Throw Back Thursday: Nyan Nyan

Now I’m going to be doing this as well since my ability to paint consistently could do with some work. I am working on the Daemons from the silver tower like I said I would, I promise. They are about 55% done? Well I digress, this will no be a consistent thing, maybe once every month or so is what I’m expecting. Think of it as a tag to represent stuff I painted BEFORE making this blog, as everything I catalogue traditionally has been made since it’s a chronicle of my current painting. So disclaimer obviously by that nature, some stuff may not be as good e.c.t. Obviously, that goes without saying but ya-know.

Enough with the paperwork, The Nyan Nyan is a very special piece for me. I’ve been into SDE for a long time. Like the pre-base game, (id love to get my hands on some of the old metal Kobolds, wouldn’t open them, just keep them in the blisters). I can remember when this figure was a convention exclusive, or at least very difficult to obtain in the UK, I can remember them selling for £35+ on Ebay when I finally found one for around retail I’d wanted the box for nearly a year. The figure is lovely and the paint job is supposed to be Parter (who I’m still with fyi) and that was some two plus years ago. At least the skin tone and hair, I always remember 1st edition versions ‘Nine-Lives’ ability allowed the Hero to cheat Death on a (R)2★+, and if they cheated death once, the next time you died you just tried again and again. Now that’s not AS overpowered as it sounds, it’s pretty much a 1/3 chance of failure. But it was too strong and was nerfed from forgotten king onwards, with the ability working pretty much the same but being a ‘one use only’ deal. I like most things “Neko” so the idea of the Freyjan race appeals to me, if not new or original it fits the theme of the game perfectly, I really should get around to painting the Freyjan mage I purchased last year for a normal blog post….

Excelsior Warpriest & His trusty Gryph-hound

This was the hardest member of the Party so far, and if it wasn’t for the gryph-hound turning out in a way that I liked I might not have made it through this model. Honestly the lightning bolts I think is what gave me the real trouble and I’m far from happy with it, I’d just gotten to the stage where I could do no more and was just making it worse. Still, I always loved the old Empire warrior priest. I remember when Warhammer Online came out and there was an awesome advert with one in it that made me really want to play Warhammer or the MMORPG. Alas, I was twelve and could afford neither. In all seriousness, this guy isn’t really the same thing – but he basically is the AoS equivalent and any points he lost to the old classic is made up for by his pet GRYPHHOUND (did I mention he has a dog that’s half bird and it’s awesome?). I know my partner will be playing as this fella (he has a pet, that’s kinda how they do) and I hope they realise how much of a @£%~# it was to paint. So much so that at this time I’m working on the Daemons instead, splitting the Heros into two groups. I need a break from them….

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Knight-Questor.

This fellow is interesting, I remember this model being the first Stormcast I ever saw and I, like a few hated him and the idea of the ‘ground marines’. In-fact, I continued to hold that opinion for longer then Id care to admit, I think its the fact that they lack a subtle sense of humanity that the Empire characters from the old world possessed. Still having gotten my hands on this model, I actually really enjoyed painting , I was adamant that I wouldn’t do the standard gold and blue, but again that proved not to be the case. In fact the ‘questor’ was a pleasure to paint, and he’s going to look grand on the tabletop. I really do think the stormcasts serve an important purpose for Age of Sigmar from a technical standpoint. I appreciate a-lot of people disliked the idea of “Spaze marinz in fantasy” but what Stormcast really represent is a faction that is easy to paint (due to small model size and simple big details) and easy to play. This bringing’s in the younger and more casual market that I know the neck-beards fear more then the opposite sex, but it sells and it makes the hobby grown. Besides after giving the Stormcasts a chance, I even enjoyed some of the fluff, I was personally put off by them being Immortal, “Whats the point” I asked “If my dudes die, he just comes back. There is no stakes involved”, The point, is that each time a Stormcast is ‘reforged’ they lose a little more of themselves, each time. Stormcasts fear being killed because one-day they will be reforged and have lost so much of themselves, leaving nothing but a automaton in gold plate, no personality, or trace of their past selves. It very subtle, and cleaver when you think about it, even a dying man can take refuge in the idea that his soul will go on, but its the very soul that the Stormcast risks. Anyway enough philosophy and small talk, here is the painted Stormcast Knight-Questor

