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Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/02/01 14:12:00


Post by: Gitsplitta


You need to re-think the shading on the toushie. It's too important a feature not to do in exquisite detail!


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/02/01 21:44:19


Post by: inmygravenimage


Theophony wrote:My cats are looking at me funny because I’m purring . Great work on BTAS catwoman.

Steady there, calm yourself...

Gitsplitta wrote:You need to re-think the shading on the toushie. It's too important a feature not to do in exquisite detail!

Are you saying... I need to touch her up ?



I touched up her bum.

I may touch it again.

Oh my.




Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/02/01 23:52:02


Post by: Theophony


Calm myself he says as he then taunts me with touching her bum Pick a side of the argument


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/02/03 05:23:32


Post by: Gitsplitta


NOW YOU'RE GETTING IT.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/02/03 14:14:34


Post by: Camkierhi


Why do I feel dirty!!! Great work bud.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/02/05 06:55:17


Post by: inmygravenimage


Theophony wrote:Calm myself he says as he then taunts me with touching her bum Pick a side of the argument


Oh now shush you.
Gitsplitta wrote:NOW YOU'RE GETTING IT.


Enough of your sauce.

Camkierhi wrote:Why do I feel dirty!!! Great work bud.

Thanks mate much appreciated.

Now what have I been up to? Well over on Facebook Zid (check out his batreps, they're awesome, and he's even got a YouTube channel now - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLiPUI3zwSxPiHzWjFQKcNA) was talking about the Mauler Fiend, so I got on with mine and finally finished filling gaps and making claws.

And I'm pretty happy now with the Cyborg Seconds:

Took the kids to Dippy the dinosaur (diplodocus skeleton on tour) at the weekend, bought them cool socks and they had little metal clips with tread plate. So, naturally...

I'm really liking the muscle cars for Rutherford - they're the big guns team, after all.
Still no idea what to use for my prison cars style-wise.
Maybe just to give them RIDICULOUS huge engines. Aesthetically distinct, and not hard to do. I'm not sure though, because they're mostly stripped out hunks of junk. Another possibility would be to really hammer on the armour plates to just about anything with wheels. Hmmmmmmm.
Bugging me slightly. Answers on a postcard.

Weather is on the turn, supposedly. Looking up for priming I mean it's not like I'm actually lacking stuff to paint but still as always, Dreadball gets a 2-week turnaround. Ten days to go, and little one's birthday is Friday so need to crack on. Debating grey or black prime. I'm leaning towards grey, even though my first lot were black and metal. However *gulp* I don't like the paint job... so might be totally redoing them too. In my defence said at the time I wasn't happy with them.

Also, I started pimping my Sons of Batman:

Performance Car with harpoon and siren, cars with extra armour, sirens and rockets, buggy with ram.

Maybe

And yes, that's a bit of terrain, too Might swap the pop-rocket on the Keaton car for a machine gun. Not sure if the Tumbler needs more of a ram attached. I'm really not going to do much to the cars themselves - repaint black, tint the windows, add red lights, etc.


So that's me, for now,
Graven


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/02/05 15:44:09


Post by: Zid


Thanks for the shout out Graven! And still love that nurgle fiend, super inspiring!


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/02/05 16:42:48


Post by: tinfoil


Yeah, that nurgle mauler fiend is inspired! Nice work.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/02/05 19:23:51


Post by: Theophony


I like the mauler fiend alot , reminds me of the guy from monsters inc.

As for prison cars, how about little mom cars , the prison doesn’t expect the guys to survive anyway as they are called coffins and the prisoners are welded inside of the cars. Then you could make little window clings for the back listing their crimes or something like Pedophile on board I hate even promoting that.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/02/05 19:28:58


Post by: Gitsplitta


Yep, I'm diggin' the MF. Nice work.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/02/06 09:14:45


Post by: inmygravenimage


Zid wrote:Thanks for the shout out Graven! And still love that nurgle fiend, super inspiring!

Thanks. Maybe I should paint it
tinfoil wrote:Yeah, that nurgle mauler fiend is inspired! Nice work.

Thanks for the vote of confidence and welcome aboard!
Theophony wrote:I like the mauler fiend alot , reminds me of the guy from monsters inc.

As for prison cars, how about little mom cars , the prison doesn’t expect the guys to survive anyway as they are called coffins and the prisoners are welded inside of the cars. Then you could make little window clings for the back listing their crimes or something like Pedophile on board I hate even promoting that.

2319! 2319!
Now I need to give him a sock...

Yeah, the coffin cars. It's really tough call, I've just not got my head round it yet. I had been thinking about beaten up city-cars, that sort of thing. I'm leaning towards to just covering stuff in metal plates.

Gitsplitta wrote:Yep, I'm diggin' the MF. Nice work.

Cheers! I suspect he may do double duty as a Daemon Prince. Because clearly one is not enough


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/02/09 23:37:54


Post by: inmygravenimage


Well hello again chums.
Work is busy, cruddy, and much of a muchness. But life goes on. Long weekend, so off till weds which is nice.
Little one's birthday. There was much cake, and pizza. Nice weekend generally, played a bunch of games of transformers and got generally creamed by the boy's brutal Decepticon deck. This is what happens when you teach your kids how deck construction works
Helped him build some more Primaris too. Just trying to optimise units... There may have been some disagreement keep repeating it's his army, it's his army, it's his army NO MELTA *ahem*
Aaaaaaanyway...
Sorted another lowrider for my Pimpin' Mishkin and further modified one of my Rutherford as they're all getting windshield grates


Started on some serious big boys.

Colour blocking on Mortarion, and started the base for the rust on the Armigers.
I was didn't actually mean to start on most of the colours. I was actually working on the wings:

Which are coming along quite nicely. I'm slightly worried the sheer Technicolor vibe is too Tzeentch, but we're a long way from the end yet
And more on the plaguebearers

They're coming along. Really I was just laying down the base for verdigris.

Got some priming done too, as the weather's on the turn. Cyborg team, some Harry Potter, bit of Gaslands terrain.
Who knows what tomorrow will bring?
Graven


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/02/12 12:12:23


Post by: inmygravenimage


It's been a good weekend and am feeling a bit more chilled. I have eaten a lot - we had an ACTUAL DATE NIGHT for the first time in couple of years and ate stupid amounts of Greek food - cinema, catch up with family, etc etc. Was supposed to get some Gaslands in too with chums but blowout on wife's car put a hold on that.

So, some stuff from the long weekend. Well. Sort of, not much, but a bit.

Tidied the man cave, not perfect but much better. I notice a few folk spring cleaning on their blogs also. Must be the weather!

Got an amazing mail drop from the legend that is Briancj: 3 really nice O guage buildings and a huge motor pool of 1:43 cars (really hard to get ones just right for 35mm) including a Burton batmobile and a pregnant roller skate Talking of which, saw Bumblebee (wife's request, she loves a bit of G1) and dayummmm that's a good movie. Quality, and all the feels. Everything my nerdy little heart could ask for.

The boy did some painting whilst I tidied, adding drybrush highlights to all his raven guard, blue to plasma coils and librarian, orange scorch to flamers, and colours to bases generally. Next step is all the reds, purple for seals and ivory for purity seals etc. That'll be them ready to Nuln oil. I've told him I'll buy him more raven guard icons but only once everything else is painted. Let's try to build a work ethic!


Because I am a moron I am repainting my existing "bought" cyborg team to match the new one I'm building for this Because of course I am.

So now their lights match their field position. The light blue cabling should tie them all together as an accent, and I've turned the metals grey. Scabby pics. Still, they're getting there.

The rest of the team - you know, the ones I have to paint by Friday - got primed.

Odds of them getting done slim...
One rat has a new arm, as the first one didn't work for me, so hand primed (which is why it's darker). I went with grey as I think the final version will look better that way. Next they'll be washed, 30/70 vj black ink and model air black is the plan, good flow but plenty of pigment. The black prime on the first batch was a mistake, I think.

That being said ...

Ada-Lorana. Ghost Zombie. Cos that's a thing. Still, mutant zombie is legit, so why not ghost Zombie??

Nearly there. Base needs to tidied, bit more glowy.

Wee bit further on the plaguebearers too


Plodding along. I'm flitting, I realise, very much the dilettante at the moment. But hey. I'm feeling rather more phlegmatic about work. Get in, do job, get out. It's best for all concerned, I think. So yeah back we go...

Graven


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/02/12 13:29:55


Post by: Gitsplitta


That's a lot of cool stuff graven!


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/02/12 18:06:23


Post by: Theophony


Seriously Graven, Gaslands is supposed to be played with Hotwhells and Matchbox cars maybe you should have told your buddies that and they wouldn’t have flattened your tire pregame.

Nice work on the man zone cleanup.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/02/13 22:13:35


Post by: inmygravenimage


Gitsplitta wrote:That's a lot of cool stuff graven!

Yup. Wayyyyyy too much

Theophony wrote:Seriously Graven, Gaslands is supposed to be played with Hotwhells and Matchbox cars maybe you should have told your buddies that and they wouldn’t have flattened your tire pregame.

Nice work on the man zone cleanup.

bloody caltrops...
It's getting there. I have a lot of km sitting in boxes still.

Briancj wrote:"legend"

Better a leg-end than a bell-end

So although I'm not especially happy with them, my kitbash Cyborgs are done.

And here's the whole damn horde.

Need a good team name. Resurrection Men? Dead Meat?
Still. 22 more models done.
Back to next
Graven


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/02/13 22:42:49


Post by: Theophony


The Replacements, Double Ds (Dinged and Dented), Half Priced Hooligans, Money Pit (cause your throwing more money into repairing bad players) so many options.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/02/14 11:03:22


Post by: CommissarKhaine


Knock'em Sock'em Robots?


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/02/15 22:47:06


Post by: youwashock


Meat N' Bolts? Meatlockers?

Whatever you call them, good job getting them done.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/02/17 22:11:12


Post by: inmygravenimage


Theophony wrote:The Replacements, Double Ds (Dinged and Dented), Half Priced Hooligans, Money Pit (cause your throwing more money into repairing bad players) so many options.

Lol I'm very amused.

CommissarKhaine wrote:Knock'em Sock'em Robots?



youwashock wrote:Meat N' Bolts? Meatlockers?

Whatever you call them, good job getting them done.


This is getting ridiculous

Meanwhile, I finally figured out a plan for my Warden prison cars:

I'm particularly happy with the buggy with the coffin in the passenger seat
Then I had a brainwave: press studs:

I've seen tiny ones used as steering wheels. Chuffed with this. Gaslands UK are doing a mod-in-a-month contest so I'm going to need to start thinking about stuff for that in March. The Dreadball contest next month is paint a giant, so only one thing to think about there.

And done some Nurgle stuff



A biologus putrifier and a poxwalker Commissar... Poxissar?!


Sloppity Bilepiper and Spoilpox Scrivener


And Plaguebearers

I'll try to get a better pic of these.

Work progresses on Mortarion. Base colours are nearly done. Then, the filth washing can begin! Then I might ready to show you something.

Speaking of filth:

First bit of Gaslands terrain. I think I'll call it... the Crap Shack

Just a very cheap bit of kid's army toy.

So, 15 more models this month, not bad. Need to dial up the quality now.

Going to have strip the Catman I picked up. Pretty grim, not salvageable, thought it was but bad, bad job. May have to stick it in the freezer to crack the glue.

Graven


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/02/18 17:23:04


Post by: Dr H


Good work on all the things in all the ways.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/02/19 18:47:12


Post by: CommissarKhaine


Nice progress! Is that a rebreather on the poxissar?


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/02/19 20:59:28


Post by: inmygravenimage


Dr H wrote:Good work on all the things in all the ways.

Thanks fella. Plague finds a way to rumble on...
CommissarKhaine wrote:Nice progress! Is that a rebreather on the poxissar?

Cheers bud. It is indeed!

A funny week, this one. On jury duty during one of the busiest weeks of the school year. Bit of a bugger. Ah well.
So no painting BUT geek-wise, my continued adventures in reviewing have got me in with the Beast itself: Hasbro. Getting the new D&D kids' board game, along with some prerelease Transformers TCG wave 2 (Rise of the Combiners). It's a decent game, as wallet-gougers go it's driven by a strong G1 aesthetic and fast gameplay, and the buy-in is much lower than most ccgs.

Hopefully freed from civic duty sooner rather than later! But if I'm a bit quiet, or just chatty rather than wip-ing ,that's why.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/02/20 00:40:53


Post by: Anvildude


That Poxissar is very unhealthy, isn't it?


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/02/25 14:49:37


Post by: inmygravenimage


^ Yeah, he's not a well chap

Oh dear; it's come to this: My life has once again been corrupted by cardboard crack. So minimal p&m, as we've been distracted by Transformers TCG The older boy has definitely got the bug, and properly designing decks to take me down. Good times

We've also been getting stuck into Dungeon Mayhem! which is a fun little game, a frantic D&D family card game. It's designed for 8+, so we decided to test the claim: we got the younger lad (8) to read the rules and teach us all. And he did so, more than admirably.
There are 4 decks, one for each of Orc Barbarian, Devilish Rogue, Elf Paladin and Human Wizard. Each character has a card with symbols that match those on the cards, equating to draw a card, play a card, block a damage, cause a damage, or do something characterful (the wizard's fireball damages everyone, for example). It's extremely simple and remarkably funny (the orc is comedy gold), as well as cutthroat and incredibly fast: the box says 10 minutes for a game but we can do 2 in that time easily.This doesn't mean it's disposable, it's just fast, furious fun, with plenty of replay value as you try out the different characters. It's the perfect travel game, and highly recommended.

Busy weekend generally, lots going on with the kids. I have, to be fair, done a bit of model stuff too. I built a starting gate for the Gaslands from the most God-awful mdf kit I've ever encountered in my life. Still, good to get it up and running.
And Mortarion is, finally, coming together.

This is starting to feel like the way I see him in my head. Next will be washing all the cloth with violet and nightshade, and washing the smoke and coppers with camoshade. Long, long process...

Oh! One nice side note: won the custom contest over at Dreadball Fanatics with my Cyborg team. Dead chuffed

Later,
Graven.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/02/25 16:24:17


Post by: Gitsplitta


A day gaming with the kids is better than a day not gaming with them, no matter the game.

Mortarion is really coming along nicely graven. You've done admirably well. The colors have a very good feel to them. Pestulent but not completely grubby. Little bit of color for interest. Nice.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/02/25 21:57:13


Post by: Dr H


Good progress on Morty'.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/02/25 22:58:33


Post by: Tyranid Horde


Morty is looking good so far Graven, the pale tones are excellent.

Your cars are also tempting me to try Gaslands, I have loads of Hot Wheels from my childhood. I think they're still in my attic somewhere...


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/02/27 12:17:52


Post by: inmygravenimage


Gitsplitta wrote:A day gaming with the kids is better than a day not gaming with them, no matter the game.

Mortarion is really coming along nicely graven. You've done admirably well. The colors have a very good feel to them. Pestulent but not completely grubby. Little bit of color for interest. Nice.

Thanks mate. I'm trying to go for a sense of ancient, faded grandeur (albeit, grotesque)
Dr H wrote:Good progress on Morty'.


Tyranid Horde wrote:Morty is looking good so far Graven, the pale tones are excellent.

Your cars are also tempting me to try Gaslands, I have loads of Hot Wheels from my childhood. I think they're still in my attic somewhere...

Oh, it's got to be done. I've just settled on my car for the March challenge, which is going to be a 1970 Pontiac firebird (my car favourite as a kid) with various ridiculous extras. I'm seriously considering flaming engine pipes


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/03/03 22:49:50


Post by: inmygravenimage


Busy busy at work. Life is complex. Ugh.

Still - weekend! Woop!

Anyway, Gaslands contest has started. Standard car (so not a performance car, buggy, truck etc) modded however you see fit.
Decided to start with my favourite car as a kid, a Pontiac Firebird:

Love the rims on this already. Need to fill in the '50' with GS.
Laid out some stuff for modding.

And came up with this, so far:

It begins! Needs armouring now.

Nice afternoon of TFTCG with the older boy. We also got started on Auxiliary Grenade Launchers for his Raven Guard:

Much fun, just need to do the ammo feeds on the un-primed 3 (death to puny plasma cannon barrels!)

And more work on Morty.

He's coming along. Base needs more attention. Nurglings need tidied. Flies and spot details on Morty. Debating osl on the gun. Never attempted anything this scale before, cautiously pleased with how it's going.
Who knows what next week will bring?


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/03/03 22:51:21


Post by: Gitsplitta


Monty looks awesome. The Firebird ain't bad either...


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/03/03 23:40:43


Post by: Theophony


Firebird looks boss

I totally understand stupid crazy work stuff. I’m in hour 10 of 16.5 for today, did 14.5 yesterday, but at least I got to spend 7.5 hours getting paid to sleep here in between those two shifts.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/03/04 14:32:57


Post by: inmygravenimage


Gitsplitta wrote:Monty looks awesome. The Firebird ain't bad either...


Thanks man. Got some feedback (grudgingly) from the wife (she doesn't like being asked about the toys, but she has got a very good eye for colour and detail), worked on the wing fades and beefed up the rust (especially on the rebreather) and went for suppurating yellow, rather than red, eyes. New and improved, coming soon

Theophony wrote:Firebird looks boss



Gracias! Had a bit of a brainwave involving staples as both improvised armour and as an extra front cooler unit. We'll see how it works. No further forward with getting a ram for it though, yet to find the right interesting bit of plastic lol.

Theophony wrote:

I totally understand stupid crazy work stuff. I’m in hour 10 of 16.5 for today, did 14.5 yesterday, but at least I got to spend 7.5 hours getting paid to sleep here in between those two shifts.


Yeah. Marking load is insane right now. Class, do this exam task, so I can mark the last one whilst you do it...


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/03/04 16:50:26


Post by: Theophony


Looking forward to seeing the staple usage. I’m almost awake now .

My wife is an English teacher (and department chair/fill in principal when needed) grading time sucks, 120-150 research papers every few weeks. I always was a proponent of grading by weight. Get out the nutritional scale and weight the papers .


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/03/04 17:53:15


Post by: inmygravenimage


Nah, Darts. I mean the occasional kid gets 60/20, but what can you do ?

Got this through the post today

Hayland games Gaslands goodies.
Top Left Hand Cast resin Damaged barrels
top right 3d printed war rig weapon pack
bottom tx-2 weapon pack hand cast resin
bottom right wooden armour pack hand cast resin

Happy days


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/03/04 19:46:11


Post by: Briancj


Going 'all in' on Gaslands, I see.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/03/04 20:17:44


Post by: inmygravenimage


 Briancj wrote:
Going 'all in' on Gaslands, I see.

Not really. It's not like I actually pay for stuff...


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/03/04 20:27:55


Post by: Briancj


I meant more in 'focus' than 'cash outlay'.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/03/04 20:46:03


Post by: inmygravenimage


 Briancj wrote:
I meant more in 'focus' than 'cash outlay'.

Ummmmmmmmmmmmmm

Mayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyybe


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/03/04 20:52:35


Post by: Dark Apostle 666


The use of staples is freaking genius, your Gaslands stuff is awesome! Loving Mortarion too, nice job


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/03/05 21:38:30


Post by: inmygravenimage


Thanks kindly sir

Right, well, this bird is on fire!

Topside, finally came up with a ram idea (half a barricade from random sci-fi scenery, PLATFORMER maybe?) Means that you can't see the cooler grill but I'm not that fussed, I'll save that idea for pimping performance cars. Besides, using staples for more than one thing on the same build is confusing. Guitar wires used for cabling for the turret, and of course, the staples. I think that's topside pretty much done?

As for the underbelly, new tail/side pipes, wishbone and shocks. Need to add a new shaft and make a decision about rims. I really like the stock hubcaps, though the 50s still need filled, but not feeling those treads at all. Slicks seem wrong somehow. Don't want to have to buy some but might not have a choice.

Also, big old Morty is nearly done, I think.

Think I'm ready to call it a day on him, but still welcome C&C.

Detail shot

Yeah, pretty happy.


