dinsdag 31 maart 2020

What I Painted in March 2020

The AHPC is finished, and the goal has been reached!

So for the third year in a row, and with the baby having arrived in the meantime, I still managed to get to my set goal of 1.000 points, scoring in the end 1.127 points.

But all that is irrelevant, the first and foremost figure I painted this month, is Thorin Oakenshield, in celebration of the birth of my son baby Thorin.

Towards obtaining that goal, I still got a few entries in this month though, being this cartoon character of the 80s:

Next up, I went for the heavy hitters in my Infernal Dwarf force, with these 6 beasties.

To travel at last to the Snow Lord's peak, I made use once again of the balloon service with this germanic lady.
Once arrived there, the challenge laid before me was to paint a unit for the Lord of the Rings game, and I duly obliged, in the form of this Harad Battle Company.

I did paint some more entries for the challenge, the first being a pile of printed terrain.

I also finished two henchmen, also printed, for that time I will finally get into Frostgrave...

But then the AHPC came to an end, and I decided to do some "essentials" to decompress from deadline painting... movement trays... a lot of them...

So, that means another 86 figures painted for this month, not bad considering all the paperwork and sleep deprivation!

maandag 30 maart 2020

My Middle-Earth dice tray

Ever since I published my last Battle Companies battle report, found HERE, I received a few inquiries on the dice tray I use in there, and where I got it from.

The answer is actually way more simple, it's a 30 seconds do it yourself creation.

If you have the Battle of Pelennor Fields starter box (aka, the 6th edition starter), you have gotten that double sided ruler and Middle-Earth map insert.  I took of the measuring part, and that is the artwork in the tray itself.

The other part of the tray is a cheap picture frame (which I bought at a dutch storechain called HEMA past september), and removed the "stand up" part on the back for if you want to put the frame upright on a cabinet.

The art piece was then inserted into the frame (put perhaps a white paper behind it, the frames paper edge that comes with it left a small half centimeter gap at the side) and closing it up, the dice tray was finished, voila.

Keep in mind, due to the smooth surface of the frame, dice with straight corners (like the GW Middle-Earth ones) seem to slide instead of roll on it, which doesn't happen when one rolls d6 with the more rounded off corners.

Hope you like the simple way how it was created!

zaterdag 28 maart 2020

The Haul Report 222

What a good week, even though the mailman isn`t passing by...

But that doesn`t mean we are completely lying still overhere...

I finished printing my first building from the Dark Realms Patreon I support, the Council Circle where Elrond formed the Fellowship to go out and destroy the One Ring.  Though I`ve kinda gotten to nicknaming it "The Covid-19 project", by the time life resumes as normal I want to have this all painted up and ready for the table.  And it is rather big, being the smallest of the 4 sets released in february, it never the less is almost 30cm in diametre.

Talking the Patreon, the third building for The Shirelands was released this week, and that was no less then The Green Dragon Inn itself, awesome looking model!

Talking 3d printing, I began printing all sorts of bases, to base some of my Lord of the Rings.  These wood ones for example will be serving for the Corsairs force when I get round to painting them.

These is a set of the various sizes of cobblestones ones.

These "muddy beach" ones look very suited for my rank and file Idoneth when I come round to painting them in the future, perhaps starting with the WarCry needed ones.

For the Dwarfs, bases where printed.  I plan to use these on the "Champions of Erebor" to make that little force look just a that more regal.

Some other sets I printed samples from (aka, one of each size):

Large Stones



And finally these Rocky Sands, which I really like a lot and I`ll probably be printing to field, to begin with, an Easterling Battle Company on, and perhaps even a whole army. I just will need to see to rescale the 50mm one to 40mm for the cavalry.

So yups, a good week for sure, even without anything arriving by post so far...

On the Painting Desk 136

So slowly but surely we are settling in the post-AHOC regime, and one plan I have for the remainder of the year is by working with "themes" for every month.

Starting as soon as the coming week, as in April I will be focussing on mecha models in all sizes, though the odd distraction will of course be included.

At least one fun thing comes from this isolated lifestyle, in that I finally found the time, and more importantly the effort, of taping the small weekly WiP clips again.

