Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Wrong Blog, Yo!

OK, I've now started blogging at my new blog. Head on over!

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Happy Anniversary to Me!

And my blog. Today is the one year anniversary of Painting Thousand Sons. I was planning to do a year in review post, but held off because I wanted to combine it with a Anniversary post. So here goes.

Looking back, I'm initially little disappointed with my output this year. After all, I'm just now finishing up my first unit of Sons. When I take a closer look, however, I was more productive this year than I have been in a good many years.

The first distraction from my goal of Tzeentch-themed world domination was Adepticon. Obviously, I wasn't going to be able to field my Sons, but at the same time, my Space Wolves needed a little touching up. I didn't spend a ton of time on them, but it's the first thing that knocked me off course. To add insult to injury, the work was done for the Sons' hated rivals, the Space Wolves! Terrible, isn't it?

Then there was the Necromunda campaign. This was a lot of fun and honestly, I didn't put a ton of work into either setting it up or updating my gang. I did, however, make a gaming board and a ton of terrain. I'm actually pretty pleased with this.

One other very minor distraction was Warmachine. I really didn't do much for this besides glue the first box together and read the rules. Still , it's mental energy in the wrong direction.

I am impressed with how much I've been able to post on this blog. I've had 58 posts which is very slightly more than one a week. I'm proud that this is not one of the countless abandoned blogs on the net.

OK, so my Thousand Sons army is nowhere near ready for the table top even after a year. I'm OK with that. I've played more games this year (mostly of Necromunda) than I have in the last two combined. I expect next year will prove to be even more fruitful.

On that note, to celebrate my anniversary I want to make an announcement: I'm shutting down this blog. That's right. Soon My New Thousand Sons will be no more.

Don't worry, I'm just renaming it and changing the URL. From now on, my blog will be known as The Citizen Nick Hobby Center!

More details to follow...

Friday, January 05, 2007

Long Awaited Pictures

Here I have some long absent pictures of my first squad. So far, I've completely finished the highlighting on the blue and have the fist layer of gold down. I also have the first layer of what will be the yellow parts (the helmets, some shoulder pads) and brown parts (tabards).

The miniature in the middle of above photo is still my favorite pose. You can see the "yellow" stripes on the helmet a little better in this picture. It's actually Snake Bite Leather (A Citadel Brown). On top of that I'm going to paint a thin layer of Bubonic Brown in that. The final highlight will be Sunburst Yellow. It think this will create a more subtle, golden yellow.

I've certainly learned a lot about using my digital camera since I bought it. Still I think these pictures came out a little dark. In this final picture you can see the first layer of brown (again, Snake Bite Leather). I'm going try to use a lot of thin layers to build up to almost white. I've never tried blending like this before, so I'm excited to see how it turns out.

Also, you might notice one of the minis in the back is missing it's right arm. This wasn't an accident.

When I had first built these figures, I had given that one two "blank" chaos shoulder pads. Chaos shoulder pads, unlike their loyalist marine counterparts, come in pairs of one with detail (like a chaos star) and one blank for a chapter badge. I didn't realized that there were only enough "blank" pads to give each marine only one.

OK, so that part was an accident.

A while back, I bought some archive Thousand Sons shoulder pads. I wanted these for my sorcerer conversions, but also wanted to use them to represent icons in my squads. Unfortunately, I decided this kinda late in the process, so I had to yank this mini's arm off to replace the pad. I just started painting the new shoulder pad, so I'll glue that on soon.

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Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Back on Track(s)

I actualy got a little painting done over the holidays. Unfortunately, I didn't take any new pictures yet. In the meantime, I promised Art that I would post pictures of his work in progress Shadow Sword. I couldn't find many decent pictures of the Forge World version except these for comparison.

Art's Shadow Sword is based on a die cast model of a WWII era German Tank. This thing is probably even heavier than it's resin counterpart.

This is still a work in progress, and I imagine that the end results are going to be pretty cool.

OK, that's enough of these Imperial scum. More Sons next time.


Friday, December 15, 2006

At Least It's Friday

...Even if I have no Defiler pictures for you. In fact, I don't have anything. Between being terribly sick last week and Holiday festivities this week, I haven't gotten much done. Honestly, I don't expect to get much done until after the first of the year. Still, I have this paranoid fear that I don't continue to post every week, people will think I've abandoned my blog and never bother to check it again. The Horror!

New Plan of Action

Since we're nearing the end of the year, I'd like to reflect on what I've accomplished in the last year. I have to say, it's not much. Well, not as much as I like anyway. I think I'm just frustrated that I don't think I have much to show for all my work this last year.

I think the problem is that I haven't been as focused as I'd like. I'll paint one day, then my next session I'll build some flamers. Then I'll go back to painting, but the next session I'll work on my Defiler. The end result is that I have several projects n different stages but nothing completely finished. It's pretty frustrating.

So starting now, I'm going to do nothing but finish my first squad of Sons. After that is complete (and I've posted it on CMON), I'm going to build my entire army. That way, I can at least play some games with my it.

This means that for some time, there will be no more Defiler Fridays. Sorry.

Old News

I found this on my hard drive. It's from a trip to the Dungeon a while back. Enjoy...

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Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Monday Night City Fight

Here are some pictures from the game night I hoseted at my place this last Monday. Above are some of Art's Sisters of Battle. He fought against Mike's recently re-mastered Eldar. I don't have much to say about this game besides it looked damn cool. I, however, was in the other room playing my own game.

Aaron brought the city fight board that he and other memebers of our group (not me, I'm sad to report) created for games day this year. On top of that is Mike's recently constructed Cities of Death buildings.

Mike's guardians take to the streets.

More of Art's Sisters.

This picture of my game against Jono says it all. Out manuvered, out gunned, and out numbered. My Space Wolves didn't do too well.

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Friday, December 08, 2006


*Thank God** It's Defiler Friday

**By "God" I mean Tzeentch of course.

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