It’s Terraining Men: The Oathsworn Ruined Tower

Almost a month has swept past with no new minis painted because life.

With my 3D printer currently clogging up every time I try to print and now in stasis awaiting a new nozzle, I thought it might be time to get some terrain done and dusted.

We start with somthing that is not 3d printed, but has been sitting around taking up space on my to-do shelved.

The husband and wife-run company Oathsworn Miniatures have been doing kickstarter after kickstarter, many of which include the option of pledging for some ace resing terrain made and hand cast by the lovely and talented Jo.

In their secoond Burrows and Badgers KS “FreeLances”, the main resin bits were a three part ruined bell tower:

  

The main piece is about 20cms long, the ruined bits of wall and cracked bell-pieces are about 15cms long.

 

There were also some strip-shaped pieces with barrels and chests and such in this KS, but those are for another day.

 

Ruined Tower scatter terrain

Oathworn Miniatures,

from their Burrows and Badgers FreeLances KS

sculpted by Jo Lovejoy

Cast in resin

 

bonus:


30mm base. about 50mm tall.

This is a piece from Axolote’s recent 3d KS that I printed as a test. It is actually a part to put on top of a cave dungeon tile, it has a butterfly-shaped hole underneath to match a stud on the tiles. I selected this for printing both to test the Axolote file and my printer that has started to clog up more often. It printed well enough, I think I printed it at .01 mm layer height.

At any rate, I had it lying about when I painted the bell tower parts, and used some of the leftover paint on my palette to paint it, as it would be useful to see what the 3D printed piece would look like when drybrushed.

For one thing, the print lines did become more prononced. Still I dont really think the print lines matter much because they are only really noticeable when viewed close up. And pictures being rather in-your-face close up do make the lines look much worse than they are.

At any rate, one lesson to take from this is to go easy on drybrushing 3d printed items to not make the print lines more pronounced.

The rocky pillar-thing

Axolote Tiles Nature Set 3d print files KS

by Axolote Gaming

 

 

Painted so far this month: 4 / 30. Just 26 to go! (plus 10 still to do from last month) 

Painted so far this year: 89 / 365. Just 276 to go!

 

 

 

Another transparent Bones experiment

160103 reaper bones wall of ice

All transparent minis should first be undercoated with Army Painter Anti Shine transparent matte varnish, so that the paint has something to grab on to. This part is Key.

After that, I find that simple is the way to go with the transparent Bones for best results.

This one was transparent blue to start with, I gave it a wash with Army Painter Quickshade Blue, drawing off the excess and when dry, a very careful corner drybrush with an offwhite with a turquoise tinge.

 

77312: Wall of Ice

Reaper Miniatures Bones KS2

Bonesium PVC

Oval base from Warbases.co.uk

 

Painted so far this month and year: 1

 

Unfinished business, or: the remainder of the 2015 painting output.

This being a belated catch-up post to round off last year with what I managed to squeeze in the last days of 2015:

So…after 100+ hours travelling the Commonwealth and murdering almost every one and every thing I come across, playing the main quest to several different conclusions… I have at last managed to put Fallout 4 down and no longer play it as compulsively as I did most of December. Now all I need to do is to not start over now that I know what is useful and what is not in the game…

Which means I got to round off 2015 with some more hastily painted minis!

 

First, something hot:

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The Campsite Fire from Oathsworn Heroes KS resin scatter terrain, (I need to say that it looks much better IRL, with more sculpted detail than is apparent in the photo).

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77080: Wall of Fire from Reaper Bones KS2. This piece is made in orange coloured transparent Bones PVC.

Obviously, I still struggle with fire.

Oh well, I still have a few more of the transparent Bones to practice with.

Both on 30mm Bases. The Oathsworn one is integral.

next up are the DreadBall Xtreme Scoring Posts (or whatever they are called)

151231 dreadball scoring posts

These are the goals in DreadBall Xtreme. They are seperate pieces because of the varying pitch layouts you can have in the game.

Yes, they are rather simply painted, I just had the need to get these off the shelf.

 

I still have a ton of other bits like crates and barrels from that game to do whenever I get around to it, not to mention similar bits from DeadZone.

DreadBall Xtreme Scoring Posts
From the DreadBall Xtreme basic game set

Dreadball Hex bases
HIPS plastic.

Reaper Bones Shadow

151231 purple bansheeb 151231 purple banshee

Another experiment on a transparent Bones. this time the 77369: Shadow.

