Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Saga Normans - The Warlord part 1

Hi everyone,
 
Today, I want to start working on my Norman warlord.  I have been playing the Normans while I was painting up my Vikings.  Now, that my Viking army is ready, I can start working on these guys.

The warolrd stand below is an amalgamation of three different blisters, all from the Matthew Bickley sculpts sold by The Foundry Miniatures.

I set up the warlord stand as a mini-diorama/vignette, and I used the largest legal base size for a cavalry warlord in the game - that is 60mm diameter.

I tried to choose figures that told a story.  The warlord on a ledge encouraging his men on; one retainer hit and fallen to his knees wounded; while the other is drawing his sword in defense of his liege.  Sounds  good to me.

I did want a bit more though.  The warlord was armed in the same way as the other knights.  Only the pose spoke of 'leader'.  Therefore I decided to give him a cloak with fur trimmings.  This, I think, elevated him above the average knight.

Well next week I start to paint him up.  So join me soon as I start my new voyage into the age of saga!

Farewell and good health from,
 




  NR

Friday, November 24, 2017

Scatter Terrain for Infinity and other Sci-fi games Part 1

Hi everyone,

Playing Infinity is great.  It is a fantastic game full of tactical and strategic levels of play.  The only way to make it better is to play it full of terrain!

We have terrain at over club, but we lack scatter terrain that help break up the visual lines of fire and make movement more easier in a game dominated but the ARO.

The first up are the police barriers from Antenocitis Workshop.  These are pre-coloured laser-cut acrylic pieces that I find really handy in games.  The best part is they just need to be assembled.


The second runner up are also from Antenocitis Workshop.  These are the Tri-Ads Advertising stands that come in packs of 4.  When I bought them they came in packs of 3.

Unfortunately these have to be assembled and painted, but they do come with printed adds that you have to cut out.  Just be careful to measure properly for the best fit. Please note thast the bases do not come with the product. I added the bases for stability.

Last but not least are the Infinity Holo ads from Micro Art Studios.  These are sold as a flat pack made from MDF and acrylic photo-quality sreen-prints.   I painted up the MDF architecture with an airbrush.  I think it came out OK.

I hope to show some more in the future as I finish up more of this stuff.  I also encourage anyone who plays Infinity or any other Sci-Fi skirmish game to think about investing in scatter terrain.  I find that it makes all the difference!

I am not sure what I will do next week. I guess you will just have to come back in seven to find out! Until then farewell and good health from the bottom of my tin-man heart.





   NR

Friday, November 17, 2017

Haqqislam Phase 3 : The Nasmats

Hi everyone,

If there is one type of game profile in Haqqislam that I really have found useful are the Nasmats.  For only 3pts they functionally offer another expendable doctor or engineer to the game.

I have come to use them often especially in 300pt games, but enough talk, let us get to the miniatures.  Well the figures are relatively small, so I decided to paint them up together.  First I put on the basic colors as neatly as possible, then I gave them a dark brown enamel wash.

The last step was to highlight and shade.  I finished these in just two one hour sessions.  I think the results are good and presentable and I can't wait to field them again in glorious technicolor!

That's all for this week.  As for next week's topic who knows?  You'll just have to pop in in seven!  Until then farewell and good health as always.





   NR

Friday, November 10, 2017

Haqqislam Phase 3 : The Naffatun part 2

HI everyone,

Well the Naffatun are now ready for battle with a nice new job!  It is a pity I can not use them in my current sectorial armies for Haqqislam, namely the Hassassin Bahram and the Qapu Khalqi.

So I painted up these two together.  The male has the heavy flamer and the female the lighter one.  The fact that the male trooper's face is covered helps speed up the painting.




Now that these are ready, I will take a short break from painting miniatures to avoid burnout and focus on some terrain.

Therefore next week I will continue with some scatter terrain for Infinity.  Until then farewell and good health.





   NR

Friday, November 3, 2017

Haqqislam Phase 3 : The Naffatun part 1

Hi everyone,

The Naffatun are some of Haqqislam's best cheap troopers.  There are two types; one with rifle and heavy flame thrower and the other with rifle and light flame thrower.
I find them invaluable when fighting the Aleph and their cursed toys like the ODD and Eclipse grenades.
I bought the box, but I am only going to paint two out of four for the meantime.  I will leave the colour scheme as the box art. I find it easier to just copy a very good colour scheme rather than rack my brains to come up with an original one.

Once again I will not go into the painting as I have done this many times before for this faction, but I would like to mention that I enjoyed painting the orange band along their arms.  I find that this really helps to distinguish them from normal Ghulam troopers.

So next week I will continue with the Naffatun.  Until then farewell and good health to you all.





    NR

Monday, October 30, 2017

Haqqislam Phase 3 : The Azra'ils part 2

Hi everyone,

First of all I apologize for the late post.  Unfortunately, life is a real thing! Today I continue with another short post.  As the title states, I have continued to work on the Azra'il models.  Today I am working on the second Azra'il with the Feuerbach gun.
The painting method is identical to the first, except that this model does not have a shield like the first.


I think these models look cool, even though they are not stars on the gaming table, but for economical  support heavies, they do their job - but only that!

Nonetheless I have enjoyed painting them and playing with them, but have yet to field both of them in a single game - I guess I will have to try it out!.

Next week I will start the flame-throwing Naffatun, until then farewell and good health to all.





   NR

Friday, October 20, 2017

Haqqislam Phase 3 : The Azra'ils part 1

Hi everyone,

So from today I am going back to work on some of my Infinity miniatures - namely Haqqislam!

For anyone who has been following this blog, you know that this is the third phase of my Haqqislam project.  For this phase I chose another ten figures to paint up.  This time around, my choice depended on figures I am currently playing.

The line up are both Azra'ils, two Naffatun, two Ghulam with missile launcher and heavy machine gun, two Nasmat remotes, a Hunzakut and Leila Sharif.


On this post I will start with the Azra'ils, simply because I really like the models.  Game-wise, they are not very good unless you are playing with the Qapu Khali Sectorial Army.  Point for point, the Al Fasids are a better buy by far, but the Azra'ils are cheaper for what they do and I am trying to make them work in my force.

So to begin I gave them an undercoat followed by a base-coat and then I airbrushed the highlights on. At this point, I worked on both of them, but I decided to go one at a time from this point on.
The next step was to paint on the details like the flesh, the gun metal and the red parts of the armour.  This is probably the most time consuming part of the whole process.
At this point I start with the the lowlights; adding shades with washes - followed by extra highlights on the top-most parts of the model.  The final job was on the metal.  This also is a very laborious endeavor that took a lot of time to finish.

The model is now finally done to a very good tabletop level and I am quite happy with it.  I painted up the machine gunner first because I prefer him to the Feuerbach gunner in game terms - but they are both great looking models though.

Below are a few extra shots of the finished Azra'il with the other Azra'il that I will continue in the next post.

So until next week, farewell and good health to one and all.





   NR

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