I don’t know that I’ll be able to finish anything else before the weekend, so I’ll wish you all a Happy New Year now!
Thursday, 30 December 2021
Tuesday, 28 December 2021
You there boy!
Well, it’s a couple of days after Christmas, so not quite on time, but here is this year’s festive painting:
As Christmas happened though, this isn’t the only change to the Tally:
I got some Skaven and some Perry Chosen Men from my wife and children, and a pair of Game of Thrones Giants from my Mother in Law that will see use in both Frostgrave and the ASOIAF Wildling project.
All told, the Tally now stands at:
45 vs 36 = +9
So, 3 more days, how much do you think I can get painted?
Saturday, 11 December 2021
Who is the most important Avenger?
Although you can really see the difference in sculpting styles between old and more modern Heroclix, look how giant Hawkeye looks next to the more slender Captain America! I should probably get around to painting some baddies for them to fight too, so here’s to hoping that I find some AIM or Hydra minions in a bargain bucket at a future Salute…
Wednesday, 8 December 2021
A necromancer walks into a bar…
Preparing for the project after Rangers of Shadow Deep, I’ve finished another three miniatures for my Frostgrave warband:
And when we say ‘found’, it’s probably a warband member that didn’t survive until payday, and is now doing some involuntary pro bono work for the Necromancer, probably not best to ask too many questions…
The model is a plastic Frostgrave figure with a metal zombie head (from Westwind, if memory serves). I gave him a sack and a grasping hand (converted from an archer arm, I seem to recall) as I imagine him being like the butter passing robot in Rick&Morty - they reanimate him, hand him a sack, and say ‘you fetch the treasure. That’s your purpose, now go fetch some treasure’ as my plan for him is largely that (well, and being a speed bump to throw in the path of marauding monsters, but he doesn’t need to know that). I know I could have used any of the hundreds of zombies I’ve already got painted, but I wanted one that looked slightly more controlled and purposeful than the usual wobbly biter.
42 vs 23 = +19
Next, who knows? I had started prepping some figures that were easy wins to get my numbers up, but seeing as I’m only 10 away from my target of averaging one a week I might just dabble in whatever odd single figures take my fancy, probably including some more figures for the Frostgrave warband so that I can be ready for some solo play in the New Year! On that front, I have something of a dilemma - when I first selected my warband, I chose an Apprentice, as it’s just good sense to take one. Then I decided to play Dark Alchemy, during which you don’t get to take an Apprentice if you have one, leaving me torn between leaving the warband as-is, or taking a Captain instead and buying an Apprentice once I finish the solo campaign, which feels a little meta. I already have my Captain picked out, and have vague plans to play through one of the solo scenarios from Spellcaster magazine with the Captain, leaving me unsure which choice to make…
Sunday, 5 December 2021
Christmas, a time for… Daleks?
Work continues apace on finishing miniatures to drag my annual total up to one a week before the end of the year, but I did take a brief diversion to paint this:
39 vs 23 = +16
Next, a return to our regular scheduled programming of finishing the various odds and ends on my painting tile, and not prepping a whole load of new miniatures that now need undercoating. Oh no, certainly not, laser focus, that’s me.
Wednesday, 1 December 2021
I am a robot
I go beep beep beep beep bop (probably, it’s been a while since my daughter has tried to explain the song stuck in her head that goes like that, to my absolute bemusement). Niche references aside, I recently painted this handsome chap:
You’ll notice that his arms are positioned slightly differently than when he first came to me, as well as having a missing knuckle - this is due to him
falling off a table battling in space.
Thankfully it was still good. I imagine it being a warning not to shoot that bit, as that’s where the power plant is - so considerate! Also, hazard stripes on the gun - frustrating to do (so much tidying up and straightening!) but worth the effort, I think.
38 vs 23 = +15
So, if I finish a mini every 2.2 days for the rest of the year, I’ll hit the average of one a week for the whole year. Challenging, but theoretically achievable…