Oct 312013
 

Happy halloween! For this joyous occasion I’ve prepared a healthy serving of five painted ghouls for your perusal. They were supposed to be used in a Stillburg scenario I had planned to play a few weeks ago – but we ended up getting rather inebriated instead of actually playing any games. Those things happen, I suppose.

I was in a bit of a rush to finish them, which actually doesn’t show except on the Talisman ghoul in the back (more on that later). I wanted them to look pale and tomb-dwelling, which I think I achieved. They were painted with Vallejo Pale Flesh over a white undercoat, then washed with purple and blue washes, highlighted up with layers of Pale Flesh and Skull White and then washed again. Did the eyes reddish, to add some contrast to the models.

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Oct 272013
 

As I mentioned a while ago I had an evening of Heroquest gaming, and wanted to finish up as many Heroquest models as possible before that. Here are a couple of close ups of the chaos warriors and mummies.

In the interest of fast completion, I didn’t use the actual Heroquest chaos warriors (as it would’ve involved cutting off the integral base) but instead painted up four rather similar 90s plastic chaos warriors. Once I have an otherwise full set of Heroquest models painted up, I’ll replace these with the proper models and do them in the signature coloured armour of the late 80s and early 90s.

The mummies are proper Heroquest mummies though. Fastest paintjobs I’ve ever done, I think. They were spray primed Skull White, then base coated in Bleached Bone with the “flesh” parts picked out with Vallejo Cold Grey. I then drybrushed the wrappings with Skulle White. Once dry, the whole model was washed with Devlan Mud and the Cold Grey was highlighted by mixing in Dehneb Stone. They were finished in an evening, while I also did the base coats on the chaos warriors above.

Highly unassuming models, but a great satisfaction to get some stuff painted really quickly! I will try to do a unit of the chaos warriors for my plastic Warhammer project before the end of the year.

My painted total for 2013 is now 25. 10 more weeks, and less than 30 models to go. Will I make it? I highly doubt it, unless I resort to cheap tricks and underhanded tactics. That would be completely foreign to me. Forsooth.

Edit:
Here’s a photo of the zombies I had done since earlier. That’s all the currently painted stuff. 60 models or so to go for a full set of the base game + two expansions released in Swedish.

 

Oct 242013
 

I don’t know about you, but I have never felt any love for dark elves in any setting I ever played a game in. The same applies to the WHFB figures for dark elves, I’ve never seen anything I really like. They always felt a bit daft and contrived. So – what to do with the handful of dark elves I’ve happened to collect over the last few years? Well, I had Mengil Manhide’s regiment of renown painted up for me by Pil. While enough to run a warband in SOBH, they’re a rather homogenous lot. I figured they could use some bolstering by another batch. So I scooped up all my remaining dark elves and shipped them off to JollyBob (from LAF/Frothers/etc) for painting.

 

The orcs soon realized they were biting off more than they could chew.

He did a great job, but I’m not sure they’ll see much table time. This post have been prepared for almost a year but I haven’t been able to post it as I could not, for the life of me, come up with any fluff and background. Especially the names caused me problems. I think  it all boils down to how humourless and bleak the Warhammer fluff for dark elves is. They’re like the dark, brooding and pretentious teenagers of the Old World.

In large, these are the remnants of a raiding party that set out from Naggaroth, consisting of two ships. After looting and pillaging successfully eastward through the northern parts of the Empire, they ran into stiff competition near the Northern Wastes and the coven was decimated by a much larger chaos regiment.

The matriarch  of the coven, Lidygia, flanked by her body guard. The two body guards are C21 Cold One Riders, by Naismith. Ligydia is a more modern (and not very likeable) Marauder MM74 Dark Elf Sorceress. Probably sculpted by Aly Morrison. The cold ones follow the same pattern, left and right are C21 Snarlers while the centre one is an MM74 cold one.

 

The three scouts, with captain Hoex in the middle. The two scouts are C09 Dark Elves by Bob Naismith, 1985 or 1986 releases. Captain Hoex is the (evil) dark elf captain from the BC2 Monster Starter Set.

