Tuesday, February 08, 2022

Photodump Vol.2: Fantasy


Yes I said there was more.  Here some of it is.  I've left a couple of bits off this list, for, well, reasons.  But still, lots to show:

The Nighthaunt collection so far

Yes, I met at least one self imposed target for the year, and painted over a thousand points of spooky boys.  That said, GW also changed the rules in the year, so it's entirely possible these don't represent a legal army of any sort.  Not that it matters when to date they've only played games of Dragon Rampant!


 Loved painting this one

Then there was a little progress on the Turnip28 models.  These are slow burn thanks to being so heavily converted, and sometimes a slow paint job to boot.

Commander of the 51st Parchdale Regt.

I also worked on some Turnip-specific scenery:


Underneath it all is a Twiglets tube

I've done a couple of rescue jobs as well, figures with no real use other than as shelf ornaments.  I suppose the former could go easily in my Orc forces if desired.

Resin Grimgor Ironhide

1984 GW (D&D) Elf

The latter was a quick NMM practice piece, more on that below.  Next, two more characters for Blackstone Fortress:

Rein and Raus

Finally I finished the last model for a Warhammer Underworlds warband.  

Vasillac the Gifted

Another NMM (Non-Metallic Metal painting) piece, I decided to do all the Underworlds models this way as a learning exercise.  NMM is HARD, no two ways about it, but after a dozen or so models I think I'm beginning to get an idea for it.  The gold here looks pretty good, though the Iron/Steel needs a lot more practice!  This figure would also have been a lot easier to do if I hadn't glued it down immediately.

Ho hum.

Again, the Instagram (see previous post) has more pictures, including some other items that are a bit more off-topic.

Next time, some passing pictures of games...


Wednesday, February 02, 2022

Photodump Vol.1: Historicals


Oh hey there, did you miss me? No.... Cool.

If you don't visit Instagram, here's some of what I have been up to.  The intention was to keep the blog for things that require a bit more depth, but to be honest, I never sit down and write those things up at the minute anyway!

So here's the round up of Historical/quasi-historical miniatures from the last few months:

Two more 15mm Bavarian Battalions; IIRC 3rd & 4th fusiliers

Col. Adam Muir of the 41st; Upper Canada 1812

Imagi-Nations Gebrovian Regiment.  15mm Warrior Miniatures

US infantry platoon.  Italy 1943-44.  mixed 20mm.

The Stuart is a rescue of one of a pair I've owned since childhood!

Stug III G.  PSC kit in 1/72 with full treatment of techniques!

So having got the Biblical stuff put to one side, I went off and blasted out some uniformed troops and added to the WW2 collection from mostly the leftovers pile.

However, I am intent on starting a new front for WW2 in 2022, and going down a different early war route.  In a somewhat related regard, I produced a little diorama for an online painting challenge; which gives a clear indication what I have in mind:

Figures are proving a little hard to source, but things are progressing.  This aside I have a couple of historical ideas to start in 2022, and no end of projects to try and finish!

Next time, all the Fantasy stuff.


Wednesday, December 01, 2021

Horsch Car and German support


I knocked out some additional forces for my WW2 Germans, after an actual game, in which it became apparent they were actually too well provisioned with anti-tank support, and needed something on roll that was weaker!  I also took the excuse to get a Horsch Car kit from PSC and have a play around with it.

Pak 36

MG42 and cobbled together crew

I think these are some of the last Valiant German Infantry in the old moulds that I have.  The new in scale models are probably better but their price-point isn't.  The Pak is one of the Zvezda Art of Tactic pieces, and although more early-mid war, its a nice crisp piece, that will sit well with my 2nd line infantry regiment.  Lastly the Car features my now standard weathering approaches, using oils, pigment powders and wet effects.


Thursday, November 25, 2021

And now for something Completely Different



Yes, I got cajoled into another side project.

James wanted to do another 15mm Project, one in pre-gunpowder times, and after a little too-ing and fro-ing, we settled on the Biblical Near-East, and the might of Assyria versus the rebellious confederation of Babylonian, Chaldean, and Median forces.  I got the latter team; prone to getting smashed for fifty years straight, but ultimately coming out on top.

