Coming out of playing an FNG game at Fall-In! and not having anything planned for gaming this week, I threw together a quick 5150 game using 40k figures last night. I found some QRSs online that looked reasonable, and had about 65 Tau infantry of various stripes up against 10 Space Marines. The Marines were all Rep 5. The Tau squad leaders were all Rep 5 and the troopers Rep 4. About halfway through the game, we decided that was too high given the odds I was going for, and dropped everybody on the Tau side by 1. Otherwise, I thought it played well. I thought the table looked pretty good, too. My trees are falling apart, though. I need to figure out what I’m going to do with them…
Posts Tagged ‘25mm’
I’ve been painting a fair bit with the kids lately. Here is a bunch of long out-of-print Harlequin Nightlings we’ve been painting. Once they’re done, it’s hard for me to tell which ones I’ve painted and which they have. As I’ve mentioned, we’ve used what I call the Velas Technique: stain painting over white primer, followed by a dip. It’s very forgiving to beginning painters, and the GW Devlin Mud wash makes a non-toxic, water clean up dip that even the kids can apply. We still have several Nightlings to paint, although right now my son and I are painting Primaeval Designs Woolly Mammoths and Neanderthals. He’s very much into prehistory, which is largely why I purchased them, and has repeatedly begged to paint for free, but I force him to take wages! “Son, if somebody offers you money to do something you really want to do, you say YES!”
Back before Fall-In!, I painted a little with the kids again. We haven’t done it in a while and it was nice to get back into it. We’ve been painting up a bunch of old Harlequin Nightlings I got on closeout somewhere along the ages. We’ve painted 27 foot and 4 mounted now, and they really look great. I need to run a game with them for the kids. We choose a painting style really great for inexperienced painters (what I’ve dubbed the Velas technique after the Velas brothers who used it to great effect as a speed painting technique)– I prime white, then the kids stain paint with thinned paint. I go back and wash the figures with Games Workshop’s Devlin Mud (an easier to clean, non-toxic version of the Miracle Dip) and then flock the bases. I’ve seen worse looking figures at conventions! I’d be proud to run a game with the figures my kids have painted.
I picked up these dental plaster dinosaur bones/fossils terrain pieces at Fall-In. The packaging was labeled “WindSword Accessories,” which I had never heard of. However, they were quite nicely priced, 3.50-4.00 for everything except the big piece, and I thought they would provide a lot of atmosphere to my new prehistoric big game hunt board. My son was very excited to see them and can’t wait to paint them for me. I’m starting to think this was a very good idea…
Not sure what I did wrong with these pictures, but they are really not doing the subjects justice. This sweet little girl may be my best female face ever. I will definitely have to take another shot at photographing her at some point. I thought her clothes colors turned out really well, and the large gold armor looks good enough. That’s something I could work on, definitely. Not too crazy about the blade, either. It just seems like it needs a little something more. The cape also looks like it was quickly drybrushed instead of having more time spent on it– I wonder why? Overall, though, I’m very pleased with this figure, one of my better ones. Now, it’s back to 15mm WW2, when and if ever I get more painting time…
Just another couple of distractions, I swear! I have my Flames of War 88 battery primed and rigged up to glue. It just takes a few nights for the rubber cement to dry, prime, etc… And, I have had a few primed fantasy figures on the table now for several months. I finally picked one up and starting slopping paint on it. I was pretty concerned about the colors on this guy, but went and picked up a bunch of Reaper Master series paints, including that Weathered Blues triad. I really liked it, it actually looks much better in person than in this photo. I wasn’t really pleased with these photos, but just couldn’t be bothered working too hard on it. It was a long weekend.
A little diversion away from painting 15mm WW2 figures all the time. This is Reaper Miniatures Chronoscope 50178: Andre Durand, Time Chaser. Since I had already done up the other Time Chaser, 50001: Sascha Dubois, I thought it would be nice to have him, too. He’s a nice looking figure– could go Pulp or Steampunk with him easily enough, or even a 40k dude with a power fist. I, of course, actually have no use for him in any of those roles right now, but wouldn’t let that stop me from buying him! He’s part of a team– He’s a notorious womanizer with a steam powered bronze fist. She’s vivacious mutant opera singer from a secret island of lost women. They chase time!
“A spot of medicinal brandy would set me up, sir!”
“Brandy’s for heroes, Mister Hook…”
Zulu is just my favorite movie ever. I used to have a six foot tall original movie poster, but lost it in a move! A few years back, I even subscribed to Wargames Illustrated just to get the Mark Copplestone Hollywood and historical figures of Gonville Bromhead. So it definitely warms my heart to see this figure pack of Chard, Bromhead, Colour Sergeant Bourne and Private Hook from Empress Miniatures. Apparently, these new figures will be available in about a month, although my order is already in. I still retain no illusions about doing Rorke’s Drift in 25mm, though. That’s too many Zulus to paint!
“Sixty! I painted at least sixty, wouldn’t you say?”
“That leaves three thousand, nine hundred and forty…”
A crossed eye stereographic picture of Bromhead leading British soldiers!
I’ve started on the Battle for Macragge crashed Aquila shuttle. This is actually some very nice terrain. It’s injection molded, so it has really crisp detail and is very firm. I intended to do some decals on the shuttle, but rushed through it and forgot. Still, it looks pretty good. I went for an old crash, rather than the recent crash I gather was intended from the Macragge scenarie.
I’m working on finishing this set, the Moonscape set and the Blastscape set. It’s fairly slow going– after the first piece, I kind of guesstimated it was going to take me a full month to finish all fifteen or so pieces. I’m about 1/3rd of the way through it, though, in just over a week, so I might get done a little early.