Rogue Trader Civilians

6 09 2016

I wanted some civilians for my future games of Rogue Trader/Rogue Stars so it’s not just two groups of fighters slugging it out. I’m now trying to figure out some form of group dynamic. Maybe three or four influencers to roll direction/scatter dice for and everyone else following them. This might make life interesting for the fighters if they have a crowd charging towards them in the middle of a firefight.

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The Patron, his Concubine, his Bodyguard and his Accountant. These are from Moonraker Miniatures

 

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Colony 87 from their Kickstarter

 

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Citadel Paranoia ‘bots and a certain melancholic android from Denizen Miniatures

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Speeder Bike from Denizen, scratch-built easel and Painter Kevin from Foundry

 

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Slave Market. Minions, not sure about them I got them in the 80’s. Naked girl and man with staff from Unfeasibly  Miniatures. Kneeling girl from Brother Vinni. Bodyguard from Warlord Games.

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These were from some freebie figures I got at Salute. Maelstroms Edge with bits from Warlord Games, Victoria Miniatures and Perry Miniatures.

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A Fatty from Citadel’s Judge Dredd. Privateer Press and Ramshackle Games.

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A Cartographer from Ral Partha Europe. Traders from Lead Adventures and a Gentleman from the Slaver set from Unfeasibly Miniatures.

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Moonraker and Reaper

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Reluctant to be photographed, Meridian Miniatures and Moonraker in the center.

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Denizen

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Denizen

My target is for about fifty. Getting them painted would be good.

And yes, I am prevaricating about the Dragon.

 

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Another brick (or stone) in the wall

26 08 2016

Today has been hotter than yesterday, if that is possible. The cicadas are in full voice and the mountains are a pearly grey in the heat.
This mornings task was to glue some walls together that I had laser cut over the last few weeks using up old scraps of MDF.

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These were inspired by one of GDubs scenery books where they made walls from thick card. I really did not fancy spending hours and hours with a knife cutting out card shapes. This is where a laser cutter comes in handy. Each wall section only takes a couple of minutes to cut and I have loads of scrap that I want to use up. The only pain is glueing it together.

By ten this morning I had to stop as the glue was setting almost immediately in the rising heat.





“Do you really think that’s wise, sir?”

3 08 2016

First of all a warm welcome to my new followers. Although I have to say I am not quite sure what some of you stand to gain from following a rather niche blog. But it is gratifying all the same.
So without further ado here is some more waffle.
Next up in the sketch modelling is the first in some sci-fi buildings. This is a small habitation.wise1
Here is a side view with Sergeant Wilson (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sergeant_Wilson) for scale. The exterior is going to have lots of gubbins like solar panels and heat exchangers. I think I might make the top of the roof flat so it can be used as another surface in skirmish games.
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This is a front view looking into the car/buggy port. There will be a step/s leading up to the entrance.
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A rear view shot. I’m not sure whether to recess this a little and have a little porch area.

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Summertime blues, there ain’t no cure

23 07 2016

For the last four months I’ve seemed to have hit a bit of a painting block.
This is not to say that I’ve not been busy, but I just can’t seem to be able to pick up a brush.
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This is a prototype of a generic fantasy building I’m working on. The next step is to make the artwork for the wooden timbers.
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This is a sketch model of a building I want to make. Thank heavens for pizza boxes, they’re great for chopping up and playing around with. After this I need to start playing around with some sci-fi buildings.





