Category Archives: Pledge

Winter Break Hobby Projects…yeah, we’ll see

I’m off work for about 3 weeks. Some of that time will be a road trip with the kiddo up PCH to the Bay Area, but for the remainder I am looking forward to a couple hobby projects.

I’m in love with Fallout: Wasteland Warfare. The plan for the holidays is to complete painting of the models I have to date, as well as some general scatter terrain pieces. The big project, however, will be assembly and painting of Vault (number TBD). I’m using the amazing modular ARK kit from Black Site Studio. Love these guys. Great customer service, friendly, and quality pieces, give them a look. I already assembled the Ashton Supply Co. kit from them as well as the Cable Spools and working on their MDF shopping carts.¬†They continue to create quality product, which makes my wallet cry. ūüôā

I’ll post some reviews of the products as I go.

Dystopian Wars Russian Coalition [6MMRPC Week 3]

We are back hot and heavy with the 6 month Conquering the Lead Mountain painting challenge. I haven’t been able to get much done Weeks 1 and 2 but the assembling of a stack of Shadows of Brimstone Kickstarter models just before we started I will say counts for me. ūüėÄ

For now, I’m focusing on getting what should be a fairly easy project completed, one of my two Dystopian Wars fleets – my Russian Coalition. I’ll post more on the inspirations for the color scheme, and my tester ship which is nearly completed, but I was so pleased with how the hull tones were coming out I went ahead and base colored the entire fleet last week in preparation of some speedy assembly line painting. Here’s a quick shot of the models while drying. Next update, better pix of the ships (and hopefully a few finished ones).


Da Waaagh Still Lives!!

Welp, it’s been a few months since I’ve posted on the blog, but I’m hoping to remedy that and make it a regular thing. So much Real Life fun going on to keep me busy, and away from working much on miniatures. Want to get myself into a weekly habit of painting something and showing some progress. I’m calling it “10 a week”.

Basically, I’m going to work in blocks no bigger than 10 models at a time and get through them weekly as time allows. I may have a block take longer than a week or less than and will adapt accordingly, but the true test for me is to not have more than 10 models (well, starting 11, you’ll see) on the painting table at a time despite my bazillion half completed projects. I may assemble figs or terrain while I wait for pieces of the 10 to dry, but I’ll be painting to completion at least 10 models a week. At least that’s the plan.

To start me off slowly and build some momentum I realized I have about 70+ Grots sitting unpainted in my Ork collection. They’re fast, fun, and easy to paint so I’ll be starting with them. Blocks of 10 plus a Runtherd. Started last weekend and have only had a couple hours to dedicate so far, but here’s where I’m at as of last night. Nothing super fancy, but base colors and a flesh wash, a couple other colors tossed on a few models. The Runtherd is going darker than the Grots, obviously. I plan on posting weekly if not more often about the project, plus other gaming I’m doing and life in general. Until then, Waaagh!


Lead Mountain Painting Challenge ‚Äď Week 2 in Review (6MMRPC)

…or is it Week 3? 2.5? 4?

Lol. Short update. Didn’t get¬†anything completed this past week but did buy some airbrushing paint supplies (that’ll be its own comedy of errors – Kel learns the airbrush). Work¬†has shifted do four ten hour days with Fridays off, but last¬†weekend was Daddy/Daughter weekend with my awesome kiddo. It’s a wonderful time together, but havoc on getting any painting done during the weekend.

I’m also realizing that my week counts are off.¬†Realizing I’m posting the week summary¬†for the previous week, but the post is for the following week. From now on I’ll be doing “week # in review” on the following week. Making this week’s post Week 2 in review (even though it’s week 3 of the Challenge). Confused? Good. Me too.

Plan on hitting the ground running for week 3. We have a big Apocalypse game coming in August. Want to be fully painted for it and therefore need to inventory what I’ll field as well as what still needs painting. That may be a post outside the painting review, love my Orks and have some from as far back as 1st Edition in my force. Definitely want to practice airbrushing on something simple, like my 2 Stompas. ūüôā

Here’s a picture of a cat to tide you over.

Lead Mountain Painting Challenge ‚Äď Week 2 (6MMRPC)

Starting week 2 not behind, but had hoped to have painted more.

Started working on finishing up my Shadows of Brimstone miniatures. They served me great at Kublacon, but now that I’m home I can finish detail, clean up slop, and wrap up the few models that weren’t quite completed before the con.

Of course, that shifted quickly when I found out some pals were getting together for some low-point Horus Heresy 30k games over the weekend. I wanted to participate, so I got to work on a few models. I don’t have an extensive Word Bearers (my chosen Chapter for 30k) collection at this time, but I do have a¬†piecemeal Red Corsairs Chaos Marine 40k army. Using some of those models I went ahead and tracked down a red/rust primer from Duplicolor to use to start out painting project #2285 (the¬†Red Corsairs). Managed to assemble just enough for the lists we were using and get them primered before the game. At least now I have some models to test my color scheme for the Red Corsairs out on.


