Friday, May 6, 2016

Figure for a Giant Princess

This is a largish figure from Reaper for a Frost Giant Princess. I needed a figure for the daughter of a Cloud Giant King, so this one fit the bill nicely.

Great model. Lots of character and interesting detail in the sculpt.

I have a number of other Reaper giants, so after my experience with this model, I'm looking forward to painting the others.

'Til next time.

Saturday, April 30, 2016


Time for some more RPG figures. These two got rolled out last week. The first is Reaper's Eldritch Demon, which has a strong Cthulian feel to him.

Super-easy to paint up. Base coat was a bright green sprayed over a deep purple. Pink on the tentacles  and a few details, along with a drybrush...and done.

This guy is a Reaper Bathalian called D'Kul. It's OK to just say Mind Flayer.

Really like this figure. Very simple, but flavourful...and gets the Ilithid aesthetic across perfectly in a D&D game.

'Til next time.

Monday, April 11, 2016

Kings of War Damage Markers

Latest project off the table is a set of damage markers for Kings of War.

I started with these MDF spinning dial blanks, numbered 1 – 12, and then built up some whimsical scenics to keep them interesting on the game table. I started with spackle, then finished up with traditional glue and sand with static grass. The dials are from's the link.

Four are based on rising skeleton models from Foundry.

Another four are shield and weapon arrangements collected from various accessory packs.

Anyway, very handy little markers which circumvent marking Kings of War casualties with errant dice on the game table.

'Til next time.

Sunday, March 13, 2016

A Busy Hobby Table...

...but not much getting finished.

I think most of us run into this phenomenon: Lots of projects started, but not much coming off the table. I'm in the middle of that right now. Here's the current state of affairs...

In the last couple of weeks, I've started a lot of new projects...mostly to support new games and armies I want to get underway. First off is an expansion project for my Kings of War Lizardmen. There is a unit called Hero on Winged Fire Drake (or something like that). This, of course, requires a Winged Fire Drake that can take a hero figure on his back. I found one in the Reaper catalog, and started the build. I have a Lizarman figure for this (unpainted, of course), and just need to build his flight seat.

Also for the Lizardman army expansion, I have a flight of three Ripperdactyls. Painting is underway, but these guys are still a long way from being finished.

Speaking of which, same can be said for this second group of Lizardman cavalry. Half painted...but when will they get finished?!?

Next up is a new (big) painting project. My second Kings of War army is going to be a Middle-earth-themed Undead army. I have a lot of the figures for this collected, and ready to go. The larger pieces are currently on the table. Starting with "Revenant King on Flying Wyrm," which in Middle-earth terms equates to Nazgul on Fell Beast. Here's the Fell Beast, assembled and awaiting attention.

And then there are the army's other two captains. One: "Vampire on Undead Dragon," otherwise known as a Balrog. Two: "Liche King," or as I like to call him, Sauron as the Necromancer.

On the role-playing front, a number of new projects. First, this Reaper Frost Giant figure. Half-painted, of course. Skin and hair done. Looking to paint the clothing now.

Then there is this awesome Behir figure from Gale Force 9. Half-painted. Again. Love the detail in this guy's sculpt.

And from the makers of Frostgrave, I have 10 cultists on the table. Weird. Half-painted. Jeeze...they've already been used in a game. They need to get finished off!

Another project on the go is a set of damage markers for Kings of War.

I settled on these turning disks for damage markers, and bought the type with blank tops in order to do some customization and create little casualty dioramas. I'm going to start with shields, helms and discarded weapons. But, of course, that requires me to paint these accessories in order to get finished. Not surprisingly...not done yet.

Well, it's no time to get depressed about hobby table projects that aren't getting done. Happily, stuff that is done is being well-used on a regular basis. Last week we had a D&D game, and the Viking longboat got trotted out...

...along with a goodly chunk of model buildings and civilian figures. It felt good to get this stuff on the game table.

In addition, I'm starting to get more Kings of War games in. Here, my Lizarmen are doing battle with Tom Carter's Orcs.

So, doing blog reports turn out to be just another form of procrastination. Back to the painting table.

'Til next time.

Monday, February 29, 2016

Making a Kings of War Display Board

So, I've spent the last two weeks building a display board for my Kings of War Lizardman army. It was a bigger project than I anticipated!

I started with an Ikea serving tray. This would serve as the foundation for the display board. I picked the Ikea tray because it had a nice wood finish, and carrying handles...very handy for moving an army around during a tournament! I also picked up a big piece of cork bark from the local pet store. After cutting up the cork, it was time to build an arrangement.

I wanted to use the cork bark as a mountainous backdrop for the display board. After settling on the general look of the backdrop, I glued all the major pieces into place.

I knew I'd be doing a lot of spray painting and glueing on the board, and I didn't want to ruin the tray's wooden finish. So, painters tape went on every exposed wooden surface.

The mountains were backed with pink foam board, and the gaps were filled with plaster.

Next, the cork bark mountains were supplemented with extra decorative rock and cork ballast. Then, the mountains and backing were spray painted. I used an acrylic black primer to ensure that the foam did not dissolve! The mountains were then sprayed with a succession of grey tones and coloured inks. The whole range was then drybrushed to finish off the rocky look.

I placed a natural cave entrance in the middle of the backdrop, which I wanted to frame with a pre-historic post-and-lintel entranceway. This was made from pink foam and plaster.

The post-and-lintel was going to be adorned with Lizardman glyphs. These are metal GW pieces saved in a box for many years! Sprayed gold and washed orange.

The glyphs were then glued on to the stone portal.

This small structure was then glued down to the board, and I started the process of laying down thinned white glue and sand to texture up the main part of the display board.

The groundwork was then primed black and sprayed a few shades of brown. I then spent some time drybrushing with orange-brown.

Next came an overall drybrush of off-white, followed by the application of random patches of white glue and static grass. The tape was removed (this was actually a time-consuming, horrible job...the tape was inadvertently glued down to the board)!

And there you have it...a display board for the Lizardmen!

Thematic, easy to carry around on tournament day, and not half-bad-looking to boot.

Up next: more Lizardmen, of course!

'Til next time.

Sunday, February 21, 2016

A Few More Lizardmen

I needed a few filler pieces for my KoW Lizardman regiments, so yesterday I knocked out 5 quick soldiers. Can almost do these guys with eyes closed now.

'Til next time.

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Lizardman Cavalry

Here's another unit of GW Lizardmen that will see service in Kings of War

I started painting the mounts well over a year ago (maybe two), but never got around to finishing them, or painting the riders.

A situation now rectified.

Hmmm, what next?

'Til next time.