Age of Sigmar: Malign Sorcery – Endless Spells: Soulsnare Shackles (Dec? 2019)

Age of Sigmar: Malign Sorcery - Endless Spells: Soulsnare Shackles

A couple (well, three) more Endless Spell models for today’s catch-up post. I’m pretty sure these were painted in early December last year, but they could also have been done in late November. They’re pretty simple, just some animated chains. I didn’t really grok the rusty chains look that GW used, considering that these are magical, summoned chains – so I wanted a more “magical” scheme for them – and one that would stand out nicely from the ruddy browns that I tend to use for my fantasy bases.

Age of Sigmar: Malign Sorcery - Endless Spells: Soulsnare Shackles

For a change, I didn’t use Contrast Paints on these – instead I sprayed them with metallic blue as a base (probably over silver and/or black – it was too long ago to remember properly now). They were then drybrushed with successively brighter shades of iron, then silver, then I washed them back down with blue-black, and then a final re-high-light of silver.

Age of Sigmar: Malign Sorcery - Endless Spells: Soulsnare Shackles

The models of these chains are coming out of (obviously magical) mini-chasms in the ground underneath, and so I used crackle texture paint on the raised dirt around the edges to create badly cracked earth to better integrate the models with their own bases, and then when I felt the black looked too plain and boring, filled them with white and then Nihilakh Oxide to create the impression of a magical blue glow in the rends in the earth that these chains are spawning from. Of course, I could have gone to town with OSL and all the rest, but to me that felt a lot like absolute overkill considering what these models are, and are for.

Pretty simple, but decently effective. Much like Cyndi Lauper said about the Goonies, they’re good enough for me. So yay ya ya ya yeah.

Age of Sigmar: Malign Sorcery – Endless Spells: Aethervoid Pendulum (Contrast Paint Experiment #15) (Nov 2019)

Age of Sigmar Malign Sorcery Endless Spells Aethervoid Pendulum

Last year when I started to burn out and stopped blogging regularly, I still spent a few weeks where I was regularly painting. So now I’m working my way through the models that have been sitting out in the War Room waiting to be photographed, the ones that got photographed but then forgotten about and the ones that didn’t get photographed at all, and trying to work out which month they were completed in, and how they fit into the timeline.

Age of Sigmar Malign Sorcery Endless Spells Aethervoid Pendulum

Today’s catch-up post features the Aethervoid Pendulum model from the AoS Malign Sorcery box set. I’d question if these were still Contrast Paint “experiments” this far along the line, but looking at the paint, I can see that I was definitely using this as an experimental model – learning to do fire transitions using these paints, and then a post-contrast highlight on the “raised” side edges.

Age of Sigmar Malign Sorcery Endless Spells Aethervoid Pendulum

High Elves provide scale. And also fit the colour scheme.

GW’s version of this model has black “flames”, which I guess fits the AetherVOID part of the name, but I also felt that the scheme looked kinda lame, and I much prefer the more traditional fire look. So I went with that regardless – and also because learn2fire on something simpler than some of the other more complex models of this type so I’m hopefully decent at it before I get to those…

Rackham Forest Goblin Chieftain (from Carlo) – March Might & Magic Painting Challenge

Rackham Forest Goblin Chieftain

Following on from the Dwarf that I completed yesterday and the day before for Ann’s March Might and Magic painting challenge, I got to work on another model that I’d been chipping away at for some time – originally wanting to get it finished last Orctober, but missing out due to the insane amount of fiddly details on the model. This model is a Rackham Forest Goblin Chieftain from the venerable Confrontation game that I kindly received from Carlo of Deuteros Games, back in 2017!

Rackham Forest Goblin Chieftain

There is SO much detail on this lovely little model that it took me forever to navigate my way through it all, and frankly, it would have been so easy to continue stretching out the painting time for another couple of years. In the end, due to both my feeling that I owe it to Carlo to get the thing finished and Ann’s challenge, I forced myself to grind through the last of the model. Yeah, painting it, it was one of those. Though now that it’s complete and I no longer have to paint it I’m able to appreciate and enjoy the model much much more! 🙂

Rackham Forest Goblin Chieftain, Mantic Dwarf Berserker Lord

So here it is, my second “Mighty” model for Ann’s challenge – and the pair of these also make for a nice little setup of traditional enemies.

