Friday, September 8, 2017

Terrain for Infinity - Planters

Hi everyone,

Well after building the containers from Plastcraft, I was left with a lot of spare parts.  Instead of throwing these parts away I decided to use them in a small side project.

From these bits and pieces I decided to construct some planters for Infinity.
With the help of a bit of styrene strips and some air-drying clay I managed to build up 4 large planters.
The last step was to paint the planters up and add - plants!  Fortunately I have a lot of plastic aquarium plants at home. A few choice cuts ended up in a nice urban selection.
So there you have it!  Several planters for the price of 4 strips of styrene and some clay.

Well I hope you like the results.  Join me next week for more table top modeling.

Farewell and good heath!


Friday, September 1, 2017

Terrain for Infinity - Cargo Containers pt2

Hi everyone,

I am back with part two of this little terrain project for Infinity.
So - after highlighting the containers and adding the decals, the next step was to add weathering - a lot of weathering.

This took the form of adding scratches with sponges and brushes, adding lowlights and washes, and edge highlights.  It was a long process because I did all the containers in one go over several sittings.  It was a tough job, but I got it done in the end.

I added one of my mighty Djanbazan for scale purposes.  I think the smaller crates  look really nice - especially the yellow ones.

I end this project with a group shot of all my cargo containers.  I think they will add a lot to my games on several levels.  I hope you like them too.

Join me again net week for some more tabletop hobby!  Until then farewell and good health to one and all.


Friday, August 25, 2017

Terrain for Infinity - Cargo Containers pt1

Hi everyone,

So I am currently playing two games - Infinity and Saga.  I am enjoying these games a lot for different reasons.  Saga is easy, fast, low rule maintenance, requires about 40 figures - yet very strategic.

Infinity on the other hand is very detailed, with a lot of micro-management, highly strategic and tactical which requires a lot of dedication, and only a handful of models - nonetheless it is highly enjoyable and rewarding.

What is missing in both these games when I play is adequate terrain.  To remedy this I have embarked on a personal campaign/crusade/jihad to remedy this situation for both these games.

Today I start with Infinity, because it is the game that really needs a lot of terrain to really function as designed.

My first phase in this project was to acquire and paint up some scatter terrain.  Scatter terrain really brings out the tactical element of the system and allows you to use skills and equipment which make your models more effective on the gaming table.

The first subject I worked on were some cargo containers from Plastcraft.  These are foam card (I  think) containers that come in flat-packs and need to be assembled.

Assembly is easy enough and they readily stick together with the application of superglue.

The next step was to prime them.  I did this in batch with black Vallejo primer.
After that, I gave all the containers a different colour scheme, as well as highlights. I forgot to mention that all this is done with an airbrush - just to clarify.

The containers still did not look right, but I knew what was missing - advertisements!  I had some transfers from an old truck model laying around, so I decided to use them on this project.

That's all for today.  Next week I will conclude this two part post on containers and more on to more Infinity terrain.  Farewell and good health everyone.


Friday, August 18, 2017

Vikings Phase Two: Shield Maidens FINISHED!

Hi everyone,

The last post of this series - YAHOO!  As you can see my viking force is now ready.
I chose two new figures to replace the other two with horned and winged helmets.

The first was from a company called BAD SQUIDDO and the other was another scratch built figure from a naked nymph from FOUNDRY MINIATURES.

The one with the spear is the one I scratch built and the other is the one I bought.

Below is a quick photo collage of the procedure the scratch built figure went through.
I really like how the work turned out in the scratch built figures.  Below is a photo of how they turned out side by side.

Next week I will post something a bit different.  So see you in seven.


Friday, August 11, 2017

Vikings Phase Two: The Shield Maidens pt.7

Hi everyone,

So today I start the last four miniatures of my Viking force for SAGA.  This will close the second phase of the project.

Now just to let you know in advance, I made a few small changes to the last four figures which you will see in the next and last blog on this series.

Nonetheless, to begin with let me introduce the last four figures I needed to paint.

As you can see I decided to paint them up normally, in fact I also primed them up, but something was not right.

The first two figures in the lineup, that is the one with the winged helmet, and the second with the horned helmet were just not really historical correct enough.

This really, really nagged at me until I decided that I had to change them from the original lineup.  Now this was not easy as the fat, horned lady is one of my favourite figures in my viking force.

So I decided to look for different figures that were a bit more historical in appearance.  In the meantime I painted up the last two which I present above.

Join me net week for the last post as I present the last two figures and a final conclusion to this project.

Until then farewell and good health to one and all.


Friday, August 4, 2017

Vikings Phase Two: The Shield Maidens pt.6

Hi everyone,

Another short post.  I have finished painting up the second two shield maidens from the first four.

I am liking to the look of them within the army.  I was tempted to do more work on them, but that would have made them stand out too much.  They are gaming pieces and part of my force so they need to blend in.  Therefore, I kept the style similar to my other viking warriors.

That is it for today, next week I start the last four miniatures of my phase two viking project.  Wish me luck! Until then farewell and good health.


Friday, July 28, 2017

Vikings Phase Two: The Shield Maidens pt.5

Hi everyone

Well now that the shield maidens are ready for painting I chose 4 of them and started the slow process of painting them up to standard with the rest of my Vikings.

Now I am not going to go into a lot of detail with these posts as the procedure is the same as the rest of the army.  So I will just be showing you the first 4 models and then the end result of the ones I have worked on.  Hopefully it will be over in a few posts  and then I can move on to something else.

So the first two models are painted up.  I have not added any flock or basing materials as of yet.  I will do that step when all the miniatures are painted up and get a group photo for your perusal.

Come back net week as I continue the work on this unit.  Until then farewell and good health.



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