Dystopian Wars

I carved out some time last night to paint, and was surprised how much I got done.  I think my productivity was increased by the fact that I wasn’t watching a show, but instead listening to Jim Butcher’s Q & A at a recent book signing – ie, something I didn’t have to watch to understand and fully enjoy.

Anyway, I wanted to get some base coats down on my minimum unit of Praetorian Swordsmen, so I got the big brass basecoat done.  Brass takes two layers, since it’s coverage is horrible.  Because of this, I usually only do the first coat half-heartedly, and thus rush it.  Thus, it’s sloppy.  So, instead of doing metallics last, I did the brass first.  I think it’s the much better way to go, since I got all six models base coated in about an hour.
Of course, now I’ll spend an entire night cleaning up all the sloppyness with my Windsor 7 and black, but that’s OK.
Once these were basecoated, I decided to finish up a side project I started earlier in the week.
You see, last weekend, the Good Lord Faultimus and I got in a small game of Dystopian Wars.  We shot eachother’s boats (or flying boats in his case) and rolled some dice.  His tactics were superior to mine, however his dice failed him miserably.  Regardless, it was fun, and got me inspired to finish up a small 3-member squad of Trainboat Frigates!
Honestly, the hardest part of these boats, is an original stripe pattern for each one.
A local store had Spartan Games stuff 60% off, so I picked up a set of Cruisers for the Trainboats, which are medium sized models, and will help me balance out my force (since I didn’t start off with the starter kit).
Also, Faultimus ditched his Firestorm Armada Sorylian Fleet in favor of some newer ones that are coming out.  The Sorylians look like trains also, so naturally, I had to have them:
So, in the near future, be on the lookout for SPACETRAINS!!
CHOO CHOO!!

Wow, it’s been a week since I last posted!  I feel terrible!  I’ve been swamped with stuff this past week, so at least I have a good excuse reason.  We had to get the apartment ready for visitors!  That took a while since we have way too much shit.  Once the unpacking and sorting was done, we had visitors.  Since the office (computers and hobby area) is also the spare room, I didn’t have any time to work on anything.  Bad for the blog, good for my sanity.

Speaking of sanity, here’s what’s coming up in the next few months:
  • Finish painting Cygnar Battlebox
  • Skorne Army painted up to 50 pts
  • Gatorman conversions (a commission currently in the works)
  • Retribution Conversions
  • More trainboats and flying saucers (Yay Naval games!)
  • Tutorials
    • Brass Rodding (Iron Fang Pikeman style)
    • Press Molding (with Instant Mold)
    • Jeweler’s Saw Basics
    • … your suggestions?
Despite my current slacking off, I do have news!  

As you may remember, at Templecon I had the privilege of participating in a Dystopian Wars demo run by the fine gents over at D6 Generation.  During that demo, I was pummeled by my opponents and had the worst luck imaginable.  As a reward for being such a good sport, I was given to Spartan Games to be turned into a character in their next Dystopian Wars rulebook.  The artist did an amazing job (given what they had to work with) and finally, here I am!
I’m not yet sure which faction I will belong to, or what my story is.  I’m not wearing any known uniform, and there aren’t any easy to spot insignias.  But, aren’t I a dashing fellow, with my pistol and monocle?  I look dangerous…  Grrrr…
I s’pose I do owe a hobby related update as well, eh?  Since last time I was able to get Gore Red on the second Savage, and block out the metallic areas in Boltgun Metal on one of the savages.  I need to go over it one more time to be sure I haven’t missed anything, and then I’ll block out the brass areas on top of the Boltgun Metal.  Putting brass over silver like that usually helps the brass which tends to be a bit transparent.  Once I get the brass on there, it’ll actually look Skornish, and picture worthy.
Since I love seeing comments on here, tell me what you think of the portrait!  What sort of tutorials would you like to see?  Also, if you could see any conversion, what would it be?

Firstly, Burb1996 had his prize drawing.  Since Burb got his 40 followers in less than 48 hours, he’s giving away an Extreme Scuplt!  He cut out everyone’s name, put them in a hat and had his son pick out a name.  The little dude’s my new best friend, because he pulled my name out of the hat!

On it’s way is an Extreme Juggernaut.  Why?  Because it’s the base for an Extremoth.  I’m super excited!!  You should be to, because if you’re reading this, you’re likely a fan of conversions – and that one’s killer!
Next, I need some input.  I snagged some lights from Home Depot on the cheap.  They aren’t terribly bright, so I think I’ll need some new bulbs for them.  I did take some pictures though, so let me know which you like better.  

