Monday, 27 December 2021

Merry Christmas! Last painting of the year and looking forward to 2022

I seem to always get a bust of hobby inspiration at this time of year - probably the time off work and long nights that help there.

I've powered through my latest eBay delivery - which was a bunch of German armour, given a pseudo Italy 1943 paint scheme with a little variation per tank, I'm hoping these will pass inspection in all theatres.
I also completed the German heavy mortar team as it's something my late war Germans were sorely missing.

currently on the table I've got 20 Panzer Grenadiers, a Nebelwerfer team, Fallschrimjager HQ, and some Pacific theatre terrain that Santa brought me.

Once those guys are finished my plans for early new year is to complete some more terrain, and where possible recycle some of my older stuff to give me a decent 6x4 of  Pacific themed stuff.

I've also got a couple of Rubicon Shermans, plus some add-ons for them to allow me to field some customised USMC tanks which I'm very excited about.

2021 was a decent year hobby wise in reflection;

I started the year on a 40k/Sci-Fi kick, and completed a number of small forces with the intention (not yet realised) of playing some One Page Rules Grimdark Future. I'm not in any big rush to do this now, but I'm happy to have it ready to go if the opportunity comes up.

For Epic I 'finished off' some armies - filling a number of gaps I had mostly with things I had lurking in my pile of shame. I started my long overdue Squat army but ran out of steam before getting to the infantry. 

Bolt Action was definitely the focus again in 2021 - mostly as I'm getting regular games in, it helps inspire painting up new stuff. My recently completed USMC were the highlight for me there, and I can't wait to get them on the table.

I managed to clear some space too, reluctantly getting rid of some big box games like HeroQuest and Space Crusade. I love these games dearly, but the nostalgia alone doesn't warrant keeping them around and I'm becoming ruthless now for saving space where I can and keeping my hobby space under a modicum of control.

So, looking forward to 2022, what are hobby plans/predictions;

I expect Bolt Action will feature heavily still. I'm happy with all of my forces and the variety of units. I'm not going to lie to myself and say that I won't start another faction this year. Talking to my regular gaming buddy we have discussed some winter Germans vs Soviet games, which for me might simply mean a box of Winter German infantry... We'll see!

Epic - I'm hoping to get my wind back and finish of the Squats, just to clear my unpainted pile and take them off my conscious. We've talked on the podcast about a number of games we have planned, giving the community the decision on the match up and then using the lists we discussed on the show, can't wait for this!
Other than that I've got some Ork stuff I want to finish for the sake of completeness and then I'm considering selling off my remaining unpainted epic.

40k/Grimdark future - Nothing really, I think I'll sell off my older Dark Angels space marines, and my unpainted Tau to clear some space.
I'd still love to do a small 2nd Edition era Eldar army, but it's wayyyyy down the list.

I've still got a Blackstone Fortress game sealed from last Christmas. I think I'll keep it for time being, there are some cool models in there and if I found a group wanting to play it could be good fun.

Anyhoo, that's me for 2021 - I hope everyone has a great new year!


Monday, 13 December 2021

Oh yes! my Blog! (August > December round up)

 Long time no post!

I've not been entirely hobby idle, I've just not had a massive amount to show off (until now!)

The last few months I've been paring down my collection somewhat, getting rid of some unfinished projects and games systems I know that I'll never play enough to justify the shelf space.

I've been pretty focused on Bolt Action again recently, tying off a few loose ends by picking up a sprue of Brits to give me some regular HQ/Support guys, as well as painting up a German Goliath anti-tank team as a little palate cleanser. 

I also finished off the last of my Ad-Mech models for Warhammer 40k (or in my case One Page Rules Grimdark Future).

The biggest project however has been building the sprue of Bolt Action USMC guys I picked up, into a fully fledged 1000pt+ force.

For this I got hold of the USMC Semper Fidelis starter box (for a nice price) and added on a couple of LVT amphibious transport/infantry support vehicles.

I picked away at them during October and November and then finally made a big push last night, by completing the 20+ guys I had sitting base coated, but washing, highlighting and basing all in one session.

And that was me, my pile of shame and hobby desk is relatively clear (for now) In the new year I'll be adding some armour and grenadiers to my late war Germans, as well as hopefully getting some more games in, pandemics permitting!

Tuesday, 31 August 2021

The rest of August I guess!

Continued chilled yet satisfying hobbying in the latter half of this month...

I based and converted some Epic Orks after the inspiration of our latest podcast on the faction, and the chance to face off against them in a game of NetEpic (coming soon to YouTube).

I also knocked out a few 28mm squads - some slightly fictional (as the real thing doesn't sit easy with me) 1943 German Kommandos using some DAK, Pioneer, and British bits.

Then closing out with a return to the grimdark future, with some Ad-Mech Sicarians. I've loaded these out with a mix of weapons rendering them 'illegal' in a game of 40k, but I went for the rule of cool here and really liked the look of the models this way!

Heading into September I hope to get some more games of Epic and Bolt Action in, as well as maybe paint some Orks and perhaps some more Ad-Mech to whittle down the pile of shame a little more!


Tuesday, 10 August 2021

July/A bit of August Roundup

Very little progress hobby wise. The weather has been great so spent most if it outside and the times when the pang to hobby has hit, it's been too hot in my office.

I managed to get a wee terrain piece, a couple of Gargants, and some Chaos stuff for an upcoming battle painted, including some rather weird Slaanesh Knights that came out of necessity and what was to hand;

some 28mm Dark Eldar legs, heads and weapons, and for a couple of hours cutting, gluing and painting, they turned out just fine (i think!).

Other than that, I picked up some Rogue Trader IG stuff randomly, and have some actual games planned.

Next up - The ever looming Squats... Maybe this month will the time for them to be painted? 

Sunday, 27 June 2021

May/June Roundup

 2 months without a post... The weather must be good!

I've actually done a fair bit in this period before just now hitting a wall with my squat force and packing my hobby space away until I'm feeling the urge again.

In the meantime we are cracking on with the Epic Army Lists for the podcast and this is giving me enough of a hobby hit for the moment.

So yeah, the last couple of months I started the Sqauts, and I've painted all of the vehicles I think I'll need for the moment, including quite a few conversions and scratch builds for a bit a variety and to avoid paying scalper prices on eBay!

I've based all the plastic I'll need, including 2 brotherhoods, 2 bike guilds, and a grand battery, but i need to find a bit of a spark to actually paint them now.

To keep myself interested I also did some odd jobs like a Commisar Yarrick for my IG and Fulgrim for my Slaanesh, as well as Chaos Marine company.

Thursday, 29 April 2021

April roundup

 Another month, another photo dump of progress...

Still not had any gaming, but that should hopefully change soon.

I've kept the pile of shame ticking over and finished off some odd hobby jobs - including more contributions to the Life Of Die podcast.

Next month will see my next 'new army' project for this year.... Epic Squats - I let go the small army i acquired a few years ago and used it to fund some fresh unpainted minis.

My vision for these guys will be some kind of Nordic/Pirate theme, black/grey/white/red using some Space Wolf decals where required.

I will have a boat load of plastic infantry and bikes, but not much of the heavier metal praetorians. As such my theming will be more of a mobile/raiding force rather than the traditional dug in/tick like dwarves of lore.

Anyhoo, here's the stuff, More Green Marines, based 40k guys, and some stuff from the Life of Die 'white dwarf' style photo shot for the latest video(s) on Epic list building.