Wednesday, 16 January 2013

New Khurasan Combat Ferrets!

Ferrets ready for action!
(Not the best photo.. It turns out my new flat has some really bad lighting conditions. I need to build a new light tent setup soon.)

It's not often I get to scoop the interwebs... But Jon from Khurasan Miniatures has allowed me to post this pic of some space Mustelids (Ferrets, Otters and weasels on earth) that he will be releasing in the future. I imagine the near future, as they are lovely metal castings he sent along with.. Well, that's a secret still.

I actually painted these guys last November, but have been keeping the lid on them as usual with pre-release minis. They are especially cool for me, as a long time ferret owner. My last ferret died in 2010, after 10 long years of faithful companionship and travelling around the world. It's been strange not having a furry troublemaker around the house since then, but I'm very happy to report that I adopted a new baby in December, who is keeping me very busy with training and housebreaking.

Since it's been so long since my last post, here are some photos of my latest terrain jaunt... A modular Urban board!
Since my ruins came out so nicely, I wanted some streets I could use them with, or for modern zombie games. Cork tile to the rescue! $13 later, I built these:

A sample layout with some Proxie Models buildings
They were inspired a little by the X-com video games as well, with their gridded yet attractive layouts.
The build was very easy. I cut strips of thin cork for the pavements and glued them on with PVA, then cut cracks into them. Everything else you see is just painted-on detail and drybrushing over a base of tinted textured paint from the hardware store ($10 for 250ml).

Details mostly just painted on...
I used craft paints for the main areas, and a little bit of Citadel washes to help break up the greyness.
When I first painted them, I left the non-road areas drybrushed grey.. But they looked too dull. I remedied this by pencilling in some simple pavement cracks, then painting them in with a black ink/water mix. This dried very quickly, then I highlighted the dark line with thinned Citadel Astronomicon grey.
The road paint was done by masking off the shapes and stippling white paint on.

My favorite part of this project is the variety of layouts that can be achieved by rotating each 12" square. I made 2 elbows, two 't' shapes and one straight. I was planning more, but I don't think I'll need them... Although I might make a parkland or pure concrete tile with the spare one day.




Thanks for looking, as always!

47 comments:


  1. not my cup of tea, however nice sculpt and great painting. No suprise..

    What I really love is the terrain! From cork??? you are taking the p1ss???

    Really impressive

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    1. Thanks Keith! It took me quite a while, but worth the effort :)

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  2. Combat Ferrets? I never knew I needed these, and now my life is incomplete without them.

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    1. Everybody can use more ferrets!

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    2. Funny, I say that about a lot of miniatures. But yeah, these seem especially cool. I love their cute little faces with goggles.

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  3. Awesome! Combat Ferrets! Love what you did with the terrain as well! Thanks for sharing, I enjoyed both topics in this post!

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  4. You're welcome David, thanks for commenting!

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  5. The Mustelids look great, it's a neat idea and would work well for some kind of low-tech space scavengers methinks. I'm not rushing out to get some mind you! But they do look good here.

    Your terrain boards have really taken shape over the last six months or so, and the addition of the roads is very cool. I like the little urban zombieville scene you've got going so far.

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    1. Thanks Mik, the ferrets will see a lot of action around here both in metal and the real thing. I'm very keen to get my survivors painted next.. I have a MOTMM saved up to get them underway. ;)

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  6. Wonderful terrain... I really like it! So much so that I'm going to have to copy it!

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    1. It was your fantastic layout that inspired me to build this in the first place sir!

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  7. Awesome stuff Jacker! Like the ferrets. Love the terrain.

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    1. Thanks LA, getting back into it all again slowly!

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  8. Awesome terrain board you talented git!! Ferrets look cool look forward to seeing more of this range as they are released

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  9. As usual, your work is fantastic. I like the ferrets, but not too crazy about their weapons. Not that I could do better, I am always sort of disappointed with Khurasan's Sci-Fi weapons. The critters are great; the weapons, not so much.

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    1. Cheers Chris! Yeah it depends on the sculptor... I usually just paint the weapon black with grey highlights if Im not feeling it. These looked a bit OICW to me so I went that way.

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    2. I like them, so I'll probably order them and maybe see if I can modify their guns a little.

