Thursday, 31 May 2018

A belated Fallout wanderer...

A very belated post today - over a week ago now, I finally finished off the figure that I painted at Mantics paint and take stand at Salute:


I repainted a few things, like his kneepads, and added a Vault number to the back of his suit to tie him into the rest of the Fallout project (which was pretty much a complete accident - I only painted him blue and yellow originally as these were the colours that were to hand at the time!):


I left the vaguely ridiculous yellow gloves though, as they were such a pain to paint originally that I couldn't bring myself to paint over them - Army Painter yellow is veeeeeery thin, fyi.

I also repainted his face, again! I had a couple of goes at Salute, and then another at home, until I realised the reason that it kept coming out looking like a cadaverous skull, was that he's wearing glasses! As soon as this realisation struck, one more go across the face and it came out looking like something I was happy with!

I figure, looking at him, that he's someone that's robbed a vault suit from another survivor, given that he doesn't have a pip-boy, but has what looks like a pip-boy screen strapped to his belt - he's also turned out to be fairly well-timed, as the next Fallout game has just been announced, and seems to be a scavenge skirmish and survive type multiplayer game!

Finishing him takes the Tally to:

13 vs -69 = +82


Another thing that broke from the norm for me with this miniature was basing him after he was painted, as usually I like to sort any basing before the model gets undercoated. It seemed fine though (although I was a little nervous about cutting through a painted model to separate him from his integral base) - not that it wasn't without issue:

(I got distracted whilst doing something else at the same time and ended up glueing the base to the perspex on my desk, and snapping it in two when I tried to get it off)

Attempt number two was more successful though:


I'll probably stick to my usual method for most things, but I'm considering basing after painting some walkers from Mantic's Walking Dead game, as I'm planning on rebasing them on 30mm DS bases to match the rest of my zombie miniatures:


In other, tangentially related news, I also picked up some more Really Useful Boxes, as the 4 litre / A4 boxes are perfect for storing miniatures:


Unless you have pikemen, in which case you have to go back out the following day and buy a deeper box:


In other other news, the Mantic Hellboy Kickstarter finished, so expect a post about that in 9 months time...

Saturday, 19 May 2018

Something of an anomoly...

... a Spider-Man villain that isn't animal themed:


As mentioned in my previous post, it wasn't just Thor Ragnarok that we had to watch to get caught up, so we also watched Spider-Man Homecoming, which again was really good (and not just because it includes a pleasing number of members of the Sinister Six). Thus, I dug out the Shocker mini that I'd had lurking around for a few years and got to painting!


One unusual thing you'll notice in this post: natural light! Unfortunately, that makes it easier to see some of the flaws... I love that the Heroclix figure had the sculpted detail on his body suit, but unfortunately it is very, very shallow, which led to some issues when going over it again after the wash!

So, here he is getting a web to the face and a quip to the earhole:



Tally:

12 vs -69 = +81

Monday, 14 May 2018

Korg, leader of a poorly advertised revolution

Breakout star of Thor: Ragnarok, it's Korg!


"Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Korg. I'm kind of like the leader in here. I'm made of rocks, as you can see, but don't let that intimidate you. You don't need to be afraid, unless you're made of scissors! Just a little Rock, Paper, Scissors joke for you."

Watch this if you haven't seen Thor Ragnarok:


Then again, it's probably worth a watch even if you have seen the film, just to remind yourself of how much fun Korg was...

Recently, in order to be caught up with the Marvel Cinematic Universe so that we could watch Black Panther in the cinema, my wife and I chugged through a few of the films that we'd missed, and were pleasantly surprised to find that they were good fun, and inspired me to paint something up (expect another imminent post featuring something else from a Marvel movie)


He's a wacky rock guy, there's not a lot else to say really. The rest of my superhero project stuff is mostly street scale (Spider-man and his villains fighting rather than intergalactic space war) so lord knows if I'll ever use him for anything, but hey, sometimes you just want to paint something because you like it...

Here he is with a dodgily painted Thor to give you an idea of how big he is:


Tally:

11 vs -69 = +80 (yes, I sold some more miniatures so the Tally continues to look incredibly uneven, but that Hellboy Kickstarter Mantic have on the go currently isn't going to pay for itself...)

Friday, 4 May 2018

My backpack's got jets...

...I'm Boba the Fett:


(listen to the song here if you haven't already):


So, it's been a long time coming, but I finally painted my Knight Models Boba Fett: Happy May the Fourth!


It's a gorgeous model (even if that tiny antenna piece was the bane of my life, as it bent if you so much as looked at it), which I watched the Sorastro video as painting inspiration for before realising that I don't actually own most of the paints that he suggests and having to make do.

Painting was somewhat stressful though - how do historical wargamers manage not to tear their hair out trying to match details on often contradictory reference material? I persevered though, even going as far as to use my helmet and Black Series action figure for reference on where to place the battle damage...


