Posts Tagged ‘Modelling’

The Galactic Bastard, rogue trader extraordinaire

Posted on October 30th, 2015 under , , , , , , . Posted by

Today’s entry is one that has had to wait for a long time to get completed. This model has been made for a facebook Hobby group called the Emporium of Rogue Dreams, focusing on wargaming in retro sci-fi universes like Rogue Trader, 2000AD publications, Starwars and others of the kind.
The Emporium keeper Mark has kindly had this model sculpted by the excellent Shane Hoyle as a group special miniature.
Now I’ve had the chance to get my hands on an early cast but the model came with 4 different heads :
All of them being excellent, there was no way I’d leave any aside so I decided to magnetise both heads and body in order to be able to change heads as I saw fit. 
My history with magnets is an old one as you can see with my Chaos army or my Kaleb Daark.
Problem was I was short on magnets so I ordered some and painted the body meanwhile… that was back in August !
Long story short : I finally got my magnets the other day and could finally complete the model !

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Genestealer Cult – Brother Scrivello

Posted on September 29th, 2015 under , , , , , . Posted by

It’s been a while since I added to the cult, but today brother Scrivello steps up. Scrivello is an apothecary of sorts, a loyal retainer to Magus Kurgan and an expert in human and genestealer physiology. He can sew wounds and repair organs that shouldn…

A Tale of Six Gamers: A Kings of War Blog.

Posted on September 21st, 2015 under , , , , , , , , . Posted by

Gamer #6: Alex Landing I’ve been cleaning mold lines and assembling models for most of the time. The old metal models and hybrids turn out really nice with a bit of extra care with green stuff. As well as contemplating bases and color schemes. I finished my first test models and really needed to see it on at least two different models to know for sure if I was happy. I’m glad to report I think I have a winner. Since I’m going for a fully petrified force I wanted to make each race a different type of rock. I love doing marble so my abyssal dwarves will all be marble. It is tough to get the idea across with one mini but as units I’m sure it will come across. I’ve got a few tricks planned for the basing as well that should sell the concept. Looking at the back of my dwarf tester I think the marble veining shines. The two consistent traits across the army will be the cool green inner glow and orangy red rusted weapons. With the two colors complimenting each other it will leave the rest of the model for me to push the […]

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A Tale of Six Gamers: A Kings of War Blog.

Posted on September 20th, 2015 under , , , , , , , , . Posted by

Gamer #5: Rob Chandler Hello friends! Its update time again.  I’ve been busy the past 3 weeks finishing up my first regiment of Rangers. I must say. I have really enjoyed the 60% rule which has allowed me to create a very dynamic scenic base using only 12 miniatures. I feel for the more hobby minded players this option within the rules really gives me a chance to go all out. I feel it also give the look of the unit a little more flair. Below are the photos of my first Ranger unit. Over the next 4-6 weeks and next two updates. I will be working on a horde of Ironclad. Expect a much larger and even more dynamic layout. I’m aiming to include more than minimum 24 miniature to meet the 60% rule as well as make sure the layout of the caves line up with the Ranger base. My goal is to have all 3 units line up as one solid display when complete. Well I hope you have enjoyed this latest update. Until next time. Stay Mantic my friends!

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A Tale of Six Gamers: A Kings of War Blog.

Posted on September 19th, 2015 under , , , , , , , . Posted by

Gamer #4: Pat Lewis So peeps, we’re at the second installment for the little corner of the hobby world.  Last time I talked about my army and how I was going to organize the starter box.  I’ve since put everything together, primed and started on my test model to get my colors straight unfortunately I left for vacation right afterwards and I’m still at my test model stage. I decided to go forward with my Icekin theme.  I envision these elves to be at one with the snow and ice and their armor would have an ice like quality to them.  To try and achieve that, I went with a blue for the main armor and grays as second/contrast color. I happy with the results, I just need to tighten it up and get some blue washes for the spears to try and simulate actual ice and weapons and the scabbard for the sword. Next time I’ll be showing of my bases that I’m working on next as well as starting the spearmen regiment that will go on it.  See you next time!

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A Tale of Six Gamers: A Kings of War Blog.

