Been a hectic the last few days of this week and as a result the updates have slowed down.So here is a quick post to change that:Three 15mm Arab archers from Essex Miniatures.A few more of these to follow shortly.Day 11 - 8 figures completedCheers for now.
A quick up date on this months 30 days 30 miniatures painting challenge.A Hun horse archer from Grippong Beast and a command stand for Ayyubid Ghulams from Gladiator Miniatures are now finished.Day 3 - 4 miniatures finishedCheers for now
Started another 30 Days 30 Miniatures Painting Challenge last night, 3rd September. Opting not to have a theme in this challenge as the free flowing approach suits better at presentThe out line of the challenge is detailed below, the main point being to have fun with your hobby.To paint 30 figures of all shapes and sizes in 30 daysThe figures can be partly painted as the main point is to complete figures that have been forgottenBasing is not necessary to count as completedAny scale is goodToo have funThe end date is set by your start date - 3rd October will be the end date of this challengeTo post updates as often as possibleLastly to show a round up post with a group picture of everything.Work in progress pictures of five Gripping Beast Norman crossbowmen and a long forgotten Hun now very near completion.So, pick up your brushes, dig out some half painted and half forgotten figures and show it some colour.Cheers, for now
Another progress update on the 30 Days, 30 Miniatures painting challenge currently ongoing. This time only two figures completed.Firstly, a Moor from Gripping Beast that is needed to complete a stand of heavy infantry. This figure was originally started earlier this year and has just languished behind everything else.Next, is a plastic skeleton from Citadel or Games Workshop or whatever they are now branded.Originally started in last year's AHPCIX, it wasn't finished before the end of the challenge. Might have been supersition as it would have been the 13th of its lot, might not have. So its finished now and regardless of when it was finished it will always be the 13th of its lot.Day 19 - 9 figures completedBetter get a move on as time is marching on.Cheers for now
As mentioned in the last post another 30 Days 30 Miniatures Challenge was started earlier this month. To outline the basis of these personal challenges here are the guidelines used:To paint 30 figures of all shapes and sizes in 30 daysThe figures can be partly painted as the main point is to complete figures that have been forgottenBasing is not necessary to count as completedAny scale is goodToo have funThe end date is set by your start date - 2nd August will be the end date hereTo post updates as often as possibleLastly to show a round up post with a group picture of everything.Simple enough and the real point is to have fun. So on day 7 here are the first two completed figures. The figures are from Foundry on the left and Red Box on the right. A father, son pair for a role playing campaign in a semi historic and magical Arthurian world. The Foundry figure is the son!Day 7: 2 figures completed. More updates to follow shortly. Cheers for now.
The blog has been neglected a bit over the last few weeks with the start of an instagram page: @brushesnbases. Not looking to stop blogging just moving forwards with tech a bit. The real challenge with the two feeds is not to duplicate.So it's, time to show some completed work from this year's Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge. The stand below is a command stand for Late Romans in ADLG. The colours picked for this figure tie in with two infantry units that are being re-purposed presently for show here. Matching in to a figure painted almost fifteen years ago was entertaining as elements of my painting style have changed over the years.Base from Warbases as were the tufts and scenic decor.Hope that this is something of interest to anyone who is looking.Cheers for now
Hi All,Just a quick post because I've been terrible about blogging this month.I finished a couple of figures and posted them over at the Old World Army Challenge here. You should really take a look at all the entries, but if you only have time for one you owe it to yourself to take a look at Tom's Dwarves.Anyway, here's my guys.My leader, Zazad the Eternal (thanks random name generator), and the standard bearer for my skeleton troops.Death, from Skull and Crown's Triumph of Death, came with two arm options.I wasn't able to decide on the arm options so I tried magnetizing. It worked more or less. I also inadvertently changed the head position after breaking his head off before even prepping him.I last minute decided to give him a sword after looking at the box art.My posing has left him a tad unbalanced so he needs to be placed carefully to not fall forward and to the right.June is going to be hectic, so we'll see if I can get the last two units done, in addition to my BOYL and local gaming projects.Thanks for
Hi All,Well I finally got my skeletons and Zombies finished.Here they are.10 Skeleton "archers" from Skull and Crown: Triumph of DeathAnd 20 of the plastic boxed set of Zombies from Games Workshop. Which they still sell here.I thought I'd give you a close up of the banner as well. In the next few days I'll do a post on how I did it. I call it paint by numbers, as I can't draw very well. It involves stitching together various line art in GIMP or Photoshop and then printing it out on paper and coloring within the lines.The skeletons were once again base coated white and then slathered in a mix of yellow and brown ink before being drybrushed with the Reaper Bone Triad. The zombies were base coated grey and painted with Reaper's Undead Skin Tone Triad. I tried to use some color desaturated with grey, it was so so in my opinion. I also painted some areas that were intended to be flesh as cloth, such as the banner bearers legs. The exposed muscles and guts got a wash of Purple and Red ink, with the guts getting an
A last review of my AHPC 9 productivity to close out the month and move on. Naturally, some of the figs I planned to paint never moved forward while others dropped into the production line along the way. Regardless, I'm quite pleased with my output, finishing a large project (15mm DAK), a medium one (Romanised Orcs) and putting the finishing touches to another (SAGA Irish) The Orci Invicti - minus the ones I did before the Challenge It was fun to paint up my Nautilus from Nemo's War - sadly it was my only contribution to the naval side challenge though! A party of figures for use with Congo: I was also pleased to complete all the Bonus Rounds, as well as get an entry for Sarah's choice and complete my Curtgeld. Jeanne d'Arc: my first submission for Sarah's choice This would have to be my most amusing entry: And so au revoir AHPC - Season IX was as good as ever. Thanks again to all the challengers for making it such fun, and of course Snowlord Curt and Lady S
A old Citadel C01 Fighter who originally graced the gaming table in 1984 and was the first figure fully painted and based at that time.Repainted after almost 35 years the figure has lost a bit of the original detail but none of the character. The motion and that sword really do give the impression that this is going to smart - just a bit.Have another one in the lead mountain that the detail is a little crisper, just had to paint this one first in tribute to the C01 rangeMore to follow shortly.
