Bugs vs Robots

Sounds a bit like a classic 'B' Movie line-up, but it is actually the final two teams from my DreadBall Season Two loot. With Season Three and the final wave of Kickstarter miniatures from Mantic rapidly approaching, I thought it would be a good idea to rattle through the last of the unpainted teams. For me, that was only the Robots and the Z'zor as I hadn't pledged for either the Female Corporation or Judwan teams; opting instead to just stick with the free bonus figures that came with the Striker package. Those I simply plan to add into existing teams as 'wildcard' types, or in the case of the Female Corp as straight forward alts in my Human Corporation team. Both teams were an exercise [...]

By | 2017-02-10T14:25:39+00:00 September 2nd, 2013|Mantic Games|3 Comments

Winter challenge complete.

It's been a couple of weeks since my last post I have just realised. So I thought I had better do a catch up before summarising February’s scores on the doors in a few days time. Despite the silence on this end, it's actually been productive with all kinds of hobby comings and goings. The recent cold snap in the UK and having to take some time out to apply for a new job put the brakes on free time activities a little. Despite that however I have still managed to make solid progress on the months Dreadball ambitions and another Ultramarines detachment for Epic, so it’s not all bad. After setting myself this small winter painting challenge back at the end of November [...]

By | 2018-03-17T21:56:11+00:00 February 28th, 2013|Epic, Ultramarines|5 Comments

January. Done.

At the start of the month I said I was going to approach things a little differently this year and allocate a hobby budget. If you haven’t read this I recommend a quick glance over ‘Hobby Fit’ first, otherwise you will have no idea what I am going on about. Assuming from this point on you have, here is the skinny for January (sorry, bad pun I know). In total £137.80 was injected into the fund for the month. This is far higher than what it would normally be because, purely by chance, January also happens to be the month my Birthday is in. Lucky old me. As there was not a single instance of lunchtime snacking, despite considerable provocation, the full £66.00 was locked [...]

By | 2017-09-13T13:16:08+00:00 January 31st, 2013|News|4 Comments

Rats lose cheese

Time for a mid-week catch up on the painting score. This week I have completed the second Tactical Detachment for my Epic scale Ultramarines. Nothing really to write home about, the only change I made was to include an Apothecary on one of the stands and flip the colour palette on one of the Rhino’s to signify his presence in the formation. Also complete this week are the second of my teams for Dreadball; the Black-Pitch Stealers. I wasn’t really that sold on the orange and off-white kit colour for the Stealers in the rulebook, but quite liked the more weathered version shown in the artwork. Adding a little green for the off-colour and mixing up the flesh tones from pale vermin to brown-black gave [...]

By | 2018-03-17T22:37:18+00:00 January 17th, 2013|Mantic Games|0 Comments

Orx versus Corporation: Play ball

In another first for 2013, I actually got to play my first game of Dreadball and loved it. Ok, so the results might not suggest that as my Orx, the “New Hades Buccaneers” were on the wrong side of a 7 – 0 whitewash. The game itself and the rules however have really impressed me with their dynamics, intuitiveness and pace of play. Jake Thornton has done a fine job with the design, coming up with a set of mechanics for play that for me and my opponent at least generated remarkably few questions throughout the entire first game.We didn’t play with the full league rules and ‘Fouls’ during the initial game. Opting instead to just go with the basics of play and the event [...]

By | 2013-01-11T22:29:48+00:00 January 11th, 2013|Battle Reports|0 Comments

2013: Challenge accepted

Like many hobby bloggers, this is traditionally the time to look back over what I achieved over the past twelve months. The smashed goals. The dismally failed goals. The inexplicable changes in direction and hobby mood-swings and an opportunity to try to set some objectives (generally with limited success) for the forthcoming hobby year. Twenty twelve has been, without a shadow of doubt a watershed year for me in the hobby. Although it set out pretty much like previous years with a hopelessly optimistic ambition to paint more 40K and get some actual games in, it was pretty clear before even the end of spring that my heart just wasn't in it. Games Workshop's design direction for some of the models and the subsequent re-launch [...]

By | 2017-09-13T13:18:25+00:00 January 1st, 2013|News|2 Comments

Straightening out the Skittersneak

First things first. I hope everyone is having a relaxing and enjoyable festive break (for those lucky enough to be off). I often find hobby time is at a premium this time of the year, what with visitors, lots to do and although I always aim to get some painting done during the break inevitably I can't seem to set aside any significant time. Instead I resort to cleaning and assembling miniatures instead when I manage to steal a little time for myself here and there. Today was such a day and I thought I would put it to good use assembling the rest of the Dreadball Teams, in particular the Forge Fathers and Veer-myn. Nothing really post worthy as such, but in doing so I did realise there may be [...]

By | 2017-09-13T13:19:36+00:00 December 27th, 2012|Mantic Games|0 Comments

Dreadball – A word from our sponsor

In a brief deviation from the norm, the workbench has been invaded by Orx (yes, that is the correct spelling apparently). I have been cleaning up and painting the starting roster for my initial Dreadball team; the “New Hades Buccaneers”. The ‘Striker’ pledge level for Mantic’s Dreadball Kickstarter came with all manner of team goodness last week, including all four Season One teams fully filled out. Some of the alternative sculpts won’t arrive until the second wave spring next year, but it still leaves me with more than enough to get painting in the meantime. This is the first time I have ever handled miniatures from Mantic and in particular the injection plastic resin they use. I have to say, I am more pleased with [...]

By | 2017-09-13T13:20:43+00:00 December 23rd, 2012|Mantic Games|0 Comments

The Shipping Forecast

Been so busy immersing myself back in the world of Epic 6mm I've lost track of a few projects that had been gestating earlier in the year, namely all those Kickstarters. Fortunately, there has been quite a lot of hobby news this week there has been a bit of an overload of 'future painting' mojo; some good, some not so. Mantic: Dreadball Not wanting to count my chickens too soon, but I have to say Mantic really appear to have delivered a masterclass in "how to run a Kickstarter". Latest news from the guys in Nottingham is Dreadball is pretty much ready to ship and they are just receiving the last of eight initial MVP's right now. Expectations are the base game will start to ship from [...]

By | 2012-11-24T22:13:08+00:00 November 24th, 2012|News|2 Comments