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30
Jan

A Regiment is completed and a Horde is born

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I recently completed enough Hasslefree Miniatures crossbow armed dwarfs to assemble the second Regiment for my Kings of War force.  Since it was pretty much the same process as the first one I don’t see any reason to go through all the steps though I did document it.  I didn’t add a musician to this unit mostly because I could decide neither what instrument I wanted to use nor which figure to convert.  In the end, not to decide is to decide and apparently I prefer no musician for this Regiment.  That’s alright, the other half of the Horde has a drummer.

 

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Ready for action

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Front View

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Left Side

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Back View

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Right Side

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Finally, a bird’s eye view

 

A very attractive unit that I am sure will hold it’s own on the battle field. It fits in nicely with the overall army look as well as looking like it is half of the other unit.

 

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The Scibor pieces really add so much character while visually unifying the force.

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Sometimes you feel like two regiments.

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Sometimes you don’t!

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Rather pleased with how well these two actually fit together visually. Might be time for a larger group portrait of the entire force.  Maybe after the Berserkers.

 

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Steady on, Lads, take aim…

...and heed the call of the drum roll.

…and heed the call of the drum roll.

 

I think I’ve painted enough of this color scheme for a while.  In fact, might have to change it up completely and paint some Forge Fathers for Deadzone and Warpath.  Gotta admit, rather stoked about the possibilities offered by science fiction unit bases and vehicles.

 

17
Jan

The Dark Water Chronicles Part One

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The dwarf army moves out, gyrocopters scouting routes through the monstrous caverns.

 

And so it was that the great clans united to send a force deep into the mountains to reclaim the great underway, the Ungor Watt, from the depths and darkness in which it had been lost.  Through smoke and fire the great campaign was fought and every victory paid for in treasure and blood.

 

We got time fer a cuppa?

We got time fer a cuppa?

 

It was the miners, in their relentless underground explorations, that first came upon the foundations of dwarf ruins, the remains of settlements lost in the great quakes and volcanic eruptions that had proceeded the great orc wars.  Many holds had fallen, their populations slain and scattered, but others had survived, rebuilt.  Some had even expanded and founded new colonies but none forgot the stories of the ancient underway that had linked the dwarf people.  When ancient warehouses and barracks were discovered the explorers knew they had found one of the way stations of the great road way, the Ungor Watt.

 

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Thane Darlun Darkeye sends out the call for volunteers

Longbeards known as the Darkwater Veterans

Longbeards would become known as the Darkwater Veterans because they fought there for so many years.  Some had arrived in the beginning as young warriors.

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Ironbreakers had arrived with the miners. They set up the base camp in the ancient barracks.

The commanders of the brave Quarrelers

The commanders of the brave Quarrelers, crossbow armed troopers who had the amazing habit of making the most difficult of saves more than once.

More Quarrelers arrive with the reinforcements.

More Quarrelers arrive with the reinforcements.

Thunderers march through the ancient halls to aide their brethren in the Darkwater battles

Thunderers march through the ancient halls to aide their brethren in the Darkwater battles. Chaos armor is tough and the extra punch of those guns will help.

Colonial Rifles take position

Colonial Rifles take position at a crossroads.

The call goes out. The slayers gather!

The call goes out. The slayers gather!

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Prince Garius the Dragonslayer took down dragon ogres.

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Giantslayer Yurni Stonejowl scouts ahead of the main force.

 

Almost immediately a vast cavern filled with an underground lake was located within marching distance of the main camp.  Unfortunately so was a force of heavily armed and armored, blood worshiping humans who had arrived via a cavern on the lake’s northern end.  Immediately battle ensued with the dwarfs pushed back to the the perimeter of their own camp.  It was only the stubborn refusal of the Quarrelers to break and the timely flank charge of Prince Garius and his band of Slayers that saved the dwarfs.  Soon many more slayers would arrive and the battles for Darkwater Cavern would go on for a very long time.  In the meantime word of the ancient water source made its way to the Rangers and they knew how to turn that water into beer.

Let's go, lads! It's Our Water! It's Our Beer!

Let’s go, lads! It’s Our Water! It’s Our Beer!

 

 

 

7
Jan

Three to beam up

The away team in progress

The away team in progress or training as I call it.  Guess that makes my desk Star Fleet Academy.

 

Once again I was enthralled by figures from Hasslefree Miniatures and being Star Trek homages I couldn’t resist.  Once the MicroArts base inserts had arrived these ladies moved to the front of the prep line.  Besides, the beginning of a new year should be a time of looking forward and what’s more so than space travel? They aren’t any particular characters but I think of them as Nurse Chapel, Yeoman Rand, and Lt Uhura. Being Kevin White sculpts they are lovely and sport some nice details.  I went with the three primary colors Star Fleet Old School uniforms came in as it just made sense with three figures and besides the yeoman sports a yellow uniform in more than one episode.

