30 October 2019

Prepping Bones

Probably not going to paint much in the next month -- but who knows. But I did get to start prepping some Bones. Some Bones bones, in fact. First was just a dry fit of the two large dragons from the last Reaper Bones KS. They still need to be cleaned and glued.

I did actually clean and glue the skeletal beasts set.

I got the set of 6 wraiths, but haven't started cleaning them yet. I think I'm going to cut off the bendy weapons and replace them with hard plastic.

And lastly... after posting the pic of the mycomancer, I got the urge to look on eBay for the Fungal Queen, which was part of a larger set that I didn't want to buy into on the KS. But I did want to get this figure (and maybe one or two others) when it became available individually. This one also happens to be cast in Bones Black, which -- I know now -- is not actually black.

27 October 2019

Ancient Goblin Shaman

I've wanted this old Citadel goblin shaman since I saw it WD as a kid. When it appeared for sale on FB recently, I had to have it! And paint it! 30+ years I waited...

25 October 2019

Old Half-Orc, New Photo

Fried, the psychedelic half-orc shaman/mycologist. Mycomancer? Pronounced "Freed" - short for Friedrich.

22 October 2019

Half-Orctober '19 - Complete

Finished my Orctober (Half-Orctober) goal a week early. 24 Grenadier/Mirliton half-orcs, with an oldschool Ctiadel figure mixed in to round the regiment to 25.

Time for a group photo!

Along with the completion of my Orctober/Half-Orctober '19 goal, that also finishes the half-orc project. At least in terms of figures I already owned & planned (for several years now) to paint & form a small contingent for gaming. (Should I ever get the chance to play games again.) A really enjoyable project! As nice as it is to feel a sense of completion, I'm already thinking 10 more archers would be a good addition. And my eyes will be open for more/new opportunities to add to this. But for now I'm done. 😁
  • 25 Warriors (mostly Grenadier)
  • 16 Warriors (Old CItadel)
  • 30 Warriors (Black Tree and a few Reaper Miniatures)
  • 10 Archers (Grenadier/Mirliton)
  • 5 Skirmishers (Alternative Armies)
  • 1 General (Grenadier/Mirliton)
  • 1 Shaman (Reaper)
  • 1 Standard Bearer (Unknown - maybe Grenadier?)

19 October 2019

Half-Orctober '19 - Second 10

Took a little longer, but I finished the second ten (in front) half orcs. Three of the new ones were converted from pikemen using plastic Skaven swords and borrowed shields. Just five more to paint...

07 October 2019

Half-Orctober '19 - First 10

Finished the first 10 of 25 half-orcs for half-Orctober '19.

Undeadish Glamour Shot (testing new lighting)

Today I rearranged a bit in the corner of the basement where I paint and photograph. I moved a really bright suspended LED fixture that I recently installed across the room and swapped it with the one near my photo table. Also put it in a slightly better position. This one is brighter and a warmer color.

I had recently draped a sheet of greenish "teddy bear fur” that I won a few years ago over the storage boxes on the ledge behind the table. But as the weather is getting colder, I'm concerned that we will get mice moving into the basement (as has happened the past few years) and I was worried that I was creating a nice nesting spot for them. So the fur backdrop is now suspended from a bit of PVC pipe that is in turn suspended from a water pipe. On my to do list is making some larger trees for the background (and possible future gaming).

I unpacked the Undeadish (or at least most of what's painted so far) for some test photos to see how the lighting would work.

01 October 2019

A Thousand Times More Virtuous Than You

Finished the last details and base on the happy-go-lucky sea elf prince who gave up his claim to the throne to his equally well meaning cousin, then sailed the seas of fate, promoting peace, carrying with him the healing boon of the white sword...

Re-purposed classic figure to fit into the sea elf force I painted for the Old World Army Challenge.

30 September 2019

Sea Elf Standard & Pre-Orctober 2019

Sea Elf Standard. Poor color rendering on the photo -- still need to work on better lighting for photos. Sticking with the aquatic fauna theme for the moment.

My plan for (Half-) Orctober 2019: 24 old Grenadier half-orcs, plus a Citadel barbarian who will pass for one of the regiment, and a Reaper priestess that I didn't finish last year.