Automatically Appended Next Post:
I have a notion to make a dice tower (still) from Mantic Battlezone terrain.
I mean I don't actually OWN any, but that doesn't mean I can't test a theory right?!
I reckon I need 11 large plates, 4 half panels and 3 small panels. How hard can that be?

(Goes off, searches various webstores)



Hey ho
Graven


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/03/05 22:25:08


Post by: Gitsplitta


Nice work my friend! Very impressed!!


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/03/06 20:27:23


Post by: Dr H


 inmygravenimage wrote:
...Got some feedback (grudgingly) from the wife (she doesn't like being asked about the toys, but she has got a very good eye for colour and detail), ...
Getting feedback from someone who is not in the same field can be useful; they will often look at things in a different way and may spot something that we might overlook. I often ask my Mum (has absolutely no interest in models or wargaming) about my models and occasionally get good feedback between the "if it's your's then it's lovely" comments.
Experts can comment on the areas of expertise in a field (techniques etc.), but anyone can have an opinion about what they "feel" about a subject in that field (like/dislike, "looks weird" etc.).

Good work on the car. Good use of bits.

Good job on Morty too.
Have you considered colouring the "veins" on the wings differently to the rest of the wing?
Nothing too contrast-y, but something to pick them out a bit (make it look like there's some blood or "goo" within them (so a mixture of the base colour + a tint of red or yellow).


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/03/07 09:49:52


Post by: inmygravenimage


Gitsplitta wrote:Nice work my friend! Very impressed!!

Thanks sunshine
Dr H wrote:
 inmygravenimage wrote:
...Got some feedback (grudgingly) from the wife (she doesn't like being asked about the toys, but she has got a very good eye for colour and detail), ...
Getting feedback from someone who is not in the same field can be useful; they will often look at things in a different way and may spot something that we might overlook. I often ask my Mum (has absolutely no interest in models or wargaming) about my models and occasionally get good feedback between the "if it's your's then it's lovely" comments.
Experts can comment on the areas of expertise in a field (techniques etc.), but anyone can have an opinion about what they "feel" about a subject in that field (like/dislike, "looks weird" etc.).

Good work on the car. Good use of bits.

Good job on Morty too.
Have you considered colouring the "veins" on the wings differently to the rest of the wing?
Nothing too contrast-y, but something to pick them out a bit (make it look like there's some blood or "goo" within them (so a mixture of the base colour + a tint of red or yellow).


Very true. She's very artisitic, really talented at drawing, and highly creative generally. Trying to convince her to crochet an AT-AT or facehugger atm...

Veins - maybe. I like the yellow idea, actually.

Cheers re: Car. More work continues:


Having to build up the back end with some gs (out of milliput) as I've raised it up, and harvested some good wheels from a Tankinator:

Of course, now the question is do I need to pop the front ones too I quite like the angry angle it's at though...

And found a possible cab to start on my war rig

Raised up on a set of tank treads, this could have potential...

Adios
graven


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/03/07 17:10:45


Post by: Theophony


Can’t wait to see you go to town on the war rig, most of the ones I see are just massive rolling devastation waiting to happen junk piles .


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/03/07 20:08:15


Post by: inmygravenimage


Och, I'm fairly sure mine will be too lol. I'm going to use the
Rigger rules, and I am very tempted by the Rutherford build: tank tracks, 125mm gun turret, rocket turret. But I'll see what comes out in the wash


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/03/08 20:19:02


Post by: Camkierhi


Love the car work.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/03/09 12:38:49


Post by: JoeRugby


Love the work on Morty


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/03/10 20:46:11


Post by: Fifty


Morty. Wow, don't know what else to say! The turquoise and purple combo is amazing. You know, I think those colours could look pretty bloody great on some Warp Spiders.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/03/11 11:48:03


Post by: inmygravenimage


Hey gang,
Camkierhi wrote:Love the car work.

Cheers mucker. Walking through the store with the boys, I commented, "Ooh, nice, Hot Wheels," to which my eldest replied, "Oh dad, come on, you've got enough toy cars!" Still, found a couple more whilst decluttering the kids' rooms
JoeRugby wrote:Love the work on Morty

Cheers matey
Fifty wrote:Morty. Wow, don't know what else to say! The turquoise and purple combo is amazing. You know, I think those colours could look pretty bloody great on some Warp Spiders.

You're most kind. Yeah, I could see that working. Funnily enough I tried the colour combo on my cultists originally and I just looked... wrong. Weird.

I've realised that, to all intents and purposes, my Death Guard army is finished I don't think I've ever owned a fully-painted army before. Now, admittedly, I still have Felthius and cohort, 2 Armigers, 3 bases of Nurglings and a Maulerfiend to finish off, but still I can see the army properly done, done, done by the end of April. Yes, it might expand - another PBC, for example, when that swings round in June's Conquest - but like I say - an actual, playable and not insubstantial army.

Of course I've jinxed it now.

A very busy weekend of family and reorganising the kids' rooms left not much time for geeking. Sunday in IKEA is oddly reminiscent of Death Race, mind you.

Still, settled on the wheels for the firebird (went with the fronts from the Tankinator as well, just so they match) and tidied it up generally:



And started the priming!
Decided to prime up one of each of my cars for every faction, just to get down test schemes, and go from there. Just now I'm thinking:
Idris - Red ones go faster. No contest.
Slime - Black, but filthy, with red/white accents and maltese crosses. Bit more uniform than usual. Might try to harvest some Black Templar icons.
Miyazaki - cyan, magenta, lime green etc - tokyo drift feel.
Warden - mix of bare metal, rust and mis-matched colours. They're death traps welded together, after all.
Rutherford - military greens, but with some gold accents - for the fans!
Patrol - black, some blue accents, maybe yellow spots. Because I'm batman.
Mishkin - Hmm. Not sure. They're pimpmobiles with mad science tech. Metallics and colour shift paints, maybe.

That's me, anyway. It's funny, still got all the bloody Harry Potter and DC models staring at me, and no desire to paint them at all...

Hey ho
graven


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/03/11 12:30:37


Post by: Viktor von Domm


heya mate!

I have a notion to make a dice tower (still) from Mantic Battlezone terrain.
I mean I don't actually OWN any, but that doesn't mean I can't test a theory right?!
I reckon I need 11 large plates, 4 half panels and 3 small panels. How hard can that be?

(Goes off, searches various webstores)



still searching? i have something kind of in that direction...the old robo gear plates and stuff...if you´re interested?

also...that nurgle er...man...looks really good...(nurgle tho is still not my cuppa tea ^^)

also seems to me that peeps nowadays recycle their matchbox and thus this company gets some sales again....hmm^^


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/03/11 12:35:18


Post by: shasolenzabi


Looted buggy looks great so far!

Mortarion is awesome


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/03/11 13:25:59


Post by: inmygravenimage


Viktor von Domm wrote:heya mate!

I have a notion to make a dice tower (still) from Mantic Battlezone terrain.
I mean I don't actually OWN any, but that doesn't mean I can't test a theory right?!
I reckon I need 11 large plates, 4 half panels and 3 small panels. How hard can that be?

(Goes off, searches various webstores)



still searching? i have something kind of in that direction...the old robo gear plates and stuff...if you´re interested?

also...that nurgle er...man...looks really good...(nurgle tho is still not my cuppa tea ^^)

also seems to me that peeps nowadays recycle their matchbox and thus this company gets some sales again....hmm^^

Ooooooooh yeaaaaah I wondered about that stuff. That would be awesome. It's got a very mantic vibe. I wondered about it more generally for making Dreadball scenery - that would be amazing!
shasolenzabi wrote:Looted buggy looks great so far!

Mortarion is awesome

Cheers on both counts!


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/03/12 22:43:54


Post by: Dr H


Good work on the car.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/03/13 08:44:30


Post by: inmygravenimage


 Dr H wrote:
Good work on the car.

Cheers mate!
It continues...
[url=https://www.dakkadakka.com/gallery/1002323-Camo%20test%201.html][/url


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/03/13 12:44:28


Post by: Theophony


Oklahoma camo (that would be rusty metal primer over most of the car body ) not really for disguise so much as to try and stop the rust .

Looking good


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/03/13 22:25:24


Post by: inmygravenimage


Theophony wrote:Oklahoma camo (that would be rusty metal primer over most of the car body ) not really for disguise so much as to try and stop the rust .

Looking good

definitely stealing that idea
Started the metals, and weathering the bugger



Next, mud and highlights...
Sighhhhhhhh


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/03/14 01:28:46


Post by: Syro_


Wow, watching the transformation of this car has been very impressive


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/03/14 20:40:29


Post by: Gitsplitta


IF you were going to go through the bother of camouflaging the car... wouldn't you do the metals as well?


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/03/14 20:52:00


Post by: inmygravenimage


Syro_ wrote:Wow, watching the transformation of this car has been very impressive

Many thanks, it's been fun.

Gitsplitta wrote:IF you were going to go through the bother of camouflaging the car... wouldn't you do the metals as well?

Got to stay shiny We're not actually camo'd, just have military grade tech, anyway

And here it is: Big Muscle.







Lots of fun bits in that build

So 1 down - countless to go!

Speaking of which, that makes my total for March... 2 I mean I know one was Morty, but still. Need to do some more! Also, the next DB contest - Giants - is coming up, so that at least will need my attention,

On we go, thanks as always for stopping by,
Graven


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/03/15 11:30:57


Post by: Gitsplitta


Very nice work graven. Onward!


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/03/15 16:19:51


Post by: youwashock


That trick with the staples turned out fabulously. Sweet little ride!


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/03/16 17:32:58


Post by: Camkierhi


Nice work. Quite some horde you have by now.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/03/18 11:28:45


Post by: inmygravenimage


Gitsplitta wrote:Very nice work graven. Onward!

If not upward :/ Thanks mate
youwashock wrote:That trick with the staples turned out fabulously. Sweet little ride!

Cheers! Yeah, I'll be using that a bit more. I still want to try the external supercooler version.
Camkierhi wrote:Nice work. Quite some horde you have by now.

Well, not painted, but still.

So did my test Patrol car:



Yeah, that'll do nicely.

And base colours started on my giant shark (Dododododo)

Just blocking in, getting an idea of what will work for their scheme generally. I don't actually own the Sphyr (aquatics) team, but the Giant can work with anyone, and I like the red/black with the blue-grey.


Very low. Work is still a grind. Kids driving me round the twist - feel like no-one actually helps me get the entire family organised every single bloody day. Really finding it hard to get motivated to do anything geeky/no time anyway/simply have just way to much... stuff. Not in a Marie Kondo way, more in a "I never get to game so what the hell is the point in all junk" kind of a way.

Running on fumes, basically. I'm a donkey on the edge.

Still, I'll no doubt bounce back from all this, it's what I do.

Hey ho,
graven


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/03/18 13:44:15


Post by: Gitsplitta


Hang in there graven! Help is on the way... I'm sure of it... somewhere... eventually.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/03/18 14:25:29


Post by: Theophony


Is the shark guy going to be on the Tornado team?

It’s almost spring, the family is probably got spring fever starting, just wait a bit more and you’ll hit your groove.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/03/18 16:48:59


Post by: Dr H


Good job on the cars.

Keep it up and things will turn around.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/03/18 19:14:39


Post by: Red Harvest


This Marie Kondo fad has made it to Ol' Blighty?

Given that the paraphernalia for the hobby 'sparks joy' -- to make the M Kondo reference -- Is it not an end unto itself, even if you don't get to game with it?


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/03/18 19:41:31


Post by: youwashock


Keep plugging, man. Those low points seem endless, but like you said, bouncing back is what you do.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/03/20 20:05:55


Post by: Camkierhi


Everything looks great bud.

Things will pick up bud, it is a time of year thing and life in general across the globe seems to be a bit tense at the moment. Hope things pick up soon.

As to not necessarily gaming much, that is totally not the point, it is a bonus, but not the point. We model for our sanity.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/03/20 21:51:22


Post by: JohnHwangDD


 inmygravenimage wrote:
[Really finding it hard to get motivated to do anything geeky/no time anyway/simply have just way to much... stuff. Not in a Marie Kondo way, more in a "I never get to game so what the hell is the point in all junk" kind of a way.


Hey man, I'm in a bit of a lull right now. I ended up gifting and selling a bunch of stuff that I'd never, ever field, and that was helpful in getting me to better appreciate what I was keeping.

Keep working at the pile.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/03/21 22:03:49


Post by: inmygravenimage


Gitsplitta wrote:Hang in there graven! Help is on the way... I'm sure of it... somewhere... eventually.

Thanks old friend. Honestly, the manly dakka hugs are an enormous comfort.
Theophony wrote:Is the shark guy going to be on the Tornado team?

It’s almost spring, the family is probably got spring fever starting, just wait a bit more and you’ll hit your groove.

indeed bro. And, yeah, the Tempest Tornadoes - that's absolutely who the team are going to be now! I think around June I shall treat myself to an Oceanics team to go with him I actually have their team captain already, so I might do her up in their colour scheme regardless.

Dr H wrote:Good job on the cars.

Keep it up and things will turn around.

Thanks buddy.

Red Harvest wrote:This Marie Kondo fad has made it to Ol' Blighty?

Given that the paraphernalia for the hobby 'sparks joy' -- to make the M Kondo reference -- Is it not an end unto itself, even if you don't get to game with it?

Yeah, and I have to say we pathologically loathe that awful show. And you're quite right, though I'm going to use this all as an excuse to tidy my garage a bit at the weekend and move some scenery out there for storage purposes.

youwashock wrote:Keep plugging, man. Those low points seem endless, but like you said, bouncing back is what you do.

I am rubber indeed

Camkierhi wrote:Everything looks great bud.

Things will pick up bud, it is a time of year thing and life in general across the globe seems to be a bit tense at the moment. Hope things pick up soon.

As to not necessarily gaming much, that is totally not the point, it is a bonus, but not the point. We model for our sanity.

That is a very point indeed my friend.

Thank you, all most kindly, gents.

I am feeling marginally less stressed. The current work blip is to one side. The giant Work is Hell is another matter.

Still, this came from KM:

The Crouch boxsets... Well. Crucially, these also contain the rules and decks for Wizarding Wars, which is at the core of the new HPAMG Tournament format.

First, let's talk about the models. The sculpts in both sets are great - it's all about the hats. The classic pointy-hood Death Eaters are very sinister, the Aurors very business like. Both Jr and Sr capture the feel of the actors well, and there's no extraneous or oddly pointy parts to get snagged, snared or snapped. As for the logic of selling the big new game mechanic on these characters, I'm less convinced. Don't get me wrong, I get the fluff-logic of it, but I'm not entirely sure that the characters have enough of a "Must-have" feel to for what is, essentially, a must-have product. As for the wizarding wars rules they look... Meh. It's to encourage more combat, which is no bad thing. But it's another layer, YET another deck... I just don't really see the point. We'll see how it feels in play. I'm not at all convinced by this as a Competitive, tournament game either. Hmmmm.

Anyway, I've made a bit of progress on my test car for my Slime team, the Pinball Lizards:


What's with the BT logo? Well saw some pics of rat rods and the motif isn't uncommon apparently. Scored half a dozen icons from my gw chum. As an aside, he made an interesting comment: GW doesn't mind press moulds, it's recasts that's the problem. I don't by any means disagree, but I am surprised to hear a staffer be ok with press moulding.

So, things are picking up. A week away from the holidays.

Nearly... There...

Menawhile, decided to press on with my Giant contest entry. So I present... San-garr the Sharknado!




Generally happy with him. I wonder whether the skin tone needs to be smoother on his snout, although it's pretty accurate to the pics I've looked at (I'm reminded of the shark-porn moment of FRIENDS...)
The reds are looking good and glossy, I think, with the light spots working. The blacks are a decent, muted contrast. I wonder whether the neodurium (the base, in other words) needs a bit more attention too.
Hmmmm... C&C?
Onwards,
graven


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/03/22 13:04:12


Post by: Gitsplitta


Love the car. Love Sharknado... awesome.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/03/23 20:02:59


Post by: inmygravenimage


Thanks so much mate.

Have had a really lovely day. Wife and I both decided we were just not going to get stressed out by anything. So I took the boys climbing, she took the girl for a bike ride, I did some Geeking, she built some lego, kids played some football, etc etc etc. And now there's beer.

So what did I do?
Tidied up Sharknado:





Pimped the Slime team some more

All now have improvised armour and Maltese Crosses.

Added some big hood junk to my muscle cars and upgraded a couple of batmobiles


And started my Myazaki team



Going for a real Dark Future Interceptor vibe with these guys.
Also got a bunch of stuff primed, relocated terrain into the garage, that sort of thing - a really productive nerd day.
Onwards, maybe even upwards,
Graven


Automatically Appended Next Post:
Tidied up a bit



Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/03/24 03:02:09


Post by: youwashock


Big Shark is looking quite cool at this point. The latest car is very Dark Future, indeed.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/03/25 10:20:00


Post by: inmygravenimage


Gitsplitta wrote:Nice!!

Cheers old son.

youwashock wrote:Big Shark is looking quite cool at this point. The latest car is very Dark Future, indeed.

Thanks on both counts. I do like the vibe myself

A good weekend was had by all. Lego, rock climbing, Nintendo (classic NES ), cycling, TCG-ing, walks, some nerd time, coffee, cooking. All good.

And so, few more bits and bobs. Did so more work on the two Armiger Helverins - just adding some fleshy pinks and DG green, nothing really pic worthy but, crucially, progress. Rearranged all my terrain, relocated it to the garage, and got my figure boxes stowed away - keeps the wife happy, and that's really all that matters, isn't it?

Working on the Pimpin Mishkin. Low-riders, big choonz and crazy ray guns. This is actually much more colour shift than pic suggests. Shiny alloys and dakka, paint up the doofs and decks - nearly there.

Also started something really out there. Scarlet Annie, the pirate-themed sponsor, runs big crew-filled buses (or heavy trucks). I wasn't sure where to go with it, and then I found a couple of Mars Curiosity rovers...

And then this happened...


The Wild Rover, me hearties. Harpoon, front ram, grenades for the crew - I'll need to order some 20mm post-apoc pirates from Mad Cars, £12 will get me 3 standing crew and 3 seated for driver/gunners - and maybe side-mounted cannons, replacing the existing cameras but mounted on the same posts, so they can still pivot. Yarrr. Next, to build the fo'c'sle and aft-castle. For the masts (they have a "Raise the Sails" ability) I'm thinking of using X-wing flight stands. I might - might - even make them removable, partly for storage and partly so I can do sails raised/lowered. There are two existing peg holes, but they're offset and next to the cameras. Hmm. Then, the question is whether to square rig, or give it a couple of triangular /_ /_ sails like a cutter? Thoughts? Either way I don't have bowsprit at the moment, which is another decision to be had.

So that's where I am, as we enter the last week of term. My, it has been a drag...
Hey ho,
Graven



Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/03/25 11:25:36


Post by: Theophony


Pirate boat needs little side mounted dingys for safety and more crew storage capacity . I vote big square sails to block out the sun.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/03/25 13:18:04


Post by: inmygravenimage


 Theophony wrote:
Pirate boat needs little side mounted dingys for safety and more crew storage capacity . I vote big square sails to block out the sun.

I am actually considering side mounted motorbikes good point on sails.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/03/25 13:57:38


Post by: Gitsplitta


Love the purple car.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/03/25 19:59:57


Post by: aku-chan


Sharky is looking great!


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/03/27 17:13:48


Post by: Dr H


Nice work and good use of curiosity.

and I approve of climbing.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/03/28 09:31:57


Post by: inmygravenimage


Gitsplitta wrote:Love the purple car.

Thanks sunshine. My plan is to do the various cars for this team in different colours, though highlighted/shadowed in the same way, and have all the windshields done the same.

aku-chan wrote:Sharky is looking great!

Thanks! I'm glad I tidied him up, and whilst the base was a bit of a pain to do it's definitely an improvement. Rod for my own back though, as I'll have to do it for all my giants. To be fair I've only one other painted, and third one is... somewhere in my desk of shame

Dr H wrote:Nice work and good use of curiosity.
and I approve of climbing.