Only 15mm he said, shouldn't take very long, he said.

Actually that was true.  Even with it only being a side hustle, I got my forces assembled and ready in just over four months:

Every nation under the sun!

The core infantry

Lydians and Cavalry

Chariots, obviously

All told it's a little over 200 pieces completed.

We've elected to stick with Hail Caesar, and each base will represent a single unit, with numbers of models further identifying small, standard or large units.  The only real exceptions being that 4-horse chariots need a big ol'e base all to themselves, and to get the impression of a phalanx over without destroying every spear tip, I put the Lydians in three ranks rather than two on a cavalry sized base.

I even knocked up a couple of regionally appropriate houses.


Illustrations for the period show a mix of courtyarded buildings, and flat roofed houses with what appears to be reed thatch and a slight lean to the walls.  So I replicated one of each, more than enough for a typically barren ancients battlefield.  The courtyarded building has enough roof space for a standard infantry base.  The hut roof is made from cheap bandage soaked in watered down PVA!

As to the minis, well it may be 15mm, and a quick paint job, but I still indulged in some detailing and fancy effects.  This unit of spearmen includes some rough blending on the shields for example.

And daisies!

All the models are Essex Miniatures.  Solid stuff, and they cover everything you need.

Our first battle is actually scheduled for Early next month, so maybe we'll see pictures of both sides soon too.  It's going to be a mid-sized game, but I can already imagine expanding my forces to a more old-school sensibility.  I'm wondering if two bases per unit wouldn't be more appropriate....

Jeez, will the hoarding never stop?!


Tuesday, November 23, 2021

Through mud and blood, for Turnips...


I got introduced to the weird world of Turnip28.

And momentarily I dismissed it.

But under the first impression, the soil was good.  After a little more investigation, I discovered a fascinating world of kitbashing, freeform creativity, in a bizarre post-apocalyptic, post-Napoleonic world.  The opportunity to build skirmish sized forces using the contents of my extensive bits box eventually proved too much to resist.

Consequently, I am here so far; the bulk of two different regiments: 

Chaff of the 51st Parchdale

A Stump Gun of the 27eme Oignans Blanc du Pied

Fodder and a Toady for the 27eme

Rootlings of the 27eme

Grogs of the 51st

Bastards [Heavies] accompanying the 27eme

The models above feature a range of parts from more or less every Perry & Victrix set I've ever bought, alongside some Fireforge & Northstar bits, as D&D Cannon barrel, bits of wood, card, sprue, lots of Greenstuff, grass tufts, UV-cured resin, and foraged roots and plants from my local woods!  When the rules are simply make what you like to no more than a general theme, the world is your oyster.  It's like 40k back in Rogue Trader times!

As to the painting, we are in rather more uncharted territory.  

The paint palette here is very limited.  I chose to try a thing called the Zorn palette; in essence restricting yourself to an extremely limited range of colours; in fact ideally only four: Black, White, Red and Yellow.  Other than metallics and weathering that is all I used; except that the 27eme got a small amount of Prussian Blue added, as that is one colour the other four cannot make, and I did add a basic Green for doing the foliage.

It is remarkable what you can achieve this way, and tonally it pulls everything together.  But what really kicked it up a level into a 'Grimdark' look, is Oil paint.  Everything was finished with a number of oil washes, which can be applied and then selectively removed to give a subtle, grimy look.

Nonetheless, I've ended up, after all my griming, dusting, and weathering, with what for the genre are still rather 'Poppy' models.  Not as grim as many.  But they've been a fun diversion.

Another 20 or so models and I 'll have two full forces.  Some of the remaining pieces will be rather more wacky; but that therefore means they'll take rather longer to finish.  Still maybe in the new year I can actually put them on a table...

Something to work towards.


Monday, November 15, 2021

Malian Ton-Tigi

 Just a quick post to show off this model.  Mainly so I can get the picture out into the accessible world and to spur me to give more details in due course!