Mantic Dwarf Berserker Lord – March Might & Magic Painting Challenge

Mantic Dwarf Berserker Lord

After my first post in awhile the other day, I’ve started looking a bit more at posts from others (aside from Bogenwald, who keeps tuirning up in my email with short & sweet posts that have been easy to keep up to date with). Yesterday morning, I saw a new post from Ann, of the Immaterium where she was introducing a painting challenge for April, and mentioned that her current (March) challenge ended on the 3rd of April. if you’re reading this blog, there’s a reasonable chance that you know I do enjoy a painting challenge, and also that I burned out on running them (amongst other things) late last year. So seeing a challenge that ended in 2 1/2 days, what could I do? I sat down at my mostly-abandoned painting desk, spied a model that was basically 90% base coated with a small touch of shading done and finished that fucker up over the course of the day (in between going out a couple of times to buy apocalypse supplies.)

Mantic Dwarf Berserker Lord

That fucker, in this case, is the Mantic Dwarf Berserker (not a Slayer, oh no!) Lord. One of Mantic’s older metal models, but very much one of their better ones from the early era. I painted him as a Slayer, because those are the models he’ll be going alongside in my collection, and without too much extra-fanciful decoration, because amongst the Slayer models I’ve accumulated over the years, this guy makes for a nice solid grunt rather than a Lord.

Ann’s March Challenge, the “March Might & Magic Painting Challenge” is still up for a few minutes under another 24 hours, so it’s also possible (but not guaranteed) that I may be able to complete a second model that fits the “Might” category. I’ve even been working on it a bit today (yeah, it was started months ago) but there are SO many little detaily bits that it could easily go either way. Thanks, Rackham!

Oh, and a huge thanks to Ann as well – if not for your post, I wouldn’t have gotten motivated to finish this guy or probably do any painting at all much more beyond the very generic desire to get rid of a few annoying cages off the desk.

Osprey Publishing – free eBooks (Week 2 of 5)

Looks like I missed out on Week 1 as I’ve been busy setting up my Dad for isolation. I’ve deleted the out of date pose and added this post with Week 2’s information. Sorry! 

 

Reposted from Osprey Publishing’s Blog.

https://ospreypublishing.com/blog/Free_eBooks_week_2/

 

Free eBooks: Week 2

In Military HistoryFeatured

Many people all over the world are staying at home to combat the spread of COVID-19. While self-isolation might be a bit daunting, it’s also a great opportunity to catch up on your reading. To help pass the time, we are giving customers five free eBooks each week for four weeks. Read through this week’s options, add the eBook to your basket and use the code FREEBOOKS2 at checkout to get your free eBooks. 

 

AVG 6: Hawker Hurricane Mk I–V by Martyn Chorlton
Illustrated by Adam Tooby, Simon Smith

Hawker Hurricane Mk I–V

At the outbreak of World War II, only 111 Squadron and a handful of others were equipped with the Hurricane. Thanks to sudden massive orders and a well-organized Hawker sub-contracting production to Gloster and General Aircraft, more squadrons rapidly became operational. Cutting their teeth during the Battle of France, it was during the Battle of Britain that the type excelled and came to form the backbone of Fighter Command. While the Hurricane was steadily overtaken by the Spitfire in the fighter defence role, it remained the fighter of choice in North Africa and the Far East. Despite a large number being shot down in these far-flung conflicts, many received hasty repairs and returned to the fray while more fragile designs were permanently grounded. The Hurricane may not have been the prettiest or, the best-performing aircraft but, as Francis Mason stated: ‘The Royal Air Force was glad to get the Spitfire…it had to have the Hurricane!’

