Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Whompers of the 1st Royal Regiment of Hoppers

Greetings friends!  My first entry to the Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge were some Eureka frogs from their "Pond Wars" miniature line.  I dug these up from the lost realm known as the lead pile.  When I entered into this challenge I told myself I would not buy any new miniatures, but focus on making a dent in my lead pile.  [Yes, Ray, I'm still holding strong but the shakes are getting worse!] In the process, maybe I'd complete or at least revive a few stagnant projects.  When I found all these frog warriors in my lead pile I thinking, "Why have I never painted these?  They're hilarious!"

So, here's the first batch of frog warriors.  I went online to look at how to paint a frog and discovered frogs have all kinds of colorful patterns.  Now considering the AHPC's scoring is based on the number of miniatures painted, I'm a bit of my own worst enemy here.  I saw the red-eyed tree frogs and thought, "I want to do that!"  As you can guess it took a lot longer than just painting them green and white.  Oh well, I really like the results and hope you do as well.

On Eureka's site they are noted as carrying mallets, but I kept thinking "whompers" sounded more appropriate!



Sunday, December 25, 2016

Merry Christmas friends!

Just a quick note to all of you that are celebrating Christmas, that I hope you and your families had a wonderful time.  Work has been killing me here lately, so I've had a bit of trouble getting in the spirit.  If you've ever had to work over 70+ hours in a week, I'm sure you know what I mean.  Luckily we got the weekend off and I had an enjoyable time with my wife and family.

I received a variety of gifts, but I thought I'd share the ones that are hobby related.  My wife really surprised me this year with what appears to be the theme of "he needs a village"!  So I received terrain for two particular gaming genres I'm currently working on.

First is a bunch of buildings that will work for my Napoleonic gaming. These buildings and the bridge all came from Magister Militum.  I didn't even know they made 28mm stuff... (should I even admit that?  Does it make me a bad miniature gamer?)

And for my 15mm Sci-Fi she got me these buildings from Brigade Models.  The detail on these buildings are top-notch!

She never ceases to amaze me with her Christmas shopping.  I feel that I'm a really lucky man!

My Mom also added to my hobby supplies with my usual Christmas request of Winsor & Newton Series 7 brushes.  Sizes 0, 00, and 000.  Being someone who hates to spend a lot of money on brushes, I tend to "baby" these things and get them to survive until next Christmas.  First time I tried a Winsor & Newton Series 7 brush, because of the price horded it "saving it for something special"  6 months later I realized I had never used the damn thing and decided I was just being silly.  I do like these brushes!  Also, in the picture is the airbrush cleaning supplies I requested.  I'm hoping these things will be easier to use than pipe cleaners!

Anyway, I'm excited about my Christmas loot and I hope all of you fared just as well.


Monday, December 12, 2016


Well, I had planned to finish up my 10mm Dwarves before the painting challenge started, but unfortunately work has decided they had better plans for my time.  Some Executive boss-type person set a deadline and suddenly we're all scrambling to meet this deadline.  My boss, being the generous person he is suggested me and some of my team work the weekend for extra work hours.  So kind...

So, the one positive of all this, is that by the time I get home I didn't feel like setting up my paint desk... so instead I just prep miniatures for the challenge.  One thing I wanted to accomplish with the challenge was to make  a noticeable dent in my lead pile.  So I started digging through the pile and found all kinds of wonderful stuff I wanted to paint!  I'm pretty excited to get started now.

From 10mm to 54mm, here's a sneak peak of what's to come...

American Revolution (yes, it's time I pick that project back up...)

All that above should get me the over the 500 point goal I set.  But I hope to get more prepped before then!

Not an exciting post this time.  Blame my work.  I know I will!!