Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Amazing Weekly Prizes for Heroes of Armageddon

Battleroad Games, located near Boston in Massachussetts and with an online presence at www.battleroadgames.com and on Ebay, has been extremely generous to the Heroes of Armageddon Project. This week we will be giving all their wonderful donations away, thanks to Alex from Battleroad. He believes in the cause of helping Doctors Without Borders and he loves the hobby and the gaming, in short he is allright and an upstanding citizen to boot. 
Check out his store if you are near Boston or go to his ebaysite/website for sales on stuff. 
OK here are the prizes for this week:

1 box of Black Templars Sword Brethern

2 (yes TWO) Furioso Dreadnoughts

2 (yes TWO) Ork Stompas

2 (yes TWO) Shadowswords. 
I mean, I will get to draw SEVEN winners this Sunday! Thank you Battleroad Games! 
So make sure you donate some money to our amazing project using the paypal link on the top right and you might be the one getting a awesome new model in the mail.

Drawing this Sunday!

Mike

Sunday, June 26, 2011

A lot of stuff going on...and how to juggle it

The last 4-5 months have been really rewarding for me and the blog. John and I finally came up with a solid structure for the Santa Cruz Warhammer Game night, which is happening now every month in a killer location and on invitation only. We have a wonderful group of about 25 people on the email list and ever time we draw about 10-15 players. It's wonderful, I have made friends and there is never any stress when we all are together. 
John jump started a fantasy campaign that really took off and made everyone scramble to get models painted up, 200 points at a time. In the beginning I could keep up but the last couple of time I got bummed out about getting all those models painted (nicely), I am a really slow painter. It started to stress me out and last time I just decided to paint and not play. It felt good. Of course after that, I got really inspired finished up this squad over a week.
Here's the banner. My 7 year old prepared the 4 quarters and painted them nicely, I put in the designs.
And the bases are magnetized
I used the slightly smaller magnets so the tin sheet and the magnet are NOT touching each other. The pull is great without touching each other, so when you remove a model during a game, you don't pull the whole tray off the table. Works out good.
 
Skellies are a lot of work but when the unit is done, it feels good.

The Heroes of Armageddon is a daily stream of pleasure, pride and stress. There is no way around it, this project is ambitious and huge and it was inevitable that problems arise. I have certainly lost sleep over it, still, despite everything, John and I chat over the phone every day and he is mellow and gracious and he got me out of my rut and made me feel proud to be part of this awesome project, connect with the hugely talented building teams and to be part of this amazing and generous gaming community. 
And then there suddenly is the Tau. Out of nowhere I got obsessed, traded stuff with a friend and I am on the road to starting a new project. After the Heroes of Armageddon are done, I will build a 1500 point Tau army. The boss here came without the back torso and jumppack, so i built one out of one of the Devilfish weapon systems:
More to come, always stuff to do AND check out the GREAT PRIZES that we will give away this coming wednesday for the Heroes of Armageddon!

Mike

Heroes of Armageddon + From The Warp Weekly Drawing Winner!


This weeks Heroes of Armageddon / From the Warp weekly prize winner is;

Oscar Gordon of Fayetteville North Carolina

Oscar has won a new Finecast Terminator Librarian donated by Game Vault and painted to a high standard in his favorite chapter specs by Ron of From the Warp!

Congrats Oscar, thanks for your donation, and you are still in the running for the grand prize army drawing at the end of the build in July right before Games Day USA.

In the next few weeks more and more progress pics will be up on the build team blogs and you are going to see some awesome finished models as we gear up for the drawing.

John

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Barter Bucket: 6/25/11


Another world, another time. In the age of wonder.