CAM 276: Waterloo 1815 (1) by John Franklin
Illustrated by Gerry Embleton

Waterloo 1815 (1) Cover

To commemorate the 2015 bicentenary of the Battle of Waterloo, one of the defining campaigns in European History, Osprey replaced its single volume Campaign title covering the whole of the battle with three highly detailed volumes. Based on new research drawn from unpublished first-hand accounts these volumes will provide a comprehensive resource for every aspect of the battle. The first of this trilogy details the battle of Quatre Bras where an initial 8,000 Allied troops faced 48,000 men of the French Armée du Nord under Marshal Ney. Realising his error, Wellington concentrated his troops at the strategic crossroads of Quatre Bras where they just managed to hold off Ney’s attacks. The battle ended in a tactical stalemate but, unable to link up with Blücher’s Prussians, Wellington retreated back along the road to Brussels to new positions at Waterloo. Featuring extensive photographs, full colour artworks, maps and bird’s-eye-views, this first instalment is not to be missed.

 

 

MAA 447: The Czech Legion 1914–20 by David Bullock
Illustrated by Ramiro Bujeiro

The Czech Legion 1914–20

The Czech Legion was not just a single military unit, but a volunteer army that fielded up to 100,000 troops on the Allied side on all three main fronts of the war. Since only the defeat of Austro-Hungary and Germany offered any hope for Czech national independence, they were amongst the most motivated and steadfast of the Allied forces. After the Bolshevik Revolution, they fought their way across Russia, captured the Russian national gold reserves and used this as a bargaining chip to force the Bolsheviks to allow them to return home. Today the Legion is recognised as the founding fathers of Czech nationhood. This very colourful force of World War I has never before been detailed in English and is illustrated with an astonishing array of never-before-published photographs.

NVG 214: US Heavy Cruisers 1943–75 by Mark Stile
Illustrated by Paul Wright

 

US Heavy Cruisers 1943–75 Cover

This title follows on from a companion book covering the US heavy cruisers that were built prior to the war, together forming the definitive guide to the US’s heavy cruiser classes. Versatile warships, the heavy cruisers of the Baltimore class, and their successors in the Oregon City and Des Moines classes, commonly acted as carrier escorts throughout World War II, but also performed bombardment duties in support of amphibious landings. Post-World War II, the heavy cruisers continued to see service, chiefly in Korea and Vietnam. Even after the heyday of the heavy cruiser had passed, the ships continued to serve – several were converted into the earliest examples of guided missile cruisers, and created an enduring legacy in the US Navy. From an established expert on the US and Pacific naval history, this is an invaluable resource richly illustrated with artwork and photographs.

WAR 7: Samurai 1550–1600 by Anthony J Bryant
Illustrated by Angus McBride

Samurai 1550–1600 Cover

 

 

This title details the culture, weapons, armour and training of the elite samurai warrior class in the fascinating Age of Battles period (1550-1600). This was a period of vital importance not only because of the political effects of the chaos but also due to the changes in warfare that occurred. In 1542 the Portuguese introduced the matchlock musket into Japanese warfare, and this book traces the effect that this important innovation had on the samurai. Life outside the field of battle is also examined, making this an unmissable book for those interested in this brave warrior caste.

(Very cool of Osprey to be doing this – their books often make for an interesting read, and the plates are always a standby for many of us – and usefulness/inspiration also translates over to both Sci Fi and fantasy for a lot of them as well.) – 

Frostgrave is free! (repost)

From Joe C (author of Frostgrave) and Osprey Games

https://therenaissancetroll.blogspot.com/2020/03/frostgrave-is-free.html

I have been talking with Osprey Games about how we can help out with all of the people who are currently stuck at home, either by government order or because they are helping by self-isolating. It seems like this is a time when everyone could use a little solo gaming! I suggested that we give away Dark Alchemy, since that has 3 solo scenarios… but that only helps people who already play Frostgrave.  So, in the end, we just decided to give away the Frostgrave rulebook too!

Right now, you can go onto the Osprey Publishing website and download both the Frostgrave Rulebook and Dark Alchemy as FREE PDFs using the code: FGV2020.

But that didn’t seem quite enough for what is likely to be a long lockdown, so we are also giving away the first section of Frostgrave: Perilous Dark, which includes 3 more SOLO scenarios, as well as some advice on creating your own solo scenarios.

So, if you’ve ever wondered about the game, but weren’t sure, here is a chance to give it a look! You can even try it out, solo-style, by using the scenarios found in Dark Alchemy and Perilous Dark

And don’t worry – Frostgrave has always been a game about using whatever miniatures and terrain you have – no need to buy anything new to start. So, have some fun, roll some dice, fight some monsters and see if you can survive. Then hop online to the Frostgrave Facebook Page, Board Game Geek, Reddit, Lead Adventure, or any other wargame hangouts and share your stories and your pictures, so we can all share in the adventure.

