19 October, 2020

More Star Wars Legion

 I managed to finish up some more Star War Legion this past week or so. This is just a quick update with some pictures:

Emperor Palpatine

Imperial Guard

Palpatine and his entourage

Click on after the break for my Dewback rider, Bossk and Boba Fett miniatures!

13 October, 2020

More Star Wars and....live streams?

 Hello again!

It's been a busy October on the painting front, and especially related to all things Star Wars Legion. Matty and I have been getting games in a couple days a week and I have been painting up furiously to get new Imperial units on the table. I have added 3 new units and a smattering of characters to my force and I wanted to update you all with some pictures.

Before I start posting beauty shots, I also wanted to note that we have built a Dice Devils YouTube channel and are starting to try our hand at live streaming our games. This will improve over time as I get better cameras, set ups, overlays etc. so please bear with us while we learn. I have added a direct link to the menu bar across the top. For now the channel has a few of our recent Star Wars Legion games but the plan is to include any/all systems I play - mainly AoS (Age of Sigmar) and 40K along with Legion.

Here are the units I have completed in the past 2 weeks:

Director Krennic

R4 Astromech

Medical Droid

More pictures after the break of the Death Troopers, Imperial Special Forces, etc!

01 October, 2020

Something a little different

 This is just a quick post of some pictures from a game last night of Star Wars Legion. It seems to be starting to pick up steam again so I will start adding some occasional coverage of the games and painting taking place. Matt "PhantomRescue" came by with his buddy for a game of Legion. My Imperial forces were used against Matt's Rebels. Here are some pictures of the action:


Overview of the table

E-web heavy gun and some Stormtrooper squads ready to deal with the Rebel Scum

Speeder bikes readying to advance

Rebel Commandos defending the small generator station

Rebels holding the line

Overview on Turn 2

Han Solo (up close in the brown coat) is trying to help hold the flank against speeder bikes and advancing Snowtroopers in the distance.




23 September, 2020

Stegadon Number 2 and some Noise Marines?

 It is done! I finally managed to complete my second Stegadon. This one is built out as the "Engine of the Gods" featuring a Skink Priest and strange Slann magical contraption/portal on top :



 I ended up choosing a more "ancient" look for the stegadon. The red and grey really helped convey the age of this elderly beast. I think it turned out well.

Click on after the break for some more pictures and what I am starting to work on next!

11 September, 2020

Starting to learn 40k 9th Edition

 I know this is a bit of a surprise considering all the painting and hobby time I am putting into my Seraphon for AoS but I recently received an invitation to try out the new release of Warhammer 40,000 (40K). I jumped at the chance to hang out, have a beer or two, and try a new system that is getting a lot of hype online. I pulled out my old (and shockingly badly painted) Chaos Marines and headed out the door!

My CSM are actually Emperors Children - the first founding legion devoted to Slaanesh. For the uninitiated Slaanesh is the Chaos God of Excess (be that pain or pleasure). A local fellow gamer dad invited me over to his place to play a socially distanced and mask wearing small game of 500pts. The list I took was the following:

    • HQ

      • Sorcerer [5 PL, 90pts]

        Selections: Bolt pistol, Delightful Agonies, Force sword, Mark of Slaanesh, Warlord, Warptime

        Categories: HQ, Faction: <Legion>, Faction: <Mark of Chaos>, Psyker, Infantry, Faction: Chaos, Faction: Heretic Astartes, Sorcerer, Character, Warlord, Faction: Slaanesh

    • Troops

      • Chaos Space Marines [4 PL, 70pts]

        Selections: Mark of Slaanesh

        Categories: Faction: Chaos, Faction: Heretic Astartes, Infantry, Faction: <Legion>, Faction: <Mark of Chaos>, Troops, Chaos Space Marines, Faction: Slaanesh

