Set in stone

December 6, 2010

Captain Stompypants, Smasher of Hunger. He was going to be a one-off until I read the rules for Cassius the Oathkeeper.

It’s been another long lapse since the last post in this space. So when I received a request on Twitter to come up with a how-to for the sandstone I’m using for my burgeoning Circle Orboros army, I really couldn’t say no.

Out of the hundreds of minis I’ve painted, this really is one of my favorite color schemes. Very few of my armies follow the studio scheme; I’ve always gotta do something different. And Circle is no exception. No green or gray for me; sandstone and orange for the constructs, autumnal browns and oranges for forest/tree walkers. It’s a different palette for me and so far, it’s challenged me as a painter and forced me to come up with new ways to do things.

Since the one model I have in progress doesn’t have any stone work on it, I chose one of my resin bases for the tutorial. Four colors, one wash and about 5 minutes gets some pretty solid results.

Resin base, black primer

Basecoat the rock with Bloodstone. If you're painting a construct, you'll want to drybrush for a rougher, non-uniform look.

Drybrush the textured surface. You'll want to let the black primer shaded the recesses for you. Don't worry about being messy!

Drybrush everything with Gun Corps Brown. This is your first layer of highlight, so don't go too heavy. On a model with well-defined edges like a Wold Guardian, you'll want to make sure the highlights are visible, but not too heavy. Two more layers to go.

Drybrush with Moldy Ochre. Try not to completely cover the highlights you just did.

Final highlight: Menoth White Base. This should be your lightest, most well-defined edge.

Wash heavily with Citadel Ogryn Flesh wash. Yes, I realize this is a product from that “other company.” But since the wash is reddish, it's going to unify all four of those colors and blend everything together. We'll talk about other washes to use in a bit.

Final step: Paint the rim of the base black. Done!

If you didn’t want your stone to have a reddish hue, Citadel’s Gryphonne Sepia wash is a nice warm sepia (duh) tone. For a dirtier, grittier look, Devlan Mud is a fantastic wash that will dirty up the most pristine looking models. It’s actually what I washed all of my Cygnar with. We’ll have to revisit washes, inks and glazes in another installment. There are a lot of tips and tricks my buddies and I have discovered and they’re too good not to share.

As for the Circle force I’m working on, it’s mostly models that are a part of Cassius’ theme. I haven’t picked up everything I need to build it, so I had to substitute some models for painting purposes. The crew back in Boise is running a slow-grow painting league and I figured I’d paint along even though I won’t be able to get any league games in. If there’s one thing the 100-point painting challenge taught me, it’s the importance of structure and VERY attainable goals when painting an army.

So here’s what I’m working on for the next month or so:

Army Name: Circle SG 15
Circle Orboros
15+6 points, 12 models
Cassius the Oathkeeper  +6 points
* Wurmwood, Tree of Fate
* Gnarlhorn Satyr  8 points
Shifting Stones  2 points
* Stone Keeper  1 point
3 Warpborn Skinwalkers  5 points
Wolf Lord Morraig  5 points

The jump to 25 points will be an easy one — Megalith. He’ll be a good candidate for a step-by-step tutorial, assuming my train hasn’t jumped the tracks by then!

Wyatt, Doc, Virgil, Morgan and Stompypants. Still debating if the Shifting Stone crew will get fancy bases or not.

Wyatt. He regulated on some dwarves not too long ago. He should've killed more of the stunty bastards.

Doc? Is that you? Are you really gonna be my Huckleberry? Or is this Morgan or Virgil? Yeah, they all look alike...


The Next Big Thing

April 5, 2010

Ghettokore Studios and http://losthemisphere.wordpress.com/ in Conglomeration with All About Games(my FLGS) and Hobby Kingdom(gdaybloke’s FLGS) present our next Big Project

Yeah someone has either some skills and/or a lot of free time <cough>gdaybloke<cough>.

Past that, what is this Big event.  Well Gday and I were chatting during March and he mentioned wanting to do something off of his March Madness event he ran for Vs. system, found here:  http://losthemisphere.wordpress.com/march-madness-2008/

So we got all geeky and excited and got going on this.

