Friday, December 2, 2022

I'd Buy That!

Death models with era appropriate weapons could be a cool range. Sure, it'd be a step away from the soul harvesting/reaper theme, but who cares? Keep the cowl, hooded and flowing robes; add revolvers, blunderbusses, any weapon notable for it's destructiveness. 




Monday, November 21, 2022

25mm Citadel/Games Workshop - Zombies

These were completed (and photographed) just under 20 years ago. They have appeared on other sites but not my own - enjoy! 

Decomposition has not yet full set in on these, and I have finished the bases since this photo was taken. 


I had no intention of playing Warhammer Fantasy Battles at the time so went along with the octagonal bases. I do have a twinge of regret about that but will do nothing but forget about it.

What Bernard Cornwell means by his frequent use of the word "flensed."



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Saturday, November 19, 2022

A Visit to Eureka Miniatures - November 23, 2003

My sister won a two-week trip to Australia almost 20 years ago and I was lucky enough to accompany her as her guest. A week in Sydney, on to Melbourne, the Bush and back again. I pressed for this particular excursion and let her (foolishly) document the visit with her camera. 

Here's a taste of her camera work:

Nic Robson and I talking shop

Humble storefront, but sincere!



The fulfillment center as it were

It was exciting for me to see the casting process up close.

Nic giving me the full tour

This was a game - still undeveloped - involving skirmish fighting atop a battlefield of ONLY roof tops, for which these were some prototypes. Customary creative and inspired originality from Nic and team!


We weren't there more than 20 minutes as it was all our schedule would allow but even with Australia and all of its wonders, this remains am unforgettable highlight!

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Tuesday, November 15, 2022

28mm Oathmark - Orc Archers - SlapChop!

Another unit completed via the Slapchop method! This is exactly the thing I needed to jump start my perennially flagging productivity. Soon I'll be using it for select historicals too. It's really just a variation on the contrast/speed paints method and makes the dark areas of the model even darker, by starting with black and laying the foundation for highlights by brushing up to white or off-white.

This one is a slight improvement over the Folk Rabble as I made sure the faces were a lot lighter before applying the colors over them. I was hoping for a black green and this came out more evenly a dark green. My final dry-brush with Vallejo Silver Gray gave it a slight suggestion of blue. The rest I think will rely more on olive greens instead. 

First it's an all over dry-brush of a very light tan

Subtle, but a zenithal layer of white brings up the highlights for the next stage - keeping the part in the light bright while leaving deep shadows underneath

Skin, gear and leather bits done by now - halfway done selecting the tunic colors, sticking to earth tones except for the horned-helmed leader for whom I picked yellow - hoping for an ochre.

All the details completed and starting the bases.

I love the idea of them just having ordinary brown hair - a detail I picked up from the Jackson LOTR films. I would have gone for black otherwise.




Most of the metal bits I did in metallics - but not the chainmail. That's all the tan/white with Basilicanum Gray over it.

The commander




Again - no metallics here on the chain







Ok, I didn't paint the tongues.



I enjoyed building and painting these guys - 20 more in the Orc box, and all the heroes and command as well as all of the goblin saves are due any day and will be treated similarly.

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Friday, November 11, 2022

28mm Fireforge - Northmen Folk Rabble - Slap Chop!

These are my first from Fireforge - I've monkeyed around with assembling plastics before but haven't painted up much of it.  For this kind of work, I'm more than happy to take shortcuts to my usual layering method. They are revolting peasants after all.

With virtually no equipment or fiddly details these became very good subjects for what is called "slap-chop" or pre-highligting - combining a zenithal highlight over a black undercoat then tinting in the colors over the that. I used a combination of Citadel Contrast Paints, Army Painter Speed Paints, then did the metal on the weaponry, the flames, and the earthy bases separately. See the process below:


It's subtle enough here that I can't recall which shots have the extra highlight of off white.

They are attractive in their own right now as a kind of ghost army. Drybrushing really picks out the details which is, of course, the point of all this,




Some unseamly mould lines got left behind! (See what I did there?)

Time to add in the colors! 

The ladies got some blues, red, and burgandy - the rest in various browns and greens

At this point I wanted to unify them a bit so in the shot below you can see I did a very light off white over everything to bring it all together.

I had fantasies of doing Object Source Lighting on the torch bearers  - face, torch arm, etc, but chickened out.

 The other lesson I learned here is that these paints do NOTHING over black. Black shadows are fine on everything but the faces, and they look like they are moving about in the night - (but without any real light source). 

For here on out, faces need to be especially lightened compared to the rest of the model. I have some Oathmark Orcs in the queue where I think I got it right.

 


Yes, faces too dark (though they do resemble the figures on the box art) but otherwise the contrast in colors came out pretty well.


Acheson Creations palisade walls and gates in the background along with a pair of Pegasus Russian farm houses

I guess I intend to use these for Oathmark, but they can be used any number of places from Lion/Dragon Rampant, Oldhammer, Baron's Wars, Pig Wars to the Wiley Fantasy games. Much utility and among the easiest projects I've done in a while and the technique will be used a lot more in the future. 
 

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