Just a quick update today showing some more progress as I've now completed the Goa'uld faction miniatures. I will be taking proper photos once the project as a whole is finished so you'll have to forgive the quality (though the new phone is a lot better at taking snaps than the last one).
Jaffa Heavy Staff Weapons
First Primes - the one on the right is a conversion using a Crooked Dice head and some green stuff for the collar
The Goa'uld - I just had to remove a mace from the one on the right as it wasn't in keeping but otherwise they are as is (from Crocodile Games). This is also the first time I've really painted dark skin so was happy with the results.
Next up is SG1 who received their first undercoat this morning.
It's been a little while since I posted anything but I haven't been idle (plus there was a rather splendid two week holiday in the Lakes during that time as well) and have been working through my Stargate miniatures.
I picked the Jaffa up for this a few years ago at Sheffield Triples and have been slowly adding to the collection from a variety of companies until I'm now at the point where the bug to get them done has taken me. So far I've been working on the Jaffa and just finished up all the standard troops this morning with the First Primes and heavy gunners next:
Batch one with the base coat done
Batch one completed
Batch two completed - as you can see I have two different types of Jaffa which will allow for three way games
Batch three W.I.P.
Batch three completed and the First Primes and heavy gunners set to go
I'll post again once I have finished the Primes and gunners with a bit more about them as one of the Primes and the gunners are actually old official miniatures where as the second prime is a minor conversion by me.
The finally arrived when Conan (wave one) landed at our doors and oh what a day. The box was large and heavy and it contained some fantastic miniatures which will not only be used for the game itself but will also be used for the RPG by Modiphius and due to the amount of miniatures received games of Conan Rampant are not out of the question.
I'm keeping the text to a minimum and will let the photos do the talking so without further ado (I've kept the photos larger than usual so you can hopefully see a bit more)...
The Big Box
The game box and contents
There is another tray of 'minions' which in my excitement I forget to photograph
The stretch goals box and contents
The add on boxes
The guest artist boxes
As you can see that is quite the horde however this is not it all and a second wave of miniatures is due next year which will comprise all of the expansions, I can't wait!
Just a quick post to cover a couple of latest arrivals that warrant a post of their own.
First up is the re-print of the classic board game, Escape From Colditz. I don't know about you bu I played many a game of this when I was a younger lad and loved it, hopefully the game hasn't lost any of it's appeal with the passage of time. One thing I will say right now is that the box and presentation of the game is top notch, plenty of time and effort has gone into making this something worth having.
The second arrival was another beauty, the Dropship from Aliens for the AvP game. It looks like this will be getting some manner of rules in an upcoming expansion which is planned which will certainly be interesting to see.
This weekend the first (and hopefully not last) Ardacon was held at the Mercure Hotel in Manchester. Now even though we don't really play much SBG (if at all) this was only a relatively short bus journey away from us and with the availability of spectator tickets along with the Middle Earth team from GW giving a presentation, Steamforged Games demoing Dark souls and the chance to actually meet some members of the community face to face for the first time it was a no brainer for us (plus we sneaked an afternoon in Manchester and grabbed a nice lunch while we were at it).
Upon our arrival on Saturday we picked up our passes (the event seemed to be very well organised) and entered the main hall. It was relatively quiet at this time but it gave us a chance to look at some of the great tables which had been set up ready for battle (be warned there are quite a few photos here).
The empty hall and below some of the many excellent themed tables which were set up
One of the first stops was to the GBHL SBG stand to say hi to Damian and Tom and pick up my copy of the latest SBG magazine and then spend several minutes drooling... I mean looking over the incredible Dol Guldur board. This is something to behold up close and the photos don't really do it justice as there is just so much detail packed in there.
Next we headed to the Steamforged Games stand to try and grab a demo of Dark Souls. We backed heavily into the Kickstarter based on the game play and miniatures we had seen and the fact we both love Dark Souls franchise so were eager to actually get a game in. We managed to catch the tail end of a game which was in progress where the players were defeated by the Dancer, the game certainly lived up to the Dark Souls slogan of 'Prepare to die', we were next up so after a quick run through of the mechanics we were off. We played a cautious game and it paid off as we defeated the Dancer with very little damaged caused to either of us, timing of special abilities and items is key along with learning the boss' move pattern. The game seems to do everything we wanted of it and it certainly has encapsulated the Dark Souls feel into a board game with compromising either thing.
After this we headed to the Forgeworld/GW stand to look over the new miniatures on display (and apologies but in my excitement over the Gundabad Berserkers and Ogres I forgot take take snaps of the Dwarves), all the new miniatures look excellent and I'll of course be adding to my Gundabad army when these are released. Of course while we were there we couldn't help but pick up some goodies, Amy grabbed a mounted Gandalf the Grey and I picked up two Shades for my Minus Morgul force.
Shadow and Flame also had a small stand at the show so Amy picked up their latest Tree Giant to add to her collection and I (after seeing one up close) had to pick up one of the Mountain Giants who will lend is brute force to my Misty Mountain force once I've built it.
It was about this time that the Mouth of Sauron Challenge took place where ten brave (or possibly insane) volunteers ate the world's hottest chilli with the last person to take a drink of milk winning a WETA replica Mouth of Sauron helm.
This was then followed by the presentation from the GW Middle Earth team, which covered where the hobby is headed in the next few months with the release of the new miniatures and then a brand new Hobbit SBG rule book around the end of November. With the new book being released and with miniatures on hand and painted up we may actually try to get a game of SBG in now.
After the presentation we had a wander round and took in some of the sights before heading out for some food. The cos-players in attendance looked great and certainly added to the atmosphere, the Uruk-Hai below was great, and GW Manchester had their Isengard army on display (no photo of that I afraid) along with the impressive Orthanc which I wish I could have taken home with me.
After a bite to eat and a wander around we returned to Ardacon to take in the atmosphere one last time and say our goodbyes.
The hall a little fuller after a session of gaming
The days swag
Even as just spectators there was plenty on offer and to take in and I hope we see the event take place again next year with potentially even more people as GW ramp back up on all things SBG.