Aug 292012
 

Finally finished up my unit of plastic clone dwarfs, from the early 90s. They look fine, but definitely miss a shield or sixteen. If anyone reading this can help out with the classic shields give me a holler!

Sedicemplets?

My main goal was to paint them as fast as possible, to get a servicable table top paintjob. I might have overdone it a bit, as I did base coat, wash, base coat again and then highlight. I think the problem lies with the bases being finished last. The next batch of cheap plastics I paint up, I’ll do the bases after I’ve done the base coats on the minis. That way they might look finished earlier, say after a wash and a single touchup/highlight. Remember, I’m not aiming for the same level as on my metal guys. These are all about “army level” and I think I have to lower my ambitions a little if I ever want to finish any of the planned armies.

The first six, as previously seen.

They were painted in three batches. On the first six I used old Citadel Enchanted Blue for the coats. Thought they looked a bit too samey, so for the next five I planned to use Citadel Foundation Mordian Blue. I also decided to add partitions in Bleached Bone too and I must say it did wonders for the unit as a whole. I couldn’t be arsed going back and add some white to the first batch I did, but any more dwarfs I paint will follow the same philosophy.

Batch two!

The last five I used Citadel Ultramarine Blue on. I also alternated the boot and err… “collar” colour between batches, using either Vallejo Cobra Leather, Citadel Foundation Khemri Brown or Vallejo Earth as base. I alternated the skin colour too, using Citadel Dwarf Flesh on batch one and three, while the second batch got Citadel Foundation Tallarn Flesh.

Final five!

So, with these chaps out of the way I’m contemplating what to do next. Will try to get stuck in with the Doom Forgers as soon as possible. Also have some more plastics incoming, as well as the Grenadier plastics I got a while back. I think I’ll try to finish my human Blood Bowl team (based on 2nd edition chaotics and Phil Lewis’ Chaos Cup models) before I do any more Dungeon Bowl. Before anything else, I really ought to finish up some barriers for the next scenario of Stillburg though.

Grand total for 2012 is now 62 painted – 220 acquired = -158. Managed to clear my goal of one model per week, and I have plenty of weeks to spare yet! Here’s a final pic comparing the three different batches.

Comparison of the three batches. First in the centre, second to the right and third to the left. Or maybe the other way around. Who gives a damn?

Aug 182012
 

A while ago I mentioned how I’m looking to expand on my plastic dwarf army with some non Citadel additions; the plastic solid cast crossbow dwarfs from EM4 (previously Grenadier’s plastics from their boxed game Fantasy Warriors). Paul of sho3box fame kindly offered to send me a few. I got more than a few though, so thank you very much Paul (once again)! The dwarfs look solid size wise while the orcs are a bit small and will be used as hobgoblins for the poor chaos dwarfs who only would have one troop type available. It all depends on how they paint up though. Expect a review on that soonish.

Too many misters, not enough sisters...

I also got a nice old Puggy Baconbreath (Citadel Blood Bowl star player) in the same shipment. Awesome mini! He’s filling the last halfling position in my Doom Forgers team and once I finish up the clone dwarfs I’m working on now he’s first in the painting queue.

I’ve been busy painting a little recently, but can’t show the stuff just yet. I’ve got an entry done for the Golden Gobbos (including a cheesy write-up and probably highly illegal WHFB3 stat line and special rules) and have finished a few more of my plastic dwarfs. I’ll post them as soon as I’ve got the whole unit done. Next week, probably.

So with these additions and the recent painting, the annual total is now 57 painted – 220 acquired = -163

Good thing the Reaper Bones pledge models won’t land until next year or my annual total would be shot to hell and then some! My painting plan is as follows:

  1. Finish the current unit of dwarfs for WHFB (5 models, all are WIP)
  2. Paint up Puggy in Doom Forgers’ colours (1 model, bare metal)
  3. Finish the rest of the Doom Forgers (9 models, all primed and ready for paint)
  4. Do random small critters, possibly some 18mm stuff – just to get the annual total as low as possible (and because I really feel like painting small scale fantasy). I’ve got a bunch of 28 mm wolves primed and ready for paint for instance. Also have some bats, lesser goblins (ie snotlings) and such to do. Yes, I’m going to use dirty tricks to sort out my annual total.
  5. While doing the above, I’ll also drop in on the Grenadier plastics from time to time.

I’ve rebased some minis I bought painted from people over at LAF and those will be photographed and posted here soon too. It’s been a while since I posted anything painted.

Jul 212012
 

But last week, that changed! I got three former Olley’s Armies models from Phantom Miniatures (a bit defunct, but email Francesco and he might have a few more models in stock); two rather large trolls and a huge frigging human ranger which towers over the old GW ogres I have. He’s going in the “for trade” bin.

Huge!

