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.

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Showcase: Nomads: Señor Massacre

I present my finished Corvus Belli model for the scifi miniature game Infinity. Pictures are at the bottom. If your so inclined below is a short history of just exactly who is this masked vigilante.

The Story line goes....

The man who would become Masacre used to be a priest. He initially thought that dedicating his life to religion would help him feel fulfilled. One day, the mercenary Deadpool visited his church and confessed to him, leaving an important impression on him. The priest concluded that there was no good in the world, and declared that it instead deserved punishment.

Taking the name of Masacre, and inspired by Deadpool, he swore that once he "fixed" Mexico, he would travel to the United States in order to join forces with his idol.

With the reluctant help of Inspector Jaime Gordón, Masacre was on the hunt for crimelord Calavera de Jade. After stopping a gang named Los Muertos from robbing a bodega, Masacre met up with Gordón. Gordón refused to give him a notebook with the names and info on every criminal of the city, for which Masacre attacked him and took the data by force.

At night, Masacre rode on his bike to Calavera de Jade's expensive mansion and crashed a party he was holding with different other criminals. The party was in celebration of the arrival of El Especialista, a henchman brought from the United States by the CIA in order to take care of Masacre. Soon after Masacre attacked the attendees, Calavera de Jade deployed El Especialista. This henchman could allegedly not be hurt by any bullets, so Masacre stabbed him with his two machetes and then cut off his arms.

After killing El Especialista, Masacre kicked Calavera de Jade out of the balcony, and the villain fell to his death. The CIA agent confronted him, and Masacre managed to use one of Calavera's jaguar pets to subdue him. Shortly before being killed by Masacre, the CIA agent promised he would be avenged.

The following day, Masacre bid farewell to Jaime Gordón, and rode on his bike to the United States, alongside the jaguar pet, whom he had named Justicia. When he reached New York City, Masacre became a member of Deadpool's mercenary group known as Mercs for Money.

However, Masacre and the rest of the Mercs for Money eventually became disgruntled by Deadpool, from the way he treated them to the delays in their paychecks. When they set out to create their own business, the Mercs discovered Deadpool had been skimming on them. After retrieving and burning their contracts from a safe deposit in Ho-Ho-Kus, New Jersey, the Mercs and Deadpool parted ways.

If you've made it all the way to the bottom here, as always thanks for looking.


Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Showcase: Malifaux War Wabbit

[The following quote taken from the company Wyrd's webpage]

Malifaux, a twisted mirror of an alternate Earth in the 1900s; a world of gothic horror, Victorian structures, steampunk constructs, and wild west gunslingers. Rife with undead amalgamations, monstrous vengeful apparitions, and other creatures that bump in the night.

The wyrd-ness (pardon my pun) can be seen on their webpage here

So needing a break from painting Infinity scifi models I decided to dig out of my treasure trove this wonderfully animated model that Wryd put out several years ago over the Easter sale. It's a War Wabbit that is used as a proxy for the Gremlins War Pig. It's the kind of goofy fun-ness I like and it helped that the model was well sculpted (but delicate).

I don't know the name of the artist but looking over the web I saw some pictures of a painted War Wabbit that I took to in a half heart beat. In general I used the same paint scheme but did change some of the color palette.

Without further ado, here is my War Wabbit.

As always thanks for looking.


Friday, November 22, 2019

Yu-Jing: Imperial Service

Finished. My project for the club's Paint and Play for the table top miniature game "Infinity" is finally done. I ended up painting 23 models. Here are the boyz.....

That's it for now, have a little stomach bug, so no big write up.


Friday, November 15, 2019

Arena Rex another chapter in my hobby life....

   Having gone through the ceremonial preamble I struggled to breath through my now closed helmet vents. The stifling heat didn’t help and I could feel the sweat trickle down my neck. The roar of the crowd, as the gates opened to release the beast, shot adrenaline through my veins. It was showtime, the long hours of training, repeated over and over again until it became a natural reflex, were soon to be tested. I allowed a small hidden smile to crease my face. “I am Iason the undefeated from house Ludus Magnus, come forward beast and meet your demise!” I shouted. So began the dance of death that has transpired hundreds of times before in this ancient arena.....

Arena Rex, a historical fiction based gladiator game, has been something I have been into since Adepticon of March 2019. I have since bought a playmobile Arena, spray painted it, and then gave it to my good friend who promptly built an awesome diorama or vignette for it to rest on. You'll notice in the picture above I am holding the assembled miniature and a soft lead spear. The spear was too soft and bendable (but better than the resin one they supplied as well). So I got one of my metal pikes out and cut it in half to use as the spear instead. While the models are beautiful, they are very delicate. Assembly is not for the weak of heart, and testing fit before gluing has saved me more than once. Below is a picture of the assembled play mobile arena turned into a beautiful vignette. I only have the gates to finish painting and then place them.

I've two more models to assemble before I get down to priming and painting. The big thing was assembling them so I could practice the game a bit to give me a good feel for the mini's before I start investing a lot of hours laying down paint.

As always thanks for looking.


Monday, November 4, 2019

Showcase: Sophotects and Yudbots for the Imperial Service

Sophotects, in the Infinity world, are from the faction ALEPH. Basically living robots, you know, "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?" type stuff.

