Thursday, 15 September 2016

Old Fantasy Figures

Hi Chaps,

The packing continues at a snails pace as progress on completion is very slow. Anyway I took the opportunity to snap some pictures of my little men before they go into storage. This stuff seems to be random fantasy and was never part of any big scheme for an army-how many of us are guilty of this I wonder?








The Lord of the Rings miniatures are part of a set-I never really settled with the game though my eldest son enjoyed it. The Perry twins are without doubt world leaders in their field and nice guys to boot but I just find their stuff too small for my old eyes.







Reaper have been a great discovery (I Colombused them) this last year or two, My medieval/fantasy streets are no longer as empty! The angry looking Chap with sword and axe was the first mini I painted from Games Workshop, the base says 1984 and this could well have been the year! Those were the days....enamel paints and turps, though I think this guy got a repaint years ago.




The Czar and his son are a WIP obviously the bases need finishing but they were fun to paint, his wife and daughter are next on my list...useful for Back of Beyond maybe?

Thanks for looking, I will pack this lot away now....only a few more left (well 50+).

Keep Blogging I do need to see your work.

Sunday, 11 September 2016

Vintage Games Workshop Fantasy Figures

Hi Chaps,

As part of my packing regime I am taking photos of my figures and terrain as they are put into storage, today it was mostly Elves and more Bretonnian archers.


These 10 guys have been given dull jackets and a grim look...there are another 10 waiting to be painted which would eventually amount to 36 archers and command. I have just noticed that their bases are not finished!

The Elves have just been collected over the last few months and happily there are some Mantic versions of the Witch Elves on the way along with a Witch and Cauldron which will make a nice small army....


as everything I do is centered on solo gaming I try to keep my units to a limit of 12 figures but a unit of spear men has grown to 18....more figures will have to be purchased to even this matter out. A unit of Cold Ones will almost see the end of this "army" as it will be big enough for my Sigmar and Dragon Rampant battles.


The last figure is a pet Goblin, sadly I now paint my Goblins in a pale flesh colour as it makes them look more disturbing, maybe they go green if kept captive? Games Workshop really were world leaders in figure manufacturing including these little gems in their figure boxes. Maybe the Age of Sigmar has ended all this silly fun?

Keep blogging Chaps, not many more figure shelves to clear now-the biggest is the 30K shelf,

Wednesday, 7 September 2016

Bretonnian, Lion Rampant medieval, Age of Sigmar.

Hi Chaps,

The packing continues at a leisurely pace as the date for the move seems to disappear into the distance every time I speak to a solicitor.....it is not rocket science but....

Anyway as I was packing this morning I took some pictures of my medieval force. To be honest this could be Bretonnian, medieval, Dragon Rampant etc it is very versatile.





On order are a few more figures and a character model from Black Tree Designs who are running a sale and are well worth a look at as their ranges are large and interesting.

http://eoeorbisuk.com/

The link should take you to the homepage, I will use them to finish this Bretonnian army as they have Damsels and spearmen-I have no idea what their delivery time is like as they are new to me.





Building this army has cost less or around £5 a week for a couple of months, buying by the unit has filled my painting time and ensured that I do not acquire a plastic mountain. By staying focused and not having the choice of figure or unit to paint has meant that I have actually produced half an army quickly.






In waiting are a further 20 Bretonnian bowmen (bought from ebay) which were unpainted and for me a real find. Once my Damsel is painted I suppose this could be considered a complete smallish army but I doubt I will be able to leave anything that crops up on ebay in the future.

To fight these chaps I have the start of an Elvish army currently 47 figures strong and in camp waiting for reinforcements. Somehow I have acquired some camp followers and villagers as well as a few Frostgrave figures and monsters.....indeed a small world is growing on my shelves!

Keep blogging Chaps!

Sunday, 4 September 2016

Secondhand Bretonnian Archers

Hi Chaps,

It has been a busy week preparing to move so almost nothing was completed on the hobby front. A few pleasurable hours have been spent looking at the blogs of some very talented painters and gamers which is great for inspiration.

Today saw the end of an ebay auction where I purchased 20 Bretonnian bowmen....happy days and the start of a plastic mountain for that rainy day. If anyone is interested in Bretonnia I can heartily recommend the website below where inspiration and information is everywhere.

http://www.roundtable-bretonnia.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=60&Itemid=63

Well maybe the next update will be from my new HQ. The plan is for a mancave but don't let the wife know just yet I want it to dawn upon her slowly.

Keep blogging Chaps.

Sunday, 28 August 2016

Secondhand Games Workshop Elves

Hi Chaps,

Today was pretty productive and in the space of a couple of hours I had completed 12 Elves. These have had a hard life and I bought them painted off Ebay for around 50 pence per figure....I am on a tight budget and these (22 in total) figures will help create 3 spear units of 12 figures each.

As my objective is to get enough figures for a small army as cheaply as possible and as quick as possible the paintwork was basic, just one highlight. Still as a unit they look effective, just four more to paint and that will be 36 spears, 10 archers and a female hero. Next on the list are some of the dinosaur riders or the Mantic female types. I am not sure exactly what the Mantic figures are meant to be but they look as though they would fit in.




Keep blogging guys, this hobby can be done on the cheap!

Saturday, 27 August 2016

Frostgrave thugs and an Elf

Hi Chaps,

Just a quick update-I am trying to mop up any odd figures before my move so this selection got a coat of paint. The Elf is a Reaper mini and sadly not one of their better castings. Too much tiny detail and a messy figure to do anything with unfortunately. The thugs will always find a role and they were much easier to paint....



Sometime after my house move I hope to start a new project and already many hours of "research" have been spent wandering around various manufacturers websites.....I cannot be alone in thinking that this is a golden age for the miniature gamer? So far the North West Frontier is looking very attractive, how do you Chaps pick a new project? Does it start with a film, book or figure range?

Keep blogging guys I need your information and inspiration.

Thursday, 25 August 2016

The Zombie Project

Hi Chaps,

As I was having to pack these figures ready for the impending move I thought I would take some pictures of them together. I would hesitate to call this lot an army but it tops 100 figures and a good number of vehicles so maybe it translates to a small 28 mm traditional army?






The Zeds are all plastic and come from Warlord (much improved on the Wargames Factory models) and from Zombicide. They were fun to paint and I just painted the duplicate models in a different colour scheme to break things up.





The vehicles are pound shop buys or old Corgi's found on car boot sales, the Humvee is from Grubby tanks and was very cheap.







The survivors are Warlord, Airfix and the odd metal figure that seemed to fit in (Empress and Grubby I think). Again the Warlord figures are of much better quality than Wargames Factory. I decided to leave all the figure bases blank/black for this project.

Finally the scratch built houses and scatter terrain....much more are needed.





Thanks for looking, this was a fun project that hopefully will get some game time in the future.

Keep blogging Chaps.