Yet Another New Army and other stuffs

I had mentioned it briefly, but yet another army has been started.  This time,  DBA 1st and 2nd Punic war Carthaginians!

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The first unit I have finished is two (more than I need, but I still have extra figures) bases of psiloi for DBA.  These particluar figures are the psiloi-slingers, oddly enough, AGR04.

They are nice little figures.  I wish I would have painted the skin a lighter shade, but I wanted them to look spanish/NE african.  They will work.

I have elected to order all my figures from baccus.  A friend of mine from work and I have decided we want to try DBA, and made one large order from Baccus.  We got a nice big square box stuffed with…stuff.

I got some terrain pieces that will be up at one point, celt and Saxon villages, some walls, some bridges.  All kinds of goodies.  I am already almost finished with two more units, which will hopefully be posted here soon.

I’ve painted these before, but now I have a whole TON of microworld Hawk Riders.

I already have probably double these done, so the Elves have a formidable airforce, Woe to the lizardman foes!  Again great figures, done no justice by cruddy photography and less than amazing painting.

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The last fantasy thing today is some Pendraken treemen.  These were from their accessories range.  I say were, because I can no longer find them on their website, nor the giant or some of the other figures i bought.  I don’t know if they discontinued them or what…  Anyway, they were nice figures it appears…

Last things I have today are some dystopian wars tanks, specifically Britannia Terrier small tanks.  The amount of detail Spartan get is really just amazing.  Its to bad they discontinued their fantasy game naval game..

Last item today is a Britannia Brunel class carrier.  A massive brick of a model, I have two of them, this is the first painted one though.  Nicely detailed, looks cool as heck, I have no idea if it’s any good to play a game with though.  As you can see, I kept the base clear, I have elected to do this on all of my dystopian wars stuff, i cant come up with an alternative i like better.

That’s it today, expect more historical things next post, and I think I might show some 28mm army shots since I have finished some projects.  Thanks for reading!

Something different

Well, it has again been quite a while.  I have continued to acquire and microworld minis, but lately have been rounding out the forces i have by completing additional units, and working on other projects.  So today’s post is a mixed bag.

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First up is actually a 28mm one, but pressed into use as a spell effect (probably….).  I used a full pack of Reaper Vermin:Beetle swarm minis (bones version)on a 60mm base.  The whole vermin swarm line has stuff i think that can be useful for 6mm fantasy.  In this case I am going to use them as the result of a ‘summon giant beetle swarm’ spell effect, as you can see the beetles are roughly person sized.  The sculpts are great, and the casting is great with no lines, highly recommended.

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First notice the poor quality of the photos…..these all were taken by me.  I painted my second Lizardman armored brachiosaur.  He is basically painted the exact invest of the other one on the skin, otherwise the same.  Oddly, this wasn’t deliberate.  Fantastic miniature, really the one that got me to start buying microworld games.  Its a freaking dinosaur!  You can also see a 1st edition Corvus Belli Vanguard Morat partially painted in the background, as well as previously painted units ranked up.

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Final 6mm pics tonight are the last stands to be completed of Microworld’s Lizard Ogres (scale thanks to citadel paint pot).  Again great models, these ones were painted up particularly well I thought.  As you can see, a lot of the 6mm is stuff I have already painted/posted in the past (currently its the last of the lizardman warriors I have). Consequently the passion is a bit lower, and speed reduces.  On the plus side I have gotten other stuff done!

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These are from Spartan games, and come in several different packs, with multiple similar buildings.  Spartan models are fantastic, and the buildings are no exception.  The are of possible interest to naval gamers (the minis are 1/1200 scale, a common naval scale) in general, as I could see these being credible 19th/20th century wharf buildings.  In this case these results are just with simple dry brushing and some paints dabs for the windows.

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Nest up several pictures (and two different paints jobs!) of some Dystopian Wars Federated states of America Georgetown cruisers.  These are nice models, they now come with resin guns rather than metal drop ons.  These were specifically from the Operation:icestorm box set (of which I ended up with two, don’t ask why).  The first two are painted with my regular FSA livery, the second painted up for my (now) wife’s forces.  The colors were picked by my wife (and initial painting done by her, i finished them), and while I’m not a big fan of the gold turrets, I think I actually like the color scheme better.  The main color she picked is Reaper Jade green.  The color is a pain to paint with (really bad coverage over black), but I never realize how much the final color looks like the Statue of Liberty.  Now obviously referencing the statue of liberty is a bit anachronistic (and the french have her as their giant robot)…but I like the look so there.

