Thursday, April 2, 2015

The Hobby Pledge - April 2, 2015

New This Week:
Purchased: 120
Sold: 0
Painted: 12

Running Total:
Purchased: 247
Sold: 255
Painted: 157

Well, I screwed up and bought a ton of minis this week. Not 100% sure how I'm supposed to count 10mm figures (Dropzone Commander), but I'm just going to count them as one each. So, it's a lot. Should be quick to paint, but it's still a lot.

I blame Ashley. She got a free starter at Adepticon, gave it to me, and friends were interested. Plus people around here currently play it. Ugh.

I did paint up a unit for Saga this week. So it's not all bad.

Moors can take a unit of Levies with crossbows. I'm excited to see how they play. Not thrilled with the paint job, especially the photography, but they look good enough.

The good news is that I've already painted 16 figures for next week's post. After that it'll be cracking out my Dropzone Commander stuff, and I hope to have two full armies painted by the end of the month. Should hopefully balance out my Purchased to Painted ratio.

Monday, March 23, 2015

The Hobby Pledge - March 23, 2015

New This Week:
Purchased: 0
Sold: 32
Painted: 12

Running Total:
Purchased: 127
Sold: 255
Painted: 145

More Malifaux this week. Lots more Malifaux. Malifaux forever.

That's not true. I feel like I'm truly, and honestly, close to "finishing" my Arcanists. When I say "finish" I mostly mean having all the plastic figures painted, and having enough to field whatever I could want. "Finish" also means that I'm just on the treadmill picking up new releases as they come out. So, not "finish" in any real sense. But you know what I mean. 

After that it's Resurrectionists. I'm enjoying Malifaux a lot, to be honest. I expect the near future will be Malifaux, more Reaper Bones for D&D, and Bolt Action Germans. 

Anyway, this week I painted up the following:

More Ice Gamin. I have 6 of them painted now. I used them last week with Rasputina and won that game. Very fun game. I hope that 6 is enough, I suspect it will be, but if I had to paint up more it wouldn't be a big deal.

Canine remains were fun to paint. I'm also enjoying how they operate in the game. Marcus can use them and it helps get me off to a start on my Resurrectionists. I'm using Micro Art Studios Graveyard bases for all my Rezzers, so that'll be fun.

The Rail Workers were fun to paint. I'm going to try them out tonight (most likely, depends on the schemes and strategy and whatnot) and am hoping for the best.

And here's Mei Feng. I really like her mini a lot. I wish Kang were more "special", instead he's just a comically proportioned guy in a world of normally proportioned people. I don't hate the model, but it's not exciting. 

This week I sold some Orks that I used to ally with my Tau. Not a huge loss, but they'll be missed.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

The Hobby Pledge - March 11, 2015

New This Week:
Purchased: 6
Sold: 0
Painted: 18

Running Total:
Purchased: 127
Sold: 223
Painted: 133

Back in the black, today! Only bought 6 figures (more Malifaux stuff) and am starting to get some progress on all these Reaper Bones I have.

Quick thing about the Reaper Bones figures. I like them, but I don't love them. I'd try harder to make them nicer, but any time doing that (mostly on the preparation side, really) would just be better spent buying a metal figure saving me time. I still like them, and will be painting a lot of them here in the near future. Very happy with the figures, and would happily back a third Kickstarter should they choose to do one.

 First are 12 Kobolds and 2 Leaders, a Boss and a Wizard. Fun figures, and I think this is where the material is at its strongest: monsters you need many of and who don't need to look fantastic. Happy with how these came out, too.

I'm running a Dungeons and Dragons game (I really, very, really like 5th Edition) and painted some characters for players as well as NPCs. All are Bones and I'm happy with how they came out. 

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

The Hobby Pledge - March 3, 2015

New This Week:
Purchased: 42
Sold: 0
Painted: 5

Running Total:
Purchased: 121
Sold: 223
Painted: 115

I purchased a lot of models this week. I'm really enjoying Malifaux, but our group has a lot of Arcanist players so I'm switching gears to Ressurectionists. Might take a little while as I'm waiting on the Micro Art Studios bases Kickstarter to deliver (it seems like it'll be late for totally silly reasons) but here we are. Life is pain.

