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Updates on Pro Elves - NMM

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Well I have finally finished my test model for the color scheme. The more I paint them... the less 'elfy' they are looking to me which kind of sucks. I lightened up the skin some to try and bring that back a bit. Here are the last few stages in getting him finished off. First the NMM armor getting finished: What do you think? After that I washed the Red, the helmet bristles and the flesh. Next the NMM silver, paling down the flesh, dirtying the trousers and the armor: - Raggy, signing out

Raggy Plays - Teaching you how to play Boardgames

I have made allusions to this before but I have launched a new YouTube channel called Raggy Plays . The show will run in seasons of 12 episodes, teaching people how to play board games. Please check them out and share them with everyone you know! - Raggy, signing out

On to the next Blood Bowl team!

So it's been a whole week since I finished off The Carnal Cavaliers so clearly it's time for the next Blood Bowl team. I am doing something slightly different with this team compared to the last few teams - I have decided to go back to the old 'paint a test piece first' method. I'd gotten lazy about doing this because what invariably happens is I paint it up the way I initially planned... so what's the point? Welll yeah but I think what I fail to remember are all the little changes that are made along the way. In the case of the pro elves I had an initial plan of painting them up like the Michigan State mascot: But I soon realized that I wanted to really paint bronze armor. Non Metallic Metal is one of the techniques I really want to work on improving and this is a great opportunity, lots of metal on show to really work with. It's going to take a lot longer to paint this up because NMM really requires a lot of layering with fine gradient shifts to loo

Bubblegum Crisis - Boomers!

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So I've just finished my current Blood Bowl team, the league is two weeks in and I should definitely be focused on painting up my next team... and well I have to admit that I am struggling a little to get excited by them. I am sure they will get done, but the scheme I want calls for a LOT of NonMetallicMetal bronze (see my next post for more details). Sooo instead of actually making headway with them, I have taken to a couple of diversions. You already saw the two skeletons I painted in a few minutes, I also have a unit of Mantic Skeleton Troops that have been started. These all got dug out as I was looking for volunteers for Zenithal Priming treatment for my homework for Miniature Monthly . In addition to those, some ooolld figures of mine also got unearthed. 25mm Bubblegum Crisis models from Ground Zero Games. I took the larger ones for my Zenithal Priming and Finished up the Boomers the other night: What amazed me was taking these down my FLGS, how many people remember Bu

Introducing the Carnal Cavaliers

STOP THE PRESS!!! Before I get into this blog post; I would like to promote my latest project: Please check it out, share it with friends and subscribe ! Follow us on Facebook These guys got a little held up as I rushed to get the goblins ready for the West Coast Quake but after that these, guys got knocked out in record time. My NMM has gotten a little smoother but there is still a lot of work to do on my technique. I still struggle with the red and pink shading and highlighting but overall I am very happy with the way these guys came out. - Raggy, signing out

Models in ten minutes!

STOP THE PRESS!!! Before I get into this blog post; I would like to promote my latest project: Please check it out, share it with friends and subscribe ! Follow us on Facebook The other night I was working on Zenithal priming as part of my Miniature Monthly , adding some white highlighting to help with highlights and shadows. I unearthed a few figures I had forgotten about and a couple of little pre-primed figures that I drybrushed bone, added a couple of NMM touches, ink and shazaam:  - Raggy, signing out

Hustling

Another couple of movies down. The Graduate was fascinating. I had a vague notion of the story but really only the first half, the way the character developed and particularly Dustin Hoffman's acting were fascinating. The Hustler... was pretty much what I expected with a tacked on romance that I should have expected. I was a little disappointed. On a somewhat related note I watched Chaplin. This is not a new film but I am glad I didn't watch it until after seeing a bunch of his movies. It really made me appreciate his achievements that much more. The acting in the film is also excellent with an all star line up. 63 Films still to watch: (Bold are on Netflix at time of writing) 52 Django Unchained (2012) 102 Witness for the Prosecution (1957) 106 A Separation (2011) 107 Yojimbo (1961) 117 On the Waterfront (1954) 119 The Seventh Seal (1957) 123 The Kid (1921) 125 Scarface (1983) 126 Rebecca (1940) 127 Wild Strawberries (1957) 130 Ran (1985

West Coast Quake

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The West Coast Quake is one of the big annual Blood Bowl Tournaments on the US West Coast. Last year was my first Quake and a big reason that this blog has started putting out some regular posts again. I rushed a fully painted Wood Elf team for that event and ended up in a similar position this year as I tried to juggle the Goblins for this tournament with the Chaos Team for our regular league. There were more than 20 players competing this year and I went in with one, simple objective... Foul, a lot. I was after the Dirty Player award and had 16 opportunities every game, over 6 games a possible 96 fouls (ignoring special play cards that could help). In the end, I managed 65 - a new tournament record and in chasing this I was able to secure the tournament's Wooden Spoon as I lost all but one game. I felt bad that my pursuit of fouling could be seen as throwing the game for the other player but despite this risk, I only ended up playing one of the top 4 players so I don't think

Introducing the Yokai Hackers!

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This team was a bit of a mad rush over the holidays in order to have them table ready for the Quake last weekend. As a result, there aren't a lot of in progress pictures to show their developmental progress. I did a lot of experimentation with them despite this however particularly regarding manual shading and highlighting which really paid off for the creams and goblin skintones. One thing I found to my chagrin is that I really don't have the range of reds that I need to get good layering and shading on these (a big part of the palettes) which I think let down the models overall. So here they are in their full glory! A couple of photos taken at West Coast Quake of the team getting ready to perform their worst. My next post will be a look at my (less than) stellar performance at the Tournament. - Raggy, signing out

Rain stops play

I'd been hoping to get a couple more posts up this week to show off the headway I've made in painting up the Goblin team for the Quake. Unfortunately I've not had the chance to take photos of the new hotness and the heavy downpours in the Bay Area have left me needing to put some attention to preparing for a business trip in the coming week so it is likely to be a while before I can get something more substantial together. In the meantime I was able to knock another of the top 250 movies off of the list. Witness for the Prosecution is another example of why I do this list. Smart, fun with an excellent twist that makes the film a delight to watch. 65 Films still to watch: (Bold are on Netflix at time of writing) 52 Django Unchained (2012) 102 Witness for the Prosecution (1957) 106 A Separation (2011) 107 Yojimbo (1961) 117 On the Waterfront (1954) 119 The Seventh Seal (1957) 123 The Kid (1921) 125 Scarface (1983) 126 Rebecca (1940) 127 Wild