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The Necrons Awaken  
January 2nd, 2021

I never intended to start collecting or playing a Necron army, despite how obviously undead-like it is. Terminator was a paradigm that was too mainstream for me :) But with the whole COVID-19 lockdown world spinning around me and the release of a new edition of Warhammer 40k, it was tough to resist. Honestly, I didn't really intend to collect Space Marines (again) either... but that's another story. In any case, I chose a favourite colour and a very simple paint scheme that would be very quick to do and went with it. All of these figs came together pretty quick, so it might be possible that I paint all of those Necrons eventually... lol, as if! Who am I kidding? Anyway, check out the images in the Necron Image Gallery.

Another thing, I've decided to start making terrain specifically for pictures. I mean, I haven't actually played a miniature game for over five years (other than Battlemasters), but I still take pictures. So I think I'll start telling stories with pictures using manageable terrain... I could do it all with fancy 28mm terrain, but it's too much space and time. If I have tiny, forced-perspective terrain then I can store a lot more of it and tell more stories... The Necrons above are the first foray into that idea...

I have three more Sisters of battle that I'm almost done, some half-finished Assault Intercessor Space Marines, some Skorpek Destroyers half done, and five Empire crossbows from Battle Masters blocked out... what will be next? Honestly, maybe one of those, maybe none!

 
Sisters of Battle Vampires, old and new  
November 21st, 2020

So I have been working on the Sisters of Battle Vampire project, and it's been okay. I am rusty for sure... The paints just don't look as good as I want them to these days! Still, I have my second sister and also an Imagifier! It's a new plastic one, and I also have an old-old flag-pole carrying one that I'll also paint with a creepy vampire-inspired banner :) Check out the images in the Sisters of Battle Image Gallery.

Also, this was a hilarious time for me. I was thinking I should take some pictures of the sisters, but I wanted some fancy terrain in the background first... so I started on a big project, which ultimately failed and got scrapped. Then I found the MacRagge tarrain and thought I'd paint that! After finishing that in a week or two I went to update the site and thought that I better redesign the site first to be adaptive and look better on phones. So, I did. Yes, yes, I know, nobody uses websites anymore, they are so 2005... everyone is on instagram... Well, I got rid of the old content and replaced it with a link to my instagram. Still, more content here, and also more pictures!

More sisters are being painted currently, and also some of those stupid new giant space marines... Primaris or whatever they are called. Why did I buy that starter box?!? I don't even want to collect Necrons or Space Marines!!! Also, I have more Bretonnians, more Battle Masters, etc. Who knows really.

 
Chaos Ogre marches to battle  
August 17th, 2020

It's probably the best unit in Battle Master to be honest, the Chaos Ogre. It stomps, it smashes, and it often deals with about one quarter of my measely Empire army every time it hits the table. How does the cannon do against it? The cannon is terrible to be honest. It so rarely hits before it's destroyed, or before it destroys itself. I enjoyed painting this beast, and I have another one I'm looking forward to painting! Check out the images in the Chaos Image Gallery.

I'm working on a couple more Sisters of Battle test models. I figure I'll do a full five-woman squad of Sisters using the old metals before I start on the new plastics... They take a lot of time to get just right in the test-model phase, so we'll see how it goes. I may or may not complete anything in the next week :D

 
Empire Men-At-Arms from Battlemasters  
August 10th, 2020

Back to the Battle Masters project again. It's been fun getting that together and it's a lot of what I originally got in to wargames for. The figures are pretty nice, but quite different from moden figs... I kinda feel like so much effort goes in to create extremely complex plastic figures that doesn't really give you any more options in that there's only one way to build them (I'm looking at you GW and Sisters of Battle). And the figures don't really have to be all that complex for me anyway. But I get it, the extra complexity is worth it for some. In any case, check out these fantastic mono-pose Empire figs from Battle Masters in the Empire Army Image Gallery.

Next up is the finally completed ogre from Battle Masters.

 
Sisters of Battle - back at it again...  
August 4th, 2020

I almost got back in to 40k late in 2019 when the plastic Sisters of Battle were released. I had a 2000 point sisters of battle army back in the 3rd edition timeframe, and I really liked it then, and with plastics now it could be an awesome army to get back in to 40k with... But it wasn't until Indomitus and 9th edition that I finally got sucked in again. Yes, I bought some figs, they are so so much more expensive than those Oathmark and old BattleMasters plastics I've been collecting, and they still don't go together all that well... But design wise they are much nicer these days. Really, they don't just have to do two-dimensional poses anymore thanks to all the computer tech involved...

That being said, I still have a nostalgia thing for those old figs, and what better way to test a paint scheme than to paint an older figure? I'm going for the Female Space Vampire look on these new sisters. Check out the images in the Sisters of Battle Image Gallery. I haven't really painted any Adeptas Sororitas since 2005 I think, before the website was even created, and they are a lot easier to paint and nicer than I remember :) Next week will actually be more Empire figs from Battlemasters!

