Tangent to Warmachine (25pt Cygnar Force)

Well i’m on another tangent; getting a small Cygnar force up and running. It has been painted enough to get it on the table top and will get more love once i have played a few more games. I will finish a project one day…

25pt Cygnar Force lead by Hayley

I spent the weekend building a bit of MDF pre-cut terrain but mainly painting Space wolves.
I had put these guys on hold as i had other impulses to follow, however Marcus was keen for a game to test his Nids so i got the bug again (no pun intended).
I had a complete 1750pt force painted for the last edition of the Space Wolves Codex but with the change in Codex came a change in army composition and a bit of meh. Things change so i decided to embrace the change and came up with a new list to try out, tweaked it a bit and was quite happy. Well that meant dropping two squads, two Dreadnoughts and a LRC which meant a big points vacuum and a lot of models to paint (which pains me) hence the hiatus status.
Now i am dead keen to get into them again (in small doses) so they don’t go to war in black armour. Pics up soon of the Wolves Project, wait out.


Warmachine figures

I love painting Warmachine figures. They pretty much paint themselves, and I recently had a comment asking about the Rhulic paint scheme.


Above is a rough and ready guide to the Ghordson Driller. Click on the picture to enlarge it. I use the same techniques on the other Rhulic figures which can be seen here https://ndcblog.wordpress.com/2009/06/07/warmachine-project-just-about-complete/ .

The webbing and shields on the infantry are Vallejo Desert Yellow base with the detail picked out in buff. There is no shading or mixing.

The skin of the Ogryn Bokur is Vallejo Oxford Blue lightened down in steps with Vallejo white.

All metal is Vallejo gun metal with a black wash or Vallejo Oily Steel with back wash. Both are then mixed with silver for highlights.

To conclude, I’ve got some pictures of Alexia and the Risen.

Let me know if this was useful at all or if you have any questions.


Warmachine project just about complete

I took some photos of the Marlburians and while I had the camera out I thought I’d capture some of the Warmachine figs that I’ve finished too.

Here they are – first up the Grundback gunners. I had a tragic moment getting these guys out of the cabinet. One of them hit the concrete in the shed and shattered. I glued him back together about 3 minutes before taking this photo. See if you can work out which one it was!


Ahhh, got the lighting right for these boys – the first unit of  the Hammerfall High Shield Gun Corps:


Finally, an Ogrun Bokur, a bodyguard for Gorten Grundback.


That’s it for now.


What’s just off the painting table?

First up – the 2 Victrix British battalions have had their flank companies added and are now complete. Here they are in all of their glory:


And a closer shot of the flank companies. Yes I’m aware that they are meant to be on either side of the battalion like the French are, but I got them quite a bit after the centre companies, and I wasn’t going to rebase everything!


Next up, another step in the direction of a 500 point Warmachine force – Gorten Grundback, my warcaster:


Finally, a side project of sorts. I’ve always wanted to wargame the New Zealand Wars, and even had a pile of Old Glory figs painted up at one stage. But I was so annoyed at the fact that they were not particularly accurate, I sold them all off.

I purchased some Eureka miniatures British Imperial troops and Colonial militia a couple of years ago. They have just sat there, but I am now determined to use them for a game based on Legends of the Old West. So I have put together my first unit – 9 figures of British Infantry.



Generally I am pleased with how they turned out. However, there was one serious flaw. I used Citadel Midnight Blue as a base coat for the figures, and it worked well for the blue areas, but lifted through the white and the grey! It is visible in these photos. I have painted over these areas since varnishing the figure, but it is nearly impossible to eliminate this purple pigmentation. I’m severely disappointed, and have resolved never to use GW paints again! It isn’t too much of a resolution ,as I pretty much use vallejo for everything now, but don’t have a deep blue-black. I’ll order one tomorrow.

The other NZ Wars figure that I’ve painted up is a conversion from a Perry Miniatures plastic American Civil War figure. I’ve used Green stuff to give him a Pork Pie cap, and cartridge pouch. I think he has come out quite well. He needs a few touch ups, as I’ve painted him very quickly to see if the Green stuff additions work:


Since this photo I’ve tidied up the paint spills and flattened the forage cap down to give a sharper angle. I think he came out OK and fits in quite well with the other figures. He will be the first of a converted company to fight alongside the Eureka figs. I’ll probably look to have 3 units of British Regulars, one of militia, and some artillery. I might even have a go at some olonial Defence Force Cavalry. I still have 11 Maori left over from the Old Glory days and will probably add to these . 20 or so should be about right. My thinking is to get the Old Glory Militia pack, as these give some more variety in dress.


More painting

To start off, I said that I was going to post a battle report from our DBA game in the last post.  Unfortunately the pictures turned out quite dull, so I’ve abandoned that goal.  This week I have made a point of doing an hour of painting every night, and have finished the 12 Victrix British that I had been working on for the last month or so. Napoleonics are labour intensive to paint but look so good when finished! This latest battalion is the 28th Gloucesters with their lovely yellow facings. I now have 8 more figures undercoated and ready to go, which will be the flank companies for the 2 battalions that I have already finished. when they are done (hopefully by next weekend), I will put up a post of the completed British battalions.

After that, I will be starting the Vistula Legion lancers, as I plan to paint 2 battalions from both sides, then a support choice, then 2 battalions again as a regular pattern. I plan to chip away at the Napoleonics steadily throughout this year.

As stated before, the next combined project for Dan and I is Warmachine. I have a Mercenary force, he has Cygnar. My Mercs are heavily Rhulic, and the plan is eventually to be able to field an entirely Rhulic army, now that the Horgenhold Guard have been released and can add some variety to the troops choices. I painted a Hammerfall High Shield soldier in grey a couple of years ago. Then I painted the Ghordson Driller in khaki, and then Durgan Madhammer in khaki. So I went back to the Hammerfall guys and decided to go with a  ‘WWI British Tommy’ theme. After painting the first figure, here are the results:


And another view showing the Hammerfall Shieldsman to the side:


The scheme is nice and simple – Vallejo khaki for armour plate and British Uniform for the uniform. Webbing is buff.

I’ve bought the Too Fat Lardies rules for Through the Mud and the Blood. All of their rules get quite positive reviews on TMP, so I thought I’d splash out the 7 quid (hardly a major dent in the wargaming finances) and see. Initial skim through is positive, but I’m not sure about having to make a deck of cards. I like the idea of a card driven system, but it is actually making them that I’m not so sure about, as I am a perfectionist and making stunning cards could seriously cut into figure painting time!

To finish off this post, a couple of photos of the painted Napoleonics in action, fighting it out over a bridge:


The 1st battalion 18th Regiment crosses the bridge, supported by the second battalion at the river’s edge.


The 54th West Norfolk battalion trades volleys with the French.

That’s all for now. I’ll try and have something interesting next time!