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H2 Thunderspire Labyrinth Miniatures/Monster List

Posted by paradisio on June 25, 2008

Helium3 at Enworld posted a list of miniatures/monsters in the upcoming module, Thunderspire Labyrinth for D&D 4e. It is a bit spoilerific, so don’t read if you plan on playing it (like any of my groups). Unfortunately, most of these monsters probably don’t even have an actual miniature to represent them (if you even know what they are/look like), but I still found it interesting.

“Hobgoblin Warcaster
Hobgoblin Soldiers X 4
Norker Slinger X 2
Norker Bezerker
Enigma of Vecna X 2
Bronze Warder (ie Brass Golem)
Imp
Norkers X 5
Norker Grunts X 8
Evistro X 5
Bonecrusher Skeleton
Barlugra
Young Green Dragon
Boneshard Skeleton X 2
Gnoll Marauder X 2
Gnoll Demonic Scourge
Tiefling Darkblade X 2
Hyena X 4
Gnoll Huntmaster X 4
Dire Boar
Cavern Choker X 2
Ghoul
Phalagar
Tiefling Heretic X 2
Duergar Shock Trooper X 2
Duergar Theurge
Duergar Guards X 4
Spined Devils X 2
Ogre Savage
Orc Raiders X 4
Arbalester X 2
Duergar Scouts X 2
Orc Berserkers X 5
Hobgoblin Archer
Dire Wolf
Goblin Sharpshooter X 2
Human Bandit X 2
Goblin Skullcleaver X 4
Bugbear Warrior”

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Games Workshop Isn’t So Bad

Posted by paradisio on March 11, 2008

Well, I notice Games Workshop catches a lot of flak online, I won’t go into the reasons, but I thought I would share a small story about this past Saturday:

I went into my local GW store (well one of five) to pick up a few paints for painting up the starter set in my own fashion and maybe waste some time watching games/learning the armies/loitering/etc. So I walk in the door and the game hands me a raffle ticket, apparently their going to have a drawing in something like one and a half hours; I have terrible luck and didn’t expect to be there but took it anyways. So I pick up the paints and watch a turn of a High Elf vs Lizardman battle, and one of the GW pulls me aside and puts me in front of pile of bitz, apparently I was in a conversion contest… no entry fee or anything. I joined about 10 minutes late, but said ‘what the heck’ and did anyways. I didn’t win, but I had fun and met a few other players anyways, and I got to keep my funky model and didn’t pay a dime. And just for participating I got a second raffle ticket… and then I won the raffle twice! They gave away like 20ish prizes, including a chaos battalion box which was taken first; I ended up getting 2 codices since I won both fairly late, but they were both for armies I was interested in.  Point being, I bought something like $15 dollars and got about three times that in free stuff. I realize some people aren’t happy with their general policies, but I think the personal and friendly staff more than make up for it.

Also, relatively unrelated, I was interested how valuable the battalion boxes for Warhammer Fantasy were compared to buying the components seperately, so I calculated them and here they are. They may be a dollar off since I did this when I was very tired and may have rounded down instead of up, I also had to calculate some of them based on per model instead of per box since some of the battalion boxes come with more figures than would be in a box of those figures.

Ogre Kingdoms = $150
Skaven = $145
Tomb Kings = $140
Bretonnia = $128
Orc and Goblin = $127
Empire = $126
Vampire Counts = $126
High Elves = $125
Wood Elves = $122
Lizardmen = $122
Dwarfs = $107

I would of course make sure you are going to use the majority of the contents, otherwise it probably isn’t worth it.

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[Beginnings]Paint Removal

Posted by paradisio on March 8, 2008

Well, being the re-newbie miniature painter, I’ve made a fair amount of errors regarding my recent acquisition. In an effort to give myself a clean slate, I imbibed a great many fumes from cleaning products (not intentionally, I assure you). More to the point, I wanted to strip the paint off the miniatures I had painted several times; to the point where their features where entirely indistinguishable. I thought I would share my results on this matter. I purchased two products, oven cleaner (EZ Off) and an all purpose cleaner (Simple Green).

Obviously, neither of these products are for paint stripping at all, and to be honest, finding a way to remove paint from miniatures, plastic especially can prove pretty dangerous, as many acidic products will not only take the paint off but turn the plastic into putty or disintegrate it completely; metal on the other hand is pretty easy. The market is just two small for someone to make a miniature paint removal, but we can make due. Anyways, I picked these two out of many suggestions over things like Brake Fluid, Nail Polish Removal, and other equally toxic products.

