Tuesday, 27 October 2009

Material



I was greeted by this yesterday when I got home



Lovely ^_^

That will certainly keep me busy all week, I was out yesterday evening so I only really got chance to check the components in each pack. I've just drilled out the Griffon's hand to replace the halberd shaft however, and will be trimming and cleaning him for assembly with the sentinels as m next job :)

Didn't get chance to finish the Invictors yet due to family visits over eh weekend, but they only need one or two parts touching up, so I will endeavor to complete and photograph soon.

Back to it!!

Lofty

EDIT: matching the swords to the bodies for the Sentinels took far longer than I expected, and I'm still left with some strange looking poses :P nothing too outlandish luckily, so it's all good. Only Kaelysa actually glued together tonight, but the Griffon is cleaned and ready for pinning tomorrow night

Saturday, 24 October 2009

Curse You All Men

Royal Mail have let me down...

It's my fault in a way, I decided to dip into my savings so that I could get my order in before payday (Friday) but I left it until Wednesday to do this, the day before the postal strikes... Silly silly me. Anyhow, I will be finishing off my Invictors today so I will post new pictures when I get the chance, and on the bright side I can book a half day at work next week to collect the parcel and play with mini's ;P

Bye for now :)

Thursday, 22 October 2009

Voices In The Fan

Prime Remix finally arrived ^_^

Getting some fluff reading done this week while I finish off my Invictors. the colour scheme got some good comments on here and on the PP forums, which is a real confidence boost, not to mention motivation to complete and post a few more pictures :)

I also just ordered a box of Sentinels, a Griffon, a new pin vice & drill bits, and Kaelysa. I had forgotten about the postal strikes though so I wasted money on first class post... I'm hoping it will arrive on Saturday, best not hold my breath however.

Not alot else to report, other than that I contacted the Leeds Press Ganger who is hoping to have a gaming neight set up locally by new year. Not long to wait for my first game of WM, and it will give me half a chance to get a playable force painted :) can't wait to be honest!

Will post more pictures when I finish more models.

Cheers
Lofty

Monday, 19 October 2009

The devil is in the detail

Ok so like I promised, I attempted to take some photos. The light hasn't turned out too bad, at least I don't think it has. I was quite please with the quality of the paint job I had achieved here, but then came the macro function... Anyhow, I thought I would post them here before I braved the PP forums.

My first WM miniatures;










Random Analysis

So I have Vyross and one invictor totally finished and based.
I was hoping for some decent sunlight this weekend so I could at least take filler pictures until payday and I sort out a few lamps and a lighting box. No sunlight for me though. The weekend was really overcast and grimey, and I couldn't get a decent picture at all. Coupled with the fact that it's dark when I get up for work, and dark when I get back from work. Depressing. I do however have the 9 other Invictors pretty much finished, just the sword rifle arms and helmeted heads to finish off :)

All in all I'm pretty chuffed with the way they are turning out, hardly any drybrushing, mixing paints to blend - the works. I feel like I have matured as a paitner from my GW paint-a-regiment-of-25-asap days, and I'm pleased with how the WM models I have so far are looking.
My girlfriend is getting me some decent brushes for christmas too, so I suppose the only way is up. Payday on Friday, so I'm picking a up a Griffon along with a with a unit of sentinels and Garryth. Nice mix of what I "need" to play, and what I'd like to paint.

I'll see what pictures I can get at home this evening, but I'm not sure it will be bright enough at all, so I will probably wait till I can do the poor paintjobs justice with decent pics :P

Cheers!!

Sunday, 11 October 2009

Sunday Afternoon

I got my package from the local post office on Friday, and spent the afternoon drooling over the miniatures before going out for the evening. I was really pleased with the quality of the miniatures, amazing detail, hardly any flash/mold lines at all, and the metal is very receptive to being cleaned, either by back-scraping with a modeling knife, or being filed. Well done PP!

I glued Vyross and one Invictor to their base, to which I added sand, and also mounted heads and weapons for each model on paper clip pieces for ease of painting. I hope to have dryer weather at some point this afternoon to prime them all black. Once I have a paint scheme set on the one Invictor, I can start to assemble and prime the rest of the unit while taking my time over Vyross. I'll get some pictures up when I have some progress to show :)
Not really much else to report really, apart from being infuriated that my order of Legends arrive before the Prime Remix book, so I can't get reading :P Not really best pleased with all the postal strikes etc, as I only received my miniatures as they required a signature on delivery. I've been waiting for the remix book, and some rare earth magnets for ten days now. Never mind,  It will arrive some day, and I have plenty to be busy with until then!

