Anyhow. The explosion of boutique gaming companies continues apace, with almost every hobby taste catered for. Wanton destruction of venerable settings aside, we live in a hobby golden age. Even my own every increasingly niche tastes are overwhelmed with options. I crossed the counter over into miniature design myself this year, seeing my own concept art turn into finished models, both for small private commissions and production models. That's a big, big tick on the bucket list. More of that kind of thing.
So, here's a bit of a lowdown on the year in the Mumblings. First up, the painting.
With some Pulp Alley gaming kicking off the year in January, it gave me some new year mojo to continue my work on the genestealer cult. After an epic search, I managed to assemble a collection of Rogue Trader robots. I painted my favourite, the Castellan, along with brother Char here. I had initially planned to use those masks on my brood brothers, a plan I've since half abandoned, but I like it on Char here.
March saw me paint up Hierarch Mijur, a rare-ish Bob Olley sculpt. He will be the controller for the cult robots. The rest of the Rogue Trader robots are in storage awaiting some paint after furiously pursuing them all over the internet. An arm here, backpack there. After all that effort, I really need to paint the rest up.
I have so many magus' now they could form a darts team. I'm half thinking of running a magus only Pulp Alley league for funs, though I still have a lot of cult minis to paint before I can indulge such fancy.
I'm a big fan of the model range for All Quiet on the Martian Front, (more on that later) so I decided to start painting some stuff for that. Three drones kicked off my Martian forces. Really fun working on these guys. I used silver spray basecoat for the first time, a real time saver for my Martian colour scheme.
April saw me discover the rather splendid Macrocosm range. With so many useful models for the cult, it wasn't long before I purloined one to test my cult colour scheme on.
I've since procured a lot more of these lads, called 'The Malignancy' in Macrocosm. There are some special weapons hybrids on the table right now, in fact.
The end of April saw the start of a joint project between myself and Cheetor from Sho3box, Judgement Day.We're both avid 2000AD fans, in particular Judge Dredd. I had some Dredd minis, and I'd been eyeing several sets from the Judge Dredd miniatures game for some time, so it was decided we would dive in, posting a Dredd themed mini on alternate Mondays. So far this has worked out exceptionally well. Here's my work on the project for this year.
|Karpov MF7 Sentenoid|
|Orlok the assassin|
|War Marshal Kazan|
|Undercity Scatter Terrain|
|Bruce Campbell Block Citi-Def|
There are plenty of minis in the Dredd setting to hold my attention for years. Gangster Ape? Mutant raider? Zombies? Cyborgs? It's all there kids. After a holiday break, Judgement Day returns in February.
With Judgement Day holding a great deal of my painting attention, I had little extra time on other projects, though I did manage a few.
|Sons of Anorky - Rubbaleg|
|Deadites - Sheila|
That's it for the year's painting. 32 minis in total. Not as much as I'd like, but better than 2014. My aim is to double that this year.
Gaming was pretty hot this year. I am lucky enough to have a few circles of gaming buddies, gents and saints to a man. At this stage I've distilled down to the die-hards. Good folks, and whose company pretty much guarantees big funs and tons of laughs. Here's to them.
A selection of gaming photos to prove I'm not a loner in a cave in the mountains follows.
Yup. Good times. Here's to more of that in 2016.
Okay, so, this year. Well, with the death of Warhammer and the fracturing of the Warhammer community, it'll be an interesting year to see how things settle. I've been keeping a somewhat heartbroken interest in Age of Sigmar developments, and I must say some of the models coming out interest me, especially the terrain. Some not so much. There seems to be a fairly strong dollop of the Warmachine/Hordes aesthetic creeping into the design. The new Varanguard are a prime example. I'm interested to see how they treat races like the dwarves and undead with new releases. Once again my chaos dwarves are out in the cold, with a half-hearted set of warscrolls.
The Oldhammer scene is still as strong as ever, and continues to offer inspiration and entertainment to the lovers of the lead. It has spawned all kinds of sub-groups and projects, which is much to be lauded. Long may it reign.
This year I hope to add some more Judge Dredd minis to the collection, try out some new fantasy rules and get some more Rogue Trader minis painted. I'm intrigued by both Frostgrave and Dragon Rampant on the fantasy side of things. I need to get those fimir back on the table.
For Sci-Fi, Pulp Alley still holds the top spot, and I have several new leagues planned, as well as adding to my genestealer cult. I'm also going to try to get some more All Quiet on the Martian Front models done this year. Sadly the company seems to have ceased trading, but hopefully someone will pick up the game. In the meantime I have plenty of All Quiet models to get on with. The first model of 2016 will be a Martian assault tripod in fact. A bigger model than I was anticipating, but fun to work on.
So, with that I leave ye. A thank you to all the readers of the Mumblings, I hope you are enjoying my meanderings as much as I am.
Happy new year to you all, may your bristles never become unseated.