03 January 2019

Goodbye 2018, Hello 2019

Looking back at 2018, it feels like I painted more than I did. Gaming was almost non-existent again. I bought very few new minis, most of which got painted right away. So the collection only grew a little, and the balance of painted vs. unpainted grew in favor of painted. That's a positive. All painting and gaming this year seems overshadowed by the loss of a good friend. It's admittedly still fresh in my mind, and I've written about it a couple of times in the past month or two, so I'm not going to re-hash it here other than mentioning that it's had me thinking a lot about needing to re-connect with many of my friends, gaming or otherwise. I've played computer games, and have thought a lot about solo games lately. But I like gaming as a social activity. So... something to work on in 2019.


I played a three round Kings of War tournament in March, which was also the first use of my Fomorian miniatures.

The only other gaming I did was a game of Dungeon! over Thanksgiving weekend with my wife and daughter. The latter has asked when we're going to play again, so I'm hoping to work on that!


I swear it felt like I painted a lot more, but looking through the old posts, it's not as much as I thought. But all things considered, I think it was a pretty good output! My 2018 painting recap...

Drew Bog Trolls

Finding the last Marauder ogre to complete my set after many, many years. And painting it!

Finishing the Warploque giant (aka, Walter) I had started a year earlier in my annual Big April giant painting thing.

Hobbit goat knights and human halberdiers for the JTC!

Almost done with the half-orcs...

And a few odds & ends that I really enjoyed.

...and of course, all the Deadcember stuff I painted & already posted recently.

On to 2019

There are, of course, more gaming/miniatures related things I'd like to do in 2019 than I can even come close to having time for.

The given (painting):

  • The 2019 Old World Army Challenge (OWAC2). I'll be painting sea elves bit by bit, as part of a group challenge that I've previously posted about
  • Giants. April is the month of giants. At the very least I'd like to finish the Heresy giant I started in 2018.
  • Undead. And December is the month of the undead. I'll probably continue that tradition. 

The uncertain (painting):

  • Meat Hating Robot Pirates. Will this project ever get started???
  • Jackrabbit Trading Company. I'd like to make more progress on this!
  • Trolls. Small project, but I've got three more Drew trolls. And if I can find the last two old Marauder trolls I'm missing from the set, I'll paint all six of those as well!
  • Half-orcs. One more regiment to finish, this will definitely happen.
  • Marienburgers. I still have plenty more to paint, and I'd like to get some of the rank & file done -- pikemen in particular.
  • Odds & ends. I enjoyed the Hermit & Boar and Tengu & Jackalope minis quite a bit. I'd like to do more mini side-projects like that. Especially minis with a backstory in my head. (I should write out a bit about those from 2018...) In fact, painting some things like this may be something I look at doing sooner than later in 2019.

The dream (gaming):

  • I had fun playing Dungeon! with my wife & daughter. I think we all have some friends (adults and children) who would enjoy this. I'd like to give it a few more shots. Maybe it will act as a gateway... ;)
  • Solo. My old ideas for solo gaming are indefinitely on hold. I simply don't have the space for the type of gaming I had planned for before moving a couple years ago. BUT, I have recently purchased Sellswords and Spellslingers, and (just bought it tonight!) Rangers of Shadow Deep. Both are solo or coop skirmish games that I'd like to give a shot. Either solo, or coop if possible...
  • At least one big narrative battle game. No chess timers, no rankings, no awards. Just some friends pushing blocks of troops around a battlefield, trying to achieve some sort of objectives other than counting points.

31 December 2018

Dead Not Dead

Not done yet. Stayed up to stupid o'clock Saturday night drunkenly painting these last two. At least now I have the satisfaction of having the full set of minis from the Skeleton War Machines box painted now that I've completed Morbius (on the right.)

Happy, healthy, and safe New Year to all!

29 December 2018

Goodbye Deadcember, Hello OWAC2

Goodbye Deadcember, Hello OWAC.... maybe.


I've painted more for Deadcember than I had planned or expected to. I think that's partially owing to the simplicity of the figures and the rapid speed at which I can paint all of that bone.

