It really has been a while since I last posted a Workbench Update. About three weeks, in fact. The sad part is, I haven’t gotten too much done in that time. Real life has gotten pretty busy, including a few days taking care of a sick wife and baby, a few days off for a weekend out of town, etc. You know, the usual.
So let me fill you in on what is on the ‘bench, and what I’ve been up to lately:
Yes, I’ve picked up two Dark Age starters and am (permanently?) borrowing the rules from a friend. I’m in the process of joining The Legion, so I can demo the game as soon as my forces are painted and I’ve learned the game well enough. Not sure if I’ll promote the game as much as I did with Malifaux a few years back, but I’m pretty sure I’ll show it off as much as I’m able to, without it getting in the way of the other games I play (or will be playing).
I’ve opened up and primed the contents of the Dragyri Warband, and I currently have 7 of the various Slaves nearly complete:
Forgive the poor picture, but you get the idea. The only things I’m missing are highlights on the shards and bases. I’m see-sawing back and forth about whether to pick up some Dragon Forge bases for my Dark Age stuff, or just do basic home-made bases. I love Dragon Forge stuff, but not sure if I want all my Dragyri on ice bases, even though if I expand them they will be of the Ice Caste. Hrm.
Anyway, the colours used on the slaves are:
- Skin: Rucksack Tan with Ogryn Flesh wash.
- Cloth: Beast Hide main cloth, Bootstrap Leather hood and wrist/ankle warmers, all with a Devlan Mud wash.
- Laces and straps: Jack Bone.
- Shards: Arcane Blue with a Trollblood Highlight highlight.
- Spears: Bloodtracker Brown shaft, Trollblood Highlight hook, Shards and Laces as above, Ogryn Flesh wash.
- Slings: Gun Corps Brown, Ogryn Flesh wash.
- Shard Baggies: Sanguine Base, Devlan Mud wash.
- Daggers: Shard blade as above, Gun Corps Brown handle, Ogryn Flesh wash.
Very simple, of course. I opted to give them brown clothing instead of the standard blues as I wanted them to look like lower-caste slaves beside their Trueborn brethren, who will be grey-skinned instead of tan-skinned. I think the difference will look good when they’re together. I hope.
I had originally laid down the skin on all the Slaves, and then the Beast Hide cloth, but working on the whole bunch was starting to demotivate me. I didn’t want to happen what has happened in the past with big groups of models I try to paint, so I took five (two had already been mostly finished as testers) and worked on a small group. I might even split the other 7 Slaves into two groups and finish the groups one at a time. When I get back to painting my WHFB Empire army, I’m going to take the units 5-models at a time. More than that and I get overwhelmed, which is probably why my C&C Ancients in 3D project is on hold (that and my Gamer Distraction Syndrome).
It is possible, though I’m not sure how likely, that I can finish the Slaves in a few days, and then get cracking on the single-albeit-large Soul Warden. I’d be very happy to get them all done by the end of this week, so I can start on the Outcasts, and then get the two Warbands tabled. I’m excited to play the game, as I think it has some neat mechanics, an interesting theme and enough that will differentiate it from other games to stand out. Will it be the next Malifaux for me? Hrm.
Speaking of Malifaux, I tried to sit down and finish painting my Lilith crew (starter plus another Mature and two Young Nephilim), but I just couldn’t finish it. I think I’ve got everyone but one Mature Nephilim and Lilith herself to a near-complete state, most of them on complete bases. Maybe if I take them for a spin one of these days I’ll motivate myself to finish them up.
I also need to pick up Abuela Ortega, as last week’s game with Loy showed me that I need some healing in that crew!
On my desk I’ve placed a Standard Bearer and General for my Empire army. After finishing that Fire Wizard, and playing a pair of small games, I felt that I should get more of the cancelled-Tale of Gamers army finished. I’ll work on them in between other things right now, until we get WHFB back on the table more often and I feel the need to paint up more.
GameCraft Old West Buildings
I haven’t done much more work on my buildings lately, not surprisingly. I might put them aside until a later date while I try and get the Dark Age stuff done. I’ll probably finish my first three buildings to use as Malifaux terrain, maybe leave those at Meeplemart, and keep the rest boxed until I’m ready. Like I said the other day, I probably won’t get to doing Old West gaming until later in the year, so they’re not completely necessary right now.
My gaming in general has severely decreased over the last few months. Severely. I used to average monthly plays in the 30s or more! Now I’m lucky if I break a dozen.
Tuesday nights I am almost guaranteed to be playing, unless something unforseen has come up. On these nights I usually get to play at least one miniatures game, possibly two, and hopefully some board or card game otherwise. Malifaux is the current hot game among my small usual group, but we also dabble in Freebooter’s Fate, MERCS, WHFB, Dark Age soon, etc. We are also going to try and start playing a card or board game to end the night, as well, I think. Like the World of Warcraft CCG Raids, or Sentinels of the Multiverse.
My Thursdays are very rare these days, and even this past Saturday at TABSCon I only managed a single game, because I was silly and planned the day poorly with my wife. Bah.