Cheers, given the role Mars plays in the Gaslands fluff seemed fitting yeah just bouldering mostly, more practical with the kids, they can't really belay for me ... yet

So, very much in the Gaslands place just now.
Next month's Gaslands contest is monster trucks - which are fun but pretty rubbish in game, as they're neither quick nor particularly agile - but I *think* I have a plan, indeed, a use for one! Mishkin (the weird mad science team) have a mind-control ray that allows you to determine the target's next manoeuvre - so, for example, making them turn round and drive straight towards an oncoming monster truck that wants to crush them. That, a ram and a Nitro booster seem like a solid, if very silly, build. It would also work, sort of, for Idris (the speed freaks), or at least ram/Nitro booster would, though you would stick 2 boosters on instead (no mad science tech for them, but cheaper boosters) and just charge round running into things.

Meanwhile, however, I'm working on the Wild Rover:

Outer hull structure just about done. Need to hang some jerry cans and maybe a couple of bikes off the sides.



Whilst work progresses also on my Slime crew, who are now (tentatively) called the Maltese Falconers:

At least one with spiky death wheels will be dubbed the Pinball Lizard, however

Starting to plan my spring hols, meeting up with erithromycin for some Wings of Glory and/or Dreadball next Friday with the kids, should be a lot of fun. Offloading some BMG also, Militia, Riddler, Court of Owls and Grodd&Gorillas, plus a couple of other figs (spare Red Hood, spare High Court Lady, Arsenal) now gone or going. It's a dent in the pile of stuff I never, every play with. Plus, gives me space for all that unpainted stuff

Last full day today, and still so much to do, yet here I am on dakka...
Graven


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/03/28 11:33:25


Post by: Theophony


I’m going to have to make a looney toons monster truck with a huge ram that looks like a brick wall with the painted tunnel on it now . Use the mind control jive to make the opponent think it’s an exit.

Ships coming along nicely, and the Maltese Falconers look just the part.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/03/28 12:43:16


Post by: inmygravenimage


Theophony wrote:I’m going to have to make a looney toons monster truck with a huge ram that looks like a brick wall with the painted tunnel on it now . Use the mind control jive to make the opponent think it’s an exit.

Ship's coming along nicely, and the Maltese Falconers look just the part.

That's a genius idea
Next stage for the ship will be add the Aft Castle, which is going to culled from a Mad Cars chariot (which is also where the bikes will come from). I'm avoiding the masts - and debating, still, what to use for the deck guns.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/03/30 21:04:36


Post by: inmygravenimage


My goodness, here we are again!

So the Wild Rover continues to take shape:

Aftcastle now largely done, which frankly is a relief. Wasn't sure how it would look, as I'd originally planned to use this on a War Rig, but think it's pretty decent. I need to get a mast on it, so I can visualise the next stage.

The test Mishkin pimpmobile with thumper (sonic cannon) is just about done:

Colour shift paint does not photograph well...

*Ntchntchntchntchntcheverythingisawesome*

So that's, like, 5 models painted this month... Need to fix that:

The Maltese Falconers!



Krush


Skullz



Flamin' Nora


Pinball Lizard

And Spike


Ten in March. That's more like it.

Nothing tomorrow. Tea and cake for the missus, it being Mother's Day here.

Not sure what April will bring. Maybe even ... Batman?!
Nah...
Graven


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/03/31 18:54:56


Post by: Red Harvest


The pimpmobile. Killin' it. May I ask, did the El Camino ever make it to the UK?

I must see that wild rover finished. So, get to work.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/04/01 22:45:09


Post by: Briancj


The sonic cannon needs to be a giant loudspeaker, ala the top of The Bluesmobile.

That is all.

--B.



Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/04/02 02:25:47


Post by: Gitsplitta


Very nice. Love the name of the big rig. Like that song.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/04/02 21:58:52


Post by: inmygravenimage


Camkierhi wrote:AWESOME.

THANKS!

Red Harvest wrote:The pimpmobile. Killin' it. May I ask, did the El Camino ever make it to the UK?

I must see that wild rover finished. So, get to work.

No, much to my Texan brother in law's chagrin.

Yeah I'm still stumped about what to use for the deck guns though.

Briancj wrote:The sonic cannon needs to be a giant loudspeaker, ala the top of The Bluesmobile.

That is all.

--B.


I seriously considered it, I assure you but for me the bluesmobile will be a prison car, eventually.

Gitsplitta wrote:Very nice. Love the name of the big rig. Like that song.

technically it is a bus, not a rig in game as it's not articulated. But it feels like it should be a big rig, doesn't it?

The school holidays!
Perhaps inevitably, the only painting I'm doing is work on the house yesterday was spent on the eldest's room, today, gloss in ours.

Still.
Great wee 25 can death race with my boys today. Miyazaki performance car with rear machine gun (oldest), Rutherford car with mini-gun and ram (youngest), and Mishkin performance car with Thumper (me) - I forget what perks. Oil cans exploded on a 4+ impact.

Little guy toasted his big brother in no time, so I took pity and let him take over from me - who he then chased down at the final gate and did the same thing after an unfortunate thumper incident.
Moral of the story, don't mess with the 8 year old.

BUT
I managed to crank out this today:

Prison car with ram and big gun of choice.

I also made naan bread. Well, flat soda bread really, but who has charcoal oven handy (almost certainly someone on dakkadakka, but still ) I've never managed to do this successfully, but these were quick, easy and v tasty.

Captain Marvel tomorrow. I'm a DC fanboy (no, really?) but doesn't mean I'm not looking forward to it enormously. Kelly Sue DeConnick's run on her was superb and this looks very much in that vein.

One other encouraging thing that happened yesterday was that the boy was persuaded to batch paint all the red on his raven guard, even getting his little brother to help (ie drafted him). Start em right

Happy days.
Graven


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/04/04 20:23:10


Post by: inmygravenimage


Hola!

Work continues on the preposterous nonsense that is the Wild Rover

Now with crew and beginnings of swappable sail.

And my monster truck continues

Still needs a ram and Hypno ray, at the very least.

Managed to impale myself by snapping my snips, embedding a chunk in my left palm. Blunt tools are a bad thing, kids

Some gaming afoot tomorrow with erithromycin.

Onwards,
Graven


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/04/04 22:52:14


Post by: Theophony


Is that a small Fatboy nuke on the back of the monster truck?


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/04/05 16:02:09


Post by: inmygravenimage


 Theophony wrote:
Is that a small Fatboy nuke on the back of the monster truck?

Well being part of my Pimpin' Mishkin, it's really a PHAT-boi


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/04/05 16:06:06


Post by: youwashock


The monster truck is so cute, yet so angry. More great builds.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/04/05 21:25:39


Post by: inmygravenimage


 youwashock wrote:
The monster truck is so cute, yet so angry. More great builds.

Thanks mate. The thing is realistically it'll need a whole new windshield and radiator build so I think the cute will be long gone, alas.

Meanwhile, I figured out how I want the sides of the wild Rover to look:



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I have realised there's currently very little on the fore deck. Not sure if it needs something, perhaps another mast, maybe just more crew?


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/04/05 21:31:18


Post by: Llamahead


Possibly stowage and booty........


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/04/05 22:40:07


Post by: Theophony


Keg of gunpowder , as all good pirate ships should have those. Doubles as grenades/Molotov’s.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/04/12 22:56:57


Post by: inmygravenimage


Hello again fellows, and sorry for the relative quiet. Wife has gone into painting overdrive, so that's largely keeping me occupied. Whole house interior pretty much repainted now. Man cave at the start of May, giving me to sort it bit first. Still, slave labour it isn't, getting paid in beer, movies and... other pizza, obviously.

So what have we been up to?

Well, The Boys had another death race, this time against their uncle erithromycin, who took a Patrol car with Rockets, and we added a new layer of complexity by introducing audience votes, effectively meaning everyone got a single Respawn. And once again, murderous 8 year old got the win
erith also brought us a bunch of wings of war / glory stuff, the balloon expansion and the Handley Page A/400.

That's a big lump of bomber there. Wingspan of 20cm or so; Sopwith for scale.

We got a lovely post apoc board game, Wreck and Ruin


This post-apocalyptic strategic scavenge and smash em up from local team Dream Big Studios is really good fun. 15mm (ish), with an emphasis on finding resources and surviving the wastelands, though there's plenty of car-nage too.
Really it's everything Fallout should've been. It's very different to Gaslands, and is more Fury Road than Mad Max, if that makes sense. Much more about dealing with the environment and finding what you can, though you're always trying not to get blown up. Peg slots on the models act as an neat damage tracker, and with 4 factions in the basic game (one gets dinosaurs!), you get plenty for £60.

I also got new Dark Knight Rises 2-Player starter set for BMG.

This is a VERY impressive bundle for £115. You get everything except a tape measure - and we mean everything. Scenery, tokens, objectives, 22"x27" Gotham playmat, dice, rules - never mind a pile of models.

For the Bat you get
Batman, Catwoman, Batpod (with both version as riders, easily magnetised) and 3 great new generic cops - plus, for a limited time, promo Michael Caine Alfred.
And for Bane there's
Bane, Talia, 3 Mercs and the Tumbler (though comes with cards for Batman's Tumbler also), plus a direct order only variant sculpt of Bane without jacket.

The casts are spot on, crisp, no mould lines, no flash - and no packing errors. Lovely, evocative sculpts, easy to build and no slippage or mismatches. Exactly the kind of QC we all want to see.
But for all the goodness here, the most exciting thing is the rules. With not one but two clear, concise quick reference sheets, a condensed rulebook and a 6 part DKR mini campaign that gradually introduces each part of the game system - this is everything that Knight Models have promised and more. Seasoned designer Mark Latham's fingerprints are all over this, in a very good way.
This is a great entry level product with plenty for the seasoned player. I just hope this is the new direction from KM.

P&M-wise, not much to report.
This got a bit more stabby

This got a bit more piratey


The boy started another dread

Fun with my bits box.

That's where we're at.
More to come, at some point,
Graven



Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/04/12 23:34:20


Post by: Theophony


I like getting paid in .....pizza.

Needs more barnacles.
And the dred will need a big vat of butter for that lobster he’s about to eat.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/04/13 01:17:25


Post by: Gitsplitta


Brilliant dreadnought! Looks like you've been very busy my friend!


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/04/15 16:50:48


Post by: Dr H


Good work on all the things.

Congratulations on all the "presents" too. Should "keep you busy" for a bit.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/04/16 06:05:23


Post by: Briancj


If only someone had sent you some Gotham-City-Like Buildings for Batman Terrain...

IF ONLY.

--B.



Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/04/16 11:24:30


Post by: inmygravenimage


Ah, normality. Back to work. Booooo, etc.

Theophony wrote:I like getting paid in .....pizza.

Needs more barnacles.
And the dred will need a big vat of butter for that lobster he’s about to eat.

Ha. Maybe that's what all the milliput is for! As for the barnacles, well, it's now got netting also.

Gitsplitta wrote:Brilliant dreadnought! Looks like you've been very busy my friend!

I really haven't! Or at least doesn't feel that way Although the house is looking good and, as my eldest like to remind me, "Happy Wife, Happy Life".

Dr H wrote:Good work on all the things.

Congratulations on all the "presents" too. Should "keep you busy" for a bit.

We're... getting... there...

Briancj wrote:If only someone had sent you some Gotham-City-Like Buildings for Batman Terrain...

IF ONLY.

--B.


actually I found them yesterday during the big tidy. I'm looking forward to getting them built, definitely; I'm refreshing my scenery as it is. Thanks amigo

Soooooo beginning a big sort and reorganisation. Lots of stuff into boxes, things to be moved and stored away for a couple of weeks.



But it's helped me focus on a few things, and what I need to work on / get rid of. So, Militia, Riddler and Court of Owls crews are now gone, along with some scenery, tokens and a couple of spess-sheeps to happy new homes. Which means, tangentially, I have space for the new stuff it's always the way, right? I've decided, for now, to keep the older metal gangs for Joker, Penguin and GCPD: a lot of work went into the various clowns (though I may reconsider, for the right offer), penguin stuff is really generic, and cops are cops are cops - in fact a couple of the more 70s ones have got recycled into cops for Street Wars NYC, which itself I now I have contained in a single, small portable box with 2 gangs, necessary civilians, all the cards, tokens, dice and other extras. Self-contained games ftw! Plus, the other gangs also work for Street Wars Vigilante, the Gotham-gang warfare variant I've written. Funny that

I realise I've not got round to filling any of the bases on my original Potter set so that also needs attention. More generally, the Potter stuff needs painting. I am, cautiously, leaning towards giving them to a former GW staffer to paint. Time, life, etc. I'm a bit wary as I don't like other folk painting my stuff. Feels like cheating. Thoughts? Experiences?

Part of the distraction in all this is playing Gaslands (obvs) and Transformers TCG with the kids. Really is a cracking wee game, heartily recommend it. But I am still plogging away also. Trying to finish off the Rutherford options for the youngling - as if the destructive little monster needs more ways to blow us up. So building him a pickup with 125mm cannon and ram, Performance Car with Nitro boost and Heavy Machine Gun. Really need to get the other lad's Miyazaki team done too. Once stuff has more than just primer on, I'll do a pic dump.

Soon, my pretties, soon,

Graven


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/04/17 08:47:06


Post by: inmygravenimage


You know, it would probably help if I actually included pictures of things

The Rutherford big guns, with a bit of pre-weathering (multiple different spray primers).

All aboard the pirate bus!
Where's the mast, I hear you cry?! Good question. It *may* have suffered a critical injury in an encounter with the mancave floor... Don't worry, it'll get a new one. Still needs a driver, I mean pilot, too. He's in a box somewhere.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/04/17 10:14:38


Post by: Theophony


Team Rutherford is probably my favorite. It appeals to the redneck in me . I think that car you have for their team I actually used for my mishkin team though. Glad a broken mast is all your schooner suffered.

My man cave is a disaster, I keep meaning to clean it up, but it just gets worse and worse .


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/04/17 10:33:44


Post by: Fifty




I love hobby area pictures. So weird, but it always looks like a person's "happy place" and is filled with love.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/04/17 11:22:07


Post by: inmygravenimage


Theophony wrote:Team Rutherford is probably my favorite. It appeals to the redneck in me . I think that car you have for their team I actually used for my mishkin team though. Glad a broken mast is all your schooner suffered.

My man cave is a disaster, I keep meaning to clean it up, but it just gets worse and worse .


Lol. Yeah, but hard to pull off audience votes, especially in small games, which is why the boy now has a 125mm/ridonkulous gun @D the car was originally bought for Patrol - but it just feels right for the team, and he loves it what's a dad to do?


Fifty wrote:
I love hobby area pictures. So weird, but it always looks like a person's "happy place" and is filled with love.

And crap. Love and crap In my defence the giant cupboard is the wife's hobby cupboard, it's full of cake decorating stuff. I am merely allowed to perch stuff atop it


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/04/17 17:06:22


Post by: Fifty


That kinda makes me sad :(

I hope you get to eat the cakes?


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/04/18 04:04:28


Post by: Red Harvest


Guys, the term "man cave" was banned back in 2015. Using it constitutes some sort of crime against humanity. Men have dens and/or workshops. Hobby area is acceptable, but not particularly manly. Just saying'.

Besides, the sign on the wall clearly indicates that the space is a bat cave.

Not to be pedantic or anything.

That lunch box is very sweet. Or is it a lunch pail in the UK?


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/04/18 06:28:57


Post by: Theophony


Man Cave does seem a bit.... wrong .


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/04/19 21:50:50


Post by: Solar_lion


I'm good with Man Cave. I'm alot older and embrace my masulinity. It houses my toys, powered and otherwise.

Like all the creative vechicles. Fun catching up.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/04/19 22:44:19


Post by: Flinty


Man Cave works a lot better than Lady Cave...

Good luck with the decorating!


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/04/19 23:23:20


Post by: inmygravenimage


Fifty wrote:That kinda makes me sad :(

I hope you get to eat the cakes?

Always
Red Harvest wrote:Guys, the term "man cave" was banned back in 2015. Using it constitutes some sort of crime against humanity. Men have dens and/or workshops. Hobby area is acceptable, but not particularly manly. Just saying'.

Besides, the sign on the wall clearly indicates that the space is a bat cave.

Not to be pedantic or anything.

That lunch box is very sweet. Or is it a lunch pail in the UK?

Lunch box for sure. And I call it the study
Theophony wrote:Man Cave does seem a bit.... wrong .


Solar_lion wrote:I'm good with Man Cave. I'm alot older and embrace my masulinity. It houses my toys, powered and otherwise.

Like all the creative vechicles. Fun catching up.

Cheers buddy. They're very distracting
Flinty wrote:Man Cave works a lot better than Lady Cave...

Good luck with the decorating!

That's something quite different

So, gearing up for weekend away at my Parents' house, so mostly packing, sorting out bike racks for the car and setting fire to dead animals had all proved something of a distraction.

However.

The clean-up continues, and the place is finally getting there. Not found my Nameless Spawn but did find a bunch of bits, bases, other odds and sods. I might even organise my Dreadball teams
Decided I needed to paint something too.


2 more for the Patrol team, Performance car with front machine gun and rear rockets, buggy with ram and nitro boost.

Finally got my head round the front end of The Tormentor


Just about there with the crew of the War Barge

I've also started, very late in the day, on my contest entry for the April Azure Dreadball contest. Azure League is jungle Dreadball, so I've made a low-tech ref for it on a jungle base with catachan and deathwing bits.

She'll get a blue, Na'vi skin tone too

Hopefully, get some games in with the kids over the weekend,
Till then
Graven


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/04/20 00:06:40


Post by: Red Harvest


Hmm, am I the only one who wants to see something on the wheels of the war-barge...something like those wheel-scythes on the chariot in Ben Hur?

The tormenter... try a bully bar on the front?

Study works too.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/04/20 06:33:19


Post by: inmygravenimage


 Red Harvest wrote:
Hmm, am I the only one who wants to see something on the wheels of the war-barge...something like those wheel-scythes on the chariot in Ben Hur?

The tormenter... try a bully bar on the front?

Study works too.

Good plan on tormentor

Reckon it needs a cage for the nuke too
I'll think about the wheels. They certainly need something.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/04/20 12:19:58


Post by: Briancj


You need this:

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Urban-Dystopia-Diorama-Resin-Kit-HQ-Resin/253268856900?hash=item3af8001044:g:asEAAOSwjM5aEua2


Quite frankly, you need much from this store, including the diner, subway entrances, and playmats and...

https://www.ebay.com/sch/hexyworkshop/m.html?_nkw=&_armrs=1&_ipg=&_from=

--Brian

PS: NOT helping, I know.



Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/04/20 16:15:19


Post by: inmygravenimage


^You are a very bad man


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/04/20 17:08:58


Post by: Theophony


 inmygravenimage wrote:
^You are a very bad man

Says the man trying to lure people into BMG and Gaslands and Harry Potter .


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/04/20 18:55:27


Post by: Briancj


 inmygravenimage wrote:
^You are a very bad man


I know I am. I have accepted this in my cold, black heart.



--Brian





Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/04/22 21:02:41


Post by: inmygravenimage


Theophony wrote:
 inmygravenimage wrote:
^You are a very bad man

Says the man trying to lure people into BMG and Gaslands and Harry Potter .

Oh and there's more to come
Briancj wrote:
 inmygravenimage wrote:
^You are a very bad man


I know I am. I have accepted this in my cold, black heart.



--Brian



Well a lovely Easter weekend was had. Aside from far too much food and drink, including a proper night out with wife and NO KIDS (and to be honest, no money afterwards!), Egg hunts and a castle, we even managed to get a couple of games in.

First up was Burning Drachens, the stand-alone balloon hunting Wings of Glory game. Managed to get my dad to play (a miracle I might add), as his latest retirement fascination is WW1 aircraft (notably the Vickers Vimy, but still), so we had a pleasant afternoon in the kitchen making plane noises with the boys.

