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Catching Up

Posted in 40K, Blather, Dropzone Commander, Games, Minis with tags , , , , , , , on September 23, 2015 by stingersix

Wow, I have been slack here. No new posts since February. But I have done a ton of painting and completed several projects, not least of which is my Tallarn army for 40K. This is basically going to be a big photo dump of all the things I’ve been working on since then, with a few comments about what you’re seeing.

 

First of all, I finished my Tallarn army! I’m really happy with the way this army turned out. The detail and character on the minis is great and the theme (LRDG) fits it perfectly. The Rough Riders are the centerpiece models. Unfortunately, their in-game performance does not match how awesome they look, but whatever!RR_1 RR_2 RR_3 RR_4 RR_5 RR_WIP_1 Sentinel_top Sentinels T_1 T_2 T_3 T_4 T_5 T_6 T_7 T_8

I have had a couple games with my Tallarn. So far, I have lost every single time. Heh! But again, oh well. It’s 40K so what do you expect? These pics are from a fun narrative scenario where the Tallarn were accompanying an Inquisitor on a doomed archeological dig. The Tallarn defended their outpost to the last against the Necrons (who pretty much just plowed them under).

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Now, if there is any game that I have played a lot of this year, it’s the excellent Dropzone Commander. I can count the number of games of 40K I’ve played on both hands. I’ve lost count of how much DZC I have played! The game has really taken off at the store and the community is vibrant and growing. We’ve expanded our games beyond the default urban setting as you can see. My UCM army is big and getting bigger! I love the UCM air power! Dropzone Commander scratches an itch for me that was once fulfilled by Epic Space Marine. It seems to be doing the same for a number of other folks.

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Round about when I finished my Tallarn, I started painting some of the Knight Models Batman miniatures. Still haven’t played yet but I love these figures. Since it’s a true skirmish game, I’ve tried to do my best on these models and make them look as good as I can get them.

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In the summer, I started playing Bolt Action. This game is super fun and I’m hoping to play more of it in the future! I’ve had an American infantry force sitting around for a while, so it was good to finally play!

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And pretty much the last thing I’ve done recently is paint up the ships for the HALO Fleet Battles game! Spaceships are super easy and fast to paint. I knocked two fleets out in a week! The game is fun too!

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That’s what I’ve been up to since February! There’s much more to come!

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Bolt Action G.I.s

Posted in Historical, Minis, WIP with tags , , , , on September 15, 2013 by stingersix

Lest you think I spend all my time painting 40K models these days, I thought I’d post up a couple (very rough) pics of the American G.I.’s I’ve painted for the the Bolt Action game. Specifically, these are the models that come with Warlord Games’ Assault on Normandy starter set. Do I need to tell you it’s World War 2? I hope not.  You get 20 G.I.s and 20 Germans in the set, along with a ruined building kit, two sets of orders dice and the full-version hardcover rulebook.

We’re planning on giving this game a push at the store next year, as there are a few of our minis gaming regulars that are more into historical stuff than sci-fi or fantasy, and Bolt Action has a growing following. Warlord Games isn’t GW, but they’ve come a long way from where they were just a handful of years back, IMO.

Anyway, the plastic G.I.s – they come 25 to a box, 5 main sprues and 3 weapon sprues allowing you to make several different squad formations. I’ve done regular rifle squads; 8-10 men, a BAR gunner and a NCO with a Thompson. Assembly is perhaps a bit fiddly – they can be kitted out with pouches, grenades, holsters, backpacks and so on. There are 5 different bodies and depending on the arms you use (aiming, ready, leveled) you can get a variety of poses. The detail is pretty good and they all fit together well.

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I painted them with a variety of Vallejo WW2 colors then gave them a heavy wash of GW Agrax Earthshade, then highlights with the base colors again. Just trying to get them done, not win any awards. I think they look all right.

I have another box assembled and ready for priming on my painting desk. Along with them I have a mortar crew and a MG team, and I plan to get a Sherman tank. The it’ll be time to play some games!