Small Scenics: Reaper Bones 4 Fantasy Scenics Fountain, Dreadmere Raft + Mantic Terrain Crate Crystal Formations.

Reaper Bones 4 Fantasy Scenics Fountain, Dreadmere Raft, Mantic Terrain Crate Crystal Formations

A long and paintful title up there, I know – but the stuff in here comes from a couple of sources, they really don’t merit three posts, and I want people searching for this stuff online to be able to see how it looks and turns out with a bit of paint on it. I know when I google models it’s always helpful when I can find painted examples of the things online.

Reaper Bones 4 Fantasy Scenics Fountain

The Fountain got painted because easy wins. I added some green above and below the water to suggest age, moss and algae, and cared enough to use water effects to add some water depth, but not enough to fitz around with finshing line and realistic water in order to make a “working” fountain. So we’ll just call this water stangnant, yet remarkably clear. Just like magic water in a dungeon, amirite?

Reaper Bones 4 Fantasy Scenics Fountain

Not a bad model. It’s made of typically crappy soft bones plastic, but at least it wasn’t warped like pretty much everything else in the “Fantasy Scenics” set. I’m sure their terrain stuff was better in Bones 3…

Reaper Bones 4 Dreadmere Raft

Next up is a raft. Nothing special at all, and once again painted because “easy wins”. This pic shows the underside of it, where I’ve again added a bit of algae-suggesting green to it. This piece came out of the Dreadmere expansion, and is made of “Bones Black” (despite being the same light grey that everything in this KS arrived in). It’s a much, much better material than the original Bonesium PVC, is harder, and took a spray primer and spray varnish. Finally! The drawback seems to be that it’s more breakable, as a couple of my larger models from the KS arrived broken. I’m still slowly doing inventory/QC of the KS because time and tediousness, but I’ll contact Reaper once I’m done and see what they can do for the broken stuff. They’re always been good in the past, at least – and more fragile material or not – it’s a mile better than the original stuff!

Mantic Terrain Crate Crystal Formations

Here we have some little crystal formations from Mantic’s Terrain Crate KS. Have I said “easy wins” enough times here? The crystals were painted with Old-GW Putrid Green (similar to Moot Green, but lighter – from the original hex-pot days), then gone over with Warp Lightning from the Contrast Paint range. Afterwards, I lined the edges with putrid green again, and then went over those lines with a really thinned yellow. It turned out okay, I think. 

Reaper Bones 4 Fantasy Scenics Fountain, Dreadmere Raft + Mantic Terrain Crate Crystal Formations

Here’s a second group shot that is also a scale shot. Because I realised there was really no useful scale reference for any of these things in the previous photos. Enjoy! 

While none of this stuff is super-exciting, it’s all pretty decent and pretty versatile, fitting into pretty much any fantasy gaming setting from Warhammer to LotR to D&D, as well as grimdark 40k. The raft and fountain could even be used in some historical games, depending on the period.

Savage Orc Shaman (1995, Alan Perry) (Awesome August + Alex’ Tale-of-AoS-Gamers Challenge)

Savage Orc Shaman, 1995, Alan Perry, Bonesplitterz, Savage Orruks

Today’s model harkens back to my first model of this year as well as an earlier challenge of 2019 that’s kinda fallen by the way. This Savage Orc Shaman (Bonesplitter Orruk Shaman?) is a model I started quite awhile ago (as always) and is now finally complete, and as a slightly fancy model, I’m ok with calling it an Awesome August submission. Another of the 1995 models aculpted by Alan perry, this is one of the range of models that took the Orky template refined by Kev Adams and kept it going strong until Brian Nelson came along a little later and cranked their savagery up to 11.

Savage Orc Shaman, 1995, Alan Perry, Bonesplitterz, Savage Orruks

I’m pretty happy with him, really. It took a long time to get done, but wasn’t one of those pain in the arse-type models. If anything, it took a long time to finish because I didn’t want to screw any part of it up. I guess, it’s also quite busy with various bits of Orky bling, so the body paint also had the potential problem of messing the figure up by making it unrecognisable, so I went somewat minimal in the end. I’d think Shamen would be caked in the stuff, if we’re being more realistic, but when has Warhammer ever been about fussing over not being realistic enough?

That’s about it, really. Look forward to me hopefully getting a few more of the actual Boyz from this range painted, maybe for Squad-friendly September, if I can manage it…

Small Scenics: 21st Century Toys Mortar Emplacement into 40k-ish Sandbag Emplacement.

21st Century Toys Mortar Emplacemen, 40k-ish Sandbag Emplacement.

A long. long time ago.. as the song goes.. I was at a place across town here, looking at a place that sold Dragon 1:6 scale figures. it must have been in the 1990’s. While I was there, I saw a 1:36 mortar emplacement set going cheap. Being who I am, I thought it could be turned into scenery, and so I picked it up to do so. Regular readers will know the story from that point, where I never got around to doing anything with it, then eventually started on it, you know the drill.

