Tom Bombadil and Goldberry (Lady Geneve, Red Box Games) (Jewel of July ’18)

Tom Bombadil and Goldberry (Lady Geneve, Red Box Games)

Tom Bombadil is probably my least-favourite Tolkien character. He was omitted from the films, which was a net gain in some ways, but also a loss in terms of the Barrow-Wight scenes with the hobbits not being included at all. I also never liked the official Citadel figure, but ended up with it when buying out someone’s LotR models, quite a few years ago. I’ve now painted him, since he’s a needed character for the Fellowship of the Ring Scenario Project that I’m doing a bit for lately, and also because he nicely fit into Jewel of July as a character, being probably the oldest and possibly even the most powerful being in all of Middle-Earth, despite his unassuming exterior.

Tom Bombadil and Goldberry (Lady Geneve, Red Box Games)

His partner of course, is Goldberry. As I’ve never had any intention at all of paying way too much for a model of her that comes with another of Tom, I had to figure something else out. That was something I did a few years ago, in fact – picking out a Red Box Games model that I already had – Lady Geneve of the Council of Seven, Speaker of the Far Stars. While Tre’s model is clearly meant to be an elf, she looked the part well enough for me to use her as Goldberry, and so with a minor bit of updating to what was a “completed” model already (and painted as Goldberry originally), we have a completed pair.

I’ve got a bunch of catch-up posts still to do – I took photos for my June monthly round-up the other day, but messed up and so have to set everything out again and retake the photos! So in the meantime, I’m going to press on with sharing Jewels of July models.

Ral Partha Dungeons and Dragons: Giant Spider (1995) (Jewel of July ’18)

Ral Partha Dungeons and Dragons Giant Spider (1995)

Time for a Spider! Today’s model is a Ral Partha Giant Spider from their licenced Dungeons and Dragons range in 1995. Which is why it has a “TSR 1995” on it’s underside. While some of you might wonder why RP felt the need to licence something as incredibly generic as a Giant Spider, where no copyrights or trademarks could possibly exist, the answer lies in it being part of a branded D&D range that stores would carry and purchase from.

Ral Partha Dungeons and Dragons Giant Spider (1995)

Friend of the Bitz Box, Mark Morin actually painted the same model a couple of years ago, along with some other old-school Grenadier Spiders.

I painted the thing in woody browns, inspired by our local Aussie heroes, the Huntsman Spider. Even though the Huntsman isn’t furry like our D&D model, I still wanted her to have the “feel” and “appearance” of a “real” spider. In order to do that, I followed the really simple, muted tones of real spiders rather than going all that crazy with bright colours, as it’s clearly not a tropical specimen. I also went with browns rather than blacks, since I wanted it to stand out a bit more, and perhaps be a little less creepy(?) The tiny, beady eyes were painted black, with a single dot of white for the highlight, and gloss varnished. Not that you can see them, they’re so bloody small!

Ral Partha Dungeons and Dragons Giant Spider (1995)

After trying to make the thing look kinda-realistic with the paint, I wanted to then draw it away from looking like a large spider had invaded my games room by using the basing to tie it in with the rest of my minis collection, and with that black rim separate it from the tabletop slightly. I also used some bits of slate to raise the front f the spider, since it’s rearing up (for some reason) and make it look that little bit more impressive when sat next to other models.

Ral Partha Dungeons and Dragons Giant Spider (1995)

Ral Partha Dungeons and Dragons Giant Spider (1995)

It really is a nice sculpt, and probably one that’s now lost to time. It wouldn’t take much for someone who owned the mould to scrape off the TSR from it (or probably most of that range) and sell it, and I’m sure that’s the case with at least a good chunk of the rest of the mid-90’s range. After all, no-one “owns” Orcs, or Kobolds or Elves – which is why we now have GW selling us “Orruks” and “Aelves”, but without knowing the intricacies of that particular licence agreement, who can tell? RPE don’t have it. Maybe Mirilton or someone else like that owns the sculpts now? (Well, not Mirilton – I just checked!)

June-It ’18 (June-Unit) Community Round-Up

Krautscientist’s “The Road Crew.”

All I can say is that putting this post together has been a project in and of itself. I’m overwhelmed by how many people have taken up the challenge of getting a unit done for this month. I’m starting at the top of the pingbacks on the Challenge Post (at least initially) and working my way down. I’ll chase up stragglers later on.

So above we have The Road Crew by Krautscientist from the Eternal Hunt. Listening to Motörhead while viewing them is optional, but I’d personally encourage it. That’s one frighteningly feral-but-awesome looking bunch.

Krautscientist’s Deathwatch Killteam Ulrach.

