A long-postponed project has been painting the 35 figures that came with the board game Pandemic: Reign of Cthulhu. I think Jessica got this as a Christmas present in 2017. I planned to roll this out as a Halloween post, but things intervened... .The figures are a mix of 15mm and 32mm figures. The cultists and shoggoth figures are smaller and really function as counters or currency to track the game's progress towards defeating the players.The cultists were pretty simple figures. After some debate about painting belts, trim, and faces, I decided mono-colour was better. I was just about to pick up a linen colour and then switched to red to avoid having to explain they weren't clansmen at the beginning of every game.The shoggoth were harder. I looked at a bunch of different efforts on boardgamegeek and eventually decided to go with my first take: slimy green with lost of eyes.The counters scale well with each other but are notable smaller than the player-character figures.Left to right below we have doctor, occ
Just back from a night on the town in Glasgow with my two boys and a couple of nephews, kick off was 1300 hrs and I retired exhausted at 2200 hrs. Overcrowded pubs, huge TV's (with no sound and everyone ignoring them), a fight to get to the bar only to be ignored half the time. Although I was only drinking 0% I gave up at some point as I could not physically drink any more. Getting too old for this now. Despite this I had a great night as my boys are good company.Got back and immediately picked up from where I had left off, I finished weathering my new SU-122 and based the assault engineers, not sure when the new and possibly last order (for now) from Warlord will turn up so the only thing on the tray are three new Jump Off Points for Chain of Command, two German, one Russian and the SU-76 crew. I have started reading one of my eastern front books, all of which I drew the maps for, this one concentrates on the battle for Vienna which turned out to be the graveyard of many Waffen-SS divisions among others
Last night I finished painting the first of my three Soviet tanks, I took some tips from Pete the Wargamer's YouTube playlist where he shows you how to paint most of the stuff available for Bolt Action from Warlord Games, he doesn't use Vallejo paints but you get the idea. For Soviet armour he recommends Army Painter Army Green Paint and then a wash with AP Army Shader, I did this over a grey undercoat and the results were perfect although you just have to take care the shader does not pool too thickly in places. I always put the decals on before shading/weathering. Instead of a second coat and then a brownish coat I merely 'pin washed' the vehicles and put in some delicate rain streaks with the shader, these I enhanced at places with a little rust (from MIG). Although I use MIG Track Primer, a kind of grey, for my tracks I did follow Pete's advice to wash them with rust then drybrushed with gunmetal. Quite a lot of slogans and numbers on Russian tanks were hand painted so if you are up to it go ahead, I used
Last night at the club we had jumped to WWII and the Western Desert, somewhere outside Tobruk, the rules were Battlegroup and the figures etc. 15mm. The gist was that an Axis armoured group had broken through the main British defences and were making a run for several British supply dumps and their gun line. I took the good guys and had to hold off the Italians (Simon) and Germans (Andy) until possible reinforcements turned up, which would be handled by Rob.I had a couple of 25pdr's and two 2pdr's along with some infantry, not a lot of the latter the Italians turned up first in several waves, light tanks to the front and heavier machines to the rear, further back were trucks loaded with infantry. The Jerries when they turned up arrived with three PzIII's. As the Italians raced to hit my left flank I dropped artillery on them along with some AT rounds from the 2pdr's, none of this had much effect, just as I got going some Eytie bombers turned up and thankfully did not make the best of their run. I continued to
Earlier this fall, I picked up some cops and robbers from Pulp Figures. The cops were finished right away but I set the gangsters aside during Zomtober.I got back to these this week and finished three. The fellow in the grey suit has been painted up as a detective (note badge below pocket square). I need a Jim Gordon for my Batman coppers and he looks like a young Jim Gordon from Gotham.If I can lay my hands on an older Heroclix Gordon (a la 1980s comics), I'll probably paint out the badge and he can be a gang boss.The metals are a touch plumped than the 28mm plastics I have but I'd say they are close enough from three feet away.
When Thomas Foss was in a couple of weeks ago for Wiley Wargame Weekend, I was lucky enough to score a few pre-casts from him for his successful Triumph of Death II: Apocalypse Kickstarter.I have a bunch of his minis from the first KS and he has somehow improved on an already awesome range. I had to get some paint on them.I tried something new:After minimal clean up and gluing them to metal washers (I store my hordes on magnetic sheets) I sprayed them with Citadel paints Wraithbone.Then it was a quick slop of Skeleton Horde Contrast paint. A quick aside. I am a firm believer that these "magic" paints are a tool, not an end all answer to painting GW would have you believe. I've been uses washes and glazes for years. They still require highlighting and traditional painting to make a mini look good.Then was blocking in colors, highlighting and my magic goop. Really Liquitex Resin Sand texture gel. This stuff helps me skip a lot of steps. It is white but dries semi clear (over night), but you can add color while
I've been looking to add a church to my Gotham layout for awhile but have had zero luck finding one I liked. Most model railway church are clapboard country chapels. The more gothic models tend to be huge and expensive.I was at the the model railway swap meet two weeks ago and this church was on for $3 (!!!). I fixed a bad glue job (tower was not plumb with building even though this is basically a snap-tite kit???) and added some paint, a wash, and dull coated.I think it does a good job of conveying the impression of a church (buttresses, lancet windows, bell tower) without taking up a huge amount of space on the table or my shelves. I think this will work in either a urban setting or as an isolated country church of some vintage.
