Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Sabretooth Tiger Man in 28mm

This Reaper figure, 02785 in the Dark Heaven Series and sculpted by Jason Wiebe, is another one from deep in the Tin Mountain. It had a miscast hand, and that was too big a hurdle for a long time.
Anyway, I made a mediocre attempt at sculpting, and hid the resulting mess behind a shield (from Otherworld). It actually works rather well, the figure gets a gladiator look that I quite like.
I’m not very happy with the result as he looks a bit too yellow, I should a chosen a more sand-coloured tone for his fur. Anyway, it is much better than an unpainted figure in the Mountain…
Paints used:
Fur – Vallejo 948 Gold Yellow, Army Painter Strong Tone wash, drybrushed 917 Beige and his mane got a further drybrush of 912 Tan Yellow.
Armour – 863 Gunmetal Grey drybrushed with 52 Silver
Sword – 52 Silver
Shield and loincloth – Citadel Foundation Mechrite Red with shadows painted with Army Painter Dark Tone wash.
Bag – 843 Cork Brown washed with Strong Tone
Leather belts – 984 Flat Brown, washed with Dark Tone and drybrushed with 912 Tan Yellow

Monday, 23 June 2014

Ramshackle Barn

This ramshackle barn in 28mm comes from Renedra. Very easy to assemble, the main house is just six pieces, and the lean-to another four. Also in the kit is two ladders, two pitch forks and a cart wheel.
A quick paint-job to get it on the table as fast as possible. It will see action in our Dead Man's Hand games, and maybe elsewhere. 
My usual wood recipe – Vallejo 843 Cork Brown, washed with Army Painter Strong Wash and drybrushed with 912 Tan Yellow.

Hinges 863 Gunmetal Grey washed with Strong Tone and ropes some tan colour also washed with strong Tone.

Saturday, 21 June 2014

Minotaur, squig and a monkey

A small batch of fantasy figures this time.
First a Minotaur from Games Workshop. I like this one very much, and can’t really understand what took me so long to finish it. Probably the need to green-stuff all the joints. One of those minis that has spent an awful long time in the tin montain.
Paints used:
Skin – Citadel Foundation Tallarn Flesh
Nose – drybrushed Vallejo 955 Flat Flesh
Hair – P3 Gun Corps Brown
Fangs, nails and horns – Vallejo 034 Bone White
Loincloth – Vallejo 879 Green Brown
Furs – Coat d’arms 224 Horse Tone Bay and insides Vallejo 912 Tan Yellow
Wood – Vallejo 843 Cork Brown drybrushed with 912 Tan Yellow after the wash.
Leather armbands – 984 Vallejo Flat Brown
Metal dishes – Vallejo 053 Chainmail Silver
Weapons – Vallejo 863 Gunmetal Grey
Everything washed with Citadel Devlan Mud
Next up is another Games Workshop figure, a squig. Rather amusing, if you don’t have to fight one, that is.
Paints used:
Skin – Vallejo 879 Green Brown
Scales – Vallejo 924 Russian Uniform WWII
Horns and claws - Vallejo 034 Bone White
Mouth – Citadel Scab Red, Vallejo 944 Old Rose and 835 Salmon Rose
Eyes – Citadel Foundation Mechrite Red
Washed with Army Painter Strong Tone wash.
Finally a small monkey from Reaper’s Familiar Pack IV. Had a mis-cast tail, so I had to fix that with green-stuff.
Paints used:
Skin – Vallejo 929 Light Brown and 989 Sky Grey washed with Army Painter Strong Tone. Vallejo 883 Silvergrey washed with Soft Tone.

Wednesday, 18 June 2014

28mm Russians from Baker Company finished

These are the first batch of Russians I got from the Baker Company Kickstarter. Me, Thomas and Laffe got in on this together and split one Finnish and two Russian platoons, plus some add-ons.
 
1st squad
2nd squad
Anyway, the first box came a while ago, and I managed to finish these 28 Russians in record time. Record time for me, that is. You’ll find a short painting tutorial here. I tried a lot of different grey-green colours on the uniforms, not just those in the tutorial.
SMG-group
I’m not overly enthusiastic about these figures. The details are somewhat crude, some of the faces are, well, awful. I had to green-stuff a bit; a couple of miscasts and the LMG:s had to short muzzles.
On the other hand, when you have them at arm’s length, playing a game, they do look at least OK.
So, all in all, I’m satisfied with the outcome of the Kickstarter, but I will probably not buy more Winter War figures from Baker Company. Well, maybe a pack or two if we find that we need something more when we have played Chain of Command with them.
Command group
After this I need to relax with some fantasy figures, but after that the Finns will move to the painting table.

With this speed I might be able to actually paint all these figures in a reasonable time.

