maandag 21 augustus 2017

The Haul Report 95

Hello all, a day later then usual as it was a busy club weekend (both events will be covered later today), and I was on holdiays the past week.

Never the less, I did obtain a small loot, due to a sale going on in the Intertoys stores where I was on vacation.

Combined between the stores of Mierlo and Geldrop, I managed to get some cheap Transformers models (for example, Mirage was 15 instead of 25).

All in all, this left me with the Combiner Wars Mirage, Titan Return Brawn headmaster, and two blindbags which, thanks to the bumpcode, I know are Grimlock and Crosshairs.

Not to shabby for a cheapy...

zaterdag 19 augustus 2017

On the Painting Desk 8

Needless to say, as I was out the whole week, nothing much has been done on my figures shown last episode.

But still...

I had a "survival kit" with me for really rainy days, and fortunatly, while the weather wasn`t superb, I only had one afternoon it was to wet to go outside.

That gave me the time to put together and already undercoat some of the models from the Cultist Assault box, giving me a serious plate full of figures to paint now, and on which I`m going to have to be spending some time soonish... instead of running around Final Fantasy 14 lol.

Well, hopefully some progress next week, take care!

vrijdag 18 augustus 2017

Age of Sigmar: Skirmish

With Path to Glory out this month, Skirmish is now the ruleset for the smallest sorts of actions in the Age of Sigmar game universe.

A small booklet at about 40 pages, this is never the less good value for the 8 euro the book costs.

Set in the city of Shadespire, in the plane of Death, this game set allows small roving warbands (between 5 to 20 models) to duke it out for fame and fortune.  Think of it a bit as Mordheim "light" if you will.

There are army lists included in the book for most "main" alliances, as well as the special items and skills that can be obtained.  There are some differences between AoS and this though, logical ones mostly like unit cohesion, but also to prevent the spamming of arcane bolts for example.

All in all a nice booklet, and filled with lovely pictures and artwork as we are used to by all the big fantasy companies these days.

zondag 13 augustus 2017

The Haul Report 94

Hello everyone to another week of hauling stuff for the collection, and it's mostly Chaos this week.


The first thing I grabbed was a model to serve as a Chaos Spawn in my Slaaneshi forces, produced by Kromlech.

I also picked up a heap of reading material at the Games Workshop store, with the newest White Dwarf, the Skirmish booklet for Age of Sigmar, and the Grand Alliance book for Chaos.  This allows me to no longer print all those needed warscrolls, and just flip through the book to the relevant pages.

The beauty catch of the week is the model that will serve as my Daemon Princess, the Lady of Corruption by the canadian company Creature Castings.  At 50 euro she isn`t that expensive at all for a large resin model, even though the import duties did sting at 32 euro.  Oh well, she is worth it.

The final thing I bought is a new heavy duty vape machine

I haz flashy lights...

And now I`m going to pack my bags for a weeklong holiday, so I doubt I`ll have any hauls next episode though...

zaterdag 12 augustus 2017

On the Painting Desk 7

A slow week as predicted this time, as I finished nothing, and won`t be doing any painting the coming week either.

This due to some real life stuff and holidays, those things happen after all.

What I did manage to do is not only assemble the Chaos Marines box from last week, but also put them in the base colours of pink (with wash and drybrush) and the black parts.

Well, at least it was something...

dinsdag 8 augustus 2017

Viking: Sworn Brother - Tim Severin

The second book in the Viking series, chronicling the adventures of Thorgils Leifsson, this one takes us from Engeland to Iceland and Finland... only to end in Constatinople.

A series that gained additional popularity due to the Vikings series (totally unrelated), mr Severin provides us with another enjoyable 350 page reading of the semi-historical figure.

The central motivation for Thorgills in this book is love.  At first, love for a queen he has become a secret lover for.  Then the love for his sworn brother Grettir, an outlaw in Iceland who he meets on his journey.
After Grettir is killed, he travels to Finland where he finds his first "true" unconditional love, but only after losing his former mentor Thrand in the last battle of the Jomsvikings.  And he ends up in Constantinople, as a soldier of the Varangian Guard...

As you can see, a lot goes on in the life of young Thorgills in this book, and while enjoyable written, it's perhaps also the biggest drawback.  A LOT goes on in the span of 350 pages, making that some "connections" to characters are passing to fast for the reader to get an in depth feeling for the events.  For example, the whole Grettir relation, between them meeting and swearing the oath, to Grettir finally being caught and executed, the character "grows" to little to actually care about his death.

It`s an enjoyable read, but not as good as the first instalment of the series in my opinion.

Build Report: 41114 Friends Party Styling

This small set of the Friends range is one of those small animal based sets they've put out for the small change range, available at around 5 euro a piece if you look around a little.

These sets are great value is you look to bump the part collection for pastel coloured elements, and the kitten is a lovely little beastie to add to builds left and right.

Opening the box you get the small sticker, which I didn`t add to the piece during the build mind you, the instruction leaflet and a pile of about 50 elements

The kitten comes with a small party hat, and a fish is also included in the box.

The first little build we make is a small present for the birthday kitty, being a lovely bow tie in abox with printed lit.

The main build itself is made upon a lime plate of 6x8, with jumpers and a 2x4 magenta plate added.

A turntable base is then added to this for the rotating podium.

On this podium is a basin, based around pink macaroni elements and comes with a shiny golden tap.

This can turn around to where the mirror sticker should be placed, so you can switch between the basin and a mirror for grooming the kitten.

The invitation tile is also a printed element.

Decorations are then added to the build, like a broom, bottle, a balloon and such likes...

We get a few extra pieces as usual in the set

And the build stands completed:

As I said in the beginning, these little boxes are great for the parts, and the kitten is a welcome addition to the collection.  The benefit they are often on sale at 3 for 2 and the likes in Kruidvat only adds to their attraction value...