Friday, January 20, 2017

40K: 50K Point Apocalypse (Coverage from my game group PAGE and the Winter Apoc Game)

This is a video review of my game group PAGE and the annual Winter Apocalypse game for 40K. The polar spaceport is my work... just realized I never posted any of that up so I will get on that soon. Also within is all of the crazy amounts of work in terms of figures painted, club terrain and awesome stuff guests brought. If you are in the PA area and want to join us for almost any game, something specific or something different, just reach out. We are active at most area stores including Redcap's and we will also be running some events at NOVA again this year, stay tuned!

Friday, November 18, 2016

Imperial Assault: ATST's Reposed on Clear Litko Bases

Diala has her hands full.  Bases by Litko. Re-basing by Jeweler's saw and cold water to keep plastic firm to cut. Glue by Formula 33. Adhesive by 10 Minute Zpoxy.

Left ATST has the right leg cut at the knee joint vertically to straighten the leg. Pins and epoxy reinforced the load bearing ability. Weiss' ATST is featured previously. All weapons and copula parts are magnetized because why not.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Return of the Yeti

See what I did there? No? Nevermind then. My group just played the Imperial Assault campaign over the last 3 months and it was a blast. That said, I was busy painting and pimping the game but not reporting much because spoilers. Recently I pulled out Bushido again and am slapping paint on them now to get Ito to 50 rice and I have a Savage Wave starter coming in from Ol' Blighty.

So, how about a bunch of pics of stuff I had built and painted from the campaign in no particular order?

Rubble counters and a 3D printed hatch
Elite Royal Guard

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Star Wars Imperial Assault: Han Solo and Shocktroopers

So here is what's great about Imperial Assault from the hobby perspective. The figures have good sculpts and really benefit from some paint... they pop on the board in a really satisfying way. While you can adjust poses and bends with hot water, it doesn't really pay to clean up the models in a complete way that is slightly alarming to a seasoned mini painter; the material is just really hard to work with and trimming flash is like failing a sobriety test. That said, it leaves you in a cool place to challenge yourself to paint fast and try new things since there isn't much to be done about the material used.

With that in mind I have been letting the campaign dictate my painting schedule and so, as we progress through the campaign I usually tackle a few minis a week. For the side mission, "Sorry About the Mess" I needed Solo and an Elite Stormtrooper unit done up. So I simply put them on the table ahead of the impending game and knock it out.

There is a ton of source material to paint from and that has been a ton of fun for me, instead of the usual fretting about designing color harmonies and sourcing or mixing colors. For the most part, I toned stock colors and built up highlights again.

I had about 2.5 hours to paint Solo and about another night to get the Elite Stormtroopers-Shocktroopers finished. In all, a ton of fun and they look the part on the board. The only real issue I had was the humidity was bonkers in Philly, so the Troopers and Solo got a bit frosted when primed.

Again, I threw caution to the wind and just got it done... pretty happy with the speed and outcome and I am knocking out a handful of figures every week. I have more Stromtroopers on the table along with Kayne Somos and I am mostly done the box set. I will be done the entire box set plus multiple expansions by mid September.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Star Wars Imperial Assault: Chewbacca

My game group played The Spice Job mission Saturday, so I painted Chewbacca up Friday in anticipation. Many people are saying that painted models win games, so it must be true as Chewie was a walking carpet of destruction in the game and seriously fun to paint.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Star Wars Imperial Assault: Painted Figs with Litko Bases and Re-Posed ATST

Here is some more painted Imperial Assault I have been working on the last 2 weeks for our ongoing campaign which I am running with my cousins and my son. These sculpts are fun to paint and have decent detail but clean up could be a nightmare with flash if you are counting on making these showcase paint jobs. So, don't bother. Color adds so much to the game and a tabletop painting standard is more than enough to bring it to life. I added Litko clear bases too, which I really like on these models. I used a jeweler's saw to remove the figures from their bases. I'll close this post with a few other in-game shots.

Gideon Argus

Diala with brass rod saber blade
Stormtroopers and Scout Trooper with EWeb
Imperial Officer
Royal Guard
Darth Vader with brass rod saber blade
Imperial Officer #2 conversion/General Weiss on Foot (Weiss is magnetized at the waist so he can be mounted in the ATST)

ATST, reposed
Weiss mounted in his Experimental ATST

Monday, July 25, 2016

Star Wars Imperial Assault: Gaarkhan

Just a tabletop quality Gaarkhan here to continue with the box game painting... Diala, Gideon and Mak are on the table as well as some of the Imps themselves. I converted the ATST so we will see how that looks in the end, which should be soon. I'm using all of this as a warm up for some Khador I am stuck on.

I was asked if re-basing the figs on clear bases takes a lot of time. Answer: Nope, not really. The only funky fig I ran into with that was getting the feet of the ATST off the base but more on that later. Stay tuned, I should have a few updates this week of the work I have been up too, including some WIP diary from the 6'x8' Libertyhammer airbase board I built last month.