Sunday, 29 April 2012

Welcome and Update

First off I'd like to welcome my newest follower CPBelt to the blog, I hope you enjoy your stay.

As the weather here in the UK has been very wet for the last couple of weeks I've not been able to get out and spray any models, and if I'm perfectly honest the amount of painting I've managed to achieve has been next to nothing.  But fear not, I still have a few models I finished up earlier in the year to show you.

This time out I needed to challenge my D&D group, so decided to lull them into a false sense of security by having a Goblin warren as part of the adventure (the party were all 7th level at the time of entering so I think they expected a pretty easy time of it), however using a piece of advice I saw in a GMing newsletter I subscribe to I broke out my Oriental Adventures and gave the goblins a few levels in a variety of classes, some warriors, a few Samurai and a variety of magic user types.

I did this mainly as an excuse to paint up some more of my lead mountain, this time some of my favourite miniatures ever, Rackham's oriental goblins.  I still have a load to do, but these are the start:

The encounter was a lot of fun, and the dawning realisation on the faces of the players as they realised the goblins were going to be a challenge was very entertaining, (though Charlie did get his own back with a lucky critical and 108 points of damage on the goblin leader, bloody Elven Rangers and their damnable multi-shot feats!??!  I'll get you next time Charlie and your little wolf too...)

Anyway, I hope you like the minis, C&C are always welcome.

Next time out, weather permitting, I may actually have those new minis I promised last time, we shall see.

Take care.


Sunday, 15 April 2012

The Hired Help

Another shortish post today, with just a few photos.

Still not painting massive amounts, but I got a bit more done than recently, (coinciding with my Xbox going on a european tour to get fixed...purely coincidental I'm sure :), though nothing is finished as yet.

Anyway, here are 4 mini's I finished a month or so ago, the first I needed for my D&D campaign as an assassin to go against the party, the other 3 were very quickly done as I needed some hired guns for the Necromunda campaign that finished last week at the club, hope you like.

Ysis the Viper from Rackham, the model's been sitting in my lead pile for years and was pretty beaten up when I dug her out, I think she came out alright though.

Imperial Guard Sniper.

My first attempt at trying a digital camo effect, not brilliant but the whole model took me 2 hours to paint, so I wasn't expecting brilliance.

A Rogue Handler and his Cyber Mastif, used an Arbites sergeant for the handler.

Colour scheme on th handler is stolen from/an homage to Commander Cody from Revenge of the Sith/The Clone Wars. I wanted the armour to match a picture of Cody that I have where the armour has a more scuffed appearance as opposed to the usual chipped look you tend to see.

The effect was pretty easy to accomplished, I just used an HB pencil which I sharpened the lead itself of to get a powder that I used like a weathering powder then just used the pencil to add more obvious scuff marks.

I think he came out great and I'll look to use the same technique in the future for that sort of effect.

Next time out I will hopefully have some new stuff to show off, including some new Pulp City and commission pieces as well.

So 'til next time.

Take care.


Saturday, 7 April 2012

(Doom)Wheel of (Miss)Fortune

OK, an actual update with pictures...(not many, but it's a start).

Many moons ago, Rich (of the Thousand Sons and Devourer's of Vile-tis fame) gave me one of my first commission jobs, a Skaven warband for Mordheim. He'd decided he wanted to theme them around characters from the X-men comics and wanted me to paint them up for him (he'd converted all of them except for Juggernaut which he asked me to do).

The results can be seen on his X-rats blog HERE.

Well, that warband was just the start and he decided he wanted to do an entire Mavel inspired Warhammer Fantasy Battles army of Skaven...because he's obviously a mad man... and because he could (and why wouldn't you?)

He's doing the bulk of the army himself but asked me if I'd do one more model for the army, Professor Xavier in his wheelchair (aka Doomwheel).

The Doomwheel itself was an old school metal one he'd got on ebay (it was missing the rats running in the wheels but was otherwise intact). It didn't require any work done on it before painting and I tried to give it a gold look with black wheels as that's the colour scheme I remember from when I used to read the comics, (Jim Lee era for the interested).

The driver was a fairly simple convertion, the leather flight cap already gave the impression of a bald head and I just had to clip off the chin strap parts and apply a bit of greenstuff fur to hide the edges and he was good to go.

The banner on the Doomwheel was also pretty simple. I'm not the most brilliant of freehanders so I simply imported the black & white Skaven Banners pdf from GW into Gimp and after about ten minutes of fiddling had something myself and Rich were happy with. It was then just a question on printing it out, painting it up, cutting it out and gluing it in place.

This is how he ended up:

I think he came out really well, and I'm particularly happy with the banner, I hope he finds a use terrorising the lands of the Old World for many years to come.

So, that's it for this post, I should have another one up soon so keep an eye out.

Take care.


Friday, 6 April 2012


I'd like to welcome my newest follower, Malkavschilde, to the blog.

A man who has a love of the Praetorian Imperial Guard and a very nice looking army of them to go with it (check them out here), I hope you enjoy my blog sir.

I realise the place has been somewhat neglected of late, real life has been providing me with far too many distractions recently and my painting time has become somewhat limited.

I do have a couple of things finished that I'll be posting up soon and I've had a bit of good news on the financial side of things which has allowed me to pick up a few new Malifaux and Pulp City mini's which are getting me excited about painting again, which is good.

So, I'm hoping that with the long easter weekend and Man vs. Food marathons on Dave to have on in the background I'll be getting some time to paint them up soon along with some more of Rich's Thousand Sons and Charlie's Dystopian Wars Japanese.

Watch this space.