Sunday, October 31, 2010

Why does disaster always happen to me?/Krieg Project part 1

My modeling cabinet is in the kitchen, high enough that no one in the family wants to use it this space. I have been using this spot for four years now but for some reason, I keep dropping models right at that spot. Every other model drops 5 feet to the ground, shattering into pieces. I rummage around, looking for some stuff and bonk, there drops another model. Half the time, it's the actual model I am building, working hard at another cool conversion or whatever, I am happily admiring progress when suddenly it slips from my fingers....a you tube video would see me desperately trying to keep ahold of it, only making it's flight path even unpredictable and uncatchable.
This is what happened this morning. After building my first Knight of Bal Timorean, I decided to build another one. I had finished the complex kitbash and already basecoated all the different colors, incl a wash. And then:
It is so disheartening and really, really dissapointing. You work so hard on bring an idea to life and everyone knows that gluing metal, resing and plastic together can be really frustrating. My wife knows all this by now and I only have to look through my teary eyes at her for a hug, damn I hate this cabinet!

OK, moving on. Here's my other baby project: Death Korps of Krieg Mole Launcher team clears out enemy bunker. The bunker is getting there...
It looks kind of messy right now because of the spackle but I am going to sand it down in the spots where it spilled. Still have to make sandbags out of green stuff.
My wife made me some barbed wire from beading wire. She wrapped two pieces around each other and then made the little loops that she cut short to look like barbs.

More on this project late this week.
Go Giants!

Mike

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Barter Bucket: Saturday, October 30th 2010


Welcome to the Barter Bucket!

The Barter Bucket has one goal in mind; gamers helping other gamers with hard-to-find bits, regular pieces, and whole models. It's a place to trade in your old stuff for new, or to get that one piece you need without buying it as part of a much more expensive kit or as an overpriced bit. This concept is fueled by the cooperative spirit of our gaming community as a whole.

If you see something below you can help out with, or see something you're interested in picking up, please contact the individual directly through their listed email address.
___________________________________________

DerinaJean at aol.com
would love to have some of the following:
  1. MkIV or MkV Space Marine bits, various and sundry
joshua.bacon at lcc20.navy.mil is new to the bucket, and is looking for:
  1. Rhino interior display console (as many as you are willing to share)
  2. Rhino top hatch doors (as many as you are willing to share)
  3. Land Raider interior squad display monitor piece (3+)
  4. Imperial Bastion ‘escape hatch’
  5. Imperial Bastion permanent point defense emplacement (not the three-legged piece) (6+)
For trade he has:
  1. Various wood elf bitz
  2. Various lizardmen bitz
  3. Various Space Wolf Bitz
hersir988 at gmail.com is wanting to satisfy their curiosity and would like:
  1. x1 Sprue of Wargames Factory Sci-fi Shock Troops
with plenty of:
  1. Space Marines and/or
  2. SM Scouts to trade
flclfan89 at yahoo.com is also new to the bucket and looking for:
  1. right now I'm looking to get my hands on about 30 chaos space marines (noise marines are prefered but not necessary)
  2. 5 fiends of slaanesh preferably new but will settle for the old form in a pinch.
  3. Upper half of a trygon (also need the base)
  4. 1 full carnifex
  5. always willing to trade for more termaguantsand while I know they are not out yet, I have a desire for the masked head that comes with new dark eldar wyches
For trade they have the following (and more) to offer:
  1. I have quite a cache of bitz, ranging from IG to Orks, Space marines to Warriors of chaos.
  2. If anyone wants to do a "mystery swap" I'll gladly fill a bag of bits for them in return for a bag of their bitz.
  3. or if they have a bit for bit trading I'll do my best to service their needs.
  4. I have a vampire counts army that is currently collecting dust on my shelf, as well as a Space marine army that is sitting in simple green
jackal at lglogan.com is looking out for:
  1. Either the bits for both Lascannons for a Land Raider
  2. ...or the bits for the Assault Cannon on Land Raider Crusader
  3. Mega Armoured Orks (any)
  4. Either the bits for both Las Cannons for a Land Raider or the bits for the Assault Cannon on Land Raider Crusader
  5. Mega Armoured Orks (any)
  6. Looking for a single Bretonnian Knight to paint for the Knights of Bal Timorea project at Santa Cruz Warhammer

