Saturday, December 31, 2016

Happy New Year Everyone

Hi everyone,

Well, another year has gone by and to be honest it was a pretty shitty one - at least from where I am standing.  The only good thing in 2016 was the hobby in general.
This year had great miniatures, great games, great Kickstarters and great modeling and paint jobs.  If it was not for the hobby, 2016 would be nearly at the top of the other terrible years since the new millennium.

Despite it all, I am feeling positive for 2017!  I feel it will unlock even greater goals for the hobby in general and myself personally.  This year I have also managed to continuously post on a weekly basis nearly without fail.  I will try my utmost to keep the trend going.

So let me wish you all a happy new year from the bottom of my heart.  My your lives be full of joy and good health.  So until we meet again in the coming year - I bid you all farewell!


Sunday, December 25, 2016

Happy Day, Wish you I Do!

Hi everyone,

I don't celebrate Xmas, but I felt that I needed to wish everyone in our little wargaming and model building community a happy festive season.
I hope you all enjoy this day with your loved ones and receive a lot of games and models as presents for Xmas.

Also if your haven't seen Rogue One, then make it a Xmas resolution and go see it!

Till next week, farewell, good health and a cheery 25th,


Thursday, December 22, 2016

The Bear Clan: - Part 3

Hi everyone,

I have now finished the painting on the were bears.  While the bears were painted in slightly different shades of medium brown, I painted the were-bears tan and black in order to make stick out, but first I had to prime the models a neutral gray and check if there were any problems with the modeling.

The procedure for the painting was basically the same as the normal bears, but with a different colour tone.  I added some bronze metallic to the armour and rims as well.  I figured bronze would suite their culture better.

I kept the shields the same colour to show that they are from the same clan or family.  I also tried to add some more white to the werebear with the spear to indicate and older and wiser bear.

After painting, I tend to glue the miniatures directly to the multi-base.  This case was not an exception.   I also puttied up the ground work around them and painted the base green.
Next post I think I will start the leader unless I start/continue something else.  I will just have to see.  Until then farewell and good health as always.


Saturday, December 17, 2016

The Bear Clan: - Part 2

Hi everyone,

I am back with more work on the Bear Clan.  The first figures I decided to paint up are the rank and file bears - if that makes any sense!

These were frankly very easy to paint up and they were ready in an afternoon.
The painting was quick and fun.

Basically, I gave them the base coat, then a darker wash.  After which I dry-brushed them twice with successively lighter shades.  The last step was to add shadows with watered down dark brown and black - and viola a horde of bears!

The models were glued onto the multi-base and I added putty for the ground work basis.  I am really getting fond of this unit.
I also finished the conversion work on the were-bears.  I found some old 54mm scale Celtic shields from an old plastic Celtic set.  I think the set was an Italieri infantry set.  The bottom line is that they fit very nicely with the were-bears.

The conversion work has established two different characters for the were-bears.  One is a warrior in his prime, while the other is older but with a lot of fight in him yet.  Now I just have to paint them up

Until next time, farewell and good health.


Saturday, December 10, 2016

Elven Beast Masters: The Bear Clan - Part 1

Hi everyone,

This is an exciting new project for me.  Not only is this a completely new unit I am starting form scratch, but it is one I have wanted to do for years.  That is bring back the Elven Beast Masters!

I am going to start with the Bear Clan for two reasons.  Firstly I have all the miniatures I need to complete this project.  Secondly, the Boar and Cat Clan will be Hunters of the Wild proxies, while the Bear Clan are going to be a large infantry horde unit proxy - and that is what I want at the moment!

So, some experimentation with the placing of the models lead me to a unit that seems well balanced where miniature position goes. Since the bears are slightly smaller than Tree Shamblers I decided to place 8 figures on the multibase instead of 6. 

The next step was to create a little differentiation between the two pairs of identical models in the unit.  The first pair are the old Citadel bears.  These are the bears that came with the original Ursine Beast Masters.  They are a bit stiff and flat - therefore hard to convert.  So I opted for a slight repositioning of the head with one of them.  The conversion is minor, but it does give a sense of individuality to this model.  I judged that it was enough.

The next pair of models is where I intend to do the most conversion work.  The werebears are nice, but very plain and drab.  Initially I was going to get the Otherworldly werebear, but it has that torn-clothes-busting-out look that I did not want.  I wanted my werebears to be a clan of werebears, so they would have clothes that fit in their werebear form.  I also wanted them to be warriors, so I had to dress them up.
I also wanted one of the werebears to look older, so I decided to cut him up and give him a pose that would express his age but not make him look too feeble.  The squatting pose seemed right.  Originally, I also decided to give him a spear instead of a sword, but I think a spear suits an old timer more.

Once again, that is all for now.  Join me again next week as I start to convert the figures.  Until then, farewell and good health to one and all.


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.



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