Krautscientist has also dropped in a second completed unit this month – Deathwatch Killteam Ulrach converted from Primaris Space Marines into truescale Inq28 models. Each model is a unique build that I’ll (hopefully) be taking inspiration from at some stage for my own models.

 

Imperial Rebel Ork’s Bannaroff Light Infantry: The Forlorn 13

Next we have Imperial Rebel Ork’s Bannaroff Light Infantry: The Forlorn 13. There are a literal ton of photos of these guys over on IRO’s site, and I definitely recommend checking them out for a very cool unit mashup of 40k and the 17th Century.

 

Just Needs Varnish’s Paraguayan infantry battalion.

Just Needs Varnish has completed a fourth Paraguayan infantry battalion for his Paraguayan War project that he’s been working on for some time. I think it’s about time that he posts up a nicely updated group shot of both sides facing off. 😀

 

Wudugast’s Disposable Heroes Imperial Guard Squad

Wudugast from Convert or Die has had a productive month. First up he completed the Disposable Heroes, a rag-tag squad of Imperial Guardsmen that exist in-between 40k, Inq28, Necromunda (and probably soon, Kill Team and Rogue Trader!)

Wudugast’s Knights Mortis squad

Secondly, Wudugast has converted and painted up a squad of Space Marines from his Knights Mortis Chapter, using Primaris models as their basis. I especially like how the paint scheme is both striking and battle-work at once.

Wudugast’s Skaven Plague Monks.

Finally, Wudugast completed a unit of Plague Monks for his ever-growing Skaven army. I also have to congratulate him on finishing his Skaven unit while I failed in completing my own Skaven unit rather miserably.

 

Thomas’ Brood of Genestealers (and some little – and big – friends)

Thomas of the High Times on the Eastern Fringe has gotten a whole Brood of Genestealers done this (last) month. There are a few actual Genestealer Broods in there, as well as Ripper Swarms and a pair each of Broodlords and Venomthropres to boot. That’s  ….a lot of melee attacks.

 

dave2718’s US Infantry squads.

dave2718 from Faith and Steel completed 2 (or 3 – depends how you set them up) units of US WWII Infantry. I believe they’re on patrol in the late afternoon of a summer day. He’s teased some support options coming soon. I wonder if we’ll see some armour for The Jewel of July painting challenge?

 

Argentbadger’s Eldar Harlequin Troupe.

Argentbadger from (or who is?) The Bovine Overlord has painted up a Troupe of Harlequins. Those most slippery and perfidious of the Eldar race! I’m also rather embarrassed that Argent now has more than five times the number of painted Harlequins that I do!

 

 

Mark Morin’s Texican Space Rangers.

Mark A Morin has also had a busy month. Firstly he completed an entire platoon of Texican Space Rangers that originally date back to 1978! I’m pretty sure that either the platoon Sergeant or the Lieutenant is called “Maurice”. Or certainly should be.

Mark Morin’s Robot Peackeepers.

Mark’s second unit for the month was a Skittles-inspired set of Robot Peacekeepers from the Mega Miniatures range. They apparently want candy, and are willing to keep the peace all over you if you get in their way to the candy aisle. Don’t blame me – blame Tabitha!

Mark Morin’s Space Dwarf Assault Squad.

Mark wrapped up an overly-productive month with a Space Dwarf Assault Squad. (not Squats!) Once again proving that he’s not scared of a bit of colour, each of these Space Dwarves (and Agri-Bots) has an individual colour combo.

A rather productive month for Mark, I think you’d agree!

Somehow I see the Dwarves and their “Peacekeeper” allies causing a bit of trouble, before the Texian Rangers get called in…

 

The Imperfect Modeller’s Lamerton Posse.

Bringing that Western feel right back down to Earth, The Imperfect Modeller (who I like to think of being named Tim, even if it’s not actually correct) completed a set of 5 rather rough-looking fellows known as The Lamerton Posse.

 

Ed’s Black Legion Plague Marines.

Ed from Malefic Design has completed a very cool looking squad of Black Legion Plague Marines. Not something we get to see all that often, especially with the new models. They work better than I’d have expected, and now I’m tempted to do some Black Legion with some of my own Plague Marines…

 

Ann’s Poxwalkers, Shambling towards YOU!

Ann from Ann’s Immaterium racked up enough Poxwalkers to bring her existing shambling horde to 13. Each one an individually painted mass of infection and sputum.

 

 

Pandora’s Bitz Box’ unit of Possessed Astartes.

Pandora’s Bitz Box of the Krakendoomcool shared blog completed this unit of 12 Chaos Space Marine Possessed. The tweak here is that each of the models is based on a marine from a different Chapter (or is it the Legions?) As such, each model is an individual and well worth checking out on the site.

