Thursday 30 March 2017

Imperial Officers

   The base set of Imperial Assault is really varied mix of different units, some that you need in almost every scenario in the campaign and others that only get used sparingly. So, obviously, it made sense to put some effort into getting the figures used the most, finished first.
   Nearly every set-up includes at least one Imperial Officer, and as they were an easy uniform to paint I added them into my painting list as a side project while other bits dried.

   The below photo shows how I have decided to mark each group out on the board. Each has a colour painted on the back of the base, so it isn't overwhelming on the figure but lets you easily see who is who, then I put the matching colour token onto the figure's card, while the red coloured base is nearly always the red elite unit in the scenario to try and cut down on the amount of tokens on the table at any one time.

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Friday 24 March 2017

More French conscription

'Soldiers generally win battles; generals get credit for them'. 
           - Napoleon Bonaparte 

   It's been a long time coming but I have finally finished the next unit for my Sharp Practise French as I am determined to get a game in this year. I reckon I only need to paint two more units* and then, maybe, do a British army too if I can't find a painted opponent.
   My painting desk seems to have split into two bits in recent months, the 'next in the queue' section and the 'one day' section, and this is completely ignoring the lead pile itself. The 'one day' section is fast becoming the area models go to when I want to get them done but something about the project is holding me back, but I have given up buying new models for Lent and it is this area of my desk that i want to focus my attention.
   I've said before that painting Napoleonic's isn't the most fun endeavour I have ever undertaken but actually this unit wasn't that bad once I actually got started. I suspect the issue last time was that I batch painted 16 in one go and then went straight onto the next 8, but I have learned the error of my ways in terms of mass batch painting and this is the biggest single batch I have painted since Christmas, preferring 5's and 6's if I am doing units.


Now to get the next unit built to keep the momentum up.

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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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