And the skeleton archers

Finishing up that lot of skeletons, here are the archers:

Ended up being a bit heavy with the drybrushing on the bows, but can’t be bothered to fix them.

 

 

12 Skeletons with bows

Warhammer Fantasy Battles, undead faction

Games Workshop, 1980s and 90s

HIPS plastic

30mm bases

 

Painted so far this month: 61 / 30.  

 

Painted so far this year: 146 / 365. Just 219 to go!

I see a Horde of Skeletons Sauntering Slowly

I recently bought a lot of 50+ older style plastic Citadel Skeletons off Ebay for less than the price of a single squad of 10 new ones, and have spent a few evenings plonking away at them. When I received the horde in the mail, many of the minis were reduced to parts, with many a broken arm and leg. A few were painted, but most were not. All needed thorough cleaning with both knife and with soapy water.

After the requisite cleaning up and prep-work was done, I had enough parts to build 45 skellies with hand weapons or spears -one with battle damage where the arms would be, plus 12 archers. Most of the parts were from the second style of skeletons made by GW in the 90s, but a few were from the older style made in the 80s. Those brought back many fond memories, as I built a box of them way back when.

The original builder of these had also converted a few of them to have, say 4 arms, or battle damaged weapons and many shields were glued to the hands at an angle to suggest the builder did not know how a shield actually is held. No matter. I left these as they were.

Painted in batches of 10, 20 and then 15 over the course of three evenings.


Archers to be painted at a later date.

I used some 30mm lipped “display” bases that I bought in bulk from Reaper some time ago to prepare for the third Bones KS shipment (that is several months delayed, but should soon be in hand, hopefully already in May or in June.)

And, yes, the 30mm bases do take up more space on the shelf and lets fewer models into base contact in game, but they do look so much better than 25mm rounds or even the original 20mm squares.

 

45 Skeleton Warriors

Warhammer Fantasy Battles, undead faction

Games Workshop, 1980s and 90s

HIPS plastic

30mm bases

 

Painted so far this month: 49 / 30.  

(which nicely covers the 10 leftover from last month and then some!)

Painted so far this year: 134 / 365. Just 231 to go!

The Great Goblin of the Misty Mountains

Down, down to Goblin Town! Time for another stab at the Great Goblin.

The first time around, I bungled up the skin colour completely, leaving the Great Goblin a dank, purplish mess. Especially as the thing is mostly skin.

Disgusted with my failure, I threw the mini into the Drawer of Shame to fester for many months.

    

Time to set things right, this second try to fix the skin turned out better. Too bad I could not be arsed to fill and smooth the lines from where the parts went together.

Now it can lead the matching Goblins Town Goblins I painted last year.

 

The Elephant Man  The Great Goblin

from the Hobbit: Escape from Goblin Town game set

Games Workshop

HIPS plastic

50mm base

 

 

Painted so far this month: 19  / 31.  12 to go!

Painted so far this year: 83 / 365. Just 282 to go!

Moria Goblin …Spitters?

I have for some time been collecting loads of Lord of the Rings goblins and orcs, almost enough to make a Kings of War army…or two. I need to get some cavalry and such though.

But for some reason I have not really goten round to actually start painting them. Gahd, there are alot!

Methinks it’s time to break the spell.

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The first 10 Moria Goblin archers,

They did turn out rather darker than I would have liked.

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Next time, remember to use lighter base colours.

 

Moria Goblins with Bows

from Lord of the Rings Miniatures Battle Game: Fellowship of the Ring, ca 2001

Games Workshop

HIPS plastic

20mm bases.

 

Painted so far this month: 31 / 28.  +3, and all 31 done in 3 days!

Painted so far this year: 64 / 365. Just 301 to go!

Nothing done this last month…so here are some rats

Almost a whole month has come and gone without me touching brush to mini.

 

So to get back on track I chose do some minis that are quick and easy.

 

First up are what I have left of the Warhammer Quest Giant Rats. I have only found 7 of the original 12, as I did use some for other things long ago and also have painted one or two as part of the Skaven giant rat swarm.

