Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Blog Update and a few changes

No one expects the Inquisition......

Hey guys and gals! It's been a little while since I have posted anything here. In fact, it's been a while since I posted anything. My personal life has been crazy over the last few months. In that time I have come to the conclusion that trying to run two blogs at the same time is not going to work. One of the two blogs will always suffer. Having said that, I am going to start posting all of my new content at my other blog: The Istvaanians.

The Istvaanians is a blog setup by myself and a few other local guys. We are dedicated to promoting the hobby and providing THE best tournaments and events in the southeast United States. Most of our events are ran out of our FLGS, Grand Adventures Comics and Games in Murfreesboro, TN. We also run a larger offsite event called, The Battle for Stones River. This year we sold out all 70 slots in just over two weeks. Hopefully this year we can add a few more players to the event, and possibly host another large event as well. In addition to this, we are also hosting a Feast of Blades qualifier and we will be teaming up with Grand Adventures and Dicehead Games in Chattanooga, TN to help them run this years American Team Championships.

With everything going on, you can see how busy things are going to get. If you are already a follower here, or if this is your first visit, then please head over to The Istvaanians and follow us there. We have started a Facebook page as well, so be sure to like us so you can keep up with all of the latest gaming events! Also, it looks like I might be able to attend Games Day Chicago this year. If so, plan on seeing photos from Games Day as I take them!

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Painting the Night Goblin Horde

As promised, here is the first of many posts about my Night Goblin army for Warhammer Fantasy. I only play Fantasy a few times a year, and I think that I've only played about 10 games total! As much as I would love to do a new army for our FLGS's new campaign I simply don't play enough to make the purchases worth it. Instead, I've decided to finish my all Goblin army. Last fall I ordered enough magnets to magnetize all of these little guys to there movement trays. I also made a few custom trays for the war machines and my Squig Hoppers. You'll see more of those as I go along.

Over the next few posts, I'm going to show you how I'm handling painting an army of about 300 models! The campaign I'm in is an escalation campaign that started at 1000 points and we'll add 250 points each week. Since this is week two, and I like to play with painted armies when possible, I've got a little catching up to do. By the time you read this, I should have 50 models done, and be at the halfway point with another 75. And that should be all of my spearmen! So, no more time to waste! Let's get painting!

Here is a list of paints that I used:

  • Rustoleum Black Primer
  • Boltgun Metal
  • Mechrite Red
  • Knarloc Green
  • Midnight Blue
  • Thraka Green Wash
  • Badab Black Wash

Step 1
Here's where we are starting from. Our basic Gobbo, cleaned, based, and primed. I use Rustoleum brand primer as the black has a nice color to it.

Step 2
Now that we've got everything primed and ready to go we can start painting. We going to start by painting all of  the metal areas with Boltgun Metal. It doesn't have to be neat as we will fix everything in the end.
Step 3
Next we're going to paint all of the weapon shafts, banner poles, and any thing else that you want red with Mechrite Red.
Step 4
Still with me? Good! Now we're going to start to bring these little guys to life and paint all of the flesh areas with Knarloc Green.

Step 5
This next step will be different depending on what color you want for your detail items. I decided to paint each squad in a different spot color. The first squad I finished was done in a more traditional yellow scheme that we are familiar with when we see Night Goblins. This squad is going to be blue, so I painted the shield, rope, and strapping on the shafts in Midnight Blue.

Step 6
With all of the main colors blocked in, we can start adding a little more depth to the models. It's hard to see, but I have added a heavy wash of Thraka Green to all of the fleshy areas. Don't worry about being messy, just get in on the model.

Step 7
And here is the last step for today. Grab a pot of Badab Black and wash the remaining areas. Up to and including this step you really dont have to be neat at all. In reality, you could stop here and have a model with three colors. Drybrush the base, and he is legal for tournament play! I'm going to take mine a few steps further and show you how easy it will be to make these guys look like you spent a lot of time on them.

Once you get these seven steps done on your models, let them dry overnight. Next time, we'll add our highlights, drybrush the bases, and finish them off with a little flock on the bases.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Warhound Titan Walks Again!

In my last post I know I mentioned that I would have an update on my Night Goblins. Apparently one of the little guys was friends with Papa Nurgle and infected me with a cold that will not go away. By the end of week I was feeling better, and I did manage to get a few commission items done and out of the way. One of those items was the Warhound Titan that I mentioned a few posts back. That had to be one of the worst models I have ever put together. I don't know if it was the fact that it was an eBay salvage job, or if it was just a bad kit from Forgeworld. Either way, I know that I wont be getting one of those models for a long time! Here's a few photo's of the completed Titan. The owner will finish the assembly after painting. He is going with a heavily weathered look, since this guy was already in bad shape to begin with!

