Mythic Battles: Pantheon – introducing the Amazons

Greetings Terrans, quick post today – hot on the heels of his excellent skirmish force from Mythic Battles: Pantheon, my youngest has just finished up a quartet of Amazons. They were fiddly little buggers, so I helped with some of the trickier areas, but most of the work & all of the design choices are his. Check it out:

My son really wants these to be an elite option in combat and at range, so in Dragon Rampant we’ll be fielding them as Elite Foot with the addition of a fantasy rule called ‘Wizardling’. This gives them a reduced access to some spells, one of which is a suitably shooty spell, this we can simulate their deadliness with bow, sword and spear. Here they are with their fellow mortals:

These ladies form a nice segue into another topic – that of my now-annual ‘Fembruary Challenge’!  It’s a simple affair, just paint & post one or more female miniatures from your piles-of-shame, in the name of fair representation within the hobby. Just link back to this post, or ping me directly & I’ll grab a pic and include your entry in the final round-up in early March (usually by International Women’s Day, 8th of March)

Given that this is intended as an encouragement to think about inclusion in the hobby then it makes sense if your entries are kick-ass ladies, and not the product of some socially awkward mini-sculptor’s sexy fantasies… Anything dodgy & I’ll omit it from the round-up, otherwise, have at it! I usually pick my favourite of the bunch – no prizes I’m afraid, but a boatload of kudos to you as an official Fembruary Winner!!! 😊

Laters potaters

Happy Commencement of New Arbitrary Terran Orbital Cycle

Greeting Terrans, and if you are reading this, congratulations on getting to 2021 with your sanity intact. What a year eh? I’m a firm believer that pushing one’s comfort zone is good for your growth & wellbeing, but last year really did stress that outlook to a whole new level. It seems that every single assumed ‘truth’ that I understood about myself and my life in 2019 was deeply flawed… Things I thought were unconditional had conditions. Stuff I believed could never happen happened. Things that I took for granted were taken away, or were very nearly lost. The shock of these events was disorientating and deeply unpleasant, but I’ve certainly learned a lot & grown along the way. Here is a summary of my key takeaways:

  • People (and by extension, societies) are not always rational – get over it
  • A life is precious to those it affects, otherwise it is an abstract – get over it
  • Even the most secure workplace can be forced to make cuts – get over it
  • Fair-weather friends are just that – get over it
  • Some people can’t disagree without being disagreeable – get over it
  • I am not the Covid police – get over it
  • Never miss an opportunity to show someone you love that you love them
  • I wouldn’t want to swap my issues for anyone else’s issues
  • Get rid of shit that doesn’t enhance your life (and don’t replace it with other shit)
  • Don’t make your happiness & self-worth contingent on anyone or anything
  • Staying fit is hard… Being unfit is also hard… chose your hard!
  • Take a moment to be grateful for what you have every single day

I have cleared up my life & ditched a whole bunch of crap I didn’t need, both literal and metaphorical. I have refocused my energies into areas that deserve my attention and efforts, and I have pulled back from those areas that don’t. I feel a little older & maybe a bit more cynical, but I’m a hell of a lot wiser in terms of understanding those things that are most important to me. I honestly think that one day I’ll look back on 2020 as a defining year that led to some positive personal outcomes despite the trials and tribulations along the way.

Anyway, I know you came here to see painted minis rather than listen to my bollocks, (ok, not literally – that would be weird), so let’s get to it. During my mass-clear-out I found a whole load of minis that came with two kickstarters from Monolith Games, (Mythic Battles: Pantheon and Conan) and Rising Sun from CMON. I went through a phase of backing shit like this, but with no idea how I was going to paint all the stuff, learn the game, play, etc…  Pretty wasteful really, and definitely not in keeping with my drive to clear out crap.

I decided that the games per se didn’t do it for me & so I got rid of all the associated guff, but I thought that the minis were ideal for having some Father/Son time with my youngest during Christmas lockdown – if he fancied it. We had a chat, and he was pretty positive about it, so he helped me to sort the minis by type & selected those he most wanted to paint. A short time later & we had cranked out Ares, a trio of Argonauts, five Hoplites and Leonidas – I helped by painting in parallel with him to speed the process up, but not by doing it all for him. Here’s what we ended up with:

Nice!!

As we were painting, we naturally got to talking about having a game with them, so I got out my copy of Dragon Rampant & worked out a list for his Ancient Greeks, and another using my Greek-themed Dark Elves. DR is a cracking little rule set, very easy to pick up & understand, and is totally agnostic when it comes to minis… Perfect for a simple throw-down with a youngling! We played a couple of games over the weekend, winning one each for a very satisfactory outcome:

So, in a roundabout way, 2020 has led me up to this. Having a good clear-out unearthed these minis, and lockdown gave me ample opportunity to spend quality time with my youngest. This surplus of time meant that the slow art of painting and gaming managed to get a look-in against the many & various forms of electronic entertainment – no mean feat these days!

