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

28 January 2016


Finished up this fellow recently, a barbarian setting hunter/ranger of some sort. In my rpg campaign, he'll be the miniature for the Ranger Character. More of a hunter than a warrior, though no less deadly with that bow pinging off arrows at his enemies in support of his more combat-based pals.

New set up in my room is causing photographing my models to be trickier than before. Pics seem to be very bright for some reason. 

Per usual, Tre Manor @Red Box Games has produced a great sculpt with loads of cool and not over-the-top detail. 

Thought about giving him some tattoo's or some such on his arms, but decided against. I like him being business and simple. Just the Barbarian to go (Who will get some tat's.) and then I'm done painting stuff for my roleplay game!

I finish with a pic of Pickles, who due to an aversion to rain, has taken to peeing indoors. We are not amused.

Scruffy pup is scruffy

25 January 2016

Scenic Ruins I

This weekend allowed me time to work on a scenery piece. I realised that all the work I'd been doing on minis is great and all, but counts for naught if the terrain they're playing on looks like turd in contrast.

These are some "Administration Ruins" by Tectonic Craft Studios that I picked up when they ran their Kickstarter 3-4 years ago or some such.  Nicely designed for a mdf piece and went together relatively simply. Painting too forever though and I am now wondering if I might have made my job easier should I have used my airbrush instead? (I tend to feel like I spend more time cleaning the bloody thing than painting!)

It'll make for some appropriate ruins for my Frostgrave games and also rpg sessions if I can fit it into the setting somehow.

Tried to give the impression that one side of the ruins sees the sun, this side not so much. Grass is barer over here and moss/green slime grows here and there.

This is the sunny side - flowers and bushes abound. 

Lazily painted tile to contrast from an all grey alternative result. Looks good enough for gaming.

Dark and grimy in there. Am sure it's where zombies live.

And here's my Forstgrave warband with a scenic picture behind.  
Next up, hopefully the remainder of my 1st ACW Confederate infantry regiment. The 15mm Bolt Action game got cancelled and I don't see me being able to play until mid-Feb now as I'm soon to be off on a visit back home to the UK to see my ailing Gran, which I'm a bit trebidatious about as it'll almost certainly be the last time I get to see her in person.

19 January 2016

Not Grod (1st painted mini of 2016)

Spent the majority of my painting time this holiday weekend making my Gorilla pretty. Tried for fast and dirty (See the lazy highlights on his torso.) so he's done and ready for play. He's white to be appropriate for use in Frostgrave, but also so he'll stand out all the better.

Glare on the background image.... Grr. 
Like I said in last post - No idea of the publisher of this sculpt, perhaps Reaper? It's a grizzly one (Which my son adores for that reason) and I figured that half a beaten opponent would make a bit of a bloody mess so added Tamiya Clear Red + brown ink for blood effects. Poor Greek-themed warrior fellow never stood a chance if you ask me.

Tiger skin for his rear loincloth to match his "cloak".
I felt to offset the gribbliness of the sculpt that flowers on his base would be appropriate to help dumb it down some. Think the effect works, at least to a small extent.

White Gorillas in Frostgrave are pretty fearsome opponents, but I don't like the official sculpts all that much, they seem a bit dull overall. I think this hulking ape will look far more intimidating on the game table.

Painting the tiger skin too longer to get "right" than the rest of the whole mini!
After I was done with this piece, I worked some more on my individually based 15mm WW2 British infantry. I'd forgotten just how much I dislike batch painting infantry at this scale! I'll need them done though by Sunday as I've a game of 15mm Bolt Action coming up. My PBI will be facing German Fallschirmjagers though, and I do not much fancy their chances...

15 January 2016

Not much progress

So far 2016 hobbying has gone off with a whimper. O well. I'm sure I'll get my painting mojo back sooner or later.

Got some work done on my 15mm Chain of Command/Bolt Action British Infantry Platoon. Based, Primed and base-coated green helmets. A pal I met at the Flames of War tournament scene was interested in playing so he's also currently painting up a small force of German Fallschirmjäger paratroops and we're going to try out the Bolt Action rules at a smaller scale (Which I've heard it fun). 

We're starting out with 500 point lists. Not pictured are a Jeep and flame thrower team that are all prepped for paint as well. Best thing about 15mm is that we can use our Flames of War vehicles that are already painted! 

Also started base coating this old Reaper (I think) Gladiatorial Gorilla to use as a White Gorilla for my Frostgrave project. (Far more interesting sculpt than the official ones imo.)

Not only displaying his recent  kill, but also sporting an eyepatch! Not to be trifled with methinks.

