A new start


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Project Sisters: Et ex Patriarchus – Progress in 2020!


This project was “started” in 2019and it had a slow start.

2020’s Isolation (no other way to say that) forced me to swap between various projects. This helped prevent “Log Jams”. The same thing on my desk over and over gets old or is it just a short attention span 😉

In the spring I painted a full unit of Raiders, Raider unit attachment and the Raider solo. Crew of The Widower. The challenge was working around those whips

In the summer, I pulled out a full unit of Blood Witches and an O’l Hag. Crew of The Blood Tempest.

In the fall, I painted two units of Gunslingers, two solos and the Satyxis Caster attachment.Thecrew for The Morbid Angel & The Hellkite.
The information the Cryx issue of No Quarter Prime was indispensable. Uniform and skin color information for six Satyxis warship crews.

Every models is on a Dragon Forge resin base (exception is the Misery Cages). These and two units of Iron Mongers (Black Ogrun Mechanics) hit the painting table in December. I was surprised that the leader, the one with the cigar, appears to be a “Lady” Ogrun. It was December, so the pants and bandanas are green or red. Distinguishes the units.

Down at the bottom is a list of what I want to finish for this project. I added a few models since the initial post.

The only thing I will change is the skin color of the unit of raiders. The NQ Prime article lists specific skin color for each crew. I thought I would be fancy and use all six skin tones. So much for being inclusive. It was a huge pain in the ass, so I will go back and change those. The Blood Witches and Gunslingers use are all the same skin. 

Below is the project tracker 

  • Purple = Done
  • Blue = Painted, needs touchup & basing
  • Green = Partially Painted
  • Orange = Assembled & primed
  • Red = Have the model
  • Black = Need to buy the model

Here is what the color mean.

I hope to finish this project in 2021. Two big units, a fist full of solos and a bunch of Pirate  Warcasters. I should be able to do that…  Well, the 120 mm Skarre 3 ship wreck is a real challenge…

Till next time…..

Just do it….

Theme: Scourge of the Broken Coast

  • Skarre, Admiral of the Black Fleet – WJ: +27
  • – Doctor Stygius(Riot Quest Model)PC:4
  • – Satyxis Blood Priestess – PC: 4
  • – Barathrum – PC: 15 
  • – Kharybdis – PC: 1
  • Pirate Queen Skarre – WJ: +28
  • Skarre, Queen of the Broken Coast – WJ: +26
  • Captain Aiakos WJ: +29
  • Captain Rahera, Terror of the Wailing Sea WJ: +28
  • Axiara Wraithblade – PC: 6
  • Severa Blacktide – PC: 6
  • Satyxis Raider Captain – PC: 4
  • Satyxis Raider Captain – PC: 4
  • Misery Cage – PC: 2
  • Misery Cage – PC: 2
  • Misery Cage – PC: 2
  • Misery Cage – PC: 2
  • Aiakos, Scourge of the Meredius PC: 4
  • Warwitch Initiate Deneghra PC: 4
  • Black Ogrun Ironmongers – Leader & 2 Grunts: 6
  • Black Ogrun Ironmongers – Leader & 2 Grunts: 6
  • Satyxis Gunslingers – Leader & 2 Grunts: 7
  • Satyxis Gunslingers – Leader & 2 Grunts: 7
  • Satyxis Raiders – Leader & 9 Grunts: 16
  • –    Satyxis Raider Sea Witch PC: 4
  • Satyxis Raiders – Leader & 9 Grunts PC: 16
  • –    Satyxis Raider Sea Witch PC: 4
  • Satyxis Blood Witches – Leader & 9 Grunts PC: 8
  • –    Satyxis Blood Hag – PC: 4
  • Satyxis Blood Witches – Leader & 9 Grunts PC: 8
  • –    Satyxis Blood Hag – PC: 4
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Project Clean Sweep: How to eat an Elephant!


It has been to long, a lot of reasons, a lot of excuses.

