Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Check out our Facebook Bulletin board!

To create more dialog and allow more readers to post their own stuff without having their own blog, John and I have started up a facebook group, called Santa Cruz Warhammer. We have the idea that this page will inspire readers to upload stuff they build or see and have all of us be able to share thoughts about it.

Facebook is not a nice company. We all know that. But Google is just as bad. Don't kid yourself that google somehow plays it cleanly while facebook is stabbing you in the back. They are both companies solely interested in money. And if you have a smartphone, you have the holy 3, whos pockets we are all filling.

Having said that, we have the power to make this place a bit better all around us. We model, we paint, we play and we generally are an inclusive bunch of nice people, all enjoying the same thing: warhammer, 40k and other table top games. So forget about stuff we can't change, and instead focus on this we CAN make better. Like chatting on our facebook page and showing off cool stuff.

Here's the link.
Ask to be a member and then drop stuff on whenever you want, as long as it is family friendly and kind in spirit.

Santa Cruz Warhammer will stay up because we have a huge archive of work and we want to keep that available to readers. We will have less frequent updates, but the ones we post will be great. The honor roll is in transition and might change locations, just like the barter bucket.

Please give it a shot and check us out.

Mike

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Barter Bucket: 2/25/12


The year, 2012. From out of space, come runaway bits, hurtling between the Earth and the moon, unleashing unlimited modeling opportunities. Two thousand years later, Earth is reborn. Strange new models rise from old bits bins. Models of savagery, super-science, and sorcery. You can burst your bonds to model for justice. With your companions, McCutty the knife and Princess Super Glue, you can pit your talent, your creativity, and your fabulous Sunsword, err, imagination, against evil!
_________________________________________________
mddunsmore at gmail.com is in the market for:
  1. LoTR Mines of Moria starter set. These are parts that might be left from building the other models in these Vampire Count Kits
  2. Scythe weapons from Hexwraiths
  3. Flying Banshees from Mortis Engine
maleagant at juno.com is looking for:
  1. WHFB Dogs of War Ricco's Republican Guard Pikemen, x6
  2. WHFB OOP plastic Empire Handgunners, x7
av8hotrod at yahoo.com is after:
  1. WHFB Drongs Slayer Pirates, not command
  2. WHFB plastic Marauder Horseman heads and torsos
  3. and is still looking for the OOP Land Raider box, yes just the cardboard box.
miksminis at gmail.com (me!) is looking for:
  1. anything Malifaux, as long as it's from the same faction, lots of variety to trade
  2. 40k loose Cadian Lasguns
mike dot tess at charter.net wants:
  1. LotR, preferably the starter sets with fellowship, for trade he has lots
  2. Blood on the Reik, artbook by Dave Gallagher
_________________________________________________
The Bucket is a place to trade the stuff (models, parts, bits, and the like) you have laying around and are not using to get the stuff you do need. No more buying whole sets for just one model, no more buying overpriced single bits. Whether you're outfitting an entire army, or just need a single combi-weapon for a character model, this is the place to be.

Send us your email request by Thursday for it to post that week, the Barter Buckets posts every Saturday. Emails go to miksminis at gmail dot com. Please keep them simple and concise with enough details for us to know what you're looking for. Please limit your requests to a maximum of three items for needs and three items for what you have to trade. This keeps the Bucket itself compact and efficient, and helps your chances of getting exactly what you need. When you do track down the item(s) you're looking for, or have a successful trade, leave a comment below that week's bucket to let us know!

The Bucket itself runs on the cooperative spirit of our gaming community as a whole; gamers helping other gamers. Remember, change comes from within...your bits box!

Friday, February 24, 2012

SCWH Honor Roll #52

Welcome to the SCWH Honor Roll now brought to you with love and care direct from Lantz from over at TLA and MWC!

Legion Of Plastic - Counts-As Coteaz
Chewin The Phat - Hellpit Abomination
Ten Inch Template - Cthulhu Desolation Engine
Wargaming Tradecraft - Mauler
Apocalypse 40k - Pegasus Progress
Cursed Money Corp. - Ultramarines Land Raider
The Fallen Princes - Counts-As Ultramarines Army
The Back 40k - Texturing Dessert Bases
Kevin's Miniatures And Hobby Table - Cryx Ogrun
Aleatorblog - Vindicator
Rust And The City - Death Guard Dreadnought

Lantz: First, I'd like to thank Mike for taking over the HR last week. I had some family business to attend to, but this week I'm back with a slew of great work from around the world. A lot of completed work this week, I'm happy to see WT completing pieces of the Hordebloods project. TB40k has an in-depth tutorial on basing for anyone wanting the dessert feel for their army. In the way of work-in-progress, A40k is continuing their work on the Pegasus, which I'm very excited about.