Anyone else really enjoy the new Dark Crystal series? I had a few initial reservations, but enjoyed the heck out of it.

28 September 2019

A Few More Sea Elves

4 additional sea elves for those painted in in the Old World Army Challenge. I had a unit of 28, now I can split that into two units of 16. I do need to paint the some banners, though.

24 September 2019

Little Details

It's been a while since I've done some tiny freehand. Painting this shield was my little moment of stress relief on an otherwise shitty day. I need more painting time in my life, to decompress.  Lateaddition to the sea elves I did for the Old World Army Challenge (most of whom still need their shields painted as well...)

20 September 2019

10 in 2? EMHRP?

There's a mini challenge on the OWAC group for a squad of 10 in 2 months -- so 5 figures per month. I was thinking about using this as an excuse to really start on the Eclectic Meat-Hating Robot Pirates.

Here were the fist 10 I came up with...

But then I found...

And really, any crew of misanthropic  robot pirates really *should* have a squad of robot flying monkeys. They're Reaper Bones figures, and surprisingly seem decently detailed -- and  very cheap!

12 September 2019

The Armed Mob Grows

Been painting an armed mob for the witch hunter. I think this is all the rabble I have for now, unless I can unearth some more. I do have some others that were previously painted, to bulk up the numbers a little bit more.

09 September 2019

More Followers for the Witch Hunter

Still trying to work out the lighting...

More recruits for the witch hunter. Trying to work in some non-human followers. Looking for some dwarf militia/levy types but they're harder to come by.

And a statue (to be used as an objective)

02 September 2019

New Board and the Witch Hunter

It's been a good holiday weekend. Weather didn't completely cooperate, but for the most part things went well. I got some work done around the house, barbecued some chicken, and enjoyed some down time with my family.

I also got a bit of personal/hobby time in. First off, I painted the Witch Hunter, and started putting a bit of paint on his next few followers.

I hung a new light to brighten the little corner of the cellar that I paint in. It's almost too much light! When I turn my old task light on at the desk, it doesn't make much of a difference, and in fact casts a bit of a shadow. Things may get rearranged. This also may happen because...

I also made a new 3x3 game board. Hopefully I will get to use it for some small skirmish gaming, like Rangers of Shadow Deep. But I also wanted someplace better to take photos of figures. It took a few days (mostly waiting for glue/paint to dry) but the actual work that went into it was brief and easy. The new board matches the larger table/boards I've currently got in storage.

I threw together a makeshift backdrop and tested out a few angles for photos to see if the lighting will work.

31 August 2019

A Hunter Needs Hounds

Working on a witch hunter and his band. Finished painting a couple of hounds. Still working on some followers and the hunter himself.

The old Grenadier halfling in this pic looks strangely like Short Lou Reed for some reason.

30 August 2019

Marsh Troll

I posted this guy lurking behind elves in my OWAC posts, but never posted a proper pic of him on his own... til now.

Citadel c20 marsh troll.

(FWIW: I'm interested in acquiring most of the other c20 trolls, if anyone can assist....)

28 August 2019

Stuff! In the Mail! And a Game!

We're in the week between the end of my daughter's summer day camp, and the start of school. So we've made assorted arrangements to keep her occupied & supervised. Today was, as she called it "daddy & daughter day" -- I took a day off work to spend with her. Unfortunately, bad weather blew my initial plans (mostly outdoor activities) away. But I did have some indoor backup plans. We went out for most of the day and had fun, then came home around dinner.

She's been asking about the Temple of Elemental Evil boardgame, since I've had the box out. We played Dungeon! again a few weeks ago (with my wife as well) and I described it as "kind of like Dungeon! but with a lot more rules. Recommended age is 14+, my daughter's only 8, but she's really bright. A couple days ago she suggested we could play it today, and my wife told me she was talking about it last night & this morning, so who am I to disagree!

We played the first scenario from the campaign. I left out the background about murdered friends and switched the "Massacre Site" tile for the "Oubliette" tile. She played the ranger, I played the cleric. She took to it like a pro -- making me do the dangerous work & act as a tank, while using her archery to pick off all the monsters (and collect all the treasure.)