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Final pic today is of some Empire of the Blazing sun Kitsune escorts.  I have no idea how good these are in game (i got them super cheap), but i love the look of them, and the paint job came out great.  This is my normal EoTBS paint scheme they sport.  So there you go.  I already have a few more models painted up for the next post.  I am also currently working on the final models I have left for my lizardman army, so stay tuned, its army picture time soon!

Woodland and Allies, among other things

So a mixed bag of finished projects this time.  I had mentioned before, but I had bought a mess of Pixies for a 28mm diorama Idea I had, which while still a good idea…is just not practical.  So I’ve painted them up by themselves.

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These guys (or girls, who knows) are painted fairly simply.  I wanted different colored fairies, but couldn’t figure out a good way to do it.  They are just waaaay to detailed to paints the clothes and skin separately, it would take forever. so just wash and highlights. I used 5 primary colors, but the blue and the green ended up pretty much the same.

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Per usual, they are super detailed.  Two different poses are provided, each standing up waiving a sword.  excellent figures, and I still think would make for a killer dioarama…

 

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When my significant other saw the wildland alliance figures…she immediately bought an army pack for me, so now the woodland realm have ANOTHER ally 😀  These orangutan Spearmen figures are just awesome.  Honestly, the wildland alliance figures are some of the best ones Steve has released yet.  Super detailed, and super easy to paint.orang1.JPGAs you can see, there are two poses.  Each pack also comes with leaders, which is a cool little change from how Steve usually packs his figures.  I like having the option to buy leader packs to, but throwing in a couple with each pack is cool as well.  I saved some spear men and will be basing the leaders up when I have more of the other figures done.

towerThe last 6mm thing for today is a little lizardman outpost I made.  The tower is just made of toothpicks, you cant see, but on the other side are some little green stuff shields I added and painted.  You can also sort of see the bags i made.  The buildings themselves are just fimo cooked.  The one building is supposed to look like a skin hut, while the others are supposed to have vegetation.  I like the tower a lot….the rest is meh, but it will work.

The final posting is a change of pace.  Part of what drags my posting out is all the other projects I do.  I am going to start posting some other stuff now, in hopes of increasing the content.  Still mostly sub 28mm, with occasional 28mm stuff.  The first item i have pictures of are some Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth ZB2 Burza Class Bombard.  Quite a cool little model (as are pretty much all of spartan’s stuff really, although the prices can be a little wild…).

So there you are.  I have a a pretty extensive EOTBS and KoB fleet, as well as a ton of other stuff already painted.  I will probably post some fleet/army shots down the road, but mostly it will just be newly painted things going forward.  Hopefully, this will increase the posting.

New Workspace and more Woodland Realm

There has not been much painting lately, due to my Significant Other and myself saving and buying a new condo.  That said, we have nearly doubled our square footage, allowing us a craft/game room, which of course means I have gotten a new painting area.

 

I was able to get my old drafting desk from my storage at my mother’s, so I have a nice (mostly) stable work surface now, and then half of a book shelf for current projects.  You can see Dystopian Wars (which at some point I will post some of probably), some anglo saxons, and some parts of a few genestealers (yea, im still working on that project).  The lead pile is under the desk mostly.  The drafting desk is nice because I can set it taller (im 6’3″), making for painting that is easier on my back and shoulders.

 

For miniatures, the latest completion were some Microworld Woodelf Archers .  Even with the one pack I did before, I still think I might need a few more….Elves should have tons of bows right?

These figures came out great.  Ive paints a pack before, but these ones are definitely better than the last.

Next up are some more centaurs, this time spear users.  These are great figures.  There are two poses, both of which are nice, and unlike the nobles, are very distinct.  I did have a rough time keeping the spears on the guys holding them at an angle straight, but it looks good enough for government work to me.

The detail on these figures is fantastic, my painting don’t do them justice.

Some unfortunate news I have noticed recently, Scale creep miniatures is going to stop getting new baccus minis for at least now.  Which is a real shame, they are the only place I know to get baccus in the US (and always give me a good excuse to get some more coat d’ arms paint 😀 ).  Luckily I had recently ordered some more sun people units.  My current project is some of those very minis, as well as the first of several pendraken miniatures I aquired.

