Castle Ravenloft D&D Flesh Golem & Oldhammer Skeleton “Hellblade” – Diabolical December ’18 meats Deadcember.

Oldhammer Undead Skeleton Hellblade Undead Chariot Crew, D&D Dungeons and Dragons Castle Ravenloft Flesh Golem

Recently, I was reading one of Alex’ posts over at Leadbaloony where he noted that he was going to try and paint up something for Deadcember. (Though nothing in months for these challenges anymore.. sniff 😢). Anyway, I decided to see what Deadcember actually was. Or is. I mean, I can guess, but it’s always good to have a proper look around. It seems to be predominantly a weightlifting thing, where weight enthusiasts do a lot of deadlifting …but a few google ranks down, also a painting challenge that has run for several years, though I couldn’t really find a central “hub” for it, despite a few blogs participating over the last couple of years along with mentions/threads over on Lead Adventure and the Oldhammer forums.

Oldhammer Undead Skeleton Hellblade Undead Chariot Crew

Hooray! Exclaimed Hellblade the Skellington.

Oldhammer Undead Skeleton Hellblade Undead Chariot Crew

So simple then, from what I saw. Paint some undead. As it happened most conveniently, I had this skellington on my desk. Known as “Hellblade”, and originally one of the five interchangeable crew from the classic metal Undead Chariot. He had been sitting around, part painted and unloved for some time. Years in fact. I know I rebased him a few years ago, and there had been some repainting involved. So yesterday I re-repainted his bone cloaks into the red of the current Undead Army, did all of the necessary highlighting to his bones and black robes, and then hit the shield with some freehanding, and he was done. So after an hour or two, easy as that, a model that had sat around ignored for literally years was done. This is why I started doing these challenges, and also why I’ll try to tack on anyone else’s challenges that I happen to see that aren’t those “start-to-finish” ones that just leave me with more half-painted figures.

D&D Dungeons and Dragons Castle Ravenloft Flesh Golem

D&D Dungeons and Dragons Castle Ravenloft Flesh Golem

So, with Mister Hellblade the Skellington done, I looked around the table for something else that was achievable. The Flesh Golem was there. That bloody Flesh Golem from the Castle Ravenloft D&D boardgame that Marouda, Pyro and Orez played through back in 2012-3 or so, which is why I’ve (badly) sculpted flagstones onto his base. Yeah, he’s been sitting around for a long time, too. Mediocre story short, I also knuckled down and got him completed as well. Done.

This isn’t the last of 2018’s models to show. There’s still a couple more to go, but they shall have to hit the page in the opening days of next year!

And on that note, as it’s getting to the business end of New Year’s Evening here, I wish you all the best for the remains of 2018, and the best for 2019. I’ll see you on the other side!

Realm of Chaos – Be’Lakor the Dark Master: The First Daemon Prince – Diabolical December ’18

Be'Lakor the Dark Master: The First Daemon Prince

Finally, Be’Lakor, the Dark Master is complete. I originally started this figure just over three years ago, as part of the original Painting December, which was a personal challenge that became the genesis for our monthly painting challenges. It’s been a rather epic battle to get up the motivation to complete him, due to all the tons of little fiddly bits, and basically, negative inertia towards the model. This is why the challenges exist. To motivate me to get models like this one completed. I based him on the rolled-edge 50mm round base, as a regular 60mm base seemed much too large, while the regular 50mm base seemed a bit.. I dunno. Boring? I didn’t have any official GW 50mm bases at the time (that I could find), so I only had those alternative ones that are a mm or two shorter. I also mounted him up on some cork to increase his height and make him look a little more imposing.

Be'Lakor the Dark Master: The First Daemon Prince

Be'Lakor the Dark Master: The First Daemon Prince

Be'Lakor the Dark Master: The First Daemon Prince

Be'Lakor the Dark Master: The First Daemon Prince

His colour scheme is different to the “official” GW one. It was inspired by a google search I did when trying to figure out how to paint him. It may have been inspired by Noridicus‘ paint scheme, over at Heresy-Online, but given that he talks about how he’s also seen this sort of scheme used, it might have been one of the models that inspired him that also inspired me. I dunno. I know that Nordicus’ model looks great, and I think my rendition also looks pretty good as well.

Be'Lakor the Dark Master: The First Daemon Prince

Finally, I thought a scale shot would be in order, as without it many of these larger models seem to be much smaller than they actually are – so here he is alongside those two bastions of model scale, a Space Marine and a Primaris Space Marine! So, in the end it took three years to get him painted. I’m not sure that it’s been worth the wait, but I’m very definitely happy to have gotten him completed finally!

…now there’s one model left from that original Painting December trio. The Marauder Giant, an otherwise wonderful model with a stupid patchwork tunic. There’s no way he’ll be completed for Dauntess/Diabolical December, but perhaps as a centrepiece model for January?

