Monday, November 14, 2011

More Infinity .... and Music Is My Motivator Monday

My Caledonians are coming along nicely.  I only have four more to finish to have 200pts. fully painted.  I played today and got smoked by my cousin's Pan O Order Knights.  It was a really fun game, but I need to get out of the 40K mind set when I play.  I ALWAYS forget that I can move and shoot with my Sniper, LOL.  I positioned him in a spot where he was rendered useless.  He did manage to take out my cousin's sniper, but that was about it.  The greatest thing about our battle today was the fact we played it on my lunch break.  Missions are a lot more fun, but if you want to just set up and kill each other, the game is quick and brutal.

 Here are some pictures of what I have so Far:

Next up are my S.A.S models.  I think I will be using dark Grey's and Black on the majority of the models. I might add a bit of urban cammo to the mix too.  I will have to see where the models lead me.

On to the Song Of The Week....

Since I am doing all of this Celtic/Scottish themed painting lately I thought only appropriate to include one of my favorite bands this week (No, .. Not The Deftones!!  If you know me personally you know how much I love them, it's borderline creepy) ... Mumford and Sons!  I was blown away by these guys the first time I heard them.  I really like the sound they have achieved.  They are modern, but have kept that old school folk sound.  I hope you all enjoy ....

Thanks for tuning in,

-The Man Behind The Mask-

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Finished Caledonians

Here is one more addition to my Highlanders.  This is a Caledonian Volunteer with a Light Grenade Launcher.  

Grenade Launchers are pretty awesome in the game.  They can use Parabolic Fire to shoot over walls, allowing you to fire at enemies out of line of sight.  I pulled this off once and took out my opponents Lieutenant.  It was an incredibly lucky shot.   I only have a couple more models to finish and I will have 200 points completely painted.  Games are suggested played between 200 to 300 points.  I haven't played higher than 200 yet, I like the shorter faster games.  I will probably paint my S.A.S. models next.   They are my favorite models in my group.  

Here are some more pictures

I will be posting more models soon.  I will probably get some pictures of all of the finished models so far sometime this weekend.  Until next time ....

Thanks for tuning in,

-The Man Behind The Mask-

Monday, November 7, 2011

More Caledonians .... Well, The Start of Them .... and Song Of The Week !!!

Well I have been trying to get more hobby time in lately, but it is very hard these days.  I was going to paint all day Sunday, but I ended up scoring great tickets to the Arizona Cardinals game this weekend!  It was AWESOME!  We tailgated from 11 am till 1pm, then went into the game.  The game was pretty uneventful until the fourth quarter.  We tied with a TD pass to Larry Fitzgerald, blocked the Rams attempted game winning field goal, and Patrick Peterson ran back a punt return 99yds in overtime to win the game for us.... watch it below

That was absolutely AMAZING !!!

I immediately came home and did some victory painting .....  Here are some WIP of two Line Troops I started for my Caledonian Highlanders.  One is armed with a rifle , and the other is armed with a Grenade Launcher.

I finished a bit more this evening, and I will post some completed pictures Wednesday night.  They are coming along great, and I love Infinity more and more with each game.

On to the Song Of The Week ....

I was talking to my friend Joey today about music and he asked if I was familiar with the band Volbeat.  I replied with a "hell yeah, those guys are awesome".   He then directed me to some songs of theirs I hadn't heard yet, and I immediately fell in love with one of them.  It is called "Sad Man's Tongue" and is a cover of the beat of "Folsom Prison Blues" by the one and only Johnny Cash.  It is posted below, I hope you all enjoy it as much as I did.

You can really tell the singer is a big fan of Johnny Cash, he styled himself to represent the late great music icon.

I will be posting more Hobby Pics on Wednesday of the finished line troops.

Thanks for tuning in,

-The Man Behind The Mask-

Monday, October 31, 2011

Music Is My Motivator Mondays .... Sound Good ??

Since life has been hectic on my end, I have found that it is easier to post my regular weekly posts on Mondays.  For this reason, I think I am going to change my Song Of The Week posts from Fridays to Mondays.   I kind of like the way "Monday Music Is My Motivator, Song Of The Week" sounds better anyway.  So from here on out I will be posting a Monday Music Is My Motivator post.

This week I posted "Sweet Talk" by Deer and the Headlights.  They are a local band here in Arizona.  I played in a band locally here in Arizona from 2004 to 2010 and I have watched these guys blossom over the years.  They are quite good, and they have been gaining a lot of ground lately.  I heard this song on Local Frequency Live on X103.9 FM the other night, I knew I had to share this one with you all this week.  I hope  you all enjoy it  .......

