Bear Cavalry

6 01 2016

Hysterical Games has posted images of something every Khador player will want:


I have no idea how to purchase such a wonder, but one thing is certain: at last we shall have our bear cavalry!

May Warmachine Wrap-Up

8 06 2014

OK, so it’s actually June 8th. I’ve been busy!

In the month of May I managed to pain two models (and played zero games!).

One was the eminent Kovnik Andrei Malakov. The only reward that I cared about from the Warmachine kickstarter, this guy is going to show up in lists with either a Decimator or Torch (until Grolar shows up).


I thought of doing a bit of a conversion on this guy, but he’s a limited edition sculpt. I imagine him sitting at a little bistro table with a cup of coffee or tea, just sneering at the theatre of war that surrounds him. Ah well. There’s always hope for the general release model.

The other thing I painted in May was, of course, my plastic Beast 09. I’ve seen a couple of versions of this guy running around with him holding his axe with two hands. However, they always have it backwards. If it’s supposed to be in his right hand, the axe head should be on the right side. I know that this is a fantasy world with werewolves, dragons and zombies, but come on folks! Let’s have some ground rules!


In any case, a bit about construction: when I started working on this guy, all the FLGS’s were out of Black Ivan kits. As a result the shoulder spikes here are all green stuff from an instamold. Likewise, the ‘jack rings on his thighs were green stuff as well, pulled via instamold from an Ironclad’s shoulders. Most other bits were freehande sculpts using even more green stuff. The ice on Ice Breaker is Woodland Scenic Water Effect.

I have no idea if this guy will be “tournament legal,”but I damn well think he should be!

OMG! Foam!

16 05 2014

Up until… well today… I’ve been using magnates and a steal toolbox to lug around my minis. I’ve owned an army transport case with various foam since the winter holidays, but I’ve never been able to pull the trigger. With the semester over I’ve started to pop the magnates off the bottom of the basis (with the freezer trick to weaken the super glue) and place them in foam. Here’s where the project currently sits:


The big issue is that despite playing war games involving measuring, I’m horrible with spatial acuity. I also tend to be overly cautious. This all combines to create a vexing situation where I don’t want to pull the trigger on the foam (or pull the foam, as the case may be). I’ve been working on this for several hours and have little to show for it.

It may not seem very important, I know; but it is so I’m bothering telling you so.

Andrei WIP

15 05 2014

I’ve started painting up my Kickstarter-exclusive Andrei Malakov. One interesting thing I’m noticing about painting this guy up is that there seems to be significantly less “there” than with a full warcaster. No cape. No horn. No bed roll and nap sack. What the heck? How is this guy expecting to survive as a ‘caster! In any case, here’s where he is currently at.


My hope is to base him tomorrow and then finish him up by the weekend. I’d like to take him out for a spin at the weekly league game.

As far as tactics go, I’ll probably run him with a Decimator for shits and giggles (or if I have the points, Torch). Eventually, Grolar will be his pet warjack (as was foretold by the prophets). However, the matter of ‘caster is still a bit up in the air. I’m starting to gravitate towards a pSorcha list with Beast 09 and the Winter Guard Deathstar and a ton of mercs. He could be useful here. We’ll have to see.

Then again, I’m thinking that I might be getting 3utcher for the impending annual celebration of my life. If I’m right, Andrei might be bunking with a pack of dogs before the month is out.


Plastic Beast 09

10 05 2014


Well, he still needs a dull coat, but here’s the finished product: Beast 09 in all his scrappy glory.



Not shown: he has “09” on his right shoulder—just in case the giant axe, glowing cowl, etc. etc. aren’t enough to properly identify him.


Beast 09 WIP

8 05 2014

I’ve been working a bit on my plastic kit conversion of Beast 09. In contrast to most of my warjacks, I’ve decided that even though the Beast is Sorcha’s favourite warjack, she still doesn’t treat him very well. Given her emotionally conflicted state with the return of her nemesis Orsus and the ascendancy of her forbidden love Vladimir, I imagine that she’s hot doing a good job maintaing her jacks. Also, I think that Beast’s temper doesn’t allow much room for regular maintenance.



As far as techniques go, I started by using an approach to rust put forward by Mutley on the Privateer Press Forum. Essentially: prime black, drybrush silver, wash with rusty browns, drybrush silver again and then hit with a brown wash. After that, you start painting the… urm… paint.

However, I’m not that far in. I took a side ways journey into verigris patina using a tutorial I found on Tiny Worlds. (I used this on my Convergence of Cyriss terrain piece last year.) I took these pics while waiting for the wash to dry. I still need to dry brush the bronze areas with bronze and then with a bronze/gold mix.

The plan is to finish the patina today and perhaps start on his icy axe and arcane glow. I’m reticent to begin blocking in what scraps remain of Beast’s paint. I still haven’t decided if I’m going to paint him canon or go with the dark scheme I’ve been using for most of my jacks.

April Warmachine Wrap-Up

3 05 2014

Despite the end of the university term and my recent obsession with Super Dungeon Explore, I did manage to slap some paint on Warmahordes models this past month. What? Warmahordes? Indeed.

First up we have a mini unit of the Gatorman Posse. I picked these fellows up last year on a leftover sale at my FLG. I had left them half-finished until this month. I’ve tried to use water effect with some ink to make a swampy base —which is completely lost in the shot except for a previous unnoticed mistake right in the front of the leader. *sigh*


Next up is the Boneswarm light warbeast. It was likewise picked up on a sale. I tried to paint it following the Incorporeal Tutorial I linked to back in January. What I discovered was that you should stop two steps earlier. The model was gorgeous after the following steps:

  • Basecoat Ice Blue
  • Wash with Thraka Green
  • Wash with Asumen Blue
  • Drybrush with white (I used Vallejo Primer White)

Unfortunately, I then washed it again with green and blue. And so, we have the following result:


Not horrible, but not what I wanted either. I’d be more upset, but I considered this model a test of Alexia and the Risen. I will eventually paint up two batches of Risen using the colour scheme above. Mwahahahah.

Finally, we have Eiryss, Mage Hunter of Ios. Apparently painting up a model with snowy camouflage pattern will be worth 5 league points for Purists in Halfaug. I looked at several tutorials and tried my best, but she still looks a bit… wrong. I iced the base like my Khador but used my standard Merc front arc colour scheme. If it weren’t for the fact that I literally have more points to paint than I have painted, I would probably throw here in a Simple Green bath. As it is, I’ll just grin and bear it.


So that’s all for Warmahordes for the month of April. Hopefully I’ll get two some more Stonehaven miniatures in May. I’ve still got a shitload of gnomes left to paint from the last kickstarter, and I’ll be getting my shipment of Elves sometime this month.