Paint Brushes for Splayedpaintbrush?

So as ever there is a new kickstarter looking for funding. This one has me intrigued though, as I’m really really tempted to back it. Its the brush set by Artis Opus, a set of miniature painting brushes that have testimonials from some seriously good painters. Of course a seriously good painter could probably paint a better miniature with one of my ‘splayed paint brushes’ than I could with any high end brush*. So does that matter? Continue reading

Long time no blog post

It’s been a while, in fact I hadn’t realised how long it had been since my last post. That hasn’t been helped by how fast this year seems to be going either. Having a kid sucks up so much of what would normally have been hobby time – it’s unreal! Anyway enough pathetic excuses, what has been happening in my hobby world since last October?

Guild Ball

An Escalation League is still going strong that is being ran at Bolton. Although its getting near the end. It certainly has introduced a lot of new people to the game. I’m playing Farmers, and I’m really enjoying playing them. I’m still playing with the original box too, so I need to add some of the second box player’s into the mix. I have stalled painting them, which is a shame, I am less than enthused about the plastic sculpts. I love the simple pick up and play aspect of the new boxes. However I am thinking of selling both my Blacksmith boxes because I cant be bothered with prepping the models to paint. I have also got some Farmers themed terrain on the go, which should have their own blog post coming soon. Finally I have been tinkering with my Guild Ball measuring stick widget designs and have got a new set cut for me by Cog O Two, again I should have a blog post about them coming soon too.

Warhammer Underworlds: Shadespire

This is a cool simple game, and I really didn’t intend to buy it but I have. I haven’t bought a GW game for an awful long time and didn’t expect to either. I haven’t played the game an awful lot – not had chance – however what I have played I really enjoyed. I was hoping that I would quickly get the warbands painted up, and that being something completely different from what I have been painting recently that they would act as a palette cleanser, so to speak, enabling me to get over my ‘painting block’ and start churning out models again.

I said that game was simple, however I am struggling with the deck building aspect of the game. If I am honest I am finding the choice overwhelming, and not playing that style of game before I find choosing the cards to go along with a game plan challenging. Thankfully there are some deck examples up on the Shadespire site. I plan on using these along with the suggested tactics to get used to the way the card deck and game interacts.

Necromunda: Underhive

Speaking of GW games, I got this for Christmas off the wife. She asked me for ideas for Christmas presents but I was a bit stumped what to ask for – a new canoe was pushing my luck. As Necromunda Underhive had just been released I thought a bit of a blast from the past would be good, and suggested that. I guess most tabletop gamers my age will have played the original release of Necromunda, I have fond memories of it from 1996 at any rate. I’ve opened the box looked at it and gone ‘wow, cool’, and subsequently put it back in the box. I have just not managed to find the time to do anything else with it sadly. Maybe I’ll get round to it at some point – sigh!


Now this was an unexpected surprise. I sold my Dystopian Wars collection to a gaming buddy of mine, he mentioned during the conversation his interest in playing some Malifaux. Now, I have tried to get into playing Malifaux a number of times over the years with not much success, and still have the models etc. So I assembled the models from the two player starter set and we played through the first few encounters to learn the game basics just the other night. We both enjoyed it, so I would expect some Malifaux models to make an appearance on the blog at some point.


OMG another new game! I bought into it the playtest because of metal models – as I alluded to earlier  I’m not a fan of the plastic sadly. Steamforged have a lot of fantastic looking models across their range, for me I feel the plastic is a bit of a let down. Although this material and their selling model does make the games (or Guild Ball at the moment) very accessible to a wide range of poeple, which is a good thing. I guess I am just in the minority in that I’d prefer a different material for my models.  I believe Godtear will be going on Kickstarter later this year, so I’ll be interested to see if there is any metal/resin model options available as exclusives or optional extras from that.

I’m quietly excited waiting for the models and rules to turn up, as I suspect a lot of people are. Studio Giraldez has painted up at least one of the Godtear minis, and posted pictures on Facebook.


I haven’t played this in a while, Guild Ball taking up all my actual gaming time recently. I’m dying to get back into this, we’ll see how it goes. I suspect there’ll be the odd model painted over the year, depending on Mayacast Masterglass themes. The current theme is the new Druze Sectorial, I am hoping to paint something for it – we’ll see.

After asking around locally I’ve found out that there is an event on the 18th March, an escalation tournament held at Preston Harlequins. I’m fairly eager to go along, although I might have to do some painting to get a 400 point force fully painted for the final round. Well I do if i want to use the Neo Terra sectorial.

New Year 2018

Unlike in past years I’ve not bothered making any New Year Resolutions this time, it’s pointless I’ll never stick to them. I also haven’t gone back over the last year to see how much I got done of what I set out to do. I think that would depress me! I have seen a couple of friends on Facebook have been trying to keep to their hobby resolutions though – 30 mins hobby time per day sounds reasonable. I hope they keep it up!

Guild Ball Morticians – Pulling Strings

Exactly a year ago I posted up some Morticians that I’d painted up for Ben, our local pundit, link to previous post. Fortunately that article gave a good run down of how they were painted, as a couple of weeks ago I got the job of painting the rest of the Morticians’ models. Its the models that form the Stings Of The Spirit Weaver box, except for Bonesaw who was painted the first time round. Read on for a photo dump of the completed models.

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Guild Ball Goal – Painting the post

If you’ve visited my blog before you may have already seen the post about the initial concept and build for my Guild Ball goal marker, and also the detailing and finishing touches post. This post not a step by step guide to how I painted my goal, more of a general description. Plus of course a load of pictures of the finished goal marker.

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What a piece of junk! Weathering the Millennium Falcon

Fantasy Flight Games Falcon box art

I’ve had family staying over for a little while, so things have been a little busy for much on the hobby front. My youngest nephew is 10, so to entertain both him and my son (and lets be honest – myself), I broke out the good old X-Wing Miniatures game. While we were playing that on the kitchen table my sis-in-law, niece and wife were all colouring in. My sister in law is big into colouring in, and had inspired my wife to start it up again. So what I am I telling you all this for, well, it reminded me of a forum post that I had been meaning to have a go at doing for quite a while (as you’ll see from the forum dates) – using colouring pencils to weather the Falcon.

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Birthday Cake

If I ever decide not to be an aeronautical engineer, I wonder if I could use my hobby skills in whatever job I end up in? Like cake decorating maybe…

Its my son’s birthday today, the wife and I decorated his cake last night. I am pretty pleased with how it turned out. Turns out my sugar craft skills are probably better than my greenstuff skills.

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