Monday, October 14, 2019

Hobby Tools - Purchase and Review for Head Magnifier Glasses with LED lights

LED Illuminated Headband Magnifier Visor

So, since my eyes have been steadily getting worse over the past couple of years, it has been affecting my Hobby, especially my painting.

I tried some stand-alone magnifying lenses that sit on stands, and those seem to work okay, but they were limited as the stands were smaller, and it was limited on where I could use them.

So I researched online and came across this wearable Magnifier Visor, and I thought it was the perfect fit.  I purchased it from Amazon, and here is the link if you want to check them out yourself.

Here are the stats about the Magnifier:
  • USB Charging Magnifying Glasses: If you are still complaining that your existing head magnifier glasses are too heavy. Upgraded Magnifier, using electric board to store electricity instead of traditional battery storage. More light and comfortable trial experience.
  • Lasting & Efficient Working Hours: Comes with convenient USB charging interface, no need to replace the battery and can be charged directly, just fill it up in an hour! One hour of charging time provides up to 8 hours of working time for rechargeable batteries.
  • 5 Interchangeable Lenses: Multi choices of lenses(1.0X/1.5X/2.0X/2.5X/3.5X) to meet your different requirements. Best handsfree magnifying glasses for close work such as sewing, needlework, knitting, cross-stitch, embroidery, etc. 5 High clarity optical acrylic lenses packed in a box for easy carry and storage.
  • More Comfortable to Wear: Ergonomic frame design and the bracket feet can be removed and changed to an elastic band. The nose bridge holder can be adjusted according to your needs. Efficient rechargeable batteries and soft rubber-coated nose pads can greatly reduce the load on the bridge of the nose.
  • Adjustable LED Glass Lamp: Lighted magnifying glasses for reading, seeing your workpieces or text magnified up to 350% original size with high clarity. 100% quality GUARANTEE means you can free replace the new one or 100% money back.
I love the fact that you can easily interchange between the different lenses without much hassle, and I also love the fact that it's rechargeable, and I don't have to keep buying batteries like I had to with my other magnifiers on stands.

Another fact that I love about these, is the fact about being hands-free.  I am able to use them and leave them on, and when I have to look at other stuff, I can easily see over the lenses and don't have to keep taking them off and on.

I highly recommend these, as they have given me the ability to get back into painting.

Me wearing and enjoying my new Magnifier Glasses.
Until next time, keep on Hobbying.

Friday, October 11, 2019

DIY Terrain Build - Tutor Farm House

As a change of pace from building and painting miniatures for all my games, I decided it was time to get some terrain made again.

It's been a long time since I built some terrain, and it was really fun to sit down and just build something from scratch with no plans.

I have hills, rivers, fences, etc. for my table, but I do not have any buildings that I could use for games such as Middle-Earth Strategy Battle Game, Warhammer 40K, or even for Bolt Action.  Since lately, I have been in the mood to paint my Middle-Earth models, I decided to start off creating a building for that style of game.

So for my first building, I decided to create a little Tutor Farm House.  Below are the images for the steps I took, I did not take a lot of photos of every step but caught the major ones, lol.  :)

Materials All laid out ready to start work, and yes I'm messy.

Walls cut out, glued up and roof added on.  Used cardboard from
a small box for the roof and I backed each wall with a piece of
cardboard the same size as the dollar tree foam board is pretty
flimsy when you peel the paper off.

I cut out individual small bricks for the foundation, and
created a door with a brick frame.

Foundation complete, and ready to start adding the wood
exterior and then the roof.

Wood accents around the building are complete, and now to
start the roof.  I cut our individual shingles for the roof using
the cardboard from a cereal box.

The roof is now complete and I really like how the wood accents
turned out.  I cut out each wood plank from the foam, and
peeled the backing off one side of the foam, and used a sharp
object to create the wood grain.

Here is another look at the completed building, this time from
the backside of the building.

The next steps are to get this all painted up. I still have not decided if I want to put it on a base or not, with flocking, etc.  I really like ho this turned out, and I feel not too bad for my first attempt at a building like this.  One thing I know I did a little wrong, is the door is a little bit too big for this house and will make that correction on the next one.

Until next time, happy gaming!!!!!

Saturday, September 28, 2019

Middle-Earth Strategy Battle Game - Cave Troll

Continuing on with painting my Moria army, so pumped about getting these guys complete so I can get them on the tabletop.  I know that I have a lot of Goblins to paint, but I wanted to have something else to add to the completed list.  So I broke out my Cave Troll and decided it was time to get him looking good to the tabletop.

Here is a little scence from the movie showing what this guy can do.  If I were rolling the dice, he may have done better in this scene and taken out a few of the fellowship, and not his own guys, lol.

When I get the starter set soon, I will have a second troll to add to my army, but for now, I just want to get this one done and ready to play with,

He was really fun to paint, and he came out a little darker than I anticipated, but in the end, he looks really good and should look amazing on the tabletop.

Here are a couple pictures of him finished.  I did not do his base yet, as I plan on waiting until I get the entire army done before basing, that way I can get them all the same.  Plus, I have not truly decided on how I want to do the bases for this army yet.  If you have any suggestions, please comment below.

He looks better in person, as I still suck at taking pictures.

Here is his profile from the Armies of the Lord of the Rings book:

Hope you enjoyed this little look into the painting of my Moria army for the Middle-Earth Strategy Battle Game.  Until next time, may your dice always roll good, unless you are playing me (just kidding) :).

