Sunday, 19 March 2017

Chewie and Han

   One of the things I said I wouldn't do when I picked up Imperial Assault was starting buying up all the main film characters. Luke and Darth Vader came in the base box, which was fine, but any more and all I thought I would be doing is going against the fluff by putting them into games (the same reason I don't tend to use named/special/real characters and/or people in games, I want my stories to be my stories).
   Then the 3rd mission we played called for Han Solo to be part of it. The set comes with tokens and card so you don't need to buy the figure, but I am a gamer, the chances of me not buying him once I knew I needed him were slim to nothing. Once you have Han in your collection it seems churlish not to pick up Chewbacca too . . .

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Monday, 13 March 2017

Anyone need a hero?

   I've had a steady stream of heroes going across my painting table at any one time and these 3 all happened to be finished about the same time. The jedi and the smuggler are the two characters my mate uses in every campaign game (we decided to keep the game interesting and let him rotate in any character he wants as his 3rd), while the wookie was blocked out at the same time as I started on Chewbacca*.
   The heroes from the main box have been really well thought through, with all types ranging from the tank, the techy and everything in between, a full on D&D party in the star wars universe.

*More to come
on that one.

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Wednesday, 8 March 2017

You rebel scum

   Ok, so one of the main reasons I was starting to chat to my mate about wanting to play Imperial Assault was that I had just seen Rogue One in the cinema (losing some serious geek cred on how late I saw it) and the final battle just inspired me. When I saw the Rebel Rangers in the shops over the next few days, in my head they matched exactly what I was after, so I actually bought a pack before I had even worked out how to justify buying the starter box. Upon looking at the uniforms I have discovered that they are in the Battle of Endor style dress and not the ones from the end of Rogue One, but frankly, who cares too much?
   I painted the squad in Battle of Endor colours, as I am convinced that would look epic on a board and if Fantasy Flight Games don't do an expansion based on it I will be shocked, but they look professional enough that they will make great standard rebel troopers for any scenario I plan to put them into. Again, I would be shocked if I don't pick up at least one more pack.
   The guy at the front is Fenn Signis from the starter box set. When we tried the campaign play out for the first time this was one of the heroes that my mate didn't choose but on close inspection it is obvious he is wearing the exact same uniform as the Rebel Rangers, just with the addition of the scarf, so I painted him to match them, keeping his original scarf colour so it is obvious who he is.

painted rebel rangers fenn signis imperial assault hero

The rest of the heroes I am keeping to their artwork colour schemes which is a bit more of a headache.

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Saturday, 4 March 2017

Blood Bowl Coach

   As ever, I am completely incapable of staying on target with a project and this guy has sneaked onto my painting board. I was window shopping online on one of my last days in my old job and stumbled across this guy on the Heresy Miniatures website and he screamed Bloodbowl coach at me.
    While there is a position on the team roster to buy an assistant coach, this guy just doesn't feel like one to me, so I will sort out that position another day. This guy will just hang about on the edge of the pitch abusing the players.

human bloodbowl coach blood bowl heresy miniatures purple

   The last things are two bases of wild bunnies. I'm fairly sure these are from Warbases but I am not sure when I actually bought them, but they have been sitting on a shelf so long that I had to do something with them.

warbases bunnies rabbits

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Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Probe Droids

   One of the things you come to accept in this hobby is your level of painting skill, my skill is very much in getting uniformed troops onto the table in a speed that some of my mates can't get over, but that only really pass the 2 foot rule in general. My biggest issue are non-uniformed figures as these slow me down, and if I am not enjoying the process, it can kill my enthusiasm quicker than a horde army will. This is what is happening a bit with the heroes from the Imperial Assault box, so I thought I would treat myself to a unit that I knew I would enjoy painting and would be quick and easy to do. Up hoover the probe droids from the starter set.
    I haven't done anything special with the paint job, it really is as simple as it looks, but on the boards they really look they are supposed to be there. With these guys turning out to be a lot more potent in the game than I expected, it makes sense they should look the part.

Now back to painting heroes I think.

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Thursday, 23 February 2017

Rebels Sighted

   I currently have two main hobby plans on the go; I am planning on keeping a minimum of 30 minutes of painting a day before work, even with my busier work schedule and I am attempting to get everything from wave 1 of the Imperial assault set painted so we can play through the campaign with fully painted miniatures.
   These are the first products of this new regime; three rebel troops and Luke Skywalker from Imperial Assault. Much as I am sure anyone who has watched Rogue One is working out ways to recreate the final battle, these guys are just so iconic that I had to have at least a unit, and as some appear in the campaign, it was even more reason to buy a pack. While Luke just looked like fun to paint

painted rebels imperial assault

painted luke skywalker imperial assault

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Sunday, 19 February 2017

D&D Horses

   I started a new job last Tuesday so my hobby time is even more limited than it ever was, or at least until I settle down and work out what my new routine is. As such, this blog will change as well, being as regular as I can manage but also much more concise.

   The first of these posts is a bit of a cheat post, as I have only actually painted 2 of the models in it, but the horses are just too clever not to post about. My D&D gaming group are working our way through the Hoard of the Dragon Queen campaign book and we have reached a point where we have been given horses by an NPC as we gather we are going to be doing a lot of distance travelling in the next few sessions. 
   I did some research on how other gamers show their character is riding a horse compared to just being next to it and came across a variety of methods, ranging from having a separate model of their figure on a horse, to horses with cut out backs or simply stickers you put on the horse while you remove the character from the board. None of these felt right for our group, however. The system I liked the look of was one put forward by Stuffer Shack and it was probably the simplest system, just have a horse on a bigger base, if your figure is on the base, it is riding the horse, next to the base and it is next to the horse. The next step was to pick horses with colours as close to the horses we each picked but again, the website gives enough choice that I have done pretty close.

From left to right we have; Bucephalas, River, Osiris, Nibbles and Blessing.

    Next up are my only bits of painting; our group's half-elf sorcerer who had been using an unpainted figure since the start and felt left out, and our wizard's mastiff war dog. The half-elf is a Reaper Miniatures figure and is made of their soft plastic which I really don't like the feel of, while the mastiff is from Otherworld Miniatures.

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