I’m sure that I can’t be the only one who has piles upon piles of miniatures waiting to be painted. A big box of sprues sits here, overflowing with untouched plastic miniatures waiting to be built and painted so that I can use them as they were intended, with boxed games. Battle Masters, Warhammer 4th ed, Advanced Space Crusade, Space Hulk, Assassination Force Super Team (or whatever it was called), Deathwatch Overkill, Betrayal At Calth, and Burning Of Prospero are all unfinished. So! I will be concentrating on painting these minis from now on. I promise!
These are lovely miniatures, though what they have in detail they lack in the charm of the older hand-sculpted minis. In many ways they were a pleasure to paint, though sticking to the ‘official’ paint scheme was quite troublesome – I find black hard to paint. Still, I think they have turned out well.
Two more finished jobs this week. Firstly for Orctober, a base of Battle Masters Orcs. Slowly but surely I’m getting on with Battle Masters. There were over a hundred figures in this game, plus I’ve also got the two expansion boxsets as well. It takes a while! I’m trying to do these a bit quicker. The minis aren’t good enough to justify the best paintjob I can do, but I still want them to look alright. Hopefully I’ve achieved that.
The other challenge I’ve been doing recently for Bolter & Chainsword website’s Imperial Fists Expansion IV. Knowing how busy I was I only vowed a single miniature, and only just scraped through. I’m fairly pleased with this Apothecary though, I think I’ve done a good job here.
With only two days to finish my Oldhammer forum Chaos Villager it looks like I’ve been trying to do too much recently. Should have started earlier!
Nothing for months and months and then I finish two things in quick succession! I’m quite pleased with this Rhino, considering that it is built from spare parts. The main chassis and both side constructs all came from different rhinos previously built and then wrecked by hobbyists of yore. I think I’ve covered most of the imperfections pretty well! The biggest issue I had, aside from getting the mix-n-match parts to fit together, was when I sprayed it grey. I’d heard about what can happen if you spray in a damp environment, but hadn’t really taken it in. I won’t be making that mistake again!
I’ve assigned this Rhino to the 3rd Company, where it will be a dedicated transport for an assault squad.
By golly, yellow is difficult. This was a squad that I really came to hate. I never felt like I was getting closer to getting it right. In the end I gave up and hurried my way through, just being thankful that I was a squad closer to finishing painting my Betrayal At Calth minis and that was that.
This was also the first time I’ve used transfers. That was a lesson too.
Good afternoon everyone, here’s a second set of Space Marine Honour Guard to follow the one I did a few months ago. It started as an excuse to renovate Honoured Brother Asmir, who I’ve posted before very early in this blog. Asmir got himself broken, so he needed a repair job, which I used as an excuse to put him on a base and slightly improve the paintjob. The other two are some of my favourite RT period Space Marines. The chap with the bionic bits is a a fantastic model, I’m counting that odd sword as a relic blade! The Ultramarines Captain is another great miniature, but it took so long to paint.
I was given Betrayal At Calth for Christmas. I can’t tell you yet if its any good as a game, but the miniatures are lovely. Whilst they lack the charm and crazy genius of the late 80s Citadel output, these really are beautiful models. Deciding against painting the contents as Ultramarines vs Word Bearers (as Ultramarines are yuk, and Word Bearers similarly uninspiring), I had to consider other options. The baddies were an easy choice really – I’ve already got an Alpha Legion army and have given up ever getting a painting technique I am pleased with for those snakey scamps. I do want to paint a Night Lords warband – in fact, I want to make the warband from the Night Lords series of novels by Aaron Dembski-Bowden. I was tempted to use these as a place to start, but I want to use these as game pieces in Betrayal At Calth eventually, not chop them up into individuals. So Death Guard it was. Nurgle is my homeboy.
The paintjob was loosely based on the Forge Word painting instructions for Death Guard, along with some making-it-up-as-I-went-along. It’s pretty hit or miss to be honest. I’ll be changing the recipe slightly for the next Death Guard squad. Still, I am happy with this first attempt.