Army Photos and a small ‘How I base’

Until Steven releases more, I believe the lizard man Army is done for the moment!

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This is probably the first ‘real’ army I have completed.  I have done small warbands, but this is the first army. That photo contains 18 40×20 bases of lizard man warriors (270 figures), 11 bases of Lizard Spears (165 figures), only six bases of lizard man archers (60 figures, I need more of these really), 4 bases of Triceratops (one of which has an uncompleted howdah out there), about 12 bases of lizard ogres (amounts vary, but about 26 figures),8 bases of ceratopsid warriors (80 figures), 10 bases of lizard man cav (40 figures), 6 anklyo ballista, some personalities, and two command stands.  Total is roughly 700 figures, probably a tad under that.  I need more Lizzies, Steven!  The elven army is probably twice this size and not close to complete 😛

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Jar Jar Looked upon his Legions, and it was good.

I’m just please as punch with this army.  The picture on the left above here is pretty much why I like 6mm.  Now that looks like an Army!  If anyone is in the Portland Area and wishes to challenge me, just let me know.  It all fits in a teeny little scrap booking box to boot!

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I’m going to finish today with a couple of photos of what I used to base my figures.  For my fantasy figures I like to fill the bases  completely (I have a DBA project coming up that I think will be more scenic base orientated in the future, so stay tuned for that).  After some early experimentation this is the method I settled on.

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This shows all my materials.  I use 1.5mm litko bases, primarily 40x20mm.  I use a lot of that dick blicks burnt umber paint,  in this case I usually go about half PVA, and half paint, and then add some water.  Depending on temperature I may add some slo dri as well.  I quick note on PVA, one would think it would be cheaper to buy it in large quantities, but where I live anyway, Its actually cheaper to go to the dollar tree and buy tons of their small glue containers, go figure.

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I like the mixture quite thick as you can see here.  If it is fairly thick i find I get good adhesion right away so I can move the base a bit without dudes falling over (a huge PITA with individual 6mm figures)

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Once I have the base filled, I put it on my flocking plate, bury it in flock and leave it for the night, dust it off the next morning and we are good to go.  Nothing fancy, but gets the job done, and I can do it quickly.  I will typically do 10 or so bases at a shot (about 150 figures….)

Expect some more Pendragon mini pics soon, and the first painted units of a new army!

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.

Meesa Have Pointy Sticks!

Several Lizardmen (well 2…..) projects have been completed, finally.  My painting has really been slack this summer.  I hate heat, and it has been a long sticky summer in Oregon, so my painting has been glacial (you are getting weather puns because that’s about the only thing funny about weather and the future of weather currently).  First up are a couple shots of my finished lizardmen spear reinforcements.

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I have 11 spearmen stands total now.  Some of the very first 6mm models I painted are just viewable in the background on the right photo.

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The figures on the right in both photos are the oldest painted ones.  I actually thing the older ones look better close up (I definitely took more time on them), but I think the newer ones look better from distances more than even an inch really.  The models themselves are, as usual, fantastic.  Both packs of spearmen I got have been the cleanest casts of all (which says a lot, as I would say even normally you are talking one in maybe 200 figures having an imperfection), and they look awesome lined up with each other.  I sound like a broken record, but Microworld minis are on average better than most companies best, and that includes 28mm

Next up are some custom command stands I built up.

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The smaller stand is just some spearmen and a couple of guys form the command pack.  I painted up the big dino kind of albino-y, and I thought he looks quite good.

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I am stoked with the big 40×40 command stand though.  I deliberately wanted it to look like Jar Jar Binks (which you had darn well better know who that is if you are looking at this), and it the whole thing came out great. I used some spear men, a couple figures from the Lizardman Command pack, and one of the riders from the big dino models (they share the same drop on between several of the models).  I made the litter out of a little piece of wood and some wire, and then made some teeny (although if scales are about the size of a small car i think..) little skull piles on the litter.  For the guys holding the thing up I bent the arms over and cut off the spears of two spearmen on one side, and then used the drummer figures on the other side, gluing the contraption on top.  I also stuck some little green stuff shields over the top.  You cant hardly see anything amiss close up even.

