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  • Hi guys, it's that time of year again where we review our previous 12 months and looks ahead at what could be in store for us in 2020. Lots to discuss and go through, with even more exciting news - and maybe some surprises - awaiting us in the new year. After a pretty successful 2019, we cant thank you guys enough for your continuous support, comments, likes, shares, etc. You guys are so great! It means so much to us and really motivates us to carry on doing what we are doing and delivering the nerdy content that we do! THANK YOU! :love:

    2019 Review / 2020 Preview


    COMPETITION TIME!!!

    However, what we can do is try and repay the favour by offering up a competition to get stuck into - mentioned in the video - and reward you lucky guys with a lifetime subscription to Table Top Simulator (TTS) so you can take your geeky interests to the next level! We have teamed up with TTS and "Veil of the Ages" to offer you the chance to get involved with their free T9A video game, coming out in March, to play with all your beautiful models online as well as in the real world! Crazy right!

    For those of you that don't know TTS you can read all about what it offers and how it can improve your gaming/hobbying world HERE. In a nutshell, it offers you a chance to find players online for more traditional games (I.E. boardgames), while also being a sandbox for players to create their own functions and games (D&D anybody???). Furthermore, it has become a revolutionary access point to more forward thinking games, such as @piteglios Veil of the Ages arena.

    We are offering several ways to enter the competition via Youtube, Twitter and the forum itself - SO GET INVOLVED PEEPS! Here's how you can enter:
    • YouTube - Simply add a comment on any of our YouTube videos (including the 2019 review) with the abbreviation "[TTS]" beforehand. That will automatically enter you into the pot & we will draw one lucky person out at random & get in touch with you to sort out the deets.
    • Twitter - I have tweeted about the competition HERE. Simply like and re-tweet the post to be automatically entered into the draw. Again we will pick one name out at random and get in touch with you through those channels.
    • Forum - Now here's the cheeky one! All you have to do is shout about us and spread the love of PTG on the forum - and tag either me or @PTG - Hyper-G in the same post where you mention PTG or our channel (or just about how lovely and funny we are :D ). We will get the notification automatically in our Notifications tab and that automatically enters you into the draw, for which (once again) we will pick someone out at random and get in touch with you to sort out getting you that wonderful lifetime subscription
    Now, there is no restriction on how many times you enter and you can enter on all three mediums to triple your odds of getting this wonderful prize... so what the hell are you waiting for folks, get cracking! And just to show you how much this competition is about the love we have for you & your support, the deadline for the competition is Friday 14th February - yep you guessed it, valentines day!!! Oh we do spoil you...

    WARNING - You will need a STEAM account to access TTS. However, this is free & easy to obtain and we can talk you through it if you don't already have one, so don't let this stop you from joining in the fun with all of us! 2020 is gonna be a good year...

    And here is some pictures of what you could be gaining access to with the TTS prize!!!









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  • Hey guys! Long time since I have updated the ol' blog so thought i'd come back in style!!! We have finished all the bat reps for all 5 rounds and so, without further ado, I present to you all 5 battle in one crazy MEGA blog post! Had a fantastic time all weekend and it was really well ran. Also, only went and got "best painted single model" for my general too (Picture below). Very happy with that and pretty pleased with the overall results, but i wont spoil too much here. Get on and bloody watch the videos you cheeky SOBs!!!



    Game #1 vs Mark Borland (Warriors of the Dark Gods)

    Game #2 vs Warren Brewster (Saurian Ancients)

    Game #3 vs John Turner (Ogre Kingdoms)

    Game #4 vs Adam "Tanka" Jones (Warriors of the Dark Gods)

    Game #5 vs Luke Tranter (Beast Herds)


    If you are more inclined to written reports please see my thread detailing all the battles too:
    the-ninth-age.com/community/in…ire-brotherhood/&pageNo=6

    Also, WATCH THIS SPACE! As there we will be holding a competition so if your new years spirits aren't already high, they may just well be soon... :thumbup: [Read More]
  • Hello all!

    It gives me great joy to pass on the information that the Avras campaign will continue on! Yippee! And to celebrate I thought i'd put all my battle reports detailing the "Journey to Avras" with Darius and his troops. This series of reports follows Darius and co, as they get prepared to go to save their beloved Queen. However, they have to overcome several challenges/obstacles on the way so the road is not as simple as they would have hoped...









    :popcorn: Enjoy! :popcorn: [Read More]
  • Hey you guys!!!

