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1 week ago

The Ocala Garrison

Opening the Gates Part 3: Concord (BigB)

Well, I have got the bases textured up and all is ready for primer coating. No, I won't try to paint all of this at one time. I'm going to start with the Strike Squads and Strike Command.

To answer the questions about my basing, my base material is a mix of vermiculite (used on chemical spills), railroad modelling ballast, and kitty litter (unused of course!). The kitty litter is the cheapest, worst grade stuff I can find. It is very rough and so horrible, any self-respecting cat would turn its nose up to it!

To apply it to the base, I use Titebond II premium wood glue (if you are one of our brothers in Europe, that would be an excellent commercial grade PVA glue). For the initial application, I used straight blue on the base and dip it into my mixture of basing material. 24hrs later, my second step is a 50:50 mix of Titebond II and water which is applied over the initial application. This locks the material down to the base HARD. It's so strong after that you practically have to chisel it off. I call that gamer grade quality. It can stand up well to the most clumsy of us gamers.

Next step is primer coating and initial painting. Talk to you next weekend...
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Opening the Gates Part 3: Concord (BigB)

Well, I have got the bases textured up and all is ready for primer coating.  No, I wont try to paint all of this at one time.  Im going to start with the Strike Squads and Strike Command.

To answer the questions about my basing, my base material is a mix of vermiculite (used on chemical spills), railroad modelling ballast, and kitty litter (unused of course!).  The kitty litter is the cheapest, worst grade stuff I can find.  It is very rough and so horrible, any self-respecting cat would turn its nose up to it!

To apply it to the base, I use Titebond II premium wood glue (if you are one of our brothers in Europe, that would be an excellent commercial grade PVA glue).   For the initial application, I used straight blue on the base and dip it into my mixture of basing material.  24hrs later, my second step is a 50:50 mix of Titebond II and water which is applied over the initial application.  This locks the material down to the base HARD.  Its so strong after that you practically have to chisel it off.  I call that gamer grade quality.  It can stand up well to the most clumsy of us gamers.

Next step is primer coating and initial painting.  Talk to you next weekend...

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Do you spray the flying models and then put them on the base?

2 weeks ago

The Ocala Garrison

Opening the Gates, Algoryn with Jason Garner

The Easter holiday is here, and with some extra time I can finally join in.

My Algoryn force is working towards the Conquest force goal, I am about halfway there.
As you can see, it is in various tages of completion, but the closeup photos gives you an idea of where my paint scheme is headed.

A good portion of this force was given to me by one of our group members, a gift of which I am very thankful.

I love the look of the Algoryn, which was what I was looing for in starting an army in GoA.
I had played both the Concord and Ghar before then, and although the Concord looks nice too, I didn't like the play style.

So, there you have it. I look forward to posting more pics as I get further along. Enjoy your holiday and Happy gaming.
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Opening the Gates, Algoryn with Jason Garner

The Easter holiday is here, and with some extra time I can finally join in.

My Algoryn force is working towards the Conquest force goal, I am about halfway there.
As you can see, it is in various tages of completion, but the closeup photos gives you an idea of where my paint scheme is headed.

A good portion of this force was given to me by one of our group members, a gift of which I am very thankful.

I love the look of the Algoryn, which was what I was looing for in starting an army in GoA.
I had played both the Concord and Ghar before then, and although the Concord looks nice too, I didnt like the play style. 

So, there you have it. I look forward to posting more pics as I get further along. Enjoy your holiday and Happy gaming.

