Friday, February 17, 2017

Skorne : The Bronzeback Titan

Hi everyone,

So before I start painting up the Titan Gladiators, I wanted to put the Bronzeback together as well.  I wanted to do this in order to paint all three simultaneously.
Like all the other Titans, the Bronzeback does disappoint as well when it comes to fitting.  It seems to be a theme with Privateer Press - I honestly hope they improve their game when it comes to model production.

After several hours of fitting and filling and sculpting, I finally put this brute together.  If the model did not have such character, and was a true powerhouse on the field - I would not have bothered with this model at all.  I have taken a shot with a gladiator for comparison.

Up till now I must admit I have mixed feeling with Privateer Press.  To be honest I do not like about 80% of the style of their miniatures.  I think most of their miniatures are outdated and comical.  Skorne are one of the few factions I actually like, except for the Cataphacts which I think are awful - but if I knew how much work their models took to be presentable, I don't think I would have gotten into the game.

The only good thing about the game is the game itself.  If I did not enjoy the mechanics, I would not be playing and I certainly would not advise it to others.  In fact, since I am not a competitive player, I would choose to use alternate/proxy models to play this game!

Well that is all for today.  See you in seven.  Farewell and good health.


Friday, February 10, 2017

Skorne : The Titan Gladiators pt.2

Hi everyone,

After completing the build of the first Titan Gladiator, I decided I wanted to build the second so I could start painting them together.  The problem was that the second Gladiator was exactly the same as the first!  These kits from Privateer Press allow no room for different posing. There is also no other kit in plastic with a different pose! 

This was definitely a bummer!  And knowing myself well - it could not stand!  If there is one thing I hate is playing with two identical miniatures that are supposed to be centrepieces.  If they were rank and file I would not have minded that much - but these are warbeasts!

So I decided I had to take out my blade, saw, drill and metal pins and get to work modifying this beast.  It was not an easy task and I spent quite some time deliberating and planning out how to do it.  In the end I went for a roaring pose.  This meant I had to straighten the pose and widen the breath of the arms.  The end result is in the pictures below.

I decided to take the pictures with the first Gladiator for reference.  I think now they look different enough to not be exact clones of each other, even though I left them with the same armour.

I had a lot of putty work to do with this model and that is understandable, with all the cutting and repositioning done to it, but the material was not hard to work with.  I found, though, that the older material is rather gooey and can jam up when trying to saw through!  So be careful and aware if you attempt anything similar.

If there was one serious problem it was with the legs and the pose.  In the original pose, the model is leaning forward and this meant that I had to cut up both legs, chop off one set of toes and re-sculpt them.  This nearly made me quite the experiment, but I decided to soldier on and I think the result is not that bad in the end.

So with both Gladiators ready, the initial plan was to paint them together, but I decided I wanted to build the Bronzeback Titan as well before I started painting.  So the next post on Skorne will be the build of the Bronzeback.

Until then farewell and good health to you all.


Saturday, February 4, 2017

Skorne : The Titan Gladiators pt.1

Hi everyone,

So over a year ago, just before Hordes MkIII dropped, I decided to get into Warmahordes.  I had been thinking about it for years, but to be truthful I thought the miniatures were overall awful!  The only factions that really caught my interest where the Rhul, Circle, Legion and Skorne.

Of all these, I like the beasts of Skorne the best, especially the Titans.  So to cut a long story short, I decided to buy into Skorne.  Unfortunately for me, Skorne was the sick dog of the new edition!  So I decided to wait until the errata to see if it was worthwhile to continue with this game or call it quits!

As it turned out the errata did not disappoint.  It breathed new life into the faction and made it competitive and fun again.  So I decided to continue and here I am writing this post.

So the first models I wanted to build were the Titans, namely the Gladiators and the Bronzeback, simply because they are by far my favourite models.

Having bought two old starter sets at 30% off and a new starter set at 20% off I decided to build up two Gladiators, one Sentry and one Cannoneer for the time being.  I went first with the two Gladiators.