For trade they have:

  1. Space Marine bits
  2. Several Eldar Models
  3. Daemon Hunter/Witch Hunter Henchmen models
  4. Imperial Assassin Models
skullcano at gmail.com would like the following:
  1. a pair of Landraider doors
  2. the little radar dish that comes with the Landraider
for trade:
  1. assorted SM bits, CSM bits, CSM vehicle bits
natsirtm at rogers.com is looking for and wants:
  1. Saw bits from Forge World phobos/umbra/ferrox bolter packs
  2. Khorne Berserker bare heads
  3. Chain-Axes/CSM Chainswords
  4. Fantasy Characters suitable for Warhammer Quest - doesn't need to be GW but right scale; Barbarian, Brettonian Knight, Chaos Warrior, Imperial Noble, Wizard
To trade they have:
  1. Various 40K imperial stuff
  2. x5 pewter chaos hounds (one has two heads)
mike.tess at charter.net (Mike from SCWarhammer) is looking for:
  1. The artbook about the Armageddon Wars
for trade he has
  1. so many Black Library books, just email what you want
  2. Lots of Orks (40K), Deff Koptas, Spacemarines, anything really
sigilee at comcast.net is looking for the following:
  1. Canis Wolfborn head and torso (in one piece, the cleaner the cut, the better), x2
  2. WH40k 3rd/4th edition plastic ruins scenery
for trade they have the following:
  1. Space Marines on sprue
    PLENTY of SM bitz
  2. Noise marines bitz, metal
  3. Chaos Defiler kit
  4. Tau Empire Crisis suits on sprue
  5. WHFB Dwarf warriors on sprue
___________________________________________
I'm the guy with the bucket on his head, Mik of Mik's Minis, welcome! To participate, all you need to do is send me an email to miksminis at gmail.com listing what you are looking for, or have as surplus that might help someone else out. Make sure your email is in list form with plenty of detail, including the quantities of each you're looking for. Emails I receive by Thursday will post that weekend here at Santa Cruz Warhammer, otherwise they'll get queued up for the following week. Thanks, and remember, change comes from within...your bits box!

Mik

Friday, October 29, 2010

More Knights of Bal Timorea on the way



We are slowly gathering more troops for the Knights of Bal Timorea project. Here are two bloggers who have taken up the challenge to paint up a knight. Check them out and support them with comments!



I have built and am painting a second knight, which, as you might expect, will look a bit different from the usual knights. More after the weekend.

Mike

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Mike's Knight of Bal Timorea, part 5: it's done!


Well, first I have to say that John is all mad at me. The reason is simple. He started out this project hoping that we would inspire a bunch of modelers to paint up a knight. Then all the knights would go into a big bag and out of all the participants we would draw a winner who would get the whole lot.
But the project didn't attract too much attention and along the way I decided that I would just model a cool knight on a massive, diorame like base, completely not fit for an army AND on top of that I liked him so much that I told John I actually couldn't give him up anymore, more so after I painted my treasure Dutch Citizenship symbols onto the shields...
I guess I will have to paint up another knight for the project, but we better get some more participants..
Anyway, here is "The Disillusioned Knight from the Netherlands comes back from the Orc Wars with his trusted but grumpy Knave"
Hope you enjoyed this project.
Here are the four other parts:

Go Orange, Go Giants!

Mike

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Santa Cruz Warhammer Game Night 2 = More Success!



Even with some wet weather we had a decent turnout at the community center.

Two tables of 40k, a table of Fantasy, some Wings of War and a bit of Settlers of Catan.

Some old faces and also some new ones.

