Thursday 27 September 2012

Now with squad markings

A brief update on progress, since the last post I've added a first layer highlight to the jump-packs and put in a base layer for the squad markings for these guys.  I've settled on a company badge taking some influence from a Corporal's rank insignia, and inverting it.  The squad markings are going to be decided based on armour marque, so these guys get a double-bar as they are in MkII armour, I'll also have a MkIV and MkV insignia.

Thursday 20 September 2012


First post while I'm away, I may not be able to respond to comments till I return on the 23rd September.

For anyone out there looking for an army list builder, I'd highly recommend you take a look at Battlescribe.  Its a great little bit of kit, built on Java so it is completely platform independent (unlike pretty much every other army list builder which are limited either to Windows, or Windows and Mac), very easy to use, and Jon Taylor does a fantastic job of both maintaining and updating the software.  There is even a mobile version of the editor so that you can keep and edit army lists on your tablet/phone for ease of use down at the gaming table.  It'll also output army lists in various formats for taking to tournaments.

Thursday 13 September 2012

Wargamers 20 questions

These come from Don't Throw a 1, but ultimately I found them through Drax and Devos.  As I'm away at the moment so don't have a whole lot to post, this seemed like a nice filler to keep the posts rolling along.

1.     Favourite Wargaming period and why?

40K, in part because its the only one I've played significantly, but mostly because of the sheer wealth of background and depth to the fluff, and for the most part its quite a compelling universe.

2.     Next period, money no object?

Freebooter's Fate.  Played it at Salute and loved it!  Although, I think it'd have to be time rather than money that's the limiting factor ultimately.

3.     Favourite 5 films?

Star Wars (4-6)
Red Violin
Starship Troopers
Total Recall

4.     Favourite 5 TV series?

Babylon 5 - best, most believable sci-fi with a really compelling story arc
Firefly - why Fox, why?
Star Trek (pretty much all variants)
Top Gear - mindless, blokey fun, japes
BBC natural history unit

5.     Favourite book and author?

Book:  Excession by Iain M. Banks
Author:  Can't decide between Terry Pratchett and Peter F. Hamilton.  With a gun to my head I'd probably lead towards the former though.

6.     Greatest General? Can’t count yourself!!

Without question, Grand Admiral Thrawn.

7.     Favourite Wargames rules?

6th Edition 40K.  I haven't played it much, but I've loved every minute of it so far.

8.     Favourite Sport and team?

Rugby.  Hertford College RFC.

9.     If you had a only use once time machine, when and where would you go?

This question is moot.  As per all known conventions, the first thing you do with a Time Machine is go back and punch Hitler in the mouth.

10.   Last meal on Death Row?

Wife's Lasagne, Fuller's Bengal Lancer.

11.    Fantasy relationship and why?

I just don't know, I guess I'd always gone in for the real deal.

12.   If your life were a movie, who would play you?

Bruce Willis (apparently in the right light I look vaguely like him), and my life can sometimes be viewed as a comedy of errors.

13.   Favourite Comic  Superhero?

Never really did the comic book thing as a kid.

14.   Favourite Military quote?

Nuke them till they glow, then shoot them in the dark.

15.   Historical destination to visit?

A galaxy far, far away.

16.   Biggest Wargaming regret?

Getting out of gaming through my University years.  What I could have done with the spare time I had back then!

17.   Favourite Fantasy job?

House husband - time to do all the stuff I want to.

18.   Favourite Song Top 5?

My music collection is just too eclectic for me to pick out 5 favourites.  Depending on the situation I'll listen to anything from Classical concerts and Opera, through House and Trance all the way to Metal.
Recently saw Swedish House Mafia in concert who were just spectacular, and want to see the Foo Fighters again, so they are always near the top of my playlist.

19.   Favourite Wargaming Moment?

Gunnar Jarnshud (my Lone Wolf) fighting off a whole pack of genestealers defending Ragnar's body, followed by taking on Marneus and 5 Thunder-Shield Terminators and them only getting out of the combat with 2 Terminators and Marneus on 1 wound.

20.   The miserable Git question, what upsets you?

That people are still homeless in a developed country, cruelty to animals, middle lane drivers.  WAAC, seriously, its a game.

If anyone else out there feels like doing this, the questions can be copied easily from the original post, and it'd be great if you let me know about your post in the comments.  Cheers - Andy

Thursday 6 September 2012

One Force squad 1 ready for the table

Here they are at last, ready for the table top at least.  I've managed to squeeze in the odd 15 minutes here and there to get the highlighting done on all the armour, weapons and main backpacks for the squad.  Just the Jump Packs that aren't highlighted now.

You can see them in more details below, but my plans for these in the coming weeks is to add company and squad markings, go back and do a second stage highlight on the whole lot, add some battle damage to them and then the final weathering to get the to the "complete" stage.


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