Monday, December 28, 2015

AHPC VI - Bertok the Barbarian

Hi All,

As promised, here's a look at the Reaper "Bertok the Barbarian" I painted up for the challenge.

I'm still liking how his skin came out. Unusual for me as I usually find something not to like.

Returning home this evening, so I'll be able to do some comparison and glamour shots.

Thanks for looking.

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Post Christmas, pre New Year update

Hi All,

Well the year is winding down and so is my holiday trip. In anticipation of being on the move again I've curtailed painting for now and chosen to do some long overdue page updates.

You can see what may be my final entry of 2015 on the Painting Challenge blog here. I'll probably post the pictures here as well tomorrow.

I've also updated the Figures/Models completed page and the Painting Challenge page. I realized while doing this that I neglected to take glamour shots of the stuff I was working on during the Summer for Oldhammer Weekend USA. When I get a minute to breath and can get my photo stuff set up at home I'll rectify that.

I'm also trying to decide if I want to change that page to a photo gallery or just link to the appropriate post. Any thoughts from followers?

The games played page need to get sorted, and lets not mention the projects page. It's in need of a complete overhaul.

We did manage to bodge together a gladiator game using Munera Sine Missione, Exagoni Libero, which is actually an older version of Munera Sine Missione. I totally misinterpreted quite a bit of the rules. A combination of careless reading and scrolling back and forth on the computer. But we had a back and forth bash up and the boy had fun. So mission accomplished.

I'll try and do a re-enactment photo session and perhaps we'll get in another game.

Thanks for looking.

Saturday, December 26, 2015

2nd post of the AHPC VI - Little Goblins

Hi All,

You can read the post on the challenge blog here.

The green paint I use was having some pigment issues, so it was a struggle get an even not chalky layer on them.

I thought I had painted the spear wielders before, but didn't notice their hats at first.

I phoned it in on the fur bikini briefs but like how the colored loin clothes came out in general.

I need to update my painting challenge log. I have 76 points on the board right now and should have another 5 on the way.

We went to see the new Star Wars movie last night and we all enjoyed it very much. If you're a fan of the series I don't think you will be disappointed. It left me wanting to see the next one.

We're in that post Christmas lull, we'll see if I can get anything else finished before Monday.

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

First post of the Challenge - 1/72 Gladiators

Hi All,

Finally got in my first submission to the Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge VI, here. I'll show you the same pictures on the blog, but I do recommend checking it out for all the other submissions. The themed rounds are especially good. I haven't decided if I'mm gong to participate in those yet or not.

Anyway, here's the Gladiators.

As I tagged in the labels, these are a mix of Italeri, Pegasus and Orion figures. Each set has it's strengths and weaknesses. The main issue with the Orion is the amount of flash and the rubbery plastic that is hard to trim cleanly.

I mixed in a lot of bronze and brass with the silver metallics, to keep it interesting. I also used the Reaper Dark and Golden skin triads in addition to my standby, Tanned skin.

These lads and lady (and bear) gave me 36 points. I'm trying to be a tad more consistent this year, we'll see how that goes.

Just a look behind the scenes. I didn't bring a variety of backgrounds with me so I thought I'd try using my tablet as the background. I probably should have wiped the finger prints off the screen.

I should be posting another batch of figures to the challenge later today.

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Re-repair of Mr. UHF Antenna Staff

Since my post to he Analogue Hobbies Painting challenge hasn't gone through yet I'll show you my latest repair of Mr. UHF Antenna Staff.

The latest break had really compromised the white metal so that I was having an issue fitting things back together. I also didn't care for the glue selection so I had to go to the super market to find my preferred glue (Loctite Super Glue Gel). I had hoped to also find some plastic coffee stirrers to use as a sleeve to join the bits together, but no luck.

I ended up cutting a piece off a ball point pen ink tube. It was too large so I ended up cutting wedges from the ring and gluing them on.

I managed to somehow apply them and not glue my fingers together, but it was a major pain in the ass. It's gone from being a fairly slick repair to a total cluster pretty fast. Perhaps he knows an Ork with an ARC welder who did a quick repair for him out in the wasteland.

I hope to get some primer on him later today and maybe start painting him tomorrow.

I need to find something to wedge in my transport box to keep the figures immobilized.

Back to painting.

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Paint Table Saturday 111 - Calm before the Storm

Hi All,

As promised, here's a picture of the figures I brought on holiday with me for the start of the Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge.

