Tuesday, 15 August 2017
Results over manners. That could be the definition of Olivia's state of mind and practical way of handling missions. Not that any of her employers have had anything to say about it so far.
Olivia is a special character, not only because she's one of the most fearsome female imperial guard models you've seen in a while but because she was the gift model at this year's BOYL.
Monday, 14 August 2017
Painting is like riding a bike it seems, it comes back pretty rapidly even after a long pause. To get a bit of motivation back I had put all chances on my side though : Goodwin models, a sculptor I enjoy and whose work I'm familiar working with, Confrontation models, one of my first loves and limited edition ones on top of that.
Well it worked out exactly like planned for once. Pleasure was here. Oh yeah , sweeet sweeeeeet pleasure, my hair caressing their... erm... Good fun, if you see what I mean.
On top of that, my recent Shadow wars campaign had taught me I needed some reinforcements for the Bratts since any casuatty was putting me in a difficult position with just enough models to make a team.
Now the first of them is obviously a leader, perhaps one of the best looking of the unreleased models in the whole Bratt line. If it wasn't for the very peculiar combi pistol, it's a perfect model really.
His friend is more of a Juve. The sketches published for the bratts seem to point this model is a Fright Knight :
And although it was quite tempting to paint it as Boy George after getting very inspired by Adam Ant, I opted for a more hip hop flat top to avoid any resemblance with Bart simpson.
I also like to paint models I don't know well as I get to discover little details like the Karate hand protection on the Juve (painted with a flame pattern for extra street cred) and plenty of small jewels and ribbons everywhere on the leader.
The band is now 6 models strong with still opportunities to add more models from my Helmawr gang and all so I'm quite happy with it really.
Let's try and harness this renewed motivation into something constructive !
Thursday, 10 August 2017
Now this feels odd. It's been a month I hadn't painted nor blogged anything, one month out, vanished. It wasn't exactly wasted of course but painting is a bit of a metronome for me so it felt weird getting back. Weird and pretty hard actually.
I've had the idea of this little group for quite a while but had always postponed them for more flamboyant projects or model required for games and events. But here they are.
Wednesday, 2 August 2017
Last friday, just before attending the annual Oldhammer event BOYL, I had the pleasure to meet up with old friends in the halls of the Warhammer World for a Shadow wars campaign.
A couple of us had prepared a campaign with a few special events and roles to make it even more enjoyable.
What a better way of starting 3 days of hobby orgy than a series of games with old friends !
Back at home after a few weeks on holidays and plenty of nice stuff done and people met. Like a couple of time before, those holidays ended with the Oldhammer Grand reunion : Bring Out Your Lead aka BOYL.
It's funny how after a couple of previous editions, everything seemed so familiar this time, people, the place, it felt like home in a way.
Like for the previous years, I was determined to making the best of it again so tried to squeeze as many games in as I could.
Let's have a quick look at the games played :
Monday, 17 July 2017
Holidays mean little painting or modelling but actual gaming so I guess it's an added bonus to seeing friends and getting some fresh air !
I had the privilege to get a game of Inquisimunda with Martin Grandbarbe and his band of Nurgle worshipers facing my Inquisitor retinue.
Wednesday, 12 July 2017
Yup, that's what you think it is. A bunch of the new primaris models from the Dark Imperium. I'm not better or worse than any other and with painting in mind as always I wanted to test how a truescale marine would feel under a brush so I picked a few.
With little time before leaving on holidays,n I couldn't help but build them and see how they looked next to some of the rest of my models.
Sunday, 9 July 2017
If Space is the final frontier, then someone better guard it well ! After painting a tyrannid and Eldar fleet, I had to paint the last remaining faction for this jewel of old school gaming that Space Fleet is.
I won't bore you (again) with what Space Fleet is but if you're still wondering, hen you can check these posts to get a better understanding.
Monday, 3 July 2017
If you've ever read the little text at the top of his page, you might have guessed I'm a bit of a Jes Goodwin fan like many. Now the thing is, I started my journey into the hobby by buying chaos champions and warriors of his in 91 and although I did paint the first 2 as they were (with thick coats of enamels), I quickly tried to do my own conversions, inspired by the magnificent exemples in the books and magazines.
Thursday, 29 June 2017
Don't know about you but there are ingredients in my hobby I rarely think about but which are actually essential to it.
I usually buy a huge pot of PVA glue every 4 years or so, 10s of drill bits every year, modelling knife blades too. Basing sand is one of those, but I only think about it every 5 years or so.
