WAAAAGH! Pt.9: 40k Ork Slugga Boyz’ ‘Eavy Weapons

And now my final four Ork boyz – from the initial wave, anyway. The first of these is made mostly with fantasy parts armed with Slugga and Choppa. One metal boy with Big Shoota from before plastics were on offer – which is why I converted my others from the plastic boyz.

The other two are a pair of Rokkit Launcher boyz that are also kitbashed from plastic Ork parts with “rokkits” made from some Ork epic parts from the bits box. Their rokkit backpacks were made from greenstuff with some more plastic parts for the spare rokkits. The “rokkit arms” were initially made from fantasy spear arms.

Ork Slugga Boy

Ork Big Shoota Boy

Ork Rokkit Launcher Boy

Ork Rokkit Launcher Boy

While this is the last of the boyz from the first wave. We still need the two Nobz, the Warboss and a whole pile of grots/gretchin to properly complete the first wave – so still at least three posts (and a bunch more figures) to come…

Analysis paralysis: A Mantic BattleZones Bunker

Awhile ago, last year, and inspired by some terrain that Dakka user “Nerdfest” had built, I decided to dig out a bunch of my Mantic BattleZone sprues from their various Kickstarters that had been sitting untouched in storage tubs for years at this point, and make something. So over a rather enjoyable winter afternoon, I put together this bunker-thing. Being winter, there was little point even thinking about spraying it, so I let it sit, though the bare, grey plastic version did get used for a few 40k games.

Once summer rolled around, I gave it a spray. Dark Metallic Charcoal for the outside, and a sort-of undercoat of white for the interior. Now, I’m not sure where to go next with this thing. Broadly speaking, I can see three main options:

  1. Drybrush it various shades of metallic, for a rather generic finish.
  2. Paint it in military/generic “boring” tones that fit into quite a few different games. Military greens, or the more generic Greys or Tans. With or without things like signage or stancilled numbers and letters and so on and so forth.
  3. Paint it in “industrial/hive world” tones. Like the blue-grey from much of the original Necromunda card terrain. Or shades of green, or rusty reds, or…? Kinda like the above, but with more “pop” and of course, things like heavy rust and hazard stripes.

Even within those, there’s plenty of choice, though. So again: Analysis paralysis. Whatever the final verdict, I’ll probably put together a smaller building (4 squares) to go alongside this one and paint it in much the same scheme.

Anyone have any good ideas?

Melbourne City Wrestling

“Impressive” Indi Hartwell vs “Riebell”.

I haven’t been doing much hobby painting or gaming in the last week. Lots of cleaning up and painting small bits for my friend Carlo, and helping sort things out for my Dad. I did manage to pick up good seats for the New Japan Pro Wrestling Australian Tour when they come to town in February, though – so that’s a good thing.

So on Friday, we happened to look around online and noticed that MCW had a show the following evening, so we decided to go and check it out. MCW is a small(ish) local indie fed, though they have been around for a few years now, and have brought out international talent including Will Osperey, Marty Scurll, Bad Luck Fale, and most recently, the IWGP Heavyweight Champion Kazuchika Okada, who you will probably know of if you’re a wrestling fan who watches stuff outside of WWE – and if not, all you need to know is that he’s pretty much unanimously agreed to be one of the three most talented wrestlers in the world today – between Kenny Omega, AJ Styles and Okada.

“Slex” holds Robbie Eagles vertically for a good 10-15 seconds or so before completing the suplex from the middle turnbuckle.

Anyway, none of the international stars were in attendance last night. The performers seemed to be well-known in the local scene, but this meant that I really had no idea really who any of these people were. I had heard of “Slex”, as he was the guy who Okada wrestled, and also one other guy – “Mr Juicy” Gino Gambino who competed briefly in the New Japan Rumble through his relationship with Bad Luck Fale. Who also (sort of) inducted him into Bullet Club at a local show last year.

Since this was my first show at this promotion, I had no idea who anyone else was – who the babyfaces or heels or tweeners are, or what their characters, gimmicks or finishers were. Most of them managed to get that across reasonably well. The matches ranged from pretty meh, through to surprisingly good. Match of the night was the main event for the Intercontinental Inter-Commonwealth (what?) Title, which ended in a disappointing clusterfuck finish, and the women’s match. Not a bad night in the end, so we bought some merch from a couple of the wrestlers as souvenirs of the night and to show them some support.

Tomorrow: Back to wargaming stuff.

