The Necromancer from Avatars of War

This was actually the first new mini I bought after I regained my interest for miniatures a few years ago.

I remember being a bit miffed by the metal mini not having the same level as detail as the green they used for advertising.

After prepping it, the mini disappeared in some box or other for a while. I found it a few weeks ago, and had to repair the scythe top as the blade had ripped up the top of the staff. Some wire and green stuff later, it was servicable again.

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Still, it is a great mini, with a coat made of strange leathers…

and the Necronomicon riding on his hip…

Which means he must have remembered to say the words correctly befire picking it up!

 

 

Necromancer

Avatars of War

Metal

30mm base

 

Painted so far this month: 11

Painted so far this year: 11

Summing up 2016, looking to 2017

Back in January last year, I set some goals for 2016:

1.a Not to buy any miniatures (ebay or otherwise) apart from kickstarters unless said miniatures are funded by my own ebay sales…

1.b and  not go overboard on any kickstarter if this is not stuff I would buy at full price. Which admittedly does mean very few kickstarters, me being a cheapskate and all.

2. Paint alot of minis every month!

Year’ target for painted minis: 366 -one for each day of the year!

 

 

3. Actually complete at least one game set and one army during the year.

So how did it go?

1.a  What did I buy?

I bought two of the new GW start collecting sets, the Malignants and Adeptus Mechanicum.I bought the Deathsomething Genestealer game box and Silver Tower. I bought Gorechosen. I bought the Tanks game and several expansions. I bought a few second hand lots of minis from LAF sellers. and  the Rhinotaur, the last mini for Circle of Chaos that I did not add on in the KS arrived just before New Years. Lucikly Curtis Fell of Ramshackle games was graciuosly willing to order one cast and send it to me. I even ordered some paints and bases direct from Reaper in the US (that shipping is usually a deal breaker!) and added a couple of minis to that order as well. Also I bought two or three squads of minis off ebay, moslty unbuilt GW plastic.

Apart from this I did several trades on the LAF, so I certainly have more interesting minis now than I expected to have.

Sales: I sold alot, mostly through LAF. Enough to fund the above plus change. So that’s a win.

1.b And then came the Kickstarters…

I actually did manage to limit my spending on KS for a long time, but damn! Too many temptations in the latter half of the year!

The only Mantic one I joined was Star Saga (damn you Mantic for including the Nameless!) Even though I have been happy with most of what Mantic has delivered in the past, and have not really experienced any of the problems I read about with Mantic. There comes a point where I found I had enough meh minis, the new Dreadball teams did not catch my fancy. And I am avoiding looking too closely at Kingdom Death like the plague.

In the future there will be big boxes from Massive Darkness, Forbidden Fortress, Deep Madness and Mythic Battles together with several smaller ones like Cult of the Kraken Lord and Burrows and Badgers 3. From 2015 or earlier I am still waiting for Shadows of Brimstone wave 2, Bones 3, Lobotomy, Cthulhu Wars 2, and probably some more I have forgotten all about. And Bones 4 is soon to launch on KS.

Several large shipments found their way to my door in 2016, including the Shadows of Brimstone wave 1,5, Dropfleet Commander, the remainder of DUST, Conan, The Others, two waves of Zombiecide Black Plague, and several smaller ones like the Circle of Chaos and Heroines in Sensible Shoes.

So I count this as a partially failed goal. I have sold off several boxes worth of minis, but gained even more it would seem…

 

2.Paint a lot of minis every month:

I did surpass the painting goal for 2016, even though I spent alot of my free time on other things. In all I painted 385 minis, and most of them at a tolerably well tabletop+ level.

So thats a win.

3. Actually complete at least one game set and one army this year.

Well, I completed both Shadows of Brimstone base game sets, and also Dungeon Saga base game set. Target met and surpassed.

Army? Not so much. Here I pay the price for my lack of vision..lots of units, a couple of warbands and many, many random single minis done, but no cohesive army to speak of.

I have several waiting to be built and painted though, and my brother has been talking lately about getting into Age of Sigmar, so there might be a reason to actually build an army this year.

Partial success there as well.

All in all, not a bad year.

 

So what about 2017?

This year my big project will be to proceed with and complete the refurbishment of the basement, where I at last will have my little mancave and a permanent residence for my minis. I expect this will be taking most of my time come the summer months.

But paintingwise I think I still will try for the same target as 2016, namely an average of one painted mini per day for a total of 365 at years end. This should be doable. I mean, if I had the time and inclination to paint even more than I do, I should easily be able to do twice that number at the speeds I have been cranking them out this year. It mostly comes down to time spent, and of course, how many of the minis are similarily painted so I can batch paint. Batch painting being the secret to doing lots and lots in a relatively short time.