This week: work on Shadows of Brimstone models, sort and inventory my 40k Orks (Apocalypse game in August), and start assembling my Pulp City/work on Red Corsairs. We’ll see how far I get with each in next weeks’ installment.

Lead Mountain Painting Challenge – Week 1 (6MMRPC)

Today starts the next Lead Mountain Challenge series (the 6-month mountain reduction challenge – or #6MMRC on Instagram). It’s a six-month informal¬†group that’s intended to keep us on track and get¬†all those minis painted.¬†Here’s the rules for this edition of the Challenge:

2nd Annual 6MMRPC

The pre-season has begun! David at Spiderweb of History has taken the lead on burnishing the rules and started the collective dash of lemmings towards the mountains of lead. It’s simply easier to copy and paste his informative post here:

Alright everybody, it’s time for the 2nd Annual 6 Month Mountain Reduction and Painting Challenge or 6MMRPC. ¬†We’ve changed up the time frame – it’s going to run from June 1, 2015 thru November 30, 2015. ¬†This avoids Christmas. ¬†There have also been a few rules changes, and some exciting additions IN BOLD.

1. No purchasing of new miniatures, EXCEPT if you use a joker. ¬†You get three jokers to use on a figure purchase. ¬†Could be a blister pack, an ebay bundle, or a single figure…you can’t splurge. The only exception to this rule is if you need bitz or A FIGURE (Singular) to complete a unit/warband etc.

1.1 – There is an¬†opportunity to “earn” additional jokers. ¬†If you complete an entire project (whole unit/army/warband etc.) with pictures of starting, WIP, and completion, you earn yourself a Joker.¬†

2. ¬†Gifts do not count against you. Holidays, birthdays etc. Also, if you’re given gift cards by your hobby illiterate family or friends, you can without penalty use them on anything you want miniatures wise.

3.  Paints, terrain (or materials), and other hobby supplies do not apply to the no purchasing rule.

4.  At least one hobby related blog post and/or Instagram update a week.  If you instagram, be sure to hashtag your pic with #6MMRPC

5.  Zombtober will be part of the 6 month challenge so, Zombie related stuff during October is ENCOURAGED. Other theme suggestions are welcomed.

6.  Anyone that wants to submit a before and after picture of a miniature that they are proud of completing during the course of the challenge to will be entered into the running for a gift certificate to a online wargaming store of their choice.  Judging will be by an un-biased person.  Amount on the gift certificate will be dictated by winners nationality but should work out to about $30 U.S. I (Spiderweb of History) will not be eligible to win. 

It’s a lot of fun. I participated in the first one, but with Real Life¬†commitments and challenges couldn’t keep up with my own promises. This time I aim to behave.
Below is a list of the blogs of the participants that I’m aware of at this time, check them out and see how¬†they’re progressing as we go:
Flames of Nerd
Tactical Craft
Spider Web of History
The Mad Tin Hatter
Hall of Legends
20mm and Then Some…
Tower of the Archmage
Pimp My Pewter
Saturday Mornings
As far as what I’ll be painting during this challenge…well, that’s a bit of a tossup. Here’s what I initially plan on working on:
First project: Completing the Shadows of Brimstone models I was working on (see past SoB posts!) before Kublacon. All have color, some need detail work, most need some final TLC or cleanup. Cranking out 64 models in a couple weeks was a good start back into painting, but now I can take a bit of time finishing them up.
Second project: Paint up my Pulp City collection. Love the individuality in all the sculpts, looking forward to getting them done.
Third/Ongoing project:¬†Intermingled through all of this will be working on my 40k Orks and possibly Chaos/30k Word Bearers. There’s tons of all of that, so rather than commit to it all I’ll do each unit/entry¬†as its own sub-project. We have an Apocalypse game planned for August, would like all the Orks on the table finished by then.
Fourth project:¬†Either complete my 15mm forces or my Yu Jing¬†Infinity. Will depend on what’s getting played next.
I have plenty of other things to paint as well, but for now these are on the docket as we should be gaming with them.

Shadows of Brimstone for Kublacon – Pt. 5

Worked a long evening trying to get close. Not completely thrilled with the Walking Dead, but they’ll do for the weekend. Need touching up with fine brushes. Hope FFP changes manufacturers and fixes their ‘soft detail’ issue – was hard to tell what was what.

