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Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2018/09/17 11:28:42


Post by: Paradigm


Lots of rapid progress recently, great stuff!

If you're looking to customise Primaris, I find the Deathwatch parts work very well, especially the arms. Being slightly chunkier than the regular Marine arms, they suit the proportions a lot better, and have plenty of poses suitable for adding power weapons, pistols, one-handed guns ect.

Just ordered a mini that will fit that contest theme perfectly, so count me in!


Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2018/09/17 12:21:10


Post by: inmygravenimage


Excellent advice, and excellent news!

And here's the contest link:
https://www.dakkadakka.com/dakkaforum/posts/list/0/763977.page#10155400


Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2018/09/17 15:31:50


Post by: Viktor von Domm


Knight,eh? Hmmm....in for the sprit and for the sake


Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2018/09/18 08:40:33


Post by: inmygravenimage


Paradigm wrote:

Just ordered a mini that will fit that contest theme perfectly, so count me in!

Remember to sign up in the thread dude!

Viktor von Domm wrote:Knight,eh? Hmmm....in for the sprit and for the sake



So a quick check-in: having now... acquired a copy of KT I'm kitbashing a couple of things for the boys:

Harvesting parts from the bits box. Astonished I still have any SM bits left actually.

Better shots of the gunner


A mate (the blogger hendybadger, for those who know the name) has kindly thrown together 3 primaris with Auto-rifles for me from his bits box, along with parts to make 3 with sniper rifles also. Gives them lots of loadout options, and I'll pick them up a set of Reivers. That way, they'll both have a full team to play each other or take on However, I'm open to suggestions for other things to build for their smurfs.
Damn you, GW

Graven


Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2018/09/18 13:11:10


Post by: Gitsplitta


Wow... marines....


Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2018/09/18 14:54:09


Post by: Camkierhi


GW are truly knocking it out of the park at the moment, but I think the gaming scene is really growing in general at the moment so many other good games, and of course GW just coming out with cool stuff every five seconds.

Nice work on the marines, got nothing against marines myself, got several ideas for marine armies, and KT is a great little "in" for that, can try a few ideas.



Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2018/09/18 21:21:51


Post by: CommissarKhaine


Your kids must feel quite lucky . I'm getting my son into warhammer quest, and love making things up for him


Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2018/09/19 09:02:53


Post by: inmygravenimage


Gitsplitta wrote:Wow... marines....

I know, right?! Crazy

Camkierhi wrote:GW are truly knocking it out of the park at the moment, but I think the gaming scene is really growing in general at the moment so many other good games, and of course GW just coming out with cool stuff every five seconds.

Nice work on the marines, got nothing against marines myself, got several ideas for marine armies, and KT is a great little "in" for that, can try a few ideas.


The idea of being able to play in the GW sandpit with 6 models is a joy. It's brilliant marketing and a lot of fun to boot.

CommissarKhaine wrote:Your kids must feel quite lucky . I'm getting my son into warhammer quest, and love making things up for him

Well, possibly. Bloody kids. What we are looking forward to is "having an adventure" on Friday - boys are off, I'm off. Much fun to be had.

Theophony is, as I've said, a genius. Feldherr and A-Case have both got back to me and are sending me stuff to review so thanks for that suggestion. A-Case is a magnetic transport solution, so should be interesting.

P&M Updates: First Wave of Nameless done!

Love these crabby buggers.

Especially happy with my Ogres.
That's another 11 done (318 total so far) - I still have the 4 resin flying critters, leader and monster to do but, like I say, trying to clear the decks of primed things. Back to the bat next
Later
Graven


Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2018/09/19 18:47:12


Post by: Paradigm


That's a creepy bunch of crawlies. Nice work!


Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2018/09/21 22:07:34


Post by: inmygravenimage


Paradigm wrote:That's a creepy bunch of crawlies. Nice work!

Thanks old son!

A lovely day off with my boys. As well as discovering a new café locally, which was very cakey and coffee-ee, we got to grips with kill team.

Threw together a rough team of my own, Kill Team Thiasus

Not really sure what makes a good KT but then again, doesn't reallymatter, because I'm not going to totally murderise my kids... yet.

We started with conquest mat, plus some 3D terrain as it's easier for the kids to visualise:


Then moved on to a small board using what random terrain I had lying about.


Lots of fun had. They won. I may have taken unnecessary risks with plasma guns very pleased with KT and the kids really enjoyed.
Any suggestions on how to enhance our KT experience much appreciated, I've got bits for making them primaris snipers next I think? Not sure what specialist roles are best either.
Long weekend ahead, but limited Geeking available, away for dad's birthday. There will be beer and a lot of food. Will try to sneak in some painting Monday... shhhhh !
Best
Graven



Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2018/09/22 00:11:07


Post by: Red Harvest


Sounds like much fun. Best way to figure out how to enhance the experience is to play more games. True.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2018/09/22 16:57:38


Post by: inmygravenimage


Red Harvest wrote:Sounds like much fun. Best way to figure out how to enhance the experience is to play more games. True.

SO true
But with the wee fella's birthday coming up, wondering what to do for him, particularly.



Tiny person got up very early this morning and wanted (a) daddy and (b) cartoons.
So, given that she was awake and, therefore, I was awake, got some painting done. Lots more work on the Shazam family:


Face and hair need finished, then general tidying up. Still not sure if I'm happy with the custom base but it is what it is.



If anything uncle Dudley is slightly further along. Actually really enjoying painting him. Cape needs more layers though. Tell you something, my kids are never playing White Scars

Meanwhile, robins and Ra's are less far along, but still progressing:

I'm delighted by how rescue Ra's is coming along, for a model that was simultaneously caked in paint/glue and broken in multiple places.

Cloak's doing alright. Much more fun than doing white.

And Boy/Girl Wonder

Lot of face tidying to be done. Boy robin lost a fight with model air black

Many more layers of yellow to go...

Try to finish these late Monday, but through the week is more likely tbh.

A wee reminder about my contest:
https://www.dakkadakka.com/dakkaforum/posts/list/0/763977.page#10161813
Already some good stuff there.

Later
Graven


Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2018/09/22 20:53:49


Post by: Dr H


Good work all round. Like the crab-people.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2018/09/23 05:21:22


Post by: youwashock


Love those Marvels.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2018/09/23 11:25:19


Post by: CommissarKhaine


Looks like the marvel stuff is coming together nicely . Ras' Al Ghul is looking pretty heroic.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2018/09/23 20:06:08


Post by: Gitsplitta


Plenty of good work on display graven. Keep it up!


Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2018/09/24 19:45:17


Post by: Camkierhi


Nice work all round, really great to see you playing with the kids.keep it coming bud, you are really on a roll, some hell of a great work.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2018/09/27 17:43:08


Post by: Theophony


In like Batman snuck his bits into a comic .


Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2018/09/27 21:21:32


Post by: inmygravenimage


Dr H wrote:Good work all round. Like the crab-people.

Cheers squire, they were a lot of fun to do.
youwashock wrote:Love those Marvels.

I'd love them more if they were finished
CommissarKhaine wrote:Looks like the marvel stuff is coming together nicely . Ras' Al Ghul is looking pretty heroic.

Well, we are all heroes in our own narrative.
Gitsplitta wrote:Plenty of good work on display graven. Keep it up!

Thanks old son.
Camkierhi wrote:Nice work all round, really great to see you playing with the kids.keep it coming bud, you are really on a roll, some hell of a great work.

Yeah, sadly my roll seems to have hit a wall...

Sorry for radio silence. Work, and life, demanding. Bit sick of having no hobby time and no real hobby outlet. So, mostly, I have been tidying. Lots of figure cases, and a grand reorganisation of stuff. Actual content update sometime soon


Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2018/09/29 09:18:29


Post by: inmygravenimage


Hello again, my lovely gravelings,
Sorry it's been a while since there was a proper update. On the plus side you get a week's worth of photo dump

So here's what I've been up to. First, a tidy, of sorts.

Yes, that's a lot of storage. Not finished yet, but the whole place feels better as a result. Even Mrs G approves.

As you can see this is a *lot* of Feldherr. I'd like to thank Theophony once again apparently KR are sending me some stuff, I've not been impressed by their foam in the past, but still better than GW
I've also got an A-Case to review, a magnetic storage system. Going to try this for my Deadzone as they feel very light - too light - and their bases are tab free so easy to add magnets to.

Also got done some building. The most recent km stuff has decent quality control, finally, and minimal clean-up required.

So we have...
King Shark!

Stunning model. Needs a cool base. Any thoughts?

Nightmare Batman and Zurr-En-Arrh Promos


New Clowns:


Joker's daughter

Terrible in game, but a lovely model.

Killer Croc

Unfortunately mispacked minus a hand But it's on its way, apparently. QC note - he's an earlier release than the rest.

Hal & Harley:

I've left the extra sprue on Hal to use as something...

New Poison Ivy.

Breathtakingly pretty fig.

And her new plants:


The Brave and the Gold. the Dynamic Bluo...

Booster Gold and Blue Beetle, that is.

Darkseid is... quite large

And Animated Batgirl. That's going to become a street sign.

First HP mini, the promo Luna:


Also Kitbashed Vigilante from 'Arrow' for a friend:

He wants to paint it himself. He's a huge fan of CW, but hates converting things, especially metal. Plus he's been ill, so needs cheering up.

Did some stuff for the kids too. Some Kitbash Reivers:

Yes the legs are wrong, they're regular Primaris. Shhhhh!
And Stalkers:

These guys will get Beakies, as the boys want to go Raven Guard.

Speaking of kitbashes, I think I've had a brainwave for a Daemon prince. A kid at my local gw stuck bloat drone fans on a regular dp model - great idea - I'm not a fan of the regular dp though, all end up looking far too samey, but it got me thinking: bloat drone as the lower body/"wings", beast of nurgle for the upper body, head and limbs. Reckon that could work?

But done some painting too.

Rescue Ra's al Ghûl


Considering the awful state he came to me in, I'm happy enough.

Boy wonder, who's not quite finished.


Need to fix the eyes, and I'm not sure about the skin/tights colour.

And "Boy" wonder



Say my name: Shazam!



And my favourite the lot, uncle Dudley.


Shazamily!

So yeah, that's me
5 more models for September. Not shabby. 313 total. Aiming for 365 in the year

Still plenty of time to enter my I AM THE KNIGHT contest:
https://www.dakkadakka.com/dakkaforum/posts/list/763977.page

It's not been a great month at work, for me or wife. I'm hoping October is better. Kids are good at least.

See you on the other side,
Graven


Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2018/09/29 15:33:04


Post by: CommissarKhaine


Wow, Wall of pics! Looks lie your kids will have fun new toys to play with.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2018/09/29 16:01:21


Post by: Theophony


Nice haul , glad my idea worked out for you.

As for king shark base, I don’t know much about the character, but I feel he should be standing on something large that got overturned. If it was a diorama I’d say flip an armored car on its side with the doors ajar and cash spilling out and him on top of it. But since the base is not that big how about an old fashioned hot dog street cart . Even King Sharks got to eat. Besides hot dogs come in all flavors, beef, turkey, pork, chicken raccoon and squirrel, and that’s just in the standard hot dog.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2018/09/29 20:46:38


Post by: Dr H


Good collection of things to be getting on with.

Good work.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2018/09/29 21:55:24


Post by: Llamahead


I'd be tempted to just use Uncle Dudley as the Daemon Prince.......... Well more seriously Darkseid.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2018/09/30 03:45:18


Post by: Theophony


 Llamahead wrote:
I'd be tempted to just use Uncle Dudley as the Daemon Prince.......... Well more seriously Darkseid.


he would be a great Iron warriors DP....good thing I’m not doing 40K or 30K


Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2018/09/30 22:07:01


Post by: inmygravenimage


CommissarKhaine wrote:Wow, Wall of pics! Looks lie your kids will have fun new toys to play with.

Yeah, and indeed we did

Theophony wrote:Nice haul , glad my idea worked out for you.

As for king shark base, I don’t know much about the character, but I feel he should be standing on something large that got overturned. If it was a diorama I’d say flip an armored car on its side with the doors ajar and cash spilling out and him on top of it. But since the base is not that big how about an old fashioned hot dog street cart . Even King Sharks got to eat. Besides hot dogs come in all flavors, beef, turkey, pork, chicken raccoon and squirrel, and that’s just in the standard hot dog.

Hmm. That's an ace idea. I have a wee tuktuk that I might use for that very purpose !
Dr H wrote:Good collection of things to be getting on with.

Good work.

Is good. Ta.
Llamahead wrote:I'd be tempted to just use Uncle Dudley as the Daemon Prince.......... Well more seriously Darkseid.

well, Darkness IS...

Theophony wrote:
 Llamahead wrote:
I'd be tempted to just use Uncle Dudley as the Daemon Prince.......... Well more seriously Darkseid.


he would be a great Iron warriors DP....good thing I’m not doing 40K or 30K

Succumb! Give in !

You wait ages and ages for one update to come along and then two come along at once.

Had a cracking game of Kill Team with the boys, teaching them to use movement and terrain to their advantage

Not as 2D a board as it looks, we had different areas designated as different heights. Makes me realise I need some simple multi level terrain, however, that's easy to assemble/disassemble and store. Something involving boxes maybe ?

Been meaning for ages to do a Daemon Prince, as I said. But it's finally come together in my head. That idea with the fans was the impetus required... and I got a bit excited:







Yeah. He was fun to do not sure he needs any more cabling or pseudopods or anything. And should be fun to paint too. Gribblegribblegribble.

More to come, some Deathstroke militia and more building of models. A good weekend with good beer and family cures many ills.
Best,
Graven


Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2018/09/30 22:42:04


Post by: monkeytroll


Nice DC update. Another fun idea for King Shark would be to cut the top of the base off and fill it with water effects, so he's wading ankle deep. But not as much fun as standing stop a hot dog stand

Lovely Prince there, lots of lovely gribbly nonsense


Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2018/10/01 06:11:06


Post by: Tyranid Horde


I know absolutely nothing about DC models but I have to say, there a few sculpts that look fantastic! King Shark and Poison Ivy in particular (Maybe I've been watching too much Gotham)...
The daemon prince looks excellent, much better than the generic model GW does. The three fans really set it off.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2018/10/01 10:36:24


Post by: inmygravenimage


monkeytroll wrote:Nice DC update. Another fun idea for King Shark would be to cut the top of the base off and fill it with water effects, so he's wading ankle deep. But not as much fun as standing stop a hot dog stand

Lovely Prince there, lots of lovely gribbly nonsense

I'm sorely tempted by a quayside base or some such. The studio paint has him on a shoreline which is lovely; bugs me that they didn't to a sculpted base insert for him. I could repurpose my Joker's Titan Weiner stand for him. Mind you, I do actually have an SUV I could wreck, too...
I'm dead chuffed with the Prince. Did go through an entire packet of milliput right enough. I wondered whether he should've been more spectacular-tentacular but I think he's about right. He certainly seems happy

Tyranid Horde wrote:I know absolutely nothing about DC models but I have to say, there a few sculpts that look fantastic! King Shark and Poison Ivy in particular (Maybe I've been watching too much Gotham)...
The daemon prince looks excellent, much better than the generic model GW does. The three fans really set it off.

Oh, man, I'm with you, the Ivy is off the chart pretty and insanely good in game (but much more balanced at the same time, which is no mean feat). The King Shark pose is really evocative too, even if I much prefer his comic incarnation (he's the best thing about Dan Abnett's current Aquaman run, which given how good that reads is really saying something).

I hate the generic DP model, and the FW one, whilst rather tasty, isn't game legal (no guns allowed on a DP). Plus, you've got to have wings, right? Close Combat specialist without decent movement? Don't think so. I need to make sure that his armoured sections are obviously though I wonder whether to make them very pale, in a pre-heresy way. I've also realised I haven't added any bells to him at all, which is not in keeping with my classical greek-inspired Putrid Choir theme. Also, he needs a name. Probably Pierus, father of the muses (at least in one version).


Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2018/10/01 11:18:49


Post by: Theophony


I don’t know about needing the bell, he has the three fans which would make a loud almost string section sound. He would be bringing a whole new sound to the choir.

On second thought it might sound like a hum and lots of the old fluff of papa Nurgle has him humming or whistling a merry little tune .


Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2018/10/01 13:04:38


Post by: Gitsplitta


Love that DP mate... great concept.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2018/10/02 00:44:30


Post by: Syro_


That daemon prince is great. I've never seen anyone make one that looks merged with a blight drone. Very cool and original idea.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2018/10/02 02:29:02


Post by: youwashock


Wow. Let's see..

Ivy IS pretty, curses. Darkseid is a beast. Shazam and Dudley came out awesome. That Demon Prince is outrageous and inspiring. Great stuff, man.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2018/10/02 13:45:44


Post by: aku-chan


Great looking demon prince!

If you wanted to give him bells, you could always hang them from his rotor bits, like a wind-chime.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2018/10/02 21:09:37


Post by: inmygravenimage


Theophony wrote:I don’t know about needing the bell, he has the three fans which would make a loud almost string section sound. He would be bringing a whole new sound to the choir.

On second thought it might sound like a hum and lots of the old fluff of papa Nurgle has him humming or whistling a merry little tune .

He does have cheery uvula dancing around at the back of his throat. I can imagine he's belting out a tune.

Gitsplitta wrote:Love that DP mate... great concept.

Cheers mucker.

Syro_ wrote:That daemon prince is great. I've never seen anyone make one that looks merged with a blight drone. Very cool and original idea.

Thanks man. I have to thank my local gw for posting a pic of the kid who stuck two fans on a regular DP fig. I just took it to its deranged conclusion

youwashock wrote:Wow. Let's see..

Ivy IS pretty, curses. Darkseid is a beast. Shazam and Dudley came out awesome. That Demon Prince is outrageous and inspiring. Great stuff, man.

Thanks buddy. Kind words, much appreciated.

aku-chan wrote:Great looking demon prince!

If you wanted to give him bells, you could always hang them from his rotor bits, like a wind-chime.

Lol. That's pretty bonkers. Quite like it

As y'all have been so nice about him, here's a WIP, just starting to lay down colours with washes and ryza:


The next step is to wash the whole thing in Earthshade and apply weathering powders to the rust sections whilst wet. A messy job but one that's worked well so far.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2018/10/02 21:30:23


Post by: CommissarKhaine


Looks like you're off to a suitably disgusting start


Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2018/10/02 22:53:12


Post by: Theophony


He is looking great , and no matter how he sounds wherever he goes he has fans around .....I’ll get my hat.

You also have me looking at my Iron warriors again after seeing that Darkseid figure


Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2018/10/06 09:55:31


Post by: inmygravenimage


CommissarKhaine wrote:Looks like you're off to a suitably disgusting start

Why thank you, I do like to be disgusting
Theophony wrote:He is looking great , and no matter how he sounds wherever he goes he has fans around .....I’ll get my hat.

You also have me looking at my Iron warriors again after seeing that Darkseid figure

Sighhhhhhhh he does have a very Iron Warriors vibe actually, doesn't he? You should check out the art in Justice League Odyssey, he's even more IW in that.

Busy, but better, week. Work less awful in the second half. Dug my heels in, got management involved, blahblahblah.

I think the DP is done, although the pics are not fantastic as (a) trying a new light set-up and (b) I got a bit over-excited. C&C welcome, I can easily tweak stuff.

Pierus, Daemon Prince of Nurgle


I wonder if the back is generally too samey.

And I wonder if he's sticky enough generally.

But as a DP with Talons x2 and Wings, I think I've hit the spot. He absolutely fits the look of my and fills out the baritones nicely

Also done are the last couple of Mirakuru-themed militia, still in their Iron Heights oranges.


Good god I'm glad to see the back of them

Got a massive amount of extra storage delivered from KR Multicase. I doubt I'll ever need to buy a case again. I've been a bit down on KR in the past but they've certainly upped their game. More on that to follow when I get the full thing written up.

I also got an A-CASE, a steel assemblage for transportation:

It's about £50/$70 plus shipping, so it's not cheap, but it's very solid (and does come with 40 neodymium magnets also) - here I've got the shelves set for marines. Remarkably lightweight, it's a good option if you want heavy duty but convenient transport. Trays slide in and out easily (held in by pins), and I like the adjustability especially. I'm forever fiddling with pick and pluck, trying to get it right for a given model, so this is a welcome alternative that's not time consuming (although it took about 20 mins of folding steel and feeling like Superman to build). This one will make a great Xmas present, for sure.

Got my boys some corvus helms for their Primaris stalkers:

A friend asked me if I could throw a quick piece of Joker terrain together for him. His instructions were, "I know you're busy, don't spend more than an hour on it."
I freaking love a challenge
So, remember that ridiculous MDF cherry crate? Bring on the LX tape!

Totally daft, but fun to do.

Oh, and picked up colour shift Martian Green (shifts between iridescent green and purple) for my Z'zor (space locusts) for Dreadball.

Any experience on using the stuff, anyone?

That's all from me for now. Not sure what I'll get done this weekend, but hey, sure it'll he interesting
All the best
Graven


Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2018/10/06 10:15:06


Post by: monkeytroll


Prince looks great, definitely fits in with your other guys. Think that the back does need a touch more variety, maybe just hit up the 'power pack' part below the fans with a bit more metal? Or maybe just add more rust tones in there.

Not tried that stuff, but have played with liquitex iridescents, they really needed a decent sized curved surface to work well on, so interested to see how you get on with this. I'm guessing this has been formulated more with models in mind. Definitely worth playing with different base colours/primers - with the liquidated stuff to get a good colour shift you used the red on top of a blue base for example to get red/blue shifting, got a slight shimmer on top of black, and a fairly standard metallic on top of white.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2018/10/06 11:01:35


Post by: Theophony


I have not tried color shifting paint, but over in N&R there’s a thread by Instar paints where they just released theirs, they had some tips on making it work better.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2018/10/06 14:59:05


Post by: Camkierhi


Great work here, love the prince, and like the look of that case. Don't think I could ever justify the money, but they are nice. Interested to see what the paint does.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2018/10/06 15:37:23


Post by: Tyranid Horde


Cracking work on the Prince, the shades of green and the rusty brown compliment each other very well! If you wanted to change the back of him up some more you could add another metallic colour in there? Obviously you could grime that up a bit and it'd look the part. I think he looks good as is though.
Interested as to what you think of the case once you've used it a bit. I've been looking at that case for a little bit but I'm worried that if it takes a tumble the models will go everywhere even though they're attached with magnets. Also curious as to how it'll work with a tanks and flyers.
Good luck with the paint! Wonder what it'll look like.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2018/10/08 07:34:57


Post by: inmygravenimage


monkeytroll wrote:Prince looks great, definitely fits in with your other guys. Think that the back does need a touch more variety, maybe just hit up the 'power pack' part below the fans with a bit more metal? Or maybe just add more rust tones in there.