I couldn't leave you all without some hobby related stuff either.  Here are some pictures of my latest model for my Infinity army.  This is my Highlander Cateran Sniper.  I am LOVING this game.  I Airbrushed the 180 degree Line Of Fire marks on his base, they are crucial to game play.  I highly recommend this game to all of you.  It is a blast to play.  I will have to post some of the missions I have wrote for our tournaments at the Battle Foam Gaming Saloon.  Specific missions make this game 10X more fun.

I really need a new Photobox.  All of my pictures have been coming out too grainy lately (I am a perfectionist to the core). All of my models look far better in person, and it bugs me that the pictures look sub-par (in my opinion) when I post them.  I hope you all enjoy anyway ......

Thank for tuning in,

-The Man Behind The Mask-

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Another Belated Post From The Slacker ...

I didn't get this up last Friday due to my time constraints.  I had to run an Infinity tournament this last Saturday at the Battle Foam Gaming Saloon.  I am very new to this game so I have spent the last two weeks immersing myself in the rules.  This is one of the reasons my posts have been lacking.  The most interesting part of this game is the ability to fire on your opponents in both turns of the game.  The more I play this game, the more I like it.  This has unfortunately caused me to put my wolves on the back burner for a bit.  I will be getting back to them soon, but for now I will be trying to knock out a couple models for my Caledonian Highlanders.  Here is one of my line troops, a Caledonian Volunteer.  I wanted to go with the Highlander "Black Watch" colors for the Tartan.  The models are actually the most challenging models I have painted in a while.  They are 28mm, but are a bit smaller than GW models.  The details are crazy small.  I will do a size comparison later this week.  If you would like to check out more on infinity check out their website at

I am going to leave you with a Monday edition of Music Is My Motivator since I missed it on Friday.  I hope you all enjoy "All I Ever Wanted"  by Airborne Toxic Event.

Thanks for Tuning in,

-The Man Behind The Mask-

Friday, October 14, 2011

We Need More Hours In The Day!!!

What has two thumbs and apparently doesn't know how to use the other eight fingers, .... THIS GUY!!!!  I am sorry I missed last Fridays post, I have been slammed with work and life stuff.  I really wish I had about four extra hours in a day.  I do have a gaming update though.
I have recently stumbled upon Infinity and I absolutely love it.  If you aren't familiar with the game go check it out at  Infinity is a 28mm skirmish style game based around Black Ops sabotage missions.  It is set 175 years into the future and has an anime feel to the model range.  The game system is really interesting, you basically always have a turn.  I am running an event this weekend so I will post more about the rules in a later post, my lunch break is running out so I have to go.  On to the song of the week!

I wanted to go with a heavy song this week to express my frustration with lack of hobby time, for this we head back to Five Finger Death Punch. I hope you enjoy.

Until next time,

-The Man Behind The Mask-

Thursday, September 29, 2011

My Posts Will Be Lacking !! ..... and Music Motivator Song Of The Week

I apologize for the lack of posts this week and for the weeks to come.  I am working on a step-by-step Tutorial on the painting of my Wolves, and it is taking a bit longer to finish them than expected.  I want the tutorial to show them from start to finish, so I will do my best to get them done quickly.  I will try to post some other hobby related things until I am finished.  On to my Song Of The Week!

I have been watching Van Wilder the last couple nights and it put me in a Sugarcult mood today.  I listened to them all day at work, had to have drove the guys a bit crazy.  I am now passing the madness on to you all as well.  I hope you all enjoy "Memory" by Sugarcult.

Thanks for tuning in,

-The Man Behind The Mask-

Friday, September 23, 2011

Music Is My Motivator... Song of the Week

I wanted to go with another older song this week.  "All That I've Got" by The Used had come out at a crucial time in my life.  I was in the first place that felt like my own home, and I had just reached a new pinnacle in my painting quality. It was the first milestone of my adult life, for that reason this song has had a special place in my heart.  I had spent many nights perfecting my painting skills to this album, and I hope you all like the song choice.

Thanks for tuning in,

-The Man Behind The Mask-

Thursday, September 22, 2011


The first Pack of my Wolves is officially finished.  I am very pleased with the result, and I can't wait to add to the rest of the army.  I was going to continue on to my Thunderwolves, but I am going to hold off on that until I get my hands on that new Liquid Green Stuff.  I decided instead to work on my Pack of Long Fangs.  I will try to do my best at posting tutorial style pics of the progress of this new Pack.  I would love fir you all to see the process of my style, and I would also like to pass on my techniques.

