18 June 2018

The JTC Halberdiers March to a Beat

Recap of the previous progress below.

(I rarely state this anymore, but you can usually clicky the pic-y to enlargify on this blog)

12 June 2018

Meat Hating Robot Pirates on the Horizon?

Cleaning up and priming some minis for the Meat Hating Pirate Robot crew....

From left to right, Krakon Games, Effin Cool Minis x 3, and I'm not sure where the two on the far right come from -- they were an eBay purchase.

Starting out easy with some stock figures. Eventually I'll start kitbashing some more unusual 'bots.

Listening to some inspirational music for this project -- courtesy of my wife's old band.

04 June 2018

Halberdier WIP and the Table in the Rafters

Made a little progress in the halberdiers the past two nights. The minis -- FWIW -- are a mix of Grenadier & Front Rank, with one (I believe) old Citadel Fighter in the mix.

Although the Jackrabbit Trading company is known for its leader and the large number of halflings in its employ, the Small Country was home to human farmsteads and villages long before the hobbits settled in the area. The two have mutually thrived in the region together. The JTC is no exception, and does not discriminate in its recruiting. Almost half of their payroll are human.

I spent far more time this weekend working around the house & yard. While I had a stepladder in the garage, I decided to check in on my gaming tables. I haven't looked at them since I stuck them in the rafters when we moved two years ago.

They appear to be in good condition, thankfully. I'd still like to use them someday, and I had some concern that the some sort of vermin may have gotten to them. Since we've moved here, it's been a bit of a battle against various insects, rodents, birds, and other critters -- plus struggles with moisture, mold & mildew - especially in the cellar where my painting table is currently located.

I'm still hopeful for some sort of Garagehammer eventually. That was, admittedly, part of the reason for working on cleaning the garage today. I have also started looking at prefab sheds...


I think I deleted the later update accidentally. Plus I've made more progress. So.... even more painted halberdiers!

03 June 2018

Subtle Inspiration & What's Next

Spent a week on family vacation. Had a great time in northern California. Got back and our yard, garden, etc. had really taken off while we were gone. Among the new greenery, I noticed the semi-wild grape vines in our yard reminded me of something....

This was not intentional when I made the bushes -- but I'm glad it seems to reflect real in hindsight!

One of the next projects on the table...

15 May 2018


For last year's Warhammer Empire "Pleasant Surprises" I received two unpainted miniatures, a tengu and a jackalope from Stonehaven Miniatures.

Both are on my desk, and I just finished the jackalope. Simple mini, simple paintjob that gets a bit blown-out by the photo due to scale -- but I love the mini and how the painting turned out! (As with most pics on the blog -- click to enlarge the pic even more...)

And a scale shot, with the usual reference figure...

13 May 2018

Minis of Future Past

For whatever reason (nostalgia?) I decided these old minis need a new life. Previously used for Hordes of the Things (along with some other rabbit themed minis.) Just a small warband, but it looks like I've got...

12 Archers
12 Spearmenrabbits
6 Axe & Shield
6 Sword & Shield (which I don't care for and probably won't use)
2 Heroes
2 Musicians, one Standard Bearer

I'm not sure if I will repaint, touch up, or a little of both. I do want to replace the old carrot shields with new plain ones -- so I'm on the lookout for source for round shields.

I've also decided I need to repair my stepped-on self-portrait mini. (Early sculpting attempt, from one of the old sculpting list's Visions In Putty challenges)  I've glued me to a new base, will fix the legs & touch up the paint. I want to replace the axe, but I think I will leave it in place and just repaint it. Even though both sculpting and painting are... let's say, "rough," I'd like to preserve it for nostalgia and as a record of what I was doing at that point.

Spontaneous Undead Painting

Distracted. Spontaneously painted a couple of old Citadel undead.

11 May 2018


11 new bushes. Steel wool, brown spray primer, PVA glue and some small clump foliage (most likely Woodland Scenics.) PVA is still wet in the pic. Still need more, but it's progress.  I also still have some air filter I can cut up -- might do some of that next. I've still been wanting to pick up some lichen, as was previously suggested, but still haven't been able to get to the store. (Maybe I should just order from Amazon?)

06 May 2018

Need for Bushes

I'm really trying to play an actual game, and set in the evolving make-believe world/campaign I've got in my head. The arrival of Sellswords and Spellsingers, as I've mentioned before, has spurred me on to finally try some solo gaming -- especially since my old plans have been mostly killed by lack of space since our move. So for the past few weeks, I've been slowly making plans. After initially selecting a warband for the Warhammer-Empire miniatures exchange minis, I've completely changed gears and decided to go with Plan B. In fact... maybe that should be their name: Plan B.