Wood Elf Spearmen and Mighty Armies

Despite the lack of posting, I have not abandoned my 6mm fantasy project.  I have continued to paint, though the pace has slowed a bit with more projects being started.  I was also working on particularly large group of Microworld Wood Elf Spearmen, large groups obviously taking longer to complete.

elfphalanxfront1 elfspearphalanx2I have to say, I feel these are the best guys i have done so far.   Everything was washed (this time with Army painter soft tone, normally I use GW agrax earthshade), and then highlighted.  As usual, the figures themselves are amazing.  There are two poses, one with cloak of head and one with (heavy) metal hair (which I painted several different colors).  I made a total of 9 stands, I must have lost a guy somewhere, as I am one spear man short of a 10th stand.  Which is fine, I’m working on some command stand that will need soldiers.

leftsideelfspear eflspearfrontThe last picture there gives an idea of how small, and how detailed, this little buggers are.   That is a bottle of Coat d’ Arms Rat brown, lid being maybe and inch across.  As I was using the Woodland Army’s theme color, light teal blue, for the cloaks, I elected to paint the shields light gray, and then adding I diagonal stripe on them.  I quite like the the way they came out, some more than others 😛   My next post will likely be a tutorial on how I painted these guys.

frontbackselfspearOne new, now partially completed, project I have started is to stat out all of microworlds figures for mighty armies, starting with of course the elves and lizardmen, which I have completed.  Ive partially completed The people of the sun units I have, and will then start on the rest of microworld’s line.  First up the Woodland Realm.

Unit name, point cost, FS/SS, s

Centaur Archers 4 7 2/1 Mobile, Shoot 2
Centaur Nobles 4 6 3/1 Fearless
Forest Giant 8 4 6/3 Gargantuan, Mobile, Magic Resistant
Gnolls 2 4 2/2
Hawk Riders 5 Flight, Lance/shooting1 (eagle)
Lesser Treekin 6 4 5/2 Monsterous, mobile
Medium Centaurs 3 7 2/1 Mobile
Owl Bears 4 3 4/2 Fearless
Pixies 3 3 2/1 Scouts, Shoot1
Werebears 5 3 4/2 Fearless, Rampager
Wild Elf Warriors 4 4 2/2 Rampager, fearless
Wood Elf Archers 4 3 2/1 Shoot 2, long-ranged
Wood Elf Spearmen 4 3 4/2 Disciplined

Next up the lizard men, same format.

Armored Brachiosaur w/ howdah 9 4 6/3 Gargantuan, Shooting 1, Mobile
Armored Brachiosaur w/ ballista 10 4 6/3 Gargantuan, Artillery, Mobile
Armored Brachiosaur with Sorcerer 8 4 6/3 Gargantuan, Spellcaster
Ceratopsid Guard 5 3 4/2 Disciplined, magic resistant
Lizard-Ogre 5 3 4/2 Rampager, Fearless
Lizardman Archers 2 3 2/1 Shooting 1
Lizardman Spears 3 3 4/2
Lizard Man Warrior 2 4 2/2
Pachyceph Cavalry 2 7 2/1
Triceratops Battlewagon 8 3 5/2 Mobile, Shooting, Long range, Monsterous
Triceratops w/ Ballista 9 3 5/2 Mobile, artillery, Monsterous
Triceratops w/ sorcerer 7 3 5/2 Mobile, Monsterous, spellcaster

 

Most have these guys have only been used once or twice so far, and as you may have noticed, I have fudged points and added abilities.  I have all the different expansions, as well as might armies ancients, and used (or reviewed for use) all the different abilities in them.  There are also variations for some guys depending on what drop on I may use. I made up the gargantuan, which for now is an additonal point beyond monsterous (roughly) and just adds +1 FS and +1 SS.  As the rules are designed for larger scale figures, i’m forced to come up with some kind of variation on larger scale guys, as the potential variance is pretty different.  I.E. No one playing mighty armies at its designed for 15mm will have a 2 foot tall figure, whereas at some point I may have or use the equivalent ratio at 6mm.

Space Hulk moves a long, I am roughly half way through the Genestealers at this point.   I’ve hit a bit of a snag though….

vik1 vik2I’ve been hit by the historical bug, and currently have roughly 150 really upset, armed, and hairy 28mm men.  The main computer game I have been playing recently is Crusader Kings 2 (a fantastic game), and has really got me interested in the so-called dark ages.  I came across the Saga rules, saw how cheap plastic saxon and viking box sets were and Bam, viking and saxon armies in the mail to me.  So far there have only been some messing around with the figures, but once space hulk is finished the guys will be my next project.