Not tried that stuff, but have played with liquitex iridescents, they really needed a decent sized curved surface to work well on, so interested to see how you get on with this. I'm guessing this has been formulated more with models in mind. Definitely worth playing with different base colours/primers - with the liquidated stuff to get a good colour shift you used the red on top of a blue base for example to get red/blue shifting, got a slight shimmer on top of black, and a fairly standard metallic on top of white.

Good advice on the DP. I wonder about a touch of blueing.
Also, much appreciated on the colour shift stuff. I can but try !

Theophony wrote:I have not tried color shifting paint, but over in N&R there’s a thread by Instar paints where they just released theirs, they had some tips on making it work better.

Ooooh, ta!

Camkierhi wrote:Great work here, love the prince, and like the look of that case. Don't think I could ever justify the money, but they are nice. Interested to see what the paint does.

Yeah. Steep shipping too. You're looking at around £75 ish all in.

Tyranid Horde wrote:Cracking work on the Prince, the shades of green and the rusty brown compliment each other very well! If you wanted to change the back of him up some more you could add another metallic colour in there? Obviously you could grime that up a bit and it'd look the part. I think he looks good as is though.
Interested as to what you think of the case once you've used it a bit. I've been looking at that case for a little bit but I'm worried that if it takes a tumble the models will go everywhere even though they're attached with magnets. Also curious as to how it'll work with a tanks and flyers.
Good luck with the paint! Wonder what it'll look like.

Much obliged mate. Yeah, I'm a bit worried but the internet seems positive on it.

My weekend was spent with different distractions, I built my Z'zor team for dreadball so I can try the colour shifts. So they're in for priming just now, along with other dreadball stuff, coaches and giants, plus the primaris stalkers. I did, however, start on basing the big boys:

Sawing that trolley in half was not fun
And urban ruination for king shark

So that was fun
Started building the plagueburst crawler. However, I discovered my superglue had dried up. So, forced to use plastic glue - ugh. Hate the stuff, makes me feel like crud and never gives me a good bond anyway. It's in a clamp right now. The plan is to replace the wheels and tracks with tentacles. True caterpillar tracks

Proof of concept
So that's me, till next time,
Graven


Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2018/10/08 09:40:02


Post by: Theophony


I like the caterpillar tentacle tracks , also the teddy bear on the base I saw perfect as a treasure for king shark .

Alligator man looks like he just threw a 7, 10 split in bowling


Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2018/10/08 18:28:13


Post by: CommissarKhaine


Princ eis loking great, and so does he plague crawler. I'm curious though: while not a slug-like foot instead of tentacles?


Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2018/10/08 18:46:03


Post by: Tyranid Horde


The bases on Killer Croc and King Shark look class!
The plagueburst looks pretty neat with the tentacles, they might look really cool covered in some slime post-paint?


Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2018/10/08 20:27:14


Post by: JoeRugby


Great stuff mate


Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2018/10/09 18:27:00


Post by: monkeytroll


Loving the plagueburster tracks, that's going to look pretty cool.

Nice work on the bases, very suitable. I'm not overly keen on that head for croc though, always prefer him with a more humanoid head.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2018/10/10 03:07:08


Post by: Anvildude


Just remember with the tentatracks- LOTS. If you think you have enough, double it. Then double it again. You basically won't want to see any of the old wheels or anything, just a carpet of tentacles.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2018/10/10 17:07:03


Post by: inmygravenimage


Theophony wrote:I like the caterpillar tentacle tracks , also the teddy bear on the base I saw perfect as a treasure for king shark .

Alligator man looks like he just threw a 7, 10 split in bowling

very true, very true.

CommissarKhaine wrote:Princ eis loking great, and so does he plague crawler. I'm curious though: while not a slug-like foot instead of tentacles?

Thanks; I dunno, it just appealed to me to have this crawling, seething mass.

Tyranid Horde wrote:The bases on Killer Croc and King Shark look class!
The plagueburst looks pretty neat with the tentacles, they might look really cool covered in some slime post-paint?

Oh, absolutely!

JoeRugby wrote:Great stuff mate

Gracias!

monkeytroll wrote:Loving the plagueburster tracks, that's going to look pretty cool.

Nice work on the bases, very suitable. I'm not overly keen on that head for croc though, always prefer him with a more humanoid head.

I know what you mean about the head. I have a Killer Croc with the regular head though, so it's nice to have the variety.

Anvildude wrote:Just remember with the tentatracks- LOTS. If you think you have enough, double it. Then double it again. You basically won't want to see any of the old wheels or anything, just a carpet of tentacles.

That... is very good advice. Not entirely sure that I've followed it, but still

Started a quick and easy version Raven Guard for my boys:

Drybrushed VJ Neutral grey on all the edges. VJ red gore in the eyes, which will get a white dot for lenses. 2 layers of same for the pad trim. VJ violet on the purity seal. Bolter needs a metal drybrush, cloth needs... bone, probably, along with on the chest maybe? Don't want to overcomplicate it for them. We're going to go to our local GW on 20th for their 500th store shindig, pick up some bits maybe if their old dad is feeling generous any advice on what to expand on from some basic Primaris (12 - 3 converted with stalkers and 3 with autos) and Reivers (6)?

Also, started on my iridescent space bugs. Primed black, lightly drybrushed the same grey as used to highlight the raven guard. Two layers of colour shift on the Z'zor gave me this:


Very difficult to photograph but hopefully you can tell The eyes are done with vj red gore and a little of the colour shift blended in. Just gives them the faintest shimmer. I'm absolutely smitten with it, they look frighteningly alive.

As for the Plagueburst Crawler... Moar tentacles ya say?!


I actually think he's ok for tentacles now. However, I do feel the surface is a bit plain in places. I think some more pustules, fleshiness and iconography required. I didn't go with my original idea of adding a screaming bell at the back, and I think that's the right decision

The DP, however, I think is done:






Aside from violet washes into various recesses,I redid his eye red and did the fat flesh at the back in this sickly worm pink. Much happier.



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So with the 2 militia from the other day, that's 316.
I'm pretty happy, all in all.
Until next time
Graven


Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2018/10/10 20:18:31


Post by: Dr H


Good work all round. DP is great.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2018/10/10 20:23:51


Post by: Fifty


I absolutely love the Nurgle, but I think the Raven Guard is too grey.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2018/10/10 20:33:07


Post by: Theophony


No idea what the Primaris need as 40k keeps trying to pull me in, but no . Maybe the jump pack guys.

Could the blight hauler get some eye stalks to help it feel more like a snail?

Bugs are looking great .


Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2018/10/10 21:28:28


Post by: Paradigm


Wow, that Demon Prince is really something! Excellent from concept through to execution!


Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2018/10/10 21:33:19


Post by: monkeytroll


Think the raven needs a touch of something on his chest to break it up, bone could work well if it's going on cloth as well, keeps it simple as you say.

Iridescent looks good from the pics, going to have to pick some of that up.

Burster looks great, think missing the bell was probably right, but maybe needs a smaller bell, just to bring it on with the choir?

And those little touches to the Prince improved it


Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2018/10/10 22:03:51


Post by: Tyranid Horde


The DP looks even better with the touch-ups to the back of him, adds to the whole fleshy effect!

The tentacles look good, any of the flat paneling you don't want to have flat could have a few wrapped around it going into nooks and crannies.

Your shiny bugs look the part, they remind me of those iridescent beetles.

For the Primaris you won't go wrong with that 500th store edition of the Lieutenant, its a pretty decent model outside of the fact he has a set of ear cups on his head as well as on his helmet. Other than that I can't help you, you could go for the jump pack dudes or their ground based equivalent.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2018/10/11 22:21:29


Post by: inmygravenimage


Dr H wrote:Good work all round. DP is great.

Thanks chief, short and sweet!
Fifty wrote:I absolutely love the Nurgle, but I think the Raven Guard is too grey.

Cheers, and, yeah, I may have gone too far the other way.

Theophony wrote:No idea what the Primaris need as 40k keeps trying to pull me in, but no . Maybe the jump pack guys.

Could the blight hauler get some eye stalks to help it feel more like a snail?

Bugs are looking great .

Thanks buddy. Slippery slope these Primaris. They're satisfyingly chunky. Like the snail idea, comedy gold.

Paradigm wrote:Wow, that Demon Prince is really something! Excellent from concept through to execution!

Thank you kindly dear sir!
monkeytroll wrote:Think the raven needs a touch of something on his chest to break it up, bone could work well if it's going on cloth as well, keeps it simple as you say.

Iridescent looks good from the pics, going to have to pick some of that up.

Burster looks great, think missing the bell was probably right, but maybe needs a smaller bell, just to bring it on with the choir?

And those little touches to the Prince improved it

Bone on chest - agreed. I'm going to attach an icon of Nurgle to the back of the mortar I think. That's got clanky bells. Yeah much, much happier the dp. Brightening up the green on the tail helped too I think.

Tyranid Horde wrote:The DP looks even better with the touch-ups to the back of him, adds to the whole fleshy effect!

The tentacles look good, any of the flat paneling you don't want to have flat could have a few wrapped around it going into nooks and crannies.

Your shiny bugs look the part, they remind me of those iridescent beetles.

For the Primaris you won't go wrong with that 500th store edition of the Lieutenant, its a pretty decent model outside of the fact he has a set of ear cups on his head as well as on his helmet. Other than that I can't help you, you could go for the jump pack dudes or their ground based equivalent.

I baulk at the prospect of £20 though. £15 I can handle. £20? Unless it's something like king Shark, no chance yeah I suspect other dudes will be in the offing, if they go for the game as a whole. I just need to get Mortarion built



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Oh, model updates would help.

Reposed Big Mech for Dreadball. A fun fig to do.
And another random scenery piece being made from a sweetie box.

Why not eh?


Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2018/10/13 18:09:57


Post by: CommissarKhaine


Lovely mech, and a fun scenery piece - should add quite some colour to the table!


Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2018/10/14 07:55:07


Post by: Llamahead


Primaris definitely need the white Raven Guard eagles. Don't get me wrongthe Daemon Prince is an excellent well crafted model it just looks far more like a Spawn than a Prince to me. I still feel a Daemon Prince should look regal.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2018/10/14 15:49:39


Post by: inmygravenimage


CommissarKhaine wrote:Lovely mech, and a fun scenery piece - should add quite some colour to the table!

Thanks, a fun fig to do. Giants are only usable in Ultimate, the mad multiplayer version, but I really need one for each of the kids to play with
Well, anyway, gradually building some sweet fun for Mr J

Llamahead wrote:Primaris definitely need the white Raven Guard eagles. Don't get me wrongthe Daemon Prince is an excellent well crafted model it just looks far more like a Spawn than a Prince to me. I still feel a Daemon Prince should look regal.

Eagles and unit icons in for priming. Definitely required I get what you mean I just wanted more of a GUO vibe to him.



We're off on holiday down south next week. Much Dreadball is planned.
Meanwhile, we invaded by sister in law with tiny people yesterday. Cute, but distracting
Still, I finished the sweetie box building:



Some progress on the Plagueburst:


Note addition of bells. Clank.

And bloody gw making bloody foul blightspawn useful in kill team guess I'd better make one then...


I had primed up the conquest easy builds but then this happened.

What was on the paint pile for the rest of this weekend?
Dreadball Z'zor


Hopefully y'all can actually see the colour shift paint. They still need their edge trim.

Lots more DC is in priming, as is my cyborg team for DB (Which I really should have been prioritising for holiday, but never mind).

So DC will be next up, probably, finishing DG stuff, then... Maybe more DB? And why do all my hobby projects atm start with a D?
Draven


Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2018/10/16 21:57:12


Post by: inmygravenimage


Well perhaps not unexpectedly we didn't get as much gaming done as I had hoped. We did manage to track down a copy of Hey That's my Fish! - which they are all loving, even little miss - plus treated myself to a set of Gellerpox dice because, well, they're pretty in a :Nurgle: kinda way.
Holiday in York is generally excellent. Chocolate museum was ace, and I'm not a mad chocolate fiend at all - more of a savoury guy. Castle, minster, walls, Shambles (inspiration for both Diagon Alley and The Shades) all good. Massive amounts of lethal Mexican food eaten at same place last went to over a decade ago. Also much roast meat and of course Yorkshire pudding consumed. More museum-ing, going a-Viking and railways to do, and possibly a trip home via Alnwick castle (movie Quidditch pitches). But I'll be raging if I don't get at least one game of DB with the boys in.
Later
Graven


Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2018/10/17 18:35:24


Post by: Llamahead


York also has Boyes. Big old fashioned chain of department stores with lots of stuff. It's especially excellent as it stocks Vallejo paint cheaply........


Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2018/10/22 14:32:23


Post by: Dr H


Good work all round.
Taking photos of colour-shift or iridescent paint is always difficult and never looks as good as it looks IRL.

Good Nurgle too.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2018/10/22 18:46:41


Post by: inmygravenimage


Llamahead wrote:York also has Boyes. Big old fashioned chain of department stores with lots of stuff. It's especially excellent as it stocks Vallejo paint cheaply........


Didn't make it there, but sounds like one to remember.

Dr H wrote: good work all round.
Taking photos of colour-shift or iridescent paint is always difficult and never looks as good as it looks IRL.

Good Nurgle too.

Yeah cheers. Video may be the answer... *Shudder*
Here we are again
Back from a nice jaunt and trying to get back into the swing of life. With mixed results sleep is all over the place, serves us right for trying to relax.

Still, lots more priming has happened, nothing interesting to show you though. Trying to get ahead before the winter sets in. I have a build list as long as my arm for BMG, 3 teams for Dreadball, AND need to get Mortarion sorted too.

Had a nice weekend time with my boys at our local GW at the weekend. They painted stuff, watched some 40k with really great lads in their 20s who talked them through Black Templars Vs Slaanesh, and got a bit of a feel for it all. They're feeling excited about doing their Raven Guard as well, so I think we might get somewhere now. Here's hoping, eh? With older one's birthday coming up, he's got an eye on the Primaris Dreadnought, so an easy build might be in order. Need to kitbash a macro plasma thing to give it a bit of oopmh mind you :dakka:

So enough chat. Model!

Gribbly nonsense.

Gribble gribble

Plop

Howzat?

Fairly happy with that. Reckon it's pretty much done. 330
Later
Graven


Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2018/10/22 21:13:58


Post by: Gitsplitta


It's the love-child of a tank and a shoggoth!


Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2018/10/23 00:59:40


Post by: Anvildude


...still needs more tentacles...


Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2018/10/23 13:21:56


Post by: monkeytroll


^^^ What doesn't??? ^^^


Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2018/10/23 15:11:34


Post by: Fifty


I am not a huge fan of the new Nurgle sculpts, but your paint job makes this one look old-school, so I 100% approve.

Papa Nurgle loves all his chillun'.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2018/10/23 19:54:33


Post by: JoeRugby


Glorious Plague Tank Graven


Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2018/10/23 22:03:12


Post by: inmygravenimage


Gitsplitta wrote:It's the love-child of a tank and a shoggoth!

I do love me some HP Lovecraft
monkeytroll wrote:Very nice sir!

Thanks, fellow lover of
Anvildude wrote:...still needs more tentacles...

One can never have enough, I guess. Maybe I'll paint some other tentacular squiggly things.
monkeytroll wrote:^^^ What doesn't??? ^^^

Testify!!
Fifty wrote:I am not a huge fan of the new Nurgle sculpts, but your paint job makes this one look old-school, so I 100% approve.

Papa Nurgle loves all his chillun'.

He does indeed. Explains my permanent plague. And many thanks mate.
JoeRugby wrote:Glorious Plague Tank Graven

Thanks muchly. Rather delighted by the reaction to it, here and online.

Played Dreadball tonight, teaching a pal. Great laugh, Marauders (orcs&gobs) versus Forge Fathers (dwarves, well, squats), classic match-up.

Great fun tonight teaching erithromycin to play. Some great comedy moments with the event deck messing with every one and everything. Unfortunately the dice hated the visitors, and he just couldn't roll a strike despite setting up some brilliant plays. So rather embarrassingly won on my final rush, and not helped by my goblins doing the happy dash dance!

Db is my go-to beer and pretzels game, so easy once you get your head round. To keep him keen I've also given him an Asterian (Eldar) team; he's been a filthy space elf lover since RT days so that'll keep him happy plus it's one way of rationalising my dB stuff: two teams sitting built and primed (Nameless and Cyborgs), 3 unbuilt: human (male, speedball style), Rebs (assorted aliens) and Brokkr (dwarf mining guild. I have a human female team somewhere, too

Of course, you could win one of the teams in my Contest which is still running over here:
https://www.dakkadakka.com/dakkaforum/posts/list/763977.page
Over a week to go - still time!

Adiós
Graven


Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2018/10/24 20:00:17


Post by: Llamahead


Excellent Crawler will make a nice friend for Mr Gribble. Now if your boys are getting Raven Guard Primaris do they require an old school Mentor Legion army to teach them?


Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2018/10/24 20:29:26


Post by: Tyranid Horde


That's one mighty crawler, the tentacles look excellent, in fact, the whole model looks excellent.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2018/10/25 08:27:02


Post by: Slinky


The crawler is wonderful! Bravo!


Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2018/10/26 20:52:14


Post by: inmygravenimage


Llamahead wrote:Excellent Crawler will make a nice friend for Mr Gribble. Now if your boys are getting Raven Guard Primaris do they require an old school Mentor Legion army to teach them?

Ha. Well remembered long gone, during the great purge. I did, however, find a box of SM Scouts (5 snipers, a RL, 10 shotgun and a HB) from those days so they'll be getting repurposed for the boys.

Tyranid Horde wrote:That's one mighty crawler, the tentacles look excellent, in fact, the whole model looks excellent.

Thanks chum.

Slinky wrote:The crawler is wonderful! Bravo!

Many thanks indeed. It's certainly come out the way I imagined, which is a bit of a rarity lol.

On which subject, who doesn't like a nice big beasty?


Kitbashing, gradually a... something. It's really just an assemblage of bits. Theoretically, a Maulerfiend. Or maybe a Forgefiend. A big beasty, certainly.

Also You've got a lot to answer for Theophony


Delightfully, I recycled some of my old bags, foam and other odds and ends through our local trade group for a bunch of nurgle daemon bits (hence the kitbash) and some sm bits for the smallfolk.

Which means comedy daemons...

Seriously, who doesn't love nurglings? I think different coloured washes on different individuals?

And speaking of things needing washes, I *may* have started some more Deathguard. As part of the trade there were a bunch of prebuilt, preprimed plastics. Now ordinarily I wouldn't condone the same poses, especially with old Papa's blessings, but you make the best of what you've got. So:

I'm doing a 30k-themed squad. I had planned to really, really heavily decay and rust these guys because of their age (which is why the r-h end guy is darker) but I rather like how the 30k scheme has turned out, so I may just wash them down a bit. Yay?

Started some cultists:

Again, these came built. Luckily the rest aren't.

But there will be other stuff too. Because I love my rust, and I have acquired this great big lump of nurgle, I've decided that it's easier to have a dedicated Kill Team rather than picking and choosing from my rather varied selection. Plus, I got some shiny 'munda bases in the trade, which I'll leave mostly metal that's rusting where they stand.

Happy weekend,
Graven


Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2018/10/26 23:05:11


Post by: Theophony


I always have a lot to answer for .

You wanted boxes....how much did all that not set you back?


Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2018/10/27 00:12:14


Post by: Gitsplitta


Awesome kitbash my friend.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2018/10/27 08:09:24


Post by: inmygravenimage


Theophony wrote:I always have a lot to answer for .

You wanted boxes....how much did all that not set you back?

It did not set me back about £350.
Gitsplitta wrote:Awesome kitbash my friend.

Cheers! Not sure where to go with the front arms though. He may go on hiatus till I find interesting big guns and then I can decide on mauler or forge.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2018/10/27 13:38:31


Post by: Theophony


 inmygravenimage wrote:
Theophony wrote:I always have a lot to answer for .

You wanted boxes....how much did all that not set you back?

It did not set me back about £350. .


Then next on the list is gaming tables , after that we will have to find gaming transport vehicles and gaming domiciles .


Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2018/10/30 02:38:43


Post by: Solar_lion


Wow.. lot to get through Since I last came above ground. You have not disapointed nor slowed down. Bravo my friend!


Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2018/10/30 07:26:34


Post by: inmygravenimage


 Solar_lion wrote:
Wow.. lot to get through Since I last came above ground. You have not disapointed nor slowed down. Bravo my friend!

Many thanks old chum, trust you're keeping well !


Theophony wrote:
Then next on the list is gaming tables , after that we will have to find gaming transport vehicles and gaming domiciles .

I'll need another house if my wife is to tolerate me...

Huh. Well rather unexpectedly I had the day off today, having been hit in the head by our loft ladder and losing a quantity of blood. Such fun.

Still, have to make the best of a day on the sofa, so I built one of Uncertain Scenery's 28mm multi-level game tiles.

These things are brilliant. The whole thing took an hour including drying time. I love the removable floor sections so you can have easy access or indeed damaged sections, whatever you see fit:

£28 is a pretty decent price point for these (straight or T), £84 for 4 (2 of each) even more so. They also do a crossroads with moving lift that's £34, I have one of that so very keen to get it built too. Sorely tempted to get a bundle, a 3x2 modular multilevel board will work for so many games. Need to get some scatter done too, right enough. It's scaled (indeed, licenced) for Deadzone so things are marked in neat 3" cubes but obviously that's great for 40ķ et so also - I mean it's also a viable gotham undercity/subway, for instance. It's rock solid, with a support piece underneath to prevent any bowing, and can withstand an adult standing on it. Seriously, why is more bought terrain not like this?
Oh, and they do 15mm too:

There's some great over and under pass tiles as well. These are fully collapsible. No glue required. Ace.

