dinsdag 14 augustus 2018

Closed for Prague Holiday

Hey hey followers,

The coming week, no updates will be posted, nor will there be a Painting Desk or Haul Report episode.

This has to do in that I'm off for a 5 day holiday with my beloved Noshi to the lovely city of Prague, in the Czech Republic.

Activities as such will resume after the weekend.

Cheerios and until then!

Jean-Baptiste Decoster, Crisis 2015 LE figure

The next of the entry figures I finished for our Crisis wargames show, Decoster was given out in 2015.

Being the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo, it was only fitting a Napoleonic model was chosen, and who better then the unwilling guide of Napoleon.

Decoster was a flemish farmer, forced by Napoleon to guide him through the terrain to the well known battle.  Unwilling to do this, he wasn`t in a hurry to lead the french around.  After the battle, he bacame a battlefield guide at Waterloo.

The model was once again sculpted by Paul Hicks, and is shown in his regular farmer clothes.  i went for blue as one of the few remaining paintings of Decoster showed him in a blue outfit.

The model is also one of the very few we released with the word Crisis sculpted on it's base, together with the year the figure was handed out.

That now means I completed 11 of the 15 models we've done so far, time to move on to the next one it is...

maandag 13 augustus 2018

Pokemon TCG: do or don't?

Okay, so me and Noshi started playing Pokemon GO again.

Or rather, walk marathons in search of the little pocket monsters...

But this might result in a (renewed) intrest in Pokemon the card game, and I'm considering getting the starter Trainer set for 2 players with mini decks, to learn to play.

Wikihow has a decent "How to Play" guide though, found HERE, but the question is mostly that after the whole Magic career, am I willing to invest in a competitive deck once again, or just go with the flow and play some casual League games in the local card chucker den...

And if I do, will Noshi join me, as she likes those anime thingies a lot as well.  Seems some stuff to think about for now...

Miranella Sharpnose, Pirate Shrew

The first of my collection of Burrows and Badgers figures painted up, it's one of the smaller figures for "my" warband, the Pirate Shrew.

In the end, we will have two bands of five (and me seemingly outclassed at a first rulebook glance), but they are a joy to paint.

The Oathsworn Miniatures figures are nicely cast, and as such they also paint up rather lovely.

On the base, I used a few different sorts of flock, though I am sticking with a black "edge" on these models for no other reason then sheer variation tbh.

Now to assemble the next model and do that in the near future as well, because me and Noshi want to start playing this after our Mallorca holiday... including recording it for the YouTube channel, sheer for the fun of it.


zondag 12 augustus 2018

TSA Clubevening of the 10th of August 2018

It was a relatively calm night yesterday at the club, with the historical games, being a lonely one, heavy in the minority this week.

On the other hand, half of the games played where Warhammer 40k, including the one I fought (see a few posts before to read my exploits) against Harlequins.

The other two 40k games saw on one table the Custodes take on the Salamanders, while the Orks battled it out with a maniple of Knights.

The 9th Age was being played as well this evening.

Dungeons and Dragons and the Heroquest game made up the social games of the evening, as brave heroes dared into dark dungeons.

And the only historical game as such, saw Hancock take on Longstreet in an ACW battle...

So a calm night indeed, due to the holidays mostly.

The Haul Report 146

Another very varied week this time round, with the main "cup of tea" actually a bunch of freebies.

Because I obtained a lot of material to work on the Burrows and Badgers game me and Noshi will present on the TSA Open Day.

First of all, a lot more civilian figures from the Boerdereis action at the local Delhaize supermarkets.  This now gives me enough figures to "populate" the village area of the gaming tile.

Talking tiles, I also brought home the TSS tile from TSA to work with and make a demo table from.  The general idea is to have a village on one side, and the ruins of the castle at the other, seperated by a bridged river.

To that end, I also obtained some extra airbrush paints to work on the tile...

... which we can do with these japanese Pokemon cookies!

So a good loot week, mostly for a club-related project...

zaterdag 11 augustus 2018

Burrows and Badgers demo board session 1

So me and Noshi spend our saturday afternoon working on the scenery and all for the Burrows and Badgers board we will be using at Battling Through the Ages, the TSA Open Day taking place the 29th of september.

The goal is to play a small participation game, with summarised, leaving out more intricate rules, on a single TSS tile, measuring 24" by 24".

To that end I got one of the club tiles (we have a "few" hundreds) in my hands to restore and touch-up to make the board, and then stack it with a lot of scenery.  Planned are that one side of the river will feature an old castle area using the aquarium pieces, while the other side will be a village with civilians and all.  The river will cut the board in half with a bridge in the center for the bands to pass over.

I started with using greenstuff to fill up the largest "cracks" on the tile, and liquid putty to fill in the smaller cracks.

For the bridge, I did the same to connect the two halves.  Once these are dry, I can file and sand them to smooth edges.

In the meantime, Noshi was busy painting on the MDF houses of the terrain.

The aquarium tower is ready for use, being touched up completely.  I`ll feature it in a seperate post a bit down the line.

The large ziggurat like temple was worked on as well by both of us, each drybrushing in turn different colours on the model.  Talk about team effort on our 1 year anniversary!

 After this afternoon, progress was as followed:

* The board had his holes filled, as did the bridge.
* markings brought on the tile where the flock has to be removed in order to widen the pathway to the bridge.
* ziggurat has been drybrushed, the golden skulls now need attention.  We did however decide not to use this one on the one tile game, as it is to clunky and dominant for that.
* One of the dark age houses is completely done (seperate post follows soon), the second one is in the final stages.
* a dozen pieces of small scatter terrain is done (again, future post for more details), as is a Pikachu to be a bit of in-game joke (seperate post again, later).
* large aquarium tower is done.
* Lord of the Rings Gondor ruin is done as well, and will as well be featured seperatly in the near future.

So that was a moghty productive afternoon for sure.  Next time, Noshi is going to focus on the bridge (I need to undercoat it asap) and her final house, before tackling some more small wall sections and the likes.  And make nice playsheets of the summarisation of the rules I did...
I will be doing work on the tile then, preparing it to be ready for airbrushing afterwards, as well as of course painting up the needed figures...

We`re on schedule!