Part of this post is the how do you keep going on a large project. For me, a big part of that is, “Don’t try to eat the elephant in one bite”. Work on the project when the spirit moves you. If the wind blows in another direction, paint something else. You will never finish if the project is that Elephant on you back. Break it up, have some fun..

One thing I do is I chat on Discord with other painters. Brush Wielders Union. Swap pictures, joke, make plans for a mini, ask advice. Great Group.   This project started because “the guys” have been playing Undercity and then I saw the Widower’s Wood (WW) Kickstarter version. My first comment was “I want to paint that!!”

7 More Heroes, Increasing the replayablity exponentially. Outdoors game boards. Tons of scenarios. New swamp creatures and undead Grunts and a bunch of Boss Villains. Some you can add to scenarios to increase difficulty.

I got my copy (Ebay) in June of 2018. Then I started Project Clean Sweep.  A month later UnderCity was fully painted. That left me a grand total of 110 models for a Widower’s Wood, I am crazy, I’m retired.
First thing for WW was to paint all of the Heroes. Seven Heroes with eight models. These got done in a couple of weeks. Heroes and boss villain are the dessert. The sweet treat, no repetition like painting units. The Grunt models are the hard part, then enjoy the 11 Boss Villains for dessert 

By June of 2019 I had made zero WW progress. In fact I went backwards. I gave a good friend mine all of the painted UnderCity Grunt and Villain Models. He had painted his own heroes. So I had to paint a 2nd set. I started working on UnderCity part 2 in July and had it fully painted in October.

For Lost Hemisphere’s Paint the Target I knocked out the Undead Crew. That was 21 models done in early October. 21+8 = 29 done. Not impressive progress.

Around 12 October, I started painting the Swamp Grunts…

November and December, Holidays, CaptainCon preparations, Painted some Marvel: Crisis Protocol.
January, getting ready for CaptainCon 2020. I did some terrain for CaptainCon.2020 after CaptainCon is a blur…. I won’t go over it, you all know most of the details.  You already know most of them. Your living it too.
By the end of April I picked up the Ten Gatormen Clubmen I started in October and finished those. Then I knocked out Ten Spear Bog Trogs, 4 Swamp Gobbers and 4 Bog Trog Mist Speakers. 29 + 28 = 57 That’s a little over half done.

So I picked up a pair of Gatormen battle engines (Sacral Vaults) that I started way over 2 years go. I had a very specific look in mind. I spent most of May finishing those two. Big road block blown to pieces. So….

I pulled out part of a Cryx project and painted a full unit of Satyxis Raiders, UA and Solo.

 I continued pulling out stuff I had started in 2019. I did some more Minion Gatormen small units and solos.

Mixed in some Marvel: Crisis Protocol (The back log of those models keeps growing and growing).

I set up an airbrush rig in the garage, nice lighting and spent time priming a couple of hundred models (future project). 

Picked up a commission, 1000 points of AoS Ghouls. Ugly buggers..

Knocked out a unit of Satyxis Blood Witches and UA. Got a Kill Team Commission, 6 models and 8-10 terrain pieces. That was fun.

Riot Quest has terrain, well models to replace cards in the game, Painted all of those and some figures too.

I jumped back into WW in early October. It wasn’t like a HUGE project, just a few models to paint. Well, 12 Swamp Shamblers, 6 Tomahawk Gatormen and 2 Gatormen Bokers. Before the end of October, I added in 10 Tatzylwurm Vipers, 2 Feralgeists and 10 Blowgun Bog Trogs. Those got finished in early November. The Gatormen are familiar, from all the Club Gatorman, pretty easy, just different weapons. The Tatzylwurm vipers I painted like a PP painting video. Ferralgeists I followed the green/yellow ghostly receipt, Shamblers, well, I painted them like Trogs with some skin ripped of covered with swamp grass. Nothing hard, Total 99 models painted. Time for dessert.All that was left was 11 Villains, the boss bad guys/gals. Gobber Pirate nothing unusual. Tatzylwurm was yellow orange to be different from the grunt. Black Hide Wrastler, feathers, turtle shell, rope an many other details. He should be a tournament legal Model 😉 …  Gatorman Boker Villain, make him brighter and his feathers are different. Ironback Spitter BFTurtle is like the card. Bog Trog spearman is hiding in this picture. Gatorman Warlock is a unique model tried to make him look old. The big snake is like the card, bright orange and shading was fun, he looks good to me. Boss Club Gatorman has colorful feathers, Swamptopus (Swamp Horror) was fun, I like the way he came out. Deathless, undead uber boss is like all of them, LIKE the card…   😉

