Monday, 30 January 2017

Additional Tiny Spaceships

Well, we're gathered here once again, so let's list off what I've painted recently. It won't take long.

First off, an Amber cruiser...

Yep, that's what one of those looks like.

And then, two more Voidgates, to enable further Shaltari cheating.

That completes the Shaltari starter fleet from my enormous Dropfleet Commander pledge. We've been playing a few games using just the starter fleets, and so far I've beaten everyone but Pete and his confounded UCM. 

Next step is to get to 750 points with these. I don't actually know what I'm going to add to get there, but I suppose it would be prudent to include a second mothership. So maybe I'll do that. 

But maybe not!

Anyway, how's the 2017 painting tally looking now, with a month basically down?

Painted: 4
Aquired: 66


Well, that might look better next time I suppose...

Monday, 9 January 2017

Progess! And then... not that.

After my somewhat rocky start the other day in which I acquired 57 models without yet having painted any, my quest to take more models off the lead pile than I add to it in 2017 seemed under threat.

But then, I managed this!


That's a Shaltari Emerald Mothership, part of my new Dropfleet Commander force. Given my self -imposed rules, it's fortunate that my pledge actually arrived in December, so I don't have to count lots of extra spaceships against my tally.

I've played two games of Dropfleet now, and it seems like a really interesting game. The orbital combat mechanics make for something with more meat to it than other space combat games I've tried, and dropping troops onto the surface from orbit is an extra added challenge. I have loads of models for this to go at, so you can expect more posts about this game to turn up.

Unfortunately, however, Kieron's pledge has also arrived, and so when I played him last night, he gave me his Shaltari sprues... which adds 8 models to the "acquired" column.

Also, just to nudge things just a touch further in the wrong direction, I need to complete the tale of Warlord Games orders. If you're following all of this very closely (and I can't think why you wouldn't be), then you'll know that my mother-in-law gave me £100 of Warlord vouchers for Christmas.

For some reason though, she wasn't confident that the voucher would work when she gave me the code. Don't know why, since she's given me the same vouchers before, but she emailed Warlord to check, and for reasons I don't really follow, got more confused and ended up calling them, at which point she was assured that all was fine. There it would have ended, but on boxing day she checked her email to find an apology from Warlord for the confusion, and an extra £20 voucher as a goodwill gesture - which she also passed onto me, since my mother-in-law unaccountably doesn't buy much from Warlord herself.

So, kudos to Warlord Games for their customer service, but all of this is a long-winded way of saying that I need to add yet another model to the pile, as I used the voucher to get a Char B1 bis to add to my Bolt Action French.

Mmmm... unassembled...
 So, I am at least off the mark in terms of painting, giving me a new tally of:

Painted: 1
Acquired: 66

My birthday is in two weeks. I fear the worst.

Saturday, 7 January 2017

Well, that escalated quickly

Errr... right. As I mentioned in my obligatory New Year post, it's my intention this year to be pretty strict with myself and my intention to reduce my enormous collection of unused, unpainted models (and embarrasing number of which are still in their original packaging).

So, I have to report that this isn't off to a great start - I received the very generous gift of a £100 Warlord Games voucher from my mother in law for Christmas, and, well, this is the result:

Yeah, none of this is painted.
That's a second copy of the Terminator Genisys game, some special and heavy weapon terminator endoskeletons, a French MMG team, a motorcycle gang, 8 horses and a ruined farmhouse. 

By my count, that's a total of 57 models, although I might be able to get clever with the motorcycle gang and stretch it a bit further. 

So, let's start the counter...

Acquired in 2017: 57
Painted in 2017: 0

Yeah. That's a flying start, but sadly in the wrong direction. Still, onwards and upwards!

Saturday, 31 December 2016

The Obligatory New Year Post

It's 2017! Well, it will be tomorrow anyway.

This would be the point at which I review how I did against my plans for the year, but looking back I've dicovered that I never posted about my plans for the year, and have no idea what I was trying to achieve. So, er, mission accomplished?

I've also failed to keep track of how many models I painted and acquired this year, apart from a lone post in February with a counter on it. So, adding up quickly, it looks like I got through 158 models. That sounds good, but they're largely 6mm, and I don't have a clue how many I acquired (but the Dropfleet Commander pledge on its own will have added a fair bit to the total). So I have no idea whether I came out in credit or not for painting, but it's safe to assume I didn't.