Game sets, armies or such? Nah, won’t bother with goals there, I acknowledge my own flightyness. I am after all doing this for my own enjoyment not for any one else.

Much like this blog, which is mostly written for me to keep my thoughts in order and help me keep track of things.

oh, and I recently got access to a 3d printer. There will be terrain in the future! and Tanks! Lots and lots of it!

And to anyone that actually has bothered to read this: May you have a happy new year!

 

 

 

 

Chronopia Skeletal Dwarf Swordsman

From Ye Pile of Olde comes this little gem:

 

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Basically an armoured lump, with a big skull on top, and actually a good representation of a skeletonized dwarf from this game. The skull might be a tad on the large side though.

There was once a blister pack with (I think they were called) Devout skeleton swordsmen. This pack was special in that it actually had 4 different miniatures, one each of dwarf, elf, human and blackblood skeletons, while most other 4 figure blister packs had two identical pairs in each. I will see if I can find the other skeletons from this pack.

The Devout faction being the evil Chronopia faction that roughly would be equivalent to Chaos in Warhammer.

 

Devout Skeleton Swordsmen (Dwarf)

Chronopia

Target Games, late 1990s.

Lead metal

25mm base

 

Painted so far this month: 3

Painted so far this year: 158

 

The third for March

This week has seen little time for hobby, so I “cheated” by doing groups that were extra super fast to finish.

 

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First the Reaper Bones 77016: Rats. 12 of them to be precise. These are cute little critters. Until you notice that they are the size of rather large dogs…and they are many, A shotgun only kills one at a time!

For some reason, I undercoated 9 if them white, and 3 black. I cannot for the life of me remember why I did this.

Based on Mantic 20mm square bases, bones.

 

secondly, continuing the cockroach cluster:

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10 more of the Space Hulk Genestealers. That makes 12 finished. I think there are 10 left to go. And the Terminators.

Integral bases, hard polystyrene plastic (HIPS)

 

 

No bonus minis this time.

 

Space Hurps and the Resolutionary Painting Challenge; January!

So the new years resolutions are as follows: 1. Not to buy any miniatures (ebay or otherwise) apart from kickstarters unless said miniatures are funded by my own ebay sales. So far, so good. Have bought the one box of the old mantic space zombies conversion set and today I received a set of Wargames Factory Skeleton Warriors. Sadly this was the first version of them, with all the little minisprues, and there were supposed to be 77 minisprues and 30 bases in the box, to make 30 Jason and the Argonauts-style true-scale skeletons and leftover weapons. However, there were only 20 of the minisprues in the box, and no bases. Can barely make 6 skeletons with what arrived. Luckily, the dealer has responded quickly and says they are going to send me equivalent to the missing bits. So no harm done. I hope. and 2. Paint some minis every month.This one tied in nicely with the resolutionary painting challenge over on the reaper forum. Namely, to paint at least 4 miniatures during the month. Doesn’t sound too hard does it? Problem is, between Bordlerlands the Pre-Sequel (far too many hours playing that. It’s just so much fun!), the large amount of prepwork on the 10,5 kilos of All Quiet on the Martian Front wave 2 (That’s 10 kilos of 15/20mm scale metal infantry, light vehicles, artillery, resin tanks -and the Land Iron Clad) I will post about that at a later date) and the first wave of Shadows of Brimstone arriving (Cowboys and Tentacles! The Horror is Unspeakable!) (ditto). with all that prepwork, and the converting of space hurps-ridden zombies, I haven’t actually had time to paint anything beyond basecoats and playing around with zenithial priming with my airbrush.

The old Mantic Space Zombie set was a “expert level” conversion set, with some sprues of their HIPS plastic fantasy zombies and ghouls, and a pack of 10 corporation soldiers in restic to cut up and mix and match enough to make 30 in all! I also mixed in a few sprues of the new Mantic Sci-fi Plague Zombies (that actually are slightly larger and more “heroically” proportioned than the old ones). Suddenly I had around 50 or so shuffling around my table…

but I digress.

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Here is the first four of the guards and workers that contracted Space Hurps, and have gone a little…cannibalish.

These are mostly fantasy zombie parts, with the two right ones having parts from the new sf zombie sprue. A restic weapon arm and soldier head was used on the two leftmost.

The paint job:

It is said speed kills, but I believe these zombies were mostly dead.

Speedpainting zombies: undeadcoated black, with zenithal light grey (basically airbrushed from an angle of about 1 to 2 o’clock and 10-20cm away, to get a preshaded effect.

