Tuesday, May 31, 2011

What I'm Working On - Update

With all the Heroes of Armageddon stuff going on, and monthly local game club Fantasy expansion. I have been plugging along on some models.

I showed you some of the Ork Hunters I am doing for the HoA Steel Legion prize army lead by Dave Taylor, which will be coming up for paint after I pin them to the Dragon Forge Bases.

I am also working on a squad of Savlar Chem Dogs for the same army. After doing some internet searching for ideas, I found some great bits for Chem Dog conversions from Victoria Miniatures. After an email, Victoria donated the needed bits and more ( stay tuned for a detailed review and great future weekly raffle prize ) heres a Chem Dog test model using the head and pack from Victoria Miniatures.

I liked the bits so much I bought a set for myself. I will be using the kilted legs for my Ardwick Veterans. Here is a test model painted up, with a regular trooper.

 I have also been keeping up on my Lizardman expansion army and getting a good amount of 8th edition games in with last week at 600 points and next month jumping to 800, here is the horde at 600.


I have plenty more to do, so June will be a busy month for me.

Tomorrow we will announce the next weekly give away prize.

John

Monday, May 30, 2011

Death Company Storm Raven, Part 2: black planes suck


After magnetizing the wings, I realized I forgot an upper part, that goes right on top of the wings! So I had to cut some holes in the side of that part as to make the wings still easily detachable. This is what that looks like for all of you want to try it.

After that I was home free, this model is very easy to put together.

So on to the painting job. Which is a daunting task, to say the least. Painting a black model leaves you with few options if you don't have an airbrush. Here's the one that GW put on their website, but that one obviously was not drybrushed. I do like the crosses on the wings.

So this was my first attempt: a soft drybrush with lining around the panels.

After half an hour I hated it and reprimed it. I did that twice in a row until I decided I had to be bold. So I made massive streaks of codex grey, then lighter, thin streaks of fortress grey; my wife commented "finally it looks like you have an idea". I took that for a good sign.

I was inspired by all the art around me: here's our dinner table, full with paint, paper and models. My girls were busy painting cards, my lady making some fun art and me with my plane..

Not sure how I will go from here, but this is where it's at now. I will still line the panels I think

Bear with me. Gotta make some effort; this plane will be part of the Blood Angels Prize in the Heroes of Armageddon Charity Drive.

Mike

Sunday, May 29, 2011

And the Winners of the CMON books are....


This week we are so happy to give away TWO beautiful Cool Mini or Not Annuals, kindly donated by CMON
for the Heroes of Armageddon Charity Project. Here are some images of the books:



Even if you didn't win, go over to CMON and get your copy. One is 35 bucks and worth it. They have a deal with the Annual from 2008, for about 60 bucks. Very inspiring stuff indeed. Anyway, two readers will get a book in the mail. Here we go:

Peter Woodworth
Maple Shade, New Jersey

Daniel Guyer
Greenville, South Carolina

 Remember, in order to get into the mix, make sure to support the Heroes Project with some Paypal money, see the links all over our little blogosphere.
NEXT we are giving away one of the TOP prizes for this drive: an original mini, painted by Simon M, a german master sculptor and painter, who gave us this awesome Space Marine to give to one of you. Simon is currently in the top ten Fantasy at Cool Mini or Not, which is an incredible achievement. Go check out his stuff. Here's a sneak peak of the mini we were gifted to pass on in NEXT week's drawing:


Support the Heroes of Armageddon. We have 6 weeks to go before the armies are finished and 7 weeks before we announce the winners..
Mike

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Barter Bucket: 5/28/11


Another world, another time. In the age of wonder.

