Dec 312011
 

So, my third year as a “miniatures nut returned” has come to an end. What were my hopes, and what did I accomplish? I think the year has been fruitful not only in the baby department but also in the miniature part of my life, but not as fruitful as I had wished.

Lead Painters League
I enlisted in the LPL with hopes of being able to paint 5 new teams (in total 25 miniatures) and partake in the remaining 5 rounds with previously painted and shown miniatures. I ended up painting a single team of new models (Citizens of Stillburg) and the remaining rounds were rehashed old hat.

My scores suffered and I finished in the bottom tier, even though I won 5 rounds and lost 5. A bit surprised at that, I didn’t think the bonus points for new teams would matter that much. It’s a lesson I’m taking with me for the next LPL I participate in, for sure!

Man Cave 2.0
We renovated a room in our basement and I’ve started to move all my gaming gunk in there. It’s shaping up nicely and will allow us to now renovate the room that was previously my quite mangy man cave.

Songs of Stillburg
Sadly, only one game played this year. With me and my cousin both having kids the last year we ofcourse realized our gaming time would be limited, so I suppose one game isn’t too shabby. I still need to write a battle report for the game we fought last year though! Here’s a teaser shot from the third game of Stillburg, which happens to also be the inaugural game of Man Cave 2.0!

A miniature a week
I had this hope of painting at least one miniature a week, on average. That didn’t happen, I can tell you that! Here’s a break-down of what I DID finish this year:
14 models painted and finished (completely by me)
45 models painted by others, but with bases finished by me
6 objective markers built and finished completely by me
12 15mm models painted and finished completely by me

If we sum all that up, I did 32 models and had 45 models more or less done for me. In total, it means I scraped about 70 pieces of lead from the lead mountain. So – not too shabby, but I wish I had painted more myself! Here’s an overview of the year’s bounty.

Acquisitions
Weeeell… let’s not talk about that. Too much, too often and too unpainted! I didn’t buy as much this year as the last, but I really should’ve purchased less. Can’t resist a good deal or a neat idea!

Stripping Liquid
I’ve finally found the holy grail of stripping gunk! It’s called ColourOff, from chemical producer Autosmart International Ltd. It’s non-toxic, smells pretty nice and it’s actually a hand cleaning product so I don’t have to worry too much about coming in contact with it. Most importantly, a night in this makes almost any paint come off with a tooth brush and it does not seem to affect plastics. I have miniatures which brake fluid and acetone wouldn’t clean. They are now completely clean!

As I didn’t get the time to finish those 5 zombies in time for the new years I think my 2012 will be off to a flying (or shambling, rather) start! Here’s some of the other old gunk I’ve got queued up. More on that in my post regarding my 2012 plan, sometime next week.

I end this year with a close up of some of my old school publications. Ah – shelved goodness! Happy new year, friends! Leave a comment for me to know that you’re still around!

Dec 232011
 

For the first time in about 10 years or more, I’ve painted some greenskins! After my wife put together a christmas ornament for our kitchen table, I figured it could use more goblins. You can never have enough goblins in your christmas ornaments… right?

I did the one to the left first, using urrr… Knarloc Green from GW’s Foundation range as a base coat. I mixed it with some light VMC grey of some sort and did the highlights and then washed the skin with Badab Black (GW again). Found it a bit cold and dark, so instead I went for Gretchin Skin (GW Foundation), Devlan Mud (GW wash, it’s bloody magic!) and then Gretchin Skin again. I think. Maybe something else in there too… I don’t know and I don’t really care. I’ll paint each gobbo as if it was my first, experimenting with different base coats, highlights and washes to get some variation in the skin tone. So far, the two to the right are my favourites.


So, three little Bob Olley goblins from Iron Claw (ie Citadel), released in 1988. Painted a bit like gnomes, ’cause that’s how I roll. Yeah… anyways, thought it would be fun to pit them against some of Bob Olley’s antropomorphic animals he did for Splintered Lights. A woodland rumble, part zany – part cute. If otters and hedgehogs fighting evil gnomes won’t get my Mrs into lead pushing, I’ll consider it a lost cause.


Here’s a final christmasy shot – if you’re reading this it means you’ve put up with sporadic updates over the year. Thanks for your patience! Thought there would be a little more time for painting as I’m on paternity leave but truth be told there’s a hefty load of house hold work to tend to during the wee lad’s nap time. I do have five zombies all but finished up though, they just need an evening or two of touching up the details and sorting out the bases. I hope to do that before the year ends. You know, to bring up the annual total a bit.

Now, if you want to see more of these pointy hat gits you need to give up some old lead! If you got any spares of this range (only pointy hat ones, mind) I’ll gladly purchase them, or trade. Happy christmas!

Dec 212011
 

Among the more exotic denizens of the area around Stillburg we find these members of the cult of Elisiam, the man faced lion-god.


The miniatures are mostly from Foundry’s range of Spartans, the manticore is the MM44 Marauder model released in 1990 or so. Most likely it was scuplted by Trish Morrison. The models are all painted by elysium64/Simon from LAF/FUUK. I got these and a bunch of other nicely painted miniatures for a pittance. I’ve merely re-based them (well, not the manticore yet) to fit with the rest of my collection.

Many months ago, this particular group of cultists set out from their enclave outside of Thessos in The Border Princes. Travelling accross The Vaults, they have now ended up in Averland in the Empire and are scouring the Riding for a legendary relic of Elisiam’s. While not exactly chaos cultists, their practice of blood sacrifice and use of the colour red often lead to them being shunned as followers of Khorne. They hold little regard for outsiders and will not hesitate to battle anyone opposing their religious conviction.

