Thursday, 25 July 2019

Oops I did it again...


Perhaps you remember me telling you way back I had joined a Kickstarter. It was for the Battletech computer game and was a mixed succes. I entered at the lowest entry level that gave you the game as well as some perks. In the end I ended up with a nice soundtrack, some digital art and fiction and a game that didn't run properly on my notebook, big bummer.

Now Catalyst games is doing a miniature themed Kickstarter and after much deliberation I decided to enter that too. At a higher pledge level this time and boy has it taken off. I really think I get a lot of nice free goodies this time!

Go ahead and have a look:

The Clan Invasion

More news later!

Saturday, 20 July 2019

Some digital thingamabobs


Makinf pictures of my painted minitures is proving to be a nuisance since the light and camera won't play along. So for now here's a few things I found out while perusing the net. First up: Youtube... now it's not new and I have known and used it for ages, but since I got back into the GW worlds again I went to look for tutorials and while doing so stumbled along these two nice channels:

The Border Prince

The channel is nice because of the depth of subjects discussed, I particularly like the series on Gaunts Ghosts. Can't say I am particularto the guy's voice or his intonation but hey that's highly personal. I do like the different voices and sound effects used though.

My personal favourite is Arch Warhammer,
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this guy is just a hoot allround, what a brilliant story teller! The only niggle I have with this channel, of which I have pretty much listened to all the 40K content, most of the WFB content and am now going through the other stuff (specially the CBT series),is the cussing. I suppose that's what people do these days but it's usually not my style, well at least not online where you cannot look or hear how someone intends the words to come over. Oh and Arch calling the Dark Angels a nasty version of the female reproductive organ is not in his favour either, "but hey: details!". The Siege of Vraks series is a blast from beginning till end, just like the Horus Heresy series because I have no flipping interest in doing anything in that setting but now have been updated in all goings on in it anyway and in a pleasurable way at that.

Last but most certainly not least is a brilliant addition to any game: a soundboard the one I use is


This is a place where you can get soundscapes for your games, best used with Dungeon-crawlers, RPG's in any setting and smaller skirmishes. I use them mostly with the Heroquest en Space Crusade games with Arthur and it's great to have a sound of a blast door opening and a flamer whoosing when your figures actually do this. There are ready-made boards you can use and options to create your own. Such a handy tool.

Sadly that's all for now folks, see you later I am sure!

Thursday, 4 July 2019

Out with the Old in with the New


It cannot be denied that it has been a long while since I have posted here. Now you will have noticed the update of the look of the blog, that was one of the reasons for my stay of absence. There are legio other reasons but I won't bother you with that now. Let me first tell you about the picture now adorning the banner of this blog. It's a drawing of me, obviously, in 7YW Austrian uniform.

It came about due to my close relationship with the great people at HäT industries, who at one point realised that since most new boxart is done digitally, it could be done with real people's faces on them rather then invented persons. So I was asked would you like to donate your face to some boxart? Oh hell yes I would like to! So now you can go to any good modelshop and buy two different boxes featuring my ugly mug i.e. the 7YW Austrian command and samples boxes.

Save to say I am immensely proud and happy to receive this honour. I am allowed the use of the picture for own use so I asked a co-worker of the arts-department at school, who's great with digital stuff, to create me a new banner and hey presto. The fact I am not able to centre it correctly is due to the vagaries of Blogger, but hey it looks nice enough to me.

Meanwhile I have been busy doing work but have also done a little hobbying by the side and I will be showing some of the results of that here soon.

For now that's all folks, cheers Sander

Monday, 18 February 2019

AHPC update


No less than 3 post are live on the Challenge site.

Two earlier ones (dating February 12th) are these:

- Heroquest

- GI Joe vehicles

Today the Water feature bonusround went live, so a vote would appreciated
Look for "SanderS All aboard!" in the list of links to the right of your screen in the webversion of your device.

Friday, 18 January 2019

AHPC Post II is live


Meanwhile my second post for the Challenge has been online for some time now. So you might want to drop in and have a peak.

Cheers Sander

Wednesday, 9 January 2019

AHPC Post 1 is up


My first regular weekday post for AHPC IX is online

Go and check it out!

Cheers Sander

Tuesday, 1 January 2019

Out with the Old and well in with the Old as well!


 That's right people it's that time of the year for a short recap of last year. Also, the AHPC number IX is well on it's way and I have yet to post about my preparations for this grand event.

So let's start with the recap of 2018; what did I paint and what conclusions can we make out of this?

Napoleonic Wars: 6 miniatures.... shaming truly, the less said the better...

Large terrain pieces: 9 larger buildings were finished, that's none too shabby.

WW1: 1 vehicle... yeah I know...

28mm Historicals:  15 figures, this is always a collection bin category in which figures can  be put that don't fit in with others. So yeah no worries it's okay.

CBT: 2 mechs; I will need to amend that during this year's Challenge.

Fantasy (28mm): 29 figures were done, mostly with the intention of using them with HQ

Sci Fi (28mm): 5 figures

Colonial: 12 figures were done.

Dark Ages: 4 figures

GI Joe: 3 figures and 9 vehicles were painted, rest assured more will follow.

Indian Mutiny: 22 figures finished

Heroquest: 70 miniatures done; ow jee that's even more than I expected myself...

Pulp: 5 figures

Blood Bowl: 24 figures

40K (mostly Necromunda): 45 figures

Total: 261 figures

 So yeah, what to think of that? Basically the prime focus of 2018's painting was upon 28mm Sci-Fi and Fantasy, again mainly due to Herouest and the games played at the schoolclub. I need, or at least think I need, figures for specific scenario's or cards (more on the latter later) and as such it's a big drive for my painting. Recently I have taken the opportunity to get into those GW specialist games like Blood Bowl and Necromunda that I would have loved to own back in the days of tight gaming budgets and now am able to obtain. All these old games (or rather new depending on your point of view) also give me a chance to revisit old figures that now lie un-used. Necromunda has given me the opportunity to get out my old Gaunt's Ghosts which I have now primed to be painted and used as a gang in Vervunhive. The same is true for my Dark Angels: there's a new high quality toy store in town who now sell Army Painter and GW produce and asked me to paint their First Strike demo figures. I did and as reward I received a box of Primaris Intercessor marines. I painted 5 as Blood Angels and gave back to them to use as an alternative to the Vanilla Marines and the other 5 I gave to Arthur who now has fallen in love with Space Marines, rekindling my own obsession with the Firtst Chapter, many of which await painting eagerly.

As for the Painting Challenge: I have put up our first post HERE and it's great fun to participate this year again. I plan to get quite some stuff done and since I am no longer a Minion (thank the Gods for that!), I might have actually got time to get a dent in the lead pile.

There's a few themes for what I want to paint in the Challenge, but I have no real plan like I wanted to follow last year and abandoned right from the start. The Challenge's own theme is "Fellowship" and strangely enough quite a lot of the things I want to enter are Fellowship related. Besides that the other theme is GW Boxed or Specialist Games with HQ, Necromunda, Blood Bowl and Blackstone Fortress all wanting my attention. Whether I will get into the Bonus-rounds is still under debate. It rather depends if I have anything appropriate lying around I will most certainly not get any new stuff for that as I did last year.

So there you have it. All the best for 2019 and happy painting!