Saturday, 28 April 2018

More Terminator Business

The ongoing Terminator Genisys: Rise of the Resistance Kickstarter has kept my focus on the Terminator models I already have, and haven't yet painted. It's also kept me keen on playing the existing Terminator Genisys game, and led to a couple of games against Kieron last night.

I wanted to get the HK Gunship I got as a Christmas present onto the table, and I worked out a neat little 500 point list that included this and an infiltrator. This meant that a quick spot of kitbashing was in order, to create this:

Admittedly infiltration would probably be
easier if he kept his skin on.

If nothing else this got a bit more variety out of the resistance models!

We played a couple of games, with varying degrees of getting the rules wrong. It's fair to say that the game gives a good impression of the feel of the films - when you play as Skynet you tend to just push forward blazing away merrily at anything that moves, whereas the resistance player has more of a mad scramble to keep individual machines out of the middle of their lines. It has been a bit random with the scenarios that we've been playing, and we wondered if this is due to the small size of the table we've been using - for one thing, there's not much room to flank or anything so all of the resistance guns tend to be involved.

Still, we haven't tried any of the narrative scenarios in the rulebook yet, so that's still to do.

Anyway, here's a couple of photos...

HK gunship hovers menacingly over the resistance outpost
Strategic pointing from a resistance commander leads to victory
Most important of all, the infiltrator adds to my painting total, so here're the absolutely vital numbers...

Painted: 67
Acquired: -6

Sunday, 22 April 2018

Pungari Pun Ross

I make no apologies for that title.

I've been back to my side project of "finally dealing with models I received as gifts years ago", and this time I've opted for some Pungari Auxiliaries for my Shaltari Dropzone Commander force.

Forty of the little blighters!

These were a secret santa gift from Kieron a couple of years ago, and they're basically apex gift trolling. They're potentially useful, but they were fiddly to paint, extremely numerous, and I'm actually not certain how valuable they'd be in the game. They are good at searching buildings, but otherwise they cost more, and are easier to kill, than standard Shaltari braves. Well played, Kieron.

As it was sat around near the Pungari, I also painted another Endoskeleton for Terminator Genisys, this time one with twin plasma rifles.
"It doesn't get tired, it doesn't feel pain,
and it absolutely will not stop until you
are dead. Or its ankles break."
This is another worryingly fragile metal model. This time I'm worried that the ankles are going to snap, as it's been leaning alarmingly and I've had to bend it back into shape a couple of times. I'm already contemplating things I could stick to the base as support when it inevitably breaks.

Anyway, robot ankle failure aside, painting an endoskeleton leads me neatly into plugging the Terminator Genisys: Rise of the Resistance Kickstarter that's running right now. It has about a week left to run, so if like me you're weirdly obsessed with Terminator, you can throw some money in that direction.

So, I've painted 41 models to include in a single blog post. That's got to have done good things to my numbers...

Painted: 66
Acquired: -6

Friday, 6 April 2018

Walls and so on

It's still post-apocalypse time here at Matt Towers. I've managed to snare Kieron into playing Terminator Genisys, which drives a need for more terrain, which has led me to more of this stuff.

I picked up some more of the Crooked Dice scrapwalls and a junk pile at Vapnartak this year. For once, I actually painted things I'd bought within a fairly short timescale, so here we go!

First, the junk pile. Not sure what the big grey thing is, but look, there's some sort of wheel!

Whatever this is a pile of!
A wheel! Some sort of hose!

Then, the walls...

Corrugated iron and things!

Some sort of machinery and possibly a motorcycle chassis!

A big gate and a tyre!

A big red pipe!
As a sort of bonus, I also finished off a plastic survivor that's been standing around in my painting stuff for a very long time.

He's got flip flops, a can and a gun.
I'm not sure if he's doing well.
I made this by chopping up some of the parts on the Wargames Factory survivors sprue that aren't supposed to fit together, as a sort of protest against how inflexible that set is despite the huge number of parts it has. That was several years ago now that I think about it, but I've painted him now!