Sunday, 25 June 2017
The Emperor of Mankind... What more iconic character in the vast 40k universe ? None I reckon. To date though there still isn't an "official" model of him despite the many depictions of him throughout the last 3 decades. I was kindly offered this version in a trade and with the renewed interest in 40k due to the release of its 8th edition, I thought I'd finish a model that had waited half finished for too long.
Sunday, 18 June 2017
BULLOCKS ! As you might have understood, this post will be 0 non sense...
So... Bullock Jet bikes... You know, those weird jet bikes with no handlebar and absolutely no consideration for health and safety, an utter ode to danger and bad assery :
|Those bikes are partly why all beakies looked like they were trying to take a poo.|
Well our good pal Mr Papafakis has decided to update the concept with a scratch built version of his own to match this most excellent illustration by Pete Knifton (and brilliantly coloured by Brian Roe) :
|Check out Brian's excellent post about Pete Knifton|
Wednesday, 14 June 2017
Blogging about models I didn't paint myself is kinda of lame I know but this one was one I won during one of Studio/9/art's give aways !
The model is a converted Goblin King from the Hobbit set with tyrannid pieces and it's been skillfully painted by Stéphane Guèbe.
Monday, 12 June 2017
Rogue traders, the last front... oh wait, I'm getting things mixed up sorry. Rogue traders yes, what more iconic character in the 40k universe than those that gave their title to the very first edition ?
There are a few which have had their name written in the stars of g33k fame but this one is probably my favourite.
Tuesday, 6 June 2017
Bratts are a real funny bit of the Necromunda lore from ages ago. I won't bore you again with all the stories about them so if you fill like you could need directions about who they are, I suggest to read a sum up post I wrote that compiles most of what I know about them.
Saturday, 3 June 2017
Quick one today, just wanted to show some close shots of the scenery I painted for my games of Shadow wars and other skirmish games.
The main part was painting the pillars, walkways and platforms as well as all the little details that fit underneath.
Friday, 2 June 2017
From my reports about Inquisitor Greyfax and the Shadow Legion, you might have understood I attened a gaming convention last Week end.
Well all of this started with a brilliant game of warhammer 3rd edition. The game was organised and masterfully GMed by Nico and I really invite you to go read his report of the game as well as the previous preparation posts. You'll have a look in a true genius' mind.
Wednesday, 31 May 2017
Monday, 29 May 2017
Just had a fantastic WE in Metz and I've managed to not only meet a few friends but also get a few games under the belt !
I'm going to review those in a series of posts (about 3 I reckon) so here's the first : The Journey of Inquisitor Greyfax...
Wednesday, 24 May 2017
OK, quick one for today. I've recently played a mordheim campaign and i'm about to play a Shadow Wars one and an Inquisimunda one. There's one thing I've learnt so far : I don't like placing my models flat on the table.
Why is that ? Paint chips, bent parts, you name them, that's the sort of stuff I don't tolerate anymore given how much time I spend on my models.
Is there a solution for this ? Yes there is. Tokens are one of them.
Monday, 22 May 2017
Still trying to make the best of the time I have before this WE, here is part of the Show Wars scenery I managed to get done this past week !
I've bought the Shadow wars : Armageddon box at its release (lucky me) and I have to say I'm more than chuffed with it.
Sunday, 14 May 2017
An unsual for me this time : terrain. Or to be more precise, terrain of the scatter kind.
See I have a gaming WE in a couple of WE and I have offered to bring terrain to make a table for some 40k skirmish action. Problem is, I'm quite poor in stuff to populate my tables still.
That's why I decided to finally get this kit done.
Saturday, 13 May 2017
Playing all those undead lately must have got to my head... I've never found zombies, ghouls and most undead as appealing as now...
Like some sort of sign from destiny, I was offered the chance to paint a few of the scavengers by Macrocosm. Those just fit perfectly with the kind of characters I want to be able to put on the table just to put a bit of pressure on players.
Wednesday, 3 May 2017
It sometimes takes a good self-kicking in the rear to get some things done...
This has been precisely the case with this project. I got the genesteealer hybrids from the Overkill box about a year ago, build a band of genetically engineered warriors in September 2016 and only just managed to finish painting them after letting them aside half done for months.
The recent release of Shadow wars : Armageddon has proven to be the sparkle that could ignite my interest and after a slow come back I decided to set my standards lower to get them done rapidly.
Monday, 1 May 2017
Last week end, I had the chance to be invited to play a mordheim campaign with the very same folks as last year.
I was very eager to see them again and play a new campaign with my freshly painted undead band.
Monday, 24 April 2017
So after getting nothing done on the hobby front for more than 10 days due to holidays, visits at the zoo with the kids, going to the sea, seeing friends, having romantic week ends and things like that, it was high time for me to get back on more serious and important stuff.
