Analogue Hobbies painting challenge.
First up is an old Citadel Adeptus Mechanicus Tech-Priest from the Rogue Trader era. This was a model I picked up recently from the estate of Tim, a friend of the Conscripts, who passed away suddenly last year. Godspeed, Tim.
Eureka MOPP-suited Americans. Modern escalation has really been on lately - my Russians have scored a BMP-2 and Hind, so the Americans deserve an upgrade too.
Well that's my break done, back to the painting table and "Leafs/Red Wings 24/7". Stay warm kids!
Monday, December 30, 2013
Monday, December 23, 2013
|An Imperial facility on Toxo IV.|
Last week we celebrated the imminent arrival of Christmas with a game of Epic: Armageddon. We haven't played Epic in a while, so I thought it would be fun to set up a game on poor old Toxo IV just before the holidays. The scenario pitted nearly equal forces, a column of Dark Angels (Loyalists) vs. a column of Word Bearers (Traitors!). The objective was an Imperial facility in the centre of the table. The game would last six turns, and whoever held the facility - or the greatest part of it - at the end of the game would win!
|Loyalist Marines - Dark Angels.|
|Followers of Horus - Word Bearers.|
|Preliminary action - the Dark Angels have rushed their Land Raiders forward, while the Word Bearer assault marines ponder their options.|
|You can see the Land Raider has been driven back (on the right, with a crump) - the second one having been destroyed. The assault marines have retired to a quiet corner of the facility.|
|"Yeah, that's two hits." Dallas's hot rolling preserved for the record - a pair of "6"s followed by a pair of "5"s.|
|How come the Word Bearer Predators are gone?|
|The most accurate shots in the galaxy...|
|The Word Bearer Land Raiders have smashed a hole on the right.|
|Close up of the complex. The Dark Angels have comprehensively manned the facilities and are ready to fight!|
|The Word Bearers are trying to swarm toward that hole on the right.|
|Another view of the fighting in the final turns - on the left side of the photo you can see Dark Angel tactical stands which had been driven from the buildings by a daring assault of the Word Bearer assault marines.|
|This Dark Angel dreadnought had something to say to the Word Bearer assault marines.|
|A view of the Word Bearer's desperate final attack.|
Saturday, December 21, 2013
So with a few of the Fawcett crew in on Curt’s 4th Annual Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge I thought I would post a bit of my plan for the challenge and see what the rest of you have in place for long term plans, or see if you are just winging it.
First up, my main goal is to complete 4 infantry sections for each of the 10th and 16th Battalion of the CEF from WW1. I have already submitted one section from each Battalion and have another in the works for the 16th. To go along with these as opposition I am aiming to finish at least 3 infantry sections and 2 HMG sections for the Germans. This should give me a good solid base to host WW1 games with.
|The first of hopefully 4 sections of the 16th Battalion.|
My second goal is to get a unit of 28mm French Napoleonics done. This was something I had promised Curt a while back, that I would at least give them a go. Well, now is the time. What I didn’t realize is…. WOW that’s a lot of damn Frenchies…. 32 models in a unit!! Ouch!
My third goal is to clean up some of the many Gamer ADD induced purchases and projects. Just a few of which include a TONNE of FoW stuff, some Dystopian wars ships to round out my French fleet, a Malifaux warband, an infinity squad, some more Sedition Wars figures, and more.
|Part of my cleanup. I put these together and based them over 6 years ago, |
then never did anything with them... they were not even primed!
Those were my goals going in, then Curt sprung a surprise on us at the last minute. There were going to be bonus rounds. Hmmm… now I have a fourth goal. There will be 7 different bonus rounds and my goal is to submit entries for at least 5 of the 7.
Here are the themes, dates, and my plan of attack.
· December 22: Non Combatant(s) – Old Woman (done)
· January 5: Villain(s) - Nurgle Demon Prince
· January 19: Vehicle – Dystopian Wars French Skybase
· February 2: Hero or Heroic Group - ???
· February 16: Casualty / Casualties - WW1 Casualties
· March 2: Favourite Character - ??? Something Cthulhu based
· March 16: Last Stand - ??? Maybe Necron Centipede
|My Demon Prince has already been converted and is just waiting |
to be primed up and painted. Now that I am done the non-
combatant figure he will start to be painted this week.