A thousand years ago this land was green, until the Bucket cracked. A single piece was lost, a shard of the Bucket. Then strife began, and people began charging for bits and single models. Here in the castle of the Bucket, Santa Cruz Warhammer took control. Now the bits flow freely once more. Now the Bucket hangs above a shaft of air and fire. Once more gamers gather at the Bucket. Once more they replenish their bits bins. The Bucket...
__________________________________________
seemyinnergeek at gmail dot com is looking for the following:
  1. Storm Lord Mega-Bolter turrets, x2
for trade they have:
  1. tons of Space Marine and Imperial Guard bits
  2. quite a bit of Ork stuff (much new in box)
  3. a reasonably small amount of cash
ewells14 at ymail dot com is looking for:
  1. Techpriests for an AdMech army, any (contact for specifics)
  2. Land Raider, x1 (unpainted)
for trade they have:
  1. IG Chimera, image here
  2. IG Leman Russ Vanquisher, image here
  3. IG Valkyrie, image here
zealotohio at gmail dot com would like to direct your attention to their blog and this proposed trade.

narceron at gmail dot com needs:
  1. twin assault cannon razorbacks
  2. twin assault cannons(just the weapons)
  3. IG chimera chasis(complete bodies minus tracks)
for trade they have:
  1. IG Leman Russ bodies (minus tracks and turrets)
  2. WHFB Chaos Warrior Warband
  3. WHFB Dark Elf Army
sinaura40k at gmail dot com is looking for:
  1. Adeptus Mechanicus, anything related
for trade they have:
  1. Space Marines
  2. Magnetized rhino/pred/razorback tanks
  3. Drop Pods, etc. all primed Ultramarines blue
ronevarez1 at gmail dot com is wanting to pick up:
  1. SM Land Raider
  2. SM Land Raider Crusader
  3. WHFB Orc Boys
to trade they have:
  1. WHFB 'Harry the Hammer' ltd. fig, unopened
  2. WHFB Chaos Chariot, unopened
  3. WHFB River Trolls, x2 unopened
av8hotrod at yahoo dot com (SCWH's John) wants:
  1. WHFB Island of Blood small rulebook, buy or trade
mike.tess at charter dot net (SCWH's Mike)wants:
  1. SM Land Raiders, old or new unpainted or unassembled
has:
  1. Ork Army, as featured on this blog
__________________________________________
The Bucket has one purpose, gamers helping other gamers. It's a place to trade the stuff you have laying around, the stuff you're not using and get the stuff you do need. No more buying whole sets for just one model, no more buying overpriced single bits. This concept is kept alive by the cooperative spirit of all of us.

Make sure your email gets to me by Thursday for it to post that week, emails got to miksminis at gmail dot com. Please keep them simple and concise with details, and limit your requests for needs and haves to three items each. This will turn a shotgun effect of a huge list crossing your fingers hoping for a bite to a more streamlined surgical bits hunt. It will also keep the Bucket itself compact and efficient.

Remember, change comes from within...your bits box!

Friday, May 27, 2011

SCWH Honor Roll #14 - Painting


Welcome to the SCWH Honor Roll!  This week I culled the blogs for the most inspiring painting and am happy to present the following:

Spellscape Miniature's Eiryss, Mage Hunter of Ios
Burned Brush's Marble Power Armour
Ecstatic Painting's Going Away Pics
Kevin's Miniatures & Hobby Table's Rusty Cryx Models
122nd Cadian's Sanguinary Guard (and Brief Tutorial
Winterdyne Commission's Space Hulk Squad Lorenzo
Hand Cannon Online's Female Faces Tutorial
GMM's Tzeentch Chaos Models

Mike and John's additions for this weeks Honor roll are:

Mike: as usual I have a hard time obliging Robert with topical links, so today I am inviting you to check out Johns Toysoldiers. A truly unique blog with a wonderful perspective on modeling and life. Like this post...
Always makes me smile

John: How about Dark Future Games Arachnarok Tervigon Conversion.

Be sure to also check out Heroes of Armageddon for all the details about the charity event benefiting the Doctors Without Borders organization.  And in case you missed this post, there's a new prize being donated by the AMAZING painter Simon M.  Be sure to check out his blog to see samples of his work.

And AGAIN: if you care about your fellow bloggers and their work, please link the Honor Roll on your blog. Grab the jpg from this post and use this link underneath:


It would be really appreciated!

