Monday, 13 May 2019

Adeptus Titanicus - Lancers, Jungle Terrain and more!

Hello all!

5 months between posts isn't great, but i've not been doing much hobbying this year.
I've played a few games of Strontium Dog, and had a couple of board games nights, but aside from that - nada!

The sum total of my painting/building efforts are below;

Last week i took the notion to dust off the brushes and finally paint the last of my AT'18 stuff. I bought the Knight Lancers on the day of release and they have sat on the sprue until now. I blasted through assembly, paint and basing over the course of the day and it did re-kindle my passion slightly. Also, the models themselves are great, which helps a lot with the inspiration!

I also had the notion to make a tables worth of jungle terrain using aquarium plants, which could have pieces to fit various scales, and its all in a bid to reduce my terrain amount overall, and have more generic pieces that fit any scale. That's the plan at least. For the moment all i have is more terrain than before!

As well as this i'll dump photos of my other efforts from the beginning of the year - including a Tau Devilfish and the start of a fully painted Space Crusade box (which i seem to be missing the more up to date photos, its probably 70% done).


Sunday, 13 January 2019

2019 hobby goals and 2018 review

Yeah, Ok, so eh... It didn't quite go to plan! (2018's hobbying that is!)

Lets recap on the goals from 2018 and see how I got on;

Finish painting Dark Angels (mix of GW/Vanguard minis) - its about 50-75% done. just need a final push! - Nada! haven't touched them. On the plus side I think that we are planning on ditching all other 'epic' rule sets in favour of the Imperious Dominatus rules under current development, so it means i've got time to build this army up around the slightly different formation sizes in that game.

Put together a chaos army - Finally picked up some sprues of GW plastics after the last lot got lost in the post/warp. Bit of a slow grower here, as the metal minis are crazy expensive so just biding my time until i spot them a decent price. - Nope! picked up a few more odds and sods for this project. As mentioned above, we are currently playing ID in favour of NetEpic, for which there are currently no 40k Chaos lists, so, these are on the very back burner!

Paint remaining missing Ork and imperial units and sell the rest (not too many left to do). - Maybe? I honestly lost track, think i've painted a few bits and bobs for both forces, and certainly don't have much left in the unpainted pile for either.

Re-base Blood Angels - started putting sand/grass on over the old 'Goblin Green' bases and need to continue as the mix and match is a bit crap looking. - Yes?! Pretty sure i re-based the lot and they are now in my coherent desert/scrub basing scheme. Hurrah!

Build some more terrain for fortifications, mine fields etc to use in game. - Nah, on the list still. I have made some epic scale terrain (mostly for AT. I expect i'll get round to this once i start playing again.

Play more epic (got a campaign starting soon!) - Sort of? We played a mini-campaign at the start of the year and have had a few games to playtest ID, but other than that, not a lot. Must do better!

Not much here - will continue to pick up the odd ship that takes my fancy and hopefully get a regular game in. - As planned, i picked up a couple of ships, and i think we played a few games. then 2.0 came out and everyone lost a bit of heart at the thought of buying back in to stay current. I'm still keen on playing 1.0 as I don't think my group hit the issues plaguing the 'meta' that forced the reboot. and i'd happily fly the Original Trilogy ships forever!
Imperial Assault;
Paint the last 2 troopers for the Return to Hoth Expansion which will mean everything is painted.
Play some more games of it! (no excuse now the companion app is out) - Everything got painted. but haven't played Hoth yet. 

Quickly mod/paint 2-3 factions with some different load outs and get it played!
Make some terrain (road obstacles, billboards, fences, walls etc... - Nope. 3/4 of the way converted/painted a bunch of cars, made some roads, got the token set but not played yet.

Warhammer 40k;
Play more Heralds of Ruin this winter, played a good bit in 2017 and it was decent. - Haha! no... I bought the new Kill Team rules, painted a few dudes, and then nowt. 

Paint Tau boxed set - Bought this for HoR and haven't got round to painting them yet - Not really! I painted the Hammerhead to give to a friend if that counts?! the rest are still on sprue. Kill Team enthusiasm in 2019 will determine their fate!

Sell any excess bits, Tyranids etc - got boxes full of random minis as well as a pristine 2nd Edition boxed set, which are little or no use to me - set them free to get back some shelf space! - Yes! chucked a good chunk of the excess on eBay, still scope to clear out more i reckon.

