Castle Tower Ruins – The Base

A while back (or at least that’s what it feels like at the moment) I started working on a terrain/scenery piece. I  thought i’d get it done on the very same day until I realized I had lost the one piece of basing I wanted for the piece. I looked EVERYWHERE!

…as Brandon will tell you…. everything stopped as I looked frantically for it.

I didn’t find it. The paint project was done.

Yesterday, as I was looking for my Motorhead Bad Magic CD, I found this under a pile of comics on the floor. THE MISSING BASE PIECE!

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There was going to be no substitute after I saw what the final piece would look like in my minds eye. So this was a joy find.

I used PVA to stick the ruins on the CD and started tarting up my ruins.

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The base color (even if you can’t really see it is actually

Vallejo Saddle Brown

Vallejo Reflective Green

Vallejo Middlestone

Vallejo Brown Violet.

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The pebbles was something left here by some fella who wanted to do a huge terrian project but in the end left me with a ton of basing material. (These are all mine now, thank you. Three years is long enough to keep it for you.)

The lil bushs are ARMY PAINTER’s POISON IVY as is the Static Grass.

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I honestly must do more of these……

Guild Ball : Mortician’s Guild – Cosset

I wanted to finish the Morticians Graves model and realized that I want to standardize the basing. I tend to do all my basings in one go, so this only meant one thing. Finish the Guildball starter.

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Cosset is a very nice figure, I like the pose and it looks pretty intricate. However, I did not like the face/ head part. The forehead was sculpted slightly large and it was struggle to get the face done right, as I was getting prime color ready for a kabuki paint job

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I also changed the hair color to purple because while testing, it looked great to frame her face. I also changed her dress to a grey white color so as to give a very team like feel and so the figure will gel with Graves. The straps were also changed to brown for consistency. The sash was given a purple tinge so as to give the figure color but not dominate the figure itself.14895481_10154681194774993_1901672055_o

This one took a few hours, with a 2 hour break to catch Pokemon.

Colors used:

AP Uniform Grey Spray

AP Matt White Spray

AP Purple Tone

AP Dark Tone

AP Alien Purple

AP Shining Silver

AP Crystal Blue

AP Deep Blue

AP Matt Black

AP Skeleton Bone

AP Pure Red

AP Barbarian Flesh

Vallejo Game Color Flat Brown

Master Series Paints Spectral White

Citadel Color Fesh Wash

 

Guild Ball : Mortician’s Guild – Graves

Guildball from Steamforged Games arrived in the store in July and we could not wait to give this game a go. Sales were swift for the starters as players slowly chose their guilds to represent.

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Personally, I like the idea of Guildball. Its just six figures that you need to paint minimum and the tactical options are quite vast.

I chose to play the Mortician’s Guild, and quickly moved that off the shelf and into my painting line which was already considerably long.

There it stayed for months.

Last Monday, i bit the bullet and decided to paint it. I do want to play some Guildball and I did not want to wait anymore.

The cleaning of the figure was easy enough. Minimal flash and mould lines. (I tend to miss mould lines so this was good for me)

The assembly however was a little frustrating. It took me at least 15 minutes to get the arm to hold. I use super glue and many a drop went into trying to get the arm placed right.

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The figure was then based using the Army Painter Uniform Grey and a directional spray of Army Painter’s Matt White.

I decided to paint the face first and also decided to use white/off white for the hair, instead of black. This gave Graves an older look which I quite like.

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The details on the figure is very good and forces you to not neglect them. Which is great  because there is a lot of detail on the figure.

I also did the straps a more leather look instead of the dull black, and repeated this for the gloves as well.

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The trick then was to bite down and just lay down as much flat paint as possible. By experience, this is usually where a lot of painters just give up and begin to use the figures to play. I admit, this is also a hard part for me. But just a little bit more, gets you very very far.

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I did not want to dwell to much on the figure and this figure took about 2 hours to complete.

These are the colors I used to get this figure done

AP Uniform Grey

VGC Flat Brown

AP Matt White

AP Barbarian FLesh

AP Matt Black

AP Dark Tone

AP Skeleton Bone

AP Shining Silver

AP Plate Mail

MSP Ghost White

Citadel Color Flesh Wash

Castle Tower Ruins

I have had this piece in the store now for years. I am not sure who passed me a bag of dental plaster casts but it seems to have been here almost forever.

In fact, this was not the first time i decided to paint it. I think a few years ago, I did a black primer on it and crappy lazy brown job for the chest.

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And this is how it stayed for a long long while….

Tonight tho….. it was time to do something with it.

I gave the piece a spray of Army Painter’s Uniform Grey as a base. On the back, I decided to apply a dusting of Army Painter’s Skeleton Bone.

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I wanted to give the outside a different feel from the inside of the ruins piece

Army Painter’s Uniform Grey and some white was used to high light.