A thousand years ago this land was green, until the Bucket cracked. A single piece was lost, a shard of the Bucket. Then strife began, and people began charging for bits and single models. Here in the castle of the Bucket, Santa Cruz Warhammer took control. Now the bits flow freely once more. Now the Bucket hangs above a shaft of air and fire. Once more gamers gather at the Bucket. Once more they replenish their bits bins. The Bucket...
__________________________________________
salamndr at gmail dot com is looking for:
  1. Imperial Pilot from the Battle for Maccragge box set
  2. OOP MkIII Space Marine (not the FW ones)
for trade he has:
  1. Wide selection of current and OOP Space Marine items
david.millest at bt dot com has got a hankering for:
  1. Space Marine Rhino headlights, any
  2. Space Marine Predator sponson scanners, any
for trade he has:
  1. variety of Imperial Guard bits, including heavy weapons
jon_clegg at yahoo dot com would like:
  1. IG Hellhound Inferno Cannon muzzles, x4
for trade he has:
  1. Wide variety of Imperial Guard bits
  2. Wide variety of Space Marine bits
  3. Wide variety of WHFB Empire bits
reece.ncf at gmail dot com is looking for:
  1. Imperial Guard Baneblade Commissar on foot, x1
  2. Imperial Guard Commissars, any
for trade they have:
  1. Space Marines
  2. Kroot
  3. Chaos
seemyinnergeek at gmail dot com is looking for the following:
  1. Storm Lord Mega-Bolter turrets, x2
for trade they have:
  1. tons of Space Marine and Imperial Guard bits
  2. quite a bit of Ork stuff (much new in box)
  3. a reasonably small amount of cash
ewells14 at ymail dot com is looking for:
  1. Techpriests for an AdMech army, any (contact for specifics)
  2. Land Raider, x1 (unpainted)
for trade they have:
  1. IG Chimera, image here
  2. IG Leman Russ Vanquisher, image here
  3. IG Valkyrie, image here
av8hotrod at yahoo dot com (SCWH's John) wants:
  1. Long Drong's Slayer Pirates, any.
  2. Fantasy Chaos Marauders
__________________________________________
The Bucket has one purpose, gamers helping other gamers. It's a place to trade the stuff you have laying around, the stuff you're not using and get the stuff you do need. No more buying whole sets for just one model, no more buying overpriced single bits. This concept is kept alive by the cooperative spirit of all of us.

Make sure your email gets to me by Thursday for it to post that week, emails go to miksminis at gmail dot com. Please keep them simple and concise with details, and limit your requests for needs and haves to three items each. This will turn a shotgun effect of a huge list crossing your fingers hoping for a bite to a more streamlined surgical bits hunt. It will also keep the Bucket itself compact and efficient.

Remember, change comes from within...your bits box!

Friday, June 24, 2011

SCWH Honor Roll #18 - Green Stuff


Welcome to the SCWH Honor Roll!  This week, I'm bringing you some of my favorite Green Stuff/Sculpting posts I've found:

Master of the Forge's Artscale Grey Knight and Deathwatch Devastator
The Madhouse Workshop's Tzeentch Lord on Converted Disc
I See Lead People's Froggy Aliens

Unrelated to Greenstuff, these two posts are really impressive:
Carmen's Fun Painty Time's Completed 54mm Qwik Team
A Guardsmans Guide to Glory's Vostroyan Amy

Last, but fat from least I wanted to mention this tutorial that is simply AMAZING:
The Brush Brother's Grey Knight Tutorial: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4

Mike and John's additions for this weeks Honor roll are:

Mike: I try every week to find a new blog that i have never seen before: check out this one: harness and Array.It's a fun post

John: I like the way these HoA Steel Legion Team Devil Dogs are shaping up on the 40k Hobby Blog 

Be sure to also check out Heroes of Armageddon for all the details about the charity event benefiting the Doctors Without Borders organization.  In case you missed it, Ron of From the Warp is part of this weeks drawing.  If you don't already follow Ron's blog (you should), then trust me...  This man's painting is incredible.

And AGAIN: if you care about your fellow bloggers and their work, please link the Honor Roll on your blog. Grab the jpg from this post and use this link underneath:


It would be really appreciated!

Next week our topic is going to be Conversions.  If you want to help out, when you see something great out on the web and want to make sure I don't miss it, feel free to send it to robert [dot] biddle [at] gmail [dot] com.

Rob

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Heroes of Armageddon + From The Warp = Weekly Drawing



Thats right this weeks weekly drawing is being donated by Ron at FTW.

Ron has a new Finecast Termie Librarian donated by his FLGS Game Vault.

The winner of this weeks drawing will have it painted up to their specs by one of the best.

Check out the details at Ron's post on FTW winner will be draw from the names of all who have donated to The Heroes of Armageddon project at that time, so if you have been holding off, now is a good time to toss a few $ in the pot and it going to a great cause.

John

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Heroes of Armageddon - Weekly Drawing- Guest Blogger Prize



Be sure to check out this blog tomorrow for a very special guest blogger with a prize for this Sunday's Heroes of Armageddon weekly prize drawing.

The mystery blogger is an old friend of Santa Cruz Warhammer and is offering up a great prize for this week.