 

Jeff’s completed, converted Varghulf and friends.

Finally, we have the gang from Wyrdstones and Tackle Zones who were actually taking part in their own challenge in June, to “Turn it Up to 11” by painting 11 miniatures. Since they’ve decided to get on board for our The Jewel of July challenge, I’m happy to showcase their work here for June-It, since the criteria cross over pretty snugly.

Jeff’s Sepulchural Guard Shadespire Warband.

Jeff converted and completed a unit composed of a Varghulf and Ghouls for his Flesh-Eater Courts AoS force (and I’ll be stealing that Varghulf conversion idea!) as well as painting a Sepulchural Guard Shadespire Warband.

Jason’s Idoneth Deepkin.

Jason completed 10 Namarati Thralls and an Isharann Soulscryer for his Age of Sigmar Idoneth Deepkin.

Caseyrog’s Underworld Creepers-style Skaven/Goblin Bloodbowl Team.

Caseyrog painted a starting 11 for an Underworld Creepers-style Skaven/Goblin Bloodbowl Team, incuding a rather impressive looking Troll!

 

Faust’s Goliaths!

Faust of Double Down Dice painted up a starting six of his Goliath gang for Necromunda.

 

Westrider’s Bloodbound Warband for Shadespire.

Alexis “Westrider” West of Cascadian Grimdark completed a Khorne Bloodbound Warband from the Shadespire set. You wouldn’t want to run into any of these four in a dark alley. Or on a sunny day in a park, for that matter.

 

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Edit – Hey! I forgot to add in my own models. You can of course see them in more detail by viewing yesterday’s post.

And.. that’s it* for June’s June-It, unit-painting Community Round-Up. Apologies for it being this late. I’ve been snowed under with things, and so I’m also way behind on reading people’s blog posts, painting my own models, the TV shows I try to follow (over a month behind there) and on and on it goes..

*Obviously, I probably missed someone despite my best efforts, so if that’s you, please know it was unintentional – just reply to this post with a link to your model post and I’ll edit you in quicksmart.

June-It: Painting Challenge 2018 Personal Round-Up

Now, late but still here, we have my personal round-ups from the June-It unit painting challenge. It was a funny month, June. On one hand, I’m happy with the quantity of stuff I managed to finish, but on the other hand I’m still disappointed in myself because of what I did not manage to complete – and no, this isn’t a ploy for sympathy or building up my self-esteem.

There’s a unit of Terminators, a unit of Primaris, a Unit of Savage Orcs and a unit of Skaven that I really did want to get complete, and had the four of them in mind when looking towards June – none of which really got any work of note done on them.

What I did manage to get done were 2 units of 5 Shermans, 2 units of 8 Skeleton Archers, 9 mounted Nazgûl and 9 foot Nazgûl, 3 Undead Ogres, a foursome of Emperor’s Royal Guard from Star Wars, a set of 5 of Conan’s Black Dragon Bodyguards, and a unit of Daemonic Plague Toads of Nurgle. Oh, and a Unit of High Elves that I started almost 5 years ago.

So, 11 units in all. Which isn’t too bad, let’s face it. But I’m still annoyed about those others…

Shadows of Brimstone: Guardian of Targa (Jewel of July ’18)

Shadows of Brimstone: Guardian of Targa

Have you ever pained something, finished it, but not been happy with some part of it. Then after a few days, just said “screw it” and entirely redone that part of it? That’s what happened with one of the figures in the post that was going to go up today – my final June-It unit. So I’m going to do my best to have it redone for tomorrow. So for today, we’re going out of sequence and I’m posting up the first of my “Jewel of July” models. That model being the big lug above – the Guardian of Targa, from Shadows of Brimstone.

The Guardian of Targa is the final one of the three “Targa” sets (I don’t really know what ‘Targa’ is, so don’t ask!)

Shadows of Brimstone: Guardian of Targa

I’ve painted it more or less in line with the Custodians and the Dark Stone Pylons – that is to say, as the “iron”-looking metal of the Custodians combined with black panels reminiscent of the Dark Stone Pylons, with green glowies that all three sets have in common. With just a touch of brass on the cabling to add some additional colour. As it turned out, on a model this size, it still wasn’t enough. The solution was to add some wear via my Vallejo Model Washes – Oiled Earth and Dark Brown. Are they oil stains, corrosion or just dust and grime from being outdoors? Who knows if the metal of Targa corrodes or needs lubrication? Not me. The important thing was that it subtly added a bit more interest to the model and took it away from looking so monochrome (yes, even with the green and brass!)

