Financial (irr)responsibility

Hey guys, back with another blog post!

As you know, we sold one of our family businesses a while ago, giving me some spare change to put towards my hobby. And I might have gone a bit overboard with it I guess.

Whelp! That’s a lot of plastic. As always, the Swedish store Alphaspel delivers!

Now to the responsible part, I recently went to the only game con in Finland; Ropecon. I managed to snag a few goodies, including 2 boxes of blue stuff.

For those that don’t know what blue stuff is, it is a thermo plastic used to make reusable molds. This means you can make a 2 part mold and copy stuff that the manufacturers of minis only might include one of in the sprue etc.

And this is one of my criticism towards the legion sprues. for example:

here you can see, that they have two poses possible, but only one pair of legs. Now that is unfortunate. Unless you have some blue stuff.

What you need:

Hot water & bowl

Blue Stuff

A pencil

2-part putty

Start with the hot water and put it into a bowl, then throw the Blue stuff sticks into the water. Fish it up after a few minutes and the blue stuff should be soft and malleable.

The legs put into the Blue stuff, notice the small indents to make the other Blue stuff mold align. Use the pencil for this.
Knead the putty, and apply. Then press the two halves together and let set.
Result, just trim the excess a bit and done. Notice though that the legs are a bit bigger!

There, now we have two Anakins from the same sprue. Effectively doubling the models we got from the sprue. This comes with a few downsides unfortunately.

The edges are real! I think I would have had better results with Green stuff putty. Instead I used loctite 2 part epoxy putty, and I think it actually expands when drying, instead of retracting. This turns the leg a bit bigger than the original, and also made the lines really big and hard to trim without it obscuring detail, also it made the mold shift slightly, resulting in misaligned legs.

I’ll have to try to perfect the process a bit, but it shows a lot of promise to make use of all the components that come in a sprue. A good example would be Darth Maul and General Grievous that can be built in a lot of ways.

Until next time!

Cheers!

-Marc

Banditry!

Hello good folk! I’m back with new hobby related things again!

This time around, we will revisit feudal Japan in Test of Honour, with some rather nefarious characters I might add!

Just one point to add, to use these with the ‘right’ cards, you need to purchase the enemy forces card expansion separately, as this box only contain models.

First off, I feel we never thank the invisible people that work with packaging our hobby products that we buy, so I feel I just have to give a mention to my guy nick here! Thank you for this well packaged box of ne’er do-wells, the smiley face really made my day! (Also the first ‘blank’ warlord card I’ve seen)

What’s in the box?

In this box you will find not eight, not nine, but TEN finely sculpted metal villains armed with whatever these ruffians have managed to steal during their life in crime.

Loving the poses, brilliant!

First off three katana wielders. Going by their cards from the Enemy forces card expansion, they are the named character Oni no Kojiro, a bandit and a bandit bruiser.

Sticks and sickles

Generic bandits

Look at that marvelous chin!

Bandit bowmen

Good boys have clean socks!

Bandit lieutenant and bandit musketman

Oh man what great sculpts!

Listbuilding

so you want to run a 24 point list with grizzly thieves? Well you’re in luck for a change! This box comes with exactly that!

Bandits & Brigands

  • Oni No Kojiro 6p
  • Bandit Bruiser 4p
  • Bandit lieutenant 4p
  • Bandit musketman 2p
  • Bandit bowman 2p x2
  • Bandit 1p x4

Here you have got a named character starting with the Thief skill card, some muscle, shooting and activations. What’s not to love!

Next time I’m thinking about reviewing the cards, stay tuned!

Cheers!

-Marc

Roger on!

Hey guys!

Been a while since my last update, but work is and continues to be hectic. One piece of good news from all of this is; we sold one of the companies. This should theoretically give me more time for stuff other than work, but some details still has me working for the new owner for a set amount of time during the transition window.

Whats new:

I managed to get a hold of 2 boxes of star wars legion! And promptly painted them.

First up Separatists

new units! Sniper and Radiation cannon being new interesting additions!

Keeping with my current paint scheme, only four this round. I must say I’m not really sold on my paint-job. I was going for Tra-fed colours, but I think they come out too yellow with my wash, I think I might still need to dry brush them a tan colour. Also quite hard to paint the OOM series markings when the droid is already yellow! Only this means I have to strip the whole B1 army I have.. yay! (also managed to not get the right orange on the base, so still might have to redo that)

Next up GAR

wait, does it Echo in here?..

A box of upgraded clone troopers, nothing fancy other than painting skin on troopers for a change. This box also has the addition to have trooper heads, nifty for future kit bashes!

This finally gives me the 2 corps units I needed to be able to field legal lists for the GAR and separatists. Not that it matters, as I have no one to play with.

Bonus!

