Sunday, 30 April 2017

My laser like focus endures...

So, I had my immediate progress all mapped out - I was working on a limited selection of miniatures that would take me to 15 finished from the queue, allowing me to check off the next item on the Challenge list, and hopefully allowing me enough time to finish something thematic in time for May the Fourth. 

And then I was rooting around in the queue when I found this Games Workshop Banshee sat undercoated and the next thing I knew I just couldn't wait any longer to get her painted:

Lord only knows where she came from - I have a feeling it was either in a blind box at a Games Day many years ago (when GW were liquidating their stock of metals), random cheapie from the LAF, or an eBay random back when I was nabbing bits with the vague intention of building a Kemmler and Krell led warband to bash some Dwarf Slayers like in the novel Zombieslayer.

It's a lovely little sculpt - enough detail to be fun to paint, but simple enough (with only five real sections - clothing, gold, sword, flesh and hair) that it was a satisfyingly quick paintjob, being completed in only a single evening whilst also working on other miniatures whilst various layers and washes dried.

I quite like how the flesh came out (although it's a little washed out in the pictures - the perils of taking your pictures late at night in a basement with a lamp with a daylight bulb in it balanced over your shoulder) - I still have the old pot of the old GW zombie flesh tone that I forget the name of at this exact moment in time that I still haven't given back to Uncle Johnny, and after a wash with Soft Tone wash was mixed with increasing amounts of white for the highlights.

Dark Reaper (firmly cementing itself as my favourite paint ever) for the material parts, because it's fun to highlight up to a pasty grey. The red hair came about when I was googling to check if a particular part of the miniature was flesh or material, and stumbled across some painted examples that featured vibrant red hair paired with cool blues - so, I stole that idea and being me ended up dialling it waaaaaay back. Maybe in next year's set of challenges I should include 'be more bold in my colour choices'?


13 vs 40 = -27

2017 Challenges:

  • Finish 5 miniatures from my WIP drawer before starting anything new (5/5)
  • Finish 10 miniatures from my WIP drawer before starting anything new (10/10)
  • Finish 15 miniatures from my WIP drawer before starting anything new (12/15)
  • Finish something years old
  • Finish something SUPER old (as in, pre-blog old) x2
  • Finish a piece of terrain x3 
  • Empty out my stripping pot
  • Paint something from the stripping pot
  • Prep all of the monkeys in the monkey box
  • Build a wargames board
  • Paint all of the miniatures in a boxed game
  • Open Star Wars Imperial Assault and paint all the miniatures from it
  • Paint all the miniatures needed to replace the tokens in the Imperial Assault Core Game
  •  Paint a complete box of miniatures (either a full regiment or starter)
  •  Finish a complete skirmish force for a project (at least 16 miniatures, unless it's for a much smaller scale game like Batman)
  • Repaint something (either a miniature that I have previously painted, or one that was received painted)


  1. Very nice work on the Banshee. :)

    1. Thanks! Just noticed that her glowing eyes haven't photographed well (or at all) - imagine that you can see that they've been painted in using GW's verdigris effect paint for the full effect! ;)