Austrian Salute 2016

14 03 2016

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This is my third visit to this show, my second as an exhibitor. I’m lucky as this is fairly local to me as I too am based near Salzburg.
We got here at 08.30 on the dot and were greeted by an empty room with tables set up and neatly labelled. My thoughts were, “Oh dear!” Or something similar but more vernacular, I could have had some more sleep. But people soon turned up and very soon the room filled.
Getting set up
This version of Salute is slowly growing and I think that soon a bigger venue will be required. But when I spoke to Walter, the show organiser, he was keen to keep the show at this current venue, “Small is beautiful” were his words on the matter.
Grumpy Old Tin was sited right next to the entrance and it proved to be a sweet spot as people browsed as they came and went.
Panorama
Here are some of the games and exhibitors at the show. If you want a more eloquent description and more photos I’ll refer you to this post from Battlebrush Sudios.
http://www.battlebrushstudios.com/2016/03/show-report-austrian-salute.html
Opening Speech
The day starts off with Walter’s address where he greets everyone. Walter, or El Cid as he is also known, runs the local gaming club/store and is the organiser of this event.
Zone Mortalis
First up was an extravagant Forgeworld Zone Mortalis board and loads of Forgeworld models. They were running a Heresy game using 40K rules.
Command and Colours
There was a game of Commands and Colours with Ancients. They were using Hexon terrain and I wanted to look a little later at the figures and terrain, but I blinked and vooom they had disappeared.
Templates and Widgets
Next to this was Templates and Widgets selling laser-cut bases and markers. I still haven’t quite forgiven him for disrupting my Wife’s skiing plans, but that is another story for another day.
Casual Painting
In the far corner was Casual Painting. The painting was well done but quite reliant on airbrushing which would have been nice if they had demonstrated it.
Firestorm Armada
There was a game of Firestorm Armada by Spartan Games and displayed on the table were some of the Halo Fleet Battles boxes which caught Number 1’s eye as he is becoming a little Halo addict.
DBA
In the middle was a table with a rather lonely man showing off his DBA/DBM rules. I’ve since learnt that he is an authority on the ruleset so it was a pity that noone was really interested. He had some cabinets of some painted 15mm figures for use in the game. He told me that he gets them painted in Sri Lanka. We are at opposite ends of the painting spectrum he has more money than time and I have more time than money.
Infinity
Close to me me was a game of Infinity with a container full of the sadly no more containers from Rackham’s AT-43. They are very nice.
Malifaux
Directly behind me was a table playing Malifaux. There was an interesting use of carpet tiles as a playing surface which I shall bear in mind.
Team Yankee
Flames of War modern using the Team Yankee rules. Nice looking terrain and scenery and the armour was painted well.
Painting Competition
The painting competition. Sadly not enough light for my poor old eyes and not enough space to get a look at the figures which was a pity as there was some good painting. This year it was single figures; Historical, Fantasy, Sci Fi and Steampunk. I entered three figures, but didn’t get a mention. So I need to up my game on that front.
Napoleonics
This was a very nice looking 6mm Napoleonic game using rules from Kugelhagel.
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The figures were beautifully painted, sadly my little camera wasn’t up to capturing them in all their glory.
Chain of Command
There was a Chain of Command game using 15mm Battlefront figures. It used a battlemat which looked quite nice but it was very thin. I’ve been thinking about battlemats but I haven’t found anything, as yet, I’ve been totally sold on.
Frostgrave
Being 2016 there was the inevitable game of Frostgrave which it seems is “The” game of the moment. Nice buildings from Battlefield in a Box, but as with everything I like, are discontinued, The boards were very good and were made from sheets of insulation foam.
By Fire and Sword
Right at the back was a display game of By Fire and Sword which was tied in nicely to an actual shop selling that and a few other bits and pieces.
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John Carter of Mars
After lunch up popped a game of John Carter of Mars, where the ancients game had been. They were running it using the Heroscape ruleset and were using Heroscape hex terrain.
Triumph and Tragedy
Triumph and tragedy. Tales of Adventure, Fortune and Fate. A 28mm skirmish game.
Guns at Gettysburg
The big game was Guns at Gettysburg a big 28mm American Civil War game using the General de Brigade rules.
They won a prize for the best table at the show.
Battlebrush Studios
Then finally there was Battlebrush Studios with Sigur doing painting demonstrations.
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I left Number 1 Son in his capable hands.
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Here is Number 1 Son with his number 1 painted soldier.
This year was more positive for me. Time didn’t drag. I sold more stuff. And I was approached to exhibit at a show in Germany.
http://www.die-gruene-horde.de/index.htm





Product of the Year 2015

21 01 2016

This year there are two products of note.
The first is something you wouldn’t normally think of: yoghurt pot lids.
As I have two boys with rapacious appetites I tend to buy half litre pots. They come with plastic lids for resealing. Presumably the manufacturers don’t consider that their product will be consumed in one sitting. Anyway they make ideal one shot palettes, especially when using oil paints. I don’t have to worry about cleaning up, I just toss it in the recycling.
The second product is a paint from Vallejo, Dark Blue Grey.
I have been using it a lot on my Imperial Guard Army and have started using it on my fledgling High Elf Army. I wanted to steer away from the standard Games Workshop blue and white and head for more sea-like greys and blues. This clour just fits the bill.





Splashing paint for fun

16 04 2015

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I haven’t painted for the sheer pleasure of it for a couple of months now, so today I thought I’d change that. I haven’t set myself any targets or goals this month. It’s all about relaxing. I have been putting in a fair few late nights making artwork for my laser cutting and have been putting painting anything far away.
This is one figure from the Arcworlde Kickstarter I received a few months ago but didn’t start, well apart from prepping and priming.








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