See you here tomorrow!

John

Monday, June 20, 2011

Death Company Storm Raven, Part 5: the finished model!


I finally was able to finish the Death Company Storm Raven for the Heroes of Armageddon Project. Here are the images:
Here's the full shot with the front door open. I painted the entire interior but nothing of it will show, except the front part. it's a matter of principle for me, but still a bit disappointing that this model lets very little light in when the hatches are open.
frontal

 my favorite part of the model: the lowly servitor
 side shot with all the grey streaking that I talk about in post two (see below)
 The wings are magnetized, so this model transports easily
 The engine goes from silver to brown to black, which looks nice.
 Top view

If you want to see the previous posts, here's a list

This plane will fly off to Chicago and will be one of the models for the Blood Angels Army that will be given to a lucky donater. REMEMBER: if you want a chance to win this and many other great models, please donate some bucks through Paypal. ALL the money will go to DOCTORS WITHOUT BORDERS.
Here's their newsfeed for this week: pretty amazing work they do...check out the person that go arrested in Bahrein without reason and thankfully released again without charges after weeks of jailtime for no reason.

Cheers
Mike

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Heroes of Armageddon - Weekly Drawing, Winners!



This weeks three winners of some great stuff from Victoria Miniatures are:



1. Tristan  McKerracher, Toronto, Canada
The Spanish Inquisition ( 3 figure metal Monty Python tribute set with accessories )


2. Jill Simpson, Larchmont, New York, USA
 Halfling Cowboys (2 unpainted metal miniatures)



3. Scott Pockat, Oshkosh, Wisconsin, USA
 Kilted Highland Guard legs ( 18 metal leg sets, most standing with some kneeling)



Thanks again to Victoria Lamb of Victoria Miniatures and to everyone who has pitched in so far, stay tuned for the next drawing, also keep an eye on the blogs for in progress pics as the models start getting finished and watch the Grand Prize armies grow.

John

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Barter Bucket: 6/18/11


Another world, another time. In the age of wonder.

A thousand years ago this land was green, until the Bucket cracked. A single piece was lost, a shard of the Bucket. Then strife began, and people began charging for bits and single models. Here in the castle of the Bucket, Santa Cruz Warhammer took control. Now the bits flow freely once more. Now the Bucket hangs above a shaft of air and fire. Once more gamers gather at the Bucket. Once more they replenish their bits bins. The Bucket...
__________________________________________
jon_clegg at yahoo dot com would like:
  1. IG Hellhound Inferno Cannon muzzles, x4
for trade he has:
  1. Wide variety of Imperial Guard bits
  2. Wide variety of Space Marine bits
  3. Wide variety of WHFB Empire bits
reece dot ncf at gmail dot com is looking for:
  1. Imperial Guard Baneblade Commissar on foot, x1
  2. Imperial Guard Commissars, any
for trade they have:
  1. Space Marines
  2. Kroot
  3. Chaos
seemyinnergeek at gmail dot com is looking for the following:
  1. Storm Lord Mega-Bolter turrets, x2
for trade they have:
  1. tons of Space Marine and Imperial Guard bits
  2. quite a bit of Ork stuff (much new in box)
  3. a reasonably small amount of cash
ewells14 at ymail dot com is looking for:
  1. Techpriests for an AdMech army, any (contact for specifics)
  2. Land Raider, x1 (unpainted)
for trade they have:
  1. IG Chimera, image here
  2. IG Leman Russ Vanquisher, image here
  3. IG Valkyrie, image here
zealotohio at gmail dot com would like to direct your attention to their blog and this proposed trade.

narceron at gmail dot com needs:
  1. twin assault cannon razorbacks
  2. twin assault cannons(just the weapons)
  3. IG chimera chasis(complete bodies minus tracks)
for trade they have:
  1. IG Leman Russ bodies (minus tracks and turrets)
  2. WHFB Chaos Warrior Warband
  3. WHFB Dark Elf Army
av8hotrod at yahoo dot com (SCWH's John) wants:
  1. Long Drong's Slayer Pirates, any.
  2. Fantasy Chaos Marauders 
__________________________________________
The Bucket has one purpose, gamers helping other gamers. It's a place to trade the stuff you have laying around, the stuff you're not using and get the stuff you do need. No more buying whole sets for just one model, no more buying overpriced single bits. This concept is kept alive by the cooperative spirit of all of us.