Mike's addition for this week's Honor roll is:

Mike:  I generally expect nothing but the best from Ron at From the Warp, but this post is the best one he has done in a long time.


As always: 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:
http://santacruzwarhammer.blogspot.com/search/label/honor%20roll

Much appreciation!

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Secret Weapon Masterclass in Santa Cruz!

Mr. Justin from Secret Weapon Miniatures will be holding a masterclass in weathering and basing in Santa Cruz on March 18 at Mythic Games from 11 to 4. Here's the flyer for this awesome event:


Mythic has a new owner, Reuben, who is also part of the Santa Cruz Warhammer Game Night. We want to congratulate Reuben and wish him all the best in his new venture. The Masterclass will be one of the first events in his new shop and was organized by Mike Mararudo, a recent addition to our gaming group.

So all of you who live in the Bay Area, don't miss this chance. Mr Justin isn't in town that often and he lives all the way over in Sacramento. He is a great teacher (I have taken a class from him before) and he is fun and unpretentious. Please read the flyer, which has all the info. If you still have questions or you want to sign up, email Mike Mararudo at cornumortem at gmail dot com or leave a comment.

See you there!


Mike

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Santa Cruz Warhammer is moving to Facebook...or not?

Lately I have been contemplating moving Santa Cruz Warhammer to our Facebook page permanently. I have been struggling to keep meaningful content flowing and the lack of interaction on the blogs has been bothering me for a long time.
I have been a relatively new user of facebook and I am not going crazy over it. There are many drawbacks and limitations in using it, but the greatest advantage is the excellent way of back and forth commenting, which is easy for direct. The other advantage which I have been fantasizing about, is that all members of our facebook page could post stuff which I think would be a TREMENDOUS and exciting thing.

I haven't decided yet, but I am kind of leaning to it. Why don't you guys check out our facebook page and become a member? Here's the link

http://www.facebook.com/groups/213290538765625/

For now we have been using it for local games, but one of our member, another Mike, has been posting great stuff. That got me thinking.


Let me know what YOU think.

Mike

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Barter Bucket: 2/18/12


The year, 2012. From out of space, come runaway bits, hurtling between the Earth and the moon, unleashing unlimited modeling opportunities. Two thousand years later, Earth is reborn. Strange new models rise from old bits bins. Models of savagery, super-science, and sorcery. You can burst your bonds to model for justice. With your companions, McCutty the knife and Princess Super Glue, you can pit your talent, your creativity, and your fabulous Sunsword, err, imagination, against evil!
_________________________________________________
mddunsmore at gmail.com is in the market for:
  1. LoTR Mines of Moria starter set. These are parts that might be left from building the other models in these Vampire Count Kits
  2. Scythe weapons from Hexwraiths
  3. Flying Banshees from Mortis Engine
maleagant at juno.com is looking for:
  1. WHFB Dogs of War Ricco's Republican Guard Pikemen, x6
  2. WHFB OOP plastic Empire Handgunners, x7
av8hotrod at yahoo.com is after:
  1. WHFB Drongs Slayer Pirates, not command
  2. WHFB plastic Marauder Horseman heads and torsos
  3. and is still looking for the OOP Land Raider box, yes just the cardboard box.
miksminis at gmail.com (me!) is looking for:
  1. anything Malifaux, as long as it's from the same faction, lots of variety to trade
  2. 40k loose Cadian Lasguns
mike dot tess at charter.net wants:
  1. LotR, preferably the starter sets with fellowship, for trade he has lots
  2. Blood on the Reik, artbook by Dave Gallagher
_________________________________________________
The Bucket is a place to trade the stuff (models, parts, bits, and the like) you have laying around and are not using to get the stuff you do need. No more buying whole sets for just one model, no more buying overpriced single bits. Whether you're outfitting an entire army, or just need a single combi-weapon for a character model, this is the place to be.

Send us your email request by Thursday for it to post that week, the Barter Buckets posts every Saturday. Emails go to miksminis at gmail dot com. Please keep them simple and concise with enough details for us to know what you're looking for. Please limit your requests to a maximum of three items for needs and three items for what you have to trade. This keeps the Bucket itself compact and efficient, and helps your chances of getting exactly what you need. When you do track down the item(s) you're looking for, or have a successful trade, leave a comment below that week's bucket to let us know!