Most of all, 2020 taught me to be grateful for that quality time with him, and I am looking forward to more of the same – he’s already plotting what units he needs to add to make his first army even more formidable 😊

Anyway, that’s all for now. Keep buggering on ya buggers & I’ll catch you next time.

Last Post of 2020

Greetings Terrans, this will be my last post this year – a few new minis to share as I round out my Warband for Heresyofus’ Daemon Ink event. I completed the rest of the Elucidian Starstriders to round out the warband to 14 (Marines count as 2), so in the interests of rounding out the numbers, I also added Sergeant ‘Ripper’ Jackson to the party. Stylistically she restores a bit of balance to the party, as it was starting to look a bit too heavy on the Steampunk aesthetic.

So from the top, let’s go through the warband – all names are TBC but some light background fluff is starting to take shape in my thoughts:

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Inquisitor xxxxxxxx – Vigilantia, the watch-fire in the dark – Ordo Chronos (because timey-wimey stuff is cool). Agenda is unknown, but whatever it is, it is sufficiently grave to warrant a slow shift towards the radical end of the Inquisitorial spectrum.

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Xenos companion & psyker – mysterious Harlequin Shadowseer xxxxxxxx who accompanies the Inquisitor at all times, but to what end?

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Brother-Tutor Marine xxxxxxxxx from the 888th Mentor Legion, assigned to the group at the request of the Inquisitor… Whether the motivation is to observe and learn, or to be vigilant and constrain is unknown.

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Astra Millitarum Veteran xxxxxxxxx, a tough, no-nonsense individual, completely loyal to Inquisitor xxxxxxx & friendly rival to Brother-Tutor xxxxxxxxxx

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Rogue Trader xxxxxxxxx, attached to the Inquisitor by mutual agreement – the Inquisitor benefits from her resources and discretion, while she benefits from the Inquisitor’s access to highly classified intelligence and artefacts.

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Rejuvenat Adept xxxxxxxxx, Chief Medical Officer to Rogue Trader xxxxxxxxxx, responsible for xxxxxxx’s longevity treatments.

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Tech-Adept Explorator xxxxxxxxx, Chief Engineer & techno-historian, part of Rogue Trader xxxxxxxxxx’s crew, but as with all priests of Mars, his true motivation is his own.

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Death Cult Assassin xxxxxxxxx, a superlative bladeswoman, xxxxxxxx is loyal only to Rogue Trader xxxxxxxxxx, and guards her fiercely.

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Voidmaster xxxxxxxxxxxx, leads an elite cadre of Void Guild soldiery, and is contracted to Rogue Trader xxxxxxxx. He is an experienced leader & tactician, and he expects the best from himself and his team in discharging their contract. He is staunchly loyal to his Voidsmen in return.

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Voidswoman xxxxxxxxxxx, second in command to xxxxxxxxxxxx, she exemplifies the duty & honour expected of the Void Guild.

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Voidsman xxxxxxxxxx – Void Guild veteran

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Voidsman xxxxxxxxxx – Void Guild veteran

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Voidsman xxxxxxxxxx – Void Guild veteran & heavy weapon operator

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‘Voidsman’ xxxxxxxxxx – Void Guild mascot, guard & scout

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Here’s a few pics of different groups within the warband:

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And a final team photo:

So that’s it from me for 2020 folks – I wish you all a safe & happy Christmas, enjoy it however you can. Fingers crossed that 2021 is less of a shit-show!

Found Daemons

Greetings Terrans, a slightly bizarre little post from me today, I’ve been a bit of a hobby butterfly & got side-tracked… Not my fault though – I had an interesting challenge from Mark over at Hereseyofus – ‘do you think you could make a few lesser Daemons’ (for his Daemon Ink campaign) … well, what could I say? Of course, I agreed, but didn’t have any actual Daemons to hand, just a ridiculous pile of bits, a shit load of glue, some Greenstuff and a head full of dreams.

