back with a quick update on using all the sprue parts.
Next up the Super tactical droid. The box comes with 3 different cards, Kalani, Kracken and a generic Super tac. The sprues only enables you to build one of them, as it only comes with one torso.
I tried using the blue Stuff from my last post, but no dice. I think that the putty I use isn’t really working too good, as it seems to expand a bit. This makes me unable to continue my experimentation until I get hold of Green stuff putty.
Instead I turned to 3D printing. I found a nice split up model that enabled me to print out the parts I needed.
In this case I was able to find a 3D model that perfectly worked with the legion parts, Will return when I have them painted so I can compare them better.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Bandit lieutenant and bandit musketman
Oh man what great sculpts!
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!
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.
I managed to get a hold of 2 boxes of star wars legion! And promptly painted them.
First up Separatists
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
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.
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!
Today we finish the Sohei faction troops from the Temple guard box from Grey for nowgames.
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… )
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
And there we have it, a few models, and a TON of cards. And pictures, lets not forget them.