Saturday, December 31, 2011

Menoth Closes Out the Year

Well, managed to finish off the pieces for my Epic Feora 50 pt list this morning. I've played the list twice with incomplete models, but that abomination ends in 2012!

A full unit of Exemplar Bastions.

I used a cool blue for the unit color cloth.

Also finished off the Menoth Heavy Jack kit as a Vanquisher.

I tried something different with the Menoth White this time. After spraying the two tones of white paint, I added a really thin wash of Devlan Mud.

If the Feora list does consistently well, I'll post some tactica for it.

OK...that's it for 2011. I hope you had a great year and got some fun games in. I'll post an annual wrap up in a couple of days.

'Til next time...

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Star Wars Christmas

If you've been following this blog for a while, you know I don't talk much about my work. This is the exception post that proves that rule...

I've spent the last two years working on the space combat mini-game for the just-released MMORPG, Star Wars: The Old Republic.

SWTOR has been running live for nearly two weeks now, and I'm happy to say that it is being well received and looks like it will be a popular and viable online game for some time to come. I've been playing the game since launch day, and it's really awesome to see all the various game systems, worked on by the project's many teams, come together so well. I quickly worked my character up to level 14, got my space ship, and tried out space combat in the live environment. Everything worked! I was very relieved.

Here's some concept art for the minefield mission.

Someone posted a screenshot of their Bounty Hunter's ship in the ice field mission.

I'm very proud of all the great people I've been working with on SWTOR for the past couple of years.

Now, back to the hobby! This past Tuesday was club night, and I ran a Kursk scenario (Wounded Tiger) from the Conflict of Heroes game system. My opponent was Mark Wall, and we played twice, switching sides for the second game.

I used micro armor for all the game pieces (just laid the bases right over the game counters).

The German rescue column.

The Russian T34s and T70s rushed in to knock out the immobilized Tiger before it could be towed off the board. The Russians wound up winning both playthroughs of this scenario...volume trumps quality again, it seems.

I leave you this week with best wishes for your Christmas season. If you have time off over the holidays, hope you can get some painting in!

'Til next time.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Crusader...No, Templar

A couple of years back, I bought some Warmachine models from a guy at work who was getting out of the game. I picked up his built Crusader for about $10, and it then sat on the table here for...well, a long time. Now, I recently picked up the plastic Menoth Heavy 'Jack kit to make a Blood of Martyrs character 'jack. As a result, I had some spare parts to make a Templar. Crusader chassis...Templar shield and flail...well, the result is a quick and cheap Templar.

I'm using a very simple paint scheme, so this conversion fell together quite quickly.

The holidays are nearly here...can't wait!

'Til next time.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Mixed Bag

It was an active hobby and gaming week...even with a trip to Austin thrown in.

Started off by finishing up Epic Feora, a Menoth caster who I've been interested in playing at 50 points recently.

Her molded base is a carpet of flame which I struggled a little bit to paint, but it turned out in a passable state.

Now, I also finished off two Menoth Temple Flameguard. These two pieces (on the outer edges of this photo) finish off a maximum unit...a unit I actually started painting over five years ago. As you can see from the pieces now all arrayed, the painted styles and colors are a little different between many of the models...that's what you get for doing a unit piecemeal.

Last Tuesday night, the Edmonton Wargame Group moved into its new venue, at the Riverbend community league in the city's southwest. It's a little more homey and suburban than our prior digs over at the Warriors In Time club, but everyone seemed to like the change. We also held our semi-annual auction, which raised several month's rent for the coming year. WhooHoooo.

Finally, I got those T-70s done for the Conflict of Heroes Kursk scenario I want to put together. These are 6mm micro armor pieces mounted on 1" square metal bases.

The weather's turning colder and the hobby room is heating up.

'Til next time.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Vessel of Judgement

Ever had a project that you really weren't that interested in doing...but you did it anyway because you felt like you had to? Well, here's mine: the Vessel of Judgement.

This is the Menoth battle engine. It's a fine piece for Warmachine, coming in at 9 points with a great selection of abilities...but for some reason, I just wasn't that keen on building it.

I think it's the design...maybe it just looks goofy, or over-wrought, or unbalanced.

Whatever the reason, I really don't like the look of it, wasn't that interested in building it, and really didn't put as much effort into it as was needed to get it cleaned up and made into a stunning kit.

Don't get me a hobby project, I think I put in enough effort to field it's just that I don't like it as much as I think I should. Hmmm, maybe the moon is just in the wrong phase for me this week.

'Til next time.