The Sophotects are technical support and immediate reaction medical operatives. They are designed, trained and equipped to keep ALEPH’s personnel and equipment working both during their own and combined operations. Their original designation was Rbhu, the minor Vedic gods of great wisdom and ability, but the nickname they have received is Sophotect (The Classical Greek name for “Wisdom Creator”). Sophotects are based on the Deva model Lhosts, into which they download Aspects knowledgeable in medicine, arms, engineering, and military electronics.

The Yudbots (which I call Ugly Ducklings) are basically the remotes for the Sophotect. Going into areas that are to dangerous for the Sophotect to go, or simply having her be able to perform her job at a distance through them.

I also wanted to thank Tom Schadle for the paint scheme idea, his are just beautifully done, and until you try yourself with a brush you'll never experience how good his are as these models are so dainty.

I've also discovered painting white TOTALLY sucks. I hated painting this, and not totally satisfied with it, could have done blending better, yet at the same time I am happy with what I did. I know, it makes no sense.

This was my last and final model for the paint and play challenge my club is planning for November 23rd. I got it done just in time, as I will not, most likely, have time to paint in the next few weeks as I will be taking care of some personal family business.

So until next time enjoy the pics.....


Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Showcase: Infinity Imperial Agent Pheasant Rank

My paint a "new army challenge" that my local Infinity group is running is almost complete. I have to have them done by November 23rd. After this figure I will have three left. Well actually three models as two of the are remotes for the main figure. My Wife is getting her hip replaced next week, and I pray all goes well. Of course that means I will be busy taking care of her, but I expect she'll nap a few times and I can sneak the last one in before the deadline.

This figure is an Imperial Agent Pheasant Rank. Equipped with a boarding shotgun, and special abilities to take over command if my Lieutenant goes down. That in itself can be a game changer, as going into loss of Lieutenant means order tokens get whacked up.

Here are a few pictures of the finished model.

As always thanks for looking.


Thursday, October 10, 2019

Showcase: Combined Army: Onyx

Have an Infinity tournament this Saturday to play in and I am taking the Aliens! The Dark Side shall prevail!

From last Friday to today (finished) I got these models ready for my army.

[Below Bit & Kiss (Bit & Kiss is her hacker name), the youngster turned by the dark side to hack for the greater good. My favorite model]

[Below a Q-Drone, remote drone with a heavy machine gun, alien style]

[Below Unidron light droid remotes, they can be pesky]

[Below I saved the best for last, the dark one rises from the ashes. Kind of like a modern day Balrog]

As always thanks for looking.


Monday, September 30, 2019

Showcase: Infinity Dragon Lady, Imperial Service Judge

I successfully averted my disaster of dropping this figure and having it snap off at the ankle while being 95 percent completed. I was not a happy camper, but I was able to drill through her boot, and then drill into her calf and pin the two pieces together. So now that I have rescued the poor thing let's talk about her a little.

Imperial Service judges are high-ranking functionaries in service of the Emperor with an authority that inspires a great deal of reverence and dread. As such, they enjoy a social standing and influence comparable to that of mid- to high-ranking Party officials. This figure is aptly named by Corvus Belli as the Dragon Lady, Imperial Service Judge.

While painting my figures I always ask my Wife what she thinks, and I take her advice very seriously, more serious than she knows, but she's starting to figure out to make more gentle faces when she thinks what I am showing her is not so good. This time I had my ten year old grand daughter have a look and see what she thought. The first thing she said was, "why was the pig so angry?". I about fell out of my chair from laughter. We now call her pet pig, angry pig.

So here are my pictures of the now (finally) finished figure.

As always thanks for looking.


Wednesday, September 25, 2019

The day the earth stood still.........

The painting Gods have struck! Perhaps because I have not done the great brush pilgrimage lately, or not uttered small prayers of thanks for letting me have a steady hand when needed. Whatever the case I cried the other day. Just small sobbing so my Wife couldn't hear me from the other room. But cried none the less. After like 8 hours of working on my HVT and putting the finishing touches on it, I dropped the bloody thing. Of course the umbrella bent, but she broke at the ankle🤬

There was no way I was going to paint another from scratch, so out came my pinvise, and I successfully drilled through her boot. Unfortunately her leg didn't agree and started to crack so I drilled a pilot hole with a very small bit so I could use a larger one to follow up. On this I was successful.

Thank the gods I had the sense to spray Krystal clear on it as the rough handling doing the drilling only caused minor paint wear. I then got out the green stuff and patched around her ankle and side of leg as best I could. Going to apply paint to it later today and hope for the best in matching it.

The pictures are of the ugly stage, the almost finished stage and then death stage.


Saturday, September 21, 2019

Showcase: Infinity Imperial Agent Crane Rank

My paint a new army challenge, that my local Infinity group is running, is coming along. I have to have them done by November 23rd. That may seem like a lot of time, it is, but because of that I often think I have a lot of time and that I can wander off into other projects. It's been very hard to focus, because right now I want to paint Arena Rex figures, Knights Models Batman miniatures, Historical figures for Saga Crusades, other Infinity armies, and I think you get the picture. Sigh, the hardships of a miniature slash gamer hobbyist.

We are painting a 300 point limited insertion list that caps us out at 10 models not counting extras like remotes that are attached to certain figures etc.

My eighth completed model is an Imperial Agent Crane Rank, a Heavy Infantry trooper with a Spitfire (Mmm, kind of like the US Armies SAW (Squad automatic weapon) if that helps you out). Heavily armored, with a special targeting visor, and martial arts, makes him one bad dude to mess with.

So here he is in all his glory.

As always thanks for looking.