Friday, January 3, 2020

2019 - A Very Productive & Successful Year

My hobby goals for 2019 were -

1.  Paint more figures than in 2018.  So, I have to paint more than 121 figures.

Massively succeeded in this with a grand total of 308 figures painted! Ranging in scales from 6mm up to 75mm.

2. Play more miniatures games than in 2018.  So play more than 6 games. This will tie in with another goal further down the list.

Only played 6 miniatures games this year which is somewhat of a bummer but that'll change in 2020 I'm guessing. See more soon.

3. Complete two opposing forces for any period/genre.

I completed THREE forces for Vietnam in 15mm. ANZAC, NVA, and VC companies for Charlie Don't Surf were finished this year!

4. Kickoff my Gothic Horror/Steampunk campaign.

Nope, didn't even complete enough figures to make this viable, so we'll add this to the list for 2020.

5. Start a games club.  We have the interest and the name already, just got to get organized about it.

Kind of a success. We had a couple game nights and we have 13 willing "members" just coordinating and scheduling is still an issue. Another thing to improve in 2020.

6. Concentrate on smaller scales.  I have a ton of 2mm-20mm projects and I'm going to strive to focus on them this year.

Well over 200 of the completed miniatures were 6mm and 15mm so! Success!

7. Complete a metric shed load of terrain.  At LEAST double 2018's 6 pieces.  So goal of 12 pieces.

I finished 40 pieces of terrain in 2019, ranging from scatter terrain all the way to buildings. Success!

8. Finish my core platoon of German infantry for Chain of Command in 15mm.

Base platoon is finished and has been badly bloodied twice by those dastardly Soviets. Success!

9. Support small business.  The likes of Bad Squiddo, Forged in Battle, Peter Pig, Irregular, Baccus etc.

I can't even begin to list all the little companies I ordered from this year, but they've all been great. Special shoutout to Irregular Miniatures and Fenris Games for their stellar service and communication! Success.

10. Play every boardgame and miniatures ruleset in my collection.  That's going to take a lot of work, but should be a fun endeavor!

Hahahahahaahaahahahaha. Yeah, this didn't happen. That being said, 32 Games were played 115 times last year with 22 different players! Here's to 2020 being even better!

Happy New Year All!!!

Friday, November 8, 2019

Mythic Battles Figures, Zombicide & BadSquiddo Dwarves

Finished up a couple more figures - 

First up: Atlanta and the Minotaur from Mythic Battles: Pantheon. I'm...ambivalent with how they turned out.  I could've done a better job but I'm not going back to redo them.  Hearing rumors that Mythic Battles: Ragnarok is coming in June 2020 so better start saving pennies! 

Next up - On the left is the dwarf from the main game of Zombicide - Black Plague. Characterful bugger with a unibrow and an annoying mold line I missed on his hand.

On the right is a Badsquiddo Games female dwarf from the recent kickstarter. Once again, enormous fun to paint. Decided to go with a Shaolin Monk inspired paint scheme on her. Love how she turned out!

2019 Finished Figures - 308
2019 Finished Terrain - 40
2019 Games Played - 6

Monday, October 28, 2019

BadSquiddo Viking Slingers and Footsore Blood Eagle

I haven't been inactive since finishing up the forces for Long Tan at Recruits.  I just haven't had a lot of time and lets be honest, when I don't have a lot of hobby time - I'd rather paint vs blog. The game was relatively well received.  A couple players weren't fans of the card based mechanics but everyone said they had fun.  I was so busy on the day that I didn't get any pictures :(  I'll do better next time, I promise.

On to what I've been working on - 

These four viking slingers from BadSquiddo were a BLAST to paint.  Annie hires sculptors that sculpt with "ease of painting" in mind.  I have a lot of Badsquiddo figures still to do, and I'm very much looking forward to doing them. 

Next up we have this "Blood Eagle" vignette from Footsore Miniatures.  It will probably be used as either a terrain piece or an objective marker in games of SAGA or maybe Dux Brit.  It's a brutally evocative piece that was somewhat unpleasant to paint, but I firmly believe that one of the reasons we game these periods is to remember the history. History was not clean and proper and we HAVE to remember that to prevent it from happening again. 