Also finally got to sit down to play Wreck and Ruin, which is a smashing (ahem) post apocalyptic boardgame:

Off the back of its successful Kickstarter last summer, the retail edition of this post-apocalyptic strategic scavenge and smash em up from local team Dream Big Studios is an absolute riot. 15mm (ish), with an emphasis on finding resources and surviving the wastelands, though with plenty of car-nage too (and dinosaurs), this is an accessible slice of post-apocalyptic family fun.
really it's everything the rather disappointing Fallout boardgame should've been. It's very different to Gaslands, and is more Fury Road than Mad Max, if that makes sense. Much more about dealing with the environment and finding what you can, though you're always trying not to get blown up. Peg slots on the models act as an neat damage tracker, and with 4 factions in the basic game, you get plenty of content for £60. There's nice variety in the models, and the four factions feel, and look, distinctive: Reapers (red) are wild, cannibalistic savages; Salvos (blue) your classic wasteland salvagers; Ruin (green) your militaristic "last stronghold of humanity"; and Desertkin (yellow) shamanic riders of giant mutant lizards. It's immediately obvious what's what, and the models look and feel great. Arguably, the bikes are closer to 20mm (mmm, useful for Gaslands), but that's a very minor niggle as you need something that scale for playability and practicality. Also, did I mention that there are FRICKIN' DINOSAURS with guns on?



The other components are great, high quality counters and tokens, faction coloured dice, an aesthetically pleasing rulebook (with some nice post-apoc fiction too) that's well-laid out to boot. I really like that the map tiles are double-sided, allowing some added variety to your terrain - it's not just "wasteland", different tiles having different combinations of difficult and impassable terrain.

In each game round, players take consecutive turns to spend 5 action points to move (or repair, rebuild or ram/attack) your models across the tiles to reach objectives - an action point is used to move your Movement in Hexes (or turn facing in a hex). Each faction has effectively the same vehicles: A scout bike, a buggy, a wrecker (high armour, big ram) and the big rig. The Wastelanders have dinosaurs not vehicles, and there's pleasing variety in the other 3 factions, but they're obvious enough in terms of size and design to make it clear what's what. The vehicle stats remain unchanged across the factions, which initially feels odd, but actually just makes the game much, much easier to play.

Your main aim is to raid objectives in your turn of the round to gain salvage, which requires a vehicle to remain stationary and undamaged - which is where the car-nage comes in. Rolling attack dice to equal or beat their armour stat (with bonuses if from behind, or ramming with a heavier vehicle) is natural and obvious. Each vehicle has its own skills also, which can be used without using an action point: scouts can attack on the move, buggies can repair, wreckers can ram, and big rig can repair itself, shove others around and soak damage (so, slow but sits on objectives). Action points can also be used to bring wrecked vehicles back - you learn pretty quickly not to be too precious! Once you grab an objective, a new one pops up randomly, keeping the gameplay dynamic.

The variety in the game play comes from the three types of cards. Salvage cards give you bonuses and faction-specific boosts, or penalise your opponent. The event deck, meanwhile, changes the environment every full round (so every player experiences it in their turn of the round), typically messing with vehicles (sandstorms are hard to shoot in, for instance). Finally, each player has their own unique faction card that can be used once per game; triggering this can be the key to winning, so there's plenty of tactical depth in the decision of whether to try to get an early advantage or a late-game boost.
Also, interestingly, there are 4 cards per from, so you never know which one your opponent has - plus, halfway through the game, you get another at random.

This is a fun, competitive, action packed game that'll easily fill an hour or so with plenty of replay value. I think honestly calling it 14+ is unnecessary - it's not at the level of intricacy of other board or war games of that ilk, and my savvy not-quite-9 year old was fine with it. We all really enjoyed it, and it's a great bridge-game, one that properly crosses over in its appeal to board game fans (casual or serious), wargamers or just families wanting something a bit different to get their teeth into. So get Wreckin'!

That's nearly all from me for now.
Everything is packed up apart from the two models for April painting contests, plus paints and green stuff.
Don't have much to do, honest I have, like, a week
Graven



Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/04/22 22:49:15


Post by: Theophony


I might have to check out the wreck and ruin game for the motorcycles alone .

Speaking of other games you push like crack . Is Dreadball EXTREME good on its own? I ask because the local shop has a copy with all its parts for $20. I’m not a huge mantic Fan, but the price is about right.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/04/23 07:27:03


Post by: inmygravenimage


It's... Ok.
However.
It's incredibly good value for 3 teams and the coaching staff. The main Dreadball rules are free just now, so having everything to play? Not shabby.
You'd just need a pitch. Well, it comes with the Xtreme one, and you can play on that; you can't assemble a standard pitch from the tiles in Xtreme. I was really tempted to pick up a copy when Mantic deep discounted it on Black Friday - it was like £15 - but I can't justify another three teams, as cool as the Kalyashi (particularly) are and as generically useful as a sci-fi convicts would be - plus I own the Free Agents (who are now a team in their own right). I just remind myself that there's another team that I don't own that I particularly want (Sphyr, the space-shark guys), and try to calm down a bit


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/04/23 21:21:44


Post by: inmygravenimage


Well now.

Bastard of a day. Other people's children eh?

So it turns out I only have a couple of days to finish the Gaslands monster truck contest

At least it's primed, right?

However, I did make headway on my Azure League contest entry

Pretty happy with her

Should've given her a tail right enough.

Still, I think I should call her done. For a quick afternoon's work, I'm pleased. Just nice to have something DONE.
Can I get the truck done too by Friday? Doubt it

Till next time
Graven


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On a separate note, just read this
https://warontherocks.com/2019/04/how-does-the-next-great-power-conflict-play-out-lessons-from-a-wargame/
Fascinating, if terrifying, article on the US military wargaming WWIII. Whether your interest is politics, gaming, or just the generally alarming state of the world, this is well worth your time.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/04/23 22:11:57


Post by: Gitsplitta


Yes you can graven.... yes... you... can.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/04/24 06:58:52


Post by: inmygravenimage


 Gitsplitta wrote:
Yes you can graven.... yes... you... can.

Mayyyybeeee Thanks for the vote of confidence




Greys need to get dark metal, and then sharp bright metals. Bomb in the back needs military green too. Then of course I need to blacken the tyre treads. If I have time - bear in mind it has to be finished by end of tomorrow - a little hypnotic spiral inside the bullhorn.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/04/24 21:03:11


Post by: inmygravenimage


Huh. Turns out yes. Yes I can.
The Hyp-Hop-Notizer!

Bangin tunes

Hypnotic beats

Driving it home

Mmm, patriotic

Ramming the bass

Also got the base colours down on my Rutherford cars for the youngling.

And finally found a big rig!

Not sure what faction to go with. Probably not one of the Kids' ones, so they can play a big scavenger op against it. The boxes are not attached either - free bonus terrain! Although they're a bit out of scale for Gaslands if you ask me...


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/04/25 17:08:10


Post by: Briancj


Yeah, those are toy crates. I'd use them for a 25/32mm setting (Batman) and put a different load on the flatbed.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/04/25 18:35:15


Post by: Theophony


I’ve seen some big machinery going down the highway in crates like those. But I’d use the flatbed space for something else, like the teleportation device .


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/04/25 19:21:08


Post by: youwashock


I never had any doubt.

That thing is amazing, by the way.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/04/26 11:47:33


Post by: inmygravenimage


Briancj wrote:Yeah, those are toy crates. I'd use them for a 25/32mm setting (Batman) and put a different load on the flatbed.

They'd look great with some O Gauge buildings, I reckon
Theophony wrote:I’ve seen some big machinery going down the highway in crates like those. But I’d use the flatbed space for something else, like the teleportation device .

I have a 'N' scale rail fuel tank that I think I'm going to stick on there, CSM tank spikes down the sides, and some frikkin' guns.
youwashock wrote:I never had any doubt.

That thing is amazing, by the way.


You're most kind.

The next Gaslands UK contest is 'Slime', so for me that means my trusty, rusty templars. Reckon that works for the Rig, as that's who I was thinking of doing it up as anyway (Slime are ostensibly my main team, after all). Did a major clearout of old brushes and paint yesterday, and the overall overhaul continues:


The longer I take, I suppose, the less I get done. I can't believe I've only painted 5 models this month.
graven


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/04/27 00:19:15


Post by: Briancj


 inmygravenimage wrote:
Briancj wrote:Yeah, those are toy crates. I'd use them for a 25/32mm setting (Batman) and put a different load on the flatbed.

They'd look great with some O Gauge buildings, I reckon


Where would you get those?


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/04/27 15:55:51


Post by: Dr H


Good work on the bigfoot and that foul miniature.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/05/01 08:35:03


Post by: inmygravenimage


Briancj wrote:
 inmygravenimage wrote:
Briancj wrote:Yeah, those are toy crates. I'd use them for a 25/32mm setting (Batman) and put a different load on the flatbed.

They'd look great with some O Gauge buildings, I reckon


Where would you get those?

I know, I know. They're right up my to-do list actually, I was having a proper look at them yesterday.

Dr H wrote:Good work on the bigfoot and that foul miniature.



Not a huge amount done last month; indeed, my totals for this year are pretty thin:
Jan 11
Feb 38
March 11
April 5

Ah well. In a bit of a funk anyway, so it's not that surprising. Plus I'm doing more TCG stuff and more building/modelling. Lots of stuff hovers in the WIP stages.

Still, although I'm all packed up, doesn't mean I can't do little things here and there, does it? Does it?!

This month's Gaslands contest is SLIME-themed. Slime are the War Boys faction for Gaslands, and although I have a dragster part-built, it has to be started on 1st May (only 3 weeks for the Gaslands contests) soooooo that leaves my Big Rig:

Not sure about loadout yet, but I do have some design ideas. Chaos vehicle accessory sprue will provide me with spiked rails, to form the sides on the trailer, another truck cab and an 'N' gauge fuel tank on the flat bed - so a clear nod to the Fury Road rig, but with my own aesthetic. From there, maybe the curved spikes to form the ram section. As for crew, I'm thinking some more Mad Cars guys are called for. I'm open to suggests about weapons, or anything else random. Thoughts? The Havoc launcher seems to me to be a good bet, as it feels very Heavy Artillery at 20mm scale.

The Dreadball contest is more tricky. This month's theme is "Violence" so I *think* I'm going to finally do Grak, the Marauder (Orc) MVP that's a murderous killing machine. But that will require me to be back up in action; however, I've got till the end of the month for that one, so not a biggy.

After that, I'm thinking scenery. Onwards, if not upwards.

Later
Graven


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/05/01 16:01:27


Post by: Theophony


If your going for team slime, they scream Australia to me, so go big.....like great white shark big. Something that will just take a bite out of the opponent. Big old ram with shark teeth(spikes) on the front and a paint job to match the old army helicopter gunships with shark jaws painted on the rig .


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/05/02 09:05:23


Post by: inmygravenimage


Theophony wrote:If your going for team slime, they scream Australia to me, so go big.....like great white shark big. Something that will just take a bite out of the opponent. Big old ram with shark teeth(spikes) on the front and a paint job to match the old army helicopter gunships with shark jaws painted on the rig .


Lol you're a crazy man, but I do like the shark motif idea.
Here's where I am just now:

I think I'll take on a bit of Theo's idea, and have another set of spikes on the front grill. I'll call it... Jaws
Need to get a couple of vehicle icons too, somehow.
Front windscreen obviously needs to go, that'll get mesh.
I'm not sure the spikes on the side of the flatbed work. I'm going to move them down and have them supplement the side spikes over the rear wheels, and another set out the back. I do like how all the hooks have worked out though. Ah, the vehicle accessory sprue, it's the gift that just keeps giving.
The regular loadout for a Slime Rig is rams all round and a minigun turret, so a turret is therefore required. I think I'll also add fuel "pods" (it's one of the rig upgrades) - the N gauge stuff was awfy wee so my next idea is whiteboard marker lids, probably four of them to make two long cannisters. I'm not 100% on the truck-cab-turret, open to suggestions there too.
Progress, nonetheless
Graven


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/05/02 11:46:23


Post by: Theophony


Jaws lives .

Do you have any of the old 2nd edition rhino ram spikes, the kind of curved blades, I think those would help sell the chompy action.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/05/02 13:00:04


Post by: inmygravenimage


Theophony wrote: Jaws lives .

Do you have any of the old 2nd edition rhino ram spikes, the kind of curved blades, I think those would help sell the chompy action.

Sadly not I know the exact ones you mean, I can envisage them chowing down. I'll keep an eye out. Cheers


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/05/02 20:39:02


Post by: Red Harvest


The leman russ also had curved blades for its dozer attachment.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/05/03 01:12:59


Post by: Theophony


 Red Harvest wrote:
The leman russ also had curved blades for its dozer attachment.


Yeah, it was the generic imperial tank sprue, I just always used them on marine vehicles.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/05/05 20:22:37


Post by: inmygravenimage


Ah, it's good to be back:

Yes, desk reorganised and everything, dried paints gone, others reorganised (I own 5 different turquoises. 5.) The WIP shelf is mostly empty, for now.

Let's see now, what's there? A launcher for ultimate. The Wild Rover, my pirate bus. The big Slime Shark rig. Couple of Rutherford cars. And... wait. What's that? Well, just tucked out of sight, that's a bunch of O gauge terrain from the lovely Briancj, that's right up the list. And the back row... Is that BMG figs with paint on?

No. Way.

Yes.

Way.

Bane and mercenaries, Malcolm Merlyn, and Damien Darkh.

It's good to be bad

Just base colours for now. But still, we're back in Bat, baby.

Till next time,

Graven


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/05/05 20:28:42


Post by: Paradigm


So you could say....

Spoiler:

Batman Returns?


Sorry, had to! Looking forward to it!


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/05/05 20:45:37


Post by: inmygravenimage


 Paradigm wrote:
So you could say....

Spoiler:

Batman Returns?


Sorry, had to! Looking forward to it!
you are a terrible human being


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/05/05 23:39:18


Post by: Gitsplitta


The shelf of shame is empty! You'll have to re-name your thread.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/05/06 00:04:56


Post by: Theophony


I guess May the fourth was with you in clearing the shelf of shame. .


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/05/06 07:00:10


Post by: JohnHwangDD


Congrats!

Now what will you do?!?


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/05/09 09:14:28


Post by: inmygravenimage


Gitsplitta wrote:The shelf of shame is empty! You'll have to re-name your thread.

Lol for the second time. To be fair, the shelf is no longer empty. It's already looking rather cluttered In theory, my aim is just to have it as a wip space. Primed/built stuff will just stay boxed up till I get round to it. Out of sight, out of mind...

Theophony wrote:I guess May the fourth was with you in clearing the shelf of shame. .

Yeah, but Revenge of the Sixth, the shelf came back

JohnHwangDD wrote:Congrats!

Now what will you do?!?

I know, right?

Maybe this...

Or this...


Not sure how I actually feel about the rolled up sail. It still needs gs work regardless

Started more on the war rig trailer

Although might switch it about, or double up

Did find a curved plough for the teeth. Thoughts?

Had a great time the other night with metropolis and erithromycin for the former's 50th. Naturally, being young bucks, we drank... coffee, ate donuts and played a board game - namely, the new Hellboy game from Mantic.

I've not got my copy yet - hard life being a reviewer - but the KS has shipped, so we got a fair look at it, as well as playing through the first scenario with Hellboy, Abe and Roger (who's from the Conqueror Worm expansion).

It's an interesting game. Very much a high-end board game - not really, even, a board-mini hybrid. More Mansions of Madness than, say, Here's Negan.

The sculpts are good, as are the casts - high density PVC, rather than plasitc, restic, or resin. Crisp and characterful, very true to the comics - you can see the Mignola had a lot of input - and a lot of comic art to keep the feel of it. Likewise, one of my favourite things is the boards; the use of strong, simple comic-style inking makes it very easy to see what's what. The whole aesthetic is bang-on; even the action mechanic lends itself to feeling like the number of page-panels something would spread across.

Whilst the gameplay has shades of other Mantic stuff - notably the variable-spot dice - it's a very different beast, and more reminiscent of a FFG game than anything else (cue many tokens and 3 different sizes of cards). However, it's impressive how things don't feel cluttered, even when there's a lot going on. The coloured rings make it very obvious which player is which character and the upgraded tokens are really lush, from dead nazi clues, to surprisingly cute from swarms to glittering, translucent infernal fires.

The bosses are proper huuuuuge. But he went down.
Afterwards, we discussed whether we felt properly in danger. Now it's a co-op game that strongly emphasises team-based decision making, so that really player to our strengths - we planned and discussed our moves, used resources carefully, and as a result generally did really well in the scenario (side note - love that the scenarios come in sealed packets, so you don't know what's coming). We felt like we were in jeopardy, sure, but actually only Roger ever took damage, and with his ability to heal it wasn't a huge deal. It's a very delicate balance to walk, for a game, and an excellent example of a well-written intro scenario. Need to play more now

Having put my storage back in the study, I've decided to finally, at long last, tackle the boxes and boxes of random stuff in the garage. It's a good thing - found lots of ork bits, which is great for Gaslands vehicles, and if anyone wants a great whacking pile of 40k ork odds and ends, just shoot me a pm and they're yours. Also found this, which made me smile:

One for Briancj maybe

As I say, this is a clear-out. There will be piles of stuff up for grabs. I mean, who doesn't want a set of classic Chimera tracks, after all?!

Adios,
Graven


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/05/09 11:03:17


Post by: Theophony


Classic chimera tracks? And you won’t use them for Gaslands?

Revenge of the Sixth I’ve missed that, is that a newer holiday . Do you celebrate by getting plastered until you feel you have been cut in half?

War Rig is coming along nicely , glad you put stuff under the trailer before the rear axel as I’ve seen what a small car can do to a rig in motion (nothing to the rig, but the driver of the car didn’t fair to well ). It does however bounce the rig off course a bit.



Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/05/09 19:18:55


Post by: Briancj


*GRABBY HANDS*


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/05/10 15:09:35


Post by: Dr H


Good show Ol' chap. Good work.

Oh, and happy new page.
You'll need to do something to show us all, so it doesn't look so bare...


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/05/13 21:21:39


Post by: inmygravenimage


Well now, if you insist ...

Hello again, my fair dakklings.

What's going on in Graven's Garage?
Well not as much as I'd like, tbh.

Still, I think that, finally, I'm ready to call the Wild Rover done:

Yes, I've modified the sails. They're no longer swappable (for "raised sails"), and I decided I wanted a more substantial mainsail.

I've also added skaven shields as armoured hubcaps, which I'm rather pleased with. The spiky triskelion style will also make an appearance at some point, I'll wager.

The big rig, meanwhile, still needs to get some upgrades:

There's quite a lot of a battlewagon in there... well, a few armoured plates, and a lot of spiky bitz. It's still going quite slowly though, so the odds of me finishing in time for the contest are pretty slim. Still. Getting there.
Nevertheless, the grand tidy has been very successful! Also found a half-finished nurgle dreadnought, or whatever they're calling it this week:

So that's nice.

Found a bunch of Mantic stuff, old 1st ed Warpath, might try to offload it for more Dreadball. Though, I've not even touched the Dreadball contest this month. I have an idea for it - body parts all over the ground - but just neither time nor, really, inclination.

Continuing with, however, the sense of "painting what I feel like", I've made a bit of progress with the Bane starter and Legion of doom:

I think just painting on a whim is rather nice. I feel less pressured by the weight (literal, in many cases) of half-finished or barely started models. Given how little I get to actually game atm, or for the foreseeable, I have reached a (fairly) happy point in my head with this.

Ook
So, on we go...
Graven


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/05/14 00:19:31


Post by: Gitsplitta


Love the trucks! Both of 'em!


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/05/16 00:21:17


Post by: Theophony


Not sure what that Orangatan is for, but I love it


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/05/17 08:46:16


Post by: inmygravenimage


Gitsplitta wrote:Love the trucks! Both of 'em!

Cheers mate!
Theophony wrote:Not sure what that Orangatan is for, but I love it

It's just a random discworld model of The Librarian. It was lying in a box of random chaos knight crap.

Meanwhile...
Sharknado rising!

Needs some gap filling, and hinging on the upper "jaw".


Maybe some crew, or at least a gunner. Pretty happy though generally.

