Dec 152015
 

Painted the first miniature in half a year a few weeks ago, and thought I should share. That’s what blogs are for, right? It’s a model for the Oldhammer forums annual legacy warband. This year the theme was space pirates, and the only colour restriction was to use turquoise as a splash colour somewhere.

As the deadline drew close, I opted out and figured I wouldn’t participate, but in the end I picked up one of the many primed but unpainted models kicking about in my cabinet. I quite like the model, even if it’s a chunky plastic one, and was a bit sad to send it off. Would’ve liked to keep it, really. The gritty chunks at his feet are remains of the original base I had mounted him on. I cleaned it up more before sending it off to Axiom, who’s organizing the whole thing, but forgot to take new photos.

Kid, repainted "Blaster for hire" Star Wars miniature from WOTC

“Kid”, repainted “Blaster for hire” Star Wars miniature from WOTC

The model comes from Wizards of the Coast’s prepainted Star Wars miniatures range. It’s a Human Blaster-For-Hire from the Bounty Hunters set. I always felt he looked like he was from the budget end of the spectrum, as far as blasters-for-hire go. Maybe an unexperienced local kid, who is set up to try and collect his first bounty but instead of pushing on and getting blasted to smithereens (alas, poor Greedo) he changes sides and join forces with the heroes of the story, finding a purpose in fighting the good fight.

Here’s how the guy looked to begin with. Not very exciting, but a pretty servicable paint job.

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For some reason I’m on a Star Wars trip now. Can’t fathom why… More Star Wars soon!

May 282015
 

In my continued adventures of cupboard cleaning, here’s something I’ve had primed and good to go for ages but never got round to painting. I can identify two reasons for that; it’s not a particularly interesting model nor do I have any idea at all how to use it. I have plenty of vague ideas, of course, but there’s nothing that triggers my imagination about this model. So why the hell have I painted it? I have no idea, really. I can’t remember how it turned up in my collection, and I can’t remember why I picked it out and primed it. Now it’s painted and I can tuck it away at the back of the display cabinets.

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Itchy feet!

So, what is it? It’s a slime from the eclectic C18 Night Horrors range. Yup. A “slime”… some sort of license-less proto-shoggoth from back in the days when Citadel produced the rather Lovecraftian range Gothic Horror in an attempt to bag an official Call of Cthulhu license. It didn’t pan out and this guy got dubbed The Slime. Poor guy!

The model is more or less painted with a single paint (Vallejo Game Pale Flesh) which I’ve just washed repeatedly with various red and purple washes. I want it to look more like a freak mutation (or possibly chaotic) than an alien or eldritch species. It’s a bit low on contrast and not very “discernable” but at least I have a tentacled thing on two legs that looks like he could use a dash or two of some soothing ointment.

May 222015
 

I bought this angel quite a few years ago, in 2012 to be exact. Now, three years later I have finally managed to paint it! It’s not a model intended for gaming, but actually a present for my cousin who collect angel figurines. She have been ill for a while so I wanted to paint her an angel as a way of showing that I think of her even if we don’t talk often.

Mmmm... glossy.

Mmmm… glossy.

The model is a Reaper Dark Heaven “Angel of Mercy” sculpted by Sandra Garrity. I can’t say I enjoyed painting it much, and the face is a little chunky and weird. The gloss varnish didn’t do the paintjob any favours either… Regardless, I’m happy to have it done as it hopefully will be a treasured addition to my cousin’s collection and it feels good to have that monkey off my back. I no longer have any obligations to finish models for a third party, it’s just me and my lead mountain now!

Hopefully, I’ll have time to clean up a few more stragglers from old projects. Like the last few guys for my Doom Forgers Dungeonbowl team… or the guys from the Golden Horns of Bashalot… or maybe I can finish a few more minis for Stillburg. But first, I must do the last six of the Raizze.

Apr 252015
 

A while ago, I finished this lady. A bit rough in places, as I tried to paint it as fast as possible for the speed painting challenge on the Oldhammer forums. I failed utterly as it took me almost exactly two hours to paint the model.

 

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The paintjob turned out ok, and I really like the sculpt so all in all I’m quite fond of the model. For some reason, I can’t think of any kind of back story though – so screw that. It’s a space lady with a space shooter.

The model is a C3724a Dawleen from the Personalities range, sculpted by Josef Ochman. It’s still available from EM4 if you ask Doug nicely.

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She works great as a squad leader for a group of Cybertech Wartechs, so I guess a small squad in the white and yellow scheme is in the cards.

Here are a few shots from the actual painting. Not priming the model in grey was silly, for instance. That added at least 10 minutes of painting.

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I haven’t painted much else lately (this was done at the start of the month) but have had the chance to work a little more on my Deadzone terrain. All the structures have been primed (several times over) and washed. I have painted a dark grey on most of the ones needing it too, only have two fence riddled pieces to finish that step on. The last session, I sponged and daubed maybe half of the buildings. It turned out pretty nice, even if they’re starting to look a lot more gribbly than I had initially planned. Here are two comparison shots. After this is done, I’ll hit them with a big-ass drybrush and pick off a few details. I don’t think I’ll be adding coloured bits to the panels, as originally intended.

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Apr 132015
 

Great news everybody – on the first of April, my baby daughter was born! Everything have gone very well and the only thing clouding our happiness is the four year old who is driving us nuts with his constant chattering. He. Simply. Won’t. Stop. Babbling! He’s like the singing bush in Three Amigos!

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Welcome to the world, Emma Rebecka Victoria!

 

To keep this on topic, I’m happy to say I’ve actually painted a few models recently too! First up is this robot from the not very well known Perry Rhodan range from Hobby Products (of Metal Magic Fantasy and Spacelords fame). It’s a C2141c Gladiator Combat Robot and rather out of print. Some of the Perry Rhodan minis can still be purchased from Ludik Bazaar here.

++// TAKE ONE. MORE. SIR? //++

++// TAKE ONE. MORE. SIR? //++

As I don’t game (or know) Perry Rhodan, ol’ T1M will feature in my Rogue Trader inspired scifi skirmish universe. Off the shelf, he’ll be known as an autonomous bounty hunter robot currently operating in the McKemmler system. There are some who call him… Tim? His origin is unknown, but that it’s a Tandoori Systems M-series (first edition) is pretty obvious. That particular range was decomissioned shortly after release as they had big problems with the persona allocation algorithms. On Tim, it have manifested in a very curteous and well behaved voice and vocabulary of a waiter at a high-class restaurant. It makes a stark, almost comedic, contrast to his murderous demeanour.

 

In other news, the Deadzone terrain is shaping up nicely. I’ve been struggling a bit with the base coating and probably did a few un-needed coats of spray priming (first black, then gray, then off-white) but now they’re all base coated and have had a first grime-up. Next, I’ll daub them a bit with sponges and flick splatter them with a tooth brush. After that, I’ll drybrush and possibly pick out a few things but most likely they’ll be ready for gaming after two levels of drybrush (heavy off-white, light pure white).

Always nice to sneak off to the garage for a cigar and some terrain painting!

Always nice to sneak off to the garage for a cigar and some terrain painting!