    Below you will find a complete tutorial for the terrain piece I have made for the Avras campaign. Once again, I have tried to come in with the aim to keep the costs at an absolute minimum! So this actually cost me £0 outside of paints and 'bits' that I already had in the house and on my hobby table! Bonus!

    As always, I am looking to improve my skills as I have used this campaign as a bit of an excuse to test myself in the different aspects of the hobby. Enjoyed it so much but realise that it is not the best ever - but good enough for me! lol. So, if you do have any comments or tips about how i could've made this better and what to think about in my future endeavors when doing this sort of stuff. I have done a little 'reflection' bit at the end also, so let me know if you agree with those points too.

    Terrain Piece: Ruins - Necromancers Graveyard.

    Initial Ideas: This goes back to a previous challenge of making terrain rules for the campaign based on the army you chose. I am Vampire Covenant for this, so thought something that would go nicely with the army would be a graveyard that may have been utilised previously by - you guessed it - a necromancer! Here is the rule-set and idea for reference:
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    Ingredients: So what do you need to complete this task? Well just check out the pictures below for what you will need to muster together before you start. Add to this a pie tin plate, paint and some basing materials (from your hobby table) and you have all you need to get going...





    Step 1: Cut the base out of cardboard. Cut strips of cardboard out for the walls - making sure to account for the 3 sides of the wall and some extra bit to allow you to stick it down to the base. Square the lollipop sticks off at their ends and cut some extra ones to the same length (and then in half to halve their width)



    Step 2: Score the cardboard strips to create the wall shape and stick them to the base using celotape to create the wall outline. Squish a pie plate dish into a rough dome shape (making sure it has lots of rough edges all around) and cut a doorway in one side. Stick down to base with super glue. You may need weights to do this effectively (see 3rd picture)...







    Step 3: Once dried, paper mache the entire area by mixing PVA glue with water to make a 'paste'; cut newspaper into strips and dip them in the paste; place them on the structure and walls; brush over to 'flatten' onto the cardboard. Leave to dry overnight in a warm, dry area.



    Step 4: Using the cut up lollipop sticks, start to create the metal fencing to go on top of the wall by cutting cocktail sticks up as below. I cut them up into 3, using the central section for the bars on the bottom of the structure and the 2 outer sections for the top bars. Just make sure to keep the central section fairly even in length; but the same care does not need to be taken for the outer edges - in fact i cut them to different lengths on purpose. Also, don't be careful to make sure they are all perfectly stuck down as if they are broken, missing or off-centre as it makes it look more dingy/old/'necromancery'. Stick these together using super glue or a more resilient substance than PVA.



    Step 5: Stick the fencing to the top of the walls (after everything has time to sufficiently dry) using PVA and allow another day of drying. Then paint the base colours and add some texture to the base. I have added a skull to the pie-plate cave and some boulders to the front for extra effect.



    Step 6: Finish by adding layer colours and wash to the structures and extra flock/texture to the bases. Add any extras to bring home the theme. I added some gravestones to the flocky areas of the gravel inside the fences for example. For the stone effect, simply drybrush using white on top of a grey/stone colour. Easy pea-sy!


    And there you have it! A ready made, cheap ruins/graveyard structure that any vampire army can utilise to good affect!

    Recommendations/improvements (basically if i had more time lol)
    • Add skulls! I actually have a shed load of skulls to add to this, as well as other extras like a cauldron of blood and skeleton parts that i have spare from my VC kits. I may still do this to be fair as I think its the little details that really make things like this. Adding skulls to the floor and railings would make for a better effect.
    • Blood stained and more attention to the gravel/basing texture! I am not very good at basing anyway so this is something i would like to improve on and get some tips from you guys, but I think simply taking more time with this and adding some paint to parts would make it look better.
    • Wall should have been stone affect too! Yeah I feel like this was a missed opportunity as the cave looks much more like stone than the wall does. So if i was to do it again, I would paint that in the same manner as the cave
    • For better effect, use better materials! Obviously for this challenge, I had set my sights on using household products
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  • Hello Chaps!

    Long time no speak on here but work and life has been killing me! No excuse though and below you will find a complete tutorial for the objective markers I have made for the Avras campaign. As always with my stuff, this is all coming from a proper noob perspective and from someone that has never done these before so they will not be winning any awards any time soon. But, hopefully, they will show you that anyone can do it if you give it a go (and probably a lot better than me!) and as an added extra I have tried to come in with the aim to keep the costs at an absolute minimum! Well, that's my excuse anyway hahaha...