Mostly 20mm (1/72) but a few 28mm. Unfortunately the baggage handlers ween't too gentle and my packing did not hold them immobile this time. The Colony 87 guy (UHF Antenna Staff guy) had his staff head broken again. I'm now in a position where the white metal is fairly compromised and the glue here is crap. I may not paint him so that I can figure out some kind of tubing and putty fix for it.

Just need to prime all the unprimed ones (by hand, sigh) and touch up the ones that have been shoddily primed.

Thanks for looking.

Friday, December 18, 2015

On the road again

Hi All,

Sorry to have been silent for so long. Year end stuff, packing and volunteering at school have all taken up a lot of time.

I've been prepping like mad for the Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge, but have not finished as much as I would like. Certainly not all 1000 points worth, but I have about 291 points worth of stuff to get me started for the challenge on Sunday.

Sorry,  my phone has been rotating pictures in a weird way of late. Here you see my usual Sterlite container for transporting paint and minis.

I'll try to post with figures for Paint Table Saturday tomorrow when I get set up.

I'dalso like to welcome da Gobbo Grotto to the blog. I don't see a blog for you, if you have one let me know and I'll link to it. Love your name.

That's all for now.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Space Staff repair, Krakatoans funded and welcome.

Hi All,

Still flailing about, falling further behind. I know, same old story.

As you can see I used blue tack to hold everything in place while the glue set. I then decided that I needed to trim the pin on the top, and promptly snapped the whole thing back off.

And here he is back together again.  Looks pretty good from the front.

A hair wonky from the side, but hey, the guy is using some kind of Sci-Fi UHF aerial as a walking stick.

This is also my new interpretation of the 40K base work I'm trying to achieve. It needs a second layer of PVA over the grit and gravel. Instead of clean steel paneling or wires, my idea is to have moon rock and dust. Sort of Space 1999 inspired.

I also wanted to say thanks to all of the other people who backed the Dragon Bait Indiegogo. I have no idea if my postings swayed anyone, but the thing went from 60% to over 100% funded in the last couple of days. Doesn't really bring me any added benefit, but I'm glad they hit their goals.

I'd lastly like to welcome Bill of Dice, Doubloons, and Random Musings. Bill is a fellow challenger this year annd has an interesting blog. I've only read a couple of posts, but he has a D&D game with a Dwarf utilizing a Cosmic Cannon. I really want to ask him what that's all about.

Back to the Salt Mines.

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Preparation AHPC

Hi All,

  Once a year a condition arises that calls for treatment with lead, plastic, paints and varnish. It usually comes about in late December but clears up by late March. Side effects may include blurred vision, solvent induced hallucinations, and the potential for being hit by sandbags. If these symptoms persist longer than 90 days, please consult your doctor.

  Ok, silliness aside, I've been preparing for the Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge. As per usual, I have waited till the last minute to do the bulk of my prep work. So the usual holiday frenzy has heightened my sense of panic about the challenge.

  I like to keep my work leading up to the challenge close to the vest, so to speak. Not because I think anyone will gain an advantage, but because I like to debut the pieces fully painted and follow Curt's rule of first shot at the pictures.

  Suffice it to say I'll have a healthy dose of my usual 20mm (1/72) and Fantasy 28mm. I've also amassed some Sci-Fi 28mm of late. I had a few when I, foolishly, signed on for the Sc-Fi side duel. I've since acquired some more because I was worried I didn't have enough models to even compete.

  Anyway here are a few shots of my ongoing repair of a Colony 87 figure.

So my idea was to essentially pin the top of the staff back on but I decided that it might be sturdier if I put a spacer around the pin using aluminum tubing.

Above shows how the pin and tube fit together.

Aside from showing you my manicure, this is meant to show you how I drilled the staff ends to accept the pin.

I've since glued the pin and spacer on, but didn't have time to take a picture. Five hours to get the boy to do his homework took it out of me. His ADHD is getting to be a serious issue. Happy Holidays to one and all. I'm supposed to be playing out another Talomir battle. I'll add it to the list.

Friday, December 4, 2015

Some links about Weathering powders

Hi All,

I was thinking about ways to up my game for the Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge and found this interesting link. The From the Warp articles are what interested me most. I seem to have a penchant for finding blogs that have been abandoned.

Anyway I think there are a really good series of articles on using weathering powders for the novice (me). What I came away with is that weathering powders probably aren't what I want right now. The methods for sealing them on the miniatures ruin the effects. At least as I see it. So I'll be trying to do the effects with paint of the pan pastels I already have.