Play it? - The White Whale of my hobbying... The game that may never happen!
Trim down to my Cawdor gang + a few hired guns and sell all the crappy old starter set plastics and excess terrain etc as it takes up a lot of space for a game that doesn't get played. - Same old story! I've made moves to photograph it and box it up for eBay, next free weekend its going. 

Paint up 'Frostgrave' minis scavenged from Zombicide Black Plague box - just in case anyone fancies a game! - Primed a bunch, they are definitely on the list and an achievable goal for next year i think.

Paint remaining Flames of War stuff - just a few tanks to paint, should be fun and a nice change of style/scale but not had the motivation yet - Still can't see me getting a game of it anytime soon, and don't really want to buy in much more. - Didn't buy any more thankfully. keeping a few of the tanks around to paint as a bit of a palate cleanser should i feel i need one. Not taking up a tonne of space so not in the eBay firing line at the moment.

Paint Space Crusade and Hero Quest board games - Yes!!! Ending on a positive note. I smashed out the Hero Quest minis (didn't bother with the terrain). Very therapeutic to get them done in good time, not the highest standard but perfectly serviceable. in the dying weeks of 2018 I've began doing the same for Space Crusade, so anticipate these will be done shortly.

So, 2019 - lets make some pledges, and see how we do! (There will be some running themes here)

Paint very little (no pun intended) - choose to paint a few units for ID, start thinking of selling some of the excess, play more.

Adeptus Titanicus;
New entry for this year! Painted a decent amount, maybe 3k+ points worth? Don't buy anything else until playing it a few times. Pick up new releases sparingly.

40k/Kill Team/Necromunda etc;
Buy nothing! make some lists up, paint everything required, play some games! Sell the rest!

Buy Nothing, don't get tempted by 2.0, play some interesting games, e.g. Original Trilogy, narrative, Co-Op, Epic etc... don't let it gather dust!

Imperial Assault;
Buy Nothing, Play the Hoth campaign.

Finish painting the cars i started. Maybe get a game.

Flames Of War/Tanks!;
Paint/Re-paint the stuff i have as a wee treat. Think about selling up if space gets tight.

Paint up the fantasy guys primed last year, and play some games, then try the home-brew Star Wars rules using Imperial Assault minis.

Space Crusade;
Finish painting the set, maybe play it, but not massively fussed, more of a nostalgia trip.

Finish off the AT/Epic terrain started. pare down the existing collection (it takes up so much space!) - chuck the crappy/damaged stuff. Add new stuff sparingly and only if its highly durable, quality and ideally works at different scales.

Play more board games/RPGs.
Paint what i have for Zombicide

So in summary 2018 was a bit of an eye opener. I didn't get a huge amount of hobby time in for a number of reasons, some out with my control, others totally down to me.
As such I began to really think I've reached saturation point with the sheer volume of stuff I've accumulated in the 4-5 years I've been back into it all.

At the end of the year there I began taking my minimalist outlook a bit more seriously and cleared out a good portion of my wardrobe, attic and other rooms where there were items that had no purpose anymore, leaving me with my 'man-cave' the last bastion of clutter in the house. I fully intend on striving for the following big goals, in both the hobby side and other aspects of my life;

Buy Nothing!;
Slightly extreme, but what i mean is buy very little. Buy quality items only, aim to consolidate where possible.

Appreciate what i have and stop thinking about commodities;
In hobby terms I think i'd rather have a couple of games that i played regularly and had a nice collection, painted well etc rather than a dozen games that i never play, don't even know the rules and have half painted minis for laying around all over the place. I also need to get better at letting go of things that i'm never going to use, simply because they are 'rare' or were expensive. The worth of these items is minimal in the grander scheme of things, and their value is unlikely to rise to a level where keeping them around could be seen as an investment, so if it isn't being used, and isn't likely to be used, then move it on, If nostalgia comes knocking in the future, ignore it, or bite the bullet and pay the price!

And that's it!

Apologies for the slightly bleak tone of all of this, but trust me, its a positive really! More focus, less clutter... Time will tell!

Monday, 24 December 2018

Adeptus Titanicus - Part Quatro

So in my last post I said I was going to put the brakes on and see how AT'18 panned out in terms of releases, support etc...

Well, i certainly did put the hobby brakes on! first bit of paint to hit plastic since September, and almost 0 gaming time too. Insert usual excuses such about work.

Anyhoo, GW went and threw a curve ball by releasing a Titan battle group box, which includes a Warlord, Reaver and 2 warhounds. I wanted the 'official' warhounds, and no matter how you sliced it, this box represented 'good value' as you pay for the Warlord and Reaver and get the Warhounds 'free'.

