Wednesday, 30 December 2009

Addicted

Loads of progress recently :)

Despite it being a pretty family oriented Xmas, I still managed to sneak a look at a couple of chapters of the PP3 DVD that I got from my girlfriend. I never thought I would manage to make alyering look convinving, what with my shakey hands and dyspraxia, but looking at my recently finished Phoenix, I'm very please with myself. I made myself a pretty basic wet pallette, keeping my paint layers thin, and satrted applying multiple coats where appropriate. Unfortunately I've done alot of learning and practice on the Phoenix, so it looks a little untidy, but hopefully, my freshly basecoated Manticore will come out looking alot more crisp.
The magnetized Myrmidon project is on hold while I am in the groove with painting, as it would be a shame to waste the momentum, but I intend to try and have it finished (magnetized and painted) by the end of January.

I've also started to read through the MK2 rules pdf that I downloaded off the PP website, because the more I paint, the more I want to play! I pre ordered the hardback rulebook, and I'm going to get my printed PDF bound, so that I can keep the hardback nice, for reference and fluff, and use the pdf for rules and learning. I'm just about to order a Gorgon, and a Chimera, as well as UAs for both of my dawnguard units, which will bring me up to a pretty decent force (I think :P) aswell as giving me the option to use the Kaelyssa battlebox when needed. The next few installments, from the next few paypackets, will be solos, Houseguard, and UAs, and possibly the remaining warcasters.

I know it's a bit of a wall of text, but I got some new camera batteries from my parents for Xmas, so when the evenings start to get lighter, I'm going to start taking more pictures of finished models, and WIP shots.

Thanks for stopping by :)

Lofty

Monday, 21 December 2009

I am the highway

Long time since last post, but plenty going on :)

I'm pretty much done with my magnetized Mymidon, and I' really pleased with the way it is going. I took the advice of IK adventures, and went for a bit of a conversion with the magno-phoenix's sword, which is looking pretty good as a spear! I also added a pointing finger to the other hand, so whichever myrmidon I use looks as though he is calling out an opponent for a solid thrashing :)

I managed to get basecoats, and the thermal blade done for my non magnetized Phoenix, and I'm really very pleased with the way everything is looking. Been pretty busy with christmas recently, with shopping, and various social outings etc, but me and my girlfriend celebrated our christmas together yesterday(we are spending the 25th with out respective families), and I got my new brushes! Nothing too special, just some of the shiney new GW brushes, which I am very pleased with.
We had a lot of snow this weekend, coupled with very cloudy days, so I haven't been able to take any mini photos, but I will endeavour to do so over the festive period on one of my all too few hoilday days from work.

I've been very eager to the previews of the new battlefoam bags to be honest, and with the previews up on the site today, I have had my mind made up by the pricetag... $145 is alot of money, coupled with shipping, it's obscene. I know that Wayland games are distributing for Europe, but the prices will still be pretty high. I've spent most of my lunch hour today over at http://www.krmulticase.com/ pricing myself up an aluminuim case for half the dollar value of the battlefoam case. While the battlefoam cases may well be a dream purchase for my fledgling WM collection, it's far too much money to spend, especially considering that I still don't have anyone to play against. Besides all of the above, I have purchased at least three standard KR cases, and two custom cases(for my filthy GW habit), and the guy that runs the site is a top bloke, and always happy to help. I'm even in the gallery section! As I was so chuffed with the cases, I offered my adaptation of one of the standard cases as an entry to the gallery(my case is the one with the rune on the front midway down)

Sorry for the wall of text, lot's to say today :)

Thanks for stopping by!
Lofty

Oh and if I don't get time before it happens - Hope you all have a great Christmas!

Wednesday, 9 December 2009

Reader input required :)

Check out the swanky new banner ^_^ courtesy of Gdaybloke over at http://losthemisphere.wordpress.com/ very kind (and talented) chap indeed. I suppose I should mention though that the image of the Chimera which it is based on is property of Privateer Press, and no one else is claiming ownership here :P

With that exciting news out of the way, I have been working with magnets this week...
The fourth and final heavy Myrmidon I bought is the first miniature I have ever used magnets with, and lets say it's quite a steep learning curve. Not helped in the slightest by the fact that, when I came to magnetise the arc nodes/vents, I saw that for some unknown reason, I had already glued a set of vents into the gap.... Needless to say there was much wailing and gnashing of teeth as I tried to extricate the plastic from the gap, failed, and bodged some magnets in there....

The rest of it however is going pretty well, and I'm looking forward to the results. I've also been toying with a bit of a retake on the Phoenix idea, I guess opinions would be nice -
I posed the torso and legs in a way that made me think some kind of spear would look cool... I have some brass rod from when i replaced my Griffons halberd shaft, and I have enough spare Phoenix swords to at least attempt it. I also thought, looking at the shape of the sword, perhaps a scythe would be workable.

What do you guys think? Please bear in mind that my sculpting skills barely stretch further than gap filling/fur/hair work, but I am keen to try and make something of a centrepiece here I guess.

Cheers!

Lofty