Over the past week I’ve gotten less done than anticipated, but I did spend one night playing (Tuesday) and one night writing about it (Wednesday, you can see the Malifaux batrep at Tale of Gamers). I spent the other nights either painting a little, surfing the net, playing Call of Duty, or sleeping early.
Here’s a comprehensive list of what’s on the painting table right now:
Well, last week I said I needed to pick up Abuela Ortega, and I did!
At 7ss she will allow me to play 35ss games with the Ortegas. 7ss is a lot, especially when the only thing I really want her for is her healing ability. She does have a couple of other spells and abilities that can be useful, of course, like another Obey to use.
Hopefully she’ll be painted soon and I can get her on the gaming table in the next week or two.
Last week I was up to 7 Slaves complete, and early this week I added 4 more. Like I mentioned, working on too many models at once is a bad idea for me, so I took 4 and worked on them as a small group until finished, leaving me with these three:
These last three are about halfway finished. I’ve done the skin and most of the cloth, so now all I need are the rest of the cloth areas, the strapping and weapon details, touch-ups and washes. Done.
I went ahead and ordered Dragon Forge bases for my two warbands. The Dragyri are getting the ice-themed ones that I was on the fence about (clearly I teetered over to the ‘do it’ side of the fence), and the Outcasts are going to get a mixture of Wasteland II and Urban Rubble, since I already had a few of each lying around and didn’t want to go and spend even more money. Adding $1-5 more per figure can make an army expensive, especially when the Dragyri starter alone comes with 15 models!
The goal is to have these three guys done by tomorrow night, so I can start on the last model of the warband, the Soul Warden:
I hate the way gesso priming looks before paint is on the model, but it’s amazing how afterwards it’s so smooth you couldn’t tell the difference. And it sure beats getting the grainy texture a poor spray prime might leave behind, like on my Empire General below.
Last week I said I had put the General and Captain on the desk, but in fact I went ahead and painted the General’s horse up instead, as he was already started previously. Here is the horse underneath the General that I started working on a couple nights ago. I’ve got a better picture of the horse alone, but I’ll post that when I share the complete trio of models later this week (hopefully).
You can see the grainy texture on the General’s armour. When I was batch priming my Empire models last summer, most of them turned out perfectly, but one group did not. I believe it was the General, Knights and Pistoliers that got it bad, and only the riders! All of the horses turned out just fine. Oh yes, primer can be just as fickle as the Fate deck in Malifaux. Oh yes.
Speaking of the other horses, quite liking how the General’s horse turned out I put two more horses back on the table. This is as far as they got last year, the Pistolier’s horse halfway-ish and the Knight’s horse nearly there:
And finally, here is the Captain who got a bit of colour this week as well.
Once the Captain and General are finished, they’ll join the Fire Wizard as my first three complete models for my Empire army. Only a year later than when we started that first Tale of Gamers back in May of 2011. Man, that went nowhere. So what did we do? Tried again with Heavy Gear Blitz! Which also went nowhere. Even nowhere-er, actually, because at least with WHFB we played some games and got a bunch of hobbying done. With HGB, I’m the only one who finished my models up – even though it did take me a few months after we had un-officially halted the ToG.
Tale of Gamers
So what else would we do other than to plan anotherTale of Gamers! This one will work, I swear! Not sure if I mentioned it yet, but we will be starting an Alkemy Tale of Four Gamers in a few weeks, as soon as I’ve finished my Dark Age stuff. But you’ll have to go to Tale of Gamers for all of the progress on that, other than my Workbench Updates here. It’s hard juggling two two blogs, you know?
Thanks for reading.