The Bucket itself runs on the cooperative spirit of our gaming community as a whole; gamers helping other gamers. Remember, change comes from within...your bits box!

Friday, February 17, 2012

Honor Roll #51; a wider picture



Hi, SC Mike here. Lantz had to take a week off and asked me to take care of the Honor Roll for this week. I thought about it for a bit on how to approach it. Lantz does such a nice job and he has a knack for finding stuff that good AND interesting. I figured I will try to do the same, but will throw you all a curveball.
This week the honor roll goes to all the photographers all over the world. Having a journalism degree and being an active photographer, I invite you to the World Press Photo 2011. The first link is a summary of some of the great images of last year, the second link to the complete thing. Please check it all, please take 15 minutes, an hour, and you will be transported into these amazing stories, some good, a lot bad, but important nevertheless.

The Big Picture

All of it from the World Press Organization

Next week Lantz will be around again!
Enjoy

Mike

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Night Goblins and the enduring love for the hobby


Over the weekend I painted this Night Goblin. I got him from Mik (from the our Barter Bucket) ages ago, tucked away in a baggie with some other stuff. I loved the model right away, but my mind wasn't there.
Fast forward Christmas, when I got myself the Forgeworld Fantasy book about Tamurkhan. On his quest for destruction, Tamurkhan meets a massive army of Night Goblins that almost prove to be his undoing. It really facinated me, reading about these little guys.
Then last week I played a game against my buddy Christian, Counts against Orcs. At some point he released his fanatics, and they hurt me a bit, but in the subsequent turns, those fanatics kept running into their own troops. Hilarious, frustrating and all the usual stuff right?
Then this weekend I figured I'll paint Christian up a fanatic, which is this model.

I added a little hill with grass and some mushrooms...
 and painted a little face on the spikey ball. It was wonderful to work on. Very, very enjoyable. He is not totally done, but will be once I hand him over.

I realized now that when I started this hobby about 6 years ago, I don't think a day has gone by without me doing something hobby related. Mostly it's painting and blogging, other times it's brainstorming. It's been an amazing ride so far and I am so happy to be able to do this for a long time to come!

Mike

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Treasure Chest #3: Swag!



Show off some swag!!
When I was a teenager, my mother took me to England for a graduation present. Obviously, I was excited to go, seeing as how I was going to be going to the home of my favorite hobby. Visiting relatives and seeing where my grandmother emigrated from was all well and good, but I had an agenda…visiting as many Games Workshop stores as I could!
By the end of my trip, I had bought boxes and boxes of miniatures and had visited about 9 stores. The most memorable was in Reading where the store manager at the time was blown away by the fact that an American - all the way from California - was so excited about the hobby. He was very nice and showed me all kinds of cool mini’s that were already released in England but were still about 3 or 4 months away from being available in the US.

He gave me a souvenir coffee mug and some newly released patches (which you can occasionally find on eBay) He also gave me a few pages of Rogue Trader stickers which are pretty cool.
In the years since, I’ve kept an eye out for cool Games Workshop swag – Terminator patches, store opening and birthday posters, water bottles, pens, banners, t-shirts and more. I don’t try to collect everything out there…but things that I find interesting and cool. I try to avoid bootleg stuff, but occasionally I find interesting items such as Warhammer watches or resin copies of tournament trophies. My family in England or friends who visit Warhammer World get me cool “odds & ends”
such as the Bugman’s Brewery coffee mug which you can only get in Nottingham.

In the early 90’s GW used to have something for independent retailers called the “Preview Deal”. It would contain a few blisters of unreleased metal minis, some sprues of upcoming minis and occasionally photos of models in various stages of production.  40K Minotaurs with lasguns on their horns, plastic High Elf archers and Spearmen and photos of Orks in production to name a few.
I missed out on the minotaurs, but I’ve gotten some cool things over the years. I’m really diggin’ the new Warhammer and 40K flags that are out now…I can’t wait for my local GW Store to celebrate its birthday!
I hope you’ve enjoyed this small sampling from my collection of swag. I’ll dig out some more stuff to show off for a future posting. If you have any cool photos of rare or interesting stuff or an amusing story or two, please feel free to share! We welcome all comments!