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  10. These will be perfect Khalia for folks wanting to do David Drake's "The Fleet" series on tabletop. Beautiful ferrets!

    http://www.goodreads.com/series/49406-the-fleet for more reference.

    Best,
    JBR

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    1. Thank you kindly John! I'll take a look...

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  11. Hi, Jacker. I do like your work on the Ferrets. The 1st thing I thought when I saw them was that when I get some I need to put a jet-pack on their backs. "Flying Ferret Force No.1"!!

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    1. You are a man obsessed! A weasel air patrol would fit right in around your corner though Im sure!

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  12. Cool as all hell. Please do detailed tutorials for everything, thanks.

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    1. Thanks Nadav! My tutorial track record is less than perfect due to laziiness, but I will try to keep it in mind!

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  13. So that's what you've been doing these past months! Well, I'm not happy with the gap between posts, but I have to say, brilliant urban sprawl (that's a compliment, though somehow it doesn't sound it!) so I guess I'll forgive you. All joking aside, it never ceases to amaze me how you get such good results from such simple materials. Great post, let's have another! You do know that if you sell your soul to you-know-who, you don't get another? Just checking....

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    1. The holidays were a killer and Im just getting back into painting... Sorry GR!
      As for the simple materials... Australia is a tough place to get hold of complex materials without spending a fortune... and remember my mantra "Im lazy and Im cheap"!

      I will endeavour to post again sooner than later :)

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  14. Completely agree on Oz being expensive for hobby materials. Always having to think outside the box for supplies.

    My first thought on seeing the terrain was.. wow, very UFO DEFENSE (XCOM) cool.. then I read a couple of paragraphs in Hahaha.

    Great work and loving the Ferrets, FFTW! ;)

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    1. Thanks Tael! I decided there's nothing wrong with neatly aligned terrain ;)

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  15. Nice ferrets. Fantastic terrain. How long did it take to make it?

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    1. Thanks Raymond! I'm not sure, as I spent several evenings on this. Not long though, I got 5 boards done over 3 evenings, most of the time being the measuring and cutting of pavement to make sure they all lined up. I painted them all in one session of about 4 hours while watching TV.

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  16. Fantastic work on the cork tiles. 2' x 2' each?

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    1. Thanks Mark! No, they are exactly 12" square each.

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  17. That is some great terrain, Jacker! I need to work on my electrical box buildings and then I'm going to shamelessly steal your cork streets!

    Great to have you post again.

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    1. Thanks very much EP! I did the buildings first too, then needed a suitable street surface. I almost went with printed ones like Mr. Harold's (as they look great) but as I was going to mount them on cork tile anyway I figured why not do a little scratch building.

      Posting has certainly decreased over the holidays, unfortunately for the blog I have a lot of other interests competing for time!

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  18. Hello

    Very nice terrain! How do you paint road marking? I am asking because I made some roads, tried to paint road markings and they turn out awful - crooked and uneven. Is there some secret technique or the problem is in my clumsy hands?

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    1. Hello Yuri! There is a secret, and it is masking tape. Have a look at the poctures currently in my workbench stream to see what I mean. In short, mask off the shapes you want and then gently stipple paint on the gaps.

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    2. Another option is to make a stiff cardstock mask, cutting out the gaps with a sharp X-Acto. It doesn't have to cover the entire length of the painted feature, just enough to be able to stencil it on in repeating sections. If that makes sense...

      The stippling method of painting prevents paint from seeping under the mask or tape and spoiling the effect.

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    3. I use plastic masks made from the sort of stuff you get as A4 punched pockets etc. It's also good for stencilling markings onto vehicles.

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  19. Have tried cork in the past but never really got on with it - but looks like what you've used is different to what I've managed to find in the past! You've inspired me to seek out more cork tiles to try once more...

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    1. I used flooring tiles (hardware store) for the main areas, which is about 6mm thick. The pavements are from thin cork sheet (craft store) and are about 1.5mm thick and quite floppy.
      The goal was to make something that was easy to store, and cork is great because it's so durable yet light and has an interesting texture.

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  20. Awesome terrain Jacker! Can you give a few specifics about how the squares were laid out? For example, how wide the streets are in inches or centimeters. How wide are the sidewalk berms?

    Thanks for the info!
    Scott

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