Yeoman Rand

 

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She’s got a phaser and knows how to use it.

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The details on the base just create such a great sense of environment.

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This lady has better things to do than hand the captain a clipboard.

 

I tried to keep the details on the bases clean and the colors simple, almost what one might find on a television sound studio in the sixties.  As I may have mentioned in earlier blogs, I love the plastic base inserts MicroArts makes.  They really add  level of place, a sense that the figure is moving through it’s natural environment and are just so much fun to paint.

 

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Nurse Chapel

 

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She looks pretty sassy.

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Bit of red and yellow on the base to balance all the blue.

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She doesn’t look like she would put up with Spock throwing soup.

 

Lt Uhura

 

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I like the addition of the tri-corder. Chapel needs one

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It was the ear rings that really declared this to be Uhura

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The deck textures are great and fun to paint all on their own.

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Heading to transporter room.

 

I find myself wishing for more crew so I can build a foam core Gallileo 7 for them.

 

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The Not Trek Ladies

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Such nice sculpts, both minis and bases, make it easy to get good results.

 

Such lovely, formidable ladies and who serve no purpose in my collection except the joy they brought me in their creation.  I kept the bases nice and clean to match the sets of the original series.  Those miners chasing the Horta were spotless.  The bases would look great with weathering and damage, painted dirty, gritty, all Star Wars style.  Hmmmmm, seems to me I saw Jedi on Hasslefree’s website…

 

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3
Jan

Summon the Wizards

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Back and improved

 

Having joined in and thoroughly enjoyed Angry Piper’s (http://angrypiper.com/gaming/) November challenge to paint and post a dwarf a week I jumped at the chance to participate when he announced the December Wizard challenge.  It gave me the perfect excuse to take on some of the wonderful wizard figures by Hasslefree Miniatures that were sitting in my Unpainted collection as well as a reaper Bones I really wanted to add some runes to.  Since he was largely done I started on him while the other three were waiting for their primer to dry.

 

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Terracotta highlighted with orange contrasted nicely.

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Took the opportunity to work a little more on the green glass bottle.

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I think the runes add to the sense of movement

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Abbra-ca-pocus! Poccus Cadabra!

 

Week Two I had an Elven Sage who seemed custom sculpted for a character from a recent lethal role playing game a friend ran.  Using the Dungeon Crawl Classics role playing rules, we each ran multiple characters as most of them wouldn’t make it to the end.  The female half elf sage was the only one of mine who made it all the way through the harrowing adventure, still clutching the skull of an ancient fallen hero.  Even though Aron doesn’t really use miniatures in his game I like having a 3D representation of my character and this one was perfect.  The fact she looked fun to paint was bonus.

 

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I knew she needed a cool base and MicroArts’ new plastic inserts really fit the bill.

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Secret Weapons Miniatures product Realistic Water is easy to use and makes a nice difference.

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Love the texture of the stonework

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Such nice details and sense of movement.

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Another great Kev White sculpt.

Such a lovely face and anatomy I decided against tattoos or face paint in the end.

Such a lovely face and anatomy I decided against tattoos or face paint in the end.

 

Next up were two figures I ordered as soon as they were cast in metal simply because I loved them and wanted to eventually paint them.  I’m still waiting for the “Casting Lenore” to make it to pewter but was happy to have a reason to paint the one I have.  But I finished painting Amalthea first so she became my entry for Week Three.

 

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I call her Lady Winterwillow

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Another MicroArts base to add character and environment

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I’m fairly pleased with the freehand work

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Can’t quite see the gleam on the top of the orb.

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The base adds to the whole Frostgrave Ruins idea.

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Talk to the hand!

 

Finally, all that was left was “the one whom angels named Lenore”.  With the holidays and all that they entail I didn’t actually complete her by the fourth Saturday deadline but as Angry Piper shared my issues he extended it until the end of the year.  I sent my final photos off at 10:30 PM on the thirty-first.  Whew, squeeked through.

 

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Lenore though she is Lady Mooncrow in my collection.

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Despite having to repaint and start over, the cloak offered lots of fun surfaces for freehand detail.

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I love how the MicroArts base inserts give one a lot of options in how to base the figure.

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More pleased with the border than the moon

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The shattered statue on the base is such a nice detail I wanted to draw some attention to it by mounting her balanced on the broken pieces.

 

Now get back to work on those dwarf Berserkers. The base isn't going to fill itself

Now get back to work on those dwarf Berserkers over there. The base isn’t going to fill itself