A lot of prep going on for the Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge in 16 days. I need to get cracking.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Vermember entry, Diehard Kickstarter and Dragon Bait Indiegogo

Hi All,

A lot of stuff going on, I'll try to keep it to three topics only.


Over on The Bazaar of Crooked Wonders we had a Skaven painting challenge. I painted three.

I had originally thought I would do the Rat Ogre on the left then morphed it into the handler and other Rat Ogre as well.

As the month wore on, and little progress was being made, I thought about not finishing the second two. But it always seemed like there was time to add a color or layer while things were drying on the first one.

I found out this morning that I could only pick one as my entry, so I picked "Old Sword Hand". I felt like his colors just came out better overall. The first Rat Ogre seemed to have all the browns, tans and ochres just kind of run together. Even his eye doesn't look as red in the picture as it does in real life. Maybe I chose the wrong White balance. It also appears that the OSL and verdigris on the brassy bits was nearly obliterated by the final grunge wash. Again it's slightly more obvious on the actual model, but maybe I need to be a little more bold with OSL.

Thanks for looking at these.

Diehard Kickstarter:

Just under two days left. The Chaos sorcerer and Hill Giant (?) have been released. At the start of the campaign I was really hoping for Son of Slomm, but it looks like he may have to wait for Diehard II the Wrath of Slomm.

Pinched from RoC80's here.
Dragon Bait Indiegogo:

Some more cool figures. "I know Sean, blah, blah, blah buy more miniatures." But they are pretty cool and they've added a sculpt of a Witch for the Krakatoans which can be seen on Blue's blog here.

Off to do chores, paint that blasted banner, prep miniatures, and try to figure what else I need to order to get ready for the challenge.

Friday, November 27, 2015

Wargames News and Terrain prize draw.

You have only a few hours left to get in on this here.

In celebration of reaching 500 followers they're giving away vouchers for some cool stuff.

Head on over and enter for your chance to win.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Dragon Bait Indiegogo project

Hi All,

After reading about the Dragon Bait miniatures Indiegogo campaign for their Krakatoans on Blue's blog here, I decided to take the plunge and order some. I also ordered a few of the quirky little characters they have on offer.

What's cool about this project is that it has flexible funding. You will get what you paid for, even if it doesn't hit the target, which I think is a fairly modest one. Also check out their website here. Many figures to choose from, some of which are sculpted by Kev Adams and Tim Prow.

Also, don't forget to back the Diehard Miniatures Kickstarter. I have a link to the right. C'mon, papa needs a Son of Slomm.

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Cross Country Saturday

Hi All,

The Region 10 USATF Cross Country meet in Albuquerque had me away from the painting table this Saturday, so no painting for me.

After last weeks performance at the Arizona State Championships, we thought our runners would be able to make the National championships. Unfortunately both our runners came in 40 to 40 seconds slower than that race, coming in 33rd and 46th respectively out of fields of around 65 each. Unfortunately only the top 30 qualify for Nationals. So next time. I think the difference in altitude may have played a factor. Phoenix is only around 1000 ft, while Albuquerque is around 5300 ft. My son said the course felt longer.

I'll leave you with a couple of pictures from the Petroglyph National Monument at Boca Negra Canyon.

Hopefully I'll have those Skaven painted for you next week, and that pesky banner.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Sixth Annual Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge is here

Hi All,

Just a quick link to the challenge here.

It's tough for people like me who have trouble formulating and then sticking to a plan, but it forces you to get a lot done.

Even if you don't participate it can be a lot of fun to see the fortnight challenge entries. There are some creative folks out there, both in figure painting and interpretation of the theme. ;)

Brushes at the ready.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Of Rat Ogres and misplaced banners

Hi All,

I'm giving you a WIP so that I don't cry and give up the hobby all together. Well perhaps I'm being a tad melodramatic.

"Old Sword Hand" showing the Tamiya putty on his neck. I did a little filing on the top of his head.

Minder and Knuckles were undercoated with a brush using Raw Umber. I normally use Burnt Umber but needed to resuscitate the Raw Umber and try to use it up before the whole 4oz. craft bottle goes bad. Of course later I mistakenly grabbed the Burnt Umber and base coated Sword Hand and did touch ups on Minder and Knuckles. I thought the color difference was wet versus dry. Doh!

I'll probably just leave it as I'm probably going to do a black ink wash anyway.

