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, March 19, 2019

Gremlin's, Goblin's, and pigs

On the painting table I have Sammy LaCroix and three stuffed pigs (they are on the left of the photo below) to finish by this weekend as I need them for Adepticon next week. I will be playing in a Malifaux tournament and have only played a practice game or two and completely expect to have my collective butt handed to me. But my friend who I am going with and playing in said tournament says we will have fun. I am holding him to it.

I was at my local brick and mortar this past Saturday with a couple of friends before we headed off to the local pub, and we came across Games Workshops "Shadespire", a cross between a boardgame and miniatures. Age of Sigmar like, but you only have around seven models to push around on game board. It's a card deck building game, and I have heard good things about it on other blogs here, and from a friend overseas, amongst other sources. An add on stand alone game just came out this past fall called "Nightvault". It introduces magic. Also a few warbands or crews have come out for it. One crew or warband is called Zarbag's Gitz, a night goblin horde. I am a huge fan of Games Workshops old Night Goblins with all the wacky stuff they could do. A friend of mine’s birthday was St. Patty's day. He was with me at the shop and the luck of the Irish was with him because the boxes are in a green tone, and I started the whispering in his ear about how cool it would be for him to buy himself a birthday present right there and then. The next thing I know he not only grabs the Nightvault game, but the add on boards, and the objective packs and I was like whoa dude you are the greatest. Now to be honest I didn't have to work that hard on getting him to do it. I just knew he wanted to and gave him a little push.

Sooooo, it gave me the opportunity and reason to get Zarbag's cool warband, which you see on the right of picture below.

I know what your all thinking, it isn't about me, it was his birthday and should have been about him. But they where "NIGHT GOBLINS", I had to do it;)

As always thanks for looking


Friday, March 15, 2019

Malifaux: "Gremlin with no name"

[The Gremlin with no name... look out Clint]

A few friends and I have had our eyes on Malifaux (A Victorian, horror, steampunk, western type miniature game) for a while because the game engine is pretty neat being card driven instead of dice driven. But the first models were lead and (our opinion only) just awful, so it kept us away. That has changed over the years as they have come out with nicely sculpted plastic kits, though they are very delicate kits in this modelers opinion, but still very nice looking.

A few months back a local brick and mortar was liquidating their stock as they wouldn't be carrying them anymore and so they were half off. Did I mention Malifaux models are on the expensive side? Not AS bad as Games Workshop, but enough to make me think twice about investing into it. Being a long time Orc and goblin boy from way back with Games Workshop (fantasy or 40K) they had a very good selection of Gremlins. Enough like goblins and such to tickle my fancy so I bought a bunch, not even knowing if what I was buying would mix, but later as it turned out I did pretty good.

Having some other painting agenda commitments I couldn't start mine right away, but to my surprise one friend painted his crew, and another bought three painted crews off of Ebay. I have to say these guys weren't excited about it what so ever. So, as you know already, after finishing those damn Dark Elves, I got into painting my crew.

The friend who bought three painted crews off of Ebay somehow talked me into going to Adepticon the end of March. Now I have never been, but I hear it's worth going once. Since he'll do the driving, and he found a hotel that won't break my budget, I decided he needed a friend to go along with. So having never played, but a practice game, of course we signed up to do a Malifaux tournament. This has my motivation going so much,  that I painted eight figures over the past few days. I still need to paint four more but I didn't receive them until just today in the mail. So I should be able to complete my whole crew in time for event.

We played another practice game tonight and I will post those pictures at the bottom after I show off my crew. I expect us to get our butts handed to us, but that doesn't matter as we just want to have fun. But we don't want to ruin anyone else's fun so we are going to try to get in a few more practice games before we go.

In the meantime here is my crew so far.....

[The Big Boss "Ophelia]

[Pere Ravage]

[Raphael LaCroix]

[Rami LaCroix]

[Young LaCroix misfire]

[Young LaCroix trouble makers]

[Young LaCroix prankster]

[A few shots from my opposition side]

[My Gremlin's advance to firing positions]

[Of course no game would be complete without my best bud at my feet]

As always thanks for looking.


Monday, March 11, 2019

Blood Bowl: Naggaroth Nightmares

Well it's been a bit since I posted anything and I can't believe (again) how fast time fly's by when you're older. Remember when you were kids and time seemed to barely advance and you were always in a hurry for something to happen? Now at the other end of the age spectrum I am like, for F*&^ Sake time slow bloody down!!!!

I don't normally do commissions, as I absolutely hate not being able to keep the miniatures when I am done. But a friend of mine doesn't paint at all and his eBay searches didn't come up with a decently painted Dark Elf team. So I did him a favor and painted one up for him. Now I can see why he couldn't find one on eBay to buy, they absolutely are ZERO fun to paint. I hated every minute doing them, but I trudged on and did it. Now mind you my ZERO fun to paint could also have been subconsciously influenced by the fact I knew I wouldn't be adding them to MY collection.

The models are nice, but after dealing with three piece snap together models that GW put out for the Orcs, Dwarfs, Skaven, and Humans, I was "what the hell were they thinking" when they came out with these. Lot's of fiddly bits, and definitely not as easy to put together as the aforementioned models.

But I survived and got them done in time for my buddies second game of our league and he made short work of an Orc team 2 - 0.

Since I wouldn't be able to keep them I at least took photos. So without further ado here they are.

[Lineman Pose 1]

[Lineman Pose 2]

[Lineman Pose 3]

[Blitzer Pose 1]

[Runner Pose 1]

[Witch Elf Pose 1]

As always thanks for looking.