Fun fact - this is the only Star Wars miniature in my collection that features grass on his base. I knocked a chunk of sand off in the early stages of painting, and rather than fixing it right then when it would have been easiest, I figured I could paint it to look like a scorched blast in the ground. It did not look good, but by that point it was too late to repair without needing to then repaint the whole base, so out came a little dab of grass to disguise it...

I'm not the world's greatest painter, but (as you can probably tell by the fact that there are more pictures than the usual front and back shots) I'm really happy with how he came out, even the wobbly freehand, which is normally the bane of my painting experience...

So, it's been 6 years, but I now have all of the bounty hunters from that famous scene painted:


(click on the bounty hunter tag over on the right if you want to go back and look at any of the others)

Tally: 10 vs - -42 = +52 (more stuff sold on eBay, as I'm still selling things to fund supporting the Mantic Hellboy Kickstarter)

In other news, I spent the GW voucher I got at Easter from my Mother-in Law on a copy of Gang War 1, in the hopes that I can spur myself to build some gangs for Necromunda! There are some Marvel characters and an assortment of other bits and bobs to distract me in the painting queue though...

In other other news, I also won an Instagram giveaway and was sent a set of Walking Dead figures:


and after a tip-off from Uncle Johnny got some 2x2 boards from down the side of a skip:


They're nicely modelled (I suspect whoever made them originally did so as Armies on Parade boards) and I think with a little spruce up they'll be great for some skirmish wargaming like Path to Glory. Currently they're mostly a tripping hazard in the basement.

Saturday, 21 April 2018

Post-Salute 2018 post


Only a week after the actual event - did I mention that I'm not a fan of the Blogger app being killed off?

The night before Salute, I made a meme after seeing that Troll Trader were running their usual 'first 50 people spending over a certain amount get a goody bag':


My first stop at the show was their stand, where I bought the Collector's Edition of The Walking Dead game from Mantic, so I guess Dark Side Kermit won there...

Ah, early morning starts, everyone's favourite, but a pilgrimage requires sacrifice:

(I think at this point I'd already been ignoring my alarm for twenty minutes)


The usual Salute outfit of Jayne hat - this year was unseasonably warm though, so it spent most of the day in my bag, leading to complaints from my companions that they then couldn't find me.

My phone is alas on the way out, and doesn't hold charge as well as it used to, so less photos than usual, presented in almost no order:

[Obligatory queueing shot]

Modiphius Fallout miniatures: 


I like them, but at a larger scale than my existing stuff, I'm not sure if I'll get any (he says, setting up for future 'well, although last year I said...' posts. Wait, didn't I say last year that I wasn't going to get The Walking Dead?)

One of the thing's I was most excited to see was Mantic's upcoming Hellboy kickstarter - alas, there was only a handful of preview miniatures, and no game content, but look how pretty they are!





Particularlyexciting is that it looks like there's a mechanic for the frog monsters to evolve from little swarms up to big gribblies...

There was a rather large and nice Star Wars Legion table:


(read again my comments about the Fallout game re: larger scale, me not investing)

Mantic were running a paint and take table, so I tried my hand at knocking out a Star Saga Scientist:



Not bad for half hour with a large brush!

I'm not going to count him as painted for the Tally just yet, as I think I'll repaint his face (as it took a couple of goes with the brush I had to get it to this state of acceptability, but could definitely be improved), as well as potentially changing the colours of some things like his kneepads, maybe adding a Vault number to the back of his suit so that I can use him for Fallout, as well as rebasing him!

I managed to snap some pictures of Fireforge Games' upcoming Fantasy Northern troops, and they're rather lovely:


I wasn't sure how they'd look in the flesh, as pre-production renders seen online can hide a multitude of sins (Wargame Factory zombies being one of the most well-known examples of this) but they look like they take paint pretty well:


I think with some custom shields they'll make ideal House Bolton troops for my Game of Thrones / A Song of Ice and Fire project, as well as providing some additional bits for House Stark kitbashes...


I took this photo of a Bad Squiddo table to use as an inspirational image for future scatter terrain building, as I think that those rubble and broken pipe pieces look great!


This is an awful picture of a lovely Crooked Dice Post-Apocalyptic table - I think they were running two games on the same table, one with plant zombies and one with dune buggies?


Got to see Angel Giraldez painting again - insert the now traditional 'so handsome, so talented, it just isn't fair' comment!


Joe, our DM, is a feeder. This is fine with me. Picnic lunch with some old friends that I hadn't seen in a while, including Ciarron, who long-time followers may remember from a Salute post a few years back where we both got super excited about the Batman Miniatures game, bought a bunch of stuff and vowed to play. We still haven't.


Someone had painted up their Westfalia Northern Mercenaries kickstarter and entered it in the painting competition! I really should paint mine...

Now, the real meat of any Salute post - the loot!