Cheers

Tuesday, 6 October 2009

No turning back

I just ordered my first ever Warmachine miniatures! :)

After my last post I took the plunge and ordered a box of Dawnguard Invictors, and the Dawnlord Vyross model. I also ordered the Warmachine Legends book to go with my Prime Remix rulebook due to be delivered this week (I know MK2 is due out in a few months, but I didn't want to miss out on any of the storyline :))

I've been looking around on forums for some ideas on how to use Vyros in games, but I think a lot of the tactics etc are beyond me at the moment, and should all make sense once I get hold of MK2. It's all really interesting though, with differnet combos of models and abilities/feats etc. It will be good when Vassal is updated to include the retribution so I can get a feel for the way Retribution armies play. Then I can plan purchases based on games rather than looks. This is of course no substitute for playing real models against real opponenets on the table, but I'm still looking for a local source of Warmachine games.

Still listening to the GutsnGears Podcast, which is really good for anyone into the Iron Kingdoms hobby, beginner or otherwise and once I've caught up to the more recent episodes I'm sure there will be more Retribution/MK2 based material.

Not a lot more to say really, excited about getting hold of the new models, got some rare earth magnets on their way to me from eBay too, ready for when I order my Warjacks.

Thats about it for now I guess, I'll update once I start recieving my purchases :P

Cheers

Sunday, 4 October 2009

Perspective

Ok so I've been reading through the retribution book and wondering what I want to get first :)
After a lot of pondering, I decided to get the models i like the look of best for my first purchases. This being because I'm yet to find someone/somewhere to play other than over Vassal online.
So I've decided to go straight for a box of invictors, and maybe Dawnlord Vyros.

The invictors because of the awesome concept art, and really cool looking layered armour plates and. Vyros for essentially the same reasons, coupled with the fact that he is a warcaster, so at a push i can scrape together a playable force without too many more purchases.

Something else that I've been thinking is that Privateer Press minis make me want to spend more time painting, assembling and basing etc. Because there are so many miniatures needed for GW games, I've always been of the mindset of "batch painting" to try and get miniatures table ready ASAP.
After a couple of games of Warmachine, it becomes apparent that every miniature on the table is an individual. Like the infantry guy who takes down a 'jack, or the 'jack who manages to slam his way through the enemy 'caster. I guess I'm trying to say that each mini tells part of the story. The whole game is far more cinematic than anything I've experienced before. So I've been looking to get hold of some rare earth magnets to make the Warjacks I eventually buy;
a) interchangeable (I'm looking at you heavy Retribution 'jacks)
and b) easier to transport - I would much rather remove a halberd holding arm that was magnetized to the 'jack than arrive and see it broken off.

Oh and if anyone can let me know of a source in the UK of rare earth magnets (1/16" or 1/32") please leave a comment :) *EDIT* - Ebay is a wonderful place, I feel dumb for not checking sooner 

Cheers

Thursday, 1 October 2009

Rational Eyes

So I just had my first game of Warmachine on Vassal online.
The guys that I blagged for a beginners game were really friendly, really helpful, and I had a great time. I lost obviously, and made some silly errors but the game is so cinematic, and even getting my jacks beat up was fun. The guys added some storyline and narration to make it interesting, and it was ace :)
The play style is VERY different from wargames I've played before, but it was a lot more straight forward, and once I had got the hang of a few basic rules, I felt as tough I could muddle my way through a turn or two :)
On top of all this, the Retribution book made its way through my postbox today too, so I have a lot of reading to do, both on the rules, and on prospective new factions. I played Cygnar today which felt really good, some nice 'jacks, and units, so I suppose its a choice bet them and the new retribution guys. I think I will go for maybe Cygnar for 'jacks, and Retribution for the infantry (model-wise) but I suppose playtesting will tell me more :) hopefully retribution will make it to Vassal pretty soon. Either that, or I find a gaming club, and somewhere to order minis from.
Lofty