Wednesday, January 28, 2015

100th Post

Wow! 100 posts! Took me long enough to get this far. I guess that means this blog is a keeper. With all of the stuff I've went through these past few years, I think that it's amazing that I didn't totally give up on miniatures and wargaming. My wife certainly would've liked that - to keep me miserable. Oh well, she's not calling the shots anymore, that is, when it comes to happiness and mental well being. Since being on my own and left to my own devices, I'm happier and more productive on the hobby front than ever before. I am able to set goals and have a reasonably good chance of completing them. Speaking of goals, the minis that I have been working the past few days are test beds for the paint schemes of the various factions in the Battletech universe, and while House Davion was in the front running to be my primary faction, I have been trying out some new paints and washes and decided that a blue scheme I'd been experimenting with, looks the best, and it's a House Steiner color scheme, so House Steiner is now my primary faction.  I addition to making House Steiner my primary faction, I've come up with a new Steiner "to buy" list, with infantry from Ground Zero Games (NSL) and a large chunk of vehicles to be purchased from Brigade Models German ONESS line. Mechs of course, are going to come from Mecha Front and possibly another source (gotta go pester Lord Nth).
I would like to thank everyone that has stuck around and been patient with all of my eccentricities and continued to follow this blog. I hope to be even more productive than I've been in the last 5 years and provide a fun and interesting blog for people to read.

Maj. Diz Aster

Mech reinforcements requested

I just placed an order with Mecha Front for 2 of their Nor-Am mechs:

A Raptor-Gamma -

and a Lynx-Alpha -

I've been hearing good things about these kits, so I figured I'd get a couple to see for myself. I will probably paint these up as House Davion mechs.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

If J.J. Abrams can re-imagine Star Trek...

then why can't I re-imagine BATTLETECH? I used to play Battletech all throughout the 80s and 90s, but got sucked into the GW 40K moneypit and quit with Battletech. Actually, "re-imagine" might not be the correct term to use, but I really would like to adapt the background to use with GRUNTZ 15MM, and now that you can find great mechs in 15mm, why not translate it to GRUNTZ 15MM?

I guess this idea came to me as I was painting "Something Blue" - the shade of blue paint I'm using is very reminiscent of Steiner Blue and when I painted one of the Vipers that blue, it screamed "Lyran Commonwealth" mech to me. So, now "Something Blue" is "Something Steiner". But since I will be using those minis as Lyran Commonwealth units, I am going to need a suitable foe - The Draconis Combine (House Kurita). I am making a list of minis to use for the DCMS and will probably start buying the first ones next payday.

I also plan to develop buy lists for the Federated Suns (House Davion), the Free Worlds League (House Marik), and the Capellan Confederation (House Liao).

By using the background from Battletech with GRUNTZ 15MM, I have an excuse to buy just about any 15mm mini I think is usable, and use the same mini in multiple factions.

Also, mercs abound in the Battletech universe. You've got the Periphery Powers, The Clans, Pirates...

Lots of possibilities just opened up...

Friday, January 23, 2015

New work schedule

Because I've been made full-time at work, I haven't had time to get much done in the way of posting new stuff, that doesn't mean I've stopped working on any of my projects, I just have been slowed down a bit. I will be posting an update or two this weekend.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Aw man! It's so debasing...

Well, the group basing on the New Israeli/Pac Fed infantry isn't working out. Getting some warpage, so I have removed the figures from the wood bases. Bit of a bummer, as I now have to repair the painted areas on the bottom of each figure. Oh well, I guess I can repaint the individual figure bases in the color I normally paint them, MSP Basic Dirt, and then I'll go ahead and flock them to match all of my other finished figures (i.e. CHM Hell Divers). I'm going to just stick with individual basing I think, less of a hassle.

In other news, I've got all of the EF Droptroopers based and primed. The EF APCs are also primed. I'm just waiting on my paint order from Reaper to arrive so I can start basecoating.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Preparing to paint "Something Blue"

Over the last couple of days I have been making preparations to start up the "Something Blue" project. The minis are being assembled and primed. I just needed to order the paint. I wanted a blue that wasn't too light or too dark. I scanned the Reaper website to see what shades of blue were currently available, and decided to go with one of their MSP Heavy Gear colors, Coalition Blue

Also, I decided to go with a new shade of gold for the infantry's faceplates and mech canopies, Gamma Shielding Gold

Plus I picked out a new color for the troops' small arms and vehicle barrels, Skunkworks Gunmetal

One last thing I ordered while I was on the Reaper website, was one of their CAV's, a Centurion

I believe it's big enough to make a convincing 15mm scale mech. I hope it does. I want to order at least a couple more later. We'll see when it arrives.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

I go to Dibble's for sheet styrene...

to use for kitbashing some 15mm terrain and I ended up buying something that is currently harder to find than hen's teeth...

The Slave 1 expansion for FFG's X-Wing Miniatures Game has been awaiting a reprint for a while now so if you try to find them in most game shops you're out of luck, and if you try eBay, get ready to pay 3 to 5 times the suggested retail price + shipping. I just happened to get lucky when I walked into San Antonio's best hobby shop, Dibble's. Another stroke of luck was that they are having their annual pre-inventory sale, so I got the Slave 1 at a discount off the MSRP. I knew there was a reason I always liked doing business with Dibble's. Oh, and I did get my sheet styrene...