These Young Guns are starting even earlier than I did. Orks vs Guard

Chaos Marines vs Space Marines

Skaven and Chaos vs Empire

With smaller 1000pt lists the games went faster and more turns were played.

It was great to see everyone, and we look forward to doing it all over again, perhaps with some special mini events in the future, so stay tuned for upcoming dates, and we will see you at Game Night.

John

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Barter Bucket: Saturday, October 23rd 2010


Welcome to the Barter Bucket!

The Barter Bucket has one goal in mind; gamers helping other gamers with hard-to-find bits, regular pieces, and whole models. It's a place to trade in your old stuff for new, or to get that one piece you need without buying it as part of a much more expensive kit or as an overpriced bit. This concept is fueled by the cooperative spirit of our gaming community as a whole.

If you see something below you can help out with, or see something you're interested in picking up, please contact the individual directly through their listed email address.
___________________________________________

DerinaJean at aol.com
would love to have some of the following:
  1. MkIV or MkV Space Marine bits, various and sundry
joshua.bacon at lcc20.navy.mil is new to the bucket, and is looking for:
  1. Rhino interior display console (as many as you are willing to share)
  2. Rhino top hatch doors (as many as you are willing to share)
  3. Land Raider interior squad display monitor piece (3+)
  4. Imperial Bastion ‘escape hatch’
  5. Imperial Bastion permanent point defense emplacement (not the three-legged piece) (6+)
For trade he has:
  1. Various wood elf bitz
  2. Various lizardmen bitz
  3. Various Space Wolf Bitz
hersir988 at gmail.com is wanting to satisfy their curiosity and would like:
  1. x1 Sprue of Wargames Factory Sci-fi Shock Troops
with plenty of:
  1. Space Marines and/or
  2. SM Scouts to trade
flclfan89 at yahoo.com is also new to the bucket and looking for:
  1. right now I'm looking to get my hands on about 30 chaos space marines (noise marines are prefered but not necessary)
  2. 5 fiends of slaanesh preferably new but will settle for the old form in a pinch.
  3. Upper half of a trygon (also need the base)
  4. 1 full carnifex
  5. always willing to trade for more termaguantsand while I know they are not out yet, I have a desire for the masked head that comes with new dark eldar wyches
For trade they have the following (and more) to offer:
  1. I have quite a cache of bitz, ranging from IG to Orks, Space marines to Warriors of chaos.
  2. If anyone wants to do a "mystery swap" I'll gladly fill a bag of bits for them in return for a bag of their bitz.
  3. or if they have a bit for bit trading I'll do my best to service their needs.
  4. I have a vampire counts army that is currently collecting dust on my shelf, as well as a Space marine army that is sitting in simple green
jackal at lglogan.com is looking out for:
  1. Either the bits for both Lascannons for a Land Raider
  2. ...or the bits for the Assault Cannon on Land Raider Crusader
  3. Mega Armoured Orks (any)
  4. Either the bits for both Las Cannons for a Land Raider or the bits for the Assault Cannon on Land Raider Crusader
  5. Mega Armoured Orks (any)
  6. Looking for a single Bretonnian Knight to paint for the Knights of Bal Timorea project at Santa Cruz Warhammer

For trade they have:

