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Remi – Dungeons and Dragons 3D Print

I was approached by a friend recently, who had designed and purchased a STL file of her latest Dungeons and Dragons character. The character is based on a chef, named Remi, and is for the campaign ‘The Curse of Strahd.’ I could go on about the levels of fear involved when Ravenloft is mentioned, but that would run the purpose of this post completely off course.

So, I was more than happy to print out the miniature and paint it afterwards. She told me exactly how she wanted him to look, and we discussed some other ideas as well. I was super pleased with how he turned out:

This was a good opportunity to test out the print and paint part of the new business that we are setting up, and I am pleased to say I think it worked well. Remi’s owner was also happy with the outcome, which is what matters!

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Adeptus Titanicus – A Game!!

It has been ages since I played anything remotely table top related. The house move and then settling in has put a stress on time. The good news is we are now in, the hobby room set up and we squeezed in a game of Titans!

I love AT. Titans are just cool and getting to stomp and blast your opponent is fun. As it has been a while, we went for the Axiom Manifold – A warlord, a reaver and a warhound – each which with weapons is around 1000 points.

How to play came back to me slowly, and this time we added in stratagems and missions. I had thermal mines and search and destroy respectively.

Unfortunately, my Reaver took a battering early on. By the end of turn one, it has no shield and had taken critical damage to the body. Emergency repairs had to be made, and revenge taken.

I managed to sneak my warhound in behind my opponent’s Reaver and blast it to death with my flamer – thankfully it did not explode!

Despite valiant effort on the part of the servitors, the Reaver was also destroyed. Both warhound shot killed by the warlords, and the game ended at turn 5.

I won on victory points – 25:3, which makes this game my first ever victory with Titans. I had a lot of fun and it makes me want to get those engines painted all the sooner!

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Adeptus Titanicus – Game 2

This week, we decided to add in some of the more advanced rules for the game. The weapon properties were added, as well as reactor dice and orders. It was a lot to remember, and I am not entirely sure I managed to retain it all as we went along, but it was fun none the less.

We used the same Titans as last week – A Reaver and a Warlord, but we swapped weapons around to have a go with some different ones.

I did not fare so well in this game. I decided before hand that I was going to try and destroy the Reaver and then focus on the Warlord – I was so close as well, but the dice betrayed me this week and just when I was about to blow the Reaver to smithereens, the dice went against me!

My Warlord had already taken a beating and the reactor overheated, meaning that it blew up. Less than helpful. My Reaver then tried to destroy its counterpart but alas, by this point, its shields had repaired and it was safe once again.

Things I learned this game:

  • A better mix of weaponry would be good – some with low strength and high number of hits mixed with the high strength/low number of hits would be better.
  • Dice betrayals are real.
  • Orders are fun but can be a real bummer if they are ignored.
  • The reactor dice is fun, especially when the machine spirit gets all uppity and does its own thing.
  • spinning around wildly shooting when you’re about to die is also funny.

I may not have won this game, but I mostly remembered how to play and the new additions were not overly complex. I did not feel as though my mind was blown. I do tend to vocalise what I am doing at the moment – talking myself through it. I find it helps.

Next time, we are consolidating what we have already learned. I plan to think a bit more about weapon choices and try once again to focus fire and actually blow something up!!

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Adeptus Titanicus – Game 1

I don’t actually play many games, as most of you know. I find them difficult to get my head around and actually focusing on larger games, such as 40K, challenges my concentration.

However, this weekend, I played my first game of Adeptus Titanicus and found it to be thoroughly enjoyable. I played with the basic rules only, so we could both get our heads around how the game worked, and with two machines each – a Warlord and a Reaver.

Continue reading “Adeptus Titanicus – Game 1”
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Combat cards

Something a bit different today, sort of. A while ago, I saw an advert for a game called Combat Cards. It’s an app and based in the Warhammer 40k universe. I had never heard of it before, so I thought I would give it a go. I was attracted by the pictures of pretty miniatures and characters I knew.

