Sunday, October 29, 2017

Warhammer Quest Critters

Boy, did summer get away from me there!

I finally got around to the penultimate (second to last) batch of Classic Warhammer Quest minis, the critters!

The splotchy grey bat on the far left is my son Kieran's first painted mini! Welcome to the hobby, little buddy. :) Knowing I was getting burnt out and that hobby time is at a premium these days, I went the quick route and sprayed them black, then went to town with the drybrushing.

I may still put a glaze or gloss varnish over the black eyes on the spiders to give them some shine, before the matt varnish they looked more "alive."

Now it's just the four classic WHQ heroes to do and my set will be fully painted! Last step will be to put them all on clear acrylic bases, since I got my order in from Sally 4th the other day. They'll allow me to use the minis in a dungeon quest, skirmish, or army battle and still have the bases match the terrain.

The chiropterologists (bat scientists) among you will recognize that some of my bats seem to be suffering from white nose syndrome, because what's more horrifying in a dungeon full of nasty creepy-crawlies more than injecting some depressing real-world diseases?

I couldn't have gotten to this point without the inspiration provided by Warseer and the Tale of Painters blog! Even though I've used more jokers than I have painted, it was still a great push to get this set completed.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Kickstarter: The Minotaur Horde

If you aren't already aware, some BEAUTIFUL new minotaur models are on kickstarter!

These guys are going straight into my dungeon. Tell 'em I sent ya!

Saturday, August 26, 2017

My Concern About 3D, as Terminator 2 Returns to Theaters

Excerpted from a post on io9:

The best thing about 3D also has the potential for the most abuse... fast, convoluted action sequences are easier to break down and understand when you’ve got an extra dimension to work with. The fear is that rather than make action scenes clearer and easier to understand (i.e. GOOD FILMMAKING), directors will film those scenes in such a way as to be undecipherable, with the assumption that, “If you can’t make sense out of it, you should’a seen it in IMAX 3D, cheap-ass.” MICHAEL BAY I’M LOOKING AT YOU, BUT I CAN’T TELL IF IT’S REALLY YOU OR NOT BECAUSE OF ALL THE EXPLOSIONS AND DEBRIS FLYING AROUND

The list was great, though. I know as a kid I was STUNNED by Captain EO, despite the nausea...

Monday, May 8, 2017

ToBGP March/April: WHQ Skaven!

Last update snuck in under the wire... this one's kinda inching along slowly. Looks like the monthly goals on the Warseer Tale of Board Game Painters are getting farther apart too... I guess with the nice weather people are going outside like some kinda crazy weirdos. Works out for me though, the deadlines were starting to blend together!

Bought these skaven clanrats without swords, minus the yellowish guy on the black base. He was already basecoated, and I wanted to preserve the previous owner's work, so I just dipped him in Army Painter strong tone with the rest of 'em once I'd painted them. Stuck with my traditional palette so they'll fit in with the rest of my classic WHQ figures. The new swords are stolen from Dark Elf spear tops. I think they look pretty "stabby" although some are a bit long.

I tried a new technique with the metal and basecoated with Leadbelcher before dipping. I'm thinking now that it's a little dull. I might ultimately decide to add some silver highlights on the edges to scuff 'em up. Either way, trying to avoid the whole drybrushing thing these days.

Guy on the left has a "fiery" shield design stolen from my undead... could be the start of a fun quest if they decide they want it back at some point! White guy behind him has a red shield design with double white cross pinched from Battle Masters. That one will need some dirtying up to reflect typical Skaven defiling. "Smeared with poo" would be a fun experiment. (It's just paint I swear!)

They were quick and dirty, but I still might give the bunch a little more TLC at some point, don't think they're QUITE up to my standards yet.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

ToBGP February: Gobbos/Snotlings

 Whew! Just snuck 'em in before the February deadline. Click to embiggen. My shields had all gone missing (that's going to be a common thread with these entries, keep your eyes out for the Skaven!) so I improvised. Two are pieces of plastic I cut out of my Plano tackle box, and two are some old putty filler that I "carved" with a knife to look like wood strips. I think it gives 'em a little character.

 Guy in the middle is the boss, found a chaos warrior's helmet crest and decided he needed to look more kingly! Did some other weapons swaps to add variety.

 If I never look at another snotling again, it'll be too soon. You can't see it in the pic but I definitely painted some of their loincloths to look a little "poopy" in the back. I figure these guys aren't too concerned with hygiene, living underground and all.

 The boss snotling (bossling?) has an axe I stole from a DnD orc. Forget the name of the board game but I think it's the one with the terrible VHS cassette. Definitely getting the hang of the Army Painter Strong Tone dip at this point. Brush application is the way to go.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

"SLAMBO" Lives!!!

Preordered on sight, sad it's resin (does that mean finecast? I don't even CARE if it does, holy crap, they REMADE SLAMBO!!!)

We're not worthy, we're not worthy...

Paintjob is GLORIOUS! (Scroll down)

Preorder page:

This literally makes up for everything GW's ever done. I'm freaking out right now.