After a harrowing journey through the Grey Mountains and his narrow escape from the Barrow, Zogmar finally grew a little more cautious. An almost "strategic" thinking started to creep in as he began recruiting among the misfits and dispossessed of the foothills and  Bitter Moors. From his small retinue he selected Zomar's Finest. Six of the brightest, strongest, or most talented (in some manner) among a sad and motley group to undertake a scouting mission with broad goals: find easy targets for supply & looting, determine strong points to be avoided, and aid in locating recruits for the proto-horde. Plan B, some witty half-orc called them, as the main force was taking up the safer mission of raiding isolated farmsteads and recruiting among small camps of bandits and outcasts.

They may have been viewed as an accessory to the main action, but their mission proved the stuff of legends... at least among Zogmar's camp.

The first mission they will be undertaking is... a trap! After raiding along the foothills of the Grey Mountains, Zogmar's forces hit one wrong target -- a small inn at a crossroads frequented by the small garrison assigned to the western roads. Several small detachments of guards have been sent to keep the mysterious raiders from venturing further east -- precisely where the Finest have been ranging in recent days. After quietly scouting out the area, the Finest are trying to slink back out of the area. As they travel along a shallow gully in the Moors, something doesn't seem right. Spike, probably the most attentive & savvy of the group, calls out his suspicions, and the party proceeds cautiously...

In terms of Sellswords, the mission is a modified Through the Badlands -- which I will call Through the Wastelands. Some alignment swapping fun... orcs & troll for guards and ogre.

I just need some more bushes! Of all the stupid things... Luckilly I've made some before. Like the ones in the back of the second pic. Hopefully I can crank some more of those out soon -- or just go buy some lichen or similar crap from the local craft store!

30 April 2018

Swordslingers and Spellsellers and Stuff

After reading the Sellswords and Spellslingers rules a month or so ago, I decided there were a lot of things I liked about the rules. I was convinced enough that I bought most of the cards online and picked up some MDF to make a 3x3 tabletop, figuring that I would use it for some sort of skirmish gaming anyway.

Since then I haven't been able to get out to the garage to glue some sand, paint, etc. So today I "gave up" on doing a full oldschool table like the old (larger) one that's been hanging in the rafters for the past few years. The weather was nice, so I spent a quick 10 minutes spray painting a piece of MDF, hoping it will look convincing enough to work with the rest of my terrain. I'm still hoping I can find some time in the next few years to spend a little time gluing sand and then painting it, like I had originally planned.

So... here's the half-assed table in basement where I paint. I put my usual scale-reference handgunner on the table, as well as on of the converted Fomorians. I managed to clear some space near a light, and mostly away from the beams that I usually crack my skull on.

I've got two ideas for starting warbands, and I think I've decided which to try first...

...It won't be all of them. And there will be a more recent entry. These are from the Warhammer-Empire "Pleasant Surprises" miniatures exchange, and I had started thinking about making use of them in some sort of skirmish game a couple years ago. The essential premise will be this:

Rune, Etrigan (just the zweihander), Claus, all three crew members of the Chump Change Artillery Corps, Anvalous, and the (not pictured, and still to-be painted) Artoban's Ghost have been stranded behind enemy lines. Fighting off whatever come their way, while trying to reunite with the rest of the army. The undead King may show up as a villian.

Hopefully I will finally play the game soon....

22 April 2018

Fimir/Fomorians For Sale

As with MoW entry, I'm sure I will regret this as the old lead will be virtually irreplaceable, and I put a lot of time and love into the conversions, but...

I'm selling off my Fimir/Fomorian project. The whole lot of it in one shot. Not interested in splitting it up at this time, as that would be even more painful that this already is. If I do eventually split up, I'll probably put everything up as individual offerings to the wolves of eBay. I know it's a quirky collection, but I hope someone will appreciate it.

Included is:

GW/Citadel original lead:
8 various warriors, painted
1 Dirach, painted
1 Meargh, unpainted, plain head (no hair)
3 Heroquest Fimir (plastic), unpainted

8 converted GW savage orcs, painted
10 converted Reaper orcs, painted

1 Morrighu, painted (Krakon Games)
1 Indech, painted (Krakon Games)

2 plastic GW savage orcs
10 Reaper Bones orcs
50+/- resin Fomorian heads (my sculpts)

The resin heads were an experiment in learning to cast. Many have bubbles and require cleaning up. If the buyer wants the silicone molds, I will send those too, though I think they're mostly at the end of their life expectancy. I'm keeping the original head sculpts unless you want to pay me off with extra cash.

