Friday, June 15, 2018

Eliot's Light Horse

Hi all,

Long time no blog.  Life, work, and if we're being honest, apathy have put a crimp in my blogging activities, but geek has gone on apace.  With the advent of summer, and a little more energy and free time, I thought I'd see about getting caught up on what I've been doing for the last several months.

Latest addition has been another unit for my growing Brit / Hanoverian force for the SYW.  The latest is the 15th Light Horse (Elliot's).



This brings the force to within a few units of completion (as I have a unit of Highlanders on the table now).  Once these are finished, I'll likely move on to some Russians, and or Austrians, as I have a good start on the former, and a whack of the latter.



The bottom half of the winter, and what passes for Spring in these parts, saw me turn out a reasonable amount of fantasy stuff, mostly beastmen, and I have a backlog of Khorne models as well.  With the new edition of Age of Sigmar coming out, I'll like be getting in some games, and once the Hanoverians are up to a workable size, I'll see about dragooning the Cub into a game of Maurice.

Nice to be back in the fold!


Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Totes m'goats

Hi all,

The bottom half of January saw me mucking about with something I've wanted to do for a long, long time - paint up some Beastmen, or as they're now known, Brayherds.


These are getting to be older sculpts in the current line, but remain some of the most characterful they've done.  I've always found the Beasts appealing, liked the models, but never got around to doing them.  2018 will be, I think, the year of the goat.  The current plan is to start with a big unit of Gors (these guys), and maybe a hero, and ally them into the Khorne army I've been running since AoS came out.



Aside from goats being one of my favorite animals (I'm a sucker for baby goat videos, and have several "it ate my pants" stories), Brayherds in AoS also offer some entertaining options in play.  Although not really competitive for tournaments (limited choice of units, no book of their own), they are one of the fastest armies in the game (rivaled only by slannesh daemons), can summon monsters with their incredibly cheap wizards (which can also summon traditional stuff like daemons), and can ambush as an army.  Their units are cheap, especially with the bulk discount, and I can easily see moving towards some kind of mixed chaos thing as I add more stuff.


I wanted a colour scheme that would be distinct to the goats, but also work with my existing (red) Khorne.  I ended up going with cooler natural tones, but used the same bone colour, basing, and red (for accents) that I used in the existing army.  I don't have a pic of them side by side, but it does seem to work.


I may get a chance to get these on the table as early as Thursday.  10 Gor won't do much in the game, but I'm chuffed to see them in play.  I've also picked up my favorite version of the Beastlord (the brayherd fighty hero), and might get him finished up this month.

I'm still doing the painting challenge for this month, and will likely prioritize Khorne stuff, but depending on how the month goes, may get some more stuff done for these guys. 


Friday, January 19, 2018


Hi all,

As per my last post, I signed up at the local G-Dub for a sort of painting pledge a thon, where each month we commit to a painting goal, and execute it.  I went for a fairly conservative, attainable goal, 10 Bloodletters, and managed to finish them up the other day.

Although I didn't get a group glamour shot (a consequence of tossing the complete figs back in the army case with their buddies), I did snap pics of each pair as I finished them.

This leaves with (I think) 6 more to do to finish the unit of 30 I've been working on.  In the meantime, I've been playing around with a test model for a unit of Chaos Warhounds I'll likely run as Khorne Fleshounds in my list.

The flesh is pretty close to what I do on my mortals, and the fur is a close match for the spiny ridge things on the back of the Bloodletters, so these should fit reasonably well into the army.

I've got some 6mm on deck, along with more AoS, so should get a few more posts up soonish.


Sunday, January 7, 2018

Quick and Dirty

Hi all,

Just a short one today.  6mm painting mojo is quiet, but I wanted to get something done, so I signed up for a monthly pledge thing at the local G-Dub.  It was enough to break through the doldrums, and get me painting again, and I knocked out a couple of Bloodletters for my growing Khornehorde.

Looking at the pics, I realize I forgot to pick out the eyes.

These guys are pretty much the not-secret weapon of the whole Khorne faction, in that with a wee bit of synergy they reliably produce a large number of mortal wounds (i.e., they auto-wound and ignore armour).  Given that Khorne pretty much gives up ranged attacks and magic, this does a fair bit to even the playing field, even against what are emerging as the more powerful factions in the game.

Just look at that brisket!

