Sunday, July 20, 2014

A Turn Down the Rabbit's Hole...

... Leads to dark places.

With my adventures into Malifaux and the Neverborn faction; maybe dark modeling has been occurring...

The models that caught my eye were a lot of the nightmarish creatures and evil dreams. Part of that draw was taking models or concepts that I was frightened of myself as a child.

1. The Nightmare Before Christmas. As a child I could never watch this movie and really questioned the people that enjoyed this movie. The villain, Oogie Booige, has thrived down down the rabbit hole...

 Santa had an unfortunate fate in this version of the tale....

  His pals that are up next, draw inspiration from Stephen King's The Dark Tower, and winnie the pooh.... all with a twist...

One last call out, the NOVA Open Charity Foundation has set up a blog to track the last 6 weeks leading up to the event. Check it out and buy some tickets if the fantastic armies interest you!

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Silent Auction Premiere

The Silent Auction page has gone live. (Link to the right) Thanks for following this project and check back for updates about the event. 

Big thanks to my sponsor/patron, Eric Fontaine, without whom this opportunity to help support the Wounded Warriors Project would not be possible.

There are a lot of great looking projects from artists all over the country. If you are planning on attending the NOVA Open please stop by and check out all the auction items; bidding can only be done in person.

Also check out the fantastic armies being worked on by some of the top artists in the hobby on the Charity Army page.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Horse, Paper, Bear, Lizard, Spock

Man has it been a while. Since starting a new job a; finishing new projects has not been high on the check list, but I assure you gears have been put in motion.

With summer time goals a plenty I can at least share that with you!

Pulling the trigger on my new Bolt Action army, (bad pun) will see the Eastern Front Italians. Built around the Savoia Cavalry division that had a couple historic charges in the age of machine guns. While protecting the retreat of the Italian 8th army, they were ordered to defend a hill near the river Don. In the night, while on patrol, they discovered the 812th siberian Russian infantry had gotten to the hill first. With little time to prepare a defense, a saber charge was ordered. Supported by dismounted machine gun teams the cavalry used a gorge to shield the charge and broke the siberian infantry with sabers, pistols, and hand grenades.

The force will consist of a couple cavalry squads, a light tank, and some infantry. All part of the unsuccessful reorganizing of the Italian Army into fast attack divisions at the onset of the war.

Having spent ages looking for 28mm italian cavalry, I simply decided to make my own. The army will be mostly Perry Brothers miniatures and the cavalry will be made using they're French Napoleonic dragoons as the horse and lower half; while using warlords US infantry upper bodies. I have seen russian cavalry conversions but the US uniform matches the collars and shirts of the Italians better.

Company B has got some amazing vehicles and kits for much of the 1900s and onward. I encourage checking them out. They offer a lot of odd and ends kits that the main stream Warlord do not make. How can you say no to this....

Picked up my first Malifaux figure as well today. The first of a some nightmarish creatures I look forward to painting up. Completely different line of figures than I am used to and some cool chances to embrace some darker conversions.... Also only takes a couple of models to get down and play a game. Something sometimes lacking with a sorts of big projects planned long term.

While looking into new terrain that is fast to build, I came across David Graffam's PDF terrain. I have seen some photos of Bolt Action models next to them and they look great. Not mixing 2d and 3d is key for the desired effect. Anyone have experience with building PDF printed buildings? Or paper terrain? Eying the sloped street tile set. Mt Cassino still town could be the concept.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Summer Sable Success

This little fella just made my summer. Those cute little paws ventured out of his winter hibernation and right into my paint brush....

If anyone has been trying to get they're hands on winsor and newton series 7, oh in the past 8 months to a year; they may have found them sold out.

Fear not! Dick Blick art supplies has now updated the brush status, saying inventory will be refreshed come June 2014.

So thanks little buddy, your fur makes pretty amazing brushes, hopefully those trappers treat you nice and give you some scooby snacks. So go get me some brushes you crazy Archduke!

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

NOVA Open: Vampire Lord on Zombie Dragon Completed

 Head on over to Wyrd to check out all the final shots, but he is the beasty all dressed up with lights and a base. The wooden frame is removable for game playability. If you have been following some of my other projects, those are of course, Powered Play Gaming light kits. Big thanks to a friend who helped big time with the wood frame.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

NOVA Open Project

The NOVA Open Wounded Soldiers Charity project has progressed nicely. All that remains is some flocking and finishing up a stained wood base. Check out more photos here!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Adepticon 2014

Yeah so that happened.... onto the news! Don't touch that dial! 

With the multitude of post Adepticon posts I will throw mine into the hat. We are going to start off that lone NCO above. His squad was eliminated, he passed his check, and he readied himself. The next turn he charged the German machine gun team, with sword drawn and a prayer to his ancestors wiped them out. There is no spoon. 

 Friday started with the Lord of the Rings tournament. A low key event with a bunch of new faces this year. I brought my Orcs of Dol Guldor to get some more game time with this fantastic force. This was my first game against John at He brought a Rohan force from the Pelenor. The hill was bloody with the orcs coming through in the end thanks to the powerful, ghostly shade.

And then I forgot to take anymore pictures.

In the end, my orcs and ghosts received a best appearance award, winning the tie breaker with a fantastic Game of Thrones themed force.

Friday night was the Legends of the High Seas event. This was a bring and play event with each player bringing a royal navy or pirate crew. My previous post showed off the Perry Brothers Hessians I used for royal navy.

They were also fortunate to come away from a tight appearance battle and won the tie breaker from multiple Golden Demon winning judges having to decide.

The navy engages the pirates at the foot of the Spanish ruins

 Saturday I had to work so I missed on all those events. But if you played or saw the Adeptus Titanicus game, supplied the smoke markers and giant, light up mushroom clouds.
 The Japanese fought hard all day, facing tough Russians, Germans, and Finnish forces. From my tournament experiences, the folks down in Arizona love air support. The folks in the mid-west love armor.

The whole field was saturated with double platoons and double tanks. Really tough for a mostly infantry powered armor to combat. Something to consider when playing in different parts of the country.
The deflector shield was fully operational....

 An armored car squared off against the ineffective Japanese anti-tank gun.
 People really seemed to enjoy playing on German North Africa Airfield. A lot of cover, just how it should be!

The double tank onslaught destroyed the Japanese forces. 32 machine shots a turn were devastating.... Could have really used some bazookas. 

The Japanese tied for Best Appearance, but this time the award went to John at plastic legions, linked above, for his Red Devils. 

And that was Adepticon. Up next for me here will be some Malifaux Neverborn. Followed by some more Iron Hands terminators for an undisclosed future Adepticon Project. 

Also, a new bolt action army is in the beginning stages.

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