Here's some pics of my Planet 28 standees that I've been working on over the last few days.
Here's some pics of my Planet 28 standees that I've been working on over the last few days.
I've been having a hankering to delve back into fantasy gaming as I've concentrated almost entirely on the sci-fi side of things for a while now but my ongoing tinkering with solo RPGs has got me to thinking of dipping my toe back into a fantasy setting.
With this in mind, I looked through my collection and was rather surprised by the dearth of fantasy stuff in it. I've got a handful of odds and ends and enough of my own sculpts to play games like Brutalquest which only need two or three figures a side but I've really not got the time to spend sculpting lots of stuff so after a bit of head scratching I've put together some papercraft standees.
I'm still planning on using Brutalquest as its such a great wee system but I want to keep working on exploring my collection and feel this is a good opportunity to do so.
I'm not discarding 'proper' miniatures as my sci-fi collection has tons of stuff to use and play a myriad of games, factions and whatnot but I do rather enjoy being able to combine my love of drawing with my hobby!
Hopefully I'll have another update in the next few days showcasing some villains and if I get the process down right, I'll include some sheets of characters and villains for folks to download but until then, All the best!
As part of my attempts at organising my hobby stuff, I've rummaged out all my Orks and was surprised by just how many of the greenskins I actually had!
I do hope to play out a decent sized game in the next few days featuring this lot against an Imperial expedition and it may spawn into a mini campaign if I get myself moving...
This process has been both a constant surprise as I keep finding bits and bobs that I'd forgotten I had (case in point half a dozen Goff boyz including the veteran skarboy!) and I've found myself with a more interesting and usable collection than I thought I had and its getting me using my existing collection rather than worrying about needing new stuff all the time (although I do want to keep adding to it!).
I do think I need to swap the bases out to match and may eventually rework the metallics to fit my current painting style but its a small thing really and the general look of the lot of the greenskinned menaces is fairly cohesive. I am again struck by how much more fun the older sculpts are to work with and will need to keep my eyes peeled for more suitable stuff to add to it, only going for modern bits and pieces if there's no other alternative as half of my hobby revolves the enjoyment and relaxation of painting and these old sculpts are so characterful that they almost paint themselves!
My next update will hopefully cover the forces of the Imperium and following that, some mercenary scum but until then, All the best!
Just a quick post this morning as I've got lots on but a few of weeks ago I was contacted by Matthew, the host of Bedroom Battlefields, a podcast that delves into all manner of Oldhammer and indie wargaming gubbins.
Much to my surprise he asked me if I'd be willing to be a guest and we had a really good chat about hobby related stuff ranging from what got me into gaming, Rogue Trader and solo gaming.
The episode has gone live now over on Apple Podcast and is available HERE so if you fancy having a listen, then do feel free! I've listened to most of Matthew's series now and its been really enjoyable as it ranges over all sorts of wargaming topics and he's interviewed lots of interesting folks too and its been an enjoyable accompaniment to painting or commuting into work.
I must admit I never expected to have anyone ask to interview me about my random bloggings but it was rather fun and has got me to thinking of the possibilities of doing something myself.
Hopefully I'll have some more miniature themed goodies to post up tomorrow as I'm going to be delving back into the collection today but until then, All the best!
As I mentioned in my previous post, I've been finding myself rather interested in giving Heavy Gear Blitz by Dream Pod 9 a bash and I've put together some of the free terrain that they include in the PDF version of the rules.
As part of my continuing rummaging of my collection, I've found my Heavy Gear Blitz figures!
|Heavy Gear Blitz Frames|
I remember picking up these along with a fair few other odds and ends back in 2008ish and they sat in boxes until much more recently when I was looking for some heavy power armoured types for 15mm gaming so I pulled them out of their box and spent a rather frustrating time removing mold lines, flash and gluing the tiny guys together.
|Scratch built drone.|
The sculpts are really good but the hard pewter was very unforgiving to actually clean and put into order and the experience rather put me off the game as I couldn't bear to delve any further into the game. Instead these three are all that I've completed to date and I'd pretty much forgotten about them as they were at the back of my cabinet.
Following my ongoing attempts to get my collection into order, I took a peek at the state of the game and it appears that there is a 3rd edition of the rules and its supposed to be pretty good too. On top of that, the core units have now gone from multi part pewter, to plastics which is a real boon.
As of time of posting, the miniatures are available in the UK via a few online stores so there must be enough interest for them to have stocked the range and I have to admit I'm sorely tempted to pick up a pack to see how I get on with them as even if I don't end up using them for Heavy Gear Blitz, I'm fairly sure they'd see action as either knights in Epic, power armour in 15mm or robots in 28mm...
But inkeeping with my attempt to refrain from flinging myself headlong into new projects, I am going to be
With that being said, I think I'm going to print out some of the terrain DP9 has produced and make some standees so I can try and get my head around the mechanics, which seem fairly straightforward, once you get the hand of the abbreviations and whatnot as I'm genuinely curious to see how the game plays and if I enjoy it enough, I may pick up a frame or two and see how I get on...
I'll post my progress in the next week or two once I've got the standees done, the terrain stuck together and post a brief overview of my experiences as it is one of those games I've seen from time to time but never really delved into.
In the meantime, All the best!
Alongside my sorting out of my painted stuff, I've been looking through my unpainted gubbins and looking through my newly organised wargame rulebook collection and I'm both finding myself inspired to crack on with the many projects that have been started and dropped but also sorely tempted to pick up some new stuff.
I've always been rubbish at sticking to any set plan, instead flitting from one project to another at the drop of a hat and often find myself thinking of fresh projects that I'd love to try out, be it using existing stuff that I've got, or more often than not an OOH SHINEY moment when I see something cool online and then disappear down the rabbit hole of a new idea which means that previous ideas or ongoing projects stall.
|Elves from Deadloque|
Case in point, I'd been working steadily on my Tiny Troop Leviathan stuff but have now been distracted by my 28mm gubbins and have played two games of Rogue Trader in the last day. Sometimes this works out as it tends to stop me from suffering hobby burn out and over the years I've actually finished a couple of projects, namely my Deadloque boxed set and Havok project but in other cases it means I find myself overloaded and stall out.
With this in mind, I'm trying to refrain from picking up anything new at the moment, especially as the hobby budget is severely restricted at the moment but its oh so tempting to just try something new!
|Black Tribe Robots|
I've still got an absolute ton of Epic gubbins as well as having a decent amount of fantasy and sci-fi in both 15mm and 28mm that are still awaiting paint. On top of that I can sculpt my own figures in SD and 15mm scale as well as the tiny 2mm that is easy to sculpt for but still find myself tempted to look for new things too which is proving to be a bit of a bind.
|War of Ashes|
|Battletech SD Scale|
While it may require a more slow and steady approach but I do feel that its probably for the best as I'm more likely to actually complete a project if I've made it myself and there's the extra pleasure of making my own odds and ends!
While there are some stuff that I don't think I'd be able to make myself, there's a fair amount that I can so I'll sit down and scribble up the assorted projects that I'm tempted by and keep working on my existing stuff.
Gosh! If you've managed to stick with me throughout all this navel-gazing, you have my thanks as I do have a tendency to waffle on a bit while not really going anywhere but I do find getting my muddled thoughts written out onto my blog helps me organise myself and galvanise me somewhat.
I'll post up an update tomorrow with my ideas and ongoing projects and objectives but until then, All the best!
I've been sorting my collection and finally taking the bits and bobs I've had in storage boxes for over a decade out, giving them a dust off and getting them into my cabinet.