While I haven’t given those other ones a text, out of the two I tried, I would clearly state Simple Green as the winner. While the oven cleaner seems semi-effective, the Simple Green product is the winner for a myriad of reasons:
1. It’s easy to get. Almost all stores carry Simple Green in either the concentrated big bottles or spray while I went to two stores and only one of them had a very small supply of Ez Off.
2. Simple Green is non-toxic. Okay, not really a big deal, but almost all the other products don’t really seem safe to keep around the house while you let things soak in them. Ez Off was so toxic and foul, I could barely stand to be in the same room, and that was just after spraying one figure.
3. Application. Simple Green simply requires you to soak the miniature in it, while Ez Off requires you to spray the miniature (it’s a spray), and then keep the now toxic hunk somewhere where it won’t kill small animals that come passing by (okay, its not that bad, but it would be hard to keep a dozen figures covered in the stuff somewhere safe.)
4. Results. From what I experienced, simple green produced better results on the whole. While it may not be lightning fast, if you just leave the figures soaking in the stuff for 24 hours or more the paint will come right off. If you just wanted to remove a coat, it can be done in 30 minutes or so, but requires vigorous scrubbing. The Ez-Off was effective though in a shorter amount of time.

Also, supposedly the oven cleaner while take care of glue as well if you want that ability, I didn’t experiment enough to find out the validity of that considering how hard it was to use the product in general.

Overall, I was much happier with the Simple Green. I’ll try to update this post with some before/after images when I can.

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Warhammer/Warhammer 40k Beginnings

Posted by paradisio on March 5, 2008

For much of my youth I was always interested in the games-workshop miniatures games. It started when I was in my early teens living in a small town in California, there was an awesome shop that sold Games, Miniatures, and so on. I had originally frequented it for their Dungeons & Dragons stuff, which I got pulled into at a young age. But one thing led to another and I ended up picking up some cool miniatures from them. At the time Games-Workshop had about one store in America, but through various stores I managed to collect several boxes. I never did play the game though, I just enjoyed collecting and assembling the figures; my painting skills left something to be desired.

This cycle went on for… I don’t know, 10 years, I picked up figures now and then or their side games (like Mordeheim), but because I was always moving, I never really had many friends to play with, and if a store was close enough for me to frequent to play I always ended up finding it shortly before moving again. I kept most of my collection, and a few months ago, I pretty much figured I was never going to play and dumped the figures.

But I finally found that there was actually several stores in the city I lived in dedicated to the game, so I resolved that I would actually play the game this time. And as it turns out, I was probably right to throw all that old crud away, most of them were unusable with the way I had built them.

So I picked up the Warhammer Rulebook a couple of months ago, Vampire Counts army book and some basic troops (skeletons). I kinda got busy though and never ended up really getting into it again, I was very iffy If I should go with 40k or Fantasy, so that probably didn’t help. And now Vampire Counts are going to have a new army book, so I’m really waiting on that.

So now I picked up the 40k Starter Set: Battle for Macragge. I really should have picked up the starter set for Fantasy (which I still may do), as this thing is only $10 more than the rulebook, and contains the rules, dice, templates, terrain, and figures. I’ve already assembled them, and I have been working on reading various sites to learn about the armies and painting techniques. I’m still learning though; and I have resolved to paint the whole box set by the end of the month (as part of the rpgnet monthly painting challenge). I’ll have more updates to come as I learn to play, improve, and learn cool techniques. Here are some photos of my current figures, I know they suck, but I’m working on it. Unfortunately, my camera has hard times taking pictures of such tiny things.

First Ultramarine:

I think he looks decent, I still need to work on the highlights and patch up some little problem areas. But for my first figure I think it looks pretty good. I still need to base all my figures as well.

Here is the terrain I’ve completed so far:

I should have the rest of the terrain done soon, I need to pick up some larger brushes though, as painting them takes forever with the tiny brushes I have. I’m pretty pleased with both though, the dirt needs some more coats though.

First Decent Looking Genestealer:

I’ve had a lot of trouble with the genestealers, I don’t know if it was the base paint scheme I was instructed to use, but I had a ton of problems making it look decent. I finally got someone to post a nicer color scheme, and it worked much better for me. I think the problem was that the red takes several coats and I was avoiding the tiny details a little too much. Here is the previous version which I spent about 8x as much time on and only half completed:

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