Make sure your email gets to me by Thursday for it to post that week, emails got to miksminis at gmail dot com. Please keep them simple and concise with details, and limit your requests for needs and haves to three items each. This will turn a shotgun effect of a huge list crossing your fingers hoping for a bite to a more streamlined surgical bits hunt. It will also keep the Bucket itself compact and efficient.

Remember, change comes from within...your bits box!

Friday, June 17, 2011

SCWH Honor Roll #17 - Painting


Welcome to the SCWH Honor Roll!  This week I'm bringing you some of the finest paint-pushing I've seen:

Dante's Inferno's Kit-bashed Inquisitor
Studio Giraldez's Colette and her Showgirls
Mik's Minis and GW Pertinent's Dark Angel Captain Tracto
Painting Mum's Tzeentch Lord
La Larique's Nurgle-esque Monster
Camelson's Mini's Space Wolf

In no way related to painting (or conversions, or green stuff for that matter), but really awesome nevertheless:  LEGO 40k via Warmonger Gameday.

Mike and John's additions for this weeks Honor roll are:

Mike: I was really impressed with Arctic Templars High Elves paintjob. Nice shading on the shields!

John: This is something that caught my attention, Pirate Viking's large scale rugby player commission.

Be sure to also check out Heroes of Armageddon for all the details about the charity event benefiting the Doctors Without Borders organization.

And AGAIN: if you care about your fellow bloggers and their work, please link the Honor Roll on your blog. Grab the jpg from this post and use this link underneath:


It would be really appreciated!

Next week our topic is going to be Green Stuff.  If you want to help out, when you see something great out on the web and want to make sure I don't miss it, feel free to send it to robert [dot] biddle [at] gmail [dot] com.

Rob

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Heroes of Armageddon - Weekly Drawing, Victoria Miniatures

This weeks Heroes of Armageddon Weekly Drawing prizes come from Victoria Lamb of Victoria Miniatures.

As mentioned before, Victoria was kind enough to donate the head and pack bits for the Savlar Chem Dog squad I am doing for the Steel Legion Raffle Prize army led by Dave Taylor.


I am also using her kilted legs for my personal Ardwick 23rd Imperial Guard Veterans.


Victoria has been kind enough to send a few of her products to us to raffle off for this weeks Heroes of Armageddon drawing.

Victoria Lamb is a multiple Golden Demon winner and the awesome builder / painter behind a number of my favorite models and mini dioramas. Her OSL effects were way ahead of the times and awe inspiring.

Here's a few of my favorites ( all following pics from her website).






Victoria also sculpts her own offerings for sale and Victoria Miniatures offers some great miniatures and bits, be sure to check out the webstore.

This Sunday we will have these three prizes;

1. The Spanish Inquisition ( 3 figure metal Monty Python tribute set with accessories )


2. Halfling Cowboys (2 unpainted metal miniatures)



3. Kilted Highland Guard legs ( 18 metal leg sets, most standing with some kneeling)


The 3 winners will be drawn at random on Sunday from all the Heroes of Armageddon Donations at that time, so if you have not yet made a donation or would like to throw in a few more bucks to this great Charity cause, get to it and sweeten your chances of winning some of this great stuff. Weekly drawing winners are also still eligible for the grand prize army drawing ant the end of the project.

John

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Death Company Storm Raven, Part 4: starting on the details


I think I need one more post after this one to finish up the Death Company Storm Raven for the Heroes of Armageddon. Here is the progress report:

here is the plane with the red crosses done up. You can see I also added one on the bottom of the front cockpit.
 here's a top view after lining certain part of the panels with white. Click on this for a better view. I have been struggling since the beginning with the hightlighting of the black. The light grey streaking worked well, but I wanted to make it a little more artsy, adding small white lines in some spots. After this picture I washed the lines with black to mute them a bit. I think it looks allright and a bit different.
On the crosses: I washed and hightlighted parts of them, to give them some depth.
Here's the finished base with the ruined oil pipes. you can see I painted up oil leaks/stains to make it more realistic. I am pretty happy with the base, it looks appropriate and different from the plane flying over it.

Oh yeah, and a couple days ago I picked up this Tau Army which was sitting in the garage of Tony, one of the regulars at the Santa Cruz Warhammer Game Night. he and i came to a good deal and I am now the proud owner of this force, which is exciting.

Final post will come up next Sunday. And....you can win this plane, if you contribute to the Heroes of Armageddon...this model will become part of the Blood Angels force, put together by Jawaballs.

cheers
Mike