Friday, 19 January 2018

Imperial Assault- Ahsoka Tano and friends

I've finishing with the latest bunch of heroes from Imperial Assault, and I quite like them.

Firstest with the mostest is fan favourite Ahsoka Tano. She first appeared as an annoying young teen and Anakin Skywalker’s protégée in the Clone Wars animated series. She (and the series) later improved and matured, culminating in her breaking with the Jedi path having been accused of a crime she didn’t commit. She returned in the Rebels series as a grown woman, and it is this aspect of her that I have painted. She senses something familiar about Darth Vader...
Ahsoka Tano

She was great fun to paint. She’s got an interesting colour palette, and some fine details on her front armour. Her head tails look better than they do in the blown-up images. She carries white lightsabers (in that distinctive but questionable dual backhand grip), which I painted a very pale glowing grey and I think came out OK. I decided not to do any significant OSL, as I struggle with just white and paler surfaces.

I didn’t feel so enthused by the next hero, Jarrod Kelvin. He strikes me as an impractical Wolverine-wannabe.
Jarrod Kelvin

In contrast, I do like Ko-Tun Feralo. She seems an eminently practical Rebel.
Ko-Tun Feralo

Finally, I love Drokkatta. Consensus is that she’s female, and I’m not going to question a Wookie demolitions expert. With her wacky goggles, grenade launcher and thermal detonators, I can’t wait to get her into battle.

Heart of the Empire rebel heroes

Friday, 12 January 2018

Imperial Assault- Heart of the Empire Imperials

Heart of the Empire is the latest expansion for Imperial Assault. Here are the Imperial forces from that release, starting with the reason for it all:
Emperor Palpatine
Finally, a chance to use the Royal Guard!

Next, some Riot Troopers. I really like these figures, although I'm unaware of any canonical source. I've neatened up the bases since this picture was taken.
Riot Troopers
The next figures are Sentry Droids from the Rebels series. They're a little prone to twisting at the waist, but a simple paint job serves well.
Sentry Droids
The All Terrain Defence Pod (AT-DP) is a bit of a crowd pleaser, standing even taller than my AT-ST!

Finally, not Empire, but some mercenary scum of the shapeshifting Clawdite variety. They're based on the forgettable Episode II bounty hunter Zam Wesell. I wasn't really enthused by these figures so they got a quick paintjob only.
Clawdite Shapeshifters

Don't be fooled- she's an alien shapeshifter!
Next week: Rebel heroes!

Friday, 29 December 2017

Imperial Assault- Maul

Maul- formerly Darth Maul- is back from being cruelly bisected by Obi-Wan. Through powerful fan armour he has recovered and been grafted cybernetic legs. In Rebels, Maul disguises himself as an enfeebled shell of his former self.

I painted him off a red undercoat. I carefully did his skin markings in black. The first photo is untouched- it came out slightly overexposed giving a great effect to his signature dual-blades lightsaber. It is actually more pink, as can be seen in the other shots.

Overall, I’m happy with how he came out.

Friday, 22 December 2017

Blood Bowl Wood Elves

This is my 300th post on this blog!

I’m happy to present my Wood Elves, The Fangorn Forest Entwives:

The team is by Greebo, and were a bit fiddly to put together. They are slender metal figures, and many have multiple parts with no decent points of attachment. The patterned uniforms are not sharply demarcated on the castings.

My favourite figure is the Thrower- I like how she’s looking backwards as she hands the ball to her bird. I added some weights underneath to better balance the miniature.

Wood Elf Thrower

The Wardancers are the centre of any Wood Elf team, and are sure to be targets. I didn’t realise that they had these gymnastic ribbons initially, and thought they were offcast mold supports! I can’t believe they haven’t fallen apart yet, the points of attachment are tiny...
Wood Elf Wardancers

Similarly I’m waiting for the Catchers’ arms to fall off...
Wood Elf Catchers

The Line Elves are fine. I decided not to have any blondes. I gave them tights rather than bare legs to provide a new colour and reduce the amount of skin I'd have to paint.