Saturday, September 21, 2019

Middle-Earth Strategy Battle Game - I got Balrog, unboxing and overview

This is one of my most favorite games to play, and sadly, I don't get to play it that much.  But last month was my Birthday, and one of my presents was this awesome model from Games Workshop for the Moddle-Earth Strategy Battle Game.

Description from their site:
The Balrog is a mighty creature of great age and power. Awoken by eager Dwarven miners, the Balrog brought destruction to their kingdoms, overwhelming Durin and his doughty warriors in a series of terrible battles. Of all the evil powers in the world, the Balrog is amongst the most terrible and as one of the largest models we sell, is the perfect centre piece for an evil army. 
This box set contains one multipart plastic Balrog and includes options for a flaming sword or whip. Model supplied with a 60mm scenic base.
Here are a couple pictures of the box that the model game in:

And here is what the model looks like on the sprues.  I forgot to take pictures of the sprues before I dove in and built the model (sigh - was too excited I guess, lol), so these images are from the Games Workshop page for purchasing the model (Here is the link):

 So, here is what it looks like after I built it:

 My lighting still sucks for taking pictures, hopefully, one day I will be able to buy or build a lightbox for taking better pictures.

Here is a picture of his stats in the game:

He costs 350 Points to add to your army.

I am so looking forward to painting this model.  I know one place for sure it will see tabletop action and that is at Adepticon next year.

Until next time.

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

BMG - The Penguin: Crimelord BatBox - Loose Lips and Penguin Thug 1 Painted

Finally got some painting done this evening.  I have been having a lot of trouble getting into the mood to get some painting done.  But after talking to my friend Dragi about upcoming events, inspiration hit me, and before I knew it, I had two of the Penguins Crew painted and done.  These were pretty fun to paint, and I'm now in the mood to complete the rest of them as well.  I will try to get 2 more done over the next day or so.

The models that I painted up was Ricky LeBlanc (Loose Lips) and Shane (Penguin Thug 1).  Not wanting to be like every other painted Penguin squad, I decided to go a little different route on the colors then what they did for the BatBox on the Knights website.

Ricky LeBlanc (Loose Lips)

So first up was Ricky LeBlanc (Loose Lips).  I tried a different technique on painting the blue jeans, basing the model black, I then dry brushed a couple layers of different blues to get the desired effect.  Overall I think it came out okay.

Shane (Penguin Thug 1)

Next up was Shane (Penguin Thug 1), I feel that I got the jeans a little better on this model and love how the jacket came out.  Overall I was quite pleased with how this model came out, a little darker then I expected, but still happy none-the-less.

Until next time.....

Sunday, August 4, 2019

Star Wars Legion - Getting Back Into the Game and Getting Some Painting Done

Well over a year ago, March 22, 2018, to be exact.  I purchased the Star Ware Legion Core Set and a few expansions on the release day.  I built the AT-ST, one squad of Storm Troopers and Darth Vader himself.  I included a picture that I took, which is the same image I used on the original post back in March of last year.

After that, I played a few Demo games at Games U in Gilbert, AZ a few times, then the game got placed on the shelf.

After GenCon of this year (2019), which I was unable to go due to financial and health reasons.  I was watching some live streams and started to get pumped about this game again., I spent some time today going over all the new releases for this game and just kept getting more excited.  So I decided to dust off the game and get my ass together to start painting up what I have.

So besides the core set, I also purchased at that time, as stated above the Imperial AT-ST Unit Expansion, as well as one of the Rebel T-47 Airspeeder Unit Expansions.

Below is what comes in the Star Wars Legon Core Set (as I am feeling lazy and don't want to type all this out freehand, I cut and pasted this from the Fantasy Flight Website and you can see that page by clicking this LINK).

  • 33 highly detailed miniatures and eight barricades draw you into the Star Wars universe.
  • Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader each pose with lightsabers drawn, ready to duel each other or anyone unlucky enough to cross their path. These miniatures are found exclusively in the Core Set.
  • Two squads of Rebel Troopers (each with seven unique miniatures) stand ready to fight for freedom on any battlefield. Five are armed with A-280 blaster rifles, while two heavy weapons specialists carry a Z-6 rotary blaster cannon and an MPL-57 modified to fire ion torpedoes.
  • A bipedal AT-RT miniature lends extra firepower to the Rebellion with three options for customization, allowing you to equip your AT-RT with a rotary blaster, a laser cannon, or a flamethrower. This version of the AT-RT is found exclusively in the Core Set.
  • Two squads of Stormtroopers (each with seven unique miniatures) are ready to crush the Rebellion wherever it rises. Five are armed with their trademark E-11 blaster rifles, while two heavy weapons specialists carry a DLT-19 heavy blaster rifle or an HH-12 rocket launcher.
  • One squad of two 74-Z Speeder Bike miniatures invites your Imperial Scout Troopers to zip across the battlefield at lightning speeds. The squad leader miniature (pivoting in his seat to fire behind him with his blaster pistol) is found exclusively in the Core Set.

So I have a project to do over the next month or so.  I am also working on my Farmers Guild Ball Team, as well as my Batman Miniatures Game Penguin Squad.  Oy Joy to me, but I am actually looking forward to the challenge.

So to get things kicked off, I started tonight off with painting up Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker from the Core Set.  You can actually only get these two models if you buy the core set, so keep that in mind.  They have now come out with two new expansions for both of these characters and they are currently as of this post on Pre-Order (Darth Vader Operative Expansion and Luke Skywalker Operative Expansion).  Darth Vader has a different pose, and Luke Skywalker is depicted as he appeared in Star Wars: Return of the Jedi.  I plan on grabbing both of these as it expands your options on the tabletop.

Until next time, may the force be with you......  :)