Saturday, June 20, 2015

Army in a weekend Progress report

Ok, I had a few hours last night after taking the kids to a movie. I got quite a bit of assembly done. As of 8am Saturday I have all but an Onager assembled. I have the wrong guns on some of my rangers, but that is nothing I can't fix. Taking a nap now and have real life stuff to do for the next 8 hours or so. I'll have another update this afternoon at some point, hopefully primer.

With the Onager completed this is ALMOST 700 points. The remaining models are tough to find. I plan on looking for some of the Sicaran Infiltrators today. Assuming I can find them I will add them to the mix, otherwise this is it!

Also, I will not be doing anything with the bases yet. Since these models will be going to Chicago eventually, their bases need to match the display board that has yet to be built. So for now, the bases will stay black.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Ok so it HAS been a excuses life and laziness it is!

Well I am participating in army in a weekend this week with Allan Boltgun Blount. I must be nuts, as assembling, priming and painting a 1000 point Skitarii army in a single weekend is nuts when family is around. Heck, it is nuts anyway. As it stands I AM cheating a bit. I have one Onager partially painted as a test scheme for 2016 Adepticon. That said, here is the collection as it stands, including that partially painted Onager.

And this is the collection awaiting the weekend (less one Ironstrider not in picture)

Wish me luck!

Monday, April 13, 2015

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Countdown to Adepticon 2015

Wow! Radio Silence! I have been nose to the grindstone getting ready for this year's team tournament. Prepping the display has turned into a marathon this year. We decided to go big this year and push ourselves on every front. We are excited to go bring a good solid nut kicking to our opponents this year....after which we will pick them up and offer them a beer!

I have a few pictures to put up of the work in progress below, but the final appearance pictures will be posted on-site from Chicago with our armies on the display.

May army is nearly there, just details on 14 models to go. The display is paint ready and then it is just packing.

Friday, December 26, 2014

Hellcat eats a 426 hemi with a 6pack

Ummm yeah. That Hellcat is SICK! It's a shame one of the first ones sold went to a D-bag in Colorado that took less than an hour to total it! lol

Monday, December 22, 2014


wow, two months without a post. I must be getting lazy...wait....I AM lazy, but that isn't the reason for the lapse. Just life kicking me in the balls. Too busy on too many fronts to possibly keep up. Family, work, life kids, it all adds up!

In any case, the Robotech is all assembled, but I haven't been able to get a game in yet. I am anxious to try it out!

Adepticon registration happened in November, and Team Boltgun's Battle Brothers will be back this year in 2015! We have essentially worked our armies to the theorectical limit on paper, now we need real world practice to make sure we are on the right track. The Display work for this year is in progress, and lookin fine if I do say so myself....

This is the top two levels going together. The lower level will have a lot of details I won't show off this early, but hear is a teaser.

I'm excited about this one, even if it IS for filthy Xenos scum!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Forces of the Zentradi Assembled

Hello again! It has taken a week due to real life intervention, but here is HALF of the Robotech RPG Tactics box set. I like these models a lot, and despite the delays in the kickstarter delivering, they are really nice models. Here is a group shot of the Zentradi Half of the box.

2 recovery ships, 2 command pods, 4 artillery pods, 2 recon pods and 24 assault pods. There are 25 in the picture, I got the metal prototype from a demo at Adepticon this spring.

The assembly is easy and they go together really well. There are a couple of flaws, but nothing a little modeling cannot fix. Every foot has a hole for the peg on the bottom of each leg to slot into. The top lip of that hole is domed over, and keeps the front toe of the leg from touching the base. This is a simple fix, just shave the top of the foot before gluing it to the leg. No big deal, but over this many models it is a touch tedious and could have been fixed in design. The other issue is the TINY matching gun bits on the "chin" of each pod. I am not sure why these couldn't have been molded into the chest. As is, they are really tiny bits. The issue lies with removing them from the sprue. My good hobby clippers snap the guns in half. Even using a new blade on my hobby knife, a good 45% still broke mid way along the barrel of the gun. Since these parts are so tiny, it is not very noticeable, but again, a design flaw that should have been fixed.

