Jan 172012

Last time we saw these guys, I had spent about 2 hours on them, doing base coats. As promised, the next step was indeed to finish up the base coats with wood, metals and a few other things (boots, pants etc). About 30 minutes was spent on this, so that’s 2.30 so far!

Next, the magic step. The Devlan Mud step! With a big brush, I just soak the whole figure in Devlan Mud. Being foul undead, I’m not too bothered by this – but I wouldn’t have done this on a fancy elf. In addition to Devlan Mud, I do additional washes with Brown Wash (the old bottles with a blue cap) and Badab Black as well as Black Wash. About another 30 minutes for this step and 3 hours in total.

Once the models have been shaded with wash, I start cleaning up and finishing off individual parts of each individual model. It’s quite different from the previous steps so I can’t really give any descriptions but here’s a sequence of pictures. The general aproach is to clean up each area with the base colour and then highlight it with a layer or two of lighter shades of the base colour. I washed the skin parts another time with purple wash too.

Finally, the models are finished. I spent about 5 hours all in all on them so far. Still have bases to do and a shield for the armoured fellow.

Not exactly happy with them, but they’ll do the job. That’s standard fare for me and my finished minis. I need to base them and let them rest for a while before I start to like them. The Bob Olley skeleton/zombie however will probably remain my least favourite model ever for a long time. There were even traces of fingerprints on the back of the model!

I’ll post proper photos once the guys are based up and all done. After that, I’ll paint MORE zombies! I’ll have some variation though, as the ones I’m painting next are a newer edition sculpted by Gary Morley. Probably my least favourite sculptor of all time. I was about to call him the Herb Trimpe of Games Workshop, but had a change of heart as Trimpe is more like Olley. Oddly proportioned and a weird style, but their work have an oldschool charm.

Jan 142012

I thought I’d do a slightly more detailed coverage of the next four zombies I paint. I decided I’d take a picture either after a session or every 30 minutes during longer painting sessions. Usually, I don’t even paint for 30 minutes in a go, but today I had a few hours to myself and spent two of them to paint a little.

First I cleaned up my work place a bit, and rummaged through the paints to pick out what I thought I might need for the session. Some clean water, a fresh wet palette (with the lid on, so you can’t really see it) and a cup of coffee. I’m good to go!

After about 30 minutes of doing black and blood red, the four zombies looked like this.

Next up was the base coat for the actual flesh. A proper old pot of Rotting Flesh still does the job, it’s been with me for many years. In the picture above, the guy second from the left is actually not quite a zombie. It’s one of Bob Olley’s IC201 Skeleton Guard, however the sculpt (or cast) is so horrible that it works better as a zombie (I hope). After all, he’s painted more or less like a zombie in the original advert too. After another 30 minutes, the chaps looked like this.

Next up, I did the clothing. To keep the painting time down a bit, I’ll do all the main fabrics the same colour on all four. It won’t matter much when they’re in a much larger group. I’m going to do a rather light brown in the end, so the base coat is Tausept Ochre. Incidently, that’s what I also use for bone. After another 30 minutes or so, I had this before me.

In the background you can see a finished zombie that I use for reference. Also, the four pots of paint used so far.

So, about 2 hours of which 90 minutes were effective painting time and the rest was tinkering and general mucking about. I’m keeping this documentation up for the duration of these four guys, so I can get a better idea about how long it takes me to paint a few minis.

The next step is to base coat wood pieces and a few details. After that I give the metals a base coat, before washing the miniatures. Then comes highlighting and finishing the details. Yay. In the end I expect to have spent about four hours in total on them.

Dec 232011

For the first time in about 10 years or more, I’ve painted some greenskins! After my wife put together a christmas ornament for our kitchen table, I figured it could use more goblins. You can never have enough goblins in your christmas ornaments… right?

I did the one to the left first, using urrr… Knarloc Green from GW’s Foundation range as a base coat. I mixed it with some light VMC grey of some sort and did the highlights and then washed the skin with Badab Black (GW again). Found it a bit cold and dark, so instead I went for Gretchin Skin (GW Foundation), Devlan Mud (GW wash, it’s bloody magic!) and then Gretchin Skin again. I think. Maybe something else in there too… I don’t know and I don’t really care. I’ll paint each gobbo as if it was my first, experimenting with different base coats, highlights and washes to get some variation in the skin tone. So far, the two to the right are my favourites.

