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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

No Update Update

Hello Sports fans,

Well this Summer has been a bear so far in terms of eating up my time. This blog is ever-present though on my mind, so want to make sure I let you guys know this isn't falling to the way-side. I just simply haven't had the time to make progress on my army.

The plan so far is to wrap up the Empire, and then get going on the Prussian land forces. I still want to get vanguard status this Summer if possible. That is the painting schedule so far and should keep me busy for the next few months.

As I showed last time, I now own the Chinese fleet. I am not sure if I will jump in on painting them just yet though. There are two items right now on the horizon that have grabbed my attention. The first is the Prussian Armored Clash set. I really want to give AC a go and I like the Prussian models better. So if I can sucker Robert into getting the KoB AC, then that moves up to the top. Best part is that I should have the land starter for PE done already and can just extend the scheme over to the AC box.

The other item is Dystopian Legions. They finally released the tank for the Empire and can I say...holy crap! That thing is awesome! But, I only own prussians so far for DL, not the Blazing Sun. Also, much more expensive. So a few hurdles for that option, but nothing I can't work around.

So there you have it. I'm still here. I'm still keeping my gamer ADD focused on Dystopian Wars (though the Eldar are making it hard for me). Stick with me, and I'll have new updates soon.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Even more new toys!

So small update today. I promised you guys a work in progress pick of the Taka Ishi. So here it is:

I have actually spent most of the time on the turret, but  the work was on the back of it, which of course I did not show in the pic. But at least there is proof that I'm working on the darn thing.

Also, as the title suggests, I completed a trade the other day to really bolster my Prussian fleet.

This really gives me everything I need for naval battles with nice air support as well. I have a NIB starter fleet for the Prussians that I can now get rid of, plus a few extras (I don't think I need two dreads or three sky fortresses). Hopefully I can add a new player with those models in my area somehow.

Also, Robert is still hard at work on his KoB. He has started on his naval fleet and is working on producing a test model for his tiny tanks. He is trying out a textured paint for the basing. Please note these are also work in progress and not finished models:

I believe the middle of the cruiser is going to be mostly gun metal or silver in color. Should look nice when he is done.

So there you have it. I'm going to keep painting the Taka until she is finished and then I'll go back to the tiny tanks and get my Blazing Sun force wrapped up. Then it is on to the Prussian land force.

On the horizon for future purchases are the Prussian Armored Clash set, naval Metzer bots, and the Italian fleet. Keep on painting and keep on playing!

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Who awoke the sleeping giant?

Hey sports fans,

So I'm still getting painting in on my EotBS. I have begun work on my Taka Ishi walker. So far I'm liking it, but a little worried about how much metal paint is going to be used on it due to the exposed gears and such for the legs. Ah well, will just have to wait and see how it looks. I will have pics coming soon.

The Dystopian Wars Fairy showed up at my house yesterday and brought me some new toys!

Glee! I can't wait to start painting these guys. Of course they are pushed back a little in the queue due to my commitment to the Blazing Sun and then the Prussians. Still, I'm so excited to work on these guys. I've been looking up photos of the Forbidden City so that I can match the colors. I believe it will be something like a brick colored walls, a gold roof, and then jade armor on the hulls. Probably a nice bright red for the dragons. Not sure what the base coat will be though. I might actually just have to go with a light grey or white primer and paint everything!?!?! man that sounds like a lot of work. :)

Oh, and Robert brought in his first tiny flier model. Looks pretty good. He just needs to throw on some paint where the cockpit is and its done. Best part is, he's still painting. So right there this blog is a huge success. We are getting models done for a game we both love. Woot! Oh, and his Australians came in. No worries though mate, I'll take care of them right quick. :)

So that's it for now. Pics of the Taka Ishi are incoming soon. Keep painting and keep playing.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Paint on models! You saw it here first!

Okay, so it took me a little longer to get a post up than I had hoped, but you know what, its my blog, not there. :P

No, honestly, sorry about the lack of updates. Summer is being a pain with all the busy-ness and crazy stuff going on. But I got some time, and finished up my medium tanks for the Blazing Sun.

(note: pics came through at a smaller size than phone does that sometimes..sorry)

So I basically need to base them. But hold on a minute. Do I? I'm not so sure. So I blue-tac'd them to the base so that I could do a proper wash on them without getting it all over my fingers. When I did that, I realized what a benefit a clear base could be. Check this out:

The cool thing about the clear base is that whatever table you put the model on, you won't have a contrasting base. The actual based model will always be stuck on a green field with boulders around it. The other tank just blends in with whatever surface he is playing on.

Granted, I think the based model actually does look better overall. But it was an interesting idea to just leave the clear bases. You don't need to glue the models on the bases for them to work. Which makes storage a bit easier. And on an actual game table, it is kind of cool to have them fit right in. Not sure what I'm going to to just yet. As to the model on the right, I will probably strip his base just because I don't think it came out good enough. I need to try something else for this scale.

Now I wasn't the only one who finished up a few toys recently. My friend Robert put on the finishing touches to his KoB tanks. They come of a bit dirty, but I think he could probably fix that with either a little light drybrushing to make the edges pop, or the mat spray coat typically does a small highlight as well.

A little dark, but I think that is mostly due to my suck-tastic camera skills. These tanks get down and dirty. I personally prefer a more realistic approach to painting instead of the pristine "just off the line" look a lot of painters go for.

One last picture to wrap this up. I flocked one of my tiny tank tokens. Not sure if I'm crazy about it just yet, but I don't think it looks bad.

(Gah! see? now this image came across at full size. Stupid interwebz.)

Not sure if I want to keep the red trim or not. Might go with a bolt gun metal. We'll see how the whole set turns out once I'm finished.

Oh, and I lied. I have one last picture to show. My Prussian land force getting ready for the paint line:

This time I went with desert yellow and I am really digging it. Can't wait to see these guys finished. I intend to go with a light grey tread color, silver guns, bronze stacks, maybe a gun metal for the steel decking? Tesla weapons will get drybrushed with white, and then hit with a blue ink to hopefully give them a "charged" look.

Until next time!

Monday, July 1, 2013

Back from VayKay

Sorry for the lack of updates recently. I was on vacation and away from my paints for a week. However, I should have a brand new update (with pictures) in just a couple of days. I'll have a little bit of time during the next few to work on my models.

Due to the crazy summer schedule, I've not gotten a chance to get game #2 in for the league yet. Actually it is supposed to be tonight. So I'll check with the wife unit and see if I can go or not. Fingers crossed.