Wednesday, 2 October 2019

September round up, Slow progress

So once again its that time to have a look at to see whats been going on in the land of the Anton.

After finishing off a couple of starter bits for the world eaters recon rite of war I decided it was about time that I stepped up and actually finished of the daddy of all drop pods!




Now before you get excited these are not done "yet" however the airbrushing has been done and I'm now in the process of the detail work so you'll have to wait for the reveal.

I figured that as I'm working on the two big boys I might as well add the deathwind pods to the production line as well!!



As you could imagine these have taken up a massive amount of time so the model count this month is pretty poor however once these are done its full steam ahead with a few bits that I'm eager to get done.

So with a pretty limited amount of models being painted lets have a look at the pledge...

Painted - 12

Bought - 39

 Difference - 27

So a warlord sale and chillcon where I just happen to pass on by the Oathsworn stand and pick up "a few bits" has blown my pledge out of the water for this month.

On the positive side the year to date numbers are looking good!

Painted - 293

Bought - 381

Difference +88

So with about 12 weeks left before we flip 2019 its time to put my game face on and paint the stuff that I've got!

Saturday, 31 August 2019

Send in the armour! - August round up

So I've been slowing chugging through the latest rite of war for my world eaters, The armoured spearhead.

In a nut shell a fuck ton of predators and that's about it, Now this started off as a bit of a mess about list but has been quite tricky to perfect so far, with some very mixed results gaming wise.


So far I've managed 3 "troop" choices, a command option, heavy support and fast attack


I've still a few finishing touches to sort out in the form of shoulder pads for the commander and a knife pointing hand for one of the section leaders,


So whats left to round this fine treadhead force up to the standard 2.5k, well I've a couple of rhinos and a javelin to do and that's basically it however I need to crack on with those bits before I get distracted with the scouts that I "acquired" this month!

So lets have a look at the pledge....

Bought - 10

Painted - 6

Difference -4!

well its yet another shocker of low numbers from the Anton, however vehicles seem to take a fair amount of time to paint up when your doing multiples of them,

Will I get the rhinos and javelin done? who knows I'm like a hobby butterfly at the moment so lets wait and see on the next instalment of the Anarchy!

Thursday, 8 August 2019

Deploy the War Engine!

Well would you believe it!!


We're already into August so that means the that the Anarchy is officially 10 years old, and the most polite way of saying its been entertaining!


For all the action packed facts I'll cover off in my end of year review however in the meantime what have I been up to?





Well I've been slowly working my way though more world eaters for 30K obviously avoiding the big boy drop pod as I need to grow some balls of steel and crack on with them!


Command element for the armoured spearhead is done and dusted, apart from the shoulder pads! 





In a moment of "madness" I churned out the other 5 drop pods and 3 more predators. That leaves me with the last 3 predators, 2 rhinos and a javelin for the armoured spearhead to be "completed" for the orbital assault list I've 3 death storm pods to sort out as well as the 2 big boys and that will be that themed list "completed"


It's not all crazy ass marines I've been messing about with some old stuff I've had for a while...





Some reaper yeti's that will no doubt be used for This is not a test as most of my random model finds will be! However I've discovered a possible new system called Tribal that I'm looking to find out more about! 


Once those last bits or world eaters are done it'll be onto the Recon rite of war and that I'm still sussing out the list however scouts with shot guns in storm eagles does have a "certain" appeal....

Other things I've got in the pipe line is working on Richo the Reaver in celebration of the 10 years of waffling on about all manner of plastic / resin crack! So you'll see updates now and then with regards to the build on that one and I'm also planning on getting the 3D printed warlord worked on at the same time, so that should keep me busy!


The Prusa is beasting it's way though the warlord! 


and the reaver is ready for assembly!

So onto the pledge as its been a while !

Lets start with June:

Bought - 3
Painted - 7

Difference +4

I know a Shockley bad month for painting!

July:

Bought - 0
Painted - 12

Difference +12

Still poor numbers wise but its a positive number I suppose!

Once my shift settles down at work and a new chapter begins in the House of the Anton then I'm sure the productivity will certainly improve!

Monday, 17 June 2019

The May Round up,

Well its a bit late but hey ho, its better late than never!

So May.....

It flew by and its was a month of mixed projects,

So I painted some crooked dice Ants using a zenith highlighting then with some washes shot through my air brush,






real quick and easy, and looks pretty good, Ironically I did these and GW announce the contrast paints which I'm looking to paint a whole lot of skaven with to speed up them!

other bits and bobs that I did was a 3D printed 40K container,





looks ok and will do for scatter terrain for the ZM board, only down side to this piece was the print time!





and talking of the ZM board the doors have been sorted out so I can say that the 3x3 is finished!

The only other thing that I've done is a test paint for the orbital assault list that is next for the world eaters.





just another 5 to go!

So its been a reasonable month with regards to painting....

Bought - 89
Painted - 48

Difference -41

however due to a superb deal from Dan, the bought pile flew through the roof!!