Oh and I seem to have misplaced Makari's banner. What a pain in the ass!

Keep your brushes pointy.

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Paint Table Saturday 106 - Putty Table Saturday

Hi All,

It's getting to be a habit that i don't have any painting to show you. Just getting busy and not managing my time well.

I've set up shop on the dining room table, where my son does his homework, so I can be there to remind him that he's still working when his mind wanders off. It's exhausting.

I did manage to put some basing grit down for the three skaven figures. I'm not as happy with my Green Stuff gap filling, but I realized that old sword hand needs the join between head and body filled. I got several suggestions on putties to try instead of Green Stuff.

I was mostly recommended Milliput, but it doesn't seem to be available in any of the shops. 24 Cigarettes recommended Tamiya putty and I bought the Squadron putties because I was there and they were there. I'll let you know how it goes.

Evils of close up photography aside, the banner is shaping up. After painting in the black checks I haven't had the fortitude to paint this one. It needs a lot of touching up.

Of course it's not going to get any easier around here. My son crushed his previous race times in the State Championships and ran a 13:11 3K, coming in 7th in his age group. We're off to Albequerque next weekend for the Regional meet and I think he qualifies for Nationals with his time. Being our first season I'm not sure how it works.

Hope your having a good, and safe weekend.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Vermember and gearing up for Curt's challenge.

Hi All,

Not a whole lot of hobby actually occurring as I horde more lead and plastic. I realized I'm running out of time to finish a Skaven figure for Vermember and a little bird told me to look out for an announcement about Curt's painting challenge on the 20th.

So I realized I need to get serious about prepping more figures.

While I do have a few of the old Plastic Regiments Skaven, I acquired an Isle of Blood box not long after Age of Sigmar came out. So above are the Rat Ogres and packmaster alongside a 20mm Splintered Light Rat man that had a void in his shield that needed filling. The plastic models have a lot of nice detail, but the sprue attachments didn't cut as clean as I would like and were a tad difficult to clean up on some surfaces.

They were all two part, so I had to glue them together. It's not clear to me if they were meant to be snap fit, but they were hard to test fit and then pull apart to glue. They also were a bear to fit tightly and I had to green stuff the gaps.

I used Vaseline to keep the green stuff from sticking everywhere but the model. That works much better than water for me. Spit as non stick, yuck. I also had terrible timing. I started gap filling at 10AM and had to be somewhere at 11AM. I tried freezing my ball of green stuff and found it was still usable at around 6PM when I had time to finish. I didn't use it all up so refroze that. I'll check on it later this afternoon after my errands.

I'll try to do some posts about the Kickstarter loot that's rolling in, and maybe about the insane amount of stuff I've been dealing for on Facebook.

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Paint Table Saturday - 105 (a day late) - Makari the Gretchin

Hi All,

I could have posted the progress on this guy yesterday, as he was finished except for varnish, but we bought the wife a new car and that ate up most of the day.

Sorry for the glare, too close with the flash etc. The decision to use gloss on the horns looks like a bad one with the flash. I'm sure in regular light it will look better. In the background is my interpretation of the Goff warbanner from 'Ere We Go! I'm doing it as more of a flag than a banner that hangs from a cross bar.

I kept his uniform subdued as I didn't want it to distract from the banner. I also wanted to try blending from yellow to red on the horns. I sort of made a pigs ear of it but I know what to look out for next time. I went with light up to dark, as per my natural world research from the black orc, not realizing that the old pictures of Ghazaghkull et al from 1st Ed 40K were red to yellow. Ah well.

I'll post better pictures in the next day or two. I have to replace my daughter's bike tires and take my son to track practice.

Thanks for looking. Oh and I'll talk more about the banner and Ork glyph's when I update.

Friday, November 6, 2015

Shapeways - Have you thought about buying from them?

Hi All,

At the end of September I was contacted by Pat Peverell from Shapeways about whether or not I'd be interested in blogging about the use of 3D printed models for the hobby and sent me links to their Miniatures and Model Train sections.

At the time I was rather busy and couldn't get to it. There was some mention in the initial email about sending me designs, along with more info, in the end I was only sent this info graphic of the process.

I was also given a link to their Tools page, for assisting in design of models if you are not versed in digital sculpting/ modelling. I only took a cursory look at that and played around with the Hero Forge for a couple of minutes before I got bored. I'm not really interested in making a custom miniature for my D&D Next character. It's a game I don't play.

