Monday, July 17, 2017

Baker Company Winter War Soviets First Wave

My first batch of Baker Company Winter War Soviets (from their long-ago Kickstarter campaign) are finally finished. Below you can see pictures of the finished first wave (consisting of 6 squads of 10 infantry each and an officer with three infantrymen accompanying) plus two commissars and a standard bearer from the second wave of stretch goal extras. If you're interested in how I painted them, you can find all the details in my previous post: Painting Winter War Soviets. I came up with a pretty quick method that allowed me to paint this many infantry relatively (for me) quickly. Since what is pictured only amounts to about 600 some odd points for Bolt Action, I still have quite a lot more painting to do, including all the other Kickstarter extras. Let me know what you think so far.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Kingdom Death Monster - Olympus Year 8

Kingdom Death
Dionysus and Aphrodite depart with first-time hunters Apollo and Artemis to search for a young (level 1) screaming antelope. Dionysus carries his twilight sword while Aphrodite carries the scrap sword and wears the skull of Ares (skull helm) on her head. They have only cloth for armor, letting the new hunters Apollo and Artemis wear the full suits of rawhide armor. Apollo carries a bone axe, while Artemis has only bone darts to fight with, and wears the cat eye circlet to help direct the attacks of the others to the most vulnerable parts of the monster.

While they travel, Aphrodite's cloth armor is destroyed in a patch of sharp grass. The hunt is otherwise fairly uneventful, and the survivors soon find signs of a young screaming antelope. They also find a fresh monster corpse nearby. They decide to wait near the dead monster hoping the antelope would be drawn to it to investigate.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Warhammer Quest Centaurs (Reaper Miniatures)

Warhammer Quest
I've finished painting six Reaper Miniatures centaurs for use in Warhammer Quest. Games Workshop doesn't have centaur miniatures, so this is what we went with way back when we were first playing Warhammer Quest. I tried out several different horse colors to give some variation to the identical miniatures. I haven't painted many horses so I was experimenting, but I think these turned out pretty well.

Have a look below and let me know what you think of the results.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Kingdom Death Monster - Olympus Year 7

Kingdom Death
Dionysus, Athena II, Hades, and the newly born green savior Helen head out in search of a (level 1) white lion. Dionysus and Helen each wear a full suit of rawhide armor, while Athena II wears a skull helm. Dionysus carries his twilight sword, Helen is armed with the scrap sword, Athena II carries the butcher's cleaver, and Hades is armed with the king spear and also carries some bandages.

One night while out on the hunt, Dionysus and Athena both experience night terrors, and are affected in different ways. Dionysus becomes traumatized by what he sees (will fall down if adjacent to a monster at the end of his act) while Athena II is henceforth gripped with indecision. Later in their journey, they discover a lion sculpture, the examination of which imparts some additional understanding of the world to them, which results in an increase in their insanity.

Soon after, the group locates the object of their hunt.

Monday, May 8, 2017

HMGS MidWest Little Wars 2017 Convention

I attended the Little Wars 2017 convention in Lombard Illinois on April 28th. Unfortunately I was only able to attend on the convention on Friday. There were a lot of events I was interested in scheduled for Saturday and Sunday as well that I had to miss out on. Even so, was able to play in two games: a Hail Caesar game of Romans vs Britons, and a Black Powder game of Poles vs Russians set during the Polish uprising of 1794. And I found some bargains in the dealer hall and flea market. I also took some pictures of the other games that were set up Friday morning. Have a look below for my general pictures of other games, followed by pictures of the two games I played with details of the how the games went.

Monday, May 1, 2017

Painting Winter War Soviets

I have finalized my process for painting my Winter War Soviet infantry. There are a lot of steps, but most of them go very quickly and don't require careful painting or much skill, so I was able to get my infantry painted relatively quickly using this process. The paints I used are mostly out of print Citadel paint colors, but hopefully by looking at the pictures below for each stage you can figure out an equivalent color to use, if you want to follow a similar process.

Here is the full list of steps. Further down I have close up pictures showing the results of applying each step. The order can be changed around on some of the steps, and they are actually in a slightly different order in the pictures. I primed some of the models white and some grey, and it didn't seem to make much difference, so either is fine.

  1. Codex Grey - basecoat greatcoats, equipment, M27 caps, bases
  2. Adeptus Battlegrey - basecoat black boots and rifle metal
  3. Fortress Grey - wet brush greatcoats, M27 caps, and equipment
  4. Fortress Grey - highlight boots, rifle metal
  5. Skull White - dry brush greatcoats, M27 caps
  6. Mechrite Red - paint collar diamond patches and cap patches
  7. Nuln Oil - wash coat, cap, rifle metal, black boots, and bases
  8. Calthan Brown - basecoat belt, ammo pouches, rifle wood, blanket roll, gloves, entrenching tool handle, brown ankle boots, khaki pants/puttees/helmets, and NCO fleece cap (this is the hardest step, and I actually broke it up into multiple steps when painting up 30 of these guys at a time)
  9. Desert Yellow - edge highlight rifle wood, wet brush gloves, blanket roll, brown ankle boots, khaki
  10. Bleached Bone - paint rifle straps, dry brush khaki and cap fur
  11. Devlan Mud - wash blanket roll, gloves, rifle wood, belts, ammo pouches, and brown ankle boots
  12. Sea green (don't know the actual name of this paint) - wet brush backpack, gas mask case and straps, bottle cover, and entrenching tool cover (don't forget the straps around the blanket roll)
  13. Athonian Camoshade - wash backpack, gas mask case and straps, bottle cover, entrenching tool cover, and khaki
  14. Tallarn Flesh - basecoat faces
  15. Elf Flesh - wet brush faces
  16. Dwarf Flesh - paint lower lips
  17. Chainmail - paint cup, rifle bolts, and belt buckles
  18. White - paint eyes
  19. Black - dot eyes

Monday, April 10, 2017

Warhammer Quest: Silver Tower Episode 2

See the previous episode here.

After their successes in obtaining the fragments of Hysh and Shyish, Byron was persuaded by his Aelf companions (against his better judgement) to attempt the trial of Ghyran. They didn't get far. The party immediately encountered a fleeing skaven deathrunner assassin. Before they could defeat the wily adversary, the acolytes it was apparently fleeing from arrived. The Aelf assassin, already badly wounded, was butchered by an acolyte with two weapons. (Already with four wounds, he was wounded a further four times by the one acolyte.)

Byron and the mistweaver saih (and Byron's skeletons) fought on without their comrade (as they had grown accustomed to doing) and defeated the deathrunner. Before they could finish off the remaining acolytes, another deathruner assassin and more acolytes turned up. The two adventurers fought on heroically, but eventually the mistweaver and finally the necromancer were brought down by the deathrunner and the acolytes.