  1. Space Marine bits
  2. Several Eldar Models
  3. Daemon Hunter/Witch Hunter Henchmen models
  4. Imperial Assassin Models
skullcano at gmail.com would like the following:
  1. a pair of Landraider doors
  2. the little radar dish that comes with the Landraider
for trade:
  1. assorted SM bits, CSM bits, CSM vehicle bits
natsirtm at rogers.com is looking for and wants:
  1. Saw bits from Forge World phobos/umbra/ferrox bolter packs
  2. Khorne Berserker bare heads
  3. Chain-Axes/CSM Chainswords
  4. Fantasy Characters suitable for Warhammer Quest - doesn't need to be GW but right scale; Barbarian, Brettonian Knight, Chaos Warrior, Imperial Noble, Wizard
To trade they have:
  1. Various 40K imperial stuff
  2. x5 pewter chaos hounds (one has two heads)
mike.tess at charter.net (Mike from SCWarhammer) is looking for:
  1. The artbook about the Armageddon Wars
for trade he has
  1. so many Black Library books, just email what you want
  2. Lots of Orks (40K), Deff Koptas, Spacemarines, anything really
sigilee at comcast.net is looking for the following:
  1. Canis Wolfborn head and torso (in one piece, the cleaner the cut, the better), x2
  2. WH40k 3rd/4th edition plastic ruins scenery
for trade they have the following:
  1. Space Marines on sprue
    PLENTY of SM bitz
  2. Noise marines bitz, metal
  3. Chaos Defiler kit
  4. Tau Empire Crisis suits on sprue
  5. WHFB Dwarf warriors on sprue
___________________________________________
I'm the guy with the bucket on his head, Mik of Mik's Minis, welcome! To participate, all you need to do is send me an email to miksminis at gmail.com listing what you are looking for, or have as surplus that might help someone else out. Make sure your email is in list form with plenty of detail, including the quantities of each you're looking for. Emails I receive by Thursday will post that weekend here at Santa Cruz Warhammer, otherwise they'll get queued up for the following week. Thanks, and remember, change comes from within...your bits box!

Mik

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Santa Cruz Warhammer Game Night 2


Has it been a month already?

With the resounding success of the first Santa Cruz Warhammer Local Game Night, we just had to keep it rolling and this Friday Oct 22nd we will be at it again.

Come down and play or just to check it out and meet some folks, this is a family friendly event for all, bring an army or just show up and play one of the demo games.

Mike will have Settlers of Catan and I will bring Wings of War WWI for open gaming.

There will be tables provided for Warhammer Fantasy and 40k, bring 1000pts of your favorite army to play a quick game against other locals.

GameALot has rented the room next door and will have a Magic card event running at the same time.

Please feel free to bring something to show off, a game to play, or something to share.

We will have the room from 5:30 for set up with games starting around 6 and we will start to clean up at 9 to be out by 9:30

This is a great chance to get out and meet some other gamers from the area and make some new friends.

We are looking forward to seeing everyone again, and some new faces as well, so see you there!

John

Monday, October 18, 2010

Mike's Knight of Bal Timorea, part 4


After weeks of work on this model, it's slowly coming to fruition; painting the knight and placing him on his horse was very satisfying. As you all know, I wanted a knight who lost faith in the endless wars that the Bretonnian Lords are involved in and my idea was to have him ride back from another battle. Pondering countless lost comrades, he peers over the foggy lands, wondering why life went the way it did..

He has a scar on his forehead and his armour is old, battered and rusty.
Here is the post that explains the mish mash of bitz from Fantasy and 40K to make him look believable. The metal IG head set is awesome for bareheaded knights.

Next up the servant carrying his lance who will be walking next to him.
Hope you all enjoy this! Paint up a knight and get yourself posted on our blog!

Mike

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Barter Bucket: Saturday, October 16th 2010


Welcome to the Barter Bucket!

The Barter Bucket has one goal in mind; gamers helping other gamers with hard-to-find bits, regular pieces, and whole models. It's a place to trade in your old stuff for new, or to get that one piece you need without buying it as part of a much more expensive kit or as an overpriced bit. This concept is fueled by the cooperative spirit of our gaming community as a whole.