Tried photography with a black background for this post, and here is a sneak peak of my setup.

And yes. My hobby space has been converted into a guestroom. My man cave is no more. (only changed places, don’t worry)

This is for the better, as is really saved our bacon during the warmest days during summer. Plus, who doesn’t like having guests over!

So a few new things, hopefully more to come.

Cheers!

-Marc

Sohei temple guards

Hello and welcome back!

Today we finish the Sohei faction troops from the Temple guard box from Grey for now games.

Picture credit Ebay

This box come packed with bodies to make:

  • 3 Temple Guards, armed with Paired swords, heavy club and Heavy sword
  • 1 Sohei Gunnery Sergeant/ Sohei Sergeant
  • 1 Sohei Creed Bearer
  • 1 Superior Saburo /Mounted Sohei superior / Mounted Sohei Abbot

The models are Metal, so not much that can be made in terms of equipment or poses.

These sculpts are fantastic! The swords are of course made of metal, and as such they are really flimsy and bendy. I wonder when they will change to plastic weapons on metal minis?

These can be put togeter to form a 19 point list:

  • Superior Saburo 8p
  • Sohei creed banner 2p
  • sohei Sergeant with musket 3p
  • 3xSohei temple guard 6p

Not really there yet, so you would need some more models. For these I recommend the warlord Naginata monks I previously painted, as these fit nicely into the theme.

This concludes my Sohei force for test of honor! These two boxes gives me a lot of units to work with, the only unit missing is the Sohei bowmen that I just can’t seem to find anymore. I could swear I saw a warlord box of them earlier but can’t seem to find them anymore. If you know of this, do shoot me a comment where to find them!

On the board game front, I just purchased Root.

I managed to test a few games against the AI that comes in the expansion box, and I really liked the concept of the game! I cant wait to get a gaming night together again. (last one I hosted turned into a super spreader event. Didn’t know I had corona… )

See you soon and stay safe folks!

-Marc

The Temple Monks

Hey all and welcome back!

As I promised, I have expanded on the forces for Test of Honour. This time I have painted the Warlord of Ehrewon box of Sohei Warrior with Naginatas.

Picture credit of Fantasywelt.de

Interestingly I don’t seem to find them anymore on Warlords homepages, I really hope that they haven’t discontinued the models, as these are very nice sculpts. Also the quality of the sculpts were great, almost no flash. The only downside working with metals is that the naginata’s shafts are very bendy, and thus get bent out of shape really easily.

The box comes with enough bodies to make 10 warriors armed with naginatas. I went with a bit of my own way, as I wanted to also make some armed with Teppos (muskets). So I made a little bit of a conversion on three of them to get a 3 man squad.

As you can see on the right most Naginata, is has bent funnily in many places
3 warriors and one sergeant
not the best but it’s something

Quite a nice little force! To play with these you either need the Temple guard force or the Enemy forces expansion cards. As these are unarmored you could also download the free Sohei bonuscards from test of honour own website.

Using templeguards cards these would be played as Sohei fanatics:

Sohei Sergeant: 2 points

Sohei Fanatiscs x2: 6 points

Sohei musketmen group: 3 points

Total of 11 points. Not quite a full forces but a great start of one.

Using the enemy forces and bonus cards these would be played as normal Sohei:

Sohei Abbot: 4 points

Sohei With Naginata group x2: 4 points

Unarmoured Sohei Musketmen: 3 points

Total of eleven points.

Using these you could also do them as single units:

Sohei Abbot: 4 points

Sohei with naginata x6: 6 points

Unarmoured Sohei with musket x3: 6 points

Total of 16 points.

If you want to build them with a hero you could do it like this:

Sohei superior: 5 points

Sohei abbot: 4 points

Sohei Desciple: 4 points

Sohei with Naginata: 1 point

Sohei with naginatas: 2 points

Unarmoured Sohei with musket: 3 points

Total of 19 points. As you can see, this box does not quite give you a full 24 point group, instead it gives you a nice start for a flavorful band of monks. To fill this out, you could buy any of these boxes –>

  • Sohei monk buntai by north star 24£
  • Another box of Sohei with naginata
  • Sohei Temple Guard 35£
  • Rennyo, Keeper of the Gate 5,50£

This will give you a lot of choice for making a 24 point warband, giving you almost all the options for both regular sohei and the Temple guard sohei units.

There you have it!

Thanks for the read, and see you next time.

-Marc

Expanding the basic forces

Hey all!

Been working on expanding my basic forces, as I feel that I needed some more basic ashigaru troops. This also helps me get through some of the sprues I still have laying around from my first purchase. I really gotta say that Warlords samurai army really is a great bang for your buck if you want to start with Test of honour!

