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Super Progress

With the arrival of the weekend I have managed to squeeze a bit of hobby time in.  Since my kids were running around, the best option was painting as I was fairly certain I was going to get interrupted sculpting.

Nomad by Hasslefree Miniatures.

Nomad by Hasslefree Miniatures.

Nomad by Hasslefree Miniatures.

Nomad by Hasslefree Miniatures.

Nomad by Hasslefree Miniatures.

Nomad by Hasslefree Miniatures.

Nomad by Hasslefree Miniatures.

Nomad by Hasslefree Miniatures.

Cobra by Hasslefree Miniatures as Nick Fury.  Nomad by Hasslefree Miniatures.

Cobra by Hasslefree Miniatures as Nick Fury. Nomad by Hasslefree Miniatures.

Cobra by Hasslefree Miniatures as Nick Fury.  Nomad by Hasslefree Miniatures.  Ekaterina by Hasslefree Miniatures as Black Widow proxy.

Cobra by Hasslefree Miniatures as Nick Fury. Nomad by Hasslefree Miniatures. Ekaterina by Hasslefree Miniatures as Black Widow proxy.

The first mini to get finished is the Hassle Free miniature Nomad.  As I mentioned in a previous WIP post, I intend to use him and the other two trooper types as generic “agent” types.  The dark blue I chose was to tie him to Nick Fury without directly tying him to only that role.

The dark blue suit could be a police or special agent uniform, possibly even some sort of colour blind special ops guy.  I elected to go with green web-gear and gun straps as I discussed before, I want him to look like he grabbed the biggest gun he could and then the only thing to hold the ammo wasn’t the new pattern the others use.

It wasn’t until I painted his beard and added highlights I realized he looks a lot like Chuck Norris.  If I decide to get silly in my super hero game, I can do the Chuck Norris version of him.

As he will be called Agent Nomad in my game, I figured it would be ok to show him with other SHIELD agents.

Nakayama Hayato by Reaper Miniatures as Silver Samurai proxy.

Nakayama Hayato by Reaper Miniatures as Silver Samurai proxy.

Nakayama Hayato by Reaper Miniatures as Silver Samurai proxy.

Nakayama Hayato by Reaper Miniatures as Silver Samurai proxy.

Nakayama Hayato by Reaper Miniatures as Silver Samurai proxy.

Nakayama Hayato by Reaper Miniatures as Silver Samurai proxy.

Dr Dread by Reaper Miniatures.  Proxy for Dr. Doom.  Nakayama Hayato by Reaper Miniatures as Silver Samurai proxy.

Dr Dread by Reaper Miniatures. Proxy for Dr. Doom. Nakayama Hayato by Reaper Miniatures as Silver Samurai proxy.

Clay Golem by Reaper Miniatures as Incredible Hulk proxy.  Nakayama Hayato by Reaper Miniatures as Silver Samurai proxy.

Clay Golem by Reaper Miniatures as Incredible Hulk proxy. Nakayama Hayato by Reaper Miniatures as Silver Samurai proxy.

Another quick paint I did today was my version of the Silver Samurai.  I used Nakayama Hayato in Bones by Reaper Miniatures as a base.  He did have a banner pole, but the detail was soft on where it joined his back and the Silver Samurai was never depicted with one.

I painted this figure very quickly, start to finish I spent maybe an hour on painting him (outside of waiting for his primer to dry).  I started from a dark blue and worked up to white to evoke the bluish shadows of silver in comic books.  Even if he reads more white than silver, I am happy with the effect.  The only difficult part was drawing on random slashes to represent kanji on his prayer scrolls.  I am impressed with the model, but some details were a bit soft.  I may go and get the metal one at some point to paint as a traditional samurai.

If you are unfamiliar with the Silver Samurai, he was a villain who featured mainly in the Wolverine story line.  Although not a villain per se, he is definitely a bad guy.  On numerous occasions he partnered with villains and led organized crime syndicates.  His powers/abilities were a bit limited: he had his armour (very tough) and the mutant power to make his blade cut through anything.  In some stories he also had a teleporting ring.  All told, he was a very tough opponent, and he was a recurring threat to Wolverine not because of him being more powerful, but because of their past and close connection.

If you saw the Wolverine movie, you will know he faced the Silver Samurai, Gundam style.  Yes Gundam, giant fighting robot, although Gangnam style might work too for how I felt watching it.

Anyhow, to show him beside team evil, he has Dr. Doom.  Also featuring as my only other melee guy is Hulk.  I added in an ability I actually designed to reflect the two biggest fighting bad-asses from comics I like: Wolverine and Batman.  The ability is simple: double an opponent attack roll and get a free melee attack.  I originally wrote it to be any attack in short range but  realized it might be a bit over-powered.