Well we are going with these Event rules:

Single elimination bracket

15pt open construction lists

No unique/character models allowed, other than warcasters/warlocks, cause it is all about the top warcaster/warlock

Mercs are Allowed two character models.  i.e.  Sam Mchorne and the devil dogs, count as one.  Aiyanna and Holt count as 2

The bracket is divided into two conferences, the Lost conference and Ghetto conference; each of those into two divisions, the Smash, Slam, Throw, Headbutt

All pairings and participants have been determined randomly

All games will be played using the Killbox scenario

Games can be played live or on vassal. All games must be either played or witnessed by at least one staff member of either Lost Hemisphere or Ghettokore studios.

Match results are to be reported to Gdaybloke, just follow the link in his entry to get into the Lost forums and place the picks.

For players at the participating FLGS’s, they can only make picks from the opposing store’s conference. e.g., a player from the Hobby Kingdom cannot make any picks from the Lost conference.

So now that rules are out of the way, we need to show you the participants that went through grueling hours of try outs and many songs.  These were the guys that had the talent, and impressed Mr. Cowell.  Not really, this is how the dice went for us.

I will gathering the talent to play the games, or find whoever owns the faction, likes the caster and wants to spend an hour playing a game.

We will be allowing a week to make picks, and then we will spend two weeks or so reporting the first round.


Hooray!

June 1, 2009
Not only did Privateer Press unveil its new web site today, but there's a new Warmachine logo too. Props to Tinman_XL for getting a clean version of the logo!

Not only did Privateer Press unveil its new web site today, but there's a new Warmachine logo too. Props to Tinman_XL for getting a "clean" version of the logo!

Once again, I find myself in the position of wanting to punch people in the face through the internet. Once again, I am amazed that people will complain about anything and everything.

I should not be amazed. I should expect this by now. In all my years on internet forums, I should know to expect the doomsayers and the bitching.

I guess it’s because I know several of the PPSers and consider them my friends. I’ve got loyalty to Privateer Press, first as a gamer and secondly as a member of the Press Gang. I don’t always agree 100% with everything the company does (as I’ve stated in previous posts) but really, I’ve yet to be disappointed with anything the company has done — with the exception of the Hordes tokens, and we really don’t talk about those. 😉

Several of us PGs got our first glimpse of the web site at the Invitational last month (oh it’s so sad to say that was last month…). I was lucky enough to get a look at it Sunday and was able to spend quite a bit of time looking for bugs for Daryl (aka The Web Guy, sorahn on the forums).

Maybe it’s the time I spent in tech support, or it’s just being observant, but I took my time going through the site, understanding that it was a work in progress and that there was still much to do. I made some suggestions, things got fixed, no problem.

I think it’s much better than the old site. It’s very thematic and the respective Warmachine and Hordes pages capture the feel of the games nicely.

What I can’t wrap my brain around is the belief that with enough whining, things will get changed. There is very obviously a direction Privateer wanted to take the web site, and they are heading in that direction, full speed ahead. Bitching and whining isn’t the answer. “The old site was better, this one sucks” or “Man, this thing is so slow, you guys suck” doesn’t help anyone. Grow up. Come up with something constructive and fill out the feedback form.

I really like the new site. I hope those of you who haven’t visited the new home page do so in the next few days. 🙂


Beat the Quartermaster

May 24, 2009

It’s hard to believe that this time last week, I was in Washington at Privateer Press headquarters. We were still recovering from Saturday’s Theater of War live and it was time for more gaming.

In addition to gaming all day Saturday, I got in a game Thursday, Friday and three on Sunday. I’m going to fast-forward to the only game I won over the weekend, my game against Biggie, the Press Gang quartermaster.

We played at Templecon in February, his Durgen list vs. my Nemo list in a very memorable 500-pointer, which is near the end of my Templecon battle reports. I squeaked out the win with Nemo dropping Ball Lightning (who uses Ball Lightning??) on Durgen a few times.

Last Sunday, Dan was kind enough to play me again, this time, his Cygnar against my Bright Pink Trollbloods.

For those unfamiliar with my skill with Trolls… I suck. Those of you who have followed the blog already know this. But I love the models, really love painting them and enjoy the flavor — all things that should hold true when you pick and play an army.

That being said, I generally don’t expect to win with them. Sure, that’s what we would all like the end result to be, but I’m all about having a good time. And that’s what I got against Dan.

We were going to play a 350 Mangled Metal/Tooth & Claw. Then we upped it to 500. Then it was 500 with epics since someone was used to the Mk II way of doing things.

Biggie’s list:

  • eStryker
  • Centurion x2
  • Hunter x2

Bobaferret’s list:

  • eDoomshaper
  • Earthborn Dire Troll x2
  • Dire Troll Mauler
  • Slag Troll
Biggie gets ready to deploy his forces; Don King attempts to hide in the corner.