  • Rogue Stars Psions (because one looks like farmboy Luke with a lightsaber, and the other is a froggy looking alien)
  • Frostgrave Barbarian Tracker (to fill out the kitbashed Wildlings that have been sat on my hobby desk since last summer)
  • Rumbleslam goblin & Kromlech orc pilot from my Troll Trader goody bag
  • Assorted dice and badges
  • Heresy Ebric the Doomed (as I try to always buy something from Heresy - support the companies you love or they might not still be around next year!)
  • 2 Crooked Dice Wasteland Warriors (to add some greater female representation to my Survivors collection)
  • '!' tokens from Fenris, to use with the set of zombie rules I'm working on
  • Some Hasslefree Survivors
  • An assortment of Wargames Illustrated Giants in Miniature models, to get the show-exclusive Druid
  • [heavily inspired by] Fallout / Mass Effect / Star Wars miniatures from Brother Vinni 
  • This year's show mini
Also, the Mantic Walking Dead game, plus a selection of bits from my goody bag, like a couple of rulebooks, a cardboard building that is the perfect size for 1/144 Gundam models, a stencil, some weathering powder, a bunch of beer mats and a handful of sweets!

Fun fact - after Salute, I went for dinner at my Mother-in-Law's, where I showed my daughter the miniature that I had painted that day, which then vanished without a trace. Several days later, he turned up in grandma's bag...

Adding everything up (and factoring in the things that sold on eBay just before the show) brings the Tally to:

9 vs -36 = +27

I'm thinking that I might have to reconsider my 'board game pieces don't count towards the Tally for acquisition' when some of the games come with what are clearly miniatures, as they Tally would look a lot less robust after buying The Walking Dead game! I'm selling some more bits on eBay in preparation for the aforementioned Hellboy Kickstarter, so expect to see the Tally distort even further...

In other news, the sun briefly came out in the UK, and the sound of rattle cans resounded across the land as we had that perfect combination, a warm day with no wind. Not me though, as by the time everything was sorted and my daughter was settled in bed it was ten at night, but I'm not one to let something like that stop me so I set about getting a bunch more odds and ends into the painting queue:




Top Tip: though you might think you've been very careful with your spraying box, in the cold light of day it usually turns out you've sprayed a black line onto the paving slabs in the garden.

Thursday, 5 April 2018

I Spy with my little Eye...

Another mini plucked from the painting queue because it took my fancy, this time a Copplestone spy-fi type for 7tv:


Not a lot to say other than that really... Nice sculpt, Dark Reaper basecoat for the usual reasons...


Not my finest facial paintjob, and unusually I painted his pupils using an actual brush rather than a micron pen:


This is the first set of posted pictures taken using my wife's new lightbox. Better images mean you can see my painting better, which isn't necessarily a good thing...


Despite the closeness of Salute, I also bought a miniature this week. A nice chap on one of the Facebook groups had listed a bunch of out of production Doctor Who miniatures for sale, so I grabbed the 'not-Rory' that Crooked Dice used to make that I missed out on the first time round:


Also as it's Salute soon, my eBay auctions finished and some miniatures have gone off to their new homes, which leaves the Tally looking positively wacky:

9 vs -54 = +45

Not to worry though, just think of it as pre-Salute buffer...

Wednesday, 28 March 2018

Stick them with the pointy end...

(I'm going to regret having used this blog post title already if I ever get round to making an Arya Stark, but everything else I thought of was absolutely terrible...)

Well, onto the point of this post - I finished this beauty this week:


A promo resin from Westfalia Miniatures. When I got her last Salute, I vowed to myself that I would get her painted up straight away, rather than taking most of a year like the previous one, but here we are having taken a fortnight longer than that. I started off strong, getting her based and undercoated, and painted her skin, then stalled. Fast forward several months of me looking at her in my painting queue sadly, telling myself I couldn't do her beautiful sculpt justice.

But then, Salute loomed on the horizon, and I found myself gazing into the painting queue once more after finishing the garages and plucked out a few half-finished gems that caught my eye and managed to get her finished up in less than a week.


She's got a real Anna Henrietta from The Witcher vibe to her that I really enjoy:


I still think that my painting skills aren't up to the job of really doing justice to this sculpt, but it was such a pleasure to paint that I'm glad I plunged ahead!

My wife has recently ordered herself a mini photo booth to take pictures for her business, so even if the painting doesn't get any better, the photography may well do soon...

She isn't the only movement on the Tally though, as my Necromunda pre-order arrived:


Mad Donna and Kal Jericho, that I've coveted for years, and so jumped at the chance when they were made available again, despite my vow to save all my pennies for Salute.

Tally:

8 vs 3 = +5

In other news, whilst digging through my collection of half-finished projects I pulled out my Sisters of Battle miniatures and thought that I should probably get around to finishing them, and the next day they announced that they were coming back in plastic, so I may in fact be magic.

In other other news, I've listed some spare bits and bobs on eBay to make some Salute spending money, so if you want to buy some you can do so here to further perpetuate the cycle of me acquiring toys.