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08-06-2009, 22:14
This is the log for my various miniature games related projects. It is mainly meant for my friends to read, but I welcome any visitor and any comments. This first post will be updated from time to time with various relevant information, such as current projects (and current shelf-warmers). The rest of the information will no doubt trickle down irregularly in subsequent posts, mimicking the disorganized nature of my mind. As for the title, I often feel as a knight of a very woeful countenance and I have great sympathy for other wayward knight errants. Enough of this ranting. On to the projects.

Current Active Projects
This is where I list the projects that I am currently working on.

Mechanized Imperial Guard with a Zulu Wars twist.

Battle Fleet Gothic
Imperial Navy

This is where I list the projects that my brain spawned some dark and Calvados-fogged night and I consider half-done. I will probably not finish them, but they might appear as active projects again, depending on the whims of my fickle mind.

Warhammer Fantasy
Tomb Kings. I am looking for the most efficient way to paint lots bone really, really quickly and make it look good. 15 minutes per model excluding priming and paint drying is my goal. I am currently experimenting with washes.

Daemonic Legion (heavily Tzeentch themed). I say heavily since I have one model that isn't Tzeentch in the list. I have all the models assembled for this, but am loathe to paint them since the list isn't fun to meet. At all. It sucks to meet it.

Various historical rulesets
I have about a truckload of 15mm armies, ranging from ancients to renaissance. None of these are painted, since I very rarely get to play, but I might get the urge to splatter a little paint on these buggers some day.

Dead Ducks
This is where I list armies that have stagnated, either because I consider them 'finished' (whatever that means) or because I have lost the urge to paint, collect or play with them any more.

Space Marines. Everybody has to have an army of marines to pull out in emergencies. Doesn't mean that you have to like them.

Warhammer Fantasy
Thousands and thousands of points of various Chaos. Thanks GW, for stabbing me in the back and completely killing off the fun in Chaos for me. Thanks. I also have about 2500 pts of Dogs of War, which I never play these days due to the dodgy status of the DoW and RoR rules. Additionally, I have about 2000 pts of metal Ogres, which I field as Ogre Kingdoms once in a blue moon, for sh*ts and giggles. I haven't touched these armies in quite some time.

Current Muse
Theodore Roosevelt, as always.

08-06-2009, 22:58
I thought I might speak of my BFG project in this post. I am working on putting together a good sized fleet of Imperial Navy ships. All of my ships put together will probably number into the 2500 pts range, which gives me quite a few ships to choose from in campaigns.

I am new to BFG, but immediately fell for the ruleset as well as the models. I have always been a bit of an Imperialist, so naturally I went for the Imperial Navy (to complement my Imperial Guard army). The flavour text also spoke directly to my war games-fuelled heart and reminded me of Jutland-era naval engagements crossbred with some sort of strange Age of Sail combat ethic
(and with a bit of Midway added into the tactical mix for good measure). It also expertly captured the flavour of the Imperium. Really, the capital vessels used in BFG function as metaphors for the Imperium itself: slow, ponderous, but extremely powerful when all weapons come to bear.

Anyways, I went ahead and ordered this:

1 Emperor class Battleship
1 Vengeance class Grand Cruiser
3 Boxes of 'generic' cruisers, which I assembled into:
2 Lunars, 1 Gothic, 1 Mars, 1 Tyrant, 1 Dominator
1 Dauntless class Light Cruiser (lance)
6 Firestorm class Frigates

At the time of posting I have this en route from Great Britain:

2 Dauntless class Light Cruisers (lance)
9 Sword class Frigates
3 Firestorm class Frigates
6 Cobra class Destroyers

For my colour scheme I went with a base coat of Charadon Granite, drybrushed up to white in successive layers. Not the most advanced technique, but I am not really an advanced painter. I don't use drybrushing much, but I thought it produced acceptable results in this case. It picked out and highlighted the gothic design of the Imperial vessels rather nicely. The prows of the ships are painted white, with yellow details (resembling gold - I am not fond of using metallic paints on models of this scale). When coming up with the prows, I was thinking about the US 'Great White fleet' of the imperialistic years around the turn of the last century.