Biggie gets ready to face the Bright Pinks; Don King attempts to hide in the corner. (Apologies for crappy cell phone camera pic.)

I won the roll and opted to go first. The above photo shows my deployment, and Biggie’s. The Hunters proved to be quite annoying.

My first turn, I did what I'm supposed to do with this army -- everything ran.

My first turn, I did what I'm supposed to do with this army -- everything ran.

The problem with running everything is that damn near everything was in range of Dan’s two Hunters, which he deployed on each flank. The Hunters put a hurtin’ on the Mauler, wiping out one aspect (mind) very early.

Turn 2 for me was resisting the temptation to pop eDoomie’s feat. I had popped it early twice before — once against Tubbie420 and against UndeadDan — and it cost me the game. I stayed patient, talking myself out of it with a little help from Invader Larb, and got things set up for my Turn 3. Dan’s turn involved him shooting the crap outta my stuff with his Hunters, hurting the Mauler yet again and wiping out the mind on my Slag Troll.

Top of Turn 3: Forced Mauler to heal 1 in mind, forced Slag Troll to heal 1 in mind. Popped eDoomshaper’s feat and advanced. Activated the Mauler, put its animus (Rage, +3 str) on Mr. Fluffykins, my bonded Earthborn Dire Troll. Fluffykins walked his 10″ (thanks to the feat) and positioned himself in melee range of both Centurions. He looked at the Cent, saying “Hey man, nice spear!” and proceed to smack the jack with its on weapon. After a few smacks, it was time for the Centurion to take a ride.

Thanks to the bond, Fluffykins could power attack as if it was a normal melee attack. So he picked up the Centurion with both hands and threw it at eStryker. I needed a 13 to hit. This is what I rolled:

Just what I needed.

Just what I needed.

Didn’t do enough damage to kill Darth Stryker, but the stage was set.

Fluffykins took some swings at the second Centurion, missing once and connecting on another. Then it was time for another toss at a knocked down Stryker. He was smushed by attempting to catch the second jack, but not dead!

I had one beast left, the Slag Troll. He casually walked out from behind the rock where he was standing toward Stryker. But on the way there, he felt something in his throat. With a mighty “Hhaaaaaaawwwwkkkkk!” he spit upon the downed warcaster, covering him in goo. Styker die of embarrassment despite the boosted damage roll; his shiny armor was covered in Slag Troll pleghm and it was too much for him to bear. So much for the hero of Cygnar. Take that. 😉

*cough* Something in my throat. *cough*

*cough* Something in my throat. *cough*

And thus, Haka Lugi, who is fully painted in the post after this one, earned his name.

So yeah. I won one game over the weekend. The Troll team was tied for second with Circle in Theater of War.

Here are a few more pics from the weekend that you probably didn’t see unless you’re on Facebook:

UndeadDan's Warpwolf and Pureblood worked over the Hero, who made 3 tough checks.

UndeadDan's Warpwolf and Pureblood worked over the Hero, who made 3 tough checks.

eDoomshaper couldn't avoid death at the hands of eKaya.

eDoomshaper couldn't avoid death at the hands of eKaya. UndeadDan's force was fully painted and gorgeous.

The Trollblood home base, Erik's forces in the fore, mine in the back.

The Trollblood home base, Erik's forces in the fore, mine in the back.

Between the two of us, there were 4 units of Champs, 3 units of KWs, 2 units of cav and some other stuff I can't remember.

Between the two of us, there were 4 units of Champs, 3 units of KWs, 2 units of cav and some other stuff I can't remember.

My detachment commander, the Hero, captured and held the flag on the former Cryx base. Woo.

My detachment commander, the Hero, captured and held the flag on the former Cryx base. Woo.

The Bright Pink detachment takes on Devilsquid's Steelheads.

The Bright Pink detachment takes on Devilsquid's Steelheads.

For grins, I took my warlock-less detachment against Devilsquid in a 750. It was the same Bart list I faced at Templecon.

My detachment included:

  • Hero (leader w/beast handler)
  • Hero
  • Axer
  • Champions x2
  • Bushwhackers (6)
  • Long Riders (5)
  • Kriel Warriors (10) + UA and Caber

I don’t remember enough to do a round-by-round report, but I do remember things were going badly for me in the beginning. Then we took a lunch break and things went a little better for me during the later part of the game — I made some amazing tough rolls, chased off a unit of Steelheads and slowed the Steelie cav down with Bushwhackers! The moral victory was that I killed Stannis; thanks to terrain and lack of anything that could get through the Nomad, Bart was out of reach.

