Sunday, March 14, 2010

Oh, I was bad!

I don’t mean that I didn’t get much painting done this week (which is true) but lately I’ve managed to be pretty disciplined. Not much purchased and making a dent in the lead pile.

But then came those rat b*st*rds at Khurasan Miniatures. When they posted the pre-production pictures of the Corporate Marine Legged Heavy Assault Cyborg (“L-HAC”), I thought “Wow! Those are sweet!”. At that time I managed to control my lust.

Then recently TMP published some fully painted pictures and I thought “Wow! There out! And those are sweet!”. But I was strong….

This week TMP had some pictures of the new 15mm Felid Heavy Battle Circle. Yummy! And my will kept me safe… Then I saw the painted Heavy Circle posted on DROPSHIP HORIZON. I was toast. Curse you Khurasan Miniatures! Curse you DROPSHIP HORIZON!

Thursday afternoon I ordered two L-HACs, two packs of Felid Heavy Circle, their Vacationing Alien (more poses please!) and a pack of ants (I can’t even explain why this pack). Saturday Mr.Postman delivered the goods! Outstanding service from Khurasan.

The L-HAC consists of 7 resin parts on two very robust sprues and 4 cast metal parts.

I have been building resin garage kits and wargame accessories for almost 20 years and this is some of the finest casting I have ever seen. Look at the undercuts on this torso. Incredible!

I thought I would show you some figures I finished earlier this year. These are my Free Cal Tex (15mm) from GZG. I have three squads (24 figs total) finished and three more packs. I had been reading the first Gaunt Ghosts trilogy and really got the itch for some Imperial Guard. I almost bought a box but my GW aversion kicked in as well as my preference for 15mm. While rummaging through my lead pile, my eye fell to these Free Cal Tex and thought they were reminiscent of GW’s Cadian troopers. So I painted them in a similar paint scheme. Now I am looking for a good figure to convert to a commissar.

Well, that' it for now. I did make some progress on my NAC Ghurkas. Just have to paint the weapons and clean up the bases and they'll be done!

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Booty Call!

Originally posted March 9, 2010

So krimso and I hashed out the details and we will include what we picked up at GZG-ECC in the totals we track. Harrummph! So much for starting with a clean slate!

One of the cool things about GZG-ECC is that beside being an intensive game experience, you walk away with free stuff. Everybody gets a door prize, you get something for every game you play in, you get prizes for placing in the painting contest, and this year to celebrate GZG's anniversary (the company, not the convention) the mighty Jon Tuffley sent buckets of extra give-aways.

Sure, I still bought stuff from vendors, but here is my haul:

Free Booty:
(2) 28mm figs
(23) 15 mm figs
(2) 15mm vehicles
(1) 6mm truck
(1) terrain casting

(6) Starship trooper bugs
(5) 15mm buildings

Resetting the counters, my pledge totals are:
I put the bugs into "Other" as I don't play Starship Troopers and I can use them in any scale.

So those freebies have me behind the eight ball! Better get painting....


Originally posted March 7, 2010

15mm NAC - I did some more digging and found the errant NAC. The count current stands at 38 done, 38 partially painted, and 56 still untouched. Woof! That's a lot of figures! I know some of you Napoleonic gamers are unimpressed, but that is a lot for me!

I did work on two squads of NAC ghurkas and they are almost done. Just have to paint the weapons and add flocking.

I was recently playing Ares with krimso - he of the Lead Projekts blog - and we were using an unpainted Japanese Bridge by Armorcast, which I've had for thousands of years.
In between coats on the NAC I washed it up, primed it, and painted it up, Yah. I drybrushed it with a couple shades of tan over a basecaot of dark burnt umber. Then I picked out a few boards with washes of burnt sienna and autumn brown. I very happy with how it came out and even happier that it's done!

The Reckoning

Orinally posted March 3, 2010

Per the last post, here is my "State of the Nation" for the Lead Covenant:
I have a nagging feeling I have some unaccounted for NAC squirrelled away someplace. And I'm not even going to inventory the Menoth right now.

Picking up the gauntlet!

Originally posted March 2, 2010

Well, my partner is crime, krimso, has decided to rise to the challenge and started a blog to cover his progress on projects as well. Check him out over at Lead Projekts.

In his first post, Steve talks about how he will also track progress of purchases made vs purchases completed for the period from GZG-ECC13 to GZG-ECC14. This is akin to The Pledge discussed on TMP.
I think this is a super idea, and I will do the same.

The good news, is I think this means I don't have to document what I actually purchased at the GZG-ECC. I can start with a clean slate! Pure and untainted!

Here are the bits...

Originally posted March 2, 2010

Okay, so this is the SAC pack from Brigade Models:
The one platoon painted so far looks like this:
And here are the raw castings for the HQ platoon:
Next we meet I should have them cleaned and primed!

And so it begins.....

Originally posted March 1, 2010

Welcome to the first post to my blog!

Yesterday, while returning from the Ground Zero Games – East Coast Convention XIII (my favorite miniature game convention), my friend Steve and I were discussing what gaming projects we would like to get done. For the last several years, we have focused most of our game time to developing games for conventions. Our mountains of lead continued to grow but figures outside that season’s con game were not reaching the table.

We decided to set some gaming project goals. These would be for games we just wanted to play and not necessarily intended for the development of another convention game. We promised to give each other weekly updates of our progress. A "lead covenant”. I thought I would blog my progress, sort of like the old ‘Four Gamers” articles they used to run in White Dwarf (and perhaps still do – I left the GW machine years ago).

The projects I chose:
  1. Paint enough of one 6mm SF army that I could actually play the variety of rules I have picked up over the years. I have one or two units for several armies, but not enough to field one complete army. I committed to finishing the Brigade Models “South African Heavy Combat Team” pack.
  2. I have a lot of 15mm SF figures. I usually make it as far as two or three squads and then get distracted by something else. I will finish every Ground Zero Games 15mm NAC figure I own.
  3. I bought Warmachine when it first came out. I never even finished the Menoth starter box and have never played a single game, despite buying every edition of the rules. I committed to finishing enough to at least play a game.
I started tonight by pulling out the Brigade Models “South African Heavy Combat Team” pack. This is the first incarnation of the pack, prior to Brigades introduction of infantry figure. The contents of the pack are:
  • 1 HQ Platoon (1 Wildebeest Support, 4 Wildebeest ACV, 2 Rhino HBT)
  • 1 Tank Platoon (1 Wildebeest ACV, 12 Rhino HBT)
  • 1 Mechanized Infantry Platoon (1 Wildebeest ACV, 4 Wildebeest APC)
  • 1 Artillery Section (1 Wildebeest ACV, 4 Oliphant SPG)
I had completed the Mechanized Infantry Platoon over a year ago but had painted no SAC since. Tonight I began cleaning up the mold lines on the 4 Wildebeest ACVs in the HQ platoon. They are not completely clean yet, but it was a start!

I will post pictures here of my progress, share tips I think are worth sharing, and generally blog my gaming life. While this joins the multitude of other gamers blogging out there, I hope that it will at least keep me focused on completing my “Lead Covenant”.

Check out:
Ground Zero Games - East Coast Convention
Brigade Models
Ground Zero Games

Moving Day!

Aspects of the first version of the Lead Covenant (at just did not function (such as Followers). I tried asking for help, but after a week with no anwers I decided to rebuild the blog at this new URL (

Everything seems to work, so I will move my few posts over and empty the old one.