Friday, 5 August 2016

For Sale!

Hi folks!

Unsurprisingly I've had no time to do pretty much anything hobby related over the last month or so with the combination of upcoming wedding and mental workload but I am looking for a new home for some miniatures if folks are interested:

 Elven Paladin £5.00

 Adeptus Tech £5.00

 Testbed Slave £5.00

 Necrosaur £25 (he's a big beast in 28mm scale!)

 Lizardman £2.50
 Centaur £7.50
 Savage Orc £5.00
 Mr Snuggles and Space Pirate £20 (I'll include a couple extra bits in the lot)

 Assorted adventurers £18

 Catachan patrol £20
 Sigmarite £3.00

 Skellington £5.00

Orks £35 (includes several more painted to the same standard. I'll get pics taken this evening)

If you are interested, please get in touch!

All the best!

Tuesday, 14 June 2016

Assorted Lowlifes

Hi!

Well I have found myself with a couple of unexpected days off so have painted up some more gubbins that I've had sat primed for a while now in the form of a bunch of assorted guns for hire in 15mm scale:

 Thuggish Gunmen

They come from a variety of sources with converted WW2 US infantry, a rim mercenary from 15mm.co.uk and a Ghoulani too. I've been playing around with some camo patterns as I always find that my attempts to do something vaguely realistic ends up looking naff but quite like how the two turned out.

Outlaws

The gang thus far is looking decent but it does show the vagaries of scale in 15mm with some of the minis being true 15mm while others are closer to 18mm or even 20mm! Still at a distance, they all look fine to me! 

I am also working my way through a batch of Imperial Guard to try and start squad building but am finding it rather slow going as painting lots of grey and brown isn't exactly an exciting way of spending my time so I'm limiting myself to doing two at a time and then working on something different to keep my interest from flagging.

Hopefully I will have some pictures soon of the start of a squad but in the meantime, I find myself in rather a head scratching moment. 

I have really enjoyed painting the 15mm scale Rogue Trader project and know I will game the scale but 28mm stuff keeps catching my eye. It's not a scale I can conceivably game in anymore as my gaming space is strictly limited to a 3'x3' board which is just fine for small skirmishes in 15mm scale but not really feasible in 28mm...

 Random Dark Age Gubbins

Sadly this knowledge hasn't  stopped me from perusing some of the lovely stuff available for Beyond the Gates of Antares and Dark Age to name but a few. I know I have no reason to buy any of the goodies on offer but I do find it tempting. Maybe I need to scratch the itch every so often an just get an interesting piece or two just for painting purposes but we shall see!

In the meantime, All the best!


Saturday, 11 June 2016

Beyond the Gates of Antares?

Hi!

I've been keeping a weather eye on Warlord Games's rather interesting Beyond the Gates of Antares and as more stuff gets released, the more tempted I am finding myself.


Written by GW veteran Rick Priestly and with a bit of a sleeker, high tech vibe than the likes of Rogue Trader and 40k in general, I must admit I am becoming ever more tempted.


Does anyone have any experience with the game itself? If so please feel free to give me a shout and let me know what you think of it!

If nothing else, I suspect that some of the figures may eventually make their way into my collection as I become resigned to the fact that I am never going to play any 28mm scale games, concentrating on the smaller scale stuff but still painting the odd 28mm gubbin that catches my fancy...

All the best!

Wednesday, 8 June 2016

Dwarves

Hi!

Well I am still working through the stuff that's been sat primed on my desk for far too long and have just finished a couple of Heartbreaker Dwarven crossbowmen.

 Crossbows Ready!

They are some of my favourite Dwarf sculpts with the long noses, rather unkempt beards and bulky form and I'm rather glad I persevered and finished them off.

I've always had a bit of a soft spot for Dwarves as they were the first and only army I collected and painted for Warhammer and later I had a cracking little warband of Chronopia Dark Tusks too. Sadly both forces went in one of my purges when I went off to university but I do have one or two figures lying around.

Dwarven Force

Now I have no intention of collecting or painting anything as mental as a Warhammer army as it took me a couple of days just to paint two of the little guys but I am wondering about proxying up some Chronopia forces as I loved the game and setting. 

Sadly I seem to have lost my rulebook collection during my last house move so I will need to see if I can find some replacements along the way. Fortunately I do have a PDF of the main rulebook so can make do for the time being.

We shall see how things progress but I have enjoyed working on them and getting them finished which has been the main thing!

