23 May 2017

Old Frost Giant

I added one last RP Meier giant to my collection. I was trying to get it before "Big April" ended, but missed out. Still, it didn't take too long to track on down for a reasonable price.

And a shot of the three RP Meier giants together.

...so far. Should I try to get the rest? I think these are some of the best of his giants from that period.

General painting note... I added a thin blue ink wash (Superman style?) to the newest giants hair & beard, and
think it really helped give the black/grey a bit of life and extra punch & contrast!

21 May 2017

Halfling Owlgryph

Halfling owlgryph! It's a metal Reaper Miniatures figure, with the top half of the (tiny) dwarf rider swapped out for the top half of a Westfalia halfman. I swapped the halfling's sword for the dwarf's spear/lance, though, as I thought it was a more appropriate weapon


13 May 2017

Failed Gaming

My plans for going to the Oldhammer in the North event have fallen apart.

Last weeks Game Day plans also got screwed up. Couldn't get out of the house until several hours later than planned, and had to return early.

That's been the only gaming that I've managed to even try top plan so far this year, and there's nothing else on the horizon.

Travelling long distances to game isn't practical, and quite frankly, as the sole source of gaming -- that's pretty stupid to begin with.

Attempts at generating interest in gaming locally have pretty much failed.

Solo gaming is dead in the water with nowhere to play now.

After getting chased out of my initial painting spot at the new house, the basement is running into just as many, if not more problems.

So... morale is at a new low. I'm even starting to think about selling all my gaming shit again. One of the things holding me back (aside from nostalgia) is the finality if it. If I unload my gaming shit again -- that's it. Done for good.

09 May 2017

Disciples Aaaaaalmost Done

Got the four command figures done for the Disciples, but all my photos turned out pretty crappy. I have two more troopers to dig out and paint, then I will get a good final photo. I have a second command set, but not sure I will paint them anytime soon. 

Starting to think about what to paint next...

(Although nothing is certain...)

06 May 2017

Game Day & Disciples WIP

Finally had my first games of 2017, at my old gaming group's semi-regular Game Day. Unfortunately, I couldn't get out of the house until two hours after I had planned, and then needed to leave before the last round of games. But I got to jump into game of WWII air combat, and play -- and win (for the first time?) a game of Circus Maximus. And as always, it's good to see old friends. I wish I was able to do this more, and not be so rushed.

 Later in the evening, I got a chance to base the cultists I have been working on. A bunch of the Disciples of the Red Dead Redemption troopers, an old (chaos?) wizard, and one of the new "oldhammer" figures (this one from Ramshackle Games) I got at the last Oldhammer USA day. I thought the latter two would fit well with the unit, and I'm not disappointed!

I'm still in the process of painting the four command figures from the Disiples unit.

01 May 2017

Big April '17 GIant Roundup

A quick roundup of this year's Big April, plus some group shots of the painted portion of the collection so far. Too many big minis -- had trouble photographing them, even in batches!

Painted April 2017:

Painted Meat-giants as of April 2017: 
(Note: I didn't paint the big guy on the left)

Painted Skeletal Giants:

And just for completeness, my ratgiant...

30 April 2017

Pleasant Surprises 2017

Yesterday I received a mystery package in the mail. Two figures from Stonehaven Miniatures!

A tengu mage and a jackalope from Artobans Ghost!


Over at the Warhammer-Empire forum there was a discussion about a monthly painting challenge, and the idea of doing monthly themes took flight. It just so happens that May is May(fly) month. So... painting flyers.

I thought this was a fun idea, and a good excuse to paint some forgotten figures. So I went digging...

...and that was what I came up with. I wasn't sure which figure(s) to paint, but I did start work on converting the owl-gryphon with a (small) dwarf rider. The bottom half of the rider is cast on the beast's body, so it was just a matter of cutting a Westfalia halfman (now a quarterman?) in half, removing his weapon, and making a few other small changes. I cut the dwarf's lance off, and remounted it on the halfling.

