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Friday, August 30, 2013

Alice... accident and almost finished..

So the contest prizes posts are finished ( for now ).. so back to some normal posts.. 


Ok, so we came home from work ( or the dentist in my case ) and saw this on the floor near my desk. :(

I can honestly say that I was more than a little upset and sad to see this.. especially after all the work that I have put into it recently.. It was quite clear that the cats are trying to send me a message here. I guess they don't like their new food or something. 

So repair operations were called in to help remedy the situation. 


You can barely see, but they exist, the hairline cracks on the bricks from where it fell and snapped off. Will update them to show them as being part of the design now.

I have also put the Rabbit onto the socket alongside Alice now. A few more tweaks are required before I can call it fully finished also.


So please have a look at the final set up of the socket here. All photos are from the workbench and with the cell phone. Expect much better ones soon enough.. just have to touch up a few points and call it 100% finished. I am really pleased with how this turned out, aside from the damaged aspects, and I am hopeful for how it will do within the Brushbrothers contest coming up.

100k Contest.. Prize 5?????

Last prize for the pool at this time..

This is actually a recent purchase from my trip to Germany. Picked up at the infamous Battlefield Berlin shop.

It is one of the Dystopian Wars Infantry Medics for the Rising Sun faction.

I saw the box that it came in, and instantly knew I wanted to paint one! Thankfully, the box comes with 2 so I will share the second with a lucky winner!

Surprisingly it has a ton of details on it, and is well sculpted. Though a few pieces of flash exist on it, as you can see, but aside from that quite a good cast.

So this is the last prize in the pool that I will reveal.. but there MIGHT be one more depending if a certain criteria is met :) We shall see! SHARE AND ENJOY!

Thursday, August 29, 2013

100k Contest.. Prize 4????

What? MOAR? Mmmm Ok then..

Moar Scibor here, as I really like the sculpts. Not everyone does, due to the way in which Scibor makes his models ( press molding ) and how much he charges.. but again this was picked up from Troll Trader, and was to be used in my CD project.

Maybe I shouldn't give him away but I think he would do better in another person's collection instead of collecting dust waiting for me to get back to the CD project!

So this is the Asgrim Dwarf Lord from Scibor. Again, quite a bit of details on him here that I think many will like. Complete with the traditional custom base that comes standard in many Scibor pieces.

As always.. SHARE AND ENJOY!

100k Contest.. Prize 3???

Today's prize is from Scibor. Love them or hate them, but this guy knows how to sculpt dwarves. Or dwarfs. Depending on which side of the nerd rage coin you fall there.

This is from his Moscal range, and is the Boyar Chief.

The thing with this model is that I wanted to have a few special character models for my Chaos Dwarf army.. however that just never made it too far out of the gate due to well.. mm.. everything? That and BuRock made an awesome CD army is no time, and made me feel in adequate about my skills of painting armies.. to which I went and painted 6 since then and he is still struggling with his latest project... anywho...

This chief of sorts was picked up from my favorite eBay shop, TrollTrader! This guy constantly throws out some great items onto the bid section, and you can pick up some rad deals. Though I had to stop as I was buying way more than I would ever paint, and was just buying things cause they were cheap.. not a good way to buy models.. well.. not always :)

So yeah.. here is Prize #3! SHARE AND ENJOY! And remember the full rules for this contest begins on September 2nd! Stay tuned!

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

100k Contest.. Prize 2??

Switching from Historicals to now Sci-Fi!

This time with a model from Infinty's Nomad range. A line trooper Moderator. Ready to be an action token in a game nearest you!

Or a nice little piece to paint up and share with others as the details on these guys are just amazing as always.

Either way this is prize number 2..

Story behind it you ask? Well.. OK!

Picked this up from the last Izmircon that I went to ( 2012? ). Seems that Izmircon, and Izmir as a whole, is becoming THE place to play Infinity within Turkey these days. I blame BuRock for this as he has been working very hard to promote and get others into the game.

But it is not a bad thing since Infinity has so many cool things about it, and this model is just a small piece of it.

Let's see what else I have to hand out here.. and remember.. SHARE AND ENJOY!

100k Contest .. prize 1?

So as stated on last night's post, I will be doing a 100k contest to celebrate this little blog of mine hitting 100k!

Once home, I had a rummage through my trove of models to see what I could share with the community.

Knowing that there is quite the diverse group of people following this, I tried to look for a real variety of items to give away.

