Currently on the painting table

On the painting table: Blitzer, Bomber, Storm Troll, Hunters Grim

Back burner: Long riders and Horthol, Boomhowler & Co, Khador stuff, Menoth stuff

Fully Painted Trollblood Goal: 138/305pts (45.2%)
Fully Painted Minion (for trolls) Goal: 20/76pts (26%)
Fully Painted Mercs (for trolls): 4/23pts (17%)

Friday, August 29, 2014

I Feel the Need....the Need for Speed(painting)

In my last post I showed you the wolds I assembled last weekend at my parents house. Well I decided I needed to bang these guys out in short order just because. So here they are painted in about ~6-8 hours total spread over a couple sessions over two days:

One big happy family of new toys

Woldwarden


The Woldwatcher trio


Hands down has to be the most enjoyable unit in the game to paint

One big happy rock family

While I was painting up these new additions I took the time to finish up Megalith and mostly finish a Woldguardian. The guardian still needs his base to be finished and both need their gems painted but you get the idea. I just need to finish Baldur2 or Bradigus and I can put these guys on the table as a full painted army... something I don't get to do nearly enough. I need to put down some grass tufts on the new minis to match the watcher and warden I painted over two years ago but man it was fun to just bang out 26pt in what felt like no time......why cant all minis paint this fast? 

I'm not sure when I will get to a warlock for these new minis as I have troll stuff I want to get to and a painting project for Templecon 2015 I really need to start. I'm also looking to make a 4+ hour road trip with my buddy Nick aka PG_Naseluk down to Connecticut this weekend for a steamroller event on Saturday. We are still trying to hash out some of the details so we don't drive all that way for an event we haven't brought the right stuff for or for no event at all.....but if we do go I would like to get Borka2 table ready during the day today (just in a playable state not fully painted) so I can try him out tomorrow. Have a great weekend y'all.



Monday, August 25, 2014

Gotta be Some Kind of a Record (for me)

Over the weekend we headed back to my parents house to spend a few days. This typically turns into a zero percent hobby time weekend but for some reason this weekend things just "clicked". In my last post I showed the GenCon pre-releases I was able to get my hands on and Circle has been calling me since I knew Thorle was heading my way. I brought a few blisters with me to my folks and even had my wife pick up a few more minis while she was out shopping with my mother one day (I know crazy). Here are the results of the weekend:


As you can see I cleaned and prepped a 'lock, one heavy, three lights, a solo, and a unit (ok I know shifting stones are a joke of a unit but its a unit). If we count the warlock as 5pt that's a total of 33pt assembled in a weekend which is unheard of for me. Really early and no idea if it is any goo but I was thinking of this as my first Bradigus list:
 
Bradigus Thorle the Runecarver (*6pts)
* Woldwatcher (5pts)
* Woldwatcher (5pts)
* Woldwatcher (5pts)
* Woldwatcher (5pts)
* Woldguardian (9pts)
* Woldwarden (9pts)
* Woldwarden (9pts)
Shifting Stones (2pts)
* Stone keeper (1pts)
Shifting Stones (2pts)
Blackclad Wayfarer (2pts)
Gallows Grove (1pts)
Gallows Grove (1pts)
 
I have no idea if it will be any good but I liked the feel of it and think it has some play (from my circle noob point of view). Ok I need to go prep some of these bases and do a little more assembly then its prime time!



Thursday, August 21, 2014

GenCon Pre-release Unboxings

How's it going y'all long time no post. Things have been pretty busy here and I haven't really had much to blog about. After getting back from the Southern Ontario Open I had a pretty big lull on the gaming front for no real reason other than life I suppose. The cave has started to see some activity over the past week or so and I have some projects I need to get rolling on (more on that soon) but today I'm showing off some new toys. I wasn't expecting to be able to get my hands on any of the GenCon pre-releases but last Thursday I found out there was a potential ninja available so I jumped at the opportunity. In the past it has seemed PP has limited people to only one of each item so I didn't figure I'd be able to get much but seeing as no one was asking for Bradigus Thorle I jumped at the opportunity. I went to the store Thursday to play some of my trolls and our ninja extraordinaire Brian scored me more than I expected......good thing I brought extra cash.

The sexy sexy nondescript black box. I love these :)

Gold cards!


Bradigus is  a white metal/resin model as you can see here with the majority of the model being done in resin. I have found that some of the more recent PP resins have been super clean and needed little to no cleaning (Bearka and Dozer) this mini was not as clean as those previous minis.

Not too bad easy enough to clean.

The plug inside the fold on the left of the cloak has me a little concerned.




All in all not a bad sculpting job. There is a little more work then I would have liked but seeing as I have no pressing need to get him on the table I can take some time. I find the nice thing about working with wolds and rock is if there is a "problem spot" I can just hack into the piece and make it a chip in the rock ;) I have to say I really like this mini and his rules and seeing as I am a big fan of the rock part of circle and have a small all rock force already Bradigus felt like a "must" have.  

