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Obviously I'd planned to be back at the desk a lot sooner than this but life had other ideas. Both the wife and kid picked up something over last weekend and have only just bounced back. Though I didn't paint while everyone was sick the kid and I did get pretty far into Dragonball together during our lazy days.

 

Really wanting to jump back into the project I quickly basecoated the large slug.20230323_213548.thumb.jpg.8df6a5c5d8118993a2fc1dc273334f27.jpg20230323_213554.thumb.jpg.33e5bc8847352a60cb87548a79d44ec7.jpg

The green will definitely take another coat to get proper coverage but already it is looking decent. 

 

 

While the slug was drying I started three of the 28mm Retained Knights. Though I don't exactly have a use for these models I'm excited to paint larger versions of the miniatures I fell in love with. 

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By the end of the session I had basecoated their white, black, and steel metallic. Not bad for one night's work. 

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Had another productive night. The large slug is very close to finished.20230324_222137.thumb.jpg.5099c20280d45e868c20a5bc7fbf3ac2.jpg20230324_222147.thumb.jpg.0b57b8fb54f2f66d66b0d0d835747a72.jpg

As per my usual it is almost bathed in wash which makes for a logical stopping point. 

 

 

The first three Retained also made it to the wash stage tonight.

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The official color scheme calls for green wires/cords but I'm not exactly sold on them. If the wash doesn't tone them down enough I might go back and deviate from the official scheme. 

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No actual painting progress but both forces have been stated out and playtesting has finally begun.

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My table setup is pretty basic but it does provide multiple terrain features that factor into movement. It is my hope that I'll be ready to start teaching this system to new players before the end of April.

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Like the last update said I intended to take a break from painting and really test out and learn the Moth system. Well here we are a month later and I have to say that didn't happen. Between myself and the family getting sick along with the usual spring work I haven't had a chance to play even one game. So the goal of teaching Moth this month is right out the window. 

 

Finding myself in need of a refresher of the system simply because I spent a month away from it I've opted to jump back into the painting side of things for a bit. Grabbing the next three Retained I managed to basecoat their white and black before calling it a night. 

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Still struggling to actually find hobby time but I was able to "play" my first test game last night.

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Though I know I missed some things muddling my way through the first test game really helped. Going slowly I only really tested movement and shooting but it was a good start. Turns out the hunker down mechanic is essential to keep the game from being a meat grinder, so I know what I'll be working on next "game". 

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It seems like I go through a hobby slump every year, but at least I'm almost out of it this time. Though I still haven't managed to get back to the gaming table to continue testing I have been at the painting desk the last couple of nights. A new order of figures arrived so I got straight to work. 

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This order was mostly the line's limited number figure packs, but it also contains what my Yordan army needs to replace the proxies. Finding that I liked the figures in the limited releases I grabbed two packs, one for each army. 

 

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The other night I spent a whole session simply cleaning the figures for my Yordan army. This is only half of the order but its a start. 

 

Then last night I based everything.

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Hopefully I can find the time to prime these today. 

 

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Well the figures did get primed before sitting on my desk for a little over a month. Though hobby slumps happen each year this one has been pretty bad. As the warmer months started it became clear that my goal of going to the shop once a month wasn't realistic. That realization really took the wind out of my sails especially when it came to painting for the system I intended to teach.

 

After some time away from the desk and the hobby in general I finally got some paint on a brush tonight. Wanting to start off easy I intended to only basecoat the green on the Yordan's armor. However that quickly snowballed as I was reminded just how relaxing and enjoyable painting can be. So I ended up painting their green, yellow, gold, and silver. Which brings them very close to finished. 20230702_223655.thumb.jpg.7ca382ef7f94bb7b48d5c8708f95077f.jpg20230702_223707.thumb.jpg.994467984b94944339fa5aa2207ce2f6.jpg

As a bonus the large slug also received the highlight on it's dirt base, so it is finally finished.

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After two sessions this batch of figures are nearly done.20230703_215249.thumb.jpg.c0a714f262310c42bf30f13cbe5fdcc1.jpg20230703_215255.thumb.jpg.7cf64e7d09102585cd0a7107abdd79c6.jpg

Tomorrow I'll check the wash and hopefully paint the bases. So after a month of waiting all it took was three sessions to finish them. This hobby really can be funny sometimes.

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Figures looked good after the wash. I had intended to paint their bases tonight but figured it was a better idea to apply a coat of sealant to the figures instead. I've been away from the desk too long to think I won't make a mistake. So I'll start on the bases tomorrow. 

 

Wanting to make some progress on the overall project though I went ahead and applied the red basecoat on the 28mm figures.

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I quickly found I wasn't interested in painting the Prydian scheme tonight so I grabbed the free figure from my last order. As this robot/mech suit isn't actually part of the Ion Age line I decided to have a bit of fun with its color scheme.

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Starting with a liberal coating of bleached linen I looked for a color that would really pop. After adding some wild violet I'm pretty happy with it so far. It certainly isn't practical but it definitely won't get lost on the gaming table.

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Just a short session tonight as I have a very long day tomorrow, but progress was made. The Yordan figures are finished and I started on their bases.20230705_193015.thumb.jpg.ee49f92896fbbf757ee71e76b81c0370.jpg

 

I also went ahead and began adding markings to the robot/mech suit.

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It seemed easier to add too many markings and see what looks good before deciding what to repaint. Already I'm thinking about what else I can add and I definitely see a freehand emblem of some kind in it's future. The next step will probably be the metallics however.

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Not too much progress tonight as I spent most of the evening getting my new air compressor situated. In a way that could count towards hobby time though as I finally picked up a cheap airbrush to give it a try. As far as actual painting went I finished the robot/mech suit's eye/camera and started working on the base.

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Tonight I really got into a groove and I'm quite pleased with the results. The robot/mech suit's base is finished so it's just awaiting sealer. 

 

Starting off with my current batch of knights I intended to finish them and call it a night. After accidentally putting too much of several colors on my palette though I went ahead and started working on the last two knights as well.20230709_215912.thumb.jpg.09f04dfbc3b3ed65c5fbaf10903f84cc.jpg

So instead of finishing three knights I ended up finishing all five.

 

Still in the groove I looked at the muster troops and decided they were due for a basecoat.  

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Originally I had planned to basecoat them with my new airbrush, so I could give it a try on something simple. However as I'm missing a necessary adapter it'll be a few days before the airbrush is ready so I forged ahead with a brush instead. 

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Getting to the desk tonight I had planned to paint a small batch of three figures. My goal was to get three all the way to the wash stage so I could really learn the new models. As usual though things didn't go to plan and I ended up painting them all as one big batch. 20230711_213222.thumb.jpg.b5f119fa1cb5fcca8ac4bd6c51c3f4fa.jpg

There are still a couple of details and the necessary cleanup but they are almost to the wash stage. Does that count as following my original plan?

 

As a bonus the kid also got a bit of painting in too. Immediately realizing that the muster troops didn't have anything except details and fiddly bits to paint we went to one of my project boxes instead. After they chose the figure and colors we were off. 

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With only a bit of help from dad the figure received a pretty nice basecoat. 

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