Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Legion of the Damned Seargent

 This is the test model that I painted up for a Legion of the Damned army a few years ago, then got busy with other things and nothing ever came of it.

I absolutely love the way he turned out, I just never got around to finishing the other models in the army.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

More Volocheks

It's been a month and a half since my last post, honestly I haven't made much progress since then, but recently I challenged myself to get some stuff done. So I got some more stuff for the Volocheks assembled. Four Python Suits from Khurasan and a Warmonger Tank from Critical Mass Games Mercenary collection. This tank is hugemongus and I love it to death. On top of that, I managed to get them all primed and got the remaining 20 infantry painted, just need to finish the bases.

All of these pictures were taken in a lightbox I made with stuff sitting around my house. Let me know if you think it help with the picture clarity or quality.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Test print from shapeways

So I have been working on my 3D modeling to try and make some 15mm terrain that I can then have printed out and mailed to me or anyone else that would want it. I wanted to see what one of the materials was like and ordered something myself.
Pow! Right in the nostalgia
This is the low poly-count Cloud Strife you run around as in Final Fantasy VII, he is modeled in the colored sandstone material, so theres no painting required. It has a rough finish, and feels like I can break it apart with my hands if I really wanted to, but for something that's going to sit on a table then be stored safely in a box when not in use, it should hold up fine. This is one of the cheaper materials that Shapeways offers prints in, there are some very high quality, sturdy materials, but they are more expensive. I am looking at Shapeways as a means to make terrain, I'm not terribly good at making terrain by hand, but I can use 3D programs much easier to get my ideas out of my head. I will be uploading some of my 3D models and test out my own creations soon!

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Rim Wars Battle Fleets

To try something new I picked up 2 starter fleets from GZG's Full Thrust Line. I got the Kra'Vak and Neu Swabian League (NSL) starter fleet to play with, they have 8 ships each, plus stands. The smallest ships are about 25mm long. We are going to use the Full Thrust Lite rules, possibly altered slightly to add in some extra awesome for our tastes.

That's a lot of spaceships
The Kra'Vak Fleet (some assembly required)
The NSL Fleet (less assembly required)
 Overall these are some very cool looking ships, There are a few spots on the Kra'Vak ships where the metal has some small holes, but they are in very thin areas that are easily remedied. The NSL ships are very intact, and only the largest 2 ships have multiple pieces, and are easily assembled in seconds. I hope to get a game in with these this weekend, and add a new dynamic to our sci-fi Rim War games.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Volochek Air Support has Arrived!

I've been waiting for a few months for Khurasan Miniatures to release their DOE Gunship and they finally did this past week. So I quickly picked up the 3 pack of them and they arrived on the 8th, quick on the draw as usual. These gunships are some of the coolest looking 15mm scaled models I've seen, and plans to modify a few of them are already cropping up. I plan to have this one as a dedicated gunship, another to be a troop carrier, and the third will be a secret until I get it all together.
Its about 6 inches long...

and 3.5 inches wide

Scaled comparison with infantry
The kit is about 17 resin pieces, 7 metal pieces, and it comes with parts for landing gear up or down. Everything fit together well after a little TLC. This particular gunship will have its full weapon loadout of ATGM's, rocket pods, and the nose cannon. I will get more posted as I get more work done to this gunship and the troop carrier.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Volochek Armour Reinforcements

 Monday was a good day after I received the tanks for my Volochekians. I also received my Rebel force for me and a few friends setting up a more modern scenario than the sci-fi games we've been playing.
Got the base coat on and went for a splotchy camo
Armoured column moving through
the woods with some infantry
I went back over the armour with a wash to pick out some more detail, added names to the tanks, and the flag to each vehicle. Just need to do the head and tail lights, the optics, and add some identification numbers or something to each. These have turned out well so far.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Volochek Respublik

The Volochek are going to be an army for my 15mm sci-fi games. I'm liking the way they are shaping up. I have all the infantry,(this is less than half) but I my tanks haven't arrived yet, and I am waiting on another manufacturer to finish casting a new release for these guys.
20 Conskripts ready to die
Forward you dogs!
Ready to deal with any threat
Looking forward to getting their armour and finishing out the rest of the army, let me know what you think.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012


I've been recently introduced to the simple 1-page ruleset that is FUBAR. The core rules are based around a modern/sci-fi setting. It's a very open ruleset, which makes it great for those who enjoy wargaming for the fun, not the winning. I've been in 1 game with the ruleset, after reading over it for 5 minutes, and we had picked models, weapons, armor types, etc. within 15 minutes. It was a very enjoyable experience and we had a lot of fun. This ruleset gives me something simple and easy to use my 15mm guys with, or any random models I want to cobble together into a force. Or... it gives me something to use stuff that looks too cool for its own good like this...