Anyhow, I hope this little update inspired you today.  If nothing else, it can show that a quick and simple execution can give you a table-top quality figure in no time.

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Your Doom is (not quite) sealed

I managed to sneak a bit of hobby time in this week and I did some more work on Dr. Doom.

Dr Dread by Reaper Miniatures.  Proxy for Dr. Doom.

Dr Dread by Reaper Miniatures. Proxy for Dr. Doom.

At this point I am not sure if I want to call him finished or not.  If he isn’t done, I don’t know what else to do (other than basing).  I’m concerned if I add more highlights his armour will read too light, as it was dark metal in the comics (and even darker in the two latest film versions of him).

Dr Dread by Reaper Miniatures.  Proxy for Dr. Doom.

Dr Dread by Reaper Miniatures. Proxy for Dr. Doom.

I added some highlights to him last time including wet-blending and used my brush to accentuate the chain while hiding my mistakes.  I also selectively highlighted him to give deep shadows.  I think I succeeded: while I was painting him I kept trying to turn him in the light to see him better…the whole time both my lights were directly on him with no shadow.

To show him off in an action shot, I figured it was time to bring all my heroes figs painted so far to bear.

Dr. Doom commands his zombies to attack Nick Fury and Black Widow while White Huntress lurks nearby to land the killing blow.

Dr. Doom commands his zombies to attack Nick Fury and Black Widow while White Huntress lurks nearby to land the killing blow.

If only Nick Fury and Black Widow had even one Avenger to help them.  But who could get there fast enough to help and save the day?

Dr. Doom commands his zombies to attack Nick Fury and Black Widow while White Huntress lurks nearby to land the killing blow.

Dr. Doom commands his zombies to attack Nick Fury and Black Widow while White Huntress lurks nearby to land the killing blow.

If you have any suggestions on Dr. Doom, please let me know.  I won’t have much hobby time in the near future but I look forward to executing any advice before moving on to the next guy.  Hopefully something inspired you today, if nothing else to break out your latest project to snap a few diorama pictures.

I’m not dead yet…

And my vacation isn’t done yet…although I am in the hours left now.  Once I get back to work I know I will be very busy so I don’t expect as many posts…in fact I might go through until late February before the next one.  Did I mention my new job at work is very busy?

Anyhow, yesterday and today were very productive.  On the building front I managed to assemble 3 buildings and plastered two of them and my bus shelter.  Sadly I forgot to sand any of them so the plaster isn’t staying on well.  I will see how well it stays on after another couple days and try painting.  I also found out that the white glue doesn’t work well on the garbage bags to foam.  The glue stuck very well to the bags but not to the foam.  The glue also left a very obvious film on the bags.  So I was able to easily pop the bags off and peel off the glue.  The bag I attached to one of the sheet-metal fences stayed attached very well though.  If you are going to use my garbage bags idea I recommend using superglue to attach them to things unless attaching it to a porous surface with a large flat contact point.

Sci Fi urban terrain.

Sci Fi urban terrain.

Sci Fi urban terrain.

Sci Fi urban terrain.

Sci Fi urban terrain.

Sci Fi urban terrain.

I also managed to finish painting the last big building I had sitting as a WIP.  I also added a small shop to this one through the simple addition of a sign.  Not fantastic, but I am planning to go back and put bright green in the centre of the letters to evoke neon.

Also worth noting is the new finishing technique I tried.  I have gone with an even lighter final highlight and it makes the building look newer and in better repair.  It doesn’t stand out from the others but still blends in.

Cobra by Hasslefree Miniatures as Nick Fury.

Cobra by Hasslefree Miniatures as Nick Fury.

Cobra by Hasslefree Miniatures as Nick Fury.

Cobra by Hasslefree Miniatures as Nick Fury.

Getting some more brush time is Nick Fury.  I finally decided I had practiced the SHIELD logo enough and gave it a shot on him.  Although not my best freehand, I think it works pretty well, especially at arms length away.  To put it into perspective, the circle for the SHIELD crest is 2mm diameter.  Probably the tiniest freehand I have done, although I did do better ones in practicing for this guy.

Zombies by Reaper Miniatures

Zombies by Reaper Miniatures

Also seeing some paint time are the zombies from Bones 2.  I wasn’t sure if these would work as modern or fantasy models until I actually looked at them.  They didn’t get much love from me, there are even still mold lines on them.  The pale blue shirt model actually has a buttoned shirt and the blue vest guy is obviously wearing either a jean or leather vest so very modern zombies.  That being said, they still will work as fantasy as none of the details are hugely obvious.  At their very low price, they are the cheapest zombies in 28mm.  I should say the cheapest still available.  If you aren’t tracking, Wargames Factory has essentially gone under.  Their products are now sold exclusively through Warlord Games…who have yet to put any of the product up for sale 4 months later.

Sci Fi urban terrain.

