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Wednesday, 26 September 2012

Newly Painted mini's

Sorry about the delay in updating ye old blog, I seem to have not had any free time to do much in the way of painting but here's what I've finished over the last couple of weeks.
First up we have a 'Cleric Communing' from Grenadiers Dungeon and Dragons Specialist set:

It's a pretty old sculpt that was fairly pitted and undefined but I think the overall finish has come out alright.
I'm not 100% on the red reflected in the chest plate, I think it could do with toning down a little.

Next up we have another Citadel Barbarian:
I've given freehand tattoos/warpaint a shot which I think turned out OK especially on the face.
Looking at these pics though the savage moldline between his axe and right arm is really noticeable which is something that I will have to revisit.

Also this week I managed to finish off painting a house from Dr Willetts Workshop:
After seeing the review on Wargame news and terrain ( I decided to sink the perfectly reasonable sum of £10.99. I pretty much agree with everything he said so if you want a full review check out the link. I was a little hasty sticking mine together and didn't check to see if there was any warping of the parts so I had a little trouble getting the edge of one half of the roof to line up but it was easily sorted out with a little air drying Clay so not the models fault more mine for being overeager.

I've gone for a darker paint job than the one up on the Dr Willets site as it'll fit better with the rest of my scenery and other building. To get the dirty finish on the plasterwork I used my old white GW paint that seems to have started to coagulate and went on really lumpy and streaky. Once that was dry I slapped on some black ink which I smudged around with my finger before it was fully dry.

Also finished up the various barricades and crates: 

Monday, 10 September 2012

Caption Competition winner and new acquisitions

A little later than advertised as I fell asleep on the couch yesterday afternoon like some kind of pensioner, we have a winner of the caption competition, drum roll please....

And the winner is...

Rab with:
"No, cat, I'm not smaller than you - I'm just far away"

Thanks to everyone for taking the time to contribute and cheers for the smiles :)
Rab fire over your contact details to adamcore at hotmail dot co dot uk and I'll try and get your prize in the post tomorrow.

Yesterday I spent the morning at Newbury & Reading Wargames Colours show and even managed to persuade the wife to come along. I was going to take a load of pictures and do a proper review but managed to bring a camera without any batteries so instead I will just show you what I returned with, most of which I purchased from Ainsty's stall (
These were in their bargain tray and I think they are O scale train set pieces.
Barricades and trade goods:
Also picked up a pack of treasure chests (the three larger ones) from Ainsty that I can't see on the website and a couple of packs of small crates and bags from one of the other stalls.
A Ral Partha resin camp site.
I promised myself I wouldn't buy any mini's but I don't often see livestock so snapped up some pigs, a sheep and a pony.
On the mini front I also dug a small part of the Nightmare Legion out of a scrap/everythings £0.80p tub from one the stands:

Also finished off a couple of other mini's this week, first up is Grotnar Beserk from the Citadel's Barbarian Raiders line:

I love this mini, he's in such a dynamic pose and was a treat to paint. Lastly for this update is a citadel Norse Dwarf bezerker that I think could benefit from some tattoos.

Wednesday, 5 September 2012

More Terrain, an Unknown Giant and a Caption Competition

Apologies in advance if this update is rambling and makes little sense but I've only had around 2 hours sleep due to my nose and eye deciding for some reason that they were under attack and the only thing they could do to fight the imaginary invaders was to produce millions of gallons of tears and snot along with blasting said tears and snot around the place with bone shaking sneezes. I was seriously contemplating gouging off my nose at around 4 this morning as I'd probably have slept better with a gaping hole in my face.
Anyway moving on, not a huge amount of mini progress this week as I spent my time making some more ruins which seems to be what I do as a form of procrastinating. Before we get to the terrain I finished the unknown Giant who still needs IDing

I'm not sure if he needs something in the way of tattoos or war paint to break up the big areas of skin.

Here's the terrain that I put together this week, it's more hunks of polystyrene covered in poly filla:

Here's the full thing that for some reason I couldn't get in focus but these two shots are more so you can see the size, it's mounted on an old 12" LP.
Here's some arty close ups:

Here's some pics of all the ruins together, with a roving band of Villagers and Gnomes searching for their lucky sheep. The pictures are a little on the dark side as my spot-lamp is on the way out but it kind of adds a moody feel to the shots:

Here are a few shots of how I hope the new terrain piece will act as a kind of raised arena or centre piece for future skirmishes:

That's it for this update apart from to leave you with a Caption Competition for the pic below, the best entry (judged by me and the missus) by 5pm GMT on Sunday (9th Sept) will get a random couple of mini's from my lead mountain, so get your comedy hats on and make me laugh.