Here are some pictures of the finished Pack:  

Thank you all for tuning in, and be sure to check in tomorrow afternoon for the new music is my motivator song of the week.  Until then, Thank you for tuning in. 

-The Man Behind The Mask-

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

It Is Done!!!

I finished the Pack Last night!  I am waiting for the Dull Coat to dry on the last model, so I will have the group shot up tomorrow evening.  This last model gave me the chance to add a bit more water effects to the base and I really like the way it looks.  There are a couple of other models in the other packs that I will definitely be going heavy on the water effects.  For some reason my camera was acting up so some of the pictures have a bit of a yellow tint to them, sorry about that.     

Here are some shots of the newest member:

I am going to work on my Thunderwolf conversions next so there will be plenty of WIP shots to come.  When I paint the next Pack I will do some tutorial type shots so you can all see the entire process.  This Pack was done to test the efficiency of the assembly line process, and I definitely need to work out some kinks to speed the process up.  I won't skimp on detail though, I won't give up detail for speed.  A little extra TLC goes a LONG way.   

Thanks for tuning in,

-The Man Behind The Mask-

Friday, September 16, 2011

Music Is My Motivator... Song of the Week .... DOUBLE FEATURE!!

Well after much debate I decided to go with two "Songs of the Week" this week.
The first one is "Hey Jealousy" by the Gin Blossoms.  I had my TV tuned to VH1 the other night during 120 Minutes and they were playing nothing but 90's music.  It was absolutely awesome!  I wanted to post one of my favorite songs by one of the many talented local bands to come out of our state of Arizona.  I have always loved this song, and it has hit pretty close to home in some situations.  I hope you all enjoy a taste from 90's rock.

I also have been hearing this song on the radio every time I get in the car, and I secretly (well not so secretly now) love it.  I have always liked The Gym Class Heroes, but I'm not a big Maroon Five fan, either way this song is pretty friggin' cool.  I wanted to post it for you all, hopefully some of you find it fun.

Hope you all have a great and safe weekend, I will be posting more hobby progress on Monday.

Thanks for tuning in, and .... GO CARDS!!!!!!!

-The Man Behind The Mask-

And we have another completion !!

I have completed one more ferocious warrior of Erik's Vlka Fenryka.  I paint the whole pack in an assembly line fashion, until the final highlight on the armor and basing.  I like to paint the final armor highlight and then base the models one at a time so I can spray the Dull Coat sealer on them right away.  This gives me the assurance that my paint job will be safe, and the model really comes to life when the sealer dries, I like to see that happen with each individual model.
Here is the latest addition to Erik Morkai's Great Company:

Here are some more shots

This army is coming along very well.  I will try to step up the progress, but I do have two jobs and try to find the time to paint in between the two.   I will try to get it moving along faster though, I hope you all are enjoying it so far.  I am also stuck on which song I am going to post for my Song Of The Week in the morning.  I am listening to a few that I heard this week right now, be on the look out for that one to post in the afternoon.  
As always, thanks for tuning in, and I will try to keep things updated frequently.  Feel free to send feedback via comments or email, both would be appreciated very much.

Thanks for tuning in,

-The Man Behind The Mask-

Monday, September 12, 2011

One More Model Closer ....

I have been swamped once again and have had hardly any hobby time.  I did finish one more Grey Hunter the other night though, and I can't wait to finish the whole army.  I am going to try and hit this unit and the rest of the army hard this week, hopefully I will get some good progress by the end of the weekend.  Here are some shots of the newest member of the Pack.

I wanted the meltagun to look like it has been used quite a bit.  I painted the muzzle boltgun metal then I washed it in rings as follows: Gryphonne Sephia, Baal Red, Asurumen Blue, then Badab Black.  I then added a highlight of Chainmail to the back of the muzzle.  I am pleased with the result.  I also added a little icicle to this base, it was pretty easy to pull off.  You just pour a small amount of Woodland Scenic's Water Effects onto a piece of Wax paper then drag parts of it away with a toothpick, then let it dry.  You then peel them off the paper and adhere them with a small amount of Water Effects, the result is pretty awesome.  I will have more pics up soon so stay tuned.

Thanks for tuning in, 

-The Man Behind The Mask-