cross between a freight truck and Bradley, depending on the situation.

I wanted to mod the HWK because I just wasn't feeling the stock pose since I got it. When I GIS'd and saw some simple moves of engine stacks I realized that I do love some new lines on the ship, basically the flat-top version of the HWK. I want to credit somebody I think named James who I saw on the Team Covenant site for his but at press time I couldn't source it. If I find it I will cite it.

This was fairly easy. I sawed off both wings and separated the wing nacelles. I trimmed and smoothed the pieces for fit and glued it together. I added a magnet to the turret too so it can spin because why not, right?

So now it is primed and ready for paint, which I might actually tackle tonight.

I think I am leaning towards some card art scheme like that of Torkil Mux's... utilitarian and low-key. Maybe a dash of color here and there.

More as it develops!