Thursday, 29 May 2014

I’ve been Liebstered…

My friend Laffe of The Figure Fanatic Liebstered me the other day. Liebstered? - you say.
Well, it’s sort of a chain-letter for blogs, where you show your appreciation of other peoples blogs, and it’s been around for a while, and it has evolved, or mutated…
I got it the first time around, and nominated Laffe then, and I guess it is pay-back time now J.
How about that mutation? – I hear you ask.
Last time it was just the above, now you have to answer a lot of questions too… I’ve seen different iteration in the different blogs – it seems to be mutating fast!
From Laffe I got 10 truths and 11 questions to answer. But the lazy bastard I am, I cut that down to the 11 only. I don’t want bore you to death.

The 10 questions from Laffe:
Why did you start blogging?
Laffe showed me his. Blog! Thomas (Learning by doing) showed me his. Nice concept. Started, mostly to collect all those notes on what colors I had used in one place. It grew from that. Now it’s a lot of being part of a community, and getting friends I have never met.
If you could change one thing about the wargaming hobby, what would it be?
I would like a well-known game company to realize they are a part of a hobby, and not The Hobby.
What is best in life?
Life…
Do you want to live forever?
Forever is a long time, so probably not. But having reached, and probably passed, mid-term, life do seem a bit too short.
Fame or fortune?
Fortune. You can always give a part of that away, but you’re stuck with fame…
What is your worst habit?
I’m a Kickstarteraholic… or something. I’ve fallen for too many lately. I’m hopefully a recovering one, or I won’t find places to hide all the stuff…
One activity you want to do but never got round to it?
To write that book…. But, hey, I just resigned so I could do that!
Star Trek or Star Wars?
Easy! Wars. I’ve never been a trekkie.
If you had to buy from just one miniature company from now on, which would it be?
Haha, fooled the system! I have a ton of figures from Kickstarters coming (see above), and they are already bought: I will survive. But I would probably select Hasslefree. Lovely figures from one of the most talented sculptors out there.
Favorite holiday destination?
Our summer-place in the Stockholm Archipelago. Nothing beats it. Nothing.
What’s your favorite book/film character, and why?
Takeshi Kovacs from the books by Richard Morgan. Mean, ruthless and dangerous. Great books.

I just listened to a podcast on death (The Infinite Monkey Cage, 24 June 2013). (Strangely enough the discussion boiled down to sex. Get as much as possible as fast as possible. To reproduce, off course…) The essence was that everything must die, sooner or later.
I think that is what is going to happen to this branch of the Liebster award. One of the things is to send it to 5-10 blogs with less than 200 followers. Or just one or two.
There are so many good blogs out there, and giving it to just a couple is rather hard.
Instead I recommend you to check ‘My blog list’ on the right margin of this blog. There you’ll find a lot of blogs I appreciate. It’s a great way of finding something new.
If you have a blog of your own this is a great way of letting others find the gems you have found. See it a service to the community (and update the list on your blog now and then, it doesn’t do that by itself).
Also, you can give a shout-out to your new followers, see below.

Welcome follower Warlord Paul with The Black Hole. I like his mission statement. The last sentence is this: “Wargamers of the world, the time for excuses is past, it is time to have incredible fun.” Sort of sums it up – check out his blog!

Wednesday, 28 May 2014

Adventurers’ campsite from Otherworld and some similar stuff

Another useful kit from Otherworld Miniatures - ACC5 Adventurers’ Campsite. It’s a bit pricey (£14) but rather useful. The tent is resin, and the rest metal.
I’ll skip the paints this time, except for the flames.
First time I tried to paint flames, and it turned out ok, I guess.
First a coat of Vallejo 948 Golden Yellow. I then mixed 948 with Citadel Foundation Macharius Solar Orange, and painted the raised areas progressively darker. Also darker the higher up you came.  Finally drybrushed black on the top of the flames.
I'll try a bit of white in the hottest areas next time.

When I was at it, I rummaged through my collection of unpainted stuff and found a campfire from Renedra and their tent sets, and a fire pot from Reaper and included in the pack “Vaaron, Fire Sorcerer” (02561). Finished those too.

Wednesday, 14 May 2014

GW giant – finished at last

I bought the Games Workshop giant a long time ago. I guess it was before we had moved to this house, or maybe just when we had moved, so it is 8+ years ago.
I built it, and waited. Green stuffed it, and waited. Painted his head… and waited. Club and hands… and waited. Pieces of cloth… etc
It been on my painting table on and off for years, and I just couldn’t get the enthusiasm needed for it. Couldn’t love it, and couldn’t really sell it off.
I moved it from storage two weeks ago… and waited. But I finally decided to finish it once and for all. A couple of evenings work, and it’s finally, finally, finished!
Paints used… forget it! I have no idea.
The tree is a sprig of heather.
I’m sipping a small glass of single malt, Strathisla, 12 years old. Life is good. One foe is vanquished.
This is a day for celebration!