Painting and Modelling
Our recent 6mm Hammer’s Slammers releases have opened up a number of new detachments. One of the units that uses the GS-1000 series of GEVs is the United Defence Batteries, an specialised outfit equipped mainly with 8-barrel 2cm Calliopes for air defence. They appear in the story Counting the Cost, which can be found in […]
We’ve been sent a number of photos of some excellently painted examples of our 28mm Great War Belgians by Sven de Braekeleir. He’s very kindly allowed us to use them on the website, so we’ve updated a number of the photos of various codes including infantry in shakos and the mounted lancers. Please go and […]
I recently made some wreck markers for a game of Imperial Skies; they don’t serve any game purpose, but they look good 🙂 I was fielding a small but powerful French fleet, so I modelled my two capital ships (a Gaulois dreadnought and a Massena battleship), and while I was at it I added a […]
It is typical that in the month that I published my grand painting plan for the rest of 2019, I haven’t managed to finish painting a single miniature. Painted: 0 I am in the process of painting two fleets for Full Thrust. However, rather than being the kick-start that I had hoped, I have found painting these module to be a real chore. Not 100% sure why, but I have been decidedly uninspired this month and most of the time have simply not felt in the mood to pick up a paint brush. YTD Painted: 182 Purchased: 6 The lack of painting in July has only been partially redeemed by the fact that that I have only bought a few figures during the month – a total of six miniatures from the Runewars range. To be honest, this is a conscious effort to rein things in after a somewhat profligate first half of the year. Given my current painting progress, it is doubtful that I will gain parity with YTD aggregate in the next 5 months, but getting under -500 would be a good start… Monthly Aggregate: -6 YTD
As we move into the second half of 2019, it is apparent that once again my purchasing power has outstripped my painting power by several thousand percent. In an effort to redress this issue I have had to come up with a plan, both to get more models painted and regain my painting mojo. Unfortunately, as soon as you hear our next podcast recording, no one will believe that I came up with the idea before our guest – fellow podcaster Shaun Clark – is currently undergoing a challenge to paint an army a month for the next year. My plan was to ensure that I painted an army a month between now and Christmas. However, I’m not stipulating the game, so an army could be something as small as a warband for Burrows & Badgers, or maybe Test of Honour, or something a bit larger like a force for Saga. The rule doesn’t preclude any other painting, and can even just be to finish of an outstanding force (I’m thinking of my Planetfall Terran army at this point, which may distract me from wanting
Thanks to a bout of illness and some concentrated podcast editing effort, my painting time was somewhat restricted during June – although I must admit that this was coupled with the fact that I somewhat lost my painting mojo during the latter half of the month. Painted: 12 I only managed 12 miniatures painted during June – 12 spear armed Ashigaru for the game of Seven Spears (Sengoku Period Dux Britanniarum) at OML7. I forgot to get a picture of them close up, but at least I can say that they are on the table above… YTD Painted: 182 Purchased: 102 Primarily thanks to finding a unexpected cheap source for Latari Elves, June saw a large growth in my Runewars figure collection. To be honest, these won’t be used for Runewars, but rather for other Fantasy games, such as Saga: Age of Magic, or perhaps something else… Runewars – 100 miniatures (Elves, Undead & Humans) Star Wars: Legion – 2 miniatures Monthly Aggregate: -90 YTD Aggregate: -726 The second half of the year
Better late than never, but I’ve finally managed to get around to updating what I painted during May. Painted: 40 If you followed my painting challenge at the start of May, you will know that I painted all the miniatures from the Journeys in Middle Earth boardgame. I also painted 3 set of Palaquin bearers for a game of Seven Spears (Sengoku Period Dux Britanniarum) YTD Painted: 170 Purchased: 68 I did collect more models for the current projects: Rangers of Shadow Deep – 12 miniatures (Rangers & Giant Flies) Perry Miniatures War of the Roses plastics – 28 miniatures Victrix Greek Peltasts, Slingers and Archers – 28 miniatures Monthly Aggregate: -28 YTD Aggregate: -636
A couple of weeks ago I was lucky enough to again spend a day rolling dice and pushing tanks with Miniature Wargames editor and author of The Crucible, John Treadaway. We played a large Hammer’s Slammers game with over 160 elements on table in over a dozen different detachments – John attacked my dug-in Lightning […]
After the painting challenge of last weekend, I was left with the Heroes of Journeys in Middle Earth to finish. Aragorn Based of the artwork from The Lord of the Rings Card Game, there were several options to choose from when it came to colour schemes. However, the miniature sculpt appears to be based on the bottom left, so I used that as my guide. Armoured Jerkin – P3 Battlefield Brown Shirt – Citadel Orc Brown Cloak – Citadel Jungle Green Trousers – Coat d’Arms Green Grey Boots & Straps – Coat d’Arms Dark Leather Sword/Dagger – Coat d’Arms Gunmetal Hair – Vallejo Flat Brown Skin – GW Bugman’s Glow / P3 Khardic Flesh / P3 Midlund Flesh As a final shade, I applied an all over wash of Army Painter Soft Tone. Legolas The artwork for Legolas presents some very different possibilities. In the end I decided on the art that is used in the game (on the left) as this simply looked better. Tunic – Coat d’Arms Dark Elf Green Cloak &
Following last weekend’s painting challenge, this week has been spent applying the finishing touches to all the models. With the application of some varnish this morning (I used Vallejo brush-on Matt Varnish), these are now ready for the table. Ruffians Goblin Scouts Orc Marauders & Hunters Wargs Wights Troll Many thanks to Per at Roll-a-one for the idea of using wallpaper on a computer screen as a backdrop for miniature photography. A brilliantly simple and effective way of adding a themed background for your miniatures.
