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.

Pizza (base) Hut.

Hi Chaps,

A few hours yesterday were spent cutting and scribing some extruded styrene into the shape of a cabin. Household tester pots provided colour and the base was a random piece of mdf. In all this item just cost me the time to make it...maybe pennies.

So now my 28mm adventurers have a cabin to call home! This was fun and proves that if we war gamers try our hobby is cheap.

Sorry about the photo quality, today it has decided to be autumnal and is duller outside than inside? I did manage to put one of the two sides to this building in upside down making one window lower than the other but I rolled with it as it adds to the randomness and well, you can't really tell.

The last pic below was taken during the bases rule!

Keep blogging Chaps!

Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Old Games Workshop Goblins

Hi Chaps,

Well it is a very unBritish 28 degrees here so forgive me for writing this in shorts whilst sipping french Lager with ice (times are hard).

Despite the inclement weather some painting has been done on some rather forgotten little figures. These little chaps came in a boxed set from over 10 years ago and painted by my eldest. So, a repaint and I have a unit of Goblins which of course I have absolutely no need for.

The shields are a work in progress though I may just leave them alone.... as I was painting this gaggle of Goblins I also finished a barricade for my Bretonnian archers, there is a second waiting paint and two more waiting to be built.

On the rules front I have been reading about the new Congo set with interest and also the Men Who Would be Kings. Exciting times as my Zombie project has come to an end. Over 100 figures and 6 vehicles painted and based. Before I pack them away for the house move I may attempt to photograph them all as proof of a project complete.

So, what to do next? I cannot go on repainting old Games Workshop figures forever (though I have just bought some more). All this heat is pointing me towards the Congo-lots of cheap plastic animals to be had and some interesting terrain could be made.....

Keep blogging Chaps.

Sunday, 21 August 2016

Reclaimed Figures, almost complete.

Hi Chaps,

This weekend will see the end of my Ebay Elves which are now mostly repainted. These figures had lost a lot of detail because of the layers of paint...or possibly there was another cause?

A couple of the figures had air bubbles in them which I have never seen on a plastic figure....also the spears seemed a little bendy. As these guys already had a coat or two of paint on them and were securely glued onto their bases it was impossible to tell if they were actually resin or plastic.

Whatever they were made of they are now painted and I have the basis of three units should I stumble upon anymore of these fine figures. I will not be rushing out to create an army but they were fun in their own special way-maybe I will be avoiding previously painted figures in future.........unless they are cheap like these!

Thursday, 18 August 2016

Old Games Workshop Figures bought cheaply

Hi Chaps,

The current run on my household pound continues so I have had to get creative and expand my horizons-or is that lose some of my prejudices? At one time (which lasted more than a quarter of a century!) I would never have considered a fantasy game, although I did try D+D. Then we got Frostgrave and Dragon Rampant and I learned to relax a bit. (If this goes on I will be a tree hugging hippie in 150 years or so).

Anyway as I like painting but have very little disposable income I searched for fantasy figures and found some 4th or 5th edition Elves. It turns out that these are great sculpts but unfortunately they seem to have been painted more than once and then undercoated again. As I was a "real" wargamer I missed these the first time around and how I regret that missed opportunity! Did you know that a "bad" elf army has dudes riding dinosaurs!?

Here are a few pics of the Elves as they were painted, they are currently awaiting their bases being completed-the command will be undercoated tomorrow and hopefully join the oddball rank and file. The figures cost 40P this rate I will have an army to fight my Templars in a few weeks and they may just scrape passable in my cabinet.

The Goblins have been in a drawer for around forever and they seem to have painted up OK, there are lots of them, (did they breed?). The units are small but can be expanded now at my leisure though I am definitely going to purchase some witches and the cool dino riders who may well get some female heads just to add to the craziness.

Take a bow Games Workshop, I will use Age of Sigmar rules and war scrolls to get stats for the elves-thank goodness the codex thing is dead. I do hope that 40K gets the Sigmar treatment next-it means that I could afford to play it.

Sorry about the long post, keep blogging Chaps!

Tuesday, 16 August 2016

Reaper Miniatures Mage

Hi Chaps,

Another early start before dawn saw this little guy finished off, I have to say that he was really irritating to paint as there was too much detail. Reaper miniatures (I buy mine off ebay UK) are a really good source of figures for the financially challenged such as myself,

So now I have some sort of magician, possibly for Frostgrave (never played it yet though the rules are seem very good) or maybe Sigmar....

Thanks for looking.