Now I need to make a suitable base. There's a slot-tab on the figure, but it would be awkwardly posed to just glue that on a base. I also want to give it a little height, since it looks like it's flying or a least coming in for a landing.

29 April 2017

One More Giant Down, One to Go -- and Beyond

I finished the old Ral Partha, Tom Meier fire giant -- which I painted as a frost giant. Quick & fun mini to paint. This one is mounted on a 40x40 base, as opposed to the 50x50 or 80x80 bases most of the other giants are on.

I'm still on the hunt for the actual frost giant that RP/Meier did.

 Slow progress on the Warploque giant. I think I'm mostly done with the flesh -- though I may still tweak it with a few more washes in select areas.

I've started blocking out the rest of it in black, as that's the base I generally like to start with. There's way more detail on this figure than it seems at first glance. Especially all the loot around is belt. I think this will take a while, and I'd rather not rush it. So it's going to be something I just slowly work on a bit at a time.

So Big April is just about over... what next?

Good question. I think I'm going to go ahead and paint up the rest of (or most of) the Disciples/cultists I recently did some test painting on. I like the way they turned out and it should be a nice relaxing little project.

Beyond that, I'm not sure...
  • Hobbits. I'm dying to paint up the Westfalia halfmen. But I'm having trouble facing up to the task of straightening all of the spears, lances, and halberds. If they were straight, or of the figures were metal, I'd be all over them right now. In fact, the mages & crossbow figures got painted right away because they didn't have bendy pole weapons. I need an intern to take care of this for me. ;)
  • Other Hobbits. I do still have some odds & ends, plus that Grenadier set to paint.
  • Half-orcs. I've got a small unit now. Might be a fun diversion.
  • Skeletons. Not feeling it at the moment. But I do have some oldschool Citadel wight cav. ready & primed, and there's never enough rank & file....
  • Marienburg. My priority with these guys are more halbediers, and pikemen to replace to the painted pikemen I sold off in more desperate financial times. But... also not feeling it at the moment.

Further beyond the horizon...
  •  Fomorians/Fimir. Waiting on more conversion fodder, mostly Waiting on the Reaper Bones KS to ship. Might get another box of GW savage orcs to convert, but I'm hesitant to buy new stuff until I paint more of what I've got. (That and finances are tight... again.)
  • Rogue Trader. Still haven't worked out the exact details of what I want to do yet.
  • Trogs. The re-release of the Tom Meier troglodytes by RP/IWM has got me wanting to repaint what I've got and then use that as an excuse to get & paint more. Because... well, that's just natural.
  • Sea Elves. I still have some old elves to paint/finish as a sea elf contingent for the Marienburgers.
  • Dwarfs. Also still have some Marauder dwarf pikemen, plus a few more newer White Knight dwarfs to go with them.
  • More giants! :)
  • Other stuff... there's still some others stuff...

26 April 2017

Last Push for April Giants, Disciple Test Minis

Still working on the last two giants. No way I will get to the Otherworld giant (still in a bag) but I'm still hoping to finish the Warploque giant, and the freshly started Ral Partha frost giant. Shown here, WIP, for ridiculous scale differences. Made a lot of progress on Frosty. Added some more subtle washes to the big guy.

While waiting for paint/washes to dry on those two, I (very) quickly painted up two test figures from the Disciples of the Red Dead Redemption, based on the same palette I used on the Undeadish. The idea being that they have similarly been enticed to/enthralled by the forces of undeath. But these are secretive urban cultists rather than full tribes converted wholesale.

I'm still considering giving them normal, if somewhat pale, human flesh instead of the pale grey flesh of the Undeadish. Another option is maybe adding some trim to the edges of the robes -- though I can always add that later.

21 April 2017

Late Entry - Mini Giant

Just got this in the mail. RP Fire Giant. Probably not going to get painted in April, but since it's Giant Month around Ye Olde Basement of Mad Painting and Insects of Unnerving Size, I thought I'd share.

Not the one I'm looking for -- that would be the RP Tom Meier Frost Giant -- but I saw one for a decent price and thought it would be fun to paint too.