Her good tactical sense combined with her strong imagination and still being a great age for "pretend play" make me wonder if I should introduce her to some kid-friendly RPG-ing. I follow a few other parents running RPGs with their kids & friends on their blogs & social media. Maybe I should take the dive?

Today I got Stuff! In the Mail! that will supplement several of my ongoing projects. (Thank you Shadespyre!) Half orcs (and one will fit perfectly for a character for which I've been hunting for a figure lately!), high/sea elf, what appears to be a robo-clown (who I'm already generating backstory for) and a witch-hunter.

Also more of the old Citadel "armoured skeletons" which I can probably never have enough of. But this is especially good timing since I recently won an absolute bargain on some of the Black Tree knock-offs, who can serve as back rankers. Add in a few other stray skeleton figures, and I think I've now got a solid sized unit for this year's Deadcember tradition!

23 August 2019

Gaming Table Checkup

As summer winds down, I found myself in the garage and thought try to peek up in the rafters, for my annual checkup of what's left of my gaming table.

Yup. Still there.

I miss it. And my lonely old attic. And time to spend there.

Pic of when the tabletops were first finished.

Context shot from when I was using the table for photographing some figures & (then new) terrain.

19 August 2019

Witch Blaster (early warning)

I painted a few peasants. Quick and crude painting.

I'm also rummaging through old figures for a suitable witch hunter. I came up with these two, though neither fits my original mental image. But I'll see if I can work with them. I think the guy on the left seems more like a witch hunter to me, maybe the guy on the right is a herald of some sort...?

12 August 2019

Spinning Old Figures into the Web

Some old figures painted years ago, but they were out and working their way into the "Althammer" stories evolving in my head.

Long ago the orcs were driven from the Old World. The Old Gods as well. But among the Great Orcs of the Grey Mountains, a few refused to flee or end the fight. For over a hundred years, one of these stubborn beasts -- the Khorc -- has fought on. The legends vary. It is unknown whether the Khorc is a single orc who forged a pact with the Dark Powers and has gained an extended lifespan. Some legends say that he lives as long as he fights. Blood and skulls fuel his body and soul. According to other stories, there have been several Khorcs, each defeating the previous wielder of the great daemonic axe and chaos armour, claiming the artifacts as trophies and extending the battle...

Merchants and adventurers sail the globe to make their fortunes in Marienburg. Some do so under more favorable winds....

06 August 2019

Of the Grill, Elemental Evil, and even more Oathmark

Home alone this past Saturday night. A rare occurrence. The first part of the day was spent being responsible. But I decided to indulge once dinner hit. Grilled some steak and ate outside on a pleasant afternoon. (Saved one for the next morning's breakfast, but my asshole dog ruined that plan.) A few glasses of La Fin du Monde accompanied me through my evening's adventures...

I built (10) more Oathmark humans (a couple of GW heads used for variety again. I've now got (20) built and I'm debating whether to use the remaining for (10) archers or (5) archers and (5) more melee troops.

Then I finally broke the seal on the Temple of Elemental Evil board game I've had sitting around for about 2.5 years. I've been planning to try solo gaming of some sort to scratch the itch, I finally had an evening to indulge...

After reading a little on BGG, I opted to run the solo game with (3) heroes: ranger, cleric, rogue. They struggled to make it through the first scenario, and the unexpected deadly killer of the group is the rogue. In fact, game would have been over already if he hadn't saved it at least twice now. At the end I realized that not only didn't I separate the "advanced" cards out (fought a lot of tough opponents!) but I also forgot to collect treasure until the end of the scenario!

The second mission went much easier.

I'm debating whether I should paint the minis or not.

It was a fun game, and solo is better than no gaming, even if it took this long to get to it. It would have been more enjoyable with friends, though. Still, I hope I can run through the rest of the campaign.

The previous weekend was my daughter's 8th birthday. For the first time, she wanted to have her party at home. We're lucky that her birthday is in Summer, so we have outdoor options available. We borrowed a bounce-house from some friends. The party theme was loosely "monsters" and dressing up/cosplay was encouraged. (My daughter was a zombie.) As I was chaperoning the bounce house, one of the kids dropped this awesome mask over my head and told me I was "a unicorn dad now."