This was the only time I have felt any pressure. It more like excitement, adrenalin at the end of a race.  When I decided to make everything “Like the cards” it made the color choices a lot easier. I guess that boils down to having a good picture in your mind of what to do.

All eleven Villains need to look different from the grunts. I wanted them to Pop, stand out so I took my time and finished them on 11/11/2020. Veteran’s Day…

Looking back on the whole thing, I broke it into five bite. If I would have had to do it all in one bite, I would have had problems. Being able to post pictures and get feed back on Brush Wielders Union is a big help to me in this age of isolation. Don’t try to eat and elephant all at once. You will choke. Mix it up. Have some fun.

Bog Trogs our sneaky little bastards. One of them decided to avoid the picture and hide under my desk. So, if your crazy enough to count the models in this photo, it’s short one Blowgun Bog Trog….

Anything Worth Doing is worth over doing!!!

The game looks so much better with painted models!

Till next time….

Just do it!

  • Widower’s Woods – 43 models
  • Agata
  • Skarg
  • Vaskis
  • Olo
  • 2 x Bog Trog Mist Speakers
  • 10 x Spear Bog Trogs
  • 2 x Swamp Gobbers
  • 8 x Swamp Shamblers
  • 6 x Club Gatormen
  • 6 x Viper Tatzylwurms
  • 2 x Gatorman Bokors
  • Deathless
  • Tatzylwurm
  • Rashedonak, The Witch Doctor

 

 

  • Dead Men Walking – 21 models
  • 10 x Risen
  • 6 x Thrall Warriors
  • 2 x Pistol Wraiths
  • 2 x Boneswarms
  • Necromancer

 

 

  • Kickstarter Rewards – 29 models
  • Crede & Jagger
  • Lanyssa Ryssyl
  • Gatorman Chieftan
  • Ironback Spitter
  • Bog Trog Chieftan
  • 2 x Feralgeist
  • Swamp Gobber Captain
  • Tatzylwurm Matriarch
  • Blackhide Warstler
  • 6 x Tomahawk Gatormen
  • Gatorman Shaman
  • 10 x Blowgun Bogtrogs
  • Swamp Horror

 

 

  • Kickstarter Stretch Goals – 17 models
  • Viktor Pendrake
  • 4 x Swamp Shamblers
  • 2 x Swamp Gobbers
  • 2 x Bog Trog Mist Speakers
  • 4 x Tatzylwurms
  • 4 x Club Gatormen

 

 

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Home Depot is a Nightmare: Update #5


Things keep happening. Life is very busy the last few days….

Friday afternoon A new Stove was delivered. At the same time I got a phone call from Home Depot Warranty (not the company name).

I got an email on Monday “As we discussed, I am requesting a reimbursement for the plan on both the range and the fridge. ”

I thought it was almost over, still a few things to do…..

I went to make lunch. the top part of the panel (clock and stove top controls) didn’t look right.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It looks like this one was damaged in the Warehouse. WTF

 

 

Honestly, I didn’t beat this with a baseball bat or anything else….

Just another example of Don’t shop a HOME DEPOT

Once again, that you to the incompetent Tech at  https://www.advantageappliance.biz/ and the company that won’t take responsibiltiy for the Tech not finding the problem and blowing up Stove #1…

Now Stove #2 need replacement…  Would you expect a company this is replacing an appliance to make sure the new one is perfect?