The warband is lead by Timaios, armed with a bow. He’s accompanied by his trusted fighting men Archelaos, Endymion and Petros as well as the standard bearer Akakios.

Phrixos is the priest shaman of the group and by his side we find his young apprentice Miltiades.

Finally, the manticore Usuthu bound to protecting Delia the Temptress. In return, she enthralls men for Usuthu to feed on.

I made the following warband list to use them with Song of Blades and Heroes.

Cult of Elisiam – 328 pts
Timaios, Q3, C3. Leader, Shooter: Medium. 68 pts
Phrixos, Q3, C1. Magic-User. 40 pts
Miltiades, Q4, C2. 15 pts
Akakios, Q3, C3. Standard Bearer. 30 pts
Archelaos, Q3, C3. 30 pts
Endymion, Q3, C3. 30 pts
Petros, Q3, C3. 30 pts
Delia the Temptress, Q3, C1. Distract. 34 pts
Usuthu, Q4, C4. Big, Flying, Poison, Protect (Delia). 51 pts.

Yup that’s about it… my first tits-out miniature and all. Coming up next, a something small and vicious for the 24th. Stay tuned!

Edit: Oh, almost forgot. Random silly names provided by Seventh Sanctum and Behind the Name.

Nov 172011
 

Here’s the other Regiment of Renown I had painted up for me. Once again, it’s Pil who have done the (great!) painting, so I did NOT paint these myself. I merely finished the bases.

These are Mengil Manhide’s Company of Dark Elves sculpted by Bob Naismith. Originally, the characters were released as RR4 – which were solid base pre-slotta miniatures. It was replaced by a new set of resculpted slotta base miniatures in the mid 80s, still under the RR4 label. Eventually, they were repackaged as RRD11. One of the most noteworthy aspects of this regiment is that it’s the only RoR with female models in it!

Wonderfully oldschool palette. I was sceptical at first to the variations in colours, but in the end I think it works great!

The standard bearer is my favourite model in the whole gang, followed by the champion (below). For some reason, Mengil himself is the least imposing looking model (to the right in the picture above).

The warriors’ backs are draped in nice man-hides… or in the case of the witch elves; woman-hides! Nice touch, and perfectly painted!

A weird thing I noticed when looking through old catalogues for this post is the fact that there are no dark elves in the 1988 and 1989 catalogues! Who’d a thunk, huh?

So, these boys (and girls) go in the cupboard for pick-up-and-play games of Song of Blades and Heroes. I have a warband roster, but I’m not really happy with it yet so I’ll hold off posting it until I feel it’s “there”.

Nov 022011
 

One of my collecting bugs is the Regiments of Renown range Citadel released in the 80s. 28 sets of different miniatures were released, in different waves. I think they’re great, though I do know most people shun the early ones as the troopers are all identical. Not a problem for me, as the main reason I’m collecting them is to have pick up and play warbands for SBH. Having identical troopers with identical stats help new players not mix things up. As there’s no book keeping in Song of Blades and Heroes, there’s no need to have unique models unless the stats differ.

The first Regiment of Renown ever released is Bugman’s Dwarf Rangers. Great models, I must say! I haven’t been able to determine who sculpted them, but there’s a definite Perry Twins air to the chaps. Due to a severe lack of hobby time (and motivation for the minis) I had them sent off to Arjen “Pil” Pilon, who did a very good comission job on them for me (so I did NOT paint these myself). I asked to do the bases though, to keep them coherent with my existing collection.

Unfortunately, this is not a complete set. I have not been able to get the original pre-slotta musician separately, and the champion from that set goes for silly money on eBay. Thus, I settled for less (not really, as the minis are great) and got the second edition Bugman’s musician and champ. Job’s a good ‘un!

A trooper, the 2nd edition musician and the first incarnation of Joseph Bugman!

Another trooper, the standard bearer and the 2nd edition Jorj Ruddle. I’m sure there’s a pun in there but I can’t figure it out for the life of me!

I must say, I’m really impressed with the quality of the paint jobs. Especially considering the low price and quick turnaround time. Hat’s off to you, mr Pilon! Talk about polishing turds here! I wasn’t very keen on the models at all, until I had seen them painted up!

With 16 troopers painted and 4 command models, I have more than I can ever need for Song of Blades. Here’s the 500 point warband list I’m planning on using with some of these chaps.

Bugman’s Dwarf Rangers – 498 points
1 x Joseph Bugman – Quality 3+, Combat 4. Leader, Shooter: Medium, Short Move. (72 pts)
1 x Jorj Ruddle – Quality 3+, Combat 4. Hero, Shooter: Medium, Short Move. (72 pts)
1 x Dwarf Musician – Quality 3+, Combat 3. Champion, Short Move. (42 pts)
1 x Dwarf Standard Bearer – Quality 3+, Combat 3. Short Move, Standard Bearer. (24 pts)
9 x Dwarf Warrior – Quality 3+, Combat 3. Shooter: Medium, Short Move. (32 pts)

They all have crossbows latched to their backs, hence the Medium Shooter skill. I wanted them to have the ranger characteristics reflected in their stats, and didn’t really feel like giving them all Forester. The musician was a bit of a challenge too, until I remembered the Champion skill from Song of Deeds. The standard bearer and the musician don’t have Shooter, as they’re too busy waving flags and tooting horns to be bothered with the shooty stuff.

Let’s hope I’ll be able to arrange a game for them soon. I had the foresight to ship another regiment with these guys, and have them painted and done up too. Next time, Mengil Manhide’s dark elf company!