Yu Jing Specialist Ninjas

yu-jing-ninjasFinally got a pair of specialized Yu Jing Ninjas painted. One is a sniper, and one is a hacker – but putting both on the table is 98 points! Yikes.

I’m pretty happy with the sculpts on these, and they look good in my army’s overall yellow wash colour scheme I think. Highlights on their helmet visors was a mixed success, but from a distance they don’t look too bad. The poses are very active – even the sniper’s – which I like. These guys should never be caught standing still – just like REAL Ninjas.

Yu Jing Ninjas (MULTI Sniper and Hacker)
Time to paint: 5hrs     Points on the table: 98 (50-sniper, 48-hacker)

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Relic Knights Shattered Sword Box Done

mallory-and-quillAfter GenCon, Will and I decided we’d get the new and previously purchased Relic Knights minis out and painted. I finally have a rulebook I can read, and some time for painting – and now the Shattered Sword Starter Box is complete!

The box comes with:
Mallory and Quill (Questing Knight)
x5 Swordsworn models
x2 Paragon models

That’s not a lot of models (9), but for the money it was more than worth it. The box comes with a lot of other components too – see them all here if you’re interested. Paint them up and you’re ready to play the game.

mallory-and-quill-rearWhile I like the idea of Shattered Sword being good guys, I’m not keen on painting white. White tends to make the models look a little flat, light and not very military or intimidating. So I went with Chainmail Silver as a base colour for most models, washed them twice with black and blue/black washes, then painted the blues and whites all around them.  The main blue was GW’s Enchanted Blue which was then washed with an Asurmen Blue ink wash. Then highlight as normal.

These models are easy to paint too – the detail pops off the models with almost no exceptions – very easy to pick out. Although flashing the plastic initially is a pain in the ass.

Shattered Sword Battle Box
Time to paint: 16hrs      Points on the table: 29pts

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Yu Jing TAG & Yaokong Remotes Complete

Yu-Jing-Yaokong-Remotes-with-Guija-TAG-100_4377Just got these Yu Jing Yaokong Remotes and TAG done. They’ve been sitting on my desk since GenCon 2013. But no longer – I consider them done.
You can paint these things for hours – putting highlights on top of highlights, but in the end, if you’re going to play with them, you’ve got to stop and get on to the next models in your army. The Japanese Sectorial dude is just in there for scale – he was done last year.

I’m not too happy with the lighting for my cheapass Kodak Z710 camera – they’re much more harsh here than in real life. But I definitely think I achieved the anime look that Infinity is known for. The models were primed with GW white primer, then washed with a new GW ink (shade) Casandora Yellow – which looks positively orange in the bottle, but washes a nice golden yellow on the model. Where it collects, turns orange.

Yu-Jing-Yaokong-Remotes-with-Guija-TAG-100_4379Maybe I will get some more Infinity models. Only the remotes are really mine, Will the Hatton owns the rest, and I am just their painter.  But between the TAG, 2 remotes and 7 infantrymen, I’ve got a decent collection for typical games. Two ninjas are waiting in the wings for their turn on the painting dais.

Keep painting. Keep gaming dammit.

Infinity the Game – Yu Jing Squad Complete

yu-jing-sectorial-stage2First Japanese Sectorial squad is complete for my first foray into Infinity. I don’t think I want to put anymore detail on these guys – they’re a decent table top standard. They look way better on the table than under a flash camera.

While I don’t know exactly what to think about the golden colour as the foundation for my army, I do like the extreme contrast the weaponry gives. Then it’s just basic highlighting and crazy anime hair colours. Will the Hatton won’t like them – but at least they’re done!

Yu Jing Sectorial Starter Pack (w swapped ninja model)
Time to paint: 9hrs

Infinity the Game: Yu Jing Started

yu-jing-sectorial-stage1Somehow, thanks to a renewed interest in Infinity: the Game, Will the Hatton and I squeaked in not 1, but 2 games with unfinished models this week at our FLGS. They were our first games of Infinity – and we were freakin’ hooked.

I’m going to buy these Yu Jing Sectorial models from Will, so I took them home and began painting them tonight. Their base coat of paint is P3 Heartfire, washed with diluted Ogryn Flesh. They look a little whacky right now, but I can already envision what they’re going to look like finished.

I’ve painted many armies a yellow or gold base, but I especially wanted these guys to be gold because they’re not heroic sized minis – they’re actually quite fine. So I want them to be bright and strikingly contrasted – like the anime Japanese that they are!

