Sunday, 2 July 2017

Sunspoke Security and Rebasing

I have some updates.

The Sunspoke Mining Company has a system where it transplants an entire semi self-sustaining colony onto a planet in order to save costs with having to deliver as many supplies across the vast expanse. Sometimes, however, the venture can prove unsuccessful and the company pulls out, taking with it as many people as want to go. 

These people are members of Sunspoke security, or were until the company pulled off this rock. They decided to remain to help provide law enforcement to the other settlers who decided to remain. Many of those settlers were farmers, who provided the nourishment element of the self sustaining colony. 

Below are other miniatures who I have spent the weekend re-basing. I used a cheap craft paint from The Works, I guess it is beige. I then used Agrax Earth wash quite heavily and as it stands I am very pleased with them. They are generic enough that they will fit in many settings, and don't just look like I couldn't be bothered to finish painting after texturing the base.

I have re-based every single individually based 6mm Sci Fi miniature that I own, and have also begun painting a lot of civilians, some "jedi" type figures, and some individually based New Vesta Security.

Pleased to be getting back on track.

Saturday, 10 June 2017

UCS Marines and NVD Forces flocked and loaded.

What a difference some static grass makes. I love these now and cannot wait to get them to table. Then next challenge will be to base up and paint some individual infantry for use with Starport Scum.

Seven infantry elements of the UCS Marine corps. These guys are the highest trained infantry in the Commonwealth, and possibly in known space.

Sunday, 4 June 2017

To 15mm or not to 15mm.

That is the question. I find myself being drawn to putting together some forces for 15mm sci fi games. I love the miniatures available, and love the size.

I see toy vehicles that I could buy in the pound shop and begin fantasising. I see amazing terrain and get inspired. I go on websites and look at prices and find them reasonable enough.

And yet I can't do it. I do not want to store 15mm terrain. It isn't huge, but space is a premium as is. I mean my generic yoghurt pots and other vacuum formed terrain would work in 15mm, but  only because they have no doors or anything that gives its scale away. I just can't.

I also think of the time I have invested in 6mm. Can I band on that? Do I have enough hobby time to have two scales going on?

This is on my mind over the next few weeks as I look at putting some money aside to pay for some new miniatures to paint over the summer holidays.

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Colonial Defence Force.

There exist some solar systems where colonization has taken a firm hold. If you are lucky enough to have the financial backing and find a system with a couple of planets in the Goldilocks zone, you stood a chance at finding your colonies booming due to resource trade, tourism, or even wealthy expats wanting to live in luxury and being willing to pay for it.

Here are some photographs of squads of the New Vesta Defence Force. I will be flocking the bases this week and will post pictures when done. New Vesta is a small group of moderately wealthy independent colonies who have found that they can support themselves very well and have no need for outside trade. This trade still happens, but if necessary they can cut themselves off from the surrounding systems.

The populations range from the mega-rich to the agrarian workers. Defence forces are necessary to keep peace and show that these colonies are not to be messed with. 

I have also finally finished the command stand for my UCS Marine detachment. Still needs to be flocked though.

Saturday, 29 April 2017

Other Activities

In other news:

I finally finished Star Wars: Aftermath: Life Debt. It was a good read, the present tense was less jarring and the sentences were more complete. I cannot wait to read Empire's End, but don't want to fork out for a hardback, nor do I want to pay £9.99 for a kindle book. I shall wait until September for the paperback to be released.

While waiting I picked up The Expanse: Leviathan Wakes for £1.99 on my kindle. Having watched the Sy Fy series, I decided I would read the books and see what they are like. Not disappointed at all. I mean I know what is coming, but it still feels tense.

My X-Com gaming has slowed down because of being busy. I thought I would play it loads over Easter but did not load a game at all. Nor did I play Northgard, which is a fun game in Alpha.

Painting with the wife.

During the Easter break I managed to put brush to miniature one evening while my wife was scrapbooking. It was nice to be sitting at the table together, talking and doing something creative which we love.

Below are my Horizon Wars elements of the UCS Marines. I have six stands of infantry and one command element. I figures including a command element would be useful for other rule sets too.

Primed and fleshed, here are some planetary militia. I think they will be blue.

Assorted mecha. These are 10mm Battlearmour suits from Iron Wind Miniatures. They need some work, but are getting there.

