Saturday, December 3, 2016

Vikings Phase One: The Berserkers FINISHED

Hi everyone,

I have finally finished painting up the berserkers.  I apologize for taking so long, but life and work are taking up a lot  of hobby time.  I don't see this changing any time soon.
So the last two berserkers were the ones wearing pants, which includes the leader. Speaking about the leader, while painting, I noticed that the armband was miscast.  Therefore, I had to re-sculpt it with greenstuff.  This was easy enough.

Other than the armband, all else was easy going with the painting.  I wanted the leader to be a bit more colourful or noticeable! So I decided to put a bit more extra work on the pants and decided to dye the tips of his beard.

Overall, I like how these guys have turned out. Below is a small group shot with the Warlord and the Hearthguard.  I think they do feel like and a coherent force till now.
Next week I will start working on my last warrior unit.  This is the last step to finish out this project and Vikings Phase One.  Yeah!

Until then farewell and good health!


Saturday, November 26, 2016

Vikings Phase One: The Berserkers Pt.3

Hi everyone,

I have finally finished the painting of the first two berserkers.  I decided to split them up in groups of two because my painting sessions are very brief at the moment and it seemed more economical to paint less and achieve more than paint more and achieve less.
I chose to couple these two figures together in one painting session because they are very similar in dress format - basically fur and skin.
My current method of two highlights and two lowlights  seems to be paying off in the balance between quality and speed.
The bases have not been done up yet.  I will work on them at the end as a unit when the other two berserkers are done.
The other two viking berserkers have pants and wide belts so they will be tackled next week when I wrap up with this unit and start something else.

Until then farewell and good health!


Saturday, November 19, 2016

Vikings Phase One: The Berserkers Pt.2

Hi everyone,

I am back again with a short post on the Viking Berserkers.  I left off last post with the washes on the fur areas.  Today I continue working on the fur and beards and get them out of the way.

I do this for one simple reason - drybrushing!  This is a great technique, but I find it very messy unless done carefully.  So I like to finish all the drybrushing before I start the highlights and lowlights.

I usually drybrush with the base colour first, then gradually drybrush with lighter tones towards higher areas or areas towards the ends of the cloak.

The next step is to tip certain areas sparingly with white.  Once again this is towards the edges and top areas.

The last step is to give surgical washes in brown or black along folds or lower areas to add some depth.

The same can be said for the beards, but on a smaller scale and area.  Now with all the drybrushing ready and done,  I will start painting on the lowest or innermost areas of the models.  In this particular case it will be the leather, inner cloaks followed by the skin, but that is for another post and day.

Until then farewell and good health!


Saturday, November 12, 2016

Vikings Phase One: The Berserkers Pt.1

Hi everyone,

The Berserkers are here, the field of battle will never be the same for the other Saga factions! - If I get to play anymore games that is!

In the meantime I content myself with painting the army up.  So the first step was to clean the models  as best I could.  Thankfully Foundry miniatures are quite well cast, and in my humble opinion, don't suffer from as many casting defects as other companies - like Warlord for example.
The next step is to give them a good primer coat.  I opted for a grey primer.  I use the Vallejo Grey airbrush primer as I find it very workable.  I use it straight out of the pot and since it is formulated for airbrushing I hardly need to add any water to it.
When the grey primer stage was done, several defects popped out that I had not noticed before when I was working on bare metal.  Naturally, I had to go back to step one and re-clean all the little oversights again and then re-prime the figures.

Before I start let me just say again that I am not a speed painter, and I do not enjoy painting armies.  I am definitely a showcase painter and I like to play with painted armies but not go through the hassle of painting them up.

I say this because, although the techniques I use here are relatively fast for someone with my gaming preferences, they would not be suitable for true speed painting.  I choose this approach deliberately.  This system allows me to be a bit more creative and build up my armies to a certain standard without spending hours upon hours on them.

