Thursday, July 20, 2017

40K Day with The Boy

No, not THAT kind of 40K...

...THIS kind of 40K!

In other news... I did finish up the cavalry for my Scots Government/Covanenteer force. I've also finished up a bunch of 70s/80s British and some armed civilians/insurgent types. I'll hopefully get to posting some pictures of those later today or tomorrow.

Monday, July 17, 2017

More English Civil Warriors

Awaiting the arrival of my new computer today, I thought I'd mess around on Amanda's "work" computer and see if can start to figure out how these new programs work.

I've been working on a few more items for my Pikeman's Lament forces for the English Civil War.

Preacherman from Redoubt Miniatures.

A Devout Cavalryman from The Assault Group.

 A unit of English Shot - these are a mix of figures from Old Glory, Wargames Foundry, Dixon Miniatures, and a few of my own home-cast figures.

Casualty marker for the red coated Englishmen (from Wargames Foundry)

Four rather well armoured scotsmen from Wargames Foundry (They were actually English figures - that I've painted in hoden grey to use as Scotsmen. I didn't want to buy a pack of Scotsmen as I didn't need six guys in bonnets... but I figured I could pass armoured Englishmen off as Scots if I painted them in grey....).

The entire Scots government English Civil War force so far. Two units of Shot, two units of Pike, a light frame gun and a unit of dismounted cavalrymen (fielded as a Forlorn Hope). 26 points so far - which could be modified by upgrading or downgrading any of the units. I also have two units of Scots Horse to paint up and then this will be complete - well as complete as it's going to be for the foreseeable future. Redoubt Miniatures does have some Scottish Civilians I might pick up as some point to act as camp followers - which could be fielded as "Clubmen".

In other news....

I have about half of the Jet Bikes assembled - hopefully have some pics of finished ones shortly. I've also been working on some figures that finally arrived from Mike Bravo Miniatures (bit of an ordeal there...) They'll probably be the next things pictured on the blog. I also have the aforementioned Scots Horse on the workbench (it IS getting rather cluttered!). Progress on these has been slowed by the fact that I have been getting out for more bike rides and will be further slowed as I have a bit of prep work to do (mostly cleaning and organizing - and later DEMOLITION!) as we get ready for our kitchen renovation now scheduled for the end of the summer.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Experiencing Technical Dificulties

Please Stand By...

Well it seems my 11 year old iMac is finally giving up the ghost. The last couple times I tried to use iPhoto it quit unexpectedly as I tired to export photos, and the last time I used it just downloading photos caused the program to crash the whole computer (well... the computer restarted itself...). The writing has been on the wall for some time. iPhoto was one of the main reasons I was holding on - as I like some of the functions it has that the new Photo program on Amanda's slightly newer iMac DOESN'T have!? How does a newer, fancier, more expensive computer have LESS functions than my ancient fossil of a computer!?

So I've ordered a new computer and it should be here early next week. Hopefully I'll figure something out with the Photo program.

I have, in the meantime, finished up another unit of English shot of The Pikeman's lament - as well as a handful of Scottish pike to finish up a unit of those. I'll post pictures of those as soon as I can next week. I also have a bunch of Scottish horse on the workbench and have build a half dozen more Jet Bikes - though, so far, they have only been assembled and primed...

Stay Tuned For Further Developments....

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Jet Bike!

With Rick’s Robot finally off the workbench, I’m back to building Jet Bikes! I built four of the last few days, have another two partly assembled, and finished painting the first of the aforementioned four last night.

(Remember: click on the pictures for a bigger version):

This was assembled with parts from the Jet Bike Construction Kit Kickstarter and are available from Ramshakle Games.

Flames totally make it go faster.

I built this one for my friend John one of the organizers of ToonCon Where I will be running a game of Faustus Furious in September  making use of all these jet bikes. I have a second one for him that I’ll be finishing up next, then one for me and one for Amanda (and I’m sure the kids will be hounding me to help them with theirs!). Then I’ll have to play another GAME!!

Coming soon on Tim’s Miniature Wargaming Blog:

MORE Jet bikes! It’s really the only thing I have no the workbench at the moment. Well the only thing on the workbench that I’m at all paying attention to!?

Sunday, July 2, 2017

June 2017 Boardgame Round-Up

3 June 2017 – Arkham Horror

The first weekend of June was the first weekend we had free of dance classes for The Girl. Amanda had to attend a conference over the weekend, however… 

My Friend Jasper joined the kids and I for a game of Arkham Horror. I have not played Arkham Horror since last year sometime, and I have not seen Japer since… maybe when we played  A Game of Thrones back in February…?

For this game Jasper chose Yig to battle. Yig has a shorter doom track – which means less time before the end game – but Yig also doesn’t have magical or physical resistance or immunity and only 10 doom tokens – so it almost seems like it could potentially be defeated in a climactic end-game-battle. We totally DIDN’T, but, y’know, compared to some of the others it seems like it COULD be possible.

