Sunday, June 30, 2013

Malifaux Ortega Faction PiP

Greetings once again InterWebs!!!! I managed to sneak in a little bit of painting time this weekend between all of the rain and lightning storms. I sat at the painting station and stared at some Malifaux miniatures which I had picked up years and years ago. I do not play Malifaux at all (and my local gaming group doesn't either) but I really liked several of the miniatures from the Ortega Faction of 'The Guild' (whatever that means).

After looking at the miniatures for a bit I decided to 'get stuck in'. Having never painted a miniature from Wyrd Miniatures before I was a little unsure what a couple of things were on the sculpts, I guess having painted Games Workshop Miniatures for 25 years (or more) I find it a little strange to pick up another manufacturer's miniature. Well enough talk, here are some paint-in-progress shots of the Ortega Clan:





Papa Loco:

I still have a bit more work to do on these miniatures. I am still not sold on the safety orange straight-jacket on Papa Loco. All in all these were fun miniatures to paint and it should not take to long to finish them up just in time to try out some Malifaux at GenCon 2013 were the company is unveiling Malifaux 2.0. Thanks for stopping by and taking a look! Take care!

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Unboxing and preparing the Texico faction from Mercs Minis

Greetings once again InterWebs!!!! The weather has been brutally hot lately which means the man-cave/hobby room has been a little unbearable. I did manage to get a little time to unbox a recent purchase (Origins 2013 loot) and get a little work done on them.

 Here for your viewing pleasure is my Mercs Minis Texico boxset:

The boxset front:

The boxset back:

Pulling out the boxset contents:

The inside of the boxset showing the nice way the miniatures are packaged with their dice:

 Here is an initial look at the seven Texico miniatures that come in the set:

 Starting with the awesome Marshal:

 My second favorite miniature, the Demolition Man (reloading his shotgun):

The Sniper:

The Heavy Support:

The Jaguar Assault:

The Assault Team Leader (he is the leader not the Marshal):

 Team Leader's Dog (I am not a fan of this miniature, I think it is a little small and not teched-out enough):

 I was able to clean up the miniatures (remove the flash and knock down the mold-lines) and get them based up:

I tried to primer them one night after work but I think it was still a little too hot as the primer seemed to come out a little 'flaky/fuzzy' on some of the miniatures. I plan on rubbing the miniatures down a little bit to get rid of any fuzzy primer areas. Here are some closer looks at the minis once they were primered:

Demo Man (I love this mini!):

Jaguar Assault Member (he should be pointing with one hand "I will knock your head over there"):

Heavy Support Member:
 The model is supposed to have a Machete but did not come with one so I added one to the base:

Team Sniper (and his annoying mold-lines...grrrrr):

The awesome Marshal:

Team Leader and his new and improved Dog:

I exchanged the Dog miniature that came with the set for one I had in my collection which I liked better:
Yes the Dog brought back a hand for his Master! Bonus gamer points if you know where this mini is from.

I am really looking forward to getting some paint time in on these miniatures! There are several miniatures in this particular set that I really love and cannot wait to paint (Demo Man and Marshal for sure)! Thanks for stopping by and taking a look! Take care!

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Origins 2013 Loot and a Word about Shadowrun RPG

Greetings once again InterWebs!!! Finally getting back into the swing of things from my recent trip to the Origins Game Fair and I finally found a little bit of time to spend on some hobby stuff. I managed to gather up all of the stuff I purchased while at the convention (which was a little hard to do with a certain item).

First off I managed to swing by the Forgeworld booth and pick up a few items for my upcoming Heresy-era Salamanders army.

The Event-only miniature:

10-man Squad of Mk IV armor (not the new legion style which I have a bunch of already):

5-man Squad of Mk IV Recon Marines:

Close-ups of the awesome looking 'Scout' Marines in full Mk IV armor:

After Forgeworld I wandered the dealers hall a bit and stumbled on the booth for one of my favorite independent miniature companies.....Mercs Minis:

 I got a 'show-special price on the box set I have been wanting for quite a while!


Most of my time was spent playing the brand new 5th edition of Shadowrun RPG at Origins. The company behind the Shadowrun game is called Catalyst Game Labs and they went all out with their 'living campaign' of Shadowrun. This was my first experience with Catalyst and Shadowrun and was quite simply blown away by the professional approach of the company and the awesome fun that is Shadowrun RPG. Here are some pictures of the game area where we played the RPG:

 The tables we played on!
 Huge artwork everywhere!

I had so much fun with my 28 hrs of Shadowrun RPG (7 games at 4 hours each) that I knew my home group would also enjoy the system and setting; that of course meant I had an excuse to go a little wild with at the Catalyst booth in the dealer's hall:

Signed by the author (and awesome guy):
 Special Shadowrun marked dice:

The one item I have not had a lot of time with because all my friends wanted to look at it! Yes indeed I snagged one of the extremely popular (and quickly sold-out) 5th Edition rulebooks:

Signed by the Shadowrun Line Developer and really nice guy:

If you are a fan of 'Cyber-Punk/Near Future Sci-Fi roleplaying I would highly recommend giving Shadowrun 5th Edition a try! Almost forgot about the special Origins dice I also picked up:

That is all for now folks! Thanks for stopping by and taking a look! Now back to the hobby desk as I prepare the Mercs Texico minis for painting!