        • Aspiring Champion

          Selections: Boltgun, Chainsword

        • 4x Marine w/ boltgun

          Selections: 4x Bolt pistol, 4x Boltgun, 4x Frag & Krak grenades

      • Noise Marines [5 PL, 115pts]

        Categories: Faction: Chaos, Faction: Heretic Astartes, Infantry, Faction: Slaanesh, Faction: <Legion>, Faction: Emperor's Children, Troops

        • Marine w/ blastmaster

          Selections: Blastmaster

        • 3x Marine w/ sonic blaster

          Selections: 3x Bolt pistol, 3x Frag & Krak grenades, 3x Sonic Blaster

        • Noise Champion

          Selections: Power sword, Sonic blaster

      • Noise Marines [5 PL, 115pts]

        Categories: Faction: Chaos, Faction: Heretic Astartes, Infantry, Faction: Slaanesh, Faction: <Legion>, Faction: Emperor's Children, Troops

        • Marine w/ blastmaster

          Selections: Blastmaster

        • 3x Marine w/ sonic blaster

          Selections: 3x Bolt pistol, 3x Frag & Krak grenades, 3x Sonic Blaster

        • Noise Champion

          Selections: Power sword, Sonic blaster

    • Elites

      • Sonic Dreadnought [7 PL, 110pts]

        Selections: 2 x Blastmaster, Helbrute fist

        Categories: Faction: Chaos, Elites, Vehicle, Faction: Heretic Astartes, Slaanesh, Helbrute, Faction: Emperor's Children


Richard (Thank you again for hosting!) was trying out his beautifully painted Indomitus Space Marines painted up as Nova Marines. His force had a Lieutenant, 2 units of 5 Space Marine Assault Intercessors, 3 Blade Guard and 3 Space Marine Suppressors (Jump pack troops with Autocannons!!?!). 


Click on after the break for some pictures and a quick rundown of how the game went!

02 September, 2020

1 done, 1 to go!

 I completed the first of two Stegadons! This one being the base model with Skystreak bow:



I am very pleased with how this came out. Being painted to a "table ready" or in my words "good enough" level I think I am happy to call it done.

Here are some more beauty shots:





I am still trying to figure out the coloring for the next one as its the Engine of the Gods so I feel it should have a more unique coloring for its skin and armor plates. Stick around and I will post some wip shot next week of the next one!

Ca$H

20 August, 2020

Stegadon - Part 2

 The summer has caught up with me. That is to say, I have been out enjoying as much time as possible up at our trailer on the lake, so painting has slide some. Couple that with my airbrush breaking (irreparable) and it has impacted the amount of hobby I have achieved in the last month. I have managed to get some things done though!

First up I finished the "crew" for both the regular stegadon and the Engine of the Gods version:



They follow the same paint scheme I've been using for regular, champion and priest skinks - yellow, blue and orange respectively. I guess I'm still caught in the old school lore of specific spawning pools growing specific role based skinks. 

I do plan to buy a new Iwata airbrush soon, but I did some digging and found an old Paasche airbrush I bought at least 8+ years ago and NEVER used! It's an entry level but great quality so I figured "Why not?" and busted it out to start on the first stegadon:


It offers surprisingly great control and fine spray lines! I know the picture isn't the best but there was literally zero over spray! I didn't mask any of the areas an was able to get the base colors down just fine! It's easy to clean, but I am not a fan of the under mount reservoir. I prefer the top down models. This will get me through for now and allow some time to really research and choose the best new airbrush for my needs. 

I plan to keep working on this purple/green stegadon over the next week or two and finish it up before moving on to the next one. This will be the regular skystreak bow stegadon. I'm excited get one on the table soon! 

-Ca$h

21 July, 2020

Stegadons Work in Progress

Good day all!

This will be a short update on the pair of Stegadons I am working on. It has been a busy July and with the great weather I haven't been spending much time working on models in my basement. I have build two Stegadons. One is the base behemoth with the Skystreak Bow and the other is the Engine of the Gods.