Got some work done on the last two character minis for my Frazetta-style roleplay campaign. Barbarian and a Ranger respectively.

These are figs from the last Red Box Games kickstarter. Typical RBG lovely sculpting with loads of crisp detail.

Also cleaned up the remaining plastic 28mm Winter Soviet infantry models and got primer on all the metal support teams and weapons. But there's nothing exciting to see so no picture. 

Hopefully this weekend will allow for some more time to get at least one of the above finished?

05 January 2016

-2015 +2016

Been seeing some great recaps for last year on people's blogs, so thought I'd offer a brief one of my own with some flimsy plans for the future year ahead.

Right now, my hobby room is in a mess as I am switching it all around so I'll be able to paint standing up. It's a pain in the rump, but it's coming along okay so far - I think. Needless to say, no painting has occurred since my last post.

Christmas was kind to me, with some new brushes, 28mm scale trees, Warlord Games Soviet Flame Thrower and Light Mortar teams, and the "Dragons Don't Share 2" set by Reaper Miniatures (Perfect terrain pieces for Frostgrave.). My family and I had a pleasant holidays in general and I've made my first proper "New Years Resolution" in a very long time - to lose my gut - this will be some undertaking as I like a drink and dislike exercise both in equal amounts. But I'm sick of seeing the baby-weight, so I'm feeling very much resolved on this. Wish me luck.

Hobby-wise, 2015 saw quite a lot of stuff get done, far more than I had first thought.

1. I worked on some Robotech Veritechs until the GM got bored and we stopped playing the rpg.

2. Got some 15mm Pioneers and their transports finished for my WW2 Canadians.

3. Almost got my WW2 Mid War North Africa British Motor Company fully painted. Almost.

4. Got started on my huge rpg miniatures backlog for my (still) upcoming roleplay campaign.
5. Also got me started painting more of the rpg miniatures once I picked up a copy of Frostgrave.

6. Started up a 15mm Confederates American Civil War project.

7. Got a good 1/4 of the Units finished for my Dark Ages Lion Rampant (Saxons v Vikings) game

8. And did some Star Wars: Armada repaints.

All in all, not so bad at all really.

For 2016, I'm going to try and be a little more focused in order to finish up some of the above projects and buy (Wait for it.............................................) no more minis until I am done. Dun, dun duuuuuun!

Here are what I have planned for this year:

1.       Bolt Action 28mm Soviets
a.       3x Infantry squads of at least 10 men each
b.      Officer and sidekick
c.       Sniper Team
d.      Medic
e.      Forward Arti Observer
f.        AT Gun Team
g.       2” Mortar Team
h.      Flame Thrower Team
i.         MMG Team
j.        Medium Mortar Team
k.       ZIS-3 AT Gun team
l.         BA64 Armoured Car
m.    T34/85 Tank

2.       Chain of Command 15mm British (I played this last year for the first time.)
a.       Officer + Platoon Sgt
b.      3x Infantry squads (10 men each)
c.       2” Mortar Team
d.      Piat AT Team
e.      Artillery Observer

3.       Dark Ages – Lion Rampant
a.       2x Viking Warriors (Bondi) Units (12 men each)
b.      2x Saxon Warriors (Ceorls) Units (12 men each)
c.       1x Saxon Slingers Unit (12 men)

4.       American Civil War – Confederates 15mm
a.       5x Infantry Regiments (30 Men each)

5.       Frostgrave 28mm fantasy skirmish
a.       Finish up Enchanter Warband
b.      Finish up Witch warband
c.       Paint Elementalist and Apprentice
d.      Paint Summoner and Apprentice
e.      Paint 30+ remaining soldiers of various types
f.        Paint worm, Giants, Wolves

6.       Flames of War Commonwealth
a.       Umpteen LW tanks
b.      Two LW Artillery platoons + AOP plane
c.       MW Desert Brits Motor Infantry platoon + trucks
d.      MW outstanding Trucks and jeeps

e.      Bunch of other random stuff that I’ll get to if the mood takes.

Also have all sorts of terrain pieces that will work with all of the above to get painted and a few to be purchased - though those won't count against my "No buying" limit. I'm also looking at my options to buy a new gaming mat as my current model train grass-paper is getting all messed up.

I think I'll maybe get ... some of this stuff completed during this year. The 28mm Bolt Action Soviets are my primary though for now, as Densmol has started working on his Germans for this game and I'm eager to start playing something new for WW2. And, we can't play with unpainted minis - it just isn't proper.

Cheers for reading and I promise there'll be pictures of painted things next post.