Painted with a sandy beige skintone, then quickly drybrushed with a bronzed, then pinkish skintone. Pants and cloth in brown and bluegrey.  Military uniform bits in olive green. then some gore, messily “wetbrushing” (a variant of drybrush using thinned paint and that is not wiped too much off) with red and purple. Ginger hair for the one that isnt bald.

Slather in Army Painter Strong Tone Ink (not the dip). When dry, final details. A quick and very dry drybrush with greybrown, wetblend the visor in turquioses, blue in blue eyes (maybe thay are spice addicts as well?) and blacken the cursed sun hands and exposed feet for that gangrenous feel.

and then there is/was resolution number

3.  Try to complete a project / set of minis / squad before starting another. I am rather flighty, and have many different projects started that really are going nowhere…

For this one, I tried to do a lot of prepwork before christmas, so as to free up time to get some painting in. However this one is already broken. Too many Kickstarters delivered around New Year. First World Problems ahoy! Bah Humbug!

But I have at least made a great deal of headway in prepping both the All Quiet (which took a LONG time to clean up enough to start sticking things together) and both sets of Shadows of Brimstone. The minis are really nice, but sadly rather soft in the details.

Reaper Beauty Pageant Bad Boy Challenge

This winters’ beauty pageant over at the reaper forum is this miniature, 77149 Damien, hellborn wizard. I do not really know what a “Helborn” is, but I susrmise it is some sort of demonic or half demon character class or enemy types in the newfangled D&D and/ or Pathfinder role playing games. At any rate they are humanoid with horns and devil’s tails.

This mini had it’s arm straight out and fist with index and little fingers extended.

So of course I had to do a bit of the old cut and paste,rotating the hand 90 degrees at the wrist.

and also some boil and reposition of the arm to make it point upwards into the air…after first cutting and gluing the wrist. Rock concert movement #3: Metal horns!

I experienced absolutely no problems with the recently superglued wrist, being submersed in near-boling water for a minute before being thrust into cold water. So that is good to know next time I do things in the wrong order.

May I present:

Lücifuzz, lead singer of Hellbörn!

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Here he is caught flashing a pose before he goes backstage where there are more groupies than his tongue can cope with!

I still need do something about the stick he is holding. I do not think I have anything suitable for a microphone stand, Maybe just a microphone, or a scepter like Alice Cooper used to faff about with on stage.

I still need do something about that stick he is holding. I do not think I have anything suitable for a microphone stand, Maybe just a microphone, or a scepter like Alice Cooper used to faff about with on stage.

But is he the Alice Cooper type, or more of a hair metal-dude in tiger striped spandex and garish make up?

Or… rather a Black Metal -type called Evil Odin or some such, with corpse painted face and a massive bloody pentagram tattooed on his chest?

We shall see!

 

140106 lucifuzz mikeA suitably spiky mike!

My entries for Reaper Forum contests this october

So I am trying to get into the painting habit again, being out of it for a few months with a wonky arm means I have to train myself up again to even be able to put the paint where I want it to go. Did have some trouble with these, particularily the faces. I had to do them over and over and over and over. And still I am not really satisfied, but ths seems to be about the best I can do at the moment,

So here goes:

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Murkette To’ken represents the Beneathdark in the Beauty Pageant, being the official Miss Beneathdark and sole survivor of the preliminary Beneathdark pageants. The other contestants mysteriously suffering strange, and completely unrelated, series of accidents and illnesses. Several dying of natural causes (coming down with particulary violent cases of the stabbings). Indeed, the entire contingent of Bathalian contestants accidentally got redirected to the delivery entrance of the kitchens, ending up being served as appetizers at the judges’ banquet.

Hailing from the dark city of M’anzan, Murkette orphaned herself at an early age, and is now travelling the world.

Presenter: “Murkette, you have put student as you current occupation. Please tell the audience, what have you been studying?”

Murkette: “I have been studying where the tunnels from Beneathdark come closest to the judges’ homes.”

Presenter: “Um…right.  What you would change about yourself and why?

Murkette: “About myself? Nothing. I am confident the judges will make the right choice and not get dragged away in the night to be sacrificed on dark altars in the deep places of the world.”

Presenter (visibly sweating): “uhh…is that a live spider in your hair?”

Murkette: “No, it is an avatar of my Goddess, you unctuous little toad.”

Presenter: “Next contestant please!”

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and the Halloween contest:

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this one might get disqualified, as I have put parts of Mantic Zombies on the base. Depends on how strict the judges are, if they count them as miniatures and not basing.

At any rate it is a Bones Flesh Golem. I think of it as a Zombiedaddy. This one can also be used as a 4-men placeholder in a Zombie regiment,