Glenn

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Barter Bucket: 2/11/12


The year, 2012. From out of space, come runaway bits, hurtling between the Earth and the moon, unleashing unlimited modeling opportunities. Two thousand years later, Earth is reborn. Strange new models rise from old bits bins. Models of savagery, super-science, and sorcery. You can burst your bonds to model for justice. With your companions, McCutty the knife and Princess Super Glue, you can pit your talent, your creativity, and your fabulous Sunsword, err, imagination, against evil!
_________________________________________________
mddunsmore at gmail.com is in the market for:
  1. LoTR Mines of Moria starter set. These are parts that might be left from building the other models in these Vampire Count Kits
  2. Scythe weapons from Hexwraiths
  3. Flying Banshees from Mortis Engine
maleagant at juno.com is looking for:
  1. WHFB Dogs of War Ricco's Republican Guard Pikemen, x6
  2. WHFB OOP plastic Empire Handgunners, x7
av8hotrod at yahoo.com is after:
  1. WHFB Drongs Slayer Pirates, not command
  2. WHFB plastic Marauder Horseman heads and torsos
  3. and is still looking for the OOP Land Raider box, yes just the cardboard box.
miksminis at gmail.com (me!) is looking for:
  1. anything Malifaux, as long as it's from the same faction, lots of variety to trade
  2. 40k loose Cadian Lasguns
mike dot tess at charter.net wants:
  1. LotR, preferably the starter sets with fellowship, for trade he has lots
  2. Blood on the Reik, artbook by Dave Gallagher
_________________________________________________
The Bucket is a place to trade the stuff (models, parts, bits, and the like) you have laying around and are not using to get the stuff you do need. No more buying whole sets for just one model, no more buying overpriced single bits. Whether you're outfitting an entire army, or just need a single combi-weapon for a character model, this is the place to be.

Send us your email request by Thursday for it to post that week, the Barter Buckets posts every Saturday. Emails go to miksminis at gmail dot com. Please keep them simple and concise with enough details for us to know what you're looking for. Please limit your requests to a maximum of three items for needs and three items for what you have to trade. This keeps the Bucket itself compact and efficient, and helps your chances of getting exactly what you need. When you do track down the item(s) you're looking for, or have a successful trade, leave a comment below that week's bucket to let us know!

The Bucket itself runs on the cooperative spirit of our gaming community as a whole; gamers helping other gamers. Remember, change comes from within...your bits box!

Friday, February 10, 2012

SCWH Honor Roll #50

Welcome to the SCWH Honor Roll now brought to you with love and care direct from Lantz from over at TLA and MWC! This is what I consider a landmark. 50 posts for the Honor Roll and we keep on truckin'. I've been doing the Honor Roll for less than year now and it's been really fun, but the real thanks goes out to the original writers of SCW; be sure to give them thanks and keep checking out the Honor Roll every week!

Cursed Monkey Corp - "The Getaway" PIP
Die Vincis - Vampire Coach Finished (translated to English)
Midwest Monster Lab - Hades Vampire Lord + GS Tutorial
Geek In The Basement - More Building Conversions
Recalcitrant Daze - Defensive Walls
Dark Future Games - Necron Wraith Conversions
Mordian 7th - Heresy Era Thousand Sons Land Raider Finished
Wargaming Tradecraft - Hordeblood WIP
Raxhammer - Catacomb Command Barge Finished (translated to English)
ADHD Gaming - Necron Painting Tutorial
Unite All Action - Feral Warboss Conversion
Descent Of Angels - Wings Of Sanguinius
Volomir's Blog - Swordmasters of Hoeth WIP
Studio City Nocturn: Chaos tank

Lantz: A very diverse set of works here this week on the Honor Roll. MML and ADHDG both have some great tutorials to share with everyone. DV, M7 and Rax all have beautiful finished products this week. For terrain, GITB and RD have some very unique projects they're working on. I think my favorite this week is DFG's Wraiths. The masochist in me has to hold out for the GW kit, but I'm crossing my fingers they look something like this.

Mike's addition for this week's Honor roll is:

Mike: This week I happened to be browsing CMON and found this amazing Russian paintress, Ringil. Check out this current post and she also happens to be in the top ten of CMON with crazy freehand work on an Eldar flyer here. Crazy!


As always: 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:
http://santacruzwarhammer.blogspot.com/search/label/honor%20roll

Much appreciation!

