Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Zombie Horde

Hello Everyone,
 
Hoping that all is going well in your collective domains and homelands...just a quick post today as I show off some pics of my attempt at zombies.  I know I'm a little late to the game...haha, very punny...and the zombie trend has been long established, BUT, here I am.
 
On the heals of my recent tries at The Walking Dead and my caving in and buying into the fad, I thought I'd better get some undead painting under my belt so that I can tackle all of those Mantic beasties and survivors.  I headed back to my favourite recent resource, and looked up Sorastro to see his take on the undead in his Zombicide painting.
 
 
 
As per my experience thus far, I did find his video very useful...to be honest, it did take a lot of consulting to specific moments and colour choices in the video to get comfortable with tackling this horde, but I'm glad to have the resource handy.
 
More than a few years ago, I had purchased a bunch of figures from a local gamer who was thinning his collection...I had bought a variety of Studio Miniatures, Hasslefree, and Blue Moon zombies and survivors as a timid step into the zombie world...and like many purchases they had to take their place in the queue on the workbench.
 
Fast forward to this summer...and the time for the Blue Moon figures was here!! This is an assortment of zombies and undead that each come in two parts...torso with head and legs with base...it seemingly gives you extra options to make your collection more unique.  Given my foray into Frostgrave there is a real need for having zombies at the ready...So, armed with a video reference and a setting, I thought I'd make my first horde ready for the Northern City.
 
The colours are a mix of brown, green, and blue.  I based the figures in whatever sprays I had laying around and ended with an assortment of Army Painter Uniform Grey, Vallejo Chieftain Green, or Vallejo British Armour (Italy)...the Uniform Grey was for the zombies that ended up as pale bluish; Chieftain Green was for the pale green, plaguey looking zombies; and the old British Armour (Italy) was for the rotty, old looking puke brown zombies.
 
That's about it for now...enjoy the pics...thanks for views and constructive critiques as always.
 
Take care. 
 
 







 
 


 






 
 
Painting so far in 2017:

Painted:
28mm - 76
15mm - 17

Bought:
28mm - 97 (+4, had a pack from Studio Miniatures come in the post this week, happy bday to me)
vehicle - 1

15mm - 132 (+132, added plastic box of Battlefront Strelkovy Company)
vehicle - 7
 
Overall PROGRESS: -144

Thursday, 5 October 2017

A Little Imperial Assualt Update

 Howdy all,
 
I hope everyone is safe and doing well...I have been plugging away at the figures from the Imperial Assault Core Set (or corset according to a recent typo of mine on TMP, lol) and had made some progress in August and into September.  I am still an avid fan of Sorastro and have come to rely on his videos as a constant source of inspiration and some how-to steps along the way.
 
If you haven't seen his videos yet, CHECK THEM OUT, you won't regret it...my son and I had gotten some Assault games in near the end of summer and are having a great time with the game...the lad is very 'helpful' in pushing me to keep painting the figures, and I certainly notice he is much keener to play with the painted up figs...
 
I decided to paint up his favourite mini in the box...and have linked Sorastro's video below...without a doubt my son loves the Imperial Probe Droids...much of this stems from some rule misunderstandings him and I had in playing with/against them, but even since we ironed those kinks out he still prefers the droid...so, I thought I'd make them next on the workbench.
 
 
In this case, I did lend heavily from Sorastro's video and went with some hints of metaillic/gunmetal with these figures.  Because there are 3 of them I decided to base each of them differently, I went with the 2 types I've been using so far with my Stormtroopers and the 3rd one I based in a Hoth style basing...I also painted that one up with a blue metallic tone...I'm really happy with how it turned out and I don't think I would have had the idea without watching the video first.
 
1st droid based using Agrellan Mud for the texture look, 2nd ala Hoth, 3rd using Stirland Mud with desert yellow underneath
Hoth droid...I really like how the Drakenhoff Nightshade changes the feel of the mini and adds some great character...
 