Also included a group shot of everything and what’s left. I did find a good base color to start the bases with (won’t finish detailing them, but all have the color and black base rim now), and only have the heroes left to work on and a few touchups on the other models. The Slashers are a mental block on what to do, they may just remain orange lumps for now. frown emoticon The Goliath and Harbinger won’t get 100% finished, but I’ll add teeth/eyes to be sure they’re as close as time allows. Whatever’s not done this evening won’t be until after the show.


Finally found a relatively inexpensive batch of poker chips to use for XP counters thanks to a poster on BGG (gotta find the name to give credit). They were in SoCal so shipping was a breeze. Bought 25 packs for the 5, 25, 50, 100.
(too lazy to get a screencap of them, but check the link above, nice quality for the price too). Don’t forget a chip rack!

Shadows of Brimstone For Kublacon – Pt. 3

It’s been a few days since my last post. I¬†didn’t have as much time over the past four days to paint as I would have liked, but did get some work done last night. Where I stand currently:

12 Void Spiders all but finished (touching up teeth/mouth)
12 Tentacles completed
6 Hell Bats needing hilighting and details
3 Night Terrors needing more hilighting and details
8 Heroes with flesh started
12 Walking Dead still just primer. I have a plan for them that involves a limited color palette
1 Goliath needing more hilighting and then details
1 Harbinger needing inking then hilights and details
3 Slashers I tried red inks on and already hate…
6 Stranglers with mottled purple/bluish skin I’m working on evening out

I have three nights to go to get everything finished, or finished enough I’m happy with them on the table for the weekend.¬†Found a¬†color for the bases as well…


2015 and Lurkers!

A bit ago I read a blog post on Ninjabread’s page¬†where he talks about wiping out his collection of half-painted miniatures he affectionately calls “Lurkers”. Was looking at my collection and realized I have quite a few lurkers myself. So, starting 2015 I’m going to work on what I’ve already started, get all that finished, and then move on (With a few exceptions). I have a small white board I’ll be using to track my progress. For every 2 Lurkers I can assemble a new fig. Will post as I progress.

The 6 Month Mountain Reduction & Painting Challenge

Shiny things is what this blog is all about. Shiny metal, plastic…whatever the material, miniatures for the gaming hobby. I love the look of them, love collecting (hoarding) them, and have amassed mountains of them. Too many times I’ve said ‘no more buying until I assemble and paint some of these’ and for a bit that holds true, then something shiny catches my eye and I’m buying again. Usually whatever game is currently on tap is what’s of interest at the moment.

A bit ago I was trolling gaming blogs and came across myincubliss’ blog¬†the Dead Lead Project, where he referenced a proposed 6 month reduction project Chris at Chris‚Äô Miniature Woes¬†and¬†Dave at The Spider Web of History¬†were collaborating on. The 6 Month Mountain Reduction & Painting Challenge seems to be a low-stress way to combat the mounds of lead and plastic that “Gamer ADD” has a tendency to allow to accumulate. As I don’t know any of the above blokes personally, but they seem like good guys I enlisted the aid of my pal, Jason at Tactical Craft¬†since he has the ADD as well. Together we agreed we’d participate in the challenge to keep each other honest.

The rules are simple:

  1. The challenge starts September 1st, 2014 and goes for six months. (yeah, yeah, I’m posting this on 9/2, sue me)
  2. No purchasing of new miniatures, EXCEPT if you use a joker card. As in a deck of cards, you get two jokers to use on a figure purchase during the six months of the challenge. This could be a blister pack, an eBay bundle, or a single figure. Not an entire army and you can’t splurge!
  3. Gifts do not count against the you. If you’re given gift cards, you can use them without penalty on anything you want miniatures wise.
  4. Paints, terrain, materials, and other hobby supplies are exempt from the the no purchasing rule.
  5. You must make at least one hobby related blog post and/or Instagram update a week. If you Instagram, be sure to hashtag your pic with #6MMRPC.
  6. Zombtober will be part of the six month challenge so Zombie related stuff during October is ENCOURAGED!

I’ve decided to start off small and simple to get the forges up to speed.¬†I have a batch of¬†20mm post-apocalypse cars and terrain I picked up for the game Warlands from Aberrant games. It’s a tight and fun Mad Max style ruleset with some good looking resins. My pal, Harry Coit, has sculpted some of their pieces (which came as a pleasant surprise to me, congrats again, Harry!). The miniatures are a couple of cars (Max’s from the Road Warrior, and the Death Race car from the remake a few years back, complete with droppable tombstone) along with three buggies, a wind-powered desert sail thingamajig, a couple quads, three pieces of terrain, and Lord Humongous and Master Blaster for good measure. I took a pic of the items, but I’ll have to post it later, it’s on the old, dead phone now. But that’s my start for this week, update to come next week!!

“I am Lord Humongous, and I approve of this Pledge.”