Monday, January 1, 2018

Happy New Year 2018!

Hello All,

Lets hope 2018 is a better year than all before it!

I have been away for a while and would like to say that I will be back in force this year, but one of the things I am trying to do for 2018 is not over-extend myself when it comes to what I can and cannot do. My life has gotten very busy over the last few years (those that know me know what I am talking about.) 

That said it should be pretty easy to beat 2017's 6 posts for the year. Hell I am already 1/6 of the way there. :)  I preparation of the new year I have also updated my Blog image. I hope you like it.

For those that are newer to this spot here are the previous Blog images I have used. I had a lot of fun putting them together.

The original from 2010. I used it until early 2013 when I decided to change it. 

The first time I changes it I made this picture. My inspiration was the
NOVA Open's Narrative theme that year Invasion DC.

The update for 2014. Inspired by a model used in NOVA Open's Charity raffle.

The 2015 Update. Inspired by a really weird day.

2016 Update. Yes that is the dead Blood Angel from the Space Hulk. The background is a
spacescape I painted for a different project, but thought it would look good here as well.
2017- This was my first attempt using AOS as the theme.

The current image. very different from my normal work and a
lot simpler. but it has a certain charm that I like. 

Well here is to a great year and hopefully a crap ton of content. I have a lot of projects that have been on hold for most of the last year and this might be the year I get to some of them.  Here is hoping anyway...

Till next time


Saturday, November 18, 2017

Back in force soon!

Hello All,

On June 30th of this year, I moved out of my apartment and took up refugee status in my wife’s parents’ basement. As a result, finding time and space to engage in hobby activities has been difficult, to say the least.

Any time I decided to airbrush, I had to go out to their screened in deck. It took time to set everything up and it all had to be taken down and put away again before I could wrap up for the day, so I needed several hours uninterrupted and half of that was spent on setup and breakdown. As you can imagine, that was extremely frustrating.

Painting by hand was a little better, but I still needed to be mindful of setup and breakdown. I was able to commandeer some space in my father-in-law’s office by trading my services as a pack mule (carrying in groceries) and page (cleaning his guns).

I also started working on creating decorative bases using green stuff and Textured rolling pins from Green stuff world. This was the easiest one to engage in and was rewarding for the first couple months. But how many decorative bases do you need, right? So, I was forced to find ways to actually paint.

Normally, painting is a daily activity for me that allows me to relax and re-center. After going on five months with only sporadic painting, I’m not easy to live with. Fortunately, my wife is far scarier than I am, so if I get out of line, she can easily stuff me back in my place.

Pretty soon, I’ll have my studio setup in the new house and I’ll be back to regular painting. This is good because considering how expensive buying and outfitting a house is, there’s no way I could afford therapy at this point.


Friday, September 15, 2017

NOVA Open 2017

Hi All,

I just posted my quick recap of the event on the Road to NOVA Blog.

Here is the link:



Wednesday, May 17, 2017

First Game of Shadow War

Hello All,

This past weekend I was finally able to get a game of Shadow War Armageddon going with my son. Our board is pictured above. The main structure is the old Necromunda starter set (Which still holds up after all these years.) and some terrain from Infinity that I picked up from the NOVA Open last year. It has been a long time since I used an all card stock table and it felt really nostalgic. The mat is a F.A.T mat "factory"

We decided to play Scenario 1. Essentially the "pitched battle" variation for this game.

The forces

I chose to use Skitarii (Dark Mechanicum) made from leftover Skitarii parts, Deadzone Zombies, and War Game factory Great Coat troopers.

All were armed with ether G. Rifles or R. Carbines. The leader had a R. Pistol. 3 had Frag Grenades  (but never got a chance to use them.)

My opponent chose the Space Wolves.

7 wolf Brothers armed with Bolt Pistol and Combat blades. No other upgrades were chosen.

Everyone posing for an after action group shot
The game did not go so well for me as you will see.

My Deployment

Space Wolf Deployment
The wolves took the first turn and ran full tilt
forward staying in cover... mostly

The Space Wolf Sergeant and one brother ran out
on the walkway in a cinematic charge.
My forces also moved forward and ran when they had to to get in position.

End of round 1 positions
From here things got ugly. My shooting was ineffective and though I got several hits the wolves were able to save off most or roll a 1 on the wound chart and get flesh wounds rather than actual damage. They also utilized the Space Marine ability to quickly remove being pinned. This allowed them to run at me very quickly and at pretty much fill strength. 

The Marines are now in shooting range

I did have some snipers ready to blast him though.

Unfortunately one of those snipers was shot off the ledge
and  fell 6", but managed to stay alive

Marines under the walkway moving forward unopposed. 

two more marines advancing on one of my sniper positions.
I had to move him forward so I could not go into overwatch.
(I should have kept him back and on overwatch)

A different angle of the same action.

Seeing that the marines were getting too close for comfort I moved my leader off of the cargo container and out of LOS. It did not help. Damn those Marines move fast!

Me being slick

Meanwhile the two marines that went after the
sniper confronted him head on. You can guess how this went.

One of the marines was able to reach my leader with a 10" charge.
There fight was kind of epic.

Always moving in pairs the second Marine moves in to support his buddy.

The Marine Sergeant finally manages to make into hand to hand.
It's pretty much over at this point. 
The two marines that fought the sniper took him out without difficulty. The Marine Sergeant took out the Skitarri in front of him. In the shooting phase his partner shot and wounded another sniper. so at this point I was down 4 fighters (3 of this in that turn) so it was time for a bottle roll. I rolled an 11 and fled the board. 

The positions at the very end of the game.
Victory to the Space Wolves! (Boo Hiss) 

Over all it was a fun game and I look forward to the rematch. I plan to take some time to rethink my list and hopefully come out with a victory.

Till next time


Monday, May 8, 2017

The Glottkin painted at last

Hello all,

Early On

Last September (2016) I was invited to join the Victory Gamer's group for an Age of Sigmar 15 week campaign. I decided to play my (Then very basic and badly painted) Nurgle Daemon army. Over the weeks of this campaign I built and painted (not to mention repainted) a ton of units for this and a mortal Nurgle army. I will post a complete list with Pictures once I get it all together.

One of the pieces I purchased for the Mortal arm of the army was the Glottkin. This was before I discovered just how awesome the Harbinger of decay is.

This guy is amazing in the game.

During The Campaign

Anyway it sat in its box for some time before I decided to assemble it in December. Unfortunately before I finished assembling it the campaign was over and I lost the urge to tackle it. So it sat on a shelf, assembled, but not painted (or even on a base.)

Post Campaign

One day in February I applied a few layers of paint with my airbrush (Primer and a few base coats) and started working on the other brother Glott, but only for a little while before I moved onto something else. and that is the way it stayed until mid April when I learned that I would be moving soon and would have to pack it up for a while (4-6 MONTHS) no way was I going to leave it in this state for that long!

I started painting like mad on it and last week I finished it to a state I am happy with.

I give you

The Glottkin! (Or Nurglings day out)

I used Water effects with white paint to make the splashing effects.

I am quite pleased with how the big fellow came out. Let me know what you think.

As a teaser for next time here is a quick video of the army I took when I was repacking it.

Right HERE

Till Next time!