I have focused on getting the skinks done first as my old, well used, and cheap airbrush finally packed it in so I want to wait until I pick up a new one for the beasts themselves. So here is where I am:


I have added a small piece of paper clip to one foot on each skink to allow me to pin them down to the Stegadon howdah once they are painted. This also allows me to pin them to small pieces of trim to spray and paint them in batches. I will complete these skinks this week, and move on to the Stegadons and howdahs next week.

Here is the a picture of the zenithal primed Stegadons awaiting the airbrush:



You can expect an update early next week with the completed skink "crew" along with any more work I manage to get done on the Stegadons themselves.

Work on the army is slowing down over summer as I expected it would, but I will keep getting small achievable steps completed and the army will continue to grow. I really am still enjoying the building and painting of this army. I am also excited for the resumption of in-person gaming and having many many games to learn how to play these guys effectively!

Thanks for following my progress - stay cool out there!

-Ca$h

10 July, 2020

Sneaky Skinks!

Hi all,

This is just a quick update as I have been busy on a short family vacation and work. I have completed a small unit of Chameleon Skinks. These came in the large lot I picked up and had base coats already done so I just finished the job - highlights, shading, touch-ups and basing etc:




More pictures after the break!


26 June, 2020

Salamanders

Hi again! This is just a quick update as to what I accomplished this past week. I assembled and painted up 3 Hunting Packs of Salamanders. I even got to test them out in a quick 500pt game against a buddy (he was playing Stormcast) and they performed pretty well. They managed to shoot and charge a unit of 5 Sequitors and wiped them off the board.

The next round they died very quickly to his Celestar Ballista. It fired 4 shots (Rapid fire 18") and he got lucky - all 4 hit, doing 4D6 wounds! Suffice to say that -2 rend and so many hits dropped by Salamander unit down to 2 models, that he then charged and removed off the table hah! Not really a fair trade in points but for the first showing of the Salamanders I can't complain. Hopefully we will get a chance to video the next small game and I can start uploading more content that way too.

Here are models I completed this week:





Next weeks plans : Small unit of Chameleon Skinks and 2 Stegadons!

Until then,

Ca$h

18 June, 2020

Reinforcements arrive!

With the quick side project of re-basing and touching up my old Empire force to make it into a Cities of Sigmar completed, I have shifted back to working on my Seraphon. Of note I completed the first of 3 Slann I will eventually paint. For now, with the smaller games we play, 1 Slann is more then enough! Here is a nice picture of him :





I also picked up two huge lots of models from a friend who is moving and needed to decrease his piles of plastic shame in his closets. Seraphon and Ogor Mawtribes!


Skip on after the break for some more pics and a list of what I got:


10 June, 2020

A quick side project - Cities of Sigmar

When organizing my many boxes of minis that have been stashed in my basement I came across an old Empire army, on square bases and all. Looking over the models, it appeared that I had enough to put a small Age of Sigmar force together so I sourced some 25mm round bases for the 90+ infantry along with the correct oval cavalry bases from Tabletop Game Store online.


Click on after the break for more pictures and what products I used to base them!


29 May, 2020

Last Stormcast - for me

But not for the family! I have finished up the Lord-Celestant on Dracoth for the kids starting Stormcast Eternals force :


Not amazing but table ready for the kids!

Skip on past the break for more pictures and information on upcoming units and battle reports!


17 May, 2020

Thunder bolt of lightning...

It's very very frightening that there are now Stormcast Eternals in the house! The kids decided on that faction and I committed to assist with the assembly and some of the painting. Looking through the battletome they decided on the purple and gold of the Lions of Sigmar:



So with this paint scheme chosen we set to work to put together a simple step by step for the kids to follow to achieve the desired look. I modified the belt/skirt area to make it black (to break up the gold better) and here is where we stand with 10 Liberators completed to a basic tabletop standard :


Click on past the break for a couple more pictures and our planned next steps!