I used an Army Painter strong and dark tone wash on the other 2 droids to give it a dustier hue...again, very happy with how the washes are working for me...
 
The next figure I tackled was Luke...this one came with the Core Set and features a Death Star themed Luke as he's firing a Stormtrooper's blaster and wearing one of their utility belts...because of this, I simply went with an all black base finished with 'Ardcoat to give it that nice floor shine that the Death Star is known for...
 
The next fig's I tackled were the Nexu...it took some internet googling to see where these guys were from...I hadn't seen Attack of the Clones in some time so had forgotten about these ones...while there is a great video on how Sorastro painted these guys up, when my son and I saw them all we could think of was our cats...or even Toothless from How to Train Your Dragon...
 
 
Am I wrong...or do you see it too...anyway, we have a very black cat that reminds me of Toothless and a greyish coloured Maine Coon cat... 
I wanted to have some contrast between the 'hair' or spines on the back and the rest of the colour...these reminded me of the quills on a porcupine so I tried to emulate them in the painting...
 It took me a bit to figure out how to paint these guys up...I think I had them on the painting table for a week or two until the colours started coming to me...I'm happy with how they turned out...they are less 'stripy' than any google images I saw, but given the inspiration I used, I'm very happy with the end result.
 
Take care...
 
Painting so far in 2017:
 
If you read all the way to the bottom of my last post, you'll see that I had made some recent purchases and had gotten some 'dad' gifts from the family...adding all these up into the tally below has really changed my +/- progress, but I will see how much in the + I can bring the progress bar in...looking forward to tracking it.
 
Painted:
28mm - 64
15mm - 17

Bought:
28mm - 93 (+40, added Imperial Assault Twin Shadows expansion; The Walking Dead Core set, Neegan pack, Sara pack, Days Gone By expansion; and a few single figures and scatter pieces)
vehicle - 1

15mm - 132 (+132, added plastic box of Battlefront Strelkovy Company)
vehicle - 7
 
Overall PROGRESS: -152
 


Sunday, 24 September 2017

Some Support for the Bear

Hello everyone out there,

I hope you're all coping with the various weather happenstances that are occurring around us all, keep healthy and safe.  Given the weather situation in the southern portions of our continent it seems rather small potatoes to have any issues with the warmer than normal September weather that we're having at the moment...

Presently it is sitting somewhere near 30 degrees C with humidex pushing it to high 30's low 40's depending on your locale...funny enough I was camping at this moment a couple of years ago and experienced another extreme weather event...approximately -5 C with snow and rain...brrrr.

So, on this mixed weather day, I thought I'd post for you some combat support for my Team Yankee hordes of Soviets.  More air defense with the addition of 2 x SA-13 Gopher launchers, and some recce elements with 4 x BRDM-2's.  These models painted up fairly fast and I purposely tried out different shades of 'green' on these units...1. to try a different paintscheme similar to what I saw at the Canadian War Museum. and 2. to make it so I could easily pick out my recce troops from the hordes on the table.

I hope you enjoy the pics...comments and advice are always welcome.

Take care.

Overhead view of the SA-13's, with flash...some subtle weathering on the deck and side panels

Profile shot, without flash...weathering is more pronounced

Front aspect view...
 
Front view of the BRDM's...a little brighter shade of green...I think I based them with a spray of Tankovy Green (much the same as all my Soviet kit) and then used VJ 923 Luftwaffe green with a mix of 833 bright cam green and then I just added a little offwhite to the mix to lighten the shade...
 
I really like the shade difference and the relative brightness of these models compared to the rest of my force...it keeps with the example I saw at the museum...and I think VJ's painting guide also goes with a much brighter take on the Soviet cold war painting.
 

