23 Apr 2018

Plugging away

I managed to finish off the wall sections and gate house for my planned 30K strongpoint attack games. All the pieces in this were great to paint and I'm pleased I've painted them all together to keep the colour scheme consistent.

The appearance of the sun lately meant I got to do some spraying as well. The Sylvaneth were done along with the ridiculously large crane that I brought from TTCombat a while back.

I've also started the base colours on the Sylvaneth. I want to get the bulk of them done over the next month or so to enable me to focus back upon Pulp City and the VSF stuff.

My tally was helped with finishing stuff but blown out again by the recent purchasing of some Forgebane stuff. Still, at least I am getting stuff painted.

Purchased: 118
Painted:     -145

Net:           -27


10 Apr 2018

Some progress....

...but it doesn't feel like much.

I've been plugging away at my new AoS army. The Sylvaneth are all together now apart from the GW woods which I need to do but I want to do the army first.

Dryads are done baring the 4 I've still got coming. I got 48 Dryads with the starter sets but I wanted to round that up to 50 so I'd have full units so I ordered a sprue of 4 to get me to the 50 mark. I was then later sipping all the spares away and discovered that some of the bits from Treelord sprues work well combined with dryad bits. That gave me another 8 dryads emerging from the ground and will take me up to 60 once the extra sprue arrives! Nice!

The big 'uns are some nice models but ooooh soooo spikey! Now to wait for dry weather so I spray the little beggers.

Last night I wanted to paint so the scenery for my 30K siege plan got bumped up the queue. Just the first grey colour applied with a heavy drybrush but its a start.


7 Apr 2018

GoG X - The army begins!........ Just not the one I was first planning.....

Well, my resolution to start and finish an Empire/Free Peoples army lasted exactly one post and one long session sticking almost everything I needed together.  "Why on earth is that?" I hear you ask.... well, I blame the Butterfly.  You see, I'd prepped and sprayed some elves (aelves now I suppose under GW's new IP conscious naming conventions.....) and I thought to myself "you know, I think I'll finish these off before starting the Free Peoples".  And whilst doing this, I looked on eBay and "accidentally" found 40 more GW elves that I liked the look of.  I put in a moderate bid, expecting to get beaten and then promptly went and won it.  My mind was then made up, Aelves it would be!  I already had a fair few hanging around looking for a reason to get painted, so the plan was amended......

And just a couple of days late, here are my first 350 points for March.  First up, the offending aelves who had been sprayed and who caused this change of decision.....
30 spear aelves, ready for action.  These are the old high elf sculpts and as GW has basically disowned this line as they no longer sell them, they only have old legacy rules and don't seem to work as part of any type of army.  So I've decided to use most of the army as "Wanderers", who are wood elves to old school players. 
The army will be from the old High Elf territory of Chrace, which is famed for its rugged countryside, forests and wild lions.  Yep, lions :)  I figure that ties the whole wood elf thing in nicely.  An old ebay win included 32 Finecast Chrace shields and it seemed like the perfect time to use them.

As I look at these pictures I note that one of them still needs the black edging done on his base!  I'll head off to do that after posting this.... These lads come to 210 points for the unit, so here's the rest of my painting work to get to the 330-ish target - Lion Rangers!

These chaps are the elite of the fighting force of Chrace, so massive double handed axes and angry expressions all round it is then.  I've got a load more of these to paint as they were my surprise eBay win, so it's a good job I enjoyed painting them!  Even if they do have enough fur to make PETA march angrily on GW HQ en masse.....
140 points for these chaps, so 350 painted this month and probably more Lion Rangers next month before the more unusual units begin......

.....unless another army grabs my attention of course!

24 Mar 2018

The Slow meander to GoGX continues

Once upon a Snow Day.

You have to love the UK and our inability to deal with snow. There was a rush on milk and bread around where I live so much so that the Co-Op was actually out of stock until the replenishment lorry could back up the slope to their delivery door.

The Snowpocalypse has truly arrived and as at least one flake had managed to lay on the road I opted to "work from home". Ahem.