So, that’s my mad plan of attack, and at my current pace, maybe even do-able. However, despite my recent pace I will not say it’s a sure thing. That damn Gamer ADD is sure to kick in at sometime. At least any new projects that I have planned are all Kickstarter based, and therefore according to Greg, never likely to happen.
I know that Dave is not directly involved in the Challenge, but is trying to paint up his Sedition Wars force during the same time. Which, if accomplished will be quite a feat for him, since it will likely quadruple his painting output of the last 2 years! Sorry Dave, we all love you, but painting speed just ain't your thing.
Friday, December 20, 2013
|1/200 scale Regult Tactical Pods from Nichimo|
My first submission was a pair of Regult Tactical Battle Pods, the main mecha used by the Zentreadi aliens from the anime series Macross (recognized more commonly in North America as "Robotech"). These are 1/200 scale multi-part models sold under the "Nichimo" brand many years ago, now available these days in isolated Ebay lots. Six or seven years ago, long before any Kickstarter panhandling, I started piling together enough of these kits to play games of Macross with the gaming group here in Winnipeg. They are not great models - they have to be screwed together (WTF !?!) so you have to fill those holes with putty. But they look the part! These models are about 4 inches tall.
|The screw-holes on the backs of the models have been filled with green stuff prior to painting|
I've loved the Macross series - complete with its bonkers notions, whacky plot with rather large holes, and terrible, terrible "pop music" - since I first saw a few scattered episodes as a teenager. Back then "GI Joe" and "Transformers" were popular cartoons, and in those shows nobody ever got hurt. Along came this show with very cool animation, amazing mecha, and a plot that routinely killed off major characters (and also half the earth's population, ultimately). It was quite a contrast! Robotech was WAY better than the lame North American "action" cartoons.
|This screen-grab gives a rough idea of how the Zentreadi pilot is supposed to "fit" into the pod...|
The alien mecha from Macross are beautiful. With the reverse articulation in the legs, artful curves, the Regult pods fit the bill perfectly for alien bad guy soldier mecha. They are armed to the teeth, elegant, maneuverable, funny-looking-but-cool-looking, and easily blown away by the dozen by the heroes of the TV series! In the series, these pods were about 70 or 80 feet tall, piloted by 50-foot-tall expendable soldier-clone Zentreadi soldiers. The aliens would attack with an approach that made the Red Army appear spartan in comparison, and clouds of these pods would lead the assault, getting mowed down by the ace human pilots in their own super-cool variable fighter mecha.
|Ready for action on the gaming table|
It was a lot of fun to collect these models from Ebay and paint them. I haven't painted one in years, and these two had been sitting forever, primed black. I figured I would clear them off the pending desk (I literally had to dust them off) as a way to recognize the expansion of the Analogue Challenge into the sci-fi realm!
Stay tuned for more entries! And go check out what others are painting - it's pretty awesome. Byron has already completed some really, really nice WW1 stuff...he might share it here too...
Monday, December 16, 2013
One of the cool things about Blogger is the ability to create polls for our visitors. On our blog the "Poll" is always at the top right of the page.
Our last poll asked:
Traditionally, model vehicles for wargames haven't been put on scenic bases. However, there's a modern movement towards basing vehicles for aesthetic and practical reasons. Do you think vehicles should be based for gaming?
Twenty-seven of you voted, and the results were as follows:
Yes, 15mm vehicles but not 28mm vehicles
Yes, both 15mm and 28mm vehicles
No, vehicles should not be based
So, an overwhelming majority of three-quarters of you thought that 15mm vehicles should be based! Interesting!
New poll coming up about priming models in cold weather.
