Firefly the Game-Wash’s Lucky Dinosaurs Card

Galeforce 9, producers of board games, terrain, and miniature gaming accessories is running a promotion to earn a new card for their game Firefly.


One of the characters, Wash, in the series / movie plays with some toy dinosaurs to help pass the time.  So, GF9 included a paper 2-d version of one of the dinosaurs as the first player token.  Part of their promo is to have players show what they use instead of the 2-d player token.  My group, below, uses a stuffed dinosaur.  We pretend he eases the pain of not finishing a job or being unlucky enough to fail some skill rolls.  The new card is called Wash’s Lucky Dinosaurs.

Playing Firefly the Game

Playing Firefly the Game

So, here is my group of players playing Firefly the game in hopes of getting that promo card.  Above, Phil, is holding a stuffed dinosaur to help ease the pain of failing a job from Niska.  He now has to decide which of his crew isn’t pulling their own weight and get rid of them.

Lucky Dinosaurs Promo Card

Lucky Dinosaurs Promo Card

If you play Firefly, what do you use as a first player token?


Kromleck Releases New Orc Pilot

Kromlech, makers of resin bits, accessories, and models, has sent pictures of their new model, an Orc Pilot.  I think he looks pretty good from the image.

Below is the transcript from Kromlech:

Been quite some time since we introduced you to a complete orc model, so I guess today is the day we fix this.
Behold, the one and only, brave, fat and not entirely competent – Orc Pilot!
Give this guy a round of applause! He will need all the cheering, as he does not know it yet, but there is dirty underwear in his backpack, not a parachute.
The model was designed by Igor Karpow and we owe the lovely paint job to no one else than Artur.
…and, here is the image that was sent along.  A great paint job.
Kromleck Orc Pilot

Kromleck Orc Pilot

Facebook Group for Pen and Lead and Contest

Hi all,

I’ve set up a Facebook account, and I’m running a contest.  When we get to 50 likes on the Facebook page found HERE, I’ll randomly pick someone who is a follower of this blog and also likes the new Facebook page and let them pick out one of the resin display cubes by Secret Weapon Miniatures that I reviewed.

The randomly chosen person gets their choice!  If you haven’t, check out the review and let me know what you think.

I’ll also do a give away at 100 likes as well, most likely, so if you don’t get the prize the first time around, you may get a chance the second.

In the meantime, I am working on a Combined Army starter from Infinity, the game.  I’ve primered them and have just put my first layer of paint on, a nice Deep Blue by the Army Painter Warpaint range.

See you on Facebook as well as here!

Bob Nolan

aka, Varagon

Experiment- Weathering With Salt Post # 2

So, I’ve made one more step on my first experiment of weathering with salt.  This technique is fairly popular and has been used by the gaming and modeling community for a while now.  A simple Google search for “Weathering with salt” will yield all sorts of tutorials.  If you want to see the first step of primering, click HERE.

In some of the tutorials, they use nail polish remover as a way to remove the paint to get a “weathered” and “rusted” look as well, but I chose to use salt only.

However, I’ve never tried it before, so I wanted to document my progress.

Below: salt, a small cup of water, and my AE-WWII Robot Troopers.


Here, below, are a couple of images with the salt on the trooper.


To do this, I simply got a small #1 or so brush full of water, and ran it over the areas that I thought would be “weathered.”

Next, I used the salt in a bowl, and pinched the salt and sprinkled it on the areas that were painted with water.

I continued doing so until all the areas were ‘salty’ enough.


Here are the three troopers ‘salted.’


The next step will be to let them dry, and as I’ll be gone a couple of days over the weekend, the salt should stick to the miniature as it dries.

Afterwards, I will use an airbrush to lay down some paint, then brush the salt off, leaving the grey as seen above, showing through.  These guys are also part of my 2013 11+1 Challenge.I hope it turns out!


My Next Project: AE-WWII Robot Troopers Plus 2013 11+1 Challenge


So, for my next project, I’m going to work on my AE:WWII American sci-tech detachment.  I’ve been enjoying the game a lot so thought I should at least give the models that aren’t painted a chance to shine on the field of battle.  The models below were primed black and lightly dusted with white from above to give a faux zenithal highlighting technique.