Posted on September 17th, 2015 under , , , , , , , , . Posted by

Gamer #2: Jon Peletis I just found out that I’m “Gamer #2”, sounds like a bathroom code. (Mallrats?) Alright with a plan set (see blog 1), let’s dive in and see what we got in the box. Ax sprue on the left. Trolls unassembled on the right. The Ax, along with the Greatax are hard plastic which means I can use Liquid Cement to assemble (and do some relatively easy conversion work). The Trolls are resin plastic which will require superglue. I’ve begun the assembly process of these but also need a couple other essentials. To do any type of speed painting, you want to start with a base coat, I use Army Painter sprays as they act as a primer and a base coat. I went with Goblin Green.             I also needed to start working on bases. I prefer to build units in Troop format, ie representing 10 models. This allows you to mix and match from using them as Troop, combine with another for a Regiment, or combine with 3 more for a Horde. Also, I can paint a Troop size set of models already glued on the base. I can’t do […]

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A Tale of Six Gamers: A Kings of War Blog

Posted on September 16th, 2015 under , , , , , , , , . Posted by

Gamer #1: Joe Neet It has been a few weeks and the excitement for Kings of War is growing each and every day. I don’t think I have enjoyed a project as much as I have been enjoying this so far. Since my last post I have jumped head long into getting my Ogres assembled, primed and painting under way. I wanted the army to be easy to paint yet still striking on the table top. The colors I went for were a mixture of red, silver and black. These colors work well with the dark shade that I would be applying on the miniatures and together captured the look I was after. The skin is also a big part of the Ogre miniatures but I didn’t want to do the studio color for them so I went for a dark rich brown that was highlighted with a flesh tone. As you can see from the bases I went with a rocky grassland style. I am a true believer that a great base can really help to increase to the overall look of a miniature. Since I was really looking to get this army done and battle ready, I needed […]

Terrain Modelling Inspiration

Posted on September 13th, 2015 under , , . Posted by

Last week my family visited Plymouth Rock and the nearby plantation which has reconstructions of the traditional native American village of the region and a Pilgrim Village, circa 1620-30.

I found it to be very interesting from a modelling perspe…

Fences and Bushes

Posted on July 30th, 2015 under . Posted by

Real life things, like work, the Summer holidays and various other issues, means that I haven’t done much wargamey stuff recently (with the exception of a fun Song of Blades and Heroes game with my daughter one rainy Sunday).However I did treat myself …

“You wound me, sir…”

Posted on July 23rd, 2015 under , , , , , . Posted by

“Nothing is surer in war than losses.” – Common human saying With all of the new models coming out, it’s easy to overlook some of the smaller additions to the game that we’ve made. Also on pre-order this month is a new set of damage trackers for Kings of War. In Kings of War, individual […]

Go-Go-Gadget Golem

Posted on July 22nd, 2015 under , , , , , . Posted by

Black stone-giants that tower over the battlefield, these monsters thunder against the enemy under the control of the Iron-casters that animated them. Alongside the Elves release, the darkling hordes of the Abyssal Dwarfs are also gaining huge support. You might even call this a colossal release. Today we look at the model so large that we’re weren’t even […]


Posted on July 20th, 2015 under , , , , , , . Posted by

Unstoppable constructs of wood, foliage, mud and stone, these great trees march against the enemies of the Elven realms. Though slow to anger, when awoken they are mighty and determined defenders of their woodland homes. Today’s blog focusses on a new model for not one, but two armies – the Forest Shamblers. These large tree-men are Large Infantry units in […]

Valdemar Miniatures

Posted on July 12th, 2015 under , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

I was recently contacted by Valdemar Miniatures – and looking at their website they look to have a pretty stunning series of products. Including 3D Printed ships suitable for Viking Longships and small Medieval Cogs. They describe their figures as

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The Helpful Hobby Guide : Sculpting tools

Posted on July 6th, 2015 under , . Posted by

It will come as no surprise if I tell you I am not much of a sculptor…
However, part of our hobby involves using putty at one stage or the other (unless you’re a plastic-only kind of modellist) to simply fill gaps, repair damaged detailsor even add new ones for conversions.
In all those circumstances, you have to learn by trying. learning from other people’s experience though is allowing shortcuts though.
Though many painting techniques are covered in magasines and all, I’ve always felt that you don’t get much sculpting tips or tricks and that basic techniques aren’t as well known as they are for painting.
The aim of this post is is no way to tell anyone what to use as I’m clearly out of my jurisdiction here but it’s aimed to share with you what I use and learn from your tips and advice, critics and comments.
The tool below is the first sculpting tool I got when I started pushing putty back in 2000. You can see it’s not the most precise of tools. I think when I got it it had already been used for dentistry or something has it was clearly not brand new. It did what it had though and I quickly switched from Milliput to Green Stuff (I won’t go too far on the subject of putties as it clearly exceeds my very limited knowledge of the only 2 I use).