If you look at the leg on the right, you'll notice that is actually a piece of plastic pipe, plastic card, and quarter inch wood! The original leg was missing when I got the model, and there was no way to get a replacement. Once the model is painted everything will blend in. The owner wanted the Titan to be posed, but with one leg being made out of plumbing material and the other pinned in several places where it had been broken, I had to go with a more static pose. The model is bolted to the base so that it can be removed for storage or transportation. The owner does great paint work, and I am curious to see how this guy turns out when he is done with it.

Now that all of my commission work is done and out of the way, I can return to my Night Goblins. Well, as soon as I get over this cold. If you're interested in having me do some work for you, contact me and I'm sure we can work something out!

Saturday, March 17, 2012

"But I'm NOT dead!"

Courtesy of the internet!

In the last month I have been busy. We had our 5th Annual Battle for Stones River tournament, which went extremely well. Bossman was able to score a new venue this year and we had tons of extra room. We had so much room that next we may add a few more tables and bump up the number of participants from 70 to over 80! Guess that means more terrain and table making as well. We also added a Facebook page for our Istvaanians blog, so be sure to check that out as well.

I've also been busy as well. I've started building my 13th Company Space Wolves / Fallen Chaos Wolves armies, and got my Ultramarines ready for detail painting. I managed to get my hands on a box of the new Thunderwolves. While I'm not 100% sold on them, they are growing on me. Best thing about them so far is the fact that I didn't have to pay for them! My first official "client", Boltergeist, had me do some assembly and model prep work for him in exchange for the models. I've actually got some more stuff to do for him now, and should really be doing that instead of writing this post!

Hhhmmmm. Started this guy in 2008, guess I should finish him....

Our FLGS, Grand Adventures, is running a 9 week long Warhammer Fantasy Escalation campaign. We are starting at 1000 points and adding 250 each week. We are all starting with a General and Core unit that we cannot change through out the campaign unless we use our experience points that we gain with each battle. So for a little while my focus is going to be on getting my Night Goblins painted to a basic table top standard. All 200+ models! My 1000 point list has 135, so that will be huge chunk done if I can mange it this weekend. I got them all reprimed last night so that will knock out a huge chunk of the painting since they all have there tattered black robes. With the army being Winter / Christmas themed, I want to try my hand at adding snow to the bases. And even though I don't play Fantasy but a few times a year, I think I might buy a few more models for the army like the Mangler Squigs and Snotling Pump Wagon.

On a more personal note, I'm strongly considering going back to school to finish my associates degree. In doing so, my gaming and blogging time is going to have to be cut back. It's going to be tough, but in the end I know the hard work will pay off. And since I'm going back for web design, maybe I can turn this blog into something a little better!

I think that's enough for one post, but I'll back tonight or tomorrow with some in progress shots of my 1000 point Night Goblin list.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Now Available for Commission Work

The only set of instructions you'll ever need!

Lately I have been working on a few Warhammer 40K side jobs assembling models for people at my FLGS. I started thinking, if there are folks locally who are interested in this then there must be a market for it. So, with that said I am throwing myself to the wolves and offering my services for assembly and possibly painting. I am currently working on price sheets, and I will post them up as soon as they are finished. If you are interested in having me build your models for you, contact me at the email at the bottom of this blog (asmodai650 at gmail dot com) with MODEL ASSEMBLY in the subject header.

For me, the building process is my favorite part of this hobby. I like to see how far I can stretch the pieces that come in a box and make each squad unique. If you decide to work with me on a project, I will work directly with you all the way through the project from concept to shipping. Communication is key when working on projects like this and I want you to be aware of any issues, costs, or awesome conversions that come up. All pricing will be done upfront so that you know exactly what everything will cost. That being said, sometimes issues will arise but that is where the constant communication comes into play!

My focus is on a quick turn around time with all models ready for paint. Conversions will be an extra charge, as will greenstuff work, and Forgeworld assembly. Normal pinning will not be extra, but extensive pinning will be. Models can be either shipped to me directly, or I can purchase them for you so all you have to do is open the box and start playing or painting! Speaking of painting, if you're interested in having me do that as well, let me know!

Hopefully I will get a chance to work with some of you on your projects! Although I mentioned Warhammer 40K specifically, I am not limited to just that. I am open for all types of projects, so just email me and I'll see what we can work out!