I personally don't like the DUST Tactics setup, but they have some sweet lookin stuff!
I'm debating it heavily with a buddy of mine to get a few small forces of the DUST Tactics armies and play FUBAR: Weird War 2.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Sunday Smalls

Meet Areola the Mermaid, she likes perching on rocks for hours on end, and getting caught in the Gulf Stream. She wants to meet a land-walker one day and have mutant, legged fish babies. Best of wishes to her...

I know I set a very easy goal to accomplish each week, but it's just a starting point. I should be stepping it up a bit soon to get myself to complete more stuff and get Chris off my back more, lol.

Monday, June 4, 2012

Sunday Smalls (on monday)

OK, so I'm a day late, story of my life. I changed the name of it to force myself to do a weekly event, to force myself to make sure its done and posted by 11:59pm Sunday night, guess well have to see how that goes by next Sunday, eh? Regardless here is a finished mini! Its one of the reaper female thieves, which "co-incidentally" fits into the RSBM rule set.... but i digress, it feels good to get one of these things done and out of the way.

She looks a bit wore out
Now, which one to do for next Sunday...

Sunday, May 27, 2012


I have this growing collections of single models that looked to cool to pass up at the time, but just never gotten around to painting them, I'm sure everyone has something similar to this, but I'm gonna try to make progress on these models. I'm thinking work on at least 1 model each week, and force myself to do a progress report to keep myself honest and on track.

I'm sure that I have more than this, but these were on my desk

These are some snipers from Warmahcine

Random assortment of Reaper Minis

More Reaper Minis

So I guess you'll see at least one of these guys next weekend with some work done to them, hopefully completed above all else.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Happy Burfday!

The annual celebration of my arrival on this plane of existence has come once more. I don't really ask or expect anything like I did as a youngin', but those close to me might spend some coin for neat things in celebration. Nowadays I end up just spending some more cash on myself and get cool things and use the birthday as an excuse, as I'm sure most of you do as well.

Box art for the LAV-AT

The unboxing
My buddy Chris over at Sippin' on Paint Water was nice enough to get me a military model that we had discussed weeks before. An LAV model, this one of the AT variety, a beast coming in at 1:35 scale, which wasn't huge until I saw it for myself. Definitely something I'll have to dig into soon, it's too cool lookin not to!

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Kayseri Infantry Completed

My Kayseri strike force infantry have finally been painted for 5150 Star Army. I decided to go with a more colorful scheme on them, and to let the varying colors show the tribe that they hail from. I still need to paint their bases and the  commander and his little retinue, probably going with a yellow blue scheme for them, as a ruling class or something.

The painted infantry

Commander and retinue

Now just to finish that commander and his retinue, and figure out how im gonna paint the walker tanks I picked up for them and they will be fleshed out.

Divine Blessings

So the divine touch of greater beings has affected me this week,
and I've decided to start a Chaos army...
I introduce to you, Hadadezer's Guilded Disciples
(Haa-duh-deh-zhur, just in case you were curious)
I have a paint scheme and badge made for them, now for the army list, fluffy bits, and the work of assembly and paint.

My first squad of Chaos marines

If you look in the right places, you'll probably notice they aren't all made of just chaos bits, I'm making these guys more of a recent addition to the forces of chaos, they haven't entirely converted their armor to the dark gods. I can now add one more project to my to-do list, I really need to work on my Sons of Medusa as well as the three armies that need to be painted, but that's for a different post i suppose, eh?

Recent Absence

Ive been off of work for the past 2 weeks and decided to relax. Apparently I relaxed too much, too hard, cause I got almost nothing done, but man was it great. All I have to show for it is one more completed mini and work on about 4 others.