Images are 1-4 from left to right. Comments are as follows:

1. A Mars class Battlecruiser, all ready for battle.
2. A Lunar class Cruiser - sort of the workhorse of the Battlefleet Gothic. I have two.
3. A newly assembled Vengeance class Grand Cruiser (I have a soft spot for obsolete designs) and a primed and ready to be painted Emperor class Battleship.
4. A Dauntless class Light Cruiser with a Firestorm escort. I really like the Dauntless model as well as its rules.

The lighting in all these shots are worse than I might have liked, but they were taken at night.

Inquisitor Engel
08-06-2009, 23:16
Nice! It's always good to see some BFG stuff. :)

08-06-2009, 23:28
Thank you. My fiancée commented on my ships: she thought they looked boring since they were mostly just grey and the prows looked like they didn't belong on the ship since they were very colourful. I dunno, half of me thinks she is right, half of me thinks she doesn't know what she is talking about and should get back to doing something useful. ;)

Seriously: ever the keen observer, she thought the ships needed something to tie the prow and the hull together. Something like a yellow line down the ridge of the ship or yellow details on the sides. I am not so sure about that, but I am torn. Partly, I am just so satisfied that I finally came up with a colour scheme fast enough that I might actually have a finished army within the foreseeable future.

Adeptus Mechanicus
09-06-2009, 05:40
The gold-mimicking with yellow looks great against the white prows! Really captures the stuck-up, traditional and oh so dedicated Imperium. And I agree The Dauntless looks fab.

09-06-2009, 10:55
All right, time for an update. I am working away at the ship prows one at a time, and I think I am coming along rather adequately. I am not quite satisfied with the white coverage - it's rather grainy when looked at up close. I am sure I could have done better here with a lot more coats, watered down, but I am an impatient man and 3 coats is all I can put up with. Besides, I've always been more about the army as a whole rather than individual models (a nice way to say that I'm just not that good a painter).

Here are the pics from today's work. 1-5 from left to right.

1. I am not only a plastic fetishist, I am also a plastic dad (terrible pun that only works in Swedish, beg your pardon. A 'plastic dad' is a stepfather). This is my fiancée's 4-year-old. In this pic I am trying to get the little runt to appreciate playing with little toy soldiers and space ships. I am not having the kind of success that you might expect...

2. My work station. Busy, busy.

3. The darn white coat is a real pain in the ass to get right. In this pic I am not quite there yet. The graininess is also apparent.

4. Another ship of the line ready to go to war!

5. My finished fleet so far. I think it is time for me to get a couple of escorts done! The thing is, with my current technique, I can finish capital ships almost as fast as I can finish escorts, so I tend to lean towards capital ships - more bang for your buck, you might say.

Adeptus Mechanicus
09-06-2009, 12:03
I demand photoshoped lasers in the newest GW fashion!

09-06-2009, 12:15
Very well, your wish is my command.

Adeptus Mechanicus
09-06-2009, 12:23
Is that the Emperor directing his fleet while shooting rays of pure epicness out of his radiant eyes? Praise the Emperor indeed!

09-06-2009, 12:27
Thus it is written, that whilst the Emperor might look like nought more than a mere babe, his awesomeness is nothing short of epic in its proportions, truly. And also, he can shoot laser from his eyes. Yea, do we tremble before the awesome might of the nude Child-Emperor.

*EDIT* I am a busy bee. My Significant Other (hereby referred to as my SO) crept up and snapped a picture of me trying to get those shades of white just right.

Adeptus Mechanicus
09-06-2009, 15:21
Getting those shades of white just right must be quite a chore with that huge-ass pipe blocking your LOS. XD

09-06-2009, 15:33
You paint while smoking a pipe? That is... eccentric. I almost expect a crudely photoshopped top hat. Or monocle.

