Friday, 21 March 2014

A new version of Supersystem is coming!

I just found out the other day that my favourite superhero miniature game is getting a new edition; Supersystem is now going into a fourth edition!

For those of you who don't know Supersystem is a skirmish level superhero miniature game that has a full roster of characters but one of it's most popular features is that you can create any (literally ANY) character from any comic you've ever read and use them in your games.

I discovered Supersystem years ago when I was looking for a figure to represent my character in a Marvel Superheroes RPG.  I had a ton of Heroclix but the problem was that if I did a repaint or minor conversion and then one of the characters surfaced as an NPC during the game it would just be visually weird to me.  Luckily Supersystem had a figure that was perfect for my character, the name of the model in their range is Doc Shock.

My character was a darkforce energy manipulator (for those of you who know Marvel comics) who also had a secondary power allowing him to see through any darkness.  The Doc Shock figure was perfect and after I got him I started looking at other excellent figures in their range and adding to my collection.  The figure above is my third time painting Doc Shock and you should be seeing more supers here in a brighter colours over the next few weeks as I get ready for Supersystem's re-birth.


Wednesday, 19 March 2014

Return to Erebor

The other night I was watching The Hobbit and it suddenly hit me that I never finished my set of Thorin & Company that I started when GW released Escape From Goblin Town over a year ago!

I love these dwarf figures but lately every time I've gamed Lord Of The Rings or The Hobbit it's been using elves so there hasn't been a huge push to finish the dwarves.

Anyway I got back to it and started painting in small batches based on families.  My first go round I had already done brothers Dwalin and Balin as well as Thorin and his nephews Fili and Kili.

Re-watching The Hobbit reminded me how much I liked some of the other dwarves so the first familial group I did was Bifur, Bofur and Bombur.  These guys seem like the comic relief brothers (maybe a Marx brother analogue?) and as miniatures will probably have the least practical applications outside of a Hobbit game but they're great figures and painted up really well.

Next up were Oin and Gloin.  Oin I was pretty quick on although I definitely spent some extra time and effort on his facial hair, but I felt Gloin presented a different set of challenges than the other dwarves.  I felt a need to make Gloin a close match in terms of colour-palette for my earlier Gimli models but still needed him to look like a different character.  In the end I went one shade lighter on the beard and changed his belt colour, other than that they look really similar.

That leaves me with Ori, Dori and Nori and the dwarves will be done!


Wednesday, 12 March 2014

A Blast From The Past: The 2nd Cadian Armoured Division

Guard-Nostalgia-Week continues!

After a lot of back and forth on my Facebook wall the last couple of days I realised that once again it's time to showcase the other batch of models that a group of my colleagues had painted for me.

For those of you who don't know me personally a few years ago on my birthday the greatest team of managers Games Workshop has ever had decided to get together and paint and model an Imperial Guard Apocalypse formation for me.

For all the Guard models I've painted myself over the years The Cadian 2nd Armoured Division is the pride of my collection.  It was both an outstandingly generous and thoughtful gift and is hands-down the best souvenir I have of my time with Games Workshop.

So without further ado, the goodies.

And I must have said it 1000 times but I'll say it again to any of the managers who painted this stuff who are reading my blog 'Thanks!'


Sunday, 9 March 2014

A Blast From The Past: Ogryns!

I've been a little lax on updates lately so I thought to fill the void I'd show off some figures from a few years ago that I've recently begun thinking about again.

About six or seven years ago while I was still working for Games Workshop a bunch of my colleagues decided one Christmas to each paint me one of the (at the time) new Orgyn miniatures for the Imperial Guard.  With all the talk lately about a new Guard book I hauled out my figs from that period and started doing some touch-ups to my own work to have a decent looking force to try the new rules with.  These Ogryns however will be staying as-is (mainly because most of them were painted by people who are better painters than me anyway) but mostly because they remind me of a great time in both the hobby for me personally and a time when I worked with some of the best people I've ever worked with.

This might end up being all nostalgia-guard week but these guys definitely lead the charge.