Scale creep? What scale creep? ;)

Last of the (Metal) Citadel Giants

Painted up the last of the metal Citadel giants, before they switched to plastic/resin/whatever. On the one hand, I like it because it's a really nice sculpt. Detailed & full of character. I love the mean look on his face. On the other hand, it's the quirkiness of a lot of the other giants that makes them stand out. It's almost like the sculptor (does anyone know who did this?) did too good of a job in coming up with a really well done giant! A nice addition to my growing collection, and at some point I may need to come back around and pick up a second one with the alternate head.

18 April 2017

Oldhammer in the North

I'm just going to copy & paste a bit.... but you can VISIT THE ORIGINAL BLOG POST for full info. And also details of a WFB 3rd. ed. scenario game that was just announced.



Oldhammer In The
We are finally going to have an event in the ‘New World’ Midwest!
Pandemonium Games in Garden City Michigan
May 13th and 14th
They are open 10 o’clock of the morning until midnight on Saturday
They are open Noon until 8 o’clock on Sundays.
Scenarios for WFB 3rd, Open gaming, Adeptus Titanticus, Dark Future
If you remember it from you childhood, bring it and play!
Those interested in running games please PM Blake on Facebook.

16 April 2017

Easter Painting

Snuck in some time to hide in the basement today (Easter) like a sneaky troll and finish up the old Citadel C28 giant. He was missing a weapon, so I sculpted him a new club. I was originally going to be satisfied with just one of these multi-piece giant, but I think I would like to get all three bodies.

The Tall & Short of It

Finished the Meier cloud giant.

Making progress on the last metal produced Citadel giant, and the old C28 Citadel giant I have. They should be done by the end of my April challenge. As for the Warploque giant (not pictured)... it may not be April, but I plan on finishing him, even if it's not done til may.

When I first got into miniature gaming in my youth (Battlesystem, Chaos Wars...) it was difficult for my friends and I to find figures. Some of my first minis were from the Grenadier "Halfling Party" set that two of us split. In fact, I still have some of them. But today, a full box of nostalgia arrived in the mail!

Happy Easter, to those who celebrate it! Watch out for those eggs...

02 April 2017

Fomorian Warband

Since I had a couple of requests, here's a photo (as best as I could) of the Fomorian/Fimir warband so far. (Click/tap to enlarge.)

Four characters center front. Behind them and to the right are two groups of four Fianna. To the left are 12 warriors. In the back-right are the moor hounds, and center-rear are the bog demon and giant centipede.

Planned additions include: More hounds (heh heh heh) -- I have about 10 left to touch up and rebase. More conversions of Reaper orcs for additional Fianna, and although they're not ideal, I do think the Citadel savage orcs turned out OK, and I will probably do another batch of those for more common warriors. If I can get my hands on more oldschool Citadel Fimir, I would love to add two both of those tiny units. But I'm not going to count on that happening! I'm lucky to have what I've got already.

Still some other ideas rattling around in my head, but the above photo & plans are the core for this warband.

01 April 2017

Real End of Marsh '17, and a Short Distration (or Three)

I was hoping to get one last project done for the Month of Marsh -- converting the big Reaper ogre to a Fomorian hero. But it is now officially April, and I haven't even finished sculpting the head (actually working on two of them at the same time, and will pick the better to use.) This is as far as I got...

While waiting for the various layers of putty on the heads above to cure, I did a bit of painting and...

"Trois" I've got a story in my head about these three. Maybe it will work its way into a campaign, or bit of fluff or something. The hobbit on the left is from Reaper, the two on the right are from Westfalia.

26 March 2017

End of Marsh '17

This may be the conclusion of my part in the Month of Marsh Challenge '17. I may still be able to get a little something else done before the end of the month... we'll see.

I also based up that oldschool Ral Partha warrior I used for my rust painting tutorial. Too wide a stance to fit on a smaller base, so he's on a 40x40.

