Clone wars! (and other stellar conflicts)

Back again with a few updates!

Still mean to fix the face and lightsaber glow. The flow medium I used seemed to be shiny..

My gripe with the first core set where that the miniatures where so same-y, so I decided to do a bit of kitbashing. As you can see, my clones have unique poses. These are only arm swapped, but does so much for the general feel of the sculpts. I really got to give props to the designers, as the poses are really dynamic.

I also got my copy of Eclipse: second dawn of the galaxy and oh boy I gotta tell you, they knocked it out of the park with this one. Managed to play two 4-player game and it was a blast!

The new visuals and layouts are miles ahead the old one, already that is enough to recommend it as a purchase

I came in 4 place as Planta (explorers) after a horrible first explores and a early war with Orion (militarists). Machenema (builders) managed to blunt my desperate incursion into his orbital filled hexes in the last minute, and I never financially recovered, leaving my hexes exposed for counter-incursions. Respectable 29 points still, with Eridani (cashboosted) managed to steal cnter hex and win the game.

Second game I went with Decedents (Npc Allies) and came in second. My plans was thwarted by the Hydran (researchers) players last gambit for points, leaving me with the worst combat score ever. One 1 point vp for fighting in total.

The small changes really makes this a beautiful game to play. Setup and tear down is so fast I can’t even really imagine going back to first edition, even with the expansions and all.

Hope you have a good one!

Cheers!

-Marc

Happy new year!

Welcome back and a happy new year to y’all! I hope you had a nice holiday, and that the new year has been treating you well.

This christmas went for me a bit differently, as my SO’s family was sick, so we ended up spending most of the holiday at home. This meant more hobbytime for me!

I went to my local craft store a few days ago, and found that they had started to carry inks. Of course I had to purchase a few different colours, and emmidietly found use of them!

I had not in a long time thought about Test of Honour, and the Inks became a great excuse to paint the troop of cavalry that has been in the works for ages. The black, green, blue and yellows are brush painted inks.

I really liked the inks. The colours are great on white primer, but tend to lack a bit when covering up other colours. The weakest of the bunch was the yellow, this is of course not a big surprise as the yellow pigments are notoriously bad across the board.

Two things; I need to really get my face painting skills better, as the faces are atrocious, and I wonder if I really should try to paint the bands on the samurai lamellar armour. Lookin at warlords pictures, they have them painted and it really makes the armours pop in the pictures.

Might have to revisit this in the future.

Onward!

As I had been a good boy, santa came to visit us bearing gifts. Kidding, its corona and even santa should stay home and not visit strangers. This meant that I had to come up with my own christmas gifts!

What a haul!

It seems I got my work cut out for me in the coming days.

Stay tuned!

Wish you all the best.

Cheers!

-Marc

Still here!

Well hello again dear readers, long time no see.

There has been a little bit of a hiatus since last time. What else can I say than work has been.. well lets be frank, horrible. Some people left the company, and I had to pick up their jobs also. The situation is looking better, and I have finally had some free time to spend with my family.

This does not mean I’ve been idle on the hobby side of things!

Where to start, I had some success and failures with the 3D printing side of things. I got some tanks and trucks printed, but was having some problems with resin remaining inside the models. This I have not had time to address, as I managed to puncture the FEP film and get resin on the screen, resulting in a unusable printer. This happend twice.

I have not yet ordered a second screen. I will probably try to use it as is, until i find the motivation to order the part I need. Remember folks:

CHECK THE RESIN WAT FOR PIECES REGULARLY!

Onward.

Tally of fishing trips this summer: 1

Fish caught: 1

Rocks caught with the propeller this year: 0

carrying on.

Bolt action!

Panzer IV With Sh├╝rtzen
T-34!
Trucks!
Germans!
soviets!

Quite a few units done!

Thought about running them as 1000 point lists, but I have yet to find an opponent.

The tanks and trucks are 3D printed as you probably can see. The soviets are the Soviet infantry box from warlord. This box contains 40 infantry models, that can be equipped with panzerfausts, molotovs, light machine guns etc. The Germans are from the blitzkrieg infantry box from warlord. This box makes 30 germans with LMG’s and smgs or rifles.

The quality of the models are quite good, not Games workshop quality but nevertheless nice ones. The only gripe I have is the warlord sculpts don’t have the weapons modeled in the hands, this makes the modeling aspect a bit tricky,as they never stay as you want them!

This is of course only my opinion. The flip side is the possibility of modelling when the weapons come individually on the sprue.

Hopefully this corona stuff is slowly going away, so that I can find some opponents to play!

Cheers!

-Marc

A bit of an update

Been a while since i posted something here, going to work 06.00 and coming home 18.00 tends to inhibit posting on a blog. Time not spent working or sleeping has been devoted to being with my daughter, so the hobby side of thing have been taking a hit recently!

Anyway!

Firstly, I have managed to go fishing! I usually wake up 05.30 in the morning, this is bad on the weekends. But I decided to go fishing instead of trying to sleep again. Managed to snag this picture of the morning sunrise.

Best thing of being a early bird!

Didn’t catch any fish though, which was a bummer!

