Sunday, 14 October 2018

Zomtober 2018 Week 2 - Necrotic Exponential

After last week's pair of biters, this week I raise the stakes with an offering of four:

Again, Mantic Walking Dead Walkers re-based onto 30mm DS lipped bases.

More shades of rotting flesh on display again, including a green that I daubed with splashes of Athonian Camoshade to look gross and rotten, like maybe the zombie fell in a river before dragging itself out to wreak havoc on the living...

Unusually, these were finished this morning (rather than the usual 'fifteen minutes before the post and the paint is still wet in the photos'), and so I got to take some pictures in natural light, which didn't turn out great, so here are some single shots in hand to try and give a better idea of what the colours actually look like:

Adventures in basing continue, including accidentally discovering a new method for making sunken concrete bases that I may get round to documenting later in the month - my advice is though, get a helper:


19 vs -47 = +66

Sunday, 7 October 2018

Zomtober 2018 Week One - I rise from the grave

And Lo, as doth happen every Summer, the sun shineth mightily, and there is a grand slump wherein I get very little painting done and produce even fewer blog posts.

However, I was determined to break free of such things with Zomtober, the most wonderful time of year, and thus present for your delectation a pair of biters:

They're from Mantic's Walking Dead All Out War game, rebased to match my other zombies, and took paint quite nicely! Apologies about the bases, they were a bit of a rush job to build last night in order to be able to finish up this morning to make the Sunday posting deadline... I decided to go for a cork concrete base rather than my usual sand and bricks (as appears on at least a hundred other zombies that I've painted previously).
Also varying from my usual rhythm is that with these zombies, I'm breaking away from my usual dusty grey flesh! I've been looking for a reason to do some different skin tones on my shambling dead for a little while now, so expect to see some more shades over the next couple of weeks!

Yes, I childishly gave the chap bright pink underwear poking through a hole in the seat of his pants... The waitress type also got some additional weathering on her clothing, as I noticed a spot that I'd missed with the wash, and then ended up having so much fun applying some dirt and grime that I just carried on!

Daughter also got involved 'painting statues' - here, she's going hog wild with red paint, telling me "his jacket is blood. And his face. And his stand". She later went back and painted it blue again...

Fun fact - I kept seeing this out of the corner of my eye thinking that I was bleeding, before remembering that it was just where I was testing out stippling on some blood effects...

And so, finishing these two brings the Tally to no obviously I've had more miniatures arrive in the three months since I last posted:

Mattblackgod had a limited edition mini made up to celebrate the PAW forums tenth anniversary:

Disappointingly, the guy behind the blog's name isn't Matt Blackgod, as it is in my head. I'm planning on converting him slightly so that he's holding an old length of pipe like a hiking stick.

Warhammer Conquest is a thing:

My wife grabbed me a couple of copies of issue 1 for my birthday (as I figured I'd like a set of 3 primaris Marines to build 'as-is', and another three to play around with trying my hand at making true scale marine), and I grabbed a copy of issue 2 as I fancied some Plague Marines and a pot of paint for a fiver! Haven't grabbed any others yet, but may nip into Games Workshop (or Warhammer as it's called these days) and have a nose during the week...

Then Uncle Johnny hit the Tally the hardest, not once but twice:

Finding himself in possession of a whole bevy of Rogue Trooper Norts, he decided that I should also be blessed with some. And then thought that they might need some backup, so gifted me some snipers too. I guess I should get me a Rogue to bash them in! Look at how lovely those snipers are though...

That's it for miniature acquisitions, which brings the Tally to:

15 vs -47 = +62

Other treats include this haul:

A buddy of mine is a manager at the local cinema, and opened a cupboard in the projectionist room that looked like it hadn't been opened since the days when cinemas actually used projectionists to screen films, and found this heap of old White Dwarfs, Blood Bowl Annuals, Catalogues and so on. Despite my attempts to lure him into buying Kill Team, he's not really an active tabletop player any more, so he gifted them to me...

I also finished this little chap:

CD Gundam Unicorn
(only the eyes use one of the (many) provided stickers, the rest of the detail is all paint)

Well, I say finished, I'm still waiting on delivery of a grey Gundam Marker to finish the detailing on his knees, and also his right hand pinged out of the clip I was holding it in for painting and flew across the room to vanish without a trace, but until either or both arrive I'm calling it done. More kits are on their way to join the backlog, but I'll be focusing on zombies with my usual laser-like focus for the next three weeks...

Daughter also got involved in Gundam, as I got home from work one day to find she'd used these two brand new panel lining markers to try and draw a picture, resulting in the nibless result you see above. I was more concerned that she'd managed to open a pack of spare scalpel blades though...

What's next for Zomtober though? As ever, I have an ambition and a back up plan. Worst case scenario, I've got enough Walkers prepped to finish at least one more a week for the next three weeks. If all goes well, though, I may be able to finish quite the little hoard, with accompanying survivors and even something using this little assortment of bits:

Saturday, 7 July 2018

Tokens and barricades and misc oh my!

Not a lot of painting has occurred recently - in the UK, it's pretty hot, and I'm struggling to find motivation to put brush to miniature. I did however manage to finish some scavenge tokens and barricades from Mantic's Walking Dead game:

Whilst I was originally very excited about these in their bare plastic, they ended up being painted in many, many short instalments as and when I could snatch five minutes here and there. 

Also worthy of note - the famous bag of guns from the Kickstarter Exclusive set that I won in an Instagram giveaway:

The main benefit of this glorious summertime though, rather than the Football or beach trips as some might claim, is being able to get out in the garden and set up some shots with natural light!

Coming up next - who knows? I've got a few bits on the go, plus have added substantially to the painting queue by taking advantage of the good weather to undercoat 47 miniatures in the last couple of weeks...

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:


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:


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.