AE-WWII is a game by Blacball Games, formerly owned by Darkson Designs.  The game had a little update in the form of a Kickstarter, and I’ve really come to like it.  Before hand, I had played AE-Bounty, based on the same mechanics, but hadn’t jumped into the AE-WWII side of things until recently.

AE-WWII is a combination sci-fi / historical game with a unique army building mechanic.  Instead of building on points, a player selects a detachment type, and simply fills slots based on that detachment.  In the list building, you can “remove” a slot to upgrade other slots and do some other neat things.  It makes for an enjoyable experience if you are looking for something outside of building by points.  Blackball Games describes AE-WWII as, “AE-WWII is a skirmish-based miniatures game set in the retro sci-fi setting of an alternate World War II.AE-WWII combines miniatures wargaming and historical fiction into a flexible, points-free detachment system that is strategic and tactical –as fast as it is fun. Players can create purely historical forces or units comprised of the new technological wonders and terrifying horrors.”  Another unique thing about the game is you can build a purely historical detachment, or weird it out as you see fit.

What you see above is the primed version of a unit of Robot Troopers, a “green” choice for the American’s sci-tech detachment.  I’m going to try and paint them up with American pride in blue, white, and red.  We will see how they come out.

Also, since I’m still challenging myself, I’m adding these to my 11+1 challenge, where I’ve challenged my readers to paint 11+1 models for the 2013 year.  The models have to be your own, and you have to keep them.  They are your models to display and keep, not for sale or trade.

Below is the stock photo of the painted Robot Troopers.

Painted Robot Troopers

Sedition Wars Bases Painted

Having to paint up 80+ bases is a daunting task for me.  However, I knew if I wanted to play the game, I couldn’t just glue the models to the bases.  I had to paint them first.  Anyway, simple spray paint black, then paint with an aluminum color.

Next step mix a lot of a single color wash.  I wanted a blue color, so I added some turquoise ink to P3 armor wash, added some green ink, flow improver, and Future Floor Finish for the first coat.

Bases finished!

Bases finished!

The next to last step was adding pure red ink with some mixing medium and making some blood splotches here and there.

The last step, which I still need to do, is to spray them with my Testor’s Dull Cote to tone them down some.

Dreadball by Mantic Games Unboxing Video

I received my copy of Dreadball yesterday in the mail and thought what better way to show off the game than doing an unboxing video showing off the contents.

Dreadball, by Mantic Games is described as  a” modern game [that] is a slick and massively promoted spectacle that is instantly familiar to the many citizens of the Corporation’s Co-Prosperity Sphere. It has grown from nothing to be the most popular sport on the net, and looks like being so for many years to come.”

Dreadball itself is a sci-fi “futuristic sports game” for 2 player “that is fast, fun and tactical – play never resets as a 200mph weapons-grade titanium ball is flung from player to player. Fast throws, tough slams and deft dodges are just some of the trademark actions your players can make.”

See for yourself what comes in the box!

My camera wasn’t the greatest, so I hope you can get an idea of what’s inside.

15mm Model Comparison

I’ve seen a few people ask about comparisons of the Heavy Gear Blitz models by Dream Pod 9 in use as models for Tomorrow’s War by Ambush Alley Games.

So, I took a few photos for reference of the models I have, which are as follows:

Micropanzer Wargame Studios
15mm alien
15mm sas
15mm scout walker

Rebel Minis
riot police
skateboarder zombie
Earth Force Gila buggy
SAS in decontamination suit (zombie hunter)

Dream Pod 9 Heavy Gear
South General Purpose Gear
Northern General Purpose
Southern King Cobra (Large by HG standards)

And on to the images:

Finally, the last image.

If you want any specific shots, please let me know.  Like a Heave Gear Blitz model next to the Gila, or Micropanzer Studios Walker, etc.


Tomorrow’s War Rulebook Video Flipthrough From Recruits

I had the distinct fortune to pick up Tomorrow’s War at Recruits. To help appease the masses somewhat, here’s the link to the videos of my “flip” through of the book. No commentary, just the sound of me flipping pages, in a four part video. Now, on to the flipping!

Part 1!

Part 2!

Part 3!

Part 4!

I hope you enjoy them, as unprofessional as they are.