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Weekend Gaming: Football Weekend!

Pretty fun weekend around here.  On Friday we spent the afternoon over at our friends’ house where we celebrated their daughter’s first birthday and watch the NDSU Bison football team win the FCS championship.  It was a blast.

That evening, Louis, Kevin, Ryan and Joe joined us for games.  First up was Acquire.  I started one of the smaller companies, and then it immediately grew to the point where it wasn’t going away until the end of the game.  Because of this, I wasn’t able to get into any other companies.  I barely had enough money to get into a tie for the most shares in my company.  In the end, Joe and I tied for that one, and he had controlled enough of the smaller mergers to easily take the win.

Next up was Railways of the Western U.S.  My baron required that I connect and industrialize Dodge City and Santa Fe.  Because of this I was doing a lot of shipping in and around Denver.  Sadly, because I went last on the first turn, I wasn’t able to snag the Hotel for Denver.  Louis go that card, so I was feeding him a bunch of points even while I was making points for myself.  Kevin and Gina had control of the West coast and were making some deliveries there, while Ryan had decided to go for the Golden Spike bonus and built all the way from Omaha to San Fransisco.  Joe was all alone in the lower Midwest, and Louis had a solid grip on the Salt Lake City region.  Louis was making consistent 3-4 point deliveries and with the bonus points I was providing him, he easily won the game.  Over all, though, it was a pretty low scoring game, with all of us sitting at just over 20 points (Louis had about 30).

We followed that up with a quick game of 7 Wonders.  I was playing Rhodes, and focused pretty heavily on military.  I was having difficulties, though, as I wasn’t able to get Stone until the end of Age 2, so I wasn’t able to start on my Wonder.  Then I forgot about Iron and wasn’t able to build the second stage of my Wonder.  Regardless, I still did alright with maximum military points and two very strong Guilds.  It wasn’t enough, though, as Ryan had pulled off 38 points worth of Science and edged me out by 3 points.

The last game of the night was Puerto Rico, with Ryan sitting out.  I went heavily into a Trading/Building strategy.  I was able to grab both Markets, and was routinely selling Coffee and Tobacco for big money.  I was able to build three of the big buildings.  Louis was doing a very strong shipping strategy, while Kevin and Gina were more balanced.  Joe was also doing a lot of Trading and Buying.  In the end, I was able to put up 43 points, which just barely beat out Louis’ 41 points.

Sunday was spent watching more football, while I worked on painting some Razorbacks for my Space Wolves army.  I am nearly done with one, which just needs detailing and weathering.  Here is a work-in-progress picture:

Overall a great first weekend of 2012.  Happy gaming!

Thunderwolf Group Shot

Now that I have finished up painting and basing all of my Thunderwolves, I figured I had better post a group shot of them.

The five on the outside are from Mythicast.  The one in back with the Thunderhammer is made from a Heroclix wolf, and the one in the front-center is a Dungeons and Dragons Vampire Dire Wolf.

The snow bases were done with a mix of baking soda, white glue and a bit of white paint.  I started by mixing it all up to a gloppy mess, and then smearing it on the bases.  Once that mix was on, I sprinkled some dry baking soda over the top.  The final step was sealing it all up with a couple coats of Krylon Matte sealant.

Final Thunderwolves

I finished up the last three Thunderwolves for my Space Wolf army a few nights ago.  They still need basing, but otherwise they are all done. Here they are in all their glory:

Finished Menoth Starter Box

I finished painting the contents of the Menoth starter box about a week ago.  I’m pretty happy with the way they turned out in the end.  It’s a pretty simple color scheme, with Chaos Black armor panels, Liche Purple trim and Chainmail for the silver.  Everything is then given a wash of Babab Black.  The black was then highlighted with about a 70/30 mix of black and white and the purple with a 50/50 mix of purple and white.  The silver was highlighted with Mithril Silver and the eyes were done with Iyanden Darksun.