The first piece here is a box of Russian Light Infanty from HaT. 48 little soldiers in 1/72 scale ( as it says on the box! ).

Small story behind this.. once upon a time our club was very into getting started with Historicals in a 1/72 scale format. Some people even got some armies painted ( and I have an army of these in the Austrians yet to finish for a friend.. ). But the motivation to keep this game system did not last, or at least not with me due to being so caught up at work.

Have to say that these ones in particular were quite good though ( had 2 boxes worth, only painted one of them ) and they hold a lot of details for such small things.

I will post a few more teaser posts of more prizes to give away.. but the real contest start time and post won't happen until next Monday when I can figure out all the criteria for people to participate.

Though I will say this.. since this is a contest about hitting a numbers, numbers will play a part. Be it followers, or page hits, or shares. Just saying.. ;) Those who run, or participate in these Blog contests often should know the game quite well now.

So to steal a quote from the President Zaphod over at Masterminis.net.. SHARE AND ENJOY! And expect more posts like this throughout the week!

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

100,000k hits!


Holy views batman! Really? It was only a while back that I was still stuck in the 80k hits, and then the GD content came out and BAM! Everyone showed up for the party at Mr Lee's!

So I said before that I would do a contest when I hit 100k views, and I plan to do just that! But this came up a bit faster than I anticipated so please be patient as I figure out something to give away here! I have a few pieces in my collection that I think others might like.

Thanks once more to everyone who has come and visited, who has joined as a follower, and who continues to come back and comment on my work! So watch this space for the details!

Say hello to my little friend..


So this is just a quick post on Alice's companion in the world of wonderland. Quick shots of Mr Rabbit from the workbench. I think he is coming along nicely.. don't you?



I am hopeful to finish Alice, her base, and the Rabbit by end of the week. Let's see if I can do it!

Monday, August 26, 2013

WHFB Tournament - Istanbul, Karargah club

So over the weekend, some buddies of mine convinced me to go to a local tournament.

I have been avoiding the tournament scene in Turkey for a while now due to some "bad" experiences in the past. Plus the fact that I have not been playing all that much this year.

In fact, looking back at the blog, my last game was a 40k friendly trying out the Dark Angels in my old place. This was back in February! Wow time flies!

Prior to that, my last fantasy game that I recorded about was from June of last year! Really? That long ago? Against long time opponent BuRock of Chaos Dwarf fame.

So to say that I am a bit rusty with the rules would be an understatement. Though the thing for me this past Sunday was more to socialize, see everyone at the club again, and mostly get out of the house. Oh and showing off my Finalist Medal from GD Germany didn't hurt none either.

What is even more funny, is that since I am all packed up and ready to move to UK ( which should be happening any week/month/year now? :S ) all my armies are also packed up! Problem solved as one of the club members loaned me his Beastmen army, and created me a list to play it with! Huzzah! However due to busy work schedules and such, no time to actually review or talk about the list, so I entered the tournament blind more or less. Always a good start to a tournament, right?

Have to say, that for the most part the tournament was very calm. Though it did kick off with quite a commotion concerning the first scenario and the rules behind it. Always saying that emotions run high in Turkey, and gamers be no different here.

Thankfully that passed quickly, and everyone proceeded to toss dice.. at the table. not each other! And play their games.

I got the luck of pairing up again an Ogre player in a watchtower scenario. With a list on both sides that made it so that neither of us could place anyone in it at the beginning of the game. You can see the set up on the top photo of this article.

The biggest upset in this game was for the poor Ogre player. Whose deathstar unit of Ironguts, with General, BSB, and Mage, was removed from the tower by a unit of Beastigors wielding great weapons. With a LD of 9, and having the re-roll, he was pretty confident that he was to stay in the tower.. however that was not the case when he tossed an 11 and then a 12. As stated.. a big upset on the game for him, as he was dominating the rest of the board with his units, and it was just that single rolls that threw him off.

He unfortunately never recovered from that, and I won the game with a minor victory. I still had not really figured out the army yet as the scenario did not lend itself easily to do so, nor had I fully remembered all the little things of WHFB that are required to do well.

Second game was a bit more interesting. You can see from the set up that I was in for a bit of a challenge with the Empire castling up in the corner the furthest away from me.

Same gent as in the photo above "discussing" things, but honestly not that aggressive compared to other opponents I have faced previously. Just loud really :)

Still trying to figure out the rules, and my army once more, this was not the best match up for such a thing. Though I did begin to see why everyone was scared of my Doombull that I was given.