In other news, I have also been slowly painting up a True Atronian warband for Zombiesmiths rather fantastic War of Ashes Shieldbash rules:

True Atronians

I highly recommend getting a copy of the Shieldbash rules as they are fantastic and the world and it's inhabitants are great fun too. For more info, check out either ZOMBIESMITH or my SOMEWHERE ON THE BORDER blog! 

I don't seem to be having much consistency painting wise at the moment as I flit from figure to figure but I am painting stuff and enjoying it and that is all that matters!

All the best!

Sunday, 29 May 2016

Deadite Reaper

Hi!

Well I've had this chap sat half painted on my table for several years now and thought it was high time I actually got round to finishing him off!

He went that away!

He's a mid 80's Citadel miniature and the detailing on him is a bit rough and ready, as is the anatomy but I must admit that I quite enjoyed painting the little guy. I'm not sure I will be painting much more in the scale but it was quite a nice change from the smaller scale gubbins I've been concentrating on of late.

I also discovered a new range of paints that are really rather nice. Anita's all purpose acrylic are available from the likes of The Range and rather affordable too. 

Acrylic Goodies!

The Earth Brown is especially nice when watered down into a wash as can be seen with the robe of the Deadite. It was just several coats of earth brown wash over a khaki basecoat. I picked up a few colours from The Range a while back to see what they were like and I must admit that I like what I've found! I suspect that I will be picking up a fair few more in the coming weeks to add to my collection.

They are allowing me to experiment with a looser and more naturalistic style than what I would usually attempt with lots of earthy, matt tones that look rather decent. While smaller scale painting requires bold colours and sharp highlights, I think these paints work rather well with 28mm scale figures and I may be tempted to try out some experimental paintjobs to see how they turn out.

Alas I'm back to work tomorrow so I doubt I will have much chance to paint anything for a while but we shall see what we can do!

All the best!

Thursday, 26 May 2016

Epic Wave Serpent

Hi!

Well I decided to take  a quick break from Rogue Trader and take a look through my Epic stuff and if possible, get something else painted.

Looking at the little boxes of tiny figures, I settled on adding something to my Eldar which are starting to come together nicely following my Nightwing Fighter from earlier in the week. I wanted to add another vehicle to the force in the form some Wave Serpents but sadly I don't have either the classic design or the newer Epic 40k one so settled on a bit of kit bashing!

 Wave Serpent

To represent the forcefield generators that make the Wave Serpent so well protected, I glued on a load of tiny jewels that I'd picked up from The Range for about a quid some time ago. The finished design looks quite decent and I suspect that I will be adding a few more to my force so that my Guardians can ride around in style!

 Falcon and Wave Serpent

As you can see in the picture, my painting approach for the vehicles seems to have changed a little but hopefully not too noticably other than the black paint round the base which seems to be a bit shinier that the older stuff I have.

Eldar Warhost 

Looking at the stuff I have got, I think I need to add some jetbikes to the mix as they are Samhain Windriders after all. I also need to add some Aspect Warriors. I have got a couple of stands of Dark Reapers and Howling Banshees (which I handily forgot to include in the picture!) but looking at my rather meagre Eldar stuff, I'm saddened to find I only have enough for two stands of each aspect!

Still, I shall see what I can put together over the coming weeks!

In the meantime, All the best!

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

All Hail the Space Pudding!

Hi!

Well I had a bit of a mental session yesterday and decided to add a Space Pudding cult leader to my collection.

Looking through my bits box, I found a robed Retained Knight from the Ion age and set to work with clippers and greenstuff and the final result is Father Johann, High Priest of the Space Pudding, wielder of the spoon of destiny and possible xenos host:

 Father Johann: Loon

I'm quite pleased with how he turned out! Yes his head is a bit on the big side but I'm quite pleased with the mystical robes, pudding bowl hat and mighty spoon which Father Johann puts to good use against the unbelievers!

He will make a good addition to the dramatis personae of Farpoint as a rabble rouser, possible alien threat or objective for scenarios which require his capture for interrogation or assassinations!

I also managed to finish a small Xenos fellow who's been sat based and unloved for some time now:

 Alien Minion

He painted up surprisingly well considering how poor the sculpt was and he makes a decent addition to my band of villains and renegades:

Outlaw Scum

I'm now half way through my holidays and do think I have made some real progress on my unpainted lead and am hankering after playing some small games in the not too distant future but to spice things up, I think I'm going to paint some Epic gubbins next to keep me interested and avoid the dreaded burn out!

All the best!