    Also, you may have seen some of these in previous blog entries but putting the process in full here so that anyone coming in fresh can see it from the beginning! Anyway, take it all with a pinch of salt, enjoy and if you feel up to it, post some comments on what you think and how i can improve please. Cheers all! :thumbsup:

    Objective Markers.

    Initial Ideas: So one of the Avras challenges was to make objective markers for each of the initial 3 armies involved in the campaign. My vision for this was a sword in the stone idea with each sword being one that was fairly iconic or recognisable for each of the armies. Thus, the below was what i was trying to achieve.






    Step 1 - Draw Swords design onto cardboard base


    Step 2 - Cut out, flip and trace onto cardboard (to create mirror images)



    Step 3 - Glue parts together with PVA glue


    Step 4 - Paint base colours on swords and add wash to 'darken' where appropriate


    Step 5 - Add details and base coat bases brown


    Step 6 - Cut out plastic tray in chocolate box (in this case "Guylian") for rock feature and pierce at top, allowing cardboard swords to slot it. Glue to pre-painted base



    Step 7 - Add texture to base to finish


    And there you have it folks, 3 perfectly good objective markers for you and your buddies! Overall, it cost me £0 as I already had the cardboard, chocolate tray and bases/texture at my disposal - as i imagine a lot of you would. If not, cimply buy some cereal for breakfast, chocolate for your missus and some extras for your models! It's a win/win!

    Comments and thoughts welcome guys! Hope you enjoyed the ride... [Read More]
  • So just a quick one, as I've been a bit caught up with things and have a tourney next weekend that i'm prepping for so haven't had much time to crack on with this as much as i'd have liked to (tsch family and other hobbies tsch!). But still some progress has been made so here we go. Overarching aim for most of this is to create things that are tabletop standard (or at least appear to be) and that don't require you to go out and spend the big bucks!

    First we start off with the Terrain building. A tutorial will follow so wont go into too much detail now, but here are some pics for your viewing pleasure.
    As a reminder here is what I am (very optimistically) aiming for:

    Here is the 'ingredients' for my upcoming *cough* triumph

    Here is phase 1


    Next up, are the objective markers. Here you will see my true artistic talents starting to blossom...
    Check this link for the previous blog, highlighting the main concept and ideas:
    the-ninth-age.com/community/bl…4-objective-markers-idea/

    So here are the first 3 steps I have done towards it. All early stages again but you can see where i'm going with it at least:




    So like I said, nothing to write home about but at least its a start ay!

    If you haven't already - go and check out the amazing work and hobby fun we are all (like 40 of us!) are getting involved with. Fluff, models, bat reps and so much more! Link below:

    Introduction Page
    the-ninth-age.com/community/in…-driven-campaign-project/

    Sub Forum:
    the-ninth-age.com/community/in…for-avras-a-fun-campaign/ [Read More]
  • Hey guys, so after the slog of painting (which i'm not quite finished with yet lol) I turn my concentrations to the background of my story and characters and really look to establish the von Hesselinks into the campaign.

    Interestingly these characters are based on some private fluff that @PTG - Hyper-G and I wrote a long time ago waaaay back in 2009!! This was when we were just 2 young boys getting into the world of toy soldiers and playing small skirmish games complete with narrative battles and stories to go along with them. As such I actually had a wealth of characters to choose from and over the years the characters evolved to go along with the models and units i picked. Still, I never had a real reason to continue their fluff until now and how I have enjoyed getting them out of the figurative closet!

    So, we focus on the leader, his lover and their necromancer helper and their journey to Avras to help the Vampire Queen Fontaine in defending her throne. think of these as Origins stories. Enjoy!

    *Warning* These were much longer than I originally intended so please get yourself a drink before attempting them! Please also bare in mind that this is written by me aka a complete noob when it comes to writing, so if it reads like a 4 year old wrote it please bare with lol

    Toby the Half-Zombie Necromancer


    Sophia von Hesselink


    Darius von Hesselink
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  • Hello folks! I am happy to say I have (finally) finished some of the models I have been painting for the Avras campaign! Got a character and 3 units all done at the same time so think its best to show it all off! Now there are some things moving forward that I may add/tweak to the models so I can't say they are 100% done and never to be touched again - especially as VC seem to be my next main tourney army I will be using (spoiler alert) quite soon in the future - but for the purposes of the campaign I can consider them complete.

    Anyway, let's get straight to it!

    Overview. The horde is begun...



