Four Not So Blind Mice

I recently finished another mouse miniature from my stocks of Netherworld’s Edge miniatures I purchased back at a gaming convention in 2015.  The background is a Doctor Seuss-like forest my friend’s daughter made and was kind enough to gift me with.  Seems an appropriate setting for a party of mouse adventurers.

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Boldly leading the way with sword and torch!

I thought the bases on the other three miniatures could have used a little more color to contrast the brown, so on this new guy I added a little bright green as well as a rock I picked out of my shoe at the gym.

The photo makes my newest mouse appear a bit more glossy than he is in person.  As usual with metal miniatures I plan on using for gaming I brushed on one coat of glossy varnish and two matte coats.  While I do like how they look (especially the bases) without the varnish, I have found it necessary to protect my metal miniatures after some hard-won experience with my metal, gretchin artillerists.

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Posing with three other mice I painted some time ago.

These miniatures were originally produced for the Netherworld’s Edge game, and I bought them from Zombiemsith at Dundracon 2015 in San Ramon, California.  So far I have only used them in as artillery mice in Warhammer 40K.  For opponents who won’t have the verisimilitude of the game disrupted by substituting mice for goblins, they are about the same size and they do offer the advantage that my opponent won’t get my artillery goblins confused with the one or two squads of goblin infantry I often include in such games.

 

 

The Hills are Alive …

ItSo I thought I would add a section to my blog for the occasional non-gaming related post like this one.  We get a lot of rain around Santa Cruz in the winter, and we’ve had quite a few slides in my neighborhood lately.  Most of them have been comparatively minor this year, until this one.

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The Hills are Alive!

This is the main road loading into town, so that’s interesting.  It also took out the power and as I type this power has been out for a couple of days.  We own a generator, fortunately.  From the sounds of engines emanating from all directions of our redwood forest, I’m guessing we aren’t the only ones.

You know, when I first moved here a couple of years ago I sort of smiled at the weather since I’m from New England and to my thinking winter includes things like snow.  A couple years of drought conditions, with little rain, lulled me into a false sense of bravado.  I’m not laughing anymore. 🙂

Edit on January 24, 2017:  That tree behind the slide, which looks like it is standing up straight in the road, apparently is.  I originally thought it was a trick of perspective, but it turns out I was wrong.  Here is another picture of the slide.

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A friend’s Sage from Talisman

My friend, Warboss Mark, was kind enough to allow me to post a picture of a figure he recently painted from the Talisman board game:  the Sage.  I thought he came out looking pretty good and it is always more fun to play board games where the figures are painted.

Thanks, Mark!

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Imperial Guard vs. Orks (1500 Points)

Santa Cruz Sector, December 14, 2016.

So I played my first game of 40K recently at Mythic Games in after taking well over a year off.  It was Guard versus Orks. Eternal War Scenario: Big Guns Never Tire.  Some pictures from our game:

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Manticores deliver an interesting and indisputable form of Detante.

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Boyz piling out of their wrecked trukk: a pretty common sight for these guys.

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Outflanking mechanized infantry on the attack.

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Tearing the turrets off of APC’s and throwing them with lethal effect at the disembarking infantry.

Ork Goliath Mine

In the spirit of working on projects I had left half-finished when I took my break from miniatures, I recently completed this goliath mine from Kromlech.  The first time I had heard of a goliath mine was when I saw one at a military museum many years ago.

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Goliath mine aka “Mecha Bomb Squig”

I also started a building a unit of tankbustas.  The nob, with the mine controller, is again from Kromlech.  I might do a little more dry brushing on the nob, but I haven’t decided yet.  If I had him to do over again I would consider experimenting with liquid green stuff and see if I could hide the seam where his arms attach to his torso.

I might also try adding some dust to the treads on the mine, but then again I might not.

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Tankbusta nob with goliath mine controller and a couple of his toadies.

So moving forward the plan is to build some more rank and file tankbusta boyz.  After more than four years of using nothing for elites in my army except nobz, I think it is time to add a little variety.

I’m not sure why they wear great coats and winter hats in the desert.  Perhaps they are in a cold desert or more likely being orks they are just crazy and/or the heat doesn’t affect them like one would reasonably expect, because everyone knows (when they think about it) that orks are much tougher than weedy gits like humans and eldar and such.

 

 

 

 

Bloodletters Complete!

It has been over a year now since I have posted to this blog, played a game of 40K, or picked up a brush for that matter.  The itch to paint has returned, and my huge mountain of unpainted plastic hasn’t gone anywhere, so I turned my attention to these guys, who are one of my many unfinished projects.

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The bloodletters say, “It’s about time you finished painting us, loyalist scum!”

Last night I finished the bloodletter, who is holding the banner.  I took my inspiration for the banner from this awesome blog.

One thing I like about Chaos guys, and Khorne in particular is I don’t imagine that when they make banners they worry too much about coloring inside the lines.  I could see Slaanesh worshippers trying to create works of art, both beautiful and terrible, and Tzeentchites might pay tribute to their god with designs subtle in their geometric cruelty, but Khorne types (at least bloodletters anyway) seem content to draw a symbol of their god or whatever strikes their fancy with the blood of their last enemy, each other, or themselves (depending upon availability), scribble, “Blood for the blood god die die die eat your face omg” in faux Latin and call it a day.  This is good, because that is about as far as my freehand skills currently stretch.

So that completes the unit.  I have more Khorne forces that will go into the queue just as soon as we get some suitable weather here in the Santa Cruz mountains for priming.  In the meantime I might do a test paint on a primed deamonette I’ve had sitting around for a couple of years.

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Terrain: Two new houses

So I recently decided to start acquiring some of my own gaming terrain.  I thought I’d work on collecting along the theme of a generic farm or ranch.  One can use just about any sort of terrain for Warhammer 40K, since battles can take place on almost any sort of landscape.  I have been getting into the WWII game Bolt Action lately, and I also occasionally play battles set in the mid to late 18th Century using Muskets & Tomahawks.  So the terrain has to suit for those games too.  I think these buildings would also look nice in games set in the American West.

The pieces have to be suitable for “heroic 28mm” figures. The roofs can be removed so models can be placed inside and moved around, which is important to me, because all of the aforementioned games include rules for having forces inside buildings of various sorts.

The boyz seem pretty happy with their new digs.

I purchased another building already that is between the size of the two pictured here.  I am also hopefully going to add a fenced garden, an outhouse, a well, and maybe some details like stacks of hay and the like.

Maybe I can make a big tentacle out of green stuff that I can show coming up out of the well (or even better — from the outhouse!) when we are using it for science fiction games.  I think I’d dispense with such whimsy for our Second World War battles.  Our forces have enough to cope with without Cthulhu or some random monstrosity oozing out the Sicilian underdark.