I am a little sad I'm running a 6 figure deficit, a 127 figure deficit if I were to keep to my goal of buying half as many models as I paint. I'll try to get back on track, I have a few big projects sitting in my closet waiting for paint.

This week I only painted 5 models, but they're all pretty big.

Mashaaf, The Great Old One, was a $12 add-on from the last Reaper Bones Kickstarter and he is totally a steal for that price. Very, very fun model to paint and he is huge. Not 100% sure what I'll use him for, but I just wanted to paint him. Pretty happy with how he came out. Also, he's huge. That poor heroic astronaut aint gonna last long against him.

I painted up the Damned Ones of Gluttony for Hell Dorado. Not that I have much interest in playing it, although I have some, but more about they were in a box for too long and too cool. Plus, I was painting Killjoy this week for Malifaux and their scheme was going to be pretty similar. It's not 3x as hard to paint 3 similar miniatures and all. Really happy with how they came out.

The Dawn Serpent. Ugh. Such a bad mini. I tried to paint it well, but just gave up and just wanted to get it done. Hate it. Pretty good in the game, though, sadly.

Killjoy was really fun to paint. I think he looks way better in person, too. Very fun to paint and I'm excited to try him out.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

The Hobby Pledge - February 24, 2015

New This Week:
Purchased: 6
Sold: 72
Painted: 18

Running Total:
Purchased: 79
Sold: 223
Painted: 110

More Malifaux this week, as well as a few Reaper Bones figures I meant to get to long ago.

First up are 3 Silurids. Marcus can take them, and I really dug the models. I think they came out better than the pictures (I really need to take photography more seriously) but I'm happy with them. Did water / swampy bases for them to make them a little different.

I painted up a second Razorspine Rattler (on the right). Fun model. They worked well as a pair when I played last night (first real game of Malifaux, too). The one on the left I painted a few months ago when I painted the Marcus box.

Willie is rad. I really dig that model and am happy with how he came out.

The Hoarcat Pride is fun. Apparently the 3 are supposed to be on one base, box came with three bases however. I'll redo them at some point in the future.

3 more Steam Arachnids, 1 Steam Arachnid swarm, and 3 scrap markers. I have 6 more scrap markers I need to finish up, and then some Scheme Markers.

The Electric Creation is really fun. I might pick up a second since it looks like Ramos can make them. Not sure if it's necessary, though, but I'm thinking on it.

The Essence of Power isn't a great model. I really didn't care for it, and the paint job shows. I'm not sure if his rules are even decent, I doubt he'll see much play.

The Rail Golem is rad. Really fun model to paint and I'm happy with how he came out.

I painted these three Fire Elementals to use them as Warp Flame Somethings so my Daemons could have a generic unit to summon and they could be whatever I needed in a given game. Never actually did this, but I finished them up. Fun models.

Sold this week is my painted Tau army. You guys will be missed. They helped me go 5-3 and win my bracket at NOVA a few years ago, before they got Riptides in the new book. RIP.

Monday, February 16, 2015

The Hobby Pledge - February 16, 2015

New This Week:
Purchased: 82
Sold: 121
Painted: 14

Running Total:
Purchased: 73
Sold: 151
Painted: 92

This ended up being a busy week. First, for purchases I bought a bunch of Malifaux models:

  • 3 Steam Arachnids
  • 1 Steam Arachnid Swarm
  • Willie
  • 3 Hoarcats
  • 3 Silurids
  • Rail Golem
  • Essence of Power
  • Razorspine Rattler
  • Electric Creation
In addition to that I went in on the Fightin' Fungi Kickstarter. That thing blew up more than I expected and I'm going to end up getting a ton of minis from it. 67 minis, to be exact. Not 100% sure what I'll do with them, I hope I can make a unit of Mushroom-men for Kings of War or something, but they're fun and I spent a very reasonable amount on it. But, still, that's a lot of figures this week. Doubly so as my goal is to only buy half as many figures as I paint, something I had been doing very well up until this week.

Also, I bought these last year (2013 actually) but my Reaper Bones 2 came in. Very, very excited about these figures. I hope to paint one or two a week. I'm not counting them as purchased now as they were purchased before, but I know that's a weird way to do things. Basically, from here on out I'll count any money I spent on figures that week as "Purchased", even if those figures won't be in hand for some time.

