One of the first things that I wanted to accomplish with the A Song of Ice and Fire miniature wargame was to treat the game like a historical wargame, with the books by George R.R. Martin as the reference. I didn’t want to rely on either the TV show or the game’s art for my colour schemes. This would be difficult as certain decisions of arms and armour were made for me by the game’s designers and sculptors. Still, I wanted to keep as close to the book as possible in regards to uniforms. It turns out I’d have an easier time baking Lamprey Pie; George R.R. Martin spends far more time describing food than he does describing outfits. This is fine as a writer but frustrating for someone trying to envision how the armies in his books would have dressed. The red cloaks wore mail shirts over boiled leather and steel caps with lion crests.George R.R. Martin – A Game of Thrones This is pretty much the entire description of Lannister guards throughout the first book. There may be more e
Sometimes I wonder why I start certain projects, this building is very much one of them. All seemed reasonable as I started but soon the error of my ways was revealed! It is hard to dedicate a lot of time to a single project and it is even harder to keep up motivation once the project is started.As I have slowly been building up my section of the underhive I felt that I needed a proper building that could occupy a moderate chunk of the table, blocking line of sight, offering cover and give the walkways I have been working on something to connect to. Making a solid building with the Sector Mechanicum pieces just wasn't going to work, the time invested in making the pieces and then painting them was too high and so I turned to the bulkhead walls that come with the base Necromunda set to help me out. I cast the pieces for the ground floor and started painting them up. The repetitive nature of them was fine as I guess this is an industrial building and as such would be made without much thought to pleasing aesthe
As we are playing our campaign in Osgiliath and I am using the Osgiliath Veteran warband for it, I felt that making some Veterans would probably be a good idea as I can upgrade to them in the long run. I didn't want to buy the nice but expensive models that Games Workshop were selling so I made my own. I like the models but only having three poses rather limits their use in my opinion. If there were a few different poses then I may have been tempted. Still the basic Gondor Troops are good enough and converting them turned out to be simple enough. On the front of the models I made small green stuff bags and pouches. These are simple enough to make and I didn't try anything complicated with them. I also added some extra belts to better match the commercially available models.The finishing touch however was the addition of cloaks. These are taken from an old skaven kit and fit the scale perfectly. I wasn't sure how to best attach them and I only got it right on the final attempt. The first one I just glued on as
I finished off the two boxes of 54mm HaT Prussians I managed to find this summer. These will round out my French regulars for the upcoming expansion to TricorneI also finished three flag bearers (which represent generals) and three musicians (which are just infantry). There was no national flag of France in this period and of the French flags I found, these were the ones I liked the best.Al from HaT just emailed to say that he had found me some more boxes of these figures (both standing and advancing) so I will be using them to replace some Prussians as well as complete the French foot. Just need to find some suitable mounted figures.
Hello and welcome to Inso's World again.It has been a varied week and as a result, hobby time has stalled somewhat. In fact, all I have achieved is to assemble a few more Aerial Drones for my Demiurg Air Guild, prime them and slap a very rough base-coat on them.In other hobby news, I decided to see if I could sculpt something... and haven't got anywhere.It doesn't help when you come up with a good back story and are enthusiastic about something... and then a few people get all 'button counter' on you and discourage the idea. Bearing in mind that I sculpt stuff for science-FICTION, it beggars belief.To say that it has had a negative impact on something which I am really struggling to get back into, would be an understatement. As a result... I started sculpting, got completely discouraged, questioned why I bothered and stopped completely. My view is that people are always so keen to rip things apart but rarely put the same effort into encouragement and finding reasons why things should be done.Anyway... moaning
I've managed to get to a fifth in the series of Warfare painted miniatures from the brushes of excellent painters whilst maintaining the quality!Here we have some super, stylish Saxons from the very prolific brush of Roger Castle. Roger can be found evangelising about the GNW on several fora at the moment. His work output is high and he has done a wonderful job on his Warfare minis.Friend and fellow enthusiast Mark Shearwood is also highly productive and creative in his output. His interests are broad within the period and he has substantial quantities of NYW and GNW models.A popular subject - King James's Foot GuardsThese are Jacobites I believe but could be many different troopsMark Shearwood's dragoonsRichard Hampson Smith is producing some great work right now such as:dragoons for Ireland I believeThe very popular Jacobite Foot GuardsTyrconnel's HorseAn array of WilliamitesTruls Fjell is a talented and prolific painter and collector from Norway and has completed these excellent GNW era units:Swedish Life
So one of the models that I am in the midst of painting is a Ghar Rebel Attack Crawler that comes with three different weapon options. I’ll talk about the process of magnetizing that model later but what I wanted to discuss was a small tool I made to make it easier to paint the weapons that I will be adding to the Crawler. When I painted the weapons on the Ghar Crawler I held the weapons and painted half of the part each time. That isn’t going to work this time since the weapons are smaller and they come in pairs. I have six smaller parts that I need to paint and I also want to be able to paint some highlights on them as well. So to do this, and use the paint handles I have, I took some spare, flat, 25mm bases and, using my magnet tool, added magnets to the bases and now I can ‘snap’ the weapons to the base and paint them in the paint handle.