The Girl played Caroline Fern – the Psychologist, Finnegan played Vincent Lee – The Doctor, Jasper played Kate Winthrop – the Scientist, and I played Dexter Drake – the magician. We had each sealed one gate – for a total of four – Caroline Fern may have been able to seal a fifth, had we not killed two cultists (which added tokens to the doom track), because she still had a pile of clue tokens… but it would have been difficult for us to seal a sixth one as we would have all been fresh out of clue tokens…

Fighting Yig we did managed to remove SIX of the ten doom tokens before we were all utterly devoured.

I wish I could get this one on the table a bit more often. I don’t think we’ve even faced all the Elder Gods in the base set – let along cracked any of the expansions I’ve picked up for this. I had been thinking I might make October “Arkham Horror” month – we could play it each weekend in October, each with a different expansion… of course we’d probably have to play the base set in September at least once to remember how to play before adding in expansions… and then there’s Eldritch Horror and Elder Sign (and  A Study in Emerald (Second Edition) and countless other Cthulhu Mytohos/Horror games that I don’t get to play often enough…)

10 June 2017 – Pax Renaissance/7Wonders

I didn’t plan any more games until the following Saturday when Brent and Bruce stopped by to play Pax Renaissance. We played twice. That’s pretty much all I remember.

Oh, and I won a game… maybe…? And I think I actually won with something OTHER THAN an Imperial Victory – which is what EVERY OTHER GAME has been won with.

Yeah. I think I took this picture to remind me what the heck I won with… Maybe it was a Globilization Victory – I have a lot of Discovery Prestige there…? I did have the Law Prestige to try and set myself up for a Renaissance Victory (with Republics) but that didn’t’ happen. I can’t remember if it was this game or the earlier one that almost ended with a Holy Victory…?

I really enjoy this game. Wish I could have gotten it on the table another time in June. I’ll have to brow beat some players into playing it a few times in July (and August… and September… as I’ll be running it at ToonCon!)

Later that evening I played a game of 7 Wonders with the family. This was yet another game where Amanda complained throughout the game that she just wasn’t getting the cards she needed and wasn’t going to do very well and then crushed us all by a landslide.

The next week was pretty busy with rehearsals for the Queen Maeve School of Irish Dance final recital (both me and the kids take dance classes with the school – in separate groups, though) and other stuff. On Tuesday I started having weird dizzy spells – which have been coming and going for the last two and a half weeks!! (partly why I haven’t been doing much gaming or painting of miniatures).

16 June 2017 - Retro Loonacy

Finnegan and I played about ten games of Retro Loonacy while waiting in the dressing room backstage the night of our performance. 

No games on Saturday that week – we did get over the Dragon’s Den Games for Free RPG Day. The kids picked up some stuff (Pelegrane Press adventure and Runequest Quickstart) and I picked up a miniature they were giving away. A couple days later I got an emails saying I’d won one of the draws – a free copy of the Timewatch RPG Core Rules. The kids were pretty excited about that! Me, I’ve got all the role-Playing Games I want – and I’m looking to play simpler, homebrew rules anyway.

The following week we had our meeting with the Home Education Coordinator – after which we have a tradition of stopping by the Dragon’s Den to pick out a new game. Finnegan got The Guardians of the Galaxy Expansion for Legendary. The Girl got a game called Bear Valley.

21 June 2017 – Legendary/Guardians of the Galaxy

We did get to play Legendary with the Guardians of the Galaxy expansion that week… but that was about it.

27 June 2017 – Flash Point: Fire Rescue

The final week of June, my folks came over for supper one night and brought with them a new game my mom had picked up – Flash Point: Fire Rescue. It is a co-op game where all the players are Fire Rescue Peoples running about a burning building trying to put out fires, find people in the building and get them out before it’s completely engulfed in flames and collapses (or too many people burn up in the flames).

I got home late from an appointment with a physiotherapist and Finnegan had already read the rules and the game was well underway.

I joined in at the very end and we managed to get all the people (and a cat and a dog!) out safely. Whew! We just played the basic game. Hopefully we’ll get a chance to try it out again and try out some of the advanced rules.

And that’s it… Hopefully July will be a little less busy and we’ll get some more games in! (as of today we’ve already gotten in games of Kingdomino. We're planning to play Dominion tomorrow and Brent, Kurtis and John are coming over on Monday to play Angola. I'd really like to get in a game of The Pikeman’s Lament this week or next week as well as some more Pax Renaissance! Not sure what else we'll get up to in July.

With June done we're halfway through the year and if things were progressing as they should I would have played 25 of the games on my 2017 List of Games to Play... but so far I've only managed to play slightly less than a quarter of them... 

