Slow Progress

So I can now say 100% without a shadow of a doubt that I hate any aspect of commision painting. It just sucks all the fun out of it. I find myself sitting at night looking at the model and making excuses to not work on it. Exactly the same way I feel about going to the gym or eating healthy actually. As such progress has been slow but the dread of the looming deadline has spurred me into action so a few shots below. 

These are all basic base colours with no highlights except the blue on the armour. Still quite a ways to go. Last pic I was bery tired so its a little blurry but its the most up to date. 
On the Hawk side of things I am the proud owner of 2 New York class Battleships and a Diamond Battleship. They will be magnatised to allow for the other variants to be used. Currently still in the packagaint until I can finish the Primarch. I am allowing for zero distractions.

One thing I did do on my nightshift week to change the pace a little is to start on altering some Magic cards. This is something I always wanted to do and it is much harder than I initially expected. Very different from my painting between the lines on a model.


Above is my first attempt, as you can see I copped out and didnt do anything with the lower part of the card. I have since rectified this and am now painting a Golgari symbol in there.


This is the initial sketch with green pencil, going to repaint it black then do an airbrush stencil and try it that way.


This is my second alter. One of my all time favourite lands. Below is how it looked originally (digital image) and also a before/after but with the before having a little base coat on it.


Overall I am happy with the Island alter, I have a few more planned but its just getting the time. From start to finish it can be done in 2 hours (or 2 Daredevil eppisodes) so its quick and fun. Definitly something you will see more of on this collection of inane ramblings.

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Tutorial Day

So the teaching session was a sucess, both guys loved the game and want another. One of my friends already has PHR so he used those and the other friend used his Scourge. Sadly I was to excited to see another game as well as teach that I didnt take any pictures. I do have a few pictures below of some of the ships used however. 

If you only ever play I would recommend teaching a game. It gave me a different perspective on the game as I was still learning the rules however as I had no investment in the outcome it helped to see the rules more clearly. 

I looked at rules I already thought I knew slightly differently. My way of teaching is to spend the first two turns going through everything step by step and afterwards just let the guys get on with it and answer questions as we go along. Both guys are highly intelligent so there is no real need to baby them through a whole game. 


These are pictures of the ships still to be finished. Yesterday when we played they were fully painted. My other friends PHR were unpainted during the game so afterwards we went to mines and he airbrushed them Panzer Grey. The PHR look fantastic when they are airbrushed and I cannot wait to see what he does with them now. The concept he has for them sounds epic.

At the moment I am on a train to Glasgow to pick up some airbrush paints to get Robute Guilliman base coated and started. Tempted by the GW Air range but those pots, really?

Anyway until next time….

Sunday tutorial

So this Sunday I am teaching a few friends how to play Dropfleet. With two games under my belt and not a scooby about some of the finer mechanics this will be an interesting way to look over the rules and see the game. I have watched quite a few videos online about the game including the rather good Beasts of War videos that Dave was on. If you have not watched these yet then I would recommend them. Depending on how much of a disaster this is I will try write up a report and get a few pictures.

On the painting front its been a slow week. Working 12-9 is not fun and I haven’t had much time for hobby. Robute Guilliman arrived and I have started on the build for this. It is an epic model. Still 100% lost on how to set about this model but I will need to start soon. 


The base is a bit weird. He stands on a removable bit of marble that will sit on a 32mm(??) base however this does not fit through the gap. I will magnetise the marble base to the plastic base so it can be removed and used in game. First of the magnets are in above.


Finished the second starter fleet. Went for a San Francisco, St Petersburg and a New Cairo. On the frigate front I went for a Lima, 2 Missile Frigates and an Aegis Frigate. The names escape me at the moment. I have ordered two of the New York(??) class Battleships that will be magnetised up for the carrier and battleship variants. 

Until next time…

Dropfleet Shaltari

Making slow and steady progress with the Shaltari. So far you have seen them basecoated yellow and I have a few progress pictures below. Over the Army Painter Daemonic Yellow I did a wash of GW Baal Red and then GW Agarax Earthshade.


Yellow with Baal Red wash


After the Agarax Earthshade wash

So far so good. I am now wondering what colours to use as details and focal points. Probably green, blue and metal but we shall see. Was tempted by a lighter metal but with the overall colour being darker than my DZC Shaltari I am leaning to a Boltgun Metal with Nuln Oil wash, something very dark.

Until next time…

Monday Blues

Had a few hours spare today so I finally managed to get some base coating done for my ever growing pile of models. I am expecting to get the Robute Guilliman model today so that will put a hold on a lot of my Hawk stuff.

My block of models contains some UCM ground forces as well as the UCM starter fleet. The rest is a collection of Shaltari Dropzone stuff that I will slowly work through.


As you can see it is quite a collection. I am working up from Halfords Grey Primer with the UCM Dropfleet stuff. Thinking with a black wash then a drybrush it might be a super quick method of painting. Otherwise I may do some panel painting but I dont know if I am going to commit to that level of time and effort on them.

Until next time….

Que maniacal laughter :-)

So it came today…


And it is epic. The book is just out of this world (bad pun) and the UCM and Scourge models are every bit as good as the Shaltari. I would 100% recommend this to anyone getting into the game. I was on the fence about getting the starter set as I love my Shaltari but I figured that it would be impolite to have a UCM ground force and no space backup.

Overall build time as about 2 hours start to finish for the UCM. I sat and watched Jerry Maguire with the mrs and it took around the length of the movie to 

Few pics below of the just finished building models


I ordered a few magnets today for them but I have another starter kit for UCM on the way so I will magnetise those guys when they arrive.

I forgot to post this previously, a before and after of the darker wash to show the difference. I feel that this is a really simple and easy way to get the Shaltari to a point where they are tabletop ready and it will allow you to do the details as well as use them. Nothing worse than not being able to use your models since they are on the paint table.

Until next time…

Busy bee

So its been a week or so and again I have not been super lazy and avoided doing any hobby (much).


Last Sunday I managed a game of Dropzone with my Shaltari. The starter set is all finished to a decent tabletop level. I sadly lost as I found out how flimsy Shaltari can be when people are nasty and shoot at your.


My Dropfleet Shaltari arrived and boy are they beautiful. Took me a bit to get my head around the instructions but after you figure out how they go together they are very easy to build. Just a starter set for now but I have a 2 Player Starter Set en route as well as an additional UCM fleet. I plan on having the UCM as my main while the Shaltari are a nice side project to work on. The Scourge have been sold off to a friend. I am planning on painting and naming them after the UNSC ships from Halo 🙃


Finally this is my current to do list… not much as you can see. Pretty sure its grown since last month.

And finally a wee update from this morning as I got some paint on my Shaltari. Army Painter Daemonic Yellow, going to follow a similar process to the DZC Shaltari I have.

Also managed a game if Dropfleet yesterday. It is awesome. If you are on the fence about Battlefleet Gothic V2 then give it a go. Honestly cannot say enough good things about it. 

My only issue with it is that I now have to choose between it and Dropzone for what to play on a Sunday. Wonder if my other half will agree to another day of wargames a week….