Friday, 16 March 2018

Crimson Fists

When I first started collecting miniatures, it was very much with fantasy in mind.  I had been introduced to gaming through the Talisman board game, Fighting Fantasy books and a bit later on, the D&D red box set.  When I first saw Warhammer 2nd edition, there existed the odd picture with fantasy figures firing lasers, and I instinctively recoiled fantasy?  You should never cross streams.  However, when Rogue Trader was released I instantly fell in love with the cover image.  It was dark and gritty.  The good guys were losing and I loved them for it.

After I had acquired my first marines (RTB01 boxed set), I eventually painted a Tactical squad, followed by a second, then some Devastators, a couple of Dreadnoughts, some characters - you get the idea.  I played endless games against a friend’s Harlequins and I think I won two games in about 100.  This was the era of random profiles, equipment and psychic powers.  My opponent would roll for the random stuff at home before he arrived and would conveniently have the most advantageous load-outs. He steadfastly refused to re-roll them as well (the twat). This was brilliant though because it allowed me to re-enact the cover of the Rogue trader book.  I (foolishly) gave the army away in the late 90s and only have my original medic left.

When GW released the ubiquitous Tactical boxed set in 2000 (?), I set about rebuilding my army.  I didn’t really game between 2001 and 2012 so putting the army together was more of a collecting thing.  I have painted about 5000 points worth which equates to half a Battle Company and 15 armoured vehicles, with another 15 vehicles and two and a half companies of marines awaiting paint (and have been since 2014).  Sometimes I over-do things a touch.

I also made a grievous error.  I’ve always painted both fists on my ‘Fists red, not making the connection with the fact that only veterans can have two red hands.  In my WH40k universe, the Crimson Fists have two red fists because otherwise the paint scheme wouldn’t balance and I’d have an army of power armoured Michael Jacksons.

Anyway, enough waffle...

This is the first model that I’ve painted for my marines in three years and was painted in late 2017.  May I present, Pedro Kantor.

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Infinity Test Model

Another model painted last year as a precursor to a larger force (currently another 31 sat primed in a box). I wanted to try an urban scheme for Haqqislam yet without the ball-ache of painting a digital camo scheme.  I’m fairly happy with the result.

Sunday, 4 February 2018

A wizard’s staff should have a knob on the end...

I painted this fellow last year as the main antagonist in the D&D campaign. He comes from the Nolzur’s Marvellous Miniatures range. I’ve left off the spell effect on his left hand, I’m still thinking about how best to incorporate it.  Overall, a reasonably good quality model, the detail is a bit soft in places, but nothing too horrible.

Sunday, 28 January 2018

And the Halfling makes five...

The final member of the Otherworld Miniatures D&D adventuring party, and a late starter, Lindal Tealeaf.  Although Lindal joined the party quite far into the campaign, he soon made up for lost time. He had the uncanny knack of being able to produce critical hits with his short bow which translated in game terms into slotting various goons by shooting arrows into one or other of their eyes.

Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Frank the tank.

Frank was Dwarven cleric who signally failed to do very much healing at all. What Frank really preferred to do was hit things incredibly hard with his hammer, usually with spectacularly gruesome results.  He gained a goblin sidekick he rescued from Axe’s attempted torture, whom he named Nemo, and a goat for which he commissioned a saddle (he never did get to ride it).

Sunday, 31 December 2017

Dobby the ranger don’t make no resolutions...

Well.  That was 2017.  Where did it go?  Bugger.

Despite starting the year with the intention of painting, I spent the first two thirds of it prepping and building models.  I built 186 models for D&D from various ranges and primed nearly 600 for a multitude of games, most of them in one glorious five day stretch in August.  To be fair, the first half of the year was largely overtaken by a house move - preparing the old house for sale and then all the rigmarole of sorting out the new house (which still isn’t completely sorted).

In the end, I managed to paint 158 miniatures of all sizes so I’m fairly happy with that.  None of which have appeared on the blog yet.  As I said - bugger.  My intention when starting the blog was to regularly update it with my painting progress and for it to also act as a record of all my previous painting.  I don’t make New Year’s resolutions because I’m all too aware that in my case the mind is willing, but the flesh is weak. Having said that, I do want to post more regularly.  I think a lot of the posts may just be a unit or model that I’ve painted in the past, but not recorded in the virtual world, and will therefore be presented without much comment.

Saturday, 25 November 2017

Ed the elf.

Although I'm a huge Star Wars fan and have bought into Armada, X-Wing, Imperial Assault, and West End Game's rpg, I've come to the realisation that I'm never going to play Star Wars Legion. Is it that it's a different scale than Imperial Assault thus requiring buying duplicates of models already owned? No. Is it due to the real and present danger that every time I mooch about lookin' fer fings, I risk being being crushed under models that I have little chance of ever painting? Nope. It's solely down to the inescapable truth that I hate, haaate, painting *#@!ing stormtroopers.

I came to this realisation two weekends ago when, after spending 6 hours painstakingly layering white on two and a half storm troopers, and being somewhat miffed with how utterly shite they looked, I promptly masked off the blasters and hit them with white spray primer from above. The result looked far better than what I'd achieved by careful application of paint. Now, don't get me wrong, they're not award winning models, but from two feet away they're more than acceptable. I haven't managed to photograph them yet so I'll post another Otherworld adventurer.

This is Ed the elf. His thirst for blood almost always superceded spellcasting.  When he did cast, it was most often Shocking Grasp, which would then invariably critically fail to hit with the hilarious side effect of electrocuting one of his comrades. Usually on the helmet. No, not that one. 
After inadvertently reaching into the wrong holster, Ed menaced the Goblin King with his latest purchase from Ann Summers.