I did however get one last model ready to sneak in under the wire, so here it is!

It's got tracks!
It's got a trailer!

It's a Lorraine carrier for the French. I'm sure you're all sick of me posting about WW2 French, but that's just tough. I have more of these to paint too, so you can expect some very similar photos to come at some point - almost certainly after some Shaltari spaceships.

Right, so what am I going to try for this year?

Well, it's simple. I'm going to try to make a dent in the lead mountain, for real this time.

My plan is twofold. First - make sure I paint more models than I acquire in 2017. "Acquire" is a deliberately all-encompassing term, so I don't get to add freebies just by not paying for them. If I go to a show and get a free model on the door, then I'll have to paint something to cover it. When the big order I placed with Warlord the other day arrives, that's going to hurt my score immediately.

Second! I'm not going to start any new projects that require me to buy models. What that means is I can still start games I don't already play, but only if I can use models I already have. Ideally, it would mean painting something I already own, and thus reducing the pile.

Now, I'm a natural hoarder, so I do have a vast array of unpainted stuff. There's no chance that this policy will result in my lead pile being wiped out, but I'd settle for a decent reduction. Let's see what happens.

Happy New Year everybody!

Thursday, 29 December 2016

Catching up

Right, let's keep this moving - the "New Year" post will be along before we know it and there's a backlog building up here!

My internet connection was broken for a while, so I haven't been able to post this - ahem - vast array of painting that I've completed recently. So, here it is...

First up, some casualty markers for my French Bolt Action force.

I'm intending to use these to denote units that have lost their NCO (since in Bolt Action that leads to a morale penalty, and it's not particularly easy to pick out the NCO models in my force so I tend not to bother). These are Great War Miniatures so they're actually WW1 models, but the differences aren't too obvious so I'm not going to worry about it.

Next! Back to fantasy, I've based up two units of Empire handgunners for use in Kings of War.

These were used in our big Christmas game this year... and to be honest, the less said about that the better - I'm sure Kieron will have a post about it at some point to explain where it all went wrong for the Empire's side...

Ok, so now I'm up to date, except to mention that my pledge for Dropfleet Commander finally arrived! It doesn't quite have everything in it, but I can start putting more ships together and painting them, so you can expect to see more of that on the way!

Sunday, 20 November 2016

Bringing out the Big(ger) Guns

Me again! I know, you just get yourself settled, and then I come crashing in and waving things I've painted around the place, like a small child desperate for approval.

This time, the thing I'm waving round and asking you to look at is for Bolt Action - since the release of version 2 we've had a few games, and it's rekindled my interest in painting my French army. That's a good thing, as I still have a fair pile of models to paint for it.

Top of that pile turned out to be this...

Over there!

A medium howitzer!

Or maybe over there!

I wanted one of these since it's a larger gun that the French force can take for free, but Warlord don't make a model for it. This one is actually from Mad Bob Miniatures (who incidentally seem to have a growing range of French stuff) with crew from Great War Miniatures - so the crew are actually from the wrong war, but I don't think it's too obvious, and there's not exactly a wealth of WW2 French gun crew models available.

It seems I may have inspired Pete to go out and get an even bigger gun in response, so I'll have to get this onto the table before he has a chance to counter it - even though, as a new unit, it's most likely to be destroyed before it fires a single shot...

Thursday, 3 November 2016

More Dropfleet Commander Shaltari

Alright, that title is a little utilitarian, but I've painted some more Dropfleet Commander Shaltari!

So let's have a look at them then.

First up, we have, er, some frigates.


Accompanying these is, erm, some other sort of frigates. I've forgotten what they're called.

Also pointy, but somewhat flatter!

So now I have a very small fleet! These are all of the models I have so far since I'm still waiting for my Kickstarter pledge to arrive, but having these done already means I'm slightly ahead of the curve when everything else finally gets here.

Things of various descriptions!

Also notice that I don't have enough bases yet! I'm sure that will be rectified at some point, but since I can't actually play any games yet, it's not really a priority.

Right, now what?