Happy Malaysia Day 2016

Happy Malaysia Day to all!

I am currently in Sabah celebrating it. Malaysia Day is a commemorative day to celebrate when the establishment of the Malaysian federation. This federation marked the joining together of Malaya, North Borneo, Sarawak and Singapore in 1963

We have quite a few customers from Sabah, Sarawak and Singapore and we get along so so well. This was the early spirit of the federation, a celebration of kinship. Singapore left Malaysia in 1965 but for me, it’s that one time when we all together as one.

Heading out for a morning drive.

Mantic Games – Kings Of War Skeletons!

So Monday the 9th began like most Mondays with the boys turning up for painting night. However, they were not over to paint but to get some Infinity going. So there I was, left with no painting partner. This would have been ok if the decals I ordered from Warlord Games had arrived, but they were nowhere in sight so that project had to take a break.

So I walked around the shop’s store room and under a pile or old Dungeon Magazines was a box of Mantic’s Kings Of War skeletons. I have taken this off the shelf with hopes of entering the Mantic’s speed challenge.

(The speed challenge was one of the first few things Mantic did to enhance the connection with their customer base). The speed challenge was to assemble 10 skeletons within an allocated time. If you did this and put it on video as proof they sent you something. This was an exciting proposition for me.

Those who know anything about me would be able to guess what happened next. I put the figs aside, got all worked up about it, and finally forgot about them.

So here they were again, on my working table.

skell1

I did a quick wash with water and a light scrub with some purpose cleaner and then coated the figs with AP’s skeleton bone. These were sprayed on the sprue, just like the romans.

skell2

The next step was to decide on a color scheme. I painted a Khemri army for someone and while painting I always wondered why they all had the same color uniform. Sure, it looks great as an army but to me it didn’t really make much sense. Did they decimate and raised the whole army, if they did how many times did defeat said army? Was there a quartermaster passing out uniforms and gear? I felt an undead army should have some sense of irregular shamblings.

I decided on a small palette

  1. Vallejo Saddle Brown
  2. Reaper’s MSP Spectral White
  3. Army Painter’s Pure Red
  4. Army Painter’s Gun Metal
  5. Vallejo’s Flat Brown
  6. Army Painter’s Crystal Blue
  7. Army Painter’s Alien Purple

….and a test figure. I think test figs are important before jumping into a project. Helps me keep focus….

skell3

I hate painting irregular armies, but this was going to be the one that would break the habit. So I kept aware where applying paint to not have any of the two skellies have the same armour combination.  There was not reasoning behind this other than trying my best to give the army an irregular feel of risen puppets. I did however compromise on the shields. I left them all red.

It was very important to keep the enthusiasm going when doing an army like this. So I did a few to put before me as a beacon on needing these to be finished.

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By the coming Monday I had already put aside 10 skellies. However, Guildball had arrived in the shop, and I had a feeling this would change the pace. True enough, the boys wanted to do a Guildball game on Saturday and asked if I could get some done. I said I would try.

I spent the next day or so rushing through these.

Once done all the figures were given a nice Quickshade Dip bath Dark Tone and left to cure over night.

skell5

The basing was a blend of all the extra basings that I collected, from the hobby table so it’s a mix of a few types. (Waste not, want not)

And there you have it.

skell6

10 days, 20 skellies.

Unleash Hell – Roman General and War Dog

When this figure came in with our shipment, I could not wait to get my hands on it. So, I reserved my figure, put it on my pile of metal….. and I totally forgot about it…..

We are clearing up the store room at the moment, so that basically means selling items from out store room to make space for more figures! If you want to see what we got for sale, go have a look at our facebook Store Room page here.

So while moving items, I found this fella and decided the time was perfect to paint him. My Roman’s needed a commander and this one was perfect.

Hell

I spent time “researching” the character (read: rewatching the opening sequence of Gladiator) and decided that I would try to get the colors as correct as possible. So i chose this picture as a guide.

hell 2

Brandon was painting as well his Infinity so it was  chance to also compare the sizes

hell 3

After this, it was simply a matter of putting my head down and powering the efforts to the end. The wardog, required a few freeze frames and I kept the basing consistent with the rest of my small army. I also decided to put both these figures on the same base, because it just felt right.

hell 5

…..and then on the shelf

hell 6

 

Warlord Games’ Roman Legionnaires

One week later, the itch to do more Romans was still there.

So, I found 2 more sprues to work on…..

Roman Leg 1

This time I decided to spray the sprues Army Painter’s Pure Red before clipping. I rather prefer this method as there is more control over the spray coverage.

Roman Leg 2

 

I was really quite excited to see what they all looked like rank and file so I arranged them and put took a picture for the shop’s group wall. With the caption “Rome Was Not Built In A Day”

Roman Leg 6

 

To which I received…..

Roman Leg 5

It took about an hour to base. And so, with the Romans based, I put them with the rest.

Roman Leg 4

They don’t look too bad honestly.

Warlord Games’ Roman Veterans

My very first visit to the Warlord Games factory in Nottingham was in 2010. To be honest, I stumbled upon them while visiting Mantic Games. Whenever, some said Warlord Games, I kept thinking the Warlord range from Reaper Miniatures for some reason.

The good people there brought on a factory tour and pressed a few sprues into my hand, and told me to take it home and decide if I wanted to carry their range.

A month later, we put our order in. There was only Hail Caesar and Black Powder then, so we brought in quite a bit of both.

The historical scene was not ready for 28mm mass wargaming preferring other rule sets which were smaller and more manageable like DBA using Essex’s 15mm.

So, my foray into the Warlord line began with ECW. (These will be posted up later)

My Romans stood in line and were left to wait their turn.

Sometime in May, Faris Bakri came by the store and we decided (even if that was not the topic we were chatting about) to have a go at Hail Caesar. Faris being a master of everything cardboard would build me a cardboard army that would be the pride of Rome and we would finally get some BIG games going.

I had a few games of Hail Caesar using my fantasy figures to work the rules so I had an idea on how big the games could get. We would later replace the cardboard with actual figures. This was good as it helped to direct efforts to what needed to be painted and what could be left for later.

This time I’ll build as we play.

1st May 2016, began assembling my first 10 legionnaires veterans.

Roman 1

I used the Army Painter Pure Red Spray to primer

Roman 2

Slap some paint…. real quick like…..

Roman 3

Get ’em done……

Roman 4

….. and flock

Roman 5

10 Roman Veterans in an evening.

Done.

WARLORD GAMES arrived at WGS

Warlord Games have finally come to Malaysia. Here at WGS we are very PROUD to have their products on our shelves.

Warlord Games covers the Black Powder Period, Ancients and WW2.  The figures released and stocked by Warlord range in at about 28mm and a large part is made from plastic. Here at the shop we have a good selection on what they have and you are all very welcome to visit the store and have a look.

The shop will begin to venture deeper into historical gaming with Warlord after DBA has held the flag infront of the rest of the misc rulesets and games that have graced our table.

So here’s a warm welcome to them and to you hopefully a gateway to new joys on the battlefield.

Huzzah!!