Right, that went a bit stream-of-consciousness-y. Now here's the numbers!

Acquired: -6
Painted: 25

You'll notice, because of course you've committed the previous numbers to memory, that the acquired number has gone up by two. That's due to free figures I got by going to Chillcon recently. I don't really know what I'm going to do with them, but they go on the pile so there we are...

Right. That's all for now, but I've got more on the way, so watch out for that!

Tuesday, 6 March 2018

A Brief Endo-counter

I don't care what anyone else thinks, I like that title and I'm pleased with myself for having come up with it.

I've painted a couple more things! I'm still working on post-apocalyptic stuff, so first off, here's a command endoskeleton for Terminator Genisys.

That thing is either for communicating
with Skynet or scanning barcodes.

This is the first of the metal endoskeletons that I've painted, and I'm a bit ambivalent about it. One the one hand, it's a nice sculpt, it definitely looks like the murderous robots from the films. On the other, that attention to detail makes some parts, especially the wrists, are very flimsy - the arm holding the communicator bends very easily and I'm just waiting for it to break. We'll see how this goes on the table.

Second, a counter:

We seem to have a special on beans and cigarettes.

In my mind, this is part of a stockpile after the apocalypse. But it could easily also be part of a shop or something. It's from Ainsty Castings like so many of my resin terrain bits, and it's been sat around for a while so it's good to get it off the pile and potentially into use.

So here are my ever-present numbers:

Acquired: -8
Painted: 21

Friday, 23 February 2018

More Resistance!

Sometimes when I sit down to write a blog post, I have a theme in mind, and something interesting or at least new to say.

This isn't one of those times.

But, I've done a bit more painting, so I'll do a bit more posting! Let's have a look at it then...

Take cover! Get behind the small and flimsy fence section!

Over there! It's a small, flimsy fence section!

Yep, it's some more Terminator resistance fighters, and a single piece of crowd control fence that I had lying around. I'm building up a reasonable pile of these now, so I'm switching my focus to post-apocalyptic terrain to go with them before I try to get some games of Terminator in.

To that end, I picked up a few pieces at Vapnartak recently - so you can look forward to seeing those appear here in due course.

Right then, what's all this done to the incredibly important numbers?

Acquired: -8
Painted: 19

This is going surprisingly well! I'm fairly sure this can't last, but for now I'm not adding to the pile of unpainted things, so that's nice.

Thursday, 18 January 2018

Getting started again

Hello everyone once again! 

As I mentioned last time, I'm still trying to reduce the lead pile, and so far 2018 is going better than 2017.

First of all, I'm incredibly generous, and overall just a great person, so I gave Kieron 23 models. Admittedly they were models that he'd already given to me, but I based some of them on pennies ages ago so he's made something like 14p out of the deal. See? I'm really something. I've decided that this counts as the opposite of "acquiring" models, so that's going to do the score some good.

Second, I received my order from Warlord, which had a much smaller model count than last year. This was going to be just five models, but Warlord made a bit of a boo-boo and sent me the wrong tank platoon - Japanese Chi-has instead of French Char 1 Bis. Because they have great customer service, once I contacted them they both sent the correct box very quickly but also let me keep the one they sent by mistake, so I've ended up with 8 new models on the pile. Can't really complain there!

Finally, but most importantly, I've done some painting!

These are Senegalese Tirailleurs that I got from Pete a couple of years ago as a secret santa gift. I've decided that my failure to paint several years' worth of Christmas presents has become embarrassing, so I've given myself a mini-project of working through it all. So keep an eye out for more of that going on.

I struggled a bit with painting these - black skin isn't something I have a good method for, and I think I also put too much ink on the uniforms. But overall I think these came out ok, and they didn't take a huge amount of time. In Bolt Action they count as tough fighters, gaining a bonus in close combat. So that's nice.

