July 2010


So, here you have the painted craters I did for the club. It took me about half an hour to paint the five pieces, and I must say I kind of liked them.

While at it I also painted some Epic (6mm “scale”) city ruins I built a long time ago and had several false starts. This was the perfect opportunity so I took it.

Now, while I was taking the pics I thought about those craters and Epic gaming… now, this way they do look like big-ass bomb or meteorite craters. Artillery must hit really hard in the 41st Millennium. I might have to get me a set now.

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This Sunday I could make a little time to visit the Ultima Fortaleza, the game club I’ve got near. And I also made some time for a game! I played my “first” 40K game. It is the first with these rules and codex anyways. Now that I think about it, I don’t think I’ve ever played more than one or two games with each new edition (either rules or Marines codex).

Anyway, there’s a tournament coming up so that gave me the excuse to buy the new book. Yeah, I do hate tournaments, but I want to support the club somehow.

I did not really play, since a guy there was teaching me the ropes and he actually did most of the playing. My marines faced some chaos marines from one of the club owners. It was a bit of fun and I did get to know the rules a bit more (as well as take a few pics). It’s surprising how veteran players know their special rules a lot more than the most basic ones, like joining a combat or how many strikes a unit does in hand to hand.

The teaching player was quite friendly, but he was more interested in teaching me how to win (with the tournament coming) than the basic rules of the game. Like I said, it was quite fun nevertheless and I also brought some of the club’s scenery home to paint and give them a hand (it’s the moonscape set from GW… basically craters).

Well, not much more to report except for the few pics I took. Oh yeah, the game was a tie, with each army controlling one objective. Lists were about 1000 points.

You probably recall a quote on the Sniper Build post a few down below. A quote from a British comic called Rogue Trooper. Now what you don’t know is that comics are my first passion. It’s what I love, what I study, and what I do (and plan to do for a living, some day… perhaps). British comics and authors are very dear to my heart as well.

Now back to toy soldiers. On another post I showed a few quite awful 54mm-ish plastic army men I got really cheap on the supermarket. Didn’t know what made me get them. A few days later I revisited Rogue’s stories while searching for some Cam Kennedy art.

Well, enough of it. I have a ton of ideas in my head, but there’s no use rambling about them right now. I think it’s cooler to get a glimpse of what I’m doing in those moments when you’re waiting for the paint to dry, for the ink to settle.

I turned this:

into this:

Maybe later I’ll put some thoughts into pixels and develop the plan a bit further.

For a couple of years now I’ve had a temporary painting station. It was on a table hardly used, except for myself when deploying my game tables over it! This winter though it has become a very cold place (a big living room) so while looking for other solutions for other problems I came across this.

I made a spot, used a computer table I was going to throw away, and fixed a second light I used for painting some time ago. And ended up with this permanent setup. Might as well say I’m quite happy with it.

Focus can be a great thing. I get to finish projects. Even side projects, like The Guild’s speed build (the Dran sniper team below) and most importantly I get to play games.

But so much focus on Khazad Khazad Khazad has made my LotR box collection grow. I’ve got so many kits I want to build and paint. I’ll be honest, it’s pretty cool to open a cabinet and see all these boxes waiting for you, like a little store inside your house (and the stuff is free! ok… already payed, not free, but you know…) but it’s also a bit sad to see all this stuff like that.

So as side projects in the near future I will be painting these guys. Of course, as a true wargamer I will begin with the latest acquisition, bought just yesterday and pictured below.

On another front, the painting update is almost here, and I’ve got a little surprise for you all regarding some cheap-ass weird figures I have shown a few days ago. And yeah, I’m soooo getting a couple of Tau vehicles for my Dran.

In case the pics are so lame you can’t even read what they are. (Yeah, they are).
We’ve got In the Clutches of Shelob, Morannon Orcs, Army of the Dead, The Fighting Uruk-hai x2, Winged Nazgul, Troll Chieftain, Wood Elves, Dwarf Rangers, Dwarf Warriors, Warriors of Rohan, Knights of Minas Tirith, and an Ent!

“Damn snipers. They give war a bad name.”

-Helm, Rogue Trooper’s sentient helmet with the personality of a dead squaddy.

These figures are Drantakhs special weapon troops, a spotter and a sniper. Sculpted by Bob Olley for Regiment Games. They have been painted in very few days for The Guild’s Sniper Speed Build.

You can find my Orcs in the Mordor gallery.

Saruman

Lurtz, uruk-hai commander.

Ugluk

Uruk-hai warriors and pikes. The standard bearer is a simple conversion with hand made flag. The one with the white hand on its shield is a captain.

Uruk-hai scouts. The lightly armored version of the orcs. Some are carrying Merry and Pippin. The one with the white hand on its shield is a captain.

Uruk-hai berserkers

Warg riders. Brutal orc cavalry.

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