Monday, May 4, 2015

Chunuk Bair display at Great War Museum.

The Exhibition is now open, What we've been working on the last 2 months. After hundreds of hours of painting and hundreds of dollars of paint later finally get to show off the diorama
The field of Dead, Photo
You can check out some of the first pictures allowed online here taken by Roly...

What my painting tray looked like for 2 months, Turks go in, Turks go out, Anzacs go in, Anzacs go out.
Painting ad nauseum tempered by Firefly

Turks and Anzacs in Various stages of Painting, this was our first painting battlestation.

Bala (Bruce) painting away

Dave "you guys suckered me in again"

My friend Timon who could have painted his own figures but decided to get stuck in anyway.

Roly, the Diorama Project official scribe, Check it his wonderful effort here
one week left to go and she goes in head first, boots and all and whatnot.
Yours truly, happy as a pig in mud.
Second battlestation at the Campbell household standardising and repainting figures, mostly Auckland mounted rifles.

My pallete.

Assembling the rest of Machine guns and repainting them. I ended up doing an additional 10 pairs of  crew, 3 of which were Perry Greens sculpted the previous night.

3rd painting Battlestation "The Last Push", the very last repainted miniatures 120+.
The Last Push, Ashley painting the last of the Turkish Officers.

The Last Push, Bruce working meticulously.

Evelyn painting away.

Fern "the painting Machine"

Us going Crazy from painting (or from the primer fumes)

The benefits for giving up one's time and volunteering
Meeting my favourite Sculptors from when I was a boy.
Getting to meet Peter Jackson

TV, what's TV?

Being on National TV and gettinng my name spelt correctly.

...and getting some local Ink.
And to end it all a sneaky picture taken by the wife late at night in bed.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Super Munchkin Dungeon Explore Quest, + a Hobby update

So we got a couple of games for the family for christmas as well as novels, card game addons (Munchkin) etc. These were Super Dungeon Explore and Munchkin Quest.

Mucnhkin Quest is great fun and very dynamic in it's exploration of Dungeons. The core mechanic from the card game remains the same but the exploration of rooms (random rooms and doors) is quite fun and we've already had lengthy multiple hour games with lots of partying together and the inevitable backstabbing. If you're not decisive in your fighting of Monsters early on you can get left behind fast so it helps to pair up with other players to defeat monsters early on.

I've spent a good 15 hours assembling and cleaning flash from the Super Dungeon Explore Miniatures. Having just primed all the miniatures white and selected all my brightest colours last night as my wife has challenged me saying I cannot paint them in bright colours. I'm probably going to end up painting more of it than playing as I'm stuck at work whilst the kids and the missus are busily playing it at home.

I did get a good 16 bit game in last night and had masses of fun with the Claw Tribe Barbarian. Starfire the Dragon had no chance. My oldest three are getting old enough that I didn't need to run as the DM, or in this case, the Consul.
Masses of Chibi fun.

As to Warhammer: I haven't touched the few Nurgle models I've assembled since christmas; 3 Plague drones, Blight kings and Morbidex are waiting to be primed and I still have to assemble 10 Plaguebearers and 10 Bestigors and 3 stands of Nurglings . I did however strip a Khorne lord on Jugger in metal and 10 Pestigors and a few extra ol' skool plaguebearers. Given the Expanded Khorne rules that are rumoured in the 5th end times book, I can't wait.

As to Warmahordes: I haven't done much other than add another lay of flock to my display board, I'm thinking of reseating the hinges close together on the weekend and picking up some water effects. My trollbloods haven't seen any paint for a month now so have been quite lazy there. Contemplating Mulg and Earthborn Dire Troll as next addons as well as Kriel warriors and various addons.

Flames of War Russians sit there gathering dust. I have M.W.A.D.D. (Miniature Wargaming Attention Deficit Disorder)

Other Miniatures: see above sentence +5.

Napoleonics: Thinking about Perry Miniatures French...hangon don't go there yet.

My hobby space saw a massive tidy up last weekend in time for our terrain workshop and we ordered a whole bunch of new terrain for the club which has just arrived today.
Battlefield in a Box Rivers for the club and Battlezone Ruined Sector.
Some assembly maybe required. Looks like another terrain day is required.

Rivers, both front and back.

Tributaries for a bit of variety

River Fords are quite nice.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Assembling the Funky Pestilent Swarm.

I have been assembling miniatures when I get time from my Pestilent Swarm Box set.

Putrid Blightking Champion: these miniatures are amazing. There are at least a dozen heads and about 10 different bellies and multiple arms including right shield arms. This is just a pic of the champion, the Musician is a little tinkerbell, he is adorned in bells, is wielding a giant bell and has a bell suspended in his stomach cavity. Glorious Nurgle.

Morbidex Twiceborn, there is so much detail on this miniature, I can't wait to paint him. The Maggoth mount's head and belly, a pair of arms and the rider's torso are the different pieces available other than the core. It will definately make 3 ignificantly different models, which will be cool, once I get around to the other 2.

Plague Drone Champion: I picked up another 3 Plague Drones in the Pestilent Swarm box set and started adding bits for the command from the Blightking leftovers, of which there were a lot. This dude has the scythe and the Nurgle fish head, which kind of seemed out of sorts for the blightkings box but then again maybe not.

Friday, December 5, 2014

'twas the night before Inepticon

Only 1 more sleep to go and will be attending the fluffiest tournament ever.

Tournament pack, Army lists are here and so are round 1 matchups.

I'm going up against Bo again. I always have fun playing against Bo. He is an awesome sport who is always there to have fun. Bad news is he brought a White lion bus with Banner of the World Dragon, Good news is I brought not daemons. Goblins to smash the squishy elves. We've started the requisite facebook smacktalk and it got heated.