Biggest mistakes here was that I placed myself too far away from his corner section, and that in the middle of the table was a huge impassible terrain piece that gave off a -1 ld to all within 6 inches of it. To which was bad for me as I was pretty much always within 6 inches of it.

Highlights for me though was that the Doombull took out the steam tank ( only thing I killed ) and caused my opponent great concern when he wouldn't die in combat. Ever.. I think he took a total of 1 wound in the game, which was 1 more than the previous, and also the only wound in the entire tournament. Will post his set up during the explanation of the next battle. Biggest things here that hurt me though was magic. I had poor dice for my rounds, and he had the upper hand on his. I was constantly walking around with negatives and RIPs on my guys throughout the second half of the game. Was a major loss for me in the end, but one that I learned a few things on how to use this army better, and where I would have taken it into this match differently also.

Last game was against an O&G player. Probably the member with the longest history with this army, and quite the Orc fanatic actually. I have the same obsession with the Goblin side of this army, so it was nice to play against them.

Finally in my third game I was beginning to understand how this Beastmen army was playing. I guess I probably should have also stated at the beginning, that I have never played Beastment since my first army some 18 yrs ago in I think 3rd or 4th edition? A lot has changed in it. But I was given some advice in that if I can get the chance.. to send my Doombull, alone, against his horde of 40 Savage Orcs. Honestly, I was not sure about it, but I figured what the heck.

After set up though it showed that it would be tricky to pull that trick off, so I sent him and his 6 minotaur buddies off against some hard boys. 40 in total. Atfter 4 rounds of combat, and losing a few minotaurs, the boys were gone, and Doombull, and his 2 buddies were standing ready to take on the savage Orcs.

My opponent did try to make it so that I would have to charge his Savage orcs on boarboys by placing them in my way. However they left me just enough room for mr Doombull to squeeze out, and run after the Savage Boys instead as can be seen on the left here.

This brought a lot of eyebrows up concerning this point though as everyone was thinking "Why take one character vs a full unit of 40 Savage orcs, solo.. kinda dumb move."

However, let's look at the Doombull's stats and equipment shall we?

Doombull - 348 pts. Mv:6, WS:6, BS:3, St:6, T:5, Wo:5, In:5, At:5/6, Ld:8, Sv:1+
Equipment: Hand weapon, heavy armor, sheild

  • Sword of Swift Slaying: Always Strike First
  • Ramhorn Helm: +1 Sv, make a bonus attack at basic strength for every armor save you pass
  • Dawnstone: Re-roll failed armor saves
  • The Other Trickster's Shard: All models in base contact must re-roll successful ward saves
  • Gnarled hide: 5+ Scaly Skin armor save
So basically, it was explained to me that he gets his normal 6 attacks, striking first, and re-rolling misses to hit if he has a higher In than the opponent ( which he does against Savage Orcs ). He was gaining an extra attack everytime he won combat, which was always. He has a 1+, re-rollable armor save, that when he saves, he gets to attack back? Seriously? And if they opponents have a ward save, and save, they have to re-roll it? Dammmn.. 

Lets just sum up what happened in that fight with pictures then shall we?? 





And yes, to add insult to injury, I was able to get off the Savage beast of Horros on him. Granting him +3 attacks and +3 strength. His last man did run on the last turn of his play, and ran away with a distance of 9 inches between us. I did charge after him, for a total of 14 inches.. he only ran an additional 3.. Doombull finished off 40 Savage Orc solo over a few rounds of combat. 

Though if needed, I did have the beastigor unit sitting in the back, not doing anything but just watching the entire game unfold. Though I guess I probably could have used them better ( or at all? ) to do something more in the game. 

It turned out to be a minor victory for me. Main mistakes I made from not making it a major or a massacre.. not targeting his characters when they were in close combat. Always focusing on the hordes themselves. This would have saved me a lot of gors had I killed off his little goblin shamans.. but again.. I was not thinking about targeting and was more focused on what the hell was that Doombull doing to his army!

In the end, I had a decent day. Tossing some dice, having some laughs, trying to get through a few points throughout the day. Was not expecting to do well, and thankfully I was rewarded with such luck. 9th out of 12 players. Upside.. I was not last. :) This will most likely and with all intentional purposes be my last games this year, though if i have my way not my last in Turkey! It did renew some faith in the gaming community to me compared to other past experiences.. though I just wish there was less yelling before getting things started :)

Some more photos below of other gamers etc and some of their models.. an sorry for the long post.. hopefully everyone is still awake!












