Thursday, 2 October 2014

Graven Images from Monolith Designs: Gorilla Soldiers

I recently went to see Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, and this got me thinking about apes miniatures. There have been several over the years but that's for another post! Today I finished painting these 36-40mm miniatures from Graven Images.

I picked up these models absolutely years ago, and they have been waiting patiently at the back of my miniatures box. A gap in my painting schedule finally gave me time to get them done! 

I went with a "classic" colour scheme for my gorilla soldiers, but a slightly lighter purple than the traditional fatigues. The models are otherwise quite muted in terms of palette. I did take a couple of minor artistic deviations to brighten the overall scheme, but they are close enough.

The set comes with a gorilla officer. His helmet badge is actually black in the original movies, but I felt that punting it metallic gave some extra focus.

Lots of nice details on the clothing...

The models come with integrated bases but I mounted them on another plastic base; this just made them slightly more stable.
These are a refreshing change from painting 28mm scale figures. The scale is slightly strange - I've never seen 36-40mm models before, but maybe this is a recognised scale for some figure ranges. I have another blister of these to paint up and hoping to do those shortly...

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Blightwheel Miniatures: Hell'ington Britanic Officer

Blightwheel Miniatures makes some awesome 28mm scale models, and back in April I bought several of their resin sculpts as Salute. 

Here is a Britanic officer from their Hell'ington range - an alternative WW1-looking range, full of gas masks, tin hats and archaic weapons. 

The model was easy to assemble, coming in several small parts, and a joy to paint. The detail is sharp and the resin durable. 

I painted the officer in the colour scheme of my Savlar Chem-Dogs, figuring that he'd be a good addition to a command squad. The scale is slightly more diminutive than usual GW Guard sculpting but not so much that the miniatures couldn't be used in the same army.

I added a random decal to the power fist, used periodically throughout my Chem-Dog army.

This shot shows the studding on the chest plate, as well as the rank insignia on the shoulder guard.

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Blightwheel Miniatures: Knight Squire, aka Mecha Pilot

Today I finished painting a small side project: a Blightwheel Miniatures Mecha Pilot

I decided to add this model to my collection because it fits the style of the GW Imperial Knights so well. Although his official designation is a Mecha Pilot, I've dubbed him a Knight Squire. He will make an ideal objective model in a 40k game!

Plenty of nice detail on this piece, down to the bag that he carries. It's a shame more companies don't make non-combatant miniatures like this: it's just a nice model to paint up! I added a lightnin-bolt symbol of the shoulder plate as a finishing touch.

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Judge Dredd Miniatures Game: HS2 Holocaust Suit Judge

I recently picked up another model for Mongoose's JDMG. This is a "resculpt" of an earlier model from their Starship Troopers game, originally sold as a "Grizzly" suit. I always liked the model, and back in the day I even had a couple of squads of these models. When it was re-released I decided to paint one up.

This is an all-metal model, and has an old-school weight to it. I extensively picked the limbs and accessories.

This is a nice model, but does have some rough parts: the finish on some of the smooth metal areas is pitted and difficult to repair.

The ammo drum on the cannon is an example of a metal defect; I tried to repair this but left it as battle damage in the end. Sadly i just couldn't repair or improve the searchlight on the right; it was a mashed up mess of detail, so I just painted it up as best I could.

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Savlar Chem Dogs: Astra Militarum General conversion

Recently had hardly any time to paint (and even less time to take photographs), so apologies for the lack of updates! Real life has been hectic, and I've decided to start concentrating on smaller projects and character models rather than full scale army projects. The general state of 40k has left me feeling a little despondent, and I rather feel that my days of investing hundreds of pounds into new armies twice a year have long gone... The Grey Knights codex in particular was a huge disappointment to me (hot on the heels of the tragic Tyranids codex), but that's a whole 'nother story...

Today I'm showcasing a conversion that I've been working on for a while, using a combination of bits from various GW kits and some third party parts as well: a Savlar Chem senior officer.

The colour scheme is of course inspired by my large Chem Dog army, with some personal variations to mark the model as an officer (such as the lurid red coat lining). I based him on a piece of garden slate to make him a little more imposing.

The model has a large variety of parts:

  • Head from Dragonforge models (they have a really nice set of varied metal heads, including some with wild hair, eye patches, etc - very nice facial expressions as well);
  • Legs from the Cadian infantry box;
  • Torso from an old Imperial Guard tank upgrade sprue;
  • Arms and coat parts from the Tempestus Militarum Scions box.

Gotta love that coat! It's a nice part which looks great on an officer or commissar model.

Another view of the coat...

These photos show the detail on the head part (and also the wrist-mounted computer).

Sunday, 10 August 2014

Batman Miniatures Game: Mr Freeze

Too much real stuff going on at the moment to do much painting, but managed to clean up some photos of a recent model I finished. This is, of course, the BMG Mr Freeze - a very nice and very detailed miniature. 

Mr Freeze is perhaps more fragile than many of the BMG models - he is more lithe, and as a result the detail of his armour and suit is quite tricky. I chose a variant colour scheme, inspired a little by Tron, and I'm pleased with how it turned out. 

Friday, 1 August 2014

Dark Angels: Deathwing Terminator Squad

This is a small project for a client, who wanted several of the Dark Vengeance Deathwing Terminator squads painted up. 

These are very nice sculpts, as I've commented before, and there is a very laid back timescale on this project so these models have been sitting for a while! I still have another squad to do, then a possible Belial as well.