Oct 172016
 

The handsome fellows over on the Scale Creep blog invited me to join their Heroquest Hero Quest and I could hardly turn them down. After all, I had already embarked on this journey myself and could use an incitament to revisit the project. A week later, I can offer up a rough looking bog cyclops for your viewing pleasure!

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I chose to submit a fimir, because it was… already a work in progress. For me, the hobby is all about cutting corners and reaching results with the least level of effort. I’m a firm believer in “80/20″. Applied to the modeling hobby, one can say a model reaches 80% of the potential result when you’ve spent 20% of the total effort on it. For me, that’s a pretty good spot to stop in. Could I do another level of highlights? A few more glazes? Maybe a free hand pattern? Sure. Would it matter, in the long run? Nope. Instead I can spend the same time finishing another few models to an acceptable level… or browse interwebz forums. At least, it’s better than my old paint jobs from the early 90s.

There’s not much to say about the finished fimir. Gretchin Green base coat, washed with Devlan Mud and highlighted with Gretchin Green mixed with Vallejo Pale Flesh and Bronzed Flesh, and another wash of Gryphonne Sepia. The basing used is the same as on all my fantasy models. A 25 mm metal washer, with painted sand and static grass. Simple things!

It’s a bit more traditional in colour scheme than what the godfathers of Fimir (Mr Saturday and Fimm) have used, but I’m pretty happy with how it turned out. I spent some unnecessary effort on the eye. A yellow eye ball with a black pupil would’ve sufficed. Instead I did a white eye ball, black dot, yellow iris and then a black pupil. Doesn’t even show in the photo. Nuts!

Coming up next over at the Creeps’ – Curis, master of elbow painting and sphincter trumpeting! Knock it out the box, Chris!

Jun 122016
 

As previously hinted, here are a handful of orcs I painted recently. They’re actually the first dent I make in my enormous orc collection. I’ve been collecting Citadel orcs with the 1988 Catalogue as a checklist. I have all the orc warriors, big ‘uns and Harboth’s (and all other Regiments of Renown with orcs). I lack a few of the dual weapons and pole arms, some archers and a few command. The boar riders and savage orcs I have barely started, while the villagers and crossbowmen are completely untouched.

A while ago, Martin asked me if we should have a go at some Orc’s Drift. I (foolishly) said yes, and offered to paint the orcs. Here are the first five of the Vile Rune tribe. They were supposed to be an entry in the LPL this year (which I didn’t participate in).

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Nobrot and his spear boys have pledged allegiance to Fangor Gripe, thus adorning their shields with the Vile Rune burning skull motif.

 

I tried a (for me) new approach when painting these models. In order to speed things up (the Vile Rune tribe alone is 40 orcs strong, and then there are the Severed Hands and Kwae Karr tribes) I decided to try pre-shading. I primed the ladz in a mid gray, washed with black wash and drybrushed them white. Then, using thinned paints and matte medium I could shave a little bit off the painting time. I’m not sure the prep work justified the time saved, but I liked the experience and the end results well enough.

Also, a small disclaimer of sorts. I like my orcs green. Not going to apologize for that. I also love the puntastic names (Bagrash!) of the mid 80’s and the mockney “Oi, ladz!” type of personas so if you’re allergic to typical GW orcs you’re in the wrong place.

Nazram, C15 Orc by the Perry twins (1985)

Nazram, C15 Orc by the Perry twins (1985)

Orc from Talisman Adventure, by Aly Morrison (1986)

Orc from Talisman Adventure, by Aly Morrison (1986)

Orc Warrior by Kev Adams (1987)

Orc Warrior by Kev Adams (1987)

Orc Warrior by Kev Adams (1987)

Orc Warrior by Kev Adams (1987)

Shield Bearer, C15 Orc by the Perry twins (1985)

Shield Bearer, C15 Orc by the Perry twins (1985)

 

Initially, I dreaded painting all those shields (the Vile Rune tribe warriors come with a hand weapon and shield) – but after a first stumbling attempt (see Shield Bearer above) I found it a nice challenge to do variations on the motif found on the force chart sheets in the scenario box. I’m not very skilled at freehand so it’s all a bit ham fisted in comparison to others out there. Also, I decided against shading the bone etc – after all they’re orcs. They just want flaymin skulz!