Minotaurs Space Marines – Terminator Squad Akakios: Dauntless December ’18

Minotaurs Space Marines - Terminator Squad Akakios, Dark Vengeance, Anvil Industry, Puppetswar

Remember when I used to paint a lot of miniatures? Not scatter terrain, but actual miniatures? Yeah, I do as well. This month isn’t going to be huge in that sense, but at least I finally got these guys done. I started them quite a few months ago, and they’re been a hopeful to finish over several of my themed challenge months – neglected models, squads, mechanical, but to no avail. So while I guess Sergeant Akakios actually does qualify for Dauntless December, the rest of his squad are just here for the ride!

Minotaurs Space Marines - Terminator Sergeant Akakios, Puppetswar

Sergeant Akakios (an ancient Greek name meaning “Not Evil” – no Google jokes, please) was built using a Puppetswar head on a regular Terminator Sergeant torso, mounted on a pair of Grey Knight Terminator legs, along with the Forge World shoulder pads. I think he makes for a nice, individual looking sergeant for the squad.

Minotaurs Space Marines - Terminator Sergeant Akakios, Puppetswar

Minotaurs Space Marines - Terminator Sergeant Akakios, Puppetswar

Minotaurs Space Marines - Terminator Sergeant Akakios, Puppetswar

I like metallic blue with some gradient for Power Swords, generally speaking. The attempt to create a nice, enamelled red on his pauldrons and bracers was achieved by doing the usual brassy-bronze armour, then going over it with two coats of GW’s Spiritstone Red. There’s still very much a metallic sheen to them that doesn’t come across fully in the photographs.

Minotaurs Space Marines - Terminator Assault Cannon Damon Anvil Industry

Brother Damon (yes, that’s what it says on his chest) – (“to tame, to subdue” and euphemistically “to kill.”) is the Squad’s heavy gunner, armed with the ubiquitous Assault Cannon. He’s pretty much a stock model, aside from the Forge World Pauldrons and the head and pteruges from Anvil Industry. He’s also a member of an ancient warrior cult for those who wage war using rapid firing heavy weapons with it’s origins in ancient Terra, evidenced by the iconography on his armour.

Minotaurs Space Marines - Terminator Assault Cannon Damon Anvil Industry

Minotaurs Space Marines - Terminator Assault Cannon Damon Anvil Industry

Minotaurs Space Marines - Terminator Assault Cannon Damon Anvil Industry

I’m not really one to name my models. Not that I begudge others who do so, but outside of games like Necromunda or Blood Bowl it’s just never been something that’s taken my interest. Generally, I’ll name all characters and things like Dreadnoughts, usually squad leaders in forces like Marines (though not Imperial Guard) and then models that force me to, by having something like a scroll in the middle of their chest.

Minotaurs Space Marines - Terminator Chainfist Anvil Industry

I was reading someone’s blog the other day where they were bemoaning the rather static poses of most terminator models. Aside from the fact that they’re an older kit, so that was certainly the price of a multipart posable kit in those days, Terminator Armour, or Tactical Dreadnought Armour is essentially taking an Astartes and enclosing them in a huge, heavy, cumbersome (and presumably uncomfortable and stifling) suit of armour – even with suspensors and synthetic muscle-fibre bundles. They are essentially walking tanks. I don’t expect something of that description to be especially dynamic in its posing or implied movement. I used to be a hockey goalie, and wearing that gear certainly changed your posture and gait. Still, I can very much appreciate that having a ton of guys all mono-posed like sumo is a bit tedious, so I’ve tried to mix them up a bit with some lightly converted Dark Vengeance poses.

Minotaurs Space Marines - Terminator Chainfist Anvil Industry

Minotaurs Space Marines - Terminator Chainfist Anvil Industry

Minotaurs Space Marines - Terminator Chainfist Anvil Industry

One thing that I was a bit stuck on as I was finalising these models was whether to go laquered red on their Chainfists and Power Fists as well as their outer Pauldrons. In the end, I left them in the brassy bronze, but felt that this guy needed a bit more to make it more interesting, so he got a lambda in red to finish it off. Because the lambda on his weapon and the lambda on his fauld wasn’t enough to get the whole “SPACE SPARTAN” thing across. Actually, it was just to have a bit of appropriate visual interest there. 😉

Minotaurs Space Marines - Terminator Chainfist Anvil Industry

This guy was an attempt to add a bit more movement to one of the figures. I think the lowered Bolter arm is from one of the Dark Vengeance Deathwing Terminators, but combined with the walking legs and the angled head, I think it works alright.

Minotaurs Space Marines - Terminator Chainfist Anvil Industry

Minotaurs Space Marines - Terminator Chainfist Anvil Industry

Minotaurs Space Marines - Terminator Chainfist Anvil Industry

I used a few bits and bobs from the Grey Knight Terminators kit to add some bling to the backs of their belts, as well as the odd purity seal in hard-to-reach places. I wanted these Minotaurs to have a healthy but not overwhelming amount of bling on them so they’d fit in and stack up well enough next to the newer modifications to the Terminator kit, like the Deathwing or Blood Angels – rather than being as plain as the core kit would have them be.

Minotaurs Space Marines - Terminator Power Fist Dark Vengeance Anvil Industry

I always really liked this core model from the first time I saw it. I’ve picked up a few extras from back in the day when they were cheap and readily available, aside from my own massive-multiple-DV buy that came a bit later. I don’t think the right arm is stock, but I honestly can’t remember. Regardless, it’s a nice model pose that doesn’t necessarily evoke movement, but still has a nice, less static pose.