The two trolls though, are intended for the chaos warband I’ve got planned for SOBH, with nothing but Bob Olley sculpts. They are big, but not too big. Handsome too! The left-most will be a troll giant (as he’s the same height as the largest old Metal Magic giants, which I have a few of). The other will be a giant troll. See the difference there. Eh?

These bring my total tally to 51 painted – 191 acquired = -140. Not counting the ranger above, and adding one to painted for the dwarf I painted for Adam.

The plastic WHFB dwarfs are coming along nicely, and I’ll post up a pic of all 16 painted soon.

Jul 062012
 

Yeah, what the hell – Fantasy Battle?! I honestly can’t say what happened – but I picked up WHFB3 a few years ago and read the rules a month ago or so. It got me thinking that I ought to try it sometime. My basing standard doesn’t lend itself well to WHFB, so I started thinking about how I could arrange some cheap forces without too much hassle. I remembered the old 90s plastic single piece clone casts that are quite dull, but if painted properly can look good enough. I have 16 of the dwarfs, I’ve tried to sell them on many occasions but never succeeded. How fortunate! I’ve painted these as fast as possible, which in my case means black primer, base coats (with as few colours as possible) and then completely covered with washes. I then highlight using the base colour, and occasionally a lighter shade of the base colour. I’ll try switching up the base colours between my batches of five, the next five will have another blue for the tunic, and another brown for the boots and shoulderthingamajig.

Attack of the clones!

Here’s a pic of 6 of them. 10 more to go, and I have a unit. If I can (sloooowly, I’ve learned my lessons) gather some more dwarfness I should have about 1000 pts painted up “in no time”. 1000 points don’t make an army, but with 1000 pts worth of dwarfs, 1000 pts worth of men and 1000 pts worth of elves I ought to have enough to make one “good” army. I’ll do the same for orcs, goblins, chaos, skaven and so forth.

There are many sources of this type of models. Here are the few I’ve identified:
Dwarf handweapon – Advanced HeroQuest (hero, champion or similar)
Dwarf twohanded weapon – HeroQuest (another hero or somesuch)
Dwarf handweapon and shield – 90’s plastic warriors boxed sets
Dwarf handweapon and shield – Psychostyrene
Dwarf handweapon and shield – Warhammer Regiments
Dwarf handweapon – Talisman 3rd edition
Dwarf dragon slayer – Talisman 3rd edition, City

I’ll round that out with some of EM4’s quite genious plastic dwarfs from the old Fantasy Warriors boxed set, as they have crossbows and only cost a few pence each.

Finally, I’ve got a WIP pic of a dwarf I’m painting for Adam/thebinmann from LAF. I usually don’t post WIPs like this, but wanted to share the progress with Adam.

Basecoat and shading, but no highlights yet.

Edit: Forgot to update my tally for 2012! With these 6 chaps painted, I’m now at 50 painted – 189 acquired = -140. It’s getting better. Slowly. =) Nothing new for quite some time now, but then again I haven’t painted much either. I’ll try to concentrate on smaller things for a while when I’m done with the dwarfs. Might help me bolster the numbers a bit. Got three models incoming, but more on that when they get here.

Jun 062012
 

Have been a bit busy with the planning and execution of a stag do recently, as well as starting a new assignment for a new client at work. Not much painting going on (but some, very sporadic). I decided to see what I could do with a regiment of the single pose plastic dwarfs GW did in the 90s, painting them up as quickly and crudely as I can. I’ve tried selling them unpainted for ages and no-one wants to buy them. Guess I’ll just use them (and other plastics) for some 3rd edition Warhammer if I can coax any mates into giving it a whirl. I need another project like I need a hole in the head, but that never stopped me before. It’s just too much fun planning and thinking about these things.

These are my latest acquisitions. Completely forgot about posting them. A bunch of Ral Partha chaos warriors by Bob Olley for my Olley chaos warband. Also, an angel for a cousin of mine who collect angel figurines. I’ll paint it up for her as a belated birthday present.

Snapped off weapons on "mint in blister"... yay! =(

So with these additions – what’s my total tally for 2012? 44 painted – 189 acquired = -145! Crud… Well, I won’t get much more for a long time as I have no budget for gaming gear. After 9 months of parental leave, our buffers are drained and I’ve got some catching up to do. Haven’t bought any toys at all since april (including movies, music, books etc) and I’m more or less ahead on the selling off of lead. I think I’ve sold more than I’ve bought.

Getting these barbarians made the Olley band more or less complete. I’ve got armoured warriors, unarmoured warriors, a bunch of chaos dwarves (from Metal Magic), some chaos centaurs (also Metal Magic), Citadel beast men, an ogre and harpies. It has been fun to collect minis from different manufacturers but by the same sculptor. I’ll do a full feature of it eventually.

Also, I’ve got a “newly” painted team for the LPL that I just realised I haven’t posted on here. I’m hoping to get a snap of it up later today, actually. Just need to mow the lawn and appease she-who-rules with some more house work.