Blog discription

What will you find here? Ramblings from an aging gamer-miniature painter. When I first started out in this hobby computers were in their infancy and finding other gamers could only be done by going to conventions or as in my case bumping into somebody who happened to see me reading "Panzer Leader" on the school bus. Look how far we have come! The internet has allowed our small community to be able to connect on a level I never dreamed of when I was but a small lad. What I do hope you will find here is something interesting from one wargamer/miniature painter to another. I paint miniatures somewhat decently, so I will be posting some pictures of my work, and perhaps a review or two of games and/or miniatures. Most of all this is just about having fun and anything I post here is meant to be for that reason.

Monday, May 21, 2018

Mice and Mystics: Maginos

Maginos the mystic. When King Andon was desperate to find a way to confront the dragon horde in the early days of the Dragon Crusades, chance brought Maginos to the castle and he claimed the secret of Dragon slaying lay within the castle. Some thought the bearded man mad, but the King granted Maginos access to the keep. Maginos spent eight days there in the dusty catacombs, deciphering strange warding symbols etched in the walls. He broke those spells after great effort and revealed a vault filled with artifacts, scrolls, and tomes previously thought lost. It was there that Maginos discovered a powerful blade capable of dragon slaying, and thus the Kingdom was saved.

Thus begins Maginos tales........

Maginos is a nice compliment to our little group of adventurers, but I will probably end up running his character until the grand girls get a more solid grip on what to do in our little adventure. What I really like about Maginos is his little buddy Meeps. The lady bug looking fellow on his arm is quite a useful tool for Maginos magic abilities.




This leaves me with one last character to paint and that one is Nez, the castle smithy.

Thanks for looking.

Cheers
Kevin

Friday, May 18, 2018

Mice and Mystics: Meet Filch

Filch's face is well known in the kingdoms dungeons. He is a notorious robber and occasional highwayman with a reputation for landing himself in trouble.

This is how his card starts out reading and a perfect character for my youngest grand girl who does have a reputation for landing herself in trouble. She is quite the character and keeps me in stitches.

Filch is my fourth character finished out of six and I hope to finish the next two over this weekend. I even started painting evil minion roaches... brrrr... anyways it's been fun so far, and a nice break from the norm.




As always thanks for looking.

Cheers
Kevin

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Mice and Mystics: Meet Tilda

From the Mice and Mystics game meet Tilda the Healer from a group of Mice that are trying to prevent an evil Sorceress from taking over their Kingdom.

A skilled healer, and when old enough, the King requested her to serve as the royal family's personal healer.

As I have mentioned before in previous posts (and I am ashamed to say way back in August of 2016), see Lilly, and Collin, I bought this game with the intention of playing it with my grand daughters. At the time they were just a bit too young to play, but they happily helped me paint a few mice.

This past Mother's day the girls decided that while their Mom was out doing her Mother day tradition stuff with her Mom, they asked if they could come over for a play date. I was like okay, and was stumped a bit on what game to play this time. So what the heck we just jumped into the game and started playing with unpainted figures. I know, the horror. We had a bit of a rough time starting out because I hadn't read the rules in a bit, and they became a little bored, but once we got going they had a lot of fun.

So now I am painting mice and the wicked sorceress's wicked minions. I got to do it. Unpainted figures.... I mean seriously. I was freaking out just a bit.

I've finished Tilda today and placed paint on the last three of the companions, though I have some evil Rats, roaches, and a Cave centipede to paint, those should breeze along a bit faster as I won't need to do as special of a job on them.

Here are a few photographs of Tilda, and one photograph of the three of six I have finished.




I gotta get'em done, so the next few posts will hopefully be of these cute little guys, and not something that catches my fancy in the meantime..... Squirrel!!!

Cheers
Kevin

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Showcase: Infinity: Nomad..... REAKTION ZOND (HMG)

Last week a friend of mine told me about a group of Infinity players that were meeting up at a local brick and mortar store. He said he was going so I said what the heck I'll go too. There were only a few people of about a dozen or so of the group that evening, but who I met seemed like pretty good Joes. So I sat down and watched two of the veteran players play a game to learn some things, and to google at their finely painted miniatures.

