Wednesday, September 30, 2009

AFK for awhile

Yeah, I'll be away from blogging for a few weeks. I have vacation next week, and some personal projects that are being worked one! When I return there will be new reviews, a great give away and project updates!

Sunday, September 27, 2009

MiniWarGaming Second Anniversary

Now my Friend Matthew over at MiniWarGaming is having a sale, but not any sale! It's a 20% off all GW products! Since its in Canadian funds, our pals south of the border stand to save allot! If your interested, you can check them out here and see Dave himself explain this sale further!

... Mitch

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

World Wargamer Community has Ventrilo!

Hey guys, Fox here from Eldar Tactics. I found this thought this was a fantastic idea. Picture this your sitting around talking to friends about war gaming, painting, modeling and what not from the comfort of your home and your friends are all over the world! Cool huh. Thanks to Catattafish, if you have Ventrilo there is a world wide war gaming voice chat, don't have it no worries follow this Ventrilo Download link and join up. Server info is below.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Green Stuff Commission

Today I will be providing a review of some work I had commissioned out.
I contacted a friend of mine Jason to create some Salamander themed accessories for my army I am currently rebuilding. You can reach him HERE if your interested in hiring him.
The first part of the project is scaled shoulder pads for my Sargent's. My theme will be that to become a squad leader, the marine in question has to find and kill his own Fire Drake to prove his worth. They turned out really well and very reptile looking. These is also two sets with a hanging cloth with more scales on it. This will be for my more veteran Sargent's, which will be a single assault and tactical marine.

The second part of this project was the cloak for the Captain of the company! His cloak was done in a similar way as Champlain Xavier is done. Jason was very skillful in his attention to detail, and he even added spines!
I would definitely recommend his services for anyone looking for custom greenstuff sculpting! You can also find some more examples of his work over HERE

... Mitch

Giveaway #4: Redux + Bonus

Looks like #7 woroxon's email was misplaced! He acknowledged winning at yesterday! Sorry guys! Stay tuned this week for a few great resin products which I will be reviewing and giving away!

Below is a picture of two of my cats sitting on my monitor!
... Mitch

Friday, September 18, 2009

And the Winnder is...

#7 woroxon

Please email me within the next 48 hours with your mailing details

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Leichter Panzerspähwagen: SdKfz 222

I built this Airfix 1:76 Scale kit last week, and painted it up tonight. Its a demo used for an upcoming project and is from my personal collection. I used Tamiya panzer grey as the base coat, with a Mig tan filter and Mig Brown wash. For weathering, I used a sepia and ochre pigment powder from vallejo using acrylic medium. It turned out alright considering the tank is less then two inches long! I didn't do any fancy detail work since airfix kits really lack the detail you'd find on a Revell or PST kit. In the end it was an easy to assemble kit and I recommend it since the price was $6.00 Canadian.

From Wikipedia

The Leichter Panzerspähwagen (German: roughly "Light Armoured
Reconnaissance Vehicle") were a series of light four-wheel drive armoured cars
produced by Nazi Germany from 1935 to 1944.
They were developed by Eisenwerk Weserhütte of Bad Oeynhausen.
Chassis were built by Auto Union in Zwickau and assembled by F. Schichau
of Elbing and Maschinenfabrik Niedersachsen in Hanover-Linden.
It used the standard sPkw I Horch 801 (heavy car) chassis with an angled armoured body and turret. The rear mounted engine was a 67 kW (90 hp) Horch 3.5 petrol engine, giving it a road speed of 80 km/h (50 mph) and a cross-country speed
of 40 km/h. It had a maximum range of 300 km. Used by the reconnaissance battalions (Aufklärungs-Abteilung) of the Panzer divisions, the type performed well enough in countries with good road networks, like those in Western Europe. However, on the Eastern Front and North Africa, this class of vehicle was hampered by its relatively poor off-road performance. In those theaters, it gradually
found itself replaced in the reconnaissance role by the Sdkfz 250
half-track. The Sdkfz 250/9 was the Sdkfz 250 with the same turret as the
Sdfkz 222. The Sdkfz 222 was examined by Soviet designers before they
created the similar BA-64 light armoured car. Front and sides were made
of 8 mm (0 in) steel; thinner 5 mm (0 in) plates protected the top, rear,
and bottom. Cast vision ports later replaced ports cut into the armour. The
open topped turret was fitted with wire mesh anti-grenade screens. This version of the vehicle was armed with a 2 cm KwK 30 L/55 autocannon and a 7.92 mm MG34
machine gun.

As you can see, this would be a great vehicle to a commanders vehicle pool!
... Mitch

Friday, September 11, 2009

Giveaway #4 and The Painting Corps

You should check out the new Contest Calender found here which has been made possible by The Painting Corps. This should help people find contests and other promotions being offered in the gaming community!