I still need to figure out what kind of bases to use, but I’m leaning towards some kind of resin bases.

Warmachine: Khador

Lately, I had some fun painting up my Khador starter set that I had bought ages ago.  They were painted with Reaper Dark Shadow brown, Mechrite Red, Shining Gold and Chainmail Silver.  They were then given an all over wash of Devlan Mud.  Mechrite Red, Burnished Gold and Mithril Silver were used to highlight the Red, Gold and Silver respectively.  The brown was highlighted with a 50/50 mix of Dark Shadow and Snakebite Leather.  All-in-all it was a pretty simple scheme, but I think it turned out quite well.

Here they are in all their glory.

Warmachine: Kommander Sorscha

The starter box of Khador models I’ve had for about 5 years now is the next to get painted.  I’ve always liked the Sorscha model, but I didn’t really want to do quite as much red for the army, so I decided to try my had at brown.  I really think that the warm browns, reds and gold make a nice combination.

More Menoth

First up is the Crusader.  It’s still a work in progress, and you’ll have to excuse the lighting.  I am trying out a new lightbox, and the colors are far too warm.

Next is a Revenger

Warcaster Kreoss

And finally a group shot

WIP: High Exemplar Kreoss and a Warjack

As a change of pace, I decided to put some paint down on my Menoth forces from Warmachine.  I hadn’t touched them in ages, since I couldn’t really decide on a color scheme that I really liked.  I like the standard Red/White color scheme seen in pictures, but it wasn’t working the way I wanted on the models.

Yesterday some inspiration hit, and I decided to try out a purple/black/silver scheme.  I tried it on High Exemplar Kreoss first, as he is a smaller model.  In my opinion it turned out quite well.  It is a bit dark, but I think it will look really neat as a unified theme.

There’s still some clean-up and detailing to do, but in general I think things worked out quite well.  So the next step was to try it out on a Warjack.  This one is very much a work in progress, but it’s looking good.  He was originally started in the red/white scheme and I just decided to paint over it, which is why you can see some red peaking through the cracks.

Painting Space Wolves

It’s been a while since I’ve done any painting, but last week the urge to paint some of my Space Wolves hit.  It’s mostly in preparation for a tournament this weekend.

First up are two of my Thunderwolves.


The second one’s arm was messed up due to a primer issue, so it’s sitting in some Simple Green at the moment before I can start on it again.


Last up are the Space Wolf Scouts that are still just a work in progress.


The Wonders of Simple Green

It’s been crazy hot here lately (like most places in the US), but last week there was one day where it seemed cool and dry enough to prime a bunch of the Marines that I had assembled.  Sadly my garage was a too humid and they all turned out a bit “fuzzy”.  As you can see in the first two pics, they were pretty rough.  So off to the local True Value for some Simple Green.  I had heard a ton of great things about it online, and I figured I’d give it a try.

Space Marine Before Simple Green

Terminator Before Simple Green

Here are the first two test models going into the bath of Simple Green.  I wanted to make sure they would not melt or break apart before I tossed the whole batch of guys in.

Into the bath

They sat in there for about an hour before I checked on them.  Nothing bad had happened, so I dumped the rest of them in.  After letting them sit for about a day, I pulled them out.  Here is one sitting in the bath after a day.

Coming out of the bath

Here is the same one, straight out of the bath.

Right out of the bath

I ran it under the tap and most of the paint came right off.

After a shower

Then I scrubbed it with a toothbrush, and all the rest of the paint came right off.

After a scrub

And here are the original two pictured above.

Terminator all clean

Space Marine all clean

The Simple Green worked flawlessly.  None of the joints, plastic or resin was affected at all.  Nothing was damaged, not even the two that I accidentally dropped in the sink.  There was even some old layers of primer on some of the parts that came right off with a scrub.  The models are all ready for a new coat of paint once it cools down enough.  I would definitely recommend it to anyone who needs to strip the paint off plastic models.


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