New lights
Old lights

Oh, and what do you think of the addition of some Naval Camouflage?

And now… the results of last time’s dilema:  What faction to commit to?

Overwhelmingly, you all wanted to see Skorne!  Of the six of you that posted your thoughts, five wanted Skorne.  Good enough for me!  Skorne it is.

I was able to get primer on my Skorne Battle Box, a Cyclops Brute and Razorworm.  That gives me a nice 15 pt Tooth and Claw list to learn with:

Points: 15
Master Tormentor Morghoul (*7pts)
* Cyclops Brute (5pts)
* Cyclops Savage (5pts)
* Razorworm (4pts)
* Titan Gladiator (8pts)


I also picked up Xerxis last week at the LGS, so I’ll need to assemble him.

I haven’t found a 35pt list I’m happy with, so I’m open to suggestions.  I like the idea of a brick, but I also think a combined forces type army could be fun.  Show me some lists!

I’d post more, but I kinda want to get painting!  I’ll have pictures of some Skorne next time, I promise!

So I didn’t have pictures last time, but I sure do now!  First, I have a test model for my Blazing Sun TRAINBOATS!

What do you think?  There isn’t much in the way of highlights, but I kind of like that.  It feels more industrial, which fits a Dystopian future.

I also was able to get quite a bit of Retribution stuff done.

Firstly, because I’m so crazy for shields, a Griffon!

I wanted a static, shield-at-the-ready pose.  I think this is it!
I also magnetized my other two plastic Myrmidon kits. One’s a Hydra/core and the other’s a Dis/Hydra/Core.  Just take a look at these:

And here’s the Discordia / Hydra / Manticore

I haven’t yet found out how to magnetize the chest piece for Discordia.  Perhaps I’ll just glue it on?  Thoughts?

Oh, here’s an eleventh picture.  Yeah.  Lots of pictures to make up for last time!

A Retribution Battle Box!  Huzzah!  I have big plans for it.  Stay tuned.
So, away go the modelling tools!  Out come the paint brushes and paint pots!  I’m pretty excited!  I need more exclamation marks! !
Oh, and Congrats to Burb1996 of Burb’s painting Blog!  He reached the 40+ followers he was after, and he’s giving away an extreme sculpt!  Wahoo!  Maybe it’ll be you?
Well, after all that assembly goodness, I took a much needed break and spent the weekend with my wife.  We hit a local historical site, drove around and went shopping a bit and then spent Sunday starting to unpack all our stuff in the new condo.  Sleeping in has never felt better!
Model wise, I’ve built two more Skorne models: a Cyclops Brute and a Razorwurm.  Yes, the one piece Razorwurm has pins.  Two of them, holding him to his base.  The Brute’s shield feels small on him.  I may see about picking up a Karax shield bit and doing something to give the Brute more of a tower shield or something.  Right now it just feels small for his tall, lean body.
I also stripped some Retribution models.  Kaelyssa, Griffon and Gorgon and a Ghost Sniper all went into my Super Clean, and are now in Acetone.  The Chimera I have was NIB, so I’ve cleaned up its mold lines (ugh) and  started re-working the pose.  He’s a super-fast arcnode, so he’ll look it.
The To Do list:
Strip pVlad, Drago and Beserker

Base and assemble the Cygnar Hunter
Base and re-assemble my Striders + UA (so they can be painted soon).

Get some Instant Mold for making extra sets of Myrmidon hands (so I don’t have to magnetize the things).
Prime my Khador and Skorne models.
Paint a Forsaken (to polish off a basic 15pt Legion Battle Box army).

Paint a TRAINBOAT test model:
I snagged a blister of 6 frigates for $10 from the LGS the other day, and they are awesome.  I’m very excited to paint up some of these!
I’ll likely get a Battleship next.
Paint a Directorate test model:
I have the starter fleet pictured here.  I’m not going to do green, but was thinking instead of blue.
I also like the idea of trimming the flight stand so models are at varying heights.  Really plays on the 3D-ness of space battles!

Anyway, that’s the plan for now.  I’ve got a few things to assemble, and then all the conversion tools go away for a bit and all the painting stuff comes out.
Retribution WIP pics tonight or tomorrow!!