Sunday, 19 August 2012

House Kurita Lance Part 2

Hello again and here we go with the last two members for my House Kurita lance.

First up is a Thanatos, I've been reliably informed that this is more of a Davion mech but to be honest what's a little bit of salvage between hated enemies?

That and the Thanatos is usually one of my go-to mech's in MW4 so had to put it in:




Final member of the lance is a Thunderbolt, one of the best miniatures in the Battletech line in my humble opinion, although building it is an absolute pain in the proverbial:



Here's a shot of them together:


Finally a couple of shots of the entire lance:



Thanks again for having a look and comments welcome!

Thursday, 16 August 2012

House Kurita Lance Part 1

Quick update, my second Battlemech for my Kurita lance has now been finished - a reseen Longbow, sorry for the quality of the pictures, didn't get around to taking them until daylight left me!

The Longbow:


The Arbalest:


Finally, both of them together (I think this shot shows the colours more accurately):


Next up for the lance will be a Thanatos (currently awaiting its arrival) and possibly a Thunderbolt.

Thanks for having a look, comments welcome!

Sunday, 12 August 2012

Battletech

Hello again and a slight change of scale for tonight's post: back to Battletech!

Whilst having a bit of a clear up, I came across the Battletech introductory boxed set from a few years ago (not the new one with the premium mech's, the one without) and decided to paint some of them up and repaint some of the rather lacking paint-jobs that they once had.

The mech's that come with the set are a bit hit or miss, some like the Quickdraw are pretty good whilst others like the Catapult are a bit soft on the detailing which is a shame.

When I initially bought the set I did pick up a few of the metal ones from Ral Partha Europe as well, some of which have been painted (badly) and some I've started to repaint - example a bit further down the page.

I decided to test paint a few different schemes and as I used to play Mechwarrior: Dark Age, I've gone with a few from that and also finished off a few mech's for a merc company.

So, first up the Mercenary test scheme:


Another shot of the Quickdraw:


A Zeus from the Stormhammer faction of MWDA:


Now the House Kurita battlemech test subjects:



Finally, one of the Ral Partha metals, my all-time favourite mech (introduced in MWDA), the Arbalest:




The paint scheme for the Arbalest is based entirely on the Dragon's Fury mech belonging to Danni Haag of the Ameterasu.

When I was actually playing MWDA, I took part in a local tournament using Danni as my main mech.  I played a game against a guy named Ian who was using a Ryoken II highlanders mech (can't remember the name off the top of my head) and had a fantastic back and forth fight that saw Danni eliminating the Ryoken, then being knocked into salvage in the very last attack of the game, unfortunately in Ian's deployment zone giving him the win.  Best game of MWDA that I ever had, even if I eventually lost!

Danni Haag has been a legend ever since!

Anyway, thanks for having a look, comments welcome!


Tuesday, 31 July 2012

Yellow and Green

Quick update, two more test minis done, this time for the Yellow and Green armies:


The idea is for the Yellows to have the more technologically advanced forces (mechs and tanks etc) and for the Greens to only show up rarely, the idea being to eliminate them before they do it to themselves.

The game that's currently in my head will have some sort of search driven game play with items that can be found as used as weapons in certain circumstances...

It makes sense to me anyway!

Cheers for now!

Saturday, 28 July 2012

Post-apocalyptic Blues... and Reds

Yet again, I get sidetracked and another project jumps into my head.

One of the things I find quite entertaining are webcomics.  There are a few brilliant ones out there, dealing with a range of weird and wonderful subjects, from RPG'ing the Star Wars films (Darths & Droids - http://www.darthsanddroids.net/episodes/0001.html) through to dealing with the world in a bizarre post apocalyptic setting (Romantically Apocalyptic - http://romanticallyapocalyptic.com/1).

My personal favourite though, is Gone with the Blastwave (http://www.blastwave-comic.com/index.php?p=comic&nro=1).  Set who knows where, who knows when, it's the story of a band of soldiers fighting in a seemingly never ending war.  It's been going on for so long that they really don't seem to care about it, themselves or anything else.

You know what's coming next.  Feel free to shake me a bit and tell me to concentrate more.  I really should.