I managed to paint the first of my resin printed models, turned out fine.

WORT WORT! (or like me, WORK WORK!)
Going for that sweet Halo CE colour style, and not really nailing it
Who doesn’t love grunts???
Scale comparison

Printed at a 28mm scale, I’m probably going to try to make the into teams for the new Killteam version the just launched. When I’ll find someone to play with, that’s another story…

My mate that’s currently living in another city, and is a fellow star wars nerd, visited and we managed to get one game of armada in.

Still looking good

Started out ok’ish and then went downhill fast for my rebels.

Did’nt last long though

My squadball managed to knock out his Victory, but not before he took a potshot at my badly damaged nebulon, and managing to kill it with a crit, rendering my pincer move a failure. He then managed to score a monster hit with his IMP star destroyer, making my flagship a smoldering heap and killing my Admiral.

My win loose ratio against him, with the rebels, is now a solid 100%. Pretty depressing really.

But I will prevail! The rebel alliance will find Victory one day!

On another note, I found anew game system (again)!

I recently got intrested in historicals, getting three armies ready. I now looked for something more modern and discovered Bolt Action! Beeing a bit of an older game, I discovered that the reddit community was still alive and healthy.

I found a good lot of models on thingiverse, and decided to print 2 T-34s at 1/56 Scale. I think they are a tad bit too small when comparing them with my other 28mm models, So going forward I will instead opt for 1/48 scale when printing.

Basecoated

One of them failed in the curing process and will be made into burning wreck terrain. Dunno how, but although I washed them in IPA, there seems to have been a bit of leftover resin that cured and ruined the print.

But it’s not all bad, the reinforced platoon and list usually only has one slot for tanks so the damaged is marginal. There was also some interesting residue after the IPA wash, white stuff that had to be removed with a blade. Dunno what it is, probably the IPA is starting to become saturated with the resin and that is probably whats been deposited on the models.

I have also bought a box of soviet and german infantry from fantasyweld, a bit of a bummer that is took 18 days to get the stuff into stock and shipped. I’ll have to see if I’ll use them again in the future, but seeing that the UK is now out of the question for buying stuff, I’ll have to find some reliable vendor in Finland that carries bolt action models.

Well..

That was a bit of an update.

Hopefully I will be able to do these more frequently in the future, but damn life is busy right now. Pro tip, working for the family company can really suck sometimes.

Until next time!

-Marc

New Printer!

Welcome back!

Work has been a hassle, but I have managed to get some hobbying done!

BOAT!

One of my favorite hobbies, boating and fishing!

Unfortunately I haven’t been able to go fish yet, but I’m hoping that I soon will have the chance!

Next, I finally took the plunge and got a new printer!

A Elegoo mars 2 pro, and it is fantastic!

First print!
Second print!

As you can see, pretty nice results!

Super nice printer for a beginner in resin printing, out of the box, an easy leveling procedure and off you go!

See you next time!

Cheers!

-Marc

Still kicking around

Hey guys and welcome back!

Life looks up a bit, knock on wood. Everything seems to be fine with the missus, but the last check up came back inconclusive,as the doctors (again) don’t really have an answer if the thing they cut out was a cancer or something else, or if there’s still some left in her abdomen of it.

You’d think that Finland has good healthcare, but man, if something happens the doctors really don’t have a clue. Really wondering if the astronomical salaries here for them are warranted…

In hobby news, I got Chewie, Han and Krennic painted and based. Shot for a normal forest theme, to match with the other units basing. Krennic was a bit special, as i haven’t really painted much White (except stormies) before, and though I have a bottle of apothecary white contrast paint, I chose to not go that route. Krennic is the first mini I have not used a wash on!

As I always am a bit sloppy with the washes, I chose not to risk staining the white as It’s a pain to correct. Instead I chose to start with a bit darker colours and work up from there.

Can’t wait to get a game in, now that the corona restrictions are letting up a bit and vaccinations are becoming more widespread.

Hope you have a great summer!

Cheers!

-Marc

Life goes on

Man..

These have been rough weeks, not gonna lie.

As you know, I became a dad a few weeks ago. Happiest moment in my life. Then things started going downhill.

We had been living in family bliss a few weeks when my S.O started experiencing pains in the abdomen region and starting to have fevers. Finally got her to call up the maternity ward and got her checked in. They took some tests, and the CRP was over 300. Immediate antibiotics and painkillers intravenously, and the doctors found something unsettling in her abdomen.

One CT later, turns out she has a 20cm tumor/thing in her abdomen. That all the hospital people have missed during pregnancy ultra sounds etc. It’s the cause of the infection the doctors tells us.

Fast forward a week after we got home and had a surgery scheduled, guess what, fevers are back. So back to the maternity ward and a express surgery booked. They cut out the thing, but lo and behold, it’s not the cause of the infection, it’s now according to doctors the appendix (probably).

So yeah, finally got her home a few days ago. Been a bit rough to try to take care of a little baby with her mother hospitalized, luckily for me granny came through and has been helping me out with caring for the baby.

So yeah, that’s whats been going on. Super stressed out.