I still have a ton of stuff to paint.  I have bought a variety of pendraken figures I hope to be able to show soon.  Some scale well, some not so much.  Steve is also cooking up a TON of new stuff.  Check out the tactical command forums for more details, but already there have been a whole bunch of demon releases (i am totally getting a demon cohort!), a fantastic looking renaissance style army is on the way, and just the other day some new wood elf releases, among a host of other things.  There is even a new set of rules based on Microworld figures (which I am totally going to check out).  The Microworld..world just keeps bigger and better!  If you read this Steve, thanks a million man!

I’m not dead yet!

Despite the lack of posting, the blog does indeed live.  A combination of a difficult to paint group and multiple other projects have slowed me down.  I showed previously a few test stands of the Microworld Wild Elves i had done, well I have finished now.  A total of 15 stands of crazed Elves are now at my disposal….

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These figures are just fantastic. There are three poses, each radically different. There is one dude with no shirt with a spear, a guy with a sword doing a cartwheel, and a guy swinging a big ole halberd around.  I didn’t pack them super tight, but as you can see they create a great sense of mass in motion, and the details are just insane for this scale.  I wanted to make them look a bit harlequin on the table.  Truth be told, I had the harlequins of WH40k in my minds eye.  Obviously there is no way to get that kind of detailed painting at this scale (at least not at my skill level), so I elected to use a variety of bright colors.  I would estimate at least 15+ different shades of various colors (I did not include purple as that is the only unifying color for my lizardmen army).  It took FOREVER, especially the highlighting.

My other 6mm project has been more terrain.  I have already made a large forest canopy, along the lines of this, but I wanted something different and more…fantasy-ey.  Finally I decided on mushrooms as my alternative to forests for at least part of my fantasy world.

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I used this great stuff I found at blicks called Pearl Air dry clay.  I think it is similar to Das clay I see people talk about all over (I actually located some of that shortly after getting this stuff I will try later).  I was hoping I could make things a bit smaller for say a house or something, and I could, but it would be much more work than using something else, i.e plastic.  Otherwise though, its great stuff, i didn’t try particularly hard, as I wanted a rough finish, but you can make it quite smooth, it dries hard as a rock, and is perfectly sandable.  I made all the caps and then the stalks separately, glued them together and painted them with a variety of craft acrylics I have around.  Then they got stuck to some 40x40mm and 20x20mm renedra bases i have left over from my gripping beast plastic sets.  Ive been using spackling compound to smooth out bases lately, and then glued some flock on.  The clay was 5 dollars at blicks I think and you could use anything for the bases.  I made3 large and two small stands and still had 3/4 of the package left.

I next finished up a ruined lizard man temple.  The attempts to make the top look like a broken giant statue of some lizard god were less than successful, but overall this is my favorite piece I’ve made so far.

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I used the side of a spatula to make the stairs, while the statue, pedestal, and alter were made separately.  The alter was a huge pain in the but to get something so small to look even remotely square, hence my comment about smaller details.  No spackle this time, just straight on the base with some various flocks on the base and sides.  The little vines are just strings of glue with some green flock tossed on and left for a bit, i thought they came out quite good.

One of my gripes (if you could call it that) with Mighty armies is the magic is pretty vanilla.  Its totally understandable as magic can get quite out of hand and unbalanced in a miniatures game.  Luckily I care little about balance, and more about Neato!  Consequently I’ve been coming up with all kinds of crazy spells from old games and my own head to try out.  Two of them were the oldies but goodies walls of water and fire.  I wanted to have them persist for at least a turn on the battle field, so made up some ‘templates’

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I used the pearl clay for these and stuck them to some spare 150 (I think)x20 renedra bases I had.  People griped a bit about the base sprue that comes with the gripping beast kits, but I’ve found all kinds of uses for them so far (beyond the obvious ofc)

I’m still plugging away at my other projects.  The basic viking army has been finished and I am starting the anglo-saxons now.  Next up will be some lizard man spearmen.  I think I have one crappy photo somewhere on here of them, they were one of the first microworld figures I painted, but I have subsequently purchased a few more packs to round out the army that I will be working on.  I will leave you with a group terrain shot, and hopefully be a little more active going forward.