Managed to score Zombies!!! for a fiver off a pal, so that'll give me 20mm zombies for the zombie bash scenario too.

Still feeling a bit frustrated, as I don't really have any time to indulge my whims, but next Friday I'm off and have no kids, so will try to do some bits and bobs, as well as make a suit of roman armour for #2, because clearly his teacher hates me. We've got a decent Pilum (made for an Ewok outfit) and a Xiphos (random) kicking about, so that's a start.

Trying to stay positive. #1 built his first Transformers deck unassisted (Autobot Seekers - Jetfire, Fireflight, Windblade and Arcee, if you care about such things), and managed to quite reasonably take down my (fairly tuned) Decepticon Tank deck. I'm that proud

We've also got a proper boys' game day coming up, going to the Mantic Scotland weekender on 8th June in Stirling to play Dreadball Ultimate and generally geek out. Going to make a 3-D Launcher for the current LoeR contest, so might do a test run for then, and try to get a bit of practice on the Neodurium with my boys on Bank Holiday Monday. We'll see.

One last thing - if you're interested at all in the Gaslands stuff, I managed to blag an interview with the designer, Mike Hutchinson - great guy, interesting to chat to, and also has info on joining the playtest of his new sci-fi game
https://bigcomicpage.com/2019/05/16/interview-gaslands-refuelled-and-ready-to-race/

Later peeps
Graven


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/05/17 09:53:29


Post by: Stormatious


Looking very very cool Gaven, nice work, and good luck with the rest of it!


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/05/17 17:12:38


Post by: Gitsplitta


Awesome semi. Love it.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/05/17 18:10:44


Post by: youwashock


Arcee rules. I am liking how Bane is coming out, too.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/05/17 22:17:24


Post by: inmygravenimage


Stormatious wrote:Looking very very cool Gaven, nice work, and good luck with the rest of it!

Why thank you!
Gitsplitta wrote:Awesome semi. Love it.

Much obliged
youwashock wrote:Arcee rules. I am liking how Bane is coming out, too.

Yeah she's scary as for 5*. And thanks! Need to get back on it.

Here we are then:




Keep on truckin'...


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/05/17 22:20:05


Post by: Briancj


YOU ARE REQUIRED BY LAW AND GOD TO PRESERVE THE [TONKA] LICENSE PLATE.

--Brian



Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/05/18 02:07:44


Post by: kestral


Holy Giant Death Truck Max!


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/05/18 16:10:52


Post by: Gitsplitta


I agree 100% with Brian....


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/05/20 08:11:27


Post by: inmygravenimage


Hey chums

Briancj wrote:YOU ARE REQUIRED BY LAW AND GOD TO PRESERVE THE [TONKA] LICENSE PLATE.
--Brian

Gitsplitta wrote:I agree 100% with Brian....

I'll do what I can. The plan is to paint then scrape back to give a weathered look. But if it doesn't work I'll repaint it on, I promise
kestral wrote:Holy Giant Death Truck Max!

Which one?!

A busy weekend of Pokemon cake (2, a pokeball and a switch, plus 2 dozen cupcakes), the start of birthday shenanigans (Detective Pikachu - remarkably good) and making a Roman legionary costume out of cardboard (um, woo) but some things at least moved along.
Optimus Slime (yes he's been rebranded)... is primed!

As is the wild rover.

And Barricade, who's going to be my entry for the Dreadball most brutal contest. Here's the bits, a reposed winged striker who's going to be getting smacked by a shield, and a squashed marauder (made from whfb ogre plus gs).

And posed:

Awful pic, sorry, but it was just a case of balancing everything and taking a pic before it fell apart. However, new big blank light space is pretty good so once I get new camera sorted, proper pics generally should happen.

Started, properly, on the DBU launcher:

MVP for scale. I'm using a smartie tube - although I'll need another one, for its lid, to get the \_/ detail symmetrical - and the footprint cannot be bigger than a gameboard hex. And, obviously, chaos bits, repurposed into a multi-ball launcher and cameras, as it also acts as the ref in Ultimate. Yes, that means I'm using kit bits for a LoeR contest, but I'm repurposing them, and in the end, I just like the idea.
My main concern is stability and weight. In retrospect, I should maybe have put a couple of coins or washers inside the tube to keep it steady. I may still attach it to a Dreadball base to give it a bit more heft, we'll see how steady it is once built.

Paintwise, truck HAS to get done this week for the May contest. Bring on the rust!

Onwards
graven



Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/05/20 12:35:09


Post by: Briancj


Both. But, if there's a decision, front.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/05/21 09:09:02


Post by: inmygravenimage


Briancj wrote:Both. But, if there's a decision, front.

Well, the scrape back didn't really work, so it may simply have to get reapplied. Ah well.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/05/21 18:10:13


Post by: youwashock


Looking forward to seeing how Barricade turns out.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/05/21 21:20:02


Post by: inmygravenimage


youwashock wrote:Looking forward to seeing how Barricade turns out.

Ask, and ye shall receive.

I am pretty happy with how the colours are working.

They just look like little grates to me.

Hmm. The scratch looks maybe too neat a point? Maybe?

So Barricade is finally coming together for Most Brutal. Now to work on his victims!

And this filthy bugger got the base oranges:

Slow start. It'll get there. Long way off though. No pressure, like


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/05/22 03:36:21


Post by: Gitsplitta


Wow! Love that painting!!


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/05/22 06:30:17


Post by: inmygravenimage


 Gitsplitta wrote:
Wow! Love that painting!!

Thanks man, means a lot. Love this model and I really want to do it justice. I have so little time to paint, also, that getting to sit down and work on it solidly for an hour was a real treat.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/05/22 07:27:03


Post by: Paradigm


Barricade is looking awesome! Great colour choices, and the weathering is just right.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/05/22 09:39:46


Post by: nerull


I like how Bane is looking. I'm currently working on my first Batman miniature, the same Killer Croc from your profile pic.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/05/22 15:41:51


Post by: Theophony


Barricade looks great, even better with some bug guts spattering out. Hopefully some Nurgle’s Rot in action.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/05/23 21:50:46


Post by: inmygravenimage


Paradigm wrote:Barricade is looking awesome! Great colour choices, and the weathering is just right.

Thanks kindly !
nerull wrote:I like how Bane is looking. I'm currently working on my first Batman miniature, the same Killer Croc from your profile pic.

Lovely fig, isn't it? Bane might get some attention tomorrow.
Theophony wrote:Barricade looks great, even better with some bug guts spattering out. Hopefully some Nurgle’s Rot in action.

Mix of that and blood God
So despite the fact that I have to get the rig finished, Barricade has been my focus. Because, well, I love the model, and the idea is lodged in my head aching to get out and finished.
Anyway. Barricade.

I'm really happy with him, but you can't show everything in one shot.



All very sticky


Crunchy

Like I say. Fun to do.
Unfortunately, the 3 year old distracted me...

Bugger.
But tomorrow, no more procrastination - the rig is on!
Later
Graven


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/05/23 22:07:27


Post by: youwashock


Zounds!

Barricade looks great. The squashed guys are an awesome touch.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/05/24 22:17:02


Post by: inmygravenimage


youwashock wrote:Zounds!

Barricade looks great. The squashed guys are an awesome touch.

Thanks, a ton of fun!
Boys away meant got some exam board stuff done, MOT, cinema with little one and a nice trip to the pub with my girls.
But, for a day off, there's been quite a lot of REAL work today too

Bit more work on the Legion

Genuinely good to be back on the Bat.

Lots of tidying to be done.

More on the Bane crew



Need to fix that gnarly mould line



Dreadnought Op

The guy was missing his second tomahawk when I picked him up, but he only has one in game (weird KM... weird).

Elite Op


Stealth Op


Plus a bit of work on the Dreadball launcher


Bit more work on the bus


Oh and...Optimus Slime complete!
















So there we are!
Later gang
Graven


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/05/24 23:10:35


Post by: Briancj


The big rig is EASILY my favorite of your Gaslands work, and you'll be hard-pressed to impress me further.

So, I guess that's it, been nice following your thread!

--Brian

(kidding, of course)


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/05/25 10:08:39


Post by: Theophony


Brian ,

But true with the big rig,very well done conversion and the paint job is stellar in it’s muckiness.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/05/25 21:26:07


Post by: inmygravenimage


Briancj wrote:The big rig is EASILY my favorite of your Gaslands work, and you'll be hard-pressed to impress me further.

So, I guess that's it, been nice following your thread!

--Brian

(kidding, of course)



Thanks old son.
I like a challenge
Theophony wrote: Brian ,

But true with the big rig,very well done conversion and the paint job is stellar in it’s muckiness.

Many thanks indeed.
It's always a gamble with that rust method as it only comes together at the very end.

But, improbably, I painted some more!


Of course I need a new BMG faction. Of course I do

Whilst Abaddon Black may be pretty heinous to use as... well, black, it blends ok with various greys, it turns out.

I'm not willing to spring for the Bat-Box - I'm not overly sold on the two exclusive guys in it in game, and they'll come round in blister form eventually but I do want Bane's teddy bear objective, Osito, so...

Poor Osito! Tossed out with the trash...

And tidied up the Legion of Doom, too:


So, 6 more. Not bad. Got a fair few more to do for Bane but we'll see if that's next or not. Staying fresh, not forcing it.
Later
Graven


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/05/26 12:01:23


Post by: nerull


I like how the big rig turned out too, very reminiscent of Fury Road. Bane and his crew make me want to get them at some point.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/05/26 12:31:03


Post by: Gitsplitta


Love the big rig graven. Looks right out of Mad Max! Those Bat Man figures really came out nicely. Clean and interesting to the eye. Nice.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/05/27 19:39:10


Post by: inmygravenimage


nerull wrote:I like how the big rig turned out too, very reminiscent of Fury Road. Bane and his crew make me want to get them at some point.

Cheers, Slime ooze the War Boy aesthetic so that's a pleasing comparison.
The Bane crew were fun to do, and good generic modern era Mercs/GI Joe style guys.

Gitsplitta wrote:Love the big rig graven. Looks right out of Mad Max! Those Bat Man figures really came out nicely. Clean and interesting to the eye. Nice.

Thanks buddy l enjoyed getting my cape on again

Well. What a surprise. My Big Rig won May's Gaslands contest! Dead chuffed. And lots of goodies as a prize, too. Several lovely armour plating and ram sets. Can't complain.

As for the long weekend generally

, well, Sunday was lost to Aladdin (unnecessary remake, frankly a bit crap) and getting the boy's Roman legionary costume done.

But! started some barriers, with random bits of leftover MDF and battered barrels (from Hayland Designs, that sponsored the contest, funnily enough).

More work on the murder bus.

Skin sails? Why not.

Some progress at last on the new Big Guns


Just about finished Osito

Need to fix his left eye, but that's all.

And on the Dreadball launcher, as me and the boys are playing some Ultimate.

Had a bonkers Bank Holiday of ultimate Dreadball with the boys. The Zees gave everyone the runaround, Barricade kept failing to slam successfully while the Teratons plodded about, Karadon ate an Yndij, and a rogue med-bot ran riot on the purch. In the end it went down to the last ball but the teratons failed to snatch victory from the Yndij!

Ultimate works really well with the kids, fewer models and actions means it was easier for them to keep track of what was going on. The launcher was pretty stable and sturdy (got knocked over by carelessness a couple of times) but marking the different scoring systems on it might be a useful aide memoire.

Next? Well #1 wants me to build and paint the Void Sirens (female human team) for him. Might do them purple in an attempt to draw in the wife ...
Graven


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/05/27 23:52:48


Post by: Theophony


Sounds like lots of fun .

Your turret could also be used in Gaslands as a turret too .


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/05/28 02:10:20


Post by: youwashock


The War Rig is an inspirational bit of madness. Purple Void Sirens sound like a good idea.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/05/29 13:50:56


Post by: Dr H


Good job all round.
Nice effects on the barricade.
Good progress on all the figures.
Top job on the big rig.
Like the Osito objective.
And anything else I missed upon catch-up.



Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/05/29 19:26:08


Post by: inmygravenimage


Theophony wrote:Sounds like lots of fun .

Your turret could also be used in Gaslands as a turret too .

Oh, it was and yeah, why not? Although I still need to decide what's going on it, I'm drifting towards adverts, like vertical banner ads?

youwashock wrote:The War Rig is an inspirational bit of madness. Purple Void Sirens sound like a good idea.


I thank you. We spent a bit of time looking at them and came to the conclusion that, whilst great in regular DB, they'd be tough in Ultimate as they're a card-driven faction (fewer actions, fewer opportunities to generate cards). However, we sat and talked about what he wanted - Speed, at least average Skill and durability - and realised the Z'Zor (bugs) are perfect, as they're all naturally tougher than average (exoskeletons), faster-than average Strikers and Jacks slightly with above average speed that can generate bonus dice (a very good thing), and pretty average Skill (their Jacks scoring off 4+ on 1d6 or 1 of 2d6, Strikers typically looking for 1 5+ off 3d6). Plus they're already painted - result! Throw in a Striker MVP on transfer (from the Yndij, the team his brother plays ) and it's a rock solid team he's got. Void Sirens will get done, but the priority has slipped somewhat

Dr H wrote:Good job all round.
Nice effects on the barricade.
Good progress on all the figures.
Top job on the big rig.
Like the Osito objective.
And anything else I missed upon catch-up.


Um.
Thanks
Thanks
Thanks
Thanks
Thanks
Lol.

So second nerdmas (aka my birthday) is nigh, and think I'm going to treat myself to a bunch of star players for Dreadball. It's a fun and easy way to mix up the game, as well as get some variety in the models. After a bit rummaging I've tracked down half a dozen of the obscure, KS-exclusive ones I'm missing, a captain that's never been rereleased, plus 3 giants for just shy of £60, which given that the Kickstarter MVPs are generally a bugger to pick up is pretty decent (even regular MVPs go for £5 each minimum, if you're lucky).

On with Gaslands. Next Month's theme is Bikes.This might encourage me to paint some of the 10 I own
Meanwhile, The Wild Martian Rover is, I think, pretty much done. Or at least, I'm done with it.

Adding gs goggles and scarves to 15mm models was the end of me




For completeness sake, here's what I used:
2x HW Mars Rovers (base), Matchbox truck cab
Car repair mesh
Hayland Designs wooden armour/rams and Damaged Barrel
Mad Cars figures and bike chariot components
Dice Mechanic Games Harpoon and engine block (it's fore, at the base of the Fore Mast)
Kyamsil Designs undamaged Oil Barrel
X-Wing Flight stands
Skaven banners and shields (hubcaps)
Assorted chaos and ork vehicle upgrade bits

Yes, better pics needed, but I think it's there.

A good May, in the end,
Graven


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/06/03 10:20:17


Post by: inmygravenimage


'Lo
A nice, quiet weekend with not an enormous amount to show - lots of child juggling, as ever.
I did however add some rusty detailing to the previous Muscle Car (in the middle of pic):

Nothing major, just around the wheel arches. As ever, paint schemes evolve.

Started adding various bits of scrap plastic to the DBU launcher:


More stable now. Nearly there.

Did my younger lad a wee trophy to celebrate his victory in Ultimate over myself and his brother:

He can use this as his score tracker for Ultimate, or generally.

And finished up the barrel barriers for Gaslands:


Back on the top of Pitch Upgrades, I've been playing with ideas for Subs Benches:

Just to sit at the side of the pitch. You really need 4 slots - subs, and 1/2/3 turns of Injury.
Clockwise from the Top, they would be:
1) Painted into quarters
2) Barrier to indicate Sub/Injury side
3) Other/different floor material
Fairly large, but standard based, Dreadball figure for scale purposes.
Thoughts?

Anon,
Graven


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/06/03 12:26:36


Post by: Theophony


looks like the guy I saw laid out in that slot .

Great work on the tower giving it some depth as well.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/06/04 16:41:34


Post by: inmygravenimage


 Theophony wrote:
looks like the guy I saw laid out in that slot .

Great work on the tower giving it some depth as well.

Cheers!
Speaking of towers...

Turns out I'm also making a dice tower.


Ideally I want it to support the weight of the Dreadball announcers

The back of the announcers' booth also has the dreadball logo on it, so this version uses that too.
Thoughts?


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/06/05 04:22:22


Post by: MacPhail


Man, that big rig and sailing ship are fabulous. I'm going to have to put Fury Road on for my next movies & models session. Really excellent work.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/06/05 19:15:14


Post by: Gitsplitta


Wonderful progress graven. Your creativity with random objects is inspiring.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/06/06 09:36:39


Post by: inmygravenimage


MacPhail wrote:Man, that big rig and sailing ship are fabulous. I'm going to have to put Fury Road on for my next movies & models session. Really excellent work.

Many thanks. It's always good to have random stuff on for inspiration. There's loads of great rat-rod videos on Youtube, I find that's a great start.

Gitsplitta wrote:Wonderful progress graven. Your creativity with random objects is inspiring.

Lol cheers I am pretty random.

Newly acquired MVPs arrived:

Huzzah, etc. Nice to have a bunch of the obscure MVPs, and the Captain for the Chromium Chargers, which as a team I have in bits: they are transforming players, starting as one position, then changing as needed mid game. Might paint them as Decepticons, maybe lime green with purple accents, classic Constructicons. Blame nerdfest09's Tau.

Meanwhile, further progress on the tower.

To make the angles solid I'm using Deadzone corner struts, such as the one in front. It amuses me enormously that I'm using nicely detailed bits on the interior in a way that will never be seen (though it's perfectly possible that some will also appear in the exterior detailing process).

Reduced the height, and did a test toss. Worked well... so well, that only 2 of the 5 dice thrown stayed in the tray needs a better tray lip.

And just checking Elmer and Dodds for size. They'll remain removable, so it works as a piece of 40k/Gaslands terrain also. There will definitely be a ladder up the side to that low platform. Despite this being for a LoeR contest, I have no qualms about using bits from kits. As far as I'm concerned, if I've scrounged it from my bits box, it's fair game. After all, the bits of Technolog on the side of the launcher add plenty of depth and detail, so why shouldn't I add them to this too? Maintaining visual coherence, and that. I have some railroading parts that [i]may[ii] () have come from Briancj which will add some decorous detailing also, as well as a satellite dish scavenged from a Millennium Falcon (new trilogy).

It may get an outing this Saturday for our excursion to Stirling, though I'd prefer it to have some primer on by then. I *have* to paint the threat zones on the Z'Zor - apart from anything, the Strikers and Jacks are almost indistinguishable (it's all about the wing casing).

Gaslands? Well, not really feeling the bikes yet, as I'm not quite in the zone with paint scheme. BIkes are best for Idris, really too squishy for other factions, and I've neither settled on a scheme for Idris (it's the Cult of Speed mob) nor much feel like painting unconverted models
Onwards,
Graven


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/06/07 11:08:18


Post by: inmygravenimage


I must be crazy.

In order to raise my own game somewhat, I'm going to try to do something a bit extra with the launcher: I have raided the wife's old cake supplies (Food for Thought indeed ) and found a balloon light LED plus casing, and also scavenged 3 tiny tiny tiny lr41 batteries from a broken robopet. Had to clean the old leaked batteries out, but seems to be working ok.

Also, I've hurriedly edged the bases of the Z'Zor, and slapped a quick prime on the dice tower. So everything is now usable and set for tomorrow!


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/06/09 20:09:14


Post by: inmygravenimage


Well,
As hoped, had a fantastic day of Dreadball action. First game of Ultimate, my eldest and I taught 2 lads at the store to play and they beat us (with a little help from a faulty scoreboard!), 2nd game myself, erithromycin and metropolis had all sorts of event chaos, incompetent MVPs, points up and down, until my eldest snuck a victory at the end of the final turn! He celebrated by buying a team all of his own (Kalyshi). And then - home to find Dreadball goodies from far (trophy for winning contest and Alpha Simian - Giant Ape) and near (Night Terror- Giant rat - Krastavor - giant spider - and giant floating weapon platforms). Plus a deadzone giant mutant for even more custom Giant action!