I also did some gs work on the Maulerfiend, mostly gap filling so I didn't have to think about how the Hell I'm going to do the forearms. Not a clue.

Oh. Began building Mortarion too, and finished Darkseid's base:

And threw some lampposts together.

Call them one for 331, as they're a set of 3.
Tidied through the box of random junk. There's a couple of Lords of Chaos, plaguecaster, blightbringer and other quick-build not things I really need in multiple but you never known I guess. 15 more cultists in bits, couple of poxwalkers, some random csm (they are TINY compared to the new DG!), some chaos warrior bites, and 3 plague flies in bits. I think I need to catalogue all my csm and figure out my units. Too many same power fist leaders. I think I have about another dozen DG, ish, to do. I had thought for KT, but I might just go on with the 30k scheme.

Lots o plague goodness, regardless
Graven


Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2018/10/30 18:35:22


Post by: Theophony


Well a good whack on the head does wonders for productivity .


Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2018/10/30 19:53:17


Post by: monkeytroll


Ouch!

Although the work you've done does imply it's not too serious (albeit I know any head injury is potentially serious)


Nice looking terrain blocks, lots of uses for those.I

Lava type base for Mr. Seid?


Some of the larger 'nid arms for the fiend that mauls? I find their organic weaponry makes a good fit for repurposing in the name of the grandfather. Old Keeper of Secrets claw arms, or Soul grinder arms of you can find them on ebay, might make a good start.
Actually...I have another maulerfiend somewhere, and unlikely to use all the arms from both sets, so if they're any use.....


Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2018/10/30 20:41:14


Post by: inmygravenimage


Theophony wrote:Well a good whack on the head does wonders for productivity .

inspires the mek brain
monkeytroll wrote:Ouch!

Although the work you've done does imply it's not too serious (albeit I know any head injury is potentially serious)


Nice looking terrain blocks, lots of uses for those.I

Lava type base for Mr. Seid?


Some of the larger 'nid arms for the fiend that mauls? I find their organic weaponry makes a good fit for repurposing in the name of the grandfather. Old Keeper of Secrets claw arms, or Soul grinder arms of you can find them on ebay, might make a good start.
Actually...I have another maulerfiend somewhere, and unlikely to use all the arms from both sets, so if they're any use.....


Well yeah honestly I am not thrilled about being off but Dr's orders, yknow? My head hurts inside and out. Just have to be careful.
Yes, lava for the big fella. If you have spare maulerfiend arms you can part with that would be cracking.

Found some sector bases. Going to see if they'll work for the kids. Next job - more !


Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2018/10/31 16:49:03


Post by: Dr H


Seems an extreme way to get a day off really...
Hope it's fine though.

Good work.

For arms; maybe small vestigial arms... think T-Rex...


Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2018/10/31 20:22:51


Post by: inmygravenimage


Dr H wrote:Seems an extreme way to get a day off really...
Hope it's fine though.

Good work.

For arms; maybe small vestigial arms... think T-Rex...
yeah, I am moron

Not sure about tiny arms. I mean I get that they'd suit the model as it stands but I've got be able to "sell" it as a maulerfiend too.

Another day of going a bit stir crazy, but I'm gradually catching up on s3 flash. Woo.

Finished Mortarion. He's a big bugger.

Lovely kit to build... mostly. Back carapace needlessly in two sections, and would've been better for the fit overall. But getting 2 of the gun, and two sets of upper arms, was an unexpected bonus. I've left 2 of the nurglings off to add some razzle dazzle to bases elsewhere, elsewhen. If you're observant, you might spy a couple of DG I'm working on down the right hand end.

Built and started my other drone:

Next, onto the weathering!

And built the rest of my cultists:

That's... 16? Need to do 4 more. Must Go digging in bits box.

2 more days of this. Trying to get as much built - and primed - as possible before winter sets in. So tomorrow the plan is to build DC stuff and start priming. If time, also the other piece of scenery. Plus, tomorrow, the damn ladder is finally getting fixed
Later
Graven


Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2018/10/31 20:34:11


Post by: Theophony


Wait....you broke the ladder with your head , that’s showing it who’s the boss.

Freaking Nurgle everywhere. The hospital has been busy with stupid stuff including some darn virus that just makes you fatigued. I think I have it . Enjoy the extra time off, you didn’t give yourself a concussion did you? That would suck.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2018/10/31 20:36:48


Post by: inmygravenimage


Theophony wrote:Wait....you broke the ladder with your head , that’s showing it who’s the boss.

Freaking Nurgle everywhere. The hospital has been busy with stupid stuff including some darn virus that just makes you fatigued. I think I have it . Enjoy the extra time off, you didn’t give yourself a concussion did you? That would suck.

Yeah, 5 days because concussion. I am dumb as a post.
Clearly, needed a bit of attention.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2018/10/31 21:36:14


Post by: Theophony


 inmygravenimage wrote:
Theophony wrote:Wait....you broke the ladder with your head , that’s showing it who’s the boss.

Freaking Nurgle everywhere. The hospital has been busy with stupid stuff including some darn virus that just makes you fatigued. I think I have it . Enjoy the extra time off, you didn’t give yourself a concussion did you? That would suck.

Yeah, 5 days because concussion. I am dumb as a post.
Clearly, needed a bit of attention.

Khorne doesn’t want your skull anymore.....it’s broken.

I’ve been so far away from comics for so long that with the new DC reveals I found out Damien was Bruce’s son? And has a pet that looks like Goliath the Gargoyle......

Concussions are not something to laugh at, take your time, inhaling primer may not be advisable as a recovery method.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2018/10/31 21:49:04


Post by: Viktor von Domm


so....does this mean you have a dent in your head?...i guess you didn´t see it coming...hmmm...

honestly, hope you´re feeling better already...


Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2018/10/31 22:33:20


Post by: Theophony


 Viktor von Domm wrote:
so....does this mean you have a dent in your head?...i guess you didn´t see it coming...hmmm...

honestly, hope you´re feeling better already...


I’ve had my skull crack three different times (seriously) and I’m fine........ish. No dents, at least none you can see through my thinning hair line .


Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2018/11/01 14:04:04


Post by: Viktor von Domm


That would clarify some issues for sure... (went into your own trap mate


Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2018/11/01 18:21:49


Post by: Llamahead


Good luck with the concussion would those Mortarian arms work on the Buggy beasty?


Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2018/11/01 21:59:14


Post by: inmygravenimage


Theophony wrote:

I’ve been so far away from comics for so long that with the new DC reveals I found out Damien was Bruce’s son? And has a pet that looks like Goliath the Gargoyle......

Concussions are not something to laugh at, take your time, inhaling primer may not be advisable as a recovery method.

Fair point on Primer. Damian's been around through New 52 so... ten years real time? He also has a Bat-Cow.

Viktor von Domm wrote:so....does this mean you have a dent in your head?...i guess you didn´t see it coming...hmmm...

honestly, hope you´re feeling better already...


Theophony wrote:
 Viktor von Domm wrote:
so....does this mean you have a dent in your head?...i guess you didn´t see it coming...hmmm...

honestly, hope you´re feeling better already...


I’ve had my skull crack three different times (seriously) and I’m fine........ish. No dents, at least none you can see through my thinning hair line .

Luckily, I have lustrous locks.

Viktor von Domm wrote:That would clarify some issues for sure... (went into your own trap mate


Llamahead wrote:Good luck with the concussion would those Mortarian arms work on the Buggy beasty?

Ooooooooooh maybe.


Cold here today, too cold to prime so pushing on with building and The Flash.

Steppenwolf with Parademon invasion force, 3 metal, 3 resin. Bit of reposing with the resins for variety. I had forgotten how much I hate metal, especially km metal.

Have you a moment to talk about our lord and saviour Darkseid?


Who better to fight them than Hippolyta with Amazons of Themiscyra?

New head for archer, as she came missing her original, but Rose's spare works for me. And I like the one-eyed archer look Spear Amazon now has...


Giant axe, barbed wire lasso, new gs fist (wonder if it need a sword?) and enormous hair so I have an Artemis. Love the character (the comic one, not CW or Young Justice), been meaning to do the conversion for ages. And now Amazons are a non-legend crew, why not?

Continuing the movie theme, Mera:

I like the splash but don't know if I want to do anything else with the base. Unsure.

New Lobo, and on his hawg:

Should've left him not glued to stand but needed to make sure the base scatter really worked.


On the subject of puppies, Bud and Lou:

So cute!

Terrible photo of Justice League Dark

Deadman, Swamp Thing and Black Orchid, with special guest stars of old gw shrubbery, courtesy of Vik, long ago. I've left some sprue on swampy's hand to add some growth.

Dark Knights Metal

(Evil Batmen/JL hybrids, if you were wondering)

New GCPD Starter

Good cops.

Oliver Queen, with folded composite bow:

In no way because it snapped horribly...

And finally, having watched The Flash all day...

Not the TV Flash, but The Flash nevertheless.

I am going to hit OMG I HAVE TOO MUCH TO PAINT panic but still. Should keep me busy a while yet

Graven


Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2018/11/01 22:42:07


Post by: monkeytroll


Now that's a fun lot of figures there.

Lobo on his space big is going to tempt me now.....


Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2018/11/01 22:45:06


Post by: Theophony


Well at least you have plenty of storage options for them while they wait in the painting Cue. Looks like MM just got in a ton of the new stuff from Knight models, including the big boxes, how are the resins coming out? Are they as good of quality as the metals?


Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2018/11/03 09:08:16


Post by: inmygravenimage


monkeytroll wrote:Now that's a fun lot of figures there.

Lobo on his space big is going to tempt me now.....

The new Lobo is the main man and no mistake.
Theophony wrote:Well at least you have plenty of storage options for them while they wait in the painting Cue. Looks like MM just got in a ton of the new stuff from Knight models, including the big boxes, how are the resins coming out? Are they as good of quality as the metals?

true. Quality is much better actually. Very crisp and the second wave of resins (the darker material, which the Batboxes are done in) have almost no mould lines. But tiny bits are more delicate than ever.

Friday was last day of rest. Finished Flash S3. Much, much better than I expected, proper twist as well.

Meanwhile, I built the Uncertain Scenery lift/crossroads board. More fiddly, more time consuming, but very impressive and well-designed. Some of the tiny tabs are a bit too snug on the support struts for the columns, for my taste, but easily whittled slightly. I mentioned this to the designer and he agreed that this could be addressed in future versions. Also, though, the instructions are EXCELLENT I still made a mistake with one piece requiring a bit of creative cutting/filling.
The columns are designed to slide so that you can have a moving lift mechanism.



(Just to illustrate, you can in fact leave the columns at double height.)
Personally, I prefer to leave them in place, though with the upper level unattached. You also get the choice of what to do with the underside of the lift: you can add a 3mm ring that simply braces the whole structure, or a 1.5mm ring with 1.5mm base, so the underside isn't hollow. Nice to have the choice.

More generally, the fact that so much of it is removable makes a huge difference for gameplay. You can have open, closed, a mix, change for access in game, whatever you want.
They also interlock really well; the tolerances for the clips are spot on.

Although licenced for Deadzone, it looks great with 40k also.

I don't know what they are either. Let's just kill them and then shoot each other.
Another absolute belter of a set from Uncertain. I've still got their Comms relay (with extension, making it A GIANT DISH OF DOOM) to do. I've built a fair bit of mdf my time and these are some of the best kits I've come across.

Started priming the... everything.
All the bats and stuff. Not the cultists yet, not sure what I'm going to do with their bases yet. Probably just agrax like the DG but still. Speaking of DG, I see next issue of Conquest has blight haulers. I'll be getting 3 of that issue then if that's not a bargain, the following has Aggressors. £8? Bargain.

Oh, and I've extended the contest deadline till 14th.
https://www.dakkadakka.com/dakkaforum/posts/list/763977.page
no excuses!
On we go ...
Graven


Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2018/11/03 09:48:30


Post by: CommissarKhaine


Nice work, glad to see banging your head didn't affect your p&m skills


Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2018/11/03 10:50:27


Post by: inmygravenimage


Well, yes and no. Only modelling, and I did make a foolish error at that!


Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2018/11/03 13:37:47


Post by: JoeRugby


Great stuff graven.

I’m off to check out Uncertain scenery now


Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2018/11/03 15:59:17


Post by: Syro_


Nice build and review Graven, it turned out looking quite nice.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2018/11/04 15:11:11


Post by: CommissarKhaine


 inmygravenimage wrote:
Well, yes and no. Only modelling, and I did make a foolish error at that!


The question is: is there a chance you'd make the same mistake without a concussion? 'cuz I know I would


Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2018/11/04 23:24:03


Post by: youwashock


Man, you look away for a second..

Hope your head is ok, firstly. Then hooray for Darkseid and JLD.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2018/11/05 11:43:37


Post by: inmygravenimage


JoeRugby wrote:Great stuff graven.

I’m off to check out Uncertain scenery now

Do so! They're great and the stuff is super reasonable.
Syro_ wrote:Nice build and review Graven, it turned out looking quite nice.

Yeah, and I discovered it's also compatible with the Mantic battlefield accessories, the ladders fitting into tab slots:

CommissarKhaine wrote:
 inmygravenimage wrote:
Well, yes and no. Only modelling, and I did make a foolish error at that!


The question is: is there a chance you'd make the same mistake without a concussion? 'cuz I know I would

Absolutely

youwashock wrote:Man, you look away for a second..

Hope your head is ok, firstly. Then hooray for Darkseid and JLD.


Yay indeed for JLD.

But...
Quick anti-resin rant after primer disaster.
Well, disaster of sorts - not the priming per se, just picking things off spray box -
I knew the new resin was brittle.
Tiny sword blade on Amazon?
Snapped. Annoying. But salvageable with a brass etch one drilled into hand. And tbh will look cooler, probably.

Deadman and Bryce Wayne? Snapped above the ankles.
Very, very annoying.
Pinnable, plus green stuff Dark Water / Ectoplasm; salvageable, but again.
Bloody irritating.

Genuinely, this enough to put me off KM, leaving aside how totally use their latest community coordinator is.

Sorry, /rant.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2018/11/05 15:21:20


Post by: Gitsplitta


Oh, and I've extended the contest deadline till 14th.
https://www.dakkadakka.com/dakkaforum/posts/list/763977.page
no excuses!

If it's not too late graven, I'll jump in.


Love that platform. Really sweet and varied gaming surface. Really looking forward to seeing your painting progress.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2018/11/05 20:59:49


Post by: inmygravenimage


Bring it on, baby! Get in there mate, absolutely. The variety provided by the uncertain stuff is great, yeah.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2018/11/06 01:49:12


Post by: Gitsplitta


Graven, am I posting here, on your contest blog, or sending you a PM?


Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2018/11/06 05:35:16


Post by: inmygravenimage


In the contest old chum.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2018/11/06 15:19:34


Post by: CommissarKhaine


Hmm, a grot batman by the 14th.. I just might :p


Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2018/11/07 13:15:15


Post by: inmygravenimage


Do it!!!

Also, brass etch added to Antiope:



Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2018/11/07 14:25:13


Post by: Gitsplitta


I like the brass...


Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2018/11/07 15:14:34


Post by: Briancj


If you don't paint the brass, you have a RMM* bronze sword...



--B.

*Real Metallic Metal



Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2018/11/08 01:09:21


Post by: Zid


That Demon Prince is an awesome concept! I have seen many Bloat Drone/DP conversions, but this is probably one of the best I have seen. Bravo!


Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2018/11/09 08:44:11


Post by: inmygravenimage


Gitsplitta wrote:I like the brass...

Cheers! Appreciate it's hard to see much else.
Briancj wrote:If you don't paint the brass, you have a RMM* bronze sword...



--B.

*Real Metallic Metal



Zid wrote:That Demon Prince is an awesome concept! I have seen many Bloat Drone/DP conversions, but this is probably one of the best I have seen. Bravo!

You're most kind!
Speaking of drone conversions, Papa hates identical models:

2 down, 1 to go. Good time to be a fan


Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2018/11/09 12:40:53


Post by: Theophony


They are so cute, but everyone is making conversions of them, yet no one has done anything with the front legs. I’d love to see one where the front legs get articulated, even if it’s just raised to say “hi, I’m going to infect you now” in a cute Herbie the love bug sort of way. Probably too late though.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2018/11/09 14:24:39


Post by: Gitsplitta


Those are very cool... whatever they are.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2018/11/09 14:28:55


Post by: inmygravenimage


Tell you what buddy, I promise I'll do that with #3 when it turns up. Megaera (jealous rage, because it's not been converted) and Tisiphone (vengeful destruction) must have their Alekto (endless rage) after all...


Automatically Appended Next Post:
@gitsplitta, they're Myphytic blight haulers, mobile gun platforms (rocket launcher & multi melta) that scoot about on units of 3. Cheap and nasty scuttling Daemon engines.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2018/11/09 16:20:48


Post by: Gitsplitta


Thanks for the explanation graven. Sorry, kind of clueless when it comes to 40k at the moment.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2018/11/09 17:36:19


Post by: CommissarKhaine


Pretty effective conversion . Is that an 'official' alternate head?


Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2018/11/09 18:58:47


Post by: monkeytroll


Nice little 'head' swap there. Guess you got the latest Conquest then...hoping I might find some tomorrow, but I've only seen the first, and last week's in the wild...


Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2018/11/09 19:09:21


Post by: Anvildude


They're also the most adorable models that GW has made.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2018/11/09 20:57:36


Post by: inmygravenimage


Gitsplitta wrote:Thanks for the explanation graven. Sorry, kind of clueless when it comes to 40k at the moment.

Oh I'm utterly clueless but I've been sucked in to the nurgle Facebook community my Plagueburst got shared by the he staff group, apparently, so I'm riding high on a wave of pus...
CommissarKhaine wrote:Pretty effective conversion . Is that an 'official' alternate head?

Just one from a blight drone. Which is the multipart hover version, essentially.
monkeytroll wrote:Nice little 'head' swap there. Guess you got the latest Conquest then...hoping I might find some tomorrow, but I've only seen the first, and last week's in the wild...

Asda, my friend. That is the true way.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2018/11/10 13:13:21


Post by: JoeRugby


looking forward to what you do with the Cute Hauler Dude


Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2018/11/10 20:12:49


Post by: inmygravenimage


 JoeRugby wrote:
looking forward to what you do with the Cute Hauler Dude

Thanks matey! They're in priming as we speak!

Been a bit slack on the painting front, but had a nice quiet afternoon so got on with stuff today.

Did my other blight drone:


So ... Much... Weathering...

And my Cyborg Dreadball team, whilst watching the Mantic Q&A.

They will add your biological distinctiveness to their own...

Human Jacks

Great minis, really feel like speedborgTM

Judwan and Kalyshi Strikers

By contrast, not huge fans these, because they're just too similar to the not-undead versions.

Orc and Nameless Guards

Now there's a Cybork! And I love Nameless, as we know.

Captain and prone Zees (inexplicably)

No Zees come in the team pack, but I do have some spare. I might need to zombify some others too, reckon I've got some Veer-Myn parts knocking
So another 16 models done. 347.
That's a bit more like it, eh?
Although Mrs G told me off for batch painting the team
18 to beat target, which is average of 1 per day. 393 to double last year. Is good to have life goals
On we go
Graven


Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2018/11/10 21:28:53


Post by: Dr H


Good work on all the things, Graven'.
Nice weathering.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2018/11/10 22:18:54


Post by: monkeytroll


The Asda near work has never had it in, and no Asda near me. Only place I've seen it is Smith's near me, and I can only get there weekends.

Nice job on the drone

Obviously a fan of the cybork



Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2018/11/12 14:23:24


Post by: inmygravenimage


Dr H wrote:Good work on all the things, Graven'.
Nice weathering.

Cheers. A lot of weathering powder was used on this one! I used Humbrol, rather than FW rust, simply to try it: FW have stopped doing powders, so I figure I'll try a different brand and see how well it works. Pretty good, not quite as soluble, which is good and bad: you get more lumps if you run it through a wash (eg Camoshade) but it doesn't adhere quite as readily to the surface.
monkeytroll wrote:The Asda near work has never had it in, and no Asda near me. Only place I've seen it is Smith's near me, and I can only get there weekends.
Nice job on the drone
Obviously a fan of the cybork

That sucks. Co-op sometimes has it, weirdly. Yeah, the Cybork guards are lovely figs, even if I'm unlikely to run them as the Nameless ones are terrifyingly good. Maybe on principle I just should

Well, got a couple of bits done Sunday. Little one is a bit poorly with croup, and whene'er she gets a cough, the spew is sure to follow :( Papa loves to spread his blessings
But a good day nonetheless, got some initial base colour on the undersides (and therefore through the open vents/floors) of all the damn MDF (mostly to seal it for now), primed the haulers (2 down, one to acquire), and finished up the nurglings:

Such fun models.

After the Dreadball q&a Saturday (tl;dr it's not really selling, big stuff happening on Superbowl Sunday... But nothing else really till then), I feel like I want to give it more of a push; it's easily my favourite game out there at the moment.
So, on a whim, painted the Enforcer, an MVP (star player).

Yes, Iron Man, so sue me, House of Mouse. In my defence his standard scheme is Red and silver

Yet again, rubbish phone camera pics.
On a separate note, I hate Android OS 8, it's done weird things to (amongst other things) camera and lighting settings and it compresses the images so left with grainy, low-res images. Not impressed. Trust me, he looks less rubbish.

I'm sorely tempted to paint up an entire Corp Team in these colours, what with all those different variants of Iron Man Armour out there.

Anyway, 351

I also picked up an MVP job lot off eBay, which is going to form a chunk of xmas gifting for erithromycin and metropolis - not entirely sure what's there but neither of them own MVPs, captains or staff so they'll get some goodies (definitely spied metropolis's team captain which is an absolute swine to get hold of). Figure if I get them properly sorted we can get some serious game going

In other RL news, work continues to be pretty ropey. Sorely tempted to apply for a job outside school altogether, training teachers.