I've committed to doing 10 of these for the end of the month.  Given that with a bit of focus I can do two in an evening, this should not only be doable, but leave me time for other painting if the mood strikes.  I've also set up a game of AoS for Thursday. and as long as I remember to bring the camera, should have some good pics from the game.


Friday, December 29, 2017

Ruminations and Illuminations

Hi all,

We are digging out post-Christmas, and having used some vacation time from work, I'm in that odd existential state where I seem to have lost track of what day it is, and the fact that there's even odds on any given day that the kids won't change out of pyjamas isn't helping clarify things ;)

Christmas was a little lean on the geek front, although this is fairly normal.  I picked up a copy of the new Chapter Approved with some cash I got, but the Cub seems to have absconded with it, and I didn't get much further than reading the one page on orky stuff before it vanished.

Geek activity has also been slow - yesterday the Cub and I went down to the store (he wanted to spend some of his Christmas money), and had planned on a game, but he decided at the last minute to work on hobby stuff instead.  I ended up painting some Space Hulk terminators, which I've picked at on and off over the last several months, and the Cub ended up forgetting the plastic glue at the shop.  Not sure if this was part of a nefarious plan (oh, no, now we have to go back!), or just being absent minded, but it does mean his hobby has slowed for a few days.

The plan is to use the BA as a core for a "I like the models" mixed Imperial force.  Hence the Guardsmen.

Brother McPointyfinger.

This has been a pretty crazy year.  Work was a roller-coaster, and went from me applying for a long-term position, to being the recommended candidate, to the job being cancelled, to a second position opening up, to getting the job I've worked towards for most of the last couple of decades.  For the first time in my life, I have stable work, in my chosen field, at a place where I enjoy working.  Add in the fact that this means we can be a regular and predictable part of Cub's life, and it looks like a happy ending.  Of course, my work load has increased even beyond pre-existing levels of gonzo, which seems to have placed me in the "have money and energy, but no time" phase of the geek life-cycle ;)

Add in some health scares (emergency abdominal surgery for me this summer, and my mom almost died . . . ), and the year has been a whirlwind.  Next year also promises to be interesting, in the proverbially Chinese sense, but I find I'm also getting better at weathering the storm.

Hobbywise, the year's been more active than the blog would suggest.  Cub and I got in a bunch of games, mostly 40k, but he's showing increasing interest in historical gaming, and there's a decent chance of us getting some simple Napoleonic skirmish gaming in in 2018 (looking at something easy like Song of Drums and Shakos to break him in gently).

I did a pile of painting for Age of Sigmar, and it was probably my most-played game for 2017.  While part of me misses the Old World (and the viability of my Brets as anything other than an exercise in nostalgia), I have more fun playing AoS than any prior version of Warhammer, playing my Khorne is a blast, and it was the one game where I got a good paint-play-paint dynamic going.  I even got some stuff done for Bretonnians, like my Lord on Griffon.

Side shot was most in-focus ;)  Khorne for the Khorne god!

Captains of Infamy

I kept a hand in with historicals, actually completing another stand of 1/72 French, and a little more than half of my British and Hanoverian 6mm army for the SYW.  Pre-Christmas crazytime put a crimp in my painting rhythm with them, but they're high on the to do list, and I imaging they'll be finished up before summer.

Hard to get detail, and the whole army, but the Brit-Hanoverians are steadily expanding.

2017 also saw the resurgence of Blood Bowl, and my (somewhat abortive) participation in an actual honest-to-God league for the game.  Given how much I enjoy it, I've high hopes of playing some more in the new year, the only barrier being that BB games are scheduled the same night as AoS at the local store.

2017 was also the first time the Puddin' got in on gaming action.  She's become a big fan of the card game "Munchkin", we've painted minis together on several occasions (mostly Reaper Bones stuff), and she's curious about mini-gaming.  Fingers crossed.

Plans for 2018 are typically ambitious and wide-ranging, but I'm slowly learning to a) not try to treat this hobby as a required "to-do" list, and more as the source of relaxation and sanity-restoration that it is for me.  So, instead of a  "priority" list, or whatever, the following are organised by what's most likely.

