Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Kroot IG Air-Cav

No IG army in 5th Edition would be complete without a Valkyrie, but I'm not ready to buy and properly paint one right now...

I accidentally found a 1/13 scale pterodactyl over the weekend. I had been contemplating (joking) about buying this model for a few months and figured this must be a sign!!

The model is in a VERY flat pose giving it a wingspan of close to 19 inches!!! That is just too much!!
The near half of the wing was sculpted with a side half of the torso included and I don't really want to cut it apart and then have to wrestle it back together sturdy enough for game play.
I had a few extra minutes this morning before work so I ran the sink until the water was scalding hot and held the wing in the stream for a few minutes. When I felt it had been in the HOT water stream long enough, I laid the piece against a cabinet corner and gave it a gentle bending... I did this several times because the plastic started to tear with the first attempt!

I think I ended up with a good angle that when combined with some creative carving where the tip half of the wing joins in will shorten my wing span to something closer to the Valkyrie model (a couple of local guys have the GW model, so I'll be able to compare the two pretty easy).

I need to wrangle up a base that has a big enough foot print to keep the model stable. I am thinking of using a base from Iron Halo - http://ironhalo.net/store//catalog/ - I really like the look of their stuff, but haven't bought any yet.

Monday, July 27, 2009

productive weekend

I feel like I got a lot done this weekend!

Aeronautica Painting:
I finished painting 4 Aeronautica Thunderbolts - I'd like to have done better on the free-hand detailing on the wings, but a fudge on the first stroke of the second plane pretty much wrecked my concentration and I ended up rushing thru the rest on them.

I finished off an Aeronautica Marauder bomber. I didn't do anything fancy on it because where I wanted to do a free-hand design there is a big Aquila and I think it would be bad form for the flight crew to have that removed so they could do their own design.

Sculpting:
I did an original of a Planetstrike-esque defense line piece that I'm going to try to make a mold of and cast in resin - with fingers crossed hoping I can sell.
I was going to model all sorts of different corner angles and then it hit me while try to go to sleep that all I really need to do is make several castings and just chop them up and make new molds!
Before I do this first mold cast I need to make sure the left and right side profiles match so the finish pieces look right next to each other.
I need to get some more Lego bricks from the Lego store for the mold box. I bought a bunch on 4x2 bricks in lime green; this is a color I didn't already have at home so they will be easy to identify as being for casting and not get mixed with the others that will eventually get handed down to my grandchildren (when my kids eventually have kids of their own...).

Kroot IG:
I still need to nail down my heavy weapons teams and sentinels.
I have some bent leg poses cast, but I'm still not very happy with them. I am still trying to get a good arm/handle grip piece, I may end up shaving down one of the actual IG pieces and molding kroot arm texture around that. I'm leaning toward magnetizing the actual weapon to the tri-pod so I can swap them out as my mood changes.
I have dinosaurs and riders for the sentinels, but I need to nail down a harness to support the weapon system and decide if I am just going to model them with one weapon or if it will be interchangeable - magnets are my friends!
I have finished a Commissar, a Company Commander, 2 Junior Officers, 6 or 8 Sergeants and 15 or 20 special weapons guys. I'm going to paint the Sergeants to match specific kindreds from my Kroot Mercs list and the Commissar and Company Commander will be easy to nail down a color scheme... But I'm not sure if I want to paint the special weapons guys to match kindred colors or make them a uniform (but unique) color scheme of their own; or I might match them to my Krootox Herd Kindred (Zulu Warriors - brown flesh, red shirts, cow hide shields, black quills).

Monday, July 20, 2009

Yet another low yield weekend

I don't feel like I did much over this past weekend...

I had planned to paint some Aeronautica Imperialis models. I bought paint and got some new brushes, but just never got around to actually painting anything. I brought every thing with me so I can work on it at gaming tonight, but I might just end up playing...

I did manage to work on a few Kroot guys:
I did the back of the coat on the Commissar Friday night and the front last night... I still need to do buttons, sleeves, cuffs and collar before I can glue the hands in place and call him finished. I'm not very happy with how the coat tails are flowing around his waste right now, but I think I can fix some of that with a new X-Acto blade and a little more putty work.
I did a couple more Sargents, but they are carrying shot guns rather than pistols or rifles. I think I made the conversion harder than it needed to be, so they didn't come out terrific. I plan to do one or two more of the shotgun conversions - one for gaming and maybe a second for a little vignette of a Kroot shooting skeet.
I also set up another Kroot torso with a vox-caster, I think that makes 4.

