Tuesday, 22 January 2013

January Nuem finished!

Here she is, the final model of my Relics target:

Just the Space Marines left to do now!

Monday, 21 January 2013

I'm a fire starter...

...twisted fire starter!

Not really, but I thought I'd try doing flame effects on the Tormenta's:

Sunday, 20 January 2013

Heroes for Heroes

Just a quick post to say I've signed up for Heroes for Heroes, a painting auction with the proceeds going to Help for Heroes being run via Facebook.

If you're my friend on Facebook you'll have got an invite from me, if you're not then search for it, but basically you have until 31st March to donate and paint a Hero from whatever system you like and stick it on ebay as a charity auction.

In other news Gav's running another crowd funder for Tor Gaming - Relics, this time on Kickstarter, here's the promo vid:

If you didn't get involved last time with the Indiegogo, you might want to take a look...

Tuesday, 15 January 2013


Remembered my detail brush so finished off the Britanan Colour Bearer for the student.  Light was crap so no overly fine detail, but here it is:

Monday, 14 January 2013

Passable, not perfect...

Here's the Venerable Ironclad ready for Vapnartak, he ain't finished by any stretch of the imagination but he's three coloured and based so passes muster.

I am going to finish him when I get more time, but I want to try out some new techniques first...

Sunday, 13 January 2013

Project update...

Spent last night watching X-men first class and putting stuff together, so here we have January's Nuem for the Tor gaming challenge and the BT venerable ironclad dreadnought with his new weapons.

Edit: Due to the fact this post didn't, I've included a paint in progress of the dread as well.

Saturday, 12 January 2013

Toys have arrived...

So I'll start work on the Black Templar Venerable Ironclad tonight.

In other news, my wife passed her driving test so I should have some free time now as I'll no longer be needed for taxi service!  Wonder how much mileage I can get out of the sixteen years guilt trip?

Tuesday, 8 January 2013

Consecutive posts...

...what's going on?

Turns out I needed to add one more target.  It was one of my student's birthday over the weekend and, as always, I was taken up on my standing offer to paint a single miniature.

Completely blindsided me as I was hoping to assemble the Tormentas, but here's the game ready piece after an hour and half. Apologies for the quality of the pics but I only had my phone at hand.

Monday, 7 January 2013

And we're off...

2013 painting has commenced!

Started work on the Jotunn/Thunderfire Cannon. Haven't got as far as I'd have liked due to having to rebuild the airbrush. Below are some in progress pics anyway.

Also been spending money on replacement parts to turn my Forgeworld Black Templar Venerable Dreadnought into an Ironclad.  Though I initially thought to Cheaphammer the parts, I've ended up spending £15 on an arm and a missile pod.

The £15 was including p&p though and they are a very pretty arm and missile pod. i.e. a Forgeworld Mark IV Dreadfire Claw and a Kromlech Zephyr Missile Launcher.  I went with the Kromlech because the Ironclad is taking to the field carrying two Hunter Killer Missiles and those top two do the job nicely.  The other thing is the Zephyr has the little stand so I might get away with minimal modification to make it fit.

Sunday, 6 January 2013

Like a Phoenix from the Ashes...

A Tale of Gamers seems to have been reborn!  A massive thank you to Kieron, Matt and Aneurin for returning to the realms of bloggerdom, its been lonely and as a result I haven't had the impetus to keep on top of things myself.   There's a new thread on the forum but in case you can't be arsed to head over there I'll repeat it here:

Here we go again...  Tale of II - The comeback tour
Salutations chaps, happy new year and welcome back unto the fold.  2013 promises to be a great year, I mean we've survived yet another apocalypse so we must be doing something right!  I'm looking forward to seeing what we can achieve this year, no silly targets but I'd like to see if there's a group project we could work on.

I think December will be a really quiet month for me in the future as I'm only just getting some motivation back after what was a very exhausting period.  Still in my absence I appear to have picked up some new followers, a hearty welcome to Anton of 'The Anarchy of Anton' blog, Duane who I don't think has a blog (please correct me), Matthew and Bill aka Lowelife101 of Matthew and Bill's Warhammer Painting Blog and finally me... yep I've managed to click something so now I'm following my own blog and I don't know how to undo it.

For my new followers, one of our ex-'Tale of' crew seems to have a new project on the go. Andy is an overly talented dervish and his blog is well worth a read if only for his awe-inspiring work.  Check him out at: http://napoleonicwargamingadventures.blogspot.co.uk/

Right, onto the task in hand setting realistic targets for January. 

First up is a refresh job of my 40k Templar Mechanicus army as 1k of it has been entered in the Vapnartak competition at the beginning of February, doesn't need much but I'm replacing the ramshackle Thunderfire Cannon with a model that looks like it can a) actually move and b) dish out some serious damage, i.e. a Mantic Jotunn Heavy Hailstorm Cannon.  I also need to buy a new fist for my Forgeworld Venerable Dread so I can use him as an Ironclad as standard Dreads are officially crap in Close combat under 6th ed because Armour 12 and 3 Hull points means jack all when your opponent is hitting you with Krak grenades and a powerfist. Under fifth grenades were a desperate measure kind of thing, now you make a single attack at your normal weapon skill (so 4+ on average) then roll for damage and as Krak grenades are S6 any roll of a 6 causes a glancing hit. The Ven's signature "re-roll that damage result rule" doesn't kick in against Glancing Hits any more so you're crippled by three glancing hits and can do nothing about it.  Ironclad on the other hand is Armour 13, Krak's can't hurt him and he's cheaper!

Secondly I need to paint up some more Nuem, two Tormenta's (for a total of 3), a second Pueri and 4 Sagitarrius.

Okay so those are my basic targets for this month, onto stretch goals:

1.  My first commission piece, well ish.  One of my ex-pupils is buying the Dark Angels from the Dark Vengeance box off me and I said I'd paint the terminators as part of the negotiations, he then added to what he wanted off me and I was stuck with the agreement despite the fact I'm no longer getting paid for it.  Oh well, it'll be practice for...

2.  Madbeardyman is one of those fortunate hobbyists who can afford to splash out on his whims, unfortunately for him the necessary work entailed to afford these whims means he doesn't get time to paint them. Therefore I've offered to do a test piece because when his latest whim is a pre-Heresy Death Guard army complete with 5 Contemptor Dreadnoughts it would be rude not to...  Colin gave me this standard one the day before he was sending three back to exchange for the just released Death Guard variant, so by my reckoning that was late November.  

Time to get cracking!