Shadows of Brimstone: Guardian of Targa, Custodians of Targa, Dark Pylons

Here it is, alongside the aforementioned other Shadows of Brimstone Targa models. I think they fit in pretty well together. I was half-tempted to repaint some of the legs of the Guardians with some black panels like the big guy, but  …naaaaaa. They’re not the best or most important models and they look fine as is. I’d rather spend that time and/or effort on painting more models or on more centrepiece/boss mob models like the Guardian.

Shadows of Brimstone: Guardian of Targa, Custodians of Targa, Dark Pylons, Iron Warrior

To finish up, I slipped an Iron Warrior Space Marine into the previous shot. The main reason being to give a visual size reference, since the other figures are far from your standard humanoids. As you can see, he’s a big boy! I suppose I could also it into 40k as a Close-combat geared Dreadnought, or some sort of Mechanicus/Mechanicum Robot, depending on which ones have rules at the time. Visually it could kinda-sorta fit in with the Necrons due to the colour scheme, but I don’t think they have anything very like this, and besides – all of my Necrons are still attached to their sprues at present!

With all of that done, I’ll do my best to get that last June-It Unit posted up tomorrow, and if I can motivate some help around here to help clean out the table in the War Room and its surrounds from being Junktown, I may even be able to do my round-up posts right after that! Crossed fingers!

Neglected Model May ’18 Painting Challenge – Community Round-Up

Wudugast’s Unforgotten.

Wudugast from Convert or Die set himself a task this month, to complete an impressive selection of models which he dubbed “The Unforgotten“. Throughout the month’s regular updates, he managed to get every single one of his models completed, as well as a bonus cultist! Kudos, mate!

 

Dave Kay’s Neglected Nazgul, Ratskin, Bounty Hunter and Wizard.

Next, we have Scent of a Gamer‘s Dave Kay, who selected a selection(!) of his models that weren’t started, but had been neglected for years and turned them into a nice little collection of completed work. Dave’s even continuing to work on the neglected models in his collection after the theme month, which is always cool.

 

Bonecruncha’s Death Guard Helbrute… Done!

Bonecruncha, one of the co-bloggers at Slow and Purposeful completed this Death Guard Hellbrute, which from the look of it could also be called Bonecruncha.

 

Tyger, Tyger, burning bright…

The Japanese Type 92 rolls on down the road.

Justneedsvarnish from, err.. Just Needs Varnish showed that he’s also a William Blake fan and a cat lover like myself this month with a completed Tiger first up, followed by a Japanese Type 92 Combat Car (I wonder how well that would go down in Gaslands?)

 

Ann’s Neglected Tankbusta with Power Klaw.

Ann from Ann’s Immaterium has completed an Orkish Tankbusta, with a rather nasty “can opener” attachment.

 

The Castle

The Shipwreck.

The Oil Platform.

Gabbi from The Childhood Pasttimes of Gabbi (new blog title!) completed three pieces of terrain for Dystopian Wars. What’s even more impressive than how good they look to my eye is that two of them were originally from Games Workshop’s Dreadfleet game, meaning they’d usually be covered in skulls covered in skulls covered in skulls. I didn’t have a clue until I read that he’d modified them.

 

The Imperfect Modeller’s “The Search for Jack” vignette.

The Imperfect Modeller has created an atmospheric and evocative diorama involving Jack the Ripper, one of his fresher victims, and a rather (un)lucky Bobby on night patrol.

 

So, so many neglected Inquisitorial servants. Eternally hunting.

Krautscientist of the Eternal Hunt completed another of his Inq28 Inquititorial retinues, tying in neglected models with those completed last month. Each model an individual and a character, and there are so, so many of them!

Steam Wars – Biplane With Rockets

Steinbergs’ Shed Space completed this Steam Wars biplane, which I forgot to add in initially because I forgot and we didn’t have a link. Fixed now, though!

Then there’s my own stuff, briefly highlighted in my last post, and in detail across the last month of this blog.

 

Once again, I have to offer a hefty congratulations to all of the people who managed to get something done. While the kernel for these challenges are really for myself – to help motivate me, it’s a pretty powerful thing to see how so many of us can help to motivate one another each month. And yeah, I know monthly challenges can get tedious for some people – but like I said, I’m keeping them going to keep my own painting mojo going – as well as for anyone/everyone else that feels like/is able to join(ing) in on a given month.

and…

Did you paint a neglected model during May? Did I forget to include you? Did we discuss neglected models in the comments of one of the posts or someone else’s blog comments and now you’re not included here? Just let me know in the comments below.

Not to be a nagging bastard, but that’s why I ask you to link back to me. I don’t need the money or the fame of a trackback, but it makes it a million times easier for me to round up the community posts and make all of the links. 😉