Monday, 23 February 2015

Terrain is everything - Project Ω - Realm of Battle Board - TO DONE!

Well, that's it, I finally got my Realm of Battle Board done, in time for 'Dave's 40k @ 40' tournament. This weekend me and my gaming crew will be having a mini tournament much like our 'Game of Throne of Skulls' this time it's to celebrate my birthday, it was the wife's idea and as there was only five of us, Ben offered his house as a venue. PeteB will be there in the afternoon so hopefully we can get the competition out of the way and have some X-Wing later. Given my mixed emotions about my birthday it was thought a day spent in the world of fictional superhumans fighting in space might help me through it. So I can't thank the guys and the wife enough for letting me play toy soldiers, so look forward to some battle reports.

Anyway, the board got two coats of matt varnish. I had a squeaky bum moment with the second coat where some of the varnish looked a bit milky...

Lucky it all dried transparent and felt durable, although I did catch a nail on the edge while I was putting it away and stripped a bit of paint off!

As you can see I added some yellow flock too, just in some crevices for a little more detail and visual fun.

I'm really chuffed with it even if some is not quite as realistic as I'd imagined but that flock is a nightmare to work with so I'm happy.

Fingers crossed it stays stuck to the board.

So my 500ml bottle of varnish used about 100ml for the first coat and another 100ml for the second so you could probably get the 250ml for all six board. I could have done a third coat but I didn't want to risk it. Still I can use it on other stuff.

These are higher resolution images but I'm not sure if they're any better but there's plenty of pics to feast your eyes.

Just note on the edge of the stones there are some touch ups on paint chips that I forgot to blend in with some Pumpkin/Vermilion shading. I'll probably touch it up again at some point maybe set up a day were I fix any chips once a year.

I decided to put some terrain on the board, just to give it a bit of variety, hopefully there'll be some proper in game shots that will make it more exciting.

Just look how much of that hand gel has evaporated from my Plasma Generator!

And here's the Red Stamp of Approval! After so long and so many 'snafus' I'm really glad to get this off my list, not that I've really got anywhere to store/play with it ;) Apparently I'll be getting a shed later in the year and move all my hobby stuff out there, until then it's in the bag in the garage.

Friday, 20 February 2015


It was back in September when I hit 500,000 page views and if I'm honest I'd considered not celebrating them until the cool million but I decided people clicking on my blog was actually worth thanking, not necessarily showing off. However, the stats say I managed this in roughly 5 months as opposed to the last 100,000 which took six. What is more shocking is the sad fact I've reduced my posting and haven't had quite the big projects to justify the page views, at least not like I had last year with the Tyranid Skyshield Landing Pad.

So I can only reiterate my great thanks to those who continue to visit -THANKS! There are some interesting things in the pipeline, despite recent posts suggesting I was stuck mojo-wise. It's fair to say things are not quite as frenetic as they were last year but I am making progress, just slowly and surely. Stuff is getting done I just need to find time to record what I'm doing so I can share it with you all and get my head back in the game. Just you wait, when I clear the decks of those pending models from my last post, what wonders I will have to share.

So, until 700,000 thanks once again, you're the best.

Wednesday, 18 February 2015

What's on my palette?

Bless me readers for I have sinned, it's been nearly three months since my last confession. Where am I at? Well currently my head is all over the place. I'm getting stuff done, but If I was to prepare a hobby matrix, blogging would certainly be low on the list. I managed to push along with my Deathwing, I think at this stage I'd done the first set of highlightws on at least three of the fiver Terminators [with the 6th in the background for reference].

I then got them all done and hit a wall with the Crux Terminatus, which is odd because that's supposed to be FerronProxima stone, so it's just the Vermillion and Pumpkin shading of the base. However, I think I just saw it as a lot of faffing with not much reward when I could be getting be doing...

...this. Yes I went with the flow and started painting 'nids, at least I didn't touch the 30 Genestealers though! Still, Deathleaper got his base coats and washes

As did my second Carnifex, spare heads and weapons. I'd been anticipating a couple of pairs of Fleshborer Hives from a trade, but that fell through thanks to the other guy's car being broken into, which included the envelope with my bits in his bag and the guy's electric guitar and amp. So I couldn't be too miffed considering his loss. Still, I managed to find a couple of pairs on a German ebay auction. I'm thinking that mught be the way to go in future - stop searching for Tyranids and look for 'Tyraniden' or whatever foreign words translate to the bit I'm needing. Unfortunately I got stung for postage in that additional items were free, except you had to complete the purchase to get them which meant I had to buy and pay for 2 left arms with €4 postage, getting the second arm free postage and then buy and pay for 2 right arms [as the this was a separate auction - bitz sellers, tsk!] with €4 postage, getting the second arm free. So I ended up paying €8 for postage when it should have been €4. In the end I think it came to £12, expensive bits but still cheaper than getting Forgeworld Devourers.

Anyway, whilst I'm throuwing nids back into the pile I'll probably finish this guy off too!

And of course I'm hoping to get this done.

But Like I say my head is all over the place. I feel massive compulsion to get stuff done, there are elements I feel I HAVE to paint, or build, but it's a bit overwhelming and insufficent to overcome my hobby inertia [have I got that right, inertia is a concept I really struggle with]. The fact is I am painting and hobbying but in small doses, certainly not to the level I would wish and kicking into another gear is really tough. Gaming is also in short supply however, me and the gaming crew are looking to have a little mini event in a week or so and that could be the impetus we need. I get to finally try the Tyrannocytes and see the new Necrons in phase or phase in.