donderdag 25 februari 2021

AHPC11: Ptolemy, Silver Saint of Sagitta

 For those who follow my blog, it will be no suprise that I like anime perhaps even more since wargaming.

And that all started back in 1986 with Les Chevaliers du Zodiaque on the french channel TF1, a series known even better perhaps under it's japanese name Saint Seiya.



It's also on Netflix btw now, just ignore that crap 3D monstorsity Netflix made, that is just horrible and in no way representative of both the story and the mythos of this mythology inspired series.

Now recently, a spanish company named Nonsense Miniatures started to make resin 3d printed "Constellation Warriors" models, well, the Saints actually, and one of their first 4 figures is this one, Ptolemy, Silver Saint of Sagitta, scaled at about 36mm.  They also have a free to download beta ruleset for them on their website.
 

 
So I painted up him as the first one, don`t ask me why because even if his appearance in the anime was rather short, he was the one that mortally wounded Athena, instigating the race across the twelve Houses of the Zodiac up to the Grand Pope's palace.
 
And just for reference, here is his anime version...  





woensdag 24 februari 2021

AHPC11: Lair of the Beast: Fomoroid Crusher

 And so our descent through the Chambers of Challenge comes through an end, as we stand before the sealed door to the final challenge.



But in order to get there, one must first face this last quest, the Lair of the Spider (well, it became Beasts).

I decided to go for the Fomoroid Crusher from the WarCry range by Games Workshop, a game I read a lot of good things about, but which I haven`t gotten round to play yet, let alone finish a warband.  But I really liked the model, and it is also your protagonist in the Underworlds solo game mode, though as I only completed him now, he has been stand in by a Mordor Troll when my Zarbag Gitz faced the challenge.



It's actually quite a tall model, about twice the size of a GW Ogre, and slightly smaller then the old giant, and it is full of details.  I really liked painting this guy up, and of course being me I couldn`t resist from giving him a slightly Slaanesh influence with the pastels for his clothing and hair, providing just that hint of following the god of Excess as such.
 


And now it is time to enter the Altar of the Snow Lord, and face the final challenge that will be set before me!

Points wise I have no actual idea on this beast, it is a big bloke standing about two and a half times in height of a stormcast, and I guess it takes about as much plastic volume as for example a 40k attack bike or the likes.  Better safe then sorry, I aim at 10 points for it?  Together with the room that means 30 points total, AND putting me over my 1k goal for this year, huzzaaaah!

dinsdag 23 februari 2021

AHPC11: Hall of Heroes: Fatty Bolger

 As I slowly and steadily, like a true Hobbit, will be painting up models for the Scouring campaign book, I arrived at the Hall of Heroes.

And so it is only fitting to paint up one of the most unsung heroes in the Lord of the Rings: brave Fredegar "Fatty" Bolger.
 

 
Best friend to Frodo, it was Fatty who in the end stayed behind at Bag's End, to keep the appearance up of the place being inhabited.  And had to ran for his life when the Black Rider came knocking down the door.

Fatty was also instrumental in the uprising against Sharkey and Worm in the scouring of the Shire, and all these heroic deeds resulted in... no screentime booh hiss.  Luckily, GW did a model of the brave little guy years ago, and I selected him to be my hero to feast in the hall.  
 

 
Because after all, feasting is even more suited to a Hobbit then heroics...


maandag 22 februari 2021

AHPC11: The Graveyard Beach: Zombie Horde

Well, I`m not really planning on building any 9th age or WFB Vampires army anytime soon, but these zombies, an old set from Mantic, would have been perfect for that.



Instead, I grabbed the box at a discount bargain, with the sole purpose of having "fodder" for games of Dungeons and Dragons or Rangers of Shadow Deep.

In that regard, I painted them in a fleshy, not to gory, colour scheme, because that way I can use them as crzed starved fanatical villagers or something as well, forming wave after wave of low hp and unskilled masses to throw at the heroes.