 

Captain Neviro second from the left, with his aide to the left and to the right his son Malus and daughter Debelia. All of them C09 Dark Elves by Bob Naismith, anno 1986 (except for the captain who is an earlier release, from 1985).

The two ship’s captains blame each other for the fatal defeat, while Lidygia takes perverse pleasure in playing the two against each other skillfully manipulating their passion for her and their rivalry. They realize they need to stay together to reach the shores where their ships lie berthed, thus they reluctantly cooperate. Before they reach their ships, blood will certainly be spilled.

Oct 132013
 

Saturday last weekend I had the opportunity to regress into child hood for an evening. Some old mates came visiting, we had some good food and drinks and most importantly – we played Hero Quest!

When this was decided I still didn’t have very many HQ models painted. Only two of the zombies, really. So, I went about to see what I had painted or near painted that could stand in for the models in the box. The four skeletons, the evil sorcerer and the four heroes were easy, I just picked them from my Stillburg project. For gobbos, I had the Iron Claw goblins I painted a few years ago. Three fully finished, but I needed six so I dug out three more from the same range and plopped a green stuff hat on one of them. The rest of the models needed were not even based and primed!

That left me with the need for 4 chaos warriors, 3 fimir, 2 mummies, 1 gargoyle and 8 orcs. The orcs were nearly there, as I decided to use the Harboth’s orcs I had painted to near completion. I did them up first, as can be seen here.

Next, I got started on the models I had to finish. After cleaning, cutting, prepping and priming I was left with the below – and three days to finish them!

 

I decided to tackle the easiest models first, and in an evening I had these done to an acceptable table top level. The mummies are standard Hero Quest, while the chaos warriors are the 90s monopose plastic regiment warriors. Used them instead of the original warriors in order to save some time on the base cutting (I’m not keeping the integral bases).

 

The next evening I actually didn’t paint anything (foolishly) – so I never managed to finish the goblins, fimir and gargoyle. They did come some way though. Even if I didn’t actually finish any more models I think I did a pretty good job for three days of work.

In the Swedish translation the gargoyle is called “the horror mask”. It doesn’t make sense in Swedish either.

And the full set of proxies and half-jobs.

 

It didn’t really matter, as long as all the bases were finished (but I did miss the static grass on the mummies… curses!). We had a few great games, produced a rather eclectic playlist on Spotify and managed to squeeze in a few cigars. I had a fun night and so did my mates.

 

Now I’m well motivated to get the full set painted (including proper Chaos Warriors, I went for 4th edition plastics to avoid spending time cutting bases). Thusly, my old paintjobs (as previously displayed) went into the stripping jar!

“Hey, I’m in here!”

 

Before embarking on the full Hero Quest set, I’ll get a few ghouls painted up though. We’re playing a game or two of Stillburg the coming weekend! It’s been near two years since last time! Also, I have a few half finished goblins and fimir to do. And a gargoyle to touch up. And four chaos warriors to give a final drybrush. And two dwarfs to paint for a friend. And…

Anyways, here’s what I’m aiming for. Mike McVey’s splendid rendition of the Hero Quest models (or well, metal prototypes) in White Dwarf #113.

Magic Mike at his best.

Oct 062013
 

In June, I decided to quickly paint up a set of Harboth’s Black Mountain Boys (an early Regiment of Renown) – and promptly disappeared off the face of the planet for the duration of the summer. Oh well. Stuff like that happens. Now I’m back, partly fuelled by Erny’s post over at Erny’s Place from the other day.

 

“Pulp the stunties!”

8 out of 10 boys are done, and the command (sans musician, who needs to be stripped) are half done. I needed 8 orcs for a game of Hero Quest this weekend though. More on that in a separate post.

I aim to post more orcs for Orctober. It’s a good cause, after all. Then we have Goblinovember next month. I’ve got something prepared for that too. Yay me!

Update: Forgot to up the tally! These guys increase my painted total for 2013 from 11 to 19! And it’s only week 41! 11 more weeks, and almost 40 models to do. Yikes, I’ll have to bring out the snotlings!