Now I am not one to complain too much, but the models in this starter set are AWFUL to model!!!  Not only is the cleaning insane but the material these new miniatures are made out of a nightmare to clean.  I found that the older gray models are overall easier. 

Don't get me talking about the mold lines - they are all in the wrong place.  I have dabbled in casting and I could have done a better job with the mould lines - hands down!

The case being what it is, I rolled up my sleeves and got to work with these models.  It took me a unprecedented 3 hours of cleaning in the end to get the final result before I could prime the Gladiator.  This new material does not take well to sanding, but I found that with a very fine grain and a slow rubbing motion the work can be done.

Then  there was the question of fitting.  Once again I was flabbergasted that a company like Privateer Press could produce such ill-fitting models.  As you can see from the pictures above, nearly all the joints needed filling.  They are behind the curve when it comes to making models and they need to catch up fast!

So after about five to six hours of work I finally got the model ready and primed.  The pictures below show the results.

I will continue with the Gladiators next week, so until then farewell and good health as usual.


Friday, January 27, 2017

Merkava Diorama - Part 9 Finished

Hi everyone,

I have finally put the whole thing together, and I can now say that the project is finally finished.  It was a long road.  I had several pitfalls along the way - the oversized miniatures and the undersized building the main problems.  In the end I think it all came together.

Well enough talk, I have done enough of that in the previous 8 posts.  Please enjoy the pictures and if you would like to leave a comment or ask a question please don't hesitate.

So next week I think I will start the second phase of my Viking project.  Until then farewell and good health to everyone.


Sunday, January 22, 2017

Merkava Diorama - Part 8

Hi everyone,

A quick update on the painting of the IDF soldiers for my Merkava diorama.  I have managed to find the time to paint up 3 models since last week.

The first two I finished were the soldiers walking on patrol.  The painting is based lightly on the paint scheme given by the Fate of a Nation supplement for Flames of War.  The paint does help bring out some of the character of the models and since a 1/72 diorama is meant to be admired from a least a metre away - the whole thing comes together.

To give an idea how the paint work begins and the result of the finished product, I took a picture of both together to give an idea of how the painting process transforms the model.

The third figure is the civilian being frisked.  I think he needs some more highlights on the red part of his shirt.  I have mentioned this before during the 1/72 Tiger II diorama, that I do not enjoy painting model figures at this scale to high standards - they are just too small for me!  Nonetheless, I am happy with the result overall.

Well, that is all I can manage this week, but the good news is that I am confident that this project will be ready by next week - so stay tuned.

Until then farewell and good health.


Saturday, January 14, 2017

Merkava Diorama - Part 7 The Figures

Hi everyone,

So I am  finally back to finish this diorama - which let's face it - is very long overdue.  The problem I had this time was the figures.

The figures I originally bought for it were slightly on the larger side of the 1/72 scale and also periodically much latter than the Merkava 1.  With the building on the smaller side of the 1/72 scale, everything seemed a bit off.  Therefore I decided to hold off the work until I found models that were more appropriate for my needs.

The models I bought belong to a company called Ceasar Miniatures.  They are made of plastic and are mostly used for gaming rather than modelling.  The quality is average, but the size and period are closer to my needs.
At this point, I took what I could find.  I just wanted this diorama finished so I could move on to a new project. On the bright side the box did contain two models of a soldier frisking a civilian which was perfect for the scene.  So everything was not that gloomy. 

Besides the two models mentioned above, I picked another two models to a total of four.  I think this is enough to get the story through - by the way, I have decided to name this diorama On Patrol.

After spending several hours cleaning the models, carefully removing the bases, pinning them to paperclip rods and priming for defects. I began the paint work.
As always I block out the colours to see the overall effect and look of the paint scheme.  Everything seemed OK.  So I gave myself the go ahead to paint on!.
At least now the work is under way and hopefully I will be able to finalize this diorama once and for all in the coming fortnight.

Until then farewell and good health to everyone.



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