It ended up being a pretty good evening and my friend and I are excited about the potential of gaming with some friendly guys that share our interest in Infinity. 

Soooo..... that brings me to my post today. My friend and I are meeting the group tonight and bringing our little collection of cool looking mini's with us. We both know we are going to get our asses handed to us, but we don't mind as long as we are learning and no one is taking it too seriously. I think we will be fine. But I'll report on our adventure in the coming days to let you know how it went down.

So going over my list I decided to paint a remote (robot type thing) for my list as I felt it was necessary to have him, well maybe not a winning piece to place on the board, but it looks soooo pretty. Pretty can win can't it?

Here are a few shots of my new lad joining the Nomad hordes.

Below the deadly Reaktion Zond that has superior reaction skills paired with a deadly HMG (heavy machine gun)


As always thanks for looking.

Cheers
Kevin

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Showcase: Commissioner Gordon (The Batman Miniatures Game)

Well I finished Commissioner Gordon today and I am happy with how he turned out. Didn't go to fancy, but I did change one thing after a friend commented he looked like he was wearing bluejeans. He may wear those at home relaxing with the family, but as a detective I am sure he wears a decent suit or at least dress pants. I was trying to go for a blue, but changed it to grey instead. I think you will see by the pictures below that he at least looks the part of a detective... dress wise.

Hope you enjoy the pics, and I am one more model closer to having a batman game go down.




As always thanks for looking.

Cheers
Kevin

EDIT:

The comic book man himself

Friday, April 20, 2018

SWAT team and Commissioner Gordon (The Batman Miniatures Game)

Well I finally finished up three more good guys for Batman. Three SWAT members, though I am still working on Gordon. Man I am chomping on the bit to get enough figures and buildings done so I can finally sit down and play the game.

I sprayed Krylon's Crystal Clear on first. This is a gloss varnish type, and when dry, I used Testor's Dulcote to take off some of the gloss so there is just a bit of sheen to it. I was going to hit it again with Dulcote but decided against it for now. One thing I have been doing lately is not letting the dulcote get on the base of the figure so it is glossy. I like the look.

You'll note I painted SWAT on the back of their bullet proof vests. It's the best my shakey hands could do. I was going to paint big block SWAT letters on front of shield one was carrying but it came up so crappy I gave up and wiped it off and painted over it. Sigh. I'll need to get some decals or make a template. I will do this, but it will be another day.

Last picture is of my work in progress with Gordon himself.

Alpha SWAT member 





Bravo SWAT member






Delta SWAT member





Batman's right hand man, Commissioner Gordon


Thanks for looking
Cheers
Kevin

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Semper Fi... R. Lee Ermey

Another one of my hero's passed away today. His name was R. Lee Ermey. I think like a lot of people I was taken by storm in his performance as drill instructor Gunnery Sergeant Hartman in Stanley Kubrick's "Full Metal Jacket".


We lost him today (April 15th, 2018) due to complications from pneumonia. He was 74.

Before he got into the acting business, he actually served as a Marine. I pulled the following from his wikipedia page.

U.S. Marine Corps

In 1961, at age 17, Ermey enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and went through recruit training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego in San Diego, California. For his first few years, he served in the aviation support field before becoming a drill instructor in India Company, 3rd Recruit Training Battalion, at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, where he was assigned from 1965 to 1967.

Ermey then served in Marine Wing Support Group 17 at Marine Corps Air Station Futenma in Okinawa, Japan. In 1968, he was ordered to Vietnam with MWSG-17, and spent 14 months in country. The remainder of his service was on Okinawa where he was advanced to staff sergeant (E-6). He was medically discharged in 1972 because of several injuries incurred during his service. On May 17, 2002, he received an honorary promotion to gunnery sergeant (E-7) by the Commandant of the Marine Corps, General James L. Jones.

Not only did I love him in "Full Metal Jacket", another little known movie he was in that I enjoyed was called "The Siege of Firebase Gloria". Lastly he was well known on History Channel show entitled Lock N' Load with R. Lee Ermey, which discussed the history of various weapons used by militaries of today.

He will be missed. Rest in peace Gunney.