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Hobby Time – Preparing Dungeon Saga Miniatures

Posted on July 2nd, 2015 under , , , . Posted by

In today’s Hobbytime we take a look at how to prepare your Dungeon Saga models for painting. Dungeon Saga is available to pre order on the Mantic Store now!

Vehicle painting tips

Posted on June 25th, 2015 under , . Posted by

Great little article posted this week by Leif Eriksson with some great tips on the differences between painting a figure and a vehicle.   Blindingly obvious really, but I’ve never seen it written so clearly and concisely, or thought about it …

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Posted on June 16th, 2015 under . Posted by

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Plastic Soldier Company Ltd T-34 1/72nd scale

Posted on June 13th, 2015 under , , , , , , . Posted by

A long, long time ago the postman delivered to Kingsleypark ManorActually he delivered 3 of these boxes as they were the Russian Tank Brigade Deal that PSC offer the discerning gamer who is looking to build a horde of Russian tanks at compara…

Jungle Foliage

Posted on May 23rd, 2015 under . Posted by

Amongst Mig’s recent releases are three interesting jungle foliage sets: terms, plans and jungle leaves.

They are at the 28mm+ size scales but would make great additions to Heavy jungles and Lost World style projects.  No good for historical 15s…

"The times they are a-changin’ " or terminators, finecast and Emporium for a change

Posted on May 14th, 2015 under , , , , . Posted by

Always looking to populate my Rogue trader setting with intriguing new inhabitants, I recently fell upon a cheap model on a french trading site…

Yup, that’s what it it, a Dark Eldar S-Slyth… in finecast.
Some of the early followers here my remember I have a particular fondness for Snakemen… and my southern brother Captain Crooks recently did a very excellent post to unveil the origins of these creatures (follow his blog, really).
SOOOoooo, having a blister is one thing but having a built model is another. With everything I had heard about the finecast, I was a little nervous about the time I might have to spend on filling voids and all…

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Peter Jackson’s Gallipoli 1915 Exhibit

Posted on April 30th, 2015 under , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

Over the past months over 100 New Zealand wargamers have been painting 5,000 miniature soldiers for a huge diorama of the Battle of Chunuk Bair for the forthcoming The Great War Exhibition in Wellington. This is part of an ANZAC commemorative project

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‘Lest We Forget’ Exhibit Papatoetoe

Posted on April 25th, 2015 under , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

I previously posted about Nick Papadopoulos quest for 1/72 scale figures & human volunteers to help complete ANZAC Day 2015 exhibits he was working on – Nick managed to get the figures he needed and with some hard work complete his

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Ars Moriendi – A life in progress post

Posted on April 21st, 2015 under , , , . Posted by

(Some appropriate music first)

It’s common knowledge that life’s a funny thing. You’ll hear the “life’s worth nothing but nothing’s worth life” motto and all kinds of ready made predigested thoughts when getting on the topic but rest assured I won’t bore you with any of it…
It’s just that life’s funny, you get a slap from one hand and a caress from the other… but memento mori I suppose (OK I did continue).
Why all the weird (and let’s face it, slightly gloomy) tone ? Well because among a massive dose of real life that hit me in a face like a trout, some good things have immerged. One of those is that Brian Roe AKA the Roebeast from the Magical house of sunshine blog, has kindly organised a giveaway to celebrate his 200th follower and I’ve somehow managed to be the winner of it thanks to a fluke !
I think giving away a present in which Brian put some time and effort makes it even more valuable and the excellent thing about it apart from its quality, is that it blends just nicely with my bases and their sort of purplish tone.

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Mantic Monday: Community Round Up

Posted on April 13th, 2015 under , , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

Over the past week it seems like we have had a lot of community action going on – so let’s take a look at what has been going on in the world of Mantic! The Kings of War 2 beta army lists have been updated! For those of you that don’t know, the Kings of […]

Project: Astra Militarum Update #3

Posted on April 7th, 2015 under , , , . Posted by

It’s been a long time between posts, so here are some ‘proof of life’ pics to assure you all that I am still alive and painting!
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