It was a brutal game that showed me that my Trolls are durable when they want to be.

It was a brutal game that showed me that my Trolls are durable when they want to be. This was right before my Hero got splattered by a Nomad.

I have newfound respect for the Bushwhackers. They did well for me a few months ago and earned a paint job, but I failed to paint them. So I think I’ll get back to that; I love the little guys for holding up the Steelhead cav the way they did. Nothing like a 60-point unit securing a flank.

My setup vs. webmaster Daryl. Devilsquid let me borrow his Mercs. :)

My setup vs. webmaster Daryl. Devilsquid let me borrow his Mercs. 🙂

After the game with DS, it was on to face Privateer webmaster Daryl and his Protectorate. It was a bloody game, with most of my stuff dying to rockets. It was neat to see a newer player using the old Protectorate standbys — I know I don’t run Deliverers or Zealots when I use the army. I’m going to seriously reexamine my tried and true Protectorate lists.

Ross, Don, Yann, Me, Matt and Darren

Ross, Don, Yann, Me, Matt and Darren

Some how, we all survived riding with Devilsquid in the Walkaway Insurance van. DS was the first person to rent van — it had 14 miles on it. The guy at the rental counter asked about insurance and said that for $100, if anything happened to the van, DS could just walk away. So among the names we got that weekend: The Walkaway Insurance crew, Magnificent Seven and Sea Dogs.

It was an amazing weekend and I’m still sad it’s over. I can’t wait until Gencon, when I’ll get to see many of these folks again. Then there’s PAX. Then it starts all over again with Templecon. 🙂

See you soon!

See you soon!


Painted and WIP

May 9, 2009

So I finished a few things this week and started on another. I will not be fully painted for the Invitational, sadly, but dammit, you’ll see the Bright Pinks coming!

First, the completed stuff.

Bile Thrall, commission

Bile Thrall, commission

Minimum unit

Minimum unit

Yes, I know. I'm paint GW stuff. The LGS is going to start selling painted Space Marines and Orks. I got Marines.

Yes, I know. I'm painting GW stuff. The LGS is going to start selling painted Space Marines and Orks. I got Marines.

These painted up a lot faster than I thought they would.

These painted up a lot faster than I thought they would.

Speed painted in a little over an hour. 5 guys an hour means I make $$.

Speed painted in a little over an hour. 5 guys an hour means I make $$.

Not a ton of detail, but better than a lot that's out there.

Not a ton of detail, but better than a lot that's out there.

Yes, there could be more detail. At $3/model, not really worried about it.

Yes, there could be more detail. At $3/model, not really worried about it.

And the WIP, as requested. (I’m talking to you ND. 😉

I don't know that a camera can pick up how bright this thing really is. Seriously, I need a black light for hilarity.

I don't know that a camera can pick up how bright this thing really is. Seriously, I need a black light for hilarity.

This the pink is Vallejo Model Color 735 — flourescent magenta. I really need sunglasses to paint this thing. I shall call him Huggy Bear.

This the pink is Vallejo Model Color 735 — flourescent magenta. I really need sunglasses to paint this thing. I shall call him Huggy Bear.


Metamorphosis releases

May 5, 2009

I don’t usually do a whole lot related to upcoming releases since people usually find them in other places, but I hadn’t seen all of these posted in my usual spots (TGN and the forums) so I figured what the heck?

I have to say, I’m impressed with all of the sculpts except one. I’ll get to paint up the Skorne stuff for commission, and I hate to admit it, I’m looking forward to it. Mostly because of the color scheme my client picked.

Anyway, off we go.

July releases:

Calandra Truthsayer

Calandra

This is a badass model that's full of character. Love the sculpt, can't wait to paint her.

Mohsar the Desertwalker

Yes, this model is full of win. Then again, I kinda have a thing for models with cloaks right now.

Yes, this model is full of win. Then again, I kinda have a thing for models with cloaks right now.

Absylonia, the Terror of Everblight

I'm not sure about this one. I know she does mean stuff, but seriously, she looks like she wants to go for a swim. Sorry.

I'm not sure about this one. I know she does mean stuff, but seriously, she looks like she wants to go for a swim. Sorry.

