Sunday, 16 October 2016

Zomtober 2016 (Week 3)

A pretty freaky Zombie this week, some kind of Mutant Zombie. Originally made by Tengu Models, this mini is currently available through CP Models. I think this was the last of the pack that I had not yet painted (the CP versions are sold singly)

This isn't the mini I planned to do for this week's entry, but as I am still feeling only limited motivation for painting in general, I knew I didn't have enough time to finish the intended mini. Instead I set about doing some speed painting to clear this from the lead mountain, and thankfully got a quick win. That said, I did splash a little bit of acrylic paint on the next two weeks' minis too, so hopefully the final two for Zomtober 2016 will be less of a rush!

It is really cool to see other bloggers' posting their Zomtober stuff, following what started as a throwaway discussion a few years ago. Personally being involved helps me get focused on finishing minis, so I foresee myself Zomtobering for years to come!

Sunday, 9 October 2016

Zomtober 2016 (Week 2)

Week 2 and again it has been great to see other bloggers finishing their entries for Zomtober. I am just about still on target, although this entry is a bit scrappy in the painting to say the least. Like my Week 1 Zombie, this mini has sat unfinished for a long time (it had some dead flesh painted and that was it).

Part of the problem was the consistency of the green I used as a base coat - I didn't mix the paint well enough and it made a horrible shiny and thick base coat, which I didn't really recover from. That aside, it is finished which suits me. A bit of a shame as it is a really nice sculpt, but being 'done' is key for me.

I am still struggling for painting motivation, so the annual commitment of Zomtober is helping to ensure I don't stop entirely. There is stuff I'd like to have painted, I just don't really feel like painting unfortunately. I am hoping something 'clicks' soon.

Next week's planned mini is also one that has sat unfinished for far too long, so another bonus for me from Zomtober this year is clearing the backlog of stuff that really should have been completed years ago.

Sunday, 2 October 2016

Zomtober 2016 (Week 1)

Zomtober 2016 is underway! Already the dead are walking into blog posts while beleaguered Survivors arrive to turn back the Zombie tide. Well done everyone who is taking part, with a lot of familiar names - great stuff guys.

This year my own personal project is to finish off any part-painted Zombies that I have lingering in the painting queue. And to start that, this mini was commenced at least a couple of years ago I think, and even had some work done last Zomtober before being abandoned once again. Well, thankfully it is finished now! (Although on the way to that this weekend I have grappled with computer issues - losing Picture Manager is a blow - as well as picking up a bit of a cold bug).

The mini is from Hasslefree, but not sculpted by Kev White. Not sure why I kept abandoning the painting, but that just happens to me sometimes. Anyhoo, the annual paintathon of Zomtober provided sufficient motivation to get this one cleared. The painting is a little rough in places, but it counts as finished which is the main thing for me.

And I note that still have not done an updated 'horde' picture that I mused about last year....

Friday, 30 September 2016

Triston (Joker Henchman)

Triston is my latest BMG mini, and one I decided to finish now to 'get something done'. I have been in a painting slump for the past couple of weeks so I figured I needed to start something very simple or finish something that was well underway, and Triston fell into the latter category. I started the mini at the same time as August, around October or November last year.

I think part of why I put him to one side was that the sculpt was rough in places, and poorly constructed in others (Knight were not very good about how they used generic parts on this one, namely how the head fits to the body). Thankfully Knight have improved their quality overall, although arguably that has been a costly lesson for anyone collecting everything from the range.

Triston is armed with a Shotgun, which while limited to ROF 1, allows him mobility and taking potshots. Dirty Fighter allows him to fire the Shotgun within 5 cm, so I imagine he will perform best softening up targets for allies, possibly keeping close to the enemy player's presumed Ammo Objective.

With Triston painted, my Joker crew is starting to get closer to fruition. I think I need one or two models to have it ready to game - either Arkham City Harley Quinn and the Shield Clown, or the new Jared Leto Joker. That will effectively make my fourth playable crew, so hopefully before too long it will happen.

BMG Painting Summary
BMG characters owned: 226 (added: still nothing)
Percentage of owned characters painted: 23.9% (54 models)

Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Zomtober 2016 Is Coming....

The nights grow darker and so the familiar refrain returns...."Braiiins.....".

Zomtober 2016 is nearly here. Once again the dead will walk off painting tables around the world, and maybe some survivors will be slapped around with hairy sticks in readiness to face the Zombie horde.

This is the fifth year of Zomtober, and once again regular Zomtoberists Rob (click link for his blog) and Simon (click link for his blog) invite you to join in.