I don't know what exactly happened with the management shakeup at GW, but it's like they shuffled all the execs out of the room and asked the one or two hobbyists left, "What are the coolest things we could possibly do with our existing IP that the fans would love," AND I'M FREAKING THE HELL OUT ABOUT IT. ALL IS FORGIVEN GW!!! I TAKE YOU BACK! I TAKE IT ALL BAAAAAACK! #stockholm

Thursday, January 12, 2017

WHQ Orcs for Warseer's Board Game Painters: January

I decided to take the plunge and join the recently-restored (yay!)'s Tale of Board Game Painters Project Log. Figured having an expection of a new Warhammer Quest unit each month hanging over my head would help motivate me.

I'm going for fast and cheap here, so base colors and a painted-on "dip" using Army Painter Strong Tone and I'm done! Apparently I lost a bunch of the shields that come with the game, so I had to dig through my bitz box to find suitable pieces. 
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 I figure everybody's gotta have a pale orc in there somewhere since the Hobbit films came out, right? Mine turned out a little more "smurf" and a little less "white," but oh well. Gave him some blood splashes for color, this is a 90's-themed paintjob, right?

 I repositioned the archer's arms just like with the goblins. It was about this time that I had the sudden realization that the things on the ends of the bows are probably just supposed to be a RING of the string, and not actually some sort of CAP like I had previously thought (and painted on the goblins...) Anybody want to vote on which it is? Either way, painting 'em this way is faster, so hey, one less color! SPEED PAINT
Bases will likely stay this way for a while, since I plan to eventually replace them all with clear (round?) bases. Haven't decided on a final form for them yet, but in the interest of speed, I'm leaving 'em for now! SPEED PAINT

Friday, November 4, 2016

WHQ WIP Gobbos Dipped N' Dirty

I wanted to speed-paint some WHQ figs since I've basically got the entire set to do. Of course, my hobby OCD set in and I just HAD to re-position some of their hats and bows to get a little variety throughout.

These fellas are still awaiting a dull coat, so apologies for the shiny goblins!

I used Army Painter's Strong Tone, but this time painted it on with a brush. It's been forever since I used enamel-based anything, and since I had to thin it with some paint thinner, I managed to scrub some of the base paints off. Now I'm remembering why I switched from the Testor's Enamels all those years ago. Didn't we all?

Monday, September 19, 2016

Minotaur from Silver Tower Ogroid

I bought Warhammer Quest: Silver Tower the instant pre-orders went up. Haven't had a chance to play the game yet, it'll have to wait for the Holidays, most likely. But the Ogroid Thaumaturge model finally fit the bill as the perfect minotaur that the original game always needed. Just one problem... that ugly ogre head and its improbably large horns!

You can see the black sharpie "cut line" on the donor's head. I'm not sure what possessed me to switch their arms, but I guess I'm getting a crash course in sculpting musculature... I swear, all the bodybuilder pics on my computer are for research.

The original minotaur's head and gloved hands are in the classic, chunky Warhammer "heroic scale" that made small details so much easier to paint. It's not the most detailed sculpt, but there's a lot of character there.

Size comparison of two original WHQ minotaurs with the head swap started... this was a lot of cutting to make everything fit underneath the ogroid's mohawk, but I think the new head fits pretty well and has a lot of character.
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Starting to fill gaps with epoxy putty. I'm planning to make the ears longer. The club and arm got pinned with a paper clip I had laying around... not sure if they make those things out of stainless steel or what, but it fudged my clippers up something fierce... guess I should stick to brass rod.

Now both the new minotaur and whatever becomes of the old donor will be an homage to Michael Jackson with their singular gloves! Maybe they lost the mate in the labyrinth?

Temporarily positioned the arm with blu-tak to verify the fit.

Roughing in the musculature. I seem to have misplaced my trusty Kneadatite "green stuff" and without the time to run to the hobby store today I'm subbing in some "Kwik Wood" ::snicker:: auto body epoxy putty. It comes in the same tube as the larger portions of green stuff and dries in about a half hour, but it does the trick. And OH BOY does it stink. Won't make THAT mistake again!

Thursday, September 15, 2016

HeroQuest Monsters Progress

I figured it was about time for a long overdue update! With my son having turned two, I've started thinking about all the figures I've got to get painted before he's old enough to play with me.

Trying out some new, quick strategies with the basing... the thought here was "camouflage." At least on the HeroQuest board. But as I continue to go back and forth between WFB and the "...Quest" games, the clear acrylic bases get more appealing...

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I figured everybody's got greenish fimir, but what if I want a POLAR swamp rapist? Frost fimir it is!

The "to-do" list... they've all been painted at least once, around my early teen years... the yellow ones have gotten a second try in my 20's/30's. 

Sunday, December 28, 2014

'UUUGE... Tracts of Land

Sometimes, just sometimes... the perfect bitz show themselves at the perfect time. This is one of those times.

The head is going to need some reshaping, especially in the hair and moustache. But it's a start. I finally know what I'm going to do with that Wight King that has been sitting in the blister pack for a good long while. I'm excited to get started on him!

 The furry shoulders are what got me started on this path. They may need some fluffing up with green stuff to get just right. The head is from the Empire Militia kit, if I'm not mistaken.