Painted this week are the last of the Hell on Earth miniatures. I'm very happy I finished these, feels good to paint every figure that exists in a range, and I'm happy with how they came out. I promise they look better in person, I need to upgrade my photography situation, but they still look pretty good. I really like these figures, manage to have a lot of personality and character without being cluttered. Really strike that balance.

The generic Post Apoc Hero isn't my favorite, but it's not a bad figure. I like the Psyker lady, though. She has a fun pose and was easy to paint.

 The Dr Darius Hellstromme Robot was fun to paint. I made him dirty and ugly, partly because painting clean white is a bit of a pain. He'll likely join The League of Socialist Robots.

 The Female Librarian and Stone were also fun. The Librarians and Junkers, both male and female versions, were probably the highlight of these figures. Really fun to paint and interesting.

 The Female Law Dog is a little more old timey than the male one, which is fun. Not sure what the Leader of the Iron Alliance is doing, throwing a flaming skull?, but she was fun to paint.

 I also really like the Toxic Shaman. Giving something fun for Native Americans, namely trying to extract poisonous radiation from the earth and letting them use that power for Post Apocalyptic magic, is a fun idea and I like both of the figures they have. The Female Templar is similarly fun, Post Apocalyptic Paladins and all. She's a little more sexy than I like in my female minis, but she seems to be the outlier in this range and she still has very realistic female proportions so it's easy to forgive.

 The Doombringer might be my favorite model from this range. Just really fun, evocative pose, and I dig the concept of evil radioactive mutants.

 The Female Doomsayer and Female Post Apocalyptic Hero were also fun to paint. I like it that the Post Apoc Hero has a teddy bear tied to her belt, little things like that give a lot of fun character.

 This is a Reaper model, although I guess technically all the above are as well, but this generic Post Apocalyptic Hero will definitely fit in and I picked up up a few weeks ago at Huzzah at random.

 Lastly I painted up Rauthuros from Reaper. It's a Bones figure I meant to use as a Bloodthirster, but instead he'll be just a generic demon lord for any future games I play. Fun mini, very very fast paint job but I think it's Good Enough (TM).

Sold this week is my painted Daemons of Chaos army. Very fun army to play, paint, and model. I'll miss them, but it's been over a year since I played them and it's time to let go. Cynically, I like 40k but I expect when I start playing it again it'll either be with a new army, or any armies I currently have will take time to update that it won't be much different than starting from scratch. RIP Daemons, you guys did me very well.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

The Hobby Pledge - February 11, 2015

New This Week:
Purchased: 0
Sold: 0
Painted: 7

Running Total:
Purchased: 6
Sold: 30
Painted: 78

Sorry for the delay this week. Work has been very busy and I've been working out a lot. Gotta lose those pounds. Gotta look good for my dudes.

This week I painted 7 more models from the Deadlands: Hell on Earth Kickstarter. After these I have 12 more to go, and if I'm lucky and a little dedicated I should have them done for Monday. Fingers crossed.

These three were the male versions of the Law Dog, Doomsayer, and Templar. The Templar wasn't great, not a bad figure or anything, but there's a few things I didn't like about it. Probably the worst to paint of these figures so far, but still decent. I like the Law Dog and the Doomsayer a lot, though.

The female Junker and male Librarian are great. I wish the Junker's wrench wasn't bent, I tried to straighten it but had no luck, but despite that I think it's a very good figure. I'm also very happy with how the Librarian came out. I promise they look better than the photos show.

Last, the female Toxic Shaman and male Syker were fun to paint. I think they came out well, at least. I like these figures a lot, they are evocative and stylish without being overburdened with details (too many Sci Fi or Post Apoc minis seem to have leather straps and pouches everywhere and are way too busy).

I have 12 more to paint and hopefully they'll be done soon. I also have some more Malifaux figures to get to, and Reaper Bones 2 should be at my apartment on Friday. Lots of fun stuff to paint.

I'm also going pretty heavily into the Fightin' Fungi Kickstarter. I like the Songs of Blades and Heroes game, and this seems like a good addition / upgrade to it. Plus the figures are nuts and different. You should take a look, too, should be a good one.

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