30 November 2020
Two former security bots recruited (/liberated from their corporate jobs) into the Meat Hating Robot Pirates. Not sure who made these figures, I got them second hand quite a while ago. Still working on an actual ship & crew name...
Works in progress. Almost done with the next two bots. The cruciform "face" on the harvester bot was silver at first, but I think the black works better. These two are from Effin Cool Miniatures' Metamorphosis Alpha range.
As I paint each of the Meat Hating Robot Pirates I'm mentally working out their backstories. I'll eventually post words & pics for the whole crew on here. These two are early members of the crew and rebelled against & escaped from the rogue trader they served. I like the idea of them as a team. There's a third figure from the pack who may join them (below.)
25 November 2020
24 October 2020
I have completed 4/10 dwarfs for the two month sqaud challenge. More Marauder Miniatures dwarfs.
I've been a bit distracted by other things, such as...
My 10th wedding anniversary. I had planned a nice get-away trip -- but Covid. So instead the love of my wife got assorted trinkets -- the dinosaur suit seemed like a big success!
I've been partially back at the office for a couple of months now. Me and the guy at the desk next to me alternate weeks working in & out of the office. (Attempting to limit numbers and proximity in the building.) On the low wall that separates our spaces, he's got a bunch of finger puppets that look like hands. I've been messing with them each week before I leave, both to entertain myself and hopefully him as well. Bring a bit of levity to an awkward work situation. This week I went a bit overboard. I bought some of the finger puppets as well and sculpted & painted on a pair of them, inspired by a favorite movie monster. I hope he gets the film reference!
A while ago, I got a few blank "Sank the Child" art toys from artist Huiyang Guo aka Sank Toys to do with as I pleased. It's taken me far too long to get around to finishing one, but I've recently got some solid work on the first one.
15 October 2020
Not many orcs or half orcs left to paint these days, but I still have a few Midlam Miniatures hobgoblins to add to the half-orc/hob-orc contingent. So far this Orctober I've painted a leader and a shaman.
I have a few more left. They're duplicates that I lan on converting to add some variety. Not sure whether I will get to them this month or not.
06 October 2020
30 September 2020
Handguns, pistols, and a couple of crossbows.
Pike/spear in back, dwarf-style zweihanders up front.
Light artillery in back, sword & buckler skirmishers in front.
29 September 2020
13 September 2020
- Meat Hating Robot Pirates. Previously mentioned, and I've already collected quite a few 'bots.
- Rogue Trader Eldar. They were my first RT/40k figures, before I even bought the rules. I just liked the figures. As happened a lot, I sold them in college. But I have been working on collecting figures for next year's Old World Army Challenge, which is opening up for 40k as well as fantasy.
- Spaven. Cheese Stealers. Not sure I'll go any further with them. Maybe a few odd figures if I get inspired in the future.
- Adeptus Mechanicus. I've been planning an AdMech Kill Team force. So I will hopefully break my block on building & painting the figures.
- Miscellany. Civilians, mercenaries, beasts... I don't know. I'm sure I'll add some oddball stuff in at some point.
- Gaming surface & terrain. Still thinking about this a bit. Thinking about a dark alien world look like on the Spaven bases, but also doing some sort of semi-modular starship/building tiles -- along with all the accessories.
Only one robot painted so far.
Trollkids done. I made some painting errors, and then trying to fix it
seemed to work at first, but then resulted in somewhat Muppet-y colors. I
guess I can be OK with that. More Drewtember figures from Satyr Art Studio. I just put down the first base coats of color on the trollwives.
As I was painting them, I kept hearing Ron Weasley saying, "eeew, troll bogies" in my head. 😆
08 September 2020
My first completed Drewtember figure is the recently released cloud giant, a tribute to the old Ral Partha figure by Tom Meier -- which happens to be one of my favorite oldschool miniatures. Both together, Drew/Satyr Art Studio on left, Tom/Partha on the right.
Besides painting, one of my joys has been the enjoyment of our modest gardens - both flower and vegetable. At times it's a bit of a train-wreck due to the neighborhood wildlife and neighborhood fungus plague, but we've managed to pull through. The most plentiful of our "crops" has been one of the basil plants that's grown to an insane size, and three hot pepper plants. I've been making and freezing (or giving away to friends) pesto made from the former, and recently I've been experimenting with hot sauces for the latter. This past weekend's production, in addition to the painted giant:
31 August 2020
10 August 2020
Quick paint on a pair of orcs from Scotia Grendel (formerly by Black Tree's LotR range) to see how they compare to some of the other figures I've got. Both are leaders from the command packs. On the left is a Greater Orc (Uruk) on a 25mm base. On right is a Stygian Orc on a 20mm base.
06 August 2020
But that was only the start of his work. Six more cultists showed up on the scene and (due to shitty activation roles yet again...) they charged rapidly from the far corner of the battle and surrounded the strong archer. Despite the six-on-one odds, Wad managed to quickly butcher the cultists, grab P-Stash's comatose body, and meet up with Stabbie (who was carrying the corpse of Youbie) and flee to safety.
04 August 2020
03 August 2020
Painted some fresh rabble...
It's been a while since I last played Sellswords and Spellslingers but I finally got in a game. Since this warband was my "learning the rules" group, I wanted to wind down their campaign by throwing a couple of horrible scenarios at them. By that I mean I would try to kill them and see if they could survive. Sort of like 2020 for toy soldiers in a fantasy setting.
The first was to replay the Badlands scenario again - playing it wrong just like I did the first time when I had only two characters barely survive. For all their experience and new skills and equipment, they didn't do much better. Bowie, who was essentially a clone of the original Bowie who died the first time, met the same fate. This time ambushed by a troll.
Stabbie tried to rescue her, but she was too far gone. The troll had already eaten one of her legs and was pulling off the other as the shaman got close.
Youbie almost didn't make it either. Seeing P-Stash surrounded by orcs, the powerful swordswoman charged in to assist, but only managed to jump on every sword that was bared in front of her. Really, she barely had to swing at them to mow the minions down, but failed anyway. Stabbie had better luck with his healing this time, saving the bold warrior well enough to limp away to safety. P-Stash, always living in the shadow of Youbie's expertise managed to prove himself by downing foe after foe just when the struggling group needed. He had to climb over a ring of orc corpses to join his friends as they fled the dreaded orc infested territory a second time.
As they leave the Badlands, Youbie takes one last look back, mourning their lost companion and contemplating how they could roll so goddamn low on so many activations again.
It was good to play a game for the first time in a few months!
And then there were three...
Next game with put the Low Rollers up against a necromancer hiding out in a remote tower. Not sure why they've got to go all murder hobo on this nice old lady and her friends. But that's what's going down. If that fails to do them in, there may be a thunder lizard waiting for them after that....
In non-gaming stuff, we're finally getting the first (not counting the herbs & green onions) small harvest from our tiny garden. Last year the neighborhood wildlife annihilated the garden, so I haven't got to pickle hot peppers for two years. Obviously I need a party of sellswords and spellslingers to rid our yard of the raiding vermin.