Next week our topic is going to be Green Stuff and Sculpting.  If you want to help out, when you see something great out on the web and want to make sure I don't miss it, feel free to send it to robert [dot] biddle [at] gmail [dot] com.

Rob

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Weekly Heroes of Armageddon Prizes: Cool Mini or Not Annuals!

This week I received some wonderful prizes in the mail: two hardbound Cool Mini or Not Annuals with the best models of 2009. The book came out a few months ago and I actually ordered on for myself when it came out. It was the best 35 dollars I spent in a long time. The book is inspiring and the paintwork is mind blowing and it made me excited to try out all kinds of new models and paint styles. I asked Travis from CMON if they would want to help out with the Heroes Project and he gladly obliged. We have TWO books to give away. Here are some views:

If you have never checked out Cool Mini or Not, do it now and sign up and upload your images. It's fun and healthy to get rated by your peers and there are thousands of great models to look at. AND it is all FREE. Here's the link to the current top ten

I also want to show you this model:
 It's a mounted knight painted by the German Painter Simon M. It's currently in the top ten Fantasy and was for a long time in the top ten overall. It's a stunner, right? Well, I asked Simon if he would donate one of his models to Heroes of Armageddon ....and he said YES. Next week we will be giving away one of Simon's models! Here's a picture of that model..more about it next wednesday.
So this week the books and NEXT week this model, a truly cool prize. 

Remember, if you want to have a chance winning any of the coming weekly prizes, you will have to have donated to the Heroes Project by this Sunday! See Pay Pal link on the right top.

Thanks and support Cool Mini or Not, it's a great site.

Mike

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Death Company Storm Raven, Part 1: paint and magnets


With the Heroes of Armageddon Project firmly on track, I finally felt ready to do some modeling for one of the armies that will be given away. Jawaballs was so kind to say 'yes' to me asking if I could paint up a bird for his Blood Angels army. That army needs a Death Company Storm Raven and I felt inspired to do something nice with that. I made a trade with a wonderful reader and got my kit in two days later. Here's a progress report. I like to do these modeling series in about six articles and I hope someone will get inspired by it. Comments or constructive critisism are welcome!

After putting the hull together, I primed the inside with Tamiya Aircraft Grey, a nice, light tone excellent for cargo bays and the like
Then I washed the inside with Sepia to get some muted definition
With the trusted Devlan Mud I went over important ridges, like door frames and cables 
 With a black wash I went back minimally, just to give accents to the deepest shadows. Remember, most of this won't be visible, but it's a matter of principle for me; with the doors open you can always get a glimpse and that has to look good.
 I picked off some details, like monitors and the rigging above the door
 Then, using a scrubber and some charadon granite, I weathered the places where there would be damage to the paint
 Here's a peek through the door
 After attaching the roof, I decided to magnetize the wings for easy transport, to Games Day in Chicago but also for the winner of the BA army. I actually ended up with 3 magnets for each wing
 A strip of tin
 and bingo, works perfect
 transport ready..ready for priming



Sunday, May 22, 2011

We have three winners! Maybe you are one of them....


We are extremely happy with the generosity of readers that contribute to the Heroes of Armageddon. This week we were able to give away THREE prizes, given to us by Covchaser, a philanthropic reader from Conventry, UK. Here are the three winners, drawn at random from all the people who have contributed already to the Heroes of Armageddon:

The Legion of the Damned Box Set:

goes to:
James Winsor
Portsmouth, England

The Thunderfire Cannon

goes to:
Stephen Price
Medway, MA USA

and the Venerable Dreadnought

goes to:
Falk Kalamorz
Dunedin, New Zealand


All the winners are drawn completely at random, using www.random.org and all weekly winners can still win the BIG ONES as well. It's fun to see winners from all over the world..it's truly a global project.

Please tell your family and friends and let's keep this Heroes Ball going. We need your support!