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Hordes of Vormond: short update

I have actually been really productive over the last couple of weeks and I just wanted to share a few updates on my Hordes of Vormond VC Army. 
Here is the finished unit of Dire Wolves

I played around with basing these guys. you can see that some bases overlap eachother:
and some have other objects on the base.



Here's the finished unit of hexwraiths

Lately I have been really inspired to keep plugging away at stuff. It feels good, doing some painting when the family is asleep.

Mike

My Nurgle Lord on Cool Mini or Not


Here's my Nurgle Lord. I painted him up in a couple of evenings. He was a joy to paint and this model is already becoming a real classic (sculpt by Brian Nelson), being painted by plenty of people, even if they don't have a Chaos Army

After painting, I happily dropped him on my Cool Mini or Not page. Just to let you know: getting a 7 there is great and I mostly get between 6 and 6.5, although a couple of times I went much higher. Anyway, after dropping it on there, I was bummed to see people are rating the model below 6, which is table top standard.
And that I don't understand. Of course I am not a propainter and all that, but the system on CMON just doesn't work very well, certainly not for middle of the road painters like me. I want all of you to go there and give me an HONEST vote. I am not looking for 7's and 8's, but I pretend that I should be better than 5's. Or not? Bring me into reality please. And again, i think you all know me long enough I am not looking good news only. I am just a little frustrated with the voting system on CMON for all the normal people, not the stars.

As a fun little extra, both Sc John and Michael from SCWH have painted up this model and I wanted to show off their nice models as well. Enjoy!

SC John 
Michael

I think all of the SCWH writers will have to paint up one of these, as a fun blog project.

Mike

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

This Leman Russ will head for Singapore

Over the years I have had a few very positive Barter Bucket trades with Daniel from Singapore. After he sent me a bunch of old codexes (which I love) I decided to paint him up a Leman Russ, that John and I got once in a massive Barter Bucket trade. Daniel was excited and I loved working on a model that will find a good home, once it makes it to Singapore
Daniel paints his tanks Fortress Grey with Catachan Green, but I felt not so confident about painting large parts of the tank light grey. Instead I went for a muted Green on green camo pattern with a Codex grey front end, the way the Guard marks their vehicles for quick identification.

Here's the side view:


After doing the basic stippling I washed with sepia. At that point the vehicle looked very well already and the technique is very simple and effective. After that I worked on the details, lightening up the greys, adding some orange grit from old washes and using more sepia in certain areas. After that black lining all over the place to create good contrast.
I added some freehand, based on a design in the How to paint tanks book from GW. It makes the tank stand out a bit more:

After adding the decals I sponged the whole vehicle with a scrubber, dabbing a bit dark grey onto the vehicle for wear and tear. Don't use silver, metal on a tank wouldn't be silver. After all that a nice coat of Testors Dull Coat to blend in the colours and the decals.
Oh, and before I forget: the tips of the exhaust and the tips of the bolter barrels were replaced with plastic tubing, looks much better!

I hope Daniel will like his new tank. If you ever want me to paint up a vehicle in this style, drop me a line. I wouldn't want money, but maybe we could do a trade!

Mike

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Blog roll problems

We have been happily adding more blogs to our blogroll until a few days ago, when it suddenly became impossible to SAVE after making a change. We tried to delete some, add some but to no avail, the software in blogger doesn't work anymore for making changes to the blogroll. All others work fine...any ideas?

I know we have had many requests from bloggers that want to be added, but at this point nothing works. Please be patient until we resolve it.

thanks!

Mike

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Saying Goodbye to an old friend




Today I have said goodbye to the Bishkek 2nd, my Imperial Guard Army that I have worked on in 2009 and 2010. It has been my largest and most satisfying work to date. But it sat in a case for 1 year, untouched. Today I packed up all the models, safely wrapped, boxed them and put them in the darkest corner of the house. I don't suspect looking at them for a long, long time.

I kinda feel relieved. It's been bothering me that the models sat there, looking at me while I took out the Counts or the Ogres out for a spin. I have been going back and forth on selling the entire army, after seeing good money coming in on themed armies. But in the end, I realized, I don't want to part with it-forever that is. But at the same time, I am not going to lie: to me the armies that are most interesting are the ones that are not done. Once they are finished, they lose my interest.


But I do want to do a proper send off, because i feel a bit weird about boxing them up. So I wanted to share a few of the highlights of this wonderful group of models. Here they are in  random order (where I could, I added a link to the building process).