Lastly. Just a couple of days left in the contest:
https://www.dakkadakka.com/dakkaforum/posts/list/0/763977.page
Check it out!

Later
Graven


Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2018/11/12 15:22:10


Post by: monkeytroll


Yay...go for a full Stark Industries team.....


Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2018/11/12 17:50:33


Post by: Theophony


If the house of mouse says anything, just tell them you were inspired by American fire trucks, just like tony stark in the movie .

Haven’t made time to finish more for the competition, tired, sick and lazy are my excuses, so Got Ham will have to do.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2018/11/13 04:35:50


Post by: youwashock


351...

Your dedication deserves to be lauded. As do your Nurglings.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2018/11/13 12:35:59


Post by: monkeytroll


yep....don't think I've hit 3.5 yet


Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2018/11/13 14:31:35


Post by: inmygravenimage


monkeytroll wrote:Yay...go for a full Stark Industries team.....

Got to be done, hasn't it?
Theophony wrote:If the house of mouse says anything, just tell them you were inspired by American fire trucks, just like tony stark in the movie .

Haven’t made time to finish more for the competition, tired, sick and lazy are my excuses, so Got Ham will have to do.

No worries mate. Got Ham is cracking
youwashock wrote:351...

Your dedication deserves to be lauded. As do your Nurglings.

Thanks kindly sir

monkeytroll wrote:yep....don't think I've hit 3.5 yet

Mt you have mad skills. You're building like crazy at the moment.

So, I got a lovely pile of terrain goodies from Gamemat.eu to review from their new Necropolis range.

3x3 mat £34/$35.50/E39.90. Squares are just off an inch, which is mildly annoying (Deadzone works in 3" squares)




The alien vaults are cool but feel a bit big. I love the removable doors and canopies, however.


£129/$145/E145 For the set, prepainted and ready to go.



Nothing to see here...

Later,
Graven


Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2018/11/13 15:49:36


Post by: CommissarKhaine


351 eh? Nice The terrain looks pretty cool; and the 'prepaint' seems up to a halfway decent standard?


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Post by: inmygravenimage


Indeed, certainly serviceable. My only gripe is that the walkways around the walls aren't perfectly straight but again, they're fine.
Also I mentioned to Gamemat about the squares and they said they'd look into it.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2018/11/14 14:33:18


Post by: Gitsplitta


Graven, how big is that mat? is that 2x2?


Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2018/11/14 16:56:47


Post by: inmygravenimage


3x3. They do a 22x30" for KT version (double-sided with a wasteland, iirc)


Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2018/11/15 20:53:21


Post by: inmygravenimage


So yesterday was #1's 11th birthday... He was 3 when I started this blog the Redemptor he asked for is already built. Good lad
Anyway, this bad boy came (eventually) thanks to FedEx...

Let's open it up and see, shall we?

Some immediately obvious components, some obvious from AOW.

Cardstock is nice and heavy.


Same walkers as the core box. Not that surprising I guess, but would've liked new sculpts personally. However, the hard plastic is much better and the casts are crisp as all heck.

Saviours are really nice, great sculpts. I like the Negan is the new, non-ks/Mantic point version, though no doubt folk will moan about that the way I moan about the Walkers pre-order customers also get AOW cards for these guys (they're getting boosters in wave 6, but still). But I'd just buy it for the oversized Lucille

The card layout is familiar enough to anyone who's played AOW, and obvious enough if you haven't.

So yeah, looks snazzy. Hopefully get a play through at the weekend.

On a separate note, KM have finally got back in touch. We might even be seeing the potter game!

Ta-ta,
Graven


Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2018/11/16 00:08:07


Post by: Theophony


I wonder if that bag is sized to fit an imperial knight? Neegan 40K


Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2018/11/16 11:04:17


Post by: inmygravenimage


love it. Must do it


Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2018/11/17 14:32:00


Post by: Viktor von Domm


there is not one single other character i totally hat like negan...not even thanos...name me any other fictional character that is more loathsome...(and i do know that negan has kind of positive character traits....nevertheless....nevertheless....)


Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2018/11/18 10:01:46


Post by: CommissarKhaine


Not really into the walking dead, but the kit looks cool


Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2018/11/18 14:13:39


Post by: Zid


Ugh.... hate the walking dead anymore man, season 6, 7, and 8 definitely sucked :/ looking forward to what you do with the minis however!


Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2018/11/18 22:20:47


Post by: inmygravenimage


monkeytroll wrote:Yes...you must

I don't even own any Knights...

Viktor von Domm wrote:there is not one single other character i totally hat like negan...not even thanos...name me any other fictional character that is more loathsome...(and i do know that negan has kind of positive character traits....nevertheless....nevertheless....)

No, he's a very good villain, though I find for all that he is a caricature the Governor is better.
CommissarKhaine wrote:Not really into the walking dead, but the kit looks cool

Indeed! It's a bloody good game. Deadly in solo play though.
Zid wrote:Ugh.... hate the walking dead anymore man, season 6, 7, and 8 definitely sucked :/ looking forward to what you do with the minis however!

Lol. I'm a comics man. I pretty much gave up around issue 100 (which is Negan, in fact). We go somewhere. People are nice. Wait! People are not nice. Who knew? We leave. We go somewhere... etc. Kirkman's clearly bored of it. Outcast is so much better.

I wrote a reaaaaaaaallly detailed review of the game. And then accidentally wiped it.
tl;dr it's a great hybrid of dungeon quest and space hulk, with zombies. If you, or a loved one, likes such things, it's a great buy.

In the interim, here's the boards, a double sided modular factory complex.


15x25. So good for indoor KT, too.

On a separate note, the eldest really wants a plasma incinerator for his Dreadnought. So...

Gotta love gs.

The things we do for our kids eh? He's getting to raid the bits box for base scatter also. I may regret that!

And the Dreadball Facebook are having a "Paint a team in a week" contest. Challenge accepted!

Tentacular Spectacular (really, what else could I call them?)

Better photos when daylight.

Still, very happy, and they're in the same colours as my Nameless army for Deadzone.
360

Adiós
Graven


Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2018/11/18 22:51:26


Post by: Theophony


Somewhere I heard that the original idea of the walking dead was it was the initial attack of aliens. That the aliens used the native life forms to wipe themselves out before they arrived to conquer the planet. I just watched season 8 when it hit Netflix, it was okay, but I’m so tired of them finding doctors on their own in the wild and the good guys getting to say goodbye the way Karl did.

Good work on the plasma obliterator. Bird skull .


Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2018/11/18 23:50:00


Post by: monkeytroll


Well I,m sure it'll make a Nice club for some large beastie......

Outcast never managed to grab me really. It sounded great, and was interesting enough when reading, but just never screamed for me to continue. Think I only got the first two trades. Never read WD, and lost interest in the series after the first few seasons...for just those reasons


Nice job on the raven skull.And the gribbly team look fine and dandy.


@Theo - if I recall he never actually planned to use that plot, just used it to sell the idea


Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2018/11/19 01:22:41


Post by: Theophony


@monkeytroll, hadn’t heard that, but only heard the alien story once. I can’t go back and rewatch older episodes of the Walking Dead because of the plot holes . Latest few seasons have really drained my enthusiasm, but I never read the comics.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2018/11/19 09:41:58


Post by: inmygravenimage


Theophony wrote:Somewhere I heard that the original idea of the walking dead was it was the initial attack of aliens. That the aliens used the native life forms to wipe themselves out before they arrived to conquer the planet. I just watched season 8 when it hit Netflix, it was okay, but I’m so tired of them finding doctors on their own in the wild and the good guys getting to say goodbye the way Karl did.

Good work on the plasma obliterator. Bird skull .

Thanks. Yes, it just got silly after a while.

monkeytroll wrote:Well I,m sure it'll make a Nice club for some large beastie......

Outcast never managed to grab me really. It sounded great, and was interesting enough when reading, but just never screamed for me to continue. Think I only got the first two trades. Never read WD, and lost interest in the series after the first few seasons...for just those reasons


Nice job on the raven skull.And the gribbly team look fine and dandy.


@Theo - if I recall he never actually planned to use that plot, just used it to sell the idea

I agree that Outcast dips after Vol.2. Anyway, the best post-apoc stuff out there at the moment is either Lazarus or Killtopia anyway. And, thanks!

Theophony wrote:@monkeytroll, hadn’t heard that, but only heard the alien story once. I can’t go back and rewatch older episodes of the Walking Dead because of the plot holes . Latest few seasons have really drained my enthusiasm, but I never read the comics.

Yeah, the alien story is reasonably well-known. 15 years ago, no-one wanted Zombies. Hard to believe, even with the success of 28 Days' Later.

Gitsplitta wrote:Nice sculpting!

Fun to do. Need to get it primed sharpish before the weather changes.

Speaking (sort of) of which, can anyone help me out with bases? Seem to be desperately short of 25mm, 60mm round and oddly a 90mm oval (at least I think that's what a Maulerfiend is supposed to be on). Internet cookies and bags of bits available for such kindnesses.

Cheers chaps!


Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2018/11/19 10:17:06


Post by: Syro_


I like the bird skull sculpt on the plasma weapon, nicely done


Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2018/11/19 10:17:13


Post by: monkeytroll


Well, I definitely have a maulerfiend base (whatever size it is), think I have a couple of spare 60mm.


Not tried Killtopia, but did enjoy Lazarus, although it's another one that dropped off my list - will pick it up again at some point Wasteland was one of my favourite post-apocs, think I'm about 6 volumes in, but again haven't picked any up for a while now.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2018/11/19 11:22:01


Post by: inmygravenimage


@Syro_ Thanks

monkeytroll wrote:Well, I definitely have a maulerfiend base (whatever size it is), think I have a couple of spare 60mm.


Not tried Killtopia, but did enjoy Lazarus, although it's another one that dropped off my list - will pick it up again at some point Wasteland was one of my favourite post-apoc, think I'm about 6 volumes in, but again haven't picked any up for a while now.


That would be boss mate 2 60mm would be amazing.

To get back into Lazarus, I heartily recommend X+66. I lost track of it also, but this year's standalone world-building series is in my top 5 for 2018.
Killtopia from Card Shark Comics/Black Heart Press is one of the best indie comics I've read. The art is stunning too. I helped out in an unofficial editorial capacity, helping the writer with some thoughts, and have had a bit more involvement in Vol.2. It's bloody (very bloody) brilliant.


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Here's my resurrected thoughts, as best I can manage, on Here's Negan:

Some immediately obvious components (fire, barricades, zombie "blips"), some obvious from AOW (bite/health). I hate obscure, confusing tokens by the bucket-load (I'm looking at you, Fantasy Flight) and here you have a good balance of functionality and quantity (plus little baggies to keep them in - check!)

Cardstock is nice and heavy, feeling like it's of a higher GSM than, say AOW. It continues the prestige feel of this game; you've no fear of a tile tearing as you punch it. The boards themselves form the double sided modular factory complex that is Sanctuary, and could easily double up for any similar sized game (Kill Team or Deadzone, for example).

As for the models, well, you get same walkers as the core AOW box. Not that surprising I guess, but would've liked new sculpts personally, or even from the booster sets (if wishes were walkers, eh?). However, the green hard plastic used is much better and the casts are crisp as all heck. Previous coloured plastic offerings have felt a little cheap, to be honest, and whilst these may look like regular board game components they are of top miniature level quality.

Saviors (apologies for the Americanism, but there we are, happy Thanksgiving) are really nice, great sculpts. I like that the Negan sculpt is the new, non-Kickstarter/Mantic point version, though no doubt folk will moan about that the way I moan about the Walkers. Also, pre-order customers get AOW cards for these guys which is great (they're getting boosters in wave 6, and the cards will be available with Mantic Points also, but still). But I'd just buy it for the oversized Lucille, personally (going to be blu-tacking that to the top of the spinner...)

The card layout is familiar enough to anyone who's played AOW, and again obvious enough if you haven't. Different dice types have various misses, hits and headshots clearly marked, making it quickly apparent the relative strengths of the characters. Equipment is clearly explained and marked, with some characters having space for extra stuff from the outset.

The various decks that come with the game govern the AI of the walkers and Negan himself. One of my favourite things about the game is the reference cards that the AI decks come with. No flipping back and forth through a rulebook required: it's all there for you. The reference guide on the back of the rulebook is itself very clear, whilst the rules themselves are presented clearly in a logical order. If, like me, you have countless boardgame rulesets bouncing about the brain, having rules readily accessible is a must.

The game presents 12 scenarios that can be played separately or as a campaign. One of the most satisfying, and integral, elements of the game is that it's much, much more than just a quest for stuff: it's about earning Negan's respect and gaining Reputation accordingly. Securing locations is vital, scouring for supplies essential, and shouting for his help may get you a hand but takes you down a peg. It's these various push-pull elements that elevate the game as a whole to something rather special. It also means that co-op play is a curious balance, because you can't let the rest of the team (or indeed, Negan) die, but you want to come out on top. A word of warning: Solo Play is a pretty tough gig (not FFG Lord of the Rings card game tough, but up there) - it's nonetheless extremely satisfying, and almost embarrassingly gratifying to get all the glory for yourself.

The reason this game succeeds is it has many elements of great board games, zombie or otherwise, but wrapped up in a coherent, distinctive package. It's really good fun, is the bottom line, tense and exciting and just a little bit bloody. Totally accessible to the family as a whole, my 8 year old clocked the mechanics immediately, and whether a board game veteran, a novice with a love of The Walking Dead, or just you've lost the will to say no after too much turkey, this is a fantastic offering from the team at Mantic, who continue to raise the bar for the hobby as a whole. A 5-star treat. Let the slaughter begin!


Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2018/11/21 14:57:28


Post by: inmygravenimage


Got a couple of resin masters from Kitbash games, from their new Supers range.



Scarab is a take on golden age blue beetle. Love that it's not cheesecake yet reasonably in proportion. Punchline is a killer clown, as you can see. Great fun, lovely casts and initial look at the rules seems interesting.

The boy has started in his Raven Guard and journey into hobbying with some gs work:

He's done a good job. It's SO HARD not to interfere and smooth out the bumps, few as they are. I did carve the wee gap for the pack honours, mostly because my wife would never forgive me if I let him do it (also, at his age, I nearly severed a tendon in my thumb doing pretty much that). Next will be the Librarian. Annoyingly, the Conquest issue with the Aggressors failed to materialise locally Big difference between £8 and £20.

And my lovely, lovely wife has ordered me a box of toys (not that sort ) for Xmas. So more daemons and some Armigers incoming, looking ahead to 2019. Of course, now, a day after she orders, the Foo Fighters announce they're playing the park LITERALLY DOWN THE ROAD (I'm talking 20 minute walk) next summer

Hey ho,
Graven


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Oh!
Decent photo of Tentacular Spectacular:


And a comparison between the official Blightspawn, and my kitbash:




Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2018/11/22 18:55:28


Post by: CommissarKhaine


It's SO HARD not to interfere and smooth out the bumps, few as they are.


Yup, but they learn best when they can make their own mistakes - as long as they're not cutting themselves up!

Some nice stuff in there, that killer clown looks like a wicked model!


Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2018/11/22 19:26:27


Post by: monkeytroll


Good start to his GS skills

The Kitbash figures look like fun.

Tentacular Spectacular look...well, spectacular and tentacular...

Blightspawn is quite obviously Blightspawn, compares favourably!I


And I forgot your bases... ....will post tomorrow.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2018/11/23 21:32:40


Post by: inmygravenimage


CommissarKhaine wrote:
It's SO HARD not to interfere and smooth out the bumps, few as they are.

Yup, but they learn best when they can make their own mistakes - as long as they're not cutting themselves up!
Some nice stuff in there, that killer clown looks like a wicked model!

so true my friend. And yeah, Punchline is great, though if I were being really picky, I'd like him to be 1/3 bigger.

monkeytroll wrote:Good start to his GS skills
The Kitbash figures look like fun.
Tentacular Spectacular look...well, spectacular and tentacular...
Blightspawn is quite obviously Blightspawn, compares favourably!I
And I forgot your bases... ....will post tomorrow.

Don't be daft, no rush. He's getting there, and it's quite nice to just sit and work on something for a little bit at a time. Next job will be to get them to sort all of the SM bits we own into bags of type (left arm, right arm, torso, etc.) Child slavery: gets stuff done.

On we go,
The boy is building his Raven Guard Librarian next:

Love that he went with a Corvus helm, and we found the proper retro (horizontal vent) one to really make him stand out. BTW, that Primaris Librarian is not a nice kit to assemble. Not an easy fit at all, time for his old dad to break out the gs and him to get on it. He's thinking of adding some extra reliquary details too. I approve.

As for me, meanwhile, I have now built my human (male) dreadball team. I'm still thinking an Iron Man scheme Whilst tidying, and looking for bases (I am somehow missing two dozen) I also found my human female team finally. They need to be built as the boy has specifically said he wants to play them, so who am I to argue eh? I also have The Unincorporated (Rebel Aliens) and Brokkr (teenage squat team) still to do.

The grab bag DB lot on ebay, as well as including the Captain I need for a gift, came with a full size Renton Rejects team (hodge-podge alien team - absolutely monstrous in game, very difficult to play but very good, no team captain), a KS exclusive coach (woo!), a couple of extra coaches and MVPs I already own (into the xmas gifts they go) and the Glambek Ghosts team, phasing aliens that come cast in transparent blue plastic. No need to paint! (Well, except the captain, who's in regular plastic... bugger). Bargain. Seriously, btw, if you want a cheap, fun game with complex tactics, get yourself some Dreadball (the black Friday deals in Mantic are proper crazy).

No Saturday fun for me, teacher training day. Ah well. Good to catch up with a whole bunch of folk, sit and moan about kids, management and other teachers But hoping to get a game of either Kill Team or Dreadball Sunday with the boys. The wife's idea. Oh, and we got foo fighters tickets too. She's a keeper
Anon
Graven


Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2018/11/23 22:56:22


Post by: monkeytroll


Definitely approve of the corvus helm on the Libby

You need DB bases too? I should have plenty.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2018/11/23 23:01:06


Post by: Tyranid Horde


Always a sucker for the Corvus mark of power armour, looks good on that Libby.

Good work all round, keep it up! And as an aside, know all about the Foo Fighters except I happened to have tickets around the time Dave decided to jump off stage and break his leg and cancelled the gig


Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2018/11/24 08:46:50


Post by: inmygravenimage


monkeytroll wrote:Definitely approve of the circus helm on the Libby

You need DB bases too? I should have plenty.

How do you have so many ?! Many thanks amigo.
Tyranid Horde wrote:Always a sucker for the Corvus mark of power armour, looks good on that Libby.

Good work all round, keep it up! And as an aside, know all about the Foo Fighters except I happened to have tickets around the time Dave decided to jump off stage and break his leg and cancelled the gig

Justin Beiber would've just kept going


Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2018/11/24 09:10:09


Post by: ListenToMeWarriors


Cheers for your review of "Here's Negan". I have really enjoyed the Mantic TWD range but was on the fence about this one but you have persuaded me that it is a worthwhile purchase. I just wish the Negan was a different base sculpt than the Kickstarter one, but ho hum you cannot have everything.

And top parenting on letting your lad make his own hobby choices and mistakes, it will benefit him in the long run. Conquest is a brilliant thing for the younger hobbyists out there.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2018/11/24 10:53:07


Post by: monkeytroll


 inmygravenimage wrote:

How do you have so many ?! Many thanks amigo.



I think it can be attributed to the heady days of "credit card, meet kickstarter"


Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2018/11/25 19:22:16


Post by: inmygravenimage


ListenToMeWarriors wrote:Cheers for your review of "Here's Negan". I have really enjoyed the Mantic TWD range but was on the fence about this one but you have persuaded me that it is a worthwhile purchase. I just wish the Negan was a different base sculpt than the Kickstarter one, but ho hum you cannot have everything.

And top parenting on letting your lad make his own hobby choices and mistakes, it will benefit him in the long run. Conquest is a brilliant thing for the younger hobbyists out there.

Makes up for my shoddy parenting generally glad you liked the review. Personally I like that I don't have that Negan sculpt

monkeytroll wrote:
 inmygravenimage wrote:

How do you have so many ?! Many thanks amigo.



I think it can be attributed to the heady days of "credit card, meet kickstarter"

Long gone are those days, alas

Not much done today. Got coerced into Xmas shopping we are just about done, however.

I did start touching up my cheerleaders, though:


no jokes please


Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2018/11/25 19:45:05


Post by: monkeytroll


 inmygravenimage wrote:

no jokes please


But...but...but....


Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2018/11/25 20:36:50


Post by: Theophony


 monkeytroll wrote:
 inmygravenimage wrote:

no jokes please


But...but...but....


You misspelled that .


Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2018/11/25 20:48:21


Post by: monkeytroll


Do you know how hard it was to avoid that double....


Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2018/11/26 14:03:58


Post by: inmygravenimage


I am so amused right now. I must subject you to shameless innuendo (in whose end-o?) more often!
There's a weird optical illusion going on with the two Kalyshi (girl 2&4, l-r) - their skin tone is identical, violet in fact, but against the blue/red it looks completely different. That'll be fun to fix


Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2018/11/27 10:07:35


Post by: inmygravenimage


So, the boy would like you to see his 2 characters:

Decent job on the builds there. He's now trying to decide whether to build a squad of Tac marines or Sternguard next, based on the bits we have. I think Vet Tac marines, personally, although we've not got many Corvus helms left, and then we can work on acquiring bits for Vanguard Vets and dark fury them up somehow. Given his love of hover vehicles, might need to get him a LS Storm for xmas or something.

And, the Cheer squad are done:


I do not like the butt skirts, so the Visitor (red) cheers never got them, but they're firmly welded to the Home (blue) side, so there we are. 362, I'm not counting the touch-ups (fnar) to the blue 2. Still, a couple more off the list, and, crucially, adds to the overall playability of my Dreadball collection. Need to get some coaching staff done next, definitely the DB priority. But I'm open to suggestions generally: DB, Bat/DC or ?
Till then
graven


Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2018/11/27 13:47:26


Post by: Gitsplitta


Yes... anything that hides a nicely sculpted butt is a bad idea.


