Apr 302013
 

Things have not been going my way hobby wise this year so far. For instance I have not posted a single newly painted miniature all year. In addition, it was over a month since my last post here. To remedy this, here’s almost half a Blood Bowl team. I’ll give more details on them once I’ve got the full team done.

 

They are bog standard 3rd edition Chaos models (sculpted by Gary Morley around 1992) apart from an added chaos warrior (Wormhowl Greyscar, sculpted by Mark Copplestone in 1988 or so) from the days of 2nd edition.

 

The inspiration for the team colours came from Harry’s take on them as can be seen here. I wanted something that would be quick to slap on and still look good. I decided to go with gold “bone” details, so the horns of both chaos warriors and beastmen are golden – as are the hooves of the beast men.

 

On the beastmen I tried out three different takes on skin. From left to right, they are VGC Pale Flesh washed with Gryphonne Sepia, GW Dwarf Flesh washed with Ogryn Flesh and finally GW Tallarn Flesh washed with Ogryn Flesh. I’ll try a few more variants to get a varied squad.

The biggest revelation I got when doing these up is that Gary Morley has a nice sense of humour or made a bit of a freudian slip when sculpting the beastmen.

Knobs… hurr hurr hurr

 

These bring my painted total for 2013 up to… 7. I won’t say how much I’ve bought this year – but considering Mega Miniatures are closing let’s just say I’m filling my cabinets with delicious old Metal Magic models before they’re spread in the wind. For some Conany reason I also did a little stocking up on barbarians from Forlorn Hope. Great value and service as always!

Apr 132012
 

One of my favourite sculptors is Bob Olley. I really disliked his style when I was younger, in the early 90s. The cartoony and exaggerated anatomy of the Blood Bowl ogres, coupled with the rather stiff manequin posing didn’t appeal to me at all at the time. I still think his sculpts are pretty goofy, especially the Essex ones and those (mostly) horrible Black Orcs he did for Citadel – but there are some absolute gems in there too. For instance, his Iron Claw goblins or the aforementioned Blood Bowl ogres. Also, his newer stuff is brilliant – especially the little Splintered Lands anthropomorphic animals.

Olley, Adams and Copplestone - yum!

Among the gems are also his Citadel beastmen from the late 80s. I’ve got a few, and when I stumbled over a virtual Olley gold mine on eBay I couldn’t help myself and bought even more. The same seller also had the set of harpies for sale, as well as the rather rare and elusive Blood Bowl Troll #3. They’re all mine now!

I’ve also been getting some more Blood Bowl stuff for my Dungeon Bowl project. Four orcs and three humans.

Last week I didn’t post what I had been getting (mostly) – I suppose easter got in the way. Here’s the picture I took though. It’s a parcel from Alternative Armies, containing Jes Goodwin’s old barbarians and some lesser goblins by Kev Adams.

Haha, my parcel is hilariously squashed! Such fun!

The lead was ok though!

Luckily the chaps and/or chapettes over at Alternative Armies know how to pack their parcels so no lead was harmed. These guys were all bought on a whim. Alternative had 20% off, and I had been eyeing the old barbarians by Jes Goodwin for some time. It’s a neat little set, with nicely sculpted minis that when painted as a group will make up a great warband for Song of Blades, Skulldred or Brink of Battle – whatever I will go for in the end. The lesser goblins were a super impulse buy. I sort of regret it, as they’re really small and I’m sure I won’t paint them any time soon. Also, those spears are very fragile. They’ll make nice snotlings for dungeon crawling though. The barbarians will go out on commission if I can find a painter willing to do them for a good price.

These weren’t the only additions though. I also got two pre-slotta pirates from the Citadel rogues line. Forgot to take a photo of them, so I’ll just include them in my every-growing negative lead tally. Total tally for 2012 is now 44 painted – 154 acquired = -110! Yikes.

Apr 152010
 

I’ve been a bit busy with stuff not pertaining to this geek blog of mine, but here’s a little morsel and a hint of things to come.

Recently, I’ve grown weary of the plastic D&D Miniatures figs. I still have a big collection saved for Warhammer Quest, and I think the minis fit great for board games. However, real miniature games require real miniatures. =) Thus, I’ve started a small and purposeful collection of old Citadel metal miniatures with which my cousin Fredrik and I can play RPG-like campaigns.

First up, are the Songs of Stillburg. The people of the small town Stillburg have long led very uneventful lives. Recently, this has changed. Livestock have been found in the mornings, mutilated and torn asunder. At first people blamed the wolves in the region, and wanted to organize a hunt. However, when a full pack of wolves was found torn to pieces the towns-folk started getting scared. Nobody talked about organizing any hunts after that. Instead, fortifications were made on the town borders and some mercenaries were hired to bolster the town militia.

Among these mercenaries, we find Raab the Barbarian and his old friend and partner Aldor Berlepsch. Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to paint up Aldor yet as he’s still en route in the post – but here’s a picture of Raab and a short bio. I’m making similar bios for all characters, to promote certain role playing in game and prevent power gaming where each mini is only viewed as expendable resources.

Raab – Human Barbarian. Quality 4+, Combat 4. Fearless, Berserk.
Professional sword for hire. Long time friend and companion of Aldor Berlepsch. Not the brightest, but fiercly loyal to Aldor and will protect him at any cost.

Finally, I have one more recently painted mini to share. It’s some military type guy from EM4 Miniatures, and his first assignment is as an android in Fredrik’s warband in Mutants & Death Ray Guns.

As usual, click for a high res version.

Coming up next; whatever pops in the mail box first. I’m waiting for a hefty batch of metal skeletons, also the mayor of Stillburg (Phoncible Bernadotte) and three city militia as well as the aforementioned Aldor Berlepsch. I’m still to find suitable minis for Brother Wendel (a monk from the local priory), Duncan Sandels (member of the priory’s knight templar order) and a few zombies.