So, off I go looking for suitable miniatures, I end up buying some 15mm Command Decision WWII American infantry in greatcoats from Old Glory UK (I think these are true 15's as well, seem smaller than my GZG stuff):

http://www.oldgloryuk.com/disp_item.php?c=158&oc=2840

Along with some 20mm laser-cut bases from Minibits (also picked up some dice at the same time...):

http://www.minibits.net/Default.aspx

Wait for a few days, reasonable shipping and cost from both companies by the way, all of a sudden they both turn up.  Woohoo!

Now I didn't want to have the exact same look to mine that are in the comic, just similar enough that they wouldn't look too out of place (that and the fact I really couldn't be bothered to sculpt gasmasks for 50 15mm minis).

With that in mind, here are the first test minis:

The Blues:






The Reds:





Lastly, the group shot:


Hope you like them, now go check out some of those comics!

Saturday, 14 July 2012

Bird Food...

Ahh, summer sales are great.

GZG and Critical Mass Games have very recently had a lovely little sale which has given me an opportunity to select some adversaries for my Harook.

From GZG I picked up two squads of New Israeli miniatures and a few starships, after all the Harook do need to get from planet to planet.

From Critical Mass to support the GZG troops, a squad of ARC Fleet Support Combat Walkers - got to give them a fighting chance!

First up, the first batch of NI Troopers:


Also their space bound forces, some NSL Frankfurt class escort cruisers:


For the Harook I wanted something slightly more avian looking so eventually settled on some ESU Kiang class light cruisers:




I really like the look of these ships, similar to Klingon designs from Star Trek but different enough that I can see them as Harook designed.

I've got one of the CMG Walkers built and undercoated but I'm still deciding on the paint scheme for it, very much doubt I'll have it done before next weekend though.

Thanks for having a look, comments welcome!

Thursday, 28 June 2012

Comparisons

As requested earlier, a couple of comparison shots:


From left to right: Dust Tactics, Mad Robot, Hasslefree, GZG...


Left to right again: Hasslefree, Mad Robot, 3x GZG.

Cheers!

Wednesday, 27 June 2012

Jaws...

Hello again!

One update tonight, another creature for my Harook to hunt, although they may get a bit of a shock if they get too close...


The above and below are a lovely little creature called a Mawe, available from Hasslefree.

I've had this one for about two years and recently (last night) got around to re-basing and re-touching the paint job (which had become a little fractured).


Originally used for my 28mm gaming, I think this will fit in nicely as a massive predator for 15mm.

The photos don't entirely show up the full range of colour used, as you can see below I've attempted to give it a somewhat dappled effect on the top half leading down to more solid colours on the leg sections.


Of all the miniatures I own, the Mawe is probably my favourite.  It just looks mean, with a set of teeth that would put a Great White to shame!



It does remind me a little of Audrey II from The Little Shop of Horrors though...



Hope you like it, hopefully will have some terrain items ready to go this weekend (if my woodland scenics trees turn up...).

Until next time ;-)

Sunday, 24 June 2012

Harook Stormtroopers Part II

Here we go, the second of today's posts, the current batch of Harook.

Still have about thirteen left to paint up but hopefully you can get the general look of them from the shots below.

Group shot:


Seperated shots:



So far, so good.  I'm really happy with the way they are turning out, it's a bit of a faff to get the armour looking like Stormtrooper armour but I think that the more of them I do the easier it's getting.

As they say, practice makes perfect.

The next batch of five are almost ready, just need to finish the armour and bases and they'll be set to go.

The squad leaders will have something on them to denote their seniority, I'm toying with the idea of different coloured beaks rather than the usual shoulder pad colouring - seems as though it would fit better.

Hope you like them, will try to finish them off by next weekend (ready for the upcoming release of the special weapons teams!).

Killer Gorillas...

Two updates tonight, first up are some Dust Tactics miniatures - Axis Gorillas.

As I don't play Dust Tactics, these will not be used for their intended purpose, they are going to be used as a heavy close-combat unit as a foil for my Harook (more on them shortly).  I blame Rise of the planet of the apes.  Came out of the film thinking "I need attack Gorillas".  I know, odd.

But, without further ado, here are the eponymous Gorillas:



Hope you like them, next up: Harook Stormtroopers Part II.

Sunday, 17 June 2012

Harook Stormtrooper...

Right, I know I've been harping on about my Harook for some time, really can't get the paint scheme quite as I want it but I think it's as close as I'm going to get.

So, here is my first test, please feel free to give me any tips or pointers as I've said in the past I hate painting white but if I don't try it I'll never get any better with it:






So there we go.

Thanks again for having a look, all comments welcome!