Sci Fi urban terrain.

Sci Fi urban terrain.

Sci Fi urban terrain.

Sci Fi urban terrain.

Sci Fi urban terrain.

Anyhow, although my finished building has a store, I did a proper corner store/grocery store too.  This building is the first multi-level without external stairs or a balcony.  There will be a rooftop sign on the corner with the door facing in two directions.  I am also going to put hinged doors on top of the dumpster in the back.  Although it is attached to the building, it isn’t out of the ordinary.  I have seen garbage can containers like this before.  I will try making several free-standing dumpsters too to add that ambience to the back alleys.

These large square windows will actually be the first real windows I will be doing for the buildings.  I will be attaching clear plastic sheets (plastic from miniature blisters) that are covered in posters and advertisements.  If you have ever been in a small town store or an older neighbourhood store you will know exactly what I mean.  This is for two reasons.  First, the interiors aren’t finished and big windows would mean  I would have to finish them.  Second, the dirty poster-filled windows will keep in the theme of the building I am going for.  I did consider boarding up the windows, or a window, but I will keep that for a future building.

Nick Fury battling zombies.

Nick Fury battling zombies.

For a bit of an action shot we see Nick Fury forced to fight his way through a horde of zombies.  Are they supernatural?  A nefarious Hydra plot?  Of just finished minis being show-cased.  Tune in for the next episode to find out.

Hopefully today’s post was inspirational to you.  If nothing else it shows how a bit of practice can give you tiny little details to finish a mini or terrain project.

The other Fury Road

A busy time having all this vacation.  Between teaching my kids to skate, remembering to skate myself (I think I got those in the wrong order), cooking, cleaning, and other holiday type stuff I also did some painting.

Cobra by Hasslefree Miniatures

Cobra by Hasslefree Miniatures

Cobra by Hasslefree Miniatures

Cobra by Hasslefree Miniatures

Cobra by Hasslefree Miniatures

Cobra by Hasslefree Miniatures

Cobra by Hasslefree Miniatures

Cobra by Hasslefree Miniatures

As the title implies, Nick Fury has gotten some love.  I decided to go with the classic Nick Fury.  This means comic book blue (as shadowed black was a thing of the 90s) and white straps and pouches…because bright white equipment screams super spy.  Alright, maybe not the most subtle, but I am sure he will still play out well.  I am not sure if I want to have him actually be sneaky, but he will have super spy and leader type stuff going on.

I am thinking of doing a freehand SHIELD crest on either his right shoulder or across his back.  I am open to suggestions on which one would look better.  The one unfortunate thing I noticed while painting him is that I somehow mangled his left arm.  It looks gouged a bit, and I am not sure if it was from when my file slipped or what.  From arms length it isn’t noticeable so hopefully nobody wants to pick up this guy.

Undead Outlaw by Reaper Miniatures

Undead Outlaw by Reaper Miniatures

Undead Outlaw by Reaper Miniatures

Undead Outlaw by Reaper Miniatures

Also seeing some brush time is the Saint of Killers.  I am not too sure about the face, it looks too white but I think the Bones details aren’t deep enough for the washes to settle into.  It isn’t quite so white in hand, but the camera and my poor photography are washing it out.  Other than the face, I am pretty sure he is good enough.  I may also go back and do some more on his gun too.  As a villain who will only fire six shots in a game, I think he is good to go.

I am very happy with both the pants and jacket.  I was trying for the dusty worn look of…well an undead cowboy.  The several shades of grey I did (not quite 50) capture the faded and dusty look.

A short post, but hopefully inspirational.  For those keeping track, second day of the year, one finished mini.  For those not keeping track, I hope this inspired you to carry on with the new projects of 2016 with gusto.

Super New Year

After a long year, it is rewarding to look back on how the year progressed and note achievements.  It also doesn’t hurt to acknowledge failures with a bit of chagrin either.

I started 2015 with a fairly short list of goals to achieve, let’s start off by reviewing those.

1. Finish the half-timber row of houses and build another one.

Well, that was a bit of a bust.  I have the first row nearly finished…just need to shingle two more rooftops.  I have zero progress on a second row of buildings…not even a plan drawn up.  The building does look good, I think.

Half-timbered row house terrain.  Est. circa 2009.

Half-timbered row house terrain. Est. circa 2009.

Scratchbuilt half-timber row-houses.  Reaper Miniature Marius Burrowell.

Scratchbuilt half-timber row-houses. Reaper Miniature Marius Burrowell.

2.  Finish the dwarven ruins and complete some additional scatter pieces.

Yeah, all I managed to do was basecoat that piece.  Complete failure on this one.

Dwarf ruins for use in Games Workshop Lord of the Rings.  Figures by Games Workshop.

Dwarf ruins for use in Games Workshop Lord of the Rings. Figures by Games Workshop.