To celebrate this new tool, I will be doing a small giveaway of the following:

S926 - Complete Landscape Kit This excellent landscape starter kit includes illustrated instructions plus a generous assortment of our scenery products: eighteen white metal tree armatures, three packages of Foliage, seven tree stumps, two packages of Green Blend Blended Turf and three packages of accent colors of Fine Turf. Price: $39.99

As before, in order to qualify for the giveaway you must post a comment on this post and become a follower of The Ottawa Gamer. I also recommend you visit Woodland Scenics and checkout there great products! There will be a step-by-step review of there Rock Faces, Landscaping, River/Waterfall and Scenery Details kits in the near future. The draw will take place on Thursday the 17th at 23:00 EST!

... Mitch

Thursday, September 10, 2009

For Sale: Dark Elves

90% of the models are stripped bare metal, assembled, or primed.

Up for sale is the following: (links are for reference, not my pictures)

1x Current Morathi on dark pegisus
3x Sorceress Riding Dark Steed old
1x Sorceress old
1x Sorceress new
2x Cold one General old
2x Old assasin
1x sorcerer old
1x Dark Elf Sorceress (avatars of war)
1x Dark Elf Witch / Queen (avatars of war)
2x Bolt throwers + crew
6x Dark Riders
8x REALLY OLD cold one riders (raptor style)
12x old black guard
8x Old witch elves
13x Current Witch Elves (including Command)
20x old cosairs
2x metal spearmen
~40x swordsmen
3x Swordsmen unit leaders
2x Army standards
2x metal horn blowers
26x metal crossbowmen
12x Current Shades
6x Current Harpies
48x Current Spearmen
10x Mangil Manflayers

Also comes with the current and previous edition of the codex, a 7th edition WHFB rulebook, and all the movement trays needed for the above force.

Asking $350 obo. You can email me offers

... Mitch

Review: Daemonscape Bases

Today I will be reviewing resin bases which I received from Daemonscape. They arrived undamaged in a small box, packed nicely. They are made from a medium weight resin which looks to hold detail well. They are caste very cleanly and need a small amount of cleanup to be ready for priming.

Out of all the sculpts, I really like the swamp style bases. I will be painting them up to look like a magma field which should look great. I'll post a picture up later this month.

The rest of the sculpts are the quality you'd expect from this style of bases. Overall I think there great sculpts and there quality is very high considering there bargain price! I give these bases an overall score of 8.5 out of 10. Expect a review of there battle base in an upcoming post!

... Mitch

Space Hulk!

Yeah, I bought it at Fandom II for $113, which is a nice discount considering everyone I know paid $119. The box is very heavy and of good construction.

The rulebook is a little flimsy and may not last very long with heavy gaming. The terrain tiles are the thickest cardboard if ever seen for gaming, and might be thinking then furniture you buy at Ikea, LOL! The cardboard has been impressed with raised detail which makes it worth it for sure!

The miniatures are really nice sculpts, and they did a wonderful job considering these are "snap together" models. The terminators are a red plastic which seems a little more brittle then grey plastic. I can see a few weak spots on the miniatures which will wear out or damage easily. The Captain with powerswords has "hanging bits" on his cape, the backpack iron halo bits, lightning claw armed terminator and the hanging "drip" icons all seem prone to damage.

The Genestealers look to be much more durable, minus the claws and pointy bits. The "classic" pose of Genestealers are really nice and stable on the bases provided. The Broodlord is great, and I can see alot of people using him in there normal 40k armies. The only downside, is the provided bases on the wall crawling style of Genestealers. There very unstable and are larger then the 25mm squares of the board. I may end up buying a box of normal Genestealers to replace them and using the wall crawlers for a diorama, etc.

In the end, its a great purchase and as an added bonus, my Fiance actually likes the game! Its a miracle, since its the only miniature/war/sci-fi/fantasy/historical game she has ever tried and liked!!

... Mitch

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Game Summit: Summer 2009

Ah, the Game Summit Summer 2009 has came and gone this last weekend!

I did attend both days, with a different goal this time. Normally I play the tournaments, but this time I took in all the little side events. The event was at the Nepean Sportsplex which is an alright venue. They had food avail but it wasn't tasty at all, and Greg actually throw out the Pizza he bought from them, lol!

The first event which I went to was the miniature painting clinic . For $2 you are given a space marine, which had sprue, flash and mold lines still attached and have access to about 80 reaper paints. I spent a good portion of an hour just messing around painting the marine really randomly for my Friends kids, since they get a kick out of this stuff. The on site staff for the painting area really didn't do much, he handed me a marine and walked away. Its not really a problem for me since I know how to paint in the end. Below is what I painted, yes its totally random but his twins will love it! lol

I gave out two prizes for a campaign being run locally from "sticks" I'll have pictures up later this week.

