Posts Tagged ‘Painting’

Finished Studio McVey Strain

Posted on December 21st, 2014 under , . Posted by

I recently finished some of the Strain figures from the Studio McVey Battle for Alabaster game. Pictures below

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15mm HMG platoon

Posted on December 21st, 2014 under , , . Posted by

Despite skiing and other holiday-related pursuits (napping, drinking coffee, reading a book), I pushed out a platoon of 15mm Battlefront machine guns. These are US troops that are part of this large commission I’ve been whittling down.There are four ba…

15mm WW2 US Company

Posted on December 20th, 2014 under , , . Posted by

I’m slowly making some progress on this large 15mm WW2 US commission that I took on. Today I finished a company of infantry plus support elements.The instructions I had were to give them the camo uniform that some of the 2nd and 30th infantry divisions…

The Zombie of the Month- December 2014- "Guys, Girls, and Dogs" by Twilight Creations

Posted on December 20th, 2014 under , , , , , . Posted by

   Do you need a very large number of zombies very fast? Do you want to play the world’s worst game of Spinespur’s “Be Afraid, Be Very Afraid” scenario, but don’t want to spend hundreds of dollars to do it? Do you want to fill out your zombie ranks for a photo shoot, but already have enough nice front line models? Then here are the zombies for you.

The Zombie of the Month- December 2014- “Guys, Girls, and Dogs” by Twilight Creations

   What’s so great about these Zombies? They are an instant zombie apocalypse. They can fill a table in thirty bucks flat. They are, in fact, the zombies I started out with, because I wanted to have some volume in my zombie horde before I decided whether to really invest in acquiring some nice models for it.
   Okay, “Guys, Girls, and Dogs” are not technically the official names of the miniatures. But I didn’t want to stick three names in the title. The official product names are: Bag o’ Zombies (a pack of 100 identical male zombies), Bag o’ Babes (a pack of 100 identical female zombies), and Bag ‘ Dogs (100 identical dog zombies). They were made as extra figures to the Zombies!!! board game, for people who like to see how bad bad can get.
   Don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying that for $30 you are getting a complete, photogenic, wargaming-perfect horde. They do not perfectly fit the most popular scales, and there is only one (older) sculpt of each figure. But if you need a ton of zombies on a budget, you might be willing to overlook those shortcomings.

The Basics:
Scale- Since it’s for a board game, there’s no official scale, but they are 25mm tall, so let’s call it 23mm.
Genre- I’d call it modern, though you could paint them to pass for almost any pre-modern era, also.
Material- Soft plastic. You can bend their limbs every which way, and they will return to normal. If you are not too concerned about paint chipping, you can literally toss them in a box to move them around.
Parts ‘N’ Bits- notta
Assembly- zip
Bases- They come on small, irregular bases so they can stand, so you will have to put them on a base. The good news is, the bases they come on will fit on anything, so you can just leave them on it and glue it on top of your regular base, giving them a little more height.

Ratings:

Sculpt- 2 brains out of 5- Honestly, for an old sculpt that was just for a board game, I can’t complain about that. They might have had better detail if they were rendered at a more normal 28mm, but why ponder?

Affordability- 5 brains out of 5- Ten cents per zombie. Seriously. Granted, that’s only if you use all 100 in a bag, which you probably won’t, but                                                                                            still, probably the                                                                                                      cheapest you’ll find.

Value- 3 brains out of 5- Honestly, this number changes drastically depending on your needs. Think of it as a sliding scale where it’s a 5 if you have no money and need lots of zombies, and a 1 if you need very few zombies and have a decent budget.

Availability- 5 brains out of 5- They are very easy to find online, and I have even seen the occasional bag of them in the local hobby shop (Mostly the male ones, but hey.)

Pros: For the instant horde on a budget, nothing beats it.

Cons: A little small for most games, and NO variety of poses.

P.S.- By the way, there is also a Bag o’ Clowns (but that only comes with 50), and there is now a Bag o’ Zombies Deluxe for $15, which has 100 figures in 4 poses- even better for an instant horde!

P.P.S.- Speaking of Spinespur’s “Be Afraid, Be Very Afraid” scenario, if you want to see it happen, go vote for Spinespur in this month’s Campaign Contest. If there’s another game you want to see, go vote for that one! We have several fine choices available! And who knows, you might just win yourself enough money to buy two of these bags o’ zombies, or other great prizes!

A small herd made of a few of each, with a few body parts cut off here and there for variety.

Finnish AT on a Budget

Posted on December 19th, 2014 under , , , . Posted by

I have been slowly building up my Finnish forces for Flames of War.  I am building them just to have something different to paint an play – not as a tournament list.  I get tired of dragging out the same old stuff all the time, so I like to mess around with these guys from time to time.

My Finns are basically an infantry list with some limited support options and some mobile AT.  Because I am building the army as a secondary force, I am always looking for platoons that work for multiple time periods.  I am especially looking for a good deal when filling out this force and I found a great one at the last HMGS Flea Market — right on Luke’s table!

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Gokan, the Guardian WiP – Part 4

Posted on December 18th, 2014 under , , , . Posted by

Gokan, the Guardian WiP – Part 4   Two more slow days spend painting and watching bad TV. For a couple of days I’ve been considering changing some of the metal parts to leather…

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Boarboy conversions

Posted on December 17th, 2014 under , , , . Posted by

I have loads of Boars and hopefully a load of riders for them. I haven’t dug through the bits box to see exactly what I have yet but there should be some. I don’t really like the old Boars that much so I have decided to make a few changes. As the heads…

Zombicide!