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Post by: monkeytroll


Tell him good work on his guys

Cheers squad looking good - that is a weird design on the skirt - almost as if there should be a jersey tied around their waist, but the sleeves are magic and invisible



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Post by: inmygravenimage


Gitsplitta wrote:Yes... anything that hides a nicely sculpted butt is a bad idea.

I know! Sacrilege, right?
monkeytroll wrote:Tell him good work on his guys

Cheers squad looking good - that is a weird design on the skirt - almost as if there should be a jersey tied around their waist, but the sleeves are magic and invisible



I shall pass it on indeed. He's very pleased with the building side of things. It's the Lego addict in him. Yes, the design is very weird, but without the skirts they look great.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2018/11/28 21:18:58


Post by: inmygravenimage


Because I don't have enough to paint, I decided I needed to build Necrosius, the csm sorcerer.

Started with an easy build body, which is the mirror image of the fw version's stance. Decided to keep the mirroring throughout. Should've given him a goatee chopped the bone spur from the head, GSd the stomach maw into the symbol, added arm, shoulders and some cloth strips from a plaguecaster, a GK (!) halberd hand (there's a blast from the past), random pistol pouch (actually should strictly be on the other side if I'm mirroring), SM hand (going to add some balefire with GS), classic csm backpack with a bit from... something, AOS maybe, with a pin to mount a ragged banner. A surprisingly quick and easy kitbash.
So, fun.


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And, done:

Although the flame does look a little like he's flipping the bird...


Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2018/11/29 09:20:16


Post by: monkeytroll


Nice one. Although, yeah, tend to agree on the balefire (And the goatee)


Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2018/11/29 21:40:52


Post by: inmygravenimage


 monkeytroll wrote:
Nice one. Although, yeah, tend to agree on the balefire (And the goatee)

where's a beardy orkmoticon when you need one he'll be fine when there's some paint slapped on him. Or rather, some more paint. I may well manually prime the bare sections and work from there.

Myself and the boy were ill today - blessings upon our house- so we got our geek on. Watched Empire; played a game of Here's Negan - devious little bastard tricked the big man into following him and then making him enraged with my guy for hanging back (at the freaking scenario exit!) so he beat me. But it's ok, I punished him correctly (no, not with Lucille) by making him do the dawnstone and flayed one layers on all his marines and build his conquest Aggressors (not as awkward as the Primaris librarian, but close). Then rewarded his patience with a game of Kill Team.

Supply Lines, raven guard attackers, death guard defenders. It was at this point that I realised that I own no 40k objectives


Gamemat Necropolis terrain and Mat in action.


Damn. Lucky kid. That took down poor little plaguey. Boooooooo.
Beaten, again.
Still, Mrs G came home with the complete Rocky collection on DVD, so there's still some good in the world
Also got a bunch of stuff primed, couple of Dreadball teams and bases for the ghosty team, plus a bit of salt weathering experimentation (we'll see if it works!)
Hey ho,
Graven


Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2018/11/29 22:05:37


Post by: monkeytroll


All looks good fun, and that's a spur for a couple of little objectives


Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2018/12/02 22:55:47


Post by: inmygravenimage


stop being a trouble maker
Anyway, Christmas begins in earnest round here in December with kids' choir concerts, fayre (scored Vertigo, North by Northwest, His Girl Friday and Sunshine for a quid the 4, result!) and a day out today at Kelburn castle. But I managed in the meantime to get started on this month's Dreadball challenge, which Motivation month: finish what you've started. I've got 2 teams primed, a bunch of MVPs and some coaching staff started. So, I'll try to get the coaches done (we've got a fortnight), but in the meantime, started my version of the Corporation (human male) team.


I think I'll call them... The Caprica 6s
Meanwhile, I made a Streaker (faulty ad bot)

Can't have a nekkit chick really on the board for the boys so this is a fun compromise. Plus the Streaker has the potential to knock players prone; this one looks like it really can.
On we go
Graven


Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2018/12/02 23:33:01


Post by: monkeytroll


You need a clear resin nekkid lady girl figure that you can pin on top of the ad-bot (in adult company) as a faulty streaming hologram generated by the bot

Edit - and it's not troublemaking - you clearly need some as you called it out


Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2018/12/03 01:31:27


Post by: Theophony


Or naked clear wrench signifying it needs repair


Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2018/12/03 09:15:39


Post by: inmygravenimage


monkeytroll wrote:You need a clear resin nekkid lady girl figure that you can pin on top of the ad-bot (in adult company) as a faulty streaming hologram generated by the bot

Edit - and it's not troublemaking - you clearly need some as you called it out

I actually thought about trying to get a piece of perspex laser cut to shape, funnily enough.
Theophony wrote:Or naked clear wrench signifying it needs repair

Live WRENCH show


Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2018/12/03 09:22:23


Post by: Theophony


 inmygravenimage wrote:

Theophony wrote:Or naked clear wrench signifying it needs repair

Live WRENCH show


Get your bot on! (Or off )


Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2018/12/04 16:15:15


Post by: CommissarKhaine


Live wrench shows...Like nothing you've seen before! Nice work!


Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2018/12/04 21:20:14


Post by: youwashock


Wrench shows...adult entertainment with a twist.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2018/12/04 22:20:30


Post by: inmygravenimage


sighhhhhhhhhhhhhhh
Sounds like a screw, not a wrench...
So on with the challenge: das sex-bot

I'm going to try to get a silhoutte laser-cut from acrylic also to mount (shaddup).

If nothing else, I have completed the challenge, to finish something part-painted. But that doesn't mean I won't do some other stuff too
Speaking of which, the Caprica 6s



11 more of them. And a dreadball
I have started the remaining coaches too. So might actually get them done.
I also tweaked a blight hauler, to give it a more dynamic pose

I think I'll call him Mr Chompy...

We're at 375. Target one passed! Can I pass 400?
Hey ho, on we go,
Graven


Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2018/12/04 22:38:43


Post by: Theophony


You can do it

Caprica sixes huh? Based off of Battlestar Galactica?

Are the different base trim colors for different positions? Never played, so just curious.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2018/12/04 22:56:42


Post by: inmygravenimage


Yeah, to my mind they look like Cylons. It amused me
Traffic lighting is a pretty standard way of signalling the different positions in game, yes. Green for Strikers, Orange for Jacks, Red for Guards. It's not mandatory but helps folk. And the front 3 of the base are the threat zone, so have to be marked in some way.
And thanks for the vote of confidence!


Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2018/12/05 02:29:03


Post by: Anvildude


To mount, you say?

How are you planning to... mount it?

Going to make a hard little rod that can go into a hole? Or are you just going to slather some jelled... glue, onto it?

Or maybe something with a slot?


Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2018/12/05 05:56:38


Post by: inmygravenimage


^ there was a classic British TV show, Steptoe and Son, and the son's catchphrase was, "You... dirty old man."
Thanks for that, Anvildude I shall now always think of you with that line

Various levels of progress on the coaches:

Blaine (the predator-like chap) is the least far along. I'm not sure how I feel about the reddish skin tone I've gone with for the Warden (alien prison warden/fight promoter) - I was planning on going human but I like a dash of alien in the mix. The tiny cyber human needs some shiny metals (and a name!), whilst the Broker (with pet dragon) is probably the furthest along. Mr X is just blocked in. But it's more progress than I've made in months on them

Also, talking of progress, some paint and some (limited) salt weathering:

It's worked in some places, not in others. I think I need to use coarser salt.

Anyway, mdf eats paint, so more layers are not a bad thing.

On we go,
Graven



Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2018/12/06 06:02:37


Post by: inmygravenimage


Sooooooo I just read the challenge rules again. Despite being absolutely convinced that I had a fortnight, turns out I had till Friday.

So, this happened



And individually:
Blaine, MVP, coach, mascot, and beast of Mantica:


Dr X


The Broker


The Governor


Napoleon, my personal favourite


5 more (I'm not counting the extra Dreadball I painted). 380. 25 days to do 20 models, but more like 20 days when you take out Xmas and new year.

Yikes.

Wish me luck, here goes...
Graven


Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2018/12/06 12:19:45


Post by: Camkierhi


Nice group of minis, and you got this, 20 mini's aint nothing, you got that this weekend.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2018/12/06 12:28:16


Post by: inmygravenimage


you're most kind. TBH they all feel a bit unfinished (and, oddly, shiny) but needs must. I don't have a chance to do anything with them today. As for another 20, ha, the weekend? Babysitting Saturday, baby visiting Sunday. No rest for the wicked


Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2018/12/06 17:31:50


Post by: Briancj


I have some of the Reaper clear-plastic 'ghost' minis, in translucent green. One might be suitable for a holographic wenchy lass.

Shall I dig through and take a look?



--Brian



Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2018/12/06 18:28:55


Post by: inmygravenimage


 Briancj wrote:
I have some of the Reaper clear-plastic 'ghost' minis, in translucent green. One might be suitable for a holographic wenchy lass.

Shall I dig through and take a look?



--Brian



Yeah that would be amazing mate lmk what you want for it.

The plan is to do for to beat the target. Of course I'll have to do 21 so it's a multiple of 7
I have the advantage of having started some, so that seems logical


Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2018/12/07 17:59:08


Post by: inmygravenimage


Papa has a twisted sense of humour, as we know.
Well, having planted the seed - or should that be the spore? - of finishing the I'd started previously, I got them out... And hit a snag.

What's wrong with these? I'll tell you mono-pose models. I picked them up built, so didn't twig before I started painting. But I cannot have two models the same.
CANNOT
So ...
It's chopping time.




Yes, this means more painting in the grand scheme of things, as some bits are bare plastic, and obviously there's a fair squodging of GS into gaps here and there. But still, all the better to serve Papa I now have a nice mix of poses, plus got round to making a Plague Belcher (flipped the nozzle, just think it looks better, I was cutting stuff anyway ), a plasma pistol champion (for KT mostly), and a lot more CC guys, which frankly I needed anyway (again, for KT if nothing else). Always need more axes (sometimes, you can only afford one axe, after all) and found myself short of a Bubonic Axe/Mace of Corruption dude last time I played. I have a couple of unprimed built mono-pose guys also, who might get a melta and flail, if I have time.

Mr Chompy and the other Foul Blightspawn are also primed (although Chompy needs something to chomp on), which means 15 , 3 Blight Haulers, 1 Foul Blightspawn, 1 Chaos sorcerer (and a partridge in a pear tree). Totally doable, right


Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2018/12/07 19:05:40


Post by: Theophony


In a regular world I’d say impossible, but we are in the Gravenverse, here the most impossible things are a piece of disgusting meat pie. Edible, leaves a bad taste in your mouth, but for some reason makes us stronger .


Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2018/12/08 09:24:14


Post by: inmygravenimage


^ It's the bilious gift that just keeps giving all the bare plastic/GS is now undercoated, so that's something. I have minimal time with the invasion of tiny people though.


Automatically Appended Next Post:
The worst of it is I'm already planning ahead for the next phase: Armigers hoping for some hobby time over the season but there's a lot of movies to take the kids too still, I'm thinking we could try to have a mini KT campaign over Xmas. Means I need to make objectives too ...


Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2018/12/08 19:44:07


Post by: Theophony


Objectives count towards the total , as long as they are roughly figure sized.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2018/12/09 01:21:49


Post by: monkeytroll


Aww, sweet little Chompykins.....who's a good hauler then?

I quite like the red skin on the coach, reminiscent of the Red Skull.

Nice work on all the latest marines....although I'm struggling to make out the head of the plasma guy, so looking forward to next batch of shots just so I know what's going on there. (Should maybe point out I've just returned from a friend's 50th, and am possibly under the influence of gin and champagne)


Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2018/12/09 22:04:39


Post by: inmygravenimage


Theophony wrote:Objectives count towards the total , as long as they are roughly figure sized.

thanks for the vote of confidence yeah, I have Deadzone bits unpainted, they'll do nicely.
monkeytroll wrote:Aww, sweet little Chompykins.....who's a good hauler then?

I quite like the red skin on the coach, reminiscent of the Red Skull.

Nice work on all the latest marines....although I'm struggling to make out the head of the plasma guy, so looking forward to next batch of shots just so I know what's going on there. (Should maybe point out I've just returned from a friend's 50th, and am possibly under the influence of gin and champagne)

Hopefully plasma guy with horns is a bit clearer below. The trouble with all this chopping is you get even more ideas - like, now, I've got a left over blightbringer body with most of the accessories cut off - and I reckon, with a powerfist and plasma gun, will make an excellent champion

Here's where we are so far:


Seem to be coming together.


Might need greater differentiation in the paintjobs.


I am no longer worried about not having enough axes.


Or support weapons.


If I do ever pick up another set of plague marines on sprue, I might properly explore this 30k version of the scheme.

So, there's the first set of drybrushed layers done.
Next, remaining colours (pinks, turquoise) and rust base, then first wash (1 agrax/1 sepia/2 water). Then agrax again on all the metal and powder time at that point, they should start to resemble their friends

Planning Xmas meet up with friends, and looks like Dreadball ultimate is on the cards (high speed 6 player version of the game). Also, the Raven guard continue.
Expect pictures!
Later
Graven


Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2018/12/09 23:58:32


Post by: Theophony


Maybe with the little blight crawlers instead of doing different painting you could add stuff to the add to break them up a bit. Some form rubble, running over a marine, just something to cock one on an angle would help.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2018/12/10 09:26:45


Post by: inmygravenimage


Theophony wrote:Maybe with the little blight crawlers instead of doing different painting you could add stuff to the add to break them up a bit. Some form rubble, running over a marine, just something to cock one on an angle would help.

Well I sorta took your advice:

omnomnomnom more detritus will likely be added to the others. The bases are more likely to get generally cracking, mud etc, like the rest of the army, rather than rubble per se, but the blighthaulers do feel like a canvas for dead marines.

So, this is the advantage of small person deciding she was awake at half 4 and wanting to watch Hey Duggee: Rust layer 1 done.


Also, I think the glasses orkmoticon my be my spirit animal. That or

I like this point in these guys. I feel like I've turned a corner. Now there's turquoise to do - that shouldn't take too long - and adding/redoing tentacular pinks and purples. I've realised that after that I have to get the earth paint on the bases, before the washing starts in earnest. In other words, the mucky jobs are for later this week. I'm also going to try to avoid buying this week's Conquest issue with yet another DG character. Cos that'll happen


Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2018/12/10 13:45:49


Post by: Gitsplitta


LOL! A+ mate. Brilliant!


Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2018/12/10 14:18:50


Post by: inmygravenimage


Gitsplitta wrote:LOL! A+ mate. Brilliant!

Thanks bud. I do like the angle of those legs, it suggests a struggle The real question is whether to do something similar with the rest, or just keep it simple.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2018/12/10 15:15:58


Post by: OrlandotheTechnicoloured


Good to see the bight hauler being fed, it looks excellent


Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2018/12/10 15:54:31


Post by: Slinky


Nice one, excellent little touch


Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2018/12/10 18:45:38


Post by: monkeytroll


It is important to make sure your pets have a good balanced diet.

Remember, a daemon engine is for (un)life, not just Christmas.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2018/12/10 19:18:05


Post by: Camkierhi


The only real use for Marine parts.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2018/12/10 19:38:37


Post by: Theophony


Perfect set of legs for that blight hauler .

I hadn’t noticed the leftmost ones visor. Looks like a perfect cylon eye from old battlestar galactica .

You could always have a “snack sack” of marine parts thrown over one of their tread arms for later treats. A way of the death guard keeping these little mutts happy.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2018/12/11 10:00:31


Post by: inmygravenimage


OrlandotheTechnicoloured wrote:Good to see the blight hauler being fed, it looks excellent


Slinky wrote:Nice one, excellent little touch

Cheers
monkeytroll wrote:It is important to make sure your pets have a good balanced diet.

Remember, a daemon engine is for (un)life, not just Christmas.

Nah, they'll be totally thrown over for new ones come Xmas

Camkierhi wrote:The only real use for Marine parts.

Indeed! I had considered having the various parts of that one model scattered across the 3 of them, as if he'd been ripped apart like a chew toy?

Theophony wrote:Perfect set of legs for that blight hauler .

I hadn’t noticed the leftmost ones visor. Looks like a perfect cylon eye from old battlestar galactica .

You could always have a “snack sack” of marine parts thrown over one of their tread arms for later treats. A way of the death guard keeping these little mutts happy.

And henceforth, he shall be the Centurion

Of course, now the 3rd one needs a name, or at least a nickname: in theory, the 3 of them are named after the Furies, continuing my Greek Theatre motif - Alekto ("endless rage"), Megaera ("jealous rage"), and Tisiphone ("vengeful destruction"). Rustbucket, maybe

The turquoise for the various different levels of verdigris has now been added, as have all the pinks and purples. No pic though because whilst it's a substantial amount done, it's not really noticeable if you know what I mean? Slightly putting off the inevitable messy and time-consuming job of the bases, but justifying it to myself with a reminder that I need to decide on base litter... honest Anyway, I have to get the base colour for all the bone extremities etc on, the next layer of metals pre-weathering and then touch up the other colours here and there. Sorry, just keeping myself right. I do not like batch painting and it's even harder when you have to be varied yet consistent, as decrees.
For example

It would get a bloody stump also, naturally, and lose the phial, because gravity.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2018/12/12 09:07:02


Post by: inmygravenimage


I would just like to say, at this juncture, that I hate block painting colours. Everything bar the retouched metals and various reds now done. Going to actually have to tackle the bases...


Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2018/12/12 10:52:02


Post by: Theophony


Just saw the last picture , though I might suggest adding in the helmet also as spacing would almost warrant the head or some leg to be sticking out as well.


Sorry


Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2018/12/12 15:13:16


Post by: Gitsplitta


Very creative graven!


Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2018/12/12 21:00:11


Post by: Llamahead


Why do I now have the image of one of those cocking up it's tracks against a lamp post?


Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2018/12/14 18:55:09


Post by: inmygravenimage


Theophony wrote:Just saw the last picture , though I might suggestion adding in the helmet also as spacing would almost warrant the head or some leg to be sticking out as well.
Sorry

no worries it is a helpful suggestion. Although I've actually gone with a backpack, and I nice composite of PVA, Superglue and Model Air Red for gore.

Gitsplitta wrote:Very creative graven!


Llamahead wrote:Why do I now have the image of one of those cocking up it's tracks against a lamp post?

They are just puppies, after all



Remember these guys? No, me neither so they got based in the current batch (so did Mortarion but shhhhh - I keep forgetting I built him, because I literally have no memory of it as it was while concussed).

I'm using slightly more red in my accents and purple in my tentacles this time around. Just for a bit of pop.

Feels like they're finally coming together.

Just realised I forgot to do that plasma pistol What I've not forgotten, but simply not yet done, is add the GOO yet. Icky sticky drippy to follow after first wash layer, which is next.

So yeah. Papa's great work progresses. But so does other work! Because hobby ADHD is real

Not unimpressed by my attempt at Salt Weathering, but could be crustier. I think it's more a reflection of the absorbent powers of mdf I do like the Uncertain Scenery. I'd planned to fully hazard stripe the exterior next, but I rather like how low key and industrial it looks just now.
Next stage, either way, is the flooring, which is planned to get some metal/rust effects.


In other news. Having really hit peak frustration with Knight Models, I decided to write a ruleset for gang warfare in Gotham. It's designed as an add-on for Street Wars NYC, and just about manages to avoid any dodgy IP issues. My lovely chums at Kitbash Games are also helping out with both the playtest and sculpts for The Vigilante and the Lords of Crime, so that it works as an extra ruleset for them when their Kickstarter drops at the end of January.

Weekend ahead. Off out tonight for festive Xmas do. I shall try not to be too hungover...
Anon,
Graven



Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2018/12/15 12:07:25


Post by: Gitsplitta


Excellent work all-round!


Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2018/12/15 17:27:03


Post by: inmygravenimage


You're most kind

So, did the hazard stripes:


And started on the weathering:

This is my first time using hairspray as fixative weathering powder, and I'm really impressed. I might combine this with my existing methods for the Deathguard.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2018/12/16 15:48:21


Post by: inmygravenimage


Fun with powders!

LOVING the hairspray method. The only niggle is clumps don't do well, they stay dry and don't adhere properly. So crusty rust still needs to be done with washes and cheap vodka

Speaking of washes, stage one (agrax/sepia) is done.... But now I have a quandary. Although I like the effect weathering powder gives, I rather like them as they are. Which is not to say there aren't more washes and highlights to come. Here's a direct comparison (all the same base model).

L-R Newer 40k version, new 30k and first batch 40k (plasma gun). Decent? I *think* I like the variation in the armour colours too, because things obviously age at different rates.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2018/12/19 09:39:09


Post by: inmygravenimage


I decided I didn't like my cultists' scheme. The blue was all wrong, the metal was too clean. And, y'know, MOAR TENTACLES. My original idea - a kind of Bacchanalian Nurgle cult coloured in bruises and intenstines - just didn't gel, I think. But they're not on my list of 20 models to paint before the year is up so it's fine, right? RIGHT???
It's only 5 test models... *sigh* So, probably, they'll get Deathguard Green over the purple. If I'm happy with that, the rest of them will get a bit more tentacular also. Other that, only the final greens need to be added to the so, hopefully, I'll get them finished off and ready before Xmas (like WW1 - it'll all be over be Xmas )

But on a separate note entirely, last night wasn't about painting, it was about Dreadball - ULTIMATE DREADBALL (the multiplayer variant). Catching up with my best and oldest local nerdchums, erithromycin and metropolis, plus a couple of other folk also.

This was bonkers and so much fun it was preposterous. In true fantasymurderdeathball style, a Brawl started before the first ball was even launched, so we all ended up at least 2 men down (on a 5 man on-field team) before the starting whistle blew. Lots of back and forth, scores up and down, very bloody Forge Fathers (squats) stole the win out from under my Marauders (Orcs) - though both the Yndij (Na'vi from Avatar, essentially) and Corp (Humans) did well right up to the wire - when my goblin got an amazing pass to the MVP I'd hired for the match, and the MVP promptly dropped it when I rolled 5 1s Multiplayer madness. Given that the Corp player had never played the game before, and up until the 4th turn carved out a clear path to victory, shows just how good and accessible it is. If anything, I enjoyed it more than regular Dreadball. Because of the board layout, you're behind an opponent much more often, which makes for a lot more violent slamming of their players. Yay ultraviolence in sports!
Later
graven


Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2018/12/19 12:24:53


Post by: Theophony


Well it was a good time had by all(except the injured players, who are weak anyway and need to be pruned) . I hate it when I get a bunch painted up and then go with a different style, the bane of all marine players.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2018/12/19 21:14:31


Post by: inmygravenimage


Yup, all good
I got a mail drop today...