Mike

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Barter Bucket: 5/21/11


Another world, another time. In the age of wonder.

A thousand years ago this land was green, until the Bucket cracked. A single piece was lost, a shard of the Bucket. Then strife began, and people began charging for bits and single models. Here in the castle of the Bucket, Santa Cruz Warhammer took control. Now the bits flow freely once more. Now the Bucket hangs above a shaft of air and fire. Once more gamers gather at the Bucket. Once more they replenish their bits bins. The Bucket...
__________________________________________
ewells14 at ymail dot com is looking for:
  1. Techpriests for an AdMech army, any (contact for specifics)
  2. Land Raider, x1 (unpainted)
for trade they have:
  1. IG Chimera, image here
  2. IG Leman Russ Vanquisher, image here
  3. IG Valkyrie, image here
zealotohio at gmail dot com would like to direct your attention to their blog and this proposed trade.

narceron at gmail dot com needs:
  1. twin assault cannon razorbacks
  2. twin assault cannons(just the weapons)
  3. IG chimera chasis(complete bodies minus tracks)
for trade they have:
  1. IG Leman Russ bodies (minus tracks and turrets)
  2. WHFB Chaos Warrior Warband
  3. WHFB Dark Elf Army
sinaura40k at gmail dot com is looking for:
  1. Adeptus Mechanicus, anything related
for trade they have:
  1. Space Marines
  2. Magnetized rhino/pred/razorback tanks
  3. Drop Pods, etc. all primed Ultramarines blue
ronevarez1 at gmail dot com is wanting to pick up:
  1. SM Land Raider
  2. SM Land Raider Crusader
  3. WHFB Orc Boys
to trade they have:
  1. WHFB 'Harry the Hammer' ltd. fig, unopened
  2. WHFB Chaos Chariot, unopened
  3. WHFB River Trolls, x2 unopened
av8hotrod at yahoo dot com (SCWH's John) wants:
  1. WHFB Island of Blood small rulebook, buy or trade
mike.tess at charter dot net (SCWH's Mike)wants:
  1. SM Land Raiders, old or new unpainted or unassembled
has:
  1. Ork Army, as featured on this blog
__________________________________________
The Bucket has one purpose, gamers helping other gamers. It's a place to trade the stuff you have laying around, the stuff you're not using and get the stuff you do need. No more buying whole sets for just one model, no more buying overpriced single bits. This concept is kept alive by the cooperative spirit of all of us.

Make sure your email gets to me by Thursday for it to post that week, emails got to miksminis at gmail dot com. Please keep them simple and concise with details, and limit your requests for needs and haves to three items each. This will turn a shotgun effect of a huge list crossing your fingers hoping for a bite to a more streamlined surgical bits hunt. It will also keep the Bucket itself compact and efficient.

Remember, change comes from within...your bits box!

Friday, May 20, 2011

SCWH Honor Roll #13 - Conversions


Welcome to the SCWH Honor Roll!  This week, we've got Conversions on the brain and the web did not disappoint:

Dylan Gould's Nork Deddog
Recalcitrant Daze's Weirdboy Battle Tower
Atoom's Brushes and Dolls's Imperial Guard Iwo Jima Diorama
Creative Twilight's Homemade Fate Lord Monthu/Shrike
The Magnet Pro's Iron Hands Kitbash
Dark Future Gaming's Easy Barbed Wire
The Painting Shop's Magnetized Grey Knight Special Weapons

Mike and John's additions for this weeks Honor roll are:

Mike: with the bad news about GW, I escaped to my favorite funny page

John: I have been watching The Unforgiven's different take on Deathwing 

Be sure to also check out Heroes of Armageddon for all the details about the upcoming an charity event benefiting the Doctors Without Borders organization.  Three new prizes have just been announted for Sunday.  Don't miss your change to help out this cause and get a change to win!

And AGAIN: if you care about your fellow bloggers and their work, please link the Honor Roll on your blog. Grab the jpg from this post and use this link underneath:


It would be really appreciated!

