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?

Jul 122012
 

Got this dwarf from a friend, to paint as payment for a few miniatures. I normally don’t do comissions as I have a hard time keeping up with my own lead but figured every once in a while a single miniature won’t hurt too much.

I'm a little teapot short and stout... if you tip me over, you'll get the axe!

And one from above...

Hopefully he’ll be happy with it! I think it turned out quite allright, but as usual I hate my most recent paintjob. Need to get some distance to it, I suppose. The dwarf was a bit tough to paint, as it was rough in places with poorly cast fingers etc.

For the leadheads it’s not too hard to recognize him. Classic mid- to late 80’s Perry twins dwarf adventurer, from Citadel as always.

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.

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!

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.