Thursday, July 2, 2020

Q2 2020 Update

Time for my second quarterly hobby update for 2020.  I am doing this in the hope that it will help keep my hobby focused throughout the course of the year.  Much like Q1, Q2 has been dominated by COVID-19 and social issues that ensured I spent a great deal of time at home looking for something to do.  Unlike Q1, however, I did manage to get in a few games in Q2.

The quarter started strong with more of my Admec kill team.  I finished the stalkers for the Theta-7 Aquisitus team.  These are really cool models and they were a lot of fun to paint.  Completion of this project pushed Kill Team solidly into the win column for the year. 

Next I jumped back into a long neglected project for Age of Sigmar - The Mortis Engine.

I did not have any real specific goals for AoS this year so just about anything puts this in the win column  but since I did actually call it out in January it is not a distraction. Anyway, this model is massive and hugely intimidating.  I bought it 2 years ago as one of my first AoS purchases but then I soon discovered its not really part of my Nighthaunt army.  At the end of last year I started working on it but I did not get too far.  After about 40 hours work I am very happy to have this done!

After working on the Mortis Engine I stayed in the AoS area and finished my Endless Spells for my Nighthaunts.  This was something that I had called out for AoS this year.  These turned out to be a lot more fun than I thought they would be.

The fantasy theme carried on with a couple Baleful Realmgates.  I got these second hand a while back and it was cool to get them painted.  This one really has to go in the distraction column as I really had no plans for any terrain for AoS this year.  I have no regrets.

I finally completed my Thorns of the Briar Queen for Warhammer Underworlds/Age of Sigmar.  This was another long neglected project that was really fun to complete.  I even manage to get in a WHU game with them.

Switching gears back to World War II and Flames of War I painted a box of Battlefront KV-1s tanks for my mid-war Soviet project.  These are the new plastic kits and they are very nice.  This gives me a nice assortment of heavy tanks for my Soviets.

Continuing with my Soviets I painted a Maksim MG company.  I had lots of criticism of this kit that I will not rehash.  This Soviet project was probably my number one goal for the year and I have really made excellent progress so far.  Still lots to do but it is well on its way to being done.

The next project was the Hero SMG Company for my Soviets.  More progress on this huge project.

Back to the Nighthaunts.  I finally painted a couple of cool, expensive, and rare Nighthaunt character models.  Did I mention how much I love the Nighthaunt collection?  Some of the all-time best.

More Nighthaunts!  These are the Dreadblade Harrows.  The models are up to the high standards of the rest of the Nighthaunt line and they are easy build to boot.

The last project for the quarter was more Soviets for my Flame of War project.

I really did get a lot accomplished in Q2.  Mostly AoS and FoW.  I did manage to get in a few games before reality set in in the form of getting COVID.  In hindsight, I might have been a little too eager to get back to the game table but happily I did not infect anyone so its all good.

Models Assembled through Q2 (includes cleaning and prepping metal figures):

15mm FoW WWII - 11 (5 tanks, 2 aircraft)
28mm Bolt Action - 8
28mm Age of Sigmar - 21 (5 Cav, 1 Mortis Engine)
28mm Necromunda - 6
28mm 40K - 7
28mm Terrain - 22

Total - 75

Figures painted through Q2:
15mm FoW WWII - 212 (11 Tanks, 6 guns, 4 Rocket Launchers, 2 aircraft, 4 pillboxes and nests, 4 Objective Markers)
28mm Age of Sigmar - 14 (1 Mortis Engine, 2 Cav, 2 Realmgates)
28mm Napoleonic - 1
28mm 40K - 32 (17 Terrain)

Total - 259

Game Record to date:
Bolt Action 1-0-0
Gaslands 0-1-0
FoW Great War 0-2-0
FoW Mid-war 2-6-0
Kill Team 2-0-0
Necromunda 1-1-0
Warhammer Underworlds 0-2-0

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Hero Rifle Compnay

This is the first of my Soviet infantry for mid-war and late war Flames of War.  These are the older metal Battlefront miniatures.  This is the Hero Motor Rifle Company.  These guys are pretty much like everyone else's infantry in Flames of War as opposed to the more typical hoard infantry of the Soviets.  This unit includes two AT rifle stands.  In the current edition these should be mounted on the large base.  i really have no idea why they moved them to the large base but I decided to keep mine on the medium base that they came with.  According to BF this is an approved solution.

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Dreadblade Harrows

This will be the last of the Nighthaunt posts for a while.  These two Dreadblade Harrow models are the last of my assembled Nighthaunts.  I probably will not be getting back to these for a while.  Even though these have been in the paint queue for a while I have used them in a couple of games and I like them.  These really shine when you make one your army general.  I think the models are great.  They were really easy to build and to paint.

Monday, June 15, 2020

Darrakar Guardian of Souls

This is Darrakar Guardian of Souls with Mortality Glass.  This is another model that was a limited edition for some special event.  I can't remember what the event was.  This guy actually gets some new gear and spells and, therefore, is almost worth the spendy price tag.  I have a couple of extra bit left over from this that will allow be to convert an extra Guardian of Souls figure from Soul Wars giving me all three options.

Sunday, June 14, 2020

Garkorr Bladegheist Revenant

This is Garkorr the Bladegheist Revenant.  This model is a limited edition and I think it was a store anniversary model or something like that.  The model is very cool but it is not even a special character.  It is just a VERY expensive battleline unit model.  The unit doesn't even have a leader.  That seems like a huge waste to me so I have decided I will use this as a Knight of Shrouds since I only have the mounted version.

