Clearing the shelf: Bones Zombie Ogre

This is one of those minis I should have been all over like a cheap suit, but for some reason I have been putting it off and off and off. Somthing with the minis was just wrong, but I could not put my finger on it.

It is a single piece cast, and that means that the weapons sometimes are held a bit strangely. In a fit of inspiration I just chopped that axe hand off and rotated it a bit. Suddenly the pose was ok and the mini went to the paint shop.

 

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One rotten ogre done and dusted.

 

77284: Zombie Ogre

Reaper, Bones KS2

Bonesium PVC

40mm base

 

Painted so far this month: 21

Painted so far this year: 385

Sedition Wars Strain Phase 2 Exoform, “Quasimodo”

The Strain infects living hosts and by forced mutation rapidly transforms them to living weapons incorporating flesh and machine. Each “phase” being a stage og further mutations making the host/victim so much more formidable.

So the phase 2 exoform is a single step up from the unarmed mook cyber zombie…

 

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The second phase of mutations making it both larger and with the left arm turned into an effing plasma gun!

Too small a base for my tastes though. Even though I have added a metal weight beneath it, the mini keeps tipping over at the slightest provocation.

Damn those Sedition Wars restic minis are fine!

 

Strain phase 2 exoform #2 “Quasimodo”

From Sedition Wars: Battle for Alabaster game set

Studio McVey / Cool Mini Or Not

Restic

25mm base

 

Painted so far this month: 20

Painted so far this year: 384

Year’s End Shelf Clearing: Chronopia Swamp Goblins!

The End is Nigh and the built up clutter on my little shelf needs to go.

 

We start with this little squad of Swamp Goblins from the defunct game Chronopia.

 

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Rather uninspired. I simply could not be bothered to go that extra mile with these, which is probably why they have been sitting on the shelf for months on end. Now they are passably painted, but only just. And off the shelf.

 

 

Swamp Goblin Spearmen, and Spearman Leader.

Chronopia, from the Swamp Goblin faction.

Target Games, end of the 90s

Metal

20mm bases

 

 

Painted so far this month: 19

Painted so far this year: 383

Shadows of Brimstone: Caverns of Cynder Otherworld Expansion

Recently, There was a second Kickstarter campain for the game series Shadows of Brimstone, to fund a “third base set” set in Feudal Japan, complete with expansions featuring tentacled and/or undead horror versions of traditional Japanese monsters and characters such as Samurai, Ninjas, Tengu, Kitsune, Oni and such like up to an including the massive Sho-Riu the Dragon King! Woot!

Needless to say, I am again stoked for Shadows of Brimstone, and with all the wave 1.5 goodness being prepped and ready to go, what have I been waiting for?

Good question. I fall in to the trap of “too much to do, what to do, what to do?” yet again, casting about just doing this and that, starting something here, abandoning something there…

Yeah, So.

Shadows of Brimstone has released “Caverns of Cynder” as the first complete Otherworld Expansion beyond the two game sets. The expansion includes boards, cards and rules to play in the molten, burning Cynder otherword, including 3 miniatures of a new Large enemy type, the Lava Men.

 

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I think I am getting better at doing a burning/lava paint job.

I start with white all over. Then a heavy bright yellow drybrush, followed by golden yellow, then thinnish dark pink (Which sounds strange, but try it! The pink blends in and looks excellent on this!), followed by a dark reddish brown and topped with black. Each layer of drybrushing slightly lighter then the last, getting a magnificent gradient effect. This works really well when the minis has details to match.

The paint job looks bad until the last couple colours are put down, when suddenly wham!

Also it takes no time at all!

