I managed a whole month of posts in January, all down to the fact that I had a very busy Christmas and New Year period building loads of models that had been in my backlog.
I do not intend to that again!
The trick now is to stick to the undercoating and painting priorities and make some progress in the coming weeks to finish some new stuff.
Over the next few weeks, the immediate plan is to paint a unit of Lannisters followed by something else until all the Lannisters are done. Then I can replan again…
In the great build something campaign of the last six weeks, I went back tothe Relic Knights models from CMON. These were made from a terrible “restic” resin plastic hybrid of some description that was awful to work with, hence the reason they all got put in The Loft Full Of Lead.
Trimming mould lines was a real pain, using a file did not work, the best way was to use a new scapel blade and carefully trim the lines off.
The finished model is quiet fun, somewhat different to the usual wargaming models. I want to see if I can get this range into a Rogue Stars game or something similar.
My newly painted (and nearly finished) Warcry terrain got its first use in a couple of games this week. This allowed us to use the terrain setup cards as well as the missions and twist cards. The whole thing works very well giving loads of setup options. Not all of the terrain is used in every mission, so some of the newly painted (and nearly finished) terrain did not even get used, after all that hard work as well!
These games featured Mr Steinbergs new Orc horde against my Iron Golem warband.
The first game we played was capture and burn objectives, so some strategic running around was required to outnumber opponents to allow an objective to be claimed.
Quite a few of Mr Steinbergs Orcs had bows and so they are able to pop off a few shots and take a few wounds off the Iron Golems before any serious melee breaks out.
It was all tied up at two objectives each before the Iron Golem’s decided to beat down on a few Orcs and so miss the opportunity to get a tie. The sneaky green ones managed to claim the last two objectives and get a win.
The next game had the greenskins needing to kill three particular models in the Iron Golem warband, including the large and scary Ogre.
Deployment can cause some challenges, as you never quite know where your models are going to come on until the deployment card is flipped, makes it interesting!
Luckliy for the Iron Golem’s, the hard hitting massive spear was kept away from Ogre, but the other two targets fell quite quickly.
In the end it was a big brawl and even the mighty 30 wound Ogre was taken down, nibbled to death by the green tide.
I like this game, good game mechanics, quite different from the norm, the added abilities, both generic and warband specific give each force a unique style.
The smaller scatter terrain pieces for Warcry have loads more detail than I thought when I first undercoated them. Apart from the skulls, there are fiddly ropes and more metal work to do.
After lots of drybrushing they are coming along, but these bits have taken as long as the large ruins.
Will be having the first game with the terrain later even if some needs some finishing touches.
I went to see 1917 last night. Rather good I must say.
I really want to find out how it was shot as it looks to be just several really long takes, which is just not possible. Roger Deakins must get an Oscar for the cinematography. It has some tough competition this year with a few other great movies, but this is something a bit special that I have not seen before.
This is one that I am looing forward to seeing again.
Maybe not plural really, but a Zoat model will be making a return for Blackstone Fortress.
Although I do not play Blackstone Fortress, I hope this model is available separately so I can get one, or two if there are build options. This may finally give me the kick up the backside to actually start making my Zoat army, as this model is the army leader I have been looking for.
There is a large pile of classic Zoat models up in The Loft Full Of Lead that I was picking up from eBay some time ago.
Only one of the old classic models has been repainted, for use in Rogue Stars, but I may just have to start putting some more together.
Painting the large Warcry terrain pieces is actually quite easy, I undercoated them in a couple of shades of gray and Burnt Umber for the wood.
The worse bit however was painting all of the ironwork black, it took ages to do on all the sections!
The other bits of scatter terrain have more fiddly bits to do and so will take a bit longer.
I have the bell tower to finish as well, I really like the terrain and this will get used in many games!
The Mountains Men are the only Lannister unit that I have that are not red, I have decided not to get any Pyromancers or Poor Fellows as I want an army of professional soldiers, or something like that anyway.
They are a good all round tough unit and like most units in the game, if they can hit whilst at full strength on a charge, then the results can be spectacular.
One of my favourite lines in a movie ever.