2 weeks ago

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Opening the Gates Boromites, part 2 with Ed B
Well it has been a bit. I have received some reinforcements from Warlord and ordered a few more. The cycle continues. I have actually completed two squads. I will update the pictures with the painting details for those interested. I am currently planning my force for the Combat level(1000 points). I had to do a little shuffling with the new army list but not much. SIDE NOTE, if you are not aware Warlord posted new army list for all of the forces in BtGoA. They are available for free from Warlords web site. As this is a new force for me I have focused on the tactical choices and my force will include six of them. I have opted for an Overseer squad of 5. A single Gang Fighter squad that I see as a rear area security asset. 3 work gang squads 2 w/ mass compacters and 1 with tractor mauls. These along with a squad of Lava mites will be my strike elements. I will initially be fielding 4 support elements all in the form of weapon teams. They break down into 1 mag light support, 2 mag cannons and a x launcher. As the others in my club have a tank fetish I will also include a heavy support in the form of a Heavy Mag Cannon. Which I must say is a beautiful model. With all of this fire power I just had to add a unit of Micromite prob shard as an auxiliary choice. When I add unit options this will take me to a thousand points. This gives me an even amount of weapons which I like. We tend to play with a lot of terrain. With an even amount of guns one will always be firing while one advances. Keep in mind that this is a starter force. I know myself, this army will grow. Anybody who has followed BigB's article will see that we tend to play big club games. Actually, I think he is just really mad at my Ghar for some reason. 🙂
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Opening the Gates Boromites, part 2 with Ed B
                                                                                                     Well it has been a bit. I have received some reinforcements from Warlord and ordered a few more. The cycle continues. I have actually completed two squads. I will update the pictures with the painting details for those interested. I am currently planning my force for the Combat level(1000 points). I had to do a little shuffling with the new army list but not much. SIDE NOTE, if you are not aware Warlord posted new army list for all of the forces in BtGoA. They are available for free from Warlords web site. As this is a new force for me I have focused on the tactical choices and my force will include six of them. I have opted for an Overseer squad of 5. A single Gang Fighter squad that I see as a rear area security asset. 3 work gang squads 2 w/ mass compacters and 1 with tractor mauls. These along with a squad of Lava mites will be my strike elements. I will initially be fielding 4 support elements all in the form of weapon teams. They break down into 1 mag light support, 2 mag cannons and a x launcher. As the others in my club have a tank fetish I will also include a heavy support in the form of a Heavy Mag Cannon. Which I must say is a beautiful model. With all of this fire power I just had to add a unit of Micromite prob shard as an auxiliary choice. When I add unit options this will take me to a thousand points. This gives me an even amount of weapons which I like. We tend to play with a lot of terrain. With an even amount of guns one will always be firing while one advances.  Keep in mind that this is a starter force. I know myself, this army will grow. Anybody who has followed BigBs article will see that we tend to play big club games. Actually, I think he is just really mad at my Ghar for some reason. :)

2 weeks ago

The Ocala Garrison

Now THAT is how you do a miniature diorama. Great attention to detail. ... See MoreSee Less

Now THAT is how you do a miniature diorama.  Great attention to detail.

2 weeks ago

The Ocala Garrison

Opening the Gates Part 2: Concord (BigB)

After madly putting together a Conquest Force list, making sure I have the right figures, and then a mass assembly of troops, this is what I have to work on. I am giving myself the summer months to get this to completion as my work schedule will go crazy again this fall.

Once I have my Plasma Cannon unit and Interceptor Command put together, I will texture the bases to get them all ready for primering. I have a color scheme in mind and am ready to get started. Tomorrow night should see the first layer of base texture with another glue sealing layer to follow two days after. After I will send my base force of Strike Squads and Strike Command to the primer table. It will be time to get paint on these figs!
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Opening the Gates Part 2: Concord (BigB)

After madly putting together a Conquest Force list, making sure I have the right figures, and then a mass assembly of troops, this is what I have to work on.  I am giving myself the summer months to get this to completion as my work schedule will go crazy again this fall.

Once I have my Plasma Cannon unit and Interceptor Command put together, I will texture the bases to get them all ready for primering.  I have a color scheme in mind and am ready to get started.  Tomorrow night should see the first layer of base texture with another glue sealing layer to follow two days after. After I will send my base force of Strike Squads and Strike Command to the primer table.  It will be time to get paint on these figs!

2 weeks ago

The Ocala Garrison

Jungle Terrain is finished and laid out on the table to give you a sense of size and density. I included a few GW orks just to give a sense of scale. ... See MoreSee Less

Jungle Terrain is finished and laid out on the table to give you a sense of size and density.  I included a few GW orks just to give a sense of scale.

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I also want to give a big shout out to Dennis Layson who made the two big air filter trees, a couple of the big pieces and a couple more of the smalls back in the 90s at Warfair in Atlanta. They were abused and modified over time, but were the models I used to make all of the rest. Hmm...now I miss the Gold Club...

2 weeks ago

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It is Firefly night and we are screwing each other over already. Glad it is a friendly game😜 ... See MoreSee Less

It is Firefly night and we are screwing each other over already. Glad it is a friendly game😜
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