Holy bat boxes!


And what's that next to it?

Owl post, that's what. Complete first wave of Harry Potter, not including promos and pre-order exclusives.

Busy 2019


Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2018/12/19 21:50:32


Post by: Theophony


Holy resiny goodness . Well you have your 400 figs sorted for next year .


Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2018/12/20 03:52:36


Post by: youwashock


Great Caesar's ghost...

That's a lot of models.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2018/12/20 14:11:03


Post by: Gitsplitta


That dreadball game looks like a riot (literally)! Thanks for sharing.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2018/12/20 19:16:34


Post by: inmygravenimage


Theophony wrote:Holy resiny goodness . Well you have your 400 figs sorted for next year .

I know, tell me about it!
youwashock wrote:Great Caesar's ghost...

That's a lot of models.


Gitsplitta wrote:That dreadball game looks like a riot (literally)! Thanks for sharing.


It was awesome indeed!

So this has motivated me to finding the . The newest members of the Putrid Choir!

The remaining members of the Tragedos, The Tragic Choir


(Ranged Plague Marines)

The remaining members of the Comedos, The Comedic Choir

(melee Plague Marines)

Algos, the Sorrowful Mask


(Foul Blightspawn)

Habros, the Laughing Mask


(Foul Blightspawn)

Apoptosius, The death that comes to all in time


(Chaos Sorceror - counts as Necrosius [and Apoptosis is the opposite of Necrosis, hence the name])

Cerberon, triumvirate of pain, the 3 headed devourer of flesh, spitter of poison




(Blight Haulers - Mr Chompy, The Centurion, Rustbucket)

And the start of The Maenads, the Cult of Ecstatic Entropy

(Chaos Cultists)

Which means... 405 models complete!
Astounding.

Except... There's more!

Yup, got my Uncertain Scenery done.


So here's the T-junction:



How about a model's eye view?

And the Lift:



So... 407?

Next will be checking and cleaning up KM stuff. Pleased to have met my target, even if my shelf of shame is still chock ful!
Later
Graven


Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2018/12/22 14:48:08


Post by: Dr H


Great work on all the things (so...many...things...)

Well done on hitting your goal too.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2018/12/22 15:30:46


Post by: monkeytroll


All the nurgly goodness looks great.

Nice work on the terrain, looks very atmospheric, should make for some good in situ photos

Good job on the numbers too man, great that you hit your target


Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2018/12/22 19:15:39


Post by: inmygravenimage


Dr H wrote:Great work on all the things (so...many...things...)

Well done on hitting your goal too.

Thanks old chum.
monkeytroll wrote:All the nurgly goodness looks great.

Nice work on the terrain, looks very atmospheric, should make for some good in situ photos

Good job on the numbers too man, great that you hit your target

It's great scenery, really is. Might need to buy some more



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Building Harry Potter figures. Tiny little buggers, but not as fiddly as you might reasonably expect (especially from KM).

On the other hand, it contains some of the most astonishing models you've ever seen. They are, and this is no exaggeration, exquisite. The sculpts are dynamic and characterful, Harry mid-cast, Ron slouching about, and Hermoine in a storm of spell and scarf. But the Death Eaters are likewise great, imposing and imperious - I particularly like the female in heels, which feels remarkably sturdy also. Because these are very delicate models, which is the flip side. Though the robes make them feel generally solid, the wands are tiny and brittle. I do worry about potential snapping, and highly recommend some foam for storage (I'm waiting for some smart company to make an insert for the tin). Clean-up on the figs is easy, very little in the way of mold lines or tabs, though some clipping of sprue from the casting process is required. They're well thought-out models, also, not exceedingly fiddly to build (with the possible exception of Hermoine): in the spirit of research, I got the kids to it, and aside from the usual fears arising from small children and Superglue, they were fine. The only slightly tricky model was the mono cast Death Eater, oddly, because of flash on the base tab, but easily cleaned up with a sharp knife.

So here we go:



Thoughts on the actual game to follow,
Graven


Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2018/12/22 23:43:37


Post by: Theophony


Looking good. I’ve never read the books, I’ve seen the movies though, are they based more on one or the other?


Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2018/12/23 00:06:08


Post by: Paradigm


Looking forward to seeing your take on these, there's a few I've got my eye on to pick up as display pieces at some point. Particularly the Order of the Phoenix set, if you can snap some pics of them it'd be much appreciated.

Given the ludicrous size of Hermione's scarf, it's got to be tempting to paint it technicolor a la Tom Baker... The HP fan in me would cry, but it's just so weirdly long for a Hogwarts scarf! I must admit I don't quite see what they were going for with that model, the pose really doesn't call the character to mind in the same way Ron and Harry's do.

Death Guard stuff all looks suitable gruesome as ever.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2018/12/24 20:31:46


Post by: inmygravenimage


Theophony wrote:Looking good. I’ve never read the books, I’ve seen the movies though, are they based more on one or the other?

Movie. And very impressive.
Paradigm wrote:Looking forward to seeing your take on these, there's a few I've got my eye on to pick up as display pieces at some point. Particularly the Order of the Phoenix set, if you can snap some pics of them it'd be much appreciated.

Given the ludicrous size of Hermione's scarf, it's got to be tempting to paint it technicolor a la Tom Baker... The HP fan in me would cry, but it's just so weirdly long for a Hogwarts scarf! I must admit I don't quite see what they were going for with that model, the pose really doesn't call the character to mind in the same way Ron and Harry's do.

Death Guard stuff all looks suitable gruesome as ever.

I are absolutely about Hermione. I'll let you know about the order.


Harry Potter Miniature adventure game Review.

tl: dr
Despite the cost, and some niggles, this is a very good game indeed.

Right, we all settled in? Right, we can begin.

I have a very clear memory of reading the final Harry Potter book, and thinking that the Battle of Hogwarts would actually make a rather good miniature game. And my goodness, it does so, and then some.

UNBOXING THE PRODUCT
Let's start with what you get when you open it up from it's lovely tin.
You get:

13 resin miniatures (Harry, Ron, Hermione, 4 Death Eaters, Acromantula [Aragog] and 5 Acromantula swarms)
Three double-sided gameboards. 
-9 Character cards. 
-10 Potion cards. 
-10 Artifact cards.
-40 Adventure cards
-20 cardboard Tokens.
-20 spell cards.
-20 Quest cards. 
-16 Event cards.
-25 Campaign cards
-Rulebook.
-6 custom dice.
-7 30mm plastic bases.
-Campaign deck.
-Assembly instructions.

Let's begin with the negative: the quality of the cardstock. Costs have clearly been saved here, as the cardstock feels painfully thin. I may be wrong but it feels double, rather than the standard triple, layered (much like the spell cards from BMG's Book of Magic). Likewise, whilst there are a *lot* of cards, the card stock of the tokens is very thin, not feeling at all durable - and I'm sorry but any high-end board game I've ever played prides itself on decent quality tokens. The board overlays are also very thin - of the same cardstock, not board thickness. Then again, even the boards are not the most rugged in the world. Perhaps I'm being excessively picky, but this a £90 retail game, after all.

The sculpts are, however, stunning versions of the cinematic characters. Clean-up on the figs is easy, very little in the way of mold lines or tabs, though some clipping of sprue from the casting process is required. They're well thought-out models, also, not exceedingly fiddly to build (with the possible exception of Hermoine): in the spirit of research, I got the kids to it, and aside from the usual fears arising from small children and Superglue, they were fine. The only slightly tricky models were the mono cast Death Eater, oddly ( because of flash on the base tab, but easily cleaned up with a sharp knife) and Ron, who inexplicably did not want to be stuck on to his legs.

Back to the models, as you also get acromantula swarms and a big'un (Aragog, in other words). The swarms are great, the big Acromantula is... fine. Honestly? Give me one MAHOOSIVE spider and card tokens for the swarms - or better yet, have better quality tokens all round, and don't give us spider models. My other criticism of the models is, for all that the Hermoine sculpt is impressive and dynamic (and looks like Emma Watson) it doesn't feel that much like her, with its oddly balletic pose and giant scarf that would put The Doctor to shame.

CORE MECHANICS
This game has Mark Latham written all over it (even though he wasn't the lead designer): if you've played a recent Mantic game, you'll see some interesting mechanical similarities. It's IGOUGO, with 2 actions per model per turn (much like walking dead), with characters able to take 1 basic (Move/Use Potion) and 1 advanced (Attack/Cast Spell), or vice-versa. It's also grid based movement, with characters ordinarily moving 3 squares (like Here's Negan). Characters can purchase equipment (potions, wands etc) and spells up to their Mastery level (with most characters having an inbuilt, memorized spell also), and on their cards have their various key stats laid out.

A word about the character cards. Being standard ccg size, they're quite cramped, particularly with the (admittedly very authentic potterverse) aesthetic. However, this is not helped by the description in the rulebook: page 14 has a numbered card, then the labelling explanation is not till page 16 (page 15 explains the card backs). This is a ridiculous oversight that just makes the game harder to learn than is necessary: a poor layout decision that could so easily be rectified. Likewise, I would've liked the different card types (adventure, event, quest) clearly marked on the front. I should add though that, generally (and if I'm being completely honest, surprisingly) the rulebook is very well laid out.

All rolls are made with 3 dice (very Mantic), 3+ success, exploding 6s. I like the better than average roll success mechanic for a (sort of) kids' game. There's also a nice mechanic in the form of the Mystery dice: some situations add Lucky dice, where you pick the best results, and some add Jinxed dice, where you take the worst. It's a very natural, easy, intuitive mechanic.

However, in a couple of places, this game revels in needless complexity.
Take damage tokens. To indicate a point of damage, they go
Yellow/red/indigo/violet, with the Deathly Hallows symbol becoming more overt. Why? Why not just number them? Or number them as well? That's FFG levels of token fetishism: obstructive and unhelpful.

Another example is the rules for Adventure cards. At the start of each game turn, a random player draws 3 cards and they go face up. The player who activates 2nd gets to pick one. Each subsequent activation gets that model one of the remaining cards. A neat idea - it pays to go second, in some ways - but WHY the needless fiddling about with A random Player? If I seem like I'm being ridiculously picky, I just don't see the point in unnecessary rules, especially in a game that's (arguably) targeting non-traditional gamers.

Talking of the relative complexity of cards in the game, in addition to the character card, spells and equipment, there's also an Event Card at the start of every turn (fair enough), 3 quest cards per player AND the reference card for whichever scenario you're playing. All perfectly logical in their way, but that's a lot of cardboard floating around the table.

Magic is handled with spell cards, along with all Wizard characters having an innate spell printed on their card (Expecto Patronum for Harry, for example). Characters have one or two magic points to spend casting each turn, with most spells being Neutral (useable by anyone) and Unforgivable Curses only useable by Dark Wizards. Some spells have an Upkeep cost (power every turn to keep it going) whilst all have a Countdown Clock: once cast, time taken before you can reuse. It's a nice wee mechanic this, and the time turner tokens make it really obvious. It also encourages you to have a range of spells on your characters, to maximise efficiency.

Characters use their 4 traits - Magic, Courage, Wisdom, Temper - to solve challenges (have X of skill from your collective wizards, pass challenge), which seems fairly simple, verging on the simplistic, but means the game flows well.

GAMEPLAY
In the core box you get 12 different scenarios to play, based on iconic moments from the whole series, from The Forbidden Forest to the Battle of Hogwarts itself. Now not to be contentious - because I love the Death Eater models - but in the starter set, I'd've rather seen the Slytherins; Draco, Crabbe and Goyle, for instance, are available as a booster set. Apart from anything else, the Death Eaters feel underpowered so that they're equivalent to the Big 3. I mean maybe a bunch of slightly crap Wizards decided that because they're less good at magic than a 14 year old they should join the Evil One - fair enough - but still. Now actually, they're balanced by the fact that they have 0 as their Courage rating, but that also grates - if you play Villains, there's a full quarter of challenges you can't solve.

Personally, I would have liked either an introductory scenario or example 50 Galleon list using the box contents (or both). There are some good introductory videos on the KM YouTube but I think it's especially important for a game that's targeting non-gamers to have a clear walkthru. I'd also like a reference sheet, on the back page for example. But, these are really just niggles.

Because this game genuinely exceeds all expectations.

The gameplay is solid, accessible but complex. The twin mechanics of Quests and Events mean everything is to play for right until the very end (warning: side effects - may cause tantrums if someone loses on the last turn!) Apart from anything else, with 12 different board layouts with different overlays every game, and the constantly changing quests every time, it offers a massive replay experience. This, combined with the campaign deck, allows you to develop your own Hogwarts narrative, making it a very attractive prospect indeed.

Now there are some bugs that crop up. It's rather confusing, especially to a younger player, which death eater is which. There's a Lack of extra impassable terrain markers when certain events occur. But the game is fast, fluid and fun. Having never played before, start to finish took us 2 hrs for an 8 turn game, but once you've got the hang of it you're looking at an hour to 1 1/2 for a standard game. My only caveat would be we used the excellent cheat sheet that's available on the HP Facebook group, which is highly recommended.

On balance, this is not just one for the Potterheads, but is certainly accessible to the non- or novice gamer. Yes, the entry cost is pretty brutal, though there are bundles available from the KM site. It's a cracking game, really evocative of the series - who doesn't want to wander round the Forbidden Forest yelling 'Stupefy!' at Death Eaters, anyway? So, it's a definite thumbs-up from this cynical old Muggle, never mind the kids as well.


The fact that the entire game changed drastically in the closing turns was exciting - if a bit frustrating for the little guy - but gaming is full hard lessons


With luck, in the couple of days off after Xmas, we'll get another game, and get Mrs G's view. Aye right

A merry Xmas, one and all, my loyal brothers
Graven


Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2018/12/24 22:21:51


Post by: Camkierhi


Thanks for that now I have another game to sweet over.

Merry Christmas to you and the family sir, hope you have a great day.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2018/12/25 22:00:02


Post by: Viktor von Domm


HP too?

Omg

On another subject... Merry Christmas!
And even a bit early...have a good start into the new upcoming year...all of you


Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2018/12/25 22:33:31


Post by: Ruglud


That MDF scenery is great and really looking forward to your updates on Potter & co.

Hope you had / having a great xmas dude


Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2018/12/26 20:37:36


Post by: JoeRugby


Great stuff mate

Hope you had a good Christmas


Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2018/12/26 22:40:26


Post by: inmygravenimage


Camkierhi wrote:Thanks for that now I have another game to sweet over.

Merry Christmas to you and the family sir, hope you have a great day.

so true. Had a great one, hope you did likewise.

Viktor von Domm wrote:HP too?

Omg

On another subject... Merry Christmas!
And even a bit early...have a good start into the new upcoming year...all of you

Ruprecht brings me toys as punishment

Ruglud wrote:That MDF scenery is great and really looking forward to your updates on Potter & co.

Hope you had / having a great xmas dude

It was ace, you too.
JoeRugby wrote:Great stuff mate

Hope you had a good Christmas


it was ace. Best turkey I've cooked, wife and I made lemon meringue pie, lots of nerd toys, all good

Well lucky me I got my Goblin Gaming wishlist from the wife

(Not pictured - various paint restocking)
Apparently she was really stressed when it came, because there was no green stuff and the only geek thing she knows to ALWAYS buy me is green stuff doofus here had inadvertently taken it off their wishlist

And THEN the menace that is erithromycin got me Gaslands I have studiously managed to avoid this because it would be far too easy just to pick up toy cars in the supermarket for a pound to convert. He also got the boy Wings of Glory WW1. He is a bloody troublemaker

So 2019 may bring toy car-nage. amongst other things


Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2018/12/27 03:21:19


Post by: Theophony


Toy carnage is good, lots of fun, and a great gateway drug/I mean activity .



Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2018/12/27 22:38:00


Post by: inmygravenimage


quiet you

Chilled out day with the boys. We played another game of Harry Potter.

This an interior setup, obviously. Except we were playing winter in Hogsmeade, so fun rules for snow, but the board left a lot to the imagination. Even the exterior board would've made more sense. Some houses, maybe, as overlays, would go a long way to enchancing that.

More niggly is the fact that the Death Eaters are just crap. Well, they're ok-ish, but they can't do challenges for toffee, which are the game's main mechanic for scoring VPs, specifically Wisdom challenges, which are the only ones in the Event deck. I see that it could easily be fixed with (a) more event cards (b) adding in a dice roll. Sighhhhhhhh. I smell house rules.
The challenge deck, where you build a story, has a far better mix, but that's a separate game mode entirely. Never mind that if they'd included Draco and chums instead you could also have played Co-op out the box. Anyway, Harry and chums, under the charge of 8 year old, won the day.

Separately, I raided the toybox in search of suitable salvage:

A good mix of Buggies, Jeeps, regular cars and muscle cars (and a taco van), looks enough to going on with. Lots of shamelessly bits whoring next!

And I started my lovely daemons, building Sloppity and Spoilpox, and beginning my plaguebearers. Oh, and now my Maulerfiend has the start of a base. No actual base yet, but we now have a topper. Where's it from? Well remember that Gnarlmaw in the Xmas heap? Let's just say it was bought solely for parts papa has a purpose for all those lovely bits if you're, papa may even do some pics tomorrow, once things are a bit further along.
Adiós
Graven


Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2018/12/28 00:14:07


Post by: monkeytroll


Ooops

You're waiting on bases from me still....


Nice goodie haul, and definitely interested in what you do with gaslands


Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2018/12/28 23:19:46


Post by: inmygravenimage


Lol don't worry about it bro, wasn't a dig. I always need bases, I find. Whether it's gw moving things randomly over to 32mm or finding extra 40mm for swarms of Nurglings (seriously, though, you get so many nurglings with the Plaguebearer set, it's an actual gw bargain!), always need yet more. However, it's not like I don't have plenty of toys in the meantime

Speaking of plagueys...


I realise I have a whole bunch of Nurglings: at least a further 2 bases' worth made from the ones that come with the plaguebearers, mostly. It's some kit.

And the Maulerfiend on its base


Started on the potter stuff, building at least. Peter Pettigrew's wand is the first casualty. Not unexpected, but a bugger to repair. Generally they're well cast, minimal mould lines and astonishingly crisp. Pics to follow of everything so far.

Saw Aquaman. Not bad, but ate my day.

Best,
graven


Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2018/12/29 02:28:22


Post by: Theophony


Don’t they have magic duct tape to fix wands? Made by magic ducks .

Cool looking maulerfiend.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2018/12/29 04:00:54


Post by: Anvildude


Nah, they just patch it up with some spell-o-tape.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2018/12/29 11:46:59


Post by: monkeytroll


Is that a type of tricky backed plastic?


Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2018/12/29 18:23:32


Post by: inmygravenimage


Theophony wrote:Don’t they have magic duct tape to fix wands? Made by magic ducks .

Cool looking maulerfiend.


Anvildude wrote:Nah, they just patch it up with some spell-o-tape.


monkeytroll wrote:Is that a type of tricky backed plastic?



The potter stuff, then.

First and foremost, cleanup on these was a breeze. The combination of new material and new casting process is leading to exceptional quality with minimal prep required. Builds are very easy, no gapping really (tiny bit on the unicorn's spine, but that's it).

On to the models! Apologies, I've not yet done the Order of the Phoenix, the Weasley twins or Dumbledore's army.

Hogwarts Professors (minus Umbridge)

Stunning sculpts. Just amazing. Now at this point, I reckon £35 for 4 character models is fair. They all terrifyingly good, and versatile, in game: Snape is of course Potion supremo plus dual faction Hogwarts/Death Eater, Umbridge a Death Eater, Lockhart is Hogwarts with access to Dark magic, and McGonnigal is just a very very powerful (Power 3) light wizard, although doesn't have Animagus, which is annoying (neither does Peter Pettigrew, which is idiotic).

Speaking of which (witch...)

Peter is perfect, Bellatrix... doesn't look like her. It's a decent version of the BOOK character but given that part of the USP is that these are as much collectors' pieces as gaming pieces, I think they've missed the mark. Both are pretty nasty in game, with Unforgivable Curses as their innate spells.

Lupin, and his werewolf form:

Lovely models, and proper value for money on this one. This is a good example of KM doing it right with multiple cards, including a version of the werewolf for the event deck also.

Hagrid is a massive figure:

Great version of him. I love that in game his umbrella gives him the ability to cast spells as normal. Fang's pretty decent too, very cheap for extra damage output.


Slytherins next. Family values:

The Lucius is a particularly impressive sculpt. Narcissa is very good in game, and a lovely pose, but I fear fragility. This Draco is a Death Eater, and not bad at all; good to have a proper second version (looking at you, Lion Hat Luna).

And indeed here he is with his cronies:

Draco and Goyle are spot on, Crabbe not quite. They're good in game, dual faction Hogwarts/ Death Eater - and absolutely should've been in the basic game. Essentially mirroring the Potter crew, this would be far more logical for both standard and co-op play.
Finally, house photo:


And the Adventure packs:

Nice enough model I suppose. But it's just a generic unicorn, albeit big (60mm base).

The troll:

Same height as Hagrid. Not bad, very movie accurate.

And the Dementor:

Very nice model.
Scale shot:

Oh, yeah, made a Commissar poxwalker, just cos.

I honestly don't feel that the Adventure packs offer much value. £35 each for one fig, a scenario card, and a couple of other cards (for the event deck and detailing stats). Now if they'd come with, oh, I don't know, cards for the ADVENTURE deck say, I'd be more sold. The Dementor is a cracking sculpt, and genuinely interesting in game, so it's probably the best bet of the 3.

I've also been assembling some bases of Nurglings, because they're just comedy gold.

And whilst tidying (well, sort of), found this guy.