The rules
The rules are simple. To take part just paint one Zombie or Survivor (or more!) each week, in any scale you like, posting it to your blog by the Sunday (we use Sunday's as the end of each week). So that means one or more minis each week on or before the 2nd, 9th, 16th and 23rd and 30th of October. Very simple,

Anyone commenting on this post will get added to the blog list below (and feel free to do something similar on your own blogs - the more we spread the word, the more can get involved!).

Zomtober 2016 is almost is almost time...

Zomtober 2016 blog roll:

  1. Brummie's Wargaming Blog - Simon
  2. Four Colour Super Minis - Rob
  3. Cheaphammer!!! - Kieron
  4. Eclectic Gentleman Tabletop Gamer - me (Leon)
  5. Dead Lead Project - myincublis
  6. The Lost and the Damned and the Stunted - Dai
  7. Fantorical - Blaxkleric
  8. 28mm Victorian Warfare - Michael Awdry
  9. Mike's Random Wargaming Meanderings - Mike C
  10. Minis by Finch - Finch
  11. da Gobbo's Grotto - Wargaming blog - da Gobbo Grotto
  12. Rantings from under the Wargames table - Roger
  13. Colgar6 and the Infinite Legion of Toy Soldiers - Colgar6
  14. Game Mayhem - Nobody667
  15. The Lost and the Damned and the Stunted - Dai

Tuesday, 6 September 2016

Joker (Frank Miller)

Another BMG character completed, and my first iteration of the Joker - and the weakest of the bunch (so far) in game terms, but probably the simplest to paint, which is why he jumped the queue ahead of my part-done Arkham City Joker!

Not my greatest painting, but he will do for a 'quick and done' paint-job.

For those that don't know, this version of the Joker is from Frank Miller's Dark Knight Returns comic book from the 1980's, set in a time when Batman has been retired for a number of years, and when characters are in their latter years.

This Joker is stripped down in terms of tricksy weapons (no Exploding Teeth or One Shot Gun Trait, an Automatic Gun and Precise Knife instead), but still brings the game manipulating Kaos Agent and Trickster, along with Cruel (a more expensive version of Arrest) at a super-low 70 Reputation. The difference in value to Arkham City Joker's 90 Reputation is essentially a Henchmen, so arguably this one is better geared towards creating a swarm, although he loses out on overall threat.

I hope to add a Harley Quinn to the crew soon and finally feel able to field my first Joker crew, but as ever, time and focus will tell on whether I manage that! Aesthetically I like the Batman the Animated Series (BtAS) Harley with this Joker, but her Endurance 4 makes her a liability in-game, so that is not to be unfortunately. That turns me to Arkham City Harley who is a likely candidate for painting before too long.

BMG Painting Summary
BMG characters owned: 226 (added: still nothing)
Percentage of owned characters painted: 23.5% (53 models)

Monday, 29 August 2016

Robotic Dolls (Joker Henchmen)

Grr - sometimes I hate painting stuff, I really do. I paint to play (I don't like the sight of bare minis in games, so painting is very much a necessary evil for me), and sometimes I find it really arduous. That was the case with these Robotic Dolls. Unfortunately the detailing was soft, and did not replicate the level of detail depth visible on the Knight Models studio versions (which were presumably resin casts; as an example, folds are visible on the studio minis which were not apparent on these metal casts). Well, regardless, they are now done; they could be better, but I am moving on from them - they will pass muster and are good enough for the table.

The Robotic Dolls are creations working for the Joker in the Dark Knight Returns story-line (the same one which included the Sons of Batman), and I think the minis are pretty faithful representations, although I would have preferred crisper casts from the masters. In game terms they are pretty much one-shot flying bombs, because with Defense 2 and End 3 or 4 they won't last long if attacked. Until I give them a go on the table I am not sure how useful they are since they are unlike any other characters available right now in terms of rules. Although they have Laughing Gas attacks, using them precludes their self-detonation in the same Activation, giving your opponent opportunities to take out a Robotic Doll unless you feel confident of Activating it late in a round, then winning the Take the Lead draw to go first in the following Activation. Bobbie Mk II (far right, hands in pockets) seems the most effective of the three, and both his Attacks will affect a cluster of enemy models.

Finishing these takes me to seven Joker Henchmen, at over 165 Reputation, so I really should paint a Joker soon to consider actually playing them! In addition, I have moved past the milestone of 50 painted BMG minis with these three, so I *may* do a big 'everything so far' group shot soon to celebrate.

BMG Painting Summary
BMG characters owned: 226 (added: nothing)
Percentage of owned characters painted: 23.0% (52 models)