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.
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.
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.