Tuesday, December 29, 2015

2015 Year In Review

Not as much happened this year as I would have liked. My family had a move so that cut into a lot of hobby time, but I was still able to work on many projects that I am proud of. So here is a wrap up for the year on the status of my many projects.

Grand Inquisitorial Retinue (Warhammer 40,000 - Inquisition)
I had originally planned for this project to get done in time for the Harvester of Souls Grand Tournament, but the move especially cut into this. I have about 95% of the army assembled, and about 15% painted. This project is officially on back burner status. I think I got burned out on such an ambitious project and bitten off more than I can chew with it. I would like to get back to it at some point because I am especially proud of some of the conversions, like my Lord Inquisitor in terminator armour and the Acolytes with boltguns.

Commander Truestrike's Fi'rios Expedition Cadre (Warhammer 40,000 - Tau Empire)
My original Tau army has expanded some. The new codex brought in some fun additions that I got. I made a set of Breachers and an XV95 Ghostkeel, the latter I really enjoyed on the tabletop. I may even like it better than the Riptide. Plus a few more minor editions. My brother Jarom got me another Devilfish for Christmas. I have some ideas for a different conversion for them, so you may see a few posts on that next year.

Forgesworn Eternals (Warhammer: Age of Sigmar - Stormcast Eternals)
Games Workshop really shook it up with the release of Age of Sigmar. Regardless of all the fuss I love the game and excited to see where it's going from here. The Stormcast Eternals are unique and fun to build and paint, and I got a lot of positive internet feedback on my Lord-Celestant on Dracoth conversion when it was featured on Faeit 212. I don't really plan on adding any more to this army. I have enough for a decent force in a game that plays well with small warbands (one of the many reasons I love AoS) and they are generally meant to ally with my Dwarfs anyway.

Forthammer Clan Throng (Warhammer: Age of Sigmar - Dwarfs)
My original Dwarf army has taken a turn for AoS, with my round basing project pretty much done. I still have a little bit to add to it, but I am going to start fresh with a new paint scheme, and some new fluff, depending on the rumored Duardin Battletome. So we will see where that goes.

Extreme Scythean (Warmachine/Hordes - Legion of Everblight)
This was not my army, but I guess this could be considered my first commission. I had fun doing the project and I enjoyed seeing it received.

Zone Mortalis Project (Warhammer 40,000 - Terrain Project)
This one had to take a break as Christmas came in and took up the bits casting zone. But that will resume soon. I am hoping I can at least have this one built up to 16 tiles before the end of next year.

That sums up the year. Next update will be my goals for 2016.

Friday, December 18, 2015

Forgesworn Eternals - Prosecutors

I got around to working on my Forgesworn Eternals again. This time finally getting to the Prosecutors.

A list of things I did in the conversions:
  • Removed ribbons that held them up. Was never a fan of the loosely hanging ribbons
  • Replaced the hammer heads with dwarven axe heads from the Longbeards kit
  • Shortened the wingspans, but beefed them up with some spare shields and axe heads.
  • Put dragon head thing on backs, to act as secondary thrusters.
  • Replaced heads with Irondrake heads, and stuck axe heads on their crests for aesthetic.
Shortening the wingspan I am especially proud of. It reduces their footprint out of the COMPLETELY UNWIELDY zone and into 'workable' while still keeping the angelic winged look. Having a smaller wingspan also makes them a bit easier to transport.

I am working on the sixth and final prosecutor, but I am waiting on the axe head bits for his hand weapons to come in the mail. These are all made from just the starter set prosecutors.

Sunday, December 6, 2015

My Dwarf Throng - small update

With the casting of bits on a standstill until after the holidays, and the weather being too cold to do any painting (can't prime models when it's too cold), I have been doing some odds and ends projects here and there. One of which is getting all my Dwarfs on round bases for Age of Sigmar.
Putting them all on rounds was purely an aesthetic choice, of course. Many are debating whether it is worth it or not. Since I have no interest in playing games like Kings of War or old fantasy, I love the look of round bases more than square, and I find that sometimes the corners of square bases can get in the way of pile-in-moves.