Monday, 23 January 2012

Terraclips!

So its been a while since my last post, but I've been very busy with family and work, namely helping to look after my poorly daughter and sorting myself out with a new job.

Anyway on the painting front I started painting my Hamelin model, and was doing really well, until I decided to do an ink wash .... Oops... Not a disaster but its put me back a few steps as I'm now going to have to clear up the lighter areas, whilst trying not to lose any of the detail :(
Sort of put me off painting for a few days and then my personal life took over again.

Had a game of Malifaux last week with a chap I meet on the Maelstrom forum. My first 35 Soulstone game and I used 'Molly Squidpiddge" for the first time. My opponent was using the Viktoria's and Von Schill and I ended up getting tabled!
oh well it was a really fun game and I did learn a lot from the game, so didn't feel too bad about losing all my crew.
Whilst I was at Maelstrom I picked up a Terraclips pre-order (My birthday present).

So anyway I've spent the last 3 nights and part of the weekend preparing and building up the Terraclips. I got 1 set of sewers, 1 set of streets and 2 boxes of clips. Im very impressed with the quality of the product and would easily recommend it to anybody. I decided to build a complete 3' x 3' gaming zone, but for storage reasons I need to be able to break down the board into 18"x18" sections. With that in mind I went about making 2 sections of sewers.

Heres a photo from my 1st evenings build, after a fair few false starts.


The 2nd evenings build went a lot quicker as I got more use to way the system fits together and started to visualise the end set up. At the end of the session I had the 2 sewer sections complete. My plan was for the street sections to be raised 1 level and interchangeable with each other.
Day 3 was a weekend day and I had help from my 3 year old Daughter :D who was having fun playing with the stair sections and her own little toy people. Towards the end of the build I had to swap some of the clips around to allow for some additional support under the raised street sections.

Anyway heres a couple more photos of the finished 3'x3' board, photos where taken on my mobile phone, so are a bit blurry.




Overall really pleased with the results and just need to find a big enough box to store them in now.
So looking forward, Its back to finishing off Hamelin and I've got another game lined up this week at Maelstrom. Hopefully I'll soon be getting some more games in at my local club Derby Wargames Society with the Terraclips.

Saturday, 7 January 2012

Another 2 Rotten Belles painted. And type of paints I use.


So it been nearly two weeks since my last blog and I think that two weeks is going to be as regular as I can hope to be at blogging.
Anyway I've completed the remaining two Rotten Belles from Seamus's Crew and varnished all 3 (using Citadel 'purity seal'
I'm currently painting using a mix of some old GW paints (some of them more than a decade old, in the old white plastic top pots!) and I've just started to pick up and use theVallejo paint range.
I've only recently changed to painting from a palette instead of dipping my brushes in the pot (A MAJOR NO NO) and these models are the first ones I've started to water the paint down.....What a massive difference! The results are so much better. I can't stress enough that whatever doubts you have about watering paints down, put them to the side and just do it, you wont look back!
Anyway so thats another reason Im finding the Vallejo paints to be better than GW, because they come in a handy bottle with a dropper, so you don't have to waste loads of paint trying to pour just a few drops of paint onto your palette, as I find happens with GW paints. Quality of the paint is comparable if not better and to top it all they are cheaper.

Having said that I'm still a bit disappointed that my Fiancees DSLR Nikon camera and lens are just too good and my photos are picking up things you just can't see with the naked eye .... LOL so Im thinking off using my own standard Digital camera.

Anyway I've started painting Hamelin now, before I get back to Seamus's crew, as he was actually my first model and a gift from my Fiancee.