Friday, July 18, 2014

Vacation Assembly Line

I've been on vacation this week with the family.  I'm an early riser and since the rest of my family is decidedly not, I figured I would have some morning down-time for working on minis.  I didn't want to pack my whole hobby table, so I chose one project and brought what I needed just for it.  I decided to work on cleaning and assembling the rest of my Space Demons and Colonial Marines, all from Khurasan.  A simple project and easily doable on vacation.
Colonial Marines, ready to rock.
Space Demons, nearly finished - just need a few heads on the last batch.
My simple workspace, atop a TV dinner tray, supplied with our rental house.
It was early this morning and the house was dark and quiet.
A simple set up in the living room of our rented vacation HQ.
I finished assembling everything this morning.  We pack up to head home tomorrow, so a good hobby week despite being a 6 hour drive from home.  Once home I will undercoat these and get them painted.  Hopefully I can get a bug hunt game in soon!  Might even play with unpainted figures....(shudder....).

On a final note, our youngest was inducted into the Starfleet Academy this week:

Liam in his Command uniform.
We are all very proud!

Until next time, carry on!

Monday, June 16, 2014

15mm SciFi Progress

Another quick update of what's on my desk...
Critical Mass Games Vanguard Mecha assembled. I magnetized the waist so it can torso twist.
Khursasan "bug holes" and "abandoned mineshaft" finished.
Another view.  The lighting on these is from my basement fluorescents so the color looks different than last week.
First highlight (heavy!) on the dropship. I'm really liking this model!
Stripped and undercoated the space demons. I am considering new paint schemes.
That's it for now. Until next time, carry on!

Saturday, June 7, 2014

15mm SciFi Current Sitrep

I've been working on a lot of stuff in a random way.  Here are some pics of the current situation on my desk.
Dropship with base coat of Khaki Tan and wash of medium brown.
Bug holes from Khurasan, Desert Yellow base paint, brown wash, Iraqi Sand highlights.  "Holes" shaded to give depth. A few more little details and these will be finished.
Critical Mass Games Vanguard Mech being assembled. Will magnetize waist connection so torso can swivel.
CMG Mech parts cleaned and ready for assembly.
Khurasan Space Demons test paint - Black base with dark blue highlights and then washed with black Polyshades "shader" to give them dark, slimy look.  I don't think it is working.  Too dark.  I will probably be stripping these and starting over. 
So, that's my desk these days. Working here and there on things as the mood suits me.  I'm also looking for a gaming group in the Toledo, OH area if any of my readers are nearby and interested.  Would love to get some regular games going.

Until next time, carry on!

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Dropship - 15mm SciFi WIP

I bought this from Khursasan a few weeks back.  This is my first time working with a resin model in over 20 years. I think this is a great addition to my Earth Force Marines and I'm looking forward to getting it painted and on the table.

This is a very good model - cast well with few blemishes or bubbles - with excellent detail.  It was easy to clean and the parts all fit together very nicely. There was a slight miscast on the one foot pad but it was fixable with a bit of filing.  Overall, this is another fine Khurasan product!

I wanted my model to be adaptable, so I decided I would use neodymium magnets to assemble the cargo bay and turrets/hatches. This is the first time I have ever tried this on a model. I did ok with the drilling and glueing, but I learned one must make the connections magnet-to-magnet. I tried to attach the cargo bay by using metal wire on one side and magnets on the other. It did not have enough strength to hold so I had to add two more magnets. Live and learn.

Bottom of lander.  You can see the magnets in the bottoms of the holes for the turret/hatch and where the cargo bay fits into the lander. You can also see the "extra" magnet I had to install in the middle.
Top of cargo bay. You can see the "extra" magnet I had to install just forward of the top hatch. You can also see the ends of the wire pieces I recessed into the tabs that fit into the lander.
Hatches and turrets.
Bottoms of hatches and turrets showing recessed magnets. 
The assembled dropship in military mode with turrets.
The assembled dropship in civilian mode with hatches.
I also am thinking this could be a "stealth" mode and imagine the turrets popping up to surprise an attacker.
I attached the rear bay door with magnets and in this case using wire on one side on the connection and magnets on the other worked fine.  The door can be opened and closed during a game to show embarkation/disembarkation or just for coolness factor. : )
The cargo bay and rear bay door.
Door attached and open.
Door closed up for flight.
I am considering painting it in the same color scheme as my Scifi buildings.  Either that or I will go with the basic gray as on Khurasan's website.  I just have to clean up a few spots where I added some fill and then I can wash it all with soapy water (again) and prime.

