Monday, 1 January 2018

2017 Painted Model commitment #10 - Final (and some New Years goals)

So 2017 has now gone, and how have I done for completed models?

Converted from the Dark Imperium Gravis Captain 

Terminator shoulder pads are actually the correct size but you can't really tell I reckon

Aggressors are pretty awesome... two to go

Cool model but unlikely to ever see a competitive army list...

This on the other hand will always see a list

So how did I go?
Weeks of the year complete: 52
Models painted: 61
Vehicles painted: 3
+ terrain

So I'd say it was a success. 

If I was to be critical I didn't 'complete' any armies and I did not paint as 'fast' as I wanted to (e.g. just under half of my Custodes/Sisters of Silence army are still staring at me after starting with a hiss and a roar). 

On the plus side, if I lost the motivation for a particular army I had plenty else on my table to choose to do instead (both painting and modelling), which was good for my state of mind...

I've built more Deathwatch (aaargh)

...and Space Wolves are still to come in 2018.

I'm also pretty happy with how Maelstrom and Warpstorm went - 30-odd people at each is good for Wellington with a good handful of out of towners and tournament newbies at each. It's obviously a product people are interested in committing to play at, and an inclusive environment for those dipping their toes in the competitive waters.

So what lies ahead for 2018?

Painted model commitment: I think I'll stick to 52 models again. Let's not get too ahead of ourselves here. But Rhinos will count as 3 models and anything larger as 5.
What do I want to paint: At least two Knights. More Deathwatch.
What do I want to buy: More terrain. Multi-part Inceptors I think... they look good. But with the rate of releases from GW, I am getting fatigued. 
Running tournaments: I have booked the hall for the following two dates. Maelstrom XI 2018 - WH40k 09-10 June 2018, Warpstorm XI 2018 - WH40k 27-28 October 2018. Players pack for Maelstrom will be out March-ish.
What else? Well Seb just bought his first GW models with his own money (Primaris marines) and he wants to paint them as Space Wolves... what can I say other than I am a proud Dad. I do want it noted that I did try and encourage him to collect an army we don't have <cough><Mechanicus><cough> but it fell on deaf ears. Damn kids with their own thoughts and ideas. Never mind. Nathan at GW Wellington was great at teasing what he wanted to collect and paint out of him and giving him some pointers.

I'm also keen to play more games this year. Especially if Seb is getting into it... 

Happy New Year and all the best for your hobby goals.

Saturday, 18 November 2017

2017 Painted Model commitment #9

I am now over half way painted for my Custodes and Sisters of Silence force. The centrepiece of the army is a Land Raider... it took about 3 weeks of evenings (not every evening, but a few) so here it is in all its magnificence...

Too big to fit in the lightbox...

Lots and lots and lots and lots of bling

Some writing

Venerable Land Raiders are tough btw

Custodes models are REALLY BIG (oh and yes the interior is fully painted, thanks for asking)

I had a game vs Alan Borthwick's Genestealer Cult at Warpstorm - and this inspired me to start painting my Deathwatch again (after I had built half a dozen new models to add to the pile...). 

Here is Captain Markus She'don of the Iron Hands (uses Captain Artemis rules)

My grumpy face

Still fluffing the light balance... grr. Might try again.

You might remember the Hereforge models from here - I got given another two to paint using the higher quality 3D print and the difference in print quality really showed. Still a lot of striation making it a pain to paint but certainly a lot easier. The amount of customisation you can do on these models before you print them is pretty cool.  

He may be a bad man

Definitely less bad

That cat has pretty amazing detail

How on target am I?
Weeks of the year complete: 46
Models painted: 57
Vehicles painted: 3

Sunday, 12 November 2017

'Fixing' the painting station

A couple of months ago I finally joined some ranks of the semi-serious painting fraternity and purchased a desktop airbrush booth.

I had looked at one previously (i.e. several years ago, ok about 6 years) but what grabbed my attention now was the integrated LED lights ("Keep up Grandad" I hear a couple of voices say....). With one foul swoop I would divest myself of the two lamps at my desk, clearing clutter away ... albeit temporarily. I don't have a large space to build and paint at unlike some people... so anything that can do double duty is worthwhile.

So the day arrived and my booth was duly assembled, I powered it on and... .... .. the lights and the fan started up. What a racket! 

Upon investigation I found that it was not going to be a simple 'unplug the fan' as everything was wired so that I couldn't easily do this. Having done a grand total of zero years undertaking any electrical wiring (sure I can read a schematic... sortof... but when it comes to the practical, let's just say I'm a 'leave it to the professionals' type).

Determined to make use of this tool, I figured I needed at least one more switch, so with booth in hand I trundled off to my local Jaycar Electronics store. I was assisted by a very helpful store manager, and $2.50 later plus some entry-level wiring I now have a booth that has LEDs without the noise. When I need to use the fan I'll just push the button on the side of the box and voila! 

Ready for drilling... 

What lies beneath

My $2.50 saviour

Wired like a pro <cough>
All screwed back together. lights on!

The final setup... in the right drawer of the desk is all the modelling stuff on a tray similar to the one in the booth, ready to be brought out into the vacant space between laptop and painting area

Pretty excited to settle down this evening for some painting... I hope...

While I'm on the subject of painting, I bought a new portable photo booth with an LED strip off eBay, and I am pretty happy with the results. Look for less rubbish photos in the future!

With white background...

With black background...

Right, gotta go paint something!

Monday, 30 October 2017

Warpstorm X results, done and dusted

Whew! Warpstorm X is over for another year.

Thanks to all 32 people that attended, those that traveled (from as far away as Auckland and also Kaikohe!), all those that supplied terrain, and all those that have repeatedly been attending the tournaments that I have run. I must be doing something right.

32 people plying their 40k trade...

It was great to have a number of new players (those who had never attended a tournament before) too. 

Some photos of the armies from the Beauty Pageant

Tzeentch filth

Primaris FTW

More Primaris!


The Wall of Terminators

They came from below. And the other side of the table too.

MORE PRIMARIS (and Players Choice)

Not Eldar this time for Glen

They came from below and the sky


Lotsa Gunz

Ultramarines and their friends

2nd placed Best Presented, awesome conversions and painting

Great looking Death Guard army

More Tzeentch Filth

The most Holy and amazing Adepta Sororitas

A close up of the World Eater Knight

Black Templars bringing their Dreadnought contingent!

More Black Templars, great to see these

2nd Place, 1st Tzeentch Filth

Orks!! ORKS!! Love the battlewagon on the right

Brendon Dee's lesson in airbrushing

Balanced Eldar army <cough>

More photos (courtesy of Aidan Corlett) can be found on the Warhammer 40k New Zealand Facebook page here.

Oh yeah and the results! 

Congrats to all the prizewinners. Look forward to seeing you next year!