Next week our topic is going to be painting.  If you want to help out, when you see something great out on the web and want to make sure I don't miss it, feel free to send it to robert [dot] biddle [at] gmail [dot] com.

Rob

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Weekly Heroes of Amageddon Prizes: we have three box sets!

Friends, the Heroes Charity has brought about so much kindness and generosity. I get emails every week with readers that want to donate models and services to the project. THANKS! As a rule of thumb, when accepting box sets, we want them either shrinkwrapped or opened but untouched. This way it really makes for a nice weekly prize.
Allright on to this weeks Heroes of Armageddon Prizes: WE HAVE THREE, SO WE WILL HAVE THREE WINNERS!

Who was the generous soul this week?
Carl "Covchaser" Deakin from Coventry in the UK has been a modeler for 20 years and is a firm fan at present of the Black Templars and creating new Vehicle Variants, like the Land Raider Hercules. He specializes in commission work and magnetic conversions. You can find his Youtube video's here. If you want to check in with Carl or just say thanks, do it at  c dot deakin2 at yahoo dot co dot uk

Carl emailed us with the 3 kits he want to give away for our cause.

1. The thunderfire Cannon
2. Legion of the Damned

3. Venerable Dreadnought

We won't be able to give winners choices...hopefully you will be happy if you win!

Remember: you can only win IF YOU CONTRIBUTE TO HEROES OF ARMAGEDDON. SEE PAYPAL LINK ON THE TOP RIGHT. 
Winners will be announced on Sunday!

Good luck and Thanks!
Mike

Monday, May 16, 2011

The secret member of Heroes of Armageddon: ....


We have told you all about the four team leaders building up the 4 armies of Heroes of Armageddon:
-Dave Taylor: Steel Legion
-Thomas "Goatboy" Reidy: Speed Freaks
-Chris "Jawaballs" Dubuque: Blood Angels
-Rob "Spikey Bits" Baer: Ork Hordes

But we have one other surprise up our sleeve: a custom built gaming table, a table that will be worthy of hosting 12000 points of amazingly painted models during Games Day in Chicago on July 30 this year.

I asked Brian from  A Gentleman's Ones if he would do it, since his tables are amazing and the Adepticon one this year was absolutely GREAT.
He said YES. And he lives in Chicago...

I asked Brian to share some thoughts on things: building tables, life, charity and whatever....i suggest you read the whole thing. I added pictures of his work in between..ENJOY!

Brian "Gentlemans Ones" Niro:
"As the fifth Beatle teamleader of the Heroes of Armageddon project (the one in charge of the tables upon which these forces will be displayed), I admit that my role in all of this may seem modestly marginal or, at worst, completely tangential. The armies are going to be glorious; however, with an event so concretely and historically situated, I am pleased that the HoA team felt compelled to go in for both penny and pound, and to create a suitably ambitious space in which to situate these four massive armies…

Tables. Massive Tables:
 That is where I come in. Generally speaking when considering terrain, the casual hobbyist aims for a place, suitably atmospheric, in which vying armies might collide.  What is undeniably both challenging and tremendous in the Heroes of Armageddon project is that the tables must evoke the place where these armies fought so desperately. The distinction is subtle, but superlatively important.
 
Since I was very small, I have been drawn to the 40K universe not only for the dynamic modeling potential of the figures, but also for the expansive complexity of that universe itself. Once upon a time, I stared for hours and hours at the images lurking across the various 40K-related rulebooks and whatnot –the cityscapes, the dark corridors, the gloomy bulkheads, and so on. These days, I consume Black Library material voraciously, but the idea is the same. I like to get lost in the astonishingly complex layers to this reality.
 
As such, the four individual Heroes of Armageddon tables are an ideal space in which to invoke that narrative, a narrative that must be relevant to the individual army it displays, that must be directly evocative of the larger Armageddon narrative, and must work in conjunction with the other tables to create a single, playable space. The tables must flesh out the reality of this historical moment, and yet stay subtle enough to remain a scenic display, and not the point itself. This is a wild challenge, and (if I may be candid) one that I am up to.
 