Stay tuned – I bet these guys will be done by this weekend. – Dave

Agenda7 Podcast 03 is Online

Hey everyone – episode 03 of Agenda7 is now online. For those that don’t know – Agenda7 is an Android: Netrunner podcast for people interested in playing the LCG card game by Fantasy Flight Games.

agenda7-logo-200Podcast 03 of Agenda7 includes:
1 – Glen’s Inside Job retraction
2 – Some cards from Cyber Exodus
3 – FFG’s 2012 Worlds A:NR tournament
4 – Talk 5/4 cards
5 – How to cheat in Netrunner
6 – Acknowledgements & how to contact us

Episode 03 was recorded on Nov.24th, 2012. The FFG Worlds tournament was 3 weeks ago, and we couldn’t help but gossip about the whacky card playing during the Netrunner tournament. This lead to a related, but not inferential discussion, about how to cheat in Netrunner. Would love to know how you track actions during your games.

Agenda7’s Netrunner Podcast is available on iTunes – if you have the time, leave an iTunes review. You can leave a comment here, or send us an email at: agenda7podcast@gmail.com. We hope you like it. The direct feed for Agenda7 MP3 links is on our website: http://agendaseven.wordpress.com/

Podcast 02 of Agenda7 is Online

Podcast 02 of Agenda7 covers:
1 – Thank-you for your feedback.
2 – What you might want to play.
3 – Talk 5/4 cards.
4 – Corporate & Runner assets we hate.
5 – Deckbuilding 101 (there will be much more on this in the future)
6 – Contact us.

Podcast 02 was recorded on October 28th, 2012. By the time we recorded this, registration for the World’s in Minnesota was closing, so we didn’t mention it. Glen’s thoughts on his most hated Runner cards are interesting – why not have a cold frosty bass and give it a listen?

Agenda7′s Netrunner Podcast is available on iTunes – if you have the time, leave an iTunes review. You can leave a comment here, or send us an email at: agenda7podcast@gmail.com We hope you like it.

The Agenda7 website is at: agendaseven.wordpress.com

Agenda7 – the Netrunner Podcast – is Online

Netrunner Ash UpgradeAgenda7 is an Android: Netrunner Podcast for people who enjoy playing the LCG game by Fantasy Flight Games. Brought to you by the Netrunner News Network.

Podcast o1 of Agenda7 covers:
1 – Dave Ross & Company Man Glen Jones introduce themselves and their gaming backgrounds.
2 – Why Netrunner rocks! We like it…
3 – Where to start learning the new Netrunner rules, dammit.
4 – Our top 5/4 cards.
5 – Spoiling what we know about the upcoming GENESIS cycle, and WHAT LIES AHEAD.

Podcast 01 was recorded on October 6th, 2012. Glen’s insight into basic Corporate Netrunner economics is particularly good. Why not open a cold Elsinore and have a listen?

Agenda7′s Netrunner Podcast is available on iTunes. If you have the time, let us know what you think. Glen and I hope you like it.

I have to acknowledge the most excellent dudes at Team Covenant for inspiring me to actually try this podcast series. Everything they cover is a good game. Go there and buy stuff.

JR Miniatures Resin Islands are Great!

JR Miniatures: Resin Islands

JR Miniatures: Resin Islands

I’m diggin’ these resin islands from JR Miniatures. They have fantastic rocky textures sculpted into them, are tough as nails, and paint up fast.

I got them a couple of months ago from Meeplemart in Toronto, so they were a good price to boot. I’ll be using them with Spartan’s Dystopian Wars and Uncharted Seas naval games. They’re more in scale with the DW ships, but they look good side by side with my Orcs from US. Even though they’re made of resin too, they’re a very different kind of resin than what’s used in the ships’ sculpts – glossy and hard as glass. But way more durable.

I got off to a bad start painting these – I used GW Roughcoat primer to prime them with, since I didn’t care if the extra texture presented on the rocks. But GW Roughcoat is not a primer – it’s a paint – and I didn’t know that ’til I brought these into teh house and the “primer” started to flake off. So I scrubbed them all with a stiff nylon brush, removed all the Roughcoat, and primed them again with my favourite black primer. No problems on take two.

JR Miniatures Resin IslandThen it was a quick 4 colour drybrush job to get them to the typically rocky state they are. I admit I didn’t use any whacky colours here, just:
1. GW Shadow Grey
2. GW Shadow Grey lightened with Fortress Grey
3. Highlight the rock with white
4. Edge the shores with PPP Battle Dress Green (and bring it into the interiors somewhat)

But I like them. They look way better in person than these photos. Get some if you’re doing up a naval battle board – JR Miniatures islands are well priced, well sculted and tough as nails. They get the Battlemind thumbs up seal of approval.

Bolt Action Quick Reference Sheets Complete

For all you Bolt Action fans out there – I’ve just completed my Battlemind 1.1 version of a Quick Reference Sheet for Bolt Action, by Warlord Games.

I thought I’d condense the four and a half pages of QRS in the back of the book onto 2 sides of 8.5 x 11. All the tables are listed, plus some sample unit stats from the British and German armies. You can download the PDF here:
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Now get out there and play some games of Bolt Action!!