Things I will almost certainly do in 2018:

1. Play more AoS with my Khorne, play more Blood Bowl with my orks, play 40k with the Cub.

2. Paint more orks.  They should be getting their codex for the new edition this year.  I live in hope.

3. Take some of my Deathguard from basic table top to "good".

4. Finish painting a basic list for SYW British in 6mm.

Things I will probably do in 2018:

1. Paint more Khorne.

2. Buy stuff, plan to paint it, not get around to it ;)

3. Make a start on SYW Russians or Austrians.

4. Paint and / or play Blood Angels (Cub has become entranced, and we're talking about doing it as a team hobby project).

5. Paint some Bretonnians, out of spite, if nothing else ;)

Things I'm thinking about doing in 2018, but may spend the whole year just thinking about:

1. Get some terrain together.  While Cub and I have some basic stuff, I've been spending a bit of time online looking at ideas and sources.  Terrain for 6mm, 15mm, and better terrain for 28mm are all a growing priority.  I've never been much of a terrain guy, but stability means I'll not have to move the stuff around much, and I can see spending some time developing this underdeveloped (for me) branch of the hobby.  Cub got Necromunda for Christmas, so that's another possible driver.

2. Paint some 15mm stuff.  I have ancients up the wazoo, stuff for the Acadian project, and the start of a nice 18mm AB Russian force. I've also been itching to paint in this scale for months.  The lack of play outlets is the major barrier here, but effective as the "get them on the table" spur is,  I'm learning to paint for painting's sake.  Maybe this is the year that lesson takes?

3. Get in a game with the local historical players.  There are some out there, although they tend to be scattered both geographically and by period / system / scale.  Some of them are even super-hospitable (hi Ross, of  For whatever reason, however, anytime someone's put a game together, it's either been far enough out of town to make logistics difficult, or at a time I couldn't go - case in point, I was invited to a game on Boxing Day, which was also the day Cub was being dropped off at our place.  It would be great to put faces to names, so this is something I'd like to make an effort on this year.

4. Start collecting some Beastmen.  I love this range from GW, always have - as much as anything does, it screams "chaos" to me.  With the new allies rules, I can even take them in my Khorne army.  I can see breaking down, and picking some of these up this year.  Might even do it just for gits and shiggles.

5.  Paint, and even play, some Lord of the Rings / Hobbit.  I've loved this range since the original Elrond fig, have always been intrigued by the mechanics, drooled over the tables that used to appear in White Dwarf, and even own a chunk of Rohan.  Local gang is looking to start it up with the Battle Companies release.  Hey, it could happen . . .

I think that's about as much as I can reasonably expect.  Work and family will be exceedingly busy this year, and I'm learning my limits (if slowly).  With a few more days of holiday to go before re-emerging in the real world, I might get a little more painting done.  Also planning to see the new Star Wars movie with the kids (no spoilers!).  Beyond that, it should be relatively quiet in Monkeyland until the new year - of which I wish you all, all the best.


Friday, December 22, 2017

Merry Christmas!

Hi all,

Well, the week didn't go quite as planned in Monkeyland.  Between end of term busyness and preparing for Christmas, I've not put brush to model all week.  When I did have time, I was generally too frazzled to focus.  That said, we're closing in on being ready, and I'm hoping to get some painting in over the next few days.

It's been a pretty crazy year for us here, with some fairly significant ups and downs.  I'll likely post some kind of seasonal reflection + eye candy after the day, but until then, a very Merry Christmas to you all, and I wish you the joy of the season.


Friday, December 15, 2017

Among the little people (again)


With work slowly retreating from insanity, I've managed to finish up another unit of Hanoverian foot, this one comprised of the Regiments Hodenberg and Diepenbroick.

Diepenbroick left, Hodenberg right.

Diepenbroick are a bit odd, in that unlike the other Hanoverian regiments, they had a distinct colonel's colour all their own.

You can see what I mean about the orange in this shot.

I picked Hodenberg for the orange facings, which I though might be kind of neat, but turned out to be something of a pain.  It was difficult to get enough of a blackline in to distinguish between the red coat and orange trim, something most evident on the turnbacks.

Mass effect?

I think they look okay from the front, though.

Next up is a unit of light horse, and I'm hoping that by the time they're finished, a small order from Baccus will have arrived with some highlanders, which I'm looking forward to doing up.  Christmas is rapidly approaching, but I'm in good shape in terms of marking, so all that is likely to distract me for a bit is prep for the holiday.  I have a metric tonne of baking to do prior to the day, but should be able to sneak in some painting whilst things are in the oven.