That's all I have for today. More updates coming soon!

2019 Finished Figures - 304
2019 Finished Terrain - 40
2019 Games Played - 6

Sunday, September 15, 2019

D Coy, 6RAR

I've now finished everything I HAVE to get done figure wise for Lard Summit.

These 76 Aussies bring D Coy up to strength. Mix of Battlefront, Peter Pig, and Flashpoint miniatures.  The best part of all is - I FINISHED 76 figures in ONE (1) day. In betwixt mowing the yard and doing other household chores. Hurrah!

Primed with Army Painter: Army Green Spray primer.

Blocking in done.

After the Ink Wash

After Ink Wash



The whole of D Company
In the above picture - Back row is 10 Plt, 11 Plt, and 12 Plt. Front Row is - HQ Plt.

I'm quite pleased with how they turned out.

Now on to the terrain. Spent about an hour today doing table layout and cut out 25 area terrain bases to make a representative Rubber Plantation. Balancing maneuverability of bases of troops with pleasing aesthetic and historical accuracy. I've got a lot to do in the next two weeks. I sure do hope I have enough trees. 

2019 Finished Figures - 299
2019 Finished Terrain - 19
2019 Games Played - 3  

Monday, September 9, 2019

Viet Cong D445 Battalion

Progress continues apace for the Recruits Convention in Lee Summit, Missouri at the end of this month, Sept. 27-29.  On the 28th I, along with Jay Arnold of the Veteran Wargamer podcast and some of his mates will be running "Lard Summit"; a Toofatlardies event of all day Lardie games.  My submission will be the aforementioned in other blog updates "Battle of Long Tan".

To that end, my hobby and painting time has been stress-fully trying to get everything done that's needed for the game.  In the last couple days, I've finally finished off a company of the D445 Local Force Battalion for the Viet Cong. Follows is some WIP photos and then at the very end, the finished company.

This was when I was borderline panicking because I had sooo much to do.

Batch painting once you get into the swing of things isn't actually that bad.

A finished Plt. with bases tarted up.

A pic to show the effectiveness of the "bamboo tufts".

Another finished Plt.

My third and final attempt at freehanding a star onto their flag.

The full company, plus sniper team.

Batch painting is not as bad as I originally thought once I got into the swing of things.  Now, I just have 2 Platoons of Australians of D Coy, 6RAR and a Platoon of M113's from A Coy, 6RAR. Oh; and all the terrain. So no big deal. I have 18 days. Better get cracking.

2019 Finished Figures - 223
2019 Finished Terrain - 19
2019 Games Played - 3

Thursday, August 22, 2019

275th Regiment - Peoples Army of North Vietnam

A quick update today as I'm cracking on with prepping for "LARD SUMMIT"; a gathering of Lardie gamers playing Toofatlardies games at the Recruits gaming convention in Lee Summit, MO on the 28th of Sept. 2019.

The game I'm going to be putting on is part of The Battle of Long Tan between the NVA/VC against D Coy, 6th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment - using "Charlie Don't Surf".

To that end, I've just finished off a Company of NVA regulars of the 275th Regiment -

These figures are from Battlefront and were bloody awful. Tons of flash, odd scaled weapons...just terrible.  If I had it to do over again, I'd buy all Peter Pig. I hope they turned out ok, and the bamboo/underbrush tufts really help I think.

Now to get on with Viet Cong, more Aussies, terrain, supports etc. Till next time!

2019 Finished Figures - 150
2019 Finished Terrain - 19
2019 Games Played - 3

Monday, July 29, 2019

Survivors & Boardgame Figures

Quick update - On the left: Finished Reaper Chronoscope Zombie Apocalypse Survivor. On the right: "Not Herschel" from Studio Miniatures. Love both of these figures. Super fun to paint up.

Left - Reaper Survivor. Right - Herschel from Studio Miniatures
Next, we have a couple boardgame figures in the continuing saga of trying to be able to play them with painted bits. Mythic Battles: Pantheon goddess Athena, and Zombicide: Black Plague Plague Doctor. 

Rather annoyed I missed that mold line on the back of his head.

2019 Finished Figures - 88
2019 Finished Terrain - 19
2019 Games Played - 3