Thursday, 28 February 2013

Walker re-weaponed

Here is the basic paintwork done and the rebuilt weapon glued  in place.
Some dirty washes are in effect and the figure is starting to come together!

Wednesday, 27 February 2013

Walker begun

Base coat of VMC U.S Dark Green and a wash of Agrax earthshade (I had a bottle of Devlan mud saved, but it had gone bad somehow.)
Then a little drybrush with a lightened up base colour.
While painting the main body I decided to add a magazine to the weapon, using a chopped up Karman gun.

Time for bed now, tomorrow I'll reinforce the gun join with some putty and do some detailing.

Tuesday, 26 February 2013

AT43 figure repurposed

I once converted (lightly) one of these for my UNSC troops to serve as a light mecha.

This one has undergone a weapon mod/slight re-posing and will be painted to match my Khurasan Exterminators, whose ranks are swelling by the minute!

Friday, 22 February 2013

Hard suit Exterminators

Finished these guys... Still got a half squad to complete, but at least I sorted out how to do the domes... Black gem with OSL reflected from the blue lights on the side thingy.

Some Graffiti

Tried some freehand graffiti on one of my barriers. The word was inspired by 2000ad's Nemesis the Warlock, one of my favourite old comics.
Came out quite well, I think I will try some more.
Khurasan Exterminators for scale.

Crusty Walkers

...From GZG. Nice models, though assembly was a little tricky.
It's good to finally get the second one completed.

Thursday, 21 February 2013

Sci Fi Barriers

These are 28mm generic barriers from Proxie Models. They are of course fine for 15mm scale too.
I based them on thin strips of plastic and used coarse gel medium to texture the bases. A coat of textured paint, a wash and a dry brush took care of the colours. Easy!

Wednesday, 20 February 2013

Alien Denizens

Been out a lot this week so no fresh work Im sad to say. It was very nice to catch up with my old flatmate Mr. Dave Taylor and family, visiting from the US. Also my best friend of over 20 years, Justin, visiting from Japan!

Here are my last 3 alien figures sculpted by Eli (of Loud Ninja games) sold by 15mm.co.uk
The basing is now finished, this pic is a little old. Once again, very fun to paint and Im looking forward to the next wave!
In other news, Im currently re-evaluating my urban terrain... The ruins look a great deal better than the cleans. Solution? Ruin up the cleans!

Tuesday, 19 February 2013

Converted Vornid Captain

2 posts today! Here is the finished article, alongside two of his vegetable cohorts!

I used the same under-shading method as on the Vornids.

Monday, 18 February 2013

Converting a Vornid

Here is a comparison shot of a 15mm.co.uk model and my conversion.
I had a spare and it's neck suited the Vornid shape... Voila, a character model!
I used spare parts from the Vornid sprue and pro-create putty.
Painted pic in next post!

Monpoc Repaint

To inaugurate my new regime of smartphone based posts, here is a lovely Monsterpocalypse figure I have had on the go for over a year. I had such fun finishing him that Im inspired to dig back into the box and start another!

Instragram vs Blog


I originally started an instagram account purely to throw a quick feed of my workbench onto the blog without having to be at my computer. The more I used it, the more I preferred the whole "picture says a thousand words" immediacy of the medium as opposed to take picture/import picture/write post/ publish post- procedure of blogger.

Much as I love instagram (which I currently use almost solely as a WIP log btw, you won't see many selfies or shots of my latest manicure on there) I do understand that not everybody uses it (29 followers vs over 350 here) so how to reconcile these two things?

What I'm going to try is posting via email (available in the blogger settings) whenever I upload a picture to instagram. It is only a few more button presses and means that you guys will get more frequent updates. I will still have the option to write a longer post, but it will be when I have time instead of getting put off for weeks at a time.
So I'm keeping both, but using much of the same content :) As such, I'll take the insta feed off the Blog.

So to paraphrase one of my favorite quotes from the start of Young Guns 2:

"Do you want the good news or the bad news?"
- "Give us the bad news"
"There's nothing to read but short instragram style posts."
- "What's the good news?"
"There's plenty of it!"
(Throws shovelful of instagram photos into face)
"Haw haw haw!"

Tuesday, 12 February 2013

Zombie Survivors

15mm goodness from Khurasan
Rick and Darryl pretty much finished! They could probably stand one more tiny highlight, but they look good on the table, and I don't mind my zombie survivors looking a little rough. I'll finish the set and then decide on wether touch-ups are warranted. I have Glenn, the ladies and the kids yet to go.
Brilliant sculpts from Khurasan... Couldn't ask for a better set of zed hunters!

New light tent

I am experimenting with a new DIY light tent made out of the same translucent plastic board I've been using to make frosted glass brick walls in scratch built dwellings.

Thanks for looking!

Monday, 4 February 2013

Khurasan Zombie Hunters



The first four models from the Zombie survivors pack 1 from Khurasan. Just incredible figures and a pleasure to paint. My favorite to paint was the "Dale" looking figure.
These are very easy to paint, due to their simple costumes and nice exaggerated details... Nothing too fine or too flat.

I'm still struggling with completing my urban terrain for the cork tiles. This is because I keep trying to make things that will work for present day and for sci-fi...  I bought a cheap hot glue gun that ought to help get through the next few buildings.

Next is a crossbow wielding fellow and a guy in a brown uniform...

Thanks for looking! 

Sunday, 3 February 2013

Mixed Singles

It's been a rainy weekend in Sydney. After a bit of a sleep-in, I got to work on 3 remaining figures I have to finish for Khurasan, and of course, tackled some fun single minis while they were drying. 
I am really not enjoying "unit" style painting right now so these have been the perfect tonic.


Here is another one of the Black Widow Mercs from Rebel Minis. The inspiration is clearly from "Kill Bill", which sprang to mind after an Iyanden Darksun basecoat. I did a Gryphonne Sepia wash and then highlighted up using Vallejo Flat Yellow.
The toughest part was the black stripe... Especially trying to highlight it. I'm pretty happy with the result though.


Next, are a couple of robots from RAFM. They are old Traveller sculpts but I think it's obvious where their sculpting inspiration came from. I couldn't help but follow it up with a droidy paint job.


Also from the big bag of RAFM old Traveller minis I have been hoarding... A Droyne ship's crew figure. I still remember when the Droyne were a mysterious new addition to the Traveller universe!
These minis (which I could never afford when I was 11) have really taken me back. I may start scouring ebay for tattered old RPG books...

Thanks for looking!

Saturday, 2 February 2013

Female Mercs from Rebel


These are 2 figures fom the Black Widow Mercs by Rebel Minis pack. They are very delicate sculpts, much more slender than what I'm accustomed to.
Because of this, they are quite fast to paint, if a little fiddly. I went with an anime inspired look rather than the dark tones on the manufacturer's website.They have inspired me to pick up some new paints.. I think my limited collection is a little drab.

The detail is what I'd call "subtle" on these. It is extremely well done, but it is my opinion that chunkier models translate better both to the paintbrush and the gaming table. Nevertheless, I really like them. They have a multitude of uses for almost any sci-fi setting.

Thanks for looking!