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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.

 

19
Dec

Elemental, my dear Watson

The very stones rise up in defense of the Dwarven homelands

The very stones rise up in defense of the Dwarven homelands

 

Seeking some diversity for my Dwarf army in Kings of War I’ve wanted to add some units of Earth Elementals for quite some time.  Since they are the cheapest horde available on my army list with Crushing Strength 1 and unwavering they are very attractive.  That I would only need three per unit and they should paint up quickly made them almost irresistible.  The only problem was the Mantic doesn’t make any models for them.  So it was going to be a quest!

 

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Brother Stonebrow is called upon to bring forth elementals

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My newest Stone Priest

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Another wonderful Kev White sculpt that was a blast to paint mounted on a Secret Weapon base.

 

It quickly became clear that I could easily spend a lot of money on some incredible models but that was not anywhere on my plan, the spending lots of money part.  I wanted decent minis.  These where joining my dwarf collection after all.  The models couldn’t be larger than Duane either as he is technically a Greater Earth Elemental, listed as a Monster (50mm base) while these were to be Large Infantry (40mm bases) and I wanted to build four Regiments of the guys which would require twelve miniatures.  I wanted a selection of sculpts and styles because I saw them as being very individual. So it was off to eBay.

 

I envisioned a mix of textures and colors as varied as the ground beneath them.

I envisioned a mix of textures and colors as varied as the ground beneath them.

 

I had already gone through all my Reaper Bones looking for any elemental or golem that might work and found none.  There were a couple of metal models that looked the part on their website I’d have to watch for good prices on.  Plastic Dungeons and Dragons figures from Wizards of the Coast showed a lot of promise as well, having a wide selection of both ranges and styles.  Since I didn’t play anymore and paint my own toy soldiers I had only been vaguely aware of these prepainted plastic models so wasn’t sure of the exact sizes of any of them.  Multiple finds from a couple of sellers kept postage down and gave me a selection to choose from and compare.

 

Hello, nice to be here.

Hello, nice to be here.

Hmmm, just not feeling it.

Power to the Earth!

Testfit1

Not bad but a little crowded

 

In the end one was too small, one was way too tiny, and one was too tree like but with a metal Reaper mini to round things out, I had enough to start work.  Among the mix I had four nice solid looking fellows called Elemental Walls I could spread out one per base, a couple of Medium Elementals sporting green gems that looked like they were bursting through the ground, and even two that reminded me a little of Jack Kirby drawings of The Thing.

 

Alright, guys, try and get it together

Alright, guys, try and get it together

 

I cut unit bases out of thick plastic card and used super glue to attach the figures.  I then used my favorite standby, lightweight spackling, to create the ground and hide the round bases attached to the feet of the minis.

 

AddingPatch

Applying ground work

BaseCovered

Ready for Texture

 

As soon as this was in place I poured crushed charcoal (reclaimed from used up water filters) over it, pressed it down then tapped off the excess.  Once these were done I set them aside to dry over night.

 

Textured

That metal guy is looking a little snowy.

 

Painting was as straight forward as I assumed it would be.  Bases were coated in a dark brown I touched up the basic paint job the figures had come with.  Well, obviously the metal figure was primed before being base coated in grey and brown.  All the figures were washed with Agrax Earthshade and Nuln Oil.  Then it was matter of highlighting and weathering.

 

Base coated and drying

Base coated and drying

Stained and highlighted

Different unit stained and highlighted

Just needs some ground works

Just needs some ground works.

 

Here’s another place the wet palette came in very handy. Fresh paint of various greys and browns arranged in a circle for easy mixing made short work of the last three regiments, the first having been assembled and painted as soon as I had three minis I liked together.  I glued down some mixed flocking here and there before spraying them all with sealant.  When that had dried I glued on tufts of grass and small brush for a more natural look and to match my dwarf force.  I had skipped adding the architectural bits and pieces my dwarf units have as I wanted these guys to work in a Forces of Nature army as well.  I do have an antique army of painted Wood Elves packed away after all. So I have four finished Regiments of Large Infantry to bolster my army.

 

Reg4F

Reg4B

Reg3F

Reg3B

Reg2F

Reg2B

Reg1F

Reg1b

 

Not only do I have four regiments but I can also combine them into two Hordes.