Void Seer Mordikaar

I'm actually impressed with this model. I might try OSL when I paint him on commission. He's such a d-bag in the story, though.

I'm actually impressed with this model. I might try OSL when I paint him on commission. He's such a d-bag in the story, though.

Wrong Eye & Snapjaw

I know we've seen pics of these guys before, but I love the sculpts. Chris Walton's concept sketches of these two are awesome and the models really reflect that.

I know we've seen pics of these guys before, but I love the sculpts. Chris Walton's concept sketches of these two are awesome and the models really reflect that.

August releases:

Troll Whelps

I will field three units of Whelps. I will buy another two for modeling. Or more.

I will field three units of Whelps. I will buy another two for modeling. Or more.

Nephilim Protector

I know some people were "meh" about his abilities, but I really like the look of this model. All that armor will paint fast.

I know some people were "meh" about his abilities, but I really like the look of this model. All that armor will paint fast.

Bloodrunner Master Tormentor

Another Skorne model I'm surprisingly happy about. Must be that silly cloak.

Another Skorne model I'm surprisingly happy about. Must be that silly cloak.

Skorne Bloodrunners

Decent variety, nice sense of movement with these. Can't wait to have more stuff I've painted come kill my army.

Decent variety, nice sense of movement with these. Can't wait to have more stuff I've painted come kill my army.

Skorne Tyrant Commander & Standard Bearer

OK. The Tyrant is wearing a bad-ass helmet. Why the hell can't more Skorne models wear cool helmets like this? Seriously.

OK. The Tyrant is wearing a bad-ass helmet. Why the hell can't more Skorne models wear cool helmets like this? Seriously.

Overall, I think these models look great. I’m not sure when I’ll find time to paint the commissions, but when do I ever? Out of all of those, I think Calandra and Mohsar are my favorites. I can’t wait to paint Calandra — she’ll look stunning in bright pink and there’s so much character in that model (another great concept sketch by Chris Walton).

I’m a lot more excited about Metamorphosis now that we’ve finally been able to see some of the sculpts. Now to just get my hands on them…


Terrain?

April 10, 2009

I had a request from a local gamer for some of the terrain I built for the last C2A tour. He wanted 4 each of the 4″x6″ and 6″x8″ forests, and the 4″x8″ water feature.
I thought I would document some of the progress and a little of the “how to” involved. These are pretty simple, and I learned some things after the first set I made, so these are going pretty quick.
I picked up a few sheets of sheet styrene (.75mm is fairly sturdy and easy to cut with household scissors) and cut out the pieces I was going to need for the appropriate size of terrain. I ended up with 4 extra pieces of 4″x6″ cards that I will use for more terrain for the LGS, probably wait until I know what will be needed for the new tour. I then rounded the corners and added some curves to get them looking like this:

4"x8" water feature, before paint

4"x8" water feature, before paint

The next step for the water features was to throw a blue foundation coat on one side.

Blue foundation coat

Blue foundation coat

I then took a brown foundation around the edges where I intend to glue down the basing material.

Brown foundation around the edges.

Brown foundation around the edges.

Throwing down the base coats

Throwing down the base coats

The next step was to lay down a coat of Cygnar Blue Base where the deeper water will be, and Meridius Blue in the shallow parts. I allowed for the basing material I will be putting in as islands.
At this point I am letting the paint dry. The intent is to build up the basing ballast around the edges enough so I can use a water effect to give the terrain a little realism. I will of course add flock and bigger rocks to give some variation and personality to the pieces.

The forests are pretty easy as well. Having already cut them out to the needed sizes, I rounded the corners and added curves much like the water features.

4"x6" forest terrain, ready for paint.

4"x6" forest terrain, ready for paint.

Here is something that I learned from last time using foundation green paint, it doesn’t cover well, and I get bored painting the same thing. So I got creative (and I didn’t want to paint 8 pieces of green terrain), and went to the local hardware shop and picked up a can of camouflage green spray paint. It wasn’t raining today, so I headed outside, laid down some newspaper, and proceeded to paint the quick and easy way.

Painted forest bases.

Painted forest bases.

The next step will be to apply flock to the forests. I will be using a mixture of static grass, dirt and underbrush looking flock, and some bigger rocks.
I will either work on this tomorrow (I am itching to get some MKII games in) or over the weekend, but I will update my progress and hopefully have some finished product to show off.

Thanks for checking in-

scott


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