You might have noticed that I've given these guys slightly inconsistent headgear. This is because they're all wearing their fezzes (fezi?) despite carrying helmets and clearly being in combat. By rights, they should all have a khaki cover over the fez, since bright red isn't a great battlefield colour unless you're intending to be shot. I would therefore like them to be khaki-coloured, to preserve some amount of sense. However, I know for an absolute certainty that if I field this unit without anyone in bullet-magnet red I'll never hear the end of it, so I've compromised and done 6 out of 10 in red fezzes.

This is of course a complete waste of time, and I'll still never hear the end of it.

Right, that was short and sweet, let's get to the first scores of 2018...

Acquired: -15 (due to incredible generosity that I'm too modest to go on about)
Painted: 10

So I'm 25 up! Not a bad start at all. 

Saturday, 30 December 2017

The end of the year show

With 2017 coming to an end, it's time to think about how my hobby year has gone and whether I managed to achieve my overambitious goals for the year.

But first, I've got one more painted model to show for the year...

Woo! purple shooty thing again!

It's yet another Shaltari model! I can't really picture anyone caring too much, but this is a second Jaguar warstrider. I've had a single Jaguar for a while and it's probably the only Dropzone unit I have that doesn't consistently explode. That's not a high bar to clear, but I'll take success where I can find it, so I've added a second one. Presumably this will encourage my opponents to find effective counters to these, meaning that they can explode regularly too. So that's something to look forward to.

Anyway, returning briefly to the point. My goals for the year were to paint more models than I gained, and to avoid starting any new projects that needed me to buy new stuff.

Looking back over the year I can see that I've painted:

Lots of Dropfleet Commander Shaltari spaceships
Not so many Dropzone Commander Shaltari ground units
Some 6mm American Civil War units and terrain
Some modern frogmen, which have yet to reach a table anywhere
A selection of Terminator Genisys machines and resistance, also yet to see a table
A handful of zombies and survivors (ditto)
A post-apocalyptic caravan outpost thing (ditto again)
Some Bolt Action Germans (ditto once more).

That's a lot of text, so here's the caravan again.

This all amounts to 182 painted models. That doesn't sound too shabby, although some of the models would almost pass through the eye of a needle.

However, I also bought, and was given... too much stuff to go through again here.

I will say that I stuck to the goal of not buying anything to start a new project... but then I didn't need to given the diverse array of projects I already had.

It's particularly telling that my two biggest bouts of "getting new stuff" (spending a warlord voucher I got at Christmas and my first ever trip to Salute) netted me something like 70 models... none of which have been painted since.

I've also been given another 19 models today, what with secret Santa and the usual generosity of Kieron coming into play.

Totalling everything up, I've acquired 181 models over the course of the year. This also includes the Ainsty castings school bus thing that I've wanted for ages and got for Christmas.

So, if I compare the models I've acquired to the number I've painted, I get this:

Painted: 182
Acquired: 181

I've done it! However, it's by the smallest margin possible. This doesn't really tie in brilliantly with my bold statements a year ago about "making a worthwhile dent in the lead mountain".

A Shaltari ship, for more texty-breaky-uppy help

I'm going to take another crack at it though. I do find the large pile of unpainted stuff that I have lying around... annoying, more than anything. It all represents ideas that I've been really keen on at one point or another, but have then never managed to turn into anything real. Bah.

So here we go. Once again, my goal for the new year is to paint more models than I get, so that the pile of unpainted stuff gets smaller instead of bigger.

I've got a bit of a better chance this year because:

A) I've spent this year's traditional Christmas voucher from the mother-in-law already, and I've gone for 5 models that I think I'll actually paint, rather than 57 models from all over the place like I did last time.
B) I don't have a huge Kickstarter pledge on the way to dump loads of extra stuff on the heap again.

Right, that's lots of words and now I'm bored. I might post something soon about some of the projects I'm planning to go at soon... but then again I might not. So there.

Happy New Year everyone!