Although most things I looked at in the above links were not my cup of tea, I did think there were some interesting options for those who game Naval or Air or Micro Armor. There were also a lot of things for people who use Model Railroad items for scenery and terrain. What caught my eye, however, was one shop in particular. Grim Dark Bits.

Why I liked this shop is it was making ships for Battle Fleet Gothic and some items for Epic 40K (Space Marine), both of which are no longer supported by Games Workshop. For some one, like me, who didn't pay attention to either of these games when they were initially released this might be an option for building up forces for these games. I haven't looked very hard, but ships and 6mm figures for these seem to be suffering from the same rise in prices on the internet that "Oldhammer" figures are experiencing.

The designer/ owner of the site himself says that he doesn't use the highest quality/detail prints for his fleets, as that seems to be pretty pricey. The reviews seem to suggest that the lower grades are good enough.

So my thoughts are, Shapeways looks like an interesting way to fill out pieces for smaller scale projects and gribblies for terrain.

I have yet to try it out though I suspect one or two resin bits I've purchased over the years have been casts of 3D printed models.

Do you have any experience with printed models in general or a Shapeways store in particular? What are your thoughts?

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Diehard Kickstarter Reboot

Hi All,

Mostly FYI

I also included a widget on the side to link to it and show how it's funding.

Lets see if we can bring this fantastic range to life.

Diehard Miniatures Kickstarter

Saturday, October 31, 2015

PTS 104 - The finale of Orctober 2015, Talomir Tales and Orktober?

Hi All,

Not super productive but finished of these 20mm(1/72) Orcs. Mostly from Caeser, but one from Dark Alliance.

The usual process for me. I'm going to start trying harder to blend my layers on 28mm figures, I don't think I'm ready to do it on 20mm. The hand motif on the banner was a real pain. The sculpted folds, as you may already know, make it hard to paint a defined shape.

I also wanted to draw your attention to a battle report I did for Talomir Tales here. My terrain and the photos are pretty crap but the battle went pretty well. My son helped me roll dice and push soldiers around, it was quite enjoyable. He still hasn't totally caught the bug, but he asked me when the next game was.

I'm running out of time for Orktober, barring a cheeky rephotographing of that fantasy Black Orc on a star field background. I've revised down and will try to bang out the Gretchin Army Standard bearer whose tab says Runty but I have seen called Makari.

Lastly I'd like to welcome 4Graffiti to the blog. They appear to have several sites about products for Graffiti artists. If you are looking for such things you can look up their profile in the followers section. If there is a wargame hobby blog link I missed from 4Graffiti, please let me know.

Happy Halloween everyone.

Monday, October 26, 2015

Do you ever consider going pro?

Hi All,

Just felt like having more of a chat today. I came across this article on Bell of Lost Souls.

I forget what I was initially looking for but I gave it a read and found it quite interesting. I know that some of you do take commissions to subsidize your hobby, and some are full on professionals. So I just wanted to have a conversation about "Is painting for money/figures/goods and services really for you?"

I suspect that it's not really for me at this point. I have my focus issues/ times when I'd rather gouge my eyes out than paint. Plus I feel like I struggle to get my own projects going and don't do the best job at being a parent/spouse without the extra work.

Feel free to share your thoughts on why or why not being a "pro", or however you want to term it, is for you.

I'll try to have a little more content wise for you tomorrow.

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Paint Table Saturday 103 - No Models Were Painted

Hi All,

Precious little going on besides acquiring Rogue Trader, Slave to Darkness and a few Chaos Knights.

I did get out all my 40K/ Sci Fi figures and try to figure out how I want to base them.

So and odd assortment of GW, Colony 87, Foundry and Mark Elster's Galactic Bastard. I'm just trying to see how the various slotta and non slotta compare. Generally speaking the non slotta integral base matches the ground level of the 3mm high plastic base when put on a roughly 1mm thick washer.

Thanks for looking, I've still got that battle report to do and have to get my mind around prep for the Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge, which I think will be announced early next month.


Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Some one else actually likes my work!?

Hi All,

It's official. Those Bugbears I painted up are now live on the CP Models website here. You'll have to scroll down a little to see them, they're the second item. FBB2.

Here is my original picture:

I'm noticing some flaws in the photography right now, but overall, ok.

So if you like 20mm fantasy these are fun little figures to paint. They are about the same height as other 20mm(1/72) figures, so don't expect them to tower over other figures in this scale like the size comparison art from Dungeons and Dragons.