So, three little Bob Olley goblins from Iron Claw (ie Citadel), released in 1988. Painted a bit like gnomes, ’cause that’s how I roll. Yeah… anyways, thought it would be fun to pit them against some of Bob Olley’s antropomorphic animals he did for Splintered Lights. A woodland rumble, part zany – part cute. If otters and hedgehogs fighting evil gnomes won’t get my Mrs into lead pushing, I’ll consider it a lost cause.

Here’s a final christmasy shot – if you’re reading this it means you’ve put up with sporadic updates over the year. Thanks for your patience! Thought there would be a little more time for painting as I’m on paternity leave but truth be told there’s a hefty load of house hold work to tend to during the wee lad’s nap time. I do have five zombies all but finished up though, they just need an evening or two of touching up the details and sorting out the bases. I hope to do that before the year ends. You know, to bring up the annual total a bit.

Now, if you want to see more of these pointy hat gits you need to give up some old lead! If you got any spares of this range (only pointy hat ones, mind) I’ll gladly purchase them, or trade. Happy christmas!

Jul 242011

I had some time this weekend to paint, and decided to have a go at some of the Splintered Lands dwarves I posted recently. Here’s a quick shot of four of them mounted to their base. I’ve got 9 finished, 3 more to go. Once finished, I’ve got three stands of shooters ready for HOTT. Fun minis to paint, and I’m making an effort to paint them as quickly I can. They are after all tiny rank and file guys with one single purpose – to be put on a game table. I was pretty happy with how they turned out until I saw this close up photo of them.

More to come in a few days, fully based and photographed under proper lighting. After that I’ll do the blades, as they’re quite similar to these in equipment.

Jul 092011

I bought a boxload of Splintered Light miniatures some two years ago. Nothing much have come of that, so I started going through them with the intent to sell some of it off. Originally the plan was to play Hordes of the Things with them but I’ve been side tracked with Song of Blades and Heroes and Citadel miniatures collecting.

I’ve had an itch for large scale fantasy battles (ie masses of troops, not 40mm scale) and I think 28mm is too large for that. Thus, I’ve decided to keep the Goblins and Dwarfs from my Splintered Lands stash. The antropomorphic animals are divided into two piles; for sale and “for 28mm skirmishing”. Got a small side project planned for the furry little critters, involving some Bob Olley sculpts from his Iron Claw days.

This morning, while entertaining my son, I sat dividing the models I’ve got into elements for Hordes of the Things. Since these are chunky 18mm minis, I decided to go with the 28mm element size recommendations to fit as many in. These are only mockups, but I’ll sort out proper bases and start painting soon. I think the two armies turned out quite allright, though I know nothing about how HOTT plays or how the meta game works.

First up, there’s the dwarf army.

It consists of the following elements:
3x Bondi (Blades, 6AP)
2x Huscarls (Warbands, 4AP)
3x Crossbow (Shooters, 6AP)
1x Mounted chief and guards (Hero general, 4AP)
1x Magician and guards (Magician, 4AP)
In total 24 AP of efficient military dwarf clan goodness. I’d like to add an Artillery to the gang, but apart from that I’m keeping this lot as it is.

The goblins on the other hand…
Here we have a mishmash of creatures, all fighting under the banner of the Bat Clan Goblins.
2x Kobold slaves (Hordes, 2AP)
2x Goblin hordes (Hordes, 2AP)
2x Nightrunners (Riders, 4AP)
2x Goblin archers (Shooters, 4AP)
2x Bat Clan stalkers (Sneakers, 6AP)
2x Werebats (Flyers, 4AP)
1x Clan chief and guard (Hero, 4AP)
1x Shaman and guard (Magician, 4AP)
1x Ogre mercenaries (Behemoth, 4AP)
Here I have some more options on switching the troops around a bit, with several options for generals.

Looking forward to read through the HOTT rules and get a trial game in before I decide on what to do with these lots. =)