Thursday, February 20, 2014

Epic Buildings Using Hawk Wargames Free Graphics

While watching the Olympics last night, I thought I would put together a few buildings for Epic. I have long since traded my original Epic buildings, and you have to have a cold, heartless, oppressive Imperial City to fight over, so I decided to repurpose the the Hawk Wargames free building facades for the good of the Emperor.

A while back, Hawk Wargames released pdf's of their artwork for what would become their card buildings for Dropzone Commander. These shots below are of the card buildings released.  

But as Dropzone Commander is 10mm, the buildings are just too big. So I used the original artwork, scaled it to 60% and voila, its ready to go.

The facades were printed on a laser printer, cut out, and fixed with spray fix to a building box cut out of foamcore or gator board. I made the first couple with gator board, but for such small buildings the increased structural rigidity is not needed and it is a real drawback to speed, cutting and burning through knife blades. 

So we (me and the boy) switched to foam core and started rocking out building shells.

Here are the first 7 buildings guarded by my recently finished Ultramarines:

Since I can print these out at will, I can have as large a city as I need. I have 8 buildings, and about 30 more printed out. 

I have some predators, drop pods, the rest of my bike company, and some titans to complete, then I am gonna work on enough terrain to fill a 6x8 table. I have a pretty good start with my JR Miniatures terrain, I need new roads, rivers, urban layered terrain and some additional hills.


Monday, February 17, 2014

Epic 40k Goodness

Its been a while. Thought I would show you all what I have been working on when time has permitted. I have been noodling away on my current project...Epic 40k.

An old favorite, and the first GW game I ever played was was Space Marine/Adeptus Titanicus 1st Edition. Loved it and it really got me hooked on GW after that for a while in their heyday.

I have been collecting it for years, selling and rebuying plenty of armies along the way. Finding an unopened blister at an out of the way shop is always a pretty great find. Time to pull out dusty boxes of Oh yeah I remember that. Anyway on this go-round I thought I would start with Ultramarines as a base army. Nothing too fancy. Basic house army for anyone to play since they are the simplest to play. so here they are so far.

Specials in front, 1st Company in back

6th Tactical Company with Rhino and Vindicator support, 4th company Bike Squadron on right.

3rd Company Battle Company with Robot, Dreadnaught, Tarantula, Speeders, Razorback, Vindicator and Whirlwind support 

Ultramarines are a mix of old and new models. I will be using the second half of my marines and using them for Horus Heresy Era Imperial Fists. We shall see if I get there.

As usual super hurried photography taken right before rushing in to work.



Thursday, December 5, 2013

28mm Fantasy - High Elves and Adventurers

I finished my first two stands of shooties for Mayhem fantasy mass battle game. High elves from GW. Archer unit and bolt thrower unit.

The next units are Spears:
 and a General/Hero:

The next batch is single mounted fantasy adventurers for dungeon bashing and warband skirmishing.

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving

So a Happy Thanksgiving to my friends, family and followers!

I hope the upcoming season is a safe one, with a chance to say thanks for the good things in your life, and hope to conquer the bad. Enjoy the time, the pause, the crisp fall evenings, and a great weekend of football.

All the best,

Lead Addict

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

28mm Samurai...reprise

I gotta break this stuff out again. It's been since 09. I have a this great set up and all the painted figs. I may have posted these a long time ago but ran across them in a folder the other day.

I have asked for the Osprey Ronin rules for xmas so maybe that gives me a chance to break it out. I have a bunch of painted units, but they are painted in my early stages(not great). Those are Old Glory mostly and a few L5R figs. I have all my classic Foundry and GW Oriental Heroes mounted on singles so maybe its time to dip and strip them and repaint them up to current standards. And I have a bunch of unpainted stuff of course. Including my pride and joy, Oriental Heroes Nippon Rocket Launchers.

Meanwhile here's some eye candy that makes me want to return to gaming on the Misty Isle. Terrain is scratchbuilt by me except the mountains, Torii gate and bridge, and rice paddys are by the Baron. :

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Inspired? Maybe...Mayhem

My work load and coaching schedules really wreaked havoc on my interest in gaming this fall. And once you are out of it for a while, at least for me, it takes a bit to get back in. But I found myself with a few hours on sunday after the Chiefs game (I hate you crybaby Phillip Rivers), so I cleaned up the Workshop of Doom, it was an absolute mess, and thought about what to work on.

I have talked about scraping, gluing to paint sticks and priming figs as prep for when the weather turns. I am absolutely surrounded by primed and ready figs. So of course, I started a newish project.

28mm High Elves.

I had thought I would simply sell my GW 28mm stuff since I was doing big battles with Commands and Colors, and Hail Caesar! Fantasy in 15mm. Wasn't going to do anything but individually mounted warbands (30-40 figs) in 28mm. But then I played Mayhem at the Baron's Chateau and thought that I could paint about 60 figs and have a nice sized contingent for the game. Its a pretty fun game. Get it at Wargame Vault. A base is a unit. We use 60mm stands. That's up to 8 figs a stand depending on the size of the figs.

So I broke out that way to big and old High Elf army sitting in boxes and still shrink wrapped in many cases, and voila! I have on paint sticks 2 Units of Spear, 2 Units of Bow, 3 Units of Bolt Throwers, 1 Unit of Halberds, 1 Unit of Axes, 1 Unit of Great Swords, 1 Unit of Light Bow, 2 Units of Cav, 1 Dragon, General Stand, 1 Hero, 1 Magic User. That's a Total of 72 figs and its a complete faction.
GW house painted Phoenix Guard. Some of my favorite figs and a great paint job.
When we played the other night we had 6-7 units and a General stand. The above gives me 14 units and a General, Hero and Mage. So lots of options. And can also Double as 2 factions.

Not mine either, but very nice and clean. I like them.

I hope to get the basic units done over thanksgiving break. We shall see. My brother and sister in-law are coming for thanksgiving so, probably a lot of drinking and less painting.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Cavern Tiles - New Tiles

Since receiving the Dwarven Forge dungeon tiles last month, I have been looking in the Workshop of Doom for some previous Hirst Arts tile work I did last year. Well I found it and got kinda hooked again. I spent an evening pouring tiles so I could make a couple more large rooms and corridors.

The tiles are from the cavern molds series. These are perfectly sized for fitting with the Dwarven Forge tiles. So now I can have a regular dungeon, and a cavern labyrinth. Good for me.

Here's where I am at with the caverns:

Cavern Room or entry - 28mm fig for scale

Open 6x6 Tile

2nd Cavern Room, 2 Connecting Corridors

Cavern Walls - Loose so they can modify rooms and big tiles

Dungeon Accessories - Ruined columns, chests, boxes, sacks, barrels, fonts, and piles.

Here's a few things on the work bench:

Demonworld giant spider, Micropanzer Walkers, and a few Bones

And a pile of Bones. I am finding that the Bones need a lot of Tacky Glue on a stick to stay on for painting. Big pile of Orcs, Golems and a few monsters.
We are playtesting different takes on wargaming fantasy dungeon bashing, especially when you have 6-8 people playing. And we want to be able to play heroes and denizens.