Thursday, July 3, 2014

Off Topic: Transforming Toys painting and gaming blog

So, everyone knows by now that I like blogging. Lots of different blogs, for different topics, and different games, so here's yet another one!

I've reliving 80's fun watching Transformer's Cartoons, and I've been reading Marvel and IDW comics, and playing Transformers computer games, and I thought, why isn't there a collect and paint and play miniatures game about transforming toys like Transformers and Gobots.

So I've decided to collect cheap transforming toys, and to paint them up as if they were miniatures game pieces, and to make miniatures rules for them.

I'm blogging the collecting, painting, and rule making, at this new blog:

Here's a glimpse of what to expect:

Saturday, March 8, 2014

QuadCommand Miniatures Game

QuadCommand Miniatures Game.

This is off-topic, not 40k related, but for anyone who's interested, I've started developing a '3D Print on Demand' science fiction game, featuring four-legged giant war machines at a micro scale of about 1:500 (2mm is aproximately 1 meter).

By making the 'Quads' (Armoured Assault Quad Walkers) smaller than typical miniatures, it means that the tabletop landscape can be much larger - creating big battlefields without needing big space (or if you have big space, creating huge battlefields!). I'm also going to do both papercraft and 3D Printed scenery options for ruining up Earth of the future.

Development is the very early days, but I'm blogging the development of the game as well as prototype miniatures experiments over here:

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

'Black Ghosts' Infiltrators - Imperial Guard Kasrkin

(As always, click it for a bigger picture.)

Okay, so my initial enthusiasm for my "let's paint all of my unpainted miniatures" wore off pretty quickly, but I'm managing to do a figure or two. I've now got three complete "Infiltrators", which are one of my army's versions of the Cadian Kasrkin, which are basically Imperial Guard Stormtroopers.

I made an adjustment to Ghost Prime, their squad leader (the middle figure), by adding a touch more grey to her helmet and shoulder pads, and keeping her gun shiny, so she's more visible beside other Infiltrators, when glancing at the tabletop. The other squad members have black helmets and shoulder pads, and remain grungy looking without any shine.

Basically, I painted them all in grey, the guns in metal, the backpacks in grey and antennae in metal, then washed it all in black. Then painted the shoulder pads and helmet in black, and the shirt and pants beneath armour in black, and the bottom front half of their boots in black. I didn't highlight, I left the grungy-ness of the wash over everything. Then I painted the bright orange bits which I think stand out really nicely among all the black and blackened-grey. I added just a touch of bright blue to the plasma gun.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

HDR Imperial Guard so far...

Okay, so it's been a long time. A long, long time. Haven't been playing 40k or painting anything related to it. However, my brother has recently been getting back into his Space Wolves:

And he's been lending me his White Dwarf magazines. This month, there was this massive, massive space marine army photo, that looked truly awesome, and all I could think was, I still haven't painted my Imperial Guards!

So I've decided to insert some army painting again in among my current activites, in a quest to complete my Imperial Guard army. Not pictured are an unassembled Valkyrie and an unassembled fourth Sentinel. Can't remember if I've got any other boxes lying around.

Anyway, here's the forces assembled so far, that still need to get finished! (I've been playing around with my camera and some HDR settings, hence the title.)

As always, click on it for larger view. (I shrunk it to 1920 monitor size for uploading)

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

3D Dungeon Tiles kickstarter !!!

A guy on Kickstarter is going to build custom-painted 3D dungeon tiles! You can say how many you want, and whether you want unpainted ones to paint up yourself, or whether you will pay to have him pro-paint them up for you in a scheme of your choice!

I thought it was so awesome, I want to help spread the word, as he's only doing them for people that make pledges for the kickstarter, I think.

If I join in the pledging, I'm going to ask for one painted up in a sort of moldy old stone like something out of an ancient ruined temple in a Tomb Raider game (or something like that) so it could be used as ancient ruins for Star Wars jedi / sith skirmishes, or perhaps an abandoned ancient dwarven city full of goblins and lost dwarven treasures for some Lord of the Rings skirmishes, or who knows what else! Could even use it as a ruined alien temple for some space hulk sort of thing!

It's also designed to work for a 3D board, for the miniatures dungeon crawl game Super Dungeon Explore which is a japanese anime / console arcade game inspired board game - makes me think of Legend of Zelda or Pokemon or something :)

He's got photos of a prototype board, painted up in a fiery dungeon theme, and I think his stuff looks pretty awesome :)

Here's a link to his kickstarter page:

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Imperial Guardsman August 2012

Hi guys! It's been quite a break since I did much miniature painting, especially since I did any 40k stuff, and I'm back in a mini making mood at the moment.

I'm trying to spice up my hobby a bit by working on a figure at a time, alternating between the different games I play (40k, Lord of the Rings, Battletech, Doctor Who, etc), so I don't feel bogged down by painting the same thing over and over again.

I'm spending a fair bit more time on each figure now too, instead of batch painting big groups of figures. Anyway, I hadn't tried out the new range of Games Workshop miniatures paints on any 40k figures yet, so I tried out the new colour range with an Imperial Guardsman.

When working on some LOTR figures, and learning to paint better, I got some better brushes too, so I was able to have more detail on the model than my previous 40k models had :)

(though it's still the basic Green and Gold paint scheme, now there's highlighting, etc.)