Sunday, October 22, 2017

[Games] Warhammer Underworlds - Garrek's Reavers

Garrek's Reavers is a Bloodreavers Warband with 5 members. They are Garrek Gorebeard (Leader), Karsus the Chained, Blooded Saek, Targor, and Arnulf.

Saturday, October 21, 2017

[Games] Warhammer Underworlds - Card Index

This blog entry acts as a card index for Warhammer Underworlds. There are 437 unique cards in the Shadespire Card Set. Based on the core set and unboxing videos it appears the breakdown of the cards should be:

232 Warband Specific Cards (#001 to #232) - 29 cards for each Warband. There should be 8 Warbands in Shadespire. Each Warband has 9 Specific Objective Cards, 10 Specific Ploy Cards, and 10 Specific Upgrade Cards.

75 Universal Objective Cards (#233 to #307) - Core Set comes with 2 copies of 9 Universal Objective Cards. Each Shadespire expansion has 11 additional Universal Objective Cards.

65 Universal Ploy Cards (#308 to #372) - Core Set comes with 2 copies of 5 Universal Ploy Cards. Each Shadespire expansion has 10 additional Universal Ploy Cards.

65 Universal Upgrade Cards (#373 to #437) - Core Set comes with 2 copies of 5 Universal Upgrade Cards. Each Shadespire expansion has 10 additional Universal Upgrade Cards.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

[Games] Aristeia! - External Resources

Last updated on October 20, 2017. External links for websites and articles related to Aristeia! Like Warhammer Underworlds, this is a competitive card/dice board game. I plan to continually update this list as more articles are published.

Monday, October 16, 2017

[Games] Warhammer Underworlds - External Resources

This blog entry lists external websites and articles pertaining to Warhammer Underworlds a competitive card/dice board game. I plan to continually update this list as more articles are published.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

[Log] Workshop 2 - Working with Casting Molds

Some basic building blocks from casting.
Casting molds that I have are mostly from Hirst Arts. I also use Happy Seppuku "Your Board Tile Mould" for casting board tiles (in combination with texture stamping). Below are some video instructions from Hirst Arts on using their Casting Molds

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

My Hobby and Blog in September 2017

September 2017 Reaper 25th Anniversary Model

The official end of Summer 2017 and the beginning of Fall 2017! I am several days late in getting this posted, but it does not mean I have slacked off from my miniature/gaming hobby.

What I have been working on: 

Three of my original goals were: 1) to paint more miniatures to completion;  2) completely transfer my hand-written notes onto the blog and my computer;  and 3) Better organize all the miniatures, tools, and gaming components I have collected over the years. I am still painting (slowly!). I have  taken a pause to transfer my notes for other priorities. I am, however, making a dent into organizing my unassembled miniatures.

Monday, September 11, 2017

[Log] Rail Raiders Infinite - Double-Dollars and Bases

For Rail Rail Raiders Infinite, I have been working on the Double-Dollar coins, determining the best way to remove the miniatures from their bases, and researching what type of base texture to use for this sci-fi western game.


Unpainted and Painted Double-Dollars Tokens
My first goal was to paint the Double-Dollar tokens, the currency and victory condition for winning in the Rail Raiders Infinite game. These coins have a considerable amount of detail that is somewhat hard to distinguish and appreciate in its unpainted form. A simple paint job really brings out the details. The mmber on the coins were painted with a lighter/brighter color compared to the rest of the coin.

Saturday, September 9, 2017

[Log] Workshop 1: Working with Texture Stamps

I have used "Log" entries to detail my experience of painting miniatures to completion. This [Log] Workshop entry is different from previous ones as it collects my thoughts on practicing and experimenting with techniques and materials. The Workshop posts differ from This and future [Log] Workshop posts provide more first hand experience, for better or worse, of me trying out things differing from Workshop posts that provide easy reference and more "polished" instructions to obtain a desired result. In other words, a [ Log] Workshop entry will usually be posted before the corresponding [Workshop] entry, similar to [Log] entry posted before an [Archives] entry.

In this first [Log] Workshop entry, I go over my experience on the materials I have used with Texture Stamps.

Friday, September 1, 2017

[Log] Rail Raiders Infinite - Outline

This is the start of my project log for Ninja Division's Rail Raiders Infinite. This is a space western competitive board game, pitting raiders (gray miniatures) against each other for loot on a space train. To impede the Raiders are the Lawbots (blue miniatures).