 

Horde2

Horde1

 

Once I’d located the minis I wanted these units were fast and fun to paint.  I think they fit together nicely as well and will look great along side Duane and Brother Stonebrow.

 

Alright, lads, let's go!

Alright, lads, let’s go!

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Who says we’re all lads?

ElementalsArrive

Oh quit complaining and shamble.

OntheMove

Shamble, shamble, shamble.

 

 

 

8
Oct

Some More Finished Reaper Bones

The patina begins

The patina begins

 

Some of the first figures I tackled when my box of rewards from Reaper Miniatures second Bones campaign on Kickstart arrived were what I called the Hero-on-Big-Base figures.  Very characterful figures mounted on large, sculpted bases. Fairly easy to see why they appealed to me right away.  The names I use are entirely of my own making so don’t try looking them up in the catalog.

Ghoul Lord

The first was a ghoul like character whose visage was miscast to the point of offending the camera.  No, really, it is a terrible casting with a concave face that I was able to build a bit of a nose onto with green stuff.  Came out alright but the rock is my favorite part, truth be told.  I don’t see him leading my Kings of War Undead anytime soon.

 

Ugly with a capitol Uggg

Ugly with a capitol Uggg

Better in Profile

Better in Profile

Even Better from behind

Even Better from behind

The Rook

Since this guy is covered in pieces of castle and appears to be standing on a tiny tower I thought of him as The Rook. There is just something fun, goofy really, about the exaggeration of these minis and wearing big bits of architecture seems perfectly acceptable. Sort of medieval meets anime’ really. Just look at the size of the blades. Despite all the masonry, Rook is a fairly simple figure so I kept the paint job simple and finished in just under an hour.

 

Rook1

Who uses that tiny door?

Rook2

Nice how the arch and portcullis fit over his upper arm.

Rook3

Blade is almost as wide as he is.

Rook5

He does look vigilant

RookCloseUp

He’s wondering who is going to help him out of this parade float of an outfit.

Demonblade

I’m no sure why all the male knights in this set are bald but it is what it is. Must have something to do with the helmets none of them are wearing. Demonblade ,or DB to his friends, has lots of fancy armor so I figured the shoulder plates should be differentiated and went with bronze. Weathering them was half the fun. Like Rook this fellow was kept simple and finished in just under an hour.

 

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Probably trying to figure out where to set the sword

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The runes and diagrams cut into the rock are a nice touch.

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The cape was fun.

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Another nice view of the wards he’s standing in.

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Such a fun anime’ pose.

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He said what about my sword?

Hammertime

If there was any doubt as to the influence of anime’ on these sculpts then this cleric’s hammer should banish them. I’m guessing it would weigh more than the holy warrior and his armor combined. Must be some divine inspiration or magic that makes up for the physics. It was the rough stairs of the base that first drew my attention to this miniature and where I started work. A dunk in a mug of hot water before a bath of cold to straighten the shaft of his weapon and he was ready for painting. I had such fun with his various layers and materials that I went well over my self imposed time limit. The shoulder pad was especially useful for some heraldry.

 

Hammer5

I had such fun painting the steps.

Hammer4

Okay, the fabric was fun too.

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The metal bits turned out to be very engaging because a hammer that large has to look like it’s been around.

Hammer2

…and the heraldry. I like the heraldry.

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Silly weapon or not, this was a blast to paint.

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Can’t go wrong with fleur de lile.

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Rather pleased with how he came out. Bet he ends up in a Kings of War army or part of a RPG.

Chaosgrrrl! and Rojo.

One of the last ones I painted from this set as I really wanted to spend some time working on her charming shield. Another massive weapon but at least she has some armor covering the side of her not protected by the tower shield. With the anime’ influence it seems that female costumes can often be as small as the weapons are large so this was a step in the right direction. Her navel maybe exposed but those spiked plates on her armor aren’t just for show. I named her shield Rojo and saved the bound demon for last. I liked the idea of him having opinions, arguments, and conversations with the lithe chaos warrior so tried to paint them eyeing each other. Sort of a twist on the whole Elric/Stormbringer relationship.

ChaosGirl1

She does not look happy.

ChaosGirl5

She’s slender but strong.

CGClose2

I said we should have turned left…

CGClose1

I’m not having this discussion.

