onsdag 22 februari 2017

Oota-goota Santa?

My hobby life naturally took a hit last year when I had most of my stuff in storage. Still, I did manage to paint a couple of things. The last thing I completed in 2016 was a figure for our local Secret Santa. I have held off showing it since I wanted to be sure the recipient had received it, however the obligatory "Thank you Santa"-post didn't materialise so I was a bit worried. A couple of eBay buys had gone missing just before Christmas and for a moment I suspected a dishonest postal worker had decided to nick my packages.

In the end I flat out asked if it had arrived, and yes it had. (My eBay buys were refunded by the seller too, so all is well that ends well, as the bard wrote.) But what was it, I hear you ask? Well, the title is a clue, as the figure was Greedo for Imperial Assault.

Oota-Goota Solo?
I had a hard time deciding what colour Greedo really is. I guess the lighting on the Cantina set had some interesting effects.

His skin colour varies from green to blue in some pictures. I think I came close to the movie look.
Greedo's clothes (which really just was a garish 70's motorcycle suit) also varies from light blue to turqoise.
I painted Greedo with a lot of different paints from different makes. Some old ones which I happened to bring with me instead of putting in storage and some new paints that I had bought, so it's a right mish-mash of brands, but I hope you can follow it all anyway. I used GW Foundation paints for the basecoat straight onto the grey plastic instead of using a black undercoat. This way the miniature didn't turn out so dark. The foundation paints cover great on their own and I mourn the day GW discontinued them.
  • The suit was undercoated with GW Fenris Grey, and then highlighted with thin coats of Humbrol light blue. To tone the contrast down I washed the suit with Army Painter Green Tone ink. This also turned it ever so slightly turqoise. I then reapplied some choice highlights using light blue.
  • The stripes on the suit were undercoated GW Iyanden Darksun, washed with Army Painter Soft Tone, and then highlighted with GW Flash Gits Yellow followed by P3 Menoth White Highlight (an off-white bone colour).
  • The skin was basecoated GW Gretchin Green, washed with Army Painter Green Tone and highlighted with GW Nurgling Green.
  • The boots and belt were basecoated GW Calthan Brown, washed with Army Painter Strong Tone and highlighted using Coat d'Arms Beige Brown
  • The vest was basecoated GW Macharius Solar Orange, washed with Army Painter Flesh Wash and then highlighted first with GW Troll Slayer Orange and then GW Fire Dragon Bright.
  • I painted the gun, belt buckles and eyes black. The gun and buckles were highlighted with Warcolours Pewter while the eyes received a small white dot.
  • After varnishing I carefully cut Greedo off his base and glued him to clear acrylic.
And there you have it. May the Force be with You!

torsdag 16 februari 2017

I'm still alive... least I think so.

This will be a short update. Having recently divorced and moved house I have now finally gotten around to installing an internet connection. Which means I can update the blog again! I didn't want to do it through the phone because of the clunky blogger app or from work because hey, it's work and I'm not supposed to be blogging.

Hobbywise the last year has been a bit brutal. I have been living at my mom's extra apartment, separated from most of my miniatures and paints. It didn't keep me from buying more though, but I didn't want to start any big new projects because I would have to pack them up again. I still have to unpack all my other stuff, I wonder if I find something I've forgotten about?

Anyway, I'm back, so expect hobby related stuff and the occassional rant now and then.
Happy gaming!

lördag 10 december 2016

The Walking Dead: All Out War review

As you may have noticed earlier I backed the TWD: AOW kickstarter (if you read that out aloud it sounds like when you stub your toe in the middle of the night -- "Twudd! Aowww!"). If you didn't know, you can read a slight rant about the kickstarter and look at my first painted figures here with some more figures here.

Anyway, if you haven't been living under a rock for the last ten years you can't have missed The Walking Dead -- either the TV show or the comic. There have been boardgames based on both, and there's a cooperative miniatures game in the works based on the TV show. Like the LotR and Hobbit franchise, there are licenses for both the books and the movies. Hence the long title, The Walking Dead: All Out War, to set the game apart from the other games. This game is not cooperative, instead groups of survivors clash against each other with the zombies as sort of moving hazardous terrain.

The comic. The TV show is slightly more colourful. Slightly.
I must confess that I haven't read the comic and only watched a couple of episodes of the TV show. But who doesn't love a good zombie game? Well I do, and I liked how the game looked in the kickstarter. I didn't go all in like most people, but I got the base game and quite a lot of stretch goals for the princely sum of 75 dollars. I think I got a good deal. For the purposes of this review though, I'm only going to look at the core game.

Warning, lots of rambling and pictures ahead! (Maybe also some spoilers, I don't know.)

Wayland games

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