With that out of the way, the painting begins. I started off by blocking out the colours.  This lets me gauge the palette I want to use, and check whether the unit looks like a unit.  That is, whether or not they have a common theme.  This is probably the most time consuming part of the process.
When I am satisfied with the look overall the next step is give certain areas washes.  In this case it is the fur cloaks and the skin.  I will start building the texture on the beards, hair and furs first.  The reason is because I use a controlled drybrushing technique for these, which can get a bit messy, so I like to get them out of the way first, but that is for next week.
So I have finally surpassed the half way mark.  In 7 days I will continue with these berserkers and carry on with my voyage into Saga with Phase One of my Viking Project.


Saturday, November 5, 2016

Covenant of Antartica Sale on Ebay

Hi everyone,

I put my Covenant of Antartica fleet on Ebay for sale.  It was a sad day, but I have not played the game in over a year, and I don't see myself playing it anymore - lack of time and life in general.

Since I need the space, I decided to sell it and complete my other armies with the proceeds.  The price was a bargain for a painted army, and guess what, it sold in less than 10 hours after posting it!!!

With the proceeds I completed my Space Wolf army and my Bolt Action/Konflikt'47 forces, and added some casters and solos to my new Skorne army.
I have some other stuff for sale at very reasonable prices, if you are interested please take a look-see HERE.

Farewell and good health,


Sunday, October 30, 2016

Vikings Phase One: The Hearthguard

Hi everyone,

Today I bring you my first unit of Hearthguard or Hirdmen for my Viking force for Saga by Studio Tomahawk.

As you can see they are a smaller unit than the Warriors, numbering four models instead of eight. There is the option in the rules of combining two units of Hearthguard into one larger unit as long as they are uniformly armed and do not number more than twelve models.

I wanted them to be more heavily armed than warriors, so unlike warriors, they all have chainmail.  Not only did I want them visually better armoured, I also wanted them a bit more elaborate.  With so much chainmail, this was hard, so I opted for shield transfers.

Therefore, the Hirdmen all have shield transfers with elaborate designs that reflect their social/warrior position with in the force.

These transfers are from the Little Big Men Studios.  They are really nice and I like them a lot, but they are a headache to attach.  I think mine were an old batch, because the adhesive would not detach from the plastic covering layer.

In the end, through patience and perseverance, I managed to attach four transfers to four shields, but I lost several before I found a functional way and I had to buy another set!

Well I hope you all like them.  Next week come the Berserkers!  I will divide this project into several posts due to time restrictions.

So farewell and good health to one and all!


Saturday, October 22, 2016

Conan Monolith Kickstarter Arived!!!

Hi everyone,

I have interrupted my Viking project posts to show off many newly arrived Conan Kickstarter.

I have been waiting for this for around a year and a half I think.  Overall I think it was worth the wait. I bought into the Barbarian Pledge, which at 90 dollars is super bargain with all the unlock stretch goals.

The firsts pictures shows just how big the parcel is. The box was slightly damaged, but the contents were OK.  I have included a Space Marine for scale purposes.

As you can see below, along with the game box, I got another box full of stretch goals, besides all the add-ons I bought.

The contents of the game box for the standard game (Barbarian Pledge) is packed with stuff.  The quality is high and the miniatures are great, but not all the miniatures are as defined as their sculpts and renders.  This is especially obvious with the dainty female models.

The other box contains mostly miniatures with the same quality and slight definition problems. It also has extra boards, cards and scenarios from the unlocked stretch goals.  Personally, I wished all the stretch goals were just miniatures!

My favourite figure though is the big sea monster!  This piece is a true gem and is screaming out DIORAMA!
I am dying to start painting some of this stuff, but I have to refrain and soldier on with the Vikings and my Merkava diorama.

So overall I am super happy with it all, but I am slightly disappointed with the lack of definition with some of the models.  I will have to compensate with the painting I guess.

That is all for today.  See you in 7, until then farewell and good health.



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