Saturday, 25 March 2017

The ides of March

With March coming to an end I wanted to update on things going on here. There is very little movement on the hobby front. It turns out having two children and a full on job really cuts out any hobby time. I find myself looking forward to relaxing in front of the TV for half an hour a day or so.

I have, on weekends, been managing to play X-Com, Enemy Unknown in the evenings. This has been a huge amount of fun, and is a game I will strongly recommend. It has elements of role playing in that the soldiers grow and I become connected to them. It also has a very strong squad skirmish game, which is amazing. There are also mods that allow for even more customization.

I hope all is well with you out there.

Sunday, 5 February 2017

It happened again!

Went into hospital expecting a C-Section, came out with a natural, and quite speedy might I add birth. Dad of two now. Hobby time...dwindling. Wouldn't change it for anything.

Side note: I have a Horizon Wars scenario that I hope to play out over the next week.

Tuesday, 24 January 2017

Skyrim and the absence of wargaming.

In the final weekend of the Christmas holiday, over the New Years weekend, I finally managed to get my gaming computer up and running again. It was not that I didn't know, there was just no time to play around and find out which parts needed replacing. My friend had been looking after it for almost 18 months and eventually we tested it and found out that the processor was shot.

I found a reasonable processor, more powerful than the original and plugged in. Of course, I had no internet though, as on the 30th December, when I thought it would get connected, I realised there had been a miscommunication and I was going to be waiting until the 16th Jan. New years plans were done for as my wife tends to go to bed early on New years and I play games online (sad? Maybe, but actually enjoyable). On 1st Jan, I asked my new neighbour if I could borrow his internet and he gloriously accepted my proposal. I began making 2.5 years worth of updates to Windows and various games.

This weekend just gone I deleted all of my Skyrim mods and began fresh. I have turned it into a more realistic RPG where I have to take care of other basic needs, stay out of the cold for long periods, and avoid dying. I have made a new character who is a bow and dagger carrying huntsman. Over this weekend I managed to amass enough money to buy a house in Whiterun (the first city you get into on the main quest line) and am now pausing to decide what to do. I have a fixed abode now, which is great, but I want to spend most of my time in the wild, hunting animals and killing bandits.

As such, my model making has suffered. I had originally had plans to paint. I guess starting at a new school and getting to know the system, students and writing reports already has taken a lot of my spare time. Such is life.

Here is an old character killing a dragon.

Sunday, 1 January 2017

2016 in review.

6mm Sci Fi
I am pleased with the progress of my 6mm Sci Fi project. I love the scale. I love the miniatures. I love the rules I have. The space and cost saving elements of this scale have dramatically increased my desire and ability to continue my hobby in a certain direction this year. If I were still trying to force out some buildings for 20mm WW2 gaming, I would be struggling. This year I have created many different miniatures for differing factions.

Worldbuilding is also something I have been doing more actively as I want something for my miniatures to fight over. I also want them to be people to care about and connect with. I have a couple of note books with sketches and ideas for different campaigns and story arcs for certain characters (Rhoro et al.).

6mm WW2
This began in September. I have so far only painted a few German soldiers who remain unbased. I haven't really touched them since then, but I do hope to get them off the bench before Easter this year.

20mm WW2
I have done nothing this year, save not putting them away in the attic with the house move. My intention is to take them to my new school and use them to help begin a wargaming club.

PC Gaming.
This used to be a large part of my life, but my gaming rig has not been switched on for 2.5 years. I just got it fixed and connected to the internet. As I type this I am upgrading to Windows 10 with the hope to get it working to game a little. For the past three Christmases I have loaded up various old games on my 8 year old laptop and played a little. It became a tradition almost. This year is the final year of that, because now I have space and a working gaming rig, I intend to play a few more "dad" games in the evenings when I don't have time to paint. "Dad" games are games I can dip in an out of. Games I can load up, shoot things for 20 minutes, then turn off. As such I will be making an appearance over on Planetside 2 and probably World of Tanks after a 3 or 4 year hiatus.

I had a large resurgence of this hobby over last Christmas. This year has been on the disappointing side. I intend to play more, but who knows if I will. I will be taking certain games (Pirates of the Spanish Main, Star Wars Miniatures, Star Wars Pocketmodels) to school to use for my wargaming club. Who knows when I will actually teach?

Overall I am happy with the time I have managed to devote to my hobbies this year. I just look forward to next year and will see where things go. I will make another post tomorrow about my plans for the coming year.