Good luck!

P.S. Play Dark Alchemy first, Perilous Dark is much harder!

(above text reposted from Joe’s Blog. Except this bit!)

A quick update….

Hey guys, sorry I basically dropped off the face of the planet. I’ve been …tired.

A few things happened – as you (probably) know, through 2019 and especially the latter half, I was becoming more and more stressed and overwhelmed in general (mostly due to agency bullshit around looking after my dad), and work, and so needing to do round-ups, well, the extra pressure didn’t help. Also, becoming more socially isolated as some regular friends seemed to drop off the face of the planet and never returned calls. Still, even as I stopped posting, I was still managing to get some painting done, though I was too burnt out to photograph, write posts and all that.

At the end of the year, the day before the anniversary of my mother’s death 2 years ago, Marouda and I took my dad out to a (pre) Christmas lunch. Not because of the proximity to Mum’s passing, but because he didn;t get to go to a different Christmas lunch, so we were making it up to him in a way – As we were leaving, Marouda got a mis-text from a “friend” who I paint kits for having a big old complain that I was taking a long time for this one kit he wanted done, even though I’d spent at least 2 12-hour Saturdays just weeks before with his (adult) son painting his kits together – a mix of doing stuff and mentoring on how to do other stuff. There was even the word “fucking” in there.

So I rang him, and basically gave him both barrels a number of times. I also used fucking as pretty much every second word. It felt fucking good, as well.

Then I didn’t paint again, until a couple of half-arsed scenery sessions in Jan/Feb, and that’s pretty much where I am now as far as painting goes. I’ve been playing World of Warcraft instead, because it takes less effort and occupies my brain in a way that painting doesn’t. Painting works as a zen thing, and I can listen to music or podcasts and think. WoW is constant problem-solving, so that occupies my mind in a much fuller and “immersive” way.

Then the fires hit. I’m in Melbourne, so I wasn’t directly affected, though it was weird seeing the smoke haze so heavy across the summer, and seeing things like Gyms and pools close. Still, seeing people pull together was heartening, and things like Vic Minis’ bushfire relief appeal was something that was able to bring a smile to my face.

Those friends I mentioned before? I even called them in early Feb to try to figure out what was going on, but basically got deflected and again, they never called back. Still don’t know what the deal is there, but whateverthefuck at this point. If people want to be like that, and I mean so little to them that they can’t initiate a call or even return a call over the span of months – then I’m essentially left with picking from two choices – either keep calling people who don’t call back or bother to call us at all which to my mind basically just morphs into crawling/begging – or essentially saying fuck ’em – and writing them off.

It’s not a hard choice. It’s basically been made for me. No prizes for guessing the correct one.

But now there’s something even more important than my butthurt feelings. COVID-19. While Marouda and I aren’t old enough that we’re in the danger zone, and we’re pretty healthy after a year of regular gym and healthy eating (not that anything is a guarantee), my father is in a whole lot of the high-risk categories. Over-70, diabetes, heart issues, emphysema, history of strokes and a couple of mini-heart attacks. If he gets it, he’s fucked. He’s really only got us to care for him, and naturally I’m in a job that exposes me to sick people all too often, and one that the Government seems to have no intention to allow remote work anytime soon. So I need to try to isolate him as much as possible (no more catching the fucking bus to the fucking supermarket, dad!) and also supply him with food, water and companionship. While working in a petri dish.

Hoo fucking ray.

So like I said. World of Warcraft>Painting for me right now.

Oh, and the fridge died today. Had to rush to get a replacement and got super lucky to have a guy willing to deliver it same day (on a Sunday afternoon) for an extra $50 cash. Replacing it wiped out our cash on hand though – but I guess it’s better than having it die in a month when the country is much further in the shit and things like whitegoods are no longer readily available.

Stay safe guys, and look after your vulnerable ones as well. I’ll still read and/or comment from time to time, but I don’t know if I’ll be painting much in the next while – hopefully I’ll see you on the other side of this.

Yong Out!