Thursday, 30 March 2017

Caine2 Feat damage tracker: Demonstrating my dice tray adaptation

I was trying to find a dice tray but I found that they were quite expensive, and seeing as I am on a zero pound hobby budget I looked around to find something cheaper.

I came across this dice tray game called Shut the box, it was relatively cheap and the numbered tiles gave me a great idea.


I could use them to track Caine2's feat shots! I have found that sometimes in the heat of the moment I can forget what pow his gun shots are up to and it costs me time on my clock to figure it out.

So I wrote out the pow the gun shot will be on the underside of the tiles so I can flip them up each time he shoots and easily keep track of his feat.


Plus there is that awesome moment on the other players face when you get out the tray and they know the feat is on!

Sunday, 26 March 2017

Alexia custom corpse counter


I made and converted a corpse counter, I had planned to make something like this for a long time and finally got round to it. 


I got a few of these dial trackers. I have plans to make some different ones to track different effects for my army.


Due to the way it goes together I painted the number wheel before gluing it. I went with the same glowing green effect that I used for Alexia's magic.


And here it is finished!


The dial goes all the way up to 20! Not that she often collects that many corpses in one turn. The most I have had is 15.


What do you think of my custom counter?

If you would like me to make one for your army or a counter for a different type of effect in your army send me an email at thomasgbell84@googlemail.com and we can work out a commission. 

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Loads of Merc models painted


Finished up a load of merc models! In part because my local PG ran a painting competition which gave me the push to paint all these character models which I normally find hard to get started.


To kick things off lets start with Magus. With my dip into Mercs I will only be collecting Pirates and things that involve Cygnar. Magnus fits into the latter being allowed in the theme list Kingmaker based around the Cygnar civil war.



Gastone and his trusty Vanguard


He was a nice easy model to paint really. I have plans to have him running a Galleon within my Cygnar army (I need to paint my Galleon still)



The Vanguard I posed to be kneeling down braced ready to take a charge attack. It took some cutting, pinning and greenstuff work to achieve the pose but I feel it was worth it as I think the stock pose looks like its squatting too much.





Not much to say about this Mangler, it was a easy enough model to paint.







I'm a little late to the party getting Alten Ashley since he went up in cost, but he will still work well in the Ironkingdoms RPG even if I never use him in the tabletop game.



I managed to get hold of the No Quarter magazine exclusive Eiryss sculpt! So pleased to have this, I will be retiring the Eiryss1 model I painted last year now in favour of this one. (I never liked its sculpt)




Kell Bailoch and Orin Midwinter are a strange pair for me, they are the first models I have painted for Warmachine that don't work for Cygnar at all! I picked them up cheap and intend to run them in the Kingmaker theme list. It helps that they are great models to use in the RPG too!




Captain Damiano is the 2nd Merc warcaster I have painted now, he is the main caster I want to try in kingmaker which will make great use of my trenchers!



Continuing the Steelhead models on from Damiano I painted Stannis Brocker, he will also find a place in the kingmaker theme.



Sergeant Nicolas Verendrye is the last of the steelheads in this batch (I have a unit that is due to be painted at some point) He was a nice easy model and a good chance to test the colour scheme for the unit.



Rorsh and Brine are the most fun of this lot to me. Not only just to paint but I have some fun ideas for them in lists.




I decided to give Brine a set of bright red braces! Not sure exactly why but it seems like a fun idea.



I look forward to getting this lot on the table.
I hope you like them, if you have any thoughts or questions drop a comment below, I'd love to hear from you!



Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Potential future Cygnar releases

Privateer press are well know for planning ahead with their releases - you can often see their planning for the future in the theme lists.

(Small thing, I started writing this back in mk2 then when mk3 was released put it to one side...)


The Stormblade Captain is a great example of this, before it was released the only "Storm knight solo" was Laddermore and there wasn't a "Stormblade solo". Both of these are types of solos allowed in various tier lists.

Stormsmith units are another example from Nemo  & Styker's theme lists in mk2. The only Stormsmith unit was the Storm tower light artillery. As with this example there were tier lists that allowed Stormsmith units and others that only allowed Storm towers, so that showed they would release another stormsmith unit which they did in mk3 with the Stormsmith Grenadiers.

I stated by looking through the mk2 tier lists for hinted future releases here is what I found and ideas from what they could be...

Ranger solos - Kraye & Magnus mk2 themes
No models that fit this yet but I think it would be a good way to add a solo that hands out pathfinder in faction. If it is not a character that would be even better!

Light cav solos - Kraye mk2 theme
Currently another empty choice, not sure how this could be used or what role a light cav solo could have in Cygnar. (The light cav rule doesn't even exist anymore!)  Perhaps a Character Tempest Blazer that buffs them much like Laddermore does for Storm Lances?

Morrowan units - Blaize mk2 theme
Other tier lists name Precursor Knights individually so it could be assumed that there will be another unit at some point. Hopefully a multi wound medium base unit, or maybe a cavalry unit?

Morrowan solos - Blaize mk2 theme
Currently only Harlan Versh fits in this category it would be good to see a Morrowan priest/cleric style solo that could prevent friendly model's souls going to enemy models in it's command area. It could also have a medic aura and grant tough as a Action.

Sword Knight solo - Magnus mk2 theme
I'm not sure what could be done with a Sword knight solo, my thoughts first went to Runewood but he is not typed as a sword knight. There are not many buffs that I can think of that Sword knights could be given that don't already exist in the faction. This makes me think a combat solo might be likely in that role.
It would be cool to see a "Sword knight veteran" With jack marshal and a rule allowing it to bring Talon merc jacks into a cygnar army making them Friendly faction so Sword knights can use them to enable Flank.

Now that the first three Cygnar theme lists are out we can look to them to see if any other hints are given.


The Storm division theme doesn't offer any real hints for new models sadly, but this is a theme within Cygnar that is really fleshed out so its not overly surprising.



The Heavy metal theme. Notice how it mentions "Sword knight models/units". Another link to the clue above that there might be a Sword Knight solo in the future or perhaps even another unit?


Sons of the Tempest them has a small clue to give, it states "small based Arcane Tempest solo" which hints towards a medium or large based one in the future. This could be the light cav solo mentioned above, so perhaps a character Blazer solo or Dragoon.

What do you think the future releases could be?
I'd love to know your thoughts on the subject.

(a lightning question mark to inspire...)

Thursday, 9 February 2017

Alexia2 Painted


Alexia2 Is done! I had been putting off painting her for a while as she intimidated me as a painting project and I was trying to get 100% done with my Cygnar (which now is done so I can move on to some mercs)


Ever since I saw someones conversion of this model I knew I wanted to do the same.
I can't tell you who was the first to convert Alexia like this but I salute them!
She looks so cool like this to me, though she is a pain to fit in the case now...





She was an interesting challenge to convert and a joy to paint in the end. I look forward to putting her on the table!


I obtained a pistol wraith in a trade last year and decided to keep it rather than sell it on, it will make a good "bad guy" for the Iron kingdoms RPG which I GM
I painted him as well just to save a little time.


What do you think of my Alexia2 then?

As with all my conversions if you would like to commision me to make one for you please send me an email to 
thomasgbell84@googlemail.com
(I'm based in the UK)