 
Battle Masters Warhammer Goblin Wolf Riders  
July 31st, 2020

It took me months and months to motivate myself to paint these monsters... Here they finally are though, the Goblin Wolf Riders from the Battle Masters game. I will of course use them in any Warhammer or Kings or War or maybe Oathmark if I ever play that game. Check out the first three wolf riders in the new Check out the images in the Warhammer Goblin Image Gallery. I also threw them in to the Battle Masters Image Gallery for completeness.

Honestly, I don't think I'll ever play a Kings of War or Warhammer goblins type army, even though it was the first army I ever played in Warhammer... I remember it was the 4th edition of Warhammer that I started with and I chose the goblins while my buddy chose the elves. Shortly after that we picked up the Battle Masters game, and I took the goblins and the Chaos stuff from that... and switched to Chaos. Shortly after that I gave up on those and just switched to undead, which was what I always wanted to do, and ultimately I still have all of those old figures :D In any case, next week will be more Empire figures from Battle Masters.

 
Battle Masters Chaos Knights for the Vampire Army  
April 14th, 2020

I painted four of the Battlemasters Chaos Champions, which are Chaos Knights. I decided to use them as Vampire Cavalry in my undead army, and also to play some games of Battlemasters, which is actually a lot of fun! I painted these ones in the same scheme as I painted the mounted Vampire General for my undead army from years ago. I guess I could also put together a similarly themed Chaos Warriors army with them for some OldHammer action, but I have so many army projects on the go already and at my current glacial pace, I'm sure Warhammer will be entirely different by the time I finish it... Anyway, check out the images in the Warhammer Chaos Image Gallery. There are also a few additional images of the figures on their Battlemasters multi base in the Battlemasters Gallery.

Next up, I'm not really sure to be honest. I started a D&D campaign during this corona-quarentine situation and we're having fun, so I may pick up some miniatures for that. True, I already have most of the miniatures I need, but characters love to pick their custom figures, so there may be a female Tiefling Sorcerer in my near future :D

 
Battle Masters Chaos Warriors  
October 28th, 2019

Happy Halloween! The first five figures for the Battle Masters Chaos warriors are done. My plan is to field these figures as Vampire infantry for my Kings of War Undead army, so they maintained the whole Halloween orange-and-purple jack-o-lantern theme! I really like the figures, and I think they'll go pretty well one the table along side the undead. Check out the images in the Battle Masters Image Gallery. You can also see each figure in detail in the Warhammer Chaos Image Gallery.

Next up likely some Chaos Knights from Battle Masters, but it will not be next week thanks to all the Halloween action coming up. See you in a few weeks!

 
The Battle Masters project begins in earnest.  
October 21st, 2019

I recently picked up a used but complete(ish) copy of Battle Masters to play with the kiddo after seeing someone's painted Empire figs from the set... I saw the figs, looked into the game again after all of these years, thought about how awesome those card-based turns were, and checked out ebay. The figs are cheap if you're patient, and the games I've had were a lot of fun. The ogre is amazing, the cannon is hot garbage, so naturally I pushed around the Empire troops, constantly getting wiped out by the Chaos army. It was so much fun that naturally I decided to paint my Empire men-at-arms as fodder to so many Chaos warriors and orcs, and then I started painting Chaos warriors, and buying extra figures, and here were are. I have the first unit done which you can see in the Battle Masters Image Gallery.

I've also posted a different picture of the same figures in the Warhammer Empire Gallery because I will also use them for that game as well... if I ever play that game again anyway :) Next up are the Chaos warriors. I've decided that the fantastic Chaos warriors and knights from the Battle Masters game will do double duty as vampire warrior units in my Kings of War undead army. I've been looking for suitable vampire figures for that since I started that project, and was never happy with any of the options: warhammer figs our simply too wild for me these days, reaper figs are kinda cheesy, and I don't really like the Mantic figs. The Chaos knights and warriors though, they are fantastic, and so I'll paint them up in the style of my undead and they should do well! Until then.

 
Lord Ravenwand's muster for Bretonnia  
October 14th, 2019

I wanted to focus on Andalusians, but with the recent Bretonnian bases that I put together and my discovery of the Oathmark Humans, which are an absolutely perfect set of figures for Bretonnian men at arms, I had to go back to Bretonnia. The Oathmark humans are perfect except for the shields, which were pretty easy to manufacture with some sheet styrene aka plasticard, a knife and a hole punch. That done, I found a new Lord that I wanted to base these figures on as well: Lord Ravenwand, cousing to Lord Stroud (the last Bretonnian Lord that I based a unit around). I will be doing these as a unit base for my Kings of War Brotherhood army, but check out the first five figures in the Bretonnian Image Gallery.

Lately I've been playing some Battlemasters again. Yes, I hadn't played since 1994 I think, but now that the kids are older I decided to buy it - again - and set it all up and play. The card-based turns are just hilarously fun. Now though I find myself wanting to paint up all the figures... Should I?!?