February 23, 2012

Check out the Q&A

Anatoli over at Anatoli's Game Room put up a  Q&A with Uncle Mike from Strange Aeons. For those interested in Strange Aeons I recommend going through it.

February 20, 2012

Another ship ready

Well finally I got around to taking a picture of the 2nd ship I've painted for Dreadfleed. This time it's Grimnir's Thunder.

More or less a simple model to paint, or a limited palette at least since there are details aplenty to feast your brush on ;)

I've painted the hull with a base of Vallejo Gunmetal and the gold parts with a mix of shining gold and charred earth (this really enhances the ability of the gold to cover the underlying paint). The machinery was painted with GW tin bitz and the balloon on the dirigbles with wolf grey.  A quick wash with devlan mud and some highlights and drybrushing and that was it.

And the result, well judge for yourself.

February 16, 2012

A little something in the mail

Today (or rather this morning at 7:30 AM) the doorbell rang and a letter was delivered. The object of such early delivery was upon opening the letter was this:

Yes the 3rd edition of Flames of War as a handy A5 format rulebook..free of charge (except postage that is). Along with the book also came this little sticker.

It is however, a truth with a large amount of modification that I'm a FoW veteran. Yes I own the v2 rulebook and I've read it, but I've yet to try out a single game of FoW ;)

Anyways, something else has arrived too, something which I've eagerly awaited for quite a while now.

Yes it is 28 mm napoleonic miniatures for some Black Powder/Waterloo gaming. So far my force consists of 2 battalions of line infantry and some heavy cavalry. Nothing impressive but a start at least and hopefully I'll have these opened up and ready for painting soon.

The Shadewraith

Finally finished the first ship for Dreadfleet, the Shadewraith, painted as follows:

  1. Basecoated with Vallejo Wolf Grey
  2. A liberal wash of GW Thraka Green
  3. Drybrush of Vallejo Wolf Grey
  4. Seaweed painted with Vallejo Scorched Earth and a wash of GW Badab Black
  5. Random spalshes of a watered down mix consisting of Thraka Green, Goblin Green, Sun Yellow. 

And here are the pics.

This was actually a nice and quite fast model to paint so for now I don't feel intimidated by taking on more of these ships, although I do realise that the level of detail is vastly increased when we get to ships like Heldenhammer etc.

Anyways, next up on the workbench is Grimnir's Thunder!

February 11, 2012

A Game for Gentlemen & Fiends...

As the title says, a game for gentlemen and fiends. This is of course the upcoming 28 mm horror skirmish game from West Wind Productions called Empire of the Dead.

Quickstart rules are now available from the West Wind forums and I'll give them a read for sure. The description of the game as given by Andy Cooper on the West Wind forum is:

Welcome to the Empire of the Dead. It is 1888 and much of the world is in turmoil. The great discovery of the age, Infernium, has brought technological advancements barely dreamed of just a few years ago. Its discovery, however, has stirred the basest instincts of man and nature alike. The lines between right and wrong or good and evil have become blurred as factions battle not only for control of the streets but the very future of mankind. 
From the forests of Eastern Europe to the rookeries of London, factions have come together in their quest to defend the natural order of life or to simply achieve their own ends. When you step into the world of Empire of the Dead you enter a place where only your wits and tactical thinking offer hope of survival. As the leader of your Faction your task is to ensure that those who serve you survive whatever fate has to throw at them. In that way lies the route to your own advancement and enhanced power and influence. Your position, though, requires you to also serve your own masters, the leaders of your clan, club or order. Only by doing that, however obscure their purpose may seem, can you hope to avoid the assassin’s knife or wellplaced bullet.
Whether your allegiances lie with the Holy Orders of the Church, the Lycaon and their dedication to the protection of the natural order, the ancient evil of the Nosferatu or the gentlemen of the Clubs; the world that you are entering conceals many dangers and challenges for the unwary. In the Empire of the Dead nothing is as it seems. Today’s allies may be tomorrow’s sworn enemies and even the local populace may turn at a moment’s notice from a placid flock to an angry mob. Fame, fortune and unbelievable power will find those with the cunning and tenacity to survive the fortunes of the fight, ignominy and death await the rest. From the polluted streets of the city’s rookeries to the calm tranquillity of the countryside, nowhere is immune from the intrigue of the Empire. So set aside all that you know, be afraid of every corner and remember that myth and legend are just a way to hide the true horrors of the world.
This is bound to get interesting.

Strange Aeons & UFO Enemy Unknown

Something really neat that's going on these days are discussions of playing UFO Enemy Unknown using the Strange Aeons ruleset. The idea was sprung by MrHarold and the main discussion is happening at the Lead Adventure Forum and I strongly recommend joining the fun.

Most of you probably recall UFO Enemy Unknown as the game where you defend earth against an alien invasion released by Microprose back in 1994 and if not I'm sure this screenshot from will boost your memory.

I myself have just recently reacquired the game through Steam and currently I'm enjoying a good deal of old-school alien annihalation :)

February 6, 2012

New minis and some painting

Today is a day with several posts as several things are going on that should be mentioned.

After my initial post about the Panzer IV it's time to show off some new minis from Uncle Mike and Strange Aeons.

These little cuties came in the post recently and I'm desperately trying to find the time to do some more painting, however at the moment time is a limited resource :) Anyways, here are the minis.

from left to right these are: Maniac Santa (X-mas limited edition miniature), zombie priest, zombie, zombie bride, another zombie (reminds me of the boomers from L4D2) and in front a zombie dog. So as you can see a lot of zombie goodness.

Another thing I want to show today is some things I just painted up. At the time the pics were taken a liberal amount of devlan mud had been applied to the pieces, so when that dries up they'll recieve a final highlight of some golden nuance.

As the more observant probably have noticed the pieces are from GW's Dreadfleet. And yes, the truth cannot be hidden, at times I'm still a GW fanboy, although I try to limit that to these limited run board games such as Dreadfleet and of course Space Hulk when that was re-released a few years back.

Some more Panzer IV goodness

So after a few days suffering from a cold I'm more or less back on my feet, and I guess it is about time that I show some pictures of the PSC PzIV's that I posted about recently.

The pack contains 5 sprues as the one below

Each sprue contains enough parts for 1 tank with the possibility for 4 variations. These are the Panzer IV ausf. F1, F2, G and H (ausf. H is the variant with Sch├╝rtzen).

The tank is quite easy to assemble and a full assembly of the ausf. F2 took approx 15 mins, and here is the result.

I am quite confident that I'll be getting more of these for some WWII gaming.