I picked up a big bitz lot at my local club a few weeks back, so I should have enough Battle Suit weapons to give me some wiggle room for distributing special weapons into my squads.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Aeronautica Tourney

The end of last week was pretty hectic.

Work is murder lately, but I'm glad to have a job - I have met so many people lately that are out of work!!

I procrastinated like a dumbo and let an Aeronautica Tournament at Jersey Shore Hobbies sneak up on me. At the last minute I had to create squadron lists for myself, my girlfriend and my son, scratch build bombing mission objective markers for two of the three races we were going to fly and do some much needed magnet maintenance on my flying bases. I was up until 3am Saturday morning working on stuff and then awake at 6am to get ready, drop off laundry, get some printouts and drive the 90+ miles to the tourney... I'm dragging today I can assure you!!

There was a small turnout, but it was great to meet, hang and play with other AI enthusiasts rather than having to suffer through the razzing we get from some of our local 40K guys!

After getting there and seeing how nicely most of their models were painted, I felt like a complete bum coming in with half my stuff not even primed and almost none of it fully painted!!

We rotated on three of their 40K tables and started the day facing off against strangers.
- My son's first game was on a 100% flat ask waste table, he was flying Tau Barracudas and Tiger Sharks, which he had never used before. He faced 14 year old George, who will forever be known as Baby Face Nelson after this!! George was flying Imperial Navy with Thunderbolts and Lightnings. George won hands down for 20 Battle Points.
- Jen's first game was against Alex and his Tau. It's didn't go well for her, but I don't remember the score. This was a pretty spiff desert board with a Water Effects stream/river running across the middle from long side to long side with tall reed/grass here and there along the shores.
- My first game was against Lou's Imperial Navy on a dry river bed board that had three levels of terrain from the dry/ muddy river bed up the back and then a small hill - VERY nice for 40K, not so great for AI. We both fielded a nearly identical lists of Thunderbolts and Lightnings, but I managed to pull all the Battle points by beating him by more than double victory points!

Game two was a BIG game (180 points) with bombing objectives.
- This game I was on the desert board facing George. He pretty much cleaned my clock!! I think I got more points when he crashed his bomber than I did from my own shooting! I took 4 battle points and gave George 16.
- D (my son) was facing Lou and didn't fair so well... I think he pulled 8 Battle points in this game.
- Jen went against Alex's Tau and his Manta brought a whole lot of hurt to the table!! Surprising to most people, she wasn't afraid to get in close with her Possessed Chaos planes and managed to put 6 hits on the Manta. The Deamonic Possession was her MVP in that game! With the Manta throwing 40+ dice per turn, she was amazingly making the 6+ saves for the hits from the limited fire that was actually effective!!! I think she pulled a goose egg in this game as well, but nothing was breaking her spirit!!

Game three was an Ace's shoot out scenario with every one getting a free Ace Upgrade and bonus Victory points for shooting their opponents Ace down. every one was paired up by accumulated Battle Points, but it was still nearly any ones game!
- D and Jen were paired up, but I don't think it went to great for her...
- I ended up facing Lou again, but this time the tables were turned and he totally out-matched me! My Ace got a kill early and things were looking up, but the very next turn he was taken out and all my plans went down in flames with him! I only pulled 4 Battle Points.
- Alex and George duked it out for first place, but Baby Face Nelson just could not be stopped!!!

I think the Final ranking were:
1 - George with 46+/- Battle Points
2 - Lou and Alex tied with 40 Battle Points each
3 - D and I tied with 24 Battle Points each
4 - Jenn with 8 Battle Points

There was a Store Credit cash prize and Lou and Alex gave their halves to D and I, which bough me some back issues of Fine Scale Modeler and Scale Auto and a box of 1/72 cowboys I'm going to use for Legends of the Old West. I also picked up an Epic scale Space Marine Transport for far more than I should have spent and plan to use it in the future as a Thunderhawk Gun Ship and a bombing objective.

The tourney was small, but pretty well planned.
We arrived 45 minutes late, but had we been a "no show" they probably would have canceled the whole thing because of lack of people, so I'm really glad I didn't just say "F' it" and go back to sleep.

I'd like to do an AI tourney locally, but we don't have very many local players...

The current plan is to do a demo board at Games Day next year, but time will tell. We are leaning more toward Thunderbolts versus Phoenixes.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

stagnation...

I haven't been overly productive the past week or so...

I sculpted a little Marine Corps hat and a variation of a German WWI helmet and did molds of them for of my sergeants.

I scratch built cannons and turrets for my Punisher Tanks.

I managed to glue arms with bolt pistols onto a few bodies last night...