After painting and eating lunch, i played two pickup games on a planet strike table, since the good tables were being using already. Played a strange game where my marines lost to my Friends IG, good times being slaughtered! The game finished around 2pm, which was the start time of the resin casting event. I asked around and heard it was cancelled, which really sucked because it was still listed on the banners on the website in the morning.

Since the afternoon was shot because the resin casting was cancelled, I checked out some of the merchants. Crossed Swords had some great blisters from the early 90's, but were over priced so I passed over them. The comic book shop had great deals on allot of stuff, but nothing I was looking for in 40k marines or Warmachine. I know the owner well, and we had a great talk about Axis and Allies. I checked out Wizard's Tower section, and there stuff was the normal "Higher or Equal to" GW prices, so I passed.

There was a booth, for $8 you can get a caricature drawn. Sounds great, so I wanted to get one done for my fiance. I had an SD Card with a good picture of her on it, so he can use it for reference since she was out of town. He worked on it, and sent me a copy of it via email the day after, and it looks really strange. I don't fully understand what he did, but all I can notice is that he made the picture really blurry and made the eyes black. I thought he was going to do something interesting for $8 instead of apply some filters and such in paint shop pro. Since there isn't anything better to waste tickets on at this time of the day, I don't care.

The high point of the day came went we went to Burger King for dinner, where I had an Angy Whopper. The only thing the made me angry with the Burger was the fact that I spent $50 on entry fee's and tickets, with only a poorly assembled starter marine to show for it.

We went back to the Game Summit and played a pickup game. About halfway through our pickup game were were asked by some players to basically hurry up so they can use the table we are using for apocalypse. Since this was late at night, and there were no events going we continued to play, even tho we were asked a few times how much longer we'd be! This time my terminators smashed Greg's Imperial Guard. Take that! I put aside my set of Kolinsky Brushes and some paints when I got home to bring for the speed painting event tomorrow.

The Next Day

I got up a little late at 8:30am and I knew I would not be able to make the speed painting even, which started at 9:00am so i didn't bringing my brushes. I brought my Lord of The Rings Gondor Army, a Land Speeder Tempest, and some other random things to sell at the garage sale.

When I got there I setup my items for the garage sale, and went to see how the painting was going, since it was now 10:00am. It hasn't started yet, and is running an hour behind! I entered the event and painted my marine, which turned out alright. I choose a space wolves color scheme and the yellow turned out bleh.

After the event I caught up with Darby and we all went to go eat lunch at A&W. It was a good relaxing time, since running on 6 hours of sleep in 2 days sucks!

We headed back and I had a game against Darby's Eldar. The match was really even until my terminators deep struck deep in his lines, and actually survived a round of shooting! A few lucky shots later, and there wasn't a surviving Eldar left on the table! Better luck next time you Xenos Scum!

The game ended around 3:00pm and I went to the garage sale to see if anything sold. Nothing sold but a father and son are eyeballing my Gondor Army! After a few minutes of talking, they buy it for $45. I cashed out and found out my land Speeder Tempest also sold for $40! I spent all the hard earned cash on allot of fun stuff. I bought Axis and Allies: Revised, Axis and Allies: Pacific, and Axis and Allies: Europe for $60 which is great. I also bought a Dark Angels, Chaos Marine, Chaos Mortals, Dark Eldar, and Ork codex all for $5. Clint was selling allot of 1:72 and 1:76 scale model kits, and I ended up buying about 10 model kits, which included about 5 Russian tanks for $15.

I asked the host when the speed painting entries were going to be judged and the prize given out, and I was told 6:00pm, which I think was five hours later then originally planned for. The tickets were non-refundable and were not valid for future events, which kinda sucked. A few of the events were cancelled, like the resin casting, blitz and the chess tournament without warning so I had six extra tickets with nothing to use them on. So I used my last six tickets to get six more poorly assembled starter marines lol!

At this point, I decided I've had enough of the event for one day and packed everything up. I took my Space Marine from the display case, since there was no way in hell I'd wait 3 more hours just to win a prize worth half as much as the entry fee. It was one of those cheap Games Workshop painting jar things.

At the end of the weekend, I left with some positive and some negative things.

On the positive side; I came out with some boardgames, I hung out with some friends, sold some stuff, and got some great deals on other stuff!

On the negative; The whole hobby section (minus Alex's painting class) was a joke, the value was lower then the previous Game Summit, I ended up spending allot of money on totally random stuff that was not fun at all, where was the music... ,

If anyone from the Game Summit team reads my review, please remember it came from someone who didn't actually play in any of the tournaments, which was a really poor choice on my side since the WHFB, Warmachine, Heavy Gear, 40k tournaments looked really fun!

... Mitch

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

And the winner is..

#18 Willy. Please email me with your mailing information!

Stay tuned for an update about the Game Summit that just took place this past weekend!