Thursday, July 27, 2017

Heavy Armor


This Reaper figure posed a major challenge in figuring out where I might place emphasis on the lights, darks and colors of the metal surfaces.  I had to try and reflect colors where I could, such as the ground and the robe.

The sections of armor were relatively small and broken up, which meant that the usual effects had to be modified to work in these confined spaces.  I had to rely even more on unusual color placements, especially the purples and greens!


I had thought of doing some freehand on the cloak and shield, but it seemed to be wise to take a pass on those areas, and give the viewer a place to rest their eyes!


The armor is not 'gray' in any area at all.  It is various shades of blue, purple, green, tan, and even reddish pink.  That helped to 'force' the viewer to see potentially shiny metal everywhere :-)


Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Conversion Corner


When we first started to play Bolt Action, the Axis players were getting confused about the Laffly transports and the two pintle mounted MMG's they carried.  Lines of sight were trickier then in first edition, so to prevent more 'conversations', I thought I would try to put the guns on the vehicle.


I found some extra bits from the British sprues, and mounted them on a piece of poylstyrene tubing.  At that time, it mattered if there was a group of passengers on the transport, so each gun not only swiveled, it could also be removed.


It took a while to determine where these guns should be placed, since the bast majority of photos and drawings are of the WTC 15 Tank Hunter, which showed it on the roof of the cab.  The best locations seemed to be where I have them.


I took a Warlord metal French figure that was loading a gun, and carved away that rifle and the hands.  Using hands from the British sprue, I attempted to make it seem as if he was about to grab the MMG.

The Laffly truck is from Mad Bob's Miniatures, by the way.


Here's the same set with the initial layers of paint, prior to glazing.  It gives you a better sense of how this will all look!

Here's the Mad Bob's Miniatures site, and all the fun stuff that's available!



Monday, July 24, 2017

Ancestral Ground


As most of you know, I love the Green Stuff World texture rollers!  I have done several posts on the various themes, and now we add one more.  This Ancestral ruins set has some of the most intricate and continuous pattern of all the rollers.


I used my gray extra firm sculpey for this task once again.  Here's a post on how that is done:




I will be making several base sets with this roller for you very soon, so stay tuned!


You will also see me utilizing these fantastic new basing/diorama elements.  This set is Egyptian theme, and I really like them.  I have a number of the BONES figures that need these kinds of terrain bits.  Combined with the Egyptian ruins texture roller, they will make incredible settings for dioramas and bases!!

They are about 35-45mm across, to give you an idea of size.


Even better, I have a new set of materials for my Lizardmen!  These Aztec pieces will be combined with my Aztec roller to make some nifty jungle ruins for my scaley creatures. I can't wait!!

Here's a link to the Green Stuff World site:



Sunday, July 23, 2017

Kick Off


I enjoy all of the Sukubus Studios figures, and they are now up to four teams at this point, making more of those fantastic sculpts for my eager brushes to paint.  

The figures all have stunning details, and they are very sturdy despite how dainty they may look.


Another favorite trait on Sukubus Studios figures would be the one piece nature of the casts.  It amazes me how dynamic these one piece figures can be!  You don't have to deal with many mould lines, and the Badger Airbrush Stynlrez sticks to them very well.


I decided to sculpt a few tentacles on the bases of this Demonette team.


Here's a link to the Sukubus site... be sure to check it out!



Saturday, July 22, 2017

Holding the Line


As some of you already know, I love the figures created by RN Estudios for their Blood Bowl teams, along with a variety of other fantasy figures.

The casts are always very clean and solid, just like this Lizardman figure.


The vast majority of the figures are one piece, and mould lines are minimal.  They are also very easy to prime.  Badger Airbrush Stynlrez primer is outstanding for this purpose.


The base is relatively simple, in keeping with the swamp bases of the rest of the team.  I used some Secret Weapon Miniatures Realistic Water mixed with a touch of greenish brown paint.  A few layers of this combination helped to achieve a 'depth' to the water.


The sharp and precise details not only look great, but they make painting these so much easier!  It allows me to do all kinds of fun glazing techniques, utilizing the details of the figure.

When working on 'fuzzier' casts and sculpts, things get more protracted since I actually have to paint in all those details myself.  

Check out this team and so many other wonderful figures on their site:



Friday, July 21, 2017

That's it for Fritz!


The British player in our group wanted to have a few trucks as transports, but felt that the usual trucks were on the small size to move ten infantry around on the field. So, he bought himself a few of the Warlord Games Opel Blitz trucks, and sent them to me for modifications...


I made one of them in desert theme, and one for the continent.  On this desert vehicle, I thought it would be fun to "paint out" the Afrika Korps markings.  You can see some of that on the doors, and on the left side of the truck bed. 

That marking was covered with a bit of mischief... a little graffiti which states :That's it for Fritz!"


I was really looking forward to using a few weathering powders to create the dust/sand look.  As per the usual "chess match"  of weathering, you have to think several steps ahead.  That meant painting some areas a touch darker, so that the lighter sand would really show up.

The tarp over the bed was a prime candidate for this!


From the outset, I wanted to have British flags on the trucks as identifiers.  Since control of the skies was not absolute at this stage, it was certainly one way to keep from getting pounced on by your own pilots!


Most of the painting was done with Secret Weapon paints, since I needed them to dry rapidly.  While I love using the oil paints, rapid drying is not one of their advantages :-)

I like to use both mediums, as I continue to learn new techniques and subtle ways to utilize them.

I will post pictures of the other captured Blitz, so stay tuned!!


Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Alas poor Yorrick


This sorceress from Phoenix Miniatures was very fun, and a perfect candidate for a glowing runes base!


The figure is the usual 28mm scale, and it was made from resin.


Given the name of the manufacturer, I thought it would be appropriate to have the red theme run through the whole piece, right down to the base itself.


There are some other Samurai type figures in the works from Phoenix, so stay tuned!