Archive | June 2014

More Adventurers

It has been a while since my last update, but I have been busy with a few things at work, home, and of course kids.

I have managed to squeeze out a few new minis to showcase. I am not 100% sure if I am finished them, but I think they are tabletop ready.

First up we have Hayden by Hassle Free Miniatures.

Hayden by Hassle Free Miniatures

Hayden by Hassle Free Miniatures

Hayden by Hassle Free Miniatures

Hayden by Hassle Free Miniatures

Hayden by Hassle Free Miniatures

Hayden by Hassle Free Miniatures

I am not sure if I want to do a wash on the flesh again. What I do need to figure out is how to delint her hair. It looks like I left some fuzz when I dried up the ink wash.

If you are not familiar with Hassle Free Miniatures, I recommend you check them out. A mom and pop operation (literally) it has some of the best models I have run across. The female form is a favorite topic for the artist Kevin White, and he sculpts real women: some have curves and none have Pamela Anderson with a breast pump models like many other lines out there.

Hayden does have a few alternate casts including a topless one (which I have) and a modern version…which I am kicking myself for not grabbing. Anyhow, she will be the main hero for my wife’s dwarf army:

Hassle Free Miniatures and Games Workshop Lord of the Rings Dwarves.

Hassle Free Miniatures and Games Workshop Lord of the Rings Dwarves.

Although not as well armoured, the sarcastic expression and giant axe says she doesn’t need a chainmail hauberk. For the topless version I am tempted to try a weapon swap and give her a Roman Scutum. Topless but with a door sized shield – she is ready to go.

I also managed to hammer out a few other models that will make fine adventurers.

Games Workshop Dunedain from the Lord of the Rings.

Games Workshop Dunedain from the Lord of the Rings.

Games Workshop Dunedain from the Lord of the Rings.

Games Workshop Dunedain from the Lord of the Rings.

Games Workshop Dunedain from the Lord of the Rings.

Games Workshop Dunedain from the Lord of the Rings.

One of the Dunedain models I have from an auction years ago, these models have slowly been used in other projects as they are so well done. This particular fellow I painted as the well worn traveler and I am very impressed with the sculpt.

Also finished is Tara the Silent, although with a twist from the stock version.

Tara the Silent by Reaper Miniatures

Tara the Silent by Reaper Miniatures

Tara the Silent by Reaper Miniatures

Tara the Silent by Reaper Miniatures

Yes, I painted her like Wonder Woman. It wasn’t until I started highlighting that I realized I had duplicated the Wonder Woman scheme. At that point I made damn sure to paint the gloves as extra long instead of adding bracers. Golden Lasso of Truth not pictured. Once the pictures were taken I noticed she too had fuzz on her face, but that fortunately just blew off.

And as always the obligatory group shot:

A second adventuring group ready to explore dreadful dungeons.

A second adventuring group ready to explore dreadful dungeons.

The next projects in the queue involve some personal life stuff so no updates for a while I am sure. Next for painting will be some Confrontation models who are half finished – yes the over-looked project for this year has seen some light. And on the same note, since I have managed a game of 40k, maybe those half-finished tanks will get done. Oh, and the painting competition due in September. But I do have two projects in mind so it is simply a matter of knuckling down onto them.

Hopefully something inspired you today, if nothing else to go buy from Hassle Free Miniatures.

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Works in Progress

This weekend has given me a bit of time to paint and a couple of miniatures have gotten closer to finished.

First up, the Scooby Doo white face has been toned down a bit.

Before:

Barrow Warden Mystic by Reaper Miniatures

Barrow Warden Mystic by Reaper Miniatures

After:

Barrow Warden Mystic by Reaper Miniatures

Barrow Warden Mystic by Reaper Miniatures

I was expecting to have to do a few washes but one wash mixed the right tone did a good job I think.

Next we have an elf I had sitting on my painting table.

Lord of the Rings elf by Games Workshop

Lord of the Rings elf by Games Workshop

Lord of the Rings elf by Games Workshop

Lord of the Rings elf by Games Workshop

I wanted to paint a grey mottled cloak. In the Lord of the Rings the cloaks given by Galadriel were described as a muted grey that seemed to shift colour but was otherwise unremarkable. I put a scratch on the cheek by accident as much as anything. I wanted to try free-handing a tattoo but my initial brush strokes looked more like scratches so I left them as is.

Having a few minis waiting for basing gives the opportunity for an impromptu diorama:

Elves versus undead.

Elves versus undead.

And now back to your regularly scheduled programming

These aren’t newly painted models, but Persian models from a couple months ago.

I didn’t really want to post these pics, but I have decided to for a couple reasons.

1. I want the entire Early Achaemenid Persian project to be documented.

2. I have a problem.

Horde and Sparabara units.  Miniatures by Wargames Factory.

Horde and Sparabara units. Miniatures by Wargames Factory.

Not some of my best work, and I know I have posted some pretty rough work up here already.

The reality is I have suffered in silence long enough. I have a condition known as project fatigue. It takes many forms and the symptoms are diverse. Don’t cry for me. Instead, donate to the painting fatigue charity. Well charity isn’t the right word. Let’s call it a drinking fund. And if you can’t buy me a drink, have two yourself.

Painting fatigue is a seldom talked about condition with a stigma. Let’s switch to alcoholism and be cool like Charlie Sheen.

Ok, rant aside, I powered through these units when maybe taking a break would have been the better choice. Yes they look pretty rough but they are part of a larger army. At the end of the day I don’t think it will be as obvious with so many other units around them. Plus, eventually I will have TWO of these armies so they will stand out even less.

In the grand scheme of things, they still look good in a group shot:

Sparabara.  Miniatures by Wargames Factory.

Sparabara. Miniatures by Wargames Factory.

Sparabara.  Miniatures by Wargames Factory.

Sparabara. Miniatures by Wargames Factory.

Hopefully this inspired you today, if nothing else to take a break from painting to socialize and have a drink. WARNING: do not drink your painting water. WARNING: do not drink and paint.

I live…again

Ok, maybe a bit melodramatic. It has been a very busy couple of months with work so no updates online.

As a bit of irony, as I sat down I realized I have some work in progress models that would make a good post. So undead models to raise my blog from the death of absence.

Barrow Warden Mystic by Reaper Miniatures

Barrow Warden Mystic by Reaper Miniatures

Barrow Warden Mystic by Reaper Miniatures

Barrow Warden Mystic by Reaper Miniatures

This is a wonderful sculpt by Reaper I picked up. I very much like the character of the model. I went for a tarnished armour effect which worked very well and the crystal ball in the staff turned out pretty well I think. I am not happy with the bones. It came out too white and hopefully a wash can make it appear a bit more grim. A bit of free-hand on the crystal he is holding turned out very well from a table-top perspective I think.

Games Workshop Skeletons...and other bits.

Games Workshop Skeletons…and other bits.

Games Workshop Skeletons...and other bits.

Games Workshop Skeletons…and other bits.

I had a few unpainted Games Workshop skeletons kicking around and I thought what better use than as minions for the lich-like mystic. I did a heavy wash over the eyes with a bright blue to capture the whole glowing eyes look. Up close it shows a few errant strokes but from a distance it really looks like glowing eyes. The dried bones were set to capture faded and worn bones. And of course the rust wash turned out very well I think.

And what would be complete without the family photo.

The undead horde thus far.

The undead horde thus far.

Hopefully something inspired you today, if nothing else it shows I’m not quite dead yet. Damn, mixing movie metaphors again.