On the other hand, i got Han and Chewie painted up.

Followed sorastros guide on youtube, check it out!
Fur turned out greener than i’d like, but eh, tabletop distanced he looks grayer.

Not the best paint jobs, but it'll do. Had to take my mind of the things mentioned above. Still need to get the basing done, but I'm gonna paint up Crennic and then base all three models at a time.

So yeah. I'll try to post as much as I can but time is a bit on the lesser side nowadays.

Hope you all are having a better summer than I have.

Cheers!

-Marc

A little update

Hey Guys!

A little update for you.

I’m now a dad!

This of course comes with its own challenges hobby-wise, as a toddler really takes up a lot of your time as parent. This still doesn’t mean I’ll completely stop doing what I like doing in my spare time, it just means I have to hobby faster!

First off, what I have got done in two weeks time… A batch of orcs!

These are Mordor orcs for Middle-earth strategy battle game, or MSBG for short. Fast and easy paint job, but still it takes forever when the SO needs your help every 10 minutes.

And here’s my backlog.. told you I had a few models coming in! Still waiting for my rulebooks that have been missing since 19.4.. goddang mail carriers!

Fast and easy project that currently is on my table, gotta get it painted before my next game with the missus youngest brother! Really a shame that I don’t get in more games of Legion, as it’s really a terrific game.

Next up some board game recommendations for pregnant couples to play while being isolated!

First off, a terrific game about bicycles! Flamme Rouge is a 2-4 player game of racing, where your team consisting of a Rouleur and a Sprinteur have to race to be the first (or furthest) across the finish line. Plays well with two players, but really shines with four. Easy to learn, as my 5 year old nephew managed to score a decisive win against me and my SO.

Quacks! Favorite of my mother-in-law and sister-in-law, a game of pushing your luck while drawing ingredients from your bag and hoping your pot doesn’t explode in your face! When I introduced it to the in-laws, we managed to play it 4 more times during the same evening back-to-back!

The box comes with a lot of variety, as you can mix and match the different ingredients effects to crate new combinations. Has a really nice mechanic for players a bit left behind to catch up to the lead players, without feeling unfair.

Well there we have it, everything that has been going on the last 3 weeks.

Hope you have a good time and thanks for reading!

Cheers!

-Marc

Saga warbands Finished! (so far)

Hello all!

I managed to kit bash a unit of levy Archer, so finally I have a better ranged option available!

And there we have it, the whole army is completed!

What a project it has been!

I set out with a vague idea in my mind to finally take the plunge into the world of historical miniatures and boy was it a rabbi thole. This project has been the hobby time sink since January and I have enjoyed it thoroughly!

What was used for this project?

The base of the miniatures where the 4 boxes of miniatures that I posted in an earlier post.

1 box of Hail Caesar Celtic Warriors

1 box of Hail Caesar Viking Bondi

1 Box of Hail Caesar Saxon Thegns

1 Box of Gripping Beast Dark age Warriors

These went well together and could be kit bashed to make them have different poses, weapons and heads to look coherent as a Warband.

And now I find myself in a bit of a hobby slump..What to do now? This project has been MASSIVE for the likes of normal hobbyist as me, and this has been on my mind since January. Where do I go now? The deadline for this project was the birth of our child (which is coming any day now!) as I will not have as much time anymore to do my hobby stuff as much as I want anymore.

Wait!

Didn’t I get some Middle-Earth Strategy Battle Game miniatures in the mail..?

Cheers!

-Marc

Saga: Scot/welsh Warband

Hello dear reader and welcome back!

This Eastern proved fruitful, as I got a lot of hobby work done (first 4 free days in a long while).

I present to you my completed 4 point warband of Scots/Welsh.

First off I feel obligated to praise the Hail Ceasar guys for making the box of Celtic warriors I used to make this models. I really liked these! Comparing the CW box with the Saxon Thenges and Viking Bondi boxes, the CW box’s heads were a treat to paint! So much character! The bodies were so-so, as they are quite mono-pose and hard to make something unique of, but ooh boy did I like tinkering more with them than the other boxes. Something never clicked with the other two as it did with this one.

First off, we have our Warlord. As usual he is on the wrong size base, as he sits on a 25mm instead of a 40 mm base. Good news is that I finally have ordered some new parts for the 3-d printer and hope that it’ll arrive shortly.

Next up, two units of Heartguard, clad in chain-mail. These guys are modeled to be able to be distinguished as both Scot spear-men and Welsh javelineers.

Then we have our two units of Warriors, numerous and armed (mostly) with spear and javelin.

Lastly the army view, of a 4 point warband for Scots/Welsh.

BONUS!

I have also finished painting the 2 units of Levy to be added to any warband that needs them.

They turned out a bit plain looking but what can you do.

As you can see, I have started to finish the basing of the bases, and hope to have them ready soon.

Now I need to make myself some bow Levy. I hope I have enough non-armoured models still laying around to kit bash as most of the Warbands can take these units. Then I think I need some Cavalry models to boot. What’s a Warband without mounted men!?

Have a nice week, and stay safe!

Cheers!

-Marc