For the most part, the miniatures and overall aesthetic is quite adorable. The rules are not overly complicated making it more accessible for a gaming group with a wide age range. Thus, even before I received my Kickstarter pledge for this game, I decided to prioritize painting the game pieces to play with the nephews and nieces.

Those that pledged for the complete product line received a total of 70 miniatures with 32 unique sculpts (20 Raiders and 50 Lawbots). Below I outlined the order I will attempt to completely paint all the Rail Raiders Infinite gaming components.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

My Hobby and Blog in the Summer 2017

One of the clay projects I worked
with my nephews and nieces.
During the summer, I spent the majority of my time with my nieces and nephews. We played mostly Pokémon TCG and Dungeons & Dragons Wrath of Ashardalon. We have failed three times (and counting still) in trying to save the villagers! In addition, we worked on individualized clay projects creating an Asian dragon, a dog, police badge, penguin, and a Pikachu. I found a lot of fun and satisfaction from both working with them on their projects and organizing leagues and campaigns for their games. For a while now and continuing into the future, the direction of this blog have been toward games that the younger audience would enjoy.

This means my current hobby goals are to finish up the adventurers from Wrath of Ashardalon and to paint the Rail Raiders Infinite game-a space western themed chibi miniatures game.

Friday, August 25, 2017

[Games] Rail Raiders Infinite - Train Cars and Cards Index

In the expansions for Rail Raiders Infinite, the page inserts gave two options on how to incorporate the expansion cards and train cars into the core game.

The first option "is to replace original cards and cars with train cars and cards from [the expansions] before you start playing. When you make this swap, you must remove all of one type of card or car and replace them with a type of card or car with an equal number of cards. So, to use a Loot card from [the expansions] that has two copies, you must remove an original Loot card that has two copies."

The second option is to "add all of the cars and cards from [the expansions] to their respecitve decks and just play with larger decks and a bigger pool of train cars."

Below,  I have compiled a master list of the train cars and cards to help facilitate swapping them out.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Summer Break is Over!

Its been almost 4 months since my last update to this blog and I just wanted to make a quick post. I have been spending most of the time this summer working on projects with my nieces and nephews. Now that school is back in session for them, I have more time to update this blog. The next post I make will be about various Kickstarters and games I am looking forward to play.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

My Hobby and Blog in April 2017

April has passed and we are into May now...

CMON - Rising Sun Kickstarter ended and the next CMON Kickstarter will be Zombicide: Green Horde. This will be compatible with Zombicide: Black Plague rather than classic Zombicide. My ancient fantasy niche collection pretty much is occupied by Games Workshop and Reaper Miniatures. As with Black Plague and Massive Darkness Kickstarter, it is highly unlikely that I will be backing the Green Hordes Kickstarter.

Friday, March 31, 2017

My Hobby and Blog in March 2017

March comes to an end and I have touched the knife and paint just a little bit this month. Some random miniature and game news of interest to me:

Monday, March 13, 2017

My Hobby and Blog in Feburary 2017 - Late!

Two weeks late for the February monthly update. I have not done much in this hobby as my free time was spent playing games and reading. So this is a relatively brief post.

First, Reaper Miniatures monthly 25th Anniversary miniature for February and March are Domur and Tara. I plan to get some of the Bones plastic figures to get the free monthly 25th Anniversary figures. Most likely plan to purchase miniatures that would fit in a narrative for a short or long adventure.

Second, the Rum & Bones: Second Tide Kickstarter shipped the core game to their US backers. I received my copy in mid February. The next two waves will be the rest of the expansions and accessories which I expect to get in mid to late March. The kids seem to like MOBA style games so this may be of interest to them!

Lastly, Relic Knights 2nd Edition Kickstarter got launched at the end of February. This will be my fourth project by Ninja Division/Soda Pop Miniatures that I will be backing. I have recently invested into these miniatures so I would like to see advances in this game system and background. I am hesitant  to back any additional projects from Ninja Division as all of their projects I backed have not been fulfilled yet. Overall, I have now backed 12 Kickstarter products during their campaigns and 2 additional Kickstarters post-campaign.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

My Hobby and Blog in January 2017

One day late, but here is a small update to the blog on what was on mind for January

25 Years of Reaper Miniatures!

A wonderful way to celebrate their 25th anniversary, Reaper Miniatures will be making special edition miniatures for each month of 2017. According to Reaperbryan from Reaper Forum:

"I can say that we've taken some of our favorite models from the last 25 years (and some new ones!) and asked the sculptors to lavish them with some TLC, and update some of them with brand new sculpts and re-imagine those heroic (and villainous) characters, making them better than ever!"