If you see something below you can help out with, or see something you're interested in picking up, please contact the individual directly through their listed email address.
___________________________________________

DerinaJean at aol.com
would love to have some of the following:
  1. MkIV or MkV Space Marine bits, various and sundry
joshua.bacon at lcc20.navy.mil is new to the bucket, and is looking for:
  1. Rhino interior display console (as many as you are willing to share)
  2. Rhino top hatch doors (as many as you are willing to share)
  3. Land Raider interior squad display monitor piece (3+)
  4. Imperial Bastion ‘escape hatch’
  5. Imperial Bastion permanent point defense emplacement (not the three-legged piece) (6+)
For trade he has:
  1. Various wood elf bitz
  2. Various lizardmen bitz
  3. Various Space Wolf Bitz
hersir988 at gmail.com is wanting to satisfy their curiosity and would like:
  1. x1 Sprue of Wargames Factory Sci-fi Shock Troops
with plenty of:
  1. Space Marines and/or
  2. SM Scouts to trade
flclfan89 at yahoo.com is also new to the bucket and looking for:
  1. right now I'm looking to get my hands on about 30 chaos space marines (noise marines are prefered but not necessary)
  2. 5 fiends of slaanesh preferably new but will settle for the old form in a pinch.
  3. Upper half of a trygon (also need the base)
  4. 1 full carnifex
  5. always willing to trade for more termaguantsand while I know they are not out yet, I have a desire for the masked head that comes with new dark eldar wyches
For trade they have the following (and more) to offer:
  1. I have quite a cache of bitz, ranging from IG to Orks, Space marines to Warriors of chaos.
  2. If anyone wants to do a "mystery swap" I'll gladly fill a bag of bits for them in return for a bag of their bitz.
  3. or if they have a bit for bit trading I'll do my best to service their needs.
  4. I have a vampire counts army that is currently collecting dust on my shelf, as well as a Space marine army that is sitting in simple green
jackal at lglogan.com is looking out for:
  1. Either the bits for both Lascannons for a Land Raider
  2. ...or the bits for the Assault Cannon on Land Raider Crusader
  3. Mega Armoured Orks (any)
  4. Either the bits for both Las Cannons for a Land Raider or the bits for the Assault Cannon on Land Raider Crusader
  5. Mega Armoured Orks (any)
  6. Looking for a single Bretonnian Knight to paint for the Knights of Bal Timorea project at Santa Cruz Warhammer

For trade they have:

  1. Space Marine bits
  2. Several Eldar Models
  3. Daemon Hunter/Witch Hunter Henchmen models
  4. Imperial Assassin Models
skullcano at gmail.com would like the following:
  1. a pair of Landraider doors
  2. the little radar dish that comes with the Landraider
for trade:
  1. assorted SM bits, CSM bits, CSM vehicle bits
natsirtm at rogers.com is looking for and wants:
  1. Saw bits from Forge World phobos/umbra/ferrox bolter packs
  2. Khorne Berserker bare heads
  3. Chain-Axes/CSM Chainswords
  4. Fantasy Characters suitable for Warhammer Quest - doesn't need to be GW but right scale; Barbarian, Brettonian Knight, Chaos Warrior, Imperial Noble, Wizard
To trade they have:
  1. Various 40K imperial stuff
  2. x5 pewter chaos hounds (one has two heads)
mike.tess at charter.net (Mike from SCWarhammer) is looking for:
  1. The artbook about the Armageddon Wars
for trade he has
  1. so many Black Library books, just email what you want
  2. Lots of Orks (40K), Deff Koptas, Spacemarines, anything really
___________________________________________
I'm the guy with the bucket on his head, Mik of Mik's Minis, welcome! To participate, all you need to do is send me an email to miksminis at gmail.com listing what you are looking for, or have as surplus that might help someone else out. Make sure your email is in list form with plenty of detail, including the quantities of each you're looking for. Emails I receive by Thursday will post that weekend here at Santa Cruz Warhammer, otherwise they'll get queued up for the following week. Thanks, and remember, change comes from within...your bits box!