Safe to say this is a substantial scratchbuild/conversion!

More later...

Thursday, November 11, 2021

Remembrance Day


We who are left, how shall we look again

Happily on the sun or feel the rain

Without remembering how they who went

Ungrudgingly and spent

Their lives for us loved, too, the sun and rain?

A bird among the rain-wet lilac sings –

But we, how shall we turn to little things

And listen to the birds and winds and streams

Made holy by their dreams,

Nor feel the heart-break in the heart of things?

Wilfred Wilson Gibson.


Wednesday, July 21, 2021

40k? Okay, just the one...


This is what happens when I buy random models on impulse...

Grim, dark...

The full story is obviously a bit more involved; the Instagram thing has inspired me to keep pushing the painting, but also to diversify, picking whatever I fancy to paint alongside the army building.  This Nurgle Death Guard came in a semi random box, and turned out ideal as a subject for a 'grimdark' painting challenge on one of my Discord's.

I picked up a ruined Rhino model from a 3D print and built up a little trench warfare diorama.  Lots of little details.  The paint job is done with a Zorn Palette; that is to say, other than the metallics and weathering effects, only four paints were used: a black, white, red, and a yellow.  You can get a remarkable range from just those, and minimising the Palette really adheres to the aesthetic.  There are obviously no blue tones on the Chaos Marine, but this can be worked with.

The destroyed Rhino also uses extensive chipping effects, and then most everything got several layers of oil, enamel and acrylic washes, in varying volumes.

A Really enjoyable diversion, but not one that'll go any further than the display shelf.


Wednesday, July 14, 2021

Mali mounts for Battle


Steady progress on the Malian project has been made, and I can now add two cavalry units to the roster, the first being one of the centerpieces for the army; Horon Cavalry:

The Horon provided the elite heavy cavalry of the Malian Empire, essentially its equivalent of Knights or Cataphracts.  Evidence for their appearance is limited, but I took accounts saying they wore contemporary armour - either locally made or imported from north Africa - and rode armoured horses, and combined it with the look of later troops illustrated in the 1800's from the neighboring Bornu Empire, which was a late contemporary, and from modern tribal horsemen in the region.

The standard is the Banner of the Mali Empire as taken on Hajj by Emperor Mansa Musa in 1324.

It seems some form of Bamboo was used for lances, and it provides a nice look, so...

The padded armor and other parts are green-stuff applied directly to the largely terrible base models.  More on those below.  Hide Shields were made over plasticard formers with green-stuff, there are illustrations of shields this shape, which appear to be carried behind the rider on the saddle when not in use, suggesting a reason for the unique shape.


As alluded to, these are heavily converted.  I started with a set of the Gripping Beast Goth Heavy Cavalry, and I can't say I was a fan, apart from limited build options out the box, the detail was poor and the fit, terrible.  I wasn't sorry that I was going to cover 3/4 of each model up, I'd have needed to do a load of filling and trimming anyway.  That aside, I think I spent about 8 or 9 hours just on the kitbash elements:
Rather easier, and despite their simplicity much nicer basic models, were a second unit of Hat Industrie Almoravid Cavalry, painted as allied Taureg horse from Timbuktu.

There's only one small conversion here, but compared to the GB models, these still have more horse poses and don't require any filling either!

All this brings the core of the force up to 20-24 points in Lion Rampant, but I'm not going to rest on my laurels, I need a few options, and another centerpiece is being worked on:



As should be evident, this is on its way to being a general for the force, Nobility appear traditionally to use Palanquins extensively in Africa, and illustrations of the Mande and the Empire often feature them.  This will represent a Ton Tigi, or 'Quiver Master', essentially a Malian General.  There's a long way to go on this yet, converting the foot figures into an Iman and a tribal musician respectively, adding a lot more to the already converted seated leader - an Outpost Wargames Services Inca!  With a head swap so far - and adding a bunch of opulence to his 'carriage'.  But that's all for another day... 

So far, so good..