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I paint small metal and plastic figures and rarely get to play with them. But that is fine with me.

09 September 2014

More bits and pieces

Yes, another post so soon after the last.

Here's my Necromancer mini by Red Box Games  (RBG calls him "The Keeper" though.) all done and dusted. This mini rocks and was loads of fun to paint. Once again, Red Box scores high with wonderful quality and crisp (Hand sculpted) detail. I encourage all of you to try out their minis to see for yourself.

I also (finally) finished painting the Hasslefree Kirsten mini. My wife is from El Salvador and the roads there are rather.... rubbish, to put it lightly. So my ham-fisted effort at home-made tarmac/asphalt isn't all that far from the real thing. I wanted the mini to look like she's happily been popping zombies or whatever out on the road so added the attempted shell casings behind her, though they are too big for the pistol she's holding. I'm leaving them on the base though as the brush bristle I cut them from is the slimmest thing I could find. The blood pool was more of an artistic effort to help the base balance out better. All in all I think she looks good enough and my wife liked her, so that's all that really matters, right? :)

I also got started on another of my rpg figs - an old Citadel Miniatures Barbarian #1 that I've owned since.... 1989? I never painted him. Ever. Which is damned sad, because he's a great sculpt for a rather heroic princely-looking bugger. Whilst these pics are WIP, I did go on last night after my phone battery died to finish and seal him in Testors, so I'll stick up his proper job pics on my next post.

And lastly, I felt the need to do a little work on the 82nd All American's bravest.

06 September 2014

A little bit of this, and a little bit of that

My post for this week for the 6-month challenge.

I've been mostly putting stuff together and finishing the organising. Seems the Flames of War stuff needed the most attention, so here's what's left in my collection in a Bits'n'Pieces chart.

Once again, saving as a jpeg fuzzed up the letters, but it's clear enough to see what's on the list.
I started off by building the 3 Sherman tanks and priming them. Then I thought, hell why not prime those Cromwells too. Then I sprayed the Stuart V's (Forgot to take a pic of the Stuarts though.). I guess I was high on paint fumes as I went on to prime all but 20 or so of my random rpg minis.

All the outstanding pieces for my Flames of War germans arrived too so I've been getting those ready for priming too.

Prior to primer. These are the plastic models from the Open Fire boxed set. They were a pain in the arse to put together.

Shermans in top left primed. Primered. Whatever. German platoons in the forground - SS-Pak40 platoon, 1iC et al, SS-HMG platoon. Behind them are my 3rd Panzer ivH and a wee Marder iiiM self propelled anti-tank gun.

8 Cromwells and 2 Challengers all primed and ready for paint!
I've also got cracking on the Necromancer I'd showcased previously. He's a flippin brilliant sculpt, weasily and creepy as heck. Love it.

WIP - still need to lighten the skirt some, though not much as I want this model dark and dreary with grey-black skin and ebony eyes.
Lastly I was lucky enough to have a pal at Gen Con who purchased me some Noh Empire minis for Relic Knights. So now I have two factions to play. These are put together and just need some more love on their bases. But at least I can play them as they are (Hopefully tonight!). These Oni sculpts are pretty sweet!

More to come!

02 September 2014

6MMRPC #1 - Organisation

This 6-month challenge/pledge is proving to be an interesting muddle of many things. I've started making lists for each project, cataloging what models I have for each, then tallying them into a journal for later transferring into a blog post. Last count I am up to 16 distinctly different projects that need my attention. That's a possible 16 different whole armies, or skirmish sized group of miniatures. (And I didn't even catalog my entire rpg minis backlog; just added them as an entry with "X" amount done.*this also does not include any upcoming Kickstarter deliveries which will also be added as they arrive*)

Still, there's more than enough to keep me busy realistically until 2020 or something silly. :) Okay, maybe not that far ahead. But looking at the pile, there's more than enough that I find I'm actually far happier than I realised to hold off on any further purchases.

With all this in mind, I went on to start making Excel charts to keep track of all of these painting projects. So far, I've managed to prepare only the three main Flames of War projects I have on my table. Using the Draxian paint chart method here are the first three charts (These charts looked a lot clearer before I converted them to jpegs...?):

Now, these charts don't detail the exact number of minis involved, but I don't think that's all that important, it's the end result. I think seeing all these red boxes turn yellow then green on each project will really help keep me motivated to finish off each list. I'll also have a 4th chart made for the rest of my Flames of War pieces that don't really belong specifically to any army I currently play or own.