My Curriculum Vitae:
 Scenery of this nature has been an integral component of my hobby interest for years now; however, the most ambitious project that I have undertaken to date came to fruition this year at AdeptiCon. Those of you that made it to AdeptiCon and/or those that follow such matters on the web may have noticed the six individual tables that I created earlier this year. 
These tables were assembled to host a Special Operations: Killzone event (a fan-based skirmish dynamic inspired by the Kill Teams scenario in the Battle Missions supplement and created by Big Jim from Galaxy in Flames).
 
In all, there were six 4’x4’ contiguous tables, which means that this was, in fact, a single 4’x24’ table (pictured here). That is 94 square feet of conjoined gaming glory.
 
…dramatic pause…

At this point, I should mention that I am a teacher and will have part of June and all of July free from the more mundane stresses of “life” and adulthood, and expect to squander my hobby time on little else but the HoA tables. The weather should be more accommodating than October-March were here in Chicago. As such, I will be quite pleased to be able to work in the open air (did I just jinx that?) rather than my crusty garage for this project.

And before I sound to self-aggrandizing, I should note that my first crack at the AdeptiCon tables was a disaster (you can find some early posts on my blog from late Autumn of last year). I learned, basically, how not to build tables of this stature. Of course, the learning did not stop there.
 The second effort, the one you see here, taught me a decent lesson about what I can reasonably expect from the materials, and what parts of the envelope I can still press further. Although I am really quite chuffed with the results for the AdeptiCon tables, I fully intend to make several significant advances, to raise my game by several giant steps, for the HoA tables. After all, it would be rude not to.
 
Of course, if my trusty companion and carpentry mentor, Tall Paul, has his way, the HoA tables will require their own utility bill –gas, running water, electricity, cable television, telephone, the works. I suspect we will settle for a touch of electricity, but more on that soon enough. 
 
Perhaps the first most relevant lesson we learned concerns the assemblage of contiguous tables that must both interact and stand alone: both in terms of the carpentry challenges, and in terms of the thematic evolution of one table to the next.

And on that note, I will tell you that the preliminary sketches and imaginative drawings are nearing completion; soon it will be time to get the saws spinning once more…

I cannot wait.
 
Because I can:
 --that statement is the simplest answer to the question “why do you want to contribute to this charitable endeavor?” At the end of the day, I do not believe there need be more reason to give to such a worthwhile and significant cause as we find in Doctors Without Borders. I encourage anyone reading to genuinely consider the incredible benefit a simple donation provides for some other human being in, quite often desperate, need.  
 
And yet, the charitable disposition of this project makes it a win-win opportunity not only to feel that one’s work has meaning, purpose, and beneficial relevance in the real world, but also to work in a manner that is entirely more ambitious and grand than might normally be possible. I cannot imagine another scenario in which I could take up the challenge of building a table for 12,000 points of masterfully painted figures. To be candid, I am not even certain I know what 12,000 points will look like all in one place –as it is about twice as large as the most ambitious game of Apocalypse I which I have ever participated.
 
Of course, there is a third layer to all of this. Although aware that the blind luck of my vicinity to the event had a large part in the selection process, I am nevertheless one measure honored and one measure flattered to get the nod on this assignment because of the other people participating, including some absolute legends from across the hobby, the planet, and the internets."

There you have it Friends, Brian's wonderful essay!

KEEP READING
We have no intention in holding on to the table that will be built but are not sure how to proceed. We might donate it to the Bunker in Chicago, we might give it to the Boys and Girls Club in Chicago...but what I would like most: someone emails me and says: "I give $xxxx to Doctors without Borders, we will take a truck to Chicago and take it to a loving home"...get it? Anyone who is seriously interested about taking the table at the closing of Games Day will have to email me: scwarhammer at gmail dot com. We do require a serious donation to take this home.

Become a follower of Brian at A Gentleman's Ones. You won't regret it

Mike