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Mistweaver Saih

So my first update, and hopefully not the last. This week i’m showing of my Mistweaver, shes and Elven mage (I refused to word the term Aelf or any-other greed fuelled copy-write cash grab made by GW in the AoS reboot)  that I honestly didn’t like much based off what i’d seen online. However having physical hold of the miniature and having time spent painting it, shes grown into one of my favourites from the set. I love the dynamics of the sculpt. She’s got plenty going on without becoming too “busy” like a-lot of Games Workshops miniatures now-a-days. Still she was quit difficult to paint but am reasonably happy with the result.                                                                                                                                     It will be interesting in WarhammerQuest Silver Tower, you don’t need a ‘Game Master’, its enemies actions are rolled from charts and the dungeons are random. This is great for someone like me as i’m ALWAYS the GM/DM. A position I love, it suits me well, in-fact in the rare instances I’ve found myself not the Games Master in a pen-and-paper RPG, I’ve found my self missing my traditional role. Still I do look forward to actually being able to play as a Hero in a miniature based dungeon crawler such as WarhammerQuest, and I think I’m most so certainly going to be playing as this character, I specifically like how the focus is less on her staff and more on her rather intimidating Elven short blade the mage brandishes with a air of confidence most nontraditional of the token “magic” user in any game or setting like this….

Okay so it’s been a While (and Warhammer Quest)

So iv been off this for a while and for good reason. Iv started studying my Bachelor of Art in History. So honestly I’ve been distracted. Still the only person who reads these are my loving life partner River anyway so I’m apologising to nobody. Still I finish in April and i’m working on a Few projects atm so I’m going to be posting on here more regularly from now on.

So Games Workshop released a second instalment in it’s Warhammer Quest Reboot and I didn’t have the first so i treated myself and splurged on both of them. I absolutely love dungeon crawlers and Warhammer Quest is infamous as being one of the oldest and best ones. I’m keen to give this a try but im adamant that I’m not letting anyone touch it until iv got the stuff painted up. So expect to see the stuff inside Silver tower submitted on this blog as I paint the stuff. This is also gives me an excuse to dip my toes in Age of Sigmar. Which I’ve honestly up until now I have been avoiding since the End Times as I’ve always been a big fan of the Old World, time will see if I’ll warm up to Age of Sigmar.

Me Opening the Box for the First time:                                                   https://youtu.be/B7hkr9TkEK8                                                                                                                   ———————————

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Survivor Marie-Claude

Now I had to make my second post something Super Dungeon Explore related. Honestly this game had me from the beginning. I can remember when SodaPop Miniatures (the manufacturer) first released a set of Metal blisters and a pdf. A beta if you will. I was ecstatic, for the plastic, full boxed board game that was super dungeon explore. I had to wait until I was eighteen, gathered all my money and indulged on the First edition, and all the expansion that had come out in-between its release and me being a poor English teen (which happened to be the majority of 1st edition)  Me and my friends loved it, it was a dicey (pun-intended) dungeon crawler with attitude. Plus the combination of Anime (chibis no less) and Video games in tabletop paintable miniatures was a killer combo for me. Needless to say, I don’t own everything but I honestly intend to. One model at a time….

The Survivor Marie, or as I like to call her the pub landlord. Comes from the Stilt town warband. Its personally one of my favorites. I picked it up on a whim simply because my partner recommend the purchase over any other set because it came with a undead rabbit “pet”. I’m glad I did, all the models in the box are amazing, and the hero (Marie) is a very powerful melee character. I’m very pleased with the hair on this paint job, and with the eyes (granted they are hard to make out in the lower quality photography available to me). The base is unfinished, but I tend not to put to much effort into them. just black in the crevices and grey all over.

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Sargent of the VIII Legion

The night lords have always been one of my favorite space marine chapters, They are not like the rest. Neither slaves to the god emperor or the runies powers. They are there own masters. Recently Iv been reading Soul hunters and its kicked me back into Night lord mode. This alas is my Wargaming weakness. What I wouldn’t give to be able to focus on one project and see it finished. So many miniatures so little time. Recently starting my History degree wont help with this. But perhaps in a strange way it will. Forcing me better to manage my time. Anyway. This chap is a yet to be named Leader for my first Hours Hersey squad. Id always loved the idea of playing Horus Heresy, Iv read a number of black-library books expanding the 30k lore. Alas Forge-world as it always did budgeted my poor ass right out of even looking at the spin of the much loved 40k. Blessed from above then when Betrayal at Calth was released, and needless to say i’m eager to get my hands on the second half of said box set, and get a small army of my sons of the Soul hunter painted up to wage bloody war against the Iron Hand prey.

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