Next up is the opera pig herself Helga




Nice and simple two piece sculpt but will most likely need to pin the arm.

Up close and personal. I don't see myself playing pigs but I have loved the idea of this mini since PP showed here are in the Templecon Keynote. I painted a Lord Carver for my but Les aka PG_Oxyguy a few years back so I will need to figure out what I did on his flesh cause I was happy with him. My initial impression of Helga are that she has a solid stat line and a nice spell list too bad she is in pigs. The more and more great spells show up on the these pig 'locks the more I think no pork node for Thornfall....but Scudo will ask at Templecon this year again I am sure......

Last but certainly not least is Ms Jaga Jaga. 



While Helga was a smiple two pieces Jaga clocks in at eight super detailed pieces. 

Details....

Upon details....

Upon details. Jaga is a very solid 'lock (one of best in this book) and while Helga suffers from her pact Jaga benefits. I see taking three units of posse as the back bone for Jaga just like most gator 'locks. 

Thanks for checking in y'all and stay tuned as there should be some work coming out of the cave soon........

Monday, July 14, 2014

Relic Knights Unboxing: Star Nebula Corsairs Battle Box

Last but not least in my Relic Knights Battle Box unboxing is the Star Nebula Corsairs. Lets get right to it:




The questing knight of the Star Nebula Corsairs Captain Harker. This model feels a little flat and feels like some missed potential but that may correct itself once painted....I don't know.


Happened to have one of my favorite Dragonforge ancient city ruins bases near by and decided to throw the good captain on top. I am pretty sure that my Black Diamond, Noh, and Star Nebular minis will be based on ancient city bases with some forgotten empire splashed in for variety.  

Captain Harker's cypher Ceaser. He's a cool little parrot and has some neat painting opportunities. 

Broadside is the Relic Knight version of light artillery I suppose. 

Some more of those lovely mold lines.

Corsairs. These guys are pretty cool for basic grunt troops. 

That concludes my Relic Knight battle box un-boxing series. There are two more factions in the Relic Knights universe but I didn't pick them up and do not see myself picking them up anytime soon. Up next for Relic Knights will be to start putting some of these minis together and working on some early list to get those first few game in. I will also be un-boxing the Relic Knights for the four factions I own as well as some of the additional character minis I had in my pledge. Once again thanks for stopping by the cave.  

Friday, July 11, 2014

Relic Knights Unboxing: Doctrine Battle Box

As we continue with the Relic Knight unboxing series lets take a look at the Doctrine battle box.



Delphyne is apparently a little girl with some pretty big power. 

Delphyne's cypher Ekhis. He is by far the largest cypher more than filling up a 40mm base while all the other cyphers are small on a 30mm base. This minis looks like it has some pretty serious mold line and will have some gaps to fill when assembled.....yay :(

The three pieces making up the Librarian. During the Kickstarter campaign I was most hot and cold with the Docterine faction. I loved some minis and wasn't into others at all. I was pretty much all in on the Librarian and would have to say he was a very strong reason I selected them as one of the four factions I pledged. 

Like M-8 from the black diamond unbox I felt the need to pop his 3 pieces together. 

Last in the box are the Novitiates. These are the basic troops for the Doctrine. 

As I mentioned I am hit and miss with this faction. There are certainly enough minis I like that I will put together some lists and paint them up I'm just not sure how far down the line that will be. In my final post of the battle box unboxing I will be taking a look at the Star Nebular Corsairs

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Relic Knights Unboxing: Black Diamond Battle Box

My Relic Knight battle box unboxing series continue this time with the Black Diamond. The Black Diamonds (from my scanning of the book) are like a mercinary army out for profit and protecting their own interests.


I didn't bother with photos but just like the Noh box their was a mini rule book, stat cards, Esper deck, and faction tokens (purple)

Questing Knight Leopold Magnus and cypher Static.

Blurry photo of the M-8 Blitz auto tank. I really like this mini. 

I just had to pop this guy together to see how it looked. I didn't glue anything just put everything in its place

The Black Diamond Corp. They are essentially your basic grunt foot soldier. I like the concept and feel of these guys but cleaning and assembly on these guys looks like its gonna be a bear. 

In my previous unboxing I said I thought that he Noh would be my first faction and I still think that but the Black Diamond are a close second. I will most likely work on Noh and Black Diamond at the same time as of all the stuff I bought my buddy Steve seems to like the Black Diamond best and I'm trying to get him to play with me so I need an army for him to play. I am pretty sure any list I start for them will use their Relic Knight One Shot instead of Leopold but more on her later. Next up will be the Doctrine.