He is, I think, a classic fantasy lich that had a club maybe? I painted him 30 years ago, or thereabouts. I think he deserves a new lease of life in service to Papa, so a new weapon beckons, amongst other things he's now got a Scion backpack, just for looks.

Away at my folks' for a few days. Going to try some Wings of Glory and Gaslands with my boys if possible.
Ta-ta,
Graven


Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2018/12/29 20:34:39


Post by: Theophony


The HP figs DO look really nice , maybe I can get my wife into.......nope she wouldn’t be enticed as its a game .

I imagined the poor unicorn with a gap in it’s spine being in one of the dog wheel chair things . Squeeking around the woods. My cousins have dachshunds and they wind up with that crippling back injury all the time and they have one in a wheelchair .

Enjoy the Carnage . You need to rock some monster jams music while you guys play .


Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2019/01/01 19:49:19


Post by: inmygravenimage


Hello all, and a happy 2019 I hope, to you all.

 Theophony wrote:
The HP figs DO look really nice , maybe I can get my wife into.......nope she wouldn’t be enticed as its a game .

I imagined the poor unicorn with a gap in it’s spine being in one of the dog wheel chair things . Squeeking around the woods. My cousins have dachshunds and they wind up with that crippling back injury all the time and they have one in a wheelchair .

Enjoy the Carnage . You need to rock some monster jams music while you guys play .

I'm trying to convince my wife also. No luck so far.
See I just imagine the unicorn getting the blood drunk out of him by Voldemort
Foo fighters an excellent soundtrack to the car-nage. Really liking it

We've been away over New Year at my parents' with limited signal, so hence the silent running.

Still, some holiday fun with the boys for new year. Top Trumps, Chess, Double Feature (a movie guessing game) and Exploding Kittens all featured heavily. We've played Sabacc - really good, surprisingly so actually. If you see it on the cheap ("Han Solo Card Game") it's a fast and dirty poker analogue. Especially good if you gamble... responsibly

We've also played Wings of Glory. Well what a wee cracker of a game that is! WWI version, Albatross vs. Spad XIII. Easy, Intuitive and really quick to learn/play. But bit of a bugger to get stuff for it turns out. We've played a few Dogfights (very evenly matched), a mission to take photos of an enemy position (bit dull), and a mission to bomb an enemy position on the trenchline (excellent mission).

I do like a game with properly done prepaints, if nothing else.
Looking forward to the rerelease for Tripods and Triplanes (Martian Invasion rules), just around the corner, which has the added bonus of making the full game rules free

Tried Gaslands. Bit more complex than Wings.

Again, both boys loved it, though the older boy felt it was a wee bit crunchy out of the gate, whilst the younger loved it unconditionally straight away.

He's the silver car here
I'm pretty sold on it too. Free gaming (well ok £10 rules) rocks.

Immediately after this my kids conspired to Wreck me (Red).
I'll delve deeper into the rules but I love the conversion potential here.

2018!
I'm not going to do a full, month by month 2018 recap, but here's some thoughts:
1) Built, painted and completed a 40k army which my friends clubbed together for 40th birthday, in the space of 6 months. That's got be a first. I'll try to get an army shot done in the next couple of days.

2) Got into new weathering techniques, partly as a result of the above. Learned about powders and played with salt weathering.

3) Started getting my kids into 40k. Probably unwise but there we are.

4) Painted a lot in terms of quantity, but less so in quality. A big part of this year has been getting Dreadball teams on the pitch, and so I've not been so focused on the higher quality for, say, Batman.

So hobby goals for 2019 then.

Daemons etc for Nurgle. I've got Mortarion, maulerfiend, plaguebearers and chums, cultists and a couple of bits to do.

I have pretty much a year's worth of BMG to paint
That's a bit grim but I'm generally not going to let my shelf of shame bother me. I've been asked to be a mod of the main BMG group. Apparently I know what I'm talking about.

Likewise I have the Harry Potter stuff to do. I'm a bit torn on this because I have had no less than 4 (4!) serious painters offer to do them for me. I'm tempted, but unsure. Against my principles! but I have so so much plastic crack to do.

Dreadball still got the rest of my MVPs to do. I have 4 unpainted teams also but I'm most likely just going to give at least a couple away to promote the hobby and ensure gaming buddies

Which is next resolution. Some actual gaming. Part of the reason for enlisting the children has been to this end, but I definitely want to do more gaming in my own house with my mates this year. I don't really mind what we play, but anything is better than nothing. Everyone is sold on Dreadball, so that's to be encouraged. And. Hobby is how I stay sane, in an increasingly hostile work environment.

And Gaslands will I think be my latest distraction

Later y'all
Graven



Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2019/01/01 22:35:49


Post by: youwashock


Very much looking forward to seeing HP minis and Gaslands develop.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2019/01/02 00:52:29


Post by: Briancj


One of my local game stores may have Wings of Glory stuff, would you like me to look?

--Brian



Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2019/01/02 00:54:59


Post by: Zid


Happy new year and cannot wait to see your demons!


Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2019/01/02 08:44:16


Post by: inmygravenimage


youwashock wrote:Very much looking forward to seeing HP minis and Gaslands develop.

See? It's comments like that which mean I have to do the HP minis myself!! honestly I'm really excited about the Gaslands too, and I'll be reviewing most of the "Friends of Gaslands" (the various component companies affiliated with Osprey - because free stuff is the best stuff )
Briancj wrote:One of my local game stores may have Wings of Glory stuff, would you like me to look?

--Brian


Och that's really kind of you Bri but reprints start shipping in march afaik so I can probably wait. Thanks for the thought amigo.
Zid wrote:Happy new year and cannot wait to see your demons!

I have to build my Armigers as well, for which I blame you and your awesome blog entirely! Not sure how to do their faces yet, I suspect one will get a Beast of Nurgle face but not sure about the other. And a happy new year to you too!


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Post by: Zid


 inmygravenimage wrote:

Zid wrote:Happy new year and cannot wait to see your demons!

I have to build my Armigers as well, for which I blame you and your awesome blog entirely! Not sure how to do their faces yet, I suspect one will get a Beast of Nurgle face but not sure about the other. And a happy new year to you too!


Armigers are the business, i need to take mine out for a stroll soon... haha. The beast of nurgle idea sounds great, cant wait to see what you come up with!


Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2019/01/05 22:51:06


Post by: inmygravenimage


Well in the end, I didn't go with the beast face, didn't work for me. But still, here they are, my Armigers:

First and foremost, stages of this kit are almost as annoying as building a chimera but never mind. I left off all the leg and arm/shoulder armour, as well as some power doodads and the exhausts as I wanted to modify them heavily, obviously, with the remnants of my bloat drone and the whole of a feculant gnarlmaw.

Obviously more gs work to be done, but you get the gist just now?
Gearing up for work again can't really complain, it's been a decent break. Not got as much done as I like but, then, when do you ever? Got a dreadball team I want to get painted up, the Rebs, a hodgepodge alien team that are a bit of a nightmare to play. But hey, they have space frogs.
Later
Graven


Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2019/01/05 23:20:08


Post by: Theophony


Well if we get space frogs then we will forgive the lack of using the beasts face......not really, but it sounded nice.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2019/01/05 23:44:10


Post by: monkeytroll


Gnarly looking armigers, need to get back to mine sometime. Gnarlmaw pads are a nice idea.

Hope it wasn't too painful removing the base from that tentacle, not attempted it yet.


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Post by: inmygravenimage


Theophony wrote:Well if we get space frogs then we will forgive the lack of using the beasts face......not really, but it sounded nice.

I did actually try it but it looked rubbish.
monkeytroll wrote:Gnarly looking armigers, need to get back to mine sometime. Gnarlmaw pads are a nice idea.

Hope it wasn't too painful removing the base from that tentacle, not attempted it yet.

Not at all, dead easy.

Any suggestions for what else to do to them gratefully received btw.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2019/01/06 02:43:44


Post by: Theophony


Nurglings, when in doubt add more nurglings .


Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2019/01/08 13:00:33


Post by: Gitsplitta


Looking forward to another year with you Graven. Keep up the fine work.


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Post by: inmygravenimage


Theophony wrote:Nurglings, when in doubt add more nurglings .

I would do but they've almost all been appropriated to make the swarms. I've picked up a couple of sets of Lord Felthius from Conquest #19 (seriously, £16 instead of £50 for 8 terminators? Ok then) and that gives me more, so a couple may make it onto the big bad bots.

Gitsplitta wrote:Looking forward to another year with you Graven. Keep up the fine work.

Thanks bud. Hope the public servant hell gets better; we're in our own version of that, which will probably lead to industrial action, but at least we're getting paid at the moment.

In the end, I kept it pretty simple, just adding the odd tentacle, twisted root and strip of skin here and there.

So, they are are now both primed, and can sit on the shelf of shame next to Morty (note to self - rename the Maulerfiend Rick ) where they will fail to get painted any time soon

I still need to add some experimental sticky strands of goo with UHU glue (thanks to monkeytroll for that tip) - the hollow circles/semi-circles on the base are to (in theory) look like burst boils...

I really should be painting my Rebs for the Dreadball challenge but I'm having a hard time getting my head round them they are started, but there's not much to see, because I'm just blocking atm - most of the alien skin tones are done; now, onto the brown cloth. However, also on a Dreadball note, my mates are very keen to get into the game, so I'm hoping for some serious neodurium action in the coming months - makes giving away 4 of my 5 remaining unpainted teams (!) more palatable (well, technically, it's just 4 teams, but I have a full double set of the Rejects).

So, meantime, I did up a set of objectives for general use in whatever game you care to name:

Nothing amazing, just practical; I do love how generic Deadzone scenery is. Surprised how super-shiny Nuln Oil is, though it gives great depth; we actually got it for the boy to shade his Raven Guard (which are starting to come together, pics soon). I wonder whether to make the canisters two distinct sets (the crates have either yellow or red triangles) also. Can I count these, together, as the first model painted in 2019

Got a bunch of lovely 3D printed wheels, tyres and shocks from Kyamsil Designs for Gaslands:

The spiked wheels are undoubtedly my favourites Need to start looking seriously at pimpin' my rides Those will probably go on my SLIME cars (the faction that is Fury Road - War Boys analogue). The other factions are IDRIS (Cult of Speed), MYAZAKI (ultra-sleek futuristic techno cars), WARDEN (prison cars), RUTHERFORD (big guns, big armour, and all that americanism) and MISHKIN (the mad scientist ultra tech). So WARDEN or RUTHERFORD are also good options. I've not tried popping a chassis or wheels from a Hot Wheels before so that'll prove interesting. Apparently a drill is the way to do it; that's not at all hazardous to my health I'm fairly sure cutting that axle and threading a paperclip through also viable. Experiment ahoy! Attempting to get all this stuff lined up for a big magazine article on Gaslands, so hopefully this will be a good learning experience

On we go,
Graven


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Post by: Theophony


The two big mothers are looking great especially now they are primed.

Make sure to hit Gaslands website and sign up for notification emails. Extended time four came out a few weeks ago and now there are extra vehicle types.

and Truckasuarus .


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Post by: Briancj


There are flat and gloss versions of Nuln Oil, as I've discovered. Which one do you have?


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Post by: Gitsplitta


I use them both... the gloss version is great for giving a grimy or oily appearance.


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Post by: inmygravenimage


Theophony wrote:The two big mothers are looking great especially now they are primed.

Make sure to hit Gaslands website and sign up for notification emails. Extended time four came out a few weeks ago and now there are extra vehicle types.

and Truckasuarus .

Ooooooooh yeaaaaah.

Briancj wrote:There are flat and gloss versions of Nuln Oil, as I've discovered. Which one do you have?

Just says Nuln Oil shade

Gitsplitta wrote:I use them both... the gloss version is great for giving a grimy or oily appearance.

Hmmmmmmm. Mebbe. I do love my VJ smoke though.

Not much progress on the dreadball team. Just can't feel it, don't no why.


So I chopped my tainted cohort a bit.

Now they each have an axe and a combi plasma (more GS required, obviously).

Traded off my second set for a nos squad of reivers for the kids. I'm such a sucker.

Started my Gaslands. I love classic hot rods/rat rods

Lovely bits from Kyamsil Designs. Reckon these are going to be Slime (War Boys) as they get bonuses for side "rams" I'm going to make 3 rat rods, 2 as "cars" and one as a "buggy". Rat boys are coming! Now, to look for old skaven icons

Later
Graven



Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2019/01/12 20:34:56


Post by: Theophony


If it just says a nuln oil, then that’s the regular, the gloss specifically says Gloss and was just released recently so the older style like coke and coke classic .


Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2019/01/14 10:40:16


Post by: inmygravenimage


Theophony wrote:If it just says a nuln oil, then that’s the regular, the gloss specifically says Gloss and was just released recently so the older style like coke and coke classic .


Good to know ta.

So, a very quiet weekend, not much done. I did, however, come up with a theme and more of a plan for my Gaslands gang. SLIME, as a faction, have the Perk: Pinball - take a free move after you sideswipe. Given that I'm building rat rods with wheel blades, and SLIME are usually Green as a sponsor colour, I present to you... the Pinball Lizards!

Obviously not yet painted However, definitely feeling it. Inadvertently kicked the hornets' nest on the GL fb over the rules for side weapons, and now we're waiting on an official ruling. For now, however, this a Car with side rams (1 build slot) and extra armour (other build slot), plus pistols and Molotov Cocktails for the crew (this might change with the new crew weapons rules, though, or I'll add a smoke dispenser with my remaining point).
Here's the start of the second Car:

Gone for a more aggressive look with 18mm tires on the back and 14 on the front, rather than 16mm on both like the other one. No spikes yet for this, the chaos racks don't look quite right. However it has the skull on front regardless.
And my first "buggy" has started:

Counts as a buggy because it has an internal roll cage, I'm thinking of big front shocks also to make it look... bouncy. Needs a ram though, because plan for it is Buggy w. Exploding Ram (yeah, it's a Kami-KaRzi). I also need to find another similar Hot Wheels rat rod buggy so I have two (giving me a full 50 can team). I suppose I could just add spikes to the front, maybe? or maybe have big leaf springs and mount a ram on that?

And Boy #1 is getting on with his Raven Guard, at last:

Eyes need dotted, purity seal needs colour spot / writing, sepia washes needed, but he's getting there. He's also thinking of adding XIX to every model; I think he'll get bored of that pretty fast though

I'm going to try to persuade him to do a black rim base, I think it'll just look neater. We've got a few more to brass detail and prime up (2 Inceptors, 4 Hellblaster, 4 Intercessors) and then we can start to think about planning a couple of tactical squads (I have no idea what's what these days, so they'll probably just get a Rocket Launcher and a Plasma Gunner) to build next. BUT I'm going to force the boy to paint, damnit! Good habits and that. I'm getting nowhere with painting my Dreadball stuff, just can't muster the interest which is weird. I think it's because I've just got so damn much to paint at present - much like I can't think about building my new Batman stuff. There's no way I'll get them done for Friday, for the contest deadline, but such is life.

On a bit of a Dreadball note, however, the next LoER contest is about Sports, and so that has got me thinking. My initial thoughts are a launch tower for Ultimate (a hexagonal column, essentially) or a dice tower that will house the commentators also. However, the contest requires you incorporate some genuine piece of sporting or board gaming element (non-miniature) into it so I'm a bit stumped. I shall mull it over.
Hey ho
graven


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Post by: Gitsplitta


Nice to see you plugging away on a variety of projects graven. Tell your son he's done a good job on the Ravenguard... but they need a black rimmed base. First it'll give them more of a finished look, second it'll tie in with the color of the marine.


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Post by: inmygravenimage


Gitsplitta wrote:Nice to see you plugging away on a variety of projects graven.

you mean, nice to see hobby ADHD in full swing

Gitsplitta wrote:
Tell your son he's done a good job on the Ravenguard... but they need a black rimmed base. First it'll give them more of a finished look, second it'll tie in with the color of the marine.

I agree absolutely. The black rim will just lift it. The reasoning behind the lighter rim was playing with a range of basing ideas (I know Briancj isn't a fan of the tech basing paints, but they're ideal for the novice )

We were clearing out #2's room a bit and found a few more cars.

which combined with the original group
Spoiler:



gives us quite the motor pool. I want each team to have a really distinct, separate aesthetic: daft big engines on modern cars for IDRIS (speed cult) for instance. I'm starting to think just priming everything will make it easier to gauge. I still need to find another decent hot rod/buggy though


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Post by: Briancj


It isn't that I don't LIKE them, it's the COST. The one Citadel bottle is worth maybe 10 bases? Far better to you to mix up a larger bottle yourself, and give THAT to the lad.

Cheers!

--B.


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Post by: Theophony


I’d have to dig out my copy of the game, but can’t The Australian crew take motorcycles? Ramshackle Games makes good bikes that fit the scale, so if your wanting to up your crew size that would be one option.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2019/01/14 21:26:18


Post by: monkeytroll


Buggy starts look interesting, and that's a generous motor pool to start with


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Post by: inmygravenimage


Briancj wrote:It isn't that I don't LIKE them, it's the COST. The one Citadel bottle is worth maybe 10 bases? Far better to you to mix up a larger bottle yourself, and give THAT to the lad.

Cheers!

--B.

Meh. It's his money No, you're quite right, and easy enough to do.

Theophony wrote:I’d have to dig out my copy of the game, but can’t The Australian crew take motorcycles? Ramshackle Games makes good bikes that fit the scale, so if your wanting to up your crew size that would be one option.

They can indeed, and that's an awesome idea, because now I have visions of bikers with exploding lances I think I'm actually getting some sample 3D printed bikes from Mad Cars to review so that's something to work on

monkeytroll wrote:Buggy starts look interesting, and that's a generous motor pool to start with

Indeed! I'm not sure I'll be using all of it by any means
Spoiler:
Lying...

but it's good for sparking ideas.

Speaking of which, I figured out what to do with my buggy:

So, more csm spikes, for the ram this time, a couple of small leaf springs behind the rear wheels with phatties on, and some tiny 3D printed springs for the front shocks - I need to make the rods for these, again it'll be just paperclips, but you see where we are for now.

And finally got on with my Rebs, the Serenity Browncoats:

Crappy pic but was in a rush this morning. I have actually realised what my problem with them is: it's the rubbish plastic casting. The metal Yndij MVP (creamy coloured guy, second from front left) was a lovely model to work on, but just highlights how pish the old Mantic plastics are. When you've got a range of obscure random aliens, trying to squeeze loads of detail onto a poor cast is not a good idea. But, I'm really happy now with my various alien skin tones, especially the turquoise frogs, and the Yndij has feathers matching his team-mates. Bless. I shall call him Mal

I am like a leaf in the wind, see how I fly...
Graven


Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2019/01/16 22:18:45


Post by: Dr H


Good work on all the things.

Cars looking good.


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Post by: inmygravenimage


Dr H wrote:Good work on all the things.

Cars looking good.


Cheers! I did a bit of swapping of hubs, because the open-top version is a bit more buggy-like to my mind, and I found another 30s hot rod bod:

And the big jeep also has a great rat-rod vibe with its tricked-out pipes, and the new wheels give it a distinct look (Jeeps and Cars are now different in-game). That roof is crying out for a ridiculous gun (possibly even a Ridonkulous Gun, which is a genuine in-game weapon) or possible a cupola. I've got crew and bits coming from Dice Mechanic Games (as well as Mad Cars), so that's going to give me enough drivers etc to finish this lot off. The orange rod might need a new daft engine, too, but again, there will be bits for that. The only slightly annoying thing is I'm out of Chaos spikes but, luckily CSM rhinos are coming next month in Conquest

Surprisingly, I finished my Rebs Unincorporated team, the Serenity Browncoats, in time for the current DB contest.

Even more surprisingly, once I turned the corner, I really enjoyed both painting them and the finished look.
So, Ralarat Strikers (Space Frogs) - they jump


Gaelian Jacks (Centaurs) - they're crazy fast


Sorak Jacks - slower, but tougher hard to steal to the ball from

Particularly happy with the OSL from their dreadball gloves.

Prone markers


Rin Guard and Team Captain, Galdo

I've just noticed I need to fix Galdo's lenses on his goggles


And an MVP, A'teo, an Yndij


Lovely model, great in game, fast and brutal, really good at taking down walls of guards.


Really happy with them as a team. They're very difficult to play, and a bit underpowered (plus, I'm a guard short), but that means that they'll probably see quite a lot of use as they're an ideal team to take against people learning the game. I might need to give them an MVP guard, as their defence is really fragile right now (Sorak, the purple ones, kinda double-up, but still - there's a reason their the models for the prone markers!) and it's a good excuse to start on my other MVPs. The Enforcer (MVP Guard) is already painted, but fluff-wise he's the diametric opposite of the Rebs, so that ain't happening

So 11 more models painted in January, which makes... 12

Priming season is done for now, as winter is coming. It's a good excuse to paint stuff
Adios,
Graven


Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2019/01/17 14:44:18


Post by: Gitsplitta


Sooo... what are the cars for again?


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Post by: inmygravenimage


Gitsplitta wrote:Sooo... what are the cars for again?


GASLANDS. It's a cracking game:
Broadly speaking, you grab some toy cars, decide what body/engine type best suits (giving the vehicle's handling, speed, durability and weight) and race round a track or scenario from those included. Vehicles move once per gear that they're in - so everyone acts once in first gear, but may (and almost certainly will) change gears, giving another move in second, and so on. Faster/lighter vehicles can access all the way up to gear 6, but that typically makes handling more Hazardous. Handy reference cards are provided, with a box for a d6 to mark the current gear, and movement templates (very Flight Path) determine trajectory. Each time a vehicle moves, it also rolls Handling: A 1 adds a Hazard token, with 6 Hazard tokens leading to a car Wiping Out - potentially flipping, and grinding to a halt back at Gear 1. A 2 is a slide, which can be surprisingly advantageous - power sliding/drifting, effectively - and a 3 a Spin up to 90 degree, generally less useful. Finally, a 4-6 is a Shift result changing gear, or cancelling a negative result, though at some gears (and for some vehicles) certain maneuvers are considered Trivial so grant a free Shift also. Whilst there's a far bit of dice rolling, it's far from clumsy, and a very easy system to use; the kids very quickly twigged you could power-slide into some vicious sideswipes, for example.
Which leads neatly into the Rule of Maximum Car-nage. This is a game that puts the Death into Death Race, and as such the Rule states that if in doubt, whatever causes the most damage happens. It's very much a game of slamming, ramming and shooting your way to victory, with a plethora of weapon options to purchase from the conventional to the outlandish, along with a variety of Perks to make your individual crew stand-out. Again, the kids realised as soon as I pulled in front of them in our first race the thing to do was to crash, smash and bash me between them. The weapon rules are likewise simple, with ranges measured using the straight maneuver templates and various d6 to represent damage (4+ to do a point of damage, double on a 6). It almost feels like a tabletop Video Game, in a very positive way, with its Mario Kart and RAGE levels of anarchy.