05 May, 2020

An unexpected pause...

As many may already know, Games Workshop closed down their warehouses, web stores and factories due to Covid-19. This impacted my next purchases for my Seraphon as I wanted to pick up a Stegadon and Slann. With all the local (and some not so local) sold out and not able to restock, I have started to shift focus until I can order the kits I want. So what to work on next? Well, I started by following a tutorial on Lustria Online about how to kit bash an Astrolith Bearer out of the eft over parts from a Seraphon Start Collecting box. This is what I ended up with :



More pictures after the break and a link to the tutorial!!


27 April, 2020

First Blood and a Skink Starpriest

The first battle for the new Seraphon between two tenacious commanders. My kids! At 11 and 7, they are primed to enjoy the game now and honestly they are excited to try their wits against each other. Both have obviously been exposed to my longstanding table top gaming hobby so it comes as no surprise that as the self isolation and social distancing continue, they are more keen to try different things with their time. I am more than happy to oblige ;)

But before we get to the game, I did finish another model this week :

 Skink Starpriest

More after the break!

19 April, 2020

Realmshaper Engine discovered in the realms!

The new Seraphon Realmshaper Engine terrain piece is so interesting. Feeding off the story of how the "Old Ones" left temples behind when they departed the now dead Old World, the new Seraphon army terrain piece really ties the Lizard Old World lore into the updated Age of Sigmar lore for the Seraphon - and it has neat rules to boot!

Coming in at 0 points, it's a "why not" addition to my army. By that I mean I can choose to play with it in some lists, and leave it out in others as my fancy takes me. It's the first time I've bought a model for an army that literally has zero points cost. It doesn't directly help me expand my army into higher point ranges but it definitely adds a coolness factor - both to the army and to any table I play on.

So without further ado - here it is:


My thoughts in the build and rules after the break!

10 April, 2020

Return of the Carnosaur

You read it right - another Carnosaur for my burgeoning Seraphon army! This time around however, it features a Saurus Scar-Veteran instead of the Oldblood on the first one. I approached it the same way, using bright colors through my airbrush to get its foundation colors started. Here is an in-progress shot of the initial coloring:


Click on in to see some more pictures of this mighty beast all finished!


04 April, 2020

From the skies.....oh, and giant solar lasers on lizards

The progress with this army has been astounding. By focusing even 30 minutes a day on something related to the force (building, basing, priming, painting etc) I have witnessed it grow steadily over the past couple months. It helps that we are still in COVID-19 lock down, but really I had already built the habit as a "new years goal" if you will and it's really bearing fruit.

First up are my new Terradons swooping in to drop their deadly cargo:





I again turned to my airbrush and used it  to pretty decent effect in blending the Terradons from red to yellow. I am still undiminished in my enjoyment of painting bright vibrant colors. Here are some more close up shots of the Terradons:

26 March, 2020

Pandemic update #1 - Roar!

Pandemic. Never thought I'd lead with that but we are all experiencing crazy times. I want to wish anyone reading this the best health, and I hope you and your family/loved ones are safe and in good health. The one upside of this "social distancing" and "stay home/stay safe" shutdown means I am working from home, and it affording me more time to focus on hobby time. This is significant for me as I have always turned to hobbies to reduce stress, clear my head and lower overall anxiety. There's always a silver lining....sometimes you just have to look harder for it.

With all that said, here is were I am with the Seraphon army:

Completed and Painted:

15 Saurus Knights with Lances
20 Saurus Warriors (23 total with 2nd full command) with clubs and shields
20 Skinks with Boltspitters and shields
1 Skink Priest
1 Skink Starpriest
1 Scar-Veteran on Cold One
1 Oldblood on Carnosaur


Did you notice the last entry?

Here he is underway - first model to get the airbrush treatment:

 I didn't base him initially so I could easily get to his underside and legs.
Sponge is for cleaning the airbrush tip/nozzle while spraying to prevent buildup - game changer for preventing spatter!

