We've finally got a destination... Germany! I'm packing up the toys for the big move so it'll be All Quiet on the Miniature Hobby Front until I get landed and sorted! Realistically I'll probably be very spotty painting, much less posting, until August... but this time I'm setting up a dedicated painting studio so no more timeshare with the kitchen table!
See ya soon!
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Thursday, April 30, 2015
Its getting to crunch time where I have to start packing up the minis and the tools for the upcoming move to .... an unknown destination! Still no word on where we're going... only that we are going somewhere soon!
At any rate that meant trying to wrap up a couple of WiPs so I don't have to worry about finding them immediately on the other side.
Nertha is a great mini and very spooky! While my Iron Empire is turning up mostly in purples I thought this undead mother would stand out from the crowd in blue and green.
Its still dialed into the Spooky faux Egyptian theme. Its frayed and worn looking but colorful as well.
This one is a Prison Pride Veteran.
The base is very signature but retains some converting potential. Looking at it now I see it would be easy to replace the wood stakes with a light post or damaged telephone pole.
Tuesday, April 14, 2015
I'm doing some additional things this go round, adding some details to the rifle... which I am also retrofitting to the earlier model, which was very plain, adding some color patterning on the scope, some more subtle patterning to the cape and some other bits of color detail... mostly to spice up the rifle.
The Long knife was also damaged and it resisted my attempts to lengthen it... so I've shortened this one from a long serrated Eldaresque blade into a more traditional dagger or combat knife.
Sunday, April 5, 2015
There are some bright spots however and one of them is this great weapon chart for the Raging Heroes Jailbirds. I'm now sorting these into 40k equivalents with an eye towards making them special weapons instead of heavies as the heavy weapons should generally be crew served and these are carried by individual troopers.
Speaking about Raging Heroes the TGG2 Light and Darkness Kickstarter is in its last couple of days. If you like militant nuns, dark elves, or odd chaos elves... check it out! If nothing else the pictures and renders are amazing.. and free to gawk at.
I'm behind schedule for painting largely due to the confluence of several house showings... which forces me to pack up my painting space... and the release of Pillars of Eternity... which evilly conspires to prevent me setting the space back up for some clandestine brush time between house showings!
I did get a little work done on two versions of Foxy Dynamite which was originally slated as a Sly Marbo replacement... until he vanished into the void... so now The Jailbirds are designing an 'Infiltration Specialist' from scratch.
Keeping the theme going I've got one done in veteran prison colors and the other in a more generic Freedom Fighter scheme.
This pair is in metal and are quite hefty.
In almost all cases I prefer hard plastic because of its great combination of ease in working, high material strength to weight ratio... which permits some amazing poses that are just not available to resin or metal, and durability over time.
I went metal with this pair because of some spiky bits on the base and the antenna of the hand held radio. Its most likely not an issue in resin but that was my thought about it.
The Raging Heroes spin cast resin has done a lot to improve my opinion of small resin miniatures. It is rigid but retains a bit of give that has saved a few of the models from my sometimes ham handed encounters with them!
Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Boerogg Blackrime, Frost Giant Jarl and Svetlana, Frost Giant Princess.
Like the other minis from the first Bones KS these are made of a material that is just a bit too flexible. I primed them black and had no paint adhesion problems.
The bases came from the bones 2 KS and I should have gotten a few more bags of these larger ones. I also learned that I should use them 'upside down' that would give a very smooth bottom that slid well across most surfaces and provided a retaining wall to help keep the base scenics in place and help to hide the molded on base. Lessons learned!
The main complaint I have with the Jarl is the downward cast of his head. It looks convincing when fighting a normal human size model... which is good... but it obfuscates the face from the regular viewer. The model as a whole is more viewable than the Fire Giant Warrior though so I'm not all that concerned.
Svetlana is one of my favorites from the first Bones KS just because she captures the whole Edgar Rice Burroughs 'Savage Princess' vibe. I always think of his book covers when I see her although I'm sure she owes more to Frazetta!~
Finally, a couple of Iron Empire folks hanging out near a Tardis from Reaper Bones 2. I'm thinking I'll replace the Police Box lettering with something from the printer to make it look more official. The wobbly hand drawn characters on the Jailbird vehicles is by design... to make it look like their crews did it themselves in the field. The Police Call Box though needs to look more mass produced. I'll have to play with the printer and see what I can come up with.
Thursday, March 19, 2015
Raging Heroes is launching a new 15 day Blitz of a Kickstarter featuring Dark Elves and Warrior Nuns... I am DOOMED!
I'm not a big fan of the 15 day projects for a lot of reasons but... I'll still pile on this one!
Seriously, RH makes some really beautiful stuff so why they gotta PUNISH me by releasing two of my favorite faction at the same time!?!
Now to the serious business of deciding what these things count as in my 40k compatible lists.
This picture looks easy with the plasma pistol but I'm at a bit of a loss for the big gun... kinda looks like an old school C-Beamer in a way... what do you think?
I'm still liking the Prison Pride theme for the Vets so all these are done up Veteran Style.. in Prison Orange and White.
You can see Ion Gun girl is running over a ruined sign referring to the Cult of the Harbinger! Thanks for the fluff angle Tanya B!
The Jailbird list is a modified Astra Militaria based list so these really should be special weapons in general as the heavies are actually crew served...
On the bottom another easy call... Plasma Guns! a little on the large side but still clearly Plasma.
Friday, March 13, 2015
I love when stuff is ready to paint right out of the box/bag. Cleanup and prep has to be the most onerous task in the hobby for me. So I was very excited when this Bunker from Warchimera required zero clean up... which means it gets to move to the top of the paint queue!
I'm trying out a new workflow to mix up my paint subjects and add in a single simple project that can be completed in a short sitting before proceeding to the more complex job of the day... kind of a warm up piece. This Bunker is one of those.
I like the paint and glue friendly resin on this and painted it largely with various primer sprays (all Rustoleum this time since they were on sale for $3.00 a can... flat black, for the floor, Camo Beige and Camo Green for the walls and roof) before adding some weathering effects via Forgeworld powders and GW technical paint.
I added some signs from Verlinden spread the Forgeworld Powders dry and then set them with Rustoleum (That sale again!) Matte Sealer.
One-Shot Blondie has discovered Charlie rooting through the trash!