Monday, November 26, 2018

Rose Red and the Eight Bears

Well, bear knight dwarves. These figures were originally part of a kickstarter. Now available through The Assault Group. I recently realized that I had not received my set of these from the kickstarter so I contacted the person in charge of the project and he kindly sent me a replacement set.

They are nice single part metal miniatures that fit in well with the chunky GW style of old. There are the command figures (hornblower/bugler, banner-bearer, and leader - the latter does not come with a shield but his hand is raised in a 2 finger salute, so I added a shield myself), and a few regular troops with big hammers. The set I received also included the dwarf spear maiden, alluringly raising her skirt a bit to show a little leg. I didn't get very creative with the color scheme, mostly going with a similar scheme to the ones I have seen online, but maybe simpler.


Saturday, November 17, 2018

Friday, November 2, 2018

More Dwarf Musketeers

More dwarf musketeers (with muskets this time) from Iron Mask Miniatures. I still have a good number of figures from them to paint.




And just for fun, these are all of the Iron Mask minis I have painted so far. Doesn't look like so many when I look at this, but they will grow in number over time.

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

More Space Dwarves

These ones are from the Theoc Space Dwarves kickstarter. There are some additional figures with separate arms and weapons, but I need to figure out how the arms should be attached. There is no clear peg and socket or anything. I suspect it will require some carving off of bits, pinning, and putty work. The ones here are all single-part all-in-one casting figures, which I usually prefer.

Command (maybe sergeant and lieutenant? or veteran/experienced?)
 One type of gun
A different type of gun

I tried something different with the guns, adding the non-metallic light blue; maybe these are some sort of laser or energy weapons?

And just for fun, a Komodo dragon from Reaper. Not sure why I got this or what I would use it for. I painted it based on a Komodo dragon I saw in a zoo recently.

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Elves, Dwarves and Bears

These 2 wood elves are from Reaper. Maybe not clear from the angle, but the male elf is getting ready to fire a bow. The female has a lute strapped to her back.


More dwarves from Iron Mask Miniatures. Pikemen, and the first of the dwarves with muskets (the muskets have longer barrels, but they seemed too long to load so I cut them short).



A family of grizzly bears from Foundry.

Some chests from Super Dungeon Explore. I thought these could be useful in a variety of games, as background terrain "scatter" or as objectives.

Friday, July 6, 2018

Three Space Dwarves

Plastic/resin figures from Kromlech. The heads come separately, but are easy to attach with a sort of loose ball and socket connection. They also came with some little fiddly goggle things to go on their helmets, but I left those off for fear they would be too fragile. I plan to use one of the figures as stand-in for a crewman in some games (Five Parsecs from Home and/or Pulp Alley?), who is a space dwarf and former soldier.


When painting figures like this where a large portion of the figure is one color I often struggle with figuring out how much of it and which parts to paint other colors so they aren't too monotone. But at the same time I don't want it to get too fiddly or chaotic. Some of these have some sort of small cylinders in belts, like a belt for bullets, for example. I left the cylinders the same green as the uniform, so far. But not sure if I should. As these are meant for gaming rather than display I will probably leave them as is and call it done. 

Saturday, June 30, 2018

Mousling Picnic/Party

More mouslings from Reaper. All except for the king and princess are from the Mousling Tavern set.

The mousling king and princess

Musicians, server/bartender and celebrants






Monday, June 25, 2018

Goblins in Space

I had previously painted the first 6 of these GW space goblins; then bought a few more on ebay (unpainted) to create a small force for games like Pulp Alley and sci-fi skirmish-level games.

The leader and some fighters
 Banner bearer (need to add some sort of banner or emblem) and a couple more fighters
Group of shooters - these would make up a mob in Pulp Alley - I modified a couple of these (added spiked helmet and bandanna using greenstuff and a plastic spike).
 More fighters - I changed the middle guy's knife/sword for a sword from an old plastic orcs boxed set.
 More shooters
These last 10 are the ones I just finished painting over the last few days.

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Big Birds and Robots

First, the birds. I'm not sure exactly which species they are meant to be, diatryma, gastornis, etc. Some sort of prehistoric giant birds. They stand taller than a grown man. I painted them using a color scheme inspired by cassowaries, even though that is a totally different big bird. They were sold as Venusian Terror Birds in the Venus 1888 Woman at War kickstarter.