This should be fun….

Till next time….

Just do it…

 

 

 

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Home Depot is a Nightmare: Update #4


Day 11

Take out hurts the budget and it’s getting old. Would you bet on the over or under on 14 days to fix this problem….???

Home Depot talks and does NOTHING….
Home Depot Warranty doesn’t even talk

Advantage Appliance Repair sends a Tech who blew up the stove and refused to take responsibility for the damages. They had a change in July 2019 to find the problem. They didn’t, but the Tech made sure to Charge Us $89.99 because he couldn’t find a serial number on the stove….

I’m talking world class customer service rip off by Advantage Appliance Repair.

I did get a message from Home  Depot Customer Care (Oxymoron)!!!

No reply back in over 3 hours….

Don’t shop at HOME DEPOT

If you do, Don’t’ buy the USELESS 5 year Warranty…

Till next time,

Just do it…….

 

 

 

 

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Home Depot Nightmare: Update #3


Day 9 without a stove because of Advanced Appliance Repairs Tech Failure…

I emailed Advanced Appliance Repair yesterdays Blog post…

Guess what they said…

Signature says “Covid 19”, good luck to you and your stove.

Sent from my iPhone

Take a good look at that signature. It doesn’t say Covid 19, it says Covid Caton. More Bullshit for a useless Warranty Repair Contractor who doesn’t take responsibility for his/her Technicians FAILURE or FORGERY!!!  The gutless wonder can’t even sign his/her name on the email..

Does the “good luck to you and your stove” reek of sarcasm?

Went to the Home Depot we purchased the stove at. Showed the store manager the photo on the damage. She said they are working on getting a new stove. The company seems to be trying to figure out if the store, warranty or contractor will pay for it…

Also showed her the Forged Signature. That seemed to shock her. She pointed out that we had called in stove problems in 2019 too. The same useless Warranty Contractor failed to find the problem then too.

She promised some resolution by Tuesday..  That would be over 10 days without a stove. Failure!!!!

Don’t shop at Home Depot and I please, if you do, DON’T waste you money on an Extended Warranty ……

Till next time, just do it…

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Home Depot Nightmare: Update #2


Day 8 without a stove…

Advanced Appliance Repair. They sent a tech to “repair” the stove Tuesday 30 June.
It’s bad enough that the Tech caused the damage to our stove, but he also forged a signature on his report.

He caused the damage by not turning the power off before moving the stove to inspect it, he knew there was and electrical problem…

After he also filled out the paper work report and signed my name to it.. I never saw it. I never signed this. Not my signature..

Great Contractor that works for Home Depot’s Warranty.  A tech who doesn’t do his job and fakes that paperwork.

“Found burnt L1 wire” – It would have been nice if he had written “I caused the damage by moving the stove. I didn’t turn the power off.”

By signing my name the Tech says that “acknowledge and agree that the repair and property are left in satisfactory condition.”

I’m sure you can see why the Tech forged my signature. He was covering his ass for the damage he cause. The lying sack of shit…..

Great Contractor Home Depot

Till next time

Just do it…

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Home Depot Nightmare Update #1….


We decided to have an electrician come and check the Stove damage and the wiring from the stove to the Breaker Box in the basement. The amount of current it takes to Vaporize a wire can do more damage than I can see…

Home Depot Customer Care (is that an oxymoron) asked for my original order number at 10:19 AM. I guess a Blog post tagged with @HomeDepot got their attention…

We got a customer service satisfaction survey. I sent them a link to yesterdays blog.

The Electrician just left. “You need a new stove and a new pigtail (220 Volt connection) and you shouldn’t pay for anything!!!”

I will settle for nothing less…

More news when I have it…

Till next time

Just do it….

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Home Depot is a Nightmare


Don’t you love it when you buy the “extended warranty” and the company plays  Mommy Mommy Daddy Daddy …..  Each different part of the company points at someone else to fix the problem…

The Known Ferengi Rules of Acquisition

Number Rule
1

Once you have their money… you never give it back.

