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29
Jun

Lethal Ladies sculpted by Kev White

Too fun not to paint.

I have a fair number of miniatures that I buy simply because I want to paint them not because I have any game use in mind.  This is often the case with sculpts by Kev White.  His dwarf character pieces lead to my starting an entire Kings of War army but that’s for other posts.  This is about some of the wonderful female figures he has created that demanded paint as soon as I had them in hand.  These examples come from his own company Hasslefree Miniatures (http://hfminis.co.uk/) as well as Reaper Miniatures (http://www.reapermini.com/). The bases are from Secret Weapon Miniatures (https://www.secretweaponminiatures.com/) as well as MicroArts Studios (http://shop.microartstudio.com/battle-bases-c-3.html).

 

Steam Boudi

 

Steam Boudi from Hasslefree Miniatures

A wonderful Kev White sculpt.

Mounted on a MicroArts base.

There are a couple variant sculpts as well I will have to get a hold of.

 

Sister Diogenes

 

She is a miniature I fell in love with while searching for a male cleric on Reaper’s website.

Turns out she is sculpted by Kev White.

Sister Diogenes will, no doubt, end up a role playing figure.

Turns out I have a second copy of her in my Bones3 Core Rewards.

Pirate Crew

A Hasslefree mini mounted on a MicroArts base.

Kev White’s minis have a tendency to look ready to move.

I love the sense of narrative a good base can bring to a miniature.

Another Hasslefree mini on MicroArts base.

I think of them as ship’s crew but could be great zero level characters.

Gotta love striped pants. Fairly easy to do and looks so stylish.

 

Bunni (with a heart dotting the i)

 

Hasslefree Miniature on a Secret Weapon base.

As good as the MicroArts bases are, Secret Weapon Miniatures are my favorite.

Love this one so much I picked up both variants.

Another figure about to step off her base.

It may be the post apocalypse but that’s no reason not to stay clean.

 

So, there are a few of the pieces I’ve finished that were sculpted by Kev White. I hadn’t intended on focusing on his work initially but once I started going through my pictures I realized I had plenty by just him. That means I’ll have to do separate posts for the Bombshell Babes or other pirate minis I’ve been working on. Until then, it’s back to the painting table.  There’s always more dwarfs to paint after all.

 

What are you waiting for? Get the other me done pronto!

25
Jun

Reaper Bones 3 Arrives

A box arrived full of Reaper Bones miniatures.

 

Recently the rewards for Reaper Miniatures’ Bones3 Kickstarter appeared on my doorstep and it was a varied collection of terrain and miniatures.  Not only was it varied in models but in the type of plastic as well which solved a lot of issues from earlier campaigns. Big animals, monsters, and terrain all seemed to work just fine and re-positioning bent details a fairly simple, if wet, process. Thinner models from Bones1 suffered from being overly bendy (as opposed to bent) while some of the finer detail, like women’s noses, seemed to get lost or blurred.  Bones2 saw some improvement in both issues but not much. Since the Dragons Don’t Share set from that campaign showed us what Bones could really do with terrain I expected more of the same in the latest offering.  While there are plenty of terrain bits the mausoleum, graveyard fence, and spare weapons are actually hard plastic.  The white Bones plastic is less bendy in this campaign and has been replaced by a soft grey on a couple of sets.  The thinner parts and finer details appear to be cast better than the early ones as well.  Nice to see sharp delineation on the female figures’ faces. I’ll have to find some to shift into the painting queue.

I decided to start painting my Bones3 set with some dwarf figures. No surprise to anyone, I’m sure. I picked them, actually, as part of my drive to paint a large number of villagers/zero levelers and there is an orc and elf on the way as well.  I’ve got a ridiculous collection of unpainted miniatures that could be townspeople, non-player characters, angry mobs, whatever but the definitive word in their description being “unpainted” means I’m storing the wrong stuff.  I much prefer to store painted minis.  Add in how much I would enjoy Dungeon Crawl Classics’ Zero Level funnels with minis and I decided to start adding them to the ever growing painting queue.

 

Dwarf brewer

The grain detail on his armor cast well…

…as did the nails in the barrel.

 

Dwarf Butcher and friend

Again, the fine details seem to be sharper and better defined than the previous campaigns.

I should really add a stripe or two to his tunic.

Even the pig’s face is expressive. Bit disturbing, that.

 

I’ve got all the Bones1 and 2 villagers minis based and waiting for paint as well.  With the Secret Weapons Dungeon tiles I’ll be ready to run Nebin Pendlebrook’s Perilous Pantry in 3D.

 

Here’s to you lads and lasses keeping the paint flowing.