First things first, with any challenge like this, I like to set some parameters and guidelines to frame the project, and after a bit of mulling, I came up with the following:

1: No money to be spent – if it ain’t in the bits-crate (it’s too big to be a bits-box) then it ain’t happening

2: A proper unit of 10, with Leader, Musician & Standard (old-school), and with a solid look to unite them, but…

3: Proper mixed up Daemons from no particular Chaos power – not too uniform, I wanted influences from across the animal kingdom and beyond

4: Disturbing rather than cheesy

5: Quick and easy to finish with contrast paints and a relaxed & messy style

Wading through the bits-crate produced a goodly amount of Sylvaneth bits, and some random Dark Elf cavalry (as you do – some half-arsed project idea from a while back no doubt). Hmmm… 5 horses… that’s 10 pairs of legs right there! A quick bit of tree, a Genestealer skull and a DE cavalry weapon arm, and I had this in hand:

Promising!

I quickly got to work and assembled 9 more, fiddled & fettled them, and then broke out the putty… A few days later the paint went on, and I ended up here:

Chaotic AF!!

I roughly painted them in 5 pairs, with each pair getting a different contrast paint as the start point. I then went back in with washes, drybrushing, gunk, blood, technical, etc… minimum effort really, just fart-arsing about until it looked ok. Here they are in fives & with angles:

I must admit that I’m pretty pleased with this effort from essentially a disparate pile of bits, and I hope you like ‘em too! I wish I’d done them all with the paler skin tone, but fuck it – chaos is as chaos does  😊

Voidsmen & Mentors

Greetings Terrans, how goes it? I have something new and different to share with you today (yey!!). I fancied a break from my LoTD project & picked up a Truescale Marine that I had converted by splicing bits from the LE2 anniversary Marine on to a Primaris bod. I wanted to paint him up to include in my Daemon Ink warband, so green and gold was very much the order of the day. I also really liked his crazy experimental gun, so figured that the Mentor Legion would be a good fit for him. I went back through my OldHammer book stash, and found this beauty of an illustration in the 40k Compendium from 1989:

I wanted to follow the colour scheme & markings as closely as I could – whoever designed that Chapter badge is a sadistic sod, but I gave it a damn good go. The only real deviation from the book art is the use of gold instead of yellow for the chest & left shoulder studs, and the repeat of the Chapter badge & Tutor marking on the left leg. I also added a Chapter number to the right knee & some chequered detailing on the right hip for a bit of visual interest. I added some light battle damage, and this is what I ended up with:

I have also been clearing out my loft & found a Kill Team box that I had picked up a while back. As I was thinking about my Daemon Ink warband, painting up the ‘Elucidian Starstriders’ to join the crew was a no-brainer, so I quickly assembled the Voidsmen to paint up. I love the steampunk vibe with these guys, and was reminded of Nemo and his crew in the movie League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, (a very underrated film in my opinion!). With that in mind, I did a very light conversion on the squad leader & swapped his head for a turbaned one that came free with a modelling magazine. I also repositioned the head on the rotor-cannon guy – no big deal, but the face on look stuck out a bit too much for my taste. Other than that, I left these minis well alone – they are gorgeous as they are if you ask me! Again, I let the green & gold of the Inquisitor guide my palette, and ended up with this:

So here’s the whole warband as it stands today – not too bad eh?

I’m particularly pleased that they manage to be cohesive without being uniform. I’m also happy with how big the Marine is in proportion to the baseline humans – just what I wanted!!

Anyway, that’s all for now – I’ll be finishing of the rest of the Starstriders in the run up to Christmas, and then I might go back to the LoTD, or maybe dip into the Blackstone Fortress… we’ll see what floats my boat… Peace out dudes, stay safe out there!

Legion of the Damned – Part 8

Greetings Terrans, how goes it? Well, it has been nearly a month, and I’m still plugging away at my Primaris LotD marines… I have 2 new units to share with you today.

First up is a 5 man squad of Intercessors armed with Stalker bolt rifles… That means that these guys have a longer range, an extra pip of armour penetration and an extra point of damage, (yes, I picked up the new codex a few weeks back, so I know all the right numbers and words now!!). In a world where Marines now have 2 wounds each, that extra point of damage is potentially very useful… Anyway, here they are – nothing unusual to report on the painting front:

Next up is a unit of ‘Inceptors’ (I actually only painted four guys, as I had already painted the guy in the middle as part of my POC). These guys have 3 wounds & kick out 6 shots each at Strength 5, can deep strike, and can bounce around at 10” per turn…  Pretty darn good! I could do with one more to max out the squad size, but 5 is a pretty nice number to have. Again, nothing special to report on the painting front, very much business as usual:

Well, that’s it for another post – more of the same to follow I’m afraid, with more Intercessors on the paint station… feel free to unsubscribe for a few months if you’re getting bored of Primaris LotD! Assuming you don’t, I’ll try and catch up with you all before Christmas kicks in – stay safe out there & all the best.