It is done, all the paints are packed up and the brushes are put down.The move is coming close now, and for one with the new, reduced mancave, my old and faithful paint desk won't be moving along.She served me well for the period 2003-2019, but now we will be parting ways. So for the next few weeks, until all is moved and set up again in time for the new edition of the Painting Challenge should I obtain a spot, this saturday colupn will be suspended for a while. So see you all back in all probability half of december!Lights out...
So, this is a very good month on the painting level, because this month, the kitchen was installed, and now the place is nearing it's completion stages.Yes, next month we are moving in in the half of the month...That also means I'm slowly starting to pack up my figures and stuff now, and the paints are being tucked away in boxes to go to the new Mancave.But I did manage to finish some larger projects, as in I also completed more troops of Minas Tirith, as that cleared up a lot of space on my desk.Not only those good guys where done this month, but a regular orc with standard also joins the ranks of the Mordor force.Furthermore, 3 Mordor Uruk-hai join the fray, not to boost the force per se, but allowing me to field the Cirith Ungol Battle Company now as well.Small scatter terrain has also been added this month, the first being these two plastic pillars.As well as a demonic sacrificial altarA little 30 models as such to the tally this month... whom can go straight into the carry cases to move houses.
Most of the painting is finished on the various Reaper dogs last seen a few weeks ago, and they’ve painted up so nicely I’m going to show them off before they’re entirely finished, which I do not usually do. Centre is Reaper’s Moorhound; flanking him are Reaper Hellhounds. Click for larger. The Moorhound got a black basecoat; the other four got a dark brown basecoat. No particular reason, honestly. Most of the texture was brought out by simple drybrushing in a variety of off-white shades, then some highlights all the way up to pure white, and some selective shading with washes. I pushed the contrast more than I usually do and I think it works really well for these otherwordly demon-dogs. Back view of the Moorhound, flanked by two Reaper Goblin Wolves. Click for larger. The bases all five dogs are on are 40mm rounds built up from sheet styrene and putty; I’ll get flock and tufts on them in the next couple of days. Then I need to figure out stats for these in Pulp Alley 2nd Edition
As I work my way through the Zombicide: Toxic Mall box, I decided to switch up the skin colour of the toxic Zeds. Apologies for the photo quality; I had some weird lighting effect happening, perhaps interacting with the white undercoat and washes for the skin. I finished half of the toxic zombies but didn't post one of the poses because it was a bit over sexualized.The basic zombies are cast in grey and the toxics are casting green so I went with roughly those colours for skin. I'm pretty happy with the results. I wanted a slightly more luminescent green for the skin but whatever. The effect is clear enough and you can tell which is which (below).I wasn't sure what to do with the toxic boss. I figured red on white jockey shorts was a nice contrast to all of the bumpy skin and horns. While this post brings an end to Zomtober, I so have a few more Zeds in the pipeline that will appear over the next few weeks.Up next: A church, some gangsters and some zombies.
At the model train swap meet last weekend, I picked up a couple of cheap buildings. My favourite was this apartment building (there are never enough places for people to live (or eat!) in model towns). This building was $6 built. All I did was paint, wash, and dull coat. All it needs now are maybe a few decals and some blacked out glass installed in the windows (I seem to run out of clear plastic packaging). The building would be the perfect home for the United Clown Party (posed above).I have a different version of this building already (a rooming house). It wasn't until I was working on the newer model that I noticed that the person who built the roaming house model reversed the upper floors to put the fire escape on the front (thereby blocking the front doors?). Obviously the escape on the back makes much more sense.Up next: More Zeds, a church and maybe some gangsters. And then even more zombies.
Regiment Prinds Georg or JorgenRegiment Jyske or JutlandOur Danish figures have proved quietly popular. Like the Danes themselves, they have gotten on with it without too much fuss. For wargamers with a practical approach the Danish army during the period 1675-1720 is a great choice. It was almost continuously at war. It can fight in theatres from Ireland Hungary. It can take the field for its King or take the field as a mercenary/subsidy contingent for England, Holland or Austria.Its regiments were well dressed and equipped, professionally led, possessed an enviable reputation amongst peers and fought in most of the major battles of the War in Ireland, Flanders campaigns and the Danube campaign. During the Great Northern War it had two phases the rather spectacularly unsuccessful 1700 phase and the more credible 1710> phase.It fought Hungarian rebels during the WSS period as well as the French. The distinctive double breasted coat and tricorne with cockade makes Danish units stand out on the table.T
The Shaman is done! That is the good news for this episode.The bad news, I won`t be able to attend the tournament in the end, as the kitchen will be delivered those days so the renovations prioritise. Noshi isn`t allowed any physical labour anymore, so it`s down to this old geezer now in solo modus.As you can see, the desk is getting emptier and emptier, and those Morannon`s are going to be the last figures painted in the old room before all the paint is packed up for the move.So that means 9 more miniatures will be "born" here before this chapter of life closes down...See you next week!
The PreacherWait, this isn't an undead warrior? What gives?Last week I finally succumbed to the lure of Gaslands. Several friends are deep in the garage already, looting their children's toyboxes or vanishing into local toyshops for toy ca- I mean fine detail 1:72 scale vehicle models. You can see the results of Witness Weekend: Part 1 here. There is something deeply satisfying about taking a literal toy and modding it with model parts to make something entirely different. The hardest part for me was gluing the wheels. That's where it stops being a toy. No more vroom vroom neeeooowww! for you. Well, there will be, but not as originally intended.Of course, when I slipped off the precipice into this new rabbit hole, I discovered that several companies supply armour, weapons and most excitingly, crew and drivers. I have several packages of weapons, amour plates, dozer blades, turrets, drivers and crew en-route.Now, this particular car, The Preacher, is part of the Faithful Sons gang. A collection of m