Coming soon on Tim’s Miniature Wargaming Blog:

JET BIKES!!! Having finally finished up Rick’s Robot (which I swore to myself I would finally FINISH before I allowed myself to build any more Jet Bikes) I’ve started working on more Jet Bikes!!! I assembled two for my friend John and have a third underway – so stay tuned for those!

I also have a unit of Shot that I’ve been working on from time to time over the last week or so for The Pikeman’s Lament, as well as some Highland dwarves for Dragon Rampant, and some miniatures from Mike Bravo Miniatures that I helped crowdfund a year ago finally arrived… so there are a lot of thing clogging up the workbench at the moment and any of those could end up being posted in the weeks to come. 

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Rick's Robot

Not much going on here. I haven't been doing much painting or gaming. June's been frightfully busy and I've not been feeling great the last two and a half weeks. I haven't even been getting out for many bike rides.

This weekend my folks are moving into a new condo and I've been trying to help them with that.

I DID manage to finish off this model of the Lost In Space Robot for my friend Rick. It's been sitting on the periphery of my workbench half built for an embarrassingly LONG time... and before that it sat in it's box unopened for an even more embarrassingly, LONGER time... but now it's done.

Pictured here on the workbench - last bit of varnish drying this morning. I'd planned to take a few more (better lit) shots... but I may or may not get to that. It's pretty HUGE - those are all 28mm models in the background.

The torso can rotate and I drilled through the bottom to put a little blinking red light in.

He actually gave me FOUR of these to assemble and paint... I don't even want to think how long ago it was... I mean it was almost THREE YEARS AGO that I finished up The Mummy and at THAT point I'd already had them a year or two.

I'd like to get the other two done this summer when I'm not so busy, but I know better than to make any promises at this point.

This is why I should NEVER accept commissions...

Next up I should have a brief post about the gaming we did in June - which wasnt' very much. Hopefully July will be better!

Monday, June 19, 2017

Odd and Sundry Bits

Below is a collection of an assortment of odd and sundry bits that have been haunting the periphery of my work area for some time, partially painted, that I’ve recently –  over the last month – finished off… but didn’t feel any one group necessitated a post all of their own… or maybe they all could have, but I was feeling lazy…?

(Remember: click on the pictures for a bigger version):

Two English Civil War cavalrymen. One, on the left, is from Old Glory the other, on the right, is from Perry Miniatures.

The two finish up a unit of heavy cavalry for The Pikeman’s Lament.

An English Civil War musketeer casualty from Perry Miniatures. You can’t see it, because it’s hidden by the grass, but he’s sitting on his musket.

A Teutonic Knight Casualty from Gripping Beast. The beginnings of a Teutonic Knight retinue for Lion Rampant. I have two units of Mounted Men-at-Arms and an assortment of pilgrims and clergymen and a bunch of cavalry to paint up for the force. Well… some of the clergy are already painted… I’m not sure what I was thinking when I decided to pick up the knights… seemed like a good idea at the time…? I’ll probably need to pick up some Mounted Sergeants and some more foot for the force at some point… maybe when I actually get some of the other units finished!!

First two of the Reaper Bones 3 Kickstarter, which arrived a couple weeks ago, that I’ve “painted”. There wasn’t much painted involved – other than the base.

The Wizard I actually have a not-so-translucent version of – so I can make him “invisible”.

I’m not sure why I ended up with the invisible/translucent dude with the hammer…?

Three Lead Adventure Miniatures post-apocalyptic survivors.

Two more post-apocalyptic KGB from Lead Adventure Miniatures. I finished the others from this set back in February

A Grenadier Guards Officer from Miniature Figurines Winter of ’79 range.

Three female police constables also from from Miniature Figurines Winter of ’79 range.

Dark Young of Shub-Niggurath from Reaper Bones 3 Kickstarter. I got all the big mythos creatures out of this set. Painted up this guy as an adventure I’m prepping to kick off a Cthulhu Invictus campaign involves a Dark Young…

With the wizard for scale – he’s pretty damned big! Shub0niggurath herself and Dagon are even HUGER?!

A terribly out of focus shot of three Grymm sniper specialists from Hasslefree Miniatures. Their camouflage was so good the camera could just not recognize what to focus on…

Are the Grymm supposed to be like Space Dwarves…? I think so. But given that hasslefree minis are on the slightish side, I though they might fit in with one of my units of Imperial Guard Ratling snipers.

Unit of Ratling snipers. They’re still on the slight side… maybe female Ratlings are smaller and have tinier heads than the males of their species…? I probably should have converted their boots into big feet to match up with the GW guys a bit better… ah well…

That’s it for me for now. Need to do some planning this week and figure out what I’m going to work on in the coming months…

Coming soon on Tim’s Miniature Wargaming Blog:

Game Plan 2017: What’s Next…?