Saturday, 17 February 2018

Fakearse builds a tabletop.

Hi all,

Many moons ago,when I first moved to sunny Bangkok, I brought a small skirmish tabletop along with me. It's a pretty simple construction, just a grass mat glued to a mid sized whiteboard. If your mad keen to see what it looks like just have a look at the the last picture on this post I did ages ago. It's done the trick for a while, but it's a tad too small for anything other than a pure infantry battle. Also, it's and a little too fertile (green) for my vision of what a Sci-fi setting should look like, all blown up and shit.

So, not too long ago, while wishing I had a larger, blasted landscape for a tabletop, my wife and I decided that we wanted a new telly. What the hell has this got to do with a tabletop you ask? Simple, it came packaged in a massive, sturdy box. The moment I saw those poor delivery guys lugging that big arse box out of the back of their van I just knew it had the makings of a gaming table.......I got the vision you see.

Want to know more? Read on.......or is that "look on"?........whatever......just scroll down to see more, but only if you want to pressure!

Original shape of the box.

Cut in half, along the spine, and opened up.

Hot glued it together with a few scraps and added some simple bracing around the edges. 

More bracing, to keep this fucker rigid as fuck. 

Then fully enclosed it by glueing scrap cardboard, with caulk, to the entire surface.   

Sketched out a rough plan, cut a few trenches and made a few hills.

Tried out a couple of old terrain pieces and added some more details. 

Screwed down the larger terrain pieces with wall screws.

Broke out the dunny roll & PVA and went to town with it.

Used scrap foam to make some rough rock features.

And used polystyrene to make some steps leading down to a blast door?

More bog roll. This stuff is great for adding texture. And it's cheap too!

Door from Ramshackle Games, cheers Curtis :)

Another door from Curtis, plus a poo looking shape for the top of the hill.

Old, half finished CD terrain. This will force me to finish them off.

All the terrain features glued and screwed down. This shits not going anywhere!

This tabletop is pretty big, measuring 165cm x 155cm x 7.5cm. And if I'm not careful during the rest of the build, with the box being made out of double ply cardboard, I could end up with a fucking heavy monstrosity. So, while I'm building it I'm being overly cautious with the weight of the materials I'm adding to it. Unfortunately, I'm the only one in our household that can lift heavy things, and seeing as I'll be the one storing it away vertically every time I'm finished using it, the final product has to be as light as possible. I bloody well hope it is anyway!

Anyway, there's obviously a lot more to be done, but I'm hoping to have it completed within the next few months.

Cheerio :)

Saturday, 10 February 2018

Daemon's on the beach.

Bought and based coated these minis a long time ago, got the bug to finish them off the other day. They're the complete range of daemon's from Eureka miniatures. Not sure what else to say, so here, have a look see:

BEACH PARTY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Like I said, I had these dude's base coated for years, but they were done in a lot of different colours. So much so that in the end, just didn't look right. Like a bunch of demonic rainbow warriors.....not a convincing look. So the other day I thought of an idea of how to "fix" them. I picked two ink washes, bar the red mini, and bathed them in it. Then I limited myself to just three colours to highlight them with, yellow, goblin green and turquoise.

Restricting myself to a few colours rectified my original error of kaleidoscope painting. They look like a pretty unified bunch to me now. A good learning experience for me I think, ala, you can save poorly painted mini's from the stripping jar.......sometimes :)

p.s. I added some gore effects with a few Tamiya clear colours after I'd varnish the bastards too. Job done!

Till next time fellas.

Saturday, 3 February 2018

Building a better, cheaper backdrop.

Have you ever dreamt of having one of those fancy pants backdrops to take your mini pics against, but you couldn't be arsed acquiring all the necessary terrain supplies, the time spent building the bloody thing and then the possibility of it looking like a polished turd once completed? Well have I got the answer for you! This backdrop costs next to nothing to build, can be set in no time and can be stored away in the bin after use. All this, without compromising on style or class!

 I present to you the pinnacle of backdrop design, the printed beach!

I think you get the idea ;)

When your pretend soldiers have ended a hard day at the office, killing and being killed off, there's nothing more that they would rather do than to relax on a beach somewhere.....theoretically of course. But mostly it's coz I like a fair amount of kitsch in my gaming :D

Here's a few recent mini's I've painted up to show off the new Papafakis backdrop.

Chaos Sorcerer with his digits freed from the mitten hand he had been cursed with from the factory.  

One of my favourite Merc's from the range.