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These I put on bases I adapted and printed, being 20 x 25 mm oval, using the same lipped pattern as for the chaos hounds some weeks ago.

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These rats are always fun to do. And fast.

 

Giant Rats

from the original Warhammer Quest game set

Games Workshop

HIPS plastic

3D printed 20x25mm oval bases

 

 

Painted so far this month: 7  / 28.  21 to go (and just 2 days to do it!)

Painted so far this year: 40 / 365. Just 325 to go!

A bit about base 3D printing; also Cry Havoc! And let slip the Hounds of Chaos!

Last year I bought a unit of unbuilt Chaos Hounds off Ebay on a whim. Which turned out to have no bases and missing a horn. Sigh. When you buy on the cheap, youse gets whats youse gets.

First I stuck them on square cavalry bases, but that looked just wrong. I think I have decided not to use square bases any more, as I prefer the round ones, so I took them off again.  Then I tried some 40 and 50mm round bases, but the 40mm ones looked too small, and the 50mm ones take up too much space on the shelf for my liking, what with there being 10 models. Shelfspace turning out to be coming somewhat at a premium with all the minis getting painted these days…

So I tried oval bases from warbases, which did the trick. But still. Those square-cut edges clash stylistically with the chamfered/lipped bases I have come to prefer. So the dogs got stuck in a box with all the other “not entirely inspired to paint these yet, something is not quite right, need to think a bit” miniatures. Too bad no one seems to make plain, chamfered oval bases. And I have searched extensively for such.

And then in December a paradigm shift occurred. I got a 3dprinter. I started off happily printing out terrain piece after terrain piece, discovering that there are massive amounts of models of tanks on thingiverse, so printing a few of those, all the while learning what the printer can do.

And then some days ago it dawned on me. Why not print the bases I want myself?

well, the first reason would be I don’t know how to 3D model. My first admittedly very cursory foray was into a free program called blender. Woah, talk about your steep learning curves! How to even set up a working environment there? I will need to spend some serious time before making either heads or tails of that. Or start with a simpler program.

But the printer’s own slicer program does let me scale things, so if I only had a base model to work from, maybe…*search search search*

Some playing around with an excellent base model I found on thingiverse later:

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Voila! One 50mm x25mm oval lipped base. That’s the same footprint as a cavalry base. I had to change all three dimensions to make this, as the original model was too tall. But it turned out all right. And is easily resized for other dimensions as well. So now I can get the best of two worlds, both my preferred, esthetically pleasing chamfered base for individual viewing and skirmish game enjoyment, and backwards warhammer fantasy / kings of war compatibility for practical mass battle game functionality. Just stick them on a movement tray and off we go!

 

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and so I rebased the Hounds of Chaos yet again. One and a half speedpaint session later:

 

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To quote Lord Flashheart: “Woof! Woof!” Here are a few of the dogs:

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Yes, there are some very fine print lines, but I can’t really see them IRL, just in the close up pictures.

You can download the oval lipped base model from thingiverse here.

 

 

Hounds of Chaos

Warhammer Fantasy Battle/ Age of Sigmar

Warriors and Beasts of Chaos / Grand Alliance Chaos Faction

Games Workshop

HIPS plastic

50x25mm bases, remixed and 3dprinted by me

 

Painted so far this month: 27

Painted so far this year: 27 / 365.  Just 338 to go!

 

 

 

 

 

Dark Vengeance: Chaos Marine with Lightning Claws

Every few months I get the itch for some Chaos Marines. Good thing I have the minis from Dark Vengeance set lying about to scratch with.

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Here is the third one of the squad I have completed. They take ages to do, with all the busy details, so the squad will probably be finished sometime in 2025 or so.

Seeing as this is from the first version of Dark Vengeance, is only have the 25mm bases for them.

 

Chaos Marine with Lightning Claws

Warhammer 40.000: Dark Vengeance box set, Chaos faction

Games Workshop

HIPS plastic

25mm base

 

 

Painted so far this month: 10

Painted so far this year: 10