My plan for New Years Eve is going to be prepping more minis for next year, watching the Big Fat Quiz of the Year with my wife and drinking a festive beverage, so Happy New Year to everyone in advance!
Tuesday, 29 December 2020
Friday, 25 December 2020
Happy Christmas to everyone, in this strangest of years!
I’ve managed a festive paint job too to honour the occasion:
Saturday, 12 December 2020
(The joke in the title only really works if you read this blog post immediately after my previous one...)
Despite working longer than usual hours at work (lockdown plus Christmas makes for busy times) I’ve managed to finish another miniature, snatching twenty minutes of an evening whenever I could:
Sunday, 6 December 2020
(Is what my wife asked us when we replied ‘Alita’ when she asked us what we were going to the cinema to see)
So, cyberpunk is cool right? There’s a video game coming out imminently that I’m probably not going to get for a while, having too much in the backlog already, but here’s a mini that would be perfect for gaming that:
It’s a beautiful sculpt that takes paint exceptionally well, although as previously mentioned on the blog I did sand down her nipples, as in the bare metal they were ... really something else. The arm is great, the gun is great, even her shoes look delightfully futuristic! Special shout out to the hacking desk hanging from her belt, which I painted with colourful cables and then gave it a grubby cream body like it was a piece of 80s kit (because after all, cyberpunk is the past’s view of the future, no?). I dug out a Foundry Asian flesh triad as well, as the future is multicultural.
Here’s a picture of her knee deep in rubbish:
Tuesday, 24 November 2020
Captain Scarlet (dun dun dun dun - that May or not be how the theme tune actually goes)
Saturday, 7 November 2020
A light armour spaceman from Brother Vinni that I picked up at Salute a few years back that coincidentally makes an ideal stand-in for everyone’s favourite Shepherd:
Sunday, 25 October 2020
Finishing these draws this Zomtober to a close, and brings the Tally to:
42 vs 111 = -69
Also, something that I unusually haven’t done before, Zomtober totals to date:
2020: 17 zombies, a full Studio Miniatures box set. Hospital themed, including the Scrubs personalities set.
2019: 5 survivors, no theme beyond being all survivors, as well as a belated ‘big finish’ of Alexia and the Risen for Warmachine
2018: Walking Dead themed, 18 zombies and a corpse pole spawn point
2017: 5 Wizard of Oz themed survivors, 2 zombies, and a zombie reindeer for A Song of Ice and Fire
2016: A Song of Ice and Fire themed, 3 White Walkers and 24 wights
2015: my first zomtober, 1 survivor, 4 zombies, 3 spawn points, and a horde base that had 20-something zombies on it!
Zomtober seems to have been dwindling in popularity over the last couple of years, but I pledge to do it again next year, and will continue to post about it on Instagram and Twitter too, in the hopes of encouraging people to join in!
Special shout out to Colgar6 and Miniature Mayhem who have both also been plugging away this year! Disappointingly, if you google search for Zomtober in the last month, I don’t appear in the first few pages of results, but instead several other more popular bloggers appear as they have my posts coming up in their blog rolls! Ah, c’est la vie...
So what’s next? It’s only 10 more minis to hit that one a week average for the year, so watch this space,,,
Sunday, 18 October 2020
Week three brings the female counterparts to last weeks crop of zeds:
As well as completing that particular Studio Miniatures pack, finishing these three (and in a shocking twist of events, for the first time in living memory I finished the miniatures for a Zomtober post during the week rather than midnight the night before the post is due to go up) brings the Tally to:
33 vs 111 = -78
What’s next? Will there be a big finish, or more of a whimper? Tune in next week to find out (hopefully)
Sunday, 11 October 2020
More hospital zombies from Studio Miniatures joining the two from last week.
I love the Studio Miniatures zombies, they’re beautiful sculpts, but they sure do love to recycle sculpts with slight details changed. I mean, I know the classic GW Nurgle Champions did the same thing, but with them at least the majority of the model was different rather than just moving the arms and adding a bandage to the head... it’s not a dealbreaker, and not something you’d notice once they’re in the horde, but something that grabs your attention when you’re looking at them in a small batch like this.
Minor grumbling about sculpts aside, finishing these brings the Tally to:
30 vs 68 = -38
...or at least it would have done if I hadn’t won a competition on the Wargames Foundry Facebook page, where they sent me enough miniatures to destroy any hope of crossing off ‘end the year with the Tally in the positive’ from the Challenge this year:
Once these are factored in, the Tally plummets to
30 vs -81
Which means I’d need to paint (brief pause to do some quick mental maths) exactly one miniature a day for the rest of the year, which while pleasing how exactly it matches might be a tall order, having a full time job, two children, and dare I say it other hobbies too...
Even if I don’t get the Tally back into the positive, I’m still shooting for the ‘average one miniature a week’ goal, which at one miniature every three and a bit days still seems manageable!
So, what’s next? More zombies, of course, and given that I’ve painted two thirds of a pack over the first fortnight, you can probably guess what’s coming next if you’ve been on the Studio Miniatures site... after that, back to making scenery so that I can play Rangers of Shadow Deep, although that doesn’t help with the painting totals challenge...
Sunday, 4 October 2020
This week’s offerings are a couple of bodybag sporting zombies from Studio Miniatures, who were selected as they were the two in the mass of minis I prepped with the least extraneous details, and thus most likely to actually be finished in time for the first post whilst potentially giving me a head start on next week’s painting target too!
Painting these two brings the Tally to:
27 vs 68 = -41
So, over the halfway mark to the goal of finishing 52 miniatures over the course of the year (which the next couple of weeks of Zomtober should hopefully push me towards completion of), but it looks like I won’t be able to make my usual mad dash between Christmas and New Year’s to get the overall Tally score into the positive, as I’ve just won a load of miniatures from Foundry! Expect a pic of me cradling a hamper of miniatures like a newborn in the near future...