The tally:

  • Citadel Skeleton War Machines boxed set (mostly):
    • 1 Chariotw/ 2 crew
    • 3 Skeletal champions
    • Screaming Skull catapult w/3 crew
  • Additional Screaming Skull catapult w/3 crew
  • 3 Grenadier skeleton ballistae, each w/2 crew
  • 1 Skeletal Champion (old Citadel mini) for the artillery
  • 1 Skeletal hero (Reaper mini)
  • 8 plastic Citadel skeletons (for Mo' Death)
  • 7 non-human skeletons of mixed manufacture (Citadel, Diehard, and whoever made the 40mm skeletons)

With just a few days left, and plans to continue prepping for the OWAC starting in January, I'm not sure there will be anymore undead forthcoming. But for an additional challenge, I've cleaned up a few more and will prime them as soon as I publish this blog post.

3 skeletons, 1 wight, and Morbius the liche (the last unpainted mini from the Skeleton War Machines box, above.)

Morbius has been a beast to strip the old paint from. This is him after vigorous scubbing and two baths in Simple Green, and two baths in Dawn Power Dissolver, which should be more than enough for most paint! I'm done, nothing came off after the last bath so he's going to get painted and I'll just hope that no detail is obscured.


I've already prepped the first month's worth of miniatures for the Old World Army Challenge, but have wanted to get started on the rest so all I have to do is paint when each round comes up. For the second month I plan on painting some war machines -- a bolter and chariot.

The chariot is one of the primary reasons I chose to paint the Sea Elves for the challenge (wood elves was another contender, but I don't think the chariot fits them as well even if it is in the Armies list.) I inherited the chariot from a friend back when we played 3rd ed. It was assembled but never painted. I'm not sure it was used much. I recall most chariots being a bit crappy in 3rd, and I think he had better options for his wood elf army. So there was a lot of cleaning of old glue, flash, and mould lines to be done. Oh the cleaning...

Is it heretical to use old minis as a writing instrument? Ah, lead... the tastiest of all miniatures casting materials. Between this chariot and the second Screaming Skull catapult painted this month I've been reminded, once again, of how crappy the casting quality could be in the "good ol' days." Some of the horses and chariot parts were horrible, massive mould lines and protruding chunks of lead in inconvenient spots (like the strange growth on a horse muzzle.) I'm not crazy about the mountain of lead filings in the house, either. (Don't worry, I take great care to contain and dispose of it.)

So after a tedious amount of work, the sea elf bolter is ready, and the chariot & horses are cleaned but not assembled/primed yet. I haven't even started on the chariot crew.

22 December 2018

Old World Army Challenge 2

I am taking part in the 2018 Old World Army Challenge.

The OWAC involves participants painting 200 points of "Oldhammer" miniatures (3rd/4th ed. WFB) each month for six months, one of which is a mulligan, so we each end up with a 1000 point army at the end.

I've posted my first entry there. I'm not going to repeat it here -- follow the link to check it out. I'll be doing Sea Elves to go with my Marienburgers.

Expanding Deadcember '18

After hitting Deadcember '18 pretty strong in the first week and a half, painting slowed down a bit for various reasons. But I did just wrap up a few more minis...

A second screaming skull catapult (the last artillery piece in the foreseeable future) and two non-human skeletons. I'm not going to get to particular about their heritage. Maybe they're ogres, maybe... who knows. 40mm minis from the (former?) "Heroes of Myth and Legend" range.

Spent half of this week in San Antonio for work. Texas is becoming my second home...

Welcomed by a Curtiss Jenny in the airport when I arrived around midnight.

Had a couple hours before flying out, got to visit the Alamo!

Flying over Chicago at night was pretty cool. Have only seen if by day before.

11 December 2018

Non-Human Skeletons

Non-human skeletons are not as common, but I've been collecting a few. I've got a small regiment and have just painted these five for Deadcember '18.

The skeledwarf with the round shield is from Citadel's Cursed Company, the remaining four are from Diehard Miniatures.

Here's everything from Deadcember so far.