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All Scars painting challenge

Posted in 40k with tags , , , , , , , , on October 10, 2014 by vobeskhan

SAMCRO-legionFollowing on from an idea one of the All Scar’s newest members planted, the powers that be have issued a painting challenge.

Each member that wishes to take part pledges £10 and should they complete the challenge they get a share back at the end of the challenge. The actual challenge is to paint 750pts worth of models before Christmas. Though it’s been suggested that we use the last All Scars event before Christmas as the target (December 20th, Stage 4 of the Vordrast Incursion and the All Scars Christmas Party).

Now, I’m not the best person when t comes to getting motivated to put brush to model, but I saw this as an excellent incentive and so I’ve decided to join in.

My 750ptss will consist of my “core” units, Lord Morrow, sorcerer Unsa, and their respective 5 man biker squads (each sporting a pair of meltaguns and aspiring champions). Morrow and his boys as usual will be favouring Nurgle, whilst Unsa’s boys follow Tzeentch.

Not quite sure how I’m going to express their affiliations to the ruinous powers yet but I’m thinking along the lines of some of the illustrations in the Black Legion supplement where it shows some of the various dedicated troops.

Riders on the storm

This is how my bikes look at the start of the challenge, with only a handful even being primer/base coloured with black paint/spray. Several of my fellow challengers have already completed over 100pts a piece but I knew this was going to be a marathon, not a sprint.

Thanks to finishing work a little earlier today and having some pleasant natural sunlight streaming through the windows I decided to make a start on the first of my bikes. Using the basic colour scheme of my troops – silver trim over black, with metallic accents and the odd red details – I set too.

CAM01310I did my silver trim, used screaming bell for several accents, and mephiston red on the control panel. Then I used auric gold for the skull emblem on the fairing and vomit brown for the saddle covering, before using abaddon black to touch up any bits that needed it.

CAM01312 CAM01313 CAM01314I had to stop there due to failing light (I hate trying to paint under artificial light, especially on black basecoat) so haven’t started on the rider.

One of my fellow All Scars has suggested a wash of 1:1 Agrax Earthshade-Lahmian Medium to add depth, so I may well look into that as the saddle especially looks a little flat/bland.

I’ve even invested in some new bases (most of my bikes had the old GW plastic cavalry slotta bases) and I’m planning on modelling them to look like a road surface (thanks to some cork coming from another All Scar, and a great video tutorial he pointed me in the direction of).

CAM01309 road baseSo, after just under an hours effort I haven’t actually finished a complete model yet but I’m happy with the progress and now I’ve decided on how I’m doing them the next ones should be easier and I will post updates as we go.

Days remaining – 70

Models/points completed – 0/0

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Everyone loves a Freebie

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on November 13, 2011 by vobeskhan

Its a fact of life that everyone loves to get something for nothing, but not everyone is willing to put a little effort in to it.

Within the D&D community there is a free to join community hosted by the producers of the game and as a UK user I obviously signed up to the D&D UK sub-group – one of the best decisions I ever made!

Not only do I get help and advice from other UK gamers but I get the chance to take part in free to enter competitions and I’ve got to admit I’ve done bloody well out of them so far.

In the last two years I have received a box of miniatures, a copy of the Delux DMG1, Delux MM1, a set of the “pocket edition” retro Basic and Expert boxed sets, the Heroes of Shadow hardback and most recently won a copy of the Mordenkainen’s Magnificent Emporium. But here’s where it gets even better, two days after being notified that I had won the Emporium I received another email apologising that their stock hadnt arrived and so to “ease my waiting” I could choose 1 of 4 items to receive in the meantime (in addition to the final arrival of the Emporium!), well as I had 3 of the 4 already it was a simple choice, and so I now also have the Shadowfell: Gloomwrought and Beyond boxed set as well.

Sadly its not all cheers and laughter as I lost out on major competition to win a Neverwinter bundle (campaign guide, box of fortune cards, Legend of Drizzt board game, and signed copy of Neverwinter book 2) by getting 1 answer wrong (the neverwinter encounters season runs for 14 weeks, not the usual 13). Oh well. With the haul of goodies I’ve received so far I really cant complain – other than nowhere in my town (Leicester UK) actually runs the encounters program so a slight disadvantage there.

But even without these “freebies” being a member of the community group has helped to improve my own games and gaming experience and I cant recommend them highly enough.