Mik

Monday, October 11, 2010

Mike's Knight of Bal Timorea, part 3


Here's some progress on the horse. I totally MESSED up my version of the decals, mostly because I tried it with clear decal paper which seems totally useless to me. I needed the paper with the white background but our local stores don't sell this, only on order, so no help there. I created this file in photoshop and printed it on the paper, glossed it with hardcoat, but when I put it on, I couldn't see it!
It is still a good way to make your own decals, using google images and some photoshop. Just make sure the resolution of the masterfile (size of your decalsheet) is the same as the little images your drop in.
Anyway, moving on, I decided to paint the 4 shields:
Black with White Lion and Red White and Blue: flag of my country of birth: the Netherlands
The other side:
Red harts with Blue Stripes: flag of the Dutch Province Friesland, where my family's roots are. I did taken creative liberty with the angle of the stripes, I like them better pointing towards the rider instead the orginal position as seen in the flag:
Red and White blocks: flag of the Dutch Province of Brabant, where I finished college and lived with my wife, before moving to the States.
All in all, it's really fun to make the knight fight for the places and lands that you come from, it made me a little sentimental...

The lion looks like crap, but I don't have any decals for it.

Next up: the Knight!

Mike

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Santa Cruz Warhammer 2nd Game Night!

Friends, we have set the date for the 2nd Santa Cruz Warhammer Gamenight: October 22nd from 5.30 to 9.30 at the Louden Nelson Center in Downtown Santa Cruz. Here's the flyer for it:
Print it out and hand one to your friends. The 1st Game Night was a smashing success and we are so happy to do it again.
Here are the details of this evening:
Fantasy and 40K Players: bring smallish armies, 1000 points at the most. We ran out of room last time and will be building smaller tables. Also, this way you might get in two games and give everyone a chance to play.
Orks
Mike (SCWH) will be bringing his Ork Army for display and playing purposes, anyone without an army can use that.
Wings of War
John will be hosting a table of Wings Of War which everyone should try out, it's great fun! Game A Lot's Frank carries the game so you can check out the models in his store on Front Street.
Settlers of Catan
Mike will be running a game of Settlers of Catan (yes, it's Mark Zuckerberg's favorite game). it's totally addictive and playable for all ages. I play it with my 6 and 11 year old daughters, but adults only makes it a real nailbiter. Come try it out. Game A Lot carries that game as well.


Anyway, all of this is just to have gamers find each other, meet someone new and have a great time!

See you there!

Mike

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Barter Bucket: Saturday, October 9th 2010


Welcome to the Barter Bucket!

The Barter Bucket has one goal in mind; gamers helping other gamers with hard-to-find bits, regular pieces, and whole models. It's a place to trade in your old stuff for new, or to get that one piece you need without buying it as part of a much more expensive kit or as an overpriced bit. This concept is fueled by the cooperative spirit of our gaming community as a whole.

If you see something below you can help out with, or see something you're interested in picking up, please contact the individual directly through their listed email address.
___________________________________________

DerinaJean at aol.com
would love to have some of the following:
  1. MkIV or MkV Space Marine bits, various and sundry
joshua.bacon at lcc20.navy.mil is new to the bucket, and is looking for:
  1. Rhino interior display console (as many as you are willing to share)
  2. Rhino top hatch doors (as many as you are willing to share)
  3. Land Raider interior squad display monitor piece (3+)
  4. Imperial Bastion ‘escape hatch’
  5. Imperial Bastion permanent point defense emplacement (not the three-legged piece) (6+)
For trade he has:
  1. Various wood elf bitz
  2. Various lizardmen bitz
  3. Various Space Wolf Bitz
hersir988 at gmail.com is wanting to satisfy their curiosity and would like:
  1. x1 Sprue of Wargames Factory Sci-fi Shock Troops
with plenty of:
  1. Space Marines and/or
  2. SM Scouts to trade
flclfan89 at yahoo.com is also new to the bucket and looking for:
  1. right now I'm looking to get my hands on about 30 chaos space marines (noise marines are prefered but not necessary)
  2. 5 fiends of slaanesh preferably new but will settle for the old form in a pinch.
  3. Upper half of a trygon (also need the base)
  4. 1 full carnifex
  5. always willing to trade for more termaguantsand while I know they are not out yet, I have a desire for the masked head that comes with new dark eldar wyches
For trade they have the following (and more) to offer:
  1. I have quite a cache of bitz, ranging from IG to Orks, Space marines to Warriors of chaos.
  2. If anyone wants to do a "mystery swap" I'll gladly fill a bag of bits for them in return for a bag of their bitz.
  3. or if they have a bit for bit trading I'll do my best to service their needs.
  4. I have a vampire counts army that is currently collecting dust on my shelf, as well as a Space marine army that is sitting in simple green
jackal at lglogan.com is looking out for:
  1. Either the bits for both Lascannons for a Land Raider
  2. ...or the bits for the Assault Cannon on Land Raider Crusader
  3. Mega Armoured Orks (any)
  4. Either the bits for both Las Cannons for a Land Raider or the bits for the Assault Cannon on Land Raider Crusader
  5. Mega Armoured Orks (any)
  6. Looking for a single Bretonnian Knight to paint for the Knights of Bal Timorea project at Santa Cruz Warhammer

