Monday 30 November 2020

Painting some more Bad Squiddo Miniatures

I finished off some Bad Squiddo Games miniatures over the weekend. Some friends had set up a Saturday evening crafting Zoom call so I got to chat to people while I painted, which meant I got a bunch more done than I usually do.

The first was Chu'mana, a Snake Lady / Lizard Lady from the fantasy range. She was painted with mostly contrast and dry brushing, which these figures really lend themselves to.

I also got SOE Annie as a freebie in an order a while back. She's modelled on the owner of Bad Squiddo. Here, I painted her in contrast first, blacked in a couple of voids, and blended Kislev Flesh Air for the skin tones. I don't normally paint historical style models, so it was fun to do something different.

Wednesday 25 November 2020

Work in Progress Wednesday: Combined Army Support


There's a bundle more Combined Army stuff queued up for me to paint, so I thought I'd show a few more bits I've got to get done. This is stuff that's more "generic" Combined Army than pure Shasvastii.

First up is the Med-Tech Obsidon Medchanoid and his two Slave Drones. (Yes, I had to look the spelling up.) Better known as "Doctor Worm", it's the main medical support for the Combined Army. The idea is that there's so many races that no-one can truly learn all the different alien life forms and their medical needs, so the Combined Army grow bioengineered life forms that are programmed with all the information they need.

Basically a "must have" pick in many lists, he's a priority to get painted up for play when we get out into the real world again. 

Imetrons are not available to Shasvastii, but come in a box with some other models that Shasvastii really need. I'm sure at some point I'll play some games with vanilla Combined Army, and they don't look like a huge fuss to paint up.

They're basically small robotic command and control devices that give you an extra order, but are otherwise immobile and can't defend themselves.

Infinity is a mission of objectives, and quite a few of the previous seasons of the tournament pack have required multiple civilians. I've picked up a couple of human ones as at present Corvus Belli only make a single Combined Army civilian and I already have him. These will be painted up as either human traitors or Shasvastii infiltrators in disguise - I haven't decided yet.

Monday 23 November 2020

Woah, we're halfway there


Most of this weekend was spent selling excess wargaming tat rather than painting, so I don't have anything finished. Here's a sneak peak at my painting tray!

While it's bad for blog pictures, I do recommend focussing on what you have the energy and enthusiasm for at the time. It is a hobby, after all. Definitely trying to remember the New Year's resolution about not doing the hobby bits that stress me out...

Wednesday 18 November 2020

Work in Progress Wednesday: Wizkid's D&D and Pathfinder Miniatures


After painting the Gnome Bard, I decided to pick up a few more miniatures from the Wizkids range.

This is the blister of Kobold specialists - one with a dragonscale shield, one with wings and a spell effect, and a Kobold Inventor. I discovered this moderately comedic D&D Monster class, armed with an assortment of rubbish but annoying weapons, such as a scorpion tied to a stick, bag of wasps, and so on. How could I not?

I learned about this from a very short cameo character on Critical Role, best summarised by this short animation for those who don't know of the story of "Spurt the Kobold".

I also picked up a few human guards, although the spears and halberds do suffer from the weakness of this sort of soft plastic. Some are rather bendy, but it's not exactly a display piece so I'm not too worried.

They're all pretty reasonably priced, so I'm not unhappy with the quality. I'm not a fan of the bases they come with, though, so glued them to some spare Infinity bases I had lying around and added some basing texture.

Some of the higher level threats also get characters, like this devil and cultist. I mostly got this for the devil figure, although it doesn't look like any of the specific devils in the current edition of D&D, I feel like they're quite varied so that's not a huge issue.

I'm super excited by the background of the Znir Pact Gnolls in the Eberron setting, so I had to grab a couple of them as well. I cut off, pinned and re-glued the spear of the left hand one in an effort to make it slightly straighter, but was lazy and didn't make guide markings and ended up gluing it back on off kilter. My sloppy green stuff fix to that didn't work either and I decided to just call it a day before I made it even worse.

Monday 16 November 2020

Shasvastii Caliban

Finishing up what should have gotten done in October, I've finished the Caliban with Boarding Shotgun from the Operation Wildfire box. I've been really enjoying using the Forward Observer Caliban in Tabletop Simulator, so I'm glad I've got a model that I can use for him when we get back to in person gaming.

The original plan was to get a lot of Malifaux painting this last weekend, but that got abandoned in favour of sorting out a lot of boxes of things. This is, ultimately, Fine, as things that needed to get done got done. Traitor brain is being very irrational about it not being the intended thing, and thus obviously wrong. Traitor brain needs to go boil its head.

What the reorganisation has helped with has been to make things much clearer and better organised, drawing the line between outstanding projects, which I've been pretty slow to progress, and the smaller easy paint jobs that I've actually been powering through at quite a rate of late. The idea being that this will help me plan the future to a much better extent.

