Friday, January 10, 2014

Belial, Devil

Belial sat on a shelf for some time before being finally completed over the holidays.  I'm very happy with the undercoat on this figure; Tamiya "Italian Red" (I think!) in a spray can.  I let some of the glossy, metallic red undercoat show through around the brass sections more so by accident than design (my usual method..).

This and Harapan's bases were adorned with flower tufts I purchased from Martin at Tajima1 Miniatures - -.  Easy to apply, no glue needed.  Originally intended for a Samurai project that is gathering dust!

Harapan - Tsunami Relief limited edition

My annual painting spurt began over the 2013 Christmas break, ending a many month drought.  Not that I've been entirely idle as I've recently been inspired by Foundry and Jake Thornton's release of God of Battles;  A fantasy wargame which has quite obviously been inspired by Warhammer Fantasy Battles but which simplifies movement, has a low unit model count (usually 12 to 16 figures per unit) and most pleasingly... all of the rules are in the one big, colour hardback book! More on that when I start posting some units.

Would fit in nicely with Monkey Magic! 

Relic - Boardgame Busts

Leather brown Army Painter spray, base coat and a little highlighting before thinned Army Painter Strong Tone applied with a brush and thinned with mineral spirits, usually on whilst on the model, allowing for more control.  My standard method these days.

Painting in a larger scale was a lot of fun and has inspired me to try my hand at more busts in future.

"What?  Why are you standing there?"

"Look, I'm trying to rest between takes you pleb"

"Haven't you seen a man with no appendages before?!  I'll bite your legs off!"

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Not so long ago, and pretty close by..

After the better part of a year running the unwieldy Marvel Heroic RPG, a change was in order.  A new Good Games (FLGS) store has opened up in town and with the change in scenery has come a change in game.

Fantasy Flight's Star Wars: Edge of Empire is certainly more of a traditional RPG but uses a fashionable dice pool mechanic and funky dice.  I'm hoping to write a little review after I’ve put a few more sessions under the belt.

The move to a more tactical based combat system has allowed me the opportunity to knock out a few pieces of terrain, some modular desert tiles purchased from DriveThruRPG mounted on mat board and finally get a bit of use out of the 200 odd Star Wars pre-painted figures in my collection.  I had originally intended to re-paint all of the SW figures (madness) but may settle for touching up a few that suffer from factory paintjob retardation.  

The rock pieces are made from bits of styrofoam, cut up and glued with PVA to mini-cds before being gunked with a combination of texture paste, burnt umber craft paint, fine ballast and PVA glue.  After drying, the pieces were dry brushed with a buff coloured craft paint.

They should work for 15mm as well as 28s.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Venerable Ambrosius aka Sniper Dude

"Venerable Ambrosius" is part of the "Griffins of Akkylannie" faction in the Confrontation (Rackham) universe.

  The miniature was included in the Hybrid board game.  I'm not sure I particularly like my work on this figure.  And what's with the tiny freaking ankles?  All miniatures require "cankles" in my opinion...

Baba Yaga.. shaking her thang

I picked up this great Reaper miniature from the now defunct Tin Soldier in Sydney.  I understand that the figure is from the Exalted line of miniatures that Reaper produced on licence from White Wolf.  It's a shame but this range is no longer in production, though I'm sure that there are figures to be found in countless bargain bins scattered across the hobby universe.  

I lost the feather on the staff whilst cleaning up flash but I'm not too worried.  My only problem now is that I need to make a hut on chicken legs to go with her.  Slavs are weird.  

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Barbarian with Sword - Mega Miniatures

Released originally by Grenadier (?) but now produced by Mega Miniatures, this is a barbarian with a sword..  Obviously.