Friday, 20 January 2017

Little Steps

I went out today with the intention of spending money. Pure retail therapy. I came back with a brush. An expensive brush because the only shop in town that now sells brushes other than GW, Hobbycraft (which has become a bit crap, sorry Andy if you are reading this) never have any brushes of the right size in stock.
I have done a few bits of painting today. I have done some blocking out on the remaining orcs and a brief bit of messing about with the X-Com stuff. If I keep working at it, I might sneak up on the X-Com project and finish it. I did some tidying up and then stuck figures to old paint pots to help with painting.

Thursday, 19 January 2017

Just About Finished

Having thought I had done all the work I found a few more minor details to do as I was inspecting them. Nothing too major but a number of little niggles. Easy to put right, still a pain though. Mostly done with ink.
The decals are drying and the grass tufts are on, the base highlighting is done. I am beginning to think that this project is nearly over. Actually, wait on a minute, the figures are complete so they are actually done. This may be a record.
Then I guess I already have another six linemen to do. Then there will be four goblins (possibly?), a hero and a troll to do. Then there is a human team in the draw and I don't have a painted human team. Then I have some unpainted old style dwarves (with all the options, including the roller) and I think I may even have an old school dark elf team.

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Another Update

Not much of an update today. No pictures, apart from the one of the kitten. If nothing else, it will amuse my other half.
I was expecting to have done a bit more today than I have manged to actually do. I have done some of the decals but not all. I have noticed that the varnish has caused a few problems. It's tarnished on a few figures. So when I have finished with the decals, I was going to touch up around them, now I am going to have to do a bit more work.


Tuesday, 17 January 2017

X-Com Corpses And Zombies

I found myself with a bit of an enforced gap with the Blood Bowl orc team. I needed to go on a brief hiatus whilst I wait for the light and the weather to be good enough to do the spray varnishing. This is never going to be my best work. The planned usage is pretty limited, a fraction of a game, not even regular usage within the game. I don't plan on putting a huge amount of effort on the corpses. The zombies, well there might be a bit more of a job on them.
So back to the background project, figures for an RPG of X-Com. I have plenty of work to do on this project but I am trying to box off some of the figures, if only to stop them gathering dust on the work bench. I have had this project on the cards for two decades but in a practical sense, I have been "actively" been working in it for two years. I am currently thinking that a game may actually happen at the start of 2018.

This was going to be my Zomtober project for last year and I have been working on it intermittently. Just enough figures for the month. Time was short then (it should be short now as I should be doing my tax return) so I didn't get round to it. Still there is always time to finish off the lead (or in this case) plastic mountain.

To recap, the plan is to run a game a bit like the reboot of X-Com (not X-Com 2). I seem to have spent a lot of time doing RPGs that are inspired by computers games. A deep and darkly twisted part of me wants to add in bits of the old Gerry Anderson show, UFO into the game. I run RPGs with about 4-6 players. This fits in nicely as the aircraft used for transporting troops has between 4-6 seats. This means the maximum number of casualties (and zombies) I need to put in the table is five.

Still a fair amount of work to do but they have moved on from this which is what they looked like earlier.

Monday, 16 January 2017

Finishing Touches

Not so much done today. I have done some red highlighting on all of the figures. This was a biggish job and has taken up much of the limited time I have had today. I have decided to put a bit of blood on some of the figures and onto the pitch as well. It's called Blood Bowl for a reason after all. Finally I painted the edge of the bases. I am tempted to do a few more bits and pieces. Skulls, severe heads and arms spring to mind. Too much hassle at the moment but when I get round to the next batch, I might do it. It helps to differentiate between the models on the table. It got a little too dark to spray them with varnish today, so I'll have to put a bit more work into them tomorrow. Then onto to the decals.
In the meantime, I might do something else.

Sunday, 15 January 2017

Nearly There

I have managed to get a fair bit of work done on the figures today. I think I need to do a bit of red highlighting and paint the edge of the bases but that is it for the painting. I'll finish that tomorrow. Spray varnish. Add the transfers and some flock or tufts and then I'll be done with these. Although I have enjoyed painting them, it will be a relief when they are actually finish. But they are not finished, I have another six or seven to go. Maybe next week, maybe the week after.
 If I have any sense I will leave them until I can get a troll, some goblins and Varag Ghoul Chewer.

Saturday, 14 January 2017

Almost There, Almost

Despite my protestations yesterday, I did manage to get some painting done last night when things eventually got quite. For the most part this was just blocking out. Today I have filled in the last of the blocking out and some inking up. My dad would have had a thing or two to say about my cutting in. Not sure what that says about my painting skills. I am beginning to think that I don't need a double zero brush but should possibly go and buy myself a paint roller. Anyway, they are starting to look a little less like the paint has been daubed on.
So despite a false start this morning, I am well on my way to finishing them. Getting them all done by close of play tomorrow is still a possibility but may be a bit optimistic. I have done a bit more painting since I took the picture.

It's a shame really. Up until a few days ago, I was assuming I was going to be out airsofting today for the first time in a good few years. Then my sister said she was coming up to see my mum. Then at the last minute cancelled because of the bad weather. So far I have seen a few patches of hail stones one morning. SO much for the predictions.