Thursday, 4 December 2014

Some more Gorilla Soldiers from Planet of the Apes

A few more Graven Images apes models today - bringing the gorillas up to squad size!

As before, these models were a joy to paint. Nice level of detail and easy to wash, highlight etc. The larger scale is a nice change for me.

My favourite is the triumphant gorilla - very classic POTA!

Here is a group shot of the models together. I'm going to try to source an Orangutang and Gorilla General on horseback to add to the collection.

Thursday, 27 November 2014

Imperial Guard / Astra Militarum Beastman conversions

I've tried lots of different ways of creating classic Imperial Guard beast men, and posted several of these projects on my site. Recently, I decided I'd like to make a proper conscript-squad sized group of these abhumans, and today I'm sharing my experiences in doing this.

Nothing painted yet, and still lots of greenstuff left to do, but the early indications are good!

These are Ungors combined with Catachan arms. I'll be sculpting fur on the shoulders, which allows me to use some Ungor arms as well (the kit has lots of options such as swords, maces, flails, etc).

I'm also planning on using parts from Anvil Industry to make the squad more "sci fi". Bionic arms are a must - above shows some early conversions (again, to be completed with green stuff). The arms fit quite nicely - appropriately weathered, these metal appendages will mix well I think.

Friday, 21 November 2014

Tau Farisght Enclave: Battlesuit Commander

It feels as though I've been painting my Tau army for years! It's been through two rule book changes, and I've put it on hiatus several times. I managed to finish the "enforcer" suit commander today!

Firstly, this is a great model. The pose is dynamic, there are several bits options, and it is suitably different to the rank-and-file Tau battle suits. He'll do great in my army!

Secondly, the fine cast is horrible... There are numerous edges which are imprecise. Some of the flat panels have horrible texture to them. And, sadly, I don't see him holding that sideways pose for long: similar fine cast figures in my collection have become warped over time. I can well see the ankles sagging if I leave him on display...

The reds in these photos have come out far too "cherry": in reality, the armour is far more drab. I used Khorne Red as the base, highlighted with Wazdakka Red and finally Squig Orange. He is in the same scheme as the rest of my battle suit army.

The model is fully compatible with the GW plastic Tau battle suit weapons, which I used on the missile pack. He comes with several resin options - such as spare hands - so you have a few choices to personalise the commander.

I'd definitely recommend this figure, but make sure you inspect him for defects first! (Not actually very easy: the model is now direct only!!)

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Marvel Miniatures: Black Widow

The Black Widow, aka Natalia Romanova, is a new release from Knight Models.

The Black Widow model is part of a large range of miniatures which currently have no rules for gameplay. This is fine with me - I wanted to paint it to expand my highlight of black colours - but these figures aren't for use in the Batman game. There is a rumour that Knight Models will shortly be releasing a Marvel super hero rule set, but this is probably going to be trickier than the BMG. That game relies on comparable power-level heroes and villains, whereas a Marvel game would need to cover a huge range of super hero and mutations.

Onto the miniature...

I had real problems taking these pictures, as the black bodysuit didn't photograph well. It is actually quite subtly highlighted, using a mix of Eshin Grey, Abaddon Black and Fenris Grey. I've never used these dark blues for highlighting, but I think they came out well and would recommend the mixture.

As with some of Knight Models other "human" hero figures, Black Widow does suffer from being a little flat - the picture above shows this. However, this is really a byproduct of the pose and I still think it's a great sculpt.

The wrist bands and belt were highlighted with yellows, to reflect the comic book colour scheme, and they contrasted well with the bodysuit.

Thursday, 6 November 2014

Batman Miniatures Game: Tim Drake aka Robin

Continuing my BMG painting adventures, here is Arkham City Robin...

I've never been a fan of Robin as a character, but decided to buy the miniature as my Batman band only has cops for support. Got to say, this is actually my favourite Batman model so far!

The detail is fine and crisp, the pose is awesome... It virtually painted itself!

I've said before the Knight Models sculpts fabrics very well, but the do capes best of all. The pictures don't really capture the highlighting, but even on "static" models like this the sculpting has real dynamism.

Looking forward to using him in a game!

Sunday, 2 November 2014

Batman Miniatures Game: Rorschach of the Watchmen

Such little time for painting recently! I've been working hard on lot of other projects, and have had even less time to photograph what I've painted!

Today I managed to picture Rorschach, aka Walter Kovacs, of the Watchmen band.

As with almost every Batman miniature I've purchased so far, this figure was great fun to paint.

I went with a fairly traditional Watchman colour scheme. The trousers are a deep purple colour (mixture of Abaddon Black and Daemonette Hide), but I chose to leave off the pin-strips that Knight Models has on the website version.

The Rorschach "blot" on the mask was interesting to paint; I used Nuln Oil to add a pattern, then added an Abaddon Black pattern inside that.

Knight Models do fabrics really well; the detail on this coat was a pleasure to paint!

The skulls on the base are some old resin bits I bought from Black Cat some years back. I thought that they fit the "nuclear apocalypse" vibe of the movie and comic. Overall, very pleased with this miniature.

Next up will be some more Batman Miniatures Game models - Robin and Black Widow!

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.