As you can perhaps tell, Dreadball Ultimate - with its Giants - is our new jam. For fast, hilarious play that combines board and mini tactics, it's just spot on. For example, at one point a (generally rather poor) Goblin jack deftly threw the ball to the crazy-good, expensive star player he'd hired for the match - who fumbled the catch, leading the ball to bounce, scatter and improbably the self-same goblin caught it again (fans went wild, naturally); to redeem himself, the star player legged up the field, caught the goblin's second attempt at a throw, then rolled 3 dice to score... (needing a single 3+ on one die) and rolled 3 ones It was epic.

My Zee's, incidentally, were pretty useless all day, repeatedly tripping over their own feet - but loads of fun.
Didn't get a chance to use the dice tower, though it is coming along

Liking the falcon's dish on it.
And oddly, started some classic metal BMG

Old promo Red Hood and dkr Ollie with kryptonite arrows.
Why not eh?
Graven


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/06/09 23:40:29


Post by: Kid_Kyoto


Just out of curiosity, how old are your boys?

My girls are 6 and just starting to get the idea of how games work, waiting for turns etc.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/06/10 07:23:16


Post by: inmygravenimage


The boys are 9 and nearly 12. We started them with Catan and Talisman at that age, both worked well. Hey! That's my Fish! is also another excellent one with little ones.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/06/10 14:55:56


Post by: Theophony


My kids 16,14,14 still have no interest in games, except the occasional (every 6 months or so ) game of Zombicide.

Dice tower is coming along nicely. I also see a nice Pringle’s can not being repurposed yet on the table......tell him to eat quicker .

More loot is always good loot .


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/06/11 20:35:17


Post by: inmygravenimage


 Theophony wrote:
My kids 16,14,14 still have no interest in games, except the occasional (every 6 months or so ) game of Zombicide.

Dice tower is coming along nicely. I also see a nice Pringle’s can not being repurposed yet on the table......tell him to eat quicker .

More loot is always good loot .

Yeah there is a need for an token bag

So, onwards!

What have I not used in this build yet?

Sprue! The mightiest of ingredients. Blue trans hex base for the led, might as well use that sprue for something:

It also flashes The holes punched out will get covered over, but not fully, so a little light comes through there too.

And progress on the tower, harvesting more crud.


Coming along nicely Just needs barrier across the front and on the platform. I had debated more detailing on the sides but I don't want to overdo it. My plan, vaguely, is to sponge the whole thing to try to achieve a sort of concrete effect. Thoughts?
Best
Graven


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/06/13 11:43:39


Post by: inmygravenimage


Well, I think the different components are now done, and primed as well:


Some zenithal priming on the building also. Not something I often do. I added a couple of extra jeejaws to it, the lightsaber handles as funnel-pipe things, just for a bit of extra variation. Chopped up some mantic barriers and recombined them to add rails. I've also made a couple of sin bins/injury benches for Dreadball, as I was on a roll (sadly not a buttered roll, as that would be more edible). They're not really part of the contest entry per se just part of the "set" of upgrading my Dreadball stuff to make it more kid-friendly (they find the lack of injury benches printed on the Ultimate mat really confusing). So now that painting proper can commence, these are my final WIP pics. See you at the other end of the contest gang!

Talking of contests, I've worked out what I'm doing for the Gaslands bike contest: Vesperados!

God, they're tiny.
They're absolutely lovely models, so I don't really want to heavily mod them. Instead, I'm working on the bases:

There will be 3 of these. I have vague memories of some manga with psychos on yellow vespas. Unfortunately, this has now determined the colour for my Idris team: [color=yellow]YELLOW[/color=yellow]

Tootling along,
Graven


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/06/14 00:12:46


Post by: kestral


Love the Dreadball scenics - and the death truck turned out really well too!


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/06/14 15:55:36


Post by: Gitsplitta


That's very special graven. Wonderful creativity!


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/06/14 23:02:10


Post by: inmygravenimage


kestral wrote:Love the Dreadball scenics - and the death truck turned out really well too!

Many thanks amigo.
Gitsplitta wrote:That's very special graven. Wonderful creativity!

It's certainly ... crazy. Thanks my friend.

So... 9 years of this nonsense.
Goodness me. Thanks for sticking around, thanks for joining in the fun, thanks for being here for me.
So what's next?
Well, working continues on the LoeR Food for Thought contest. I've tried to interpret this month's challenge in several different ways.
1) Firstly, most simply, the use of smoothie boxes
2) Then, the fact that it's being used to make a ... roll ()
3) And lastly, it's going to be covered in posters, some sci-fi food related, others just... Easter Eggs which should give folk plenty of Food for thought


This is stage 1. More posters to follow!

There are of course also the other bits - the launcher, the injury benches, and if I can get it organised a Trophy (which doubles as a score tracker), harvested from an old, old Easter toy long ago .

For Gaslands, we have a bit more work on the Vesperados:

Seriously going down a Bumblebee route with the Idris at this point.

But I wouldn't be doing my Blog if there weren't a bit of Batman on here, so here's Oliver Queen from DKR:

Man, those are some eyebrows. Face looks a bit goofy at magnification. Ah well. 30ft rule and all that
And The Red Hood (pre-Joker Joker) is coming along. Lovely model, so glad to have finally got one (it's the original BMG promo). Pics soon on that, tidying up the base.

This is also a poignant time of year. Coming up on 9th anniversary of little one going into hospital for open heart as a newborn. The chat and the support here was a veritable lifeline.

So here's to many more dakkas, my friends,
Graven


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/06/15 10:23:43


Post by: Syro_


I love how the dice tower turned out Graven, a lot of thought went into why you added all the posters. Also the Vesperados crack me up, very clever name and concept


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/06/16 17:17:31


Post by: Theophony


Love the OCP sign on the scoreboard , “You have ten seconds to comply!”

Glowing baseball bat is excellent work nice OSL.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/06/17 20:48:22


Post by: inmygravenimage


Syro_ wrote:I love how the dice tower turned out Graven, a lot of thought went into why you added all the posters. Also the Vesperados crack me up, very clever name and concept

Cheers, more to follow, below.
Yeah doing the Bumblebee look on a whole team will kill me, but never mind...

Theophony wrote:Love the OCP sign on the scoreboard , “You have ten seconds to comply!”

Glowing baseball bat is excellent work nice OSL.

See that's it exactly! Plenty to look for. It's a Kryptonite arrow, actually, but thanks nonetheless

Got a lovely, lovely early birthday present from Metropolis:

That's a 4x4 deepcut death race mat, that is. Bloody glorious.

More generally, a good weekend was had. There was cake, beer, meat, pastry, etc. Whilst there was no nerd gifting, there was some geekery (a Lando Calrissian Pop! and various other Star Wars gifting) and a rather fabulous flamingo tie.

I did make considerable progress on the Dreadball stuff. The dug-outs:

These now need blood splatter and a means to indicate injury level (1,2,3). I need another couple to make a set for yellow and blue (because these are the different colours of ultimate team token we use - base set home and visitor are always white and red). However, I'm pretty happy with these, for now, at least.

Started work on the commentators for the box.

And fun with the logo.

The launcher is done... Maybe?

LEDs on!



And the tower is nearly there.

It's had colours and the beginnings of Osl added, followed by more sponge weathering, tags and streaking.

Next, more Osl glow? Maybe more tags?

As mentioned the other day, this is the 9th anniversary of my then-newborn going into hospital for emergency care, resulting in open-heart surgery a week later. Eternally grateful for the support of my fellow dakkanauts, in times such as that and generally when, such at present, head's a bit of a mess. Despite there only being a couple of weeks left in the term, it's dragging, and there's the simple fact that it is unlikely to be any better after the summer. Still, we try to soldier on.

Only forwards,
Graven.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/06/17 20:51:52


Post by: Paradigm


Some quality terrain work there, that dice tower is looking really good already!


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/06/17 21:05:06


Post by: Briancj


Atlas HO scale deck girder bridge.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/06/17 21:13:23


Post by: inmygravenimage


Paradigm wrote:Some quality terrain work there, that dice tower is looking really good already!


Briancj wrote:Atlas HO scale deck girder bridge.

It's good to use the random crud folk send me


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/06/17 21:21:45


Post by: youwashock


Stay strong, man.

Those posters are the coolest thing I will see today. And now thanks to Theo, I want KM to license and make a Kevin Matchstick model.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/06/17 21:53:53


Post by: inmygravenimage


thanks brother. On both counts.

I realise I didn't explain why I've bothered to paint the back of the Db commentators (1) means i can use it as a sign when the tower is in use for, say, Gaslands and (2) because it's there

Couldn't get to sleep last night. Came up with a couple of ideas, notably how to do the dug-outs:

So a blood splatter for each injury level. I'm still tempted to put some sort of divider between the 3 and the 2 but we'll see how this setup works practically.


Bit more on the commentators:

Only having done them have I realised their skin matches the dB logo They're actually really nice figs. I'm so used to nasty mantic restic that it's good to see one of their sculpts in resinous detail.

Red Hood promo done:

Lovely fig. Feel I've done it (in)justice.

I do like a cape.

Next: to finish the tower + commentators, and then... Vesperados! After that? Maybe a return to papa Lots of dreadball MVPs lurking on my desk just now, too, as well as a fudge-load of potter and other KM,


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/06/18 17:45:51


Post by: Theophony


You could leave the commentators for Gaslands and just say they are the Martians . Especially since they turned out so nice.

Red hood looks cool


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/06/18 17:57:30


Post by: shasolenzabi


that 1940's style Red-Hood is looking awesome!


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/06/18 22:20:29


Post by: Dr H


Good work on the many things.
Towers look good.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/06/19 09:38:11


Post by: inmygravenimage


Theophony wrote:You could leave the commentators for Gaslands and just say they are the Martians . Especially since they turned out so nice.

Red hood looks cool

Lol true enough. In retrospect, I wish I'd made Dobbs (the blue one) a stetson, a la Jim Ross (because Elmer, the red one, reminds me of Jerry "The King" Lawler). And, thanks, on both counts.

shasolenzabi wrote:that 1940's style Red-Hood is looking awesome!

I adore the model, so thanks. I need to get a shot of him on my ace chemicals alongside the 40s roadster I picked up (maybe from Briancj? He sent me a lot of cars). Getting it means I'm only missing 2 BMG promos now (shirtless Bane and Gaslight Batman), although I still have Bombshell Harley, Beach Joker and Nolanverse Alfred to build and paint. There's not many BMG figs that I actively want that I don't have (just BTAS stuff, really), but as the original promo for the game I was desperate for him.

Dr H wrote:Good work on the many things.
Towers look good.

Thanks old son. Definitely inspired by you master builders out there

So, I built this because my kids suck at rolling dice, mostly! I wanted something that could legitimately be used as a scenic element in really any game I play, even for mounting Dreadball commentators on. It's built from all sorts but mostly 2 smoothie boxes, some deadzone bits and assorted crud from my bits box. The launcher has an LED inside with the trans blue coming from Dreadball sprues and is otherwise made from a Smarties tube and further miscellaneous rubbish. The posters all nod to games and other sci-fi/cult favourites. Enjoy all the Food for Thought !

What would I change about it? I don't know. I mean the LoeR contest ends on the 14th July (linky in sig); although I'm away 30th-10th, sometimes a bit of distance is not a bad thing. I'm considering seeing if the wife, or one of the school's textile teachers, have got a bit of scrap felt in the sewing box, just as there's a bit too much bounce as dice hit the bottom right now.





Still wondering if there's enough tags on it - joker smile on the gordon poster, HA! on the Gotham Knights poster, a rebel bird one of the imperial propaganda posters - on but couldn't miss out on another 2000AD reference.


And testing how it looks for different systems:

BMG


40k

Don't fancy that Aggressor's chances much...


Street Wars


Gaslands


Oh, and in other news, got a further layer of yellow down on the Vespas:

Started the cloaks but still really torn as to what colour the mariachis themselves are going to be. I mean probably black, tbh, but I wonder if another colour mightn't look better... They have to be done for 25th, as that's the Gaslands monthly contest end date. Always leave the most immediate project till last!

A mate has asked me to paint his Grindelwald for HPMAG. I'm not fussed by Fantastic Beasts stuff, either in game or generally, but it's a nice enough sculpt and it's a chance to get the new two-face in exchange. Bonus
Hey ho,
graven


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/06/19 09:44:39


Post by: Paradigm


A wonderfully versatile terrain piece there, looks pretty much seamless with any of those minis!

 inmygravenimage wrote:

40k

Don't fancy that Aggressor's chances much...


I dunno. He does have the high ground. I'd say it's over...


A mate has asked me to paint his Grindelwald for HPMAG. I'm not fussed by Fantastic Beasts stuff, either in game or generally, but it's a nice enough sculpt and it's a chance to get the new two-face in exchange. Bonus


Looking forward to seeing this! It's taken a not insignificant amount of willpower not to pick up either that mini or the equally ludicrous Half Blood Prince version of Dumbledore and you don't see nearly enough of the HPverse minis out there online.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/06/19 09:46:42


Post by: LavuranGuard


Brilliant use of left over boxes, very cheap, very easy to get and you don't feel you're loading up the landfill with otherwise useless items! (I have a tun full of useful junk for doing this sort of thing).


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/06/19 10:24:13


Post by: inmygravenimage


Paradigm wrote:A wonderfully versatile terrain piece there, looks pretty much seamless with any of those minis!

inmygravenimage wrote:
Don't fancy that Aggressor's chances much...


I dunno. He does have the high ground. I'd say it's over...



Well, notice the bloody smear on the Lord's base in the next pic... That's actually one of my son's models. The big summer project is getting the boys to get on with painting their stuff and playing, of course.

I'm not sure how I feel about the great big HP minis. I don't have the Double-door, which makes him one of the only HP characters I'm missing. The Credence model is proper nuts with the Obscurious.

LavuranGuard wrote:Brilliant use of left over boxes, very cheap, very easy to get and you don't feel you're loading up the landfill with otherwise useless items! (I have a tun full of useful junk for doing this sort of thing).

Always horde junk. My wife's most hated phrase as we're walking down the street is, "Ooh, that's an interesting bit of plastic."


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/06/19 13:26:19


Post by: Briancj


Can we get a shot of all of these on the Dreadball board?


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/06/19 16:58:36


Post by: Alaricuk


Love your work, lots of great ideas and excellent execution


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/06/20 11:43:47


Post by: inmygravenimage


Briancj wrote:Can we get a shot of all of these on the Dreadball board?

Sure thing buddy. Excuse the lack of dice and action tokens.


Alaricuk wrote:Love your work, lots of great ideas and excellent execution

Many thanks indeed I don't know about excellent, but hopefully passable

Colours blocked in on the Vespas:

Why on earth did I decide to freehand stripes? I think I'm just going to go for the central one, as it is.

Started on the trophy for my eldest, as the Ultimate champion

This means they've each got their own trophy to use as a score tracker.

And now, kids, SCIENCE!
I got hold of some interesting Gaslands bits from kitbashbox which are "Rustable"

Add to vinegar and salt...

Straight away you can see the reaction starting. That was 7am, we'll see how they are after 8 hours in pickling vinegar.

Work is horrific. Don't become a teacher. Verbal abuse is getting worse by the day.

Nearly summer...

Graven


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/06/20 14:25:43


Post by: Theophony


What grade level do you teach again? My wife has 19years in teaching English(both middle school and high school) she says there’s a huge difference between the age groups.

Looking forward to real rust effects.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/06/20 14:32:45


Post by: youwashock


Sorry about the job woes. On the plus side, your Dreadball set-up looks epic!


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/06/20 16:38:34


Post by: Briancj


Yeah, that's a really nice addition to the Dreadball map, AND your add-ons to the clear tokens really help personalize the kit/game!

Sorry about the teacher woes. Things, in general, seem to be sliding down into a dystopian hellscape.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/06/21 08:58:25


Post by: inmygravenimage


Theophony wrote:What grade level do you teach again? My wife has 19years in teaching English(both middle school and high school) she says there’s a huge difference between the age groups.

Looking forward to real rust effects.

Secondary English here, 12-18. The younger ones are wild, worst I've seen in 15 years on the job.

youwashock wrote:Sorry about the job woes. On the plus side, your Dreadball set-up looks epic!

Many thanks

Briancj wrote:Yeah, that's a really nice addition to the Dreadball map, AND your add-ons to the clear tokens really help personalize the kit/game!

Sorry about the teacher woes. Things, in general, seem to be sliding down into a dystopian hellscape.

Yup. I swear we were optimistic in our youth. Glad you like the setup

Still, in the meantime, more work on the Vespas.

They're nearly there, though better pics needed. Playing with BMG playmat-as-lightbox. Much happier with the single stripe.

And playing also with the rusty goodness, that are now officially named Rustables I did a thing
One end in vinegar for 8 hrs, then rinsed off


Then about 4/5 in Salt and vinegar (crispy!):

Hopefully here you can see the contrast between being in once and being in twice. Interestingly, the barrels don't seem to have really "rusted" as much, although there is some metal coming through. I suspect it's something to do with the porousness of the resin, which is different for the barrels.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/06/21 13:50:36


Post by: Theophony


The Vespa banditos make me laugh they are so good

The rustable rails are interesting, I’ll have to take another look later as I’m on the fence so to speak.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/06/24 10:23:29


Post by: inmygravenimage


Theophony wrote:The Vespa banditos make me laugh they are so good

The rustable rails are interesting, I’ll have to take another look later as I’m on the fence so to speak.


Thanks my friend. The Vespas have been fun - eventually. As for the rust. It's just oxidising iron powder. Attach with PVA I showed them to a cosplayer chum and he got VERY excited lol. I'm really looking forward to the kitbashbox shipping containers, myself.

Here's the barrels, after a scratch and second soak.

Much better. Interesting that the white resin with the oxidising powder is much subtler.

Don't fancy that truck's chances much.

Well now. My birthday has gone well.

From Mantic.

Big box

Damn those are some pretty figs. 35mm, great sculpts, minimal flash.

From the mighty Cam: a whole pile of Gaslands!

I've added a couple of numbers to make race gates.
And started to build more from some of them:

Although I might make the lower gates something other than pickups. Just for visual variety.

Also some BMG!

Falcone crime family, with lovely scenic base. I mean Legitimate businessmen, oh yes.

More nerdy bits to follow. Some Dreadball coming, I've been led to believe ...
I'm a lucky lad.

I also added some felt to the bottom of the dice tower.

Bounce duly minimised

So good stuff going on.

Nearly July, so nearly off on my holidays. Have loaded up my tablet with a year's worth of comic TPBs that I've not managed to read (difficult keeping track of single issues, which given that I read most DC titles is hard enough), looking forward to ten days of beer, meat and ridiculous sunshine.

Happy days,
graven


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/06/24 15:13:03


Post by: youwashock


Happy birthday!


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/06/24 21:22:07


Post by: Camkierhi


Happy Birthday, hope you had a great day.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/06/24 21:42:27


Post by: Briancj


Happy birthday OLD MAN.



Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/06/24 22:38:54


Post by: Theophony


Happy Bday bud

Hope you had a Hellboy if a good time.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/06/26 11:57:19


Post by: LavuranGuard


Happy belated birthday!


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/06/28 07:08:47


Post by: inmygravenimage


youwashock wrote:Happy birthday!


Camkierhi wrote:Happy Birthday, hope you had a great day.

Large pile of Cammy goodness helped
Briancj wrote:Happy birthday OLD MAN.

Thanks, Methuselah
Theophony wrote:Happy Bday bud

Hope you had a Hellboy if a good time.

scorchingly good.
LavuranGuard wrote:Happy belated birthday!

Tank you very much, fellow tread-head

So yes, thank you all.
Sorry for brief moment of quiet, just preparing y'all for the coming fortnight

However I got an amazing few extra mail drops in the week: Bird (Bane's right-hand man) and Mercs for BMG, 1 1/2 plagueburst crawlers for - one to build straight, one to... customise (yet another bloody project planned), a couple of KS exclusives from 2nd edition Dreadball including the Ultimate deck that's never had a retail release and a whole bunch of Dreadball teams which, naturally, have leapfrogged up the paint queue. All wips, of course.