Thursday, 13 April 2017
Saturday, 8 April 2017
The eternal champion, if there ever was universes that inspired the warhammer setting, Michael Moorcock's epic saga has got to stand on top of the list !
Now some time ago, Colin suggested that we could have a game at BOYL including different incarnations of the eternal champion. That idea did hit bull's eye in our minds and like the others I saw the perfect opportunity to tick a few boxes from my ever growing "to do" list.
Tuesday, 4 April 2017
Some time ago, I entered an online challenge on Morikun's blog like I had done before.
I was quite lucky to get a couple of rewards for my entry and amongst them a very nice lasercut mdf kit from Systema gaming.
Sunday, 2 April 2017
After quite and exhausting but pleasant week end hitting people with a stick and screaming at them wearing a blue skirt and an armour, I finally took the 10 minutes required to finish what had remained a WIP for too long...
Tuesday, 28 March 2017
Just a quick one today after the very heart warming response to my Inquisition band. I've decided to paint a space pirate for fun because pirates are cool and space is so space pirates have to be extra cool right ?
Saturday, 25 March 2017
|Proper zenithal underlit and desaturated group pic|
That's probably due to the project in itself being far more fun than I expected to be...
Saturday, 18 March 2017
Alright, after a quick and silly group painting session, it was time to get back on my Inq28 painting challenge.
Since I've already built 6 of them (and am in progress on the 7th because even numbers look odd... well strange, you know what I mean), I just had to pick a couple I could do rapidly and here are the guys I picked.
Thursday, 16 March 2017
The other night, a couple of the WIPsters and friends gathered for a little video chat painting session with the silly idea to paint a model in a single session with the most horrible brush of their collection.
You'll get the full report on the Scale Creep with everyone's fantastic results.
Saturday, 4 March 2017
Thursday, 2 March 2017
Sometimes you just need to step aside and consider things from another angle. That's why I sometimes try to do at least. I was given the opportunity to do exactly that by the friendly folks at my friendly local gaming shop.
The idea between us is to build and paint each a band in the Inq28/Inquisimunda/Grimdark vibe to later play a campaign.
Tuesday, 28 February 2017
Back in December, some WIPsters and I vowed to go on a buying embargo. We've done that before and the idea is to basically stop buying and hoarding models and to reduce the leadpile or at least stop its uncontrollable growth (saving a few coins in the process ideally).
Tuesday, 21 February 2017
Hi all, just a quickie today. Yesterday night I've managed to knock 4 models at once !
Well OK, they're probably the most easy models to do...
I've got my hands on this bunch of oldschool wolves (some of which are from Kev Adams I believe) and got them done in a night.
Both Frostgrave and MOrdheim can use wolves so once again I'm ticking a few boxes with these.
Both Frostgrave and MOrdheim can use wolves so once again I'm ticking a few boxes with these.
Tuesday, 14 February 2017
What does any self respecting undead force need ? Come on... Skeletons yes ! So for Valentine's day, I had to paint a couple...
As you might have noticed, the force was pretty meaty and was somehow lacking "dry" elements... Well the only way to do things is to do them right isn't it ? I had to get a few skeletons in the troup and I had the perfect models for it !
Saturday, 11 February 2017
Although I thoroughly enjoyed the charms of Hungary and Budapest, getting back behind the brushes did feel great. I had started 2 models bafore leaving and I was eager to get back on them.
These 2 models, despite being of very different statures and status, bear one thing in common.
Come on, I'm sur you know who they're inspired from...
Wednesday, 8 February 2017
Some time ago, I managed to do a model exchange program. My mission was to take care of Hess poisonbreath in exchange for this classic Barbarian from Jes Goodwin when he worked for Asgard.
So a little time ago, I got this guy in the post.
Thursday, 26 January 2017
Never was much into zombies to begin with but I've actually painted quite a few since last year. And I have to admit loving the process. They're very rewarding and quite forgiving and often have plenty of silly details that make most of their charm (how else could we love dead but walking rotting meat ?).
Wednesday, 25 January 2017
Ok, Long shot for this one, you folks might remember the side scrolling game of Advanced Heroquest I played in Ireland some time ago... you don't ? Aw come on ! Here you go.
We had plenty of models to paint for this game as well as for the Frostgrave campaign we would have later that week.
Tuesday, 24 January 2017
Well it seems the grim darkness of the far future has become agitated and that with the news from the front, some tragedies have to be remembered.
With my fellow WIPSters, we've decided that we should celebrate Cadia one last time in our own special way : painting models and saying stupid things. Luckily, you're spared most of the insanity and just see the painted models