Thursday, November 22, 2018
Wednesday, November 21, 2018
My favorite Hobby event of the year is just around the corner - The Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge! This year is the 9th incantation of this arcane even and it has been christened "Fellowship". The Challenge begins on Dec 21st and runs for the next three months during which 80 miniature hobbies will be ensconced in their hobby rooms feverishly painting away. There are a handful of spots still open so register quick!
Thursday, November 15, 2018
The final step will involve carefully mounting these maps to the tray bottoms - I'll be using a spray on contact cement. Once mounted and cured, the map images will be covered with 4-5 layers of Modge-Podge to protect them from the wear and tear of dice rolling.
I "stole" the image idea from the 6mmacw.com website. Here's a link to the site's article on Dice Trays.
My next hobby related shop project will be fairly big - but more on that in a future post......
By the way, I'm not sure why my I-phone camera is adding a striped bar across the lot side of the image. Surely it can not be due to user error!
Wednesday, November 14, 2018
The game depicted the Battle of Chattanooga in 1864 which has a besieged Union Army under Grant trying to Break out. The Confederate force is commanded by Braxton Bragg, who had a checkered reputation...
The first picture show the the start of the campaign with the Union to the right and the Confederates to the left. My command, Sherman's Corps, is in the lower right.
After a couple of turns my troops finally made it across the river and began our assault.
Commanders also get personal traits which can be +'s or -'s. In my case Sherman got 2: "inept" and "hesitant", which we're not all that positive. Even with a "challenging" commander profile, I found that game really fun. To be honest, I think it made the game even more fun.
Greg has down a much better write up of the game over on the club's blog.
I highly recommend the Alter of Freedom rules - check them out and consider a purchase, I think you'll like them a lot.
Monday, November 12, 2018
I got to use my new silicon glue-up mat from Rockler and I really like it.
I made a good bit of progress this am and the four towers are basically assembled and glued together.
Sunday, November 11, 2018
We manage to learn the rules (well most of them) and play the first mission. It was really fun and a I'm amazed at how all the parts seem to work together well. There are A LOT of parts!
Monday, November 5, 2018
Sadly, my actual supply of "wisdom" is very limited, so I'll be going with posts about hobby mistakes and what I've learned from them and how to recover.
These posts will occur as the actual event unfold and, given my track record, there will be a lot of them.
Today's post is about keeping track of spray paint colors - always put the cap that indicates the color (or lack of color if it's a matte sealer) back on the can. NEVER trust your memory that "yes, this is the tan spray paint - I'm sure of it.
I tend to batch up priming models / terrain pieces and often use multiple colors. Every now and then I get get lazy and don't replace the cap on a can I know I'm going to use again. The result of said lapse in judgment is pictured above. This has also happen with white primer coat being mistaken for matte sealant. On some once very nicely painted 28mm Perry French Dragoons. I wasn't in the right emotional state to take pictures of that sad day, but it is remembered in the Lair as Black Sunday March 2013.
How can you avoid the heartache of spray paint color mismatch?
1) I now only buy the small cans of dull coat from Testors so I can easily discern what is spray paint vs matte coat.
2) Put the color code caps back on the damn cans in-between use, This is revolutionary thinking but is worth the risk of being accused of blasphemy.
3) For those of you who can't abide by rule #2, only buy one color of spray primer. As with nuking form orbit, it's the only way to be sure.
On a more serious note, I really enjoy the artistic aspect of this hobby but sometimes fall into painting process ruts. I often need to remind myself that trying new techniques keeps the creative post of the hobby fresh but comes with an increase in the rate of mistakes. Since 99% of mistakes in this hobby are recoverable its more than worth taking that risk. As for the other 1% that are unrecoverable - get over it - it's just Toy Soldiers!
I suspect another hobby disaster from yours truly are just around the corner....
Sunday, November 4, 2018
Like the Space Marines, these are a blast to paint up and look pretty good with just a handful of colors and some shading.
I thought I had given all my 40K stuff away to a friend whose son was getting into the game - I'd rather see someone else have fun with the mini's rather than keep them incarcerated in my closet. Apparently, I didn't send everything as I've stumbled across a few additional boxes of space marines and Tyranids - enough for a few more KT's