Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Kroxigors Done

First off, I see this blog has ticked over 50 subscribers...thanks for joining in! I hope you're likin' the pics.

OK, so, Kroxigors are the next element I'm adding to my growing Lizardmen army. I started these about 10 days ago, and haven't been very diligent getting them done on the one-project-per-week schedule. However, better late than never.

In order to get these guys into my army and meet the core unit requirement as I move up to around 2000 points, I'm going to have to build a bunch more skinks...so that's the next project. I'll update that one on the Labor Day weekend, coming up.

Here are a couple of WIP shots. First, the Krox are assembled, based and primed.

Here, they've received washes of black and then purple, in order to set the base for the paint job.

'Til next time.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

An Interlude of Chaos

So...I'm painting my Kroxigors for the ongoing Lizardmen army, and I have a look around my hobby room. It's a disaster. Eight months of mess heaped up everywhere. Time to take a break and tidy up.

I opened up a couple of my ancients army boxes and found a disaster. Warriors separated by centuries mixed up together like they each had their own personal time machine.

So, I unloaded three boxes of figs onto the kitchen counter and started to sort things out. First...the mayhem...

As I started to reform proper bases, I thought I'd take some shots and make the organization work the subject of this week's blog. Here are Roman Legionnaires from the 1st century AD.

Dux Bellorum Arthur and his Romano-British knights from the 5th century.

Romano-British spearmen, the early Christian chi rho symbol prominent on their shields.

Danish princes from the 9th century.

Ferocious sword-Danes looking to knock heads during a raid on Saxon England.

'Til next time.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Salamanders FTW

The Lizardmen marathon continues. This week I painted up a unit of three salamanders along with their skink handlers.

In 8th edition, it sounds like salamanders are the Lizardmen's most devastating unit, point-for-point. Can't wait to take them out for a spin.

The salamanders were primed white, sprayed bright yellow, then washed with GW Chestnut ink. They were drybrushed in yellow and the dark blue striping was added and highlighted.

Next up, I'd like to take on the Kroxigor miniatures, so I'll probably start clean up and assembly of the metal models this afternoon.

'Til next time.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

First WFB Game

I played my first game of WFB (ever) last night at the club. It was a great introduction to the system. We had a three-way game. I played my new Lizardmen. Scott had is Tomb Kings out and Mark brought his Bretonnians.

Here's the ubiquitous opening table shot where you can't see anything that's going on. Lizardmen at the bottom. Kings at the top left and Bretonnians on the right.

Here is a shot of Mark's knights. OK, get this. Mark bought his entire army at a local swap meet...painted...for $25. Come on!

Here's one of Scott's skeleton blocks. He painted his army last year; very nice! It became apparent last night that Tomb Kings need an army book update. They seemed underpowered, point-for-point, when compared to the other armies on the table.

My stegadon charged a unit of Scott's monstrous infantry. The impact hits pretty much took care of them right off the bat. Go steg! My Saurus Warriors charged the skeleton block and after two rounds of combat, chewed them up.

Things didn't go quite so well against Mark's Bretonnians. Although the skinks took out a Paladin with poison javelins, this pegasus-mounted knight destroyed the whole unit in a run down.

Although the Slann whacked 5 of 12 Grail Knights with Dwellers Below, the remaining knights destroyed the Temple Guard without breaking a sweat. The Skink Priest did get a big magic missile off against the Breton general and eliminated her handily.

With the Tomb Kings getting the better of their fight with the Bretonnians they faced, we called the game after two hours as a draw. Super fun! Thank to Scott and Mark for a great introduction to the game.

'Til next time.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Stegadon Part II

Well, two weeks later...the Stegadon is now complete. I'm pretty happy with the way this model turned out, but it was more work than I thought it would be. There's just so much detail in these large models...I would think that I'd be done, and then I'd find another detail that hadn't been picked out. Bah!

Here's a close up of one of the skink crew members.

In profile. I used some of the etched brass from the Warhammer basing set to represent some fallen jungle foliage.

I took the skink priest from the Engine of the Gods portion of the kit, and based him on his own...instant skink wizard!

I play my first game of WFB on Tuesday...I now have 1250 points worth of troops painted up. I'll try to remember to take some pics. Next up on the painting table will be some Salamander units.

'Til next time.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Stegadon WIP: Part I

Well, as I suspected, I ran a little behind schedule this week due to my nieces flying into town. But honestly, if it's a choice between finishing another model, or seeing my nieces, I'd have to say that the girls would win out every time!

Regardless, I got the Stegadon built and had it mostly painted by the end of last week.

In profile. As you can see, there are still final details (rope, skulls, etc.) to be painted in.

The most difficult part of this model was trying to do the horns. The prospect of painting horns has intimidated me for some years. But I took it head-on with this model and now feel that the effort counted for something.

As you can see, I'm still working on the Howda (which I'm building as the war machine). Skinks are also mostly done at this point. I should be finished this model next weekend, and then it will be on to Salamanders, I believe.

Me, Lauren and Maddy at the Edmonton Folk Festival this past weekend... so... much... fun!

'Til next time.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Temple Guard

I'm continuing to work my way through the Lizardmen battalion box. This past week, I was painting up the Temple Guard.

You know, I picked Lizardmen because I thought they'd be the easiest WH army to paint. However, the Temple Guard have to be some of the most complex, intricate figures I've ever worked on. Thank goodness there were only 10 of them!

Here they are with their Slann general.

In the big mess of bone, scales and weapons, it's hard to pick out what an individual Temple Guard figure looks like. Here's a sample.

A team shot for the yearbook...

I'm moving from the battalion box and starting into the Stegadon model. I have it assembled and primed and will try to knock off as much of it as I can before my nieces arrive this week for next weekend's big music festival here in town. That's a four-day event...so no promises about next week's update.

'Til Next time.