Saturday, July 16, 2016

More Silver Tower Denizens

Almost two months in, and I can see the end of the Silver Tower painting project...just not quite there yet. However, this week, I got a lot closer by finishing off the 8 Chaos Familiars and 2 Deathstalker models.

The Familiars are great little models; full of whimsey. There are the walking books, the fish, dragonettes and..."moon-headed guys"...whatever they are. I felt I had the freedom to really go to town on these guys and just make up all sorts of outrageous paint schemes. So, that's what happened.

The Deathrunner model was pretty cool. I had done some Skaven last year, so was familiar with how I'd approach doing this guy.

A simple paint scheme, but the model is strong enough to show off with just minimal paint attention.

Well, all that's left on the adversary side of the game is the Ogroid and Gaunt Summoner. They are next!

'Til next time.

Monday, July 11, 2016

Baleful Realmgates

GW has a pile of new terrain pieces out for Age of Sigmar, and these Baleful Realmgate models caught my eye. A short build and painting project to make up for the pitiful gate model I've been using in the D&D game.

Hmmm, the paint job on the box art is much more impressive. Think I'll throw this box away an imagine I never saw it. ;^)

'Til next time.

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Painting Skeletons: Step-by-Step

When it comes to assembly line painting lots of figures for a table-top army, it doesn't get much easier than skeletons. Here's a quick way to get lots of skellies on the table.

First, the main set of painting operations are laid out here for you. White base coat, a home-made dark wash, bone, umber and then aged white.

So, I've started with some skeleton archers from the GW Tomb Kings Skeleton Warriors box. Here, assembled and based with sand.

The simple process begins with a base coat of white spray.

Next is a brushed-on coat of home-made dark wash. The recipe is pretty straightforward: floor wax, a little black paint and a little dark brown paint. Finally, a touch of matt medium to take the shine off. Here, the base coated white models are on the left, and the dark-washed models are on the right.

Next comes a light overspray of Vallejo Skeleton Bone. You can see it applied to the models on the right in this photo.

The next step is a glaze of Umber Wash. That's Umber Wash mixed with some Vallejo Glaze Medium. Here, the skeletons on the right have the glaze layer applied.

Finally, each model gets a final spray of Aged White, just from the top down.

Once all the bone is done, it's time to paint in the few details on the models. This includes the bows, quivers and a few bits of armor and jewelry.

And then it's time to finish off the bases. These are done with the Foundry Base Sand set of colors. Quick and perfectly fine table-top quality models. Ready for just about any game system you care to use.

'Til next time.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Grot Scuttlings...And A Lot To Throw Away

The Silver Tower project continues. Today, the Grot Scuttlings came off the hobby table. Hmmm, really don't like these figures much. But now at least they're painted, and the whole project is more than half over. Next will be the Deathrunner, I think.

OK, Warmachine Mk3 is out. That means that all my Mk2 stuff is garbage. So I pulled out all my Mk2 unit cards.

Ouch...and this went into the garbage.

Oh well, that's the way of it. Had another Mk3 game this evening with Elliot and had a good time. Still pretty rusty with my rules so far...but playing to get better. Liking my new Thyra list.

'Til next time.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Horrors From the Silver Tower

Latest batch of figures from the Silver Tower set are the Horrors of Tzeentch.

The airbrush got a heavy workout on these guys, which made the project go very quick. Nice, articulated sculpts. A pleasure to paint. And now, more pieces done for the Silver Tower game. I figure I'm about half way through the set now.

On the Warmachine front, the Mk3 release is imminent. To prepare, I put together another Repenter. Lots of flamethrower goodness. Now if only Privateer would make some nice hard plastic models, instead of these crappy soft resiny-plastic 'jack figures.

Affection for the great Kings of War rule set continues. Last night Coltman came over for a 2000-point game. His Kingdoms of Men army is composed of Sassanid Persians. 

Next up...Grot Scuttlings for Silver Tower.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Tzaangors from Silver Tower

Next up from the Silver Tower set are the Tzaangors. OK...just a minute. Last week I painted up the Acolytes from that set. I did them first because they seemed pretty straight forward. I counted about 20 paint operations per figure. But these Tzaangors are off the charts. I'm estimating over a hundred paint operations per figure. Talk about complex!

But the results are nice, and worth it. They are excellent, if somewhat eccentric, figures.

I've also started back into Warmachine, with the release of the latest Mk3 rule set. This past week I played against Elliot and his Khador Man O' War brick...

...and Garnett, who trotted out a tough Scaverous list.

Mk3 plays a lot like the old Mk2, but just with less jankiness. Enjoyed both games, and I'll be playing more.

Next up from Silver Tower will be the Horrors.

'Til next time.

Monday, June 20, 2016

Cultists Slip Into the Workflow

These 10 guys have been sitting on my painting table, and my game table, for several months now. I just needed to finish off a few details in order to clear them for good. And that happened today.

These are the multi-part, hard plastic figures from the Frostgrave collection. Pretty cool models, and every one you build is unique. I swapped out a few torsos and other bits from the Frostgrave soldiers box as well. Everything in this line is pretty good. Recommended.

I like the Frostgrave game, as well as these models. Not as detailed as metal, or recent GW releases, but still really solid for all sorts of gameplay.

Next up is more Silver Tower stuff.

'Til next time.