This is a size comparison with a space marine so you can get an idea of how large these are. Keep in mind, the space marine is 28 to 30mm scale. These are closer to 10-12mm scale.

This also gives you a close look at the prototype against the final models. They are close, and there is a TON of easy posability in these kits. Running, jumping, leaning, turning, all are really easy to do. Despite a couple of little issues, I really like the kits.

Now, on to the UEDF side of the box!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Robotech RPG Tactics arrives!

FINALLY!!!! I paid for this in April 2013!!!!

I think this was worth the wait. The game is a simple to learn, but strategically deep system that plays at intended levels in about 45 minutes. My copy was left on the porch in the pouring rain by UPS, fortunately no damage!

Rulebook, soft cover 112 pgs, only 29 are rules

Box cover

Side view, thick stock, decent quality
This thing weighs in at over 9 pounds! There are enough supplies here for two players to play indefinitely and never need to buy more...until wave two ships sometime in the distant future.....

one of 2 (!) bags of bases

Enough sprues and bases to choke a horse!

All the cards, dice and markers needed to play the game

Over all I am satisfied with the product, but I haven't dived into assembly or paint yet. From looking at the sprues they are PVC, and while the models are a significant number of parts, they allow for huge conversion potential. As a veteran modeller, these kits are not super complex, but I can see this pile of plastic scaring off some people who do not have the experience I do. I played the demo at Adepticon, and it was enough for me to buy in. This is definitely a skirmish level system, but I can see it easily scaling up to much larger encounters. All in all this is a solid product. I am reserving judgment on the game itself until I have a couple of games in, and a better handle on the models themselves.

No go away, I'm going to watch maccross again while I dive into all these sprues....

Updates on the Eldar

All the bikes are now in their yellow base-coat, and the flyer is on the way. The Spyders are waiting at GTA for pick up. Here are a few pics of the beginnings of the display for them.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

The road to Adepticon 2015, AND Origins 2015

So last year (2014) Team Boltgun made it into the top 15 looks for appearance (out of about 150 teams) and maxed out our sportsmanship score! We are justifiably proud of that fact. Now we LOST 9 of 10 games, so our final scores landed us somewhere in the bottom third overall. This is due to battle score influencing the other two categories. We might not like it, but that is how it is. One of the judges even told us they feel that " it is a true skill to stomp someone's face in and still have them give you max sportsmanship". He is right, but we don't have to like it!

So on the way home while already hatching a devious plan for our display, we talked about what to do to remedy this situation. We had to have a theme, with beautiful, eye catching, armies, and we had to have a gimmick or trick in our display. All of these things we had done already, but we left the competitive meta fighting lists at home. This year.....nah we are bringing a bag of hammers to drop on our opponents, along with a goody bag filled with swag!

On that note, Eldar it is! So we have all begun to put to gether and paint our armies, and this is where I stand so far.

Speed and more speed....

Now Origins is a bit of a different animal in that we are no longer focused on JUST 40k. We are running a crazy number of events this year. Our newest editions being Black WAter Gulch, and Drop Zone Commander.

The Hawk Wargames guys have been nice enough to hook us all up with starter sets and a few blisters each to make some decent starter armies so we can run demos. That means new tables and displays for us as well. Now 10mm or railroad N scale is new to me, and the boards will be small, about 2x2 for the demos, but they will be fun to make! So far, this is where I am with it!

Shaltari Battlegroup

Coyote Warstrider and 2 Thunderbird Gunships

Warspear Heavy Fighter

1 of 3 Eden Medium Gates

Haven Terragate with 3 Kukri AA Grav Tanks

Haven Terragate with 3 Tomahawk Grav Tanks