Saturday, August 23, 2014

28mm Wolves

I recently ordered up a 3-pack of wolves from Reaper. Nice models...really like these guys.

I haven't painted dogs/wolves before, so I went straight to the internet and found some good source images. Here were the steps I used to paint a miniature inspired by this image:

The castings were really clean, so very little clean up. I mounted the wolf on a base and glued some sand down. After that dried, the figure got primed white, and then it got the usual dark wash treatment.

I painted up the base before moving onto the figure.

I started with a light golden brown.

Then added in the black patches.

I added a sepia wash, off-white dry brush, and finished the face/nose/mouth area.

And here was the finished wolf with the base flocked.

I then used this photo as a guideline for my second wolf...

...which is here.

And finally, I worked up a black wolf based on this image.

And here he is.


I liked each of these sculpts...good work, Reaper.

'Til next time.

D&D Player Characters

I'm running a couple of 5th edition D&D demos over the next month, so I wanted to get some RPG figures finished up and ready to go. I ordered up some Reaper figures from their various fantasy lines.  Started with seven minis, cleaned up, based and ready for priming,


Added a dark wash, then worked up the skin first.

After working on them on-and-off for about two weeks, I settled on the five I was going to finish off this weekend. And here they are...

A Dwarven cleric.

A human fighter.

A Halfling rogue.

An Elven wizard.

And a light fighter.

Really love the Reaper figures. Nice detail and castings are great. These five figures correspond to the pre-generated characters provided in the D&D 5th edition basic set. Well...close enough, anyway.

'Til next time.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Mule Cart and Drovers

This week, I continued my work on an RPG project (intended for use with the new 5th edition D&D). To wit...a mule cart and three drovers.

This cart, along with the accompanying figures, all came from Gripping Beast. The cart came with a good selection of baggage...just haven't painted it up yet.

The models are pretty good, with just enough detail to make them table-worthy. And it's nice to have some peasants in the miniature collection. It's remarkable how many times you just want a few civilians on the game table and can't find anything appropriate. Anyway, these guys will do nicely.

Well, this model was fun, but it's time to get some good old-fashioned player character models off the painting table...

'Til next time.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Two Dead Horses

Hi all. Just a short update this week. I have a pretty big RPG painting project underway, but did manage to finish off two pieces this week...two dead/dying horses. Morbid, yes...but you need this sort of thing handy from time to time. I believe the sculpts are from Gripping Beast, but can't be sure...found them in the parts bin. 

They also make great cavalry casualty markers for some game systems.

'Til next time.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Gun Mages and eStryker

There is a local painting challenge (found at Tale of Warmachine Painters): 100 points in one year. So essentially, everyone in the group (and there must be 50 of us) has pledged to paint 10 points of Warmachine units per month with two "free" months away from the paint brush.

So, for July, I've painted up eStryker, worth 5 points as a Warcaster, and a unit of Gun Mages for 6 points.

Nothing special with eStryker...and honestly, he was a little rushed.

Now, my beef is with the Gun Mages. For some reason I just hated painting these guys. And I spent a lot of time on them...and still, they look rushed to me and a little incomplete. But they were just awful to do. No idea why...just didn't like the whole experience

Painting can be funny that way sometimes.

'Til next time.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

D&D 5th Edition and Some Ratmen

I got the role playing bug again. So as game ideas were swirling around in my head, I heard that Wizards was putting out yet another edition of Dungeons & Dragons (called D&D Next for some reason). Actually, getting a new edition of D&D out, after the twin disasters of 4th Ed and the rocketing popularity of Pathfinder, makes perfect sense. D&D was hemorrhaging market share. Better to admit your mistake and get a better version of the game out ASAP.

Anyway, I found the idea of dipping my toes back into D&D a little intriguing. I haven't played D&D since 1st edition AD&D over 30 years ago. There have been so many superior role playing games published since then. I wondered what the state of the D&D game was 30 years on...and the price was right. I picked up the new introductory boxed set for just $20.

To be honest, I was impressed with what I found. The core of D&D hasn't changed, so there is an archaic feel to it. Six stats, D20 rolls, different sized dice for hit points and weapon damage...all that sort of thing. However, as I read the rules, I could see that they were very much more streamlined and logical than old D&D used to be. And, from what I heard about 4th edition, this one is much less "video gamey."

I had my rules and the intro adventure (which is pretty good...taking characters from 1st to 5th level in the Forgotten Realms setting) spiral bound and re-covered. The box also comes with 5 pre-generated characters (these are actually really well done and serve as a good entry point for the game) and a set of dice.

I plan on running a few intro games of the boxed set adventure with some people in August and September, just to try out the rules and see if i can cobble a regular RPG group back together.

To kick things off on the hobby front, I painted up a set of Ratmen (GW Skaven from the Island of Blood set). I'll be able to use these for role playing and skirmish gaming with Song of Blades and Heroes.

Now I need to get some Warmachine pieces finished off...this stuff never ends!

'Til next time.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Mirkwood Rangers

Last Christmas, I got a boxed set of Mirkwood Rangers (i.e. Wood Elves) from GW's Hobbit range. I was feeling a little OD'd on Warmachine, so I decided to knock these guys out this past week.

First of all, I know GW's Middle-earth range is in a smaller, more lifelike-proportioned "28mm" than their normal stuff...but these Elves seemed very small to me. Regardless, the sculpts were great, and the box of 10 figures contained no duplicates. Those two facts alone erased any misgivings I had about scale. 

Here are five of the figures assembled and based. Each figure was composed of two pieces...and the poses are very dynamic.

Some of the figures primed white.

Here, all the figures are primed, and each has been given a dark wash to pre-shade and pop out details to aid in the painting process.

Painting went backwards for me this time. I usually start with skin and work my way out on each figure. However, I wanted an overall green scheme on these Elves, and green...light green in particular...can be hard to brush paint. So I wanted to airbrush on the initial base coat. So...I masked off the faces, hair and hands with ticky-tac putty.

And then sprayed on a couple of shades of light green. I then removed the putty, which left the faces and hands ready for a good skin coat later in the process.

Before getting to the skin and hair (which I did last), I painted in the green cloth highlights, leather armor and some of the metal bits.

Finally, bows, arrows, knives, hands, faces and hair were completed...bases were finished off and the project was done.

'Til next time!