Thursday, 27 February 2014

Saga - Here comes the Vikings....

In a moment of "madness" I've decided to organise a few themed nights at the Phat Cats, one of these nights is a Saga night,

So the idea is that the Vikings are on a raiding mission and its down to the defenders to prevent as much chaos as possible, What I thought would be a "small" game has now expanded to a huge game of 9 people getting involved!

So in the usual "Anton" fashion I decided to make the game that little extra special and rather than a green battlemat with some random scenery I decided to theme the board.

A couple of days ago I mocked up what the board would look like,

as there will be quite a few models on the board I'm tempted to turn the mat sideways and make it 6 foot wide get a second mat and 8 foot long. the blue mat is from my CY6 game and with some books or hills under the shore line will give the board some height.

The clumps of trees are done with reusing the jungle bases that I did,

I picked up a mixed bag of 25 trees for a great price of 20 quid, so add some 50mm bases from warbases and I've an instant forest that can be used for all sorts of stuff and if I pick up some bits for muskets and tomahawks then these will become very useful!

The longboat was a ebay find that I took a punt on...

its a bargain!

so the actual boat covered in models...

and after some paint splashed on the boat,

the boat is simply drybrushed and the shields given some colour with a soft army painter wash and that's about it!

one of the last things that I've done for the board is some livestock,

I picked these up from irregular miniatures now the website isn't the best and I needed to suss out how much postage & paypal extra were going to be but they arrived very quick and the castings are fairly good, the only thing I would change is bigger cows!

So that's the board just about done, all I need to do is dig out some fields that I got for 15mm but would work for 28mm no problem and grab the 4ground terrain that the club has got,

Another thing I'm considering is some kind of 28mm vegetable patch but I'm having trouble finding something that I could use as veg?

I'm in the process of writing up the scenario rules which I'll post up after the game as each side will have a "secret" mission, so anyway what else would you consider for the game?

Tuesday, 18 February 2014

warming up for the waarrggh...

Last year whilst moving house for what is hopefully the last time! I found my Ork army from the hallowed days of 4th Ed. To say I was surprised was an understatement as I thought these had been lost a long time ago!

At around the same time one of the guys suggested doing a tale of 40K gamers, similar to what was suggested a few years ago that kickstarted the deamons to the point of madness with what I painted!


4 years ago, jesus that's scary!

Anyhow, on to the 2014 "project" Jack's suggestion spurred me on to dust of the Ork's and get them going at that time the usual BOLS rumour machine was in full swing and the mutter from the gutter was that Ork's were in the pipe line for a summer 2014 release, with this in mind I decided to focus on my first 500 points, which consisted of...

Wwwwwaaaaarrrrrgggghhhh GC

Warboss Isla
Attack squig
Cybork body
Boss pole

Ork boys with stick bombs(11)
Nob powerclaw & boss pole
Truck, red paint job, rocket launcher

Ork boys with stick bombs(12)
Nob powerclaw & boss pole
Truck, red paint job, rocket launcher

War buggy - red paint job & rocket launcher

At the start of the take of 40K gamers we had a fair few takers for the group project, 

Spencer - Iron Hands
Jon - Tau
Jack - Marines of some description
Pete - Eldar
Ross - Chaos
Christian - Nid's
Alasdhair - Eldar
Stef - Chaos
Darrell - Dark Eldar
Lee - Eldar

the response from the club was outstanding, however as will all things gaming people get distracted with other things and apart from myself, Jack & Christian the rest of the guys have not produced any real results with regards to getting stuff done and so on, which is a real shame as seeing lots of fully painted 500 point armies battling out would have been great. 

From the start I wanted these guys to be tabletop standard and not go mental with the highlighting and so on.  This was for a number of reasons.

  • 12 Orks boys in a truck with the upgrades that I like is a mere 169 points I'm gonna need a far few of these bad boys! 
  • I wanted to be able to actually finish a reasonably sized army before GW release 8th Ed 40K!
  • Actually being arsed to paint the lot! 
So with that "brief" in my head I decided to go down the route of army painter dip for the boys themselves as the celts I did for hail Cesar came out great so there was no reason why the Orks wouldn't look the same.

So this lovely lot are my first 500 points that I managed for the project, I'm very pleased how they came out with the uniform colour of the speed freaks that I'm aiming for,

the only issue I had was with the army painter varnish, when I used it some frosting went on the models and a cracking effect was produced nothing that you wouldn't notice but it's put me off the matt varnish until I discovered Humbrol acrylic varnish via templarscrusade01 as I enjoy watching him show off his painting and review various kits and products that he buys.

Since using the Humbrol stuff I've had no issues what so ever so the anticipation before you press the nozzle thinking "please don't screw up my paint job" no longer runs through my mind!

With the first 500 points done and dusted the next batch are well on the way and that 'll be another post in the near future!

Wednesday, 5 February 2014

Deadzone Terrain sorted!

So after some grafting for a day or so I managed to get my deadzone terrain done, Par one barricade that some how managed to escape the whole process and I found when looking for something else!

so as this one contains an awful lot of pictures you might want to get comfortable for this one...

So the army painter grey as a base coat,

then some detail work on the panels and sponging for the worn effect,

then a quick blast with some weathering spray

another quick sponging with silver & add some liquid rust and thats it nice and easy!

So some of the individual buildings that I did, these are all stuck togeather as I couldn't be arsed with making them everytime I wanted a game and knowing what I'm like I'd loose the box/bag full of clips!

So for the whole lot togeather, pictures are not the best but you get the general idea, all I need to do is grow some balls and spray the mat slighty as it looks too clean!

and there you go two complete factions and some great looking terrain to play on (kiw, plums, and tasteful curtians not included!)