3.  Build 3 scratch-built tanks/APCs.

Yeah, nothing to report here.  To be honest, these have been back-benched as I find I am playing less and less of 40K again.  So much time to set-up and not a game I enjoy playing that much.  Maybe at some point they will get finished.

Devil Dog half-finished project receiving a new powertrain.

Devil Dog half-finished project receiving a new powertrain.

4.  HOTT Orc army finished.

Well, I did manage to repaint two of the pike units I botched.  But that is it.  Also a project that has gotten bumped down in priority.

Games Workshop Lord of the Rings as HOTT horde.

Games Workshop Lord of the Rings as HOTT horde.

So now it begs the question…what did I accomplish this year?

In counter point to #1, I have the start of a sci fi urban city, complete with 4 cars (and another 3 in various stages of completion).

Sci Fi urban terrain.

Sci Fi urban terrain.

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In counter point to #2, I have completed 5 dungeon sections and 4 in progress.  The most complex in progress being the library but still playable at its current state.

Hirst Arts Modular Dungeon.  Hayden Hasslefree Miniatures.  Alain Iconic Cavalier, Brother Roberto and Jolie Female Scribe by Reaper Miniatures.

Hirst Arts Modular Dungeon. Hayden Hasslefree Miniatures. Alain Iconic Cavalier, Brother Roberto and Jolie Female Scribe by Reaper Miniatures.

I don’t really have a counter to not finishing the orc army.  This year I have completed painting 62 miniatures.  I am surprised by the large number myself, but it is all there through my past posts.  Wow, that is quite the accomplishment alone.  In fact, there are more that were painted but never posted because they turned out badly.

Reaper Bones monsters...cue the rampaging hordes and ominous music.

Reaper Bones monsters…cue the rampaging hordes and ominous music.

Also accomplished this year was substantial leaps forward in Dungeon Down development.  This might be ready for the eyes of the general public pretty soon.

So what does this year bring?  Well the title is a spoiler.  I have been bitten by the superhero bug lately.  Between the excellent movies coming out and the tv series my wife has gotten wrapped up in, I feel more than a little nostalgia for comic books.  So I took the plunge and ordered my first batch of heroes (and villains) in tights.  This brought my attention back to (some of) the Hasslefree Miniatures modern miniatures I had kicking around.  After looking at them, I realized that I have a dead ringer for Black Widow and Nick Fury (from the comic books anyways).

Ekaterina by Hasslefree Miniatures.

Ekaterina by Hasslefree Miniatures.

Cobra by Hasslefree Miniatures

Cobra by Hasslefree Miniatures

I know that my Nick Fury is actually supposed to be Kurt Russell from the “Escape From” series of movies but once I am done, I am fairly confident he will look like a good Agent of Shield.

As I bought these models for cool factor without a plan for them, I feel this is a good move to use them.  As a plus, they will also be painted into tactical combat style so will still be used in other games where warranted, well not so much these two as the others below.

Nomad, Deano, and Widow by Hasslefree Miniatures.

Nomad, Deano, and Widow by Hasslefree Miniatures.

Undead Outlaw by Reaper Miniatures

Undead Outlaw by Reaper Miniatures

Also added into the mix is the start of my own version of the Saint of Killers from Preacher.  I decided to go more undead with him, and I will have to tone down his abilities just a little bit…this cowboy could do more damage than the Avengers on a bad day.  Pretty crude so far, but he is a WIP.

Now the only issue I see might come out, is trying to find a game system to use.  Pulp City seems like a great game, and I read through the quick play rules.  Seems to capture comic book style fights and cool hero abilities.  There are a couple downsides to that system.  First, it is card based…so you need to use their miniatures.  So I can’t take Ironman and play him, unless they have an Ironman equivalent (they don’t as near as I can tell, hence my example of him).  The other one is the complexity.  This game is a dense read and complicated.  This is not a quick pick up and play or teach new players.

I have been toying around with a modern setting version of Dungeon Down.  I had a good set of basic principles that used the same basic mechanics but had a team going through a facility/alien ship/sewer/etc.  So those ideas have a basis for doing a superhero game.  But how do you represent the superheroes and the minions/less than super support?  From my experience, the game already does that.  A level 1 monster is not much  of a threat to a party of level 2 heroes.  But, I have witnessed 3 goblins with bows completely kill a party.  I have also seen higher level guys hammer away on each other for several rounds with minimal effect.  The simple balancing of forces using the levels mechanic still works too.

So all that said and done, I will be working on a super hero game setting this year with all the trappings that go with it.  This means more terrain including cars.  It means lots of minis painted and assembled.  It also means it is a slow burn project that will still let me do other projects too.

So I hope to inspire you to have a super year too.  And remember: no capes.

The Incredibles.  Used without permission.

The Incredibles. Used without permission.