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The chest used Vallejo’s Saddle Brown and all three of the Army Painter’s Silver paints. This was washed with Vallejo’s smoke. I also did a slight brown wash on all the recesses inside. On the outside i used pigment to stain parts i felt would drip or hold water.

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Its at this point when as per usual the project stopped as I spent a few hours looking for a installer CD that was just the right size for this ruin.

I did not find it.

Well….. in a few years then 🙂

 

Battletech BT 274 – Osteon Jaguar

With the earlier part of the day spent collecting shipment. The evening seemed like a long tiring one. Both Operation Red Veil and Konflikt 47 came in and there was packing and putting stuff into my store room.

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Anyway, 8pm swung by and no one turned up. So, I was happy to spend the night *cough* clearing the shop. (This is another way of saying, watching YOUTUBE vids all night). That is until the Battletech stuff on the shelf caught my eye.

We had a demo game at the shop a few weeks before and that sort of got me a little excited about painting some mechs again. The boys were planning to do another one soon and this was enough reason to give this another go.

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I laid all the Battletech stock I had and then decided which one I’d paint. When I asked Chong Hin a few days before, he recommended the Raptor II to play with. The Raptor is the kind of mech I like, relatively fast lightly armoured and the weapon set up is decent. It would not look nice on the shelf so I decided to go with the Osteon Jaguar. Bulky. Ugly. Slow. But it is also a “character” mech”

The Osteon Jaguar is Russou Howell’s custom mech, with Ultra AC/20, ER PPC, ER Large Laser, ER Small Lasers but what really got me going was the Retractable Blade mounted in the left arm!

So here it is…. The Osteon Jaguarmech-2
I did not spend a lot of time cleaning the miniature as the flash where they should be. Most of the surfaces where smooth-ish and but I did some mild sandpapering. The figure was then washed. And then I began trying to put the figure together. This too a good 20minutes!

Here are some of the problems.
1. Without a proper assembly manual, I found myself looking at A LOT of Osteon Jaguars to see where the different pieces go
2. Posing was a horror, trying to get that one pose you like usually meant the figure will fall over because of the balancing.
3. The connecting arms did not cast do well so I had to drill one and reinforce another arm.

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Once done, the mech was given a primer spray of Army Painter’s Uniform Grey .

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Here are a list of paints I used on the this particular figure.
AP Blue Wash
AP Plate Mail
AP Bolt Gun
AP Uniform Grey
AP Pure Red
P3 Armour Wash
Vallejo Smoke

The overall figure kept the primer color. However, once I had gotten the figure to table top standard, I realized, I did not have a base for it!

This means that there will be another entry for finishing the model. In the mean time, here it is.

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This whole thing too about 2.5 hours

Privateer Press Iron Kingdoms Hugo Lubanov

The plan for today’s Painting Mondays was to sort the latest shipment. We received our allocation of Infinity’s Red Veil and Warlord Games’ Konflikt 47, so I planned to get the shop sorted. This was the general plan. Also, with everyone not being in at 8pm, I pretty much decided on not painting.

However, arriving almost 40 mins later, our esteemed “Best Painter” arrived and with that, all hopes of sorting the shop, gone. (If you’re a regular you’d know almost anything will side track the “sorting of the shop”)

Having not planned to paint, I had to now decide on what I should be painting. My options were

  1. Mantic’s Elves – These elves for Kings of War have always been something I wanted to paint. I always wondered why nobody seemed to paint them nice enough to play. I have also been talking about this one for quite a while
  2. Infinity’s Demo Set – I need to get these painted up. There was no love for Infinity today however.
  3. I was thinking to do a Battletech figure, the guys at the shop will be doing a Classic Battletech game in the coming months and I figured, I want in. Which one tho….
  4. Maybe something from Spartan Games…..

I finally decided to pull out a Privateer Press Iron Kingdom’s figure.
Hugo Lobanov – Khadoran Arcane Mechanik

This range was part of the first Privateer Press push to introduce their line to world of miniatures. These minis did quite well at the shop for the figure collector and we sold quite a few. However, some were left on the shelf for the past decade or so.

This was tonight’s project. Project start 9:34pm.

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The mini was given a primer of AP Skeleton Bone and then a directional spray of AP Matt White Spray. This helps.

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These are the paints I used for this figure.

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Some quick bits of paint

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AP Crystal Blue

P3 Solid Gold

P3 Armour Wash

AP Matt Black

AP Barbarian Flesh

AP Weapon Bronze

AP Shining Silver

AP Quickshade Dark Tone

AP Matt White

Vallejo Saddle Brown

Vallejo German Camo Medium Brown

Reaper Moldy Skin

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Project end 12:10am

Warlord Games’ ECW Royalist Infantry

One of the first kits out of Warlord Games that I worked on was the Pike and Shotte Royalist Infantry box. The guys in the shop were thinking of doing some ECW.

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I had a rather hard time choosing which side I was going to take and I remember seeing a picture of the King’s Lifeguard during my research that made me choose the Royalist.