So a week or so ago, I finished it off. It’s maybe not the best I could have done, but given that it’s been doing nothing for the best part of two decades, having it finally completed isn’t exactly a bad thing…

21st Century Toys Mortar Emplacemen, 40k-ish Sandbag Emplacement.

I mean, it looked okay, as is. Except for the rise and indentation where the mortar’s baseplate stuck on. I had to both cut that piece off and then putty it over, to give a flat area where miniaturemans can stand.

21st Century Toys Mortar Emplacemen, 40k-ish Sandbag Emplacement.

So here we are. Nothing spectacular, certainly nothing Awesome, but another bit of terrain for the table, finished!

Scenic & Squaddie September ’19: Community Painting Challenge

This next month we go dual-mode again, with the two parallell themes being completing “Squads” (units, teams, gangs, retinues, etc) and completing “Scenery” (aka terrain, which includes vignettes, diorama bases, and whatnot). Here comes the very interesting explanation/clarification bit:

Well, obviously a “Squad” (a term I’ve chosen this month for alliteration’s sake) is often a military term, and often means a unit of about 10 or so individuals. Since many of us are wargamers (at least in theory), something like the unit of Skeletons here is a wargamning unit, and so fits perfectly.

Though in the interests of flexibility, inclusion and achievability, the “squad” size we’ll be using is a minimum of three models. This lets many of those boardgame units also qualify.

Of course, not everyone is a gamer of any kind, so Hell, the models don’t even have to be a strict “unit” or squad. Figures from different forces, ranges, manufacturers. All good, as long as they fit together thematically.

Three also lets those bigger bastards be an achievable unit for something like this. I should take new photos of my Ogres sometime…

Vehicles? Tank Platoon and Panzer Zugs? Sure, why not? We will stick with the “three or more” minimum, though. But by the same token again, they don’t all need to be the exact model. If you can make ’em fit thematically, then I’ll go for it.

The other half of the challenge is simpler to define. Scenery. Big stuff? Sure. Naturally. Of course.

Scatter stuff? Why the hell not? We’ve got to get it into these challenges occasionally, right?

Boardgame stuff? Definately!

Emplaced weapons, tanks that are dug-in? You might think that they’re a grey area, but I’m 100% fine with calling them scenery or terrain, as that’s the sort of thing they’ll be used for in many situations.

Similarly, models of things like GW’s new “Endless Spells” are something I’m happy to include in this category, especially cos they don’t fit well into many of the others, aside from perhaps “Neglected Models”.

Besides, some spells are clearly also scenery.

All the usual caveats apply. I don’t care what scale your stuff is. 28mm, 6mm, 15mm, “Epic”, 54mm, Micro-armour. They’re your toys, and the objective here is simply to motivate me, you, us, to get more of them finished.

As always, the biggest distinction between this painting challenge and many others out there are that I only care about you completing these models. It’s not a “start-to-finish” challenge set during a single month, so regardless of whether you just missed out on finishing that diorama or tank this month, last month, or six months ago – or you’ve got stuff that you’ve been chipping away at for six months – or, indeed – if you’ve got models that have been shelved for months or even years, feel free to dig them out and join in.

Similarly, if you want to go start-to-finish, then feel free to go right ahead. It’s about completing cool things. The challenge is designed to easily fit into your (and my) painting schedule and be flexible enough to encompass quite a lot, and hopefully just act as a bit of an impetus or inspiration to get this stuff completed.

I WILL do a round-up of all the participants I’m aware of following the end of the month, though – so once again – please DO LINK to this post when you finish something that you want counted in the round-up – because I WILL forget your post otherwise. It happens every single month. And frankly, it’s a bit worse as I’m rather behind in getting the Community Round-Ups posted up and I unfortunately don’t see that improving until at least a couple more months.

Also, if you’re doing the Awesome August ’19 Community Painting Challenge, be sure and link your finished units over there. There’s still a solid week left to go!

 

Nurgle’s Children 2019 #21: Forge World Daemonic Herald of Nurgle (Awesome August ’19)

Forge World Daemonic Herald of Nurgle, Mamon Transfigured, Daemon Prince

It’s been awhile since I posted up any Nurgley Daemonic stuff, but a combination of making myself finish off things and Awesome August helped me to complete this ..erm ..guy?

This ugly creature is the Herald of Nurgle that comes alongside the Forge World Daemon Prince model, aka Mamon Transfigured. A figure that I actually managed to paint, early last year. It may have actually had it’s own name, and probably did, though that’s no doubt deep inside one of the older format Imperial Armour Forge World campaign books which appear to have become a thing of the past for a variety of reasons. (And a great shame, too!)

Forge World Daemonic Herald of Nurgle, Mamon Transfigured, Daemon Prince

Now that it’s finished and I don’t have to deal with painting, nor compelting it, the Herald is once again a pretty cool model. A right pain in the arse to paint, though. Even though rusty, pus-covered Nurgle stuff should be a doddle to paint, this one was a bit tricksy, not helped by it’s off-balance feel (not the actual weight – it’s resin so weighs fuck-all).