Minotaurs Space Marines - Terminator Power Fist Dark Vengeance Anvil Industry

Minotaurs Space Marines - Terminator Power Fist Dark Vengeance Anvil Industry

Minotaurs Space Marines - Terminator Power Fist Dark Vengeance Anvil Industry

And there we are! A new squad, finally completed as we hit the cusp of 2018’s completion. And a number of photos that should make IRO jealous. Or Proud. Or Bored. 😉

Feral Uruk-Hai Berserkers of Isengard – Middle-Earth: SBG

Feral Uruk-Hai Berserkers of Isengard - Middle-Earth: SBG

Today we have a trio of figures that were actually painted awhile back – these were done for Orctober after the batch of Uruk-Hai Berserkers, but they were actually left inside the sealed tub of static grass/flock when I completed them …and then it appears that I entirely forgot about them! “Feral” Uruk-Hai appear to be a GW invention from their post-RotK series of releases, where they basically started making up a whole lot of different shit, vaguely based on the aesthetic of the films.

Feral Uruk-Hai Berserkers of Isengard - Middle-Earth: SBG

The palette for these Ferals is pretty much the same as the Berserkers. As with their brethren, there’s a lot of Uruk-flesh, accentuated by dark metal for their armour pieces and swords with a bit of chain and leather/cloth – and (once again) done! I also added some sexy Isengard handprints, and some Blood for the Blood God (aka Clear Red) to finish after varnishing. I only have the three of these, and with them not currently available (and AU prices!) I’m probably not likely to try chasing them down on eBay. They can fit in with the Berserkers as additional models, or in the instance that I want to run some Ferals, I’ll simply fill out the unit with some Berserkers.

January 2019 Paint Challenge: Terrain & Centrepiece Models

I figure it’s about that time when I need to announce next month’s challenge – so here goes!

January 2019 will be a dual-mode month. The reason for that is because I want to make it a terrain month. That’s terrain both large and small. From huge, imposing structures to the least-interesting set of crates and barrels and everything in between. Dioramas are of course totally welcome as well, by their very nature.

Having said all of that, I know that scenery and terrain isn’t everyone’s bag.

So the other option for the month will be Centrepiece Models. I know this has a lot of overlap with December’s challenge (and potentially overlap with November, or October, and so on… but that’s the nature of these challenges being rather broad.

Still, where December allows for a Space Marine Medic or a Chaplain, January wants that Chaplain on a ridiculous base, or perhaps just shove the footsloggers out of the way and get that Land Raider done! December lets you paint a German Lieutnant. January wants the Maus (or at least a Tiger!) December lets you bring a Dwarf Dragon Slayer to the party, but January wants the whole bloody Dragon! Magos? Try a Knight instead! To hell with the Poxwalkers – it’s time for the Great Unclean One!

…you get the idea.

Mantic Terrain Crate – Barricades and Barrels, Conan’s Chests

Mantic Terrain Crate, Barricades, Kegs, Monolith Conan Boardgame Chests

My plans to get a ton of exciting Heroes and Villains done in December have had a few large wrenches thrown in the works, and as a result, I haven’t really painted for almost a week. Getting back into it, I decided to work on some simple stuff that had been sitting around in the way on my painting desk – in this case, more Mantic Terrain Crate scatter pieces.

Mantic Terrain Crate, Barricades

Mantic Terrain Crate, Barricades

Two different types of barricade – and three of each. I varied the colours just a little in order for them to be a little unique and not just look like clone-pieces. I kept them all to natural, “woody” tones, and this time I varied the crates and barrels a little from the tones I’ve used in previous sets.

Mantic Terrain Crate, Barricades

Mantic Terrain Crate, Barricades

As you can see, they’re not exactly scales as proper barricades – more in a boardgame scale, if anything. Our model here is Forlong the Fat, one of GW’s “true-ish”-scale, LotR models. Even though he’s positioned behind them and is raised by a slottabase, you van see that they’re not exactly very big as far as barricades go. I’m sure they’ll be fine as generic scatter, though.

Mantic Terrain Crate, Keg Barrels

The other pieces are much less interesting – three larger keg barrels and three sets of triple-keg barrel stacks. Dark wood here, with brassy taps. While the barricades will easily make a bit of extra colour in fantasy wargames as well as dungeon scenery, these keg-barrels are a fair bit more limited. If we ever need to kit out a tavern for a game, we’ll certainly have a well-stocked booze supply!

Monolith Conan Boardgame Chests

Finally, some chests that I made myself finish off, after they’ve been sitting around for 6 months or so. These are from the Conan Miniatures Boardgame, by Monolith. I remember some time ago in the comments, someone (Dagger & Brush, from memory) suggesting that I could paint some of the chests in a set I had in different colours to distinguish the quality of them. Rather than paint the same model chests in different colours, I decided to make these slightly more fancy coffer sculpts a little more fancy in turn when it came to their paint. Baal Pteor, also from the Conan game provides us with our scale in this shot.

I’ll have some real models painted for you all. Soon.