Friday, August 23, 2013

Free stuff?!?!

Who likes free stuff? Of course you all like free stuff.. who wouldn't!

Well my good blogger buddy, Laughing Ferret, is giving away some stuff. Why? Who cares it is free stuff right?

Wrong!

We care cause this time it is due to him breaking a big milestone on his blog. 200,000 views! And he just passed 300 followers as well! That is worthy of a celebration, and so it is a good thing he is celebrating!

So what's the prize? What do we have to do to win? Where do we go for the loot?!?!?

Head on over to his blog, aptly named, Laughing FerretYou will see all the details of what is required in order to snag some of the loot. Though while over there.. have a look around the place. You will find a lot of Bloodbowl, Skirmish, alternative miniatures, and A-Z articles that might tickle your fancy.

Oh and if you go, become a follower or leave him a comment. Maybe even one that says that Old Mr. Lee here sent you ;)

And now I need to go and think up something for when I hit 100k views.. which after this months traffic might not be too far away! Let us see!

Thursday, August 22, 2013

More Alice WIP..

Alice work continues through the hailstorm of GD Germany posts.. thankfully those are over right? :)

Working hard on smoothing out the blending on Alice now. She is coming along nicely, and I am thinking she is getting close to finished.

Things to fix are the lens, parts of her shirt/dress under the apron, and some more shading on the apron.

I know the face could use some more work, but damn if I will be touching it any more.

Hopefully I will get her finished this week, and then begin work on the rabbit. Also finish up the base itself.

Unfortunately for the base though is that my order from Germany did not arrive to the correct location. So a lot of the items I wanted to add to it to give it some life are not with me :( Let's see if I can make it work without it though.. am not too hopeful.

Anyways.. let me know what you think of Alice now, and the blending on the dress now compared to the previous incarnation! Cheers!

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

GD Winners - Lots of Photos!

Judge Raffa.. thinking
"Meh, I have more at home."
Ok so this took a lot longer than I expected, but at the same time I am glad I held out on posting this all! Because, due to my procrastination wanting to be perfect here.. I was able to snag better photos of some of the entries! And who doesn't want better photos of the pieces that won Demons!

So first off, huge thanks for Raffa over at Massive Voodoo for procuring the list of winners and their names! Something that I hear is sorely missed in other GDs! Also, for the behind the scenes photos that allowed me to post up some better shots alongside the winners! Also thanks to Putty&Paint, CMON, and Facebook. For without them, the other winners would not have posted their works that have allowed me to share with you as well!



And so with that.. let's see the winners! In order of Bronze, Silver, Gold!
*If any of the winners and the photos are incorrect.. please let me know and I will fix them immediately!*

40k Single Model:


Bronze: Lukasz Grzyb



Silver: Manuel Wenkert



Gold: Michal Pisarski


40k Unit:


Bronze: Johnathan Garthier



Silver: Benedikt Sedlmair



Gold: Marco Bariselli

40k Vehicle:


Bronze: Cedric Lurkin



Silver: Mathias Paaschburg



Gold: Thomas Kyrsting

40k Large Model:


Bronze: Ben Komets



Silver: Markus Wurdinger



Gold: Christoph Eichhorn

WHFB Single Model:


Bronze: Georg ( Dr Sean ) Damm 



Silver: Adam Halon



Gold: Mo Ganji

WHFB Unit:


Bronze: Christoph Eichhorn



Silver: Rafael Garcia Marin



Gold: Ben Komets

WHFB Large Model:


Bronze: Adam Halon



Silver: Philip Prinz


Gold: Rafael Garcia Marin

Duel:


Bronze: Herald Moosmann



Silver: Christoph Eichhorn



Gold: Elias Alonso

Lord of the Rings:


Bronze: Christian Hardy



Silver: Adam Halon



Gold: Fausto Palumbo

Diorama:


Bronze: Christop Blumenthal



Silver: Micha Pisarski


Gold: Roman Lappat

One thing is for sure.. If I ever do the get the chance to win a Golden Demon.. I will be mindful of those guys with cameras snapping shots of me. Never know what they will get, and which ones they will use. But to be honest.. I would have an Award so.. meh :)

Unfortunately my shots of the Youngbloods, and other competitions fall quite short.. was still working out the camera at that time! 

Though hopefully this helps to put names to winners faces now! And enjoy the last article of the GD Germany Series! There are no more.. Promise!

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