Forge World Daemonic Herald of Nurgle, Mamon Transfigured, Daemon Prince

The Herald is actually a decent-sized model – that’s a 40mm round base it’s sitting on, though when placed next to Mamon (and especially Mamon-standing-on-rocks), it looks tiny by comparison. As you can see, I attempted to keep the colours somewhat similar – though it’s all still pretty in-keeping with all my Nurgle Daemon stuff…

Forge World Daemonic Herald of Nurgle, Mamon Transfigured, Daemon Prince

The Herald is even carrying a couple of little pets – a pair of Nurglings! You can also see the usual Nurgle effects from this angle – open wounds, pustules, maggots, a slime trail.. all that good stuff.

Forge World Daemonic Herald of Nurgle, Mamon Transfigured, Daemon Prince

Yeah, a fiddly model as far as the Nurgle stuff goes, as I said – but now finished, and while I still find the unbalanced narture of the sculpt, and how it makes the model sit on its base a little disconcerting, I’m happy with the completed product – so all good. Or good enough!

Oh, I mean, Awesome! 😉

Grenadier Miniatures Future Warriors: Biker with Assault Carbine (Mark Copplestone)

Grenadier Miniatures Future Warriors, Biker with Assault Carbine, Mark Copplestone,, EM-4 Miniatures, Mirilton Miniatures

Following from that Catachan model used in Necromunda, we have anther not-actually-Necromunda model for today’s post. In fact, it’s one of Grenadier Miniatures’ Future Warriors models, sculpted by Mark Copplestone and sold in the 1990’s which I bought, well, rather a lot of. No, sorry, none are for sale, but if you poke around, you’ll find a hell of a lot of them still available today from Mirilton and EM-4 Miniatures, as well as very close relatives from both Wargames Foundry and of course the sculptor himself – Mark Copplestone. All at very reasonable prices. This one being a Biker, available in this pack from Mirilton and mayb somewhere on EM-4’s site as well, given that they’re both selling many of the same sculpts for whatever reason I can’t be arsed looking into.

Grenadier Miniatures Future Warriors, Biker with Assault Carbine, Mark Copplestone,, EM-4 Miniatures, Mirilton Miniatures

As with our Grendel-Scum from the other day, this guy was pretty much done and only needed a bit of touch-up and a new base. Given the fact that he’s basically a moden miniature that can also be used in games like Necromunda and Post-Apoc-Whatever, I gave him a base that fits in with the whole Necro-40k thing without being blatantly so, and something that could be in many places in modern times or Post-Apoc-Wherever. Being a biker-type, he needed both a bunch of tatts as well as something on his cutte, and so of course this is where I had space to add the Grendel touch for him to fit in with my Necromunda Gang – hence, Devil’s Hunters MC. Which also fits neatly into a few other genres.

I have to say, these models are very nice even today – and have a real nice crossover value. Once I get more of that neglected model backlog out of the way, I’m going to need to paint a whole lot more of these…

Star Wars Imperial Assault: Nexu + Contrast Paint Experiment #7

Star Wars Imperial Assault Nexu

Back to Star Wars Imperial Assault today, with a pair of Nexu, originally seen in Ep2: Attack of the Clones. They only vaguely fit into the Imperial Assault campaign, as for some reason it appears that both the Imperial Forces as well as “Scum” forces have a whole lot of these things as attack-dog style pets. For those not familiar with them, in the film they’re depicted more akin to Lions or Tigers – and used as wild gladiatorial beasts.

Anywho, they sat around on the desk, entirely unpainted but annoying me for ages before I decided to knuckle down and get them done recently. As with a bunch of things, the most effective motivation was to play with the Contrast Paints.

I followed the “official” scheme for these for the most part, with just the smallest bit of variation between the two so they could be told apart on the tabletop. One is a little darker on top and in its stripes and also has a dark snout.

Star Wars Imperial Assault Nexu

As far as the actual painting went, thinned Snakebite Leather Contrast was used for their fur, over Wraithbone. The stripes were done with only-slightly thinned Snakebite Leather on one, and 50%-thinned Cygor Brown for the other, including the snout. The tails were done with a thinned mixture of Gryph-Hound Orange and Fyreslayer Flesh. The dorsal spines were 50-50 Cygor Brown and Black Templar, highlighted with thinned grey. Mouths with Volupus Pink and tongues touched up with thinned red paint. I still gave the fur a final drybrush to unify it all a little more.

Overall, the stripes using Cygor Brown don’t blend quite as smoothly with the rest of the fur as those with Snakebite Leather, but it was overall easier to do all of this, especially on areas like the overall fur, the tails, the mouths and the spines with the Contrast Paints than it would be with traditional washes, due to their physical properties – less viscosity, and the stuff adheres a little better rather than all pooling via gravity. It did also help with overall speed, and especially, with motivation to paint models I wasn’t all that keen on doing.

I’ve got some upcoming models that I’m actually keen on painting, that I also think will also make good Contrast Guinea Pigs. They’re still a ways off, though – all I’ve done so far is select them from a set, so don’t expect to see them too quickly. 🙂