Friday 13 November 2020

Learning Infinity N4 - Shasvastii Starting Point

So, I've been using Tabletop Simulator to play some games of Infinity, and am starting to get to the point where I'm happy with some of the lists I'm now writing. I thought I'd take a moment to talk about this list and how it comes about.

Infinity can change drastically depending on the mission you're playing, but most missions fall into one of three categories: Push Buttons, Control Territory and Kill The Other Side. This mission is intended to focus on the first two types of missions.

The list has a strong ARO presence - the Q-Drone gets four shots in my opponent's turn, and the Noctifer can start in Hidden Deployment (I get to write down where it's deployed rather than place the model on the table), meaning it can get a shot when my opponent is at a serious disadvantage as I get to choose when it shows itself.

The Shrouded Minelayer and Seed Soldier get to deploy in the middle of the field and are placed to slow the enemy attack or possibly counter attack if left alive. The two Shrouded Hackers, meanwhile, have the job of pushing buttons and doing specialist things, although they can also do a mischief to my opponent's advance with their hacking.

If I'm going first, the Speculo is making an attack run to disrupt my opponent, if I'm going second she's placed in the most awkward spot possible to try and make my opponent spend their first turn killing her, not playing the mission.

The Caliban is a dangerous short ranged attack piece who can swing into button pushing if needed. The Flash Pulse from being a Forward Observer means he has a longer ranged ARO if I need something with a bit more reach than a shotgun.

The Taigha are cheap moving expendable shmucks to be used as problem solving wherever needed. Everything else is there to provide orders for people doing the work.

I like a few things about this list so far. It has a strong ARO presence that means I can cause my opponent to spend quite a few orders dealing with threats. The strong midfield camouflage also helps hold up advances and gives me options.

On the other hand, I think it needs another offensive gun. It probably doesn't need a Shrouded Killer Hacker as well as a Hacker, and the Speculo Minelayer broadly seems to be overkill. So my next step will probably be downgrading those units to try and find the points for some sort of heavier attack piece to add a bit more offensive punch.

The trick with Infinity is to not change everything at once. I've got a strong basis for a list here that isn't quite perfect yet. Rather than changing everything, swapping out two or three models but keeping the core of the list "as is" gives me a much better comparison for what suits my playstyle.

Wednesday 11 November 2020

Work in Progress Wednesday: Oathsworn Dwarfs

A good friend of mine gifted me a few out of production dwarfs by Oathsworn Miniatures. He kindly undercoated them to avoid my household's issues with nickel allergies.

I've added the bases and texture to all the models ready for painting.

I don't have a particular plan for these figures beyond painting them for the fun of it. I may use them for RPGs or maybe skirmish games, though.

The look of these models is quite "Warhammer Fantasy" rather than more generic fantasy or Dungeons & Dragons.

This fellow in particular is really rather 'Slayer' like, as Games Workshop really has locked down the "unarmoured, bare chested dwarfs with mohawks" look. I'm not sure if I'll paint him as a Troll Slayer or something more generic.

Monday 9 November 2020

November: Plans and Progress

With a long weekend off work, I've been finishing up some half done things I had lying around. First up are these two civilian types by Bad Squiddo Games. (You can find them as "Beer Maiden and Scholar" in their Amazons range.

They come across to me as quite generic fantasy medieval, which I believe is intentional so there's plenty you can use them for. They also remind me of an awful lot of "generic LARP costumes" I've seen over the years.

Thing is - they're absolutely great for that. If they were super period specific or fantasy setting specific, they'd be of much less use. As generic fantasy civilians of a bookish or tavern persuasion, they're excellent.

Next up on the docket is getting my Viktorias crew painted. You can see the nearly finished Caliban off to one side who didn't quite make the photo shoot section for this blog. I've since started getting base coat colours down on one of the Viktorias, and goodness, they are fiddly models, and it's weird putting down grown up base coats and not Contrast paint again!

Wednesday 4 November 2020

Work in Progress Wednesday - Black Crab Miniatures Kickstarter Signposts

These two weird signposts are from the Black Crab Miniatures second Kickstarter. I don't know if there's anywhere you can buy them, though.

Monday 2 November 2020

End of October Progress Check

In terms of previous months, its been a pretty productive month all told. I've got four models painted and plenty queued up to paint next.

Thing is, the plan was to finish up the Shasvastii from Wildfire. Oops! That said, the Caliban is super nearly done, leaving only the Gwailo to finish up.

So it seems I'm mostly procrastinating doing what I should be in favour of displacement activities. Still, painted models I can use for something being done is a useful thing.

Now, how can I find something else to procrastinate so I can actually paint what I want to?