But for now, I am going to be painting first and foremost Tau for 40k and Gundam for FWC the coming weeks, and see how much I can get done over the period of corona ridden downtime.

vrijdag 27 maart 2020

Wargame Hobby Bingo: post AHPC update

With the AHPC behind us, and me managing to not only grab XXth place (out of 68 participants), I also managed to paint a hefty XXX models this edition.

And as a result, some of the squares on the bingo have been scratched away.

The first one to be completed was "Paint all of the models in a Faction starter box", as I entered the full contents of this set into the challenge, because I needed them for a tournament:

An almost auto-score this year, especially with all the epic stuff and BKC models, was "Paint a vehicle", and it was these guys that made me scratch it out:

"Finish painting a model that's been in your to do pile for over a year" must have been done a dozen times, because that is generally what the whole AHPC is about and what keeps motivating me to participate.  So for the good of the chart, let's take Queen Maud, the 2016 Crisis figure I've been wanting to paint up since the show, in order to include her on the The vault tab above.

And I also grabbed "Paint a model for an army that you don't already collect and play", as I began building a force for Frostgrave... with the added angle of printing my whole band by myself.

"Paint a Monster" was completed in sixfold, with those stone golems for my Infernal Dwarf army.

"Repaint a Pre-Painted Miniature" happened with the gashapon models in this 6mm force, who come from UFO toy catchers in softplatic.

"Build and Paint a Scenery kit" was completed with this Tattooine house, literally build as layer upon layer of plastic was printed together hehehe.

"Sculpt something on a Model" was achieved as my printed Baby Yoda his ears wouldn`t come out well due to him being only 17mm tall, so I sculpted on new ones using greenstuff.

"Make something for your hobby that's not for the battlefield"... okay, how about a complete hobby room then gnargnargnar...

So that is a nice start for sure on the challenge, and I hope to get some more done in the coming months, as I`ll be spending evenings at the desk accompanied by Lord Ipsqueek.

donderdag 26 maart 2020

Lord Ipsqueek's Adventures: Taking my role as a celebrity

Well, it was a hard working week for me for sure!

My parents sure now how to force a 3 week old, holy moly, but I believe them if they say it's all for my own good.

Because to quote my daddy: "He is named after a Dwarf, looks like a Podling, but eats like a Hobbit".  No idea what he actually means, but I guess I should keep him in his "fantasies'.

Though according to mommy "I love dancing as much as my daddy does".  Yeah, I`m all Saturday Night Fever ladies *wink wink*

Oh, and remember that nice man with the big clicky clicky machine last week?  Look how awesome he made me look!

So that's it for this week, it's time for my daily walk, so I`m preparing myself for nappies while I let daddy struggle over sandy roads...

woensdag 25 maart 2020

AHPC Decompression: Frakkin' Movement Trays

It is a thing.  After every AHPC, I need about a week to get back to actually painting in a rhytm suited to social life requirements, instead of the "steal every second for brush strokes" speed of the past 3 months.

It is also a thing that if there is one thing I really don`t like in the hobby, it's preparing movement trays.  It's boring, messy with all the flock going around, and gives in my opinion not much of a satisfication upon completion.

Not to mention the fact that painting and finishing those simple plastic plates takes as long as a piece of scatter terrain...

Okay, except perhaps lining up all the LOTR models of the past year that got painted up in the cabinet nice and tidy...

So I force myself to always do the movement tray thing the week after the AHPC, and go for the amount I have lying around at that time.  The benefit though is they are all printed, this batch by my "pre Ender 3" buddy to go to for prints, but he gave me the files as well that I had him make, and now I can print up my own in between... and store in a box until probably next year end of march.

To that end, this year I tackled 48 of the trays, 18 for infantry and 30 for cavalry for should I really actually start rebuilding my dozens upon dozens of Rohirrim.  They are all stripped, they are all ready... but I keep getting distracted.

But heck, at least I now already have some flocked stuff ready to mount them on... and found a use for that Vallejo bottle of Mutation Green that stood here untouched for 3-4 years now...