Painting Runewars the Miniatures Game Minis…

By now the reason for my blog’s name should be clear. I’m always flitting between projects, usually what we’re gaming at the time or whatever’s in my crosshairs. I recently had an opportunity to pick up two core sets for the new Fantasy Flight Games miniatures game, Runewars. It’s a rank and file type miniatures game using many of the tried and true FFG game mechanics, including the X-Wing/Armada movement templates. I’ll write a review here soon, but for now wanted to start posting pictures of the minis. They’re quite nice, in my opinion. Bendy like Imperial Assault, but take paint well enough. The detail isn’t too over the top, just enough to get them looking nice for the game. I also enjoy the crisp/slightly cartoony aesthetic. I’m debating on the color schemes for the humans (Daqan) and undead (Waiqar) uniforms, but for now I’m starting on the basics: skeleton bones, horses, and skin tones. I know how the armor on the undead will look, just debating on what colors to do their tattered uniforms.

Added some color blocking tonight. Need to layer the colors.


Gruntz 15mm Army In Progress

I started trying to build up a habit of painting regularly to make a dent in my Lead Mountain late last year. I’ve tried to maintain the work as close to nightly as possible, at least 30 minutes of work/prep/sort, something to stay on track. It feels like it’s starting to become a habit now, and thanks to my new job’s better hours AND some health improvements I have the energy at night to do it!

Anyway…one project I’ve started and stopped many times is my 15mm Gruntz force. It’s a loosely-themed future Soviet style force aligned with the Siavyanskiy Soyuz group in the Gruntz universe. The rulebook has a ton of great ideas for factions/backgrounds but none are very well fleshed out so I’mĀ working on that myself. They provide munitions for many other nations/corporations that are reliable if not high powered, but save their best products for themselves. I’ll have to work up and post my concept for them in the near future.

Photodump of where I’m at with them as of last night. Trying to get this force painted up as it’s pretty easy to do and I’m quite happy with the results so far. I’ll post weekly updates as I go.

The force in all its quasi painted glory:
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FSHHHHHHHHHT:
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Test Subject:

What’s he watching? (yeah, after the priming and fsssht I noticed the fuzzy primer. Oh well, at 15mm it’s not too noticeable. Just when they’re blown up to this scale. šŸ˜
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Actual painting progress to date. Need a few touch ups on the hilighting, but I’ll make that pass once I’m done with the infantry.
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Dropzone Commander – speed painting Shaltari, first glance

Source: Dropzone Commander – speed painting Shaltari, first glance


Shadows of Brimstone Model Storage Option

One of the hard things about being a Shadows of Brimstone hoarder is that the model count for a completist is the sheer number and how to store/transport them. Some are a little on the fragile side (undead miner hands!), others are huge (Beli’al!). I was transporting all of mine to date in a Battle Foam transport bag, that I’d all but filled up and still had two large models, the Harbinger and the big worm, in another container. Because I’m waiting on some GenCon treats to arrive that include more models and the rest of the Kickstarter hasn’t yet arrived I realized I’d have to buy another bag or find something more modular to cover my needs. I also found it distracting at the table to dig for what we need in-game and this option allows easy location of the required baddies while we game.

I started with Really Useful Boxes that I already had for some different projects/storage. They’re, wait for it, really useful and I highly recommend the line. They’re stackable, durable, lock well, etc. Then I grabbed magnets from this great shop (local, so got to go in and shop with one of their engineers) Amazing MagnetsĀ and metal shingles at 84 cents each from Home Depot. Armed with some model glue and a glue gun I went to work. Still need a couple more metal sheets, and 100 magnets plus later!!

Edit: was asked which model number at Amazing Magnets: Product # D094A2 magnet. diameter: .1875ā€³/thickness: .09375ā€³, grade N40. They were $18.10 for 100.

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Enter the Dragon

So I was able to get my hands on the new Malifaux Ten Thunders Shadow Emissary model. I’m still behind on the updated fluff (and when I was writing it up, Misaki was to be the Dragon, not Shen Long, but that’s a tale for another day), so unsure what the deal with the Emissaries are (other than they came from Zoraida…like the Effigies?), but oh the model!

The Emissaries are huge models compared to most anything that Wyrd has done before. I know I’ll wind up getting a few of the as they’re simply awesome looking models, and if the Shadow Emissary’s any indication a high quality set of models to add to your collection. One thing with the Shadow Emissary is that he’s really tall and really long (as befitting an Asian-themed Dragon). I’d thought about pinning parts together, and eventually settled on magnetizing his tail portion for transport. Here’s the results. I won’t get to painting him for a bit, but was hoping to use him this weekend in a tournament at the Realm in Brea, CA.

The conundrum. Here’s the two main body sections (not even the neck piece or tail piece on this sucker. Note the gaps in the plastic and the slot/tab assembly. The model fit together fine with these, but I figured after some looking and dry fitting this would be a good place for the magnet.

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I had 1/2″ diameter magnets to use, left the body parts inĀ halves, and then went to work with a power drill. The drill was too mighty, so I got a very basic start with it and hacked away with a hobby knifeĀ when it got to the delicate steps.
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After figuring out the positions for the magnets I dropped some Gray Stuff into the halves, seated the magnets and made sure they lined up, reseated in the Gray Stuff, pulled theĀ halves apart to adjust things, reseated, etc. Got it where I liked it in a few passes.

Finally, all was where I was happy with it. Put the thing together and then did a test lift for strength and ‘spin factor’ with the things. Looks great. Love the model!
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Here’s a side view of how long it is. You can get a vibe of the scale with Master Yu in the above shot plus this green guy below.
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Welp, that’s it until next time. You can see some semi-painted stuff in the background. Took a quick break from the 10AAT Grots to get some Malifaux assembled for the event. Back to it all after Saturday.


The 500pt Waagh (update 10AAT)

So after a faltering start this summer I’m feeling like I have a little momentum going. Since I suffer from MADD (Miniature Attention Deficit Disorder) I’ve been assembling and priming models for other games like Malifaux, Warmachine, Kami Tales, and Guild Ball along with trying to get some Orks assembled (Dread and 3 Killa Kans). Here’s a quick update on my 500 points/10AAT experiment. I finally settled on paint colors for the Grots and all but finished two of my first ten last night. The pics wash a bit of the color out of the yellows but I’m happy with the results so far. Back to the grindstone tonight.


Starting up the Full WAAAGH Paint: Ork 500 pts (10AAT)

As a variant of the 10AAT pledge I made for myself (which hsn’t held up thanks to real life concerns) where I have a game plan for whatever I’m painting but only focus on 10 (ish) at a time I thought I’d use a friend’s idea of doing a simple starting block of 500 points for 40k. I wrote up a quick list, tried to keep it table legal and will start with that as my painting foundation using the 10AAT style when it works. The list:

  • HQ: Warboss on Bike (not to be cheesy, but I love the FW model)
  • Troop 1: 20 Boyz
  • Troop 2: 30 Grots
  • Heavy 1: 2 Lobbas
  • Heavy 2: 2 Kannons

Totals out at 498 points. Pics of the victims.