24 March 2017

Marsh & Big April

Month of Marsh

Unfortunately, I've been sort of sputtering out on the Month of Marsh.

I cleaned, assembled, primed and started painting the four classic lead Citadel Fianna/nobles, converted a Reaper orc for a Fomorian hero, and then (barely) work on a second, larger, hero. What I've painted so far has been a bit less than my usual quality, and I think these figures deserve better. I'm (crazy...) thinking about re-stripping the one in the back because the flesh is so drybrushed and grainy. The guy in the front-left is in better shape, but I'm still not happy with the color(s). I seem to have lost my Fomorian Flesh Mojo. I really love the way I did the earlier figures... I'm just having problems reproducing it.

Such is the risk of not having "formulae" for painting. On the other hand, I did want them to have varied skin tones.

I'm still happy with the way the way the Citadel plastic savage orc conversions turned out, at least.

Big April Challenge

But these other figures are frustrating enough that I'm already looking forward to the Big April Challenge -- which will be my second annual giant challenge. I'm sure the sudden arrival of...

...doesn't have anything to do with it. 😉 Got my Otherworld Giant today. I wasn't expecting all three heads (I specified A, the one with the long beard, as instructed with my order.) So now I'm wondering if I should magnetize, or find other homes (on new models) for the two heads that will go unused.

Also the three Drew Williams trolls arrived a few days ago -- to add to the first three that were awaiting this second set of three before getting painted. Very cool figures, once again. I'm anxious to start painting them.

My recent shopping spree doesn't end here. Still waiting on two smaller things to arrive. Now I'm shopped out for a while. I figure all of the extra work, overtime, etc. the past few months justifies my buying some new stuff. ;)

In the meantime, I need to get painting some more!

19 March 2017

L, Xl, 2XL

Comparison shot of one of my completed Reaper orc-to-Fomorian conversions, the champion I just started on, and the Reaper ogre (?) figure that I'm converting next for a big brute or major hero Fomorian. I'm going to sculpt an all new head just for him.

18 March 2017

In the Marsh - St. Patrick's Day?

Does it count as a St. Patrick's day thing to work on miniatures inspired by Irish myth? 

I finished the the Troll Outpost swamp mercenary/Fomorian/Fimir.

I've finished the sculpting work on the Reaper orc conversion. I happened to have one of my (very) few resin cast tails available, so I used that. The foot looks big in the photo, but I swear, it's not that far out of proportion IRL! Also prepped the four classic Citadel Fimir Fianna/Nobles. The guy on the left was originally mine back in the day, but had been converted to a champion of Slaanesh in the 3rd ed. RoC days, and had wings and a bright paintjob. At some point I gave it to a friend who was collecting Fimir because I figured that was a better use for it, and eventually it (along with the rest of his small but almost complete Fimir collection) made it's way back to me last year.

So that's what I will probably be working on next for the Month of Marsh!

16 March 2017

Fomorian Heroes WIP

Got a little bit of time to work on a couple of Fomorian heroes! Both in varying stages of completion. The one on the left (former Troll Outpost figure) is about 80% painted, and still needs a base. Just started converting the one on the right. Still need to clean up the neck joint, sculpt feet and a tail before I can start painting.

I have decided that I am completely on board with the idea that Fimir reproduce by burying sacrificial victims alive in the swamp and engaging in some sort of spooky voodoo to raise them back up as new members of the clan. I figure all of those variables can account for the subtle differences in in morphology of some of the figures (number of digits, digitigrade vs. plantigrade, etc.) and also relates to a few different fantasy sources I dig.

Still working out what to do about further conversions (still waiting on Reaper Bones 3 Kickstarter delivery...) Also thinking about allied or mercenary troops. Thinking about half-orcs, undead, or....?

12 March 2017

Late to the Marsh

Been busy with other things, so just finally squeezed in a little time this weekend to finish up these eight figures I had started last summer. Converted from Citadel plastic savage orcs, using my resin Fomorian heads.

They will serve as lesser Fomorian warriors, or regular Fimm for WFB.