Major Magnum sporting a grenade launcher. His titchy pistol was all but gone when I bought him.

I think this guy is a Hasslefree mini? Anyway, had him for years...knocked him out last week.

Kulo wants a beach holiday too.

Old world Jack. A mini I've wanted for a very long time. Gifted to me by my friend Asslessman, cheers buddy :)

The shoulder pads make it pretty clear that he doesn't like to be bothered.

Basically, just leave him be.

So, this is my new backdrop for the foreseeable future. That is until I come across something cheaper and more stylish than this of course.

Till next time, cheers fella's.

Friday, 5 January 2018

Risen from the grave!

Sorry for the lack of posts, but my head exploded. Don't worry though, I'm all better now. Let's get on with the show shall we.

This post is all about the spaceship that I began building early last year. I lost interest when I got to the landing gear as it looked like it was going to be too fiddly and tedious to complete. So there it sat, in it's half finished state, till now.

Decided to pulled my finger out about a month ago and finally got it done. Here tis:

Landing gear bay doors done.

Windscreen made from cardboard and old sprue.

The Balustraded section on the top was made from old sprue, a hatch from a Rhino kit and plastic grating for the walkway.

Lower windows were made from plastic card and the window frame from wire.

Quite tricky to make the front of the ship conform to the original contour, but I got there in the end. 

Nothing much has changed from this angle.

The entrance door was pretty fun to figure out. I don't play with magnets that much, but sometimes they are indispensable.

Still got a little more detailing work to do inside the entrance area.

The dreaded landing gear. The hydraulic cylinders were made from sprue and copper wire.

Chin gun made from an old PS2 laser and two Zoid guns.

All put together, with a magnet on top. 

Titchy little magnet installed underneath.


Top gun made from a few more Zoid guns and a piece of wood from a toy kit. This is removable as well.

The most difficult part of this build, as I already mentioned, was the landing legs. How to fit functional landing gear into the small opening, yet make them look substantial enough so as to appear believable. I'm still not totally convinced that I've managed to pull it off, but I suppose I'll find out when I paint it. It's now primed it and next comes the colouring in part.

Till next time :)

Friday, 27 October 2017

Hacking the head off me Nob for Orktober!

Been a while since my last blog post hasn't it fellas! I've got a good excuse though, after severely  injuring myself during a masturbatory incident I was left unable to hobby for a few months. A word of warning to all you kiddies out there, slow and steady wins the race. Anyway, minis......

Over the past couple of years I've been able to track down all of the old RT Ork Nobz, for use in running The Wolf Time campaign. The scenario requires ten, plus a character model, so eleven in all. The only problem is is that I'm pretty sure that GW only ever produced eight variations of the PA Orks. I managed to purchase all of them, but to fill in the missing three that I needed I decided to use one of the other Ork bosses with chunky armour, standing on a SM helmet, as a PA Nob. Another mini I got hold of to proxy as a Nob was this guy from Knightmare Games. That left me one short. Luckily for me, one of the auctions I won on Ebay had an Ork Nob double. So I decided to convert him......I don't like doubles :(

So that's the subject of today's post. Below is the double, which just happens to be my least favourite out of the range IMO. I had a butchered Hhruk mini in my bits box, so I decided to use him for the conversion.

The one I'm going to keep as is.
The one I attacked with my saw.
The donor head from Hhruk, and some of
the shoulder from the Nob.
I changed the leg position and fixed up the damage I caused with GS.
I grabbed an old Space Crusade placky mini and removed his shoulder.
I originally wanted to equip him with a chunky weapon, so I combined
a SM Scout HB with a modern Ork bolt pistol arm.
After I added a few bits & bobs to it I then put the mini together.
I was happy with the shoulder and overall pose of the conversion.
But the gun was just way too big in comparison to the other Nobz weapons.
So I just went with a simple Chainsword swap instead.

Here he is all converted up, standing beside his counterpart.

And here's the ugly bastard all painted up:

So, that's my entry for Orktober 2017 out of the way. I'll get cracking on with the other Nobz soon. Hopefully I'll have them done by the end of the year.

Before I sign off I'd like to bring your attention to an awesome Kickstarter that's running atm. It's called Mini Gangs, created by Curtis fell (a friend of mine), who runs Ramshackle Games. It was fully funded in under a week, but now it's only got a few days to go before the KS ends. So, if your looking for a complete miniature game, catering for easy entry level play all the way through to in-depth adult level complexity, then have a look at the KS before it ends. It's an ace game!

Ok, that's it from me. See you in the soup :)