Sunday, 30 October 2016

Pulp characters

In my last post I showed a couple of pulp models I'd been working on so here they are along with a few others. No prattling on, straight into the pics.

Three from Crooked Dice. Flamboyant Agent, Pandora King and the Despotic Dictator.

Next there's Golgo Satana and Dr Fang from Pulp Alley/Statuesque Miniatures.

Sticking with Statuesque there's Professor Felicity Poppington.

And finally a pair of cops from North Star from the Fistful of Kung Fu range.

I also managed to finish my Urban War shock marine! That bugger has been dragging on for quite some time largely because I just wasn't sure what I was doing with the paint scheme. Sometimes I look at a model and know exactly how I'd like to paint it, and other times I just draw a blank. I didn't help matters by adding three lots of freehand insignia. The shield wasn't actually that hard to paint in the end. I did pretty much copy the studio paint job though as I plumped for a unit number and then realised it needed something else so I added the band across the centre. It works though so I'm happy with it (I did partially repaint the number '1' the following day as it was 1mm off from the side and just seemed wrong). With this taking so long, starting another was quite daunting but I did do a bit of base work on one the other week. Might be done by Christmas... we'll see.

Got another job under way as well, this time some Foundry pirates. The first three are done bar basing and another seven are due to be done this week. Going for dark and drab colours here as that's what was requested so no stripey trousers or colourful head scarves.

I've also painted up a couple of armoured warriors from Otherworld Miniatures but the varnish is still wet on them so pics will have to wait until next time. That's me done for this post. :)

Friday, 14 October 2016

All sorts of stuff...

It's another of those posts where I've left it a bit long since my last one. So here we are with another mish mash of random models that most Facebook followers will have likely already seen. Going back a few weeks I painted a number of different fantasy adventurer types from various manufacturers. Good fun actually to have that bit of variety. In no particular order we have Seoni from Reaper Miniatures. I had no idea it was a 'named' character from a particular game world. I just saw her as a dancer or something.

Next an evil magic user from Otherworld Miniatures. I'm pretty sure this model was originally from elsewhere as I'm damned sure I recall it from quite a while back before OW got going. I think a few variants were available based on the same basic figure.

And another Otherworld model, this time a druid.

Onto a Darksword Miniatures piece. I don't know what character it's supposed to be but it's clearly an elf of one sort or other. The detail can be a bit fiddly on DS models but this one wasn't too bad.

Another Reaper model that yet again is a named character from a particular game world, and again I was clueless to so I went with my gut feeling and she ended up as a dark elf type.

Finally from this selection there's another Darksword piece. Bit awkward to paint due to the pose but it turned out quite nice. You lucky folks get to see tit and all here! Facebook pulled my last mini with it's tits out because their bots thought they were real chublies so I only posted a rear shot.

I also did a little more work to my Urban War Viridian shock marine. Just weathering and insignia and still trying to figure out what to paint on the shield that is now glued in place. Was going to paint some unit numbers a bit like the studio paint job but then thought I'd go with a unit insignia of some sort, then thought about just a camo pattern, and now back to the idea of numbers. I don't bloody know!

I also did a few bits for Crooked Dice. This time some cops. Various head options for these so plenty of versatility.

Also a pair of Otherworld Miniatures carnivorous apes. Rather fun to do and a nice change from my usual stuff.

And finally this week I've been working on a variety of pulp type models. Here are two, a female character from Statuesque Miniatures and a flamboyant agent from Crooked Dice.

And that's yer lot. Plenty of bits and pieces to come. More pulp figures, more fantasy and hopefully (finger crossed) I'll get that sodding shock marine done.

Sunday, 18 September 2016

RBG & Hasslefree Norse

A mere fortnight since my last post?! Looks like I'm on top of things for a change! Another batch of Norse here and a familiar colour scheme (well, shield design/colour scheme) to anyone who has been following along and can remember back to... a while ago. Red Box Games Norse and a pair of Hasslefree Norse types that fit in pretty well.