This one is transparent Purple and I tried to give it a kind of gradient with several colours, but I do not think it worked all that well. I need to put it in front of a bright light to see any of the colours.

I tried to highlight it with a careful drybrush, but that just ruined it further.

I think it might have worked much better if it was clear transparent instead of purple, since the purple is quite dark in itself.

Live and learn.

77369 Shadow

Reaper Miniatures Bones KS2
Bones PVC
30mm base

 

It Came from the 90s!

Harlequin Miniatures Lizardmen:

 

151231 Lizardmen small 151231 Lizardmen large 1 151231 Lizardmen large 2

Three old lead Lizardmen by Harlequin Miniatures round off the year. I found some in the old stash some time ago. For some reason, I really like these minis, even though they are a bit rough in the details.

Keeping it simple, done in much the same colour scheme as the Raptors I did earlier in the year. The shield on the smaller one is not the original for that model (which I could not find).

 

Lizardmen (Warriors or something like that, these minis are likely from at least two different packs)

Harlequin Miniatures

lead metal

30mm bases

 

Total painted in December: 17

 

 

So how did 2015 go?

When I started out 2015 I posted some new years resolutions:

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

I actually managed this one! I sold alot of old stuff on Ebay, and used the money from that for my outside of KS spending. There were just a few purchases from ebay, and the only store purchase was the Age of Sigmar box set. As far as I remember that is.

However…there were many kickstarters…and I think I spent a bit much. Again. But I did manage to not go bananas in the Warpath KS. Maybe I will manage to restrain myself in the pledge manager as well.  There was something I cannot quite out my finger on about that one that made me dial it down to a single dollar.

2. Paint some minis every month

Check. The Reapermini.com forum “resolutionary painting challenge” as a good help here.

3.  Try to complete a project / set of minis / squad before starting another.

I think maybe I will call this a “partial success” as I have completed many squads this year, but no complete armies and no complete game sets. Still have some Shadows of Brimstone left to do before I can say that.

I am rather flighty, and have many different projects started that really are going nowhere…So this one really never had any hope.

Total painted in 2015: 276

I don’t think that is a bad number at all. Of course, I tend towards a sloppyfast “tabletop+” finish, the + being that I go a step or two beyond block colours and I like to do the face and eyes.

 

 

I will be interesting to see what 2016 will bring!

(I just got three big boxes from three different Kickstarters -Dungeon Saga, Zombiecide Black Plague, and the last of the first Cthulhu Wars KS… so I am not lacking in things to paint!)

 

 

 

Red Devil

The semi-random selection of the day:

150906 devil 150906 devil red

Bones KS2: 92671 Lesser Demon.

Your basic nasty man sized demonic entity. It does have the spade-shaped tip of the tail, so it should also have had a trident. And horns, come to think of it.

Maybe I should have painted it blackish grey to make it more like a Conan type demon?

 

Which background works best? Is the red to samey?

 

Lesser Demon

Bones KS2 92671

Reaper Miniatures

Bones PVC

30mm round lipped base.

 

Painted so far this month: 10

Painted so far this year: 202

Too much Borderlands, not enough painting…

Shooting and looting on the moon of Elpis seriously eats up what little time I have. Not much done these last few weeks.

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The Human Centipede can go home. This is the definition of “Body Horror”.

Hell Dorado Flesh Demon. Hell Dorado certainly has some great and disturbing minis. 50mm base.

Also good as a Spawn of Chaos in those other games.

 

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An old Citadel Warhammer Banshee. Trying out a way to make the mini look “ethereal” here. It does have a slightly more greenish tinge IRL. Not sure it actually works though. I will try a different approach with the other one. 30mm base.

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The other two Lesser Obsidian Golems from Mantic’s Abyssal Dwarf range. That completes the unit of three. These are really quick to do. 50mm bases.

 

This is my first go at 15mm miniatures, a stand of “US Doughboys” from the game All Quiet on the Martian Front.

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These are your basic human infantry from the second martian invasion of Earth, ca. 1910 AD. And I have ALOT of these waiting to be painted, so I try to keep them simple. 15mm is pretty straight forward like that.

and something easy-peasy at the end, just to get it off the “to be painted”-shelves:

141126 sandbag walls

Resin scenery from the old VOID 28mm Sci-Fi game. A tight little set of sandbag walls, can be used in most settings.