Thursday, March 26, 2015

Speed Paint Challenge - Psyker!

My money is on Speedy Gonzales!
So, recently Magpie and Old Lead and the incomparable Orlygg posted about their efforts doing the one-hour speed painting challenge.

I've always thought about attending one of those contests at a GW store, but for some reason never thought about doing it by myself at home.  Since I didn't have to leave the house, and have no issues with jumping on the latest bandwagon . . .  Challenge Accepted!
Psyke!  So '80's.

Up Close and Personal with Judge Dredd

So, having goofed around with Photochopping a pseudo-'Eavy Metal entry from days that never did gone by, I figured I'd throw the original pics of my Judge Dredd minis up.

Primed in grey.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Halo Miniature Skirmish Game - Homebrew Edition

Hey, these guys look familiar.
Last week I picked up a new Cannon color printer/scanner, to replace a very expensive HP printer that inexplicably stopped working.  For what it's worth, I couldn't be happier with the Cannon (or more annoyed with HP).

In any event, this ain't CNET and you're not here for a printer review . . . .

Sunday, March 22, 2015

The 'Eavy Metal Appearance in White Dwarf that Wasn't

Do you remember when my Judge Dredd minis appeared in a late '80's White Dwarf?


Well, that's probably because it never happened.  But, through the technology of the far future, I can go back and change history.  From the previously unissued WD 2015:

Friday, March 20, 2015

Basing Tutorial - Rusty Metal Walkway, Derelict Spaceship, Abandoned Hab Block, take your pick

Given the high quality work on the blogs I read, I feel a bit awkward offering this as a "tutorial".  So, maybe consider this more like: "if even I can do this, what's your excuse?"

I recently picked up two Judge Dredd minis.  They came with round bases, but I had two spare hex bases left over from my "Box of the '80's."  Seemed like I could put them to use to help make these two Judges stand out.

Now, my bases vary from "sand and grit" to "grit and sand" and the occasional piece of slate that broke off from my front walkway.  Wanting to change things up a bit, I figured I'd make use of all the scrap plastic bits piled up on my workbench.   Having a bit of a Space Hulk jones, I wanted to do a rusty, catwalk, derelict spaceship sort of base for the judges.

And here we go:

Slathered on crazy glue to the top of the bases, stuck it to some thin plasticard.
Did a rough cut, but not too close to the edges, as I didn't want to junk up my scissors with glue.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Dark Future - All Interceptor Battle Report

It's been a while since our last post, but having put together six Inceptors, the boys finally broke them into two squads and went head to head.

The younger boy's set up and ready to go.

Thursday, March 12, 2015


I picked up this Inquisitor for $5, missing his left hand.  I glued on a powersword from the Grey Knights box set.  Went to town.  'Ere ya go . . .

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Inquisitor Acolyte

For a few bucks, I picked up an Acolyte for my Inquisitor, and painted him up.  Here he is . . .

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Kid Made Star Wars RPG

This trusty old d8 got a lot of use this weekend.
So, my 12 year old decided to make up a Star Wars role playing game!  I spent more time of my youth creating half-baked RPGs and wargames than I ever spent actually playing the darn things.  So, I guess the beer can doesn't fall far from the trailer.

The mechanics were very light.  Very light.  Basically, everything requires taking a test on a d8 roll, with 1 an epic fail, 8 a smashing victory, and everything else a gradation in between.  You got a +1 on the die result if you used one of your character's skills, and -1 if you tripped up on a weakness.

We played three Younglings whisked off to the Jedi Academy during the Clone Wars.  Below are our character sheets.

Monday, March 9, 2015

Cold Wars 2015 Report

Last Saturday, I took my first trip to the Cold Wars wargaming convention in Lancaster, PA.  The annual convention is run by the Historical Miniatures Gaming Society.

To be honest, I have a bit of an anxiety issue getting outside my comfort zone (i.e. my basement) when it comes to gaming and geekery.  But, I decided to head out nonetheless, and took my oldest along with me for moral support.

I have to say, never having been to anything like this before, I was overwhelmed.  The sheer number of folks attending, the games in play, it all made my head spin.
This is the expo center.  I could not believe how many vendors were there.  Again, overwhelming.  I resolve to make up a shopping list next year, so I don't leave regretting all the things I didn't buy.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Death Guard Test

One of my 2015 goals is to paint up a small Rogue Trade army in a Heresy theme.  This brave lad, a very old style marine (with pantaloons to boot!), is serving as my test subject.