Friday, December 13, 2013
|More 15mm winter WW2 troops and tanks|
|Matching the current weather outside my house. Note that an additional 30cms of snow has come since this photo was taken some time ago|
Not much to show in this post - I've been away from the painting table for a few weeks, back just in time to take a stab at yet another Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge. But it was good to get these bits cleared off before the Challenge started - a set of half-tracks, 251/7s, a few more infantrymen and another pair of Panther "A"s.
|An SdKfz 251/7 - will need to warm up after starting the engine...|
I opted for these half-tracks over more conventional ones to give the option of having an engineer/pioneer force. Often they have the worst jobs - repairing bridge crossings, clearing minefields and other work, all under fire.
|I believe those are meant to be temporary bridging sections on top there, but I have never been too sure...|
|Peter Pig vehicles are real beauties, sharp castings with nice details like the stowage on the front.|
|Some foot sloggers from Battlefront. These castings look depressed, which I love about them.|
|Panzerschrek team. I bet that was a fun piece of kit to haul through the snow...|
The infantry are a smattering of spare castings from Battlefront - a panzerschrek team and a few regular panzer grenadiers. Once again I am impressed with the quality of these particular castings from Battlefront - their winter Germans are really well done.
|Another snow cat, weathered to show it has fought its way through several kessels since the snow fell...|
The Panthers are "A" variants, and the models are from Battlefront. These were real beauties to work with and I had a lot of fun painting them. The details on the hull are top notch. While they are of course more expensive than the very, very nice models from Plastic Soldier Company, I still think these are tops in my books and a great value.
|Panzer 314 ready to roll out.|
As with my previous batch of winter tanks, these received heavy winter weathering treatment. Again, it's probably a little too much, but I still have a lot to learn when it comes to being a bit more subtle with the weathering on vehicles :)
|Lots of wonderful, sharp little details on the Battlefront Panthers|
So the Painting Challenge starts this weekend - I will be a slow starter in this challenge, but I've got a fairly high points goal (although the others are all just low-balling and sandbagging - right, Ray?) so I hope to tear out a few good starting pieces over Christmas. During the Challenge I hope to do projects in different scales and periods including 28mm Napoleonics and Sudan, 15mm Arab-Israeli Wars, more WW2 stuff of course, and maybe some sci-fi! I know Dallas, Byron and Kevin are in for the Challenge too, so I'm looking forward to seeing lots of great Fawcett Avenue content lighting up the blogosphere!
Monday, December 9, 2013
BMP for my chemical Commies, I'd better give them some air-transportability too.
MOPP suited '80s Americans that I'm leaving to start until the Challenge begins next week but I anticipate they'll go up quickly...
MOPP suited '80s Americans that I'm leaving to start until the Challenge begins next week but I anticipate they'll go up quickly...
However, nowadays we have "the Studio 42 crew" - Glenn, P.J., Kevin, Ron, Elliotte (sic) and the lovely Andi... These guys drive Greg crazy for many different reasons. Glenn and Kevin because they were formerly NHL goalies and Greg thinks goalies have mental disabilities (oh and did I mention I'm a goalie too?), P.J. because he has the intellectual acumen of an "enforcer" matched with the physique of Peter Dinklage, and Elliotte not only because he spells his name with a Smurfette-style extra "e", but also for his fetishization of the "ideal hockey" supposedly played in Europe, where the game is physical but there's no fighting, everyone is skilled but there's room for "role players", and there are never EVER any cheap shots.
Greg calls this "Hockey Night in Chardonnay" and it provides us with tons of laughs while we're background-watching games on Thursdays. So in honour of this motif we're doing a battle-report up HNIC style, with all of the cliches and overdone hockey tropes we love from our broadcaster heroes. On to the batrep...
The game was the debut of Conscript Mike's gorgeous modern Canadians, replete with Leopard 1's and loads of M113s. The force might be smaller in size but certainly consists of skill players who are going to bring a high compete level to the game.
In the end the onslaught was too much for the Canadians as the Soviets played an excellent road game. The Soviets played a north-south game and really kept their feet moving. The active sticks from the tanks didn't give the Canadians time or space to get anything going. The one dangle from the lone Leopard was fruitless as the rest of the line was off on a change and couldn't provide any support.
You really have to hand it to the Soviets here as they managed the game well, kept it simple, took it one shift at a time, and played the whole 60 minutes. They'll cherish those two points and move on.
Thanks to Mike and Greg for bringing out their superb models and to Greg for running the game!