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So, this week marked the first week of our local Slow Grow League.  Players have been painting for four weeks already, since one of the rules is that you must play fully painted.  Here’s what everyone brought to the table on Game Night:

Adam’s Legion Force

You can see more of Adam’s stuff over at khadoranmachineneverbreaks.blogspot.com

Andrew’s Legion Force

Chris’ Retribution Battlegroup

Don’s Protectorate Battlebox

The next three all belong to the same player, Gary.  He’s a painting machine!

Gary’s First Battlegroup

Gary’s Second Battlegroup

Gary’s Third Battlegroup

Jason’s Gators

Kevin’s Skorne Battlegroup

Matt’s Cygnar Battlebox

Nick’s Dwarfs

Nick’s Gorton is converted to look as much like Mr. T as possible, which is pretty awesome!

Paul K’s Cryx

Paul’s Cryx army was purchased, built and painted in an hour so he could play games – Not too shabby considering the glue was still wet when these pictures were taken!

Ron’s Protectorate

Follow Ron’s hobby adventures over at miniarmyhugetimesink.wordpress.com

I played my Cryx Battlebox, which was loads of fun, but still doesn’t quite work for me.  I need more practice with it.

My Cryx Battlebox


All in all, a fun time was had by all.  Stay tuned for more pictures as the 8-week Slow-Grow League continues!

For those of you playing in the War-Torn Alliances: Gnarls league, you know there’s a hobby aspect to the leagues this year.  I, for one, think this is a fabulous idea.  Most of the players at my LGS are interested in painting, and they want to play with painted armies, but finding time for painting toy soldiers can be hard when you have families and jobs.

The challenge for the Gnarls League was to paint three (3) 50mm Objective markers.  These are large bases, and they can have anything on them.  They could be a pile of scavenged parts, an ammo dump, or even a relic.  Since several of the players in my area only play one or two factions, I opened the challenge up to include 40mm flags as well.

Here’s what I cobbled together over the course of the League:

The first thing I did was make a basic flag.  It’s on the proper 40mm base, and it’s flocked with gravel.  The flag is from the Khador Man-O-War Kovnik.  It’s nothing special, but they really don’t need to be.

This is a Menoth Sarcophagus.  It’s constructed primarily of pink insulation foam, which I did not seal well enough before priming the whole thing white, but using mobile options for spray foam are really useful for this.  Because of this, the foam was eaten away here and there.  I’m going to just call it “weathering”.  The shield is from the Paladin of the Order of the Wall.

This is a Khador supply crate.  The wood bits were purchased at Michael’s, the craft store chain.  I clipped and glued, and glued and clipped until I had a box.  I then based it according to my normal Khador models, and then I free-hand painted a bunch of text all over it.  The line next to the Khador symbol reads “Cortexes”, and the three lines at the bottom read “Handle With Care”.  The red text on the side reads “Fragile”.

So, there you have it!  Some fun, custom, one-of-a-kind Objective Markers!

What did you paint up for the Gnarls League?

It’s been a while since I had a battle report for you, so it’s about damn time, eh?  Enjoy!

We’re part way into the War-Torn Alliances league, here in Virginia, and on Thursday, I had the pleasure of playing against Chris’ Retribution at 25pts.

Chris' nicely painted green Retribution force!

His list consisted of:

* Phoenix
* Hydra
Sentinels (max) + UA
Mage Hunter Assassin

 My list was an expansion of the Legion battlebox, adding a second heavy and some support to play on Lylyth’s ability to run a mini Shredder Swarm.

My Legion of Aquablight!

My list was:

* Carnivean
* Ravagore
* 4x Shredder
2x Shepherd

I had league patches and bits from a group bits order to pass out, so Chris was kind enough to set up the board and pick an objective.  He chose the League specific “Whirling Gauntlet” Scneario.  It features a zone on the opponen’s half of the board you need to control, as well as a 5″ cloud AOE that randomly scatters every turn.  Any model it lands on gets thrown, and any models fighting inside it suffer -2 to hit.

Fun!  Or so I thought…

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Hi, readers!  This is the first of what will be many guest posts here on plarzoid.com!  Mugu, is a good friend (despite being a dirty Cryx player), and is currently taking part in our Slow-Grow League, painting some of his filthy undead minions.   Enjoy!  – Plarzoid

courtesy Master Marf

Hello all you crazy gamer fiends out there! This will be my first post of hopefully many here on Plarzoid’s website. When I was approached (at spork-point no less!) by my good friend to add some content to his site, my mind immediately melted. After cleaning up the remains and pouring them back into my head, I thought I’d start off with a subject that I’ve seen come up time and again regarding getting miniatures painted up and put on the tabletop:

Finding or making time to paint.

I’m currently in the last few weeks of our slow-grow league and to me a large part of a slow-grow league is that it’s an ideal opportunity to make time to sit down and paint your miniatures a little at a time, and end up with a 35 point Warmachine/Hordes army. Perfect, right?!
Well, it would appear not to be the case for a few of our players.  I’ve asked a few of them why they don’t at least make the attempt to get their armies painted and the reasons ::coughexcusescough:;  roll in – No time, no place, no experience, too much of a perfectionist, too intimidating, no money to buy paints and brushes (okay, that one any gamer can understand), my models don’t look as good as so-and-so’s models, and so on.

Yeah, what he said!

