Monday, March 24, 2014

Ready to Rock and Roll

Paint pots prepared. Pallet positioned. Aliens aligned. Brushes... I dunno, bristled?
I'll be painting this last Grey squad today, followed by my last squadron of walkers. That means as soon as I varnish them the army is done! Time to get down to business.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

And... FTW!!!

After a long, devoted day of painting her it is. The big stompy robot. Now I'm but a single Alien squad and a pair of "Broadsides" away from acrylic completion. Then varnishing of course, but one step at a time. Soon(ish) my invasion force will crush the lesser species beneath their boots of doom!

Blue -> Silver

Done with the blue, onto the silver. All of it will eventually be metallic purple, so stay tuned as the robot develops!

Step Two: The Blue

Now I'm on to the next step, the blue bits. I'm starting to run a bit low on blue, so I'm getting concerned. It's also a bit frustrating using an old large-ish brush to apply this layer. I really can't use a medium brush (and retain my sanity) so if I slip up I get blue onto the magenta. Next I'll be adding some white to the blue, or maybe I'll add the black stripes. That way if I slip up on the black I can add highlights to cover the bits that go outside the lines.

First thing's first however. a bit of blue ink in the seams.

The Long Slog Begins

Today I'm starting the second "Riptide" for my Greys. As you can see I've basecoated the exposed workings with magenta. As of just now I inked the gubbins, and the "mini" (if you can call it that) has been set aside to dry for the next 40 minutes or so. I'll get back to the retouching of the magenta soon. I'll update throughout the day as I make progress.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Another Day Another Squad

One more squad closer to the finish line! Yep, my Greys have yet another squad ready to hit the battlefield (barring varnishing). this means that I have only one "Riptide", one "Broadside" squad, and one last alien squad to go before the army is fully painted. Once everything is done I'll need to strike out into the world and see if I can get a game in. I'd probably enjoy taking these lil' fellas out to a tourney, but...

1) They're not Citadel Miniatures.
2) Tournaments are pretty much exclusively held on Sundays around here (a day I must be at work).
3) Being as they're small some jerk would most likely accuse me of MFA (Modelling For Advantage).
4) I would totally need to get the TO's approval before bringing these fellas.
5) They're all "counts as" (NOT proxies- there is a difference) and this may confuse some people.
6) Tournaments around here are usually 2,000 points, and this army is only 1,850.

The list goes on and on. This basically relegates them to a "friendly game only" status, which is fine, I just need to get some friendly games in.

Tomorrow I'll be starting on the second of the big robots. I'm not a fan of painting these suckers, so I want to get it out of the way before I run out of steam again. With only three units to go until completion of the army however, I'm pretty sure this is a project that I'll get done soon.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Grey Alien Kick in the Rump

More painting of Grey Aliens. I finished my first two heavy robots (Broadsides). As you can see the minis are designed to fit on 50mm bases, and there are no GW bases of that size, so 60mm bases it is. I went ahead and put a Grey next to them to show their size (in comparison to an admittedly tiny mini).

 Now the figure case is looking much more full. There's a missing squad off to the right there, which is normally occupied by the squad pictured below. They are my mission for today, but as you can see in the horribly out of focus picture below I have a fair bit of work ahead of me. 

Ever onward and upward. Next: blue armor. Then grey, black, purple metal, and squad markings. Back to the grind!

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Sort of a Twofer

I forgot to put this up. It's a picture of my potential DreadBall uniform. I'm partial to the pink & black, and I've gotten nothing but hate for it, but I guess that means I'll be entering my "forget them, I like it"phase of my painting career. I have some tweaks to make once I get my actual team, but despite popular opinion my monkeys be wearin' pink, and they be proud!

Tournament Results, a Break, and Back in the Saddle.

Above is the army I took to the Warhammer tournament. I basically got stomped. Two things were learned- I am way out of practice, and Skaven are no longer my tournament army of choice. Ogres all the way!

After that showing I took a bit of a break. No assembly, no purchases, no painting, no wargaming save a touch of X-Wing with Demitra. On that front I did finally pull a couple out against him (I don't ever remember winning, though he assures me I have). TIE swarms for the win, baby!

After that Demitra introduced me to DreadBall. now I am hooked. I mean to the point I bought into the Kickstarter for DreadBall Xtreme. Now to pick up the Space Bugs and Space Monkey Clones. This is not a cheap game to buy into, I'm looking at over $100, but that's far better than a Warhammer army (or Warmachine). As long as there's an opportunity to play it'll be money well spent.

Finally, yesterday I finally fulfilled my vow to pick up painting my Grey Aliens where I left off. Haters be damned, I'm going to do this thing. Wish me luck.

Oh, and go buy my Cygnar stuff off of eBay. It's extremely cheap for what it is. My wife is selling it, just search "Painted Cygnar" and look for the stuff on the gaming board. Shameless plug over.