Posted on December 17th, 2014 under , , , . Posted by

Now then,I have owned this game for a while now, Its a great game, and probably has the best components of ANY game ive seen. The makers of this game really have raised the bar when it comes to production values!Last week, I decided id paint all the mi…

Richard the Lionheart, revisited..

Posted on December 16th, 2014 under , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

Now then,I have spent the last few days re-doing King Richards standard. It looked passable before, but you know when you look at something and it bugs you?Heres what it looked like before…. 3 demented monkeys……Anyway, I have re-done it, and im m…

Helbrute: Paint in Progress #3

Posted on December 16th, 2014 under , , , , , . Posted by

Slowly I keep chipping away at this model. Not a lot of major progress since the last update but I have gotten paint on the metal trim. That took a lot longer than I thought it would, and I still have some spots to smooth out (you’ll see some ble…

Entry 3 – Challenge – Bonus round: Cold

Posted on December 16th, 2014 under , , , , . Posted by

The first bonus round was themed: Cold.  These are each worth 50 points but, more importantly, are where you see some of the very best work in the challenge.  Competitors will often build dioramas and put extra love and attention into these entries. …

15mm WW2 Artillery

Posted on December 15th, 2014 under , , . Posted by

I finished up 10 guns and 63 crew this weekend. All models are 15mm Battlefront US troops.The first batch were four 105mm howitzers. I was asked to mix and match the uniforms some to include some older M1941 jackets, some OD green, herringbone twill fa…

Gokan, the Guardian WiP – Part 3

Posted on December 13th, 2014 under , , , . Posted by

Gokan, the Guardian WiP – Part 3   Slow day at home spent painting for the most part. The work on Gokan is coming together quite well now. The most recent work is on...

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Entry 2, Vth Painting Challenge – 8 Uruk-Hai swordsmen

Posted on December 12th, 2014 under , , . Posted by

"There were four goblin-soldiers of greater stature, swart, slant-eyed, with thick legs and large hands.  They were armed with short broad-bladed swords, not with the curved scimitars usual with Orcs; and they had bows of yew, in length and shape like the bows of Men.  Upon their shields they bore a strange device: a small white hand in the centre of a black field; on the front of their iron

2014 Holiday Gift Ideas

Posted on December 12th, 2014 under , , , , , . Posted by

The holiday season is here, and it's likely the time where you are asked the following question. "What do you want for Christmas?", I get this question every year and always give the same response. "I don't need anything." N…

Gokan, the Guardian WiP – Part 2

Posted on December 11th, 2014 under , , , . Posted by

Gokan, the Guardian WiP – Part 2   A quick progress report The last couple of days I’ve mostly been putting in work on Gokan and it’s started to come together quite well even...

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A few more Malifaux proxies…

Posted on December 11th, 2014 under , , . Posted by

If you’re going to be a Wild West Exorcist, why stop at just a crossbow… He also has a little of the Billy Bob Thornton character from Fargo about him. Which is probably not a good thing if you are about to be exorcised… Joss is only available…

Some 15mm WW2 tanks

Posted on December 11th, 2014 under , , , , , . Posted by

Over the weekend, I made some progress on a large 15mm US armoured commission I took on. The tanks came assembled and mostly base coated so I decided to finish those first.I ran into a recurring issue with minis that arrive with paint on them: matching…

Belated Spider Riders

Posted on December 11th, 2014 under , , , . Posted by

I finished these models a while ago but I forgot to post them here. I am really glad I got them finished as I was not enjoying painting them. I can’t say that they were particularly hard to do but they just took so long I got bored. I had intended doin…

Useful References

Posted on December 10th, 2014 under , , . Posted by

Hi folks, I often talk about how useful/important research is to getting the result you want. Well, I’ve been doing a lot of musing lately about skin painting, I’ve got Caucasian pretty much down and using Dwartist’s excellent mix has led to nice Afro-…

Box Review: Masters of the Path Box Set

Posted on December 10th, 2014 under , , , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

Greetings, fellow Malifaux fans!   When LXG hit Malifaux, we did it hard. Almost everyone in the club has two or three factions going , and there’s plenty more we want. I think it’s because they hit our weak spot- we love awesome models. And …

Helbrute: Painting in Progress #2

Posted on December 9th, 2014 under , , , , , . Posted by

I’ve been working on my Helbrute the past few days and made some reasonable progress. Since the last update I’ve picked out the details on the skin (hoses, cables, etc), and laid down some base colors on the armor insets. Here’s some …

Entry 1, Vth Annual Analogue Painting Challenge

Posted on December 8th, 2014 under , , , , . Posted by

This unit is six 28mm Romano-British levy from Gripping Beast.  I bought the starter army for Dux Brit from Too Fat Lardies and it includes 18 of these guys.  I had planned to paint the first six as my last entry in last year’s challenge but ran out …

Gokan, the Guardian WiP – Part 1

Posted on December 8th, 2014 under , , , , . Posted by

Gokan, the Guardian WiP – Part 1   After a couple of botched attempts trying to decide on a skin tone for Gokan, the Guardian I finally have one started that I think is...

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Ironwatch issue 28 is here!

Posted on December 8th, 2014 under , , . Posted by

The latest issue of Ironwatch has descended upon us!                             This month’s issue will show you some of the fantastic paints jobs done by the Iron Forge team as well as some good old fashioned Q&A with the king of kickstarter, Chris […]