The game's setting, an alternate present where Earth is wasteland, anyone with money lives on Mars, and audiences watch murderous Saturday Night Road Races, is both knowing and accessible, with a variety of in-game factions that lend you advantages in terms of loadouts and driver skills.
RUTHERFORD specialises in military hardware, so they get more ammo and access to Tanks/Helicopters also, which is not as overpowered as you might fear.
WARDEN, as a faction, is made up of prisoners welded into proper death machines, and whilst they're likewise very shooty, are even better at blowing up on top of their opponents.
MIYAZAKI is about high-speed, sleek cars, with the best drivers in the game; they will often go very light on the weaponry, if indeed taking any bar the driver's standard pistol (it's the darkamerifuture, everyone has guns)
IDRIS is the other "speed" faction, but instead relies on volatile (and, hilarious) turbo-boosts and more dakka - they are literally a Cult of Speed.
MISHKIN is what a member of the Gaslands community charmingly describe as the "wildcard superweapon wombo combo" faction. The Mad science tech faction, with lasers, hover rays - I'm waiting for a bubble cannon, personally - and dynamos in the vehicles, so speed becomes your ammo supply.
SLIME, last of the base-game factions and not at all coincidentally Australian, is the meta sponsor: generating as much hazard as possible, giving them to other people, and using expendable vehicles (mostly, cheap buggies with grenades etc). As my eldest pointed out, they're Monopoly: they don't win, they make everyone else lose. That's what I'm building first.

Each faction has access to various weaponry and equipment, as noted, at lower cost or with some twist on it: The Warden, for example, lets you take cheap but flimsy Prison Cars, for example. Also, your drivers can access two Skill trees, such as Handling and Performance.
The other major mechanical element, though optional, is Audience Votes. Gaslands is a TV show, after all, and the audience love to see their favourites do well. Audience votes, however, tend to favour the underdog, with votes generated (usually by Wiping Out, though there are some faction-specific variants) allowing you to get to respawn in the game if you've totally crashed out. It's a neat mechanic, and means that you can always be playing rather than sitting back once you've burned out - plus being very much in keeping with the Video-Game feel of the game as a whole.

It's a smashing (sorry) wee game this, and with free downloadable rules for more crazy weapons, actual Pirates and wannabe Policeman - and even a Truckasaurus - there's masses of room for every play style and taste.


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Fixed the goggles, too:


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Post by: Theophony


 Gitsplitta wrote:
Sooo... what are the cars for again?


The game is Gaslands, post apocalypse mad max car game. Different factions fight it out, uses matchbox/hot wheels sized cars. Made by Osprey games as one of their 64pagebluebook games.
https://gaslands.com

Rulebook is less than $20. You can play with 5 or so cars depending on points per game. It really exploded as a game last year when it came out. Dicearethemost expensive thing, I made my own and you can use standard D6s and just consult a chart.

Also love the team name Serenity Browncoats . I’m waiting on my serenity crew to arrive for Blackwater Gulch.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2019/01/20 01:26:14


Post by: Gitsplitta


Sounds awesome, thanks guys.


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Post by: Camkierhi


I have some gaslands ideas kicking about. Like what you have going on here bud.


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Post by: inmygravenimage


Theophony wrote:
Also love the team name Serenity Browncoats . I’m waiting on my serenity crew to arrive for Blackwater Gulch.

They aim to Misbehave

Gitsplitta wrote:Sounds awesome, thanks guys.

Oh, it is. And really, really addictive for acquiring toys

Camkierhi wrote:I have some gaslands ideas kicking about. Like what you have going on here bud.


So more car mods and builds, this time with stuff from Dice Mechanic Games (who also do a free post-apoc car game, Autokill, which also fun but much more crunchy and not really that kid-friendly - much more for the "proper" gamer )

Lots of builds started tonight, and lots of work still to do.
Highway Patrol

No idea what to mount in the back of the pickup.

Obviously, gaps in the screen armour etc need filled. If I'd had half a brain I'd've used boiling water to shape them first.

Idris, the speed cult:

Driver on the left did get the boiling water treatment; he was a standing model originally. Not sure if his car's gun isn't a bit small. No idea what to mount on the middle car.
And mad science lowriders

Because clearly they should have pimpin rides.
Other bits and pieces are coming, including the Miyazaki (which are just sleek sci-fi cars) and a drag racer for my Slime. Need to find some generally useful vehicles for Rutherford and Warden, nothing really yet.

Hopefully, getting a game or two tomorrow with erithromycin.
Laters
Graven





Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2019/01/22 02:18:37


Post by: Briancj


The pickup truck needs Lucy Liu standing in back, firing a pintle-mounted heavy machine gun bolted to the floor.

https://www.alamy.com/ballistic-ecks-vs-sever-lucy-liu-date-2002-image156869411.html

Barring that, take care of those pesky helicopters.

https://vignette.wikia.nocookie.net/battlefield/images/e/e8/Technical.png/revision/latest?cb=20131223000632

--B.





Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2019/01/22 09:40:27


Post by: Slinky


So Sherriff, what would you like us to put on your patrol car?

Hmm, maybe a minigun poking out of the windscreen...


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Post by: inmygravenimage


So true gentlemen, so true
So, game night finally happened in the house.
erithromycin brought me a copy of the Fokker Vs Sopwith starter he'd nabbed from Australia, so a good night was had.

Mechanically, the Fokker has very tight right turn to reflect the engine's torque. Genius game design. So, I blew him out of the sky as the Red Baron in both our games.
Good times. I can't even express how good it was just to geek out.

He also, knowing my proclivities, brought me a hot wheels animated batmobile. So, now I have a new idea for my Highway Patrol Team team:

My original Patrol team will be my Rutherford team. Muscle cars and rednecks? Seems legit.

I got another cracking maildrop, this time from Mad Cars, Greenminiatures.com 's 20mm post apoc madness.

Hick Survivors, Wasteland Warriors, and a Wastelanders "chariot" strapped to a pair of motorbikes. Speaking of motorbikes...

Choppers, Motorcross bikes and... Vesperados! Much fun to be had.

Some paint got applied today on my plaguebearers, next layer of skin tone. Nothing terribly exciting, or even pic worthy, but it got done. Got to keep in Papa N' s good books.
Best, till next time,
Graven


Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2019/01/24 03:33:56


Post by: Theophony


Stop it , you get all this free stuff and I cannot keep up . Those 20mm people look legit . I went big truck route with my Rutherford, using vehicles from hot wheels Jurassic Park line.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2019/01/26 08:26:49


Post by: inmygravenimage


^ I know, I know, sorry I had planned to do that as well but the batmobiles were too perfect, and the muscle cars do have a good feel for Rutherford, in a Dukes of Hazard kinda way.

Well, this has been a beast of a week. Work has been monstrous. I am a very calm person, usually, but I really lost my temper yesterday. Ah well.

So, last night consisted of heavy metal, whisky, haggis, beer, and working on tiny cars.

I opened up the mad cars survivors...

Nuts. Feet snapped through inside packaging... I'm sure we can do something about that.

The internet is surprisingly helpful for trying to work out the correct angle for an individual throwing a Molotov cocktail whilst leaning back out of a fast moving car

Started digging through my bits box for really random stuff.

I think this was a tank hatch.

And on that note, let's get pimpin'!

My favourite thing is the RoB clip as a ram also, big damn gun as Briancj wisely suggested.

Meanwhile, the last team on my Dreadball roster is calling:

the Rejects, a gang of alien mercenaries who found that murderball pays better than, well, murder. The extras will give me a couple of alternate poses and a prone figure, I reckon: the next dB challenge is build a team with at least one converted model. If I hadn't done my Cyborgs already, I'd've done some for that, but never mind.

Think this is a quiet weekend. #1's back from Activity Camp, so we'll see if he wants to paint or play something.
Later
graven


Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2019/01/26 16:31:06


Post by: Briancj


Sorry to hear about the temper trigger. It happens to the best of us (and I'm not an example of 'best').

Glad to see you took my advice re: pickup truck! Mostly because I now get to be right about something, which is rare.

--B.



Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2019/01/26 23:18:16


Post by: inmygravenimage


^ I took both of your pieces of advice you'll notice. Double the win !
Picked up the transformers CCG today with the kids. Good fun. But, many arguments. Damn kids


Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2019/01/27 07:35:50


Post by: youwashock


Doesn't help that the rules for Transformers seem...in development? It is a fun game with a great property and cool character cards, though.

Cars look super cool.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2019/01/27 07:42:37


Post by: Theophony


I must stay away from anything labeled Collectible . My CDO (alphabetic version of OCD ) would be another drain on a wallet.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2019/01/27 09:42:44


Post by: inmygravenimage


youwashock wrote:Doesn't help that the rules for Transformers seem...in development? It is a fun game with a great property and cool character cards, though.

Cars look super cool.

Yeah for a WotC game it is remarkably bare-bones.

Theophony wrote:I must stay away from anything labeled Collectible . My CDO (alphabetic version of OCD ) would be another drain on a wallet.

as if you need more to buy, right.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2019/01/27 22:48:04


Post by: inmygravenimage



The boy has been planning his Raven Guard force, thanks to a bit of input from me asking around on the RG FB group.
We're looking at something along the lines of:
Captain, jump pack, lightning claws.
Captain, bolt pistol, chainsword.
3x5 Primaris, w. Aux. Grenade launcher (that'll be a kitbash then ), MC Stalkers on the Sgts.
3x Inceptors, 2 Bolt, 1 Plas - we Kitbashed a couple of from plasma guns, pics once they get cables and built.
3x Aggressors with flamers.
5 Scout snipers, with rocket launcher.
Devestator Squad, with 3 Rocket Launchers (and something else or possibly 4 RLs, it depends if I can kitbash one), serg with signum and cherub (again, not a clue how to make a mechababy ).
Some Hellblasters with an apothecary for coverage.
Primaris Dreadnought with plasma.

So he was digging through the bits box today and decided to build the apothecary.

It'll need a wee drill, and we used the opportunity to test a press-moulded (shhhh!) Raven Guard icon.
And here's the state of my Gaslands Garage

Need to hold off until more armour arrives, beyond a bit of filling here and there.

Crappy weekend, brought my baggage home with me. Need to find a better place for my head.

Tomorrow is another day...

Graven


Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2019/01/27 23:25:58


Post by: Theophony


I am planning on messing about with gaslands again in the near future, I have never stripped any of the cars, but I’m told (by internet posts) that you should strip the cars with MEK as the paint and n most cars cover up great details. Have you considered doing so?


Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2019/01/28 11:32:47


Post by: inmygravenimage


 Theophony wrote:
I am planning on messing about with gaslands again in the near future, I have never stripped any of the cars, but I’m told (by internet posts) that you should strip the cars with MEK as the paint and n most cars cover up great details. Have you considered doing so?

I've thought about both that and drilling out the rivets to get at the inside. But to me the point/fun of Gaslands is that it's not much work to make game worthy cars. So beyond flinging new wheels on new axles, and removing occasional bits of transparent plastic, I'm leaving them as they are.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2019/01/28 14:01:00


Post by: Briancj


I agree in finding a better place for your head, lest it end up upon a pike.

--Brian



Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2019/01/29 01:35:16


Post by: Warboss_Waaazag


That's quite a gaslands horde you got there, sir. Keep up the good work.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2019/01/29 09:33:55


Post by: inmygravenimage


Briancj wrote:I agree in finding a better place for your head, lest it end up upon a pike.

--Brian

Almost certainly will, if herself has anything to say about it

Warboss_Waaazag wrote:That's quite a gaslands horde you got there, sir. Keep up the good work.

Thanks kindly It's coming along I fond an old tackle box in the garage this morning that's ideal for storage, too.

So on that note, on with the Gaslands Garage: it's biker time!

3 different packs of bikers from Mad Cars: Vesperados (ole!), Cross Bikes and Choppers. Not entirely sure which will be which faction yet; I suspect the cross bikes will go be Slime, the Choppers Idris, and as for the Vesperados... dunno probably just roguish vaqueros for hire.
The casts on these are... okay. The details are crisp, and there's not much flash, but I don't like the bases. I thought I would, because molded bases means no need to buy separate ones, right? Except a couple just sheared in half straight away when removing the excessively thick casting tab, even with a saw. Also, as you can hopefully see, one of the Vesperados is missing the handlebar/headlight. Not terribly difficult to fix, but mas enojadas. The cross bikes come with some great extras - a few billy cans etc - which will more than likely get appropriated for other vehicles. Need to look out some more chaos terminator spikes or something for them. The Choppers are great, but it bugs me slightly that the Cross Bikers and Chopper bikers have different waist/torso joins (the cross are flush, the chopper tab and slot) making it difficult (though not impossible) to mix and match. I've also got a "postapo chariot" which is, well, a chariot with a couple of bikes lashed to the front, but I think that's going to get converted back into bikes and harvested for bits generally.

Having dug out my Rejects for the next Dreadball contest, it occurs to me that I must be able to do something more interesting for a conversion contest. As mentioned, Cyborgs can come from any race. Now, I've already got a Cyborg team... but why not just make more? I have a couple of Zees, some Reb bits left over, a dwarf, some veer-myn from both dreadball and deadzone... let's get chopping! Resistance, after all, is futile

Later y'all

Graven


Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2019/01/29 16:28:22


Post by: Briancj


I hope you give your feedback to the company that made the bikes, especially the mix-and-match part.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2019/01/29 22:50:56


Post by: Dr H


Good work on all the car modifications.

You need one with the Carmageddon mohawk blade though.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2019/01/30 09:48:31


Post by: inmygravenimage


Briancj wrote:I hope you give your feedback to the company that made the bikes, especially the mix-and-match part.

Yeah, I messaged them. They like the idea about making the bodies interchangeable and that's easy to do. They sympathise about the bases but not sure whether there's solution. But hey, they're sending me more Vesperados so that can't be a bad thing Ai-ai-ai! Also, this has started a bit chat on the facebook group about how to effectively use bikes, and to bring back the biker gang rules from the Beta test

Dr H wrote:Good work on all the car modifications.

You need one with the Carmageddon mohawk blade though.

Cheers A lot of people do this, there's even a Hot Wheels DinoCar stegosaurus that looks suspiciously similar

It's really difficult to resist just buying a Hot Wheels when I'm at the store; they're peanuts and it's like, "For the first time in my life, suddenly my hobby is affordable!"

Anyway, let's do something different for a bit.
How about...
PAINT?!


Meow.
Yup, Animated Catwoman. She not quite done, getting those mad "hand-drawn" highlights right is a pain, as are big, slightly manga eyes.

Slowly, I'm completing my collection of random Batman figs I am missing: down to just Animated Green Arrow and Animated Black Canary now. I've managed to track down get a Frank Miller Oliver Queen (who's WIP, but nothing interesting to show), Catman (ditto), and the last two promos I'm missing: one of the rarest, Red Hood Joker, and a bombshell Harley. Very pleased.

But let's do something else different. How about... a kitbash Dreadball team? Yes, I've decided to just go for it and make my random Cyborg team, using various leftovers and bits of duplicate captains. Cyborgs are made from corpses of all races, so:

L-R, as well as bits (including the little winged dude, he's for parts)
Ada-lorana - phasing creature (primed black atm) and the captain model has some armour, so that's handy for representing a containment field of sorts.
Sorak - 4 limbed purple thing, although I'm missing an arm and a leg which is why he never went in my Rebs team but that's fine, roboleg and scavanged arm here we come.
Tsudochan - telekinetic monk, although mostly robes, so making the conversion clear will be tricky.
2 Zees - cheeky clone space monkeys, one's already built so will just get GS, the other converted up a bit.
Forge father - a squat, though it's the skinny captain model, so might run him as a Brokkr, which are essentially teenage squats, giving him the claw arm down front left
Veer-Myn - cyber Skaven; I'm going to have to mix and match parts from Deadzone ones to get a slightly different look. There's a couple of spare pairs of Veer-Myn legs, and indeed heads, there too, so might make more than one. I do love space skaven (spaven?) and it will mean decent numbers.
Yndij - na'vi, basically - for which I have a spare Deadzone body, randomly.
Resistance is futile!
They'll all be Jacks, partly because the pre-exisitng Guards and Strikers for Cyborgs are so good, but also because I can make rubbish cyberpunk jokes about jacking in and Freejack. I do have a spare head and one arm for a Rin (reb) guard, but again I think that I'm more likely just to harvest the arm for bits. Slightly annoying, I wish I knew where the rest of him was, as my Reb team needs another guard, but anyway...

Oh, and up the back, there's a massive mutant, who I'm not using... yet. And that's the start of some Gaslands terrain. Because of course that's what I need to build

As for work, things have been less awful the last couple of days, relatively speaking. I've decided to organise a night out to cheer everyone up, and everyone is keen. There will be curry, and beer, and that is good

Merrily we roll along,
Graven


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Post by: Briancj


*ahem*

Unless one of those miniatures looks like Emilio Estevez, you are not allowed to make a Freejack joke.

--Brian



Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2019/01/30 18:43:31


Post by: youwashock


Oohh...Catwoman looks very cool. Glad to hear about the curry. Enjoy!


Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2019/01/30 19:44:50


Post by: The Power Cosmic


Loving the Gaslands stuff! I need to be brave enough to drill out the rivets on one and break it apart.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2019/02/01 10:29:39


Post by: inmygravenimage


Gitsplitta wrote:Meee-yowza!!

Thanks. Even more Meeowful below
Briancj wrote:*ahem*

Unless one of those miniatures looks like Emilio Estevez, you are not allowed to make a Freejack joke.

--Brian


Who's to say he doesn't just have EE's brain?

youwashock wrote:Oohh...Catwoman looks very cool. Glad to hear about the curry. Enjoy!

Thanks. omnomnomnomnom.

The Power Cosmic wrote:Loving the Gaslands stuff! I need to be brave enough to drill out the rivets on one and break it apart.

I'm not There are some where I've attacked the plastic with cutters from above. Great to have you aboard, btw!

On the subject of Gaslands, got some tokens from The Model Exchange and an MDF Starting Gate, which looks like a fun build. Also, whilst in the local geek store (A1toys.com) getting the boys a minifig and a pack of Transformers TCG, discovered that they sell a huge range of Hot Wheels for £1.49 (£1.99 in the supermarket) - and I get 10% in the store too. This will not end well managed to resist for now, but it's only a matter of time.

Finished BTAS Catwoman, I think:

Pretty happy with her.

Of course, I've now realised I'm missing BTAS Harley too from my collection Typical. Model number 13 of January, not part of February's count. Not bad, though way off for beating last year's score not that I actually plan to.

Started on the Cyborgs, though long way to go still:

GS on the Zees so that they match the pre-existing prone player markers; seriously - why make prone players of something that's not even on the standard team?! This was the initial ideal behind this whole side-project anyway (that, and owning 3 of the Zee captain, somehow) so had to be done.
I realised that my Sorak was actually a Deadzone one when I found his remaining arms holding a blaster - which explains the dagger and grenades! Given that the only DZ stuff I own is Nameless, this is slightly baffling, but still. So, blaster trimmed, lopped off a horn, added a gs half-face plate. The advantage with this version of him is he's in heavier body armour, so closer to the general cyborg aesthetic. The weaponry may just get integrated into armour.
Forge Father has a new arm, from the Brokkr mining droid, and a nice teenage squat beard (!) just to de-emphasise him as the FF Captain (who's a striker, not a jack). He'll need that loin cloth chopped though.


Clipped the horns off the Ada-Lorana Captain's helmet and breastplate, so his head now matches the look of regular Ada-Lorana Jacks.
Added a gs control box of sorts to the front of the Tsudochan.
Yndij is a DZ body (mystery again), gave him human (maybe?) DB arms - really happy with the pose. Tail went into boiling water to get curled round, rather than just sticking straight out. I might actually run him as a Striker as he looks like he's mid-pass (or steal). Also Yndij Strikers are stunningly good, if expensive.
And decided to add a great big mutant guard also. The ones the Cyborgs have are very good but I decided to convert up the mutant captain as he's ENORMOUS. I did have a spare Ran head after all. This also means I can customise a mutant for skill gaps and then recruit him as a zombie : thumbs-up

And the damn Veer-Myn are breeding like, well, vermin.

So from raiding the bits box we have 2 DB Veer-Myn heads (genuinely baffled as to why I have these bits - I think I'll blame monkeytroll - on regular DZ bodies, and 1 vice-versa. This also means I can mix it up with a couple of Cyborg Veer-Myn Jacks and a Veer-Myn Striker. They're rubbish, utterly dreadful (probably why I like them as a team so much ), but good for dirty cheating and cheap as chips (ditto), so giving me loads of choices for the Cyborg team as a whole. The drill doesn't do anything special, just looks fun

Generally, some more cabling needs done, and some more armour. They're Borg, essentially, so need some chunky stuff. But I'm pretty happy with how they're coming along. The freeze, whilst not as dramatic as stateside, has put a... freeze on priming, however. Sub-zero is not conducive to spray paint. So next up on the painting pile is back to old we've all got coughs and colds, it's clearly a sign plaguebearers, bilepiper, scrivener, biologus and the Armigers are all going to get filthy.

Later,
graven


Graven's Shelf of Shame 14th Oct: McGonagall, Lockhart and Chamber/DC thoughts @ 2019/02/01 12:23:13


Post by: Theophony


My cats are looking at me funny because I’m purring . Great work on BTAS catwoman.