Sunday, 27 November 2011

Catch up on the week and new arrivals!

Been away for a few days this week but when I got back there was a small package waiting for me from Micropanzer! This is the first time I have ordered mini's from the US and was a little worried about the delivery to the uk but they all arrived in just under two weeks and what beauties :) I ordered a pack of the Riavaui units/packmaster and hounds/commando unit, the sculpts and details on these are great and only needed a little cleanup.
I've managed to paint one up as a test scheme, looks like the Micropanzer store is shut for a while till after Christmas but i'll definitely be ordering some more.

Ground Zero Games have their Christmas offer up on the site here, order over £30 ex vat and they'll supply a goody bag of extra items and a voucher for next year. I've ordered a nice mixture of kit to get gaming with, especially looking forward to the Alien Mercenaries as from the pics i've seen they look like great sculpts.

Received an email from this week as well to say they are going to post their Christmas offers on December 1st next week, looking forward to picking up some kit from them as I really want to see what the older Laserburn mini's look like close up.

Terrain wise i've picked up some 2x2 MDF boards from B&Q today along with some cheap poster paint and some spray on tile adhesive. I was going to use the adhesive spray to seal on the sand after glueing it with PVA to the board, hopefully get on to this tonight.

Managed to get some work done this week on a Fubar rules set for Mecha, I had been playing with a mechanic of rolling two different colored dice to get the hit location and damage roll on a Mech but it looks really messy on paper with so any tables, so i've reverted it to a 2d6 table for simplicity. Still playing around with the extra commands the pilots can use during a turn but I should have a workable draft by the end of next week if I can get on it.

Anyway, head down this week getting the Riavaui finished and getting some terrain ready to play on, next up: Rules!

Wednesday, 23 November 2011

Building a world

Got my head down and grabbed a few old cd's, all the odd bits and bobs from my workspace and started building some scatter terrain. Bits of pipework here and storage containers there and it's all ready for a base spray and painting.
From looking at it all though the scale seems off, looks like it would be better suited to 6mm gaming, I seem to have forgotten the vertical. There's little terrain here that will block any major line of sight, will get this sorted with the next batch!

Monday, 21 November 2011

New Horizons

...And so it begins. A few months back I kind of stumbled upon/ran into a whole new world of wargaming, i'd been an avid 28mm gamer for a long time being brought up on Rogue Trader and just expanded from there. Painting and collecting, chasing the elusive dream of a complete force.
I was happy, but in recent years the increase in costs/frustration at rules just left me feeling boxed in.

Then along came 15mm, I really cant express how awesome this discovery has been for me! the figures, the rules, the community, I am trying to blog about my journey. Which leads me to....a whole new world of exploration of painting/collecting/photography/modelling.

I started off by picking up a few mini's from Ground Zero Games and just got cracking, here are the results:

and so to the first of my probs, playing around my camera I was having a few issues trying to get the light right and getting the camera to focus on the whole scene. I started off by painting up some USNC light Infantry, the models were great to paint and I really liked how they came out:

To back these guys up I grabbed some of the Spider Drones, when painting these up realized I had skipped over some cleanup and I tried a different paint scheme to contrast with the above troops:

I finally managed to get some better lighting sorted for the Spider Drones but must admit the close in shots show up so many painting defects! I still love the idea of multi legged combat walkers so to provide some heavy support to this group I added Gun Crab Walker, loved this model and the vision of it stepping over terrain firing of support shots:

Anyway, here was my first step into 15mm and I loved doing it all, the above took me just a week to build up and paint with an average of an hour a night so really a great plus for me! Only now I need to get some opposition painted up, some terrain sorted and get stuck into a few rule sets! :)