Monday, March 24, 2008

Shelob

I finally finished my Shelob model. I started this project some time last year...I think. This was a real pain in the butt to build and I kind of gave-up about half-way through. Last week I got inspired and finished the assembly and I finished the paint tonight.


Turned out pretty good I think. It is a very creepy model...I hate spiders

Thursday, March 20, 2008

British Paras

Here is a picture of my Foundry British Para collection so far. The first 15 of these figures were painted by Evil Kevin Shope for my friend Tom. Tom sold his WW2 British collection to me. I have several more figures to expand the collection but Kevin is MIA and cannot paint any more to match. This left me to paint the rest and match them as best as I can. Take a look at the picture above and I think you will see they match pretty well. Below are more detail pictures.








I used the excellent painting guide at the Armies of Dom. These turned out to be a lot more fun to paint than I was expecting. The camo smocks can be a little intimidating. I only have a bout a dozen left, and then maybe I will buy some of the excellent Crusader Paras, or the Artizan or maybe some Bolt Action!

Hammer 1123


Well all that talk about Necromunda inspired me to paint up my first Pit Slave. It is hard for me to believe that with the massive Necromunda collection I have this is the first Pit Slave to be painted. In fact, this is the only one I own. Like a fool I failed to buy any of these when they were easy to get and now they are very tough to find.
This figure will also be doing double duty as a Combat Servitor for my Inquisitor army.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Morannon Orcs



A unit of Morannon Orcs finishes off tonights posts. These are the original metal models and as you can see there is only three different poses. I do not know how they compare to the newer plastic models but I really like these. I hope the plastics are as good because this is a great troop selection for an evil army.

This pretty much finishes the Orcs for my Lord of the Rings collection. I think it is time to switch gears, I am tired of painting LOTR stuff ;-)

Orc Trackers



I have finally completed my Orc Tracker for Lord of the Rings. I really do not care for these models. They are just not up to the same standard as the rest of the LOTR Orc figures. It was really tough to get motivated to paint them, but I think they came out OK. They are usable.

Mordor Bolt Thrower


Here is the next installment of my forces of evil for Lord of the Rings. The Mordor Bolt Thrower with three orc crew.

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Thinking About Necromunda

It has been a very long time since I have played or even thought about Necromunda. I have been very focused lately on my World War II game project. Every once in a while I take a break and play WAB or maybe Lord of the Rings. Necroumnda has not been in my game rotation for about 3 years and that is just sad. It still rate it as my favorite game which makes it even worse that I have not played in so long.

Tim and I were talking the other night about why we don't play this game and we decided it was due to the fact that we don't have any cool terrain. Necromunda is really a modelers game. It take very few models which means that you can spend more time customising your game and just having fun. The game does require lots of ruined urban/industrial terrain which presents and infinite number of modeling opportunities. A few years ago Tim and I built some very nice terrain for Imperial Outpost Games - http://robert.bluedream.com/Necroterrain%20album/index.htm - and soon after we stopped playing. It was too much trouble to have to go to a shop for the terrain. We, however, never got around to making any for ourselves. I think that it is time to fix that.

Over the last couple of days I have been looking online for some inspiration and here a few interesting links:

Cool site with near future figs and terrain.
http://www.dminis.com/Area23/index.html

Very cool Necro terrain project.
http://z11.invisionfree.com/Work_In_Progress/index.php?showtopic=9869

Eastern Fringe Forums. This is the best Necromunda related forum site I have found. It has been too long since I have spent any time here.
http://easternfringe.com/forum/portal.php

Fringe Wars. This is a collection of stats for using other 40K forces in Necromunda. The game really has possibilities as a general Sci-Fi skirmish game.
http://s76.photobucket.com/albums/j13/maxxev/Fringe%20wars/

Necromunda Home. This is the Specialist-Games site where you can download the rules and some cool extras.
http://specialist-games.com/necromunda/default.asp

Grav Board rules. This is an old site that has rules for using grav board gangs. I forget who make figures for this. I know Mark Copplestone makes skateboarders...
http://www.geocities.com/TimesSquare/5445/cnw.htm

Net Terrain. This site has been around for a long time and I am glad to see they are still posting new material. Some very interesting and inspirational terrain projects.
http://www.netterrain.de/

One of the things I really love about the Necromunda is how easy it is to use for things other than what it was designed for. I created a World War II variant that my local game group played for a long time. We have also played using any sci-fi figures we could find and just selected stats for them. I think this is a great set of rules for anything from zombie infestations to Space Hulk. It is time to get back into it.

I will post up my house rules as they are developed.

Saturday, March 1, 2008

Barrow-wights


I painted these two up really quickly today. Not much to say just a couple of Barrow-wights.