While I won’t address some of those here, I do want to cover the two I hear most often – No time to paint and no place to paint. Never enough, right? Finding or making time to paint is…well, hard! Yes, I know, trust me. And here I bet you thought I was going to beat you all with an old brush and berate you for not making time to paint – family, girlfriend, kids, pets, friends, work, and homework be damned! No, I really do get that making time to paint is hard to do. Like a lot of fellow gamers and painters that I know (or read about online), they like to have at least an hour to paint. Why an hour? Well, to set up their painting area – paints, miniature(s), water well, palette, light(s), and whatnot (I like to have a drink at hand), then paint, and then clean up and put everything away. That, of course, is assuming you don’t need to clean, pin, or assemble anything, which eats away more of our precious available painting time.

I’ll start with your camera!

One way that I’ve found to increase the odds of getting our little metal undead minions (did I not mention that I’m a Cryx player?) painted and on the table (I know it’s a personal preference, but I don’t usually field models that are unpainted) is to try to make a permanent painting area or have a quick setup. All that time spent on set-up and clean-up eats up valuable time you should be spending painting! Ideally, in your house, apartment, or room, you can make a small area that you can leave your paints, miniatures in progress, brushes, any other tools you like to use, and a container of clean water permanently that won’t be messed with by kids, cats (amazingly my cats became quickly disinterested in anything on my painting area when covered by an old towel or piece of cloth), and wayward nerf gun bullets, and you can also add carpeting to this area, so it will look better and it won’t mess up your floors if you drop a little paint, using the home décor from the Magnolia line I could find the perfect carpets for this. Someplace that you can quickly sit down when you have a small amount of free time to paint. I’m currently lucky enough to have such an area in my house, though this wasn’t always the case (especially when we lived in an apartment up until a few months ago).

A quick note on what I mean by a “small” amount of free time, I really do mean like 10 to 20 minutes or less. In that time I can paint a wash on several minis, do some basecoating, maybe paint a few details here and there. Nothing big and meaningful, but trust me those little 10 minute sessions really do add up and help you in the long run. This in turn allows me to focus on things that take longer (like highlighting and shading or detail-work) when I do get longer amounts of time to paint.

Uh… Not Quite…

While I realize not everyone has the option of having a permanent place to set up a painting area (trust me, in my old apartment, I certainly did not), but if you have a plastic storage cart, tackle box, old TV dinner stand/tray, a large unwanted flat baking pan/tray, or box or something that you can set up quickly and put away again just as quickly is the key here. The idea is the same as with the permanent painting area- set your stuff up quickly and get 10-20 minutes of painting in. Note also that none of these things are terribly expensive even if newly purchased. The plastic cart below is only $15.00 at Office Depot online and will allow you to store paints, brushes, and whatnot and still roll it into a closet or out of the way area when in use but quickly pull out and set up when you want.

Much better!

I used to have most of my paints in a tackle box and my in-progress miniatures on an old metal side of a computer case (both of which I still somewhat use). For years I’ve had most of my paints in a tacklebox, though some stores – DickBlick online comes to mind, sell them as hobby boxes, they’re mostly the exact same thing and often more expensive (my current tacklebox was about a $20 less than the exact same one sold at Dick Blick online as an art storage box). Tackleboxes come in all sizes, but the ones I use (I’ve only had two and my first one lasted over 20 years) have the trays that fold out to one or both sides. This allows me to see most of my paints all at one time. The one pictured to the left is $17 on Amazon.com and is pretty close to what I have now.

With this old set-up I was able to pull out my tackle box of paints, my water tub of clean water, and my miniatures off the top shelf of my bookshelf (it helps that I’m tall) and be set up and painting in less than three minutes and clean up was just as fast. It had the added benefit of making my long suffering wife happy as there was no embarrassing (to her) toy soldiers or paints littering the dining table. It made me happy because I could get in the odd 15 minutes of painting before bed or while she was in the shower (hey, take your time where you can get it!) or otherwise occupied.

If you have $90 to spare, you could get one of these…

Which is almost ideal as it has a fold out table that you could paint on. But I’m like most gamers who would rather spend our hard earned dollars on more miniatures, paints, or other goodies. I mainly wanted to show you the above to give you all an idea of what is out there. The good part of getting a wooden cart though is that you can permanently mount a light on it and hide the cord inside a drawer when not in use (I have a friend who did that).

So, in the end, the idea is to enable you to make more time to get paint on your miniatures, even 10-20 minutes a day will add up and help get your army painted!

My question to you, dear readers, is what kind of set-ups do you have or how do you get time in to paint?

The Rotterhorn League was my first leage as a PG, and I must say, it was fantastic!  I had 17 players, and while not all of them could see the entire thing through (life, ya know?) we still had several duking it out to the last.

The Finale Event was two weekends ago, and it was meant to be a fun, laid-back endcap to the competitive league.  We played two alternate formats:  Portals and Thunderdome.
Both formats were a huge success and everyone had a blast!  I was able to take a few pictures, so here’s a taste of the awesomeness from the Finale.
Portals deployments – 8 players on a 4′ x 4′ table was crowded!

Everyone’s running away from Kevin’s Butcher force…  Why?

Three players rolled portal 3 in a row.  It was awesome!

Portals ended after two hours with no one scoring higher than 1 pt…  I think having negative points for a death really put a stopper on the scoreboard.  Next time, positive points only!
Thunderdome was a riot.  Two Garryths on the board completely shut down the table for two rounds – feats may have to be changed to CMD rather than CTRL for Tunderdome.  Ah, you live you learn!

Overall, the alternate formats were a lot of fun!  There are a few things I’d change for the next time, but that’s just a part of the process.


I’m going to use Hexeris as a vehicle for a tutorial on painting faces.  Get a model assembled and primed so you can follow along!  That should go up sometime this weekend (hopefully Friday night).

If you have any questions on faces that you want me to address during the tutorial, post them below and I’ll be sure to include them in the write-up!