Note: These were formerly Splintered Light, but the range was sold to CP.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Crooked Claw on Indiegogo

Hey All,

I just wanted to let you all know about the Indiegogo crowdfund campaign going on right now.

I've been looking at the figures for quite some time. It seemed like a good time to get in.

That is all.

PS - fund this and Diehard you guys!

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Zombtober Week #3 - Four 40mm Zombies

Huzzah! The last of the 40mm Zombies are finished.

I went with a more contrasty, for me any way, style with these. I decided noy to do highlights on the pink robe after the issues I had with the flat surface of the survivors coat.

I hope the checks on the shirt work for you. For some reason I wanted to snazz him up, I think that is part of why I couldn't get anybody finished last week. I also played with a splatter technique. I feel like this one worked a little better than one I had tried several batches earlier, but I still need to work on my weathering technique.

I need to get cracking on so many things. Hope you paint flows and your brushes keep their points.

Friday, October 16, 2015

Paint Table Staurday (Friday Night) - You must WIP it!

Hi All,

Well it's Saturday in certain parts of the world.

I've been busy/mopey. Found out I'm going to lose my tooth and then they were worried I was on the verge of having a heart condition because of my left shoulder, side of face issues.

Clear bill of health, normal EKG, although there was an unpleasant conversation about the effects of Brain tumors on facial nerves. But we seem to be in good shape.

Sorry, your here for pictures of little men. Right!

Above are those 40mm zombies. I missed last week for Zombtober, seems to happen every time I start to assembly line paint. There are not finished,but are a wash and a couple of details away.

Basing gunk on the 20mm metal Lizard men and remaining 1/72 plastic goblins.

I decided to was on sprue the plastic 28mm GW zombies I got from Stevo. The are underneath a spreu of Gripping Beast Celts I'm planning to paint up as Thugs for my Tzeentch Warband.

I figured, while I had the tub out for the zombies I'd wash the High Elves and Skaven from the 8th Ed. WFB box set I bought awhile back. I thought it was a good deal for the figures and figured to capitalize on the purge due to AoS before these became "rare" and "OOP".

I also received my first big box Kickstarter in the mail today. Blood Rage. I'll show it off soon.

Another Cross Country meet in the morning for the boy. Wish him luck.


I keep on forgetting to welcome Brummie to the blog. He runs Brummie's Wargaming Blog and is also running the Zombtober festivities. Go check him and the other Zombtoberers out.


Saturday, October 10, 2015

Paint Table Saturday 101 - Still Zombies and Little Orcs

Hi All,

Not super productive this last week.

Asecond layer of grey on the zombie flesh and then I got out all the various 20mm greenskins in various levels of completeness.

Hoping to get at least one Zombie and or Orc done tomorrow; but I have a kid party, track practice and a lot of tidying to do to set up for my Talomir game.

Happy painting.

Friday, October 9, 2015

Diehard Miniatures Kickstarter is LIVE!!!

Hi All,

I just finished my pledge for this Kickstarter, Diehard Miniatures: Oldhammmer Fantasy Miniatures

I am super excited about this project. The sculpts look amazing and I didn't want to have the same kinds of regrets about this that I have about not buying certain things from a certain company before they shit canned the whole thing.

I've got to get my rear in gear to play out the next Talomir battle.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Orctober - First Orc - Plastic Black Orc

Hi All,

Here's my first entry for Orctober 2015:

You may all remember this figure, I want to say my brother gave it to me, but I'm not sure why he had it. It came out okay but the way I color blocked it originally may have obscured the detail. That baby skull on his belt was particularly problematic. After looking at some pictures of real horns I'm glad I tried grey colors for the horns this go round.

This is what he looked like before I started him this go round:

Scary! Again reminds me why I hate white undercoat.

Hopefully I'll have more soon. I want to finish those half done 20mm (1/72) Orcs now.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Zombtober - First Survivor - Madonna with Knife

Hi All,

I finished this earlier today, but we had a shake out workout and then I was too busy watching Fear the Walking Dead to post.

She turned out alright. The Grunge wash is not quite where I want it to be. Somehow I didn't get the black portion of it right. But it still does the trick of softening my heavy handed highlights.

Showing you the back is mostly an exercise in self flagellation. I struggled with painting texture into the back of the jacket. The detail is pretty soft. I do like the detail I painted in her hair, the top and back of her head are smooth, only the curls are sculpted.

I have and Orc on the table as well, but couldn't get him finished for Orctober.


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