Promo 1st Ed Blaine

Not started the 2nd ed promo yet.

Convicts

I do like painting orange. Still a couple more to begin.

Rejects, part one

With promo coach part one as I have another full set of these (giving me a full size, every option team).
In retrospect I wish I'd painted the bases.

A mars attacks big bug

Which is getting rules for DBU in July. Joy of getting matey with the playtest team however I idiotically used superglue for attaching the helmet without thinking

Playing about also with one of the translucent teams:

I'm totally tempted to paint over them - the captain is grey plastic, so he's part of the test - and go for "glow" effects but if nothing else, they're pitch ready right now.

And started the second type of dugout for Ultimate

That'll be blue alright then. Might do yellow this way too, then look for more bits for green and orange.

I also got a slightly belated present from the wife (because Amazon is cheeky) a cantilever toolbox to use a Gaslands "Garage".

Brilliant thing, very solid, holds an enormous amount of toy cars, tokens, etc. Bloody fantastic.

So all set for a summer of fun
See you in a couple (though I'll still be about the boards, obviously)
Graven


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/06/28 10:20:41


Post by: Theophony


Awesome loot ,including a serious toolbox to cart around the Gaslands stuff. Are the slots big enough for the pirate boat?


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/06/28 20:46:46


Post by: inmygravenimage


Yeah, bottom right of pic chum, that's the pirate bus there


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/06/28 21:21:30


Post by: Briancj


I am, in fact, older than dirt.



Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/06/28 21:23:25


Post by: inmygravenimage


I believe you. You are dirty, certainly.
More progress on the Gates for Gaslands

So adding arrows and no entries, as I like to remind my kids which way they're supposed to be going round the track

And other gates

Is it obvious what that no entry's going to be?

Green is going to be a lot more varied, obviously. This is just the start. The cars previously marked Gate 1 will become Gate 4 (getting my gates muddled, tsk tsk).

Off on hols tomorrow!
Adiós!



Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/06/28 22:03:06


Post by: Camkierhi


Have a great holibobs, love to all.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/06/29 00:37:00


Post by: youwashock


Loving the Dreadball deluge. Seriously considered buying the Ghosts (reminded me of the Shard from Vor) but went with the turtles instead because I already had a few. Keep it coming!


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/06/29 02:01:00


Post by: Kid_Kyoto


Mars is a lie?

But I was told a new life awaited me on the offworld colonies!


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/06/29 14:34:53


Post by: inmygravenimage


Camkierhi wrote:Have a great holibobs, love to all.

Thanks kindly. I saw you sunning yourself on the Facebook, hope it stays bright.
youwashock wrote:Loving the Dreadball deluge. Seriously considered buying the Ghosts (reminded me of the Shard from Vor) but went with the turtles instead because I already had a few. Keep it coming!

Oh they're really nice. The other transparent team, the Crystallans, are also pretty. No idea how I'm going to do those. Maybe glowy rock monsters. The teratons are fab - in fact the first team I bought after the 2nd ed starter - my eldest really likes playing them, although we have no prone players. Need some mario shells
Meanwhile, getting ready for a summer of Ultimate Dreadball:

All the remaining regular bases, giant bases (for the bug etc - you may notice the space spider in the pic) and the family Dreadball trophy for which we are competing

Kid_Kyoto wrote:Mars is a lie?

But I was told a new life awaited me on the offworld colonies!

That's what it says on my dice tower too! That and FREE MARS
In the Gaslands setting, the ultra-rich live on Mars - the best, most glorious racers compete for a new life there.

More work on the Gates, briefly:



The 4s need finished, and a bit more weathering on the "new" rust and the towers themselves now they've got tags.

But that can all wait a couple of weeks
Graven




Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/06/29 14:42:38


Post by: Camkierhi


The gates are looking fantastic.

Might just have a diversion, some dang fool sent me one of the foooze ball teams, feeling in the mood for a distraction.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/07/01 15:37:43


Post by: MacPhail


Man, you've got about a million things underway... great work maintaining progress on everything! The Dreadball combo is excellent, especially all the faded promotional signage. I can't wait to see that Hellboy game get some love, I assume you'll pain those up at some point?


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/07/01 18:37:03


Post by: Gitsplitta


I LOVE the commentators!


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/07/06 09:09:33


Post by: inmygravenimage


Camkierhi wrote:The gates are looking fantastic.

Might just have a diversion, some dang fool sent me one of the foooze ball teams, feeling in the mood for a distraction.

Awesome! Which team? Just describe them if not sure!
MacPhail wrote:Man, you've got about a million things underway... great work maintaining progress on everything! The Dreadball combo is excellent, especially all the faded promotional signage. I can't wait to see that Hellboy game get some love, I assume you'll pain those up at some point?

Thanks I know, always too much on the go. I'll have the remaining 4 weeks of school holidays to try to make a dent on stuff though need to actually parent also, however. I do indeed intend to paint up the Hellboy figs. Whilst I ordinarily paint all my own stuff, though, I have had an offer from a pro painter I know to do the main characters for free. Sorely tempted.
Gitsplitta wrote:I LOVE the commentators!

Thanks old son. They were great fun, mostly as I had no reason to do them beyond a whim. I think in many ways that needs to be the way forward

Speaking of whim, here's what's sitting in my stack to be tackled. Open to suggestions of where to go:

DREADBALL
This month's contest is paint a team. Whilst I have a few part painted (see previous!), unpainted teams I have are
Female human
Squat Miners
Female deldar (well, those are #1 son's, so he'll be doing them)
Crystalline Rock Monsters
Transforming Robots

Dithering between Human and Bot teams. Thinking purple princesses or lime green decepticons.

I've also got a merry pile of MVPs and giants to tackle also. Plus the remaining sin bins. Sighhhhh...


GASLANDS
I have lots of bits to try out for modding. The Gaslands contest is Highway Patrol, which for me is Batmobiles. Offhand I can't remember if I have any unmodified Batmobiles, but that seems doable. If I can find a decent chopper I might do a batcopter instead.
Need to finish my gates, which is a quick job, and then think about teams that haven't really been tackled: Miyazaki (super cars) and Warden (prison cars) only have one vehicle apiece just now painted so need a couple more to finish off teams, and Idris (Speed Kult) only have the vesperados just now.

40k
There's a few bits and blobs that need finished for my nurgle horde, notably the armigers, though there's cultists and felthius's cohort too. I took a step back from to prevent burnout, and I'm glad I did, but I think these need attention once more. Scratch that itch There's also the small matter of 2 plagueburst crawlers. Well, 1 is a straight build (well, ish... ) one is a heavy-duty kitbash, as I'm thinking of replacing the rear hull with a classic rhino. Obviously. Or maybe a new chaos rhino, which I also have spare. But I think a classic one will fit better. I've seen it done with the back end of a chimera, I think a rhino makes more sense though. Kind of a mutant vindicator effect.
Plus, with the kids, we'll be tackling raven guard. I'd considered Wraithbone + black contrast but not convinced by what I've seen so far there.


Right down the bottom of the list is
KM: HARRY POTTER / BATMAN
I've still got ALL of the potter stuff to do and a year or more's worth of Batman to tackle. And, of course, some scenery. I'm mostly likely to have a go at the DKR Bane stuff, as he's the one that's taken my fancy most, but I'm again open to your thoughts, mes amis.

See, when I describe it like that, it doesn't seem too much lol

Gimme your thoughts,
Graven


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/07/06 09:49:49


Post by: Theophony


Gaslands. Have you seen the movie Supertroopers.........if not you have wasted your life . Just don’t watch it with the kids .

Make cars based off of each character. Not sure how you’d do it, but there has to be a bear assembled. .



Sorry 4am post here .


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/07/06 10:12:23


Post by: inmygravenimage


Lol you are a daft bugger. Yes, I know it well. Not quite the same, but I have a few star wars cars in the works


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/07/06 14:23:30


Post by: Briancj


Oh, hey Birthday boy. When you get back from hols, could you get me a shot of the Batman-sized figures next to a few of the cars I sent over? Including the Batmobile, por favor.

Thanks!

--Brian



Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/07/06 14:47:48


Post by: inmygravenimage


Of course old son. I shall endeavour to find the correct boxes!!


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/07/07 20:56:06


Post by: TerrainWalker


Just spent an inordinate amount of time catching up on your projects. Too much to comment on specifically, but I'm truly impressed with the neat things and the VOLUME of things haha.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/07/08 08:39:41


Post by: inmygravenimage


Pleasure to have you back old son. Yes, more quantity than quantity here


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/07/08 21:12:34


Post by: TerrainWalker


hahahaha Thanks Graven


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/07/11 19:55:37


Post by: inmygravenimage


no bother

Right! Back from me hols. Have done 8 washloads today. Still, got kids to the park on bikes.

Plus...

Think I'm ready to call the gates done



Got the new revised Potter tin from KM. So what's changed? Product quality: it's all about the thickness. Thicker wands - new resin, more like restic. Much thicker cardstock for tokens, in-game scenery, and for boards, with properly finished folds.
Good and bad: Some slightly different images but no erratad text in rulebook and no wizarding wars rules. Only real criticism: no snazzy dice any more. Full review with pics over at bigcomicpage.com or insta.graven (yes, I've given in to Instagram).

I also got a lovely box from secret weapon:

Oh so pretty. $15 a sheet. Bargain.
Yes, there's a second set there.
Yes, there will be giveaways.

I also got a box of transformers tcg from Hasbro, which was nice. Pulled all the uncommon and common bots, a decent mix of rares, but my rotten luck with pulling - or rather failing to pull - super rares continues. at this rate I'm going to have to BUY some

Dreadball next, coming soon. I mean I have a Gaslands contest to enter too, but still...
Graven


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/07/12 06:13:35


Post by: Theophony


Welcome back from the Holidays, hope your well rested , I always come back to more work and feel like the time off was a waste, and not in a good way.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/07/12 18:55:59


Post by: inmygravenimage


I am!
Now, let's take stock of the part painted pile:

I've added some MDF circles to fill the bases of the Martians. The mutant ant is definitely a better choice than the spider which is just vast for Dreadball bases, even the Tri-hex version.
The aim, then, is to finish up these over the weekend to move on to new stuff after!


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/07/12 19:27:45


Post by: Theophony


I want to see the glowey guys finished up. Need some ideas of how to do other effects.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/07/12 19:32:04


Post by: inmygravenimage


Well to be fair they're Trans blue plastic. I'm going to touch up the white with a blue wash, then edge blue, wolf grey, then their Dreadball gloves. They'll not take very long. A lot of glow, I find, is about being whiter at the centre than you think.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/07/13 19:38:18


Post by: inmygravenimage


Family day so pretty quiet.
However, worked on my sin bins



Good news: nearly finished
Bad news: clips are glued to the underside
So a bit of improvisation was required, but now there a set top and bottom.
Sighhhhh...


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/07/14 19:06:34


Post by: inmygravenimage


What am I up to today? Busy with family stuff, and sorting transformers decks with my eldest. But in the meantime...

Bit more on the very old chaos dreadnought conversion too.

That's MUCH more me. Well, current me. nurglings need their eyes and mouths done, the dread's lights turned into eyes, then some simple highlights all over.

Needs more sticky, too.

As well as all the remaining bases (I better not have miscounted, as I have not one spare) two Dreadball teams primed:

The Kalyshi, on the right, are my older son's. He's doing them with a power puff theme. The Crystallans, left, are mine, and I'm going to TRY to do them lava themed. I must be mad. Still not entirely sure how to do their armour. I DO know that I'm not going to distinguish between the rock and crystal sections of their bodies. Any advice, lava lovers?

The sin bins washed, ready for more metals and blood.

Slow progress, but not nothing.

Now we're into the 4 week stretch of freedom. Let's see how my wife comes up with stuff to stop me hobbying

Later
Graven



Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/07/14 19:40:17


Post by: Fifty


Oooh, that dreadnought is really gross.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/07/14 19:56:27


Post by: Gwyn chan 'r Gwyll


By "lights into eyes", do you mean you're gonna give the lights underneath the chassis pupils, or daemon-slit pupils, or similar? That's brilliant and super disturbing.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/07/14 20:04:03


Post by: inmygravenimage


Fifty wrote:Oooh, that dreadnought is really gross.

Why thank you
Gwyn chan 'r Gwyll wrote:By "lights into eyes", do you mean you're gonna give the lights underneath the chassis pupils, or daemon-slit pupils, or similar? That's brilliant and super disturbing.

Yup, that's the plan


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/07/14 20:12:40


Post by: Theophony


For the lava armor you could go with a silver color like heat shielding that scientists wear when collecting lava samples. Google it, they actually walk out onto the lava fiow field s in tennis shoes and grab samples .


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/07/14 21:29:49


Post by: TerrainWalker


I like the colors on that dread a lot


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/07/14 23:25:12


Post by: Briancj


Frankly, I would paint the rock as lava (reds, oranges, etc) and the crystals as obsidian (shiny black).

--B.



Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/07/15 09:21:46


Post by: LavuranGuard


Those gates look good! So much stuff done since your return from hols...nice going!


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/07/16 15:49:47


Post by: inmygravenimage


Theophony wrote:For the lava armor you could go with a silver color like heat shielding that scientists wear when collecting lava samples. Google it, they actually walk out onto the lava fiow field s in tennis shoes and grab samples .

I might try that!
TerrainWalker wrote:I like the colors on that dread a lot

Me too
Briancj wrote:Frankly, I would paint the rock as lava (reds, oranges, etc) and the crystals as obsidian (shiny black).

--B.


Interesting idea. I shall think on!

LavuranGuard wrote:Those gates look good! So much stuff done since your return from hols...nice going!

Yeah. Got to maximise the nerd time!

Well now. Busy busy.
Played a Pre-season Warm-up match, Kalyshi Vs Crystallans. I don't think I'll be playing Crystallans against the kids in our league after all: following a Brawl I had obliterated his entire team by the end of the 6th rush bad parent.

Speaking of Crystallans, started a test on the lava. Excuse the pics. Not quite figured out settings on new phone.

Still a bit yellow underneath. I'm thinking a bloodletter wash next?
Debating the very silver armour still. Hmmm.

Finished up the big bugs and their handlers:

The mutant spider (right) is going to Metropolis, whom I'm playing some Hellboy with tonight. Report on that tomorrow.

Did the boy's trophy and a custom rush tracker for myself with a spare Coach Blaine (I'm counting them two as one model painted).


Hey look, a 1st Ed MVP Blaine.

"Honestly, looks nothing like me!"

Convict team done:

Strikers


Jacks (woo boiling water reposing)


Prone markers


And Guard, Captain and Keeper

Another 11-man team done. They're pretty rubbish in game but among my favourite sculpts.

A promo Coach Ronnie Renton too.


And finished up that classic dread after many, many years.

Weirdly, the nurglings eyes are yellow and that doesn't show at all.


+16. Not bad

The boy built a transformers deck out spares today to give away. We tested it, and it's inadvertently monstrous
good times...
Later
Graven


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/07/16 16:14:42


Post by: Slinky


That's lovely, nice one


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/07/17 03:18:28


Post by: Syro_


I really ike that dread you made Graven, I'm glad you went back to working on it


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/07/17 22:23:50


Post by: inmygravenimage


Slinky wrote:That's lovely, nice one

Cheers
Syro_ wrote:I really ike that dread you made Graven, I'm glad you went back to working on it

Yeah. Ten year long WIP lol.

Played Hellboy last night as planned. tl;dr:
(1) it's great
(2) we died horribly.

We played Perils of the Job, from the basic game, with Hellboy and Abe, plus a back up agent, Sidney. The scenery elements are from the Kickstarter, though also available in Mantic's Terrain Crate range.

The game is vicious. I mean, this is essentially the second scenario, my mate had played it once before, we were careful, and still really struggled. That's not a criticism of the game - far from it. It's like a really challenging computer game level, where yoy just about make it to the boss fight but need a couple of goes to figure out your strategy. In fact, we are pretty much determined to try it again next week! Replay value is that good - it's not frustration, yet. More below in the spoiler block, as part of the point of the game is the surprise.
Spoiler:

The boss was Rasputin. He flies about being ghostly and smiting you. It became apparent very quickly that we'd spent far too much time Taking Time - the investigation bonuses are actually not that helpful. You need LOTS of back-up agents to get you through the scenario, as they can give you assist dice and upgrades (improve your dice types) as Rasputin is constantly lowering them. We had Sidney and he totally gave us his worth - even if eventually that was throwing him to the frog monsters - but more would help.

2 hrs of great fun was had. I'll definitely play this scenario again - part of the joy is figuring out the best team for the job, the best strategy, the best route through. You could easily replay again in an evening if organised (we started late) and it's left me keen to play more. Damn(ed) fine game.

And on the painting front, my Ada-Lorana are done:

Bit of a cheat as the team, apart from the captain, are translucent. Interesting though. And still counts for models painted, right? ! Having utterly monstered the boy the other day, I'm hoping these will be more reasonable for the league. Fast, slippery, but expensive - small team.

Next will be the first half of the Rejects (ie a standard team), starting Judwan, and then maybe some Gaslands to mix things up.

On we go
Graven


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/07/17 22:37:55


Post by: youwashock


Eh, you jazzed them up a bit. Totally counts. The captain looks quite cool. The size difference in the Blaines is funny. The dread looks awesome enough to have taken 10 years.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/07/18 09:16:27


Post by: LavuranGuard


Nice job, always hard to do something on transparent minis to make them more than just plastic shapes, but you've managed here.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/07/18 14:08:05


Post by: Theophony


Finishing a 10 year long WIP is still finishing a WIP , besides there always new tricks learned along he way to help old projects.

Blue man group look s cool as well, like the spot colors on their chests.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/07/18 20:20:21


Post by: inmygravenimage


youwashock wrote:Eh, you jazzed them up a bit. Totally counts. The captain looks quite cool. The size difference in the Blaines is funny. The dread looks awesome enough to have taken 10 years.

Yeah, it's crazy! Coach is nearly the same size as the V2 MVP but still a bit small. Dread has been a labour
LavuranGuard wrote:Nice job, always hard to do something on transparent minis to make them more than just plastic shapes, but you've managed here.

Why thanks sir!
Theophony wrote:Finishing a 10 year long WIP is still finishing a WIP , besides there always new tricks learned along he way to help old projects.

Blue man group look s cool as well, like the spot colors on their chests.

Very true. And yeah, thanks for noticing - wanted to indicate their field positions in a different way.

Next team done: The Rejects -

Not pictured - another Striker robot. He's identical to the one on the left hand end. You may notice there's 2 tree things - I have doubles of everything, so this will at some point be a "full" team. There will be more modifications - eg the trees are painted slightly differently, but may get boiling water reposing treatment. So another 11, anyway.
I do like the summer holidays.
Also, further progress on the Lava Louts:

Looking much better now, I think. The rest of the team have had their base coat of yellow. Might have them ready tomorrow. We're playing ultimate league game one, but the wife has all manner of chores for me to be fair though, one of those is Play with pressure washer she bought on prime day
Today, played some pokémon with the wee fella, and some Turbo with the bigger one - Turbo is essentially each player gets 2 boosters of transformers, play with what you get. Fast and crazy, and in 6 boosters pulled 2 rares - not shabby, promptly traded for the cards we need to finish the previous wave.
We also took a trip to the local GW, played with contrast paints.
They're... fine. Very like working with VJ glaze. Another tool, nothing more. The kids liked the quick results, I was less impressed, but can see the potential use. Most impressive was the Iyanden yellow for a fast, kid friendly nmm gold. The store manager is a good egg and even he agreed that for the boys doing raven guard black prime with dawnstone was still a better route.
He also, when pressed, reckoned the new primaris Infiltrators would be out as a box set in September. Good titbit.

Tomorrow's goal, then, is the rest of the Lava Louts.
Next question: do I leave them at that, or (a) go super silver on the armour (Theo's idea) (b) take the crystals to obsidian (Briancj's idea) (c) both ?

If I really have time, I'll do some Gaslands as well.
Till then
Graven


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/07/18 23:48:10


Post by: Syro_


Syro_ wrote:
I really ike that dread you made Graven, I'm glad you went back to working on it



Yeah. Ten year long WIP lol.