 
 Painting so far in 2017:
 
I'm very happy with my progress so far this year...I have certainly focused on 28mm more, I have updated my painting style and am starting to really get a feel for it...I just recently started adapting it to 15mm, outside of the 'star wars' theme, so I'm curious to see how my results go.  As far as additions to lead mountain, I have kept them pretty tight this year, I just bought a box of Soviet WW2 infantry this past weekend and this is the first purchase I've made that wasn't related to a birthday or fathers day gift...so my 'bought' numbers are a little off as I have to count up all the gift-additions...but I'm pretty happy nonetheless.
 
Cheers.
 
Painted:
28mm - 58
15mm - 17

Bought:
28mm - 53
vehicle - 1

15mm - 0
vehicle - 7
 
Overall PROGRESS: +14

Sunday, 17 September 2017

Some Reaper Recruits

Hello folks,

I hope everyone is well...it would appear that we are presently into the second coming of 'summer', the temperatures of the past week have certainly stood out as the highlight of the past few months and especially given the cool trends we were having at the beginning of the month.

Personally, I'm good with the cooler weather, but we also didn't have our normal summer in this neck of the country...so I see why folks are pretty pumped.

I thought I'd share with you a few Reaper pieces that I finished near the end of July, beginning of August...I really do like the Reaper pieces...there's a lot of character in the individual figures and the Pathfinder series of minis are outstanding.

I'm trying to kickstart some posting momentum so I'll keep this only relatively short and simple and let the pictures do the talking.

Cheers.

First off, for our more advanced treks into the Northern City, we have 'the Overladen'...a great looking fig, packed down like a good little pack mule hauling the treasures and necessities for an adventuring band.

slightly different aspect...looking downwards toward the figure...

I'm not sure if I'd trust that chicken...looks a little off coloured...not sure if it's supposed to be supper or a trap for beasts...

A couple of great aspects of all the various kit that our apprentice/pack mule is carrying...the figure itself was a lot of fun to paint, the main challenge being the identification of all the different kit and ensuring a consistency of colours amongst the pieces of kit and the ways they overlap and cover each other up.

The next figure I have is from the Reaper Pathfinder line...it is Merisiel the Iconic Elf Thief.  I really like the various 'iconic' figures they have...my first attempt was with their Iconic Skald which I'm really happy with how it came up.

So, inspired by the Iconic figures, I am slowly and deliberately putting together a separate Company of Adventurers all based on these figures.  When I saw Merisiel, I automatically thought she would be perfect as a Treasure Thief, she literally has a buttload of daggers...as well, depending on the rule additions, etc. she could easily serve as an assassin.
So, to keep some consistency amongst my Company, I wanted to make sure that each figure had at least some green within their paint scheme, the Skald was fairly subtle green trim showing beneath his leather robe...for Mis, there is more to see, however I did not make it the primary colour of her outfit.

Various profiles...the figure took a bit to come to life for me...I had tried at least 2-3 variations on the main colour schemes before settling on the blue and green...another great figure that I'm very pleased with.
 
While I can't 100% remember...I think I received the Skinsaw man as a Christmas or Father's day gift...I wasn't certain how to get it to work in the company, BUT, I really liked the look of the figure and the character of the figure...and after reading some of the backstory to the Skinsaw man I was more determined to include him into the warband.

Again, I made sure to add some green in the figure, but reading the various Frostgrave characteristics of the different wizards, I thought that the Skinsaw Man would be an excellent Fire Elementalist...and to help emphasis that I tried to make his jacket look as closely to fire as possible...getting the jacket to this point was really enjoyable and I can't even remember how many layers I invested into this look...I'm really happy with how it turned out in the end...I used VJ Red (vermillion I think) and then introduced a small ratio of bright orange with each layer.  The last layer or two was a heavily watered down bright orange applied deliberately in select spots.
 
 
Painting so far in 2017:
 
Painted:
28mm - 58
15mm - 11

Bought:
28mm - 53
vehicle - 1

15mm - 0
vehicle - 7
 
Overall PROGRESS: +8