Rebasing or re-purposing as I now think of it can offer many opportunities and potential challenges to a gamer and painter. The Late Roman infantry below have been recently re-purposed from Impetus style bases on 120 x 60mm to 60 x 40mm bases for ADLG. Six of the back rank on these stands have been match painted to the rest of the unit, originally painted around 15 years ago.A recent entry in the AHPC IX these figures were surprisingly good to paint and have sparked off a Late Roman revival and change the bulk of initial planning for the Painting Challenge.Figures three and four from the left are the original paint jobs.More Late Romans to follow shortly as both finished and work in progress pictures.Cheers for now.
About a year ago I traded some miniatures for a large collection of Front Rank Napoleonic Russians and just finally got around to trying them out. I've never painted any Napoleonic miniatures before as the period was always pushed aside for other periods for a variety of reasons, but I've always liked the look of Front Rank Napoleonic figures and thought it would be nice to try some someday.I do not own any LOTR miniatures for Curt's Fellowship entry fee for the AHPC, but I knew Curt was a fan of the Napoleonic period so I sent him an e-mail asking if he would accept some Napoleonic figures instead and he happily said that would be fine. Now to my shame I didn't send him a figure last year because I forgot due to other distractions(weak excuse I know) so instead of doing one figure I did two to make up for that shortcoming. Full disclosure I've never delved into Napoleonics generally preferring the North American period, but was always curious. So how did painting my first set of Napoleonic Front Rank figures
Returning to a favourite genre and style of figure; the Undead and in this case Wights from Mithril (left of picture) and Citadel. These are a recent entry to the AHPC IX. There are more of these to be painted and rebased for use in a skirmish game coming to a gaming table near you soon. A game when the world was older and darker and a warrior could carve a name for themselves worthy of a saga.More undead to follow shortly.Cheers for now
Time's up - Brushes down! Another Painting Challenge comes to an end and its time for me to tally up: Challenge target: 1000 Total Points Achieved: 1305 - Target Achieved, a new PB (previous best was 1228 in AHPC VII) Submission rate - after the ramp up period and despite a few trips away, I averaged 100 points or so per week, which I'm pleased with. Other Highlights - Participated in all the Bonus Rounds and got two Runner Up positions (same as last year) - Posted a submission on day one of the Challenge - Made my first ever submission for Sarah's choice Lowlight - only posted a grand total of 2 points towards my Naval side duel. Still, that was two more than last year :-) Scales: Combination of 28mm and 15mm, with more of the latter. Genres: At just over 600 points, WW2 was the biggest slice of the pie being my 15mm DAK project, followed by Fantasy (representing my Romanised Orc project). It was great to achieve my goals of finishing bo
So the Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge has come to an end for another year. And what a ride it's been! I've minioned for the first time (big shout-out to the Wednesday Warriors!), and I've produced a varied assembly of fantasy figures.So what have I learned?Preparation, above all. While I could get away with doing things on the fly in previous years, work commitments plus the weekly minioning meant that I really should have gone in with a proper plan. I'm severely ADHD and a worrier by nature, so lack of preparation really is the enemy.Try and vary the subject matter. I have so many historical, 40K and horror figs still in the lead mountain, yet this time round it was almost all fantasy, and I think this got me in a bit of a rut. Realistic targets. After last year, when I actually cracked 500 points, I thought I could do the same again. Not so, topped out at 479, worse luck! Time and resources are limited, and I have to take this into account next time.Anyway, enough of the self-reproach, here's