Wednesday, September 27, 2023

25mm Old Glory - Wars of Ozz - Lesser Pumpkin Heads

Finished more antagonists for my Sleepy Hollow horror themed game. Here are the Lesser Pumpkin Heads from Old Glory's Wars of Ozz range. I picked up the cavalry but passed on the catapult artillery and giant pumpkins. For Ozz they would be necessary but not for this particular project. 

I used a lot of the Army Painter Speedpaint 2.0 on these to try out some of the new colors - a few are quite exceptional: Ochre Clay and Moody Mauve being standout favorites.

I did just layer up over the Fire Giant Orange for the heads just to give them a more layered and blended appearance, but much of it I left alone - especially on shoes and gloves.

Here is King Jack, the Pumpkin Headed Ruler - love this guy! I tend to prefer all my commanders pointing out targets.

Here are two of the three mounted command. For a horror game this is already getting quite silly. Still fun!

These guys need names: Gourdeous George?

Gourdon Bleu? Pumpkinator?

Here's all of the pumpkin heads together

This is the third mounted commander and I should have finished him with the scarecrow unit from earlier in the month.

And fhere he is integrated in with his own unit.

Here's all the Wars of Ozz stuff together:

Finally, here's alll the Old Glory, West Wind and Reaper stuff for this project in a lump: 44 rank and file, 2 monsters, 3 mounted command, 1 dismtd, and 3 small aberrations totaling 53 models. Plenty to have a game with now! 

I also have a half dozen different Headless Horseman models, more monstrous pumpkin beasts from Reaper and North Star as well as many more scarecrows from various manufacturers to do but I may turn to something else in the interim. The workbench is continually overloaded with WIP options that need attention.

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Tuesday, September 5, 2023

25mm Old Glory - Wars of Ozz - Harvesters - Fearsome Scarecrows of the Night

Twenty Scarecrows from the newish range from Old Glory. They'll be repurposed for the Sleepy Hollow/American Colonial horror game I'm building. 

In whatever rules I use, I'm guessing they'll need some protection from musketry but heightened vulnerability from fire and other incendiary attacks. 

I also have a bunch of other scarecrows and straw/ pumpkin monstrosities from West Wind, North Star, Reaper and Foundry who will fill out the ranks of the antagonists. West Wind's Sleepy Hollow range and Old Glory AWI Americna Militia (many of which are seen here already) will make up the good guys.

Some of these could be peeled off for Silver Bayonet too.

I based them in the three/two/one method: 3 stands of 3 figures, 4x2, and 3x1.

All were done in the Speedpaint/Contrast method with no pre-highlighting, no slap chop, no zenithal priming, no pre-shading just straight from the bottles.

I did touch up all the pumpkin faces as well as add additional highlights to the hat bands. Metals were a silver covered in Army Painter Strong Tone.

The Lesser Pumpkin Heads and command are already in progress and will feature shortly. I'd added more colors from the Speedpaint 2.0 release so they could look tonally different.

You can get these miniatures not from the Old Glory site but it's own boutique Wars of Ozz site here.

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Friday, September 1, 2023

NOVA Open 2023 - Friday, September 1

I had the opportunity to visit the NOVA Open again. It feels MUCH bigger than it did last year and was held in the Washington Hilton this year - a much better venue than in 2022. When the grognards wonder where the hell the kids are, they are here. This is the main competition space consisting exclusively of Warhammer 40k tables. Not particularly my thing as you know. BUT the event wasn't without a ton of interesting things for the miniatures hobbyist. Below are the sights that caught my eye.


In the entryway were the entries to the painting competition. Some real gems in there -most of which I could not identify.

A cool skellie and a technicolor yawn!

Terrible pic of one of the better models in there - entirely backlit with OSL moonlight.

I thought of Tango from TMP when I saw these - something he'd have posted for sure.

These were in the dealer hall area - nasty

This beaut of a table was off by itself. I don't know what it's for but it's evocative and gloomy - love it!

Like a lot of animals, I'm attracted to shiny things like the LED lights found on most of the buildings in this, uh, sci-fi something or other game.

I'm really out of my element on this aspect of miniature gaming - but I can recognize some stellar imaginative skill when I see it. Looks awesome!

On to the tables that caught my eye! They had a LOTR/StarWars/Age of Sigmar room similar in playing space to the 40K room. There were other offshoot areas hosting various things like Horus Heresy, Necromunda and other things I've never remembered.

The kids see terrain over which Marvel superheros will fight over. I see a town about to experience a zombie apocalypse.

Good to see the Monster Fight Club stuff (the trees, bushes and rocks). Mine remains unpainted.

I'm obsessed with the Warlord Ruined Hamlet set. I got it unassembled in ts box but fun to see how others are using them. I see Renedra fencing here. The tree, incidentally, is not part of that particular terrain piece.

Here they added their own shingling - nice touch!

Here's that first one again sans the tree, which I redeployed into the rest of the woods. I'll be forgiven for meddling with the table I'm sure.

I also love those Citadel Woods sets - I have two of my own already in progress.

Oh, you wanted to see that Warlord vignette again? Sure.

Tacking some shingles on is a pretty good idea - they all came out really nice that way.

There's a video of this one at the end of this entry - see below!

Some ruins somewhere in Middle Earth - I can't name it, but I do love these pieces.



I have a ton of these Woodlands Scenics tree armatures too I should get started on.

We move over into the Star Wars section with this lovely Nabuvian themed table. Really cool!

Khorne vs Eldar right? I'm more interested in the walls, towers and buildings here.

These blue tiled roofs are working for me.

A couple set of the Sigmarite Mausoleum on display. This is yet another thing I still have in the box but have every intention of painting up some day. I'm kind of intimidated by all the lovely details there.

More Sigmarite Mausoleum pieces - but in ivory! Neat!

Good rubble!

Back to the main stage was this terrific temple of ? display. Again, I don't know what it is, but it is impressive. (And it's shiny.)

Around the perimeter of the 40k competition space were yet more cool tables.

Number 2 insisted on being in this shot. So be it.

Every piece on this table fascinates me, so beautiful and interesting.

Unique color pallet

Cool little demo table.

Let's go back that Warlord Ruined Hamlet set - this time in one of the many corridors of the hotel.

I love the way these turned out.

I would lolly stick in some flooring but otherwise these look perfect to me.

Love this one!

 Finally, a quick vid of my favorite LOTR table - I just love these varying height, multi level tables. Beautifully planned and executed:
Well that's all folks!  I certainly would play a lot of these games, but I have no desire to model much of them. All and all it is a great little (big) con - a day trip for me is perfect. It's insight into an aspect of my hobby that I rarely interact with. These are definitely the cool kids of it all - the ranked competition players. 
Apart from a WW2 game there wasn't anything for the historical miniature enthusiast much at all. I didn't even see Oathmark, Frostgrave or Silver Bayonet games. There was an American Revolution RPG game being launched that sounded interesting - straight historical game built over a 5th edition D&D framework. Also, and I'll be appallingly judgemental and close minded here, there is a modern (and complex) board game based on Skyrim. The PC/console Skyrim is superb, I can't imagine getting much pleasure from a board game version of it where everything is slowed to a snail's pace. Like so many modern genre games it includes a thousand pieces, tokens and cards and fancy plastic miniatures. I'm obviously wrong about interest levels for such a thing but that one is definitely not for me.
Shopping: Army Painter, Citadel products, and wooden game accessories dominated the vending area and speedpaints were basically never out of view anywhere. It's not the bazaar one would find at an HMGS con but I did manage to pick up some paints and a few old Vampire Count skellies. All told it was worth it for the short time I was there.
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