So I did.

I also found myself with a chunk of spare time over a 3-4 day period where I was able to power through assembly, base coating, washing, basing and I've been left with a playable, coherently painted table-top ready Titan maniple.

If i find the time over the next few days i'll add some decals, weathering and detail up the weapons, but for now, here they are.

I based the colour scheme on a pseudo World War 2 desert palette, with the blue/grey camo panelling being inspired by navel craft of the time, even though i don't think it's going to fool any bomber or artillery drawing a bead on them at distance, especially with those red heads!

In the queue now are some Cerastus Lancer Knights, terrain and everything else outstanding from this year... Now dreading my annual review!

Merry Christmas everyone!

Sunday, 30 September 2018

Adeptus Titanicus 2018 - Reavers!

Another slow month painting wise.

I picked up a couple of Reavers for AT18 and some knock off 3D Printed Warhounds. Due to try the game out this week and hoping it lives up to the hype/cost! I've now got enough for a couple 1000pt armies, so that should give us a good taste of it.

Unless it blows our socks off i think i'll put the brakes on here - with the official Warhounds coming in the next few weeks its all a bit of a mystery after that - I'm thinking weapon sprues, maybe some knight variants? Either way, i'm going to step back from the bleeding edge for a bit and see how it develops.

With this and Kill Team I've kind of deviated from my hobby goals at the start of the year - i'm looking forward to/dreading working out what I've achieved, and what I've missed as we get closer to the end of the year.

Anyhoo, enough rambling and on to some pics...

Sunday, 9 September 2018

Adeptus Titanicus 2018 - Part Deux

Just a quick check-in post as I've not done much painting since the big fella last month.
I've got 2 AT'18 Reavers and 2 3D Printed Warhounds in the queue, as well as adding the finishing touches/basing to the Knights (not massively happy with my efforts on them, but they will do for Volcano Cannon fodder!)

Also, repainted/touched up an IG Sniper for 40k Kill Team.

More to come shortly!

Thursday, 23 August 2018

Adeptus Titanicus 2018

Yeah, so after a lot of debate i bit the bullet and ordered some AT'18. I missed out on the Grand Edition box, but instead just picked up what i fancied from the current line. Namely the Rules set, 1 Warlord titan and 2 sets of knights.

My plan is still to use my old models with the new rules, but I had to get one of the big fellas just to paint it up.

Building the titan is a bit of a challenge - considering my last project involved the 'easy fit' Primaris Marines, this was a bit more involved! - including the inevitable IKEA fail where i build the legs the wrong way around and had to carefully re-do them.

Anyhoo, in terms of paint scheme, i was lacking in inspiration, and then i found this guy's YouTube channel, and did my best to imitate it (poorly!)

I'm pretty happy with how it turned out, considering the limited time i spent on it. Just need to varnish and base it now and i'm calling it done!

Saturday, 11 August 2018

First Strike! - 40k Kill Team

I had recently given up my man-cave as temporary cat accommodation (combing that with working away I've been a bit slow on the old painting/gaming eh, game), however after a bit of house re-shuffling I've found her her own space and reclaimed the 'cave for myself!

With all the Kill Team hype going around i decided to cleanse my 6mm painting palette with some 28mm (or what ever the hell size they are now!)

There is a boxed set called 'First Strike' designed to be the cheap first hit from the GW dealers to hook the youngsters in. it contains 3 Nurgle/Death Guard Plague Marines, 6 Poxwalkers, 3 Primaris Marines, and 3 Reivers (Primaris Scouts/Assault guys i guess!)

for £20 this pretty much gives you 2 full Kill Teams, and i just fancied painting them, so no more justification required.

I've done a Marine in my (slightly improved) Dark Angels scheme, with the Reiver i've imagined him as part of the Raven Wing, or at least a more stealthy/ninja Dark Angel dressed all in black/grey.

For the Death Guard i opted for more of a Legion colour scheme, but with plenty of rot added. And for the Poxwalkers i went with the same scheme as my Genestealer Cult/Rogue Trader crew - to indicate they were once part of the same ship crew that became corrupted.

Anyhoo, I just need to finish off the basing, and decide what i want to do with the other Marines, as i'm tempted to do them in a different scheme, possibly Imperial Fists?!

Oh! and as a wee bonus - an old school Lightning Claw'd up Deathwing Terminator (something i painted in-between posts at some point last month)