Oct 282011

I haven’t been painting as much as I had anticipated (surprise!). Apparently, parental leave does not equal vacation and hours upon hours of recreational fun in my basement. I can’t complain, I’m having the time of my life with my boy! I’m just not painting old lead.

No reason for not posting stuff though. First off, here’s a couple of old Citadel Fighting Fantasy plastics.

These are the first plastic models ever produced by Citadel. My cousin and I bought them in the early eighties in a toy shop in Ystad, Sweden. I, being a daft git already in my early years, didn’t get any of the cool models; chaos warrior, a barbarian and “the other” orc. My cousin however, he got these two guys – with new paintjobs they’ll be able to play the parts of a giant troll (the orc) and a rather large giant (actually an ogre). I have another head for the ogre/giant as well as two weapons (an axe and a club). They’re posed next to a Citadel skeleton (the musician from Mordini’s Nightmare Legion) for scale. Rather large fellows.

I have some more stuff to share over the next few days, so stay tuned for more old lead. Now for something totally divergent! I’m adding a few more interesting blogs and sites to my link bar to the right, and thought I’d pimp them a bit in this post too. Bear in mind, the miniatures in the following pictures are NOT painted by me!

First up, there’s Blue’s Marauding Miniatures. Run by Blue in VT, an active member on LAF, Frothers and a few other Warhammer Fantasy related sites. As the title of his blog say, the main focus is on Marauder Miniatures.

Image courtesy of Blue's Marauding Miniatures!

Next, we have Nico’s Realms of Chaos. Nico is a very talented and extremely productive french chap, who hit like a bomb earlier this year when he started posting pics of his awesome vintage Chaos army. Now, he’s started churning out a fantastic Skaven army as well, inspired by the old Andy Chambers army in White Dwarf #134. Top stuff!

Image courtesy of Nico's Realms of Chaos!

Finally, Die Platt. It’s a site where the galleries depict the various armies of a group of friends in Germany, run by powerfrog99 – also a member on LAF. The sheer amount of stuff is amazing, and the paintjobs and collections are great. I especially like how each army is a mix and match of different manufacturers and periods. They also have some really nice terrain pieces! Go forth, oogle and froth!

Image courtesy of Die Platt!

Oh, almost forgot – there’s a proper nice forum dealing with my second miniature-vice; Metal Magic miniatures. Check it out and don’t let the german language scare you off. Most (if not all) Metal Magic releases are catalogued there.

Aug 052011

Finished the three elements of Shooters for my dwarf HOTT army. The models are Bob Olley’s quite awesome Splintered Lands sculpts, for Splintered Lights Miniatures.

With Ganesha Games’ Songs of Armies and Hordes getting closer to being released, I’m not sure HOTT will ever get any table time. On the other hand, SOAH might be another year away. Who knows? I don’t really let that bother me, for now I’ll focus on doing two or three armies for HOTT as a side project to the ongoing 28mm fantasy skirmish stuff. At the rate I’ve finished the dwarves above, it might even come to fruition!

Next up (not that these predictions are ever right) should be some plastic hills from Amera.

Jul 312011

Didn’t know whether to label these things as miniatures or terrain, but ended up with miniatures. They are after all chunks of lead on bases.

When playing scenario 2 in the Stillburg Campaign (yeah I know, I still need to write a battle report on that), we had need of six objective markers. For that purpose we employed some blank, large metal washers. They didn’t look too hot, so I went and made these to replace them.

They’re small treasure piles from Mega Miniatures’ Dungeon Decor range. While looking quite nice, they are also rather useful in that they each contain a randomly placed, numbered marker. At first, I was going to paint them nicely, but decided not to as they will probably get worn quickly. Simple numbers will do fine.

When setting up a game, the six markers are turned face down and mixed. Without looking at the numbered side, I place an objective marker on top of it. Through the black magics of magnetism combined with a perfectly sized slot in the bottom of the objective marker, the number marker adheres to the underside and each objective marker is thusly assigned a secret number.

The markers are then placed on the table as per the instructions of the scenario. When a model reaches the marker, it is flipped and the number revealed.

It was a 5. Amazing!

Here’s a short pictorial description on how I made them. First, the components. One treasure chest or other decoration, one large metal washer with a center hole large enough to accomodate two smaller ones. They’re arrayed on a magnetic sheet.

I glued the two small washers together, as one would be a bit too thin to feel right. A piece of magnetic sheet was cut to fit over the hole in the large washer, and glued in place with super glue. Ferrous side down, mind!

As can be seen, by sheer luck everything fit perfectly and snugly. The two small washers are exactly the same thickness as the one large. Awesome!

I glued the marker decoration in place and continued with the remaining five.

Proper useful stuff, these! In the scenario we played, we had six markers and a table where 1 – 3 were hostile encounters, 4 and 5 were nothing and 6 was the actual objective. When a marker was flipped, we rolled a dice to see what the result was. Worked fine until we started rerolling previously rolled results. With these markers, there will less faffing about.

Jul 292011

Thought I’d just do a quick post with some pictures of the Amera terrain I’ve finished up so far. I’m really happy with the purchases, but haven’t had the opportunity to use any of it in a game so far. It’s been a very long time since I did any gaming at all, not counting the odd session of Small World with the Mrs, or when we played 7 Wonders (yay!) and Drakon (meh…) last friday when we were over for dinner with some friends. Hopefully this will change as I’m off on vacation starting monday, and won’t return to work until december at the earliest as I’ll also enjoy a few months of parental leave with our boy.

Here’s a Small Hill, a Ruined Wall and one part of the three part Scenery Set, all available in Amera’s Fantasy Realms section. Will have to revisit the edges of the small hill with some more flock. Also, for the next two wall sections I’ll remove the raised “base” and place them on a strip of masonite to lower the profile a bit. Here are a few close-ups.

I still can’t get over the fact that those walls are a mere £0.65. Great stuff, functional and paints up quickly!

For my next post I’ve got a collection of objective markers I’m very pleased with, together with a short how-to on the creation of them. In addition to that, the 15mm dwarves creeps ever closer to completion. Still not finished with basecoating the last three though. This weekend, I hope.

Jul 242011

I had some time this weekend to paint, and decided to have a go at some of the Splintered Lands dwarves I posted recently. Here’s a quick shot of four of them mounted to their base. I’ve got 9 finished, 3 more to go. Once finished, I’ve got three stands of shooters ready for HOTT. Fun minis to paint, and I’m making an effort to paint them as quickly I can. They are after all tiny rank and file guys with one single purpose – to be put on a game table. I was pretty happy with how they turned out until I saw this close up photo of them.

More to come in a few days, fully based and photographed under proper lighting. After that I’ll do the blades, as they’re quite similar to these in equipment.