It turns out the app is based on an old Games Workshop game of the same name. The mechanic is simple enough, beat your opponent using either ranged, melee or psychic attacks. When you beat their boss, you win. Sounds simple right… Continue reading “Combat cards”

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2019 – A Year in Review

A lot has changed for me over the last year and I wanted to have a look back at some of the things I have achieved over it. Last year, I was teaching full time at a primary school. I had a lovely class of children and great colleagues too. Unfortunately, being a teacher means that you have no real time to do anything else. Weekends are spent working and worrying and trying to get ahead of the demands placed on you. Hobby-wise, not a great deal happened in the first part of the year, however I do have a few pictures I can share in regards to what I did:

Night Lords, Ahriman, Tzeench demons and Reaver Titans galore!

The first part of the year saw me trying some new techniques, experimenting with freehand a bit more and working on skills I already had. I left my job as a teacher in May due to mental health and decided to become a miniature painter instead. It is not easy, but I have never been healthier. I went on a painting course and gained insight, and validation, into what I have been doing.

Here are some of my favourites from the previous six months:

June and July saw me working on miniatures for Everchosen, in which I came Third in the Open and Second in the Everchosen category – by one point! I also painted Mephiston for a good friend. I love working on dioramas and want to do more of them in the coming year.

In August I went on a painting course and learned how to use an airbrush – another skill I want to work on in the new year. I also began working on a large commission of D&D scenary miniatures for the local games store, which took most of October to complete.

In November, I painted a lot of Space Marines. Mainly Iron Hands. I also learned how to lighten pictures and so managed to begin taking better ones. I also finished Shalaxi, who is one of the best painted miniatures I have ever done.

December was a quiet month mainly due to illness and travelling and winter craziness, however I did paint the Sisters of Battle boxed set, which was fun.

Going forward, I have a few things I want to work on in the coming year:

  • Non Metallic Metals
  • Airbrush techniques
  • Creating dioramas
  • Conversions
  • Painting a whole army!

I have a lot to work on in January and some good ideas to work on too. I am looking forward to it!

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Iron Hands – A Small Force

I am very proud of my Iron Hands. I painted them relatively quickly, but that isn’t the only reason I am pleased with them. It is the largest force I have painted and finished. It might not be the largest ever, but for me it felt like an achievement. When I put them all together and took pictures, I thought they looked really cool. Here are some shots of them individually, and together as well:

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The pictures of them together are not the best, as I do not have a black insert for the big light box, but I hope you get the idea.
I am proud of this small force, and I hope that wherever they end up, they do well!

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Meet up – Element Games

This weekend, myself, Dave and Jenn went to meet some of the Warmongers at Element Games. It was really nice to put some faces to internet names and actaully speak to the people I have known for nearly three years face to face. There were also games going on, and it was good to see other people’s miniatures as well. I did manage to take some pictures of people and the games, so here we go:

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Pandora looking worried!

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The most interesting board

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Someone is about to have a bad day

Of course, it wouldn’t have been half as much fun without the people to chat and laugh with.

Thanks for a great day folks!

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Iron Hands: Squad One

I finished squad one of the Iron Hands today, and I enjoyed every minute I spent on them too. I love painting Space Marines, so that helps, but the black turned out really well. I love how the bits of flesh turned out and they all look cool when they are stood together as well. Here are some pictures:IMG_2999IMG_3001IMG_3002IMG_3004

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This one is particularly shooty!

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This guy is in charge of the missiles.

I think the grey guns stand out well against the black armour – can’t have Space Marines trying to blend in now can we!

Next, I shall work on Squad Two, then decals and then I will sell them! They can go and be loyal in a house that will appreciate it!

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D&D minis – Finished

I finished the large D&D miniatures today and dropped them off at the store. It was quite the project, and it took a good while to complete, but here it all is.

It wouldn’t all fit in one shot so I had to take a couple. This doesn’t show the small bits either, like coin pouches or levers. It was fun to work on, but I will admit that I am glad to see the back of it now, and to have the space back in the hobby room as well.