Painting Decemb-uary 2017-18: Part 3

It’s been awhile since the last update on this shared challenge project, but here we are – better late than never!

Nothing at all new from me at this stage, though I still intend to complete the GUO and Daemon Prince, they’ve gotten bumped a little while I attempt to clear some space by finishing off some other figures. However, my own lack of progress has thankfully been eclipsed by a number of others out there int he community, so without any further ado…

Davekay from Scent of a Gamer has been working on Reaper Miniatures’ massive Bones model, Goremaw. He’s completed it, in fact!

 

Ann from Ann’s Imperium has been Nurgling it up with a Foetid Bloat-Drone “Becky the Bloater”…

Ann also decided to ramp up the challenge by adding in a unit of Plague Drones and a Myphitic Blight-Hauler. She’s also working on some Nurglings, but while they don’t count towards the challenge, they do make for some good Nurglesque painting practice.

 

Alex from Leadbaloony has been working on his own version of Arkhan the Black, largely made from Grenadier Miniatures’ Death Dragon.

 

Imperial Rebel Ork aka IRO is still working on a converted Ogre/Ogor/Mournfang Stonehorn.

 

The 28th Scribe is working on Grymdraig from Mierce Miniatures. I didn’t even know about this one!

 

Wudugast from Convert or Die has been working on a Skaven Screaming Bell as a worthy cap to his Year of the Rat project. No reports yet on whether it’ll be converted or there will be a Skaven sacrificed to appease the blog’s name.. 😉

 

Tinpotrevolutionary has started a Space Marine Dreadnought for his Iron Eagle marines. Some lovely greyshading so far.

 

Over on Dakka, Joshinjapan has made some great strides, completely painting his Great Cthulhu from Reaper Bones.

 

Ian Sturrock has started on a trio of Frost Giants from Bones III.

 

Zergsmasher has smashed out Mortarion, and an amazing job he’s done of it, too. Especially with all that fiddly assembly!

 

More than a little embarrassingly, I omitted Thomas of High Times on the Eastern Fringe‘s Khorne Lord of Skulls. Despite it being the most recent post I had looked at on my phone. And it still being up on the WordPress app on my phone when I checked it next. Derp!

 

As for myself, I’ve been doing a small bit of painting, barely any gaming (video or tabletop) and doing a mountain of cleaning the house. I’m still way behind on catching up with people’s blogging from the last month, so if I’ve somehow missed anyone’s Painting Decembuary posts, please do prompt me in the comments and also accept my apologies.

Yet More Fortune and Glory

Here’s the next batch of Fortune and Glory figures (and the last for awhile). I finished these yesterday.

These are the Nazis. I’ve painted them (vaguely) as Afrika Korps, or DAK in homage to Raiders of the Lost Ark. I noticed in that post where I painted the Pyramids and Zeppelin that I was talking about painting them as SA Brownshirts, which would have been more historically accurate in some ways, but 1) I forgot. and 2) Who cares?

Here’s the whole batch of them. All 16 of them. I used textured paint for the bases on these, and also gave a few of them light green shirts while others have tan shirts, again in homage to Indy rather than going hard for historical accuracy. The shading was done with The Dip. As with the Mobsters from a couple of days ago, these boardgames figures get what they deserve.

Here are the Nazis and the Mobsters scattered around on the game board. The good news is that they look pretty good for boardgame meeples now that they’re painted up. The bad news is that it appears that the painted Zeppelin and Pyramids and even the unpainted player hero figures are all missing. So well done, me. Dumbass.

Next up, back to “normal” miniatures, and a Painting Decembuary Round-up.

2018 Painting Targets

Notsomuch a reflective post on 2018. I think I’ve covered that already, but something with aims for this coming year.

Black Templars Space Marines Crusaders, Terminators RTB09

1. Paint and finish some 2+1 marine forces/bump up existing small groups to this as a minimum.

By this I mean small forces of Space Marines – 2 units of infantry, plus a leader and something cool, like a dreadnought, tank, flyer, etc. This at least makes them playable or easily allied to other armies. Right now, forces which I’ve shown that still need to be bumped up to this level are Black Templars, Celestial Lions, Fallen Angels and Deathwatch, though I have another one on the go right now, and plans (oh dear, the plans) for several more. I’d also count finishing my 2006 Ork force in there.