After 5 weeks without a full weekend thanks to a work project it was just nice to sit down, kick back and paint again. Here then are my latest additions to the SilverFox Challenge and no this is not the GoGX army yet...

First up we have a Khorgorath. This chap represents the Khorne Bloodbound faction and has been sat base-coated in red for a very, very long time.

He's part of the original starter set and stands 70mm tall. There is a huge amount of skulls and bones and I opted for a slightly muted highlight as otherwise it threatened to overpower the other colours!
I decided at the last minute to give his eyes a blue glow as I couldn't see his face in among the bones.
And I tried out some blending with the purple and red skintones. I'm quite pleased with the results. Thank you Duncan :-)
Next up is a Skaven contraption called a Warpfire Thrower. It's basically a flame thrower with more magic. It also has the ability to explode if I get too carried away when using it... good old Skaven. I opted for a nice yellow warpfire with green smoke because, well, because I could!
The Skaven themselves are painted with the usual Grey and Purple outfits. I like purple.
And finally I managed to get the Vulcharcs completed so they can join the Kairic Acolyte squad and cause pain to magic users.
I kept the feathers green so that they match the feathers in the bird handler's head (yes those feathers are in his head!).
You only need 1 in a squad but the boxset came with 2 so what the heck eh?
I've put them temporarily on flying stands held on by blu-tac whilst I come up with a more permanent solution.
So there we are then. More AoS goodness or Chaosiness...

What's the tally now then?
(The birds don't count as they are part of the already scored Kairic Acolytes)

b/fwd 810
Khorgorath 80
Warpfire Thrower 70

Total 960 / 3650 or 26% complete!

Days since the challenge began 93
Target points after 93 days = 930

Still on Target!!

I have a couple more models to finish before I begin GoGX. Back soon!


19 Mar 2018

Progress from the weekend

I've managed to finish off most of the Pulp City scatter stuff which pleases me immensely. Its been sat around for a while now and it is good to get it done and dusted.

Next up is the Mechanicus Galvanic Servohaulers. Lovely kits! They've had a good dry brushing of Tin Bits and some bronaze to start and then a odd bits have been picked out with Oily Steel. Onto the bodywork next to add some colour.

The additional scatter stuff has really helped the tally as well.

Purchased:    86

Painted:        -138

Net:              -53

Happy with that!


16 Mar 2018



Bins and Cones finished! 39 pieces done is great for my tally.

Purchased:  85
Painted:      -101

NET:           -16

Very happy to be back in negative numbers again. I've got a couple more purchases in the not so distant future, namely the next two Nef which are imminent and also a gang for Shadespire.......apparently. Not sure how that happened.

Oh yeah. Someone mentioned new figures and I jumped on it quicker than a cat on a keyboard.

I've also got a little bit of scratch building to do as I have road works lighting and railings, Cones and also skips but I really could do with a dug up hole for the stuff to go around. Shouldn't take longer to cobble a bit of broken tarmac together.

What next? More scatter for Pulp City. It's quick and really fun to paint the random items like a broken TV and a bullet holed fridge.

Can't wait!


15 Mar 2018

Heroes, Villains and some everyday folk.

I’ve started putting together the Sylvaneth at work in my lunchtimes but it’s going to take a while so I’m all fired up to get a few more things painted at home whilst that progresses.

Painting the unique figures is a real dose of fresh air that I do enjoy every now and then. It lets you go a little further on a figure than you normally can.

Hence these two.

I couldn’t resist with Mr Patriot. I’d starred at him for a while unwilling to commit to a boring dark suited hitman type thing. Not sure where the idea came from but I was sold. It took me longer than I would normally spend painting a figure but it makes me smile so was worth it!
The camo cape was fun as well. I kept the rest of her plainish to emphasis the cloak.

Gotta have some people living in Pulp City!

These two big uglies have been sat unfinished for ages so it is a pleasure to get them completed.

Clearing this lot off of the painting queue was nice and I enjoyed the pulp city vibe so decided to try and get some of the loose scatter started as well. They shouldn’t take long.

So 14 figures finished changes the tally for the better.

Purchased          85

Painted               -62

NET                   23