I'll be making more of these up for my other 28m projects too - my 40K Astra Militarum Imperial Guard project is the one I'm fearing the most.... O_o I didn't realise I had collected up so much infantry.

Whilst this post is about the 6 Month Mountain Reduction Painting Challenge, I'll not claim it as this week's (The Challenge officially started yesterday.) post, so keep an eye open for a proper job post in a couple days.

Lastly, those missing German platoons and pieces I mentioned in my last post that were needed to fill out my Arnheim list? Well, I went and ordered them from Lotus Vault and they are on their way. Now I have NO excuses for getting my wallet out for new models.

28 August 2014

Three weeks... And a pledge!

Oof... What a lazy sod I am.

Well, there's been gentle nothing going on my end of late. Between my wife's birthday, a visit from my olds from the UK and a general lack of enthusiasm either side of that, my hobby room actually looks clean and tidy right now, not a hobbyist's workshop like usual.

Saying that, for her birthday, I did decide to gift her something I.... um... not made per se, more.... worked on. Better than just buying something off a shelf or website, right? So when Hasslefree Miniatures released the resin master for their Kirsten miniature, I had to get it as it's a very close lookalike to her. The mini when it arrived, was a beautiful crisp one-piece sculpt and had next to no mold lines. Painting so far has been really fun, though I'm not finished yet. The skin is a little dark still and I'd like to work lots more on the Hello Kitty design on her shirt.

Here's a few WIP pictures of the figure - let me know what you think:

Now, the title says "Pledge". Here's the details.

Over on the Dead Lead Project and Chris' Miniature Woes blogs, Deserter and Myincubliss have both started off a 6 month pledge to help get their bare model count down (Greatly) and not purchase new stuff in the meantime. I too suffer from the affliction of shiny-new-things, whilst my own pile sits largely unloved, so I've decided it would be a great idea to follow suit, just for myself. Below are the rules per the aforementioned blogs, plus an extra one I added.

Beginning 1st September 2014...

1. No purchasing of new miniatures, EXCEPT if you use a joker card.  Like in a deck of cards, you get two jokers to use on a figure purchase during the six months of the challenge.  Could be a blister pack, an ebay bundle, or a single figure...you can't splurge. 

2.  Gifts do not count against you. Christmas and or birthdays etc. Also, if you're given gift cards by your hobby illiterate family or friends, you can without penalty use them on anything you want miniatures wise.

3.  Paints, terrain (or materials), and other hobby supplies do not apply to the no purchasing rule.

4.  At least one hobby related blog post and/or Instagram update a week.  If you Instagram, be sure to hashtag your pic with #6MMRPC. *I don't even know how to hashtag, so no Instagram shenanigans for me*

5.  Zombtober will be part of the 6 month challenge so, Zombie related stuff during October is ENCOURAGED!

6. Along with the above 5 regular rules, I WILL allow me to purchase the remaining outstanding  models to complete my Flames of War German "Arnhem" force, limited only to:

a. Latest Plastic Panzergrenadiers + halftracks boxed set
b. SS-Heavy Machinegun Platoon
c. 1 x Panzer ivH tank

I think I can do this and the regular posting of at least one post a week will make this blog a little more lively and interesting again. There's plenty to get working on and I think I'll also make a list of all the projects I need to tackle and also that I've completed as I go along. (Something tells me a Draxian Painting Chart [tm] may well be in order.)

O and one last thing - check out this new board game on Kickstarter. Bruce Lee minis game! And the mini's look SOOOO good! https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/682539325/dragon-tides

(Yeah... I went and pledged.... well - it's not September 1st yet, right? :P)

03 August 2014

Trip trop, trip trop, trip trop

Admiral Drax requested some pictures of my recently painted bridge with some figs alongside for scale determination so here you go.

Also managed to get the two (very ugly sculpts) old 1983 TSR Trolls painted in a short hour and a half session for future roleplay games and a Reaper Minis Assassin who also was done up in short time. Hope you like.

Somewhere in not-Britain a Canadian convoy rolls over a bridge.
Lots of space for two lanes here.

Tigers? We ain't got no stinkin' Tigers!

Boogah boogah boogah!

Bridge works with 28/30mm too.

You brought goats, right?

Honestly, I didn't bring goats, not curried or anything.

This cloak fends off the rays of the sun.
When yer ugly, raise up those arms and be proud
My 9-year-old son sculpts better than this.