Some fitting music I like to listen to:

 

Caverns of Cynder repurposes two of the Swamps of Death base set monsters, to be the Souls of the Damned (The Hungry Dead) ghosts of dead adventurers that I painted a few weeks ago, and the Lava Bats (Hell Bats).  Luckily I got an extra set of minis as a part of the KS minecart pledge:

The paint job works really well…but if the minis don’t have particularily deep details, especially not made to look like lava,  not so much:

(this is also the case when I cannot be arsed to apply myself, and just slop the paint on really fast like with these)

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I don’t really think these turned out all that well. They just look messy, and the tounges of blue flames did not work at all, the gradient just not there. groan. Oh well, can’t win ’em all. Not bothering to redo these, they are after all perfectly servicable.

 

 

Lava Men

Shadows of Brimstone: Caverns of Cynder Otherworld Expansion

and

Hell Bats (painted as Lava Bats)

Shadows of Brimstone: Swamps of Death game set

Flying Frog Productions

HIPS plastic

40mm and 30mm bases

 

 

Painted so far this month: 12

Painted so far this year: 376

 

Ye Pile of Olde: Papa Growler

Another ancient mini from around the turn of the century, the Big Bull of the Razorback Growlers, from FASA corp’s Vor: the Maelstrom game.

The game was a sci-fi skirmish game set in a universe dominated by “the maelstrom” which mashed bits of different worlds together, leading to many possible cultures clashing.

The Growlers were an alien race of massive brutes, probably sculpted by Kev Adams the Goblin King. They very much look like Squigs with massive body builder bodies jacked up on über-steoriods.

Case in point:

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Grarghl!

This is the last of the old Growlers I had left to paint, and it had gone missing for some time. I rediscovered it more than a year ago, and the mini has been sitting around on the little shelf on my paint station for ages, getting in the way and falling all over everything each time I moved it. The main reason for it to just stand there was my lack of inspiration on a colour scheme for it.

I found that enough was enough and just painted it without really considering any end result, and just went with the flow as it were. choosing colours as I went. The result was a bit strange, methinks.

And now it is off my little shelf. Suddenly it seems like something is missing from there. I will probably end up placing some other large mini there instead.

 

Growler Razorback Bull

Vor: the Maelstrom (year 1999)

by FASA corp.

Metal

50mm base

 

Painted so far this month: 3

Painted so far this year: 367

Year’s End: #366! Going big with RAGNAROKK!

Early this year I stated my year’s target challenge goal thingy to best the 2015 total of 270 and go all out to paint one for each day, 366 miniatures in all!

And lo, even with several week long painting pauses and doing other things; already early December we pass this number! Hoody Hoo!

 

So we go with the biggest of the large ones just for the hell of it!

 

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Ragnarokk the Rokk monster! I got this “miniature” from a kickstarter by Acheson Creations. Acheson produce a load of how to put it …roughly detailed resin castings. But I really liked this one, and pledged for it on their 2013 kickstarter, and was delivered after the obligatory KS delays of several months… I have had it undercoated black on my top shelf some time (as it won’t fit on any of the lower shelves!)

An aside: I do not think I actually own the usual Sir Justin Forscale miniature, I went with Conan, as he is the measure of a man!

As is evident from the pictures, Ragnarokk is absolutely HUGE, at 24cm tall and a 12,5cm integral base!

Talk about your Greater Earth Elemental!

 

Ragnarokk the Rokk monster

From the game Kaiju Kaos

by Acheson Creations

Resin

12,5cm integral base

 

Painted so far this month: 2

Painted so far this year: 366  Goal for 2016 met!

 

Mind Eater! (aka The ultimate prey beast for any zombie)

Check out the big brain on Brad!

 

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Sorry about the shaky pictures, I could not get an angle where my camera did not fall over, so I had to hold it. And since I have a bit of shakin’ goin’ on, these were the best I could take.

Basically this is a massive exposed  brain on some spidery legs. One would expect it to be somewhat psychic…

 

and it really should not be all that difficult to deal with, just herd some zombies towards it…they will FEAST on that.

 

77229: Mind Eater (=D&D Intellect Devourer)

Reaper Bones KS2

Bonesium PVC

40mm base

 

Painted so far this month: 1

Painted so fer this year: 365