Saturday, June 13, 2020

Nighthaunt Hexwraiths

For some reason I forgot to document these on the blog.  The are Nighthaunt Hexwraiths and I painted these a while back.  These are basically stock models though I did remove some of the extra danglly skulls.  I've used these in a few battles with mixed results.

Monday, June 1, 2020

Hero SMG Company for Flames of War

The next unit for my Flames of War Soviet project.  This is the Hero SMG Company.  This is 7 stands plus the commissar team.  This unit can also be used as the Armored Reconnaissance Platoon.  The unit was build with my mid-war army in mind but it will also be usable for late war as well.

The figures are all the older Battlefront metal models and are pretty good.

Friday, May 29, 2020

Maksim MG Company for Flames of War

My Flames of War Soviet project is mostly comprised of older metal and resin models from Battlefront.  I have had most of this stuff for many years.  Even with such a large collection there are some gabs that have been filled with Battlefront's new models.  Case in point is the Maksim MG Company.  These are the new, soft plastic models made especially for the v4 release.  These are inexpensive at abut $15 for 6 teams.

The problem with this set, however, are many.  First off while this might be an inexpensive set it is also cheap.  The sculpt quality is poor.  The casting quality is also poor.  The materials used are difficult to work with making it hard to fix issue like mold lines and flash.  The worst issue for me is that these figures are NOT 15mm figures.  These are much closer to HO scale or 20mm figures.  In fact, these remind me a lot of cheap Chinese copies of old 60's era Airfix plastic soldiers.  These are the worst wargames figures I have ever bought and it is wasn't for the challenges of getting replacements right now i would not be using these.

New BF plastic on the left and old BF metal on the right.

I will be replacing these with better figures as soon as I can.  If I can find the old metal Battlefront MG teams that match the rest of my infantry that would be ideal.  Otherwise it will either be Old Glory or Peter Pig to the rescue.

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Soviet Guards Heavy Tank Regiment

My mid-war Soviet project for Flames of War is progressing.  This is the core of a Soviet Guards Heavy Tank Regiment equipped with KV-1s tanks.  The KV-1s tank is kind of interesting.  It is the tank nobody wanted but they got anyway.  The biggest drawback of the KV-1 was its poor gun.  It had armor that made it one of the toughest tanks in the world but the gun was just average.  The army wanted a tank with just as much armor as the KV-1 but with a better gun.  What they got was a tank with less armor and more speed but the same gun.  In Flames of War terms you have an interesting tank.  It is better armored than the T-34 and only slightly slower.  The guards designation gives better crew stats.  The same 76mm gun as the T-34, however, means it has the same challenges in killing enemy tanks as the T-34.  While the KV-1 is all but invulnerable to most German mid-war tanks the KV-1s can, potentially, be killed by a PZ III to the front.  If the points were cheaper for the KV-1s it might be more of a value but as it stands I'm not sure this is the best tank for the Soviets in MW.

These are the new Battlefront plastic kits and they are very nice model.  The kit can build either the KV-1, KV-1s, or the KV-8.  It is a good value and an easy build.

Monday, May 4, 2020

Thorns of the Briar Queen

I started playing Warhammer Underworlds: Shadespire at the end of 2018.  I really enjoyed it and for a few months we played pretty regular.  Around that time I bought the Warhammer Underworlds: Nightvault set because it had an awesome Nighthaunt faction that I had to have.  The Thorns of the Briar Queen is a great set of miniatures and I was really excited to try then in WU and AoS.  But then the wheels fell off the Shadespire gaming and I had lots o stuff in the works for the Nighthaunts.  I started painting them last year but as so often happens with me I failed to finish them and they went into a project box.  The Great Lock-Down has got me pulling out lots of old projects and getting me to finish them up.  I am really happy to finally have these in the painted collection and ready for action...someday.

Thorns of the Briar Queen

The Briar Queen

Varclav the Cruel

The Ever-Hanged





Sunday, May 3, 2020

Baleful Realmgates

I picked these up a while back at a gamer garage sale.  They were already assembled.  I did not play AoS during the Realmgate wars times and I don't have any of the background or rules.  I though they looked cool and figured I'd just make my own rules for them.  These might be cool for Frostgrave, if I ever play that game again.  Just a quick paint job.  I forgot to take pictures of the backside which is even cooler.

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Nighthaunt Endless Spells

I love the Nighthaunts.  I think they have one of the coolest aesthetics of the Age of Sigmar universe.  I really love undead armies in general but the ghosts and spirits are just creepy and cool.  I really like the concept of the endless spells introduced with the latest edition of AoS but I must admit that they are only marginally effective and mostly a gimmick.  Even so I love the models and I bought the Nighthaunt set as soon as it came out.  At the time I wanted to do something different with the paint and this really slowed my progress to the point of not working on them for more than a year.  When I got back to them I decided to keep things simple and just get them ready for the table.  In the end they turned out to be very easy to paint and a very quick project.  I am kind of wonder what took me so long to get these done.

Nighthaunt Endless Spells

Mortis Exterminexus

Shyish Reaper

Vault of Souls

Thursday, April 23, 2020

Mortis Engine

When I first jumped into Age of Sigmar, back when the 2nd edition was released, I was really excited by the Nighthaunts.  Before I knew anything about the army I bought a bunch of stuff.  One of the things I bought was the Malignants Start Collecting set.  I mean, this stuff HAD to be part of the army right?  Well the Spirit Hosts were and so were the Hexwraiths, but not the Mortis Engine.  So the coolest part of the set was not usable, damn.  So it sat for a long time.  About 6 months ago I started work on it but it was quickly set aside.  During the lock down I have been focusing on finishing some of the neglected projects.  I am really glad to have this completed.  The random army selection from the General's Handbook 2019 should make this easier to include in the army.  I don't play competitively so I might just take it no matter what.