Sunday, 22 January 2017

New Project for a New Year: Void 1.1 Junkers

So a new year has rolled around and I've left too many finished projects undocumented on the blog. Unfortunately, I've not been able to find the time to compile them all into one post so instead I'll list them and move on. Maybe I'll be able to photograph some of the more interesting projects later.

Finished since last post:
1 ruined farm house from Warlord Games.
1 Ramshackle Barn from Rendera Plastics
1 6ft x 4ft teddy bear fur mat
5 Ork kannonz with 2 grot crew each
1 M3 Stuart light tank
1 US flamer thrower operator

So........


Way back in the early 2000's I remember getting very excited by a brand new company with a brand new game called void 1.1. The models were the same scale as 40k and were altogether fresher and cleaner in appearance. They had an almost anime look to them without being too ridiculous (looking at you Infinity, you piece of shit!). The best thing about them was that they were considerably cheaper than Games Workshop and you got a free rule book with every box!

The game itself was quite pioneering now that I think back with hindsight. It aimed for a similar scale to 40k, with infantry, tanks and more specialist units making up your lists. However, it made use of a d10 and alternate unit activation as its core mechanics. The d10 allowed for greater variation in stats and the alternate unit activation introduced a new dynamic to the game, activation economy. It really broke ground from 40k 3rd ed (and every subsequent edition since) and it's a shame that i-kore were terrible businessmen. Still, Scotia Grendel still sells the models and rules for the game and I stumbled across my old collection so.... I'm beginning a new project.


 I've started by stripping all of my old Junker models in acetone nail varnish remover. This includes; 2x 5 man units of convict legionaries, 1x grenade thrower, 1x flamer, 3x sandrunners, 1x sandrunner lictor and Aurilian. I also purchased some plastic legionaries from Scotia Grendel and began the process of converting them into something similar to their beautiful metal counterparts. For this unit, I'll be converting them into grenadiers, of which there are only 2 original sculpts. The plastics are terrible and require a lot of work, but I hope you'll agree that with some head swaps, extra bits and some sculpting work, they're approaching the original aesthetic. I'll need to build 3 more grenadiers to complete the unit, which will include both of the original sculpts as well to bring the unit up to 8 men. The next post will hopefully feature them with some paint on! Let's see...  

Saturday, 29 October 2016

Grot Kannonz - A Long Dormant Project.




As a moving gift to myself, I purchased a really nice glass cabinet from Ikea with the intention of displaying some of my favourite models in my new flat. The process of moving into a smallish flat also prompted me to sort through all my models and re-organise them into convenient storage containers etc... Both of these processes have inspired me to rediscover my long forgotten Ork army and have reminded me of some of my project intentions before I fell out of love with 40K.

One such project was these five Kromlech Kannonz that I've finally gotten around to painting. I'd bought them years ago as part of a deal and intended to convert them ever so slightly so that they didn't all look the same. I used various parts from the Killa Kanz and Mega Nobz boxes to alter the gun barrels and I also produced new gun shields from plasti-card for some to add variety. Then I got really bored of 40K and so they remained dormant in the bottom of a tool kit for years until a couple of weeks ago when I finally found them again.

I painted all five guns at once, which was time consuming and tedious at times. However, I am really pleased with the end results, especially after the rust dust and patina details were added. I'm currently working on the crews for the gunz, which I'll mount to the gun bases themselves (two to a gun, rather than leave them on separate bases). At a later date, I'll paint 10 more Grots up for the unit to max out their crew but for now I'm happy with the minimum. After all, I have other Ork projects to continue and finish.

As always, let me know what you think. Your criticism is always welcome.    

Sunday, 16 October 2016

Big Mek Sprokit and some shooty Shoota Boyz

Hello dear readers and good evening. I felt too much time had passed since my last offering on this blog. I now find myself in the curious position of teaching 3 year-olds, which comes with its many challenges and rewards. Unfortunately, one common challenge is finding any time to indulge in my favourite hobby of painting and gaming. Fortunately, however, I have found a local club and have sourced myself a generous ride so hopefully I shall be back in the gaming saddle after an all too long absence.

Having said that, I have found at least a little time since my last post to paint some Shoota Boyz and an old Big Mek.

First up is Big Mek Sprokit, a metal model equipped with a kustom force-field. I have always loved this model and in battle it is a very useful unit. I used to use him up front in a battle wagon, providing killa kans and trucks with the save. However, under the new rules (yuck!), I'll be fielding him at the back with my five grot kannonz. Regardless, he's a brilliant model and I'm very pleased with the re-paint job.