And I see what SO means about tying the prow and hull together - that seems the problem with all BG stuff I've seen. Have you thought about putting some more white on the two 'boxy' areas just next to the prow, below the turrets (I have no idea about BG, otherwise I would probably know what to call them - starboard auto-targeting meteorite laser defence arrays, or something)? Seems the only real flat bit on the model beyond the ramming end.

09-06-2009, 18:39
They're called weapon batteries, but your version sounded much cooler. I will bring the subject of a rules change up in our group. And the pipe smoking is about to be house ruled out of our household. It'll be relegated to the balcony soon enough.

I'm reluctant towards painting white details on the hull of the ships - odds are, they will be difficult to single out amidst all the drybrushed whiteness going on. I'm more inclined towards putting a few yellow details on there. But alas, where? Everywhere I look they seem malplaced on the hull. I think I will leave this for a later stage.

The battleship and grand cruiser will get a few yellow and white details on their hulls though. I will spend more time on them, them being flagships and all.

Got two more escorts done in between child rearing and visits to Dollar Store, sister-in-laws and step parents. I will post them up later - as I am typing this I am anchored quite firmly on the shitter. I dunno what I ate, but it sure is making a lot of ruckus. (Hey, how did this become a diary so suddenly?)

09-06-2009, 21:17
Nice ships you have there, I have a similair scheme with grey being the 'common' colour. White prows are a nice touch too.

PS. I must say your account name & avatar are pleasing :) Sanjuro & Yojimbo are among my favourite movies!

Adeptus Mechanicus
09-06-2009, 21:23
Maybe some yellowing (golden) on the cathedralesque stuff on the ships? They are quite fine as if tbh but who knows, might turn out really great.

10-06-2009, 14:35

I really like the way your BFG ships have turned out so far, the prows of the vessels look ace and the main body of the ships have turned out ace!

top notch picture of your good self as well... Pipe is very classy!

Its interesting to see at the start of your blog the... 'shelf warmers' and 'dead ducks'

all good wargamers have them... im no exception!

Keep up the good work.


My name is Daniel and i am a wargamer

11-06-2009, 22:53
Well, my fleet is coming along at a splendid pace so far, I've gotten 3 more escorts and 2 capital ships done. Tomorrow I will also probably be able to post pics of my other projects, mainly my Imperial Guards.

I have chopped up one of my cruisers (the tyrant) and am going to refit it with a nova cannon, creating another dominator instead of a tyrant. The tyrant only really seems to shine vs. Eldar (in theory, at least) while a dominator is probably useful versus everybody. Well, I will most likely get myself a tyrant anyway, since I feel a strange urge to own at least one out of every Imperial ship. I have a feeling I shall assemble one out of the next Cruiser box I buy.

gonzosbignose and mechanicus: I really can't take credit for the way the ships look, it's the models themselves that are beautiful. I am only trying to accentuate that beauty with my paintjob. Thus far, I think I've done a passable job of it.

Below: a picture of my completed fleet so far. Sorry for the bad lighting, but the picture is really only there to get a feel for how things are progressing.

12-06-2009, 02:15
Current Muse
Theodore Roosevelt, as always.
I just wanted to say, best president ever.
Good choice sir.

12-06-2009, 08:07
I just wanted to say, best president ever.
Good choice sir.

Thank you. Indeed, he personifies the saying 'larger than life'. I would like to call him the best head of state ever, all categories, no exceptions. He puts the movie personas of Clint Eastwood and James Arness to shame with the stuff he did in real life. Simply amazing.

New Cult King
12-06-2009, 10:52
Good gods man, I was kinda tossing up the idea of collecting a BFG fleet, but now I'm going to have to.

Great work.

12-06-2009, 12:29
Thank you. Here is another update, with one lumbering behemoth ready for war: my Emperor class battleship all painted up and done. The heaviest ship in my fleet, both in terms of displacement and real life weight - it weighs a ton! I hope that large flying stand is stronger than it seems... Now I just pray that the rest of my fleet is waiting for me when I get back home.