About 14 months ago we purchase a new dishwasher, refrigerator and stove. We purchased the 5 year warranty.

Last Saturday 27 June at about 4 PM we went to cook dinner and the store didn’t work. It showed an F9 E0 error code. Google said it was an electrical fault. We opened the breaker. No help on the weekend, waited for Monday…

Monday…
Called Whirlpool – it has been over a year, home depot warranty should cover it…  https://www.homedepot.com/c/The_Home_Depot_Protection_Plans

Called  Home depot Warranty, they contacted (AAS) Advanced Appliance Services.  They scheduled a tech on Tuesday https://www.advantageappliance.biz/

Tuesday…
The tech arrived from AAS. He asked for us to turn the power on. We did. He pulled the stove away from the wall. A Fire Ball came out from the back of the stove. The breaker opened. He removed an aluminium cover and told us that there was an installation problem. He had to order a wire harness and it would cast about $90-$100. The Tech who checked it out didn’t even see half of the damage and missed things that should be repaired.

Wedneday…
I removed the aluminum cover and took this picture.

The 220 V cable has 3 wire with lugs attached. The left one is burned, the wire VAPORIZED. The lug is still on the block. The 3rd wire is the black spot in the hole…  To Vaporize that wire and lug takes way over 100 amp and popped the breaker. No way to know the damage to the internal wiring. Replace the Stove.

The Red wire connected to that is burned and discolored from the heat.  It should not be used again… You can see that the copper lug connecting the upper Red/White/Black wires. The red wire lug is Black, the White/Black ones are copper….

The wiring block has 5 bolts. The left one has the nut welded onto the bolt. The block needs to be replaced.

All three of the nuts are NOT tight. This is the original problem… to bad the tech didn’t check before he blew up the stove.

The Tech told us to turn on the power. Anyone with any electrical troubleshooting knowledge knows you inspect with the power off before you power up anything… If the Tech would have check the Stove with the power off there wouldn’t be any damage. He could have tightened 3 nuts and all would have been good.

AAS refuses to repair this without my buying a cable and don’t even know half of the work needed to repair this.. Home Depot Warranty says it was an installation problem, contact the store you purchased the stove from. The Shrewsbury Home Depot says call Home Depot Warranty….

The Tech think the cable is the only thing that needs to be replaced. His skill is obviously deficient….

We are getting a run around from AAS, Home Depot Warranty, Home Depot in Shrewsbury. Help….

I posted this story to 3 Boston Television Station’s Consumer Help Desks…

I want a new Stove, wouldn’t you?

Home Depot can’t Spell Customer Service!!!!

Till next time….

Just do it….  but don’t buy from Home Depot

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The Wheel Demands it!!!! – spin it again….


Well, the Llealese Resistance is as done as I can make it right now. Waiting for 3 Avatars…

Yesterday morning, I took all of the Bases for Project Sisters: Et ex Patriarchus. Scrubbed them in warm soapy water with an old toothbrush. Rinsed them and let them dry.

In the afternoon, after I was done painting, I primed all of the bases with White Stynylres.

This afternoon, I looked up how I painted my original bases . The first color was Bootstrap Leather. I just ordered a new pot, the old one is running on empty. I scraped up enough to basecoat the two 120 mm bases.

I figure it is easier to spin again and see what I get. It is easier for me not to spend day after day on one project. Variety is fun. I deleted Llealese Resistance, so there are now there are 9 option. Then I spun the wheel.

Undercity/Widower’s Wood is a Privateer Boardgame. I think things are always more fun with painted model. I did a full set of Undercity last year. I swapped all the villains with a friend. He had painted his heroes. I don’t mind doing another set. It is not a new project, I already have over half of Undercity painted. The different races and variety of models give me a chance to try now colors and to experiment.

Here is a link that shows all the Undercity/Widower’s Wood Models……  Linky….

Off to the LGStore tomorrow….  Social painting, I hope…

Till next time….

Just do it…..

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