Friday, March 24, 2017

Vikings Phase One: 2nd Warrior Unit Pt.4

Hi everyone,

The first two figures of this group are done. The painting like all the rest are basic earth colours with a few reds and blues for interest.

I painted these two first because they have similar attire; that is trousers, shields, and bare chests. This makes painting easier and quicker.

Next week this unit and this project will finally be over.  Come back in 7 to for a first look at my completely painted  point Viking army!!!

See you then.  Farewell and good health to everyone.


Saturday, March 18, 2017

Vikings Phase One: 2nd Warrior Unit Pt.3

Hi everyone,

So half this unit is now done!  I want get into too much detail with this post since the process is mostly the same.

Basically cleaning, priming, cleaning again, undercoats and base coats; and as always I do this 4 at a time.

I am dying to get into these models and finally finish of the first phase of this project and be able to field a painted viking army!

Until then farewell and good health!


Friday, March 10, 2017

Vikings Phase One: 2nd Warrior Unit Pt.2

Hi everyone,

So I have finished the first two miniatures of the second warrior unit.  These include the leader and one of the bondi.

It is good to note off the bat, that in Saga, units of warriors do not have leaders; but visually, leader models do not hurt at all.

The model I chose for the leader in this unit initially came as one of the berserker models.  Since I only wanted berserkers with bear-headed cloaks, I decided to use him as a leader of men. I see him as an ex-berserker who was lucky enough to live through his crazy-mouth-foaming days, and prefers to lead warriors who are more level-minded.

As painting goes, I wanted more muted earth colours on him.  Bright colours would make him look less imposing.

The second model is one of the bondi.  There is nothing special about him, but he was very easy to paint up.  I enjoyed painting the simple pattern on the shield, and I think it helps the model stand out.

Next week I will try to finish up the other two miniatures.  Until then farewell and good health!


Saturday, March 4, 2017

Vikings Phase One: 2nd Warrior Unit Pt.1

Hi everyone,

I have started the last unit of viking warriors in order to finish the first phase of this project.  Finishing this project is really satisfying for me.  For the past several months I have finished several 'first phase' projects I have embarked on, namely the Algoryn, the Sylvan army and this viking force.  It has been my most satisfying hobby period in a long time.
I will divide the painting of this unit in two groups of 4 miniatures.  This will reduce the agony of wading through all 8 miniatures at the same time. Keep in mind that vikings are very colourful and varied, so in order to make them interesting you need a large colour palette.  Naturally this translates into a very time consuming painting project.

After choosing the first four miniatures, I cleaned them and attached them to the painting bases.

The next step is to prime them.  I decided to go with a neutral grey.  Just like with the berserkers, after priming several defects popped out.  So I had to clean them again and re-prime the models.

When painting vikings, I find that blocking out the colours first helps me visualize the look I am going for.  When I am happy with how they look I will give washes on the furs and hair and drybrush them.
At this point I have decided to paint up each miniature separately.  This is because I currently have very little time to dedicate to my hobby pursuit.  This will allow me to keep the standard while at the same time keep up the speed I am working at within the time frame I have.

Next week I hope to present the first painted miniatures.  Until then farewell and good health!


Friday, February 24, 2017

The Normans: The Knights

Hi everyone,

Now that the first phase of my Viking project is over, I shall soon start the first phase of my Norman project.

The next three weeks, including this one, will cover the basic units I have bought.  Then I will start up a series of posts detailing the progress of the projects - just like I did with the Vikings.  Believe it or not, these progress reports help keep me focused on the project.

So the first units I want to talk about are the Norman Knights.  The Normans have the option to field these elite units mounted or dismounted.  I prefer to mount them as there are several saga abilities that only work with mounted knights, but on the other hand they are more vulnerable to shooting.

As miniatures go, I went with the Normans sold by Foundry Miniatures and sculpted by Matthew Bickley. They are roughly the same size of my Vikings, and like the Viking models they are full of character.

I went with two units of mounted knights and two units of dismounted knights.  This gives me options, especially when playing against shooting armies.  There is one miniature from the old Citadel range - the one on the far left on the first picture.

Like the Vikings, I had to pin all the shields sturdily to their arms, otherwise they would eventually snap off.  This took me quite a while, but in the long run it is worth it.

I could not find any appropriate mounted bases to fit the style of the bases used for the Viking infantry, so I glued two bases together on a piece of plasticard and cut around it.  Later, I added some putty to build up the base.
Now when the time is right, I will have to paint these little gems up.  Until then farewell and good health to one and all.


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.



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