Monday, January 26, 2015

The Hobby Pledge - January 26, 2015

New This Week:
Purchased: 5
Sold: 0
Painted: 22

Running Total:
Purchased: 6
Sold: 3
Painted: 52

I'm happy that this was another productive week. I only purchased 3 miniatures. I got 3 Metal Gamin for Malifaux, and two Reaper figures for more of my Post Apocalyptic game I'm working on.

I like both of these figures. I'm hopeful to get them painted this week.

I also got the Ramos starter painted, as well as the 3 Metal Gamin I purchased. I'm very happy with the end result but I have a few complaints. First, the Brass Arachnid is supposed to be mounted on a 30mm base. That is kind of ridiculous. I'm happy with the pose I got, I think he looks pretty cool actually, but it's another Malifaux figure that doesn't fit on the base. Howard Langston, Joss, and one of the Metal Gamin were almost as bad. I think it's pretty inexusable for how expensive the figures are.

Next, I got the plastic box of Metal Gamin. The figures are OK, I'm not thrilled with how they came out but they're not bad. I'm annoyed that they didn't come with the version 2 of their card, so I'll need to buy a box of cards to get it for the game.

I do like the figures. The Ramos figures are the least exciting of the Arcanists to me, but they are pretty nice. I suspect I'll need to get another box of the robot spider guys since I guess Ramos can make them in the game?

I probably should get out and play this game some day. Maybe soon. I hope I don't hate it.

Next are two robots from the Judge Dredd game. They're fairly large Soviet robots from the Sov Invasion box. I got the boxes for 50% off a few months ago, and I'm pretty happy with the figures. More robots for the League of Soviet Robots, at least.

Finally, here are the last of the Salvage Crew Kickstarter. I ought to do a write up about it. Long story short: the figures are better than I thought they'd be, I'm happy enough with them. I forgive a lot when a figure comes out to about $1 each, compared to $7 each for a Malifaux figure.

I painted this batch in red to give them a unifying scheme. I imagine them being a rag tag group of near future / Post Apocalyptic mercenaries.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

The Hobby Pledge - January 20, 2015

New This Week:
Purchased: 0
Sold: 3
Painted: 14

Running Total:
Purchased: 1
Sold: 3
Painted: 30

This is a day late. Yesterday was MLK Day and I spent it away from the computer.

This week was fairly productive. 14 models painted in total. I also sold The Trolls from The Hobbit, I had painted them for Adepticon last year.

This week I painted 8 more figures from the Salvage Crew Kickstarter, mostly robots. I also painted the Rasputina Starter for Malifaux.

I had a fun time painting the Rasputina set. I like the figures, and I think they came out nicely to a solid tabletop standard. Not going to win any awards (I don't paint that well, nor am I patient enough) but I like the way they look. I especially like how doing a coat of gloss and water on top of the Dulcote makes the icy monsters look more slick and real.

Here are more robots for the League of Soviet Robots. I like these models, they have lots of personality. They're a little odd, which I dig, and I'm just happy with how they're coming out.

This upcoming week I'm going to try to finish painting the last 9 models I have from that Kickstarter. After that I may try to do 12 models for a point of Crossbow Levies for the Moors in Saga. It's a little ambitious, but doable.

Finally, here are the painted models I sold this week. I hope they found a happy new home.

Monday, January 12, 2015

The Hobby Pledge - January 12, 2015

New This Week:
Purchased: 1
Sold: 0
Painted: 4

Running Total:
Purchased: 1
Sold: 0
Painted: 16

This week was weirdly productive, but I don't have a ton to show.

I'm about half finished with the Rasputina starter for Malifaux, so that'll have to be for next week.

This week I did purchase a Warlord SU-76 for Bolt Action. I even got it painted. Additionally I painted up 3 Molemen for Malifaux. Not a bad week, but next week should be a lot better.


This model painted up fairly fast. I don't paint my Bolt Action tanks to be great, but I think they look pretty good. Look a little messy, with oil smears and grime everywhere. I like them, at least.

I'm still not too impressed with Warlord's resin. It's okay, but one or two pieces didn't make it to the model because of some things. It's a Soviet tank, though, so I'm okay with it being beat up a little bit.

I'm excited to use this in a tournament on Thursday. I think it's one of the best tanks in the game (it's cheap! versatile! and cool!)

Additionally I painted the plastic box set of Molemen for Malifaux. I don't know if they're good or not in the game, but I like the models.

They're not bad models, but not as good as they should be for $7 a model MSRP. I like them, but there are a few things that annoy me.

First, a model should fit on the base. The guy in the center really doesn't, he'd have to be sitting on the lip of those dumb Warmachine styled based. Some cork made it better, but I don't love it. The guy on the far right shouldn't look silly with one arm hanging over the edge. The figure feels out of balance. Not huge issues, but for $7 plastic figures I expect better. I still like them, love the concept, and am happy with them.

My paint job was intentionally messy. I still don't love it, but I think they look pretty good. They look good enough from two feet away, and maybe even good enough from 18 inches away.

Next week should be a more productive week, I'd imagine at least 10 models, but we'll see. I'm aiming for 500 painted models this year, with 200 coming from my existing pile of army mans.

Monday, January 5, 2015

The Hobby Pledge - January 5, 2015

One of my New Year's Resolutions was to not just blog more, I do a lot of painting and playing I never share here, but to keep better statistics.

For years people on The Miniatures Page, a somewhat odious place full of reactionary neckbeards, have done The Pledge. The gist of this is to keep track of miniature purchased, sold, and painted. I'll try to do that here every week.

Running Totals for 2015:

Purchased: 0
Sold: 0
Painted: 12

Painted this week are 12 figures from the old Mega Minis / Alpha Forge "Salvage Crew". A Kickstarter was run to bring these back a little while ago (actually one of the best Kickstarters I've seen, delivered on time and had zero fuss or drama).

The figures aren't great, but they're fine. They're flexible enough to use for not-Necromunda, Dredd, or other miscellaneous near future or post apoc type games.

I painted up 10 of the humans and 2 of the robots. I like the figures well enough, the big guy with dynamite is especially nice.

I didn't give these a great paint job. They're a little darker than I normally paint, but I wasn't especially inspired by them. I think they'll do well for what I want, and will look well enough.

I hope to paint up the rest of these figures, this is about half of them, in the next week or two.

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