I've had a look at the minor objective cards Nick has put together and they look fantastic. Top secret cards like Big Game Hunter, Tax Collector. We're gonna have some great looking tables, free food. They're maybe some munchkin and there is a BBQ on Sunday.

Plus there are prizes or medals; 1st, 2nd, 3rd, sports, painted and Earl of Cardigan.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Nurgley goodness from across the sea.

I recently picked up a great deal from the funds generated by recent trademe auctions. The Pestilent Swarm
I recieved them from ebay store discount games for $225 including shipping, GW price is $365 and individually they add up to $454. Nice bargain there considering the exorbitent prices. I do want another 2 Maggoth Lords and the Glottkin though, and maybe another lot of the Putrid Blightkings Sprues as they are my favourite models in this release cycle, they are such a treasure trove of bitz.

 Once I've assembled them I've decided to run a theme list as my previous end times list I played against dorfs was rather nasty. This list would include warriors, beastmen and daemons and all of the miniatures from the Pestilent Swarm box set. Plus Gutrot Spume.

Morbidex Twiceborn and the Pestilent Swarm.

Morbidex Twiceborn 385
Gutrot Spume 250

Herald of Nurgle, Battle Standard Bearer, Wizard level 1: lore of Nurgle, Greater Gift

30 Gors of Nurgle with additional hand weapons and full command
27 Plaguebearers with full command

4 Nurglings
4 Nurglings
5 Putrid Blightkings with Full command, Banner of Swiftness

5 Plague Drones, Plague Proboscis with full command.

No Beasts, that's right, you heard me, no Beasts. All I have to do now is assemble them. Half the fun. Love it.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Gobbos of Last Resort: Inepticon '14

It's my first ranking tournament (this weekend) in over a year and I decided to take a goblin list. That's right, greenskins, and no Orcs: (Savage orc Shaman, Savage Orcs, Black Orc Warboss, Orc Bullies). This list isn't Hamish approved, it's not even Fern approved. Taking my son (Aidan) and my daughter (Evelyn) to their first tournament.

1    Goblin Warboss(65), Light Armour(3), Crown of Command(35), Enchanted Shield(5), Sword of Anti-heroes(30), Dawnstone(25), Gigantic Spider(50)     213
1    Night Goblin Great Shaman(140), Wizard Level 4(35), Lore:Little Waaagh    175

HEROES    Characters   
1    Goblin Big Boss(35), Shortbow(2), Light Armour(2) Shield(2), Battle Standard Bearer(25), Spider banner(85)    151
1    Night Goblin Shaman(50), Ruby Ring of Rhuin(25), Dispel Scroll(25)    100
5    Forest Goblin Spider Riders(65), Shortbows(5)    70
5    Forest Goblin Spider Riders(65), Shortbows(5)    70
39    Night Goblins(108), 3 Night Goblin Fanatics(75), Netters(45), Boss(10), Musician(10), Standard Bearer(10)    267
59    Night Goblins(177), 3 Night Goblin Fanatics(75), Netters(45), Boss(10), Musician(10), Standard Bearer(10)  Bows  317
SPECIAL    Special    
19    Night Goblin Squig Herd, 16 Cave Squigs(128), 3 Goblin Herders(9)    137
8    Trolls    280
1    Goblin Wolf Chariot    50
1    Goblin Wolf Chariot    50

RARE    Rare   
1    Doom Diver Catapult    80
1    Goblin Rock Lobber    85
1    Goblin Rock Lobber    85
1    Mangler Squig    65
1    Mangler Squig    65
1    Snotling Pump Wagon(45), Spikey Roller(15), Outrigga(10)    70
1    Snotling Pump Wagon(45), Spikey Roller(15), Outrigga(10)    70

Lords    388    16%
Heroes    251    10%
Core    724    30%
Special    417    17%
Rare    520    22%

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Nurgle versus Dwarfs in the ruins

Matt is an up and coming Dorf player just joined our club. He has some awesome painting skills and we've been running some games. I got invited over to his place on the weekend to have a look at his basement gaming setup. He also has some scenery printing business on the side he's trying to promote.

The Dorfs stare nervously across the battlefield. The walls and castles are printed scenery. Only the tower isn't.
Top down view of the action.

Nurgle in all it's glory; Blood and pestilence spread by the grandpap of disease.

The stalwart dorfs.

Pincer movement of Epidemius, Furies and GUO to avoid unfortunate cannon accidents in first turn.

Iron drakes and Cannon defend the hill.

Beast has the flank all to himself. These guys can handle themselves, I've had single beasts kill Orc warlords, Unkilleable Chaos BSBs, Stonehorns. Daemon Princes, and countless infantry.

Nurglings in the forest. These Varmint aint your normal woodland creatures.

Kill pile at end of second turn. Both generals killed each other. Stupid daemonslaying rune.

Beasts are fast. I had one unit of 6 of them chewing though the thunderers. The rest of the Plaguebearers walking through the forest after the

Gyrobomber hits beast twice without scattering and the Beast saves both much to Mark's chagrin. He then charges and gets cutdown by the Iron Drakes.

Epidemius and Plaguebearers eat into the Hammerers. Tzeentch's will had taken off more daemons than the hamerrers had at this point.

Plague Drones start eating the longbeards, the cannon crew are overrun by beasts after the beasts chew through the thunderers. The big unit of plaguebearers faces down the other unit of hamerers.

Nurgle Cleaning up what's left.
At the end of the battle only the Gyrobomber and 8 Iron drakes survived the pestilent massacre, I'd lost my GUO, all my furies and a handful of casualties from every unit to double 1 result on reigns of chaos table. We ended up talking about more effective dwarf tactics after the game and how he possibly should have castled in on of the corners and provided better support as I was able to take on his guys one at a time.