For trade they have:

  1. Space Marine bits
  2. Several Eldar Models
  3. Daemon Hunter/Witch Hunter Henchmen models
  4. Imperial Assassin Models
brandondudley93 at yahoo.com is looking for:
  1. Space Marine Land Raider Redeemer (x1)
  2. WHFB Tomb Kings Halberd (x1)
mike.tess at charter.net (Mike from SCWarhammer) is looking for:
  1. Old codex Armageddon or the artbook about the Armageddon Wars
for trade he has
  1. so many Black Library books, just email what you want
  2. Lots of Orks (40K), Deff Koptas, Spacemarines, anything really
___________________________________________
I'm the guy with the bucket on his head, Mik of Mik's Minis, welcome! To participate, all you need to do is send me an email to miksminis at gmail.com listing what you are looking for, or have as surplus that might help someone else out. Make sure your email is in list form with plenty of detail, including the quantities of each you're looking for. Emails I receive by Thursday will post that weekend here at Santa Cruz Warhammer, otherwise they'll get queued up for the following week. Thanks, and remember, change comes from within...your bits box!

Mik

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Mike's Knight of Bal Timorea, part 2

Hey! Where are all our fellow Knights of Bal Timorea? Wait, we are trying to inspire you all to paint up a knight for this wonderful idea that John had a while back. Click here for the details.
Anyway, here's the horse. I went for orange as the main color. My family doesn't have a weapon and I am an immigrant from the Netherlands, so I figured it should be the color of the Dutch Royal Family, which is orange.
Here's a picture of the official Dutch Weapon
and the way most of the world knows (after the last World Cup Soccer this summer, hehehe)
So I figure I will try to make the lion white on the black background. I am trying to paint it, but maybe I will use the Santa Cruz Warhammer way with photoshop and decals to make this work
I have a lot of fun painting this model, definitely out of my comfortzone (which is good once in a while) and I am trying the go for the ragged and worn look. Blending up top and glazing on the dirty parts of the cloth, trying to bring down highlights in a realistic way. The rest of the horse hasn't been weathered yet, the hooves definitely need more dirt etc.

All in all I am having fun (and so could you!)

Here's Johns Post with info on custom decals from England

Mike

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Knights of Bal Timorea - John's Heraldry Ideas

I have always had an interest in heraldry, so I figured I would look into my family's past for some heraldry for my model.

The Dickerman Family Crest

I figured I would try to paint it by hand, but the three tiny Half lions rampant were going to be really small, so I figured I would search around on the internet for some tiny heraldry icon decals that I could add to my freehand.

In my searching I came across Citadel Six. Geoff makes custom made to order decal sheets designed to fit GW Bretonnians. He was very helpful and worked with me to figure out what I would end up using.

I sent him my Father's Family crest and my Mother's family crest as I had the idea of marshaling or combining them. I was advised that the details would be tough to see at that scale so I decided to use my Fathers Family crest, but also add some of my Mom's to the decal sheets for future projects, I was so impressed with the quality that I decided to add some decals for foot troops also.