Originally I painted the shield of the male Hasslefree character entirely with metals and I planned to do the same with the female one too (I did the same on a previous paint job of that model). However, it just didn't look right. Looked a bit phoned in and didn't tie the model in with the RBG models. I went onto do a colour shield on the female fighter and that worked for me so I went back and repainted the male fighter's shield to match. Looks much better now. Sometimes you have to accept that something needs changing, take that 'D' in the 'A' and put the extra time in to produce something you're happy with.

Next up will be more random fantasy characters and I'm still trying to do more work on my Urban War colonial marines. Got a shock marine under way. Made several attempts at freehanding an insignia and failed every time last night so hopefully another day will prove successful. Once that's done I can do some wash work and weathering.

Saturday, 3 September 2016

Random fantasy characters

Just a quick post this time around seeing as most of what I've got to show are just better pics of models I showed last time. A couple I didn't get to show are an Arabian dancer from Brother Vinni and an assassin from Dark Sword Miniatures. Had to fix up the assassin's feet as she'd been clipped off an integral base (bloody integral bases!!!).

Then it's just the other models from last post. Empire warrior priest, dwarf wizard (both GW), Fighter from Otherworld Miniatures and Lini which it turns out is by Reaper.

That's yer lot!

Sunday, 28 August 2016

Guild Ball team and Urban War strike team

I meant to put out a blog post last week but general busyness resulted in that not happening, so this time there's quite a bit to show. No point faffing around so straight onto business.

Had a Guild Ball Fishermen team to paint up, a first for me as I've not done anything from that game before. To be honest I don't really know what it's all about beyond assuming it to be a fantasy football game. Being more familiar with Bloodbowl and it's copycats I was a little surprised at how small the team was. Kind of glad of the small figure count though as there was quite a bit of work to do. Resin models here although I've been told that metal versions are also available. Nice sculpts and pretty clean casting all round. These are digital sculpts but they still have a nice bit of chunk to them so they were good to paint up. Sometimes digital stuff can be a bit small and fiddly but not here. Only downside was the harpoons were all rather bent and no matter how many times I straightened them (in hot water) they always warped back a little. Still, they painted up nice enough.

I've also been squeezing in a little work here and there when the fancy takes me on my Urban War Viridian Colonial Marines. I can't remember whether I showed the mortar team I'd started but today I finished off the spotter so got some pics done.

Really chuffed to be able to get these bits and pieces done as I rarely manage to finish anything. These are just easy to do I find. Along with my other models it gives me a usable strike team I reckon. Had to take a group shot of everything so far.

I've got plenty of additional troops that I plan to add for a bit of variety. If I wanted to go nuts I could expand this beyond a mere strike team and into a full army but one step at a time.

This past week I've also been painting up some fairly random fantasy characters. These need basing and 'proper' pics doing but I may as well show them, they're already out there on the internet anyway.

An old 80's era Citadel dwarf.

An odd little character called Lini for Pathfinder.

A GW Empire warrior priest. Love the face on this model.

And finally another Otherworld Miniatures fighter. I've painted quite a few variants of this model and have lost track of how many I've done.

And that's the lot! A few more fantasy types to do next week and then probably onto some more Red Box Games stuff. Of course I'll try and do a little something on additions for my colonial marines too. Busy, busy, busy.

Thursday, 4 August 2016

Warband Miniatures Sisters of Serens

Just a quick post today. I've finally finished painting up the Warband Miniatures Sisters of Serens models so it's time for a few pics.

Thankfully after the problems with the first few models I didn't suffer any further breakages whilst working through the rest. It seems Warband had some issues with the resin so I'm wondering whether there was a bit of inconsistency in the quality of the material that may have led to those initial breakages. Just need to get them packed up and across the pond safely now.

Also after whining about lacking the time or inclination to paint anything for myself I did manage to put paint to another Urban War colonial marine. This time part of a mortar team that has been patiently waiting for paint since 2006 when I first prepped the models. He's almost finished in this pic but now I just need to add a shoulder number. Easier said than done though as I might get it bang on first time or it could take half a dozen attempts. The mortar itself shouldn't take too long to paint up. It's a significantly simpler piece of kit than the machine gun was from the last weapons team. If I'm not too busy at the weekend I'll see if I can get it done.

And that's it for this post!