Kitbashed Banewolf . See the old rhino sides? I scratchbuilt the turret and gun and added pipes from the infamous Russian bio plant. Link here
I love the OOP guardsmen. These are from the mid nineties and they show such character.

Mechanized Rough Riders. I came up with the mechanized rough riders after reading Dan Abnett and realizing the Guard would probably not use horses. I built 4 of them, here's two of them. The other two are here and here. Make sure you check them out, they are different and fun.
Here's the Forgeworld Hellhound

and the scratch (plastic card) built Hell Hound, based on Dave Taylors design. Check out the build here
Here's the Leman Russ, Kartvelian Variant. I built a round cupola on the front and changed the back, adding a small entrance for the crew. The gatling is scratchbuilt. Here you can see how


Here's my favorite model: the Manticore. I spent weeks on this model, adding tons of stuff and weathering with oil paints. Read about it here, it's quite a diary
There is also a Valkyrie   

and remember this little baby tank? Scratch built with buttons as wheels. 



He found a place in this Basilisk Diorama, based on a WWII image, my largest project series. Check out the link if you are interested in going beyond the normal stuff.

Veterans, amassed from all walk of life with really, really old GW models (middle with radio).

And my Penal Squad with their own, pimped out riding jail. Here comes trouble!


It acutally took me a while to get this post written up and it felt good. These models mean a lot to me and I don't think I could ever sell them. They will now go to sleep for a long time and I can focus on all my Fantasy projects. The Bishek 2nd have given countless hours of modeling fun and I will never forget that.

And thanks for all your comments on this two year long army building project!

Mike

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Barter Bucket: 2/4/12


The year, 2012. From out of space, come runaway bits, hurtling between the Earth and the moon, unleashing unlimited modeling opportunities. Two thousand years later, Earth is reborn. Strange new models rise from old bits bins. Models of savagery, super-science, and sorcery. You can burst your bonds to model for justice. With your companions, McCutty the knife and Princess Super Glue, you can pit your talent, your creativity, and your fabulous Sunsword, err, imagination, against evil!
_________________________________________________
mddunsmore at gmail.com is in the market for:
  1. LoTR Mines of Moria starter set. These are parts that might be left from building the other models in these Vampire Count Kits
  2. Scythe weapons from Hexwraiths
  3. Flying Banshees from Mortis Engine
maleagant at juno.com is looking for:
  1. WHFB Dogs of War Ricco's Republican Guard Pikemen, x6
  2. WHFB OOP plastic Empire Handgunners, x7
av8hotrod at yahoo.com is after:
  1. WHFB Drongs Slayer Pirates, not command
  2. WHFB plastic Marauder Horseman heads and torsos
  3. and is still looking for the OOP Land Raider box, yes just the cardboard box.
miksminis at gmail.com (me!) is looking for:
  1. anything Malifaux, as long as it's from the same faction, lots of variety to trade
  2. 40k loose Cadian Lasguns
mike dot tess at charter.net wants:
  1. LotR, preferably the starter sets with fellowship, for trade he has lots
_________________________________________________
The Bucket is a place to trade the stuff (models, parts, bits, and the like) you have laying around and are not using to get the stuff you do need. No more buying whole sets for just one model, no more buying overpriced single bits. Whether you're outfitting an entire army, or just need a single combi-weapon for a character model, this is the place to be.

Send us your email request by Thursday for it to post that week, the Barter Buckets posts every Saturday. Emails go to miksminis at gmail dot com. Please keep them simple and concise with enough details for us to know what you're looking for. Please limit your requests to a maximum of three items for needs and three items for what you have to trade. This keeps the Bucket itself compact and efficient, and helps your chances of getting exactly what you need. When you do track down the item(s) you're looking for, or have a successful trade, leave a comment below that week's bucket to let us know!

The Bucket itself runs on the cooperative spirit of our gaming community as a whole; gamers helping other gamers. Remember, change comes from within...your bits box!

Friday, February 3, 2012

SCWH Honor Roll #49

Welcome to the SCWH Honor Roll now brought to you with love and care direct from Lantz from over at TLA and MWC! This week I've got a bunch of lesser-known bloggers out there with some amazing work. If you like what you see, be sure you follow them!