The Wilken Crest from my Mom's side.

Here is what I got in the mail.
Decal sheets and instructions, with application tips.

Here is my horse with some paint and barding in The Dickerman family livery of red and yellow.
I painted the shields white to prep them for the decals
I also laid down some Ard Koteon the shields to make it glossy for the decal area to be nice and smooth.

Stay tuned to see how the decals turned out.

John

Monday, October 4, 2010

Do we have readers in Chicago?

We are looking for readers in the (greater) Chicago area who are members of a 40K gaming club. Santa Cruz Warhammer has started the preparations for a super secret, MASSIVE project, that will be revealed in the spring on 2011. We need participants in the Chicago area who want to help with this NEVER BEFORE DONE-project. I promise you this, we are on the path of something has never been pulled off.
So, you live in Chicago, are part of a well established gaming club and want to be part of 40K history, drop us a line at
mike.tess@charter.net
or leave a comment with you info

Cheers!

Mike

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Barter Bucket: Saturday, October 2nd 2010


Welcome to the Barter Bucket!

The Barter Bucket has one goal in mind; gamers helping other gamers with hard-to-find bits, regular pieces, and whole models. It's a place to trade in your old stuff for new, or to get that one piece you need without buying it as part of a much more expensive kit or as an overpriced bit. This concept is fueled by the cooperative spirit of our gaming community as a whole.

If you see something below you can help out with, or see something you're interested in picking up, please contact the individual directly through their listed email address.
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joshua.bacon at lcc20.navy.mil is new to the bucket, and is looking for:
  1. Rhino interior display console (as many as you are willing to share)
  2. Rhino top hatch doors (as many as you are willing to share)
  3. Land Raider interior squad display monitor piece (3+)
  4. Imperial Bastion ‘escape hatch’
  5. Imperial Bastion permanent point defense emplacement (not the three-legged piece) (6+)
For trade he has:
  1. Various wood elf bitz
  2. Various lizardmen bitz
  3. Various Space Wolf Bitz
jackal at lglogan.com is looking out for:
  1. Either the bits for both Lascannons for a Land Raider
  2. ...or the bits for the Assault Cannon on Land Raider Crusader
  3. Mega Armoured Orks (any)

For trade they have:

  1. Space Marine bits
  2. Several Eldar Models
  3. Daemon Hunter/Witch Hunter Henchmen models
  4. Imperial Assassin Models
brandondudley93 at yahoo.com is looking for:
  1. Space Marine Land Raider Redeemer (x1)
  2. WHFB Tomb Kings Halberd (x1)
mike.tess at charter.net (Mike from SCWarhammer) is looking for:
  1. Old codex Armageddon or the artbook about the Armageddon Wars
for trade he has
  1. so many Black Library books, just email what you want
  2. Lots of Orks (40K), Deff Koptas, Spacemarines, anything really
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I'm the guy with the bucket on his head, Mik of Mik's Minis, welcome! To participate, all you need to do is send me an email to miksminis at gmail.com listing what you are looking for, or have as surplus that might help someone else out. Make sure your email is in list form with plenty of detail, including the quantities of each you're looking for. Emails I receive by Thursday will post that weekend here at Santa Cruz Warhammer, otherwise they'll get queued up for the following week. Thanks, and remember, change comes from within...your bits box!

Mik

Friday, October 1, 2010

Help Dave Taylor's Friends!


Dave Taylor is raising money for a couple of friends of his who have encountered disaster in their lives. Here's the post about that.
Dave has now put up on ebay on of his most famous armies, the Legio Custodes.

Here's the link; Ebay Auction

All proceeds will go to the two families in need.
Maybe you know someone who wants to buy the army, maybe you are part of a gaming group that can get it done. Either way, support these people at least by telling everyone you know about it. Who knows what will happen next?

Mike