17 March, 2020

The Knights who say....



I got nothing.... I tried to come up with a Monty Python/Seraphon pun but it went nowhere. Needless to say I got my knights completed! All 15, painted as 3 units of 5 with full command. I also completed a Scar-Veteran on Cold One! So with no delay, here are some pics:

 Scar Veteran


26 February, 2020

Adding some character to the army

The progress continues on my new Seraphon Army project. After completing 20 skinks and 23 Saurus warriors I have continued into the supporting cast - aka the Heroes of this fledgling force.

Following the "kitbash" recommendations from Lustria Online I have built and painted the following 3 Heroes:


Hero Number #1 -  Skink Priest

Glamour Pic #2

Using one of my spare skinks (from the unit box that comes with 24) along with some bits from the Saurus Warriors sprues I kit-bashed up a simple Skink Priest. The rules (https://www.games-workshop.com/resources/PDF/AoS_Warscrolls/aos-warscroll-skinkpriest-en.pdf) lends this models to represent the priest with the "Priestly Trappings" choice over the "Cloak of Feathers" option.  Adding the top of a totem along with making my skink heroes orange skinned helps differentiate these from the regular skinks. There is no mistaking them on the table and they are WYSIWIG - perfect! Each kit-bashed hero also saves me $25+ which is awesome. I also ensure that all bits used are GW by the way so they are completely "tournament legal" should the need ever arise.

On to Hero Number 2:

18 February, 2020

Seraphon - aka Space Lizards!

It's been a long while since I last started an "army" scale project. The last few game systems I have been involved in have been smaller skirmish systems like Infinity that only required 10-20 models at maximum. Now granted, Age of Sigmar army sizes are much smaller (total model count wise) than the Warhammer fantasy of old. Yes you can choose to paint up units of 40+ Skaven clanrats but really the game rewards smaller more mobile units because there are actually very few scenarios that require one to "camp" an objective. This is due to this specific rule:

"Once you gain control ofan objective, it remains underyour control until the enemy isable to gain control of it."

The beauty of this is that you don't have to babysit objective to score them each turn. It encourages mobility, which leads to more back and forth during a game - something I really enjoy. But enough about the core rules (they are free here : https://ageofsigmar.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/12/2018/06/AoS_Rules-ENG.pdf ) let's get back to Seraphon. I have been busy the past 10 days.....


11 February, 2020

Returning to where it all began...

Well, not exactly. My first war game was Battletech. Bought my first Ral Partha pewter mechs in the late '80s when they looked like this :


I have kickstarted the recent reboot of Battletech along with Battletech: Clan Invasion by Catalyst Games (I will cover more on that later) but this isn't exactly the "roots" I am speaking about. The first war game I really got into, played in stores, and collected and built many armies for was.......


Wait for it.....


04 February, 2020

2020 - New Beginnings

A new year. A new decade. Looking back at this site, all the way back to 2009, I see why I started it. It was a way to log my hobby and gaming interests. That was it. A simple idea that I have not always stuck to, but I haven't stopped in the hobby arena. In fact, my interests have grown more diverse and interesting (at least to me) and my skills have slowly improved. So with that said, this is my note to myself to get back to the basics. I plan to post a few times a month, hopefully weekly, with the progress I am making across the different games an interests I have, and just see where my 2020 hobby takes me.


So let's start with what I have been doing in January. For xmas I picked up the new Steamforged Games release - Godtear. https://steamforged.com/godtear

This is a departure for me from the usual war games I play as it's closer to a board game, except with Champions you buy and paint and choose which you want to use each time you play. It's kinda like a cross between a MOBA (like Dota 2 or League of Legends) and a miniature war game. Here is a trailer for it:


More Star Wars Legion

 I managed to finish up some more Star War Legion this past week or so. This is just a quick update with some pictures: Emperor Palpatine Im...