Close up of shield freehands

Close up of shield detail

 

The next lot of 5 I do, I’ll include a group shot of the Vile Rune tribe and a few reference photos of their banners from the box. I managed to draft the whole tribe of 40 from the Orc Warriors pages 0501 and 0502, only having to add a few boys from other ranges. Hence the Talisman orc above.

Jun 082016
 

Was going to post a bunch of orcs, but the photos were too poor so they will have to wait. Instead, here’s an old D&D Miniatures Girallon (from the Night Below set) that I did a full repaint of recently. I had to do a little greenstuffing on him, filling a few gaps and sculpt over them with fur texture. Turned out good, but the piece on the head looks a bit like a head piece.

The fierce mutant ape, cornered by a hunting party of orcs.

The fierce mutant ape, cornered by a hunting party of orcs.

 

As usual with repaints of D&D minis, the original miniature wasn’t much to write home about. Ever since I got the model, I have been looking forward to painting it though. Here’s a before photo, nabbed from the Internet.

Original paintjob of the Girallon.

Original paintjob of the Girallon.

 

I didn’t bother with priming or anything, instead I base coated the whole model in a leather brown and then just went to town drybrushing and washing everything up with flesh tones progressing to pure white.

Repainted D&D Miniatures Girallon

Repainted D&D Miniatures Girallon

 

It’s a fun, dynamic model with an expressive face. Rather versatile too – it could just as well smash things to a pulp in a fantasy setting as in the grim darkness of the future. Now, I think I need to dig up the other Girallon model done by WOTC.

Fiendish Girallon - pic courtesy of some random eBay seller.

Fiendish Girallon – pic courtesy of some random eBay seller.

May 282015
 

In my continued adventures of cupboard cleaning, here’s something I’ve had primed and good to go for ages but never got round to painting. I can identify two reasons for that; it’s not a particularly interesting model nor do I have any idea at all how to use it. I have plenty of vague ideas, of course, but there’s nothing that triggers my imagination about this model. So why the hell have I painted it? I have no idea, really. I can’t remember how it turned up in my collection, and I can’t remember why I picked it out and primed it. Now it’s painted and I can tuck it away at the back of the display cabinets.

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Itchy feet!

So, what is it? It’s a slime from the eclectic C18 Night Horrors range. Yup. A “slime”… some sort of license-less proto-shoggoth from back in the days when Citadel produced the rather Lovecraftian range Gothic Horror in an attempt to bag an official Call of Cthulhu license. It didn’t pan out and this guy got dubbed The Slime. Poor guy!

The model is more or less painted with a single paint (Vallejo Game Pale Flesh) which I’ve just washed repeatedly with various red and purple washes. I want it to look more like a freak mutation (or possibly chaotic) than an alien or eldritch species. It’s a bit low on contrast and not very “discernable” but at least I have a tentacled thing on two legs that looks like he could use a dash or two of some soothing ointment.

May 222015
 

I bought this angel quite a few years ago, in 2012 to be exact. Now, three years later I have finally managed to paint it! It’s not a model intended for gaming, but actually a present for my cousin who collect angel figurines. She have been ill for a while so I wanted to paint her an angel as a way of showing that I think of her even if we don’t talk often.

Mmmm... glossy.

Mmmm… glossy.

The model is a Reaper Dark Heaven “Angel of Mercy” sculpted by Sandra Garrity. I can’t say I enjoyed painting it much, and the face is a little chunky and weird. The gloss varnish didn’t do the paintjob any favours either… Regardless, I’m happy to have it done as it hopefully will be a treasured addition to my cousin’s collection and it feels good to have that monkey off my back. I no longer have any obligations to finish models for a third party, it’s just me and my lead mountain now!

Hopefully, I’ll have time to clean up a few more stragglers from old projects. Like the last few guys for my Doom Forgers Dungeonbowl team… or the guys from the Golden Horns of Bashalot… or maybe I can finish a few more minis for Stillburg. But first, I must do the last six of the Raizze.