Here we have 2 three man squads of ashigaru, for the armies I currently have. I finally tried to paint the bindings on the armor, and i think it really does give a lot to the model. Now I just need to go through all my previously painted troops and paint them also…

Here we have the newest troops for a third faction, the Oda! These can also be subbed in for allied troops in case I want to go ashigaru heavy listbuilding.

Damn, thats a lot of new bodies to add to the collection!

Next time I’m expanding to a new faction, stay tuned!

Cheers!

-Marc

Sneaky stabby bois

More miniatures painted! Continuing with the Test of Honour game, we have some ninjas to look at. These are the Warlords of Erehwon ninjas, coming with 10 ninjas in the box.

The interesting thing with the ninjas is that they are counted to be armed 2 swords, and have throwing weapons to shoot with. They also come with their own themed quests and item cards for flavor.

Kato the shadow sneaking in with the bois

To be able to play a ninja warband, you need to also purchase the card pack Clan forces expansion set. This will give you the necessary card to be able to field a 24 point ninja warband.

The warlord of Ehrevon box could be built following:

Ninja master 6 point

Ninja lieutenant 5 point

Ninja assassin 5 point

2xNinja group 3 point

Ninja 2 point

or

Kato the shadow 7 point

Ninja Lieutenant 5 point

Ninja assassin 5 point

Ninja group 3 point

2xNinja 2 point

or

Kato the shadow 7 point

Ninja Lieutenant/assasin 5 point

2xNinja group 3 point

2xNinja 2 point

That leaves 2 points to use on something else, or if you have got the Samurai heroes pack, you can use the miniature of the ninja to represent Kato the Shadow, and add another ninja for 2 points.

The last one is the hail Mary list with activation galore:

Ninja master 6 point

9xNinja 2 point

Ninjas can also be sprinkled in in other list for flavour, or as you can see, be run as a warband of their own. Remember to take their quests and items, and prepare yourself for flavor town!

Have a good one!

Cheers

-Marc

Palate clense with swords

The last few models (58 of them!) have been scifi themed, and I thought I’d switch it up a bit. As you all know I also play the game Test of honour (try to at least, trouble to find opponents and time to), a skirmish style wargame set in Snegoku jidai eraof Japan. That means Samurai minis to paint! Intrestingly, the box I bought is actually not ToH branded at all, it is instead branded as Warlords of ehrewon, seems that there is something funny going on, probably an asset buy-out in the past.

To be able to play with these minis officially, you actually need another thing, Cards! These come in card packs with almost a hundred card per pack, and unfortunately you have to buy two of them to get all the cards. The flip side is, you get a TOOOON of cards. Not only other units, but also quest and items!

This is the clan forces and enemy forces expansion sets, look at that card amount!

Groupe picture! (- one sneaky ninja)
Chobei the blurry face
Geisha spy
Kato the Shadow
Onna-bugeisha Banner bearer
Senzo the thorn
Tadashi the dishonored
Masahiro
Sensei Kamiizami-Kanchou
Haven’t been able to find the card for this guy, could be it’s only a regular unarmed samurai

And there we have it, a few models, and a TON of cards. And pictures, lets not forget them.

Have a good one!

Cheers!

-Marc

Stellar conflicts! (part 3)

Surprise!

I got some more Legion painted!

Death troopers

Gotta be the easiest paintjob ever. Black, green, metal drybrush, done.

Fun Idea; White Death Troopers?

befor getting saber:d by Vader

Gotta say, this is the best paintjob in a long time. I really like the range of paints I chose for them. Finally I got to use purple on someting!

Boba fett!

Finally Mr Green Mando himself, Bob Fett! Always regretted that I never bought him, and seeing all the book of boba stuff on the net, I thought screw it.

Fun idea, convert and paint as Jango fett?

Stellar Conflicts! (part 2)

Man,

I seem to never bee able to get my post up regularly.. Work has been killing me lately again, but there is hope for the future!

At least I got my clone wars starter done!

The hardest of the bunch, painting white on vehicles is miserable to paint. Glad I’m not doing more of these.

Roger Roger!

As i did with the clones, here we also have some swapped arms and legs. The overall feeling of the sculpts being unique really comes to play with just a small bit of tweaking! Funnily also, the B1:s really became more yellow than than, but I really like it! Paint recipe is as follows:

  1. white prime
  2. Kislev flesh!
  3. casandora yellow wash
  4. Drake tooth drybrush
angry rolling noise

Droidekas are though to build, not gonna lie. Paints up really nice though, and you get 4 models in the box!

Mister cough-in-your-face

And at last, the cyborg general himself. Chose the 4 saber iconic look, as this is In my opinion the most badass look for him from the movies. I can’t ever forget the the first time I saw his battle with obi-wan, magnificent!

Now I just need an opponent to play with.. and more boxes of stuff to paint!

Until next time!

Cheers!

-Marc