    Sophia von Hesselink

    I quite the the colour scheme and how the pink has come out, although it's not as clean as i would have liked. I think this comes down to using my old paints rather than getting new ones, but also because i tried a lot of 'trial & error' colour combinations and techniques. First I tried out just making her dress white with a red wash to creat the pink, but that came out too similar to the red of her breastplate so took that off and tried to mix colours to create the shade i liked. Havent ever done mixing before so i'm pleased with the outcome, but becuase of all the messing around with the actual model i feel its not as smooth as i could have made it. Similarly, the face is the first time I have looked at getting proper details out of it and 'trusting' my painting skills on it. As a result it looks a bit blotchy and a bit 'cartoony' (as normally i would put faint colours in the areas i need detail and then do a wash to cover over the cracks) but its not terrible so i'll take it. The eyes were hard to do and ended up doing them several times before I was 'happy'. I imagine she will be constantly tampered with as I go on, but this is as good as it gets for now! Below is her with the rest of the von Hesselink crew...


    Ghouls

    Pleased with these because when i put them next to my other 20 ghouls they look pretty similar and can easily make 1 big block by mixing the two in. Used the same techniques but did a little more detail on these, and picked out the rope and metal more than the previous 20. The only thing I would do with these is add some detail to the mouths and give them a wash to darken them up - but i will need to look at the whole group to see how best to do that, so once again for now they are complete!

    Skellies

    Pleased with these and the only alteration/addition for these will be adding a wash to the bases. Otherwise I think they came out quite nicely and are near identical to the last ones I've done which will help when adding them to future armies!

    Vampire Spawn

    Will not likely change these at all now so this really is the finished article for these boys. I have some regrets as I believe I was a bit heavy on the white dry brushing but as is the trend it appears, they look like my previous 3 i had done and painted up so now make a nice looking unit!

    I will leave it there for now. Still to paint are 20 zombies and 5 barrow knights who are in the early stages so need a few more sessions before i can get anywhere near complete, but they will come in time! There is 3 months after-all before the campaign is complete so plenty of chances to get them involved at a later date. In my final stages for my last character fluff too so will be hoping to update you all early next week on the characters and the start of their journey back to Avras! Oh i'm so excited! [Read More]
  • So another few days go by and I have another session on the ol' models. Focusing on completing some of the ones that I got quite far with rather than keeping everything at the same level but it has gone well! Getting the old washes out and practicing my dry brush technique (for some proper speed painting!) and hoping to keep to the same colour schemes as my previous models in order to make it all look like its coming from the same army/force.

    I have said it before and i'll say it again - I aint no pro! So I fully take that these will likely not blow you away. I'm happy just to show my progress and take any feedback/criticism you guys have too so feel free to leave comments if you are so inclined. I wouldn't mind getting some tips for future projects so if you do see anything glaringly obvious that could be improved by some other means then I would be very interested to know! Also, I will say that my camera/light is not the best so apologies if they don't come out great. But i'm close to finishing off some of them so will try to make sure i get them in the best light when i do get them done...

    Anyway, i'll stop boring you with my rambling and show off my update pictures!

    All of the models on the go! Now have the barrow knights getting involved for some base painting loveliness...


    Sophia has had some work done! Just the base and some facial features left to do here. She doesnt look as highlighted in real life though, think that's just the camera being weird


    Not a good picture as the darkness has crept in, but you get the idea. just base texturing to go for these guys...


    The big boys come out to play. In a similar state with these, although will be adding some eyes and teeth to finish them off. Close though...


    And there you have it! Not fantastic but the production line is well in motion! Also I have completed 2/3 background stories for my characters so that will probably be my next update in this campaign! I'M SOOO KEEN! lol [Read More]
  • So the next piece in the puzzle is looking at Objective markers for all 3 original armies in the campaign. My idea is based on the sword in the stone image below:


    So i will have a base that is maybe the size of a 50p, then a rock or something that the sword can be stuck into, then the sword itself, followed maybe by a small badge of the army it belongs too (or this will be painted on the rock/structure under the sword. So 'how do i differentiate between the 3 armies' (VC, VS, EoS) you ask? Well that will be the job of the sword. Am planning on using the light of sunna sword for EoS and the following images as a base to design my swords on:




    Once again i plan on making these from scratch and with low cost materials - not sure exactly what yet but that will come I guess lol. The plan is to make a bloody sword for vampires, probably with this scimitar/curved shape; a fire sword for EoS to show off their signature weapon; and a magically enhanced weapon (warpstone) for the vermin. I have done blood and sword effects before but the green glow of VS is something new to me in order to challenge myself something good.

    Anyway, that's the plan and we'll see how it goes but the aim is just to give it a go for the sake of the hobby so fingers crossed! :D [Read More]