I made some more progress with the AWI French, finishing off two more units of regulars.These are HaT 54mm SYW Prussians with some white paint in lieu of blue.Basically nice figures that are super useful. The officers have a couple of poses (basically you can vary the arm and weapon).In anticipation of the upcoming Zomtober painting, I also painted up 20 zombie dogs from a Zombicide set I picked up from a friend.The sculpts are okay for game pieces. The hairy dogs could do for werewolves as well. They scale nicely enough with the 25 and 28mm pulp and horror stuff I have.Up next: Likely the rest of the 54mm French, including various officer, musician and flag bearer poses.
Not a lot happening at the moment, I had to miss the club last week although I am struggling to think about that, was it last Tuesday or the one before? No matter, I am going tomorrow, Julian was undecided what to do so I have asked for a shot at Sharp Practice 2, he has some lovely buildings and troops, as have some of the other members. Mate Matt plays it so it can't be all bad, I have therefore decided against my normal instincts when it comes to a 'Lardy' Game to give it a go, I played once before when it turned up at the club for the first time.I have completed my third British battalion for my Seven Years War project, I have to have some Scots in the army so it is the 2nd Battalion, 3rd Foot Guards (Scots). The photos are dark which surprises me as I took the photos next to my large study window and it was sunny, I also shone a light over them, still dark. You therefore have to look for the dark blue facings, the sleeves usually have two lines of white lace but the cuffs were so small on these advancing
Hello again and welcome to Inso's World on a lovely sunny, if rather blustery, day.This week has been... interesting.I'll start off with hobby stuff... and this week has been solely geared towards my Demiurg project. As is usually the case, a chance happening has distracted me away from my Squat project and my attention has been fully turned towards Demiurg... on this occasion it was a mix of insanely cheap miniatures and the new Warhammer, part-work, magazine. With that aside... I have fully painted three Air Guilders for my Demiurg project:Click the Pic!As with the Earth Guilders, there is a Controller, Leader and Mechanic (from left to right) but they are a different colour to mark them as a separate guild. To go with these Demiurg, I have been assembling and painting some drones that I got from the Warlord Summer Sale (which I have mentioned over the last couple of weeks). These aren't finished but are most certainly getting there:Click the Pic!In the picture there are four large drones and eight smaller
The final update for the coming two weeks, as I`ll be off on holidays.But while I didn`t really got to finish any individual models in the past week, a large painting session last weekend did complete all the scenery and the tile for Burrows and Badgers's demogame.The tile itself can be seen in a different set of posts on this blog, just look for the demo board building ones, but as you can see on the clip, a lot of other stuff still requires painting.And now, let`s get ready for holidays, so I`ll be updating the painting desk again in the last weekend of september.Cheerios and dos cervezas por favor!
This is possibly the fastest that I have ever painted models and well it definitely looks that way. However these are going to be fielded enmasse and as such the individual details aren't all that important. I started with a solid white spray primer, too solid in places. These models have rather fine details so its best to go gently with the spray. Over this I washed a few different colours and well they are done. The only real painting I did was on the black where I wanted to achieve a solid coat. The green is Athonian Camoshade followed by Waywatcher Green, both GW paints. The red was Hull Red from Vajello that has been diluted a lot. The browns were various shades, too numerous to name. Just go with any paint that has been diluted or even just a straight up wash from Agrax Earthshade by GW.
So I have been busy painting Isorians for the last week or so. The folks that run the Gates of Antares Nexus website asked me to write some articles about the process of building and gaming with the new army. I have posted an introductory article as well as an article looking at painting the Isorian Phase Command Squad. I am also working on an article about painting the Tsan Ra Torus Squad and while I did those models I also painted the first of two Phase Squads I am building for the army. The Tsan Ra are actually done and waiting to be based. I was going to use the GW Martian Ironcrust texture paint but when I went to The Sentry Box to get some fresh bottles I accidentally bought the Martian Ironearth. Not sure how I could have made that mistake :-( So I have to get some of the proper texture paint tomorrow night and get those miniatures finished. I have some other figures on order but I suspect that they won’t be arriving for a few weeks at least so I will be building and painting the X Launcher t
Progress is still being made on my Nighthaunts. I finally got around to finishing these two models: the Chainghasts. Again this is a sped painting project for me. I want to get the army to the tabletop within a reasonable time frame rather than slogging through these to only give up halfway through like so many other armies. The Chainghasts are a rather vital part of the army extending the buffing range of my Spirit Torment character by 12". This allows re-rolls on all 1's to wound which can be quite significant when you see how I roll dice. Also these are the only shooting troops in the army and so they will also be used for opportunistic character sniping if I can get them into the right position. Sadly the unit isn't finished as I want it to have four models, the maximum. This boosts their survivability and shooting so it's an investment worth making.
A quick update shot of some Ottoman Janissaries in campaign dress - having photographed these for the website I'll be busting them off these little bases and getting them mounted up properly for CRISIS. Anyway, you'll get the idea.We should have some solid news on the production volumes of these and the other codes from the first six sets very soon.We hope also to be able to preview the Segban and Tufeckci infantry over the next few days too.Planning meeting is taking place at Warfare HQ this coming weekend to map out the development of the Ottomans and various other additions to the range.