Category Archives: Terrain

100 posts – But what topic?

When I realised this was going to be my 100th post (well, that is what the stat’s say) I tried to think about a thing to talk about. This may not seem like much of a milestone to some but given my infrequency this is like 1,000 in normal blogger posts.

I cried out on Twitter and to my rescue came Rob (@peppermint_cat) who suggested I talk about him. I decided to wait for the next life raft.

This was Gareth (@EdenBlade) who suggested I talk about Nano, Rob’s dog. Now, I am not suggesting we like Nano more than Rob but it is fair to say that the dog gets way more attention than the Nano delivery device that Rob seems to have become (this may be due to the fact that he never seems to play any more). Here are some pictures of Nano.

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I decided not to make the whole post about Nano but thought I would share the cuteness. The conversation did help me decide on the topic for the blog though – my LGS.

It seems like a long time ago that a colleague at work told me that a game store was opening near to my lab but I still remember the feeling of excitement that I had a nerd home being built for me. My town has a GW but I tend to play a lot of different games and at the time played Confrontation, Warmachine/Hordes, Infinity and Flames of War. Technically, I should say collected as I only had a regular opponent for one of those games, FoW.

I cycled round to the location of the store during my lunch break and stared through the window at the, not yet constructed, interior like Charlie Bucket at a sweet shop and was met, to my horror, by stacks of boxes of 40k and WHFB figures.

I felt cheated, why open another store that sells GW, so I did the decent thing…I sent the owner a terse email. I don’t remember the exact content but I do remember voicing my disgust that an indie store would just be GW Lite not caring that that is probably where a lot of the money lies.

To my surprise I got a reply stating that they planned to sell other products, once established, and what sort of things did I play. My relationship with the store and staff started at that moment with Andy, the owner.

The story now jumps to a few months later and I find out that there is going to be a Summer Open Day, Andy asks if I am prepared to give a demonstration game of Flames of War to help promote the game that they have decided to stock. I jump at the chance to help give something back to both the store and the hobby in general and get building and painting. Bocage, barbed wire and hills are strewn around my painting area along with the brave souls of the 6th Airlanding Brigade who are set to face the might of the 12th SS. Here are some photos from that day.

One picture I loved so much. It seemed to capture the hopelessness of the British defense as the Tiger tanks came bursting through the trees but, if you look carefully, a brave soul with a PIAT hides in the trees to the right of the shot and he managed to take out one of the tanks single handedly. The photo ended up with a background of Normandy roughly photoshopped in, a sepia tint and some aging and it still, to this day, makes me smile when I look at it.

As far as I can recall the next open day I also did Flames of War, a 3000pt epic on a table created by a different Rob (@rob_norman) and Simon (@SJDKEY) and I wish I could find some photos of that as it did look amazing.

My relationship with the store and the staff has continued to grow and I now mostly demo Infinity on the open days providing a small taster of how the game plays in the hope of teaching people about the larger hobby outside one manufacturer. The store is now in a bigger unit with loads more tables and it feels good to be a part of the story of its success.

 

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Weekend Plans

As I have been a bit of a rubbish hobbyist over the last n weeks the time has come to firmly make a plan for the weekend and endevour to stick to it.

I want to work out my progression for the forthcoming journeyman league – at least the first jump to 15pts – as the Searforge starter list is only 8 points so I will have more to add for the first stage than most. The choice between another heavy and a unit is going to be a tough one so I need to give it some thought.

Painting wise I think I will work on my Nomads. I love Infinity and playing on a cool table with painted minis makes so much difference. I am thinking of trying to knock up a jungle board to go with my Acontecimento starter set as well. If I go ahead with the board then that shought make for a nice series of blog articles and you won’t just have to read by bleating on.

The other option for painting is some Warmachine stuff for my Mercs. I think I have mentioned that I am choosing Searforge for the league as a way of reaching Unbound level games so If I can get my other stuff painted before the league starts I will be in a stronger position for Unbound once the league is over.

Final though is the number of armies I have and whether to sell some. I currently am thinking of selling my ALEPH force for Infinity and a Panzerkompanie for Flames of War to limit myself to one army per game. Its tricky though as my ALEPH is the first fully painted force I have – never been good at completing a project.

Have a good weekend folks and hopefully I will have some stuff to post on Monday.

#miniaturemonday 29/8/11

I have been quiet I know. Exams, holidays and the like have thrown me off track and as such I haven’t done any painting but I thought I would share this instead.

My recent foray into Hordes has led to me playing a Circle force with, at present, Mohsar the Desertwalker as my Warlock. His fluff has him coming from the Bloodstone Marches and as such I wanted to base my army in that parched desert/salt flat look that you see.

I found this product in my LGS. Made by Ziterdes it seemed like it would be perfect for what I had in mind.

The contents consist of a squeezy bottle of priming liquid, a tub of paste and a speading tool (or lollipop stick if you will).

The instruction are on the backing card but are fairly simple. Apply primer, wait 30-50 minutes, apply paste and wait for it to dry.

Here are the results.

Primer

Paste Applied

One hour later

Fully dried

The thicker the paste is applied the wider the cracks that form apparently. I intend to paint it a reddish colour to represent the Bloodstone Marches but that is for another day.

>Infinity Demo Night

>The first night was a resounding success with 8 people getting a demo.

Some photos for your perusal

>Slow going.

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This morning was spent adding L-beams to my infinity buildings to try and tidy up the corners. Last night saw the Combined Army, ALEPH, Nomad and Ariadna demo lists get a trial. Some tweaking needed but its looking promising.

>Building buildings

>This morning has been spent trying to finish my buildings for Infinity ready for ‘Try Something New’. I just need to add the corners, detail and paint.

Oh, and finish my Relics board – and 5 minis for Infinity.

Argh.

>All is quiet.

>Bit silent lately as I have been away at Uni but things are progressing – slowly.

Britanan Starter set is complete, Steamborg Executioner is done, Ramos is on the bench.

Infinity minis and buildings on back burner as they are not till week three of our ‘Try Something New’ promotion.

Photos to come when I get a decent camera/light set up

>Relics Demo Board – In progress.

>In readiness for an upcoming series of demonstrations days at my LGS I have the task of putting together a 2′ square demo board for Tor Gaming’s Relics.

Now, I have a bit of a soft spot for the Britanan (some of you may know this) so I want to have a board that has hints of the Britanan Empire before its decimation.

So, firstly. a quick sketch of my intended layout. As you can see I am certainly no artist.

The dotted line going from top to bottom is a path based upon the bases of my Troopers

The lower right is a hill, there may be a pond to the mid-left and then ruins in the board centre and on the hill and finally some trees.


Here is where I am at the moment then, the path is cut from cardboard squares. the wall is carved from blue insulation foam. I will add a close up of the wall in the next post. The wall isn’t attached as it will end up on the hill.


>Antenociti Future Car

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A car from www.antenocitisworkshop.com for use on my Infinity board. I love the colour.

>Another new building

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Here’s the second new building for my Infinity table.
You can see it complete, with the upper roof removed and with the upper floor removed.

What do you think? I am happy with how it has turned out.



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