An added bonus is that it paints up really smooth as well, so a couple of hours later I had a nice heap of 30 zombies, ready to claw their way towards the unwilling opponents!


 

So that makes an excellent 150 points for the models, and a nice boost to my tally as it becomes 170 points due to the 20 point location bonus...

zondag 21 februari 2021

Unboxing Banpresto Saint Cosmo Memoir Seiya

 In today's unboxing, I`m having a look at my valentine's gift from Noshi, which you saw earlier on the day in the Haul Report.



Produced by the BanDai sublabel Banpresto, this is a version of Seiya as he burns his cosmo to new heights.



The box features the model seen from almost every angle, and with artwork of the Pegasus constellation on the background, together with a heap of text at the back I don`t even want to start to read, aka the disclaimers of the set.



Opening it up, the model is protected by a sturdy cardboard inlet, as well as an plastic bag to prevent paint rubbing off inside the box.



The bag, dividided in two compartments, houses the two parts of the model: Seiya as well as the footpiece to keep him stable when displayed.



It has a great finish, the paint job being nice and equal without any mistakes or smears in them.  Nothing less to be expected from BanDai's QQ, but something you can encounter with cheaper knock offs though.  As you can see, the eyes are incredibly well done!




The ripped clothing shows the energy peeping through, and give the impression of the force blowing it upwards as he gets ready to strike.



Measuring about 15cm in height, he looks very suited on display, about the size of the Myth cloth line in proportion to the Gold Saints and such from that series. 

A great gift for sure, and one that proudly stands in my display cabinet now.

Which is about to get a LOT bigger during this year, but more on that in a later, maybe shocking to some, post...

The Haul Report 267

 It seems this ain't a weekly column anymore, darn you Brexit!

But, there has been haulage, as the second try-out for alternatives came in, as could be read earlier this week.

But far more importantly, first of all this awesome Valentine's gift from my dolly 😍
 
 
Some essentials for the hobby, including much needed varnish, as I was about to ration the remainder of my bottle...

 

My third order for the project also arrived, after some ultra speedy delivery




But yeah, for the rest it has been quiet at the ordering front so far...

zaterdag 20 februari 2021

The Brexit Alternative: Battlefield Berlin

 In the third instalment of trying out various european retailers, I ordered from Battlefield Berlin.



Now, I came to this particular store as I was going to shop "aimed" for this third experiment, in that I wanted a store that could provide me with both a Frostgrave wizard, as well as some 15mm fantasy models for use in Nightwatch.

And so Battlefield Berlin ticked most boxes, and an order was made on the 15th of february.

This also brought in soething I don't really like: there is no instant cart checkout.  After making your order, you get a note that you will receive an e-mail from them with your total, including adjusted shipping (the site listed DHL 10 euro for my order), as well as any discounts.

You see, there are no regular discounts on the webstore, nor a loyalty program (this really seems to be a UK thing, as this is now the third store in a row lacking this) or free shipping outside of Germany.

Anyways, that e-mail came on the 15th, about an hour later, and with the mention everything was in stock.  I do think if you order outside "humane hours" like on a sunday at midnight, this might take a bit longer for obvious reasons.

My order initially totalled 46.90 euro and 10 euro shipping, with payment through Paypal.  The total became 53.90, as the shipping was three euro less actually then the estimate.  AND it was send the same day, talk about speedy!!!!

The order arrived the 19th, nicely packed and with the added bonus of two bags of Haribo gummy bears, which Noshi duly claimed.



The order I placed contained some skeletons and vampires for Nightwatch, which I`m planning to do in 15mil as said earlier, and they distribute Demonworld, now produced by Ral Partha Europe.  I also ordered a cannon for my T9A force, and a blister with a Frostgrave Thaumaturge.



So, the verdict

+ Ultra fast shipping
+ Good selection of ranges

- The fact you don`t see the shipping cost at checkout.

But a very positive experience in the end, and a store I will certainly be using again in the future!