There's always so much we want to do in this hobby, and so many interesting things to grab our attention. It's easy to have a 10 year WIP, as long as you've been in the hobby for 10 years. I'm sure I will too, once I've been in the hobby for 10 years.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/07/20 20:45:47


Post by: inmygravenimage


 Syro_ wrote:
Syro_ wrote:
I really ike that dread you made Graven, I'm glad you went back to working on it


Yeah. Ten year long WIP lol.


There's always so much we want to do in this hobby, and so many interesting things to grab our attention. It's easy to have a 10 year WIP, as long as you've been in the hobby for 10 years. I'm sure I will too, once I've been in the hobby for 10 years.


Lol try 30, albeit with a big break in the middle. And thanks amigo!


Had a great game of ultimate with the kids

This is our first league game of the summer. The youngest won it decisively turn 3
Granted he got advice from me and his big brother, but still. Good times indeed


Started yet another team, Judwan (Greys)

The Area 51 Raiders


But I'm a bit further along with the Lava Louts:

Maybe some yellow again in the recesses. Nearly there though.

And with only 5 days to do it, started something for the current Gaslands contest:

Armoured Pursuit mode!

Secret weapon bits, 28mm steam punk cogs, and dice Mechanic Games resin weapons.

And, primed!

Now that feels like an armoured Batmobile
Now, Paint! On we go...
Graven


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/07/21 20:24:37


Post by: inmygravenimage


Good but busy couple of days. Parents a-visiting, then older boy off to camp, and took younger to an online gaming event. Played a bit of Pokémon with the wee fella too.

KM have got my attention again with (1) Chamber of Secrets and (2) DCU 2.0
Narrative campaigns/scenarios are exactly what HP should work off. Trying to make it a miniature game on a board was a terrible error. DCU has been a long time coming, and it's still my favourite game they've produced - early impressions are it's tidier and a bit more... Super: for example, falling is really not an issue for supers any more, which on one level may seem silly, but the game is supposed to be comic book cinematic, not bat-gritty, and the game often devolved into a shoving match. Looks like there's no minimum range anymore either, so you can now satisfyingly eye-blast people in the face (which is actually, in v1, one of the reasons superman always felt a bit underpowered). Hopefully it's generally better, but I've got a review copy en route.

Still, some p&m. Lava Louts redone with more orange and yellow, and obsidian eye for the captain:

I'm not loving the eye, but not hating it, and it distinguishes him further from the rest of the team this also means all my built teams are painted the sky will surely fall on our heads
And progress on the Batmobile:


Next, grunge and grime.

And I had a proper look at the Hellboy game. Here's my thoughts:

It's a big, beautiful beast of a game. It's covered in all-new art from Mike Mignola himself, and filled with models that even Guillermo del Toro has tweeted his delight over.

The quick start guide is neat, well-written and to the point - exactly what we've come to expect from Mantic. The rulebook is likewise clear, well-organised with a quick reference on the back. Mantic has this absolutely down, and a lot of companies need to learn from this.


The sculpts are good, as are the casts - high density PVC, rather than plasitc, restic, or resin. Crisp and characterful, very true to the comics - you can see the Mignola had a lot of input - and a lot of comic art to keep the feel of it. Likewise, one of my favourite things is the boards; the use of strong, simple comic-style inking makes it very easy to see what's what. The whole aesthetic is bang-on; even the action mechanic lends itself to feeling like the number of page-panels something would spread across.

Whilst the gameplay has shades of other Mantic stuff - notably the variable-spot dice - it's a very different beast, and more reminiscent of a FFG game than anything else (cue many tokens and 3 different sizes of cards). However, it's impressive how things don't feel cluttered, even when there's a lot going on. The coloured rings make it very obvious which player is which character and the upgraded tokens are really lush (£20, well worth it) from dead nazi clues, to surprisingly cute frog swarms and infernal fires. The mantic dungeon terrain also interacts with the game, though I'll be using my furniture I made for mansions of madness

It's a deceptively simple game. 3 actions per agent per turn, using simple cubes as reference. 3 dice on the roll, with different coloured standard dice: red, orange, yellow, in descending order - there are only blanks and 1s on a yellow, but only 1 blank on a red, for example. These represent a scale of skill level (so Abe is Red on Range but Yellow on defence to represent his skill at shooting/throwing, but weak if he gets hit), and modifiers can upgrade or downgrade your dice. You can spend an extra action to upgrade a dice, with red going up to black (black dice are the best, no blanks and multiple successes). Added into this mix is also a blue dice which has for example a reroll, extra successes and a critical fail result amongst its facings. It's all very intuitive and ridiculously quick to learn. Add to that the fact that actions don't need to be taken consecutively allows for some interesting planning decisions: "Right, you punch the frog monster, and if you kill it, open the door, if not I'll stab it with my harpoon."
"Ok. Right hook of Doom or regular punch?*
The core game gives you 3 big villains - really big, in the case of 2: the frog monster, Rasputin and the tentacles. Sculpts are again generally very good though there's a bit of cleanup needed on the tentacular spectacular. The Rasputin sculpt is particularly strong, very detailed and captures the iconic Hellboy villain perfectly.

Eventually, for better or worse, you get to the final Confrontation with the boss. Hopefully you've found enough clues to give you the edge, and the Doom track is not so far advanced that you've got an über boss to take down!

Playing through the intro scenario again with my kids, and using Liz (who, along with Johann Kraus, comes in the base game), it felt a little more fraught even knowing what was coming - mark of a great game that it has such good replay factor - whilst her fire is terrifying, it's more difficult to power up and she's generally more fragile. Having a clear idea of how Hellboy (melee) and Abe (range/sneak) work meant they were more readily in about the plague of frogmen, whereas Liz (as specialist/investigator) got perilously close to death, but in the end she managed to make good with barbequed frog to win the day.

Damn(ed) fine game. This is hands-down the best high-end boardgame I've played in a long while. It captures the feel of the comics visually and in the narrative created; tentatively, I'd say it's Mantic's best game yet (and I'm obsessed with Dreadball, so that's saying a lot). Totally accessible, massively replayable, and a decent price - £75 - for a big box of Doom.


So there you have it.
With the eldest away this week, hopefully some gamey goodness with the younger boy. I suspect we'll be revisiting DCU...
Later
Graven


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/07/21 21:34:32


Post by: Slinky


Batmobile is coming on nicely, the blueish highlight really works!


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/07/22 21:29:03


Post by: aku-chan


The Batmobile is looking great!


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/07/22 21:47:30


Post by: inmygravenimage


aku-chan wrote:The Batmobile is looking great!

Slinky wrote:Batmobile is coming on nicely, the blueish highlight really works!


Many thanks chaps! I'm rather pleased with it:





I really enjoyed doing this. Starting to feel Gaslands again let's prime some stuff:

And whilst I'm there, I'll get some paint on some more giants, spiders, giant spiders, supers, bane crew, potter minis...

Sorry that's a bit blurry. I got excited

I also based a bunch of potter figs for priming tomorrow. Essentially I'm just adding some of my regular urban base rubble to the tiled floor for battle-damaged Hogwarts flooring. Pretty happy with it.
So yeah, busy
Graven


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/07/23 17:42:51


Post by: Red Harvest


Batmobile turned out quite well, or is it rather well? I understand you Britons use the terms quite and rather differently that we do. Whichever implies very good instead of meh is the one I mean. Chicks will certainly dig that car.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/07/24 06:26:15


Post by: inmygravenimage


Red Harvest wrote:Batmobile turned out quite well, or is it rather well? I understand you Britons use the terms quite and rather differently that we do. Whichever implies very good instead of meh is the one I mean. Chicks will certainly dig that car.

Rather well. But only cos I'm posh
Very productive yesterday, the youngling had a friend over for the afternoon.
Another day, another dent.

In fact another bat.

So this is an Eaglemoss Batmobile repainted. It's all of 2mm different to the KM one, which I've yet to build, and is getting done in urban camo for Bane.
(@Briancj, haven't forgotten about your request for a scale shot, working on it).
Again, just enjoying random whims.

Speaking of whims, decided to do some Potter:

D... D... Dementor!


Acromantula swarms. I reckon that counts as one fig?

And the Death Eaters from the starter set.

As parent, I have to play the bad guys.

I really like the starter set death eater figs. Pity they're mostly rubbish in game.

The female Death Eaters are particularly nice.

She's my favourite. And she IS good in game.

I primed them black, and the students white. In retrospect, given how much black there is on a student with their capes and trousers, maybe should've just gone black anyway


And finally, couple of giants for Dreadball:

Not a day for arachnophobes...

Opportunity to work on my lens technique

And a boss mutant from Deadzone, that's getting his first outing at Gencon (not my one, just generally!) for Dreadball. Just done with washes. Rather delighted that the event organiser asked me to write the in-game fluff for this

No one knows what would bring such an insidious creature to the neodurium. For crowds, there is the chance to see something only rumoured at in the darkest whispers told by siblings to terrify one another on both sides of the war. For Digby, the quest for new, bigger, even more Ultimate thrills is enough to make them overlook the insanity of letting such a monstrosity run riot. And for beast itself? Who can fathom what machinations lurks behind its pitiless gaze.

Anyway, 8 more from the heap.

I also blocked in all the flesh on the primed students.
Won't get anything done today, anniversary. Well, actually, yesterday was our anniversary, but the boss is off today. If I want to make it to next year, think I'll have a day off hobby
Till then,
Graven


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/07/24 10:13:52


Post by: Theophony


All looking great, but the Mantic guy didn’t get the memo about yesterday being paint like a goth day


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/07/24 10:44:18


Post by: inmygravenimage


 Theophony wrote:
All looking great, but the Mantic guy didn’t get the memo about yesterday being paint like a goth day



I'll make up for it with this:

Started a slime dragster. What, I was letting the wife have a lie in ?!


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/07/24 14:26:47


Post by: Briancj


Oh, I know you've forgotten about me. With your fancy Turkish holidays and your gaslands and your dreadball.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/07/24 14:32:16


Post by: Theophony


That slime ball has twin pig stickers on the front, with how hazardously they drive I see him soon pole vaulting across the track .


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/07/25 15:06:45


Post by: Dr H


Great work all round, Graven.

Liking that up-armoured batmobile.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/07/25 21:39:21


Post by: inmygravenimage


Briancj wrote:Oh, I know you've forgotten about me. With your fancy Turkish holidays and your gaslands and your dreadball.

It's tragic, truly it is.
Theophony wrote:That slime ball has twin pig stickers on the front, with how hazardously they drive I see him soon pole vaulting across the track .

Yeah but a gear 6 ram from the second row first round? Gotta be done
Dr H wrote:Great work all round, Graven.

Liking that up-armoured batmobile.

Ta mucker.

Next?
Well, today was quieter, at least geekily. Too bloody hot. Played Starlink for a bit with the kid (essentially, No Man's Skylanders), went to the park, barbequed a bunch of meat, that sorta thing.
I did reorganise a bunch of boxes, resigned to the fact that I need a second a Dreadball box. Took a better pic of my crystallans.

Still, fun with MVPs! Buzzcut, now there's a fella who's used medicinal enhancements:

Bit shiny. Needs a dullcoat.


Enjoyed doing the face. I left the mold line on his lip and nose as scar tissue and highlighted it, pretty happy with it.

Started my Abejorros, or are they Avispas?

Yup, Bumblebee-themed team, Idris (speed cult), to go with my Vespas. Cars with angry bug faces. Need some more weaponry.

Also, broke out my DC car pool.


DCU mini game 2nd ed is coming, so me and the wee fella are going to have a throw down tomorrow. He's going Black Adam, Lobo, Deathstroke and Ravager. Think I'll use the Big Boy Scout, as he's overcosted and generally under powered, but still a potent threat. So maybe a classic JL Trinty or something. Red, Black and Blue DCU2 has genuinely got me interested in KM minis again. Who knew?
Till then
Graven


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/07/25 21:55:15


Post by: Briancj


Right, as expected, the Batmobile is off, but the rest of the cars appear to be "good enough".

Thank you!

--Brian



Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/07/25 22:27:30


Post by: inmygravenimage


Well, to be fair, it looks pretty much in scale with the Tumbler, which IS game scale


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/07/26 04:54:33


Post by: Theophony


Buzz cut is the Morg’N’Thorg of Dreadball, big and too ugly to not take.

The fleet of vehicles is massive


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/07/26 22:27:17


Post by: youwashock


Nice moody look for the Death Eaters. LOVE the robo-spider. Big Plague is also cool.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/07/27 18:45:10


Post by: inmygravenimage


Theophony wrote:Buzz cut is the Morg’N’Thorg of Dreadball, big and too ugly to not take.

The fleet of vehicles is massive

Very true. He's one of the iconic game characters, and he is preposterously good. Thanks for admiring the size of my... fleet.

youwashock wrote:Nice moody look for the Death Eaters. LOVE the robo-spider. Big Plague is also cool.

Cheers. Yeah, robo-spider was fun, I'm liking doing the giants generally rather a lot. 1 left to build, 5 to paint.

Made another Med-Bot, out of a spare Striker-bot:

The M-800 ! With patented anti-grav pick up, your prize player won't even feel a thing!
Perils of League Play - when the other kid decides to buy a med-bot for his team also

Continued Yellowing stuff for the Avispas:

Need to decide exactly where the black is going on each.

Had a great game of DCU with the younger lad:


A few pics from DCU Vs my smaller boy. 45 PL, Black Adam, Lobo, ravager and Deathstroke Vs batman, Superman, kid flash and wonder woman.
Scenario: Seize The Knight! Villains had to capture batman, heroes defend. Secondary objective - find and rescue/capture beast boy, who was hiding as a chicken


Great game, the villains eventually took down the bat but there was a lot of damage on both sides, Kid Flash knocked out by Lobo in one turn but recovered enough to rescue Chicken Boy. Superman trinity hopefully gets a fix in DCU2 as his attacks are totally overcosted. The loss of minimum range will, I think, really help the feel of the game. More stoked for 2nd edition, and actually feel like revisiting KM DC models again, shock horror.

Got a bunch of KM objectives and traps from Dreadball Xtreme, so we can do (yet) another variant of play. Pics to follow, they'll be pretty quick and dirty though. We also updated our Ultimate League info, and am busy tweaking/writing rules (again, I seem to have been drafted by the team to help out).

I got Gaslands Refuelled to review, and it's a thing of great beauty, but that has limited my WIP time (along with, like, family). Refuelled is NOT a second edition: it's a tidier, clearer rulebook, but does not supplant the original Gaslands.
What's immediately obvious is that this edition has much, much better layout, collates all the TX stuff, adds rules for jumps and wasteland games, and expands some stuff further - in other words, new sponsors! Verney is about mashed-up vehicles and dropped weapons, Maxxxine about pulling off crazy spins and slides, Inferno set fire to everything including themselves, Beverley the Devil is a team of ghost riders, and the Bootleggers are literal trailer-trash. It's all rather good.

Coming up? DC, maybe, and Potter, perhaps.
Till then
Graven


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/07/27 22:07:00


Post by: Slinky


DCU board is stunning, must be great for your boy to be able to play on terrain like that - So immersive!


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/07/30 08:25:26


Post by: inmygravenimage


Slinky wrote:DCU board is stunning, must be great for your boy to be able to play on terrain like that - So immersive!

Many thanks indeed. Yeah the kids really like it, though I need some more variety in my urban setup, I think, as I'm gearing up for DCU2, as well as working on stuff (including heroes and villains) for my own super ruleset #spoileralert. Need to paint 3 models for that...

Had game two of our ultimate league, this time on Azure IX - rainforest rules! This lead to a treeshark attack, various power outages and a lightning strike brutally injuring the Kalyshi star striker (there's a joke there) but a landslide win to them meant they weren't too upset about it.

I'm gearing up for further down the line, so got the obstacles, large and small, done:

The 8 small ones have removable lids: 6 are trapped -

Call it... 3 models?

But not much hobby. Fits and starts. Today errands, swimming with the kids and other hobby: bottling 5 gallons of strong English ale that's been brewing away in the garage. Hard life eh?
However, kids are away at grandparents in the second half of the week so I'm aiming to do some serious hobby. No doubt the wife will make do stuff, however
Ta-ta,
Graven


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/07/30 15:48:51


Post by: Briancj


 inmygravenimage wrote:
though I need some more variety in my urban setup


If only.. oh, nevermind.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/07/30 21:00:45


Post by: inmygravenimage


 Briancj wrote:
 inmygravenimage wrote:
though I need some more variety in my urban setup


If only.. oh, nevermind.

Thursday, my friend. Thursday we build Gotham, for Bane to destroy.


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A little bit of other stuff, that I forgot to post yesterday.
I got these through the post: the next wave of Rustables:

Available in resin, rustable or rusted from kitbashbox. Very nice, like the alternate box ends.
I'm looking forward to doing some experiments of my own with the powder too.

And I've been working on my Warden team:

3 of the base models came from Cam (L-R, 1, 2&4), and I'm gradually adding layers of chipped white isn't. The one on the left end needs a big frickin' gun and a ram still - I think it'll be the new, jagged one from Secret Weapon. Might need to give it an engine blower too. Planned loadouts:
1) as yet unarmed with minigun, ram and exploding ram
2) rockets, exploding "ram" (the skull, it go boom)
3) hmg, ram
4) hmg, exploding "ram"
I think the one without a gun still get it roof mounted.
Anyway, a little more progress.
Graven


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/07/31 11:45:03


Post by: inmygravenimage


Reckon I figured it out:


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/08/01 03:23:57


Post by: Syro_


That spiked ram you made is cool looking, I agree that you figured it out


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/08/01 10:10:30


Post by: Slinky


Would I be showing my age if I made a Dark Future reference?

That one with the gun on top really gets my nostalgic juices flowing.


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Also, check this story out, I remember it from an ancient copy of Warlock magazine:

https://www.seanet.com/~owenmp/cuckoo/index.html


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/08/01 13:30:06


Post by: inmygravenimage


Syro_ wrote:That spiked ram you made is cool looking, I agree that you figured it out

Thanks! It's from Secret Weapon/Industrial Mechanica.

Slinky wrote:Would I be showing my age if I made a Dark Future reference?

That one with the gun on top really gets my nostalgic juices flowing.

Cheers, that was absolutely the vibe I was going for
Slinky wrote:
Also, check this story out, I remember it from an ancient copy of Warlock magazine:

https://www.seanet.com/~owenmp/cuckoo/index.html

that's epic. I'm a big fan of the author, Garth Nix - I have in fact literally just picked up his ABHORSEN CHRONICLES off my son's bedroom floor not 5 mins ago - and I knew he'd dabbled in post-apoc (SHADE'S CHILDREN is a cracking read, masterful double-twist), but never come across this before, so many thanks

Today has been about dealing with the unbuilt backlog (whilst watching Umbrella Academy) starting with Dark Knight Rises:

Plus the 80th Anniversary model (the Batman with all the bats). If you're VERY observant you might spot two guys are the same...

Yup, no Axe thug body, two of pistol thug. I've carved off the snazzy neckerchief, gouged a scar down through his right eye, and am going to turn him into one of the two Bane Bat-box exclusive thugs, as I'm damned if I'm giving KM any more money. Hence, also, the teddy bear. Except, of course, I've already DONE a teddy bear. Sigh...

Notably, the Tumbler is absent...

Bit rough. Bit gappy. Oh, and missing the upper wing section ffs KM, get a grip. Honestly, an eaglemoss one is just easier.

Did some more Potter miniatures as well.

This way, when I find something else missing, I can complain to KM in one go... :flame:

Finished up my Warden Crew for Gaslands:



So August started (bloody hell, August already...) with 4 more done. Not bad.
Tomorrow? Depends what the wife make me do. Considering I also did some gardening and went for a bike ride today, I think I'm doing ok

Graven


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Oops.

Forgot about these
Skin inspired by Dr H


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2019/08/01 18:03:20


Post by: Briancj


Keeeeerist, that Batmobile/Tumbler looks AWFUL.

--B.