Wood Elf Line Elves

I tidied up the Cheerleaders and Apothecary after Buttockgate earlier this year.
Wood Elf Cheerleaders

Wood Elf Apothecary

The Entwives will see their debut at CanCon in one month! And now I can concentrate on the Challenge.

Friday, 15 December 2017

Mansions of Madness- Beyond the Threshold expansion

Akachi Onyele is a shaman, and I love her hair and the bright primary colours. Wilson Richards is  a handyman, and I like his drab utilitarianism with moustache and shotgun.

These women are in thrall to a malignant intelligence, and remind me of Akira! I do think they are a bit more 1950s than 1920s, but I'm not an expert in early 20th century women’s fashion.

I painted these in February for AHPC VII, but somehow they have evaded my blog until now. I’m clearing my desk for AHPC VIII!

(That’s just a figure of speech; actually my desk is overflowing with figures for the challenge...)

Friday, 8 December 2017

Overkilled Storage- Caverna

When I first opened Caverna, I was taken aback by how much stuff there was in the box.

Caverna is the successor to the famous board game Agricola, and I prefer it immensely. For ease of play, I have kept the bits organised in a separate tackle box. I recently heard about Overkilled Storage, an Australian company that makes MDF board game inserts. Similar overseas companies have crippling shipping costs, so I gave Overkilled Storage a go.

I received a well protected package with each subassembly separately shrink-wrapped*, along with a set of colour instructions. Assembly took about an hour with the telly on in the background. The parts were a perfect effortless fit.
Completed trays- note the writing in the trays!

Bottom layer

... with cardboard token tray

and wooden bits...

Rules and player boards on top

Fits perfectly in the box.

There is a main tray which is a tight fit in the game box. All the bits have a receptacle tray, but space is still so tight the corn and wood ‘vegemeeples’ do need a little organising to ensure the next layer sits nicely. The player boards sit on top, with the entire game sitting neatly in the original box. It can be stored vertically without any bits falling out of their trays.

Recommended. And now I’ve freed up a tackle box!

*which seals in that lovely smell

Friday, 1 December 2017

PSC Battle of Britain

What ho, Squiffy! Bally Jerry, pranged his kite right in the how's-your-father; hairy blighter, dicky-birded, feathered back on his sammy, took a waspy, flipped over on his Betty Harpers and caught his can in the Bertie.

Translated from banter:

PSC shot themselves in the foot during their crowdfunding campaign to re-release Richard Borg's Battle of Britain game. After significant delays in the Chinese factories, the miniatures released did not meet some consumer's expectations due to a softer plastic resulting in significant warping. Here are some of my 1:300 planes:

This one is the only moulding failure
Warping is common to any soft plastic boardgame miniature, and quickly settles with the hot water treatment. I fixed mine in about 20 minutes and am very happy with how they turned out. I like the contrast between the cheerful RAF and the utilitarian Luftwaffe camouflage patterns. I handpainted all the markings- the crosses and swastikas were a bit of a headache, and I'd consider decals despite the artisanal charm. On the table, I think they look great.

Hawker Hurricanes

Bristol Blenheim

Gloster Gladiator

Boulton Paul Defiant
Heinkel 111. Love the canopies!

Junkers 87 Stuka

Messerschmitt Bf 109. These are the smallest planes, and the markings were harder.

Junkers 88

Messerschmitt Bf 110

Dornier 17

Unfortunately, combined with some poor communication, PSC caved to pressure and has announced they will send out hard plastic planes to everyone. They're already quite fine miniatures, and a snapped tailfin will result in more wailing and gnashing of teeth than some easily correctable warping.

I got a game in of the first 4-round scenario. The RAF cracked out a win, but it would be interesting to see how they fare against attrition by the late campaign.
Game set-up

Cabbage crates coming over the briny

Pevensey radar station takes a hit!

It's grim up north