Friday, June 23, 2006

Necromunda is NecroFUNda

Here is a picture of my Necromunda board with various donated scenery. This is the same board that was previously seen in a different post as a pile of foam. Most of the terrain that I've made is in the lower left corner of the picture. Hopeful, I'll have more pictures of this stuff when I get it done.

We also started our Necromunda campaign this week. There have been two games played so far. I'll write more about this in the future.

I haven't done much painting lately, but I have been brainstorming on how to make my mutants for my Lost and the Damned Army.

I now have in my hands the promised Basilisk from Art. Jason gave me some Cadians which were abandoned conversion pieces. He was trying to make Space Marine scouts, so he drilled out the neck holes to accommodate Space Marine heads. The finished scouts did look rather "Big-Headed", but I thought they worked OK. Jason said due to years of art school anatomy training, he found them just unacceptable. Fine with me because now I have a pile of bits to use for traitors and mutants.

I Also dug through my bits box and realized I have a ton of stuff for mutants. Which I good because I'm try to stick to a budget here.

The problem I'm having is I want a consistent theme throughout the mutants. I think the Games Workshop studio Lost and the Damned army looks too much like someone just dumped some glue in a bits box and just pulled out whatever. It's all too random.

After much deliberation, I decided to go with a bird themed army. Not all my mutants will be birds, just a prevalence of theme. I still want some beastmen in there for good measure. Generally, I want to my mutants to look like weird amalgamations of humans and animals. Think Bosch's Garden of Earthly Delights in the 40K universe and you'll get the idea.

I'm just trying to figure out how to do bird heads. I'm going o see if I can get my hands on some Kroot heads and use some green stuff to extend the beaks slightly.

Speaking of mutants, I got scammed on eBay a couple of weeks ago. I scored two blisterpacks of Flamers of Tzeetch for under $6 bucks. They were that cheap partly because the person lived in Chicago and agreed for me to do a pick-up instead of paying for shipping. I'll never do that again. Mainly because it's a total pain to coordinated schedules with a person whom you've never met and takes forever to return calls. I should have just paid the 5 bucks or whatever he was asking to spare myself the aggravation. That's not even the worst of it. The ad promised four new style Flamers of Tzeetch. As it turned out, it was two new style and two old. As far as cost goes, I'm still ahead. Archive miniatures are damn expensive. The rub being of course that I didn't ask for archive miniatures, but I got them anyway.

I'll leave you with this final picture of my friend Art's new Tattoo. It was barely a day old and still had the bandage on it when I took this picture.

Until next time remember, ALL IS DUST!

Friday, June 16, 2006

"Damn you, Google!"

Don't get me wrong, I love Google. Without it, I probably couldn't do this blog seeing as Blogger is now part of Google. No, my issue is that if you Google "Painting Thousand Sons," my blog does not come up. I must be doing something wrong. I think I found a site that explains how to fix this, but it involves coding of the blog. This is a little too advanced for me. I'm fairly computer literate when it comes to Litigation Software, but beyond that, I'm a little slow. I figured I could post a blog entry where I just write "Painting Thousand Sons" one thousand times to see if that makes a difference.

Anyway, there are a few cool links that I would like to share with you.

First off, this is the website for a really cool group of guys that I've mentioned before, the Chicago Untouchables. In fact, Jesse's Grey Knights really inspired me when I played him at Adepticon (more on this later).

During my vain self-Google session, I found this cool tactica article for Thousand Sons. I'm not the best tactician, so I thought it was pretty helpful.

My friend, Aaron is working on this great Warhammer conversion for a Nurgle demonic steed (Boo! Nurgle!). He's chronicling his work in this article. He told me it is a "living article" or something like that, so check back for updates.

On the Painting front, I've finished a second test miniature in a different style from my first one. Again, my apologies for lack of pictures. I tried to go with more extreme highlights. As I mentioned before, Jesse from the Untouchables was inspiration. I really liked how his Grey Knights stood out on the game board. I've found that some of my miniatures look good close up, but when they're on the board, they just don't look that remarkable. So just look at these grey knights and imagine that they're Thousand Sons and you'll get the idea of what I'm going for.

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Happy AntiChrist Day - 6/6/06!!

All hail the goat!

Seriously, for the last five years we've had days like this (i.e. 1/1/01, 2/2/02... etc.), but no one cared until today. I can't wait for international Stryper day, July 7th, 2007 (7/7/07). I'll be wearing yellow and black for sure.

Until then, happy 666 day to all you heathen. Go out and slay a goat or at least go see the remake of The Omen.

To commemorate this special day I went out and bought a Winsor & Newton Series 7 brush (Size 000). I'll report later.