As mentioned, soon I will try and post up a show and tell of how I have paint my 6mm guys….hopefully sooner rather than later.

Leet Lizards

While I have not been able to devote as much time as normal to my 6mm painting, I have completed (and started on another) unit of Lizardmen.  These guys took a while, but I am very happy with how they look.  These are Microworld’s Ceratopsid Guard.  I completed two packs of them here.

onmarchabovecerato columcerataThese guys are just as detailed as any of Microworld’s other figures.  Each figure has plating on his chest and head ‘shroud’  (I’m sure there is a technical term I don’t know here), with a large glaive/halberd/spear/axe thingy.  One of the figures is getting ready to swing, while the other has his weapon at his side.  I went with yellow as the primary color, which was a lot of work, but I think looks pretty good.

Lowrightsidecerata lowfrontceratThese photos show the colors a little closer up.  As most probably know, yellow can be a tough color to paint.  I wanted to have a bright yellow, that was deep at the same time.  I started with white gessoing as I posted about previously.  I gave them a fairly thin coat of a bright yellow Reaper HD paint (pale saffron I believe).  These HD paints are great, very dense pigments, similar but thinner to GW Base colors.  Just a touch of water to thin it down (reaper is pretty thin to start), and even just one coat on barely-there gesso and I had a solid base coat.

After I base coated, I put a very thick coating of GW Agrax earthshade.  This gave me a nice, nutty brown base with deep dark brown shadows, just what I wanted.  I already go way overboard for 6mm, so no blending, but to get the bright yellow I wanted, I did put three (yes three) levels of highlights on them, using a mix of reaper, GW, and P3 yellows (one from each manufacturer I believe lol).

The purple on the other hand, I was not so happy with.  It looks ok, but I am having a real hard time getting a really bright highlighted purple.  The best Ive been able to do is using the reaper dark elf skin tone highlight, it it looks nice for what it is, but makes the purple look washed out.  I think I might try using pink to highlight next time…  We shall see.

One last picture to show that I have in fact been working on something else.  A Tyrannid sending his loyal horde of mini minions forth (or they are running in terror, depending on your perspective). 😀

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Ballistas and Bears

I have finally finished my werebear units from Microworld.

werebearclose1 werebeargroup2JPG werebeargroup1 werebearclosegroup1I really like these guys.   I love that they are all roaring, and the size of them is just right.  I decided to paint them a little Fozzie the bear style, which i think looks great at this scale.  I actually finished most of them quite a while back, but realized there were a few I missed, so held off basing them until all were finished.

At the moment I only have the group that came with the original woodland army pack I purchased, but there will be more as soon as the lead pile is lowered a bit.  Ive looked at my army so far, and I am sorely lacking infantry still, even with these guys and all the Gnolls I have.    Steve has indicated new wood elf models are coming soon, so that may change things.

Next up are some of Microworld’s Anklyo Ballista.  I mentioned how much I liked anklyosaurs, so its not surprise I love these models too! 😀

yellowballista ballistagroupside ballistagroup1I was not so happy with my painting unfortunately.  Initially my idea what to put some more color in the army.  Green lizardmen, green dinosaur guys, green green green.  So I went with some different colors; red, yellow, and purple in this case.  The yellow and purple look ok individually, while the red guys are way too bright.  As a group they just look a bit weird.

I had different idea initially on how to set these guys up, but as I assume I’ll be getting more down the road for the moment I just glued the ballistas (Ballisti?) on and based them individually on 40x20mm bases.  Down the road I envision magnetizing them, as I see no reason you couldn’t swap out any of the other lizardmen drop ons (i.e. the howdahs and king/sorcerer on a chair guy).  I could see some cool diorama style bases being made as well.  Incidently, other than the general, and two guys on top of the brachiosaur, all the dino models so far have the lizardman parts molded seperately, I can envision many different both fantasy and sci fi conversion possibilities.

Still have the ceratospids being worked on, I’m probably about 1/2 done on those, while space hulk is still just starting…  Hopefully it wont be too very long before I post again.

 

I will finish with posting a little ebony and ivory action.   Please imagine the photograph (again all done by my fantastic girlfriend) appropriately.  /cue music

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