Archive for August, 2011

Last Few Days…

Posted: August 25, 2011 in General Stuff

The good folks at HMGS South have managed to get the hotel in Orlando to extend the $69 conference rate for a few more days, until August 28th to be exact.

If you’re thinking about coming, and still on the fence, then hop down off it! You won’t regret it!

109 different games on the grid! 40K and Warhammer Fantasy tournaments! Miniatures games ranging from Babylon 5 to Waterloo! Dr Who vs the Zombies!

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Death from above

Posted: August 19, 2011 in Starship Troopers

I don’t know if anyone else has this problem, but often, I’ll undercoat the miniature, then sit back and wonder how on earth I’m going to paint it.

With the Mobile Infantry, I had a clear idea in my head of what I wanted, which was not the green of the CGI series. With the various bugs, I wanted to use the images in the rules as a guide, and base things off that. This led to a problem. The entry for the Rippler Bug in the Arachnid Army book doesn’t actually have any colours. Back to the DVD’s then!

The CGI series had a sort of ruddy orange with a lighter underside for the Ripplers, at least to these eyes, so I had a palette, but still didn’t know the final effect I wanted.

So, (and perhaps older and/or wiser heads will roast me for this) I took up the brushes and just slapped some paint on a model to see what it would look like. Over a Chaos Black undercoat, I first heavily drybrushed some Vallejo Orange over the entire model. Went on like a dream, and looked a treat! The undersides and legs were then drybrushed again in Ivory (from Reaper), and the wings were then painted in the same ivory. The end result….

Rippler

 

I’m happy with how they look, and the whole unit of nine models will soon be menacing the MI.

(If the image looks a bit dodgy, it was taken with my phone, under obviously not ideal light conditions. I’d like to keep this blog ticking over at a fair clip, as a way of encouraging me to carry on painting. Who knows, perhaps I’ll also learn something about photography as I do this!)

 

 

 

 

Fun in Orlando

Posted: August 18, 2011 in General Stuff

I mentioned in my previous post that I was introduced to the Starship Troopers game at Hurricon last year.

Well, it’s getting close to showtime again!

Hurricon 2011 is being held from September 22nd through the 25th at the International Palms Resort in Orlando, and it’s frankly one of the best conventions I’ve been to.

If you can make it at all, then get yourself over to the HMGS South website and check out all the fun! (Link’s in the blogroll, by the way…)

As an additional bonus, preregistration and preferential hotel rates are still open until the 22nd of August!

Hope to see you there!

What’s out there, Rico?

Posted: August 10, 2011 in Starship Troopers

I was introduced to the Starship Troopers Miniatures Game at Hurricon 2010,  in Orlando, by Rob Morse, who runs some of the best participation games at Conventions that I’ve played at.

Now, I don’t know if it’s just me, but the best games seem to be the ones out of print so this one instantly appealed to me. It also helped a great deal that the miniatures are great looking, and that Andy Chambers did a wonderful job on the rules.

During the course of the Spring and Summer, I’ve been knuckling down and painting the various bits and pieces I had picked up from Ebay, so as a taster of what’s to come on the blog, I present the warrior bugs!

 

Bugs!

 

 

The whys and wherefores

Posted: August 10, 2011 in General Stuff
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I was hoping to call this blog ‘Distinctly Average’, because frankly, that’s how I consider my painting.

To my mind, it’s nothing great. It has flashes of brilliance, and it also has some lows, where something I tried just didn’t look right (faces…. I cannot get faces to look right). The rest of it is workman like, and gets something onto the table that isn’t plain plastic/resin/lead or spray-painted black.

So why blog about it? Well, partly vanity, if I’m being brutally frank, but also a sense that I want to show what I can do, so that maybe,  just maybe, I can make someone else pick up a brush and get into the whole modelling and painting side of the gaming hobby.

It’ll also encourage me to get more painting done, which I’m sure the wife will be pleased about.