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Elves, Wild Elves, and cheap 6mm terrain ideas

Well, with my new projects my volume has not been as prolific as in the past, but I did still manager to finish my test stands of Wild Elves as well as a couple of command stands for the elves.

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The elf command stands are made up of characters form the Woodland Alliance Command pack (from Microworld of course), with a few spear men thrown on.  I also.  Other than the two command stands, the rest of the characters from the command pack were individually based to attach to units later.  I also painted multiple flags, mostly with simile designs or different colors.

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The wild elves (which are a bit difficult to see in these) were just a test, I still have another 6 or so stands to do.  I mostly wanted to see if they looked ok spread out, and with multi color outfits.  I think they work, I was going for a harlequin type look (though  obviously not as elaborate.)  The figures themselves are fantastic, with really dynamic poses (three of them, one in a handstand!).  They really look like a dervish of guys on the table, Im thinking about making some larger bases of them later to enhance the look.

Now that I have I have finished a decent number of figures, I can actually play some games now.  I have played several more games of Mighty Armies now, and as my base game I am pretty satisfied.  I am going to make some modifications I think, but over all I like it.  The biggest problem I have encountered so far is no terrain.  Im a cheap bastard when I can be, and I have come up with fairly serviceable cheapo options I think.  FIrst up hedges and walls.

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These were fairly easy to make, and probably the most elaborate of the terrain I have so far.  All of the terrain I have made so far is just mounted on cut up cereal boxes headed for recycling anyway (I just pre-re-cycled?).  For the hedges and most of the walls, I just cut up a greenie sponge you can pickup packs of at the dollar store.  I did try making a wall out of styrene (the back one in the last picture) that I think came out looking more like a well constructed wall rather than a pile of stones.

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The hedges were made with just a plain 1/4 inches thick strip of the sponge, I found that a bit thick so I cut that in half for the walls.  Then I just covered them in pva mixed with a bit of water and dark grey paint, slathered it on and dunked in either my woodland scenics foam, or for the walls fine ballast.  I then drybrushed the hedges with bright green, and the walls with two shades of light grey.  For the walls I did try different color washes (and one one a light brown dry brush) for some different looks as well.  Added some more foam to the walls and then painted the bases brown and they were done.

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Here we have some cheap fields I made. Just cereal box carboard again, this one with some rows painted on with a couple shades of brown.  These look pretty low rent, I will probably make some replacements with ballast and foam down the road, they work for now though.

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A little bit of a rocky area here.  For the bigger rocks I carved up some foam spacers I had grabbed out of a package, then mixed some ballast with some other grits I have and glued them all on with pva.  This one’s cereal box base warped a bit form all the glue, so next time I will probably try mod podge or wood glue and see if I can reduce that.  I painted the big rocks with some dark grey and a little dry brushing, and then the other stuff with some dark and light browns.  I think next time  might add a little static grass in there for some more color too.

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This one is my favorite.  Again just cereal box cardboard.  I glued some ballast around the outside, painted dark brown with some dry brushing (same with the little islands in the middle there.  I used some craft paints for the pond, making it a bit darker where the water was deeper.  I also added a bit of grass stuffs I have, and a few bits of turf foam for variety.

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Last photo is just a shot of what I have left so far.  Left side starts with lizard men (mostly spear men, which ironically not eve in the picture), Woodland alliance (lots of eagles, centaurs, and some other stuff), a bunch of baccus egyptians with a ton (like 20) chariots from rapier and baccus, and then a micro world undead army to start (yay!).  I also have some baccus scots my GF got me quite a while ago, not sure what I’m going to do with those, as I don’t game the period, I think make a nice scenic base at some point.

As you can see I still have tons left to do.  I am still chugging along on space hulk and my new vikings project.  The wild elves take a lot of time with all the different outfits, so it will be a while before my next post again I suspect.  Fear not (cause I have TONS of readers :P) I shall return!  What with all the fantastic new releases Steve keeps making a MIcroworld, I have years of work still ahead of me :D.