Price: US $600. Buyer pays postage.

Photos: You can find pics of the whole collection at my Fomorian page, or just by clicking the appropriate tags to the right...

... and so on...

Man O' War For Sale

For sale, my entire Man O' War collection. (Photos below.)

Price reduced: $400.

Sold against my better judgement, and if I wasn't screwed for cash at the moment I would still be enjoying all of it taking up space in our basement/attic, like it has for... I can't even remember how long. You know what... I don't deserve to own this stuff. Buyer must promise to actually play games, otherwise I won't sell it to you. In fact, I require photos posted online within... Let's say six months. I think that's a generous amount of time to put a game together. It's a total waste of realy fun gaming and cool miniatures just sitting in boxes. Don't make me come hunt you down and repo these minis for lack of games. I will do it.

Included is:

Man O War, Plague Fleet, and Seas of Blood Boxed sets. Almost complete, missing are the Seas of Blood box and the original Man O War rulebook. I may have the latter hidden away somewhere, but at the very least I will include a reproduction of the rules in a folder or binder.

I haven't played in a long time, but everything else should be present, including some copies of White Dwarf articles for shore forts, maybe other extras. I don't remember. Maybe dwarf ski troops? Maybe I'm thinking of the wrong rules. Most of the chits are sorted in a plastic bin. (You should probably look up the PDFs online, laminate them and use dry erase markers anyway.)

Painted Ships:

(Like I said, it's been forever since I've played, so forgive me if I can't remember all of the proper names...)
  • 2 Empire great ships
  • 3 Empire wolf ships
  • 6 Empire plastic galleys
  • 3 Empire converted big-ass cannon galleys
  • 3 Empire mortar ships
  • 1 Slaanesh whirly-slicer ship
  • 1 Slaanesh deep penetrator ship
  • 1 Dark Elf black ark
  • 3 Dark Elf big lizard tower ships
  • 3 Dark Elf small lizard tower ships
  • 2 Dragons (I think these were Grenadier miniatures from another game)
  • 1 Water elemental (old WFB mini, cooler than the actual MoW mini)
(For what it's worth, the painting of the Empire fleet was inspired by the Great White Fleet. Had a whole backstory/concept behind it...)

Unpainted Ships:
  • 3 Empire plastic galleys
  • 3 Empire metal wolfships
  • Masts for all of the above
  • 3 Empire griffins plus flying bases

Extra stuff:
  • Blue cloth. Has some subtle stripes. I think it fits a 4x8 table.
  • Islands - a few with shore forts, and the Crushing Rocks of SkullDoom or whatever that special bit of terrain was called. The dark rocky ones could use a little touch-up paint. This was one of my first terrain projects, so I made the mistake of using that crappy floral foam. The only reason they survived fairly well is because they're covered in a shell of sand & PVC glue.
  • Icebergs galore. More than you probably need. Useful for other games as well. At this point, I learned the superiority of extruded polystyrene insulation as a terrain material, and owned a hot wire cutter. And I think it was only used like three times, so it looks great.

Price: $500. $400. Buyer pays postage. If, by some odd coincidence, you live within an hour or two of Cleveland, OH, I'm open to discussing delivering it to you. Or meeting somewhere within that 1-2 hour range if you're more like 3-4 hours away and we can agree on a half-way point an delivering to you. Or if you live even further and want to meet somewhere within me driving an hour or two.

I'm too mopey about this whole thing to bother sorting them into a logical order, just browse and click to enlarge...

15 April 2018

Next Giant...

Next up for Big April '18 is the big guy from Heresy Miniatures. Was a very quick cleanup & assembly. Clean casting and fit together well. Didn't even bother pinning, as everything seemed keyed and/or seated very securely.

A pic next to the Marauder giant and my usual handgunner scale reference...

Need to wait for better weather to prime him. I'll also be back in Texas (Houston, this time) for most of this week, so I won't get to work on this one until next weekend, at the earliest.

14 April 2018


Done. May write up some background for Walter in the near future.

It seems like I say this about half the giants I own, but this is one of my favorite models.

13 April 2018

Walter's Loot

Slowly painting Walter's loot. (Yes, that will be his name - or some variation of it.) He's got a pig, goat, goose, maiden, sausages, and a bunch of other little details...