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This kit was very easy to put together and look great. It was painted using exclusively Army Painter products. However, since these were painted a few years ago, its amazing to note how they look now.

The figures were dipped with Army Painter’s Dark Quickshade and when they were first dipped were very glossy looking. Today, the look nice and weathered, the shine almost all gone. This is interesting for me as it shows that sometimes you don’t need to Matt protect the figure to get the shine to matt-out. The colors were enhanced with the dip and still have a great look today.

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I really hate paint irregular infantry, there are only a few “regimented” looking troops (the Newcastle regiment was white and I hate painting white). Choosing the King’s Lifeguard and doing a little research nudged me to get these done.

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Completing the regiment took a few weeks

I based them on a 40×40 base so I can easily move the formations around when playing Pike & Shotte and honestly its easier to store and carry.

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Mantic Games – Kings Of War Skeletons!

So Monday the 9th began like most Mondays with the boys turning up for painting night. However, they were not over to paint but to get some Infinity going. So there I was, left with no painting partner. This would have been ok if the decals I ordered from Warlord Games had arrived, but they were nowhere in sight so that project had to take a break.

So I walked around the shop’s store room and under a pile or old Dungeon Magazines was a box of Mantic’s Kings Of War skeletons. I have taken this off the shelf with hopes of entering the Mantic’s speed challenge.

(The speed challenge was one of the first few things Mantic did to enhance the connection with their customer base). The speed challenge was to assemble 10 skeletons within an allocated time. If you did this and put it on video as proof they sent you something. This was an exciting proposition for me.

Those who know anything about me would be able to guess what happened next. I put the figs aside, got all worked up about it, and finally forgot about them.

So here they were again, on my working table.

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I did a quick wash with water and a light scrub with some purpose cleaner and then coated the figs with AP’s skeleton bone. These were sprayed on the sprue, just like the romans.

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The next step was to decide on a color scheme. I painted a Khemri army for someone and while painting I always wondered why they all had the same color uniform. Sure, it looks great as an army but to me it didn’t really make much sense. Did they decimate and raised the whole army, if they did how many times did defeat said army? Was there a quartermaster passing out uniforms and gear? I felt an undead army should have some sense of irregular shamblings.

I decided on a small palette

  1. Vallejo Saddle Brown
  2. Reaper’s MSP Spectral White
  3. Army Painter’s Pure Red
  4. Army Painter’s Gun Metal
  5. Vallejo’s Flat Brown
  6. Army Painter’s Crystal Blue
  7. Army Painter’s Alien Purple

….and a test figure. I think test figs are important before jumping into a project. Helps me keep focus….

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I hate painting irregular armies, but this was going to be the one that would break the habit. So I kept aware where applying paint to not have any of the two skellies have the same armour combination.  There was not reasoning behind this other than trying my best to give the army an irregular feel of risen puppets. I did however compromise on the shields. I left them all red.

It was very important to keep the enthusiasm going when doing an army like this. So I did a few to put before me as a beacon on needing these to be finished.

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By the coming Monday I had already put aside 10 skellies. However, Guildball had arrived in the shop, and I had a feeling this would change the pace. True enough, the boys wanted to do a Guildball game on Saturday and asked if I could get some done. I said I would try.

I spent the next day or so rushing through these.

Once done all the figures were given a nice Quickshade Dip bath Dark Tone and left to cure over night.

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The basing was a blend of all the extra basings that I collected, from the hobby table so it’s a mix of a few types. (Waste not, want not)

And there you have it.

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10 days, 20 skellies.

Unleash Hell – Roman General and War Dog

When this figure came in with our shipment, I could not wait to get my hands on it. So, I reserved my figure, put it on my pile of metal….. and I totally forgot about it…..

We are clearing up the store room at the moment, so that basically means selling items from out store room to make space for more figures! If you want to see what we got for sale, go have a look at our facebook Store Room page here.

So while moving items, I found this fella and decided the time was perfect to paint him. My Roman’s needed a commander and this one was perfect.

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I spent time “researching” the character (read: rewatching the opening sequence of Gladiator) and decided that I would try to get the colors as correct as possible. So i chose this picture as a guide.

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Brandon was painting as well his Infinity so it was  chance to also compare the sizes

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After this, it was simply a matter of putting my head down and powering the efforts to the end. The wardog, required a few freeze frames and I kept the basing consistent with the rest of my small army. I also decided to put both these figures on the same base, because it just felt right.

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…..and then on the shelf

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Warlord Games’ Roman Legionnaires

One week later, the itch to do more Romans was still there.

So, I found 2 more sprues to work on…..

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This time I decided to spray the sprues Army Painter’s Pure Red before clipping. I rather prefer this method as there is more control over the spray coverage.

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I was really quite excited to see what they all looked like rank and file so I arranged them and put took a picture for the shop’s group wall. With the caption “Rome Was Not Built In A Day”

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To which I received…..

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It took about an hour to base. And so, with the Romans based, I put them with the rest.

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They don’t look too bad honestly.