These robots are from Pulp Alley. They have stats and cards and figure into some of the Lemuria campaign's scenarios. But I will be using them for sci-fi adventures. They are also somewhat taller than a human (in scale, of course!).

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Stellar Adventurers

More Reaper miniatures.

First, mousling adventurer.

A space smuggler and a steampunk lady; she will represent a starship captain in some gaming and he will represent one of the crew.

Another steampunk character. I don't have specific use for him yet. Maybe a space lawman of some sort?

Friday, June 15, 2018

Six Space Mouslings

Space mouslings from Reaper - all but one are from the soft plastic Bones line. The other one is an old metal figure (the one with the pistol on the left of the second photo; which I had painted previously), along with 3 other space mouslings in sort of starship uniforms. Fun little guys.



Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Eight Musketeers

I finished some more dwarf musketeers from Iron Mask Miniatures. Slowly building up enough to go from skirmishes to small battles.



These are metal figures, most with separate hands and heads. I like how easily the pieces fit together. The joins aren't precise, but don't need to be. The heads fit onto stumps of necks on the torsos, and the usually gloved hands fit onto stumps at the ends of the arms, with plenty of surface area to hold quite well. The only thing I don't care much for is how thing some of the weapons are; prone to bending often. In those cases I have clipped off the sculpted blade, drilled a whole and inserted a piece of wire/paperclip in place of the blade.

Monday, June 4, 2018

Seven Dwarves

From the Foundry Mighty Dwarves of Legend boxed set of Veteran Dwarves. Good solid chunky metal dwarves. They make even GW dwarves look a bit underfed! ha ha



For an idea of size they are based on 3/4 inch (20mm) diameter washers.

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Shamblers and Stirges

Shambling mounds and swarm of stirges, all from Toad King Castings. Acquired through kickstarter projects. The shamblers are resin; there are 2 regular shamblers, the little guy, and the guy with the staff and a bag over one shoulder. The swarm of stirges (shown here with another stirge I had painted previously; possibly demonstrating a way to deal with stirges?) are base in two groups of 3, and one group each of 2 figures and 1 figure, so casualties can be removed as needed. They are metal miniatures.


The tallest shamblers are about 2 inches or 50 mm tall. The stirges' bodies are smaller than a 28mm human figure's head.

Monday, April 9, 2018

Of Knights and Bunnies

The following figures were a stretch goal from the Dwarves at Arms kickstarter from Microcosm. The knights were a bit fiddly to put together, with separate heads, legs, arms, and shields. For added strength/stability I pinned a lot of the pieces, which made it even more fiddly.

First up, King Arthur, the killer bunny (with nasty pointy teeth), and the Black Knight (I did consider adding magnets to make the limbs removable, but see comments above about "fiddliness").

Of course, King Arthur needs his trusted Knights of the Round Table.

Sounds of sawing and hammering and construction off in the distance behind the trees...

I built the rabbit out of foamcore, clad with bamboo skewers, round wood craft pieces, parchment paper covering the head of foamcore, and cardboard ears. The wheels actually turn, although they are a bit wonky.

Friday, March 23, 2018

More Fancy Orcs

More "landsknecht" orcs from Foundry's Casting Room line. Changed to better photos that show the colors more accurately.



Friday, March 2, 2018

Stepping Stones

After much experimentation, watching video tutorials, etc., I have finally figured out one way to do stonework that I find works well for me. I glued pieces of "dollar store" foamcore (the advantage it has is the paper on either side of the foam is easy to peel off) to some of my basic building structures. Then I cut in the stonework with a sharp hobby knife. Then I traced over all of the cut lines with a ballpoint pen to deepen them and to separate the individual stones more. I used the scrunched up ball of aluminum foil trick to imprint some texture on the stones. Then painted the stonework with gray gesso, followed by a light wash of black ink mixed with water. Then painted some of the stones in various shades of gray. And finished off by sponging on a light gray.

I made 2 low stone staircases, and small archway, a building "riser"/foundation, and a full stone building.