Jinn's Mini's - Maelok Dreadbound Complete
Aleatorblog - Necron Heavy Destroyers Complete (translated to English)
Fuzzbuket's Mini Mayhem - Eldar Autarch PIP
The Butcher's Bill - Cathayan Ogre Conversion/Painting
Le Manufactorum - Dreadnought Conversion (translated to English)
Dracus' Journal - Land Raider PIP
Retaking The Hobby - Triarch Stalker Conversion
The Dark Workshop - Christmas Tree Terrain
Geek In The Basement - Modern Building Terrain Conversion
Wrythhold - Sisters Of Battle Army Complete


Lantz: Not recognizing any of these names? Good; that's the point! This week saw an explosion of great content from a lot of the lesser-known blogs on my blogrolls. TDW's Christmas Tree terrain is full of win. LM while sharing my awesome initials, also has a Dreadnought destruction and reconstruction from Imperial to Chaos that's worth a look. Finally, GITB has an inspiring conversion (or maybe it's a kitbash?) using a Dollar Tree basket and knickknacks that looks fantastic.

Mike's addition for this week's Honor roll is:

Mike: I love these two Razorbacks from the Cursed Monkeys..the painting on them is just excellent. I keep delving into the Eurozone for great work and it always pays off. You should do it too!


As always: 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:
http://santacruzwarhammer.blogspot.com/search/label/honor%20roll

Much appreciation!

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Request

I am jumping on the band wagon and want to model some Lord of the Rings stuff. I read that the games are fast and you only need a few models....
so anyone have any to trade? I am partial to the hobbits and the good guys in general, but not really interested in Minias Tirith.

For trade I have many 40K Orks (1500 pts painted) and one box of Grave Guard and of course tons of other stuff.
let me know
(and don't yell at me, it just want to play around with it)

you can email me at mike dot tess at charter dot net

I wonder if finecast would be better for some of the hobbits, since the models are already so small, they could use all the detail they can get..hmm

Mike

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Secret Weapon Miniatures: Osteological Goodness


Today I'm going to review a couple of conversion items from the huge catalog over at Secret Weapon Miniatures. These are the Sack o' Skulls and Human Skeletons packs. Below I'm using a Deathwatch Assault Marine for scale comparison.


The Human Skeletons pack comes with two complete skeletons. The skulls are loose and the rest of the parts are on the sprue. I've gotta say, the sculpting on these is great, the attention to detail is impressive to say the least. I took a 400 level Osteology class back in college, it nearly killed me, though a lot of it did come back looking at these bits.

There are visible sagittal sutures on the skulls where the bony plates are fused together, the vertebrae on the spinal columns are detailed, and even the scapula on the the shoulder blades are indented. These aren't just generic bones to stick on a base, these are detailed scale models of the human skeleton.


Each of the pieces individually offer a lot of conversion potential, especially the spinal column/pelvis combo, but like a miniature crime scene you can combine them all too. Here you can see all of the parts put together to form an anatomically correct skeleton.

If you're wondering where the hands and feet are, those are usually the first to get gnawed away or carried off by small, scavenging animals like rodents and foxes. You get enough parts to build two of these per pack.


Next up is the incredibly popular Sack o' Skulls pack. Skulls. You want them. You need them. This pack has all of that and more. I didn't count my pack but it looks like, according to their heading on the Secret Weapon site, that on average you get a whopping sixty-six skulls per pack. These skulls have the same detailing as the ones in the Human Skeletons pack, which yielded another surprise.


You're not getting a bag full of the same skull. Picking around through it I was able to easily identify four separate skull sculpts. I didn't look hard enough though because there are actually five different sculpts in all, there's a detailed photo here. In addition to two sculpts of a 'normal' skull, a third of the skulls has a huge, caved-in area on the side, another with a good-sized hole in the frontal section above the eyes, and the last is missing a large chunk from the maxilla. A lot of these reminded me of the skulls they pull out of archaeological sites where medieval battles took place.

All in all, there's a lot of good stuff to be found within just these two packs. The Human Skeletons pack has all kinds of potential, and not just in the base decorations department. I can see these bits decorating banner poles, heavy weapon barrels, and more. Of course they'd look great on bases too. The Sack o' Skulls is just too cool for words, and you get so many in a pack you can deck out a few squads-worth of figs and still have plenty left over for vehicles and more. So if you're looking for some bony bits to spice up your models, look no further.

I'm sure these won't be the last Secret Weapon Miniatures products you'll see me reviewing here, for instance I've been eyeballing their awesome Rapid Assault Vehicle since its debut, and I'm currently sitting on a pile of their Desert Wasteland bases for a Squats project. Until then, enjoy!

-Mik