Until next time, carry on!

Saturday, April 19, 2014

15mm SciFi Buildings Done! (Mostly)

I still need to finish the bases, but my SciFi buildings are done...mostly. At least they are painted well enough to put on the table and game with.  They turned out pretty good, if I do say so myself.
Three buildings.
Power station or Refinery.
Communications center.
Barracks or Warehouse.
I had some old decals from WH40K and used them on the doors for a bit of extra detail.
I tried painting the circular window in the door to make it look "reflective". A mixed result.
I tried the same thing on this door.
A shot of the roof of the Refinery/Power Station.
Roof of the Communications Center.
Side of the Warehouse/Barracks.
These will be used as part of an Earth Force base.  Eventually I will make other parts like sandbag walls, bunkers, defense turrets, etc. but this is a good start.

That's it for now. Until next time, carry on!

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Slow Progress...

My 15mm SciFi project continues to make sloooooow progress.  Not really much to report - only a few WIP shots.

First up, Sahadeen:
I began with a coat of thinned US Field Drab from Vallejo's Model Color line.
Then some Desert Yellow on the bases.
I'm working on painting various bits - hoods, belts, boots, etc. - with different shades of brown.  I will add some bits of brighter yellow or red for contrast here and there. I'm planning to shade using the Army Painter Strong Tone shader just as I did with my Earth Force Marines.

I've also done a little painting on my buildings. I decided to base coat in Khaki Tan, a color I found among the craft paints at Hobby Lobby.  Here are some pics:
Refinery/Power Station with base coat of Khaki Tan.
Barracks/Warehouse with base coat and wash.
All 3 buildings in their current state.
After base coat and wash on the buildings, I highlighted with Khaki Tan and then successive highlights of Khaki Tan mixed with increasing amounts of Ivory.  I tend to use craft paints on my buildings and terrain as it is cheaper.  However, I base coated the doors and bits with Vallejo Chocolate Brown. I will highlight these and add various colors for detail.

That's all I've had time to accomplish lately.  As I said, sloooow progress.  Still, slow is better than stop!

Until next time, carry on!

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Not Much Happening...

I don't have much to report on the modeling front.  My 15mm SciFi project continues, albeit slowly.  I did manage to get my Sahadeen cleaned, based, primed and mounted on painting sticks.  I also painted the bases of my buildings, but I haven't accomplished anything else.

Sahadeen ready for paint.
Buildings waiting in the paint que.  You can see my Earth Force Platoon here too.
I have been doing some shopping though! Over the last few months I've picked up several rules sets.

I got Stargrunt and Dirtside for a song from Monday Knight Productions a while back.  I haven't even cracked the seal on Dirtside but the Stargrunt rules look like fun.  I'm not sure when I will play them but they are good to add to the collection.

I also picked up Song of Blades and Heroes from Ganesha Games.  My 9 year old son and I have plans to do some fantasy gaming sometime soon.  Currently he is painting some of the fantasy figures from my 1st Edition copy of Descent: Journeys in the Dark.  I'm looking forward to having some fun with him!

You can see that I also picked up a copy of Gruntz 15mm.  I'm not finished reading them yet but so far these rules look great! I really like the rules for building units from all sorts of SciFi backgrounds and manufacturers.  I think these rules will be very useful and see a fair bit of play once I get up to speed on them.  I was a little confused and disappointed to realize the unit cards are not included.  But then I was delighted to discover Gruntomatic.  This is a free online utility that allows you to quickly build units and print unit cards.  And, did I mention, it's free!  So, I'm pleased with this purchase and looking forward to doing more with it.

Finally, just yesterday, I bought a game from my local game store that takes me into the Way Back Machine...

My 9 year old and I broke it out last night and played the basic scenario.  He loved it! And I couldn't help but relive the glory days back in the 80s when I played this game a lot.  It comes with some great minis and is really well done.  For whatever crazy reason, I sold all my Battletech stuff years ago - something I regret very much.  However, I'm pleased with this purchase and looking forward to gaming the Inner Sphere once again.

That's it for now.  Until next time, carry on!