Blast Markers

pinnedmarker1I have been wanting some blast markers for quite some time. I usually end up using small plastic red counters to signify a pinned status in Bolt Action or my Steam Wars game. I just have to decide if I can make and paint about twenty or thirty of these without getting too bored, or just get someone to make them out of 2mm mdf on a laser cutter.

Using a 20mm base for the prototype work well, it is not too big, but easy enough for stubby fingers to pick up easily when and if a unit gets to unpin itself.
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What’s On The Table

There are quite a few large models hanging around in an undercoated state that desperately need to be finished. I thought by clearing these puppies I would create some space for the next project. Rather alarmingly, these have been around for over a year now.
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tarkin-didnt-take-this-long-to-build-a-death-starThe block colours are done on the three smaller zeppelins, but I am toying with the idea of picking out the rope bits with some brown paint, it will be fiddly but should add to the overall appearance.

I also need to get my flying bases sorted out, this is something I have been working on for a while now and am finally getting around to having some mdf stands made which will hold the zeppelins at a decent height over the tabletop.
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Steampunk Heroine

When I see pictures of my models at this size, I start to realise that I am going to have to paint the eyes. Over recent months I have been painting the eyes on Bob Olley’s Scrunt models and my old collection of Rackham Tir-Na-Bor dwarves, but that is because the eyes are actually sculpted quite large and I can manage to pick those out. However, when the eyes are so much smaller on a 28mm humanish figure, I really struggle.
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Anyway, I like the rest of the model…

Steampunk Axeman

As you may have noticed, I really like the Lead Adventure miniature range, I have been picking up so many, that far from just having an Empire Of The Dead crew, I should have enough to make several militia units for my Steam Wars game.
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Some, like this with chap with an axe, are more suited to close combat, whilst others, with their huge variation in basic and special weapons will suit numerous roles.

Tabletop Gaming Magazine

There is a new games magazine on the shelves, Tabletop Gaming. I missed issue one but bought issue two the other day. Hopefully this will be around longer than some of the other publications that have come and gone over the years.

Although news is instantly available all over the interweb thingy, there is nothing like flicking through actual pages from time to time.

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There was just enough on the cover to entice me to buy it, articles on Aliens Versus Predator, Frostgrave and Age Of Sigmar are all of interest at the moment. I have not had chance to read the whole thing yet, but it is nicely laid out, some long articles, some short and plenty of eye candy. Not sure what Blood Bowl 2 is doing in there as it is a computer game…

£5.25 I guess it is the going price for a magazine of this genre. I am not sure about going for a subscription as I have been caught out before, paying up for a year and then the magazine closing down.

As a quarterly magazine, my biggest challenge will be remembering when the next issue is coming out and then actually going to a newsagent to pick it up, I do not do shops very often…

Thermo Warriors

I have decided that bronze is my favourite steampunk colour! It inks up so well, and with a bit of silver detail on the armour runes and a few silver rivets, my work here is done.

This first chap is a character from the Brotherhood Of Bronze Tir-Na-Bor box called Lothan, The Beast Of Steel. A great model.
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Next up are two heavily armoured Thermo Warriors, again with a heavy slapping of bronze and ink.
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