But I am painting more frequently than I used to, using my friends advice, "Just put some dam paint on it already" and believe it or not, its been working quite well. So with me going back to work this week and having reduced time at home, I will probably use my time more wiseley than doing absolutely nothing, and should knock some more stuff out soon.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Paint day at The Grinning Gamer

Chris over at Sippin on Paint Water held a paint session over at The Grinning Gamer in Greensboro this afternoon. He helped those that attended with different painting techniques and color sorcery. While he assisted the masses in his dark art, I was busy painting a Liche that I had purchased from the same store a few weeks ago. I put a good 4 hours or so into him, and think he turned out pretty badass.

Liche just wants a high-five!
Floating around with his ghostly trail 
I like the color the armour turned out
I'm done with this guy for now. If I get back around to him later, I will probably add some more detail to his straps and buttons, etc. I still plan to add some painted cotton around his base to give him more of a ghostly vapor cloud to hover through, should be awesome! I should also be getting a lot of stuff painted over the next 2 weeks as I am between jobs and don't have much to do, and as I no longer have an excuse not to paint stuff.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Fw: Easter Basket Giveaway

Spring has sprung in my neck of the woods, and that oh so joyous holiday of Easter is fast approaching. To celebrate I thought I would share an Easter basket with one of my lucky followers, but this is no ordinary Easter basket, this basket will be filled not only with normal items of chocolate bunnies, pastel colored eggs and jelly beans, but with all sorts of mini goodies.

Imagine less eggs, and more things you might
actually want.

You must be a follower of Sippin' On Paint Water by April 8, 2012.
You must leave a comment on this post, 'Easter Basket Giveaway'.
If you win you will have to disclose your address, The Easter Bunny may 
know where you live but I don't.

There you have it, very simple, I hope the promises of chocolate and minis is enough to lure you into following. The winner will be announced on Easter Sunday, and hopefully I'll have the basket in the mail the next day. I'll even throw out a bonus way to get your name in the drawing twice, reblog this and I'll see to it that you get a second chance at the prize, want a third chance? Then email me a pic of a mini you have painted like an Easter egg or an Easter egg that you have painted like a mini, IE a Space Marine egg. Just send the email to: cbhollowell at AIM dot COM. If I receive enough submitted  images I may make a special post to showcase them in all their pastel glory, good luck and happy Easter, thanks for reading and stay thirsty.
Chris is a good friend of mine, and has a great blog, but I'mma win dat basget.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Ravenstar Studios

Last week while I was out on business my order from Ravenstar Studios arrived, containing my Stalker tanks and Fox Walker for my Kayseri, these definitely help set them apart from the other armies in the area, and the legs make them appear even more alien. They have some really cool models over there for 15mm.
Fox Walker with RAC

Stalker Tank with Artillery Cannons

Stalker Tank with Missle Pods
The sculpts on these are very nice, much nicer than I expected. The only downside to these models was the amount of bubbles, but after speaking with Ravenstar, he said that he'd be happy to replace anything that was disfigured. I declined as I have already decided to make said areas battle damaged, but that is a very generous offer. Hopefully they can find whats causing the bubble issue and get it resolved. I would love doing more business with Ravenstar in the future knowing this information.

Friday, March 2, 2012

Sons of Medusa!

For reasons unknown to myself, I have been talked into making a 1000pt strike force for Sons of Medusa. I started looking into their fluff and, to my surprise, found them to be amazingly bad ass. More so than most of the fluff for the conventional Codex: Space Marine Chapters. They are unique in their founding of a chapter, as they were never actually founded. They were reviewed by the High Lords of Terra after a dispute with their previous battle brothers, the Iron Hands, left them exiled. They were found to be pure and righteous in the eyes of the Emperor and granted special chapter status. Here is the first Sergeant I have assembled, his right arm is bionic, I plan to make it more detailed soon.
Squad Sergeant Aes Pugno see's heretics behind the mouse!

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Kayseri Invasion Force

My Tigrid men from Khurasan Miniatures finally arrived this past Monday while I was out of town. These guys are very detailed for their scale, and I'm very impressed with them. I will be working on some background for them, but I have named then the Kayseri. I'm trying out some paint schemes, currently working on a Red/White/Green scheme. Here's my progress so far.

Let me know what you think, and I should have some more pics with more colors on them soon!