ChaosGirl4

The plinth would make a great base for minis used as chess pieces

ChaosGirl3

Might be her best side as well

ChaosGirl2

ChaosGrrl and Rojo

 

Firecrest

The heavily armored warrior woman looked rather Greek in her crested helm so I opted for a Spartan color scheme besides, I had intended to patina her armor when I saw her picture in the campaign and there was already a lot of red on my wet pallet from working on Rojo.  That I got to play with the natural aspects of stone and ivy was a bonus really.

 

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Basic paint job done

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Now to make it ancient

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Looking better but not finished

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Crest is…okay

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But something is still missing

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Maybe another polish to the armor…

Firecrest2

Maybe some plants?

 

She was looking pretty good but just not complete and it wasn’t just the bad photos.  She needed something else but I decided against adding any outside materials.  I was also trying to keep each Bones mini under an hour but regularly stretch that on fun figures like this one so I compromised and put her aside over night.  After coffee and breakfast I picked her up and just began painting.  The wet pallet I’ve started using was very helpful with this I can tell you.  It is super useful for unit painting but that’s a whole different post.  I might still add a red gem to the hilt of her sword but all in all I think she really came out well.

 

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Now that’s looking finished!

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The two tone crest looks much more dramatic

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Even the statue needed more work.

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No spit but definitely polish.

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Some more highlighting, a couple of horizontal stripes, and it’s working.

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Now to find her a heavy pike block to command. Heck, give her an army.

 

Having painted a fair number of Reaper Bones to date I have formed a few opinions.  While the material has short comings it definitely has some big benefits.  First problem issue I’ve found is that fine detail (like women’s noses, fingers, the Ghoul Lord’s nose and eye) can be mashed up or missing.  The second is the mold release used sticks around and messes with paint adherence.  The latter issue is solved by my better cleaning the minis beforehand while the former is harder to solve.  Now the positives begin with the price of figures being downright cheap. So cheap I don’t mind taking chances on color schemes or painting techniques as well as picking up figures I might not otherwise (I’m looking at you Bugbear and Gnoll troops) so now have a big collection of dungeon dwellers ready to go When Dungeon Saga arrives.  Another plus is the wide variety of minis Reaper has already produced so one is spoiled for choice regardless of genre’.  Storing them before or after painting is aided by the fact that they are light weight and when you start collecting miniature war gaming armies that starts to matter.  My favorite aspect, so far, is that once finished the acrylic paint seems to bond with the bendy plastic and flexes rather than chips.  I do love how the terrain pieces paint up with the bases in the above post as examples.  Honestly, I’m more excited about working on the ruins included in Dragons Don’t Share than either the adventurers or the dragon.  All in all, I like the material though I think I may limit future Bones purchases to architecture and BIG monsters.  Those come out wonderfully and really benefit from the light weight.

 

2
Jul

Ruh Roh, Rombies! Part One

 

SDGang1

I have been in love with Hasslefree Miniatures’ (http://www.hfminis.co.uk/) Scooby Doo Gang as Zombie Fighters figures since the first time I saw them. I knew if I ordered them I would find a reason to use them eventually but it wasn’t until KublaCon 2012 when I acquired a HorrorClix Undead Cosmonaut that I knew I had to make a diorama.  Okay, a little clarification on my use of “acquired”. Necron99 actually picked it up as part of his Friday night flea market haul.  Immediately upon seeing it, I grabbed it and said he was needed to face my Scooby Gang. Being a man who appreciates aesthetics as much as he does classic cartoons he graciously agreed to let me have the radiated figure. Then it was a a simple matter of ordering a Zombie Dog Walker and Deep Sea Diver (would need some conversion) from Reaper Miniatures and my cast was complete.Spooky Cosmonaut

Cut off the right arm and replaced it with a Mantic Skeletal Arm

Cut off the right arm and replaced it with a Mantic Skeletal Arm

Rotting Walkies

Now, if they were going to be fighting zombies, real zombies as opposed to guys in rubber masks, then their Mystery Machine would really need an upgrade.  I have found that Daemonscape (http://www.daemonscape.com/index.html) is a good place to start for science fiction vehicles and after some looking around settled on the armed and armored, four track Snow Cat.

Gang included for scale. Turret only on with Blu-Tac. More on that later.

Gang included for scale. Turret only on with Blu-Tac. More on that later.

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Now that I had the pieces assembled it was time to plan out the display board and start painting but that can wait for another post.