However lets see what happens for the month of June even though we are half way though, so best put down the PS4 controller and pick up a brush! 

Tuesday, 28 May 2019

3D printing a Spartan!

A long long time ago in a bar far far away, A drunken conversation took place with regards to the how the wargaming world would change once tech was more accessible to the masses....

And boy oh boy its now that time!

So after printing a legion table and a zone mortalis board I figured it was about time that I tried something apart from terrain and off to thingieverse I went!

Now some stuff is very practical and useful however I'm looking for the "oh that's cool" files and I must admit that there are some very talented people out there and the designs that they have produced are mind blowing, however the million dollar question is will it print!

So I decided to take the plunge and go balls deep, As I'm purely focusing on the 13th Legion - World Eaters the design that I found fitted the feel of the world eaters and decided to go for it.


so it started off with the front ramp. 


then onto the front half of the hull. 


then onto the track units, 


Starting to take shape nicely 


Then it was onto the task of assembling this bad boy! 


So due to the joins and the like a bit of prep work was needed before starting on the painting



the doors were not very defined so I decided to have a bit of a play and use some waste bits of filament to make an edge and then some spare symbols from rhino doors cut out and I was quite happy with the result, 


So once all the boring stuff was done, I broke out the airbrush and the painting began. 





 Once the block colours were sorted then it was just a matter of getting the detail work done, however I'd ran out of gun metal for the side sponsons and heavy bolters


Once that stuff had turn up and Steve over at Barwell Body Works sorted out my poorly airbrush due to another anton special technique that screwed the cone and I didn't even realise it! 

Go buy some stuff from him, he's the man!

barwell body works

In fact the courses that Steve runs are superb, go give it a crack!
 




So with the 105 back in action it was a simple task of doing the weapons and gluing them on, I did consider magnets for transportation however they didn't hold very well, So I glued them on.

So that's the transport for some horrible mofo's to go charging across the field of battle, now lets consider the whole situation with the fact that this is 99% home made from files I found on the net and total cost its about 20 quid of material and printer running cost.

So with the right amount of skill it is possible to replicate off the shelf models of a certain size, with liquid printers then that's going to be aimed at the smaller models like infantry and upgrades which you can already do via shapeways however the STL files are not available for purchase so you would need to find these on the net or design them yourself and we're not all as talented in the same area.

Will this replace shop bought kits?

No of course not but a few will continue to push the limits of the tech and use it for the table top world.

Oh and if you want the link to the model click below...

www.thingiverse.com/thing:3120549

Saturday, 25 May 2019

3D Printed terrain and AOS!

May's over and in more ways than one ;) 

Well with the Starwars legion table printed out and the Zone Mortalis done and dusted with regards to the 4x4. 
I decided to turn my hand to something a fantasy based this was mainly due to Chrissi wanting to make her own table.

So off to the Internet I went and found some cracking stuff from infinite designs and a quick pay pay transaction later I was the proud owner of some cracking STL's

So first off the printer was the massive centre piece, this was done in 4 main sections and the other odds and sods,






the print time on this was quite lengthy to be honest but the finished result is cracking!

So with that out of the way it was time to do some odds and sods for myself. 



The first bit I did was a two part print and the detail that came out with fairly minimum clean up was cracking, I simply mounted it onto a piece of cork board and away I went with the airbrush! 


Next up was the pig sty and I decided to have a bit of a play about with the mud in the pen and give it a gloss finish to make it look wet, 


the last bit was the chicken coop, I did the wood at the same time as the fallen tree and simply did the thatched roof with the pig sty.

Basing wise they were simply covered with home made tufts from the flock box and then some "traditional" flock to match the stuff that I did previously for burrows and badgers.

I wasn't just going to stop with those bits and cracked on with some more bits and bobs,


So these were also 3D printed and simply mounted onto some old CD's, A quick zenith high light then laid some brown over the top and they were as good as done.  


The last two bits were again mounted on CD's and some playground bark and a hot glue gun and I has some low level scatter that will be classed as difficult terrain.

Next for the burrows and badger board I'm not too sure to be honest, I'm thinking bushes of various sizes and rescaling the trees so that I can have clumps of them to represent a more heavy part of the forest.

So whats the AOS bit all about?

Well Chrissi was asking me a while back to teach her how to play which I took a bit of time getting round to and after various chats about what floats her boat and out of all the genres fantasy was her bag and with AOS being a fairly simple game that became the chosen system.


So after a bit of pondering of what I should do in the  usual Anton manner it was time for a new army!

I picked up the fly dwarves mainly because they look cool only after reading some online tactic's on them that I've discovered that they are "naff" as the flying boats are not worth the points for what they can do however I'm sure at some point in the future these points will be addressed.


As for Chrissi she's been a busy little monkey and has been blasting various bits out, I've steered her back towards finishing off the units that have been painted but not based and considering this is Chrissi's first batch painting wise its certainly impressed me!

the usual monthly pledge update will be uploaded in about a weeks time however due to a "deal" that I could not refuse its well in the red!

However more on that later!