I replaced the original base with a fresh new one since the original was covered in very course ballast and badly placed wreckage. I then updated all the colours to match my most current Ork models, lightening the skin tone and adding more Goff checks. Finally, I brightened up the generally drab Goff scheme with brass patina and rust weathering powder. I really think these little flashes of colour make my Goff Orks pop.

Let me know what you think of him in the comments below. I'm always trying to improve my techniques.

Next up is the beginnings of another 30 strong Shoota Boyz mob. I picked up an old boz of plastic/metal hybrid Stikk Bommaz from the bring-and-buy sale at the Birmingham Games Expo this year for £6!! This prompted me to get building another mob and to use some of the Armorcast muzzle flash effects I bought years ago! I really, really like the effect and I'll be distributing flashes amongst my other finished mobs at a roughly 50/50 proportion. I'll take time, but it's worth it I think. Otherwise, I painted these boyz in exactly the same way as before. Five down, 25 more to go!

Saturday, 25 June 2016

Painboy...Pain in the arse more like!


Well, well, well. After a few years of dedicating all my painting and modelling time to historical miniatures, I finally plucked up the interest to dig out a few unfinished Ork models. First out of the box was this painboy model, which was the only figure I really liked from the Ork codex release. I love the giant metal hand and cheeky grin on this model and it also stands in rather nicely as a replacement for the Mad Dok!

However, 3 weeks later the bloody thing is finally finished! I appreciate that my painting skills and techniques have developed over the past 2 years and that my time has been extremely limited recently but still, 3 weeks on a single model! The detail on him is astonishing, which meant that every time I dipped my paintbrush I'd find something new that I'd missed. Pile on top of that the number of tubes, vials and other glass/fluid features and you've got a complicated, time consuming paint job!


Regardless, I'm thrilled with the results and I'm only sorry my photography skills are inadequate to showcase the paint job. Maybe there'll be a little more 40k on the way! We'll have to see.

P.S. I'm not playing the stupid game, just to be clear!

Saturday, 28 May 2016

M4A3 Sherman (76mm). 'Down Necker'


Hi all, my crusade to renovate the tanks in my case has continued this week with a Warlord Games 76mm Sherman with wooden armour. Before I began, she was a tad boring. No pin-up, only one weathering powder application and no grass tufts meant she stood out amongst my other vehicles. Therefore, I decided to bring her back up to scratch. First, I tidied up all the dents and scratches that had occurred through use in the case. Then, I applied several alcohol based washes of weathering powders to the various areas of the tank. Next, I applied the 'Down Necker' decal to the space I'd left free the first time around. I also brushed on a few layers of weathering powders dry. I was sceptical that this would work at first but I am now pleased with the results. Finally, I added two colours of grass tufts to the base. I'm hoping to add additional stowage to this vehicle when the Rubicon stowage set is released!



Sunday, 15 May 2016

M26 Pershing. Bessy gets a makeover


I've continued to root through my army case for vehicles that need a little touch up and a little repair. Consequently, I came across my M26 Pershing, a model I bought at the beginning of my journey into Boltaction.

I bought the model at the Derby Games Convention because friends of mine wanted to take advantage of the 10% off for 3 models deal! I came away with a Pershing and my friends picked up a Tiger II and an IS-2.

Unfortunately, the M26 is way too expensive for regular games of Boltaction and so it's seen very little use. It is a cool tank though, so I might try and write a list to incorporate it.

Anyway, I took it out of the case and gave it some TLC over the weekend. It was a bit chipped in places and the weathering wasn't quite up to scratch. The base was also quite large so I trimmed that down. I like tanks on bases but they can sometimes get in the way so the smaller the better.  

So there we have it, another tank refreshed and back in service. Let's see what I can find next...

Sunday, 8 May 2016

M36B1 Jackson. It's finally painted!

So it seems that I've a couple of tanks sitting on my painting table for what feels like an age! Fortunately, this Jackson is the last (before I build the 2 tanks I still have in boxes!) and I'm mightily relieved to finally have it gone.


Sadly, it's unlikely to see much table time on account of it's crazy points cost but I'm sure it will make at least a few appearances in tank wars games. We shall see.
 I really like crew models in the turrets of tanks but these guys took forever to paint! They add life to the vehicle but I'd be lying if I claimed to enjoy painting them.
This vehicle does of course join the ranks of my fictional tank unit, the Warbirds. Unfortunately, she doesn't yet have a name or a pin-up. That's a job for another day I think.