Iron Warriors Chaos Space Marine Army

2. Reinforce the existing 40k armies.

Specifically, both Minotaurs and Iron Warriors need some proper reinforcements. Even more specifically, there are two vehicles for the IW that have been staring at me for years, as well as another squad that I prepared the figures for and another hero model. Then there’s that mass of Tactical Marines for the Dark Angels I’m working on.

3. Sort out the stuff that’s painted but needs reorganisation to be playable in 8th edition.

I’m very much thinking of my Imperial Guard here.

4. Finish more of the stuff I started but never finished.

Aside from the stuff above, much of which fits into this category, there’s a unit of Elves just waiting on three models to be done to be completed. There’s a unit of DUST Gorillas, a unit of Undead, some Mordor Uruks, Arbites, Savage Orcs… It’s bloody exhausting to think about how many started-but-abandoned units I still have

5. Complete all of my metal Dwarf Slayer models.

There’s a few that got started but are sitting on the desk, but also a fair few that need start-to-finish attention. It’d be nice to have them all done, bar the plastics.

6. Complete all of my metal Viking models.

Exactly what I said about the Slayers, though there’s more metal Vikings untouched than there are Slayers.

7. Get a Nurgle Daemon army up and running.

What’s that? Decembuary? What’s that? Chaos Daemon Codex in a week or so? I guess I better get this show on the road, then…

I have no Grey Knights even started as of yet, nor any photos of their boxes handy, so here is a cat wearing a party hat.

8. Get a Grey Knights army up and running.

Daemons? Where? Better get the Grey Knights on the case!

9. Get a second Chaos Legion force up and running.

Death Guard? Thousand Sons? Black Legion/Sons of Horus? Word Bearers? So many choices, so little time to paint!

10. Skirmish forces & small miniature boardgame models updated/ready to play.

Necromunda, Shadespire, Blood Bowl, Gorechosen, SAGA (aside from Vikings)

11. Two small opposed forces for Bolt Action.

We’re talking in the 2+1 kind of size here, but we’re getting to a lot of figures I’d like to paint at this point.

12. Then there are unfinished terrain pieces, projects like the Graveyard and the Mighty Fortress, and scatter scenery, and…

The problem with having hobby ADHD, too many projects and periods, and gigantic wishlists like this of course is that there’s simply not enough time to do it all. I’d also like to exercise more/sort out a heavy bag/go to jiu-jitsu regularly, watch more quality TV shows that everyone else seems to always be talking about, watch more wrestling (notably New Japan and RoH) and go to the odd local indie show, play (and finish) more video games, play more boardgames, play more miniatures games… In short I have too many hobbies and not enough free time. Unfortunately, needing to work and the tiredness, and at times exhaustion that it entails puts a damper on all of this, so we’ll see what I can do.

 

Another Small bit of Fortune and Glory

I’ve been cleaning up a bit lately, and in amongst the junk I’ve sorted through was a little zip-lock baggie of boardgame figures – the Nazis, Mobsters and Evil Character models. It seems I removed them from the boxed game of Fortune and Glory (an Indiana Jones-styled “cliffhanger” boardgame set in the late 1930’s) right after I painted the Zeppelin and Pyramids, about 19 months ago. They were obviously in the painting queue, but never got past the washing with dishwashing liquid stage before getting bundled back into the baggie, and then lost for over a year as they got cleaned up and moved around.

Fortune and Glory’s Mobsters. Or Gangsters. I forget which.

As with the Zeppelin and Pyramids, these are very much boardgame figures. So much so that I didn’t realise how simple and soft and undetailed the sculpts were until after I primed them. Basically, they have nothing on green army men from 50+ years ago in terms of detail. I started both the Mobsters and the Nazis at the same time, but finished the Mobsters sooner. Hence, photos and this post.

Scale provided by Hasslefree’s Not-Shaun, CMON’s Not-Statham, and a Space Marine.

I varied their hats and shirt/tie combos slightly as well as their hair (brown or black!) But let’s face it, they didn’t get a lot of work since the sculpts don’t deserve the time nor effort. As they are now, they look better than plain green plastic – and that’s good enough for me. I could probably use them as cultists or armed civilians or even mobsters in some kind of miniatures game, but would I want to? Dunno. They’re not great sculpts nor great paintjobs, but they’re done now, and that’s what matters. Now hopefully I can knock out the Nazis in the next day or so and then get back to painting real miniatures. I think the rest of today will be taken up by New Japan’s Wrestle Kingdom 12, though…

(Yes, I wrote the text yesterday – didn’t get the photos done until today!)