Well, we have come to the end of the Bank Holiday weekend and I am somewhat disappointed to report that the Journeys in Middle Earth box set has not been painted. The final tally was twenty-five and a half models – the half being the Legolas hero figure, which is still in progress. (Although technically the figure is actually zero, as I usually only count a miniatures being painted when the basing has been done). Where did it all go wrong? Probably with the Ruffians, as I had far too many colours involved. Whilst I am really pleased with the end result, they took far too long finish. The Orc Marauders also seemed to take forever to finish, as is often the case with figures that you are not enjoying. However, on a positive note, I did achieve a fair bit, and the game is almost fully playable with painted miniatures. Certainly for the game I am currently playing with Josh, I only have to finish Legolas and Aragorn – and I am almost there with that (it’s amazing how much time was spent on Monda
The final Enemy miniature in the core box set of Journeys in Middle Earth is also the biggest in the box – the Troll. Much like the wraiths, this model is inspired directly from one of the cards in the Lord of the Rings: The Card Game. In this instance it is the Ruthless Hill Troll, so I based much of my colour scheme on this artwork. The main body colour is Coat d’Arms Pale Green, with CdA Mid Grey used for the scaly hide. Much like the Goblins earlier,I wanted the dramatic shading of an all over wash without darkening the skin colour too much, so I used Army Painter Soft Tone. I really enjoyed painting this figure, and am very pleased with the final result. With all the Enemy models painted, it is time to turn our attention to the heroes.
They next group of miniatures are the first that actually appear to be based on a specific piece of card art – these are the Wights, which look to be based on the picture on the left. Once again I am limiting the colour palette to browns, greys and black to maintain the generally dark appearance of the enemy models. Though the creature has exposed skeleton, I am taking further inspiration from the drawing and painted this a pale grey colour rather than bone, so it has a more ethereal rather than physical tone. Finally, as these models are undead, I want the shade contrast to be both cold and stark, so the models were washed with HE Nuln Oil. Quite pleased with how these have come out. Next up is the big guy, as it is time to paint the Troll, which is something I have been looking forward to.
Due to some other commitments my painting time on Sunday was somewhat restricted. Even so, painting the Orcs turned into something of a slog, rather than a joy. Whilst the Orc Hunters are OK, I dislike the Orc Marauder miniatures, which wasn’t helped by the fact that I found them a pain in the arse to paint. On a practical note, I wanted to differentiate between the Orc and Goblin miniatures in the game. Once again looking at the card art, Orcs are depicted in several different skin colours. In the end I decided on brown because It fit in with the ‘bad guys’ general colour palette I had an old Citadel ‘Orc Brown’ paint that was close to the colour I had originally envisaged for the skin tone, which worked out just about perfect. I changed a couple of things with this batch of figures. Firstly I started using a different Gunmetal paint. As I noted in the previous update,the Army Painter Gunmetal really didn’t seem dark enough, so I switched to the Coat d’Arms version,
The next batch of miniatures on the list were the Goblin Scouts. The first question is simple – what colour are they? Whilst most people would probably answer “Green” you may be surprised that in the Lord of the Rings they are never described as such. Goblins (and Orcs, as the term seemed almost interchangeable for Tolkien) were often described as black, brown or grey, or perhaps using terms such as ‘ swarthy’, but never green. However, we are using the card artwork as our reference, and whilst some Goblins are indeed brown or greyish in colour, we are going for green in this instance. I wanted a light green colour, and so dug into the depths of my paint box and found an old pot of Citadel Goblin Green – this was from the original Citadel Paint Set (They didn’t label the pots back then) so I hate to think how old it is – 20+ years! However, it seemed to work a treat. I am using Army Painter Gunmetal for the armoured weapons, but this does seem altogether far too